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Fantina (Japanese: メリッサ Melissa) is the Gym Leader of Hearthome City's Gym, known officially as the Hearthome Gym. She hands out the Relic Badge to trainers who defeat her. She specializes in Template:Type2 Pokémon. She is apparently not from the country the games are set in, and often peppers her speech with phrases of French.
Her dress shares many elements as the design of the first Pokémon on her party, Drifblim: it has a yellow "X" over a puffed out dress of purple fabric.
In the games
Fantina uses Template:Type2 Pokémon in her battles. For defeating her, trainers receive the Relic Badge, TM65 (Shadow Claw) and are able to use Surf outside of battle (Defog in Platinum). She considers herself to be a Contest Expert and, in Diamond and Pearl, cannot be challenged until the Old Charm has been delivered to the Celestic Town elder at the request of the elder's granddaughter, Cynthia. Fantina speaks a mix of French and broken English and is an immigrant from another country. Upon arriving in Sinnoh, she decided to become a performer, so she dresses up in fancy outfits for Pokémon Contests. She also studied Pokémon and eventually attained the title of Gym Leader. Fantina makes regular visits to the Lost Tower.
Fantina can occasionally be competed against in Super Contests, in which she uses her Drifblim, nicknamed Loony (Japanese: ばるん Balloon). In Platinum, she can be battled again at the Battleground and occasionally visits the Villa. Fantina claims to be a fan of Arcade Star Dahlia's dancing style and a member of the Ribbon Syndicate of the Resort Area.
In front of the Contest Hall at player's first visit to Hearthome City
Oh, I'm so sorry! Please excuse me. Are you entering a Contest? Tehehe... Enjoy yourself, please! Incidentally, Fantina, the Hearthome Gym Leader, also happens to be a Contest expert. And you may ask yourself, how do I know this? Well, I am Fantina! You may challenge me, but not yet! You must become much stronger. Then, you may challenge me!
"Ohohoho!! Finally, you have arrived! Since I came to this country, always I try to learn new things. They hold Contests in this city? I say to myself, enfin, I will excel. That's why I dress this way. C'est une performance! Also I study Pokémon very much. I have come to be Gym Leader. And, uh, so it shall be that you challenge me. But I shall win. That's what a Gym Leader does, non?"
After sending out last Pokémon
"Oh, heavens. What is this? Is this my final Pokémon?"
"Never give up, never surrender!"
"You are so fantastically strong. I know now why I have lost."
After being defeated
"I am dumbfounded! So very, very strong! You, your Pokémon, so strong! Your power is admirable! I shall honor it with this Gym Badge!"
"Five* Gym Badges... But you must not forget this. There are many other trainers. Strong Trainers, too. There are many more in Sinnoh. Have patience! You must become stronger, one at a time."
In the anime
Despite the group having traveled through Hearthome City twice, once in Dawn's Early Night and a second time in Arriving in Style!, the Hearthome Gym remained closed with the Gym Leader nowhere in sight. Fantina had left a note saying that she was going on a journey for a while, and to not look for her. Apparently she was developing a whole new battle style.
She finally appeared in Playing The Leveling Field! where she battled Ash and Zoey. She had a tendency to break into dance regularly, occasionally interspersing French phrases in as well, such as "s'il vous plaît". It was also revealed that she battled Alan twice with him winning the second time. It was revealed in Aiding the Enemy that Paul also managed to defeat her.
Ash met with Fantina upon returning to Hearthome City in Barry's Busting Out All Over! and battled her again in Shield with a Twist!, where he defeated her and earned the Relic Badge.
Fantina appeared in DP174 as a guest judge for the Grand Festival.
This listing is of Fantina's known Pokémon in the anime:
In the manga
Fantina first appeared at the Super Contest Hall. When two women were making rude comments about rookie contestants, she sent out her Drifblim to carry them out and throw them into a garbage can. Then, when Diamond, Pearl and Platinum came back to Hearthome City for the Gym Challenge, they discovered that she was the Gym Leader. Saying that her studies for the lifetime passion of Pokémon Contests granted her the title of Hearthome City Gym Leader, she watched as Platinum made her way through the quizzes given by the gym easily and took up the challenge, after which her Drifblim was beaten after Platinum's Empoleon manipulated it into freezing itself using its own wind, but her Mismagius proved to be much trickier as its Trick Room turned Empoleon's speed against it, and beat it easily, then trapping Platinum and the borrowed Munchlax in an illusion where the Pokémon was in a room full of its favorite sweets and Platinum suffered. Before long though, the girl managed to subvert the illusion in her favor with Pearl's help, and defeated the Mismagius.
She has these Pokémon:
She makes a brief cameo in chapter 7 handing a badge to Hareta. She is subsequently offended when he calls her "Grandma".
In the TCG
This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Fantina or her Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
- During the Gym battle in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Fantina exclaims "Never give up, never surrender!", the catchphrase from the 1999 science fiction comedy Galaxy Quest.
- The quote may be a sly nod to a stereotyping of the French as a nation who will easily surrender in battle.
- In the Japanese and French versions she speaks English, while in the German, Italian and Spanish versions she has a noticeable French accent.
- Fantina's name is likely derived from the character of Fantine in what is perhaps the most famous French novel of all time, Victor Hugo's "Les Misérables", due to Fantina's French nationality and the similarity of the names.
- Apparently, Fantina has two Drifblim, one for battles, and one for Contests. The Drifblim she uses in contests has a noticeably different moveset from the Drifblim she uses in battle.
- Although Fantina's design is based on a Drifblim, she doesn't use one in the original gym match with her in Platinum. In Diamond and Pearl as well as the rematch in Platinum, however, she does use a Drifblim.
- Despite the fact that she gives the TM for Shadow Claw, only one of her Pokémon, Gengar in Diamond and Pearl, and Haunter in Platinum, actually knows it and can learn it.
- In the anime, Ash intended to battle Fantina and win the Relic Badge on his first visit to Hearthome City, as his third badge. While this would have meant that he went out of order compared to Diamond and Pearl, this is the correct order in Platinum, which came out shortly before Ash finally battled her for the Relic Badge (as his fifth).
- Fantina is one of two Gym Leaders known to have taken residence outside the Pokémon nation. However, it is not confirmed where Fantina is from except her home country uses French as the national language. The other is Lt. Surge, who is from the United States.
- Fantina is similar to Juan in that both speak French (Juan does so in Pokémon Adventures), and both are Coordinators and Gym Leaders. Coincidencially, Juan appeared in a flashback in the episode Fantina debuted in.
||An obviously non-Japanese name, obviating her status as an immigrant. Resembles the word "malice".
||From phantom, and "Fantine", of the French novel "Les Misérables".
||Similar to chimera.
||From Lamia, a Greek mythological spirit.
||French name, similar to fantasma, phantom.
||Same as Japanese name.
||Same as Japanese name.