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Silver first appears in the Generation II games, lurking outside of Professor Elm's lab. During the player's journey to Mr. Pokémon's house, Silver makes his move, stealing one of Elm's two remaining starter Pokémon (coincidentally always the one that is strong against the player's choice). He will meet with the player on the outskirts of Cherrygrove City, battling to get through.
Silver shows a strong dislike of Team Rocket, vowing to take them, as well as any other weak Trainer, down. He steals a Sneasel from a Trainer in Cianwood City and, while Gold/Kris/Kotone attempts to take down Team Rocket in Mahogany Town and Goldenrod City, interferes to prove himself. It is in the Mahogany hideout that he meets with Lance, Champion of the Elite Four at the Indigo Plateau, whose words begin to set him straight. By the time the player reaches the Indigo Plateau him or herself, Silver realizes that Lance was right, and battles against the player not out of malice, but to prove that he is a good Trainer, finally. He uses a Crobat during this battle, illustrating that he finally is able to show love towards his Pokémon as partners and friends, not as tools.
After the Elite Four has been defeated and the player becomes the Champion, Silver can be found training on Tuesday and Thursday in the Dragon's Den, and will appear at the Indigo Plateau on Monday and Wednesday to challenge the player, should he or she appear. He does not appear at all on the weekends, indicating that he may in fact take the day off, resting his Pokémon. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Lance and Clair will sometimes appear in the Dragon's Den and challenge the player and Silver to a tag battle.
Giovanni and Silver's relationship is revealed in HeartGold and SoulSilver if the player brings a promotional Celebi to the shrine in Ilex Forest. Celebi takes the player back in time three years to witness Giovanni abandoning Silver to go into seclusion because of his defeat at the hands of Red/Leaf. Silver's hate for Team Rocket apparently stems from them failing his father.
The starter Pokémon that Silver has will depend on which Pokémon the player chose to bring on Professor Elm's errand at the beginning of the game. As with all rivals, it will be the Pokémon whose type weakens that of the player's starter.
Like Brendan, he played no role in the anime, despite being a main character in the games. Similarly, his only appearance in the anime is a brief cameo, in the original Japanese opening of The Legend of Thunder! (A New Oath), where he was shown with his Nidoking defeating Jimmy.
Paul seems to be based on Silver, in appearance and personality. He also has most of the Pokémon as Silver's manga counterpart. It is unknown if Paul has ever met him.
As a possible reference to Silver's training schedule, Pearl also can be battled again (on Saturdays and Sundays) after the player becomes champion. He can also be found training at Stark Mountain during the week in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
If Silver's stolen starter is Totodile, he uses Croconaw at level 16 in his second battle, despite Totodile only being able to evolve from level 18 onwards. This error is corrected in Generation IV.
Additionally, if Silver's stolen starter is Cyndaquil, he uses Quilava at level 32 in his fourth battle, while the other two are their final forms (which is normal).
In his anime cameo, his only known Pokémon is a Nidoking. All other game rivals that have made anime appearances have been seen with the Template:Type2 starter from their home region, indicating another possible Pokémon for Silver to have (which would also fit in weakening Jimmy's Typhlosion).
Two of Silver's Pokémon in his final team received evolutions in Generation IV. The same two Pokémon are also the only members of his team that did not evolve twice.
Perhaps coincidentally, neither of these Pokémon's new evolutions are available in HeartGold and SoulSilver until after the National Dex is obtained, as their evolution methods require certain forces external to the Pokémon (rather than knowing a move, as the five new Johto Dex additions do).
In terms of personality, Silver is the darkest of the rivals in the series. While most other rivals are generally good-natured, or at least zestful enough to crack a joke at the player, Silver is (at first) cruel, hateful, power-obsessed and even physically abusive, pushing the player character around several times. And even after he starts to become kinder, he remains a rather serious individual.