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Zoey (Japanese: ノゾミ Nozomi) is a Pokémon Coordinator and Dawn's rival. She first appeared in Mounting a Coordinator Assault.
Zoey first debuted in Mounting a Coordinator Assault! where she made fast friends with Dawn. In the next episode she would go on to defeat Dawn in the semifinals of the Jubilife City Contest before battling Jessie in the final round. Furthermore, it was revealed in Getting the Pre-Contest Titters that the first ribbon she won was in a battle with Kenny's Prinplup. She has a Contest Pass for the Sinnoh region.
Zoey is largely responsible for the trade of Ash's Aipom and Dawn's Buizel. In Arrival of a Rival, she first suggested that Ash should give Aipom to Dawn. In Throwing the Track Switch she brought it up again, but this time she suggested a trade after she saw how Buizel had more of a love for battling rather than contests. Ash and Dawn eventually agreed to it and traded their Pokémon.
In Strategy with a Smile! she lost the battle against May in the semi-finals of the Wallace Cup.
Zoey appeared again in Playing the Leveling Field! where she was shown battling Fantina. Zoey battled Fantina's Mismagius with her Glameow but lost. It was also revealed that Shellos helped her earn her third ribbon.
Zoey appeared in Classroom Training! where Ash and his friends learn about her childhood. It was revealed she had been childhood friends with Candice and also frequently calls her "Ms. Senior". She also appeared in Sliding Into Seventh! watching Ash's gym battle with Candice. She also appeared again in A Pyramiding Rage! where she watched Paul's battle against Brandon. She left at the end of the episode with Candice.
Zoey is very loyal to her friends but has no problem giving them tough criticism when the time calls for it. However if one of her friends is being mistreated, she wastes no time sticking up for them. Such examples include her sticking up for Dawn when she was being made fun of by "Jessalina" in A Stand-Up Sit-Down!. Despite having an sprained ankle, she still battled in Dawn's defense. She also defended Ash after she felt Paul was being rude to him.
She tends to have harsh opinions of people who compete in both contests and Gym battles, saying, they need to make up their minds. This is seen in her reactions to Ash in Arrival of a Rival and Nando in Dawn's Early Night. For that she apologized to Ash for her behavior in Staging a Heroes Welcome! when she realized that it was good to learn from both types of trainers. It was revealed in Classroom Training! that the reason for this trait in her character was that while she wanted to be a Top Coordinator, Candice wanted to be a champion Trainer. They promised each other to follow their goals and as such Zoey looked down on people who did both since she thought they weren't taking them seriously.
Zoey's tough demeanor suggests that she's a tomboy. This is further seen in her short haircut and her choice in Contest outfits, which are stylized suits rather than dresses.
The following are Zoey's known Pokémon:
Zoey's outfit in the Jubilife Contest
Zoey's outfit in the Hearthome Contest
Zoey's outfit in the Wallace Cup
- Counting only regular characters, Zoey is the first female rival in the anime.
- Zoey's Japanese name is Nozomi while Dawn's is Hikari. The Hikari and the Nozomi are two Shinkansen "bullet train" lines. The Nozomi is faster than the Hikari.
- Zoey has more than one outfit for contests.
- Zoey slightly resembles Brigette, the host of Pokémon Box Ruby & Sapphire.
- Zoey is one of two coordinators that Dawn has competed against who shares her Japanese name with a character of the anime Yes! Pretty Cure 5; Nozomi Yumehara (Cure Dream). The other is Ursula.
|| ノゾミ Nozomi
|| Possibly a reference to the Nozomi bullet train, that goes in the opposite direction of the Hikari bullet train.
| English, German
|| Similar to Nozomi.
|| From Zoey.
|| From Zoey.
|| 소망 Somang
|| Means "hope" (所望 in Hanja), literal translation of the Japanese name.
| Chinese (Taiwan)
|| 小望 Xiǎo Wàng
|| 望 is from Japanese 望み nozomi, hope.