Koko (M23)

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ココ Koko
Koko M23.png
Age 10+
Gender Male
Eye color Blue
Hair color Burgundy
Hometown Forest of Okoya
Region Unknown
Relatives Chrom and Phossa Molybdenum (parents)
Anime debut Secrets of the Jungle
English voice actor Kimlinh Tran
Japanese voice actor Moka Kamishiraishi
Wakana Minami (infant)

Koko (Japanese: ココ Koko) is a major character who appeared in Secrets of the Jungle. Raised by Pokémon, he is a human boy who believes he too is a Pokémon.

In the anime

Koko as a baby

Koko was born Al Molybdenum (Japanese: アル・モリブデン Al Molybden), the only child of scientists Chrom and Phossa Molybdenum, the late leaders of the Biotope Company. When they learned of the Great Tree's location in the Forest of Okoya and that the many Zarude living in the forest worshipped it, they decided to protect it from their subordinate Dr. Zed, who wanted to destroy it in order to gain access to the secrets of the Healing Springs. Infuriated by this revelation, Dr. Zed chased the family down as they tried to escape in their car. He soon ran them off the road and into a riverbank. Stealing the data, Dr. Zed left the family to die in the ensuing explosion, but Al survived as he had drifted away from the car down the river.

Al was eventually found by a single Zarude living deep within the jungle. This Zarude attempted to return Al to his parents, however an attempt to leave him in Milyfa Town led to Al nearly walking in front of a car. Zarude decided to investigate a nearby lab and upon seeing its wrecked state and a photo of Al with his parents realized that the baby was now an orphan. Zarude decided to raise Al as a son and renamed him Koko. Knowing that this was against the rules of its troop, Zarude decided to leave the other Zarude behind so it could raise Koko safely, as they objected to a human being brought to their sacred tree. This Zarude, who took to wearing a torn piece of pink clothing, would become known as "Dada" to Koko.

Over the next ten years, Zarude raised Koko in the depths of the jungle, and the two developed a strong bond. As he had no memory of his human life, Koko believed he was also a Pokémon and was frustrated by the fact that he was seemingly unable to use moves. Zarude didn't want to tell Koko the truth of his origins. However, Koko began to question about his origins. When Zarude hesitated to give Koko the answer he asked for, Koko stormed off to discover his true origins. However, Koko fell into a river where he was saved by Ash Ketchum. Following his recovery, Koko found himself in the human world where he noticed that Ash and his fellow humans were identical to himself. Koko soon realized that he was one of them. Koko befriended Ash and the latter subsequently taught the former what it means to be human.

After Koko introduced his father to Ash, Zarude confronted Koko for speaking the human language and bringing a fellow human. However, Koko said that Zarude was ignoring the fact that he is also a human and called Dada out on this. Guilty, Zarude confessed to Koko that the latter wasn't a Zarude nor the begat of the former. Zarude took Koko, Ash, Pikachu, and their friend Skwovet to the abandoned lab where he explained Koko's past and showed them the picture of Koko's real parents.


Koko has a parent-child relationship with Zarude, calling it Dada (Japanese: とうちゃん Daddy).



This is a list of Pokémon Koko has befriended in the anime.

Main article: Dada

Zarude, whom Koko calls "Dada", found Koko as a baby and raised him.

Debut Secrets of the Jungle
Voice actors
Japanese Nakamura Kankurō
English Edward Bosco
Skwovet is a Pokémon that Koko befriended.

None of Skwovet's moves are known.

Debut Secrets of the Jungle
Voice actors
Japanese Kei Shindō
Flygon is a Pokémon that Koko befriended.

Flygon's only known move is Dragon Breath.

Debut Secrets of the Jungle
Falinks is a Pokémon that Koko befriended. He first encountered its trooper members in Milyfa Town, where they were driving away citizens from the site of a planned fireworks display. Using his ability to speak with Pokémon, he discovered their brass was trapped in a fireworks tube and rescued it, reuniting it with the rest of the Falinks.

None of Falinks's moves are known.

Debut Secrets of the Jungle

Moves used

Using Jungle Healing
Move First Used In
Jungle Healing Secrets of the Jungle
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 上白石萌歌 Moka Kamishiraishi
English Kimlinh Tran
Arabic رانيا مروة Rania Mroueh
Czech Jan Battěk
Anna Theimerová (infant)
German Maximilian Belle
Hindi Lohit Sharma
Indonesian Leni Marlina
Italian Mosè Singh
Polish Borys Wiciński
Brazilian Portuguese Cadu Paschoal
Karina Fonseca (infant)
Spanish Latin America Emilio Treviño
Spain Pilar Martín
Thai เมทินี แก้วรัตนากร

In the manga

Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle—Another Beginning

Koko appeared in Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle—Another Beginning, which is set three years before the movie.

In the TCG

Koko appears in one promotional card. It is one of three Pokémon cards that isn't actually a Pokémon, the others being Buried Fossil and M Sachiko-EX.

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
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Koko         S-P Promotional cards   106/S-P


  • Koko is notably the first human in the anime to be depicted using a Pokémon move, as he uses Jungle Healing to help Dada recover from his injuries.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ココ Koko Possibly a reference to Koko, a famous gorilla
English, German, Spanish,
French, Italian, Polish
Koko Same as his Japanese name
Korean 코코 Koko Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 可可 Kěkě Transcription of his Japanese name
Brazilian Portuguese Zaza From Zarude
Hindi कोको Koko Transcription of English and Japanese name
Russian Коко Koko Transcription of his English name
Thai โคโค่ Koko Transcription of his Japanese name

Al Molybden

Language Name Origin
Japanese アル・モリブデン
Al Molybden
From アルミニウム aruminiumu (aluminium) and モリブデン moribuden (molybdenum)
English, German,
European Spanish
Al Molybdenum From aluminium and molybdenum
Latin American Spanish Al Molibdeno From aluminio (aluminium) and molibdeno (molybdenum)
French Al Molybdène From aluminium and molybdène (molybdenum)
Italian Al Molybden From alluminio and molibdeno (molybdenum)
Chinese (Mandarin) 阿爾‧毛利佈登 /
Ā'ěr Máolìbùdēng
Transcription of his Japanese name
Brazilian Portuguese Alan Molibdênio From alumínio (aluminium) and molibdênio (molybdenum)
Russian Эл Молибден Transcription of his English name
Thai อัล โมลิบเดน Al Molybden Transcription of his Japanese name

Movie characters
Human protagonists
AliceAsh Ketchum (M20)AudreyBarazBiancaCallahanCarlitaCoreyDamosDianaDianeEricFergusHarrietJack WalkerJuanita
KarlKathrynKidd SummersKimiaKokoLisaLizabethLorenzoMannesMarenMargoMelodyMerayNeeshaNewton Graceland
Professor LundRafeRaleighRebeccaRisaRowenaSamSheenaSidSir AaronSorrelTonioTorenTory LundTowaVerityYuko
Human antagonists
AlvaAnnieArgus SteelButlerCherieCrossDamonDoctor ZedGalenGooneGrings KodaiIron-Masked MarauderLawrence IIILeviMarcus
MerilynMillis SteelMolly HaleOakleyPokémon huntersPokémon poacherRiotThe PhantomZero
ArceusArticunoCarbinkCelebi (M04)Celebi (M13)CobalionDadaDarkraiDeoxysDialgaDiancieEntei (M03)Entei (M13)GenesectGiratina
Ho-OhHoopaJirachiKeldeoKyuremLatiasLatiosLucarioLugiaMagearnaManaphyMarshadowMew (M01)Mew (M08)Mewtwo (M01)
Mewtwo (M16)MoltresPalkiaPikachu (M20)PikachutwoRaikouRayquazaRegiceRegirockRegisteelReshiramShayminSlowking
Spiky-eared PichuSuicune (M04)Suicune (M13)TerrakionUnownVictiniVirizionVolcanionXerneasYveltalZapdosZekrom
AliciaAllegraAstridBanksBaron AlbertoBlock BotBogieBonjiCarolChrom MolybdenumCTV news crewDabuDavidDionaDonuke
Dr. FujiDundeeFlamelFreddyGabuGhrisGlacineGodeyGurūHeroes of Truth and IdealsHoytInfiJasonJennyJoeJudy
KaiKakoKanataKatoKellieKevinKikoKing of the People of the ValeKyleLaylaLeekuLucianneLuisLuisaMakoMalin
ManukeMarcus's soldiersMauryMayor OliverMeredithMeta GroudonMewtwo's creatorsMiaMilesMimiMirandaMisakiMoose
Mother and daughterMr. WhiteNevaNikolaOld Man DomŌyamaPegPeople of the WaterPhossa MolybdenumPokémon Baccer teams
Queen IleneQueen RinRavineRaymondRickRossSchuylerSharonShepShunSpencer HaleSylvanTakaTammyTanner
TappTatsukiThe Marina GroupTobiasTownesUschiZabu

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