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Hold it. …Are you going to challenge the Pokémon League? Victory Road is at its end, for sure. But did you notice…? You didn't see any real Trainers on the way, did you? Man, they were all spineless! Well, the fact that you have come this far means you're not one of them. But! Your journey ends here! Because… right here, right now… I will crush you!
~ Silver before his battle with the player at Victory Road.

Silver is the secondary antagonist turned deuteragonist of Pokémon Gold, Pokémon Silver, Pokémon Crystal, and their remakes Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver. He is the rival of Ethan/Gold (Pokémon Gold, Pokémon Crystal, Pokémon HeartGold/Pokémon SoulSilver), Kris (Pokémon Crystal) or Lyra (Pokémon HeartGold/Pokémon SoulSilver).

In Japanese, Silver is voiced by Ryota Osaka in Pokémon Generations. In English, Silver is voiced by Lucien Dodge in Pokémon Generations and Joe Zieja in Pokémon Masters.

Biography

Johto games

... Do you want to know who I am? I'm going to be the world's greatest Pokémon Trainer. (*He starts to walk away, but then notices that the player has his trainer card*) Give it back! That's my Trainer Card! (*He realizes that the player has seen his name*) Oh no! You saw my name...
~ Silver accidentally revealing his identity in Pokémon HeartGold/Pokémon SoulSilver.

Silver first appears lurking outside of Professor Elm's lab, looking through the window. When talked to, he will deny everything and push the player away. During the player's journey to Mr. Pokémon's house, Silver makes his move, stealing one of Elm's two remaining starter Pokémon (coincidentally always the one that is strong against the player's choice). He will meet with the player on the outskirts of Cherrygrove City, battling to get through. A policeman will later ask for the name of the rival, and the rival will be called the name the player gives for the rest of the game.

Silver shows a strong dislike of Team Rocket. He considers them to be weak, and vows to take them, as well as any other weak Trainer, down. He steals a Sneasel from a Trainer in Cianwood City and while Ethan/Kris/Lyra attempts to take down Team Rocket in Mahogany Town and Goldenrod City, he interferes to prove himself. It is in the Mahogany hideout that he meets with Lance, Champion of the Elite Four at Indigo Plateau. Silver challenges Lance and is easily defeated by the dragon Trainer, who then proceeds to berate Silver for his callous ways towards training Pokémon. Though Silver is outraged for losing to someone with such an attitude, the loss and Lance's words ultimately set him on the path to becoming a better person. When Team Rocket takes over the Goldenrod Radio Tower, Silver first blows the player's Team Rocket disguise, unaware of the player's plan to sneak in by pretending to be a member of Team Rocket. He later follows the player to the Goldenrod underground and they battle Team Rocket, hoping that Lance will reappear and he can request a rematch.

By the time the player reaches Indigo Plateau, Silver battles against the player not out of malice, but to prove that he is a good Trainer. He is defeated and departs to continue training. The player battles Silver on Mt. Moon, and though he loses he claims he can feel his Pokémon getting stronger, and resolves to train at Dragon's Den. When battled the seventh time at Indigo Plateau, Silver seems to have finally learned to care for his Pokémon properly, as his Golbat has evolved to Crobat, which only occurs when Golbat is very friendly. This is further expressed in Generation IV when his starter Pokémon starts to follow him around, much like the player's Pokémon; Professor Elm even expressly states that Silver's Pokémon have come to trust him when Silver returns to the lab, presumably to return the starter he stole.

Following Silver's final encounter with the player and after the player has become Champion, Silver can be found training on Tuesday and Thursday in the Dragon's Den, where he cannot be battled, and will appear at Indigo Plateau on Monday and Wednesday to challenge the player to a battle, should he or she appear. He does not appear at all on Friday or the weekends, indicating that he may in fact take the day off, resting his Pokémon. In Pokémon HeartGold/Pokémon SoulSilver, Lance and Clair will appear in the Dragon's Den and challenge the player and Silver to a Tag Battle following the battle at Mt. Moon giving him the chance to avenge his loss from earlier.

Pokémon Masters

Silver appears as a event-exclusive five-star sync pair in Pokémon Masters, exclusive to the Pure Hearts and Rainbow Wings event. Originally using his Sneasel, Silver and Ethan see the legendary Ho-Oh flying overhead, causing them to head after it. At first, Silver is hesitant on going due to Ho-Oh wanting those pure of heart, but Lance talks him into going with the player, Ethan, Lance, and Valerie. After an ambush from Team Break, Silver manages to stand against the team and defeat them, causing Ho-Oh to accept him as its trainer. After completing the event, the player becomes able to use Silver free of charge, using his newly obtained Ho-Oh in a Fire type sync pair.

Silver also appears as a major protagonist in the Johto-themed chapter of the main story's second arc. Following a battle he, Kris, and Morty had with Lance, Karin, and Will, Paulo approaches him about his past as a criminal and how he changed his path, something that, despite Silver replies with in earnest, leaves Paulo with the wrong idea that using any connection to get stronger is just. After being interrupted by and defeating a dynamaxed Togepi, the heroes then note of the Pokémon's pained expression, heading to Professor Bellis' lab to investigate, but not without feeling watched by a lone Rocket Grunt. After the he heroes use their combined knowledge to reveal knowledge Team Rocket's plan to cause Pokémon to dynamax unwillingly, Silver strikes out on his own to take down the organization. Finding his way to the team's headquarters, he is approached by Petrel in a Giovanni disguise, who commends his bravery before attacking him. Silver ends up victorious in this duel, and forces the admin to reveal himself. After revealing his identity, Petrel then attempts to lock the boy within the building, and when that fails through Petrel accidentally speaking the password, he summons a group of grunts to finish him off. However, this latter attempt also fails as Koga and Janine ambush the heroes to aid Silver, buying him time as he rushes towards Giovanni's location. Silver manages to escape unharmed after Giovanni destroys his own base with a max move, standing at the ready to defeat him while insulting his habit of using minions.

Anime

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Pokémon Generations

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Pokémon Adventures

As an infant, Silver was kidnapped by the Mask of Ice and raised along with Green. Silver allied himself with Lance and kidnapped a Totodile from Professor Elm's lab. When Silver was battling two Rocket Admins, they revealed to him that Silver is the son of Giovanni.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

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Personality

In terms of personality, Silver is the darkest of the rivals in the series. While most other rivals are generally good-natured, or at least zestful enough to crack a joke at the player, Silver is (at first) cruel, hateful, power-obsessed and even physically abusive, pushing the player character around several times. He also verbally insults and antagonizes other trainers that he faces against. Even towards his own Pokémon, Silver remains cruel, treating them only as weapons of power. Even after he starts to become kinder, he remains a rather serious individual. He does, however, express genuine happiness when Elm allows him to keep the Pokémon he stole.

Giovanni and Silver's relationship is revealed in Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver when a fateful encounter Celebi is brought to Ilex Shrine. Celebi takes the player back in time three years to witness Giovanni abandoning Silver to go into seclusion because of his defeat at the hands of Red. Silver's hate for Team Rocket, as well as his power-hungry personality likely stems from the failure of his father.

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Trivia

  • Silver is the only rival whose team does not change in accordance to his starter, nor does he have any types that cover for his starter's initial type.
  • Silver's default name varies between the games that he appears in: His default name is Silver in Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Crystal, Gold in Pokémon Silver, Soul in Pokémon HeartGold and Heart Pokémon SoulSilver.
    • "Silver" may be his most popular default name, because it appeared in two games, while all of the others appear only in one game each.
  • In the original Pokémon Gold, Pokémon Silver, and Pokémon Crystal games, when battled at Indigo Plateau, the Champion theme is played instead of his rival theme. This was fixed in Pokémon HeartGold/Pokémon SoulSilver..
  • Art of Silver on Game Freak's website depicts him with a Houndoom, despite not owning one within the games.

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Maxie | Tabitha | Courtney

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Guzma | Plumeria | Gladion

Aether Foundation
Lusamine | Faba

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See Also
Adventures Villains | Anime Villains | Mystery Dungeon Villains

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Team Rocket
Giovanni | Lt. Surge | Sabrina | Koga | Will | Karen | Carl | Sham | Carr | Sird | Orm | Mask of Ice | Carl | Proton | Petrel | Ariana | Archer

Team Aqua
Archie | Matt | Shelly | Amber

Team Magma
Maxie | Tabitha | Courtney | Blaise

Team Galactic
Cyrus | Mars | Jupiter | Saturn | Charon | Sird

Team Plasma
N | Colress | Ghetsis | Zinzolin | Rood | Gorm | Shadow Triad

Team Flare
Lysandre | Malva | Aliana | Bryony | Celosia | Mable | Xerosic

Team Skull
Guzma | Plumeria | Gladion

Aether Foundation
Lusamine | Faba

Team Yell
Piers

Macro Cosmos
Chairman Rose | Oleana

Elite Four
Bruno | Agatha | Lance | Lorelei

Others
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