Fire-type Pokémon are often considered to be among the strongest of the entire franchise, and for good reason. Depending on the species and its secondary typing, Fire-types can often find themselves in advantageous situations as long as they stay away from Water, Ground, and Rock types. Their offensive moves are generally devastating as well.
Fire is a commonly-used element in many anime series. Countless characters utilize it, whether through magic or other means. Many of these characters would translate well to the Pokémon universe and would thrive as formidable Fire-type Gym Leaders.
10 Bols Would Channel His Incinerating Skills Through Volatile Fire Types
Akame ga Kill! is notorious for it killing off most of the main characters, and this rang true for both Night Raid and the Jaegers. Despite his terrifying appearance and his horrifying past actions, Bols Jaeger is actually a pleasant character. He manages to reform, having a loving family and gaining refreshing outlook on life. However, his affinity with fire and destruction are still rooted within him and come out whenever he uses his flamethrower Teigu, Rubicante.
Bols' mask is certainly something that could be incorporated into a Pokémon Gym Leader design, even if the Leaders left out his backstory. Bols would have a fierce team of volatile Fire types, with Mega Camerupt, Heatmor, Magcargo, Magmortar, Coalossal, and Chandelure being likely candidates.
9 Natsu Would Welcome Every Gym Challenger With Relentless Fire And Fury
Natsu Dragneel is one of Fairy Tail's main characters and strongest mages. He is a Fire Dragon Slayer and has all manner of special moves and abilities that are influenced by fire manipulation. Natsu is often seen as being reckless and carefree, which aren't good traits for a Gym Leader in the Pokémon universe.
However, Natsu's traits would certainly allow for a different kind of dynamic in a Gym battle. He may not show the correct Gym Leader etiquette, but he would give it his all in a battle. There are several Fire types that would fit into his team, but Happy would need to be represented in the form of a Torracat. Charizard, Arcanine, and Turtonator are also valid candidates.
8 Roy Mustang Would Seek To Snuff Out Every Challenger
There are multiple characters in both Fullmetal Alchemist and Brotherhood who stand out for their strong personalities, intense backstories, and offensive prowess. Colonel Mustang is certainly one of them. An unpredictable high-ranking officer within the Amestrian State Military, Mustang is also a formidable Flame Alchemist.
As a Fire-type Gym Leader, Mustang would cut an imposing figure. He would appear arrogant and confident, but would likely back it up with his Pokémon battling prowess. Camerupt, Ninetales, Magmar, Rotom Heat, Pansear, and Typhlosion could very well be his full lineup.
7 Lord Ozai Would Unleash His Fury On His Opponents
While there are multiple firebenders and members of the Fire Nation who could be a Fire-type Gym Leader in the Pokémon universe, none would be more fearsome in the role as Ozai. Lord Ozai is the father of Zuko and the younger brother of Iroh in Avatar, and is widely known as a ruthless firebender.
Ozai's Pokémon team would be full of unforgiving firepower, likely including Mega Houndoom, Darmanitan, Pyroar, Coalossal, Typhlosion, and Rotom Heat. With him being angered easily, any Gym battle against Ozai would turn ugly, quickly escalating into an inferno of pure chaos.
6 Shinra Would Fight Until The Bitter End
Shinra Kusakabe is the protagonist of Fire Force. His unnerving smile when he gets nervous can often give people the wrong impression. However, regardless of first impressions, Shinra is one of the strongest characters in Fire Force because of his pyrokinesis and enhanced overall abilities. He is brave, proud, and always willing to help others.
In the Pokémon universe, Shinra would serve as a solid Fire-type Gym Leader. He would likely assemble a team of valiant fighters alongside an unassuming, unevolved Pokémon such as Magby. Infernape, Talonflame, Alolan Marowak, Chandalure, and Volcarona could round out an intriguing yet powerful Fire-type team.
5 A Battle With Ace Would Never Be Disappointing
Portgas D. Ace is the sworn brother of Luffy and the biological son of Gol D. Roger in One Piece. Ace became a fearsome and respected pirate and is usually strong enough without the help of his Devil Fruit. The Flame-Flame Fruit, or Mera Mera no Mi, gives him incredible firepower.
However, The Flame-Flame Fruit is not enough to save him from being killed by Admiral Akainu. Regardless, Ace would be an exceptional Fire-type Gym Leader in the world of Pokémon. Infernape, Blaziken, Torkoa, and Magcargo could very well be members of his team.
4 Mereoleona's Leadership Qualities Would Make For A Solid Gym Leader
Black Clover's Mereoleona Vermillion is a ferocious and unpredictable Fire Magic user, but also a noblewoman and born leader. She serves as a temporary captain of the Crimson Lion squad and the Royal Knights squad. She can manipulate fire and withstand its heat, and her attacks often resemble a lion's paw.
Mereoleona would be an intense but respectable Fire-type Gym Leader and would have a formidable lineup to face her challengers. Pyroar, Arcanine, Delphox, Typhlosion, and a Mega-Evolving Houndoom would make for an intimidating Fire-type team.
3 Endeavor's Complex Character And Fiery Quirk Make For A Perfect Fire-Type Specialist
Enji Todoroki is arguably one of the most complex characters from a stacked roster in My Hero Academia. Father to the talented Shoto Todoroki and known as one of the best heroes, Endeavor, his life is not as easy as it would appear on paper. With his enhanced speed and strength, and his ferocious Quirk, Endeavor takes over from All Might as the top hero. Endeavor is initially seen as something of an anti-hero and a bad father, but he slowly changes his ways.
With his naturally ferocious demeanor and burning power, Endeavor would serve as a formidable Fire-type Gym Leader in the Pokémon universe. A team of bulky Fire types would make sense for him. This would likely include Darmanitan, Camerupt, Turtonator, Incineroar, Charizard, and Magmortar.
2 Yamamoto's Destruction Has No Limit
In Bleach, Yamamoto is considered as overpowered as they come. The commander of Gotei 13 is notoriously skilled in combat, possessing exceptional sword and hand-to-hand combat skills. This is without even considering his Zanpakuto. With Ryujin Jakka and Bankai, Yamamoto has the potential to manipulate flames to attack or melt everything he can see.
Yamamoto would be yet another huge obstacle to overcome in the Pokémon universe as he's perfectly capable of having Legendary Pokémon. A destructive team led by Heatran or Moltres and a Mega-Evolving Camerupt would be a tough test indeed.
1 Escanor Would Form An Imposing Sun Team
In The Seven Deadly Sins, Escanor is the overpowered Lion's Sin of Pride. Despite being frail and cowardly at night, Escanor becomes one of the strongest characters in Seven Deadly Sins when under the shine of the sun. Within the realms of Pokémon, it would make perfect sense for him to have a sun team.
This means setting up Sunny Day or using a Pokémon with a sun-summoning ability like Drought. Escanor's power level would arguably translate to being an Elite Four or Champion-level Pokémon Trainer, but he could also be the eighth Gym Leader. Sun teams can be made up of Grass and Fire types, but Escanor would likely favor strong Fire types. Torkoal would be there to set up Drought, with Emboar, Charizard, Incineroar, Infernape, and the Legendary Entei completing a powerful team.
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