The Top 10 Trainers in the Pokémon Franchise

Abhimannu Das
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Ash Ketchum - Pokemon


Here are our picks for the top ten Pokémon trainers of all time.
The list is based on the achievements of each of the trainers listed below in various forms of Pokémon media.

The Pokémon franchise spans several forms of media and we have seen the journeys of several legendary Pokémon trainers over the years. While there is not a singular “best” Pokémon trainer of all time, we can still rank them based on their in-game achievements. Some factors to consider when evaluating the best Pokémon trainers include their in-game accomplishments, their portrayal in the Pokémon anime and other media, and their impact on the franchise.

The Best Pokémon Trainers of All Time


Red is a character from the Pokémon games and is often regarded as one of the best in-game trainers. He is the player's character in Pokémon Red and Blue and has made appearances in various other Pokémon games and media.

Red - Pokemon

Ash Ketchum (Satoshi in Japanese)

Ash is the protagonist of the Pokémon anime series and has become an iconic character in the franchise. He has traveled to multiple regions and won various Pokémon leagues, making him one of the most well-known trainers.


Lance is the champion of the Pokémon League in the Johto region and is known for his powerful Dragon-type Pokémon. He's a recurring character in the games and is considered one of the toughest trainers in the series.


Cynthia is the champion of the Sinnoh region's Pokémon League and is known for her expertise in battling and her knowledge of Pokémon lore. She is highly respected among trainers in the Pokémon world.

Cynthia - Pokemon

Blue (Gary Oak)

Blue is a rival character in the Pokémon games and the grandson of Professor Oak. He's a skilled trainer and a recurring character in the series, making him one of the most memorable rivals.

Note: Blue and Gary are the same person but they live in different continuities, unlike Red and Ash who are different from each other.

Steven Stone

Steven is the champion of the Hoenn region's Pokémon League and is known for his strong Steel-type Pokémon. He's a popular character among fans of the third-generation Pokémon games.

May and Dawn

May and Dawn are tied for this spot as they boast similar achievements. May and Dawn are prominent Pokémon anime characters known for their journey as Pokémon Coordinators. They are skilled trainers in their own right and have made a significant impact on the series.

May and Dawn - Pokemon


N is a unique character in the Pokémon games, serving as a key figure in Pokémon Black and White. His complex character and his ideals regarding the relationship between humans and Pokémon make him a memorable trainer.


Giovanni is the leader of Team Rocket in the Pokémon games and anime. He is a formidable trainer and a significant antagonist in the series.

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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.