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Todd Snap (Japanese: トオル Tōru) is a professional Pokémon photographer. Making his debut in the anime, he is the main character of Pokémon Snap, and has appeared in various other media, including Pokémon Adventures.
As a Pokémon photographer, Todd prefers taking photos of Pokémon instead of catching them with Poké Balls. He does that as a hobby, but is also often hired to. Although young, Todd seems to have gained enough reputation to catch Professor Oak's attention. He is not known to own any Pokémon, despite the number of species he has met, including legendary Pokémon as rare as Mew.
In Pokémon Snap
Todd is the protagonist of Pokémon Snap. Professor Oak hired him to go to Pokémon Island with the ZERO-ONE to take pictures of wild Pokémon behaving naturally for a Pokémon Report. He traveled all over the island getting pictures of all the species, and received Pokémon food, Pester Balls, a Poké Flute, and the Dash Engine upgrade to help him capture the best images possible. While there, he also took pictures of the Pokémon signs, which Professor Oak used to discern the location of the rarest Pokémon, Mew.
In other games
Despite not having appeared in other games himself, ZERO-ONE, the vehicle Todd used to go through the Pokémon Island, appears as a collectible trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Todd is mentioned in the trophy description.
In the anime
Todd first appeared in Pokémon Paparazzi. He had recently become famous after he took a picture of a supposedly extinct Aerodactyl - the same one that tried to eat Ash, who was also on the photo, albeit blurred. He was hailed for being able to "capture any Pokémon on film". After seeing the article in a magazine, Meowth misunderstood the wording, not seeing the "on film" part. Team Rocket disguised themselves and hired Todd to capture Pikachu.
Todd set out to capture the perfect picture of Pikachu, which irritated Ash - the two boys eventually settled their differences, however. Todd traveled with Ash and his friends for a short time, but left at the end of The Breeding Center Secret.
Later, Todd showed up again in Moving Pictures up in the mountains of Johto, trying to capture a picture of the legendary bird, Articuno. After successfully photographing the legendary Pokémon in Freeze Frame, Todd went his own way once again.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Todd appears in the Emerald chapter of the Pokémon Adventures manga, years after his debut appearance in other media.
Todd is a reporter and photographer on assignment at the Battle Frontier. There, he encountered the eccentric young Emerald - the strange young man ended up saving Todd from a wild Sudowoodo. He then followed the events in the Battle Frontier, aiding Emerald along with Latias and Latios during the crisis. At the end, Professor Oak asked him if he could work with him and if he could go to an island where there are lots of Pokémon, and take pictures of them.
- Todd is the only spin-off game character to appear in the Pokémon Adventures manga, and, due to his introduction in the anime long before Pokémon Snap was released, the only anime-introduced character to appear in Pokémon Adventures.
- He has two separate names in the English-language dub. He is known as Todd in the Kids' WB! and the Cartoon Network version and Snap in the DVD/VHS version. When Pokémon.com announced that his episodes would air on Toonami Jetstream to celebrate the release of Pokémon Snap on Virtual Console in December 2007, this received a retcon by making Snap his surname.
|| トオル Tōru
|| From 撮る toru, meaning "take" in the context of "taking a photo".
|| Todd Snap
|| "Snap" may come from "snapshot" or the onomatopoeia of a camera shutter, while "Todd" sounds similar to Tōru.
|| 찰칵 Chalkak
|| Sound effect similar to "snap".
|| 阿徹/阿彻 Ā Chè
|| From Japanese name 徹 Tōru.