Paul (Japanese: シンジ Shinji) is a recurring character in the Pokémon anime. He is a Pokémon Trainer from Veilstone City who was first seen at the end of Two Degrees of Separation!, though his full introduction was in When Pokémon Worlds Collide!. He is Ash's main Diamond & Pearl series rival. He has a very Darwinistic approach to training, where he only cares about powerful Pokemon and releases any that don't fit his standard. He is the opposite of Ash and his brother Reggie
Paul has a rotating lineup of Pokemon most of the time in the anime and on top of loving powerful Pokemon, Paul is very intelligent most of the time when it comes to battling as he uses surprising tactics and calculations. His Starter was A Turtwig
His Pokémon include Torterra, Electrive, Weavile, Honchkrow, Usaring, Magmortar, Gliscor, Aggron, Gastrodon, Drapion, Ninjask, Froslass, Nidoking and Hairyama
After his defeat against the hands of Ash Ketchum in the Sinnoh League finals, Paul returned to normal life. Suddenly, he is angrily shocked that many of the Pokemon trainers and creatures were quickly killed by the hands of Dark Lord Empire Federational Apocalypse-United Villains. After all of his strong Pokemon were killed, he is approached by Jeffero. In the end, Paul was killed when Jeffero uses his bare hands to snap off his neck for good.