|16 (as of the eleventh chapter)
|Trainer, Gym Leader
Cheren (Japanese: チェレン Cheren) is a supporting character of the manga series Pokémon Adventures.
Cheren is a Pokémon Trainer along with his two friends, Bianca and Black. Cheren is a very polite person and is prone to apologizing for even the most pointless of reasons. He and Bianca are well acquainted with Professor Juniper and were the ones who recommended Black to be the third Unova Pokédex holder despite her having never met the boy before.
However, once entering the Pokémon League, Cheren had become cold and indifferent even to his own Pokémon. He then revealed to Black that the only thing he seeks for now is strength. However, this had been because he was brainwashed by Team Plasma in Driftveil City.
Cheren has known Black since they were both children and has memorized all of his various quirks.
Cheren, along with Bianca, has been friends with Black since they were small children. As the three played together, Black would eventually gain an interest in challenging the Pokémon League. Over the next several years, Cheren would support his friend's dream.
Cheren debuted in Choices. He and Bianca met with Professor Juniper at her laboratory to ask why the starter Pokémon and Pokédexes that were supposed to be delivered to Black's house haven't arrived yet. They discovered that two of the starters had gotten into a fight with each other while the third ran off elsewhere. While Professor Juniper cleaned up the mess, Bianca gave Snivy to Cheren, stating that it resembled him. They tracked Tepig's footprints to a nearby cliff side, where they found it and Black stuck in a tree, being attacked by a wild Pokémon. Cheren suggested helping his friend, but Professor Juniper refused, wanting to use the moment to see if Black was still worthy of owning a Pokédex despite the trouble he caused her. By cooperating with Tepig, Black managed to defeat the Sewaddle that was attacking him. With Sewaddle defeated, Black immediately left to start his journey, leaving the others behind. Later, Cheren and Bianca realized that because of Black's negligence, their Pokédexes ended up left in a puddle, causing them to malfunction.
In A Nickname for Tepig, Cheren and Bianca had a quick sparring match that ended in Cheren's victory. Professor Juniper revealed that repairing the Pokédexes would take longer than she expected. With Black having the only working Pokédex, Professor Junper told Cheren and Bianca to go find Black and tell him to take care of it.
In Welcome to Striaton City!!, Cheren and Bianca found Black at the Striaton Gym. They chastised Black for leaving home without them and causing their Pokédexes to get damaged. Seeing the conversation, the Gym Leaders, Cilan, Cress, and Chili, allowed Cheren and Bianca to participate in the Gym challenge alongside Black. Together, Cheren, Bianca, and Black managed to defeat the triplet Gym Leaders and earn the Trio Badge. Afterward, Black apologized for his actions and gave Cheren and Bianca a Xtransceiver each so they could keep in touch. After going their separate ways, Cheren and Bianca realized they never exchanged numbers with Black, forcing them to go and find him again.
In Fight in a Cold Climate, Cheren met up with Black in Driftveil City. To celebrate their encounter, Cheren took Black to a Move Tutor's so they could train their Pokémon. While there, Cheren was attacked by two Team Plasma Grunts, who stole his Snivy and ran off to the Cold Storage. Cheren and Black followed the thieves and faced them in battle, eventually managing to free Snivy from its Poké Ball. With the Grass and Fire Pledge they learned from the Move Tutor's, Snivy and Nite defeated the Grunts, forcing them to flee. After seeing Black off, Cheren decided to revisit the Cold Storage in hopes that he could learn more about Team Plasma.
In Hallway Hijinks, Cheren appeared as a competitor in the Pokémon League, eventually making it to the Top 8. In the second battle of the quarterfinals, Cheren went up against Leo and easily defeated him. When Leo congratulated his opponent over his victory, Cheren coldly ignored him, which Black noted as unusual behavior.
In Something Suspicious, Cheren faced the Hood Man in the semifinals. During the battle, Black noticed that Cheren's Snivy had yet to evolve, which he noted should have happened at some point. When Snivy was unable to defeat its opponent, Cheren forcibly switched it out for Unfezant, who managed to defeat the Hood Man's Beheeyem and win the battle. This infuriated Black, who demanded to know why Cheren was treating his Pokémon poorly. Cheren explained that Snivy didn't live up to his expectations, which angered Black into starting the final battle early.
In True Friends, Cheren and Black faced each other in the finals. Cheren revealed that after their previous encounter, he met Zinzolin, one of the Seven Sages, who convinced him to follow Team Plasma's ideals and pursue strength. Their battle eventually took them to the roof of the League building, where they had one final clash, ending in Black's victory. After passing out from a large amount of Dream Mist that filled the area, Cheren and Black shared a memory of their childhood when Cheren promised to support Black's dream. Furious over his friend's manipulation, Black called out to Team Plasma and dared they come out of hiding.
Two years later, in The Transfer Student, Cheren was revealed to have become a teacher at the Aspertia City Trainers' School. On his first day, he forced Blake, Hugh, and Leo to sit outside for starting an argument. Shortly after, he introduced the new transfer student, Whitley, to the class. Hearing the conversation Blake and others were having about Whitley, Cheren decided to skip the lecture and instead had the students battle each other. Separated into two separate groups by gender, Blake and Whitley competed against their classmates and won, earning themselves a Pokédex from Bianca.
In Mr. Perfect, Cheren talked to Bianca about his first day as a teacher. They were interrupted by a call from Drayden, who informed them of the third Legendary Dragon of the Unova region: Kyurem. He noted that Team Plasma may have revived in order to obtain Kyurem for themselves.
In Movie Panic, Cheren took his students on a field trip to Pokéstar Studios. There, he encountered Brycen, whom he challenged two years ago during his Badge quest. To Cheren's surprise, Brycen suggested that he sign up for the open Gym Leader position available in Aspertia City.
In Choir Tournament, Cheren watched his class take part in the Autumn Choir Tournament. After facing off against a variety of other teams in the tournament, Blake and Whitley's team emerged as the winner. Roxie, who Blake had invited to judge the competition, had her father take the winning team and their class to Castelia City to compete in the Unova Choir Tournament.
In Therian Forme III, Cheren and his class gathered at Prime Pier. When Hugh arrived, he revealed to everyone that Team Plasma returned and a member of their class is one of them. Hugh decided to leave the school to fight Team Plasma, but was stopped by Whitley. Finding her behavior suspicious, the class suspected Whitley, but were affected by her Foongy's spores, causing everyone to pass out.
In Pink Slip, Cheren woke up to find he, Roxie, and the class were taken to the Marine Tube. There, they encountered Benga, a Trainers' School student that was suspended on the first day of school for picking a fight with his classmates. Benga and Marlon took everyone to safety after Castelia was frozen over by Team Plasma's flying ship, the Plasma Frigate. When asked to join Benga and Marlon launch a counterattack against the villains, Cheren and Roxie agreed, but the former decided to wait until he confirmed the status on the missing Blake, Hugh, and Leo.
By The Final Battle: Crushed Ambition, the Marine Tube had been frozen by the Plasma Frigate along with the rest of Undella Town. Despite his efforts, Benga was unable to break through the ice, even when Bianca and Cedric Juniper arrived to help. With the combined might of all three Pledge moves, the ice was destroyed, freeing Cheren and his students. Cedric confirmed that Cheren's missing students were safe while Bianca revealed that Black had been freed from the Light Stone. Cheren and Bianca were transported to the abandoned N's Castle. The area had been set ablaze when the Plasma Frigate crashed into it, putting the Pokémon Team Plasma left behind at risk. Cheren, Black, White, Blake, Whitley, Hugh, Bianca, Benga, and Cedric combined the might of all three stages of the Unova starter Pokémon and unleashed a triple Grass, Water, and Fire Pledge combination attack, successfully dousing the flames.
In Epilogue: Graduation Ceremony, during the Trainers' School graduation ceremony, Black announced that he would start attending school in preparation for when he challenged the Pokémon League again, much to Cheren's frustration. Later, Cheren watched his students graduate.
This listing is of Cheren's known Pokémon:
Servine is Cheren's first known Pokémon. He originally belonged to Professor Juniper when he was a Snivy. Bianca gave him to Cheren, stating that they resembled each other. He was later revealed to have evolved into a Servine.
|Fussing and Fighting
|Unfezant was first seen as a Pidove. He evolved into a Tranquill right before Cheren encountered Black at Driftveil City. Later, he was used to help retrieve Cheren's stolen Snivy. At the Pokémon League, he was revealed to have evolved into an Unfezant. There, he was used to battle Leo's Deino and later Hood Man's Beheeyem, where he easily won. During the battle against Black, he battled against Black's Braviary, Brav, only to be defeated, making Black the victor.
|The Case of the Missing Pokémon
|Gigalith was first seen as a Boldore in the Unova Pokémon League. There, it was first used to battle the Hood Man's Klink before being switched with Snivy. After Cheren won the battle, Boldore evolved into its final form. In the finals against Black, it faced Black's Emboar, Bo, and managed to have an advantage. Eventually, it was switched out for Unfezant.
|Stoutland is a Pokémon Cheren borrowed from Bianca's father. It was borrowed by Bianca, Cheren, and Black to practice Pokémon battling.
None of Stoutland's moves are known.
|A Nickname for Tepig
|Unfezant is a Pokémon Cheren borrowed from Bianca's father. He was borrowed by Bianca, Cheren, and Black to practice Pokémon battling.
None of Unfezant's moves are known.
|A Nickname for Tepig
- Trio Badge (Their First Gym Battle)
- Freeze Badge (prior to Dream a Little Dream)
- At least six unknown Badges (prior to Dream a Little Dream)
Cheren has competed in the following Pokémon Leagues:
- He and Bianca break the pattern that the games set, as in, instead of him having the starter that would be stronger to the player character (in this case, Black), he instead has the starter that is weaker to his.
|This article is part of both Project Manga and Project CharacterDex, Bulbapedia projects that, together, aim to write comprehensive articles on the Pokémon Manga and CharacterDex, respectively.