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Morrison

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Morrison
マサムネ Masamune
Morrison.png
Morrison
Gender Male
Eye color Black
Hair color Orange
Hometown Verdanturf Town
Region Hoenn
Trainer class Trainer
Anime debut Less is Morrison
English voice actor Sean Schemmel
Japanese voice actor Masako Nozawa

Morrison (Japanese: マサムネ Masamune) is a Pokémon Trainer. He dresses in traditional Japanese attire.

History

Morrison first appeared in Less is Morrison, chasing a runaway rice ball. Ash caught the snack and was about to give it to him but Munchlax ended up gobbling it away. Morrison felt miserable about Munchlax taking his snack but felt better afterwards. He revealed to Ash and his friends that he was planning on entering the Hoenn League and winning it. Ash was planning on doing the same, starting a friendly rivalry between the two Trainers. 

After arguing on who is better, Morrison accepted Ash's decision on having a battle. Morrison sent out his Beldum against Ash's Pikachu. Despite Beldum using Take Down continuously, the battle ended in a draw. He ran off after finding out that Ash had all of the Hoenn Badges already. He met up with Ash near a Pokémon Center and they had a race to see who could get there first, which ended in a draw. Morrison then challenged Ash to various contests such as a food eating contest.

In the middle of one of their contests, Team Rocket showed up and snatched Pikachu and Beldum. They placed Morrison and his rival in a cage. Both Trainers successfully broke out of the cage they were in with their Take Down techniques, as they left all of their Pokémon (except for Pikachu and Beldum) behind. Ash and Morrison ran very fast and jumped onto Team Rocket's balloon. They had a battle with them by treating themselves as Pokémon. They were able to free Pikachu and Beldum, which then blasted off Team Rocket.

Morrison and Ash

Morrison reappeared in the Ever Grande Conference arc. In Saved By The Beldum, he announced that he won his final Badge. Seeing Ash's full team, Morrison revealed his whole team including Beldum. He declared himself as a rival to Ash for the tournament. During the preliminaries, Morrison's first opponent was Jump. The battle began with an overwhelming start as Beldum's Take Down was continuously blocked by Protect. Since Beldum can only use Take Down, Morrison was at a disadvantage. As Morrison was about to be eliminated, Beldum started to evolve into a Metang. Morrison defeated his opponent by having Metang use Confusion to stop Electabuzz and used Take Down to finish it off.

In the episode From Brags to Riches Morrison was paired up with Gavin as his opponent in the second round of the Ever Grande Conference, which consists of Double Battles. He sent out Growlithe and Gligar while Gavin used Machamp and Marowak. His Growlithe lost to Marowak while Gligar took out Machamp first and then Marowak when both sides were down to one Pokémon.

Two episodes later, Morrison defeated a Trainer with a Machoke and found out that he had to battle Ash as his next opponent, something that both of them did not expect. This saddened Morrison as he was not yet ready to battle Ash. During their battle, Morrison quickly lost two of his Pokémon to Corphish as he was feeling upset. He sent out Swampert as his third Pokémon and tied with Corphish. Their battle continued in Choose It or Lose It!, where Morrison was finally giving his all. His Steelix knocked out two of his Pokémon before losing to Grovyle. When both sides were down to one Pokémon, he was left with Metang while Ash was left with Glalie. After a tough battle, Glalie was victorious despite the type-disadvantage. Morrison stayed around and left after the League Competition was over.

Character

Morrison has a very spirited personality and he likes to challenge other people to almost everything. Due to this, he usually challenges Ash to various events such as Pokémon battles, racing each other, or even a food eating contest. His personality seems to mirror Ash's during the Indigo Conference; frequently showing signs of immaturity and overconfidence. Though when faced with tough situations, such as having to battle someone whom he considers a good friend, he doesn't always know what to do and will become depressed. This is seen after Morrison learned Ash would be his next opponent in the Ever Grande Conference. It also shows that he doesn't hold winning to a higher degree of importance over friendship.

Pokémon

This listing is of Morrison's known Pokémon:

Morrison's Metang
Beldum → Metang
Main article: Morrison's Metang

Metang is Morrison's main Pokémon. It appeared for the first time as a Beldum in Less is Morrison, where Morrison used it in a battle against Ash's Pikachu, and tied with it. Later in the episode, Morrison used Beldum along with Pikachu to send Team Rocket blasting off.

Morrison later used Beldum during the Hoenn League. He used it to battle against Jump's Electabuzz. The fact that Beldum only knew Take Down, almost caused Morrison to lose. However, in the middle of the battle, Beldum evolved into Metang and defeated Electabuzz with its newly gained Psychic powers.

Morrison later used Metang in his battle against Ash, sending it as his last Pokémon to battle against Ash's Glalie. Despite the type advantage, Glalie was finally able to defeat Metang with a spinning Headbutt, winning the match for Ash.

Debut Less is Morrison
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Katsuyuki Konishi
Morrison's Girafarig
Girafarig
Morrison's Girafarig was seen along with Morrison's other Pokémon during their introduction, but its battle skills are not so well known, as it was only briefly seen during Morrison's battle with Ash. As Morrison was unwilling to battle against Ash, he wasn't seen giving Girafarig so much commands to attack, and it was quickly defeated by Ash's Corphish's Crabhammer.

Girafarig's known moves are Light Screen, Tackle and Iron Tail.

Debut Saved by the Beldum
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara
English Rachael Lillis
Morrison's Growlithe
Growlithe
Morrison's Growlithe was seen for the first time when Morrison introduced his Pokémon to Ash and company. Later he used it in his Double Battle with Gavin along with his Gligar. In the battle, Growlithe took Gavin's Marowak as its main target. Despite pulling a good battle, Growlithe was eventually knocked out by Marowak's Bone Club.

Later Morrison sent Growlithe out in his battle with Ash to face Ash's Corphish. Being unwilling to battle with his friend, Morrison just kept Growlithe dodging attacks, but it was quickly knocked out by a Crabhammer.

Growlithe's known moves are Take Down, Flamethrower and Agility.

Debut Saved by the Beldum
Voice actors
Japanese Shin'ichirō Miki
English Maddie Blaustein
Morrison's Swampert
Swampert
Morrison's Swampert was seen along with other of Morrison's Pokémon as he showed his team for Ash and the others. He later used Swampert in his battle against Ash, sending it against Ash's Corphish. Both Pokémon launched their attacks simultaneously, and hit each other at the same time, and they were both knocked out.

Swampert's known moves are Focus Punch and Hydro Pump.

Debut Saved by the Beldum
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Darren Dunstan
Morrison's Steelix
Steelix
Morrison's Steelix was seen for the first time when Morrison introduced his Pokémon for Ash and his friends. In his battle against Ash, Morrison first sent his Steelix out against Ash's Pikachu, which the Iron Snake Pokémon easily defeated. Next Ash called out Torkoal, but despite having a type advantage, the Coal Pokémon was finally knocked out. Ash's next Pokémon was Grovyle, which was too fast for Steelix and finally knocked it out with Leaf Blade.

Steelix's known moves are Dragon Breath, Iron Tail and Dig.

Debut Saved by the Beldum
Voice actors
Japanese Kōichi Sakaguchi
English Kōichi Sakaguchi
Morrison's Gligar
Gligar
Morrison's Gligar appeared for the first time when Morrison showed his Pokémon team for Ash and his friends. He used it in the next episode in his Double Battle against Gavin along with his Growlithe. In the battle, Gligar took Gavin's Machamp as its main target and was finally able to finish it. It then battled against Gavin's Marowak and won against it as well.

Later Morrison used Gligar in his battle against Ash. It defeated Ash's Grovyle and tied with Ash's Swellow.

Gligar's known moves are Guillotine, Steel Wing, Iron Tail and Hidden Power.

Debut Saved by the Beldum
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Katsuyuki Konishi

Badges

Morrison's last Badge

Pokémon League

Morrison has competed in the following Pokémon League competitions:

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 野沢雅子 Masako Nozawa
English Sean Schemmel
Brazilian Portuguese Vagner Fagundes (AG118)
Dado Monteiro (AG126-AG132)
Spanish Latin America Noé Velásquez
Spain Jorge Saudinós

In the manga

Morrison in the Ash and Pikachu manga

In the Ash and Pikachu manga

Morrison appeared in A Clash Of Wills!! Eternal Rivals?! and Start Of The Pokémon League!! of the Ash and Pikachu manga.

Pokémon

Morrison Metang AP.png
Beldum → Metang
Morrison Girafarig AP.png
Girafarig
Morrison Growlithe AP.png
Growlithe
Morrison Swampert AP.png
Swampert
Morrison Steelix AP.png
Steelix
Morrison Gligar AP.png
Gligar


Trivia

Morrison's party prior to Beldum's evolution
  • A running gag was created with Morrison that involved him chasing his runaway rice ball (sandwich in the dub).
  • Morrison is voiced by the primary voice actors for Goku in the Dragon Ball Z anime series in both the Japanese and English dub. 

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese マサムネ Masamune Possibly named after Masamune (正宗) or Date Masamune (伊達政宗). 
English, German, French, Italian Morrison Similar to Masamune.
Korean 정원 Jeong'weon 정 is the Korean reading of 正 and 政.
Chinese (Mandarin) 政宗 Zhèngzōng From 政宗 Masamune, possibly a reference to Date Masamune.


Ash and Pikachu characters
Main characters
Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogepiBrockMayMaxJessieJamesMeowth
Rivals
Gary OakDrewMorrison
Gym Leaders
WhitneyClairRoxanneNormanNolandGretaLucy
Other
AnnaAzusaProfessor BirchCalistaCarolineProfessor CozmoDrakeEriko
Eriko's grandmotherMrs. GrimmHirotoJack PollocksonKiyoLilyProfessor Oak
OliverRobertShellySolanaTabithaTeam Rocket ScientistTimmy
Whitney's grandmotherWinstrate family

Indigo Plateau Conference: MandiPeteGaryJeanetteMelissaAshRitchieAssunta
Silver Conference: SalvadorJacksonMacyGaryAshHarrisonJon
Ever Grande Conference: JumpVivicaGilbertGavinDominickClark
JohnnyKatieMorrisonAshTyson
Lily of the Valley Conference: JeffreyNandoBarryConwayPaulAshTobias
Vertress Conference: RadleyMikaelUltimoKendrickTripBiancaEmmanuel
GeraldoStephanFloraKentonManningAsh
KatharineAntonioRussetRamoneCameronDinoVirgil

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplup
IrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenne
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulZoeyNandoKenny
ConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgil
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerShellyArchie
TabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarret
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor Rowan
Professor CarolinaProfessor JuniperCedric JuniperDr. FennelProfessor Sycamore
Relatives Delia KetchumFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsDaisyVioletLilyNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCress
GraceMeyer
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceMr. SukizoRaoul Contesta
Vivian MeridianScottLilian MeridianMarianRhondaCynthiaAngieLookerLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlder
LukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetMontgomeryJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexa
Gym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsMany temporary characters

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