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Gary Oak (Japanese: オーキド・シゲル Shigeru Okido) is a recurring character who appeared in the Pokémon anime. He is a Pokémon Researcher from Pallet Town and grandson of Professor Oak. He is a childhood friend and former rival of Ash Ketchum. His Japanese name is derived from Shigeru Miyamoto.
In the anime
In the main series
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Gary has been a neighbor of Ash Ketchum since they were both young. At one time they seemed to be friends and went to see movies together as seen in Lights, Camerupt, Action!. Shortly after the both of them started on their journeys, Gary and Ash found an old Poké Ball while fishing. The two boys began fighting over who would get to keep the Poké Ball but ended up breaking it in half. Since then, they decided to keep the two separate pieces for themselves. It was revealed in The Ties That Bind that they still carried the pieces with them.
Gary made his debut appearance in Pokémon - I Choose You!, where he went to Professor Oak's Laboratory along with two other Pokémon Trainers before Ash did. After choosing his starter Pokémon, he left Pallet Town with his cheerleaders on a sporty red convertible. Gary is referenced again in the episode Clefairy and the Moon Stone, however it is said that he had a battle with the Samurai in Challenge of the Samurai and the next episode was one of the trainers who beat the Sensational Sisters.
Gary made another appearance in Here Comes the Squirtle Squad and Beauty and the Beach. In the first, he is seen through a town as Ash search for help and the next Gary is seen to be taking part in the beauty contest with their cheerleaders.
As Ash kept in touch with Professor Oak, he has informed Ash about Gary being ahead of him with the amount of Pokémon he caught and Badges he received.
In Dig Those Diglett!, Gary was one of the Trainers who decided to help out the foreman in getting rid of the Diglett. Gary attempted to send out a Pokémon, but it did not exit the Poké Ball, thus having the Diglett return it to him. As he tried other Pokémon, they did not come out of their Poké Balls too and the Diglett returned them to him. Since his Pokémon did not want to battle the Diglett, he deemed it pointless to stay and left with his cheerleaders in the convertible.
In Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon, Gary went digging for Fossils in Grampa Canyon.
Gary appeared in Riddle Me This.
Prior to the events of The Battle of the Badge, he had received ten Badges. He went to the Viridian Gym and took on the Gym Leader, Giovanni. At first he seemed to be winning against Giovanni, knocking out his Golem and Kingler with Nidoking and Arcanine, respectively. But then Giovanni sent out Mewtwo against the Trainer and even let Gary use both his Pokémon against him. Mewtwo made quick work of the two Pokémon and Gary ended up losing.
Gary in the original series
When Ash and his friends went inside the Gym, they found Gary lying down, suffering from the defeat of Giovanni and Mewtwo. Gary explained to Ash about the Mewtwo that is evil even though Ash denied the fact. Afterwards, Gary watched Ash's battle with Team Rocket. Following the battle, the Gym started to collapse and Gary and the others were able to flee the building.
In Showdown at the Po-ké Corral, Gary returned to Pallet Town and headed to the lobby of Professor Oak's Laboratory. Professor Oak mentioned to both Ash and Gary that they were the top Trainers in contrast to the other two who left the same time as them as they couldn't compare with their battling skills. Professor Oak showed Ash Gary's collection of Pokémon. Although Ash had seen more Pokémon, Gary had managed to catch a far greater amount. After Team Rocket was defeated, he promised Ash that they would have their battle at the Pokémon League.
In All Fired Up!, Gary met up with Ash in the Pokémon League in Indigo Plateau. He departed the area after claiming he would get Loseritis. The next day, he was seen in the stadium with the other Trainers and Ash. He did not stay that long as his opponent, Melissa, defeated Gary's Nidoking using her Golem, which eliminated him from the Pokémon League. Following the loss, he left on another journey.
Gary eventually returned from that journey in A Tent Situation. Much unlike his former self, he congratulated Ash on his victory in the Orange League. Ash challenged him to a battle in the next episode with his Pikachu as his choice. Gary in turn used his Eevee. Gary managed to defeat Ash and then left on his journey through Johto.
Gary appeared in Illusion Confusion!.
In Power Play, he battled a Trainer named Alex Davis with his Umbreon, which had evolved from Eevee prior to events of this episode. Gary was able to defeat Alex and his Alakazam. The battle made Ash want to challenge Gary next, but Gary refused and walked off. Ash sent out his other Pokémon to battle Gary's Umbreon instead of Pikachu but he already left. At the campsite, Gary and Umbreon noticed a blackout in a town Ash and his friends were in. Gary and Umbreon jumped into the rescue of the Power Plant when the Robo-Mecha Wobbuffet was attacking it. Following the mecha's defeat, Gary worked with Ash and his friends to get the power back on.
In Extreme Pokémon!, he was practicing with Arcanine for the Extreme Pokémon Race. He then entered the race and competed against Ash and his Bayleef. They were both in the lead but Ash was able to narrowly win the race.
Gary arrived in Silver Town in A Claim to Flame! to compete in the Pokémon League. He greeted Ash and exchanged pleasantries, promising to get to the top and defeat Ash. Gary was able to get past the screening round along with Ash and Harrison.
In The Ties That Bind and Can't Beat the Heat!, he battled Ash at the Silver Conference. Ash ended up winning the battle when his Charizard defeated Gary's Blastoise. With this, the two became friends again.
In Johto Photo Finish, Gary decided that he didn't want to be a Pokémon Trainer anymore, but instead wanted to be a Pokémon researcher like his grandfather.
In Putting the Air Back in Aerodactyl!, Gary worked on Sayda Island with Dora. There, he revived an Aerodactyl from an Old Amber. At first the Aerodactyl was afraid of him and every other person on the island, but Gary soon gained its trust after he fed it some fruit that Aerodactyl used to eat.
Kanto Battle Frontier
Eventually, he moved to the Sinnoh region where he is currently conducting his research. He sent a postcard to Ash from there in The Unbeatable Lightness of Seeing!, which motivated Ash to not to get himself down after a loss and keep fighting, much like he did during their rivalry.
In Home Is Where The Start Is!, Gary reunited with Ash and battled him with his Electivire and defeated Ash's Pikachu once more.
Gary in the Diamond & Pearl
During his time in Sinnoh, Gary became an assistant of Professor Rowan. As before, Gary conducts his research on rare Pokémon, including Fossil Pokémon and Legendary Pokémon. Gary demonstrated more maturity and more respect for other people, especially with Ash. Upon meeting him, Dawn thought that he was a poet like his grandfather.
In Ill-Will Hunting!, he was taking care of a group of Shieldon and protected them from J and her minions, Gary and Ash were forced to join forces to defeat the enemy, even though Ash has been against it. However, thanks to the efforts of the two they managed to save Shieldon from the hands of J.
He appeared again in Fighting Fear With Fear!, where he helped Ash and Gligar by giving a Razor Fang to Ash. This caused Gligar to evolve later on. He was in the area after hearing rumors of Azelf, whom Ash had seen earlier at Lake Valor.
Gary later appeared in The Needs of the Three! and The Battle Finale of Legend!, working alongside Professor Rowan at Valor Lakefront where he attempted to protect Azelf from J and Team Galactic; however, he was unable to defeat Saturn in battle. He later monitored the changes around Mt. Coronet caused by Cyrus's attempts to summon Dialga and Palkia.
Gary later reappeared in a fantasy in The Dream Continues!.
The day he started out on his Pokémon journey, he came off as an arrogant Trainer, much like his game counterpart, Blue. His chosen starter Pokémon was Squirtle, which was actually the same Pokémon that Ash originally wanted to start with. He even had a group of cheerleaders who cheered him on in all his battles and would go so far as crying whenever he lost. He didn't walk on his journeys like most Trainers did; instead he had his own sporty red convertible with a chauffeur. Gary loved when he got a chance to make fun of Ash by bragging about how far behind Ash was compared to him. He also gave Ash the pet-name of "Ashy-boy" (Japanese: "Satoshi-kun"), which occasionally seems to annoy him. His style of training at this point was to capture many Pokémon and to use the strongest, as a stark contrast to Ash, who focused on developing a bond with his Pokémon.
His arrogance continued overtime during Ash’s journey in Kanto until he challenged the Viridian City Gym Leader, Giovanni, to a Pokémon battle for his final (but not necessary) Badge in The Battle of the Badge where he was brutally defeated by Mewtwo. However, this still didn't change his arrogance. It would take a loss at the Pokémon League way later on against Melissa for him to finally realize that he greatly needed to change himself. He would take this loss to heart and would proceed to leave on an independent journey, leaving behind his cheerleaders and convertible in the process. Gary would be shown to have applied himself quite thoroughly during the time between his loss and subsequent return at the end of the Orange Islands season. No longer boasting of his prowess he would showcase his growth as a trainer through his victories against Team Rocket and Ash.
Serving as Ash's first rival, his relationship and rivalry with Ash would prove to have a pivotal role on the latter's outlook as a trainer. While initially they were childhood friends their relationship would then sour by the time they had gotten older. Gary maintained an edge over Ash even prior to becoming a trainer, with the latter having never won against the latter up to that point. Gary's opinion on Ash was so low that he had considered their draw when they had competed over the old Poké Ball to be a loss for himself and would keep his half as a reminder of that day. By the time the two had started their journeys proper, Gary would continue to hold his edge over Ash, always outpacing the latter regardless of how far he had come. Despite his low opinion on Ash, Gary would make a point to show off his superiority every way he could, as shown when he would write derogatory statements of Ash on signs and even went out of his way to enter a beauty contest for no reason other than to mock him and showcase his cheerleaders. The two's dynamic would see a major change once Gary was abruptly eliminated in the Indigo Plateau Conference with Gary growing humble and in turn ceasing his arrogance and antagonistic attitude towards Ash, albeit still teasing him at times. He would grow more polite and respectful of others, which was best shown when he complimented Ash after their first battle despite his loss and even congratulated Ash on his accomplishments in the Kanto and Orange Leagues. This change in attitude would continue to be apparent throughout his few appearances during the Johto season. By the time of the Johto League Conference, Ash and Gary would have a more amiable relationship with one another while still maintaining a sense of rivalry. After his defeat against Ash, Gary would graciously accept his defeat and gave him his half of the Poké Ball, symbolizing the end of their rivalry and the renewal of their friendship.
Even after ending his rivalry with Ash, Gary would continue to have an impact on him and his journey moving forward. Gary's decision to start fresh and go on a journey with only his starter, Blastoise, would in turn become a pattern that Ash himself would follow that eventually became a staple throughout his various journeys. Gary's influence on Ash is so strong that even with just the postcard he had sent to him, he would leave such an impression on Ash that he would vividly visualize Gary's words, which in turn would help motivate him after his recent slump against Brandon. Ironically enough, Gary would go on to act like a sort of mentor to Ash, reeling him in and reprimanding him at times where he'd become overconfident, as shown during their battle after Ash had conquered the Battle Frontier. Ultimately, throughout the various phases that their relationship has gone through, Gary would prove himself to be one of Ash's greatest rivals and closest friends.
Since the very start of his own journey, Gary has shown exceptional skill as a Pokémon Trainer, catching and training an astonishing number and variety of strong Pokémon in a short period of time and losing battles very infrequently. However, since retiring as a Pokémon Trainer to become a researcher, it isn't known if he continues to catch new Pokémon often.
This listing is for Gary's Pokémon as of The Battle Finale of Legend!.
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| Gary used his Magmar during his Silver Conference battle against Ash, sending it to battle against Ash's Heracross. It managed to engulf the Single Horn Pokémon in flames from Fire Blast and a point blank Flamethrower, but Heracross proved to be extremely tough as it beat the flames away and managed to beat the Spitfire Pokémon with its powerful Megahorn.
Magmar's known moves are Flamethrower and Fire Blast.
|| The Ties That Bind
| Voice actors
|| Eric Stuart
| Gary used his Scizor during his Silver Conference battle against Ash. Its speed was far too much for Ash's powerful Snorlax, delivering multiple Quick Attacks in fast succession, avoiding a Hyper Beam and then striking it in the face with Metal Claw. It also solved the problem Gary's Blastoise was having with Muk, knocking it out with a Swift attack. Ash's final Pokémon, Charizard, managed to stop Scizor in its tracks by blasting it in the face with Flamethrower.
Scizor's known moves are Quick Attack, Metal Claw, Swift and Steel Wing.
|| Can't Beat the Heat!
| Voice actors
|| Katsuyuki Konishi
|| Eric Stuart
Before his battle against Gary in The Ties That Bind, Ash was seen checking Gary's page on the Silver Conference website, where Gary's Pokémon were listed with pictures. Among them, there were several Pokémon that Gary hasn't been seen using.
As of Showdown at the Po-ké Corral, Gary had captured more than 200 Pokémon from 60 different species.
Gary's collection of Kanto Badges
During his journey through Kanto, Gary collected ten Gym Badges. Of the Badges he received, he already had five by Primeape Goes Bananas, and he showed off the whole set in The Battle of the Badge. This listing is of the Badges Gary has obtained in the Kanto region:
This listing is of the Badges Gary has obtained in the Johto region:
Gary has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:
Gary has competed in the following Pokémon competitions:
|| Voice actor
|| 小林優子 Yūko Kobayashi
|| Billy Beach
|| Ignasi Díaz
| Mandarin Chinese
|| 王瑞芹 Wáng Ruìqín (EP001-EP273)|
詹雅菁 Zhān Yǎjīng (AG187-present)
|| Radek Kuchař (EP001-EP171)|
Michal Holán (DP045-DP085)
Marek Libert (DP151-DP152)
|| Christian Damsgaard|
|| Bram Bart (EP001-EP273)|
Tony Neef (AG187-present)
|| Charmaine Cordoviz
|| Pauli Virta (EP001, EP058, EP171)|
Arto Nieminen (EP031)
Unknown voice actor (EP063)
Pasi Ruohonen (EP046, EP065-EP121, EP266-EP273)
Petri Hanttu (AG187-AG192, DP085, DP151-DP152)
Petrus Kähkönen (DP045)
| European French
|| Jean-Marc Delhausse
|| Nico Macoulis
|| אביהוד תדהר Avihud Tidhar|
דורון בן-עמי Doron Ben-Ami
דניאל זילברשטיין Daniel Zilbershtein
עמית יוסוביץ Amit Yosovich
|| सूरज जगपत Suraj Jagpat (Hungama dub, formerly)|
अनस खान Anas Khan (Hungama dub, currently)
|| Hamvas Dániel
|| Paolo Sesana (Mediaset dub)|
Massimo di Benedetto (K2 dub)
|| 이선주 Lee Seon-Ju
|| Erik Skøld (EP001–EP077)|
|| Marek Włodarczyk (EP001-EP273)|
Karol Wróblewski (DP045-present)
|| Rodrigo Andreatto (EP001-EP273, DP085)|
Marcelo Campos (SS015)
Eduardo Serandini (AG187)
Gabriel Noya (AG192)
Raphael Ferreira (DP045, DP151-DP152)
|| Peter Michael (EP001–EP077)|
Rui de Sá (EP115-EP121)
Pedro Carneiro (EP171)
Nuno Pinto (EP228, AG192)
João Vaz (EP266-EP273)
Unknown voice actor (all other appearances)
|| Дмитрий Завацкий Dmitrii Zavatskii
|| Latin America
|| Gerardo Del Valle (EP001-EP273)|
Víctor Ugarte (SS015)
Ricardo Bautista (AG187, AG192, DP151-DP152)
Benjamín Rivera (DP045)
Noé Velásquez (DP085)
|| Jesús Pinillos
|| Hans Jonsson
|| Nguyễn Kim Anh
Gary appeared in a brief, non-speaking flashback in I Choose You!, which is set in a timeline separate from the main series. In the flashback, he was seen choosing Squirtle as his starter Pokémon, much to the dismay of Ash, who had wanted Squirtle as his own starter.
In the manga
Gary Oak in Ash & Pikachu
In the Ash & Pikachu manga
Gary appeared in One Half Of A Poké Ball, where he faced off against Ash during the Silver Conference.
In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga
Gary Oak in The Electric Tale of Pikachu
Gary is one of the recurring characters in The Electric Tale of Pikachu. In the manga, Gary is a childhood friend and rival of Ash and frequently appears when Ash does something wrong. He has a sister named May, who has no equivalent in the anime.
At the Pokémon League, he is defeated by Ritchie, but confronts Ash at the end of the series. In the epilogue, he and Ash are shown traveling together on their journey.
This listing is of Gary's known Pokémon in the manga:
| Gary sent out Rhydon along with his other Pokémon to battle the giant Slowpoke after Arcanine became hypnotized by it. However, it wasn't long before it fell victim to the giant Pokémon.
None of Rhydon's moves are known.
|| Ash vs. Gary
| Gary sent out Gyarados along with his other Pokémon to battle the giant Slowpoke after Arcanine became hypnotized by it. However, it wasn't long before it fell victim to the giant Pokémon. Later, Gary sends it out as a way of traveling on water so he can catch it after Team Rocket came by and tried to steal it with their net.
None of Gyarados's moves are known.
|| Ash vs. Gary
| Gary sent out Venusaur along with his other Pokémon to battle the giant Slowpoke after Arcanine became hypnotized by it. Similar to Arcanine, it wasn't able to battle the Slowpoke.
None of Venusaur's moves are known.
|| Ash vs. Gary
| Pidgeot was sent out along with Gary's other Pokémon to battle the giant Slowpoke. It fell victim to the Slowpoke's laziness.
None of Pidgeot's moves are known.
|| Ash vs. Gary
| Slowpoke → Slowbro
| Ash and his rival, Gary, both battled for this giant Slowpoke. Even though Ash was able to catch it, he gave it to Gary instead so he could get a picture of his sister, May. After this, they found out that Slowpoke had evolved into a Slowbro.
Slowpoke's known moves are Disable, Ice Beam, Growl, Surf and Headbutt.
|| Ash vs. Gary
- Gary is one of the few characters from the original series, who appeared during both dubs of the anime, to have his English dub voice remain unchanged; he is always voiced by Carter Cathcart.
- In the original series, Gary's attire is similar to Blue's during Generations I and II. In his Advanced Generation and Diamond & Pearl appearances, Gary wears Blue's outfit from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. Interestingly, the cape he adorns in the third opening and in EP115 resembles the one worn by his cross-canon manga counterpart Blue in the Yellow chapter. Gary has yet to be seen wearing Blue's outfits from HeartGold and SoulSilver and Sun and Moon.
- Out of all rival characters in the anime, Gary has appeared in the most series.
- Gary owns the final evolutionary forms of each of the special Pokémon that can appear on Route 201 via dual-slot mode, swarming, or the Poké Radar (Arcanine, Nidoking, Nidoqueen, and Dodrio).
- In Pokémon Stickers series 1, a sticker depicting Gary identified him as "Bailey". The same error occurred in the Polish dub of Challenge of the Samurai. The occurrence of the same error in two apparently unrelated sources might indicate an early-planned name, much like how Ash was initially known as "Casey".
- Although Ash's flashback in Lights, Camerupt, Action! seems to suggest that Gary and Ash were childhood friends, this is contradicted by Gary's conversation with Ash in Pokemon - I Choose You! when they first started off on their Pokémon journey, which indicated that that was the first time the both of them met.
- In Pocket Monsters: The Animation, it is revealed that, aside from his being Professor Oak's grandson, he is also the grandnephew of Pallet Town's mayor. It also explains that his girlfriends are the mayor's electoral staff.
| Derived from Shigeru Miyamoto.
|| Gary Oak
|| Possibly taken from Garry Oak, a type of oak tree. Also, Gary is a default name for Blue in Pokémon Red and Blue. Also possibly derived from Shigeru.
|| Régis Chen
|| Chen is an Asian name that looks like the word "chêne" (oak).
|| Gary Eich
|| Direct translation. Eiche means Oak.
|| Gary Carvalho
|| Carvalho means Oak; Carvalho is also an actual surname.
|| 오바람 O Baram
|| 오 O is from the first syllable in "Okido", while his first name, Baram is native Korean for wind.
|| 小茂 Xiǎo Mào
大木・茂 (full name)
| 茂 (luxuriant) is from 茂る shigeru.|
大木 (big wood/tree) is from 大木戸 Ōkido.
|| 小茂 Síu Mauh
|| Same as Mandarin name.
|| Same as Japanese.
|| Гэри Оук Geri Ouk
|| Transliteration of the English name.