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- This article is about the woman who gives the player their starter Pokémon in Unova. For this character's father, see Professor Juniper Sr..
Professor Juniper (Japanese: アララギ博士 Dr. Araragi) is the resident Pokémon professor of the Unova region. She specializes in the origins of Pokémon, and is the first main series Pokémon professor who is female.
In the games
Professor Juniper debuted in Pokémon Black and White, where, like the other professors, she will give the player a Pokédex in her lab; however, she leaves a present containing the starter Pokémon at the player's house for the player, Bianca, and Cheren.
She also demonstrates to the player how to capture their first Pokémon, a level 2 Patrat, with her level 7 Minccino.
Caught in tutorial
In the anime
Professor Juniper in the anime
Professor Juniper made her first appearance in In The Shadow of Zekrom! and is an old friend of Professor Oak. She gives Ash, Delia and Oak a ride in her jeep to her lab so she can study Ash's Pikachu. She then shows Ash the new Starter Pokémon, and then gives Trip his first Pokémon.
Ash later returns to Professor Juniper's lab after finding out that Ash's Pikachu has lost his electricity from Zekrom. Later the storm arrives again but this time it gives Pikachu's electric powers back, and Ash departs from her lab the next day.
She reappeared in A Sandile Gusher of Change! where she sent Oshawott's Poké Ball to Ash. In BW013 it was shown that she sent Bianca to give Ash his badge case. She then spoke to Ash via Bianca's Xtransceiver.
Ash sent his Pidove to her in BW018 to make room for his newly captured Sewaddle.
This listing is of Professor Juniper's known Pokémon:
Gives to new Trainers
Pokémon she gave away to Trainers
|| Oshawott ♂
- Main article: Ash's Oshawott
He tried to use his cuteness to win Trip over. However, Trip chose Snivy. He gained feelings for Ash after he called him cute, and he also watched the battle between Ash and Trip before returning. He later joined Ash's party.
|| In The Shadow of Zekrom!
Pokémon residing at Juniper's Lab
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Professor Juniper in the manga
Although just starting, Professor Juniper has already appeared in the first chapter of the Black & White chapter of Pokémon Adventures, where she was seen with the three starters, and mentioning to Fennel on the phone that tomorrow three boys and girls from Nuvema Town would be coming by to pick up the starters. She also commented that she hoped their trainers would be able to handle them, after they destroyed her office in a fight with each other. Of the three, Tepig ended up in Black's hands, while Cheren and Bianca received Snivy and Oshawott, respectively. She also issued them three individual copies of the Unova Pokédex, but an accident left two of them broken, and as of yet Black's is the only one still functional.
- While Juniper is the first female professor in the games, she is not the first female professor in the anime. Professor Ivy of the Orange Archipelago takes this honor, having been introduced more than ten years prior to Juniper.
- Excluding Pokémon seen through hacking, Professor Juniper is the only regional Professor in the main series to own a Pokémon which is never given to either a protagonist or rival.
- However, Professor Oak had a whole team of Pokémon in secret coding for the Generation I games which was never used in the final copy.
- She is also the only regional Professor shown to actually own the Pokémon shown in the exposition of the game to introduce the concept of Pokémon to the player.
- After Juniper catches the Patrat, it can be seen wandering about her laboratory.
- Like the professors before her, Professor Juniper is named after a tree.
|| Reference to
|| アララギ博士 Dr. Araragi
|| アララギ Araragi, Japanese yew, or wild rocambole (old name).
|| Prof. Juniper
|| From Juniper.
|| Prof. Keteleeria
|| From Keteleeria.
|| Prof. Esche
|| From Esche, German word for Ash.
|| Prof.ssa Aralia
|| From Aralia.
|| Prof.ª Encina
|| From encina, Spanish word for Holm Oak.
|| 주박사 Ju-baksa
|| From 주목 jumok, Korean word for Japanese yew.
||紅豆杉博士 Dr. Hóngdòushān
||May be derived from 東北紅豆杉 Dōngběi hóngdòushān (Japanese yew). Also, 紅豆杉 refers to the Chinese yew.