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Main Cast

    Misty (Kasumi) 
See here for more about Misty and her Pokémon.

    Brock (Takeshi) 
See here for more about Brock and his Pokémon.

    Tracey Sketchit (Kenji) 

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Voiced in Japanese by: Tomokazu Seki
Voiced in English by: Ted Lewis (4Kids), Craig Blair (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Alfredo Leal (Season 2), Javier Olguín (Season 5), Ricardo Bautista (one episode of Chronicles and another in Season 8), Gerardo García (rest of Chronicles), Christian Strempler (Season 9)
Voiced in European French by: Bruno Mullenaerts

A friend of Ash's, who he met on his trip to the Orange Islands. Specializes in Pokémon watching; i.e. he draws pictures of Pokémon in their natural habitat with surgical precision. Tracey primarily draws Pokémon, but there are several human subjects scattered around his various sketchbooks. Huge fan of Prof. Oak.


Tropes involving him and his Pokémon include:

  • Ascended Fanboy: Since his debut, he has always been a fan of Professor Oak's work and wishes to one day meet his hero. Oak takes him under his wing at the end of the Orange Islands arc.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Tracey's typical battle style. He can predict an opponent's moves based on having seen the set-up motions before and get a counterattack going immediately, which isn't too shabby. In his initial appearance, he was able to discern upbringing problems with a group of trainers' Pokémon, and gauge how strong and well-conditioned Pikachu was with but a mere precursory glance.
  • Covert Pervert: Downplayed, but if you find anything in his sketchbook that isn't a Pokémon, it's probably a pretty girl he encountered while travelling around with Ash.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: He has the dubious honor of being the friend who Ash traveled with the least: he was only part of the group for the Adventures In The Orange Islandsnote , and Brock (who he was intended to replace) returned and reclaimed his position in the group just in time for Tracey's departure.
  • Meaningful Name: What do you think does he do in his free time? Take a wild guess.
  • Non-Action Guy: He can battle if he has to, but he uses his Pokémon mainly for fieldwork.
  • Out of Focus: After the very first episode of Diamond and Pearl, he did not appear again until BW116, 306 episodes later. To date, his last speaking role was the final episode of Advanced Generation... Over 600 episodes ago.
  • Spell My Name with an S: It's "Tracey", not "Tracy".
  • Written-In Absence: In JN068, 354 episodes since his last appearance, Professor Oak mentions that he's been helping look for Ash's Infernape, who hasn't been seen in days.
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    Tracey's Pokémon 

Venonat (Kongpang)

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Voiced in Japanese by: Rikako Aikawa
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis

The first of Tracey's Pokemon to be introduced. It's often used as a radar by his trainer due to its radar-like vision.


Marill (Maril)

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Voiced in Japanese by: Mika Kanai
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers

Tracey's second Pokémon to be introduced. Like Venonat's eyes, Marill's ear are very useful to detect other Pokémon. Marill is more used in battle than Venonat. At Professor Oak's laboratory, Marill gave birth to Misty's Azurill.


Scyther (Strike)

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Voiced in Japanese by: Unshō Ishizuka
Voiced in English by: Eric Stuart

This old Scyther used to be a leader of a tribe of Scythers at the Orange Islands, but lost its position to young Scyther. Tracey brought it to the Pokémon Center to have it recover its wounds from the battle, but it goes straight back to its tribe to save them from Team Rocket despite still being injured. After saving its former tribe and giving its blessing to its young successor, Scyther allows Tracey to catch it. Despite its old age and lack of stamina, it still retains its warrior's pride and would develop soon a sort of rivalry with Ash's Charizard.


  • Animal Facial Hair: Sports a prominent pair of sideburns, despite being an insect.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: A Bug-Type Pokémon who resembles a giant mantis.
  • Changing of the Guard: Rejected from its tribe because it was too old to remain the leader (though it makes amends with its young successor before accepting Tracey as its trainer).
  • Cool Old Guy: Scyther is old and out of shape, but still a Scyther no less.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Manages to defeat Arbok, Lickitung, Victreebel, Weezing, and even Meowth in battle by itself. Before the battle between Scyther vs Team Rocket's Pokemon got underway, Pikachu is quick to rush to Scyther's aid and offer to fight Team Rocket's Pokemon with Scyther, an offer of which Scyther politely declines.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Knows Double Team.
  • Mundane Utility: Uses Swords Dance to blow away Weezing's poisonous gas after Team Rocket attacks.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: A proud fighter despite its old age.
  • The Rival: Very briefly with Charizard due to some initial aggression. After repelling a Team Rocket attack, they "flex their muscles" a bit before making peace.
  • Running Gag: Would break into a pant after working, since it left the Pokémon Center before healing properly. It's lampshaded the first time.
  • Team Dad: To a degree towards the other Pokémon. Definitely towards its tribe, given it left the Pokémon Center (still injured) to save them from Team Rocket.

Supporting Cast

Introduced in Kanto

    Professor Samuel Oak (Dr. Yukinari Okido) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Unshō Ishizuka (EP001 to SM043), Kenyū Horiuchi (SM091 to present)
Voiced in English by: Stuart Zagnit (4Kids), Carter Cathcart (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Hugo Navarrete, Arturo Castañeda (as "Sam" in Movie 4)
Voiced in European French by: Jean-Marc Delhausse, Georges Caudron (Movie Pokémon 4Ever)

Professor Oak comes from Pallet Town. He is Gary Oak's grandfather and gave Pikachu to Ash as a last resort after he woke up late to take one of the other three starters. His status as a semi-main character means that he shows up the most out of all the professors in theseries.


  • Ascended Extra: In the games, he just gives the Player Character their started Pokémon, the Pokédex, and some Poké Balls to start catching and sends them off. That's all done in the first episode of the anime, then he keeps showing up, either to provide information to Ash or taking care of Bill's function in the games, keeping any Pokémon at his lab that Ash doesn't need at the moment and sending them to him if he gives him a call.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a bit eccentric and has a child-like sense of wonder when it comes to Pokémon, but he's still a well-respected professor in his field.
  • Butt-Monkey: Somewhat. He seems to always get attacked by the Pokémon he looks after. He got attacked by Ash’s (then) Aipom, his Bayleef, his Meltan, and throughout the Japanese version's segments, he is perpetually attacked by his sample Pokemon, even normally tranquil ones like a Sylveon turn vicious when he gets too close. Even Pokemon that do like Oak's affection, he wishes they didn't, particularly Muk.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the first episode, he was a bit of a grumpy Deadpan Snarker and he was visibly annoyed with Ash who came too late to get his first Pokémon. Later on, he would become an eccentric Nice Guy.
  • Cool Old Guy: He gets very excited whenever he meets new Pokémon and he is a very passionate scientist. He also has some cool Pokémon, such as Dragonite and Rotom.
  • A Day in the Limelight: His younger self stars as a principal character in Pokémon 4Ever. However, it is not revealed to the audience that they're the same person until the very end of the movie.
  • Depending on the Writer: In the main anime itself, he's beloved and respected by most Pokémon, who show as much succinct loyalty to him as their trainers. In his podcast segments however, not a single one will hesitate to brutally assault him as he tries to inspect them in his lectures. He must borrow a very grouchy sample roster.
  • Friend to All Living Things: One way or another, he'll find a way to get on a Pokémon's good side. Except in his end-of-episode segments....
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: Besides being one of the leading experts on Pokémon, he's also a world-renowned poet.
  • The Hyena: His Rotom laughs at all the Amusing Injuries he suffers in later Pokemon segments.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: In the Japanese version, Oak would often have a short segment at the end of an episode demonstrating a certain quality or attack that Pokémon can execute. It usually always ends up being used on him. He's been burned, electrocuted, frozen, punched, bitten, and flung across the room more times than you can count.
  • Loose Canon: In the Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon special, he was shown to have a Dragonite. It is unclear, however, if said special—and hence Oak's Dragonite as well— is canon to the main anime.
  • Mission Control: Most of Ash's Pokémon are just a phone call away courtesy of him. He also plays a straighter example in Pokémon 3.
  • Nice Guy: Oak is friendly to Pokémon and humans, something that becomes a standard characteristic for future professors.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: A recurrent gag is him getting too up close and personal inspecting a Pokemon, and getting maimed for agitating them. Even with the ones that don't mind his affection like Growlithe and Raichu, he often forgets that a Pokemon doesn't have to be harmful on purpose.
  • Out of Focus: After making semi-frequent appearances in all previous series, he was mostly absent in XY, only appearing via video call in the third and very last episodes. Since Sun & Moon, he's returned to his previous recurring character status.
  • The Professor: The most prominent one of the entire franchise and the most famous Pokémon professor of the entire world.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: A rare handful of his Pokemon segments end with nothing bad happening to him. In the Slowpoke segment for example, the Slowpoke doesn't retaliate due to being, well, Slowpoke, while the Squirtle segment ends with Squirtle preventing his lab setting on fire. The Clefable segment is unironically heartwarming, with the Clefable happily sharing riceballs with the professor.
  • Ship Tease: With Delia. In Pokémon Live!, Ash asks Professor Oak not to bring his mother home too late. As a result, he's one of the more frequent fan guesses for the identity of Ash's father (next to Giovanni, of course).
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: In his Pokemon segments. Even the rare times the Pokemon likes the attention and co-operates with his instructions, they will often still end up injuring him by accident. Pikachu, Raichu, Charmander, and Growlithe's segments for example.

    Gary Oak (Shigeru Ookido) 
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Click here to see Gary in Journeys 
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuko Kobayashi
Voiced in English by: Jimmy Zoppi
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gerardo Del Valle (Original Series and Journeys), Víctor Ugarte (Chronicles), Ricardo Bautista (Advance Generation and two episodes of Diamond & Pearl), Benjamín Rivera (One episode of Diamond & Pearl), Noé Velásquez (One Episode of Diamond & Pearl)
Voiced in European French by: Lionel Bourguet

Ash's first rival when he started off as a Pokémon trainer, and the grandson of Professor Oak. Gary and Ash were childhood friends whose relationship soured at some point prior to them leaving home. Gary would often take any chance to insult Ash when they met up, rubbing in his face all the ways he was succeeding better than Ash. But after Ash finally defeated Gary, Gary realized that being a trainer wasn't really his calling and decided to follow in his grandpa's footsteps to become a Pokémon professor. Following Gary retiring as a trainer, he and Ash have mended their old friendship, regarding each other mostly positively whenever their paths cross.


  • The Ace:
    • Gary seems to be pretty much be the best at what he does, claiming to be the top trainer out of the four who left Pallet Town in episode 1, and was always at least two steps ahead of Ash. He even had time to go on a vacation because he had obtained two more badges than necessary to enter the League tournament before Ash had reached the minimum quota. That said, it ultimately ends subverted once he and Ash finally get matched up in the Johto League, with Ash proving himself the superior trainer by winning a long, arduous battle.
    • His status returns in Journeys, however, where he dominates his Project Mew competition and collects by far the most tokens of any challenger. Similar to his situation in Kanto, he secures himself a Chaser position by collecting a whopping 12 Project Mew tokens, then collects another 3 with Goh just for the sake of it.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Unlike the likes of Misty, Brock, May, Dawn, etc. who are both modelled after Pokémon game characters and share their Canon Name's, Gary is based on the rival character from the first generation of Pokémon, but that character's Canon Name in media is Blue (Green in Japan), while Gary himself was given an original name. Ironically, due to Gary being nearly identical to Blue and arguably the more well-known character in comparison, contrasting with Ash who is based on the first playable character, Red, but is easily distinguishable from him, many fans refer to Blue by the name Gary, even though they are not the same character.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Gary has green eyes while his game counterpart, Blue, has brown eyes. Also, Gary has much darker hair than Blue. As of Journeys Gary's eye and hair color have been converted to closer match his game counterpart. Gary does, however, have arrow shaped eyebrows which have always been unique only to him.
  • Adaptational Wimp: His game counterpart, Green/Blue, became the Champion of Kanto after he defeated the Elite 4. Here he never quite gets close to either feat and retires from training to be a researcher after the Silver Conference.
  • Affectionate Nickname: While it started out far more belittling in nature, Gary referring to Ash as "Ashy-boy" (Satoshi-kun in Japanese) seems to have taken on this status after his relationship with Ash lost its antagonism.
  • Age Lift: When Gary's cheerleaders appear in "Beauty and the Beach", they are all substantially taller and curvier than they were in the first episode.
  • All-Cheering All the Time: Gary is followed around by an entourage of cheerleaders approximately twice his age. All they ever do is either cheer him on or cry when he loses a Pokemon battle or something.
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Gary is not only constantly surrounded by cheerleaders, in the Japanese version of "Beauty and the Beach" he boasts that all six of them are his girlfriends.
  • Always Second Best: Ironically, despite all of his advantages, he is always a rank behind Ash in every official tournament or competition they've partaken together.
  • Always Someone Better: He was initially this to Ash; being one step ahead of him, catching far more Pokémon, training nearly all of them into elite fighters, smarter strategies, and being more knowledgable of Pokémon in general. This ended when Ash defeated Gary at the Silver Conference; though Gary would occasionally win a friendly battle with Ash post-rivalry whenever he came back from a new region, just to remind Ash to not get too complacent.
  • Anime Hair: Although far from being the most extreme example in the series, it's definitely there.
  • Art Evolution:
    • When we see him after the Battle Frontier, his design matches his game counterpart in FireRed/LeafGreen. As of Journeys he's wearing an ensemble identical to his counterpart in HeartGold/SoulSilver.
    • Gary's cheerleaders debut in the first episode as a handful of middle-school Pom Pom Girls in standard cheerleader skirts, but when they reappear alongside him in "Beauty and the Beach", there are no longer merely three but six of them, and they all have brand-new designs to show off. These new designs would remain for the rest of their appearances—the original designs would be almost forgotten if they hadn't been recorded in art from Pocket Monsters: The Animationnote  or if Pokémon Journeys hadn't featured the cheerleaders in their original designs in a flashback.
  • Barrier Warrior: Electivire's Protect.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: His Scizor is a large metallic red mantis.
  • Brainy Brunette: Even becomes a Pokémon researcher, just like his grandfather.
    • And even before that, Gary had such a high knowledge of Pokémon, he barely needed to use his Pokédex to get any info on them, in contrast to Ash who uses his every time he sees a Pokémon, even ones he's already seen.
  • Brainless Beauty: His fanclub, whose sole existence revolved around fawning attention on him.
  • Break the Haughty: Being utterly owned by Mewtwo in Viridian City and then not even making it past the preliminary round of the Kanto-region Pokémon league that he and Ash had spent at least a year training for. He gets better, though.
    • It was somewhat implied Gary had never lost before, which seems to shape him into a more humble person. Break the Haughty indeed.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • After driving off with his cheerleaders following his departure from the Indigo League tournament, Gary vanished from the series for a time. He came back a changed man right as Ash was returning from his trip through the Orange Islands and would go on to be a recurring character for the Johto adventure.
    • After being absent for nearly the entirety of Advanced Generation, he returned in the season finale of Battle Frontier and was a recurring character throughout Diamond & Pearl. He was then put back on the bus after that season ended.
    • After a third absence that lasted 12 years, he finally returns again in Pokemon Journeys. He gets a Promotion to Opening Titles starting from episode 50 and shows up in episode 68, where he helps set up the Project Mew subplot for Goh. He appears again in episode 71, where he continues his Project Mew work.
  • Carload of Cool Kids: Gary, his cheerleaders, and their convertible of choice during the original Kanto journey.
  • Characterization Marches On: Downplayed. Despite his sequential Break the Haughty experiences at the end of his travels in Kanto, Gary was still pretty egotistical and more than willing to drive around with his posse. His return at the end of the Orange Islands arc was a pretty dramatic sidestep into his more solemn characterization with little explanation to show for it. This lasted until the Silver League Conference saw him return to his old school ways, cheerleaders and all.
  • Childhood Friends: Being neighbors in Pallet Town, he was this with Ash prior to the incident with the Pokeball. See We Used To Be Friends below.
  • Crossdressing Voices: In Japan, Shigeru is voiced by a woman. The English dub averts it by having him be voice by a man.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Got his own episode in Pokémon Chronicles.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The "deadpan" part coming in from Johto and onwards.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Gary's been this since the original series ended — he didn't appear at all in Hoenn (only showing up at the end of Advanced Generation), shows up only four times in Diamond and Pearl (in two of which he got his ass handed to him by Team Galactic), and didn't appear in Unova, Kalos, or Alola.
    • Even during the original series, he suffered from this. Despite being Ash's main rival up till the end of Johto, he scarcely appeared after the Kanto saga ended, only having appeared in about 5 episodes between the end of the Indigo League and the start of the Johto League.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Umbreon, who knew Double Team as an Eevee.
  • Dub Personality Change: In the original Japanese version, Gary is more of a mildly antagonistic rival to Ash, and is respected by Ash's companions. The dub amplifies his antagonism and obnoxiousness towards Ash and subsequently has less respect from his peers. This makes him more in-line with his game counterpart, Blue (Green).
  • Dub Name Change: From Ookido Shingeru to Gary Oak.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference:
    • Downplayed with his cheerleaders, whose costume and hair designs were not actually finalized until "Beauty and the Beach".
    • His eyes were originally shown to be blue but were later changed to green.
  • Easily Forgiven: When Gary becomes much nicer to Ash after the former’s loss at the Silver Conference, Ash forgives Gary easily for being such a jerk to him for many episodes.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Scizor, Electivire's Iron Tail.
  • Elemental Punch: Electivire's Thunder Punch.
  • Energy Weapon: Nidoqueen's Hyper Beam.
  • Flat Character: Not Gary himself, but his Pokemon don't really have any standout personality traits beyond their loyalty to him. Even the ones that appear more often, like Blastoise, Umbreon, and Electivire, have never received much fleshing out.
  • Friendly Enemy: Has shades of it in the original Japanese version, but it was removed by the English dub until Johto. After losing in the Indigo League and spending some time reflecting on his losses, Gary soon became a full-on friendly rival to Ash, though he still has some of his original snark left to throw.
  • Good Counterpart: Gary's Electivire is a friendly Gentle Giant, unlike Paul's who's a Blood Knight Psycho Electro.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Initially. He gets better over time though and becomes nicer to Ash and his friends, even teaming up with Ash, Brock, Misty, and Harrison to stop Team Rocket in one episode of the "Master Quest" series.
  • Graceful Loser: When he's eliminated from the Indigo League, and Ash confronts him about his loss, Gary takes it surprisingly well, admitting that he's got some room for improvement that he hadn't realized up until that point. His fangirls, however, are much more distraught over his loss than he is.
  • Handsome Lech: In Kanto, he traveled with a large group of older girls. That is one pimp pre-teen.
  • Hero of Another Story: He's clearly done a lot off camera, but most of it goes unseen. Lampshaded by him when he meets up with Ash again in Journeys when he states it'd take a while to recount everything he's done since the last time they saw each other in Sinnoh.
  • Insufferable Genius: While most of the time he's a Small Name, Big Ego who loses his more important battles, he's still quite a competent trainer and is more than happy to show it off. Him gaining ten badges in Kanto and flaunting them to Ash is one of the most (in)famous examples.
  • Jerkass: At the beginning of the series, he is an insufferable jackass who flaunts his superiority over Ash and others. Especially Ash. As if it wasn't enough for him to leave Ash in the dust, Gary would often taunt Ash about him being behind whether it be leaving crude messages on road signs or stealing Ash's opportunity to challenge a Gym despite having more than enough badges to enter the League. He gets better from Johto onwards thanks to a humiliating defeat at the Indigo League, but this can still pop up.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He used to be a cocky and arrogant jerk in the original series. But after his defeat at the hands of Ash in the Johto League Silver Conference, he mellow it out as he evolves into a kinder person as he is from Johto and onwards.
  • Jerkass to One: Played with in Journeys where he still treats Ash as a friend and gives a warm greeting to Horace, he still treats Goh the same was he treated Ash in the original series. Something Goh doesn't take too well.
  • Large Ham: During his Small Name, Big Ego Kanto days, he never introduced himself with modesty or quietness. He was loud, boastful and would always make sure that you will remember his awesomeness. And he never passed up an opportunity to increase his theatricality;
  • Megaton Punch: Nidoqueen's Mega Punch.
  • Mind Rape: Suffers this at the hands (paws?) of Mewtwo. One wonders if his decision to quit Pokemon training wasn't at least partly influenced by this incident.
  • Morality Pet: Umbreon, most likely, seeing as he started to train it at the same time his change of attitude started. (Given the fact that it is an Umbreon might be a factor, seeing as Eevee evolve into Umbreon when treated well by a trainer.)
  • Mythology Gag:
    • His eyes are green as either a reference to his game counterparts JPN name (Green), one of the first two games in the series (Red and Green), or both.
    • His Umbreon is actually an indirect reference to Red's Espeon in Gold and Silver. As Ash is the anime incarnation of Red, his hypothetical Eevee would have evolved into an Espeon. Thus it stands to reason that his rival would have the opposing Eeveelution (Umbreon) of Gen II.
    • His decision to become a researcher may or may not be in reference to the cut plot from the 1997 beta of Gold Version. Originally set 1 year later, Blue, having suffered a major blow to his pride, mellowed out and decided to become one of Oak's aides.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: He's named after Shigeru Miyamoto in the original Japanese version, in homage to being The Mentor of Satoshi Tajiri.
  • No-Sell: His Golem is too heavy for Charizard to lift, so no Seismic Toss for Golem.
  • Olympus Mons: He catches a Regidrago in JN113.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: In JN113, he's revealed to have a Hatterene. A part Fairy Type that knows Dazzling Gleam.
  • Out of Focus: Even during the original series, Gary's rivalry with Ash received surprisingly little focus overall. They only had one battle prior to the Johto League, and many of Gary's appearances were only cameos or in filler episodes that did little to develop or build him up as a rival. It only got worse after Kanto, where Gary made even fewer appearances and contributed even less to Ash's growth.
  • Paid Harem: He had a gang of cheerleaders supporting him (and in one case, Ash) in Kanto; after losing at the Indigo League and learning humility, he got rid of them, although they returned for his battle with Ash in the Silver Conference.
  • Pet the Dog: In Battle Of The Badge, Gary's the one who tackles Meowth to prevent him from blowing up the rigged platform Ash is standing on during his gym battle against Team Rocket.
  • Playing with Fire: Arcanine and Magmar.
  • Poisonous Person:Has both Nidoking and Nidoqueen —who are part Poison-Type— in his collection.
  • Pom-Pom Girl: For the entirety of the Kanto journey in Pokémon: The Original Series, Gary was attended by half a dozen personal cheerleaders who engaged in All-Cheering All the Time. According to Pocket Monsters: The Animation, his uncle (the mayor of Pallet) hired them for him, but since his uncle is not canon to the anime itself, the girls probably lack this justification. They vanished for almost the entire Johto journey, but returned for the long-delayed match between Ash and Gary.
  • Psychic Powers: Umbreon's Psychic.
  • Punny Name: His English name, funnily enough.
  • The Reveal: It wasn't until his second match with Ash that we learned he started with Squirtle. None of his main Pokémon were even shown until episode 63 (when he was shown using Nidoking and Arcanine at the Viridian Gym), though his Krabby made a brief appearance in episode 13, alongside the one Ash had just caught). We did hear at a few points in early episodes that he caught a lot of Pokémon.
    • Over 200, according to Professor Oak, meaning since there were only 151 kinds in the Kanto saga, he's caught quite a few more of the same species, especially since he had only seen 60 at that point.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Ash's red of the "Original Series", being level-headed and logical while Ash is brash and impulsive.
  • The Rival:
    • Ash's main rival until the end of the Johto saga. He and Ash are currently providing the page picture for this trope.
    • He becomes the main rival for Goh for Project Mew when he makes his return in Journeys, while ironically acting like best buddies with his old rival Ash.
  • Same Character, But Different: Kanto's Gary was a snide braggart who was constantly lording himself and his experiences over Ash while traveling around with a personal cheerleading team in a convertible (while Ash was hoofin' it old-school). Johto's Gary was an aloof and stoic wanderer accompanied by only his Pokémon — Johto's first opening even wrapped him in a distinctive black cloak. This was explained as a result of his surprise loss in the preliminary rounds of the Indigo League, in addition to his previous curbstomp by Mewtwo, which severely wounded his pride and led to him becoming a more serious, less braggy trainer.
  • Signature Move: The original Johto opening would have you believe Gary's Eevee was his Signature Mon.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: Gary's Blastoise was an expert in using Rapid Spin to deflect Ash's attacks, like Muk's Sludge Bomb and Bayleef's Razor Leaf.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Really thinks highly of himself in the first season, which only increases the irony over the fact that he loses in the preliminaries of the Indigo League while Ash gets farther. Played for hilarity when, during the swimsuit contest in the originally-banned Beach Episode, he actually believes everyone is watching him.
  • Spectacular Spinning: Blastoise's Rapid Spin.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He becomes considerably nicer to Ash during the Johto Arc.
  • Tuckerization: His Japanese name, Shigeru, is taken from Shigeru Miyamoto, who served as a mentor to Satoshi Tajiri.
  • The Unfought: Despite being Ash's rival, the two never battle in the first series, having their first one-on-one battle in the final episode of the Orange Island saga after Ash had returned home. Technically the two don't even a full battle until the tail-end of the Johto Saga at the Silver Conference.
  • Use Your Head: Blastoise's Skull Bash.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Ash, before a quarrel involving a broken Pokéball of which they each kept half of. They eventually mend their friendship after the Silver Conference and remained friendly ever since.

    Delia Ketchum (Hanako) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Masami Toyoshima
Voiced in English by: Veronica Taylor (4Kids), Sarah Natochenny (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ana Patricia Anides (Original Series and current), Rebeca Manríquez (Chronicles), Elena Ramírez (Advance Generation and the start of Diamond & Pearl)
Voiced in European French by: Catherine Conet (Season 1-12, Movies 2-3), Julie Basecqz (Season 14-16), Fabienne Loriaux (Season 19-current)

Ash's always-loving mother. Not much more needs to be said about her. Just let the tropes do the talking.


  • Action Mom: Ash's skill is apparently genetic, given that she's more than able to scrap when she needs to.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Delia wore a pencil-skirt to just above the knees until her stint as a Guest-Star Party Member in Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon, when her design was updated to give her a longer, fluffier skirt.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: A Running Gag in the 4Kids Entertainment Dub. Delia frequently and loudly reminds Ash to change his you-know-whats. Sometimes his friends are around. Sometimes there's a small crowd. Sometimes it's being filmed on live TV.
  • And the Rest: Delia has been known to do this to her own son. This trope is much less common in later series.
    Delia: "Oh, Pikachu! It's so good to see you again, oh you're so cute, I could just hug you all dayoh, hi Ash."
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In some Chronicles episodes, she actually displayed some skill as a trainer. This returns when she makes an appearance in Sun and Moon and rather fluently uses Ash's Litten to fend off Team Skull (to everyone, even Litten's surprise).
  • Characterization Marches On: Early on she was pretty clueless about Pokémon, but the third film reveals that she was one of Oak's top students.
  • Cuteness Proximity:
    • Makes recurring appearances in Sun and Moon, where she has taken a special fondness to Ash's Litten.
    • She also developed a brief Running Gag that whenever Ash would come home she'd make a beeline for Pikachu and belatedly notice Ash was there, too.
  • The Ditz: Downplayed, but, early on at least, Delia sometimes comes off as slightly dense in terms of Pokémon-related concepts. May lean into Genius Ditz however, since she can actually battle formidably in spite of it.
  • Hidden Depths: She was one of Professor Oak's top students when she was in school. Suddenly having to raise a son all on her own suddenly left no time for schoolwork. Odd episodes she's called into battle display her fluency with Pokémon.
  • Idiot Hair: More fitting in the original series when Delia was more frequently The Ditz, before she got Characterization Marches On (i.e. being retconned from fairly ignorant of all things Pokemon into a former student of Professor Oak's and a modestly talented battler). When she isn't displaying her ditz traits, the hair is something of The Artifact.
  • Motherhood Is Superior: The franchise has spent decades exploring Delia's bond with her son and how much she loves and adores him, especially in later series where the series drops the jokes of Delia focusing on Pikachu before Ash in reunions, while in the main series Ash's father is left to fleeting references that leave it ambiguous what sort of relationship father and son have.
  • The Nicknamer: In Sun & Moon; she nicknames Ash's Rowlet, Rockruff, and Litten "Rowlie", "Rocky" and "Littie".
  • "Not So Different" Remark: It's shown in SM024 that Ash and his mother are actually quite similar. In addition to their dorky moments, Ash's classmates point out that they're both kind-hearted people who do everything they can to help others.
  • Team Mom: Treats Ash's friends like her own children. When Ash and Misty returned to Kanto after the Orange Islands saga, they found that Delia had found a Heroic BSOD-inflicted Brock and was letting him stay at the Ketchum house while she nursed him back to health.
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    Officer Jenny (Junsar) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Chinami Nishimura
Voiced in English by: Lee Quick (Original series to Advanced Generation, episode 65), Jamie Davyous Owens (Advanced Generation, episodes 119-142), Kayzie Rogers (The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon), Maya Rosewood (Advanced Generation, episode 155), Emily Williams (Advanced Generation, episode 188 to Diamond and Pearl, episode 166) and Emily Jenness (Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution; Journeys)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Mayra Arellano (Seasons 1-6, 13-16), Erica Edwards (Season 7 and Chronicles), Cristina Hernández (seasons 8-11), Betzabe Jara (Season 12), Claudia Contreras (season 17-current), Ana María Grey (Season 1, only in three episodes)

If there's a town with any semblance of law enforcement, then Officer Jenny will be there. They tend to use Pokémon that help in police work, such as Growlithe, Herdier or other police dog stand-ins.


The numerous Jennies out there exhibit the following tropes:

  • Art Evolution: Officer Jenny got a complete makeover in the Unova region. She went from having shoulder-length hair and a blue uniform to grass-green short cropped hair with a beige uniform in Unova. Kalosian Jennies have wavy hair tied in a low ponytail, though the uniforms are back to blue.
  • Between My Legs: The shot used when a Jenny first appears in Best Wishes episode 38.
  • Busman's Holiday: Viridian Officer Jenny pops up in Eterna City on her day off, right around the same time that a major heist has occurred.
  • Canine Companion: The most common Pokemon used by them are the regional dog of whatever region they're in, especially Growlithe, who acts like a police dog. The ones in Kalos use Electrike, and the ones in Unova use Herdier, since Growlithe aren't found in those places.
  • Canon Immigrant: Officer Jenny appears in Pokémon Yellow in Vermilion City looking for a tough trainer to raise a rowdy Squirtle.
  • Combat Pragmatist: The Jenny in "A Poached Ego", where she instantly beats the poacher Rico by quickly stealing the Poké Ball containing his ace, Tyranitar. In fairness, what he had it do to Team Rocket (both Pokémon and trainers) was more than enough to warrant this resort.
  • Cowboy Cop: One particular Jenny enjoys taking down criminals with her bowling skills.
  • Dub Name Change: Named Mara in the European Spanish dub.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Not only did the Jenny attire change throughout later regions, but their default personalities tend to be rather serious and humorless, compared to early episodes where they tended to be more energetic and hammy.
  • Fair Cop: All of them. There's a reason why Brock likes them so much. She certainly is attractive.
  • Gender Equals Breed: Ash and Co. once met a Luxray trainer named Marble, a young Jenny. As with Joy, this indicates that men have no impact on genetics in the family.
  • Improbable Weapon User: "Stealing the Conversation", where one Jenny stopped criminals with a bowling ball.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Former co-Trope Namer. All Jennies look exactly alike, but each Jenny is told apart by the insignia on their hat, representing the town they're from. Brock can tell them apart by other details, such as the length of their skirt.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Prior to the Unova seasons, Officer Jennies wore heels. Not exactly practical (or even comfortable) footwear to have in law enforcement, but they still manage. It's completely averted come XY, where Jennies were re-designed with more practical police attire.
  • Phrase Catcher: A Running Gag with new main characters (and Ash in Unova) is that they would always mistake the second Jenny they meet on their journey with the first one. When Serena does it with the Kalos Jenny, Ash remarks, in deadpan, "I knew it..."
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Most Jennies use the same Pokémon in a given region, though there are exceptions like Luxray and Gastly.
  • Police Are Useless: Played with, as while the Jennies do try to help Ash and friends, it's usually the latter who play the key part in saving the day.
    • Played completely straight, however, by the Eterna City Jenny from "A Secret Sphere of Influence", who arrests Nando for supposedly stealing the Adamant Orb and flatly refuses to believe that anyone else could have done it. When presented with a photograph of a Sunflora (actually Meowth disgused as one) stealing the Orb, she declares that it's all the proof she needs. Despite everyone else in the room pointing out that Nando probably isn't the only person in the museum who has a Sunflora, she remains convinced that she's right and spends the entire episode interrogating him instead of searching for the stolen Orb and/or other suspects, forcing the main characters to hunt Team Rocket down and get it back.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Most of them, but especially the Jennies in "Pokémon Emergency!" and "Spinarak Attack". In the case of the former, she shows Ash how to use his Pokédex as an ID and gives him a free ride to the Pokémon Center when she sees that Pikachu is badly injured and urgently needs medical care.
  • She's Got Legs: And every so often the animators decide to remind us as much.
  • Smelly Skunk: There was one in Sinnoh who used a Stunky.
  • The Worf Effect: Prone to being overpowered by the current threat to make Ash's team relevant. They sometimes get to pull a Big Damn Heroes to maintain their competence however.
  • Zerg Rush: The Eterna City Jenny uses this technique with a crapload of other officers to corner Nando in "A Secret Sphere of Influence".

    Nurse Joy 
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Voiced in English by: Megan Hollingshead (Original series to Advanced Generation, episode 42; returned in Journeys), Erica Schroeder (Advanced Generation, episodes 49 to 144, plus cameo appearance in Black and White, episode 127), Michele Knotz (Advanced Generation, episode 151 to Diamond and Pearl, episode 190) and Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld (Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Mildred Barrera

Much like Officer Jenny, Nurse Joy is found anywhere that has a Pokémon center. Their partner Pokémon tend to be ones with healing abilities, like Chansey, Audino and others.


The numerous Joys found around the world exhibit the following tropes:

  • Adaptational Badass: In the novelization, she's a fully licensed nurse.
  • Art Evolution: Along with Jenny above, Nurse Joy also underwent a makeover for the Unova region. The bangs of her hair were parted, giving her an overall much younger appearance. She also no longer wears a white apron. In Kalos, the pigtails are slightly raised. Alolan Joys have a single, large pigtail, and their uniforms are pink and white with a stripe down the center.
  • Berserk Button: All Nurse Joys don't like it when Trainers use their Pokémon to fight for anything other than official battles or in capturing Pokémon, especially petty fights.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Joys can be quite stern and strict when it comes to the health of both Pokémon and their Trainers, one in Maiden's Peak was quite concerned about Ash and Misty not missing curfew, as children need their sleep, and can give quite a talking to towards trainers she believes are mistreating their Pokémon.
  • Brainwashed: One Joy was turned into Mewtwo's servant in Mewtwo Strikes Back, later freed from his control when she was no longer useful.
  • Canon Immigrant:
    • Nurse Joy appears in every pokémon center in Pokémon Yellow with a Chansey by her side. In fact, her design had such a dramatic effect on pokémon center nurses for generations to come it would not be inaccurate to say she appears in later games, too.
    • While not referenced by name, the Pokémon Center nurse in Pokémon X and Y is Nurse Joy, sporting her Kalos design. Since the games have only been sprites up until now, adding 3D model characters into the game allows the games to start adapting the anime characters, if for nothing more than their character designs.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Most of the Joys who live in the Orange Islands have a healthy tan due to living in such sunny environments.
  • Deadly Doctor: One particular Joy near the end of the Battle Frontier arc kicked Ash's ass in a battle with Chansey, then routinely rushed his Corphish to be healed.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Well, she is a nurse, so it's her job to take care of them.
  • Gender Equals Breed: More recent episodes have shown children Joys named Marnie and Paige, who look exactly the same as their mother. The father looks nothing like the rest of the family. This also implies that Joy is the surname.
  • Heroic BSoD: The grief-stricken Joy in "One Big Happiny Family!" is suffering from one because nobody visits the Pokémon Center she works at anymore.
  • Hospital Hottie: Makes one go Brock over them.
  • Improbable Age: The Takeshi Shudō-authored novelization states her to be less than twenty.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: The other former Co-Trope Namer. Every Joy in the world looks exactly the same. The only way to tell them apart is by the color of the cross on their hats, which will range through every color except Red, due to the Red Cross being an internationally protected symbol. Brock can tell them apart without that fact, and in fact can tell when someone is only pretending to be Joy (he doesn't go crazy over them).
    • In Alola, the uniforms are color-coded to the islands. The uniforms that Ash and the gang wear have a yellow clasp (yellow being Melemele's color), but the Nurse Joy who came to their aid had a pink one and is revealed at the end to be the local Nurse Joy's sister who works on Akala Island.
  • The Medic: She is more a doctor than a nurse.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: One of the dark-skinned Joys mentioned above also has super-strength. You wouldn't know it by looking at her. She is, however, commented on as being more muscular than the other Joys.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Almost all of them wear pink dresses as part of their uniforms.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Most Joys have pink hair and most Joys have a kind disposition.

    Todd Snap (Toru) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Kappei Yamaguchi
Voiced in English by: Jimmy Zoppi
Voiced in Latin American Spanish: Víctor Ugarte

An enthusiastic Pokémon photographer, Todd Snap loves taking photos of Pokémon in their natural habitat and learns from Ash how to properly understand their feelings. In his first appearance, he tries to catch a photo of Pikachu after misunderstanding Team Rocket's request to "catch" Pikachu. He becomes a travelling companion to Ash, Misty and Brock for a short while before departing to explore Kanto's mountain region. He reunites with his friends in Johto, trying to snap Articuno whilst accompanied by Jigglypuff. He is fittingly the star of Pokémon Snap.


  • Awesome Personnel Carrier: Professor Oak gives the Zero One multipurpose vehicle to Todd in Pokémon Snap. The vehicle can go on land via railway tracks, can travel down rivers, and fly using rocket boosters.
  • The Bus Came Back: For a second 3-parter during the Johto saga.
  • Camera Fiend: As a photographer, he always like to shoot photos.
  • Chekhov's Skill: His skills in photography (and camera) proved vital in gathering evidence against Cassidy and Butch, bringing their breeding center scheme crashing down.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Basically his entire original appearance, since its purpose was to promote Pokémon Snap.
  • Famed In-Story: Earned a lot of accolades for photographing a live Aerodactyl.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: He travels with Ash's group for a couple of episodes.
  • Non-Action Guy: He is not a trainer.
  • Running Gag: Todd takes photos at the most inappropriate moments.

    Jessebelle (Rumika) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Hayashibara
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis (4kids), Michele Knotz (TPCI)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Elena Ramírez (Original Series), Diana Pérez (Diamond & Pearl episode 2), Rebeca Gómez (Diamond & Pearl episode 153)
Voiced in European French by: Catherine Conet

James' somewhat abusive fiancee chosen by his parents.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: To James. He initially found her quite attractive, but she became this when he realized how rigid, abusive and psychotic she was. She and James' parents still expects that she'll marry him, but he'd rather be with Jessie.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Her goal is to marry James by any means necessary.
  • The Baroness: Jessebelle is well-trained in the use of a whip, and she uses it in conjunction with her Vileplume's Stun Spore to simultaneously paralyze targets and whip them into submission.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Her latest appearance was DP153, which is 571 episodes between her first appearance in the anime and this one (not counting DP 002 of course).
  • Creepy Child: Even in her youth, she tried to control James. It's heavily implied that she already began abusing and manipulating James as a child. His remark after she tried to hit him with a whip and paralyze him is "This is just like last time!".
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Jessebelle is shown as shockingly violent towards James, paralyzing him with her Vileplume and beating him with a whip. James is not happy about it, but mostly complains about how controlling she is, and his parents seems to think it's great. There is a lot of slapstick comedy in Pokemon in general, but they certainly have never portrayed James smacking a woman around like Jessebelle is shown smacking him around. On the other hand, everyone except James' parents and their butler think Jessebelle is horrible.
  • Dressed Like a Dominatrix: Played down for the young audience, but after luring James and company down to the family's torture dungeon, Jessebelle appears in the foxhunting costume of Real Life English nobility, but with a whip and thigh-high boots.
  • Evil Counterpart: While Jessie isn't a hero, Jessebelle is certainly a more evil version of her. She's Jessie without any standards or redeeming qualities.
  • Evil Red Head: She is an arrogant, abusive psycho with red hair who enjoys tormenting her poor fiance.
  • Gold Digger: Possibly the reason she wants to marry James is for his family's money.
    • Zigzagged since she herself is very wealthy and has access to an army of servants.
  • Hayseed Name: Of the Southern belle variety.
  • I Can Change My Beloved: She is determined to marry James and turn him into her idea of a "proper" gentleman.
  • Identical Stranger: She looks almost exactly like Jessie, except for the ringlets and slight differences in hair and eye color.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Jessebelle, James's fiancée, has similar features to James's mother.
  • Meaningful Name: A double-layered and doubly fitting one. Jessebelle is a Southern Belle version of Jessie, but her name is also a clever wordplay on the old-fashioned idiom Jezebel, meaning an evil, scheming woman, taken from the name of the unjust and domineering Queen Jezebel from The Bible.
  • Ojou Ringlets: Three very large ones, two on the sides and one in back.
  • Rich Bitch: She is a very wealthy and despicable person.
  • Shadow Archetype: Jessie of Team Rocket tends to overwhelm James and Meowth with raw force of personality just to get her way, but Jessebelle dials that tendency up to eleven by wanting to completely reshape others to suit her liking.
  • Southern Belle: The English dub adds a Southern accent and Hayseed Name to her wealthy background, appearance, style of dress and fixation on proper behavior to cast her as one of these.
  • Whip It Good: She uses a whip on James in her debut episode.
  • Yandere: Of the non-murderous type, although she is willing to hurt James into obeying her.

    Duplica (Imite) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Orine Fukushima
Voiced in English by: Megan Hollingshead
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Mayra Arellano

A girl who manages her own theater, putting on performances for any travelers who happen to stop by.


  • Ascended Extra: Kind of. While she only made two anime appearances, she showed up in the game Pokémon Zany Cards and the manga The Electric Tale of Pikachu.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: At least as far as the Pokémon art style goes, she has more more prominent eyebrows than the females of the show usually do.
  • The Bus Came Back: Duplica was upgraded from One-Shot Character to Recurring Character in EP174, where she got a second appearance during the gang's journeys in Johto for another episode featuring Ditto.
  • Canon Immigrant: Downplayed with her Ditto. While the episode indicates Ditto's inability to properly disguise its face is a flaw in its transformation ability, the franchise has since adopted the untransformed face as the signature indicator of all transformed Ditto.
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: She can swap costumes at the drop of a hat.
  • Costume Copycat: She has a gigantic room filled with clothes that add to her impressions.
  • Ditto Fighter: She owns two Ditto. One is a regular one, the other is a tiny one named Mini-Dit that can transform into a tiny version of any Pokémon.
  • Expy: Duplica is for all intents and purposes a Retool of Copycat from Pokémon Red and Blue. In turn, Duplica may have influenced Copycat, who is a generic NPC in the games but is often depicted with green pigtails.
  • Meaningful Name: "Imite" comes from "imitate," and "Duplica" comes from "duplicate".
  • Minor Living Alone: Her parents are never seen and she seems to run the theatre where she lives all by herself.
  • Morphic Resonance: A problem with her first Ditto was that it couldn't Transform into Pokémon properly due to still having the same Ditto face when it transformed (which ironically Jessie fixed by threatening it). Another Ditto could render a perfect transformation...except for its size, which she demonstrated by having it transform into a tiny Onix.
  • Voice Changeling: She's able to perfectly imitate the voices of others.

    The Magikarp Salesman 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Unshō Ishizuka
Voiced in English by: Eric Stuart (Original series to Ruby & Sapphire), David Lapkin (Diamond & Pearl), Tom Wayland (Black & White)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Carlos Enrique Bonilla (EP 015), Carlos Íñigo (EP 146), Hugo Navarrete (EP 201), Luis Alfonso Padilla (EP 261), Alejandro Mayén (AG 079). César Arias (AG 084, HS 04), Enrique Cervantes (BW 116)

A salesman who sells Magikarp and other useless Pokémon in an attempt to scam his customers, usually Team Rocket.


  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He managed to convince Team Rocket to trade their Victreebel for a Weepinbel (Victreebel's pre-evolved form). He quickly regrets it when Victreebel shows its usual affection...
  • Honest John's Dealership: All of his products are worthless, yet he keeps scamming people (usually Team Rocket) out of their money.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He is a fairly minor character, though has cost Team Rocket two of their Pokemon. He took James' Victreebel in a trade, and accidentally caused the chain of events that got Jessie's Likitung switched with a certain Wobbuffet.
  • Snake Oil Salesman: None of his products are legit, usually disguising Magikarp as rare Pokémon or claiming that Magikarp is actually super strong. He even once gave a faulty mecha to Team Rocket, claiming it was an evolution machine.
  • Stupid Crooks: He once made the mistake of trying his Golden Magikarp scam at Professor Oak's lab, without bothering to check who lived there first. He has also tried to play the exact same Magikarp scam on James as the first time they met, lines and all, causing James to remember and turn on him.

    Ritchie (Hiroshi) 

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Voiced in Japanese by: Minami Takayama
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ana Lobo (Original Series), Manuel Díaz (Chronicles)

One of Ash's first rivals in the Indigo League and the first one that Ash would lose to in a league. Ritchie is similar to Ash in appearance but is more grounded and calm by comparison. He later appears in the three-part Lugia arc in Master Quest and would later appear again in Chronicles.


  • Blow You Away: Happy's Whirlwind.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Happy (Butterfree) is a giant butterfly.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Had a few episodes to himself in Chronicles.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Cruise, a Rock, and Ground-type Pupitar. It also knows Sandstorm.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Rose's Double Team.
  • Fauxshadow: Ritchie is not shown competing in the Silver Conference, despite heavy implications that he would be (not only does he reappear for a few episodes in Johto, but he was pictured alongside Gary and Casey in front of the league stadium in one of the openings).
  • Foil: To Ash himself, right down to the similarity of his team. If anything, Ritchie shows himself to be a more positive version of Ash if the latter were less bratty, more grounded, and actually took training seriously. As shown later on in the series with Ash's character through his later journeys, both of them are not that different from each other.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Ash during the Indigo League.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: During the three-part Lugia arc in the Whirl Islands.
  • Hero of Another Story: Appears in a few episodes of Pokémon Chronicles.
  • Humble Hero: Ritchie insists that his Pokemon should get the credit instead of him when thanked for his deeds. He also takes his Indigo League loss much better than Ash does, causing Ash to realize how immature he was being.
  • Informed Ability: According to Brock, he was good enough as a trainer to get through the first four rounds without losing a single Pokémon, but none of his matches were shown.
  • Lost in Translation: Ritchie's name doesn't carry the Mythology Gag of his original Japanese name Hiroshi.
  • Mirror Character: Ritchie is a reflection of who Ash would be if he were a little bit more mature and competent. Their Pokemon rosters are very similar (both using a Pikachu, a member of the Charizard line, a Butterfree, and a member of the Pidgey line), they have similar appearances aside from wearing contrasting colors, and they managed to have a very close championship battle.
  • Mythology Gag: Hiroshi is the non-color optional name for the rival in the original Japanese release of Pokémon Blue, for Hiroshi Yamauchi, like Shigeru (Gary's Japanese name, after Shigeru Miyamoto).
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Like Satoshi (Ash) and Shigeru (Gary), Hiroshi should ring a bell, especially for old-time Nintendo fans since the 1990s.
  • Nice Guy: The first of Ash's many Pokemon League rivals. He is the only trainer to help Ash get back the stolen Pokemon. Later when he eventually has to face off against Ash and he doesn't show, he pleads with the referee to wait for Ash when he almost declared him the winner.
  • The Nicknamer: Towards his team. Every single one of them has a nickname.
  • Playing with Fire: Zippo, a Fire-type Charmeleon.
  • Rummage Fail: So far the only character to put stickers on his Pokéballs to avert this.
  • Shock and Awe: Sparky, an Electric-type Pikachu.
  • Similar Squad: He owns three Pokémon resembling Ash's original team, and he himself is a Mirror Character to Ash. Chronicles reveals he caught a Taillow as well, causing him to lampshade the fact that he and Ash tend to catch many of the same Pokémon. The only Pokémon he has that Ash doesn't is his Pupitar.
  • Sixth Ranger: At the end of the Indigo League arc/season, and during the three-part Lugia arc in Johto.
  • Time Travel Escape: In one episode of Pokémon Chronicles, he goes back in time with help from Celebi to save Nurse Joy's friend Nick and succeeds in not only saving him but a Pokemon Center that was going to be demolished.

Introduced in Orange Islands

    Professor Philena Ivy (Dr. Uchikido) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Keiko Han
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Jacqueline Castañeda (Series), Carola Vásquez (Movie 2)

Professor Ivy lives in the Orange Islands. She was introduced for little more reason than to give the GS Ball to Ash. Brock also stays with her at her lab temporarily and returns traumatized by whatever happened between them. Ivy studies regional differences in Pokémon physiology.


  • The Ace: Ivy seems like the complete package—she's gorgeous, she's brilliant, and she's so good with pokémon that her Gyarados is as docile as a kitten (apparently she raised all the pokémon on the island, or at least the ones who live near her lab). It's only later that Ash and the gang learns what a Genius Slob she is.
  • Action Girl: She's introduced riding on a Gyarados with only one hand holding on, disembarking with a giant leap and catching her Labcoat of Science and Medicine in midair after having her assistants throw it to her. Later on she's seen charging into action trying to rescue a Raticate from Vileplume pollen.
  • Cold Ham: Ivy can act with theatrics (e.g., riding a charging Gyarados and leaping from its head), but she has Dreary Half-Lidded Eyes and emotes like a Mellow Fellow.
  • The Dividual: The Trividual. Ivy's three assistants Faith, Hope, and Charity not only look identical, they often have the same thoughts at the same time.
  • Dreary Half-Lidded Eyes: Despite her theatrics, Philena has perpetually sleepy eyes. Perhaps—in addition to all the other things in her lab that have been neglected—she's neglecting her sleep schedule.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Ivy in the bay—Ash and friends find the professor being a Motherly Scientist, but when she learns they've arrived, she rides a charging Gyarados towards them and leaps off. One of her assistants throws her a labcoat, which she catches in midair, and the instant she lands she gives the gang a mellow greeting as if it were perfectly normal.
  • Foil: Professor Oak is an man who's too old for most action, Professor Ivy is a young woman who rides around on a Gyarados.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Philena's Berserk Sea Serpent Gyarados is as docile as a kitten when Ivy is giving it a check-up in the bay.
  • Genius Slob: By the time the heroes first meet her, Philena's lab has fallen into complete disrepair—the place is a huge mess and the roof leaks. Ivy claims this is because she and the her aides are too busy with research and pokémon care to keep things clean, but when Brock cooks them a meal they throw themselves at it like animals. Half the reason Brock stays is because the opportunity to cook and clean for everyone reminds him of home.
  • Hot Scientist: The other half of the reason why Brock stays at Ivy's lab. Professor Philena Ivy is a gorgeous woman who wears a Labcoat of Science and Medicine over whatever skimpy thing she has on underneath.
  • Iconic Outfit: Ivy wearing her Labcoat of Science and Medicine during her Swimsuit Scene.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: Ivy's swimsuit just barely skirts around this—her neckline appears to be held in place by a pendant on a string fastened to the front of her swimsuit.
  • Incoming Ham: When Professor Ivy, swimming around in the bay by her lab while checking up on some of her Water-type pokémon, is told by her assistants that Ash and the gang have arrived to meet her, she doesn't swim over. She instead rides her charging Sea Serpent Gyarados towards them and leaps to shore—one of her assistants throws her her labcoat, she catches it in midair, and she's already wearing it by the time she lands.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Ivy's such a Ms. Fanservice that the labcoat is a big visual reminder that she is, in fact, a pokémon professor. A handy side-effect of the labcoat is that it diminishes just how skimpy her actual clothes are.
  • Maternally Challenged: Philena is a Motherly Scientist, but she and the girls live in a pigsty, can barely cook, and when she's puzzled over why her Butterfree won't eat the highly nutritious meal she prepared for it, Brock's solution is to make something that Butterfree thinks actually tastes good.
  • Mellow Fellow: Professor Ivy has very little emotional range, even when displeased. The only time she's ever really shown excitement is when she got her first eyeful of Brock's cooking.
  • Motherly Scientist: Philena is quite gentle with her pokémon and appears to be the de facto guardian of her three child assistants Faith, Hope, and Charity, whom she eats dinner with.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Ivy's a curvaceous girl who wears a sexy swimsuit when she first appears—the camera lavishes some Male Gaze on her after she's been given her Labcoat of Science and Medicine to diminish how little she's wearing. When she's not in her swimsuit, her typical uniform appears to be a tube top and microskirt.
  • Noodle Incident: After returning at the end of the Orange Islands saga, the mere mention of Ivy's name is enough to turn Brock Blue with Shock, make him retreat to a Corner of Woe, and demand that nobody mention her name. Nobody knows why he does this, and he certainly won't tell.
  • Odd Name Out: A function of Early-Installment Weirdness—Professor Ivy's name was picked before the tree-based Theme Naming of pokémon professors was established (as it would be by Professor Elm in Pokémon Gold and Silver)—her Japanese name Uchikido also falls a little short, though it's thematically closer to trees ("uchiki" is a reading of 内木, which means "in the wood").
  • One-Steve Limit: In the French translation, her name is Dr. Flora—Flora is also the French name for May, the female protagonist of Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire.
  • Riddle for the Ages: What happened between Brock and Professor Ivy, and why does her name make him go Blue with Shock?
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Ivy's debut Swimsuit Scene features her in a glamorous swimsuit with cut-outs and an Impossibly-Low Neckline, not something worn for its practicality in the water. She's quite content to wear her Labcoat of Science and Medicine unbuttoned to show it off.
  • The Stoic: Pokémon 2000 appears to give her mellow demeanor some exaggeration to a near lack of emotion—while she's on the phone with Professor Oak, she's all but numb to the chaos rampaging behind her, and later, when she and Professor Oak are flying in a helicopter trying to reach the center of the storm, Oak seizes his seat to hold on for dear life while Ivy only has a mild frown.
  • Theme Naming: With Professor Oak. In Japan, Uchikido is a riff on Ookido—in English, poison oak and poison ivy are plants known for causing harsh skin rashes.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After Brock parts ways with her, she vanishes from the anime, and whether or not she's doing okay goes unmentioned as well.

Introduced in Johto

    Casey (Nanako) 
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"The one and only!"
Voiced in Japanese by: Nina Kumagaya
Voiced in English by: Kerry Williams
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Rommy Mendoza (Original Series), Gaby Ugarte and Georgina Sánchez (Chronicles)

Casey is a trainer from Johto and a huge fan of the Electabuzz baseball team. She appeared in three episodes of the Johto saga of the anime, in the opening of Master Quest next to Gary and Ritchie, and also appeared in two episodes of Pokémon Chronicles, one of which as the main character.


  • The Ace: Incredible at baseball, in her debut episode she manages to hit dozens and dozens of baseballs with her baseball bat in less than ten seconds!
  • Berserk Button: She is easily angered when someone talks bad about the Electabuzz baseball team. Or when someone wants to get revenge on one of her friends. She thought that Georgio was going to hurt Misty, and was protective of her.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Beedrill is a giant bee. She got it from Ash.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Even if Ash did make her angry by insulting her favorite baseball team, it still wasn't smart of Casey to insult his skills as a trainer and challenge him, since she had only been on her journey for a day or two. She gets her ass handed to her instantly by Ash's Charizard going light on her.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Suffers one against Ash, when all three of her Pokémon fall to Charizard without him even trying.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: She loves to sing the Electabuzz baseball theme song... but she's not very good at it. Her friends usually look in embarrassment and on one occasion her singing was so off-key that Misty had to stop her.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Is the main character in the Chronicles episode Those Darn Electabuzz.
  • The Ditz: She's cute but not too bright.
  • Fangirl: To the Electabuzz baseball team, which are expies of the Osaka Hanshin Tigers, a Real Life baseball team which is much loved in Japan. Parts of her debut episode make this very obvious to people familiar with Japanese baseball.
  • Fauxshadow: Casey is implied to be a future Silver Conference opponent for Ash, appearing in the league stadium alongside Gary and Ritchie in one of the openings. However, it's revealed a few episodes before the Silver Conference that she only has four badges, and thus is not shown competing.
  • Lovable Jock: She can get quite angry and brash but she's still a good and loyal kid.
  • Meaningful Name: She's a fan of a baseball team, and thus named after the poem "Casey at the Bat".
  • Pom-Pom Girl: In Those Darn Electabuzz, she changes into an Electabuzz cheerleading uniform and forces Don, Corey and Benny Demario to cheerlead with her.
  • Running Gag: Her appearances to the gang is never complete without her (and her team) singing the Electabuzz theme song..
  • Took a Level in Badass: Implied. When Casey meets Ash & co again, her Chikorita has fully evolved into a Meganium.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She pushed her Chikorita in her second appearance (during the Bug-Catching Contest) so she could beat Ash. Thankfully she learned her lesson afterwards, her Chikorita evolved into Bayleef and Ash giving her the Beedrill he won the Contest with helped her appreciate the lesson all the more.

    Madame Muchmoney (Kaneyo) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Kazuko Yanaga
Voiced in English by: Carol Jacobanis
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ángeles Bravo

A wealthy woman who owns an 86-room mansion in Palm Hills. Muchmoney owns a Snubbull that keeps trying to run away due to being unhappy with being cooped up in the mansion and constantly smothered by its trainer. The Snubbull eventually runs away to the point of chasing after Team Rocket's Meowth, who in turn is chasing after Ash and the gang during their journey around Johto. This leads to Muchmoney finally heading out to search for Snubbull herself.


  • Acrofatic: What she becomes after going through some strength exercise during her search for her lost Snubbull.
  • The Cameo: She makes a brief flashback cameo in EP149 when Ash and the gang realize that they've stumbled upon her Snubbull again near Onix Tunnel.
  • Character Development: She eventually learns to let her Snubbull have some outdoor freedom thanks to her encounter with Ash and the gang. Particularly Brock, who was the first to notice Snubbull's unhappiness. She then learns that she actually likes traveling around outside during her own Snubbull search.
  • Fatal Flaw: Before meeting Ash and the gang, she wasn't able to see that spoiling her Snubbull to the point of keeping it cooped up in her mansion, and smothering it with her love and affection, was making it unhappy.
  • Meaningful Name: Named "Muchmoney" in the english dub. She has a lot of money.
  • Rich People: Has the rich look to her, and owns a massive mansion.
  • Stout Strength: By the time of her reappearance in EP175, she's put on some muscle.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Gains a lot of muscle during her search for her lost Snubbull to the point of being able to tank a shot from her charging newly evolved Granbull.

    Jeeves 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Hidenari Ugaki
Voiced in English by: Dan Green

Muchmoney's primary butler.


  • Butt-Monkey: Having to put up with Madame Muchmoney's antics brings him a lot of misery. When Ash and the gang encounter him again in EP175, his clothes are a wreck, and he's completely exhausted trying to keep up with Muchmoney, who went through a lot of muscle training during her search for her Snubbull.
  • The Jeeves: He works as a butler for Madame Muchmoney. If it wasn't already obvious enough, the 4Kids english dub even gives him the name "Jeeves."
  • The Leader: Of Madame Muchmoney's 3 butlers.
  • Meaningful Name: Named "Jeeves" in the english dub, which tends to be a nickname for butlers.
  • No Name Given: He was unnamed in the original Japanese version.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a nice black butler suit. It ends up a mess during Jeeves' reappearance.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Madame Muchmoney. He continues to happily serve for her even though some of her antics bring him a lot of problems.

    Harrison (Hazuki) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Katsumi Toriumi
Voiced in English by: Wayne Grayson
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Noé Velásquez
Voiced in European French by: Bruno Mullenaerts

One of the participants of the Silver Conference. Originates from Hoenn and was responsible for defeating Ash. Much as people give Ash flak for never winning a major League, Harrison is highly respected by the fandom for being a genuinely tough opponent and actually earning his victory against Ash (unlike Ritchie, whose reception is more divided). This trend continued with his Hoenn spiritual successor, Tyson.


  • Extra-ore-dinary: Sneasel's Metal Claw.
  • Fragile Speedster: Kecleon - swift and agile with unique natural abilities that provide a challenge for Pikachu, but not the highest endurance overall.
  • Glass Cannon: Sneasel - powerful striking ability, yet goes down when Totodile gives it a steady beatdown.
  • Jack of All Stats: Houndoom - the most even-balanced of the team, with considerable strength and states. Beaten when Bayleef clamps its jaws shut, ending its normal advantage.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Blaziken - overall the strongest with great abilities all-around, able to casually defeat Bayleef and fight Charizard to a near-standstill despite the latter's type advantage.
  • Man Bites Man: Houndoom's Bite.
  • Mighty Glacier: Steelix - the highest defense and raw strength (but not the fastest), taking out the much smaller Noctowl. Snorlax's similar constitution counters it.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Hypno realized what a bad idea it was to wake Snorlax using Dream Eater, its face became a case study of this trope.
  • Psychic Powers: Kecleon's Psybeam.
  • Squishy Wizard: Hypno - relies on its psychic abilities to provide unexpectedly strong attacks, but not fast and taken down by a single point-blank Hyper Beam.
  • Use Your Head: Houndoom's Headbutt.
  • Worf Had the Flu: After being too injured from fighting Ash's Charizard, Blaziken was unable to participate in Harrison's next battle, costing him the win.

Original Series Recurring Pokèmon

    Ho-Oh 
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A Legendary Pokémon Ash saw on his first day as a Pokémon trainer. Seeing it causes Ash to realize just how vast the world is and how many Pokémon there are to meet. It has reappeared before him a few times since.


  • The Bus Came Back:
    • In the final episode of the original series, after Ash parted ways with Misty and Brock, Ho-Oh makes another cameo appearance and Ash and Pikachu get to see it again, inspiring the young trainer to set off to Hoenn.
    • In Advance Generation, after a possessed Ash lost to Pyramid King Brandon, Ash, May, Brock and Max see Ho-Oh flying in the sky, which encourages Ash to do it better next time.
    • In Journeys, Ho-Oh finally reappears at the end of Finding a Legend!, this time only being seen by Jaye.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: A very literal example, too. Ho-Oh appeared over two years before Pokémon Gold and Silver were released, and in fact its appearance was the very first hint that the franchise would continue.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: When it first appears before Ash, it flies past a rainbow. While it's an In-Universe fact Ho-Oh creates rainbows, this was obviously not known at the time it appeared, making it seem like a coincidence as Ho-Oh appeared shortly after a rainstorm.
  • Foreshadowing: A Meta-example, but Ho-Oh's appearance was the first implication that the franchise would go beyond the first 151 Pokémon.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: In its debut, it was colored completely gold and had white sparkles surrounding it, presumably because its actual color scheme hadn't been thought up yet.
  • Irony: Even though Ho-Oh is a Johto legendary, it takes until Journeys for Ho-Oh to finally appear in the region. Instead, Ash usually sees it in the Kanto region.
  • Olympus Mons: Discounting the opening, Ho-Oh is the first Legendary Pokémon to appear, long before anything about it was known. Ash didn't know it was a Legendary Pokémon until he arrived at Ecruteak City.
  • Playing with Fire: Ho-Oh is part Fire-Type, being based on the Chinese Phoenix. Its sacred flame is also part of the Silver Conference's ceremonial torch.
  • Series Continuity Error: Is a mysterious, unidentified creature in its debut, but later episodes depict Ho-Oh as just another commonly known legendary Pokémon.

    Jigglypuff (Purin) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Mika Kanai
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis (4Kids), Michele Knotz (present)

A cute, pink, balloon-like Pokémon who becomes a recurring character up until the Hoenn arc, and later reappeared in the Sun & Moon arc. Desiring to sing its beautiful song, Jigglypuff randomly pops up now and again to attempt its dream. However, its power causes people to fall asleep, and oblivious to this side effect, Jigglypuff assumes its victims are uninterested in it, prompting it to get angry and use its marker pen/microphone to draw on their faces.


  • Ascended Extra: Jigglypuff are of little significance in the core games, yet this one became a recurring gag character. In turn, its popularity led to it featuring in every Super Smash Bros. entry.
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: Has its face doodled on by Samson Oak's Komala in SM056, although Jigglypuff thought it was Actually Pretty Funny.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Though it's stated to be female in the Brazilian Portuguese dub, its gender is not made clear in the English or Japanese versions.
  • Attention Whore: It wants someone to listen to its song, and will go to any lengths to make itself heard. It also doesn't appreciate it when other members of its family or species are praised instead of it.
  • Badass Adorable: Proven when it gets its marker taken by the Clefairy. It took out at least six in a row with Pound and Double-Slap.
  • Berserk Button:
  • The Bus Came Back: Reappears for at least one episode in the Sun and Moon series when Ash and his classmates visit Kanto. It then is seen stowing away on the plane back to Alola...
  • Character Signature Song: "Jigglypuff! Jigglyyyyypuff!!"...zzzzz...
  • Character Tics: Puffing up whenever upset, with an audible "honk".
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivered one to a horde of Clefairy for stealing its microphone. With Double-Slap.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Thus far the only Pokémon (or living being...or much anything) that has managed to neutralize the otherwise unstoppable Bewear stalking Team Rocket.
  • The Dreaded: Played for Laughs. After a while, Ash and his pals become terrified when Jigglypuff shows up, because they know exactly what it's about to do to them. Who knew such a Ridiculously Cute Critter could be scary when it realizes people have fallen asleep?
    • In “The Joy of Pokémon”, Ash and his companions are looking for the Orange Islands Nurse Joy and Chansey in the ocean, Jigglypuff somehow makes it there too and before it utters a note Ash and his friends immediately paddle their kayaks away.
    • In its one appearance in Hoenn, Ash, Brock, and Pikachu all have "This Is Gonna Suck" reactions when they see it again and keep trying to warn May and Max that its presence is not as fun as it seems.
    • Team Rocket even more so, and they're the victims of Jigglypuff's singing slightly more often than Ash's gang.
    • When Jigglypuff re-appears in Sun and Moon, Ash's classmates from Alola get excited over it, while Ash, Pikachu, Brock, and Misty recognize it and panic. It finally makes peace with Ash and co. in SM056, though, with Ash now being excited to see it again someday.
  • Face Doodling: Resorts to doing this to its sleeping victims whenever angered. It ends up on the receiving end of this by Komala in SM056, but it likes the doodles and finally makes peace with Ash and friends.
  • Failed a Spot Check: It doesn't seem to realize that people and Pokémon are simply incapable of staying awake when it sings and that they are not trying to insult it. It also frequently sings in situations where putting everyone to sleep would be extremely dangerous, and doesn't seem to realize this.
  • Goal in Life: It will stop at nothing to find a human or Pokémon that can listen to the entirety of its song without falling asleep.
  • Iconic Item: The marker it stole from Ash. It uses it as a microphone during its song, and to scribble on people's faces when it gets mad.
  • Imagine Spot: Early in their run as a recurring character, Jigglypuff would reimagine mundane platforms as professional stages for it to sing on.
  • Infinite Supplies: Its beloved marker never seems to run out of ink.
  • Long Bus Trip: There was a 13 year gap between its appearance in Hoenn, and its return in Sun and Moon, where it became a recurring character once again.
  • Instant Sedation: Its song can put anyone to sleep in a matter of seconds.
  • Recurring Character: Was a frequent Running Gag through Kanto to Johto in the original series. Later made one reappearance in Hoenn and had a long absence, though it has returned to making regular appearances in Alola.
  • Signature Move: Sing, of course. Jigglypuff uses it as a talent rather than an attack, though.
  • Spanner in the Works: Its random interruptions to sing at everyone sometimes come right at the climax of Team Rocket or another antagonists' schemes. One such accidental sabotage was the reason Ash and Misty ended up stranded on the Orange Islands.
  • Sustained Misunderstanding: Because of how Jigglypuff uses its Signature Move, it seems not to understand that people and Pokémon falling asleep when it sings is what is supposed to happen. So it's constantly angered when they do fall asleep, and reacts by drawing on their faces.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: It never did find someone to stay with who could listen to its song all the way: the Whismur in its last appearance (whose Soundproof ability negated the effects of Sing) fell asleep from exhaustion. Naturally, it got cross and left, and wouldn't be seen again until Sun and Moon.

    Mimey (Barri-chan) 

Mr. Mime/"Mimey" (Barrierd/"Barri-chan")

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Voiced in Japanese by: Yuji Ueda
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers (Original series to Sun and Moon, episode 1), Michele Knotz (present)
A wild Mr. Mime that has more or less come into Delia's possession since arriving at her doorstep.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It is unclear whether or not Mimey counts as one of Ash's Pokemon. He is never shown catching it on-screen and it spends all its time with his mother, being more of an honorary family member than anything, but in the new series Ash is shown to be in ownership of its Pokeball and some Japanese supplementary materials actually list it as one of his Pokemon. At any rate, Mimey seems to be under the "ownership" of the Ketchum household as a whole.
  • Ascended Extra: Has a bigger role in the Pokémon Journeys series, as Delia assigns it to watch over Ash and Goh at the lab.
  • Battle Butler: Well, what else can we call Mimey? A powerful Psychic-type that just randomly appeared at her door, and now it's part of the family, helping keep the house. In JN007, it even battles for Ash and manages to defeat a Hariyama.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Acts generally how you’d expect a mime to act, but is shown to be a powerhouse when put into battle.
  • Bring It: He does this to Goh's Grookey in its debut episode once it's regained its energy and tries to beat his head like a drum. Being said, he manages to defeat and wear out Grookey.
  • Cowardly Lion: Normally, it tends to shy away from Pokemon battles. Though in JN007, Ash does use it in a battle tournament where it defeats a Hariyama. Granted, it does refuse to battle the Mightyena, but it does show Mimey is capable of battles.
  • Flanderization: The Journeys series exaggerates his mime-like traits by having do things like mime food and a vacuum cleaner (that actually works, no less).
  • Furry Reminder: At least one episode has him sitting on the floor and eating Pokémon food out of a bowl.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Joins Ash’s team in JN007 for a tournament. He has also fought under Delia on occasion.
  • Mistaken Identity: Joined the family because Delia mistook him for Ash (who was wearing a Mr. Mime costume at the time). Mimey ended up adoring her so much he helped her stop Team Rocket and has been a part of the family ever since.
  • Neat Freak: He once vacuumed Ash's face because he apparently hadn't taken a bath for so long.
  • Psychic Powers: Being a Mr. Mime, he battles with Psychic-type attacks.
  • Retcon: Fairy-types weren't introduced until Generation VI. In the Sun & Moon anime, Mimey's typing has been officially confirmed to be Psychic/Fairy, specifically in episode SM024.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Mimey only makes the odd recurring appearance, but starts off Ash's journey to Alola by winning a free vacation for the family there at the start of the Sun and Moon series.
  • Your Mime Makes It Real: Becomes a thing in the Journeys anime; in JN003, it mimes vacuuming in Ash and Goh's dorm room while they're sleeping, and really sucks the sheets off their beds.

    Snubbull (Bulu) -> Granbull (Granbulu) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Rikako Aikawa (Snubbull and Granbull)
Voiced in English by: Jerry Lobozzo (Snubbull)

A Granbull owned by Madame Muchmoney that likes to bite down on the tails of other Pokémon. Ash and the gang first encounter her as a Snubbull biting down on the tail of a Growlithe, but after returning her to Muchmoney, Snubbull is shown to be unhappy with its cooped up life-style; having tried to run away multiple times beforehand. Muchmoney eventually learns to let her Snubbull enjoy the outside, but she runs away again after taking a liking to the tail of Team Rocket's Meowth, and desires to bite it. The result is Snubbull following around Ash and the gang during her search for Meowth. In her final appearance, Snubbull evolves into Granbull during a battle against Team Rocket, and finally goes home after reuniting with Muchmoney.


  • Arranged Marriage: Snubbull was arranged to marry another wealthy owner's Snubbull named Winthrop Snubbullfeller. It can be assumed that the marriage was called off after Muchmoney realized that her Snubbull desired more freedom.
  • Defector from Decadence: She was tired of getting pampered, so she ran away from home to seek adventure...and Meowth's tail.
  • Determinator: Biting onto the tails of other Pokémon. So much so that Snubbull truly ran away from home, and chased after Team Rocket's Meowth around Johto just to bite his tail.
  • Enhanced Punch: Learns the powerful Dynamic Punch upon evolving into Granbull.
  • Expy: The Johto journey's version of the recurring Jigglypuff where they're both little pink Pokémon following around Ash and the gang.
  • Iconic Item: The bows tied on both her ears.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: The main reason Snubbull keeps running away from Muchmoney is because she's unhappy with being cooped up in her owner's mansion, and being smothered by Muchmoney.
  • Recurring Character: Like Jigglypuff before it, Snubbull follows around the journey of Ash and the gang searching around for Team Rocket's Meowth in order to bite his tail.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Muchmoney gave it two red hair bows to show that Snubbull/Granbull's a girl.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Evolves into Granbull during its final appearance.
  • Tropey, Come Home: As Snubbull is a canine Pokémon, her running away crosses this trope.

Kanto Elite Four

    Lorelei (Kanna)/Prima 

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Voiced in Japanese by: Maria Kawamura
Voiced in English by: Jessica Calvello
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gaby Willert

    Bruno (Shiba) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Toshiyuki Morikawa
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Carlos Hugo Hidalgo

  • Badass Normal: Doesn't even use a single Pokémon to stop a giant rampaging Onix...in fact, we only see one of his other Pokémon, Hitmonchan, for about five seconds early into the episode.
  • Broken Pedestal: A subversion, after Ash and Brock begged Bruno to take them as students Bruno agreed to it as long as they do what he says. However to Bruno it was a rather transparent plot to get Ash and Brock to do some chores for him in which he inevitably admitted to that. Brock tried to do a sneak attack on Bruno in which Brock almost knocked Bruno out and over the course of the episode Misty suspects that Bruno is a phony. However Bruno definitely proves how powerful he is while giving them a lesson in The Power of Friendship while taming a wild Onix and quickly becomes a Rebuilt Pedestal instead.
  • The Cameo: Bruno appears in the very first episode as the trainer of the Nidorino in the match Ash is watching on TV.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: His strength and agility does slightly border on being superhuman.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: His Onix is Rock-type.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Is the only Elite Four member mentioned here in this page whom Ash got to meet before he went through the Kanto Pokémon League.
  • Humble Hero: Who would have thought one of the Elite Four could be this down-to-Earth?

    Agatha (Kikuko) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Kazuko Sugiyama
Voiced in English by: Allyson Johnson
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gabriela Gómez

The third member of the Elite Four. Agatha was surprisingly absent compared with the other three during the original series, but by the Hoenn season, she is shown to be the temporary Viridian gym leader.


  • Composite Character: Kinda. Her taking over the Viridian Gym after Giovanni is taken from Gary, but even then, is a temporary role.
  • Cool Old Lady: She may have been a really late cameo as a temporary gym leader of Viridian City and does not do all that much more than that but at least she certainly gets to show off her skills as a Pokémon Trainer.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Gengar's Double Team.
  • Gorgeous Period Dress: It looks quite Victorian.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Heck, her Pokémon also have purple in them!
  • Kicked Upstairs: When Ash meets her, she's substituting at the Viridian Gym until a new official Gym Leader is found.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Golbat's Supersonic.
  • Psychic Powers: Gengar's Hypnosis and Dream Eater combo.
  • Soul Power: She's officially a Ghost-type trainer, although only one of her two known Pokémon is a Ghost-type.
  • Out of Focus: She was the only member of the Elite 4 to not appear in the original series besides being shown as a silluote, it took until Battle Frontier where she finally appears.
  • Worthy Opponent: She compliments Ash for a well-fought battle and indicates that although he lost, he's got plenty of potential. She also supports his decision to challenge the Battle Frontier, which Scott claims to be just as tough as Agatha herself.

    Lance (Wataru) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Susumu Chiba
Voiced in English by: Wayne Grayson
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Enzo Fortuny (Original Series), Héctor Emmanuel Gómez (Advance Generation Episode 98, Víctor Ugarte (Advance Generation Episode 97 and Journeys)

The Champion of the Kanto and Johto regions.


  • The Ace: Has about the highest number of high-prestige titles attributed to out of any character so far, being the Champion, one of the Elite Four, a member of the Pokémon G-Men, the Pokémon World Tournament winner, and a finalist of the World Coronation Series. He was also called "a great Pokémon Master", a title stated to be above Champion. Even after his loss to Leon, he is still in the Masters Eight as of JN109.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Lance relies on brute force in battles, believing that the best defense is a good offense.
  • Blow You Away: Dragonite's Whirlwind.
  • The Bus Came Back: Makes a return in the 2019 series to have a match with Leon in Galar, after last appearing over 700 episodes ago.
  • Energy Weapon: Dragonite and Gyarados' Hyper Beam.
  • Fauxshadow: He's repeatedly hinted throughout Journeys to be one of Ash's future opponents in the Master Class, with his battle against Leon establishing the World Coronation Series and Lance appearing in several fantasy sequences that tease Ash's upcoming opponents. Paul also battles Ash in JN114 with a Gyarados that specifically mirrors Lance's. However, he ultimately ends up losing to Diantha on the opposite end of the bracket, making him the only Champion that Ash has never battled.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Essentially this during both of his two-parter appearances.
  • Graceful Loser: Like in the games, he's not angry at losing to Leon, but instead happy to see the rise of a new champion.
  • An Ice Person: His Gyarados is revealed to have learned Ice Fang when he returns in Journeys.
  • The Leader: He's both a member of the Elite Four and Champion. Additionally, he's a member of the Pokémon G-Men.
  • Making a Splash: He catches and trains the Water-type Red Gyarados.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A Dragon-trainer who is also a Secret Police agent in the anime.
  • Oneshot Character: The only member of the Kanto Elite Four to avert this, appearing in multiple episodes.
  • Recurring Character: Unlike the other Elite Four members mentioned here he actually appeared in more than one episode (granted his episodes are far apart, but still).
  • Series Continuity Error: His return episode in Journeys only calls him a member of the Elite Four, despite him having been established him as a Champion as early as the original series. When the Masters Eight is revealed in JN109, he's referred to as a Champion again. In JN115, he's referred to as the new Champion of Kanto and Johto.
  • Signature Mon: While he still owns a Dragonite, his Red Gyarados gets more attention here, and by Journeys, has become his de facto ace, being featured in his battle Leon, appearing alongside Lance in all promotional material for the Masters Tourmament, along with a Gyarados being used in Paul's new team alongside a Metagross and a Garchomp, two other Champions' aces.
  • Shock and Awe: Dragonite's Thunder Wave.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • He and Gyarados put up an incredible fight against Leon's Charizard at the World Coronation Series, but ultimately lost to Galar's Champion.
    • Implied to happen offscreen between JN012 and JN109. At the end of the previous WCS series, he was ranked 2nd. When the final Masters Eight lineup for the following season is revealed, he's in 4th place, with Cynthia and Steven in 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
    • He loses again to Diantha in the first round of the Masters Tournament.


Alternative Title(s): Pokemon Anime Original Series Cast

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