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Cynthia (Japanese: シロナ Shirona) is the Champion of the Sinnoh region's Elite Four in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.
In the games
Cynthia helps the main character against Team Galactic in a point in the game. In Platinum, when encountered in Eterna City, she will give the player an egg from which Togepi will hatch. She is also found on Route 214 after the player has defeated Crasher Wake and received the Fen Badge. She gives the player the SecretPotion to get past the Psyduck group on Route 210. She is very interested in mythology and history, and spends her time researching and exploring various sites associated with Legendary Pokémon of the Sinnoh region.
Her family lives in Celestic Town, although her own hometown is unknown. She is implied to have helped Rowan with his Pokédex and embarked on an adventure similar to the protagonist as a child.
In Platinum, once Giratina appears in Spear Pillar and takes Cyrus down with it, Cynthia rushes onto the scene and assists the player during their mission in the Distortion World. She then expresses that everything that happened was destined, even though she wished that she was the one who battled Giratina.
Later, she reappears as the League Champion.
After beating the game, if the player visits Celestic Town Ruins, she will come and explain what they mean.
"One look at you tells me many things about you. Together, you and your Pokémon overcame all the challenges you faced, however difficult. It means that you've triumphed over any personal weaknesses, too. The power you learned... I can feel it emanating from you. That's enough talking. Let's get on with why you're here. I, Cynthia, accept your challenge as the Pokémon League Champion! There won't be any letup from me!"
"Have you been keeping well? Thank you for Mt. Coronet. And the Distortion World. I'm truly grateful. Together, you and your Pokémon overcame all the challenges you faced, however difficult. It means that you've triumphed over any personal weaknesses, too. The power you learned... I can feel it emanating from you. But that's enough talk. Let's get on with why you're here. As the Pokémon League Champion, I accept your challenge!"
The bottom quote is only said the very first time she is challenged. After winning at least once, it permanently changes to the top quote.
"I can't remember the last time I was put in a corner like this!"
"I won't let this end yet! This match is too fun to let it end this easily!"
"Just a few moments ago, you were the most powerful challenger. And just now, you became the most powerful of all the Trainers. You are now our newest Champion!"
In Celestic Ruins (after beating the Elite Four, Platinum only)
"This cave painting...It's always been described this way. The light in the center represents either Dialga or Palkia appearing at the Spear Pillar. The three lights around it were thought to be Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf. May I continue? But, then, I realized that there may be another way of interpreting this. Could this triangle of lights actually represent a different trio? Could they be Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina instead? And the large light at their center. Does it represent something else? Could it be what created this world of ours? May I continue for a little bit longer? Thank you for listening to my theory. Do you know of the ancient Plates they find all over Sinnoh? One of them had this engraved on it. 'Two beings of time and space set free from the Original One.' I think this quote, too, points to the presence of another Pokémon. A Pokémon even more powerful than Dialga or Palkia. Does that sound plausible to you? I'm not quite sure how Giratina fits into this scheme of things, but...It's said that in the Distortion World, neither time nor space were stable. I think that tells us something about Giratina, the only Pokémon there. It must have been as powerful as Dialga and Palkia, the rulers of time and space. In some way, though, Giratina has to have a power opposite of theirs. I'm sorry this is so long. May I say one last bit? A long time ago, I wonder what sort of person painted this? Dialga's Roar of Time...Palkia's Spacial Rend...To the people back then, those Pokémon really must have appeared to rule over time and space. Seeing them must have shaken the people to their very core. This painting represents those feelings of awe, wonder, and everything else. It passed that memory to countless people, eventually becoming a myth...That's what I believe as a researcher of myths. I think I let myself get carried away and talked for far too long. I'm sorry, and thank you. Let's meet again."
Cynthia makes an appearance in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, doing further investigation on the origins of Arceus and the dragon trio. If the player has a fateful encounter Arceus with them as their traveling partner, a trip to the Ruins of Alph will reveal a new area, the Sinjoh Ruins, is accessible. Inside, Cynthia is found, and will tell the player that Arceus will let him or her obtain a level 1 Dialga, Palkia, or Giratina. Should the player return with an Arceus caught at the Hall of Orgin, they will be informed she has returned to Sinnoh and the event will run without her.
In the anime
Cynthia was first mentioned in Lucian's flashback in An Elite Meet and Greet along with the other members of the Sinnoh Elite Four. She made her first appearance in-person in Top-Down Training!.
She was first seen battling against Lucian with her Garchomp on television. She then arrived in Amity Square where she was studying ancient tablets. Paul then challenged her to a battle where she won easily.
She reappeared in Losing Its Lustrous and Double Team Turnover! where she tried to stop Team Galactic from stealing the Lustrous Orb. She also has been seen battling and defeating Aaron on television in Aiding the Enemy.
Her most recent appearance was in The Needs of the Three! and The Battle Finale of Legend!, where she helped Ash and company protect the Lake guardians and put a stop to Team Galactic.
In addition, Cynthia had a cameo at the beginning of Arceus and the Jewel of Life, where she was engaged in a battle against Palmer.
In the manga
She first appeared in Eterna City just after the trio's starters evolved. She lent them some help before the Gym challenge. She then frees the bike store owner with ease using Spiritomb's Psychic combined with the starters' attacks. She later appears after Platinum's Gym challenge in Pastoria City to help some injured Psyduck.
In the TCG
This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Cynthia or her Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
- Cynthia is the first female NPC Champion and the first NPC Champion since Blue to not have a type theme.
- Cynthia's hairbands resemble Lucario's "Aura Sensors" in shape, yet has a yellow stripe marking it similar to an Umbreon's ear.
- Cynthia is the only member of the Sinnoh Elite Four not to use any Pokémon released in Generation II.
- She does use Togekiss, however, part of a Generation II evolution family.
- In her Platinum team, Cynthia has both non-legendary Pokémon capable of learning the move Aura Sphere, Togekiss and Lucario.
- In addition, both of them are male, while the remaining members of her party are all female in all three games.
- In the games, Cynthia's Pokémon have perfect, or all 31, IVs.
- Cynthia is the only Champion to appear in a Pokémon movie.
- Cynthia's Japanese name may refer to shiro, white, as a counterpart to Cyrus's name referring to aka, red.
- Aside from her Garchomp, the only other Pokémon Cynthia is revealed to have in the anime is her West Sea Gastrodon, the only member of her team that was replaced in Platinum.
- After she is defeated, she implies that she received a starter Pokémon and a Pokédex from Professor Rowan.
- After beating Cyrus in the Distortion World, Cynthia will be in two places at once, at the entrance to Turnback Cave (blocking it) and at the Pokémon League.
- Cynthia is the first Champion to appear in all five versions of a generation.
- During Cynthia's Platinum rematch, she has the highest average level of any Champion.
- When Cynthia visits the player at their Villa, she notes how relaxing it is there and that that she doesn't want to go home because her house is a complete mess. She goes on to say, "My house? Even the region is a secret!" This hints that she may live in a region other than Sinnoh.
||A Japanese name for chard. Contains 白 shiro, meaning "white".
|English, French, German
||Possibly chosen due to similarity to "synthesis", or combining different pieces into one entity, which is a reference to the fact she combines several types in her arsenal. This name also refers to the Greek goddess Artemis, who is associated with the moon, which may be a parallel to Cyrus whose name refers to the sun.
||Probably derived from Camilla, an Amazon warrior described in the Aeneid.
||Spanish equivalent of the name Cynthia.
||竹蘭 Zhú Lán
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