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Character Names
  • English / United States: Iris
  • Japanese / Japan: アイリス
  • Japanese (Romanized) / Japan: Iris
  • Japanese (TL) / Japan: Iris
  • French / France: Iris
  • Chinese (Mandarin Taiwan) / Taiwan: 艾莉絲 (Àilìsī)
  • Korean / South Korea: 아이리스
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Iris is a character originally introduced in the Unova based Pokémon games. She is a Gym Leader in Pokémon White Version, and the Unova Champion in Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2.

Pokémon the Series

While traveling in the Unova region just outside of Kanako Town, Ash Ketchum mistakenly thought Iris was a Pokémon and threw a Poké Ball at her. Ash Ketchum thought she was an Axew as the Pokédex displayed the data for it. Her Axew appeared out of her large hair moments later though. After learning that Cilan was going to be traveling with Ash Ketchum through the Unova region, Iris decided that she would travel with them as well but she said that her goal on this journey was a secret.

Displeasure of Ice Pokémon

Just before Ash Ketchum and Trip's three-on-three battle, Iris encountered Trip's Vanillite. She instantly tried to avoid it and started to shiver. She explained that since Dragon types have a disadvantage against Ice types, she disliked the cold that Ice Pokémon create. Trip tried to confront her about her dislike of Ice Pokémon by telling her that Dragon Pokémon are also strong against Dragon Pokémon but she only reluctantly apologized to Trip's Vanillite and her mind wasn't truly changed.

Making up with Excadrill

Excadrill didn't always want to obey Iris when its asked to do something. For a while, it was stubborn but Iris' Excadrill was able to overcome the feelings of resentment and lost of trust it felt from the battle against Drayden's Haxorus. After relating her experience to Ash Ketchum and Cilan, it became more clear to Iris that she was not fully understanding her Excadrill's feelings. Iris apologized to her Excadrill as she finally realized that her Excadrill knew after the first hit during the battle against Drayden's Haxorus that they couldn't win against it. The two of them then practiced all through the night until Excadrill was finally able to successfully launch the Focus Blast.

Rival: Dragon Buster Georgia

While on route to Nimbasa City, Iris encountered Georgia, a Dragon Buster who once had a battle in the Dragon Village and lost, so she now had it out for anyone from the village. Georgia managed to coax Iris into a battle but Iris' Axew was no match for Georgia's Beartic. Georgia ended up intimidating and angering Iris by saying the victory was easy and boring. Iris though was determined to defeat her new rival and during the rematch battle she managed to end it in a draw.

Club Battles

Iris entered the Club Battles, a battle tournament to be held in Nimbasa Town, with her friends and rivals. Jimmy Ray was easily defeated in the first round by Iris.

Stephan's Sawk battled against Iris' Emolga in the second round of the Don George Battle Tournament in Nimbasa Town but Emonga's Static ability proved to be the deciding factor in the match. The Static ability ended up paralyzing Stephan's Sawk and it was then a sitting target for Iris' Emolga's Volt Switch which knocked it out. Iris' Emolga's win eliminated Stephan from the tournament.

Iris' Axew and Luke's Golett were matched up in the semi-final round of the Don Battles in Nimbasa Town. Luke's Golett dominated most of the battle and just as Iris' Axew was about to be defeated, it learned the move Outrage. Outrage was able to do significant damage to Luke's Golett and it knocked it out which eliminated Luke from the tournament.

In the finals, Iris battled against Ash Ketchum and though it was a close battle, Iris' Excadrill had the type advantage against Ash's Pikachu and she won the tournament. For winning, Iris received the beautiful seven-feather "Top-Class Driftveil Wing Set," containing Health, Muscle, Resist, Genius, Clever, Swift, and Pretty Wings which she sent to Dragon Village via Pidove Shipping Service.

Day Care Deino

In BW58, befriended a shy and lonely Deino that was waiting for its Trainer to return. As Deino are a Dragon Type Pokémon, Iris was instantly excited to spend time with it. It took her awhile to gain its trust though. Iris recalled an event to Deino that she witnessed in the Dragon Village where she saw Elder befriend a Druddigon that got lost and somehow found its way into the Village. The Druddigon absolutely refused to get along with other Dragon types and the people of the Village. For days and days, the Druddigon wouldn't come out from deep within the cave. The Elder waited for Druddigon at the entrance of the cave the whole time and she tried to make the Druddigon open its heart to her, by talking to it like the way Iris was talking to Deino to gain its trust and friendship. After several days had passed, Druddigon came out of the cave. All the Elder had done was talk to it and still, she managed to free it from its insecurities.

Iris uses the same technique that Elder used and the shy Deino became more open with Iris and the two of them became friends. Iris spent a few days with the Deino as they awaited the Trainer to return. At one point, Iris suggested to the Deino if its Trainer didn't return that it could come with her. The Trainer did return though and Deino left with it but not before it gave Iris its biggest smile.

Mistralton Tower Wishing Bell Festival

Stephan met up with Iris and her friends and informed them of the Mistralton Tower Wishing Bell Festival that he was going to participate in. After hearing from him that it was an awesome event held once a year at the Mistralton Tower, Iris and her friends decided to enter the tournament with Stephan.

Iris and Iris' Axew paired up for the tournament. In the scavenger hunt, Iris asked Cilan to lent her his fishing rod so she could advance to the next round. In the tub race, Iris' Axew used Dragon Rage on the surface of the water to propel them to the next round. During the imitation competition, iris was forced to dress-up as Professor Juniper and Miles thought she did quite well and he advanced her to the next round. In the forest of trials, Iris thought she had won but Chandelure's Confuse Ray affected her and she was in the middle of the forest for the entire race and was therefore eliminated from the tournament.

Rematch Battle against Drayden at the Opelucid Gym

Having accepted the challenge to battle at the Dragon Village, Iris met up with Drayden to have a rematch battle. He heard about Iris getting into trouble again by climbing the Opelucid Tower but told here to eat something and have a rest while he had a school meeting and then they would have their battle.

During the battle, Drayden was evaluating how much Iris had grown and he noticed that Iris' Excadrill power certainly seemed to have improved. The matchup between Iris' Excadrill and Drayden's Haxorus ended up in a draw as the two of them knocked each other out. In the matchup between, Drayden's Druddigon and Iris' Dragonite, Drayden noted that Iris' Dragonite had had an interesting life during its past. Iris' Dragonite wanted to fight under the same conditions as Drayden's Druddigon, who cannot fly. Everyone thought that Iris was doing well in the battle but Drayden's Druddigon proved to be more powerful than they had anticipated. Drayden's Druddigon knocked out Iris' Dragonite with a powerful Dragon Tail attack to give Drayden the victory in the rematch battle. Cilan thought Iris had cornered him, but Drayden was still a few steps ahead. Drayden was trying to get a clear picture of Iris by drawing out their power.

Drayden complemented Iris on making good friends and he realized that sending her off on a journey was the right thing to do. He could tell that she had grown up but standing still wasn't good for her. He told her to strengthen herself even further, become stronger and grow and then visit him again.

Pokémon World Championships Battle Vs Ash

After concluding her journey with Ash, Iris continued to study, fighting Dragon Trainers in various places and meeting Dragon Pokémon. Believing in her Pokémon, she then ascended all the way to the position of Champion.
Owned Pokémon
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  • United States Iris' Axew
  • Japan アイリスのキバゴ
  • Japan Iris no Kibago
  • Japan Iris' Kibago
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  • United States Iris' Dragonite
  • Japan アイリスのカイリュー
  • Japan Iris no Kairyu
  • Japan Iris' Kairyu
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  • United States Iris' Drilbur
  • Japan アイリスのモグリュー
  • Japan Iris no Mogurew
  • Japan Iris' Mogurew
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  • United States Iris' Druddigon
  • Japan アイリスのクリムガン
  • Japan Iris no Crimgan
  • Japan Iris' Crimgan
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  • United States Iris' Emolga
  • Japan アイリスのエモンガ
  • Japan Iris no Emonga
  • Japan Iris' Emonga
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  • United States Iris' Excadrill
  • Japan アイリスのドリュウズ
  • Japan Iris no Doryuzu
  • Japan Iris' Doryuzu
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  • United States Iris' Fraxure
  • Japan アイリスのオノンド
  • Japan Iris no Onondo
  • Japan Iris' Onondo
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  • United States Iris' Gible
  • Japan イリスのフカマル
  • Japan Iris no Fukamaru
  • Japan Iris' Fukamaru
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  • United States Iris' Haxorus
  • Japan アイリスのオノノクス
  • Japan Iris no Ononokus
  • Japan Iris' Ononokus
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