Proton

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Proton
ランス Lance
HeartGold SoulSilver Proton.png
Artwork from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Male
Eye color Green
Hair color Green
Hometown Unknown
Region Johto
Trainer class Rocket GruntGSC
ExecutiveGSCHGSS
Generation IV
Games Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, SoulSilver
Member of Team Rocket
Rank Executive
English voice actor Clifford Chapin[1] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Shō Okumura (Masters EX)

Proton (Japanese: ランス Lance) is one of the four Team Rocket Executives introduced in Pokémon Gold and Silver. At that time, all three male Executives were not easily distinguishable, and Proton was not given a name and visual design to distinguish him from Archer and Petrel until Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.

In the core series

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Proton is first seen and battled in the Slowpoke Well, where Team Rocket is trying to cut off Slowpoke tails to make a profit. Later, the player meets and battles him for the second time in Goldenrod Radio Tower.

Proton is labeled as the scariest and cruelest of Team Rocket, yet also remains one of the more popular Executives. A Grunt in the Radio Tower admits to how she admires him. Proton seems to be very easily aggravated.

In Generation II, the character of Proton is, in reality, two characters: an ordinary grunt originally taking his place in Slowpoke Well and a Rocket Executive encountered in the Goldenrod Radio Tower. These two are amalgamated into Proton for Generation IV, who shares both their single Pokémon.

Pokémon

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

First battle



Second battle



Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

First battle



Second battle



In spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Proton appears as an NPC in Pokémon Masters EX and first appears in the Team Rocket Revival chapter. He forms a sync pair with Golbat.

Artwork

Sprites

In the core series

Spr GS Rocket Grunt M.png Spr GS Rocket Executive M.png Spr HGSS Proton.png VSProton.png
Grunt sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
VS sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Rocket Grunt M II OD.png Proton OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver

In other games

Spr Masters Proton.png VSProton Masters.png
Model from
Masters EX
VS model from
Masters EX

Quotes

Main article: Proton/Quotes

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Proton and his teammates in Pokémon Adventures

Proton appears alongside the other three Executives. He, along with his teammates, take control of Team Rocket from Carr, saying that they will stay true to Giovanni's intentions.

While Petrel is tasked on finding the Plates related to Arceus, Ariana is tasked on stopping intruders from stopping them, Proton is tasked with finding the Sinjoh Ruins. While Ariana battles Crystal on Route 38, he and the other Executives arrive on the scene. Suddenly, Arceus appears in front of them and Crystal attempts to capture it, shocking the Executives in the process. Despite her tenacity, Crystal ultimately fails in capturing the Pokémon and is sent flying into a tree.

The Executives chase Arceus down and find it battling Gold at the Ruins of Alph. Once Arceus uses its powers and transports them all to the Sinjoh Ruins, the four Executives restrain Arceus and force it onto the Mystri Stage. Using its great powers, they force Arceus to create the legendary Pokémon Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina.

Believing they have pleased their boss, Giovanni, Proton, Ariana, and Archer begin tearing up. However, Silver distracts them by flying towards the Pokémon so Gold and Crystal can finish off the other legendary Pokémon. Once they do so, Arceus, now freed from its restraints, uses its powers to send Proton and the other Executives flying. During the final battle with Arceus, Proton stayed away from the fight by hiding behind a rock with his teammates. After the battle had ended, Proton left with the other Team Rocket members and Giovanni.

Pokémon

Proton's Zubat
Zubat
Zubat is Proton's mode of flight transportation. He was used to help restrain and pull Arceus into the Mystri Stage. Later, he fought Gold's Sudobo.

None of Zubat's moves are known.

Debut Fortunately for Feraligatr
Proton's Weezing
Weezing
Weezing was seen alongside Proton when he was communicating with the Rocket Grunts about the Plates.

None of Weezing's moves are known.

Debut Fortunately for Feraligatr

Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure

Proton in Jō's Big Adventure

Proton appears in The Revived Team Rocket where he arrives with some Team Rocket Grunts by the Slowpoke Well where they rob some Slowpoke in order to profit their tails. He cameos later on where Jō battles the grunts in Team Rocket's hideout in Mahogany Town.

Pokémon

Proton's Zubat
Zubat
Zubat was sent out to battle Jō's Totodile. It was simultaneously defeated in the end along with Koffing.

None of Zubat's moves are known.

Debut The Revived Team Rocket
Proton's Koffing
Koffing
Koffing was sent out to battle Jō's Totodile. It had the upper hand after Zubat gave piercing damage to Totodile. However, it got defeated along with Zubat in the end, not before being commanded to use Selfdestruct.

Koffing's only known move is Self-Destruct.

Debut The Revived Team Rocket

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Proton in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Related cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Team Rocket's Trickery Su Undaunted Uncommon 78/90 Reviving Legends Uncommon 076/080
      Tyranitar Constructed Standard Deck   018/019
 


Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ランス Lance From MGM-52 Lance, a surface-to-surface missile system used by the US Army
English Proton From Proton, an expendable launch system used for commercial and Russian government space launches
German, French, Vietnamese Lance From his Japanese name
Spanish Protón From his English name
Italian Milas From Milas, anti-submarine variant of the Italian Otomat missile
Korean 랜스 Lance From his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 蘭斯 / 兰斯 Lánsī Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 蘭斯 Làahnsī


Related articles

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Giovanni (animeAdventuresPocket MonstersMasters)
Madame Boss (anime only) • Masked Man (Adventures only)

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Adventures only: CarlShamWill (former) • Karen (former)

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Jessie (Masters), James (Masters), & Meowth (JJM)
Koga, Lt. Surge, & Sabrina (Triad) (Adventures only; former)
Ken, Al, & Harry (TRET) (Adventures only)
Carr, Sird (former), & Orm (T3B) (Adventures only)

Duos:

Anime only: Butch & Cassidy (former) • Attila & HunAnnie & Oakley (dub only)

Scientists

Gideon
Anime only: Dr. FujiDr. NambaSebastianDr. Zager
Adventures only: Blaine (former)

Others: 

GruntsRocket BrothersRocket Sisters
Anime only: DominoIron-Masked MarauderRocket ScoutWendy
TysonJubeiViperChristopher (former) • MatoriPierceGozu
Radio drama only: MiyamotoMondo
How I Became a Pokémon Card only: Kaede



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