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Manning (Japanese: マルフジ Marufuji) is a minor recurring character of the Pokémon anime. He first appeared in Jostling for the Junior Cup! where he participated in the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup. His first opponent was Kenton whom he defeated and advanced to the next round of the tournament. He appeared again in Battling Authority Once Again!, where he battled Trip in the second round and lost. He made a cameo appearance in Goodbye, Junior Cup - Hello Adventure!, where he lined up with all the other competitors in front of Alder, Cynthia, Caitlin and Freddy O'Martian.
He reappeared in Curtain Up, Unova League! to compete in the Vertress Conference. In Mission: Defeat Your Rival!, he appeared on the screen showing the match-ups for the second round of the Conference, meaning he had made it through the first round. In Lost at the League!, he appeared once again on the screen of the Vertress Conference, now showing the match-ups for the last sixteen, meaning he had made it through the second and third rounds. In Strong Strategy Steals the Show!, he lost to Russet, knocking him out of the Vertress Conference. In A Unova League Evolution! he appeared once again in the closing ceremonies of the Vertress Conference.
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Reason: Heatmor's Japanese voice actor.
Manning has at least one other Pokémon, as he participated in the third round of the Vertress Conference which requires a Single Battle involving three Pokémon.
- Manning's clothing is similar to the coloration of his Heatmor.