Top 10 Pokemon Gym Leaders

The Top Ten
1 Whitney

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 punishment. Even if you bring a Ground-Rock type, her ultimate counter, she's still tough to beat.

That damn Miltank she has knows Stomp, which can flinch you, and Attract, which can infatuate the male Pokémon (a pain in the ass). The killer move Rollout eradicates all of your Pokémon step by step. Even if you manage to land a hit on the damn Miltank, it can heal itself with Milk Drink. What a powerhouse it is.

2 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

I like Misty because she is the one main character of Pokémon, and she loves Water Pokémon as I do. So I think Misty is a good Pokémon gym leader. When she battles, her style is awesome.

Misty is probably the most well-known gym leader and for good reason! She's a formidable foe with her Starmie in the games, and in the anime, Ash didn't actually even beat her.

She is ambitious and full of energy!

3 Clair

She and Iris are the only female dragon-type gym leaders I can think of. Clair is a very unique and special character, and one of the most badass chicks in Pokémon.

Very cocky and very strong, she is a great female dragon-type trainer, especially when almost every dragon-type trainer is male. She made a great nightmare. If Gold, Silver, HeartGold, or SoulSilver was your first game, you must've been screwed. (I know I was!)

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 overpower it, and Kingdra's stats were nothing to sneeze at.

4 Morty

Morty is so awesome. I like the 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 crybaby 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 the 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.

5 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.

She's the creepiest leader we all love. Watch her anime episode if you haven't! She's actually the only gym leader who possesses some of the power that her Pokémon do. Apparently, she learned about her psychic powers when she was 4 or 5 when she accidentally bent a frickin' spoon while she was eating breakfast.

She doesn't like fighting, but she's somehow a gym leader. I want to know about that, but otherwise, she's SO in my top five!

She is just too awesome. I love her so much. She looks like me, which is awesome, and her doll is creepy but interesting. If you have not yet seen the episode she appeared in, you should because I swear, you will love her!

6 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

Remember playing Red or Blue? You find the first gym, but Brock is impossible to beat at first. It took me like ten tries to finally beat him. The second hardest is Wattson from Ruby and Sapphire, which took me three tries to beat him.

Brock is so awesome in the anime and super nice in Pokémon Origins. Misty sucks, by the way, along with Morty!

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

7 Jasmine

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

Despite her sweet appearance and personality, Jasmine is probably the most powerful Steel-type trainer in all the games!

Cute and strong. My favorite gym leader of the bunch!

8 Tate and Liza

When I got Sapphire for the first time and encountered these guys, I didn't know what to do... So, what do you think happened? I died 23 times on my first run, of course. These guys are annoying because I'm not the greatest at double battles. Strangely, I'm better at triple battles, but these guys are tough.

And on my Nuzlocke, I lost THREE Pokémon to them, and it was annoying. It's like hitting a brick wall with these guys. In Emerald, they're even worse with another Pokémon on both sides. As if Solrock and Lunatone weren't annoying enough.

9 Giovanni

Best gym leader and a very original one at that. He has a very powerful team and great type choice. Giovanni has the best backstory of any gym leader, and it was a great idea from Game Freak. He utilizes some brilliant Pokémon, e.g., Nidoking and Rhyperior, and is no pushover. You will no doubt have a hard time with him. Unless you structure your team properly, he will take you out. He is great with ground types and very threatening.

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 Pokémon Origins. Amazing character development.

10 Elesa

Elesa is the most memorable gym leader there is. What makes her 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. I believe that Elesa belongs at the top. She's a literal model and a role model. It's a double whammy!

The Contenders
11 Blaine

Blaine should definitely be higher on the list by far. He has an awesome personality. He was one of the scientists who worked on creating Mewtwo, and best 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!

Anybody who can mix riddles, badass looks, sunglasses, fire, and having a fire gym surrounded by fire in one thing deserves a spot in the top 15. I don't even know how Tate and Liza got #1.

12 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

Korrina is a really tough gym leader. Simply put, once her Hawlucha uses Flying Press, you're screwed. I actually only won because I caught a Golett before I made it to Shalour, entered her gym, and wrecked Hawlucha. Seriously, Ghost-types nerf Korrina's Hawlucha.

Mienfoo and Machoke were not a problem, but Hawlucha is a serious threat if you don't have a Ghost-type on your team. Now, though, my Mega Lucario is my strongest Pokémon on my copy of Pokémon Y. Her performance in the XY anime was just spectacular. Every time I watched that anime, when Korrina came on screen, I knew that it was automatically a great episode.

13 Crasher Wake

He was definitely hard. Torterra always had a difficult time with his Gyarados, and Floatzel made it pretty difficult.

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

Toughest water gym leader I ever battled!

14 Skyla
15 Volkner

Without Ground moves, you will be screwed.

16 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

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 definitely deserves more attention. He is probably one of the best traveling companions after Brock. Many consider the subbed version to be better, but I prefer the dub. Clemont is a lot like Brock in terms of personality, which is one of the many reasons Clemont is one of my all-time favorite gym leaders.

17 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 through her by luck when my Monferno used Flame Wheel and burned her. I had just enough Hyper Potions and Pokémon to outlast her.

The anime for her sucks. "I'm skipping six months to find myself, screwing over all kinds of trainers who can't make Sinnoh because it's impossible to get my badge." That's her. Ever wonder why the Sinnoh League had the least competitors?

18 Candice

She is the second hardest gym leader (see Brawly) and definitely deserves to be in the top ten. Brawly is really hard! I hate her gym until I memorized how to get past it. If Brawly wasn't a much harder gym leader, she would be number one.

How does Candice do it? I had to battle without a Fire-type because it fainted. I was so close to winning! She's good!

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

19 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. He lost his Raticate because of his desire to push it forward and not show it any love, and he lost his position as Pokémon master to Red, who was quite unlike Blue.

Fast forward two years, Blue tries to kill himself because he doesn't think he is 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. From that day forward, Blue showed care and compassion to his Pokémon and became more of a mentor to the trainers that lost to him.

20 Valerie

This gym leader broke the glass ceiling by being the first gym leader of the fairy type. It's something similar to what Jasmine of Olivine City was able to achieve.

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. Sewing in the Pokémon world is often associated with the Pokémon Leavanny, and being the first gym to introduce the Fairy type 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

21 Flannery Flannery, known as Asuna in Japan, is the Gym Leader of the Lavaridge Gym in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.

With Flannery's strong offense with Flamethrower and Overheat, she is a gym leader to look twice at, literally. Not to mention, she has a type advantage with the majority of types. She has a fiery passion that burns.

Her Torkoal nearly fainted my Marshtomp. She is great for a gym leader, just too easy.

22 Norman

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

Come on, guys! How could Norman be so low on 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.) 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 Chili?

23 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!

He spawned the single best Pokémon fan theory, so he gets my vote.

24 Wattson

This is the gym leader that pisses me off. You start off very easily beating him, but once you get to his Magneton, just pray to God that it won't use Shock Wave over and over again because the move never misses!

25 Roxanne

Interestingly enough, I didn't even consider Roxanne until I read a lot of comments on other forums that mentioned her. Mudkip and Treecko couldn't do enough damage against Nosepass, so I looked at its stats.

Nosepass has 90 Special Defense and 135 Defense. No wonder it was challenging! I remember struggling, but not that much, really. Mudkip and Treecko should win if they are leveled properly. Although Torchic will struggle in the gym, it won't have too many problems after evolution despite the high defense every Pokémon in the gym has and their defense-raising moves. Nosepass isn't that strong anyway.

A 45 Attack will never one-hit KO anything that isn't weak to Rock.

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