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For the character of the day from A Bout With Sprout whose Japanese name is Shō, see Zackie.

Sho

Sho (Japanese: ショウ Shō) is the character of the day in Pika and Goliath!.

Sho initially came off as incredibly arrogant, a trait seemingly shared by his Raichu and Pichu. When his Pichu came across Ash's Pikachu, it called its Trainer over. Sho assumed it was a wild Pikachu, and was going to attempt to catch it before Ash explained it was his. Sho offered to trade his Mareep, Magneton, and Magnemite for Pikachu in order to complete his evolution collection. Of course, Ash refused on all offers. Sho then started to accuse Ash of being a weak Trainer, and not being able to handle Pikachu's power.

From there on, he challenged Ash to a battle with his Raichu. Ash in turn uses Pikachu. Sho's Raichu knows two moves that Pikachu knows: Iron Tail and Volt Tackle. However, since it's fully evolved, it also knows the move Hyper Beam. One of Sho's battle strategies is to have Raichu pin down opponents with its tail and then fire a Hyper Beam at them for a finishing blow at point blank range, proving to be brutal, if not merciless. He enacted this technique on Ash's Pikachu which injured it so much that it needed to be sent to the Pokémon Center in critical condition.

Later on, Ash challenged him to a rematch. This time, Pikachu went on to defeat Raichu. Sho seemed to have a change of heart, accepting Ash and Pikachu's battling abilities and admitting defeat.

Pokémon

Sho's Raichu
Raichu
Raichu is Sho's main Pokémon, and is an extremely powerful battler and also shared the arrogant attitude Sho displayed. Sho sent it up against Pikachu when Ash refused to trade him so Sho could own the entire Raichu evolution family. Although Pikachu was powerful, Raichu knew many of Pikachu's attacks with the addition of having extra strength that came from being a higher evolutionary form, making it more than formidable. Using its tail to restrain Pikachu against a rock, it brutally defeated Pikachu with its close-range Hyper Beam.

The defeat caused both Ash and Pikachu to question their earlier decision not to evolve Pikachu into Raichu, as there would always be attacks and abilities Pikachu could only gain by evolving. After some thought, both eventually decided that they made the right decision all that time ago and Pikachu was sent up against Raichu again after Pikachu recovered. Having learned new ways to move, Pikachu was able to outspeed Raichu and after a hard fought battle finally defeated it, earning both Sho and Raichu's respect.

Raichu's known moves are Iron Tail, Thunder, Volt Tackle, and Hyper Beam.

Debut Pika and Goliath!
Voice actors
Japanese Miyako Itō
English Miyako Itō
Sho's Pichu
Pichu
Pichu, like Raichu, also displayed an arrogant attitude when it stole a berry from Pikachu and Piplup. Sho refused to allow it to evolve into Pikachu as it would upset his quest to own Raichu's entire evolutionary family. Sho allowed Pichu to watch both battles he had against Ash.

None of Pichu's moves are known.

Debut Pika and Goliath!
Voice actors
Japanese Tomoko Kawakami
English Tomoko Kawakami

Mentioned

Mareep
Sho wanted to offer this Mareep for a trade with Ash's Pikachu to complete his collection but Ash rejected this offer as he did not want to give up his best friend.
Debut Pika and Goliath
Magnemite and Magneton
Sho wanted to offer his Magnemite and Magneton for a trade with Ash's Pikachu to complete his collection but Ash rejected this offer as he did not want to give up his best friend.
Debut Pika and Goliath

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 陶山章央 Akio Suyama
English Tom Wayland
Czech Michal Holán
Norwegian Scott Maurstad
Polish Grzegorz Drojewski
Brazilian Portuguese Raphael Ferreira
European Spanish Ricardo Escobar

Trivia

  • Sho has a similar personality as Lt. Surge as well as Pokémon choice. Both can be arrogant but will admit defeat and gain respect for the one who defeated them.
  • In the English dub, Sho speaks using contemporary street slang, using terms like "homeboy", and "noob".
  • In both English and Japanese, his name can be extracted from the word shock, which makes sense considering his team is made up of Electric-type Pokémon.
  • He is the second character named Shō in Japanese who wanted Ash's Pikachu for himself, the first being Zackie. Also like him, he first mistook Pikachu for a wild Pokémon.
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