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シジマ Shijima
"His Roaring Fists Do the Talking"
HeartGold SoulSilver Chuck.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Male
Eye color Black
Hair color Brown
Hometown Cianwood City
Region Johto
Relatives Wife
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation II, IV
Games Gold, Silver, Crystal, Stadium 2, HeartGold, SoulSilver
Leader of Cianwood Gym
Badge Storm Badge
Specializes in Fighting
Anime debut Machoke, Machoke Man!
English voice actor Dan Green
Japanese voice actor Nobuaki Kakuda

Chuck (Japanese: シジマ Shijima) is the Gym Leader of Cianwood City's Gym, officially known as the Cianwood Gym. His specialty is Template:Type2 Pokémon. Chuck gives out the Storm Badge to Trainers who beat him.

In the games

Headshot of Chuck from Pokémon Gold and Silver

Chuck appears in Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver as the Leader of the Cianwood Gym. A Template:Type2 Trainer, he is known to spar with his Pokémon to train both them and himself. His in-game title is "His Roaring Fists Do the Talking". Chuck is married, but spends little time with his wife. She isn't too fond of this, and spends her time standing outside the gym, perhaps waiting in hope that he will come home.

Chuck's gym is very different between the two generations it has appeared. In Generation II, once challengers have made their way through his gym, Chuck will attempt to intimidate them before battle by telling how his Pokémon "will crush stones and shatter bones." He then lifts and tosses a boulder prior to accepting the challenge. In Generation IV, Chuck awaits his challengers underneath a large waterfall. He will not notice the player approach him until the water under which he has been meditating stops flowing.

Chuck enjoys a good battle, but after losing he vows to train 24 hours a day. After he is defeated, his wife will give the player HM02 (Fly), which the successful Trainer will now be able to use outside of battle. She also comments that she is grateful that her husband would be doing more training, since he was getting "a little chubby". In addition to the Storm Badge, Chuck gives out TM01 (DynamicPunch in Generation II; Focus Punch in Generation IV).

Most of the Gym Leaders in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver will vacate their gyms and travel around Johto or Kanto on occasion, but Chuck is the sole exception. He holds true to his promise of training 24 hours a day; instead, his Pokégear phone number must be obtained from his wife. If the player calls him on a Wednesday night, however, Chuck will make an exception and travel to Saffron City to battle with an enhanced team in the Fighting Dojo.

Chuck also appears in Pokémon Stadium 2's Johto Gym Leader Castle. This is the only time he can be fought using Pokémon not of the Template:Type2; his second six-Pokémon team in this game is actually composed of only two Fighting-type Pokémon.


This listing is of Chuck's Pokémon in the video games he has appeared in.

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Gym match

Second battle (Rematch)

Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1

Round 2


File:ChuckGSC.png File:ChuckHGSS.gif VSChuck.png
Chuck's sprite from
Generation II
Chuck's sprite from
Generation IV
Chuck's VS sprite from
Generation IV

"Wahahah! So you've come this far! Let me tell you, I'm tough! My Pokémon will crush stones and shatter bones! Watch this! Urggh! Oooarrgh! There! Scared now, are you? What? It has nothing to do with Pokémon? That's true! Come on. We shall do battle!"

"Wha? Huh? I lost? How about that! You're worthy of Storm Badge!"

PokéGear Phone

"Hello?! Oh, hey, sorry for shouting! I’m doing great! Let’s see... I’m free most Wednesday nights. Give me a call then, OK?"
Wednesday night:
"Hello?! Oh, hey, sorry for shouting! I’m doing great! Oh hey! I just finished training. Do you want to battle again?"
No: "Noooooo! That’s terrible!"
"All right! I’ll be waiting over at the Fighting Dojo in Saffron City!"
"Hello?! Oh, hey, sorry for shouting! I’m doing great! I’ll be waiting at the Fighting Dojo in Saffron City. Look forward to it!"
"Yo! Chuck here! What’s up? You know, I’m just going to say this once, but I... I really like sweets. They’re the best. After training every day, the thing that I absolutely look forward to more than anything is sneaking behind my wife’s back to eat something sweet. Fortunately, I haven’t been packing on too many pounds... Oh! Don’t tell my wife! Please!"

In the anime

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Chuck in the anime

Chuck made his only anime appearance in Machoke, Machoke Man!. Ash and his friends met a man roughhousing with a Machoke. After following him, Ash discovered that the man was Chuck, Gym Leader of the Cianwood Gym. Even though he is the Fighting master, he gets tired easily as he is a little fat. His wife continually makes fun of him because of this. He is positive-minded and emotional and has a tendency to break out into tears if happy. His battle technique is to battle with his Pokémon to improve their concentration.

Later Chuck and Ash had their battle for a Storm Badge. Ash used Pikachu who got defeated by Chuck's Poliwrath. Ash then used Bayleef who defeated Poliwrath and Machoke.

It was later revealed that Brawly, the Dewford Town Gym Leader, used to be one of the many students of Chuck.


This listing is of Chuck's known Pokémon in the anime:

Chuck's Poliwrath
Chuck's Poliwrath was used as the first Pokémon against Ash in the Gym battle.

Dodging Pikachu's Thunderbolt attack, it was hit by the fourth one. It then manages to hold off Pikachu's Quick Attack, using Focus Energy and then uses DoubleSlap, knocking out Pikachu.

Ash then chooses Bayleef, and then Chuck issues Poliwrath to use Water Gun, which Bayleef dodges. Ash then orders Bayleef to use Razor Leaf and Vine Whip, slamming Poliwrath to the ground. Chuck orders Poliwrath to use Focus Energy, and Poliwrath while wobbling trying to stand up straight, Bayleef uses Body Slam to defeat Poliwrath.

Poliwrath's known moves are Focus Energy, DoubleSlap and Water Gun.

Debut Machoke, Machoke Man!
Voice actors
English Eric Stuart
Chuck's Machoke
Machoke is Chuck's main Pokémon in the anime.

Machoke made its appearance in Machoke, Machoke Man!. Chuck and Machoke have a close bond of friendship with one another. This can be seen when both of them cry and hug each other when they are happy. They fight with each other often to improve their concentration in battles; they use this technique even before important matches.

Chuck used it against Ash's Bayleef in a Gym battle. With a powerful Submission attack, Machoke almost defeated Bayleef, but with Ash's support, Bayleef won the match.

Machoke's known moves are Karate Chop, Submission, Focus Energy and Cross Chop.

Debut Machoke, Machoke Man!
Voice actors
English Eric Stuart

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 角田信朗 Nobuaki Kakuda
English Dan Green
Polish Jan Kulczycki
European Spanish Iñaki Crespo

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

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Chuck and his Hitmontop (left) with Whitney and her Miltank (bottom)

Chuck taught Blue martial arts and how to train Pokémon when the boy was very young.

Chuck in the HG/SS chapter

He initially was training for a battle with Wayne in his first appearance. He then noticed something amiss when he found his sandbags and Wayne's jacket slashed, but then he met Suicune, and with help from Wayne. He figured out that it was the cause of the jacket and sandbags and attempted to catch it with Wayne, but to no avail as previous Gym Leaders such as Clair had tried to do.


This listing is of Chuck's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.


In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Chuck or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Name Type Level Rarity Set Set no.
Chuck's Primeape Fighting - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 33/141
Chuck's Poliwrath Fighting - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 34/141
Chuck's Rhydon Fighting - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 35/141
Chuck's Tauros Colorless - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 36/141
Chuck's Granbull Colorless - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 37/141
Chuck's Donphan Fighting - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 38/141
Chuck's TM 01 - - Uncommon Pokémon VS (no English release) 111/141
Chuck's TM 02 - - Uncommon Pokémon VS (no English release) 112/141


  • His Japanese Leader title is 唸る拳で語る男.
  • Chuck was featured in only one episode of the anime, but has made three appearances in flashbacks.
    • Since Chuck's defeat, every other Gym Leader to appear has been in more than one episode.
  • Chuck is the only main series Fighting expert not to use a member of the Machop evolutionary line.
  • Chuck appears as an opponent in Pokémon Puzzle Challenge. He uses a Primeape to battle.
  • In Generation II, both Chuck and Pryce's weakest Pokémon are at the same level: Level 27.


Language Name Origin
Japanese シジマ (Shijima) ハオルチア・シジマ Haoruchia-Shijima, Haworthia. Shijima can also mean "silence" or "four islands".
English Chuck To throw, or possibly from nanchaku. Possibly a reference to Chuck Norris
French Chuck From the English name
German Hartwig From Hart, hard.
Italian Furio From furioso, furious.
Spanish Aníbal From Hannibal.
Korean 사도 Sado From 四島 Shijima, an alternate way of writing the name. It's also similar to 싸우다, fight.
Chinese 阿四 Ā Sì 四 is from 四島 Shijima, an alternate way of writing the name.

External links

Gym Leaders of the Johto region
Violet Gym Zephyr Badge
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Azalea Gym Hive Badge
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Goldenrod Gym Plain Badge
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Ecruteak Gym Fog Badge
Morty OD.png
Cianwood Gym Storm Badge
Chuck OD.png
Olivine Gym Mineral Badge
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Mahogany Gym Glacier Badge
Pryce OD.png
Blackthorn Gym Rising Badge
Clair OD.png

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