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For the variant appearing in the games, see Lance.

Lance is a character appearing in the anime series, who is the Champion in the Johto region and was a member of the Elite Four in the Kanto region.


Lance is a tall, thin man with bright scarlet red spiked hair, pale skin, and dark eyes. He wears a medieval-looking navy blue tunic with red-orange trim, a brown belt around his waist, and large black boots with orange two rings around the top of each boot. The cuffs of his long sleeves are black with orange zigzagging trim separating the cuff from the navy blue part of the sleeve. He sports a long, flowing cape around his neck which is black on the outside and crimson red on the inside.


Lance is a honorable man, who fights against criminal organizations and will not let innocent people getting involved, fearing they would be in danger. Lance also wears disguises and tries his best to fit into the group to learn more about the plans.


Lance trained with his cousin, Clair, in Blackthorn City. Eventually, Lance grew stronger and surpassed Clair as a Dragon-type Pokémon Trainer.[1]

Season 5: Master Quest

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Lance arrives to take care of the situation.

Lance had his Dragonite defeat Tyson's Fearow with Thunder Wave while defending Ash, Misty and Brock from Team Rocket and told them to get back from the woods. As the heroes escaped to safety, Team Rocket attempted to chase them, but they were knocked away from Dragonite's Whirlwind. Lance escaped while mounting on his Dragonite to fly away. Lance met up with the heroes, while Brock and Misty noticed that Lance is an undefeated Champion of Elite Four and the unbeatable Dragonite trainer. Lance also worked as one of the Pokémon G-Man to investigate the foul play in Lake of Rage, much to their surprise. He knew Team Rocket did an experiment on Pokémon, such as the Red Gyarados they saw in the lake. Ash decided to help Lance, but he refused, due to the danger in the forest; Lance let them point at the right path lead to Mahogany Town. Lance managed to subdue one of the Team Rocket grunts as he disguised himself up to pose as one of the grunts. Later, he saw Ash and his friends return to rescue the unconscious Red Gyarados, who was captured from a Team Rocket's boat. Lance was surprised to hear from Professor Sebastian to activate the evolutionary wave to make the Pokémon weak from the waves. When Ash and his friends were captured, Lance finally knew their plot when Professor Sebastian explained their plans about the evolution inducement wave, which made the Pokémon forcibly evolve within the waves, including the Red Gyarados, who evolved from a Magikarp. As the Red Gyarados was put on a sealed truck to advance on the laboratory, Lance continued to pose as one of the grunts to know more of their motives.[2]

Lance returned to save the heroes, by using Dragonite to take down Jessie's Arbok with Thunder Wave. Lance finally removed the disguise to reveal himself to the trio and eventually blasted them off by Dragonite's Twister. Lance scolded the heroes for not listening to his warning. After the heroes apologized, Lance had his Dragonite destroy the laboratory with its Hyper Beam. As he pursued with the heroes to stop Team Rocket by heading to Mahogany Town by a car, Jessie informed Tyson about Lance and the laboratory's destruction. By the time the Red Gyarados began to transport, it soon awakened and managed to destroy the chopper. Lance was forced to fight Tyson with two Fearow, as he used Dragonite to fight in an handicap. Regardless, it managed to defeat two Fearow with a single Twister, causing Tyson to lose and to be apprehended by Officer Jenny and the other police. Later, Lance used Dragonite to battle the enraged Red Gyarados by paralyzing it with Thunder Wave and defeat it with its Hyper Beam, despite the heroes warning him not to hurt it. Since Lance wanted to save it, he used a Poké Ball and successfully caught the Red Gyarados. With Mahogany Town saved, Lance parted ways with the heroes, thanking them for the help. He also told them he would take care of his red Gyarados, stating he is its friend as he flew off on his Dragonite.[3]

Season EX: Chronicles

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Season 8: Advanced Battle

Lance disguised himself as a Team Magma grunt to find more about their plans. He also confronted Shelly, the commander of Team Aqua and Archie's right-hand woman, who release the ancient Pokémon, Kyogre from Team Magma's submarine. He also noted Team Aqua was also a criminal organization. He wanted to seek more help and noticed Ash, Brock, May and Max on the Team Magma's ship. Ash was knocked out by a blast, while Lance sent his red Gyarados to save his friends, who were drowning. Later, when Ash was captured and Pikachu, which was bonded within Blue Orb, in Team Magma's helicopter Lance approached them both. He took off his disguise, making Ash pleased to see a familiar face amidst the enemy. Lance explained he was here to stop both Team Magma and Team Aqua for misusing both Ancient Pokémon, Groudon and Kyogre. Ash was worried about Pikachu, who started losing control of the Blue Orb; Lance noted how the Red and Blue Orbs were known to take control of people's minds. Still, Lance told him to wait and promised to find a way to take the orb out of him.[4]

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Lance and Dragonite evade Kyogre's Hydro Pump attack.

Lance, per Tabitha's order, was to go with Maxie to stop Archie from drowning the island. Lance revealed himself when he Archie about Kyogre's rampage while controlling the Red Orb. Therefore, he met up with Brock, May and Max, who knew about his appearance. Upon seeing the tidal wave, Lance sent Dragonite to use Dragon Claw to free Ash from the helicopter. Lance went off to take care of things while the heroes needed to find Pikachu, who was still bonded by the Blue Orb. Lance faced off against Archie and angrily told him to give up the Red Orb he possessed. Archie refused and ordered Kyogre to attack them. But to his dismay, the Red Orb is soon bonded by Archie. As two Ancient Pokémon us about to clash, Lance told Ash about Groudon's power to stop Kyogre's tidal wave was to protect the island and its reason why Pikachu was bonded by the Blue Orb was to help it to protect the island. Brock and May used both Beautifly and Mudkip to distract Archie long enough, allowing Groudon to knock Kyogre with a Solar Beam. This ended the clash between Kyogre and Groudon, as Pikachu and Archie's Blue and Red Orbs were taken out. Everyone watched as both Orbs were finally shattered and two Ancient Pokémon were gone to their separate ways. After Team Magma and Team Aqua are finally disbanded, Lance finally told Ash and his friends about both Ancient Pokémon are trying to protect the land and the sea. Therefore, he claimed humans controlling both the Blue and Red Orbs towards both Pokémon and it returned to destroy the Orbs.[5]


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Dragonite is Lance's main Pokémon and his most powerful.
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Lance captured the Red Gyarados in order to protect it from Team Rocket.
Red Gyarados
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Marina made a fantasy of Lance, his Gyarados and his blue Gyarados.


Lance was the first Champion who appeared in two different regions and met Ash when he got stuck up with a problem. The second Champion to appear in two different regions was Cynthia.

See also


Pokémon: Master Quest Pokémon - Master Quest
Main charactersAsh Ketchum - Brock - Casey - Gary Oak - Harrison - James - Jessie - Misty - Nurse Joy - Officer Jenny - Ritchie - Professor Elm - Professor Samuel Oak - Tracey Sketchit
Main character's PokémonAsh's Bayleef - Ash's Bulbasaur - Ash's Charizard - Ash's Cyndaquil - Ash's Heracross - Ash's Kingler - Ash's Lapras - Ash's Muk - Ash's Noctowl - Ash's Phanpy - Ash's Pikachu - Ash's Snorlax - Ash's Totodile
Brock's Crobat - Brock's Forretress - Brock's Geodude - Brock's Onix - Brock's Vulpix
Misty's Goldeen - Misty's Politoed - Misty's Psyduck - Misty's Staryu - Misty's Togepi
Tracey's Marill - Tracey's Scyther
James' Weezing - James' Victreebel - Jessie's Arbok - Jessie's Wobbuffet - Team Rocket's Meowth
Gary's Alakazam - Gary's Arcanine - Gary's Blastoise - Gary's Fearow - Gary's Golem - Gary's Houndoom - Gary's Kingdra - Gary's Magmar - Gary's Nidoqueen - Gary's Pinsir - Gary's Scizor - Gary's Skarmory - Gary's Umbreon
Cruise - Sparky - Zippo
Casey's Elekid - Casey's Meganium
Harrison's Blaziken - Harrison's Houndoom - Harrison's Hypno - Harrison's Miltank - Harrison's Kecleon - Harrison's Sneasel - Harrison's Steelix
Supporting charactersAlice Telesu - Andrea - Andrea and Mika's father - Ariene - Battle Park owner - Blurt - Brago - Brittany - Bugsy - Calista - Captain - Captain Marius - Carter - Chico - Chuck - Clair - Darren - Dayton - Dayton's father - Delaney - DJ Mary - Dorian - Dr. Namba - Erika - Egan - Eusine - Falkner - Gary's cheerleaders - Harrison - Hiker - Jackson - Janina - Jasmine - Jenaro - Jon Dickson - Kaburagi - Kai - Kail - Ken - Kim - Kiyo - Koume - Krystal - Lance - Lily - Luka - Luka's great-grandfather - Lokoko - Macy - Madeleine - Marcellus - Mary - Mason - Maya - Mayor - Morty - Mr. Shellby - Mrs. Shellby - Naomi - Nelson - Old Gym Leader - Oliver - Oswald - Professor Telesu - Pryce - Ranger Mason - Rita - Sakura - Salvador - Satchel - Satsuki - Sebastian - Steven - Sheila - Sue - Sumomo - Tamao - Tammy - Team Rocket scout - Town Council Members - Trainer - Trinity - Tyson - Wendy - Whirl Cup winner - Whitney - Wilbur - Wings Alexander
Pokémon: Advanced Battle Pokémon - Advanced Battle
Main charactersAsh Ketchum - Brock - Delia Ketchum - Drew - Giovanni - Harley - James - Jessie - Lilian Meridian - Max - May - Misty - Morrison - Mr. Sukizo - Nurse Joy - Officer Jenny - Professor Birch - Professor Samuel Oak - Raoul Contesta - Tracey Sketchit - Tyson - Vivian Meridian
Main character's PokémonAsh's Bayleef - Ash's Bulbasaur - Ash's Charizard - Ash's Cyndaquil - Ash's Corphish - Ash's Glalie - Ash's Grovyle - Ash's Heracross - Ash's Kingler - Ash's Muk - Ash's Noctowl - Ash's Phanpy - Ash's Pikachu - Ash's Snorlax - Ash's Swellow - Ash's Tauros - Ash's Torkoal - Ash's Totodile
May's Beautifly - May's Bulbasaur - May's Combusken - May's Munchlax - May's Skitty - May's Squirtle
Misty's Azurill
Brock's Forretress - Brock's Ludicolo - Brock's Mudkip
James' Cacnea - James' Chimecho - Jessie's Dustox - Jessie's Seviper - Jessie's Wobbuffet - Team Rocket's Meowth
Drew's Flygon - Drew's Masquerain - Drew's Roselia
Harley's Ariados - Harley's Banette - Harley's Cacturne
Morrison's Girafarig - Morrison's Gligar - Morrison's Growlithe - Morrison's Metang - Morrison's Steelix - Morrison's Swampert
Tyson's Donphan - Tyson's Hariyama - Tyson's Meowth - Tyson's Metagross - Tyson's Sceptile - Tyson's Shiftry
Supporting charactersAbby - Adam - Agatha - Annie Proctor - Anthony - Archie - Arena Tycoon Greta - Brodie - Butch - Carlos - Caroline - Cassidy - Charles Goodshow - Chaz - Clark - Daisy - Dome Ace Tucker - Dominick - Dr. Gordon - Drake - Elisa - Emily - Erica - Evelyn - Factory Head Noland - Fitzwilliam - Gavin - Gilbert - Gordon - Hal - Harmony Shoney - Isaiah - Jin - Johnny - Joshua - Juan - Jump - Katie - Keith - Kelly - Kenny - Kent - Kimmy Shoney - Korben Shoney - Kyle Hamm - Lance - Lily - Lisa Mitchum - Liza - Madeleine - Master Hamm - Maxie - Midori - Mitch Mitchum - Mr. Sukizo - Nancy - Nicky - Norman - Old woodsman - Palace Maven Spenser - Pike Queen Lucy - Professor Proctor - Pyramid King Brandon - Rachel - Randy - Rhoda - Rhonda - Robert - Robin - Rocky - Roderick - Salon Maiden Anabel - Samantha - Sandra - Savannah - Scott - Sebastian - Sergio - Shelly - Sigourney - Tabitha - Tate - Terri - Timmy Grimm - Violet - Vivica - Xander

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