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Giovanni
(サカキ Sakaki)
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General
Hometown Viridian City
Region Kanto
Family Silver (son)
Badge Earth Badge
Preferred Type Ground
First Appearance

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
Team 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, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Giovanni (Japanese: サカキ Sakaki) 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.

In the games

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.

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.

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 him 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.

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.

In Generation V, Giovanni appears in Black 2 and White 2 in the World Tournament mode wearing his Celebi event outfit.

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

In the anime

Main article: Giovanni (anime)


In the manga

Main article: Giovanni (Adventures)


Pokémon

In Games

Pokémon Red and Blue

File:Onix(RB)Sprite.png
Onix
 Type Rock Type Ground 
File:RedBlueRhyhorn.png
Rhyhorn
 Type Ground Type Rock 
File:Kangaskhan(RedBlue)Sprite.png
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: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Rock Throw Horn Attack Comet Punch - - -
Bind - Rage - - -
Rage - Bite - - -
Screech - - - - -

File:Nidorino(RedBlue)Sprite.png
Nidorino
 Type Poison 
File:RedBlueRhyhorn.png
Rhyhorn
 Type Ground Type Rock 
File:Kangaskhan(RedBlue)Sprite.png
Kangaskhan
 Type Normal 
File:NidoqueenRBSprite.png
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: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
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 - -

File:RedBlueRhyhorn.png
Rhyhorn
 Type Ground Type Rock 
File:Dugtrio(RedBlue)Sprite.png
Dugtrio
 Type Ground 
File:NidoqueenRBSprite.png
Nidoqueen
 Type Poison Type Ground 
File:RedBlueNidoking.png
Nidoking
 Type Poison Type Ground 
File:Rhydon(RB)Sprite.png
Rhydon
 Type Ground Type Rock 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
Lv. 45 - Lv. 42 - Lv. 44 Lv. 45 Lv. 50 - Lv. ? -
Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
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 -

Pokémon Yellow

File:Onix(Y)Sprite.png
Onix
 Type Rock Type Ground 
File:YRhyhornSprite.png
Rhyhorn
 Type Ground Type Rock 
File:Persian(Yellow)Sprite.png
Persian
 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: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Rock Throw Horn Attack Pay Day - - -
Bind - Scratch - - -
Rage - Bite - - -
Screech - Growl - - -

File:NidorinoYSprite.png
Nidorino
 Type Poison 
File:YRhyhornSprite.png
Rhyhorn
 Type Ground Type Rock 
File:Persian(Yellow)Sprite.png
Persian
 Type Normal 
File:YellowNidoqueen.png
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: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
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 - -

File:DugtrioYSprite.png
Dugtrio
 Type Ground 
File:Persian(Yellow)Sprite.png
Persian
 Type Normal 
File:YellowNidoqueen.png
Nidoqueen
 Type Poison Type Ground 
File:Nidoking(Y).png
Nidoking
 Type Poison Type Ground 
File:Rhydon Sprite.png
Rhydon
 Type Ground Type Rock 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
Lv. 50 - Lv. 53 - Lv. 53 Lv. 55 Lv. 55 - Lv. ? -
Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Sand Attack Screech Double Kick Thunder Rock Slide -
Dig Fury Swipes Thunder Leer Fury Attack -
Fissure Double Team Tail Whip Earthquake Horn Drill -
Earthquake Slash Earthquake Thrash Earthquake -

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

File:Onix(FRLG)Sprite.png
Onix
 Type Rock Type Ground 
File:Rhyhorn(FRLG)Sprite.png
Rhyhorn
 Type Ground Type Rock 
File:Kangaskhan(FRLG)Sprite.png
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: ? 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 - - -

File:Nidorino(FRLG)Sprite.png
Nidorino
 Type Poison 
File:Rhyhorn(FRLG)Sprite.png
Rhyhorn
 Type Ground Type Rock 
File:Kangaskhan(FRLG)Sprite.png
Kangaskhan
 Type Normal 
File:Nidoqueen(FRLG)Sprite.png
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: ? 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 - -

File:Rhyhorn(FRLG)Sprite.png
Rhyhorn
 Type Ground Type Rock 
File:Dugtrio(FRLG)Sprite.png
Dugtrio
 Type Ground 
File:Nidoqueen(FRLG)Sprite.png
Nidoqueen
 Type Poison Type Ground 
File:Nidoking(FRLG)Sprite.png
Nidoking
 Type Poison Type Ground 
File:Rhyhorn(FRLG)Sprite.png
Rhyhorn
 Type Ground Type Rock 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
Lv. 45 Lv. 42 Lv. 44 Lv. 45 Lv. 50 Lv. ? -
Ability: Lightningrod Ability: Sand Veil Ability: Poison Point Ability: Poison Point Ability: Lightningrod Ability: Unknown
Item: ? Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ?
Earthquake Mud-Slap Double Kick Thrash Take Down -
Scary Face Sand Tomb Poison Sting Earthquake Rock Blast -
Rock Blast Slash Earthquake Poison Sting Scary Face -
Take Down Earthquake Body Slam Double Kick Earthquake -

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver (Special Event)

File:Nidoking(HGSS)Sprite.png
Nidoking
 Type Poison Type Ground 
HonchkrowHGSSSprite
Honchkrow
 Type Dark Type Flying 
File:NidoqueenHGSSsprite.png
Nidoqueen
 Type Poison Type Ground 
File:HGSSKangaskhan.png
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: ? 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 - -


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Ground-type Tournament
Rhyperior BW
Rhyperior
 Type Ground Type Rock 
Hippowdon BW
Hippowdon
 Type Ground 
Garchomp BW
Garchomp
 Type Dragon Type Ground 
Krookodile BW
Krookodile
 Type Ground Type Dark 
Nidoking BW
Nidoking
 Type Poison Type Ground 
Gliscor BW
Gliscor
 Type Ground Type Flying 
Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50
Ability: Solid Rock Ability: Sand Stream Ability: Sand Veil Ability: Moxie Ability: Poison Point Ability: Sand Veil
Item: Life Orb Item: Quick Claw Item: Choice Scarf Item: Expert Belt Item: Choice Specs Item: Flying Gem
Earthquake Earthquake Outrage Earthquake Earth Power Acrobatics
Rock Blast Crunch Earthquake Superpower Ice Beam Earthquake
Ice Punch Ice Fang Rock Slide Fire Fang Flamethrower Fire Fang
Hammer Arm Stone Edge Brick Break Grass Knot Thunderbolt Tailwind
Kanto Gym Leader Tournament/World Leaders Tournament
Rhyperior BW
Rhyperior
 Type Ground Type Rock 
Golem BW
Golem
 Type Rock Type Ground 
Marowak BW
Marowak
 Type Ground 
Sandslash BW
Sandslash
 Type Ground 
Nidoking BW
Nidoking
 Type Poison Type Ground 
Nidoqueen BW
Nidoqueen
 Type Poison Type Ground 
Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50
Ability: Solid Rock Ability: Rock Head Ability: Rock Head Ability: Sand Veil Ability: Poison Point Ability: Poison Point
Item: Liechi Berry Item: Rindo Berry Item: Yache Berry Item: Salac Berry Item: Shuca Berry Item: Passho Berry
Drill Run Earthquake Bonemerang Earthquake Earth Power Earth Power
Stone Edge Stealth Rock Stone Edge Rock Slide Sludge Wave Poison Jab
Megahorn Rock Blast Outrage Brick Break Megahorn Superpower
Hammer Arm Roar Thunderpunch Sandstorm Blizzard Thunder


Pokémon Stadium

File:Persian(FrLg)Sprite.png
Persian
 Type Normal 
File:Dugtrio(FRLG)Sprite.png
Dugtrio
 Type Ground 
File:Nidoqueen(FRLG)Sprite.png
Nidoqueen
 Type Poison Type Ground 
File:Nidoking(FRLG)Sprite.png
Nidoking
 Type Poison Type Ground 
File:Rhydon(FrLg)Sprite.png
Rhydon
 Type Ground Type Rock 
File:Tauros(FrLg)Sprite.png
Tauros
 Type Normal 
Lv. 50 - Lv. 50 - Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 - Lv. 50
Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Toxic Sand-Attack Double Kick Horn Drill Fury Attack Fire Blast
Slash Rock Slide Strength Blizzard Earthquake Blizzard
Thunderbolt Slash Surf Thunder Body Slam Stomp
BubbleBeam Dig Earthquake Toxic Fissure Thunder

File:Persian(FrLg)Sprite.png
Persian
 Type Normal 
File:Tauros(FrLg)Sprite.png
Tauros
 Type Normal 
File:Nidoqueen(FRLG)Sprite.png
Nidoqueen
 Type Poison Type Ground 
File:Nidoking(FRLG)Sprite.png
Nidoking
 Type Poison Type Ground 
File:Gengar(FrLg)Sprite.png
Gengar
 Type Ghost Type Poison 
File:Moltres(FrLg)Sprite.png
Moltres
 Type Fire Type Flying 
Lv. 50 - Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 - Lv. 50 -
Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Levitate Ability: pressure
Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Screech Blizzard Double Kick Thrash Hypnosis Fire Spin
Slash Thunder Body Slam Earthquake Dream Eater Fly
Thunderbolt Fire Blast Thunderbolt Thunder Night Shade Toxic
BubbleBeam Earthquake Blizzard Surf Explosion Double-Edge

Videos

Main article: Giovanni/Video


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 Itallian 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 moustache, although Giovanni doesn't have a moustache. This could, however, simply be the shadow from his nose.
  • The first time Ash Ketchum ever met Giovanni was in IL063, 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 BW98 and BW99 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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