Pokémon Trainer

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This article is about the character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. For other uses of "Trainer", see Trainer.
Pokemon Emblem.png
Super Smash Bros. Character
Pokémon Trainer
Game Appearances
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Special Moves
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 is a playable character in the game Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He is designed after Red, the main male character of Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Green Version, Pokémon Blue Version, Pokémon Yellow Version, and their remakes, using the design of the character first seen in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions.

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, his team consisting of Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard. The only move the trainer performs is Pokémon Change, which allows the player to switch out his three Pokémon at will throughout the battle. He also automatically switches Pokémon whenever one is KO'd. The Pokémon also run on a stamina system that weakens them, as their stamina decreases the longer they are out on the field. Their Final Smash is Triple Finish, which has the trainer send out all three Pokémon at once to attack.

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).

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.

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.


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 / Wii U[edit]

Name Image Appears In
(Wii U version only)
Pokémon Trainer PokemonTrainerTrophyWiiU.png GB Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (09/1998)
GBA Pokémon FireRed & Pokémon LeafGreen (09/2004)
NA: 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!

PAL: Quiz time! 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 just the same. He fought to be the very best; like no one ever was - back in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. 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 colors 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.