Pokémon Trainer

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Pokémon Trainer
Pokémon Trainer

Official artwork of Red, the male Pokémon Trainer, from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions.

Universe Pokémon
Debut Pokémon Red and Green Versions (1996) Japan
Smash Bros. appearances Brawl
Most recent non-Smash appearance Pokémon Black and White Versions 2 (Red, 2012)
Pokémon GO (Player trainers generally, 2016)
Console of origin Game Boy
Species Human
Gender Varies
Place of origin Kanto
English voice actor Michele Knotz
Japanese voice actor Tomoe Hanba
French voice actor Virginie Demians
German voice actor Dina Kuerten
Spanish voice actor Isabel Navarro
Italian voice actor Francesca Giudice
Article on Bulbapedia Red (game)

A Pokémon Trainer (ポケモントレーナー, Pokémon Trainer) is a human in the fictional world of Pokémon whose hobby, pastime, or profession is the collecting, caretaking, and competitive battling of any of the eponymous Pokémon creatures. The humans directing their trained Pokémon in battles are as important as the abilities of the Pokémon themselves in all forms of Pokémon media.

Profession description[edit]

From the very outset of the Pokémon franchise, the world of Pokémon had been established as an Earth-like world populated by humans and a diverse set of creatures called Pokémon. In this world, humans are referred to as Pokémon trainers if they collect, take care of, and train Pokémon for use in competitive matches with those of other trainers called Pokémon battles. While most games focus on the battling aspect, other Pokémon-related hobbies and professions exist in the world, such as Pokémon Breeders, who focus on raising Pokémon, Pokémon Coordinators, who train Pokémon for contests, and Pokémon Professors, who focus on studying various aspects of the Pokémon themselves. Nevertheless, raising and training a team of Pokémon is the main activity/quest that the main Pokémon RPGs feature; as such, a player of a Pokémon RPG is considered a Pokémon trainer themselves.

All main Pokémon games cast the player as a young Pokémon trainer ready to set out on a Pokémon journey across that game's region of the Pokémon world, on a quest to capture many species of Pokémon and, from them, train a team of Pokémon proficient enough in the sport of Pokémon battling that they may carry the trainer to victory against that region's Pokémon League. The trainer's traditional tool for capturing Pokémon is the Poké Ball, which is sold at Poké Marts in the game's various cities and comes in many distinctive varieties; new trainers also receive a piece of high-tech equipment called the Pokédex, which functions as an encyclopedia for the Pokémon in that region which the trainer must fill up, among other adventuring gear.

Throughout each journey, the trainer will battle hundreds of other trainers as well as encounter countless Pokémon in the wild, and the trainer will be involved in subplots involving thwarting the schemes of criminal organizations of trainers, known generally as villainous teams. While the Pokémon Trainers have been depicted as boys in every installment, from the Crystal version of the second generation onwards, the player has had the option to choose the gender of the trainer; while each game's protagonist options are similar, they are all distinct characters in-universe. Player trainers also have one or more rival characters, whose motivations and characterizations vary significantly.

The first player trainer of the series, the male protagonist of the Kanto games, became a recurring character under the name Red. He went on to appear as the final boss of the Johto games atop Mt. Silver, and an opponent in the Pokémon World Tournament in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, in both cases using teams based on major events of his original quest.

In Super Smash Bros.[edit]

In the original Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64, a human character, potentially a Pokémon Trainer, can be seen walking in the background during Pikachu's portion of the opening movie.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

No player trainers from the Pokémon games appear in this game, although there is a trophy of Misty, a Gym Leader.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Pokémon Trainer in Brawl

The Pokémon Trainer makes an official appearance as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The Trainer used in Brawl is Red, the protagonist of the Red, Blue, and Yellow versions and the male protagonist of FireRed and LeafGreen versions, though he is simply referred to as Pokémon Trainer to reflect how players can name their trainers within each of the Pokémon games. Additionally, he uses his updated design from FireRed and LeafGreen. It should be noted that it would be rather inaccurate to call the Trainer himself a playable fighter, as selecting him is akin to selecting a Zelda/Sheik-style character with three switchable forms, which are the three Pokémon the Pokémon Trainer has in his collection: Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard. The Trainer visually issues commands in the background of the stage to the Pokémon in the foreground, corresponding with the actions input by the player to the current Pokémon as the real fighter. Conversely, one can say that the player controls the Trainer, who in turn commands the Pokémon.

Pokémon Trainer is ranked 29th on the current tier list in E tier. His tournament results have been surprisingly high due to the efforts of TheReflexWonder, but when he is excluded, he has had barely any tournament success.

Trophy Info[edit]

Pokémon Trainer trophy in Brawl.
Pokémon Trainer
A person who raises Pokémon and trains them as partners in battle. In battle, a Trainer gives orders to the Pokémon and uses items. It's not an exaggeration to say battles can be won or lost on a Trainer's single strategic move. Trainers pour their hearts into their Pokémon and share anger, sadness, and joy as they adventure in hopes of becoming Pokémon Masters.
GB Advance: Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen


Name Game Effect Character(s)
Pokémon Trainer Pokémon series TypeIcon(Hand).pngTypeIcon(Foot).png Attack +13 PikachuHeadSSBB.pngJigglypuffHeadSSBB.pngPokémonTrainerHeadSSBB.pngLucarioHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Pokemon Trainer (Pokemon series).png
Pokémon Trainer
(Pokémon series)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Pokémon Trainer's trophy in Super Smash Bros. 4

As the game does not support mid-match character changes, Pokémon Trainer does not return as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4. While Charizard became a standalone playable character, Squirtle and Ivysaur did not make such a transition. However, Red, under the name Pokémon Trainer, makes a cameo as a collectible trophy alongside both Squirtle and Ivysaur. Calem and Serena, the playable trainers from Pokémon X and Y, also appear together as a singular trophy under the name Pokémon Trainer (Pokémon X & Y).


Pokémon Trainer
ntsc: Pop quiz! What do Misty, Brock, Cynthia, Iris, and Ash all have in common? That's right-- they're all Pokémon Trainers! This Pokémon Master in the making is the same. Back in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he fought to be the very best-- like no one ever was. To smash them was his real test-- to launch them was his cause!
pal: Quiz time! What do Misty, Brock, Cynthia, Iris and Ash all have in common? That's right - they're all Pokémon Trainers! This Pokémon Master in the making is just the same. He fought to be the very best - like no one ever was - back in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. To smash them was his real test - to launch them was his cause.
Game Boy: Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue (09/1998)
GB Advance: Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen (09/2004)


  • Pokémon Trainer is one of only two characters that has a custom name in their original series to not be given a default name, and is instead given a generic name, with the other being Villager. It is clear from the character design that the suitable default name would be "Red" as he is named as such in Pokémon Gold and Silver, and again in the remakes which were released after Brawl. The reason this was done is unknown.
  • Pokémon Trainer is the only playable character from the Pokémon series who is not a Pokémon.
  • Pokémon Trainer, Roy, and Lucas are the only cut veterans with a trophy in any game that acknowledges them as being a playable character in previous installments (however, Roy and Lucas' trophies only acknowledge that in their DLC fighter trophies).
    • Additionally, Pokémon Trainer, Ice Climbers, and Lucas's non-fighter trophy are the only cut veterans whose trophies use their models from the previous Smash Bros. game they were in.
  • The last lines in the description of the Pokémon Trainer's trophy in SSB4 reference the first theme song from the Pokémon animated series.
    • In addition to that, his description also has a reference to Ash, Red's counterpart in the anime.
  • Pokémon Trainer is one of two starter characters to be cut without returning as downloadable content, the other being Ice Climbers.
  • Unlike all the other playable Pokémon, none of the trainer's Pokémon have any Normal type moves.