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The Elder (Japanese: おばば様 Matriarch) of the Village of Dragons is a recurring character in the Pokémon anime. She first appeared in The Bloom Is on Axew!.
It was revealed in a flashback that she was the one who gave Iris her Axew with the intent to develop his skills in Pokémon battles. She believed that Iris had the skills necessary in order to raise Axew to one day become a strong Haxorus.
The elder appeared in another one of Iris's flashbacks in The Dragon Master's Path! where she saw Iris off on her journey to become a Dragon Master. She told Iris that the journey would bring a lot of different experiences, both good and bad, but explained these experiences would be important for the growth of her and Axew.
In Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!, Iris's flashback revealed the elder watching the development of the annual tournament in the Village of Dragons. She witnessed Iris's battle against Drayden and seemed satisfied with her performance. It is unknown what type of connection she has with Drayden.
She appeared again in The Lonely Deino! where Iris mentioned that she helped a scared wild Druddigon that wandered into the Village of Dragons.
The elder made a cameo appearance in Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice. She was seen in a flashback telling Iris about Kyurem.
The elder finally appeared in person in A Village Homecoming! when Ash and friends passed by the Village of Dragons.
Iris mentioned that the elder "does not like the cold" indicating that she may not like Ice-type Pokémon, a trait Iris shares with her.
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In the manga
In the movie adaptations
The elder makes an appearance in the manga adaptation of Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice.