Lt. Surge

Lt. Surge
マチス Matisse
"The Lightning Lieutenant!"
Lets Go Pikachu Eevee Lt Surge.png
Art from Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! by Megumi Mizutani[1]
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Eye color Blue*, Black*
Hair color Blond
Hometown Vermilion City (original hometown unknown)
Region Kanto
(born in America)
Trainer class Gym LeaderRBYGSCFRLGHGSSPE
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation I, II, III, IV, V, VII, VIII, IX
Counterpart(s) Lt. Surge (Masters)
Games Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black 2, White 2, Let's Go, Pikachu!, Let's Go, Eevee!
Pokémon Stadium, Stadium 2, Masters EX
English voice actor Patrick Seitz[2] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Taketora[3] (Masters EX)
Member of Indigo League
Rank Gym Leader
Leader of Vermilion Gym
Badge Thunder Badge
Specializes in Electric types
Anime series Pokémon the Series
Pokémon Origins
Debut Electric Shock Showdown (Pokémon the Series)
File 2: Cubone (Pokémon Origins)
English voice actor Maddie Blaustein[note 1] (Pokémon the Series)
N/A (Pokémon Origins)
Japanese voice actor Fumihiko Tachiki (Pokémon the Series)
N/A (Pokémon Origins)
Manga series Pokémon Adventures
Debut Danger: High Voltorb
Member of Team Rocket
Rank Admin

Lt. Surge (Japanese: マチス Matisse[4]) is the Gym Leader of Vermilion City's Gym, known officially as the Vermilion Gym. He hands out the Thunder Badge to Trainers who defeat him in battle. He specializes in Electric-type Pokémon.

In the core series games

Lt. Surge is known as the "Lightning Lieutenant". Apparently, he is or was an American soldier who fought in at least one war, during which Electric-type Pokémon saved his life. As a member of the army, Surge was a strict CO, and was rather cautious. He was a pilot as well, and used Electric-type Pokémon to power his planes, a practice that in at least one occasion saved his life. Also, Surge saved the life of one of the Trainers in his Gym who was in the army at the same time. A little paranoid, Lt. Surge installed a series of traps in the Gym. He takes a liking to Trainers with a lot of guts.

In addition to the Thunder Badge, Lt. Surge gives out TM24RBY/TM36PE (Thunderbolt) in the Generation I games and Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. In FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold, and SoulSilver he gives out TM34 (Shock Wave). In Gold, Silver, and Crystal, he doesn't give out a TM. Also, in HeartGold and SoulSilver, he trades a foreign Pikachu with the player for another Pikachu. In Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, in addition to the Thunder Badge and the reward TM, he also gives the player his Autograph as a reward for defeating him.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, he will be outside of the Power Plant between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. This only occurs after the player has captured, not defeated, Zapdos. If the player defeated Zapdos, they will need to battle the Elite Four again for Zapdos to reappear. If the player arrives walking with a Pikachu, he will happily give his Pokégear number out, and if called on Friday morning, will be at the Fighting Dojo for a rematch. After the player gets his Pokégear number, he will be at the Magnet Train station in Saffron City. There he'll offer to trade his French (English in non-English-language versions) Pikachu, nicknamed Volty, for the player's Pikachu that he saw at the Power Plant (though it need not be the same one). She will be at the same level as the Pikachu traded, will know the moves appropriate for that level, and be holding a Yellow Shard.

In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Lt. Surge participates in the Pokémon World Tournament. He and the other Gym Leaders of Kanto participate in the Kanto Leaders Tournament, while also participating in the Type Expert and World Leaders Tournaments with the Gym Leaders from Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, and Unova.

Fame Checker

This is a list of the Fame Checker’s information on Lt. Surge in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

Vermilion City - Sign
  • What does this person do?
"Vermilion City Pokémon Gym
Leader: Lt. Surge
The Lightning American!"
Vermilion Gym - Lt. Surge
  • Favorite kind of Pokémon?
"I tell you, kid, electric Pokémon saved me during the war!"
Vermilion Gym - Gentleman Tucker
  • What is this person like?
"When I was in the Army, Lt. Surge was my strict CO.
He was a hard taskmaster."
Vermilion Gym - Gentleman Tucker
  • What is this person like?
"Lt. Surge was always famous for his cautious nature in the Army."
Vermilion Gym - Sailor Dwayne
  • What is this person like?
"Lt. Surge installed the traps in the Gym himself.
He set up double locks everywhere."
Vermilion City - Pokémon Journal*
  • There’s a rumor...
"Lt. Surge is rumored to have been a pilot while home in America.
He used the electricity generated by Pokémon to power his plane."
Message from Lt. Surge
  • From: Lt. Surge
  • To: [Player]
"Hey kid!
You electrified me in our battle!
I didn’t know that there were gutsy trainers like you.
It made me change my mind about you!"


Pokémon Red and Blue

Lt. Surge has one X Speed per Pokémon, using it randomly 25% of the time.

Pokémon Yellow

Lt. Surge has an X Speed, using it randomly 25% of the time.

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Lt. Surge has a Hyper Potion.

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Lt. Surge has a Super Potion and a Full Heal.

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Gym battle


Traded to the player
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Location Player's Pokémon Traded Pokémon English
Item Ability Nature English
Saffron City   Pikachu   Pikachu Volty* VOLTY*   Yellow Shard Static Jolly Surge マチス 33038 20/25/18/25/13/31

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

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

Kanto Leaders Tournament

Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

Gym battle


In the side series games

Pokémon Stadium

Lt. Surge appears in Pokémon Stadium as the third Gym Leader the player faces during the Gym Leader Castle challenge. During Round 2, he also uses Pokémon outside his specialty type to counter any Ground-type Pokémon used against him.


Round 1

Round 2

Pokémon Stadium 2

Lt. Surge returns in Pokémon Stadium 2 as part of the Kanto Gym Leader Castle.

During the game's end credits, Lt. Surge is seen having a battle with Morty at the Ecruteak Gym.


Round 1

Round 2

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Puzzle League

In Pokémon Puzzle League, Lt. Surge is one of the opponents in the 1P Stadium mode, and one of the characters available in the 2P Stadium mode.



Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Lt. Surge (Masters)

Lt. Surge, in his Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver design, forms a sync pair with Voltorb and its evolved form Electrode, along with Raichu in Pokémon Masters EX. Lt. Surge became a playable sync pair since the game's release.

Sync Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role Base Potential Availability
#004   Lt. Surge #0101   Voltorb → Electrode
  ★★★☆☆☆EX Sync Pair Scout
#004   Lt. Surge #0026   Raichu
  ★★★★☆☆EX Battle Points



Headshot from
Red and Green
Artwork from
Red and Blue
Artwork from
Artwork from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Artwork from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Concept art from
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

Sprites and models

In the core series

Sprite from
Red and Blue
Sprite from
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
VS sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
VS model from
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Overworld sprite from
Generation I
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Overworld model from
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

In other games

Portrait from
Portraits from
Stadium 2
Portrait from the credits in
Stadium 2


Main article: Lt. Surge/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Lt. Surge in the anime

Lt. Surge appeared in Electric Shock Showdown. He was quick to show off his powerful Raichu upon Ash's arrival at the Vermilion Gym. Lt. Surge then laughed at the sight of Pikachu and mocked him for his apparent weakness, though he eventually agreed to battle Ash. Pikachu was quickly overwhelmed and defeated by Raichu's onslaught of attacks.

After Pikachu recovered at the local Pokemon Center, Ash had a rematch with Lt. Surge. When Pikachu was able to use his Agility to evade Raichu's attacks, Lt. Surge had Raichu use Thunderbolt to destroy the Gym's lights and glass windows. However, Pikachu didn't sustain any damage after he grounded himself with his tail, while Raichu exhausted all of its electrical power. Pikachu then used the opportunity to defeat Raichu, earning Ash his third Badge, the Thunder Badge.

He reappeared in a flashback in Pika and Goliath!.

In Destination: Coronation!, it was revealed that Surge left the Gym in the care of Visquez and left on his own journey to become a better Electric-type Trainer. It was also revealed that he trained the Raichu that Visquez owns, and Ash's fame had grown amongst the Trainers at the Gym.


An intimidating person, Lt. Surge surrounds himself with other tough-looking Trainers. He is arrogant, loud, and crude; and refers to all challengers as "babies" until they manage to defeat him. Lt. Surge generally looks down on unevolved Pokémon, preferring to evolve them as soon as possible. He also seems to be an extremely brutal battler, as nearly every Trainer that faced him ended up with their Pokémon being seriously injured.

In spite of his preference for evolved Pokémon, Lt. Surge does not take into account any advantages an unevolved Pokémon may have over their evolved forms. Though he managed to defeat Ash and Pikachu once with pure power, Pikachu was able to use speed-altering moves like Agility, which Raichu couldn't learn, to outrun and defeat it. Surge and Raichu came to respect Ash and Pikachu's tenacity after this defeat, and, as shown in Destination: Coronation!, tells his Gym Trainers stories about their rematch to this day.


This listing is of Lt. Surge's known Pokémon in the anime:

On hand
Pikachu → Raichu
According to Lt. Surge's trainee Visquez, her Raichu was trained by Surge himself. Visquez uses him in Gym battles during her role as stand-in Gym Leader while Surge is away, and in World Coronation Series battles.

Raichu's known moves are Volt Tackle, Thunderbolt, and Reflect.

Debut Destination: Coronation!
Voice actors
Japanese Fumiko Takekuma
English Fumiko Takekuma

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 立木文彦 Fumihiko Tachiki
English Maddie Blaustein[note 1]
Arabic عادل أبو حسون Adel Abo Hassoon
Czech Radovan Vaculík
Danish Peter Aude
Finnish Arto Nieminen
Italian Riccardo Lombardo (Mediaset)
Ivo De Palma (K2)
Norwegian Trond Teigen
Polish Grzegorz Pawlak
Brazilian Portuguese Affonso Amajones
Spanish Latin America Gerardo Vásquez
Spain Juan Luis Rovira

Pokémon Origins

Lt. Surge in Pokémon Origins

Lt. Surge appeared briefly in File 2: Cubone. He was shown facing Red at the Vermilion Gym during a Gym battle and eventually getting defeated, earning Red the Thunder Badge.




Lt. Surge briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Lt. Surge and his Raichu with Sabrina and her Mr. Mime


Red, Green & Blue arc

Lt. Surge is one of the evil sub-leaders of Team Rocket. In his debut chapter, Danger: High Voltorb, he used the S.S. Anne in Vermilion City to transport captured Pokémon illegally. He tried to kill Red, but was bested after Red's Poliwhirl evolved into Poliwrath.

Lt. Surge captured Zapdos at the abandoned Power Plant under Giovanni's orders. He then fought Red at Silph Co. with an Electrode bazooka and Magneton shield all powered by his newly caught Zapdos. He also had an electrocution suit on so he couldn't be shocked by Zapdos' power. Red waits for him to make Zapdos use its full power and makes Saur cut up the power cords to his machines and his suit so he gets electrocuted instead. However, he, along with the rest of Team Rocket, was dispersed when the chimera made from the legendary Pokémon was defeated by Red, Blue, and Green in Saffron City.

Yellow arc

Some time later, the Elite Four tried to destroy humanity. Team Rocket's admins joined up with Blue, Green and Yellow to stop them. During the battle against the Elite Four on Cerise Island, Lt. Surge was paired with Red according to Sabrina's Spoons of Destiny. However, with Red absent due to injuries, Lt. Surge had to choose Bill as his partner instead, whose Spoon had not bent due to the fact that he was accompanying Green and Yellow, thus not intending to battle in the first place. When Red arrived the moment that Bill and Lt. Surge were about to lose, Lt. Surge's spoon bent, revealing Red as his true partner. Red then resumed his battle with Bruno. When it finished, Lt. Surge became fed up and pushed Bill into the acidic waters below, though Bill was saved by Red.

Gold, Silver & Crystal arc

In Johto, Lt. Surge owned and captained the new luxury liner, S.S. Aqua. He was first seen driving out of the Union Cave in a submarine. His Magnemite accidentally captured Crystal, who later freed his submarine by capturing the Corsola that were keeping it stuck. He repaid her by taking her to Olivine City free of charge. He then went to Mahogany Town to investigate the rise of Team Rocket under a different leader, since Koga and Giovanni disappeared and Sabrina was busy healing her wounds. He confronted the Masked Man, but lost and barely managed to escape with his life. He then stumbled upon Silver's Gyarados while exploring the Lake of Rage.

He is then led to several items of Gold and Silver's including one of their Pokédexes and goes to Morty so he can use them to locate the lost boys, who tells him that they are at the Whirl Islands. He is able to return their stuff and watches the Johto Pokédex holders battle against Lugia before a message is sent to him stating that he is being summoned to a Gym Leader tournament at Indigo Plateau that would pit the Kanto Gym Leaders against the Johto Gym Leaders. Lt. Surge is fatefully pitted against Morty for the competition, but their match ends in a draw due to Morty's Misdreavus using Destiny Bond just as his Magnemite beats it. Soon, the Masked Man struck. Using his latest recruitment, Raikou, Lt. Surge separated the two coaches of the Magnet Train and returned it to Indigo Plateau before challenging the Masked Man (along with Misty and Blaine) and losing to him. The excess electricity fed to the Magnet Train proved useful later on.


Lt. Surge prefers to travel by sea, as he captains two ships and drives a submarine. He can also fly through the air by having four of his Magneton create an energy platform for him to ride on.

In battle, Lt. Surge generally prefers to use his Electabuzz to zap anything that gets in his way. He also uses other Electric-type Pokémon to provide distractions with Selfdestruct.


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

Electabuzz is one of Lt. Surge's most powerful Pokémon and he noted that he is disobedient and Surge couldn't even get it in a Poké Ball. He was first seen on the S.S. Anne, where Surge sent him out to fight against Red and his Poliwhirl. He seemingly had the upper hand until the Water-type Pokémon evolved into a Poliwrath after being pushed off the side of the ship, which resulted in Red defeating Surge and Electabuzz. He was used to fight against Red again during the battle at Silph Co.. Two years later, Electabuzz was used in the battle of Cerise Island, where he helped battle Bruno, but was not able to damage his Pokémon due to their evasiveness. During the Gym Leader Tournament in Johto, he fought against Morty's Gastly and Misdreavus, who almost defeated him before Surge switched him with Magnemite.

Electabuzz's known moves are Thunder Punch, Thunderbolt, Thunder Shock, and Thunder, and his Ability is Static.

Debut Buzz Off, Electabuzz!
Magneton (multiple)
Lt. Surge owns many Magneton and uses them for aerial transportation by having them create an energy platform using their magnetic charge. He has carried (and sometimes trapped) many people using this ability, from allies like Bill and Gold and enemies such as Red.

Magneton's known moves are Supersonic, Sonic Boom, Flash, and Thunderbolt.

Debut Buzz Off, Electabuzz!
Magnemite (multiple)
Lt. Surge owns many Magnemite that first appeared acting somewhat like guards of the S.S. Anne. In Johto, Surge used one in the Gym Leader Tournament, where it defeated Morty's Misdreavus before it fainted from the effect of Destiny Bond, resulting in a tie between the two Gym Leaders.

Magnemite's known moves are Protect and Zap Cannon.

Debut Danger: High Voltorb
Voltorb and Electrode (multiple)
The main bulk of Lt. Surge's force resides in the power of his Voltorb and Electrode's Selfdestructs, and he has many of them on his team. This strategy was particularly instrumental in the defeat of Bruno when one of Surge's Electrodes used its Selfdestruct on Bill's Exeggcute's Egg Bomb, resulting in an explosion that took down Bruno's Onix, which was being used as a platform for the battle. They also later proved handy when their combined Selfdestruct attacks aided in his narrow escape from the Masked Man.

Voltorb's only known move is Thunder Wave.

Electrode's only known move is Self-Destruct.

Debut Danger: High Voltorb
Main article: Lt. Surge's Raichu

Lt. Surge's Raichu was very briefly seen at Silph Co. but didn't participate in battle until Surge went to Johto. There, he was used to battle the Masked Man's Houndour and to very briefly fight against the Red Gyarados before he realized that he wasn't the enemy, as he was trying to free Silver.

Debut Go for the Golbat
Main article: Zapdos (Adventures)

Zapdos was used as an experiment from Team Rocket. He took control of it prior to Zap! Zap! Zapdos. Around the end of the battle against Red, it ended up shocking Lt. Surge with its tremendous Thunder attack after Saur's Razor Leaf tore up his insulating underwear, rendering it useless and nearly killing him. As a result, Red earned his Badge and stole his electric-proof gloves. While he was knocked out cold, Zapdos was called upon by Sabrina's Kadabra and was merged into Thu-Fi-Zer, the Rockets' ultimate creation. After its defeat, it flew away alongside its fellow legendary birds and was later recaught by Green.

Debut Go for the Golbat
Main article: Raikou (Adventures)

Raikou was partnered up with Lt. Surge in the battle against the Masked Man. After Surge was rendered inoperative by the villain, it partnered up with Gold instead, and went back to the wild when everything had been resolved. Much later, it was recaught by Anabel in Johto and became her major powerhouse.

Debut Slugging it out with Slugma
Main article: Silver's Gyarados

Lt. Surge found this special Gyarados after being frozen in the Lake of Rage in Do-Si-Do with Dodrio. This happened during Gold and Silver's battle with the Masked Man. He returned him to Silver afterwards.

Debut Raise the Red Gyarados

Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure

Lt. Surge in Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure

Lt. Surge appeared as a silhouette in JBA5 alongside his Raichu and the other Kanto Gym Leaders.


This is a listing of Lt. Surge's known Pokémon in the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure manga:

Main article: Lt. Surge's Raichu

Raichu is Lt. Surge's only known Pokémon. It only appeared as a silhouette.

Debut JBA5

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Lt. Surge appeared in a flashback in Destination: Coronation!.


This is a listing of Lt. Surge's known Pokémon in the Pokémon Journeys: The Series manga:

Main article: Lt. Surge's Raichu

Raichu is Lt. Surge's only known Pokémon. It appeared with him in a flashback.

Debut Destination: Coronation!

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Lt. Surge in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Lt. Surge first appears in The Big Activity In The Mountains And The Oceans!!, where he is seen on the S.S. Anne.

He shouts out a speech to the fishermen who showed no interest and threw rocks at him, due to the fact that he was responsible for the theft of a whole bunch of Water-type Pokémon. Red goes onboard and meets him. While on board, Red challenges him to a Pokémon battle with Lt. Surge using Voltorb. Red pits Clefairy against the Poké Ball-shaped object. Voltorb attacks Clefairy but Clefairy uses a deflector to negate the attack. During the battle, the fisherman boo him whenever he got the upperhand.

In the middle of the battle, Voltorb evolves into an Electrode and Red's Pikachu teams up with Clefairy to defeat the Electrode. Electrode is defeated when Clefairy fires a beam at it. The Electrode gets sent to one of the cannons which caused an explosion which destroyed the ship. Lt. Surge becomes upset when a whole bunch of his Water-type Pokémon become free.

Unlike other media, Lt. Surge has more Pokémon that is not the type he specializes in.


This is a listing of Lt. Surge's known Pokémon in the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga:


Voltorb → Electrode
Lt. Surge's Voltorb took on Clefairy. Seeing that Voltorb is a tough opponent, Red's Pikachu also volunteered in the battle. Voltorb evolved into an Electrode during the middle of their challenge. However, it was beaten by Clefairy and Pikachu.

None of Electrode's moves are known.

Debut The Big Activity In The Mountains And The Oceans!!
Poliwhirl and Kingler
While Lt. Surge was laughing at Clefairy, both Poliwhirl and Kingler were also laughing at Clefairy.

None of their moves are known.

Debut The Big Activity In The Mountains And The Oceans!!
Water-type Pokémon
After the ship exploded due to Electrode's collision, a majority of Water-type Pokémon that were taken end up swimming away, with a Horsea and Seel being one of them.

None of their move's are known.

Debut The Big Activity In The Mountains And The Oceans!!

Pokémon Zensho

Lt. Surge in Pokémon Zensho

Lt. Surge first appeared in PZ04 and challenged Satoshi to a Gym battle. Satoshi eventually defeated his Electabuzz by tying it up with the barbed-wire fence surrounding the battlefield, earning Satoshi the Thunder Badge. Afterwards, it was revealed that Lt. Surge was a friend of the captain of the S.S. Anne, who came to congratulate Satoshi of his victory and gave him HM01 (Cut).


Electabuzz is Lt. Surge's only used Pokémon. It went up against Satoshi's Charmeleon and lost due to Charmeleon taking advantage of a barb-wired fence.

None of Electabuzz's moves are known.

Debut Vermilion City
Voltorb → Electrode
As Satoshi was wondering which Pokémon Lt. Surge was going to use, the Captain tells him that he has an Electrode on the team. However, it was not used in the Gym battle and it was revealed that Electrode evolved from a Voltorb when Lt. Surge was telling Satoshi the time he was in the navy and a Voltorb crashes to a tree and the tree fell down.

None of Electrode's moves are known.

Debut Vermilion City
Magnemite and Magneton
As Satoshi was wondering which Pokémon Lt. Surge was going to use, the Captain told him that he has a Magnemite and Magneton on the team. However, they were not used in the Gym battle.

None of Magnemite or Magneton's moves are known.

Debut Vermilion City

In the TCG

Lt. Surge has an eponymous Theme Deck in the Gym Heroes expansion. Its Japanese counterpart is based on the Vermilion Gym.


Artwork from the cards:

Lt. Surge and the Thunder Badge Lt. Surge negotiates Lt. Surge plots
Artwork from the
Kuchiba City Gym Theme Deck
Lt. Surge and his Raichu Lt. Surge's updated VS art


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

Lt. Surge'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 #
Lt. Surge's Electabuzz   Gym Heroes   6/132 Leaders' Stadium    
Lt. Surge's Fearow   Gym Heroes   7/132 Leaders' Stadium    
Lt. Surge's Magneton   Gym Heroes   8/132 Leaders' Stadium    
Lt. Surge's Electabuzz   Gym Heroes   27/132 Kuchiba City Gym    
      Unnumbered Promotional cards    
Lt. Surge's Raichu   Gym Heroes   28/132 Kuchiba City Gym    
Lt. Surge's Magnemite   Gym Heroes   50/132 Leaders' Stadium    
Lt. Surge's Raticate   Gym Heroes   51/132 Kuchiba City Gym    
Lt. Surge's Spearow   Gym Heroes   52/132 Kuchiba City Gym    
Lt. Surge's Magnemite   Gym Heroes   80/132 Leaders' Stadium    
Lt. Surge's Pikachu   Gym Heroes   81/132 Kuchiba City Gym    
Lt. Surge's Rattata   Gym Heroes   82/132 Kuchiba City Gym    
Lt. Surge's Spearow   Gym Heroes   83/132 Leaders' Stadium    
Lt. Surge's Voltorb   Gym Heroes   84/132 Leaders' Stadium    
Lt. Surge's Raichu   Gym Challenge   11/132 Challenge from the Darkness    
Lt. Surge's Jolteon   Gym Challenge   28/132 Leaders' Stadium    
      Unnumbered Promotional cards    
Lt. Surge's Eevee   Gym Challenge   51/132 Leaders' Stadium    
Lt. Surge's Electrode   Gym Challenge   52/132 Kuchiba City Gym    
Lt. Surge's Raticate   Gym Challenge   53/132 Leaders' Stadium    
Lt. Surge's Pikachu   Gym Challenge   84/132 Leaders' Stadium    
Lt. Surge's Rattata   Gym Challenge   85/132 Leaders' Stadium    
Lt. Surge's Voltorb   Gym Challenge   86/132 Kuchiba City Gym    
Lt. Surge's Raichu         Pokémon VS   053/141
Lt. Surge's Lanturn         Pokémon VS   054/141
Magnemite   Cosmic Eclipse   242/236 Dream League   055/049
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Lt. Surge T Gym Heroes   17/132 Kuchiba City Gym    
Gym Heroes   101/132 Leaders' Stadium    
Lt. Surge's Treaty T Gym Heroes   112/132 Leaders' Stadium    
Secret Mission T Gym Heroes   118/132 Leaders' Stadium    
Vermilion City Gym T [St] Gym Heroes   120/132 Leaders' Stadium    
Lt. Surge's Secret Plan T Gym Challenge   107/132 Leaders' Stadium    
Gym Badge I XY Black Star Promos   XY205 XY-P Promotional cards    
Lt. Surge's Strategy Su Unbroken Bonds   178/214 Night Unison   051/055
Hidden Fates   60/68      

In the TFG

Lt. Surge was slated to be released as a Trainer figure in the Unnamed Third Set of the Pokémon Trading Figure Game.


Lt. Surge's height in the anime


Language Name Origin
Japanese マチス Matisse From the genus Clematis
English, Italian
Lt. Surge From lieutenant, lightning, electrical surge, and possibly sarge (informal form of sergeant)
German, French Major Bob From Bob, a stereotypical American name, and possibly a reference to Platoon
Spanish Teniente Surge*
Lt. Surge*
From his English name
Same as his English name
Korean 마티스 Matisse Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 馬志士 / 马志士 Măzhìshì* Transcription of his Japanese name and 士兵 shìbīng (soldier)
馬奇 / 马奇 Mǎqí*
麥奇 Màiqí*
Partial transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 馬志士 Máhjisih* Transcription of his Japanese name and 士兵 sihbīng (soldier)
麥奇 Maahkkèih* Mandarin-based transcription of his Japanese name
Czech Poručík Surge From his English name
Indonesian Letnan Surya*
Letnan Serj*
Similar to his English name. Literally "Lieutenant Sun"
From letnan (lieutenant) and his English name
Norwegian Løytnant Surge From his English name
Polish Porucznik Surge From his English name
Brazilian Portuguese Ten. Surge*
Tenente Surge*
Lt. Surge*
From his English name
From his English name
Same as his English name
European Portuguese Tenente Surge From his English name
Russian Лейтенант Серж Leytenant Serzh From his English name
Swedish Löjtnant Surge From his English name
Thai แมททิส Maetthit Transcription of his Japanese name
Turkish Teğmen Surge From his English name
Vietnamese Matis Transcription of his Japanese name


  1. 1.0 1.1 Credited as "Adam Blaustein"


Gym Leaders of the Kanto region
Pewter Gym  
Cerulean Gym  
Vermilion Gym  
Lt. Surge
Celadon Gym  
Fuchsia Gym  
Koga Janine
Saffron Gym  
Cinnabar Gym  
Viridian Gym  
Giovanni Blue

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

  This game character article is part of Project CharacterDex, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each character found in the Pokémon games.