|First appearance||Pokémon Red and Green Versions (1996)|
|Related species|| Pokémon Ranger,|
|Notable member(s)||See: Category:Pokémon Trainers|
"Pokémon Trainer" (Japanese: ポケモントレーナー Pokémon Trainer), also rendered as PKMN Trainer in all games until Pokémon X and Y Versions, is a title held by those that catch, train, care for, and battle Pokémon. A large population of the Pokémon world hold this title or a variant thereof.
Many children become Pokémon Trainers at the age of ten (though Trainers of certain classes dispute this, such as Preschoolers, Twins, and Tubers; all of whom are under ten years old), at which they are given the choice between three Starter Pokémon and a Pokédex from the regional Pokémon professor. They are then challenged to obtain all eight badges from Gym Leaders and defeat the Elite Four and the Champion of the region. While some continue through with this, others decide not to. Nonetheless, no matter their intentions on becoming a Pokémon Trainer, all Trainers abide by a single code: if two Trainers make eye contact, they must battle.
Pokémon Trainer, as a title, encompasses many other titles as well. Trainers may further classify into other titles, such as Youngster, Lass, Bug Catcher, Hiker, Ace Trainer, and many others. These titles, dubbed Trainer Classes, generally describe the Trainer's technique, level of skill, areas found, and their Pokémon of choice; though these are often loosely tied as even within Trainer Classes, all of these may vary greatly.
However, while most Pokémon Trainers battle lawfully and with good intentions, others may go against the law and join villainous teams. These Trainers are often classed as grunts of the team they are a part of. Grunts usually fight to further the goals of their team, and use more powerful Pokémon to do so.
Super Smash Bros. series Edit
A character by the name of "Pokémon Trainer" (though whose appearance is based off the appearance of Red) debuted in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and appeared as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. The Trainer did not fight himself, instead utilizing Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard to fight.
While the Pokémon Trainer from Super Smash Bros. Brawl once again does not return as a playable character, each of Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard appear as standalone playable characters. Additionally, he does appear as a trophy in the game.
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