- If you were looking for the character from Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, see Green (game).
- Leaf redirects here. For other uses, see Leaf (disambiguation).
Art from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
|Relatives||Mom, unnamed father|
|Trainer class||Pokémon Trainer, player character|
|Games||FireRed, LeafGreen, Masters EX|
|Champion of||Indigo Plateau|
|English voice actor||Michelle Marie (Masters EX)|
|Japanese voice actor||Yuka Ōtsubo (Masters EX)|
|Manga counterpart(s)||Blue, Green|
Leaf (Japanese: リーフ Leaf) is the female player character in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. Her male counterpart is Red.
In the core series
Leaf's adventure begins after Professor Oak calls her to his lab and gives her a choice of Pokémon. Blue challenges Leaf to a Pokémon battle as soon as they get their Pokémon. Later, Professor Oak calls the two back, gives each of them a Pokédex, and sends them on a journey to fulfill their dream of capturing every kind of Pokémon.
Leaf travels all over Kanto, filling in the Pokédex and defeating the Gym Leaders. Her rival Blue constantly stays one step ahead, and shows up quite a few times to impede her progress. When Leaf eventually reaches the Elite Four, she finds that Blue has beaten her to a milestone yet again and has become the Indigo League Champion. Leaf defeats Blue in the final battle, and becomes the Champion herself. Her adventure continues even after that, with Leaf discovering new places, such as the Sevii Islands.
Leaf's main conflict in the games, aside from Blue, is Team Rocket, an infamous group of Pokémon thieves. Leaf clashes with Team Rocket many times in her quest. She defeats a group of grunts at Mt. Moon who are attempting to steal rare Pokémon Fossils, and defeats another group ahead at a bridge in Cerulean City. Leaf protects the Pokémon Tower and Mr. Fuji in Lavender Town and destroys their hold on the Game Corner. After she foils their plot to take over Silph Co., Leaf encounters Giovanni, the leader of Team Rocket, as the final Gym Leader in Viridian City. Upon defeating him, Leaf stops the group's world domination plots once and for all, though a few remaining grunts, many who appeared and were defeated by Leaf on Five Island in Generation III, would band together in Johto to try to revive the group.
|Leaf and Squirtle concept artwork by
Hitoshi Ariga for Kotobukiya ArtFx J figurines
|Artwork depicting the usage of Fly,|
featuring Leaf with a Pidgey
|Ken Sugimori artwork from a
2005 New Year's postcard
|Ken Sugimori artwork|
In the core series
|Intro sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
|Credits sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
|Back sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
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|Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
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In side games
XD: Gale of Darkness
When starting a new game of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, if the player leaves the name writing screen without any written name, or with a name composed entirely of empty spaces, Professor Oak says "Right... So your name is <optional name>.", suggesting one of the 21 available names. The player may answer "Yes" to accept the suggested name, or "No" to return to the name writing screen.
In the side series
Pokémon Colosseum and XD: Gale of Darkness
Leaf makes an appearance in both Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. While she does not appear in the games' Story Mode, she is playable in the Battle Mode when a FireRed or LeafGreen cartridge is used, with a female player character chosen. She can take on Mt. Battle's 100-battle challenge, as well as compete in Colosseum battles.
Pokémon Battle Revolution
Leaf made a brief appearance in the debut trailer of Pokémon Battle Revolution, having a Double Battle against Red, using a Groudon and a Pikachu. Despite this, she didn't appear in the final cut of the game.
In spin-off games
Pokémon Masters EX
- Main article: Leaf (Masters)
Leaf appears in as a supporting character in Pokémon Masters EX's story. She was later made available in the normal Sync Pair scout rotation, forming a sync pair with an Eevee. A Sygna Suit variant where she uses a Venusaur capable of Mega Evolution was also released in conjunction with the game's anniversary, becoming one of the first characters with access to 6★ EX.
Super Smash Bros. series
- Main article: Pokémon Trainer (Super Smash Bros.)
Leaf appears as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as the female variant of "Pokémon Trainer" (of which Red is the default). She shares his team of Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard, marking the first time that she has used the Charmander line in fiction outside the main series games.
- From Super Smash Bros. Brawl onward, Leaf's hat appears as an alternate outfit worn by Jigglypuff, in parallel to Pikachu wearing Red's hat.
- Main article: Leaf (game)/Quotes
In the manga
- Main article: Green (Adventures)
Green from Pokémon Adventures serves as Leaf's counterpart, taking on Leaf's appearance from the FireRed & LeafGreen chapter onwards. She starts out as a mischievous thief, but later reforms her ways.
- Main article: Blue (Ruby-Sapphire)
Leaf also has a counterpart in Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire, who is named Blue.
- An artwork of an unnamed female character drawn by Ken Sugimori was released in Pokémon Red and Green's official strategy guide, released in April 1996. This artwork also appears on the cover of a revised version of the guidebook that includes the Japanese Pokémon Blue as well.
- According to Sugimori, she was not originally planned as a player character. He wanted to portray a trio of Trainers facing off against each other, hence designed the female character for the cover.
- The female character was later adapted for the Pokémon Craft DX magazine drawn by Emiko Yoshino, as well as Green in Pokémon Adventures (released 11 months after the original artwork), Leaf in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen (8 years after the original artwork), and Green in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! (22 years after the original artwork).
- Sugimori noted that he took the unnamed female character into consideration when he was designing the female protagonist for FireRed and LeafGreen. He also mentioned that the FireRed and LeafGreen female protagonist did not have a name at the time of his writing, in November 2012.
- While Green shares many similarities with Leaf, it has not been officially confirmed whether Green is an incarnation of Leaf, a cross-canon counterpart, or a separate character entirely.
- Leaf's hat somewhat resembles a Premier Ball.
- Leaf's FireRed and LeafGreen sprite shows her with blue eyes, although every other sprite and the official artwork shows her with brown eyes.
- The majority of her Japanese default names are shared with Dawn and Lyra. She also shares all of Kris's alternate Japanese names.
- Though she is neither playable nor an opponent in the handheld Generation IV games, Leaf made a brief cameo battling against Red in an early trailer for Pokémon Battle Revolution on the Wii.
- Leaf is the only non-rival female player character to have a counterpart who appeared in Pokémon Pocket Monsters.
- Pokémon Craft DX gallery
This character had no official name for fifteen years after her debut. She was unofficially referred to by fans as "Leaf" during this time, a name taken from unused Trainer data and one of her optional names in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. She also went by this name in the E3 2004 trailer of Pokémon FireRed Version and Pokémon LeafGreen Version. It was then used in Pokémon Masters EX and on merchandise such as Kotobukiya's ARTFX J figurine and the Bandai's Pokémon Scale World collection.
Until the reveal of her official name, she was also known in the fandom as "Green" (ブルー Blue in Japanese) to match her Pokémon Adventures counterpart. This name would later be used officially in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! for Green, although it has not been confirmed whether Leaf and Green are different versions of the same character. She is also sometimes referred to as フグリ Fuguri in the Japanese fandom. The name is derived from the katakana rendering of "LeafGreen", リーフグリーン rīfugurīn.
|Japanese||リーフ Rīfu||From Pokémon LeafGreen|
|Leaf||From Pokémon LeafGreen|
|Spanish||Hoja||From hoja (leaf)|
|Korean||리프 Ripeu||Transcription of her Japanese name|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||葉子 Yèzǐ||From 葉子 yèzi / yihpjí (leaf)|
|Chinese (Cantonese)||葉子 Yihpjí|
- ↑ Michelle Marie on Twitter
- ↑ Yuka Ōtsubo on Twitter
- ↑ ポケットモンスター―任天堂公式ガイドブック - Amazon.co.jp (Japanese)
- ↑ ポケットモンスター 赤・緑・青全対応 - Amazon.co.jp (Japanese)
- ↑ Twitter - Sugimori on the origins of the unknown female character (Japanese)
- ↑ Twitter - Sugimori on designing the FRLG female protagonist (Japanese)
- ↑ E3 trailer of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions.
- ↑ "ARTFX J Leaf with Squirtle" on Kotobukiya (Japanese)
- ↑ "Pokémon LEAF with ZENIGAME ARTFX STATUE" on Kotobukiya (English)
- ↑ "Pokémon Scale World - Kanto: Leaf & Clefairy & Gengar" on Bandai (Japanese)
|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.|