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シジマ Shijima
"His Roaring Fists Do the Talking"
HeartGold SoulSilver Chuck.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Male
Eye color Black
Hair color Brown
Hometown Cianwood City
Region Johto
Relatives Wife
Trainer class Gym LeaderGSCHGSS
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation II, IV, V
Games Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black 2, White 2, Stadium 2
Leader of Cianwood Gym
Badge Storm Badge
Specializes in Fighting types
Anime debut Machoke, Machoke Man!
English voice actor Dan Green
Japanese voice actor Nobuaki Kakuda

Chuck (Japanese: シジマ Shijima) is the Gym Leader of Cianwood City's Gym, officially known as the Cianwood Gym. He specializes in Fighting-type Pokémon. Chuck gives out the Storm Badge to Trainers who defeat him.


In the core series

Chuck appears in Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver as the Leader of the Cianwood Gym. A Fighting-type Trainer, he is known to spar with his Pokémon to train both them and himself. His in-game title is "His Roaring Fists Do the Talking". Chuck is married, but spends little time with his wife. She isn't too fond of this, and spends her time standing outside the Gym, perhaps waiting in hope that he will come home.

Chuck's Gym is very different between the two generations it has appeared in. In Generation II, once challengers have made their way through his Gym, Chuck will attempt to intimidate them before battle by telling how his Pokémon "will crush stones and shatter bones." He then lifts and tosses a boulder prior to accepting the challenge. In Generation IV, Chuck awaits his challengers underneath a large waterfall. He will not notice the player approach him until the water under which he has been meditating stops flowing.

Chuck enjoys a good battle, but after losing he vows to train 24 hours a day. After he is defeated, his wife will give the player HM02 (Fly), which the successful Trainer will now be able to use outside of battle. She also comments that she is grateful that her husband would be doing more training, since he was getting "a little chubby". In addition to the Storm Badge, Chuck awards TM01 (which is Dynamic Punch in Generation II or Focus Punch in Generation IV).

Chuck can be found in his Gym most of the time, but on Sundays the player can have their picture taken with him in the northwestern corner of Route 47 (just south of where the White Flute is found). Because of his punishing training schedule, his phone number can be obtained not from him, but from his wife. If the player calls him on a Wednesday night, Chuck will travel to Saffron City to battle with an enhanced team in the Fighting Dojo.


Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Gym battle


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

Chuck uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles. Chuck will always lead with his signature Pokémon, Poliwrath.

Johto Leaders Tournament

Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament

In the side series

Pokémon Stadium 2

Chuck also appears in Pokémon Stadium 2's Johto Gym Leader Castle. This is the only time he can be fought using Pokémon not of the Fighting-type; his second six-Pokémon team in this game is actually composed of only two Fighting-type Pokémon. However, all his Pokémon in both rounds know Dynamic Punch, a Fighting-type move. Notably, it is the TM he gives out in the Generation II games.

Round 1

Round 2


Gold Silver Chuck.png
Headshot from
Generation II


In the core series

Spr GS Chuck.png Spr HGSS Chuck.png VSChuck.png Spr B2W2 Chuck.png
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
VS sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Chuck II OD.png Chuck IV OD.png Chuck OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2

In other games

Puzzle Challenge Chuck.png S2 Leader Chuck.pngS2 Gym Leader Chuck alt.pngS2 Gym Leader Chuck alt2.png
Portrait from
Puzzle Challenge
Portraits from
Stadium 2


Main article: Chuck/Quotes

In the anime

Chuck in the anime


Original series

Chuck is the Cianwood City Gym Leader, and he also trains his students to handle Fighting-type Pokémon. Kiyo and later Brawly, Dewford Island's Gym Leader and also a Fighting-type specialist, revealed that they once studied under Chuck.

Chuck appeared in Machoke, Machoke Man!. Ash and his friends first noticed Chuck as he sparred alongside his Machoke on a Cianwood beach. The group rushed to his side after they witnessed him being thrown by Machoke, though Chuck was unfazed and had them march to the Cianwood Gym before officially introducing himself as the Gym Leader.

After a meal, Chuck agreed to a Gym battle against Ash. He sent out his Poliwrath, and it quickly defeated Pikachu in the first round. Ash then used Bayleef, who defeated both Poliwrath and Machoke with her Razor Leaf and Vine Whip attacks, earning him the Storm Badge.

Ash was planning on challenging Olivine Gym's Jasmine, but Janina informed him that Jasmine was still not up to battling because of her concerns for Sparkle. Chuck then recommended that Ash and his friends visit the nearby Whirl Islands, and even gave them a card to pay for their ship fares. The following day, the group boarded a ship destined for the Whirl Islands. Chuck and his wife waved goodbye to them from a Cianwood pier.

He reappeared in a flashback in Why? Wynaut!.

Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

Chuck reappeared in a flashback in Brave the Wave, when Brawly revealed he was one of his students. Chuck reappeared in another flashback in Wheel of Frontier.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Chuck will reappear in JN039.


Chuck actively trains with his Pokémon and uses himself as a decoy to test their strengths. He pushes them to perform their best and feeds them enormous amounts of power food to maintain their muscle. Chuck has raised his Pokémon to be focused and calm, making them tough opponents in battle.

Even though he is a Fighting master, Chuck gets tired easily due to his body shape. His wife repeatedly makes fun of him for this. He is also optimistic and burning with enthusiasm. In addition, Chuck has a tendency to break out into tears whenever he is overjoyed with his Pokémon and their progress.


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

Chuck's Machoke
Machoke is Chuck's main Pokémon in the anime.

Machoke made its appearance in Machoke, Machoke Man!. Chuck and Machoke share a close friendship with one another, and are often seen crying and hugging each other when happy. They fight with each other often to improve their concentration in battles; they use this technique even before important matches.

Chuck used Machoke against Ash's Bayleef in a Gym battle. With a powerful Submission attack, Machoke almost defeated Bayleef, but with Ash's support, Bayleef won the match.

It reappeared in a flashback in Why? Wynaut!.

Machoke's known moves are Karate Chop, Submission, and Cross Chop.

Debut Machoke, Machoke Man!
Voice actors
English Eric Stuart
Chuck's Poliwrath
Chuck's Poliwrath was used as the first Pokémon against Ash in the Gym battle.

Poliwrath dodged Pikachu's Thunderbolt attack three times until it was hit by the fourth one. It then managed to hold off Pikachu's Quick Attack, focusing its energy and then using Double Slap, knocking Pikachu out.

Ash then chose Bayleef, and Chuck issued Poliwrath to use Water Gun, which Bayleef dodged. Ash then ordered Bayleef to use Razor Leaf and Vine Whip, which slammed Poliwrath to the ground. Chuck ordered Poliwrath to focus its energy, and while Poliwrath was wobbling, trying to stand up straight, Bayleef used Body Slam to defeat Poliwrath.

Poliwrath's known moves are Double Slap and Water Gun.

Debut Machoke, Machoke Man!
Voice actors
English Eric Stuart

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 角田信朗 Nobuaki Kakuda
English Dan Green
Polish Jan Kulczycki
Brazilian Portuguese Raul Schlosser
Spanish Latin America Luis Alfonso Padilla
Spain Iñaki Crespo

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Chuck in Pokémon Adventures
Chuck in the ninth chapter



Chuck is a martial arts master who trained Blue in the ways of fighting and Pokémon training when he was a child.

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

Chuck debuts in Scrappy Skarmory, waiting for his friend Walker to arrive so that they could battle each other. When Walker fails to show up, Chuck heads back outside to find his training equipment torn to shreds. The cause is revealed to be the Legendary Pokémon Suicune, which Walker is currently fighting against. They team up to fight Suicune and attempt to capture it, but they fail and Suicune manages to escape.

At the Indigo Plateau, Chuck arrives with his fellow Johto Gym Leaders to take place exhibition tournament for the Pokémon League against the Kanto Gym Leaders. In the sixth round, he faces off against his former student, Blue. Using the methods his teacher taught him, Blue defeats Chuck and gains another win for the Kanto Gym Leaders. When the Masked Man attacks the Pokémon League, Chuck and the other Gym Leaders combat his army of mind-controlled Team Rocket Grunts. The fight takes them to the Magnet Train, which is used as a diversion to get the Gym Leaders away from the stadium. After the Masked Man is defeated, Chuck returned to his usual duties of being a Gym Leader.

HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter

Chuck, along with Bugsy and Falkner, is asked by Morty to guard the Ecruteak Gym from suspicious people asking to use Morty's clairvoyance. When Silver arrives to see Morty under Eusine's recommendation, the Gym Leaders mistake him for another suspicious person and stop his attempts to advance. Having no time to talk, Silver opts to battle the Gym Leaders and force his way inside. When Chuck's Hitmontop realizes that Silver's Rhyperior is actually the evolved form of Blue's Rhydon, Silver reveals that he is actually a friend of Blue. Hearing this makes Chuck decide to trust Silver and allow him inside the Gym. The meeting is cut short by the sudden appearance of Arceus, who lands in front of the Ecruteak Gym and destroys it with a single blast. Falkner, Bugsy, and Chuck are caught in the blast and knocked unconscious.


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

Chuck's Primeape
Primeape is Chuck's first known Pokémon. It was first seen with its Trainer exercising in preparation for Walker's arrival. It helped battle Suicune alongside Walker's Pokémon, but was unable to defeat the Legendary Pokémon.

Primeape's only known move is Dynamic Punch, and his Ability is Anger Point.

Debut Scrappy Skarmory
Chuck's Poliwrath
Poliwrath is Chuck's second known Pokémon. It was first seen with its Trainer exercising in preparation for Walker's arrival. It helped battle Suicune alongside Walker's Pokémon, but was unable to defeat the Legendary Pokémon.

Poliwrath's known moves are Dynamic Punch, Strength, and Detect.

Debut Scrappy Skarmory
Chuck's Machamp
Machamp is Chuck's third known Pokémon. It was first used to battle Blue's Rhydon. It managed to deal some damage to Rhydon before being switched with Hitmonlee.

Machamp's only known move is Vital Throw.

Debut Entranced by Entei
Chuck's Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee is Chuck's fourth known Pokémon. It was first used to battle Blue's Rhydon. It dealt heavy damage to Rhydon before being switched with Hitmontop.

Hitmonlee's known moves are Mind Reader and Reversal.

Debut Entranced by Entei
Chuck's Hitmontop
Hitmontop is Chuck's fifth known Pokémon. It was first used to battle Blue's Rhydon at the Pokémon League. Using its top-like body, Hitmontop managed to nearly defeat Rhydon before clashing against it with its horn. By reversing the rotation of its drill, Rhydon defeated Hitmontop by simultaneously stopping and dealing damage to it.

In the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter, Hitmontop was used by Chuck to guard the Ecruteak Gym. It faced Silver's Weavile and won before clashing with his Rhyperior. The battle ended when Hitmontop recognized Rhyperior as the Rhydon that Blue used in the Pokémon League, cluing Chuck into realizing that Silver and Blue know each other.

Hitmontop's only known move is Triple Kick, and his Ability is Technician.

Debut Heckled by Hitmontop
At Cianwood Gym
Chuck's Tyrogue (×2)
Tyrogue (×2)
These Tyrogue were seen helping Chuck's wife make dinner.

None of Tyrogue's moves are known.

Debut Scrappy Skarmory

In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga

Chuck in Golden Boys

Chuck appeared in The Secret Of The Fighting Type Pokémon, where Gold and Crys met him while searching for the Secret Potion. After Chuck was injured in an accident, he offered to give them the last existing sample of the Secret Potion if Gold served as a temporary Gym Leader of the Cianwood Gym for a while. After Gold had defeated his rival Black in a Gym battle, Chuck gave him the Secret Potion.


Chuck's Poliwrath
Chuck sent out Poliwrath to stop a bunch of round-shaped Pokémon from rolling down a hilly area in Cianwood City. Using Mind Reader, it was able to do so.

Poliwrath is kept in a Friend Ball.

Poliwrath's only known move is Mind Reader.

Debut The Secret Of The Fighting Type Pokémon
Chuck's Primeape
Primeape is another Pokémon Chuck owns. It was seen along with the other Pokémon during the fight with the Black Tyranitar.

Primeape is kept in a Friend Ball.

None of Primeape's moves are known.

Debut Let's Fight For The Future!!

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Chuck in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Chuck appears in Defeat Chuck Style Martial Arts!! where he is considered a karate master. After Red witnesses his strength with lifting cars, he has a Gym battle with Chuck.


Chuck's Primeape
Primeape is Chuck's only known Pokémon. It is also his training partner and is a master of martial arts.

Primeape's known moves are Karate Chop and Low Kick.

Debut Defeat Chuck Style Martial Arts!!

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Chuck or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Chuck'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
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Chuck's Primeape Fighting       Pokémon VS Common 033/141
Chuck's Poliwrath Fighting       Pokémon VS Common 034/141
Chuck's Rhydon Fighting       Pokémon VS Common 035/141
Chuck's Tauros Colorless       Pokémon VS Common 036/141
Chuck's Granbull Colorless       Pokémon VS Common 037/141
Chuck's Donphan Fighting Tyranitar Half Deck     Pokémon VS Common 038/141
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Chuck's TM 01 T [TM]       Pokémon VS Uncommon 113/141
Chuck's TM 02 T [TM]       Pokémon VS Uncommon 114/141



Language Name Origin
Japanese シジマ Shijima ハオルチア・シジマ (Haoruchia-Shijima), Haworthia. Shijima can also mean "silence" (黙) or "four islands" (四島).
English, French Chuck To throw, or possibly from nanchaku. Possibly a reference to martial artist Chuck Norris.
German Hartwig From Hart, hard.
Italian Furio From furioso, furious.
Spanish Aníbal From Hannibal.
Korean 사도 Sado From 四島 Shijima, an alternate way of writing the name. It's also similar to 싸우다 (Ssauda), fight.
Chinese (Mandarin) 阿四 Ā Sì 四 (four) is from 四島 Shijima, an alternate way of writing the name.
Thai ชิจิม่า Shijima Transliteration of his Japanese name
Vietnamese Shijima Transliteration of his Japanese name.

Gym Leaders of the Johto region
Violet Gym Zephyr Badge
Falkner OD.png
Azalea Gym Hive Badge
Bugsy OD.png
Goldenrod Gym Plain Badge
Whitney OD.png
Ecruteak Gym Fog Badge
Morty OD.png
Cianwood Gym Storm Badge
Chuck OD.png
Olivine Gym Mineral Badge
Jasmine OD.png
Mahogany Gym Glacier Badge
Pryce OD.png
Blackthorn Gym Rising Badge
Clair OD.png

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