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Marina (Japanese: マリナ Marina) is a Trainer from New Bark Town and one of the main characters of The Legend of Thunder!.
Marina's starter Pokémon was a Totodile that she received from Professor Elm on the same day Jimmy received his Cyndaquil and Vincent received his Chikorita.
Marina and Jimmy in The Legend of Thunder!
Marina was first seen talking to Vincent on the videophone at a Pokémon Center. When she noticed Jimmy's presence, she quickly said goodbye to Vincent to give him attention. They started talking about their journeys, and Marina said she wanted to turn all her battles into a show to make people happy. When Jimmy said that training and being a star were two completely different things, Marina challenged him to a battle to prove him wrong. During the battle, a lightning bolt struck the battlefield, scaring Little Miss and causing her to run into the woods. Marina then chased her and discovered that Attila and Hun from Team Rocket were trying to capture the legendary Raikou.
Upon seeing Raikou being hurt, Marina joined Jimmy to help him fight off Attila and Hun. She entered the battle with Little Miss and managed to incapacitate Attila's Skarmory and Hun's Steelix, forcing them to retreat. Later, she met Eugene at the Pokémon Center and soon became enamored with him. When Raikou fled from the Center, Eugene offered Marina and Jimmy a ride in his car so that they could follow it. Together with Jimmy and Vincent, she tried to keep Raikou away from Team Rocket, however, they were unsuccessful and both Marina and Raikou ended up in the shuttlecraft. There, she found a way to unlock the door of the cargo hold and free Raikou.
Marina was tied up when Attila and Hun returned to try to capture Raikou once again. She fell from the cliff she was on, but was rescued by Jimmy's Beedrill. When Raikou was trapped in the force field formed by the Miracle Crystal, Marina sent Little Miss to battle Attila and Hun's Pokémon along with Eugene's Alakazam. She later helped Jimmy and Vincent defend their Pokémon while they were trying to break the force field to free Raikou. Once the Thunder Pokémon got out of the field, Marina thanked it for coming back to save her. Having helped protect Raikou from Team Rocket and made a friend in it, Marina continued her journey to become a great Pokémon Trainer.
In the intro of Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, Marina was seen running by the coast with Lugia and her three Pokémon: Little Miss, Wani-Wani, and Pink.
In Not on MY Watch Ya Don't!, Marina appeared on the cover of a magazine, modeling the Pokétch. This may imply her goal of becoming an idol has come true. Additionally, she made another cameo appearance in A Stand-Up Sit-Down!, performing an appeal for a Contest on Zoey's PC. Marian called her a Top Coordinator. Seeing as how her appeal utilized two Pokémon, this would imply she has a Contest Pass for either Kanto, Johto, or Sinnoh. Marina even appears to have her own merchandise; one of the customers to the Mountain Hut Maid Café in Tanks for the Memories! wore a t-shirt with her face on it.
Marina loves cute Pokémon and nicknames. She also loves men in capes and has a whole notebook full of pictures of Lance. She tends to do synchronized movements with her Pokémon whenever she calls them out.
Her goal, unlike most other Trainers, is to be a Pokémon Idol. The specifics of being a Pokémon Idol are never made clear in the anime, but one aspect of it seems to entail putting on a show while battling. It should be noted that in Japanese pop culture, an idol is a person who appears in media as a singer, dancer, model, and actor. Therefore it is assumed that Marina's ambitions are somewhere along these lines, and she plans to use cute and talented Pokémon to help her become famous. Given that one of her cameos in the Diamond & Pearl series was as a magazine model, it is likely that real-life Japanese idols were the basis of her character design.
Marina first appeared before the concept of Pokémon coordinating was introduced, so Pokémon Idol is a different Trainer class. However, in recent appearances Marina was shown to become a Coordinator herself. She also entered the Silver Conference along with Jimmy a full year before Jackson.
- When Jackson (Vincent) appeared in the Silver Conference, he referred Marina and Jimmy as "Dani" and "Yoshi", leading many to believe that "Dani" was the official English name for Marina. Whether this was the original intention remains unknown. However, in The Legend of Thunder!, she is instead identified as Marina.
- Even though the specifics of being a Pokémon Idol are never made clear in the anime, a Trainer class introduced in Generation IV is known as Pokémon Idols. One of them, after battle, states "A Pokémon idol follows their fans, while a Trainer follows their Pokémon".
- All of Marina's known Pokémon have only been revealed to know two moves.
|| マリナ Marina
| English, Italian
| Marina is from her Japanese name.
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 瑪莉娜 Mǎlìnà*
| 瑪莉娜 is a transliteration of her Japanese name.|
娜 (nà) may be taken from the 'na' in her Japanese name.