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ビオラ Viola
"The camerawoman who never lets a single smile escape her focus."
XY Viola.png
Artwork from X and Y
Gender Female
Eye color Dark green
Hair color Blonde
Hometown Unknown
Region Kalos
Relatives Alexa (older sister)
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation VI
Games Pokémon X and Y
Leader of Santalune Gym
Badge Bug Badge
Specializes in Bug types
Anime debut XY005
English voice actor N/A
Japanese voice actor Noriko Shitaya

Viola (Japanese: ビオラ Viola) is the Gym Leader of Santalune City's Gym, known officially as the Santalune Gym. She specializes in Bug-type Pokémon. She gives the Bug Badge to Trainers who defeat her.

In the games

Besides being a Gym Leader, Viola is also a professional photographer. The players who defeat her will be given the Bug Badge. She's the younger sister to Alexa, a journalist.


Pokémon X and Y

Gym battle

Battle Chateau


Santalune Gym

  • Before battle
"That determined expression… That glint in your eye that says you're up to the challenge… It's fantastic! Just fantastic! Is this your first time challenging a Gym? Fantastic! Whether it's the tears of frustration that follow a loss or the blossoming of joy that comes with victory… They're both great subjects for my camera! Fantastic! This'll be just fantastic! Now come at me! My lens is always focused on victory—I won't let anything ruin this shot!"
  • Being defeated
"You and your Pokémon have shown me a whole new depth of field! Fantastic! Just fantastic!"
  • After being defeated
"Young Trainer, you… No, it wasn't you alone. You and your <Pokémon> have shown me a whole new depth of field! Fantastic! Just fantastic!"
"With that Bug Badge, Pokémon up to Lv. 30 will listen to your orders in battle… Yup, even if you get them from trades! And here! This TM commemorates your win against a pro photog like me."
"Using a TM like that one there lets you teach your Pokémon some new moves quicker than a shutter set to 1/1000 can snap shut! TMs are some of the best gear around. They're point-and-click easy, and you can use them over and over again! Now, the TM that I just gave you is for a move called Infestation. Use it, and it'll be impossible for your opponent to flee from battle! Now then, can you zoom in a bit to check out the tent behind me? Take the stairs that you find beyond it, and you'll be back up to the entrance faster than a flash!"

Battle Chateau

  • Before battle
"Even as a Marchioness, I'm still always looking for the perfect shot. And the quickest way to the perfect shot is by capturing the perfect win!"
  • Being defeated
"Ohhh! No one enjoys losing, but you all were such great opponents!"
  • After being defeated
(if she gives the player an item) "Here! Another bit of gear for such a perfect shot!"
"I knew that you and your Pokémon could show me a whole new depth of field!"

In the anime

Viola in the anime

Viola was first mentioned in Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!, albeit not by name, when Alexa revealed to Ash that her sister was the Santalune City Gym Leader. When Ash arrived in Kalos, Viola was absent from her Gym however Ash decided to head to Santalune Gym anyway when his challenge at Lumiose Gym was declined. They arrived there just as Viola, who was a professional photographer known for her excellent shots of Bug-type Pokémon, was returning and she accepted Ash's challenge. Viola's Surskit and Vivillon had a disadvantage against Ash's Fletchling and Pikachu, however Viola's strategy was to immobilize both Pokémon using Ice Beam and Sticky Web worked and Ash lost the battle.

Viola is set to appear again in XY006 for a rematch against Ash.


This listing is of Viola's known Pokémon in the anime:

Viola's Surskit
Surskit is the first Pokémon Viola used against Ash. Despite being at a type disadvantage, it managed to gain the upper hand by freezing the battlefield with its Ice Beam, thus hindering Pikachu's movement, whereas it was able to skate on the ice with no problem. It was also able to block Pikachu's Electro Ball and Thunderbolt attacks with Ice Beam. Surskit was able to defeat Pikachu, however it them went up against Fletchling. While Fletchling was unaffected by the ice, Viola managed to cover the Gym ceiling with Surskit's Sticky Web before it was defeated by Razor Wind.

Surskit's known moves are Protect, Ice Beam, Signal Beam and Sticky Web.

Debut XY005
Viola's Vivillon
A Meadow Pattern Vivillon is the second Pokémon Viola used against Ash. It was sent out to battle Fletchling after it had defeated Surskit. While Vivillon seemingly was at a disadvantage, Viola turned this around by using Vivillon's Psychic and Gust to send Fletchling into the webbing left behind by Surskit. As a result, Fletchling was unable to move at all and was an easy target for Vivillon's Solar Beam which knocked it out, causing Ash to lose the battle.

Vivillon's known moves are Psychic, Gust and Solar Beam.

Debut XY005

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 下屋則子 Noriko Shitaya


  • Viola's Japanese Leader title is 笑顔を見逃さないカメラガール.
  • Viola is the first female Bug-type specialist.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ビオラ Viola From the genera Viola and Viola
English, German Viola Same as her Japanese name
French Violette From violette, violet
Italian Violetta From violetta, violet
Spanish Violeta From violeta, violet
Korean 비올라 Viola From her Japanese name

Gym Leaders of the Kalos region
Santalune Gym Bug Badge
XY Viola Icon.png
Cyllage Gym Cliff Badge
XY Grant Icon.png
Shalour Gym Rumble Badge
XY Korrina Icon.png
Coumarine Gym Plant Badge
XY Ramos Icon.png
Lumiose Gym Voltage Badge
XY Clemont Icon.png
Laverre Gym Fairy Badge
XY Valerie Icon.png
Anistar Gym Psychic Badge
XY Olympia Icon.png
Snowbelle Gym Iceberg Badge
XY Wulfric Icon.png

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