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Mewtwo (original series)

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Mewtwo
ミュウツー Mewtwo
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Mewtwo
Debuts in The Battle of the Badge
Caught at New Island
Gender Genderless*
Ability Pressure
Released in Showdown at the Po-ké Corral
Current location Johto
Mewtwo
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Mewtwo Masachika Ichimura
Showtaro Morikubo (child) (M01)
Fujiko Takimoto (child) (BoM)
Phillip Bartlett (M01)
Dan Green (MR)

Mewtwo (Japanese: ミュウツー Mewtwo) is a Psychic-type legendary Pokémon cloned from a Mew.

The story of Mewtwo is chronicled in the CD drama The Birth of Mewtwo, the movie Mewtwo Strikes Back, the television special Mewtwo Returns, and the bonus short from Mewtwo Returns titled The Uncut Story Of Mewtwo's Origin. It made a brief appearance in the anime in The Battle of the Badge, when Giovanni used it to defeat Gary Oak, and in Showdown at the Po-ké Corral, where it escapes from Team Rocket HQ (a scene also chronicled in Mewtwo Strikes Back, and later seen again in Mewtwo Returns).

History

Kanto

Young Mewtwo crying as Ambertwo dies

Approximately twenty years before the present, Team Rocket discovered that a Mew was living in Guyana. Many years later, under the orders of the new boss, Giovanni, an expedition of Team Rocket scientists traveled to the area to search for Fossils. They succeeded in finding an eyelash belonging to Mew. Giovanni asked Dr. Fuji to clone Mew for him and create the most powerful Pokémon in existence. Fuji agreed because he wanted to use Team Rocket's research to attempt to clone his deceased daughter, Amber.

One month after the discovery of the eyelash, Mewtwo was successfully created and stored at New Island. At this point, it was still not fully grown and lived in a large test tube beside others containing Bulbasaurtwo, Squirtletwo, Charmandertwo, and Ambertwo. Fuji and Giovanni thought Mewtwo was unconscious inside its tube, but it was able to communicate telepathically with Ambertwo and the other clones. However, because the life force of a human is not as strong as a Pokémon's, the Amber clone died. The other three clones had died shortly before Amber did, suggesting that Mewtwo's life force is even stronger than a normal Pokémon's.

Over the years, Mewtwo matured and grew confused over its origin and place in the world. After resolving to figure out where it belongs, Mewtwo broke out of its test tube. The Team Rocket scientists were happy that they had succeeded in creating the most powerful Pokémon in the world, but that joy turned to horror once Mewtwo realized that it was just an experiment and unleashed its fury upon them. Despite the efforts of the security systems that attempted to control it, Mewtwo destroyed the laboratory on New Island and all of the scientists in it.

In his robotic suit, under observance by Giovanni

Immediately thereafter, Giovanni found Mewtwo and convinced it to help with Team Rocket's goal of controlling the world. Mewtwo's power was focused as well as restrained by a robotic suit of armor as it performed tasks such as battling for Giovanni in the Viridian Gym and helping Team Rocket capture Pokémon. Mewtwo eventually became tired of being used by Giovanni. It developed a strong hatred for humans and thought that they were weak and selfish beings only interested in power and wealth; it also despised Pokémon who served humans. Mewtwo escaped from Giovanni (destroying Team Rocket headquarters in the process), relocated to its birthplace on New Island and built a castle there. Mewtwo then issued a challenge to several strong Pokémon Trainers, including Ash Ketchum. It used its powers to create a storm that would serve as a test to see who could make it to the island. Only a handful of Trainers managed to brave the storm and arrive, including Ash and his friends. Upon revealing itself, Mewtwo challenged the Trainers with its clone Pokémon—Venusaur, Blastoise, and Charizard—to prove its superiority to human Trainers and the superiority of cloned Pokémon to trained Pokémon. To do this, Mewtwo used a variation of the Poké Balls used by Trainers. Once caught in the Balls, the Pokémon that had been brought to the island were cloned in an upstairs laboratory. However, before Mewtwo could defeat the Trainers and move out into the world, Mew appeared. Mew and Mewtwo fought at length, ceasing only when Ash was caught in their crossfire and turned to stone. After Ash was revived by the tears of the nearby Pokémon, clone and original alike, Mewtwo experienced a change of heart and no longer sought to conquer the world. Mewtwo reasoned that it would be best if no one remembered the events that had transpired, so it erased the memories of all the people and Pokémon and transported them back to the mainland. Mewtwo and Mew left New Island with the cloned Pokémon to seek a proper place for themselves.

Johto

Mewtwo and the clones migrated to Johto and eventually settled on Mount Quena. To prevent any encounters with humans, Mewtwo frequently used severe storms to make the mountain inaccessible. One day, a bus full of people was nearly knocked off the road, so Mewtwo decided to use its telekinesis to place the bus back on the road. It explained to its fellow clones that a bus crash would attract even more humans. However, the clone Meowth believed that Mewtwo's act may have also been due to a growing soft spot for humanity.

Wearing his cape during the introductory sequence of Jirachi: Wish Maker

After a few years, Giovanni found Mewtwo's hiding place via one of Team Rocket's satellites and began a plan to capture it once again. However, this plan was foiled when Mewtwo again met with Ash, who did not remember their previous encounter. Giovanni restrained Mewtwo, but his friends helped it to escape and defeat Giovanni. At the end of the ordeal, Mewtwo erased Giovanni and his soldiers' memories and decided to move throughout the world, searching for the meaning of its life.

In the epilogue to Mewtwo Returns and in some TV series opening sequences and movie previews, Mewtwo has been seen wearing a plain brown cape and moving across rooftops at night.

Mewtwo also had a passing mention in the special The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon, when the mirage Mewtwo was created, Mirage Master claimed "This is not the Mewtwo you are familiar with", possibly meaning that he saw Pikachu's memory of Mewtwo.

Moves used

Mewtwo Barrier.png
Using Barrier
Move First Used In
Psychic The Battle of the Badge
Barrier Mewtwo Strikes Back
Counter Mewtwo Strikes Back
Shadow Ball Mewtwo Strikes Back
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Pokémon

Created

Pikachutwo
Pikachutwo
Main article: Pikachutwo

Pikachu was cloned from Ash's Pikachu and battled against it. Dubbed "Pikachutwo" or "Pikatwo" by the fandom, this clone was also central to the plot of Mewtwo Returns.

Debut Mewtwo Strikes Back
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara
English Megumi Hayashibara
Meowthtwo
Meowthtwo
Meowth was cloned from Meowth of Team Rocket. He was the only one of Mewtwo's cloned Pokémon who refused to fight his counterpart. Dubbed "Meowthtwo" (Japanese: Nyarthtwo) by the fandom, this clone was also central to the plot of Mewtwo Returns. He was seen often with Pikachutwo in that special.

Unlike the Meowth he was cloned from, Meowthtwo is incapable of speaking human language.

Debut Mewtwo Strikes Back
Voice actors
Japanese Chiyako Shibahara
English Chiyako Shibahara
Venusaurtwo
Venusaurtwo
This Venusaur battled against Corey's Venusaur, Bruteroot. It easily defeated Bruteroot, first blocking its Razor Leaf and then sending it flying.

Venusaurtwo's only known move is Vine Whip.

Debut Mewtwo Strikes Back
Charizardtwo
Charizardtwo
Mewtwo's cloned Charizard battled against Ash's Charizard, winning the match easily.

Charizardtwo's known moves are Flamethrower and Seismic Toss.

Debut Mewtwo Strikes Back
Blastoisetwo
Blastoisetwo
The cloned Blastoise battled against Neesha's own Blastoise, Shellshocker. It easily defeated Shellshocker with a single attack.

Blastoisetwo's only known move is Rapid Spin.

Debut Mewtwo Strikes Back
Voice actors
Japanese
English Eric Stuart
Mewtwo's Cloned Pokémon
Cloned Pokémon
Mewtwo cloned many of the Pokémon owned by the Trainers that came to New Island. Other than the Pokémon already mentioned above, Mewtwo's army included Pokémon cloned from Ash's Bulbasaur and Squirtle; Misty's Psyduck; Brock's Vulpix; Corey's Pidgeot, Scyther, Hitmonlee, Rhyhorn, and Sandslash; Neesha's Wigglytuff, Rapidash, Dewgong, Vileplume, and Ninetales; and Fergus's Gyarados, Nidoqueen, Seadra, Vaporeon, Golduck, and Tentacruel.

Bulbasaurtwo's only known move is Vine Whip.
Other cloned Pokémon's moves are unknown.

Debut Mewtwo Strikes Back

Befriended

Bulbasaurtwo, Charmandertwo, and Squirtletwo
Bulbasaurtwo, Charmandertwo, and Squirtletwo
Bulbasaurtwo, Charmandertwo, and Squirtletwo are three of the original cloning attempts made by Dr. Fuji, along with Ambertwo and Mewtwo himself. Unfortunately, the cloning attempts failed and all three Pokémon died shortly thereafter.
Debut The Birth of Mewtwo

Used

Mewtwo's Fearow
Fearow
Mewtwo used this Fearow to find Trainers worthy of coming to New Island. It has a camera attached to its neck so Mewtwo can see what it flies over.
Debut Mewtwo Strikes Back
Mewtwo's Dragonite
Dragonite
Mewtwo used this Dragonite as a messenger to deliver invitations for Trainers to come to New Island.
Debut Mewtwo Strikes Back

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 市村正親 Masachika Ichimura
森久保祥太郎 Showtaro Morikubo (child) (M01)
内匠靖明 Fujiko Takimoto (child) (BoM)
English Phillip Bartlett (M01)
Dan Green (MR)
Brazilian Portuguese Guilherme Briggs
Spanish Latin America Enrique Mederos
Spain Luis Bajo

In the games

On the Very Hard and Super Hard difficulties of Pokémon Puzzle League, Mewtwo states it is the Puzzle Master and is the final opponent to defeat. In the background of the battle, an image of Mewtwo is seen along with several of its cloned Pokémon.

In the TCG

Mewtwo's Dragonite has served as the basis for one card in the TCG. The following is a list of cards based on Mewtwo's Dragonite.

Mewtwo's Dragonite
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Dragonite Colorless Wizards Black Star Promos   5 Pokémon Web Rare 038/048
 

Trivia

Mewtwo overlooking a city at the end of Mewtwo Returns
  • In the first movie, Mewtwo uses Shadow Ball, a move that had yet to be released at the time.
  • The city that Mewtwo is seen overlooking at the end of Mewtwo Returns bears a great resemblance to New York City. Buildings that resemble the Chrysler Building and MetLife Building can be seen in the distance. The narrator refers to it as "a faraway city."

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Mewtwo.



Movie characters
Human protagonists
Sir AaronAliceAudreyBarzaBiancaCarlitaCoreyDamosDianaDianeEricFergusNewton Graceland
JuanitaKarlKathrynLisaLizabethLorenzoProfessor LundTory LundMarenMaryMelodyMannesNeesha
RafeRebeccaRowenaSamSheenaSidKidd SummersTonioTowaJack WalkerYuko
Human antagonists
AnnieButlerDamonMarilyn FlameGalenGooneMolly HaleIron-Masked MarauderGrings KodaiLawrence IIIMarcus
Ninja RiotOakleyThe PhantomArgus SteelMillis SteelZero
Pokémon
ArceusArticunoCarbinkCelebi (M04)Celebi (M13)CobalionDarkraiDeoxysDialgaDiancieEntei (M03)Entei (M13)Genesect
GiratinaGroudon (M18)HoopaJirachiKeldeoKyogreKyuremLatiasLatiosLucarioLugiaManaphyMew (M01)Mew (M08)
Mewtwo (OS)Mewtwo (BW)MoltresPalkiaPichuPikachutwoRaikouRayquaza (M07)Rayquaza (M18)RegiceRegirockRegisteelReshiram
ShayminSlowkingSuicune (M04)Suicune (M13)TerrakionUnownVictiniVirizionXerneasYveltalZapdosZekromZoroarkZorua
Others
Baron AlbertoBlock BotAliciaAllegraAstridBanksCarolDabuDavidDonukeDundeeEvaDr. FujiGabuGhrisGlacineGodeyGrandpa DamGroudon (M06)Spencer Hale
Heroes of Truth and IdealsQueen IleneInfiJennyJoeJudyKaiKakoKanataKatoKevinKikoKing of the People of the ValeKyleLayla
LeekuLuisLuisaMakoMalinManukeMarcus's soldiersMauryMeredithMewtwo's creatorsMirandaMisakiMooseMother and daughter
OginPegPeople of the WaterPokémon Baccer teamsRavineRaymondQueen RinRossSabuSchuylerShipShopperShunTaka
TammyTannerTappTatsukiTobiasMr. White

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