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Ethan (game)

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Ethan
ヒビキ Hibiki
HeartGold SoulSilver Ethan.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Male
Eye color Gray
Hair color Black
Hometown New Bark Town
Region Johto
Relatives Mom (as player)
Grandparents, unnamed father (as NPC)
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer, Player character
Generation II, IV
Games Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, SoulSilver
Anime counterpart Jimmy,
Ethan (M13)
Counterpart debut The Legend of Thunder!
Manga counterpart(s) Gold, Gold, Gold, Jou

Ethan (Japanese: ヒビキ Hibiki) is the main playable character in Pokémon Gold and Silver and is the male choice in Pokémon Crystal, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. In Crystal, his female counterpart is Kris, while in HeartGold and SoulSilver, his female counterpart is Lyra.

He is a caring young boy who lives with his mother in New Bark Town. In Generation II, he had no official name, and he was unofficially known by many fans as Gold (Japanese: ゴールド Gold).

Storyline in the games

When selected as the player character

Ethan's journey as a Trainer begins when Professor Elm asks him to run an errand for Mr. Pokémon, who lives north of Cherrygrove City on Route 30. Because he may encounter dangerous wild Pokémon along the way, Elm gives him a choice between three Pokémon to protect him: Cyndaquil, Totodile or Chikorita.

Ethan spots another boy his age watching Elm's Lab from outside. When Ethan tries to talk to him, the boy abruptly shoves him away. This boy, Silver, will become Ethan's rival, analogous to Blue in Generation I.

Ethan continues onward and finally meets Mr. Pokémon and completes his errand. While there he meets Professor Oak who, upon realizing Ethan's bond with his new Pokémon, gives him a Pokédex. On his way back home, Ethan again meets Silver, who has stolen one of Elm's remaining Pokémon. After defeating the boy in battle, Ethan learns his name from his dropped Trainer Card, and relays it to the police in New Bark Town. Professor Elm allows Ethan to keep the Pokémon he chose earlier, and also encourages him to compete in the Johto League.

Ethan begins on a Pokémon journey in the Johto region, facing off against its eight Gym Leaders, defeating and disbanding the revived Team Rocket, and becoming Pokémon League Champion by defeating the Elite Four and its previous Champion, Lance at Indigo Plateau. Along the way he also teaches Silver to respect Pokémon as living creatures and not just as tools for battle.

After being declared the Pokémon League Champion, Ethan then journeys by ship from Olivine City to Vermilion City in Kanto. Traveling around that region, he battles against another set of eight Gym Leaders. Upon getting permission from Professor Oak in Pallet Town, Ethan heads for Mt. Silver via Route 28. His journey comes to a close when, deep in Mt. Silver's cave, he faces the Champion from Pallet Town, Pokémon Trainer Red, who had been training there since shortly after he became Pokémon League Champion three years prior.

When not selected as the player character

In Pokémon Crystal, if Kris is selected, then the male player character will not appear in the game at all (although his sprite will be used in a link battle with another game from Generation II as well as opponents in Viridian City's Trainer House).

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, if Lyra is selected to be the player character, Ethan meets her in New Bark Town at the start of the game. In this particular scene, he is seen with a Marill. He will always have Marill even if another starter Pokémon is selected. In addition, he doesn't appear to take the remaining starter Pokémon. His role in the storyline of HeartGold and SoulSilver is similar to that of Lucas/Dawn in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum if they are not chosen as the player character, while Lyra takes this place if he is selected as the player. He teaches the player how to catch Pokémon on Route 29 (replacing the Dude from Gold, Silver, and Crystal).

While playing as Lyra, his grandparents run the Pokémon Day Care on Route 34. He also gives the player the Fashion Case in Goldenrod Tunnel and the Vs. Recorder on Route 31. Naturally, this role is given to Lyra if he is the player character.


Pokémon

Ethan uses this party to show the player how to catch Pokémon when Lyra is selected as the player character in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.



Caught in tutorial

Spr 4h 019 m.png
Type:
Normal Unknown
Ability:
Run Away or Guts
Held item:
None
Rattata/ Lv.2
Tail Whip
Normal Status
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Artwork

Gold Silver Ethan.png Crystal Ethan.png Gold Silver Ethan running.png Gold Silver Ethan Pokégear.png
Artwork from
Gold and Silver
Artwork from
Crystal
Running Checking his Pokégear
Gold Silver Ethan Time Capsule.png Game Freak Whitney Ethan.jpg Ruins of Alph.jpg Pokémon Gallery Encounter with Shining.png
Approaching a Time Capsule Artwork from the Game Freak website In front of the Ruins of Alph Encountering a Shiny Pokémon

Sprites

Spr GS Ethan.png Spr C Ethan.png Spr HGSS Ethan.png Spr EthanHGSSstart.png Spr HGSS Ethan 2.png GSC Ethan Back.png HGSS Ethan Back.png
Sprite from
Gold and Silver
Sprite from
Crystal
Sprite from
Generation IV
Intro sprite from
Generation IV
Pokéathlon
sprite from
Generation IV
Backsprite from
Generation II
Backsprite from
Generation IV
EthanGSCwalkdown.png EthanHGSSwalkdown.png EthanTRHGSSwalkdown.png EthanAthUnusedHGSSwalkdown.png EthanChallenge.png Ethan walking.png Ethan opening.png
Overworld
sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV
Overworld sprite, when disguised as a Team Rocket Grunt from
Generation IV
Overworld Pokéathlon sprite from
Generation IV
VS sprite from
Generation IV
Sprite from
the opening of
HeartGold and SoulSilver
VS sprite from
the opening of
HeartGold and SoulSilver

Optional names

Game Japanese English French German Italian Spanish Korean
Gold ゴールド Gold
ヒロキ Hiroki
テツオ Tetsuo
タカシ Takashi
Gold
Hiro
Taylor
Karl
Gold
Julien
Jean
Jacques
Gold
Daniel
Fritz
Karl
Oro
Paolo
Diego
Carlo
Oro
Hiro
Tomás
Carlos
골드 Gold
수호 Suho
인철 Incheol
강산 Gangsan
Silver シルバー Silver
カモン Kamon
トオル Tōru
マサオ Masao
Silver
Kamon
Oscar
Max
Silver
Daniel
Pierre
Paul
Silber
Thomas
Oscar
Hans
Argento
Luca
Paolo
Max
Plata
Kamon
Óscar
Max
실버 Silver
청운 Cheong'un
지겸 Jigyeom
찬호 Chanho
Crystal クリス Chris
ヨウスケ Yōsuke
タケヒロ Takehiro
タカオ Takao
Chris
Mat
Allan
Jon
Chris
Benji
Nicolas
Jean
Chris
Arnold
Gert
Jon
Chris
Sergio
Giacomo
Manuele
Cris
Antonio
Álex
Emilio
Unavailable
HeartGold
SoulSilver
ハート Heart
ソウル Soul
サトシ Satoshi
ケン Ken
カケル Kakeru
ジャック Jack
ジャン Jean
ジョン John
カモン Kamon
タカシ Takashi
テツオ Tetsuo
トオル Tōru
ヒロキ Hiroki
マサオ Masao
タカオ Takao
タケヒロ Takehiro
トウゴ Tōgo
ヒトシ Hitoshi
ヨシナオ Yoshinao
Heart
Soul
Ash
Nic
Dion
Duncan
Jude
Ross
Shea
Darrell
Terell
Chris
Brad
Dwight
Talon
Lonny
Jess
Eric
Chase
Heart
Soul
Allane
Damien
Daniel
Dilan
Franck
Gabriel
Greg
Gurvan
Kamel
Loris
Marc
Max
Ralph
Seb
Thomas
Tom
Zack
Heart
Soul
Berno
Boris
Daniel
Gerd
Hans
Helge
Jack
Jan
John
Jon
Karsten
Rafik
Silvio
Thomas
Tobit
Ugo
Uhland
하트 Heart
소울 Soul
강산 Gangsan
다인 Dain
상우 Sang'u
상현 Sanghyeon
숙호 Sukho
윤호 Yunho
인철 Incheol
재범 Jaebeom
Jyang
지겸 Jigyeom
지우 Jiu
지훈 Jihun
찬호 Chanho
청운 Cheong'un
Ken
케이 Kay
호진 Hojin

Counterparts

In the anime

Main article: Jimmy (Johto)
Jimmy, Ethan's first anime counterpart

Jimmy from the special episode The Legend of Thunder seems to be based on Ethan in the most basic sense, much more than Ash was based off of his counterpart, Red. Jimmy is based off Ethan's earlier design from Pokémon Gold and Silver while Ethan's second counterpart is based off his updated design from Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. However, as with the other game player characters, Ethan and Jimmy are not interchangeable.

Ethan's second counterpart has a cameo appearance at the beginning of Zoroark: Master of Illusions, in a battle against Ash. This counterpart follows Ethan's design from Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. It is argued that this is Jimmy rather than a different counterpart but this counterpart is identified as "Hibiki" (Ethan's Japanese name) in the Japanese DVD of the movie.

Pokémon

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

Ethan's Donphan
Donphan
Ethan used Donphan in a battle against Ash at the beginning of the thirteenth movie. During the battle, it fought against Pikachu. It was not shown who won the battle.

Donphan's only known move is Rollout.

Debut Zoroark: Master of Illusions

In the manga

Ethan, like most player characters, also has several counterparts in the various Pokémon manga series.

In Pokémon Adventures manga

Main article: Gold (Adventures)

Gold from the Pokémon Adventures is based on Ethan.

In Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga

Main article: Gold (Golden Boys)

The main character, Gold, in Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga is based on Ethan.

In the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jou's Big Adventure manga

Main article: Jou

Jou from Pocket Monsters HGSS Jou's Big Adventure is based on Ethan.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Main article: Gold (Pocket Monsters)

Gold from the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga is based on Ethan.

Trivia

  • Ethan was 4'11" tall and weighed 88.2 lbs in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  • Ethan is the only male player character to have two different female counterparts.
  • The majority of his Japanese default names from HeartGold and SoulSilver are shared with Red and Lucas. The same holds true for their respective female counterparts.
  • A 1997 pamphlet describing Gold and Silver mentions that the protagonist has a brother three years his senior, and seems to imply the possibility of that brother being the first-generation protagonist. However, this aspect of his character was discarded by the time of the final release, as Red's mother still lives in Pallet Town.
  • On the "Area" map on the Pokédex in HeartGold and SoulSilver, Ethan's hat is shown in its Generation II design.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ヒビキ Hibiki From 響き hibiki, "sound" or "echo".
English Ethan Biblically, Ethan/Eitan is believed to be the author of Psalm 89 and/or a harp or cymbal player in King David's court.
French Luth From luth, lute.
German Klarin From Klarinette, clarinet.
Italian Armonio From armonia, harmony, or armonio, harmonium.
Spanish Eco From eco, echo.
Korean 심향 Simhyang From 심 (心) sim, heart, and 향 (響) hyang, echo.


Capture tutors
Old manPrimoDudeEthan/LyraWallyLucas/DawnProfessor JuniperBiancaCalem/Serena


Core series: RedLeafEthanKrisLyraBrendanMayLucasDawn
HilbertHildaNateRosaCalemSerena
Side series: WesMichael
Spin-off games: LunickSolanaKellynKateBenSummer
MarkMintHeroHeroineLucy FleetfootTodd Snap


Non-player characters in the core series games
Johto Professor ElmProfessor OakMomEthanLyraSilverMr. PokémonEusineLanceRedKiyoBaobaMagnusEarlKurt
CarrieMaryBuenaRadio DirectorHaircut brothersWebsterMaster of the Dragon Tamer ClanLiWilmaPrimoJetDudeMr. Game
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsKimono GirlsName RaterFelicityTealaCameron

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