List of Pokémon anime characters
Pokémon, known in Japan as Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスター, Poketto Monsutā), is a Japanese anime television series based on the Pokémon video game series published by Nintendo. It began broadcasting on TV Tokyo in 1997. The show's central protagonist is Ash Ketchum, a ten-year-old aspiring "Pokémon master", who participates in competitions involving battles with creatures called Pokémon in the fictional regions of Kanto, the Orange Islands, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, and Kalos, and attends a school on Melemele Island in the Alola region which teaches classes about Pokémon. Ash is usually joined by his electric mouse partner Pikachu, and a regularly changing line-up of human friends. These friends are usually Pokémon trainers, such as Misty, Brock, Tracey Sketchit, May, Dawn, Iris, Cilan, Serena, Clemont, Lillie, Kiawe, Mallow, Lana, and Sophocles, though some of the friends Ash has adventures with, such as May's brother Max, and Clemont's sister Bonnie, are too young to raise and train Pokémon of their own.
Recurring antagonists of Ash and his friends throughout the show are the frequently comedic thieves from Team Rocket, made up of the humans Jessie and James, a talking Meowth, and later, a Wobbuffet. Ash also competes with a number of recurring rival Pokémon trainers in his journeys, including Gary Oak, Ritchie, Harrison, Morrison, Tyson, Paul, Nando, Conway, Barry, Tobias, Trip, Bianca, Stephan, Cameron, Virgil, Tierno, Trevor, Sawyer, Alain, Gladion and Hau.
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- Japanese voice actor: Rika Matsumoto
- English voice actor: Veronica Taylor (4Kids Entertainment)
- Second English voice actor: Kayzie Rogers (The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon broadcast version)
- Third English voice actor: Sarah Natochenny (TPCI)
- Ash Ketchum is the main protagonist of the Pokémon anime. A 10-year-old Pokémon trainer, his dream is to become the greatest Pokémon Master in the world. There are also incarnations of him in many manga adaptations, of which include The Electric Tale of Pikachu, and Ash & Pikachu. He is loosely based on Red, the protagonist of the games Pokémon Red and Blue. In the series, Ash competes in Pokémon Leagues in Kanto, the Orange Islands, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, Kalos, and Alola, and also competes in the Battle Frontier in Kanto. After his mother's Mr. Mime, Mimey, wins a trip to Alola, Ash stays in the region to study at the Pokémon School, and obtains a Z-Ring from Tapu Koko.
- Japanese voice actor: Mayumi Iizuka
- English voice actor: Rachael Lillis (4Kids Entertainment)
- Second English voice actor: Michele Knotz (TPCI)
- Ash's first time traveling friend, Misty is a 10-year-old Pokémon trainer who journeys with him throughout the first five seasons. She is one of the four gym leaders of Cerulean City along with her three older sisters. Her dream is to be the world's greatest "Water Pokémon Master," but her means of accomplishing this are never made clear. During the beginning of the series, she is constantly belittled by her older sisters. At the end of the original series, she takes over the Cerulean Gym. Misty is a primary character in the seasons of the original series, with guest appearances in the Advanced Challenge, Advanced Battle, Battle Frontier, and Sun & Moon seasons.
- Japanese voice actor: Yūji Ueda
- English voice actor: Eric Stuart (4Kids Entertainment)
- Second English voice actor: Bill Rogers (TPCI)
- Brock is a 15-year-old Pokémon breeder, the former Pewter Gym Leader, and the ladies' man. In his earliest appearances, Brock has dreams of being the world's best Pokémon breeder but later changed his dream to become a Pokémon doctor. There is a running gag in the series where Brock falls in love with every girl (including Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy) and is either pulled away by the ear by Misty or Max, or is hit with Croagunk's Poison Jab, temporarily knocking him unconscious. Brock leaves the main cast at the end of the Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors season to become a Pokémon Doctor.
- Tracey Sketchit (ケンジ, Kenji)
- Japanese voice actor: Tomokazu Seki
- English voice actor: Ted Lewis (4Kids Entertainment)
- Second English voice actor: Craig Blair (TPCI)
- One of Ash's traveling friends through Season 2, set in the Orange Islands, Tracey Sketchit is a Pokémon watcher, and an assistant to Professor Oak in Pallet Town. His last name in the English dub is a pun because he sketches Pokémon. Tracey replaces Brock as a primary character in Adventures in the Orange Islands, with guest appearances in seasons 5, 8, and 9.
- May (ハルカ, Haruka)
- Japanese voice actor: Kaori Suzuki
- English voice actor: Veronica Taylor (4Kids Entertainment)
- Second English voice actor: Michele Knotz (TPCI)
- May is the 10-year-old daughter of the Petalburg City Gym Leader, Norman, and sister of Max. She meets Ash Ketchum in Hoenn and starts traveling with him after obtaining her first Pokémon, Torchic. She originally dislikes Pokémon, but soon takes interest in Pokémon Contests, entering Contests with Pokémon she raises on her team. After entering contests she soon develops rivalries with other contest participants, Drew, Harley, and Jessie of Team Rocket, and goes on to win many contests. May travels through Hoenn and Kanto with Ash and Brock whilst Ash is competing in the Hoenn League and Battle Frontier, respectively. While Ash and Brock choose to travel to Sinnoh, May decides to follow her rivals to Johto instead. However, she visits Ash, Brock, and Dawn in Sinnoh to participate in the Wallace Cup. She is known as the "Princess of Hoenn", an alias by which Dawn refers her when the two first meet.
- Max (マサト, Masato)
- Japanese voice actor: Fushigi Yamada
- English voice actor: Amy Birnbaum (4Kids Entertainment)
- Second English voice actor: Kayzie Rogers (TPCI)
- Max is the 7-year-old son of the Petalburg City Gym Leader, Norman, and the brother of May. He joins the group of Ash, May and Pokémon breeder Brock. Max is a budding Pokémon trainer, but is too young to receive a Pokémon. He is a bookworm who has read just about everything written about Pokémon. He remains a Pokémon enthusiast until he and May leave Ash and Brock at the end of Battle Frontier, in which he returns to Hoenn to help take care of the Petalburg Gym. He is again seen as a flashback in DP Battle Dimension. Max has received just two cameos since his departure, triggered by May's brief return for the Wallace Cup arc.
- Dawn (ヒカリ, Hikari)
- Japanese voice actor: Megumi Toyoguchi
- English voice actor: Emily Bauer
- Dawn is a 10-year-old Pokémon Coordinator who travels with Ash and Brock and replaces May in seasons 10 to 13. Following in her mother's footsteps as a Coordinator, she chooses Piplup, who she had already befriended at an earlier point, and sets out with the goal of winning the Grand Festival. As a native of Sinnoh, she often explains certain aspects of the region unfamiliar to both Ash and Brock, and keeps up to date with popular trends like the Pokétch. As she participates and win in more Contests, Dawn gradually becomes more confident in her skills as a Coordinator and regularly trains with her Pokémon before every contest. Her catchphrase is "No need to worry!", but she usually says this when there actually is a need to worry. Although she originally planned to participate in the Kanto contests, she decides to remain in Sinnoh when her Buneary is offered to model for a Pokémon magazine. Dawn is very saddened to leave Ash and Brock, but she and Piplup cheer up and wave goodbye as they return to Kanto. She later decides to travel to Hoenn to take part in the contests there. After obtaining all five of her Hoenn contest ribbons, Dawn travels to Eastern Unova to train for the Grand Festival and helps Ash prepare for the Unova League.
- Iris (アイリス, Airisu)
- Japanese voice actor: Aoi Yūki
- English voice actor: Eileen Stevens
- One of Ash's companions in seasons 14 to 16. Hailing from a village where there are many Dragon-type Pokémon, Iris is a Pokémon trainer who swings from vines and likes to eat berries. She first meets Ash when he mistakes her for a Pokémon. She tends to call Ash a kid, usually when Ash makes a mistake or acts particularly naïve. She has the Dragon-Type Pokémon Axew as her companion.
- Cilan (デント, Dento, Dent)
- Japanese voice actor: Mamoru Miyano
- English voice actor: Jason Griffith
- Cilan is an A-Class Pokémon Connoisseur who has the ability to determine the compatibility between Pokémon and their trainers. He travels with Ash in seasons 14 to 16. He is also one of the first Gym Leaders of the Unova League, a position he shares with his brothers Chili and Cress, but he leaves his post to join Ash and Iris on their journey. He has numerous hobbies seen throughout the series such as fishing, cinema, and subway trains. He considers himself a good detective and is very skeptical about anything that there isn't an immediate logical explanation for. He has the Grass-Type Pokémon Pansage as his partner. He is a sort of mentor/supporting figure to Ash and Iris.
- Serena (セレナ)
- Japanese voice actor: Mayuki Makiguchi
- English voice actor: Haven Burton-Paschall
- Serena is a 10-year-old Pokémon performer and Ash's first childhood friend. She remembers Ash from when the two of them attended the Oak summer camp in Pallet Town. During this time, Serena had fallen and injured her leg and Ash then helped her with her injury. After learning that Ash is in Kalos, and still having feelings for him, she decides to leave home to reunite with him, and upon doing so comes along with him on his journey during seasons 17 to 19 (despite having no specified goal). After experiencing numerous events like the Sycamore summer camp, she learns about Pokémon Showcases from Shauna, and decides to become a Pokémon Performer. Following a heartbreaking loss in her debut Showcase, as a sign of her new resolve she cuts her hair and begins wearing a new outfit. After obtaining three Princess Keys, she competes in the Gloire City Master Class Showcase, ultimately going one-on-one with Kalos Queen Aria, whom she is unsuccessful in defeating. However, not deterred by her loss, she vows to keep on working hard, just like Ash inspires her to do.
- Clemont (シトロン, Shitoron, Citron)
- Japanese voice actor: Yūki Kaji
- English voice actor: Michael Liscio, Jr.
- Clemont is a Gym Leader from the Lumiose City Gym. He is a young inventor and always has a large backpack which contains numerous strange gadgets, most of which explode. He is also one of Ash's close friends. He, along with his sister Bonnie, continue Brock's running gag, only he drags Bonnie off with his Aipom Arm out of embarrassment when she asks some girl to marry him, instead of the other way around. Out of intense admiration for Ash, he travels with him during seasons 17 to 19 to become a better Gym Leader. This culminates when Ash challenges and successfully defeats Clemont at the Lumiose Gym, acquiring his fifth badge in Kalos. Before Ash leaves Kalos, he asks for one final battle with Ash, and the result of the battle is left ambiguous to the viewer. He is a bit different from previous male companions, as in that Ash is a sort of mentor figure to him, not the other way around, like Brock and Cilan.
- Bonnie (ユリーカ, Yurīka, Eureka)
- Japanese voice actor: Mariya Ise (EP803-887, 903-942)
- Second Japanese voice actor: Mika Kanai (EP888-902)
- English voice actor: Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld
- Bonnie is a Pokémon trainer-to-be and Clemont's 7-year-old sister. She is more mature than Clemont and always tries to stop his bizarre behavior. Due to being underage, her Pokémon nominally belong to Clemont for now. Bonnie is often seen with a Dedenne, caught by Clemont.
- Lillie (リーリエ, Rīrie)
- Japanese voice actor: Kei Shindō
- English voice actor: Laurie Hymes
- Lillie is one of the students at the Pokémon School of Melemele Island. Hailing from a very rich family, she loves to study and usually helps the other students with their researches, but somehow has an inherent fear of touching any kind of Pokémon, despite interacting naturally with Pokémon when she was younger. Four years before her appearance in the series, she somehow developed her a fear of touching Pokémon during a travel with her mother Lusamine and brother Gladion, but slowly learns to overcome it in the series, getting used with an Alolan Vulpix nicknamed "Snowy" she raises from egg before becoming her partner Pokémon, along with other Pokémon. However, after seeing one of her brother's Pokémon, Silvally, it triggers a part of her childhood trauma which causes her to not be able to touch Pokémon again. Her fear later ends when she realizes that Silvally was protecting her from an Ultra Beast called Nihilego, rather than attacking her. Later, after helping some wild Alolan Sandshrew deal with a Tyranitar, the leader Sandshrew evolves into a Sandslash and gives her an Icium Z. She keeps an Ice Stone given to her by Sophocles in the hope that Snowy will use it to evolve one day. Later, Lillie obtained her father's Z-Ring which she is holding onto until he was found.
- Kiawe (カキ, Kaki)
- Japanese voice actor: Kaito Ishikawa
- English voice actor: Marc Swint
- Among the students at the Pokémon School of Melemele Island who befriend Ash in seasons 20 to 22, Kiawe is the oldest and most experienced, being the only among them to have cleared Akala Island grand trial to be entrusted with a Z-Ring along with Firium Z that once belonged to his grandfather, becoming the first member of the group who can use Z-Moves. Kiawe owns a Turtonator also he owns an Alolan Marowak which he caught in "A Crowning Moment of Truth!" as their his trusted Pokémon partners. He runs a dairy farm on Akala Island along his parents, and also has a little sister called Mimo, whom he dotes on. He specializes in Fire-type Pokémon, due to being inspired by his grandfather's words. Kiawe's family runs a farm on Akala Island, so he helps out there while also attending school. As the most senior in the class, Kiawe is a very serious person. When he is home he tends to be overprotective of his younger sister. He is also serious when it goes to old traditions, especially with the Z-Ring and the Z-Crystals. When he first sees Ash with the Z-Ring, he shows signs of disapproval, since Ash gets it without completing the challenges. When Ash misplaces a Z-Crystal, he becomes enraged and threatens to send his Turtonator at him. It seems that Kiawe doesn't know how to interact with Water-type Pokémon, as he admits that he wasn't sure of how to deal with Popplio at first, instead having his sister play with it instead. In "When Regions Collide!", Kiawe is shown to be very competitive when he challenges Brock into a real Gym battle at the Cerulean City Gym by using his Turtonator against his Steelix. But after being defeated by Brock and before departed in Alola, Kiawe develops a friendly rivalry with him.
- Mallow (マオ, Mao)
- Japanese voice actor: Reina Ueda
- English voice actor: Rebecca Soler
- Mallow is one of the students at the Pokémon School of Melemele Island who befriends Ash in seasons 20 to 22. She loves to cook and, specializing in Grass-type Pokémon, owns a Bounsweet, who was caught by her mother when she was younger, which evolves into a Steenee and later evolves again into Tsareena as her partner Pokémon. Also, Mallow is taking care of the Mythical Pokémon Shaymin until the day it can change into its sky form and fly away. Mallow is an active girl who is also a bit of a scatterbrain. She helps out at Aina's Kitchen and her family runs by attracting customers to come in and eat. Mallow is a dedicated chef, who would go through miles of distance to find exotic ingredients or a new recipe. After helping a longtime family friend to her father and herself along with receiving a Grassium Z from Tapu Koko, Mallow obtained a Z-Ring from Oranguru.
- Lana (スイレン, Suiren)
- Japanese voice actor: Hitomi Kikuchi
- English voice actor: Rosie K. Reyes
- Lana is one of the students at the Pokémon School of Melemele Island who befriends Ash in seasons 20 to 22. She is a master in fishing and loves Water-type Pokémon. Lana has a caring relationship with her two Pokémon partners which is a Popplio that she rescued from some Team Skull Grunts which later evolves into Brionne then evolves again into Primarina also she owns an Eevee which she nicknamed Sandy and it even had bangs that were covering its eyes before she eventually cuts them off. Lana lives on a seaside house with her parents and little sisters, Harper and Sarah. While Lana is usually quiet, she is actually a girl of action. Lana is generally kind and caring to Pokémon. Lana likes to scares her friends with haunted stories. In addition, she sometimes even jokes having seen or caught a very rare Pokémon in the sea. Lana finds a Sparkling Stone during a treasure hunt on Akala Island which is later made into a Z-Ring for her, and a Waterium Z from a Totem Wishiwashi after she wins a battle against it.
- Sophocles (マーマネ, Māmane)
- Japanese voice actor: Fumiko Takekuma
- English voice actor: Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld
- Sophocles is one of the students at the Pokémon School of Melemele Island who befriends Ash in seasons 20 to 22. He specializes in Electric-type Pokémon and is good with machines. Sophocles has a Togedemaru and a Charjabug which has since evolved into Vikavolt as his Pokémon partners. Sophocles is also a science nerd with a vast knowledge of technology. When he gets into something, he analyzes the subject very thoroughly. He is also well-skilled in programming. In "A Shocking Grocery Run!", it is revealed that Sophocles has scotophobia, a fear of dark places. After the events of the Vikavolt race he entered in, Sophocles obtained a Z-Ring from Hapu.
- Gary Oak (オーキド・シゲル, Ōkido Shigeru, Shigeru Ōkido)
- Japanese voice actor: Yuko Kobayashi (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Jimmy Zoppi (English)
- Gary Oak is Ash's very first rival. He is based on the character Blue from the Pokémon video game series. Like his counterpart Blue, Gary hails from Pallet Town and is the grandson of renowned Pokémon researcher Professor Oak. Like Ash, Gary collects Gym badges and competes in Pokémon League tournaments in Kanto and Johto. At first, Gary is arrogant, always traveling with cheerleaders who called out his name and constantly teases Ash's group whenever they meet. After losing to a more powerful opponent in the Indigo League, Gary dispenses with the cheerleaders and then becomes more open-minded. At the end of season 2 (Orange Islands), Ash and Gary have their first Pokémon battle in which Gary's Eevee beats Ash's Pikachu. When the battle is over, Gary starts on a new journey to Johto and this subsequently influences Ash to follow him there. After losing to Ash in the Johto League, Gary decides to pursue a career in Pokémon research, impeding his rivalry with Ash. Until his loss to Ash, Gary had always thought of Ash as a poor trainer but he eventually comes to accept him as his equal. After Ash defeats the Battle Frontier and comes back to Pallet Town, Gary and Ash have a battle between Gary's Sinnoh Pokémon, Electivire, and Ash's Pikachu. Electivire easily beats Pikachu, which inspires Ash to travel to Sinnoh. While in Sinnoh, Gary becomes a Pokémon researcher working with Professor Rowan. By this time, Ash and Gary have become more of friends than rivals and they even team up to protect Pokémon from Pokémon Hunter J. After working together to protect a group of Shieldon from Pokémon Hunter J, they both agree to remain "friends until the end." Gary appears in seasons 1-5 (where it was only revealed that he started off with a Squirtle in season 5, while battling with a Blastoise) and 9-12. Gary's Japanese name, Shigeru Okido (オーキド シゲル, Ōkido Shigeru), is a reference to Shigeru Miyamoto, who mentored Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri.
- Ritchie (ヒロシ, Hiroshi)
- Japanese voice actor: Minami Takayama (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Tara Sands (English)
- Ritchie is a traveling Pokémon trainer from Frodomar City. Ritchie first appears during the Indigo League Saga, where he meets and forms a friendship with Ash Ketchum. As rivals, Ritchie and Ash are much alike. For example, both trainers own a Pikachu and have caught many of the same Pokémon. After the Indigo League tournament, Ritchie is ranked in the top eight of the competition after defeating Ash, but then loses his next match. Afterward, Ash and Ritchie part ways but pledge an oath to become Pokémon Masters. Ritchie re-appears in the Whirl Islands near the beginning of the fifth season, Pokémon: Master Quest, and is one of the protagonists of Pokémon Chronicles.
- Harrison (ハヅキ, Hazuki)
- Japanese voice actor: Katsumi Toriumi (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Wayne Grayson (English)
- Harrison is a traveling Pokémon trainer from Hoenn who competes in the Silver Conference. Ash and the gang first meet him in "Pop Goes the Sneasel" when he tries to ward off a wild Sneasel guarding the sacred Ho-Oh flame. During the Silver Conference, Ash battles him in a full six-on-six battle. He defeats Ash but loses to his next opponent, finishing at the top four of the Johto League competition. After the Johto League Silver Conference, Harrison convinces Ash to go to the Hoenn region. Afterwards, Harrison goes to Kanto to participate in the Indigo League.
- Drew (シュウ, Shū)
- Japanese voice actor: Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Oliver Wyman (4Kids Entertainment)
- Second English voice actor: Bill Rogers (TPCI)
- Drew is an experienced Pokémon Coordinator, a confident, critical, but popular boy. He is May's first, and most prominent, rival. Because he sees similarities between new Coordinator May and himself when he first started out, he taunts her for her inexperience. Though his comments and attitude may have angered May, he still provides a helping hand whenever she needs it. Drew's skills have been a continuing inspiration for May to better herself as a Coordinator. Despite his initial attitude towards May, he slowly becomes of a friend towards her after the Hoenn Grand Festival to the point where both start to develop feelings towards each other. May finally manages to barely defeat Drew at the Indigo League Grand Festival, earning her a spot at the Final Four. At the end of season 9, he heads towards to Johto to compete in more contests along with Harley and May.
- Harley (ハーリー, Hārī)
- Japanese voice actor: Jun'ichi Kanemaru (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Andrew Rannells (4Kids Entertainment)
- Second English voice actor: Bill Timoney (TPCI)
- Arrogant, flamboyant, and proud, Harley is a Pokémon Coordinator and May's rival. During their first meeting, Harley takes May's unwitting comments as insults to his abilities and he takes an instant dislike to her. Since then, Harley takes every opportunity to sabotage May before her contests, even teaming up with Team Rocket on occasion, and frequently takes advantage of her forgiving nature in order to trick her into believing he has changed his ways. He is frequently seen dressed in a Cacturne costume. He travels to Johto alongside Drew and May at the end of season 9.
- Morrison (マサムネ, Masamune)
- Japanese voice actor: Masako Nozawa (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Sean Schemmel (English)
- Morrison is Ash's main rival in the Hoenn region and the Ever Grande Conference, and is a spirited person who likes to challenge other people to almost everything and never gives up in battle. Due to this, he always challenges Ash to various events such as Pokémon battles or even a food eating contest. Ash and the gang first met him in "Less is Morrison", where he soon becomes a friend and rival to Ash. When he appears again, he is an opponent of Ash in the Ever Grande Conference; because of his conflicting feelings, he refuses to battle his friend until Ash encourages him to try his best. Morrison is able to battle with all his spirit, losing to Ash only when both of them are down to one Pokémon.
- Tyson (テツヤ, Tetsuya)
- Japanese voice actor: Kenji Nojima (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Marc Diraison (English)
- Tyson is a trainer originally from Mauville City. He first appeared in Episode 399: "Like a Meowth to a Flame", where he helped Ash and his friends defeat Team Rocket, using his Metagross. Meowth is his main Pokémon, seen dressed with a musketeer hat and boots. He later battles Ash in the Hoenn League and wins the Hoenn League.
- Katie (カエデ, Kaede)
- Japanese voice actor: Yōko Sōmi (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Andi Whaley (English)
- Katie is the pride of Lilycove City, where she has the nickname "cool beauty" because of her fashion and flair. Her hobbies include playing the clarinet and her favorite food is spicy spaghetti with Tamato Berries. In battle, she is known for most commonly using Venomoth and Golduck and is known for carefully analyzing her opponent's moves. Katie's battle style is different from many other typical Trainers in the anime. Instead of sticking with one Pokémon in battle until it fainted, she would switch out her Pokémon for a stronger one if hers had a disadvantage. It is due to this strategy that she nearly defeats Ash in the first part of their battle. Ash eventually defeats Katie and moves on in the Victory Tournament.
- Solidad (サオリ, Saori)
- Japanese voice actor: Rie Tanaka (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Sarah Natochenny (English)
- Solidad makes her debut appearance in "May, We Harley Drew'd Ya!", where it was revealed that she had defeated Drew in his very first Pokémon Contest, causing him to cry. Since then they seem to have become friends. They see each other often in Contests and they also keep in touch. She also notices that Drew became more competitive, and she thinks May is the reason for this. "In Channeling the Battle Zone!", she battles May in the semifinal round of the Kanto Grand Festival. She is able to counter May's attacks as she had previously observed her battling style. She manages to win the battle against May, and then she wins the final stage, giving her the title of Top Coordinator. Similarly to Drew, May also cried after being defeated by Solidad. She travels in Johto and in "Staging a Heroes' Welcome!" and "Strategy with a Smile!", she makes a cameo appearance along with Harley and Drew, watching May perform live on TV at the Wallace Cup.
- Paul (シンジ, Shinji)
- Japanese voice actor: Kiyotaka Furushima (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Julián Rebolledo (English)
- Paul is a roaming Pokémon trainer from Veilstone City in Sinnoh. As a Pokémon trainer, Paul is experienced and has traveled across the regional areas of Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh, much like Ash. During Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl, he begins to travel through Sinnoh, where he meets and develops a rivalry with Ash Ketchum. Unlike Ash's previous rivals, Paul is a grumpy and serious trainer whose only concern towards Pokémon is their ability to act in battle and who believes that forming bonds with Pokémon dilutes their potential, and is thereby seen by many characters for being the complete opposite of Ash. His harsh training style, competitive behavior, and desire to be strong derives from his resentment toward his older brother, Reggie, who had been an accomplished trainer until he lost to Pyramid King Brandon, causing him to quit Pokémon training to become a breeder. Paul is determined to make sure he doesn't meet that same fate, so he plans to surpass not just any trainer, but his own brother as well, although he is clearly unlikable to many. In Japan, he is named after Shinji Mikami, the creator of the Resident Evil series. He ultimately loses his battle against Ash in the Sinnoh League. Afterwards, he finds a bit of respect for Ash, and heads out to battle with Brandon. Ash and Paul depart on a good note. Ash wishes him luck, which Paul returns. Just as Paul is about to leave Ash calls out that they should battle again, real soon. Then he smiles, finally accepting him. As he waves good-bye, he walks away, into the sunset. Cynthia states that she would like to see the day Paul and Ash compete in the Champion League. Paul is also seen again in the next episode, watching Ash's battle with Tobias on television. When Ash is defeated, Paul looks disappointed and walks away. Paul is designed to be Silver of Pokémon Gold and Silver and Pokémon Crystal because Paul trained his Pokémon through harsh training opposed to forming a trusting relationship with his Pokémon.
- Barry (ジュン, Jun)
- Japanese voice actor: Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Jamie McGonnigal (English)
- Barry is Ash's rival in Sinnoh. He is an impatient and overconfident boy who, while competent and skilled, tends to lose most of his battles against Ash. He is an admirer of Paul, and uses the same technique though he cares for his Pokémon. He dreams of being the strongest Pokémon trainer in the world. Barry is best friends with Kenny and the son of Palmer, the Tower Tycoon of Sinnoh's Frontier Brains. He is based on the rival in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
- Nando (ナオシ, Naoshi)
- Japanese voice actor: Kazuya Nakai (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Bill Timoney (English)
- A talented Pokémon trainer and wandering minstrel, Nando is a calm young man deeply conflicted as to whether he should challenge gyms or become a Pokémon Coordinator. After battling both Ash and Dawn, he chooses to pursue both paths, regardless of the difficulty. By the time of the Sinnoh Grand Festival, he has acquired seven Gym Badges and five Contest Ribbons. In the Grand Festival, he is able to reach the Top 4, losing to Zoey. After the Grand Festival, he obtains the necessary badges to compete in the Sinnoh League; he is Ash's first opponent but is eliminated after putting up a good battle. Nando make his debut appearance in "Dawn of a New Era!". He is usually seen playing his golden Mew harp. The harp has often been shown to attract large groups of wild Pokémon.
- Conway (コウヘイ, Kōhei)
- Japanese voice actor: Kōzō Mito (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Bill Timoney (English)
- Conway is a particularly smart and cunning trainer, who carefully studies and analyzes trainers to create a strategy. He first encounters Ash and the gang during the Hearthome City Tag Battle Tournament, where he battles alongside Dawn and makes their way to the finals, only to be defeated by Ash and Paul. He later meets the gang again at the Pokémon Summer Academy where he is the leader of the Green Team. He later battles Ash in the third round of the Sinnoh League where he loses. A common gag of Conway is that he appears out of nowhere in a creepy manner, of which Dawn is usually the victim.
- Zoey (ノゾミ, Nozomi)
- Japanese voice actor: Risa Hayamizu (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Emlyn Morinelli McFarland (English)
- Zoey is an experienced Pokémon coordinator from Snowpoint City and Dawn's main rival. Unlike most rivals, she often gives out helpful advice, and helps out in certain situations instead of fighting and taunting Dawn all the time. Zoey is initially disdainful of those who participate in both Gym battles and contests because she believes that trainers who divide their efforts do not full-heartedly compete in both disciplines. However, she changes her outlook as she meets trainers who are able to successfully manage both while respecting the hard work required. Zoey first appears in the episode of "Mounting a Coordinator Assault". In "A Grand Fight for Winning", she defeats Dawn in the final stage of the Grand Festival and wins the Ribbon Cup.
- Kenny (ケンゴ, Kengo)
- Japanese voice actor: Yūko Mita (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Rhonda Krempa (Season 10-12)
- Second English voice actor: Erica Schroeder (Season 13)
- Kenny is one of Dawn's childhood friends and a rival coordinator. He frequently calls her by her nickname, "Dee Dee" and is best friends with Barry. Kenny makes his debut in "Getting the Pre-Contest Titters" and "Settling a Not-So-Old Score", where he and Dawn enter the Floaroma Pokémon Contest. Eventually, he is able to qualify for the Sinnoh Grand Festival, but misses the cut of 32 in the Grand Festival, causing him to leave Lake Valor to improve his training. Kenny is revealed to have romantic feelings towards Dawn and eventually challenges Ash to a battle with the outcome determining who Dawn would travel with. Though he wins the battle, Dawn leaves him a note stating that she wishes to remain with Ash.
- Ursula (ウララ, Urara)
- Japanese voice actor: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Melisa Schroenburg (English)
- One of Dawn's rivals, Ursula is a Coordinator from the Sinnoh region who enters the Chocovine Contest at the same time as Dawn. They meet just outside the Contest Hall when her Gabite gets into a confrontation with Dawn's Pachirisu. Her attitude toward Dawn is similar to Harley's attitude toward May. During the Sinnoh Grand Festival, she loses to Dawn and is eliminated from the contest, unable to make it into the Top 16.
- Tobias (タクト, Takuto)
- Japanese voice actor: Hiroki Takahashi (Japanese)
- English voice actor: J. Michael Tatum (English)
- An incredibly powerful trainer, Tobias is mysterious, silent, and unbelievably skilled, who apparently earns all eight of his gym badges only using his Darkrai. He competes in the Sinnoh League where, up until his battle with Ash, he manages to single-handedly defeat all of his opponents with just Darkrai. Ash battles him in the semi-finals, during which Darkrai ends up losing to Sceptile. Tobias still earns the victory losing only two Pokémon. He later wins the Sinnoh League with, once again, just his Darkrai.
- Trip (シューティー, Shūtī, Shooty)
- Japanese voice actor: Akeno Watanabe (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Jamie McGonnigal (English)
- Trip is a male trainer taking the Unova League challenge who appears in the Black and White series and whose ultimate ambition is to compete in the Champion League and defeat Alder, the Unova champion. In addition to being a Pokémon Trainer, he is also an amateur Pokémon photographer. Upon his first meeting and battle with Ash, he tends to somewhat display a discriminatory attitude toward him as being part of the "boonies" because Ash is from the Kanto region, along with his Pikachu, which happens to be extremely rare in the Unova region. Trip participates in the Club Battle, Clubsplosion, Junior Cup, and Unova League tournaments. With the exception of the Junior Cup, which he wins, he loses in the first round of each competition. After his battle with Ash in the Unova League, Trip appears to have ended his rivalry with Ash, and shows an apparent degree of respect towards him.
- Bianca (ベル, Beru, Bel)
- Japanese voice actor: Shizuka Itō (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Erica Schroeder (English)
- Bianca is a female trainer who appears in the Black and White series. She encounters Ash and his companions several times throughout the series which usually ends with a battle between herself and Ash. She is also shown to be very excitable and clumsy. Bianca joins Ash, Iris, and Cilan to participate in the Club Battle, Clubsplosion, and Unova League tournaments.
- Burgundy (カベルネ, Kaberune, Cabernet)
- Japanese voice actor: Ikumi Hayama (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Suzy Myers (English)
- Burgundy is a female Pokémon Connoisseur who at one point challenged Cilan and lost, and Cilan said that her Oshawott was not compatible with her (Cilan however, doesn't remember this, but he does remember their gym battle). When Ash, Iris, and Cilan meet up with her once more, after she says that none of Ash's Pokémon are good for him, she reveals she challenged the Striaton Gym and got the Trio Badge, but still feels she needs to fight Cilan. Cilan defeats her again, but she exclaims she will fight him again someday and win. She later participates in the Club Battle, Clubsplosion, and Junior Cup tournaments with the group, held in Nimbasa Town, Ambiga Town, and Lacunosa Town respectively, but loses in round one in all of them.
- Georgia (ラングレー, Rangurē, Langley)
- Japanese voice actor: Misato Fukuen (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Brittney Lee Hamilton (English)
- Georgia is a female trainer who calls herself a Dragon Buster, someone who specializes in defeating Dragon-Type Pokémon. Incensed, Iris challenges her, and the fight between Georgia's Beartic and Iris's Excadrill where Excadrill loses allows Iris to make Excadrill feel better about their loss to Drayden several years earlier. Georgia ties with Iris in a second battle, as Excadrill learned Focus Blast and gained trust in Iris. Georgia participates in the Club Battle, Clubsplosion, and Junior Cup tournaments with Ash, Iris, and Cilan.
- Stephan (ケニヤン, Keniyan, Kenyan)
- Japanese voice actor: Tomohiro Waki (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Darren Dunstan (English)
- Stephan is a male trainer whom Ash meets on the way to Nimbasa City. He and Ash have a battle, which Ash wins. Stephan participates in the Club Battle and Clubsplosion tournaments with the gang, the latter in which he and his Sawk win. He also participates in the Unova League, where he makes it to the Top 16. Here, he and Ash have an intense three-on-three battle in which Ash defeats him. There is a running gag in the anime that people always mispronounce his name (similar to Butch), but everyone begins pronouncing his name right by the time the Unova League begins.
- Cameron (コテツ, Kotetsu)
- Japanese voice actor: Kōki Uchiyama (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Rory Max Kaplan (English)
- Cameron a rival of Ash's. He debuts after the Junior Cup, as he meant to compete, but didn't arrive in time. Cameron temporarily joins the group when he goes to earn his 8th Gym Badge from Marlon in Humilau City, and upon obtaining it, he leaves. Cameron returns to compete in the Unova League tournament alongside Ash, Trip, Stephan, Bianca, and Virgil. In the Vertress Conference, he defeats Bianca (leaving her in the Top 64), and during the Top 8 manages to defeat Ash despite being one Pokémon short, but is subsequently defeated by Virgil in the Top 4. He seems to be unorganized as he misinterprets pretty much everything, such as thinking he needed seven gym badges to compete in a Pokémon league instead of eight.
- Virgil (バージル, Bājiru)
- Japanese voice actor: Yūki Kaji (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Tom Wayland (English)
- Virgil is a rescue worker with his father Jeff and his brother Davey. He saves Ash and his group when they fall off a bunch of rocks while trying to climb up to get to Vertress City, where Ash participates in the Vertress Conference. After solving things at the dam, Virgil reveals he also entering the Unova League, making him one of Ash's rivals. He eventually wins the Unova League. It was revealed that as a young boy, he once got lost in the forest with his first Eevee, when it suddenly evolved into an Umbreon and was thus able to lead him out. This event made him fascinated with the Eevee species and led to him becoming an Eevee trainer. Virgil is the only one of Ash's rivals with whom he has not battled.
- Shauna (サナ, Sana)
- Japanese voice actor: Yurie Kobori (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Jo Armeniox (English)
- Shauna is energetic and loves making Pokévision videos with her Pokémon. She and her friends became fans of Serena after seeing the Pokévision video she made. She dreams of becoming a famous Pokémon Performer and ultimately Kalos Queen.
- Tierno (ティエルノ, Tieruno)
- Japanese voice actor: Anri Katsu (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Todd Haberkorn (English)
- Tierno is a Pokémon Trainer who loves to dance, which is also reflected in his party. Despite being a rookie Trainer, he can cope well when battling more experienced opponents thanks to his skills, teaching dance moves to his Pokémon so they can evade attacks with ease. Tierno is very friendly and is always encouraging his friends to do their best. He is very supportive of Shauna and often watches her Showcase performances. He has feelings for Serena, which he demonstrates every time they meet. He was responsible for introducing Shauna to Serena.
- Trevor (トロバ, Toroba, Trova)
- Japanese voice actor: Minami Fujii (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Michael Lockwood Crouch (English)
- Trevor is a Pokémon Trainer and photographer, his goal as a Trainer is to meet every Pokémon in the Pokédex. Throughout his journey, Trevor aims to take pictures of all the Pokémon he encounters. He is mostly interested in ones with differences in their features, however slight.
- Miette (ミルフィ, Mirufi, Millefeui)
- Japanese voice actor: Saori Hayashi (season 17) (Japanese)
- Second Japanese voice actor: Kei Shindō (seasons 18–19) (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Maggie McDowell (English)
- Miette is Serena's rival. She meets Ash and his friends when her Slurpuff eats one of Serena's PokePuffs. When she reveals they weren't very good, she and Serena soon start a rivalry with each other. In order to prove who is the better baker, she and Serena enter a baking competition and though they make it to the final round, neither of them win. She and Serena eventually settle their dispute and have a more friendly rivalry. During her time with the group, Miette soon realizes Serena's true feelings for Ash and warns her that if she doesn't confess her feelings, than she will admit her own feelings and take Ash for herself. Miette soon meets up with Serena and the group again as she had decides to become a Pokémon Performer and is revealed to be entering the same Showcase as Serena. Miette puts on a dazzling performance, but Serena wins and earned her first Princess Key. Miette would later participate in the Master Class Showcase, but is defeated by Serena once more. Miette is present along with Shauna and Nini, watching the final performance between Serena and Aria. After the Master Class ended, Miette gathers outside with Shauna, Nini and Serena. Miette teases Serena about Ash once again, making her blush and scream her name in a high pitched voice. Miette promises she would train more for the Showcases and departed off with Shauna and Nini away.
- Nini (ネネ, Nene)
- Japanese voice actor: Motoko Kumai (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Jenny Emm (English)
- Nini is a polite person and a confident Performer, aiming for the top. She is also glad to meet new rivals like Serena or Shauna. Ash and his friends first meet her when, while Serena's Pancham and Clemont's Chespin argue over a Poké Puff, they accidentally hit a Farfetch'd. Serena and Nini show each other the performances they intend to show at the Showcase, and becomes a rival to Serena. Much later, Nini comes to Anistar City, where she loses to Serena in the first round of the Anistar City Showcase. Having arrived at Couriway Town, neither Nini nor Serena win a Princess Key from the Couriway Town Showcase. They promise to each other to practice more to win their final Key. Nini later participates in the Master Class Showcase, but loses to Jessie in the first round. After arriving to the waiting room, Nini gains courage and wishes Serena luck in winning the Kalos Queen title. Nini is present along with Miette and Shauna, watching the final performance between Serena and Aria. After the Master Class ended, Miette gathers outside with Shauna, Nini and Serena. Nini promises she would train more for the Showcases and departs.
- Sawyer (ショータ, Shōta)
- Japanese voice actor: Ikue Ōtani (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Robby Duncan Sharpe (English)
- Hailing from the Hoenn region, Sawyer is a new Pokémon trainer who chose Treecko as his starter Pokémon from Professor Birch. After meeting and battling Ash, he begins to respect Ash, looking to him as a mentor figure, and he sets his sights on surpassing Ash as a trainer. His Treecko develops a rivalry with Ash's Frogadier, even evolving in their second battle. Following the evolution of Grovyle into Sceptile, and Ash's Frogadier into Greninja, their rivalry becomes even fiercer, though in the third battle between the two trainers, Sceptile is defeated by Greninja's new "Ash-Greninja" form. In the fourth battle between the two, Sawyer manages to defeat Ash, and then witnesses Ash's defeat at the hands of Snowbelle City Gym Leader Wulfric, mentally saying that the person he admired wouldn't have lost, and that the two would settle things at the Kalos League. At the Kalos League, Sawyer manages to advance all the way to the semi-finals, squaring off against Ash in a 6-on-6 battle, but ultimately loses, despite his Sceptile Mega Evolving. After the Kalos League, he helps fend off Team Flare and aids the civilian survivors in Lumiose City. When he later bids farewell to Ash after the Team Flare crisis, he reveals that his idol Steven Stone had given Sawyer a Key Stone to allow his Sceptile to Mega Evolve, and that he wants to repay the favor by becoming Steven's assistant; he is last seen working alongside Steven at the ruins of Lysandre Labs.
- Alain (アラン, Aran, Alan)
- Japanese voice actor: Kenshō Ono (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Jonathan Silver (English)
- Alain, Ash's main rival for the Kalos league, is a calm, hot-headed figure, who shows little emotion and focuses his attention towards battling. Deep down, however, Alain does not wish to see ones closest to him to suffer or get them in danger. Alain also obeys Lysandre's orders without much hesitation, since Lysandre is the one that equipped him with the Mega Ring and gave him the Mega Stone Charizardite X. During his travels, Alain meet and befriend Mairin as she chose to travel with him. At first, Alain wasn't thrill to have Mairin around but over time grew to enjoy her company and they both became best friends. Although, Alain's hot headed personality cause to believed that having support from friends would hold him or others back and his beliefs led him to almost losing his friendship with Mairin. Alain works with Steven Stone while in Hoenn to uncover the secrets of Mega Evolution's origins. Alain takes control of a giant rock for Lysandre and Team Flare. To become stronger, he battles ten Mega Evolution trainers. After he asking his best friend to go back and finding out that her partner Chespie fell into an unexplainable coma, Alain was blamed himself for what happen to the two as his goal shifted as began a new journey alone to acquire strength along with helping Lysandre in order to not only help and cheer his best friend up and to resort Chespie's health but also make things right with them. During his travels and due to the influence his best friend had on him, Alain began to question his beliefs in having support from friends as he not only begins to realize that it doesn't hold him or others back but also misses having Mairin around. Alain change in his beliefs was solidify when he meets Ash as he became both a rival and close friend to him, after witnessing Ash's Greninja's unique transformation. Being call in by Lysandre to help the other agents on their mission, Alain assists Team Flare in capturing the blue Zygarde Core. After a talk with Ash and wanting to battle him again, Alain was inspired to enter the Kalos League solely to battle against him. Alain defeats Ash and wins the Kalos League. After Team Flare began their final operation and when they captured Ash along with his Pokémon, Alain began to question Lysandre's intentions but ends up finding out that he was trick into helping Team Flare take over Kalos and to control the two Zygarde. Realizing the truth, Alain not only felt guilty for his actions but also felt that his actions caused him to lose the only friends, Mairin and Ash, he ever had. Alain was stunned when he realizes why Lysandre wanted Ash as he wanted to control him and his Greninja for their Bond Phenomenon but they resisted his control. Alain then realized that he never lost the only friends he ever had, after Ash talk some sense and assured him that they’ll always be friends no matter what. Wanting to make amends for his actions to his two friends, Alain sends his Charizard to rescue Pikachu and the rest of Ash's Pokémon, after Ash with his Greninja broke free from captivity, then he alongside Ash rescue Chespie. After Team Flare's defeat, Alain decides to help Professor Sycamore once again with his research and have been inspired by Ash decided to started a new journey from scratch with Mairin as his traveling companion again.
- Gladion (グラジオ, Gurajio)
- Japanese voice actor: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Eddy Lee (English)
- Gladion is Ash's rival in the Alola Region. He is also Lillie's brother and is a serious and calm trainer, who is looking to find himself worthy opponents in Pokémon battles. He is a "lone wolf" who avoids meeting with his sister because his battling style seems to somewhat edgy and ruthless. Despite this, he is noted by others how he still has a kind behavior shown when he tells his sister to take care of her Pokémon. While Gladion does not visit his sister often, he swore to protect her, after her encounter with the Ultra Beast. Four years before their appearance in the series, Gladion watched Lillie attacked by the Ultra Beast Nihilego. Lillie was terrified, while Gladion was not brave enough to defend her. Suddenly, a Silvally arrived, which defeated Nihilego. While Lillie lost her memory of the encounter and became scared of Pokémon, Gladion took the Silvally as his own Pokémon, and swore to protect his sister. One day, Gladion found an injured Eevee and brought it to Hobbes. Gladion was very concerned about Eevee, though Hobbes promised it would recover if they took it to the Pokémon Center. Gladion was also motivated to go on a journey to find more about himself, as well as to train alone. Thus, he left Lillie and the mansion.
- Hau (ハウ, Hau)
- Japanese voice actor: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Neo Cihi (English)
- Hau is a cheerful boy, who, unlike other rivals, does not humiliate his opponents. Hau once fought against his grandfather, Hala, but his Dartrix ended up being defeated by his Crabrawler. Hala stated that Hau had to prepare himself the next time they'd face, since Hala would have to use his very best in testing the boy. Hau was gone from Alola for some time, but returned with his father to take on the Island Challenge. Hau was training his Dartrix when the latter bound Ash, Pikachu and Rotom to a tree, thinking of them as its enemies. Soon, Ash and Hau initiated a conversation, where Hau learned that Ash battled his grandfather, Hala, in a Grand Trial. Hau admitted he faced Hala before, but failed; this time, he came back to Alola to complete the Island Challenge. Ash encouraged Hau, and showed Rowlet, who was sleeping. As Dartrix showed some interest, the two guys started a battle, in which Ash attempted to use the Z-Crystal. However, his fingers slipped and Rowlet was defeated. Hau cheered for this fun battle, and decided to take on Ash the next day, since he had things to do with his father. On that day, Ash came with Rowlet late, and apologized, since he was training. This time, Rowlet used Seed Bomb to attack Dartrix, who learned about this strategy and knocked off its Everstone that it launched. However, Ash attempted and succeeded in having Rowlet use Bloom Doom to defeat Dartrix. Hau fell to his knees, but congratulated to Ash for winning the battle. Ash encouraged Hau, who wanted to continue his Island Challenge, and have a Z-Move ready to execute against Ash the next time they'd meet, as the two parted ways.
- Horacio (ハヤテ, Hayate)
- Japanese voice actor: Nozomu Sasaki (Japanese)
- English voice actor: Sam Black (English)
- Horacio was arrogant and condescending, believing that his Charjabug's top-class equipment and Speed-increasing nature would allow him to win the race with ease. He was also a bad sport, mocking Sophocles and the latter's Charjabug. He also disregarded the well-being of his Pokémon, by not allowing his Charjabug to take a break during pit stops, resulting in Charjabug being too exhausted to continue and allowing Sophocles and his own Charjabug to get ahead of them. This was seen again in Evolving Research!, when he arrived at a bridge with the Bug Stone at the other side. He disregarded Sophocles's warning about the bridge being unstable and continued on, resulting in the bridge collapsing, and he had to be saved by Sophocles's Vikavolt.
- Professor Samuel Oak (オーキド博士, Ōkido-hakase, Professor Okido)
- Voiced by: Unshō Ishizuka (Japanese, until SM043), Kenyu Horiuchi (Japanese, since SM093), Keiko Toda (child, Japanese), Stuart Zagnit (4Kids, English) and Carter Cathcart (TPCi, English), Tara Sands (child, English)
- Professor Oak is a Pokémon researcher and the grandfather of Gary Oak. He was once a competitive Trainer, and is generally considered the best in his field. As such, his role in the Pokémon games and anime is that of a mentor to young Pokémon Trainers, a source of information and an occasional plot device. Amongst other things, he is credited with inventing the Pokédex. He also hands out a Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle to beginning trainers (depending on which Pokémon the trainer chooses) to start their adventure in the Kanto Region. Although he is an expert on all matters relating to Pokémon, Professor Oak specializes in Pokémon behavioural science.
- Oak's first name is revealed to be Samuel in "The Power of One", the main Feature of Pokémon: The Movie 2000. Additionally, it is apparent after Pokémon 3: The Movie that he has known Delia Ketchum since she was a child. In the Pokémon 4Ever, Ash meets a boy called Samuel who has been brought to the future by the time-travelling Celebi. At the end of the movie, Sam returns back to his time, with Ash upset to leave his new close friend. It is then revealed that the boy, Ash, Misty, and Brock befriended grew up to be Professor Oak, meaning that Professor Oak was best friends with Ash when he was a boy. He also creates poems centered around Pokémon and is known as the rhyming professor by Dawn. He is named after the oak tree in the English version of the game, while he is named after the orchid in the original Japanese version.
- Professor Felina Ivy (ウチキド博士, Uchikido-hakase, Professor Uchikido)
- Voiced by: Keiko Han (Japanese), Kayzie Rogers (English)
- Professor Ivy is the resident Pokémon professor of the Orange Islands, south of the region of Kanto. Professor Ivy is first introduced in the second season of the Pokémon anime. Ash and his friends, Misty and Brock make their way to Valencia Island and meet the Professor. The unusual Pokéball that Professor Ivy discovered is dubbed the GS Ball. It serves as a plot device that leads Ash to the region of Johto. During the second season, Brock decides to stay with Ivy to study Pokémon breeding, but later returns to Ash's group. Misty implies that Brock left Ivy because he has been "dumped". She also appears in the animated film Pokémon: The Movie 2000. Her English name is a reference to the ivy.
- Professor Elm (ウツギ博士, Utsugi-hakase, Professor Utsugi)
- Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (Japanese), Paul Frank (English)
- Professor Elm is in charge of giving novice trainers their first Pokémon (Chikorita, Cyndaquil, or Totodile) in the video games Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal. He was a student of Professor Oak and moved to New Bark Town in the region of Johto where he conducts his research on Pokémon breeding. His English name refers to the elm tree, while his Japanese name refers to Deutzia. Professor Elm dresses quite casually, with a shirt that has a stripe across it slightly covered by his lab coat. He wears khaki slacks and sometimes wears night slippers or moccasins.
- He is stereotypically depicted as a professor that has a tendency to be absent-minded, due to his immersion in his work. His forgetfulness was shown in an episode of the Pokémon anime where Team Rocket visit his laboratory, and the professor carelessly assumes them to be Nurse Joy from the Pokémon Center without looking up, and tells them to take the Pokémon, which they do. When the real Joy arrives, Elm discovers that one of his Pokémon, Totodile, has been stolen. With the help of Officer Jenny and the local Police Department, the Pokémon is recovered from Team Rocket. Professor Elm has also been described as the top student of Professor Oak, and seems to have a desire to surpass Professor Oak's accomplishments. He has a Corsola.
- Professor Birch (オダマキ博士, Odamaki-hakase, Professor Odamaki)
- Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (Japanese), Dan Green (English)
- Professor Birch is considered the "Pokémon Professor" in the Hoenn region. Unlike other Pokémon scientists, he is known for his field work, rather than, in his own words, remaining "cooped up in his lab all day." He is an expert in the field of Pokémon habitual distribution. He is also responsible for giving new Pokémon Trainers one of the three Hoenn starter Pokémon: Treecko, Torchic, or Mudkip. These Pokémon are found in Pokémon games Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. His English name refers to the birch tree, while his Japanese name refers to the Columbine flower.
- In the anime, Professor Birch appears at the start of the Hoenn Saga. When Ash arrives in the Hoenn region, his Pikachu is ill from an overexposure to magnetism, and needs treatment immediately. Birch himself takes Ash and Pikachu back to his lab. Birch gives May her first Pokémon, a Torchic, a Pokédex, and some Poké Balls. He later appears when Ash, May, Brock, and Max return to Littleroot to help save the Starter Pokémon from Team Rocket, and also helps to solve the mystery of Clamperl's evolutions.
- Professor Rowan (ナナカマド博士, Nanakamado-hakase, Professor Nanakamado)
- Voiced by: Iemasa Kayumi (Japanese), Sean Reyes (English)
- Professor Rowan is the authority on Pokémon in the region of Sinnoh, the setting of the Pokémon video games Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and Pokémon Platinum. Professor Rowan's name derives from the rowan tree, continuing the trend of the names of Pokémon professors deriving from the names of trees, while his Japanese name refers to Sorbus commixta, the Japanese Rowan tree.
- Rowan's laboratory is located in Sandgem Town, making him the first professor in the Pokémon series not to live in the protagonist's town. He specializes in the research of Pokémon evolution and is considered a senior researcher to Professor Oak, whom he is old friends with. He gives the player a Pokédex, and allows him or her and the rival to keep one of the three Sinnoh Starter Pokémon (Turtwig, Chimchar and Piplup) each after they are attacked by Starly while searching for a rare Pokémon, having seen a red Gyarados on TV appearing at Lake Verity (a reference to Pokémon Gold and Silver).
- Professor Rowan appears in the first episode of Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl, "Following a Maiden's Voyage!", he meets Dawn and later gives her Piplup. He runs a Pokémon Summer Academy; he is shown to be serious in nature as is exhibited by his breaking up Ash and Angie's constant fights and surprising them when they are late arriving to the Summer Academy.
- Professor Aurea Juniper (アララギ博士, Araragi-hakase, Professor Araragi)
- Voiced by: Naomi Shindō (Japanese), Khristine Hvam (English)
- Professor Juniper is the authority on Pokémon in the region of Unova, the setting of the Pokémon video games, Pokémon Black and White. Professor Juniper's name derives from the juniper tree, continuing the trend of the names of Pokémon professors deriving from the names of trees, while her Japanese name derives from a name for the Japanese Yew.
- Juniper's laboratory is located in Nuvema Town. In the anime, she is a friend of Professor Oak. As a present, she gives the player and the player's rivals Cheren and Bianca, the Starter Pokémon of Unova: Snivy, Tepig and Oshawott.
- Professor Juniper appears in the first episode of Pokémon: Black & White titled "In The Shadow of Zekrom!". She meets Trip and later gives him Snivy and when her Oshawott runs away and follows Ash, she allows Ash to keep the Pokémon.
- Professor Augustine Sycamore (プラターヌ博士, Platane-hakase, Professor Platane)
- Voiced by: Hiroshi Tsuchida (Japanese), Jake Paque (English)
- Professor Augustine Sycamore is the authority on Pokémon in the region of Kalos, the setting of the Pokémon video games, Pokémon X and Y. Professor Sycamore's name derives from the sycamore tree, continuing the trend of the names of Pokémon professors deriving from the names of trees, while his Japanese name derives from the French word for Plane Tree.
- Sycamore's laboratory is located in Lumiose City. He is the first Professor in the video games who the player is able to battle. To start the player on their journey he will give them a choice of Starter Pokémon of Kalos: Chespin, Fennekin, Froakie. He is also shown to have a connection with Alain.
- Professor Kukui (ククイ博士, Kukui-hakase, Professor Kukui)
- Voiced by: Keiichi Nakagawa (Japanese), Abe Goldfarb (English)
- Professor Kukui appears in the Alola region, where Pokémon Sun and Moon take place. His name comes from the candlenut tree (often referred to as kukui), a plant traditionally indigenous to Hawaii.
- Kukui is married to Professor Burnet, who studies the relationship between Pokémon and other dimensions. She works at the Dimensional Research Lab in Heahea City, which the player is invited to from Kukui in Pokémon Sun and Moon. This is the first time a professor in the Pokémon series has been revealed to have a romantic relationship with a named character.
- Kukui's laboratory is located on Route 1, the first time a professor's laboratory is not within a town or city. He also teaches students at a school that Ash currently attends with Lana, Mallow, Lillie, Sophocles and Kiawe. Kukui gives Ash a Rotom as the operating PokéDex. In the games, he offers the player Rowlet, Litten, or Popplio. Kukui also frequents the Battle Royal Dome under the alias "the Masked Royal". At the end of Pokémon Sun and Moon, the player can battle him as the Champion of the Alolan Elite Four.
- Professor Burnet (バーネット博士, Baanetto-hakase, Professor Burnet)
- Voiced by: Sachi Kokuryū (Japanese), Melissa Hope (English)
- Professor Burnet is the Lady of the year in Alola. Her research specializes in the relationship between Pokémon and other dimensions. Having won the Alola Lady of the year Award. She was later seen investigating the Altar of the Sunne alongside Lusamine, Wicke, and Faba, due to Ultra Aura being detected from that location. After returning empty-handed to the Aether Paradise, Ultra Aura is detected on Melemele Island, the source being Nebby. As a result, Burnet and the others head over to Professor Kukui's house. There, she is introduced to Ash, and she tells him about the legend of the Ultra Beasts and the possibility of Nebby being one.
- Giovanni (サカキ, Sakaki)
- Voiced by: Hirotaka Suzuoki (Seasons 1-8), Kenta Miyake (Season 9+, Japanese), Ted Lewis (Seasons 1-8, Season 11+), Craig Blair (Seasons 9 & 10, English)
- Giovanni is the leader of Team Rocket—having inherited his position from his mother—and the Viridian City Gym Leader. He is constantly frustrated by the failures of his operatives Jessie and James. Aside from the operations of Team Rocket, he also funded the creation of Mewtwo in Mewtwo Strikes Back. Mewtwo eventually escapes from him and he attempted to recapture the Pokémon in Mewtwo Returns—resulting in Mewtwo erasing all memories of himself from Giovanni's mind. Giovanni plays nearly the same role in the Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen video games.[disputed ] He also appears in the Pokémon Adventures manga. Like in the anime, he organizes Mewtwo's creation. In the FireRed and LeafGreen chapters, he uses Red, Blue, and Green to capture Deoxys and use it to find his son Silver. He also appears in the Pokémon Live! stage musical where he is played by Darren Dunstan. It is stated that he and Delia Ketchum were possibly romantically involved as teenagers, and she never told Ash as she feared he would misunderstand. However, the musical is not considered canon.
- Jessie (ムサシ, Musashi)
- Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese), Rachael Lillis (4Kids), Michele Knotz (TPCI) (English)
- Partner of James and have been bumbling for the first three series. During the Best Wishes series she gets promoted and no longer serves for comic relief. After her adventures in Unova, she was returned to her old, comical self. Jessie owns a Wobbuffet, who is the source of a running gag where he pops out of his Poke Ball at the strangest times.
- James (コジロウ, Kojirō)
- Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki (Japanese), Ted Lewis (up to and including episode 8; 4Kids), Eric Stuart (4Kids), James Carter Cathcart (TPCI) (English)
- Partner of Jessie and have been bumbling for the first three series. During the Best Wishes series he gets promoted and no longer serves for comic relief. After his adventures in Unova, he was returned to his old, comical self. Before joining Team Rocket, James was part of a noble, rich family, but it was a life he desperately wanted to escape from.
- Meowth (ニャース, Nyarth)
- Voiced by: Inuko Inuyama (Japanese), Matthew Sussman (up to and including dub episode 30; 4Kids), Maddie Blaustein (4Kids), James Carter Cathcart (TPCI) (English)
- Meowth fits in perfectly with his human comrades of Team Rocket as he is conniving, prideful, greedy, and mischievous. His ability to speak like a normal human only makes him equally outspoken. He sometimes views himself as the boss and the leader of the trio, reason being, he builds all the contraptions and thinks of all the plans, though he is rarely taken seriously. For all his faults however, he is loyal to Jessie and James, and never lets a few fights get in his way of being friends with them. He thinks highly of their boss Giovanni, and dwells on becoming his "top cat". Meowth is superb at lying, as he often tricks Ash and his friends to believe he is on their side. Pikachu is the only one who doubts Meowth's loyalty due to remembering his countless double crosses. Despite their rivalry, Meowth has arguably the most sociable moments with Pikachu, especially since they are often forced to team up for real. In some cases he laments they can easily be friends if not on opposite sides. As often as he likes to consider himself a dastardly villain, he is also often shown to be rather jaded and even philosophical at times. He often looks at the moon and laments his directions in life. Among the trio, Meowth tends to be the one who stands most on the facts rather than belief. Meowth frequently shows himself to be a rather amorous cat: in Kanto, before he met Jessie and James, he fell in love with a female Meowth named Meowzie, in Hoenn he fell in love with May's Skitty and in Sinnoh he fell in love with a female Glameow. In Unova he competed with Ash's Oshawott for both a male Purloin and Meloetta despite she was the main target for Team Rocket's Operation Tempest in the BW series until in the episode Unova Survival Crisis!. Also, in the short "Eevee and Friends" he also shown attraction for Espeon, Glaceon and Leafeon. His pursuits for Meowzie in particular chained off his ambitions to learn to speak and act human-like and ultimately his employment within Team Rocket. Meowth sparsely battles, he explains learning to walk and talk came at the expense of his battle abilities. As such, most instances he is forced to fight prove pitiful. On rare occasions however, when passionate or incensed enough, Meowth can be very formidable in battle. He has also proven quite able as a performer as well, helping Jessie win several contests and showcases. More commonly, Meowth acts as a translator for Team Rocket and sometimes Ash and his friends, translating what other Pokémon are saying. Meowth is jealous of Giovanni's Persian and has a desire to fill in for it as the boss's "top cat". In "Acting True to Form!", Meowth has a bitter rivalry with an Alolan Meowth who is very smart and cunning and also loyal to Jessie and James. Upon hearing that the Alolan Meowth was now working with Team Rocket later owned by their secretary Matori, he became disappointed to hear when he translated its language about its main reason to stay at their headquarters.
- Butch (コサブロウ, Kosaburō)
- Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (Japanese), Eric Stuart (4Kids), James Carter Cathcart (TPCI) (English)
- Partner of Cassidy and rival of James, more successful than him at first. He is looked upon favorably by Giovanni. The only problem with him is that nobody can get his name right at times, like calling him Biff, Bob, Bill, Buffy, Hutch, Futch etc., which infuriates him.
- Cassidy (ヤマト, Yamato)
- Voiced by: Masako Katsuki (Japanese), Megan Hollingshead, Andy Whaley (4Kids), Emlyn Morinelli McFarland (TPCI) (English)
- Partner of Butch and rival of Jessie, more successful than her at first. She is looked upon favorably by Giovanni.
- Dr. Namba (ナンバ博士, Dr. Namba)
- Voiced by: Ichiro Nagai (Japanese), Jimmy Zoppi (English)
- A scientist who works for Team Rocket. A running gag with Dr. Namba was that others kept pronouncing his name incorrectly, which he greatly disliked, resulting in him calling the offender (despite that he couldn't possibly have heard them) and yelling that his name is Namba. Like Butch he might be very OCD about people getting his name wrong.
- Professor Sebastian (シラヌイ博士, Dr. Shiranui)
- Voiced by: Hidetoshi Nakamura (Japanese), Eric Stuart (English)
- A scientist and the leader of Team Rocket's Johto operations, personally overseeing both Tyson and the duo of Atilla and Hun.
- Annie (ザンナー, Zanner)
- Voiced by: Uno Kanda (Japanese), Megan Hollingshead (English)
- Partner and older sister of Oakley and the secondary antagonist of "Pokémon Heroes".
- Oakley (リオン, Lion)
- Voiced by: Yumiko Shaku (Japanese), Lisa Ortiz (English)
- Partner and younger sister of Annie and the main antagonist of "Pokémon Heroes".
- Atilla (ブソン, Buson)
- Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (Japanese), Marc Thompson (English)
- Partner of Hun and one of the main antagonists of "The Legend of Thunder!". He acts as the muscle in his partnership.
- Hun (バショウ, Bashō)
- Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (Japanese), Veronica Taylor (English)
- Partner of Attila and one of the main antagonists of "The Legend of Thunder!". He acts as the brains in his partnership.
Team Aqua and Team MagmaEdit
Team Aqua and Team Magma (アクア団・マグマ団, Akua-dan Maguma-dan, Aqua Gang and Magma Gang) are the two villainous organizations in the Hoenn Region.
Team Aqua (アクア団, Akua-dan, Aqua Gang) are the rivals of Team Magma. They specialize in Water and Dark type Pokémon. Their goal is to raise the level of all the world's oceans with the power of Kyogre.
- Archie (アオギリ, Aogiri)
- Voiced by: Masaki Aizawa (Japanese), Sean Schemmel (English)
- Archie is the leader of Team Aqua. His goal is to wipe out the land in order to create more sea by using Kyogre. He is more misguided than truly evil, as he believes that his actions will benefit others. He becomes possessed by the power of the Red Orb, much like Pikachu and the Blue Orb. His only concern from that point is to raise the sea, even if it meant drowning all of his Team Aqua members.
- Shelly (イズミ, Izumi)
- Voice by: Shōko Tsuda (Japanese) Bella Hudson (English)
- A member of Team Aqua, Shelly first appeared in "A Three Team Scheme!", where she leads a group of Aqua grunts on a mission to intercept Team Magma, who are exploring some ancient ruins on Dewford Island in search of the Cave of Origin. Due to a dubbing error, she is mistakenly referred to as "Tactical Commander Isabel" during this episode, though her name is corrected in all subsequent appearances. In "Fight for the Meteorite!", Shelly leads a squad of Aqua grunts on a mission to Mt. Chimney, to try to steal a meteorite from Professor Cozmo before Team Magma could do so. Though they do not obtain the meteorite, Shelly still considers the mission a success, since the meteorite is destroyed and therefore Team Magma could not use it either. She appears again in "Unfair Weather Friends", where she and a group of Aqua grunts take the staff of the Weather Institute hostage in order to obtain their data on Groudon and Kyogre. However, their plans are thwarted by Magma agent Brodie, who makes off with the data himself. Shelly's final appearance is in "Gaining Groudon" and "The Scuffle of Legends". She sneaks onto Team Magma's base disguised as a Magma grunt and frees Kyogre from the cargo container, allowing Team Aqua to control it with the Red Orb. She is present during the battle between Kyogre and Groudon.
Team Magma (マグマ団, Maguma-dan, Magma Gang) are the rivals of Team Aqua. They are a group of experts in the fields of geology and plate tectonics. Like Team Rocket, some rebels are Pokémon thieves, but Team Magma specializes in the field of Fire and Ground type Pokémon. Their goal is to raise the level of all the world's landmasses with the power of Groudon.
- Maxie (マツブサ, Matsubusa)
- Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (Japanese), Marc Thompson (English)
- Maxie is the leader of Team Magma. His goal is to wipe out the sea in order to create more land by using a volcano and Groudon. He is more misguided than truly evil, as he believes that his actions will benefit others. Maxie meets Ash in the episode "Gaining Groudon", and tells him of his plans. He also tells Ash about the Blue Orb, which could control Groudon, and with it in his hands, he could make life better for himself. Suddenly, Pikachu gets possessed by the Blue Orb. It controls Groudon, and a cataclysmic battle begins, resulting in Groudon's victory.[disputed ] Afterwards, Maxie thanks Ash, realizing that the land of Hoenn was perfect the way it is.
- Tabitha (ホムラ, Homura)
- Voiced by: Yūto Kazama (Japanese), Greg Abbey (English)
- A member of Team Magma, Tabitha first appeared in "A Three Team Scheme!", where he leads a group of Magma Grunts in an exploration of some ancient ruins on Dewford Island in search of the Cave of Origin. They also have a confrontation with Team Aqua. Due to a dubbing error, he is mistakenly referred to as "Field Commander Harlan" during this episode, though his name is corrected in all subsequent appearances. Tabitha appears again in "The Spheal of Approval", where he and two Magma Grunts break into the Oceanic Museum in order to steal a rock sample owned by Captain Stern. Although Ash and his friends attempt to stop them, Team Magma successfully makes off with most of the sample. In "Fight for the Meteorite!", Tabitha leads a squad of Magma Grunts on a mission to Mt. Chimney, first stealing a meteorite from Professor Cozmo and then using it to power an experimental machine affecting the volcano. However, their plans were ultimately thwarted by Ash and Cozmo. His final appearances are in "Gaining Groudon" and "The Scuffle of Legends". His submarine accidentally picks up Ash and his friends while out on patrol, bringing them to Team Magma's base. He is present for the battle between Kyogre and Groudon.
- Brodie (バンナイ, Bannai)
- Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (Japanese), Andrew Paull (English)
- A spy with Team Magma, known as The Man of a Thousand Faces or Brodie The Phantom Thief, Brodie debuts in the episode "Unfair Weather Friends", disguised as Millie, a scientist at the Weather Institute who is supposed to be collecting data on Groudon. Team Aqua tries to steal the data directly, unaware "Millie" is really Brodie. When Shelly threatens to harm Bart and the other scientists at the Institute, Brodie reveals himself as a Team Magma agent and escapes with the information the Institute had gathered on the Legendary Pokémon. Brodie also appears in "The Ribbon Cup Caper". He disguises himself as various people, including Officer Jenny, in order to steal the Ribbon Cup for the Hoenn Grand Festival. When confronted by the real Officer Jenny, Brodie willingly gives up the Ribbon Cup because upon closer inspection "it wasn't valuable enough," and flies away once again.
- Butler (バトラー, Batorā)
- Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (young), Kōichi Yamadera, (Japanese), Wayne Grayson (English)
- A former scientist of Team Magma and a magician, Butler is fired from working with Team Magma because an experiment to create a Groudon from a fossilized remnant of it had failed. Fueled by bitterness, hatred and an extreme thirst for revenge, Butler assembles plan for alternative ways of creating a Groudon from scratch. He realizes that he needs a stronger energy source for the regeneration process. The power that he seeks is only available once in a millennium. Butler and his girlfriend, Diane, find the crystallized "cocoon" of Jirachi in Forina. When Ash, Brock, May and Max find Butler at the Millennium Festival, Butler presents Jirachi to Max because Max is supposedly the friend that Jirachi needs to find so it can awaken when the Millennium Comet comes. Butler uses Jirachi's power in the hopes to create a Groudon from scratch. However, he ends up with a manifestation of pure evil that resembles Groudon. When the false Groudon starts sucking up every Pokémon in sight, Butler begs Ash and Max to forgive him and help him to set his machine in reverse to get rid of Groudon. The plan is a success and the false Groudon is destroyed.
Team Galactic (ギンガ団, Ginga-dan, Galaxy Gang), is the crime syndicate in the Sinnoh region. Their goal is to catch the Pokémon that created the world: Dialga of time and Palkia of space, as well as Mesprit, Azelf, and Uxie, so that their leader, Cyrus, can destroy the universe and rebuild it in his own image with himself as an absolute god. However, only the Commanders and Boss are aware of this plan.
- Cyrus (アカギ, Akagi)
- Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (Japanese), Sean Schemmel (English)
- Cyrus is the leader of Team Galactic. His goal is to "create a new world" in his own image, with himself as the God of that world. In his first appearance, it is shown that he is a rich businessman who has made most of the buildings and libraries throughout Sinnoh. However, Ash and the others do not know that he is also the Team Galactic leader. Since then, he has appeared many times as the Team Galactic leader. In the end he has his dimension created, and enters it shortly before it is destroyed by Dialga and Palkia.
- Charon (プルート, Purūto, Pluto)
- Voiced by: Ken'ichi Ogata (Japanese), Mike Pollock (English)
- One of the Commanders and scientist of Team Galactic, Charon appears in "Saving the World From Ruins!", albeit not in a speaking role. He is seen briefly in Team Galactic's base. Charon makes his first full appearance in "Gateway to Ruin!" along with Saturn where they try to find the Spear Pillar in Mt. Coronet. Charon appears from "Unlocking the Red Chain of Events!" to "The Battle Finale of Legend!", where he assists in the final stages of the Red Chain project. He is not arrested, unlike the other three Commanders at the end of the arc. He appears briefly in "Memories are Made of Bliss!" in Team Rocket's fantasy with all the other members of Team Galactic. He is often seen with a laptop computer and does much of the technical work for Team Galactic's plans, such as monitoring energy levels and other statistics. Compared to the other Galactic members, he is the most laid back and upbeat, which often causes one-sided squabbles between him and Saturn.
- Saturn (サターン, Satān)
- Voiced by: Akemi Okamura (Japanese), Marc Thompson (English)
- One of the Commanders of Team Galactic, Saturn makes his first appearance at the end of "A Secret Sphere of Influence!" He, along with the other Team Galactic Grunts, comment that Jessie, James and Meowth did a lousy job at stealing the Adamant Orb for them, and framing Nando for the crime. Saturn's first speaking appearance is in "Journey to the Unown!" He manages to steal a cube that under the guard of the Unown of the Solaceon Ruins and brings it with him back to the Team Galactic HQ. Saturn appears again in "Enter Galactic!". He exposes the cube to the meteorites in Veilstone City, transforming it into the Spear Key. Later, he and a few Galactic Grunts go to steal the meteorites, but fails after battling with Brock in a match ending with a draw. He appears in "Losing Its Lustrous!" and "Double Team Turnover!", along with Cyrus, Jupiter and Mars. They steal the Lustrous Orb and Adamant Orb from the Celestic Town Historical Research Center. He reappears with Cyrus, Jupiter and Charon in "Saving the World From Ruins!" where he is put in charge of excavation of the Spear Pillar from Mt. Coronet. Saturn appears again in "Gateway to Ruin!", along with Charon, where they attempt to locate the ruins of Mt. Coronet. Saturn also appears "Unlocking the Red Chain of Events!", "The Needs of the Three!" and "The Battle Finale of Legend!", where he loses to Brock during the final battle. After Cyrus passes through the portal created by Dialga and Palkia he realizes that Cyrus is just using him and the other commanders to reach his own goals and cares little for those who serve him. Afterwards he is arrested along with Mars and Jupiter by Looker and states that Team Galactic was finished.
- Mars (マーズ, Māzu)
- Voiced by: Rie Tanaka (Japanese), Lisa Ortiz (English)
- One of the Commanders of Team Galactic, Mars makes her debut appearance in the anime in "Losing Its Lustrous!" She, along with Saturn, attempts to steal the Lustrous Orb from the Celestic Town museum. She also appears in "Double Team Turnover!", in which she informs Cyrus that the Red Chain project is nearing completion. Mars appears again in "Steeling Peace of Mind!" She brings the Spear Key to Iron Island, where she activates the ruins in the island to find the exact location of the Spear Pillar in Mt. Coronet. After failing to complete the task in "Saving the World From Ruins!", she attempts to blow up the island on Cyrus's orders, but she fails due to Riley and his Lucario. She later appears in "The Needs of the Three!" and "The Battle Finale of Legend!" After the disappearance of Cyrus, she becomes distraught and even tries following him, but is stopped by Saturn. The duo, along with Jupiter, are later arrested.
- Jupiter (ジュピター, Jupitā)
- Voiced by: Chinami Nishimura (Japanese), Eileen Stevens (English)
- One of the Commanders of Team Galactic, Jupiter makes her debut appearance in the anime in "Double Team Turnover!", where she is the one to get the Lustrous Orb back from Team Rocket after they steal it from the Celestic Town Historical Research Center. She is later assigned by Cyrus to lead the capture squad for the Lake guardians, along with some assistance from Pokémon hunters. She also has a cameo appearance in "Saving the World From Ruins!" Jupiter's first major appearance is in "Unlocking the Red Chain of Events!", where she protects Charon at the Fuego Ironworks while he works on the Red Chain. She successfully captures Looker, Jessie and James and later encounters Ash and his friends for the first time. During their encounter, she notes her disgust that Mesprit, Azelf and Uxie had chosen Dawn, Ash and Brock as their protectors rather than herself, Saturn and Mars. She and Charon escape. Jupiter is present when Team Galactic's plans come to a head in "The Needs of the Three!" where she battles Ash and his friends again. In "The Battle Finale of Legend!", she guards the outside of the Spear Pillar. She is quickly captured by Cynthia and later arrested, along with Mars and Saturn.
Team Plasma (プラズマ団, Purazuma-dan, Plasma Gang) is the criminal organization of Unova. Their goal is to liberate Pokémon from trainers and rule Unova.
- Ghetsis (ゲーチス・ハルモニア, Gēchisu Harumonia, G-Cis Harmonia)
- Voiced by: Masaki Aizawa (Japanese), Bill Rogers (English)
- Ghetsis is the leader of Team Plasma. His goal is to liberate all Pokémon from trainers and to rule Unova. He debuted in "Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot!", where he was seen briefly contacting Colress via a hologram communicator. He and Colress discussed the current status of the Pokémon control experiment, and when Ash, his friends, and Looker approached Team Plasma's laboratory, Ghetsis ordered Colress to turn the experimental Pokémon loose on them. He appeared again, this time in person, in "Team Plasma's Pokémon Manipulation!". He was seen contacting Colress for an update on his Pokémon control experiment. Later, Ghetsis spoke to several Team Plasma Grunts, who were spying on the excavations made at the White Ruins as well as looking for N and conducting the mysterious "Project G" and "Project F". Ghetsis reappeared in "Secrets From Out of the Fog!", where he was seen discussing his plans with Colress and Aldith. He was also seen in flashbacks to N's past, in which he raised N alongside Anthea and Concordia and wild Pokémon. In a later flashback, a ceremony he led in N's Castle involving N and the Seven Sages was interrupted by Reshiram, infuriating him. In "What Lies Beyond Truth and Ideals!", Ghetsis successfully summoned Reshiram and, with the help of Colress's machine, took control of it. Despite turning it on his enemies, however, he lost control of Reshiram when Colress's machine was destroyed. Ultimately, he was arrested by Looker along with the rest of his followers.
- N (エヌ, Enu)
- Voiced by: Yūichi Nakamura (Japanese), Nicholas DiMichele (English)
- Unlike the games, N is not a villain, but an ally to Ash and his friends. Like his game counterpart, N can hear the inner voices of Pokémon and believes that humans are using them for their own gain. However, he is not part of Team Plasma, but rather a defected member; Ghetsis raised him along with Anthea and Concordia, making them believe Pokémon cannot be equals with humans unless they are released from all Poké Balls. A short time before the present,[clarification needed][episode needed] N was about to be crowned King of Team Plasma in Ghetsis' plan to use N's pure-hearted desire to save Pokémon to summon Reshiram and enslave it. However, the attempt backfired, leaving Team Plasma's castle destroyed by Fusion Flare. N, along with Anthea and Concordia flee to a secluded abandoned castle, where they spend their time tending to mistreated Pokémon.
- Colress (アクロマ, Akuroma, Achroma)
- Voiced by: Hiroki Tōchi (Japanese), Eli James (English)
- Colress is a Pokémon researcher and the second boss of Team Plasma, appointed by Ghetsis. His goal is to discover the true way to draw out the strength of Pokémon. Colress debuts in "Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot!", conducting experiments with wild Pokémon with electromagnetic waves in an attempt to bring out their true strength. He plants one of his controlling devices on Ash's Pikachu, forcing him to fight his Trainer. However, Ash's encouragement allows Pikachu to fight against the EM waves, eventually causing the device to break and freeing Pikachu. Before he can gather further data, Team Rocket shows up, using one of their miniature robots to steal Colress's research data from his computer. Colress appears again in "Team Plasma's Pokémon Manipulation!", where it was revealed that he had upgraded his Pokémon-controlling machine with his remaining research data. The machine now fires a narrow energy beam which instantly brings any Pokémon it hits under Team Plasma's control. Using this machine, Colress takes control of a Haxorus and Iris's Dragonite. A Shadow Ball from Aldith's Liepard accidentally hits the machine, breaking it and freeing Haxorus and Dragonite from his control. Colress and the Plasma Grunts retreat. Colress appears briefly in "Secrets From Out of the Fog!" with Aldith, discussing Team Plasma's plans with Ghetsis on a videophone call. Colress appears again in "Meowth, Colress and Team Rivalry!", where he refuses Meowth's attempt to recruit him to Team Rocket. However, he offers to allow Meowth to participate in an experiment to increase his strength. Colress controls Meowth's mind with the experiment, but Jessie and James snap him out of it before escaping. Later, Colress is seen with his Grunts reporting to Ghetsis, who revealed information about the Light Stone to them. In "Ash and N: A Clash of Ideals!", Colress appears with the rest of Team Plasma to commence their operation at the White Ruins. While Aldith, Barret and many other Grunts ambush the workers at the site, Colress uses his perfected machine to seize control of the workers' Pokémon and turn them on their Trainers. In "Team Plasma and the Awakening Ceremony!", he also takes control of Pikachu again, forcing N to surrender the Light Stone to Team Plasma in exchange for Ash's safety. He appears again in "What Lies Beyond Truth and Ideals!", aiding Ghetsis in taking control of the awakened Reshiram. When Ash and Pikachu try to stop him, he uses his machine on Pikachu yet again. However, this time Pikachu fights against its control, and - together with Reshiram - destroy Colress's machine once and for all, thus freeing the controlled Pokémon. Colress and the other Team Plasma members are later arrested by Looker, thus bringing the team down.
- Aldith (アンジー, Anjī, Angie)
- Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (Japanese), Lori Gardner (English)
- A member of Team Plasma, Aldith first appears in "Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot!", observing Colress's work with controlling wild Pokémon with radio waves. During the tests, she experiences some friction with the scientist in terms of their ultimate goals; while Aldith expected the results of the experiment to help Team Plasma's takeover of Unova, Colress was merely interested in unlocking the true strength of Pokémon. When Looker, Ash and his friends arrive, she orders her fellow grunts to hold them off until Colress's test subjects are battle-ready, at which point she leads a retreat to lure her foes into their observatory base. Aldith commands Colress's brainwashed wild Pokémon against the intruders, as well as Pikachu when Colress attaches a transmitter to its head. When Pikachu manages to overcome the brainwashing, Aldith reminds Colress about the situation. After Team Rocket's interference destroys Colress's machine, freeing the mind-controlled Pokémon, Aldith joins her teammates in retreat, using a self-destruct mechanism to destroy the observatory and get rid of the remaining evidence of their activity. She reappears in "Team Plasma's Pokémon Manipulation!", where once again monitors a mind-controlling experiment of Colress, this time on a Haxorus. When Team Rocket shows up in an attempt to steal Colress's mind-controlling device, a battle starts, where a Shadow Ball from Aldith's Liepard misses its target and accidentally hits the machine, freeing the controlled Pokémon and forcing Team Plasma to retreat. Aldith has a short appearance in "Secrets From Out of the Fog!", communicating with Ghetsis alongside Colress. She appears in "Meowth, Colress and Team Rivalry!" as part of Colress's security force at his latest lab. When Team Rocket appears, she, along with Barret and several other Grunts, chase the trio out into the woods. There, they are drawn into a trap and did not escape for some time. Aldith appears with the rest of Team Plasma for the beginning of their operation at the White Ruins in "Ash and N: A Clash of Ideals!" She appears in "Team Plasma and the Awakening Ceremony!" and "What Lies Beyond Truth and Ideals!" She—along with Ghetsis, Colress, and Barret—is arrested in the end.
- Barret (ブラッド, Buraddo, Brad)
- Voiced by: Kensuke Satō (Japanese), Darren Dunstan (English)
- A member of Team Plasma, Barret first appears with two other grunts looking for N under Ghetsis's orders. Barret finds N when he uses a locator inside his briefcase and deduces the hidden location. With N found, Barret is beaten in battle by Ash and his friends, who escape with N. Barret becomes upset about not being able to capture N and leaves the forest. In "Meowth, Colress and Team Rivalry!", when Team Rocket hacks into Team Plasma's data, the trio imprison Barret, Aldith and the grunts while they run off with the data. However, Barret breaks them free. In "Ash and N: A Clash of Ideals!", he battles with Cedric Juniper's assistants' Pokémon with Colress's aid. In "Team Plasma and the Awakening Ceremony!", he tries to stop Ash and his Pokémon from saving the others using the ones Colress controls with his machine. He is arrested alongside Ghetsis, Colress, Aldith and the other Grunts in "What Lies Beyond Truth and Ideals!" by Looker, after Ghetsis' plan of using Reshiram failed.
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Team Flare (フレア団, Furea-dan, Flare Gang), is the crime syndicate in the Kalos region. Their sole goal is to find the Legendary Pokémon Zygarde and wipe out the ugliness within humanity to create a new "beautiful world".
- Lysandre (フラダリ, Furadari, Fleur-de-lis)
- Voiced by: Hideaki Tezuka (Japanese), H.D. Quinn (English)
- Lysandre is the leader of Team Flare, and the creator of Lysandre Labs. Lysandre is a calm, respected man, who works together with the scientists of his own laboratory, the Lysandre Labs, to create a better future. Despite his somewhat friendly behavior, deep down lies a dark man working with Team Flare to capture the two Zygarde cores. He is able to take control of blue-core Zygarde - referred to as "Z2" - and launches an attack on Lumiose City, devastating it. Alain and Ash team up and defeat him, and Bonnie and Clemont are able to free Zygarde. Z2 and the red-core Zygarde - referred to as "Squishy" - then fuse into Zygarde's Complete Forme and defeat Lysandre, though his fate is unknown after the giant rock is destroyed.
- Xerosic (クセロシキ, Kuseroshiki, Xerosicy)
- Voiced by: Tsuguo Mogami (Japanese), Abe Goldfarb (English)
- Xerosic is a scientist of Team Flare who detbued in "From A to Z!" He is first seen at Lysandre Labs, receiving information that both Mable and Celosia had failed in their missions to capture 50% Zygarde and Zygarde Core, respectively. He then informs them that Aliana and Bryony would now take on the capturing missions as well. At the end of the episode, he and Lysandre watch the footage Bryony had sent of her encounter with Zygarde, and he becomes excited over discovering that Zygarde possesses a power Team Flare had previously been unaware of. He reappears in "Meeting at Terminus Cave!", again coordinating Team Flare's attacks on Squishy and the study of Zygarde's powers. In "A Meeting of Two Journeys!", Xerosic travels to a remote island to test a prototype weapon that harnesses the energy of the Zygarde Cores and Mega Evolution, causing the trees on the island to bloom red flowers. Following Z2's capture in "An Explosive Operation!", Xerosic is often seen monitoring Z2 and performing experiments on it, using the Giant Rock that Lysandre captures in "Mega Evolution Special III". In "Down to the Fiery Finish!", he uses Team Flare's Mega Evolution energy weapon to control Z2, causing it to unleash massive roots throughout Lumiose City. During the crisis, Xerosic remains in the Lumiose Gym, overseeing Team Flare's operation, and eventually succeeds in controlling Squishy as well. When Clemont and Clembot infiltrate the Gym, Xerosic is challenged by Clemont to a battle for the Lumiose Gym, and is eventually ejected from the Gym. Xerosic reappears in "Facing the Needs of the Many!", kidnapping and possessing Clemont as an act of revenge for defeating him during the Team Flare crisis. Once Ash, Serena and Bonnie, arrive, Xerosic orders Clemont to annihilate them. However, Clemont had placed a microchip on the side of his head beforehand to prevent himself from being controlled. Outraged, Xerosic battles Ash and Clemont, but loses. He then attempts to escape by jumping out of his helicopter, but is grabbed by Clemont's Aipom Arm. After the helicopter lands, he is arrested by Officer Jenny.
- Celosia (コレア, Korea, Correa)
- Voiced by: Karin Nanami (Japanese), Rebecca Soler (English)
- Celosia is a member of Team Flare who debuted in "From A to Z!" She is first seen leading a group of Team Flare Grunts to recapture Squishy. She manages to find the Zygarde Core, but thanks to Ash, his friends, and Sawyer's interference, she is unable to retrieve it. When she later informs Xerosic of what had happened, he tells her that Bryony has been tasked with capturing the Core as well. The following night, Celosia leads yet another group of Grunts in an attempt to capture the Core, but with Ash and Sawyer covering Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie's retreat, she is once again unsuccessful. She reappeared in "Meeting at Terminus Cave!", teaming up with Bryony to retrieve the Core in Terminus Cave. After a prolonged struggle, during which Team Rocket interferes as well, Team Flare is forced to retreat, as they are unable to defeat Ash's Greninja. In the next episode, she, along with Bryony and several Grunts, monitor sensors to find Squishy, and order two Grunts to watch Ash and his friends. Later, the sensors catch energy waves coming from Squishy and Z2, and manage to determine Squishy's location. However, they are unable to make it in time and lose sight of Squishy. Celosia appears again in "A Towering Takeover!", during Team Flare's attack on Lumiose City, where she allows Team Flare to capture Ash and Pikachu. In the following episode, Celosia is seen at Lysandre Labs with Mable, where the two see the helicopter containing Serena, Mairin, Professor Sycamore, and Team Rocket, nearing their hideout through their security cameras. Upon the infiltration of their base, Celosia goes to stop Serena and the rest and faces Team Rocket in battle. Celosia continues battling with Mable in "Rocking Kalos Defenses!". However, the two Scientists are quickly defeated and subdued in Team Rocket's net trap.
- Mable (モミジ, Momiji)
- Voiced by: Sayuri Hara (Japanese), Laurie Hymes (English)
- Mable is a member of Team Flare who debuted in "From A to Z!" She is first seen leading a group of Team Flare Grunts in Terminus Cave, where they fail to capture 50% Zygarde. Mable is later seen informing Lysandre and Xerosic of the failure of her mission. Mable briefly appears in "Meeting at Terminus Cave!" in a video call with Xerosic, where she and Aliana are ordered to head to Z2 after Team Flare discovers its location thanks to their sensors. She reappears in "An Explosive Operation!", where she, Aliana, and several Team Flare Grunts try to capture Z2. Despite having his camouflage abilities disabled, Z2 transforms into its 10% Forme and used its powerful attacks to defeat Team Flare. Mable takes part in a battle between Team Flare and Team Rocket, who also wants Z2. After a prolonged struggle, Team Flare emerges victorious and corners Z2. This, however, triggers Z2 to transform to its 50% Forme and it easily blows Mable and the others back. Alain interferes with Z2, allowing Team Flare to fire at Z2 with their lasers and capture it. During Team Flare's attack on Lumiose City, Mable had been ordered to stay at Lysandre Labs. In "Coming Apart at the Dreams!", she and Celosia see a helicopter containing Serena, Mairin, Professor Sycamore, and Team Rocket nearing Lysandre Labs through their security cameras. In the following episode, Mable tries taking down the helicopter, but is attacked by Steven. She and several Team Flare Grunts then face Steven in battle. Mable appears again in "Rocking Kalos Defenses!", where she joins Celosia in her battle against Team Rocket. However, the two Scientists are quickly defeated and subdued.
- Aliana (アケビ, Akebi)
- Voiced by: Rinko Natsuhi (Japanese), Theresa Buchheister (English)
- Aliana is a member of Team Flare who debuted in "From A to Z!" She is seen at Lysandre Labs with Bryony when Xerosic informs her that she would be tasked with capturing 50% Zygarde, which Mable had recently failed to accomplish. Aliana briefly appears in "Meeting at Terminus Cave!" in a video call with Xerosic, where she and Mable are ordered to head to Z2 after Team Flare finds its location thanks to their sensors. She reappears in "An Explosive Operation!", where she, Mable, and several Team Flare Grunts try to capture Z2. Despite having his camouflage abilities disabled, Z2 transforms into its 10% Forme and used its powerful attacks to defeat Team Flare, escaping them again. Aliana takes part in a battle between Team Flare and Team Rocket, who also wants Z2. After a prolonged struggle, Team Flare emerges victorious and corners Z2. This, however, triggers Z2 to transform to its 50% Forme and blow Aliana and the others back. Alain interferes with Z2, allowing Team Flare to fire at Z2 with their lasers and capture it. Aliana appears again in "A Towering Takeover!", during Team Flare's attack on Lumiose City, where she guards the Prism Tower with Bryony and prevents Serena, Clemont, Bonnie, Clembot, and Blaziken Mask from entering. In the following episode, she and Bryony battle against Clemont, Clembot, and Blaziken Mask, but both ended up getting defeated and are captured, allowing Clemont and Clembot to enter Prism Tower.
- Bryony (バラ, Bara)
- Voiced by: Akane Fujita (Japanese), Emily Woo Zeller (English)
- Bryony is a member of Team Flare who debuted in "From A to Z!", where Xerosic sends her to retrieve Squishy. She is later seen cornering Squishy, who transforms into its 10% Forme and fore Bryony and her assistant Grunts to retreat. She reappears in "Meeting at Terminus Cave!", teaming up with Celosia to retrieve Squishy in Terminus Cave. After a prolonged struggle, during which Team Rocket interferes as well, Team Flare is forced to retreat, as they are unable to defeat Ash's Greninja and Squishy flees. In the next episode, she, along with Celosia and several Grunts, monitor sensors to find Squishy. Bryony and Celosia also order two Grunts to watch Ash and his friends. Later, the sensors catch energy waves coming from Squishy and Z2, and manage to determine Squishy's location. However, they are unable to make it in time and lose sight of Squishy. Bryony appears again in "A Towering Takeover!", during Team Flare's attack on Lumiose City, where she guards the Prism Tower with Aliana. In the following episode, she and Bryony battle against Clemont and Blaziken Mask, but both are defeated and are captured by Clembot, allowing Clemont and Clembot to enter Prism Tower.
Team Skull (スカル団, Skaru-dan, Skull Gang) is the criminal organization in the Alola region. Their goal is to steal Pokémon for the Aether Foundation.
- Guzma (グズマ, Guzma)
- Voiced by: Yasuyuki Kase (Japanese), Evan Maltby (English)
- Guzma is the leader of Team Skull.
- Plumeria (プルメリ, Plumeri)
- Voiced by: Saki Endō (Japanese), Jo Armeniox (English)
- Plumeria is the admin of Team Skull.
- Tupp (タッパ, Tupper)
- Voiced by: Takaaki Uchino (SM001-SM011, Japanese), Toru Sakurai (SM024-present, Japanese), Billy Bob Thompson (English)
- Tupp is a member of Team Skull.
- Rapp (ラップ, Wrap)
- Voiced by: Madoka Asahina (Japanese), Lori Phillips (English)
- Rapp is a member of Team Skull.
- Zipp (ジップ, Zip)
- Voiced by: Soshiro Hori (Japanese), Jake Paque (English)
- Zipp is a member of Team Skull.
- Pokémon Hunter J (ポケモン ハンター J, Pokémon Hantaa J)
- Voiced by: Takako Honda (Japanese), Sonny Dey (English)
- J was a ruthless and cruel Pokémon hunter around Sinnoh who captured and stole Pokémon to sell them on the black market to her clients for money. She is extremely ruthless and doesn't care about the well-being of others, even her henchman and her clients. She became angry when her clients decided to end their deal and decided to never work for those who she considered "Contract Breakers". Nonetheless, she always gets proud and underestimates her opponents when she thinks she is about to win, leading her fall into the lake.
- Faba (ザオボー, Sauboh)
- Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono (Japanese), Daniel J. Edwards (English)
- Faba is a very skeptical person, who has his doubts in others. In addition, Faba is also very grouchy, and slightly pessimistic on progress of others and showing hostility when he angrily throws Ash's Rowlet after he mistakenly takes it instead of Nebby who manages to Teleport. Faba is also sneaky to convince the Team Rocket trio to serve as bodyguards in Aether Paradise, but strictly orders them whenever their leader has visitors such as Ash and the group. Like the other recurring villains aside from the Team Rocket trio, Faba has a sinister side similar to Giovanni's who has his own evil ambitions and his plans to capture Nebby and other Ultra Beasts for his experiments identical to Xerosic's before being freed by Ash and the group and leading its evolution to Cosmoem. After being rejected by a Nihilego, which ends up possessing his boss instead, Faba regrets his actions. After Nihilego is defeated, he becomes much nicer, apologizing to Ash and his friends for his sinister ambitions. However, he still retains his pride of the inventions he makes.
- Viren (ブルガン, Bourgain)
- Voiced by: Kiyomitsu Mizuuchi (Japanese), H.D. Quinn (English)
- Viren is the selfish and greedy owner of Rainbow Happy Resorts, building the resorts throughout Alola by illegal means and avoiding any punishments from the crimes he committed.
- Delia Ketchum (ハナコ, Hanako)
- Voiced by: Masami Toyoshima (Japanese), Veronica Taylor (4Kids, English), Sarah Natochenny (TPCI, English)
- Delia Ketchum is very caring toward her son, Ash, always reminding him to do his best. She is very talented, having won a beauty pageant and cooked a dish so popular that elite chefs at the Indigo Plateau have asked for its recipe. She has a Mr. Mime housekeeper nicknamed Mimey, who helps her with chores and is also rather adept in battle. Ash's journey to the Alola region begins when Mimey wins Ash and Delia some plane tickets there. Delia's name is first mentioned in dialogue in the film Pokémon: The Movie 2000.
- Johanna (アヤコ, Ayako)
- Voiced by: Makoto Tsumura (Japanese), Sarah Natochenny (English)
- Johanna is the mother of Dawn and a former Pokémon Coordinator, having won the Ribbon Cup and the title of Top Coordinator after winning the Sinnoh Grand Festival when she was younger. Dawn grew up inspired by her achievements and decided to follow in her footsteps, wanting to become a great Coordinator as well. When Dawn leaves on her journey, Johanna gives her the first Contest Ribbon she received as a good luck charm. Johanna watches all of Dawn's Contests on television along with her Glameow. She also has newspaper articles about Dawn's victories and pictures of her competing in Contests and the Hearthome Collection in her living room. Although she keeps track of Dawn's journey, she doesn't like to get too involved, telling Dawn she would be better off relying on her friends and her Pokémon instead of her mother, and to use her losses as a learning opportunity. She teaches other Coordinators from her house.
- Caroline (ミツコ, Mitsuko)
- Voiced by: Yumi Tōma (Japanese) Megan Hollingshead (AG003, (English) Karen Neill (4Kids, English) Klara Leopold (PUSA, English)
- Caroline is the mother of May and Max and wife of Norman. She asks May to be with Max and protect him. When Norman prepares some fireworks with Nurse Joy anniversary gift, Caroline mistakenly assumes he is leaving her for Nurse Joy, before the misununderstanding is resolved.
- Norman (センリ, Senri)
- Voiced by: Jūrōta Kosugi (Japanese), Dan Green (English)
- Norman is the father of May and Max, the husband of Caroline, and the Petalburg Gym Leader. He uses a Vigoroth to save May's Torchic from Team Rocket. In "Love, Petalburg Style!", Norman has Nurse Joy set up a special firework display to make fireworks in a form of a Beautifly as a wedding anniversary gift for Caroline, which Caroline initially misunderstands. Ash wins a Balance Badge from Norman in "Balance of Power".
- Grace (サキ, Saki)
- Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame (Japanese), Erica Schroeder (English)
- Grace is Serena's mother and a Rhyhorn racer. She makes her debut appearance in "Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!", where she has her Fletchling. In "A Battle of Aerial Mobility!", Grace wished Serena good luck on her journey as her daughter sets off to Lumiose City to get her first Pokémon. She appears again in "Giving Chase at the Rhyhorn Race!", where she tells Serena to continue traveling with Ash and the others, saying that it would be good for her. Grace watches Serena competing in the Dendemille Town Pokémon Showcase on television in "Performing with Fiery Charm!" Grace appears in "Master Class is in Session!" and "Performing a Pathway to the Future!" to watch Serena's Master Class Showcase in person. After watching the Showcase (which results in Serena's loss), Grace tells Serena that she did her best in the Showcase, which is all what matters. Grace appears again in "The First Day of the Rest of your Life!", watching Serena's performance along with Shauna and Jessie. After the performance Grace asks of Serena to have some confidence, reminding Serena is her daughter.
- Meyer (リモーネ, Rimōne, Limoone) / Blaziken Mask (バシャーモかめん, Bashāmo Kamen, Bursyamo Mask)
- Voiced by: Kensuke Satō (Japanese), Tom Wayland (XY009-XY066), Wayne Grayson (XY067-present) (English)
- Meyer is the father of Clemont and Bonnie and the manager of an electrical appliance store. Meyer first appeared as Blaziken Mask in "Lumiose City Pursuit!" His Blaziken saves Ash from falling off of the Prism Tower. The two then left by leaping away. He appears as Meyer for the first time in "Clemont's Got a Secret!", reminding Clemont that strictness is not enough for one to become a Trainer and unintentionally reveals to Ash and Serena that Clemont is also the Lumiose Gym Leader. Moved by Clemont announcing he is to travel with Ash and Serena to become stronger, Meyer hugs his two children and calls for a party to celebrate, allowing them to continue on their journey. In "Mega-Mega Meowth Madness!", Meyer, as Blaziken Mask, uses his Blaziken to save Ash, Pikachu, Serena, Clemont, Bonnie, Professor Sycamore, and Chespin from Team Rocket's mecha before the two leap away. In "Confronting the Darkness!", Blaziken mask has his Blaziken defeat Team Rocket, who had just stolen Clembot, the interim Lumiose Gym Leader, and the Dark Clembot, a duplicate of Clembot who tries to frame Clembot. In "The Moment of Lumiose Truth!", Meyer watches the Gym Battle between Ash and Clemont. In "Garchomp's Mega Bond!", he reappears as Blaziken Mask. His true identity is discovered and known by Professor Sycamore by the end of the episode. In "Down to the Fiery Finish!", doing some work on a roof with Clembot listening to the match with Alain and Ash on the radio. He reappears as Blaziken Mask in "A Towering Takeover!", where he joined the fight against Team Flare. In "Coming Apart at the Dreams!", he saves Bonnie from some rampant vines that are being generated by Z2. He then tries to stop her from confronting Squishy. He reappeared in "The Right Hero for the Right Job!", where he protects Bonnie from a rampant and mind-controlled Squishy. In "Rocking Kalos Defenses!" and "Forming a More Perfect Union!" Blaziken Mask and Blaziken are among those trying to stop the Giant Rock. After an attack, his secret identity is accidentally revealed to his children. In "Battling With a Clean Slate!", Meyer helps repair the Lumiose Gym. Later, he referees the Gym battle between Clembot and Alvin.
- Abe (マオのパパ, Mao no papa, Mao's father)
- Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (Japanese), Sean Reyes (English)
- Abe is the father of Mallow and the owner of the Aina's Kitchen. He first appears in "A Seasoned Search!" Abe appears in "Mallow and the Forest Teacher!", where Mallow runs away into the forest after having had enough and encounters the same Oranguru that Abe did in the past. Abe later found Mallow and they made up.
- Olivia (ライチ, Raichi, Lychee)
- Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese), Marisa Kennedy (English)
- Olivia is the Kahuna of Akala Island. She appears in person in "The Island Whisperer!", in which she takes Ash and his Pokémon School classmates to visit Akala Island. In "Treasure Hunt, Akala Style!", where she organizes a treasure hunt for the students on Akala. In "Big Sky, Small Fry!", she gives a Z-ring to Lana which is created from a sparkling stone Lana finds on the treasure hunt. In "Currying Favor and Flavor!", Olivia sends Ash and Mallow on a search for ingredients for the famous "Akala Curry". Their search eventually leading them to Lush Jungle, where Ash is challenged by Totem Lurantis. After Ash defeats Lurantis, Olivia reveals that the entire search had actually been a part of Ash's trial, and he is now qualified to take on her grand trial. "In Trials and Determinations!", Ash wins his grand trial against Olivia. After the battle, Olivia gives Ash a Rockium Z. Olivia constantly gets knocked to the ground over simple tasks like walking up the stairs or opening a door. She has a natural affinity even with highly guarded and aggressive Pokémon such as Kiawe's Turtonator and Ash's Litten.
- Lusamine (ルザミーネ, Ruzamiine)
- Voiced by: Sayaka Kinoshita (Japanese), Bobbi Hartley (English)
- The mother of Lillie and Gladion, Lusamine is the leader of the Aether Foundation. She keeps doting towards her daughter Lillie, like messing around with her hair. She fuses with the Ultra Beast Nihilego, and starts acting like a child and kept telling her children. Once she is finally diffuses with Nihilego from its defeat, Lusamine also becomes deeply emotional towards her children upon their reunion once more.
- Nurse Joy (ジョーイ, Jōi)
- Voiced by: Ayako Shiraishi (EP002-EP229, Japanese), Yuriko Yamaguchi (EP245-EP488; EP517-EP656, Japanese), Kikuko Inoue (Temp. Replacement from EP491-EP516, Japanese), Chika Fujimura (EP659-EP795, Japanese), Chinatsu Akasaki (EP802-present, Japanese), Megan Hollingshead (Season 1-6, English), Erica Schroeder (Season 7-8, Season 16, English), Michele Knotz (Season 9-13, English), Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld (Season 14-16, English) Kate Bristol (Season 17-19, English) Suzy Myers (Season 20, English)
- "Joy" is the shared last name of the Joy family, in which most members are nurses. They mainly work in Pokémon Centers, but they also work in other locations. Brock, who claims to be able to tell the Joys just by minor appearance details (different-colored crosses on their hats; hair is slightly shorter; smile is wider; etc.), is infatuated with every Nurse Joy he meets, and often has to be restrained by a traveling companion. Although all of them look almost identical to each other, some do have different personalities, and a few even other occupations besides nursing. Multiple Joys are judges in Pokémon Contests. In the "Drifloon in the Wind", there is a Nurse Joy who is married and has two daughters who both have the name "Joy" and look exactly like their mother. Pokémon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga author Toshihiro Ono cited her as one of his favorite characters to draw for the series, stating the reason as "because she's a girl".
- Officer Jenny (ジュンサー, Junsā, Junsar)
- Voiced by: Chinami Nishimura (EP002-EP632, Japanese), Chiaki Takahashi (EP663-EP795, Japanese), Chiemi Ishimatsu (EP801-present, Japanese) Lee Quick (Season 1-7, English), Jamie Davyous Owens (Season 8, English), Emlyn Morinelli McFarland (Season 9-13, English), Emily Bauer (Season 14-16, English), Saskia Maarleveld (Season 17-19 English), Samantha Moon (Season 20-present, English)
- "Jenny" is the shared last name of the Jenny family, in which most members are police officers and maintain the law and order in the Pokémon world and often oppose members of Team Rocket. The Japanese name, junsaa, means "police officer".
- Vivian Meridian (ビビアン, Bibian)
- Voiced by: Yumi Takada (Japanese), Lisa Adams (4Kids), Sonny Dey (PUSA/DuArt) (English)
- Vivian Meridian is the main Pokémon Contest host of the Hoenn region and the older sister of Lilian Meridian.
- Lilian Meridian (リリアン, Ririan)
- Voiced by: Akemi Okamura (Japanese), Lisa Adams (4Kids), Kayzie Rogers (PUSA/DuArt) (English)
- Lilian Meridian is the main Pokémon Contest host for the Kanto region and the younger sister of Vivian Meridian.
- Steven Stone (ツワブキ・ダイゴ, Daigo Tsuwabuki)
- Voiced by: Rintarō Nishi (season 6) Ken'ichi Suzumura (Mega Evolution Specials, seasons 18–19) (Japanese), Andrew Paull (English)
- A Steel-type Trainer and the Champion of the Hoenn region by season 18, Steven's appeared in person in "A Hole Lotta Trouble". Steven has had his own Aron use Roar to calm the agitated Aron horde that was terrorizing Ash, his friends, and Team Rocket in Granite Cave. He then tells the horde that the group are good people and they turn around and leave. Steven finds a Fire Stone with the help of Aron. He decides to lead Ash and his friends out of Granite Cave and took them to a deserted inlet, an ideal place for Ash to train for his rematch with Brawly at the Dewford Gym. Steven reappears in "Mega Evolution Special II", where he battles Alain using his Shiny Mega Metagross, but the battle is interrupted by Lysandre. Deciding to cooperate with Alain and company, Steven travels to an ancient ruin, discovering a mechanism where two Key Stones summon a glowing Giant Rock from underneath the ruin. After Lysandre and his research team begins analyzing the giant stone, a Rayquaza appears from the sky, Mega Evolves into Mega Rayquaza, and overwhelms Alain and Steven's Mega Evolved Pokémon. In "Mega Evolution Special III", Alain and Steven head for the ocean, where Primal Reversion Groudon and Kyogre clash with one another. In "Mega Evolution Special IV", Steven returns Mairin and Mairin's Chespin, Chespin to Kalos. Steven watches the battle between Alain and Malva. After the battle, Steven arrived to where Chespie is lying in a bed, unconscious from absorbing too much energy from an experiment. Steven meets with Sawyer in a flashback in "Rivals: Today and Tomorrow!" He reappears in "The Right Hero for the Right Job!", "Rocking Kalos Defenses!", and "Forming a More Perfect Union!", where he joins the battle against Team Flare. He eventually battled alongside Ash, Alain, Diantha, and all of the Kalos Gym Leaders in order to stop the Giant Rock. It is revealed in "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life!" that Steven is the one who gave Sawyer a Key Stone. Later, in "Till We Compete Again!", Steven and Sawyer study the Giant Rock. He proceeds to give Sawyer some information, which Sawyer then writes down in his notebook. He is seen as a sort of mentor figure by Sawyer, whom Steven gave a Key Stone and Sceptilite.
- Raoul Contesta (コンテスタ, Contesuta)
- Voiced by: Koichi Sakaguchi (Japanese) Mike Pollock (Season 6-8, Season 13, English) Craig Blair (Season 9-12, English)
- Mr. Contesta is main judge of the three contest judges of Pokémon Contests. He is usually the first one to comment on the Pokémon, and the one who offers advice to the Coordinators. He is critical, but fair in his judgments.
- Mr. Sukizo (スキゾー, Sukizou-san)
- Voiced by: Yoshinori Sonobe (Japanese) Darren Dunstan (Season 6-8, English) Jimmy Zoppi (Season 9-13, English)
- Mr. Sukizo is one of the three judges for Pokémon contests, alongside Mr. Contesta and Nurse Joy. His appearance resembles that of a male PokéFan, which may have served as inspiration for his design. Sukizo is a man of few words as the only thing he ever seems to say is "I like it" (好きですね). In the English adaptation of the series, his phrase is "remarkable".
- Casey (ナナコ, Nanako)
- Voiced by: Nina Kumagaya (Japanese), Kerry Williams (English)
- Casey is a Pokémon Trainer from New Bark Town in Johto. Being a fan of the Electabuzz baseball team, Casey likes yellow Pokémon with stripes. Ash belittled her team, claiming it was weak, making Casey furious to challenge him to a battle, which Ash wins. Team Rocket deceives Casey into battling Ash once more, claiming that his use of Charizard broke the rules. Team Rocket takes the opportunity to catch Chikorita and Pikachu, which makes Casey realize they fooled her. Ash and Casey defeat Team Rocket. Later, during the Bug Contest, Ash warns Casey she was pushing Chikorita too hard, though Casey ignores Ash. When Chikorita runs away, Misty scolds Casey, reminding her it is important to look after the Pokémon, rather than winning the Contest. Casey apologizes for pushing Chikorita so hard. Team Rocket arrives and kidnapped Ash and Pikachu. Casey let Chikorita know she is with it, which makes Chikorita evolve into a Bayleef to beat Team Rocket again and free Ash and Pikachu. After the Contest ends, Casey, who did not win, felt like a winner for having Bayleef on her side. Knowing that Casey loves yellow Pokémon with stripes, Ash gives away the Beedrill he caught in the Contest to Casey. Casey meets up with Ash and his friends again, with the help of her evolved Meganium catches another yellow striped Pokémon, Elekid.
- Lyra (コトネ, Kotone)
- Voiced by: Megumi Nakajima (Japanese), Eileen Stevens (English)
- Lyra is a female trainer from Johto who joins Ash and friends from "An Egg Scramble! to "Bagged Then Tagged!" Lyra is based on the female player character of the same name in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. In "A Rivalry To Gible On", Lyra tries to make Dawn and Khoury a couple, but realized that she had feelings for Khoury.
- Angie (アオイ, Aoi)
- Voiced by: Miho Hino (Japanese), Zoe Martin (English)
- Angie is a girl who lives in Sinnoh. She is first seen in the episode when Ash, Brock, and Dawn, attended a Week-Long Summer School program for Pokémon Trainers. She showed her confident side by testing Monferno (as a test of the Summer Academy), ordering it to attack her to grow its power, while also leaving her in bruises. She served as the tomboyish rival/friend for Ash, even though she develops a friendship with him and has a crush on him later on.
- Khoury (カズナリ, Kazunari)
- Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (Japanese), Christopher Niosi (English)
- He is a male trainer from Johto who joins Ash and friends from "An Egg Scramble! to "Bagged Then Tagged!" He, like Brock, wants to become a breeder someday.
- Don George (ドン・ジョージ, Don Jōji)
- Voiced by: Hisao Egawa (Japanese), Marc Thompson (English)
- "Don George" is the name of the owners of Pokémon Battle Clubs (ポケモンバトルクラブ, Pokémon Batoru Kurabu) throughout Unova. Like the Nurse Joys and Officer Jennys, there are many Don Georges that are all identical, but having different colored collars and wrist bands.
- Porter (パーカー, Pākā, Parker)
- Voiced by: Masayuki Kato (Japanese), Francis Kelly (English)
- "Porter" is the name of the guides that work on the cruises that run through the Decolore Islands.
- Luke (ルーク, Rūku)
- Voiced by: Minami Takayama (Japanese), Billy Bob Thompson (English)
- Luke is a young Pokémon trainer and amateur filmmaker Ash, Iris, and Cilan meet with when they reach Nimbasa City. He uses his Zorua, Golett, and Leavanny to make films, and has Ash, Cilan, and Iris help him finish his latest film. He later joins them in signing up for the Don Battle tournament, using his Larvesta to reach the semi-finals.
- Cynthia (シロナ, Shirona)
- Voiced by: Tomo Sakurai (Japanese), Emily Bauer (English)
- Cynthia is the reigning Champion of the Sinnoh League. Her side interests are in studying the archaeology and legends of the Sinnoh Region. She appears many times throughout the Diamond & Pearl series where helps Ash and his friends try to stop Team Galactic from reaching their ultimate goal. Successful, she later appears at the Sinnoh League tournament where she observes the battles as the league's Champion. She reappears in Best Wishes! Season 2 and reunites with Ash, as she has arranged to enter Unova's Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup for a demonstration match against a member of Unova's Elite 4. For the first few episodes of the Season, Ash and his friends (along with Dawn) stay at her villa in Undella Town.
- Mairin (マノン, Manon)
- Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu (Japanese) Zoe Martin (English)
- Mairin is a Pokémon trainer and companion of Alain. Mairin is a cheeky person, who always wants to experience adventure. Accompanied by her Chespin nicknamed Chespie, Mairin tries to cheer Alain up at times (who usually dismisses her attempts). Mairin is, at times, confused, mixing that she can Mega Evolve, rather than her Pokémon. Mairin is also angry when Alain leaves her, but when he is in danger, she tries her best to protect him, even if it means at the cost of her life. After Alain asked her to go back, claiming she is just a burden to him, Mairin is greatly depressed, especially after Chespie gets ill when it is affected by a strange green light. Mairin admires both her best friend Alain, even when they have their fallouts, and her close friend Serena a whole lot.
- Mother and daughter (母と娘)
- Voiced by: Bella Hudson (Mother; english) Simona Berman (Daughter; english)
- Two main minor characters who only made cameos in various Pokémon films, and only appeared Securing the Future!.
- Meowzie (マドンニャ, Madonnya)
- Voiced by: Masami Toyoshima
- Meowzie is a female Meowth whom Meowth of Team Rocket fell in love with when he was young and later joined the Meowth gang led by a Persian after being abandoned by her owner who is moving away and unable to afford to keep her.
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