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コサブロウ Kosaburō
Butch of Team Rocket
Gender Male
Eye color Brown
Hair color Green
Hometown Unknown
Region Kanto
Trainer class Agent
Member of Team Rocket
Rank Agent
Partner Cassidy
Anime debut The Breeding Center Secret
English voice actor Eric Stuart (4Kids)
Billy Beach (TPCi)
Japanese voice actor Takehito Koyasu

Butch (Japanese: コサブロウ Kosaburō) is one half of the Team Rocket duo that occasionally runs across Ash Ketchum and friends in the Pokémon anime.


Butch angry when his name is misspoken

Butch's partner is Cassidy, and she is one of the few that usually manages to get his name right, much to his frustration. In one of the most famous running gags in the anime series, everyone else calls him either "Biff", "Bill", "Buttch", "Buffy", "Bob", "Hutch", "Butcher", "Patch", "Botch", "Chuck", "Footch" 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. This, of course, annoys him to no end, so much so in the Pokémon Chronicles episode Training Daze he said in frustration, "That's it, I'm changing my name."


On hand

Butch's Primeape
Primeape debuted in The Fortune Hunters, and was Butch's first revealed Pokemon. In the episode, it defeated Misty's Staryu in battle, and managed to single-handedly send Jessie and James "Blasting Off Again!". However, it was eventually defeated by the combined efforts of Poliwhirl, Totodile, and Pikachu.

Primeape's known moves are DynamicPunch and Thrash.

Debut The Fortune Hunters
Voice actors
English Michael Haigney
Butch's Hitmontop
Hitmontop debuted in The Mystory Is History, Butch fitted a headband invented by Professor Namba to him which made Hitmontop . This allowed him to hone his skills and made him unstoppable until the headband stopped working.It used this headband again in A Parent Trapped!and A Promise Is A Promise, where it was used by Butch to battle Ash and Sparky as well as Jessie and James in order to stop them from taking back the captured Lugia. It appeared again in SS004, where it battled against Professor Oak, Tracey, and Mimey. Its last appearance was in SS015, where it went up against Gary's Umbreon and Crystal's Ivysaur in a failed attempt to capture a wild Aerodactyl.

Hitmontop's known moves are Rolling Kick, Rapid Spin and Triple Kick.

Debut The Mystery is History
Voice actors
Japanese Kōichi Sakaguchi
English Michael Haigney
Butch's Mightyena
Mightyena debuted in Oaknapped!, where it went up against Tracey's Scyther and Ritchie's Rosealongside [Cassidy]]'s Sableye. It appeared again in A Date With Delcatty, where it battled Casey's Meganium.Its last appearance was in Luvdisc is a Many Splendored Thing, where it battled Luverin and ended up accidentally blasting off Butch and Cassidy with a Hyper Beam. It was Butch's first known Hoenn Pokémon.

Mightyena's known moves are Bite, Hyper Beam, Tackle and Iron Tail.

Debut Oaknapped!
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Katsuyuki Konishi
Butch's Cloyster
Butch's Cloyster made its appearance in The Search for the Legend. It was used along with Cassidy's Tentacruel in their attempt of capturing and stealing Moltres.

Cloyster's only known move is Water Gun.

Debut The Search for the Legend
Voice actors
Japanese Kōichi Sakaguchi
English Michael Haigney
Butch's Shuckle
Butch's Shuckle debuted in Sleight of Sand!, where it battled James's Carnivine.

Shuckle's only known move is Sludge Bomb.

Debut Sleight of Sand!
Voice actors
Japanese Daisuke Sakaguchi
English Bill Rogers


Butch's Controlled Pokémon
Controlled Pokémon
These Pokémon were temporarily controlled by Butch and Cassidy for another scheme using Drowzee to hypnotize them.

They include: Pikachu, Togepi, Meowth, Arbok, Lickitung, Weezing, Victreebel, Wartortle, Vulpix, Mankey, Primeape, Growlithe, Poliwag, Ponyta, Magnemite, Grimer, Kingler, Voltorb, Hitmonchan, Seaking, Starmie, Electabuzz, Magikarp, Vaporeon, Jolteon and Flareon. Pikachu and Togepi were the first to get hypnotized including a whole lot more and suddenly they just disappear. Then next is Meowth which Team Rocket follow and discover their base as their Pokémon turn against them too.

When Ash, Misty, Tracey and Officer Jenny find the base the Pokémon attack with numerous moves. Ash has an idea and makes Pikachu uses Electric moves making it angry, Ash then stands near Drowzee and Pikachu shocks him and the machine stopping Drowzee and stopping the trance.

The controlled Pokémon's known moves are: Flamethrower (used by Flareon, Growlithe, Ponyta and Vulpix), Water Gun (used by Seaking, Starmie, Vaporeon and Wartortle), Thunderbolt (used by Electabuzz, Jolteon and Magnemite), and Selfdestruct (used by Voltorb).

Debut Pikachu Re-Volts

Status unknown

Butch's Aggron
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.

Aggron's known moves are Mega Punch, Hyper Beam, and Water Pulse.

Debut Grating Spaces
Voice actors
English Billy Beach

Briefly used

Butch's Raticate
Butch appears to have access to Cassidy's Raticate, as seen in The Ole' Berate and Switch.
Debut The Breeding Center Secret
Voice actors
Japanese Yuji Ueda
English Billy Beach

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 子安武人 Takehito Koyasu
English Eric Stuart (4Kids dub)
Billy Beach (TPCi dub)
Dutch Huub Dikstaal (Season 1)
Fred Meijer (Season 2)
Unknown voice actor (Season 3)
Finn Poncin (Season 5)
Paul Disbergen (Season 8)
Tony Neef (Season 9-present)
German Manou Lubowski
Hebrew דורון בן-עמי Doron Ben-Ami
Norwegian Trond Teigen
Polish Janusz Rymkiewicz
Portuguese Brazil Silvio Giraldi
Dado Monteiro
Afonso Amajones
Portugal Rui de Sá (EP057)
Rui Luís de Brás (EP086)
Pedro Carneiro (EP157, EP220-EP222)
Nuno Pinto (SS004-SS018, AG132)
Unknown voice actor (AG176)
Spanish Latin America Sergio Gutierrez Coto (EP057-EP222)
Héctor Enmanuel Gómez (SS004)
Enzo Fortuny (SS008, AG176)
Irwin Daayán (SS011-SS018)
Christian Strempler (AG132)
Alan Prieto (DP065)
Spain Claudio Serrano

Name origin

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.


Language Name Origin
Korean 로젠 Rozen Similar to James's name.
Chinese 小三郎 Xiǎo Sānláng From 小三郎 Kosaburō.

Members of Team Rocket
Bosses: Giovanni (animeAdventuresPocket Monsters)

Madame Boss*Masked Man*

Executives: ArcherArianaPetrelProton


Jessie, James, & Meowth (JJM)
Koga, Lt. Surge, & Sabrina (Triad*)
Ken, Al, & Harry (TRET)
Carr, Sird*, & Orm (T3B)
Duos: Butch & CassidyAttila & HunAnnie & Oakley*

ExecutivesScientistsGruntsRocket BrothersGideonDr. Fuji
DominoIron-Masked MarauderTysonWendyDr. Namba
SebastianViperMondoPierceDr. ZagerChristopher
MiyamotoRocket ScoutMatoriKaedeBlaine*

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenneLanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom Pokédex
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulZoeyNandoKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilAlainAriaMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladion
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthWobbuffetGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerShellyArchieTabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretLysandreXerosicCelosiaBryonyMableAlianaTuppZippRappFaba
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperCedric JuniperDr. FennelProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor Burnet
Relatives Delia KetchumFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsNanny and Pop-PopNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's motherHarper and SarahLusamineGladionRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherAbeMallow's brotherSophocles's parents
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceStevenMr. SukizoRaoul ContestaVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianMarianRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinDianthaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSquishyZ2Samson OakHobbesNebbyWickeGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsIsland KahunasMany temporary characters

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