Victor (game)

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Victor
マサル Masaru
Sword Shield Victor.png
Official artwork from Pokémon Sword and Shield
Gender Male
Eye color Brown*, Light blue*, Gray*
Hair color Brown*, Blond*, Black*
Hometown Postwick
Region Galar
Relatives Unnamed mother and father
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer, player character
Generation VIII
Games Sword and Shield
Game animation debut Sky
English voice actor Unknown
Japanese voice actor Kaichi Miyata
Manga counterpart(s) Sōdo Tsurugi

Victor (Japanese: マサル Masaru) is the male player character in Pokémon Sword and Shield. His female counterpart is Gloria.

In the games

Victor is a young boy who lives with his mother in the town of Postwick in the Galar region. One day, his friend Hop invites him to meet his big brother Leon, the Champion of the Galar League, so that they both can receive a starter Pokémon from him. After also receiving an endorsement from Leon later on, as well as obtaining a Dynamax Band from Professor Magnolia, each of them sets out on their Gym Challenge, collecting eight Badges from Gym Leaders across the region, while also dealing with the troublesome actions of Team Yell along the way.

Victor eventually collects the eight required Badges and travels to Wyndon, the biggest city in Galar and the setting of the Champion Cup, where he competes for the right to challenge Leon. Victor wins the tournament, but his battle with Leon is interrupted before it can even begin by the actions of the Galar League Chairman Rose, who has awakened a Pokémon known as Eternatus and brought about an event called the Darkest Day, which Galar had previously experienced thousands of years ago. Victor teams up with Hop and the Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta to defeat Eternatus, before catching it and ending the second Darkest Day. He then proceeds to battle Leon and defeat him, ending his career as the undefeated Champion of Galar and making Victor the new Champion.

Later, Victor and Hop are forced to deal with a group of rampaging Dynamax Pokémon let loose by a pair of rich brothers named Sordward and Shielbert, who are trying to reinstate the monarchy of Galar and denigrate Zacian and Zamazenta. Eventually, the brothers' plans are stopped, and both Victor and Hop end up catching one of the two Legendary Pokémon.

In The Isle of Armor

Sometime during his journey, Victor travels to the Isle of Armor, where he meets a new rival, KlaraSw/AverySh, and is taken under the wing of former Champion Mustard as a student of his Dojo. Victor competes in a series of trials with his new rival, eventually defeating them in a final battle, earning them the right to inheirit the Dojo's "secret armor", the Legendary Pokémon Kubfu. After growing close with his new Pokémon, Victor and Kubfu challenge one of the Towers of Two Fists, culimating in a battle between Master Mustard and his own Kubfu. The two are successful, and Kubfu learns the secret of the tower, allowing it to evolve into Single Strike or Rapid Strike Style Urshifu.

After resolving the incident with Sordward and Shielbert, Victor returns to the dojo, where he finds Hop conducting research on Sonia's behalf. Mustard tells him that Urshifu hates the taste of Max Soup, so, in order for it to unlock its Gigantamax potential, a special ingredient is needed to make it drink the Max Soup. He doesn't reveal what this ingredient is, though, and leaves it to the duo to figure it out on their own. After a few bad guesses, Victor and Hop travel to Honeycalm Island, where Victor gets thrusted into a Max Raid Battle against a Dynamax Vespiquen. After defeating it, he finds the missing ingredient; Max Honey. Upon returning to the dojo, Mustard informs Victor that he wants to battle him in a no-holds-barred battle, where he uses his full power. In the battle, Mustard uses his own Gigantamax Urshifu. After being defeated, Mustard declares that he has nothing more to teach him.

In The Crown Tundra

Sometime during him journey, Victor travels to the Crown Tundra, where he meets the retired Gym Leader Peony, who recuits him as the leader of his exploration team, and tasks him with investigating three mysteries surrounding the tundra. In the first mystery, Victor meets Calyrex, the former king of the Crown Tundra, and helps it reunite with its steed, Glastrier or Spectrier (as chosen by the player). In the second mystery, he investigates ruins scattered around the tundra, encountering and catching the legendary titans. In the third mystery, Victor pursues the Galarian legendary birds across Galar. Upon solving these mysteries, Victor finds a note describing a fourth mystery that Peony does not recall writing. Upon bringing it to the Max Lair, he learns about Ultra Beasts and Necrozma, and is eventually able to catch Necrozma in a Dynamax Adventure.

Sometime after the events of the Sordward and Shielbert incident, The Isle of Armor, and The Crown Tundra, Victor receives a call from Leon, receiving an invitation to a new type of competition called the Galarian Star Tournament at Wyndon Stadium. Victor partners with Hop or Marnie in the inaugural Multi Battle tournament, and emerges victorious after defeating Leon and Raihan (if his partner is Hop) or Raihan and Piers (if his partner is Marnie), in the finals.

Artwork

Sword Shield Victor Gym Challenge Uniform.png Sword Shield Victor Isle of Armor.png Sword Shield Victor Crown Tundra.png
Artwork of Victor in his
Gym uniform
Artwork of Victor from
"The Isle of Armor" expansion
Artwork of Victor from
"The Crown Tundra" expansion

Sprites

SwSh Prerelease player selection.png
Choosing the player's appearance
at the beginning of Sword and Shield

Counterparts

Victor's Pokémon Adventures counterpart, Sōdo Tsurugi

In the anime

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

Victor appeared in the post-credits scene of Sky, alongside Gloria. They requested a Flying Taxi to take them somewhere.

GOTCHA!

Victor briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Main article: Sōdo Tsurugi

Victor's counterpart in Pokémon Adventures is Sōdo Tsurugi. He specializes in fixing and maintaining tools various Pokémon use in battle, such as Sirfetch'd's leek.

Trivia

  • Even though the player can choose the player character's uniform number, official artwork depicts their uniform number as "227", which can be read in Japanese as goroawase for 無事な bujina, meaning "safely". It also could be a reference to February 27, the release date of Pokémon Red and Green.
  • Pre-release media referred to Victor as both "Victor" and "Sword" (Japanese: ソード Sword, Korean: 소드 Sword).

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese マサル Masaru From 勝る masaru (to surpass). Forms a pun of 勝利 shōri (victory) and 優勝 yūshō (championship) with ユウリ Yuuri (Gloria)
English, German, Spanish,
French, Italian
Victor From victory
Korean 승재 Seungjae From 승 (勝) seung (victory) and 재 (才) jae (talent). Forms a pun of 승리 (勝利) seungni (victory) and 우승 (優勝) useung (championship) with 우리 Uri (Gloria)
Chinese (Mandarin) 小勝 / 小胜 Xiǎo Shèng From 勝 / 胜 shèng / sīng (victory). Forms the phrase 優勝 / 优胜 yōushèng / yāusīng (championship) with 小優 / 小优 Xiǎo Yōu / Síu Yāu (Gloria)
Chinese (Cantonese) 小勝 Síu Sīng


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