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Bug Catcher (Trainer class)

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If you were looking for the "Bug Catcher Pokémon" species, see Carnivine (Pokémon).
Bug Catcher
むしとりしょうねん Bug Catcher Boy
Red Blue Bug Catcher.png
Art from Red and Blue
Other names Bug Boy (Stadium)
Introduced in Generation I
Appears in Red, Blue, and Yellow
Gold, Silver, and Crystal
Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen
Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Stadium, Stadium 2
Gender Male
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members Samurai
Anime debut Challenge of the Samurai
TCG debut [[ (TCG)|]]
TCG card {{{card}}}
Manga debut A Glimpse of the Glow (Adventures)

A Bug Catcher (Japanese: むしとりしょうねん Bug Catcher Boy) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that first debuted in the Generation I games. They are generally depicted as little boys in hats, carrying nets and what appears to be their lunchboxes, or containers to keep caught bugs in, held by a strap after Generation II. Most Bug Catchers have been considered just hobbyists. Some Bug Catchers move around areas, and don't always stay in the same place each day. Experienced Bug Catchers may become Bug Maniacs.

Bug Catchers are usually one of the first Trainer classes encountered during the course of the games' storylines, mostly appearing on earlier routes. In Generation I, Bug Catchers are the first Trainer class that the player encounters. They first appear in Viridian Forest, while the last one is on Route 9. In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Bug Catchers appear again on the Sevii Islands, in the Pattern Bush. In Generation II, Bug Catchers appear on Route 30, but they are not the first Trainer class seen in the game, and are actually more uncommon in this Generation than any other in which they appear. In Generation III, there are a few Bug Catchers, appearing between Route 102, through Route 119. The number of Bug Catchers in Generation III surpasses each other generation except the first. In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, Bug Catchers don't appear until Route 204, after the player defeats the first Gym Leader, which is unusually late in the game. There are only four Bug Catchers, most of them appearing in the Eterna Forest. There are no Bug Catchers in the Unova and Kalos regions.

In Pokémon Stadium, they are referred to as Bug Boys.

Appearance

Spr RG Bug Catcher.png Spr Y Bug Catcher.png Spr GS Bug Catcher.png Spr RS Bug Catcher.png Spr FRLG Bug Catcher.png Spr DP Bug Catcher.png Spr HGSS Bug Catcher.png SJP Bug Catcher.png
Sprite from
Red and Blue
Sprite from
Yellow
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Sprite from
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Portrait from
Japanese Stadium
Bug Catcher I OD.png Bug Catcher II OD.png Bug Catcher RSE OD.png Bug Catcher FRLG OD.png Bug Catcher IV OD.png S2 Bug Catcher.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation I
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV
Portrait from
Stadium 2

Artwork

Red Blue Lass Bug Catcher.png
Official Ken Sugimori artwork, with a Lass.

Trainer List

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Reason: Crystal Trainers.

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow


Pokémon Gold and Silver


Pokémon Crystal


Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire


Pokémon Emerald


Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl


Pokémon Platinum


Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver


In the anime

Samurai is a boy appearing as the character of the day, who lives in Viridian Forest and dresses up in samurai armor. Like Bug Catchers, he specializes in Bug-type Pokémon and has a bug-catching net. Samurai's sole appearance came in Challenge of the Samurai.

In Charizard's Burning Ambitions, Team Rocket's Gigantic Mistake mecha is modeled after a Bug Catcher.

In The Spheal of Approval, a boy named Marius strongly resembled the Bug Catchers in the game, but did not own any Bug-type Pokémon.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Bug Catcher in Pokémon Adventures

A kid in Pallet Town that appears in the first chapter bears a resemblance to a Bug Catcher.

In Wake Up--You’re Snorlax!, a Bug Catcher appeared during the bicycle race, alongside a Swimmer and Red. He owns a Scyther. He took a shortcut through a small woods that was full of bug Pokémon. He later got stuck on Route 12 due to a sleeping Snorlax that was in the way. His number in the race was 31.

Pokémon

Bug Catcher's Scyther
Scyther
The particular Bug Catcher of the twelth round is only shown with a Scyther. He traveled with it while entering the small woods during the bike race.
Debut Wake Up--You’re Snorlax!

Trivia

  • The first Bug Catchers battled in all Generation III games are named Rick.
  • In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, a show on the Variety channel mentions that Aaron used to be a Bug Catcher and a Gym Leader before joining the Elite Four.
  • A Bug Catcher in the Johto Battle Tower is named Tajiri; this could be possibly a reference to the creator of the Pokémon series, Satoshi Tajiri, who liked bug-catching as a child.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 捕蟲少年 Bǔchóng Shàonián
Finland Flag.png Finnish Ötökkäpoika (Pokémon Adventures)
France Flag.png French Scout
Germany Flag.png German Käfersammler
Italy Flag.png Italian Pigliamosche
South Korea Flag.png Korean 곤충채집소년 Gonchungchaejipsonyun
Spain Flag.png Spanish Cazabichos



Trainer classes in the Pokémon main series
Kanto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*Bug CatcherBurglarCamper*ChampionGSCFRLGHGSS
ChannelerCue BallElite FourGSCFRLGHGSSEngineerFishermanGamer*GentlemanHikerJugglerLass
LeaderGSCFRLGHGSSPicnicker*Poké Maniac*PKMN TrainerGSCPsychicRivalRocker
Rocket Boss*FRLGHGSSSailorScientistSuper NerdSwimmerTamerTeam Rocket Grunt*Youngster
BoarderHGSSDouble TeamHGSSFirebreatherGSCHGSSGuitaristGSCHGSSMediumGSCHGSSPokéfanGSCHGSS
School Kid*GSCHGSSSkierHGSSTeacherGSCHGSSTwinsGSCFRLGHGSS
Cool CoupleFRLGCrush KinFRLGSis and BroFRLGYoung CoupleFRLGHGSS
Beta Trainer class:
ChiefRGBY
Sevii Islands Aroma LadyBikerBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherCamperCool CoupleCooltrainerCrush Girl
Crush KinCue BallFishermanGentlemanHikerJugglerLadyLassPainterPicnickerPokéManiac
PKMN BreederPKMN RangerPsychicRuin ManiacScientistSis and BroSwimmerTamer
Team Rocket AdminTeam Rocket GruntTwinsTuberYoung CoupleYoungster
Only in Trainer Tower:
BeautyBurglarEngineerRockerSailorSuper Nerd
Johto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*BoarderBug CatcherBurglarCamper
ChampionExecutive*FirebreatherFisherman*GentlemanGuitaristHikerJugglerKimono GirlLass
LeaderMediumPicnickerPokéfanPoké Maniac*PKMN TrainerPoliceman*PsychicRivalSage
SailorSchool Kid*ScientistSkierSuper NerdSwimmerTeacherTeam Rocket Grunt*TwinsYoungster
Mystery ManCHGSS*
Double TeamHGSSElderHGSSYoung CoupleHGSS
Only in the Battle FrontierHGSS:

Aroma LadyArtistBattle GirlCameramanClownCollector
CowgirlCyclistDragon TamerIdolJoggerLadyNinja Boy
Parasol LadyPIPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN Ranger
RancherReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSocialite
TuberVeteranWaiterWaitressWorker
Arcade StarCastle ValetFactory HeadHall MatronTower Tycoon

Hoenn Aqua AdminSEAqua LeaderSEAroma LadyBattle GirlBeautyBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherBug Maniac
CamperChampionCollectorCooltrainerDragon TamerElite FourExpertFishermanGentlemanGuitarist
Hex ManiacHikerInterviewerKindlerLadyLassLeaderMagma AdminREMagma LeaderRENinja Boy
Old CoupleParasol LadyPicnickerPokéfanPokéManiacPKMN RangerPKMN TrainerPKMN Breeder
PsychicRich BoyRuin ManiacSailorSchool KidSis and BroSr. and Jr.Swimmer
Team Aqua GruntSETeam Magma GruntRETriathleteTuberTwinsWinstrateYoung CoupleYoungster
Arena TycoonEDome AceEFactory HeadEPalace MavenEPike QueenEPyramid KingESalon MaidenE
Secret Base ExpertORAS
Sinnoh Ace TrainerAroma LadyArtistBattle GirlBeautyBelle & PaBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherCameraman
CamperChampionClownCollectorCommanderCowgirlCyclistDouble TeamDragon TamerElite Four
FishermanGalactic BossGalactic GruntGentlemanGuitaristHikerIdolInterviewersJoggerLadyLassLeader
Ninja BoyParasol LadyPicnickerPIPokéfanPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN RangerPKMN Trainer
PolicemanPsychicRancherReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSailorSchool KidScientistSkier
SocialiteSwimmerTower TycoonTuberTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoung CoupleYoungster
Arcade StarPtCastle ValetPtFactory HeadPtHall MatronPtMaidPt
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