|“||I hate the weak. Pokémon, trainers. It doesn't matter who or what. I'm going to be strong and wipe out the weak. That goes for Team Rocket too. They act big and tough in a group. But get them alone, and they're weak. I hate them all. You stay out of my way. A weakling like you is only a distraction.||„|
Silver is the rival character in Pokémon Gold and Silver, Crystal, and HeartGold and SoulSilver. As well as the deuteragonist of said games.
Silver has long red hair and brown eyes. He wears a dark blue shirt, lavender pants, and dark blue shoes.
Unlike other rivals, Silver is the darkest of them all. Silver is power hungry, only wanting strong Pokémon and hating weaker Pokémon. He is abusive, pushing the player several times and even insulting others. He is willing to steal, as shown when he watches from outside Professor Elm's lab, finding a way to steal a Pokémon for himself. He mistreats his Pokémon as well as shown when Lance tells him that he doesn't love his Pokémon enough. Eventually, Silver learns how to properly treat his Pokémon as shown when Golbat evolves into Crobat, which only happens if Golbat loves its trainer. Silver is also happy when Professor Elm told him that he can keep the starter Pokémon he stole because the starter had grown to love Silver.
Silver is first shown looking inside Professor Elm's lab from a window. If the player speaks to him, he pushes them away. Silver then steals a starter Pokémon that has a type advantage over the player's. In Cherrygrove City, he runs into the player and Silver ends up losing. The player is able to look at Silver's Trainer Card and sees his name. Silver gets his Trainer Card back and leaves.
In the Sprout Tower, Silver defeats the Elder but the Elder tells him that he should take care of his Pokémon because Pokémon are not tools of war. Silver simply scoffs off the Elder's words and leaves using an Escape Rope. Silver meets the player again in Azalea Town where he asks the player if Team Rocket indeed returned. Silver does not believe the player when they say that they defeated Team Rocket and battles the player. After the battle, Silver expresses his hatred for Team Rocket and leaves.
Silver encounters the player again in the Burned Tower where he plans on capturing the Legendary Pokémon to make himself stronger and battles the player. Though Silver lost, he claims that the player won't be able to capture the Legendary Pokémon anyway. He exits the Olivine Gym and tells the player that Jasmine isn't there because she's taking care of a sick Pokémon in the lighthouse.
In Cianwood City, Silver is revealed to have stolen a Pokémon from a trainer. The trainer lets the player borrow his Pokémon in case Silver comes back. Silver encounters the player in Team Rocket HQ, angry that he lost to Lance and when Lance told him that he doesn't treat his Pokémon properly. He then pushes the player and leaves. When the player sneaks in the Goldenrod Tower, Silver enters and accidentally blows the player's cover. The guard, angry at the deception, battles the player but is defeated. The grunt flees to warn the others. Silver realizes that the player was trying to sneak in and leaves to fight Lance once again.
In the Goldenrod Tunnel, Silver battles the player since he couldn't find Lance. Silver loses and begins to realizes that Lance was right about him not taking care of his Pokémon. But Silver nonetheless won't give up his dream of becoming the strongest Pokémon trainer. Silver bumps into the player after he lost to the five Kimono Girls. Not wanting to see the player win, Silver leaves them. Later, in the Victory Road, Silver confronts the player and battles them. After Silver loses, he decides to train some more. He meets the player again in Mt. Moon in Kanto. He says that the trainers in Kanto are strong, which makes it easy for him to train his Pokémon. He battles the player because he knows the player strong. After the battle, he feels that his Pokémon are getting better but he still sees them as weak so he goes to the Dragon's Den to train them some more.
Silver trains his Pokémon in the Dragon's Den where the player encounters him. Lance and Clair then meet the player and Silver where Silver and the player battle Lance and Clair. After the battle, Lance praises the teamwork of Silver and the player and then he leaves. Clair enjoys the battle as well and she leaves. Silver vows to continue training his Pokémon and with his own heart too, promising to come back as the toughest challenge for the player.
Every Monday and Wednesday, if the player goes to the Pokémon League, Silver confronts the player and battles them.
- Though "Silver" is his most popular name due to being the default name in both Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Crystal, as well as being the name of his manga counterpart, his default name is "Gold" in Pokémon Silver, "Soul" in Pokémon HeartGold and "Heart" in Pokémon SoulSilver.