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Butler
バトラー Butler
Butler.png
Butler
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region Hoenn
Trainer class Ace Trainer
Generation IV
Games Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Member of Team Magma (formerly)
Rank Scientist (formerly)
Anime debut Jirachi: Wish Maker
English voice actor Wayne Grayson
Japanese voice actor Kōichi Yamadera
Kenji Nojima (young)

Butler (Japanese: バトラー Butler) is the main antagonist of Jirachi: Wish Maker. He is a magician and a former Team Magma scientist.

History

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Butler and Diane as children

Butler and Diane grew up together, and he would often perform magic tricks for her even when they were children. During this time, he first acquired the stage name "The Great Butler" based on something Diane said to him when he performed the trick of making many Butterfree appear. By the present day, Diane became his girlfriend and performed with him in his traveling magic show.

At some point in the past, Butler became involved with Team Magma as a scientist. He developed a machine that he intended to use to recreate Groudon using a fossilized remnant he had obtained, but when he activated the device for the first time before the Team Magma council, it malfunctioned early on in the process and exploded. This failure earned Butler scorn from the leadership of Team Magma and led to his dismissal from the organization. Enraged, he collected the fossilized Groudon remnant and swore he would get his revenge. He and Diane set out on a search for an energy source powerful enough to sustain the recreation, ultimately leading them to discover Jirachi's crystal cocoon in Forina.

When Ash, Brock, May, and Max arrived at the site of the Millennium Festival, they saw Butler and Diane exit their truck and set up the tent for his show. The next day they obtained a poster promoting his performance and decided to attend. During the show, Diane presented Jirachi's cocoon to the audience as part of her entrance. Max heard Jirachi's voice calling to him and ran up on the stage to investigate, and Ash followed in an attempt to bring Max back to his seat. Improvising, Butler enlisted them as volunteers for a disappearing-act trick using a special box and his Dusclops. After the show, Butler explained Jirachi's mythology and gave Max the cocoon, telling him that Jirachi could only awaken if it had a friend while the Millenium Comet was visible in the sky. Jirachi awoke shortly afterward, but when Diane informed Butler of this, he began preparing to execute his plan for revenge on Team Magma.

Over the next few days, Max and Jirachi bonded while the group took over Team Rocket's role as the clowns assisting Butler during his magic show. An Absol from Forina attacked the tent in search of Jirachi, but Butler captured it in a trapdoor cage and put it to sleep with his Kirlia's Hypnosis. The presence of Absol, a Pokémon who only appears before a terrible disaster, led Diane to fear what would happen if Butler went ahead with his plan, but she could not convince him to stop. After collecting the sleeping Jirachi and placing it in his rebuilt machine, Butler recalled his failure and firing from Team Magma before activating the device. When he forced Jirachi to absorb the Millenium Comet's energy using Dusclops's Psychic, the machine was unable to process it despite being upgraded and exploded once more. Butler, however, considered this failure a step forward as he merely needed to understand how to harness the Millenium Comet's energy, having witnessed its incredible power. Again, Diane begged him to stop, but he rejected her pleas. When Diane subsequently took Ash, his friends and Jirachi and escaped to head back to Forina, Butler sent his Mightyena to place a tracker on their bus. Understanding where they were going, Butler mused that he had thought Diane would understand his motivations as he activated machinery hidden in the back of his truck.

Several days later, Diane and Ash's group arrived in Forina, guided by Absol to the place where Jirachi would return to its thousand-year sleep. Butler anticipated this and traveled there to wait for them, setting up his machines and traps to ambush his opponents with. Just as Jirachi was about to go back to sleep, Butler struck, trapping Diane and Ash's group in an energy sphere while pulling Jirachi up to the platform where he had prepared the final version of his invention. This time, he was able to harness the energy of the Millenium Comet, and the machine began to draw an outline of Groudon in the earth below. A Flygon living in Forina helped free Butler's opponents from his trap and brought Ash and Max up to his platform, prompting him to send out his Salamence to repel them. The two Dragon Pokémon engaged in an aerial battle, pursuing each other around the hills of Forina. Ash and Max managed to reach Butler's machine and free Jirachi, but it was already too late; the shape of Groudon was complete, and what appeared to be the legendary Pokémon had begun to rise from the earth, much to Butler's pleasure. His moment of victory did not last long, however, as the creature was not an actual Groudon but a manifestation of pure evil that merely resembled Groudon.

The "Groudon" immediately started absorbing energy from the land around it, killing off all the plant life nearby, then sprouted tentacles to absorb the Pokémon of Forina and steal their energy as well. Horrified by this turn of events, Butler landed near the others and was nearly engulfed by one of Groudon's tentacles after getting off Salamence's back. Diane sacrificed herself to save him, and her apparent demise sent Butler into a fury against the abomination he had created. He, Ash and Max worked to attack Groudon with the respective help of Salamence and Flygon. After a short time, Butler realized what could be done to stop Groudon and asked Ash and Max for help in using his machine and Jirachi to reabsorb the energy forming Groudon's body. Though Ash and Max hesitated to trust him, Jirachi came to Butler's defense, saying that he was now acting out of his love for Diane.

Ash and Max took Flygon to distract Groudon while Butler rode Salamence back to the platform and began reversing the machine's settings. As he tried to reverse the Groudon fossil, however, the platform shifted and he dropped it. Ash and Max recovered the fossil and returned it to him, and Jirachi willingly went back into the mechanism so the plan could be enacted. Just before Butler could throw the switch to start the process, he slipped and nearly fell off the side of the platform due to its shifting downward again. Flygon and Salamence tried one last time to distract Groudon, but they were absorbed as well. This did, however, buy enough time for Ash to make it to the switch and activate the machine. Driven out of control by Jirachi absorbing its energy, Groudon attacked the platform with all of its tentacles, but Butler threw himself in the way to protect Jirachi, resigning himself to his fate as it meant he could once again be with Diane.

Shortly afterwards, Jirachi destroyed Groudon using Doom Desire, reviving all who had been absorbed by it. Butler and Diane reappeared near each other, and he rushed to her and embraced her in joy. The pair then watched as Max and his friends bade Jirachi farewell and sang to it as it returned to its slumber. The next day, Butler told the group that he had realized what was truly important and would be staying with Diane in Forina, but offered to bring them back to the town in their bus first.

Butler later appeared in a flashback in the opening sequence of Destiny Deoxys. He and Diane also made a cameo appearance during the ending credits of Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, where they were living as farmers in Forina when Kidd Summers visited it. He later briefly reappeared in a montage in The Rise of Darkrai, which chronicled the preceding nine movies.

Character

Butler is shown to be both a talented magician and a brilliant scientist. Despite being a part of Team Magma, he is never clearly associated with their larger agenda of expanding the world's landmass; he instead is driven to recreate Groudon seemingly to simply prove that his invention can do so. He is both flashy and emotional, reveling in the adoration of the crowds at his magic shows but, deep down, truly being motivated by his wish to simply do something he has always enjoyed alongside Diane, who he deeply loves. All of these traits, however, were warped by his anger at Team Magma rejecting him, turning him into a dark, driven man obsessed with proving the villainous team wrong about him. Though he lost sight of himself, he ultimately returned to his senses and worked frantically to undo the catastrophe he unleashed, desperately trying to save Diane and stop the Groudon-like creature.

Once the disaster was ended, Butler finally realized what was truly important to him and decided to retire from performing to live with Diane. He was last seen living peacefully with her in Forina, the pair having become farmers. This showed that Butler dedicated himself to respecting and living from the land he had once destroyed.

Pokémon


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This listing is of Butler's known Pokémon in the anime:

On hand

Butler's Kirlia
Kirlia
Kirlia was used during Butler's magic show. He also used it to put the caged Absol to sleep.

Kirlia's only known move is Hypnosis.

Debut Jirachi: Wish Maker
Butler's Mightyena
Mightyena
Mightyena was used during Butler's magic show. He also used it to place a tracking device on Diane's car.

None of Mightyena's moves are known.

Debut Jirachi: Wish Maker
Butler's Dusclops
Dusclops
Dusclops was used during Butler's magic show. He also used it to send Team Rocket blasting off and later to force Jirachi to open its Eye of Truth.

Dusclops's known moves are Hyper Beam, Will-O-Wisp, Night Shade, and Psychic.

Debut Jirachi: Wish Maker
Butler's Salamence
Salamence
Salamence is Butler's main battling Pokémon. He used it to battle against Ash and his friends at Forina. He also uses it for aerial transport.

Salamence later appeared in a flashback in the opening sequence of Destiny Deoxys.

Salamence's only known move is Flamethrower.

Debut Jirachi: Wish Maker

Created

Butler's Groudon
Groudon
Main article: Groudon (M06)

Butler created this Groudon-looking creature by using the power of Jirachi. A manifestation of pure evil, according to him, it instantly started absorbing energy from the ground and capturing other Pokémon inside of its body with its tentacles. It was eventually destroyed by Jirachi's Doom Desire.

Debut Jirachi: Wish Maker

Temporary

Butler's Jirachi
Jirachi
Main article: Jirachi (M06)

Jirachi was awakened from a mysterious rock for seven days when the Millennium Comet could be seen in the sky. Butler was attempting to use it to create a Groudon, but Diane took it away along with Ash and his friends, attempting to take it back to its home at Forina. From there, Butler captured Jirachi and used its powers to create a fake Groudon. When the creature went on a rampage, Jirachi was used to destroy the monster.

Debut Jirachi: Wish Maker
Voice actors
Japanese Tomiko Suzuki
English Kerry Williams

Status unknown

Butler's Butterfree
Butterfree
Butler used these Butterfree as a child in his tricks he did for Diane.

None of Butterfree's moves are known.

Debut Jirachi: Wish Maker
Butler's Swablu
Swablu
Butler used these Swablu during his magic show.

None of Swablu's moves are known.

Debut Jirachi: Wish Maker
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara

Artwork

Sugimori Butler anime.png
Ken Sugimori's design of Butler in the anime

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 山寺宏一 Kōichi Yamadera
野島健児 Kenji Nojima (young)
English Wayne Grayson
Czech Petr Burian
German Manou Lubowski
Italian Patrizio Cigliano
Korean 송준석 Song Junseok*
김승준 Kim Seungjun*
Brazilian Portuguese Felipe Grinnan
Turkish Ahmet Tekeş

In the games

Butler makes a cameo appearance in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum on Route 229 as an Ace Trainer using Dusclops and Salamence. However, this Easter egg was not recognized by the translation team, who named him Felix instead. His girlfriend Diane (named Dana by the translation team) is next to him, and the two can be engaged in a Double Battle or battled alone. Dana uses Butler's other two Pokémon, Mightyena and Kirlia.

Pokémon

This listing is of Butler's Pokémon in the games:



Quotes

  • Before battle
"Welcome to my Pokémon show!"
"Welcome to my new Pokémon show!"
  • Being defeated
"Did you enjoy the show? Super fabulous, wasn't it?"
  • After being defeated
"I'll be happy to battle you again! Let's battle again sometime, yeah?"

In the manga

In the movie adaptations

Butler appears in the manga adaptation of the movie.


In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Butler or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Butler's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Butler's Kirlia Psychic       Movie Commemoration VS Pack   009/019
      ADV-P Promotional cards   039/ADV-P
Butler's Dusclops Psychic       Movie Commemoration VS Pack   010/019
Butler's Salamence Colorless       Movie Commemoration VS Pack   011/019
Butler's Mightyena Darkness       Movie Commemoration VS Pack   012/019
Other related cards
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Butler's Magic Trick T [Su]       Movie Commemoration VS Pack   018/019
 

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese バトラー Butler Possibly from W. E. Butler
English, Italian Butler Same as his Japanese name
Korean 버틀러 Butler Transliteration of his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 巴特勒 Bātèlè Transliteration of his Japanese name
Thai บาโตร่า Butler Transliteration of his Japanese name


Boss: Maxie
Administrators: CourtneyTabithaBlaise*
Lower Members: Team Magma GruntsBrodie*
Former Members: Butler*Zinnia
Locations: Team Magma Hideout

Movie characters
Human protagonists
AliceAsh Ketchum (M20)AudreyBarazBiancaCallahanCarlitaCoreyDamosDianaDianeEricFergusHarrietJack WalkerJuanita
KarlKathrynKidd SummersKimiaLisaLizabethLorenzoMannesMarenMargoMelodyMerayNeeshaNewton Graceland
Professor LundRafeRaleighRebeccaRisaRowenaSamSheenaSidSir AaronSorrelTonioTorenTory LundTowaVerityYuko
Human antagonists
AlvaAnnieArgus SteelButlerCherieCrossDamonGalenGooneGrings KodaiIron-Masked Marauder
Lawrence IIILeviMarcusMerilynMillis SteelMolly HaleOakleyRiotThe PhantomZero
Pokémon
ArceusArticunoCarbinkCelebi (M04)Celebi (M13)CobalionDarkraiDeoxysDialgaDiancieEntei (M03)Entei (M13)GenesectGiratina
Ho-OhHoopaJirachiKeldeoKyuremLatiasLatiosLucarioLugia (M02)Lugia (M21)MagearnaManaphyMarshadowMew (M01)Mew (M08)
Mewtwo (OS)Mewtwo (BW)MoltresPalkiaPichuPikachu (M20)PikachutwoRaikou (M13)RayquazaRegiceRegirockRegisteelReshiramShaymin
SlowkingSuicune (M04)Suicune (M13)TerrakionUnownVictiniVirizionVolcanionXerneasYveltalZapdosZekromZeraoraZoroarkZorua
Others
AliciaAllegraAstridBanksBaron AlbertoBlock BotBogieBonjiCarolDabuDavidDionaDonukeDr. FujiDundee
FlamelFreddyGabuGhrisGlacineGodeyGroudonGurūHeroes of Truth and IdealsInfiJennyJoeJudyKaiKakoKanata
KatoKevinKikoKing of the People of the ValeKyleLaylaLeekuLemon KidsLilyLucianneLuisLuisaMakoMalin
ManukeMarcus's soldiersMauryMayor OliverMayor Oliver's secretaryMeredithMewtwo's creatorsMiaMimiMirandaMisakiMoose
Mother and daughterMr. WhiteNevaNikolaOld Man DomŌyamaPegPeople of the WaterPokémon Baccer teamsQueen IleneQueen Rin
RavineRaymondRickRossSchuylerShipShunSpencer HaleSylvanTakaTammyTannerTappTatsukiTobiasUschiZabu

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