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Giovanni
(サカキ Sakaki)
FRLG Giovanni
General
Hometown Viridian City
Region Kanto
Family Silver (son; games and manga)
Madame Boss (mother; anime)
Badge Earth Badge
Preferred Type Ground
First Appearance Red and Green (games)
Battle Aboard the St. Anne (anime)
Voice actor

Ted Lewis (English) (4kids (Up to AG145)) (PUSA (Current; returned in DP080)) Craig Blair (English) (AG146-DP052)

Class: Gym Leader
Rocket Boss
"So! I must say, I am impressed you got here. Team Rocket captures Pokémon from around the world. They're important tools for keeping our criminal enterprise going. I am the leader, Giovanni! For your insolence, you will feel a world of pain!"
— Giovanni in FireRed and LeafGreen

Giovanni doubles as the Gym Leader for Viridian City's Gym, and as the Boss of the criminal organization Team Rocket. As the Gym Leader, Giovanni holds the Earth Badge for the trainers that defeat him, and specializes in Ground-type Pokémon.

In the Generation II games, Giovanni has disappeared inexplicably after his final loss to Red, leaving Team Rocket disorganized and confused.

Appearance

Personality

Biography

Games

Red, Blue, Green & Yellow

100px-Red Blue Giovanni

Generation 1 artwork.

Giovanni first appeared in the Generation I games as the Leader of Team Rocket. After he and his Team Rocket Grunts were defeated at both the Rocket Hideout and Silph Co., Giovanni escapes to an unknown hideout where the protagonist is unaware of. Eventually, it was revealed that he was the Gym Leader of the Viridian Gym, and the final Gym Leader the player faces. Upon defeating him, Giovanni states that he's giving up on Team Rocket, subsequently disbands the organization, and disappears, and is not seen again for the rest of the game.

Gold, Silver & Crystal

Later on, in the Generation II games, Team Rocket has reorganized, now functioning without Giovanni, and believes that he will return. The lost Team Rocket attempts several acts, in order to call their former Leader, though he never makes an appearance.

FireRed & LeafGreen

In the Generation III remakes, Giovanni retains his first role in exactly the same way, with the exception of his updated appearance. Also, instead of passing the protagonist the TM (Fissure), he passes them the TM (Earthquake). At the Sevii Islands, a group of renegade Team Rocket Grunts and Admins attempt to continue their schemes but are defeated by the protagonist.

HeartGold & SoulSilver

In Generation IV, another branch of Team Rocket led by Executive Archer attempt to relaunch the team by committing several acts such as at the Slowpoke Well and the Lake of Rage. After being foiled by the protagonist, the new Team Rocket took over the Goldenrod Radio Tower to contact their missing leader but are once again defeated. Archer then disbands Team Rocket forever, much like his leader three years ago.

It was later revealed during the Celebi Event that Giovanni heard the broadcast from his radio in his hideout in Tohjo Falls. After being defeated, he disappears.

During the event, it was also revealed that Silver was Giovanni's son who was abandoned by his father when he met his defeat at the hands of Red. This act reflects on Giovanni's selfishness, something that the much more ruthless Giovanni in the manga would not do.

Black 2 & White 2

In Black 2 and White 2, he appears at the World Tournament mode wearing his Celebi event outfit.

Manga

Adventures

Main article: Giovanni (Adventures)


Anime

Main Series

Main article: Giovanni (anime)


Origins

Main article: Giovanni (Origins)


Sprites

RB Battle Sprite


Y Battle Sprite


FRLG Battle Sprite


HGSS Battle Sprite


Vs Sprite


B2W2 Battle Sprite
Giovanni(RB)Sprite
Giovanni(Y)Sprite
Giovanni(FrLg)Sprite
GiovanniHGSS
VSGiovanni
GiovanniB2W2

Pokémon

Games

Red, Green and Blue

RB 095 front
Onix
 Type Rock Type Ground 
RB 111 front
Rhyhorn
 Type Ground Type Rock 
RB 115 front
Kangaskhan
 Type Normal 
[[File:{{{P4}}}_RB.png|link={{{P4}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_RB.png|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_RB.png|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
Lv. 25 - Lv. 24 - Lv. 29 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Rock Throw Horn Attack Comet Punch - - -
Bind - Rage - - -
Rage - Bite - - -
Screech - - - - -

RB 033 front
Nidorino
 Type Poison 
RB 111 front
Rhyhorn
 Type Ground Type Rock 
RB 115 front
Kangaskhan
 Type Normal 
RB 031 front
Nidoqueen
 Type Poison Type Ground 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_RB.png|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_RB.png|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
Lv. 37 Lv. 37 - Lv. 35 Lv. 41 Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Horn Attack Stomp Comet Punch Scratch - -
Poison Sting Horn Attack Rage Tail Whip - -
Focus Energy Tail Whip Bite Body Slam - -
Fury Attack - Tail Whip Poison Sting - -

RB 111 front
Rhyhorn
 Type Ground Type Rock 
RB 051 front
Dugtrio
 Type Ground 
RB 031 front
Nidoqueen
 Type Poison Type Ground 
RB 034 front
Nidoking
 Type Poison Type Ground 
RB 112 front
Rhydon
 Type Ground Type Rock 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_RB.png|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
Lv. 45 - Lv. 42 - Lv. 44 Lv. 45 Lv. 50 - Lv. ? -
Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Stomp Growl Scratch Tackle Tail Whip -
Tail Whip Dig Poison Sting Horn Attack Stomp -
Fury Attack Sand-Attack Tail Whip Poison Sting Horn Drill -
Horn Attack Slash Body Slam Thrash Fissure -

Yellow

Y 095 front
Onix
 Type Rock Type Ground 
Y 111 front
Rhyhorn
 Type Ground Type Rock 
Y 053 front
Persian
 Type Normal 
[[File:{{{P4}}}_Y.png|link={{{P4}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_Y.png|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_Y.png|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
Lv. 25 - Lv. 24 - Lv. 29 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Rock Throw Horn Attack Pay Day - - -
Bind - Scratch - - -
Rage - Bite - - -
Screech - Growl - - -

Y 033 front
Nidorino
 Type Poison 
Y 111 front
Rhyhorn
 Type Ground Type Rock 
Y 053 front
Persian
 Type Normal 
Y 031 front
Nidoqueen
 Type Poison Type Ground 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_Y.png|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_Y.png|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
Lv. 37 Lv. 37 - Lv. 35 - Lv. 41 Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Double Kick Stomp Scratch Double Kick - -
Poison Sting Horn Attack Growl Tail Whip - -
Focus Energy Tail Whip Bite Body Slam - -
Fury Attack - Pay Day Poison Sting - -

FireRed and LeafGreen

FRLG 095 front
Onix
 Type Rock Type Ground 
FRLG 111 front
Rhyhorn
 Type Ground Type Rock 
FRLG 115 front
Kangaskhan
 Type Normal 
[[File:{{{P4}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P4}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
Lv. 25 Lv. 24 Lv. 29 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Rock Head Ability: Rock Head Ability: Early Bird Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Rock Throw Stomp Fake Out - - -
Bind Fury Attack Bite - - -
Rage Scary Face Mega Punch - - -
Harden Tail Whip Tail Whip - - -

FRLG 033 front
Nidorino
 Type Poison 
FRLG 111 front
Rhyhorn
 Type Ground Type Rock 
FRLG 115 front
Kangaskhan
 Type Normal 
FRLG 031 front
Nidoqueen
 Type Poison Type Ground 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
Lv. 37 Lv. 37 Lv. 35 Lv. 41 Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Poison Point Ability: Rock Head Ability: Early Bird Ability: Poison Point Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ?
Horn Attack Fury Attack Mega Punch Double Kick - -
Poison Sting Rock Blast Rage Tail Whip - -
Helping Hand Tail Whip Fake Out Body Slam - -
Fury Attack Scary Face Tail Whip Poison Sting - -

HeartGold and SoulSilver (Special Event)

HGSS 034 front
Nidoking
 Type Poison Type Ground 
Pt 430 front
Honchkrow
 Type Dark Type Flying 
HGSS 031 front
Nidoqueen
 Type Poison Type Ground 
HGSS 115 front
Kangaskhan
 Type Normal 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
Lv. 42 Lv. 43 Lv. 46 Lv. 40 Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Poison Point Ability: Super Luck Ability: Poison Point Ability: Scrappy Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ?
Shadow Claw Nasty Plot Crunch Outrage - -
Double Kick Swagger Roar Leer - -
Focus Energy Dark Pulse Earth Power Sucker Punch - -
Fury Attack Shadow Ball Superpower Dizzy Punch - -


Black 2 and White 2

Stadium

Trivia

  • Giovanni's name may come from the word GEO for the first part of his name. Geo is Greek for Earth and this is because he is a Ground type trainer.
    • It may also be a pun on how most 20's and 30's American gang members had Italian names like Alfonso (Al) Capone. Giovanni is an English-Italian name and is a gang leader himself (Team Rocket).
  • Giovanni's outfit in Generation IV and V seems to be based on a general's uniform.
  • In Pokémon Yellow, Giovanni replaced Kangaskhan with Persian since Yellow was based on the anime.
  • He may be inspired by the villain of James Bond series, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. In Bond films and novels, Blofeld leads his own criminal organization, the S.P.E.C.T.R.E., to become rich and reign on the world. As a companion, Blofeld has a cat.
  • In the Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Celebi event, your rival is found out to be the son of Giovanni.
  • Giovanni's Generation I sprite has shown Giovanni with something that looks like a mustache, although Giovanni doesn't have a mustache. This could, however, simply be the shadow from his nose.
  • The first time Ash Ketchum ever met Giovanni was in The Battle Of The Badge, when he challenged Giovanni at the Viridian City gym, also in the same episode Giovanni is seen out of the shadows for the first time. The two have never seen each other again until the Pokémon Special "Mewtwo Returns." After that the latest appearance with Giovanni meeting Ash was in Meloetta and the Undersea Temple! and Unova's Survival Crisis! in Unova.
  • Also in the same episode, his identity has been shown since the 15th episode that his identity would not be blown.
  • Giovanni's Japanese name, Sakaki was the name of the leader of Rocket Reds, a gang which bullied the creator of Pokémon, and the one who killed Satoshi's tadpole, Nyorozo.
  • He is considered to be the main antagonist of the entire Pokémon franchise.
  • In the Celebi event, Silver is Giovanni's son. However in the anime this relationship is absent or not mentioned in the anime.

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