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| "The Hotheaded Quiz Master!"
Art from Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
|| Cinnabar Island
| Trainer class
|| Gym Leader
|| I, II, III, IV
|| Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Stadium, Stadium 2
| Leader of
|| Cinnabar Gym
|| Volcano Badge
| Specializes in
| Anime debut
|| Riddle Me This
| English voice actor
|| Michael Haigney
| Japanese voice actor
|| Toshiya Ueda
Blaine (Japanese: カツラ Katsura) is the Gym Leader of Cinnabar Island's (later the Seafoam Islands') Gym, known officially as the Cinnabar Gym. He hands out the Volcano Badge to Trainers who defeat him. He is a highly intelligent man who uses Template:Type2 Pokémon.
In the games
Blaine's title is "The Hotheaded Quiz Master." His strategy is to incinerate challengers with his rough and ready Fire-type Pokémon.
Blaine was once lost in a treacherous, freezing mountain range. He was guided out of the mountains by a Moltres. Apparently, this is what inspired him to train Fire-type Pokémon.
Blaine is a native of Cinnabar Island, and has lived there since before the Pokémon Lab was built.
Blaine is apparently on good terms with Mr. Fuji.
To reach Blaine, challengers have to answer a series of quiz questions about Pokémon. Blaine only takes off his sunglasses when thinking up new quiz questions.
In addition to the Volcano Badge, Blaine gives out TM38 (Fire Blast) in Pokémon Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen. In HeartGold and SoulSilver he gives out TM50 (Overheat).
In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, and their remakes, the volcano on Cinnabar Island erupted, destroying the town, and leaving Blaine and his Pokémon homeless. Blaine relocated his Gym to the Seafoam Islands, and remains there a whole year after the volcanic eruption back on Cinnabar. He plans to rebuild his gym one day.
He is able to be rebattled in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, after collecting his number at any time on Tuesday. He is found on Cinnabar Island. A call to him on Tuesday afternoon will arrange a rematch.
This is a list of the Fame Checker's information on Blaine in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
- Gym Sign - Blaine
- What does this person do?
- "CINNABAR ISLAND POKÉMON GYM LEADER: BLAINE The Hotheaded Quiz Master!"
- Cinnabar Gym - Blaine
- Favorite kind of Pokémon?
- "My fiery POKÉMON are all rough and ready with intense heat! They incinerate all challengers!"
- Cinnabar Gym - Scientist Derek
- Favorite kind of Pokémon?
- "Our LEADER, BLAINE, became lost in the mountains but good. Night fell and a fiery bird POKÉMON appeared. Its light allowed BLAINE to find his way down safely.
- Cinnabar Island - Woman
- What is this person like?
- "CINNABAR GYM's BLAINE is quite the odd fellow. He's lived on the island since way before the LAB was built."
- Cinnabar Gym - Photo
- Family and Friends?
- "It's a photo of BLAINE and MR. FUJI. They're standing shoulder to shoulder with big grins."
- Resort Gorgeous - Pokémon Journal
- There's a rumor...
- "BLAINE is said to remove his dark shades only when he is thinking up new quiz questions."
- Message from Blaine
- From: Blaine
- To: [Player]
- "My FIRE POKÉMON! They'll become even more powerful!
- And now, a quiz. How many kinds of FIRE-type POKÉMON are there?"
This listing is of Blaine's Pokémon in the video games he has appeared in.
Second battle (rematch)
"Hah! I'm Blaine! I am the Leader of Cinnabar gym! My fiery Pokémon will incinerate all challengers! Hah! You better have Burn Heal!"
"I've burned out! You have earned the Volcano badge!"
"Hah! I'm Blaine, the red-hot Leader of Cinnabar Gym! My fiery Pokémon are all ready with intense heat! They incinerate all challengers! Hah! You better have Burn Heal!"
"I have burned down to nothing! Not even ashes remain! You have earned the Volcano Badge."
"Waaah! My Gym in Cinnabar burned down. My fire-breathing Pokémon and I are homeless because of the volcano. Waaah! But I'm back in business as a Gym Leader here in this cave. If you can beat me, I'll give you a Badge. Ha! You'd better have Burn Heal!"
"Awesome. I've burned out... You've earned Volcano badge!"
"I did lose this time, but I'm going to win the next time. When I rebuild my Cinnabar Gym, we'll have to have a rematch."
"Hey, you! My Gym on Cinnabar Island was burned down by the eruption! But I will not give up! Take a look at this cave. We have turned it into a Gym, and I am still acting as a Gym Leader! I will give you the Gym Badge if you manage to defeat me! Are you ready? Here we go!"
- After sending out last Pokémon
"I'll show you the spirit of this cave Gym!"
"We can still do it!"
"My spirit had not yet been defeated!"
"Awesome. I have burned out... Take this Volcano Badge!"
"Here, I will give you this, too. It's called Overheat! It has a slight drawback, but it's powerful and well worth it!"
"I did lose this time, but I'm going to win next time. When I rebuild my Cinnabar Gym, we have to hold a rematch."
"My Fire-type Pokémon will be even stronger! Just you watch!"
In the anime
Blaine appeared in the episodes Riddle Me This and Volcanic Panic.
Blaine ran the Cinnabar Island Gym until the island started to become crowded with tourists. Instead of serious challengers, the Cinnabar Island Center started to fill up with freeloading vacationers.
Fed up with this, Blaine closed the Gym and opened up a hotel near the island's volcanic hot springs, disguising himself with a wig and sunglasses. He also disguised his voice to be softer and lower pitched than normal. Blaine likes to make up riddles even in inappropriate situations.
When Ash, Misty, and Brock met Blaine, he told them several riddles. Misty deciphered the riddles and eventually the trio found Blaine's hotel, and underneath the hotel in a volcanic cavern was the Cinnabar Island Gym. Ash challenged Blaine to a Gym match, and Blaine handily defeated Ash.
Later, Team Rocket attempted to steal Blaine's Magmar by freezing it with guns that projected beams of ice. Magmar broke free in the end. However, the sudden cooling of the walls in the lava cave caused the rock to begin to crack hinting that the Cinnabar Island volcano was going to erupt.
Ash, Blaine, Misty, and Brock all used their Water-, Rock-, and Template:Type2 Pokémon to dam the cracks in the walls using boulders. Ash's Squirtle and Misty's Staryu mostly cooled the Pokémon off while they were damming up the cracks. During the emergency, Ash's Charizard and Blaine's Magmar gained an interest in the other's strength, and wished to test it in battle.
With the arena inside the volcano wrecked by Team Rocket, Ash and Blaine had a battle on the top crater of the volcano. At first, Magmar and Charizard were evenly matched, but Charizard's ability to fly gave it an advantage in the end. It lifted Magmar high into the air and used Seismic Toss, slamming Magmar into the volcano. The Spitfire Pokémon was knocked out, and Ash won the Volcano Badge.
This listing is of Blaine's known Pokémon in the anime:
| Blaine's Magmar
- Main article: Blaine's Magmar
Magmar is Blaine's final Pokémon and his powerhouse. In the first battle, Magmar easily defeated Ash's Pikachu. After the battlefield was wrecked due to Team Rocket's influence, Magmar and Ash's Charizard ended up gaining a respect for each other and wanted to test their strengths against one another. This was done in Ash's rematch with Blaine on top of Cinnabar's volcano. However, despite Magmar's powerful attacks including Fire Blast, Charizard managed to come out on top.
|| Riddle Me This
| Voice actors
|| Katsuyuki Konishi
|| Eric Stuart
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Blaine was a former member of Team Rocket, joining because of his interest in science, conducting experiments on some of Red's future Pokémon, namely Gyarados and Eevee. He was first seen (albeit without a speaking role), studying and generating Mewtwo under the Rocket Game Corner. But after hearing of Red's clashes with Team Rocket, like protecting Mew from Team Rocket, Blaine left, attempting to make up for his evil deeds. When Red reached Cinnabar Island, Blaine was under attack by members of Team Rocket and their newly captured Moltres, on loan from Sabrina.
Blaine had his Rapidash carry Red to his Pokémon Lab, who in return let Blaine use his Gyarados to hold off Moltres, where Red was able to revive an Aerodactyl from a fossil. Aerodactyl helped rescue Blaine and defeat Moltres.
Later, Blaine asked Red to help him in Cerulean Cave. While he was working under Team Rocket, Blaine combined some of Mew's DNA with his own to create a hybrid Pokémon named Mewtwo. Some of Blaine's hand was infected with Mewtwo's DNA, and thus he was able to track the synthetic Pokémon. Because of this, Team Rocket attempted to abduct Blaine to review Mewtwo's whereabouts. Using the Master Ball, Red was able to capture Mewtwo for Blaine after Blaine tried and was seriously injured in the process. This is when Blaine revealed why he quit Team Rocket. He saw Red's compassion for Pokémon in the Rocket Game Corner and it made Blaine realize that he created two monsters, Mewtwo and himself. He then decided that he didn't care what Team Rocket would do to him, but rather that he needed to catch Mewtwo and help it. It was then suggested by Red that he needs to show Mewtwo compassion because all that Mewtwo knows about humans is cruelty and arrogance.
The psychic bond between Mewtwo and Blaine limited them both. If they were apart for too long, both would begin to become ill. Blaine worked for several years trying to find a way to sever the bond without hurting either of them. He then appeared during the Yellow Chapter as one of the "Good" Gym Leaders of Kanto. After Super Nerd William is defeated he uses Growlithe to sniff him down and deduces that Red must have been at Mt. Moon. When William was being lifted away by Agatha and her Gastly Blaine tried to use Growlithe's Fire Blast to knock it out, only for it to almost kill a Caterpie had Yellow not saved it.
He was then seen back on Cinnabar Island training with a Junior Trainer using Mewtwo to practice their connection using a disguise. Yellow then finds out that was Blaine and was simply wearing a disguise because he didn't know who was watching. He then hears a message from Brock reporting that he found an ice sculpture of Red in Mt. Moon. He then travels to Cerise Island with Yellow (albeit by different routes) with Mewtwo, revealing that that was why they were training for. He then runs into Blue and sees several Pokémon, believing them to belong to the Elite Four, but actually belonging to Lt. Surge, Koga, and Sabrina.
During the Cerise Island incident, Sabrina's Spoons of Destiny paired Blaine and Yellow together in the fight against the Elite Four. They intruded on Lt. Surge and Bill's battle with Bruno. They were blocked out by a strange barrier, however, and were kept out since Bruno did not wish for anyone to interfere with their battle. Together, they confronted Lance. However, the bond between Mewtwo and Blaine proved to be their undoing, and they were defeated, leaving Yellow to face Lance alone.
Later, during the Masked Man's plot in Johto, Entei chose Blaine to be its partner. The healing power of Entei's flames was finally able to cut the link between Mewtwo and Blaine, and the two were free to live their lives apart from each other.
Although he's serious for most situations, he also had his comical moments; Blaine had his mustache burnt when he was training and had to use fake ones. Sometimes he may also use riddles to lighten up dark atmosphere.
This listing is for Blaine's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.
In the TCG
There is a Theme Deck named for Blaine in the Gym Challenge expansion. It has two versions, English and Japanese.
Blaine and the Volcano Badge.
Blaine quizzes a challenger.
This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Blaine or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
- Although Magmar appears as Blaine's signature Pokémon in the anime, he only has one in Generations II and IV, with it not even appearing in his Gym team in Yellow (which went as far as giving Lt. Surge only Raichu to mimic the anime).
- This may be due to the fact that Riddle Me This aired only a month prior to the release of Pokémon Yellow, by which point Yellow was likely in the final stages of production.
- Oddly, in the anime, Blaine has a Rhydon which is not a fire type. However, it is noted to live in magma-filled chambers.
Blaine has two separate character designs. The first one is from early Sugimori artwork for Pokémon Red and Green Versions. He is depicted as a slightly balding man with light red hair with no mustache and no sunglasses wearing beach clothes. The old design was reused in the anime (as Blaine's real look) and in Pokémon Adventures manga (as a disguise).
Later, in Pokémon Blue and outside-Japan Pokémon Red and Blue Versions the artwork was revised and he started to be depicted as an older, completely bald man with a mustache, wearing sunglasses and labcoat. Despite the artwork changes, his new design was used in all Generation I main series games, including the Pokémon Red and Green Versions. This means that Blaine's design was probably changed very late in the production of Pokémon Red and Green Versions, since his official artwork and his in-game sprite are completely different portrayals.
The reasons for changing the design is unknown; however, the Fame Checker in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen explains why he doesn't always wear sunglasses: "Blaine is said to remove his dark shades only when he is thinking up new quiz questions."
In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Blaine is shown wearing a hat. He wears more sophisticated clothing than his previous lab coat. He also sports a cane that resembles a question mark.
|| Reference to
|| カツラ Katsura
|| The Japanese name for the Japanese Judas tree. Katsura is also a word for "wig" (鬘). From 火 ka ("fire").
| English, Italian, Spanish
|| Sounds similar to blaze or flame.
|| Similar to the word ustion, burn.
|| From Greek πυρ (pyr), fire.
| Korean (Game translation)
|| 강연 Gang-yeon
|| Means "lecture".
| Korean (Manga translation)
|| 대머리박사 Daemeoribaksa
|| Means bald expert (or bald doctor) which describes his look and wisdom.
|| 夏伯 Xiàbó
|| 夏, summer. 伯, uncle; or a respectful term for someone older.