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ユキナリ Yukinari
Sammy Oak.png
Age 10
Gender Male
Eye color Blue
Hair color Brown
Hometown Pallet Town
Region Kanto
Trainer class Trainer
Anime debut Celebi: The Voice of the Forest
English voice actor Tara Jayne
Japanese voice actor Keiko Toda

Sam (Japanese: ユキナリ Yukinari) is a major character who appeared in Celebi: The Voice of the Forest. He is a young Pokémon Trainer that was transported by Celebi from 40 years in the past to Ash's time by accident.


Forty years ago, Sam traveled through the woods near Arborville and met a woman named Towa who told him about the "Voice of the Forest", and that if he did hear it, he should not move or else he would be sent to another time. Sam was also told about a rare Pokémon living there. With that said, Towa gave Sam a piece of bread as a parting gift. While continuing his travels in the forest, a Pokémon poacher went chasing after Celebi, wishing to capture it. Sam defended Celebi from the poacher, and shortly afterwards, the Pokémon teleported itself and Sam into the future.

During the present-day, Sam lands in the same area that he got teleported from. Ash and his friends arrive in the area and find Sam unconscious. Ash takes him back to Arborville, where Sam wakes up to find out that Celebi had disappeared. After an aged Towa explains the situation to them, and returns the sketchbook that Sam used, Sam and the group go to the forest and find Celebi where the Iron-Masked Marauder was destroying the forest. The Marauder encounters the group, but they escape.

The Marauder sends Scizor and Sneasel after them. Sam and Ash battle the foe's Pokémon and are able to defeat them. Sam and the group arrived in a foggy portion of the Lake of Life and are able to heal Celebi with the water. As Celebi recovers, Ash and Sam play with it, having fun. Celebi then leads the group to a Berry tree.

Later, Sam and the others encounter the Iron-Masked Marauder again. Despite their efforts, the Marauder manages to capture Celebi in a Dark Ball. Sam and Ash try in vain to get the possessed-Celebi to stop as the Marauder commands it to destroy the forest. Celebi prepares to finish off Sam and Ash, but Suicune arrives and saved the two Trainers. Suicune gets attacked by a monstrous ball's tendril, which sends all three of them flying. They are caught by Jessie, who tells them where Celebi is. Sam reminds Celebi about the time it had fun with him, Ash and his friends, despite Celebi relentlessly attacking them in the process. Awakened, Celebi breaks free from the Marauder's control, destroying its Dark Ball in the process.

Sam's drawing of Pikachu and Celebi

However, expending too much energy drains Celebi's life force, and it falls unconscious and turns a withered brown color. Sam takes it to the Lake of Life to restore it, but the waters have no effect, even after Suicune uses its powers to purify the lake from the preceding destruction. After a brief period of mourning, however, the Celebi spirits from all across time arrive and succeed in reviving the fallen Celebi. The Iron-Masked Marauder emerges shortly after, and attempts again to capture Celebi, but is defeated at last thanks to Pikachu, and subdued by the other Pokémon in the forest. Celebi then prepares to travel back to the past, and after exchanging farewells, Sam joins it and returns to his own time.

Sam briefly reappeared in a montage in The Rise of Darkrai, which chronicled the preceding nine movies.


Sam was shown to have some skills in Pokémon watching, similar to Tracey, as shown when he drew in his sketchbook the Pokémon he saw, especially Celebi. After rescuing Celebi from a Pokémon poacher, he grew a bond with it.


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Sam's Charmeleon
Sam used his Charmeleon in battle against the Iron-Masked Marauder's Sneasel, and won. It was contained in what appeared to be a metal Poké Ball with a red screw-top on it.

Charmeleon's known moves are Flamethrower and Headbutt.

Debut Celebi: The Voice of the Forest
Voice actors
English Eric Stuart


Sam's Celebi
Main article: Celebi (M04)

Sam met this Celebi during his time. However, it bumped into him while on the pursuit of a Pokémon Hunter which accidentally transports him to the present time of Ash and company. This time, the Iron-Masked Marauder was after Celebi. After Ash and Sam defeated the Marauder by snapping Celebi out of its dark self and got revived by the other Celebi from the past, this Celebi that met Sam took him back to his own time.

Debut Celebi: The Voice of the Forest
Voice actors
Japanese Kazuko Sugiyama
English Kazuko Sugiyama


Sugimori Sammy.jpg
Ken Sugimori's design of Sam

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 戸田恵子 Keiko Toda
English Tara Jayne
Finnish Hanna Savikko
French Canada Hugolin Chevrette
Europe Catherine Desplaces
German Julia Haacke
Italian Flavio Aquilone
Norwegian Jorunn Torsheim
Portuguese Brazil Rodrigo Andreatto
Portugal Sandra de Castro
Spanish Latin America Arturo Castañeda
Spain Chelo Vivares
Swedish Adam Giertz

Movie characters
Human protagonists
AliceAsh Ketchum (M20)AudreyBarazBiancaCarlitaCoreyDamosDianaDianeEricFergusHisuiJack WalkerJuanitaKagachi
KarlKathrynKidd SummersKimiaLargoLisa (M03)Lisa (M21)LizabethLorenzoMannesMarenMelodyMerayNeeshaNewton Graceland
Professor LundRafeRaleighRebeccaRowenaSamSheenaSidSir AaronSorrelTonioToritoTory LundTowaVerityYuko
Human antagonists
AlvaAnnieArgus SteelButlerCherieCrossDamonGalenGooneGrings KodaiIron-Masked Marauder
Lawrence IIILeviMarcusMerilynMillis SteelMolly HaleOakleyRiotThe PhantomZero
ArceusArticunoCarbinkCelebi (M04)Celebi (M13)CobalionDarkraiDeoxysDialgaDiancieEntei (M03)Entei (M13)GenesectGiratina
Ho-OhHoopaJirachiKeldeoKyuremLatiasLatiosLucarioLugia (M02)Lugia (M21)MagearnaManaphyMarshadowMew (M01)Mew (M08)
Mewtwo (OS)Mewtwo (BW)MoltresPalkiaPichuPikachu (M20)PikachutwoRaikou (M13)RayquazaRegiceRegirockRegisteelReshiramShaymin
SlowkingSuicune (M04)Suicune (M13)TerrakionUnownVictiniVirizionVolcanionXerneasYveltalZapdosZekromZeraoraZoroarkZorua
AliciaAllegraAstridBanksBaron AlbertoBlock BotBogieBonjiCarolDabuDavidDionaDonukeDr. FujiDundee
FlamelFreddyGabuGhrisGlacineGodeyGroudonGurūHeroes of Truth and IdealsInfiJennyJoeJudyKaiKakoKanata
KatoKevinKikoKing of the People of the ValeKyleLaylaLeekuLemon KidsLilyLucianneLuisLuisaMakoMalin
ManukeMarcus's soldiersMauryMayor OliverMayor Oliver's secretaryMeredithMewtwo's creatorsMiaMimiMirandaMisakiMoose
Mother and daughterMr. WhiteNevaNikolaOld Man DomŌyamaPegPeople of the WaterPokémon Baccer teamsQueen IleneQueen Rin
RavineRaymondRikuRossSchuylerShipShunSpencer HaleSylvanTakaTammyTannerTappTatsukiTobiasUschiZabu

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