Pokémon Association

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The Pokémon Association (Japanese: ポケモン協会 Pokémon Association) is a governing body that handles legislation regarding Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga. The Association is the group that selects and pays the salaries of Gym Leaders, and organizes Pokémon League competitions across the nation.

They are also apparently responsible for drawing up and often enforcing laws regarding Pokémon, and general competition between Pokémon Trainers. They are the creators of the different types of battling, such as the Triple Battle. Some of the laws created by the Association include the famous rule which states a Trainer can only carry six Pokémon with them at a time. In addition, they provide Great Balls for all Gym Leaders to use.

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Chairmen

The Pokémon Association in each region is led by a Chairman, all of whom are short, middle-aged men who share visually similar features, such as their glasses and mustaches. They are identified by their differing hairstyles.

Kanto and Johto

The Chairman of Kanto and Johto's Pokémon Association leads the organization from their headquarters in Goldenrod City. He is distinguished by a tuft of curly hair on his balding head, and appears to have a somewhat timid personality.

This Chairman first debuted in Sunkern Treasure, rebutting Bill's claims about the involvement of several Gym Leaders with Team Rocket. He later appeared during Red's aptitude test to become a Gym Leader, and subsequently recommended Blue to assume the role after Red declined.

Much later, the Chairman assisted a plan to unveil the Masked Man's true identity, under the guise of an exhibition tournament between the Gym Leaders.

Hoenn

The Chairman of Hoenn's Pokémon Association leads his sector from the headquarters stationed in Lilycove City. He is recognized by a massive afro, and has a serious personality.

The Chairman first appeared in The Beginning of the End with Kyogre & Groudon II, declaring a national state of emergency due to the revival of Kyogre and Groudon. He deployed the Hoenn Gym Leaders to hold the two titans back, while overseeing evacuation of civilians to New Mauville. Just before Lilycove City fell to the effects of the extreme weather phenomena, he activated the headquarters' aerial mode, transforming the building into an airship from which he continued to coordinate efforts.

Nearing the end of the crisis, the Chairman received news that both Kyogre and Groudon had departed, having finished their fight, but was stunned to hear that Steven Stone had died from the strain of controlling the Legendary titans. He later appeared in an altered time where Steven had not died, and thanked Ruby and Sapphire for their role in resolving the crisis.

Sinnoh

The Chairman of the Sinnoh Pokémon Association is identified by his swirly hairstyle that somewhat resembles soft-serve ice cream, and has a confident personality. It is not known where his headquarters are located.

While the Chairman isn't seen until the Platinum chapter, he voices the statues that are always seen at Gyms and ensures that all challengers follow the Association's rules, admonishing Diamond and Pearl when they break them and even kicking them out on several occasions. He is only openly identified as the Chairman by Fantina.

The Chairman makes his proper appearance in Tackling Togekiss, properly introducing himself to Diamond and Pearl and thanking them for stopping Cyrus's plans. He explains that after the Sinnoh Elite Four decoded the notebook Diamond had retrieved from Charon, they learned that Team Galactic had been targeting Sinnoh's Legendary Pokémon. As a result, the Chairman seeks to form a task force with Diamond and Pearl so they can protect the remaining Legendary Pokémon.

After going separate ways, the Chairman later witnesses Diamond vanish into the Distortion World after being hit by Giratina's Shadow Force. Following Giratina and Charon's failed attempt to escape into the real world, Giratina returns to its domain; the Chairman observes that Giratina's resentment at Dialga and Palkia might have lessened as a result of their earlier clash in Distortion World.

Pokémon

On hand

Pokémon Association's Pineco
Pineco (×2)
Pineco was first Pokémon sent out during the battle against Red so he can qualify to become a Gym Leader. It was easily defeated by Red's Saur.

The association then sent out another Pineco after the first Forretress was defeated. Similar to the first Pineco, it ended up getting defeated.

None of Pineco's moves are known, and its Ability is Sturdy.

Debut Forretress of Solitude
Pokémon Association's Forretress
Forretress (×2)
Forretress was sent out when the first Pineco was defeated. It was easily beaten by Saur's Vine Whip. The other Forretress was sent out after the second Pineco was defeated. Red switched his Saur to his Snor. Snor took damage when it was sent out due to the effects of Spikes. Snor used Belly Drum to increase its stats and took out Forretress with a Mega Punch.

The second Forretress's only known move is Spikes.

Debut Forretress of Solitude
Pokémon Association's Azumarill
Azumarill
Azumarill was sent out after both of the Pineco and Forretress were defeated. It started things off with Whirlpool. The attack made Red's legs numb as the water aggravated the injuries Red suffered from Lorelei's attack during the Yellow chapter. While the arena was flooded, Snor used Rest to recover from the damage it had taken. After the water had disappeared, Azumarill was taken out by Snor's Mega Kick.

Azumarill's only known move is Whirlpool.

Debut Forretress of Solitude
Pokémon Association's Porygon2
Porygon2
Porygon2 was the last Pokémon sent out. It went up against Red's Vee and even though it put up a good fight against Vee, it was defeated by Vee's Psychic.

Porygon2's known moves are Lock-On and Zap Cannon.

Debut Forretress of Solitude

Escaped

Pokémon Association's Rayquaza
Rayquaza
Main article: Rayquaza (Adventures)

Rayquaza was temporarily under the Pokémon Association's possession in Goldenrod City after being captured at the Embedded Tower. As it, unlike Kyogre and Groudon, lacked an Orb which could be used to control it, the Association attempted to study the Sky High Pokémon in order to create an artificial Orb to control it, but failed. Rayquaza soon escaped, and Norman, the Petalburg City Gym Leader candidate, was ordered to go after it. Despite Norman's best efforts, Rayquaza managed to get away, and wasn't found again until the crisis with the two other Legendary Pokémon had gotten underway five years later.

Debut Rayquaza Redemption I

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 神奇寶貝協會 Shénqí Bǎobèi Xiéhuì (Taiwan)
South Korea Flag.png Korean 포켓몬 협회 Pokémon Hyeopoe
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Asociación Pokémon
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Hiệp hội Pokémon


Pokémon Association Chairman
Language Title
South Korea Flag.png Korean 포켓몬 협회 이사님 Pokémon Hyeopoe Isanim
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Director de la Asociación Pokémon
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Chủ tịch Hiệp hội Pokémon


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