The Gym Leader of Shippou City who specializes in training Normal Type Pokemon, she resides in Nacrene City and is an archaeologist for the local Museum.
Lenora first appeared in the Pokemon anime in the Unova Region, as the gym leader of the Nacrene Gym.
She specializes in normal type Pokemon, and to trainers that beat her in her strategy-type battle she gives them her badge, the Basic Badge. She first appears in, "A Night In Nacrene City Museum !" this is also where we first see her use Pokemon, using Watchog using Illuminate. In the anime, she is voiced by Atsuko Tanaka.
Lenora is a tall, and stalky African American female who is the Gym Leader for Nacrene City. She is a
successful Archaelogist who works for the Nacrene City Gym. We can assume she has had proper education for the job and grew up in the Nacrene City area. In the original version of the anime her apron was worn in the traditional way, but in the dub of the anime it was slung over her back to appear more "flashy." Her hair color is teal and she has it in a very distinct look, her main color is teal with heavy accents of beige and orange.
Lenora truly enjoys her job at the muesum, working with all of the fossils and artifacts. She has a true passion for what she does. She also enjoys Pokemon very much, and through her various adaptions she seems to focus a lot on trainer/Pokemon bonds. Also she, like a lot of Gym Leaders, is very confident in her skills as a Pokemon master.
Lenora first appears in "A Night In Nacrene City Museum !" using her Watchog to illuminate Yamask and assisted Ash and his friends in setting him out into the world. It is apparent that in order to due this, she must have closed her gym down.
We first see our heroes in the Nacreme Museum with Lenora, and as they are looking around, they can't figure out where the gym could be. Cilan finally asks where the gym is located, but Lenora just shrugs it off and continues walking, stating they would soon come to find out. When they reach a closed door, it is opened and they are lead into a section off-limits to the general public. All except Lenora are amazed at the vast amounts of books and documents in the room. With normal lighting, several shelves lined the room filled in every little space with vast knowledge on what can be assumed to deal with everything and anything Pokemon.
While nearly all are in amazment, Ash is the least in awe, his focus still being the gym battle he had came for. Lenora turns to him with a smile on her face, and asks him if he would like to go do research and learn various things about the Issuh region he recently entered. He declines quickly, saying he is far more interested in battling than learning. Lenora appears to be expecting that answer, and says knowledge is great power in a battle, but Ash appears to still be antsy about the upcoming battle. In a seemingly harmless and non-intentional way, Lenora begins to knock on a section of books with her knuckles remarking that it is a great section, and attempts to persuade Ash to go over and look into the book. He declines again, getting more frustrated about the far less anxious gym leader he should be battling at this point.
Getting curious themselves, Iris and Cilan encourages to attempt to read the
book, and Ash becomes determined that it may help him in the gym battle. But as he begins to pull the book off the shelf, the floor around them begins turning, after a violent shake of the book shelf and ground. Lenora admits it was actually all a test, and we get a flashback of trainers attempting to read as many library books as possible, with Lenora and Hawes sighing and shaking their heads in disappointment. She say's that this was a special way of figuring out her opponents personality, which she confirms is a very good tactic to use in battle, as well as a very good advantage.
When they continue down a small staircase, they are opened up into a large gym, though smaller than what has been previously shown in the series before. Hawes states the battle rules, while Lenora brings out her Watchog and Lillipup, stating that in this battle, it is two Pokemon and no others. Ready for the battle, Ash chooses Tepig as his first battler, and Lenora sides with her Lillipup, who is already out of its Poke-Ball. The first move is made by Lenora, and it is Roar. The attack is designed to send the Pokemon currently battling back into its Poke-Ball, and another Pokemon dormant out and battling. Oshowatt. Oshowatt appears very angry it was put into battle while napping, and Ash orders a watergun attack. Lenora has already sent out her Watchog in replace of Lillipup, but before Oshowatt could attack she orders Watchog to use Mean Look, thus Ash cannot return Oshowatt back to his Poke-Ball. Ash begins to feel upset because his whole strategy is being ruined by all of Lenora's attacks.
Watchog beings attacking Oshowatt with powerful Low Kick attacks, dealing major damage to the water starter Pokemon. Being smart in various types of Pokemon, Lenora decides to try an attack that Oshowatt is highly weak against, Thunderbolt. As Watchog shoots out the attack, Ash orders Oshowatt to reflect it with the small scalchop on its chest. Afrter a powerful watergun attack at Watchog, Oshowatt charges at the normal-type Pokemon and Lenora orders Watchog to knock out the scalchop with its tail, which it does leaving Oshowatt basically defenseless. Watchog follows with another Thunderbolt to knock out Ash's Oshowatt.
Due to Lenora's battle rules, Ash is forced to send Tepig back out, while Lenora sends her Lillipup back out also. Ash starts out with a tackle, which Lilliipup dodges and uses Shadow Ball, a direct hit that deala major damage to the fire starter. However, it is still able to battle and use ember, a weaker fire-type attack. Lillipup returns with Take Down, and the force of the attack is so great that the ember doesn't affect Lillipup, giving it a direct attack on Tepig, knocking him out.
After Don George, the director of the local Battle Club, helps Ash learn to beat Lenora by teaching Oshawatt Aqua Jet and Tepig's Ember attack becoming much more powerful. The next day after the training, Ash walks into Lenora's Gym confident in his new skills with his two lead Pokemon and confidence he won't loose to Lenora again. When Ash walks in, Lenora comments that she was expecting him to return soon, and that he appears to have toughened up, seeing it on his face. Ash tells her that he has trained at the Nacrene Battle Club, and he learned a lot from that experience, and vows to beat Lenora today and win the Basic Badge.
Seeing the determination in Ash's face gives Lenora hope that he will be more of a challenge today, so she goes ahead and pulls out two Poke-Balls, like her previous strategy. She tells him that these two will be the Pokemon he is battling today, and precedes to bring the two out of their Poke-Balls. The first is Watchog, which doesn't surprise Ash as Lenora used the same Pokemon in the previous battle they had, but the other makes Ash stop and check his Pokedex for further information. When he does he comes to find that the Pokemon is Herdier, the evolved form of the other previous Pokemon Lenora used, Lillipup. Even though Ash seems to be moved little by Lenora's change in Pokemon, Iris is quite shocked. Cilan attempts to understand Lenora's reasoning telling Iris that it is a better way of bringing out Ash's improved strength and true bond with his Pokemon, opening Iris's eyes more towards Lenora's proposed strategy. Ash observes
Lenora's Herdier, thinking that it is obviously stronger than Liliipup because it is the evolved form of the dog-type Pokemon, raising Ash's spirits and courage for the battle. Lenora say's that Herdier will be battling first, and pulls out one of the Poke-Balls and returns Watchog, allowing Herdier to prepare for the upcoming battle. Ash takes out a Poke-Ball of his own and brings out Tepig, confirming that he will use that Pokemon first. After, Ash encourages Tepig to do his best while Hawes states the battle rules and signals for the battle to begin.
Ash starts out with Tepig's more powerful Ember attack, but before it can land on Herdier Lenora commands it to use Protect, which completely guards Herdier from the fire-type attack. Frustrating Ash, Lenora decides to have Herdier use Shadow Ball, the same attack used by its pre-evolution form Lillipup, but this time it appears to be more powerful on-screen just as Ash had predicted. Ash quickly commands Tepig to dodge the oncoming attack, while shooting another Ember, and when the two attacks meet a large cloud of smoke rises and some wind from the powerful explosion. After the dust settles, Lenora comments that Ash has improved Tepig's speed greatly, confirming that Tepig's speed training at the Battle Club did come in handy. She also states that Tepig's attack power has increased, noticing how it matched Herdier's direct Shadow Ball. Eager to continue the battle, Ash calls for a Tackle attack from Tepig which is easily stopped when Herdier uses a Roar attack, forcing Tepig back into its Poke-Ball and Oshawott into the battle field. After the switch is made, Lenora too makes a switch in Pokemon by returning her Herdier and bringing out her signature Pokemon, Watchog. Right after Watchog is sent out, Lenora calls for a Mean Look attack, copying her strategy from the last battle, presumably to see if Ash had learned a way around her strategy. Soon after Ash comments that he knew she would use that attack, and Lenora's counters by stating she hopes he has a counter for it. Ash remarks that he does, and remains confident for the battle.
He starts off with Oshawott using a Razor Shell attack, attempting to save her Pokemon from a direct hit Lenora counters with a dodge from Watchog, but the Pokemon doesn't move fast enough and therefore gets hit with the Razor Shell. Commenting too that Oshawott's speed has increased as well, Lenora see's more of a challenge out of Ash this time around, noticing it more as the battle progresses. Ash decides to try out another one of Oshawott's improved techniques, by using Aqua Jet, however the Pokemon's attack appears weak and flies all over the gym, eventually crashing and not hitting Watchog. Ash commands a response from Oshawott on it's condition, it responds that it is okay to continue battling, so Ash decides to again try the Aqua Jet, but with the same response. Lenora watching with surprise she says that she is highly impressed with the imcrease in Oshawott's speed as well and the Aqua Jet move, but tells Ash that it needs more time to practice and perfect the technique, and with that amount of mastery it cannot beat her. However, Ash remarks afterword that he vows to beat her no matter the cost, and orders a Watergun attack from Oshawott, though it is casually dodged from Watchog, then it uses a Confuse Ray attack as ordered by Lenora. Oshawott gets his directly with the Psychic-type move, thus leaving it confused. Ash is in a state of shock and worry, because now his Pokemon is pretty much useless. Lenora then commands Watchog to use a Thunderbolt attack, and Ash order's Oshawott to use its shellsword to block it, and it does for the first part of the attack, but is eventually overcome by the power and already weak state of the Pokemon. Ash comments that he will never give up, and orders Oshawott to use a Watergun
attack, but it just hits the wall of the gym due to it's confusion and major damage taken. Afterwords, Ash and his friends notice the damage Oshawott took from the Electric-type attack, which is super effective against Water-Type Pokemon. Ash orders another Aqua Jet, while Lenora attempts to end the match with another Thuderbolt, however, the it hits Oshawott but makes it bounce off the ceiling and come straight back at Watchog, allowing the Aqua Jet to hit head on. After some smoke clears, Hawes states that neither Pokemon are able to battle, causing both Lenora and Ash to call back their Pokemon. Noticing that she can only use her Herdier and Ash can only use his Tepig, Lenora thinks it will be an easy match to end and ultimately win. She tells Ash that it was a good match, and she didn't expect Watchog to go down, and he surprised her. She then procedes to call out Herdier, ready for the final match of the battle. A lot happens next that is exactly the same as the earlier match, Tepig if first called out to use a Ember attack, which is blocked by Herdier's Protect. Ash then decides to use a purely physical based attack by using Tackle, which hits Herdier because it was caught off-guard by the close-range encounter. Ash tries the same strategy, but Lenora picks up on it too quickly and commands Herdier to use Shadow Ball, which hits Tepig head on, leaving it highly damaged. Lenora states that she is the Gym Leader of the Nacrene City Gym, and then commands Herdier to use Giga Impact, which also hits directly on Tepig, causing even more major damage. However, Ash encourages it to continue, telling the Pokemon that it can win, as it struggles to get back up, but does. Lenora commands for another Shadow Ball but it is dodged from Tepig, then it uses Flame Charge and it told by Ash to use all the fire-power it has, Lenora attempts to neutralize the attack by commanding Herdier to use Giga Impact again, causing a massive explosion and large amounts of smoke and wind. When it clears, it is obvious that both Pokemon are
struggling to stand back up, but Tepig attempts are successful and Herdier's weren't, thus ending the match with Ash taking the win. Lenora tells Ash she was shocked to see Flame Charge out of Tepig, and to keep battling and believing in his Pokemon, then presenting him with the Basic Badge.