| Sapphire Birch|
オダマキ・サファイア Sapphire Odamaki
Sapphire in the Emerald chapter
|Age||14 (as of the thirteenth chapter)|
|Relatives||Professor Birch (father)|
Sapphire is a Pokémon Trainer and the daughter of Professor Birch. She often assists her father with his fieldwork and years of doing so have given her various skills such as heightened physical strength and senses. Due to constantly being surrounded by nature, she has come to dislike the idea of beautifying Pokémon instead of leaving them in their natural state. After some character development, she has learned to appreciate the idea of beauty.
For her skills, she is given the title of "Conqueror" (究める者 Conqueror).
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Sapphire was born in Littleroot Town, Hoenn. As a child, she enjoyed girly things and was friends with Ruby. The two enjoyed playing with one another, until one day a Salamence attacked them. Acting quickly, Ruby was able to knock it out with his Pokémon. Terrified by the whole experience, Sapphire began crying, and later came to believe that she ruined Ruby's dignity, and vowed to become stronger to make up for it.
Sapphire was introduced when she saved Ruby from two wild Mightyena. She was, at first, mistaken by Ruby as a wild animal because she wore leaves and started attacking him. This hostility escalated when she learned the two had contrasting goals. Soon, they agreed to settle their rivalry with an 80-day pact, in which Sapphire would conquer all eight Gyms in Hoenn while Ruby did the same for all Contests. She fainted shortly after that.
In Petalburg City, Sapphire rescued Mr. Stone's Castform in a fountain, and chased after the SSS of Team Aqua. After that, she defeated Roxanne at the Rustboro Gym. After traveling to Dewford Island on Lorry and training in the Granite Cave, she defeated Brawly, before travelling with Ruby to the Abandoned Ship, where they met up with Courtney and Tabitha of Team Magma.
After parting ways with the boy in Slateport City, Sapphire stumbled upon New Mauville, where she helped Wattson and the Trick Master settle the underground city's generators. Sapphire then headed to Mt. Chimney, where she teamed up with Flannery to stop Team Aqua from killing the volcano. However, they failed to do so, and Sapphire went to Fortree City on Troppy, her Tropius.
Once there, Sapphire became Winona's disciple after losing to her in a Gym battle. Soon, an emergency meeting of the Gym Leaders brought Ruby, who had become Wallace's student, to Fortree. Unfortunately, the two had a fall out after Sapphire learned that Ruby had been hiding his true strength from her and the boy showed little care about Hoenn's fate. As the awakening of Kyogre and Groudon brought havoc to Hoenn, Sapphire went with Winona to fight, and learned, in the process, about the Seafloor Cavern.
Soon, Ruby finally decided to join the battle and, with the help of Sapphire and her Relly, went to the Seafloor Cavern. At the bottom of the sea, the young pair squared off against Maxie and Archie. Wallace drove Ruby in his air car to Sapphire's location. He then explained to everyone that Relicanth could take him and Sapphire to the Seafloor Cavern. They then dived under the sea together, their goal to defeat Maxie and Archie.
At the bottom of the sea, the young pair squared off against Maxie and Archie, gaining the edge by taking advantage of their selfish mindsets. However, the two leaders became fully taken over by the power of the orbs they held, and dragged their foes to Sootopolis City, where the two titans were having their tremendous battle. Ruby and Sapphire, seeing the overwhelming power the two monsters held before them, lose all hope and tell their mentors to abscond. Winona and Wallace, however, managed to snap them out of it, and after the two young Pokédex holders reminisce of their forgotten past, are able to drive the Red and Blue Orbs out of the insane leaders' bodies using the Meteorite that deactivated Mt. Chimney earlier.
In the ensuing explosion, the two were blown away, and soon were then taken to Mirage Island, where they, under the leadership of Wallace's master Juan, trained and learned that they had absorbed the Blue and Red Orbs, during which Rono evolved to an Aggron. After they complete their training and learn to control the orbs to their will, Sapphire receives the Mind Badge and Rain Badges.
Just before leaving Mirage Island. Sapphire told a shocked Ruby that she liked him. Before Ruby could respond, they had to leave and he didn't get to tell her that he felt the same way until they reached Sootopolis City, where he pushed Sapphire away in order to protect her. Ruby then left with Marge in order to fight against Maxie, Archie and the Ancient Pokémon Groudon and Kyogre.
The next day was the eightieth day of the bet and Sapphire had succeed in her goal of getting all of the Badges in Hoenn. She then ran off into the sunset with Ruby to Littleroot Town, where a party was awaiting for both of their birthdays.
Almost a year after the last chapter, Sapphire and Ruby, are sent to the Battle Frontier by Professor Birch to help out fellow Pokédex Holder Emerald in his quest to find and protect Jirachi from Guile Hideout. They first met up with Emerald at the Battle Dome, but it soon became clear that he resented them. In order to get to know Emerald, the two entered the Battle Dome tournament. Sapphire fought against Tucker in the semi-finals, but later lost to him. She and Ruby were kicked out of the Battle Dome by Emerald.
Outside, the two ran into Palace Maven Spenser, who recognized her as a person who had held the Blue Orb. Ruby found this odd and recorded this encounter with the power of the Memory Lighter that he had been given from Marge. After Guile Hideout captured Jirachi, Ruby and Sapphire teamed up with Noland and Emerald and challenged the Battle Tower as a four-man team.
On the top floor, the team found Anabel brainwashed and under the control of Guile Hideout. With the use of Latios and Latias shared sight ability, Spenser informed the trio of Pokédex holders that Guile had touched the Blue Orb, forcing Guile to reveal his true identity as Archie. After Archie summoned the Great Sea Beast to flood the Battle Frontier, Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald were joined by Crystal and Gold, who revealed that Ruby and Sapphire needed Jirachi to revive their senior Pokédex holders Red, Blue, Green, Yellow and Silver, who had all been petrified by a beam that was meant for Deoxys at the end of the FireRed & LeafGreen chapter.
After Emerald was able to awaken the older Pokédex holders from their petrification, Sapphire used Chic's newly learned Blast Burn attack to destroy the sea beast. After the battle was over, Sapphire participated in a tournament between all ten Pokédex holders, which she, at some point, lost.
In the thirteenth chapter, Sapphire, along with Ruby and Emerald, is enlisted by Steven to learn Mega Evolution in order to prevent a disaster that will strike Hoenn. She and Emerald train with Ultima at Dewford Town on the ultimate moves in order to prepare them for their Mega Evolutions. Whilst on a break, Sapphire complains that Ruby has not yet arrived to train with them. Emerald quells Sapphire's worries by pointing that Ruby invited her to see the Litleonid meteor shower after their training had finished. Later, Sapphire and Emerald manage to successfully Mega Evolve Chic and Sceptile into Mega Blaziken and Mega Sceptile. Unable to wait for Ruby to return, Mr. Stone decides to use the energy produced from the Mega Evolution to power a machine to prevent the disaster.
They travel to Sea Mauville, an abandoned energy harvesting plant owned by Devon's former rival company. There, Sapphire meets up with Plusle and Minun again. The next day, Mr. Stone, introduces Sapphire and Emerald to the Absorber, a machine capable of draining the energy from Chic and Sceptile to power the dimensional shifter needed to stop the disaster. The Absorber drains Chic and Sceptile's life energy, causing intense pain to them and horrifying their Trainers. Despite the experience, the energy drain is successful and the dimensional shifter is fully charged. They are interrupted by the arrival of Zinnia and a group of Team Magma and Aqua Grunts who have come to stop Devon's goal. Zinnia attacks to try and take the dimensional shifter, but Sapphire manages to get it away from her.
During the commotion, Zinnia reveals to Sapphire that the disaster approaching Hoenn is actually a giant meteoroid that threatens to destroy the planet. The news angers Sapphire, who gets angry at Emerald for lying to her this whole time. She attempts to raise her voice, only for it to not come out at all. While Sapphire is distracted, Zinnia grabs her again. Sapphire escapes with the shifter again, but Zinnia manages to take her Mega Bracelet. Emerald steps in and tells Sapphire to get the shifter to safety, but a Hoopa swoops in and transports Sapphire away in its ring when Emerald isn't looking. Sapphire eventually lands in another location, but is unable to tell where she arrived at. After hearing the voice of Professor Cozmo and his assistants, Sapphire realizes she landed inside a rocket at Mossdeep City. Although annoyed at Ruby lying to her, Sapphire decides to contribute by exiting the rocket and handing over the dimensional shifter to Professor Cozmo.
She stays at Mossdeep to protect Professor Cozmo in case any attackers come by to stop the rocket's launch. When Steven and Mr. Stone are informed of the dimensional shifter arriving at its destination, they head over there, where they meet up with Sapphire again. Sapphire tells Steven that she senses Zinnia's presence and proceeds to go off to find her. Using Berry juice as camouflage, Sapphire finds Zinnia watching Mossdeep from afar atop a mangrove and attacks. As the two battle, Zinnia is assisted by her allies, Neo Teams Magma and Aqua, which include new generations of Tabitha, Courtney, Shelly, and Matt. As the rocket is launched, Zinnia rushes in to stop it and leaves Sapphire to battle the Admins. Sapphire easily evades the admins' attacks and follows Zinnia onto the rocket, where they battle once again. Eventually, Sapphire is defeated and knocked off of the rocket, allowing Zinnia to destroy the shifter and knock the rocket into the ocean.
Sapphire ends up falling towards the waters of Route 120. Her crash-landing is witnessed by Wally and Aarune, who fish Sapphire out of the water and take her to Wally's Secret Base to recuperate. After she wakes up, Aarune introduces himself and reveals he healed Troppy at a Pokémon Center after it protected Sapphire from Zinnia's finishing blow. By using Hoopa's rings, Emerald manages to locate Sapphire, but the meeting is cut short when Hoopa accidentally causes Rayquaza to burst through the Secret Base with Ruby in its hands. After Ruby calms Rayquaza down, he is shocked to find that Sapphire has appeared in front of him.
When Ruby apologizes for lying, Sapphire tells him to never lie again and asks what she can to help. As a chunk of the meteoroid falls down from the sky, Ruby asks Sapphire to take his hand and join him in stopping the meteoroid together. Sapphire agrees to help Ruby, but jumps onto Rayquaza instead of taking Ruby's hand. Shortly afterward, Maxie and Archie burst through Wally's Secret Base while riding on top of Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre. Although Sapphire is shocked to see the two villains' return, she, Ruby, Maxie, and Archie all combine the powers of Rayquaza, Primal Groudon, and Primal Kyogre into a single attack.
Though it initially struggles, the combined attack successfully destroys the meteoroid chunk. When Rayquaza begins to go wild, Sapphire uses the Green Orb core to peer into Rayquaza's mind, revealing that it needs more power in order to destroy the meteoroid. This, coupled with pictures taken from the Sky Pillar, makes Ruby realize that Rayquaza needs to Mega Evolve in order to destroy the meteoroid. They are soon discovered by Zinnia, who is angered that they managed to befriend Rayquaza and ride on top of it. Now wearing two Mega Anklets, Zinnia challenges Sapphire and Ruby to a battle.
Sapphire and Ruby team up and face Zinnia in a Double Battle. Initially, Zinnia appears to only be using one Pokémon, only for her to reveal a Noivern that originally belonged to Aster, a deceased Draconid. Rayquaza, sensing lingering remnants of Aster on Noivern, is lured into following after it, causing Ruby to fall off. Zinnia takes this opportunity to attack Ruby by setting him on fire. Sapphire, worried for Ruby's safety, regains the use of her voice to call out in concern and then leaps off to rescue him. With Rayquaza gone, Sapphire has Troppy transport her and Ruby through the air.
Shortly afterward, Sapphire and Ruby meet up with Emerald, who reveals that Zinnia attempted to get Rayquaza to team up with her, but was rejected and sent flying towards the ocean. They head down to Sootopolis City, where Zinnia was taken to after being rescued by Latios. There, they meet with Steven and Mr. Stone again. Mr. Stone attempts to apologize to Zinnia for the trouble he caused in attempting to control Rayquaza. Zinnia rejects Mr. Stone's apology and claims that he is only trying to save face for his failures. Now brought to tears, Zinnia gives up and claims that her villagers were right to believe she wasn't strong enough to save the planet in Aster's stead. This angers Emerald, who claims that they shouldn't give up and there must still be something they can do to save the planet.
In the original version, Sapphire follows a "one syllable, then another syllable repeated twice" pattern in her nicknames with Chic being the only exception. In the VIZ Media translation, Sapphire follows a pattern of using a piece of the species name and ending it in "o" with Chic being an exception. For the two Pokémon given to her from her father and for Relly, Sapphire follows a pattern of taking a piece of the species name and ending it "-y." In the Chuang Yi translation, Sapphire follows a pattern of using a piece of the species name and ending it in "o".
Rono (Japanese: どらら Dorara) is one of Sapphire's first Pokémon that she had since he was an Aron. He evolved into a Lairon after training in the Granite Cave and later evolved into an Aggron on Mirage Island.
Sapphire received Chic (Japanese: ちゃも Chamo) as a Torchic from her father. After training in the Granite Cave, she evolved into a Combusken and later into a Blaziken during her battle with Winona. With Sapphire's Mega Bracelet, she can Mega Evolve into Mega Blaziken.
|Debut||Making Mirth with Mightyena|
|Sapphire was given Troppy (Japanese: とろろ Tororo) from her father so that she would have a means of flying. He was first used to take Sapphire and Flannery to stop Team Aqua from stopping Mt. Chimney's activity. As of It All Ends Now VII, he is level 56 and has a Calm nature.|
|Debut||Bubble Bubble Toil and Azumarill II|
|Sapphire met Phado (Japanese: ふぁどど Fadodo) when he was rampaging around Route 110 in an attempt to warn people of the energy being released in New Mauville. After helping take down the electric generator in New Mauville, Phado became one of Sapphire's team members. As of It All Ends Now VII, he is level 58 and has a Hasty nature.|
|Debut||I'm Your Biggest Fan, Donphan|
| Kiruru (Japanese: きるる Kiruru) was revealed to have been obtained by Sapphire as a Kirlia prior to the beginning of the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter. Sapphire borrowed Ruby's Rara and trained the two Kirlia together with the intent on evolving them into a Gardevoir battle duo. When the two began evolving, Sapphire accidentally unearthed a Dawn Stone and kicked it towards Kiruru. The stone caused Kiruru to evolve into a Gallade while Rara evolved into Gardevoir.
None of Kiruru's moves are known.
|Sapphire was given Lorry (Japanese: えるる Eruru) from her father so that she could be able to cross the waters. He was used in conjunction with Relly to awaken Regirock, Registeel, and Regice to help contain the damage caused by Kyogre and Groudon. Due to his large size, Lorry is not used in battle and is kept out at sea so that he isn't confined in a Poké Ball. As of The Beginning of the End with Kyogre & Groudon XIII, he is level 53 and has a Brave nature.|
|Debut||Stick This in Your Craw, Crawdaunt I|
|Relly (Japanese: じらら Jirara) was found on Route 123, which had dried up from Groudon's Drought. Seeing how badly he was hurt, Sapphire decided to keep Relly until he became better and gave him a name. His Dive move was used to take Ruby and Sapphire to the Seafloor Cavern to have a confrontation with Team Aqua and Team Magma. Later, Steven used Relly and Lorry to awaken Regirock, Registeel, and Regice to help contain the damage caused by Kyogre and Groudon. As of It All Ends Now VIII, he is level 55 and has a Hardy nature.|
|Debut||The Beginning of the End with Kyogre & Groudon III|
Sapphire encountered Minun on the Abandoned Ship, along with Ruby's Plusle. They initially caused trouble for Ruby, but helped battle against Tabitha and Courtney. Afterward, Minun ended up on Mirage Island with Plusle, where she met Sapphire again and became one of her Pokémon. During the final battle with Archie and Maxie, Minun teamed up with Plusle to trap the villains in a sphere of electricity that was powered up by the New Mauville generator. In the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter, Minun was revealed to have returned to the wild alongside Plusle. She and Plusle moved to the Sea Mauville, where they met up with Sapphire and Emerald. As of It All Ends Now VIII, she is at level 53 and has a Naive nature.
|Debut||Adding It Up with Plusle & Minun I|
Sapphire borrowed Wattson's Electrike as part of her plan to battle the out-of-control power generator. Taking advantage of Electrike's Lightningrod Ability, Sapphire and Donphan jumped out of the way while Electrike absorbed the generator's attack.
|Debut||Plugging Past Electrike II|
In the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter, Sapphire borrowed Ruby's Rara so that she could train it alongside her new Kirlia, Kiruru, in order to evolve them both into a Gardevoir battle duo. While Rara successfully evolved into a Gardevoir, Sapphire accidentally kicked a Dawn Stone at Kiruru, evolving him into a Gallade.
|Debut||Creeping Past Cacnea|
Rayquaza is an ancient Legendary Pokémon related to Groudon and Kyogre. Ruby sought after Rayquaza in order to stop a meteoroid from crashing into the planet. After Ruby convinced it to fight with him, Sapphire joined the fight and rode on Rayquaza alongside Ruby.
|Debut||Rayquaza Redemption I|
- Stone Badge in Blowing Past Nosepass II
- Knuckle Badge in Heavy Hitting Hariyama
- Dynamo Badge in Plugging Past Electrike II
- Heat Badge in Mixing It Up with Magcargo
- Feather Badge in Master Class with Masquerain
- Mind Badge in The Beginning of the End with Kyogre & Groudon XV
- Rain Badge in The Beginning of the End with Kyogre & Groudon XV
- Balance Badge in It All Ends Now VIII
- Sapphire was the first character to successfully earn every Gym Badge in her native region. Red challenged Gyms as well; although Red defeated every Gym Leader in Kanto, he failed to obtain the Earth Badge. Silver, who also owned eight Badges, simply stole his from the Gym Leaders of Johto instead of winning them in Gym battles.
- Sapphires are the birthstone for those born in September, the month in which Sapphire herself is born.
- Sapphire is one of four Pokédex holders to have a known last name; the other three are Blue, Platinum, and Y.
- Sapphire is May's only counterpart who is not a Pokémon Coordinator.
|Japanese||サファイア Sapphire||From Pokémon Sapphire|
|English||Sapphire||From Pokémon Sapphire|
|French||Saphir||From Pokémon Version Saphir|
|Korean||사파이어 Sapphire||FromPokémon Sapphire|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||莎菲雅 Shāfēiyǎ*||Transliteration of her Japanese name|
|沙菲雅 Shāfēiyǎ*||Transliteration of her Japanese name|
|Chinese (Cantonese)||莎菲雅 Sāfēiā||Transliteration of her Japanese name|
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