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Aqua Admin Matt

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Matt
ウシオ Ushio
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Matt.png
Art from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region Hoenn
Trainer class Aqua Admin
Generation III, VI
Games Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Member of Team Aqua
Rank Admin

Matt (Japanese: ウシオ Ushio) is one of the Admins of Team Aqua.

In the games

Matt is a Team Aqua Admin in the Generation III games, as well as their upcoming remakes Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

In Pokémon Ruby, he makes only two cameos - at Meteor Falls and Seafloor Cavern, alongside Archie and Shelly. He does not have an active role in the storyline and cannot be battled. Magma Admin Tabitha fulfills the role he has in Sapphire.

In Pokémon Sapphire, the player confronts him twice. The first time is when he brings the Meteorite stolen from Meteor Falls to Mt. Chimney and the player must battle him before battling Archie. He later assists the Aqua Leader in stealing the Submarine Explorer 1, and must then be battled at Aqua Hideout.

In Pokémon Emerald, he is seen only once, when the player must battle him at Aqua Hideout.

Pokémon

Pokémon Sapphire

First battle

The first time Matt is battled is on the crater of Mt. Chimney, after an Aqua Grunt and before Aqua Leader Archie.



Second battle

Matt fights the player at the end of the hideout just before his boss departs in his stolen submarine.



Pokémon Emerald

Matt only appears once, in the Aqua Hideout.



Quotes

Pokémon Sapphire

Mt. Chimney

  • Before battle
"Hehehe! So you've come all the way here! But you're too late! I've already delivered the Meteorite from Meteor Falls to the Boss!"
  • When defeated
"Hehehe... So I lost... I'm sure glad I never took you on back at Meteor Falls!"
  • After being defeated
"Hehehe! You might have beaten me, but you don't stand a chance against the Boss! If you get lost now, you won't have to face a sound whipping!"

Aqua Hideout

  • Before battle
"Hehehe... Got here already, did you? We underestimated you! But this is it! I'm a cut above the Grunts you've seen so far. I'm not stalling for time. I'm going to pulverize you!"
  • When defeated
"Hehehe... So, I lost, too..."
  • After being defeated
"Hehehe! While I was toying with you, our Boss got through his preparations!"
"Hehehe! Our Boss has already gone on his way to some cave under the sea! If you're going to give chase, you'd better search the big, wide sea beyond Lilycove. But will you find it then? Hehehe!"

Pokémon Emerald

Aqua Hideout

  • Before battle
"Hehehe... Got here already, did you? We underestimated you! But this is it! I'm a cut above the Grunts you've seen so far. I'm not stalling for time. I'm going to pulverize you!"
  • When defeated
"Hehehe... So, I lost, too..."
  • After being defeated
"Hehehe! While I was toying with you, our Boss got through his preparations!"
"Hehehe! Our Boss has already gone on his way to some cave under the sea! If you're going to give chase, you'd better search the big, wide sea beyond Lilycove. But will you find it then? Hehehe!"

Sprites

Spr RS Matt.png

Aqua Grunt M OD.png

Sprite from
Sapphire and Emerald
Overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

In the manga

Matt

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Matt, referred to as Ark in the Chuang Yi translation, is a villain in the Pokémon Adventures manga. He first appears in Lombre Larceny along with his fellow Team Aqua members, Shelly and Amber, where they plot to kidnap Mr. Stone. They disguise themselves as staff personnel and trap his Castform in a fountain, and were going to take him away and steal his Devon Goods when he wasn't looking. Their plan goes perfectly until Sapphire arrives to the scene and rescues Mr. Stone's Castform from the fountain, thus forcing them to kidnap him publicly when they originally wanted to do it in secrecy. They manage to steal the goods and escape to the Petalburg Woods, with Sapphire, Gabby, and Ty chasing them. There, they battle Sapphire and manage to overpower her, forcing her to escape and leave the goods.

For their success in stealing the Devon Goods, Matt, Shelly, and Amber are promoted to Admin status by their leader, Archie. Still, he reminds them of their failure in silencing Sapphire, Ty, and Gabby, the three people who saw their faces during the mission.

Matt next appears at Mt. Chimney in Bubble Bubble Toil and Azumarill I, holding Flannery hostage in a cable car so that he can lure in Sapphire. When Sapphire enters the cable car to rescue Flannery and battle Matt, he has his Azumarill completely flood the car with water, while at the same time creating an air bubble so that he alone can breathe. He taunts Sapphire and Flannery about their impending deaths, but after several minutes elapse with Sapphire still successfully holding her breath, he calls out his Sharpedo to kill them more quickly. Sapphire's Chic's Iron Defense stops Sharpedo's attack, breaking its fangs, but Matt laughingly tells them that Sharpedo's fangs grow right back, and once more waits for them to drown. Sapphire, however, uses the broken fangs to pierce the glass window of the cable car, draining out all the water, much to Matt's shock. Now able to breathe and free to attack, Sapphire has Chic use Take Down on Matt and his Pokémon. When the cable car reaches the top of the mountain, Shelly and Amber find Matt, his Azumarill, and his Sharpedo smashed against the glass window, unconscious. Matt is carried away on a stretcher by several Aqua grunts.

He is not seen again until Always Keep Whiscash on You for Emergencies, when Team Magma and Team Aqua briefly join forces to journey to the bottom of the sea in the Submarine Explorer 1. Matt expresses excitement at the prospect of going to the Seafloor Cavern, but Archie asks him whether he really thinks he can join them. Matt hesitantly says that he's almost fully recovered from his injuries, but then Archie has his Walrein knock Matt to the floor with a savage blow to his face, saying that after his failure at Mt. Chimney he will be left behind, and Amber will be coming instead.

During the battle between Groudon and Kyogre, Matt faces off against Winona, using his Sharpedo against Winona's Altaria. By having Sharpedo use Taunt, he is able to stop Winona from giving commands to her Altaria, and she grudgingly admits that even though Team Aqua are the enemy, they still have excellent teamwork. Still, Altaria is able to defeat Sharpedo eventually, as in Matt's last appearance in The Beginning of the End with Kyogre & Groudon IX, he is shown struggling to stay above the surface of the water as Shelly flies away with her Vibrava, telling him that only he can save himself now. Matt is not seen again after this, and it is unknown whether he escaped or drowned.

Pokémon

Matt owns the following Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

Matt's Sharpedo
Sharpedo
Sharpedo was used to distract Sapphire and Flannery. It battled Rono and lost some fangs as a result of Rono's Iron Defense, but they grew back. It was later used to battle Winona's Altaria.

Sharpedo's known moves are Bite, Crunch, and Taunt, and its Ability is Rough Skin.

Debut Bubble Bubble Toil and Azumarill I
Matt's Azumarill
Azumarill
Azumarill was used to flood the entire cable car that Flannery and Sapphire were in. Sapphire used Chic to battle Azumarill but did not get a chance to defeat it due to the massive flood.

Azumarill's known moves are Hydro Pump and BubbleBeam.

Debut Bubble Bubble Toil and Azumarill I
Matt's Vibrava
Vibrava
Matt was also seen with a Vibrava. It is mostly used for Flight transportation

Vibrava's known moves are Fly and Hyper Beam, and its Ability is Levitate.

Debut Can I Ninjask You a Question?


Trivia

  • In Pokémon Adventures, Matt was originally conceived as a generic "tough guy" character; however, Kusaka and Yamamoto decided that this approach was boring, and Matt was instead written as the most "sensitive and nervous" of the SSS Trio.[1]

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ウシオ Ushio From 潮 ushio, tide
English Matt Possibly from mast, the part of a ship that supports the sails
Ark (Chuang Yi) From aqua. Also a reference to Noah's ark.
French Matthieu Possibly mât, mast
German Wolfgang Possibly from Seewolf (wolffish) or Golf (gulf)
Italian Alan From aqua
Spanish Matías*
Tolo*
From mar (sea) and possibly mástil (mast)
From ola, wave
Korean 해조 Haejo Refers to tide (海潮) or seaweed (海藻)
Chinese (Taiwan) Cháo Means tide
Chinese (Mainland China) Cháo*
海潮 Hǎicháo*
Means tide
Means ocean tide.


References

  1. Satoshi Yamamoto's Twitter


Boss: Archie
Administrators: MattShellyAmber
Lower Members: Team Aqua Grunts
Locations: Aqua Hideout

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