Poké Maniac (Trainer class)

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Poké Maniac
かいじゅうマニア Monster Maniac
VSPoké Maniac SV.png
VS model from Scarlet and Violet
Other names PokéManiac (Generations I-III)
Pkmniac (Stadium)
Introduced in Generation I
Appears in Red, Blue, and Yellow
Gold, Silver, and Crystal
Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Scarlet and Violet
Stadium, Stadium 2
Gender Male
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members Kirk, Gorman, Bluto, Leo
Anime debut Mad About Blue! (Series)
TCG debut Unified Minds
TCG card Poké Maniac
Manga debut Verily Vanquishing Vileplume I (Adventures)

A Poké Maniac (Japanese: かいじゅうマニア Monster Maniac; also known as マニア Maniac in Generation I), formatted PokéManiac in Generations I to III, is a type of Pokémon Trainer that first debuted in the Generation I games. They were originally presented as strange boys with long hair wearing trenchcoats. In Generation III, they were changed to cosplayers dressing up in Pokémon-like costumes. In Generation VII, Poké Maniacs cosplay as Slowpoke and, when defeated, imitate Slowpoke with their faces.

They tend to use Pokémon in the Monster Egg Group, such as Lairon, Lickitung, and Charmander.

In Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Poké Maniacs will award three Poké Balls along with prize money upon being defeated.

Notable Poké Maniacs

In Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, Kirk (known as Mania in Generation II), a Poké Maniac from Cianwood City, is well known for his arrogance. Hearing of this, Silver stole one of his two Pokémon, a Sneasel. Kirk begs the player to take Shuckie, his Shuckle, for safekeeping. Depending on how well Shuckie is treated, Kirk may or may not ask for Shuckie to be given back.

Aside from the Trainer class, the term Poké Maniac (Japanese: ポケモンマニア Pokémon Maniac) has also been used to refer to people that are deeply interested in rare Pokémon, most notably Bill and his father. However, in original Japanese version, this term is different from the class and does not carry the implication of liking Kaiju-like Pokémon. Probably for this reason, Bill's title was re-translated to Pokémon fanatic in the English version of Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.



Slowpoke Poké Maniac.png Poké Maniac artwork.png ORAS Poké Maniac.png Poké Maniac artwork 2.png
Poké Maniac dressed as a Slowpoke Art based on their design from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Art from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Alternative art based on their design from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Sprites and models

In the core series

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Spr RG PokéManiac.png Spr Y PokéManiac.png Spr GS SW97 PokéManiac.png Spr GS PokéManiac.png Spr RS PokéManiac.png Spr FRLG PokéManiac.png Spr HGSS Poké Maniac.png VSPoké Maniac.png VSPoké Maniac PE.png VSPoké Maniac SV.png
Sprite from
Red and Blue
Sprite from
Prototype sprite from the
1997 Nintendo Space World demo
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
VS portrait from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
VS model from
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
VS model from
Scarlet and Violet
Rocker I OD.png PokéManiac II OD.png Fossil Maniac OD.png Poké Maniac FRLG OD.png Poké Maniac IV OD.png Poké Maniac ORAS OD.png ORAS Poké Maniac Icon.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation I
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld model from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Icon on the PSS from
Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, and PGL

In other games

PokeManiac Stadium.png S2 Pokémaniac.pngS2 Pokémaniac alt.pngS2 Pokémaniac Defeated.png
Pkmniac portrait from Stadium Portraits from
Stadium 2

Trainer list

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow

Pokémon Gold and Silver

Pokémon Crystal

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

Pokémon Emerald

See more: List of Battle Frontier Trainers (Generation III)/PokéManiac

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Special Trainers

  • Poké Maniac Kelvin, at the Battle Resort, chooses his team from among seven different possible teams.

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Pokémon Stadium

Pokémon Stadium 2

In the anime

Gorman (right) and Bluto (left), two Poké Maniacs in the anime

Two Poké Maniacs, called Gorman and Bluto, appeared in Mad About Blue!. They were obsessed with blue-colored Pokémon.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Emerald arc

In Verily Vanquishing Vileplume I, a Poké Maniac is one of the Trainers who participate in the Battle Dome challenge. He is pushed aside when Emerald tries to squeeze in to sit with the challengers.

Black & White and Black 2 & White 2 arcs

Leo, a boy wearing a combination of Youngster and Poké Maniac clothes, appears as a recurring character in Unova.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Poké Maniac in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Related cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Poké Maniac Su Unified Minds Uncommon 204/236 Sky Legend U 047/054
Unified Minds Rare Ultra 236/236 Sky Legend SR 061/054


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 怪獸狂 Guàishòu Kwòhng *
怪獸迷 Gwaaisau Màih *
Mandarin 怪獸狂 / 怪兽狂 Guàishòu Kuáng *
怪獸迷 Guàishòu Mí *
怪兽玛尼亚 Guàishòu Mǎníyǎ *
France Flag.png French Pokémaniac
Germany Flag.png German Pokémaniac
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Maniak Pokémon
Italy Flag.png Italian Pokéfanatico
South Korea Flag.png Korean 포켓몬 매니아 Pokémon Mania
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Pokémaníaco
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Poké Fanático
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pokémaníaco

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
Kanto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*Bug CatcherBurglarCamper*ChampionGSCFRLGHGSSPE
ChannelerElite FourGSCFRLGHGSSPEEngineerFishermanGamer*GentlemanGym Leader*GSCFRLGHGSSPE
HikerJugglerLassPicnicker*Poké Maniac*Pokémon Trainer*GSCPEPsychicRivalFRLGRockerRoughneck*
SailorScientistSuper NerdSwimmerTamerTeam Rocket Boss*FRLGHGSSPETeam Rocket Grunt*Youngster
BoarderHGSSDouble TeamHGSSFirebreatherGSCHGSSGuitaristGSCHGSSMediumGSCHGSS
Cool CoupleFRLGCrush KinFRLGSis and BroFRLGYoung CoupleFRLGHGSS
Coach TrainerPEKarate MasterPEPunk GuyPETeam RocketPETeam Rocket AdminPE
Master TrainersPE
Unused Trainer class:
Sevii Islands Aroma LadyBikerBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherCamperCool CoupleCooltrainerCrush Girl
Crush KinCue BallFishermanGentlemanHikerJugglerLadyLassPainterPicnickerPokéManiac
PKMN BreederPKMN RangerPsychicRuin ManiacScientistSis and BroSwimmerTamer
Team Rocket AdminTeam Rocket GruntTwinsTuberYoung CoupleYoungster
Trainer Tower only:
BeautyBurglarEngineerRockerSailorSuper Nerd
Johto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*BoarderBug CatcherBurglarCamper
ChampionExecutive*FirebreatherFisherman*GentlemanGuitaristHikerJugglerKimono GirlLass
LeaderMediumPicnickerPokéfanPoké Maniac*PKMN TrainerPoliceman*PsychicRivalHGSSSage
SailorSchool Kid*ScientistSkierSuper NerdSwimmerTeacherTeam Rocket Grunt*TwinsYoungster
Mystery Man*CHGSSDouble TeamHGSSElderHGSSPasserbyHGSSYoung CoupleHGSS
Battle Frontier only:HGSS

Aroma LadyArtistBattle GirlCameramanClownCollectorCowgirlCyclistDragon TamerIdol
JoggerLadyNinja BoyParasol LadyPIPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN RangerRancherReporter
Rich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSocialiteTuberVeteranWaiterWaitressWorker
Arcade StarCastle ValetFactory HeadHall MatronTower Tycoon

Hoenn Ace Trainer*Aqua AdminSEASAqua LeaderSEASAroma LadyBattle GirlBeautyBird KeeperBlack Belt
Bug CatcherBug ManiacCamperChampionCollectorDragon TamerElite FourExpertFisherman
GentlemanGuitaristHex ManiacHikerInterviewers*KindlerLadyLassLeaderMagma AdminREOR
Magma LeaderREORNinja BoyOld CoupleParasol LadyPicnickerPoké Fan*Poké Maniac*Pokémon Breeder*
Pokémon Ranger*Pokémon Trainer*PsychicRich BoyRuin ManiacSailorSchoolkid*Sis & Bro*Swimmer
Team Aqua GruntSEASTeam Magma GruntREORTeammates*TriathleteTuberTwinsWinstrateYoung CoupleYoungster
Ace DuoORASBrains & BrawnORASBackpackerORASDelinquentORASFairy Tale GirlORASFare PrinceORAS
Free DiverORASLeadersORASLorekeeperORASMysterious SistersORASProprietorORASRotation GirlORAS
Scuba DiverORASSecret Base ExpertORASSecret Base TrainerORASSootopolitanORASStreet ThugORAS
Battle Frontier only:E
Arena TycoonDome AceFactory HeadPalace MavenPike QueenPyramid KingSalon Maiden
Battle Institute and Battle Maison only:ORAS
ArtistBattle ChatelaineButlerChefFurisode GirlGarçonGardenerMadameMaidMonsieurOwnerPreschooler
Punk GirlPunk GuyRising StarRoller SkaterSchoolboySchoolgirlScientistTouristVeteranWaitressWorker
Paldea ArtistBackpackerBlack BeltCabbieChampionCookCourierDirectorDragon TamerElite FourGym Leader
Gym TrainerHikerInstructorJanitorModelMusicianOffice WorkerPoké ManiacPokémon Trainer
ScientistStudentTeam StarTeam Star GruntTop ChampionWaiterWaitressWorkerYoungster
The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero only:
Kitakami BackpackerBlack BeltCourierDelinquentDragon TamerFestival BoyFestival GirlGlitterati
HikerKitakami Ogre ClanOffice WorkerPhotographerPoké ManiacPokémon TrainerRuffian
Mochi Mayhem only:

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