Professor Sycamore (anime)

Professor Augustine Sycamore
プラターヌ博士 Dr. Platane
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Professor Sycamore
Gender Male
Eye color Gray
Hair color Black
Hometown Lumiose City
Region Kalos
Trainer class Pokémon Professor
Game counterpart Professor Sycamore
Anime debut Lumiose City Pursuit!
English voice actor Jake Paque
Japanese voice actor Hiroshi Tsuchida

Professor Sycamore (Japanese: プラターヌ博士 Dr. Platane) is a recurring character who appeared in the Pokémon anime. He is a Pokémon Professor from Lumiose City.


Pokémon the Series: XY

Professor Sycamore debuted in Lumiose City Pursuit!, when Ash, Clemont and Bonnie brought an injured Froakie to him. Sycamore treated Froakie while explaining that he used to be owned by Trainers but had severe behavioral problems which caused him to either abandon or be abandoned by his past Trainers. Sycamore also explained that his area of research was Mega Evolution, and Garchomp was the Pokémon he was researching since she was capable of achieving it.

After Team Rocket's failed attempt to steal Froakie caused Garchomp to go berserk, Sycamore joined Ash in his attempt to calm her down but was forced to simply watch from the bottom of Prism Tower. After the situation had been resolved, he thanked Ash by giving him a new Kalos Pokédex and allowing him to take Froakie, who had bonded with the Trainer, with him.

In A Battle of Aerial Mobility!, Sycamore met Serena as she arrived to pick her first partner Pokémon.

In Mega-Mega Meowth Madness!, Sycamore met up with Ash, Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie when they returned to Lumiose City. Later, he was captured by Team Rocket, who sought for his knowledge about Mega Evolution. Serena and Bonnie were also captured when they tried to help the Professor. The three were rescued by Ash, Pikachu, Clemont, and a Chespin from Sycamore's lab, but Team Rocket activated their newest mecha, which chased them across a forest. After Ash and Clemont unsuccessfully tried to defeat the mecha with Pikachu and Chespin, the group was saved by Blaziken Mask and his Blaziken, who destroyed the mecha, and Team Rocket was then sent blasting off by Ash and Clemont. At the end of the episode, Sycamore allowed Clemont to capture Chespin when it wanted to travel with the group.

He appeared in a flashback in Mega Evolution Special I, which depicted Alain's past job as his aide.

In The Bonds of Evolution!, Sycamore met up with Diantha regarding Mega Evolution. He attempted to charm her secretary, Kathi Lee, when she interrupted, only to be hit with a book. Later, he filmed Ash's battle with Diantha and Gardevoir Mega Evolving against Team Rocket.

Professor Sycamore with his assistants

In Summer of Discovery!, it was revealed that Sycamore invited Ash and his friends to participate in his annual Pokémon Summer Camp. It was also revealed he was the one who gave Tierno, Shauna, and Trevor their first partner Pokémon. He, along with his assistants, appeared throughout the event to officiate activities and announce winners.

In Mega Evolution Special III, Sycamore saw a TV report that showed Alain fighting Primal Groudon, Primal Kyogre, and Mega Rayquaza and was shocked to see him there.

In Garchomp's Mega Bond!, Ash and his friends visited Sycamore before leaving Lumiose City. He showed the group a special machine that could determine which Pokémon could Mega Evolve with a certain Mega Stone, and found out the Mega Stone was Garchompite. However, Team Rocket stole the Garchompite, along with a Key Stone and the professor's Garchomp. But before they successfully Mega Evolve Garchomp, Professor Sycamore Mega Evolves his Garchomp for the first time with the help of Blaziken Mask.

In Performing with Fiery Charm!, Sycamore watched Serena competing in the Dendemille Town Pokémon Showcase along with his lab assistants Sophie and Cosette.

Professor Sycamore in casual clothing

In Cloudy Fate, Bright Future!, Sycamore arrived in Anistar City to research the origins of the mysterious Anistar Sundial, which is said to have a connection with Mega Evolution. He was interrupted by Carrie, who mistakenly accuses Sycamore of being the cause of a looming crisis that Olympia predicted. In the next episode, Professor Sycamore watched Ash's Gym Battle against Olympia. After Ash's win, he discussed with Olympia about her visions of the future.

In Master Class is in Session! and Performing a Pathway to the Future!, Sycamore was watching Serena's performance in the Gloire City Master Class Pokémon Showcase alongside his assistants.

In A League of His Own!, Sycamore reunited with Alain at the Lumiose Conference and tried to shake his hand, but Alain walked away. He then later appeared in the Conferences' stadium and was shocked to see that Alain could Mega Evolve his Charizard.

In Analysis Versus Passion!, Sycamore first watched the battle between Alain and Remo and expressed concern over Alain's cold attitude. He and Diantha also commented on the battle between Ash and Sawyer. He continued to watch the battle in the next episode.

In Kalos League Passion with a Certain Flare!, Sycamore walked up to Ash and his friends, who were having a conversation while sitting in seats inside a Pokémon Center at the Lumiose Conference, and spoke to Mairin about Alain, letting Ash and his other friends in on the fact that Mairin and Alain knew each other. Alain later talked to the group about Ash's Greninja and it's Ash-Greninja form. At night, Professor Sycamore talked to Alain as he was talking to his Charizard. He was later seen watching, along with Diantha, as Ash and Alain each walked towards their respective sides of the battlefield in the Lumiose Conference's stadium, for the final round of the Conference.

In Finals Not for the Faint-Hearted! and Down to the Fiery Finish!, Sycamore watched the battle between Alain and Ash.

In A Towering Takeover!, Sycamore saved Mairin from a Team Flare Grunt, who tried to take her under Lysandre's orders. Sycamore then battled the Grunt's Skorupi with his Garchomp and escaped with Mairin by taking advantage of the explosion caused by Garchomp countering Skorupi's Poison Sting with Dragon Claw.

Without his lab coat on

In Coming Apart at the Dreams!, Sycamore countered Aliana's Druddigon's Dark Pulse with an attack from his Mega Garchomp. He later joined Serena and Mairin on their mission to rescue Chespie from Lysandre Labs, with the assistance of Team Rocket who commandeered a helicopter in order to travel to the laboratories.

In The Right Hero for the Right Job!, Sycamore continued the mission from the previous episode. In Rocking Kalos Defenses!, Sycamore battled with his Garchomp alongside Steven Stone; and in Forming a More Perfect Union!, he battled alongside all the Gym Leaders of Kalos, Diantha, Ash, and Alain against the Giant Rock.

In Battling With a Clean Slate!, Sycamore drove Alain to his laboratory, for the surprise party which Ash and his friends were setting up. He later joined the party and after it finished, he gave out some medals to Ash and his friends and their Pokémon, for their assistance in fighting against Team Flare.

In The First Day of the Rest of Your Life!, Sycamore talked to Serena about putting on a Showcase performance for the citizens of Lumiose City and later introduced the performance.

Professor Sycamore with Mairin in Pokémon Journeys: The Series

In Till We Compete Again!, Sycamore told Ash and his friends that Alain was now going on a journey, along with Mairin, to find a new Key Stone and Mega Stone, due to the fact that he discarded his old ones because Lysandre gave them to him. Sycamore also noted that the Anistar Sundial is providing locations to Mega Stones throughout the region. He later talked to them again while in the middle of presenting a Youngster with the choice of choosing from one of the three Kalos first partner Pokémon.

In The Legend of X, Y, and Z!, Sycamore and Alexa investigated some newly discovered ruins, which continued the statue of a petrified Aila.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

In Curtain Up! Fight the Fights!, Professor Sycamore and Mairin watched Alain's World Coronation Series match against Leon. When Alain lost, Professor Sycamore comforted Mairin.

In A Flood of Torrential Gains!, Professor Sycamore watched Ash's match against Leon alongside Alain and Mairin.


Professor Sycamore is a helpful man, who often aids others when the need arises. Also, despite the situations, Sycamore remains calm, yet determined to finish the task, especially if it improves the Pokémon's relationship with its (possible) Trainer. Like Clemont, Professor Sycamore is a fan of new innovations and gadgets.


This listing is of Professor Sycamore's only known Pokémon in the anime:

On hand

Gible → Gabite → Garchomp ↔ Mega Garchomp ♀

Gives to new Trainers


Gave away to Trainers

Alain's Charmander
Ash's Froakie
Serena's Fennekin
Clemont's Chespin
Tierno's Squirtle
Shauna's Bulbasaur
Trevor's Charmander

Seen in his lab

Combee (×3) ♀
Azurill (×3)

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 土田大 Hiroshi Tsuchida
English Jake Paque
Chinese Cantonese 鄧志堅
Mandarin 于正昇 Yú Zhèngshēng
Danish Josef Aarskov
Dutch Rutger le Poole
Finnish Ilkka Villi
European French Mathieu Moreau (XY002-XY068)
Frédéric Clou (XY080-present)
Greek Αργύρης Παυλίδης Argiris Pavlidis
Hebrew דן שצברג Dan Shatsberg
Indonesian Fitra Hartono (XY002-XY010, Mega Evolution Special I and II)
Kamal Nasuti (XY028)
Polish Kamil Pruban
Portuguese Brazil Douglas Guedes (XY002-XY093)
Portugal Luís Araújo
Spanish Latin America Manuel Campuzano
Spain Óscar Castellanos
Thai อภินันท์ ธีระนันทกุล Apinan Teeranantagun
Vietnamese Lê Nguyễn Tuấn Anh (XY002-XY093)
Nguyễn Quang Tuyên (XY095-present)



Language Name Origin
Japanese プラターヌ博士 Dr. Platane From platane, French for plane trees
English Professor Augustine Sycamore From sycamore and possibly the Augustine Henry
French Professeur Platane Same as Japanese name
German, Italian Professor Platan Same as Japanese name
Spanish Profesor Ciprés From ciprés, cypress
Korean 플라타느박사 Dr. Platane Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 布拉塔諾博士 / 布拉塔诺博士 Dr. Bùlātǎnuò Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 布拉塔諾博士 Dr. Boulāaitaapnohk *
法桐博士 Dr. Faattùhng *
Mandarin-based transliteration of Japanese name
From 法桐 faattùhng, oriental plane. The character 法 is also a reference to France.
Indonesian Profesor Platanu Transliteration of Japanese name
Brazilian Portuguese Professor Augustine Sicômoro*
Professor Sycamore*
From sicômoro, sycamore
Same as English name
Russian Профессор Сайкамор Professor Saikamor Transcription of English name
Thai ดร.พลาตัน Dr. Phlātạn Transliteration of Japanese name
Vietnamese Giáo sư Puratanu Transliteration of Japanese name

See also

Oak (animeAdventuresPocket MonstersMasters) • ElmBirchRowanAurea JuniperCedric JuniperSycamore (animeMasters)
Kukui (animeMasters) • Burnet (anime) • SamsonMohnMagnoliaSonia (Masters) • LaventonSadaTuro

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash Ketchum (Pikachu) • Misty (Togetic) • BrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawn (Piplup) • Iris (Haxorus) • CilanSerenaClemontBonnie (Dedenne) • LanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom PokédexGoh (Grookey)
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulNandoZoeyKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronAriaAlainMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladionHoracioHauLeonRaihanHoraceBeaLeague Conference participantsCoordinatorsPerformersWorld Coronation Series participants
Antagonists Jessie (Wobbuffet) • JamesMeowthGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerGozuTabithaMaxieShellyArchieHunter JSaturnCyrusMarsJupiterCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretMalamarLysandreMableCelosiaAlianaXerosicBryonyTuppZippRappPlumeriaGuzmaVirenRoseOleana
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperDr. FennelCedric JuniperProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor BurnetProfessor CeriseProfessor MagnoliaSoniaProfessor Amaranth
Relatives Delia KetchumDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's fatherLana's motherHarper and SarahRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherMohnLusamineGladionSophocles's parentsMolayneAbeMallow's motherUluWalkerCamilleHalta
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceClairRaoul ContestaMr. SukizoSteven StoneVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianSolanaBrandonMarianYuzoRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerIzzy and CaraLyraKhouryTobiasDon GeorgeElderAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetJervisVirgilNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinAstridDianthaKorrinaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSamson OakAnelaHobbesNinaAnnaLakiDanaYansuWickeFabaIlimaAcerolaDiaChloeChrysaRenParkerTaliaLeiDanikaQuillonHopGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsIsland kahunasMany temporary characters
Supporting Pokémon FearowHo-OhSquirtle SquadPink ButterfreeHaunterJigglypuffMewtwoMimeyLapras herdGranbullPichu BrothersLugiaSilverDelibirdWynautLarvitarKyogre and GroudonArticunoDeoxysLake guardiansForces of NatureMeloettaReshiramSuper-ancient PokémonWooperFlorgesSquishyZ2Guardian deitiesBewearToucannon's flockStoutlandOranguruNebbyStuffulUltra BeastsGrandpa ForestNecrozmaLunalaShayminMewRotom PhonesPelipperThievul trioEternatusDrone RotomLegendary heroesLatiasRecurring wild Pokémon
See also: Pokémon Horizons characters

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