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For the variant appearing in the games, see Lt. Surge.

Lt. Surge is a character appearing in Pokémon Adventures, who is the Gym Leader of Vermilion City in the Kanto region and was an executive of Team Rocket in the Kanto region.


He is identical to his in-game and anime counterpart. During the Gold, Silver and Crystal Chapter, his uniform is revamped to suit his militaristic tastes, resembling an army khaki uniform. It also has Poké Balls attached to his vest.


His military training received in the Army can be used as an example to show his violent and militaristic nature. However, he is shown to have a more compassionate side, as he states the reason for joining the Dex Holders in the battle against the Elite Four was to protect Vermilion City from their attacking forces. He also displays concern for others, even going as far as to risk his own life to rescue Bill from Bruno's acid pool.


Red, Green & Blue arc

Lt. Surge's first appeared before Red on the S.S. Anne, which he was using to transport stolen Pokémon on Giovanni's command. It was this moment in which he first met the Pokédex Holder Red, who instantly tried to prevent his plans from succeeding. However, Lt. Surge was defeated after Red sank to the bottom of the ocean, promptly rescued by his recently evolved Poli. After his defeat in Vermilion City, Lt. Surge was once again ordered by Giovanni to capture the legendary Electric-type Pokémon, Zapdos at the Power Plant. As he brought the Zapdos to Giovanni's base at Silph Co., he once again met up with Red, but was prepared to fight against him.

Lt. Surge equipped a shock-proof suit to prevent him from being affected by Zapdos' electricity, wielding a rocket-launcher which could fire out Electrode. However, the Team Rocket executive was bested by Red when he waited for Lt. Surge to utilise Zapdos' ultimate power, using Saur's Vine Whip to slice apart the power cords, ultimately resulting in his suit becoming electrified. When the amalgamation of Zapdos, Moltres and Articuno was defeated by the combined force of the three Dex Holders, Lt. Surge along with the rest of the Team Rocket executives went into hiding.

Yellow arc

When the Elite Four threatened to destroy the world, the Team Rocket executives came out of hiding, in order to quell this new threat. When the two factions arrived upon Cerise Island, they each paired up with one of the Dex Holders, as Lt. Surge teamed up with Bill, in compensation for Red's absence. The two "partners" came across Elite Four Bruno, who proceeded to easily defeat Lt. Surge and Bill on his Onix road, below a sea of acid. However, Red intervened, and the three of them managed to successfully defeat the Elite Four member. After the battle, Lt. Surge asked Giovanni whether they would rise up as Team Rocket, but he dismissed this notion, telling his executives to return to their Gyms.

Gold & Silver arc

Sabrina and Lt. Surge returned to their Gyms. However, their involvement with Team Rocket forced the Pokémon Association to carefully choose the Gym Leaders of Fuchsia City and Viridian City.[1]

Crystal arc

Lt. Surge went to the Johto region, where he used a submarine to explore the caves and catch some wild Pokémon. Since his Magneton didn't attract any wild Pokémon, he went back to the submarine, where he inadvertently captured Crystal. As he continued to dive, he encountered a lot of Corsola, who started to attack his submarine. Crystal woke up and Lt. Surge was shocked to see her. Still, Crystal managed to capture the Corsola leader, with Natee's help. Lt. Surge was impressed by Crystal's quick thinking. To show gratitude, Lt. Surge had Crystal go on his ship, which went to Olivine City. Lt. Surge soon pushed her off the ship and ordered his sailor to work.[2]

Some time later, Lt. Surge infiltrated a Rocket Hideout in Mahogany Town, trying to gather information on a new branch of Team Rocket who were not under Giovanni command. He then encountered the Masked Man, who revealed himself to be the leader of Team Rocket. Lt. Surge admitted he could sense electrical devices, being an expert on electric-type Pokémon. Lt. Surge demanded what the Masked Man's motives were. The Masked Man remained silent, as his Houndour summoned a lot of wild Houndour. The Masked Man stated he fought against two children and pointed Lt. Surge would share their fate. Lt. Surge and Raichu were cornered, but the former exclaimed he was prepared, for he set a bomb. His Electrode used Selfdestruct before he vanished. Despite this, the Masked Man was confident that Lt. Surge would not report the Masked Man's actions to the authorities, since he was a former Team Rocket Commander and could be arrested instead.[3] Lt. Surge, however, noticed something in the Lake of Rage. Upon closer inspection, it was a Red Gyarados, which was frozen. The Red Gyarados managed to break out of ice and strike at another icy boulder before fainting. Lt. Surge crushed the boulder and saw certain stuff. Recalling how the Masked Man explained two children faced him and were defeated, Lt. Surge realized these items belonged to the children.[4]

Just as Morty was returning to the Gym, he sensed someone present. A trainer told Morty was "the trainer with eyes for thousand miles". Morty thought he was an enemy, as the trainer's Magnemite attacked. Morty had his Misdreavus attack with Psybeam, so the trainer, Lt. Surge, knew Morty was a seer. He approached Morty, who demanded to be freed. Lt. Surge and his Raichu laughed, since they wanted a service from Morty. Lt. Surge showed a Pokédex he managed to take, and some gear belonging to the children he found after battling with the Masked Man.[4] Morty was surprised at this request and was told Lt. Surge wanted to know more about the Masked Man, his new enemy. Despite being attacked, Morty was given money for the service. Either way, Morty focused and sensed the owners of the items Lt. Surge brought were at Whirl Islands.[5] Lt. Surge came to the Whirl Islands, where he met up with Gold and Silver. He returned them the items, but asked about the Masked Man, whom Surge wanted to defeat. However, the Legendary Pokémon Lugia lifted his entire ship and started attacking.[6]

Lt. Surge, Gold and Silver were blown away by Lugia's attack. Lt. Surge had his Magneton create a platform, to lift him in the air. Gold had little time to explain that the Masked Man was a powerful ice-type trainer (which made Lt. Surge recall he fought against the Masked Man's Houndour). Without further ado, Gold leapt away from the platform to fight Lugia.[7] Surge continued to watch as Gold, Silver and Crystal (who was on a boat) battled Lugia. Lugia attacked Lt. Surge, nearly throwing him off the platform. Surge saw that Lugia inhaled air and blasted it away, dubbing it Aeroblast, and saw that Silver had an idea how to counter such an attack.[8] With Lugia's retreat, Lt. Surge returned to his ship, where he received a note he should go to the Gym Leaders' gathering in Goldenrod City.[9] Without further ado, he sailed away on the ship.[10]

Lt. Surge was invited by the Pokémon League to take part in a Gym Leaders' Tournament. He was teamed up to battle his acquaintance, Morty.[11] Lt. Surge took his seat and watched Brock battle Jasmine.[12] After Falkner fought against Janine, Lt. Surge stood up to battle Morty, asking of Sabrina to cheer for him.[13]

Morty faced Lt. Surge in the Gym Leaders' tournament. Lt. Surge's Electabuzz used Thunder, which electrocuted Morty's Gastly. It also hit Misdreavus, who affected Electabuzz with Spite, which made Thunder unusuable. Furthermore, Misdreavus used Pain Split, which hurt Electabuzz and healed Misdreavus. Instead, Lt. Surge sent Magnemite, who took Misdreavus' Psywave. Lt. Surge knew Morty was much tougher than he looked, thinking he planned this from the start. Morty exclaimed that the tournament wasn't a showdown between two teams, while Lt. Surge only wished to find the guy that attacked him at Lake of Rage. Both Gym Leaders went to finish the battle, as Magnemite fired Zap Cannon.[14] The attack defeated Misdreavus. Just before Lt. Surge was declared as the winner, his Magnemite fainted as well; Misdreavus used Destiny Bond to make Magnemite faint as well. As the battle was declared as a draw, Morty went to shake Lt. Surge's hand. However, Lt. Surge brushed him off. This angered Morty, while Lt. Surge, who claimed he didn't come here to have handshakes, warned others these Gym Leaders were quite strong.[15]

Before facing Pryce, Erika was saddened that Blaine couldn't be the team captain, as he wasn't even present during the meeting with Kanto Gym Leaders.[16]

Due to Team Rocket having infiltrated into the Indigo Plateau, Lt. Surge battled the grunts. He and the Gym Leaders went into the train, which locked them all out and rode away.[17] Lt. Surge faced his former subordinates, Ken, Harry and Al. They remained motionless, and one of them had his Octillery use Octazooka on Lt. Surge. Lt. Surge sensed someone was controlling them and took their masks of, reminding what Team Rocket stood for. The trio recalled their former leader, Giovanni, as well as their commanders. The trio were freed from the mind control and explained the Masked Man wanted them to cause trouble at the stadium to lure them away. Lt. Surge left them in the other cart, claiming they needed to wake up the other grunts. He also separated the carts and bid his former allies farewell.[18] Surge had his new Pokémon use electricity to pull the cart back to the stadium. Blaine and Misty were interested and surprised that Lt. Surge obtained Raikou. The two noted Raikou must've sensed something in Lt. Surge to have joined him. Lt. Surge wanted to leave, but Blaine and Misty persuaded him to join in the fight. Lt. Surge joined them and the trio went to stop the Masked Man, with the Legendary Beasts supporting them.[19]

The Masked Man was surprised, since the three Pokémon should've been locked in the Burned Tower. Regardless, his Ho-Oh and Lugia attacked the trio, blowing them away. Despite this, the Gym Leaders gave a Charcoal, a Magnet and a Mystic Water to Entei, Raikou and Suicune, whose attacks were powered up against the Masked Man's Ho-Oh and Lugia. The Masked Man jumped and attacked Misty, who tried to hold off the Masked Man, while Suicune summoned a crystal wall to stop the villain.[20] As Lt. Surge prepared to unmask the dead villain, the upper portion of the Masked Man's body springed to life and escaped despite Blaine's Pokémon firing a hole in his stomach and the lower part of the body being cleaved by the wall. Misty went to fight back, but was also trapped by the crystal wall; Suicune was weakened by Masked Man's Gastly's Curse and could not lower the wall. Lt. Surge and Blaine were powerless to save Misty, but Eusine arrived and used the invisible bell to rescue Misty.[21] Since the three Gym Leaders were too injured to pursue the Masked Man, Lt. Surge let Raikou go with Crystal.[22]

In the end, Lt. Surge returned to his Gym, where she was challenged by other trainers, who wanted to obtain his badge to enter the Pokémon League.[23]


On hand

Lt. Surge Electabuzz Adventures
Lt. Surge Magneton Adventures
Lt. Surge Magnemite Adventures
Lt. Surge Raichu Adventures
Lt. Surge's Voltorb
Voltorb *
Lt. Surge's Electrode Adventures
Electrode *


Silver's Gyarados
Red Gyarados


Green Zapdos
Anabel's Raikou


See also


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