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Factory Head (Japanese: ファクトリーヘッド Factory Head) is a Trainer class that first debuted in Emerald Version. It is reserved for Frontier Brains of Battle Factories. Noland and Thorton are the only Trainers that have this Trainer class.
In the anime
Noland is the only Factory Head to appear in the anime, debuting in Numero Uno Articuno. Ash battled him in The Symbol Life, eventually defeating a wild Articuno that Noland befriended, using his Charizard, thus securing his first Battle Frontier victory.
In the manga
Thorton in Pokémon Adventures
In the Ash & Pikachu manga
Like in the anime, Noland was the first Frontier Brain challenged by Ash, appearing in Off To The Battle Frontier!!.
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Noland appeared in the Emerald chapter, where he, like his fellow Generation III Frontier Brains, was challenged by Emerald and helped in fighting against the villainous Guile Hideout. He made a brief reappearance in the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter.
Thorton appeared in the Platinum chapter as the Factory Head of Sinnoh's Battle Factory. Despite his great battling skills and knowledge about Pokémon, he still ended up getting defeated by Platinum, proving her superiority over him in said subjects.
In the TCG
There are three FB Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game belonging to Factory Head Thorton.
In other languages