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Brendan (game)

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Brendan
ユウキ Yūki
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Brendan.png
Art from Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Gender Male
Eye color Brown, Blue*
Hair color Black*, Brown*
Hometown Littleroot Town (Olivine City if chosen by the player)
Region Hoenn (originally Johto if chosen by the player)
Relatives Norman, mother (as player)
Professor Birch, unnamed mother, younger brotherE (as rival)
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer, player character
Generation III, VI
Games Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Anime cameos Jirachi: Wish Maker
Manga counterpart(s) Ruby, Ruby, Rald

Brendan (Japanese: ユウキ Yūki) is the male choice for the player character in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald and their Generation VI remakes Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. He also serves as the rival in the same games if the player chooses to play as the female character. His female counterpart is May.

In the games

Role

If Brendan is selected as the player character he starts his journey moving from his home in Johto to his new home in the town of Littleroot in Hoenn. After saving Prof. Birch from a wild Pokémon, he is given one of the three starters of the Hoenn region. Brendan develops a close bond with May, and eventually Wally, who both act as his rivals. Brendan goes on to gather the eight Badges of Hoenn, stop the plans of Team AquaSE/Team MagmaRE and conquer the Pokémon League all before going off to face the Battle Frontier (in Emerald).

If Brendan is not selected as the player, he is helping his dad finish the Hoenn Pokédex and becoming a Pokémon Professor. He is also the player's rival and friend. Unlike other rivals (except for May when playing as Brendan), he gives up being a Trainer, making them the only rivals unavailable for battle after defeating the Elite Four. Additionally, they both are the only ones to not evolve their starter Pokémon into its final form.

Pokémon in Ruby and Sapphire

First battle

Treecko If the player chose Treecko:



Torchic If the player chose Torchic:



Mudkip If the player chose Mudkip:



Second battle

Treecko If the player chose Treecko:



Torchic If the player chose Torchic:



Mudkip If the player chose Mudkip:



Third battle

Treecko If the player chose Treecko:



Torchic If the player chose Torchic:



Mudkip If the player chose Mudkip:



Fourth battle

Treecko If the player chose Treecko:



Torchic If the player chose Torchic:



Mudkip If the player chose Mudkip:



Pokémon in Emerald

First battle

Treecko If the player chose Treecko:



Torchic If the player chose Torchic:



Mudkip If the player chose Mudkip:



Second battle (optional)

Treecko If the player chose Treecko:



Torchic If the player chose Torchic:



Mudkip If the player chose Mudkip:



Third battle

Treecko If the player chose Treecko:



Torchic If the player chose Torchic:



Mudkip If the player chose Mudkip:



Fourth battle

Treecko If the player chose Treecko:



Torchic If the player chose Torchic:



Mudkip If the player chose Mudkip:



Fifth battle

Treecko If the player chose Treecko:



Torchic If the player chose Torchic:



Mudkip If the player chose Mudkip:



Quotes

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

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Littleroot Town
"Pokémon fully restored… Items all packed, and… Hey! You… Who are you? Oh, you're <player>, aren't you? Moved in next door, right? I didn't know that you're a girl. Dad, Prof. Birch, said that our new next-door neighbor is a Gym Leader's kid, so I assumed you'd be a guy. My name's Brendan. So, hi, neighbor! Huh? Hey, <player>, don't you have a Pokémon? Do you want me to go catch you one? Aw, darn, I forgot… I'm supposed to go help my dad catch some wild Pokémon. Some other time, okay?"
Route 103
"Okay, so it's this one and that one that live on Route 103…"
  • Before battle
"Hey, it's <player>! …Oh, yeah, Dad gave you a Pokémon. Since we're here, how about a little battle? I'll teach you what being a Trainer's about!"
  • Being defeated
"Huh, <player>, you're not too shabby."
  • After battle
"I think I get it. I think I see why my dad has his eye out for you now. Look, your Pokémon already likes you, even though you just got it. <player>, I get the feeling that you could befriend any Pokémon with ease. We should head back to the Lab.
Oldale Town
"I'm heading back to my dad's Lab now. <player>, you should hustle back, too."
Professor Birch's lab
"Huh… So you got a Pokédex, too. Well then, here. I'll give you this."
"You know it's more fun to have a whole bunch of Pokémon. I'm going to explore all over the place to find different Pokémon. If I find any cool Pokémon, you bet I'll try to get them with Poké Balls."
  • If talked to once again
"Where I should look for Pokémon next…"
Rustboro City
"<player>, how's you Pokédex? Have you filled in any pages yet? Mine rules. I went on a Pokémon-catching frenzy in Petalburg Woods until I ran out of Poké Balls."
"By the way, I walked by Mr. Briney in Petalburg Woods. I bet he was on his way home to his cottage by the sea. I bet you didn’t know this, but he’s always got a Pokémon with him."

Pokémon Emerald

Littleroot Town
"Hey! You... Who are you? Oh, you're <player>, aren't you? Moved in next door, right? I didn't know you're a girl. Dad, Prof. Birch, said our new next-door neighbor is a Gym Leader's kid, so I assumed you'd be a guy. My name's Brendan. So, hi, neighbor! Huh? Hey, <player>, don't you have a Pokémon? Do you want me to go catch you one? Aw, darn, I forgot... I'm supposed to go help my dad catch some wild Pokémon. Some other time, okay?"
Route 103
"Okay, so it's this one and that one that live on Route 103..."
  • Before battle
"Hey, it's <player>! ...Oh, yeah, Dad gave you a Pokémon. Since we're here, how about a little battle? I'll teach you what being a Trainer's all about!"
  • Being defeated
"Huh, <player>, you're not too shabby."
  • After battle
"I think I get it. I think I know why my dad has his eye out for you now. Look, your Pokémon already likes you, even though you just got it. <Player>, I get the feeling you could befriend any Pokémon with ease. We should head back to the Lab."
Professor Birch's Lab
"Huh... So you got a Pokédex, too. Well then, here. I'll give you these."
"You know it's more fun to have a whole bunch of Pokémon. I'm going to explore all over the place to find different Pokémon. If I find any cool Pokémon, you bet I'll try to catch them with Poké Balls."
Rustboro City
"Oh, hey, <player>! You had a Match Call feature put on your Pokénav! Cool! Let's register each other so we can get in touch anytime!"
"By the way, <player>, I walked by Mr. Briney in Petalburg Woods. I bet he was on his way to his cottage by the sea. <player>, how's your Pokédex? Have you filled any pages yet? Mine rules. Want to have a battle to test how far you've progressed?"
Yes: "I know you just became a Trainer, but I won't go easy!"
No:"What's the matter? Don't have any confidence in your Pokémon?"
  • Being defeated
"Hmm... You're pretty good."
  • After battle
"By the way, you know Mr. Briney? The guy I just passed? I bet you didn't know this, since you just moved here, <player>, but Mr. Briney was once a great sailor."
Route 110
  • Before battle
"Hey, <player>. So this is where you were. How's it going? Have you been raising your Pokémon? I'll check for you."
  • Being defeated
"Hmm... You're pretty good."
  • After battle
"<player>, you've trained without me noticing... Good enough! Here, take this."
"That's an Itemfinder. Use it to root around for items that aren't visible. If it senses something, it emits a sound. Anyway, I'm off to look for new Pokémon."
Lavaridge Town
"<Player>, hey, it's been a while. How's it going? Hmm... That's a decent collection of Badges. All right then. You may as well have this."
"Keep those with you if you're planning on going into that desert near Route 111. There should be some Pokémon that are exclusively desert-dwellers. You might look around for those. As for me... I'm considering challenging Norman, the Gym Leader of Petalburg. Unlike you, <player>, your dad looks like he really is tough. See you around!"
Route 119
  • Before battle
"<Player>! So this is where you've been looking for Pokémon? Let me see how good you got. I'll test you! Now! It's a battle, so battle!"
  • Being defeated
"Hmm... You've gotten pretty darn decent."
  • After battle
"I'd say you're good enough to search for Pokémon anywhere. Here, I'll give you this. Try it out."
"Use Fly, and your Pokémon instantly carries you to any town you've already visited. But you need the Fortree Gym Badge to do that. Anyway, I have to move along."
Lilycove City
  • Before battle
"Oh, hey, its <player>. I'm running an errand for my dad. No, I'm not buying any Dolls. Anyways, it's been a while. Want to have a battle to see who's raising Pokémon better?"
Yes: "Aww, but you know I'm not going to lose to no <player>."
No: "Oh, what's the matter? Don't have the confidence?"
  • Being defeated
"Humph... You've done a lot of raising. That stings a bit--I had a head start on you as a Trainer..."
  • After battle
"I... I plan on going home to Littleroot. You know I'm helping my dad on his Pokédex. It's coming together pretty decently, so I should go show him. <Player>, what are you going to do? Collect all the Gym Badges and take the Pokémon League challenge? Maybe I'll do that, too... Well, anyway, hang in there!"
Match Call

Rad Neighbor BrendanE

Strategy
Battle with knowledge!
Trainer's Pokémon
I will use various Pokémon.
Self-Introduction
I'll be a better Pokémon prof than my father is!

Artwork

Ruby Sapphire Brendan.png Emerald Brendan.png Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Contest Brendan.png Brendan Ribbon.png
Official artwork from
Ruby and Sapphire
Official artwork from
Pokémon Emerald
Contest outfit from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Giving a Ribbon to Torchic
RSE Secret Base Art.png Rayquaza Encounter.png Trainer Hill art.png ORAS Contest art.png
In his
Secret Base
Encountering
Rayquaza
In the
Trainer Hill
In a
Pokémon Contest

Sprites

Spr RS Brendan.png Spr E Brendan.png RS Brendan Back.png E Brendan Back.png
Sprite from
Ruby and Sapphire
Sprite from
Emerald
Back sprite from
Ruby and Sapphire
Back sprite from
Emerald
Brendan RS OD.png Brendan FRLG OD.png Brendan OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire
Overworld sprite from
Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
Pokémon Emerald
Colo Brendan.png XD Brendan RS.png XD Brendan Em.png
Model from
Colosseum
Headshot from
Pokémon XD
(RS variant)
Headshot from
Pokémon XD
(E variant)

Optional names

In the game, two of the optional names—one in Ruby and one in Sapphire—refer to "land" and "sea" respectively. In the English version, these are Landon and Sean; in the Japanese version, リクヤ Rikuya and カイト Kaito (陸 riku means land and 海 kai means sea). This is also the case in other languages. Additionally, in the English version, two of the shared names—Terry and Seth—seem to be influenced by the same theme.

Game Japanese English French German Italian Spanish
Ruby リクヤ Rikuya
ヒロアキ Hiroaki
ヒトシ Hitoshi
ケイ Kei
Landon
Terry
Seth
Tom
Thierry
Thomas
Daniel
Seb
Roland
Daniel
Helge
Jan
Landon
Marco
Paolo
Lucio
Teren
Quimi
Rufo
Arturo
Sapphire カイト Kaito
ヒロアキ Hiroaki
ヒトシ Hitoshi
ケイ Kei
Sean
Terry
Seth
Tom
Martial
Thomas
Daniel
Seb
Sebold
Daniel
Helge
Jan
Martin
Marco
Paolo
Lucio
Marino
Quimi
Rufo
Arturo
Emerald リクヤ Rikuya
ヒロアキ Hiroaki
ヒトシ Hitoshi
ケイ Kei
イツオ Itsuo
ギョク Gyoku
シュウサク Shūsaku
セイゴ Seigo
ダイサク Daisaku
タカヒト Takahito
タツヤ Tatsuya
ダニエル Daniel
テルキ Teruki
トム Tom
トモヤ Tomoya
ユキヒコ Yukihiko
ラルド Rald
リチャード Richard
リュウ Ryū
リョウタ Ryōta
Landon
Terry
Seth
Tom
Brett
Casey
Collin
Darren
Easton
Jaxson
Johnny
Jude
Kenny
Milton
Quincy
Reid
Stanley
Stu
Teru
Walker
Thierry
Thomas
Daniel
Seb
Alec
Arno
Colin
Daniel
Fabrice
Gary
Gibus
Johann
Johnny
Jules
Manuel
Ruddy
Severin
Stan
Stef
Thibaud
Roland
Daniel
Helge
Jan
Anselm
David
Dieter
Erik
Florian
Haiko
Johann
Jörg
Klaus
Markus
Martin
Michael
Paul
Rolf
Stefan
Thomas
Teren
Quimi
Rufo
Arturo
Aitor
Arturo
Carlo
Daniel
Eleno
Enrique
Jesuso
Juli
Lareo
Luis
Marcelo
Marco
Mario
Mauri
Roberto
Pedro

Counterparts

In the anime

Brendan's anime appearance

Brendan's only anime appearances are small cameos in the movies, appearing in the openings of Jirachi: Wish Maker, Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea and Giratina and the Sky Warrior. Brendan seems to be a strong battler, as his cameos suggest he spends time in Battle Towers. In all of his appearances, he has appeared with his Ruby and Sapphire outfit.

Like in the games, he has the starter Pokémon that weakens May's (May has a Blaziken while he has a Swampert). It is unknown if his relatives are the same as that of the games, where, as May is Norman's daughter (as the player is), Brendan would be Professor Birch's son. However, Brendan has never been mentioned by him.

Pokémon

The following are Brendan's known Pokémon in the anime:

Brendan's Aggron
Aggron
Brendan's Aggron was only briefly seen in a Double Battle at the beginning of the sixth movie alongside Shiftry, against a Solrock and Manectric. During the battle, Aggron froze the opponent's Solrock. Notably, Aggron is kept within a Luxury Ball, a type of Poké Ball rarely seen in the anime.

Aggron's only known move is Ice Beam.

Debut Jirachi: Wish Maker
Brendan's Shiftry
Shiftry
Brendan's Shiftry was only briefly seen in a Double Battle at the beginning of the sixth movie alongside Aggron, against a Solrock and Manectric. During the battle, Shiftry was hit by the Manectric's Spark. Notably, Shiftry is kept within a Repeat Ball, a type of Poké Ball rarely seen in the anime.

Shiftry's only known move is Bullet Seed.

Debut Jirachi: Wish Maker
Brendan's Swampert
Swampert
Swampert is the third Pokémon revealed under Brendan's ownership. Not much is known about it, however, as it has only been seen briefly at the beginning of the ninth movie, where it was seen confronting Rebecca's Tyranitar in the Battle Tower.

Swampert's only known move is Ice Beam.

Debut Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea
Brendan's Rhyperior
Rhyperior
Brendan's Rhyperior has only made a brief appearance at the beginning of the eleventh movie, where it was seen battling against Lucas's Magmortar.

Rhyperior's only known move is Hammer Arm.

Debut Giratina and the Sky Warrior

In the manga

There are three different manga counterparts to Brendan: Ruby from the Pokémon Adventures manga, Ruby from the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga, and Rald from the Pokémon Battle Frontier manga.

In the TFG

Brendan, based on a blue recolor of this character's usual clothes, appears as a common Trainer figure in Next Quest, the launch set of the Pokémon Trading Figure Game. There is also an unreleased figurine based on him from the cancelled Groundbreakers expansion, named Landon (one of the default names for him in Pokémon Ruby and Emerald), who wears the same outfit as Brendan does in Ruby and Sapphire.

Trivia

  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Pikachu wears Brendan's Emerald headband as an alternate costume. Also, the Pokémon Trainer has an alternate costume with a similar color scheme as Brendan's Emerald outfit.
  • He and May are the only set of player characters who have a chance to speak with both a mother and a father in the games.
  • In the fandom, Brendan's knit cap has commonly been mistaken for white hair. Although largely obscured by his headwear, Brendan's actual hair is visible in most depictions, usually black in color.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ユウキ Yūki From 勇気 yūki, bravery.
English Brendan Could be derived from "brave."
French Brice Similar to the English name.
German Brix Similar to the English name.
Italian Brendon Similar to the English name.
Spanish Bruno Similar to the English name.
Chinese (Taiwan) 祐樹 Yòushù From 祐樹 yūki.


Core series: RedLeafEthanKrisLyraBrendanMayLucasDawn
HilbertHildaNateRosaCalemSerena
Side series: WesMichael
Spin-off games: LunickSolanaKellynKateBenSummer
MarkMintHeroHeroineLucy FleetfootTodd Snap
Rival characters
BlueSilverBrendan/MayWallyBarryCherenBiancaHughCalem/SerenaShaunaTiernoTrevor


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