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Wallace (Japanese: ミクリ Mikuri) is a master Water-type trainer. He was once the Gym Leader of Sootopolis City's Gym, known officially as the Sootopolis Gym, in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, wielding the Rainbadge. He was promoted to Champion of the Elite Four in Emerald. He is apparently close to Steven Stone, and assists him in the Cave of Origin quest in Ruby/Sapphire. He was taught by Juan, who takes his place as Gym Leader in Emerald.
In the games
This listing is for Wallace's Pokémon in the video games in which he has appeared.
As Gym Leader
As Elite Champion
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire
"Allow me to formally introduce myself. I am Wallace. The Gym Leader of Sootopolis. There's something about you... A difference in your demeanor. I think I sense that in you. What happened inside the Cave of Origin, and what you did, I will likely learn through our upcoming battle. Now, show me. Show me the power you wield with your Pokémon. And I, in turn, shall present you with a performance of illusions in water by me and my Pokémon!"
"Bravo. I realize now your authenticity and magnificence as a Pokémon Trainer. I find much joy in having met you and your Pokémon. You have proven yourself worthy of the Rain Badge. Accept it."
"Welcome, <name>. That incident in Sootopolis City... That was superb work, putting an end to that crisis all by yourself. Oops! It wouldn't be fair to say that you alone ended the crisis. You overcome that difficult situation by working as one with your Pokémon. We Trainers raise Pokémon by giving them items and by teaching them new techniques for battle. But we ourselves also learn many things from Pokémon. And this is where your achievements are put to the test against what others like you have achieved. Now! Who can most elegantly dance with their Pokémon in Hoenn? Show me right here and now!"
"I, the Champion, fall in defeat... That was wonderful work. You were elegant, infuriatingly so. And yet it was utterly glorious! Kudos to you, <name>! you are a truly noble Pokémon Trainer!"
"The Pokémon you sent into battle... At times they danced like a spring breeze, and at times they struck like a lightning. It was with light, yet surefooted, elegance that you led your Pokémon. Even I felt bedazzled by your masterful performance! You now stand at the glorious peak of the Pokémon League. I now proclaim you to be the new Hoenn region... ...<name>! No, let me rephrase that properly. The new Champion! come with me. I'm sorry, but... From here on, only those Trainers who have become Champions may enter. You'll have to wait outside with Prof. Birch. This room... This is where we keep records of Pokémon that prevailed through harsh battles. It is here that the League Champions are honored. Come on, let's record your name as a Trainer who triumphed over the Pokémon League, and the names of the partners who battled with you."
In the anime
Although Juan was the Sootopolis Gym Leader in the anime, early Japanese artwork shows that Wallace was going to be the gym leader before Emerald was made.
In the Pokémon Special manga
In Pokémon Special, he is the Sootopolis Gym Leader, in addition to being a contest master as well as the protector of the Cave of Origin. Wallace also takes Ruby under his wing, much like how Winona did for Sapphire. Despite having aligned himself with Team Aqua, he has a strong sense of justice, and is the first of the aligned Gym Leaders to renounce his loyalty, convincing Winona of the Magmas to do the same.
It was revealed in Volume 21 that Wallace was the Hoenn League Champion who had entered the Hall of Fame. However, he renounced the title as he expressed his wish of following his mentor, Juan's, footstep of becoming a Gym Leader of his city. According to Steven, what Wallace did not mention to the director of the Pokémon Association is that there is a second reason for his renouncement: He was trying to stay with Winona, the Fortree Gym Leader.
He and Winona apparently had some sort of relationship in the past, speculated by most fans to have been romantic. Although it is largely unconfirmed whether Winona still has feelings for him, it is quite obvious that he still has feelings for her, based on the scene where the two say their goodbyes before they leave to fight Kyogre and Groudon in Volume 20.
Wallace regained the title of Champion after Steven had a premonition that he would die in the upcomming battle between Groudon and Kyogre.
Wallace usually travels on an "Air Car", which can travel on both the land and the air. He is also the only Hoenn Gym Leader who nicknamed his Pokémon.
This listing is for Wallace's Pokémon in the Pokémon Special manga.
||Mi is the first syllable of mizu (water).
||means "a stranger," but have possible relations with "water", "waterfall", "Wall-Ice".
||Possible references to "mer", "maree" or "marin" (sea, tide, marine).
||A pun on the word "Wasser" (water).
||Possible relation to "idro-", an Italian suffix meaning "hydro-".
||Possible derivation from "pluvial" or "pluvioso" (pluvial or rainy).
||米可利 Mí Kě Lì
||Transliteration of Mikuri.
||Transliteration of "Wallace".
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