554Darumaka.png The subject of this article has no official English name.
The name currently in use is a fan romanization of the Japanese name.
If you were looking for the character from Black 2 and White 2 whose Japanese screen name is also Tenma, see Curtis.

(Japanese: テンマ Tenma) is a character of the day who appeared in The Big Balloon Blow-Up. He is Skyler's father. Tenma works inside an air hangar specializing in designing, creating, and flying hot-air balloons.


Tenma lent Ash and his friends a Pikachu balloon to use for the upcoming Pokémon Balloon Race, and then explained the rules and aim of the sport. He competed alongside Skyler in the race, and he also coached Ash and his friends through a large gust of wind via walkie-talkie.

The two teams ultimately came in first place, but Ash and his friends were honored by the experience and gave the win to Tenma and his son.

Skyler described Tenma as both an architect and an artist at the same time. Tenma keeps pictures on his studio's walls of all of his Pokémon-inspired creations. He and his son share a passion for hot-air ballooning, and both support each others ambitions.

Pokémon competitions

Tenma has competed in the following Pokémon competitions:

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 坂東尚樹 Naoki Bandō
English Marc Thompson
Italian Marco Pagani
Polish Jan Kulczycki
European Spanish Carlos del Pino


  • Tenma and his son's Japanese name both reference the main characters from the classic manga and anime Astro Boy by Osamu Tezuka.

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