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Fantina

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Fantina
メリッサ Melissa
"The Alluring, Soulful Dancer"
Diamond Pearl Fantina.png
Artwork from Diamond and Pearl
Gender Female
Eye color Violet
Hair color Violet
Hometown Unknown
Region Unknown
Trainer class Gym LeaderDPPt
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Coordinator
Generation IV, V
Games Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Black 2 and White 2
Leader of Hearthome Gym
Badge Relic Badge
Specializes in Ghost types
Anime debut Playing the Leveling Field!
English voice actor Bella Hudson
Japanese voice actor Kikuko Inoue

Fantina (Japanese: メリッサ Melissa) is the Gym Leader of Hearthome City's Gym, known officially as the Hearthome Gym. She hands out the Relic Badge to Trainers who defeat her. She specializes in Ghost-type Pokémon.

She is apparently not from the country the games are set in, and often peppers her speech with phrases of French (English in the Japanese and French versions).

In the games

Fantina speaks a mix of French and broken English (only broken Japanese in Japanese version, broken French with English in French version) and is an immigrant from another country. Upon arriving in Sinnoh, she decided to become a Contest performer, so she dresses up in fancy outfits for Pokémon Contests. She considers herself to be a Contest Expert and can occasionally be competed against in Super Contests, in which she uses her Drifblim, nicknamed Loony (Japanese: ばるん Balloon).

She also studied Pokémon and eventually attained the title of Gym Leader. Fantina uses Ghost-type Pokémon in her battles. For defeating her, Trainers receive the Relic Badge, TM65 (Shadow Claw) and are able to use Surf outside of battle (Defog in Platinum).

In Diamond and Pearl, she cannot be challenged until the Old Charm has been delivered to the Celestic Town elder at the request of the elder's granddaughter, Cynthia.

In Platinum, she is battled much earlier in the game and will make her Gym available to players as soon as they arrive in Hearthome City. She can be battled again at the Battleground and occasionally visits the Villa. Fantina claims to be a fan of Arcade Star Dahlia's dancing style and a member of the Ribbon Syndicate of the Resort Area. She also mentions making regular visits to the Lost Tower.

Pokémon

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl



Pokémon Platinum

Gym battle


Rematch


Pokémon Super Contests

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Types:
  Ghost     Flying  
Loony
Constrict
Tough
Appeal:
0  
Ominous Wind
Smart
Appeal:
0  
Focus Energy
Cool
Appeal:
0  
Explosion
Beauty
Appeal:
0  

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

Fantina uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles. She will always lead with her signature Pokémon, Mismagius.

Sinnoh Leaders Tournament


Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament


Legendary Pokémon Tournament


Quotes

Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

In front of the Contest Hall

"Oh, I'm so sorry! Please excuse me. Are you entering a Contest? Tehehe... Enjoy yourself, please! Incidentally, Fantina, the Hearthome Gym Leader, also happens to be a Contest expert. And you may ask yourself, how do I know this? Well, I am Fantina! You may challenge me, but not yet! You must become much stronger. Then, you may challenge me!"

Hearthome Gym

  • Before battle
"Ohohoho!! Finally, you have arrived! Since I came to this country, always I try to learn new things. They hold Contests in this city? I say to myself, enfin, I will excel. That's why I dress this way. C'est une performance! Also I study Pokémon very much. I have come to be Gym Leader. And, uh, so it shall be that you challenge me. But I shall win. That's what a Gym Leader does, non?"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"Oh, heavens. What is this? Is this my final Pokémon?"
  • Last Pokémon at critical health
"Never give up, never surrender!"
  • Being defeated
"You are so fantastically strong. I know now why I have lost."
  • After being defeated
"I am dumbfounded! So very, very strong! You, your Pokémon, so strong! Your power is admirable! I shall honor it with this Gym Badge!"
"FiveDP/ThreePt Gym Badges... But you must not forget this. There are many other trainers. Strong Trainers, too. There are many more in Sinnoh. Have patience! You must become stronger, one at a time."

Battleground

  • Before battle
"Finally, you have arrived! So, you shall challenge me. And I shall win. You will be startled by how much stronger I have become!"
No: "You... You disappoint me. It is very sad. But, realize, you have not beaten me if you refuse. "
"This time, you shall challenge me, yes? But I shall win. You will be startled by how much stronger I have become!"
Yes: "Ohohoho!!"
  • Last Pokémon at critical health
"Never give up, never surrender!"
  • Being defeated
"You are so fantastically strong. I know now why I have lost."
  • After being defeated
"You are an amazing person! Très fantastique! I am delighted-for now I have a purpose! My purpose, it is to defeat you! It is a gift from you to me!"

Battleground (alternate)

  • Before battle
"Oh? It is you? Are you not taking part in Contests? Since you are involving yourself in contests, you should challenge me."
No: "No? Well, that is OK, also. Just seeing your face, it has made me happy."
"Yes, what is it? I accept your challenge if you give it!"
Yes: "Pokémon battles, they are fun, always without fail. Why, you ask? Because, in those moments, we are at our most serious."
  • Last Pokémon at critical health
"Never give up, never surrender!"
  • Being defeated
"You are so fantastically strong. I know now why I have lost."
  • After being defeated
"I wish to battle as if I were dancing."

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament
  • Before battle (first round)
"You shall challenge me, yes? But I shall win. That is what the Gym Leader of Hearthome does, non?"
  • Before battle (second round)
"I also study Pokémon very much. I have come to be Gym Leader. And, uh, so it shall be that you challenge me. But I shall win. That is what the Gym Leader of Hearthome does, non?"
  • Before battle (final round)
"I learned a lot of things in the Sinnoh region. Also, I study Pokémon very much. I have come to be Gym Leader. And, uh, so it shall be that you challenge me. But I shall win. That is what the Gym Leader of Hearthome does, non?"
  • Being defeated
"You are so fantastically strong. I know why I have lost."
  • If the player is defeated
"You are strong. But it's me who won."
  • After being defeated
"I am dumbfounded! So very, very strong! You, your Pokémon, so strong! Your power is admirable!"
  • After winning
"Never give up, never surrender! There are many other Trainers. Strong Trainers, too. There are many more in this world. Have patience! You must become stronger, one at a time."
  • In the lobby, after the tournament
"I'm so very happy! Because you're so very strong! There's so much I can learn from you. I can become even stronger. When I do, let's battle again!"

Sprites

Spr DP Fantina.png Spr Pt Fantina.png Spr B2W2 Fantina.png
Sprite from
Diamond and Pearl
Sprite from
Platinum
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2

Fantina IV OD.png

Fantina OD.png

VSFantina.png
Overworld sprite from
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
VS sprite from
Platinum

In the anime

Fantina in the anime

Despite the group having traveled through Hearthome City twice, once in Dawn's Early Night and a second time in Arriving in Style!, the Hearthome Gym remained closed with the Gym Leader nowhere in sight. Fantina had left a note saying that she was going on a journey for a while, and to not look for her. Apparently she was developing a whole new battle style.

She finally appeared in Playing The Leveling Field! where she battled and defeated Ash and Zoey. She had a tendency to break into dance regularly, occasionally interspersing French phrases in as well, such as "s'il vous plaît". It was also revealed that she battled Alan twice with him winning the second time. It was revealed in Aiding the Enemy! that Paul also managed to defeat her.

Ash met with Fantina upon returning to Hearthome City in Barry's Busting Out All Over! and battled her again in Shield with a Twist!, where he defeated her and earned the Relic Badge.

In Gotta Get a Gible!, it was revealed that Fantina has once again left her Gym, so Barry had to take a number in order to battle her when she came back.

Fantina appeared from Last Call — First Round! to A Grand Fight for Winning!, having yet again left the Gym in order to be a guest judge for the Grand Festival.

Pokémon

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

Fantina's Misdreavus

Fantina's Mismagius
Misdreavus → Mismagius
Mismagius is one of Fantina's main Pokémon, the Gym Leader having trained it since it was a Misdreavus. It was first seen battling Zoey and her Glameow in Playing The Leveling Field! where it was able to easily defeat the Catty Pokémon using Contest combination moves. It was seen later when Fantina was with Ash and his friends in the Pokémon Center.

It next appeared during the Gym battle against Ash's Chimchar where, like Gengar, it was unable to withstand the Counter Shield and was eventually knocked out.

Mismagius's known moves are Psybeam, Magical Leaf, Psywave, and Dark Pulse.

Debut Playing The Leveling Field!
Voice actors
Japanese Chinami Nishimura
English Sarah Natochenny
Fantina's Drifblim
Egg → Drifloon → Drifblim
Main article: Fantina's Drifblim

Drifblim is Fantina's main Pokémon, having raised it since it was an Egg. It first appeared as a Drifloon in Playing The Leveling Field! where it was used in a practice battle against Ash and completely overwhelmed his team with Hypnosis before evolving into Drifblim.

After training, Ash returned for an official Gym battle where Drifblim proved to be more powerful than before, managing to put to sleep and knock out Pikachu and Buizel before being defeated by Chimchar.

Debut Playing The Leveling Field!
Voice actors
Japanese Miyako Itō
English Bella Hudson
Fantina's Gengar
Gengar
Gengar first appeared in a flashback in Playing The Leveling Field!. It was the first Pokémon to be used during the Gym battle against Ash in Shield with a Twist!. Gengar went up against Buizel and Ash struggled against the quick Ghost-type, however Buizel was able to use the newly-developed Counter Shield technique and was able to defeat Gengar.

Gengar's known moves are Shadow Punch, Hypnosis, and Night Shade and its Ability is Levitate.

Debut Playing The Leveling Field!
Voice actors
Japanese Kiyotaka Furushima
English Bill Rogers

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 井上喜久子 Kikuko Inoue
English Bella Hudson
Polish Katarzyna Łaska (DP093-DP102)
Katarzyna Pysiak-Owczarz (DP174-DP177)
Brazilian Portuguese Cláudia Carli (DP093, DP101-DP102)
Denise Reis (DP174-DP177)
Spanish Latin America Georgina Sánchez
Spain Mercedes Cepeda

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Fantina and her Mismagius with Byron and his Bronzong

Fantina first appeared at the Super Contest Hall. When two women were making rude comments about rookie contestants, she sent out her Drifblim to carry them out and throw them into a garbage can. When Diamond, Pearl and Platinum came back to Hearthome City for the Gym Challenge, they discovered that she was the Gym Leader, saying that her studies for the lifetime passion of Pokémon Contests granted her the title of Hearthome City Gym Leader. Fantina watched as Platinum made her way through the quizzes given by the Gym easily and took up the challenge, after which her Drifblim was beaten after Platinum's Empoleon manipulated it into freezing itself using its own wind. Her Mismagius, however, proved to be much trickier; its Trick Room turned Empoleon's speed against it, and beat it easily. It then trapped Platinum and the borrowed Lax in an illusion where the Pokémon was in a room full of its favorite sweets and Platinum suffered. Before long though, the girl managed to subvert the illusion in her favor with Pearl's help, and defeated the Mismagius. She later appeared on the Spear Pillar with the other Sinnoh Gym Leaders where she fought Team Galactic Commander Saturn along with Roark and together they defeated him. They later fought Cyrus on the top of the Spear Pillar and with the help of her fellow Gym Leaders, they managed to break his Red Chain controlling Dialga and Palkia. However, it was revealed that the one they destroyed was the artificial one he had made earlier and they were all defeated by him.

Pokémon

She has these Pokémon:

Fantina's Drifblim
Drifblim
Main article: Fantina's Drifblim

Drifblim is the first Pokémon seen on Fantina's team and is her main mode of transportation. Drifblim first appears after Platinum wins her first Pokémon Contest where it throws the two women who attempted to sabotage her Contest in the trash. Drifblim is used to take Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum to the Lost Tower and later appears at the Celestic Ruins where it saves Diamond and Pearl's lives after they fall off of a stone pillar created by Cyrus' Probopass. Fantina used it in her Gym battle against Platinum where it fought her Empoleon, and despite putting up a good fight, it was defeated when Empoleon used her Blizzard to freeze it. Fantina lent it to Platinum after she learned that her father had gone missing and was later lent to Diamond who used it to sneak in the Team Galactic Airship after failing to stop them from capturing Mesprit.

Debut Perturbed by Pachirisu
Fantina's Mismagius
Mismagius
Mismagius is Fantina's strongest Pokémon and main battler. Mismagius was first seen watching Fantina's Drifblim throw the two women in the trash after they attempted to sabotage Platinum's Contest challenge. It was used to battle Platinum in her Gym battle and it fought the Munchlax she borrowed from Diamond, using its powers to create powerful illusions before eventually being defeated by its Fling. It was later used to battle Saturn's Pokémon on the Spear Pillar and later fought Cyrus in order to destroy the first Red Chain.

Mismagius's known moves are Trick Room, Dark Pulse, and Energy Ball, and its Ability is Levitate.

Debut Perturbed by Pachirisu
Fantina's Duskull
Duskull
Duskull was first seen rescuing Diamond and Pearl after they fell off a pillar created Cyrus' Probopass. Fantina used it against Platinum's Munchlax in their Gym battle, where it was easily defeated by Munchlax's Lick attack. It was later used to battle Saturn's Pokémon on the Spear Pillar alongside Mismagius.

None of Duskull's moves are known, and its Ability is Levitate.

Debut Problematic Probopass and Mad Magnezone III

In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga

Fantina's first appearance in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! is a brief cameo in chapter 7 handing a Badge to Hareta. She is subsequently offended when he calls her "Grandma". Later in The Legendary Pokémon Captured, she sends out her Drifblim in order to fight Team Galactic.

Pokémon

Fantina Drifblim DPA.png
Drifblim


In the Pocket Monsters DP manga

Fantina makes an appearance in a flashback in PMDP07 of the Pocket Monsters DP manga.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Fantina or her Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Fantina'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 #
Mismagius Pokémon GL Psychic Rising Rivals Rare Holo 10/111 Bonds to the End of Time Rare Holo 046/090
Gengar Pokémon GL Psychic Rising Rivals Uncommon 40/111 Bonds to the End of Time Rare 065/090
Mismagius Pokémon GL LV.X Psychic Rising Rivals Rare Holo LV.X 110/111 DPt-P Promotional cards   011/DPt-P
 

Trivia

  • During the Gym battle in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Fantina exclaims "Never give up, never surrender!", the catchphrase from the 1999 science fiction comedy Galaxy Quest.
  • In the Japanese and French versions she speaks English, while in the Danish, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish versions she has a noticeable French accent.
  • Although Fantina's dress incorporates elements of Drifblim, she does not use a Drifblim in the Gym match in Pokémon Platinum.
  • In the anime, Ash intended to battle Fantina and win the Relic Badge on his first visit to Hearthome City, as his third Badge. While this would have meant that he went out of order compared to Diamond and Pearl, this is the correct order in Platinum, which came out shortly before Ash finally battled her for the Relic Badge (as his fifth).
  • If Brock, Misty, Cilan, and Clemont — all of whom are Ash's travelling companions — aren't counted, the Gym Leaders to appear in most episodes of the anime are Fantina, Clair and Korrina, having appeared in seven episodes each. Roark takes second place, with six episodes.
  • Fantina is one of two Gym Leaders known to have their origins outside the Pokémon nation. However, it is not confirmed where Fantina is from except her home country uses French as the national language. The other is Lt. Surge, who is from the United States.
  • Fantina is similar to Juan in that both speak French (Juan does so in the original Japanese version and Chuang Yi's English translation of Pokémon Adventures), and both are Coordinators and Gym Leaders. Juan appeared in a flashback in the episode Fantina debuted in.
  • In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Fantina uses an Origin Forme Giratina without a Griseous Orb in the Legendary Pokémon Tournament.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese メリッサ
Melissa
From Melissa. An obviously non-Japanese name, highlighting her status as an immigrant. Resembles the word "malice".
English, Spanish Fantina A phonetic pun on phantom, perhaps combined with -ina, an Italian feminine diminutive ending. May also refer to "fantasia", also known as 'show tango'.
French Kiméra Similar to chimera.
German Lamina From Lamia, a Greek mythological spirit.
Italian Fannie French name, similar to fantasma, phantom.
Korean 멜리사
Melissa
Same as Japanese name.
Chinese (Mandarin) 梅麗莎 / 梅丽莎
Méilìshā
Transliteration of her Japanese name. Also similar to 美麗 měilì (beautiful) and 魅力 mèilì (charm, enchantment).


External links

Gym Leaders of the Sinnoh region
Oreburgh Gym Coal Badge
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Roark
Eterna Gym Forest Badge
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Gardenia
Veilstone Gym Cobble Badge
Maylene OD.png
Maylene
Pastoria Gym Fin Badge
Crasher Wake OD.png
Crasher Wake
Hearthome Gym Relic Badge
Fantina OD.png
Fantina
Canalave Gym Mine Badge
Byron OD.png
Byron
Snowpoint Gym Icicle Badge
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Candice
Sunyshore Gym Beacon Badge
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Volkner


Coordinators
Kanto
Daisy Oak**Drew*Harley*Jessie*May*Solidad*
Johto Dawn*Drew*Harley*May*Solidad*
Hoenn Courtney*Dawn*Drew*Harley*Jessie*Juan*Lisia*May*Robert*Ruby*Sapphire*Wallace*
Sinnoh Dawn*Fantina**Jasmine*Jessie*Johanna**Kenny*May*Nando*Ursula*Zoey*
Other Haruka*Marina*Wallace*


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