The protagonists that have appeared throughout the mainline Pokémon games have official names that have been used in spin-off media in the past.
The Pokémon protagonist names in the mainline video games have canon versions that are used in spin-off media, even though players generally change their names at the start of the game. The official Pokémon trainer names only refer to the video game incarnations of the character, and different versions of the characters can have their own names, such as how Ethan from Pokémon Gold & Silver is called Gold in the Pokémon Adventures manga series.
The Pokémon video games give the player the chance to name their main character, along with the rival in some of the games. This dates back to Pokémon Red & Blue, where the default names were Satoshi and Shigeru, referencing Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri and Nintendo icon Shigeru Miyamoto. As time went on and characters from the mainline games were given roles in different titles, they received canon names. This dates to the final confrontation of Pokémon Gold & Silver, where the protagonist of the original generation returned and needed an official name that could be displayed on the screen.
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The official names of the Pokémon game protagonists have been confirmed in a number of different ways. Many of them have appeared in Pokémon Masters EX as recruitable trainers, which has canonized their names. There are some games where the protagonist that isn’t selected becomes a character in the story, as is the case with Ethan and Lyra in Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver. The official Pokémon protagonist names are often the default choice offered to the player when they start a new game.
The Official Names Of The Pokémon Protagonists
All of the official names of the Pokémon protagonists are:
Pokémon Red & Blue & Yellow – RedPokémon FireRed & LeafGreen – Red and LeafPokémon Gold & Silver – Ethan and KrisPokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver – Ethan and LyraPokémon Ruby & Sapphire and Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire – Brendan and MayPokémon Diamond & Pearl – Lucas and DawnPokémon Black & White – Hilbert and HildaPokémon Black 2 & White 2 – Nate and RosaPokémon X & Y – Calem and SerenaPokémon Sun & Moon and Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon – Elio and SelenePokémon Let’s Go! – Chase and ElainePokémon Sword & Shield – Victor and GloriaPokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl – Lucas and May.Pokémon Legends: Arceus – Akari and Rei
It may seem as if the Pokémon protagonist names are random, but a few of them do have deeper meanings. Victor and Gloria from Pokémon Sword and Shield are references to the lyrics of the UK national anthem, which mentions both victory and glory. The Gen 4 protagonist names were kept between versions, as Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are incredibly close to the original games in terms of content. It’s likely that the inevitable Pokémon Black and White remakes (and their sequels) will retain the name of their Pokémon trainer protagonists, barring some massive change in the storyline that shakes things up. Leaf and Red appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as playable characters, but they are referred to as Pokémon Trainer within the game’s lore, even when discussed by other characters in Snake’s codex calls or Palutena’s guidance dialogue.
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