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Pokémon Champion

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In the games
Champion is a {{DL|Pokémon Trainer|Trainer class}} that first debuted in the [[Generation I]] {{pkmn|games}}. It is the title held by the Trainer who last defeated the [[Elite Four]] and the previous Pokémon Champion. Each Champion is always stronger than the Elite Four members and most other Trainers, and has a party of six Pokémon to test their opponents' strength. Like Elite Four members, they employ the use of strong healing items. To challenge the Champion, Trainers must defeat all four Elite Four members without leaving the Pokémon League area, and cannot access the Pokémon League [[Pokémon Center]] and [[Poké Mart]] until after defeating the Champion or losing at any point during the challenge. If a challenger is defeated by the Champion, just like the Elite Four, they must start over.
Since in every [[core series]] game the player goes on to defeat the standing Champion (except {{g|Sunin and Moon}}[[Alola]], in which case there is no current Champion and the player battles [[Professor Kukui]]{{sup/7|SM}}/[[Hau]]{{sup/7|USUM}} instead), every [[player character]] is considered a Champion and subsequently entered into the [[Hall of Fame]], along with the player's [[party]]. However, for players in games other than Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, becoming the Champion is mostly a symbolic honor, as they are unable to battle challengers or take up any other league duties; the former Champion will still remain at the [[Pokémon League]], retaining the Trainer class Champion (in Generations {{gen|I}} and {{gen|III}}, {{ga|Blue}} clearly stated his reign was over; in the [[Delta Episode]], [[Zinnia]] teases {{Steven}} that he is the former Champion). In games otherprior thanto Pokémon Sun and Moon, the player may battle the Elite Four and the former Champion as many times as they like, and on each success will be re-entered into the Hall of Fame with whatever team was used in that challenge. In Pokémon Sun and MoonAlola, the player can instead battle the Elite Four then take a challenger, being able to do this as many times as they would like.
In {{2v2|Black|White}}, Cynthia tells the player that once every few years, the Champions from all the regions come together and battle to find the strongest among them. In the [[Pokémon World Tournament]] in {{2v2|Black|White|2}}, which takes place 2 years later, all the Champions the player battles in previous games participate in the [[Champions Tournament]]. This tournament does not include player characters, with the exception of {{ga|Red}}.
In {{pkmn|Sun and Moon|Sun, Moon}}, {{pkmn|Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon|Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon}}, the {{al|Pokémon League}} of [[Alola]], having just been established, has no Champion. Instead, [[Professor Kukui]] (the league's founder){{sup/7|SM}} or [[Hau]] (the player's rival){{sup/7|USUM}}, stands in as the final obstacle the player must overcome before becoming the league's first Champion. In another first for the series, the player can [[Pokémon League (Alola)/Title Defense|defend their title]] against challenges from non-player characters. The player keeps the nominal title of Champion even if defeated. Similarly, in [[Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!]], {{ga|Trace}} is the Champion of the Indigo Leauge at first, but loses his title to the player. After defeating Lance in a [[rematch]], Trace will challenge the player as a normal Pokémon Trainer in an attempt to retake the title.
In Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, [[Professor Oak]] reveals that originally, Trainers who defeated the Elite Four were recorded as Champions, but now Champions were going to be established as a part of the Pokémon League challenge, meaning that now a Trainer can only become a Champion by defeating the Elite Four ''and'' the current Champion.
Known non-player Champions in the games: