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Giovanni (anime)

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'''Giovanni''' (Japanese: '''サカキ''' ''Sakaki'') is the head of [[Team Rocket]], and formerly served as the [[Gym Leader]] of [[Viridian City]]'s [[Gym]], known officially as the [[Viridian Gym]].
==HistoryIn the anime==
While Giovanni very rarely takes the role of antagonist, his agents often have him in mind during missions due to the chance of power, be it through promotion or other means. This gave him a unique series of appearances, mainly during the [[Hoenn]] saga, where {{MTR}} often imagined how the Pokémon in each episode could be used to help Giovanni and win the trio promotions. These [[Boss fantasy|boss fantasies]] never show his actual personality and occasionally even show Giovanni in {{wp|Super deformed|chibi}} form.
====[[Original series]]====
[[File:Giovanni anime.png|left|thumb|220px|Giovanni in the original series]]
In the original series, the Kanto saga in particular, Giovanni appeared as the mastermind behind a number of conflicts, though he rarely saw the battlefield, instead letting his underlings carry out his orders. His first appearance was in ''[[EP015|Battle Aboard the St. Anne]]'', showing to have a {{TP|Giovanni|Persian}} as his "top cat" over {{MTR}}, and talking to [[Jessie]], [[James]], and Meowth through a TV screen. His face always remained hidden in the shadows, usually with only his mouth visible. In ''[[EP017|Island of the Giant Pokémon]]'', it was revealed that he owns the theme park [[Pokémon Land]], and the giant mechanical Pokémon in it. He was not happy to hear that it had been destroyed. He later reappeared in ''[[EP057|The Breeding Center Secret]]'', where he checked on the progress of Butch and Cassidy's breeding center scam. He then congratulated them for their work and said he would choose out of the stolen Pokémon later.
Giovanni appeared near the beginning of ''[[M01|Mewtwo Strikes Back]]'', as he was the one who had {{an|Dr. Fuji}} clone Mewtwo for him. After Mewtwo destroyed the lab, Giovanni told Mewtwo that he saw him as a valuable partner, putting armor on Mewtwo and using him to defeat Trainers in Gym battles (including Gary's Nidoking and Arcanine, as seen in the anime) and help Team Rocket in their attempts to steal Pokémon. Eventually, Mewtwo confronted Giovanni about its treatment and Giovanni admitted that he didn't see Mewtwo as a partner but as a servant. This enraged Mewtwo and it was this incident which drove it to destroy Giovanni's base, allowing it to escape.
Giovanni was the main antagonist in ''[[Mewtwo Returns]]'', where he sought out Mewtwo, who by this time was living in peace with the cloned Pokémon at [[Mount Quena]]. Once Giovanni discovered it, he tried to recapture it by threatening to use Mewtwo's cloned Pokémon friends in their experiments, experiments that he also claimed would certainly result in their death. He used two machines to try to make Mewtwo submit to his will, but though Mewtwo stepped into the orb, it was still unwilling to serve Giovanni, threatening to destroy his body first. Ash and the others were able to stop the machines, and it was around this time that they faced off against Giovanni and several Team Rocket soldiers. Their Pokémon fought as a distraction so Ash could get Mewtwo into the spring. Once Mewtwo was healed from its injuries, it moved the spring under the mountain to protect it, and then erased the memories of Giovanni and the other Team Rocket soldiers (excluding Jessie, James, and Meowth) of it, making him forget entirely about Mewtwo. Standing next to [[Domino]] and Persian wondering what they were doing, he got the strange feeling as though he had been utterly defeated.
He also made cameo appearances in ''[[EP157|The Fortune Hunters]]'', where Butch and Cassidy gave him an update on their latest scheme; and ''[[EP231|Due's and Don'ts]]'', where he begrudgingly accepted Jessie, James, and Meowth back into Team Rocket after their membership had been revoked because of unpaid dues and loans.
===={{series|Advanced Generation}}====
[[File:Giovanni AG anime.png|thumb|left|250px|Giovanni in the {{series|Advanced Generation}}]]
In the ''Advanced Generation'' series, Giovanni himself played a minor role and the majority of his appearances were restricted to Meowth's [[Boss fantasy|boss fantasies]]. Beginning in ''[[AG002|A Ruin with a View]]'', Giovanni oversaw Jessie, James, and Meowth's efforts to set up a base of operations in the [[Hoenn]] region, with the secret intent of learning about [[Team Aqua]] and [[Team Magma]], the villainous teams residing there.
In ''[[AG132|The Scheme Team]]'', Giovanni listened to the trio's final report about their progress in Hoenn, where they claimed Team Aqua and Team Magma disbanded because of their efforts. Though he didn't believe them, he gave the trio a new assignment and pogo sticks as new equipment.
===={{series|Diamond & Pearl}}====
[[File:Giovanni DP anime.png|thumb|250px|Giovanni in the {{series|Diamond & Pearl}}]]
In the ''Diamond & Pearl'' series, much like ''Advanced Generation'' before, Giovanni's presence and role were minor and a majority of his appearances were restricted to Meowth's [[Boss fantasy|boss fantasies]]. When {{TRT}} called him from Sinnoh, Giovanni hastily and un-enthusiastically approved the trio's plan to set up a new Team Rocket base in ''[[DP002|Two Degrees of Separation!]]''.
He reappeared inIn ''[[DP080|The Thief That Keeps on Thieving!]]'', where heGiovanni was in his office when two grunts informed him about a special delivery from Sinnoh; the trio had sent him a {{TP|Jessie|Yanma}}. After learning they had actually received a supply of Yanma, he sent it back to the trio.
He reappeared again inIn ''[[DP191|Memories are Made of Bliss!]]'', where heGiovanni was finally impressed with the trio when they claimed to be behind the defeat of [[Team Galactic]]. He subsequently allowed his secretary, [[Matori]], to recruit the trio for an important mission.
===={{series|Best Wishes}}====
[[File:Giovanni BW anime.png|thumb|left|250px|Giovanni in the {{series|Best Wishes}}]]
In the ''Best Wishes'' series, Giovanni took on a far more significant and antagonistic role than before, now being in regular contact with Jessie, James, and Meowth and assigning them on various missions throughout the [[Unova]] region. His outfit changed from his regular orange business suit to a darker, more militaristic suit. He often appeared alongside Matori, who helped him give orders to Jessie, James, and Meowth. Giovanni traveled to Unova in ''[[BW022|A Venipede Stampede!]]'' in order to collect the [[Meteonite]]. He was set to appear again in two [[BW023 (unaired)|following]] [[BW024 (unaired)|episodes]], where he would use the threat of the Meteonite's disaster. This would have created power as a means of him extorting control over the Unova region from a gathering of elite business-people and politicians at a party in Castelia City, only for the Meteonite to be swiped by [[Team Plasma]]. However, these episodes never aired. He did not make any more appearances for a long time afterward, with Matori explaining that he was too busy to be in regular contact with Jessie, James, and Meowth anymore. During this time, his role as the trio's leader was filled by [[Dr. Zager]].
After a long absence, Giovanni returned in ''[[BW095|Unrest at the Nursery!]]'', making a brief appearance in his office. He then appeared in ''[[BW096|Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!]]'', spearheading Team Rocket's Operation Tempest, a mission to capture {{an|Meloetta}} and use it to take control of {{p|Tornadus}}, {{p|Thundurus}}, and {{p|Landorus}} to conquer Unova. For the first time in the history of the series, he battled against Ash directly, with Persian defeating Pikachu. He then captured Ash and Pikachu so Meloetta would have no choice but to go with him. They all went to the ruins in preparation for the next stage of the mission, using Meloetta's song to summon the [[Reveal Glass]] in the temple. In the beginning of ''[[BW097|Unova's Survival Crisis!]]'', he used the Reveal Glass to summon the [[Forces of Nature]] and transform them into their Therian Formes before setting them against Ash, Iris, Cilan, [[Ridley]], and [[Cynthia]]. However, during the battle, Meloetta was dislodged from the mechanism controlling the trio's power. After looking directly into the Reveal Glass, Giovanni became possessed by the power and went insane, declaring against his followers' wishes that he would instead ''destroy'' Unova. With the power of the Forces of Nature, he began freezing the land in ice, but he was saved from the possession by Jessie, James, and Meowth. On Dr. Zager's advisement, he then ordered a full retreat from the Unova region. He was last seen flying off in his airplane to return to Kanto with Jessie, James, Meowth, and Dr. Zager, contemplating how his worst instincts nearly brought about his own end.
He reappeared inIn ''[[BW123|Farewell, Unova! Setting Sail for New Adventures!]]'', where heGiovanni congratulated Jessie, James, and Meowth on their good work in defeating Team Plasma before telling them to continue doing their best for Team Rocket.
Giovanni appeared in ''[[BW142|The Dream Continues!]]'' alongside Matori with a new outfit, a dark business suit. After again praising Jessie, James, and Meowth for defeating Team Plasma, he wanted to know what they had accomplished since then. With Jessie and James having nothing to show for their time, Meowth quickly improvised and claimed that the [[Jessie's Woobat|Woobat]], [[Jessie's Frillish|Frillish]], [[James' Yamask|Yamask]], and [[James' Amoonguss|Amoonguss]] Jessie and James had used in Unova were for him, and he accepted them.
[[File:Giovanni XY anime.png|left|thumb|250px|Giovanni in the {{series|XY}}]]
In the ''XY'' series, Giovanni's role was relegated to the Team Rocket trio's benefactor during their assignments in the [[Kalos]] region. He appeared in ''[[XY003|A Battle of Aerial Mobility!]]'', where he told the trio to work hard in Kalos. In ''[[XY029|Heroes — Friend and Faux Alike!]]'', Jessie and James reported their progress in capturing Pokémon with their obtaining of {{TP|James|Inkay}} and {{TP|Jessie|Pumpkaboo}}. Pleased with their report, Giovanni told them to keep up their work.
He reappeared inIn ''[[XY107|An Explosive Operation!]]'', where the trio contacted himGiovanni to tell him of their latest activity. They told him of [[Team Flare|an organization wearing orange suits]], which he was already familiar with, and of the existence of [[Squishy]]. He became alarmed after learning said organization could hinder Team Rocket, and ordered the trio to investigate them. Later, after fighting with Team Flare, the trio contacted him again to tell him that another Zygarde Core transformed into {{DL|List of Pokémon with form differences|Zygarde|a much more powerful form}}. Intrigued by this, Giovanni assigned them a mission to claim Zygarde's power for Team Rocket.
He later appeared inIn ''[[XY137|Battling with a Clean Slate!]]''. He, hadGiovanni received information on Team Flare's demise, and was visibly pleased upon being told by the trio that it was all thanks to their actions. He asked them to prepare a detailed report on the matter.
In ''[[XY140|Till We Compete Again!]]'', the trio sent him a video of their role in the Team Flare incident, in which they made it appear as if they had a larger role. He congratulated them on their success in Kalos, and ordered them to return to {{an|Team Rocket HQ}}.
===={{series|Sun & Moon}}====
[[File:Giovanni Sun and Moon series.png|thumb|250px|Giovanni in the {{series|Sun & Moon}}]]
In the ''Sun & Moon'' series, much like ''XY'' before, Giovanni primarily served as the trio's benefactor during their assignments in the [[Alola]] region, though his appearances were more frequent. He appeared in a flashback during ''[[SM003|Loading the Dex!]]'', where it was revealed that he had sent Jessie, James, and Meowth to Alola in order to capture the rare Pokémon that inhabit the region. He had another new outfit, a variation of the dark business suit.
Giovanni appeared again in ''[[SM012|The Sun, the Scare, the Secret Lair!]]'' during an argument the trio were having with Matori over their lack of reports on their activity in Alola. They immediately fell into line upon seeing him and showed him {{TP|Jessie|Mimikyu}}, as well as {{an|Bewear}}, who they lied about having captured. Though he was initially skeptical of their claims while examining data presented to him by Matori, he ultimately praised them and told them to continue doing well for Team Rocket.
Giovanni reappeared inIn ''[[SM062|Acting True to Form!]]'' alongside Matori, where heGiovanni contacted the trio and took an interest in the {{alo|Meowth}}. He later contacted the trio again after the Alolan Meowth arrived at the headquarters.
Giovanni reappeared again inIn ''[[SM073|Why Not Give Me a Z-Ring Sometime?]]'', where heGiovanni informed the trio that they can acquire a [[Z-Ring]] from the [[Ula'ula Island|Ula'ula]] [[Island Kahuna]] [[Nanu]], an old acquaintance of his. He then reappeared again inIn ''[[SM074|Tough Guy Trials!]]'', where he phoned Nanu. After expressing surprise that Nanu had become both a police officer and an Island Kahuna, he asked for information about the "{{p|Necrozma|Blinding One}}", though Nanu lied and claimed to know nothing. When Ash arrived to see Nanu, he hung up on Giovanni.
Giovanni reappeared yet again inIn ''[[SM087|Filling the Light with Darkness!]]'', where heGiovanni contacted Matori and [[Gozu]] as they approached Alola by helicopter for a mission. Matori informed him that a small [[Ultra Wormhole]] had opened in Alola, meaning that their target could appear. Giovanni asked her if their target could be the "Blinding One", and Matori responded that finding out the answer was the purpose of her mission. He replied that he had high expectations of her.
The first time Giovanni had been seen in battle was in ''[[EP063|The Battle of the Badge]]''. He used powerful Pokémon against Gary but later left the Gym to deal with an unexplained emergency, leaving Ash to battle Jessie. By the time Ash returned from Hoenn, Agatha was in charge of the Gym until a new Leader could be found. Giovanni's reasons for leaving it have not been explained. In ''[[BW096|Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!]]'', Giovanni finally confronted Ash in a battle and won easily.
Very little is known about his past in any timeline; he is generally shrouded in mystery. ''[[The Birth of Mewtwo]]'' reveals that [[Madame Boss|his mother]] was the head of Team Rocket before him. However, this is presumed to be [[canon]] in the {{pkmn|anime}} timeline only, as the {{pkmn|games}} have no precedent for this. The radio drama revealed that Giovanni holds his mother in high regard. It is revealed in the {{series|Sun & Moon}} that he has personal ties with [[Nanu]], an [[Alola]]n police officer, though the exact nature of their relationship remains unclear at this time.
This listing is of Giovanni's known {{OBP|Pokémon|species}} in the {{pkmn|anime}}:
====On hand====
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====Status unknown====
None of Cloyster's moves are known.}}
|main=Mewtwo (original series)
While controlling Mewtwo, Giovanni used its overwhelming {{t|Psychic}} powers to capture new Pokémon for Team Rocket and in his Gym battles, where it defeated all of his challengers effortlessly. When Mewtwo discovered Giovanni's real intentions for it, Mewtwo broke out of his bonds and escaped.}}
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|main=Meloetta (anime)
{{p|Thundurus}} was summoned by Giovanni with Meloetta and the Reveal Glass. By using the Reveal Glass, Giovanni forced Thundurus to transform into his Therian Forme, where he wreaked havoc by freezing a nearby town. During the battle, Pikachu absorbed some of his electricity, greatly powering up his {{m|Electro Ball}}. After Giovanni had abandoned him, Meloetta calmed Thundurus down with its singing.}}
|main=Misty's Togepi
|desc={{TR|Delibird}} gave Giovanni a {{p|Yanma}} that Jessie caught after [[Tyler]] weakened her. One of the grunts of Team Rocket mentioned that they have several Yanma and as such, Giovanni didn't accept the offer and Delibird returned Yanma back to Jessie.}}
===Voice actors===
|ja=鈴置洋孝 ''[[Hirotaka Suzuoki]]'' ([[EP015]]-[[AG132]])<br>三宅健太 ''[[Kenta Miyake]]'' ([[DP002]]-present)
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