Hoops is a trainer from Ballonlea in the Galar region. They aim to become a champion in order to prove their own strength to the world, and to their father.
|Birthday:||5th of September, 2003|
Hoops is a fairly androgynous young trainer with short blue and and purple hair and green eyes. They typically wear a version of the Galar gym uniform patterned to resemble Kecleon, with the number 352 on the back. After switching for a new team, they wear the basic challenger uniform with the same number. They also wear bandages on their arms at all times.
They are overall a good person, but struggle in social situations. This can make them come off as awkward, sullen, overly friendly, or somewhat clueless in various contexts. In battle they become a lot more serious, and have stated an inability to enjoy battling. When they begin to lose, they become increasingly distressed, and a loss can give them a short term depressive episode.
Hoops grew up as an only child in Ballonlea under the care of their father. Their mother left them when they were only a few years old, and they believed for years that she had died. Their father had once undertaken the gym challenge, and though he was fairly successful he was never able to become the champion like he had always wanted. When he had a child, he decided that Hoops should take on that struggle and began to raise them in order to be a strong trainer. This involved things such as leaving them in the Glimwood Tangle for several days to fend for themself, subjecting them to verbal (and occasionally physical) abuse when they lost battles, and cutting them off from the majority of social interaction. The first pokemon Hoops used that wasn't a loan from their father was a Kecleon, who they named Kec. Kec cared deeply for his trainer and so stayed with him despite the fact that he would often have to bare the more dangerous physical aspects of the training that they went through. Hoops would later catch two more pokemon: the Ledyba named Led, who eventually evolved into Ledian, and the male Salandit named Sal. At one point Hoops tried to run away from home, but accidentally stumbled into a Dynamax den, where they were badly burned on their arms by a Gigantimax Centiskorch. Their father was angry about this and his treatment of them became a lot worse. When they were fifteen, Hoops left home for real, and didn't return afterwards. They caught a shiny Sudowoodo named Sud and a Chatot named Tot, and received a gift of a Nickit from their father which they named Kit. Soon after they found out that their father had died due to heart problems.
- Met Arceus one time. Maybe. It was a weird day.
- Defended Orochi Plaza from Neo-Flare supporters.
- Defeated Malacostra when she tried to rob the Wyndon Natural History Museum.
- Grass Badge
- Water Badge
- Fire Badge
- Fighting Badge
- Fairy Badge
- Rock Badge
- Dark Badge
- Dragon Badge
- All of Hoops' Pokémon are named with a single syllable from their name.
- In battle, Hoops frequently chooses Pokémon with a type disadvantage to their opponent. In their words, this is to make sure that the win is uncontestable.