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Characters: Pokémon Origins

Red

Voiced by: Junko Takeuchi (JP), Bryce Papenbrook (EN)

  • Badass: Like with his game counterpart, he takes down an entire criminal organization during the course of the series.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Giovanni learned that the hard way when Red took him down in the Viridian City gym.
  • Curtains Match the Window: His hair are the same color as his eyes.
  • Berserk Button: He does not take the abuse of Pokémon very well. It goes so far that he refuses to take the final badge from Giovanni at first due to his involvement in Team Rocket.
  • Ditzy Genius: He's a very smart kid who is more into researching and collecting Pokémon. However, he seems to keep forgetting type match ups, even into the champion battle.
  • Disappeared Dad: We get a slight hint about his dad. Red openly talks about him but not in a nostalgic way implying Red's Dad is around but just not home a lot.
  • The Fettered: It's to the point where he initially refuses the Earth Badge because the guy giving it is a crimelord.
  • Hot-Blooded: Played with. He is Hot-Blooded, but he's also a Blue Oni.
  • Keet: He can be quite excitable sometimes.
  • The Klutz: Professor Oak actually says this is a Disability Superpower because it's required Red to take it slow and learn to analyze how to do things and thus be more adaptive to his environment.
  • Meaningful Name: It's revealed his dad named him Red because red is the color of love and warmth.
  • Nice Guy: A kind-hearted and friendly guy at heart. He is willing to help others in need, even for his rival, Blue.
  • Perpetual Frowner: His battle face is one of these. Outside of battle he's very happy and smiley.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Ironically, he's a Blue Oni to Blue's Red.

Blue Oak (Green Ookido)

Voiced by: Takuya Eguchi (JP), Lucien Dodge (EN)

  • Disc One Final Boss: Although the series built Blue up as the final opponent for Red, he is defeated halfway through 4th episode and the remainder deals with the True Final Boss, Mewtwo.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's an arrogant, condescending asshole, sure - but it's clear that he does view Red as a good friend on some level.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Weirdly enough, he's the Red Oni.
  • The Rival: To Red.
  • Tsundere: He clearly respects Red by the end of the series... although he'd never admit it out-loud.

Professor Oak (Dr. Ookido)

Voiced by: Katsuji Mori (JP), Kyle Hebert (EN)

  • Berserk Button: Do not treat your Pokémon with contempt or call them morons in front of him.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: His long life dream is to see his Pokédex being complete, and he entrusts Red and Blue to finish it.
  • Vocal Dissonance: He sounds much younger than he looks, which can be a bit jarring for viewers familiar with the anime version.

Mr. Fuji

Voiced by: Minoru Inaba (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN)
  • The Atoner: Implied by one of his gifts to Red, a Mega Stone. It proves to be vital against Mewtwo, a Pokémon that he was involved in creating.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was once known as Dr. Fuji, a famous scientist who was involved in the creation of Mewtwo.
  • Distressed Dude: Like in the games, he gets captured by Team Rocket in the Pokémon tower.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He takes care of abandoned and orphaned Pokémon, such as Cubone.

Giovanni (Sakaki)

Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (JP), Jamieson Price (EN)

  • Adaptational Heroism: Giovanni is portrayed more sympathetically compare to various other adaptations, including the games. While a villain nonetheless, here he is mostly motivated by business and greed rather than personal power and world domination. This is best demonstrated in his reaction after losing to Red. In the games, Giovanni disbands Team Rocket because he feels unworthy to be its leader after losing to a young kid three times and swears to become a better trainer. It was later revealed in HeartGold and SoulSilver that he had never truly abandoned his old ambitions and sought to revive Team Rocket after his training. In Origins, Giovanni remembers the fun of Pokémon battles from his childhood, and realizes that treating Pokémon as tools for business was wrong all along. He then disbanded Team Rocket to atone for his mistakes, and create a new path for himself and his Pokémon.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He isn't the Rocket Boss and the Viridian Gym Leader for nothing.
  • Badass: As Red finds out, Giovanni is an exceptionally tough and merciless trainer, able to Curb Stomp nearly all of Red's entire team with just one Pokémon.
  • Big Bad: He's the overarching Big Bad of the series, while Mewtwo was more of a Giant Space Flea from Nowhere.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Naturally to be expected from the boss of a criminal organization. Much of Giovanni's plans involve poaching Pokémon, using Pokémon for experiments, and taking another company hostage just to obtain new technology to catch more Pokémon. He even refers to Pokémon as just "business" and doesn't understand why Red would see them as something more until he rediscovers his old passion during the final Gym Battle.
  • Greed: His motive for running Team Rocket and conducting cruel experiments on Pokémon.
  • Hidden Depths: His gym battle with Red slowly, but surely, brings out his dormant Hot-Blooded nature and passion for Pokemon training that he had forgotten for years.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Preforms one after his battle with Red, realizing Red's view of Pokémon as more than tools to commit crimes is right.
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