Lightning Gym Leader Headcanon

something I’ve had for YEARS is the head canon that all of the Electric Gym Leaders are related. Wattson is of course the oldest of them all, and is Lieutenant Surge’s Uncle, he often remarks on the fact that Surge ‘should’ve chosen a better place for an electric gym then right next to a hub for ground types’

Surge has several brothers and sisters, and therefore many nieces and nephews. Elesa and Volkner are cousins, and actually get along pretty well because they’re the two most likely to sit around the edge of family reunions in exasperation.

Clemont is actually Volkner’s younger brother although there’s a huge age gap between them. On the surface it doesn’t look like they get along very well because of their clashing personality types but when Clemont got bullied when he was significantly younger (and before he had his own devices and pokemon to defend him) Volkner would find them, regardless if Clemont told him who gave him the black eye or not.

Spark is related through Wattson’s (deceased) sibling and going down that line, but his parents passed away due to an accident. Surge, who has somewhat of a dating life but has never actually settled down with someone and had a family, had plenty of room and time to take care of a child and took Spark in. He was the one who was the most excited when Spark was given the opportunity to help spearhead the Go program. 

Spark of course gets along well with the entire family, and loves to visit them all. He built Instinct to try and epitomize that feeling of family he grew up with, even despite the distance between them all. They sent him letters and new pokemon from their regions and discoveries and visited whenever they could. That’s what he wanted the Go program to be about - a family regardlass of distance. 

Of course he discovers a new kind of family among Blanch and Candela

He also found Zapdos when Surge took him on a trip down to his old work, the powerplant.