Burgundy (Japanese: カベルネ Cabernet) is a recurring character of the Pokémon anime. She is a C-class Pokémon Connaisseuse and a rival of Cilan.
HistoryBurgundy was first seen in A Connoisseur's Revenge! working in a lavish Poké Mart somewhere between Pinwheel Forest and the Skyarrow Bridge. She called Ash over, who was waiting in a long line to see a Connaisseuse, to visit her shop instead. He accepted this offer and she immediately pulled him inside her stall and took an interest in Pikachu, a rare Pokémon in Unova. She was then asked to evaluate Sewaddle and decided that, because of his Ability Swarm, it was a poor Pokémon for Ash's team. She then demanded to see the rest of his party, finding something wrong with each of them. Her actions and evaluation towards the Pokémon caused each and every one of them to attack her. Furious, she exclaimed that Ash is not compatible with any of his Pokémon and demanded that he replace them immediately.
Suddenly, Cilan and Iris interrupted the session after losing track of where Ash had gone. Burgundy, recognizing Cilan, screamed and pointed at him; Cilan, recognizing her in return, then explained that she challenged him at the Striaton Gym a while back and that he managed to defeat her Oshawott with his Pansage. Burgundy explained that his evaluation of her Oshawott had motivated her to want revenge against him, even to go as far as to study on how to become a Pokémon Connaisseuse so she could out do him. When she felt she was ready, she had returned to Striaton City, completely motivated to re-challenge Cilan. However, Chili and Cress explained to her that Cilan had left to travel, crushing Burgundy's spirit; left with little choice, Burgundy battled Chili and won the Trio Badge.
Burgundy challenged Cilan to a two-on-two Pokémon battle and used her Dewott and her premium-brand Pokémon Sawsbuck. Before the match started, she made Cilan promise that he will accept her evaluation that Ash is incompatible with all of his Pokémon and that he would have to let her replace all of them. Cilan agreed, much to Ash's dislike. Both Dewott and Sawsbuck were easily defeated by Cilan's Dwebble and Pansage respectively. In the end, Burgundy decided to leave the Poké Mart to travel on her own. She vowed that the next time she and Cilan meet that she would defeat him. Then Burgundy ran off.
Burgundy reappeared in Reunion Battles In Nimbasa! to participate in the Club Battle tournament. She was put up against Ash in her first battle where she revealed her new premium-brand, a Stoutland. Ash vowed to prove to her that he did have a good relationship with all his Pokémon, and sent out his previously unused Palpitoad. He managed to defeat Burgundy, pushing her out of the tournament in her first battle. She stayed for the remainder of the tournament in order to watch Cilan compete, and to intimidate and insult him before his matches. In the final round, she challenged Cilan to a Connoisseur showdown to see who could evaluate Iris and Ash's battle the best with Stephan being a judge. However, she admitted defeat early in the showdown and she and Cilan watched the remainder of the battle in silence. After the tournament, Burgundy promised to keep working hard and trying her best so she could be better the next time she and Cilan cross paths so that they could finish their Connoisseur showdown. After some words of encouragement from Cilan, she says goodbye.
She reappeared in The Clubsplosion Begins! where she registered to compete in the Clubsplosion. As like before, she wishes to have her "revenge" on Cilan and was irritated to see him make it through to the second round. Her first opponent was Iris whom she lost to in Search for the Clubultimate!, thus knocking her out of the Clubsplosion. She once again stayed to watch Cilan compete, and left in Commanding the Clubsplosion Crown!.
Burgundy appeared again in Clash of the Connoisseurs! wanting to get into Mr. Hattori's mansion so she could help his daughter pick out her first Pokémon. Since she was only a C-class Connaisseuse she was denied access and was infuriated that Cilan was allowed in. It did not stop her and she managed to sneak in disguised as an S-class Connoisseur named "Taverne". Her disguise did not hold up however and she was escorted out of the mansion. Later she snuck in again to watch the battle between Cilan and Pinot Noir but was sent "blasting off" when Crustle's Rock Wrecker strayed and hit her.
She reappeared in BW090 entering the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup where she battled Trip in the first round and used a Darmanitan. Despite the type advantage she had over Trip's Serperior, she lost with one hit and thus was eliminated from the tournament.
Personality and characteristics
Burgundy can be somewhat of a brat, but she does mean well and loves her Pokémon dearly. Her ultimate goal is to become a great Connaisseuse as a result of her loss to Cilan. She also wishes to defeat him in order to obtain her revenge. Though, the reason for her revenge is often blown out of proportion. She is shown not to take criticism very well on several different occasions, particularly criticism from Cilan.
Burgundy can also be slightly abrasive when it comes to her job as seen when she told Ash to replace all of his Pokémon. Also, she can be too invasive with the Pokémon she evaluates causing them to attack her. When speaking, she tends to use an array of French words and phrases, some of which are mispronounced. This may be her attempting to appear elegant and graceful.
Though she pretends that she does not wish to learn anything from Cilan, Burgundy always pays the most attention to him when he begins to evaluate as seen during the Club Battle tournament arc.