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This article is about the Kalos character. For Hoenn character with the Japanese name of Shinobu, see Shauna (Hoenn).
シノブ Shinobu
Age 100
Gender Female
Eye color Purple
Hair color Magenta
Hometown Ninja Village
Region Kalos
Anime debut The Legend of the Ninja Hero!
English voice actor Averyn Mackey
Japanese voice actor Kanako Tōjō

Shinobu (Japanese: シノブ Shinobu) is a recurring character in the Pokémon anime who first appeared in The Legend of the Ninja Hero!. She is a member of Ninja Village and is often seen next to Hanzo, the village elder. Despite her youthful appearance, she is in fact a lady who is a hundred years old.



Shinobu reveals her true age to Clemont and Bonnie

Shinobu first appeared alongside Hanzo in The Legend of the Ninja Hero!, where she welcomed Ash and his friends to the village. She also attended Sanpei's Pokémon battle with his brother Nihei.

Later, Ninja Village was attacked by villainous ninjas. During the attack, she tried to protect Hanzo, but failed and Hanzo was captured. As Ash and Sanpei chased after Hanzo's kidnappers, Shinobu, Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie decided to help the other villagers. After meeting up with Ippei and Nihei, she and Serena got caught by a device from Team Rocket, however thanks to her ninja techniques, they easily escaped.

After the ninja army had retreated, Shinobu joined the others to hear Saizo tell about Kagetomo. After discovering the location of Hanzo, Otori Mountain, everyone decided to head there and save him.

Upon arriving at Otori Mountain, the group got attacked by Heidayu and several ninjas. Shinobu sent out her Liepard to battle the ninja's Pokémon and, together with Serena, Clemont, and Nihei, managed to defeat them. After Kagetomo had been defeated and Ippei had been given the title of chieftain, Shinobu was seen again saying goodbye to Ash and his friends the next day. After the group's departure she joined Hanzo, Ippei, Sanpei, Nihei, and Saizo in a conversation about the mysterious power of Ash's Greninja.


This listing is of Shinobu's known Pokémon in the anime:

Shinobu's Liepard
Liepard is Shinobu's only known Pokémon. Liepard was used in the final battle against the ninja army's Pokémon and defeated a Houndoom with Shadow Ball.

Liepard's known moves are Hyper Beam and Shadow Ball.

Debut A Festival of Decisions!
Voice actors
Japanese Hitomi Nabatame
English Erica Schroeder

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 東條加那子 Kanako Tōjō
English Averyn Mackey
Italian Ludovica De Caro
Brazilian Portuguese Telma da Costa
European Spanish Catherina Martínez


  • Shinobu's habit of hiding her true age may be a reference to Tsunade Senju from the Naruto series, who also uses a ninjitsu to make herself look young despite in reality being an elderly person.

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