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ルーク Luke
Gender Male
Eye color Blue
Hair color Brown
Hometown Unknown
Region Unova
Trainer class Trainer
Anime debut Movie Time! Zorua in
"The Legend of the
Pokémon Knight"!
English voice actor Billy Bob Thompson
Japanese voice actor Minami Takayama

Luke (Japanese: ルーク Luke) is a recurring character who appeared in the Pokémon anime. He is an aspiring filmmaker.


Luke and his camera

Luke first appeared in Movie Time! Zorua in "The Legend of the Pokémon Knight"!. He was revealed to have worked at the oldest movie theater in his town with the owner, Mr. Matthews. He would assist with the projections in exchange for watching the movies for free. Occasionally, he would notice one of the female movie characters sitting in the audience. Intrigued, he went down to check on her after one of the movies, and she turned out to be a Zorua. He and the Zorua shared a common love for films and he offered to give her a part in the movie he was directing, The Legend of the Pokémon Knight. However, he made her play all of the characters, including male characters. Angered, Zorua ran away which is when he met Ash, Iris, and Cilan, and the three of them volunteered to look for the Zorua together.

Once Zorua was found, Cilan worked out the cause of Zorua's frustration with Luke and the two reconciled, giving her only one role, while Cilan, Ash, and Iris offered to play the other characters. Team Rocket almost ruined his film when they attempted to steal Zorua, but thanks to Cilan's improvisation, his film managed to work out in the end. After his movie was premiered in the theater, Luke decided to partake in a tournament Don George was hosting.

Luke accompanied the group to Nimbasa Town and registered himself in the Club Battle tournament in Reunion Battles In Nimbasa!. He also documented the events that took place on and off the battlefield using his video camera. While documenting, he occasionally got interrupted by Bianca, who was either curious or wanted to know where his Zorua was. Luke's first opponent in the Club Battle tournament was Scooter. In Cilan Versus Trip, Ash Versus Georgia!, he battled him using his Golett against Scooter's Darmanitan and emerged victorious.

In The Club Battle Hearts of Fury: Emolga Versus Sawk!, Luke was revealed to own a Larvesta when he moved on to battle Cilan. Despite having a type disadvantage because of a powerful Scald move], Larvesta managed to defeat Cilan's Stunfisk and Luke advanced to the semi-finals. In Club Battle Finale: A Hero's Outcome!, Luke faced Iris in the semi-finals of the Club Battle tournament where his Golett was defeated by her Axew's newly-learned Outrage, eliminating him from the tournament. Afterwards he left the group to continue filmmaking and was showing his movies at film festivals across Unova.

In An Epic Defense Force!, Luke was invited to enter the Pokéstar Studios Film Competition in Virbank City. After meeting up with the group, he recruited them to make a new film, which ended up winning the competition and beating his director rival Jules. He decided to remain at Pokéstar Studios to work with Mr. Gold on a new film.

He appeared in one of Ash's flashbacks in A Unova League Evolution! about his travels in Unova.


Luke was overly nervous, and restricted himself to simply watching movies instead of following his dreams of directing them. His encounter with Ash and his friends in Movie Time! Zorua in "The Legend of the Pokémon Knight"! inspired Luke to breakaway from his job at a small town theater and travel in search of inspiration. He enjoyed filming the lively battle atmosphere and intense off-field rivalries at the Nimbasa Town Club Battle tournament. His few productions have gained him critical acclaim at film festivals and the Best Picture award at the Pokéstar Studios Film Competition. Luke's special effects and clever plotlines are key to his success as a film director. Even so, he remains humble in spite of his rising fame.


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

Luke's Zorua
Main article: Luke's Zorua

Luke's Zorua used to watch films in Mr. Matthews's theater, disguised as multiple different actresses from the films he would put on. She later met Luke after a movie and accepted his offer to be the leading cast in his film. However she became fed up with having to play most of the characters (especially the male ones) and ran away, later appearing disguised as the Miracle Fighter of a movie in front of Ash, Iris, and Cilan. She used her Ability to disguise as Iris, Pikachu, and Axew to flee from Luke. After she reconciled with Luke, she played the role as Princess Yuria in his film. She was later kidnapped by Team Rocket, and was rescued by Cilan and Ash. Finally, she transformed into a female Meowth to fool Team Rocket's Meowth and sent them away with Night Daze.

She appeared again in An Epic Defense Force!, where she starred in Luke's newest film to win a prize in Pokéstar Studios. In the movie, Zorua used her ability to transform into an enormous Golurk to battle against the Mecha Tyranitar.

Debut Movie Time! Zorua in "The Legend of the Pokémon Knight"!
Voice actors
Japanese Chiaki Takahashi
English Chiaki Takahashi
Luke's Golett
Golett is Luke's co-director and helped him out in his film by carrying his equipment, such as his camera. Golett also mans the camera when Luke can't, such as in Reunion Battles in Nimbasa! when Luke was in front of the camera, making a documentary. Golett also holds the Clapperboard in front of the camera when filming begins. It also helped Ash, Cilan, and Oshawott make props and weapons for Luke's movie.

Later, during the first round of the Club Battle tournament in Cilan Versus Trip, Ash Versus Georgia!, Golett was used against Scooter's Darmanitan, where it easily defeated its opponent. It later battled Iris's Axew in the semi-finals, in Club Battle Finale: A Hero's Outcome!, where it was defeated by Axew's newly-learned Outrage attack. When Golett was not battling, it usually helped its Trainer film the other battles.

It appeared again in An Epic Defense Force! where it once again helped with Luke's movie, though it now starred in the movie instead of helping with carrying equipment. In the movie, Golett appeared to evolve, though it was revealed at the end that Golett had not really evolved, having stepped back for Zorua who took over its role with her Illusion ability.

Golett's known moves are Shadow Ball, Shadow Punch, Mega Punch, Double Team, and Gyro Ball.

Debut Movie Time! Zorua in "The Legend of the Pokémon Knight"!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Dan Green
Luke's Leavanny
Much like Golett, Leavanny helped Luke in his film. Among its jobs included sewing costumes, which it did with Swadloon.

It appeared again in An Epic Defense Force!. It first helped carrying around film equipment and later played a role in Luke's newest movie. It played one of the forest Pokémon who were kidnapped by the antagonist of the movie, played by Cilan.

None of Leavanny's moves are known.

Debut Movie Time! Zorua in "The Legend of the Pokémon Knight"!
Voice actors
Japanese Misato Fukuen
English Erica Schroeder
Luke's Larvesta
Luke used Larvesta against Cilan's Stunfisk in the second round of the Club Battle. It used its String Shot to hinder Stunfisk's movement by encasing it completely, but Stunfisk was freed when it willingly took Larvesta's Flamethrower, burning the strings in the process. It also used String Shot to form a protective shell around itself to protect it from Stunfisk's Scald. Larvesta knocked it out with a powerful Flamethrower, after being launched into the air by Stunfisk, winning the match for Luke.

Luke said that Larvesta is in charge of special effects when creating his films.

Larvesta's known moves are String Shot, Bug Buzz, and Flamethrower.

Debut The Club Battle Hearts of Fury: Emolga Versus Sawk!
Voice actors
Japanese Shin-ichiro Miki
English Billy Bob Thompson


The prize of the Pokéstar Studios competition

Luke has competed in the following Pokémon competitions:

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 高山みなみ Minami Takayama
English Billy Bob Thompson
Czech Vojtěch Hájek
Dutch Trevor Reekers
Finnish Antti Lang (BW038-BW042)
Samuel Harjanne (BW082)
European French Grégory Praet
German Tobias John von Freyend
Italian Stefano Pozzi
Polish Paweł Ciołkosz (BW038-BW042)
Przemysław Stippa (BW082)
Brazilian Portuguese Daniel Figueira
Spanish Latin America René Pinochet (BW038-BW042)
Fernando Calderón (BW082)
Spain Ignasi Díaz
Vietnamese Trần Hoàng Sơn (BW038-BW042)
Unknown voice actor ((BW082)


Language Name Origin
Japanese ルーク Luke May be based on George Lucas, who is perhaps the most successful independent filmmaker, or one of Lucas's characters, Luke Skywalker.
English, French,
German, Italian
Luke Same as Japanese name.
Korean 루크 Luke Same as Japanese name.
Chinese (Mandarin) 路克 Lùkè Transliteration of his Japanese name.

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash Ketchum (Pikachu) • Misty (Togetic) • BrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawn (Piplup) • Iris (Haxorus) • CilanSerenaClemontBonnie (Dedenne) • LanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom PokédexGoh (Grookey)
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulNandoZoeyKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronAriaAlainMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladionHoracioHauLeonRaihanHoraceBeaLeague Conference participantsCoordinatorsPerformersWorld Coronation Series participants
Antagonists Jessie (Wobbuffet) • JamesMeowthGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerGozuTabithaMaxieShellyArchieHunter JSaturnCyrusMarsJupiterCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretMalamarLysandreMableCelosiaAlianaXerosicBryonyTuppZippRappPlumeriaGuzmaVirenRoseOleana
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperDr. FennelCedric JuniperProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor BurnetProfessor CeriseProfessor MagnoliaSoniaProfessor Amaranth
Relatives Delia KetchumDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's fatherLana's motherHarper and SarahRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherMohnLusamineGladionSophocles's parentsMolayneAbeMallow's motherUluWalkerCamilleHalta
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceClairRaoul ContestaMr. SukizoSteven StoneVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianSolanaBrandonMarianYuzoRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerIzzy and CaraLyraKhouryTobiasDon GeorgeElderAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetJervisVirgilNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinAstridDianthaKorrinaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSamson OakAnelaHobbesNinaAnnaLakiDanaYansuWickeFabaIlimaAcerolaDiaChloeChrysaRenParkerTaliaLeiDanikaQuillonHopGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsIsland kahunasMany temporary characters
Supporting Pokémon Ho-OhSquirtle SquadPink ButterfreeHaunterJigglypuffMewtwoMimeyLapras herdGranbullPichu BrothersLugiaSilverDelibirdWynautLarvitarLake guardiansForces of NatureMeloettaWooperSquishyZ2Guardian deitiesBewearToucannon's flockStoutlandOranguruLunalaNecrozmaStuffulUltra BeastsGrandpa ForestShayminMewRotom PhonesPelipperThievul trioDrone RotomHero duoLatiasRecurring wild Pokémon
See also: Pokémon Horizons characters
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