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Tupp (Japanese: タッパ Tupper) is a recurring character who appeared in the Pokémon anime. He is a member of Team Skull, who often appears alongside Zipp and Rapp, and acts as the leader of the trio.
As a child, Tupp was a boy who sought to be popular with girls, but they instead became attracted to Ilima and his Eevee, causing Tupp to develop a deep hatred towards him. At some point, he chose to join Team Skull.
Tupp debuted in Alola to New Adventure!, where he, Zipp, and Rapp challenged Kiawe to a battle with his Charizard on the line. Tupp and the other Grunts took on his Turtonator nine against one, until Ash came to assist Kiawe with his Pikachu. After a short battle, Tupp and his partners were defeated by Turtonator's Z-Move Inferno Overdrive, forcing them to retreat.
In Young Kiawe Had a Farm!, Tupp and his teammates attacked Kiawe and Ash, seeking revenge for their previous defeat. However, the trio was quickly defeated by Pikachu's Gigavolt Havoc.
In Alolan Open House!, Tupp and his teammates visited the Pokémon School, where they stole some Ride Tauros and started wreaking havoc at the school. They were soon confronted by Delia, who took the Grunts on using Ash's Litten. When Ash and his classmates arrived, Team Skull was soon sent off again by Pikachu's Gigavolt Havoc.
In A Team-on-Team Tussle!, Tupp and his teammates encountered Team Rocket for the first time. Both teams fought over a Darkinium Z, which Team Rocket managed to take.
In A Glaring Rivalry!, Tupp had a battle with Gladion but was quickly defeated by Lycanroc's Stone Edge.
In Turning Heads and Training Hard!, Tupp learned about Ilima's return to the Pokémon School. In response, he led a group of Team Skull Grunts there to exact his revenge on him. However, not only were the Grunts easily defeated by Ilima's Eevee, but the female Grunts in the group fell in love with Ilima, making Tupp even angrier.
In Real Life...Inquire Within!, Tupp and his teammates confronted Ash during an attempt to take Poipole. They had a battle, which eventually ended when Zipp's Garbodor's arm became blocked and released a horrible smell.
In The Shape of Love to Come!, Tupp and his teammates encountered Mina, a wandering artist. When Rapp demanded that Mina give up her Ribombee, Mina accepted, but only if they could best her in a drawing competition. Though Mina liked the Team Skull Grunts' drawings enough that she wanted to call it a tie, Tupp was angered by her criticism of his poor drawing and instead decided to battle her. Mina was assisted by the timely arrival of Ash, who defeated Tupp's Salandit with Pikachu.
In We Know Where You're Going, Eevee!, Tupp and Rapp fought over a wild Eevee as the former wanted to use it to make himself popular with girls while the latter wanted Eevee because she found it cute. After being rescued by Ash's Pikachu, Eevee teamed up with Lana's Popplio to send the trio blasting off.
In That's Some Spicy Island Research!, Tupp and his teammates went to Poni Island under Plumeria's orders. They had stolen radishes from Hapu's field and were using them to lure and capture a number of Sensu Style Oricorio when they encountered Ash. They sent their Pokémon out to battle Ash, but were stopped when Hapu arrived. Hapu battled Team Skull using her Mudsdale and quickly defeated them. Plumeria showed up, unhappy with their efforts, and ordered them to follow her back.
In The Dealer of Destruction!, Tupp and his teammates arrived at the Shady House and told Guzma about Professor Kukui's announcement of the Pokémon League. Tupp then accompanied Guzma, Plumeria, and his teammates to Melemele Island, briefly encountering Team Rocket before showing up at the Pokémon School to get Kukui's attention.
In SM128, Tupp and his teammates arrived at the Manalo Stadium to try and destroy the Pokémon League for Guzma's sake without telling him what they were doing. Their efforts were thwarted by Ash, Kiawe, and Hau, who easily defeated their Pokémon. Afterwards, Guzma and Plumeria arrived and scolded the Grunts for their failure.
In SM129, Tupp competed in the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference. He and his teammates ganged up on Ilima and his Eevee, only to be defeated. In SM130, Tupp watched Guzma battle Ilima alongside his fellow Team Skull Grunts and watched as his leader managed to defeat Ilima. In SM134, Tupp and his teammates unsuccessfully attempted to intimidate Lana before her match against Guzma. Later, he cheered for Guzma during the battle. In SM135, Tupp and his teammates were spray-painting graffiti around Manalo Stadium when they were confronted by Mimo. Tupp and his teammates sent out their Pokémon to intimidate her, only to be stopped by Gladion and his Silvally.
Tupp will reappear in SM136.
Tupp is mean to other people and hold deep grudges. This is most evident in Young Kiawe Had a Farm!, where he had Salandit shoot down the Ride Pelipper that Ash was using as revenge for his previous defeat. He tends to proclaim his hatred of Z-Moves following his defeats, but despite this, Tupp is open to the idea of using a Z-Move himself.
Tupp shows little concern for his teammates, as shown in A Team-on-Team Tussle!, where he abandoned his teammates in favor of getting the Z-Crystal. He even callously told a concerned Salandit to focus on the job.
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This listing is of Tupp's known Pokémon in the anime:
|| Salandit (×3)
| Tupp's three Salandit are his only known Pokémon. They first appeared in Alola to New Adventure! in which they took on Ash's Pikachu and Kiawe's Turtonator, but were defeated by Turtonator's Inferno Overdrive.
One of the Salandit later reappeared in Young Kiawe Had a Farm!, where it was attacking Ash and Kiawe. It was soon defeated when Pikachu attacked Team Skull with Gigavolt Havoc. One of the Salandit appeared again in Alolan Open House!, but it was defeated once again by Pikachu's Z-Move.
In A Team-on-Team Tussle!, Salandit attempted to get a Darkinium Z, only for Team Rocket to get it first.
In A Glaring Rivalry!, Salandit was sent out to battle Gladion's Midnight Form Lycanroc. It was defeated by Lycanroc's Stone Edge.
In Turning Heads and Training Hard!, Salandit took on Ilima's Eevee. It was defeated after its opponent enhanced its stats with Extreme Evoboost.
In Real Life...Inquire Within!, Salandit battled Pikachu again during an attempt to catch Poipole. However, the battle ended when Zipp's Garbodor's arm became blocked, causing it to release a horrible smell. This prompted everyone to retreat.
In The Shape of Love to Come!, Salandit was drawn by Zipp as a part of a challenge from Mina to see whom could produce the best drawing of one of their Pokémon. When Tupp and his fellow Team Skull members became angry, they attacked Mina. With the help of Ash, Mina defeated the Team Skull trio and sent them running away in fear.
In We Know Where You're Going, Eevee!, Salandit was relaxing on the beach, only to be Tackled by an Eevee. Salandit was then used to attack Ash and his classmates, only to be sent flying by Eevee's Double-Edge.
In That's Some Spicy Island Research!, Salandit was sent out to battle Hapu and her Mudsdale. Mudsdale withstood all of Salandit, Zubat, and Garbodor's attacks before quickly defeating them with High Horsepower.
Salandit reappeared in SM128 and SM129.
At least one of Tupp's three Salandit is confirmed to be male. Tupp believes that one is close to evolving, seemingly unaware that male Salandit are unable to evolve into Salazzle.
Salandit's known moves are Venoshock, Flame Burst, Dragon Rage, Toxic, and Scratch.
|| Alola to New Adventure!
| Voice actors
|| Kenta Miyake
|| Haven Paschall
|| Tauros ♂
| Tupp briefly stole a Tauros, which he used to wreak havoc at the Pokémon School before being confronted by Delia. Once he was defeated, Tupp left Tauros behind.
None of Tauros's moves are known.
|| Alolan Open House!
Tupp has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:
|| タッパ Tupper
|| From Tupperware, a brand of plastic storage containers
| English, Italian
|| Similar to Japanese name
|| Similar to Japanese name
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 達帕 Dápà
|| Transliteration of Japanese name
| Brazilian Portuguese
|| Similar to Japanese name