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Butch (Japanese: コサブロウ Kosaburō) is one half of of the Team Rocket duo that occasionally runs across Ash Ketchum and friends in the Pokémon anime.
Butch's partner is Cassidy, and she is one of the few that usually manages to get his name right- much to his frustration, everyone else calls him either "Biff", "Bill", "Buttch", "Buffy", "Bob", "Hutch", "Butcher", "Patch", "Botch", "Chuck" or "Hootch" among others (コサンジ Kosanji in Japanese). Sometimes when she gets it right, he, by habit, tries to correct her and ends up calling himself the incorrect name. Everyone getting his name wrong has become a running gag in the anime. This, of course, annoys him to no end. He once even said in frustration, "That does it, I am changing my name."
Butch is named after Butch Cassidy, an American outlaw. His Japanese name, Kosaburo, is meant to diminish his status when compared to James. 二郎 Jirō is a name meaning "second son," while 三郎 Saburō means "third son." Kojiro (James) takes advantage of Jirō, while Kosaburo takes advantage of Saburō.
These Pokémon are temporarily controlled during the events of Pikachu Re-Volts.
In Grating Spaces, Delibird was delivering the Poké Ball containing Aggron to Butch, but it mistakenly gave it to James. Delibird returned later and reclaimed the Poké Ball. It is assumed Aggron was delivered to Butch successfully.
- Through both English dubs, Butch has shared the same voice actor with James (Eric Stuart in the 4Kids dub and Jimmy Zoppi - working under the psuedonym Billy Beach - in the TPCi/TPCi dub).