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“Take that! Triple Finish!”
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 any 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.
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 and Super Smash Bros. for 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.
Pokémon Trainer will reappear as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. With the removal of the stamina system, one can play as Squirtle, Ivysaur, or Charizard for an extended period of time with no penalty. A female Pokémon Trainer variant can also be used, and is statistically identical to the male one.
Pokémon Change is the Pokémon Trainer's down special move, and by extension the down special move of Charizard, Squirtle, and Ivysaur. The move is based on the ability for players to switch out their Pokémon mid-battle in the Pokémon series, allowing players to switch between using Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard in that order. Pokémon Change is also automatically used whenever one of the Pokémon's stamina is depleted or whenever one is KO'd. This move cannot be used immediately after respawning, or at all in midair. Status effects are also not carried over between Pokémon, though damage percentages are, and a Pokémon's stamina recharges while it is not in use.
Triple Finish is the Pokémon Trainer's Final Smash. The trainer sends out all three of his Pokémon to attack at the same time. Ivysaur hits with SolarBeam, a narrow beam of light that fires across the screen; Charizard with Fire Blast, a flame projectile that travels across the screen; and Squirtle with Hydro Pump, a water attack that sprays in multiple directions at close range, all of which deal continuous damage before opponents are knocked back by the final Fire Blast. If a player is too close to the team while they are attacking, they are knocked into the air rather than into the attack.
Throughout the entire attack, a text box designed after the ones in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl appears on the bottom of the screen, saying, "Take that, Triple Finish!" If the attack hits, the dialogue changes to say, "It's super effective!", referencing the type effectiveness mechanic of the Pokémon series.
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Super Smash Bros. Brawl
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