For the variant appearing in the games, see Cheren.

Cheren is a Pokédex holder along with Bianca and Black. His starter is a Snivy.


Cheren is a tall, slender young man with very pale skin, black eyes, and jet-black hair with a small tuft that sticks up from the top of his head.

Black & White

Cheren wears a blue coat and a white shirt with an orange Y-shaped pattern, a black belt with a silver clasp, black dress pants, and blue shoes. He sports spectacles with orange rims. 

Black 2 & White 2

Appearing somewhat older, Cheren has long hair and wears a white dress-shirt, an orange necktie, blue dress pants, and brown shoes. Cheren also does not wear glasses any longer.


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Cheren was friends with Black and Bianca by five years old. He was very observant, realizing that though Black had told Bianca's dad he'd give up battling right now for Bianca's sake, Black had not given up on battling in general. Cheren saw that Black was studying battle.

He seemed to have gone along with it, helping Black carry books in the library. He also read about the Pokémon League himself, listening to Black's plans seriously.

However, he was more reasonable than Black, realizing that at their age, they weren't fit for traveling Unova. He tried to calm Black down but failed, resulting in Black's mental breakdown as his brain overloaded from his dreams. When Bianca irritated a wild Rufflet, Cheren tried to snap Black out of it. Cheren then ran to help Bianca, and a certain wild Munna attached himself to Black's head.

Years later, he convinced Professor Juniper to give Black a pokédex.

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Black & White arc

Expecting to receive a Pokémon from Professor Juniper, Cheren and Bianca go looking for her when none shows up. The three find out that Black opened the box without them and vanished, leaving destruction and an unconscious Snivy and Oshawott behind. Bianca immediately hands the Snivy to Cheren, declaring that it looks like him.

The three go to look for Black, Cheren enduring Juniper's reprimands about Black's irresponsibility. He convinces her again to give Black a chance.

He and Bianca figure out that their pokédexes don't work due to water damage.

He and Bianca go to Juniper's house with her, and while Juniper is trying to fix their pokédexes, Bianca gets impatient and has a battle with Cheren in the living room. During the battle, Snivy's Tackle throws Oshawott into Bianca's face, making her cry and have a tantrum. She runs around whacking him while her Oshawott does the same to his Snivy. Professor Juniper intervenes, and Cheren quickly apologizes for making a mess, trying to get Bianca to apologize too. He goes on to explain the history behind Black's desire to go on a journey to Professor Juniper and offers to go tell Black to be careful with his pokédex.

Cheren intends to go find Black, but waits instead for Bianca.

They catch up to Black in Striaton City, where they find Black having lunch with a girl. Bianca immediately thinks Black is having a date, but Cheren is more observant and comments that it doesn't seem like a date. The three end up challenging the three gym leaders to a triple battle.

Cheren's Snivy is knocked out by Chili's Pansear, but is revived at the end by a clever use of Cilan's Pansage's leaves. Cheren obtains the Trio Badge.

After the battle, Cheren stays behind to thank the gym leaders for the battle and to apologize for something; Bianca waits for him to finish before they go to meet up with Black in western Striaton City, where Black gives them each an Xtransceiver to stay in touch with him. They also meet White, who comes for Black.

After Black and White leave, Bianca realizes that Black forgot to give them his Xtransceiver number. Cheren hurriedly takes off to continue following Black with Bianca.

Cheren trains his team of Pokémon diligently but without any real intent to enter the Pokémon League. He is delighted when his Pidove evolves into Tranquil while training in Driftveil City. Soonafter, he encounters Black and takes him to train at the move tutor's, where Cheren's Snivy learns Grass Oath. However, Team Plasma interrupts their training by attempting to kidnap Cheren's Pokémon, prompting both boys to chase them into the Cold Storage. Cheren and Black defeat the grunts by combining Grass Oath and Fire Oath. Plasma Sage Zinzolin and his followers retreat. Cheren and Black then part ways.

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Black 2 & White 2 arc

Cheren has become a teacher at Aspertia City's trainers' school. Among his students are Blake, Hugh and Whitley. Seeing the trouble with Blake, Leo and Hugh, Cheren asked them to leave the classroom. Leo and Cheren recognized each other from the tournament held two years ago, but Cheren reminded Leo he was his teacher. Since he was not glad how the class started, Cheren decided to hold a tournament for his students; the two winners would receive Pokédex. He was surprised to see Blake and Hugh, his two noisiest students, have reached the top. After the tournament ended, Cheren introduced his friend Bianca, who gave Blake and Whitley two Pokédex, as they were the winners of the tournament.[1]

Later on, Cheren spoke with Bianca and hoped the two trainers that have the Pokédex won't misuse the devices. Cheren was troubled, since he still thought of Black, who went missing two years ago. Just then, Cheren got contacted by Drayden and admitted being a teacher was quite fine. Drayden informed him Alder retired from being a Champion, since he wanted younger people to take on the role. However, Drayden did warn them besides Reshiram and Zekrom, a third Unovian Legendary Dragon existed, named Kyurem. He wanted everyone to find it before Team Plasma, since Drayden was quite busy, hence why he appointed Iris as the Gym Leader. Drayden logged out, while Bianca commented Cheren was doing fine by being a teacher. Just then, a car nearly drove them over, as Bianca's father arrived. Bianca went into the car, while Cheren stated how the man could've killed them both.[2]

Cheren taught the students of using items in battle and let them go on "berry training". Later on, he was surprised to see Blake and Whitley injured. He suggested Whitley should see the nurse, since she injured her hand, but Whitley ran away.[3] Cheren also took the students to the PokéStar Studios. There, he let the students act in some of the scenes. He also noted the actor, Brycen, was also in the scene and would show his students a bit about battling. Leo wondered why the stage was green, so Cheren told him the scenes of an actual amusement park can be replaced by the green color, a technique named CG. Cheren was amazed by the scene Whitley and Blake made, then turned to Brycen. Brycen thanked Cheren for having his students battle the mecha Tyranitar. Cheren was surprised that Brycen knew his name and was reminded he did fight in Brycen's Gym. Cheren confirmed this, even if he knew nothing after the events in Driftveil City. He also asked Brycen why did he enter the showbiz. Brycen marked he wanted to do what he liked, to inspire people and Pokémon with his movies. Since he quit being a Gym Leader, Brycen thought Cheren could become a Gym Leader. After arriving back to Aspertia City, Cheren dismissed everyone to go to their dorms or back home.[4]

The next day, Cheren reported to Bianca the preparations for the choral. However, he saw Hugh bickering with some girls and dragged him away to calm down.[5] Cheren watched as his class competed. He was amazed his students managed to win. Roxie announced the winners would go with her to Castelia City, which made Cheren worry about the expenses the school would have to cover. Roxie shook that off, since her father was the captain of the ship they would take. Thus, Cheren and his class sailed off.[6] Once they arrived to Castelia City, Cheren thanked the captain and wondered what Roxie meant she'd "give back" to Blake. Roxie explained her father was neglecting his duty as the ship's captain to become a movie star, but that changed when he saw Blake and Whitley's movie. Cheren dismissed the class and asked that everyone is back to the ship at 5 PM.[7] Colress remembered that it was Zinzolin that manipulated with Cheren during the Pokémon Leauge.[8] As Roxie came to inform Cheren what happened, Hugh arrived to state that Team Plasma returned and one girl in the class was the member of that organization. Cheren was shocked and wanted to know if Hugh had proof. Hugh showed the pendant, containing N's picture. Soon, Whitley arrived, and, in panic, had her Foongy emit Sleep Powder, which caused Cheren and others to fall asleep.[9] As Cheren was still asleep, Rood had N's Zorua transform itself to look like Whitley, to make sure others were not suspicious of Whitley being a Team Plasma member.[10]

Cheren and the class woke up in a tube under the sea. He was surprised at the surroundings, and the class was approached by a boy. Benga gave everyone twigs and lit them on fire, which startled everyone. The girls recognized the boy as the one that caused trouble in the class; Cheren tried to recall his name, and the boy claimed he was Benga. Benga was soon approached by Marlon, who doused the fire with his Jellicent and scolded Benga. Benga and Marlon explained to others that a flying ship was freezing Unova cities, including Castelia City. Cheren was in shock, and he and Roxie were told that Marlon started planning a counterattack, and called Iris as well. Cheren and Roxie pledged their support, but Cheren wished to know where were Blake, Whitley, Hugh and Leo. "Whitley" was present, but spoke no word; Cheren, though thrilled she was unharmed, was surprised by her silence, as Benga believed she was too shocked by witnessing Castelia City becoming frozen. Marlon told them the ship was freezing Undella Town, and the citizens of Striation and Humilau City were evacuated. Cheren, however, wished to know what happened to three of his other students, as he was a teacher that was to look after them.[11]


On hand

Cheren's Snivy


See also