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Dr. Namba
ナンバ博士 Dr. Namba
Dr Namba.png
Dr. Namba.
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region Johto
Member of Team Rocket
Rank Scientist
Anime debut The Mystery is History
English voice actor Billy Beach
Japanese voice actor Ichirō Nagai

Dr. Namba (Japanese: ナンバ博士 Dr. Namba) is a scientist of Team Rocket.


He first appeared in the Lugia saga that comprised of The Mystery is History, A Parent Trapped! and A Promise is a Promise. He has since appeared in a number of episodes, giving Butch and Cassidy their mission briefings (though this was primarily as a vocal role, except for Oaknapped). Like Butch, people often get his name wrong. For example, Cassidy called him "Dr. Samba" in The Ole' Berate and Switch!. He also has a short temper.


Little is known about Namba. Because he does most of his work in a covert fashion, it is possible that Namba is a fugitive outlaw who uses unethical methods in his research. It can be speculated that since he does order scientists and agents within Team Rocket, he is either very knowledgeable about his field or that he has been with the group for a while, climbing the corporate ladder at Team Rocket. Also, in the Japanese version of his appearances on Pokémon Chronicles, Namba demands that Butch and Cassidy capture rare Pokémon for something he calls the 'R Project.'

Relationships with other members

Aside from the already mentioned fact of him ordering a cadre of scientists and agents, two notable agents that he orders are Butch and Cassidy.

Known research

  • Pokémon strength augmentation
  • Pokérus (perhaps related to strength augmentation research)
  • Hippowdon's sand
  • Rage Crown (a device that attaches to a Pokémon's head and stimulates the areas of the brain involved in aggression, increasing its power and causing it to enter into a state of fury)


On hand

Dr. Namba's Electabuzz
Dr. Namba's Electabuzz's only appearance was in A Promise is a Promise!. When Ash and his friends, including Ritchie and Oliver, were on the run in Team Rocket's underwater base, they discovered where Namba was keeping Silver and were about to free it until Namba appeared and sent out Electabuzz.

It had a headgear on its head which made it angry, thus making it more powerful. Electabuzz used an enraged ThunderPunch to try to faint Ash's Pikachu and Sparky, but they dodged it. Pikachu tried to use Thunderbolt on its headgear, but it blocked the headgear with Light Screen, and Namba started to make Electabuzz even more angry with the controls he was holding. Pikachu and Sparky continued to fight until Sparky broke the controls, also disabling the headgear. They finished Electabuzz off with a double Thunder attack, fainting it.

Electabuzz's known moves are ThunderPunch, Light Screen and Thunderbolt.

Debut A Promise is a Promise!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Unshō Ishizuka


Main article: Silver (Johto)

Dr. Namba caught Silver when he built a Lugia decoy which made Silver think the decoy was its pal.

Debut The Mystery is History
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara
English Megumi Hayashibara
Dr. Namba's Lugia
Dr. Namba caught the parent Lugia by bringing out its child, Silver. The parent Lugia went to Silver but was almost stopped by Ash, Misty, Brock and Ritchie, and their Pokémon, as Butch and Cassidy defeated them using their Pokémon when they had the rage crown on.

Lugia's known moves are Rain Dance, Aeroblast and Safeguard.

Debut The Mystery is History
Dr. Namba's Pikachu
Main article: Ash's Pikachu

When Ash and his friends were locked in a cage, Dr. Namba tried out his rage crown on Ash's Pikachu. Oliver managed to free the heroes in time and Ash stopped Dr. Namba from doing so.

Debut The Mystery is History
Voice actors
Japanese Ikue Ohtani
English Ikue Ohtani
Main article: Sparky

When Ash and his friends were locked in a cage, Dr. Namba tried out his rage crown on Ritchie's Pikachu, Sparky. Oliver managed to free the heroes in time and Ash stopped Dr. Namba from doing so.

Debut The Mystery is History
Voice actors
Japanese Satomi Kōrogi
English Satomi Kōrogi

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 永井一郎 Ichirō Nagai
English Billy Beach
European Spanish Luis Gaspar (EP220-EP222)
Roberto Cuenca Martínez (Pokémon Chronicles, DP065)
José Escobosa (AG176)


Language Name Origin
Japanese ナンバ博士 Dr. Namba Possibly from Namba (also known as Minami), a district within Osaka, Japan.
English Dr. Namba Same as Japanese name.
Chinese 南波博士 Dr. Nánbō From 南波 namba.

See also

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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