Jimmy (Johto)

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For the character of the day in Jostling for the Junior Cup!, see Kenton.
For the voice actor, see Kenta Miyake.
For the main character in Aim to Be a Card Master!!, see Kenta Minamii.
For the main character in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, see Kenta.
"Yoshi" redirects here. For the Warrior in Pokémon Conquest, see the List of Pokémon Conquest characters.

ケンタ Kenta
Jimmy artwork.png
Gender Male
Hometown New Bark Town
Region Johto
Trainer class Trainer
Game counterpart Ethan
Anime debut The Legend of Thunder!
English voice actor Sean Schemmel
Japanese voice actor Kenji Nojima

Jimmy (Japanese: ケンタ Kenta) is the main protagonist of The Legend of Thunder!.


His starter Pokémon was Cyndaquil, received from Professor Elm of New Bark Town at the same time as Vincent and Marina. Despite being close friends, the trio did not travel together and went their separate ways. However, they crossed paths occasionally in their journeys. In one of his meetings with Marina, he captured a Weedle which evolved into a Beedrill.

Jimmy and his first Pokémon

In the midst of his journey, Jimmy and Cyndaquil were defeated by a mysterious young man named Silver and his Nidoking who became one of his most powerful rivals.

Jimmy then left on a mission to become increasingly strong and eventually got his Cyndaquil to evolve into a Quilava and after that into a Typhlosion, allowing him to fight on equal terms with his rival and win.

Thanks to his efforts, Jimmy and Marina then participated in the Silver Conference a full year before Vincent did.

Again on his journey, Jimmy once again met Marina. They had a battle where, although Marina showed the results of their training, Jimmy still took the lead, defeating Marina's Jigglypuff and almost defeating Wani-Wani. The battle was interrupted however by the actions of a group of Team Rocket who were working nearby. In his attempt to save the Legendary Pokémon Raikou, Jimmy was beaten by agents of the organization, but he managed to stop them temporarily with the help of his Beedrill and took the wounded Raikou to the nearby Pokémon Center.

During the treatment of Raikou, Jimmy met the mysterious Legendary Pokémon expert called Eusine, he claimed that Raikou attacked by retaliation, but Jimmy denied it.

When Raikou awoke, stunned, Jimmy tried to talk to it, but it attacked and tried to escape to the forest. Jimmy, Marina and the others tried to follow and met up with Attila and Hun from Team Rocket. They battled a fierce battle with them, and during the battle Jimmy and Marina were saved by Vincent who suddenly arrived on the scene.

Through the efforts of Jimmy, Marina, Eusine and Vincent, the Trainers were able to defeat Team Rocket and Jimmy finally got the trust of Raikou which Jimmy then considered his friend.


Jimmy and Marina in The Legend of Thunder!

Jimmy has an energetic personality both during battles and outside of them. He has a habit of saying "You rock and you rule!" ("OK! Perfect!" in the original) to his Pokémon and giving them a thumbs-up after winning a battle. He can be quick to jump to conclusions but also knows when to be serious and get a job done.

Jimmy is similar in many ways to Ash. He also cares for Pokémon very much. This can be seen in his concern for Raikou when it was injured. He is also determined and never gives up in battle. Like Ash, he is also close to his starter Pokémon, which is now a Typhlosion. He has a battle style that focuses on offense. As such, his Pokémon are trained to take attacks and still keep fighting.

His main goal was to become a strong Pokémon Trainer so that he could protect the kids in New Bark Town, his home town. He also has a crush on Marina, which appears to be mutual.


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

On hand

Jimmy's Typhlosion
Cyndaquil → Quilava → Typhlosion
Main article: Jimmy's Typhlosion

Typhlosion was Jimmy's starter Pokémon, given to him as a Cyndaquil by Professor Elm. He obtained it on the same day that Vincent got his Chikorita and Marina got her Totodile. Jimmy and Typhlosion are very close to each other.

Debut The Legend of Thunder!
Voice actors
Japanese Susumu Chiba
English Susumu Chiba
Jimmy's Beedrill
Weedle → Kakuna → Beedrill
Jimmy had Beedrill as a Weedle early on, even before he started his Pokémon journey. It had already evolved twice before The Legend of Thunder!. He used it in a battle against Marina's Jigglypuff, Pink, in which Beedrill won. Jimmy relies on Beedrill's speed during battles and flight situations where it proves itself very useful.

Beedrill's known moves are Agility, Twineedle and Pin Missile.

Debut The Legend of Thunder!
Voice actors
Japanese Shin'ichirō Miki
English Shin'ichirō Miki

Jimmy also has at least four other Pokémon, as he was seen with six Poké Balls during The Legend of Thunder!, two of which contained Typhlosion and Beedrill.


Jimmy's Raikou
Main article: Raikou (The Legend of Thunder!)

Jimmy met Raikou while he was being targeted by Team Rocket's Miracle Crystal. In an attempt to prevent him from being caught by the villainous duo, Jimmy battled them with his Typhlosion and Marina's help. The duo were able to escape and Jimmy took it to a Pokémon Center. When Raikou became severly injured later on by the crystal's force field, his Typhlosion volunteered to drain the energy from it, thus freeing Raikou and giving him a chance to destroy it once and for all.

Debut The Legend of Thunder!
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Katsuyuki Konishi


Badges obtained

This listing is of the Badges Jimmy has obtained:

Pokémon League

Jimmy has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:


Sugimori Jimmy anime.png
Ken Sugimori's design of Jimmy for the anime.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 野島健児 Kenji Nojima
English Sean Schemmel
Italian Paolo de Santis
Brazilian Portuguese Rodrigo Andreatto
Spanish Latin America Alan Prieto
Spain David Robles


Ethan in Zoroark: Master of Illusions
  • Much like Ash is based on Red, Jimmy is based on Ethan. However, a separate character made a cameo in the beginning of Zoroark: Master of Illusions, battling against Ash with a Donphan. Unlike Jimmy, that character wears Ethan's updated clothes from HeartGold and SoulSilver, and is indeed referred to as "Hibiki" (Ethan's Japanese name) in the art gallery feature of the Japanese DVD.
  • When Vincent appeared in the Silver Conference (known then as Jackson in the dub), Marina and Jimmy were referred to "Dani and Yoshi" respectively, leading many to believe that "Yoshi" was the official English name for Jimmy, and "Dani" was the official English name for Marina. Whether this was the original intention remains unknown. However, in The Legend of Thunder!, they're identified as Jimmy and Marina.
  • Jimmy's English name may come directly from Gold and Silver. There is a minor Trainer named "Kenta" in the Japanese version whose name was localized as "Jimmy" in the English translation - a Youngster on Route 3 with a Raticate and Arbok. The dubbers may have mistaken this character for an unrelated anime character. The same thing happened to Vincent.
  • Jimmy is the only anime character based on a player character who has met his opposite-gender counterpart, as he is good friends with Marina, based on Kris.


Language Name Reference to
Japanese ケンタ Kenta
English Jimmy
Chinese (Mandarin)) 健太 Jiàntài From 健太 Kenta. Can mean "extremely healthy."
Thai เคนตะ Kenta Same as his Japanese name

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