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Paul (Pokemon)
Paul (Japanese: シンジ Shinji) is a character/villain in the Anime; Pokemon. While not officially a villain, he is a rude, anti-social, harsh, Pokemon-abusing and rather power-hungry rival of Ash during the Sinnoh Region. Paul is one of Ash's rivals, and a citizen of Veilstone City. He received his Starter in Sandgem Town from Professor Rowan and has traveled through Kanto, Johto and Hoenn. Unlike Ash, he is initially not a caring trainer. All he truly wants from his Pokémon is pure power and the trainers he faces to be strong. When he first meets Ash, he demands a 3 on 3 Battle, however since Ash was still looking for Pikachu, Ash couldn't battle, this warranted some aggravation on Paul's part. Paul is also known to release his Pokémon if he deems them weak or useless. Some fans call him a "cold-hearted power monger" which seems somewhat appropriate due to his ambition and seeing his Pokémon as tools for his own glory. Paul is similar to the rival in Gold, Silver, Crystal & its remakes HeartGold and SoulSilver who is often referred to as Silver.


When Paul was just become a trainer, had just started his Pokemon journey and obtained his Turtwig, he went over from Sinnoh to Kanto to watch his brother Reggie battle against Pyramid King Brandon. Unfortunately, Reggie couldn't knock out any of Brandon's Pokemon and was easily defeated. Brandon yelled at Reggie and asked him where his true inner strength was. This made Paul wonder about his own strength as a trainer and from then on, he became obsessed with power. He then apparently traveled through the Kanto, Hoenn and Johto regions, didn't win any of their leagues and then returned to Sinnoh.

Once he returned to Sinnoh, he caught a Ninjask using his Elekid. Not long after he caught Ninjask, He watched a terrified wild Chimchar being chased by a pack of Zangoose. Chimchar got to an end of a cliff and was cornered by the Zangoose- out of desperation and determination, Chimchar managed to produce a blaze-infused Flame Wheel- which impressed Paul- and scared the Zangoose away. Paul then approached the fire type and asked it to join his team, which Chimchar accepted. Chimchar would greatly regret this decision as Paul put it through extremely harsh training in order to activiate Blaze again- as shown throughout the Diamond and Pearl series.

Paul watched Ash Ketchum capture a Starly with his Aipom prior to their first meeting and is unimpressed by him.

Paul and his Elekid then meet Ash face to face for the first time and tells him he saw him catch Starly- and he'd be better trying to catch the best Starly he could. Ash sarcastically replies 'You can tell which one's the strongest?'

Paul says 'Of course' and releases three Starly- To Ash and Brock's surprise. Paul explains that you can scan the pokemon you catch on your pokedex. He decides to keep the Starly with Aerial ace and releases the other two to Ash's horror. When Paul says that they were useless, it makes Ash angry and he says 'You know what- any Pokémon can be strong if you train them'.

Paul challenges Ash to a 3 on 3 battle- but Ash declines since he only has Aipom and Starly with him. Paul is disgusted by this, calls Ash 'pathetic' and leaves with his Elekid

Later on, when Ash has got Pikachu back and has changed into his Sinnoh clothes, he walks out of Professor Rowan's lab with Brock, Dawn and the professor to find Paul standing at a tree, waiting for him. He asks him for the battle he requested earlier, which now Ash gladly accepts. Paul's Starly manages to defeat Ash's with aerial ace. Paul however, decides to release Starly since it doesn't meet his standards- much to Ash's annoyance. Next up its Ash's Aipom vs Paul's Chimchar.

Paul is shown watching Ash battle Conway. Once Conway is defeated, the Sinnoh League board shuffles and Ash and Paul look at each other as they realize they are to battle each other next. Later on, Paul walks up to Ash with his Electivire.

Paul is shown to have watched the battle between Ash and Tobias on TV. He looks sad, sighs and then walks away.


Paul is a cold, callous, ruthless, sadistic, opportunistic and rather arrogant trainer. He has no interest in being friends with anybody, even his own Pokémon, and simply sees his Pokémon as tools to win Pokémon battles and shows no remorse or mercy. He is often annoyed and exasperated by Ash's actions and tendency to act like a child, and Paul seems to barely see their rivalry.

Paul rarely shows any emotions and this affects his dealings with his Pokemon which can be very harsh. On some occasions, however he has been shown to lose his temper. An example of this was a very significant time was in "A Pyramiding Rage", when he let his anger get out of control during his battle with Brandon due to his frustration of not being able to beat Brandon's Pokemon. Paul also almost never smiles, except for the occasional smirk and a small chuckle when dealing with Ash.

Despite his seemingly cruel nature, he can be polite when he wants to - especially towards authority figures like Cynthia and Nurse Joy. He also can acknowledge his opponent if he considers them to be a worthy opponent- an example of this is Roark who he was very impressed by. He also seems to think a lot of his brother Reggie, despite once saying he had 'a big mouth'.

He also seems to enjoy seeing Ash get worked up- an example of this is In Chim-Charred! when He chuckled and said to Ash, "Man, you get worked up.

Paul's catchphrase is 'Pathetic'- and tends to direct it at Ash when Ash does or says something that Paul finds irriating or childish. Paul's battle cry is "Stand by for battle!

Towards the end of the saga, and especially after losing the battle to Ash in the Sinnoh League, Paul seems to reform somewhat and is shown congratulating Electivire on a job well done, something that he had never done prior to the three-part final battle. Paul was also impressed by how his former pokemon, Infernape, developed after being in Ash's care, how well Ash had trained it and admitted this after their final Sinnoh battle. Paul then decided to return to Snowpoint City to rechallenge Brandon and he bids farewell to Ash, albeit on more friendly terms. He also seems sad when he sees Ash lose to Tobias.



Kanto League

  • 8 Unknown Badges

Johto League

  • 8 Unknown Badges

Hoenn League

  • 8 Unknown Badges

Sinnoh League

  • Coal Badge
  • Cobble Badge
  • Relic Badge
  • Icicle Badge
  • Mineral Badge
  • 3 unknown Badges

Pokemon League Status

  • Kanto Conference (Indigo League): Unknown but did not win
  • Silver Conference (Johto League): Unknown but did not win
  • Ever Grande Conference (Hoenn League): Unknown but did not win
  • Lilly of the Valley Coference (Sinnoh League) Lost to Ash: Top 8

Unoffical competions

  • Hearthome Tag Battle: Champion-with Ash
  • PokéRinger - Squallville: Runner-Up [Loses to Ash]


  • Paul is very similar toward Damian, and Shamus.
    • All three of them had a fire starter Pokemon.
    • They abandoned them because they believed that their Pokemon was weak and pathetic.
    • All three of their Pokemon were recuited with Ash.
    • And all of them believe that Power is all that matters in a Pokemon battle.
  • Paul's appearance and personality is heavily based on Silver's; at first some fans assumed that he was the anime counterpart of Silver. This was proven false because Silver already had appeared in the anime before Paul. However, the appearance was brief, so Paul may be a remake of Silver the way Lyra is Kris's game remake.
  • Strangely enough, Paul's hometown is Veilstone City, which is also where Team Galactic's base was set up. Also interesting to note is that, in the games, you can only evolve Murkrow by use of the Dusk Stone, which is only available inside of said base.
  • Oddly, out of almost all the battles Paul and Ash were in, Paul was the victor, making him a lot stronger than Ash, yet he couldn't defeat Brandon the Pyramid King but Ash could because Paul fought out of anger.
  • Although a Pokédex is often red or pink Paul's Pokédex is black.
  • Paul smiled when he lost to Ash in the Sinnoh League.
  • Paul and Ash share the dream of becoming the world's best Pokémon Trainer.
  • Paul is the only named trainer to own an East Sea Gastrodon.
  • Paul has owned several Pokémon that Ash owns, Torterra, Gliscor, Starly and Chimchar (the same Chimchar as Ash).
  • Paul has never seen Ash without his hat.
  • Paul is the kind of trainer who doesn't let any entry hazards stop him from making substitutions.
  • Paul was suppose to have his own episode just like Dawn and Brock did. It involves Paul returning back to Snowpoint City to have a rematch with Brandon and Zoey watch his battle. However, due to how many fans hate Paul for what kind of person he is, nobody wants an episode that involves Paul.
  • Paul is seen in the ending credits of Decolora Adventures, holding hands with Gary and Luke.
  • Unlike the original owners of Tepig and Charmander, Paul didn't try getting Chimchar back despite witnessing its power. This could be Paul's own act of kindness, as it shows that Paul truly acknowledges Chimchar's growth as Infernape, unlike the other trainers, who wanted their abandoned Pokémon for their power.
    • Paul also didn't lie or fake a kind farewell to his Chimchar, like Charmander and Tepig, but rather demanded that Chimchar leave in a harsh voice.
  • Paul is similar to the chief villain Takeshi Manganji from Crush Gear Turbo.


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