Mr. Backlot

Mr. Backlot
ウラヤマ Urayama
Mr. Backlot.png
Mr. Backlot in the anime
Gender Male
Hometown Hearthome City
Region Sinnoh
Generation IV, VIII
Games Diamond, Pearl, Platinum
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Anime debut Hungry for the Good Life!
English voice actor N. Ronald Levine
Japanese voice actor Kenta Miyake

Mr. Backlot (Japanese: ウラヤマ Urayama) is the owner of the Pokémon Mansion and Trophy Garden. He is also said to be the owner of Amity Square. His house has a back garden where players can capture wild Pokémon.

He is apparently a compulsive liar, as he will repeatedly insist that a Pokémon appears in his garden despite not even residing in his region. His butler, who serves him well, covers up for his lies, importing said Pokémon into the garden and allowing the player to capture rare Pokémon not found elsewhere in Sinnoh. This is often very helpful in completing the National Pokédex.

In the core series games

Mr. Backlot is said to be the owner of Pokémon Mansion, the Trophy Garden behind it, and Amity Square. He resides in his office of the Pokémon Mansion, accompanied by his butler, and a guard. He takes a walk in his garden every morning, and discovers a new Pokémon everyday, surprising his butler. After saying that he is telling the truth about seeing the Pokémon, the butler leaves to add the Pokémon to the garden to cover up for his master's fibs. On any given day, the "planted" Pokémon that was in the Trophy Garden the previous time Mr. Backlot was last spoken with will also still be there, allowing a two-day window to catch each of these Pokémon.


Pokémon Mansion
"Er-hem! There's a lot for me to be proud of inside, and outside, of this home... But what makes me the most proud is my trophy garden in the back! Why bother travelling afar when Pokémon are attracted by my garden? They come to me in hopes of seeing the garden! You're welcome to Well, doesn't that make you envious? You are envious, yes?"
No: "I know you're really envious... You're not fooling anyone..." (conversation ends)
Yes: "Muhohoho... I bet you are! I knew you would be! But I don't mind! I enjoy sharing my stories with you! So! When I go out into my prized trophy garden, Pokémon come running to me. They sidle up as happy as they can be to see me! Well? Doesn't that make you envious? You are envious, yes?"
No: "I know you're really envious... You're not fooling anyone..." (conversation ends)
Yes: "Muhohoho... I bet you are! I knew you would be! But I don't mind! I enjoy sharing my stories with you! So! This is what happened this morning when I went into my trophy garden. I noticed a cute-eyed <Pokémon>, which joyously ran over to me. The <Pokémon> ran up and gave me a smooch on my cheek..."
"Wha... Erm... Wh-what are you saying? I'm no blowhard! Listen... Mutter, mutter... Whisper, whisper..."
"...It's true, I tell you! No lies ever leave these lips! There really are cute <Pokémon> in this garden! Honest truth!"

Sprites and models

Overworld sprite from
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Overworld model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

In the anime

Mr. Backlot's only anime appearance was in Hungry for the Good Life!.

Mr. Backlot welcomed Ash and his friends into his mansion to escape a raging storm. The next day, Mr. Backlot took the group out to his Trophy Garden for the Pokémon to play. After Team Rocket arrived with their mecha and stole the Pokémon, Mr. Backlot and Monica drove Ash and Brock directly to the trio. Dawn eventually found Team Rocket and defeated them just as Mr. Backlot and others caught up. After Team Rocket was defeated, Mr. Backlot was happily reunited with his Pokémon. Everyone returned to the mansion to wave goodbye to the group and the Swinub that Dawn caught.

Mr. Backlot amassed his collection of Pokémon from across the world. He relies heavily on his housekeeper, Monica, for domestic chores like cooking and she also takes care of his mansion estate and Pokémon. Mr. Backlot was generous with his time and had Monica bring out Poffins for the group's Pokémon during their stay. However he often gloated about his wealth and luxurious lifestyle.


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This Cleffa had runaway from Mr. Backlot's mansion, though Monica soon retrieved it. Mr. Backlot takes care of Cleffa and his other Pokémon, often spoiling them with Poffins.

None of Cleffa's moves are known.

Debut Hungry for the Good Life
Pichu (×3)
Mr. Backlot's has three Pichu that he takes care of in his mansion.

None of the Pichu's moves are known.

Debut Hungry for the Good Life
Mr. Backlot's Azurill was first seen coming down the staircase to eat Poffins. It is one of the Pokémon taken care of by Mr. Backlot.

None of Azurill's moves are known.

Debut Hungry for the Good Life
Igglybuff (×2)
Mr. Backlot's two Igglybuff were first seen in the mansion eating Poffins. They were later seen again in the Trophy Garden playing around with the other Pokémon.

None of the Igglybuff's moves are known.

Debut Hungry for the Good Life

Formerly looked after

Main article: Dawn's Swinub

Swinub appeared at Mr. Backlot's mansion from a nearby forest. It would usually come over for something to eat. It caused trouble by devouring all of Dawn's Poffins showing a liking to them, but caused much displeasure to Dawn's other Pokémon. However, after helping take down Team Rocket and rescue the other Pokémon, Dawn decided she wanted Swinub to go with her.

Debut Hungry for the Good Life
Voice actors
Japanese Inuko Inuyama
English Kayzie Rogers

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 三宅健太 Kenta Miyake
English N. Ronald Levine
Czech Vojtěch Hájek
Finnish Petri Hanttu
European French Daniel Nicodème
Italian Mario Scarabelli
Norwegian Trond Teigen
Polish Jacek Kałucki
Brazilian Portuguese Renato Márcio
European Spanish Mario Martín

In the manga

Mr. Backlot in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Mr. Backlot appears in Suffering Psyduck, where he introduces Platinum, Pearl, and Diamond to his prized Trophy Garden. He asked Cynthia to investigate a case of a missing Psyduck after someone reported it going missing in his Amity Square.


Mr. Backlot has a Pichu that he is always seen carrying. It is unknown if it is actually his or one of the Pokémon in his Trophy Garden.

None of Pichu's moves are known.

Debut Suffering Psyduck

Seen at his garden



  • Mr. Backlot's Japanese name is a pun. His name is "Urayama" (ウラヤマ), but his butler adds shi (し or 氏, which in this case is a more polite form of "Mr.") to his name, making his name sound like the Japanese word for being envious, 羨ましい (urayamashii). In the game, he asks the player "Well? Aren't you envious?" (どう?うらやましいじゃろ??) over and over before telling the player what new Pokémon are in his garden.
  • In Pokémon X and Y, Elena, who trades an Eevee nicknamed Stevie to the player for any Pokémon in random hotels, mentions that Stevie was caught in Mr. Backlot's Trophy Garden.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ウラヤマ Urayama From 裏山 urayama (mountain or hill behind a house) and 羨ましい urayamashii (envious)
English Mr. Backlot From backlot
German Herr Reichedel From reich (rich) and edel (noble)
Spanish Señor Fortuny From fortuna (fortune)
French M. Décorum From décorum (decorum)
Italian Sig. Granlotto From gran lotto (grand lot)
Korean 한자랑 Han Jarang From 한 han (great) and 자랑 jarang (pride)
Chinese (Mandarin) 現慕 / 现慕 Xiànmù From 羨慕 / 羡慕 xiànmù / sihnmouh (to envy)
羨慕 / 羡慕 Xiànmù
Chinese (Cantonese) 現慕 Yihnmouh
羨慕 Sihnmouh
Polish Pan Bogacki From bogaty (rich)
Vietnamese Urayama Transcription of his Japanese name

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