Cynthia in Pokémon Journeys: The Series
|Anime debut||Top-Down Training!|
|English voice actor||Emily Jenness|
|Japanese voice actor||Tomo Sakurai|
Cynthia (Japanese: シロナ Shirona) is a recurring character who appeared in the Pokémon anime. Cynthia is the current Champion of the Sinnoh region and has helped deal with several crises, particularly those involving Team Galactic and Team Rocket.
In the anime
Cynthia reveals in Top-Down Training! that from a very young age she sought to be stronger and stronger, which made her reckless and ended up hurting her Pokémon. Until the moment she met the legend of Dialga and Palkia, which changed her inside.
Over time, Cynthia eventually became the Champion of the Sinnoh League.
She properly debuted in Top-Down Training!, where she was first seen battling against Lucian with her Garchomp on television. She then arrived in person in Amity Square, where she was studying ancient tablets. It was here that she met Ash, his friends, and Paul, who rushed down to Amity Square after they heard rumors of Cynthia being there. Paul challenged her to a Full Battle, but Cynthia won easily. She then mentioned that she was just like Paul in her youth, determined to win with the strongest Pokémon. After the battle, because Nurse Joy was busy, she and Brock personally healed Paul's Pokémon, after convincing him to take them to a Pokémon Center. After this, back at the Amity Square Ruins, she explained something written there means very much to her: "When every life meets another life, something will be born". Later, Ash would think about this quote from time to time. Cynthia then decided to go to Celestic Town, where she planned to study the legend of Dialga, Palkia, and the Lustrous Orb.
In Losing Its Lustrous! and Double Team Turnover!, Cynthia, along with Ash, his friends, her grandmother and Officer Jenny's police officers, tried to stop Team Galactic from stealing the Lustrous Orb at Celestic Town.
In Aiding the Enemy!, Cynthia battled Aaron to defend her title of Champion of the Sinnoh region on television, which she won. Ash and his friends commented that while Aaron was strong enough to be a member of the Elite Four, Cynthia was still far stronger than him.
As of An Old Family Blend!, Cynthia observed the Lily of the Valley Conference alongside Charles Goodshow, making her the first current Champion to appear at a Pokémon League Conference. While watching, she showed a deep interest in the battle between Ash and Paul. At the end of the competition in The Semi-Final Frontier!, she personally delivered the trophy to the winner, Tobias, who had won the Sinnoh League and the right to face the Elite Four.
In Memories Are Made of Bliss!, Ash and his friends watched her battle with Flint for the title of Champion. Flint's Infernape managed to defeat two of her Pokémon, but Garchomp ultimately defeated Flint's Infernape, earning Cynthia the victory and retaining her title as Champion of the Sinnoh region.
In All for the Love of Meloetta!, Cynthia met up with Ash again in Virbank City in Unova at an ice cream stand. She told Ash, Iris and Cilan about the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup, where she would have an exhibition match. Ash and his friends then decided to go with Cynthia and participate. On the way to the seaport to take a plane to Cynthia's villa in Undella Town, she almost hit an injured Meloetta with her car. She discovered that it was suffering from a fever and gave Ash, Iris, and Cilan instructions on how to make it feel better. She was revealed to have a Glaceon which used Ice Beam to freeze the water. Cynthia and Ash broke the ice and took it to Meloetta. After it recovered a little, Iris asked Cynthia if she could battle her and her Garchomp while she used Axew, as Iris was thrilled to battle a Dragon-type she had never met before. Cynthia agreed and the battle got underway, in which Cynthia stopped the battle due to concerns her Garchomp may hurt Iris's Axew. In Piplup, Pansage, and a Meeting of the Times!, Ash and his friends arrived in Undella Town, at Cynthia's villa. Here, Ash was reunited with Dawn for the first time since his journey in Sinnoh. After that, Cynthia watched a battle between Dawn and Cilan.
In Jostling for the Junior Cup!, Cynthia was seen talking with Alder in Lacunosa Town, where the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup was held. Later, she participated in an exhibition match with her Garchomp against Unova Elite Four member Caitlin and her Gothitelle. The battle resulted in a draw after the battle's 10 minute time limit ran out. Cynthia then appeared in Battling Authority Once Again!, where she observed the tournament and helped Iris with Dragonite's problem with listening to her commands and gave Trip some advice. After the conversation Trip thought to himself that after defeating Alder, she would be next. In the following episode, Cynthia was seen watching the battle of Iris against Ash and after the battle, Cynthia talked to Iris about their relationships with Pokémon.
In Goodbye, Junior Cup - Hello Adventure!, Cynthia was seen watching the battle Trip was allowed to have against Alder for winning the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup. After this, Cynthia watched the closing ceremony. Back in Undella Town, she watched a battle between Ash and Daw and later went with the others to wave Dawn farewell when she went to Johto.
In Meloetta and the Undersea Temple! and Unova's Survival Crisis!, Cynthia helped Ash and his friends put a stop to Team Rocket's Operation Tempest and saved the Unova region from the Forces of Nature's Therian Forme's rage.
Cynthia also made a cameo appearance in the ending credits of Genesect and the Legend Awakened.
Cynthia made a cameo appearance at the end of Ultra Exciting from the Shocking Start!, watching Ash's World Coronation Series match against Volkner through television. Volkner revealed that she was participating in the World Coronation Series and had made it to the Master Class.
In Star Night, Star Flight!, Cynthia encountered Ash and Goh while they were investigating a town in Johto that had been caught in an endless night. Goh and Ash then talked to Cynthia about a girl they met earlier and a Pokémon that they thought was an Unown. The three than met up with Tiara and her mother and asked if the Pokémon she'd seen the previous day was an Unown with Tiara confirmed. After explaining how she'd met the Unown, Tiara became upset, claiming she wanted to see the stars as the Unown had made it endless night's to help her to find her Cleffa again. This caused the Unown to attack Cynthia, Ash, and Goh, but were eventually defeated thanks to Cynthia's Garchomp. Tiara apologized for being selfish and the town became day again.
Cynthia appeared in a fantasy in A Battle of Mega Versus Max!, along with other Masters Eight Trainers.
She appeared in The Gates of Warp!, where Ash and Chloe met her at the Canalave Library, looking for information about Palkia. When they exited the library later, they were attacked by the Alternate World Team Rocket. Cynthia battled against them, forcing them to retreat, with Ash and Chloe pursuing them to their world. During the climax of the battle between Dialga and Palkia in Showdown at the Gates of Warp!, Cynthia found a portal where she could see Ash and the others. When everyone decided to get together and ask Arceus to help, Cynthia joined the residents of the normal world and the Alternate World to get everything sorted out. When it all came to an end, Cynthia welcomed Ash, Dawn, Goh, and Chloe on their arrival in the normal world.
During the Sinnoh Fair in JNS01, Cynthia reunited with Ash, Goh, and Dawn again and revealed that she was organizing part of the event. Next, Cynthia gave a lecture and details for them about the Sinnoh region's past. At the end of the event, Cynthia hosted a catching competition where the three should capture one of the Pokémon that were given to Trainers from the region's bygone eras: Cyndaquil, Oshawott, and Rowlet. Upon completing the objectives, Cynthia gave each of them a book with the ancient history of Sinnoh.
A short time later, unaware that Team Galactic had returned, Dawn contacted Cynthia to help with a strange phenomenon occurring at Mount Coronet in JNS02 and in the next episode. Cynthia joined Ash, Dawn, Brock, and Goh in battle during the return of Team Galactic, who sought to rescue Cyrus from the dimension he was trapped in. Cynthia single-handedly defeated Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn's Pokémon using her Roserade and lent Garchomp so Brock can help save a Heatran that was out of control.
In JNS04, Cynthia managed to arrest the Team Galactic Commanders as they try to escape, joining then Ash and his friends. Together, they asked for help from Arceus who, together with the lake guardians, managed to avoid the worst. Lastly, Cynthia watched along with Brock while Ash and his friends trying to save Heatran from inside the massive monster formed by Arceus' Plates.
Cynthia is astoundingly powerful and well-respected as Sinnoh's Champion. She is measured in her battling style, and while she attacks in quick succession, she prefers not to exhaust either hers or her opponents' Pokémon.
Cynthia has a calm demeanor, not showing the slightest of stress even in the heat of battle. Cynthia is incredibly wise and well-versed in the Sinnoh time-space legends. On her return in Pokémon Journeys: The Series, Cynthia is seen studying various mythologies and regions of the world, showing know a lot about Pokémon from other regions like Alola or Unova.
Throughout Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl she often quoted "When every life meets another life, something will be born", a line directly from the Sinnoh time-space legends. She is particularly interested in the friendship between Trainers and their Pokémon, and enjoys mentoring young Trainers, and willingly offers advice to support their growth such as Ash, Paul and Unova League's Caitlin.
In her spare time, if any, Cynthia makes sure to unwind at her Undella Town villa. She also has a sweet tooth, as shown in many of her appearances; however, she is often conflicted with which flavor to choose as shown in Top-Down Training! and All for the Love of Meloetta!.
Despite Cynthia not having a speciality type, she is well known for her affinity for Dragon-type Pokémon; because of this, Cynthia uses powerful Pokemon of that type like Garchomp and Kommo-o, which led to her being challenged by Iris in All for the Love of Meloetta!.
Cynthia is rarely seen using any other Pokémon besides her Garchomp, however, in extreme moments, she has resorted to other Pokémon on her team, and they appear similarly well trained, for example, Gastrodon being able to easily defeat Aaron's Beautifly despite having received a doubly super effective Solar Beam and her Kommo-o being able to thwart Alternate World Team Rocket's initial plans.
Garchomp is Cynthia's main Pokémon, which she uses in almost every single battle of hers. Garchomp is her most powerful Pokémon, and has never been seen losing to a single opponent.
|Japanese||Katsuyuki Konishi (DP040-BW097)|
Shogo Sakata (JN083-present)
|English||Katsuyuki Konishi (DP040-BW097)|
Shogo Sakata (JN083-present)
|Gastrodon was first seen when it helped Cynthia in defeating Team Galactic's Golbat to help protect the Lustrous Orb. It appeared again in Aiding the Enemy!, where it helped Cynthia to defeat Aaron's Drapion and Beautifly and defend her Championship title.|
|Debut||Double Team Turnover!|
|Cynthia sent out her Glaceon to make ice for Meloetta.
Glaceon's only known move is Ice Beam.
|Debut||All for the Love of Meloetta!|
|Cynthia sent out Kommo-o to battle Alternate World Team Rocket, who were trying to steal Ash's Pikachu, breaking the electric nets they had fired.
Kommo-o's only known move is Outrage.
|Debut||The Gates of Warp!|
|Cynthia sent out Roserade to battle the Team Galactic Commanders alongside Brock's Croagunk and Blissey. After defeating them, Cynthia had Roserade tie them up with its vines.|
|Cynthia offered to Ash, Dawn, and Goh a choice between Oshawott, Rowlet, and Cyndaquil. These Pokémon took part in a Catching Competition where the three Trainers must catch them within three minutes. Cynthia also revealed that these Pokémon are meant to help her learn more about the Sinnoh region's past and their effects on these Pokémon.
Cyndaquil's only known move is Flamethrower.
|Debut||One Big Happiny Family!|
Cynthia has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:
World Coronation Series
Cynthia has competed in the World Coronation Series. Her rank and class are as follows:
- Unknown (Master Class; prior to Ultra Exciting from the Shocking Start!)
- Rank: 2 (Master Class; JN109)
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In the manga
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Cynthia appeared in JNM24.
- Not counting the main characters, Cynthia has appeared in more episodes of the anime than any other Champion.
- Verity, a main character in I Choose You!, has a mother who bears a remarkable resemblance to Cynthia. Though the movie is set in an alternate continuity from the main series, director Kunihiko Yuyama has repeatedly confirmed that the woman isn't Cynthia.
|Japanese||シロナ Shirona||From 白南天 shironanten, white-fruited nandina. Symbolizes "love growing stronger" and "good home" in the language of flowers.|
|English, French, German||Cynthia||Possibly chosen due to similarity to "synthesis", or combining different pieces into one entity, which is a reference to the fact she combines several types in her arsenal. This name also refers to the Greek goddess Artemis, who is associated with the moon, which may be a parallel to Cyrus, whose name refers to the sun.|
|Italian||Camilla||Probably derived from Camilla, an Amazon warrior described in the Aeneid.|
|Spanish||Cintia||Spanish equivalent of the name Cynthia. As in English, it refers to the Greek moon goddess Artemis (Artemisa in Spanish), as a counterpart to Helio (Cyrus), whose name comes from Helios, the Greek solar deity.|
|Korean||난천 Nancheon||From 남천 (南天) namcheon, nandina. May also contain 난초 (蘭草) nancho, orchid|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||竹蘭 / 竹兰 Zhúlán||From 南天竹 nántiānzhú / nàahmtīnjūk (nandina) and possibly 蘭花 / 兰花 lánhuā / làahnfā (orchid)|
|Chinese (Cantonese)||竹蘭 Jūklàahn|
|Similar to her English name.|
Same as her English name.
|Russian||Синтия Sintiya||Transcription of English name|
|Vietnamese||Shirona||Transliteration of her Japanese name|
|Thai||ชิโรนะ Shirona||Transliteration of her Japanese name|
|Core series||Blue • Lance • Red • Steven • Wallace • Cynthia • Alder • Iris • Diantha • Trace • Leon • Mustard • Peony • Most player characters|
|Masters EX||Blue • Lance • Red • Steven • Cynthia • Alder • Iris • Diantha • Leon|
|Ronald (TCG GB) • Mark (TCG GB) • Mint (TCG GB) • Glenn (Pokkén)|
|Anime||Captain • Drake • Ash Ketchum • Lance • Cynthia • Wallace • Alder • Diantha • Steven • Leon • Iris|
|Origins||Blue • Red|
|Generations||Blue • Cynthia • Diantha • Calem|
|Evolutions||Leon • Diantha • Alder|
|Adventures||Professor Oak • Red • Sidney • Phoebe • Glacia • Drake • Steven • Wallace • Cynthia • Alder • Iris • Diantha • Leon|
|Other manga||Drake (EToP) • Ash (EToP) • Shigeru (Zensho) • Satoshi (Zensho) • Rald (Battle Frontier)|
|Trainers in the World Coronation Series|
|This episode article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|