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Leon in the anime
|Anime debut||Flash of the Titans!|
|English voice actor||Alejandro Saab|
|Japanese voice actor||Daisuke Ono|
Leon (Japanese: ダンデ Dande) is a recurring character who appeared in the Pokémon anime. Leon is the is the Champion of the Galar region and the best Pokémon Trainer in the world after obtaining the title of Monarch in the World Coronation Series.
In the anime
Born and raised in Galar, Leon was a childhood friend of Sonia's. The two of them traveled together when they started on their Pokémon journey. As revealed in Toughing It Out!, Rose was responsible for inserting Leon into the world of Pokémon battles. Leon's closeness to Rose ended up driving Sonia away from him. Leon went through the Pokémon League of Galar undefeated, which eventually guaranteed him the top spot among the Eight Masters of the World Coronation Series.
Leon debuted in Flash of the Titans!, where he had a bout against Lance in the finals of the World Coronation Series at Wyndon Stadium, using his Charizard to go up against Lance's Gyarados. After a hard-fought battle, Leon emerged victorious, making him the World Champion. Shortly after the battle with Lance, in The Climb to Be the Very Best! , where Leon heard a commotion outside the stadium and went to see what was happening. He saw Ash battling a Gigantamax Drednaw with his Pikachu and noticed that it had Gigantamaxed without a Dynamax Band. He gave Ash advice that allowed him to defeat Drednaw before properly introducing himself to them. The next day, Leon approached Ash and Goh at the Wyndon Pokémon Center and accepted Ash's earlier request for a battle. Beforehand, Leon gave Ash an explanation of how Dynamaxing and G-Max Moves worked and gave him his own Dynamax Band. During the battle, both sides Gigantamaxed their Pokémon, with Pikachu even managing to land a couple hits on Charizard, but in the end, Pikachu was defeated. Ash and Leon then promised to each other that once Ash was strong enough, they would battle again.
Leon reappeared in a flashback in Dreams Are Made of These!, when Ash explains to some kids about his goals.
In Toughing It Out!, Leon has a battle for the World Coronation Series with Raihan and his Duraludon. After a tough match, Leon emerged victorious, with this victory, Leon manages to defend his Monarch title. Afterwards, he greeted Ash and Chairman Rose and encourages Raihan to retrain so they can battle in the future.
Leon appears during the crisis in Galar, in episodes Sword and Shield, Slumbering Weald! to Sword and Shield... The Legends Awaken!. During a series of Pokémon attacks that were using Dynamax and Gigantamax in an uncontrolled way, he had Charizard attack a rampaging Gigantamax Centiskorch. After defeating it, Leon reunited with Ash, and they flew off together to deal with other rampaging Pokémon. Later, they encountered a Dynamax Pangoro. In Sword and Shield: The Darkest Day!, Leon and Ash battled and defeated the Dynamax Pangoro.
They later took on a Coalossal that had Gigantamaxed and took it down alongside Ash. Soon after, Rose and Oleana arrived. Leon was later seen in Hammerlocke, where it was revealed that he was suspicious of Rose, and that he planned to investigate the city's Energy Plant. This investigation takes Leon to the place where Eternatus was being held prisoner, when he ends up breaking free and gets out of control, Leon decides that he is going to capture him so he can calm the Pokémon. Leon meets Rose, who reveals his real intentions and after confronting his former tutor next to Ash, he goes to the place where Eternatus to face him.
In Sword and Shield... The Legends Awaken!, Leon and Charizard battled against Eternatus after it was re-awakened, but despite Charizard's best efforts, it was no match for the Legendary Pokémon. When Leon attempted to Gigantamax Charizard, Eternatus absorbed all of the Dynamax energy from the area, preventing Leon from successfully Gigantamaxing Charizard. When everything is finally resolved, Sonia reveals to Professor Magnolia that Leon is searching for Rose who disappeared after the entire incident.
Leon is a strong Trainer, having reached the final round of the World Coronation Series and also having been undefeated for some time. Leon is also a good sportsman, as seen in Flash of the Titans!, when he complimented Lance after their battle and shook his hand.
Leon is remarkably knowledgeable about the Gigantamaxing phenomenon, as seen in The Climb to Be the Very Best!, when he advised Ash on how to battle with his Gigantamax Pikachu in order to deal with a Drednaw that also had Gigantamax.
Leon tends to change the moves that his Pokémon uses, as seen in Toughing It Out!, where Charizard used three different moves than what it had used previously.
This listing is of Leon's known Pokémon in the anime:
|Charizard is Leon's first known Pokémon, as well as his ace and capable of Gigantamaxing. It was first seen being used in Leon's battle against Lance in the finals of the World Coronation Series and won.
Charizard's known moves are Flamethrower, Air Slash, Fire Spin, Thunder Punch, Dragon Claw, Dig, Brick Break and Rock Tomb.
|Debut||Flash of the Titans!|
|Dragapult is Leon's second known Pokémon. Leon used it to battle a Coalossal that had Gigantamaxed alongside Ash's Pikachu and Gengar, eventually taking it down.|
|Debut||Sword and Shield: The Darkest Day!|
|English||Daman Mills (Dreepy)|
- Seed Challenge - Winner (prior to Flash of the Titans!)
- World Coronation Series - Winner (Flash of the Titans!)
In the manga
Leon debuted in JNM04, where he played the same role as he does in the Pokémon Journeys: The Series. He battled Lance for the title of Monarch of the World Coronation Series. Afterwards, Leon had a battle against Ash, where he emerged victorious.
In JNM13 and JNM14, Leon joined Ash, Goh, and Sonia to prevent Darkest Day from happening. Despite their efforts, they were only able to defeat the Legendary Pokémon Eternatus when they received the help of Zacian and Zamazenta.
|Charizard is Leon's only known Pokémon.|
|Dragapult is Leon's second known Pokémon.|
|Japanese||ダンデ Dande||From dandelion|
|English, Brazilian Portuguese||Leon||From dandelion|
|French||Tarak||From Taraxacum, the dandelion genus|
|Korean||단델 Dandel||From dandelion|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||丹帝 Dāndì||Transliteration of his Japanese name. Contains 帝 dì (emperor)|
|Chinese (Cantonese)||丹帝 Dāandai||Transliteration of his Japanese name. Contains 帝 dai (emperor)|
|Russian||Леон Leon||Transcription of his English name|