Piers walks to the beat of his own drum and I respect him for that.
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Piers (Pokemon Sword and Shield, 2019)
Piers pretty much hates everything besides Marnie, his pokemon, and rock ‘n’ roll. He’s the only dark-type gym leader in the series (unless you count Marnie, who technically takes over for him), which in itself is pretty goth. He’s based on British rock stereotypes of the 70s/80s, so I always think of him as a Clash wannabe. Both Piers and the punk rock movement he’s based on reject mainstream ideas, hence why Piers is the only gym leader without a stadium or dynamaxing. He’s too cool to be popular and have encores. He also pays groupies called Team Yell to follow Marnie around and cheer her on, which I think is just so wholesome yet kinda metal at the same time.
As far as his fashion goes, his signature mic is covered in spikes, which seems awfully dangerous, but maybe that’s why there’s a skull on it too. His hair doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. It looks more like tentacles, or like he sheared an Obstagoon and just placed the fur on his head. I’m also about 90% sure he wears eyeshadow. All in all, he’s got that punk rock/goth look down to a T.