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Revision as of 12:03, 16 November 2010

A Gym Leader (Japanese: ジムリーダー Gym Leader) is the highest ranking member of a Pokémon Gym. The main job of a Gym Leader is to test Trainers and their Pokémon so that they are strong and resourceful enough to compete against the Elite Four in the games or the Pokémon League in the anime. If a Trainer defeats a Gym Leader in battle, then the Trainer earns that Gym's Badge.

A Gym Leader's job is not just to test upcoming Trainers. They must oversee how their respective gym is run and to maintain it. Great care must be taken to make sure that their gym reflects the best environment for the Pokémon type and playing style of choice, usually an environment that suits that type of Pokémon used there (like pools in a Water-type gym or flowers and plants in a Grass-type gym). According to Morty, teaching young people how to battle with Pokémon can also be the job of a Gym Leader.

It has not exactly been made clear how Gym Leaders attain their position, but it appears that it varies for each gym. Some of them founded their gym and are self-appointed; others, such as Whitney, are chosen by the other members of the region's Pokémon League. A few appear to be passed on through families: Janine, Falkner, and Flannery all take over their respective gyms from a close family member. However, Gyms do not necessarily belong to a particular family; Roark and his father Byron are both Gym Leaders at the same time, in different Gyms. Leaders can also choose to vacate their position; examples include Koga, Giovanni, and Wallace.

Although similar in nature, Frontier Brains are not considered Gym Leaders.

Pokémon used

Almost all Leaders rely on a single type of Pokémon. For example, Erika uses only Template:Type2 Pokémon in official Gym battles. Some Leaders, however, stray from this mold, albeit rarely. This is evidenced by the different types used by Blue during his reign as the Gym Leader of the Viridian Gym in the Generation II games and their remakes.

Geography and climate can often be connected to the type of Pokémon the Gym Leader of that area uses. Pastoria Gym Leader, Crasher Wake, uses Template:Type2 Pokémon, a direct allusion to the flooded marsh that surrounds the area and the constant downpour that plagues Pastoria City. Another example of this is the Cinnabar Gym Leader, Blaine, who uses Template:Type2 Pokémon and lives in a volcanic area.

The character archetype can also reflect the type of Pokémon a Leader uses. For example, Roark and Byron are both miners, who use the related Rock- and Template:Type2 Pokémon. Tate and Liza could be based on the archetype of twins who can communicate telepathically, and thus train Template:Type2 Pokémon.

In the games

Leader Brawly challenges the player
A Leader (Japanese: ジムリーダー Gym Leader) is the Trainer class name the Pokémon games give Gym Leaders during battles. Despite Gym Leaders themselves being introduced in Generation I, the name did not appear onscreen until Generation II, and has been incorporated into every game since. Gym Leaders are integral within the Pokémon universe. In order for one to advance in the game, the player must occasionally challenge and defeat the leader of a Gym. Each game is designed in such a way that the player will not be able to move forward until they receive a Gym Badge which will, in turn, allow them to use a HM to overcome natural obstacles or visit previously explored areas. It is one of the player's main objectives to collect eight Gym Badges, allowing him or her to challenge the Elite Four.

Leaders do not seem to be required to be in their Gyms at all times. Giovanni, for example, could keep his Gym Leader title despite not being at the Viridian Gym for the majority of the events of Generation I, and his successor, Blue, also went absent from the Gym several times. Leaders are increasingly encountered outside of their Gyms, and even outside of their Gyms' regions, with each passing generation, such as Clair appearing in the Dragon's Den and Crasher Wake on the way to Stark Mountain. They can even challenge other Gyms and the Elite Four (like Volkner wanted to do). In later games, it is made apparent that Gym Leaders know each other and are acquainted with Gym Leaders from other regions, as well as with members of the Elite Four and Champions. Examples of this are Jasmine being friends with Erika, Volkner being friends with Flint, Brawly training with Bruno, and most Isshu Gym Leaders coming together to fight Team Plasma's Seven Sages.

Gym Trainers

In addition to Gym Leaders, there are also Gym Trainers. While not an official Trainer class, they are Trainers that are either a devotee or apprentice to the Gym Leader. It is usually necessary to defeat multiple Gym Trainers before challenging the Gym Leader. Some Gyms in the game require the player to solve a puzzle, and one must often use Gym Trainers as obstacles to reach the solution. They have no direct impact on the overall plot, other than rarely offering the player helpful advice. It is also worth noting that the type of Trainer appearing in a Gym will depend on the Gym itself. For instance, Gardenia employs Aroma Ladies and Beauties, exclusively, while Misty recruits Tubers and Swimmers; these Gym Leaders represent the types Grass and Water, respectively.

In the anime

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Since there seem to be many more Gyms in the anime than in other media, it follows that there would be many more Gym Leaders.

In the anime, Gym Leaders seem to be forbidden from switching their Pokémon. Those that Ash encountered before Blaine did switch; however, since Ash's match against Blaine in Riddle Me This, Gym Leaders have not switched out their Pokémon. In the games, they may switch their Pokémon as often as any other Trainer.

A notable occurrence in the anime is that one does not necessarily have to defeat the Gym Leader to obtain a Badge. Badges are given out on a case by case basis based on whether the Gym Leader feels that the trainer has earned it. Examples include Ash winning his early Gym Badges, not by defeating the Gym Leader, but with other selfless acts such as rescuing Erika's Pokémon from a burning Gym.

In the manga

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Pokémon Adventures

In Pokémon Adventures, Red and Falkner have to battle with Pokémon set by the Pokémon League, where those Pokémon are not controlled by Trainers and the challenger is not allowed to let any of his Pokémon faint.

List of Gym Leaders

Indigo League

Indigo League
Generations I, II, III, and IV Region: Kanto
Gym Leader
Japanese
Location
Japanese
Type Badge
{{{size}}}
Brock
タケシ Takeshi
Pewter City
ニビシティ
Nibi City
Rock Boulder Badge.png
Boulder Badge
{{{size}}}
Misty
カスミ Kasumi
Cerulean City
ハナダシティ
Hanada City
Water Cascade Badge.png
Cascade Badge
{{{size}}}
Lt. Surge
マチス Matis
Vermilion City
クチバシティ
Kuchiba City
Electric Thunder Badge.png
Thunder Badge
{{{size}}}
Erika
エリカ Erika
Celadon City
タマムシシティ
Tamamushi City
Grass Rainbow Badge.png
Rainbow Badge
VSKoga.png
Koga
キョウ Kyō I III
VSJanine.png
Janine
アンズ Anzu II IV
Fuchsia City
セキチクシティ
Sekichiku City
Poison Soul Badge.png
Soul Badge
{{{size}}}
Sabrina
ナツメ Natsume
Saffron City
ヤマブキシティ
Yamabuki City
Psychic Marsh Badge.png
Marsh Badge
{{{size}}}
Blaine
カツラ Katsura
Cinnabar Island
グレンじま
Guren Island I III
Fire Volcano Badge.png
Volcano Badge
Seafoam Islands
ふたごじま
Twin Islands II IV
VSGiovanni.png
Giovanni
サカキ Sakaki I III
VSBlue.png
Blue
グリーン Green II IV
Viridian City
トキワシティ
Tokiwa City
Ground Various Earth Badge.png

Earth Badge


Johto League

Johto League
Generations II and IV Region: Johto
Gym Leader
Japanese
Location
Japanese
Type Badge
{{{size}}}
Falkner
ハヤト Hayato
Violet City
キキョウシティ
Kikyō City
Flying Zephyr Badge.png
Zephyr Badge
{{{size}}}
Bugsy
ツクシ Tsukushi
Azalea Town
ヒワダタウン
Hiwada Town
Bug Hive Badge.png
Hive Badge
{{{size}}}
Whitney
アカネ Akane
Goldenrod City
コガネシティ
Kogane City
Normal Plain Badge.png
Plain Badge
{{{size}}}
Morty
マツバ Matsuba
Ecruteak City
エンジュシティ
Enju City
Ghost Fog Badge.png
Fog Badge
{{{size}}}
Chuck
シジマ Shijima
Cianwood City
タンバシティ
Tanba City
Fighting Storm Badge.png
Storm Badge
{{{size}}}
Jasmine
ミカン Mikan
Olivine City
アサギシティ
Asagi City
Steel Mineral Badge.png
Mineral Badge
{{{size}}}
Pryce
ヤナギ Yanagi
Mahogany Town
チョウジタウン
Chōji Town
Ice Glacier Badge.png
Glacier Badge
{{{size}}}
Clair
イブキ Ibuki
Blackthorn City
フスベシティ
Fusube City
Dragon Rising Badge.png
Rising Badge


Hoenn League

Hoenn League
Generation III Region: Hoenn
Gym Leader
Japanese
Location
Japanese
Type Badge
{{{size}}}
Roxanne
ツツジ Tsutsuji
Rustboro City
カナズミシティ
Kanazumi City
Rock Stone Badge.png
Stone Badge
{{{size}}}
Brawly
トウキ Tōki
Dewford Town
ムロタウン
Muro Town
Fighting Knuckle Badge.png
Knuckle Badge
{{{size}}}
Wattson
テッセン Tessen
Mauville City
キンセツシティ
Kinsetsu City
Electric Dynamo Badge.png
Dynamo Badge
{{{size}}}
Flannery
アスナ Asuna
Lavaridge Town
フエンタウン
Fuen Town
Fire Heat Badge.png
Heat Badge
{{{size}}}
Norman
センリ Senri
Petalburg City
トウカシティ
Tōka City
Normal Balance Badge.png
Balance Badge
{{{size}}}
Winona
ナギ Nagi
Fortree City
ヒワマキシティ
Hiwamaki City
Flying Feather Badge.png
Feather Badge
{{{size}}}
Tate and Liza
フウとラン Fū and Lan
Mossdeep City
トクサネシティ
Tokusane City
Psychic Mind Badge.png
Mind Badge
File:SpriteWallace.png
Wallace
ミクリ MikuriRS
File:SpriteJuan.png
Juan
アダン AdanE
Sootopolis City
ルネシティ
Rune City
Water Rain Badge.png

Rain Badge


Sinnoh League

Sinnoh League
Generation IV Region: Sinnoh
Gym Leader
Japanese
Location
Japanese
Type Badge
{{{size}}}
Roark
ヒョウタ Hyouta
Oreburgh City
クロガネシティ
Kurogane City
Rock Coal Badge.png
Coal Badge
{{{size}}}
Gardenia
ナタネ Natane
Eterna City
ハクタイシティ
Hakutai City
Grass Forest Badge.png
Forest Badge
{{{size}}}
Maylene
スモモ Sumomo
Veilstone City
トバリシティ
Tobari City
Fighting Cobble Badge.png
Cobble Badge
{{{size}}}
Crasher Wake
マキシマム仮面 Maximum Mask
Pastoria City
ノモセシティ
Nomose City
Water Fen Badge.png
Fen Badge
{{{size}}}
Fantina
メリッサ Melissa
Hearthome City
ヨスガシティ
Yosuga City
Ghost Relic Badge.png
Relic Badge
{{{size}}}
Byron
トウガン Tougan
Canalave City
ミオシティ
Mio City
Steel Mine Badge.png
Mine Badge
{{{size}}}
Candice
スズナ Suzuna
Snowpoint City
キッサキシティ
Kissaki City
Ice Icicle Badge.png
Icicle Badge
{{{size}}}
Volkner
デンジ Denzi
Sunyshore City
ナギサシティ
Nagisa City
Electric Beacon Badge.png
Beacon Badge


Isshu League

Isshu League
Generation V Region: Isshu
Gym Leader
Japanese
Location
Japanese
Type Badge
File:VSDent.png
Dent
デント Dent
File:VSPod.png
Pod
ポッド Pod
File:VSCorn.png
Corn
コーン Corn
Sanyou City
サンヨウシティ
Sanyou City
Grass, Fire
and Water
50px
Tri Badge
{{{size}}}
Aloe
アロエ Aloe
Shippou City
シッポウシティ
Shippou City
Normal Basic Badge.png
Basic Badge
{{{size}}}
Arti
アーティ Arti
Hiun City
ヒウンシティ
Hiun City
Bug 50px
Beetle Badge
{{{size}}}
Kamitsure
カミツレ Kamitsure
Raimon City
ライモンシティ
Raimon City
Electric Bolt Badge.png
Bolt Badge
{{{size}}}
Yacon
ヤーコン Yacon
Hodomoe City
ホドモエシティ
Hodomoe City
Ground Quake Badge.png
Quake Badge
{{{size}}}
Fuuro
フウロ Fuuro
Fukiyose City
フキヨセシティ
Fukiyose City
Flying Jet Badge.png
Jet Badge
{{{size}}}
Hachiku
ハチク Hachiku
Sekka City
セッカシティ
Sekka City
Ice 50px
Icicle Badge
File:VSShaga.png
Shaga
シャガ ShagaB
VSIris.png
Iris
アイリス IrisW
Souryuu City
ソウリュウシティ
Souryuu City
Dragon Legend Badge.png

Legend Badge


Orange League

Orange League
Anime-exclusive Region: Orange Archipelago
Crew Member
Japanese
Location
Japanese
Challenge Prize
CissySmall.png
Cissy
アツミ Atsumi
Mikan Island
ナツカン島
Natsukan Island
Water Gun target test
Surfing race
40px
Coral-Eye Badge
DannySmall.png
Danny
ダン Dan
Navel Island
ネーブル島
Navel Island
Climb mountain (to qualify)
Freeze a geyser race
Build a Toboggan race
Toboggan race
40px
Sea Ruby Badge
RudySmall.png
Rudy
ジギー Ziggy
Trovita Island
ユズ島
Yuzu Island
Target test
Same-type Pokémon battle
40px
Spike Shell Badge
LuanaSmall.png
Luana
ルリコ Ruriko
Kumquat Island
リュウチン島
Ryūchin Island
Double battle 40px
Jade Star Badge
DrakeSmall.png
Drake
ユウジ Yūji
Pummelo Island
カンキツ島
Kankitsu Island
Traditional six-on-six battle 40px
Winner's Trophy
Honor at the
Palace of Victory


Trivia

  • Every Gym Leader that specializes in Template:Type2, Template:Type2, and Template:Type2 Pokémon uses Geodude, Gengar, and Steelix respectively in battle.
  • Even though there are forty known gyms in the games, there has not yet been a gym specializing in Template:Type2 Pokémon, although there have been three Elite Four members, Karen, Sidney and Giima. Only Template:Type2 gyms are not located in multiple regions. Each of the fifteen other types has been repeated at least once, and Water and Template:Type2 gyms appear in four of the five regions.
  • The only Gym Leaders so far whose parents have been seen in the anime are Brock, Sabrina, Tate and Liza, and Roark. They all train either Template:Type2 or Template:Type2 Pokémon.
    • Janine, Roark and Maylene are the only ones who have a parent the player can encounter in the games.
    • The player also encounters Blue's grandfather.
  • For Setting the World on its Buneary, Professor Oak's lecture is about Gym Leaders. He writes this Pokémon senryū about them: ジムリーダー いのちをかけて かかってこい Jimu Rīdā / Inochi o kakete / Kakatte koi "Gym Leader, put your life on the line and challenge me"
  • In the Johto saga of the anime, none of the Gym Leaders had the exact same lineups as they do in the games.
  • Three of the five first gyms are Rock-type Gyms.
  • Three of the five seventh gyms are Ice-type gyms; in addition, they all are located in the northern part of their respective regions.
  • The Hoenn Gym Leaders are the only ones not to have VS sprites, since these sprites were not introduced until Generation IV.
  • Every generation excluding the fourth and second has had three female gym leaders with at least one female/male match-up.
  • In the second, fourth and fifth generation games, the seventh gym leader specializes primarily in ice-type Pokémon.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 道館訓練家
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Gym Leider
Finland Flag.png Finnish Salipäällikkö / Salijohtaja
France Flag.png French Champion
Germany Flag.png German Arenaleiter
Greece Flag.png Greek Αρχηγός Σταδίου
Italy Flag.png Italian Capopalestra
South Korea Flag.png Korean 체육관 관장
Poland Flag.png Polish Lider Sali
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Líder de Ginásio
Spain Flag.png Spanish Líder (del Gimnasio)



RosaChallenge.png The Pokémon League VSMarshal.png
Participation
TrainerBattleGym Leaders
GymsBadgesHall of Fame
Championship matches
Elite FourOrange League
Pokémon World Tournament
Pokémon League Conferences
IndigoSilverEver Grande
Lily of the ValleyVertress
Pokémon League locations
Indigo PlateauPummelo Stadium*Mt. Silver*
Ever GrandePokémon League*/Lily of the Valley*
Pokémon League*/Vertress*Pokémon League
Regional Pokémon Leagues
IndigoOrange*JohtoHoenn
SinnohUnovaKalos
Areas of jurisdiction
Pokémon League Reception GateCerulean Cave


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