Professor Westwood V
Upon reaching the Seafoam Islands, Ash and his friends meet Professor Westwood. Ash sums up Westwood's personality by whispering "He seems a little eccentric". Eccentric, indeed, can describe Professor Westwood, who prefers to be called Westwood V, as Brock even theorizes that his eccentricity is hereditary; portraits of four identical Westwood ancestors adorn the walls on the Westwood V's Laboratory.
He is esteemed for his work on the Pokédex, which he wrote the entries for. Professor Westwood admitted to Ash later in the episode, though, that he made up some of the information in the Pokédex. Westwood doesn't travel much, and merely relies on reports for his Pokédex data.
When Ash and friends meet up with him, his task at that time was to discover how Slowpoke evolve into Slowbro. The problem, after stumping the famous professor, was soon solved as the episode progressed, with Jessie's Shellder clamping on Westwood's Slowpoke's tail. Slowpoke evolved into Slowbro, thus commencing Westwood's studies on the matter.
This task done was in the hope that he would be awarded more, thus thinking that the Pokémon Symposium would be impressed by his work. The outcome of this, though, is uncertain.
Westwood is eccentric in such a way that he asks the portraits of Westwood I to IV to forgive him for his mistakes, and sometimes forgets and requests forgiveness from his own portrait, as well. He has also expressed desire to surpass his predecessors' achievements, too, though, and even commented that he deserved a statue rather than a mere portrait.
Westwood might be also considered a bit vain, as he has not replaced his portrait with a more recent one. His portrait was taken some time ago, as he had a full head of hair in the said painting. He was quite good looking, anyway, and tends to stare at his portrait at length after prostrating to the other four.
Other than that, Westwood has dedicated his life to being a Pokémon Professor and researcher, and cares much for his last remaining Pokémon, Slowpoke, as evident from the part where Team Rocket tried to capture it.
Professor Westwood's Slowpoke, which subsequently evolved into Slowbro after Jessie's Shellder accidentally clamped on its tail, is Westwood's last remaining Pokémon after his previous ones had been given away to beginning Trainers or released. Slowbro enjoys the company of Misty's Psyduck, who shares its unintelligent, clueless look.
| Professor Westwood V's Slowbro first appeared when he had it to find out what happens with a Slowpoke and a Shellder. It appeared as a Slowpoke on a rock outside Westwood's lab having its tail in the water. Ash and his friends investigate, Misty's Psyduck comes out and talks to Slowpoke and talks randomly. A Magikarp grabs its tail but nothing happens, same with Psyduck too.
Later when Team Rocket attempt to capture all the Pokémon in Westwood's lab, Slowpoke comes in. He tries to run away with Slowpoke but the trio catch up. Jessie sends out her newly captured Shellder, it clamps onto Psyduck instead giving it a headache, it uses Disable and Confusion sending Team Rocket flying. Slowpoke walks over to Psyduck to say thanks but trips and Shellder clamps onto its tail causing it to evolve into Slowbro. Team Rocket try to grab it but it uses Mega Punch sending them flying. In the end, Psyduck says goodbye to Slowbro in another random conversation.
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On Slowbro's tail
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- According to the Encyclopedia Pokemonica and a Pokémon Daisuki Club site describing the Pokémon world, modern Poké Balls were developed in 1925 from the research of Professor Westwood of Celadon University.
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