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Bianca (anime)

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This article is about the anime counterpart of Bianca. For the character from Pokémon Heroes, see Bianca (movie).

Bianca
ベル Bel
Bianca anime.png
Bianca
Gender Female
Eye color Green
Hair color Blonde
Hometown Nuvema Town
Region Unova
Relatives Father
Trainer class Trainer
Game counterpart Bianca
Anime debut Minccino—Neat and Tidy!
English voice actor Erica Schroeder
Japanese voice actor Shizuka Itō

Bianca (Japanese: ベル Bel) is a Pokémon Trainer from the Unova region. She is one of Ash's four rivals in Unova and is also a recurring traveling companion.

History

Bianca with her father

Bianca made her debut appearance in Minccino—Neat and Tidy!, where she was sent by Professor Juniper to deliver a Badge case to Ash. Unfortunately, Bianca ended up knocking Ash and Cilan into a nearby stream. Despite being older than Ash, she had only just started her journey, due to her father not allowing her to become a Trainer when she turned ten.

Bianca is shown to be very excitable, for instance when a Minccino stole the Badge case and Ash attempted to use Oshawott to get it back, Bianca commanded him to use Hydro Pump despite the fact that Oshawott wasn't her Pokémon nor did he even know that move at the time. She later made the same mistake when she commanded Pikachu to use Zap Cannon.

She later had a battle against Ash, where she used her Pignite against his Pikachu. Ash was planning to use Oshawott for said battle but Bianca demanded that he used Pikachu. She lost the battle after putting up a hard fight.

Prior to Emolga the Irresistible!, Bianca joined the group and accompanied them on their way to Nimbasa City. She was enjoying an evening lunch with Ash and his friends when Iris's Axew dropped a fruit down a hill. It was caught by a wild Emolga. She then ran after the Emolga and smothered her by hugging her, because she deemed it cute. Determined to catch Emolga, Bianca challenged her to battle Minccino, who ended up losing. Emolga then flew off and Bianca chased after her. After several failed attempts at catching Emolga, Bianca was crushed to find that Emolga eventually accepted Iris as her Trainer instead.

Bianca with her rival, Ash, and his friends

In Emolga and the New Volt Switch!, Bianca wanted to have a battle with Iris's newly caught Emolga. However, Emolga had other interests besides battling and kept using Volt Switch to get other Pokémon to battle Bianca instead, including Iris's Excadrill, Cilan's Pansage and Ash's Snivy. She also used her Pignite against Snivy for a short training session. After learning Ash earned three Badges already, Bianca left the group in hopes to win more Badges on her own.

Bianca met up with Ash and friends again in Nimbasa Town in Reunion Battles In Nimbasa!. She was enamored with Luke's Zorua and attempted to catch her, not knowing that she already had a Trainer. Bianca also decided to enter the Club Battle tournament along with the group. In the next episode, she battled Stephan in the first round of the tournament, where she used her Minccino against his Zebstrika. Zebstrika proved too powerful and defeated Minccino, thus knocking Bianca out of the tournament.

Bianca reappeared in Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!, where she battled Elesa in a Gym battle. However, all of her Pokémon were defeated by Elesa's Zebstrika. Her father almost had her taken home because of this loss, but Ash and Elesa convinced him to let Bianca continue her journey.

Bianca reappeared in Crisis at Chargestone Cave! where she revealed that she was going to trade her Shelmet for Professor Juniper's Karrablast. However, before that, the wild Galvantula and Joltik in the area started to cause trouble, so she decided to help Ash and the group deal with the problem. In the end, it was revealed that Team Rocket was behind the whole ordeal and after helping defeat them, Bianca met up with Professor Juniper.

In Evolution Exchange Excitement! Professor Juniper and Bianca traded their Shelmet and Karrablast together, making them evolve into Accelgor and Escavalier respectively. However, as soon as it had evolved, Escavalier started disobeying Bianca. To improve their team work, Bianca and Professor Juniper decided to use their new Pokémon in a Tag Battle against Cilan's Crustle and Ash's Boldore. As Accelgor protected Escavalier by using Substitute, the two Pokémon started to work better as a team, and they were able to defeat Boldore together. Despite that both Accelgor and Escavalier were then defeated by Cilan's Crustle, Bianca was glad that her new Pokémon was now obeying her.

Bianca reappeared in The Clubsplosion Begins! in order to register in the Clubsplosion tournament. She discovered that her first opponent was Trip who took her very lightly as an opponent. Her battle with Trip began in Search for the Clubultimate!, where it was revealed she had evolved her Pignite into Emboar. Though Emboar was on the field, Bianca was nowhere to be found. A bit later she ran onto the battlefield, claiming that she was late because she was too busy touching Delbert's Mienshao's muscles. She then tripped and fell on her face. It did not get her down, however, and was as eager as ever to get the battle started.

She had her Emboar attack with moves like Arm Thrust and Hammer Arm, but Trip had Conkeldurr block these attacks with its concrete pillars. Bianca became concerned about losing the battle after Emboar became trapped in Conkeldurr's Rock Tomb and could not evade its Stone Edge. However, in the next episode, Bianca cried to Emboar to do something before the attack made contact. A smile then came to her face, seeing that Emboar had actually caught the stones in his arms. She then commanded him to use Fling, to send the rocks back at Conkeldurr. Conkeldurr became distracted by it and Bianca had Emboar take its concrete pillars from it and then had Emboar use Fling again to throw them back at it, which knocked out Conkeldurr and got Bianca through to the second round.

Later on, Bianca discovered that her opponent for the second round was Georgia. She battled her Bisharp, whom she defeated rather quickly. She then battled Stephan again, now in the semi-finals in Commanding the Clubsplosion Crown!, but lost.

She reappeared in Curtain Up, Unova League! and met up with Ash, Iris and Cilan in Vertress City to compete in the Vertress Conference. In the first round, she battled with her Emboar against Mikael and his Watchog and won. In Mission: Defeat Your Rival!, in the second round, she battled Cameron, using her Escavalier and Emboar against the latter's Samurott and Riolu. Her Pokémon put a good fight but were eventually defeated, resulting in her elimination from the league, much to her disappointment. She stayed for the remainder of the league, watching all the other battles. In A Unova League Evolution! she participated in the closing ceremonies of the Vertress Conference. Afterwards she bought ice creams for Ash, his friends, Stephan and Cameron and his Lucario. She then said farewell to the group and left.

Bianca appears prominently in the ending Let's Join Hands. Her last appearance was as a cameo in the credits of Genesect and the Legend Awakened.

Character

Bianca after catching a Pokémon

Much like her game counterpart, Bianca is a sweet girl but is also an airhead. She is fairly similar to Ash when he'd just started his journey. She is also somewhat clumsy and unorganized. Every time she meets up with the main characters, she runs excitedly towards them and then trips, causing her to collide with Ash and knocking him into a body of water. Afterwards, she apologizes to him profusely.

Bianca has a soft spot for cute Pokémon like Minccino, Emolga, and Zorua and will stop at nothing to try to capture them. In fact, she spent a few episodes of the Club Battle arc trying to get a hold of Luke's Zorua who kept disguising herself to trick her. Bianca also tends to think of odd schemes to lure a Pokémon out, like planting a dirty spoon under a cloche so she could trap Minccino. If her attempts at capturing fail, she will often have a temper tantrum about it. She cares dearly for her Pokémon, often crying out in sorrow when they're defeated. It was revealed in The Clubsplosion Begins! that she also likes Pokémon with muscles such as Sawk, Throh and Mienshao.

She tends to do things at her own pace, which often involves rushing and forcing people along with her. She was impatient to capture Minccino, as well as during battles, to the point that Ash, Iris, and Cilan had trouble keeping up with her. She wastes no time when giving her Pokémon commands, though this raw speed and power also causes her many blunders.

Pokémon

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

On hand

Bianca's Emboar
Tepig → Pignite → Emboar
Main article: Bianca's Emboar

Emboar was Bianca's starter Pokémon. Bianca attempted to use him to catch a wild Minccino that had stolen the dirty Badge case that she had given to Ash.

Debut Minccino-Neat and Tidy!
Voice actors
Japanese Kensuke Satō
English Marc Thompson
Bianca's Minccino
Minccino
Main article: Bianca's Minccino

Minccino first appeared in Minccino-Neat and Tidy! where he stole Ash's Badge case. Bianca ended up capturing him at the end of the episode by accident when he attempted to clean her dirty Poké Ball.

Debut Minccino-Neat and Tidy!
Voice actors
Japanese Mai Aizawa
English Michele Knotz
Bianca's Karrablast

Bianca's Escavalier
Karrablast → Escavalier
Bianca traded her Shelmet for Professor Juniper's Karrablast so that both Pokémon could evolve. However once it did, Escavalier started to chase her down and also refused to listen to her commands. During its Tag Battle with Accelgor as its partner, it learned to cooperate with both it and Bianca.

In Mission: Defeat Your Rival!, Bianca used Escavalier as her first Pokémon in her Vertress Conference battle against Cameron and his Samurott. Despite withstanding many of Samurott's attacks with Iron Defense, Escavalier's endurance finally ran out, and it was defeated with a Razor Shell.

As a Karrablast, Escavalier's known moves were Peck and Take Down.
Escavalier's known moves are Fury Attack, Quick Guard*, Iron Defense, and Hyper Beam.

Debut Evolution Exchange Excitement!
Voice actors
Japanese Chinami Nishimura (Karrablast)
Kenta Miyake (Escavalier)
English Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld (Karrablast)
Dan Green (Escavalier)

Traded away

Bianca's Shelmet
Shelmet
Bianca's Shelmet debuted in Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!, where she used it in her battle against Elesa's Zebstrika, but it was quickly defeated. Bianca was worried after the battle that Shelmet might not be feeling well after losing the way it did. Iris made up a special remedy for it to help it get back its energy.

In Crisis at Chargestone Cave!, Bianca mentioned that she had come to the area to trade Shelmet for Professor Juniper's Karrablast, so that they may evolve. In Evolution Exchange Excitement!, before the trade, Shelmet battled with the Karrablast it would soon be traded for. However with its timid nature, all Shelmet did was use Protect. It was because of this tactic that the battle was called off as it was clear the battle would drag on at that rate.

As of the trade, Shelmet's known moves were Acid, Energy Ball, and Protect.

Debut Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!
Voice actors
Japanese Kiyotaka Furushima
English Eileen Stevens

Badges

Pokémon competitions

Pokémon League

Bianca has competed in the following Pokémon League competitions:

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 伊藤静 Shizuka Itō
English Erica Schroeder
Croatian Sandra Hrenar
Danish Maja Iven Ulstrup
Dutch Fleur van de Water
German Barbi Schiller
Italian Benedetta Ponticelli
Polish Izabella Bukowska
Brazilian Portuguese Priscila Ferreira
Russian Darja Frolova
Spanish Latin America Lupita Leal
Spain Pilar Puebla

Trivia

  • Bianca is Ash's first and only regular female rival so far.
  • She is the only Unova rival to encounter Team Rocket.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ベル Bel From the Slavic prefix bel-, white. Also Celtic god of light. Another possibility is "Belle", French for beautiful.
English, French, Spanish Bianca Means "white" in Italian.
German Bell Same as Japanese name.
Italian Belle Same as Japanese name.
Spanish Bel Same as Japanese name.
Korean Bel Same as Japanese name.
Chinese (Mandarin) 白露 Báilù Transliteration of her Japanese name. Also translates to white dew.


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Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplup
IrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenne
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulZoeyNandoKenny
ConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgil
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerShellyArchie
TabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarret
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor Rowan
Professor CarolinaProfessor JuniperCedric JuniperDr. FennelProfessor Sycamore
Relatives Delia KetchumFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsDaisyVioletLilyNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCress
GraceMeyer
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceMr. SukizoRaoul Contesta
Vivian MeridianScottLilian MeridianMarianRhondaCynthiaAngieLookerLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlder
LukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetMontgomeryJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexa
Gym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsMany temporary characters

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Silver Conference: SalvadorJacksonMacyGaryAshHarrisonJon
Ever Grande Conference: JumpVivicaGilbertGavinDominickClark
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Lily of the Valley Conference: JeffreyNandoBarryConwayPaulAshTobias
Vertress Conference: RadleyMikaelUltimoKendrickTripBiancaEmmanuel
GeraldoStephanFloraKentonManningAsh
KatharineAntonioRussetRamoneCameronDinoVirgil
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