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Thorton (Japanese: ネジキ Neziki) is the Frontier Brain in charge of running the Battle Frontier's Battle Factory, acting under the title of Factory Head (Japanese: ファクトリーヘッド Factory Head).
In the core series
Thorton is the Frontier Brain of the Battle Factory in the Sinnoh and Johto regions. It is suggested he is very intelligent, as he mentions inventing a machine that analyzes the player's Pokémon. If he is defeated he will hand over the Factory Print.
Like the player, he uses rental Pokémon. Therefore, all of his Pokémon are random for both the Gold and Silver Prints, so he can use any Pokémon except for those that are not admissible in the Battle Frontier; these include Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, and Arceus.
In spin-off games
- Main article: Thorton (Masters)
- Main article: Thorton/Quotes
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Thorton first appears along with his fellow Frontier Brains, Palmer, Dahlia, and Argenta in a meeting; afterward they go back to their facilities. Thorton later appears at his facility, the Battle Factory, where he watches Platinum battle through it. Eventually, Platinum manages to get enough wins to allow her to challenge him and they begin battling.
Due to the rules of the Battle Factory, the two use rental Pokémon to Battle each other instead of their own Pokémon. Despite Thorton having much confidence in his battling skills and knowledge, Platinum proves superior to him in both categories, allowing her to defeat him. Angered at his defeat, Thorton throws a temper tantrum until Argenta snaps him out of it by slapping him in the face.
Later, he is given a Team Galactic camera robot that Riley obtained on Iron Island and is tasked with fixing it. Eventually, he succeeds, but is left exhausted in the process.
| Thorton's Tyranitar was used to battle Platinum at the Battle Factory. It proved powerful and its ability to create a sandstorm which made Platinum's Pokémon constantly take damage. Eventually, it was defeated by Platinum's Kadabra's super effective Focus Punch.
None of Tyranitar's moves are known and its Ability is Sand Stream.
|| Uprooting Seedot
In the TCG
This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Thorton or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
|| ネジキ Neziki
|| From 捩木 neziki, staggerbush
|| From thorn
|| From the genus Carduus
|| From Distel, thistle
|| From spina, spike
|| From espina, spike
|| 수철 Sucheol
|| From 소철 (蘇鐵) socheol, sago cycad
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 捩木 Lièmù
|| From the Japanese name 捩木 Nejiki
| Chinese (Cantonese)
|| 捩木 Lihtmuhk
|| Transliteration of his Japanese name