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Butch

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Butch
コサブロウ Kosaburō
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Butch of Team Rocket
Gender Male
Eye color Brown
Hair color Green
Hometown Unknown
Region Kanto
Trainer class Agent
Member of Team Rocket
Rank Agent
Partner Cassidy
Anime debut The Breeding Center Secret
English voice actor Eric Stuart (4Kids)
Billy Beach (TPCi)
Japanese voice actor Takehito Koyasu

Butch (Japanese: コサブロウ Kosaburō) is one half of the Team Rocket duo that occasionally runs across Ash and his friends in the Pokémon anime.

History

Butch was a recruit in the Team Rocket Academy to become an official member of Team Rocket. During a test he took, Butch along with Cassidy and Raticate as his partners have become the top group of trainees in the Blue Team. He and his partners compete with the Red Team on catching the red-colored Snorlax. Even though neither side managed to do so, they were made into official teams.

Kanto

Butch's first non-flashback onscreen appearance was in The Breeding Center Secret where he was in disguise as a worker in a Five-Star Breeding Center he and Cassidy built. They managed to get many Pokémon due to their scheme including Misty's Psyduck and James's Weepinbell. Ash, his friends enter the breeding center so Misty can retrieve her Psyduck, only to find out that it is fake. Butch overhears Todd's camera flash and investigates only to find out that it was Pikachu's electricity. Jessie, James and Meowth enter the breeding center to rob the Pokémon there. However, they were caught along with Ash and the others. He chases them with James retrieving his Weepinbell which evolved into Victreebel. The group, save for Misty, Pikachu and Togepi, get trapped in a cage set up by Butch and Cassidy. Butch takes the camera to have the seven framed for breaking in. Officer Jenny arrives and has the caged people sent away until Misty arrived and shows her the truth. Butch is then defeated by Ash's Bulbasaur and gets arrested by Officer Jenny.

Orange Archipelago

Butch returns in Pikachu Re-Volts where it was revealed that he had gotten out of jail and took a Drowzee that was with him and Cassidy in the fake breeding center. He goes on Mandarin Island to do business. Butch orders the Drowzee to hypnotize the Pokémon to turn against their Trainers. Ash and his friends have Jessie and James work with them to get the Pokémon back. They managed to infiltrate their base, with Ash and the others demanding Butch and Cassidy to give them back the Pokémon. It was no use as Butch once again orders Drowzee to make the hypnotized Pokémon attack their Trainers. Ash forces his Pikachu to attack him in order for the attack to hit the machine. As the machine was destroyed, all of the possessed Pokémon were free and Butch and Cassidy were arrested again.

Butch angry when his name is misspoken

Johto

Butch builds a Day Care in The Fortune Hunters and disguises himself as one of the owners. He gives away Fortune Telling books that will tell each Trainer which Pokémon they present. Similar to the fake breeding center earlier, Trainers can drop of one of their Pokémon off. Jessie and James go to the Day Care to steal the Pokémon there. However, they get stopped by the owners who reveal their disguises and get tied up in the process, only for them to escape. Misty goes to the Day Care to find out about her Pokémon type but finds out that it was a fake Day Care as part of the Team Rocket duo's scheme to steal Pokémon. Butch manages to catch Misty and her friends from freeing the caged Pokémon. Butch sends out Primeape which manages to defeat her Staryu. The Team Rocket trio come in with James in his Moltres costume. Butch tells him that his fortune was not real. Afterwards, he has his Primeape finish off Jessie, James and Meowth with Cassidy's Raticate blasting them off. Butch then notices Ash, Misty and Brock trying to free the Pokémon. He and Cassidy battle them but are defeated. Afterwards, Officer Jenny takes them away.

During the Lugia arc, Dr. Namba assigns Butch to capture said Pokémon. He does so by creating a Lugia decoy and manages to capture the child Lugia. With the younger Lugia captured, Dr. Namba has Butch capture the parent Lugia using the child as bait. The parent Lugia falls for it but is stopped by Ash's and Ritchie's Pikachu. Butch is prepared and uses a contraption invented by Dr. Namba to make a Pokémon go in rage. Butch tries it on his Hitmontop and his Hitmontop successfully defeats the heroes's Cyndaquil and Charmeleon, and catches the parent Lugia without any interference. The gang is also captured as well. In Team Rocket's base, Butch and Cassidy have a rematch with Ash and Ritchie using Pikachu and Sparky, respectively. The contraptions on the opposing side's Pokémon are removed and get defeated by the Pikachu. After their defeat, the duo have a rematch with their rivals in Team Rocket. It becomes a tie as both sides manage to free the parent Lugia and get blasted off.

Chronicles

Butch becomes a recurring antagonist in Pokémon Chronicles, often capturing certain Pokémon for Dr. Namba's R project. So far, he has made various attempts to capture rare and unseen Pokémon but fails every time.

Hoenn/Kanto Battle Frontier

Butch appears in True Blue Swablu during Meowth's boss fantasy when he was shown failing. He cameos in The Scheme Team where he was seen on a motorized scooter and a jet pack. Butch then appears in The Ole' Berate and Switch! where he hosts a fake tournament and sides with Jessie after she temporarily leaves James and Meowth. Their plan was found out by the heroes and were sent blasting off.

Sinnoh

Butch appeared in Sleight of Sand!, where he is in his Rhyhorn robot and tries to capture a Hippowdon. However, he was stopped by Hippowdon, Hippopotas, Ash and his friends.

Character

Butch's partner is Cassidy, and she is one of the few that usually manages to get his name right, much to his frustration. In one of the most famous running gags in the anime series, everyone else calls him either "Biff", "Bill", "Buffy", "Bob", "Hutch", "Butcher", "Patch", "Botch", "Chuck", "Mitch", "Footch" or "Hootch" among others (コサンジ Kosanji in Japanese). Sometimes when she gets it right, he, by habit, tries to correct her and ends up calling himself the incorrect name. This, of course, annoys him to no end, so much so in the Pokémon Chronicles episode Training Daze he said in frustration, "That does it, I am changing my name."

It was thought that Giovanni and Dr. Namba recognized Butch and Cassidy as higher-ranked members than Jessie, James and Meowth, however, in the Best Wishes series this was proven wrong as Giovanni himself told them they were his highest ranked agent.

Pokémon

On hand

Butch's Primeape
Primeape
Primeape debuted in The Fortune Hunters, and was Butch's first revealed Pokémon. In the episode, it defeated Misty's Staryu in battle, and managed to single-handedly send Jessie and James blasting off. However, it was eventually defeated by the combined efforts of Poliwhirl, Totodile, and Pikachu.

Primeape's known moves are Dynamic Punch and Thrash.

Debut The Fortune Hunters
Voice actors
Japanese
English Michael Haigney
Butch's Hitmontop
Hitmontop
Hitmontop debuted in The Mystery Is History. Butch gave a headband invented by Professor Namba to him, which made Hitmontop angry. This allowed him to hone his skills and made him unstoppable until the headband stopped working. Hitmontop used this headband again in A Parent Trapped! and A Promise Is A Promise, where he was used by Butch to battle Ash and Sparky as well as Jessie and James in order to stop them from taking back the captured Lugia.

Hitmontop appeared again in Showdown at the Oak Corral, where he battled against Professor Oak, Tracey, and Delia.

His last appearance was in Putting the Air Back in Aerodactyl!, where he went up against Gary's Umbreon and Crystal's Ivysaur in a failed attempt to capture a wild Aerodactyl.

Hitmontop's known moves are Rolling Kick, Rapid Spin, and Triple Kick.

Debut The Mystery is History
Voice actors
Japanese Kōichi Sakaguchi
English Michael Haigney
Butch's Mightyena
Mightyena
Mightyena debuted in Oaknapped, where it went up against Tracey's Scyther and Ritchie's Taillow alongside Cassidy's Sableye. It appeared again in A Date With Delcatty, where it battled Casey's Meganium. Its last appearance was in Luvdisc is a Many Splendored Thing, where it battled Luverin and ended up accidentally blasting off Butch and Cassidy with a Hyper Beam. It was Butch's first known Hoenn Pokémon.

Mightyena's known moves are Bite, Hyper Beam, Tackle, and Iron Tail.

Debut Oaknapped
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Katsuyuki Konishi
Butch's Cloyster
Cloyster
Butch's Cloyster made its appearance in The Search for the Legend. It was used along with Cassidy's Tentacruel in their attempt of capturing and stealing Moltres.

Cloyster's only known move is Water Gun.

Debut The Search for the Legend
Voice actors
Japanese Kōichi Sakaguchi
English Michael Haigney
Butch's Shuckle
Shuckle
Butch's Shuckle debuted in Sleight of Sand!, where it battled James's Carnivine. In the midst of their battle, it was taken out by Ash's Pikachu and a wild Hippopotas.

Shuckle's only known move is Sludge Bomb.

Debut Sleight of Sand!
Voice actors
Japanese Daisuke Sakaguchi
English Bill Rogers

Temporary

Butch's Controlled Pokémon
Controlled Pokémon
These Pokémon were temporarily controlled by Butch and Cassidy for another scheme using Drowzee to hypnotize them.

They include: Pikachu, Togepi, Meowth, Arbok, Lickitung, Weezing, Victreebel, Wartortle, Vulpix, Mankey, Primeape, Growlithe, Poliwag, Ponyta, Magnemite, Grimer, Kingler, Voltorb, Hitmonchan, Seaking, Starmie, Electabuzz, Magikarp, Vaporeon, Jolteon and Flareon. Pikachu and Togepi were the first to get hypnotized including a whole lot more and suddenly they just disappear. Then next is Meowth which Team Rocket follow and discover their base as their Pokémon turn against them too.

When Ash, Misty, Tracey and Officer Jenny find the base the Pokémon attack with numerous moves. Ash has an idea and makes Pikachu uses Electric moves making it angry, Ash then stands near Drowzee and Pikachu shocks him and the machine stopping Drowzee and stopping the trance.

The controlled Pokémon's known moves are: Flamethrower (used by Flareon, Growlithe, Ponyta and Vulpix), Water Gun (used by Seaking, Starmie, Vaporeon and Wartortle), Thunderbolt (used by Electabuzz, Jolteon and Magnemite), and Self-Destruct (used by Voltorb).

Debut Pikachu Re-Volts

Status unknown

Butch and Cassidy's Drowzee
Drowzee
In Pikachu Re-Volts, Butch and Cassidy used Drowzee to brainwash Pokémon into turning against their Trainers and obeying Butch and Cassidy. Ash's Pikachu was one of the Pokémon affected. Butch and Cassidy revealed that they stole Drowzee from their fake breeding center. Following their arrest, it is not confirmed if Drowzee was returned to its official Trainer.

Drowzee's known moves are Hypnosis, Psychic, Teleport, Mega Punch, and Metronome.

Debut Pikachu Re-Volts
Voice actors
Japanese
English Eric Stuart
Butch's Aggron
Aggron
Delibird was delivering the Poké Ball containing Aggron to Butch, but it mistakenly gave it to James. Delibird returned later and reclaimed the Poké Ball. It is assumed Aggron was delivered to Butch successfully.

Aggron's known moves are Mega Punch, Hyper Beam, and Water Pulse.

Debut Grating Spaces
Voice actors
Japanese
English Billy Beach

Briefly used

Butch's Raticate
Raticate
Butch appears to have access to Cassidy's Raticate, as seen in The Ole' Berate and Switch.
Debut The Breeding Center Secret
Voice actors
Japanese Yūji Ueda
English Billy Beach

In the games

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Butch, along with Cassidy, only appears in the spin-off game Pokémon Puzzle League, as the opponents in the Spa Service Bonus Stage.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 子安武人 Takehito Koyasu
English Eric Stuart (4Kids dub)
Billy Beach (TPCi dub)
Dutch Huub Dikstaal (Season 1)
Fred Meijer (Season 2)
Unknown voice actor (Season 3)
Finn Poncin (Season 5)
Paul Disbergen (Season 8)
Tony Neef (Season 9-present)
German Manou Lubowski
Hebrew דורון בן-עמי Doron Ben-Ami
Norwegian Unknown voice actor (EP057)
Trond Teigen (EP086)
Polish Janusz Rymkiewicz
Portuguese Brazil Silvio Giraldi (EP057, EP157-EP222)
Tatá Guarnieri (EP086)
Cássius Romero (AG132)
Affonso Amajones (AG176, DP065)
Portugal Rui de Sá (EP057)
Rui Luís de Brás (EP086)
Pedro Carneiro (EP157, EP220-EP222)
Nuno Pinto (SS004-SS018, AG132)
Unknown voice actor (AG176)
Spanish Latin America Sergio Gutierrez Coto (EP057-EP222)
Héctor Enmanuel Gómez (SS004)
Enzo Fortuny (SS008, AG176)
Irwin Daayán (SS011-SS018)
Christian Strempler (AG132)
Alan Prieto (DP065)
Spain Claudio Serrano

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese コサブロウ Kosaburō From 三郎 Saburō, third son. Reflective of Kojirō and 二郎 Jirō, second son, as a means to signify his lower standing.
English, French,
German, Italian
Butch From Butch Cassidy, an American outlaw.
Korean 로젠 Rozen Similar to James's name.
Chinese 小三郎 Xiǎo Sānláng From 小三郎 Kosaburō.


Members of Team Rocket
Bosses: Giovanni (animeAdventuresPocket Monsters)

Madame Boss*Masked Man*

Executives: ArcherArianaPetrelProton

Carl*Sham*Will*Karen*Grey*

Trios:
 
Jessie, James, & Meowth (JJM)
Koga*, Lt. Surge*, & Sabrina* (Triad)
Ken, Al, & Harry (TRET)
Carr, Sird, & Orm (T3B)
Duos: Butch & CassidyAttila & HunAnnie & Oakley*
Others:

 
ExecutivesScientistsGruntsRocket BrothersGideonDr. Fuji
DominoIron-Masked MarauderTysonWendyDr. Namba
SebastianViperMondoPierceDr. ZagerChristopher
MiyamotoRocket ScoutMatoriKaedeBlaine*

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplup
IrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenne
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulZoeyNandoKenny
ConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgil
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerShellyArchie
TabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarret
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor Rowan
Professor CarolinaProfessor JuniperCedric JuniperDr. FennelProfessor Sycamore
Relatives Delia KetchumFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsDaisyVioletLilyNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCress
GraceMeyer
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceMr. SukizoRaoul Contesta
Vivian MeridianScottLilian MeridianMarianRhondaCynthiaAngieLookerLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlder
LukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetMontgomeryJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexa
Gym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsMany temporary characters

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