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Nando (Japanese: ナオシ Naoshi) is a recurring character from the Pokémon anime. He is a wandering minstrel who enjoys music and as such always carries his golden harp with him.
Nando made his debut appearance in Dawn Of A New Era!. At the time, he was confused as to whether he should challenge Gyms or become a Pokémon Coordinator. Trying to decide between the two, he battled both Ash and Dawn with his Budew, which evolved into Roselia during his battle with Ash. After the battle, Nando decided to become both a Pokémon Trainer and a Coordinator.
He later appears again in A Secret Sphere of Influence!, where he is falsely accused and arrested due to Jessie, James, and Meowth's stealing of the Adamant Orb.
Nando also appeared in Dawn's Early Night where he entered the Hearthome Contest, which he won by defeating Zoey.
Nando made a cameo in A Breed Stampede! alongside Kenny in Marian's news report about Coordinators.
After a long absence, he appeared again in Last Call, First Round! as a participant in the Sinnoh Grand Festival. He made it past the Appeal Round and quickly reached the Top 4 as seen in Coming Full Festival Circle!. In the said episode, he fought a hard battle against Zoey with his Lopunny and Kricketune, even impressing Fantina a lot with their combinations; however, Zoey eventually won the battle. In the same episode, Nando can be seen playing music to the Pokémon around the area. He made a brief appearance in the following episode watching Dawn and Zoey compete in the finals and then again after the Grand Festival had finished announcing that he was going to compete in the Lily of the Valley Conference.
He most recently appeared in An Old Family Blend!, where it is revealed that he is Ash's first opponent in the Sinnoh League at the Lily of the Valley Conference, with the match occurring in the following episode. Despite his Pokémon putting up a good fight, he lost his match against Ash and was eliminated. After the match, he mentioned that he would continue his travels in order to train further before leaving.
Nando had a cameo appearance in Zoroark: Master of Illusions.
Nando's character can be easily described as calm and collected. Even in the most tense of situations, such as being arrested for a crime he did not commit, he will always look to the positive side. His favorite pastime is to play his harp for anyone, whether they be human or Pokémon, who will care to listen in hopes of spreading the tranquility he feels inside to others.
Even if Nando encounters a Trainer that has hostility towards him, such as Zoey, he will still treat that Trainer with the utmost respect. As seen in Dawn of a New Era!, Nando likes to be a peace maker, helping Ash and Dawn settle their differences on whether battling or coordinating are better than one another.
Nando tends to choose Pokémon with some sort of musical ability which fits his musical battle style. His Pokémon tend to be Bug or Grass-type and also tend to know sound-based moves. Nando's Pokémon are also known for being able to exhibit both beauty and grace.
This listing is of Nando's known Pokémon that may or may not be on hand:
| Kricketot first appeared in Last Call, First Round!, where it was used in the Grand Festival. Using its antennae, Kricketot was able to create music which, when used in combination with Altaria's Perish Song, created a dazzling appeal which easily ensured Nando's progression past the first round.
Kricketot's only known move is Sing*.
|| Last Call, First Round!
| Voice actors
|| Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld
Nando's outfit in usual Contests
Nando's outfit in the Grand Festival
- Nando's golden harp, which he carries with him, is shaped like a Mew.
- The harp he holds during Contests is shaped as two Mew joined at toe and tail.
- Nando shares his two unknown badges with two of Barry's three unknown badges.
- Unlike other Coordinators who tended to wear formal clothing when entering a Contest, Nando's regular Contest outfit was simply his regular outfit with a few attachments. He also used a larger harp incorporating two Mew instead of one.
- Nando is the only male character to make it to the Top 4 of the Sinnoh Grand Festival.
||Possibly derived from the Spanish name Fernando, considering his accent. If this is the case, fern' may be a reference to the grass type.
||From 尚志 Naoshi.