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Bugsy

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Bugsy
ツクシ Tsukushi
"The Walking Bug Pokémon Encyclopedia"
HeartGold SoulSilver Bugsy.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Male
Eye color Black*, Lavender*
Hair color Lavender
Hometown Azalea Town
Region Johto
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation II, IV
Games Gold, Silver, Crystal, Pokémon Stadium 2, HeartGold, SoulSilver
Leader of Azalea Gym
Badge Hive Badge
Specializes in Template:Type2s
Anime debut Gettin' the Bugs Out
English voice actor Tara Jayne
Japanese voice actor Hiromi Ishikawa

Bugsy (Japanese: ツクシ Tsukushi) is the Gym Leader of Azalea Town's Gym, known officially as the Azalea Gym. He hands out the Hive Badge to Trainers who defeat him. He specializes in Template:Type2 Pokémon.

In the games

Headshot of Bugsy from Pokémon Gold and Silver

Bugsy appears in Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver as the Gym Leader of the Azalea Gym. He is the second Gym Leader to be challenged in each of the games, although he cannot be fought until Team Rocket has been driven out of the Slowpoke Well.

Because of his research on Bug Pokémon, Bugsy's knowledge makes him an authority on them. He even discovered the move Fury Cutter, which is the signature move on his Scyther. This research has led to his given title, "The Walking Bug Pokémon Encyclopedia". He claims to never lose when it comes to Bug Pokémon, but—once defeated by the player—will admit his research isn't yet finished. Upon defeat he will hand out the Hive Badge, and a Template:Type2 Technical Machine: TM49 (Fury Cutter) in Gold, Silver, and Crystal, and TM89 (U-turn) in HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Like all other Johto and Kanto Gym Leaders, Bugsy will leave his Gym from time to time. Every Thursday, Bugsy travels to Viridian Forest where he will hand out his Pokégear phone number to fellow travelers all day. From here he will progress to the Fighting Dojo and, on Thursday afternoons, accept a rematch with a stronger team. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays—the days before the tri-weekly Bug-Catching Contest—Bugsy will appear at National Park. On Fridays, he will take photographs with the player and their first Pokémon. Bugsy elects not to compete in the Bug-Catching Contests as he has already won it many times.

Bugsy also has a room in the Johto Gym Leader Castle in Pokémon Stadium 2. This is the only time he will use Pokémon not of the Bug-type.

Pokémon

This listing is of Bugsy's Pokémon in the games he has appeared in.

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal



Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Gym match


Second battle (Rematch)


Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1


Round 2


Quotes

Pokémon Gold and Silver

"I'm Bugsy! I never lose when it comes to bug Pokémon. My research is going to make me the authority on bug Pokémon! Let me demonstrate what I've learned from my studies."

"Whoa, amazing! You're an expert on Pokémon! My research isn't complete yet. Ok, you win. Take this Badge."

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Azalea Gym
  • Before battle
"I'm Bugsy! I never lose when it comes to Bug-type Pokémon. My research is going to make me an authority on Bug-type Pokémon! Let me demonstrate what I've learned from my studies."
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"Even though it's my last Pokémon, Bug Pokémon are tough!"
  • During battle
"Hang in there! Just a little more!"
  • When defeated
"Aw, that's the end of it..."
  • After being defeated
"Whoa, amazing! You're an expert on Pokémon! My research isn't complete yet. OK, you win. Take this Badge. Do you know the benefits of the Hive Badge? If you have it, Pokémon up to Lv. 30 will obey you, even traded ones. Pokémon that know Cut will be able to use it outside of battle, too."
"Here, I also want you to have this. TM89 contains U-turn. It lets your Pokémon attack, then switch with the next Pokémon in your party. Isn't that great?"
"Bug-type Pokémon are deep. There are many mysteries to explore. Study your top choices thoroughly."
Fighting Dojo
  • Before battle
"Good to see you again! Behold my bug research!"
  • After being defeated
"You must have studied a lot about Pokémon! "
National Park
"Hi, <player>! We have a Bug-Catching Contest tomorrow! I have won the Contest many times, so I won't participate. But you should try it. I'm sure you can win!"
  • On Fridays:
"By the way, will you take a picture with me?"
Yes: "OK! Let's take one. Smile! Yay! This is a good one!"
No: "Oh, I see... That's OK. I'm not sad."
Pokégear Registering (Viridian Forest)
"I came to Kanto to look for Bug-type Pokémon, so I can become a stronger Bug-type Pokémon Trainer! Hey why don't we swap phone numbers?"
Yes: "We can battle around lunch on Thursdays! Give me a call!"'
Pokégear Phone
  • Calling the player:
"Yeah, this is Bugsy... What's up? I think I've already mentioned this to you, but did you know I'm doing research on Bug-type Pokémon? There's so many different kinds, it's a bit difficult, you know? I'm just studying Bug-type Pokémon, and yet it's still this difficult. People like Professor Elm and Professor Oak who study all the different types of Pokémon are really something else, you know?"
"Yeah, this is Bugsy... What's up? You know, everyone's really into Bug-type Pokémon when they're kids. But then for some reason, as people grow up, at some point they all start to like Bug-type Pokémon less and less. How about you? Do you still like Bug-type Pokémon? Even if I grow up I'll never stop liking Bug-type Pokémon, no way!"
  • Calling him:
"Hello! How are you? I'm doing great as usual! There are so many stronger Gym Leaders than me out there. You're trying to visit every Gym around the region, aren't you? That's great! Keep up the good work!"
"Hello! How are you? I'm doing great as usual! On Thursdays around noon, I'm usually free. If you want to see my Bug-type Pokémon again, you should call me then!"
  • On Thursday afternoons:
"Hello! How are you? I'm doing great as usual! Oh, you called at just the right time! I'm not doing anything right now. Wanna battle again?"
No: "I see... Well, there's no helping that..."
Yes: "All right! See you at the Fighting Dojo in Saffron City!"
"Hello! How are you? I'm doing great as usual! All right, I’ll be waiting for you at the Fighting Dojo in Saffron City! Race you there!"

Sprites

File:LeaderBugsy GSC.png File:BugsyHGSS.gif VSBugsy.png S2 Leader Bugsy.png
Bugsy's sprite from
Generation II
Bugsy's sprite from
Generation IV
Bugsy's VS sprite from
Generation IV
Bugsy's artwork from
Pokémon Stadium 2

In the anime

Bugsy in the anime

Bugsy's only anime appearance was in the episode Gettin' the Bugs Out.

Bugsy trains in a large, greenhouse-like Gym filled with trees and bugs. He has an affinity for Bug-type Pokémon.

His Scyther can use Swords Dance to deflect Template:Type2 attacks. However, Ash figured out it was vulnerable from above, and Cyndaquil was able to knock it out, winning Ash the Hive Badge.

Pokémon

This listing is of Bugsy's known Pokémon in the anime:

Bugsy's Spinarak
Spinarak
Spinarak is the first Pokémon Bugsy used in his match against Ash, saying that it's one of his strongest Pokémon in his arsenal. It battled against Cyndaquil and almost won with its String Shot and Poison Sting attacks, since Cyndaquil couldn't get its flame started. Eventually, Ash recalled Cyndaquil and sent out Chikorita instead, despite the type disadvantage. Spinarak and Chikorita kept dodging each other's attacks, until Ash told Chikorita to use Sweet Scent, enabling it to Tackle Spinarak and win the round.

Spinarak's known moves are String Shot and Poison Sting.

Debut Gettin' the Bugs Out
Bugsy's Metapod
Metapod
Bugsy's second choice for his battle with Ash was Metapod. Metapod used Harden several times to resist Chikorita's attacks, and then surprised Ash by being able to jump and Tackle Chikorita. Ash decided to use Pikachu, and after dodging many more attacks, Pikachu managed to attack Metapod with Thunderbolt and win.

Metapod's known moves are Harden and Tackle.

Debut Gettin' the Bugs Out
Voice actors
Japanese
English Eric Stuart
Bugsy's Scyther
Scyther
The final and strongest of Bugsy's Pokémon was Scyther. It first battled Ash's Pikachu, which it easily defeated with a powerful combination of Slash and Fury Cutter attacks after dodging Pikachu's Thunderbolt with Double Team.

Scyther proved to be an exceptional fighter as it can hold its own against Template:Type2s by using Swords Dance to counter fire attacks. Using this technique, it almost defeated Ash's Cyndaquil by deflecting all of its fire attacks. Thanks to Ash's strategy though, Cyndaquil gained the upper hand. Instead of attacking horizontally, it jumped above Scyther and used Flamethrower. Scyther was unable to defend itself from the attack and was knocked out of the battle, allowing Ash to earn the Hive Badge.

Scyther's known moves are Double Team, Slash, Fury Cutter, and Swords Dance.

Debut Gettin' the Bugs Out
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Eric Stuart

At Azalea Gym

Caterpie (multiple)
Bugsy has multiple Caterpie that live in the Azalea Gym; it is unknown if he uses them in Gym battles. One first appeared when it came down from the trees to greet Misty, who has a bug phobia. They later appear when Team Rocket enter the Gym: the Bug Pokémon tie them up with silk. Their latest appearance also involved Team Rocket's infiltration and capture, this time at night.

Caterpie's only known moves are String Shot.

Debut Gettin' the Bugs Out
Metapod (multiple)
Bugsy has multiple Metapod that live in the Azalea Gym; it is unknown if he uses them in Gym battles or just uses his stronger Metapod. They briefly appear when Team Rocket enter the building, Metapod and the other Bug Pokémon tie them up with silk. Their latest appearance also involved Team Rocket's infiltration and capture, this time at night.

Metapod's only known moves are String Shot.

Debut Gettin' the Bugs Out
Weedle and Kakuna (multiple)
Bugsy has multiple Weedle and Kakuna that live in the Azalea Gym; it is unknown if he uses them in Gym battles. Multiple Weedle appear briefly when Team Rocket enter the building, tying them up with silk. Their latest appearance also involved Team Rocket's infiltration and capture, this time at night.

Weedle and Kakuna's only known moves are String Shot.

Debut Gettin' the Bugs Out

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 石川寛美 Hiromi Ishikawa
English Tara Jayne
Italian Monica Bonetto
Polish Grzegorz Pawlak
Spanish Latin America María Fernanda Morales
Spain Amelia Jara

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

File:Bugsy Special.png
Bugsy in the GSC chapter

In Pokémon Adventures, Bugsy is a ruins explorer. He meets Gold at the Ruins of Alph, who at first mistakes the Gym Leader for a girl and asks him out on a date. When he reveals he is a boy he tells Gold that he is looking for his missing companions who were helping him study the ruins. The two of them then run into Team Rocket and accidentally awaken the Unown. After being cornered by a Spinarak's Spider Web Exbo used Smokescreen to get the Unown in the web and take out their anger on Team Rocket. Bugsy then left the cave with his companions, ecstatic about his new discovery.

Bugsy in the HGSS chapter

Bugsy is then seen with more research colleagues before Suicune appears to him. He fails to catch Suicune just like the rest and it becomes the first Pokémon to break through his capture net. He does discover several inscriptions written in Unown, one saying "Rope Escape" and another saying "Ho-Oh".

Bugsy uses a special multi-Poké Ball capture net made for him by Kurt.

Pokémon

This listing is of Bugsy's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

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Metapod
(×2)
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Kakuna
(×2)
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Heracross
(×2)
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Scyther

Released

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Unown
(given to research colleagues)

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Bugsy or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Name Type Level Rarity Set Set no.
Bugsy's Butterfree Grass - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 8/141
Bugsy's Beedrill Grass - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 9/141
Bugsy's Pinsir Grass - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 10/141
Bugsy's Ledian Grass - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 11/141
Bugsy's Yanma Grass - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 12/141
Bugsy's Scizor Metal - Rare Holo Pokémon VS (no English release) 13/141
Bugsy's TM 01 - - Uncommon Pokémon VS (no English release) 105/141
Bugsy's TM 02 - - Uncommon Pokémon VS (no English release) 106/141

Trivia

  • Similarly to Saturn, Will and Janine (generation II) his Pokémon are the opposite gender of himself despite having a 50-50 gender ratio.
  • Bugsy is the only Johto Gym leader that does not have an elemental type advantage on the next Gym Leader. (Falkner trains Template:Type2 Pokémon, which are strong against Bug-type Pokémon. Meanwhile, Whitney's Template:Type2 Pokémon are immune to Template:Type2 moves of Morty, and so on.)
  • Bugsy is the only Gym Leader whose signature Pokémon is sent out on the first turn (though this is only in Generation IV), but this due to the fact that his Scyther now knows U-turn.
  • Bugsy appears as an opponent in Pokémon Puzzle Challenge. He uses a Kakuna to battle.
  • Bugsy is the only Gym Leader that can be called on Thursdays for a rematch in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  • The first part of Bugsy's HeartGold and SoulSilver sprite's animation is almost identical to Sidney's sprite in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ツクシ (Tsukushi) 土筆 tsukushi, a horsetail. つくつく法師 tsukutsukubōshi is a type of cicada.
English Bugsy Refers to the word bug.
French Hector Similar to insecte, insect.
German Kai Refers to the word Käfer, coleopter.
Italian Raffaello Similar to farfalla, butterfly.
Spanish Antón Similar to antena, antenna.
Korean 호일 Ho-il
Chinese 阿筆/阿笔 Ā Bǐ 筆 is taken from 土筆 tsukushi.

External links

Gym Leaders of the Johto region
Violet Gym Zephyr Badge
Falkner OD.png
Falkner
Azalea Gym Hive Badge
Bugsy OD.png
Bugsy
Goldenrod Gym Plain Badge
Whitney OD.png
Whitney
Ecruteak Gym Fog Badge
Morty OD.png
Morty
Cianwood Gym Storm Badge
Chuck OD.png
Chuck
Olivine Gym Mineral Badge
Jasmine OD.png
Jasmine
Mahogany Gym Glacier Badge
Pryce OD.png
Pryce
Blackthorn Gym Rising Badge
Clair OD.png
Clair

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