Top Ten Pokemon Gym Leaders

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The Top Ten

1 Whitney Whitney

She is a challenge and I respect it

I heart Whitney. She is a rollout spammer

Whitney is strong and amazing gym leader who is amazing with normal type Pokemon now she may be a baby when you beat but trust me your gonna have a hard time with her but that's a good thing now one reason she is so hard to beat is cause of her miltank I'm guessing she's known a lot about miltank the fact her uncle has a farm of miltank but overall she's sprited gym leader who's fun to go against

For how early in the game she occurs, and for how easily defeated pretty much every one of the other 15 gym leaders in her generation are, Whitney is hugely overpowered. She may only have two Pokémon of which only one is any good, but that Miltank deals out a punishment, even if you bring a ground-rock type, pretty much her ultimate counter.

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2 Clair Clair

At a time when dragon types had two weaknesses, ice and dragon, having a gym leader with a Kingdra was insane. To beat it you had to just over power it and Kingdra's stats were nothing to sneeze at.

Hottest leader alive

If I had to fight Whitney and Clair in a double battle I would die

Clair was the reason nine-year old me never beat SoulSilver lol. That Kingdra...

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3 Misty Misty Misty, known as Kasumi in Japan, is a fictional character in the Pokémon franchise owned by Nintendo and created by Satoshi Tajiri. She’s the gym leader in Cerulean city & specializes in water Pokemon. In the games, she’s known as ‘the tomboy mermaid.’ ...read more.

I think she is just best

Should be at No. 1.

She is my favorite character of pokemon

You need a bailout to beat misty.

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4 Morty

Both him and Sabrina are clairvoyant, so I think they'd make a cute couple.

Morty is so awesome. I like this layout of his gym. I like the type he uses (Ghost--and come on, what is cooler than Ghost type?! ) I don't know how Whitney is at the top. She is a cry baby and her Miltank is super annoying. I don't get how Clair is above Morty either. She is so stubborn and will not give you a badge until you go through a cave and do a test. Morty, however, is none of those things. That's not to say he doesn't put up a fight either, he was a worthy opponent to battle against. I eventually beat him with my Raticate--but the move "Curse" that was used in his gym was so annoying! That's also why I think he should be top gym leader. It was a challenge to beat him--but when you did, he was gracious about it. One more thing (because I noticed some comments for Clair stated she was 'sexy')... Morty is pretty cute

I love morty I think is the most interesting of all gym leaders he has extrasensory perception and clairvoyant powers and he have control of ghost Pokemon who are the naughty type he is really friendly and handsome his clothes are cool and I like his blonde makes him good face child he's so cute

The seer of the future, its perfect for him! He's cool in the anime, manga and he uses ghost types! What better type to use than that.

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5 Sabrina Sabrina Sabrina is a fictional character in the Pokemon universe as the gym leader of the Saffron City Gym who specializes in psychic type Pokemon.

This girl is amazing I love her role in the anime she's gone through a few design changes but there all pretty good

The first time I watched the episode with her in it I was scared to death. Even now the mystery and creepiness surrounding her scares the crap out of me.

Easily the biggest of a challenge in the original pokemon since the only pokemon that can defeat her are gengar and its pre evolutions.

Her Alakazam is too overpowered in Yellow. If it weren't for Pikachu's Mega Punch and Snorlax's Body Slam, I would've lost this battle.

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6 Jasmine

Needs to be higher. I personaly found This gym the hardest in soul silver

Jasmine is known as the steel clad defense girl but really jasmine is all about attack and speed she became the 6th gym leader for a reason she's so good jasmine is great user of steel and is great gym leader good luck against her

Not only is Jasmine a great battler and a good sport, her request before she gives you her badge is showing a Pokemon some TLC, which also shows that she is very kind-hearted.

Jasmine is called the steel clad defense girl but she's really all about attack and speed she's a great gym leader she sprited to she seems nice but when it comes to gym battle watch out cause she may look weak she's really good if you haven't battled her yet good luck - Tinkerbrat

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7 Tate and Liza

Best psychic type users ever

I love them, I mean, with my starter sceptile it was easy, but I can't imagine them with blazakin, and I heard they got a buff in omega and alpha

Maybe they are on this list because you fought both of them

Surf - boltslegend

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8 Volkner

He's Naruto's father... enough said!

He's the best electric type trainer I know (my favorite type) he has team versatility and ice moves, you won't beat him sorry

Without ground moves, you will be screwed.

Actually volkner wasnt that hard for me my level 47 giratina beat his level 50 electivire

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9 Korrina Korrina Korrina is a fictional character in the Pokémon Series as the Shalour City Gym leader in the XY series, in the anime she's a cheerful girl with a explosive personality she has a Lucario who she raised and grew up with from when it was a Riolu, she was later tasked by her grandfather Gurkinn with finding ...read more.

Has a awesome mega lucario and kicks everyone's butts with it

She's the only gym leader who has a Pokemon who can mega evolve so that her quite good

My Luca rip turned out to be one of my best pokemon

Thanks for the Mega Evolving Lucario! - aarond9010

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10 Elesa Elesa

I enjoyed beating her in pokemon black and white 2. She was a real challenge.

Elesa is a nightmare to battle...

THE SHINING BEAUTY!

Elesa is the utmost memorable gym leader there is. What makes her most ideal to lead the top is her gym theme and her intentions. Her gym is a literal catwalk. The gym theme is beyond magnificent with the music (which I wish they brought back) and the modeling. She even built an amusement park in BW2. More significantly, she opens Bianca's father's mind and convinces him to let Bianca travel with Hilbert/Hilda. Affirmatively, I believe that Elesa belongs in the top. She's a literal model being a role model. It's a double whammy!

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The Contenders

11 Blaine

Blaine should definitely be higher on the list by far, he has a awesome personality, He was one of the scientists who worked on CREATING Mewtwo!, and best thing of all he created the "you better have a burn heal" line back in Generation 1!

While I love Giovanni and Blue, I always liked Blue as a rival and Giovanni as the crime boss. That being said, I love Blaine in every generation!

I think Blaine was easy but he BURNED MY BLASTOISE!

YOU BETTER HAVE BURN HEAL

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12 Brock Brock Brock is a character from Pokemon and is created by game freak & Nintendo. He was the first gym leader in pewter city, and specializes in rock Pokemon . ...read more.

He uses his trusty frying pan as a drying pan. Enough said. Absolute genius. - Smash64

Remember playing red or blue, you find the first gym, but Brock at first is impossible to beat. It took me like ten tries to finally beat him. The second hardest is Watson, from ruby and sapphire, which took me three to beat him.

I crushed him on the first try just using Bulbasaur's vine whip. - Smash64

He's just a very funny person, and an entertaining character on the show. - ShinyHydra1999

Brock is so awesome in the anime, and super nice in Pokemon origins, and Misty suck's by the way along with Morty! 1

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13 Crasher Wake

He is a god among gym leaders. So hot. Truly glorious.

Was definitely hard. Torterra was always having a difficult time with his Gyarados and Floatzel made it pretty difficult.

Crasher Wake is baller! He's not #1 because you guys are jealous

His floatzel still brings me nightmares

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14 Clemont Clemont Clemont originates in Pokemon XY, created by Nintendo & game freak. is a gym leader of the lumoise city. He specialized in electric Pokemon and is known as a genius. ...read more.

The future is now thanks to science. - Smash64

I can't believe how low this is! Clemont is my favorite reason being because he's smart, but I can't take him seriously in the anime series. What I mean is he's the only gym leader that has glasses. That's the reason why I can't take Clemont seriously, but come on! Why so low on the list? Clemont in my opinion is a gym leader that needs more attention. (but I can't take him seriously with Bonnie right beside him. Bonnie is just so cute.)

Clemont should be #1 he da man.

He is a cute blonde guy gym leader!

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15 Fantina Fantina

She may be arrogant, but she's definitely strong. I underestimated Ghost Types until she came around. Besides, she's beautiful in that dress.

I got threw her by luck when my monferno used flame wheel and burned her. Had just enough hyper potions and Pokemon to last her out.

She may be arrogant but she is strong for a ghost type user. Plus she is GORGEOUS in that dress.

Come on fantina should be in the top 10 she was my hardest gym leader until whitney came along

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16 Giovanni

I would think it would had been awesome if in pokemon lets go pikachu and lets go eevee that if I would face GIOVANNI while he have least 5 pokemon and all of them level 52 or even up to 59 or if GIOVANNI would had even used 6 pokemon but hey maybe its just me feeling the game developers doesn't all that great of a job.

I didn't really care for him in the games and he was even worse in the original anime, but I absolutely loved him in Pokemon Origins. Amazing character development. - Smash64

The coolest in anime. Had a stronger affect in the whole pokemon series than anyone else.

I can't believe he's the leader of team rocket, but what I think is crazy is that in the comics Silver is his son!

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17 Candice Candice

She is the second hardest gym leader (See Brawly) And definitely deserves to be in the top ten (second. Brawly is really hard! ) Not only do I hate her gym (Until I memorized how to get passed it. ) and her Pokemon. If Brawly wasn't a much harder gym leader, she would get number one.

How does candice do it? I had to do it without a fire type cause it fainted. I was so close to winning! She good!

Candice is such a great gym leader, plus she uses strategy and is easily one of the more charismatic ones. She should definety be much higher on this list.

She is fabulous. - sri007venkat

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18 Blue

I'm not voting for Blue as a gym leader, but, more as a character. In Gen 1, Blue was a total ungrateful brat, always thinking he had bragging rights. His snarky attitude led to his downfall, as he lost his Raticate because of his desire to push it forward and not show it any love, and lost his possession as Pokemon master to Red, who was quite unlike Blue. Fast forward two years, Blue tries to kill himself because he doesn't think he was important. (I read it in Japanese special manga) Red gave up his position as champion to Lance, because with Giovanni gone people were getting their 8th badge for free. Red took Giovanni's spot for one year. After that, Red went missing, and Blue knew this was his chance. He became the 8th gym leader not bothering to care about his rival's disappearance. Fro, that day forward, Blue showed care and compassion to his Pokemon, and became more of a mentor to the trainers that lost to him.

Unlike all the other gym leaders he didn't specialize and had a balanced team, catching those that were unprepared off guard.

I don't know why blue is higher than Whitney because Blue has a balanced team with strong Pokemon. And hello people he's was a former champion enough said

He uses various types of pokemon and his highest level is 60. Higher than a lot of champions

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19 Norman

Respect your dad, folks

Come on, guys! How could Norman be so low in this list? Norman is the only father of the main character you actually know. In every other generation, your father is the professor! (Well, not really, but you know what I mean). And it's just awesome how you can actually battle him! Father vs Son/Daughter! Come on guys, really? How could he be below Cilan and Chilli? - anythingispossible

Why the heck is Whitney #1? Norman is the true Normal type leader! The reason we hate her is because, Milk Drink is annoying. Norman, we hate/like him because his team is actually tough. He doesn't use cheap healing moves. Even if his Slaking has the Traunt ability, he's still a pain in the neck. Not only that, he's a serious gym leader. He's even your FATHER! - RebelGamer

Norman is stronger than Whitney promise me you'll put number 1 his Pokemon all know retaliate and he defeated my Blaziken Pikachu latias and almost my whole team but I defeated him

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20 Wattson

This is the gym leader that pisses me off. You start off very easily beating him but once u get to his magneton, Just pray to God that his magneton won't uses shock wave over and over again because the MOVE never misses! - Bhoskmalet

Wattson eats Way too much.

21 Roxanne

All 3 starters can beat her. So take her off this list!

She was easy for me. - RiverClanRocks

She beat my Torchic blazikens sake people

22 Brawly

Brawly' s personality is amazing and. intreags me

Brawly has always been the hardest gym leader in my opinion... No offense to the others, but there are only two gym leaders I hate and a few more that I can't stand there gym (Kill Elesa are else I will kill you! )

Good, but seems to much like a water type than a fighting type. But, there's too much water types so they made him a fighting type.

Brawly is easy in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald and in ORAS (Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire)

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23 Drayden

He is the hardest gym leaders of all!

24 Koga

"to confuse our enemy." - Smash64

Koga is my favourite gym leader! Why is he not higher?! Am I the only person who had trouble with him? Plus he was strong enough to become part of the Elite 4!

He's a ninja... Enough said.

He became an elite four

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25 Wallace

I know he can be a gym leader, but he'll always be a champion to me. - Vancedapurpleguy

He is my favorite Gym Leader/Champion, why is he so low on this list?

Love him as a coordinator, gym leader and champion! - sri007venkat

He is so awesome! I love his outfit too

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26 Valerie Valerie

Valerie may not be a strong opponent but she was the first gym leader to show off the new type so that's something

I don't know why I love Valerie so much, but I do. For starters, she's so pretty, but also, she has a range of talents. Her clothing is beautiful, but sewing in the Pokémon world is often associated with the Pokémon Leavanny, and being the first gym to introduce the Fairy Type, this further highlights new things. Plus, her gym is so creative - a teleportation dollhouse? The imagination put into that is higher than Skyla's ego. -Topaz

This gym leader had broken the glass ceiling of being the first gym leader of the fairy type. Something similar to that of Jasmine of Oliveine City was also able to achieve.

She's such a cool character that might have relations with the kimono girls!
Love her some much ❤️

27 Flannery Flannery

Flannery can kick Roxanne's butt, so Roxanne at 20 is stupid

With Flannery's strong offense with flamethrower as well as overheat, she is a gym leaders to look twice at, literally. Not to mention, a type advantage with the majority of types. She has a fiery passion that burns.

First thing she says is, "WELCOME! "

Okay, let me get this straight. Roxanne at 20, BUGSY Right above Flannery Impossible. WE ALL KNOW BUGSY, THE GYM LEADER WITH NO TALENT. AND WHY IS SHE OVER FLANNERY, WHO IS STRONG AGAINST HER. GET A LIFE!

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28 Lt. Surge Lt. Surge Lt. Surge is a fictional character in the Pokémon series and the Gym Leader of Vermillion City who specializes in electric type Pokémon, in the anime he's extremely arrogant, aggressive and refers to other trainers as babies for not meeting his qualities his main Pokémon is Raichu who he evolved ...read more.

Awesome! Needs to be in the top five!

He has my favorite electric type! - Pikachufan0922

I think he is pretty annoying. - sri007venkat

He spawned the signle best Pokemon fan theory, so he gets my vote.

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29 Pryce
30 Skyla Skyla

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An amazing flying type gym leader she is good at flying plains from what I know she has a big history with flying her grandfather miles was the real gym leader but past it on to her overall she is great gym leader who hard to go against but you will get a liking to her - Tinkerbrat

An amazing flying type gym leader from what I learned is that she knows a lot about plains and her grandfather miles was the previous gym leader of mistralion city overall skyla is a outgoing go getter who is a strong gym leader who you will have a fun time batteling her

She is probably the hardest gym leader in hoenn! And to my opinion hoenn gym leaders aren't that hard

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31 Grant

GAAH

I was almost done with his Amaura THEN HE USED A HYPER POTION

and viola likes this jerk









lol jk I love that ship

32 Lenora

She was really hard it took me 6 trys to beat her

33 Falkner

Behold! The power of BIRD-type Pokemon! - Smash64

He is the only gym leader in the first 4 generations to not be a first gym leader using rock type.

34 Iris Iris Iris is from the Pokemon bwhite version & Pokemon black 2 & white. She ether was the gym leader in Opelucid city in white version. She first appeared to aid Bianca, Burgh, and the playable character when Bianca's Munna was stolen, & acted as a bodyguard. In Black 2 & White 2, she was the champion. Iris ...read more.

She became the champion she is equal to Lance

She's a Dragon master, exactly like Lance Drayden and Clair.

Correction. She want's to be a dragon master. At least in the anime. In black and white 2 it shows differently.

35 Winona

Best gym leader ever

Winona is my favourite gym leader. She should be number 1, and way better than Skyla and the ones in front. Why is she number 47?

I like flying types but she is harder then Faulkner or Kayla because her pokemons are a combination of flying and an other type like skarmory = steel + flying, tropius = grass + flying, altaria = dragon + flying, etc. So, she is the best

She is way better than Skyla, and she was tough to beat. She should be in the top 10

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36 Wulfric

One of one the easiest gym leaders I ever battled even though he Has a level 59 avalugg - Pikachufan0922

The best kalos gym leaders

37 Bugsy

For me, a very iconic gym leader and the reason people began to take bug Pokemon more seriously. R.I.P my chikorita

Were u doing a nuzlocke or something

38 Juan

I love his french accent and his joking after the gym battle. I also love his beautiful milotic it is just amazing.

Juan's awesome he should be in the top 10

Why is Juan so dang low? He used to be the gym leader of Sootopolis, mentors Wallace the Champion, and uses a Kingdra!

39 Lance

Dragon master! Hottest guy

Lance is not a gym leader. He is Elite 4/Champion. - POKEGAMERZ

He's the hardest trainer In the game

40 Clay

One of only two ground type gym leaders and boy did he hit hard, Clay was a trainer you would be hard pressed to beat if you weren't prepared because he had a counter for everything on his team. Plus outside the gym I'm pretty sure he's the most interesting and helpful Gym leader of them all.

Clay: WHY YOU LITTLE WHIPPERSNAPPER PIPSQUEAK YOU'RE REALLY STARTING TO MAKE ME MAD! IF THERE IS ONE THING I WILL NOT TOLERATE IT IS AN UNFAIR BATTLE!
Ash: Unfair? What are you talking about? That was just my strategy...
Clay: STRATEGY?! A LITTLE WHIPPERSNAPPER LIKE YOU SHOULD FORGET ABOUT STRATEGY AND ATTACK HEAD ON LIKE A MAN! I GUESS I'LL JUST HAVE TO USE MY SECRET WEAPON! OHH ITS POWER IS ON A WHOLE DIFFERENT LEVEL THAN THE REST OF MY POKEMON. YOU HEARD RIGHT, I'M TALKING ABOUT EXCADRILL, LET'S GET TO WORK!

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42 Byron

When I used an earthquake on his bastidoon bam! It fainted. I have to admit, BYRON SUCKS!

43 Cynthia

Cynthia is Champion. Not gym leader. - POKEGAMERZ

44 Roark

Best gym leader ever

45 Gardenia Gardenia

She deserves number 2, for serious

I hate her Cherubi or however you spell it.

Bread, spread some butterfree on it and bam! Dedz! - SwampertBABY

WHEN I USED WING ATTACK, BAM! HER ROSERADE FAINTED! SUPER EASY! I HAVE TO ADMIT, GARDENIA SUCKS!

46 Cilan Cilan Cilan is one of the three Gym Leaders of Striaton City's Gym, known officially as the Striaton Gym, in Pokemon Black and White. In the anime, he is classified as an A-class Pokemon Connoisseur and traveled with Ash Ketchum in the Unova region. He first debuted in Triple Leaders, Team Threats!.

! Him and his brothers= Fan service! I love the anime! Too bad we only saw him shirtless three times-
"Minncino Neat and Tidy"- When Bianca pushed him and Ash in the river.

(not an episode but an ending)- "Look Look Here": He, Ash, and Iris were in their swimsuits. I loved the way it looked!

"Mission: Defeat Your Rival! ": The "chilling in the Sauna" scene. Cilan and Ash were in tight shorts.

Way to go for shirtless Cilan!

He's so hot!

Cilan is alright I like chili better

NUMBER 36? WHAT? He should be number 2 next to Clemont! - RiverClanRocks

Boo! You suck! - Smash64

47 Chili

I picked snivy, and to those who think snivy is weak I beat more then half of the gym leaders first try using only my serperior.

I picked snivy, and to those who think snivy is weak I beat more than half of the gym leaders first try with only my serperior.

I think chili is kinda cool. The only drawback is that you have to pick SNIVY

I know right. Chili is good, snivy can die.

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48 Roxie

You do realize that she might be the strongest Gym Leader Ash has ever faced, right? Or at least one of the strongest! Whatever; the point is, Roxie really rocks.

Roxie was very easy to beat and just annoyng in the anime

Rock ON!

49 Maylene Maylene

I really like Maylene. She has a cute design and a Lucario! She's also pretty strong, and was a great character in the anime. (Though I can't say the same for Dawn..)

Guess I'll leave a comment here. Maylene is a weird character to describe. If we never got platinum, I could see why no one would like her... But we did.
Her design is cute, if not a little weird. Unlike Korrina (who I still love) Maylene looks like a proper fighting type gym leader. She has a Lucario, instant win in my books. She is incredibly dedicated, she ran to snow point in the freezing cold. Her and candice are great together, as friends or as something more. Maylene in the anime goes through some actual problems as a gym leader and her battle with Ash is still awesome.
Maylene isn't a tomboy. That is a generic term used to describe any girl with male qualities and its almost never acurate. Maylene likes training and fighting, more male associated qualities. She also likes decorations and clothes, more female qualities. She's a diverse character who doesn't get nearly as much love as she deserves. She gets my vote.

50 Olympia Olympia

Olympia is one of the best gym leaders of all time! This is a REAL gym leader(unlike that annoying and ugly Sabrina). Olympia may be an older lady,but she kicked my butt several times in her gym, and she kicks my butt in the Battle Chateau as well. Olympia-you've earned my full respect,ma'am.

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