Anime character recycling

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Character recycling is a term used for the Pokémon anime when a single visual design is used in multiple episodes for different characters. When character recycling occurs, the characters are generally identical in appearance, with only small cosmetic changes like hair color differing between episodes.

Examples

Pokémon League entrance exam instructor

The instructor

The Pokémon League entrance exam instructor was featured in The Ultimate Test. An unnamed look-alike later appeared in You're a Star, Larvitar!.

Annie and Stephanie

Annie
Stephanie

Annie was featured in Wobbu-Palooza!. A look-alike by the name of Stephanie later appeared in Having a Wailord of a Time.

Delaney and Kent

Delaney
Kent

Delaney was featured in Outrageous Fortunes. A look-alike by the name of Kent later appeared in A Cacturne for the Worse.

Bill and Dominick

Bill
Dominick

Bill appeared in Mystery at the Lighthouse. An unnamed look-alike with brown hair later appeared at the end of Hoenn Alone. Another look-alike named Dominick later participated in the Ever Grande Conference in From Brags to Riches.

Cherry

Cherry

Cherry appeared in The Psychic Sidekicks!. An unnamed look-alike later appeared in Staging a Heroes' Welcome!.

Temacu

Temacu
The look-alike, top row, third from the left

Temacu was featured in The Heartbreak of Brock. An unnamed look-alike later appeared in Staging a Heroes' Welcome!.

Oscar and Andi

Oscar and Andi
Two look-alikes with different colored hair, one in the top left corner, one in the bottom right corner

Oscar and Andi were featured in The Bicker the Better. Two unnamed look-alikes later appeared in Staging a Heroes' Welcome!.

Pietra

Pietra
The look-alike

Pietra was featured in Right On, Rhydon. An unnamed look-alike later appeared in A Lean Mean Team Rocket Machine!.

Vitzo

Vitzo
The look-alike

Vitzo was featured in The Screen Actor's Guilt. An unnamed look-alike later appeared in Classroom Training!.

Alanna

Alanna
With purple hair, at the right side
With brown hair, on screen

Alanna was featured in A Poké-BLOCK Party. An unnamed look-alike later appeared in Opposites Interact!. Another unnamed look-alike later appeared in The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice!. Both look-alikes had different hair color than Alanna.

Janet

Janet
Far right

Janet was featured in All Things Bright and Beautifly. An unnamed look-alike later appeared in both Triple Leaders, Team Threats! and Dreams by the Yard Full!.

Erica

Erica
With hair tinted green

Erica was featured in Mean with Envy and Pacifidlog Jam. An unnamed look-alike later appeared in Triple Leaders, Team Threats!, Dreams by the Yard Full!, and Cilan Takes Flight!.

Jump

Jump
With different hair and cap

Jump was featured in Saved by the Beldum. An unnamed look-alike later appeared in The Lonely Deino!.

Otane

Otane

Otane appeared in Pokéblock, Stock, and Berry. An unnamed look-alike previously appeared in A Goldenrod Opportunity. Another unnamed look-alike previously appeared in The Art of Pokémon. Another unnamed look-alike later appeared in Beauties Battling for Pride and Prestige!.

Cynthia

Cynthia
With brown hair

Cynthia appeared in several episodes of the Diamond & Pearl and Best Wishes series. An unnamed look-alike later appeared in I Choose You!.

See also


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