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- This article is about the character. For the TCG card named "Imposter Professor Oak", see Imposter Professor Oak (Base Set 73).
Impostor Professor Oak's first TCG appearance using the modified spelling
Impostor Professor Oak (Japanese: にせオーキドはかせ False Doctor Ōkido) is a villainous character disguised as Professor Oak.
He first appeared on the TCG card Impostor Professor Oak and has since made appearances on other cards. He also appears in the anime and the How I Became a Pokémon Card and Pokémon Adventures manga series.
Cards featuring Impostor Professor Oak
In the spin-off games
Pokémon Trading Card Game series
In Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR!, the Imposter Professor Oak card is available. The latter game also includes the Imposter Oak's Revenge card.
In the anime
Impostor Professor Oak in the anime
James disguised himself as Professor Oak in Will the Real Oak Please Stand Up?, along with Jessie disguising herself as DJ Mary. He was successful in imitating Professor Oak for a time, due to help from Meowth as well as sheer luck. However, after many tests, including silhouette identification and writing poems, he was discovered.
James used the same disguise again in A Faux Oak Finish!, where he took Professor Oak's place in a convention in order to help the Team Rocket trio steal Pokémon from the people attending the convention. However, the real Professor Oak soon showed up and was eventually proven to be the genuine article when he was able to determine the cause behind an audience member's Tyranitar's odd behavior and fix it by removing a thorn stuck under its foot.
In the manga
Impostor Professor Oak in Pokémon Adventures
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Impostor Professor Oak made an appearance in Kalling Kadabra as a disguise used by Sabrina's Kadabra. It was used to trick Red into thinking that Kadabra was the real Professor Oak, who had been kidnapped by Team Rocket. After witnessing the fake professor using Psychic abilities, Red saw through the ruse and exposed its true identity by draining its energy with Saur's Leech Seed.