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Hilbert (Japanese: トウヤ Tōya) is the male player character in Pokémon Black and White. He is the male counterpart to Hilda.
In the games
Hilbert is a boy who lives in Nuvema Town, as do his childhood friends, Cheren and Bianca. If chosen as the player, he will receive a starter Pokémon and a Pokédex from Professor Juniper. After setting off on his Pokémon journey at the same time as Cheren and Bianca, Hilbert will at some point be asked by Fennel to do some sort of quest; in return for its completion, Hilbert will receive a C-Gear.
As well as encountering and battling his childhood friends at various points during his journey, Hilbert will also meet a man known as N, who wishes to create separate worlds for humans and Pokémon. In order to achieve his goals, he and Hilbert will battle several times during the course of the game. Hilbert also battles Team Plasma at various stages of his journey. Ultimately, Hilbert is recognized as a hero by Reshiram or Zekrom, depending on the version.
If not chosen as the player (that is, the female character was chosen as the player), he appears as the player's partner in the Battle Subway when choosing to ride the Multi-Train.
Hilbert has three counterparts appearing in various manga: Monta from the Pokémon Master Black & White manga, Black from the Pokémon Adventures manga, and Touya from the Pocket Monsters BW: Meetings with the Legends manga.
- Prior to the release of Black and White, pre-release media and most fans referred to Hilbert as "Black."
- English demos of Black and White referred to Hilbert as "Blair."
- English pre-release screenshots referred to Hilbert as "Kuro."
- From a bird's eye view, Hilbert's hat resembles a Poké Ball.
- Hilbert and Hilda are the first player characters in the main series not to have preprogrammed names either by choice or in case one isn't specified.
|| トウヤ Tōya
|| Possibly from 闘 tō, "fight".
|| From the Germanic element hild, "battle."
|| Possibly from English word war.
|| From lucha, "fight".