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Leaf (Japanese: リーフ Leaf) is the female player character in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. In her debut, Leaf is presumably 11 years old, the same age as her male counterpart, Red. She lives in Pallet Town, next door to her upcoming rival in Pokémon training, Blue.
In Red, Green and Blue
Though Leaf didn't appear in a game until Generation III, an artwork of an unknown female character drawn by Ken Sugimori was released in the games' official strategy guide. The same character was featured in the Pokémon Craft DX magazine, drawn by Emiko Yoshino. This character shared many physical similarities with Leaf, and was also featured with a starter Pokémon, implying she was intended to be a main character.
In FireRed and LeafGreen
As the player character
Leaf is a curious girl from Pallet Town. It is assumed that it holds true that she, much like her male counterpart Red, became interested in Pokémon after her best friend, Blue, stopped playing with her and became a bully. Her adventure begins one day when Professor Oak calls her to his lab and gives her a choice of Pokémon. Blue challenges Leaf to a Pokémon battle as soon as they get their Pokémon. A bit later, Professor Oak calls the two back, gives each of them a Pokédex, and sends them on a journey to fulfill their dream of capturing every kind of Pokémon.
Leaf travels all over Kanto, filling in the Pokédex and defeating the Gym Leaders. Her rival Blue constantly stays one step ahead, and shows up quite a few times to impede her progress. When Leaf eventually reaches the Elite Four, she finds that Blue has beaten her to a milestone yet again and has become the Indigo League Champion. Leaf defeats Blue in the final battle, and becomes the Champion herself. Her adventure continues even after that, with Leaf discovering new places, such as the Sevii Islands.
Leaf's main conflict in the games, aside from Blue, is Team Rocket, an infamous group of Pokémon thieves. Leaf clashes with Team Rocket many times in her quest. She defeats a group of grunts at Mt. Moon who are attempting to steal rare Pokémon Fossils, and defeats another group ahead at a bridge in Cerulean City. Leaf protects the Pokémon Tower and Mr. Fuji in Lavender Town and destroys their hold on the Game Corner. After she foils their plot to take over Silph Co., Leaf encounters Giovanni, the leader of Team Rocket, as the final Gym Leader in Viridian City. Upon defeating him, Leaf stops the group's world domination plots once and for all, though a few remaining grunts, many who appeared and were defeated by Leaf on Five Island in Generation III, would band together in Johto to try to revive the group.
As a non-player character
When not selected as the player character, Leaf does not appear in the game. Whether or not Leaf exists in this case is unknown.
In other games
Leaf makes a cameo appearance in both Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. While she does not appear in the games' Story Mode, she is playable in the Battle Mode when a FireRed or LeafGreen cartridge is used with her as the player character. She can take on Mt. Battle's 100-battle challenge, as well as compete in Colosseum battles.
Ken Sugimori artworks
Pokémon Craft DX gallery
Although "Leaf" is by far the name she is most commonly known by among English-speaking fans, she has no official given name. The name's popularity stems from its usage as a placeholder name for the character in Trainer data on the ROMs of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, but this derivation is contentious because, by way of contrast, the equivalent name for the rival Blue ("Terry") does not match any of his canonical names. That inconsistency leads some fans to prefer the name of her Adventures' counterpart as a more logical choice ("Green"/"Blue"JP&KOR).
She is also sometimes referred to as Fuguri (フグリ) in the Japanese fandom. The name is derived from the katakana rendering of LeafGreen, リーフグリーン (rīfugurīn).
In the anime
No counterpart to Leaf has appeared in the Pokémon anime.
In the manga
Green, Leaf's counterpart in Pokémon Adventures
Green from the Pokémon Adventures manga, who appears to be based on an unused female player character from Pokémon Red and Green, is widely considered to be Leaf's counterpart in the manga. This is supported by the fact that Green's outfit changes to match Leaf's in the FireRed & LeafGreen chapter.
Leaf also has a counterpart in the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga series named Blue.
- In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Jigglypuff can wear Leaf's hat as an alternate costume. The Pokémon Trainer also has an alternate costume palette that makes his hat have the same colors as Leaf's.
- Leaf's hat somewhat resembles a Premier Ball.
- Leaf's FireRed and LeafGreen sprite shows her with blue eyes, although every other sprite and the official artwork shows her with brown eyes.
- The majority of her Japanese default names are shared with Dawn and Lyra. She also shares all of Kris's alternate Japanese names.
- Though she is neither playable nor an opponent in the handheld Generation IV games, Leaf made a brief cameo battling against Red in an early trailer for Pokémon Battle Revolution on the Wii.
- Leaf is the only non-rival female player character to have a counterpart who appeared in Pokémon Pocket Monsters.