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'''Dawn''' (Japanese: '''ヒカリ''' ''Hikari'') is a ten-year-old [[Pokémon Coordinator]] and a former {{ashfr|traveling companion}} of {{Ash}} and {{an|Brock}}. Her goal is to become a great [[Pokémon Coordinator]] like her [[mom#In the anime|mother]], [[Johanna]]. Her [[starter Pokémon|first Pokémon]] was a {{TP|Dawn|Piplup}} that she received from [[Professor Rowan]] in the [[DP001|first ''Diamond & Pearl'' series episode]].
 
'''Dawn''' (Japanese: '''ヒカリ''' ''Hikari'') is a ten-year-old [[Pokémon Coordinator]] and a former {{ashfr|traveling companion}} of {{Ash}} and {{an|Brock}}. Her goal is to become a great [[Pokémon Coordinator]] like her [[mom#In the anime|mother]], [[Johanna]]. Her [[starter Pokémon|first Pokémon]] was a {{TP|Dawn|Piplup}} that she received from [[Professor Rowan]] in the [[DP001|first ''Diamond & Pearl'' series episode]].
   
==Character==
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==History==
Dawn is notable for her confidence, since she is always looking towards the future rather than dwelling on her mistakes, although she has learned that this is not always enough. In the Japanese version, her catchphrase is, "{{tt|Daijōbu!|'It's fine!' or 'It'll be alright!'}}" Although not consistently translated in the English dub at first, she began to regularly use "No need to worry!" In stark contrast to {{an|May}}'s inexperience and self-doubt at the start of the {{series|Advanced Generation}}, Dawn was overly confident and assured in her own strength in the beginning.
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Dawn began her journey with her Piplup after bonding with it. Unlike {{an|May}}, she knew from the beginning that she wanted to be a {{pkmn|Coordinator}}. After meeting Ash and Brock, she decided to journey with them, as their experience would likely be helpful to her. Like Ash, she is lucky enough to have seen a [[legendary Pokémon]] at the start of her journey, the projected soul of {{p|Mesprit}} in ''[[DP001|Following A Maiden's Voyage!]]''.
   
She began her journey with her Piplup. Unlike {{an|May}}, she knew from the beginning that she wanted to be a {{pkmn|Coordinator}}. After meeting Ash and Brock, she decided to journey with them, as their experience would likely be helpful to her. Like Ash, she is lucky enough to have seen a [[legendary Pokémon]] at the start of her journey, the projected soul of {{p|Mesprit}} in ''[[DP001|Following A Maiden's Voyage!]]''. She lost her first {{pkmn|Contest}} in ''[[DP012|Arrival of a Rival!]]'' and ended up getting support from her mother who told her to rely on her friends. Eventually, in her [[DP027|second official Contest]], Dawn narrowly beat her childhood rival {{si|Kenny}} to gain her first [[ribbon]].
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She had a [[bicycle]], but like {{an|Misty}}'s and {{an|May}}'s bikes, [[Ash's Pikachu]] destroyed it with its {{m|Thunderbolt}}. However, she did not mention this to Ash until more than 30 episodes after it happened. She also had planned to take a large suitcase full of dresses with her, but her mother made her leave it at home due to its impracticality. She had a [[Contest Pass]] for the [[Sinnoh]] region, and her Contest cry is "Spotlight!" (English) or "Charm up!" (Japanese). Johanna gave Dawn the first [[ribbon]] she earned as a Coordinator for good luck.
   
She had a [[bicycle]], but like {{an|Misty}}'s and {{an|May}}'s bikes, [[Ash's Pikachu]] destroyed it with its {{m|Thunderbolt}}. However, she did not mention this to Ash until more than 30 episodes after it happened. She also had a large suitcase full of dresses, but her mother made her leave it at home due to its impracticality. She also has a [[Contest Pass]] for the [[Sinnoh]] region, and her Contest cry is "Spotlight!" (English) or "Charm up!" (Japanese). Johanna gave Dawn the first [[ribbon]] she earned as a Coordinator for good luck. Dawn returned the ribbon after she battled Zoey in the Grand Festival.
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Dawn lost her first {{pkmn|Contest}} in ''[[DP012|Arrival of a Rival!]]'' to her new [[rival]], Zoey who became one of her close friends after the contest and who later helps Dawn through many a tough time. After her loss, her mother told her not to rely on her but on her friends. Eventually, in her [[DP027|second official Contest]], Dawn narrowly beat her childhood rival {{si|Kenny}} to gain her first [[ribbon]].
   
In ''[[DP049|Dawn's Early Night!]]'', when she competed in the [[Hearthome City]] Contest, she lost in the Appeal Round, making her the first of the main characters to lose a Contest by losing the appeal round. In ''[[DP061|Team Shocker!]]'', she lost the Appeal Round for second time in a row. This marked a notable change in Dawn's character. Previously, she had only occasionally been seen {{pkmn|training}} for Contests. After the second blow to her self-esteem, she didn't know what to do and was still very upset throughout ''[[DP062|Tanks for the Memories!]]''. After this, she began to become more focused and regained her confidence after {{pkmn|battle|battling}} [[Maylene]] in ''[[DP067|Crossing the Battle Line!]]''. Dawn began to practice in earnest and eventually was able to break her losing streak in ''[[DP079|Strategy With a Smile!]]'' and was able to win the [[Wallace Cup]] after narrowly defeating {{an|May}} in the final round. Dawn has since maintained her new found focus and humility. After learning of the next Contest in [[Celestic Town]], she became very dedicated in her training, and actually overworked her Pokémon in ''[[DP092|A Lean Mean Team Rocket Machine!]]''. Due to her hard work, she managed to win the Contest in ''[[DP095|Battling The Generation Gap!]]''. In ''[[DP106|A Breed Stampede!]]'', her {{TP|Dawn|Mamoswine}} began to disobey her after [[Evolution|evolving]]. Despite this, she is still eager to train it well.
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She later trains with Zoey in coming up with different contest moves regularly as evidenced by ''[[DP041|A Stand-Up Sit-Down!]]''. However she was not able to perfect {{AP|Buizel}}'s [[Ash's Buizel#Moves improvised|Ice Aqua Jet]] despite coming up with the idea. Ash later accomplishes this in the [[Wallace Cup]].
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Despite her confidence and contest training, in ''[[DP049|Dawn's Early Night!]]'', when she competed in the [[Hearthome City]] Contest, she lost in the Appeal Round, making her the first of the main characters to lose a Contest by losing in the appeal round. In ''[[DP061|Team Shocker!]]'', she lost the Appeal Round for the second time in a row. This marked a notable change in Dawn's character. After the second blow to her self-esteem, she didn't know what to do and was still very upset throughout ''[[DP062|Tanks for the Memories!]]''. After this, she became more focused and regained her confidence after {{pkmn|battle|battling}} [[Maylene]] in ''[[DP067|Crossing the Battle Line!]]''. Dawn began to practice in earnest and eventually was able to break her losing streak in ''[[DP079|Strategy With a Smile!]]'' and was able to win the [[Wallace Cup]] after narrowly defeating {{an|May}} in the final round. Dawn has since maintained her new found focus and humility.
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After learning of the next Contest in [[Celestic Town]], she became very dedicated in her training, and actually overworked her Pokémon in ''[[DP092|A Lean Mean Team Rocket Machine!]]''. Due to her hard work, she managed to win the Contest in ''[[DP095|Battling The Generation Gap!]]''. One of Dawn's combinations in that contest gave {{Ash}} the inspiration for one of his notable tactic which he uses later on, the [[Counter Shield]]. In ''[[DP106|A Breed Stampede!]]'', her {{TP|Dawn|Mamoswine}} began to disobey her after [[Evolution|evolving]]. Despite this, she was still eager to train it well.
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This was evidenced by how much she cared for Mamoswine in ''[[DP119|Trials and Adulations!]]'' when both of them got lost and Mamsowine was injured. Using the medical knowledge she got from {{an|Brock}} in ''[[DP094|Doc Brock!]]'', she was able to heal Mamoswine making it obey her. However it still rebels and disobeys Dawn in the finals of the {{town|Lilypad}} {{pkmn|contest}} in ''[[DP146|Dressed for Jess Success! ]]'' due to its short temper making her lose the contest. However she remains calm and remains optimistic.
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Her encounter with {{an|Mesprit}} and Ash and Brock's encounters with {{an|Azelf}} and {{an|Uxie}} respectively was revealed to be fate as [[Team Galactic]] capture the [[lake guardians]] to for the awakening of {{p|Dialga}} and {{p|Palkia}} in the [[Spear Pillar]]. The lake guardians communicate telepathically with Ash, Dawn and Brock and teleport them to the [[Team Galactic HQ]]. Eventually with the help of [[Cynthia]], they foil Team Galactic's plans and free the lake guardians.
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With the help of [[Candice]] and [[Zoey]], after many failed attaempt, she comes up with a new tactic, the Flame Ice. She uses this tactic later on in the [[Daybreak Town]] {{pkmn|contest}}.
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While she is the only female main character not to have a sibling, she has two childhood friends that appeared in the {{pkmn|anime}}, {{si|Kenny}} and [[Leona]], both of whom call her '''Dee Dee''' (Japanese: '''ピカリ''' ''Pikari'').
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Dawn has prevented them from telling Ash and Brock about the reason why she has this nickname, but in ''[[DP161|Yes in Dee Dee, It's Dawn!]]'', it was revealed that the reason for the name was due to her hair glittering (ピカピカ ''pikapika'') after being shocked by the class pets in her kindergarten, {{p|Plusle}} and {{p|Minun}}, making it appear that she had '''D'''iamond '''D'''andruff. Due to the trauma from being teased by her entire class with the nickname, she has a certain fear of Plusle and Minun.
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[[Ursula]] uses this against Dawn in the by using Plusle and Minun and deliberately attempting to shock her hair. Even though Dawn temporarily succumbed to her trauma, with Mamoswine's and Cyndaquil's encouragement, she was able to get over her trauma and defeat Ursula and winning her final fifth ribbon in the process as well allowing her to participate in the [[Sinnoh Grand Festival]].
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She later trains in ''[[DP167|Teaching the Student Teacher!]]'' where she comes up with a new tactic, the Ice Chandelier for the [[Sinnoh Grand Festival]]. This time, however, she is able to perfect the move by herself with some inspiration. After obtaining {{TP|Dawn|Togekiss}}, she trains with it to find a way around Togekiss's need to move gracefully and is able to do so successfully.
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[[File:Young Dawn.png|thumb|250px|left|Young Dawn]]
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Dawn entered the [[Sinnoh Grand Festival]] in ''[[DP174|Last Call, First Round!]]'', using her Buneary and Cyndaquil in the Appeals Round. She progressed through the round and battled [[Ursula]] first in [[DP175|the next episode]]. With Mamoswine and Pachirisu and her new combination, the Ice Chandelier, she was able to defeat Ursula's {{p|Gabite}} and {{p|Flareon}}. [[DP176|The following episode]], she defeated [[Jessie|Jessilina]] and progressed to the [[DP177|finals]] to fight [[Zoey]].
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After a very close fight between her Piplup and Togekiss and [[Zoey's Glameow]] and {{p|Gallade}}, however, she lost. After the finals, she returns her mother's ribbon saying that she no longer is in her mother's shadow and only needs her Pokémon's care and support thus proving her growth as a Trainer.
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After the competition, Zoey told Dawn that [[Candice]] was throwing a victory party for her in [[Snowpoint City]] and that Dawn was also welcome; however, Dawn declined the invitation, stating that she still wants to support Ash in his upcoming battle at [[Sunyshore Gym]] and in the [[Lily of the Valley Conference]]. She then thanked all the Pokémon that had traveled with her through Sinnoh for their hard work and pledged to not give up her dream of being a Top Coordinator.
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After staying for Ash's gym battle and the Sinnoh league, she later contemplates whether or not to go with Ash and Brock back to [[Kanto]]. However after receiving an invitation by [[Paris]] for her {{TP|Dawn|Buneary}}, she decides to stay in [[Sinnoh]]. She and Ash later shares a final high-five as they did throughout the [[Diamond & Pearl series]] before Ash and Brock leaves for Kanto.
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==Character==
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Dawn is notable for her confidence, since she is always looking towards the future rather than dwelling on her mistakes, although she has learned that this is not always enough. In the Japanese version, her catchphrase is, "{{tt|Daijōbu!|'It's fine!' or 'It'll be alright!'}}" Although not consistently translated in the English dub at first, she began to regularly use "No need to worry!" In stark contrast to {{an|May}}'s inexperience and self-doubt at the start of the {{series|Advanced Generation}}, Dawn was overly confident and assured in her own strength in the beginning.
   
Dawn is also known to be very upset when losing Contests, specifically when not getting through the Appeal round. This was proved in the Hearthome City Contest, and later the Solaceon Town Contest.
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Over the course of her journey in Sinnoh, Dawn was able to come up with various combinations to show up her Pokémon's looks and strength. This began with something as simple as making her Piplup's beak grow longer, when using {{m|Peck}}, a combination she used even until the end of the Grand Festival. She later followed with simple spinning, a technique her Piplup and Buneary practiced for a while in [[Oreburgh City]]. The way it was used was adapted by Ash in his first Gym battle in Sinnoh.
   
Dawn entered the [[Sinnoh Grand Festival]] in ''[[DP174|Last Call, First Round!]]'', using her Buneary and Cyndaquil in the Appeals Round. She progressed through the round and battled [[Ursula]] first in [[DP175|the next episode]]. With Mamoswine and Pachirisu and a new combination, she was able to defeat her rival's {{p|Gabite}} and {{p|Flareon}}. [[DP176|The following episode]], she defeated [[Jessie|Jessilina]] and progressed to the [[DP177|finals]] to fight [[Zoey]]. After a very close fight between her Piplup and Togekiss and [[Zoey's Glameow]] and {{p|Gallade}}, however, she lost. After the competition, Zoey told Dawn that [[Candice]] was throwing a victory party for her in [[Snowpoint City]] and that Dawn was also welcome; however, Dawn declined the invitation, stating that she still wants to support Ash in his upcoming battle at [[Sunyshore Gym]] and in the [[Sinnoh League]]. She then thanked all the Pokémon that had traveled with her through Sinnoh for their hard work and pledged to not give up her dream of being a Top Coordinator.
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Later on, Dawn began with more complex combinations, such as Flame Ice and Ice Chandelier, moves that were both powerful and beautiful. After a lot of practice, Dawn's Pokémon were able to master these combinations in battle. Coincidentally, both of these were used to defeat [[Ursula]].
   
Over the course of her journey in Sinnoh, Dawn was able to come up with various combinations to show up her Pokémon's looks and strength. This began with something as simple as making her Piplup's beak grow longer, when using {{m|Peck}}, a combination she used even until the end of the Grand Festival. She later followed with simple spinning, a technique her Piplup and Buneary practiced for a while in [[Oreburgh City]]. The way it was used was adapted by Ash in his first Gym battle in Sinnoh. Later on, Dawn began with more complex combinations, such as Flame-Ice and Ice Chandelier, moves that were both powerful and beautiful. After a lot of practice, Dawn's Pokémon were able to master these combinations in battle. Coincidentally, both of these were used to defeat [[Ursula]].
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[[File:Dawn snow pt.png|thumb|right|250px|Dawn in her winter clothes]]
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Dawn is much more different than any of Ash's {{ashfr|other friends}}. Dawn has more concern about her appearance, as she will not show herself to Ash or Brock until she feels that her appearance is perfect. That may be a reason why she decides to sleep inside a tent while the others sleep outside. However, she has recently been seen sleeping outside with the others, such as in ''[[DP053|Tears for Fears!]]''. Every time she's going to be on camera, she needs to take a moment to brush her hair before going on, such as in ''[[DP174|Last Call, First Round!]]''.
   
[[File:Young Dawn.png|thumb|250px|Young Dawn]]
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In ''[[DP070|The Bells Are Singing!]]'', Dawn revealed that she was the one to design {{TP|Dawn|Buneary}}'s vest (but also admitted that her mother was the one to sew it). In ''[[DP086|Arriving in Style!]]'', she demonstrated her talent for designing again, sketching many different dresses for the [[Hearthome Collection]], though she rejected all of them.
While she is the only female main character not to have a sibling, she has two childhood friends that appeared in the {{pkmn|anime}}, {{si|Kenny}} and [[Leona]], both of whom call her '''Dee Dee''' (Japanese: '''ピカリ''' ''Pikari'') sometimes.
 
Dawn has prevented them from telling Ash and Brock about the reason why she has this nickname, but in ''[[DP161|Yes in Dee Dee, It's Dawn!]]'', it was revealed that the reason for the name was due to her hair glittering (ピカピカ ''pikapika'') after being shocked by the class pets in her kindergarten, {{p|Plusle}} and {{p|Minun}}, making it appear that she had '''D'''iamond '''D'''andruff. Due to the trauma from being teased by her entire class with the nickname, she is very reluctant to let others know the origin of the name. She seems to be closer to Leona than to Kenny. Kenny functions as a rival for Dawn alongside [[Zoey]]. Zoey also functions as a semi-mentor to Dawn and helped her recover from her [[DP061|second loss]]. All three are competing for their first time in the regional Contests. Leona, however, challenges [[Gym]]s. She also seemed to be childhood friends with {{an|Barry}} when she was little, and was very upset that he didn't remember who she was.
 
[[File:Dawn snow pt.png|thumb|left|250px|Dawn in her winter clothes]]
 
Dawn is much more different than any of Ash's {{ashfr|other friends}}. Dawn has more concern about her appearance, as she will not show herself to Ash or Brock until she feels that her appearance is perfect. That may be a reason why she decides to sleep inside a tent while the others sleep outside. However, she has recently been seen sleeping outside with the others, such as in ''[[DP053|Tears for Fears!]]''. Every time she's going to be on camera, she needs to take a moment to brush her hair before going on, such as in ''[[DP174|Last Call, First Round!]]''. In ''[[DP070|The Bells Are Singing!]]'', Dawn revealed that she was the one to design {{TP|Dawn|Buneary}}'s vest (but also admitted that her mother was the one to sew it). In ''[[DP086|Arriving in Style!]]'', she demonstrated her talent for designing again, sketching many different dresses for the [[Hearthome Collection]], though she rejected all of them.
 
   
 
==Pokémon==
 
==Pokémon==
 
[[File:DawnPartyDP177.png‎|thumb|250px|Dawn's current party]]
 
[[File:DawnPartyDP177.png‎|thumb|250px|Dawn's current party]]
Since catching her first Pokémon, the [[Pokémon]] that Dawn acquire tend to be cute and small like her starter, {{TP|Dawn|Piplup}}. Similar to many Trainers they have met, Dawn also does not have any preference towards the [[elemental type|type]] of the Pokémon she trains, despite having multiple {{type2|Normal}}s.
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Since catching her first Pokémon, the [[Pokémon]] that Dawn acquire tend to be cute and small like her starter, {{TP|Dawn|Piplup}}.
   
Because of her lack of experience, she may have some rough spots on how to deal with her Pokémon properly, as seen when she bickers with Piplup sometimes. This lack of experience also reflects her Pachirisu and Mamoswine. Pachirisu occasionally hits unwanted targets with its {{m|Discharge}} while Mamoswine may easily be angered and disobey Dawn in the process. Despite all these issues she faces some times, Dawn still deeply cares for all her Pokémon, especially her starter, Piplup.
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Because of her lack of experience, she may have some rough spots on how to deal with her Pokémon properly, as seen when she bickers with Piplup sometimes. This lack of experience also reflects with her Pachirisu and Mamoswine. Pachirisu occasionally hits unwanted targets with its {{m|Discharge}} while Mamoswine may easily be angered and disobey Dawn in the process. Despite all these issues she faces some times, Dawn still deeply cares for all her Pokémon, especially her starter, Piplup.
   
 
As a Coordinator who is willing to win the Grand Festival, Dawn has trained her Pokémon in the art of Appeals, as well as battles. She is able to fully utilize her Pokémon capabilities. A commonly-seen example would be her Buneary's capability to use {{m|Ice Beam}}, which was used in various ways in the Contests Dawn participated in. She was also able to use her Togekiss in the finals of the Grand Festival to help her almost defeat Zoey, despite the lack of experience with it when compared to her other Pokémon, most especially Piplup, who was also used in the finals.
 
As a Coordinator who is willing to win the Grand Festival, Dawn has trained her Pokémon in the art of Appeals, as well as battles. She is able to fully utilize her Pokémon capabilities. A commonly-seen example would be her Buneary's capability to use {{m|Ice Beam}}, which was used in various ways in the Contests Dawn participated in. She was also able to use her Togekiss in the finals of the Grand Festival to help her almost defeat Zoey, despite the lack of experience with it when compared to her other Pokémon, most especially Piplup, who was also used in the finals.
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[[Image:Dawn_PLL.png|200px|thumb|right|Dawn in [[Pokémon Learning League]]]]
 
[[Image:Dawn_PLL.png|200px|thumb|right|Dawn in [[Pokémon Learning League]]]]
 
* Like [[I Won't Lose! ~Haruka's Theme~|May]], she has her own [[List of Japanese ending themes|ending theme song]], titled 君のそばで 〜ヒカリのテーマ〜 ''[[By Your Side ~Hikari's Theme~]]''. It is the first ending of the {{series|Diamond & Pearl}}. The song is performed by グリン ''Grin''.
 
* Like [[I Won't Lose! ~Haruka's Theme~|May]], she has her own [[List of Japanese ending themes|ending theme song]], titled 君のそばで 〜ヒカリのテーマ〜 ''[[By Your Side ~Hikari's Theme~]]''. It is the first ending of the {{series|Diamond & Pearl}}. The song is performed by グリン ''Grin''.
**The Arranged Version of this song was performed by her Japanese voice actress, Megumi Toyoguchi.
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** The Arranged Version of this song was performed by her Japanese voice actress, [[Megumi Toyoguchi]].
 
* On the [[Pokémon Learning League]] website, [[List of clothing in the anime|her clothing]] has been altered so that her white undershirt has sleeves and she is wearing black stockings or tights.
 
* On the [[Pokémon Learning League]] website, [[List of clothing in the anime|her clothing]] has been altered so that her white undershirt has sleeves and she is wearing black stockings or tights.
 
* Dawn is the first Pokémon Trainer introduced as a novice to not have a {{type2|Bug}} Pokémon be her first evolution, as Ash's first evolving Pokémon was Caterpie, and May's was Wurmple. Dawn's first evolving Pokémon was {{TP|Dawn|Aipom|Ambipom}}.
 
* Dawn is the first Pokémon Trainer introduced as a novice to not have a {{type2|Bug}} Pokémon be her first evolution, as Ash's first evolving Pokémon was Caterpie, and May's was Wurmple. Dawn's first evolving Pokémon was {{TP|Dawn|Aipom|Ambipom}}.
 
** The only Pokémon on Dawn's team that have [[Evolution|evolved]] so far are part of a [[Generation II]] evolution family.
 
** The only Pokémon on Dawn's team that have [[Evolution|evolved]] so far are part of a [[Generation II]] evolution family.
 
* Dawn's {{pmin|Latin America}}n Spanish dub actress, Gaby Ugarte, is the sister of Xóchitl Ugarte, {{an|Misty}}'s Latin American Spanish voice actress. Interestingly, the two characters haven't met yet.
 
* Dawn's {{pmin|Latin America}}n Spanish dub actress, Gaby Ugarte, is the sister of Xóchitl Ugarte, {{an|Misty}}'s Latin American Spanish voice actress. Interestingly, the two characters haven't met yet.
** In addition, Dawn's Taiwan dub actress also voiced Misty during the Advance Generation series.
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** In addition, Dawn's Taiwan dub actress also voiced [[Misty]] during the Advance Generation series.
 
* Megumi Toyoguchi, Dawn's Japanese voice actress, voiced Ran Kotobuki from ''{{wp|Super Gals!}}''. In the Iberian Spanish dub, she was voiced by Mar Bordallo, which is Dawn's Iberian Spanish dub voice actress.
 
* Megumi Toyoguchi, Dawn's Japanese voice actress, voiced Ran Kotobuki from ''{{wp|Super Gals!}}''. In the Iberian Spanish dub, she was voiced by Mar Bordallo, which is Dawn's Iberian Spanish dub voice actress.
 
* Dawn's Japanese name is Hikari, and [[Zoey|her rival's]] is Nozomi. The ''Hikari'' and the ''Nozomi'' are two Shinkansen "bullet train" lines. The Nozomi is faster than the Hikari, possibly symbolizing that Zoey is farther along in her coordinating skills than Dawn. It should also be noted that they go in opposite directions.
 
* Dawn's Japanese name is Hikari, and [[Zoey|her rival's]] is Nozomi. The ''Hikari'' and the ''Nozomi'' are two Shinkansen "bullet train" lines. The Nozomi is faster than the Hikari, possibly symbolizing that Zoey is farther along in her coordinating skills than Dawn. It should also be noted that they go in opposite directions.

Revision as of 14:17, 11 December 2010


Dawn
ヒカリ Hikari
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Art from Diamond & Pearl series
Age 10 (as of debut)
Gender Female
Eye color Blue
Hair color Dark Blue
Hometown Twinleaf Town
Region Sinnoh
Relatives Johanna (mother)
Trainer class Coordinator
Game counterpart Dawn
Anime debut Following A Maiden's Voyage!
English voice actor Emily Jenness
Japanese voice actor Megumi Toyoguchi

Dawn (Japanese: ヒカリ Hikari) is a ten-year-old Pokémon Coordinator and a former traveling companion of Ash and Brock. Her goal is to become a great Pokémon Coordinator like her mother, Johanna. Her first Pokémon was a Piplup that she received from Professor Rowan in the first Diamond & Pearl series episode.

History

Dawn began her journey with her Piplup after bonding with it. Unlike May, she knew from the beginning that she wanted to be a Coordinator. After meeting Ash and Brock, she decided to journey with them, as their experience would likely be helpful to her. Like Ash, she is lucky enough to have seen a legendary Pokémon at the start of her journey, the projected soul of Mesprit in Following A Maiden's Voyage!.

She had a bicycle, but like Misty's and May's bikes, Ash's Pikachu destroyed it with its Thunderbolt. However, she did not mention this to Ash until more than 30 episodes after it happened. She also had planned to take a large suitcase full of dresses with her, but her mother made her leave it at home due to its impracticality. She had a Contest Pass for the Sinnoh region, and her Contest cry is "Spotlight!" (English) or "Charm up!" (Japanese). Johanna gave Dawn the first ribbon she earned as a Coordinator for good luck.

Dawn lost her first Contest in Arrival of a Rival! to her new rival, Zoey who became one of her close friends after the contest and who later helps Dawn through many a tough time. After her loss, her mother told her not to rely on her but on her friends. Eventually, in her second official Contest, Dawn narrowly beat her childhood rival Kenny to gain her first ribbon.

She later trains with Zoey in coming up with different contest moves regularly as evidenced by A Stand-Up Sit-Down!. However she was not able to perfect Buizel's Ice Aqua Jet despite coming up with the idea. Ash later accomplishes this in the Wallace Cup.

Despite her confidence and contest training, in Dawn's Early Night!, when she competed in the Hearthome City Contest, she lost in the Appeal Round, making her the first of the main characters to lose a Contest by losing in the appeal round. In Team Shocker!, she lost the Appeal Round for the second time in a row. This marked a notable change in Dawn's character. After the second blow to her self-esteem, she didn't know what to do and was still very upset throughout Tanks for the Memories!. After this, she became more focused and regained her confidence after battling Maylene in Crossing the Battle Line!. Dawn began to practice in earnest and eventually was able to break her losing streak in Strategy With a Smile! and was able to win the Wallace Cup after narrowly defeating May in the final round. Dawn has since maintained her new found focus and humility.

After learning of the next Contest in Celestic Town, she became very dedicated in her training, and actually overworked her Pokémon in A Lean Mean Team Rocket Machine!. Due to her hard work, she managed to win the Contest in Battling The Generation Gap!. One of Dawn's combinations in that contest gave Ash the inspiration for one of his notable tactic which he uses later on, the Counter Shield. In A Breed Stampede!, her Mamoswine began to disobey her after evolving. Despite this, she was still eager to train it well.

This was evidenced by how much she cared for Mamoswine in Trials and Adulations! when both of them got lost and Mamsowine was injured. Using the medical knowledge she got from Brock in Doc Brock!, she was able to heal Mamoswine making it obey her. However it still rebels and disobeys Dawn in the finals of the Lilypad contest in Dressed for Jess Success! due to its short temper making her lose the contest. However she remains calm and remains optimistic.

Her encounter with Mesprit and Ash and Brock's encounters with Azelf and Uxie respectively was revealed to be fate as Team Galactic capture the lake guardians to for the awakening of Dialga and Palkia in the Spear Pillar. The lake guardians communicate telepathically with Ash, Dawn and Brock and teleport them to the Team Galactic HQ. Eventually with the help of Cynthia, they foil Team Galactic's plans and free the lake guardians.

With the help of Candice and Zoey, after many failed attaempt, she comes up with a new tactic, the Flame Ice. She uses this tactic later on in the Daybreak Town contest.

While she is the only female main character not to have a sibling, she has two childhood friends that appeared in the anime, Kenny and Leona, both of whom call her Dee Dee (Japanese: ピカリ Pikari). Dawn has prevented them from telling Ash and Brock about the reason why she has this nickname, but in Yes in Dee Dee, It's Dawn!, it was revealed that the reason for the name was due to her hair glittering (ピカピカ pikapika) after being shocked by the class pets in her kindergarten, Plusle and Minun, making it appear that she had Diamond Dandruff. Due to the trauma from being teased by her entire class with the nickname, she has a certain fear of Plusle and Minun.

Ursula uses this against Dawn in the by using Plusle and Minun and deliberately attempting to shock her hair. Even though Dawn temporarily succumbed to her trauma, with Mamoswine's and Cyndaquil's encouragement, she was able to get over her trauma and defeat Ursula and winning her final fifth ribbon in the process as well allowing her to participate in the Sinnoh Grand Festival.

She later trains in Teaching the Student Teacher! where she comes up with a new tactic, the Ice Chandelier for the Sinnoh Grand Festival. This time, however, she is able to perfect the move by herself with some inspiration. After obtaining Togekiss, she trains with it to find a way around Togekiss's need to move gracefully and is able to do so successfully.

Young Dawn

Dawn entered the Sinnoh Grand Festival in Last Call, First Round!, using her Buneary and Cyndaquil in the Appeals Round. She progressed through the round and battled Ursula first in the next episode. With Mamoswine and Pachirisu and her new combination, the Ice Chandelier, she was able to defeat Ursula's Gabite and Flareon. The following episode, she defeated Jessilina and progressed to the finals to fight Zoey.

After a very close fight between her Piplup and Togekiss and Zoey's Glameow and Gallade, however, she lost. After the finals, she returns her mother's ribbon saying that she no longer is in her mother's shadow and only needs her Pokémon's care and support thus proving her growth as a Trainer.

After the competition, Zoey told Dawn that Candice was throwing a victory party for her in Snowpoint City and that Dawn was also welcome; however, Dawn declined the invitation, stating that she still wants to support Ash in his upcoming battle at Sunyshore Gym and in the Lily of the Valley Conference. She then thanked all the Pokémon that had traveled with her through Sinnoh for their hard work and pledged to not give up her dream of being a Top Coordinator.

After staying for Ash's gym battle and the Sinnoh league, she later contemplates whether or not to go with Ash and Brock back to Kanto. However after receiving an invitation by Paris for her Buneary, she decides to stay in Sinnoh. She and Ash later shares a final high-five as they did throughout the Diamond & Pearl series before Ash and Brock leaves for Kanto.

Character

Dawn is notable for her confidence, since she is always looking towards the future rather than dwelling on her mistakes, although she has learned that this is not always enough. In the Japanese version, her catchphrase is, "Daijōbu!" Although not consistently translated in the English dub at first, she began to regularly use "No need to worry!" In stark contrast to May's inexperience and self-doubt at the start of the Advanced Generation series, Dawn was overly confident and assured in her own strength in the beginning.

Over the course of her journey in Sinnoh, Dawn was able to come up with various combinations to show up her Pokémon's looks and strength. This began with something as simple as making her Piplup's beak grow longer, when using Peck, a combination she used even until the end of the Grand Festival. She later followed with simple spinning, a technique her Piplup and Buneary practiced for a while in Oreburgh City. The way it was used was adapted by Ash in his first Gym battle in Sinnoh.

Later on, Dawn began with more complex combinations, such as Flame Ice and Ice Chandelier, moves that were both powerful and beautiful. After a lot of practice, Dawn's Pokémon were able to master these combinations in battle. Coincidentally, both of these were used to defeat Ursula.

Dawn in her winter clothes

Dawn is much more different than any of Ash's other friends. Dawn has more concern about her appearance, as she will not show herself to Ash or Brock until she feels that her appearance is perfect. That may be a reason why she decides to sleep inside a tent while the others sleep outside. However, she has recently been seen sleeping outside with the others, such as in Tears for Fears!. Every time she's going to be on camera, she needs to take a moment to brush her hair before going on, such as in Last Call, First Round!.

In The Bells Are Singing!, Dawn revealed that she was the one to design Buneary's vest (but also admitted that her mother was the one to sew it). In Arriving in Style!, she demonstrated her talent for designing again, sketching many different dresses for the Hearthome Collection, though she rejected all of them.

Pokémon

Dawn's current party

Since catching her first Pokémon, the Pokémon that Dawn acquire tend to be cute and small like her starter, Piplup.

Because of her lack of experience, she may have some rough spots on how to deal with her Pokémon properly, as seen when she bickers with Piplup sometimes. This lack of experience also reflects with her Pachirisu and Mamoswine. Pachirisu occasionally hits unwanted targets with its Discharge while Mamoswine may easily be angered and disobey Dawn in the process. Despite all these issues she faces some times, Dawn still deeply cares for all her Pokémon, especially her starter, Piplup.

As a Coordinator who is willing to win the Grand Festival, Dawn has trained her Pokémon in the art of Appeals, as well as battles. She is able to fully utilize her Pokémon capabilities. A commonly-seen example would be her Buneary's capability to use Ice Beam, which was used in various ways in the Contests Dawn participated in. She was also able to use her Togekiss in the finals of the Grand Festival to help her almost defeat Zoey, despite the lack of experience with it when compared to her other Pokémon, most especially Piplup, who was also used in the finals.

This listing is of Dawn's Pokémon as of the most recent Japanese episode:

On hand

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Piplup
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Buneary
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Pachirisu
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Swinub → Piloswine → Mamoswine
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Egg → Cyndaquil
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Togekiss

In training

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Aipom → Ambipom

Traded away

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Buizel

Temporary

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Grimer
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Dodrio
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Sharpedo

Contests

Ribbons obtained

Sinnoh ribbons

Outfits

Achievements

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 豊口めぐみ Megumi Toyoguchi
English Emily Jenness
Mandarin Chinese 林美秀 Lín Měixiù (Taiwan)
Czech Rosita Erbanová
Dutch Meghna Kumar
European French Alexandra Corréa
German Jana Julie
Hebrew טליה ברקאי Talia Barkai
Italian Tosawi Piovani
Korean 정미숙 Chong Mi-Suk
Norwegian Eline Høyer
Polish Magdalena Krylik (DP001-DP052)
Beata Wyrąbkiewicz (DP053-present)
Portuguese Brazil Fernanda Bulara
Portugal Raquel Ferreira (DP001-DP052)
Joana Carvalho (DP053-present)
Russian Анастасия Фомичева Anastasia Fomicheva (DP001-DP052)
Spanish Latin America Gaby Ugarte
Leyla Rangel (DP105-DP157)
Spain Mar Bordallo

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Dawn or her Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Name Type Level Rarity Set Set no.
Piplup M Water 39 - Movie Commemoration Random Pack (no English release) 007/022
Buneary M Colorless 33 - Movie Commemoration Random Pack (no English release) 019/022

Trivia

  • Dawn's name is a reference to Diamond, as Paul references Pearl. "Dawn" may also be a reference to "Hikari," which means "light"--dawn is essentially the day's first light.
  • Like May, she has her own ending theme song, titled 君のそばで 〜ヒカリのテーマ〜 By Your Side ~Hikari's Theme~. It is the first ending of the Diamond & Pearl series. The song is performed by グリン Grin.
    • The Arranged Version of this song was performed by her Japanese voice actress, Megumi Toyoguchi.
  • On the Pokémon Learning League website, her clothing has been altered so that her white undershirt has sleeves and she is wearing black stockings or tights.
  • Dawn is the first Pokémon Trainer introduced as a novice to not have a Template:Type2 Pokémon be her first evolution, as Ash's first evolving Pokémon was Caterpie, and May's was Wurmple. Dawn's first evolving Pokémon was Aipom.
    • The only Pokémon on Dawn's team that have evolved so far are part of a Generation II evolution family.
  • Dawn's Latin American Spanish dub actress, Gaby Ugarte, is the sister of Xóchitl Ugarte, Misty's Latin American Spanish voice actress. Interestingly, the two characters haven't met yet.
    • In addition, Dawn's Taiwan dub actress also voiced Misty during the Advance Generation series.
  • Megumi Toyoguchi, Dawn's Japanese voice actress, voiced Ran Kotobuki from Super Gals!. In the Iberian Spanish dub, she was voiced by Mar Bordallo, which is Dawn's Iberian Spanish dub voice actress.
  • Dawn's Japanese name is Hikari, and her rival's is Nozomi. The Hikari and the Nozomi are two Shinkansen "bullet train" lines. The Nozomi is faster than the Hikari, possibly symbolizing that Zoey is farther along in her coordinating skills than Dawn. It should also be noted that they go in opposite directions.
  • All of Dawn's Pokémon (and those she has owned in the past) draw parallels with one or more of Ash's or May's Pokémon - excluding Ash's Buizel and Dawn's Ambipom, who are currently owned by Ash or were owned by Ash previously.
    • Dawn's Piplup is similar to Ash's Pikachu in many ways: it was her starter Pokémon, the two bonded after saving each other from wild Pokémon, and Piplup stays outside its Poké Ball and refuses to evolve.
    • Dawn's Buneary is like May's Beautifly in that Dawn had wanted to (and in Dawn's case, actually attempted to) capture one in an episode before they actually managed to. It is also their first capture.
    • Dawn's Pachirisu is a parallel to May's Skitty, in that it is often hyper and needs to be calmed down (with a Poffin or toy respectively). It is also Dawn's second capture.
    • Dawn's Mamoswine draws parallels to both May's Munchlax as a Swinub, in that it lives to eat, and Ash's Charizard in that it was respectful of its Trainer in its basic form, but disobeyed in its second and third form. It is also similar in that it evolved from its second form to its final form within less than five episodes from evolving the first time. Both Ash's Charizard, Dawn's Mamoswine and May's Munchlax were all the Trainer's fifth captures on their journey.
    • Dawn's Cyndaquil is draws parallels to May's Squirtle. Both are starter Pokémon from the region focused on in the remakes of their owner's introductory generation, while their owner is based on the female player character of the main games of their generation. It also draws some similarities to May's Venusaur for some of the same reasons, as both were given to the characters shortly after the release of the starter Pokémon's remake.
  • Dawn did not evolve any of the starter Pokémon she has, in contrast to May that evolved at least once all three she has.
  • Dawn also shares the same choice for a starter Pokémon as her rival Kenny.
  • All of Dawn's Normal-type Pokémon are female.
  • Dawn shares her Chinese name with Wally.
  • Dawn is the only female traveling partner Ash had whose Japanese name does not start with the same letter as her region.

Similarities to Ash

  • Out of all of Ash's friends, Dawn is the only one so far to have her debut episode dedicated completely to herself. Unlike other debut episodes, Ash didn't appear until the last minute. Also in that episode, she saw a legendary Pokémon similar to how Ash did at the start of his journey.
  • She is the only main character aside from Ash to challenge an official Pokémon Gym from the games, and the first of Ash's friends to compete in an official Gym Battle in the main series since Showdown at Pewter City and The Water Flowers of Cerulean City, where Brock battled Ash and Misty battled Ash respectively.
    • Counting Gym Leaders of any sort (regardless of game appearance), Dawn is only the second main character other than Ash to do this, as Misty challenged Dorian in Just Add Water.
  • Dawn is the second main character to have three Pokémon to disobey her: Piplup, Pachirisu and Mamoswine. Ash's were Pikachu, Primeape, and Charizard.
  • Like Ash, she has a mother who lives by herself with a Pokémon of her own, with no information whatsoever about her father, mirroring Delia Ketchum and her Mr. Mime.
  • Like Ash, Dawn has a childhood rival named Kenny who calls her by the nickname "Dee-dee" (Japanese: ピカリ Pikari). Ash's childhood rival Gary calls him by the nickname "Ashy-boy" (Japanese: サトシくん Satoshi-kun).
  • Like Ash, she has an Electric-type Pokémon that is based on a rodent.
  • Like Ash, Dawn imagined each of the Sinnoh starters before her journey began. She selected the Water-type starter (Piplup), which was Ash's original type choice (Squirtle) in Kanto.
  • Like Ash, Dawn has a doppelgänger, Princess Salvia.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ヒカリ
Hikari
From 光, light.
English Dawn May be a reference to Hikari, as dawn is essentially the day's first light.
French Aurore Literally means dawn.
German Lucia A reference to lux lucid, Latin for light.
Italian Lucinda From luce, Italian for light.
Spanish Maya Maya can be a reference to the Maya civilization, who worshipped sun.
Korean 나빛나
Na Bit-Na
When read as a sentence, it means I shine.
Chinese (Mandarin) 小光
Xiǎo Guāng
From 光 hikari, light. Literally "young light".
Chinese (Cantonese) 光子 Gwōngjí
小光 Síu Gwōng
Also from 光 hikari. Dawn was originally called 光子 ("light child") in the Cantonese dub of the tenth movie, but her name was later changed to 小光 in the anime.


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