"It's detective time!"
Gender: Male
Type: Charismatic Boy
Age: 10
Species: Human
Portrayed by: Jason Griffith
Status: Alive
Media of origin: Pokémon

Cilan is a main character appearing in the Pokémon series, who is one of the three Gym Leaders of Striaton City Gym. In addition to his Gym Leader duties, he is also an A-class Pokémon Connoisseur, capable of seeing the compatibility and closeness between Pokémon and their trainers. After his defeat by Ash, he decided to join the young trainer and Iris on their journey through the Unova region. His two brothers, Chili and Cress, are also Gym Leaders.


Cilan is a superbly eccentric boy. He enjoys the intricacies of life, making him cheerful almost all his parts in the anime. His connoisseur catchphrase is "It's evaluating time!". Furthermore, he often exclaims a paraphrased version of the said catchphrase during varied situations. For example, when he was interrogating a Scrafty he declared "It's detective time!".

Cilan is an empiricist. However, he is more open due to his adventures with Ash. Being a Gym Leader, Cilan is adept in battling his challengers and always aim to impart knowledge to challengers. He is also an excellent chef who always prepared food for the group. He always receives complements from Ash, Iris and the Pokémon. He is also shown to be an excellent detective. Both Stephan and Georgia have been impressed by Cilan's evaluating skills and even Burgundy acknowledges his skill as an A-class connoisseur (although she would never admit it out loud due to her dislike for him).

Why He Rocks

  1. He is the Most likeable character in Pokémon the Series: Black & White.
  2. He has a few funny moments occasionally.
  3. He is sweet and caring.
  4. He cares about others, even if they annoy him.
  5. He is considered to be quirky, charismatic and self-aware, similar to this character.
  6. His design is very well neat to look at, thanks to the animators of the anime.
  7. Like Brock, he is shown to be an excellent cook and breaks up Ash and Iris whenever they have a fight.
  8. He has a good reason why he has a fear of Purrloin. As revealed in "Purrloin: Sweet or Sneaky?" is that one of them did something so terrible to him that he could not talk about it.
  9. "It's detective time!" nuff said.
  10. He appeared in the Pokémon XYZ episode "The Ultimate Duo! Citron and Dento!", where he met Clemont and Bonnie and even formed a friendship with them.
  11. He even returned in Pokémon Journeys and To Be a Pokémon Master as a side character.
  12. His voice actor Jason Griffith, does a great job voicing him.

The only Bad quality

  1. While not bad, there are some instances where he can come off as quite boring as seen in "The Path That Leads to Goodbye!"


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