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Ariana

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Ariana
アテナ Athena
HeartGold SoulSilver Ariana.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Female
Eye color Red
Hair color Red
Hometown Unknown
Region Johto
Trainer class ExecutiveGSCHGSS
AdminFRLG
Generation II, III, IV
Games Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Stadium 2
Member of Team Rocket
Rank Executive

Ariana (Japanese: アテナ Athena) is one of the four Team Rocket Executives introduced in Pokémon Gold and Silver. Her name was not revealed until Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.

In the games

At first, Ariana seems to appear in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen as an unnamed female Team Rocket Admin in the Rocket Warehouse on Chrono Island. After the player defeats her, she seems to understand their motivations for opposing Team Rocket and flips a switch to redirect the spinners nearby to give the player easier access back from the warehouse entrance.

Three years later, Ariana is the only female Rocket Executive in the reborn Team Rocket in Johto. She appears to be Archer's second-in-command, although upon first challenging the player, she calls herself the interim boss of Team Rocket in place of Giovanni. The player battles her twice, first in the Team Rocket HQ, in a Double Battle with a Grunt on her side and Lance on the player's side (in Generation II, the player battles her alone), and again in the Goldenrod Radio Tower, where she is the last challenge before Archer. When defeated in the Team Rocket HQ, she notes that the player is strong enough to become an Executive if they joined Team Rocket, and after being beaten in the Radio Tower admits that she admires the player's power.

Like the other Executives, Ariana was given a major makeover in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. Her identity was expanded on, her color scheme was noticeably changed, and her hair was restyled.

Pokémon

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

First battle


Second battle


Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen



Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

First battle


Second battle


Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1


Round 2


Quotes

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Team Rocket HQ
  • Before battle
"Hold it right there! We can't have a brat like you on the loose. It's harmful to Team Rocket's pride, you see. However strong you may be, you can't take both of us at the same time. Sorry, baby. Now get ready to be thrashed."
"What? You had an accomplice? Where is your sense of honor? As the interim boss in place of Giovanni, I'll show you how wrong it is to meddle with Team Rocket!"
  • Being defeated
"Tch, you really are strong. It's too bad. If you were to join Team Rocket, you could become an Executive."
  • After being defeated
"…This hideout is done for… But that's fine. The broadcast experiment was a total success. It doesn't matter what happens to this hideout now. We have much bigger plans. You'll come to appreciate Team Rocket's true power soon enough. Enjoy yourself while you can… Fufufufu…"
Goldenrod Radio Tower
  • Before battle
"Remember me from the Hideout in Mahogany Town? I lost then, but I won't this time."
  • Being defeated
"This can't be happening! I fought hard, but I still lost…"
  • If talked to after battle
"<player>, isn't it? A brat like you won't appreciate the magnificence of Team Rocket. That's too bad. I really admire your power."

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Rocket Warehouse
  • Before battle
"I don't know or care if what I'm doing is right or wrong... I just put my faith in Giovanni and do as I am told."
  • Being defeated
"I... I'm shattered...
  • After being defeated
"You're doing things according to your beliefs and morals. I understand now..."
"I've made it so you can come back in through there. Why don't you go get rested and refreshed for what lies ahead? The Admin after me outranks me thoroughly as a Trainer. You'd better steel yourself for one harsh challenge."

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Team Rocket HQ
  • Before battle
"Hold it right there!"
"We can't let a brat like you do as you please forever. It'll hurt Team Rocket's pride over and over again. Making it lessen, you see. …So, it's time to finish you. However strong you may be, if the two of us fight at the same time, you'll have no chance of winning. Don't you agree? Hee hee hee! Sorry, baby. Now, get ready to be thrashed."
"What? You had an accomplice? Where is your sense of dignity? As interim boss in the place of Giovanni, I'll show you how wrong it is to meddle with Team Rocket!"
  • Being defeated
"Tch, you really are strong. It's too bad. If you were to join Team Rocket, you could become an Executive."
  • After being defeated
"But that's fine. The broadcast experiment was a total success. It doesn't matter what happens to this hideout now. We have much bigger plans. You'll come to appreciate Team Rocket's true power soon enough. Enjoy yourself while you can… Hee hee hee…."
Goldenrod Radio Tower
  • Before battle
"Hey, you… Remember me from the hideout in Mahogany Town? This time… Hee hee hee. This time… it looks like you're really all alone. All alone… So it should be quite easy. Bring it! Let's finish this!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"Hey, what do you think you're doing?!"
  • Last Pokémon low on health
"Wh… Wha… Why are you so strong?!"
  • Being defeated
"Aaaieeeee! This can't be happening! I fought hard, but I still lost…"
  • After being defeated
"What a waste… not to use your strength to do bad things! Feh… People like you will never in a million years understand our brilliance! It's too bad… I've really come to respect your strength."

Sprites

Spr GS Rocket Executive F.png Spr FRLG Team Rocket Grunt F.png Spr HGSS Ariana.png VSAriana.png
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
VS sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Rocket Grunt F II OD.png Team Rocket Grunt F III OD.png Ariana OD.png S2 Rocket ExecutiveF.pngS2 Rocket ExecutiveF alt.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Portraits from
Stadium 2

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Ariana in Pokémon Adventures

Ariana appears in the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter alongside the other three Executives. She, along with her teammates, take control of Team Rocket from Carr, saying that they will stay true to Giovanni's intentions.

Ariana later ambushes Silver and Crystal to prevent them from intruding and interrupting their plans. Using her Pokémon, she manages to pin Silver to a tree while she faces Crystal alone. Despite the type advantage Crystal's Pokémon have, she is easily defeated by Ariana's powerful team. However, using his Rhyperior and the Earth Plate he obtained from Petrel, Silver manages to save Crystal and send Ariana and her Pokémon flying.

Now facing Crystal alone, Ariana finishes off her Pokémon and explains her and her teammate's roles in capturing the legendary Pokémon Arceus. Suddenly, Arceus appears in front of them and Crystal attempts to capture it, shocking the Generals in the process. Despite her tenacity, Crystal ultimately fails in capturing the Pokémon and is sent flying into a tree.

The Generals chase Arceus down and find it battling Gold at the Ruins of Alph. Once Arceus takes them to the Sinjoh Ruins, the four Generals restrain Arceus and force it onto the Mystri Stage. Using its great powers, they force Arceus to create the legendary Pokémon Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina.

Believing they have pleased their boss, Giovanni, Ariana, Proton, and Archer begin tearing up. However, Silver distracts them by flying towards the Pokémon so Gold and Crystal can finish off the other legendary Pokémon. Once they do so, Arceus, now freed from its restraints, uses its powers to send Ariana and the other Generals flying. During the final battle with Arceus, Ariana stayed away from the fight by hiding behind a rock with her teammates. After the battle had ended, Ariana left with the other Team Rocket members and Giovanni.

Pokémon

Ariana's Arbok
Arbok
Arbok was first used to attack Carr after he attempted to take over Team Rocket. Later, it was used to ambush Silver and Crystal on Route 38, where it nearly swallowed Silver whole before pinning him to a tree. At the Sinjoh Ruins, Arbok was used to drag Arceus onto the Mystri Stage.

Arbok's known moves are Glare and Poison Sting.

Debut Dealing With A Koffing Fit
Ariana's Gloom
Gloom
Gloom was first used to battle Crystal at Route 38. Despite having a type disadvantage, it manages to nearly defeat Crystal's Archy. Later, it was used to drag Arceus to the Mystri Stage.

None of Gloom's moves are known.

Debut Pleased as Punch With Parasect
Ariana's Murkrow
Murkrow
Murkrow is Ariana's mode of flight transportation. It was first used to battle Crystal and easily defeated her Monlee. Later, it was used to drag Arceus onto the Mystri Stage.

Murkrow's only known move is Fly.

Debut Pleased as Punch With Parasect
Ariana's Vileplume
Vileplume
Vileplume was first seen trying to stop Silver from reaching the Pokémon Arceus created.

None of Vileplume's moves are known.

Debut All About Arceus V

In the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jou's Big Adventure manga

Ariana appears in Jou's Big Adventure for the creation of the Red Gyarados. She has a Tag Battle against Jou and Lance.

Pokémon

Ariana's Gloom
Gloom
Ariana sent out Gloom in a Tag Battle against Jou and Lance where it was easily defeated by the Red Gyarados.

Gloom's only known move is Poison Powder.

Debut Jou VS Team Rocket

Trivia

  • As she is the only female Executive in the Johto's Team Rocket, she could be easily adapted from her Generation II design in Generation IV. In this respect, she is the female counterpart of Archer, who was based on the original male Executive. However, Proton and Petrel, originally using the same sprite as Archer, had to be designed from scratch.
  • Sham from Pokémon Adventures is based on Ariana's original Generation II design, and is named differently because of the lack of names for the executives at the time. This makes her Ariana's cross-canon counterpart.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese アテナ Athena From Athena, a Lockheed Martin expendable launch system.
English Ariana From Ariane, a series of vehicles for space launch use.
French Ariane Same as English name.
German Athena Same as Japanese name.
Italian Atena Same as Japanese name.
Spanish Atenea Same as Japanese name.
Korean 아테나 Athena From her Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 雅典娜 Yǎdiǎnnà From her Japanese name


Members of Team Rocket
Bosses: Giovanni (animeAdventuresPocket Monsters)

Madame Boss*Masked Man*

Executives: ArcherArianaPetrelProton

Carl*Sham*Will*Karen*Grey*

Trios:
 
Jessie, James, & Meowth (JJM)
Koga*, Lt. Surge*, & Sabrina* (Triad)
Ken, Al, & Harry (TRET)
Carr, Sird, & Orm (T3B)
Duos: Butch & CassidyAttila & HunAnnie & Oakley*
Others:

 
ExecutivesScientistsGruntsRocket BrothersGideonDr. Fuji
DominoIron-Masked MarauderTysonWendyDr. Namba
SebastianViperMondoPierceDr. ZagerChristopher
MiyamotoRocket ScoutMatoriKaedeBlaine*

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