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(ケニヤン Kenyan)
Gender: Male
Region: Unova
Class: Pokémon Trainer
Friends: Ash, Iris, Cilan, Bianca, Cameron, Virgil, Luke
First Appearance: Oshawott's Lost Scalchop! (anime)
Black 2 and White 2 (game)
Voice actor: Tomohiro Waki (Japanese)
Darren Dunstan (English)

Stephan is a recurring character, rival, and friend of Ash Ketchum in the anime and one of the four trainers in the Black 2 and White 2 in the Japan-only downloadable Pokémon World Tournament Unova League event.



Stephan first appeared in Oshawott's Lost Scalchop! where he challenged Ash into a battle and sent out his Blitzle as his Pokémon. Ash was originally going to battle him with Pikachu but Oshawott offered himself to battle. The battle was postponed after Oshawott's scalchop was sent flying. Cilan then asked him if he could wait the next day until and have another battle with Ash, he agrees and then says he is going to train his Pokémon in the mountains and to come and find him in the mountain. The next he was seen training his Blitzle by powering up his electricity using his bike powered generator, Ash the challenged him into a battle where he lost and was really impressed that Oshawott beat his Blitzle even though he had a type disadvantage, he then shook hands with Ash and said they were going to battle again.

He later reappeared in Reunion Battles in Nimbasa! during the Don Battle Tournament. Where he met up with Ash and his friends riding on his newly evolved Zebstrika and reveal he was going to enter. In the next episode, he went against Bianca in the first round of the tournament. He used his his Zebstika against Bianca's Minccino and managed to defeat it.

He appeared again in Climbing the Tower of Success! to compete in the Bell of Wishes Festival Contest and won. He accompanied Ash and co. to the next town for the Clubsplosion Battle Competition. Stephan won the tournament after beating Montgomery and his Throh.


Black 2 and White 2

Stephan appears in the Japan-only downloadable Pokémon World Tournament Unova League event for Black 2 and White 2 along with Trip, Cameron, and Virgil in the Wi-Fi event You Challenge the Unova League Too! as a minor character.



On hand

Pokémon Information
Stephan Zebstrika
Zebstrika first appeared as Blitzle, battling Ash's Oshawott twice. In BW041 it reappeared as a Zebstrika, and later it battled Bianca's Minccino and achieved victory.
Blitzle → Zebstrika
Pokémon Information
Stephan Sawk
He made an appearance in BW043 and battled Iris' Emolga at the quarter-finals of the Don Battle Tournament. During the battle Sawk showed the extent of his power by stopping Emolga's Attract with Close Combat. However, Emolga's Static paralyzed him resulting in her victory. It reappeared in BW071 and, like Stephan in the cosplay contest, it dressed up as Nurse Joy's Audino, and was his ace in the Clubsplosion and Unova League.
Pokémon Information
Stephan Liepard
Liepard is the third pokemon Stephan was revealed to have. It first sent out in the battle agaisnt Stephan and Ash in BW107.


Black 2 and White 2

World Tournament (You Challenge the Unova League Too!)
Sawk BW
 Type Fighting 
Zebstrika BW
 Type Electric 
Liepard BW
 Type Dark 
Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Item: Fighting Gem Item: Shuca Berry Item: Sitrus Berry Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Bulk Up Thunderbolt Shadow Claw - - -
Close Combat Giga Impact Shadow Claw - - -
Karate Chop Stomp Hyper Beam - - -
Low Sweep Flame Charge Double Team - - -


Leagues participated

Unova League: Top 16 [Loses to Ash]


  • Stephan seems to be a sort of replacement to Team Rocket's Butch. This is due to the fact that no one pronounces either names right. But starting from BW105, the gag was retired as Ash and his friend started to pronounce his name right, much to his pleasure.
  • In "Climbing the Tower of Success," Iris pronounces his name right after the barrel race.
  • Stephan has been defeated by Ash two times and has never even won against him.
  • In the Black 2 and White 2, Stephan uses the Black Belt sprite, but it's marked as Pokémon Trainer.


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