Hugh

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Hugh
ヒュウ Hue
Black 2 White 2 Hugh.png
Art from Black 2 and White 2
Gender Male
Eye color Red
Hair color Dark blue
Hometown Aspertia City
Region Unova
Relatives Unnamed father, unnamed mother, younger sister, grandfather (deceased)
Trainer class Trainer
Generation V
Games Black 2 and White 2
Game animation debut Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 Animated Trailer
English voice actor Sean Schemmel
Japanese voice actor Junko Minagawa

Hugh (Japanese: ヒュウ Hue) is the rival character in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.

In the games

Hugh is the player's childhood friend. He is described as feeling passionately for Pokémon battles and Pokémon strength. He is also a doting older brother to his sister; he hates Team Plasma because they stole a Purrloin his late grandfather had caught for his sister. For that reason, Hugh travels across Unova and challenges its Gyms so he and his Pokémon can become strong enough to topple the new Team Plasma. He considers both his Pokémon and the player to be his partners, and battles with and against them at several points during their journey.

Hugh is extremely quick to anger, and has difficulty forgiving the deserters of Team Plasma in Driftveil City. However, as he continues battling against the villainous team, Hugh realizes he isn't the only one has been affected by Team Plasma's deeds, and accepts the help of Rood and the other deserters.

Pokémon

First battle

Snivy If the player chose Snivy:



Tepig If the player chose Tepig:



Oshawott If the player chose Oshawott:



Second battle

Snivy If the player chose Snivy:



Tepig If the player chose Tepig:



Oshawott If the player chose Oshawott:



First tag partner

Snivy If the player chose Snivy:



Tepig If the player chose Tepig:



Oshawott If the player chose Oshawott:



Third battle

Snivy If the player chose Snivy:



Tepig If the player chose Tepig:



Oshawott If the player chose Oshawott:



Second tag partner

Snivy If the player chose Snivy:



Tepig If the player chose Tepig:



Oshawott If the player chose Oshawott:



Fourth battle

Snivy If the player chose Snivy:



Tepig If the player chose Tepig:



Oshawott If the player chose Oshawott:



Third tag partner

Snivy If the player chose Snivy:



Tepig If the player chose Tepig:



Oshawott If the player chose Oshawott:



Fourth tag partner

Snivy If the player chose Snivy:



Tepig If the player chose Tepig:



Oshawott If the player chose Oshawott:



Temporary

After retrieving the now evolved Purrloin from Team Plasma's Shadow Triad, Hugh takes it back to his sister in Aspertia City.

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Liepard

Fifth battle

Snivy If the player chose Snivy:



Tepig If the player chose Tepig:



Oshawott If the player chose Oshawott:



Sixth battle

Snivy If the player chose Snivy:



Tepig If the player chose Tepig:



Oshawott If the player chose Oshawott:



Seventh battle

Snivy If the player chose Snivy:



Tepig If the player chose Tepig:



Oshawott If the player chose Oshawott:



Quotes

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

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Aspertia City
  • When the player meets Hugh in town
"Hi, <player>! Hey! You get a Pokémon yet? There aren't any Pokémon Trainers around here, and I'm getting bored! What's that? ... A person named Bianca is giving you a Pokémon? Really?!"
"Yeah... OK! Let's go get your Pokémon! There's something I have to do! And to do that, I need someone I can trust besides my partner Pokémon. A person I can trust! That's right! I'm talking about you! You seem like you've got good instincts!"
"You head on home."
"All riiight! Let's go find that person named Bianca! Let's go!"
  • While the player is searching for Bianca with Hugh
"Still... You're really lucky to get a Pokémon!"
"Once you get a Pokémon, you leave on a journey right away. When you do that, I'm gonna have you help me out!"
"Hurry up already! Let's look for that Bianca person!"
  • When the player goes near the Trainers' School
"The Trainers' School was just finished! No one is allowed inside until a Teacher, or better said, a Gym Leader, starts working there!"
  • When the player goes near the Pokémon Center
"Wait! I was just in the Pokémon Center, and there wasn't anyone like that there."
  • When the player goes near the Aspertia Gate
"That goes to Route 19. If we don't find Bianca here in town, I'll go check it for you! 'Cause I already have a Pokémon!"
  • When the player goes to the outlook
"Oh, I get it! The outlook is Aspertia's most famous spot! I'll bet Bianca is up there looking at the scenery! C'mon! Go get your Pokémon already!"
  • If the player attempts to leave the outlook before talking to Bianca
"Listen, there's no way I got this wrong!"
  • If the player attempts to leave the outlook before receiving their starter
"See! Bianca was here, right? Now, c'mon! Go and get your Pokémon!"
  • After the player has received their starter
"Heeey! How long are you planning on keeping me waiting, anyway? Hey! What's that? So that's your partner, huh? That's great! My sister already said so, but take really, really good care of your Pokémon! Got it? What's that you're holding there?"
"Please give me a Pokédex, too! I want to get stronger! If I have a Pokédex, I can learn more about Pokémon... That'll make me tougher, right?"
"I'm Hugh! I'm going to travel the Unova region with my Pokémon partner in order to search for something very important!"
  • Before battle
"Let's see how good a Trainer you are! I'll use my <Pokémon> that I raised from an Egg!"
  • After the first non-KO hit
"I won't forget the pain you just put my partner through!"
  • Being defeated
"I couldn't achieve victory for my partner... I won't let myself forget this frustration!"
  • After being defeated
"I lost... This is different than battling with wild Pokémon! Well, whatever. I'm just happy to know you're a Trainer I can count on! Cool. I'm heading off first! Get stronger!"
  • If talked to again
"That was good enough for your first battle! Cool. I'm heading off first! Get stronger!"
"Are you the Gym Leader? One, two, three--let's battle!"
"What was that weak answer?! I'm definitely going to take you down!"
  • After defeating the Pokémon League
"Hey! My sis has something she wants to tell you!"
"There's more, right?"
"I don't really get it, but I hear that the Zoroark from her dreams is on Victory Road! That's what she wanted to say. Be seeing you!"
"Oh! Almost forgot. Congrats on becoming the Champion! I called it! You've got good instincts!"
Floccesy Ranch
  • Before battle
"Oh! Nice! You've come here to toughen up! All right! Let's see how much stronger you've become! Come at me!"
  • After the first non-KO hit
"Come on, partner! Shrug it off! You're stronger than that!"
  • Being defeated
"It can't be! How could I have lost? I need to apologize to my partner..."
  • After being defeated
"Not bad... You're thinking about how to bring out your Pokémon's strength. I should be able to count on you for backup! What are you doing here anyway? Huh? A Town Map?"
"Tch... She didn't have to do that... Thanks to you, too. We just left, and you've already helped me out."
  • When the owner and his wife turn up
"Who are you?"
"You're a little worried? Are you KIDDING me?! Your Pokémon might be lost forever! Whatever! I'll look! <player>! Help out!"
"Herdier, where did you go?"
"Did Herdier... wander somewhere back here? Let's have a look!"
"Oh! Here! I'll share something good with you!"
"If your Pokémon is paralyzed, use one of these on it!"
"Still, Pokémon don't just wander off on their own. In a worst-case scenario, it might be involved in some trouble!"
"Did you hear that just now?"
"I'll check this area! You go deeper in the grove and look!"
"That cry! You found it! What a relief! OK, I'll go call its Trainer, so you stay here with it!"
"You're awfully calm about this! Your Pokémon might have been gone for good! Take better care of it!"
Route 20
  • Before going into the dark grass
"Cheren sure knows a lot. And he fought those Team Plasma thugs, too..."
"I've decided! I'm going to get stronger than him! You should... Do your best! Fill up the Pokédex and have my back. Got it?"
  • In the dark grass
"I have to get stronger than Team Plasma!"
  • Searching for Team Plasma
"Help me check Route 20!"
  • After the player defeats Team Plasma
"Well, they're really good at running, anyway... Still, she just said something useful! They must be moving around by boat! Castelia City has a big port... I wonder if they headed there. OK! Let's go back to Virbank and look for someone who looks like they know a lot about ships. If I remember right, there was a place to board boats on the docks."
Virbank City
"Shut it! You guys are the worst! You talk about saving Pokémon, but you're just Pokémon thieves! Don't think I'll ever forgive you!"
"I'll crush you and your new plans! I can never forgive Team Plasma!"
  • After defeating Team Plasma
"Tsk! What a bunch of creeps!"
"That's... a Hidden Machine, right? It's Cut! Pokémon that know Cut can use it even when they're not in battle to cut down small trees! Oh, but more importantly, let's go after Team Plasma! C'mon! We're splitting up and searching Route 20!"
  • Getting ready to leave for Castelia City
"You're going to Castelia City, right?"
No: "Really? Something you still need to take care of? Go deal with it, then. You know that even after we go to Castelia City, you can come back to Virbank City anytime, right?"
No:
Yes: "I'm going to look for Team Plasma! I can't forgive those guys!"
"Hey, captain! Show us that ship you're so proud of!"
Castelia City
"So this is Castelia City... It's much bigger than I'd heard! But, it doesn't matter! I'm going to find Team Plasma no matter where they run!"
"Oh yeah. <player>! Here, let's register each other's Xtransceiver number. We didn't even need to in Aspertia. We could see each other anytime!"
"That's a strange ship. A sailing ship in this day and age?"
Nimbasa City
  • Upon first being seen with Team Plasma:
"Hold it! What are you guys up to here anyway!"
"You didn't do anything. Not to me, at least... But I can never forgive Pokémon thieves like you! Just to let you know... You're about to feel my rage!"
"<player>! Cover me!"
  • After the grunts are defeated and leave:
"Five years ago... Team Plasma stole my little sister's Purrloin. It had been given to her as a present. I was only a little kid... I couldn't do anything... So... So that's why I have to get stronger!"
"Good work! I knew you had good instincts! Well then..."
"Listen up! You fill up that Pokédex. Keep getting stronger and stronger, and back me up! I'll be counting on you from here on out, too!"
Driftveil City
  • Upon player's arrival in city
"Hey!"
"Start talking, you Team Plasma trash!"
"You're not getting away!"
  • Upon entering the Team Plasma warehouse
"You guys are all Team Plasma too, right? Tell me, what makes you different from the Team Plasma back there?!"
"I'm Hugh. From Aspertia City... Five years ago, Team Plasma--I mean you--stole my little sister's Pokémon. I'm the pathetic trainer who wasn't able to stop you. "Separated"? What a joke! YOU were the thieves who STOLE them!"
"Just an apology? That's it?! Where's my sister's Pokémon?! Purrloin! WHERE'S PURRLOIN?"
"Enough already! Apologizing isn't going to get my sister's Pokémon back! <player>! I'm going to the Pokémon Gym! I'll get stronger and crush every single member of Team Plasma!"
  • Before battle (after the rematch in Undella Town)
"What? I heard that Team Plasma left many Pokémon behind when they fled. And I'm helping find their real Trainers... That aside... Since you're here, you should have a battle with me before you go!"
No:
Yes: "Here I come!"
  • After the first non-KO hit
"My Pokémon seems to be in pain! My partner's pain is my pain!"
  • Being defeated
"Just as I'd expected! You are really drawing forth your Pokémon's power!"
  • After being defeated
"I suppose that's it. If winning in battles is strength, then believing that your Pokémon will come back and waiting for its return is also strength. Doing what you think is right no matter what anyone else says, like these guys do, is strength, too. <player>! Come back tomorrow! I'll take you on again! That's my way of saying thanks!"
Pokémon World Tournament
  • After the Driftveil Tournament
"What was that just now?!"
"I'm going after him! <player>, cover me!"
"The Pokémon I'm looking for--my little sister's Purrloin--it might be with them!"
Driftveil Tournament (initial)
  • In the lobby, before registering for the tournament
"Me, too!"
"<player>. C'mon! Let's have some fun. We'll battle, plain and simple!"
  • Before battle
"Clay sure likes things loud and flashy, doesn't he? Well, whatever... It's time to go all out!"
  • Being defeated
"Man! I lost... You've become way too tough! But, I'm gonna get stronger, too!"
  • After being defeated
"Still... Your Pokémon sure look like they're having a lot of fun when they battle."
  • In the lobby, after the tournament
"Aww... I wanted to win the tournament the first time I participated!"
Plasma Frigate (first appearance)
  • Before the ambush
"This ship... Why is it so cold?"
  • After the ambush
"You guys... Seriously, is this Team Plasma's base?"
"Is this all? I think you need more backup."
"Hey, just to let you know... I'm about to unleash my rage!"
  • Before Cheren's battle
"This is a piece of cake! Go back up Cheren!"
  • Before Multi Battle
"I'm gonna end this, so back me up! OK, Plasma punk, are YOU the thief who stole a Purrloin in Aspertia five years back?"
  • After the battle
"That's the last of 'em! Well now... Why don't you tell me everything you know about Purrloin?"
"The Shadow Triad? What's their deal, anyway! AAAAH! Team Plasma! Where did you vanish to!"
Undella Town
  • Before battle
"Wait up!"
"Let's see how well we've raised our Pokémon!"
  • After the first non-KO hit
"Let's do it, partner!"
  • Being defeated
"I couldn't even draw out my team's real strength... How pathetic!"
  • After being defeated
"Great! If we're this strong, Team Plasma will run screaming when they see us!"
"I won't let 'em get away, though! Her Purrloin... I'll get it back for sure!"
"So, <player>! Keep helping me out! Also, continue to work hard on the Pokédex! You're the one who was officially asked to complete it, after all!"
  • Before battle (rematch)
"What?! It isn't like I came here because I heard rumors about Cynthia being here and I wanted to challenge her or anything... I was interested in the Abyssal Ruins! See! Here's proof! You can have it!"
"It's Dive! If you have a Pokémon that knows it, you can dive to the ocean floor. If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't have found my sister's Purrloin... Or should I say her Liepard... OK! <player>! Let's see who are Aspertia's strongest Pokémon!"
No: "What's the deal? Don't act all cool."
"Ok! <player>! Let's see who are Aspertia's strongest Pokémon!"
Yes: "Go get 'em, guys!"
  • After the first non-KO hit
"Battling against you always gets me riled up!"
  • Being defeated
"This bitter...yet refreshing feeling."
  • After being defeated
"<player>... I'm really glad you're my friend!"
Lacunosa Town
  • Upon first talking to him
"What's up? Have you seen Team Plasma anywhere around here? I heard a rumor to that effect..."
"Shut your mouth. All I want is to get back a stolen Pokémon! <player>! Give me a hand! You ready?"
No: "Got it! Go get ready and then come back here! Being careful against opponents like these isn't a bad thing!"
"Are you ready to pitch in? OK, let's go!"
Yes: "Just so you know... You're about to feel my rage!"
"Get back here!"
Opelucid City
  • Xtransceiver conversation
"<Player>! A strange ship was flying toward Opelucid City, right?!"
"Cheren! That's Team Plasma's ship, isn't it?"
"OK, I'll leave things to you! <Player>! If you run into any trouble, call me!"
If the player went to the Marine Tube
  • Xtransceiver conversation
"<Player>! Where are you? Undella Town? Got it! From there, go through the Marine Tube and come straight to Humilau City!"
If the player went to Undella Bay
  • Xtransceiver conversation
"<Player>! Where are you? Close to Seaside Cave? Man, you sure picked the long way around! Whatever. Your call, I guess. Anyway, make up for that time, and get here now! You know you can get to Humilau City from Undella's Marine Tube, too, right?"
Humilau City
"We'll get the DNA Splicers back for sure! So you should focus on defeating the Gym Leader first!"
  • If spoken to
"After you get the Badge, we'll look for Team Plasma! I'm not gonna let the Unova region become an ice sculpture!"
  • After the player defeated Marlon
"You got all of the Badges! You're really something! Usually, you'd go to the Pokémon League now, but... dealing with Team Plasma comes first!"
"Team Plasma does things like steal my sister's... I mean people's Pokémon. They plan on conquering Unova by using Pokémon to freeze it solid! They're really evil! Haven't you heard about them, Marlon?"
"Man, I don't know if that guy is laid back or just irresponsible. That kinda got me down, but our opponent is Team Plasma! We have to focus! But, before that, we have to find where they are! OK! We'll split up! You check Route 22! Got it?"
Xtransceiver
  • Something up?
"How're things going over there? ... Really... Give me a hand, then! Go check out Seaside Cave! That's right! The one on Route 21! OK! Counting on you!"
Route 21
  • Upon locating the Plasma Frigate
"You found them! I knew you could do it! But... How do we get in?"
"I thought you weren't going to fight Team Plasma?"
"Thanks..."
"What was that?! The guy sure doesn't follow through! Well, I guess he was being kind in his own way... All right, I'm going in!"
Plasma Frigate (second appearance)
  • Upon arrival
"Take care of that guy! He's no problem for you, right?"
"OK! This time we'll check out the ship! When we were in Driftveil City, Zinzolin came from this direction!"
"This is the place... OK! I'm going!"
  • Inside the northern room
"Just to let you know... You're about to feel my rage!"
"They didn't have Purrloin with them! Barriers, huh..."
"The Team Plasma member was saying... Oh, I got it. We should press the switches to deactivate the barriers! <Player>! Let's split up and look for them!B2/And there's a device where you enter a password here... That means... We either have to find the password, or get it out of Team Plasma, to deactivate the barriers. <Player>! Let's split up and find that password!W2"
  • B1 Floor
"Again?!"
"It must be a hard job, keeping an eye on your former allies. Say, you don't know anything about a Purrloin stolen in Aspertia, do you?"
"That's what I figured. I wouldn't expect someone from a group bent on world domination to be all that quick on the uptake."
  • Upon Zinzolin presenting Kyurem to the player
"Not with me around, you won't! Thanks for removing the barrier! That was a big help!"
  • After they are defeated
"I'm not going to lose to Team Plasma! By the way, what is this place? That Pokémon... It's so icy... Could that be the source of the attack on Opelucid City?"
"That should be obvious! I'll do whatever it takes to get my sister's Pokémon back! Are YOU the one who stole a Purrloin in Aspertia five years ago?"
"That's the ONLY Purrloin in the world that my late grandpa caught for my little sister!"
"Don't mess with me! You were the one who lost!"
Route 21
"Team Plasma! No matter where you fly, I won't let you get away! But, what's over there anyway?"
"The Giant Chasm! That's deep in Route 22, right? OK, I'm going! <Player>! You come too! That Pokémon... Kyurem, was it? Its cry sounded lonely somehow."
Xtransceiver
  • Something up? (after beating Team Plasma on Route 21)
"They were headed for the Giant Chasm, weren't they?"
  • Something up? (after reaching the Giant Chasm)
"We're heading down into the Giant Chasm! I'm not letting Team Plasma get away!"
Giant Chasm
  • Upon arrival
"You're already here, huh? Anyone who tries to block us will go running away with their tail between their legs!"
"You're all alone now... So, which one of us are you gonna tackle?"
"Oh, yeah... I remember you. Being ex-Team Plasma is really rough, eh?"
"Well, I suppose... If we don't crush Team Plasma, then guys like you and that N guy will always be treated like villains. OK! I'm outta here, <player>!"
  • In the Crater Forest
"Come here. Wait a sec. He said he wants to talk to them so his old allies won't get hurt."
"Well, that didn't work. Hey!"
"Let me through!"
"I'm going to get a stolen Pokémon back! I'm not gonna listen to villains like you! Rood! Ex-Team Plasma! Why do you have Pokémon by your sides? To protect what's important to you, right? Even if your precious Pokémon are hurt, even if your ideals are damaged, the time to fight is NOW!"
"<player>! As usual, take the other one!"
  • After defeating the Grunts
"Thanks..."
"I'm passing through! Oh, it looks like their backup has arrived."
"Got it! If I rescue it, that helps you absolve your guilt, doesn't it? Guess I'll help you out!"
Plasma Frigate (third appearance)
  • If talked to (near the entrance of the Frigate)
"Go on ahead! I'm going to make them tell me about the Shadow Triad! If you find Purrloin or the Shadow Triad, let me know!"
  • If talked to again (before finding the Shadow Triad)
"You... Where are the Shadow Triad?"
  • Upon entering the Ghetsis's room
"Wait... You're one of the Shadow Triad, right? Tell me about the Purrloin that was stolen in Aspertia."
"Wh-what? Don't mess with me... That's someone else's Pokémon!"
  • If talked to (before the Shadow Triad are defeated)
"Sorry... This situation is messing with my head... I just don't know what to do... I finally found my sister's Pokémon, but now it's glaring at me... Why?!"
  • After the Shadow Triad are defeated
"... ... Hey... <player>... If we let Team Plasma do whatever we want... There'll be more sad Pokémon like Purrloin and Kyurem..."
  • After Ghetsis is defeated
"Team Plasma's ship flew away... Is it over?"
No: "I suppose... You have to be the one who decides when it's over."
Yes: "I see... So it's finally over."
"More importantly, you rescued Kyurem from Team Plasma, right? You're really something! I'm...gonna make sure Purrloin gets back to my little sister! Still can't take it out of the Poké Ball yet, though..."
"What are you gonna do? ... ... He said to go to the Pokémon League? That's a good idea! I mean, now you're the strongest in Unova, right? Go prove it! Do you remember where we first met up in the Giant Chasm? If you follow the path from there, it goes out onto Route 23 Victory Road and the Pokémon League are just past there!"
Victory Road
  • Before battle
"Wait up!"
"I'll battle with you before you take on the Pokémon League. The more Pokémon battles you have, the stronger you get, right?"
  • After the first non-KO hit
"I saw that move coming from miles away!"
  • Being defeated
"...Phew! You're really something!"
  • After being defeated
"<player>! Thanks to you, I accomplished what I set out to do during my journey! I wish I could've shown you my little sister's huge smile! This is my thanks!"
"I think you're really amazing! So become the Champion! Get the proof that you're a Trainer your Pokémon can be proud of! See you!"

Sprites

Spr B2W2 Hugh.png Hugh OD.png B2W2 Hugh Back.png VSHugh.png Hugh Xtransceiver.png
Sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Back sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
VS sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Xtransceiver sprite from
Black 2 and White 2

In the anime

Hugh in the animated trailer

In the Black 2 and White 2 Animated Trailer

Hugh appeared in the Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 Animated Trailer. He was first seen running with Nate to go meet Bianca in Aspertia City, and later battling Team Plasma aboard the Plasma Frigate alongside Nate and Cheren.

Pokémon

Hugh's Samurott
Samurott
Samurott was seen battling against a Team Plasma Grunt's Seviper alongside Nate's Arcanine.

Samurott's only known move is Ice Beam.

Debut Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 Animated Trailer

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Hugh in Pokémon Adventures
Hugh as a child in Pokémon Adventures

Hugh first appears in the Black 2 & White 2 chapter as a student at the Aspertia City Trainers' School. He attends the school with his classmates Lack-Two and Leo, who constantly annoy him with their antics instead of focusing on getting stronger. Later, their teacher, Cheren hosts a small group battle between the boys and girls of the class. Although Hugh beats Leo easily despite the latter making it to the top 8 of the previous Unova League, Hugh is eventually defeated by Lack-Two, who is awarded with a Pokédex alongside Whi-Two who won the battles on the girls side.

Later, the group travels to Pokéstar Studios. much to Hugh's annoyance as he questions how movies can help make him stronger. He is proven wrong when he finds out that despite the movie dialogue being scripted, the battles they have are actually real. He later watches as the Mecha Tyranitar from another set goes berserk and has to be stopped by Lack-Two. Afterward, he overhears a group of his girl classmates excitedly talk about what to do about their upcoming culture festival. He gets angry at the girls, which offends them into commenting that they feel sorry for Hugh's younger sister due to her brother being unable to understand girls. This infuriates Hugh even further, who retaliates by attacking them. After Leo stops him and the girls have left in disgust at his actions, Hugh notices one of them dropped a locket with a microchip inside. Hugh later checks out the microchip and finds out that it contains a list of Pokémon and their Trainers. When he finds his name inside the list, Hugh flashes back to five years ago.

Five years before the events of the Black 2 & White 2 chapter, a younger Hugh obtains a Pidove, a Tynamo and a Purrloin from his grandfather, an Artist. From the three Pokémon, Hugh decides to give the Purrloin as a birthday gift for his sister for her birthday. As it refuses to listen to him, Hugh is forced to wrap the Purrloin itself rather than wrap its Poké Ball. He later gives it to his sister, who the Purrloin instantly takes a liking to despite attacking Hugh earlier. Hugh attempts to force his sister into training the Purrloin against her wishes, which gets them the attention of two Team Plasma Grunts. The Grunts attack Hugh, and despite his attempts to defend, he is easily defeated and Purrloin is stolen. As he lies on the ground unconscious, Hugh wonders if he didn't force his sister to train Purrloin, then it would not have been stolen. He quickly changes his mind to say that if he was stronger, he wouldn't have been defeated. He wakes up and swears revenge against Team Plasma.

Back in the present, Hugh realizes that the microchip contains a list of Pokémon liberated by Team Plasma and that he was the very first one they attacked. He also guesses that since it belonged to a girl in his class, one of them must be a member of Team Plasma and swears to reveal her true identity.

Pokémon

Hugh's Vibrava

Hugh's Vibrava
Trapinch → Vibrava
Vibrava is Hugh's first known Pokémon. It was first seen as a Trapinch being used to battle Leo's Deino at the Aspertia City Trainers' School. It won, but was defeated by Lack-Two's Dewott afterward. Sometime before going to Pokéstar Studios, Trapinch had evolved into a Vibrava.

Vibrava's only known move is Sonic Boom.

Debut PS525
Hugh's Pidove
Pidove
Pidove was given to Hugh by his grandfather, along with a Tynamo and a Purrloin.

None of Pidove's moves are known, and its Ability is Super Luck.

Debut PS531
Hugh's Tynamo
Tynamo
Tynamo was given to Hugh by his grandfather, along with a Pidove and a Purrloin.

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

Debut PS531
Given away
Hugh's sister's Purrloin
Purrloin
Purrloin is a Pokémon Hugh got for his sister's birthday. Although it wouldn't listen to him, the Purrloin listened to his sister perfectly. Later, it was stolen by Team Plasma, fueling Hugh's hatred for the group.

Purrloin's only known move is Scratch.

Debut PS531

In the TCG

Main article: Hugh (Boundaries Crossed 130)
Hugh

Hugh was introduced as a Supporter card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Black & White Series (the Japanese BW Era). First released in the Japanese Freeze Bolt expansion, it was later released as a BW-P Promotional card and debuted in English in the Boundaries Crossed expansion, with all three prints featuring an illustration based on the Yusuke Ohmura artwork of the character. Hugh causes both players to draw or discard cards until they each have five cards in their hands.

Trivia

  • During the Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 playthrough on the April 15, 2012 episode of Pokémon Smash!, they chose the name "Hihihiroshi" for Hugh. The name was initially a backstage in-joke originating from when the Smash! cast was passing time by practicing singing Can You Name All the Pokémon? BW.[1] Following the Japanese naming conventions of the Klink family, it was determined that Hihihiroshi was the final evolved form of Hiroshi Yamamoto.
  • In Challenge Mode, it is possible for his team to level down, with his starter, elemental monkey, and Unfezant being level 45, 43, and 43 respectively when battled in Undella Town, but all three being two levels lower when battling alongside the player in Lacunosa Town.
  • Some Team Plasma Grunts note that Hugh's hairstyle resembles a Qwilfish.
  • Hugh is the only nameable rival with a name already entered when the player is prompted to name him.
  • Hugh is the first rival who battles the player more than once with no other Pokémon but their starter.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ヒュウ Hue From hue.
English Hugh From his Japanese name. Also a homophone to hue.
French Matis From matís, Catalan for hue. Possibly named after French painter Henri Matisse.
German Matisse Possibly named after French painter Henri Matisse.
Italian Toni From toni (tones) and tonalità (hue).
Spanish Matís From matiz (hue).
Korean 휴이 Hyu-i Similar to his Japanese name, possibly also from the name "Huey" or "Hughie"
Russian Хью Kh'yu From English name


References

  1. Shoko Nakagawa's official blog (Japanese)


Rival characters
BlueSilverBrendan/MayWallyBarryCherenBiancaHughCalem/SerenaShaunaTiernoTrevor


Non-player characters in the core series games
Unova Professor JuniperMom (BW)Mom (B2W2)CherenBiancaBianca's fatherHughCedric JuniperFennelAmanita
CilanChiliCressLenoraHawesCharlesIrisDraydenAlderBengaCurtisYancyBrycenSabrinaPop Roxie
HilbertHildaNateRosaIngoEmmetCynthiaMorimotoNishinoLookerNColressPokémon Fan Club Chairman
Team PlasmaClydeGym LeadersElite FourPokémon World Tournament participantsName RaterJudgeMagikarp salesman

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