Pokémon Trainer

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This article is about the character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. For information about other uses of "Trainer", see here.
Pokemon Emblem.png
Super Smash Bros. Character
Pokémon Trainer
Game Appearances
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Special Moves
Standard:  Varies
Side:  Varies
Up:  Varies
Down:  Pokémon Change
Final Smash:  Triple Finish
Battle Entrance
Releases a random Pokémon from a Poké Ball

“Take that! Triple Finish!”
Pokémon Trainer, Super Smash Bros. Brawl

The Pokémon Trainer (also known as Red in the Pokémon games) is a playable character in the game, Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He is the main male character of the games in the Pokémon series that took place in the Kanto region, portrayed in the Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green, Pokémon Blue, Pokémon Yellow, Pokémon FireRed, and Pokémon LeafGreen games. Canonically, in the Pokémon series, the character the Pokémon Trainer is modeled after is actually called Red, with "Pokémon Trainer" being just the name of his occupation.

The Pokémon Trainer is the first playable Pokémon representative in the Super Smash Bros. series who is not an actual Pokémon. Though a selectable character, he is not an actual fighter, instead commanding either of his three Pokémon in the background of the stage.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / 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. He, Squirtle, and Ivysaur appear as collectable trophies, however.


Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Main article: SmashWiki:Pokémon Trainer (SSBB)
Red SSBB.png

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he will stay in the background and use three Pokémon to fight for him: Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard. His down special move, Pokémon Change, will switch out between these three Pokémon. The players choose the Pokémon to start with, and they will then be changed in the order Squirtle → Ivysaur → Charizard → Squirtle, and so forth. This is the first time this kind of fighting style has been used in the Super Smash Bros. series.

The Subspace Emissary[edit]
The Pokémon Trainer in the Subspace Emissary.

In the Subspace Emissary, he allies with Lucas who helps him find his Charizard and Ivysaur. The two also encounter Wario and a large Subspace Army robot, Galleom. They are saved from the robot's detonation by Meta Knight, and they team with him, Marth and Ike afterwards. 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).

Special Moves[edit]

Pokémon's Special Moves[edit]

All of the Pokémon's down special moves are Pokémon Change, and their Final Smashes are Triple Finish (however their roles in that move are shown).


Main article: Squirtle#Special Moves


Main article: Ivysaur#Special Moves


Main article: Charizard#Special Moves

Pokémon Change[edit]

Pokémon Change being used.
The order of the Pokémon Change goes from Squirtle, to Ivysaur, to Charizard, and back to Squirtle.
Main article: SmashWiki:Pokémon Change

Pokémon Change is a move used by the Pokémon Trainer in the game Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It is his Down special move. Once used, the Pokémon Trainer withdraws his current Pokémon into its Poké Ball, and sends out another one. For example, if he starts off with Charizard in the beginning of the battle, when he uses Pokémon Change for the first time, he would switch his Charizard with Squirtle. If he uses it again, he will send out Ivysaur. Afterwards, Charizard re-enters the battle, and the order starts over again. This attack has many more strategy options, as players can now switch between three characters, and no damage can be taken between switches. This is similar to Zelda and Sheik's Transform move. Like Transform, each Pokémon shares the same HP.

Changing Pokémon can be crucial since each Pokémon has their own set stamina. As the Pokémon's stamina drops, its attacks will pack less power than normal. When the Pokémon is tired out, that's the time to use Pokémon Change. However, the player must not use this move too quickly or else the Pokémon won't have enough time to recover, and will get tired more quickly.

On a side note, if the Pokémon gets KO'd, Pokémon Trainer will automatically bring out the next Pokémon (unless he loses all of his stock lives in a Stock match).

Triple Finish[edit]

Triple Finish in action.
Main article: SmashWiki:Triple Finish

“Isn’t it a beautiful combination? A Fire-type attack, a Water-type attack, and a Grass-type attack? (Not really.)”
Masahiro Sakurai, Smash Bros. DOJO!!

Triple Finish is Pokémon Trainer's Final Smash in the Wii game, Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It is unique in the fact that all three Pokémon - Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard - are used in the attack. When the Smash Ball is collected by the Pokémon currently being used, Pokémon Trainer sends out his two other Pokémon. Then, a text box appears at the bottom of the screen (exactly the same style of text box used in Diamond & Pearl), and the three Pokémon use Hydro Pump (Squirtle), SolarBeam (Ivysaur), and Fire Blast (Charizard), which are all powerful attacks. No matter who it is used against, it will be "super effective" on the opponent, according to the text box. The attack is particularly powerful when a player is close up.

Profiles & statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]


Type Image Description
Pokémon Trainer BrawlTrophy037.png 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.
Triple Finish BrawlTrophy038.png The Final Smash of the Pokémon Trainer. Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard join forces to simultaneously use Hydro Pump, SolarBeam, and Fire Blast. This is the only time all three of them appear on the screen together, so this move boasts the strength of three in one. A window will appear on the screen, but don't worry about it.


Image Game Effect
BrawlPokeTrainer.png Pokémon series [Arm, Leg] - Attack +13
Usable by: Pikachu, Pokémon Trainer, Lucario, Jigglypuff

Snake's codec[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Name Image Description
Pokémon Trainer 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!

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ポケモントレーナー
Pokemon Torēnā
Pokémon (Pocket Monster) Trainer
Spanish Entrenador Pokémon Pokémon Trainer
French Dresseur de Pokémon Pokémon Trainer
German Pokémon-Trainer
Italian Allenatore di Pokémon Pokémon Trainer
Korean 포켓몬 트레이너
Poketmon Teureineo
Pokémon Trainer


  • Pokémon Trainer is one of the few fighters to only get five alternate costumes in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, instead of the usual six. This is also shared with Lucario, Jigglypuff, and Sonic.
    • One of Pokémon Trainer's alternative costumes has the same colours as another Pokémon Trainer; Brendan's outfit from Pokémon Emerald.
  • Pokémon Trainer does not use his official franchise name, Red, in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • Along with the Ice Climbers, Captain Olimar and Pikmin, Rosalina and Luma, and Duck Hunt, the Pokémon Trainer is one of the five playable characters in the Super Smash Bros. series that consists of more than one fighter.