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If you were looking for the character in Zoroark: Master of Illusions, see Karl.
カーツ Kurtz
Age 26 (as of the Gold, Silver & Crystal arc)
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region Unknown
Member of Team Rocket
Rank Executive

Carl (Japanese: カーツ Kurtz), known as Keane in Chuang Yi's translation, along with Karen, Will, Green, Silver, and Sham, is one of the children kidnapped by the Masked Man and raised to be his servants in the Pokémon Adventures manga. Carl was one of the sub-leaders of the new Team Rocket formed in Johto.

He appears to be based on the original Rocket Executive class from Generation II, specifically the Executive who would be redesigned as Archer due to his use of Houndoom as his signature Pokémon.


Carl wearing his mask

Carl, along with Sham, debut in Piloswine Whine where they attack an arguing Gold and Silver. Carl reveals himself to be the one that had caused the earthquake that had recently hit Ecruteak City. Carl attacks the two with his Piloswine but it ends up trapped in quicksand. As he calls for backup, Sham tells them that they no longer need to be there; they then make their retreat.

Carl and Sham are later seen torturing the Team Rocket Elite Trio for their recent defeat at the hands of Eusine and losing the Pokémon they were tracking, Suicune. They are soon joined by the new leader of Team Rocket, the Masked Man, who decides it is time to start his master plan at the Indigo Plateau.

Later, at the Indigo Plateau, Carl and Sham are seen having taken control of the Pokémon League's control room. They are approached by Gold and Crystal who have come to try to stop them. Carl and Sham use their Pokémon to paralyze them, but with quick thinking, Gold manages to put their Pokémon to sleep. Despite their Pokémon being asleep, Carl and Sham are still able to fight. Eventually, their Pokémon are defeated with a Giga Drain combination attack that sends their Magcargo and Slowking flying towards them. Carl is knocked out cold while Sham manages to stay awake long enough to reveal that they were only decoys.


Piloswine was used to destroy the Tin Tower and cause the earthquake that leveled Ecruteak City whole. However, it was stopped by Gold's Politoed, Polibo, who was temporarily under Silver's command.

Piloswine's known moves are Take Down and Rock Smash, and its Ability is Oblivious.

Debut Piloswine Whine
Not much is known about Magcargo as it was seen next to Carl while the Masked Man was discussing his plans. However, he commanded it to battle Gold's Politoed, Polibo, and Crystal briefly after it had been put to sleep. It nearly took the upper hand because its unconsciousness removed its mental inhibitions as a result, but Gold switched to his Sunkern and defeated it with a Giga Drain.

Magcargo's only known move is Sleep Talk.

Debut Oh, It's Ho-Oh!

Houndoom (×3)
Carl owns three Houndoom. They were used to battle Gold and Crystal, but Gold's Politoed, Polibo, put them to sleep with Hypnosis.

In the FireRed & LeafGreen arc, it was revealed that one of the Houndoom evolved from a Houndour.

Houndoom's know moves are Roar. One Houndoom also knows Ember.

Debut Slick Slowking


Language Name Origin
Japanese カーツ Kurtz
English Carl (VIZ)
Keane (Chuang Yi)
Spanish, Vietnamese Carl Same as his English VIZ Media name.
Korean 카츠 Kurtz Transliteration of his Japanese name.
Chinese (Taiwan) 卡茲 Kǎzī Transliteration of his Japanese name.
Chinese (Mainland China) 卡特 Kǎtè Transliteration of his Japanese name.

Members of Team Rocket

Giovanni (animeAdventuresPocket MonstersMasters)
Madame Boss (anime only) • Masked Man (Adventures only)


Archer (Masters) • Ariana (Masters) • Petrel (Masters) • Proton (Masters)
Anime only: Iron-Masked Marauder
Adventures only: CarlShamWill (former) • Karen (former)
Golden Boys only: Grey


Jessie (Masters), James (Masters), & Meowth (JJM)
Koga, Lt. Surge, & Sabrina (Triad) (Adventures only; former)
Ken, Al, & Harry (TRET) (Adventures only)
Carr, Sird (former), & Orm (T3B) (Adventures only)


Anime only: Butch & Cassidy (former) • Attila & HunAnnie & Oakley (dub only)


Anime only: Dr. FujiDr. NambaSebastianDr. Zager
Adventures only: Blaine (former)


GruntsRocket BrothersRBYFRLG/Rocket SistersPE
Anime only: DominoRocket ScoutWendyTysonJubeiViper
Christopher (former) • Matori (Matori Matrix) • PierceGozu
Radio drama only: MiyamotoMondo
How I Became a Pokémon Card only: Kaede

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