Gary's cheerleaders

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Gary's cheerleaders during the Silver Conference.

Gary's cheerleaders (Japanese: シゲル応援ギャル Shigeru's cheering gals) were a group of girls, also considered friends, that traveled with Gary during his Pokémon journey. Six of them helped to cheer Gary on, much like real-life cheerleaders at sporting events. While a silent seventh member of the entourage chauffeured the group around in a red convertible car.

History

They made their debut in the first episode, where they were seen outside Professor Oak's Laboratory cheering for Gary as he received his starter. Their motto is:

"Gary, Gary, he's our man. If he can't do it, no one can! Go...Gary!".

The entourage continued to feature alongside Gary, and were seen in Beauty and the Beach, Dig Those Diglett!, Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon, and Riddle Me This.

His cheerleaders watched Gary challenge Giovanni to a Gym battle in The Battle of the Badge. However, they were frightened and later upset when Gary lost to Mewtwo. Later, they watched Ash take on the Team Rocket trio, who served as temprorary Gym Leaders while Giovanni had business to attend to. Ash went on to earn himself the Earth Badge, despite the evil trio's attempts to cheat, and Gary's cheerleaders cheered for him:

"He's our winner, he's our Ash! Let's all have a victory bash! He's our winner, he's our man! No one wins like Ketchum can!".

The cheerleaders supported Gary through his Indigo Plateau Conference campaign, beginning in All Fired Up!. The group were left distraught after Gary's loss to Melissa in The Fourth Round Rumble, and they all left the Indigo Plateau with Gary soon after.

The cheerleaders were then absent for most of the Johto League. They finally reappeared in The Ties that Bind and Can't Beat the Heat! to support Gary as he competed against Ash in a Full Battle round during the Silver Conference. Unlike the previous battles, they did not start crying when Gary lost to Ash. The cheerleaders haven't been seen since Gary decided to become a Pokémon Researcher like his grandfather.

Character

Gary's cheerleaders are a lively group with exuberant personalities. They enjoy a life of luxury, and were shown in Riddle Me This taking a holiday in a private Cinnabar Island hotel suite while Gary also rested in preparation for the upsoming Indigo Plateau Conference.

Their beauty and incredible support for their friend and hero Gary often made Ash jealous. Their rhyming slogans and pep bolstered Gary's own confidence, which also helped to inflame his ego, during his Pokémon journey. The girls were shown to cry when Gary lost a challenge, as seen in The Battle of the Badge and again in The Fourth Round Rumble.

Voice actresses

Language Voice actor
Japanese 大谷育江 Ikue Ohtani
飯塚雅弓 Mayumi Iizuka
English Veronica Taylor
Rachael Lillis
Finnish Elise Langenoja
Jenni Sivonen
Minna Tasanto

Trivia


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