Kris (game)

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Get it? Because the name is unknown. The subject of this article has no official name.
The name currently in use is a fan designator; see below for more information.
This article is about the female protagonist whose default name is クリス (Roughly translated as Chris) in the Japanese version of Pokémon Crystal. For the male player character in Pokémon Crystal with the same Japanese name, see Ethan (game).
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クリス Kris
Crystal Kris.png
Art from Crystal
Gender Female
Eye color Blue
Hair color Teal*, Navy Blue*
Hometown New Bark Town
Region Johto
Relatives Mom
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer, player character
Generation II
Games Crystal, Pokémon Stadium 2
Anime counterpart Marina
Counterpart debut The Legend of Thunder!
Manga counterpart(s) Crystal, Chris

Kris (Japanese: クリス Kris) is the female playable character in Pokémon Crystal. Her male counterpart is Ethan.

She was the first female player character in the core series games, a feature that would be carried on in subsequent game releases.

As she only appears in Pokémon Crystal, she has the fewest appearances by a player character in the core series. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, she is replaced by Lyra.

Kris does not have an official name due to her lack of name in the internal game data and the fact she does not appear as a non-player character. Instead, the name Kris comes from the back of the American Pokémon Crystal version's boxart. The name Kris is also the first default name.

Storyline in the games

Kris's journey as a Pokémon Trainer begins when Professor Elm asks her to run an errand for Mr. Pokémon, who lives north of Cherrygrove City. Because she may encounter dangerous wild Pokémon along the way, Elm gives her a choice between three Pokémon to protect her: Cyndaquil, Totodile or Chikorita.

Kris meets a boy watching Elm's Lab from outside. When she tries to talk to him, the boy abruptly shoves her away. The boy, Silver, will become Kris's rival, analogous to Blue in Generation I.

Kris continues onward and finally meets Mr. Pokémon and completes her errand. While there she meets Professor Oak who, upon realizing Kris's bond with her new Pokémon, gives her a Pokédex. On her way back home, Kris again meets Silver, who has stolen one of Elm's remaining Pokémon. After defeating the boy in battle, she learns his name and relays it to the police in New Bark Town. Professor Elm allows Kris to keep the Pokémon she chose earlier, and encourages her to compete in the Johto League.

From there Kris begins on a Pokémon journey in the Johto region, facing off against its eight Gym Leaders, defeating and disbanding the newly reformed Team Rocket, and becoming Pokémon League Champion by defeating the Elite Four and its previous Champion, Lance at Indigo Plateau. Along the way she also teaches Silver to respect Pokémon as living creatures and not just as tools for battle. Kris also uncovered the mystery of the Tin Tower and its legendary Pokémon, Entei, Suicune, and Raikou.

After being declared the Pokémon League Champion, Kris then takes a short trip on a ship, the S.S. Aqua, from Olivine City to Vermilion City in Kanto. Journeying across that region, she battles against its own set of eight Gym Leaders, including two new faces, Janine, who replaced her father Koga on his promotion to the Elite Four, and Blue, who was formerly Pokémon League Champion himself, and replaced Giovanni after the latter fled. Upon getting permission from Professor Oak in Pallet Town, Kris heads for Mt. Silver via Route 28. Her journey comes to a close when she faces the Champion from Pallet Town Pokémon Trainer Red deep in Mt. Silver Cave, who had been training there since shortly after he became Pokémon League Champion three years prior.


Cryskris.png Game Freak Kris.jpg Kris and Misdreavus.png Kris Portrait.png
Walking Relaxing with Togepi Using the PokéGear with Misdreavus Posing for a portrait


Spr C Kris.png Kris OD.png C Kris Back.png S2 Kris.png Unused HGSS PokéGear Icon for Kris.png
Sprite from
Overworld sprite from
Back sprite from
Portrait from the credits in
Stadium 2
Unused PokéGear icon from
HeartGold and SoulSilver

Optional names

Japanese English French German Italian Spanish
クリス Kris
チホ Chiho
キヨミ Kiyomi
サトコ Satoko


Marina, Kris's anime counterpart

In the anime

Main article: Marina (Johto)

Marina, one of the main characters in The Legend of Thunder!, is the anime counterpart of Kris. She is a talented Pokémon Coordinator and a former Grand Festival winner.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Main article: Crystal (Adventures)

Crystal from the Pokémon Adventures manga is based on Kris's design. She is unique among all Pokédex holders in the sense that her primary goal is to fill the Pokédex.

In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga

Main article: Chris (Golden Boys)

Chris from the Golden Boys manga is based on Kris.


Screenshots of an earlier design for Kris


Language Name Origin
Japanese クリス Kris From crystal.
English Kris Same as Japanese name.
French Christy Similar to Japanese name.
German Krista Similar to Japanese name.
Italian Kristy Similar to Japanese name.
Spanish Cristi Similar to Japanese name.

Core series: RedLeafEthanKrisLyraBrendanMay
Side series: WesMichael
Spin-off games: MarkMintTodd SnapLucy Fleetfoot
HeroHeroineTim GoodmanScottieBettie

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