Woodruff is a ranger for the Forest and Wildlife Bureau, who works in an area close to Violet City. He told Ash and his friends that he was free to catch as many Heracross as he wanted, but warned that he might unintentionally disturb the balance of nature. Woodruff described a case of commensalism in which the Heracross' strong teeth made the tree sap available for the Butterfree to feed on. Misty noted that the forest was in a terrible condition, which Woodruff explained was the effect of the invading Pinsir that were going unchallenged by the peaceful Heracross.
Woodruff guided the group to the area of the forest where the Pinsir lived, suspecting something may have been amiss with the Pinsir. All signs, including a destroyed rope bridge and a Pinsir mecha, pointed to human intervention, and he soon spotted the culprits, Team Rocket. He assisted the group and Heracross in defeating Team Rocket, and the Pinsir immediately returned to their side of the forest.
- In Roll On, Pokémon!, Jessie, James, and Meowth, disguised themselves as park rangers, which resembled Woodruff's outfit, to remain undetected while they illegally mined for amberite.
|This article is part of Project COD, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each one-time character of the Pokémon anime.|