Professor Birch is the Pokémon Professor of Hoenn. He is Brendan or May's father. He lives in Littleroot Town. In the anime, he is not explicitly related to May and entrusts Ash as May's bodyguard on her journey.
Professor Birch is a tall, heavily built man. He has short, slightly wavy brown hair, a squarish face with a beard and dark eyes. He wears a navy blue T-shirt under a white lab coat, khaki shorts with a black belt and tan sandals on his feet. Professor Birch is sometimes seen with his brown bag, where he keeps his research papers in.
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Ruby and Sapphire
In Ruby and Sapphire, he is chased by a Poochyena and you have to choose either a Treecko, Torchic, or Mudkip and defeat the Poochyena, and he will allow you keep the Pokémon. (Humorously if the player lets the wild Pokémon win he says the same thing as if he/she won.)
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, he is chased by a Poochyena and you have to choose either a Treecko, Torchic, or Mudkip and defeat the Poochyena, and he will allow you keep the Pokémon. After getting in the Hall of Fame, he is chased by a Shroomish and you have to choose either a Chikorita, Cyndaquil, or a Totodile.(Interestingly though, he says that the Shroomish isn't a threat to him but lets you keep the pokemon anyway). After Completing the Delta Episode, he is chased by a Machoke holding some boxes and you have to chose either a Snivy, Tepig, or a Oshawott.(Interestingly though, he mistakes the Machoke as a wild one but lets you keep the pokemon anyway). After getting in the Hall of Fame twice, he is chased by his wife and you can choose from a Turtwig, Chimchar, or a Piplup (Interestingly though, he mistakes her wife as a wild pokemon but lets you keep the pokemon anyway)
- Main article: Professor Birch (Adventures)
Ash & Pikachu
- Main article: Professor Birch (A&P)
- Main article: Professor Birch (anime)
Birch was first mentioned in a flashback of Harrison on Johto Photo Finish. His first appearance was in Get The Show On The Road when he gave May her Torchic. He later appeared in Dewford Town in both A Three Team Scheme! and Seeing is Believing!. Birch also appeared in A Six Pack Attack, when he was meeting Professor Oak. Later, Birch was seen in The Evolutionary War! at a vacation on A-B-C Islands. Over there, he and the twerps cleared the mystery of the Clamperl evolution. Birch's most recent appearance was a short cameo in The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon; it is unknown if he will appear again since the main characters have left the Hoenn region.
His preferred mode of transport is a jeep that he drives recklessly.
Due to the relationship between characters in the games, it is widely speculated that Birch is the father of Brendan's anime counterpart. This character has made three short cameo appearances in the anime and has the starter Pokémon whose type weakens May's. Birch is voiced by Dan Green.
- Starter Pokémon
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