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ユキナリ Yukinari
Sammy Oak.png
Age 10
Gender Male
Eye color Blue
Hair color Brown
Hometown Pallet Town
Region Kanto
Trainer class Trainer
Anime debut Celebi: Voice of the Forest
English voice actor Tara Jayne
Japanese voice actor Keiko Toda

Sam (Japanese: ユキナリ Yukinari) is a young Pokémon Trainer that appears in Celebi: Voice of the Forest, having been transported by Celebi from 40 years in the past to Ash's time by accident.

Soon after arriving, he befriends Ash, Misty, and Brock, and the four attempt to stop the Iron-Masked Marauder from destroying the forest using Celebi's power. After saving Celebi, he returns to his time.


Sam was shown to have some skills in Pokémon watching, similar to Tracey, as shown when he drew in his sketchbook the Pokémon he saw, especially Celebi. After rescuing Celebi from a Pokémon poacher, he grew a bond with it.


40 years ago, Sam traveled through the woods near Arborville and met a woman named Towa who told him about the "Voice of the Forest", and that if he did hear it, he should not move or else he will be sent to another time. Sam is also told about a rare Pokémon living there. With that said, Towa gave Sam a piece of bread as a parting gift. While continuing his travels in the forest, a Pokémon poacher went chasing after Celebi who wished to capture it. Sam defended Celebi from the poacher and teleported itself and Sam into the future.

During the present-day, Sam landed in the same area that he got teleported from. Ash and his friends arrived in the area and saw that Sam became unconscious. Ash takes him back to Arborville and as soon as Sam woke up, he finds out that Celebi disappeared. After Towa told the group about how she kept the sketchbook that Sam used, Sam and the group go to the forest and find Celebi. They find it where the Iron-Masked Marauder was destroying the forest. The Marauder encountered the group but they escaped.

The Marauder sent Scizor and Sneasel after them. Sam and Ash battled the foe's Pokémon and were able to defeat them. Sam and the group arrived in a foggy portion of the Lake of Life and was able to heal Celebi. As Celebi recovered, Ash and Sam play with it, having fun. Celebi then lead the four to a Berry tree.

Later, Sam and the others encounter the Iron-Masked Marauder again. The Marauder managed to capture Celebi in a Dark Ball. Sam and Ash try to get the possessed-Celebi to stop but it didn't work as the Marauder commanded it to destroy the forest. Celebi was about to take care of Sam and Ash but Suicune arrived and saved the two Trainers. Suicune gets attacked by a monstrous ball's tendril which caught Suicune and sent the two Trainers flying. They were caught by Jessie who tells them where Celebi was. Sam reminds Celebi about the time it had fun with him, Ash and his friends, despite Celebi relentlessly attacking them. Celebi broke free from the Marauder's control and destroyed the Dark Ball it was contained in.

This took a toll on Celebi as it became unconscious. Sam took it to the Lake of Life to restore it but it had no effect due to the destruction that happened earlier. However, the Celebi spirits arrive and were able to revive the fallen Celebi. After Celebi was okay and the Iron-Masked Marauder was defeated, Celebi teleported Sam back to his own time.


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Reason: Charmeleon's seiyū.
Sam's Charmeleon
Sam used his Charmeleon in battle against the Iron-Masked Marauder's Sneasel, and won. It was contained in what appeared to be a metal Poké Ball with a red screw-top on it.

Charmeleon's known moves are Flamethrower and Headbutt.

Debut Celebi: Voice of the Forest
Voice actors
English Eric Stuart


Sam's Celebi
Main article: Celebi (M04)

Sam met this Celebi during his time. However, it bumped into him while on the pursuit of a Pokémon Hunter which accidentally transports him to the present time of Ash and company. This time, the Iron-Masked Marauder was after Celebi. After Ash and Sam defeated the Marauder by snapping Celebi out of its dark self and got revived by the other Celebi from the past, this Celebi that met Sam took him back to his own time.

Debut Celebi: Voice of the Forest
Voice actors
Japanese Kazuko Sugiyama
English Kazuko Sugiyama


Sugimori Sammy.jpg
Ken Sugimori's design of Sam

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 戸田恵子 Keiko Toda
English Tara Jayne
Finnish Hanna Savikko
European French Catherine Desplaces
Italian Flavio Aquilone
Norwegian Jorunn Torsheim
Portuguese Brazil Rodrigo Andreatto
Portugal Sandra de Castro
Spanish Latin America Arturo Castañeda
Spain Chelo Vivares

Movie characters
Human protagonists
Sir AaronAliceAudrey and KathrynBiancaCarlitaCoreyDamosDianaDianeEricFergusNewton Graceland
JuanitaKarlLisaLizabethLorenzoProfessor LundTory LundMarenMelodyMannesNeeshaRafe
RebeccaRowenaSamSheenaSidKidd SummersTonioTowaJack WalkerYuko
Human antagonists
AnnieButlerDamonMarilyn FlameGalenGooneMolly HaleIron-Masked MarauderGrings KodaiLawrence IIIMarcus
Ninja RiotOakleyThe PhantomArgus SteelMillis SteelZero
ArceusArticunoCarbinkCelebi (M04)Celebi (M13)CobalionDarkraiDeoxysDialgaDiancieEntei (M03)Entei (M13)Genesect
GiratinaGroudonJirachiKeldeoKyuremLatiasLatiosLucarioLugiaManaphyMew (M01)Mew (M08)Mewtwo (OS)
Mewtwo (BW)MoltresPalkiaPichuPikachutwoRaikouRayquazaRegiceRegirockRegisteelReshiramShayminSlowking
Suicune (M04)Suicune (M13)TerrakionUnownVictiniVirizionXerneasYveltalZapdosZekromZoroarkZorua
Baron AlbertoBlock BotAliciaAllegraAstridBanksCarolDavidDonukeDundeeEvaDr. FujiGlacineGodeySpencer Hale
Heroes of Truth and IdealsQueen IleneInfiJennyJoeJudyKaiKanataKatoKevinKikoKing of the People of the ValeKyleLayla
LeekuLuisLuisaMakoMarcus's soldiersMalinManukeMauryMeredithMewtwo's creatorsMirandaMisakiMoose
Mother and daughterPeople of the WaterPokémon Baccer teamsPegRavineRaymondQueen RinRossShipShip's shipmatesSchuyler
TappTammyTannerTatsukiTobiasUschiMr. White

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