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    Iris (Pokémon the Series: Black and White)

    Iris
    "You're such a kid."
    — Iris to Ash, constantly throughout the series.
    Gender: Female
    Type: Annoying Self-Centered Abusive Spoiled Bratty Girl
    The Greta Barrymore of Pokémon
    Age: 12-14
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Eileen Stevens (English)
    Aoi Yūki (Japanese)
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Pokémon the Series: Black and White
    First appearance: In The Shadow of Zekrom!


    Iris (Japanese: アイリス Iris) is a character appearing in Pokémon: the Series, who was one of Ash's traveling companions in the Unova region. She takes on the role similar to Misty's. As such, a running gag consists of her calling Ash a little kid, more recently just to tease him which annoys him. In Pokémon Journeys: The Series, she is revealed to have become the Champion of Unova and becomes one of the eight best Trainers in the world within the World Coronation Series, currently being ranked 7th. She is voiced by Aoi Yūki in the Japanese dub, and Eileen Stevens in the English dub.

    Personality

    Iris is a tomboyish, hyper young girl who loves adventure. She has an affinity for Dragon Pokémon and loves to train and play with them. She is a kind, helpful person who will bravely stand up against evil forces and help the player.

    "Little Kid" Qualities

    NOTE: This will only focus on how she was in Pokémon the Series: Black & White, her portrayal in Pokémon Journeys is fine.

    1. She often calls Ash a little kid whenever he acts naïve or foolish. She even does the same thing to other people sometimes, like to her rival Georgia. This gets annoying really fast, as where it's just irritating for the viewer watching.
    2. She is a complete hypocrite because even though she calls Ash and other people little kids, even she can act like a little kid as well, yet she herself can't admit it. One time, she tried to catch Meowth of Team Rocket while they were in a temporary truce. Not even Ash would try and do that.
    3. Her attitude and competitive nature toward Ash makes her a rip-off of Ash's friend from the Cerulean Gym, Misty. For instance, her fear of ice Pokémon (which is strong against Dragon-types), shows that she has cryophobia, which feels similar to Misty being scared of most Bug-types, which makes sense for Misty because she has entomophobia.
    4. Her behavior was one of the reasons why Pokémon the Series: Black and White was so hated my most fans, aside from how Ash lost his character development.
    5. Iris was arguably at her worst in "The Path That Leads to Goodbye", since she falsely accused Ash of giving her a rotten fruit as a sick joke when really Ash didn't know it was spoiled. She even went as far as calling him a "big baby" which was more insulting than calling him a little kid. She gets so angry that she even abandoned Ash over that simple mistake.
    6. Even though she developed in Pokémon Journeys, she still called Ash a little kid, even if it was just once.

    Champion Qualities

    1. Iris has shown to get along with Dawn, Ash's friend from Sinnoh.
    2. Iris's video game counterpart had much better character traits.
    3. Iris still has a very cute design. She even looks adorable in both her usual attire and her champion dress.
    4. Iris became more tolerable in Pokémon Journeys, since she's much less annoying and doesn't tease Ash as much. She even became Unova champion like she did in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.
    5. Both Eileen Stevens and Anairis Quinones did a fine job voicing Iris.
    6. In spite of her attitude, she still proves to be a good friend to Ash and even cheers him on in battles and shows faith in him too. Even in "The Path That Leads To Goodbye", Iris did some thinking and decided what Ash did really was an accident, so she decided to rescue him and his Pokémon from the clutches of Team Rocket. After that, they patched things up easily by giving each other gifts. Ash even let Iris take care of the fruit picking.

    Trivia

    • Iris is named after the Iris Flower which is a native flower to Africa and North America. Also in Greek mythology, Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
    • Iris is Ash's first Traveling companion to become a regional Pokémon Champion.
      • Iris also the second main character in the anime series to become a regional Pokémon Champion, the first being Ash Ketchum.
      • Iris is also the first regional Pokémon Champion that Ash have defeated in battle, followed by Steven Stone, Cynthia and Leon.
    • Iris is the first main character in the anime series to: keep her Japanese name.
    • Iris is the first major female character to:
      • Be from Unova.
      • Have caught or received a Dragon and Steel-type Pokémon.
      • Have caught or received a pure Dragon-type Pokémon.
      • Have caught a member or more from the Generation V group.
      • Have battled a regional Champion.
      • Have a Pseudo and Semi-Pseudo Legendary Pokémon.
      • Have a fully evolved Steel and Dragon-type.
      • Have more than one Dragon and Ground-type.
      • Have become a regional Champion.

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