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Blaine

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Blaine
カツラ Katsura
"The Hotheaded Quiz Master!"
HeartGold SoulSilver Blaine.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Male
Hometown Cinnabar Island
Region Kanto
Relatives None
Trainer class Gym LeaderRBYGSCFRLGHGSS
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation I, II, III, IV, V
Games Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black 2, White 2, Stadium, Stadium 2
Leader of Cinnabar Gym
Badge Volcano Badge
Specializes in Fire types
Anime debut Riddle Me This
English voice actor Michael Haigney
Japanese voice actor Toshiya Ueda

Blaine (Japanese: カツラ Katsura) is the Gym Leader of Cinnabar Island's (later the Seafoam Islands') Gym, known officially as the Cinnabar Gym. He hands out the Volcano Badge to Trainers who defeat him. He is a highly intelligent man who uses Fire-type Pokémon.

In the games

Blaine's title is "The Hotheaded Quiz Master." His strategy is to incinerate challengers with his rough-and-ready Fire-type Pokémon. To reach Blaine, challengers have to answer a series of quiz questions about Pokémon. Blaine only takes off his sunglasses when thinking up new quiz questions.

When he once got lost in a treacherous, freezing mountain range, he was guided out of the mountains by a Moltres. Apparently, this is what inspired him to train Fire-type Pokémon. Blaine is a native of Cinnabar Island, and has lived there since before the Pokémon Lab was built. He is apparently on good terms with Mr. Fuji.

In addition to the Volcano Badge, Blaine gives out TM38 (Fire Blast) in Pokémon Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen. In HeartGold and SoulSilver he gives out TM50 (Overheat).

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, and their remakes, the volcano on Cinnabar Island erupted, destroying the town, and leaving Blaine and his Pokémon homeless. Blaine relocated his Gym to the Seafoam Islands, and remains there a whole year after the volcanic eruption back on Cinnabar. He plans to rebuild his Gym one day.

He is able to be battled again in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, after collecting his number at any time on Tuesday. He is found on Cinnabar Island. A call to him on Tuesday afternoon will arrange a rematch. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, Blaine has added Gym Trainers and a puzzle to the Gym, unlike in Gold and Silver where Blaine stood alone in a small room.

Fame Checker

This is a list of the Fame Checker's information on Blaine in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

Gym Sign - Blaine
What does this person do?
"Cinnabar Island Pokémon Gym Leader: Blaine The Hotheaded Quiz Master!"
Cinnabar Gym - Blaine
Favorite kind of Pokémon?
"My fiery Pokémon are all rough and ready with intense heat! They incinerate all challengers!"
Cinnabar Gym - Super Nerd Derek
Favorite kind of Pokémon?
"Our Leader, Blaine, became lost in the mountains but good. Night fell and a fiery bird Pokémon appeared. Its light allowed Blaine to find his way down safely.
Cinnabar Island - Woman
What is this person like?
"Cinnabar Gym's Blaine is quite the odd fellow. He's lived on the island since way before the Lab was built."
Cinnabar Gym - Photo
Family and Friends?
"It's a photo of Blaine and Mr. Fuji. They're standing shoulder to shoulder with big grins."
Resort Gorgeous - Pokémon Journal
There's a rumor...
"Blaine is said to remove his dark shades only when he is thinking up new quiz questions."
Message from Blaine
  • From: Blaine
  • To: [Player]
"My Fire Pokémon! They'll become even more powerful!
And now, a quiz. How many kinds of Fire-type Pokémon are there?"

Pokémon

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Green



Pokémon Yellow



Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal



Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen



Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Gym battle


Rematch


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

Blaine uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles. Blaine will always lead with his signature Pokémon, Arcanine.

Kanto Leaders Tournament


Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament


Pokémon Stadium

Round 1


Round 2


Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1


Round 2


Quotes

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow

  • Before battle
"Hah! I'm Blaine! I am the Leader of Cinnabar Gym! My fiery Pokémon will incinerate all challengers! Hah! You better have Burn Heal!"
  • Being defeated
"I've burnt out! You have earned the Volcano Badge!"
  • After being defeated
"Hah! The Volcano Badge heightens the Special abilities of your Pokémon! Here, you can have this too!"
"TM38 contains Fire Blast! Teach it to fire-type Pokémon! Charmeleon or Ponyta would be good bets!"

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

  • Before battle
"Waaah! My Gym in Cinnabar burned down. My fire-breathing Pokémon and I are homeless because of the volcano. Waaah! But I'm back in business as a Gym Leader here in this cave. If you can beat me, I'll give you a Badge. Ha! You'd better have Burn Heal!"
  • Being defeated
"Awesome. I've burned out... You've earned Volcano Badge!"
  • After being defeated
"I did lose this time, but I'm going to win the next time. When I rebuild my Cinnabar Gym, we'll have to have a rematch."

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

  • Before battle
"Hah! I am Blaine, the red-hot Leader of Cinnabar Gym! My fiery Pokémon are all ready with intense heat! They incinerate all challengers! Hah! You better have Burn Heal!"
  • Being defeated
"I have burned down to nothing! Not even ashes remain! You have earned the Volcano Badge."
  • After being defeated
"Hah! The Volcano Badge heightens the Special stats of your Pokémon. Here, you can have this, too!"
"Fire Blast is the ultimate fire technique. Don't waste it on Water Pokémon."

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Cinnabar Gym
  • Before battle
"Hey, you! My Gym on Cinnabar Island was burned down by the eruption! But I will not give up! Take a look at this cave. We have turned it into a Gym, and I am still acting as a Gym Leader! I will give you the Gym Badge if you manage to defeat me! Are you ready? Here we go!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"I'll show you the spirit of my cave Gym!"
  • Last Pokémon low on health
"We can still do it!"
  • Being defeated
"My spirit has not been defeated!"
  • After being defeated
"Awesome. I have burned out... Take this Volcano Badge!"
"Here, I will give you this, too. It's called Overheat! It has a slight drawback, but it's powerful and well worth it!"
"I did lose this time, but I'm going to win next time. When I rebuild my Cinnabar Gym, we have to hold a rematch."
"My Fire-type Pokémon will be even stronger! Just you watch!"
Fighting Dojo
  • Before battle
"You keep your word. That's a good thing, kiddo!"
  • After being defeated
"Waaah! If I had known this Dojo was going to be available, I wouldn't have needed to rebuild my Gym. Wait! I still did, didn't I?"
Pokégear Registering (Cinnabar Island)
"I'll never give up until the day I've rebuilt the Cinnabar Gym! Why not exchange numbers!"
Yes: "Hmmm... We should be able to battle on Tuesday evenings!"

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament
  • Before battle (first round)
"My fiery Pokémon will incinerate all challengers!"
  • Before battle (second round)
"Whoa hey! My fiery Pokémon will incinerate all challengers!"
  • Before battle (final round)
"Whoa hey! My fiery Pokémon will incinerate all challengers! Are you ready? Here we go! Whoa hey!"
  • Being defeated
"How could this be?! My spirit has not been defeated!"
  • If the player is defeated
"Whoa hey! I'm a raging inferno!"
  • After being defeated
"Awesome. I have burned out... But the fire inside me is only going to get stronger! Let's battle again sometime!"
  • After winning
"Whoa hey! I'll power up my Pokémon with the heat from this victorious battle!"
  • In the lobby, after the tournament
"Whoa hey! This time I'm sure of the victor's strength! Next time, I'll be even more of a raging inferno!"

Pokémon Puzzle League

  • Before battle
"You must think you are pretty hot to make it this far. I tell you what; if you can beat me, then I will give you my Volcano Badge. I warn you now: when you play me, you may get a little hot under the collar. I'm red hot and ready!"

Artwork

Sugimori Blaine.png Sugimori Blaine Yellow guide.png Red Blue Blaine.png FireRed LeafGreen Blaine.png GurenTownGymDeck.jpg
Headshot from
Red and Blue
Headshot from
Yellow
Official artwork from Red and Blue Official artwork from
Generation III
Artwork from the Guren Town Gym Theme Deck

Sprites

Spr RG Blaine.png Spr Y Blaine.png Spr GS Blaine.png Spr FRLG Blaine.png Spr HGSS Blaine.png Spr B2W2 Blaine.png VSBlaine.png
Sprite from
Red and Blue
Sprite from
Yellow
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
VS sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Blaine RB OD.png Blaine Y OD.png Blaine II OD.png Blaine III OD.png Blaine IV OD.png Blaine OD.png S2 Leader Blaine.png
Overworld sprite from
Red and Blue
Overworld sprite from
Yellow
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Portrait from
Stadium and
Stadium 2

In the anime

In the main series

Blaine in the anime

Blaine appeared in the episodes Riddle Me This and Volcanic Panic.

Blaine ran the Cinnabar Island Gym until the island started to become crowded with tourists. Instead of serious challengers, the Cinnabar Island Pokémon Center started to fill up with freeloading vacationers. Fed up with this, Blaine closed the Gym and opened up a hotel near the island's volcanic hot springs, disguising himself with a wig, a fake mustache and sunglasses. He also disguised his voice to be softer and lower pitched than normal. Blaine likes to make up riddles even in inappropriate situations.

When Ash, Misty, and Brock met Blaine, he told them several riddles. Misty deciphered the riddles and eventually the trio found Blaine's hotel, and underneath the hotel in a volcanic cavern was the Cinnabar Island Gym. Ash challenged Blaine to a Gym match, but was easily defeated. After the battle, Team Rocket attempted to steal Blaine's Magmar by freezing it with guns that projected beams of ice. Magmar broke free in the end; however, the sudden cooling of the walls in the lava cave caused the rock to begin to crack, indicating that the Cinnabar Island volcano was going to erupt.

Ash, Blaine, Misty, and Brock used their Water-, Rock-, and Fire-type Pokémon to dam the cracks in the walls with boulders. During the emergency, Ash's Charizard and Blaine's Magmar gained an interest in the other's strength, each wishing to test it in battle. Blaine agreed to a rematch with Ash; due to the internal damage of the volcano, it was held on the volcano's crater. At first, Magmar and Charizard were evenly matched, but Charizard's ability to fly gave it an advantage. It lifted Magmar high into the air and used Seismic Toss, slamming Magmar into the volcano. The Spitfire Pokémon was knocked out, and Blaine was defeated.

Pokémon

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

Blaine's Ninetales
Ninetales
Ninetales was Blaine's first Pokémon used in his battle with Ash. Despite its beautiful looks, Ninetales proved to be an incredibly powerful Pokémon, knocking out Ash's Squirtle with a single attack. Ninetales was recalled when Ash sent out his Charizard. It reappeared in a flashback in Volcanic Panic.

Ninetales's only known move is Fire Spin.

Debut Riddle Me This
Voice actors
Japanese Shin'ichirō Miki
English Rachael Lillis
Blaine's Rhydon
Rhydon
After Ash chose Charizard in his battle, Blaine countered it by choosing Rhydon. Charizard refused to fight the Ground-type Pokémon, so Rhydon went up against Pikachu in its place. Blaine doubted the Electric-type could defeat Rhydon, but Ash encouraged Pikachu to use Rhydon's horn as a conductor of electricity that eventually caused its defeat. This battle sparked a now well-known Internet meme in the Pokémon fandom, as Rhydon is usually immune to Electric-type attacks.

Rhydon reappeared in a flashback in Volcanic Panic.

Rhydon's known moves are Horn Drill and Fury Attack.

Debut Riddle Me This
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Katsuyuki Konishi
Blaine's Magmar
Magmar
Main article: Blaine's Magmar

Magmar is Blaine's final Pokémon and his powerhouse. In the first battle, Magmar easily defeated Ash's Pikachu. After the battlefield was wrecked due to Team Rocket's influence, Magmar and Ash's Charizard ended up gaining a respect for each other and wanted to test their strengths against one another. This was done in Ash's rematch with Blaine on top of Cinnabar's volcano. However, despite Magmar's powerful attacks including Fire Blast, Charizard managed to come out on top.

Debut Riddle Me This
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Eric Stuart

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 上田 敏也 Toshiya Ueda
English Michael Haigney
Norwegian Trond Teigen
Polish Wojciech Majchrzak
Brazilian Portuguese Eleu Salvador
Spanish Latin America Bardo Miranda
Spain Luis Mas

In Pokémon Origins

Blaine in Pokémon Origins

Blaine appeared briefly in the episode File 3 - Giovanni of the Pokémon Origins mini-series. He was seen being challenged and defeated by Red, earning the young Trainer the Volcano Badge.

Pokémon

Blaine's Arcanine
Arcanine
Arcanine is Blaine's only known Pokémon. It was used in his Gym battle against Red, but was defeated.

None of Arcanine's moves are known.

Debut File 3 - Giovanni

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Blaine and Erika

Blaine was a former member of Team Rocket, joining because of his interest in science and conducting experiments on some of Red's future Pokémon, namely Gyarados and Eevee. He was first seen (albeit without a speaking role), studying and generating Mewtwo under the Rocket Game Corner. But after hearing of Red's clashes with Team Rocket, like protecting Mew from them, Blaine left, attempting to make up for his evil deeds. When Red reached Cinnabar Island, Blaine was under attack by members of Team Rocket and their newly captured Moltres, on loan from Sabrina.

Blaine had his Rapidash carry Red to his Pokémon Lab, while Red let Blaine use his Gyarados to hold off Moltres in return. At the Pokémon Lab, Red was able to revive an Aerodactyl from a fossil. Aerodactyl helped rescue Blaine and defeat Moltres.

Later, Blaine asked Red to help him in Cerulean Cave. While he was working under Team Rocket, Blaine combined some of Mew's DNA with his own to create a hybrid Pokémon named Mewtwo. Some of Blaine's hand was infected with Mewtwo's DNA, and thus he was able to track the synthetic Pokémon. Because of this, Team Rocket attempted to abduct Blaine to review Mewtwo's whereabouts. Using the Master Ball, Red was able to capture Mewtwo for Blaine after Blaine tried and was seriously injured in the process. This is when Blaine revealed why he quit Team Rocket. He saw Red's compassion for Pokémon in the Rocket Game Corner and it made Blaine realize that he created two monsters, Mewtwo and himself. He then decided that he didn't care what Team Rocket would do to him, but rather that he needed to catch Mewtwo and help it. It was then suggested by Red that he needed to show Mewtwo compassion because all that it knew about humans was cruelty and arrogance.

The psychic bond between Mewtwo and Blaine limited them both. If they were apart for too long, both would begin to become ill. Blaine worked for several years trying to find a way to sever the bond without hurting either of them. He then appeared during the Yellow chapter as one of the "Good" Gym Leaders of Kanto. After Super Nerd Miles was defeated, he used Growlithe's Odor Sleuth and deduced that Red must have been at Mt. Moon. When Miles was being lifted away by Agatha and her Gastly Blaine tried to use Growlithe's Fire Blast to knock it out, only for it to almost kill a Caterpie had Yellow not saved it.

Blaine changing his disguise in the Yellow chapter

He was then seen back on Cinnabar Island training with Camper Evan using Mewtwo to practice their connection using a disguise. Yellow then finds out that it was Blaine and that he was simply wearing a disguise because he didn't know who was watching. He then hears a message from Brock reporting that he found an ice sculpture of Red in Mt. Moon. He then travels to Cerise Island with Yellow (albeit by different routes) and Mewtwo, revealing that that was what they were training for. He then runs into Blue and sees several Pokémon, believing them to belong to the Elite Four, but actually belonging to Lt. Surge, Koga, and Sabrina.

During the Cerise Island incident, Sabrina's Spoons of Destiny paired Blaine and Yellow together in the fight against the Elite Four. They intruded on Lt. Surge and Bill's battle with Bruno. They were blocked out by a strange barrier, however, and were kept out since Bruno did not wish for anyone to interfere with their battle. Together, they confronted Lance. However, the bond between Mewtwo and Blaine proved to be their undoing, and they were defeated, leaving Yellow to face Lance alone.

Later, during the Masked Man's plot in Johto, Entei chose Blaine to be its partner. The healing power of Entei's flames was finally able to cut the link between Mewtwo and Blaine, and the two were free to live their lives apart from each other. Yet, Blaine's corroding hand still served as a reminder of his past with Mewtwo, as demonstrated in the FireRed and LeafGreen chapter when Mewtwo was facing off against Deoxys.

Although he's serious for most situations, he also had his comical moments. Blaine had his mustache burnt when he was training and had to use fake ones. Sometimes, he may also use riddles to lighten up the dark atmosphere.

Pokémon

This listing is for Blaine's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

Blaine's Growlithe
Growlithe
Growlithe is Blaine's Pokémon that was usually seen in searches. He first used it to find the cloth of Super Nerd Miles after he got possessed by a Gastly.

Growlithe's known moves are Ember, Flamethrower, Fire Blast, Howl, and Odor Sleuth, and its Ability is Flash Fire.

Debut As Gastly as Before
Blaine's Rapidash
Rapidash
Rapidash is Blaine's mode of transportation. He first used it to battle the Moltres that Team Rocket had captured with little success, and had it help Red reach his laboratory, where an Aerodactyl could be resurrected from the Old Amber he had acquired earlier.

Rapidash's known moves are Fire Spin and Tackle.

Debut Holy Moltres
Blaine's Arcanine
Arcanine
Arcanine was first seen along with Rapidash battling with Team Rocket. Nothing was known about it at the time as it only made a brief appearance.

None of Arcanine's moves are known.

Debut Holy Moltres
Released
Blaine's Mewtwo
Mewtwo
Main article: Mewtwo (Adventures)

Mewtwo was created by Blaine in a Team Rocket hideout using a small sample of Mew's DNA and Blaine's own. After it was fully cultivated in the Pokémon Lab on Cinnabar Island, it went berserk and demolished the place before settling in the Cerulean Cave (where it wreaked havoc in the northwestern sector of Cerulean City). Eventually, Red caught word of it and reached the cave out of curiosity before nearly being killed in its psychic tornado. Blaine made a valiant attempt to kill it at all costs, knowing that if he, the only one with the ability to function as a "Mewtwo Radar" was defeated, the world could come to an end. Although this succeeded in eliminating its tornado, the mutant itself still survived, only to be caught with a Master Ball that was thrown by Red in an ingenious maneuver. Mewtwo then went on to be a trained Pokémon belonging to Blaine and fought against Lance in the Yellow chapter, though Blaine's failing health held it back from winning. After it was released a year later, it partnered up with Red much later on to free Deoxys from Giovanni's hands.

Debut Tauros the Tyrant
Blaine's Entei
Entei
Blaine was chosen by Entei to be partnered up for his extensive knowledge of the Fire-type. In return, it offered its help in erasing the painful genetic connection between him and Mewtwo, allowing it to finally be freed. After Blaine, Misty, and Lt. Surge had been injured fighting the Masked Man in Indigo Plateau, it was partnered up with Silver instead, and went back to the wild after the villain was defeated.

Entei's known moves are Flamethrower and Fire Blast, and its Ability is Pressure.

Debut Slugging It Out With Slugma

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Blaine in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Red and Green meet Blaine in Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!! while entering a building similar to a Chinese food restaurant. Inside the building, Blaine challenges Red to a Pokémon Quiz. As Red got the quiz wrong, Blaine ends up penalizing him and sends out his Pokémon for each question answered incorrectly. Blaine reappears in The Pokémon Banana League (Part 1) where he lends Red a Meowth.

Pokémon

Blaine's Voltorb
Voltorb (multiple)
Blaine has many Voltorb that were used as a generator when Red entered the building.
Debut Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!!
Blaine's Primeape
Primeape
Blaine sent out his Primeape when Red got an answer to Blaine's first question wrong.
Debut Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!!
Blaine's Golem
Golem
Blaine sent out Golem when Clefairy got an answer to Blaine's second question wrong.
Debut Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!!
Blaine's Rapidash
Rapidash
Blaine sent out Rapidash when Clefairy got the answer to the quiz wrong.
Debut Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!!
Blaine's Magmar
Magmar
Main article: Blaine's Magmar

Magmar is Blaine's main Pokémon and his strongest. He sent it out when Clefairy got the answer to the quiz wrong.

Debut Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!!
Blaine's Arcanine
Arcanine
Blaine sent out Arcanine when Clefairy got the answer to the quiz wrong.

Arcanine's only known move is Leer.

Debut Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!!
Blaine's Clefairy
Clefairy (multiple)
Blaine has many Clefairy which were sent out when Red's Clefairy got the answer to the final question of the quiz wrong.
Debut Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!!
Blaine's Meowth
Meowth
Blaine lent his Meowth to Red in The Pokémon Banana League (Part 1). It is assumed that he gave back Meowth to Blaine.
Debut The Pokémon Banana League (Part 1)

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

Blaine in Pokémon Zensho

Blaine appeared in Cinnabar Island. He tells Satoshi about his Gym on Cinnabar. Satoshi meets up with him and they have a battle. Blaine uses Arcanine and Satoshi uses Charmeleon which results in Satoshi winning the battle. As a result, his Charmeleon starts to evolve into a Charizard. Blaine explains that he was in Seafoam Islands and his Fire Pokémon were hurt. While he was there, he remembers seeing Articuno fly away. Blaine uses his Charizard to capture the Articuno that has been flying around the island.

Pokémon

On hand
Blaine's Rapidash
Rapidash
Rapidash was shown in the Cinnabar Gym when Satoshi enters it.

None of Rapidash's moves are known.

Debut Cinnabar Island
Blaine's Ninetales
Ninetales
Ninetales was shown in the Cinnabar Gym when Satoshi enters it.

None of Ninetales's moves are known.

Debut Cinnabar Island
Blaine's Magmar
Magmar
Main article: Blaine's Magmar

Magmar was shown in the Cinnabar Gym when Satoshi enters it.

Debut Cinnabar Island
Blaine's Arcanine
Arcanine
Arcanine is Blaine's battling Pokémon. It went up against Satoshi's Charmeleon and lost.

Arcanine's only known move is Fire Spin*.

Debut Cinnabar Island
Blaine's Articuno
Articuno
Articuno is a Legendary Bird Pokémon that flew by to Cinnabar. After Satoshi's Gym battle with Blaine, Blaine decides that he wants to capture it so he has Satoshi help him out. It was a tough fight between Satoshi and Articuno as it was able to freeze his Pikachu but it was taken out by Jigglypuff's Sing, allowing for Blaine to catch it.

Articuno's only known move is Blizzard.

Debut Cinnabar Island
Borrowed
Blaine's Charizard
Charizard
Main article: Satoshi's Charizard (Zensho)

Following the evolution of Satoshi's Charmeleon into Charizard, Blaine borrowed it in an attempt to capture Articuno.

Debut Cinnabar Island

In the TCG

Blaine has an eponymous Theme Deck in the Gym Challenge expansion. Its Japanese counterpart is based on the Cinnabar Gym.

Artwork

BlaineTCG1.jpg Blaines-Last-Resort.jpg Blaines-Gamble.jpg Blaine-Fervor.jpg
Blaine and the Volcano Badge. Blaine throws a Poké Ball. Blaine gambles. Blaine in an outrage.
Blaines-Quiz2.jpg Blaine-Quiz3.jpg BlaineVS.png
Blaine quizzes a challenger. Blaine quizzes Brock. Blaine's updated VS art.

Cards

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Blaine or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Blaine's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Blaine's Moltres Fire Gym Heroes Rare Holo 1/132 Challenge from the Darkness Rare Holo  
Blaine's Growlithe Fire Gym Heroes Uncommon 35/132 Guren Town Gym    
      Unnumbered Promotional cards    
Blaine's Kangaskhan Colorless Gym Heroes Uncommon 36/132 Challenge from the Darkness Uncommon  
Blaine's Magmar Fire Gym Heroes Uncommon 37/132 Challenge from the Darkness Uncommon  
Blaine's Charmander Fire Gym Heroes Common 61/132 Challenge from the Darkness Common  
Blaine's Growlithe Fire Gym Heroes Common 62/132 Challenge from the Darkness Common  
Blaine's Ponyta Fire Gym Heroes Common 63/132 Guren Town Gym    
Blaine's Tauros Colorless Gym Heroes Common 64/132 Challenge from the Darkness Common  
Blaine's Vulpix Fire Gym Heroes Common 65/132 Challenge from the Darkness Common  
Blaine's Arcanine Fire Gym Challenge Rare Holo 1/132 Challenge from the Darkness Rare Holo  
Blaine's Charizard Fire Gym Challenge Rare Holo 2/132 Challenge from the Darkness Rare Holo  
Blaine's Ninetales Fire Gym Challenge Rare 21/132 Challenge from the Darkness Rare  
Blaine's Charmeleon Fire Gym Challenge Uncommon 31/132 Challenge from the Darkness Uncommon  
Blaine's Dodrio Colorless Gym Challenge Uncommon 32/132 Guren Town Gym    
Blaine's Rapidash Fire Gym Challenge Uncommon 33/132 Challenge from the Darkness Uncommon  
Blaine's Charmander Fire Gym Challenge Common 60/132 Guren Town Gym    
Blaine's Doduo Colorless Gym Challenge Common 61/132 Challenge from the Darkness Common  
Blaine's Growlithe Fire Gym Challenge Common 62/132 Guren Town Gym    
Blaine's Mankey Fighting Gym Challenge Common 63/132 Challenge from the Darkness Common  
Blaine's Ponyta Fire Gym Challenge Common 64/132 Challenge from the Darkness Common  
Blaine's Rhyhorn Fighting Gym Challenge Common 65/132 Challenge from the Darkness Common  
Blaine's Vulpix Fire Gym Challenge Common 66/132 Guren Town Gym    
Blaine's Typhlosion Fire       Pokémon VS Common 070/141
Blaine's Magcargo Fire       Pokémon VS Common 071/141
Other related cards
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Blaine's Quiz #1 T Gym Heroes Rare 97/132 Guren Town Gym Rare  
Blaine's Last Resort T Gym Heroes Uncommon 105/132 Challenge from the Darkness Uncommon  
Blaine's Gamble T Gym Heroes Common 121/132 Challenge from the Darkness Common  
Blaine T Gym Challenge Rare Holo 17/132 Guren Town Gym    
Gym Challenge Rare 100/132 Challenge from the Darkness Rare  
Blaine's Quiz #2 T Gym Challenge Uncommon 111/132 Guren Town Gym Rare  
Blaine's Quiz #3 T Gym Challenge Uncommon 112/132 Challenge from the Darkness Uncommon  
Cinnabar City Gym T [St] Gym Challenge Uncommon 113/132 Challenge from the Darkness Uncommon  
 

Trivia

  • Although Magmar appears as Blaine's signature Pokémon in the anime, he only has one in Generations II and IV, with it not even appearing in his Gym team in Yellow (which went as far as giving Lt. Surge only Raichu to mimic the anime).
    • This may be due to the fact that Riddle Me This aired only a month prior to the release of Pokémon Yellow, by which point Yellow was likely in the final stages of production.
    • This is somewhat circumvented in HeartGold and SoulSilver where in the first match he has a Magmar and in the rematch he has a Magmortar as his signature Pokémon.
  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, he is one of two Gym Leaders who in the rematches does not have any items on any of their Pokémon (the other being Jasmine).
  • Despite the Arcanine evolutionary line being his signature Pokémon in Generation I and III, Arcanine is no longer in his party in Generation II and its remakes.
  • Even when the player battles Blaine in a rematch, he still references his "Cave Gym" as if the battle's taking place there.
  • Blaine is the only Gym Leader to have a Gym in two different locations.
    • He is also the only Gym Leader so far whose Gym is not in a town or city.
  • In Generation III, most Kanto Gym Leaders who share a specialty type with a Hoenn Gym Leader give out the same prize TM as the Hoenn counterpart. Blaine is the exception, rewarding TM38 (Fire Blast) instead of TM50 (Overheat), as Flannery does. He does reward TM50 in Generation IV, however.

Design differences

Blaine's anime disguise

Blaine has two separate character designs. The first one is from early Sugimori artwork for Pokémon Red and Green Versions. He is depicted as a bald man with light red hair to the back and side of his head, with no mustache and no sunglasses wearing beach clothes. The old design was reused in the anime (as Blaine's real look) and very briefly in the Pokémon Adventures manga (as a disguise after his mustache was burned).

Later, in Pokémon Blue and outside-Japan Pokémon Red and Blue Versions the artwork was revised and he started to be depicted as an older man with a mustache, and no hair on his head, wearing sunglasses and lab coat. Despite the artwork changes, his new design was used in all Generation I main series games, including the Pokémon Red and Green Versions. This means that Blaine's design was probably changed very late in the production of Red and Green, since his official artwork and his in-game sprite are completely different portrayals. However, his Red and Green overworld sprite still shows him without glasses, while later in the Yellow Version, his glasses are clearly visible.

The reasons for changing the design is unknown; however, the Fame Checker in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen explains why he doesn't always wear sunglasses: "Blaine is said to remove his dark shades only when he is thinking up new quiz questions."

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Blaine is shown wearing a hat. He wears more sophisticated clothing than his previous lab coat. He also sports a cane that resembles a question mark.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese カツラ Katsura The Japanese name for the Japanese Judas tree. Katsura is also a word for "wig" (鬘). From 火 ka ("fire").
English, Italian, Spanish Blaine Sounds similar to blaze or flame.
French Auguste Similar to the word ustion, burn.
German Pyro From Greek πυρ (pyr), fire.
Korean 강연 Gang-yeon*
대머리박사 Daemeoribaksa*
강연 (gang-yeon) means "lecture".
대머리박사 means bald expert (or bald doctor) which describes his look and wisdom.
Chinese (Mandarin) 夏伯 Xiàbó*
假髮 Jiǎfǎ*
From 夏 (summer) and 伯 (uncle or a respectful term for someone older).
Means "wig".



Gym Leaders of the Kanto region
Pewter Gym Boulder Badge
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Brock
Cerulean Gym Cascade Badge
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Misty
Vermilion Gym Thunder Badge
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Lt. Surge
Celadon Gym Rainbow Badge
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Erika
Fuchsia Gym Soul Badge
Koga OD.png Janine OD.png
Koga Janine
Saffron Gym Marsh Badge
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Sabrina
Cinnabar Gym Volcano Badge
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Blaine
Viridian Gym Earth Badge
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Giovanni Blue

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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