For the variant appearing in the games, see Erika.
Erika is a character appearing in the anime series, who is the Gym Leader in Celadon City in the Kanto region.
Erika has royal blue hair, which is style into a short bob in a full fringe, while wearing her red headband. Her eyes are dark green colored. In her casual look, Erika wears a casual outfit as her primary appearance an off-white sleeveless dress with sea green high-neck undershirt and brown flats. She also has a small red bow at the right side of her dress.
As her initial appearance as a manager of the perfume shop in Celadon City, Erika wears a traditional kimono dress and her royal blue short bob hair is covered in a long black wig and is styled in a traditional Japanese bun with gold ornaments. Erika wears a blue Japanese jacket with a salmon pink traditional kimono dress, white tabi and a traditional Japanese geta.
Erika can be calm, but is not afraid to unleash her ire on those who in any way speak about her perfume in a negative manner.
While Erika was a girl, she was protected by a Gloom from a Grimer. Erika also didn't feel Gloom's stench and befriended the Pokémon.
Season 1: Indigo League
Erika worked as a manager at a perfume shop in her hometown of Celadon City. Due to an insult of the perfume from Ash, Erika banned him from the shop. When Ash made his way to the Celadon City Pokémon Gym, he found out that he was indirectly banned from the Gym as well due to his earlier insults since the perfume is made in the Gym itself. Following a plan made up by Team Rocket, Ash dressed up as a girl and re-introduced himself as "Ashley", to sneak into the Gym, but his disguise was ruined by Pikachu and he was exposed. Despite Ash's insult at her perfumes, Erika noted his determination and decided to battle him. Ash sent Bulbasaur against Tangela, who managed to affect Bulbasaur with Vine Whip and Stun Spore. Ash sent out Charmander, who took Razor Leaf attack from Erika's Weepinbell. However, Charmander defeated it with Skull Bash and Flamethrower. After Gloom was sent out, Charmander fainted from its smell, so Ash sent Pikachu out. Their match was cut short however, when Team Rocket decided to set fire to the Gym with a bomb in revenge for being kicked out earlier themselves, but not without escaping with what they thought was Erika's famous perfume first. Everyone made it out of the Gym until Erika realized that her Gloom was still inside. Ash then ran into the gym, braving the inferno to locate and save the Gloom. After the ordeal, Erika, relieved that her Gloom was alright, forgave Ash for his earlier insults and rewarded him with a Rainbow Badge for his heroic actions. She then revealed that the only thing Team Rocket stole from the Gym was a vital ingredient to her perfume: Essence of Gloom.
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Season 5: Master Quest
Ash remembered Erika at the end of his journey through Kanto and Johto.
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Gloom is Erika's main and favorite Pokémon. It was first seen absorbing Koffing's Smoke and knocking out Team Rocket with its stench. It was later seen in Ash's gym battle with Ash where it was the final Pokémon used in the battle. It quickly beat Charmander by releasing its strong smell. It was then caught in the fire in the gym caused by Team Rocket and Ash saved it which made Erika give him the Rainbow Badge out of gratitude.
Weepinbell was only seen shortly in battle. It went up against Ash's Charmander and attacked immediately with Razor Leaf, but was beaten quickly when Charmander burnt all of the Razor Leaf and Skull Bashed Weepinbell out of the match.