Salon Maiden Anabel

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リラ Lila
Art from Emerald
Gender Female
Eye color Lilac
Hair color Lilac
Hometown Unknown
Region HoennTemplate:Gameabbrev/Kanto*
Trainer class Salon Maiden
(Frontier Brain)
Generation III
Games Pokémon Emerald
Brain of Battle Tower
Symbol Ability Symbol
Anime debut Talking a Good Game
English voice actor Hilary Thomas
Japanese voice actor Akiko Kimura

Salon Maiden Anabel (Japanese: タワータイクーン リラ Tower Tycoon Lila) is the Frontier Brain in charge of running the Battle Frontier's Battle Tower.

In the games

Anabel's heard rumors of Brendan/May's rankings in the Battle Tower, but isn't impressed. She wants to see their talent in battle for herself. When defeated, she awards the Ability Symbol onto the Frontier Pass.

On the second match, Anabel commends Brendan/May's progress, and is grateful for the chance to battle without holding anything back; to battle to her fullest.

She is one of the two known Tower Tycoons, the other one being Palmer of the Battle Tower in the Sinnoh region.


Silver Symbol challenge

Gold Symbol challenge


  • First battle:

"Greetings… My name is Anabel. I am the Salon Maiden, and I am in charge of running the Battle Tower… I have heard several rumors about you… I all honesty, what I have heard does not seem attractive in any way… The reason I’ve come to see you… Well, there is but one reason… Let me see your talent in its entirety…"

"Okay, I understand…"

"Fufufu, nicely done… Your Frontier Pass, please… Your talent shall be recognized."

"… … … … … … You have confidence in your Pokémon battling talent, don’t you? I urge you to keep battling and keep on winning. I will be waiting for you. Until the next time we meet…"

  • Second battle:

"You really did come back to see me… … … … … … … You’ve won straight matches to see me… I won’t have to hold back against you… It’s been too long now… Too long since I’ve been able to battle without thinking about anything… Let’s begin, shall we?"

"Thank you…"

"Fufu, congratulations… Your Frontier Pass, please… That was fun… I have never had a Pokémon battle so enjoyable before… I wish I could battle with you again…"

In the anime

Anabel in the anime

Anabel appeared in the episodes Talking a Good Game! and Second Time's the Charm!.

Anabel has the empathic ability to sense the emotions of living beings and communicating with them, ever since she was little, possessing powers similar to Yellow of Pokémon Special, although other characters do not seem to regard these as psychic abilities but rather a honed sense of empathy. Nevertheless, she is still portrayed as a sort of Template:Type2 specialist. She also shares a strong bond with her Pokémon, calling them my friend upon sending them out. She failed to teach Ash and May her empathetic abilities, as their Pokémon receive nothing from them.

Ash and his friends were surprised to learn that Anabel is a girl; when the group arrived at her house, she declined to change her wet clothes in front of them. Ash asked if it was because of May's presence, but Anabel explained that it was because she's female.

Ash lost his first match to Anabel after her powerful Alakazam managed to defeat two of his Pokémon consecutively, shadowing both Ash's Corphish and Tauros. In a rematch, Ash beat her by using the same strategy as in the previous battle. During their farewell, Anabel was shown to have a crush on Ash.

Although Anabel looks no older than Ash, she sure behaves like she is.

Anabel made a cameo appearance during a flashback in A Pyramiding Rage!.


This listing is of Anabel's known Pokémon in the anime:


Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 木村亜希子 Akiko Kimura
English Hilary Thomas
Brazilian Portuguese Gilmara Sanches
Spanish Latin America Mariana Ortiz
Spain Sara Vivas

In the manga

Pokémon Special

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Anabel in Pokémon Special

Anabel is the most powerful Frontier Brain, and the leader of the group. Her trademark Pokémon is Raikou.

Anabel directs the resistance to Guile Hideout's attack, but falls victim to one of his traps, allowing him control over the Battle Tower. Emerald tries to scale the Tower and stop the villain, but despite the emergency the Tower's automated trainer system is active, forcing Emerald to battle his way to the top.

Emerald succeeds, but meets a horrifying sight at the top - Anabel, brainwashed and under Guile Hideout's complete control. She brutally crushes him in a battle and then attempts to kill him when he is rescued by Sapphire and Ruby.

Guile Hideout then makes an appearance and threatens to kill Anabel unless he is given the information he demands on Jirachi.


This listing is for Anabel's Pokémon in the Pokémon Special manga.


Pokémon Battle Frontier

Anabel as a Photographer

Anabel first appears in chapter 4, disguised as a photographer. She tells Enta about the Frontier Brains after Rald is defeated by her, prompting him to challenge them in order to discover which one defeated Rald. After Enta defeats his sixth Frontier Brain, Lucy, he is told that the seventh one is none other than Anabel herself, much to his surprise. Enta's battle with Anabel ends up in a draw after a showdown between Ninetales and Entei.



  • Right after Pokémon Emerald was released, there was some debate regarding Anabel's gender. However, after the publishing of her Sugimori artwork and her anime and manga appearances, there was no doubt that she was female. The initial confusion was only increased because she uses the typically masculine personal pronoun ボク boku.
  • It is possible that her design is based off of the female Psychic. This theory is further supported by the fact that Anabel uses all Template:Type2 Pokémon in the anime.
  • Anabel is the only Frontier Brain whose title (in some languages) does not incorporate the second word of his or her facility's name. However, the Battle Salon is an actual room in a Battle Tower where Trainers can meet each other and team up to participate in Multi Battles.
  • Her clothing style varies the between anime, sprites, and artwork.
  • Her Espeon knows Zap Cannon, a move it can't learn in games past Generation II.
  • Both of her teams in Pokémon Emerald use a Psychic-type, one of the Legendary Beasts, and a Snorlax.


Language Name Reference to
Japanese リラ Lila The Spanish word for lilac.
English Salon Maiden Anabel From ability.
French As Du Salon Cathy From capacité, capacity.
German Kampfkoloss Anabel From anlage.
Italian Dama Torre Alberta From abilità, ability.
Spanish Dama Torre Destra From destreza, skill.
Korean 타워타이쿤 리라 Tower Tycoon Lila From Japanese name Lila.
Chinese (Taiwan) 莉拉 Lìlā Translation of Lila.

External links

Template:Anabel's Pokémon

EmeraldBFLogo.png Hoenn Battle Frontier EmeraldBFLogo.png
Ablity Symbol Battle Tower Ability Symbol
Salon Maiden
Spirits Symbol Battle Palace Spirits Symbol
Palace Maven
Knowledge Symbol Battle Factory Knowledge Symbol
Factory Head
Brave Symbol Battle Pyramid Brave Symbol
Pyramid King
Tactics Symbol Battle Dome Tactics Symbol
Dome Ace
Guts Symbol Battle Arena Guts Symbol
Arena Tycoon
Luck Symbol Battle Pike Luck Symbol
Pike Queen

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