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Salon Maiden Anabel

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Anabel
リラ Lila
Emerald Salon Maiden Anabel.png
Art from Emerald
Gender Female
Eye color Lilac
Hair color Lilac
Hometown Unknown
Region Hoenn*/Kanto*
Trainer class Salon Maiden
(Frontier Brain)
Generation III
Games Pokémon Emerald
Specializes in Psychic types*
Brain of Battle Tower
Symbol Ability Symbol
Anime debut Talking a Good Game
English voice actor Hilary Thomas
Japanese voice actor Akiko Kimura

Salon Maiden Anabel (Japanese: タワータイクーン リラ Tower Tycoon Lila) is the Frontier Brain in charge of running the Battle Frontier's Battle Tower.

In the games

Anabel's heard rumors of Brendan/May's rankings in the Battle Tower, but she is not impressed. She wants to see their talent in battle for herself. When defeated, she awards the Ability Symbol onto the Frontier Pass.

On the second match, Anabel commends Brendan/May's progress and is grateful for the chance to battle without holding anything back, to battle to her fullest.

She is one of the two known Tower Tycoons, the other one being Palmer of the Battle Tower in the Sinnoh region.

Pokémon

Silver Symbol challenge



Gold Symbol challenge



Quotes

Initial battle

  • Before battle
"Greetings... My name is Anabel. I am the Salon Maiden, and I am in charge of running the Battle Tower... I have heard several rumors about you... In all honesty, what I have heard does not seem attractive in any way... The reason I’ve come to see you... Well, there is but one reason... Let me see your talent in its entirety..."
  • Being defeated
"Okay, I understand..."
  • After being defeated
"Fufufu, nicely done... Your Frontier Pass, please... Your talent shall be recognized."
"... ... ... ... ... ... You have confidence in your Pokémon battling talent, don’t you? I urge you to keep battling and keep on winning. I will be waiting for you. Until the next time we meet..."

Rematch

  • Before battle
"You really did come back to see me... ... ... ... ... ... ... You’ve won straight matches to see me... I won’t have to hold back against you... It’s been too long now... Too long since I’ve been able to battle without thinking about anything... Let’s begin, shall we?"
  • Being defeated
"Thank you..."
  • After being defeated
"Fufu, congratulations... Your Frontier Pass, please..."
"That was fun... I have never had a Pokémon battle so enjoyable before... I wish I could battle with you again..."

Sprites

Spr E Anabel.png Anabel OD.png
Sprite from
Emerald
Overworld sprite from
Emerald

In the anime

Anabel in the anime

Anabel appeared in the episodes Talking a Good Game! and Second Time's the Charm!.

Anabel has the empathic ability to sense the emotions of living beings and communicating with them, ever since she was little, possessing powers similar to Yellow of Pokémon Adventures, although other characters do not seem to regard these as psychic abilities but rather a honed sense of empathy. Nevertheless, she is still portrayed as a sort of Psychic-type specialist. She also shares a strong bond with her Pokémon, calling them my friend upon sending them out. She failed to teach Ash and May her empathetic abilities, as their Pokémon receive nothing from them.

Ash and his friends were surprised to learn that Anabel is a girl; when the group arrived at her house, she declined to change her wet clothes in front of them. Ash asked if it was because of May's presence, but Anabel explained that it was because she's female.

Ash lost his first match to Anabel after her powerful Alakazam managed to defeat two of his Pokémon consecutively, shadowing both Ash's Corphish and Tauros. In a rematch, Ash beat her by using the same strategy as in the previous battle. During their farewell, Anabel was shown to have a crush on Ash.

Anabel made a cameo appearance during a flashback in A Pyramiding Rage!.

Pokémon

This listing is of Anabel's known Pokémon in the anime:

Anabel's Alakazam
Alakazam
Anabel first called on Alakazam in Talking a Good Game! to help her and Ash when they were attacked by Team Rocket. Alakazam was able to beat them with its powerful Psychic attacks. Ash then realized that Anabel was a Frontier Brain and that he would have to battle Alakazam. Ash chose Corphish for the match. Anabel had the ability to telepathically communicate with her Pokémon and give commands without saying a word. In the end, Alakazam easily defeated Corphish. Alakazam then went on to defeat Ash's Tauros before finally being defeated by his Pikachu, but not before weakening it.

In Second Time's the Charm!, Ash had a rematch with Anabel. Again, she chose Alakazam as her first Pokémon. It went head to head again with Ash's Corphish once again, but this time with a little bit of luck as well as Ash's quick thinking, Alakazam was defeated by Corphish's Bubble Beam.

Alakazam's known moves are Psychic, Psybeam, Focus Punch, and Recover.

Debut Talking a Good Game!
Voice actors
Japanese Kenta Miyake
English Maddie Blaustein
Anabel's Metagross
Metagross
Metagross was for the first time seen during Ash's first match against her, where it easily defeated Ash's Pikachu, losing the match for Ash. During Ash's rematch against Anabel, Metagross easily defeated Ash's Corphish, but the Iron Leg Pokémon finally tied with his Tauros, as its Meteor Mash collided with Tauros's Take Down.

Metagross's known moves are Psychic, Iron Defense, Meteor Mash, and Hyper Beam.

Debut Talking a Good Game!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Unshō Ishizuka
Anabel's Espeon
Espeon
Espeon, Anabel's favorite Pokémon, was seen during Ash's rematch against her, where it battled against Ash's Pikachu. Even though Espeon at first managed to overwhelm Pikachu with its speed and power, one of Pikachu's Thunderbolts put the lights off, making it impossible for both Anabel and Espeon to see where the next attack was coming from. This cost some critical hits for Espeon, and Pikachu was finally able to defeat the Sun Pokémon with a Volt Tackle, winning the match for Ash and earning him the Ability Symbol.

Espeon's known moves are Quick Attack, Iron Tail, Zap Cannon, and Psychic.

Debut Second Time's the Charm!
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara
English Megumi Hayashibara

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 木村亜希子 Akiko Kimura
English Hilary Thomas
Brazilian Portuguese Gilmara Sanches
Spanish Latin America Rebeca Gómez
Spain Sara Vivas

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Anabel in Pokémon Adventures

Anabel is the most powerful Frontier Brain, and the leader of the group. Her trademark Pokémon is Raikou, which she managed to catch on a trip to Johto shortly before the events of the Emerald chapter.

Anabel directs the resistance to Guile Hideout's attack, but falls victim to one of his traps, allowing him control over the Battle Tower. Emerald tries to scale the Tower and stop the villain, but is forced to battle his way to the top because, despite the emergency, the Tower's automated Trainer system remains active.

Emerald succeeds, but meets a horrifying sight at the top - Anabel, brainwashed and under Guile Hideout's complete control. She brutally crushes him in a battle and then attempts to kill him until he is rescued by Sapphire and Ruby. Eventually, her body is unable to handle the strain of being put under psychic control for so long and she collapses.

Having lost control of Anabel, Guile Hideout appears and threatens to kill her unless Noland hands out the information he demands on Jirachi. Noland reluctantly agrees in order to save Anabel's life. As Emerald, Ruby, and Sapphire battle Guile Hideout to save Jirachi, Noland and an unconscious Anabel are taken from the Tower by one of Emerald's Pokémon.

After everything is resolved, she makes her last appearance handing out the Ability Symbol to Emerald for his deeds and the fact that he wanted to fight her fairly.

Pokémon

Anabel's Raikou
Raikou
Anabel recaught this Raikou after it was released following the battle against the Masked Man. She is said to have captured this legendary Pokémon during her trip somewhere in Johto. Raikou has been with her since then and she continues to rely on it for all of her battles. Because it carries a large thundercloud on its back, it both allows a handier usage of its trademark Thunder as well as strengthen it. Raikou was first seen with Anabel in VS. Swalot where it witnessed the exhibition tag battle between Lucy's Seviper and Spenser's Crobat against a Swalot and Electrode. It was later used in an attempt to stop Guile Hideout from moving through a Thunder Shock and Thunder combination, but to no avail. Raikou was then used under Guile’s manipulation against Emerald. After Guile Hideout had been defeated, it was seen interacting with Gold, who previously partnered up with it years prior.

Raikou's known moves are Thunder Shock, Spark, and Thunder.

Debut Slugging It Out With Slugma

In the Pokémon Battle Frontier manga

Anabel

Anabel first appears in chapter 4, disguised as a photographer. She takes a picture of Enta's Vulpix and Feebas. She tells Enta about the Frontier Brains after Rald is defeated by her, prompting him to challenge them in order to discover which one defeated Rald. After Enta defeats his sixth Frontier Brain, Lucy, he is told that the seventh one is none other than Anabel herself, much to his surprise. Enta's battle with Anabel ends up in a draw after a showdown between Ninetales and Entei.

Pokémon

Anabel's Entei
Entei
Entei was the first revealed Pokémon. It was the final Pokémon that went up against Enta after both sides were down to one Pokémon. It battled Ninetales and managed to dodge many of its attacks. In the end, despite putting up a great fight, it ended up defeating Ninetales and got knocked out in the process.

None of Entei's moves are known.

Debut Final Battle: Versus The Salon Maiden
Anabel's Alakazam
Alakazam
Alakazam was the first opponent who battled Enta. It went up against Zangoose and won using its speed. Alakazam then went up against Milotic where it was taken out by Milotic's Hydro Pump.

None of Alakazam's moves are known.

Debut Final Battle: Versus The Salon Maiden
Anabel's Snorlax
Snorlax
Snorlax was the second opponent that battled Enta. Snorlax battled Milotic after Milotic defeated Alakazam. Due to Milotic's previous opponent, Snorlax was able to take it out with Body Slam. Snorlax then battled Ninetales and was easily defeated by Ninetales's Hyper Beam.

Snorlax's only known move is Body Slam.

Debut Final Battle: Versus The Salon Maiden

Trivia

  • Despite being female, in Japanese, Anabel uses the typically masculine personal pronoun ボク boku.
  • It is possible that her design is based on the female Psychic. This theory is further supported by the fact that Anabel uses Psychic-type Pokémon in the anime.
  • Anabel is the only Frontier Brain whose title (in some languages) does not incorporate the second word of his or her facility's name. However, the Battle Salon is an actual room in a Battle Tower where Trainers can meet each other and team up to participate in Multi Battles.
    • In the anime episode wherein she made her debut, Anabel was mentioned to be the head of the Battle Tower's Battle Salon.
  • Her clothing style varies between the anime, sprites, and artwork.
  • In the anime, her Espeon knows Zap Cannon, a move it can't learn in the games past Generation II (due to the move no longer being a TM).
  • Both of her teams in Pokémon Emerald use a Psychic-type, one of the legendary beasts, and a Snorlax.
  • Anabel's ability to sense the feelings of Pokémon is similar to that of Sheena from the twelfth movie.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese リラ Lila From lila, Spanish for lilac
English Anabel From ability
French Cathy From capacité, skill
German Anabel From anlage, asset
Italian Alberta From abilità, ability
Spanish Destra From destreza, skill
Korean 리라 Lila Transliteration of Lila
Chinese (Mandarin) 莉拉 Lìlā Transliteration of Lila


Salon Maiden

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese タワータイクーン Tower Tycoon
Mandarin Chinese 對戰大君 / 对战大君 Duìzhàn Dàjūn
Finland Flag.png Finnish Salonkineito
France Flag.png European French As Du Salon
Germany Flag.png German Kampfkoloss
Italy Flag.png Italian Dama Torre
South Korea Flag.png Korean 타워타이쿤 Tower Tycoon
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Dama Torre


EmeraldBFLogo.png Hoenn Battle Frontier EmeraldBFLogo.png
Ablity Symbol Battle Tower Ability Symbol
Anabel
Salon Maiden
Anabel
Spirits Symbol Battle Palace Spirits Symbol
Spenser
Palace Maven
Spenser
Knowledge Symbol Battle Factory Knowledge Symbol
Noland
Factory Head
Noland
Brave Symbol Battle Pyramid Brave Symbol
Brandon
Pyramid King
Brandon
Tactics Symbol Battle Dome Tactics Symbol
Tucker
Dome Ace
Tucker
Guts Symbol Battle Arena Guts Symbol
Greta
Arena Tycoon
Greta
Luck Symbol Battle Pike Luck Symbol
Lucy
Pike Queen
Lucy

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