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A Pokémon Champion (Japanese: チャンピオン Champion) or Pokémon League Champion (Japanese: リーグ優勝者 League Champion) is the highest known level of rank for a Pokémon Trainer. It usually refers to a Trainer who has completed a Pokémon League by collecting all the necessary Badges, and either winning a regional Pokémon tournament or defeating the Elite Four and the previous Pokémon Champion (if there is one). There is usually only one Pokémon Champion per region at a time. Kanto and Johto share a Champion, while other regions have their own. It is assumed that the Champion must defend their title against challengers, although this is never explicitly stated.
In the games
Champion (Japanese: チャンピオン Champion) is a Trainer class that first debuted in the Generation I games. It is the title held by the Trainer who last defeated the Elite Four and the previous Pokémon Champion. Each Champion is always stronger than the Elite Four members and most other Trainers, and has a party of six Pokémon to test their opponents' strength. To challenge the Champion, Trainers must defeat all four Elite Four members without leaving the Pokémon League area, and cannot access the Pokémon League Pokémon Center and Poké Mart until after defeating the Champion or losing at any point during the challenge. If a challenger is defeated by the Champion, just like the Elite Four, they are sent back to the Pokémon League and must start over.
Since in every main series game the player goes on to defeat the standing Champion, every player character could be considered a Champion. However, for players, becoming the Champion is mostly a symbolic honor, as they are unable to battle challengers or take up any other league duties. In addition, the former Champion will still remain at the Pokémon League, retaining the title of Pokémon Champion.
In Black and White, Cynthia tells the player that once every few years, the Champions from all the regions come together and battle to find the strongest among them. In the Pokémon World Tournament in Black 2 and White 2, which takes place 2 years later, all the Champions the player battles in previous games participate in the tournament.
The following are the Champions who the player battles in the games:
In the anime
The path to becoming Champion differs between the anime and the games. In the anime, instead of fighting the Elite Four, there is a tournament among accomplished Trainers; however, Lucian mentioned that the winner of the Sinnoh League has the opportunity to battle the Elite Four and their Champion. Even an Elite Four member can usurp the Champion by battling them.
The following are the Champions known in the anime:
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga, the Champion of each region is the winner of an elimination tournament held every three years in each region. The most notable one is the Indigo Plateau Tournament in Kanto. Although the Elite Four appear in this manga, it is unclear whether they have any connection to the Champion as they do in the games.
The following are the known Champions in the Pokémon Adventures manga:
- With the exception of Red, the player has always met the Champion before challenging the Elite Four.
- Every Champion from the games has appeared in the anime (if Gary is counted for Blue).
- In French localizations, Gym Leader is Champion, while Champion is Maître, meaning master.
In other languages