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Sophia 50 years ago

Sophia (Japanese: ソフィア Sophia) is a character of the day who appeared in Moving Pictures.

She lives with her husband Marcello at the Sunflora Lodge, which they run together. She likes to tell romantic stories about herself that aren't necessarily true. During the episode, Sophia and Marcello had been married for 50 years, and to that point had taken an anniversary picture for each of the 50 years, with hundreds of Sunflora.

On their 50th anniversary, all they could find was a Sunkern. The Sunflora no longer came due to the colder climate caused by an Articuno living nearby. Seeing this, Brock suggested to Ash that he should evolve the Sunkern with the Sun Stone he won as a prize in the Bug-Catching Contest. After doing so, the newly evolved Sunflora sang a song that attracted hundreds of Sunflora. The couple was very pleased and expressed their thanks to Ash and his friends.




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Sophia's Sunflora

Sophia's Sunflora
Sunkern → Sunflora
Sophia befriended a Sunflora when it was still a Sunkern. It first appeared when Ash and his friends including Todd Snap spotted a frozen Sunkern they took it to the Sunflora Lodge where Sophia nursed it back to health. That year, the Sunflora had mysteriously disappeared by Articuno's icy winds and snow. Later, when Team Rocket caused havoc with one of their machines, Sunkern used Sunny Day to melt the snow created by the machine. Ash and his friends were sure that the Sunflora would come now, but unfortunately they did not. Ash then remembered the Sun Stone he won in the Bug-Catching Contest and used it to evolve Sunkern into a Sunflora. The newly-evolved Sunflora suddenly called, and hundreds of Sunflora appeared and together they posed for the photo for Sophia and Marcello's 50th anniversary.

Sunflora's only known move is Sunny Day.

Debut Moving Pictures
Voice actors
English Rachel Lillis
Sophia's Sunflora
Sunflora (multiple)
Over the years, Sophia with her husband, Marcello, had befriended loads of Sunflora. They took pictures with them every anniversary, until they reached their 50th and there was none. It had all started 50 years ago when Marcello was involved in an accident and was in a coma for months. One day a letter arrived from Marcello to Sophia. It talked about him coming by the lodge tomorrow, and if she was married or in love with another, that he wished her happiness, but if she still accepted him, he told her to place a Sunflora in front of the lodge so he would know. She asked every Pokémon Trainer if they had a Sunflora, until the next day when he arrived she had thousands with her and they got married.

There were initially no Sunflora for Sophia and Marcello's 50th anniversary, but later a Sunflora which Ash just helped evolve called and hundreds of Sunflora appeared just in time for their anniversary picture.

None of the Sunflora's moves are known.

Debut Moving Pictures
Voice actors
English Rachel Lillis

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 荘司美代子 Miyoko Shōji
大谷育江 Ikue Ohtani (young)
English Veronica Taylor
Brazilian Portuguese Helena Sâmara
European Spanish Matilde Conesa
Adelaida López (young)


  • Sophia's name is a reference to the Italian actress Sophia Loren. Also, her husband's name, Marcello, is a reference to the Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni, who starred with the former in several films.

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