Nando (Japanese: ナオシ Naoshi) is a recurring character from the Pokémon anime. He is a wandering minstrel who enjoys music and as such always carries his golden harp with him.
Nando made his debut appearance in Dawn Of A New Era!. At the time, he was confused as to whether he should challenge Gyms or compete in Pokémon Contests. Trying to decide between the two, he battled both Ash and Dawn with his Budew, which evolved into Roselia during his battle with Ash. After the battle, Nando decided to go after both Badges and Ribbons.
He later appears again in A Secret Sphere of Influence!, where he is falsely accused and arrested due to Jessie, James, and Meowth's stealing of the Adamant Orb.
Nando reappeared in Dawn's Early Night!, in which he informed Ash that the Gym Leader of the Hearthome Gym was absent and would be away for quite a while. He then suggested Ash to enter the famous Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition. After that, he walked with Dawn towards the Contest Hall, where he met Zoey for the first time. When Nando introduced himself saying he is both a Trainer and a Coordinator, Zoey said he needed to make up his mind, to which he replied that his Pokémon guide him.
He later entered the Hearthome Contest, which was held under the Double Performance format. During the Performance Stage, Nando used his Kricketune and Sunflora to deliver a music-themed performance, impressing the three judges enough for them to secure him a place among the Coordinators proceeding to the Contest Battles. There, he managed to defeat Jessilina to advance to the final round, where he faced off against Zoey and won. This victory gave Nando his second Contest Ribbon.
Nando made a cameo in A Breed Stampede! alongside Kenny in Marian's news report about Coordinators.
After a long absence, he appeared again in Last Call — First Round! as a participant in the Sinnoh Grand Festival. He made it past the Performance Stage and quickly reached the Top 4 as seen in Coming Full-Festival Circle!. In the said episode, he fought a hard battle against Zoey with his Lopunny and Kricketune, even impressing Fantina a lot with their combinations; however, Zoey eventually won the battle. In the same episode, Nando was seen playing music to the Pokémon around the area. He made a brief appearance in the following episode watching Dawn and Zoey compete in the finals and then again after the Grand Festival had finished announcing that he was going to compete in the Sinnoh League.
He also appeared in An Old Family Blend!, where it is revealed that he is Ash's first opponent in the Lily of the Valley Conference, with the match occurring in the following episode. Despite his Pokémon putting up a good fight, he lost his match against Ash and was eliminated. After the match, he mentioned that he would continue his travels in order to train further before leaving.
Nando had a cameo appearance in Zoroark: Master of Illusions.
Nando's character can be easily described as calm and collected. Even in the most tense of situations, such as being arrested for a crime he did not commit, he will always look to the positive side. He enjoys music and his favorite pastime is to play his harp for anyone who will care to listen, whether they be human or Pokémon, in hopes of spreading the tranquility he feels inside to others. This personality trait is also reflected in his choice of Pokémon and even the Seals he uses in Pokémon Contests.
Even if Nando encounters a Trainer that has hostility towards him, such as Zoey, he will still treat that Trainer with the utmost respect. As seen in Dawn of a New Era!, Nando likes to be a peace maker, helping Ash and Dawn settle their differences on whether battling or coordinating are better than one another.
Nando tends to choose Pokémon with some sort of musical ability which fits his musical style. He seems to favor Bug- and Grass-type Pokémon and he likes to use sound moves during his performances and battles. Nando's Pokémon are also known for being able to exhibit both beauty and strength.
This listing is of Nando's known Pokémon that may or may not be on hand:
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| Kricketot first appeared in Last Call — First Round!, where it was used in the Grand Festival. Using its antennae, Kricketot was able to create music which, when used in combination with Altaria's Perish Song, created a dazzling appeal which easily ensured Nando's progression past the first round.
Kricketot's only known move is Sing*.
|| Last Call — First Round!
| Voice actors
|| Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld
This listing is of the Badges Nando has obtained:
This listing is of the Ribbons Nando has obtained:
Nando's outfit in usual Contests
Nando's outfit in the Grand Festival
- Nando's golden harp, which he carries with him, is shaped like a Mew.
- The harp he holds during Contests is shaped as two Mew joined at toe and tail.
- Nando shares his two unknown Badges with two of Barry's three unknown Badges.
- Unlike other Coordinators who tended to wear formal clothing when entering a Contest, Nando's regular Contest outfit was simply his regular outfit with a few attachments. He also used a larger harp incorporating two Mew instead of one.
- Nando is the only male character to make it to the Top 4 of the Sinnoh Grand Festival.
||Possibly derived from the Spanish name Fernando, considering his accent. If this is the case, fern may be a reference to the Grass type.
||From 尚志 Naoshi.
|| Нандо Nando
|| Transcription of English name