Brawly's title is "A big wave in fighting." His strategy is direct physical moves. He is also a deep thinker, often comparing the scene of battle to everyday life and vice-versa.
Brawly's Gym is kept in pitch-black darkness to test the bravery of the Trainers. Brawly also trains in the rough waves around Dewford and the pitch-black Granite Cave. He believes the world awaits him as the next big wave. He often talks in surfing jargon, and constantly talks about "big waves"- both literal and metaphorical.
"I'm Brawly! Dewford's Gym Leader! I've been churned in the rough waves of these parts, and I've grown tough in the pitch-black cave! So you wanted to challenge me? Let me see what you're made of!"
"Whoah, wow! You made a much bigger splash than I expected! You swamped me! Okay, you've got me. Take this Gym Badge!"
After being defeated
"The Knuckle Badge makes all Pokémon up to Level 30, even those you get in trades, obey without question. And, you'll be able to use the HM move Flash outside of battle. If you'd like, use this Technical Machine, too."
"That TM08 contains Bulk Up. It's a move that raises both Attack and Defense stats."
"I can see your talent becoming a giant wave to cause a storm of astonishment among Trainers one day!"
"I'm Brawly! Dewford's Gym Leader! I've been churned in the rough waves of these parts... And I've grown tough using the cave at the outskirts of this town as my training ground, as well as using the equipment in this Gym. So you want to challenge me? Let me see what you're made of!"
"Whoa, wow! You made a much bigger splash than I expected!"
After being defeated
"OK, you've got me. Take this Gym Badge!"
"The Knuckle Badge makes all Pokémon up to Level 30, even those you get in trades, obey without question. Hmm... You know what? I think you can make full use of this, too. I'm sure this will help your Pokémon bulk up muscle!"
"Bulk Up temporarily enhances the Pokémon's muscle power. The move boosts both Attack and Defense stats of the Pokémon. I can see your talent becoming a giant wave that causes a storm of astonishment with Trainers one day! I look forward to the day when I can surf your giant wave!"
"By the way, have you been to Granite Cave? It's located to the north of this town. It's full of fascinating stuff, like rare stones and wall paintings thousands of years old. My friend Steven rushed to the cave after I told him about it."
After becoming Champion
"You defeated Steven, right? The wave of rumor hit this town, too! I didn't think you'd roll in to the Hoenn region so soon. I've got catching up to do! My Pokémon and I are working hard every day to bulk up!"
Brawly made his first appearance in the anime in Brave the Wave. Ash was very annoyed that Brawly would put off a Gym battle in favor of going surfing. At first, Ash was unable to realize Brawly was training his Pokémon by taking them surfing and teaching them how to dodge and concentrate on keeping their balance. A combination of this special form of dodging and Ash's own arrogance allowed Brawly to best the younger Trainer despite a type disadvantage. After this and a conversation with Brawly where he explained his techniques, Ash trained for several weeks in anticipation of a rematch. Ash even went so far as to copy Brawly's wave-training to teach his Pokémon how to dodge and resist attacks.
Brawly reappeared in A Meditite Fight!, where Ash battled one of Brawly's students in a storm. Brawly showed up and told them to call off the match until the storm passed. Brawly led everyone, even Team Rocket, to a cave on the shore to wait for the storm to pass. After seeing Ash's battle against his star pupil, Brawly agreed to a rematch in a private arena—a wave-swept islet off the coast of Dewford. Using his Pokémon's new techniques and his newly-caught Corphish, Ash was finally able to claim the Knuckle Badge in Just One of the Geysers!.
Brawly once trained with Chuck, a Gym Leader from Johto. Brawly teaches many of the locals how to surf as well as how to train Pokémon. Many of his pupils at the Gym are surfers like himself.
Machop was the first Pokémon Brawly used against Ash in both the first Gym battle and the rematch. During the first match it was sent up against Taillow and although Taillow kept using Wing Attack and hitting it, Machop kept getting up and eventually managed to knock Taillow out with a Cross Chop. Then, Ash used Treecko which was finally able to defeat it.
In Ash and Brawly's rematch, Machop was again used first. It began to overpower Treecko, but fell to Ash's newly-caught Corphish.
Hariyama first appeared as a Makuhita. During a Gym battle with Treecko, it evolved into Hariyama and defeated Treecko. After helping the gang to escape from a violent storm, Ash had his rematch against Brawly. Hariyama was able to defeat Corphish and almost defeated Treecko, but thanks to Ash's strategy, Treecko was able to defeat Hariyama after a fierce battle.
Brawly debuts in the Ruby & Sapphire chapter. He is an avid surfer who has mastered the secrets of "subtlety" (Japanese: 柔Jū; meaning soft), a fighting style that makes use of turning an opponent's attack back at the user to damage them. He is also well versed in "brutality" (Japanese: 剛Gō; meaning sturdy), a fighting style he learned from his friend, Bruno, that has the user attacking the opponent head-on.
He first appears surfing in Dewford Town, when Sapphire's Lorry sneezes, causing a giant wave. Sapphire apologizes for the incident, but Brawly states that it was all right, as he enjoyed surfing on the wave. He then reveals himself to be the Gym Leader, much to Sapphire's surprise. He warns Sapphire to challenge him before he goes on a days-long trip the next day. Sapphire promises and heads into Granite Cave to train for her Gym battle in the morning. After Sapphire finishes her training, both have their battle at the Dewford Gym. Sapphire manages to easily defeat Brawly's first Pokémon, but she struggles with his Makuhita. With the power of Jū, Brawly counters many of Sapphire's attacks, which eventually leads into his Makuhita evolving into Hariyama. Sapphire comes out the victor when she uses her own variation of Jū to counter Hariyama, allowing her to defeat it and earn the Knuckle Badge.
Later, Brawly and the other Gym Leaders are called by Flannery to meet in Fortree City. They have a discussion on Team Magma and Team Aqua about whether or not one of the teams is evil and the other is good. As a surfer, Brawly sides with Team Aqua, since their goal of expanding the sea means he has more places to surf.
Brawly in the thirteenth chapter
When Groudon and Kyogre are awakened, they begin causing droughts and downpours throughout Hoenn. Brawly and Roxanne are sent to the drought-plagued areas to face Groudon in battle. Despite their best efforts, Groudon proves to be too powerful for any of their attacks to damage it. They are later assisted by Wallace, who also participates in the battle to stop Groudon, but all three are interrupted by the Three Fires of Team Magma, Blaise, Tabitha, and Courtney. The three grab Brawly, Roxanne, and Wallace and take them to Lilycove City to prevent the Gym Leaders from stopping Groudon any further. Brawly is taken to Lilycove Museum, where Blaise faces him in battle. With his illusions, Blaise scares Brawly by making it so that the paintings in the museum appear to be coming to life. Having learned the secrets of Gō from his trip with Bruno, Brawly uses force to break through the illusions and defeats Blaise.
After both Team Magma and Team Aqua are defeated and Groudon and Kyogre returned to their deep slumber, Brawly celebrated the victory with his allies and thanked Sapphire and Ruby for their assistance in the battle.
In the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter, Brawly, along with various people from around Hoenn, is called to Sootopolis City to assist in stopping Grand Meteor Delta, a giant meteoroid threatening to destroy the planet. When the plan to attack Grand Meteor Delta starts, Brawly and the others have their Pokémon attack the meteoroid at the same time. This, combined with the might of Mega Rayquaza, successfully shatters Grand Meteor Delta into pieces.
This listing is for Brawly's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.
Hariyama is Brawly's first known Pokémon. He debuted as a Makuhita surfing with his Trainer. Later, he evolved in Brawly's Gym battle against Sapphire, but it wasn't enough to win the battle. Since then, he has been used in several other battles.
Machoke is Brawly's second known Pokémon. He debuted as a Machop in Brawly's battle against Sapphire, where he was easily defeated by her Chic and switched out to Makuhita. Later, he was revealed to have evolved into a Machoke when he and Brawly went to the Gym Leader meeting in Fortree City. During the battle against Groudon, Machoke was used to battle the Continent Pokémon, but was defeated by Thunder. During the battle against Blaise, Machoke held his own until the illusions caused him to become scared and run away.
Machoke's only known move is Revenge, and his Ability is Guts.
Brawly appears in The Haunted Gym of Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire. He first appeared as Sableye's illusion when it was navigating Red and his Pokémon in the dark Dewford Gym. The group thought that Brawly was real when he was flexing his muscles but it turned out to be a poster Sableye put up. As the group went after Sableye after tricking them into believing that it was Brawly, they saw the real Brawly stuck in a Pelipper-shaped seat. Red and the Pokémon worked together to get him off and were successful. Brawly then thanked them in doing so and laughed at Clefairy after he got stuck in the seat.
Sableye is Brawly's only known Pokémon. It is considered an unusual choice for him as it was not a Fighting-type Pokémon and it is immune to Fighting moves. Due to the Dewford Gym being dark, Sableye helped Red and his Pokémon navigate through. Sableye then tricked them into believing that Brawly was there but it turned out that Sableye was putting up a poster of him flexing his muscles. When Sableye did so again but this time, showing the group a doll, it ran off and the group chased after it. Clefairy found Sableye with the real Brawly when he kicked down a door in one of the rooms. It turned out that Sableye was feeding Brawly when he was stuck in a Pelipper-shaped seat. As the group freed Brawly from being stuck, Sableye and Brawly laughed at Clefairy when he became stuck in the seat.
Brawly is a Fighting-type Trainer with a pastime involving water, in comparison with Crasher Wake, a Water-type Trainer with a pastime involving fighting. Coincidentally, they both wear clothes with the colors orange, blue, black, and white.