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The boss fantasies

The boss fantasy (Japanese: ニャース妄想 Nyarth delusion) is a segment in the Pokémon anime in which Meowth thinks of practical uses for the Pokémon being focused on in the current episode. Through this, the Giovanni in Meowth's imagination rewards Team Rocket for their generosity, which gives Jessie and James the motivation to go through with their next plan.

The segment debuted in Bye Bye Butterfree!, but became regular only after The Kecleon Caper, appearing as often as the motto and blast offs during the Hoenn saga. The segment appeared less often in Diamond & Pearl series. Due to the trio shifting to a more serious tone, the boss fantasies did not appear in the Best Wishes series, though they made a return in Awakening the Sleeping Giant! after an absence of 172 episodes.

Meowth's chibi view of Giovanni

It can be noted that the Giovanni in such fantasies almost always says he will reward "Meowth and his friends" for bringing (Pokémon so and so) instead of "Jessie, James and Meowth" or a variation of that. This can be attributed to the fact that Meowth is usually the one who dreams up these fantasies, and his ego causes him to imagine Giovanni rewarding him first, then his friends. In one episode, James finishes off the fantasy, where he imagines Giovanni saying "James and his friends" instead. Occasionally, Meowth will imagine Giovanni in chibi form while in others, Meowth will imagine Giovanni with a muscle-covered body.

On rare occasions, the fantasy will not pan out to plan and Giovanni's unhappiness encourages the trio to do something else instead.

The reality however, is that since Giovanni's behavior in these fantasies are solely based around Meowth's opinion on how he would react, they don't reflect Giovanni's true personality since the trio remain unaware of his personal dislike towards them. On most occasions, Meowth is so overconfident with these fantasies that he doesn't realize that his plans are generally flawed and wouldn't actually work, usually due to Giovanni's desire for only strong Pokémon.

Maddie Blaustein said that the boss fantasies were one of her favorite parts of her role as Meowth.

List of boss fantasies

Episode Item/Pokémon Use
Bye Bye Butterfree! Butterfree Meowth being in the Boss's lap (with Persian being down in the dumps).
Bound for Trouble Pikachu Meowth in the boss's lap, being his favorite Pokémon, after singlehandedly bringing Pikachu to Giovanni.
The Kecleon Caper Kecleon Captured for the jewelry box it swallowed, to impress Giovanni with the rarity of the Pokémon and the value of the jewels.
The Corsola Caper Corsola To make Giovanni's estate look beautiful and pink.
Whichever Way the Wind Blows Bellossom To cheer him up when he wakes up.
EP250* Jynx, Swinub and Piloswine Jynx will kiss Giovanni when he wakes up, Swinub will brush his hair, Piloswine will blanch the floor.
Just Add Water Mantine, Qwilfish, Lanturn To swim with Giovanni in his pool in the morning.
Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid Elekid, Larvitar Elekid will power an electric razor and a hair dryer and Larvitar will show his sincere loyalty.
Tree's a Crowd Treecko To wake Giovanni up by rubbing his nose with its tail and to massage him
The Lotad Lowdown Lotad To bring water to Giovanni for washing in the morning right in the bed
Which Wurmple's Which? Wurmple To provide thread for sewing
Seeing is Believing Seedot To help Giovanni with his morning exercises
Now That's Flower Power! Bluk Berries To make Giovanni's hair look perfect.

This is the first time a negative effect appears in Meowth's fantasy scene (Giovanni's mouth becomes black from Bluk Berry juice), though only James mentions it verbally.

Jump for Joy Shiftry To fan Giovanni with leaves on arms
A Poké-BLOCK Party! Whismur To serve as an alarm clock and a lunch bell
Watt's with Wattson? Voltorb and Magnemite Voltorb will wake Giovanni up with a slight zap and Magnemite will provide him free electricity
What You Seed is What You Get Watermelons To slake Giovanni's thirst when he is in a desert
Love at First Flight Volbeat and Illumise Entertain Giovanni while he's doing his work.
Let Bagons be Bagons Bagon To crack coconuts for Giovanni when he will be (1) wandering in a jungle or (2) flying a helicopter. The thought about helicopter came to Meowth when Bagon told him that he wanted to learn to fly. It is the first time two fantasies appear in one episode.
I Feel Skitty! Skitty Make Giovanni happy early in the morning.
Maxxed Out Surskit Lift his spirit when it's cloudy.
Game Winning Assist! Numel Warm Giovanni
Poetry Commotion! Torkoal To light Giovanni's barbecue grill and candles.
Delcatty Got Your Tongue? Skitty and Delcatty Giovanni will simply be happy to own both.
Take the Lombre Home Lombre To fill its lilypad with water to use as a sink
True Blue Swablu Swablu Act as his pillow and make him fall asleep by using Sing
Exploud and Clear! Exploud Act as an alarm clock
Go Go Ludicolo! Ludicolo Entertainment for when he wakes up and to lighten his spirits
Love, Petalburg Style! Slakoth, Vigoroth and Slaking Vigoroth to wake him up, and Slakoth and Slaking to help him relax after a long day's work
A Six Pack Attack! Kanto and Hoenn starter Pokémon To remind him of his early days as a Pokémon Trainer
Pearls are a Spoink's Best Friend Spoink To make a crown
Lights, Camerupt, Action! Movie projector and Camerupt To watch his favorite films on the big screen and ride Camerupt in the moonlight
The Garden of Eatin' Snorlax To put the Boss on its shoulder so he can see the sunrise
Judgment Day! Ivysaur, Charmeleon and Wartortle To remember himself the nice era
Clamperl of Wisdom The blue pearl To make a crown or a ring
Spoink, Clamperl, and the blue pearl To use as a stylish crown (Spoink and the blue pearl, the reasoning for capturing Clamperl is not addressed)
The Relicanth Really Can Sunken treasure To buy him sparkling furniture for his bedroom
The Evolutionary War Huntail and Gorebyss To allow him to go 'extreme surfing'
Training Wreck A physically fit Team Rocket To use as bodyguards
It's Still Rocket Roll to Me! A rocket ship To inspire him and allow him to explore outer space
Solid as a Solrock Lunatone and Solrock To shine light on him in a dark street, making him dance happily
Where's Armaldo? Prehistoric Pokémon To awaken his wild side
Once in a Mawile Mawile Entertainment with its ribbon dancing skills/A living fan by the use of its back jaw/ Using said back jaw as a cushion to rest his weary head on
Lombre Waking up to see its loamy face in the morning...or maybe walking out to the pool to see its...no.
Maybe a staring contest?
Beg, Burrow, and Steal Trapinch Crack a walnut
Absol-ute Disaster Absol Make him angry when he is brushing his teeth
Do I Hear a Ralts? Ralts To stop thieves from stealing his things and putting him back to sleep after
Showdown At Linoone Linoone Make gifts to the Boss thanks to his ability Pickup
Date Expectations Donphan If he went bowling with it, then he would get a strike every time... if it didn't destroy the bowling alley.
Or he could use it for transportation... if he didn't mind leaving all of his belongings behind.
Or he could use it to get a massage... if he didn't mind being flattened.
Less is Morrison Beldum Massager
Like a Meowth to a Flame! Moltres's flame Source of fire
Numero Uno, Articuno Articuno To cool Giovanni off after he has collapsed, barely dressed, from the blazing heat.
Rough, Tough, Jigglypuff Jigglypuff To be used as a decoration, exercise ball and sleep aid.
On Cloud Arcanine Arcanine To keep Giovanni warm at night.
Sitting Psyduck! Psyduck Make Giovanni happy he has a brain and non-webbed toes, and to make his mind go blank when he has a brain freeze.
Odd Pokémon Out! Tropius To provide Giovanni with shade and fresh fruit from its neck.
Pokémon Ranger - Deoxys Crisis Deoxys To travel in space
All That Glitters is Not Golden! Golden Sudowoodo It will make Giovanni happy by matching his golden house, clothes, and bathtub.
Grating Spaces Pokémon of the Pewter Gym Geodude will massage him, other Pokémon will keep him company
Aipom and Circumstance A crown For Giovanni to 1) wear in bed, 2) fill with water to use as a sink, and 3) use in a curling game.
Strategy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight! Chatot To "quote" everything Giovanni says; to wish him a good morning, tell one-sided jokes, and help him berate grunts.
Overjoyed! Chansey To box with Giovanni, and treat his injuries when it beats him up.
Pinch Healing! Larvitar, Pupitar, Tyranitar, Swinub, Piloswine, Seedot, Nuzleaf, Shiftry, Bagon, Shelgon and Salamence Evolving the Pokémon for battle purpose
Like It or Lup It! Ludicolo Playing music for him while he's waking up in the morning, as well as during a work-out ("shaking his boss booty").
A Staravia is Born! Bird Pokémon The boss is flying in the air, sitting on a chair strapped to a bunch of Flying-type Pokémon.
A Gruff Act to Follow! Fossil Pokémon Giovanni is using the revived Fossil Pokémon to take over Sinnoh, with him sobbing in happiness.
Drifloon on the Wind! Ampharos Calm the boss down when he is having nightmares.
Some Enchanted Sweetening Enchanted Honey He runs through the desert in a speedo, covered in Enchanted Honey. Then the wild Pokémon come and lick and rub against him.*
Buizel Your Way Out of This! Buizel To save his life when he's out yachting during a storm and his boat capsizes.
An Elite Meet and Greet Lucian's Bronzong Um... Dancing? A hat? A paper weight? A door knocker?
Nah, there's no way Giovanni would like an extremely rare Pokémon owned by a member of the Elite Four.
Steamboat Willies! All of the twerps' Pokémon To be playmates
Mass Hip-Po-Sis! Hippopotas Get his golf ball out of a sand trap and making a beach
Bibarel Gnaws Best! Machamp and Machoke Build a giant stone castle
Hot Springing a Leak! Hot Spring For Giovanni to be relaxed
Bells are Singing! Francesca's Chingling Alarm clock
Fighting Fear with Fear Gligar Gligar will shield Giovanni's eyes from the rising sun in the morning, so that he doesn't wake up and miss the best part of his dream.
A Lean Mean Team Rocket Machine! Mew, Riolu, Celebi, Milotic and Shieldon Examples of rare Pokémon that can be caught for the boss.
Hold the Phione! Phione For good luck, winning sweepstakes that he enters.
Stealing the Conversation! Chatot To give Giovanni a confidence boost by asking it loaded questions, which Chatot will mimic.
The Lonely Snover! Snover To give Giovanni Snover Berries for breakfast, thereby inspiring him to open a snow-cone business.
Battling a Cute Drama! Cherubi To charm and relax Giovanni after a hard day of making a 'zillion dollars'.
Promoting Healthy Tangrowth! Tangrowth To use Absorb to cure Giovanni's insomnia.
A Rivalry to Gible On! Gible To play in the water with Giovanni and "help him find his inner Boss."
Try for the Family Stone! Mismagius To cast a spell that will make Giovanni happy.
The Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore! Sunyshore Tower To provide headquarters with warm floors (that the boss will want to sleep on), stoves and hot baths.
Pokémon Ranger: Heatran Rescue! Heatran To be used as a grill, a sauna heater and a fireplace.
An Elite Coverup! Magby To help Giovanni light his barbecue and birthday candles. Also, to light the Team Rocket headquarters in the event of a blackout.
Dealing With a Fierce Double Ditto Drama! Narissa's Ditto 1 and 2 To help Giovanni catch legendary Pokémon like Giratina and Regigigas.
Four Roads Diverged in a Pokémon Port! Kenny's Floatzel When Giovanni can't sleep at night, Floatzel can give him its floatation sac to use as a pillow (Meowth doesn't consider the fact that Floatzel can't actually remove the sac from its body).
Awakening the Sleeping Giant! Poké Flute To gather an army of Snorlax.


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