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Todd Snap (Japanese: トオル Tōru) is a professional Pokémon photographer. Making his debut in the anime, he is most notable as the main character of Pokémon Snap, and has appeared in various other media, including Pokémon Adventures.
As a Pokémon photographer, Todd prefers taking photos of Pokémon instead of catching them with Poké Balls. He does that as a hobby, but is also often hired to. Although young, Todd seems to have gained enough reputation to catch Professor Oak's attention. He is not known to own any Pokémon, despite the number of species he has met, including Legendary and Mythical Pokémon as rare as Mew.
In the games
In Pokémon Snap
Todd is the protagonist of Pokémon Snap. Professor Oak hired him to go to Pokémon Island with the ZERO-ONE to take pictures of wild Pokémon behaving naturally for a Pokémon Report. He traveled all over the island getting pictures of all the species, and received Pokémon food, Pester Balls, a Poké Flute, and the Dash Engine upgrade to help him capture the best images possible. While there, he also took pictures of the Pokémon signs, which Professor Oak used to discern the location of the rarest Pokémon, Mew.
In the Super Smash Bros. series
The ZERO-ONE appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Todd is mentioned in the trophy description.
In the anime
Todd debuted in Pokémon Paparazzi, where he began traveling with Ash and his friends until The Breeding Center Secret. He had recently become famous after he took a picture of a supposedly extinct Aerodactyl — namely, the very same one that tried to eat Ash, who also appeared in the photo but was blurred out, in Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon. He was hailed for being able to "capture any Pokémon on film". After seeing the article in a magazine, Meowth misunderstood the wording, not seeing the "on film" part. Team Rocket disguised themselves and hired Todd to capture Pikachu. The Japanese version of his debut episode has his resume revealing that he is 10 years old, although this was omitted from the English dub due to it zooming in on the picture and not translating his resume.
While Ash and his friends were taking a break, Ash suddenly spotted what he thought was a gun. Todd promptly emerged from the bushes, fearing that his camera would be damaged, and explained that he was trying to get a shot of Pikachu. Todd went on to invite Ash and his friends over to his home, which was filled with albums and wall hangings of many of his proudest shots. Todd's insistence on getting the perfect shot of Pikachu and show-off behavior continued to annoy Ash. However, after he and Ash became trapped in an underground pipe and defeated Team Rocket, the two boys eventually settled their differences.
In The Ultimate Test, when Misty mentioned that it had been a while since Ash had earned a Gym Badge and mocked his skills as a Trainer, Todd suggested that Ash should take the Pokémon League Admissions Exam if he wanted to prove his skills. During the exam, Todd used his camera to capture Ash's disappointing results in the theory test, and also his reactions while battling one of the instructors in the practice skills exam.
In The Breeding Center Secret, Todd's photography helped expose Butch and Cassidy's Pokémon theft scheme and led to their arrest by Officer Jenny. Todd later left the trio to continue taking pictures in the mountains.
In Moving Pictures, Todd rejoined Ash's group while they were up in the mountains of Johto. He was trying to capture a picture of the Legendary bird Articuno. After successfully photographing the Legendary Pokémon in Freeze Frame, Todd decided to remain at Snowtop Mountain to continue taking photos of the wild Pokémon.
Todd is an enthusiastic photographer who enjoys adventuring through the mountains. He prefers to take natural shots to capture a Pokémon's true nature, and dislikes posed shots. His persistence and ambitious goals have helped him in his quick rise to fame.
In his debut appearance, Todd was more concerned with his camera equipment and getting a good shot. For example, in Pokémon Paparazzi, he attempted to take Pikachu's photograph while Ash remained stuck in one of Team Rocket's pitfall traps. He seems to have matured in his later appearances, since he was more aware of the surrounding situations and less prone to looking at the world through his camera lens.
He is also kindhearted, offering to take Sophia and Marcello's 50th anniversary photograph in Moving Pictures.
In the manga
Todd in Pokémon Adventures
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Todd appears as a recurring character in the Emerald chapter of the Pokémon Adventures manga, years after his debut appearances in other canons.
Todd is a reporter and photographer on assignment at the Battle Frontier. There, he encountered the eccentric young Emerald - the strange young man ended up saving Todd from a wild Sudowoodo. He then followed the events in the Battle Frontier, aiding Emerald along with Latias and Latios during the crisis caused by Guile Hideout. At the end of the chapter, Professor Oak asked him if he could work with him and if he could go to an island where there are lots of Pokémon, and take pictures of them. He gladly accepted both offers.
Todd made a cameo appearance in Omega Alpha Adventure 9, where he was seen riding ZERO-ONE while hearing the news about the meteor that was about to hit the planet in several days.
- Todd is the only spin-off game character to appear in the Pokémon Adventures manga proper, and, due to his introduction in the anime long before Pokémon Snap was released, the only anime-introduced character to appear in Pokémon Adventures.
- He had two separate names in the English-language dub. He is known as Todd in the Kids' WB!, Cartoon Network, and Pokémon TV versions and Snap in the DVD/VHS version. When Pokémon.com announced that the episodes featuring him would air on Toonami Jetstream to celebrate the release of Pokémon Snap on Virtual Console in December 2007, they remedied the conflict by making Snap his surname.
- Including spin-off games, Kellyn and Todd Snap are the only human player characters who don't wear any sort of headwear.
|| トオル Tōru
|| From 撮る toru, meaning "take" in the context of "taking a photo".
|| Todd Snap
|| "Snap" may come from "snapshot" or the onomatopoeia of a camera shutter, while "Todd" sounds similar to Tōru.
|| 찰칵 Chalkak
|| Sound effect similar to "snap".
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 阿徹 Ā Chè *
小透 Xiǎo Tòu *
| From Japanese name 徹 Tōru.|
Partial transliteration of Japanese name.
| Chinese (Cantonese)
|| 阿徹 A Chit
|| From Japanese name 徹 Tōru.