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Lila (Japanese: ユリ Yuri) is a minor recurring character in the Pokémon anime. She is a renowned Pokémon Stylist and a former Pokémon Coordinator from Celestic Town, where she is also known as "Tiger Lily". She used to be a rival of Johanna.
Lila made her main appearance in Battling The Generation Gap!, in which it was revealed that she was once a Pokémon Coordinator and a rival of Dawn's mother Johanna before becoming a well-known Pokémon Stylist and opening her own fashion store in her hometown, Celestic Town.
When she was a Coordinator, she managed to break Johanna's winning streak, becoming the first person to ever defeat Johanna in a Contest Battle. This victory gave Lila her fourth Contest Ribbon. However, she took notice of how energized Johanna was even after losing and started pondering if pursuing Pokémon Contests was something she really wanted to do.
After getting the offer for studying abroad to become a Pokémon Stylist, she discussed it with Johanna and the two decided to follow the path they would most certainly excel at, and so Lila quit being a Coordinator while Johanna remained competing in Pokémon Contests. Lila eventually became a very successful Stylist, appearing on the Poké Chic magazine and designing outfits for famous Trainers such as Wallace while Johanna went on to win the Ribbon Cup and become a Top Coordinator.
Although she finds her job as a Stylist fulfilling, Lila began reminiscing about her days as a Coordinator after watching her rival's daughter Dawn participating in the Wallace Cup. She decided to take part in a Pokémon Contest once more and entered the Celestic Contest, expecting to battle Dawn similarly to how she battled against her mother. Brock mentioned that if Lila were to win the battle against Dawn, she could enter the Grand Festival. However, Lila was secretly hoping to discover more about herself by battling Dawn, just as she discovered her true calling by battling Johanna.
Both Lila and Dawn made it to the final round of the Celestic Contest, and after a hard-fought battle, Dawn defeated Lila and earned the Celestic Ribbon. After the event, Lila let Ash and his friends pick out outfits from her shop free of charge.
She made a brief cameo in A Grand Fight for Winning!, where she was watching the battle between Dawn and Zoey in the finals of the Sinnoh Grand Festival on television in her shop.
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This listing is of Lila's known Pokémon in the anime:
|| Delcatty ♂
| Lila's main Pokémon is a male Delcatty. She trained him since she was a young Coordinator and used him to defeat Johanna and her Glameow.
Delcatty was later used in the Battle Stage of the Celestic Contest where after getting through to the final rounds was pitted against Dawn's Ambipom. During the match, Delcatty was able to wear Ambipom down by putting her to sleep and also afflicting her with his Cute Charm Ability. Despite this, Dawn was able to find a way for Ambipom to defend herself while attacking at the same time. Eventually, Delcatty was hit by a barrage of Swift and was left with the least points when the time ran out. Although Delcatty was upset that he didn't earn Lila her fifth Ribbon, Lila comforted her loyal Pokémon.
Delcatty's known moves are Substitute, Sing, Iron Tail, and Shock Wave, and his Ability is Cute Charm.
|| Battling The Generation Gap!
This listing is of the Ribbons Lila has obtained in the Sinnoh region:
Lila has competed in the following Pokémon Contests:
Lila's outfit in the Celestic Contest
- It is confirmed that Lila's Delcatty is a male because in its battle with Dawn's Ambipom, its Cute Charm Ability went into effect on Ambipom, who is female. Also, Brock later stated that Delcatty was in fact male. This is one of the few instances that a character of the day's Pokémon has its gender confirmed (not counting single-gender Pokémon).
- Her title of "Tiger Lily" may have come from her Pokémon: Delcatty, based on a feline, could refer to a tiger; and Cherrim, based on a plant, could refer to a lily.