Dawn is a young, blue-long-haired Pokémon Coordinator who traveled through the Sinnoh region along with Ash and Brock. Dawn started her journey at the age of 10, honing her skills as a Pokémon Trainer and focusing on becoming a Top Coordinator like her mother, Johanna.
She's notable for her confidence, even when things are not going well. She has learned a lot throughout her travels and battles and can get very emotional when it comes to winning or losing in a contest. Throughout her Sinnoh travels, she has developed rivalries with many coordinators such as Zoey (her main rival, albeit a friendly one), Nando, Jessie, Kenny, and Ursula.
Dawn has a fair complexion, blue eyes and blue long hair of the same color. Her usual outfit is a mini dress, consisting of a black V-neck tank top with a white shirt under it, a very short pink miniskirt and a red scarf. On her head, she wears a white hat with a pink Poké-Ball print on it. She also wears gold hair clips that hold up her hair in front. She wears a bracelet on her right wrist and a Pokétch on her left. At her feet, she wears pink knee-high boots with black mid-knee socks. She also has a small yellow backpack with all her personal belongings. It is nearly identical to her game counterpart's with the exception of her scarf and bag.
Her contest outfit is a pink dress with a necklace which has a small red ribbon on it, dark pink horizontal and vertical accents, pink sash, and has her hair in a ponytail, however, it varies from contest to contest. Dawn's swimwear is a two-piece swimsuit colored peachy-orange and yellow. In the Grand Festival, she wore a cream-yellow mini-dress with an orange sash, pinkish-red ribbon in her hair and another identical one in her chest, long white gloves, a white petticoat, and low heel ballet pumps.
At night, she is seen wearing pink pajama bottoms and a matching shirt with a yellow line going down them.
When Dawn returned, her Pokétch was replaced with a Xtransceiver.
Dawn is very confident in her abilities, though not to the same extent as Ash. She often gets emotional when she loses, and Ash and Brock often helped her to cope with that. When she lost two contests in a row, not managing to get through the first round of appeals, she became very depressed. However, she regained her confidence after she won the Wallace Cup, along with a new found sense of maturity. She is also very sensitive and supportive of her friends. A clear example of that occurred when she worked on a cheerleading recital to help Ash feel better after he fell into depression following his humiliating defeat at the hands of his bitter rival Paul. She also appears to be quite quick-tempered sometimes.
Dawn can make amazing poffins, which a lot of her Pokémon like also as well as some of her friends Pokémon like it as well, she knows how to fish and she can design clothes very well, but she just lets her mother and Brock do the sewing for her. Dawn grown to be a good battler and a great performer in her contests.
Dawn has the ability to sense the feelings of Pokémon, as shown when Mesprit chose to connect with her.
Dawn cares for her mother very much and looks up to her as a person and Coordinator. At times, Dawn would go to her mother for advice whenever she needed it.
Leona is one Dawn's childhood friends as they went to pre-school together alongside with their friend Kenny. Dawn does care for Leona but doesn't like when she called her Dee Dee. Whenever one was felling down they would help each other bring their spirits back up.
Dawn and Kenny have been friends since they were little as their both from Twinleaf Town. They went to the same pre-school alongside with their friend Leona. When they got older, Dawn and Kenny became rivals as Coordinators but they maintain their friendship. Also, Dawn gets annoyed when Kenny calls her Dee-Dee.
Piplup is Dawn Starter Pokémon, partner and best friend. Dawn can get annoyed with Piplup's stubbornness at times. Also, Dawn gets annoyed when Piplup would get her and their friends lost. However, Dawn has shown to care deeply for Piplup and will always be there for him. Like Ash, Dawn respects Piplup's wishes to stay the way he is as he, like Ash's Pikachu, doesn't want to evolve.
Ash and Dawn have an unbreakable friendship for one another as they would high five each other whenever one wins something or as a sign of their friendship. Dawn does get annoyed with Ash's habits a little at times and they do fight a little sometimes but they make up in the end. Also, Dawn admires and respect Ash's skills as a Pokémon Trainer along with the love he has for Pokémon. Whenever Ash is in a Gym Battle, Dawn would sometimes dress up in a cheerleading outfit to show her support for him. Dawn would stand up for Ash and he would do the same for her.
Dawn has great respect for Brock's knowledge about Pokémon as she knows how much he cares for them. Although, Dawn does get annoyed when Brock gets smitten with girls. Dawn consider Brock a great friend to have around. Also, Dawn admires Brock's cooking.
Dawn and Nando are good friends along with being rivals as their Coordinators. Dawn respects Nando as he also did Gym Battles and is also a rival of Ash. Although, Dawn never battled Nando in a contest.
Dawn first meet Buneary in a forest she and her friends were camping at. Instantly, Dawn tried to catch her but had no luck. However, Dawn was able to earn Buneary trust and formed a friendship with her after she help save her from falling when she jump off Team Rocket's robot. With Piplup's help, Dawn caught Buneary as her first caught Pokémon and she became one of her partners. Dawn and Buneary enjoy looking at magazines, styling clothes and shopping together.
Dawn and Zoey were able to hit off their friendship right away when they first meet. They also have a friendly rivalry with each other as their both Coordinators. Dawn supports Zoey and she gives her important advices to better herself as a Coordinator. Also, Dawn would stand up for Zoey and she has done the same for her.
Dawn instantly caught Pachirisu as her second Pokémon overall but ended up realizing it due to its hyper active personality. Although, Dawn realized that she made a mistake and decided to go get Pachirisu. When Pachirisu left with Team Rocket, Dawn thought it didn't like her due to abandoning it. However, Dawn was proven wrong when it came back as it only left with Team Rocket to get something they have that could help her and her friends. Seeing the truth, Dawn recaptured Pachirisu and they instantly became friends and partners. Dawn enjoys doing various things with Pachirisu.
Dawn caught Buizel as her third caught overall and they were able to become good friends. However, Dawn never got the chance to use Buizel in a contest due to her not moving on to the second round in one her contests and when he was more interested in battling over contests. As a resulted, Dawn traded Buizel to Ash while she got his Ambipom, during her time as an Aipom. Despite being Ash's Pokémon, Dawn and Buizel maintain their friendship.
Dawn has known Ambipom since she was an Aipom and during her times as one of Ash's Pokémon. When she was more interested in contest, Dawn was traded Ambipom by Ash and she traded Buizel to him, due to his interest in battles, thus becoming her fourth Pokémon overall. Dawn and Ambipom have a close relationship. After evolving, Dawn used Ambipom in various contests and sometime in battle. When she discover her interest and talent in Pokémon Ping Pong, Dawn let Ambipom decide what path she wanted to take, after a fellow competitor offer her a chance to become a Pokémon Ping Pong player. When she chose Pokémon Ping Pong over contest, Dawn understood Ambipom's reason then she and Ash bid her farewell.
Dawn respect May as a Coordinator and a good friend. Although, Dawn and May didn't spend a lot of time together during the Wallace Cup but were able to get to know each other a little.
Dawn has known Mamoswine since it was a Swinub as it took an a liking to her and her poffins. They became friends as she caught it and it became her fifth Pokémon overall. However, their relationship took a different turn after it evolved into Piloswine and started disobeying Dawn due to its newfound strengths and confidences. Even after it evolved into Mamoswine, their relationship was still off track. When Dawn nurse Mamoswine back to full health, after it got injured, their relationship was slowly put back on the right track. After finding it a good double performance partner for a contest, Dawn and Mamoswine bond for each other was not only set back to right but it grew stronger. Dawn even took encouragement from Mamoswine as it alongside Quilava, during its time as a Cyndaquil, helped get over her fear of Plusle and Minun.
Dawn obtained Quilava from a egg and hatched into a Cyndaquil as it became her sixth Pokémon overall. They instantly became friends with each other. Dawn even took encouragement from Quilava as it and Mamoswine helped her let go of her fear of the two cheerleading Pokémon, Plusle and Minun. After evolving into Quilava, Dawn had made great use of it newfound strength and abilities.
Dawn frist meet Togekiss when she was under the ownership of a princess, Princess Salvia. When her original Trainer asked her to take Togekiss with her so she can participate in her Pokémon contests, Dawn happily accepted her to her team thus becoming her seventh Pokémon she caught overall. They became very good friends with each other.
Dawn is very respectful towards Iris as they are pretty good friends. Dawn also is impressed with Iris' skills and abilities as she is also impressed with hers.
Dawn is impressed about the way Cilan evaluates the bond between Trainer and Pokémon due to him being a Pokémon Connoisseur. Also, Dawn and Cilan are good friends as she was impressed with his battles skills due to him being a Gym Leader. Dawn enjoys Cilan's cooking.
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Diamond & Pearl
Dawn made her debut in Following A Maiden's Voyage! when she picked Piplup as her starter Pokémon. In the next episode, she met Ash's Pikachu after it had temporarily escaped from Team Rocket. Returning Pikachu to Ash was how she met him and Brock. Dawn traveled with Ash and Brock through Sinnoh until Ash and Brock left for home back in the Kanto region after the Sinnoh League.
When she makes a mistake she will often quickly recover and strive to do better. Sometimes she can be a little overconfident though, and it may cause her to make a simple mistake, like when she had her newly evolved Ambipom use Swift. Despite this, Dawn is carefree, upbeat, cheerful and is always confident in her abilities, even from the beginning of her journey. Dawn's mother, Johanna, gave Dawn her very first ribbon in the first episode and now Dawn keeps it with her as a good-luck charm. Her old friends for some mysterious reason (which Dawn keeps trying to hide) call her "Dee Dee" (Diamond Dandruff). Dawn seems to be more fixated on her appearance than the other two main female characters Misty and May. In an episode, Dawn would refuse to show herself to Ash and Brock until she straightened out her bed hair.
In her first contest, Dawn made friends with a talented Coordinator named Zoey. Dawn loses her accessory just before the contest and thus loses the contest. Zoey talks to Dawn about how losing is just a lesson that you should learn from. Dawn promises that she will become just as good as Zoey one day. For a while, Dawn seemed to be on a losing streak, losing in the appeal round of her competitions two times in a row. However, her goal proceeded as she participated in her fourth Pokémon Contest in the episode Another One Gabites The Dust! where Dawn faced a rather mean and arrogant girl named Ursula. After insulting her, the two coordinators developed a fierce rivalry. Soon enough, the two girls faced each other at the finals, where Dawn's Pachirisu barely managed to beat Ursula's Gabite though, winning the battle. As she learns about the double appeals in the upcoming contest, Dawn is determined to create a new combination. At first, she lacked ideas but soon develops an Ice-Fire combination idea consisting of Mamoswine and Cyndaquil.
It was revealed that the reason for the name "Dee Dee" was due to her hair glittering (ピカピカ pikapika) after being shocked by the class pets in her kindergarten, Plusle and Minun. With her hair ruined, Kenny spread the word and soon she was teased by the nickname. Since her last win in Daybreak Town, she has been training hard for the upcoming Grand Festival and has come up with many new combinations such as the Pachirisu/Mamoswine combo and the Buneary/Cyndaquil combo.
In Last Call — First Round! the Grand Festival begins. Except for Kenny, all of Dawn's rivals including Dawn make it to the Battle Round. Dawn battled Ursula once again and after 5 minutes of intense battling, Dawn defeats Ursula. After Ursula's defeat, she admitted that she is weaker than Dawn. Dawn managed to reach the semi-finals of the Grand Festival. There, she found herself against no one other than Jessilina. In the end, Dawn won and advanced to the finals to face Zoey, who has beaten Nando in the semi-finals.
Zoey and Dawn, they both showcase their skills as Top Coordinator; but as the time runs out, with only a few points difference, Zoey wins the title of Top Coordinator and the Sinnoh Ribbon Cup so she gets in the second place. She promises to her Pokémon that they will not stop trying until they reach the top.
Upon returning to Twinleaf Town, Johanna informs Dawn that Paris from Hearthome City wants Dawn to model Buneary and the outfits she designed. Although Dawn was originally going to leave with Ash and Brock to go to Kanto, she decides that she will remain in Sinnoh.
Black & White
Ash, Iris, and Cilan arrive at Cynthia's villa waiting to see who's waiting for Ash. Once they come in, Dawn sneaks behind Ash and pokes him, making him think someone's behind him. She's then introduced to Iris and Cilan and Ash tells Dawn about his new friend Meloetta. Dawn misunderstands what he's talking about and he decides to show her Ash's new Pokémon and Iris' and Cilan's as well. She introduces herself to them and brings out her own Pokémon, revealing her Cyndaquil evolved into Quilava which impresses Ash. Cilan decides to battle Dawn since Dawn is a coordinator and Cilan is a connoisseur. During the battle, Dawn showed everyone her contest moves and Cilan gave his evaluation which confused Dawn and embarrassed Iris. After the battle they decide to relax for a while and they hear Meloetta sing its song. Team Rocket records the song and reports it to Prof. Zager as they make preparations for the future. In Goodbye, Junior Cup - Hello Adventure!, she returned to the Johto region.
|Floaroma Town Ribbon||In DP 27 Dawn's Piplup beat Kenny's Prinplup and she won her first ribbon.|
|Aqua Ribbon||In DP 77-79 the Wallace Cup took place. In DP 79 Dawn with her Piplup beat May's Glaceon in the final and finally broke her losing streak.|
|Celestic Town Ribbon||In DP 95 Dawn won her third Contest Ribbon by defeating Lila (Johanna's childhood friend) in the Celestic Pokémon Contest.|
|Chocovine Town Ribbon||In DP 114 Dawn beat her new rival Ursula and she won her fourth Ribbon.|
|Daybreak Town Ribbon||In DP 162 Dawn beat Ursula after defeating the latter's Ursula's Minun and Plusle and won her fifth and final Ribbon thus becoming eligible to participate in the Sinnoh Grand Festival.|
Grand Festival Ranking
Dawn placed in the following Grand Festival competitions:
Dawn also earned the following achievements:
- Hearthome Collection Contest: Winner
- Hearthome Pokemon Tag Battle Tournament: Runner-Up With Conway
- Pokémon Summer School: Winner with Ash and Brock
- World Tournament Junior Cup: Top 8
- Dutch: Meghna Kumar
- Italian: Tosawi Piovani (Season 10 - 11), Ludovica De Caro (Season 12 - 13)
- Greek: Stella Bonatsou
- Mandarin: Lin Meixiu
- Czech: Rosita Erbanova
- Danish: Annevig Schelde-Ebbe
- Finnish: Mirjami Heikkinen
- Norwegian: Eline Høyer
- French: Alexandra Correa
- Korean: Chong Mi-Suk
- Hebrew: Talia Barkai
- German: Jana Julie
- Polish: Magdalena Krylik (Season 10), Beata Wyrabkiewicz (Season 11 - 13)
- Brazilian Portuguese: Fernanda Bulara
- Russian: Anastasia Fomicheva (Season 10 - 11), Olga Shorohova (Season 12 - 15)
- Thai: Sansanee Watthananumomchan
- Latin American Spanish: Gaby Ugarte (Season 10, 11 & 13), Leyla Rangel (Season 12)
- Portuguese: Raquel Ferreira (Season 10), Joana Carvalho (Season 11 - 13)
- European Spanish: Mar Bordallo
- Swedish: Elina Raeder
- Hindi: Neshma Chemburkar (Hungama dub)
- Dawn's bike was destroyed by Pikachu's Thunderbolt, a sort of ongoing gag that has been used with Misty and May, but wasn't angry at Ash or Pikachu for it due to unfavorable circumstances (attacked by Team Rocket) on their end. This ended with Iris, who started the gag of being shocked by Pikachu directly.
- Dawn is the second character who got their starter Pokémon attacked by a wild Pokémon (in this case, Ariados attacked Piplup). The first time this happened was with Ash, where Pikachu got attacked by Spearow in Pokémon - I Choose You!.
- Both Hikari and Dawn mean some type of light.
- As revealed in DP161, Dawn's nickname Pikari/Dee Dee is tied with her fear of Plusle and Minun.
- Dawn is the first main character other than Ash to see a Legendary Pokémon right at the beginning of her journey with her destined Pokémon. Ash saw Ho-Oh with Pikachu on his side while Dawn saw Mesprit after saving Piplup.
- Ash later encounters Azelf during the Wallace Cup, with the subsequent conversation seeing Zoey reveal herself as being from Snowpoint City.
- Dawn is the first of Ash's companions to have caught an Electric-type Pokémon, Pachirisu.
- Dawn's personality reflects that of the emotion Pokémon, Mesprit.
- Dawn is the first female protagonist to trade Pokémon with Ash.
- Dawn is Ash's only companion who did not have a particular reason for traveling with Ash and Brock through a region.
- Dawn is the second character besides May to travel to another region Ash has already been through. In Dawn's case, she traveled to Hoenn (the origin of Contests) where Ash previously traveled, and May traveled to Johto where Ash was traveling before meeting her.
- Dawn became famous for winning the Wallace Cup.
- Dawn has battled two Gym Leaders in the anime: The first was Maylene and the second was Cilan.
- Dawn is Ash's only female traveling companion who didn't use a new outfit during her return.
- She had used her other outfit for a stretch during her main stint as the group was headed to Snowpoint City during that stretch.
- Dawn returned in BW series for nine episodes which is longer than Misty, who returned on two different occasions for a total of five, and May who returned to the show for five episodes total.
- Dawn has met all three of Ash's rivals, having met Gary and Paul in Sinnoh and Trip (during her return in Unova).
- Dawn is Ash's only travelling companion who lost to Jessie in an appeal round and to compete for the same ribbon twice.
- Both Dawn and Zoey's Japanese names, "Hikari" and "Nozomi", are the names of two of the Shinkansen "bullet train" lines. The Nozomi is faster than the Hikari, which resembles how Zoey goes further in her skills as a coordinator than Dawn.
- Dawn is the only female companion of Ash's that has battled against a member of the Elite Four. In this case, it is Lucian.
- Despite the fact that she has a catchphrase "No need to worry", the situation she usually says it is not good at all.
- Dawn's socks have shifted position on her legs from mid-knee to below-knee several times throughout the anime.