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Melanie

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Melanie (Japanese: ミドリ Midori) is a girl who lives in a Hidden Village located in the mountains somewhere between Cerulean City and Vermilion City.

In the anime

Melanie in the anime

Melanie was the character of the day in Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village. In this episode, Ash, Misty, and Brock were on their way to Vermilion City when Misty saw an Oddish. Misty tried to catch it when a Bulbasaur stopped her with a Vine Whip. Ash tried to catch the Bulbasaur, but the two Grass/Poison Pokémon escaped.

Ash and his friends tried to keep on traveling, but got caught in a series of traps, including a collapsing bridge, a pit, and a net. Brock fell into the river, but was saved by a beautiful girl named Melanie. She cared for Pokémon who have been abandoned in the forest. Melanie set the traps to try to deter people from catching the Pokémon she cared for.

Melanie allowed Ash and his friends to visit her Hidden Village of Pokémon if they promised not to catch any. Melanie explained that Bulbasaur had sworn to protect the other sick Pokémon. Bulbasaur continued to distrust Ash and Misty. Team Rocket attacked the village and tried to steal all the Pokémon, but Bulbasaur and Ash were able to defeat them.

Melanie insisted that Ash take Bulbasaur with him, since Bulbasaur wasn't able to grow any in the forest. Melanie thought that the Pokémon were getting too lazy with Bulbasaur to take care of them and they needed to be reintroduced into the wild. According to her, Bulbasaur would agree if Ash battled him; after winning that battle, Ash caught Bulbasaur, and everyone parted ways.

She reappeared in a flashback in Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!.

Pokémon

This list is for the Pokémon Melanie cared for in the Pokémon anime.

Cared for

Melanie's Oddish
Oddish
Melanie cared for an Oddish at the Hidden Village and Bulbasaur is very overprotective over it. It first appeared when Misty attempts to catch Oddish in Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village despite not being a Water type because she thought it was cute. She is prevented from doing so by a Bulbasaur which later escaped through the bushes. Misty later apologized to it for trying to catch it while in the Hidden Village.

Later when Team Rocket arrived with its new mecha and Oddish was nearly sucked up but Bulbasaur helped it to safety.

It reappeared in a flashback in Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!.

Debut Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara
English Kayzie Rogers
Melanie's Caterpie and Weepinbell
Caterpie and Weepinbell
Melanie cared for Caterpie and Weepinbell at the Hidden Village it appeared in Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village at the Hidden Village eating food with the other Pokémon. The group helped them to safety from Team Rocket and said goodbye to the group.

They reappeared in a flashback in Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!

Debut Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village
Melanie's Rattata
Rattata (×2)
Melanie cared for two Rattata at the Hidden Village it appeared in Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village at the Hidden Village eating food with the other Pokémon. The group helped them to safety from Team Rocket and said goodbye to the group.

They reappeared in a flashback in Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!

Debut Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village
Voice actors
Japanese
English Jimmy Zoppi
Melanie's Paras
Paras
Melanie cared for Paras at the Hidden Village. It appeared in Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village at the Hidden Village eating food with the other Pokémon and was then seen being handled by Brock and Melanie. The group helped it to safety from Team Rocket and said goodbye to the group.

It reappeared in a flashback in Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!

Debut Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village
Melanie's Magikarp and Staryu
Magikarp and Staryu
Melanie cared for Magikarp and Staryu at the Hidden Village. They appeared in Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village at the Hidden Village having fun in the water then being soaked by Brock. It later when Team Rocket and its new mecha arrived but the group helped it to safety.

They reappeared in a flashback in Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!

Debut Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village

Released

Ash's Bulbasaur
Bulbasaur
Main article: Ash's Bulbasaur

A Bulbasaur which used to live at the Hidden Village but became Ash's in the end. It first appeared stopping Misty capturing an Oddish which lives at the Hidden Village with a Vine Whip and is able to stop Ash and his Butterfree from capturing itself. Bulbasaur and Oddish then escape back to the Hidden Village, and is then seen running past Ash and his friends; later it would not let Ash near Oddish. It later appeared when Team Rocket and its new mecha appear, where it helped Oddish to safety. Bulbasaur, with the help of Ash's Pidgeotto, sent Team Rocket blasting off.

Later it battled Ash with his Pikachu, Pikachu had nearly fainted but was able to get Bulbasaur on its back by shocking its Vine Whip and Ash had captured it.

Debut Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara
English Tara Jayne

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 兵藤まこ Mako Hyōdō
English Tara Jayne
Norwegian Katrine Blomstrand
Brazilian Portuguese Tânia Gaidarji
Spanish Latin America Mayra Arellano
Spain Cristina Yuste

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Melanie
Melanie as the Pokémon view her

Melanie also makes an appearance in The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga. A.J. and Samurai wanted to take Ash and Brock to find her Hidden Village. According to rumor, it was a garden protected by a goddess and funded by some rich philanthropists.

On the way, Ash accidentally left Pikachu behind when the little mouse got distracted by an abandoned Squirtle and Charmander. Squirtle wanted to take the two other supposedly abandoned Pokémon to the Hidden Village, which was a paradise according to legends amongst Pokémon.

Pikachu, Charmander, and Squirtle arrived at the Hidden Village after a long journey. Along the way they had joined up with a Kangaskhan and Tommy. They also brought along Jessie, James, and Meowth - who had convinced the group of Pokémon that they wanted to live in a quiet mountain village.

Melanie was viewed as a goddess to the Pokémon. She welcomed everyone to the Hidden Village, where Pokémon were allowed to heal physical and spiritual wounds in peace.

Team Rocket started to catch all the wild Pokémon, but Pikachu and Kangaskhan teamed up and blasted the thieves off with a Thunder Shock and Mega Kick combo.

In the end, Charmander was reunited with Damian, and Squirtle stayed behind with Melanie.

Pokémon

This listing is for the Pokémon Melanie cared for in the Electric Tale of Pikachu manga.

Melanie Bulbasaur EToP.png
Bulbasaur
Melanie Squirtle EToP.png
Squirtle
Melanie Butterfree Slowpoke EToP.png
Butterfree (×3)
Melanie Various Pokémon 2 EToP.png
Jigglypuff (×3)
Melanie Various Pokémon 2 EToP.png
Golem (×3)
Melanie Various Pokémon 3 EToP.png
Raticate (×2)
Melanie Various Pokémon 2 EToP.png
Bellsprout
Melanie Various Pokémon 2 EToP.png
Weepinbell
Melanie Butterfree Slowpoke EToP.png
Slowpoke
Melanie Various Pokémon 3 EToP.png
Psyduck
Melanie Various Pokémon 2 EToP.png
Tauros (×4)
Melanie Various Pokémon 3 EToP.png
Venonat
Melanie Oddish EToP.png
Oddish
Released
Damian's Charmander
Charmander
Melanie took care of a Charmander when its owner wasn't available due to an accident which resulted him in being hospitalized. Ten days later, Charmander went with Squirtle and Pikachu to the Hidden Village. Soon after, Charmander gets reunited with Damian.
Debut Pikachu's Excellent Adventure

In the games

In Pokémon Yellow, a girl based on Melanie will give out a Bulbasaur if the player's Pikachu's friendship level is high enough. Instead of being in a rural area, however, she is located in Cerulean City.

Pokémon

Gives away

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Types:
Grass Poison
Bulbasaur Lv.10
Tackle
Normal
Growl
Normal
Leech Seed
Grass
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Quotes

"I take care of injured Pokémon. I nursed this Bulbasaur back to health. It needs a good trainer to take care of it now."
  • After obtaining the Cascade Badge
"I take care of injured Pokémon. I nursed this Bulbasaur back to health. It needs a good trainer to take care of it now. I know! Would you take care of this Bulbasaur?"
No: "Oh... That's too bad..."
Yes: (after giving the Bulbasaur to the player) "Please take care of Bulbasaur!"
  • If talked to again
"Is Bulbasaur doing well?"

Trivia

  • Her Japanese name is a pun with the fact that she prefers Grass-type Pokémon, as 緑 midori is Japanese for green, as well as being a woman's name.
Main characters
Ash KetchumPikachuGary OakRitchieMay OakProfessor OakDelia KetchumJessieJamesMeowth
Gym Leaders
BrockMistyKogaSabrinaGiovanniRudyDrake
Other
A.J.AyaBillDamianDarioDuplicaEevee brothersGiselleJeanette FisherOfficer JennyJoeNurse Joy
Lara LaramieMahriMelanieMikeyMimiProfessor OrvillePotterFlorinda ShowersRubySamuraiTommy

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