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For the variant appearing in the games, see Giovanni (game).

Giovanni is the founder and leader of Team Rocket as well as being the Viridian Gym Leader in the Red, Blue and Green Chapter of Pokémon Adventures. He is also the father of Silver.

Aside from being known as both Leader of Team Rocket and a Gym, he was known for being the first person to discover that Rhydon could evolve.


Giovanni is a tall, medium built, middle aged man. He has very short, flat, dark hair and small dark eyes. He wears a long sleeved black shirt with a large V neck that shows off a white undershirt, black slightly baggy trousers and black shoes.


Giovanni is a cold, cruel man, as shown when he commanded his Cloyster to slay two helpless Magmar by breaking them in half. He does not care in the slightest bit in manipulating innocent Pokémon that were subjected to his own experiments, viewing them as mere weapons. When he was defeated for the first time, Red states that his views on Pokémon led to his downfall. When Blue chases after him, Blue tells him about his reputation of 'Giovanni of the Land'. Giovanni smirks and asks Blue the importance of his own reputation.

One of his commanders, Sabrina, stated the Giovanni is a charismatic leader, allowing most of his subordinates to stay loyal to him to the very end.

Despite his ruthless personality, the FireRed and LeafGreen arc humanizes Giovanni. The main reason why he wanted to capture Deoxys was not mainly on revenge, but to locate his missing son who was kidnapped by another of the Pokédex Holders' archenemies. While his commanders believe that he only wanted to utilize his son as the heir to Team Rocket's empire, Giovanni actually wanted to reunite with his son before his death.

Another example of Giovanni's caring side is when he aided Yellow in fighting Lance, though this is likely due to Team Rocket's plans being interfered in by the Elite Four.


Giovanni was born in the Viridian Forest, like certain individuals, though he is not seen to possess any unique abilities.

When he gained the title of the eighth Gym Leader in Kanto, Giovanni was given the nickname "Giovanni of the Land" due to his specialty in using Ground-type Pokémon, with exceptions of his Beedrill and Cloyster.

Giovanni also wrote a manual on how to raise Ground-type Pokémon called "Secret Earth Arts". It contained all of his knowledge as an expert of ground-type Pokémon.[1]

Red, Green and Blue arc

Red first encounters Giovanni at the Pewter Museum, who pretends to be an amateur fossil hunter and archaeologist. They come across two berserk Magmar destroying the Museum, and after Red defeats them, Giovanni hands him an Old Amber as a reward.

As Red leaves, Giovanni laughs spitefully that a mere child like him could defeat Team Rocket. As the Magmar reform and attempt to kill Giovanni, he has his Cloyster kill them by freezing them and shattering their ice form. It is here that Giovanni's true agenda is revealed, to investigate Red and find out how he defeated his subordinates Lt. Surge and Koga. Musing on how Red did not finish off the Magmar himself, Giovanni concludes that Red will not be a serious threat.

Later, Giovanni assigns his executives, Lt. Surge, Sabrina and Koga, to fuse the three legendary birds (Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres) as a compensation for the 'Mewtwo Project' which results in Mewtwo's escape and Blaine's defection. He assigns them to capture Professor Oak As Red travels to the Viridian City gym to find out what happened to its missing leader, Giovanni comes forth, revealing himself to be both the Gym Leader and the leader of Team Rocket. 

He challenges Red to a battle, stating that he will join Team Rocket should he lose. Although Giovanni quickly gains the upper hand as he was a far more experienced trainer, he was finally defeated by a Thunderbolt attack and disappears.

Yellow arc

During the battle taking place at Cerise Island, Giovanni observes the fight between Yellow and the leader of the Elite Four, Lance. He reveals that he freed Red from Lorelei's ice prison, promptly giving him the Evolutionary Stones found at the bottom of Vermilion Bay, allowing Red's Eevee to evolve. As Giovanni fights Lance, he destroys the protective shield that was giving Yellow such a hard time fighting back.

However, as the fight seemingly sways to Giovanni's favor, Lance states that Cerise Island is an amplification device for the gym badges, and with Giovanni's Earth Badge, he can summon the giant bird. Giovanni then retreats, leaving Yellow to do battle with Lance. As Yellow emerges victorious in combat, he tells his executives to return to their gyms, telling them that now is not a good time to identify themselves as Team Rocket.

Giovanni left his Gym, which was empty and without a leader. The Association spoke of the problem, seeing they had to be careful about which candidate should be for his Gym.[2]

Crystal arc

Before Janine inherited the title of the Gym Leader, she was taught by her father, Koga, about battling. She also told she would serve Giovanni one day.[3] While investigating the area around Mahogany Town, Lt. Surge wondered who was the new leader of Team Rocket, as the organization was supposed to be disbanded after Giovanni had left.[4]

Blue showed a book about the Ground-type Pokémon he obtained, whose author was Giovanni.[1] While speaking to Gold and Crystal, the Masked Man reminded both of them about Giovanni's plans to control substance and Lance's plan to control space. He claimed he was not interested in such things, as he wanted to control time itself.[5] Lt. Surge faced his former subordinates, Ken, Harry and Al. Since they did not respond, Lt. Surge made them remember how they served Giovanni, alongside Koga and Sabrina, too.[6] Koga, who was with Bruno, explained to Red and Blue that he always served Giovanni and didn't had the time to improve himself in battles.[7]

Ruby & Sapphire arc

Once the Hoenn crisis was over, Giovanni came with his subordinates - Sird, Carr and Orm - and took the Red and Blue Orb, which took shape as two shards.[8] Just as they were to leave, Giovanni sensed someone was watching them. He sent Beedrill to attack, but the figure had stopped, so Giovanni went with the Three Beasts away.[9]

FireRed and LeafGreen arc

Giovanni emerged as the head of Team Rocket on Birth Island, where he attempts to wake Deoxys from its slumber. He then sends his new subordinates The Three Beasts to distract Red, Blue and Green while he makes preparations for Deoxys. Later, when Deoxys returns to Birth Island to recuperate from its conflict with Red, Giovanni appears before it, and promptly captures it in its weakened state. Giovanni later appears at Trainer Tower, where he is confronted by the Pokédex Holders and Mewtwo. Mewtwo reveals to Giovanni that it holds a grudge against him for creating him to be used for destruction, but Giovanni merely traps it within a special armor called M2Bind. He then leaves their company in order to search for his son. When Giovanni uses Deoxys to discern that Silver is in Viridian City, he sends Sird and Orm to find Silver, while he deals with Red and Mewtwo.

Giovanni, seeking payback in their previous battle, proclaims that he will fight Red alone. He then summons Deoxys to fight against Red's Mewtwo, with the battle swinging in Red's favour. However, Giovanni is suffering from a disease, and is taken by Orm to recuperate. When Giovanni finally meets Silver, his son expresses contempt that his father is associated with a criminal organisation. However, before Giovanni can stop Silver from leaving, Carr betrays Giovanni, attempting to plunge the airship into the Viridian Gym. As the impending disaster looms, Red tells Deoxys to conjure up a black hole, which promptly rescues Silver and Giovanni from the airship.

However, when they emerge from the black hole, Giovanni and Silver find themselves in a flaming chamber, contrary to Red's expectations. Giovanni puts Silver's life ahead of his own, holding him away from the flames; commenting how much Silver has grown up since he was a child. As Blue intervenes with his Rhydon, Silver refuses to acknowledge Giovanni as his father. Blue teaches him that he was once a lot like Silver, and that he should accept Giovanni as his father. Silver does so, crying over Giovanni's unconscious body. He orders his Ursaring to take Giovanni back to his base, in order to recuperate from his injuries.

HeartGold and SoulSilver arc

Giovanni's whereabouts are unknown, and his son Silver is searching for him. He reappears later in chapter.

Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire arc

Blaise explained to Amber when Blaise was searching for the orbs, Giovanni took the orbs (which were reduced to shards). Giovanni heard Blaise and sent Beedrill to attack, but Blaise hid himself to avoid any confrontation.


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Deoxys, codenamed "Organism Number 1" was captured by Giovanni, and used to create various clones in order to do away with the Pokédex Holders. It was eventually defeated by Mewtwo, who teamed up with Red, and flew off in search of its brother, Entity One.


  • Giovanni is the only evil team leader who remains active in the manga after his defeat.
    • However, Pryce of Neo Team Rocket are trapped in the Distortion World and the Time Vortex.
    • Also, Giovanni stated that he is slowly dying from an unnamed disease.
  • Giovanni ironically shares the same blood type and birth month as his archnemesis, Red, which is 'O' and 'August'.


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