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Fantina (Japanese: メリッサ Melissa) is the Gym Leader of Hearthome City's Gym, known officially as the Hearthome Gym. She hands out the Relic Badge to trainers who defeat her. She specializes in Template:Type2 Pokémon. She is apparently not from the country the games are set in, and often peppers her speech with phrases of French.
Her dress shares many elements as the design of the first Pokémon on her party, Drifblim: it has a yellow "X" over a puffed out skirt of purple fabric.
In the anime
Despite the group having traveled through Hearthome City twice, once in Dawn's Early Night and a second time in Arriving in Style!, the Hearthome Gym remained closed with the Gym Leader nowhere in sight. Fantina had left a note saying that she was going on a journey for a while, and to not look for her. Apparently she was developing a whole new battle style.
She finally appeared in Playing the Leveling Field! where she battled Ash and Zoey. She had a tendency to break into dance regularly, occasionally interspersing French phrases in as well, such as "s'il vous plaît". It was also revealed that she battled Alan twice with him winning the second time. It was revealed in Aiding the Enemy that Paul also managed to defeat her.
Ash met with Fantina upon returning to Hearthome City in Barry's Busting Out All Over! and battled her again in Shield with a Twist!, where he defeated her and earned the Relic Badge.
This listing is of Fantina's known Pokémon in the anime:
In the games
Fantina uses Template:Type2 Pokémon in her battles. For defeating her, trainers receive the Relic Badge, TM65 (Shadow Claw) and are able to use Surf outside of battle (Defog in Platinum). She considers herself to be a Contest Expert and, in Diamond and Pearl, cannot be challenged until the Old Charm has been delivered to the Celestic Town elder at the request of the elder's granddaughter, Cynthia. Fantina speaks a mix of French and broken English and is an immigrant from another country. Upon arriving in Sinnoh, she decided to become a performer, so she dresses up in fancy outfits for Pokémon Contests. She also studied Pokémon and eventually attained the title of Gym Leader. Fantina makes regular visits to the Lost Tower.
Fantina can occasionally be competed against in Super Contests, in which she uses her Drifblim, nicknamed Loony (Japanese: ばるん Balloon). She can also be fought, in Platinum only, at the Battleground.
In front of the Contest Hall at player's first visit to Hearthome City
Oh, I'm so sorry! Please excuse me. Are you entering a Contest? Tehehe... Enjoy yourself, please! Incidentally, Fantina, the Hearthome Gym Leader, also happens to be a Contest expert. And you may ask yourself, how do I know this? Well, I am Fantina! You may challenge me, but not yet! You must become much stronger. Then, you may challenge me!
"Ohohoho!! Finally, you have arrived! Since I came to this country, always I try to learn new things. They hold Contests in this city? I say to myself, enfin, I will excel. That's why I dress this way. C'est une performance! Also I study Pokémon very much. I have come to be Gym Leader. And, uh, so it shall be that you challenge me. But I shall win. That's what a Gym Leader does, non?"
After sending out last Pokémon
"Oh, heavens. What is this? Is this my final Pokémon?"
"Never give up, never surrender!"
"You are so fantastically strong. I know now why I have lost."
After being defeated
"I am dumbfounded! So very, very strong! You, your Pokémon, so strong! Your power is admirable! I shall honor it with this Gym Badge!"
"Five* Gym Badges... But you must not forget this. There are many other trainers. Strong Trainers, too. There are many more in Sinnoh. Have patience! You must become stronger, one at a time."
In the manga
Fantina first appeared at the Super Contest Hall. When two women were making rude comments about rookie contestants, she sent out her Drifblim to carry them out and throw them into a garbage can. Then, when Diamond, Pearl and Platina came back to Hearthome City for the Gym Challenge, they discovered that she was the Gym Leader.
She has these Pokémon:
She makes a brief cameo in chapter 7 handing a badge to Hareta. She is subsequently offended when he calls her "Grandma".
- During the Gym battle in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Fantina exclaims "Never give up, never surrender!", the catchphrase from the 1999 science fiction comedy Galaxy Quest.
- In the French version she speaks English, while in the Japanese and German versions she has a noticeable accent.
- The proper French form of her name should be Fantine.
- Apparently, Fantina has two Drifblim, one for battles, and one for Contests. The Drifblim she uses in contests has a noticeably different moveset from the Drifblim she uses in battle.
- Although Fantina's design is based off of a Drifblim, she doesn't use one in the original gym match with her in Platinum. In Diamond and Pearl as well as the rematch in Platinum, however, she does use a Drifblim.
- Despite the fact that she gives the TM for Shadow Claw, only one of her Pokémon, Gengar in Diamond and Pearl, and Haunter in Platinum, actually knows it and can learn it.
- In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Fantina is the fifth gym leader; but as of Pokémon Platinum, Fantina could be challenged the first time the player arrives at Hearthome, therefore making her the third gym leader. Had Ash fought Fantina previous to Maylene, he would have inadvertently gone out of order compared to the D&P line-up, but in order for the Platinum line-up. Ash battled the three shifted Gym Leaders in the order designated by D&P, as Platinum was not released until after Ash fought Crasher Wake, but before Fantina.
||The name of a herb genus. Resembles the word "malice" (intending to do harm), as in violent spirits; also an obviously non-Japanese name, obviating her status as an immigrant.
||Derived from fantôme, the French word for phantom, in reference to the fact that she speaks French and she uses Template:Type2 Pokémon. Also sounds like faint which scared people sometimes do.
||Similar to chimera.
||From Lamia, a Greek mythological spirit.
||French name, similar to fantasma, phantom
||Same as Japanese name.
||Same as Japanese name.