Samurai (Japanese: サムライ Samurai) is a young boy who lives in Viridian Forest and dresses up in samurai armor. He specializes in Bug-type Pokémon and carries around a sword and a bug-catching net. He appears to have been inspired by the Bug Catchers in the Pokémon games.
In the anime
Samurai appeared in the episode Challenge of the Samurai. Ash and Misty were traveling through Viridian Forest, and Ash intended to catch more Pokémon. He was just about to catch a Weedle when Samurai jumped out of the bushes and threatened him with his sword, demanding to know if Ash was from Pallet Town. Samurai challenged Ash to a battle, having already lost to Gary and the other two Trainers from Pallet.
In the confusion caused by Samurai's yelling and sword-waving, the Weedle escaped. Samurai insulted Ash, saying that he is a "bad Trainer". Because of this, they started a battle. Samurai's powerful Pinsir knocked out Ash's Pidgeotto, but Ash's Metapod used Harden to damage Pinsir's pincers. Samurai sent out his own Metapod, and the two Pokémon, being unable of using any move besides Harden, were locked in a complete stalemate for hours.
Their match was interrupted by a Beedrill swarm, apparently angered by Ash's attack of the Weedle earlier. The Beedrill snatched Ash's Metapod and flew off. The trio hid in Samurai's cabin, where the boy continued to berate and insult Ash, saying that Ash was not a good Trainer to his Pokémon because he didn't go to rescue his Metapod when the Beedrill attacked.
At the end of the episode, Ash, Misty, and Samurai say good-bye, and the two boys say that they will battle again some day.
This listing is of Samurai's known Pokémon:
| Pinsir was the first Pokémon Samurai used in his match against Ash. It was able to defeat Pidgeotto easily with a Tackle (though Pidgeotto was already weakened from its battle directly before with a wild Weedle), but when it tried to break Ash's Metapod in half with its pincers, Metapod used Harden and the attack backfired.
Pinsir's only known move is Tackle*.
|Debut||Challenge of the Samurai|
| After Pinsir's failure against Ash's Metapod, Samurai sent out his own Metapod. Since neither Pokémon could use any move other than Harden, both Trainers ordered their Pokémon to harden again and again for several hours, until they had to stop their battle.
Through flashback, it is known that Samurai also used Metapod to battle Gary's Squirtle, and lost.
Metapod's only known move is Harden.
|Debut||Challenge of the Samurai|
In the manga
In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga
Samurai makes a cameo appearance in The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga. In the chapter Pikachu's Excellent Adventure, he, along with A.J., Ash and Brock, make plans to find the Hidden Village, where powerful wild Pokémon supposedly live. Samurai is particularly interested in level 99 Slowpoke and Magikarp rumored to live there. He and A.J. are separated from Ash and Brock when Pikachu goes missing.
Samurai appears to be a little older in the manga than he is when he appears in the anime. He also appears taller and thinner, with a predilection for using words like, "Verily!"
|Japanese||サムライ Samurai||From 侍 samurai.|
|English, German, Italian||Samurai||Same as Japanese name.|
|French||Samouraï||Same as Japanese name.|
|Spanish||Samurái||Same as Japanese name.|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||武士 Wǔshì||Chinese term for samurai.|
|This article is part of Project COD, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each one-time character of the Pokémon anime.|