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Zipp (Japanese: ジップ Zip) is a recurring character who appeared in the Pokémon anime. He is a member of Team Skull, who often appears alongside Tupp and Rapp.
Zipp first appeared in Alola to New Adventure!, in which he, Tupp, and Rapp challenged Kiawe to a battle with his Charizard on the line. Zipp and the other Grunts took on his Turtonator and had it outnumbered, until Ash came to assist Kiawe with his Pikachu. After a short battle, Zipp and his partners were defeated by Turtonator's Z-Move Inferno Overdrive, forcing them to retreat.
Zipp reappeared in Young Kiawe Had a Farm!, in which he, Tupp, and Rapp 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!, he, Tupp, and Rapp 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.
He reappeared in A Team-on-Team Tussle!, where he encountered Team Rocket for the first time. Both teams were after a Darkinium Z which Team Rocket managed to take.
Zipp reappeared again in A Glaring Rivalry!, where he had a battle with Gladion but was quickly defeated by Lycanroc's Stone Edge.
He appeared again in Turning Heads and Training Hard!, where he was spying on the Pokémon School and reported to Tupp that Ilima was there. Soon after, they and several other Team Skull Grunts battled Ilima. All of them were defeated by Eevee's Last Resort.
Zipp reappeared yet again in Real Life...Inquire Within!, when he and his teammates attacked Ash, keen on stealing his Poipole. The battle ended when his Garbodor's arm got blocked and released a horrible smell. Later that day, Ash and his classmates worked at a Pokémon Center for a work experience project for school. During his day there, Ash spotted Zipp outside of the Center and noticed that the Team Skull Grunt was reluctant to go inside. Understanding the situation, Ash forcibly dragged Zipp inside and made him bring out Garbodor so that it could receive proper treatment for the poison build-up that blocked its arm. Together with the help of a Nurse Joy from Akala Island, Ash and his classmates cleared the blockage. Afterward, Zipp reluctantly thanked them and left while stealing a tool to help prevent another blockage incident.
In The Shape of Love to Come!, Zipp 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 decided to battle her after receiving criticism for his poor drawing. Mina was assisted by the timely arrival of Ash, who defeated Zipp's Garbodor with Poipole.
Zipp appeared again in SM099 alongside Tupp and Rapp. He watched as his teammates fought over a wild Eevee as Tupp wanted Eevee to make himself popular with girls while Rapp found it cute. After being rescued by Ash's Pikachu, Eevee teamed up with Lana's Popplio to send the trio blasting off.
Zipp appeared again in SM104 alongside Tupp and Rapp. They were on Poni Island under Plumeria's orders. They had stolen daikon from Hapu's field and were using it 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, wasn't happy with their efforts, and ordered them to follow her back.
Zipp has been shown to respect Tupp as his leader and agrees with everything he says. When Team Rocket pointed out that Tupp abandoned them to go after the Z-Crystal, Zipp was instead pleased by this. Zipp has shown concern for Tupp; this was seen in SM099, when Rapp asked if they can keep an Eevee she found on the beach, and Zipp thought it might bring back bad memories.
Zipp has also been shown to care strongly for his Pokémon. For example, in Real Life...Inquire Within!, he took Garbodor to the Pokémon Center for treatment upon Ash's suggestion.
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This listing is of Zipp's known Pokémon in the anime:
|| Tauros ♂
| Zipp briefly stole a Tauros, which he used to wreak havoc at the Pokémon School before being confronted by Delia. Once he was defeated, Zipp left Tauros behind.
None of Tauros's moves are known.
|| Alolan Open House!
- English closed captions refer to Zipp as Team Skull Grunt (Black) prior to A Team-on-Team Tussle!.
- Zipp's English name was first revealed on the Voices for Fosters website as one of Jake Paque's roles.
|| ジップ Zip
|| From Ziploc, a brand of zipper storage bags
|| Similar to Japanese name
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 吉普 Jípǔ
|| Transliteration of Japanese name