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Returning Trainers from Past Games

Discussion in 'Pokémon Sword & Shield Discussion' started by shoz999, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. shoz999

    shoz999 IT WAS ME! SETETH!

    In Gen 7, the Battle Tree featured returning trainers from past games as bosses. I feel this feature alone cemented Gen 7's Battle Tree as one of the best and more interesting post-games the Pokemon series has to offer and has been compared to Gen 5's PWT which also has returning legendary trainers. I can still remember how people were blown away when the SM trailer revealed Red & Green (Rival) returning as adults. Fans were psyched to see fan-favorites such as Colress, Cynthia or Wally but there were some surprises that fans definitely weren't expecting. You had Grimsley of the Unova Elite Four whose gambling habits landed him from a rich man to a penniless man. You had Dexio & Sina who were sent from Kalos to research Zygarde's appearance in the Alola region. However one that really took fans by surprise was an adult Anabel who hasn't been seen since Pokemon Emerald and Emerald fans were surprised how she progressed from the Salon Maiden of the Battle Tower to an agent of the International Police and I think that's another thing why fans just love about these returning trainers. You can feel a sense of progression in their lives. Colress is currently studying Necrozma, Grimsley is now poor, Anabel is now part of the Interpol etc.

    However this thread isn't just limited to trainers returning in post-game facilities. There are also trainers who returned in other ways such as Giovanni who played a major role in a story event in Johto, Gym Leader Jasmine's cameo in the Sinnoh region or how one NPC mentioned Green (Rival) studying in the Kalos region. As far as I know, every generation has at least featured a returning trainer in some form and I feel that the Galar region will be no different. I don't know about you guys but considering that Galar has a heavier focus on trains, I can see a pair of Subway Bosses making a return.

    With that being said, discuss the possibilities of returning trainers from past games making an appearance or an mention in the Galar region!
     
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2019
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  2. wolf jani

    wolf jani Nobutasu

    I can see many Kalos trainers return, since Kalos & Galar are close. At least either Shauna, Tierno or Trevor & at least one gym leader/e4 member.
     
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  3. WishIhadaManafi5

    WishIhadaManafi5 Time to get spooky! Staff Member Moderator

    I could see Lance and Brock showing up in some way, maybe to find out more about Galar Pokemon. It would be cool if Professor Oak showed up too.
     
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  4. Ultra Beast Lover

    Ultra Beast Lover Well-Known Member

    Shauna said she was going to go to another region but we never saw her in Alola, I don't think she was even in the Battle Tree. This means that either the staff forgot her or she's supposed to return in Galar, or maybe she just said that so we wouldn't kick her off of our lawn (I prefer this one)
     
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  5. WishIhadaManafi5

    WishIhadaManafi5 Time to get spooky! Staff Member Moderator

    Maybe. Wouldn't mind seeing her again, if she grew up a bit emotionally.
     
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  6. janejane6178

    janejane6178 XY over SM (ew) ANYDAY!!!! <3 (Anything actually)

    I would really love seeing characters from Kalos again.....
     
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  7. Zoruagible

    Zoruagible Lover of underrated characters

    I think Shauna is probably up there due to her leaving Kalos for another region, I'd love it if Wikstrom showed up as well. Due to his attire and the theme of these games.

    I hope Gladion returns too, would be a nice way to give third Null a home
     
  8. Ignition

    Ignition Incineroar wins yet again (proud of my son)

    Wikistrom, the Steel Type Kalos E4 member, is the perfect person to be here. His ace is a literal sword and shield
     
  9. janejane6178

    janejane6178 XY over SM (ew) ANYDAY!!!! <3 (Anything actually)

    But she could have went to any of the other regions. no? :eek:
     
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  10. shoz999

    shoz999 IT WAS ME! SETETH!

    On the plus side, if Shauna does return we can finally answer the question, is her signature Pokemon either Goodra or Delcatty?
     
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  11. sketchersmeargle

    sketchersmeargle Well-Known Member

    Wikstrom, Diantha and Looker
     
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  12. Ignition

    Ignition Incineroar wins yet again (proud of my son)

    I’d say Goodra since she uses in the Battle Mansion unlike Delcatty. It fits her kind personality as well
     
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  13. Zoruagible

    Zoruagible Lover of underrated characters

    Cynthia and Lance have better odds than Diantha honestly. They're both more popular, plus Sinnoh remakes and Kanto rep
    Wikstrom and Looker probably have fairly great odds though
     
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  14. shoz999

    shoz999 IT WAS ME! SETETH!

    You know what would be kind of funny but also an interesting return. If the Pokemon Professor of the Galar Region turned out instead to be Trevor in his teens or in his adult years, the whiz kid who wants to complete the Pokedex. Wouldn't that be an awesome major return? Would make a lot of fans look at a okay rival in a new light. Still possible for more than one Pokemon researcher to appear though so I suppose it's not that far off. You know what the funny part is though lol, what would Trevor look like as an adult with or without that hairstyle lol.
     
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  15. Kingudora

    Kingudora My favourite

    Honestly, I could see Fantina making an appearance in SwSh.

    It is implied in DPPt that she comes from another region than Sinnoh, which is why she is speaking in broken english. However, in the Japanese and French versions of the games, it is implied she comes from an English speaking region. So maybe she is from Galar?
     
  16. shoz999

    shoz999 IT WAS ME! SETETH!

    That would be a nice way to hint Sinnoh remakes. Speaking of trainer returning grown up, about Shauna. What do you guys think her hairstyle will look like when she's an teen or adult. For example, Anabel originally had short hair but as an adult she grew it longer into a ponytail. You think she'd keep the older hairstyle or she'll ditch it for a longer or shorter hairstyle?
     
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  17. Pokegirl Fan~

    Pokegirl Fan~ Tsundere Girl

    I'd like to see Lillie or N return. I don't really care much to see anyone else.
     
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  18. shoz999

    shoz999 IT WAS ME! SETETH!

    Here's an interesting thought. How do you succeed the Red & Green (Rival) hype of SM? You bring in Battle Legends Gold, Silver & Krys or as some of you may canonically know as Ethan & Lyra.
     
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  19. mysticalglacia

    mysticalglacia Alola Shill

    I don’t care about anyone else, I just want N to (finally) reappear. The culture of Galar could offer some good conservation- even if he has developed out of that mindset- but most importantly, there’s a literal big sparkly ferris wheel. Passing over that golden opportunity would be worse than Dexit ngl.

    Gladion would be cool; I think he’s the most likely Alola rep. Like mentioned, it’s a cause for a free third Null and vague updates on Shillie & co. Shauna, Wikstrom, and Drasna are also Kalos characters I could see benefiting from cameos, as the latter two especially got absolutely nothing in XY.
     
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  20. DannyDark

    DannyDark The Earthquake Maker

    Hopefully none of the Kalos bunch of kids make it back in..

    I don't know, there's none that I'd be dying to see.. I would have liked to see Giovanni or Cyrus make a grand return, in a serious capacity; unfortunately they were somewhat wasted/tarnished with the Rainbow Rocket mess in USUM.

    Cyrus I'm still hopeful for.. as he was one of the few villains who wasn't outright defeated nor did he have a change of heart.. meaning, canonically, he is still out there plotting from within the Distortion World, unless he escaped.
     
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