Lt. Surge

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Lt. Surge
マチス Machisu
""The Lightning American!""
Art from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
Gender Male
Hometown Vermilion City
Region Kanto
Relatives None
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation I, II, III
Games Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, Stadium, Stadium 2
Leader of Vermilion Gym
Badge Thunderbadge
Anime debut Electric Shock Showdown
English voice actor Unknown
Japanese voice actor Unknown

Lt. Surge (Japanese: マチス Machisu) is the Gym Leader of Vermilion City's Gym, known officially as the Vermilion Gym. He hands out the Thunderbadge to trainers who defeat him. He specializes in Electric-type Pokémon.

In the anime

Lt. Surge in the anime

Lt. Surge made his only anime appearance in Electric Shock Showdown. His Japanese voice actor is Fumihiko Tachiki and his English voice actress is Maddie Blaustein.

Lt. Surge is an extremely large and muscular man, and seems to be the show's tallest human character. He is arrogant, loud, and crude, and refers to all trainers as "baby" until they manage to defeat him. Lt. Surge generally looks down on unevolved Pokémon, preferring to evolve them as soon as possible.

His Raichu shares many of his personality traits, also appearing to be rather tough.

Lt. Surge handing Ash the Thunderbadge

Lt. Surge's fatal weakness was that he evolved his Pokémon too quickly without taking the time to teach them the proper attacks. Even though he managed to defeat Ash and his Pikachu once with pure power, Pikachu was able to use speed-altering moves like Agility to get the best of Raichu.

In the anime, the Vermilion Gym appears to be a warehouse decorated with stylized lighting bolts.


This is a listing of Lt. Surge's Pokémon in the Pokémon anime.

  • Raichu

In the games

Art of Lt. Surge from Pokémon Red and Blue

Lt. Surge is known as The Lightning American. Apparently, he is or was an American soldier who fought in at least one war, during which Electric-type Pokémon saved his life. In the Army, Surge was a strict CO, and was rather cautious. He was a pilot as well, and used Electric-type Pokémon to power his planes. Also, Surge saved the life of one of the trainers in his gym who was in the Army at the same time.

A little paranoid, Lt. Surge installed a series of traps in the gym. He takes a liking to trainers with a lot of guts.

In addition to the Thunderbadge, Lt. Surge gives out TM24, Thunderbolt, in Pokémon Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow. In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, he gives out TM34, Shock Wave. In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, he doesn't give out a TM.

Fame Checker

This is a list of the Fame Checker’s information on Lt. Surge in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

Vermilion City - sign
  • What does this person do?
"Vermilion City Pokémon Gym
Leader: Lt. Surge
The Lightning American!"
Vermilion Gym - Lt. Surge
  • Favorite kind of Pokémon?
"I tell you, kid, electric Pokémon saved me during the war!"
Vermilion Gym - Gentleman Tucker
  • What is this person like?
"When I was in the Army, Lt. Surge was my strict CO.
He was a hard taskmaster."
Vermilion Gym - Gentleman Tucker
  • What is this person like?
"Lt. Surge was always famous for his cautious nature in the Army."
Vermilion Gym - Sailor Dwayne
  • What is this person like?
"Lt. Surge installed the traps in the Gym himself.
He set up double locks everywhere."
Vermilion City - Pokémon Journal
  • There’s a rumor...
"Lt. Surge is rumored to have been a pilot while home in America.
He used the electricity generated by Pokémon to power his plane."
Message from Lt. Surge
  • From: Lt. Surge
  • To: [Player]
"Hey kid!
You electrified me in our battle!
I didn’t know that there were gutsy trainers like you.
It made me change my mind about you!"


This is a listing of Lt. Surge's Pokémon in the video games he has appeared in.

Pokémon Red/Green/Blue

Pokémon Yellow

Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen

Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal

Pokémon Stadium

Pokémon Stadium 2


Pokémon Red/Blue

"Hey, kid! What do you think you're doing here? You won't live long in combat! That's for sure! I tell you kid, electric Pokémon saved me during the war! They zapped my enemies into paralysis! The same as I'll do to you!"

"Whoa! You're the real deal, kid! Fine then, take the Thunder Badge!"

Pokémon Yellow

"Ten-hut! Welcome to Vermilion Gym! Will you look at that, a pint-size challenger! Hahaha! You've got big and brassy nerves to take me on with your puny power! A Pokémon battle is war! I'll show you civilian! I'll shock you into surrender!"

"Whoa! You're the real deal, kid! Fine then, take the Thunder Badge!"

Pokémon Gold/Silver

"Hey, you little tyke! I have to hand it to you. It may not be very smart to challenge me, but it takes guts! When it comes to electric Pokémon, I'm number one! I've never lost on the battlefield. I'll zap you just like I did my enemies in war!"

"Arrrgh! You are strong! Ok, kid. You get Thunder Badge!"

"Hey, kid! Still slugging and chugging away? My Pokémon and I are still at it!"

In the Pokémon Special manga

Lt. Surge in Pokémon Special

Lt. Surge is one of the evil leaders of Team Rocket. In his debut round, Danger: High Voltorb, he used the S.S. Anne in Vermilion City to transport captured Pokémon illegally. He tried to kill Red, but was bested after Red's Poliwhirl evolved into Poliwrath.

Lt. Surge captured Zapdos at the Power Plant under Giovanni's orders. However, he, along with the rest of Team Rocket, was dispersed when the chimera made from the Legendary Pokémon was defeated by Red, Blue, and Green in Saffron City.

Some time later, the Elite Four tried to destroy humanity. Team Rocket joined up with the trainers from Pallet Town to stop them. During the battle against the Elite Four on Cerise Island, Lt. Surge was paired with Red according to Sabrina's Spoons of Destiny. However, with Red absent due to injuries, Lt. Surge picked Bill as his partner instead.

In Johto, Lt. Surge went to Mahogany Town to investigate the rise of Team Rocket under a different leader. He confronted the Mask of Ice, but lost and barely managed to escape with his life.

The manga version of Lt. Surge prefers to travel by sea, as he is a sailor. He can also fly through the air by having three of his Magneton create an energy platform for him to ride on.

In battle, Lt. Surge generally prefers to use his Electabuzz to zap anything that gets in his way. He also uses other Electric-type Pokémon to provide distractions with Selfdestruct.


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


In the TCG

There is a Theme Deck named for Lt. Surge in the Gym Heroes expansion. It has two versions, English and Japanese.


Artwork from the cards:


This is a listing of Lt. Surge's Pokémon in the Pokémon TCG.


He uses several English phrases such as "God damn" in the Japanese anime.


Language Name Reference to
Japanese マチス Machisu Transliteration of Matisse.
English Lt. Surge Surge as in electrical surge. Also, "Sarge" seems to apply.
French, German Major Bob
Hebrew סרג' Transliteration of Surge.
Russian Лт.Сардж Lt. Sardzh Transliteration of Lt. Surge.
Chinese (Taiwan) 馬奇士 Mă Qí Shì Transliteration of マチス Machisu.
Chinese (Hong Kong) 馬志士 Mă Zhì Shì Transliteration of マチス Machisu.
Korean 마티스 Matiseu Transliteration of Matisse.

External links

Gym Leaders of the Kanto region
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Fuchsia Gym Soul Badge
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Saffron Gym Marsh Badge
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Cinnabar Gym Volcano Badge
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Viridian Gym Earth Badge
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