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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 in the Pokémon anime, making her debut appearance in Memories are Made of Bliss!.
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.
Matori appeared in In the Shadow of Zekrom!, where she 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, making a non-speaking cameo alongside Giovanni in A Battle of Aerial Mobility! and receiving 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 Deceiving Appearances!, 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 SM073, 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.
Matori reappeared in SM076, where she 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.
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" and "loser locks" (Japanese: おかっぱメガネ bob-hair glasses) when she is not around. Meowth considered bribing her with food once, 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.
| Team Rocket encountered this Alolan Meowth during their time in Alola. It told them that it belonged to a number of Trainers but could not find one worthy of it, so it went on a personal quest to find a master. It manipulated Jessie and James into turning against Meowth by showing off its abilities, and also earned their favor when they realized it could use their Darkinium Z.
When Giovanni and Matori contacted the trio for a report on their activities, the Alolan Meowth became intrigued by them. To this end, it slipped away, stole Meowth's savings, and flew to Kanto to reach Team Rocket HQ, where Matori made it her assistant due to its craftiness. Much like its counterpart with the trio, the Alolan Meowth plans to one day replace Persian as Giovanni's favored Pokémon.
Meowth's known moves are Feint and Thunderbolt.
|| Acting True to Form!
| Voice actors
|| Pete Zarustica
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.
|| マトリ Matori
|| Same as Japanese name
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 真鳥/真鸟 Zhēnniǎo
|| From 真鳥 Matori