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The boss fantasy (Japanese: ニャース妄想 Nyarth delusion) is a segment in the Pokémon anime where Meowth thinks of practical uses for the Pokémon being focused on in the current episode. Through this, the Giovanni in Meowth's imagination rewards Team Rocket for their generosity, which gives Jessie and James the motivation to go through with their next plan. The segment debuted in Bye Bye Butterfree!, but became regular only after The Kecleon Caper, appearing as often as the motto and blast offs during the Hoenn saga. The segment appeared less often in Diamond & Pearl. Due to the trio shifting to a more serious tone in the Best Wishes series, the boss fantasies have disappeared completely. Whether they will return in the future is not known.
It can be noted that the Giovanni in such fantasies almost always says he will reward "Meowth and his friends" for bringing (Pokémon so and so) instead of "Jessie, James and Meowth" or a variation of that. This can be attributed to the fact that Meowth is usually the one who dreams up these fantasies, and his ego causes him to imagine Giovanni rewarding him first, then his friends. Occasionally, Meowth will imagine Giovanni in chibi form while in others, Meowth will imagine Giovanni with a muscle-covered body.
On rare occasions, the fantasy will not pan out to plan and Giovanni's unhappiness encourages the trio to do something else instead.
The reality however, is that since Giovanni's behavior in these fantasies are solely based around Meowth's opinion on how he would react, they don't reflect Giovanni's true personality since the trio remain unaware of his personal dislike towards them. On most occasions, Meowth is so overconfident with these fantasies, that he doesn't realize that his plans are generally stupid and wouldn't actually work due to Giovanni's desire for only strong Pokémon.
Maddie Blaustein said that the boss fantasies were one of her favorite parts of her role as Meowth.
List of boss fantasies
|Bye Bye Butterfree!||Butterfree||(Meowth) being in the Boss's lap (with Persian being down in the dumps.)|
|Bound for Trouble||Pikachu||(Meowth) in the boss's lap, being his favourite Pokemon, after single handedly bringing Pikachu to Giovanni.|
|The Kecleon Caper||Kecleon||Captured for the jewelry box it swallowed, to impress Giovanni with the rarity of the Pokémon and the value of the jewels.|
|The Corsola Caper||Corsola||To make Giovanni's estate look beautiful and pink.|
|Whichever Way the Wind Blows||Bellossom||To cheer him up when he wakes up.|
(The Ice Cave, Japanese only)
|Jynx, Swinub and Piloswine||Jynx will kiss Giovanni when he wakes up, Swinub will brush his hair, Piloswine will blanch the floor.|
|Just Add Water||Mantine, Qwilfish, Lanturn||To swim with Giovanni in his pool in the morning.|
|Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid||Elekid, Larvitar||Elekid will power an electric razor and a hair dryer and Larvitar will show his sincere loyalty.|
|Tree's a Crowd||Treecko||To wake Giovanni up by rubbing his nose with tail and to massage him|
|The Lotad Lowdown||Lotad||To bring water to Giovanni for washing in the morning right in the bed|
|Which Wurmple's Which?||Wurmple||To provide thread for sewing|
|Seeing is Believing||Seedot||To help Giovanni with his morning exercises|
|Now That's Flower Power!||Bluk Berries|| To make Giovanni's hair look perfect.
This is the first time a negative effect appears in Meowth's fantasy scene (Giovanni's mouth becomes black from Bluk Berry juice), though only James mentions it verbally.
|Jump for Joy||Shiftry||To fan Giovanni with leaves on arms|
|A Pokéblock Party!||Whismur||To serve as an alarm clock and a lunch bell|
|Watt's with Wattson?||Voltorb and Magnemite||Voltorb will wake Giovanni up with a slight zap and Magnemite will provide him free electricity|
|What You Seed is What You Get||Watermelons||To slake Giovanni's thirst when he is in a desert|
|Love at First Flight||Volbeat and Illumise||Entertain Giovanni while he's doing his work.|
|Let Bagons be Bagons||Bagon||To crack coconuts for Giovanni when he will be (1) wandering in a jungle or (2) flying a helicopter. The thought about helicopter came to Meowth when Bagon told him that he wanted to learn to fly. It is the first time two fantasies appear in one episode.|
|I Feel Skitty||Skitty||Make Giovanni happy "oily (early) in the morning"|
|Maxxed Out||Surskit||Lift his spirit when it's cloudy.|
|Game Winning Assist!||Numel||Warm Giovanni|
|Delcatty Got Your Tongue?||Skitty and Delcatty||Giovanni will simply be happy to own both.|
|True Blue Swablu||Swablu||Act as his pillow and make him fall asleep by using Sing|
|Go Go Ludicolo||Ludicolo||Entertainment for when he wakes up and to lighten his spirits|
|A Six Pack Attack!||Kanto and Hoenn starter Pokémon||To remind him of his early days as a Pokémon Trainer|
|Pearls are a Spoink's Best Friend||Spoink||To make a crown|
|Lights, Camerupt, Action!||Movie projector and Camerupt||To watch his favorite films on the big screen and ride Camerupt in the moonlight|
|Where's Armaldo?||Prehistoric Pokémon||To awaken his wild side|
|Once in a Mawile||Mawile||Entertainment with its ribbon dancing skills/A living fan by the use of its back jaw/ Using said back jaw as a cushion to rest his weary head on|
|Lombre|| Waking up to see its loamy face in the morning...or maybe walking out to the pool to see its...no.|
Maybe a staring contest?
|Beg, Burrow, and Steal||Trapinch||Crack a walnut|
|Absol-ute Disaster||Absol||Make him angry when he is brushing his teeth|
|Do I Hear a Ralts?||Ralts||To stop thieves from stealing his things and putting him back to sleep after|
|Date Expectations||Donphan|| If he went bowling with it, then he would get a strike every time... if it didn't destroy the bowling alley.|
Or he could use it for transportation... if he didn't mind leaving all of his belongings behind.
Or he could use it to get a massage... if he didn't mind being flattened.
|Like a Meowth to Flame!||Moltres's flame||Source of fire|
|Numero Uno, Articuno||Articuno||To cool Giovanni off after he has collapsed, barely dressed, from the blazing heat.|
|Rough, Tough, Jigglypuff||Jigglypuff||To be used as a decoration, exercise ball and sleep aid.|
|On Cloud Arcanine||Arcanine||To keep Giovanni warm at night.|
|Sitting Psyduck!||Psyduck||Make Giovanni happy he has a brain and non-webbed toes, and to make his mind go blank when he has a brain freeze.|
|Pokémon Ranger - Deoxys Crisis||Deoxys||To travel in space|
|Strategy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight!||Chatot||To "quote" everything Giovanni says; to wish him a good morning, tell one-sided jokes, and help him berate grunts.|
|Overjoyed!||Chansey||To box with Giovanni, and treat his injuries when it beats him up.|
|Pinch Healing!||Larvitar, Pupitar, Tyranitar, Swinub, Piloswine, Seedot, Nuzleaf, Shiftry, Bagon, Shelgon and Salamence||Evolving the Pokémon for battle purpose|
|Like It or Lup It!||Ludicolo||Playing music for him while he's waking up in the morning, as well as during a work-out ("shaking his boss booty").|
|A Staravia is Born!||Bird Pokémon||The boss is flying in the air, sitting on a chair strapped to a bunch of Template:Type2 Pokémon.|
|A Gruff act to follow||Fossil Pokémon||Giovanni is using the revived Fossil Pokémon to take over Sinnoh, with him sobbing in happiness.|
|Drifloon on the Wind!||Ampharos||Calm the boss down when he is having nightmares.|
|Some Enchanted Sweetening||Enchanted Honey||He runs through the desert in a speedo, covered in Enchanted Honey. Then the wild Pokémon come and lick and rub against him.*|
|An Elite Meet and Greet||Lucian's Bronzong|| Um... Dancing? A hat? A paper weight?|
Nah, there's no way Giovanni would like an extremely rare Pokémon owned by a member of the Elite Four.
|Steamboat Willies||All of the twerps' Pokémon||To be playmates|
|Bibarel Gnaws Best!||Machamp and Machoke||Build a giant stone castle|
|Hot Springing a Leak!||Hot Spring||For Giovanni to be relaxed|
|Bells are Singing!||Francesca's Chingling||Alarm clock|
|A Lean Mean Team Rocket Machine!||Mew, Riolu, Celebi, Milotic and Shieldon||Examples of rare Pokémon that can be caught for the boss.|
|Hold the Phione!||Phione||For good luck, winning sweepstakes that he enters.|
|Stealing the Conversation!||Chatot||To give Giovanni a confidence boost by asking it loaded questions, which Chatot will mimic.|
|The Lonely Snover!||Snover||To give Giovanni Snover Berries for breakfast, thereby inspiring him to open a snow-cone business.|
|Battling a Cute Drama!||Cherubi||To charm and relax Giovanni after a hard day of making a 'zillion dollars'.|
|Promoting Healthy Tangrowth!||Tangrowth||To use Absorb to cure Giovanni's insomnia.|
|A Rivalry to Gible On!||Gible||To play in the water with Giovanni and "help him find his inner Boss."|
|Try for the Family Stone!||Mismagius||To cast a spell that will make Giovanni happy.|
|The Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore!||Sunyshore Tower||To provide headquarters with warm floors (that the boss will want to sleep on), stoves and hot baths.|
|Pokémon Ranger: Heatran Rescue!||Heatran||To be used as a grill, a sauna heater and a fireplace.|
|An Elite Coverup!||Magby||To help Giovanni light his barbecue and birthday candles. Also, to light the Team Rocket headquarters in the event of a blackout.|
|Dealing With a Fierce Double Ditto Drama!||Narissa's Ditto 1 and 2||To help Giovanni catch legendary Pokémon like Giratina and Regigigas.|
|Four Roads Diverged in a Pokémon Port!||Kenny's Floatzel||When Giovanni can't sleep at night, Floatzel can give him its floatation sac to use as a pillow (Meowth doesn't consider the fact that Floatzel can't actually remove the sac from its body).|
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