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ポッド Pod
"Triple Trouble!"
Black White Chili.png
Artwork from Black and White
Gender Male
Eye color Red
Hair color Red
Hometown Striaton City
Region Unova
Relatives Cilan, Cress (brothers)
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation V
Games Black and White
Leader of Striaton Gym
Badge Trio Badge
Specializes in Fire types
Anime debut Triple Leaders, Team Threats!
English voice actor Lucien Dodge
Japanese voice actor Masakazu Morita

Chili (Japanese: ポッド Pod) is one of the three Gym Leaders of Striaton City's Gym, known officially as the Striaton Gym. He specializes in Fire-type Pokémon. He gives the Trio Badge to Trainers that chose Snivy as their starter Pokémon, if they defeat him.

In the games

Chili appears in Pokémon Black and White as one of the Gym Leaders of the Striaton City Gym, alongside Cilan and Cress. This Gym is the first to be challenged by the player. Chili battles the player if Snivy is the chosen starter Pokémon. Trainers who defeat Chili will receive the Trio Badge, along with TM83 (Work Up).


Pokémon Black and White


Pokémon Black and White

Striaton Gym

  • Before battle
Cilan: "Welcome to the Striaton City Pokémon Gym."
Chili: "I'm Chili! I light things up with Fire-type Pokémon!"
Cress: "I'm a Water-type specialist, and my name is Cress. Pleased to make your acquaintance."
Cilan: "And my name is Cilan. I like Grass-type Pokémon."
Cilan: "Um, you see... As for why the three of us, um, are all here is, well, er..."
Chili: "Oh,enough! Listen up! The three of us will decide whom you'll battle! It'll be based on the type of the first Pokémon you chose!"
Cress: "That is indeed the case. And the partner you first chose was <type> type, it seems."
"Aww, man! I was all fired up, too!"
"Ta-da! The Fire-type scorcher Chili--that's me--will be your opponent!"
  • Before battle
"Yeeeeooow! Time to play with FIRE!! I'm the strongest of us brothers!"
  • During battle (the first non-KO hit)
"As if that would work on my Pokémon!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"It's not over yet! One more left! This is where I give it my all!"
  • When defeated
"You got me. I am... burned... out..."
  • After being defeated
"Whoa ho! You're on fire! Well, it's the Pokémon League's rule. Take this Gym Badge!"
  • After the battle (regardless of starter Pokémon)
"I can't believe TMs can be used over and over! If you wanted, you could use one to teach all your Pokémon the same move!"
  • Post-game
"Oh! It's you! Your fire is more intense than when you got the Trio Badge!"

Badge Case

The fundamentals of Pokémon battling are type matchups! They're important!

National Gymquirer

Jingle: "Woo hoo! All right! It's 'The National Gymquirer'!"
Page: "That's right! We collect the hottest gossip about Gym Leaders seen around town! Here is today's letter. From someone going by the name Cafélover! Thank yooou! 'Recently, I saw Striaton Gym's three Gym Leaders, and they were all out of order! Like, Chili was Cilan, and Cilan was Cress!' Hmmm. Well, I'm not saying you're crazy, but...are you sure they weren't just standing in front of a mirror? 'The National Gymquirer'! We eagerly await your letters!"


Spr BW Chili.png VSChili.png Chili OD.png
Chili's sprite from
Black and White
Chili's VS sprite from
Black and White
Chili's overworld sprite from
Black and White

In the anime

Chili in the anime

Chili appeared in Triple Leaders, Team Threats! alongside his brothers, and fellow Gym Leaders Cilan and Cress. Along with Cress, he made his first appearance when Cilan brought Ash to the Gym. He began offering Ash various items off the lunch menu, who then declined exclaiming he wanted to battle the Gym Leader. Chili and his brothers then introduced themselves as the leaders. They then lead Ash to the battleground where they revealed their Pokémon. Chili was the first to battle Ash, and lost against his Tepig.

He appeared again in Dreams by the Yard Full!, where he and his brothers presented Ash with the Trio Badge and later when he and Cress said their goodbyes to Cilan, who decided to travel with Ash and Iris.

Cilan mentioned in A Rival Battle for Club Champ! that Trip had battled Chili and defeated his Pansear with his Servine, earning himself the Trio Badge. He appeared in a flashback in A Connoisseur's Revenge! where he and Cress informed Burgundy that Cilan had gone on a journey and could not battle her again, so he battled her in Cilan's place and was defeated.

Chili met up with Cilan, Ash, and Iris in A Call for Brotherly Love! where he challenged Cilan to a battle. However, his Pansear was quickly defeated by Cilan's Pansage. Angered, Chili blamed the loss on Pansear, and Pansear ran away. Chili left to relieve his frustration by stuffing his face when Cilan approached him and offered to help, after learning from Cress that Chili's role as Gym Leader has suffered. Chili apologizes to Pansear, and he helps it to try to learn SolarBeam. After successfully learning the move, his Pansear has a battle with Ash and Oshawott and won. Chili thanks his brother for his help, and they go their separate ways.

He, like his brothers, tends to speak about Pokémon in relation to their element, in Chili's case, fire. All the brothers tend to use hand positions like rock, paper, and scissors - Chili tends to accentuate words with his fists.


This listing is of Chili's known Pokémon in the anime.

Chili's Pansear
Main article: Chili's Pansear

Pansear is Chili's only known Pokémon. It first appeared in Triple Leaders, Team Threats! when it battled against Ash's Tepig.

Pansear reappeared in A Call for Brotherly Love! along with its Trainer where it battled Cilan's Pansage.

Debut Triple Leaders, Team Threats!
Voice actors
Japanese Chinami Nishimura
English Tom Wayland

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 森田成一 Masakazu Morita
English Lucien Dodge
Danish Mikkel Christiansen
German Patrick Roche
Italian Renato Novara
Spanish Latin America Carlos Díaz
Spain Pablo Tribaldos

In the manga

In the Pocket Monsters BW manga

In the Pocket Monsters BW manga, Chili appears along with his brothers Cilan and Cress. They are seen in PMBW03, where Isamu Akai and his Pokémon visit a restaurant owned by the three brothers. Clefairy tries to instigate a fight between the brothers, but fails on many occasions.


This listing is for Chili's Pokémon in the Pocket Monsters BW manga.

Main article: Chili's Pansear

Pansear is the only known Pokémon of Chili's. It was sent out while he, Cilan and Cress were battling Isamu Akai's Clefairy. Unfortunately, Clefairy takes the attacks the elemental monkeys were using and makes himself some green tea.

Debut PMBW03

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Chili in Pokémon Adventures

Chili, along with his brothers, are first seen when Black sets out on his journey to beat the Pokémon League. Later, Chili appears at the Striaton Gym with his brothers and proposes the idea of throwing Black out of the restaurant when he causes a scene. The idea is refused and the brothers serve tea to signal the start of their Gym battle against the challenger, Black.

While Black goes through the Gym challenge, Chili calls to inform him that he has been disqualified for Bianca's interference. He quickly reveals that he was joking and instead tells Black that he is allowing Cheren and Bianca to challenge the Gym as well.

After Black, Cheren, and Bianca clear the Gym challenge, they face the Striaton triplets in a battle. Chili and his brothers prove powerful by using type advantages over their opponents Pokémon. Despite the strength they possess, Chili, Cress, and Cilan are defeated once Black has his Tep use Pansage's fallen leaves to revive Oshawott and Snivy, allowing them to win the battle 3 to 2. Having lost the battle, Chili presents the challengers with the Trio Badge.

He, like his brothers, tends to move his arms in a certain position, in Chili's case, on his hips.


This listing is for Chili's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

Chili's Pansear
Main article: Chili's Pansear

Pansear is Chili's only known Pokémon. Along with being his main Pokémon, Pansear assists Chili and his brothers in the kitchen by boiling water for tea.

Pansear was used against Black, Cheren, and Bianca in a Gym battle. Despite proving powerful, Pansear was defeated by a water-soaked scalchop and was the only one to be knocked out. This loss causes the challengers to win with 3 to 2 after the time limit expired.

Debut A Nickname for Tepig


  • His Japanese Leader title, shared with Cilan and Cress, is トライアル トライアングル.
  • He is one of five Gym Leaders who isn't going to be battled in Black 2 and White 2 due to Unova being enveloped in a huge amount of ice due to some freak incident [1]. The other four being Brycen, Lenora, and his brothers.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ポッド Pod From pod corn, similar to Dent and Corn. May also refer to tripod. Also from ホット hot.
English Chili From Chili pepper
French Armando From amande (almond) and ardent (burning).
German Maik From Maiskolben (corncob). Related to his brother's name, Benny (Cilan) and Colin (Cress).
Italian Chicco From chicco, grain
Spanish Zeo
From Zea mays, the scientific name of maize. Also from ζέω zeo, Greek for "to boil".
Korean Pat Transliteration of his Japanese name.
Chinese (Mandarin) 伯特 Bótè Transliteration of his Japanese name.

Gym Leaders of the Unova region
Striaton Gym Trio Badge
Cilan OD.png Chili OD.png Cress OD.png
Cilan Chili Cress
Nacrene Gym Basic Badge
Lenora OD.png
Castelia Gym Insect Badge
Burgh OD.png
Nimbasa Gym Bolt Badge
Elesa OD.png
Driftveil Gym Quake Badge
Clay OD.png
Mistralton Gym Jet Badge
Skyla OD.png
Icirrus Gym Freeze Badge
Brycen OD.png
Opelucid Gym Legend Badge
Drayden OD.png Iris BW OD.png
Drayden Iris
Aspertia Gym Basic Badge
Cheren OD.png
Virbank Gym Toxic Badge
Roxie OD.png
Humilau Gym Wave Badge
Marlon OD.png

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenne
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulZoeyNandoKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyer
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerShellyArchieTabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarret
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperCedric JuniperDr. FennelProfessor Sycamore
Relatives Delia KetchumFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsNormanCarolineNanny and Pop-PopJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyer
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceStevenMr. SukizoRaoul ContestaVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianMarianRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetMontgomeryJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaClembotAlainMairinLysandreAriaDianthaGurkinnMonsieur PierreGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsMany temporary characters

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