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* Alain is the first rival in the {{pkmn|anime}} to debut in a [[side story episodes|side storyspecial episode]].
* If the {{player}} has [[List of American region Nintendo Network event Pokémon distributions in Generation VI#Steven's Beldum|Steven's Shiny Beldum]], [[Steven Stone]] makes a nod to Alain and the events of ''[[XYS02|Mega Evolution Special II]]'' during the [[Delta Episode]] in [[Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]; specifically, he mentions an occasion a long time ago in which he had the chance to meet and battle {{p|Rayquaza}} alongside a young Trainer who used a black Charizard.
* Alain is the first non-{{pkmn|Champion}} Trainer to defeat an [[Elite Four]] member in the anime, defeating [[Malva]] during a one-on-one match.