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The official logo of Pokémon, the English variant of the original Japanese Poketto Monsutā

Pokémon (ポケモン Pokemon?, English pronunciation: /ˈpoʊkeɪmɒn/[1]) is a media franchise published and owned by the video game company Nintendo and created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1996. Originally released as a pair of interlinkable Game Boy role-playing video games, Pokémon has since become the second most successful and lucrative video game-based media franchise in the world, behind only Nintendo's own Mario series.[2] Pokémon properties have since been merchandised into anime, manga, trading cards, toys, books, and other media. The franchise celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2006,[3] and as of 23 April 2008 (2008 -04-23), cumulative sales of the video games (including home console versions, such as the "Pikachu" Nintendo 64) have reached more than 186 million copies.[4]

The name Pokémon is the romanized contraction of the Japanese brand Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスター Poketto Monsutā?),[5] as such contractions are very common in Japan. The term "Pokémon", in addition to referring to the Pokémon franchise itself, also collectively refers to the 493 fictional species that have made appearances in Pokémon media as of the recent release of the newest Pokémon role-playing game (RPG) for the Nintendo DS, Pokémon Platinum. Like the words deer and sheep, the word "Pokémon" is identical in both the singular and plural, as is each individual species name; in short, it is grammatically correct to say both "one Pokémon" and "many Pokémon" as well as "one Pikachu" and "many Pikachu". In November 2005, 4Kids Entertainment, which had managed the non-game related licensing of Pokémon, announced that it had agreed not to renew the Pokémon representation agreement. Pokémon USA Inc. (now The Pokémon Company International), a subsidiary of Japan's Pokémon Co., now oversees all Pokémon licensing outside of Asia.[6]



The concept of the Pokémon universe, in both the video games and the general fictional world of Pokémon, stems from the hobby of insect collecting, a popular pastime which Pokémon executive director Satoshi Tajiri-Oniwa enjoyed as a child.[7] Players of the games are designated as Pokémon Trainers, and the two general goals (in most Pokémon games) for such Trainers are: to complete the Pokédex by collecting all of the available Pokémon species found in the fictional region where that game takes place; and to train a team of powerful Pokémon from those they have caught to compete against teams owned by other Trainers, and eventually become the strongest Trainer, the Pokémon Master. These themes of collecting, training, and battling are present in almost every version of the Pokémon franchise, including the video games, the anime and manga series, and the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

In most incarnations of the fictional Pokémon universe, a Trainer that encounters a wild Pokémon is able to capture that Pokémon by throwing a specially designed, mass-producible spherical tool called a Poké Ball at it. If the Pokémon is unable to escape the confines of the Poké Ball, it is officially considered to be under the ownership of that Trainer. Afterwards, it will obey whatever its new master commands, unless the Trainer demonstrates such a lack of experience that the Pokémon would rather act on its own accord. Trainers can send out any of their Pokémon to wage non-lethal battles against other Pokémon; if the opposing Pokémon is wild, the Trainer can capture that Pokémon with a Poké Ball, increasing his or her collection of creatures. Pokémon already owned by other Trainers cannot be captured, except under special circumstances in certain games. If a Pokémon fully defeats an opponent in battle so that the opponent is knocked out (i.e., "faints"), the winning Pokémon gains experience and may level up. When leveling up, the Pokémon's statistics ("stats") of battling aptitude increase, such as Attack and Speed. From time to time the Pokémon may also learn new moves, which are techniques used in battle. In addition, many species of Pokémon possess the ability to undergo a form of metamorphosis and transform into a similar but stronger species of Pokémon, a process called evolution.

In the main series, each game's single-player mode requires the Trainer to raise a team of Pokémon to defeat many non-player character (NPC) Trainers and their Pokémon. Each game lays out a somewhat linear path through a specific region of the Pokémon world for the Trainer to journey through, completing events and battling opponents along the way. Each game features eight especially powerful Trainers, referred to as Gym Leaders, that the Trainer must defeat in order to progress. As a reward, the Trainer receives a Gym Badge, and once all eight badges are collected, that Trainer is eligible to challenge the region's Pokémon League, where four immensely talented trainers (referred to collectively as the "Elite Four") challenge the Trainer to four Pokémon battles in succession. If the trainer can overcome this gauntlet, he or she must then challenge the Regional Champion, the master Trainer who had previously defeated the Elite Four. Any Trainer who wins this last battle becomes the new champion and gains the title of Pokémon Master.

Video games


The original Pokémon games were Japanese RPGs with an element of strategy, and were created by Satoshi Tajiri for the Game Boy. These role-playing games, and their sequels, remakes, and English language translations, are still considered the "main" Pokémon games, and the games which most fans of the series are referring to when they use the term "Pokémon games". All of the licensed Pokémon properties overseen by The Pokémon Company are divided roughly by generation. These generations are roughly chronological divisions by release; every several years, when an official sequel in the main RPG series is released that features new Pokémon, characters, and gameplay concepts, that sequel is considered the start of a new generation of the franchise. The main games and their spin-offs, the anime, manga, and trading card game are all updated with the new Pokémon properties each time a new generation begins. The franchise is in its fourth generation.

A level 5 Bulbasaur engaged in a battle with a level 5 Charmander in Pokémon Red and Blue.[8]

The Pokémon franchise started off in its first generation with its initial release of Pocket Monsters Aka and Midori ("Red" and "Green", respectively) for the Game Boy in Japan. When these games proved extremely popular, an enhanced Ao ("Blue") version was released sometime after, and the Ao version was reprogrammed as Pokémon Red and Blue for international release. The games launched in the United States on September 30, 1998. The original Aka and Midori versions were never released outside of Japan.[9] Afterwards, a further enhanced version titled Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition was released to partially take advantage of the color palette of the Game Boy Color, as well as to feature more elements from the popular Pokémon anime. This first generation of games introduced the original 151 species of Pokémon (in National Pokédex order, encompassing all Pokémon from Bulbasaur to Mew), as well as the basic game concepts of capturing, training, battling, and trading Pokémon with both computer and human players. These versions of the games take place within the fictional Kanto region, though the name "Kanto" was not used until the second generation.

The second generation of Pokémon began in 2000 with the release of Pokémon Gold and Silver for Game Boy Color. Like the previous generation, an enhanced version titled Pokémon Crystal was later released. The second generation introduced 100 new species of Pokémon (starting with Chikorita and ending with Celebi), with a total of 251 Pokémon to collect, train, and battle. The Pokémon mini is a handheld game console released in November 2001 in North America, December 2001 in Japan, and 2002 in Europe. Pokémon entered its third generation with the 2003 release of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire for Game Boy Advance and continued with the Game Boy Advance remakes of Pokémon Red and Blue, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, and an enhanced version of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire titled Pokémon Emerald.

The third generation introduced 135 new Pokémon (starting with Treecko and ending with Deoxys) for a total of 386 species. However, this generation also garnered some criticism for leaving out several gameplay features, including the day-and-night system introduced in the previous generation, and it was also the first installment that encouraged the player to collect merely a selected assortment of the total number of Pokémon rather than every existing species (202 out of 386 species are catchable in the Ruby and Sapphire versions).

In 2006, Japan began the fourth generation of the franchise with the release of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl for Nintendo DS. The fourth generation introduces another 107 new species of Pokémon (starting with Turtwig and ending with Arceus), bringing the total of Pokémon species to 493.[10] The Nintendo DS "touch screen" allows new features to the game such as cooking poffins with the stylus and using the "Pokétch". New gameplay concepts include a restructured move-classification system, online multiplayer trading and battling via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, the return (and expansion) of the second generation's day-and-night system, the expansion of the third generation's Pokémon Contests into "Super Contests", and the new region of Sinnoh, which has an underground component for multiplayer gameplay in addition to the main overworld. Pokémon Platinum, the enhanced version of Diamond and Pearl, much like Pokémon Yellow, Crystal, and Emerald, was released September 2008 in Japan, March 2009 in North America, and was released in Australia and Europe in May 2009. Spin-off titles in the fourth generation include the Pokémon Stadium follow-up Pokémon Battle Revolution for Wii, which has Wi-Fi connectivity as well.[11]

Nintendo announced in May 2009 that enhanced remakes of Pokémon Gold and Silver, entitled Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, released for the Nintendo DS system. HeartGold and SoulSilver are set in the Johto region and were released in September 2009 in Japan.[12]

On January 29, 2010, the Pokémon Company announced that a new game was in development for the DS to be released later that year[13][14] later revealed to be the fifth generation in the RPG Series of the Pokémon Franchise.

Game mechanics

Starter Pokémon

One of the consistent aspects of the Pokémon games — spanning from Pokémon Red and Blue on the Nintendo Game Boy to the Nintendo DS game Pokémon Platinum — is the choice of one of three different Pokémon at the start of the player's adventures; these three are often labeled "starter Pokémon". Players can choose a Grass-type, a Fire-type, or a Water-type.[15] For example, in Pokémon Red and Blue (and their respective reworks, Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen), the player has the choice of starting with Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle. The exception to this rule is Pokémon Yellow (a remake of the original games that follows the story of the Pokémon anime), where players are given a Pikachu, an Electric-type mouse Pokémon, famous for being the mascot of the Pokémon media franchise; in this game, however, the three starter Pokémon from Red and Blue can be obtained during the quest by a single player, something that is not possible in any other installment of the franchise.[16] Another consistent aspect is that the player's rival will always choose as his or her starter Pokémon the one that has a type advantage over the player's Pokémon. For instance, if the player picks a Grass-type Pokémon, the rival will always pick the fire-type starter. Of course, the exception to this is again Pokémon Yellow, in which the rival picks an Eevee, but whether this Eevee evolves into Jolteon, Vaporeon, or Flareon is decided by when the player wins and loses to the rival through the journey.


The Pokédex is a fictional electronic device featured in the Pokémon video game and anime series. In the games, whenever a Pokémon is first captured, its data will be added to a player's Pokédex, but in the anime or manga, the Pokédex is a comprehensive electronic reference encyclopedia, usually referred to in order to deliver exposition. "Pokédex" is also used to refer to a list of Pokémon, usually a list of Pokémon by number. In the video games, a Pokémon Trainer is issued a blank device at the start of the journey. A trainer must then attempt to fill the Pokédex by encountering and at least briefly obtaining each of the different species of Pokémon. A player will receive the name and image of a Pokémon after encountering one that was not previously in the Pokédex, typically after battling said Pokémon either in the wild or in a trainer battle (with the exceptions of link battles and tournament battles, such as in the Battle Frontier). In Pokémon Red and Blue, some Pokémon's data is added to the Pokédex simply by viewing the Pokémon, such as in the zoo outside of the Safari Zone. Also, certain NPC characters may add to the Pokédex by explaining what a Pokémon looks like during conversation. More detailed information is available after the player obtains a member of the species, either through capturing the Pokémon in the wild, evolving a previously captured Pokémon, hatching a Pokémon egg (from the second generation onwards), or through a trade with another trainer (either an NPC or another player). This information includes height, weight, species type, and a short description of the Pokémon. Later versions of the Pokédex have more detailed information, like the size of a certain Pokémon compared to the player character, or Pokémon being sorted by their habitat (so far, the latter feature is only in the FireRed and LeafGreen versions). The most current forms of Pokédex are capable of containing information on all Pokémon currently known. The GameCube games, Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, have a Pokémon Digital Assistant (PDA) which is similar to the Pokédex, but also tells what types are effective against a Pokémon and gives a description of its abilities.[17]

In other media

Ash Ketchum and Pikachu together in the pilot episode, "Pokémon, I Choose You!"

Anime series

The Pokémon anime series and films are a meta-series of adventures separate from the canon that most of the Pokémon video games follow (with the exception of Pokémon Yellow, a game based loosely on the anime storyline). The anime follows the quest of the main character, Ash Ketchum[18] (known as Satoshi in Japan) a Pokémon Master in training, as he and a small group of friends[18] travel around the fictitious world of Pokémon along with their Pokémon partners. The original series, titled Pocket Monsters, or simply Pokémon in western countries (often referred to as Pokémon: Gotta Catch 'Em All to distinguish it from the later series), begins with Ash's first day as a Pokémon trainer. His first (and signature) Pokémon is a Pikachu, differing from the games, where only Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle could be chosen.[19] The series follows the storyline of the original games, Pokémon Red and Blue, in the region of Kanto. Accompanying Ash on his journeys are Brock, the Pewter City Gym Leader, and Misty, the youngest of the Gym Leader sisters from Cerulean City. Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands follows Ash's adventures in the Orange Islands, a place unique to the anime, and replaces Brock with Tracey Sketchit, an artist and "Pokémon watcher". The next series, based on the second generation of games, include Pokémon: Johto Journeys, Pokémon: Johto League Champions, and Pokémon: Master Quest, following the original trio of Ash, Brock, and Misty in the western Johto region. The saga continues in Pokémon: Advanced Battle, based on the third generation games. Ash and company travel to Hoenn, a southern region in the Pokémon World. Ash takes on the role of a teacher and mentor for a novice Pokémon trainer named May. Her brother Max accompanies them, and though he isn't a trainer, he knows large amounts of handy information. Brock (from the original series) soon catches up with Ash, but Misty has returned to Cerulean City to tend to her duties as a gym leader (Misty, along with other recurring characters, appears in the spin-off series Pokémon Chronicles).

The Japanese Logo for the current series, Diamond & Pearl

The Advanced Battle series concludes with the Battle Frontier saga, based on the Emerald version and including aspects of FireRed and LeafGreen. The most recent series is the Diamond and Pearl series, with Max leaving to pick his starter Pokémon, and May going to the Grand Festival in Johto. Ash, Brock, and a new companion named Dawn travel through the region of Sinnoh. In addition to the TV series, twelve Pokémon films have been made, with a thirteenth film being currently created. Collective bonuses, such as promotional trading cards, have been available with some of the films.


  1. Pokémon: The First Movie (1998)
  2. Pokémon: The Movie 2000 (1999)
  3. Pokémon 3: The Movie (2000)
  4. Pokémon 4Ever (2001)
  5. Pokémon Heroes (2002)
  6. Pokémon: Jirachi Wish Maker (2003)
  7. Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys (2004)
  8. Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (2005)
  9. Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (2006)
  10. Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai (2007)
  11. Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior (2008)
  12. Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life (2009)
  13. Phantom Ruler: Zoroark (2010)
  • Note: Given release dates are for the original Japanese releases


The 2.B.A. Master CD

There have been several Pokémon CDs that have been released in North America, most of them in conjunction with the theatrical releases of the first three Pokémon films. These releases were commonplace until late 2001. On March 27, 2007, a tenth anniversary CD was released containing 18 tracks from the English dub; this was the first English-language release in over five years. Soundtracks of the Pokémon feature films have been released in Japan each year in conjunction with the theatrical releases.

Year Title
June 29, 1999[20] Pokémon 2BA Master
November 9, 1999[21] Pokémon: The First Movie
February 8, 2000 Pokémon World
May 9, 2000 Pokémon: The First Movie Original Motion Picture Score
July 18, 2000 Pokémon: The Movie 2000
2000 Pokémon The Movie 2000 Original Motion Picture Score
January 23, 2001 Totally Pokémon
April 3, 2001 Pokémon 3: The Ultimate Soundtrack
October 9, 2001 Pokémon Christmas Bash
March 27, 2007 Pokémon X: Ten Years of Pokémon

Pokémon Trading Card Game

Palkia, the Spacial Pokémon Trading Card Game card from Pokémon TCG Diamond and Pearl

The Pokémon Trading Card Game is a collectible card game with a goal similar to a Pokémon battle in the video game series. Players use Pokémon cards, with individual strengths and weaknesses, in an attempt to defeat their opponent by "knocking out" his or her Pokémon cards.[22] The game was first published in North America by Wizards of the Coast in 1999.[23] However, with the release of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Game Boy Advance video games, Nintendo USA took back the card game from Wizards of the Coast and started publishing the cards themselves.[23] The Expedition expansion introduced the Pokémon-e Trading Card Game, where the cards (for the most part) were compatible with the Nintendo e-Reader. Nintendo discontinued its production of e-Reader compatible cards with the release of EX FireRed & LeafGreen. In 1998, Nintendo released a Game Boy Color version of the trading card game in Japan; Pokémon Trading Card Game was subsequently released to the US and Europe in 2000. The game included digital versions cards from the original set of cards and the first two expansions (Jungle and Fossil), as well as several cards exclusive to the game. A Japan-exclusive sequel was released in 2001.[24]


There are various Pokémon manga series, four of which were released in English by Viz Media, and seven of them released in English by Chuang Yi. The manga differs greatly from the video games and cartoons in that the trainers, though frowned upon, were able to kill the opponent's Pokémon.

Manga released in English
Manga not released in English
  • Pokémon Card ni Natta Wake (How I Became a Pokémon Card) by Kagemaru Himeno, an artist for the TCG. There are six volumes and each includes a special promotional card. The stories tell the tales of the art behind some of Himeno’s cards.
  • Pokémon Get aa ze! by Miho Asada
  • Pocket Monsters Chamo-Chamo ★ Pretty ♪ by Yumi Tsukirino, who also made Magical Pokémon Journey.
  • Pokémon Card Master
  • Pocket Monsters Emerald Chōsen!! Battle Frontier by Ihara Shigekatsu
  • Pocket Monsters Zensho by Satomi Nakamura

Criticism and controversy


Pokémon has been criticized by some Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Christian concerns over Pokémon have primarily addressed perceived occultic and violent themes as well as the concept of "Pokémon evolution" (which some relate to the theory of evolution), which is said to go against the Biblical creation account in Genesis,[25] which the majority of Japanese, not adhering to Christianity, do not believe in.[26] [27] The Vatican, however, has countered that the Pokémon trading card game and video games are "full of inventive imagination" and have no "harmful moral side effects".[28] In the United Kingdom, the "Christian Power Cards" game was introduced in 1999 by David Tate who stated, "Some people aren't happy with Pokémon and want an alternative, others just want Christian games." The game was similar to the Pokémon TCG but used Biblical figures.[29] In 1999, the Jewish civil rights group Anti-Defamation League pressured Nintendo to edit the image of the Pokémon trading cards for Golbat and Ditto because the cards depicted a left-facing manji, which the League interpreted as antisemitism, although these cards had been intended for sale only in Japan with Nintendo planning to release edited versions in North America the following year.[30] In 2001, Saudi Arabia banned Pokémon games and cards, alleging that the franchise promoted Zionism in violation of Muslim doctrine.[31][32] Pokémon has been accused of promoting materialism.[33] In 1999, two nine-year-old boys sued Nintendo because they claimed the Pokémon Trading Card Game caused their problematic gambling.[34]


On December 16, 1997, more than 635 Japanese children were admitted to hospitals with epileptic seizures. It was determined the seizures were caused by watching an episode of Pokémon, "Dennō Senshi Porygon", (most commonly translated "Electric Soldier Porygon", season 1, episode 38); as a result, this episode has not been aired since. In this particular episode, there were bright explosions with rapidly alternating blue and red color patterns.[35] It was determined in subsequent research that these strobing light effects cause some individuals to have epileptic seizures, even if the person had no previous history of epilepsy.[36] This incident is the most common focus of Pokémon-related parodies in other media, and was lampooned by The Simpsons episode "Thirty Minutes over Tokyo"[37] and the South Park episode "Chinpokomon",[38] among others.

Monster in My Pocket

In March 2000, Morrison Entertainment Group, a small toy developer based at Manhattan Beach, California, sued Nintendo over claims that Pokémon infringed on its own "Monster in My Pocket" characters. A judge ruled there was no infringement so Morrison appealed the ruling in November 2001.[39]

Cultural influence

All Nippon Airways Boeing 747-400 in Pokémon livery, and dubbed a Pokémon Jet.

Pokémon, being a popular franchise, has undoubtedly left its mark on pop culture. The Pokémon characters themselves have become pop culture icons; examples include two different Pikachu balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Pokémon Jets operated by All Nippon Airways, thousands of merchandise items, and a theme park in Nagoya, Japan in 2005 and Taipei in 2006. Pokémon also appeared on the cover of the U.S. magazine Time in 1999. The Comedy Central show Drawn Together has a character named Ling-Ling which is a direct parody of Pikachu.[40] Several other shows such as ReBoot, The Simpsons, South Park, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Robot Chicken,All Grown Up! and Johnny Test have made references and spoofs of Pokémon, among other series. Pokémon was also featured on VH1's I Love the '90s: Part Deux. A live action show called Pokémon Live! toured the United States in late 2000. It was based on the popular Pokémon anime, but had some continuity errors relating to it.

In November 2001, Nintendo opened a store called the Pokémon Center in New York, in New York's Rockefeller Center,[41] modeled after the two other Pokémon Center stores in Tokyo and Osaka and named after a staple of the videogame series; Pokémon Centers are fictional buildings where Trainers take their injured Pokémon to be healed after combat.[42] The store sold Pokémon merchandise on a total of two floors, with items ranging from collectible shirts to stuffed Pokémon plushies.[43] The store also featured a Pokémon Distributing Machine in which players would place their game to receive an egg of a Pokémon that is being given out at that time. The store also had tables that were open for players of the Pokémon Trading Card Game to duel each other or an employee. The store was closed and replaced by the Nintendo World Store on May 14, 2005.[44]

Joseph Jay Tobin theorizes that the success of the franchise was mainly due to the long list of names that could be learned by children and repeated in their peer groups. The rich fictional universe provided a lot of opportunities for discussion and demonstration of knowledge in front of their peers. In the French version Nintendo took care to translate the name of the creatures so that they reflected the French culture and language. In all cases the names of the creatures were linked to its characteristics, which converged with the children's belief that names have symbolic power. Children could pick their favourite Pokémon and affirm their individuality while at the same time affirming their conformance to the values of the group, and they could distinguish themselves from other kids by asserting what they liked and what they didn't like from every chapter. Pokémon gained popularity because it provided a sense of identity to a wide variety of children, and lost it quickly when many of those children found that the identity groups were too big and searched for identities that would distinguish them into smaller groups.[45]

In December 2009, a "Pokémon profile picture month" on popular social networking website Facebook started, with over 100,000 (by some estimates) Facebook users changing the image displayed on their profile webpages to that of a favorite Pokémon.[46] As of early January 2010, many Facebook users continue to use the Pokémon graphics as their avatars on the website.

See also

Pokémon general


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  41. ^ Opening Date of Store
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  46. ^ Pokemon Profile Pic December (2009)

External links


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Quotes from Pokémon


Single Quotes


  • "PIKA!"
  • "Pika Pika"
  • "Pika Pi"
  • "Chuuuuu"
  • "Pi-pi-pi" (When he see Togepi)
  • "PIKA-CHU-UUUUUUU!" (Reaction to Electra's Kiss)
  • "Pi Pikachu!" (Hey You Pikachu! game)
  • "Zapdos is better than all the other Pokémon." (Pikachu's Bizarre Adventure Official Comic)

Ash Ketchum/Satoshi

  • "Where there's a town, there's a Big Mac!"
  • "Choose it or lose it!"
  • "Let's show them how to really party!"
  • "I'm twice as good as Gary!!!"
  • "Well, she's not my type."
  • "It was an egg-sident! Get it? 'Egg?'"
  • "I have my own method of bending spoons. (bends the spoon with his hands) Ha! Muscle over mind!"
  • "Please don't eat my hat."
  • "I'm having a major hat crisis. Could you try to steal Pikachu some other time?"
  • "In that case, this is awesome! I'm a Pikachu!" (Hocus Pokémon, Original series)
  • "It's a Joy-ful world."
  • "Uh, my... name... is... Ketchup! No, wait! My name is really Tom Ato!"
  • "Eat righteous Ponyta dust!"
  • "Treecko! Use your Tail Slap attack!"
  • "I choose you. Treecko"
  • "I've got so much energy I don't know what to do with it!"
  • "Uh, thanks! And I'll also find out what rigorous means, too!"
  • "Hahahahahahahah! Now we'll see who has the last quack!"
  • "Mom, you're embarrassing me! I'm a big boy now!"
  • "Let's eat fast so we can eat again!"
  • "If anybody's out there, you can come out. And if you're a monster or a ghost, you can stay where you are, and we won't bother you."
  • "For a second there I thought the floor was going to--AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!! Where'd the ground go?"
  • "Ahh, don't get your underwear in a knot."
  • "That mini-Misty is even more scary than she is."
  • "You look like a guy anyway!"
  • "And I thought you were going to buy a stone to evolve yourself."
  • "Do you always need a reason to help someone?"
  • "Please don't stare at me like that! I'm a very shy little girl!" - "Ashley"
  • "You guys go, I'll be fine. Just don't bring my mom home too late."
  • "You must have taken her baby pictures too!"
  • "A good friend left me... and i miss her every day. But I know we'll always be friends. Forever. "
  • "I think I broke my core..."
  • "I'm an apple for a day and I need a doctor right away..."
  • "Right now, I kinda wish that my mom named me Bob instead of Ash."
  • "Hey, trainers! Which one of these Pokémon evolves into Seviper?" (Later) "OK, trainers! If you chose Arbok, you were right!" [This isn't true; it's a mistake.])
  • "She is trying to use rep... per... pre... what is it again? Oh, yeah! Perverse Psychology on me!"
  • "Pikachu, I choose you!"
  • "The chosen one? I feel more like the frozen one."
  • "That Magnemite's following Pikachu almost like it's a streaker or something!"
  • "Well, some things are more important than fun. I'm Ash the Chosen One! This is serious; I gotta be responsible!"
  • "Yo, Brocko!"
  • "Wait up!"
  • "Oh, that Gary!"
  • "I'm sorry I didn't mean to..."
  • "Don't you think Mew's the best?"
  • "Whoever smelt it dealt it!" (Mother of All Battles!, Master Quest season)
  • "There's no sense in going out of your way just to get somebody to like you."


  • "Sometimes I look at that face and I get a headache."
  • "Well, my name.....My name is Anne Chovie"
  • "Don't ever make fun of me OR mini-Misty"
  • "We'd love to get up, Ash...unfortunately, you're STANDING on us..."
  • "Weren't you even gonna say 'hi' to me!?"
  • "Let's go have a party at Pikachu's house!"
  • "Take it from me. It's a lot easier to like someone who likes you than to like someone who doesn't."
  • "Isn't that color a little bright for a ninja?"
  • "Just when you give him a break, he has to be a nice guy, too."
  • "Love is all about who lands the first punch!"
  • "If I want your opinion I WILL GIVE IT TO YOU!!!"
  • "Ash will never really be alone cause he's got... me."
  • "Dear Hazel - Why do you wear the same clothes every day? You should dress up every once-in-a-while. - Misty."
  • "Very funny. Carrots, peppers, and bugs! Everyone has something they don't like and I don't like bugs!!"
  • "TM 11 is Bubblebeam!"
  • "Well, Ash Ketchum... finally, I know how you feel about me."
  • "It's my own recipe which I call Misty's mystery stew, and it's got forty seven secret ingredients!"
  • "The same kind of Pokémon in two designer colors!" (referring to Kecleon)
  • "Come on Brock, let's not let Cupid make you stupid! (referring to when Brock hits on a girl)
  • "HEY! MY BIKE!!!... UGH!" (Seeing Ash escaping from a flock of Spearows on her bike)
  • (When Ash wakes up in the First movie) Oh, Thank goodness...
  • HEY! Don't you forget! You owe me a bike!
  • (When following Ash through a forest early in the anime) M-my bike... I'm following you because you broke my bike!
  • Oh, great! A Pokémon that acts just like Brock. (referring to Ash's Totodile)


  • "[after Team Rocket performs a cheer for Ash and Pikachu] That was really disturbing."
  • "How about some prune juice!?
  • "I believe in rock-hard defense and determination!"
  • "Her temper could sure use a little evolution."
  • "She can violate my rights any time!"
  • "Don't you worry, Totodile, I'm gonna teach you how to be successful in love, just like me!"
  • "Why don't you and I start a friendship right now!?"
  • "When you have lemons, you make lemonade; and when you have rice, you make rice balls."
  • "For me, summer means bathing suits and girls to wear them!"
  • "Ash and Misty, sittin' in a tree... Ha ha ha ha ha!"
  • "AHH! I wasted a donut!"
  • "DON'T YOU GET IT?!! If two Butterfree fall in love, their trainers can meet, and THEY CAN FALL IN LOVE, TOO!"
  • "A Caterpie may change into a Butterfree, but the heart that beats inside it remains the same."
  • "Looks like just another lover's spat to me."
  • "Is that supposed to be a Pokémon or a Christmas tree?"
  • "Time to dry up, water girl!"
  • "I never forget the face of a pretty girl! This book helps me remember their names."
  • "You can call me 'Honey'!"
  • "Yuko, meeting you reminds me of a time in my life when I too spent long hours toiling as a professor's assistant. I'm sure Professor Ivy would be happy to vouch for my work."
  • "Uhh... uh... my name is Salad... err... Caesar Salad!" (using a pseudonym, of course)
  • "I have seen the light! I will definitely meet a girl in this town!"
  • "Uh, Nurse Joy? I'll be needing a thorough check up from head to toe."
  • "No! Not the ear!"
  • "Of course! The mirror closed because it was embarrassed it couldn't capture her beauty!"
  • "Everyone knows water attacks are weak against a fire-type!" [This statement is wrong. The water-type is up against an electric-type, not fire.]
  • "This Nurse Joy is different! Her bangs are a millimeter longer!"
  • "Oh, this is Lucario, a Pokémon who was sealed inside the Staff of the Guardian. And somehow, we managed to set it free."
  • "Ugh... Not you, too..." [Referring to Croagunk's habit of hitting him with Poison Jab when he flirts]
  • "Who am I? I am Brock." *nods*
  • "It dosen't matter how far away a leader is from it's group, a leader is always a leader"
  • "I think Ash just evolved into a Primape."
  • "Butterfree got shot down"
  • (to Ludicolo) "Laugh my friend, and the whole world laughs with you"
  • "(singing) so la la la, look at my smiling face. there are lots of girls, im in my happy place. So lalala this is my paradise so live on, ole, yeah, yo, hmm, oh!!!"
  • "What I'd give for somebody to have a crush on me!"
  • "Corphish, stop! From one to loser in love to another, I need your help."
  • "This is the only song I know."
  • "Left behind again..."


  • "The more the merrier!"
  • "This is bandannas!"
  • "Torchic, use Amber!" (Max corrects her) "Oops, I mean Ember!"
  • "But just between you and I, what I'm more interested in is traveling and seeing new places. (screams as she goes down a hill after being scared by a Duskull) I guess I... shoulda worn a... (crashes into a tree) helmet."
  • "I-I c-can't believe I-I l-lost... WAAAAAHHHHH!!!!
  • "Oh! Oopsies!"
  • (Being chased by a swarm of Beedril after running into Team Rocket) "Ahhhhhhh!!! How did I ever get stuck in this situation!?"
  • "My bike's been barbecued!!"
  • (about Misty's methods to keep Brock under control) You've gotta admit: She's got style!"
  • "I think Romeo LIKES JULIET!!"
  • (to Harley) "Yeah, well, you dress weird!"
  • "Beautifly, take the stage!"
  • "Augh! I can't tell who's talking! That's it! I'm calling Lex!"
  • "And I'll be happy to vouch for his insanity!"
  • "I didn't know Zigzagoon could evolve into humans."
  • "I Guess misery loves company."
  • "Spoken like a true man."
  • "And he repeats himself like a true man
  • "I stink. I couldn't do a thing"
  • (after Max is heartbroken) "Oh, poor Max. I guess Corphish chopped its heart in two with its pincer"
  • (after Max falls in love with Vivi) "Hey, am I crazy, or does my brother have a girlfriend?"


  • "Why not pain at first pull!"
  • "ker-POW!"
  • "Whoa! This food is HOT!!!!!"
  • "Wow! I know you! You're that guy that was in the Silver Conference! You lost in the quarter finals. Your name's Alf!"
  • "Yes, I'm the Petalburg Gym Leader."
  • "Wow, it's a lot different to read about something... than really feel it!"
  • "May, I felt upset when 'Skitty tore up my book because you're such a terrible trainer'!"
  • "And pretty crazy, too."
  • "It’ll be great to have you join us, Kidd, as long as we can find a cage for Brock."
  • "If this works I'll eat my hat." (plan in question works) "Glad I don't wear a hat."
  • (flirts) Vivi and Max!


  • "Oh, no! Wrong way! I want my mom!"
  • "Everyone makes mistakes the first time around."
  • "A left... and then a right. Or is it a right and then a left? Hmm... maybe the postcard's upside-down."
  • "No need to worry, right?"
  • "Oh, no! My bike!! It's extra crispy!!" (after Pikachu accidentally destroyed her bike)
  • " Oh, Brock's sleepy!" ( after Brock passes out on his face )
  • " YOU THINK YOU'RE FUNNY , DON'T YA?! LISTEN, MISTER, YOU SPOILED COLD-HEARTED BRAT! APOLOGIZE!" ( Dawn screaming at Paul after he didn't remember her. )

Prof. Oak

  • "Pokémon around the world wait for you, Ash."
  • "So, tell me about yourself. Are you a boy or a girl? "
  • "This is my grandson. He's been your rival since you were both babies. Err... what was his name again...?"
  • "You look more like you're ready for bed than Pokémon training."
  • "Oh, my lumbago!"
  • "As a child, I played a lot of video games and was known as Flying Fingers Sammy."
  • "There's an ongoing debate in the academic community as to whether these Pidgey represent evolution, devolution, or some mutated strain."
  • "I came when I heard you defeated the Elite Four"

The Rivals

Gary / Blue / Shigeru

  • "I'd better split before I catch loser-itis!" ~Gary
  • "Smell ya later." ~Blue
  • "What?! Unbelievable! I picked the wrong Pokémon!" ~Blue
  • "Bonjour, Ash! Imagine seeing you here. Were you really invited? I already caught 40 kinds, pal!" ~Blue
  • "You stinker! I took it easy on you!" ~Blue
  • "I heard there was a Cut Master on board, but he was just a seasick old man." ~Blue
  • "Hey, Red! I was looking forward to seeing you, Red. My rival should be strong to keep me sharp. While working on my PokéDex, I looked all over for Pokémon. Not only that, I assembled teams that would beat any Pokémon type. And now... I'm the Pokémon League Champion! Red! Do you know what that means? I'll tell you. I am the most powerful Trainer in the world!" ~Blue, before final battle.


  • "How dare she say my cookies (mocking May's voice) aren't half bad!? There's not a single thing I know how to make that isn't the most delicious thing you've ever tasted in your whole life!"
  • "If you insist on throwing the word adorable around, then you better be talking about yours truly!"
  • "Maybe they should call you Tentacool instead, or maybe just Ten for short. Oooh, don't get yourself worked out or you could evolve into an Octillery"
  • "Say hello to my little friends!"
  • "Oh, Drew, are you a twerp now too?"
  • "We'll all travel in Johto like the happy family we are!"
  • "(Dressed up as May) Oh, hello, Drew honey!"


  • (to Ash & Grotle) "A pathetic trainer and his equally pathetic Pokemon"

Team Rocket


  • "Do you want to find out what 'or else' means?"
  • "You're just the players in my master plan!"
  • "A child like you would never understand what I hope to achieve!"
  • "I want rare Pokémon, not your pathetic excuses!"
  • "Just do your job for a change!"
  • "You really have changed. The Delia I knew would never be so mean!"
  • "NO! Team Rocket is evil!! EVIL!"
  • "I'm not mad. A little angry, maybe..."
  • "What are you half-wits talking about?"
  • "Who were those idiots again?" (Asking about Jessie, James and Meowth)
  • "You fools! You search for months and bring me this thing!? You are total incompetents!" (About Togepi)


I liked it better when they were nasty

  • "I'd hate to get hit by... their droppings!"
  • "Hello... uh, I wonder if it's possible to get traded to a less embarrassing team?"
  • "We're gonna show that no good rotten crook what real good rotten crooks are like!!"
  • "You're givin' me a pain but I can't say where 'cause kids watch this show!"
  • "You gonna attack or do a ballet?"
  • "I hate water! Especially wet water!"
  • "What kinda gas is dis? Eeeya! What happened to my voice!? I sound like one of the Chipmunks!"
  • "Let's get somethin' straight, copycat. You-owth ain't gonna push Meowth around!"
  • "Hey, we ARE you, and you're not!"
  • "She sells sea shells on the sea shore."
  • "(trying to sound like giovanni) for giving me such a wonderful gift, i'll reward meowth and his friends like there's no tomorrow."
  • "(after the motto,looking like wobbuffet)WOBBUFFET!...oh?uh?hey! Thats right!
  • "(trying to think what giovanni would do with the lombre they would give to him)Theres nothing like a Lombre Staring at you...Theres nothing like going to the pool and have a lombre leering at you... Maybe those two could have a staring contest.


  • "We (almost) never lose a Pokémon battle!"
  • "All's fair in love, war, and Pokémon battles."
  • "Santa stole my dolly!"
  • "Just once, I'd like to make a dramatic exit that DOESN'T involve a life-threatening explosion."
  • "They're not Squirtles, they're Piggles!"
  • "Hey! Those are original copies of genuine designer fakes!"
  • (sobbing) "That little brat's gonna pay!"
  • "We'll coerce those creeps into creating chaos, causing a calamity, and in the uncontrolled commotion we'll capture those condors!"
  • "Snow, snow, I love it so!"
  • "Stop acting like an ignoramus!"
  • "If things are going to get ugly, we might as well try Weezing."
  • (Jessie in Meowth's body)"A Pokémon Ranger?! Worse than short legs."
  • "JAMES! If you're not here, at least come out and tell us!!"
  • (Like a Viking) You vant to cross maybe? We take you Ya? We Vikings are used to big vaves. We get you to New Island faster than you can say "Fahrvergnügen."
  • "I hope you'll remember, there is something good in goodbye."
  • "We may not make a lot of money, but we sure have got our freedom!"
  • "Never interrupt the Team Rocket motto!"
  • "It would be a crime for this face to wind up on radio."
  • "Don't ask me, I've already had my thought for today."
  • "A woman's hair is her life, her love, her being, herself..."
  • "I don't care if it's a one eyed purple people eater."
  • (Viking voice) "Stroke. Stroke. Stroke. Stroke." (normal voice) "Oh, I think I'm gonna have one."


  • "Time for action, Weezing!"
  • "I wanna donut!"
  • "Drat, we wasted this episode cheering the good guys!"
  • "Like, wow, don't I make like the COOLEST girl?"
  • "Ugh, it's a Tenta-cruel world."
  • "With enemies like that, who needs friends?"
  • "These are ice packs we're gunning!--I mean, ice guns we're packing!"
  • "Team Rocket may be dirty rotten criminals, but we're not in the business of destroying children's dreams! At least, not yet."
  • "You have disgraced the disgraceful Team Rocket!"
  • "It's times like these that make me want to go straight [from a life of crime]."
  • "This steak is too well done. Take it back and make it rare."
  • "Jessie's been expelled! Now I have to do my best for her!"
  • "Steal one, get one free!"
  • "We could have our own... infomercial!"
  • "We have a proud tradition of failure to uphold!"
  • "Surrender now with your exposed knees and prepare to fight!!"
  • "I just wish I had my training wheels with me!"
  • (using a rental Pikachu) "Thundershock, Thunderbolt, Thunder; I've been defeated so many times by Pikachu's attacks, I know them all by heart! Ahahahahahaha!"
  • "Quick! It's coming! Dance like an eggplant!"
  • "You cad!! I wanna ride, too!"
  • "When it comes to catching Spinda, we sure are the Winda!" -Team Rocket
  • "I always wanted a green Mawile with a pan on its head!"
  • "Being good guys for once would be super-dupulous!"
  • "I haven't seen this many strange letters since the last time I placed a personal ad!" (referring to the Unown)
  • Meowth has betrayed us. (takes out a rose) Ah, it's a Tenta-cruel world.
  • Fruit doesn't grow on trees, you know!
  • I have no idea what just happened, but I'll gladly take credit for it.
  • I thought I just heard someone say 'We're blasting off again' but we copyrighted that!
  • Well, I like to look at myself in my spare time.
  • You must learn how to lose, it is such an important part of Pokémon training that we built our entire careers on it!
  • "(singing)a tisket, a tasket, a pokemon egg basket"


  • "It's Like taking candy from a Togepi"
  • "I told you before it's not Biff, it's Butch. James, you're as bad as your twerps"
  • "Hey, listen shortstack it's not Botch, its Butch, BUTCH, Didn't your mother tell other peoples names?"
  • "The name's not Buzz, it's Butch! Didn't you hear me the first time?
  • (underwater) "The name is Butch"
  • (after Delia calls him Bill) It's BUTCH!
  • (yells) "My name's not Hutch"
  • (yells at Misty & Tracey) "It's not Buffy. It's Butch, BUTCH, BUTCH!
  • "So surrender to us now, or you'll lose this fight"

Rocket Grunts

  • "We're pulling a big job here! Get lost, kid!"
  • "Our hideout might be discovered! I better tell boss!"
  • "Okay, I'll talk! Take the elevator to see my boss!"
  • "Don't touch the poster at the Game Corner! There's no secret switch behind it!"
  • "How can you not see the beauty of our evil?!"
  • "With your ability, you could become a top leader in Team Rocket."
  • "Stop meddling in Team Rocket's affairs!"


  • "Ratatta also dwell in meadows to steal food from stupid travelers." ~Dexter
  • "And maybe next time you can try saving the world a little closer to home." ~Delia
  • "You just got yourselves a new traveling buddy!" ~Tracey
  • "And in the end, Mrs. Ketchum was sure Professor Oak's love poem was all about her. Then again, so was Bulbasaur." ~Narrator
  • "(Ummmm... nice weather, huh?)" ~Squirtle
  • "Bling! Cute male in sights!" ~Chris Segrue
  • "Huh? What are you doing falling into a hole? Some genius you are. Serves you right!" ~Silver
  • "My name is ???!" ~Silver
  • "For the first time in my life, I'm having trouble sleeping." - Yellow
  • "That's it. I'm changing my name." - Butch
  • "YOOM-TAH!" - Guildmaster Wigglytuff

Minor TV / Movie Characters

  • "I could use pants." ~Slowking
  • "Disturb not the harmony of fire, ice, or lightning - lest these titans wreak destruction upon the world in which they clash. Though the water's great guardian shall arise to quell the fighting, alone its song will fail - and thus the world shall turn to Ash. O Chosen One, into thine hands bring together all three. Their treasures combined tame the beast of the sea. From the trio of islands ancient spheres you shall take. For between life and death all the difference you'll make. Climb to the shrine to right what is wrong, and the world will be healed by the guardian's song." ~Legend
  • "How it all began... and how I'll begin again." - Lawrence III
  • "Don't cry, Mewtwo. You should be happy! Remember - you're alive, and... life is wonderful!" ~Ambertwo
  • "The friendliest face can hide the fiercest foe! You just never know"! ~Domino
  • "You would leave Pikachu without hesitating if you had to." ~Lucario
  • "I don't have any friends, and I don't want any." ~Lucario
  • "There are two types of people in this world..." ~ The Phantom
  • I said good morning because even though it's past midnight if I said good night you might go to sleep! ~ Domino
  • "Finish it off with False Swipe!" ~ Shingo (Note: False Swipe is an attack that will leave its target with 1 HP instead of fainting it)
  • "The circumstances of ones birth is irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are." :Mewtwo:

Minor Game Characters

  • "It will be savage!" ~ Magma Leader Maxie
  • "STOP!" ~Darkrai
  • "Welcome to our Pokémon Center. We can heal your Pokemon to full health. Shall we heal your Pokemon?" ~Nurse Joy
  • "You're still light-years away from facing Brock! (Fights Red and loses) ... Darn! Light-years isn't time! It measures distance." ~Jr. Trainer
  • "Hi! I like shorts! They're comfy and easy to wear!" ~Youngster
  • "My boyfriend is cool!" ~Lass
  • "Zombies!" ~Channeler
  • "I wish my guy was as good as you!" ~Lass
  • "I'm a cool guy! I've got a girlfriend!" ~Jr. Trainer
  • "I’ve been pondering much longer will I be wearing shorts?" ~Youngster
  • "In the next few minutes, you will learn true terror at my hands!" ~Psychic
  • "No, no, no! I won't take a bath!" ~Poké Kid
  • "Hi there! Lovely weather, isn't it? ...Oh, dear... I must have dozed off..." ~Erika
  • "When two people fight, they really care for each other." ~Nurse Joy
  • "Hi Red! Blue is out at Grandpa's lab." ~Daisy
  • "Earl, I am!" ~Earl
  • "More from me you want to hear?" ~Earl
  • "Here, teacher I am. Good it is you study here!" ~Earl
  • "You're not wearing shorts! What's wrong with you?" ~Youngster
  • "Look what the Gengar dragged in!" ~Vincent
  • "My friends are possessed, too!" ~Channeler
  • "A secret switch! Better press it!" ~Narrator
  • "Almond! Walk me home!" ~Hazel
  • "She'll fall for any guy who wears a cape..." ~Kenta
  • "It's like three people squeezing at once on a giant zit!" ~Atilla
  • "Oh, you're leaving home and starting a journey? Why didn't you tell me first?" ~Gold/Kris' Mom
  • "COLD INFORMATION is the hippest thing in hip!" ~Some Kid in Dewford Town
  • "There was once a Trainer named Sapphire. This Trainer saved the game 201 times! A more cautious Trainer than Sapphire one will never find!" - the Storyteller
  • "I'd love to stay and chat, but you look a littled tied-up!" - Tyson
  • "Wow! You guys wear knickers too!" -Nicolai
  • "What if I get a bite while I'm in the bathroom?" -Fisherman
  • "Big Brother got lost, so Jovi brought him back!" - Jovi
  • "You're pretty strong. Could you be Giovanni's kid? Wait - you can't be Giovanni's kid! Giovanni's kid has red hair!" - Scientist
  • "Ha ha! Would an impostor be as handsome as me?" - Old Man
  • "Think you can try to beat me? Just try to entertain me. Let's go." - Karen (Kanto Elite Four: Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal)
  • (Over the PokéGear phone) "You call your mom sometimes too!" - Fisher Ralph, Route 32, Johto region
  • (Over the PokéGear phone) "All right then! Be good!" - Hiker Anthony, Route 33, Johto region
  • (Battle screen, defeated) "Why? How could I lose?" - Bruno (Kanto Elite Four)
  • (Field screen, after being defeated) "Go face your next challenge!" - Bruno (Kanto Elite Four)
  • (Battle screen, defeated) "Superb, it should be said." - Drake (Hoenn Elite Four)
  • (Battle screen, defeated) "I ended up furthering your career..." - Lass Tiana, Route 103, Hoenn region
  • (Battle screen, defeated) "Aaack!" - Teacher Shirley, S.S. Aqua
  • (Battle screen, defeated) "Surveillance cams are in the Pokémon statues. We'll keep appearing until you trip a secret switch." - Rocket Grunt 2 (when caught on camera), Ninja Hideout, Mahogany Town
  • (Battle screen, defeated) "I, the Champion, fall in defeat..." - Hoenn League Champion Steven (Ruby/Sapphire); Hoenn League Champion Wallace (Emerald)
  • (Field Screen, when leaving Hearthome City, Intro) "Ta-daah! Kept me waiting again, Lucas! Let's see how much tougher you and I have gotten, right here and now! Hey, you're a Trainer now. You're expected to be ready for a battle. No whining! No waiting! Let's get the show started!" Rival (Diamond/Pearl)
  • (Galactic Building in Veilstone City) "Cosmic energy for the win!" Galactic Grunt (Diamond/Pearl)
  • "So, you're stuck? Just jump off a cliff!" Guy in Pokemon Yellow, at the Pokemon Mansion
  • "Well, are you ready to lose?" - Lance, Kanto Elite Four
  • "It would please me to no end if I could go all out against you!" - Glacia, Hoenn Elite Four
  • "I challenge you!" - Rival, Gold/Silver/Crystal series


Jessie: Prepare for trouble! (Sometimes changed to match situation/costumes)
James: And make it double! (Sometimes changed to match situation/costumes)
Jessie: To protect the world from devastation!
James: To unite all people within our nation.
Jessie: To denounce the evils of truth and love!
James: To extend our reach to the stars above!
Jessie: Jessie!
James: James!
Jessie: Team Rocket, blast off at the speed of light!
James: Surrender now or prepare to fight!
Meowth: Me-owth! Dat's right!
Wobbuffet: Wooooooooobbuffet!
Chimecho: Chime, Chime!

~Team Rocket Motto, Kanto to Hoenn

Jessie: Prepare for trouble from the skies!
James: From beyond the stars, a nasty surprise!
Jessie: An evil as old as the galaxy!
James: Sent here to fulfill our destiny!
Meowth: Plus, there's me!
Jessie: To denounce the evils of truth and love!
James: To extend our reach to the stars above!
James: Jessie!
Jessie: James!
Meowth: And Meowth are da names!
Jessie: Anywhere there's peace in the universe,
James: Team Rocket...
Meowth: Will be there...
All:To make everything worse!
Wobbuffet: Wob-buffet!
Chimecho: Chime chime!
Mime Jr: Mime mime mime!

~Team Rocket Motto, Battle Frontier

Jessie: Listen, is that a voice I hear?
James: It sounds to me loud and clear.
Jessie: On the wind!
James: Past the stars!
Meowth: Right in your ears!
Jessie: Bringing chaos at a breakneck pace!
James: Dashing all hope, putting fear in its place!
Jessie: A rose by any other name is just as sweet...
James: When everything's worse, our work is complete!
Jessie: Jessie!
James: James!
Meowth: An' Meowth, now that's a name!
Jessie: Putting all the do-gooders in their place...
James: We're Team Rocket...
All: In your face!
Wobbuffet: Wo-bbuffet!
Mime Jr.: Mime mime mime!

~Team Rocket Motto, Sinnoh

Jessie: To protect us from all of this chafing and itching.
James: Maybe it'll stop all of Jessie's...complaining.

Meowth: My nose feels like it's on fire!
Jessie: Meowth, you don't have a nose.
Meowth: Huh? My nose! What happened? The stink dissolved it off my face! ...Oh yeah. I almost forgot - da cartoonist never gave me a nose.

Giovanni: Team Rocket, blast of at the speed of light, surrender now or prepare to fight! ATTENTION!
Jessie and James: At your service!
Meowth: MEEEEEEEEOWTH too, sir!
Giovanni: Everything is proceeding EXACTLY as I've forseen, the Pokémon-craxy sweeping the WORLD! I want the three of you to catch me the RAREST of ALL Pokémon - Ash Ketchum's Pikachu!
Meowth: We've been trying...
Giovanni: Oh, then TRY HARDER! And you BETTER steal Pikachu away from them soon, because the TV show is about to launch, and the Game Boy game, and the toys, the card game, comic books! Soon THE WHOLE WORLD will be looking for Pikachu! Do anyone ELSE know about our plans?
James: Only a bunch of kids who where lucky enough to get their hands on this video.
Giovanni: Well, if they don't play the Game Boy games or watch the TV show, they'll NEVER CATCH PIKACHU! [evil laugh]

Meowth: We never get a break!
Jessie: Yes we do! James broke the ship!
James: And now I'd like a break for a short nap.

Giovanni: You fools have better have a very good reason for calling me this early in the morning.
Jessie: Yes, but first we must do the introduction.
Giovanni: "What? (Jessie & James say their introduction over the phone) Nitwits! How dare you annoy me with your nonsense! Don't EVER bother me like this again! [hangs up]
Jessie: Well that didn't help...

Jessie: We've brought you a rare and valuable Pokémon - Togepi!
Giovanni: What exactly does this Pokémon do?
Jessie: Uh... what does this thing do?
James: Uh, well...
Meowth: Good question...
Jessie: Well, it would certainly make a handsome paperweight!
Giovanni: YOU FOOLS! You search for months and bring me this thing??! You are total incompetents!

Meowth: James would know 'cos he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth!
James: Yes, but we had to get rid of it to make room for my foot...

Jessie: You'll pay for this, Cassidy! Who does she think she is?!
James: It's alright, Jessie. They're bad guys.

Jessie: (To Misty) Listen to me, kid. When you get involved with the opposite sex, you're only asking for trouble.
James: Yes, and that's the kind of trouble...I stay out of.
Meowth: Youse two don't need da opposite sex cuz you got each other! Hahaha!
Jessie: What does THAT mean!?
James: Not Funny!

Meowth: Did you see that?
Jessie: Do you think I'm blind?
James: That would explain the hair.

Jessie: Did you notice that Grumpig Pokémon James?
James: If you mean it looks like my ex-fiance then yes.

Meowth: Where did [James] get that outfit? (A very 'camp' looking Moltres costume)
Jessie: I think it came right out of his own closet...

Jessie: We're slowing Lugia down! The three of us are too heavy!
James: Let's try Weight Watchers!
Jessie: It's too late for that!
Meowth: I heard its never too late if you really STICK WITH THE PROGRAM!!

Jessie: So then we're not bad.
James: That's good!
Meowth: But what if the boss finds out?
James: Thats bad!
Jessie: Then we'll start our own team.
James: Thats good!
Meowth: But we got no money.
James: (sadly) That's bad.
Jessie: Then we'll just steal some!
James: That's good! [short pause] Or is that bad? Ohhhh...

Jessie: You can bet on it!!...
Jessie: I can't wait to show you three little goody-goodies what losers you are!! You won't stand a chance against us!! We're gonna win that championship belt!!
James: And if we do, you can find us at the All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Table.

(Jessie punches James in the head)


Jessie: Prepare for trouble, and a dance!
James: I'm wearing tights instead of pants!

Meowth: (While blasting off) What kind of insensitive losers would even try to steal it [Pikachu] anyway? (Realizes) Oh yeah, we would.
Team Rocket: Team Rocket's blasting of AGAIN!!! (ping)

Meowth: I got da rope! I'm gonna tie it to dis tree, then t'row da rest down to you, so youse guys can climb up it. (looks down into the pit) Dey're sleepin'! Takin' a nap! Snorin' away like a couple of Snorlax while I do all da woik! Yo! Wake up! Great! I'm t'rough savin' your butts! Get yerselves outta dis mess! Dey are the two lamest, dumbest, stupidest... 'I'm Jessie! I'm James!' They never do anything right. (Jessie and James climb out of the pit and lift him up.) Hey! What are you, crazy?! Put me down!
James: Why are you saying all those things?
Jessie: Why are you telling everybody we're losers?!
Meowth: Because you are.
James: Like, no way!
Jessie: We're cool!
James: We're the man!
Meowth: Look up "Loser" in the dictionary, and you'll find a big picture of the two of youse!
Jessie: Is it a nice picture?

Giovanni: Take the Pikachu, and order it to attack MechaMewtwo.
James: Why don't you do it, Boss?
Giovanni: I can't have a Pokémon battle with myself, you idiot!

Cassidy: Jessie.
Butch: And John.
James: (Angry) You said it wrong on purpose!

Jessie: Cut the drama and rustle up some breakfast!
James: But Jessie - the bread is all toasted!
Jessie: Then butter it!
James: We're all out of butter!
Jessie: Then steal some!
James: Your expectations are too high!

Rocket Grunt: What are your orders, sir?
Dr. Nanba: The same thing I always order! Fish sticks!
Rocket Grunt: No, I mean what do you want us to do regarding the mysterious Pokémon?

James: The people of Viridian City will be sorry they ever saw this face!
Meowth: We're all sorry to see your face!

James: Why didn't we do this in the first place?
Jessie: We have to fill a half-hour!

James: The boss even gave us a new mission!
Jessie: Yeah I don't know where this Antarctica place is but it sounds really beautiful!

Jessie and James: (looking at a picture of Scyther) There goes Alakazam.

Meowth: What's a Passport?
James: Well, I have no idea what kind of pass he's talking about, but Meowth, please stop calling me sport.

Ash: Gee, that Magnemite is following Pikachu around like some sort of streaker.
Brock: Um, Ash, you mean 'stalker'.

Misty: Bugs are one of the three most DISGUSTING things in the world!
Ash: Aside from you, what are the other disgusting things?
Misty: Very funny.

Waitress In English Accent: Want a plate?
Ash: Only if it's a collection plate!

Misty: If we follow these eggs, they'll lead us right to Team Rocket.
Ash: Hehe, they're pretty dumb, aren't they?
Brock: If they're so dumb, how come they have the egg?
Ash: I guess you have a point there.

(Ash & Co. drink tea during Team Rocket's introduction)

Misty: This show is pretty boring.
Ash: It'll get canceled pretty soon.

Brock: I could write a book about the secrets of love and heartache!
Misty: I guess then that book would be your autobiography?

Misty: If you can name every type of evolution stone, I'll buy dinner!
Ash: You're on! Let's see... "Thunder Stone", "Water Stone", "Moon Stone", and...uhh..."Rolling Stone"?
Misty: WRONGO! I guess dinner is on you!
Ash: BROOOOCK! If this keeps up, I'll go broke! Make Misty stop!
Brock: Actually, Ash, I was just about to compliment you on your flirtation technique.
Ash: (blushing) What flirtation!?
Misty: (blushing) Don't be reading anything on to it, okay?!

Gary: You're so pathetic that even your Pikachu feels sorry for you! I've never seen anyone as pathetic as you!
Misty: Have you tried a mirror?!

Brock: Right there, a beautiful girl was right there!
Ash: Huh? I don't see one...
Misty: (pulls on his lips) Just turn around!
Ash: Please, only one of us can hallucinate at a time...

Misty: [The Nidoran trainers are] not mature enough to admit it, but they really like each other!
Tracey: Hey, that's just like you and Ash!
Misty and Ash: YOU MUST BE CRAZY!

Misty: If you beat this guy, they might even make a statue of you!
Ash: One of me isn't enough for you?

Misty: Oh no! Staryu looks like it's in real pain!
Ash: It Doesn't even have a face, how can you tell?
Misty: Because I'm sensitive to other's feelings!
Ash: [sarcastically] Oh yeah? Like I'm not?

Misty: This isn't funny - I look like a cartoon!
Ash: A cartoon? Like that would ever happen!

Ash: Wow, imagine - Brock married?
Misty: (quietly) You and I will be married someday too.
Ash: Mm-hmm. [short pause] HUH?!

Ash: I need more hamburgers! Fast!
Misty: I need less you.

Brock: I didn't know Vikings still existed...
Ash: They mostly live in Minnesota!

Jessie: Prepare for more trouble then you've ever seen!
James: And make it double, we're on the big screen!
Ash: I'll have to catch this on video, I'm in a hurry, and the weather's looking bad!
Jessie: It has been bad, isn't that always our luck? Well, our luck's changed and our ship has finally come in!

(Ash's friends boat flies up behind them)

Ash: My name is Pallet and I come from Ketchum!
Mary: Ash, is not that wrong?
Ash: No, this is Ash and I am Pikachu!

Ash: I'm just dying for a cheeseburger!
Misty: No way! I wanna eat at a nice restaurant!
Ash: Cheeseburgers are nice!

Ash: (trying to explain to Misty why he noticed her sisters instead of her) I didn't see you for a while, so I thought you didn't like me anymore. I was stunned just now! When I saw how beautiful you've become, I was speechless!
Narrator: Warning: These are just excuses.
Misty: Flattery will get you nowhere. Here. (hands him a cob of corn)
Ash: What's this?
Misty: My treat.
Narrator: Actually, flattery works just fine.
Ash: It's like you had plastic surgery!
Misty: Quit while you're ahead!

Delia: Do you remember to change your underwear every day?
Ash: (annoyed) Yes!

[Misty screams]

Ash: Whats wrong?
Misty: I saw another bug. Gross!

(Pikachu and Ash sigh)

Ash: Maybe its a cow-derpie!

Ash: Team Rocket, prepare for trouble! On second thought, make it double!
Jessie: To protect the world from devastation?
James: To unite all people within our nation?
Ash: Maybe you think I'm a little too "brash", but the master is here and my name is "Ash"!
Pikachu: Pika!
Ash: My Pokémon travel faster than the speed of light. Surrender now, or you're in for a fight!
Meowth: Meowth, that's right!

Shihan: I am the shihan of this dojo!
Ash: Shihan? I think I had that at a Chinese restaurant once.
Brock: No, Ash, a shihan is a leader of a dojo!!
Ash: Oh... I thought it was chicken in garlic sauce.

Misty: Hey, if she's making your life so miserable, how come you're carrying her picture around?
Joe: I hate the way she treats us, but I like the way she looks.
Ash: Yeah, and not like some other girls who treat you bad and look even worse.

Giselle: I'm the top student in the beginning class of the most exclusive prep school in the world, Pokémon Tech. It's sad that others aren't blessed with my beauty, my talent, my humble attitude. People call me a star, but I'm just Giselle.
Jessie: [Looking through binoculars] I think she's even more conceited than we are.
James: Yes, but she's awfully cute isn't she?
Meowth: Not as cute as Meowth.
Jessie: [Punching Meowth] You're in the way.
James: [Punching Meowth] Stop bothering us!

Ash: I love my new Pokémon!
Misty: I guess it takes a worm to love a worm.

Misty: I wish Ash could have heard that story.
Ash (in a disguise as "Ashley"): Oh, I heard it.
Misty: What?
Ash: Please don't stare at me like that, I'm a very shy little girl!

Jessie: That festival is waiting and I can smell money.
Meowth: I can smell corn dogs.

Jessie: (to James) Hmmm, this kid looks a lot like you.
James: You think so? He looks pathetic.
Meowth:That's what she means, James.

Brock: I can't believe James is gone!
Ash: I miss him!

Ash: WOAH! Look at that!
Misty: It's huge!
Brock: I've seen shopping malls smaller than this place!
Misty: It must have a hundred rooms!
Ash: It's the biggest mansion I've ever seen!
Hopkins(the butler at James' family's mansion):This is not the mansion! This little dog house is for Growly.

Meowth: Pikachu says that it won't change. If it's going to beat the Raichu, it's going to do it just as it is.
Jessie: You mean it's going to fight AGAIN as a Pikachu?
Meowth:(tearing up) It's going to fight in the name of ALL Pikachu! It will defend its honor and Ash's!
James:(similarly touched) Oh dear...THAT'S MAGNIFICENT!

Galactic Grunt Male: Well THOSE three were totally useless!
Galactic Grunt Female: We'll get the Adamant Orb NEXT TIME.

Misty: Then how about this!
Gastly: What's that?
Misty: It's a cross! I've also got garlics, a stake, and a hammer!
Gastly: ...What do I look like, a vampire or something?

Ash: (after being headlocked by Lucario) Why'd you do that?
Lucario: You snuck up behind me; that is always a mistake.
Ash: Hey Lucario, I'm really glad you're coming along to help me find Pikachu.
Lucario: This Pikachu, are you its master?
Ash: Master? Are you kidding? No, Pikachu and I are best friends.
Lucario: Friends?
Ash: If one of your friends was lost, you'd wanna bring 'em, too, wouldn't ya?
Lucario: I don't have any friends and I don't want any. (Lucario walks out of the room and into the night)
Ash: (sarcastically) Nice attitude.

Team Rocket: (singing) You know us as Team Rocket and we fight for what is wrong. We're tired of our Motto so we thought we'd try a song!
Jessie: Jessie!
James: James!
Both: The speed of light, prepare to fight!
Meowth: Meowth! That's Riiight.


James: I am the handsome one!
Jessie: I'm the gorgeous one!
Both: Looking good is lots of fun!
We get some things wrong but we keep rolling along.

(instrumental and funny pictures)

All: We want to capture Pikachu, we hope to do it soon! And when we do we'll be the new stars of this...CARTOOOOOON!!!! ~Team Rocket's song.

(after the song)

Jessie: (to Meowth) We need to work on your timing. You were late on the last verse.
Meowth: But my pitch was poifect!

Tracey: Hey! How'd you get out of those traps so fast?
James: That is a secret you shall never know!
Jessie: Even the writers can't figure it out.

Meowth: [an explosion] Somebody busted in!
Ash:Prepare for trouble.
Misty: And you can make that triple.
Brock: To protect the world from devastation.
Ash & Misty: To unite all peoples within our nation.
Jessie: This was just...
James: ...too good...
Meowth: last.
Ash: You've got that right.
Pikachu: Pika!
Misty: We're defending the beauty of truth and love.

Ash: Hey, get out of there! (Rattata runs away from his backpack.)
Pokédex: A forest Pokémon - Rattata. It likes cheese, nuts, fruits, and berries.
Ash: Yeah, but this isn't a forest, it's an open field.
Pokédex: It also comes out in open fields to steal food from stupid travelers.
Ash: So does that mean I'm stupid?
Pikachu: (Laughs) Pika... Pika!

Meowth:It's a Pika-Palooza!
Jesse: We're at the Pika of our powers
James: Chu can say that again, Jess!

Professor Oak: Gary said that you wouldn't capture a single Pokémon, but I bet him $1,000,000 he'd be wrong!
Ash: Well, money isn't everything. Right?
Professor Oak: Oh, why do I even bother.

Misty: You grab Pikachu and get out of here! I'll take care of these three clowns.
Jessie: That's pretty big talk coming from such a little lady.
Misty: At least you're right about the pretty part, thanks for the compliment.
James: The girl thinks she's pretty.
Jessie: I agree with her, I think she's pretty, too. Pretty pathetic!
Misty: Hmmmm, I'll show you! Poké Ball, go!

(Goldeen comes out rolling and jumping on the floor)

Misty: Goldeen, return.
Jessie: That's her best shot?
James: She's all washed up.

Officer Jenny: I left my motorcycle parked at the front desk!

May: [referring to Nicholai] Ahh! That Zigzagoon disguised itself as a human!
Max: Would you like to take another whack at that, sis; that really is a human!!
May: I didn't know Zigzagoon could evolve into humans.
Max: [Exasperated] Are we really related?!

May: Hey! That's my egg!
James: Ahh! That's my Mime Jr.
Jessie: We're here for Elekid and Pikachu.
James: TIME OUT!

[James comes running out of Team Rocket's Golem machine]

May: [May runs up to James] I'll trade you.
James: That sounds like a plan.
May: Here you go!
James: Thanks.
May & James: Bye!
James: Ahh! My Mime Jr is back where it belongs.
May: [Giggling] I got my egg back.
James: Now Where were we?
Meowth: We were about to take Elekid and Pikachu.

Old Woman/Ghastly: I've been watching you. You're up to no good! And there's no good in your future!
James: Who? The police, the sheriff, the FBI?
Old Woman/Ghastly: I see a young and beautiful woman who will lead you to a cruel fate.
James: I don't need a fortune teller to know that. Some woman is ALWAYS causing me trouble! It's a curse...
Jessie: [stares suspiciously towards James] WHO exactly do you mean?

Brock: "Rejected by the one girl I loved. I'll never find another like her again".
Ash: "Don't worry Brock, you'll find plenty of other girls to reject you."

Meowth: Hey! It's the twerps! They're walking through a stream coming from that wacky building.
Jessie: There must be some value Pokémon inside.
James: And the only way to get there must be by wading.
Meowth: But they're walking through the water.
James: They're wading.
Meowth: No, they're walking!
Jessie: They're wading!
Meowth: How can they be wading if there walking?!
James: They're walking through the stream?
Meowth: Yeah?
Jessie & James: Then they're wading!

Ash: What is your strategy?
Misty: My strategy is...RUN!

Cassidy: Get a move on, Butch!
Butch: It's Butch, ya got it! Oh, wait! That's what you said!

Jessie: Wasn't that Cassidy and what's-his-name?
James: It's Butch, he's a little sensitive about that.

Jessie: Must you always barge into our buisness?
Wobbuffet: Wobba wobba wobba wobba wobba!
Jessie: I was afraid you'd say that.

Jessie: "Who cares if we failed this time?"
James: "We'll get another chance to fail next time!"

Jessie: "Some questions it's better not to ask."
Meowth: "I got a question it's better I shouldn't ask, Do ya tink we'll get a bigger part in da next movie?"

Jessie: This couldn't have worked better if we'd planned it.
James: If we'd planned it, it wouldn't have worked at all!

Jessie: What kind of losers would come here?
James: We came here didn't we?

James: Jessica?
Jessie: Yes, James?
James: Whoever said beauty doesn't last must've been thinking of us!
Jessie: I'll always remember what a wonderful dresser you were!

James: So will I!

Ash: Why did you help us?
Jessie: Bad guys have to be good sometimes.
Meowth: Plus, if we let anything happen to you, we'd be out of show business!

Jessie: Minimal effort with maximum profit! That's the Team Rocket way!
James: Ooooo...I love us!

Jessie: Is that what I think it is?
James: Could be... but I don't know what you're thinking, and I don't know what it is!

James: The coast is clear.
Jessie: Nothing to fear.
Meowth: Nobody here!

Jessie: I hate people who have to be the center of attention!
James: Especially when they take the attention away from us!

James: If we can't break it down...
Jessie: We'll just go around!

Jessie: James, talk your way out of this.
James: We certainly wouldn't have done it if we'd thought we'd get caught. 

Ash: Oh! What happened to your bike?
Misty: What happened to my bike? You happened to my bike, you little loser!

Ash: Use the strategy we planned, Pikachu! You can do it!
Surge: A strategy? So they've planned a new way to lose!

Misty: Thanks for your support! Bye, Team Rocket!
Team Rocket: [holding flag with giant red "R"] How did they know it was us?!

Jessie: James! If you're its master, don't act like you're scared of it!
James: But I am scared!

James: Good thing we ran into this sign.
Jessie: Yeah.
Jessie & James: It's a good sign.

[Ash and Misty start to fight]

Brock: Come on guys. You two don't really wanna stand around and argue.
Ash & Misty: Yes, we do!

James: With a flick of this fishing net, we'll round up Pikachu.
Meowth: You mean that's your secret weapon?!
James: It takes a genius to realize a fishing net is the perfect weapon!
Jessie: Oh, James, it's the greatest discovery since Einstein invented the light bulb!
Jessie and James: [sing and dance] Even greater than the chicken who invented the egg!
[the egg falls on them]
James: All of us true geniuses know, of course, that it was actually the egg that preceded the chicken.
Jessie: Of course. I knew that. I had just forgotten.
Meowth: Now you got my brain scrambled! Let's cut the egg-splanations and capture Pikachu!

Ash: We should have known that Team Rocket would mess things up.
Jessie: What did you say?
Ash: Well, that's the truth.
James: Nothing makes me angrier then being told the truth!

Jessie: Today, you're going to have to do what I tell you to!
James: What makes that different than any other day?

[Ash, Misty and Brock finds out Jessie and James used to belong to a bike gang]

James: I guess our secret past is not a secret anymore.
Ash: I kind of wish it still was!

Misty: Were you online the entire night?
Ash: Yep.
Misty: Huh? Aren't you exhausted?
Ash: Nope. I couldn't sleep anyway, since I was thinking about my battle with Gary.

Ash: [in mind] I got to win this last badge here! I'm on a hot streak!
Brock: Wow... Ash is all fired up...
Misty: [not convinced] Yeah... [Pikachu lights a small fire near Ash's foot] Holy cow, put out that fire!

[a brief pause and Ash stands in a determined stance before noticing his foot is on fire]

Ash: Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow....

'[Pikachu, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Charmander are lost on an island and are looking for Ash, Misty and Brock]

Squirtle: ' Maybe they got eaten by wild Pokémon. [makes a scary face with razor-sharp teeth, making a chomping motion]
Pikachu: Don't say things like that!
Charmander: Yeah, cut it out!
Squirtle: Sorry.

[after a giant Venasaur is spotted]

Squirtle: [to Bulbasaur] You go and speak to it, you guys are like family!
Bulbasaur: No way. I have no family. Consider me an orphan.
Charmander: Good point.
Squirtle: Coward.

[Gary is digging for fossils and stumbles upon one]

Gary: My very first fossil! [Gary's fan girls cheer for him; an expert comes over and examines the fossil] Maybe it's a brain of an extinct Pokémon.
Expert: This is-
Gary: [hopeful] A brain?
Expert: Fossilized Pokémon manure. [Gary collapses]
Fan Girls: Ewwwwww. Yuck! Gross!

[Ash and his team emerge from their snow cave]

Brock: Ash up here! [Ash looks up to see Misty, Brock and Brock's Onix up on a cliff]
Ash: It's good to see you!
Brock: [after Onix lifts Ash and his team up] How did you manage to survive the blizzard?
Ash: We dug a snow cave just like you said.
Brock: Ha. Too bad it wasn't as comfortable as the one I dug!
Misty: Brock's Onix dug into an underground hot spring. We had a warm comfortable night!

Jesse, James, and Meowth: [after Skarmory pops their balloon five minutes into the show] We're blasting off already?!

[Team Rocket and Ash & Co are in a rail car speeding very fast]

Ash: Stop this car!
Jessie: I'm afraid we can't do that.
James: [holds up the brake lever] We can't stop, the brake's broken.
Ash: Give me a "break".

Cassidy: Prepare for trouble, it's a brand new day!
James: We're making it double anyway!
Cassidy: Let's see if I can remember my evil as old as the galaxy...
James: ...sent here to fulfill our destiny!
Cassidy: To denounce the goodness of truth and love...
James: To extend our reach to the stars above!
Cassidy: [sighs] Whenever there's a piece of pie in the universe...
James: Of pie?
Cassidy: Grr...I GOOFED IT! SO WHAT?!

Jessie: Prepare for trouble, we've shuffled the deck.
Butch: It's not my thing, but what the heck.
Jessie: An evil as old as the galaxy...
Butch: I'm doing this all from memory!
Jessie: To denounce the evils of truth and love...
Butch: To extend my arm with a big white glove!
Jessie: Jessie.
Butch: Uh...Butch.
Jessie: Cut! [kicks Butch] DO IT RIGHT OR DON'T DO IT AT ALL!!!!

Jessie: Team Rocket is not something to be made fun of, but if you're going to do it, do it right!
James: It's to "unite" our peoples within our nation, not "ignite!"

Jessie: There's only room for one Team Rocket!
Butch: Then prepare for trouble.
Jessie: Huh? You're the ones who should prepare for trouble!
Cassidy: You two don't even know how to say the motto!
James: You just made your trouble, double!
Butch: I'm the one who has the next line!
Jessie: To protect the world from devastation!
Cassidy: To infect the world with devastation!
James: To unite all peoples within our nation!
Butch: To blight all peoples in every nation!
Jessie: To denounce the evils of truth and love...
Cassidy: The goodness of truth and love!

[in each other's faces]

James: Reach to the stars above!
Butch: Wrath to the stars above!
Jessie: JESSIE!
Cassidy: CASSIDY!
James: JAMES!
Butch: BUTCH!
Jessie: Team Rocket blasts off at the speed of light!
Cassidy: Team Rocket's circling Earth all day and night!
James: Surrender now or prepare to fight!
Butch: Surrender to us now or you'll surely lose the fight!

Misty: This Meowth looks so real, I can't tell it's a dummy!
Meowth: (to himself) She can't tell I'm real and I'm the dummy?

Meowth: (On top of a Claydol using rapid spin) Who turned on the spin circle?
Jessie: I'm about to lose my lunch!
James: That's OK, you're about to get mine!

Ash: (Dressed up as an eggplant as a lure) How does this always happen?
James: Here it comes! Dance like an eggplant! (Starts dancing and calling out) Claydol, over here!
Ash: We're eggplants!
James: Not two guys in costumes at all!
Ash: We're delicious!
James: And no fat, which you might want to look into!

May: [After seeing Nicholai remove his Zigzagoon costume] Ah! That Zigzagoon disguised itself as a human!
Max: Would you mind taking another whack at that sis; it really is a human!
May: I didn't know Zigzagoon could evolve into humans.
Max: Are we really related?!

James: (Commenting on a PokéBlock) It has a hint of, how you say... jet fuel, with the aftertaste of burning truck tires, and for some strange reasons I cannot quite swallow it.
Ash: Is that good?
Brock: What's your... conclusion then, sir?
James: It is my conclusion that this PokéBlock should be destroyed before anyone eats any of it by mistake.

James: No one likes a person who doesn't know when to quit!
May: Then that explains why everyone hates you three!
Team Rocket: ...You didn't have to get personal, you know.

[after Lucario saves the tree]
James: Looks like everything's back to normal.
Jessie: Which means we're back to being losers.

(After Team Rocket captures all the Pokémon in the vicinity)

Ash: Pikachu!
Brock: Vulpix!
Misty: Psyduck!
Psyduck: (from behind Misty) Psy?
Misty: Don't you even know the right way to get kidnapped?!

James: Who are you calling a couple?!
Meowth: And which one of us three did you completely ignore?!

[after being washed ashore]

Jessie & James: WE SURVIVED AGAIN!
Jessie: We're the completally invincible...
James: Unbeatable...
Jessie & James: TEAM ROCKET!

Jessie: We can make a phone call over there!
James: But we don't have any change!
Jessie: And without any change...
Jessie & James: Our luck sure has changed.

[Team Rocket has switched bodies so that their minds are in the wrong bodies]

James: [in Jessie's body] Oh no! What if the boss finds out?
Jessie: [in Meowth's body] Easy! Deny everything!

[Team Rocket has switched minds and are in different bodies]

Ash: Team Rocket? What are you doing here?!
Jessie: [in Meowth's body] Ha! Prepare for trouble in all that you see!
James: [in Jessie's body] These earings I'm wearing are so not me.
Jessie: [in Meowth's body] An evil as old as the galaxy...
James: [in Jessie's body] Sent here to fulfill our destiny!
Meowth: [in James' body] Meowth that's me!

[short pause]

Jessie: [in Meowth's body] This isn't working...

[From Pokémon: Jirachi Wishmaker, after Jirachi granted max' wish for lots of candy]

May: [Eye twitching] I knew something was funny, Max! this is all your fault with your stupid wish!
Max: So? what am I supposed to do now?
Brock: Jirachi can put the candy back where it came from.
May: That's it, Jirachi get rid of the problem.
Jirachi: Get rid? of problem? Ok.
May: [Softly] oh?

[Jirachi teleports May]

Brock: AH!
Ash: She's gone!
Brock: Disappeared!
Pikachu: Pika!
Max: Jirachi, what did you do with my sister?
May: [In the pile of candy] Mmm, help me! someone get me out of here!

[From Mewtwo Returns] [Mewtwo is telling a clone Pikachu that fighting gains nothing and is confusing Team Rocket]

Jessie: This is awfully confusing.
James: This is like the sequel to a movie I missed...

Related to Pokémon, but not from Pokémon

From Kids' WB! promos

  • Ash: Pokémon is on twice a day on Kids' WB!
    Gary: Pokémon is on twice a day on Kids' WB!
    Ash: Stop copying me!
    Gary: Stop copying me!
    Ash: I get it; it's on twice so you're saying it twice.
    Gary: I get it; it's on twice so you're saying it twice.
    Both: GARY!! STOP IT!!!
    Ash: I smell like a stinky Primeape!
    Gary: Yeah, ya do, Ash!
  • [In a crossover with Pinky and the Brain]
    Misty: Hey, what kind of Pokémon is that?
    Ash: I dunno, but I'm gonna catch it!
    Pinky: Brain, we're not Pokémon!
    Brain: Be quiet. If we catch them all, we'll be able to rule the world! Bring it on!
    Ash: I choose you! Charmeleon!
    Brain: Yaaaaaaahhhhhh!!! [is tail-whipped by Charmeleon] Aaaaah!
    Announcer: Discover all-new Pokémon!
    Brain: [gets roasted by Charmeleon] Gotta catch 'em all...
    Announcer: This weekend on Kids' WB!
  • [In a crossover with Histeria!]
    Ash: Bulbasaur, I choose you!
    Father Time: Big Fat Baby, I choose you!
    Ash: Bulbasaur, Vine Whip!
    Bulbasaur: Bulbasaur! [sends out its vines]
    Father Time: Slobber attack, now!
    Big Fat Baby: [lets out a huge raspberry, sending a huge wave against Ash]
    Ash: Aaaaahh!
    Father Time: Did I win? Did we win?
    Announcer: Catch Pokémon and Histeria!, now in the same arena, every weekday morning on Kids' WB!
    Ash: Can we at least get a moist towelette over here?
  • [In a Men in Black promo]
    Agent Jay: Hey, what're we celebrating?
    Agent Kay: I got a new partner.
    Agent Jay: Say what?!
    Agent Kay: Meet Bulbasaur.
    Bulbasaur: Bulbasaur.
    Agent Jay: You're trading me in for a lizard!
    Bulbasaur: Bulbasaur!
    Agent Jay: What's so special about him!
    [Bulbasaur suddenly Vine Whips Jay.]
    Agent Kay: Built-in weaponry.
    [Later, Kay and a fully-suited Bulbasaur are seen driving the car.]
    Agent Kay: You're gonna do okay, kid.
    Bulbasaur: Bulbasaur!
  • Batman: Time for bed.
    Tim Drake: All right, but a deal's a deal!
    Batman: No way.
    Tim Drake: You promised!
    Batman: Rrrrg. [singing] Jiiiiig-uh-leeeee-puff, Jiiiiig-uh-leeeee... All right, good night.
    Tim Drake: The whole thing!
    Batman: Hmmmph. [singing] Jiiiiig-uh-leeeee-puff, Jiiiiig-uh-leeeee...
  • Nurse Joy: Hurry! It's spreading! [shows a bunch of Kids' WB! characters imitating Pokémon]
    Batman II: [on a stretch table] Squirtle squirtle...
    Dot Warner: [being pushed by Ash] Bulbasaur!
    Batman: PiiikaaaCHU! [sneezes]
    Dr. Procter: [running next to Tweety] This is the 20th case of Pokémon fever this week!!
    Nurse Joy: It's unstop-able!
    Agent Kay: [coughs] Koffing....[faints]
    :Daffy Duck: Come on doc, EVOLVE ME!
    Dr. Procter: Okay everybody! CLEAR!
    Pikachu: [jumps up] PIKACHU!!!! [uses Thunderbolt and blows up the Pokémon Center]
    Daffy Duck: [now a Psyduck] Why couldn't you evolve me into a Charizard? Or even a Fearow? Noooo! It had to be a Psyduck! Sheesh!

From Norm MacDonald

  • Squirtle: Actually, I have a rash, and it hurts when I Squirtle.
  • Norm MacDonald: Butterfree, Whirlwind attack!
Butterfree: I don't wanna do the Whirlwind attack! It's too girly! I wanna do something else. I WANNA THROW A CHAIR AT 'IM!
  • Norm MacDonald: Quit hiding! You're a fighting Pokémon! I trained you to fight!
    Squirtle: What training? We sat around, drank coffee, and watched women's tennis!
  • Jessie: There you are, Ash. Team Rocket is here to steal your Pokémon!
    Norm McDonald: Yeah? Well, you can have mine. [pointing to Squirtle] I was just gonna use this one for a soup, anyway.
  • Norm MacDonald: Look, Ash. What you have to do is learn to differentiate between fantasy and reality. A good way is to remember that fantasy is good, whereas reality, bad.
  • Jessie: Jessie.
James: James.
Meowth: [high squeaky voice] And Meowth!

From Robot Chicken

  • Misty: I wonder what it's like inside those Poké Balls.
    Ash: Yeah, I wonder when you'll shut up and make my dinner!
  • Gary: (to Ash) Are you ready to battle, A$$?
    Ash: My name is Ash!
  • Squirtle: Squirtle! Squir - what the f@#k am I saying? No, I mean it; this s&#t makes no sense at all!
    Pikachu: Just say the line, Earl, or you'll get the gas!
    Squirtle: For the love of Christ, kids, go read a book or something!

From American Idol

  • Austin: Jigglypuff, jiggly!
    Randy: What is up with Austin, man?


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Latin-American, from the Japanese romaji pokemon, from Japanese ポケモン, contraction of ポケット (poketto), pocket, and モンスター (monsutā), monster


  • (RP) enPR: pōʹkĕmŏn, IPA: /ˈpəʊkɛmɒn/, SAMPA: /"p@UkEmQn/
  • (US) enPR: pōʹkĕmän, IPA: /ˈpoʊkɛmɑn/, SAMPA: /"poUkEmAn/
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countable and uncountable; Pokémon

Pokémon (countable and uncountable; plural Pokémon)

  1. (video games, trademark) A video game franchise published by Nintendo for several of their systems, most importantly the Game Boy and Nintendo DS lines.
  2. (video games, uncountable) Collectively, the fictional creatures of the universe of games produced by this franchise.
  3. (video games, countable) Any one of these creatures.



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Pokémon (often misspelled as Pokemon) is the name of a popular Nintendo franchise. The series was created in 1995 by Satoshi Tajiri, while the first Pokémon video games, Pokémon Red and Blue, were released on October 15, 1996 for the Game Boy in Japan. The series enjoyed high success and immense popularity with gamers worldwide as soon as it was released in North America; because of this popularity, the two games were merchandized into anime, manga, trading cards, toys, books, clothing, and other forms of media. A remake of Pokémon Red and Blue was then released, called Pokémon Yellow, which was yet another successful title.

The second generation of Pokémon started with Pokémon Gold and Silver, released on November 21, 1999 in Japan for the Game Boy Color, and its remake released soon after, called Pokémon Crystal. These three titles were highly anticipated and like their predecessors, became huge titles. The third generation of Pokémon began with Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, released on November 22, 2002 in Japan, and also enjoyed high amounts of success. The fourth and latest generation of Pokémon began with Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (which was released in North America on April 22, 2007 for Nintendo's successful Nintendo DS handheld system, and was released earlier in Japan.) A number of spin-offs and smaller titles in the Pokémon series have been released, such as Pokémon Stadium, for the various Nintendo consoles and correlating with that generation and its time period. The series is still very successful in almost all forms of media.

General information

Nintendo GameCube

Pokémon mini

  • Pokémon Zany Cards
  • Pokémon Shock Tetris
  • Pokémon Puzzle Collection
  • Pokémon Puzzle Collection Vol. 2
  • Pokémon Party mini
  • Pokémon Pinball mini
  • Pichu Bros. mini
  • Pokémon Sodateyasan mini
  • Togepi's Great Adventure
  • Pokémon Rally Race
  • Snorlax's Lunch Time

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Up to date as of February 01, 2010

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This article is about the creatures called Pokémon. If you are looking for information on the games, please see the article, Pokémon series.
The Pokémon logo

Pokémon (pronounced Poh-Kay-Mon) are creatures from a video game series of the same name. The name comes from a combination of the words "Pocket Monsters." Pokémon are creatures in the wild that are meant to be found, caught, trained, and then battled to become a Pokémon champion. This is the focus of the popular Pokémon games.

Basic Information on the Creatures

Each Pokémon species is different. There were originally 151, but as the series continued, there came to be 493 total. Pokémon have different elements, which are strong against other elements, but weak against others. For example, a fire Pokémon like Charizard using fire attacks is strong against a grass-type like Venusaur. However, it will take extra damage from water attacks from a Blastoise. Yet a steel-type attack will do little damage to it.

From left to right: Marill, Venusaur, Charizard, Pikachu.

This basic strength-weakness mechanic with the fact that Pokémon can use moves outside of their element (For example: A Pikachu has Iron Tail, a steel-type move), Pokémon with two elements (A Pokémon like Magcargo is both Fire-type and Rock-type), moves that affect stats, the limited use of attacks, only 6 Pokémon allowed in your team at a time and items that can heal or give stat bonuses, and you have a complicated battle full of strategy.

Some Pokémon evolve as they level up. Originally, there were only three ways Pokémon could evolve: By reaching a certain level after lots of training; by using a special stone that you could find or buy that forced a Pokémon to evolve; or by trading it to a different game pack. For example, a Metapod evolves into a Butterfree at Level 10. A Vulpix can only evolve into a Ninetales with a Fire Stone. A Haunter can only evolve when it is traded. The stats of evolved pokémon are much stronger than their unevolved counterparts. As the games grew, the evolution of certain Pokémon would be affected by happiness, time of day and place.

The games were a huge global success and have spawned many games, manga, a TV anime, and various other merchandise.

For more information, see the links below on different aspects of the Pokémon franchise. Also, some evolve by using stones. Example: Dusk stone is used for misdreaveas etc;

See also

Pokémon series | What's a Pokémon? | List of Pokémon
Main Series
Red & Blue, Yellow | Gold & Silver, Crystal | Ruby & Sapphire, Emerald
FireRed & LeafGreen | Diamond & Pearl, Platinum | Heart Gold & Soul Silver
Stadium Games
Stadium (Japan) | Stadium (USA) | Stadium 2 | Colosseum
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness | Pokémon Battle Revolution
Other Games
Pokémon Pinball | Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire | Pokémon Trozei
Pokémon Trading Card | Pokémon Card GB2
Pokémon Puzzle League | Pokémon Puzzle Challenge
Hey You, Pikachu! | Pokémon Channel | Pokémon Dash
Pokémon Snap | Pokémon Picross | Pokémon Box Ruby & Sapphire | Pokémon Mystery Dungeon | Pokémon Ranger | Pokémon Mystery Dungeon 2 | Pokémon Ranger: Shadow of Almia
Pokémon Trading Card Game

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