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Trip (Japanese: シューティー Shooty) is a recurring character in the Pokémon anime. He is a Pokémon Trainer from Nuvema Town and Ash's main rival in the Best Wishes series.
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 would offer 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 was introduced 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. Shortly after obtaining it, he challenged Ash Ketchum 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 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. Ash's 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 called the rest of Ash's team a joke before condescendingly departing from the Battle Club.
Trip's appearance in the anime
Trip reappeared in A Venipede Stampede!, where he 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.
Trip's next appearance was in Ash and Trip's Third Battle! where, along with his Vanillite and Timburr, he battled Ash and his Oshawott. 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.
Trip appeared again in Reunion Battles In Nimbasa!, where he entered the Club Battle, a tournament held by Nimbasa Town's Don George. He was chosen to battle against 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.
Trip reappeared in Ash Versus the Champion!, where he 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.
Trip reappeared in The Clubsplosion Begins!, where he 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.
He 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 SolarBeam 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 is 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.
He reappeared in Curtain Up, Unova League! and Mission: Defeat Your Rival!. He had 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.
He appeared briefly in A Unova League Evolution! in Ash's flashback about his travel in Unova.
Trip makes cameo appearances in the ending Let's Join Hands and in the credits of Genesect and the Legend Awakened.
Trip 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. Overall, he is a well-reserved individual who tends to keep his feelings to himself. He expressed his emotions much like Ash does now when he was younger. 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.
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.
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 when he elbowed Ash (and Ash did the same) for the attention of Champion Alder.
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.
This listing is of Trip's known Pokémon in the anime:
Trip receiving the Junior Cup from Alder
This listing is of the Badges Trip has obtained:
Trip has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:
Trip has competed in the following Pokémon competitions:
In the games
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
Trip appeared in the Download Tournament "You Challenge the Isshu 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！
- 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！
- 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！
- 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 evolution 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 main rival of Ash's 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 featured only with a Frillish in the anime.
- Trip is the only rival from Unova to have participated in every battle tournament within the region.
- Trip is the only one of Ash's three main rivals to have never battled Ash in a Full Battle.
- He is also the only one of the three to have battled Ash in a five-on-five battle.
- Trip is the only one of Ash's main rivals to have never met the Team Rocket trio.
|| シューティー Shooty
|| From the English word, shoot, as in "photo shoot".
| English, Spanish
|| 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.
|| 슈티 Syuti
|| Transliteration of his Japanese name.
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 修帝 Xiūdì
|| Transliteration of his Japanese name.
|| ชูตตี Shooty
|| Same as his Japanese name.
|| Трип Trip
|| Transliteration of his English name.