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Reason: in the anime and in the manga information.

A Pokémon Champion (Japanese: チャンピオン Champion) or Pokémon League Champion (Japanese: リーグ優勝者 League Champion) is the highest known level of rank for a Pokémon Trainer. It usually refers to a Trainer who has completed a Pokémon League by collecting all the necessary Badges, and either winning a regional Pokémon tournament or defeating the Elite Four and the previous Pokémon Champion (if there is one). There is usually only one Pokémon Champion per region at a time. Kanto and Johto share a Champion, while other regions have their own. It is assumed that the Champion must defend their title against challengers, although this is never explicitly stated.

In the games

Champion (Japanese: チャンピオン Champion) is a Trainer class that first debuted in the Generation I games. It is the title held by the Trainer who last defeated the Elite Four and the previous Pokémon Champion. Each Champion is always stronger than the Elite Four members and most other Trainers, and has a party of six Pokémon to test their opponents' strength. To challenge the Champion, Trainers must defeat all four Elite Four members without leaving the Pokémon League area, and cannot access the Pokémon League Pokémon Center and Poké Mart until after defeating the Champion or losing at any point during the challenge. If a challenger is defeated by the Champion, just like the Elite Four, they are sent back to the Pokémon League and must start over.

Since in every main series game the player goes on to defeat the standing Champion, every player character could be considered a Champion. However, for players, becoming the Champion is mostly a symbolic honor, as they are unable to battle challengers or take up any other league duties. In addition, the former Champion will still remain at the Pokémon League, retaining the title of Pokémon Champion.

In Black and White, Cynthia tells the player that once every few years, the Champions from all the regions come together and battle to find the strongest among them. In the Pokémon World Tournament in Black 2 and White 2, which takes place 2 years later, all the Champions the player battles in previous games participate in the tournament.

The following are known Champions in the games:

Indigo League Hoenn League Sinnoh League Unova League
Gen I and III Gen II and IV Gen I and III Ruby and Sapphire Emerald Black and White Black 2 and White 2
Blue Lance Red Steven Wallace Cynthia Alder Iris
Spr B2W2 Blue.png Spr B2W2 Lance.png Spr B2W2 Red.png Spr B2W2 Steven.png Spr B2W2 Wallace.png Spr B2W2 Cynthia.png Spr B2W2 Alder.png Spr B2W2 Iris.png

In the anime

The path to becoming Champion differs between the anime and the games. In the anime, instead of fighting the Elite Four, there is a tournament among accomplished Trainers; however, Lucian mentioned that the winner of the Sinnoh League has the opportunity to battle the Elite Four and their Champion. Even an Elite Four member can usurp the Champion by battling them.

The following are the Champions known in the anime:

Name Hometown League
Lance Blackthorn City Indigo League
Jon Dickson Sento Cherry Town Silver Conference
Tyson Mauville City Ever Grande Conference
Tobias Lily of the Valley Conference
Captain Orange League
Drake Pummelo Island Orange League
Ash Ketchum Pallet Town Orange League and Battle Frontier
Cynthia Celestic Town Sinnoh League
Wallace Sootopolis City Hoenn League
Alder Floccesy Town Unova League

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga, the Champion of each region is the winner of an elimination tournament held every three years in each region. The most notable one is the Indigo Plateau Tournament in Kanto. Aside from the Hoenn and Unova Elite Four, the Elite Four in the manga do not have any clear connections to the Champion.

The following are the known Champions in the Pokémon Adventures manga:

Name Hometown League
Red Pallet Town Ninth Tri-Annual Pokémon League competition
Professor Oak Pallet Town First Tri-Annual Pokémon League competition
Wallace Sootopolis City Hoenn League
Steven Stone Hoenn League
Drake Hoenn League
Glacia Hoenn League
Phoebe Hoenn League
Sidney Hoenn League
Cynthia Sinnoh League
Alder Unova League


  • The player has always met the Champion before challenging the Elite Four.
  • Every Champion from the games has appeared in the anime (if Gary is counted for Blue).
  • In French localizations, Gym Leader is Champion, while Champion is Maître, meaning master.

In other languages

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese チャンピオン
Mandarin Chinese 冠軍 (Guàn​jūn)
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Kampioen
Finland Flag.png Finnish Mestari
France Flag.png French Maitre
Germany Flag.png German Champ
Greece Flag.png Greek Πρωταθλητής
Italy Flag.png Italian Campione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 챔피언 (Champion)
Poland Flag.png Polish Czempion
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Campeão
Romania Flag.png Romanian Campion
Spain Flag.png Spanish Campeón

Games: BlueLanceRedStevenWallace
CynthiaAlderIrisDianthaAll player characters
Anime: CaptainDrakeAsh KetchumLanceCynthia
Origins: BlueRed
Generations: BlueCynthiaDianthaCalem
Adventures: Professor OakRedSidney
EToP: DrakeAsh Ketchum
Zensho: ShigeruSatoshi
Other: Ronald*Rald*

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
Kanto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*Bug CatcherBurglarCamper*ChampionGSCFRLGHGSS
ChannelerCue BallElite FourGSCFRLGHGSSEngineerFishermanGamer*GentlemanHikerJugglerLass
LeaderGSCFRLGHGSSPicnicker*Poké Maniac*PKMN TrainerGSCPsychicRivalRocker
Rocket Boss*FRLGHGSSSailorScientistSuper NerdSwimmerTamerTeam Rocket Grunt*Youngster
BoarderHGSSDouble TeamHGSSFirebreatherGSCHGSSGuitaristGSCHGSSMediumGSCHGSSPokéfanGSCHGSS
Cool CoupleFRLGCrush KinFRLGSis and BroFRLGYoung CoupleFRLGHGSS
Beta Trainer class:
Johto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*BoarderBug CatcherBurglarCamper
ChampionExecutive*FirebreatherFisherman*GentlemanGuitaristHikerJugglerKimono GirlLass
LeaderMediumPicnickerPokéfanPoké Maniac*PKMN TrainerPoliceman*PsychicRivalSage
SailorSchool Kid*ScientistSkierSuper NerdSwimmerTeacherTeam Rocket Grunt*TwinsYoungster
Mystery ManCHGSS*
Double TeamHGSSElderHGSSYoung CoupleHGSS
Battle Frontier only:HGSS

Aroma LadyArtistBattle GirlCameramanClownCollector
CowgirlCyclistDragon TamerIdolJoggerLadyNinja Boy
Parasol LadyPIPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN Ranger
RancherReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSocialite
Arcade StarCastle ValetFactory HeadHall MatronTower Tycoon

Hoenn Ace Trainer*Aqua AdminSEASAqua LeaderSEASAroma LadyBattle GirlBeautyBird KeeperBlack Belt
Bug CatcherBug ManiacCamperChampionCollectorDragon TamerElite FourExpertFisherman
GentlemanGuitaristHex ManiacHikerInterviewersKindlerLadyLassLeaderMagma AdminREOR
Magma LeaderREORNinja BoyOld CoupleParasol LadyPicnickerPoké FanPoké ManiacPokémon Ranger
Pokémon TrainerPokémon BreederPsychicRich BoyRuin ManiacSailorSchoolkid*Sis and BroSwimmer
Team Aqua GruntSEASTeam Magma GruntREORTeammates*TriathleteTuberTwinsWinstrateYoung CoupleYoungster
Ace DuoORASBrains & BrawnORASBackpackerORASDelinquentORASFairy Tale GirlORASFare PrinceORASFree DiverORAS
LorekeeperORASMysterious SistersORASProprietorORASRotation GirlORASScuba DiverORASSecret Base ExpertORAS
Secret Base TrainerORASSootopolitanORASStreet ThugORAS
Battle Frontier only:E
Arena TycoonDome AceFactory HeadPalace MavenPike QueenPyramid KingSalon Maiden
Battle Institute and Battle Maison only:ORAS
ArtistBattle ChatelaineButlerChefFurisode GirlGarçonGardenerMadameMaidMonsieurOwnerPreschoolerPunk Girl
Punk GuyRising StarRoller SkaterSchoolboySchoolgirlScientistTouristVeteranWaitressWorker
Sinnoh Ace TrainerAroma LadyArtistBattle GirlBeautyBelle & PaBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherCameraman
CamperChampionClownCollectorCommanderCowgirlCyclistDouble TeamDragon TamerElite Four
FishermanGalactic BossGalactic GruntGentlemanGuitaristHikerIdolInterviewersJoggerLadyLassLeader
Ninja BoyParasol LadyPicnickerPIPokéfanPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN RangerPKMN Trainer
PolicemanPsychicRancherReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSailorSchool KidScientistSkier
SocialiteSwimmerTower TycoonTuberTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoung CoupleYoungster
Arcade StarPtCastle ValetPtFactory HeadPtHall MatronPtMaidPt
Unova Ace TrainerArtistBackersBackpackerBakerBattle GirlBeautyB2W2BikerBlack BeltBoss TrainerB2W2Champion
ClerkCyclistDancerDepot AgentDoctorElite FourFishermanGAME FREAKGentlemanGuitaristB2W2Harlequin
Nursery AideParasol LadyPilotPokéfanPKMN BreederPKMN RangerPKMN TrainerPoliceman
PreschoolerPsychicRich BoyRoughneckSchool KidScientistSmasherSocialiteStrikerSubway Boss
SwimmerTeam PlasmaTeam Plasma GruntThe RichesBWTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoungster
Pokéstar Studios only:B2W2
A-list ActorActorActressBig StarCelebrityChic ActressChild StarComedianFine Actor
Movie StarNew ActressStar ActorSuit ActorUnique StarVeteran Star
Pokémon World Tournament only:B2W2
Junior RepresentativeMaster RepresentativeSenior Representative
World ChampionWorld FinalistWorld Runner-up

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TrainerBattleGym Leaders
GymsBadgesHall of Fame
Championship matches
Elite FourOrange League
Pokémon World Tournament
Pokémon League Conferences
IndigoSilverEver Grande
Lily of the ValleyVertressLumiose
Pokémon League locations
Indigo PlateauPummelo Stadium*Ever Grande
Pokémon LeaguePokémon League
Pokémon LeaguePokémon League
Regional Pokémon Leagues
Areas of jurisdiction
Pokémon League Reception GateCerulean Cave

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