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In ''[[EP245|Will the Real Oak Please Stand Up?]]'', Professor Oak mentioned that his childhood nickname was "Flying Finger Sammy" because he was particularly good at playing video games.
 
At some point, Oak was a lecturer at [[Celadon University]], where [[Foster]] was one of his top students. In [[Professor Elm]]'s [[EP117|debut]], he mentioned that he was one of Oak's top performing students at university. In ''[[M03|Spell of the Unown: Entei]]'', it was revealed that Oak also taught [[Spencer Hale]] and {{Ash}}'s mother {{Delia}}.
 
===[[Original series]]===
Professor Oak made his debutdebuted in ''[[EP001|Pokémon, I Choose You!]]'', appearing on a late night television show explaining the three [[starter Pokémon]] that [[Pokémon Trainer]]s would receive. The next day, three Trainers from [[Pallet Town]], including his grandson, [[Gary Oak]], came to [[Professor Oak's Laboratory|his lab]], ready to become Pokémon Trainers. Oak gave them each a starter Pokémon, including giving Gary his {{TP|Gary|Squirtle|Blastoise}}, though this wasn't revealed [[EP269|until much later]] in the series. Later that same day, Ash came to him as he was also starting his [[Pokémon journey]] and needed his first Pokémon. But because he was so late, the only Pokémon that Oak had left was a rebellious {{AP|Pikachu}}.
 
He appeared again inIn ''[[EP002|Pokémon Emergency]]'', where heOak called the [[Viridian City]] [[Pokémon Center]] after hearing that Ash had already made it there from [[Delia Ketchum|his mother]]. He stated how he was surprised that he had made it that far, and expressed doubts he had when Ash first left. Mentioning making a bet of a million dollars with Gary that Ash hadn't captured any new Pokémon, he was disappointed to hear that this was indeed true and he had lost the bet with his grandson. When Ash told him that he had seen an [[{{an|Ho-Oh (anime)|unknown Pokémon]]}}, which resembled the {{p|Articuno|stone carving above him}}, he waved it away as nonsense, saying that Trainers have searched their whole lives for that Pokémon, and none have succeeded.
 
Over the course of Ash and Gary's journeys, Professor Oak took care of the Pokémon they captured that were sent to his lab. He would often gloat about how much farther ahead his grandson was to Ash like in ''[[EP013|Mystery at the Lighthouse]]'', which often caused Ash to be extra competitive. During the [[Indigo Plateau Conference]], Oak became greatly disappointed when he discovered that Gary had lost in the third round, but decided to look on the bright side, telling {{an|Misty}} and {{an|Brock}} that it would do Gary good to learn that "every road, no matter how smooth, has its bumps along the way." He had arrived with Ash's mother with the goal of cheering Ash on in mind.
Not being able to discover the mystery behind the GS Ball, Professor Oak called for Ash's assistance once more and asked him to travel to the [[Johto]] region and give the Ball to his friend [[Kurt]]. He also explained that there were many new Pokémon out west which made Ash all the more eager to go and catch up with his rival, Gary. Ash completed this task in ''[[EP143|Going Apricorn!]]'', leaving the GS Ball in Kurt’s possession for further study.
 
Oak reappeared inIn ''[[EP245|Will the Real Oak Please Stand Up?]]'', where heOak and his friend [[DJ Mary]] announced they were going to broadcast a live show in [[Maroon Town]]. {{TRT}} got wind of this and disguised themselves as Oak and Mary. With the help of [[Nurse Joy]], a quiz show determined who was the real Oak and Mary.
 
In ''[[EP258|Hatch Me If You Can]]'', Professor Oak and Delia traveled to [[New Bark Town]] to catch up with [[Professor Elm]], and also to see Ash before the upcoming [[Silver Conference]]. The trio’strio's dinner plans were interrupted after an urgent call from a nearby [[Pokémon Center]] alerted them to an issue with Ash’sAsh's newly hatched {{AP|Larvitar}}. Oak and Elm were then able to stabilize Larvitar's body temperature.
 
Professor Oak, along with Delia, traveled to {{jo|Silver Town}} to watch Ash and his grandson Gary compete in the Silver League Conference, from ''[[EP266|A Claim to Flame!]]'' to ''[[EP272|Johto Photo Finish]]''.
 
After learning that Ash was traveling to the [[Hoenn]] region, Professor Oak gave him an updated [[Pokédex]] and wished him the very best on his nextof ventureluck.
 
==={{series|Advanced Generation}}===
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In ''[[AG015|Gonna Rule the School]]'', he was lecturing the students of {{ci|Rustboro}}'s [[Pokémon Trainers' School]] via satellite.
Oak traveled to [[Hoenn]] in ''[[AG071|A Six Pack Attack!]]'' to meet with [[Professor Birch]] for the first time and brought along the [[Kanto starter Pokémon#Kanto|Kanto starters]] as they interacted with the [[starter Pokémon#Hoenn|Hoenn starters]]. [[Max]] was particularly excited to meet his heroidol in person, but the meeting was interrupted when {{TRT}} kidnapped both the Hoenn and Kanto starters. Oak, {{an|May}}, and Max followed Team Rocket to their cave headquarters and later worked together to escape the facility with the starter Pokémon.
 
In ''[[AG133|The Right Place and The Right Mime]]'', Professor Oak noticed that one of his {{TP|May|Squirtle}} felt most comfortable being with May, and offered it for her to raise into a strong Pokémon. He also agreed to look after her {{TP|May|Bulbasaur}} after seeing that it was interested in learning from Ash's own {{AP|Bulbasaur}}.
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