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Rudy

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Rudy
ジギー Ziggy
Rudy.png
Rudy
Gender Male
Eye color Black
Hair color Auburn
Hometown Trovita Island
Region Orange Islands
Relatives Mahri (sister)
Trainer class Gym Leader
Leader of Trovita Gym
Badge Spike Shell Badge
Challenge Attack test,
3-on-3 Pokémon battle
Anime debut Misty Meets Her Match!
English voice actor Matthew Mitler
Japanese voice actor Ryō Horikawa

Rudy (Japanese: ジギー Ziggy) is the Trovita Island Gym Leader. He hands out the Spike Shell Badge to Trainers who defeat him. His strategy includes teaching his Pokémon skills they would not normally learn, such as modern dance.

In the anime

Rudy's only anime appearance was in Misty Meets Her Match.

Rudy put all his efforts into wooing Misty after she saved his younger sister, Mahri, from a whirlpool, instead of focusing on Ash's challenge. Like most members of the Orange Crew, Rudy requires that all Trainers who face him pass a test of skill. He had Ash's Pokémon shoot at targets while aboard a moving boat.

After Ash passed Rudy's attack test, he faced him in a three-on-three battle pitting Pokémon of the same type against each other atop one of the rock pillars that surrounds Trovita Island. Prior to the fight, Rudy asked Misty if she wanted to stay with him after the match, but permitted Misty to decide after the battle was over. Ash lost the first round of the battle — Pikachu versus Electabuzz — but Bulbasaur won the battle against an Exeggutor by using Sleep Powder on it, causing it to fall off the pillar before Bulbasaur caught it with Vine Whip.

When the final round came — Squirtle versus Starmie — Rudy dedicated the fight to Misty, subsequently ordering Starmie — evading Squirtle's Water Gun by dancing — to spin itself into a Thunderbolt. As Ash tried to think of a strategy, Misty, finally making up her mind, yelled at Ash to keep fighting as he was the only one who could bring out Squirtle's real power. His resolve renewed, Ash had Squirtle use Water Gun to force itself out of the path of Rudy's Thunderbolt, Squirtle subsequently learning Hydro Pump just in time to stop it falling into the nearby sea, subsequently using Hydro Pump and Skull Bash to defeat Starmie. After presenting Ash with his Badge and Misty with some flowers as a farewell, Rudy commented that he hoped Ash knew that he was a very lucky guy, and that Ash would find out what he meant some day.

Pokémon


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Rudy battled with the following Pokémon:

Rudy's Electabuzz
Electabuzz
Electabuzz was Rudy's first choice of Pokémon in his Gym battle against Ash.

Electabuzz was shown to be extremely resilient to most attacks thrown at it, not even requiring to evade any of them, unlike Exeggutor and Starmie. Ash used Pikachu against him for the first round, trying to defeat the Electric-type Pokémon with Thunderbolt, then changing tactics and used Quick Attack instead. Neither attack fazed Electabuzz however, as it charged forward and defeated Pikachu with a single Thunder Punch.

Electabuzz's known moves are Quick Attack and Thunder Punch.

Debut Misty Meets Her Match
Voice actors
Japanese
English Addie Blaustein
Rudy's Exeggutor
Exeggutor
Exeggutor was shown to be a nimble dancer, using this to evade Bulbasaur's Razor Leaf, with the aid of some music requested by Rudy. It was then ordered to go on the offensive, knocking Ash's Bulbasaur to the ground with a powerful Egg Bomb. Upon moving in for the finishing blow however, the tables were turned as Bulbasaur countered with Sleep Powder, causing Exeggutor to become dopey and clumsily stumble towards the precipice of the battle field. Exeggutor was saved from falling into the water below by Bulbasaur, who used Vine Whip to rescue the snoozing Coconut Pokémon.

Exeggutor's only known move is Egg Bomb.

Debut Misty Meets Her Match
Rudy's Starmie
Starmie
Starmie was shown to be powerful and fast. As with most of Rudy's Pokémon, Starmie was proficient in modern dancing, and used it to help avoid attacks thrown at it by Ash's Squirtle. Despite being quick and having Thunderbolt at its disposal, it was ultimately defeated by Squirtle with the help of its newly learned Hydro Pump. It reappeared in a flashback in Hello, Pummelo!.

Starmie's known moves are Water Gun and Thunderbolt.

Debut Misty Meets Her Match

In Trovita Gym

Rudy's Hitmonchan
Hitmonchan
Rudy's Hitmonchan was seen in his Gym dancing to music. It is assumed he uses him when his challengers select a Fighting-type Pokémon to battle him.

None of Hitmonchan's moves are known.

Debut Misty Meets Her Match
Rudy's Golem
Golem
Rudy's Golem was seen in his Gym dancing to music. It is assumed he uses it when his challengers select a Rock or Ground-type Pokémon to battle him.

None of Golem's moves are known.

Debut Misty Meets Her Match
Rudy's Alakazam
Alakazam
Rudy's Alakazam was seen in his Gym dancing to music. It is assumed he uses it when his challengers select a Psychic-type Pokémon to battle him.

None of Alakazam's moves are known.

Debut Misty Meets Her Match
Rudy's Pidgeot
Pidgeot
Rudy's Pidgeot was first seen in his Gym dancing to music. Later, it was seen flying in the air with Rudy's referee on its back. It is assumed he uses it when his challengers select a Normal or Flying-type Pokémon to battle him.

None of Pidgeot's moves are known.

Debut Misty Meets Her Match
Rudy's Rhydon
Rhydon
Rudy's Rhydon was seen in his Gym dancing to music. It is assumed he uses it when his challengers select a Ground or Rock-type Pokémon to battle him.

None of Rhydon's moves are known.

Debut Misty Meets Her Match
Rudy's Venomoth
Venomoth
Rudy's Venomoth was seen in his Gym dancing to music. It is assumed he uses it when his challengers select a Bug or Poison-type Pokémon to battle him.

None of Venomoth's moves are known.

Debut Misty Meets Her Match
Rudy's Ninetales
Ninetales
Rudy's Ninetales was seen in his Gym dancing to music. It is assumed he uses it when his challengers select a Fire-type Pokémon to battle him.

None of Ninetales's moves are known.

Debut Misty Meets Her Match

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 堀川亮 Ryō Horikawa
English Matthew Mitler
Norwegian Tommy Karlsen
Polish Artur Krajewski
Brazilian Portuguese Silvio Giraldi
Spanish Latin America Víctor Ugarte
Spain Pablo Sevilla

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Rudy in the Electric Tale of Pikachu
Rudy dressed as a woman

Rudy was featured in a chapter of the The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga, making him the only one of the Orange League Gym Leaders to make an appearance outside of the anime. However, he was referred to as Jeremy in the English version. Events in the manga transpired similar to the anime episode in which he was featured, although Tracey was not there. Rudy was the final Orange League Gym Leader that Ash battled, not the third. In addition, after Misty turned down Rudy's proposal, Mahri was disappointed because she wanted Misty to become her big sister. To solve this, Rudy starts to crossdress, becoming a big sister for Mahri.

Pokémon

This listing is of Rudy's Pokémon in the Electric Tale of Pikachu manga. Rudy battled with the following Pokémon:

Rudy's Electabuzz
Electabuzz
Electabuzz was Rudy's first choice of Pokémon in his Gym battle against Ash. Electabuzz was shown to be extremely resilient to most attacks thrown at it, even being recharged when hit by an Electric-type attack. It beat Ash's Pikachu in a match of speed, and defeated it with a powerful ThunderPunch.

Electabuzz's only known move is ThunderPunch.

Debut You Bet Your Wife
Rudy's Exeggutor
Exeggutor
Exeggutor was shown to be a nimble dancer, and used its three heads to terrify Ash's Bulbasaur in its battle. It was easily defeated when it was put to sleep by Bulbasaur's Sleep Powder.

None of Exeggutor's moves are known.

Debut You Bet Your Wife
Rudy's Starmie
Starmie
Starmie was shown to be very powerful, knowing Electric-type attacks that would allow it to defeat its Water-type opponent. Eventually it was defeated by a combination of Hydro Pump and Skull Bash by Ash's Squirtle.

Starmie's only known move is Thunderbolt.

Debut You Bet Your Wife

Rudy also handled the following Pokémon at his Gym:

Rudy's Gym Pokémon

Rudy's Gym Pokémon
Gym Pokémon
Rudy's has various Gym Pokémon that he has dance to music as a way of improving their skills. These Pokémon include at least Magikarp, Poliwag, Tauros, Sandslash, Raticate, Ditto, Slowbro, Pidgeot, Jolteon, Onix, Alakazam, Nidoqueen, and Ninetales.

None of the Gym Pokémon moves are known.

Debut You Bet Your Wife
Rudy's Golem
Golem
Rudy used this Golem in the dance battle against Ash.

None of Golem's moves are known.

Debut You Bet Your Wife

Trivia

  • Rudy is the only member of the Orange Crew who hasn't met or defeated Team Rocket in battle.
    • Although, he may have unintentionally defeated them after his Exeggutor fell off the battle field and knocked them into the ocean.

Names

Orange League
Mikan Gym Coral-Eye Badge
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Gym Leader
Cissy
Navel Gym Sea Ruby Badge
DannySmall.png
Gym Leader
Danny
Trovita Gym Spike Shell Badge
RudySmall.png
Gym Leader
Rudy
Kumquat Gym Jade Star Badge
LuanaSmall.png
Gym Leader
Luana
Pummelo Stadium WinnerTrophy.png
Drake
Head Leader
Drake

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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