Top 10 Best Pokémon Trainers

The Top Ten
1 Ash Ash Ketchum, known as Satoshi in Japan, is a fictional main character in the Pokémon franchise owned by Nintendo. Ash is training to be a Pokemon Master, with his buddy Pikachu. Ash tries to stop the evil Team Rocket from stealing his Pikachu.

Not only is Ash one of the nicest guys in the world (which everyone should know), but he is also way stronger than other people say. After all, the reason why people say Ash is bad is because he's apparently bad in battle. Yes, he never won a league, but winning a league is way harder in the anime than in the games. If the gym leader only has two Pokémon, you need to use the same amount of Pokémon. If Red from Origins were in the real anime, I don't know the number of times he would lose to Brock or Giovanni.

Also, once you have all badges, you need to beat all participating trainers, the Elite Four, and the champion without losing! In the game, not only do you not fight against trainers in a tournament, but if you lose to the league, you can retry any time. So Ash isn't that bad. Also, being the main character of the anime, the writers make him lose to trainers like Cameron and Ritchie even if this doesn't make sense.

And speaking of Ritchie, I think that since Ash reached the Indigo League, he has lost every league on purpose. You see, if Ash wins the league, he won't have free time to explore the other regions. Maybe at the Indigo League, he said to himself that exploring the world is better than trying to win the league. That would explain why he used Charizard against Ritchie. And for the fight against Tyson and Alain, he used the connection he has with his Pokémon to tell them to faint because he's that cool. And that's why at each region, he puts his Pokémon at the PC to bond with new ones.

Even if my theory is false, let me remember that he's ten years old, that he won the Orange League and the Battle Frontier, and that he's the only trainer we saw make Tobias's Darkrai and Latios faint. He also has Ash-Greninja, and he almost beat Alain (whether it was on purpose or not). So yeah, Ash is awesome for me.

2 Red

Red is the original and first of the series, so we gotta give credit to that. Depending on the version we're talking about, Red ends up owning all three starters of Kanto, Mewtwo, the Articuno-Zapdos-Moltres trio, or even a well-built team that anyone can get behind. Maybe some versions didn't do one or the other, but still. Each Red always has amazing feats and looks way more badass than Ash while he's at it.

Why? Red should come first, Giovanni should come second, Ash should come third. It's totally wrong. You see, Red has completed his Pokedex, so he would also have a Venusaur and, of course, Blastoise, which could choke Charizard out. Including that, Red also has the trio birds, Mewtwo, and a Mega Charizard, of course.

Then why is Red in second place, and why is everybody supporting Ash? Okay, if they had a battle, Red's Mega Charizard and Mewtwo would be enough to chip Ash's Pokémon out of battle, making Red the winner.

3 Misty Misty, known as Kasumi in Japan, is a 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

She is my favorite character. She should be third, and Brock should be fourth.

4 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 is one of the best friends Ash has ever had.

What are you saying? Brock could beat everybody with his great intelligence.

5 Cynthia

Is it really any question? Cynthia is the hardest Pokemon champion out of every existing one, and she's extremely versatile. Each Pokemon she owns has a potential countering move to their weaknesses, and all her Pokemon have perfect EVs. It's no wonder she's a favorite.

Cynthia is one of the most powerful trainers. She kicks people's asses without batting an eye. She also inspires others and is an actual hands-down boss.

Why is Cynthia this low? She is the best Pokémon trainer. She trains her Pokémon pretty well and could squash anyone in battle.

6 May May is a female companion to Ash in the generation 3 anime. She was also the female character in Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire. May (anime) debuted in the 275th episode, "Get the Show on the Road!" She was going to be a trainer, but wasn't excited about it. After meeting a... read more

She is the best coordinator and trainer after Ash. She should be number 2 on this list. Her skills are more or less the same as Ash's. She has also tied with Ash. Her unique technique-making ability is the same as Ash's. So, she deserves the 2nd spot.

May, one of the top coordinators. I don't know how to spell coordinators, so sorry if I am wrong.

Well, she is great at being a coordinator.

She deserves the second spot. Her unique battling style is the same as Ash. She is best after Ash.

7 Giovanni

He knew how dangerous Mewtwo was, and he gathered the Master Ball as the last way out if he would fail to control Mewtwo. Giovanni was going to save the world.

He is good even though he is Team Rocket and bad. SPOILER (Mewtwo escaped)

8 Tobias

Tobias is by far the strongest trainer ever in the Pokémon anime. In the Sinnoh League, Ash, whom you have kept at the first place, was easily taken down by only two of Tobias's Pokémon.

He might be the most powerful trainer till now. He might have even more powerful Pokémon than Darkrai and Latias on his team.

He defeated all of Ash's six Pokémon with only Darkrai and Latios. He won the final match with only Darkrai.

9 Gary

Gary is a brilliant trainer and rival. If you were to take this bluntly, I always thought Gary and Blue were more or less the same character, just as how Ash was based on Red. So, because I liked Blue and I loved Gary as a character, this gets my vote.

Gary is a tough guy, at least better than an average trainer, and he won many battles against Ash too.

At least he knows his Pokémon!

He is a good rival but he is also a great friend for Ash.

10 Dawn

I love Dawn because of her character. She's confident, she doesn't dwell on her mistakes, and she keeps learning. She's not afraid to get emotional when winning or losing in competitions. She's sweet, smart, and she has one of the best stories plot-wise.

Sure, she starts off as a bit of an airhead and a whiner, but she loses it halfway into the anime season. I grew to like her after that. Sure, maybe some would say May did it better, but I really liked Dawn's character better. (That and Gen 4 was my entry to the series, and I had a child-crush on Dawn ever since I first saw her character design.)

The Contenders
11 Iris

Iris is the best trainer in the entire world. It's a pity she didn't have a Chikorita.

12 You

Other trainers like Red, Ash, Gold, etc., are awesome, but your character in the game has opportunities to become even greater in terms of Pokemon abilities because they're not stuck to a script. Such is the legacy of a Silent Protagonist. You transcend every boundary known to the Pokemon world, considering you have the ability to face every champion and former protagonist (like Red) and come out on top. You can capture every legendary in a region whereas many other trainers can only dream of.

The only downside as a silent protagonist in a Pokemon game is that you can't really grow a bond like the rest of the characters or the original protagonists do. Sure, you can play with your pokemon and bond with them in recent games, but your bond with characters is stuck to a script, and you can't really explore that depth all that much. Which is a shame because many of the characters have great characterizations based on the Anime and Comics, which were brought up by their protagonists because they had a bond with the protagonist.

13 Serena Serena has proven to be a kind and polite girl but she can also be openly rebellious towards her mother, Grace. In Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!, she refused to wake up when Grace ordered her to, and gave a sassy response to her mother's call to watch the news. This tumultuous relationship... read more

Serena may not be my full favorite because of how much I like other characters, but she gets a vote from me because I love how deep her lore is with Ash in the anime. Her story makes her affections with Ash believable and even makes me support the ship. It also helps that she's not bland as shown by her personality and the fact that she's one of the characters who gets multiple changes of appearances and outfits throughout the series.

Best Pokemon trainer... Not good in battles but cares for her Pokemon deeply, which most of the others forget...

14 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.

Sabrina is a favorite gym leader of mine only because of her characterization in the anime and the comic series Pokemon Adventures. I loved how much more personality they gave her. Despite being the enemy in some versions, she was an interesting and powerful individual. Was she the most powerful or most fun? No, but I like her character enough for it to be one of my votes. (Plus, being a psychic on top of being a Psychic gym leader gives bonus points.)

Why is Sabrina this low? She controls the mighty Thu-fi-zer, that's Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres combined. Also, in the games, I can never beat her without glitching to level 100.

15 Green

She's crafty, tricky, sly, and fun. Especially if you read the Pokémon Adventures comics, she's a load of fun and never runs out of surprises.

Green or Blue is Red's rival and is very strong, considering he took down the Elite Four and Champion with ease. This is shown in Pokémon Generations.

16 N

Such an interesting character. His morals are intriguing as well as his personality. Definitely should be higher up.

Very tough. Obviously he can defeat Cynthia.

17 Gladion Gladion is a fictional character introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon. He works for Team Skull. He serves as a rival character to the player in Pokémon Sun and Moon.
18 Professor Oak

Professor Oak is quite a great trainer. You see, he is a professor. Like in one of the episodes, Oak showed a really strong Pidgey.

Professor means he should be good or better than an average trainer. Also, he taught Ash's Pokemon new attacks, defenses, etc.

Professor Oak counts because, back in the first National Kanto League tournament, he became the first champion in the world. Red won the seventh Kanto tourney.

19 Alain

Go Charizard! ... I voted only for Charizard.

Alain crushed Ash and Primal Groudon. He should be number two only because Red's Charizard beat Mewtwo.

Alain has a Mega Charizard X, stronger than Ash's Pikachu and Cameron's Lucario.

20 Steven

Come on, Steven is way better than Ash. Reason one: Ash lost in the quarterfinals and Steven is the Hoenn champion.

Steven is my favorite trainer. His best Pokemon is Mega Metagross.

21 Lance

Why is he "weaker" than Clemont, Serena, Dawn, Cilan, etc.? He's a frigging Elite Four member and champion.

Dragonite... Why do you paralyze me so? WHY?

22 Alder
23 Guzma Guzma is a fictional character introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon. He is the leader of Team Skull. He specializes in Bug-type Pokémon.
24 Norman

He's a gym leader! Everyone had trouble beating him. Max even cried when Ash won. Duh!

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