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ビオラ Viola
"The camerawoman who never lets a single smile escape her focus."
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Artwork from X and Y
Gender Female
Eye color Dark green
Hair color Sandy blonde
Hometown Santalune City
Region Kalos
Relatives Alexa (older sister)
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation VI
Games X and Y
Leader of Santalune Gym
Badge Bug Badge
Specializes in Bug types
Anime debut A Blustery Santalune Gym Battle!
English voice actor Lori Gardner
Japanese voice actor Noriko Shitaya

Viola (Japanese: ビオラ Viola) is a professional photographer who is the Gym Leader of Santalune City's Gym, known officially as the Santalune Gym. She specializes in Bug-type Pokémon. She gives the Bug Badge to Trainers who defeat her.

In the games

This Gym is the first to be challenged by the player. Trainers who defeat her will be given the Bug Badge, along with TM83 (Infestation). She is the younger sister to Alexa, a journalist. According to the television show Gym Freaks, Viola's camera was a birthday gift from Alexa and her barrette was a birthday gift from Valerie.


Pokémon X and Y

Gym battle

Battle Chateau

Battle Chateau - Blue Writ of Challenge

Battle Chateau - Writ of Challenge

Battle Chateau - Red Writ of Challenge

Battle Chateau - Black Writ of Challenge

Battle Chateau rematch

Battle Chateau rematch - Blue Writ of Challenge

Battle Chateau rematch - Writ of Challenge

Battle Chateau rematch - Red Writ of Challenge

Battle Chateau rematch - Black Writ of Challenge


Pokémon X and Y

Santalune Gym

  • Before battle
"That determined expression… That glint in your eye that says you're up to the challenge… It's fantastic! Just fantastic! Is this your first time challenging a Gym? Fantastic! Whether it's the tears of frustration that follow a loss or the blossoming of joy that comes with victory… They're both great subjects for my camera! Fantastic! This'll be just fantastic! Now come at me! My lens is always focused on victory—I won't let anything ruin this shot!"
  • Being defeated
"You and your Pokémon have shown me a whole new depth of field! Fantastic! Just fantastic!"
  • After being defeated
"Young Trainer, you… No, it wasn't you alone. You and your <Pokémon> have shown me a whole new depth of field! Fantastic! Just fantastic!"
"With that Bug Badge, Pokémon up to Lv. 30 will listen to your orders in battle… Yup, even if you get them from trades! And here! This TM commemorates your win against a pro photog like me."
"Using a TM like that one there lets you teach your Pokémon some new moves quicker than a shutter set to 1/1000 can snap shut! TMs are some of the best gear around. They're point-and-click easy, and you can use them over and over again! Now, the TM that I just gave you is for a move called Infestation. Use it, and it'll be impossible for your opponent to flee from battle! Now then, can you zoom in a bit to check out the tent behind me? Take the stairs that you find beyond it, and you'll be back up to the entrance faster than a flash!"
(post-game) "The world you see through a lens, and the world you see with a Pokémon by your side... The same world can look entirely different depending on your view."

Battle Chateau

  • First time
"Oh, if it isn't <player>. What is your title in the nobility? What? You don't have one? That's a surprise. No one could doubt that a kid as strong as you should have one. See, your title here at the Battle Chateau shows everyone just how strong you are. Only a handful of Trainers can join the ranks of the nobility and earn these titles!"
"I will gladly recommend <player>, so will you grant him/her a beginning title? He/She has the makings of a very strong Trainer, so I'm sure he/she will contribute to the Battle Chateau."
"I'm also a member of the nobility, so let's battle again if we get the chance!"
  • Before battle
"Even as a Marchioness, I'm still always looking for the perfect shot. And the quickest way to the perfect shot is by capturing the perfect win!"
  • Being defeated
"Ohhh! No one enjoys losing, but you all were such great opponents!"
  • After being defeated
(if giving the player an item) "Here! Another bit of gear for such a perfect shot!"
"I knew that you and your Pokémon could show me a whole new depth of field!"
  • After defeating the player
"The photo from the moment of my victory will be a really winner, all right!"

Gym Freaks

April: "Hello! It's time for Gym Freaks, your source for the hottest news about hot Gym Leaders in Kalos. So... I'm now in front of the Santalune City Gym! ... Hooray! Viola has arrived! She's fabulous! So fabulous! I'm so crazy about those eyebrows! The barrette that Viola always wears is a birthday gift from Valerie! Awww. I want to have someone who celebrates my birthday. Oh... She went inside the Gym... That's all for the on-site report. Good-bye for now, everyone."
April: "Hello! It's time for Gym Freaks, your source for the hottest news about hot Gym Leaders in Kalos. So... I'm now in front of the Santalune City Gym! ... Oooh... Ahhh... Viola has arrived! She's fabulous! So fabulous! I'm so crazy about those eyebrows! The camera that Viola always has is a birthday gift from her sister, Alexa. Awww. If I was born again, I'd like to be the camera. Oh... She went inside the Gym... That's all for the on-site report. Good-bye for now, everyone."


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Official artwork from the
XY series


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VS portrait from
X and Y
PSS icon from
X and Y

In the anime

Viola in the anime

Viola was first mentioned in The Dream Continues!, albeit not by name, when Alexa revealed to Ash that her sister was a Gym Leader from the Kalos region. When Ash arrived in Kalos in Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!, he learned that Viola was absent from her Gym at Santalune City. However, Ash decided to head to Santalune Gym anyway after his challenge at Lumiose Gym was declined.

He arrived there just as Viola, who was revealed to a professional photographer known for her excellent shots of Bug-type Pokémon, was returning and she accepted Ash's challenge. Viola's Surskit and Vivillon had a type disadvantage against Ash's Fletchling and Pikachu, however Viola's strategy was to immobilize both Pokémon using Ice Beam and Sticky Web. This worked and Ash lost the battle.

Viola appeared again in Battling on Thin Ice!, where Ash challenged her to a rematch. Thanks to the training Ash had had with his friends between the battles, he was able to counter Viola's strategies and defeat her, winning himself the Bug Badge. She later reappeared in a flashback in To Catch a Pokémon Smuggler!.

Viola and her Surskit reappeared in Breaking Titles at the Chateau! at the Battle Chateau, where they battled against Grant and his Onix. She and Surskit lost.

Viola made a brief appearance in Master Class is in Session! and Performing a Pathway to the Future!, watching Serena's Master Class Pokémon Showcase along with her sister Alexa.

She appeared in a fantasy in XY125, when Ash was talking to Takeru about the Gym Leaders that he had defeated in Kalos, in order for him to be able to compete in the Lumiose Conference.

She appeared in XY132, where she was seen watching Lysandre's broadcast from Lumiose City along with her sister.

Like her sister, she is very cheerful and friendly but has an unwavering focus in battle. According to Alexa, her trips away from Santalune Gym are often long. She helps Alexa with her work at times and shares a friendship with Grant.


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

Viola's Surskit
Surskit is Viola's first known Pokémon. It was first used against Ash's Pikachu in their first Gym battle. Surskit defeated Pikachu by freezing the battlefield with Ice Beam, which prevented him from moving properly and left him unable to escape Surskit's Signal Beam. Next, it fought Fletchling, who quickly defeated Surskit due to its ability to fly. In Battling on Thin Ice!, Surskit battled Pikachu again in a rematch, where its previous tactics failed due to Pikachu using his tail to balance himself on the ice. It was eventually defeated by Pikachu's Thunderbolt.

Surskit returned in Breaking Titles at the Chateau! where it battled Grant's Onix but lost.

It was seen in flashbacks in A PokeVision of Things to Come! and Coming Back into the Cold.

Surskit's known moves are Protect, Ice Beam, Signal Beam, Sticky Web, and Bubble Beam.

Debut A Blustery Santalune Gym Battle!
Voice actors
English Eileen Stevens
Viola's Vivillon
Vivillon is Viola's second known Pokémon. It was first used against Ash in their first Gym battle. It was sent out to battle Fletchling after it had defeated Surskit. It won the battle by using Psychic to trap Fletchling in Surskit's Sticky Web, leaving it defenseless to Vivillon's Solar Beam. In Battling on Thin Ice!, Vivillon faced Fletchling again in a rematch, where it beat Fletchling again by hitting it with Sleep Powder, leaving it defenseless to Solar Beam once more. Then it fought Pikachu, where Vivillon was defeated after its wing was frozen by the ice surrounding the Gym, hindering its ability to fly and leaving it an easy target for Pikachu's Thunderbolt. It was seen in a flashback in To Catch a Pokemon Smuggler!.

Vivillon's known moves are Psychic, Gust, Solar Beam, and Sleep Powder.

Debut A Blustery Santalune Gym Battle!
Voice actors
English Eileen Stevens

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 下屋則子 Noriko Shitaya
English Lori Gardner
Finnish Henni-Liisa Stam
Polish Marta Dobecka
Brazilian Portuguese Kate Kelly
European Spanish Catherina Martínez

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Viola in Pokémon Adventures

Viola makes her first appearance in the X & Y chapter, where she goes to Vaniville Town with Alexa to interview up-and-coming Sky Trainer Y. Y angrily reveals her hatred for reporters after they caused her friend X to become a shut-in and refuse to leave his house despite his friends' constant efforts. Before they can continue, the Legendary Pokémon Xerneas and Yveltal appear and begin destroying the town while fighting each other. When Viola wonders if the two are actually even Pokémon, Alexa states that she isn't sure either but notes that according to a 3,000 year old legend, Xerneas and Yveltal appear every 1,000 years.

When X's group arrives in Santalune City, Viola meets up with them again. Although previous encounters with Team Flare made X and his friends wary of adults, Viola reveals her position as a Gym Leader and offers to help the group by letting them see her photos of the Vaniville Town incident and offers sanctuary at her Gym. X and his friends agree to trust her, except for Shauna who runs off after getting mad at everyone for disregarding their earlier pact to not trust adults. At the Gym, Viola challenges X to a battle, which she ends up losing. They are interrupted by Celosia of Team Flare, who possesses Shauna and uses her to attack Y. Viola pushes Y out of the way, but ends up getting hit as a result. Viola reveals herself to still be conscious and reveals that he saw X's attempt to use Mega Evolution earlier and called fellow Gym Leader Korrina to help him learn more about it. When Celosia attempts to run off, Viola has her Surskit stop Celosia in her tracks with Sticky Web. Once Celosia was driven away, everyone regrouped back at the Gym where Viola had her head injury bandaged up.

Later, Viola calls Alexa to inform her that Team Flare is the ones behind the incidents happening in various places. She also informs her sister that Y and her friends have also left to go to Lumiose City.


Viola's Vivillon
Vivillon is Viola's first known Pokémon. It was first seen with its Trainer in Santalune City. Later, it faced X's Garu in the Santalune Gym, where it lost. It has a Meadow Pattern.

Vivillon's only known move is Supersonic.

Debut Kangaskhan...Kangascan't
Viola's Surskit
Surskit is Viola's second known Pokémon. It was first used to prevent Celosia from escaping with a stolen Kangaskhanite with its Sticky Web. Later, Surskit was defeated by Celosia's Honedge.

Surskit's only known move is Sticky Web.

Debut Lucky Lucario Was Here


  • Viola's Japanese Leader title is 笑顔を見逃さないカメラガール.
  • Viola is the only female Bug-type expert.
  • Despite being a Gym Leader, her name cannot be entered in Pokémon X and Y due to the word filter blocking any variation of "viol," which is French for "rape".
  • Both Viola and her sister share their Japanese voice actresses with Sinnoh Gym Leaders. In Viola's case, Candice.
  • In the Battle Chateau initial battle, Viola's Masquerain learns Air Slash at level 40 even though it can only learn it at level 47 in Pokémon X and Y. Its pre-evolution, Surskit, cannot learn this move.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ビオラ Viola From the genera Viola and Viola
English, German Viola Same as her Japanese name
French Violette From violette, violet
Italian Violetta From violetta, violet
Spanish Violeta From violeta, violet
Korean 비올라 Viola From her Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 紫羅蘭 Zǐluólán From 紫羅蘭 zǐluólán, violet
Chinese (Cantonese) 紫羅蘭 Jílòhlàahn From 紫羅蘭 jílòhlàahn, violet

Gym Leaders of the Kalos region
Santalune Gym Bug Badge
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Cyllage Gym Cliff Badge
XY Grant Icon.png
Shalour Gym Rumble Badge
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Coumarine Gym Plant Badge
XY Ramos Icon.png
Lumiose Gym Voltage Badge
XY Clemont Icon.png
Laverre Gym Fairy Badge
XY Valerie Icon.png
Anistar Gym Psychic Badge
XY Olympia Icon.png
Snowbelle Gym Iceberg Badge
XY Wulfric Icon.png

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