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September 6, 2013

What Is A Pokemon Master?

Hey guys, I’m here to answer a very important question for you today. That question will open your mind into the pokemon world as well as any Pokemon related goals you may have for yourself as far as the games or Trading card game Pokemon goes. So let’s get to it shall we?

Question: What is a Pokemon Master?

Answer: A Pokemon Master is the goal of Ash Ketchum,(Main character in the Pokemon Anime) as well as many other Pokemon Trainers, to become a Pokemon Master, sometimes known as, Champion Master. However, exactly what this position is and how one attains it is vague and never fully explained. Nintendo and The Pokemon Company did that intentionally to make room for a possible later explanation of what it means to be a Pokemon Master without making it sound weird.

It has been theorized that when one becomes a Pokemon Champion of a regional Pokemon League, one attains the title of Master—however, this might not be correct, as Ash won the Orange League without attaining the position to anyone’s knowledge. Indeed, other Pokémon League Champions haven’t ever been referred to as Pokemon Masters, either. Another theory is that, in the context of the anime, Pokémon Masters are the members of the Elite Four. Extreme Pokemon: The Guide for the Ultimate Fan calls Prima a Pokémon Master.

In Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen, upon defeating Lance, he declares the player a Pokémon Master.
After defeating Giovanni at Viridian Gym, when he gives the player the Earth Badge he says it is “evidence of your mastery as a Pokémon Trainer” which may imply that a Pokémon Master is one who has collected all of the Badges in a region.

The Official Pokémon Handbook states that a Trainer would deserve the title of Pokémon Master upon defeating or capturing Mewtwo, which would, in terms of the anime, obviously be very impractical, if not impossible. But the handbook also refers to the Elite Four members as Master Trainers, implying that any Elite Four member can call themselves a Master. This would mean that Giovanni would be the first and only Pokémon Master in the anime. It would also mean that there are 3 Pokémon Masters in the Pokémon Adventures manga: Blaine, the original owner and creator of Mewtwo, according to Tauros the Tyrant, And Mewtwo Too?! and And Mewtwo Three!; Red, who caught Mewtwo with a Master Ball in And Mewtwo Three!; and Yellow, who used Mewtwo in Aerodactyl Redux.

According to The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga, however, which is based on the anime, a Pokémon Master is simply an elite Trainer who is considered a professional and regularly takes part in Pokémon League competitions.
A Pokémon Master is possibly a Trainer that has become unbeatable. This is supported by the fact that in Mewtwo Strikes Back, Nurse Joy (while brainwashed) invites the Trainers to have a battle against the world’s greatest Pokémon Master on New Island, who is later revealed to be Mewtwo.

In Memories are Made of Bliss!, Cynthia is defined as a “Champion Master,” someone who has defeated all opponents including the Elite Four and defends their title against all opposing Trainers. In a sense, they are undefeated by any Trainer that has officially challenged them to claim their “Champion Master” title, though it is unspecific whether it is a regional or national title, it is implied to be a national foundation. Ash states that if he became a Champion Master, he could finally become a Pokémon Master.

In The Legend of Thunder!, Marina called Lance a great Pokémon Master. In The Name’s N!, N shows displeasure in hearing that Ash dreams of becoming a Pokémon Master. This seems to indicate, or at least in N’s point-of-view, that a Pokémon Master is someone who captures and battle Pokémon explicitly for the purpose of the trainer’s own glorification. Thus the Pokémon are exploited, objectized and kept as trophies, stripping them of their freedom and freewill; something N is strongly opposed to.

I can only hope that the answer to the question, What is a Pokemon Master, has shed some light on what one could be and is to you Pokemon fans out there waiting for the world of Pokemon to come to life. That’s all I have for you guys as far as information about the Pokemon Master is concerned. Make sure to check back often for new stuff just like the answer to questions like, What is a Pokemon Master?

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