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- This article is about the anime counterpart of Bianca. For the character from Pokémon Heroes, see Bianca (M05).
|Anime debut||Minccino—Neat and Tidy!|
|English voice actor||Erica Schroeder|
|Japanese voice actor||Shizuka Itō|
Bianca (Japanese: ベル Bel) is a recurring character who appeared in the Pokémon anime. She is a Pokémon Trainer from Nuvema Town and one of Ash's rivals in Unova. She is also a recurring traveling companion.
Pokémon the Series: Black & White
Bianca debuted in Minccino—Neat and Tidy!, where she was sent by Professor Juniper to deliver a Badge case to Ash. Unfortunately, Bianca ended up knocking Ash and Cilan into a nearby stream. She then revealed that despite being older than Ash, she had only just started her journey, due to her father not allowing her to become a Trainer when she turned ten.
When a Minccino stole the Badge case and Ash attempted to use Oshawott to get it back, Bianca commanded him to use Hydro Pump despite the fact that Oshawott wasn't her Pokémon nor did he even know that move at the time. She later made the same mistake when she commanded Pikachu to use Zap Cannon.
She later had a battle against Ash, where she used her Pignite against his Pikachu. Ash was planning to use Oshawott for said battle but Bianca demanded that he used Pikachu. She lost the battle after putting up a hard fight.
Prior to Emolga the Irresistible!, Bianca joined the group and accompanied them on their way to Nimbasa City. She was enjoying an evening lunch with Ash and his friends when Iris's Axew dropped a fruit down a hill. It was caught by a wild Emolga. She then ran after the Emolga and smothered her by hugging her, because she deemed it cute. Determined to catch Emolga, Bianca challenged her to battle Minccino, who ended up losing. Emolga then flew off and Bianca chased after her. After several failed attempts at catching Emolga, Bianca was crushed to find that Emolga eventually accepted Iris as her Trainer instead.
In Emolga and the New Volt Switch!, Bianca wanted to have a battle with Iris's newly caught Emolga. However, Emolga had other interests besides battling and kept using Volt Switch to get other Pokémon to battle Bianca instead, including Iris's Excadrill, Cilan's Pansage and Ash's Snivy. She also used her Pignite against Snivy for a short training session. After learning Ash earned three Badges already, Bianca left the group in hopes to win more Badges on her own.
Bianca met up with Ash and his friends again in Nimbasa Town in Reunion Battles In Nimbasa!. She was enamored with Luke's Zorua and attempted to catch her, not knowing that she already had a Trainer. Bianca also decided to enter the Club Battle tournament along with the group. In the next episode, she battled Stephan in the first round of the tournament, where she used her Minccino against his Zebstrika. Zebstrika proved too powerful and defeated Minccino, thus knocking Bianca out of the tournament.
In Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!, Bianca battled Elesa in a Gym battle. However, all of her Pokémon were defeated by Elesa's Zebstrika. Her father almost had her taken home because of this loss, but Ash and Elesa convinced him to let Bianca continue her journey.
In Crisis at Chargestone Cave!, Bianca revealed that she was going to trade her Shelmet for Professor Juniper's Karrablast. However, before that, the wild Galvantula and Joltik in the area started to cause trouble, so she decided to help Ash and the group deal with the problem. In the end, it was revealed that Team Rocket was behind the whole ordeal and after helping defeat them, Bianca met up with Professor Juniper.
In Evolution Exchange Excitement!, Professor Juniper and Bianca traded their Shelmet and Karrablast together, making them evolve into Accelgor and Escavalier respectively. However, as soon as it had evolved, Escavalier started disobeying Bianca. To improve their team work, Bianca and Professor Juniper decided to use their new Pokémon in a Tag Battle against Cilan's Crustle and Ash's Boldore. As Accelgor protected Escavalier by using Substitute, the two Pokémon started to work better as a team, and they were able to defeat Boldore together. Despite that both Accelgor and Escavalier were then defeated by Cilan's Crustle, Bianca was glad that her new Pokémon was now obeying her.
In The Clubsplosion Begins!, Bianca registered for the Clubsplosion. She discovered that her first opponent was Trip, who took her very lightly as an opponent. Her battle with Trip began in Search for the Clubultimate!, where it was revealed she had evolved her Pignite into Emboar. Though Emboar was on the field, Bianca was nowhere to be found. A bit later she ran onto the battlefield, claiming that she was late because she was too busy touching Delbert's Mienshao's muscles. She then tripped and fell on her face. It did not get her down, however, and was as eager as ever to get the battle started.
She had her Emboar attack with moves like Arm Thrust and Hammer Arm, but Trip had his Conkeldurr block these attacks with its concrete pillars. Bianca became concerned about losing the battle after Emboar became trapped in Conkeldurr's Rock Tomb and could not evade its Stone Edge. However, in the next episode, Bianca cried to Emboar to do something before the attack made contact. A smile then came to her face, seeing that Emboar had actually caught the stones in his arms. She then commanded him to use Fling, to send the rocks back at Conkeldurr. Conkeldurr became distracted by it and Bianca had Emboar take its concrete pillars from it and then had Emboar use Fling again to throw them back at it, which knocked out Conkeldurr and got Bianca through to the second round.
Later on, Bianca discovered that her opponent for the second round was Georgia. She battled her Bisharp, whom she defeated rather quickly. She then battled Stephan again, now in the semi-finals in Commanding the Clubsplosion Crown!, but lost.
Having completed the requirements to enter Unova's League Conference, Bianca reappeared in Curtain Up, Unova League! in Vertress City, where she met up with Ash and his friends. In the first round of the Vertress Conference, she used her Emboar to battle Mikael's Watchog and won. In Mission: Defeat Your Rival!, she battled Cameron in the second round, using her Escavalier and Emboar against the latter's Samurott and Riolu. Her Pokémon put a good fight but were eventually defeated, resulting in her elimination from the competition, much to her disappointment. She stayed for the remainder of the League Conference, watching all the other battles. In A Unova League Evolution!, she participated in the closing ceremonies of the Vertress Conference. Afterwards, she bought Casteliacones for Ash, his friends, Stephan, and Cameron and his Lucario to enjoy. She then said farewell to the group and left to return home.
Bianca appeared prominently in the ending Let's Join Hands and also in a cameo in the ending credits of Genesect and the Legend Awakened.
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
In The Fiery Road to Mastership!, Bianca was shown watching Iris's Masters Eight Tournament match against Cynthia.
Bianca is an extremely hyperactive, yet kind-hearted individual. Whenever she meets up with her friends, she always ends up knocking into one of them (mainly Ash) and profusely apologizes for doing so afterwards. Clumsy and unorganized, Bianca often struggles to collect her belongings in time when the situation calls for it, seen as when she took too long to retrieve a Poké Ball from her purse when attempting to capture a wild Minccino, and when she did manage to retrieve it, her Poké Ball was completely dirty and dusty.
Bianca has a strong soft spot for cute Pokémon, such as Minccino and Emolga, and will stop at nothing to try to capture them. When she finds a Pokémon she deems as cute, Bianca becomes enamored with them and proceeds to invade their personal space and hug them with all her might, not realizing how invasive she was acting towards them. She also becomes quite determined to get any Pokémon she finds cute to like her, seen when she relentlessly pursued Zorua during the Club Battle tournament in an attempt to get Zorua to like her, and possibly have Luke trade Zorua to her. Despite her clumsy attitude, however, Bianca is nevertheless quite intelligent and resourceful when she wants to be, using Minccino's nature of cleaning objects against him by placing a dirty spoon under a cloche so she could trap and possibly catch him. She also enjoys Pokémon that are depicted as masculine, such as Sawk and Throh, marveling at their muscles and bulky physiques, and wanting to feel their muscles as a result. Likewise, she also enjoys marveling at the muscles of humans, such as Stephan's.
Accustomed in doing everything at her own pace, Bianca wastes no time when giving her Pokémon commands, though this raw speed and power also causes her many blunders. She's also very impatient, and her impatience also expands towards others, seen as when Ash was battling Minccino, Bianca began shouting attacks for both Ash's Oshawott, and later Pikachu, despite both Pokémon being neither hers or knowing the attacks she'd commanded. Bianca also finds great annoyance with her opponent's Pokémon dodge her attacks, loudly complaining about it and exclaiming that dodging "wasn't fair".
Despite what her personality might seem, Bianca is a very talented and accomplished Trainer, and despite often relying on brute force and disregarding strategy, her tactics enabled her to obtain all eight Unova Badges required to qualify for the Unova League, and was also even able to advance through the first few rounds. She was also capable of defeating other talented Trainers, such as Trip and Georgia on occasion. Bianca can also utilize unorthodox methods in battle, such as using her Emboar's Fling attack to surprise her opponents by Flinging their attacks back towards them, seen when she commanded Emboar to Fling Trip's Conkeldurr's concrete pillars back at him, which ultimately led to her victory against him.
This listing is of Bianca's known Pokémon in the anime:
Emboar was Bianca's starter Pokémon. Bianca attempted to use him to catch a wild Minccino that had stolen the dirty Badge case that she had given to Ash.
|Debut||Minccino—Neat and Tidy!|
Minccino first appeared in Minccino—Neat and Tidy! where he stole Ash's Badge case. Bianca ended up capturing him at the end of the episode by accident when he attempted to clean her dirty Poké Ball.
|Debut||Minccino—Neat and Tidy!|
|Bianca traded her Shelmet for Professor Juniper's Karrablast so that both Pokémon could evolve. However once it did, Escavalier started to chase her down and also refused to listen to her commands. During its Tag Battle with Accelgor as its partner, it learned to cooperate with both it and Bianca.
In Mission: Defeat Your Rival!, Bianca used Escavalier as her first Pokémon in her Vertress Conference battle against Cameron and his Samurott. Despite withstanding many of Samurott's attacks with Iron Defense, Escavalier's endurance finally ran out, and it was defeated with a Razor Shell which caused an internal shockwave bypassing Iron Defense.
Escavalier's known moves are Peck, Take Down, Fury Attack, Quick Guard*, Iron Defense, and Hyper Beam.
|Debut||Evolution Exchange Excitement!|
|Japanese||Chinami Nishimura (Karrablast)|
Kenta Miyake (Escavalier)
|English||Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld (Karrablast)|
Dan Green (Escavalier)
|Bianca's Shelmet debuted in Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!, where she used it in her battle against Elesa's Zebstrika, but it was quickly defeated. Bianca was worried after the battle that Shelmet might not be feeling well after losing the way it did. Iris made up a special remedy for it to help it get back its energy.
In Crisis at Chargestone Cave!, Bianca mentioned that she had come to the area to trade Shelmet for Professor Juniper's Karrablast, so that they may evolve. In Evolution Exchange Excitement!, before the trade, Shelmet battled with the Karrablast it would soon be traded for. However with its timid nature, all Shelmet did was use Protect. It was because of this tactic that the battle was called off as it was clear the battle would drag on at that rate. After the battle, it was successfully traded for Karrablast, with them both evolving into Accelgor and Escavalier respectively.
As of the trade, Shelmet's known moves were Acid, Energy Ball, and Protect.
|Debut||Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!|
This listing is of the Badges Bianca has obtained in the Unova region:
- Two unknown Badges (prior to Minccino—Neat and Tidy!)
- Unknown Badge (prior to Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!)
- At least five unknown Badges (prior to Curtain Up, Unova League!)
Bianca has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:
- Vertress Conference - Top 64 (Mission: Defeat Your Rival!)
Bianca has competed in the following Pokémon competitions:
- Club Battle - Top 16 (Cilan Versus Trip, Ash Versus Georgia!)
- Clubsplosion - Top 4 (Commanding the Clubsplosion Crown!)
- Bianca is Ash's first female rival in the anime.
- Bianca is the only Unova rival to encounter Team Rocket.
|Japanese||ベル Bel||From the Slavic prefix bel-, white. Also Celtic god of light. Another possibility is "Belle", French for beautiful.|
|English, French, Spanish||Bianca||Means "white" in Italian.|
|German||Bell||Same as Japanese name.|
|Italian||Belle||Same as Japanese name.|
|Spanish||Bel||Same as Japanese name.|
|Korean||벨 Bel||Same as Japanese name.|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||白露 Báilù||Transliteration of her Japanese name. Also translates to white dew.|
|Pokémon B+W only:|
|Trainers in League Conferences|
|This article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|