This Gym is the first to be challenged by the player. Trainers who defeat her will be given the Bug Badge, along with TM83 (Infestation). She is the younger sister to Alexa, a journalist. According to the television show Gym Freaks, Viola's camera was a birthday gift from Alexa and her barrette was a birthday gift from Valerie.
April: "Hello! It's time for Gym Freaks, your source for the hottest news about hot Gym Leaders in Kalos. So... I'm now in front of the Santalune City Gym! ... Hooray! Viola has arrived! She's fabulous! So fabulous! I'm so crazy about those eyebrows! The barrette that Viola always wears is a birthday gift from Valerie! Awww. I want to have someone who celebrates my birthday. Oh... She went inside the Gym... That's all for the on-site report. Good-bye for now, everyone."
April: "Hello! It's time for Gym Freaks, your source for the hottest news about hot Gym Leaders in Kalos. So... I'm now in front of the Santalune City Gym! ... Oooh... Ahhh... Viola has arrived! She's fabulous! So fabulous! I'm so crazy about those eyebrows! The camera that Viola always has is a birthday gift from her sister, Alexa. Awww. If I was born again, I'd like to be the camera. Oh... She went inside the Gym... That's all for the on-site report. Good-bye for now, everyone."
He arrived there just as Viola, who was revealed to a professional photographer known for her excellent shots of Bug-type Pokémon, was returning and she accepted Ash's challenge. Viola's Surskit and Vivillon had a type disadvantage against Ash's Fletchling and Pikachu, however Viola's strategy was to immobilize both Pokémon using Ice Beam and Sticky Web. This worked and Ash lost the battle.
Like her sister, Viola is very cheerful and friendly but has an unwavering focus in battle. According to Alexa, her trips away from Santalune Gym often last for some time. She helps Alexa with her work at times and she shares a friendship with Grant, though she is shown to get easily annoyed whenever Grant falls from the walls he is climbing on.
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This listing is of Viola's known Pokémon in the anime:
Surskit is Viola's first known Pokémon. It was first used against Ash's Pikachu in their first Gym battle. Surskit defeated Pikachu by freezing the battlefield with Ice Beam, which prevented him from moving properly and left him unable to escape Surskit's Signal Beam. Next, it fought Fletchling, who quickly defeated Surskit due to its ability to fly. In Battling on Thin Ice!, Surskit battled Pikachu again in a rematch, where its previous tactics failed due to Pikachu using his tail to balance himself on the ice. It was eventually defeated by Pikachu's Thunderbolt.
Vivillon is Viola's second known Pokémon. It was first used against Ash in their first Gym battle. It was sent out to battle Fletchling after it defeated Surskit. It won the battle by using Psychic to trap Fletchling in Surskit's Sticky Web, leaving it defenseless to Vivillon's Solar Beam. In Battling on Thin Ice!, Vivillon faced Fletchling again in a rematch, where it beat Fletchling again by hitting it with Sleep Powder, leaving it defenseless to Solar Beam once more. Then it fought Pikachu, where Vivillon was defeated after its wing was frozen by the ice surrounding the Gym, hindering its ability to fly and leaving it an easy target for Pikachu's Thunderbolt.
Viola makes her first appearance in the X & Y arc, where she goes to Vaniville Town with Alexa to interview up-and-coming Sky TrainerY. Y angrily reveals her hatred for reporters after they caused her friend X to become a shut-in and refuse to leave his house despite his friends' constant efforts. Before they can continue, the Legendary Pokémon Xerneas and Yveltal appear and begin destroying the town while fighting each other. When Viola wonders if the two are actually even Pokémon, Alexa states that she isn't sure either but notes that according to a 3,000 year old legend, Xerneas and Yveltal appear every 1,000 years.
When X's group arrives in Santalune City, Viola meets up with them again. Although previous encounters with Team Flare made X and his friends wary of adults, Viola reveals her position as a Gym Leader and offers to help the group by letting them see her photos of the Vaniville Town incident and offers sanctuary at her Gym. X and his friends agree to trust her, except for Shauna who runs off after getting mad at everyone for disregarding their earlier pact to not trust adults. At the Gym, Viola challenges X to a battle, which she ends up losing. They are interrupted by Celosia of Team Flare, who possesses Shauna and uses her to attack Y. Viola pushes Y out of the way, but ends up getting hit as a result. Viola reveals herself to still be conscious and reveals that he saw X's attempt to use Mega Evolution earlier and called fellow Gym Leader Korrina to help him learn more about it. When Celosia attempts to run off, Viola has her Surskit stop Celosia in her tracks with Sticky Web. Once Celosia was driven away, everyone regrouped back at the Gym where Viola had her head injury bandaged up.
Later, Viola calls Alexa to inform her that Team Flare is the ones behind the incidents happening in various places. She also informs her sister that Y and her friends have also left to go to Lumiose City.
Later, Viola and Alexa witness Lysandre announcing to the entire Kalos region about his plans to end all life with the power of the ultimate weapon. Afterward, they, along with Clemont, Bonnie, and Yvette, confront Team Flare at Route 10 in order to free the captured Pokémon there. Together, the group manages to defeat all the members of Team Flare and rescue the captured Pokémon. After Team Flare is fully defeated, Viola and her allies meet with X and his friends at Lumiose City to congratulate them on their victory.
In the Battle Chateau initial battle, Viola's Masquerain knows Air Slash at level 40, even though it can only learn it at level 47 in Pokémon X and Y. Its pre-evolution, Surskit, cannot learn this move.
In her anime debut, Viola is shown to be just as tall as her sister, Alexa. However, in later episodes, Viola's height only reaches to her sister's shoulders.
Viola was originally meant to have a ponytail, as evidenced in her concept art. She is however seen with this hairstyle in several episodes in the anime.
At the release of the games, Viola's name could not be set as the player's name, as her name contains viol, a French word meaning "rape", which was blocked by the 3DS's built-in word filter. A December 2014 patch to the 3DS updated the filter, allowing "Viola" to be entered.
From the plant genus Viola and skipper genus Viola