Okay, so—

These were the sprite for the ace trainers in the original RSE games:


This is the art for the ace trainers in the new ORAS games:


The female ace trainer’s hair looks basically the same, but the male ace trainer’s style is markedly different. In fact, he looks a lot like this person:


Popped collar and everything.

And, fun fact, ace trainer sprites DO appear in the contest halls in the original RSE games…

You can’t tell me this is a coincidence.

(via zerneus)