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Earl Dervish (Japanese: ジョバンニ Giovanni) is the teacher of the Pokémon academy in Violet City in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, and another, similar Academy in White City in Pokémon Stadium 2.
In the anime
In the anime, Earl hosted his own Pokémon Academy. When Ash and his friends entered inside, Earl danced around wearing a tutu, which was comic relief, much to the embarrassment of the group. However, Brock joined in and wore a tutu as well.
Much later, after defeating Team Rocket, Earl jumped in the way of Brock's flirting with Miss Priscilla. He offered Brock a chance to stay at the academy but Brock declined the offer. As Ash and his friends were leaving the Pokémon Academy, Earl, Miss Priscilla and the children were waving goodbye to them.
In the manga
Earl in Pokémon Adventures
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In Pokémon Adventures, Earl was delivering a package and a robber and his Donphan came by and stole it. Gold reluctantly saved Earl as he battled the robber's Donphan with his Aipom when the robber ruined his rice ball. Seeing what Gold did, Earl decided to reward him with a huge stack of rice cakes and then tells him that he had an academy named "Earl Dervish's Pokémon Academy".
Later, he arrived in the academy which was in very poor shape and low on money. He became pleased about the fact that Crystal was there to help him, especially when she fed a Berry to a Sentret. He explained his story about the school's history to Crystal and then does his twirl. When some Slugma came by, Earl got the students away from them and were told to go to the basement. When Crystal left after catching the troublemaking Slugma, Earl informed the students about her departure.
Earl reappeared along with his students in a form of a cameo when a crisis related with Ho-Oh and Lugia were happening in Ilex Forest. He reappeared in a flashback in the Emerald chapter where Emerald was explaining his arrival at the Pokémon Academy around the same time the Slugma were attacking and Crystal capturing them.
In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga
Earl in Pokémon Pocket Monsters
Earl makes an appearance in Demanding Tests at the Pokémon School! of Pokémon Pocket Monsters.
When the students recommended Red to go to the Pokémon academy, Earl greeted him and his Pokémon when they were about to go in. He then explained some of the basics and motivated Red in going. Red agrees to go to the school and Earl teaches a class, with Red as one of his students. He gave out a test. After the test, Earl called down Red to see him after class since he and his Pokémon failed.
Earl was revealed to have imprisoned some Pokémon and then went down a hallway to another room. In the room, Earl shows Red to one of his bright students who ends up battling him. After the battle, Earl and the student was shocked to see that flunking student defeated someone smart. Earl and the student decided that due to Clefairy's skills, he should teach a class. However, this turned out to be false when the students that Clefairy was teaching were giving him a hard time.
- He speaks strangely in the Japanese version.
- Earl is notable for changing the order of the words in his sentences, somewhat like Yoda from Star Wars, although his grammar is generally incorrect. For example, when asking a potential student if they want to learn from him, he will ask, "What you want to know? Want to be a winner is you?" This may be a reference to the Engrish used in the NES game Pro Wrestling, where the phrase "A WINNER IS YOU" is shown at the end of a winning match. Earl does not talk like this in Pokémon Stadium 2, which may be due to the quite extensive scope of the Pokémon academy in this game.
- In the German version of Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, Earl is portrayed with a French accent on top of his incorrect grammar. This is dropped in the German version of Pokémon Stadium 2, similar to the case in the English translation.
- Earl's Japanese name is Giovanni, the English name of the well-known Team Rocket boss.
- Earl's last name is "Dervish", a word in the English language, which can mean (among other things) "One that possesses abundant and often frenzied energy". This serves to reinforce the idea of his eccentric personality. It could also be a nod to the phrase "whirling dervish," as while leading the player to his school during Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, he twirls around at every turn along the way and when ever the player talks to him.
|| ジョバンニ Giovanni
|| From 序盤に joban ni, "in the early stages". Also the Italian equivalent of John (meaning "God is gracious").
| English, German
|| Earl Dervish
|| From early and dervish.
|| Means "Friend of God".
| Italian, Spanish
|| Means first.
|| 다배워 Dabaeweo
|| 배워 baeweo, to learn.
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 初始 Chūshǐ
|| Means initial.