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Factory Head Thorton (Japanese: ファクトリーヘッド ネジキ Factory Head Neziki) is the Frontier Brain in charge of running the Battle Frontier's Battle Factory.
In the games
He is the Frontier Brain of the Battle Factory in the Sinnoh and Johto regions. It is suggested he is very intelligent, as he mentions inventing a machine that analyzes the player's Pokémon. If he is defeated he will hand over the Factory Print.
Like the player, he uses rental Pokémon. Therefore, all of his Pokémon are random for both the Gold and Silver Prints, so he can use any Pokémon except for those that are not admissible in the Battle Frontier; these include Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, and Arceus.
- "Bzweeeeep! Sorry, don't mind me. What I'm using is an invention of mine. It's my data-analyzing machine It's telling me what you've rented for this match. I see! You've rented <Pokémon> , <Pokémon>, and <Pokémon>. I have to say, that's a good setup. Like, say, [random number] percent? Oh, don't let that number concern you! All righty, let's get going!"
- "See? Just as analyzed."
- "Whoa! You sure showed me!"
- "Hmm... I got handed the loss here. It's not making me happy at all, losing. Even though I'm not happy, I did glean some useful data, I suppose. That makes me glad I battled you. So, did you get to like those Pokémon you rented? As a Factory Head, it would sure make me happy if you did. Next time, come back with different rental Pokémon."
- "Bzweeeeep! Let's see what I can see about you through my data-analyzing machine. So, what have you rented for this match...? I see! You've rented <Pokémon> , <Pokémon>, and <Pokémon>. I have to say, that's a good setup. It's a combination of friendship with cooperation all around. I'd say it's like [random number] percent? Oh, don't let that number concern you! All righty, let's get going! No losing for me this time!"
- "Whoa! You sure showed me!"
- "Hmm... I got handed another loss. It's not making me happy at all, this. In fact, I'm stewing here. I thought I learned a lot about Pokémon since I lost to you. But that's all right. Some things you learn from winning. But some things you learn by losing. I hope you'll keep renting our Pokémon and give me a chance to redeem myself!"
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Thorton first appears along with his fellow Frontier Brains, Palmer, Dahlia, and Argenta in a meeting; afterward they go back to their facilities. Thorton later appears at his facility, the Battle Factory, where he watches Platinum battle through it. Eventually, Platinum manages to get enough wins to allow her to challenge him and they begin battling.
Due to the rules of the Battle Factory, the two use rental Pokémon to Battle each other instead of their own Pokémon. Despite Thorton having much confidence in his battling skills and knowledge, Platinum proves superior to him in both categories, allowing her to defeat him. Angered at his defeat, Thorton throws a temper tantrum until Argenta comes to snap him out of it by slapping him in the face.
Later, he is given a Team Galactic camera robot that Riley obtained on Iron Island and is tasked with fixing it. Eventually, he succeeds, but is left exhausted in the process.
| Thorton's Tyranitar was used to battle Platinum at the Battle Factory. It proved powerful and its ability to create a sandstorm which made Platinum's Pokémon constantly take damage. Eventually, it was defeated by Platinum's Kadabra's super effective Focus Punch.
None of Tyranitar's moves are known and its Ability is Sand Stream.
|| Uprooting Seedot
| Thorton's Ursaring was used to battle Platinum at the Battle Factory. With the speed gained from Ledian's Baton Pass, it was able to easily defeat Platinum's Qwilfish. Later, it fought her Kadabra and was defeated when its energy was absorbed with a Drain Punch.
Ursaring's known moves are Earthquake and Focus Punch.
|| Outlasting Ledian
In the TCG
This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Thorton or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
- In English, his title is the only Frontier Brain title held by another person, Noland.
|| ネジキ Neziki
|| From 捩木 neziki, staggerbush
|| From thorn
|| From the genus Carduus
|| From Distel, thistle
|| From spina, spike
|| From espina, spike
|| 수철 Sucheol
|| From 소철 (蘇鐵) socheol, sago cycad
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 捩木 Lièmù
|| From the Japanese name 捩木 Nejiki
| Chinese (Cantonese)
|| 捩木 Lihtmuhk
|| Transliteration of his Japanese name