Lance (Japanese: ワタル Wataru) is a Master Dragon-type Trainer, a member of the Kanto Elite Four in Generation I and Generation III and the Pokémon Champion of the Indigo Plateau in Generation II and Generation IV.
Lance is the Champion of the Indigo Elite Four. He is a member of an organization called the Pokémon G-Men.
Lance's first appeared in Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution. When Team Rocket started up an evil scheme at the Lake of Rage, Lance showed up to investigate. He met Ash, Misty and Brock there, saving the children from some formidable Team Rocket Grunts. Ash wanted to help Lance in his mission, but Lance said it was too dangerous.
Team Rocket was trying to investigate the properties of a Red Gyarados so that they could learn how to force Pokémon to evolve. Lance was able to destroy Team Rocket's machine and blow up their laboratory. Lance also battled against Tyson and his two Fearow. Despite being an elite member of Team Rocket, his Fearow were no match for Lance's Dragonite.
Ash was able to calm the Red Gyarados at first, but it continued to go berserk. Finally, Lance caught it to keep it from destroying Mahogany Town. Before leaving, Lance promised Ash that he would take care of Gyarados.
Lance later appeared again in Gaining Groudon and The Scuffle of Legends, where he helped stop the rampage of Kyogre and Groudon. Lance infiltrated Team Magma's submarine and confronted Shelly, who suspected that he wasn't really a Team Magma Grunt. Shortly after, he freed Ash, who had been captured after Pikachu absorbed the Red Orb that controls Groudon. Lance’s Pokémon were later sent into battle to help try to calm the two feuding Legendary Pokémon.
He made a cameo in Marina's fantasy in The Legend of Thunder!.
- Red Gyarados