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Lt. Surge
(マチス Matis)
HGSS Lt. Surge
"The Lightning American!"
General
Hometown Vermilion City
Region Kanto
Badge Thunder Badge
Preferred Type Electric
First Appearance

Pokémon Red and Blue

Voice actor

Maddie Blaustein (English)

Class: Gym Leader
"Hey, kid! What do you think you're doing here? You won't live long in combat! Not with your puny power! I tell you, kid, electric Pokémon saved me during the war! They zapped my enemies into paralysis! The same as I'll do to you!"
— Lt. Surge, Pokémon Red, Blue, LeafGreen and FireRed

Lt. Surge serves as the Gym Leader at Vermilion City's Gym. He holds the Thunder Badge for the trainers that can defeat him, and specializes in Electric type Pokémon.

Appearance

Personality

Biography

Games

Lt. Surge first appeared in the original Pokémon games, as the Vermilion City Gym Leader. He would later be in Pokémon Gold and Silver in the same position. Again, he appeared in the Red and Blue remakes, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, with an updated appearance.

Manga

Main article: Lt. Surge (Adventures)


Anime

Lt. Surge anime

Lt. Surge, in the anime

Main article: Lt. Surge (anime)

Ash battled Lt. Surge, using Pikachu against Lt. Surge's Raichu, but lost. However, deepening their bond and training hard, Ash and Pikachu managed to defeat Lt. Surge in a rematch.

Sprites

Gen. I Yellow Gen. II Gen. III Gen. IV Challenge Sprite Gen. V
Lt. Surge(RB)Sprite
Lt. Surge(Y)Sprite
Lt. Surge(GS)Sprite
Lt. Surge(FrLg)Sprite
Lt. SurgeHGSS
VSLt. Surge
Lt. SurgeB2W2

Fame Checker

-Vermilion City - sign

  • What does this person do?

"Vermilion City Pokémon Gym

Leader: Lt. Surge

The Lightning American!"


-Vermilion Gym - Lt. Surge

  • Favorite kind of Pokémon?

"I tell you, kid, electric Pokémon saved me during the war!"


-Vermilion Gym - Gentleman Tucker

  • What is this person like?

"When I was in the Army, Lt. Surge was my strict CO.

He was a hard taskmaster."


-Vermilion Gym - Gentleman Tucker

  • What is this person like?

"Lt. Surge was always famous for his cautious nature in the Army."


-Vermilion Gym - Sailor Dwayne

  • What is this person like?

"Lt. Surge installed the traps in the Gym himself.

He set up double locks everywhere."


-Vermilion City - Pokémon Journal

  • There’s a rumor...

"Lt. Surge is rumored to have been a pilot while home in America.

He used the electricity generated by Pokémon to power his plane."


-Message from Lt. Surge

From: Lt. Surge

To: [Player]

"Hey kid!

You electrified me in our battle!

I didn’t know that there were gutsy trainers like you.

It made me change my mind about you!"

Pokémon

Games

Red, Green, and Blue

RB 100 front
Voltorb
 Type Electric 
RB 025 front
Pikachu
 Type Electric 
RB 026 front
Raichu
 Type Electric 
[[File:{{{P4}}}_RB.png|link={{{P4}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_RB.png|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_RB.png|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
Lv. 21 - Lv. 18 Lv. 24 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Tackle Thundershock Thunderbolt - - -
Screech Thunder Wave Thundershock - - -
SonicBoom Growl Thunder Wave - - -
- Quick Attack Growl - - -


Yellow

Y 026 front
Raichu
 Type Electric 
[[File:|link=]]
[[]]
 Type 
[[File:{{{P3}}}_Y.png|link={{{P3}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
[[File:{{{P4}}}_Y.png|link={{{P4}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_Y.png|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_Y.png|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
Lv. 28 Lv. - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Item: None Item: Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Thunderbolt - - - - -
Growl - - - - -
Mega Punch - - - - -
Mega Kick - - - - -


Gold, Silver, and Crystal

C 125 front
Electabuzz
 Type Electric 
C 101 front
Electrode
 Type Electric 
C 101 front
Electrode
 Type Electric 
C 082 front
Magneton
 Type Electric Type Steel 
C 026 front
Raichu
 Type Electric 
[[File:{{{P6}}}GS.png|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
Lv. 44 Lv. 40 - Lv. 40 - Lv. 40 - Lv. 46 Lv. ? -
Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ?
Thunderbolt Screech Explosion Zap Cannon ThunderPunch -
Thunder Double Team Swift Lock-On Thunder -
Thunder Wave Swift Double Team Double Team Light Screen -
Quick Attack Explosion Screech Swift Quick Attack -


FireRed and LeafGreen

FRLG 100 front
Voltorb
 Type Electric 
FRLG 025 front
Pikachu
 Type Electric 
FRLG 026 front
Raichu
 Type Electric 
[[File:{{{P4}}}_FRLG.png|link={{{P4}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_FRLG.png|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_FRLG.png|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
Lv. 21 - Lv. 18 Lv. 24 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Soundproof Ability: Static Ability: Static Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Tackle Shock Wave Shock Wave - - -
Screech Thunder Wave Quick Attack - - -
SonicBoom Double Team Thunder Wave - - -
Shock Wave Quick Attack Double Team - - -


HeartGold and SoulSilver

Stadium

Stadium 2

Anime

Origins

Pokémon Information
Lt Surge Raichu PO
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Raichu

Voice Actors

Trivia

  • Lt. Surge's name is a play on the word "surge", as in an electrical surge, since he is an Electric-type trainer.
  • There are several references to Lt. Surge being in the military in the video games (possibly the American army or Air Force). It is said he was Gentleman Tucker's commanding officer in the army during an unspecified war, where his life was saved by Electric-type Pokémon. There is also a rumor that he was a pilot, while in America, who used Electric-type Pokémon to power his plane.
  • Lt. Surge's Pokémon are slightly higher leveled in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver than in the Generation II games.
  • Lt. Surge seems to be proof that the Pokémon series started out in a setting similar to the real world. Seeing as the Kanto region in Pokémon Red and Blue is named and modeled after an actual Japanese prefecture, he too is from a real world location: the United States of America. Unova is based on an area in the United States of America. A man in black who is found in the Pokémon World Tournament wonders if Lt. Surge was originally from Unova.
  • Lt. Surge shares many similarities to the Street Fighter character Guile due to the fact that they are both muscular blonde Americans who were part of the military. Also Lt. Surge's attire in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver is incredibly similar in appearance to Guile's main attire in the series.
  • In the anime and in Pokémon Yellow his Raichu can use Mega Kick, which Raichu cannot learn.
  • Lt. Surge is the only Gym Leader to have only one Pokémon (in Pokémon Yellow).
  • In the manga, he is one of the 3 Team Rocket execute gym leaders (others 2 are Koga and Sabrina).

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