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Pokémon Trainer (character)

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Pokémon Trainer
SSBU Pokemon Trainer Solo Artwork.png
Pokémon Trainer's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
First appearance Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
Species Human

The Pokémon Trainer is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He is the representative for Pokémon Trainers overall, but is specifically designed after Red, particularly from in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions. The Pokémon Trainer does not directly engage in combat but rather uses three Pokémon who fight on his behalf: Squirtle, Ivysaur and Charizard. All three of his Pokémon are the Generation I Starter Pokémon, each at a different evolution stage. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a female Pokémon Trainer designed after Leaf was added as an alternate costume for the Pokémon Trainer, although he remains the default choice.

The Pokémon Trainer is the only Pokémon fighter who is not a Pokémon.


Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Pokémon Trainer
Pokemon Trainer with Pokemon SSBB artwork.jpg
Game appearances
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (unlockable)
Special moves
Down:  Pokémon Change
Final Smash:  Triple Finish
Battle entrance
The Pokémon Trainer releases a random Pokémon from a Poké Ball.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, while Pokémon Trainer is a selectable character, he is not an actual fighter, instead commanding either Squirtle, Ivysaur, or Charizard within the background of the stage. The only move actually used by Pokémon Trainer is Pokémon Change, in which he switches out one of his three Pokémon at will, so Pokémon Change is the down special of both the Pokémon Trainer and his Pokémon alike. He also automatically switches Pokémon whenever one is KO'd. The Pokémon also run on a stamina system that weakens them, as their stamina decreases the longer they are out on the field. Their Final Smash is Triple Finish, in which Pokémon Trainer sends out all three Pokémon to attack at once. In English, the Pokémon Trainer is voiced by Michele Knotz.

Pokémon Trainer is one of the few fighters to have five alternate costumes in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, instead of the usual six, which is also the case for Lucario, Jigglypuff, and Sonic. One of Pokémon Trainer's alternative costumes has the same colors as another Pokémon Trainer: Brendan's outfit from Pokémon Emerald Version.

Pokémon Trainer's name is announced differently between the English and Japanese versions of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, just like with Fox McCloud in the original Super Smash Bros..

Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary

The Pokémon Trainer in The Subspace Emissary

In Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary, Lucas runs into the Pokémon Trainer shortly after Ness is captured by Wario. The Pokémon Trainer sends out Squirtle, his only Pokémon at first, and they fight off the Subspace Army together. Lucas helps Pokémon Trainer find his Charizard and Ivysaur along the way.

On their journey, Pokémon Trainer and Lucas encounter a large Subspace Army robot named Galleom. Lucas and Pokémon Trainer manage to take down Galleom, although they are nearly caught in the resulting explosion, which knocks the Pokémon Trainer unconscious. Meta Knight saves both of them from their fall at the last moment. After safe on ground, Lucas and the Pokémon Trainer shake hands and continue their adventure.

Some time after being saved, Pokémon Trainer and Lucas team up with Meta Knight, Marth, and Ike. When encountering a huge Subspace Army group on the foothills of a mountain (Meta Knight has left to retake the Halberd), they are saved by Mario and his team (Link, Yoshi, Pit, and Kirby).

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, transforming during battle is omitted, so Charizard was made into a separate character, while the Pokémon Trainer, Squirtle, and Ivysaur are no longer playable. However, all of them each have their own obtainable trophy. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the Pokémon Trainer trophy is obtained by clearing the Pokémon Battle event.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Pokémon Trainer returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. With the removal of the stamina system, one can play as Squirtle, Ivysaur, or Charizard for an extended period of time with no penalty. Pokémon Trainer's added female variant is akin to Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, Robin, Corrin, and Inkling, all of whom can be played as either a male or a female.

In English, Billy Bob Thompson (who also voices Greninja) voices the male Pokémon Trainer, while Kate Bristol voices the female. In Japanese, Tomoe Hanba voices the male trainer and Wakana Minami (previously known by her stage name, Wakana Kingyo) voices the female trainer. A majority of the male Pokémon Trainer's quotes are also different from Super Smash Bros. Brawl as well.

In Classic Mode, Pokémon Trainer's opponents exclusively consist of Pokémon except for Master Hand at the end, although he is accompanied by Mewtwo.

Classic Mode route

The Future Champion
Round Opponent(s) Stage Song
1 Pikachu Pokémon Stadium Main Theme - Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (Melee)
2 Jigglypuff Battle! (Trainer Battle) - Pokémon X / Pokémon Y
3 Lucario Unova Pokémon League Battle! (Trainer) - Pokémon Sun / Pokémon Moon
4 Incineroar Kalos Pokémon League Battle! (Elite Four) / Battle! (Solgaleo/Lunala)
5 Greninja Pokémon Stadium 2 Battle! (Champion) - Pokémon X / Pokémon Y
6 Pokémon Trainer (opposite gender) The Battle at the Summit!
Final Mewtwo
Master Hand
Final Destination Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue Medley
Master Hand

Profiles and statistics

Super Smash Bros. Brawl


Name Image Game Description
Pokémon Trainer SSBB Trophy Pokemon Trainer.png GBA Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen A person who raises Pokémon and trains them as partners in battle. In battle, a Trainer gives orders to the Pokémon and uses items. It's not an exaggeration to say battles can be won or lost on a Trainer's single strategic move. Trainers pour their hearts into their Pokémon and share anger, sadness, and joy as they adventure in hopes of becoming Pokémon Masters.


Name Image Game Effect Usable by
Pokémon Trainer SSBB Sticker Pokemon Trainer.png Pokémon series [Arm, Leg] - Attack +13 Pikachu, Pokémon Trainer, Lucario, Jigglypuff

Snake's codec

  • Snake: Pokémon Trainer... That's the guy giving orders behind a Pokémon, right?
  • Colonel: Right, and this Pokémon Trainer is controlling Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard. They represent water, grass, and fire, and they're all powerful.
  • Snake: So he makes his Pokémon fight while he sits back and watches. Sounds like a good deal if you ask me.
  • Colonel: It's not like that, Snake. Those Pokémon wouldn't know what to do if the Pokémon Trainer wasn't there giving orders. In every battle, there's a soldier doing the fighting, and a commander telling him what to do. By working together as a team, they accomplish much more than either could on their own. So let's do this together, partner.
  • Snake: ...Yeah... Whatever you say, Colonel.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy

Name 3DS trophy Wii U trophy Category Appears in Trophy Box Description
Pokémon Trainer SSB3DS Trophy Pokemon Trainer.png SSBWU Trophy Pokemon Trainer.png Series Related GB Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (09/1998)
GBA Pokémon FireRed & Pokémon LeafGreen (09/2004)
38: Pokémon Classics Flag of USA.png Pop quiz! What do Misty, Brock, Cynthia, Iris, and Ash all have in common? That's right - they're all Pokémon Trainers! This Pokémon Master in the making is the same. Back in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he fought to be the very best; like no one ever was. To smash them was his real test; to launch them was his cause!
Flag of Europe.png Quiz time! What do Misty, Brock, Cynthia, Iris and Ash all have in common? That's right - they're all Pokémon Trainers! This Pokémon Master in the making is just the same. He fought to be the very best; like no one ever was - back in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. To smash them was his real test; to launch them was his cause.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Palutena's Guidance

  • Pit: That little twerp is bossing those Pokémon around!
  • Palutena: That's the Pokémon Trainer. Looks like you'll be fighting Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard today.
  • Viridi: All the original starters? This fighter is a fan of the classics!
  • Pit: Do you think Pokémon get claustrophobic being trapped in those little balls?
  • Palutena: I hear Poké Balls are much bigger on the inside.
  • Viridi: But what about the weak Pokémon who get left in their balls and forgotten? I mean, everyone has, like, hundreds of them in their Box.
  • Pit: Huh... I never thought about— PikaPit! NOOOOOOOO!
  • Palutena: Now, Pit, I'm sure those abandoned Pokémon are all playing together at a farm upstate.
  • Viridi: Anyway, commanding three Pokémon is really tricky. Pay attention to the trainer's patterns and tendencies, and find a way to exploit them.

Super Smash Blog bio

  • Pokémon Trainer returns with Squirtle, Ivysaur and Charizard. You can choose to play as a male or female trainer!


  • A person who raises Pokémon™ and trains them as partners in battle. In battle, a Trainer gives orders to the Pokémon and uses items. It's not an exaggeration to say battles can be won or lost on a Trainer's single strategic move. Trainers pour their hearts into their Pokémon and share anger, sadness, and joy as they adventure in hopes of becoming Pokémon Masters.


  • English: Michelle Knotz (Super Smash Bros. Brawl) / Billy Bob Thompson (male; Super Smash Bros. Ultimate) / Kate Bristol (female)
  • Japanese: Tomoe Hanba (male) / Wakana Minami (female)
  • French: Virginie Demians (Super Smash Bros. Brawl) / Emilie Guillaume (male; Super Smash Bros. Ultimate) / Elisabeth Guinand (female)
  • Spanish: Isabel Navarro (Super Smash Bros. Brawl) / Rodri Martín (male; Super Smash Bros. Ultimate) / Tania Ugía (female)
  • German: Dina Kuerten (Super Smash Bros. Brawl) / Maximilian Belle (male; Super Smash Bros. Ultimate) / Lea Kalbhenn (female)
  • Italian: Francesca Giudice (Super Smash Bros. Brawl) / Tania De Domenico (male; Super Smash Bros. Ultimate) / Giada Bonanomi (female)
  • Korean: Lee Sun (Super Smash Bros. Brawl only)


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ポケモントレーナー
Pokemon Torēnā
Pokémon (Pocket Monster) Trainer
Chinese 寶可夢訓練家 (Traditional)
宝可梦训练家 (Simplified)
Bǎokěmèng Xùnliànjiā
Pokémon Trainer
Dutch Pokémon Trainer -
French Dresseur de Pokémon (if male)
Dresseuse de Pokémon (if female)
Pokémon Trainer
-e is a feminine suffix
German Pokémon-Trainer (if male)
Pokémon-Trainerin (if female)
Pokémon Trainer
-in is a feminine suffix
Italian Allenatore di Pokémon (if male)
Allenatrice di Pokémon (if female)
Pokémon Trainer
-ice is a feminine suffix
Korean 포켓몬 트레이너
Poketmon Teureineo
Pokémon Trainer
Russian Тренер покемонов
Trener pokemonov
Pokémon Trainer
Spanish Entrenador Pokémon (if male)
Entrenadora Pokémon (if female)
Pokémon Trainer
-a is a feminine suffix