コサブロウ Kosaburō
Butch in Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Gender Male
Eye color Brown, later maroon
Hair color Green
Hometown Unknown
Region Kanto
Trainer class Agent
Member of Team Rocket (formerly)
Rank Agent
Partner Cassidy
Anime debut The Breeding Center Secret
English voice actor Eric Stuart (EP057-AG132)
Carter Cathcart (AG176-present)
Japanese voice actor Takehito Koyasu

Butch (Japanese: コサブロウ Kosaburō) is a recurring character who appeared in the Pokémon anime. He is a former member of Team Rocket who occasionally came across Ash and his friends along with his partner Cassidy.

In the anime



Butch and Cassidy while studying at the Team Rocket Academy

Butch was a recruit in the Team Rocket Academy to become an official member of Team Rocket. He, along with Cassidy and Raticate, quickly became the top-performing group of trainees in the Blue Team. During a flashback in Training Daze, Butch and his partners competed against the Red Team in a practice heist to steal the red-colored Snorlax. Even though neither side managed to do so, they were made into official teams.

Original series

Butch and Cassidy

Butch debuted in The Breeding Center Secret. Disguised as a worker in a Five-Star Breeding Center as part of a Pokémon-stealing scheme, he and Cassidy managed to capture many Pokémon, including Misty's Psyduck and James's Weepinbell. Ash and his friends returned to the Breeding Center to retrieve Psyduck, only to discover the operation was fake and linked to Team Rocket. Butch overheard Todd's camera flash and investigated, only to find out that it was Pikachu's electricity. The Team Rocket trio infiltrated the Breeding Center to rob the Pokémon there. However, they were caught, along with Ash and the others. The group, save Misty, Pikachu, and Togepi, were then trapped in a cage set up by Butch and Cassidy. Butch took Todd's camera and used it to frame the seven for breaking in. Officer Jenny arrived and had the prisoners taken into custody until Misty was able to prove that they were innocent. Butch and Cassidy were then defeated by Ash's Bulbasaur and arrested by Officer Jenny.

Orange Archipelago

In Pikachu Re-Volts, it was revealed that Giovanni had bailed him and Cassidy out of jail. Using a Drowzee acquired from their fake Breeding Center, they hypnotized the Pokémon on Mandarin Island North into turning against their Trainers. Ash's group collaborated with the Team Rocket trio to get the Pokémon back. They managed to infiltrate their base, with Ash and the others demanding Butch and Cassidy to give back the Pokémon. However, Butch ordered Drowzee to make the hypnotized Pokémon attack them. Ash forced his Pikachu to attack him, in turn destroying the machine and freeing the controlled Pokémon. Afterwards, Butch and Cassidy were arrested again.

Butch angry when his name is mispronounced

Butch and Cassidy began operating another fake Day Care in The Fortune Hunters, this time giving away free fortune-telling books that will tell each Trainer which Pokémon they represent. Similar to their earlier fake Breeding Centers, Trainers dropped one of their Pokémon off, this time with the belief that the Day Care owners would help them trade Pokémon. Jessie and James went to the Day Care to steal the Pokémon there, but they encountered Butch and Cassidy, who revealed themselves, and were tied up, only for them to escape. Misty went to the Day Care to find out her Pokémon type, but instead discovered the cages full of stolen Pokémon. Butch caught Misty and her friends trying to free the caged Pokémon. Butch sent out Primeape, which managed to defeat her Staryu. Jessie and James's next attempt to steal from their rivals also failed. Butch then noticed Ash's group trying to free the Pokémon again, prompting him and Cassidy to battle them, but they were defeated. Afterwards, Officer Jenny arrived to arrest them.

Now working alongside Dr. Namba, Butch and Cassidy were assigned to capture a child Lugia spotted near Ogi Isle. From The Mystery is History to A Promise is a Promise, Butch and Cassidy succeeded, catching both Silver and its parent to help Dr. Namba perfect his "Rage Crown" invention. By A Parent Trapped!, Ash, his friends and Ritchie were also captured for interfering. Oliver led the counter-operation, freeing the captives and helping to rescue the two Lugia from Team Rocket's clutches. Jessie and James also assisted them, sinking the submarine and blasting Butch and Cassidy off using Wobbuffet's Counter.

Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire and Chronicles

Butch was a recurring antagonist in Pokémon Chronicles, often capturing certain Pokémon for Dr. Namba's R project. However, such attempts like at Professor Oak's Laboratory in Showdown at the Oak Corral and stealing Caserin and Luverin from the Cerulean Gym in Luvdisc is a Many Splendored Thing! were thwarted.

In Oaknapped!, the pair kidnapped Professor Oak from Seafoam Island's television station to learn more about Pokérus. DJ Mary, Tracey, and Ritchie managed to track them down to an abandoned warehouse and send them blasting off.

Butch and Cassidy made cameos in The Scheme Team, where they were seen leaving Team Rocket HQ using jet packs.

In The Ole' Berate and Switch!, Butch and Cassidy hosted a fake tournament in Sable City in a ploy to steal the competitors' Pokémon. After the Team Rocket trio split up, Jessie forced Butch to be her replacement partner in an attempt to make off with all of the Pokémon. Similarly, Cassidy made James her new partner. However, the two Team Rocket teams rearranged following several frustrations, with Jessie returning to James. The theft plot was then stopped, and the stolen Pokémon were recovered due to the intervention of Ash and his friends.

Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl

In Sleight of Sand!, Butch and Cassidy used their Rhyhorn robot in an attempt to capture a Hippowdon. However, he was stopped by the other Hippowdon and a Hippopotas, who were aided by Ash and his friends.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Butch reappeared in The Good, The Bad, and The Lucky!, running a bakery in a quiet coastal village alongside a Meowth. He served Jessie, Meowth, and Wobbuffet after they ran into him, commenting that he had left Team Rocket and Cassidy after getting fed up with the routine. The group helped Butch run his place as repayment for a few days; then Jessie and Wobbuffet continued their Team Rocket duties while persuading Meowth to stay, as he had taken interest in Butch's Meowth and seemed happier there.

A heartbroken Meowth eventually left Butch after realizing Butch's Meowth was in love with a Persian.


Butch's partner is Cassidy, and she is one of the few that usually manages to get his name right, much to his frustration. In one of the most famous running gags in the anime series, everyone else calls him "Biff", "Bilge", "Buzz", "Bill", "Bob", "Botch", "Buffy", "Butcher", "Chuck", "Clutch", "Footch", "Hooch", "Hutch", "Mitch", or "Patch" (コサンジ Kosanji in Japanese). Sometimes when Cassidy gets it right, he, out of habit, tries to correct her and ends up calling himself the incorrect name. This, of course, annoys him to no end, so much so in the Pokémon Chronicles episode Training Daze that he said in frustration, "That does it, I am changing my name." In A Promise is a Promise, to annoy James, he calls him "John".

It appears that Giovanni and Dr. Namba recognized Butch and Cassidy as higher-ranked members than Jessie, James and Meowth. However, this did not seem to be the case during Pokémon the Series: Black & White, as Giovanni himself told them they were his highest-ranked agents.


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This listing is of Butch's known Pokémon in the anime:

On hand

Butch was shown to have a Meowth when he encountered Jessie, Meowth, and Wobbuffet after leaving Team Rocket. Meowth fell in love with it after it reminded him of Meowzie, prompting him to leave Team Rocket. A flashback later shows Meowth falling in love with a Persian, leading Meowth to rejoin Team Rocket.

None of Meowth's moves are known.

Debut The Good, The Bad, and The Lucky!
Voice actors
English Lauren Landa

Status unknown

Primeape debuted in The Fortune Hunters, and was Butch's first revealed Pokémon. In the episode, it defeated Misty's Staryu in battle, and managed to single-handedly send Jessie and James blasting off. However, it was eventually defeated by the combined efforts of Poliwhirl, Totodile, and Pikachu.

Primeape's known moves are Dynamic Punch and Thrash.

Debut The Fortune Hunters
Voice actors
English Michael Haigney
In Pikachu Re-Volts, Butch and Cassidy used Drowzee to brainwash Pokémon into turning against their Trainers and obeying Butch and Cassidy. Ash's Pikachu was one of the Pokémon affected. Following their arrest, it is not clear what happened to Drowzee.

Drowzee's known moves are Hypnosis, Psychic, Teleport, Mega Punch, and Metronome.

Debut Pikachu Re-Volts
Voice actors
English Maddie Blaustein
Hitmontop debuted in The Mystery Is History. Butch gave him a headband invented by Professor Namba, which made Hitmontop angry. This allowed him to hone his skills and made him unstoppable until the headband stopped working. Hitmontop used this headband again in A Parent Trapped! and A Promise Is A Promise, where he was used by Butch to battle Ash and Sparky as well as Jessie and James in order to stop them from taking back the captured Lugia.

Hitmontop appeared again in Showdown at the Oak Corral, where he battled against Professor Oak, Tracey, and Delia.

His last appearance was in Putting the Air Back in Aerodactyl!, where he went up against Gary's Umbreon and Crystal's Ivysaur during a failed attempt to capture a wild Aerodactyl.

Hitmontop's known moves are Rolling Kick, Triple Kick, and Rapid Spin.

Debut The Mystery is History
Voice actors
Japanese Kōichi Sakaguchi
English Michael Haigney
Mightyena debuted in Oaknapped!, where it went up against Tracey's Scyther and Ritchie's Taillow alongside Cassidy's Sableye. It appeared again in A Date With Delcatty, where it battled Casey's Meganium. Its last appearance was in Luvdisc is a Many Splendored Thing!, where it battled Luverin and ended up accidentally blasting off Butch and Cassidy with a Hyper Beam. It was Butch's first known Pokémon from Hoenn.

Mightyena's known moves are Bite, Hyper Beam, Tackle, and Iron Tail.

Debut Oaknapped!
Voice actors
Japanese Koichi Sakaguchi
English Koichi Sakaguchi
Butch's Cloyster was used along with Cassidy's Tentacruel in their attempt of capturing and stealing Moltres.

Cloyster's only known move is Water Gun.

Debut The Search for the Legend
Voice actors
Japanese Kōichi Sakaguchi
English Michael Haigney
Delibird was delivering the Poké Ball containing Aggron to Butch, but it mistakenly gave it to James. Delibird returned later and reclaimed the Poké Ball. It is unknown whether Aggron was delivered to Butch successfully or if he still owns it.

Aggron's known moves are Mega Punch, Hyper Beam, and Water Pulse.

Debut Grating Spaces
Voice actors
English Billy Beach
Butch's Shuckle battled James's Carnivine. In the midst of their battle, it was taken out by Ash's Pikachu and a wild Hippopotas.

Shuckle's only known move is Sludge Bomb.

Debut Sleight of Sand!
Voice actors
Japanese Daisuke Sakaguchi
English Mike Pollock


Butch appears to have access to Cassidy's Raticate, as seen in The Ole' Berate and Switch.

Raticate's known moves are Tackle, Super Fang*, and Skull Bash.

Debut The Breeding Center Secret
Voice actors
Japanese Yūji Ueda
English Carter Cathcart
Controlled Pokémon
These Pokémon were temporarily controlled by Butch and Cassidy for another scheme using Drowzee to hypnotize them.

They include: Pikachu, Togepi, Meowth, Arbok, Lickitung, Weezing, Victreebel, Wartortle, Vulpix, Mankey, Primeape, Growlithe, Poliwag, Ponyta, Magnemite, Grimer, Kingler, Voltorb, Hitmonchan, Seaking, Starmie, Electabuzz, Magikarp, Vaporeon, Jolteon and Flareon. Pikachu and Togepi were the first to get hypnotized including a whole lot more and suddenly they just disappear. Then next is Meowth which Team Rocket follow and discover their base as their Pokémon turn against them too.

When Ash, Misty, Tracey and Officer Jenny find the base the Pokémon attack with numerous moves. Ash has an idea and makes Pikachu uses Electric moves making it angry, Ash then stands near Drowzee and Pikachu shocks him and the machine stopping Drowzee and stopping the trance.

The controlled Pokémon's known moves are: Flamethrower (used by Flareon, Growlithe, Ponyta, and Vulpix), Water Gun (used by Seaking, Starmie, Vaporeon, and Wartortle), Thunderbolt (used by Electabuzz, Jolteon, and Magnemite), and Self-Destruct (used by Voltorb).

Debut Pikachu Re-Volts

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 子安武人 Takehito Koyasu
English Eric Stuart (EP057-AG132, Pokémon Chronicles)
Carter Cathcart (AG176-present)
Arabic مروان فرحات Marwan Farhat (EP057-EP086)
Czech Petr Burian (EP057-EP157)
Vojtěch Hájek (DP065)
Dutch Huub Dikstaal (EP057)
Fred Meijer (EP086)
Unknown voice actor (EP157)
Finn Poncin (EP220-EP222)
Paul Disbergen (AG132)
Tony Neef (AG176-present)
Finnish Pasi Ruohonen (EP057, AG176, DP065)
Tommi Haapaniemi (AG132)
European French Gaëtan Wenders (EP057-EP222, AG176-present)
Tony Beck (EP157)
Frederik Haùgness (AG132)
German Manou Lubowski
Hebrew דורון בן-עמי Doron Ben-Ami
Italian Patrizio Prata (EP057)
Luca Bottale (EP086)
Luca Sandri (EP157-EP222, AG176, JN095)
Renato Novara (AG132)
Lorenzo Scattorin (Pokémon Chronicles, DP065, TPCi redub of EP057-EP157)
Norwegian Unknown voice actor (EP057)
Trond Teigen (EP086 onward)
Lars Dahl Dolva (JN095)
Polish Janusz Rymkiewicz (EP057-DP065)
Tomasz Jarosz (JN095)
Portuguese Brazil Silvio Giraldi (EP057, EP157-EP222)
Tatá Guarnieri (EP086)
Cássius Romero (AG132)
Affonso Amajones (Pokémon Chronicles, AG176, DP065)
Portugal Rui de Sá (EP057)
Rui Luís de Brás (EP086)
Pedro Carneiro (EP157, EP220-EP222)
Nuno Pinto (HS04-HS18, AG132)
Unknown voice actor (AG176)
Rodrigo Santos (JN095)
Spanish Latin America Rafael Pacheco (EP057-EP222)
Héctor Enmanuel Gómez (HS04)
Enzo Fortuny (HS08, AG176)
Irwin Daayán (HS11-HS18)
Christian Strempler (AG132, DP065-JN095)
Spain Claudio Serrano

In the games

In spin-off games

Pokémon Puzzle League

Butch, along with Cassidy, appears in Pokémon Puzzle League, as the opponents in the Spa Service Bonus Stage. Their Pokémon is Drowzee.


  • According to Eric Stuart, he modeled Butch's voice after Harvey Fierstein and Sandra Diamond in order to differentiate him from his counterpart James.[1]


Language Name Origin
Japanese コサブロウ Kosaburō From 三郎 saburō (third son), forming a parallel to the 次郎 jirō (second son) in コジロウ Kojirō (James)
English, German, Spanish,
French, Italian
Butch From Butch Cassidy, forming a parallel with Cassidy to Jessie and James being named after another American outlaw
Korean 로젠 Rosen Begins with 로 ro in reference to 로켓단 Rocket-dan (Team Rocket) and 로이 Roy (James)
Chinese (Mandarin) 小三郎 Xiǎosānláng From the Japanese name 小三郎 Kosaburō
Chinese (Cantonese) 小三郎 Síusāamlòhng

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