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Morrison (Japanese: マサムネ Masamune) is a recurring character in the Pokémon anime. He is a Pokémon Trainer from Verdanturf Town and a rival of Ash. He dresses in traditional Japanese attire.
Morrison first appeared in Less is Morrison, chasing a runaway rice ball. Ash caught the snack and was about to give it to him but Munchlax ended up gobbling it away. Morrison felt miserable about Munchlax taking his snack but felt better afterwards. He revealed to Ash and his friends that he was planning on entering the Hoenn League and winning it. Ash was planning on doing the same, starting a friendly rivalry between the two Trainers.
After arguing on who is better, Morrison accepted Ash's decision on having a battle. Morrison sent out his Beldum against Ash's Pikachu. Despite Beldum using Take Down continuously, the battle ended in a draw. He ran off after finding out that Ash had all of the Hoenn Badges already. He met up with Ash near a Pokémon Center and they had a race to see who could get there first, which ended in a draw. Morrison then challenged Ash to various contests such as a food eating contest.
In the middle of one of their contests, Team Rocket showed up and snatched Pikachu and Beldum. They placed Morrison and his rival in a cage. Both Trainers successfully broke out of the cage they were in with their Take Down techniques, as they left all of their Pokémon (except for Pikachu and Beldum) behind. Ash and Morrison ran very fast and jumped onto Team Rocket's balloon. They had a battle with them by treating themselves as Pokémon. They were able to free Pikachu and Beldum, which then blasted off Team Rocket.
Morrison reappeared in the Ever Grande Conference arc. In Saved By The Beldum, he announced that he won his final Badge. Seeing Ash's full team, Morrison revealed his whole team including Beldum. He declared himself as a rival to Ash for the tournament. During the preliminaries, Morrison's first opponent was Jump. The battle began with an overwhelming start as Beldum's Take Down was continuously blocked by Protect. Since Beldum can only use Take Down, Morrison was at a disadvantage. As Morrison was about to be eliminated, Beldum started to evolve into a Metang. Morrison defeated his opponent by having Metang use Confusion to stop Electabuzz and used Take Down to finish it off.
In the episode From Brags to Riches Morrison was paired up with Gavin as his opponent in the second round of the Ever Grande Conference, which consists of Double Battles. He sent out Growlithe and Gligar while Gavin used Machamp and Marowak. His Growlithe lost to Marowak while Gligar took out Machamp first and then Marowak when both sides were down to one Pokémon.
In A Judgment Brawl, Morrison defeated a Trainer with a Machoke and found out that he had to battle Ash as his next opponent, something that both of them did not expect. This saddened Morrison as he was not yet ready to battle Ash. During their battle, Morrison quickly lost two of his Pokémon to Corphish as he was feeling upset. He sent out Swampert as his third Pokémon and tied with Corphish. Their battle continued in Choose It or Lose It!, where Morrison was finally giving his all. His Steelix knocked out two of his Pokémon before losing to Grovyle. When both sides were down to one Pokémon, he was left with Metang while Ash was left with Glalie. After a tough battle, Glalie was victorious despite the type-disadvantage. Morrison stayed around and left after the League Competition was over.
Morrison has a very spirited personality and he likes to challenge other people to almost everything. Due to this, he usually challenges Ash to various events such as Pokémon battles, racing each other, or even a food eating contest. His personality seems to mirror Ash's during the Indigo Plateau Conference; frequently showing signs of immaturity and overconfidence. Though when faced with tough situations, such as having to battle someone whom he considers a good friend, he doesn't always know what to do and will become depressed. This is seen after Morrison learned Ash would be his next opponent in the Ever Grande Conference. It also shows that he doesn't hold winning to a higher degree of importance over friendship.
This listing is of Morrisson's known Pokémon in the anime:
| Morrison's Growlithe was seen for the first time when Morrison introduced his Pokémon to Ash and company. Later he used it in his Double Battle with Gavin along with his Gligar. In the battle, Growlithe took Gavin's Marowak as its main target. Despite pulling a good battle, Growlithe was eventually knocked out by Marowak's Bone Club.
Later Morrison sent Growlithe out in his battle with Ash to face Ash's Corphish. Being unwilling to battle with his friend, Morrison just kept Growlithe dodging attacks, but it was quickly knocked out by a Crabhammer after slipping on the ice battlefield.
Growlithe's known moves are Take Down, Flamethrower, and Agility.
|| Saved by the Beldum
| Voice actors
|| Shin'ichirō Miki
|| Maddie Blaustein
| Morrison's Swampert was seen along with other of Morrison's Pokémon as he showed his team for Ash and the others. He later used Swampert in his battle against Ash, now willing to battle him, sending it against Ash's Corphish. Both Pokémon launched their attacks simultaneously and hit each other at the same time, and they were both knocked out.
Swampert's known moves are Focus Punch and Hydro Pump.
|| Saved by the Beldum
| Voice actors
|| Unshō Ishizuka
|| Darren Dunstan
This listing is of the Badges Morrison has obtained:
Morrison has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:
In the manga
Morrison in the Ash & Pikachu manga
In the Ash & Pikachu manga
Morrison appeared in A Clash Of Wills!! Eternal Rivals?! and Start Of The Pokémon League!! of the Ash & Pikachu manga.
Morrison's party prior to Beldum's evolution
- A running gag was created with Morrison that involved him chasing his runaway rice ball (sandwich in the dub).
- Morrison is voiced by Masako Nozawa in the Japanese dub and Sean Schemmel in the English dub; both Nozawa and Schemmel are also the primary voice actors for Goku in the Japanese & English dubs (respectively) of the 1989 anime series Dragon Ball Z.
|| マサムネ Masamune
|| Possibly named after Masamune (正宗) or Date Masamune (伊達政宗).
| English, French,
|| Similar to Masamune.
|| 정원 Jeong'weon
|| 정 is the Korean reading of 正 and 政.
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 政宗 Zhèngzōng
|| From 政宗 Masamune, possibly a reference to Date Masamune.
|| Моррисон Morrison
|| Transliteration of his English name.