ビオラ Viola
"The camerawoman who never lets a single smile escape her focus."
XY Viola.png
Artwork from X and Y
Gender Female
Eye color Dark green
Hair color Sandy blonde
Hometown Santalune City
Region Kalos
Relatives Alexa (older sister)
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation VI
Games X and Y, Masters EX
Leader of Santalune Gym
Badge Bug Badge
Specializes in Bug types
Game animation debut GOTCHA!
English voice actor Brianna Knickerbocker[1] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Aya Endō[2] (Masters EX)
Anime debut A Blustery Santalune Gym Battle!
English voice actor Lori Gardner
Japanese voice actor Noriko Shitaya

Viola (Japanese: ビオラ Viola) is a professional photographer who is the Gym Leader of Santalune City's Gym, known officially as the Santalune Gym. She specializes in Bug-type Pokémon. She gives the Bug Badge to Trainers who defeat her.

In the core series

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.


Pokémon X and Y

Gym battle

Battle Chateau

Battle Chateau - Blue Writ of Challenge

Battle Chateau - Writ of Challenge

Battle Chateau - Red Writ of Challenge

Battle Chateau - Black Writ of Challenge

Battle Chateau rematch

Battle Chateau rematch - Blue Writ of Challenge

Battle Chateau rematch - Writ of Challenge

Battle Chateau rematch - Red Writ of Challenge

Battle Chateau rematch - Black Writ of Challenge

Gym Freaks

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."

In spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Viola (Masters)

Viola forms a sync pair with Surskit and its evolution, Masquerain, in Pokémon Masters EX.


Official artwork from
Pokémon the Series: XY
Concept artwork from Pokémon XY


VS portrait from
X and Y
Overworld model from
X and Y
PSS icon from
X and Y


Main article: Viola/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Viola in the anime

Viola was first mentioned in The Dream Continues!, albeit not by name, when Alexa revealed to Ash that her sister was a Gym Leader from the Kalos region. When Ash arrived in Kalos in Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!, he learned that Viola was absent from her Gym at Santalune City. However, Ash decided to head to Santalune Gym anyway after his challenge at Lumiose Gym was declined.

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.

In Battling on Thin Ice!, Ash challenged Viola to a rematch. Thanks to the training Ash had with his friends between the battles, he was able to counter Viola's strategies and defeat her, winning himself the Bug Badge. She later reappeared in a flashback in To Catch a Pokémon Smuggler!.

In Breaking Titles at the Chateau!, Viola reunited with Ash and his friends at the Battle Chateau. There, she and Surskit battled Grant and his Onix, and lost.

In Master Class is in Session! and Performing a Pathway to the Future!, Viola watched Serena's Master Class Pokémon Showcase along with Alexa.

She appeared in a fantasy in A League of His Own!, when Ash was talking to Everett about the Gym Leaders that he had defeated in Kalos, in order for him to be able to compete in the Lumiose Conference.

In A Towering Takeover!, Viola was seen watching Lysandre's broadcast from Lumiose City along with Alexa.

In Rocking Kalos Defenses! and Forming a More Perfect Union!, Viola and Vivillon were among those who helped destroy the Giant Rock.

She appeared again in flashbacks in Till We Compete Again!.


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.

Surskit reappeared in Breaking Titles at the Chateau!, where it battled Grant's Onix but lost.

It appeared in flashbacks in A PokeVision of Things to Come! and Coming Back into the Cold.

Surskit's known moves are Protect, Ice Beam, Signal Beam, Sticky Web, and Bubble Beam.

Debut A Blustery Santalune Gym Battle!
Voice actors
English Eileen Stevens
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.

It reappeared in a flashback in To Catch a Pokemon Smuggler!.

It appeared again in Rocking Kalos Defenses! and Forming a More Perfect Union!, where it helped destroy the Giant Rock.

It reappeared in a flashback in Till We Compete Again!.

Vivillon's known moves are Psychic, Gust, Solar Beam, and Sleep Powder.

Debut A Blustery Santalune Gym Battle!
Voice actors
Japanese Aya Endō
English Eileen Stevens


Viola as a Duchess
Battle Chateau

Viola achieved the following ranks in Battle Chateau:

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 下屋則子 Noriko Shitaya
English Lori Gardner
Dutch Lizemijn Libgott
Finnish Henni-Liisa Stam (XY005-XY006, XY020)
Unknown voice actress (XY135-XY136)
Hebrew עינת אזולאי Einat Azulay
Indonesian Tuti Pinkan
Italian Ludovica De Caro (XY005-XY020)
Polish Marta Dobecka (XY005-XY006, XY020)
Martyna Kowalik (XY135-XY136)
Brazilian Portuguese Kate Kelly
Spanish Latin America Andrea Orozco
Spain Catherina Martínez
Turkish Seda Özelsoy
Vietnamese Kim Ngọc (XY005-XY020)
Cao Thụy Thanh Hồng (XY135-XY136)


Viola briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Viola in Pokémon Adventures

Viola makes her first appearance in the X & Y chapter, where she goes to Vaniville Town with Alexa to interview up-and-coming Sky Trainer Y. 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.


Vivillon debuted in Kangaskhan...Kangascan't. It was first seen with its Trainer in Santalune City. Later, it faced X's Kanga in the Santalune Gym, where it lost. In PS592, Vivillon helped Viola, Yvette, and the Sky Trainers free the captive Pokémon at Route 10, by working together with the Sky Trainers' Vivillon.

Vivillon has a Meadow Pattern.

Vivillon's known moves are Supersonic and Powder.

Debut Kangaskhan...Kangascan't
Surskit is Viola's second known Pokémon. It was first used to prevent Celosia from escaping with a stolen Kangaskhanite with its Sticky Web. Later, Surskit was defeated by Celosia's Honedge.

Surskit's only known move is Sticky Web.

Debut Lucky Lucario Was Here


  • Viola's Japanese Leader title is 笑顔を見逃さないカメラガール.
  • Viola is the first notable female Bug-type specialist of the core series games.
  • Both Viola and her sister share their Japanese voice actresses with Sinnoh Gym Leaders. In Viola's case, it is Candice.
  • 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.
  • Viola's name cannot be set as the player's name, as her name contains viol, a French word meaning "rape", which is blocked by the 3DS's built-in word filter.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ビオラ Biora From the plant genus Viola and skipper genus Viola
English, German Viola Same as her Japanese name
Spanish Violeta From violeta (violet)
French Violette From violette (violet)
Italian Violetta From violetta (violet)
Korean 비올라 Biolla From her Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 紫羅蘭 / 紫罗兰 Zǐluólán From 紫羅蘭 / 紫罗兰 zǐluólán / jílòhlàahn (violet)
Chinese (Cantonese) 紫羅蘭 Jílòhlàahn
Vietnamese Biora Transcription of her Japanese name


  1. Brianna Knickerbocker on Twitter
  2. Nintendo DREAM (vol. 329)

Gym Leaders of the Kalos region
Santalune Gym  
Cyllage Gym  
Shalour Gym  
Coumarine Gym  
Lumiose Gym  
Laverre Gym  
Anistar Gym  
Snowbelle Gym  

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