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- "Kenta" redirects here. For the character of the day in Jostling for the Junior Cup!, see Kenta (Unova). For the voice actor, see Kenta Miyake.
Jimmy (Japanese: ケンタ Kenta) is the main protagonist of The Legend of Thunder!.
His starter Pokémon was Cyndaquil, received from Professor Elm of New Bark Town at the same time as Vincent and Marina. Despite being close friends, the trio did not travel together and went their separate ways. However, they crossed paths occasionally in his journey, in one of these meetings with Marina, he captured a Weedle who becomes one of his most important Pokémon and eventually evolved into a powerful Beedrill.
Jimmy and his first Pokémon
In the midst of his journey, Jimmy and Cyndaquil are defeated by a mysterious young man named Silver and his Nidoking who becomes one of his most powerful rivals.
Jimmy then leaves on a mission to become increasingly strong and eventually gets his Cyndaquil to evolve into a Quilava and then reaches its maximum level to evolve into a powerful Typhlosion, allowing him to fight on equal terms with his rival and win.
Thanks to his efforts, Jimmy and Marina then participated in the Silver Conference a full year before Vincent did.
Again on his journey, Jimmy once again met Marina. Both have a battle where she shows the results of their training, Jimmy still takes the lead defeating Marina's Jigglypuff and almost defeating Wani-Wani yet the battle is interrupted by the actions of a group of Team Rocket who were working nearby. In his attempt to save the legendary Pokémon Raikou, Jimmy is beaten by agents of the organization, but the villains give up temporarily with the help of his Beedrill and take the wounded Raikou to be treated in the Pokémon Center.
During the treatment of Raikou, Jimmy meets the mysterious Legendary Pokémon expert called Eusine, he claims that Raikou attacked by retaliation, but Jimmy denies it and says trust the instincts of Raikou.
When Raikou awakens stunned, Jimmy tries to talk to him but he attacks and tries to escape to the forest. Jimmy, Marina and the others try to follow but are a very angry Raikou trying to prevent Attila and Hun in their plans, amid the battle Jimmy and Marina are saved by Vincent who suddenly arrives.
Through the efforts of Jimmy, Marina, Eusine and Vincent, the Trainers are able to defeat Team Rocket and Jimmy finally gets the trust of Raikou which he now considers his friend.
Jimmy and Marina in The Legend of Thunder!
Jimmy has an energetic personality both during battles and outside of them. He has a habit of saying "You rock and you rule!" ("OK! Perfect!" in the original) to his Pokémon and giving them a thumbs-up after winning a battle. He can be quick to jump to conclusions but also knows when to be serious and get a job done.
Jimmy is similar in many ways to Ash. He also cares for Pokémon very much. This can be seen in his concern for Raikou when it was injured. He is also determined and never gives up in battle. Like Ash, he is also close to his starter Pokémon, which is now a Typhlosion. He has a battle style that focuses on offense. As such, his Pokémon are trained to take attacks and still keep fighting.
His main goal was to become a strong Pokémon Trainer so that he could protect the kids in New Bark Town, his home town. He also has a crush on Marina which appears to be mutual.
This is a listing of Jimmy's known Pokémon:
Jimmy also has at least four other Pokémon, as he was seen with six Poké Balls during The Legend of Thunder, two of which contained Typhlosion and Beedrill.
Jimmy has competed in the following Pokémon League competitions:
- Much like Ash is based on Red, Jimmy is based on Ethan. However, a separate character made a cameo in the beginning of Zoroark: Master of Illusions, battling against Ash with a Donphan. Unlike Jimmy, that character wears Ethan's updated clothes from HeartGold and SoulSilver, and is indeed referred to as "Hibiki" (Ethan's Japanese name) in the art gallery feature of the Japanese DVD.
- When Vincent appeared in the Silver Conference (known then as Jackson in the dub), Marina and Jimmy were referred to "Dani and Yoshi" respectively, leading many to believe that "Yoshi" was the official English name for Jimmy, and "Dani" was the official English name for Marina. Whether this was the original intention remains unknown. However, in The Legend of Thunder!, they're identified as Jimmy and Marina.
- "Yoshi" is also the name of a character in the Mario universe.
- Jimmy's English name may come directly from Gold and Silver. There is a minor Trainer named "Kenta" in the Japanese version whose name was localized as "Jimmy" in the English translation - a Youngster on Route 3 with a Raticate and Arbok. The dubbers may have mistaken this character for an unrelated anime character. The same thing happened to Vincent.
- Jimmy is the only anime character based on a player character who has met his opposite-gender counterpart, as he is good friends with Marina, based on Kris.
|| Reference to
|| ケンタ Kenta
| Chinese (Mandarin))
|| 健太 Jiàntài
|| From 健太 Kenta. Can mean "extremely healthy."