- Takuto redirects here. For the character of the day from Hoenn also named Takuto in the Japanese version, see Tommy (AG015).
|English voice actor
|J. Michael Tatum
|Japanese voice actor
Tobias (Japanese: タクト Takuto) is a recurring character who appeared in the Pokémon anime. He is a Pokémon Trainer who competed in the Lily of the Valley Conference. He made his debut appearance in League Unleashed!.
Tobias first appeared in League Unleashed!, where he was obscured in shadows the entire time. Barry passed him in a hallway and was scared by the way he came off. In Casting a Paul on Barry!, while Ash and Barry were looking up information about their next League opponents, Conway told them that Tobias managed to easily obtain his eight Gym Badges and advance through the first two rounds of the Lily of the Valley Conference using just his Darkrai. Barry was amazed by his shadowy and mysterious presence.
In Working on a Right Move!, Tobias appeared unshadowed for the first time, and he was revealed to have advanced into the quarterfinals. In Battling a Thaw in Relations!, it was shown that he had advanced yet again, now moving onto the semifinals of the Lily of the Valley Conference.
In The Semi-Final Frontier!, he had a Full Battle against Ash in the semifinals. Although he was able to gain an early lead as his Darkrai alone defeated three of Ash's Pokémon, he eventually had to send out another Pokémon when Ash's Sceptile managed to overcome Darkrai's attacks and knock it out. Tobias then called out his Latios, who managed to defeat the remainder of Ash's team while fainting itself, winning the match for Tobias.
Later, Tobias defeated his final round opponent with just his Darkrai, thus winning the Lily of the Valley Conference and earning the right to participate in the Champion League. During the closing ceremonies, he was seen posing alongside Cynthia and Charles Goodshow while holding his trophy.
Tobias was a very mysterious person at first; his appearance and manner visibly disturbed Barry when they first passed each other in a hallway. He takes battling very seriously, but he also has a sportsmanlike side, as seen when he complimented Ash for defeating his Darkrai and putting up a good fight against him. Because of his serious dedication to battling, he could also become rather impatient when the end of a battle was near, such as when his Latios battled Ash's Pikachu.
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|Darkrai is Tobias's main Pokémon. Using only Darkrai, Tobias easily won eight Badges in the Sinnoh region and quickly advanced through the first four rounds of the Lily of the Valley Conference. Darkrai was first seen defeating a Trainer's Machamp in the first round, despite the type-disadvantage.
In The Semi-Final Frontier!, Darkrai faced Ash and his Pokémon in the semi-finals of the tournament. It managed to defeat his Heracross, Torkoal, and Gible with ease, before finally meeting its match in Ash's Sceptile. In the finals, Darkrai defeated Tobias's opponent's entire team, making him the winner of the tournament.
|Latios was the second Pokémon that Tobias used in his battle against Ash. He was able to easily defeat both Sceptile and Swellow in a row. Ash's Pikachu, however, was able to provide a challenge for Latios, ultimately resulting in a double knockout. However, since this made Ash run out of usable Pokémon, Tobias won the battle and moved on to the finals.
|The Semi-Final Frontier!
It is assumed that Tobias has at least four other Pokémon, as he participated in a Full Battle with Ash, which requires six Pokémon.
- At least eight Sinnoh Badges (prior to An Old Family Blend!)
Tobias has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:
- Tobias's design, from his color scheme to his physical features, was most probably based on his main Pokémon, Darkrai.
- Tobias is the first character in the main series anime to own a Mythical Pokémon.
- He is the first character in the anime to participate in a Pokémon League Conference using a Legendary and/or Mythical Pokémon, although another Trainer did attempt to enter the League with his Heatran; however, it is unknown whether this Trainer actually participated or how far he made it in the League.
- Tobias is the first Trainer known to enter a Pokémon League using a Pokémon that is generally banned in official competitive battling environments.
- Tobias is the only Trainer in the anime to have owned both a Legendary and a Mythical Pokémon.
- Even though his face is covered in his debut in League Unleashed!, Tobias still appears in An Old Family Blend! on the match up board for the upcoming battles in the Lily of the Valley Conference in the bottom right corner with a clear image of his face.
- Despite this, Tobias was not shown among the 64 Trainers that attended the opening ceremony in this episode.
|May be named after Takuto Itagaki (板垣拓斗), TCG Champion of the Senior Division of the 2009 World Championships.
|May be taken from Tobias, a hero of the Book of Tobit, who drove away a demon with the help of the archangel Raphael. This may be related to the fact that Tobias was able to beat all the Gyms and advance through the tournament with the help of his Darkrai.
|Similar to his English name.
|Anglicization of his Japanese name.
|Transliteration of his Japanese name. Also from 達克萊伊 Dákèláiyī, Darkrai.
|Transliteration of his English name.
|Trainers in League Conferences
|This article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.