The Sensational Sisters
The Sensational Sisters (Japanese: ハナダ水姉妹 Hanada Water Sisters) are a group consisting of Misty's three older sisters, Daisy, Violet, and Lily. At some point before the series, the sisters were put in charge of the Cerulean Gym. However, after Gary and the other two Trainers from Pallet Town defeated them one after the other, they decided to stop accepting challenges and instead perform water ballet shows for the residents of Cerulean City. Their younger sister Misty would eventually take over their position as Gym Leader.
In the anime
The Sensational Sisters debuted in The Water Flowers of Cerulean City. When Ash came to the Gym to earn his Cascade Badge, they turned down his challenge. They explained that after Gary and the other two Trainers from Pallet Town defeated them consecutively, they decided to stop battling and to instead perform water shows for the residents of Cerulean City. Daisy then offered to give the Cascade Badge to Ash for free. Misty, however, appeared and challenged Ash to a battle with the Badge as a prize. After Ash and Pikachu saved the Gym from Team Rocket, the sisters decided to award him a Cascade Badge despite the fact that he hadn't defeated Misty. They wished Misty well on her personal quest, hoping that her efforts would amount to something.
Misty stopped by the Cerulean Gym to drop off her Starmie and Horsea to play there in The Misty Mermaid. Upon arriving, she realized that her sisters continued to pursue their performing ambitions and neglected the Gym, and was also enlisted in their latest play, the Underwater Ballet. Team Rocket gate-crashed the performance, and tied Lily and Violet up. While Daisy freed the pair, the sisters watched Ash and his friends battle Team Rocket underwater. Violet sent out Misty's Psyduck in a bid to defeat Team Rocket, though its fear of water made it useless and embarrassing. The show proved to be a massive hit with the crowd, who were unaware that Team Rocket's appearance was not part of the show, and the sisters' show was booked for the next six months.
In Just Add Water, Dorian, an ambitious Water expert who runs the unofficial Coastline Gym, is a big fan of the Sensational Sisters. Having met them several times, he became inspired to perform his own synchronized water shows.
In Gotta Catch Ya Later!, the sisters called Misty to tell her that they had won a trip around the world after Daisy placed third in a pageant competition. They made Misty return to Cerulean City and abandon her travels with Ash and Brock, so she could take over the role of Gym Leader during their absence.
Misty returned at the Cerulean Gym to officially take over in Cerulean Blues, only to find that her sisters had already left the Gym with several fans, who struggled with Gyarados's rage, while they were on holiday. Misty contacted her sisters, who were enjoying a beachside vacation, in The Blue Badge of Courage. Daisy informed her that she would need to go to Rifure Village to receive a supply of Cascade Badges before quickly signing off. They returned to the Gym two weeks before A Date with Delcatty. However, Misty remained the official Gym Leader, with Daisy and the other sisters filling in when Misty was away.
In Luvdisc is a Many Splendored Thing!, Daisy appeared without her other two sisters, and proudly showed off Caserin and Luverin to Tracey. After defeating Butch and Cassidy, the Sensational Sisters performed in another water ballet show. However, their views of battling did not improve during this time, and in A Real Cleffa-Hanger, Daisy asked Misty if they could simply give Badges to the Trainers instead of properly battling them.
The following Pokémon are used by the Sensational Sisters.
- See Daisy → Pokémon
- See Lily → Pokémon
It is unknown which sister owns each of the following Pokémon.
Dewgong first appeared as a Seel, holding out the Cascade Badge, when Ash was about to challenge the Sensational Sisters. Later, Seel was one of the Pokémon performing in a play hosted by the sisters. It evolved into a Dewgong while battling Jessie's Arbok.
|Debut||The Water Flowers of Cerulean City|
| The Sensational Sisters' Seaking inhabits the pool in the Cerulean Gym along with many other Water Pokémon. It first appeared in a water performance called "Underwater Ballet" swimming with the other Pokémon alongside Misty playing the mermaid, then pretending to go to sleep. When Team Rocket took over the show and captured several Goldeen, Seaking helped by jabbing its horn into Jessie's Arbok and in the end the Goldeen got free. It was later seen in the finale of the performance.
It made a brief cameo in Cerulean Blues, in the aquarium.
|Debut||The Misty Mermaid|
| A whole group of Goldeen belonging to the Sensational Sisters appeared in a water performance called "Underwater Ballet" swimming with the other Pokémon alongside Misty playing the mermaid, then pretending to go to sleep. When Team Rocket took over the show, they got the Goldeen trapped in a net. In the end, with the help of Ash and his friends including Seaking and Dewgong, they were able to get the Goldeen free. They were later seen in the finale of the performance.
Three make a brief cameo in Cerulean Blues in the aquarium.
None of Goldeen's moves are known.
|Debut||The Water Flowers of Cerulean City|
| The Sensational Sisters's Shellder inhabits the pool in the Cerulean Gym along with many other Water Pokémon. It first appeared in a water performance called "Underwater Ballet" swimming with the other Pokémon alongside Misty playing the mermaid, then pretending to go to sleep. They were later seen in the finale of the performance.
One of them makes a brief cameo in Cerulean Blues in the aquarium.
None of Shellder's moves are known.
|Debut||The Misty Mermaid|
| The Sensational Sisters were revealed to have owned another Seel in the Gym.
None of Seel's moves are known.
In the manga
In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga
Daisy, Violet, and Lily appear in The Electric Tale of Pikachu, which is based on the Pokémon anime. Like in the anime, the three sisters run the Cerulean Gym together. However, unlike in the anime, Misty shares equal power with them, and they seem to get along better with her for the most part.
The sisters' first appearance is in Play Misty For Me. They were originally going to battle Ash for the Cascade Badge, but Misty appeared at the last minute and asked that she battle him instead. They tease Misty about the battle later, implying that she may have a crush on Ash. The Sensational Sisters appear again later in The Human Race and the Pokémon Race, where they are attending the Nomads Independence Day festival with Misty.
Like many female characters in the manga, the Sensational Sisters are all depicted with large busts (and in skimpy swimsuits), though this is edited out of VIZ Media's English translations.
In the movie adaptations
The sisters appeared in a flashback of Ash's adventures in Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution.
- In The Water Flowers of Cerulean City, Misty called herself "the youngest sensational sister," but her sisters told her that she did not yet possess the qualities needed to become one.
- Similarly, in The Electric Tale of Pikachu, Misty tells Ash that he will never forget "the four sisters of Cerulean." Ash responds with, "You mean, the three sisters and the loser!"
- The sisters are all named after a type of flower.
- Daisy is the only sister that has a nicknamed Pokémon.
- The three Beauties at the Cerulean Gym in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! are named after the Sensational Sisters.
- In Takeshi Shudō's novel, Pocket Monsters: The Animation, it is revealed that these sisters are actually wearing wigs and that their natural hair color is black.
- In the English dub of the anime, Misty's sisters all speak with Valley girl accents.
In other languages
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