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A player character in the world of Pokémon is the protagonist of the games. Remarkably silent, player characters are the avatar of the player; it is left up to the latter to "fill in" what they imagine the character is feeling, thinking and acting, thus immersing the player within the world of the game.
In the main series games, the player characters are Pokémon Trainers beginning their Pokémon journey. They start their journey in their hometown by getting a starter Pokémon, a Pokémon that appears very early in their native region's Pokédex, and is of the Grass-, Fire-, or Water-type. The region's native Pokémon Professor will usually give them this, as well as a Pokédex. Usually, they have rivals who begin their journey at about the same time. Players take part in several events, and meet a great number of Pokémon and people during their adventure. A common target is to conquer a Pokémon League's eight Gym Leaders and Elite Four, and become the Champion. Several additional sidequests occur during and after each game's main plot.
In Pokémon Sunrise and Sunset and s, the male player character, Cameron, corresponds to the secondary version (Sunset), while the female player character, Amelia, corresponds to the primary version (Sunrise). In all previous games, this was the other way around, with the male corresponding with the primary version and the female corresponding with the secondary one.