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Art from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
|| Mid-40s (est. by Pokeani)
|| Viridian City
|| Silver (son, Pokémon Special)|
Madame Boss (mother, anime)
| Trainer class
|| Gym Leader, Boss
|| I, II, III
|| Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, Stadium, Stadium 2
| Leader of
|| Viridian Gym
|| Earth Badge
| Member of
|| Team Rocket
| Anime debut
|| Battle Aboard the St. Anne
| English voice actor
|| Ted Lewis (Template:4Kids)|
Craig Blair (TPCi)
| Japanese voice actor
|| Hirotaka Suzuoki (d. 2006)|
Giovanni (Japanese: サカキ Sakaki) is the head of Team Rocket, and formerly served as the Gym Leader of Viridian City's Gym, known officially as the Viridian Gym. He handed out the Earth Badge to Trainers who defeated him. As a Gym Leader, he specialized in Template:Type2 Pokémon, but his master plan includes collecting rare Pokémon of all types.
In the anime
Very little is known about his past in any timeline; he is generally shrouded in mystery. However, certain things are known:
His mother was the head of Team Rocket before him. This is presumed to be canon in the anime timeline only, as the games have no precedent for this.
While Giovanni very rarely takes the role of antagonist, his agents often have him in mind during missions due to the chance of power, be it through promotion or other means. This gave him a unique series of appearances, mainly during the Hoenn saga, where Meowth often saw how the Pokémon in each episode could be used to help Giovanni and win the trio promotions. These boss fantasies never show his actual personality and occasionally even show Giovanni in chibi form.
The only time Giovanni has been seen in battle was in The Battle for the Badge
. He used powerful Pokémon against Gary but later left the Gym to deal with an unexplained emergency, leaving Ash to battle Jessie. By the time Ash returned from Hoenn, Agatha
was in charge of the Gym until a new leader could be found. Giovanni's reasons for leaving it have not been explained, though it is speculated to be linked with the events of the aforementioned episode.
Giovanni is one of the three most prominent figures speculated to be Ash Ketchum's father, alongside Professor Oak and Silver. There is no evidence to support this, though Diamondshippers see Giovanni's avoidance of Ash mentioned above as suspicious. In Pokémon Live!, it was claimed that Giovanni and Delia had shared a relationship as teenagers, though it is also stated that someone else is Ash's father in that particular canon.
His Japanese voice actor was 鈴置洋孝 Hirotaka Suzuoki until his death, after which he is voiced by 三宅健太 Kenta Miyake. In the English dub he is voiced by Ted Lewis (Template:4Kids dub) and Craig Blair (Pokémon USA dub).
This listing is of Giovanni's known Pokémon in the Pokémon anime.
In the games
Art of Giovanni from Pokémon Red and Blue
Giovanni is the one Gym Leader without a title, and is not widely known, preferring to keep to the shadows.
Giovanni constantly has his thugs looking for strong Pokémon.
Giovanni had several hideouts, the most prominent ones underneath Celadon City's Rocket Game Corner, and the Viridian Gym itself.
Giovanni apparently has a child who has red hair. Many people believe this refers to the red-haired Rival from Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions and Pokémon Crystal Version, also known as Silver, who values power and strength and despises weakness, including Pokémon and Team Rocket, who he considers weak.
In addition to the Earth Badge, Giovanni gives out TM27 (Fissure), in Pokémon Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow Versions. In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions, he gives out TM26 (Earthquake).
In the game timeline, after being defeated by the protagonist in the Generation I games, he mysteriously disappears, apparently seeking to train and start anew after being shown how his methods failed him against the player; Team Rocket has been waiting for his return ever since.
In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions, on the Chrono Island Rocket Warehouse, a scientist named Gideon (Japanese: スミオ Sumio) says:
| Japanese release
|| English translation
|| English release
| なんだよ また きたのかよ
|| What, you again?
|| What, you again?
| まさか おまえ…
こども なんじゃ ないのか？
| You... you're not the kid of the guy called Sakaki or something, are you?
|| You... you're not Giovanni's kid,|
| …いや サカキの こどもは
かみのけが あかい らしいから
おまえ とは ちがうか
| ...No, they say Sakaki's kid's hair is red, so did I mistake you for him?
|| No, that can't be right!|
Giovanni's kid has red hair.
| かんけい ないなら ほっとけよ！
|| If you have nothing to do with us then leave me alone!
|| You don't have any reasons for|
bugging me. Leave me alone!
A portion of this conversation is recorded in the Fame Checker under the entry for Giovanni. This text is notably gender-neutral, and is the same whether Red or Leaf is the player.
When this text was singled out and reported on Pokémon Forever, it provoked significant speculation in the community on the identity of Giovanni's child. Silver was singled out as a strong candidate. Silver is Giovanni's son in Pokémon Special, and Giovanni finding him after the Mask of Ice kidnapped him was his primary motivation in the FireRed and LeafGreen storyline.
There was some initial debate over the exact meaning of red hair, as characters like Misty are known as redheads despite having more orange-colored hair, and characters like Lance are portrayed as having red hair as well.
This is a list of the Fame Checker's information on Giovanni in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions.
- Rocket HQ - Giovanni
- What does this person do?
- Team Rocket captures Pokémon from around the world. They're important tools for keeping our criminal enterprise going. I am the leader, Giovanni!
- Silph Co. - Scientist
- Favorite kind of Pokémon?
- Those thugs that took over our building... Their Boss said he was looking for strong Pokémon.
- Silph Co. - Scientist
- What is this person like?
- Team Rocket's Boss is terribly cruel! To him, Pokémon are just tools to be used.
- Viridian Gym - Giovanni
- What does this person do?
- Welcome to my hideout! It shall be so until I can restore Team Rocket to its former glory.
- Viridian Gym - Caretaker
- What does this person do?
- Blow me away! Giovanni was the Gym Leader of Viridian?
- Rocket Warehouse - Team Rocket Scientist Gideon
- Family and Friends?
- You... You're not Giovanni's kid, are you? No, that can't be right. Giovanni's kid has red hair.
This listing is of Giovanni's Pokémon in the video games he has appeared in.
Pokémon Red, Green and Blue
- Level 25 Onix
- Level 24 Rhyhorn
- Level 29 Persian
- Level 37 Nidorino
- Level 37 Rhyhorn
- Level 35 Persian
- Level 41 Nidoqueen
Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
"Fwahahaha! This is my hideout! I planned to resurrect Team Rocket here! But, you have caught me again! So be it! This time, I'm not holding back! Once more, you shall face Giovanni, the greatest trainer!"
"Ha! That was a truly intense fight! You have won! As proof, here is the Earth Badge! Having lost, I cannot face my underlings! Team Rocket is finished forever! I will dedicate my life to the study of Pokémon. Let us meet again someday! Farewell!"
"So! I must say, I am impressed you got here. Team Rocket captures Pokémon from a around the world. They're important tools for keeping our criminal enterprise going. I am the leader, Giovanni! For your insolence, you will feel a world of pain!"
"What! This can't be!"
"Ah, [trainer's name]! So we meet again! The president and I are discussing a vital business proposition. Keep your nose out of grown-up matters... Or experience a world of pain!"
"Arrgh!! I lost again!? Blast it all! You ruined our plans for Silph! But Team Rocket will never fall! [trainer's name], Never forget that all Pokémon exist for Team Rocket! I must go, but I shall return!"
"Fwahahaha! This is my hideout! It shall be so until I can restore Team Rocket to its former glory. But, you have found me again. So be it. This time, I'm not holding back! Once more, you shall face Giovanni, the greatest trainer!"
"Ha! That was a truly intense fight. You have won! As proof, here is the Earth Badge!"
"Having lost in this fashion, I can't face my followers. I have betrayed their trust. As of today, Team Rocket is finished forever! As for myself, I shall dedicate my life to training again. Let us meet again someday! Farewell!"
In the Pokémon Special manga
In Pokémon Special, Giovanni serves much the same role as he does in the games, although he now has Lt. Surge, Sabrina, and Koga as subordinates. However, Giovanni is much more ruthless, as in one chapter, he uses his Cloyster to break two Magmar in half.
He attempts to create a super-powerful Pokémon by combining Moltres, Zapdos, and Articuno into a single Pokémon. This was thwarted by the efforts of Red, Green, and Blue.
He later provides some minor assistance to the fight against the Elite Four on Cerise Island. He helps Red escape from Lorelei's ice and provides him with some evolutionary stones for his Eevee. Giovanni then informs Koga and the others (Sabrina and Lt. Surge) to lay low until a more suitable time comes to revive Team Rocket.
Giovanni has recently resurfaced in the Sevii Islands, apparently pursuing Deoxys. He even has a new set of henchmen, the The Three Beasts. Silver is revealed to be Giovanni's son, but was kidnapped by Pryce at the age of two. Giovanni's master plan apparently includes Silver taking over Team Rocket from him.
However, his plan is later revealed to just wanting to find and reunite with his son and see him grown up before Giovanni dies (He has some sort of illness, although it is never explained what it is). When Silver and Giovanni found themselves in the flames of a wreckage at one point, Giovanni used his own body to protect the unconscious boy from the fire. While Silver first denied that Giovanni could possibly be his father, and then would not accept him as a father, after seeing how Giovanni put his own life at sake to save Silver, Silver broke down in tears and accepted him as his father. From this point on, Giovanni is presumably not the leader of Team Rocket anymore, and is succeeded by the Three Beasts member Carr. His last known location is one of Silver's secret bases, where Silver sent him so he could recover from his injuries.
When he was still the Viridian Gym Leader, Giovanni had obtained the nickname "Giovanni Of The Land" because all his Pokémon were Earth-types, save Cloyster and his Beedrill. Beedrill's exception is clear, as it was caught at Giovanni's birthplace (in the Viridian Forest; so Giovanni prides it especially) but Cloyster's is hard to trace, as it does not appear to have any connection to Giovanni's past.
In battle Giovanni kicks his Poké Balls, much like Crystal, in order to be able to react faster.
This listing is of Giovanni's Pokémon in the Pokémon Special manga.
In the TCG
There is a Theme Deck named for Giovanni in the Gym Challenge expansion. For that Theme Deck, see Giovanni.
Giovanni and the Earth Badge.
Giovanni sends out a Nidoking.
Giovanni as the Boss of Team Rocket.
This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Giovanni or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
- In the games, Giovanni is the only Gym Leader to appear outside of his Gym in Generaton I, where as in later Generations, this is quite common.
- In How I Became a Pokémon Card, a short manga by Kagemaru Himeno, he and Persian were shown to have been together for a long time, as he rescued the cat when he was a child.
- In the English version of Pokémon Stadium, his name is misspelled Giovani (with one n).
- According to the Pokémon Special manga, Giovanni's birthday is August 1st.
- In Pokémon Live! it is stated that he dated Delia Ketchum, though this is probably not the case in the anime.
- Both Giovanni and Juan are the eighth Gym Leader in a region introduced in an odd-numbered generation. Both of their names are a foreign version of the name "John".
- The way that Giovanni takes care of his Persian could be a reference to the supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond films.
|| Reference to
|| サカキ Sakaki
|| 榊 sakaki, a tree, as well as a common Japanese surname.
| English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
|| From Italian Giovanni, equivalent to John, gift from God; gio rhymes with geo, from Greek γῆ gē, earth.|
May also be a play on his resemblance to a Mafia boss in control of his mob.
|| 비주기 Bijugi
| Chinese (Taiwan)
|| 坂木 Bǎn Mù
|| From 坂木 Sakaki, an alternative way of writing the name.
| Chinese (Hong Kong)
|| 沙加 Shā Jiā
|| Transliteration of サカ Saka.