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Rhonda (Japanese: ユウカ Yūka) is a recurring character in the Pokémon anime. She is the host of the most popular television show in the Sinnoh region, Sinnoh Now. She first appeared in The Champ Twins!.
Rhonda made her debut appearance in The Champ Twins!, where she was seen doing a story on a Pokémon Training Camp, focusing on two of the campers and their ability to test the strength of any Trainer they challenge. She asked Ryan and Bryan to take a few shots of their Tag Battle with Ash and Dawn, and when the two teams agreed, she and the Sinnoh Now crew began covering the battle, which ended in a loss for Ash and Dawn. Later, the crew was seen filming Team Rocket while they were trying to escape with Bryan's Croconaw and Ryan's Quilava. Ash and Dawn appeared at that moment and managed to send them blasting off with the help of their Turtwig and Piplup. After that, Ash and Dawn had another Tag Battle with Ryan and Bryan, which Rhonda once again covered. They were able to defeat the twin brothers this time, breaking their winning streak. Much to Ash and Dawn's delight, Rhonda later said she would not air the first battle because the last one had much better combinations.
Rhonda appeared again in All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go!, where she served as the announcer of the Pokémon Dress-Up Contest, an annual event organized by the members of the Pokémon Fan Club. For the competition, she dressed up as a Cherrim.
Her next appearance was in A Secret Sphere of Influence!, where she was briefly seen outside the Eterna Historical Museum with her crew. Rhonda was in Eterna City to report the theft of the Adamant Orb, which was later retrieved thanks to Gardenia and Officer Jenny.
She appeared again in Top-Down Training!, where she was seen on television announcing the recent discovery of the Lustrous Orb, which was found at the ancient ruins in Celestic Town giving scientists hope to learn more about the legends of the Sinnoh region. She revealed that the Lustrous Orb is related to the Legendary Pokémon Palkia and is said to increase its powers. She also reported that it is the companion of the Adamant Orb which is exhibited at the Eterna Historical Museum.
In Mass Hip-Po-Sis!, Rhonda encountered Ash and his friends again while filming a documentary about Hippopotas. She told the group that Hippopotas like to cover themselves in sand, adding that they usually travel together as a herd with the change of season in search of dry places to live. Rhonda also explained that she and her crew were filming their migration when a Hippopotas got separated from its herd, and they decided filming it would be a better story. She informed the group the whereabouts of the herd, and when Ash, Dawn, and Brock revealed that they would help Hippopotas to find its herd, she started following them. However, after Jack was hit by Hippopotas's Yawn and fell asleep, they ended up getting separated from Ash and his friends. For this reason, they lost their chance of filming Hippopotas reuniting with its herd.
Rhonda interviewing Wallace
In Our Cup Runneth Over!, Rhonda appeared to announce that Wallace had arrived in the Sinnoh region to host the Wallace Cup, a special Pokémon Contest held once a year in a different location. She discovered that Wallace took a day off to relax and have some quality time with his Milotic, as he had been very busy ever since arriving in Sinnoh, making appearances in talk shows and magazines. Rhonda had already managed to interview him, and now she was determined to go looking for him so she could record a video of him during his free time. When she found him, she hid in the bushes with her crew to secretly film him. However, the camera they were using had run out of batteries and they could not cover the story. She later appeared in Staging a Heroes' Welcome!, reporting that Coordinators and fans were gathering at the Lakeside Resort for the Wallace Cup.
Rhonda made her next appearance in Pursuing a Lofty Goal!, where she was seen covering the PokéRinger competition that was being held in Squallville.
In Losing Its Lustrous!, Rhonda reported that the Adamant Orb had been stolen. She revealed that at the time of the theft the Adamant Orb was in the process of being transported from the Eterna City Museum, and heading to the Celestic Town Historical Research Center. She also said she received information from Officer Jenny, who was on the transport at the time of the incident, stating the organization responsible for the theft calls themselves Team Galactic. She explained that Team Galactic are reported to be a secret organization with operations throughout the Sinnoh region, adding that they are believed to have some connection to the recent meteorite theft in Veilstone City. Rhonda then announced the research center is conducting research on the Adamant Orb's counterpart, the Lustrous Orb, and that its security was tightened in light of the criminal incident. She concluded the report by saying the Adamant Orb was on route so that both objects could be researched together, but now the theft will likely impede the progress of the research.
Rhonda later appeared in Beating the Bustle and Hustle! to cover the auditions for the Sinnoh Pokémon Hustle that were being held near Lake Acuity, not realizing it was actually a Team Rocket scheme to steal all the participants' Pokémon.
She made a brief appearance in Double-Time Battle Training!, where she was seen interviewing Paul outside the Canalave Gym after he earned his eighth Sinnoh League Gym Badge.
Rhonda reappeared in Last Call — First Round! to cover the meet-and-greet to kick off the Sinnoh Grand Festival, during which she interviewed Nando, Jessilina, and Dawn.
She made a cameo appearance in the ending credits of the fourth Diamond & Pearl series movie, Zoroark: Master of Illusions, where she was seen reporting the events at Crown City.
Rhonda seems to be a very dedicated and determined reporter, going to lengths to get her story. However, she hates having to do one of her crewman's work if they can't do it themselves.
Rhonda's head getting hit
- A running gag involves boom operator Jack being unable to hold the boom microphone, dropping it, and hitting her on the head with it while she's talking.
|English, German, Italian
||Similar to her Japanese name.
||From 由佳 Yūka.