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Hilbert (game)

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トウヤ Tōya
Black White Hilbert.png
Art from Black and White
Age 14+BW
Gender Male
Eye color Brown
Hair color Dark brown
Hometown Nuvema Town
Region Unova
Relatives Mother, mentioned father (as player)
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer, player character
Generation V
Games Black, White
Manga counterpart(s) Monta, Black, Touya, Shin, Hiro

Hilbert (Japanese: トウヤ Tōya) is the male player character in Pokémon Black and White. His female counterpart is Hilda.

In the games

Pokémon Black and White

As the playable character

Hilbert is a boy who lives in Nuvema Town, as do his childhood friends, Cheren and Bianca. If chosen as the player, he will receive a starter Pokémon and a Pokédex from Professor Juniper. After setting off on his Pokémon journey at the same time as Cheren and Bianca, Hilbert will at some point be asked by Fennel to do some sort of quest; in return for its completion, Hilbert will receive a C-Gear.

As well as encountering and battling his childhood friends at various points during his journey, Hilbert will also meet a man known as N, who wishes to create separate worlds for humans and Pokémon. In order to achieve his goals, he and Hilbert will battle several times during the course of the game. Hilbert also battles Team Plasma at various stages of his journey. Ultimately, Hilbert is recognized as a hero by Reshiram or Zekrom, depending on the version.

As a non-playable character

If not chosen as the player, Hilbert appears as the player's partner in the Battle Subway when choosing to ride the Multi-Train. Two of the following Pokémon are picked from the corresponding list, depending on what the player wants him to base his team on. If the player chooses "A balance between the two," Hilbert's Pokémon are chosen from either list.

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

In Black 2 and White 2, the protagonist of Black and White was said to be searching for N and has not returned home.


Battle Subway Pokémon

Offensive-based Pokémon

Defensive-based Pokémon


Victini-Liberty Garden Island.png Battle Subway artwork.png
Liberty Garden Island artwork with Victini and Hilda Battle Subway artwork


Spr BW Hilbert.png Spr BW Hilbert 2.png Spr B2W2 Hilbert.png Spr B2W2 Hilbert 2.png BW Hilbert Back.png
Sprite from
Black and White
Wonder Launcher sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Wonder Launcher sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Back sprite from
Black and White
BW HilbertOD Stand.png HilbertChallenge.png Hilbert intro.png Hilbert Xtransceiver.png
Overworld sprite from
Black and White
VS sprite from
Black and White
Intro sprite from
Black and White
Xtransceiver sprite from
Black and White


Hilbert has six counterparts appearing in various manga: Monta from the Be the Best! Pokémon B+W manga, Black from the Pokémon Adventures manga, Touya from the Pocket Monsters BW: Meetings with the Legends manga, Shin from the Pocket Monsters BW: The Heroes of Fire and Thunder manga, Hiro from the Pocket Monsters B2 W2 ~ A New Legend ~ manga and Black from the Pocket Monsters BW manga.


  • Prior to the release of Black and White, pre-release media and most fans referred to Hilbert as "Black."
    • English demos of Black and White referred to Hilbert as "Blair".
    • English pre-release screenshots referred to Hilbert as "Kuro" (the Japanese word for "black").
  • From a bird's eye view, Hilbert's hat looks like a Poké Ball.
  • Hilbert and Hilda are the first player characters in the main series not to have preprogrammed names either by choice or in case one isn't specified.
  • In the May 2010 volume of CoroCoro Comics, it was stated that Hilbert and Hilda are older than previous player characters, but it is not known how much older they are.
    • According to game scenario author Toshinobu Matsumiya, Hilbert and Hilda were initially visualized to be at the age of 16[1].
    • And according to an interview in Famitsu, Hilbert and Hilda were identified as about 14 years old.


Language Name Origin
Japanese トウヤ Tōya From 闘 , fight
English Hilbert Contains the Germanic element hild, battle
French Ludwig From Ludwig, Germanic name derived from the Old High German words hluth (famous) and wig (war)
German Warren From war
Italian Alcide From Alcides, an alternate name for Heracles
Spanish Lucho From lucha, fight
Korean 투지 Tuji From 투지 (鬪志) tuji, fighting spirit


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

Non-player characters in the core series games
Unova Professor JuniperMomCherenBiancaBianca's fatherHughCedric JuniperFennelAmanita
CilanChiliCressLenoraHawesCharlesIrisDraydenAlderBengaCurtisYancyBrycenSabrinaPop Roxie
HilbertHildaNateRosaIngoEmmetCynthiaMorimotoNishinoLookerNColressPokémon Fan Club Chairman
Team PlasmaClydeGym LeadersElite FourPokémon World Tournament participantsName RaterJudge

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