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Professor Oak (anime)

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Original series
In ''[[EP002|Pokémon Emergency]]'', Oak called the [[Viridian City]] [[Pokémon Center]] after hearing that Ash had already made it there from 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|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 thatsee "every road, nohas matter how smooth, hasa itsfew bumps along the way." He had arrived with Ash's mother with the goal of cheering Ash on in mind.
Following the Indigo Plateau Conference, Professor Oak asked Ash to pick up a [[GS Ball|mysterious Poké Ball]] from his friend, [[Professor Ivy]], who lives on [[Valencia Island]] in the [[Orange Archipelago]]. He wasn't at all surprised when Ash called him asking if he could compete in the [[Orange League]]. Though he wanted to study the GS Ball, he also wanted Ash to compete in the league so that he can get more training. During Ash's adventures in the Orange Islands, he befriended a [[Pokémon watcher]] by the name of [[Tracey Sketchit]] who was a great admirer of Professor Oak. When the group returned to Pallet Town in ''[[EP116|The Rivalry Revival]]'', Tracey asked if he could become his assistant, which Oak graciously accepted.