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Casey (Japanese: ナナコ Nanako) is a recurring character in the Pokémon anime. She is a Pokémon Trainer from New Bark Town. She first appeared in The Double Trouble Header.
Casey made her debut appearance in The Double Trouble Header, where Ash, Misty and Brock witnessed her catching a Rattata. Soon after, Casey battled against Ash. Despite her overconfidence, she was easily defeated by Ash, who used just his Charizard.
After her defeat, Casey was tricked by Team Rocket into believing that Ash had cheated, prompting her to face Ash again, this time battling his Pikachu using her Chikorita. However, the battle was interrupted by Jessie, James, and Meowth, who tried to capture Chikorita and Pikachu. In the end, Ash and Casey united to defeat Team Rocket and became friends.
She appeared in a flashback in The Chikorita Rescue.
She returned in person in The Bug Stops Here, where Ash competed against her in the Bug-Catching Contest. She decided to win at all costs with her Chikorita, which almost caused Ash's defeat. Chikorita evolved to defeat Team Rocket more than once. Before leaving, Ash presented her with the Beedrill he was allowed to keep because he won the competition, because of her admiration for yellow and black striped Pokémon.
Casey returned in Here's Lookin 'at You, Elekid!, where she revealed that her Bayleef had evolved into a Meganium. She also tried to catch a wild Elekid, the pre-evolution of her favorite Pokémon Electabuzz, and with hard work she managed to capture it,
In A Date With Delcatty, she visited Cerulean City in the Kanto region to watch a baseball game with the Starmie team against the Electabuzz team. She met up with Misty and both united to defeat Butch and Cassidy who were trying to steal a Delcatty belonging to Georgio.
Her latest appearance was in Those Darn Electabuzz! where she helped her idol Corey Demario regain his confidence and his Charizard, Don (Japanese: ドン Don), regain his abilities to battle and fly.
She and her family are fans of the Electabuzz baseball team, and she loves Pokémon with the team's colors, yellow with black stripes. She started her journey with a Chikorita, which she received from Professor Elm.
In the original Japanese version, Casey speaks with a Kansai dialect, in which natives to Osaka, Japan speak. Kansai, along with Chūbu, is one of the regions of Japan that Johto is based on. Adding to this is Casey's love of the Electabuzz baseball team, an analogue to the real world Osaka baseball team, the Hanshin Tigers. Not only is there a similarity in both Electabuzz and tigers being striped animals, but the Hanshin Tigers are known for having a very loyal fanbase.
Casey has been compared to Ash in his early days of Pokémon training. However, they have different styles of training, and different tastes in Pokémon.
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This listing is of Casey's Pokémon as of Those Darn Electabuzz!:
| Casey's Rattata was seen for the first time during Casey's debut appearance in The Double Trouble Header as a wild Pokémon. She battled it with her Chikorita and then caught it. Rattata was soon called out during Casey's battle against Ash, where it was quickly defeated by his Charizard. It was also later used to battle against Team Rocket. It reappeared in a flashback in The Chikorita Rescue.
It is likely that Rattata, like Pidgey, was chosen as a reflection of Casey being a beginning Trainer at the time. While Meganium, Beedrill, and Elekid are often seen out of their Poké Balls, Rattata has not been heard of since Casey's debut episode.
Rattata's only known move is Tackle.
|| The Double Trouble Header
| Voice actors
|| Jimmy Zoppi
| Elekid first appeared as a wild Pokémon where it interrupted a picnic that Ash and his friends were having. Casey came by and noticed the Elekid after defeating Team Rocket the second time in the episode. As Elekid is the pre-evolution of her favorite mascot of the baseball team, Casey challenged it to a battle with her Meganium. Even though it put up a great fight, it was no match for Meganium's strength. As a result, Casey was able to catch Elekid. Since Elekid was caught, Larvitar felt sad as it wasn't able to see its newly made friend. Casey promised to take care of her newly captured Pokémon and friend. Elekid appeared next to Casey and Meganium when Casey said goodbye to Ash and his friends singing the song of the Electabuzz team.
Elekid made a cameo in Address Unown! where it was shown in Larvitar's memories. It also appeared in A Date With Delcatty where it battled Georgio's Delcatty and lost, and in Those Darn Electabuzz! where it helped Casey and her other Pokémon to try to resolve a phobia of Fire-type Pokémon.
Elekid's known moves are Thunder Shock, Thunderbolt, and Thunder Punch.
|| Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid!
| Voice actors
|| Yūji Ueda
|| Yūji Ueda
This listing is of the Badges Casey has obtained:
Casey has competed in the following Pokémon competitions:
In the games
Casey in Pokémon Zany Cards
Casey appears, along with Duplica, as the Stage 3 opponent of Special Seven mode.
- "It's me, Casey! Fan of ELECT-A-BUZZ!! Our team was in the cellar, but we'll be champs this season! Let's get this series started!"
- "Curve ball misses!"
- "Time to rally, team!"
- "Try this pitch!"
- "It's the ninth inning!"
- "I like Pikachu!"
- "Game-winning homer!"
- "Keep an eye on the ball.
- "Never give up! Never!"
- "Hey! Nice hit!"
- "Great pitching staff!"
- "Zzz... World champ..."
- "Cheater! Base on balls."
- "I'm out!"
- "Oh no! A losing streak!"
- In The Double Trouble Header, Casey manages to catch the two Pokémon that Ash first encountered on his journey.
- Furthermore, Ash also attempted to capture Rattata and Pidgey when he first encountered them, but was unsuccessful in doing so.
- Casey is the only Trainer who was given a Pokémon by Ash.
- Casey may be a reference to the "Mighty Casey" from the poem "Casey at the Bat" written in 1888 by Ernest Thayer. In the poem, Casey is an overconfident baseball player who believes he can win the game, but strikes out like Casey does against Ash when she challenges him to a battle.
|| ナナコ Nanako
|| From 七子 seventh child.
| English, German, Italian
|| From the poem "Casey at the Bat", also meant to originally be the name for Ash Ketchum
|| Vanesa* / Casey
|| From Beauty Cassie from S. S. Aqua
|| 나진 Najin
|| 奈奈 Nàinài
|| From the first part of her Japanese name.