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Matori (Japanese: マトリ Matori), also referred to as Giovanni's secretary (Japanese: サカキの秘書 Sakaki's secretary), is a recurring character who appeared in the Pokémon anime. Following her debut in Memories are Made of Bliss!, she was a minor recurring character during the Best Wishes and XY series before gaining a more significant role in the Sun & Moon series.
In Memories are Made of Bliss!, Delibird arrived in Sinnoh to inform Jessie, James, and Meowth to contact Team Rocket headquarters immediately. When they did, instead of reaching Giovanni as they expected to, Matori greeted them. She informed the trio that they had to return to headquarters right away for an assignment from their Boss himself. Later, Matori delivered the files on Jessie, James and Meowth to Giovanni for review before being dismissed.
In In the Shadow of Zekrom!, Matori informed Giovanni of the mobilization of an unknown organization in Unova.
In Enter Iris and Axew!, she told the trio that they could not use their previous Pokémon and had to catch Pokémon native to Unova, as non-native Pokémon would arouse suspicion. After the transmission, she gave Giovanni some coffee and expressed doubts about the trio's ability to carry out the mission, but Giovanni soothed her fears by expressing confidence that they would draw the unknown organization out.
She appeared in The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice!, Dreams by the Yard Full!, and Snivy Plays Hard to Catch!. These were all non-speaking cameo roles, where she was seen alongside Giovanni in transmissions to the trio.
In Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!, after the events of the unaired episodes which are no longer part of canon, she dismissed Jessie, James and Meowth to act on their own in Unova, telling them that Giovanni was very busy and could not give them any more missions at that time. Matori did not appear again in the Best Wishes series outside of non-speaking cameo appearances alongside Giovanni, first in Unrest at the Nursery!, and then in The Dream Continues! dressed in new clothing.
Matori only had minor appearences in the XY series. She first made a non-speaking cameo alongside Giovanni in A Battle of Aerial Mobility!. She then received the trio's call to headquarters in An Explosive Operation!, where she immediately connected them to Giovanni.
Matori has a more active role in the Sun & Moon series, commonly contacting Jessie, James, and Meowth to receive reports on a regular basis.
She was first seen briefly in a flashback in Loading the Dex!, alongside Giovanni. In The Sun, the Scare, the Secret Lair!, she confronted the trio regarding the lack of reports on their progress in Alola. The trio tried to argue with her, only to immediately fall into line once Giovanni joined the conversation.
In Alola, Kanto!, it was revealed that Matori had summoned the trio back to Team Rocket HQ in Kanto for unknown reasons. She admonished Jessie in Now You See Them, Now You Don't!, after they failed to attend the meeting.
Matori and Giovanni contacted the trio in Acting True to Form!, and discovered they had encountered an Alolan Meowth. She ordered them to investigate and report the data about its powers. Much to the trio's surprise, she later revealed that the Alolan Meowth arrived at Team Rocket HQ and was now acting as her assistant. Matori was thankful and asked them to keep sending good Pokémon, unaware that the Meowth had traveled to Kanto on its own accord.
In Why Not Give Me a Z-Ring Sometime?, Matori scolded the trio for falling behind in their duties again. Jessie mentioned having plans of using Z-Moves, and she advised them that a Z-Ring can only be obtained from an Island Kahuna. In the following episode, she stood by as Giovanni made a phone call to Nanu to ask him for information about the "Blinding One". Matori was later contacted by the trio, who wanted to inform Giovanni about the same subject. Since he was already aware of it, Matori advised them to report some bigger information if they wanted to impress the boss.
In A Battle Hand-Off!, Matori learned that the trio had recently acquired a Z-Ring and a Mimikium Z. She seemed pleased by their confidence and ordered them to keep reporting on any Pokémon they have gotten.
Matori in her Matori Matrix uniform
In Filling the Light with Darkness!, Matori headed a special Team Rocket unit named the Matori Matrix (Japanese: マトリマトリックス Matori Matrix), and was on an aircraft approaching Alola with the unit's members, including Gozu. She was contacted by Giovanni for a briefing on the progress of her mission, and she reported that a small Ultra Wormhole had appeared in Alola, meaning that their target might appear. When asked by Giovanni if the target could be the "Blinding One", Matori responded that finding out the answer was the purpose of her mission. Giovanni ended the transmission by telling her he expected great things from her. She then asked Gozu if they would arrive in Alola soon, and when he confirmed that they would, she had him give the order to activate their craft's cloaking device.
In Full Moon and Many Arms!, the Matori Matrix arrived in Alola, but were left lethargic due to Necrozma draining Ultra Aura from the adults around the region. Despite this, when they encountered Necrozma in its Dawn Wings form, they managed to trap it inside an electrified net before it shortly broke out. The unit briefly retreated, only to return and attack Lunala and Nebby using laser cannons on their aircraft while the pair recuperated on the beach of Melemele Island. They ensnared Lunala and Nebby in another electrified net, but it was soon destroyed by Gladion's Silvally and Ash's Pikachu. Nebby retaliated by hitting the aircraft with Flash Cannon, forcing them to retreat again. After Necrozma possessed Nebby, turned into Dusk Mane Necrozma, and fled through an Ultra Wormhole, Matori and the rest of the unit were rejuvenated and continued their mission. Later, at the Ultra Guardians' base, Ash and his classmates were informed of the Matori Matrix by Faba.
In The Prism Between Light and Darkness!, Matori and her unit witnessed the Ultra Guardians and Lunala head inside an Ultra Wormhole and attempted to pursue them, only to be stopped by Professor Kukui and Faba. Gozu and several Grunts were sent down to Ten Carat Hill to face the duo, while Matori and the rest of the unit had their aircraft repaired. In Securing the Future!, Matori called Gozu and urged him to wrap up his battle with Professor Kukui and Faba, as their repairs were done. The other members of the Matori Matrix returned to the aircraft, while Professor Kukui managed to defeat Gozu's Mega Aggron using his Incineroar's Malicious Moonsault. Once Gozu rejoined the others on the aircraft, the Matori Matrix set off to try and pass through the Ultra Wormhole. However, Tapu Koko attacked the aircraft and badly damaged it before blocking the way into the Ultra Wormhole. Though she wanted to continue the mission, Matori reluctantly ordered her unit to retreat.
In Spying for the Big Guy!, Matori contacted the trio, wanting to know why Bewear hadn't been sent to the headquarters before revealing she was coming over herself to get it, causing the trio to panic. Matori soon arrived in Alola with her Meowth accompanying her. The trio took them to the Pokémon School, where they witnessed Ash's classmates practicing their Z-Move poses before being sent flying by Pikachu's Corkscrew Crash. Team Rocket then attempted to catch Grandpa Forest but failed when Bewear and Stufful turned up. That night, Matori decided to grab Stufful and return to the headquarters with it, only to be stopped by the trio. Jessie distracted Matori whilst James switched Stufful with a disguised Meowth. However, Matori found this out while she was flying back to Kanto, whereupon Bewear showed up and rescued Meowth. Later, a visibly injured Matori contacted the trio from Team Rocket HQ once again, only to be scared off when Bewear answered the call.
Jessie dreaming of defeating Matori
Matori appears to take her job as secretary seriously, as shown many times when she delivers messages coming from the Team Rocket Boss to Jessie, James and Meowth, or when she demands reports from them. She is also seen to be faithful and deferential to Giovanni. While interacting with the Team Rocket trio, she is noticeably more cold and harsh.
In the Sun & Moon series, more of Matori's personal relationship with the trio is fleshed out. She becomes a rival figure to Jessie, who carries an intense dislike for her, as she considers Matori's attitude to be too authoritarian and almighty due to her status as the boss's secretary. She angrily calls her names such as "four eyes, "loser locks" and "bob-cut glasses goon" (Japanese: おかっぱメガネ bob-hair glasses) when she is not around, although later on both Jessie and Matori begin showing their disdain of one another publicly. James seems to be more respectful of her, if not a little intimidated by her. Meowth appears to feel neutral towards her. He once considered bribing her with food, but quickly gave up on the idea.
Matori, on her side, is usually not impressed with the trio's lack of achievements and their failure to report on schedule. She does, however, show certain respect for them when they manage to report true achievements, such as unwittingly finding an Alolan Meowth or acquiring a Z-Power Ring. While the trio usually responds to her in a combative manner, especially when not in Giovanni's presence, she is either unaware of this or chooses to ignore it.
It is later revealed that in addition to being Giovanni's secretary, Matori is also an elite Team Rocket operative who leads her own special unit, the Matori Matrix. While leading this unit, she wears a standard Team Rocket uniform, but it is styled in a more militaristic fashion, with fancy, decorative shoulder-pads and the hat being down-turned and carrying the Matori Matrix insignia. In her role with the Matori Matrix, she is shown to be a serious, goal-oriented leader, dedicated to accomplishing her missions at any cost. Additionally, she also shows a vain and condescending personality, having the unit named after herself and dismissing the trio's offer to help. She appears to trust Gozu's advice, although she maintains her bossy demeanor and becomes even more irritable while lethargic due to the draining of Ultra Aura. She also has a reckless side, as seen when she hesitated to give up on pursuing the Ultra Guardians through an Ultra Wormhole, even though the Matori Matrix's airship was badly damaged.
Matori knows when to cut her losses, as seen in Spying for the Big Guy!, when she gave up trying to bring Bewear back to the Team Rocket HQ and instead captured Stufful. Bewear's rescue of Meowth subsequently resulted in Matori developing a fear of Bewear, as seen when she attempted to contact the trio, only for Bewear to answer her.
Used as a messenger
- She was the last character to be introduced in the Diamond & Pearl series, debuting in the final episode.
- Her name was first spoken by Meowth in the original Japanese version of Battling For The Love of Bug-Types! (as well as the Chinese and Indonesian dubs). However, the line revealing it was altered in the English dub, a process that would continue in all of the following episodes where it is mentioned until Full Moon and Many Arms!. This marks the longest time the English dub of the anime has taken to date in confirming the name of a recurring character.
|| マトリ Matori
| English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese
|| Same as Japanese name
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 真鳥/真鸟 Zhēnniǎo
|| From 真鳥 Matori
|| 마트리 Mateuri
|| Similar to Japanese name