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Dr. Fuji (Japanese: フジ博士 Dr. Fuji) is a character who appeared in Mewtwo Strikes Back and its remake Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution. He also appeared in The Birth of Mewtwo.
In the anime
After his daughter Amber died, Dr. Fuji devoted his life to trying to bring her back through the usage of cloning. His wife was distraught and could not continue watching his endeavors, insisting that he could not bring Amber back to life. She left him, yet Fuji still worked.
Eventually, his studies gained the attention of Giovanni, who said he would fund Fuji's project if Fuji also cloned Mew. This resulted in the creation of Mewtwo.
After the original Charmandertwo, Bulbasaurtwo, and Squirtletwo died during the experiment, Ambertwo—the cloned form of Amber—died as well, eliciting a heightened emotional response from Mewtwo. Dr. Fuji panicked and administered a form of emotion-suppressing serum to Mewtwo, which may have caused its seemingly-twisted personality. Time passed and Mewtwo matured, though shortly after gaining consciousness, it destroyed the lab on New Island, presumably killing everyone—including Fuji. A record of Fuji's final words survived the explosion, which Mewtwo ended up keeping, and was later discovered by Jessie, James, and Meowth, who sneaked into New Island.
In the games
- Main article: Mr. Fuji
Dr. Fuji is likely based on Mr. Fuji, who was formerly known as Dr. Fuji when he founded the Cinnabar Lab.
In the manga
In the movie adaptations
Dr. Fuji appeared in the manga adaptation of Mewtwo Strikes Back!. He serves the same purpose as his movie counterpart in being the scientist that created Mewtwo, although his motivations and his relationship with his creation differ vastly. In particular, Mewtwo looked up to Fuji like a father, and his death and the destruction had been deliberately arranged by Fuji in an attempt to prevent Giovanni from using Mewtwo to mass-produce weapons of mass destruction, with Mewtwo being more reluctant to participate.
- In the novelization of the first movie, he was given the name of "Professor John Smith".
- Dr. Fuji may have been inspired by Dr. Tenma from Astro Boy, since both lost their child and attempt to recreate them through science, as well as share more than a passing resemblance.