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Bianca (anime)

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This article is about the anime counterpart of Bianca. For the character from Pokémon Heroes, see Bianca (movie).

ベル Bel
Bianca anime.png
Gender Female
Eye color Green
Hair color Blonde
Hometown Unknown
Region Unova
Relatives Unknown father (mentioned in BW013)
Trainer class Trainer
Game counterpart Bianca
Anime debut Minccino-Neat and Tidy!
English voice actor Erica Schroeder
Japanese voice actor Shizuka Itō

Bianca (Japanese: ベル Bel) is a Pokémon Trainer from the Unova region. She is one of Ash's three rivals in Unova.


Bianca made her debut appearance in Minccino-Neat and Tidy!, where she was sent by Professor Juniper to deliver a badge case to Ash. Unfortunately, Bianca ended up knocking Ash and Cilan into a nearby stream. Despite being older than Ash, she has only just started her journey due to her father not allowing her to become a Trainer when she turned ten.

Bianca is shown to be very excitable, for instance when a Minccino stole the badge case and Ash attempted to use Oshawott to get it back, Bianca commanded him to use Hydro Pump despite the fact that Oshawott wasn't her Pokémon nor did he even know that move. She later made the same mistake when she commanded Pikachu to use Zap Cannon.

She also had a battle against Ash, where she used her Pignite against his Pikachu. Ash was planning to use Oshawott for said battle but Bianca demanded that he use Pikachu because it is a foreign species. She lost the battle after putting up a hard fight.

Prior to Emolga the Irresistible!, Bianca joined the group and accompanied them on their way to Nimbasa City. She was enjoying an evening lunch with Ash and company when Iris's Axew drops a fruit down a hill where it is caught by a wild Emolga. She then runs after Emolga and smothers her in hugs. Determined to catch Emolga, Bianca challenges her to battle Minccino, who ends up losing. Emolga then flies off and Bianca chases after her. After several failed attempts at catching Emolga, Bianca is crushed to find that Emolga accepts Iris as her Trainer instead.

In Emolga and the New Volt Switch!, Bianca wanted to have a battle with Iris's newly caught Emolga. However, Emolga had other interests besides battling and kept using Volt Switch to get other Pokémon to battle Bianca instead including Iris's Excadrill, Cilan's Pansage and Ash's Snivy. She also used her Pignite against Snivy for a short training session. After learning Ash earned three badges already, Bianca leaves the group in hopes to win more badges on her own.

Bianca met up with Ash and friends again in Raimon Town in BW039. She was enamored with Luke's Zorua and attempted to catch her not knowing that she already had a Trainer. Bianca also decided to enter the Don Battle tournament along with the group. In the next episode, she battled Stephan in the first round of the tournament where she used her Minccino against his Zebstrika. Zebstrika proved too powerful and defeated Minccino, thus knocking Bianca out of the tournament.

Bianca is set to reappear in BW049.


Bianca after catching a Pokémon.

Much like her game counterpart, Bianca is a sweet girl but is also an airhead. She is also somewhat clumsy and unorganized. Every time she meets up with the main characters, she runs excitedly towards them then trips causing her to collide with Ash and knocking him into a body of water. Afterwards, she apologizes to him profusely.

Bianca has a soft spot for cute Pokémon like Minccino, Emolga, and Zorua and will stop at nothing to try and capture them. In fact, she spends a few episodes of the Don Battle arc trying to get a hold of Luke's Zorua who keeps disguising herself to trick her. Bianca also tends to think of odd schemes to lure a Pokémon out like planting a dirty spoon under a cloche so she can trap Minccino. If her attempts at capturing fail, she will often have a temper tantrum about it. She cares dearly for her Pokémon, often crying out in sorrow when they're defeated.

She tends to do things at her own pace which often involves rushing and forcing people along with her. She was impatient to capture Minccino, as well as during battles, to the point that Ash, Iris, and Cilan have trouble keeping up with her. She wastes no time when giving her Pokémon commands, though this raw speed and power causes her many blunders.


This listing is of Bianca's known Pokémon in the anime:

Bianca's Pignite
Pignite is Bianca's starter Pokémon. Bianca attempted to use him to catch a wild Minccino that had stolen the dirty badge case that she had given to Ash. Though he has overwhelming power, he was taken down by Minccino with a combination of Hyper Voice and Tickle.

Bianca later used Pignite to battle Ash's Pikachu. Even though he significantly weakened Pikachu with a powerful Heat Crash, the Fire Pig Pokémon still lost the battle after a full on collision with Pikachu's Volt Tackle. Despite these two losses Pignite is still powerful as he was able to win Bianca two badges all by himself.

Bianca used Pignite to help track down an Emolga that she wanted to capture in Emolga the Irresistible!. Unfortunately, he ended up making a wild Scolipede angry when he attacked it with Flamethrower. She used him again in Emolga and the New Volt Switch! where he battled Iris's Emolga who infatuated him with Attract. Later when Emolga brought out Ash's Snivy with Volt Switch he countinued his battle against her instead.

In BW039, Bianca offered to trade Pignite for Luke's Zorua, but later changed her mind, after he declined anyway.

Pignite's known moves are Tackle, Flame Charge, Take Down, Heat Crash and Flamethrower.

Debut Minccino-Neat and Tidy!
Voice actors
Japanese Akeno Watanabe
English Marc Thompson
Bianca's Minccino
Main article: Bianca's Minccino

Minccino first appeared in Minccino-Neat and Tidy! where he stole Ash's badge case. Bianca ends up capturing him at the end of the episode by accident when he attempted to clean her dirty Poké Ball.

Debut Minccino-Neat and Tidy!
Voice actors
Japanese Mai Aizawa
English Michele Knotz


Pokémon competitions

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 伊藤静 Shizuka Itō
English Erica Schroeder
German Barbi Schiller
European Spanish Pilar Puebla


  • Bianca is Ash's second and, so far, only, regular female rival.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ベル Bel From the Slavic prefix bel-, white. Also Celtic god of light. Another possibility is "Belle", French for beautiful.
English, French Bianca Means "white" in Italian. Variation of Blanche, which means "white" in French.
German Bell Same as Japanese name.
Italian Belle Same as Japanese name.
Spanish Bel Same as Japanese name.
Korean Bel Same as Japanese name.
Chinese (Mandarin) 白露 Báilù Transliteration of her Japanese name. Also translates to white dew.

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