Sophocles (anime)

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Sophocles
マーマネ Māmane
Sophocles SM.png
Art from Sun & Moon series
Gender Male
Eye color Brown
Hair color Orange
Hometown Hau'oli City
Region Alola
Relatives Unnamed father and mother, Molayne (cousin)
Trainer class Trainer
Game counterpart Sophocles
Specializes in Electric types
Member of Aether Foundation
Rank Ultra Guardian
Anime debut Alola to New Adventure!
English voice actor Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld
Japanese voice actor Fumiko Takekuma

Sophocles (Japanese: マーマネ Māmane) is a student at the Pokémon School on Melemele Island and one of Ash's classmates. He debuted in Alola to New Adventure!.

History

Sophocles when he was younger

Prior to enrolling in Pokémon School, Sophocles and his family often took trips to Ula'ula Island to visit his cousin, Molayne, at Hokulani Observatory. During one visit, he befriended a Minior that fell from space. A few days later, the Minior, without a shell to protect it, faded into dust. The experience was traumatic enough for Sophocles to block it from his memory.

Sophocles made his first appearance in Alola to New Adventure!, where he, Mallow and Lana accidentally trampled Ash on his first visit to Samson Oak's Pokémon School. He later watched along with the rest of the class as Ash fought a group of Team Skull Grunts alongside Kiawe. Shortly after the battle, Ash claimed to see the guardian deity Tapu Koko in the sky, but neither Sophocles nor the rest of the class could see the guardian.

In The Guardian's Challenge!, Sophocles participated in Ash's surprise welcome party to the school by challenging him to a balloon-popping contest. Sophocles won the challenge with ease by bursting the balloons on Togedemaru's spikes, and then using her Lightning Rod Ability to absorb Pikachu's electricity to charge her attacks.

In A Shocking Grocery Run!, Sophocles met Ash in Hau'oli City's mall, where the two ate some ice cream. Later, the mall's fire shutters separated Sophocles and Ash from Togedemaru, Pikachu, and Rotom due to a system malfunction caused by Team Rocket. Using his knowledge of machinery, Sophocles was able to find out the solution to the problem. While on their way to the mall's power switch room, he and Ash got into an argument, but settled their dispute after Ash saved Sophocles from being locked up. Eventually the two made their way up to the mall's roof, where they encountered their Pokémon battling Team Rocket. Sophocles had his Togedemaru absorb Pikachu's Thunderbolt using her Lightning Rod Ability, allowing Togedemaru to turn the tides of the battle before the Team Rocket trio got carried away by Bewear. After solving the power problem, Sophocles went to have dinner with Ash and Professor Kukui.

In So Long, Sophocles!, his father and mother informed Sophocles that they were moving house which left him very upset. He later discovered that it was all a big misunderstanding as they were only moving a few houses away but was terrified of explaining this to his friends who were throwing a leaving party. Ash even got him a Charjabug as a going away present which he caught. After capturing Charjabug, Sophocles tearfully apologized to his friends for accidentally misleading them. Although Sophocles was reluctant on revealing the truth because he feared that everyone would be mad at him for lying, everyone was happy he wasn't actually moving away.

Sophocles with his parents

In Mounting an Electrifying Charge!, Sophocles, along with Ash and Kiawe, decided to enter the Charjabug race with his Charjabug. His Charjabug struggled at first, but he and the others trained with him so they could win. On the day of the race, he was confronted with Horacio, the leader of the Red Comet team, and was teased on, but he didn't back down. For the race, Sophocles took the role of the team director, with Kiawe acting as the mechanic and Ash as the support runner. When the race began, Charjabug moved slowly. On the rocky course, Ash and Charjabug became stuck, but Sophocles found a way to get around the obstacle. During the final stretch, Ash was rendered unconscious so he couldn't finish the race. Sophocles eventually found a way to use Charjabug's String Shot to go up the slippery slope and come out victorious.

From Family Determination! to 10,000,000 Reasons to Fight!, Sophocles was among those who helped Lillie and Gladion in their mission to rescue their mother Lusamine after Lusamine was kidnapped by the Ultra Beast Nihilego. In Ultra Deep Sea, his Charjabug and Togedemaru, along with Ash's Litten and Rowlet, and Lana and Mallow's Pokémon, fought and overcame Lusamine's Mismagius, Milotic, and Lilligant, which were under Nihilego's control. The battle ended when Ash and Pikachu performed 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt to defeat Nihilego, freeing Lusamine from its grasp.

In The Professors' New Adventure!, Sophocles attended the wedding of Professor Kukui and Professor Burnet. During the post-nuptials, Lusamine asked Sophocles and his classmates to join the Ultra Guardians, a task force dedicated to dealing with any upcoming Ultra Beast incidents, which they accepted.

Sophocles in his Ultra Guardian uniform

In A Mission of Ultra Urgency!, Sophocles and his classmates set out on their first Ultra Guardians mission. They were tasked with capturing a Buzzwole that emerged from an Ultra Wormhole onto Melemele Island, where it began causing havoc. During the mission, Sophocles helped heal a wild Snorlax that was drained of its energy by the Ultra Beast. Eventually, Buzzwole was distracted by Kiawe's flexing long enough for Ash to capture it in a Beast Ball. Afterward, Buzzwole was released and returned to its home thanks to a wormhole opened by Lusamine's team.

In SM069, Sophocles was out camping with his parents and Pokémon at Bamboo Hill when he came across a creature buried in the ground, which he believed to be Starship Kaguya, a character from a folktale. After telling his classmates about it, they went to the Bamboo Hill and unsuccessfully tried to dig it up. The next day, Lusamine revealed the creature was actually an Ultra Beast they named Celesteela, and set the Ultra Guardians off to return it back home. Attempts to catch Celesteela in a Beast Ball proved unsuccessful as it was firmly rooted down. Team Rocket later attempted to catch Celesteela, forcing the Ultra Guardians to protect it as Celesteela began to launch into the air. After creating an area for Celesteela to launch safely without setting the immediate area ablaze, they watched it fly home.

In SM078, Sophocles and his classmates watched a fireworks show. The show was interrupted by a strange creature that used its exploding head to create a fireworks show of its own. The next day, the Ultra Guardians were called down by Lusamine, who revealed the creature from before was the Ultra Beast Blacephalon. The Ultra Guardians set off to find Blacephalon, but their efforts to track it down only led to a different Ultra Beast, later named Xurkitree by Lusamine. When Blacephalon and Xurkitree met, they began doing flashy performances in an attempt to outdo the other. Worried that serious trouble could arise if the competition kept escalating, the Ultra Guardians combined the attacks of their partner and Ride Pokémon into a giant firework that distracted the Ultra Beasts long enough for Ash to make them flinch with Lycanroc's Splintered Stormshards. After Blacephalon and Xurkitree were captured, they were released back to their respective homes.

Character

Sophocles sleeping with Togedemaru by his side

Sophocles is an intelligent young boy with a knack for inventing helpful devices and machinery. He is also a skilled Trainer of Electric-type Pokémon, often using them to power his inventions. While at times rude and prone to absorbing himself in his technological activities, he is friendly and greatly cares for his Pokémon and classmates. In A Shocking Grocery Run!, it was revealed that Sophocles likes to collect information on all sort of things, such as the best ice cream in Alola. In the same episode, it is also revealed that he has a fear of dark places, but is never scared at night as long as he has his Togedemaru with him.

Much like Clemont, Sophocles fails to do tasks that require physical activity as shown in The Guardian's Challenge!, when he needed help to climb over a log, and in Racing to a Big Event!, during the Pokémon Pancake Race.

Sophocles also has a defensive side, which was seen in Mounting an Electrifying Charge!, when he stood up for himself and his Charjabug after being mocked by Horacio.

Pokémon

Sophocles's team as of So Long, Sophocles!.

On hand

Sophocles Togedemaru.png
Togedemaru
Sophocles Charjabug.png
Charjabug

Ride Pokémon

A Poké Ride Tauros
Tauros
Sophocles was first seen riding a Poké Ride Tauros around Pokémon School in a race with Mallow and Lana which ended when Ash unknowingly crossed the racetrack.

None of Tauros's moves are known.

Debut Alola to New Adventure!
A Poké Ride Wailmer
Wailmer
Sophocles, along with Kiawe, was first seen riding a Poké Ride Wailmer around Melemele Island.

None of Wailmer's moves are known.

Debut Yo, Ho, Ho! Go, Popplio!
A Poké Ride Stoutland
Stoutland
Sophocles used a Poké Ride Stoutland to hunt for treasure around Akala Island.

None of Stoutland's moves are known.

Debut Treasure Hunt, Akala Style!
A Ride Metang
Metang
Metang is Sophocles's personal Ultra Guardian Ride Pokémon.

None of Metang's moves are known.

Debut A Mission of Ultra Urgency!

Temporary

Sophocles with Steenee
Steenee
Main article: Mallow's Steenee

In The Ol' Raise and Switch!, Professor Kukui tasked everyone with switching their partner Pokémon with somebody else and Sophocles was given Steenee. Sophocles had trouble sleeping without Togedemaru's light but Steenee helped Sophocles with its scent.

Debut Alola to New Adventure!
Voice actors
Japanese Chika Fujimura
English Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld

Befriended

Wild Minior
Minior
When Sophocles was younger, during one of his visits to Hokulani Observatory, he befriended a Red Core Minior that fell from space. A few nights later, the Minior faded into dust. The experience left Sophocles traumatized enough to block it from his memory.

None of Minior's moves are known.

Debut SM079

Pokémon competitions

Sophocles has competed in the following Pokémon competitions:

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 武隈史子 Fumiko Takekuma
English Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld
Mandarin Chinese 林美秀 Lín Měixiù
Danish Lauritz Heick
Finnish Susa Saukko
Greek Στέλλα Μπονάτσου Stella Bonatsou
Italian Patrizia Mottola
Polish Antoni Scardina
Brazilian Portuguese Rafael Mezadri
Spanish Latin America Karla Vega
Spain Chelo Molina
Turkish Gülnur Badakal

Trivia

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese マーマネ Māmane From māmane (Hawaiian for Sophora chrysophylla) and possibly 麻痺 mahi (paralysis)
English Sophocles From Sophora chrysophylla
French, German, Italian Chrys From Sophora chrysophylla
Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese Chris From Sophora chrysophylla
Korean 마마네 Mamane Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 馬瑪內 / 马玛内 Mǎmǎnèi Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 馬瑪內 Máhmáhnoih Mandarin-based transliteration of Japanese name
European Portuguese Sófocles Similar to his English name
Russian Софоклис Sofoklis Transcription of English name
Thai มามาเนะ Māmane Same as Japanese name
Turkish Sophocles Same as English name


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President: Lusamine
Branch Chiefs: FabaWicke
Lower members: Aether Foundation
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Former members: GladionLillie
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