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

Electric Shock Showdown (Anime)

Voice actor

Maddie Blaustein (English)

Class: Gym Leader
"Hey, you little tyke! I have to hand it to you. It may not be very smart to challenge me, but it takes guts! When it comes to electric Pokémon, I'm number one! I've never lost on the battlefield. I'll zap you just like I did my enemies in war!"
— Lt. Surge, Pokémon Gold and Silver

Lt. Surge (マチス Matis) 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.

In Anime

Lt. Surge first appeared in the anime episode Electric Shock Showdown, where Ash challenges him to a Gym Battle. The battle ended in disaster for Ash, as he was defeated by Surge's Raichu. With Surge believing that power meant everything, he commented on how Ash should evolve his Pikachu as soon as possible or he would never manage to defeat him.

Ash debated over the statement for quite a while, all the while waiting for Pikachu to recover. Deciding not to evolve Pikachu, Ash once again challenged Lt. Surge, which led to more criticism. Ash, this time, matched Lt. Surge's Raichu with Pikachu's speed instead of power, which is all that Raichu relied on. Pikachu, able to get the best of Raichu, led to Ash's victory, where Lt. Surge gave him a Thunder Badge.

In the Manga

Red, Green, Blue Arc

Main article: Lt. Surge (Adventures)

Lt. Surge serves as both a gym leader and a Team Rocket leader. He is first seen in the SS Anne importing stolen Pokémon.

Yellow Arc

In the manga, he was a member of Team Rocket before it got disbanded, though he was angry at Neo Team Rocket because the new leader was just controlling the old members. Though it was resolved when they defeated the one who was controlling everyone.

In Game

Lt. Surge first appeared in the original Pokémon games, as the Vermilion City Gym Leader. He would later be
File:GymMan.png
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.

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!"


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

Pokémon

Red, Blue, and Green

File:Voltorbold1.png
Voltorb
 Type Electric 
File:Pikachuold1.png
Pikachu
 Type Electric 
File:Raichuold1.png
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: ? Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Tackle Thundershock Thunderbolt - - -
Screech Thunder Wave Thundershock - - -
SonicBoom Growl Thunder Wave - - -
- Quick Attack Growl - - -


Yellow

File:Raichuold2.png
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: ? Item: Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Thunderbolt - - - - -
Growl - - - - -
Mega Punch - - - - -
Mega Kick - - - - -


Gold, Silver, and Crystal

File:GoldElectabuzz.png
Electabuzz
 Type Electric 
File:Electrodeold.png
Electrode
 Type Electric 
File:Electrodeold.png
Electrode
 Type Electric 
File:Magnetonold.png
Magneton
 Type Electric Type Steel 
File:Raichuold3.png
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: ? 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

File:Voltorbold2.png
Voltorb
 Type Electric 
File:Pikachuold2.png
Pikachu
 Type Electric 
File:Raichuold4.png
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: ? 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

File:Electrode HGSS.png
Electrode
 Type Electric 
File:Electrode HGSS.png
Electrode
 Type Electric 
File:Electabuzz HGSS.png
Electabuzz
 Type Electric 
File:Magneton HGSS.png
Magneton
 Type Electric Type Steel 
File:RaichuuHGSSSpr.png
Raichu
 Type Electric 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_HGSS.png|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
Lv. 47 - Lv. 47 - Lv. 53 Lv. 47 - Lv. 51 Lv. ? -
Ability: Static Ability: Soundproof Ability: Static Ability: Sturdy Ability: Static Ability: Unknown
Item: ? Item: None Item: Sitrus Berry Item: None Item: None Item: ?
Shock Wave Charge Beam Shock Wave Shock Wave Shock Wave -
Double Team Double Team Low Kick Double Team Double Team -
Thunder Wave Screech Light Screen Supersonic Thunder Wave -
Light Screen Selfdestruct Quick Attack Mirror Shot Quick Attack -


Rematch

File:RaichuuHGSSSpr.png
Raichu
 Type Electric 
Manectricsprite
Manectric
 Type Electric 
Magnezone PtHGSS
Magnezone
 Type Electric Type Steel 
File:Electrode HGSS.png
Electrode
 Type Electric 
Pachirisu(P)Sprite
Pachirisu
 Type Electric 
Electivire(Pt)Sprite
Electivire
 Type Electric 
Lv. 60 Lv. 52 Lv. 52 - Lv. 52 - Lv. 58 Lv. 56
Ability: Static Ability: Static Ability: Magnet Pull Ability: Static Ability: Pickup Ability: Motor Drive
Item: ? Item: Pinap Berry Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: Sitrus Berry
Thunderbolt Natural Gift Thunderbolt Thunder Wave Quick Attack Thunderbolt
Grass Knot Discharge Magnet Rise Double Team Sweet Kiss Ice Punch
Quick Attack Thunder Wave Double Team Thunderbolt Super Fang Cross Chop
Thunder Wave Overheat Mirror Shot Explosion Discharge Earthquake


Pokémon Stadium

Gym Leader Castle

File:Raichuold4.png
Raichu
 Type Electric 
File:Voltorbold2.png
Voltorb
 Type Electric 
File:Electrode(FRLG)Sprite.png
Electrode
 Type Electric 
File:Pikachuold2.png
Pikachu
 Type Electric 
File:Magnemite(FRLG)Sprite.png
Magnemite
 Type Electric 
File:FRLGMagneton.png
Magneton
 Type Electric 
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: ?
Thunder Thunder SonicBoom Seismic Toss Supersonic Thunderbolt
Surf Explosion Selfdestruct Agility Bide Take Down
Thunder Wave SonicBoom Swift Double Team Thunderbolt Reflect
Body Slam Thunder Wave Thunder Surf Thunder Hyper Beam

Gym Leader Castle Round 2

File:Raichuold4.png
Raichu
 Type Electric 
File:Tangela(FrLg)Sprite.png
Tangela
 Type Grass 
File:Poliwrath(FRLG)Sprite.png
Poliwrath
 Type Water Type Fighting 
File:Lickitung(FRLG)Sprite.png
Lickitung
 Type Normal 
Electabuzz(FrLg)Sprite
Electabuzz
 Type Electric 
File:Electrode(FRLG)Sprite.png
Electrode
 Type Electric 
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: ?
Thunder Mega Drain Amnesia Seismic Toss Toxic Thunder
Surf Sleep Powder Ice Beam Earthquake ThunderPunch SonicBoom
Thunder Wave Bind Psychic Thunderbolt Seismic Toss Swift
Body Slam Body Slam Submission Double-Edge Psychic Explosion


Pokémon Stadium 2

Gym Leader Castle

File:RaichuuHGSSSpr.png
Raichu
 Type Electric 
File:Magneton HGSS.png
Magneton
 Type Electric Type Steel 
File:Electrode HGSS.png
Electrode
 Type Electric 
File:Electabuzz HGSS.png
Electabuzz
 Type Electric 
File:Porygon(HGSS)Sprite.png
Porygon
 Type Normal 
File:HGSSLanturn.png
Lanturn
 Type Water Type Electric 
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: Focus Band Item: King's Rock Item: Quick Claw Item: PRZCureBerry Item: Miracle Berry
Thunderbolt Thunder Explosion Ice Beam Psybeam Surf
Surf Sleep Talk Mirror Coat Psychic Conversion Take Down
Thunder Wave Sonic Boom Rollout Strength Tri Attack Spark
Reflect Thunder Wave Thunder Thunderbolt Hidden Power Thunder Wave

Gym Leader Castle Round 2

File:RaichuuHGSSSpr.png
Raichu
 Type Electric 
File:Victreebel HGSS.png
Victreebel
 Type Grass Type Poison 
File:DodrioSprite.png
Dodrio
 Type Normal Type Flying 
File:Jolteon(HGSS)Sprite.png
Jolteon
 Type Electric 
Quagsire HGSS Female
Quagsire
 Type Water Type Ground 
File:HGSSPorygon2.png
Porygon2
 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: Miracle Berry Item: Scope Lens Item: King's Rock Item: Bright Powder Item: Quick Claw
Thunderbolt Body Slam Pursuit Roar Surf Psychic
Surf Razor Leaf Drill Peck Hidden Power Ice Beam Blizzard
Thunder Wave Stun Spore Steel Wing Thunderbolt Earthquake Tri Attack
Reversal Sludge Bomb Tri Attack Thunder Wave AncientPower Conversion 2


In the anime

Pokémon Information
Lt. Surge's main pokémon. Appears in Electric Shock Showdown in the anime. It is the only Pokemon used by Lt. Surge to battle Ash
Raichu

In Manga

In Pokémon Adventures Lt. Surge is an executive for Team Rocket and along with Sabrina and Koga he fights Red to prevent him from interfering, but as usual, it results in failure.

Current

File:Electabuzz HGSS.png File:Magnemite HGSS.png File:Magneton HGSS.png File:VoltorbHGSSSprite.png File:Electrode HGSS.png File:RaichuuHGSSSpr.png
Electabuzz Magnemite (Multiple) Magneton (Multiple) Voltorb (Multiple) Electrode (Multiple) Raichu

Released

File:145zapdos.png File:243raikou.png ShinyMaleHGSSGyarados
Zapdos Raikou Red Gyarados (Gave Back to Silver)

Voice Actors

Videos

Main article: Lt. Surge/Video


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.
  • 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 off of 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 Pokemon (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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