Zane is a childhood friend of Suzy's since nursery school. They shared dreams of becoming famous Pokémon Breeders. Like Suzy, his first Pokémon was a Vulpix who he later evolved into a Ninetales. Unlike his close friend, Zane believed that a Pokémon's true beauty came from its physical appearance, and not from its inner character like Suzy did. Eager to prove his point, he entered a Pokémon Beauty contest, pitting his Ninetales against Suzy and her Vulpix.
During the competition, he realized that Suzy and Brock's views on Pokémon Breeding were just as valid as his, and asked Suzy if he wanted to start a Pokémon beauty salon with him. After consulting with Brock, Suzy eventually accepted his offer.
Though he only appeared in one episode, Zane is notable for finally ending Brock's infatuation with Suzy. Though the two fought over Suzy's affection, Brock realized that Zane was a better match for her than he was and eventually decided to support their relationship. Zane too grew to like Brock, recognizing him as a top class Pokémon Breeder.
| Zane has had his Ninetales since it was a Vulpix when he was young. Zane has different opinions from Suzy on making his Pokémon beautiful. He entered it in a beauty contest against Suzy's Vulpix. It was later captured alongside other Pokémon by Team Rocket. Brock's Geodude was able to break down the door of the room the Pokémon were trapped in and get them free. Team Rocket noticed this however, and they sent out their Arbok and Victreebel.
With the help of Vulpix and the others they were able to send Team Rocket blasting off. It was not revealed who won or lost the beauty contest afterwards.
|Debut||Beauty and the Breeder|
- Zane's Japanese name, Hibiki, is the same as the default name for the male player character in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
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