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The Proprietor

The Proprietor (Japanese: マスター Master; real name unknown) is a recurring character who appeared in the Pokémon anime.


He currently works as a server at a Sunyshore City café. However, a flashback revealed that he was once a Pokémon poacher, though he renounced this line of work after having a battle against Volkner and Flint when they were kids, after which he befriended them.

The Proprietor, like Flint, had become frustrated with Volkner's lacking motivation and refusal to return to his role as the Sunyshore Gym Leader. After spotting a spark in Volkner in Flint Sparks the Fire!, he instructed Flint to battle Ash and forced Volkner to watch. The ploy worked, as Volkner regained his interest in battling and agreed to go up against Ash.

In The Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore!, the Proprietor returned to his café while Ash and Volkner had their Gym battle, though it soon lost power after Team Rocket stole the Sunyshore Tower. He and several other electrical engineers helped restore Sunyshore City's main generator and power supply.


The Proprietor is a mysterious individual with a secretive past as a Pokémon poacher. Nowadays, he is a highly respected member of the Sunyshore community. Both Volkner and Flint consult him for advice, and he willingly offers his opinion.


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

Bartender's Houndoom
His Houndoom fought against both Flint's Chimchar and Volkner's Pikachu when they were young boys. It was able to defeat Flint's Chimchar but it is not revealed whether it defeated Volkner's Pikachu or not. It made a brief appearance with its owner during Flint's and Ash's battle in Flint Sparks the Fire!.

Houndoom's known moves are Flamethrower and Thunder Fang.

Debut Flint Sparks the Fire!
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Katsuyuki Konishi

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 相沢正輝 Masaki Aizawa
English Bob Senkewicz
Finnish Petri Hanttu
Norwegian Simen Sand
Polish Radosław Popłonikowski
Brazilian Portuguese Dráuzio de Oliveira
Spanish Latin America Martín Soto
Spain Rafael Azcárraga

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