Heroes of Truth and Ideals

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The Hero of Truth and the Hero of Ideals

The Hero of Truth (Japanese: 真実勇者 Hero of Truth) and the Hero of Ideals (Japanese: 理想勇者 Hero of Ideals) are characters from the backstory of Pokémon Black and White, and who appeared in both White—Victini and Zekrom and Black—Victini and Reshiram.

In the games

The Heroes of Truth and Ideals are mentioned in Black and White, and are usually called "The Twin Heroes." According to legend, they once shared a powerful dragon, but could not decide whether to pursue truth or ideals. The dragon split into two parts, Reshiram following the Hero of Truth and Zekrom following the Hero of Ideals.

At the beginning of the games, ZekromB or ReshiramW resides in Dragonspiral Tower as the Dark StoneB or Light StoneW and is called upon by N to create a world where people and Pokémon are separate. The player is tasked with resolving the history the twins began in the past by finding ReshiramB or ZekromW in the Light StoneB or Dark StoneW and reviving it.

It is also said that one of the Twin Heroes built the Relic Castle, which became the center of civilization in Unova. Presumably it is the Hero of TruthB/Hero of IdealsW due to the Light StoneB/Dark StoneW being found here.

In the anime

They are twin brothers and are the sons of the King of the People of the Vale that lived one thousand years ago in Kingdom of the Vale.

One day, the two brothers began to fight over their beliefs and started a war in the process. This devastated the kingdom and caused the Dragon Force energy that was enriching their kingdom to become destructive and chaotic, causing it to destroy the land.

The chaos the Dragon Force caused forced the King to use Victini's power to move the Sword of the Vale to the location that would eventually become Eindoak Town. Despite managing to calm the Dragon Force, the King unfortunately died soon after, accidentally leaving Victini trapped inside of the Sword of the Vale's barrier. Reshiram and Zekrom, exhausted from their battle, reverted into stones known as "Dragon Stones". Guilt ridden, the brothers took and hid the stones in a secret cave hidden deep underneath the castle.

Pokémon

Hero of Truth

Hero of Truth's Reshiram
Reshiram
Main article: Reshiram (M14)

Reshiram was used by the Hero of Truth in the war between the brothers. After a long and fierce battle with Zekrom, Reshiram was reverted into a stone form and remained that way until being awakened in the future.

Debut White—Victini and Zekrom and Black—Victini and Reshiram
Voice actors
Japanese Shōsuke Tanihara
English Marc Thompson

Hero of Ideals

Hero of Ideals's Zekrom
Zekrom
Main article: Zekrom (M14)

Zekrom was used by the Hero of Ideals in the war between the brothers. After a long and fierce battle with Reshiram, Zekrom was reverted into a stone form and remained that way until being awakened in the future.

Debut White—Victini and Zekrom and Black—Victini and Reshiram
Voice actors
Japanese Hideki Takahashi
English Marc Thompson

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Prior to the start of the Black & White chapter, the Heroes of Truth and Ideals were twin heroes who created the Unova region. They used a powerful Dragon Pokémon and eventually the two brothers argued over how to rule the Unova region. The elder brother pursued the truth while the younger brother pursued ideals. Unable to choose a side, the Dragon Pokémon split into two beings: Reshiram, who sided with the elder brother, and Zekrom, who sided with the younger. Sometime after the two brothers battled, Reshiram and Zekrom transformed into the Light and Dark Stones, respectively.

Origin

The legend of the twin heroes parallels the Roman myth of Romulus and Remus, two twins who founded the city of Rome. Likewise, the twin heroes built the Relic Castle, which became the center of civilization in Unova at least 2,500 years ago, much like Rome in real-life ancient Europe. The twin heroes' disagreements leading to a fight also parallels the Roman myth.

In other languages

Hero of Truth

Language Title
Finland Flag.png Finnish Totuuden sankari
Germany Flag.png German Held der Wirklichkeit
Italy Flag.png Italian Eroe della Verità
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Herói da Verdade
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Sanningens hjälte
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Anh hùng của Hiện thực

Hero of Ideals

Language Title
Finland Flag.png Finnish Ihanteiden sankari
Germany Flag.png German Held der Wünsche
Italy Flag.png Italian Eroe degli Ideali
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Herói do Ideal
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Idealens hjälte
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Anh hùng của Lý tưởng


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Professor LundRafeRaleighRebeccaRowenaSamSheenaSidSir AaronSorrelTonioTory LundTowaVerityYuko
Human antagonists
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Lawrence IIILeviMarcusMerilynMillis SteelMolly HaleOakleyRiotThe PhantomZero
Pokémon
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GiratinaHo-OhHoopaJirachiKeldeoKyuremLatiasLatiosLucarioLugiaMagearnaManaphyMarshadowMew (M01)Mew (M08)
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RaymondRossSchuylerShipShunSpencer HaleSylvanTakaTammyTannerTappTatsukiTobiasUschiZabu

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