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Hi! I'm Whitney! Everyone was into Pokémon, so I got into it too! Pokémon are super-cute! You want to battle? I'm warning you-I'm good!

–Whitney, Pokemon Gold, Silver and Crystal.

Whitney (Japanese: アカネ Akane) is the Goldenrod City Gym Leader. She specializes in using Normal-type Pokémon.

Appearance

Whitney is an athletic and lithe young lady. She has fair skin, pink hair that is usually pulled into two ponytails with two small yellow barrettes, and light pink eyes that match her hair color and overall personality.

Gold, Silver and Crystal

Whitney wears a white shirt with pink stripes on the sleeves, ends, and down the middle, along with two yellow triangles to the left of her chest. (She also wears a dark blue sports bra underneath her shirt, according to some art of her that was made by Game Freak.) To complete her outfit, Whitney wears small white shorts, black socks that reach her shins, and sporty sneakers that match her shirt, albeit with a blue strap and triangle on the sides.

HeartGold and SoulSilver

Whitney wears a white shirt with gold buttons and red stripes over the ends of the sleeves and down the middle, along with denim shorts and long black and blue striped socks that nearly cover her entire shins. Her right arm also has a red wristband, and her shoes have the same red and white pattern as her shirt.

Personality

If one word could be used to describe Whitney's personality, it would be "chaotic." While her most infamous traits are the fact that she's a sore loser and a massive crybaby, Whitney has a multilayered personality: she is loud, cocky, energetic, cheerful, and slightly ditzy all at the same time. (She is also implied to be gluttonous and an overeater, though she denies it.) Despite her negative traits, Whitney is also social and friendly and respects people that defeat her in Gym battles (though she usually has to cry first before she gives people badges).

Biography

Games

Whitney only recently started training Pokémon and was so talented she was given the position of Gym Leader by the Pokémon League, despite her inexperience as a Trainer and slight immaturity (such as leaving the Gym to go to the Radio station to win a Radio Card and crying after she loses). When defeated, Whitney will start crying and will not give the Gym Badge. If the player walks away, a trainer will tell you to talk to her. After Whitney stops crying, she will give the Plain Badge and TM45 (Attract).

Manga

Main article: Whitney (Adventures)

Anime

Main article: Whitney (anime)

Whitney first appeared when Ash, Misty and Brock were lost in Goldenrod City. At first glance Whitney is a kind girl, but she can be klutzy and ditzy sometimes, getting lost in her own town as an example. However, in battle she is quite formidable, especially with her Miltank.

Sprites

Gen. II Gen. IV Challenge Sprite Gen. V
Whitney(GS)Sprite
Whitney(HGSS)Sprite
VSWhitney
Whitney(B2W2)Sprite

Pokémon

Gold, Silver and Crystal

C 035 front
Clefairy
 Type Normal 
C 241 front
Miltank
 Type Normal 
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Lv. 18 Lv. 20 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Encore Stomp - - - -
Mimic Attract - - - -
DoubleSlap Milk Drink - - - -
Metronome Rollout - - - -



HeartGold and SoulSilver

HGSS 035 front
Clefairy
 Type Normal 
HGSS 241 front
Miltank
 Type Normal 
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Lv. 17 Lv. 19 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Cute Charm Ability: Scrappy Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: Lum Berry Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Mimic Attract - - - -
Encore Milk Drink - - - -
DoubleSlap Stomp - - - -
Metronome Rollout - - - -


Black 2 and White 2

Watchog BW
Watchog
 Type Normal 
Cinccino BW
Cinccino
 Type Normal 
Miltank BW
Miltank
 Type Normal 
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Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Keen Eye Ability: Technician Ability: Scrappy Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: Focus Band Item: Choice Scarf Item: Sitrus Berry Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Hyper Fang Tail Slap Body Slam - - -
Low Kick Bullet Seed Fire Punch - - -
Zen Headbutt Rock Blast Defense Curl - - -
Thunderpunch Wake-Up Slap Rollout - - -


Stadium 2

Trivia

  • There is a Whitney look-alike in the Generation III Pokémon Contest audiences.
  • She is the first Gym Leader to primarily use Normal-type Pokémon.
  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, during the first battle, her Clefairy's ability is Cute Charm, however, during the rematch, her Clefable's ability is Magic Guard, but it should still be Cute Charm.
  • All of Whitney's Pokémon in the main series are female.
  • Whitney's name likely comes from "white" (the color associated with the Normal-type) and possibly "whiny" (referencing her behavior after the player wins against her). Akane, her Japanese name, may come from 赤ちゃん (akachan, baby, either referencing her love of cute Pokémon or the crying fit she has once defeated) or 赤べこ (Akabeko, a legendary cow in Japanese mythology, as she has a Miltank (and later a Tauros) on her team).
  • Whitney's Miltank is infamous among Pokémon fans for being difficult to defeat thanks to its moveset, consisting of Stomp (which can cause the Pokémon it was used on to flinch), Milk Drink (which restores its HP), Rollout (which gets stronger every turn and is strong against members of the Cyndaquil line, which is a very popular choice among players), and Attract (which, since her Miltank is female and starter Pokémon's gender ratios skew towards male, will likely leave the player's Pokémon infatuated), Scrappy ability (which allows her Miltank to attack Ghost-types with Normal-type moves), and held Lum Berry, which will automatically heal the first status condition inflicted on it).
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