- This article is about the female protagonist whose default name is クリス in the Japanese version of Pokémon Crystal. For the male player character in Pokémon Crystal with the same Japanese name, see Ethan (game).
- Crystal (game) redirects here. For the game titled "Pokémon Crystal Version", see Pokémon Crystal Version.
Art from Crystal
|Hair color||Teal*, Navy Blue*|
|Hometown||New Bark Town|
|Trainer class||Pokémon Trainer, player character|
|Games||Crystal, Pokémon Stadium 2, Masters|
|English voice actor||Cherami Leigh (Masters)|
|Japanese voice actor||N/A (Masters)|
|Counterpart debut||The Legend of Thunder!|
|Manga counterpart(s)||Crystal, Chris|
In the core series
Kris's journey as a Pokémon Trainer begins when Professor Elm asks her to run an errand for Mr. Pokémon, who lives north of Cherrygrove City. Because she may encounter dangerous wild Pokémon along the way, Elm gives her a choice between three Pokémon to protect her: Cyndaquil, Totodile, or Chikorita.
Kris continues onward and finally meets Mr. Pokémon and completes her errand. While there she meets Professor Oak who, upon realizing Kris's bond with her new Pokémon, gives her a Pokédex. On her way back home, Kris again meets Silver, who has stolen one of Elm's remaining Pokémon. After defeating the boy in battle, she learns his name and relays it to the police in New Bark Town. Professor Elm allows Kris to keep the Pokémon she chose earlier, and encourages her to compete in the Johto League.
From there Kris begins on a Pokémon journey in the Johto region, facing off against its eight Gym Leaders, defeating and disbanding the newly reformed Team Rocket, and becoming Pokémon League Champion by defeating the Elite Four and its previous Champion, Lance at Indigo Plateau. Along the way she also teaches Silver to respect Pokémon as living creatures and not just as tools for battle. Kris also uncovered the mystery of the Tin Tower and its legendary Pokémon, Entei, Suicune, and Raikou.
After being declared the Pokémon League Champion, Kris then takes a short trip on a ship, the S.S. Aqua, from Olivine City to Vermilion City in Kanto. Journeying across that region, she battles against its own set of eight Gym Leaders, including two new faces, Janine, who replaced her father Koga on his promotion to the Elite Four, and Blue, who was formerly Pokémon League Champion himself, and replaced Giovanni after the latter fled. Upon getting permission from Professor Oak in Pallet Town, Kris heads for Mt. Silver via Route 28. Her journey comes to a close when she faces the Champion from Pallet Town Pokémon Trainer Red deep in Mt. Silver Cave, who had been training there since shortly after he became Pokémon League Champion three years prior.
In spin-off games
- Main article: Kris (Masters)
|Walking||Relaxing with Togepi||Posing for a portrait|
In the core series
| Sprite from
| Overworld sprite from
| Back sprite from
| Unused PokéGear icon from|
HeartGold and SoulSilver
In other games
| Portrait from the credits in|
- Main article: Kris (game)/Quotes
In the anime
- Main article: Marina (Johto)
Marina, one of the main characters in The Legend of Thunder!, is the anime counterpart of Kris. In her debut, Marina is presented as a girl who dreams of becoming famous with the help of her Pokémon. In her latest appearances, she was shown to be a talented Pokémon Coordinator, having won the Grand Festival to become a Top Coordinator. She is friends with Jimmy and Vincent.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
- Main article: Crystal (Adventures)
In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga
- Main article: Chris (Golden Boys)
Chris from Golden Boys is based on Kris.
- Kris is the first playable female character in Pokémon games, a feature included in all traditional Pokémon RPGs since. Despite this, the female choice in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver is Lyra, who was designed from scratch by Takao Unno.
- However, an unused PokéGear icon in HeartGold and SoulSilver, resembling Kris rather than Lyra, suggests that this was decided at a later point of development.
- Several pre-release screenshots for Pokémon Crystal show an earlier design for a female protagonist.
- Kris's alternate Japanese names would later be shared with Leaf, Dawn, and Lyra.
- Kris is the only playable character in the core series to be exclusive to a solitary version.
- The Trainer's Guide released with Pokémon Crystal tells a short story about the start of Ethan or Kris's adventure. This is almost the same as Ethan's story previously released in the Trainer's Guide from Pokémon Gold and Silver, except the player is no longer referred to specifically as a boy.
- In the Japanese version of that short story from Pokémon Crystal, the name "Kris" applies equally to both the male and female player characters. (Much like how Ethan is named either "Gold" or "Silver", in the Trainer's Guide of Pokémon Gold or Pokémon Silver, respectively.) However, this changed in the English version of that short story from Pokémon Crystal, where the name of the player character is not mentioned.
- The first known use of the name "Kris" in English was on the back of the American and Australian boxart of Pokémon Crystal. This specifically referred to the female player character (as opposed to the earlier use of "Kris" in Japanese, which equally referred to the male and female player characters). Years later, she also debuted in Pokémon Masters with the same name.
|Japanese||クリス Kris||From Pokémon Crystal|
|English||Kris||Same as her Japanese name|
|German||Krista||Similar to her Japanese name|
|Spanish||Cristi||Similar to her Japanese name|
|French||Christy||Similar to her Japanese name|
|Italian||Kristy||Similar to her Japanese name|
|Korean||크리스 Keuriseu||Transcription of her Japanese name|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||克麗絲 / 克丽丝 Kèlìsī||Transcription of her Japanese name|
|Chinese (Cantonese)||克麗絲 Hāaklaihsī||Mandarin-based transcription of her Japanese name|
|This game character article is part of Project CharacterDex, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each character found in the Pokémon games.|