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Janine

Janine
アンズ Anzu
"The Poisonous Ninja Master"
HeartGold SoulSilver Janine.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Female
Eye color Black*, purple*
Hair color Purple*, brown*
Hometown Fuchsia City
Region Kanto
Relatives Koga (father)
Trainer class Gym LeaderGSCHGSS
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation II, III, IV, V
Games Pokémon Gold, Silver Crystal, Stadium 2, FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold and SoulSilver, Black 2, White 2
Leader of Fuchsia Gym
Badge Soul Badge
Specializes in Poison types

Janine (Japanese: アンズ Anzu) is a Gym Leader in the Kanto League. She is the Gym Leader of Fuchsia City's Gym, known officially as the Fuchsia Gym, after her father, Koga, is promoted to the Elite Four in Generation II. She specializes in Poison-type Pokémon. She gives the Soul Badge to Trainers who defeat her.

In the games

Janine's first appearance was in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal. Following Koga's promotion to the Elite Four, she succeeded him as the Gym Leader of the Fuchsia Gym. Like her father, she is known as "The Poisonous Ninja Master", and uses Poison-type Pokémon in battle. She appears in the same capacity in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Originally, Janine's goal was to use Poison-type Pokémon just as well as her father. After becoming a Gym Leader, Janine hopes that by applying herself, she'll improve her skills and become better than both her father and (following her loss) the protagonist.

When encountered in her Gym, Janine hides behind the invisible walls that were installed prior to Generation I/III. To further confuse her challengers, the junior Trainers of the Gym are disguised like Janine. Once they have been defeated, the Leader will battle with a team of Poison-type Pokémon. Once defeated, she will yield the Soul Badge and a Poison-type TM: TM06 (Toxic) in Generation II; TM84 (Poison Jab) in Generation IV.

Like the other Gym Leaders of Kanto and Johto, Janine will leave her Gym from time to time in HeartGold and SoulSilver. Every evening between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM, she can be found at the Pokémon League Reception Gate near Victory Road, on her way to visit her father and deliver his lunch (from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, she will say she is done delivering the lunch and offer to take a photograph with the player). She will give travelers her phone number, after which she can be called on Monday afternoons to arrange a rematch at Saffron City's Fighting Dojo. On Mondays, she can be found in the Celadon Department Store arguing with Falkner over which of their fathers is the superior Trainer.

Before the events that led to her employment as the Gym Leader, Janine hung around outside the Fuchsia Zoo. She will tell the protagonist of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen that Koga is teaching her how to use Poison Pokémon in an obvious reference to the previously released Generation II games.

Janine also appears in Pokémon Stadium 2's Kanto Gym Leader Castle. This is the only time in which her active team contains Pokémon not of the Poison-type. Despite this, all her Pokémon in Round 1 know Toxic, a Poison-type move and the TM she gives in the Generation II games.

Pokémon

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal



Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Gym battle


Rematch


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

Janine uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles. Janine will always lead with her signature Pokémon, Venomoth.

Kanto Leaders Tournament


Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament


Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1


Round 2


Quotes

Pokémon Gold and Silver

  • Before battle
"Fufufufu... I'm sorry to disappoint you... I'm only joking! I'm the real deal! Janine of Fuchsia Gym, that's me!"
  • Being defeated
"You're a tough one. You definitely won... Here's Soul Badge. Take it."
  • After being defeated
"You're so tough! I have a special gift! It's Toxic, a powerful poison that steadily saps the victim's HP."
"I'm going to really apply myself and improve my skills. I want to become better than both Father and you!"

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

"My father is Gym Leader of this town. I'm training to use Poison Pokémon as well as my father."

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Fuchsia Gym
  • Before battle
"Fufufufu... I'm sorry to disappoint you... I'm only joking! I'm the real deal! Janine of Fuchsia Gym, that's me!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"You've got a great battle technique!"
  • During battle
"Not good. Seriously not good."
  • Being defeated
"...!!! So... So strong!"
  • After being defeated
"I see... You have defeated Koga, my father and a member of the Elite Four, to come here. No wonder you are strong! You’ve definitely won... Here's the Soul Badge. Take it."
"You're so tough! I have a special gift!"
"It's Poison Jab, a powerful Poison-type move that may poison its victim."
"I'm going to really apply myself and improve my skills. I want to become much better than both my father and you!"
Fighting Dojo
  • Before battle
"I can't use my ninja technique, but I won't let you win!"
  • After being defeated
"I lost today, but I'll win next time!"
Pokémon League Reception Gate
  • In the evenings (after number registration)
"I'm done taking lunch to my dad, and now I'm on my way home. Do you want to take a picture with me?"
No: "That's a pity."
Yes: "Can you look as cool as me for the picture? Don't you think we look good in the picture?"
Celadon Department Store
"Ha! You don't know a thing! The best Trainer in the world is Koga, one of the Elite Four! Namely--my dad!"
"Please stop this! Why don’t you just admit that my dad is the true Trainer!"
"Bah!"
Pokégear Registering (Reception Gate)
"I'm on my way to my dad's house to give him his lunch. The Elite Four has no time to rest, day or night. It's such hard work, you know? Say! Do you want to exchange numbers?"
Yes: "Call me on Monday around noon if you want to battle!"
No: "You don't look like you're scared, but you are, aren't you?"
"Now you want to know my number, don't you?"
Pokégear Phone
  • Calling her
"Hello, hello, hello... Oh, hello, what are you up to? I'm just fine, thanks! Many of the Gym Leaders are much stronger than I am. We've just got to work harder!"
"Hello, hello, hello... Oh, hello, what are you up to? I'm just fine, thanks! My schedule's fairly open on Monday afternoons. Would you mind calling me back then?"
"Sorry? I’m afraid I can’t hear you very well. Must be a bad connection. Can you call again from somewhere else?"
  • Her calling the player
"This is Janine. How are you doing? Hey, can I talk to you about my dad? Only if you want to hear, though. Seriously? I might talk your ear off if I’m not careful!"
"This is Janine. How are you doing? See, I’ve been training with my dad since I was little--to be a Gym Leader. I haven’t even considered taking any other path, really. It’s my dream to someday become a better Gym Leader than Dad!"
"This is Janine. How are you doing? Falkner in Violet City... He’s talking about his dad all the time! Seriously, he’s such a daddy’s boy, he needs to become his own person sometime, you know? What do you mean, I should talk? Ha ha--mind your own business!"

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament
  • Before battle (first round)
"I'm Janine! Feel the horror of Poison-type Pokémon!"
  • Before battle (second round)
"I'm Janine! I'm a modern ninja! Feel the horror of the Poison-type Pokémon I use!"
  • Before battle (final round)
"I'm Janine! The essence of ninjas' moves obtained by training! Feel the horror from the Poison-type Pokémon who've mastered it."
  • Being defeated
"You've got a great battle technique!"
  • If the player is defeated
"I'm Janine! Remember this name!"
  • After being defeated
"I'm going to really apply myself and improve my skills. I want to become much better than both my father and you!"
  • After winning
"Even though I won, you were quite strong! The path of Pokémon is the path of training! Let's meet here again!"
  • In the lobby, after the tournament
"While I admire your victory, I'm disappointed that I lost... I'm still not a full-fledged Trainer yet. I'll train with my father to be better than before and challenge you again!"

Artwork

Janine TCG VS.png
VS artwork from
Generation II

Sprites

Spr GS Janine.png Spr HGSS Janine.png Spr B2W2 Janine.png VSJanine.png S2 Leader Janine.png
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
VS sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Portrait from
Stadium 2
Janine II OD.png Janine III OD.png Janine IV OD.png Janine OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Janine and her Ariados

Janine is the daughter of Koga, and the new Gym Leader at Fuchsia City. She does, however, leave town on many occasions to perform various jobs/simulations for anyone with the money to hire her. She was shown in Crossing Crobat to be in the middle of such a job, pretending to steal a large pearl to test the security at the Goldenrod Museum. After completing it, she pauses on a rooftop to wonder what she is doing with her life.

Her father, being both a ninja and a member of Team Rocket, had hoped to make her a member as well, both serving their master, Giovanni. But with Koga and Giovanni's disappearance, she was left alone and unguided. Searching for not just her father, but a master, Janine found herself in the same situation as Suicune, whom also was searching for a Trainer in its upcoming battle.

Suddenly, Suicune appeared before Janine, and challenged her with her Crobat. Suicune seemed initially caught off-guard by her tactics, but soon won. Before he left, Janine expressed her desires for finding her own master, just as she felt Suicune was.

Janine later fought against Falkner at the Gym Leaders Challenge. Despite overwhelming attacks, she forfeited the match when she left the battlefield, pursuing who she thought was her father. She never did catch the mysterious person, however, and it is unknown if they will ever meet again.

Pokémon

This listing is of Janine's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

Janine's Ariados
Ariados
Ariados is Janine's main Pokémon. It was first seen on a building with her. Later, Ariados was used in battle against Falkner. It defeated Skarmory using the sharp web technique but lost to his Noctowl despite slowing it down with webs.

Ariados's known moves are String Shot, Leech Life and Sludge Bomb.

Debut Lively Larvitar
Janine's Forretress
Forretress
Forretress is a Pokémon of Janine's that is non-Poison. She used it to try to escape from some security guards after she tried to steal a Big Pearl from the Goldenrod Museum.

Forretress's known moves are String Shot and Spikes.

Debut Crossing Crobat
Janine's Crobat
Crobat
Janine's Crobat was another Pokémon used against Suicune. Despite using its speed to catch Suicune off-guard, it lost. The same result also happened during their rematch.

Crobat's known moves are Double Team, Fly, Wing Attack, Sludge Bomb, and Leech Life.

Debut Crossing Crobat!
Janine's Weezing
Weezing
Weezing was only seen when Janine tried to break in the Goldenrod Museum.

Weezing's only known move is Smokescreen.

Debut Crossing Crobat!
Janine's Grimer
Grimer
Grimer was first used in the battle against Falkner and lost.

Grimer's known moves are Minimize and Sludge Bomb.

Debut Notorious Noctowl

In the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jou's Big Adventure manga

Janine in Pocket Monsters HGSS Jou's Big Adventure

Janine's only appearance in Pocket Monsters HGSS Jou's Big Adventure was in a flashback along with her Ariados.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Janine or her Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Janine's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Janine's Beedrill Grass       Pokémon VS Common 061/141
Janine's Arbok Grass       Pokémon VS Common 062/141
Janine's Venomoth Grass       Pokémon VS Common 063/141
Janine's Weezing Grass       Pokémon VS Common 064/141
Janine's Ariados Grass       Pokémon VS Common 065/141
Janine's Crobat Grass       Pokémon VS Common 066/141
Janine's Shuckle Grass       Pokémon VS Common 067/141
Other related cards
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Janine's TM 01 T [TM]       Pokémon VS Uncommon 119/141
Janine's TM 02 T [TM]       Pokémon VS Uncommon 120/141
 

Trivia

  • In the English versions of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, her name is mistakenly listed as Charine in Koga's Fame Checker entries.
  • In Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, Janine's Pokémon are the lowest leveled of all the Kanto Gym Leaders. This may reflect her status as the newest Gym Leader.
  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, Janine can appear in two places at once. When she is called for a rematch on Monday during the day, she will be at the Fighting Dojo and in the Celadon Department Store, talking to Falkner.
  • Chuang Yi mistakenly refers to her by her Japanese name, Anzu, rather than her English name, in Volume 11 of Pokémon Adventures. This was corrected in following volumes.
  • In the Generation II games, her whole Pokémon team was the opposite gender to her despite the 50-50 gender ratio. This was changed in HeartGold and SoulSilver, in which she has an all female team rather than an all male team like before.
  • In the English versions of the Generation II games, there is a grammatical error in the sentence where she gives the Soul Badge to the player. This was corrected in the remakes.
  • Both Janine and Roxie have known fathers in the series. Unlike Roxie's father, Janine's father was also a Poison-type Gym Leader.
  • Janine is the only Gym Leader that has not appeared in the anime, not counting Blue, who has an anime counterpart in Gary.
  • Janine has an illegal Crobat in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. The Crobat she uses in the Type Expert and World Leaders Tournaments knows Hypnosis and Brave Bird, both of which it can learn by breeding, but not simultaneously, as there is no Pokémon in the same Egg Group as Crobat that can learn both of these moves.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese アンズ Anzu anzu, apricot; 杏 has the on-yomi kyō, referring to Koga's Japanese name.
English Janine 忍者 ninja with syllables reversed.
French Jeannine Similar to the word ninja.
German Janina Similar to the word ninja
Italian Nina Similar to the word ninja
Spanish Sachiko A common Japanese female name.
Korean 도희 Doheui Similar to 독 dok (poison).
Chinese (Mandarin) 阿杏 Ā Xìng 杏 (apricot) is taken from 杏 anzu.



Gym Leaders of the Kanto region
Pewter Gym Boulder Badge
Brock OD.png
Brock
Cerulean Gym Cascade Badge
Misty OD.png
Misty
Vermilion Gym Thunder Badge
Lt Surge OD.png
Lt. Surge
Celadon Gym Rainbow Badge
Erika OD.png
Erika
Fuchsia Gym Soul Badge
Koga OD.png Janine OD.png
Koga Janine
Saffron Gym Marsh Badge
Sabrina OD.png
Sabrina
Cinnabar Gym Volcano Badge
Blaine OD.png
Blaine
Viridian Gym Earth Badge
Giovanni OD.png Blue
Giovanni Blue

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Last modified on 8 September 2014, at 19:38