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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, Masters EX
Leader of Cianwood Gym
Badge Storm Badge
Specializes in Fighting types
Game animation cameos GOTCHA!
English voice actor Bob Carter[1] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Hironori Kondō (Masters EX)
Anime debut Machoke, Machoke Man!
English voice actor Dan Green
Japanese voice actor Nobuaki Kakuda (EP209)
Takahiro Fujiwara (JN039)

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 games

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 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

Chuck has a Full Heal.

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 games

Pokémon Stadium 2

Chuck 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 and the TM that he gives out in Generation II.

During the game's end credits, he is seen having a battle with Bruno.


Round 1

Round 2

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Puzzle Challenge

Chuck appears as an opponent in Pokémon Puzzle Challenge. He uses a Primeape to battle.

Pokémon Masters EX

Chuck appears as an NPC in Pokémon Masters EX and first appeared in the solo event Strongest Fighters. He also appeared as an opponent in the costume event Super Tour Guide Rosa. He forms a sync pair with Poliwrath.



Headshot from
Generation II
Official artwork from

Sprites and models

In the core series

Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
VS sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2

In other games

Portrait from
Puzzle Challenge
Portraits from
Stadium 2
Model from
Masters EX
VS model from
Masters EX


Main article: Chuck/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Chuck in the anime



As revealed in Octo-Gridlock at the Gym!, Chuck once traveled to the Galar region to study Galar karate, where he met a young Bea, who was the daughter of one of the karate teachers.

In addition to being the Cianwood City Gym Leader, Chuck takes on students and trains them to handle Fighting-type Pokémon. Kiyo and Brawly, Dewford Island's Gym Leader and another Fighting-type specialist, both studied under Chuck.

Original series

Chuck debuted 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 next used Bayleef, who defeated both Poliwrath and Machoke with her Razor Leaf and Vine Whip attacks, earning him the Storm Badge.

After defeating Chuck, 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 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, where Scott revealed that Chuck and Brawly were Greta's idols.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Chuck, now wearing his Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver attire, reappeared in Octo-Gridlock at the Gym!. He was having a training battle with Bea and her Grapploct with his Poliwrath in a training match, when Ash visited his Gym for a World Coronation Series rematch against Bea. Chuck, recognizing Ash from their Gym battle, watched the match from the sidelines alongside Goh. Afterwards he prepared a dessert picnic to commemorate the draw result.


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:

Machoke is Chuck's main Pokémon and a close friend of his. They first appeared training together on a beach. During Ash's Gym battle with him, Chuck used Machoke as his second Pokémon against Ash's Bayleef. Though Machoke proved to be a challenging opponent with its Submission attack and gave Bayleef trouble in a Vine Whip tug of war, Bayleef ultimately succeeded in enduring Machoke's attacks and defeating it, earning Ash the victory.

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
Poliwrath debuted as the first Pokémon that Chuck used against Ash in their Gym battle. It first fought against Pikachu, which Poliwrath managed to defeat, though not without sustaining super effective damage in the process. Ash's second Pokémon was Bayleef, which ultimately succeeded in defeating Poliwrath with a Body Slam.

Poliwrath reappeared in Octo-Gridlock at the Gym!, where it battled Bea and her Grapploct in a training match. It later watched her World Coronation Series rematch against Ash.

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

Debut Machoke, Machoke Man!
Voice actors
English Eric Stuart

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 角田信朗 Nobuaki Kakuda (EP209)
藤原貴弘 Takahiro Fujiwara (JN039)
English Dan Green
Czech Radovan Vaculík (EP209)
Marek Libert (JN039)
Finnish Markus Niemi
European French Jean-Marc Delhausse
Italian Mario Zucca
Polish Jan Kulczycki
Brazilian Portuguese Raul Schlosser (EP209)
Francisco Júnior (JN039)
Spanish Latin America Luis Alfonso Padilla (EP209)
Victor Manuel Espinoza (JN039)
Spain Iñaki Crespo


Chuck briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Chuck in the ninth chapter

Chuck is a martial arts master.


Prior to Red, Green & Blue arc

Chuck trained Blue in the ways of fighting and Pokémon training when he was a child.

Gold, Silver & Crystal arc

Chuck debuts in Scrappy Skarmory, where he is 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 arc

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.

Primeape is Chuck's first known Pokémon. He was first seen with his Trainer exercising in preparation for Walker's arrival. He 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
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
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
Hitmonlee is Chuck's fourth known Pokémon. He was first used to battle Blue's Rhydon. He dealt heavy damage to Rhydon before being switched with Hitmontop.

Hitmonlee's known moves are Mind Reader and Reversal.

Debut Entranced by Entei
Hitmontop is Chuck's fifth known Pokémon. He was first used to battle Blue's Rhydon at the Pokémon League. Using his 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 him.

In the HeartGold & SoulSilver arc, Hitmontop was used by Chuck to guard the Ecruteak Gym. He 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 known moves are Triple Kick and Rapid Spin, and his Ability is Technician.

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

None of Tyrogue's moves are known.

Debut Scrappy Skarmory

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

Chuck in Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

Chuck appeared in The Secret Of The Fighting Type Pokémon, where Gold and Crys met him while searching for the medicine needed to heal the sick Ampharos in Olivine City. After Chuck was injured in an accident, he offered to give them the last existing sample of the medicine 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 medicine.


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
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!!

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

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.


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 green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Chuck's Primeape         Pokémon VS   033/141
Chuck's Poliwrath         Pokémon VS   034/141
Chuck's Rhydon         Pokémon VS   035/141
Chuck's Tauros         Pokémon VS   036/141
Chuck's Granbull         Pokémon VS   037/141
Chuck's Donphan   Tyranitar Half Deck     Pokémon VS   038/141
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Chuck's TM 01 T [TM]       Pokémon VS   113/141
Chuck's TM 02 T [TM]       Pokémon VS   114/141



Language Name Origin
Japanese シジマ Shijima From Haworthia 'Shijima' (a cultivar of Haworthia), 黙 shijima (silence), and 四島 shijima (four islands)
English Chuck From chuck (to throw), nunchuck, and possibly a reference to martial artist Chuck Norris
Fergus* From Fergus, a name of Gaelic origin meaning "the strong one"
German Hartwig From Hart (hard)
Spanish Aníbal From Hannibal, a Carthaginian general
French, Brazilian Portuguese Chuck From his English name
Italian Furio From furioso (furious)
Korean 사도 Sado From the hanja reading of the Japanese name 四島 Shijima and 싸우다 ssauda (to fight)
Russian Чак Chak From Chuck
Chinese (Mandarin) 阿四 Ā Sì* From the partial derivation of the Japanese name 四島 Shijima
阿皿 Ā Mǐn*
阿蜜 Ā Mì*
Misreading of the character 四
Mix-up with Jasmine's Chinese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 阿四 A Sei From the partial derivation of the Japanese name 四島 Shijima
Thai ชิจิม่า Shijima Transcription of his Japanese name
Vietnamese Shijima Transcription of his Japanese name


Gym Leaders of the Johto region
Violet Gym  
Azalea Gym  
Goldenrod Gym  
Ecruteak Gym  
Cianwood Gym  
Olivine Gym  
Mahogany Gym  
Blackthorn Gym  

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