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| ""The Hotheaded Quiz Master!""
Art from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
|| Cinnabar Island
| Trainer class
|| Gym Leader
|| I, II, III
|| Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, Stadium, Stadium 2
| Leader of
|| Cinnabar Gym
| Anime debut
|| Riddle Me This
| English voice actor
| Japanese voice actor
Blaine is the Gym Leader of the Cinnabar Island Gym. He hands out the Volcanobadge to trainers who defeat him. He is a highly intelligent man who uses Fire-type Pokémon.
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 Pokémon 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.
When Ash, Misty, and Brock met Blaine, he complained some then 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. It looked like the Cinnabar Island volcano was going to erupt!
Ash, Blaine, Misty, and Brock all used their Water-type, Rock-type, and Fire-type 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 a rock. The spitfire Pokémon was knocked out, and Ash won the Volcanobadge.
He was voiced by Ted Lewis in the English dub and Toshiya Ueda in the Japanese version.
This listing is of Blaine's Pokémon in the Pokémon anime.
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 trecherous, 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 Volcanobadge, Blaine gives out TM 38, Fire Blast, in Pokémon Red, Blue, Pokémon Green, Pokémon Yellow, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Pokémon Crystal, 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 one day rebuild his gym.
This listing is of Blaine's Pokémon in the video games he has appeared in.
- Level 42 Growlithe: Ember, Leer, Take Down, Agility
- Level 40 Ponyta: Tail Whip, Stomp, Growl, Fire Spin
- Level 42 Rapidash: Tail Whip, Stomp, Growl, Fire Spin
- Level 47 Arcanine: Roar, Ember, Take Down, Fire Blast
- Level 42 Growlithe: Bite, Roar, Take Down, Fire Blast
- Level 40 Ponyta: Stomp, Bounce, Fire Spin, Fire Blast
- Level 42 Rapidash: Stomp, Bounce, Fire Spin, Fire Blast
- Level 47 Arcanine: Bite, Roar, Take Down, Fire Blast
Pokémon Stadium 2
In the Pokémon Special 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. 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.
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.
During the Cerise Island incident, Sabrina's Spoons of Destiny paired Blaine and Yellow together in the fight against the Elite Four. Together, they confronted Lance. However, the bond between Mewtwo and Blaine proved to be their undoing, and they were defeated.
Later, during the Mask of Ice'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 like getting his moustache 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 Special manga.
In the TCG
Blaine and the Volcanobadge.
Blaine quizzes a challenger.
This listing is for Blaine's Pokémon in the Pokémon TCG.
- Level 16 Blaine's Charmander
- Level 9 Blaine's Vulpix
- Level 15 Blaine's Growlithe
- Level 17 Blaine's Growlithe
- Level 11 Blaine's Ponyta
- Level 36 Blaine's Kangaskhan
- Level 29 Blaine's Magmar
- Level 34 Blaine's Tauros
- Level 44 Blaine's Moltres
In the Vs set, he also has
The Japanese name of the Volcano Badge is the Crimson Badge.
Blaine has two separate character designs. The first one is from early Sugimori Artworks for Pokémon Red and Green. 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 Pokémon anime (as Blaine's real look) and in Pokémon Special manga (as a disguise).
Later, in Pokémon Blue and Japan-outside Pokémon Red and Blue the Artwork was revised and he started to be depicted as an older, completely bald man with a mustache, wearing sunglasses and labcoat. He was depicted like that in Pokémon Blue and all later games (except anime-based Pokémon Puzzle League), Pokémon Trading Card Game and in Pokémon Special manga (not disguised).
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."
|| Reference to
|| カツラ Katsura
|| 桂 katsura, a tree; or 鬘 katsura, wig. Similar to 火事 (かじ kaji), fire.
|| Similar to the word blaze.
|| Similar to the word ustion (burn).
|| From Greek πυρ pyr, fire.
|| Transliteration of Blaine.
|| Блэйн Blèĭn
|| Transliteration of Blaine.
|| 夏伯 Xià Bó
|| 대머리박사 Daemoribaksa
|| Means bald expert which describes his look and wisdom.