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Zoey (Japanese: ノゾミ Nozomi) is a recurring character of the Pokémon anime. She is a Pokémon Coordinator and Dawn's main rival. She first appeared in Mounting a Coordinator Assault!.
Zoey was first seen in Mounting a Coordinator Assault!, where she made fast friends with Dawn. When Dawn asked her about her career as a Coordinator, she said that she had competed in three Contests and won one. She was the first contestant to appeal in the Jubilife City Pokémon Contest, and the presentation of her Misdreavus took her to the Battle Round. In the following episode, she defeated Ash, Dawn, and Jessilina with her Glameow, winning the Jubilife Contest and earning her second Ribbon. Furthermore, it was revealed in Getting the Pre-Contest Titters! that her first Ribbon was won in a battle against Kenny's Prinplup. She has a Contest Pass for the Sinnoh region.
In Buizel Your Way Out Of This!, Zoey joined Dawn and her friends, who were fishing in a lake on the way to Hearthome City. She told them that she had lost her last Contest and was taking a break. After failing to capture a Buizel, Zoey said that she would continue in the lake to try to capture a Water-type Pokémon.
In A Stand-Up Sit-Down!, she was rescued by Dawn after having sprained her ankle. Upon arriving at her camp, Zoey introduced the group her Shellos, which was captured in the same lake where Dawn caught Buizel. She also showed Dawn a video of a Double Performance, and said that the Hearthome City Contest would follow the rule. When Jessilina appeared and challenged Dawn to a battle, Zoey decided to fight instead. She was able to defeat Jessilina using beautiful and effective combinations.
In Dawn's Early Night!, Zoey met Nando for the first time and met up with Dawn again, but when Nando revealed his decision to participate in both Contests and Gym battles, Zoey said he needed to make up his mind. Later, she faced him in the finals of the Hearthome Contest and lost.
It was revealed in Tag! We're It...! that Zoey suggested Ash to enter Dawn in the Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition to give her a confidence boost after not making it into the second round of the Hearthome Contest.
Zoey was largely responsible for the trade of Ash's Aipom and Dawn's Buizel. In Arrival of a Rival!, she first suggested that Ash should give his Aipom to Dawn. In Throwing the Track Switch, she brought it up again, but this time she suggested a trade after she saw how Buizel had more of a love for battling rather than Contests. Ash and Dawn eventually agreed to it and traded their Pokémon.
In Team Shocker!, she was seen watching the Solaceon Town Contest from a Pokémon Center. After seeing Dawn failing to pass the appeals stage, she decided to meet her and tell her where she was going wrong, which she did.
Zoey reappeared in Staging a Heroes' Welcome! to compete in the Wallace Cup. It was revealed that she had captured a Finneon, and the wonderful appeal of the Wing Fish Pokémon took her to the battle stage. In Strategy with a Smile!, she lost to May in the semifinals of the event.
In Playing The Leveling Field!, Zoey was seen battling Fantina. She battled Fantina's Mismagius with her Glameow, but lost. It was also revealed that Shellos helped her earn her third Ribbon.
Zoey appeared again in Classroom Training!, where she welcomed Dawn and her friends to her hometown, Snowpoint City. She was showing the town to them when Candice, the Snowpoint Gym Leader, came up and joined them. It was revealed that Candice is a childhood friend of Zoey and that they went to the same school. Because of this, Zoey often calls her "Ms. Senior". She also appeared in Sliding Into Seventh!, watching Ash's Gym battle with Candice, and again in A Pyramiding Rage!, where she watched Paul's battle against Brandon. She left at the end of the episode with Candice.
Zoey's next appearance was in Double-Time Battle Training!, where she was shown winning her fifth and final Ribbon required for the Grand Festival. She, along with Candice, helped Dawn train for the Daybreak Contest and the two had a Double Battle with Zoey winning. In Yes in Dee Dee, It's Dawn!, she and Candice were seen watching Dawn's performance on TV.
Zoey entered the Sinnoh Grand Festival in Last Call — First Round!, where it was revealed that her Shellos and Finneon had evolved into Gastrodon and Lumineon, respectively. She managed to pass the Appeals Round with the impressive performance of the two aforementioned Pokémon, and in the next episode, she won her first battle at the event. In Coming Full-Festival Circle!, she battled Nando with her Mismagius and Leafeon for a spot in the finals of the competition, this time winning. In A Grand Fight for Winning!, she found herself up against Dawn once again. The two had a hard-fought battle, with Zoey's Glameow and Gallade against Dawn's Piplup and Togekiss. It was clear that the battle could go either way, but when the time ran out, Zoey won by a few points. Having won the Grand Festival, she was awarded the Ribbon Cup as well as the title of Top Coordinator. After the competition, she said that she was going back to Snowpoint City, where Candice was waiting for her with a party to celebrate her victory. She invited Dawn to the party, but she refused saying that she wanted to cheer for Ash in the Sinnoh League. Zoey then said goodbye and left.
She made a cameo appearance in Zoroark: Master of Illusions.
Zoey is very loyal to her friends but has no problem giving them tough criticism when the time calls for it. However if one of her friends is being mistreated, she wastes no time sticking up for them. Such examples include her sticking up for Dawn when she was being made fun of by Jessilina in A Stand-Up Sit-Down!. Despite having a sprained ankle, she still battled in Dawn's defense. She also defended Ash after she felt Paul was being rude to him in A Pyramiding Rage!.
She initially had harsh opinions of people who competed in both Contests and Gym battles, saying they needed to make up their minds. This is seen in her reactions to Ash in Arrival of a Rival! and Nando in Dawn's Early Night!. For that she apologized to Ash for her behavior in Staging a Heroes' Welcome! after realizing that it was good to learn from both types of Trainers. It was revealed in Classroom Training! that the reason for this trait in her character was that while she wanted to be a Top Coordinator, Candice wanted to be a Champion Trainer. They promised each other to follow their goals and as such Zoey looked down on people who did both since she thought they weren't taking them seriously.
Zoey's tough demeanor suggests that she is a tomboy. This is further seen in her short haircut and her choice in Contest outfits, which are stylized suits rather than dresses.
The following are Zoey's known Pokémon:
Zoey's outfit in the Jubilife Contest
Zoey's outfit in the Hearthome Contest
Zoey's outfit in the Wallace Cup
Zoey's outfit in the Grand Festival
- Counting only regular characters, Zoey is the first female rival in the anime.
- Zoey's Japanese name is Nozomi while Dawn's is Hikari. The Hikari and the Nozomi are two Shinkansen "bullet train" lines. The Nozomi is faster than the Hikari. This is shown when Zoey beat Dawn in the first Grand Festival.
- As of yet Zoey is the only major rival, one who appeared for almost throughout a region, to win their major tournament.
|| ノゾミ Nozomi
|| Possibly a reference to the Nozomi bullet train, that goes in the opposite direction of the Hikari bullet train.
| English, German
|| Similar to Nozomi.
|| From Zoey.
|| From Zoey.
|| 소망 Somang
|| Means "hope" (所望 in Hanja), literal translation of the Japanese name.
| Chinese (Taiwan)
|| 小望 Xiǎo Wàng
|| 望 is from Japanese 望み nozomi, hope. Literally "young hope".