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Earl Dervish

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Earl Dervish
ジョバンニ Giovanni
Earl Dervish.png
Earl in Pokémon Stadium 2
Gender Male
Eye color Brown
Hair color Brown
Hometown Violet City*
White City*
Region Johto
Generation II, IV
Games Gold and Silver, Crystal, Stadium 2,
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Anime debut A Bout with Sprout
English voice actor Eric Stuart
Japanese voice actor Katsuyuki Konishi

Earl Dervish (Japanese: ジョバンニ Giovanni) is the teacher of the Pokémon academy (renamed to Pokémon School in the remakes) in Violet City in Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver Versions, and another, similar Academy in White City in Pokémon Stadium 2.

In the games

Quotes

Gold, Silver and Crystal

Violet City

"Hello! You are trainer? Battle Gym Leader, win you did?"
Yes: "Ooh, la la! Very indeed nice!"
No: "Is that so? Then study shall you! Follow me!" (Guides the player to the Pokémon Academy)
"Here, teacher I am. Good it is you study here!" (Goes inside)

Pokémon Academy

"Earl, I am! Wonderful are Pokémon, yes! Teach you I will to be a better trainer! What do you want to know? Want to be a winner is you?"
Yes: "Good! Teach you, I will! In battle, Pokémon top on list jump out first! Change order in list, make battle easy, maybe! More from me you want to hear?"
"So, want to know how to raise Pokémon well?
Yes: "Fine! Teach you, I will! If Pokémon come out in battle even briefly, some EXP. points it gets. At top of list put weak Pokémon. Switch in battle quick! This way, weak Pokémon strong become! More you want to hear?"
"So, want to know how to raise Pokémon well?
Yes: "Fine! Teach you, I will! If Pokémon come out in battle even briefly, some EXP. points it gets. At top of list put weak Pokémon. Switch in battle quick! This way, weak Pokémon strong become!"
No: "Oh! Smart student you are! Nothing more do I teach! Good to Pokémon you must be!"

HeartGold and SoulSilver

Violet City

"Bonjour! You are Trainer? Battle Gym Leader, win you did?"
Yes: "Ooh, la la! Very indeed nice!"
No: "Is that so? Then study shall you! Follow me!"
"Here, teacher I am. Good it is you study here!"

Pokémon School

"Earl, I am! Wonderful are Pokémon, yes! Teach you I will to be a better Trainer!"
"What do you want to know? Want to be a winner is you?"
Yes: "Good! Teach you, I will! In battle, Pokémon top on list, the walking one, jump out first! Change order in list, make battle easy, maybe! More from me you want to hear?"
"So, want to know how to raise Pokémon well?"
Yes: "Fine! Teach you I will! If Pokémon come out in battle even briefly, some Exp. Points it gets. Keep out weak Pokémon, switch in battle quick! This way, weak Pokémon very strong become! More from me you want to hear?"
"So, want to know how to battle well?"
Yes: "Fine! Teach you I will! Pokémon have goods and bads because many types. High-level Pokémon not win always if bad types. Pokémon with good types for the foe, you choose. Smart battle, it is!"
No: "Oh! Smart student you are! Nothing more do I teach! Good to Pokémon you must be!"

Sprites

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In the anime

Earl 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.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 小西克幸 Katsuyuki Konishi
English Eric Stuart
European Spanish José Escobosa

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.

Pokémon

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Sentret
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Magikarp
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Wooper
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Poliwag
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Snorlax
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Diglett
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Psyduck
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Mareep
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Spinarak
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Snubbull

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.

Pokémon

Earl's Furret

Earl's Furret
Sentret → Furret
Sentret was used by a student in the room that Earl took Red after their class was done. It was proven to be equal in strength with Red's Clefairy. In the middle of the battle, Sentret evolved into Furret and Clefairy and Pikachu teamed up to form a Furret of themselves. Their teamwork resulted in the opponent's Furret to get defeated.

Furret's known moves are Slam, Fury Swipes and Rollout.

Debut Demanding Tests at the Pokémon School!
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Caterpie
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Diglett
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Weepinbell
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Oddish
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Voltorb
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Chansey
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Golbat
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Poliwag
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Metapod
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Cubone

Trivia

  • 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.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese 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.
French Theophile Means "Friend of God".
Italian, Spanish Primo Means first.
Korean 다배워 Dabaeweo 배워 baeweo, to learn.
Chinese (Mandarin) 初始 Chū​shǐ​ Means initial.


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