|"The Alluring, Soulful Dancer"|
Artwork from Diamond/Pearl
|Trainer class||Gym Leader, Coordinator|
|Leader of||Hearthome Gym|
Fantina (Japanese: メリッサ Melissa) is the Gym Leader of Hearthome City's Gym, known officially as the Hearthome Gym. She hands out the Relic Badge to trainers who defeat her. She specializes in Ghost-type Pokémon. She is apparently not from the country the games are set in, and often peppers her speech with phrases of French.
In the anime
In the games
Fantina uses Ghost-type Pokémon in her battles. For defeating her, trainers receive the Relic Badge, TM65 Shadow Claw and are able to use Surf outside of battle. She considers herself to be a Contest Expert and refuses to let the hero challenge her until they have four badges. Fantina speaks French and is an immigrant from another country. Upon arriving in Sinnoh, she decided to become a performer, so she dresses up in fancy outfits for Pokémon Contests. She also studied Pokémon and eventually attained the title of Gym Leader.
In front of the Contest Hall at player's first visit to Hearthome City
Oh, I'm so sorry! Please excuse me. Are you entering a Contest? Tehehe... Enjoy yourself, please! Incidentally, Fantina, the Hearthome Gym Leader, also happens to be a Contest expert. And you may ask yourself, how do I know this? Well, I am Fantina! You may challenge me, but not yet! You must become much stronger. Then, you may challenge me!
"Ohohoho!! Finally, you have arrived! Since I came to this country, always I try to learn new things. They hold Contests in this city? I say to myself, enfin, I will excel. That's why I dress this way. C'est une performance! Also I study Pokémon very much. I have come to be Gym Leader. And, uh, so it shall be that you challenge me. But I shall win. That's what a Gym Leader does, non?"
After sending out last Pokémon
"Oh, heavens. What is this? Is this my final Pokémon?"
"Never give up, never surrender!"
"You are so fantastically strong. I know now why I have lost."
After being defeated
"I am dumbfounded! So very, very strong! You, Your Pokémon, so strong! Your power is admirable! I shall honor it with this Gym Badge!"
In the Pokémon Special manga
Fantina has appeared at the Super Contest Hall. When two women were making rude comments about rookie contestants, she sent out her Drifblim to carry them out and throw them into a garbage can.
- During the Gym battle in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Fantina exclaims "Never give up, never surrender!", the catchphrase from the 1999 science fiction comedy Galaxy Quest.
|Japanese||メリッサ (Melissa)||A name that would sound "exotic" and foreign to a Japanese person, but does not to many westerners. This obviates herself as a foreigner. It means "bee" in Greek.|
|English||Fantina||Comes from fantôme, the French word for phantom, in reference to the fact that she speaks French and she uses Template:Type2 Pokémon.|
|French||Kiméra||Similar to chimera.|
|German||Lamina||From Lamia, a greek mythological spirit.|
|Italian||Fannie||French name, similar to fantasma, phantom.|
|Spanish||Fantina||From fantasma, phantom.|