In the past, Opal was a beautiful woman with black hair, fair skin, and a pretty nose. In the present day, however, Opal is now old, wrinkled, and has white hair. She is also hunched over, pale-skinned, and has a long, pointy nose, not unlike that of a witch. However, despite her age, Opal still wears makeup, as she puts on purple eyeshadow and red lipstick. Her eyes are also the same blue that they used to be. For clothing, Opal wears a very long pink and green dress, a green and black hat, and white shoes with purple fuzz on them. To complete her outfit, she wears three arm bangles that match her dress, a black and pink glove, and a gigantic poofy purple scarf with three white mothball-like baubles hanging from it. She also carries a pink and green striped umbrella with a poofy purple design that matches her dress and scarf-- when she is defeated in battle, she can be seen throwing it in surprise.
Opal loves seeing the color pink and will stop at nothing to find an apprentice. She can be rather forceful in that respect, since she will insist on having that person do what she wants regardless of their stand on the matter.
She has a penchant of deliberately giving out tricky quizzes as well, claiming that they can make people reveal their true colors in a pinch. Many speculate however, that she does so merely out of spite.
70 years prior, Opal became the Gym Leader of Ballonlea, taking over from her mother. But now in her elderly years, she feels that she has reached her limits and decides to find herself an apprentice. To this end, her Gym Challenge takes the form of an audition.
Though worthy challengers usually pass the battle parts to meet her in the stadium, Opal is also secretly judging their potential to become the next Ballonlea Gym Leader by the amount of "pink" they possess, based not only on appearance, personality or Pokémon, but by another personal standard that she never discloses outright. Her records backstage are filled to the brim with papers of challengers who got through the battle part but failed the audition, including those of Leon and Sonia, suggesting that she has been conducting this Gym Challenge format for a long time with no prospective candidate in sight.
As per the events of Pokémon Sword and Shield, she was still searching for an apprentice to take over her gym. After the player character defeats her, she asks them to accompany her to Hammerlocke. Inadvertently running into Bede, Opal is impressed by his pink quotient and immediately takes him under her wing.
During the post-game events, Bede has completely assumed the role of Ballonlea Gym Leader, with Opal usually by his side as an adviser.
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- Though she judges trainers by the amount of pink they have, her favorite color is purple.
- Her outfit somewhat resembles Hatterene.
- Opal is the oldest Gym Leader in the series, being 88 years old.
- Opal's name derives from the gemstone of the same name, which is often pale and sparkly, both things associated with the Fairy-type. Popura, her Japanese name, likely comes from "poplin," a smooth, silky fabric.
- Opal's uniform number, 910, can be read in Japanese as "kyū-to," or "cute." In this case, it's meant to be read as 9-10 rather than 9-1-0, making her the only Galar Gym Leader to have a uniform goroawase number with a multidigit component number and have a uniform goroawase number with only two component numbers.
- Opal shares some similarities with Gruntilda from the Banjo-Kazooie franchise. Both are ugly, wrinkly old women with long, pointy noses, an association with magic, and a love of quizzes. In addition, Ballonlea's association with Stratford-upon-Avon and thus Shakespeare may allude to Gruntilda's habit of speaking in rhymes. Since Banjo-Kazooie was originally developed by Rare, a British company, for Nintendo (and the titular duo was recently included in Super Smash Bros.), this may have been done on purpose.
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