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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.
- 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)
| 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.
|| A Promise is a Promise!
| Voice actors
|| Unshō Ishizuka
|| Unshō Ishizuka
| 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.
|| The Mystery is History
||ナンバ博士 Dr. Namba
||Possibly from Namba (also known as Minami), a district within Osaka, Japan.
||Same as Japanese name.
||南波博士 Dr. Nánbō
||From 南波 namba.