|In The Shadow of Zekrom!
|English voice actor
|Japanese voice actor
In the anime
As a young child, Trip became inspired to be a Pokémon Trainer after watching Alder battle. He later met the Champion, who would let him pet and feed the Bouffalant Alder was battling with. Afterwards, Alder offered a few words of advice, with this experience in turn inspiring Trip to work hard and train to become a Champion. As such, Trip grew up idolizing Alder and held him in high regard.
Trip debuted in In The Shadow of Zekrom! as a beginning Trainer ready to choose his first Pokémon. After meeting with Professor Juniper, he chose Snivy as his new partner. He took a dislike to Ash after learning he was from Kanto, a region Trip did not think very highly of. On his way out of the lab, he challenged Ash to a Pokémon battle. He had much interest in battling Pikachu, a species that is foreign in his region. Because Pikachu could not use any Electric-type moves at the time, it was easily defeated by the Snivy. Trip left Nuvema Town to begin his journey, rudely telling Ash to go back to the basics.
Trip appeared again at the Luxuria Town Battle Club in A Rival Battle for Club Champ!, where he and Ash had a five-on-five battle, although Trip initially offered to have a Full Battle with Ash. His Tranquill defeated Ash's Oshawott and Tepig in just two hits with its Super Luck-boosted Aerial Ace, but lost to Ash's Pikachu. Pikachu was defeated by Servine again. Snivy defeated Trip's Servine by using Attract. Trip's Frillish later defeated Pidove and Snivy, after making use of its Ability and speed, causing Ash to lose the battle. Afterwards, Trip called Pikachu and Snivy "okay", but said that the rest of Ash's team was a joke, and so was their Trainer. Trip then condescendingly departing from the Battle Club.
In A Venipede Stampede!, Trip was training in Castelia City when a swarm of Venipede suddenly attacked. He used his Lampent to try to fight them off, but Ash yelled at him for doing so, saying that he was only making things worse. Trip insulted him, but was interrupted by Burgh, who agreed with Ash. Later, Trip would continue his pursuit and went after the leader of the Venipede swarm, in spite of Burgh's words, and ordered Lampent to hit it with Shadow Ball, but Ash blocked the attack. Again, Burgh told Trip that he was going about it the wrong way, resulting in Trip stopping. Trip then used Tranquill to help coax out the remaining Venipede and lead them safely out of the city. That night he opted to head to the following city to participate in his next Gym battle rather than waiting for the Castelia Gym to be restored.
In Ash and Trip's Third Battle!, Trip, along with his Vanillite and Timburr, battled Ash once more. During their battle, Trip revealed to Ash the reason behind Oshawott's inability to use Aqua Jet and even told him about the Unova League Champion Alder. Their battle ended in a tie after Servine defeated Snivy, Vanillite tied with Tepig, and Oshawott defeated Timburr.
In Reunion Battles In Nimbasa!, Trip entered the Club Battle, a tournament held by Nimbasa Town's Don George. He was chosen to battle Cilan in the first match up. In the next episode, he used his Gurdurr to battle against Cilan's Dwebble. During the battle Trip put Gurdurr's physical strength along with its girder to great use, giving him an early lead in the battle. Despite putting up a good fight, however, Gurdurr was defeated and Trip was knocked out of the competition. After his Pokémon healed at the Pokémon Center that night, he left Nimbasa Town believing that there was no point to staying there any longer.
In Ash Versus the Champion!, Trip revealed he had already obtained five Gym Badges. During that time, he also got to reunite with Alder, who could not remember him. Seeing how much Alder loafed about while battling Ash, Trip's opinion of him slightly changed. He vowed not only to defeat him but also promised to follow the path he believed in before angrily departing.
In The Clubsplosion Begins!, Trip registered himself to compete in the Clubsplosion. He planned to compete with his newly-evolved Conkeldurr and his opponent in the first round was revealed to be Bianca, who he considered to be just practice. He then battled her and her Emboar in Search for the Clubultimate!. Though he and Conkeldurr put up a strong fight, he lost to her in the next episode. Like he did after his loss in the Club Battle, he left Ambiga Town that night rather than staying and watching the rest of the tournament.
Trip appeared again in Jostling for the Junior Cup! in order to participate in the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup. His goal was to win and get the chance to battle Alder. His first round battle was with Burgundy. Using his Serperior, which had evolved from Servine, he was able to defeat her quickly by utilizing a combination of Leer and Solar Beam and advanced to the second round. In Battling Authority Once Again!, Trip advanced to the semi-finals, where he once again battled Cilan. This time, however, he and Serperior managed to defeat Cilan's Crustle with a Frenzy Plant, qualifying them for the final match against Ash. In Ash, Iris, and Trip: Then There Were Three!, Trip battled Ash in the finals, using his Serperior against Ash's Pignite. Despite the type advantage and Ash's strategy to boost his own speed with Flame Charge, Serperior maintained the speed advantage. This allowed it to make quick work of Pignite, swiftly defeating it with a powerful Frenzy Plant, winning Trip the tournament in the process. In Goodbye, Junior Cup - Hello Adventure!, Trip battled Alder and his Bouffalant with his Serperior in the prize match, but despite his strategy to lower Bouffalant's guard while also attacking its weak spot, they were defeated in a single hit. After the battle, he was given a speech by Alder about deciding his own path with his Pokémon, and promised to battle him again when the time came. Afterwards, Trip would meet up with Ash and his friends following the tournament. After a brief conversation, he and Ash promised to meet with one another at Unova's League Conference. As Trip left, Iris noticed that he had greatly subdued his nasty attitude, having been humbled by his battle with Alder.
In Curtain Up, Unova League! and Mission: Defeat Your Rival!, Trip traveled to Vertress City to compete in the Vertress Conference and met up with Ash and Ash's other rivals in Unova. During the match-up process, it was revealed he would battle Ash in the first round of the competition. However, here, he was not arrogant as in past meetings and instead showed a genuine interest in battling with Ash once more. Trip used his Serperior against Ash's Pikachu, at first Pikachu unleashed a barrage of its attacks with Serperior simply avoiding every one of them with relative ease. In retaliation Serperior would unleash a devastating Dragon Tail before following with a barrage of its own techniques culminating in a Wrap attack, cornering Ash and Pikachu. But in spite of these efforts Pikachu managed to defeat Serperior, much to Trip's astonishment and disbelief, with a combination of its Electro Ball and Iron Tail, eliminating Trip from the Conference. After the battle, Trip would have one last conversation with Ash, before they ended their rivalry and became friends. Following this, Trip then left the Vertress Conference to continue his journey.
Trip is a reserved individual who tends to keep his feelings to himself. He expressed his emotions much like Ash used to do when he first left his hometown. His strategy is all about planning ahead and completing the basics of Pokémon training. Compared to the other rivals of the Unova region, Trip is rather distant and prefers not to interact with them outside of battle. He has a teal-colored digital camera, with which he takes photos for illustrating his journey. He also has a Xtransceiver so that he can keep in touch with Battle Clubs. However, much like Ash, Trip tends to get annoyed with those who insult him, as when Iris called him a "little kid" by refusing to battle Ash, along with Cilan's desire to watch them battle, Trip finally accepted Ash's challenge, but was clearly annoyed with the circumstances.
Trip tends to think very little of the Kanto region—which he refers to as "the boonies"—and anyone from there. He thinks of Ash as a hillbilly who needs to go back to the basics of Pokémon training. However, he will help him out once in a while, as seen when he informed Ash that Oshawott's Aqua Jet was uncontrollable because Oshawott had his eyes closed, and again when he pointed out Scraggy's lack of master over its newly-learned Focus Blast. Despite his apparent apathy towards Ash and his generally low opinion on him as a Trainer, Trip tends to be quite attentive towards Ash's battles.
Despite having just started out as a Trainer, Trip already implements many strategies in his battling. He has defeated Ash in all but two of their battles (the former which they tied, and the latter in which Ash won), despite Ash being a much more experienced Trainer. However, he is less forgiving than Ash and takes losses harder. An instance of this is, when he lost to Cilan, he took a photo of Cilan and Dwebble. When Cilan asked him why he was doing that, Trip replied that he was recording this moment so that he would remember his frustration. Trip also actively insults and is at most as mature as Ash, as shown during his childish banter with Ash during their third battle, along with when he elbowed Ash for Alder's attention.
As a result of meeting Alder as a child and the promise he was given by him, Trip viewed strength as the most important thing to accomplishing his goals. As such, he deemed any activities that wouldn't increase his strength as unnecessary as seen when he left after his losses in the Club Battle and the Clubsplosion, also when he refused to battle Ash on multiple occasions. After his reunion with Alder and his disappointment at Alder's aloofness, Trip began to seek out his own path to beating Alder and becoming Champion. During the Junior Cup, Trip had shown a heightened amount of confidence in his own abilities to the point of arrogance, believing he could defeat both Alder and Cynthia. However, after losing to Alder, he began to realize the error in his views, and as such, he had a change in his attitude. This can be seen in Curtain Up, Unova League!, when he greets Ash and his friends with a more friendly approach than before, with his change in attitude being noticed by the other characters such as Cilan and Iris. Along with his newer persona, he showed a genuine interest in battling Ash, and along with that ceased his past tendencies of mocking him. Despite his change in attitude, he still maintains his distance and prefers not to interact with the other rivals.
He was revealed to have evolved into a Serperior before Jostling for the Junior Cup!.
|In The Shadow of Zekrom!
|Tranquill is the second Pokémon that Trip was revealed to have. Its first appearance was in A Rival Battle for Club Champ!, where Trip used it to battle Ash's Oshawott, Tepig, and Pikachu. It was shown to be powerful, as its Super Luck Ability allowed it to take down both Oshawott and Tepig with two hits. It defeated the former two, before losing to Pikachu.
|A Rival Battle for Club Champ!
|Frillish is the third Pokémon that Trip was revealed to have. His only appearance was in A Rival Battle for Club Champ!, where Trip used him to battle Ash's Snivy and Pidove. He defeated Pidove, and also Snivy after a long battle, where he was able to take advantage of Cursed Body due to Snivy's constant use of physical attacks.
Frillish reappeared in Ash's flashback of his past battles with Trip in Mission: Defeat Your Rival!.
|A Rival Battle for Club Champ!
|Lampent is the fourth Pokémon that Trip was revealed to have. Its only appearance was in A Venipede Stampede!, where Trip used it to battle a swarm of wild Venipede in Castelia City.
|A Venipede Stampede!
|Vanillite is the fifth Pokémon that Trip was revealed to have, only appearing in Ash and Trip's Third Battle!. Vanillite was first seen when Trip tried to catch a Palpitoad, but Ash unintentionally interrupted him. Later, it battled Ash's Tepig and despite its type-disadvantage it managed to tied with it.
Vanillite reappeared in Ash's flashback of his past battles with Trip in Mission: Defeat Your Rival!.
|Ash and Trip's Third Battle!
|Conkeldurr is the sixth Pokémon that Trip was revealed to have. Conkeldurr first appeared in Ash and Trip's Third Battle! as a Timburr. It battled Ash's Oshawott and after a momentary pause in their battle, it was defeated by a single Razor Shell.
It was revealed to have evolved into Gurdurr sometime prior to Cilan Versus Trip, Ash Versus Georgia!, where it was used in the Club Battle competition. It went up against Cilan's Dwebble and despite putting up a strong fight, in which it even managed to crack Dwebble's rock, it was defeated.
It was revealed to have evolved into Conkeldurr sometime prior to the registration for the Clubsplosion tournament in The Clubsplosion Begins!. It was first shown when Trip showed it off to Ash and his friends during registration for the tournament. It would then appear in the next episode, where it battled Bianca's Emboar. It started the battle off strong by making use of its pillars and cornering its opponent with a powerful string of attacks. In the following episode, despite its strong start, Conkeldurr was defeated after an unorthodox use of Fling, knocking Trip out of the competition in the process.
|Ash and Trip's Third Battle!
|Kenta Miyake (As Timburr and Gurdurr)
Kensuke Satō (As Conkeldurr)
- Trio Badge (prior to Triple Leaders, Team Threats!)
- Basic Badge (prior to A Rival Battle for Club Champ!)
- Two unknown Badges (prior to Ash and Trip's Third Battle!)
- Unknown Badge (prior to Ash Versus the Champion!)
- At least three unknown Badges (prior to Curtain Up, Unova League!)
Trip has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:
Trip has competed in the following Pokémon competitions:
- Club Battle - Top 16 (Cilan Versus Trip, Ash Versus Georgia!)
- Clubsplosion - Top 16 (A Clubsplosion of Excitement!)
- Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup - Winner (Ash, Iris, and Trip: Then There Were Three!)
|Alternative artwork from
Pokémon the Series: Black & White
In the games
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
Trip appeared in the Download Tournament "You Challenge the Unova League Too!", which was available for players of the Japanese Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 games from December 3, 2012 to January 31, 2013. The tournament was based on the Vertress Conference in the anime, which was conducted under Single Battle rules. Trip was represented as the Ace Trainer Trainer class.
- しんのつよさとは なにか？ こたえを もとめ さすらう シューティ！
- Before battle
- これいじょう かんさつしても ムダな ようだ しょうぶをはじめよう！
- After being defeated
- こんなところで まけているようでは アデクさんを こえられない！
- After winning
- せんじゅつを もっと みがいたほうが いいよ それが きほんだろ？
- Trip owns a member from each of the only two Pokémon evolutionary families in Generation V that have gender differences.
- Trip is the first of Ash's rivals to lose a battle against one of Ash's friends.
- Trip is the first of Ash's main rivals that he has battled in the first round of a League Conference.
- In the Pokémon World Tournament, Trip is seen using a Jellicent, despite having been featured only with a Frillish in the anime.
- Trip is the only rival from Unova to have participated in every onscreen battle tournament within the region.
- Aside from the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup (which he won), Trip has lost in the first round of every tournament.
- Trip is the only one of Ash's main rivals introduced prior to Pokémon Journeys: The Series that has not reunited with him outside of his debut series.
- Trip shares two of his unknown Badges with Cameron.
|From the English word, shoot, as in "photo shoot".
|Possibly from tripod or Olympus Trip 35. "Trip" is also a Southern US nickname derived from the suffix "III", the third—triple.
|Possibly from Nikon, a brand producing cameras.
|Possibly from diapositive.
|Possibly from diapositive.
|Transliteration of his Japanese name.
|Transliteration of his Japanese name.
|Same as his Japanese name.
|Transliteration of his English name.
|Trainers in League Conferences
|This article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.