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Cameron (Unova)

コテツ Kotetsu
Cameron BW.png
Gender Male
Eye color Teal
Hair color Brown gray
Hometown Unknown
Region Unova
Trainer class Trainer
Anime debut Goodbye, Junior Cup - Hello Adventure!
English voice actor Rory Max Kaplan
Japanese voice actor Kōki Uchiyama

Cameron (Japanese: コテツ Kotetsu) is a recurring character in the Pokémon anime. He is a Pokémon Trainer and one of Ash's rivals in the Best Wishes series. He first appeared in Goodbye, Junior Cup - Hello Adventure!.


Cameron in his debut

Cameron first appeared as Ash, Iris, Cilan, and Dawn were leaving the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup with his Riolu. He had meant to compete, but arrived too late. He later appeared as the group was seeing Dawn off. He announced he was going to take part in the Unova League, but he was missing his eighth Badge because he thought that only seven Badges were required to enter. He also mistakenly thought the League was going to be in Ecruteak City in Johto.

In The Road to Humilau!, Cameron challenged Marlon to a Gym battle for a Wave Badge. He used his Ferrothorn and Samurott to battle Marlon's Jellicent and Mantine. Ultimately, Cameron and his Pokémon were able to come through with the win against Marlon and his Pokémon in order to get the last Badge necessary for Cameron to compete in the Unova League.

He reappeared in Curtain Up, Unova League!. He had traveled to Vertress City to compete in the Vertress Conference and had set up his tent close to the hotel for the competitors, to make sure he wouldn't be too late to sign in. When Ash, his friends, Bianca, Stephan, and Virgil walked past his tent and met up with him, he heard from the others he was almost too late to sign in. Ash hurried with him to the registration counter and was just in time. In the first round he battled with his Ferrothorn against Kendrick and his Eelektross. The battle ended in Mission: Defeat Your Rival!, and he won, allowing him to move on to the next round.

Cameron and Ash

In the same episode it was revealed Cameron would face Bianca in the second round, in a two-on-two battle. Cameron started with his Samurott against Bianca's Escavalier. The Cavalry Pokémon was defeated rather quickly, after which Bianca sent out, much to everyone's shock, her Emboar. After withstanding super effective Aqua Jet and Hydro Cannon, however, Emboar used Attract on Samurott, causing it to become infatuated and soon defeated. Next Cameron chose to use Riolu, which Bianca thought to be very cute. Despite the notable size difference, Riolu was able to defeat the Mega Fire Pig Pokémon, causing Bianca to be eliminated from the Conference.

In Strong Strategy Steals the Show!, it was revealed he would battle Ash in the quarter-finals. The battle started at the end of the episode and was continued in Cameron's Secret Weapon!. Despite accidentally handicapping himself by bringing five Pokémon instead of six (having mistakenly thought that a "Full Battle" was five-on-five), Cameron had a good start, with his Hydreigon taking out two of Ash's Pokémon. However, Ash used his Pignite to defeat Hydreigon as well as Ferrothorn, eventually Ash defeated all of Cameron's Pokémon except Riolu. At the end of the episode, while battling Ash's Snivy, Cameron's Riolu evolved into a Lucario. The battle continued in A Unova League Evolution, where Lucario managed to first defeat Snivy, and later also Pikachu, eliminating Ash from the Conference. In the next round, Cameron battled against Virgil but lost, placing him on the top four. Later, after the closing ceremonies, Cameron bid farewell to Ash and his friends before going on his own way.

Cameron makes cameo appearances in the ending Let's Join Hands and in the credits of Genesect and the Legend Awakened.


Cameron is an energetic boy who likes to move at a fast pace. Like Barry, another of Ash's rivals, Cameron does not like to sit still and is always eager to train. Unfortunately, Cameron is notoriously bad at keeping track of time and numbers. For instance, in his debut episode he wanted to compete in the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup, but he arrived on the closing day of the tournament instead of the opening day. He was also late to register for the Vertress Conference, but luckily he was able to sign up anyway.

Cameron's mistakes with timing pale in comparison to his mistakes with numbers though. He originally thought that the number of Badges needed to qualify for the League was seven, and if Ash had not told him otherwise, he would likely have not been able to participate. Later, during the League Conference, he mistakenly thought that and the number of Pokémon used in a Full Battle was five, and so he only brought five Pokémon with him in the Ventress Conference. Due to this misunderstanding, he had to face Ash in a full battle one Pokémon short, but he emerged victorious despite it. He was shown to have good battling skills at other times too, such as during his battle with Marlon which won him the Wave Badge.

Cameron also seems to like taking risks, or just plain going for broke, even when unnecessary, like sending out Pokémon who are weak against his opponents. For example, in his battle with Ash, he sends out Ferrothorn against Pignite, even though Fire and Fighting-types have a huge advantage over Grass and Steel-types. He also sends out Swanna against Pikachu, despite the fact that Water and Flying-types are very weak against Electric-types.


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This listing is of Cameron's known Pokémon in the anime:

Cameron's Lucario
Riolu → Lucario
Main article: Cameron's Lucario

Lucario, as a Riolu, was the first Pokémon Cameron was known to have and is usually seen outside its Poké Ball.

In Cameron's Secret Weapon!, during its battle against Ash's Snivy, Riolu evolved into Lucario.

Debut Goodbye, Junior Cup - Hello Adventure!
Voice actors
Japanese Rikako Aikawa
English Rikako Aikawa (as Riolu)
Bill Rogers (as Lucario)
Cameron's Ferrothorn
Cameron used Ferrothorn in his Gym battle against Marlon and his Jellicent. Although it managed to defeat the Floating Pokémon, its Thunderbolt was disabled by Jellicent's Cursed Body, which allowed Marlon's Mantine to defeat it.

Ferrothorn's next appearance was in Curtain Up, Unova League! where it was used to battle Kendrick's Eelektross during the first round of the Vertress Conference. It finally won in Mission: Defeat Your Rival!, after firing a Pin Missile into Eelektross's mouth. In the next episode, Ferrothorn was seen defeating an Amoonguss and winning Cameron's third round battle.

In Cameron's Secret Weapon!, it was sent out to battle Ash's Pignite, but was quickly defeated.

In A Unova League Evolution, the score board showed that it had lost to Virgil.

Ferrothorn's known moves are Pin Missile, Thunderbolt, Metal Claw and Mirror Shot.

Debut The Road to Humilau!
Voice actors
Japanese Kenta Miyake
Cameron's Samurott
Cameron used Samurott in his Gym battle against Marlon's Mantine. During the battle, Samurott was proven to be very fast underwater and powerful as she was able to dodge all of Mantine's moves and also used her seamitar to counter Mantine's Bullet Seed and defeat it using a powerful Razor Shell, winning her trainer the Wave Badge.

In Mission: Defeat Your Rival!, Samurott battled Bianca's Escavalier, although Iron Defense was initially a problem, she overcame it with an internal shockwave caused by Razor Shell, defeating it. Then she battled Bianca's Emboar, and despite the type advantage, she was defeated after Emboar managed to successfully hit her with his Attract and finish her off with a powerful Hammer Arm.

Samurott was used to battle Ash in Cameron's Secret Weapon!. First she faced Pignite, which stood no chance against her, and was easily defeated with super effective Hydro Cannon and Aqua Jet attacks. However, Ash's next Pokémon, Pikachu, was too fast for Samurott, and she was finally taken down by an Iron Tail.

In A Unova League Evolution, the score board showed that she had lost to Virgil.

Samurott's known moves are Hydro Cannon, Aqua Jet, Razor Shell and Megahorn.

Debut The Road to Humilau!
Voice actors
Japanese Chiaki Takahashi
English Lisa Ortiz
Cameron's Hydreigon
Hydreigon was the first Pokémon to be used in Cameron's battle against Ash in the Vertress Conference. It proved to be very strong, defeating Ash's Boldore and Oshawott before falling to Ash's Pignite's super effective Brick Break.

In A Unova League Evolution, the score board showed that it had lost to Virgil.

Hydreigon's known moves are Tri Attack, Dragon Pulse, Dragon Rush and Double Hit.

Debut Strong Strategy Steals the Show!
Voice actors
English Bill Rogers
Cameron's Swanna
Swanna was a Pokémon which Cameron used in his Vertress Conference battle with Ash. However, despite trying its hardest, it was soon defeated by Pikachu's Electro Ball.

In A Unova League Evolution, the score board showed that it had lost to Virgil.

Swanna's known moves are Pluck, Wing Attack and Bubble Beam.

Debut Cameron's Secret Weapon!
Cameron's Watchog
Nothing is known about Cameron's Watchog, as it was only seen on a scoreboard during the Vertress Conference in A Unova League Evolution. It was used in Cameron's battle against Virgil where it lost.

None of Watchog's moves are known.

Debut A Unova League Evolution!


Cameron's Badges

Badges obtained

This listing is of the Badges Cameron has obtained:

Pokémon League

Cameron has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 内山昂輝 Kōki Uchiyama
English Rory Max Kaplan
Finnish Petrus Kähkönen
German Maximilian Belle
Polish Józef Pawłowski
Brazilian Portuguese Bruno Marçal
Russian Mikhail Tihonov (Михаил Тихонов)
Spanish Latin America José Antonio Toledano
Spain Chelo Vivares

In the games

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Cameron appeared in the Pokémon World Tournament download, which was available for players of the Japanese Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 games from December 3, 2012 to January 31, 2013. The tournament was based on the Vertress Conference in the anime, which was conducted under Single Battle rules. Cameron was represented as the Youngster Trainer class.



  • Announcement
こんせいき さいだいの かんちがい トレーナー? コテツ!
  • Before battle
むむむむむー! ひらめいたー きょうの おれは つよいぜ!
  • After being defeated
むむむー!なにも ひらめかなかった… つぎは まけないからな!
  • After winning
しょうぶは こうでなくっちゃ! この ワクワクは なんなんだー!!


  • Cameron shares two of his unknown Badges with Trip.
  • Cameron is the only one of the seven Unova rivals to use Pokémon from Generation V as well as a Pokémon from another generation.


Language Name Origin
Japanese コテツ Kotetsu From 子 ko (child), 小 ko (small), 鉄 tetsu (iron), and 鋼鉄 kōtetsu (steel). May also be named after swordmaker Nagasone Kotetsu (長曾禰虎徹).
English, Italian, Spanish Cameron
French Alexis
German Carsten Similar to his English name.
Korean 철이 Cheol-i From 철 (鐵) cheol, iron.
Chinese (Mandarin) 虎徹 Hǔchè From the Japanese name 虎徹 Kotetsu.

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenne
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulZoeyNandoKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyer
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerShellyArchieTabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretLysandreXerosicCelosiaBryonyMableAliana
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperCedric JuniperDr. FennelProfessor Sycamore
Relatives Delia KetchumFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsNormanCarolineNanny and Pop-PopJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyer
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceStevenMr. SukizoRaoul ContestaVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianMarianRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetMontgomeryJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaClembotSanpeiAlainMairinAriaDianthaGurkinnMonsieur PierreGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsMany temporary characters

Indigo Plateau Conference: MandiPeteGaryJeanetteMelissaAshRitchieAssunta
Silver Conference: SalvadorJacksonMacyGaryAshHarrisonJon
Ever Grande Conference: JumpVivicaGilbertGavinDominickClark
Lily of the Valley Conference: JeffreyNandoBarryConwayPaulAshTobias
Vertress Conference: RadleyMikaelUltimoKendrickTripBiancaEmmanuel
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