Bede is one of the player's rivals. He is an arrogant, rude young man who had been personally sponsored by Rose, who gave Bede his first Pokémon, later revealed to be his Hatterene, upon visiting his orphanage when he was a child. While he is competing in the Gym Challenge to become Champion, he has been gathering Wishing Stars in large quantities to help the Chairman realize his ambition. However, in his zealous pursuit of Wishing Stars, Bede brings harm to a historic landmark in Stow-on-Side, and he is disowned by Rose and disqualified from the Gym Challenge.
After the player returns from Ballonlea to Hammerlocke with the Fairy Badge, Opal notices the sulking Bede and is struck with inspiration, asking him to become her successor. Bede reluctantly agrees, believing he will become stronger in the process. Bede eventually returns as a Gym Leader, interrupting the finals of the Champion Cup and demanding to battle the player, staking his career on his victory. After losing, Bede, who had begun to regret accepting Opal's offer, reveals he was planning on using the result of the battle as an excuse to get away from his mentor. However, after hearing the crowd cheer him on despite his loss, he feels obligated to continue training, figuring he will be able to completely take over for Opal soon.
After the player becomes Champion, the player, Hop, and former Gym Leader Piers head to Ballonlea Stadium while trying to stop Sordward and Shielbert, but in the lobby, Bede confidently declares that he has taken care of the Dynamax Pokémon running rampant in his Stadium already. The player's group attempts to leave but Bede refuses to let them go until he has a battle with the new Champion. After some assurance from Opal, the group decides to indulge Bede. During the battle, Bede acknowledges the player's strength, and after being defeated, accepts them as Champion. A more humble Trainer now, Bede swears he'll overcome his weakness and, in his words, "reach the pinnacle of what Fairy types can do."
"Bede spent some time living in an orphanage after his family ran into some trouble when he was young. He always had difficulty getting along with others and would constantly get into fights. That is until one day Rose visited the facility. Rose gave Bede a Pokémon, which changed Bede's life forever. He showed talent as a Trainer and threw himself into Pokémon battles, becoming stronger by the day. He has joined the Gym Challenge with an endorsement from the chairman himself, and Bede plans to prove that the chairman's faith was not misplaced."
Rare League Card
"He was appointed by the former Gym LeaderOpal to become the new Gym Leader of Ballonlea Stadium. The general consensus is that Opal's harsh training has in fact mellowed him out. Though he himself has never confirmed nor denied this, it should be noted that he no longer refuses to give autographs. Additionally, it seems his skills as a Pokémon Trainer have also increased rather dramatically. Recently, his intrusion during the Finals of the Champion Cup has gained popularity, and fans wish to see that kind of performance again. Bede himself is not sure how to react."
Bede used this Copperajah he borrowed from Rose to destroy the mural in Stow-on-Side in pursuit of Wishing Stars. It was confiscated after the Chairman disavowed him. It is unknown if this Copperajah is the same Copperajah the Chairman uses in battle.
"Destroy it! Destroy it all! We're going to find those Wishing Stars!"
"We've got to bring the chairman more Wishing Stars if we want to please him!"
"Copperajah! If you are truly the chairman's Pokémon, then you should feel grateful for this chance to help him find Wishing Stars!"
"Oh my. You again... So you think that you can start collecting Wishing Stars now and get in the chairman's favor?"
"That's the way of things, is it? I see. So you do have some cunning in you. But I won't have it! I won't allow anyone to stand in my way!"
After the first non-KO hit
"Hmph. I've already seen more than enough to judge you and your team's abilities."
Before sending out last Pokémon
"I have to win this for the chairman! Do you really think I'd let you keep me from everything I want?"
After being defeated
"This has to be some kind of mistake. I demand a do-over."
"But why...? How can this be? How could someone like you get in my way?"
"I was the one chosen by the chairman... I was the one who was to defeat the Champion..."
"I am one of the elite--someone who can shoulder the future of the Galar region!"
After being confronted by Oleana and Chairman Rose
"Who cares for some ancient ruin when the next thousand years are at stake?!"
"Did you stand in the path of a Pokémon's Simple Beam or something? How do you expect to support the chairman with that sort of thinking?"
After being disqualified from his Gym Challenge
"You...you must be joking, right? You're disqualifying me from the Gym Challenge? But you're the one who endorsed me! There are a hundred different ways we could sort this out... Why are you choosing the worst possible option?!"
"A moment, if I may. Does anyone here even remember me? I am Bede, the challenger who was forced to withdraw from the Gym Challenge!"
"I have a score to settle with Challenger <player> here. I'm aware that this is against the rules, but I must ask nonetheless... Let me battle him! I'll stake my career as a challenger on this battle. If I lose, I'll retire from being a Trainer."
"I know this is ridiculous of me. But I had to say something...do something! Ever since you showed up, everything I've done has gone wrong!"
"It was Oleana who asked me to gather Wishing Stars for the chairman, but then the chairman himself disowned me... And then that strange old lady comes out of nowhere and drags me into a boot camp on Fairy-type Pokémon! Do you have any idea what I've been through?! Covered in pink, dealing with quizzes and battles with Fairy-type Pokémon every day! And here I am, pouring my heart out to you... when I've never lost my cool before!"
"My will hasn't been broken yet!"
After sending out first Pokémon
"We've faced too much to quit now! We've got no choice but to win!"
Before sending out last Pokémon
"Tsk! What's with that calm expression... Think you're gonna win?"
"I learned this move from that old gran! I plan on making it my own!"
After being defeated
"I couldn't win, but at least I was able to show everyone how great Fairy types are."
"Well, I lost..."
"B-but this isn't what I planned! If I was able to defeat you, then everything would be fine. Even if I lost, I was going to use retiring as an excuse to get away from that old lady! You just keep messing up my plans! With everyone cheering me on like this, I have no choice but to continue my training as the Fairy-type Gym Leader! Though I suppose with my talents, I'll be able to overtake Ms. Opal in no time."
"You think I, the elite Fairy-type Gym Leader, would have any kind of trouble?"
"Please...please don't tell me you came here to help? First of all, you're a bit late to be of any use, and second, I didn't need any help."
"Oleana tricked and used me... From now on, only I decide how I live! And I think what I should do now is have a battle with you, <player>!"
"Now that you mentioned it...I supposed you did."
"But this has nothing to do with Ms. Opal. This battle's for me! Now don't dillydally! Your only option is to accept!"
After the challenge is accepted
"My Pokémon and I have risen from the ashes... I'll grant you a brief glimpse at how amazing we've become."
After sending out the first Pokémon
"My days as a Gym Leader have made me stronger than you."
Before sending out last Pokémon
"You just might be the strongest Champion in Galarian history."
If replied "That's right!"
"I'll carve my name into Galar's history, too. By defeating you!"
If replied "I've still got a ways to go!"
"I'll be sure to draw out every last bit of strength from you... and then triumph!"
After losing the match
"This must be some mistake! I mean, I'm the one who's the Gym Leader!"
"Thank you for the battle. I can now accept you as the Champion. It's painful to admit, but I've come to realize a few of my weaknesses. But I'll keep getting stronger. I'll reach the pinnacle of what Fairy types can do. "
Bede debuted in PASS06. He was first seen in front of the Galar Mine, unable to enter due to a large boulder blocking the entrance. Casey, Hop, and Marnie combined their Pokémon's attacks to move the boulder. After the others went inside, Henry pointed out that Bede was protecting the boulder and speculated his goal was to obtain Wishing Stars found inside the mine. Later, everyone gathered at Turffield Stadium, where they each fought a Gym battle against Milo and won.
In PASS10, Bede learned that Rose had dinner with Henry in Hulbury, infuriating him. Wanting to have Henry retire from the Gym Challenge, Bede challenged him to a battle but lost. Despite this, Bede revealed the reason he was collecting Wishing Stars was to help Rose.
In PASS14, Stow-on-Side, Bede watched Henry's Gym battle against Allister, but felt the former's performance was lacking and quickly left. Afterward, he used Rose's Copperajah to try and destroy the Stow-on-Side mural, but was found by Casey, Marvin, Professor Magnolia, and Allister. Bede was then caught by several League Staff at the request of Rose, who reprimanded Bede for damaging an important piece of Galar's history. As punishment for his actions, Bede was disqualified from the Gym Challenge.
In PASS16, in Hammerlocke, Bede finished his forced withdrawal from the Gym Challenge. He was given a letter from Ballonlea Gym Leader, Opal, but crushed it in his hands without reading it. He was then alerted to a loud rumbling and wondered if it came from the Hammerlocke Energy Plant. At the plant, Bede met Sonia and witnessed Leon trying to enter the building only to be turned away by the League Staff. Worried for Rose's safety, Bede attempted to break in, but was warned by Raihan that his behavior would potentially lower Rose's opinion of him even further should everything be fine.
Later, Bede accepted Opal's invitation and visited her at the Ballonlea Stadium. Opal, having taken a liking to Bede's personality, accepted him as a successor for her title of Gym Leader. He subsequently started undertaking the training necessary to be ready for this position at the Gym.
Hatenna is Bede's first known Pokémon. She was first used to shatter a large boulder blocking the Galar Mine, allowing Bede to collect three Wishing Stars.