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He later provides some minor assistance to the fight against the [[Elite Four]] on [[Cerise Island]]. He helps Red escape from [[Lorelei|Lorelei's]] ice and provides him with some [[evolutionary stone]]s for his {{p|Eevee}}. Giovanni then informs Koga and the others to lay low until a more suitable time comes to revive [[Team Rocket]].
 
He later provides some minor assistance to the fight against the [[Elite Four]] on [[Cerise Island]]. He helps Red escape from [[Lorelei|Lorelei's]] ice and provides him with some [[evolutionary stone]]s for his {{p|Eevee}}. Giovanni then informs Koga and the others to lay low until a more suitable time comes to revive [[Team Rocket]].
   
Giovanni has recently resurfaced in the [[Sevii Islands]], apparently pursuing {{p|Deoxys}}. He even has a new set of henchmen, the [[Beast Warrior Trio]]. Theoretically, [[Silver (Special)|Silver]] is Giovanni's son, and most likely abandoned him, causing him to get kidnapped by [[Pryce]]. In his masterplan, he wants [[Silver (Special)|Silver]] to take over TR, which as everyone knows, is next to impossible.
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Giovanni has recently resurfaced in the [[Sevii Islands]], apparently pursuing {{p|Deoxys}}. He even has a new set of henchmen, the [[Beast Warrior Trio]]. [[Silver (Special)|Silver]] is revealed to be Giovanni's son, but was kidnapped by [[Pryce]] at the age of 2. In Giovanni's masterplan, he appears to want [[Silver (Special)|Silver]] to take over TR, which as everyone knows, is next to impossible.
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However, his plan is later revealed to just wanting to find and reunite with his son and see him grown up before Giovanni dies (He has some sort of illness, all though it is never explained what it is). When Silver and Giovanni found themselves in the flames of a wreckage at one point, Giovanni used his own body to protect the unconscious boy from the fire. While Silver first denied that Giovanni could possibly be his father, and then would not accept him as a father, after seeing how Giovanni put his own life at sake to save Silver, Silver broke down in tears and accepted him as his father. From this point on, Giovanni is presumably not the leader of Team Rocket anymore, and is succeeded by the Beat Warrior Trio member Chakra.
   
 
When he was still the Viridian Gym Leader, Giovanni had obtained the nickname "Giovanni Of The Land" because all his Pokémon were Earth-types, save Cloyster and his Beedrill. Beedrill's exception is clear, as it was caught at Giovanni's birthplace (in the Viridian Forest; so Giovanni prides it especially) but Cloyster's is hard to trace, as it does not appear to have any connection to Giovanni's past.
 
When he was still the Viridian Gym Leader, Giovanni had obtained the nickname "Giovanni Of The Land" because all his Pokémon were Earth-types, save Cloyster and his Beedrill. Beedrill's exception is clear, as it was caught at Giovanni's birthplace (in the Viridian Forest; so Giovanni prides it especially) but Cloyster's is hard to trace, as it does not appear to have any connection to Giovanni's past.

Revision as of 03:43, 25 July 2007

Giovanni
サカキ Sakaki
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Art from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
Gender Male
Hometown Viridian City
Region Kanto
Relatives Silver?, On'na Boss (anime)
Trainer class Gym Leader, Boss
Generation I, II, III
Games Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, Stadium, Stadium 2
Leader of Viridian Gym
Badge Earth Badge
Member of Team Rocket
Rank Boss
Anime debut Battle Aboard the St. Anne
English voice actor Unknown
Japanese voice actor Unknown

Giovanni (Japanese: サカキ Sakaki) is the head of Team Rocket, and formerly served as the Gym Leader of Viridian City's Gym, known officially as the Viridian Gym. He handed out the Earth Badge to trainers who defeated him. As a Gym Leader, he specialized in Ground-type Pokémon, but his master plan includes collecting rare Pokémon of all types.

In the anime

File:Chibi Giovanni.jpg
The real thing is much more intimidating.

Very little is known about his past in any timeline; he is generally shrouded in mystery. However, certain things are known:

His mother was the head of Team Rocket before him. This is presumed to be anime timeline only, as the games have no precedent for this.

While Giovanni very rarely takes the role of antagonist, his agents often have him in mind during missions due to the chance of power, be it through promotion or other means. This gave him a unique series of appearances, mainly during the Hoenn saga, where Meowth often saw how the Pokémon in each episode could be used to help Giovanni and win the trio promotions. These boss fantasies never show his actual personality and occasionaly even show Giovanni in chibi form.

The only time Giovanni has been seen in battle was in The Battle for the Badge. He used powerful Pokémon against Gary but later left the Gym to deal with an unexplained emergency, leaving Ash to battle Jessie. By the time Ash returned from Hoenn, Agatha was in charge of the Gym until a new leader (possibly eventually Gary to connect the anime to Generation II) could be found. Giovanni's reasons for leaving it have not been explained, though it is speculated to be linked with the events of the aforementioned episode.

Giovanni is one of the two most prominent figures speculated to be Ash Ketchum's father, alongside Professor Oak. There is no evidence to support this, though Diamondshippers see Giovanni's avoidance of Ash mentioned above as suspicious. In Pokémon Live!, it was claimed that the two had shared a relationship as teenagers, though it is also stated that someone else is Ash's father in that particular canon.

His Japanese voice actor is 鈴置洋孝 Hirotaka Suzuoki, but after his previous voice actor's death he is voiced by 三宅健太 Kenta Miyake, and his English voice is Ted Lewis.

Pokémon

This listing is of Giovanni's Pokémon in the Pokémon anime.

Escaped

In the games

Art of Giovanni from Pokémon Red and Blue

Giovanni is the one Gym Leader without a title, and is not widely known, preferring to keep to the shadows.

Giovanni constantly has his thugs looking for strong Pokémon.

Giovanni had several hideouts, the most prominent ones underneath Celadon City's Rocket Game Corner, and the Viridian Gym itself.

Giovanni apparently has a child who has red hair. Many people believe this refers to the red-haired Rival from Pokémon Gold and Silver and Pokémon Crystal, also known as Silver, who has some sort of vendetta against Team Rocket.

In addition to the Earth Badge, Giovanni gives out TM27 (Fissure), in Pokémon Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow. In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, he gives out TM26 (Earthquake).

In the game timeline, after being defeated by the protagonist in the Generation I games, he mysteriously disappears; Team Rocket has been waiting for his return ever since.

Giovanni's kid?

In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, on the Chrono Island Rocket Warehouse, a man named Gideon (Japanese: スミオ Sumio) says:

Japanese release English translation English release
なんだよ また きたのかよ What, you again? What, you again?
まさか おまえ…
サカキとか いうやつの
こども なんじゃ ないのか?
You... you're not the kid of the guy called Sakaki or something, are you? You... you're not Giovanni's kid,
are you?
…いや サカキの こどもは
かみのけが あかい らしいから
おまえ とは ちがうか
...No, they say Sakaki's kid's hair is red, so did I mistake you for him? No, that can't be right!
Giovanni's kid has red hair.
かんけい ないなら ほっとけよ! If you have nothing to do with us then leave me alone! You don't have any reasons for
bugging me. Leave me alone!

A portion of this conversation is recorded in the Fame Checker under the entry for Giovanni. This text is notably gender-neutral, and is the same whether you play as a boy or girl.

When this text was singled out and reported on Pokémon Forever, it provoked significant speculation in the community on the identity of Giovanni's child.[1] Silver was singled out as a strong candidate. Silver is Giovanni's son in Pokémon Special, and Giovanni finding him after the Mask of Ice kidnapped him was his primary motivation in the FireRed and LeafGreen storyline.

There was some debate over the exact meaning of red in relation to hair.

Fame Checker

This is a list of the Fame Checker's information on Giovanni in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

Rocket HQ - Giovanni
What does this person do?
Team Rocket captures Pokémon from around the world. They're important tools for keeping our criminal enterprise going. I am the leader, Giovanni!
Silph Co. - Scientist
Favorite kind of Pokémon?
Those thugs that took over our building... Their Boss said he was looking for strong Pokémon.
Silph Co. - Scientist
What is this person like?
Team Rocket's Boss is terribly cruel! To him, Pokémon are just tools to be used.
Viridian Gym - Giovanni
What does this person do?
Welcome to my hideout! It shall be so until I can restore Team Rocket to its former glory.
Viridian Gym - Caretaker
What does this person do?
Blow me away! Giovanni was the Gym Leader of Viridian?
Rocket Warehouse - Team Rocket Scientist Gideon
Family and Friends?
You... You're not Giovanni's kid, are you? No, that can't be right. Giovanni's kid has red hair.

Pokémon

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

Red/Green/Blue

First battle

Second battle

Gym battle

FireRed/LeafGreen

First battle

Second battle

Gym battle

Yellow

First battle

  • Level 25 Onix
  • Level 24 Rhyhorn
  • Level 29 Persian

Second battle

  • Level 37 Nidorino
  • Level 37 Rhyhorn
  • Level 35 Persian
  • Level 41 Nidoqueen

Gym battle

Pokémon Stadium

  • Round 1 Pokémon
    • Persian
    • Dugtrio
    • Nidoking
    • Nidoqueen
    • Rhydon
    • Tauros
  • Round 2 Pokémon

Quotes

Pokémon Red and Blue

"Fwahahaha! This is my hideout! I planned to resurrect Team Rocket here! But, you have caught me again! So be it! This time, I'm not holding back! Once more, you shall face Giovanni, the greatest trainer!"

"Ha! That was a truly intense fight! You have won! As proof, here is the Earth Badge! Having lost, I cannot face my underlings! Team Rocket is finished forever! I will dedicate my life to the study of Pokémon. Let us meet again someday! Farewell!"

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

  • First battle:

"So! I must say, I am impressed you got here. Team Rocket captures Pokémon from a around the world. They're important tools for keeping our criminal enterprise going. I am the leader, Giovanni! For your insolence, you will feel a world of pain!"

"What! This can't be!"

  • Second battle:

"Ah, ???! So we meet again! The president and I are discussing a vital business proposition. Keep your nose out of grown-up matters... Or experience a world of pain!"

"Arrgh!! I lost again!? Blast it all! You ruined our plans for Silph! But Team Rocket will never fall! ???! Never forget that all Pokémon exist for Team Rocket! I must go, but I shall return!"

  • Gym battle:

"Fwahahaha! This is my hideout! I shall be so until I can restore Team Rocket to its former glory. But, you have found me again. So be it. This time, I'm not holding back! Once more, you shall face Giovanni, the greatest trainer!"

"Ha! That was a truly intense fight. You have won! As proof, here is the Earth Badge!"

"Having lost in this fashion, I can't face my followers. I have betrayed their trust. As of today, Team Rocket is finished forever! As for myself, I shall dedicate my life to training again. Let us meet again someday! Farewell!"

In the Pokémon Special manga

In Pokémon Special, Giovanni serves much the same role as he does in the games, although he now has Lt. Surge, Sabrina, and Koga as subordinates. However, Giovanni is much more ruthless, as in one chapter, he uses his Cloyster to break two Magmar in half.

He attempts to create a super-powerful Pokémon by combining Moltres, Zapdos, and Articuno into a single Pokémon. This was thwarted by the efforts of Red, Green, and Blue.

He later provides some minor assistance to the fight against the Elite Four on Cerise Island. He helps Red escape from Lorelei's ice and provides him with some evolutionary stones for his Eevee. Giovanni then informs Koga and the others to lay low until a more suitable time comes to revive Team Rocket.

Giovanni has recently resurfaced in the Sevii Islands, apparently pursuing Deoxys. He even has a new set of henchmen, the Beast Warrior Trio. Silver is revealed to be Giovanni's son, but was kidnapped by Pryce at the age of 2. In Giovanni's masterplan, he appears to want Silver to take over TR, which as everyone knows, is next to impossible.

However, his plan is later revealed to just wanting to find and reunite with his son and see him grown up before Giovanni dies (He has some sort of illness, all though it is never explained what it is). When Silver and Giovanni found themselves in the flames of a wreckage at one point, Giovanni used his own body to protect the unconscious boy from the fire. While Silver first denied that Giovanni could possibly be his father, and then would not accept him as a father, after seeing how Giovanni put his own life at sake to save Silver, Silver broke down in tears and accepted him as his father. From this point on, Giovanni is presumably not the leader of Team Rocket anymore, and is succeeded by the Beat Warrior Trio member Chakra.

When he was still the Viridian Gym Leader, Giovanni had obtained the nickname "Giovanni Of The Land" because all his Pokémon were Earth-types, save Cloyster and his Beedrill. Beedrill's exception is clear, as it was caught at Giovanni's birthplace (in the Viridian Forest; so Giovanni prides it especially) but Cloyster's is hard to trace, as it does not appear to have any connection to Giovanni's past.

In battle Giovanni kicks his Poké Balls, much like Crystal, in order to be able to react faster.

Pokémon

This listing is of Giovanni's Pokémon in the Pokémon Special manga.

In the TCG

In the TCG, Giovanni has appeared in the sets of Team Rocket and Gym Challenge. He also has a Theme Deck named for him in the English version, Giovanni.

Artwork

Pokémon

This listing is for Giovanni's Pokémon in the Pokémon TCG.

Trivia

The Japanese name of the Earth Badge is the Green Badge.

In How I Became a Pokémon Card, a short manga, he and Persian were shown to have been together for a long time, as he rescued the cat when he was a child.

In English version of Pokémon Stadium his name is misspelled Giovani (with one n).

Giovanni looks a bit like Doc Waruyama, the villain of Pulseman

Names

Language Name Reference to
Japanese サカキ (Sakaki) sakaki, a tree which the Eart Badge resembles, as well as a common Japanese surname.
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish Giovanni From Italian Giovanni, equivalent to John, gift from God; gio rhymes with geo, from Greek γῆ , earth.
May also be a play on his resemblance to a Mafia boss in control of his mob.
Korean 비주기 Bijugi
Hebrew ג'ובאני Transliteration of Giovanni.
Russian Джиованни Dzhiovanni Transliteration of Giovanni.
Chinese (Taiwan) 阪木 Bǎn Mù From 阪木 Sakaki, an alternative way of writing the name.
Chinese (Hong Kong) 沙加 Shā Jiā Transliteration of サカ Saka.

External links


Gym Leaders of the Kanto region
Pewter Gym Boulder Badge
Brock OD.png
Brock
Cerulean Gym Cascade Badge
Misty OD.png
Misty
Vermilion Gym Thunder Badge
Lt Surge OD.png
Lt. Surge
Celadon Gym Rainbow Badge
Erika OD.png
Erika
Fuchsia Gym Soul Badge
Koga OD.png Janine OD.png
Koga Janine
Saffron Gym Marsh Badge
Sabrina OD.png
Sabrina
Cinnabar Gym Volcano Badge
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Blaine
Viridian Gym Earth Badge
Giovanni OD.png Blue
Giovanni Blue


Members of Team Rocket
Bosses: Giovanni (animeAdventuresPocket Monsters)

Madame Boss*Masked Man*

Executives: ArcherArianaPetrelProton

Carl*Sham*Will*Karen*Grey*

Trios:
 
Jessie, James, & Meowth (JJM)
Koga, Lt. Surge, & Sabrina (Triad*)
Ken, Al, & Harry (TRET)*
Carr, Sird*, & Orm (T3B*)
Duos: Butch & Cassidy*Attila & Hun*Annie & Oakley*
Others:

 
ExecutivesScientistsGruntsRocket BrothersGideonDr. Fuji*
Domino*Iron-Masked Marauder*Dr. Namba*Sebastian*
Rocket Scout*Wendy*Tyson*Jubei*Viper*Christopher*
Matori*Pierce*Dr. Zager*Gozu*Miyamoto*Mondo*
Kaede*Blaine*


Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenneLanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom Pokédex
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulNandoZoeyKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilAriaAlainMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladionHoracioHau
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthWobbuffetGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerGozuTabithaMaxieShellyArchieHunter JSaturnCyrusMarsJupiterCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretMalamarLysandreMableCelosiaAlianaXerosicBryonyTuppZippRappPlumeriaGuzmaViren
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperDr. FennelCedric JuniperProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor Burnet
Relatives Delia KetchumDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsNanny and Pop-PopFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's fatherLana's motherHarper and SarahRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherMohnLusamineGladionSophocles's parentsMolayneAbeMallow's motherUlu
Supporting Ho-OhOfficer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanJigglypuffTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyGranbullLizaSakuraLanceLarvitarRaoul ContestaMr. SukizoStevenVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianSolanaMarianLake guardiansYuzoRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerIzzy and CaraLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetMeloettaJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinAstridDianthaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSquishyZ2Guardian deitiesBewearSamson OakAnelaStoutlandHobbesNinaAnnaLakiOranguruDanaYansuLight trioWickeFabaUltra BeastsGrandpa ForestIlimaAcerolaDiaGym LeadersElite FourCoordinatorsFrontier BrainsPerformersIsland KahunasRecurring wild PokémonMany temporary characters