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Marnie is a character appearing in Sword and Shield. She appears in the games Pokémon Sword and Shield as one of the rivals, and later succeeds her older brother's title as Gym Leader. She is also the idol of Team Yell.

Appearance

Concept artwork of Marnie.

Marnie is a slim young girl with emerald green eyes, dark black hair, and very pale skin. She has a strange hairstyle, with a partially shaved side, tufts of hair that resemble horns, and messy twin-tails tied with red ribbons. Her bangs are also on her right side and partially cover her eye. For clothing, Marnie wears an outfit that seems to be a mix of a tough and cute style. It consists of a studded black Gothic jacket, a pink mini dress with triangular holes cut into the bottom, and matching black and pink boots with sharply spiked heels, three large studs, and an upwards pointed toe. For accessories, she wears a black choker around her neck with a circle and three spikes outside of it, along with a red diamond-shaped ear piercing. She also carries around a small red backpack that matches her hair ribbons.

After Marnie becomes a Gym Leader, she wears a uniform instead of her normal clothes. Her uniform consists of a pink and black midriff-baring tank top with Team Yell's symbol on it, matching black and pink skin-tight leggings with some rips and the number 960 on them, and black and brown shoes. She also wears a single glove with the same color as her shoes and has a Gym tattoo on her arm.

When Marnie is battled by the player character in the Champion Cup, she can be seen wearing the same uniform that all Trainers undergoing the Gym Challenge wear: a white shirt, white shorts, white socks with a black stripe at the tops, and white shoes.

Personality

Contrary to her tough-looking appearance, Marnie is a sweet, somewhat shy girl that normally hides her soft side and emotions behind a veneer of calm. Likewise, she is normally a calculated and composed strategist who mostly hides her competitiveness in battle, but will still compete fairly with sportsmanship. She is sometimes annoyed by her wild fans, but as long as they don't bother others, she actually appreciates their support.

Although she's generally emotionless on the surface, Marnie can stay angry for a long period if her limits have been tested. She also has a difficult time expressing happiness.

However, since Morpeko is Marnie's partner and best friend, she sometimes finds herself being manipulated by its mood swings.

Biography

Marnie is first met in Motostoke's Budew Drop Inn, quelling a few disruptive Team Yell members with her presence. After apologizing to the player character, she attends the opening ceremony of the Gym Challenge. She later meets up with the player character at the same location prior to the third Gym Challenge, where she challenges them to a battle. Upon her defeat, Marnie notes that she has a long way to go.

Continuing her Gym Challenge, Marnie eventually runs into the player character again outside of Spikemuth, which is being blocked off by Team Yell. At this point, Marnie is on friendly terms with the player character, so she shows them a secret entrance into the town after she is defeated in battle once again. She helps the player character advance, and in a rare display of emotion, she explosively berates some Team Yell Grunts for obstructing the Gym Challenge. Later, after Piers (Marnie's brother and the seventh Gym Leader) is defeated, it becomes Marnie's turn to fight him. Although a caring sister, Marnie scolds Piers for suggesting that she should be the new Gym Leader and states that she has her ambitions set on the championship instead. However, when the player character crushes her dream by beating her in the semi-finals of the Champion Cup, Marnie gives in and replaces Piers as the newest Gym Leader of Spikemuth.

Later, the player character can barge in on Marnie attempting to train herself to smile for her fans, after which she gets shocked and runs off in embarrassment.

League Card entries

Regular League Card

Marnie's League Card.

As a child, she was timid and a bit of a crybaby. However, she became more cheerful as she played with the Pokémon she received from her brother, and her talents as a Trainer also grew greatly. She joined the Gym Challenge because she wishes to breathe life back into her dilapidated hometown, but she says she has been somewhat distracted by the boutiques throughout Galar. Though many in Spikemuth see her as a local celebrity, she herself has no interest in pursuing fame. However, she says she does appreciate the support of Team Yell, her personal cheering squad.


Rare League Card

Marnie's Gym Leader League Card.

She was appointed as the new Gym Leader of Spikemuth by her brother Piers. Piers caught Morpeko and gave it to her when she was five. She still finds herself at the mercy of Morpeko's mood swings even now. The local dialect of Spikemuth has a distinct kick to it, and many of Marnie's fans have started mimicking her. Marnie won't change her expression even when she gets angry, but once something sets her off, she stays angry for a long time.


Other appearances

Pokémon

First battle

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Croagunk
 Type Poison.gif Type Fighting.gif 
Scraggy XY.gif
Scraggy
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Morpeko SS.gif
Morpeko
 Type Electric.gif Type Dark.gif 
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Lv. 24 Lv. 24 Lv. 26 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Dry Skin Ability: Shed Skin Ability: Hunger Switch Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Poison Sting Beat Up Bite - - -
Venoshock Headbutt Quick Attack - - -
Revenge Low Kick Thunder Shock - - -
Sucker Punch - - - - -



Second battle

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Liepard
 Type Dark.gif 
Toxicroak XY.gif
Toxicroak
 Type Poison.gif Type Fighting.gif 
Scrafty XY.gif
Scrafty
 Type Dark.gif Type Fighting.gif 
Morpeko SS.gif
Morpeko
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Lv. 42 Lv. 43 Lv. 43 Lv. 44 Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Ability: Dry Skin Ability: Shed Skin Ability: Hunger Switch Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ?
Fake Out Venoshock Brick Break Quick Attack - -
Torment Sucker Punch Scary Face Torment - -
Nasty Plot Swagger Crunch Spark - -
Sucker Punch Poison Jab Swagger Bite - -



Third battle

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Liepard
 Type Dark.gif 
Toxicroak XY.gif
Toxicroak
 Type Poison.gif Type Fighting.gif 
Scrafty XY.gif
Scrafty
 Type Dark.gif Type Fighting.gif 
Morpeko SS.gif
Morpeko
 Type Electric.gif Type Dark.gif 
Grimmsnarl Gigantamax SS.gif
Grimmsnarl
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Lv. 47 Lv. 47 Lv. 47 Lv. 48 Lv. 49 Lv. ? -
Ability: Ability: Dry Skin Ability: Shed Skin Ability: Hunger Switch Ability: Prankster Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ?
Fake Out Venoshock Brick Break Bullet Seed Spirit Break -
Torment Sucker Punch Scary Face Torment Darkest Lariat -
Nasty Plot Swagger Crunch Spark Bulk Up -
Snarl Toxic Swagger Bite Torment -



Post-game

This team is used in two situations:

  • In Spikemuth, where she has daily rematches, she does not Gigantamax her Grimmsnarl.
    • Grimmsnarl isn't always her last Pokémon to send out.
  • During the Champion Cup rematch, in which she Gigantamaxes her Grimmsnarl the first turn after it is sent to battle.
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Liepard
 Type Dark.gif 
Toxicroak XY.gif
Toxicroak
 Type Poison.gif Type Fighting.gif 
Scrafty XY.gif
Scrafty
 Type Dark.gif Type Fighting.gif 
Morpeko SS.gif
Morpeko
 Type Electric.gif Type Dark.gif 
Grimmsnarl Gigantamax SS.gif
Grimmsnarl
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 Type Dark.gif Type Fairy.gif 
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[[]]
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Lv. 59/73 Lv. 59/72 Lv. 59/72 Lv. 60/73 Lv. 60/74 Lv. ? -
Ability: Prankster Ability: Dry Skin Ability: Shed Skin Ability: Hunger Switch Ability: Prankster Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ?
Fake Out Drain Punch Ice Punch Aura Wheel Spirit Break -
Torment Gunk Shot Thunder Punch Seed Bomb Darkest Lariat -
Nasty Plot Earthquake Drain Punch Torment Bulk Up -
Snarl Poison Jab Crunch Quick Attack Play Rough -



Trivia

  • Marnie's partner, Morpeko, is a hint to her hidden nature, as it can switch between two different forms.
    • Marnie's hair also somewhat resembles Morpeko's ear tufts.
  • Marnie and Marii both derive from the prefix "mal-," meaning "bad." It may also derive from "Rosmarnius", following the plant theming with names.
  • Marnie appears to share many similarities with Gladion:
    • Both are pale-skinned with green eyes.
    • Both of their outfits are mainly black.
    • Both have piercings or clips on their left ears.
    • Both have bangs covering or partly covering their right eyes.
    • Both have their hair shaved on one side with a ripped pattern.
    • Both have a connection to their region’s villainous team but are not an actual member.
  • Her uniform number "960" means 苦労 (kurou), meaning "hardship". It may also derive from the Japanese term for black, kuro.
  • Despite becoming a Dark type Gym Leader, Marnie has one Pokémon who isn't a Dark type; Toxicroak.
    • However, starting in Generation VIII, Poison-type Pokémon are classified as Dark-types in the Pokémon TCG, similarly to how Ice-types are classified as Water-types and Flying-types are classified as Normal-types (they were classified as Grass-type from Generation 1 to Generation 3 and Psychic-type from Generation 4 to Generation 7).
  • Like with some other characters (Chairman Rose being an example), Marnie's hair and outfit became available in the Isle of Armor.

In other languages

  • English: Marnie
  • Japanese: マリィ
  • Spanish: Roxy
  • Italian: Mary
  • French: Rosemary
  • German: Mary
  • Korean: 마리

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