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Tupp (Japanese: タッパ Tupper) is a recurring character who appeared in the Pokémon anime. He is a member of Team Skull, who often appears alongside Zipp and Rapp, and acts as the leader of the trio.
As a child, Tupp was a boy who sought to be popular with girls, but they instead became attracted to Ilima and his Eevee, causing Tupp to develop a deep hatred towards him. At some point, he chose to join Team Skull.
Tupp debuted in Alola to New Adventure!, where he, Zipp, and Rapp challenged Kiawe to a battle with his Charizard on the line. Tupp and the other Grunts took on his Turtonator nine against one, until Ash came to assist Kiawe with his Pikachu. After a short battle, Tupp and his partners were defeated by Turtonator's Z-Move Inferno Overdrive, forcing them to retreat.
In Young Kiawe Had a Farm!, Tupp and his teammates attacked Kiawe and Ash, seeking revenge for their previous defeat. However, the trio was quickly defeated by Pikachu's Gigavolt Havoc.
In Alolan Open House!, Tupp and his teammates visited the Pokémon School, where they stole some Ride Tauros and started wreaking havoc at the school. They were soon confronted by Delia, who took the Grunts on using Ash's Litten. When Ash and his classmates arrived, Team Skull was soon sent off again by Pikachu's Gigavolt Havoc.
In A Team-on-Team Tussle!, Tupp and his teammates encountered Team Rocket for the first time. Both teams fought over a Darkinium Z, which Team Rocket managed to take.
In A Glaring Rivalry!, Tupp had a battle with Gladion but was quickly defeated by Lycanroc's Stone Edge.
In Turning Heads and Training Hard!, Tupp learned about Ilima's return to the Pokémon School. In response, he led a group of Team Skull Grunts there to exact his revenge on him. However, not only were the Grunts easily defeated by Ilima's Eevee, but the female Grunts in the group fell in love with Ilima, making Tupp even angrier.
In Real Life...Inquire Within!, Tupp and his teammates confronted Ash during an attempt to take Poipole. They had a battle, which eventually ended when Zipp's Garbodor's arm became blocked and released a horrible smell.
In The Shape of Love to Come!, Tupp and his teammates encountered Mina, a wandering artist. When Rapp demanded that Mina give up her Ribombee, Mina accepted, but only if they could best her in a drawing competition. Though Mina liked the Team Skull Grunts' drawings enough that she wanted to call it a tie, Tupp was angered by her criticism of his poor drawing and instead decided to battle her. Mina was assisted by the timely arrival of Ash, who defeated Tupp's Salandit with Pikachu.
In We Know Where You're Going, Eevee!, Tupp and Rapp fought over a wild Eevee as the former wanted to use it to make himself popular with girls while the latter wanted Eevee because she found it cute. After being rescued by Ash's Pikachu, Eevee teamed up with Lana's Popplio to send the trio blasting off.
In That's Some Spicy Island Research!, Tupp and his teammates went to Poni Island under Plumeria's orders. They had stolen daikon from Hapu's field and were using it to lure and capture a number of Sensu Style Oricorio when they encountered Ash. They sent their Pokémon out to battle Ash, but were stopped when Hapu arrived. Hapu battled Team Skull using her Mudsdale and quickly defeated them. Plumeria showed up, wasn't happy with their efforts, and ordered them to follow her back.
In SM115, Tupp and his teammates arrived at the Shady House and told Guzma about Professor Kukui's announcement of the Pokémon League. Tupp then accompanied Guzma, Plumeria, and his teammates to Melemele Island, briefly encountering Team Rocket before showing up at the Pokémon School to get Kukui's attention.
Tupp has been shown to be mean to other people and hold grudges. This is most evident in Young Kiawe Had a Farm!, where he had Salandit shoot down the Ride Pelipper that Ash was using as revenge for his previous defeat. He tends to proclaim his hatred of Z-Moves following his defeats, but despite this, Tupp is open to the idea of using a Z-Move himself.
Tupp has shown little concern for his teammates, as shown in A Team-on-Team Tussle!, where he abandoned his teammates in favor of getting the Z-Crystal. He even callously told a concerned Salandit to focus on the job.
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This listing is of Tupp's known Pokémon in the anime:
|| Salandit (×3)
| Tupp's three Salandit are his only known Pokémon. They first appeared in Alola to New Adventure! in which they took on Ash's Pikachu and Kiawe's Turtonator, but were defeated by Turtonator's Inferno Overdrive.
One of the Salandit later reappeared in Young Kiawe Had a Farm!, where it was attacking Ash and Kiawe. It was soon defeated when Pikachu attacked Team Skull with Gigavolt Havoc. One of the Salandit appeared again in Alolan Open House!, but it was defeated once again by Pikachu's Z-Move.
Salandit reappeared in A Team-on-Team Tussle!, where it attempted to get a Darkinium Z, only for Team Rocket to get it first.
It reappeared again in A Glaring Rivalry!, where it was sent out to battle Gladion's Midnight Form Lycanroc. It was defeated by Lycanroc's Stone Edge.
Salandit made yet another appearance in Turning Heads and Training Hard!, where it took on Ilima's Eevee. It was defeated after its opponent enhanced its stats with Extreme Evoboost.
At least one of Tupp's three Salandit is confirmed to be male. Tupp believes that one is close to evolving, seemingly unaware that male Salandit are unable to evolve into Salazzle.
Salandit's known moves are Venoshock, Flame Burst, Dragon Rage, Toxic, and Scratch.
|| Alola to New Adventure!
| Voice actors
|| Kenta Miyake
|| Haven Paschall
|| Tauros ♂
| Tupp briefly stole a Tauros, which he used to wreak havoc at the Pokémon School before being confronted by Delia. Once he was defeated, Tupp left Tauros behind.
None of Tauros's moves are known.
|| Alolan Open House!
|| タッパ Tupper
|| From Tupperware, a brand of plastic storage containers
| English, Italian
|| Similar to Japanese name
|| Similar to Japanese name
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 達帕 Dápà
|| Transliteration of Japanese name
| Brazilian Portuguese
|| Similar to Japanese name