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Strong Pokémon. Weak Pokémon. That is only the selfish perception of people. Truly skilled trainers should try to win with their favorites. I like your style. You understand what's important. Go on—the Champion is waiting.

–Karen, Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Karen is a Dark-type Pokémon user and is one of the members of Johto Elite Four.

Appearance

Karen has silvery-blue eyes and long silvery-blue hair that reaches past her waist with two long bangs that frame her face.

Gold and Silver

She wears a black dress that hugs her curves and black flats.

Crystal

Karen's appearance remains the same as it is in Gold and Silver.

HeartGold and Soul Silver

She wears a yellow spaghetti strap cropped tank top that reveals her flat midriff, and white knee-length pants with yellow beads. She also wears yellow high heels on her feet. Her tank top has four straps, two on each side that strap over her bare shoulders.

Personality

There are two different sides to Karen in the games she is seen. She is a kind-hearted and skilled Pokémon trainer who specializes in dark types. Her policy is there's no such thing as weak or strong Pokémon, people should try to win with their favorite, in her case, her Umbreon.

Etymology

The name Karen could be an anagram of the word "darken", excluding the 'D'. It could also incorporate "scare".

Her Japanese name, Karin, could originate from Kali, a Hindu goddess associated with night and destruction. Following the plant-based naming of most characters, it could also literally be 榠樝 (karin, the Japanese name for the Chinese quince).

Biography

Games

Gold and Silver

Her team will have Umbreon, Vileplume, Houndoom, Gengar and Murkrow.

Crystal

Her role in Crystal is the same as it is in Gold and Silver.

HeartGold and SoulSilver

She has the same Pokémon, but after the player character gathers all badges from Kanto and Johto she'll have a more powerful team which is composed of Weavile, Spiritomb, Honchkrow, Umbreon, Houndoom and Absol.

Other appearances

Sprites

Pokémon

Gold and Silver

G 197 front.png
Umbreon
 Type Dark.gif 
G 045 front.png
Vileplume
 Type Grass.gif Type Poison.gif 
G 198 front.png
Murkrow
 Type Dark.gif Type Flying.gif 
G 094 front.png
Gengar
 Type Ghost.gif Type Poison.gif 
G 229 front.png
Houndoom
 Type Dark.gif Type Fire.gif 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
Lv. 42 Lv. 42 Lv. 44 Lv. 45 Lv. 47 Lv. ? -
Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ?
Confuse Ray Stun Spore Whirlwind Lick Pursuit -
Feint Attack Acid Quick Attack Spite Crunch -
Sand Attack Moonlight Pursuit Curse Roar -
Mean Look Petal Dance Feint Attack Destiny Bond Flamethrower -



Crystal

C 197 front.gif
Umbreon
 Type Dark.gif 
C 045 front.gif
Vileplume
 Type Grass.gif Type Poison.gif 
C 198 front.gif
Murkrow
 Type Dark.gif Type Flying.gif 
C 094 front.gif
Gengar
 Type Ghost.gif Type Poison.gif 
C 229 front.gif
Houndoom
 Type Dark.gif Type Fire.gif 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
Lv. 42 Lv. 42 Lv. 44 Lv. 45 Lv. 47 Lv. ? -
Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ?
Confuse Ray Stun Spore Whirlwind Lick Pursuit -
Feint Attack Acid Quick Attack Spite Crunch -
Sand Attack Moonlight Pursuit Curse Roar -
Mean Look Petal Dance Feint Attack Destiny Bond Flamethrower -



HeartGold and SoulSilver

Stadium 2

Trivia

  • In Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal and its remakes, her signature Pokémon is Houndoom. However, in her HeartGold and Soul Silver rematch battles, Houndoom's position as the signature Pokémon was replaced by Umbreon.
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