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The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon.png
The Terrifying Mirage Pokémon
First broadcast
Japan October 13, 2006
United States April 29, 2006
English themes
Opening Pokémon Go!
Japanese themes
Opening Pokémon Go!
Animation Team Koitabashi
Screenplay 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
Storyboard 日高政光 Masamitsu Hidaka
No additional credits are available at this time.

The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon (Japanese: 戦慄のミラージュポケモン The Terrifying Mirage Pokémon) is a special episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in the United States on April 29, 2006, and was broadcast as streaming video from the TV Tokyo Anitele website from October 13 to October 31, 2006.

Many fans believe the special to be testing ground for new voice actors, but The Pokémon Company International's response is the company wanted to give a special to American fans.

In the special, Ash, Misty and Professor Oak are invited to the mansion of Dr. Yung, a Pokémon scientist who has developed a machine to create Pokémon. However, he is kidnapped by a mysterious stranger who wishes to use the system to produce Pokémon with absolutely no weaknesses, and is enraged by the sudden presence of Mew.


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English poster

Ash is rereading his letter, inviting him to Dr. Yung's lab, to Brock, May, and Max. When he gets there, he is shocked to see Misty and Professor Oak. Dr. Yung appears, and shows them a few mirage Pokémon. He invites Misty to battle one. Misty sends out her Staryu against a mirage Aggron. She is shocked that Staryu's most powerful attacks don't even make it blink. Staryu goes out quickly. Ash begins to battle when an Armaldo suddenly locks up. Yung's Mirage Pokémon System has mysteriously locked up! The controller explodes in his hands, and a handful of legendary Pokémon appear. A stranger, calling himself Mirage Master, uses the system he has just hijacked to his advantage, kidnapping Professor Oak and Dr. Yung. Ash and his friends cannot get back inside because a bunch of mirage Pokémon stand just inside.

Oak, in the custody of Mirage Master, demands to know where Dr. Yung is. Mirage Master ignores his query, and demands the password to Professor Oak's research lab. Oak refuses while a Mew flies in. Professor Oak is greeting it when Mew is attacked. The Professor demands to know why Mirage Master did that. The Mirage Master says that Mew was a failed creation, and he tells Mew to leave.

Ash, Misty, Brock, May, and Max formulate a plan. Ash and Misty will sneak in through the moat, Brock will alert Officer Jenny (with the intention of receiving a candlelight dinner for two), and May and Max will wait in case Ash and Misty get in trouble. They split up. Ash and Misty use Corphish and Staryu to get in.

Team Rocket, after the Mirage System Plans, are looking around. They attempt to burst through a door, only to have it hit them in the noses! Ash and Misty walk through, Team Rocket does the motto, thereby wasting enough time for Mirage Master to check the camera and send in mirage Pokémon. Team Rocket escapes, Ash, Misty, and Pikachu are held by two mirage Machamp and a mirage Ursaring. As the three are being carried, Ash sees Mew appear again, and Pikachu uses Thunder. Some various things are blown up, including a wall, signaling to May and Max. May goes in, and tells Max to wait. Pikachu frees all of them, Misty falls over the edge of the bridge, and Pikachu is recaptured, leaving Ash and Mew. Mew is suddenly trapped by a force field, and Ash manages to get Mew free. Ash discovers that Mew is a mirage Pokémon.

Pikachu is in a fearsome-looking device. Professor Oak asks what the Mirage Master is doing. Mirage Master says he will extract Pokémon data from Pikachu's memory, and that this would not be needed if Oak was cooperative. Pikachu contorts with pain. He looks at the picture displaying Pikachu's memory. Lugia... Entei... Celebi... Latios... Latias... These are all rare Pokémon Pikachu has seen. Oak cannot stand the look of Pikachu, and enters in the password: REDGREEN. Suddenly, Mirage Master has the ability to download information from places around the world. Tracey and Professors Elm and Birch stare at computers in their labs, while Nurse Joy deals with problems at the Pokémon Center.

"You have to believe me, Officer!" Brock pleads to Officer Jenny. "We need to go to Professor Yung's lab for a candlelight dinner... I mean-" Nurse Joy flickers onto the officer's computer. She tells the officer that someone is downloading massive amounts of Pokémon data. Brock tells her about Mirage Master, and they leave.

Misty is hanging onto the edge of a bridge. She suddenly loses her grip, and May appears in the nick of time to save her. They go upstairs. Ash and Mew are there already, and the process of creating the Pokémon finishes in a flash of light. A mirage Mewtwo emerges. He attacks them, and they run. Outside of the boundaries of the Mirage System, the heroes think they are safe. Then, missiles are launched from the towers, and they expand the system! Mewtwo and Mirage Master emerge. Mirage Entei, Articuno, and Zapdos suddenly appear. Oak correctly guesses the identity of the Mirage Master. Mirage Master removes his mask, revealing Dr. Yung! Oak reveals that when Mirage Master first appeared, he was a hologram, and that Yung was expelled from the Pokémon Institute for his research, deemed disrespectful to Pokémon. Yung's Mewtwo and Ash and company battle. Yung is about to obliterate Pikachu when Mew takes the blow. Mew then is absorbed into the Mirage System. Yung says "good riddance," and Mewtwo absorbs the entire Mirage System database. Ash is enraged that Mew is called a failed creation, and the attack begins anew.

Team Rocket is blown away in this fight. Pikachu is about to be killed when Mew holds Mewtwo back! Ash orders Pikachu to perform Volt Tackle, and Mewtwo is destroyed, as are Mew and the System. The fortress is now aflame, and Yung retreats inside. The police are searching, as are firefighters, but they cannot find him yet. The gang discusses what happened, and agree that Mew was far more than just data and certainly not a 'flawed specimen' as Yung believed.

Major events




Mirage Pokémon


Ash Ketchum Sarah Natochenny (redub)
Jamie Peacock
(first dub)
Satoshi Rica Matsumoto サトシ 松本梨香
Pikachu Ikue Ohtani Pikachu Ikue Ohtani ピカチュウ 大谷育江
Brock Bill Rogers Takeshi Yūji Ueda タケシ うえだ ゆうじ
May Michele Knotz Haruka KAORI ハルカ KAORI
Max Jamie Peacock Masato Fushigi Yamada マサト 山田ふしぎ
Professor Oak Billy Beach Dr. Okido Unshō Ishizuka オーキド博士 石塚運昇
Misty Michele Knotz Kasumi Mayumi Iizuka カスミ 飯塚雅弓
Jessie Michele Knotz Musashi Megumi Hayashibara ムサシ 林原めぐみ
James Billy Beach Kojirō Shin'ichirō Miki コジロウ 三木眞一郎
Meowth Billy Beach Nyarth Inuko Inuyama ニャース 犬山イヌコ
Dr. Yung Billy Regan Dr. Yung Hidenobu Kiuchi ドクター・ユング 木内秀信
Nurse Joy Michele Knotz Joy Yuriko Yamaguchi ジョーイ 山口由里子
Officer Jenny Jamie Peacock Junsar Chinami Nishimura ジュンサー 西村ちなみ
Staryu Shin'ichirō Miki Hitodeman Shin'ichirō Miki ヒトデマン 三木眞一郎
Squirtle Michele Knotz Zenigame Tomoe Hanba ゼニガメ 半場友恵
Corphish Bill Rogers Heigani Katsuyuki Konishi ヘイガニ 小西克幸
Combusken Bill Rogers Wakasyamo Chinami Nishimura ヘイガニ 小西克幸
Mew Satomi Kōrogi Mew Satomi Kōrogi ミュウ こおろぎさとみ
Mewtwo Katsuyuki Konishi Mewtwo Katsuyuki Konishi ミュウツー 小西克幸
Narrator Rodger Parsons Narrator Unshō Ishizuka ナレーション 石塚運昇


Created by
  • 田尻 智
  • 増田順一
  • 杉森 建
Production supervisor
  • 石原恒和
Animation supervisor
  • Yōichi Kotabe
  • 小田部羊一
Executive producers
  • Hiroyuki Jinnai
  • Masakazu Kubo
  • 陣内弘之
  • 久保雅一
Executive producer
  • 湯山邦彦
  • Masamitsu Hidaka
  • 日高政光
Animation producer
  • Shūkichi Kanda
  • 神田修吉
  • Shinji Miyazaki
  • 宮崎慎二
Sound recording director
  • Masafumi Mima
  • 三間雅文
  • Takemoto Mori
  • 盛 武源
  • Fujita Shinzō
  • 藤田伸三
  • Masamitsu Hidaka
  • 日高政光
Assistant directors
  • Rokō Ogihara
  • Yoshizō Tsuda
  • 荻原露光
  • 津田義三
Character design / executive animation directors
  • Yūko Inoue
  • Kazumi Satō
  • 井ノ上ユウ子
  • 佐藤和巳
Character design / assistant executive animation directors
  • 一石小百合
  • 松原徳弘
Character design
  • Toshiya Yamada
  • 山田俊也
Animation directors
  • Takashi Saijō
  • Akira Watanabe
  • Naoki Takahashi
  • Hiroaki Kawaguchi
  • 西城隆詞
  • 渡辺 章
  • 高橋直樹
  • 川口弘明
Color keys
  • Noriyuki Yoshino
  • 吉野記通
Colorist / ink & paint checker
  • Miyuki Kowata
  • Natsuko Ōtsuka
  • 木幡美雪
  • 大塚奈津子
Art director
  • Masatoshi Mutō
  • 武藤正敏
Director of photography
  • Hisao Shirai
  • 白井久男
CGI producer
  • Misako Saka
  • 坂 美佐子
CGI director
  • Kobayashi Masashi
  • 小林雅士
  • OLM Digital
  • OLM Digital
  • Toshio Henmi
  • 辺見俊夫
Original score (partial)
  • 一之瀬 剛
  • 青木森一
Audio production
  • Shōgakukan Production
  • 小学館プロダクション
Animation production
  • OLM Team Koitabashi
  • OLM Team Koitabashi
USA production
Executive producer
  • Akira Chiba
  • Larry Juris (for TAJ Productions)
Assistant producer
  • Maya Nakamura (Pokémon USA)
  • Kaori Brand (Pokémon USA)
  • Armen Mazlumian
Creative Director
  • Chris Brixley
Script adaptation
  • Carter Cathcart
Adaptation consultant
  • C.J. Cathcart
Script translation
  • Z Pang America
Video editor
  • B. Scott Dempsey
Video formatting
  • Chromavision
Support staff
  • Katherine Fang
  • John Hershberger
  • Phaedra Kaufman
  • Kristina Naudus


  • All the music used in the special was originally used in the Japanese movies and series. 4Kids mostly used its own, American-composed music for the series.
  • The scenes of Pikachu's memories of Lugia, Entei, Celebi, Latias, and Latios came from their respective movie appearances.
  • The copyright notice on the Japanese version reads © 2006 Pokémon USA, Inc./ShoPro. © 2006 Pokémon. © 1995 - 2006 Nintendo / Creatures Inc. / GAME FREAK inc. A number of the US production credits were also included.
  • The password for Oak's lab, REDGREEN, is a reference to the original pair of Pokémon games, Pokémon Red and Green.
  • This was the first Pokémon anime feature to air in the United States earlier than Japan.
  • Pikachu knows Volt Tackle in this special, indicating it takes place after May's Egg-Cellent Adventure, yet James's Mime Jr. is absent, despite having been introduced three episodes earlier. However, the reason for James's Mime Jr. being absent may be due to the special having aired in the United States prior to the earlier episode, with the writers knowing to avoid a major spoiler from an at-the-time future episode. As James's Chimecho did not appear in this special, it is presumable that Mime Jr. remained in its Poké Ball.
  • This is, so far, the only time Michele Knotz has played Misty.


  • Max states that Aggron is unable to use Thunder Wave; however, Aggron is able to legitimately learn Thunder Wave through tutoring in Pokémon FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald, as well as XD. Aggron is also able to learn Thunder Wave via TM73 in later generations.
  • When the Mirage Houndoom sends Team Rocket blasting off, Wobbuffet's voice is heard, but only Jessie, James, and Meowth are seen.
  • In the scene where the missiles are launching out of Dr. Yung's castle, the Mirage Master can be seen standing outside the gate with Mewtwo before they have actually exited the building, which occurs a few scenes later.

Dub edits

  • A redubbed version, with the newer voices and the others improved, is included on the Bonus DVD of Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. A new intro song replaced the original TV intro song. There are a few dialog changes and they are listed below.

Dub dialog changes

Character Time index English TV version English DVD version
Misty 2:04 I guess that means the doctor might be suffering from a little writer's cramp. The doctor might be suffering from a little writer's cramp.
Brock 12:12 If so, that's that. Bye! Yahoo! So that's that! Bye! Yahoo!
Ash 29:15 Mirage Master is Dr. Yung? Mr. Mirage is Dr. Yung?

In other languages

Save Our Voice ActorsThe Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Maddie BlausteinEric StuartVeronica Taylor
Pokémon USA/TPCi4Kids EntertainmentSupport Our Cast And Crew
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