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Tyson (Japanese: テツヤ Tetsuya) is a recurring character in the Pokémon anime. He is a Pokémon Trainer from Mauville City and one of Ash's rivals.
Tyson first appeared in Like a Meowth to a Flame, where he rescued Ash and his friends from a flock of Murkrow with his Meowth. They quickly became friends as it turns out they were going to the same place to eat and because Tyson has a certain fondness for food like May. The group met up with him interacting with Charles Goodshow, where he found out that Ash and Brock were also torch-runners in the past. Later, Team Rocket, disguised as an Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy, went up to Tyson and ran off with the tournament's Moltres-flamed torch. He warned Ash and the gang that they ran off with the torch and chased after them. Tyson stopped their balloon by having his Metagross use Confusion. His Meowth successfully took the torch from the talking one and finished the villains with Thunderbolt.
In Saved by the Beldum, he came to Ash's and Morrison's rescue from Team Rocket's pit traps. Once again, his Meowth sent them away but this time, with an Iron Tail. He later battled Vivica and her Persian in the first round of the Ever Grande Conference. Tyson used Meowth and ended up winning the round, only for him to have to restrain Meowth from attacking any further.
In Shocks and Bonds, Tyson went up against Johnny. By the time Ash and his friends arrived to watch the battle, Tyson's Donphan and Johnny's Blastoise were already knocked out. Tyson was able to defeat Johnny when Sceptile successfully used Solar Beam on Aggron.
He then watched the Full Battle between Ash and Katie. Tyson defeated his opponent's Rhydon with Meowth in A Judgment Brawl after Ash defeated Katie.
He battled Ash in Choose It or Lose It! and At the End of the Fray!. Tyson was a very tough opponent for Ash as both sides were down to their last Pokémon, Pikachu and Meowth respectively. After a long battle, both sides were having trouble standing up. However, Meowth emerged victorious when it was the only one standing. Tyson congratulated Ash for a good battle. Tyson then went on to the finals and ended up winning the Hoenn League Conference, having the chance to battle the Hoenn Elite Four.
After the Ever Grande Conference, he said goodbye to Ash and his friends as he left Ever Grande City in The Scheme Team.
Tyson is generally laid-back and humble. He regularly compliments others like when he noted Brock's skills as a Pokémon Breeder after his picky Meowth took a liking to Brock's handmade food. He enjoys traveling between towns to reach the next Gym, and takes time out of his training schedule to try out the local eateries.
He has a deep and personal connection with his Pokémon, giving them pep talks and makes an effort to spend time with them.
In battle, Tyson is stern and quickly takes charge of the situation. He is a tactical Trainer who makes use of type advantages and brute force. Tyson was taken aback by some of Ash's unconventional methods and stamina in At the End of the Fray. While confident in his abilities, he continues to hone his techniques by observing others in battle.
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This listing is of Tyson's known Pokémon in the anime:
Tyson with the Ever Grande Championship Trophy
This listing is of the Badges Tyson has obtained:
Tyson has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:
- Two of the Pokémon Tyson owns, Sceptile and Donphan, are the evolved forms of Ash's Pokémon, Grovyle and Phanpy, both of whom would go on to evolve into those respective forms in the following season.
||Similar to his Japanese name.
||철 (鉄) means iron, as Japanese tetsu.
||From the name 哲也 Tetsuya.
||Transliteration of his English name.