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Characters: Pokémon Anime

Characters page for the Pokémon anime series. As with the video games, this one's been on the air for quite a while, and has garnered enough examples to require splitting into subpages:

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Pokémon Movie Characters:

     Original Series Movies 

Pokémon the First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back

Human Characters

Dr. Fuji

Voiced by: Yosuke Akimoto (Japanese), Maddie Blaustein (English)

Amber Fuji (Ai/I Fuji)

Voiced by: Kyoko Hikami (Japanese), Kerry Williams (English)

Dr. Fuji's daughter.

Pokémon Characters

Mewtwo

Voiced by: Masachika Ichimura (adult), Showtaro Morikubo (young) (Japanese), Phillip Bartlett (Mewtwo Strikes Back), Dan Green (Mewtwo Returns) (English)

  • Affably Evil: As much of a dick as he was pre-Heel-Face Turn, he's pretty refined in his actions. The English dub makes it a bit more apparent where Mewtwo basically acts like a Pokémon version of Dr. No.
  • Anti-Villain: Type II, as he didn't start out evil but came to the conclusion that Humans Are the Real Monsters based on the callous treatment of the scientists who created him and Giovanni.
  • Anti-Hero: By the end of the first movie and, through all of Mewtwo Returns.
  • Badass: He lives up to his reputation as the most powerful Pokemon ever.
  • Badass Baritone: In the English dub, being voiced by Phillip Bartlett in Mewtwo Strikes Back and Dan Green in Mewtwo Returns.
    • Badass Boast: SO many in the English Dub, though the Japanese original didn't skimp on this either.
  • Badass Cape: Acquires one at the end of Mewtwo Returns.
  • Badass in Distress: In Mewtwo Returns, he lets Giovanni capture him in order to keep the clones safe.
  • Barrier Warrior: Knows Barrier.
  • Beta Test Baddie: Was cloned from Mew and wanted to prove his superiority.
  • Big Bad: Of Mewtwo Strikes Back.
  • Bloodbath Villain Origin: Killed everyone in the lab he was born in.
  • Bowdlerize: The English dub changes Mewtwo's goals and motivations (see Take Over the World below), and also changes his personality from a confused individual wanting to prove his superiority to a pompous evil overlord.
  • Broken Ace: He was created to be the strongest Pokemon ever, with deadly results.
  • Cloning Blues: Much of Mewtwo's angst in Mewtwo Returns comes from his belief that clones don't have the right to share the world with natural-born Pokemon.
  • Contemplate Our Navels: Spends most of Mewtwo Returns questioning whether the clone Pokemon have a right to live with normal Pokemon and trying to avoid contact with humans.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: His only friends spent a short time with him before dying, and then his memories had to be wiped in order to keep the emotional anguish from overloading him during his early stages in the test tube. This left him with only vague flickers of what he remembered with Ambertwo and the other three clones - a sense of grief and loss, accompanied by not understanding exactly why "life is wonderful", or what his purpose is.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The Kanto starter clones and Ambertwo were his childhood friends, but all of them died and the scientists were forced to erase his memories of them to keep his brain waves from going out of control. But even then, he still remembers Ambertwo's last words.
  • Death Glare/Glowing Eyes of Doom/Kubrick Stare: Dons all three right before he proceeds to obliterate the lab and scientists.
  • Determinator: Mewtwo's will was so strong he endured hours, possibly days of torture from machines specifically designed to force him to obey Giovanni, to the point where his body gave out before he did.
  • The Eeyore: Especially in Mewtwo Returns. Meowthtwo tries to get him to lighten up, but it's Ash who ultimately breaks him out of his funk.
  • Evil Overlord: Rules over New Island and all of its cloned Pokémon inhabitants. Taken Up to Eleven in the English dub, where he wants to Take Over the World and behaves like a stereotypical version of this trope.
  • For the Evulz: In the Japanese version, he taunts the humans by offering them an exit from his stadium... if they can brave the raging storm outside.
    • The English version pulls a similar stunt, but in a more implied fashion. While he might have let Ash and company return to the mainland without any problems, he makes no illusion that he's going to spare them his wrath and probably gave them the offer just to see the humans squirm.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: When he finds out the humans who made him don't give jack squat about him. It's traumatic enough as it is, but his childhood friend Ambertwo's last words of "Life is wonderful" are still in his head when he breaks out of his test tube. It's enough to send Mewtwo into a rage and leads him to want vengeance on all non-clone life.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Provides the page quote.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Following Ambertwo's death, although his memories of the incident were erased.
  • Heel-Face Turn/Heel Realization: "I see now that the circumstance's of one birth's are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are".
  • Heroic RROD: Mewtwo resists Giovanni's torture to the point where his body is severely weakened, and then uses the last of his strength to destroy the machines torturing him.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: How he views humans after his early exposure to them. By the end of Mewtwo Returns, he's softened his view on them a bit.
  • Island Base: Has one in the first film that would make even a James Bond villain green with envy. It's a castle complete with a battle arena, cloning machine and Weather Control Machine (in this case, he's the machine), and all this is on the island where he was created, even including the last log of the scientists he killed months before, as a testament to his birth.
  • Jerkass: Both the Japanese and English versions are quite dickish throughout most of the film, though the latter is more prone in rubbing it in the heroes faces.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At the end of Mewtwo Strikes Back and throughout Mewtwo Returns. He even has a Tsundere moment after stopping a bus from falling into a river.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The first of many Ash and company have faced in the movies and one of the more iconic examples in the franchise, even after 15 years.
  • Large Ham: Oh, so much in the English version.
    "I may have been cloned from your DNA, but now I will prove that Mewtwo is better than the original. Superior to Mew! This world is too small for two of us!"
  • Martial Pacifist: Having decided to avoid conflict with humans, when Giovanni shows up in Mewtwo Returns, Mewtwo tries to intimidate him into leaving rather than fight. It doesn't work, and only gives Giovanni an opportunity to take the clone Pokemon hostage.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Interestingly, he may have actually avoided crossing it (while still skirting close by it). When Mewtwo destroyed the lab, Dr. Fuji had more than enough time to make a log entry in one of his computers. This might indicate that he never intended to kill any of the scientists, and that fact that the lab burned down was more likely an accident.
  • Morality Pet: Meowthtwo spends much of Mewtwo Returns trying to convince him he and the other clones are Not So Different from natural-born Pokemon.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Pre-Heel Face Turn in the English dub, in the vein of Karl Stromberg and Hugo Drax, where he plans to destroy all life on earth and repopulate it with his clones.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Due to the ridges over his eyes giving him a permanent Kubrick Stare.
  • Pokémon Of Mass Destruction: He destroyed the New Island Lab and Giovanni's gym with Pillars Of Light and created a massive hurricane just by waving one hand, seemingly without effort.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: "Please, Amber, come back! Don't go, please! Amber...!"
  • Powered Armor: Which, ironically, had the purpose of acting as a Restraining Bolt.
  • Psychic Powers: Is the most powerful Psychic-type Pokemon in existence.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Some fans of Mewtwo's Japanese incarnation have likened him to a scared, confused and angry child, placing him in types B and C of the trope. His motives basically amount to a psychic powered temper-tantrum (albeit one that is not entirely unjustified) as a result of his mistreatment and even some of his dialog is childish in some aspects, saying "Don't tell me what to do!" when Ash and co. confront him on taking their Pokémon. The English dub averts this, glossing over most, if not all, of Mewtwo's childish mannerisms from the Japanese version.
  • Psychotic Smirk: When he does smile in the first film, it's due to amusement at his human adversaries underestimating him.
  • The Social Darwinist: The main purpose of Mewtwo's storm was to pick off all but the strongest Pokemon for him to use as stock for his cloning project. No humans were intended to survive, of course.
  • Soul Power: Knows Shadow Ball.
  • Straw Nihilist: Starts out like this in the first film, but grows out of it by the end.
  • Super Soldier: Giovanni attempted to make Mewtwo into this in both the first film and Mewtwo Returns. Both attempts end in failure, the second of which resulting in Mewtwo erasing all traces of himself from Giovanni's memory.
  • Take Over the World: The English dub more or less Bowdlerizes his main goal from wanting to prove himself to Mew that he is the "true one" of the two to simply this.
  • Talking Pokémon: Uses telepathy to project his thoughts into others' minds.
  • Tragic Villain
  • Used To Be A Sweet Pokémon: The cover for The Birth of Mewtwo radio drama shows him as a happy, little baby Pokémon and has moments where you just want to give him a hug. When Mewtwo grows up and has a better understanding of the circumstances of his birth, he quickly goes off the deep end.
  • Walking the Earth: Embarks on this at the end of Mewtwo Returns.
  • When He Smiles: Twice in Mewtwo Returns; once while moon gazing with Pikatwo and Meowthtwo and again during his healing at the lake, when he finally realizes that the Earth is as much his home as any naturally created Pokémon.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Both in the English and Japanese version of the first film, though much more in the latter (see Take Over The World above).

Mew

Voiced by: Koichi Yamadera

Pokémon the Movie 2000 - The Power of One

Human Characters

Lawrence III (Gelardan)

Voiced by: Takeshi Kaga (Japanese), Neil Stuart (English)

Melody (Fleura)

Voiced by: Akiko Hiramatsu (Japanese), Amy Birnbaum (English)

Pokémon Characters

Slowking (Yadoking)

Voiced by: Masatoshi Hamada (Japanese), Nathan Price (English)

Lugia

Voiced by: Koichi Yamadera (Japanese), Eric Rath (English)

Pokémon 3: The Movie - Spell of the Unown

Human Characters

Molly Hale (Me Snowdon)

Voiced by: Akiko Yajima (Japanese), Amy Birnbaum (English)

Spencer Hale (Sully Snowdon)

Voiced by: Naoto Takenaka (Japanese), Dan Green (English)

Molly's father.

Pokémon Characters

Entei

Voiced by: Naoto Takenaka (Japanese), Dan Green (English)

Pokémon 4Ever - Celebi: Voice of the Forest

Human Characters

Iron Masked Marauder (Vicious)

Voiced by: Shiro Sano (Japanese), Dan Green (English)

Towa

Voiced by: Mami Koyama (Japanese), Veronica Taylor (adult), Kerry Williams (young) (English)

Diana (Miku)

Voiced by: Anne Suzuki (Japanese), Roxanne Beck (English)

Pokémon Characters

Celebi

Voiced by: Kazuko Sugiyama

Suicune

Voiced by: Masahiko Tanaka

Pokémon Heroes

Human Characters

Bianca (Kanon)

Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (Japanese), Lisa Ortiz (English)

Lorenzo (Vongole)

Voiced by: Yuzo Gucci (Japanese), Wayne Grayson (English)

Bianca's grandfather.

Annie and Oakley (Zanner and Lion)

Annie voiced by: Uno Kanda (Japanese), Megan Hollingshead (English)
Oakley voiced by: Yumiko Shaku (Japanese), Lisa Ortiz (English)
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Pokémon Characters

Latias


Latios

Voiced by: Masashi Ebara (Japanese), Megumi Hayashibara (English)

     Advanced Generation Movies 

Jirachi: Wish Maker

Human Characters

Butler

Voiced by Koichi Yamadera (adult), Kenji Nojima (young) (Japanese), Wayne Grayson (English)

A magician who has his show in the Millenium Comet festival. He was once a scientist working for Team Magma on a machine to resurrect Groudon. After his failure, he was expelled from the team, driving him to seek vengeance and prove his theories.

Diane

Voiced by: Riho Makise (adult), Natsuki Yoshihara (young) (Japanese), Megan Hollingshead (English)

Butler's assistant, and his childhood friend whom has feelings for him and vice versa.

Pokémon Characters

Jirachi

Voiced by: Tomiko Suzuki (Japanese), Kerry Williams (English)

Destiny Deoxys

Human Characters

Tory Lund (Tooi Rondo)

Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka (Japanese), Tara Jayne (English)

Pokémon Characters

Deoxys

Voiced by: Susumu Chiba (purple crystal), Kenji Nojima (green crystal)

  • Disney Death: The purple one at the beginning of the movie.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Turns out there's two Deoxys; the difference is in the mark on their faces and crystals. The rampaging one has a purple mark, while the one who was initially just a blob has a green mark.
  • Morality Pet: Green Deoxys might be this to Purple Deoxys, as it is the one who convinces it to stop.
  • Poor Communication Kills
  • Psychic Powers
  • Twin Telepathy: Telepathic Pokémon aren't new to the franchise, but the Deoxys twins can only do it with each other.

Rayquaza


Lucario and the Mystery of Mew

Human Characters

Kidd Summers (Kid Summers)

Voiced by: Becky (Japanese), Rebeca Soler (English)

  • The Ace: She's set a bunch of world records, including one for making the fastest trip around the world in a hot-air ballon, deepest one man submarine dive, and longest independent space walk.
  • Ambiguously Brown
  • Anime Hair: Her hair is braided on each side.
  • Action Girl
  • Samus Is a Girl: At the start of the movie she's seen in a suit of armor.
    • It's also an in-universe example as well, seeing how Ash and Co. reacted when she took her helmet off.
  • Spy Catsuit: Her outfit.
  • Teen Genius
  • Teen Superspy

Sir Aaron (Arlon)

Voiced by: Koichi Yamadera (Japanese), Jason Griffith (English)

Pokémon Characters

Lucario

Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese), Sean Schemmel (English)

Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea

Human Characters

Jack Walker

Voiced by: Koichi Yamadera (Japanese), Rich McNanna (English)

Lizabeth (Hiromi)

Voiced by: Kaori Manabe (Japanese), Emily Williams (English)

Phantom

Voiced by: Hiroshi Fujioka (Japanese), Eric Schussler (English)

Pokémon Characters

Manaphy

Voiced by: Yuri Shiratori (Japanese), Michele Knotz (English)

     Diamond and Pearl Movies 

The Rise of Darkrai

Human Characters

Alice

Voiced by: Rosa Kato (adult), Mamiko Noto (young) (Japanese), Khristine Hvam (English)

  • The Heart
  • Identical Granddaughter: Of Alicia. Darkrai seems to think so, at least.
  • Playing with Fire: Chimchar
  • Protectorate: Darkrai's.
  • Rescue Romance: Averted - she believed that Tonio had saved her when they were children, but although she probably formed her initial attraction towards him over it, she's still clearly in love with him at the end of the movie. Played straight when Tonio saves her from falling off a bridge.

Tonio

Voiced by: Koji Yamamoto (adult), Daisuke Sakaguchi (young) (Japanese), Rich McNanna (English)

Baron Alberto

Voiced by: Koichi Yamadera (Japanese), Ax Norman (English)

Pokémon Characters

Darkrai

Voiced by: Koji Ishizaka (Japanese), Scott Williams (English)

Dialga


Palkia


Giratina and the Sky Warrior

Human Characters

Newton Graceland (Mugen Graceland)

Voiced by: Koichi Yamadera (Japanese), Marc Thompson (English)

Zero

Voiced by: Shido Nakamura (Japanese), Parker Anderson (English)

Pokémon Characters

Shaymin

Voiced by: Vanilla Yamazaki (Japanese), Amy Palant (English)

Giratina

Regigigas

Arceus and the Jewel of Life

Human Characters

Sheena

Voiced by: Kii Kitano (Japanese), Rebecca Soler (English)

Kevin

Voiced by: Yuji Kishi (Japanese), Wayne Grayson (English)

Damos

Voiced by: Masahiro Takashima (Japanese), Dan Green (English)

Marcus (Gishin)

Voiced by: Koichi Yamadera (Japanese), Jason Griffith (English)

  • A God Am I: His motivation in the manga.
  • Bastard Understudy
  • Big Bad
  • Disney Villain Death: In the original timeline. He looks to have suffered a sort-of one in the new timeline (being crushed by rubble), but is revealed to have survived in the end-credits sequence.
  • Driven to Suicide: In the manga, he sets in motion his own death when his plan is thwarted.
  • Evil Redhead
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He firmly believes that Michina Town will die once the Jewel of Life is returned to Arceus, and so takes measures to ensure this won't happen. Subverted in the manga adaptation, where he's a lot less sympathetic.

Pokémon Characters

Arceus

Voiced by: Akihiro Miwa (Japanese), Tom Wayland (English)

Zoroark: Master of Illusions

Human Characters

Grings Kodai

Voiced by: Takanori Jinnai (Japanese), Sean Schemmel (English)

  • Ambition Is Evil: Mainly wanted the ability to see in the future in order to be wealthy, and uses this as his reason to perserve it.
  • Big Bad
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive
  • Crazy-Prepared
  • Dark Is Evil: He has a Mismagius and Shuppet.
    • Light Is Not Good: Wears white clothing and has gold eyes, and is a thoroughly evil individual.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard
  • Kaleidoscope Hair
  • Karmic Death: In the manga adaptation. Crosses over with Disney Villain Death, as he falls from the same height as in the movie but dies from it instead of receiving a Humiliation Conga.
  • Manipulative Bastard: With heavy, heavy emphasis on "bastard".
  • Meaningful Name: His Japanese name, and by extension his English one, comes from the Japanese word for "megalomanic".
  • Obviously Evil: Inverted - his appearance is a little bizarre but not overly suspicious by his own world's standards; however to the audience it fittingly invokes Light Is Not Good with his white suit and gold eyes, because very rarely does a character with both that and Kaleidoscope Hair turn out to be a saint.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Twenty years before the events of the movie, he caused all the plant life in Crown City to die by touching the Time Ripple.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Committed all of them in the span of one movie.
    • Attempted to claim the Time Ripple for himself when it belonged to Celebi (Gluttony and Greed)
    • Desired the power to see the future through unscrupulous means (Lust)
    • Drained Celebi's only energy source (Envy)
    • Nearly electrocuted Zoroark to death when he was mad at her for tricking him (Wrath)
    • Didn't care about anyone but himself (Pride)
    • Had his minions do most of the work for him (Sloth)
  • The Sociopath: Dear goodness - he could give Hunter J a run for her money, and that's saying something. Maybe even Ghetsis as well.
  • Soul Power: His only known Pokémon are a Mismagius and a Shuppet.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Interestingly, he had them even before he absorbed the power of the Time Ripple.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Although that publicity goes straight out the window once everyone learns of the events surrounding him.
  • Would Hurt A Baby Pokémon: "Stop right there, Zoroark! One step closer and this little one is no more!"
  • You Monster!: To emphasise it, even his Bulbapedia entry goes to great lengths describing what a putrid scumbag this guy is.
    "What a horrible person!"

Goon

Voiced by: Koichi Yamadera (Japanese), Marc Thompson (English)

Karl (Kurt)

Voiced by: Takashi Tsukamoto (Japanese), Wayne Grayson (English)

Rowena (Rioka)

Voiced by: Natsuki Kato (Japanese), Bella Hudson (English)

Kodai's secretary, and the operator behind all of his machinery. She's really an undercover reporter working with Karl to bring Kodai down.

Joe

Voiced by: Yuzuru Fujimoto (Japanese), Nick Sullivan (English)

Tammy (Tomo)

Voiced by: Ai Sato (Japanese), Annie Roland (English)

Pokémon Characters

Zorua

Voiced by: Kurumi Mamiya (Japanese), Eileen Stevens (English)

Zoroark

Voiced by: Romi Park

Celebi

Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya

     Best Wishes Movies 

Pokémon The Movie: White — Victini and Zekrom/Pokémon The Movie: Black — Victini and Reshiram

Human Characters

Damon (Dred Grangil)

Voiced by: Takeshi Tsuruno (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English)

Carlita (Karita)

Voiced by: Satomi Ishihara (Japanese), Leah Clark (English)

Juanita (Janta)

Voiced by: Mao Daichi (Japanese), Khristine Hvam (English)

Mannes (Momont)

Voiced by: Koichi Yamadera (Japanese), Michael Alston Baley (English)

Pokémon Characters

Victini

Voiced by: Nana Mizuki

Reshiram

Voiced by: Shosuke Tanihara (Japanese), Marc Thompson (English)

Zekrom

Voiced by: Hideki Takahashi (Japanese), Marc Thompson (English)

Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice

Keldeo

Voiced by: Shoko Nakagawa (Japanese), Vic Mignogna (English)

Kyurem

Voiced by: Katsumi Takahashi (Japanese), Marc Thompson (English)

Genesect and the Legend Awakened

Human Characters

Pokemon Characters

Mewtwo

Voiced by: Reiko Takahashi (Japanese), Miriam Pultro (English)

Genesect Army

Red Genesect voiced by: Koichi Yamadera (Japanese), Scottie Ray (English)
Douse Drive Genesect voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi (Japanese), Samia Mounts (English)
Chill Drive Genesect voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (Japanese), Yuko Minaguchi (English)
Burn Drive Genesect voiced by: Kiyotaka Furushima (Japanese), Tom Wayland (English)
Shock Drive Genesect voiced by: Kensuke Sato (Japanese), Marc Thompson (English)

     XY Movies 

Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction

Human characters

Argus Steel

The main villain of the movie. A master thief who is so good at his trade that even Team Rocket knows his name. He seeks to awaken Diancie's power so he can create diamonds before stealing the Pokémon and fortune for himself.

  • Big Bad Wannabe: Serves as the main villain until Yveltal wakes up and shows itself to be a much greater threat to everyone - including the Steels themselves.
  • Only in It for the Money: Only seeks to awaken Diancie for fortune.
  • Signature Mon: Aegislash, apparently. His outfit even resembles the Pokémon.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Chocolate, up to the point that his daughter, Millis, is annoyed at him for eating too much of it.

Millis Steel

Argus Steel's daughter, who works with her father to awaken Diancie.

Ninja Riot and Marilyn Flame

Two thieves who work alongside the Steels to awaken Diancie.

Pokémon characters

Diancie

The Jewel Pokémon. The Steels seek to awaken it so they can use its powers to create diamonds.

Xerneas

Yveltal

The Destruction Pokémon. Long ago, it caused the "Great Destruction" and sapped the life energy out of all living beings. Now slumbering as a cocoon, it waits until it can be awakened again...
  • Big Bad: While it's an animalistic force of destruction and not a malevolent schemer, it's the biggest threat in the movie.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In keeping with the "dirty tactics" aspect of its Dark type, Yveltal attacks the Steels' airship in order to get to the Steels themselves.
  • Dark Is Evil: A Dark-type Pokémon, and a very savage and destructive one at that.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Subverted. Xerneas stops Yveltal's destructive rampage by calming it down, rather than having it realize the error of its ways.


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