Blaine's title is "The Hotheaded Quiz Master." His strategy is to incinerate challengers with his rough-and-ready Fire-type Pokémon. To reach Blaine, challengers have to answer a series of quiz questions about Pokémon. Blaine only takes off his sunglasses when thinking up new quiz questions.
When he once got lost in a treacherous, freezing mountain range, he was guided out of the mountains by a Moltres. Apparently, this is what inspired him to train Fire-type Pokémon. Blaine is a resident of Cinnabar Island, and has lived there since before the Cinnabar Lab was built. He is apparently on good terms with Mr. Fuji.
In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, and their remakes, the volcano on Cinnabar Island erupted, destroying the town, and leaving Blaine and his Pokémon homeless. Blaine relocated his Gym to the Seafoam Islands, and remains there a whole year after the volcanic eruption back on Cinnabar. He plans to rebuild his Gym one day.
He is able to be battled again in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, after collecting his number at any time on Tuesday. He is found on Cinnabar Island. A call to him on Tuesday afternoon will arrange a rematch. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, Blaine has added Gym Trainers and a puzzle to the Gym, unlike in Gold and Silver where Blaine stood alone in a small room.
"Waaah! My Gym in Cinnabar burned down. My fire-breathing Pokémon and I are homeless because of the volcano. Waaah! But I'm back in business as a Gym Leader here in this cave. If you can beat me, I'll give you a Badge. Ha! You'd better have Burn Heal!"
"Hey, you! My Gym on Cinnabar Island was burned down by the eruption! But I will not give up! Take a look at this cave. We have turned it into a Gym, and I am still acting as a Gym Leader! I will give you the Gym Badge if you manage to defeat me! Are you ready? Here we go!"
After sending out last Pokémon
"I'll show you the spirit of my cave Gym!"
Last Pokémon low on health
"We can still do it!"
"My spirit has not been defeated!"
After being defeated
"Awesome. I have burned out... Take this Volcano Badge!"
"Here, I will give you this, too. It's called Overheat! It has a slight drawback, but it's powerful and well worth it!"
"I did lose this time, but I'm going to win next time. When I rebuild my Cinnabar Gym, we have to hold a rematch."
"My Fire-type Pokémon will be even stronger! Just you watch!"
"Here we go! This is the Cinnabar Island Gym Pokémon Quiz! Challengers get asked five questions that they have to answer. Get one right, and you get a Blaine doll! Get a question wrong, and you'll have to battle one of my students here. But if you manage to beat them...then don't worry—you still get a Blaine doll! Think you can collect five Blaine dolls?!"
Before the first question
"Here we go! The first question!"
Before the second question
"All right! Let's move on to the second question!"
Before the third question
"We're not done yet! The second question!"
"The third question!"
Before the fourth question
"The challenger has assembled three Blaine dolls! On to the fourth question!
Before the last question
"It seems our challenger has collected four Blaine dolls! It's time for the last question. Give it your all!"
After the player responds to a quiz question
"The challenger has given his/her response! And the final judgment is..."
If the player answered a question correctly
"You're absolutely correct! Congrats!"
"Congratulations! You've won a Blaine doll!"
If answered a question incorrectly
"Sorry! Bad call!"
"Too bad! You were close...but ultimately wrong! The challenger must now face a penalty match against one of the Trainers I instruct!"
After defeating a Gym Trainer
"A hard-won victory! You've won a Blaine doll!"
"Challenger! You have obtained five Blaine dolls! Which means... it's time for our battle! I'm Blaine, the red-hot Gym Leader here! My fiery Pokémon are all rough and ready with intense heat! They incinerate all challengers! Hah! Hope you brought some Burn Heals!"
"I have burned down to nothing! Not even ashes remain!"
After being defeated
"You have earned a Volcano Badge!"
"Here, you can have this TM, too!"
"TM46 contains Fire Blast, a red-hot Fire-type move! Teach it to Fire-type Pokémon. Vulpix or Charmeleon would be ideal. Fire Blast is an attack to be shown the utmost respect. Don't waste it on Water-type Pokémon."
"Hah! Well done, returning here to my Gym! You're the one who retrieved the key to this Gym from the Pokémon Mansion! Did you see anything interesting while you were in there? That place still holds the remnants of my old friend's research! By the way, I've been hearing an interesting rumor floating around recently. You wouldn't happen to know a young lady named Green, would you? ...Hmph, well, it's not as though I really know the whole story anyway. More importantly, since you came all this way, we should have a battle! Hah!"
Before battle (subsequent rematches)
"The Cinnabar Island volcano seems quite active today! Which means that my Fire-type Pokémon will be in top shape today, too! Let's go! Hah!"
"Hah! I'm all fired up!"
After being defeated
"Recently, Gym challengers sure have been increasing! That just means more fun for me, so I don't mind at all! It's true that you already have a Volcano Badge, but don't worry about that—let's battle!"
"You must think you are pretty hot to make it this far. I tell you what; if you can beat me, then I will give you my Volcano Badge. I warn you now: when you play me, you may get a little hot under the collar. I'm red hot and ready!"
Ash and his friends first met a disguised Blaine while they looked for the Cinnabar Gym in Riddle Me This. Prior to the episode, Blaine was forced to close the Cinnabar Gym after the island became a tourist attraction because of its hot springs. He went on to run the Big Riddle Inn, and after Misty solved Blaine's riddles, Ash and his friends stayed at the hotel during their time on Cinnabar Island.
Blaine alerted Ash and his friends to Team Rocket's attack on the Pokémon Lab after he received a phone call. After the group defeated the trio, Blaine, still in disguise, revealed that he operated a Gym "in a place where no firefighter could win". Solving the riddle, the group discovered Blaine's secret Gym, located inside the Cinnabar Volcano, after Misty's Togepi accidentally jumped on one of the hot spring's tap fixtures and revealed a secret entryway.
Misty went on to solve another riddle and Blaine revealed himself to the group. Ash then challenged Blaine in a three-on-three Gym match. After Blaine's Ninetales defeated Squirtle, Ash selected Charizard, while Blaine called out his Rhydon. Rhydon emerged victorious after Charizard flew away from the battlefield to nap. Pikachu then defeated Rhydon after he used its horn to conduct a powerful Thunderbolt attack. Afterwards, Blaine selected his Magmar as his third and final Pokemon.
In Volcanic Panic, Ash forfeited the battle when Pikachu nearly fell into the Gym's boiling magma. Afterwards, Team Rocket broke into the Cinnabar Gym and attempted to steal Magmar by freezing it with guns that projected beams of ice. Though Magmar broke free, the sudden cooling of the walls in the lava cave caused the rock to crack, triggering a volcanic eruption. Blaine, Ash, and his friends were forced to use their Water, Rock, and Fire-type Pokémon to block the cracks with boulders.
During the crisis, Charizard and Magmar gained an interest in each other's strength, and wished to test it in battle. Blaine agreed to a rematch with Ash, but due to the internal damage of the volcano, it was held on the volcanic crater. At first, Magmar and Charizard were evenly matched, but Charizard's ability to fly eventually gave it an advantage. It lifted Magmar high into the air and used Seismic Toss, slamming Magmar into the volcano and knocking it out, earning Ash the victory.
Blaine likes to make up riddles and use puns even in inappropriate situations. Even so, he is a stern opponent and takes his role as Gym Leader very seriously. He values a keen challenger and makes sure they truly earn their Volcano Badge in battle. He has crafted his battle strategy around his Gym's volcanic location, which suits his Fire Pokémon against its biggest weakness, Water Pokémon. The searing heat can also exhaust and overwhelm a challenger.
This listing is of Blaine's known Pokémon in the anime:
Ninetales was Blaine's first Pokémon used in his battle with Ash. Despite its beautiful looks, Ninetales proved to be an incredibly powerful Pokémon, knocking out Ash's Squirtle with a single attack. Ninetales was recalled when Ash sent out his Charizard.
After Ash chose Charizard in his battle, Blaine countered it by choosing Rhydon. Charizard refused to fight the Ground-type Pokémon, so Rhydon went up against Pikachu in its place. Blaine doubted the Electric-type could defeat Rhydon, but Ash encouraged Pikachu to use Rhydon's horn as a conductor of electricity that quickly caused its defeat. This battle sparked a now well-known Internet meme in the Pokémon fandom, as Rhydon is usually immune to Electric-type attacks.
Magmar is Blaine's final Pokémon and his powerhouse. In the first battle, Magmar easily defeated Ash's Pikachu. After the battlefield was wrecked because of Team Rocket's icy attack, Magmar and Ash's Charizard ended up gaining a respect for each other and wanted to test their strengths against one another. This was done in Ash's rematch with Blaine on top of Cinnabar's volcano. However, despite Magmar's powerful attacks including Fire Blast, Charizard managed to come out on top.
Blaine was first seen as a member of Team Rocket, studying and creating Mewtwo inside the Rocket Hideout. After hearing about the exploits of Red, a Pokémon Trainer that repeatedly foiled Team Rocket's plans, Blaine decided to leave Team Rocket and turn over a new leaf.
When Red arrived at Cinnabar Island, he found Blaine under attack by members of Team Rocket and their Moltres. Blaine had his Rapidash carry Red to his Pokémon Lab while he stayed behind to fend of Team Rocket. At the Lab, Red used a machine to revive an Aerodactyl from a Fossil. Together with his new Pokémon, Red helped defeat Moltres, forcing Team Rocket to escape.
Later, Blaine asked Red to help him in Cerulean Cave. Here, Blaine reveals to Red that he had created the Pokémon Mewtwo by cloning the eyelash of Mew along with adding his own human DNA to complete it. When Mewtwo escaped from Team Rocket's captivity, only Blaine was able to track it, hence why Team Rocket had been searching for him. With the use of Blaine's Master Ball, Red managed to successfully capture Mewtwo and gave it to Blaine. Afterward, Blaine expressed regret for Mewtwo's violent nature due to only knowing the cruelty of humans and revealed that he left Team Rocket after being inspired by Red's compassionate nature. Red tells Blaine that he should also try showing compassion to Mewtwo as a way of helping it change for the better as well.
Blaine is a member of the good Gym Leaders, alongside Brock, Misty, and Erika. Together, the good Gym Leaders assist Yellow in battling Super Nerd Miles, who had disguised himself as Red, who had gone missing. Yellow later meets with Blaine as he trains with CamperEvan on Cinnabar Island while wearing a disguise to hide himself from anyone who might be watching. Together, the two travel to Cerise Island to put an end to the Elite Four's ambitions. Upon arriving there, Blaine and Yellow meet with Blue, Green, Bill, and three of the evil Gym Leaders: Lt. Surge, Koga, and Sabrina.
In order to decide who would fight which Elite Four member, Sabrina used her Spoons of Destiny to split the group into four groups of two. After Blaine is paired up with Yellow, the two head to the top of Cerise Island to battle Lance, the leader of the Elite Four. By working together with Mewtwo, Blaine is able to destroy Lance's Poké Balls, thus preventing him from sending out more Pokémon. Due to their connection with each other, prolonged usage of Mewtwo causes Blaine to be left exhausted and unable battle. Not wanting to risk further harm to Blaine, Mewtwo is forced to return to its Poké Ball, leaving Yellow to face Lance alone.
Blaine is called to take part in an exhibition tournament for the Pokémon League against the Johto Gym Leaders. Blaine was paired up against Clair to fight in the seventh round, but the match is postponed due to Blaine feeling ill. He is later approached by Entei, who had been fighting the other Gym Leaders in search of a Trainer to command it. Blaine accepts the offer, but reveals that he is dying as a result of Mewtwo's cells making their way into his body. Blaine has Entei use its healing flames to burn the cells away, thus healing him and severing his connection to Mewtwo. Mewtwo, now free, leaves Cinnabar to parts unknown.
Blaine changing his disguise
When the Masked Man attacks the Pokémon League, Blaine and the other Gym Leaders combat his army of mind-controlled Team Rocket Grunts. The fight takes them to the Magnet Train, which is used as a diversion to get the Gym Leaders away from the stadium. Clair uses the battle as an opportunity to start the match that had been postponed. Clair attempts to interrogate Blaine on the whereabouts of her cousin Lance, who had gone missing after his defeat on Cerise Island. With Entei's power, Blaine defeats Clair, giving the Kanto Gym Leaders the victory in the exhibition tournament. Blaine then assures Clair that while he may not know where Lance is, he believes that he is still alive.
Later, Blaine teams up with Misty and Lt. Surge to battle the Masked Man. While Blaine uses Entei, Misty and Lt. Surge fight with Suicune and Raikou, respectively. Though they fought hard, Blaine, Misty, and Lt. Surge are unable to stop the Masked Man from escaping. Due to the injuries their Trainers sustained in the battle, Entei, Suicune, and Raikou are forced to go on ahead without them. After the Masked Man is defeated, Blaine returned to his usual duties of being a Gym Leader.
Blaine is greeted by Evan and Miles, who had come to Cinnabar to visit. Blaine notes that the scars created from his separation from Mewtwo have started to ache. He speculates that this may be due to Mewtwo sensing that Mew may be returning to Kanto.
Blaine reappears alongside Mewtwo at the Pokémon Village. While Blaine had been away, Team Flare arrived at the village and began abducting the Pokémon there to power their ultimate weapon, earning them Mewtwo's wrath. When Blue and X, arrived, they were attacked by Mewtwo, who had been manipulated by Lysandre, the leader of Team Flare. Blaine arrives just in time to stop Mewtwo by Mega Evolving it into Mega Mewtwo Y, who then proceeds to attack Lysandre. Lysandre counters by summoning Essentia and having her use Zygarde to attack everyone. Zygarde's Land's Wrath heavily damages Blaine, forcing Mewtwo to revert to its normal form. When Zygarde attacks again, Blaine has Mewtwo switch Mega Stones so that it may Mega Evolve into Mega Mewtwo X. Blaine reveals that due to their unique bond, Mewtwo is able to Mega Evolve more than once during a battle.
Despite this ability, Zygarde proves to be more powerful than Mewtwo in its Mega-Evolved state and uses Land's Wrath to defeat Blaine, Blue, and Mewtwo at once. With his allies unconscious, X decides to borrow their Key Stones in order to simultaneously Mega Evolve his five capable Pokémon. With their combined power, X's team fights against Zygarde. When Lysandre attempts to stop X with his own Pokémon, Blaine and Blue arrive in time to defeat them. After some time, X manages to defeat Lysandre, freeing Zygarde from his control and putting an end to Team Flare in the process.
Later, Blaine and Blue talk to Professor Sycamore about the final battle against Team Flare. They reveal that after Zygarde disappeared, a small green creature was spotted watching them from the rubble. Sycamore reveals that similar creatures, which he named the Zygarde Cell, have been seen in the Alola region and sends his assistants, Sina and Dexio, to investigate.
Although Blaine is serious for most situations, he also had his comical moments. Blaine had his mustache burnt when he was training and had to use fake ones. Sometimes, he may also use riddles to lighten up the dark atmosphere.
This listing is for Blaine's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.
Rapidash is Blaine's mode of transportation. He first used it to battle the Moltres that Team Rocket had captured with little success, and had it help Red reach his laboratory, where an Aerodactyl could be resurrected from the Old Amber he had acquired earlier.
Mewtwo was created by Blaine in a Team Rocket hideout using a small sample of Mew's DNA and Blaine's own. After it was fully cultivated in the Rocket Hideout, it went berserk and demolished the place before settling in the Cerulean Cave (where it wreaked havoc in the northwestern sector of Cerulean City). Eventually, Red caught word of it and reached the cave out of curiosity before nearly being killed in its psychic tornado. Blaine made a valiant attempt to kill it at all costs, knowing that if he, the only one with the ability to function as a "Mewtwo Radar" was defeated, the world could come to an end. Although this succeeded in eliminating its tornado, the mutant itself still survived, only to be caught with a Master Ball that was thrown by Red in an ingenious maneuver. Mewtwo then went on to be a trained Pokémon belonging to Blaine and fought against Lance in the Yellow chapter, though Blaine's failing health held it back from winning. After it was released a year later, it partnered up with Red much later on to free Deoxys from Giovanni's hands.
Blaine was chosen by Entei to be partnered up for his extensive knowledge of the Fire-type. In return, it offered its help in erasing the painful genetic connection between him and Mewtwo, allowing it to finally be freed. After Blaine, Misty, and Lt. Surge had been injured fighting the Masked Man in Indigo Plateau, it was partnered up with Silver instead, and went back to the wild after the villain was defeated.
Blaine appeared in Cinnabar Island. He tells Satoshi about his Gym on Cinnabar. Satoshi meets up with him and they have a battle. Blaine uses Arcanine and Satoshi uses Charmeleon which results in Satoshi winning the battle. As a result, his Charmeleon starts to evolve into a Charizard. Blaine explains that he was in Seafoam Islands and his Fire Pokémon were hurt. While he was there, he remembers seeing Articuno fly away. Blaine uses his Charizard to capture the Articuno that has been flying around the island.
Rapidash was shown in the Cinnabar Gym when Satoshi enters it.
Articuno is a Legendary Pokémon that flew by to Cinnabar. After Satoshi's Gym battle with Blaine, Blaine decides that he wants to capture it so he has Satoshi help him out. It was a tough fight between Satoshi and Articuno as it was able to freeze his Pikachu but it was taken out by Jigglypuff's Sing, allowing for Blaine to catch it.
Blaine's Pokémon Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format. Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
In Red and Blue, a rare glitch can occur, where he will use a Super Potion on Pokémon he just sent out despite them being at full health.
Despite the Arcanine evolutionary line being his signature Pokémon in Generations I and III, Arcanine is no longer in his party in Generation II and its remakes.
Even when the player battles Blaine in a rematch, he still references his "Cave Gym" as if the battle's taking place there.
Blaine is the only Gym Leader to have a Gym in two different locations.
He is also the only Gym Leader so far whose Gym is not in a town or city.
In Generation III, most Kanto Gym Leaders who share a specialty type with a Hoenn Gym Leader give out the same prize TM as the Hoenn counterpart. Blaine is the exception, rewarding TM38 (Fire Blast) instead of TM50 (Overheat), as Flannery does. He does reward TM50 in Generation IV, however.
Blaine's anime disguise
Blaine has two separate character designs. The first one is from early Sugimori artwork for Pokémon Red and Green Versions. He is depicted as a bald man with light red hair to the back and side of his head, with no mustache and no sunglasses wearing beach clothes. The old design was reused in the anime (as Blaine's real look) and very briefly in the Pokémon Adventures manga (as a disguise after his mustache was burned).
Later, in Pokémon Blue and outside-Japan Pokémon Red and Blue Versions the artwork was revised and he started to be depicted as an older man with a mustache, and no hair on his scalp, wearing sunglasses and lab coat. Despite the artwork changes, his new design was used in all Generation I main series games, including the Pokémon Red and Green Versions. This means that Blaine's design was probably changed very late in the production of Red and Green, since his official artwork and his in-game sprite are completely different portrayals. However, his Red and Green overworld sprite still shows him without glasses, while later in the Yellow Version, his glasses are clearly visible.
The reasons for changing the design is unknown; however, the Fame Checker in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen explains why he doesn't always wear sunglasses: "Blaine is said to remove his dark shades only when he is thinking up new quiz questions."
In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Blaine is shown wearing a hat. He wears more sophisticated clothing than his previous lab coat. He also sports a cane that resembles a question mark.
The Japanese name for the Japanese Judas tree. Katsura is also a word for "wig" (鬘). From 火 ka ("fire").
English, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese
Sounds similar to blaze or flame.
Similar to the word ustion, burn.
From Greek πυρ (pyr), fire.
강연 Gang-yeon* 대머리박사 Daemeoribaksa*
강연 (gang-yeon) means "lecture". Translates as Doctor Baldhead.
夏伯 Xiàbó* 假髮 Jiǎfǎ* 胜伯 Shèngbó*
From 夏 (summer) and 伯 (uncle or a respectful term for someone older). Means "wig". From 胜 (victory) and 伯 (uncle or a respectful term for someone older).
From 夏 (summer) and 伯 (uncle or a respectful term for someone older).