Carl (Japanese: カール Carl) is a character of the day who appeared in When Light and Dark Collide!. He is the director of a theater located somewhere between Shalour City and Coumarine City, which organizes "Super Pokémon Battle Shows".
Carl used to be a coach of Fighting-type Pokémon. He coached his Dark Hawlucha in many tournaments, and eventually got it to win the Kalos region Fighting-type Pokémon tournament. However, in one of those tournaments Dark Hawlucha got injured, and wasn't able to compete anymore. Carl came up with the Super Pokémon Battle Shows, which were much less physically demanding than Pokémon battles, and in the process switched careers for himself as well.
After hearing some cries, Ash and his friends accidentally interrupted his rehearsal of a Super Pokémon Battle Show, which they mistook for an incident between Dark Hawlucha and Snubbull. Carl's Gallade suffered an injured leg in the process, making it unable to perform in the next battle show. Bonnie proposed he use another Pokémon in Gallade's place, and it was decided Ash's Hawlucha would take this role. However the two Hawlucha failed to get along, and they instead formed a rivalry. Carl later explained Dark Hawlucha's backstory to Ash and his friends, leading Ash's Hawlucha to rethink his actions. That evening, the Super Pokémon Battle Show still went underway as planned. Although Carl panicked at first when the Hawlucha didn't act as the script told them to, he soon noticed that the audience loved the phyisical confrontation between the two, and also noticed how Ash's Hawlucha managed to give Dark Hawlucha his fighting spirit back. The Super Pokémon Battle Show proved to be a success, and the next day Carl thanked Ash and his friends and said his farewells as he traveled onto the next town for the next show.
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|Snubbull is a star in Carl's Super Pokémon Battle Shows. It performs the role of damsel in distress, being attacked by an evil Hawlucha and having to be saved by a brave hero. It was first seen rehearsing this role with Dark Hawlucha, which Ash and his friends mistook as it being actually attacked by Dark Hawlucha. Its fellow actor Gallade was hurt when Ash's Pikachu used Thunderbolt on Hawlucha, causing it to get angry and attack Ash.
Snubbull's only known move is Thunder Fang.
|When Light and Dark Collide!
|Hawlucha, or "Dark Hawlucha" as he was called because of his Shiny coloration, used to compete in many Fighting-type Pokémon tournaments, with Carl as his coach. He eventually managed to win the Kalos region Fighting-type Pokémon tournament. During one of those tournaments however, he got injured. He wasn't able to compete in tournaments anymore and lost his will to fight, and as such Carl came up with "Super Pokémon Battle Shows", which is much less physically demanding than a Pokémon battle.
Following Dark Hawlucha's switch to acting, he performed the role of evil villain, "Dark", in one of Carl's Super Pokémon Battle Shows. He first appeared rehearsing this role with Snubbull, which Ash and his friends mistook as Hawlucha actually attacking Snubbull. In the process, Dark Hawlucha's fellow actor Gallade was hurt, and it was later revealed he had to heal several days, as such not being able to perform in the next Super Pokémon Battle Show.
It was decided that Ash's Hawlucha would take Gallade's place. However, the cooperation between both Hawlucha didn't go smoothly, as Ash's Hawlucha refused to lose, even if it was only acting instead of actually battling. This angered Dark Hawlucha, who angrily walked off the set after a physical confrontation between the two. He went to a tree, where he started to train itself.
As the Super Pokémon Battle Show got underway that evening, Team Rocket attacked. Dark Hawlucha and Ash's Hawlucha teamed up to defeat Team Rocket, and later settled their differences with a handshake. As the play continued, Ash's Hawlucha accidentally tripped on a prop, but Dark Hawlucha helped him get up. In a final showdown, they again confronted each other, quickly exchanging Karate Chops. Although this was not in the script, the audience started to cheer them on. During this battle, Carl noticed that Dark Hawlucha's expression had changed, and he had regained his former fighting spirit. Dark Hawlucha was eventually worn out, but this time Ash's Hawlucha helped him to get up, and they now fully respected each other. The next day, he was present to say his goodbyes to Ash, his friends, and Ash's Hawlucha.
Dark Hawlucha's only known move is Karate Chop.
|When Light and Dark Collide!
|Gallade is an actor in Carl's Super Pokémon Battle Shows. He performs the role of the brave hero called "Shining", who has to save a princess from falling into the hands of an evil villain called "Dark". He first appeared rehearsing this role with Snubbull and Dark Hawlucha, which Ash and his friends mistook for Hawlucha actually attacking Snubbull. As such, Ash ordered his Pikachu to use Thunderbolt on Hawlucha, which Gallade had to dodge. When he landed, he hurt his right foot.
Gallade was immediately taken to a Pokémon Center, where he healed and was given crutches. Nurse Joy advised him to rest for two or three days to heal completely, which meant he wasn't able to perform in the next Super Pokémon Battle Show. It was decided that Ash's Hawlucha would take Gallade's place. The next day, Gallade watched Dark Hawlucha and Ash's Hawlucha rehearsing, and sighed when they weren't able to cooperate properly. Despite this, and Gallade's absence in the actual show, the two Hawlucha eventually settled their differences and the show proved to be a success.
None of Gallade's moves are known.
|When Light and Dark Collide!
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