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Someday I want to be a great Trainer like my dad!
~ Brendan

Brendan (Japanese: ユウキ Yūki) is the male choice for the player character in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald and their Generation VI remakes Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. He also serves as the rival in the same games if the player chooses to play as the female character. His female counterpart is May.

He was voiced by Nobuhiko Okamoto in the anime and Yūko Sanpei in the games in the Japanese version, and by Aleks Lee in the games in the English version.


Brendan is a young boy with brown hair and brown eyes. He wears a white hat and a black and red headband. In Ruby and Sapphire, he wears a long sleeved shirt with red and black stripes. He wears black sweatpants that are cuffed yellow at the bottom of each leg. He wears fingerless gloves colored yellow and blue, and he wears red, black, and white sneakers, and on his neck he wears a gold band with a white circle in the center. In Emerald, his shirt is now black and orange, and he wears green and black wristbands, a white and green headband, black pants with black shorts over, along with black, green and orange running shoes, in addition to a green backpack. And in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, he once again sports a black and orange shirt and green backpack, but now his headband is orange and black, he wears black and grey shorts, grey, black and green sneakers, and a mega bracelet on his left arm.

In the games

As the player

If selected as the player, Brendan is the main protagonist of Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. He is the son of the fifth Gym Leader of Hoenn/Gym Leader of Petalburg City, Norman.

After arriving to Hoenn from the Johto region, Brendan sets off on a quest to conplete the Pokédex, a device that collects data on Pokémon, and defeat the Gym Leaders to become the champion of the region after meeting Professor Birch and his daughter, May.

Brendan first meets May when he visits Birch's house to see if he's home. He finds that he isn't, but before he leaves, he meets May, who shares her dream of becoming friends with many Pokémon. Brendan then leaves to search for Birch.

As Brendan leaves town, he meets Birch when he saves him from a wild Pokémon by battling it with one of Birch's Pokémon, either Treeko, Mudkip or Torchic. Brendan is then given the Pokémon he used to battle the Pokémon that attacked Birch, and is then advised by Birch to meet his daughter May, which Brendan agrees to. Brendan defeats May in a Pokémon battle, and the two return to Birch's lab where Birch gives Brendan his Pokédex, with May giving Brendan some Pokéballs. Brendan then sets off to start his journey to become a Pokémon trainer.

Brendan arrives in Petalburg City to visit his father, Norman, but they are interrupted by a young boy named Wally. Wally wants to become a Pokémon trainer but doesn't have any Pokémon, so Norman gives him a Zigzagoon to battle a wild Pokémon and some Pokéballs to try and catch it. Brendan goes with Wally and Wally successfully catches a Ralts. Wally and Brendan return to Norman, with Wally being very excited and grateful, cheerfully leaving the gym with his new Pokémon. Norman informs Brendan that they will battle someday after Brendan becomes stronger and acquires the previous 4 Gym Badges before Brendan leaves.

Brendan ventures through Petalburg Woods, where he finds a scientist being attacked by a member of an evil orginization, Team Magma in Ruby and Omega Ruby, or Team Aqua in Sapphire, Emerald, and Alpha Sapphire. Brendan saves the scientist and the criminal retreats. The scientist explains that the criminal was attempting to steal his valuable research goods, and the scientist thanks Brendan and runs off after informing them that the criminal was a member of Team Magma/Aqua.

After Brendan defeats the first Gym Leader Roxanne and obtains her badge, he encounters the same scientist being attacked again. The scientist got robbed of the goods, and Brendan gives chase to the criminal and not only defeats them, but regains the goods and returns them to the scientist. The scientist thanks Brendan once more and has Brendan meet Mr. Stone, the CEO of Devon Corps., who the scientist works for. Mr. Stone gives Brendan and gives him the PokéNav (or Pokémon Navigator), and requests that Brendan deliver his letter to his son Steven, with the scientist asking Brendan to deliver the goods to Slateport City.

After defeating the second Gym Leader, Brawly, and delivering the letter to Steven, Brendan does just that, but not without battling Team Magma/Aqua again, who wish to steal the goods again, before returning to both of them and being rewarded for their efforts.

On the way to Mauville City, Brendan battles May again and is victorious. When Brendan arrives to the city, Wally is with his father, wanting to challenge the 3rd Gym Leader. Wally asks Brendan to battle him to prove he's ready, with Brendan defeating him discouraging Wally from battling the Gym Leader. Wally's father thanks Brendan, and he and a downtrodden Wally return home. Brendan defeats the 3rd Gym Leader, Wattson, and arrives at Fallorbor Town.

At Fallorbor Town, Brendan heads to Meteor Falls, and encounters Team Aqua/Magma again, but the organization's rival organization, Team Magma/Aqua, intervene who wish to stop them, but fail to acquire the meteorite from them, who stole it from Professor Cosmo. Brendan heads after the criminals, who are using the meteorite to power a machine that will cause a drought/flood to a volcano to further their goals of overriding the world with either land based Pokémon in the case of Team Magma, or aquatic Pokémon, in the case of Team Aqua. Brendan defeats the team at the volcano, and aquaires the meteorite before heading to Lavaridge Town and defeating the Gym Leader there, Flannery.

Brendan then heads back to Petalburg, where he defeats his father and obtains his badge, with Norman being surprised by, yet proud of his son. Before Brendan leaves, he's stopped by Wally's family, who thank Brendan for looking out for Wally, and give him the Surf HM. Brendan uses this new move to head towards Fortree City.

Along the way, Brendan is stopped by Steven, who questions his techniques as a trainer before leaving. Brendan then stops Team Magma/Aqua, who are attacking a weather institution, and is rewarded a Pokémon named Castform, who can shapshift depending on the weather, for his good deed. After Brendan battles May again, he arrives in Fortree City, and after being given the Devon Scope by Steven to see an invisible Pokémon named Keckleon who blocks the entrance to the gym, battles and defeats the 6th Gym Leader, Wiona, and moves on.

Brendan arrives at Mount Pyre, and stops Team Magma/Aqua, who are attacking it, and confronts Maxie, the leader of Team Magma/Archie, the leader of Team Aqua, but fails to stop them from stealing the Blue Orb/Red Orb from the elderly couple that reside there, with their intention being to awaken the legendary Pokémon Groudon/Kyogre. Brendan then arrives at Lilycove City and battles and defeats May again, making them question their Pokémon journey.

Brendan then heads back to Slateport City to try and stop Team Magma/Team Aqua from stealing a submarine, but fails. Brendan then invades their hideout near Lilycove, and stops them there, but their leader still escapes with some other members.

Brendan heads to Mossdeep City, and aquires the Dive HM from Steven, and defeats the 7th Gym Leaders, Tate and Liza. Brendan then gives chase to Team Magma/Team Aqua, who are headed for the legendary Pokémon, and confronts Maxie/Archie, who have already reached them. Brendan defeats them once again, but they use the Orb to awaken the Pokémon, causing an awakened Groudon/Kyogre to cause a drought/flood. Brendan heads to Sootopolis City and defeats/captures the legendary Pokémon. In Pokémon Emerald version, Groudon and Kyogre battle, and Brendan awakens Rayquaza, who stops the fight. In either version, peace is restored, and Brendan defeats the final Gym Leader, Wallace, and heads to Evergreen City.

Brendan treks through Victory Road, and battles Wally one last time, defeating him and heading towards the Pokémon League. Brendan defeats the Elite 4 and has the final battle with the Pokémon League Champion, Steven. Brendan is victorious, and becomes the new Pokémon League Champion, and returns home, then having one last battle with May in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, winning.

In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the Delta Episode is then unlocked. It begins with Brendan being approached by a woman named Zinnia, who stole May's Keystone, which is used for Mega Evolution. Zinnia informs Brendan that she is aware of his ability to Mega Evolve his Pokémon before heading to Petalburg City with Brendan giving chase.

Brendan then defeats Team Magma/Aqua members who are harrasing Wally, and then is called to Devon Corps. by Steven, who contacts him via PokéNav. Mr. Stone shares the story of a powerful weapon that was created to end a war between Pokémon, with the weapon being fuelled by the life energy of Pokémon themselves. Mr. Stone then reveals that a meteor is on course to collide with Earth, and that Brendan must obtain a meteor shard to power a rocket that can destroy the meteor. Brendan is granted one by Zinnia after he defeats her in battle.

Brendan meets back up with Steven at the Space Center in Mossdeep City, where it's explained that the meteor must be stopped by using the meteor shard to emulate the same energy used to Mega Evolve Pokémon, which will create a wormhole that will transport the meteor away from Earth. Zinnia then arrives and warns them that using that energy source will cause another tragedy that occurred years prior, before leaving. Professor Cozmo goes on to explain that a second meteor shard will required to fuel the rocket with the power needed to stop the meteor to provide the rocket with a more pure energy source. Brendan and Steven then head to Meteor Falls to find another meteor shard.

Once they arrive, an elderly woman explains to Steven and Brendan that one known as the Lorekeeper had the power to Mega Evolve Rayquaza to stop disaster that occurred years prior. She informs them that Zinnia is the Lorekeeper, and that she's the one who inspired Team Magma/Aqua to awaken Groudon/Kyogre so that she could summon Raquaza during the disaster they caused so that Rayquaza could destroy the meteor.

Team Magma/Aqua then invade the Space Center in Mossdeep and steal the Link Cable, which has the ability to shift dimensions, before confronting Steven and Professor Cozmo, explaining that they plan on getting revenge for their plans being foiled by detonating the rocket. Zinnia then appears and destroys the Link Cable, saying that warping the meteor will cause a horrid fate for another world. Zinnia then steals Team Magma/Aqua's Keystones and then proceeds to take Maxie/Archie's Keystones as well after invading their base. She then tells Brendan to meet her at Sky Pillar to use their Keystones to summon Rayquaza.

Brendan then returns to Mossdeep, where Steven explains that Wallace, the 8th Gym Leader, is a Lorekeeper as well, and that he can undo the seal that seals Sky Pillar. Before Brendan proceeds however, Wallace challenges them to battle to prove to him that he has what it takes to battle Rayquaza. Brendan wins and proceeds.

Brendan meets Zinnia at Sky Pillar and she summons Rayquaza, who absorbs the meteorite from when Brendan stopped Team Magma/Aqua at the volcano previously, and regains the ability to Mega Evolve. Brendan then captures Rayquaza, with Zinnia battling them to prove their strength. Brendan is victorious, and flies into space to successfully destroy the meteor, along with defeating another Legendary Pokémon named Deoxys, and save the planet from tragedy. Afterwards, Brendan goes to a museum show along with May using tickets they acquired earlier.


If Brendan isn't selected and May is instead, he serves the same role that she does if Brendan is selected. He chooses the starter that is type effective against the Pokémon May chooses, and he assists and battles May throughout her journey.


If Brendan is selected as the player, he follows the standard format of almost all pokémon game protagonists by being a silent protagonist and not showing much personality, other than being generally very selfless and always willing to help, and also stopping at nothing to become the champion. If he is the rival instead, he's portrayed as very kind and supportive towards May, giving her useful tips and even some items such as the GoGo Goggles to help her along her journey.

In the anime

Movie series

Brendan's main appearances in the anime is in the openings of some of the films, where he's typically shown simply battling some other trainers.

In the manga

Brendan's counterpart in the manga is Ruby, who is one of two main protagonists of the manga along with Sapphire, the manga counterpart of May. He appears in the Ruby & Sapphire arc, as well as the Emerald arc later on. He was born in the Johto region and moved to the Hoenn region, and is the son of Norman, who is a Pokémon coordinator.


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