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オサム Osamu
Gender Male
Eye color Black
Hair color Brown
Hometown Ogi Isle
Region Johto
Trainer class Trainer
Anime debut The Mystery is History
English voice actor Kayzie Rogers
Japanese voice actor Motoko Kumai

Oliver (Japanese: オサム Osamu) is a recurring character in the Pokémon anime. He lives near Ogi Isle.


In the anime

Prior to meeting Ash and his friends, Oliver first encountered a baby Lugia he nicknamed Silver a week beforehand. The pair quickly developed a strong friendship after Silver rescued Oliver and his Lanturn from a sudden storm while the pair were out swimming.

In The Mystery is History, Ash, Ritchie, and his friends encountered Oliver while they were searching for a mysterious Pokémon on Ogi Isle. What they didn't know is that it was Oliver who had found the mysterious Pokémon, a young Lugia. Oliver worked hard to protect Silver from Team Rocket, but it was later captured.

At Luka's insistence, Oliver remained with on the boat with her in A Parent Trapped!. Meanwhile, Ash and the others went to stop the parent Lugia from being lured in by Team Rocket's latest trap. Unfortunately, Ash and the others lost to Butch and Cassidy's anger-powered Pokemon. The parent Lugia, Ritchie and the others were soon captured and held captive by Team Rocket.

Oliver became irritated and felt helpless in A Promise is a Promise, so he dived into the water to locate Team Rocket’s underwater base. He and his Lanturn soon located it, and Oliver snuck into the base through the ventilation system. As he emerged he was immediately caught by a Team Rocket Grunt. Jessie and James noticed Oliver's struggle and saw an opportunity to advance their own scheme to make off with the Lugia. Oliver joined forces with the Team Rocket trio, unaware of their true identities, and went onto punch in the code to break Ash and the others out of their locked cage. Oliver was later reunited with Silver, so he, the two Lugia and the others managed to escape the base before it exploded. Knowing that Silver would be safer with its parent than with him, he bid a tearful goodbye to his friend. He then said goodbye to Ash and his friends as they left the Whirl Islands.


Oliver is a compassionate individual who truly values his friendships. Oliver was prepared to lie and also jump into action to rescue Silver from harm. Oliver's encounter with Ash and the others allowed him to live out his adventurous dreams, and he is a big believer in "superheroes". He also enjoys having fun and swimming is a favorite pastime of his.

Misty helped Oliver to overcome his tears and feel comfortable with Silver returning to its parent's care in A Promise is a Promise.


On hand

Oliver's Lanturn
Lanturn is Oliver's only Pokémon, which he mostly uses to swim with. It first appeared with Oliver trying to cover up the secret of a baby Lugia. Later, when Team Rocket attempted to capture Silver and Oliver, Lanturn and Silver called for help from Ash and his friends. It was later revealed that Silver saved Lanturn and Oliver from drowning once. After helping them, Lanturn was shown to be good friends with Silver. In the next episode, Lanturn and the gang attempted to free Lugia, which failed.

Lanturn and Oliver attempted again to get into Team Rocket's underwater base, which they successfully did. Lanturn was last seen saying goodbye to Silver and its parent when they were freed from Team Rocket.

None of its moves are known.

Debut The Mystery is History


Main article: Silver (Johto)

Oliver found Silver after it rescued him from a sudden storm, and the pair became instant friends. Despite the fact that he never captured it in a Poké Ball, Oliver claimed it as his own. Team Rocket watched as Silver played Oliver in the water in The Mystery is History. Dr. Namba assigned Butch and Cassidy to capture Silver, and he later used it in order to lure the parent Lugia in. This was part of Namba's plan to attach his invention to Lugia, making it extremely angry and extremely powerful.

By A Promise is a Promise, Ash, his friends, and Ritchie all teamed up to free Silver and its parent. After freeing Silver, Ash and Ritchie tried to convince the parent Lugia that not all humans are bad. Their convincing worked, since Lugia used Safeguard to protect Ash and the others from falling debris.

Oliver later agreed that Silver should leave to be with its parent. Although he was saddened, he knew that it was for the best.

Debut The Mystery is History 
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara
English Megumi Hayashibara

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese くまいもとこ Motoko Kumai
English Kayzie Rogers
Polish Monika Jarosińska
European Spanish Sara Vivas

In the manga

In the Ash & Pikachu manga

Oliver appeared in Let's Save The Lugia!.


  • Oliver appears to be based on a male Swimmer from the games.

Ash & Pikachu characters
Main characters
Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogepiBrockMayMaxJessieJamesMeowth
Gary OakDrewMorrison
Gym Leaders and Frontier Brains
AnnaAzusaProfessor BirchCalistaCarolineProfessor CozmoDrakeEriko
Eriko's grandmotherMrs. GrimmHirotoJack PollocksonKaburagiKiyoLilyProfessor Oak
OliverRobertShellySolanaSusieTabithaTeam Rocket ScientistTimmy
Whitney's grandmotherWinstrate family

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