|First Appearance:|| In The Shadow of Zekrom! (anime)|
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 (game)
|Voice actor:|| Jamie McGonnigal (English)|
Akeno Watanabe (Japanese)
Trip is a major character from the series Pokémon: Black & White and one of the four trainers in the Black 2 and White 2 in the Japan-only downloadable Pokémon World Tournament Unova League event. He had a very hostile relationship with Ash, serving as his third antagonistic rival. While traveling to take on the Unova League, Trip takes photographs of Pokémon that he encounters and is also known as a Pokémon Photographer. Trip has been shown to care for his Pokémon, though not to the extent Ash does. He is quite obnoxious, much like Gary Oak. The main reason he took a dislike to Ash is because of his training style and the fact that he is from Kanto. He did not seem to hate Ash nearly as much as Paul and Gary, but still detested him. However before running into Alder, they were shown to have at least some respect for each other. Trip is bound to learn that becoming the champion does not depend on just becoming strong. His goal is to become the next Pokémon Champion of the Unova region. However, he lost to Ash in the qualifying rounds of the Unova League.
Trip does not think very highly of the Kanto region — or anyone from there. He thinks of anyone from Kanto as a redneck from "the boonies" who should go back to the basics of Pokémon.
Trip has dirty blonde hair with ice blue eyes. He wears a violet undershirt, and an orange jacket over a dark-gray hooded sweater, and a black waist-belt. He also wears white pants with black and white tennis shoes.
Trip made his first appearance when he was a beginning trainer shown choosing his first Pokémon. Ash was friendly to him at first, but Trip refused to be friends with someone from the "boonies" and immediately told him that people from Unova hate those from Kanto. He eventually chose Snivy and wanted to battle Ash's Pikachu because of it not being able to be found in his region. Because of Zekrom, Pikachu's power was weakened and it was unable to use Electric-type moves, resulting in its defeat. Trip taunted Ash, telling him to go back to the basics as he left for Accumula Town.
Trip later reappeared in at the local Battle Club. Ash challenged him to a 5-on-5 battle. Trip emerged victorious when his Tranquill easily defeated Oshawott and Tepig, Servine defeated Pikachu and his Frillish beats Pidove and Snivy. It was revealed that he used Servine to defeat Chili's Pansear at the Striaton Gym for his Trio Badge. He then later stated that Pikachu and Snivy were improving well, but the rest of his team members were a worthless pathetic joke like their Trainer.
He was using his Lampent to get rid of a swarm of Venipede, teaming up with other Fire-Type trainers. After destroying a large amount of the Venipede, Ash tried to stop him. Trip ignored Ash and told Lampent to hit the leader of the Venipede with Shadow Ball. Ash jumped in the way and got injured, then said they should move them out of the way. Trip first refused. He finally agreed, and they cleared out the Venipede with their Tranquill. Trip later left, jokingly saying he'd battle Ash again once he was worthy, marking a minor sprout in their friendship.
He reappeared in when he attempted to catch what would become Ash's Palpitoad, but Ash fell off a cliff, got hit by Trip's Poké Ball and scared Palpitoad away. Trip was furious, but they decided to battle and Trip challenged him to a 3-on-3 battle using his Servine, Vanillite, and Timburr. Despite their tough battling styles, it resulted in a tie between the two of them. He then explained that Ash's Oshawott could not land Aqua Jet due to its eyes being closed when it made the attempt. Trip walked away as Ash said goodbye to him, but didn't respond.
His battle began with Cilan in Cilan Versus Trip, Ash Versus Georgia! where his newly evolved Gurdurr is defeated by Cilan's Dwebble. He took a picture of Cilan, saying it was to remember his anger and frustration, proving he takes losses harder and dwells on them as this was possibly his first loss ever. After healing his Gurdurr, he left and moved on to the next city.
In Jostling for the Junior Cup!, he participated in the Pokemon World Tournament Junior Cup and faced Burgundy and her Darmanitan, where his Servine was revealed to have evolved into Serperior. It frightened Darmanitan with Leer and then finished it off with Solar Beam.
In Battling Authority Once Again!, he defeated Marifuji with Serperior and advanced to the Semi-Finals, where he faced Cilan and his Crustle. His Serperior managed to defeat Crustle with Frenzy Plant.
In Ash, Iris and Trip: Then There Were Three!, he battled Ash for the fourth time in the finals. His Serperior managed to defeat Ash's Pignite with Solar Beam despite the type disadvantage, winning the tournament. He later started his battle against his hero Alder.
In Mission: Defeat Your Rival!, the battle ended with Serperior being defeated by Pikachu, resulting in Ash's first victory against Trip, who was eliminated from the Unova League. After the battle the two of them shook hands, ended their rivalry and became friends.
Trip appears in the Japan-only downloadable Pokémon World Tournament Unova League event for Black 2 and White 2 along with Stephan, Cameron, and Virgil in the Wi-Fi event You Challenge the Unova League Too! as a minor character. Like from the anime, he wants to defeat Alder.
|Servine had evolved from Snivy by the time Ash challenges him in the Battle Club. Servine has achieved greater levels of strength than he had during his pre-evolved form and has many powerful attacks including Leaf Tornado and Cut which allow it to defeat its foes.Servine was later shown to have evolved into a Serperior which that become his massive powerhouse Pokémon by being very fast, flexible and agile.|
|Snivy → Servine → Serperior ♂|
|Tranquill was the second Pokémon that was seen seen during Trip's battle with Ash at the Battle Club. It is an incredibly fast Pokémon and is able to use its Double Team attack to trick its foes into missing it and then hits with a powerful Aerial Ace attack. Combined with the Super Luck ability, it managed to get numerous critical hits allowing for further damage on its opponents.|
|Frillish was the final Pokémon that was used during Trip's battle with Ash at the Battle Club. Using its Cursed Body ability, it managed to disable Snivy's attacks after it got hit by a Vine Whip. It also has many powerful attacks which are used in order to defeat Ash's Pidove and Snivy. It protected itself from many attacks in their match with its Protect.|
|Lampent is Trip's fourth Pokémon that Trip used to attack several rampaging Venipede in Castelia City before recalling it.|
|Vanillite is Trip's fifth Pokémon when Trip tried to catch a Palpitoad but Ash interrupted him. He later used Vanillite against Ash's Tepig but tied with Tepig.|
|Conkeldurr is Trip's sixth and final Pokémon as a Timburr who tried to beat Ash's Oshawott but Timburr wasn't strong enough to win. During the Don Battle Tournament it evolved prior to its battle against Cilan's Dwebble but fell in battle. Trip then showed off his Conkeldurr to Ash and co.|
|Timburr → Gurdurr → Conkeldurr|
Black 2/White 2
World Tournament (You Challenge the Unova League Too!)
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- Trio Badge (Prior to "A Rival Battle for Club Champ!")
- Basic Badge (Prior to "A Rival Battle for Club Champ!")
- Two Unidentified Badges (Prior to "Ash and Trip's Third Battle!")
- Unidentified Badge (Prior to "Ash Versus The Champion!")
- Three Unknown Badges (Prior to "Curtain Up, Unova League!")
- Don George Club Battle Tournament - Defeated by Cilan: Top 16
- Donamite Tournament - Defeated by Bianca: Top 16
- Unova League - Defeated by Ash: Top 128
- Dutch: Thijs van Aken
- Spanish: Carlos Bautista
- Iberian Spanish: Jaime Alberto Carrillo
- Along with Bianca and Cameron, Trip has a final evolved Pokémon of one of the three Unova starters.
- As the BW saga progresses, he starts to focus mainly on one Pokémon e.g. Conkeldurr, Serperior.
- While having amazing speed and/or power, these Pokémon have low endurance as it takes only one hit to be KO.
- Of Ash's three rivals (Gary, Paul and himself) he is the only one to not battle Ash in a full battle in their league match. They used their main Pokémon - Serperior and Pikachu respectively - in a single battle.
- Despite defeating Ash usually, Trip always gets knocked out in the first round in tournaments while Ash makes it to at least the top 8 or even higher.
- The only exception is the Junior Cup, which Trip won, beating Ash in the finals.
- In the Black 2 and White 2, Trip uses the Ace Trainer sprite, but it's marked as Pokémon Trainer.