In the games
Mr. Fuji looks after abandoned and orphaned Pokémon in Lavender Town. He subscribes to Pokémon Fan Magazine. He is not a native of Lavender Town. He used to live on Cinnabar Island and he is the founder of the island's laboratory. He used to be a close friend of Cinnabar Gym's Blaine, as the photo in the gym shows them together. Fuji is supposedly shy.
When members of Team Rocket killed a Marowak in Pokémon Tower, Mr. Fuji marched up to their hideout and started to rant about how Team Rocket was abusing Pokémon. Team Rocket held him hostage until the protagonist drove the poachers out of the tower and rescued him. In gratitute, Mr. Fuji gives the main character a Poké Flute.
In Pokémon Emerald there are a series of messages left at Faraway Island where a wild Mew can be found. The messages warn that only someone pure of heart will see Mew. The author's name is smudged, but "-ji" is still readable in the Japanese version. It's possible that Mr. Fuji left the message, as a scientist who possibly worked on cloning Mew, he would have needed to collect Mew DNA. Mew may have appeared before Mr Fuji due to his kind nature. In Pokémon Special manga, it's confirmed that he and Blaine once were on Faraway Island.
In the TCG
- It is theorized that he may have been the inspiration for Dr. Fuji from Mewtwo Strikes Back, due to their similar names and history in studying Mew. However, Dr. Fuji is considerably younger than Mr. Fuji, leading to another theory that the senior Fuji is the junior Fuji's father. However, besides having the same surname and the aforementioned interest in Mew, there is nothing to back this up.
Fuji is Japanese for wisteria, a genus of plants with purple flowers.
Professor Oak • Mom • Red • Green • Blue • Trace • Daisy • Old man • Bill • Mr. Fuji • Safari Zone Warden • Copycat • Primo
Pokémon Fan Club Chairman • Celio • Lostelle • Teala • Selphy • Cal • Steven Stone • Maylene • Mina • Cameron • Mr. Game • Morimoto
Team Rocket • Gym guide • Gym Leaders • Elite Four • Name Rater • Day-Care Man • Professors' aides • Magikarp salesman