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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 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!.
This listing is for the Pokémon Melanie cared for in the Pokémon anime.
- 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.
|| Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village
| Voice actors
|| Megumi Hayashibara
|| Tara Jayne
In the manga
In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga
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 ThunderShock and Mega Kick combo.
In the end, Charmander was reunited with Damian, and Squirtle stayed behind with Melanie.
This listing is for the Pokémon Melanie cared for in the Electric Tale of Pikachu manga.
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.
- 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.