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| Magikarp salesman|
コイキング売り Koiking salesman
The Magikarp salesman in the anime
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|| Wife and children (allegedly)
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|| Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen, Black, White, Black 2, and White 2, Let's Go, Pikachu!, Let's Go, Eevee!
| Anime debut
|| Battle Aboard the St. Anne
| English voice actor
|| Eric Stuart (EP015-SS004)|
Bill Rogers (DP021)
Tom Wayland (BW116)
| Japanese voice actor
|| Unshō Ishizuka
The Magikarp salesman (Japanese: コイキング売り Koiking salesman) is a character who sells various Pokémon, usually Magikarp, at outrageous prices.
In the games
In Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, as well as the remakes FireRed and LeafGreen and Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, the Magikarp salesman appears in Route 4's Pokémon Center and sells the player a Magikarp for 500.
Though he does not make an appearance, the Magikarp salesman is briefly alluded to in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, as well as the remakes HeartGold and SoulSilver. In the Poké Mart in Pewter City, a boy will offer to show his Gyarados to anyone who speaks to him. Speaking to a girl nearby causes her to remark how the boy had purchased a Magikarp from a "weird old man" three years prior, and trained it until it evolved into a Gyarados.
In Black, White, Black 2, and White 2, the Magikarp salesman appears again on Marvelous Bridge to sell a Magikarp for 500. However, unlike in Kanto, Magikarp are not native to Unova and can only be found in the Nature PreserveB2W2. It always has a speed IV of 31 in these games.
- "Hello, there! Have I got a deal just for you! I'll let you have a swell Magikarp for just 500! What do you say?"
- No: "No? I'm only doing this as a favor to you!"
- Yes: (<player> got Magikarp!)
- "Well, I don't give refunds!"
- "Hello there, laddie/sweetie pie! Have I got a deal just for you! I'll let you have a secret Pokémon – a Magikarp – for just 500! So, you'll buy it, am I right?"
- No: "No? You say no? I'm only doing this as a favor to you!"
- Yes: (<player> paid an outrageous 500 and bought the Magikarp...)
- "Well, I don't give refunds. You knew what you were getting!"
- "Son/Miss! I have a deal for YOU! And for you alone. Here's your chance. I will sell you the secret Pokémon Magikarp... For an unbelievable 500! How about it? Interested?"
- No: "Oh, that's too bad..."
- Yes: (<player> bought the Magikarp for 500. After giving the player a Magikarp) "Oh, yeah... Returns not accepted, got that?"
- If the player doesn't have enough money
- "Looks like you don't have enough money."
- If the player's party is full
- "You have no room in your party!"
In the anime
In the main series
The Magikarp salesman is a recurring character who appeared in the Pokémon anime. He usually appears as a traveling con man who is always getting people, usually James, to buy one of his worthless Pokémon.
His first appearance was on the St. Anne in Battle Aboard the St. Anne, where he was selling Magikarp to anyone foolish enough to buy one. He would tell them that they would reproduce at a rapid rate and make the buyer rich. James was foolish enough to buy one, which later evolved into a Gyarados.
He later reappeared in Tricks of the Trade, and was partially responsible for Jessie obtaining her Wobbuffet. The Magikarp salesman was again trying to sell Magikarp to James, but he recognized him from the St. Anne and chased after him. During the pursuit, the Magikarp salesman bumped into Jessie, which sent her flying over to a nearby trading machine. When she bumped into it, the Poké Ball containing her Lickitung fell into the machine, trading it for Benny's Wobbuffet, which he had been trying to trade off throughout the episode.
Some time after, he reappeared with the same selling strategy in Doin' What Comes Natu-rally. Later, in Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid, he traded his Weepinbell for James's Victreebel.
In the Hoenn region, the Magikarp salesman had changed his operation; now, he was attempting to sell Pokémon disguised as rare Pokémon. In Pearls are a Spoink's Best Friend, he sold a Magikarp disguised as Feebas to Team Rocket for a stolen Spoink's pearl. After placing her new Pokémon into some water, Jessie realized she had been conned as the paint washed away, revealing Feebas to be a Magikarp. Ash and his friends were able to reunite Spoink with its pearl, but the Magikarp salesman was able to escape.
The Magikarp salesman later appeared at Fortree City's Feather Carnival in Who's Flying Now?, selling a Hoppip disguised as a Chimecho. James came across him while searching for a Chimecho and attempted to catch it. However, its real identity was revealed and a gust of wind blew it away.
He tried his golden Magikarp scam on Tracey in Showdown at the Oak Corral, claiming that the Magikarp could lay golden Eggs. However, unlike Team Rocket, Tracey was too smart to fall for this trick. The Magikarp salesman ran off when he discovered that he had knocked on the door of Professor Oak's Laboratory.
He made a cameo appearance when Ash caught Aipom in Channeling the Battle Zone.
The Magikarp salesman reappeared in Ya See We Want An Evolution!. He sold a dual evolution machine/mecha-bot to Team Rocket. While he did inform Team Rocket that the machine must warm up for at least a week before use, Team Rocket forgot to follow his instructions, which resulted in its failure to evolve Pokémon and sustain its mecha-bot form. Therefore, it is unknown if this was another one of his scams, or if the machine would truly have worked. However, considering the fact that he ran off after telling them this information, it may have been another lie to keep them from following him.
He made a cameo appearance in The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!, being one of the many people seen at the Kanto Fair that Ash and his friends were visiting. There, he was once again trying to sell Magikarp to people.
The Magikarp salesman is a con man; as such, he isn't afraid to lie to or mislead his customers in order to sell his goods. He prefers to travel the world to remain undetected by the authorities and any disgruntled clientele like James.
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- Main article: Magikarp salesman's Magikarp
The Magikarp salesman, as his title implies, has a large amount of these Magikarp to sell to foolish customers for ridiculously high prices. He usually manages to sell them by telling the customer that he or she could sell the Magikarp hatched from this Magikarp's Eggs, as well as Magikarp hatched from those Magikarp's eggs and so forth, resulting in the potential customer getting rich. In reality, however, Magikarp is a completely useless Pokémon which cannot provide riches to anyone except for the Magikarp salesman himself, due to the ridiculous prices at which he sells his Magikarp.
Sometimes the Magikarp salesman has also tried to sell his Magikarp by disguising them as Feebas and telling to the customer that it would evolve into Milotic, the most beautiful Pokémon in the world. Oddly, he has never tried any sort of similar tactic with selling Magikarp as is, by informing the customer that it would evolve into the powerful Gyarados. In Ya See We Want an Evolution! he also tried to offer some special gifts for the customer if he or she buys a Magikarp.
|| Battle Aboard the St. Anne
| Voice actors
|| Maddie Blaustein
- Main article: James's Victreebel
James was forced to trade his dear Victreebel for the new Weepinbell. Later, the Magikarp salesman found out that his new Victreebel wasn't obeying him, so he kicked it away. After their airflights, James's old and new Victreebel met and fell in love. Then they jumped away to a forest and have never been seen since.
|| The Breeding Center Secret
| Voice actors
|| Rikako Aikawa
|| Rikako Aikawa
In Pokémon Origins
The Magikarp salesman appeared briefly in File 2: Cubone, selling Red a Magikarp for 500.
- The Magikarp salesman was given a Hispanic accent in all of the dubbed episodes except for Showdown at the Oak Corral and The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!, where he speaks without an accent. This may have been an oversight of both the Pokémon Chronicles and The Pokémon Company International production teams, since after TPCi took over the dub, his Hispanic accent returned only in Ya See We Want an Evolution!.
- In most of the Magikarp salesman's appearances, the Team Rocket Trio ends up losing and gaining a Pokémon:
- Trades often occur in episodes that the Magikarp salesman appears in.
- Every episode he appeared in as a major appearance was written by Yukiyoshi Ohashi. The two episodes in which he made a cameo appearance were written by Atsuhiro Tomioka.
- The Magikarp's salesman's appearance is similar to that of the main character from the series Tensai Bakabon, Bakabon's Papa.