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Butch (Japanese: コサブロウ Kosaburō) is one half of the Team Rocket duo that occasionally runs across Ash and his friends in the Pokémon anime.
Butch angry when his name is misspoken
Butch's partner is Cassidy, and she is one of the few that usually manages to get his name right, much to his frustration. In one of the most famous running gags in the anime series, everyone else calls him either "Biff", "Bill", "Buttch", "Buffy", "Bob", "Hutch", "Butcher", "Patch", "Botch", "Chuck", "Footch" or "Hootch" among others (コサンジ Kosanji in Japanese). Sometimes when she gets it right, he, by habit, tries to correct her and ends up calling himself the incorrect name. This, of course, annoys him to no end, so much so in the Pokémon Chronicles episode Training Daze he said in frustration, "That does it, I am changing my name."
|| Controlled Pokémon
| These Pokémon were temporarily controlled by Butch and Cassidy for another scheme using Drowzee to hypnotize them.
They include: Pikachu, Togepi, Meowth, Arbok, Lickitung, Weezing, Victreebel, Wartortle, Vulpix, Mankey, Primeape, Growlithe, Poliwag, Ponyta, Magnemite, Grimer, Kingler, Voltorb, Hitmonchan, Seaking, Starmie, Electabuzz, Magikarp, Vaporeon, Jolteon and Flareon. Pikachu and Togepi were the first to get hypnotized including a whole lot more and suddenly they just disappear. Then next is Meowth which Team Rocket follow and discover their base as their Pokémon turn against them too.
When Ash, Misty, Tracey and Officer Jenny find the base the Pokémon attack with numerous moves. Ash has an idea and makes Pikachu uses Electric moves making it angry, Ash then stands near Drowzee and Pikachu shocks him and the machine stopping Drowzee and stopping the trance.
The controlled Pokémon's known moves are: Flamethrower (used by Flareon, Growlithe, Ponyta and Vulpix), Water Gun (used by Seaking, Starmie, Vaporeon and Wartortle), Thunderbolt (used by Electabuzz, Jolteon and Magnemite), and Selfdestruct (used by Voltorb).
|| Pikachu Re-Volts
Butch is named after Butch Cassidy, an American outlaw. His Japanese name, Kosaburo, is meant to diminish his status when compared to James. 二郎 Jirō is a name meaning "second son," while 三郎 Saburō means "third son." Kojiro (James) takes advantage of Jirō, while Kosaburo takes advantage of Saburō.
||Similar to James's name.
||小三郎 Xiǎo Sānláng
||From 小三郎 Kosaburō.