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|Silver in Pokémon: HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions.|
|Debut||Pokémon: Gold Version/Pokemon: Silver Version|
Silver was the son of Giovanni, the criminal mastermind in charge of Team Rocket. He was Gold's age, but his upbringing led to him becoming a more cold-hearted trainer. As seen in a flashback of HeartGold and SoulSilver, after Giovanni's loss to Red, Silver was surprised and annoyed at the same time that his father and his organization had lost to a child. Giovanni then left to train alone, but Silver refused to be like him and did not want to depend on weaklings. So he left to begin achieving his dreams of being the best Pokémon trainer while treating his Pokémon as weapons of war (and at the same time he bumped into a time-traveling Gold in their true first meeting). Silver despised the weak, Pokémon and trainers alike, and sought strength above all so that he could wipe out the weak.
As shown in Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver, Silver got his first Pokémon (one with a type advantage over Gold's) when he broke into the lab of Professor Elm and stole it. As he passed through Cherrygrove City, he met with Gold and battled him. Whether or not he lost, Silver then told Gold his name and ambition before passing along. Gold next encountered him at the Sprout Tower, where he had brutally defeated the Pokémon of the elder Li in order to receive HM 01: Flash. Li complied with the deal but warned him against dealing harshly with his Pokémon. Silver ignored his advice, called him weak and left.
Silver then confronted Gold by the gate to the Ilex Forest after hearing that Team Rocket had returned. Silver harbored his own hatred for Team Rocket and said that their members were all weak individually so he was eager to defeat them. After Gold claimed to have beaten the local Team Rocket members, Silver battled him to test his strength. He lost but blamed this defeat on his Pokémon being weak, and told Gold to stay out of his way so he could take down Team Rocket. They then met at the Burned Tower in Ecruteak City, where Silver was hoping to find a legendary Pokémon. Seeing Gold there, he thought Gold was also after the legendary Pokémon and battled him to see who was more worthy. After being beaten again, he said that Gold would never be able to catch a legendary Pokémon anyway and left.
Gold ran into Silver as he left the Olivine Gym, finding it empty due to the gym leader Jasmine taking care of a sick Ampharos. Silver expressed frustration at this, as from his point of view a Pokémon that could not battle was worthless and weak Pokémon should just be let go. He also suggested Gold train at the lighthouse to become less weak, which coincidentally turned out to be where Jasmine was. Silver then sought to fulfill his vendetta against Team Rocket and fought his way through their base in Mahogany Town. However, he was easily defeated by Lance this time and met with Gold on his way out. He was haunted by Lance's words that he didn't love and trust his Pokémon enough.
Silver later followed Gold into the Team Rocket base at Goldenrod City and then prepared to defeat Gold so that he would not get in the way during his battle with Team Rocket. In HeartGold/SoulSilver, he was actually following Gold to find Lance in an attempt to get a rematch with him, and when he saw Gold trying to disguise himself as a Team Rocket member, he forced him to take off the uniform, exposing him to Team Rocket. When Silver confronted Gold again in the underground warehouse, he remembered having lost to Gold before and said that was just a fluke and he would repay his debts. But Silver lost again to Gold and began to wonder if Lance was right but at the same time he remained committed to his dreams of becoming the greatest Pokémon trainer.
In HeartGold and SoulSilver, he was also seen leaving the Kimono Girls' home after being defeated by them. Silver did not meet Gold again until he approached the Indigo Plateau to take on the Pokémon League challenge. Silver said it was impossible due to Gold being so much weaker than him and claimed that his Pokémon had become invincible since their last battle. This defeat caused Silver to have a full epiphany, and he left to find out what he lacked, swearing to still become the strongest trainer and then defeat Gold.
Silver next battled Gold at the entrance to Mt. Moon. Despite another loss, Silver this time admitted defeat and demonstrated humility, leaving for further training. However, his dialogue is altered in HeartGold/SoulSilver so that he has not had a full epiphany yet; he still blamed his loss on his Pokémon being weak, although he also admitted that they were getting stronger after each battle, and he decided to train them at the Dragon's Den.
He then traveled to the Dragon's Den and began training there, but he was disappointed that the Master of the dragon clan refused to teach him anything. The first time Gold visited him there in HeartGold/SoulSilver, Lance and Clair showed up, and Silver immediately challenged him to a battle. Lance proposed a double battle with him and Gold against Silver and Clair, but Silver refused to work with Clair because of her embarrassing costume. Thus it became a double battle with Gold and Silver against Lance and Clair. After they won, Silver said that it was not supposed to go that way and promised that he would defeat Silver by training both his Pokémon and his heart. In all versions, Silver was found training in the Dragon's Den every Tuesday and Thursday, but he made sure not to push his Pokémon too hard. And every Monday and Wednesday, Silver would appear at the Indigo Plateau to challenge Gold again, showing proper humility each time he was defeated.
Throughout the seven battles with Silver in the game, he uses the following Pokémon:
- Chikorita/Bayleef/Meganium, Cyndaquil/Quilava/Typhlosion, or Totodile/Croconaw/Feraligatr - Silver's stolen starter Pokémon. He picks whichever Pokémon has a type advantage against the one chosen by Gold. This starter Pokémon first evolves prior to the Ilex Forest battle and then again before the Goldenrod battle (although Quilava instead evolves before the Victory Road battle).
- Gastly/Haunter/Gengar - Blue first uses Gastly during the Ilex battle. It evolves into Haunter by the Burned Tower battle and Gengar by the Mt. Moon battle.
- Zubat/Golbat/Crobat - Silver first uses this Pokémon during the Ilex Forest battle. It evolves into Golbat by the Goldenrod City battle and into Crobat only before the Indigo Plateau rematches. This seems to be a subtle acknowledgment of Silver treating his Pokémon better, as Golbat evolves through happiness.
- Magnemite/Magneton - First used during the Burned Tower battle. It becomes a Magneton by the Victory Road battle.
- Sneasel - First used during the Goldenrod City battle.
- Kadabra/Alakazam - First used during the Victory Road battle. It evolves by the Mt. Moon battle.
Other Pokémon Games
Silver appears in Pokémon Stadium 2 as the final boss of the Gym Leader's Castle in all modes. Referred to as simply the Rival, his Pokémon roster in this game consists only of the legendary Pokémon Mewtwo, Ho-Oh and Lugia.
- Within the Pokémon anime, Silver has only made a cameo appearance in the Japanese opening for the Pokémon Chronicles episode "Legend of Thunder", where Jimmy (the anime version of Gold) was seen looking up angrily at Silver after Silver had defeated his Cyndaquil with a Nidoking. It is also believed that Paul, a new rival character for Ash in the Diamond and Pearl series, is based on Silver due to similar battling attitudes and somewhat similar physical appearances.
- In the Pokémon Adventures manga, Silver is originally featured in the Gold/Silver/Crystal arc after making a foreshadowing cameo in the last chapter of the Yellow arc. It is later revealed that as a child he had been captured by the Mask of Ice with Lugia and raised with other children to serve as his heartless servants. He was paired with Green, but the two were able to escape him. Afterwards they remained in contact as they sought the truths about their parents as well as seeking to bring down the Mask of Ice. He steals Professor Elm's Totodile as part of this and makes his way across Johto, while being pursued by Gold, although eventually they begin to befriend each other until they are attacked by the Mask of Ice and nearly killed. However, Entei is able to bring them to safety until Chrystal saves them, and the three unite for the final battles against the Mask of Ice and Team Rocket, with Silver taking down Will, another of children raised by the Mask of Ice. Silver reappears in FireRed/LeafGreen, where Yellow brings Silver to Viridian City to find his parents, knowing that he must have come from there by scanning the memory of the Sneasel Silver had since childhood. Giovanni is ultimately revealed as Silver's father, and although Silver is initially disgusted by this, Giovanni seemingly sacrifices himself holding Silver above burning wreckage later, with Giovanni's final fate unknown. This causes Silver to begin respecting his father. At the end of the arc he is turned into stone with the other Pokédex-bearing trainers until they are all revived by a wish on Jirachi at the end of the Emerald arc, at which point all the Pokédex trainers team up against Archie and the fake Kyogre. Out of the ten Pokédex trainers, Silver is shown to specialize in Pokémon training.
- Like the previous rival, his name is chosen by the player. His canon name is confirmed as Silver in Pokémon Crystal, where Silver is the default name for the rival.
- Silver was first directly implied at being Giovanni's son FireRed and LeafGreen Versions, where a scientist mentions that Giovanni's son has red hair (and the manga adaptation of those games directly showing Silver being Giovanni's son). This was finally confirmed in HeartGold/SoulSilver.