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This Wobbuffet is a Psychic-type Pokémon owned by Jessie. Serving the Team Rocket trio, he often plays the role of recurring antagonist in the anime series.

Biography

Wobbuffet was originally owned by a young trainer named Benny, who fell for a scheme of Team Rocket's, posing as a trading machine designed to steal Pokemon. In a commotion caused by another meeting with the Magikarp Salesman however, Jessie accidentally placed her Lickitung into the machine, unknowingly trading with Benny for real. When the trio tried to ward off Ash and his friends after being revealed, Jessie discovered the trade to her dismay, now stuck with the Patient Pokemon. Wobbuffet put up a decent fight, fainting Chikorita with his Counter attack, but couldn't repel Pikachu's Thunderbolt. Because of that, the trio were sent blasting off with their new team mate.

Despite continuing to travel with Team Rocket throughout Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh, Wobbuffet was only irregularly used in battle, serving more often as comic relief and as a cheerleader of sorts. Like Misty's Psyduck, May's Skitty, Brock's Croagunk, Ash's Oshawott, and Clemont's Chespin, he likes to pop out of his Poké Ball randomly, often joining the trio in their antics, as well as their motto.

Jessie left her Wobbuffet at Team Rocket HQ along with her Yanmega and Seviper when they went to the Unova region in the Black and White series. Despite this, Wobbuffet still appeared with Meowth in the Pikachu shorts of this era.

When Jessie and James gave their Unova Pokémon to Giovanni, they lamented they had no Pokémon to use for their upcoming mission, until Wobbuffet popped up behind them, surprising the trio. Jessie retrieved her Wobbuffet and headed to the Kalos region, returning as an active member in the XY series. Though still acting as comic relief, Wobbuffet has proved more active and competent in Kalos, being more dangerous in battle and able to resist even stronger attacks from Ash's team.

In A Fork in the Road! A Parting of the Ways!, they are blasted off by Ash's Pikachu's Thunderbolt but they are separated with James and Meowth due to Jessie's map radar was broken. He and Jessie fell into the river after a wild Gloom uses Stun Spore on them, only to be rescued by Dr. White and his Wobbuffet from getting drowning. Wobbuffet is seen spending a good time with Dr. White's Wobbuffet and her baby Wynauts in which Jessie notices his caring side while she pretending as Jessilia while working with Dr. White. Jessie eventually leaves Wobbuffet to spend time with his female counterpart after she left heartbroken to see Dr. White became worried to his friend and it became clear that the two are close she abandons her Jessilia's disguise and came to confront the Pokémon hunter. Wobbuffet reappears to save everyone by retaliating Rhyperior's Rock Wrecker using Counter. Jessie calls him a fool which Meowth translates Wobbuffet's words that he left his mate because of his loyalty to her much to Jessie's emotional relief. Wobbuffet eventually deflects its Horn Drill using Mirror Coat allowing everyone to use its powerful abilities to defeat Rhyperior and knocks into his Trainer. After the Pokémon hunter's defeat, Wobbuffet is seen with James, Meowth and Jessie who is left heartbroken as the Meowth Balloon flies away at night.

Personality

Wobbuffet often comes across as rather vacuous and air-headed, blindly following his teammates and often irritating them with its dopey behavior. It often comes out of his Poke Ball on its own accord, a trait that annoyed Jessie early on, and thus is often seen traveling with the trio on foot in many schemes, even joining in on their motto.

Despite his goofy behavior however, Wobbuffet has often proven very loyal to Jessie and the rest of Team Rocket, even showing heavy affection to them at times. He has proved rather easy going and submissive. Unlike previous Team Rocket Pokémon, he has no problem following other members such as Meowth, usually serving as a travel buddy in the Pikachu shorts. He also seems to follow Meowth's tendency of being a rather amorous Pokémon, having fallen in love more than once (his love for a benevolent Kirlia was the only instance he was willing to betray his team, preventing her capture). Later, he also falls in love with Dr. White's Wobbuffet, his female counterpart after the latter saves him and Jessie who actually loves him but she leaves her Pokemon behind to spend time with it. But later Wobbuffet returns to save Jessie and her friends using Counter after leaving his mate behind due to his loyalty to Jessie.

Following the stipulations of his game's counterpart, Wobbuffet can be rather formidable in battle under the right circumstances. Though he cannot initiate his own attacks, his Counter and Mirror Coat sometimes give the heroes difficulty attacking him, as well as making him convenient as a strategic shield for the rest of the team.

Since Arriving in Style! and Grooming Furfrou!, Wobbuffet is usually seen dressed up in different clothes especially he poses as a sole Pokémon model when a disguised James shows it to Ash and the group.

Known moves

Move Episode/Chapter
Jessie Wobbuffet Mirror Coat
Counter Tricks of the Trade
Bide - A Hot Water Battle
Mirror Coat Imitation Confrontation
+ indicates this Pokémon used this move recently.*
- indicates this Pokémon normally can't use this move.

Voice actor and actress

Trivia

  • Jessie's Wobbuffet is the third most prominent Pokemon in the series (after Ash's Pikachu and Team Rocket's Meowth), having appeared since the original series and appearing in every series since then.
  • Wobbuffet is also among few characters to still retain his original English voice actor after the studio change from 4Kids Entertainment to The Pokémon Company. Kayzie Rogers has voiced him since his debut (though on some occasions via stock footage in her temporary absence).
  • Barring Meowth, Wobbuffet is the only Team Rocket Pokemon of the original series to still be owned. He is also the only one to have been recalled to the team since being released or left at HQ.
  • It is unknown if the face on Wobbuffet's tail is alive but in some episodes of the anime it can be seen moving its face.
  • Wobbuffet's perpetual interruptions or punctuations to his team's bantering are designed as a punchline in the Japanese edit. His regional name "Sonans" serves as a pun of the phrase "That's the way it is".

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