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ユキナリ Yukinari
Age 10
Gender Male
Eye color Blue
Hair color Brown
Hometown Pallet Town
Region Kanto
Trainer class Trainer
Anime debut Celebi: The Voice of the Forest
English voice actor Tara Jayne
Japanese voice actor Keiko Toda

Sam (Japanese: ユキナリ Yukinari) is a major character who appeared in Celebi: The Voice of the Forest. He is a young Pokémon Trainer who was transported by Celebi from 40 years in the past to Ash's time by accident.

In the movies


Forty years ago, Sam traveled through the woods near Arborville and met a woman named Towa, who told him about the "Voice of the Forest", and that if he did hear it, he should not move or else he would be sent to another time. Sam was also told about a rare Pokémon living there. With that said, Towa gave Sam a piece of bread as a parting gift. While continuing his travels in the forest, a Pokémon poacher went chasing after Celebi, wishing to capture it. Sam defended Celebi from the poacher, and shortly afterwards, the Pokémon teleported itself and Sam into the future.

During the present day, Sam landed in the same area that he got teleported from, outside a Celebi shrine. Ash and his friends arrived in the area and found Sam unconscious. Ash took him back to Arborville, where Sam woke up to find out that Celebi had disappeared. After an aged Towa explained the situation to them, and returned the sketchbook that Sam had dropped as he was whisked away into the future, Sam and the group went into the forest and found Celebi where the Iron-Masked Marauder was destroying the forest. The Marauder encountered the group, but they escaped.

The Marauder sent Scizor and Sneasel after them. However, Sam and Ash battled the two Pokémon and were able to defeat them. Sam and the group arrived in a foggy portion of the Lake of Life and were able to heal Celebi with the water. As Celebi recovered, Ash and Sam played with it, having fun. Celebi then led the group to a Berry tree.

Later, Sam and the others encountered the Iron-Masked Marauder again. Despite their efforts, the Marauder managed to capture Celebi in a Dark Ball. Sam and Ash tried in vain to get the corrupted Celebi to stop as the Marauder commanded it to destroy the forest. However Celebi was unable to break free of the Marauder's control and began rampaging through the forest. As Celebi prepared to finish off Sam and Ash, but Suicune arrived and saved the two Trainers. Suicune was then attacked by a monstrous ball's tendril, which sent all three of them flying. They were caught by a trapped Jessie, who told them where Celebi was. Upon reaching it, Sam reminded Celebi about the fun times they shared, despite Celebi relentlessly attacking them in the process. The memories spurred Celebi to break free from the Marauder's control, destroying its Dark Ball in the process.

Sam's drawing of Pikachu and Celebi

However, expending too much energy drained Celebi's life force, and it fell unconscious and began to wither away. Sam took it to the Lake of Life to restore it, but the waters had no effect, even after Suicune used its powers to purify the lake. After a brief period of mourning, however, the Celebi from all across time arrived and succeeded in reviving the fallen Celebi. The Iron-Masked Marauder emerged shortly after, and attempted again to capture Celebi, but he was defeated by Pikachu and subdued by the other forest Pokémon. Celebi then prepared to travel back to the past, and after exchanging farewells with Ash, Sam joined it and returned to his own time.

Later, Ash expressed his sadness to Professor Oak about Sam leaving, to which Professor Oak assured Ash that he and Sam will always be friends. After the call, Misty wondered how Professor Oak knew Sam's name when they hadn't mentioned it to him. At his lab, Professor Oak was seen looking at a faded version of Sam's sketchbook.

Sam briefly reappeared in a montage in The Rise of Darkrai, which chronicled the preceding nine movies.


Sam is an incredibly bright and pure-hearted individual. He was shown to have some skills in Pokémon watching, similar to Tracey, as revealed by the detailed sketches in his sketchbook. After rescuing Celebi from a Pokémon poacher, he developed a bond with it.


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Sam used his Charmeleon in battle with the Iron-Masked Marauder's Sneasel, and won. It was contained in what appeared to be a metal Poké Ball with a red screw-top on it.

Charmeleon's known moves are Flamethrower and Headbutt.

Debut Celebi: The Voice of the Forest
Voice actors
English Eric Stuart


Main article: Celebi (M04)

Sam met this Celebi during his time. However, it bumped into him while on the pursuit of a Pokémon Hunter which accidentally transports him to the present time of Ash and company. This time, the Iron-Masked Marauder was after Celebi. After Ash and Sam defeated the Marauder by snapping Celebi out of its dark self and got revived by the other Celebi from the past, this Celebi that met Sam took him back to his own time.

Debut Celebi: The Voice of the Forest
Voice actors
Japanese Kazuko Sugiyama
English Kazuko Sugiyama

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 戸田恵子 Keiko Toda
English Tara Jayne
Finnish Hanna Savikko
French Canada Hugolin Chevrette
Europe Catherine Desplaces
German Julia Haacke
Italian Flavio Aquilone
Norwegian Jorunn Torsheim
Portuguese Brazil Rodrigo Andreatto (original dub)
Yuri Chesman (redub)
Portugal Sandra de Castro
Spanish Latin America Arturo Castañeda
Spain Chelo Vivares
Swedish Adam Giertz


Ken Sugimori's design of Sam

In the manga

Movie adaptations

Sam appears in the manga adaptation of the movie, fulfilling the same role as he does in the movie.



Language Name Origin
Japanese ユキナリ Yukinari From オーキド・ユキナリ博士 Dr. Yukinari Ōkido (Professor Samuel Oak)
English, German, Spanish,
French, Italian, Finnish,
Brazilian Portuguese
Short for Samuel
Korean 용호 Yongho Similar to his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 雪成 Xuěchéng From the Japanese name 雪成 Yukinari
Chinese (Cantonese) 雪成 Syutsìhng
Russian Сэм Sem Transcription of his English name
Thai ยูกินาริ Yukinari Transcription of his Japanese name
Vietnamese Yukinari Transcription of his Japanese name

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Human protagonists
AliceAsh Ketchum (M20)AudreyBarazBiancaCallahanCarlitaCoreyDamosDianaDianeEricFergusHarrietJack WalkerJuanita
KarlKathrynKidd SummersKimiaKokoLisaLizabethLorenzoMannesMarenMargoMelodyMerayNeeshaNewton Graceland
Professor LundRafeRaleighRebeccaRisaRowenaSamSheenaSidSir AaronSorrelTonioTorenTory LundTowaVerityYuko
Human antagonists
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KaiKakoKanataKatoKellieKevinKikoKing of the People of the ValeKyleLaylaLeekuLucianneLuisLuisaMakoMalin
ManukeMarcus's soldiersMauryMayor OliverMeredithMeta GroudonMewtwo's creatorsMiaMilesMimiMirandaMisakiMoose
Mother and daughterMr. WhiteNevaNikolaOld Man DomŌyamaPegPeople of the WaterPhossa MolybdenumPokémon Baccer teams
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TappTatsukiThe Marina GroupTobiasTownesUschiZabu

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