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Sam (Japanese: ユキナリ Yukinari) is a character in the fourth Pokémon movie, Celebi: Voice of the Forest. He is a young Pokémon Trainer that was transported by Celebi from 40 years in the past to Ash's time by accident.
Soon after arriving, he befriends Ash, Misty, and Brock, and the four attempt to stop the Iron-Masked Marauder from destroying the forest using Celebi's power. After saving Celebi, he returns to his time.
40 years ago, Sam traveled through the woods near Arborville and met a woman named Towa who told him about the "Voice of the Forest", and that if he did hear it, he should not move or else he would be sent to another time. Sam was also told about a rare Pokémon living there. With that said, Towa gave Sam a piece of bread as a parting gift. While continuing his travels in the forest, a Pokémon poacher went chasing after Celebi, wishing to capture it. Sam defended Celebi from the poacher, and shortly afterwards, the Pokémon teleported itself and Sam into the future.
During the present-day, Sam lands in the same area that he got teleported from. Ash and his friends arrive in the area and find Sam unconscious. Ash takes him back to Arborville, where Sam wakes up to find out that Celebi had disappeared. After an aged Towa explains the situation to them, and returns the sketchbook that Sam used, Sam and the group go to the forest and find Celebi where the Iron-Masked Marauder was destroying the forest. The Marauder encounters the group, but they escape.
The Marauder sends Scizor and Sneasel after them. Sam and Ash battle the foe's Pokémon and are able to defeat them. Sam and the group arrived in a foggy portion of the Lake of Life and are able to heal Celebi with the water. As Celebi recovers, Ash and Sam play with it, having fun. Celebi then leads the group to a Berry tree.
Later, Sam and the others encounter the Iron-Masked Marauder again. Despite their efforts, the Marauder manages to capture Celebi in a Dark Ball. Sam and Ash try in vain to get the possessed-Celebi to stop as the Marauder commands it to destroy the forest. Celebi prepares to finish off Sam and Ash, but Suicune arrives and saved the two Trainers. Suicune gets attacked by a monstrous ball's tendril, which sends all three of them flying. They are caught by Jessie, who tells them where Celebi is. Sam reminds Celebi about the time it had fun with him, Ash and his friends, despite Celebi relentlessly attacking them in the process. Awakened, Celebi breaks free from the Marauder's control, destroying its Dark Ball in the process.
Sam's drawing of Pikachu and Celebi
However, expending too much energy drains Celebi's life force, and it falls unconscious and turns a withered brown color. Sam takes it to the Lake of Life to restore it, but the waters have no effect, even after Suicune uses its powers to purify the lake from the preceding destruction. After a brief period of mourning, however, the Celebi spirits from all across time arrive and succeed in reviving the fallen Celebi. The Iron-Masked Marauder emerges shortly after, and attempts again to capture Celebi, but is defeated at last thanks to Pikachu, and subdued by the other Pokémon in the forest. Celebi then prepares to travel back to the past, and after exchanging farewells, Sam joins it and returns to his own time.
Sam was shown to have some skills in Pokémon watching, similar to Tracey, as shown when he drew in his sketchbook the Pokémon he saw, especially Celebi. After rescuing Celebi from a Pokémon poacher, he grew a bond with it.
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- Main article: Celebi (M04)
Sam met this Celebi during his time. However, it bumped into him while on the pursuit of a Pokémon Hunter which accidentally transports him to the present time of Ash and company. This time, the Iron-Masked Marauder was after Celebi. After Ash and Sam defeated the Marauder by snapping Celebi out of its dark self and got revived by the other Celebi from the past, this Celebi that met Sam took him back to his own time.
|| Celebi: Voice of the Forest
| Voice actors
|| Kazuko Sugiyama
|| Kazuko Sugiyama