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Marshal

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Marshal
レンブ Renbu
Black White Marshal.png
Artwork from Black and White
Gender Male
Eye color Black
Hair color Saffron and Black
Hometown Unknown
Region Unova
Trainer class Elite Four
Generation V
Games Black and White
Black 2 and White 2
Elite Four of Pokémon League (Unova)
Specializes in Fighting types

Marshal (Japanese: レンブ Renbu) is a Master Fighting-type Trainer and member of the Unova Elite Four.

In the games

In Pokémon Black and White, Marshal appears as a member of the Elite Four of Unova. He calls himself Alder's apprentice, though he is largely unaware of Alder's thoughts. He is first mentioned outside Twist Mountain when Alder says Cheren reminds him of Marshal due to the value he places on power. Post-game, Marshal appears in Victory Road before Cheren's rematch, at the cave exit of Victory Road.

In Black 2 and White 2, Marshal first appears outside the south entrance of Twist Mountain, where he will prevent the player from entering, saying there has been a cave-in.

Pokémon

Pokémon Black and White

First battle (pre-National Pokédex)


Rematch (post-National Pokédex)


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

First battle (Easy Mode/Normal Mode)


First battle (Challenge Mode)


Rematch (Easy Mode/Normal Mode)


Rematch (Challenge Mode)


Quotes

Pokémon Black and White

Initial battle
  •  Before battle
"Greetings, challenger. My name is Marshal. In order to master the art of fighting, I'm training under my mentor, Alder. My mentor sees your potential as a Trainer and is taking an interest in you. It is my intention to test you--to take you to the limits of your strength. Kiai!"
  •  During battle (the first non-KO HP loss)
"Oh, so strong. That makes my heart dance!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"That's my final Pokémon! So we'll use our last bit of strength!"
  • During battle (less than half HP)
"Well, this may be the last. I will put everything into my next move!"
  • When defeated
"There is no single strongest Pokémon or sole best combination... That's why it is difficult to keep winning. However, I think a heart that desires strength and strives to grow stronger is a precious ideal. That is why I respect you--because you have these things."
  • After being defeated
"Whew! Well done! As your battles continue, aim for even greater heights!"
  • General afterword
"Representing the Pokémon League in the absence of the Champion has been my duty as Alder's student. However, there is nothing as empty as words not backed up by strength. A word in your ear, strong challenger... The other members of the Elite Four are far more powerful than I am. Do not underestimate them!"
  • If defeated last
"Challenger, if you defeat the entire Elite Four of the Pokémon League, you can go on to challenge the Champion. And you have earned that right. Return to the plaza in the center and check the statue."
Rematch
  • Before battle
"I thank you deeply for the chance for another round of combat against you. In myself, I seek to develop the strength of a fighter. And shatter any weakness in myself! Prevailing with the force of my convictions! Victory, decisive victory, is my intention! Challenger, here I come!"
  • During battle (the first non-KO HP loss)
"Oh! Strong as usual. That makes my heart dance!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"The last one! I'll use the last bit of strength!"
  • During battle (less than half HP)
"Oh... This may be the last. I will put everything into the next move!"
  • When defeated
"There is no strongest Pokémon or single best combination... So, there are no guarantees of winning. But the determination to be strong and to continue to grow and improve is itself a great strength. It's the determination that you show that makes me respect you."
  • After being defeated
"There are still many strong Trainers in this Pokémon League. You should deepen your bonds with your Pokémon by battling with them."
  • General afterword
"In times past, I wandered all the regions of the world in pursuit of strength... One day, I met my mentor and began to grasp the wisdom of making strength an internal quality... And one day, I decided to become part of the Elite Four of Unova... For some reason, the battle we just had brought those fateful times back to mind."
  • If defeated last
"The strength shown by you and your Pokémon has deeply impressed me... Please, continue to the next room to face the strongest Trainer of the Unova region!"
Victory Road
"Of course! And no one can get away from themselves."
"My mentor told me you were here, so I came to see. Listen. Even if you lose in battle, if you surpass what you've done before, you have bested yourself. Take the opportunity of a battle to look at your opponent, look at the Pokémon involved, and look at yourself!"

Cheren: "Are those Alder's words?"

"Maybe. But I'm borrowing them. What I want are battles with Trainers who believe in themselves like that... When I mix it up with a Trainer like that, both my Pokémon and I get even stronger. Well then, I'll be waiting for your challenge in the Pokémon League."

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

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Initial battle
  • Before battle
"You look familiar... Ah, yes. I met you at Twist Mountain. The strength you are radiating is far greater now than before! Greetings, challenger. My name is Marshal. I am the No. 1 pupil of my mentor, Alder. In order to master the art of fighting, I've kept training. You're also walking a similar path with your Pokémon. It is my intention to test you--to take you to the limits of your strength. Kiai!"
  • During battle (the first non-KO HP loss)
"I can feel it! You and your Pokémon are strong!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"This is my final Pokémon! It all comes down to this!"
  • During battle (less than half HP)
"Everything comes down to this next move! I’ll use the last bit of my strength!"
  • When defeated
"There is no single strongest Pokémon or sole best combination... That's why it is difficult to keep winning. However, I think a heart that desires strength and strives to grow stronger is a precious ideal. That is why I respect you--because you have these things."
  • After being defeated
"Whew! Well done! As your battles continue, aim for even greater heights!"
  • General afterword
"You are a strong challenger. Walk the path you believe in with the Pokémon you believe in. The other members of the Elite Four are more powerful than I am. Do not underestimate them!"
  • If defeated last
"Now... You have become the strongest Trainer in this Pokémon League. The statue in the central chamber will take you to the Champion's room."
Rematch
  • Before battle
"I thank you deeply for the chance for another round of combat against you. In myself, I seek to develop the strength of a fighter. And shatter any weakness in myself! Prevailing with the force of my convictions! Victory, decisive victory, is my intention! Challenger, here I come!"
  • During battle (the first non-KO HP loss)
"Oh! Strong as usual. That makes my heart dance!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"I may have only one Pokémon remaining, but its strength knows no limits!"
  • During battle (less than half HP)
"I'll put everything I have into this next move!"
  • When defeated
"There is no single strongest Pokémon or sole best combination... That's why it is difficult to keep winning. However, I think a heart that desires strength and strives to grow stronger is a precious ideal. That is why I respect you--because you have these things."
  • After being defeated
"There are still many strong Trainers in this Pokémon League. You should deepen your bonds with your Pokémon by battling with them."
  • General afterword
"During the days when I was young, I was wandering all the regions of the world. I was devoted only to training, in order to surpass my mentor. And when I felt so ashamed two years ago... My Pokémon were always there for me. That thought crossed my mind even though I was completely focused on our battle... You're a mysterious Trainer."
  • If defeated last
"The strength shown by you and your Pokémon has deeply impressed me... Please, continue to the next room to face the strongest Trainer of the Unova region!"
Twist Mountain
  • When the player is about to enter Twist Mountain prior to defeating the Unova League
  • When the player is about to enter Twist Mountain after beating the Champion
"<player>! Oh, I see! So, you travel all around like this and toughen yourself up, then." (walks to the side of you) "Well, I suppose you have many battles ahead of you. Pokémon battles as a Pokémon Trainer. Battles about how you should live your life... You'll lose sometimes, but I think what matters is that you do things your own way. If you surpass what you've done before, you have bested yourself." (turns to you) "Well then! I'll be waiting for your challenge at the Pokémon League!"

Sprites

Spr BW Marshal.png Spr B2W2 Marshal.png Marshal OD.png VSMarshal.png
Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Overworld sprite from
Generation V
VS sprite from
Generation V


In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Marshal in Pokémon Adventures

Marshal first appears in Nimbasa City carrying an unconscious White after she fell off the Rondez-View Ferris Wheel. After stopping Black who had mistaken him as her attacker, Marshal hands the girl to him and excuses himself. Later, he meets up with Alder for a special event at the Battle Subway and they begin battling. Despite Marshal seemingly gaining the upper hand, Alder manages to defeat him. They reveal that they were testing the Battle Subway before it gets open to public, but also need a normal Trainer to also test it. White decides to trial the Battle Subway despite having no battling experience, and after White captures a Pokémon with Black's help, Marshal reveals that Black's newly-caught Tirtouga used to belong to him before he released it a day earlier.

On Route 6, Marshal tries to convince Alder to not leave the Pokémon League, only for his pleas to be refused. They are approached by N, who had awakened Zekrom and befriended it. When N challenges Alder to a Double Battle as a part of his plan to keep humans and Pokémon separated, Marshal referees the battle. In the end, Alder loses and eventually disappears, allowing Team Plasma to use his defeat as a means to justify their goals, which only increased the amount of released Pokémon and lowered the number of Pokémon League spectators.

At the Pokémon League, Marshal gathers with his fellow Elite Four members to make way for the tournament. Marshal, furious at how Team Plasma has used Alder's defeat to justify their goals, asks his allies to help join in the fight against them. Much to his disappointment, none of them agree with his wishes. The four then watch as spectators for the tournament before their battles can begin. Although the tournament is won by Black, the event is interrupted by Team Plasma, who attacks the stadium by surrounding it with N's Castle. The Elite Four travel on Shauntal's Golurk to try and confront N at the top of the castle, but they are attacked by Hood Man, who uses Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus against them to try and figure out how to activate the three Pokémon's Therian Formes. After gaining sufficient information, Hood Man escaped, taking the Pokémon with him.

Pokémon

This listing is of Marshal's known Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

Marshal's Throh
Throh
Throh is the first Pokémon Marshal is seen to own. He fought Black's Nite and won when Black thought that Marshal had kidnapped White and attacked him.

Throh's only known move is Storm Throw.

Debut Unraveling Mysteries
Marshal's Sawk
Sawk
Sawk is the second Pokémon Marshal is seen to own. He fought Black's Brav and won when Black thought that Marshal had kidnapped White and attacked him. During Team Plasma's attack on the League, Marshal used Sawk to battle Landorus. With the power of Caitlin's Gothitelle's Telekinesis, Sawk and Marshal were able to float in the air.

Sawk's known moves are Retaliate and Karate Chop.

Debut Unraveling Mysteries
Marshal's Mienshao
Mienshao
Mienshao is the third Pokémon Marshal is seen to own. It was used to battle Alder in the Battle Subway. Although it was shown to be very quick, Alder's Accelgor managed to defeat it.

Mienshao's only known move is Pound.

Debut Unraveling Mysteries
Marshal's Conkeldurr
Conkeldurr
Conkeldurr is the fourth Pokémon Marshal is seen to own. It was first seen with its Trainer at the Pokémon League. Later, it was used to battle the Hood Man's Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus.

None of Conkeldurr's moves are known.

Debut Dream a Little Dream
Released
Marshal's Tirtouga
Tirtouga
Marshal had owned a Tirtouga sometime before arriving in Nimbasa City. Because of its hard-to-control nature, he had released it the day before meeting Black and White. It was later captured by Black and was named Costa.
Debut Growing Pains

In the Pocket Monsters BW manga

Marshal in Pocket Monsters BW: The Heroes of Fire and Thunder

Marshal appears in volume 3 of Pocket Monsters BW.

In the Pocket Monsters BW: The Heroes of Fire and Thunder manga

Marshal appears alongside the other Elite Four members defeated by N's Zekrom at the destroyed Pokémon League. He is also shown on the cover of Monthly Fighting, and Shin and his Emboar are fans of his.

Trivia

  • In his pre-National Pokédex battle in Black and White, Marshal is the only member of any Elite Four who has no dual-type Pokémon.
  • According to an interview with Yusuke Ohmura in Nintendo Dream, Marshal's theme is a street fighter and tiger, and his original design featured a large hood and cap.[1]
  • Marshal says at the Pokémon League that the player met him at Twist Mountain, even if the player didn't meet him, he still says the same sentence in rematches.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese レンブ Renbu From 蓮霧 renbu (wax apple) and 練武 renbu (practice martial arts)
English Marshal From martial arts
French Kunz From Kunzea and possibly Kampfkunst (German for martial arts)
German Eugen From Eugenia javanica, a synonym to wax apple
Italian Marzio From arte marziale (martial arts)
Spanish Lotto From lotta (Italian for fight) and possibly loto (lotus, referring to the 蓮 in his Japanese name)
Korean 연무 Yeonmu Korean reading of both 蓮霧 (wax apple) and 練武 (practice martial arts)
Chinese (Cantonese) 連武 Lìhnmóuh From 蓮霧 lìhnmouh (wax apple) and 武 móuh (martial)


References

  1. ShellSpider's blog entry


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