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Black (Japanese: ブラック Black) is a Trainer from Johto and a character from the Golden Boys manga series. He is based on the rival character from Pokémon Gold and Silver.
Black debuts in Let's Go! The Journey Towards The Championship, as the shadowed Trainer that Gold saw while he was choosing his Starter Pokémon. Black reveals himself after Gold gets a panicked call from Professor Elm mentioning about a robbery in his lab. Black does so by having Chikorita, the Pokémon he stole, attack him with Razor Leaf. He reveals to Gold that the Pidgey he has on his team was the one he released earlier. Black is challenged by a frustrated Gold after hearing the statement. It was his Chikorita versus Gold's Totodile. Black has the upperhand due to the type-advantage his Chikorita has. However, Gold's Pidgey defends Totodile and defeats Chikorita. The defeat does not upset Black as he departs. Black has quickly arrived in Violet City and challenges Falkner where he ends up defeating the Gym Leader.
Black reappears in Extreme Power!! The Friday Pokémon in Union Cave to capture a rare Lapras. It was revealed around that time that his Chikorita has evolved into Bayleef. Black has his Pokémon battle the Lapras so he could catch it. As Bayleef did not handle the Lapras in the way Black expected, he releases it only for Gold to take Bayleef in.
He defeats Gold in battle at a tournament in Let's Use Fighting Type Pokémon!!, however, his tactics were ruled unfair so Gold was declared the winner.
Black reappears in Gold and Black VS Team Rocket where he tries to take on Team Rocket on his own but his Pokémon were no match for them as the radio waves coming from Team Rocket's hideout were the source of Black's Pokémon getting weakened.
Gold has a battle with Black in The Legendary Pokémon despite not wanting to and witnessing the radio waves's effect on Black's Pokémon. Gold ends up defeating him. Black has another battle with Gold in A Spectacular Battle To Save Ampharos!! where he will give Gold his Gyarados if Gold defeats him. Jasmine takes Gold's place and defeats Gyarados with her Steelix, only for Gyarados to be unable to carry them to Cianwood City.
In Let's Fight For The Future!!, Black releases a different colored Tyranitar known as the Black Tyranitar that was sealed away years ago. In order to get the Black Tyranitar sealed away again, he had to work with Gold and many other Trainers in order to do so.
He has a strong hatred for what he considers to be "weak" Trainers, such as Gold, as well as Team Rocket, who calls him a traitor. Also, he wants strong Pokémon on his team and releases the ones he deems as weak.
Despite his low opinion of Gold, there are times where they are forced to work together, one of the cases happened in Gold and Black VS Team Rocket where radio waves coming from Team Rocket's hideout are causing the Pokémon to get weak.
| Gyarados first appeared defeating a Sailor's Wartortle. Gold wanted to borrow Gyarados in order to get to Cianwood City as he and Jasmine were unsuccessful in finding their own Pokémon to take them there. However, Gold needed to battle him in order to get the prize. So they battle with Black using the Gyarados and Gold using Pikachu. As Pikachu had the type advantage, Gold only commands it to use Agility. Jasmine takes over with her Steelix as she couldn't take it anymore and Gyarados was too powerful, which defeats the Gyarados. Black decides to let Gold borrow Gyarados as Steelix was unstoppable but it could not take them to Cianwood City as it was defeated.
Gyarados's only known move is Dragon Rage.
|| A Spectacular Battle To Save Ampharos!!
|| Chikorita → Bayleef
- Main article: Gold's Bayleef
Black owned Bayleef as a Chikorita. It was his starter Pokémon when he began his journey in Johto. However, he stole the Chikorita from Professor Elm's lab instead of having Elm give it to him. It evolved into a Bayleef prior to meeting up with Gold again. During an encounter with Lapras, Black released the Bayleef after it failed to defeat Lapras and Gold took Bayleef in.
|| Let's Go! The Journey Towards The Championship
- When the Golden Boys manga was released, Black and the Rocket Executive Grey were the only characters named after a color that did not share a name with a core series Pokémon game. However, a fifth generation Black Version was later announced.