Professor Birch is a character appearing in the anime series, who is a professor.
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.
Professor Birch is an outgoing person, who enjoys conducting field research. This sometimes makes him too distracted from his other obligations, but is always willing to help people. Professor Birch is also a fast driver, who does not mind driving through dangerous or questionable shortcuts.
Season 5: Master Quest
Professor Birch was mentioned by Harrison, as a professor who loved field research and Pokémon. Birch told Harrison, on his journey, one must experience Pokémon personally. This motivated Harrison to take on the journey.
Season 6: Advanced
After Ash reported his Pikachu was ill, Joshua contacted Professor Birch, who rode his car to Ash and Pikachu and rode them back to his lab. Birch suspected Pikachu must've received too much electricity, since it was affected by an electro-magnet, hence why Pikachu was trying to discharge. They arrived to the lab, where Pikachu was wired to a device to drain the excess electricity. However, there was just too much electricity for the machine and it blew up. Pikachu ran away, so Ash and Birch split each other and went off to search for Pikachu. Professor Birch, in his search, dropped his bag and fell down on a slope, startling a Poochyena. The Poochyena howled, summoning two more Poochyena, which started to chase Professor Birch. May, who was to receive her starter Pokémon, was asked by Professor Birch to send out a Pokémon and order it to attack Poochyena. May sent a Mudkip, who accidentally used Water Gun on her. Professor Birch gained Mudkip's attention, allowing it to use Water Gun on Poochyena and scare it off. Since they did not had much time, May and Birch went off to search for Pikachu. Seeing an explosion, they found Ash, who nearly fell down a cliff, since he jumped down and hung onto a branch to save Pikachu. May and Birch pulled them both up, but Team Rocket arrived and took Pikachu. However, they accidentally drained Pikachu off its excess electricity and blasted off. Once everyone was safe, the trio went back to the lab, where it was confirmed Pikachu was healthy. May gained their attention and Birch showed her three starter Pokémon: Mudkip, Treecko and Torchic, from which May chose the latter. To help her out, Birch gave her a Pokédex and five Poké Balls. The following day, Birch and Joshua advised Ash and May to register for the Hoenn League in the next Pokémon Center in Oldale Town. May "persuaded" Ash to come with her, so the two went off, with Birch and Joshua bidding them farewell.
When May saw a Mudkip up-close on Dewford Island (which were raised by Old Man Swamp), she remembered her experience with Professor Birch and his Mudkip and decided not to catch one.
Professor Birch was studying the nests of Wingull at Dewford Island. Just then, a Wingull attacked Professor Birch, causing him to fall off a cliff, onto a Loudred. The Loudred woke up and yelled at Professor Birch, who got hit. A moment later, the heroes found Professor Birch, who explained the reason for being on the island. May thought it was dangerous, but Max pointed out Professor Birch was an expert in field research. Seeing the heroes would stay at the island a bit longer, Professor Birch allowed them to come with him, for a while, for he went to show them the Golbat caves. They came to a cave, which was actually a kid's Secret Base. The kid had Nincada attack them, so everyone fled. Regardless, Professor Birch managed to show the heroes one of the Golbat caves, before they found the kid, Keanu, who was attacked by Team Rocket, who stole his Nincada. Birch followed the children to the cave, which was dug out behind Keanu's Secret Base. There, they found members of Team Aqua and Magma talking to each other. In the end, with Team Rocket defeated and Keanu's Nincada retrieved back, Birch continued his expedition.
Season 7: Advanced Challenge
Professor Birch got caught up in his field work and forgot to pick up Professor Oak at the docks. He drove away and met up with the heroes. Ash and Brock decided to accompany him and left May and Max at Birch's lab. Professor Birch drove away and noticed a Skarmory on a peak. Just then, Birch nearly crashed into a cart, in which Professor Oak was, as the cart was going to the lab. Once the group arrived at the docks, they did not see Professor Oak. Birch contacted the lab and was told Professor Oak had arrived there already, but went with May and Max after Team Rocket, who stole their Pokémon. Birch drove away with Ash and Brock to the lab, where he took Max's backpack, which Max left. Immediately after, Birch drove away, but Ash and Brock were terrified by the bumpy path Birch drove on. After arriving to a spot, Professor Birch howled and summoned a Poochyena, whom Professor Birch befriended while conducting field work. Poochyena smelled Max's backpack and went to a spring with a cave. Birch noticed some Pokémon were outside their habitat, thinking someone must've disturbed them. Fortunately, they managed to find Oak, May and Max, who were eventually freed by the help of their Pokémon. Once Team Rocket was defeated, everyone came back to the lab, where Professor Oak, Professor Birch and Joshua bid farewell to the heroes, who went to Fortree City.
Season 8: Advanced Battle
The heroes met Professor Birch, who was playing with the children's Huntail and Gorebyss, on A Island. He admitted he came to do research on those Pokémon, to see how they evolve. May thought Birch was actually studying through playing, but Birch denied that. Nurse Joy asked him to teach the children about evolution, but Professor Birch denied, since he thought he wasn't much of a teacher. Hearing from May the villagers have Clamperl evolve on B Island into Gorebyss and C Island into Huntail, Birch decided to investigate the issue, with the heroes accompanying him. Birch went to C Island, along with the heroes and Nancy, where they were shown the cave, containing the water that evolves Clamperl into Huntail. Keith approached them, making Birch think he was interested in Huntail evolution. With the matter settled, the group, along with Keith, went to B Island. Birch also tasted the water and noted there were minerals in it. Nancy also approached and Birch thought she was interested in Gorebyss. Once they returned to the Pokémon Center on A Island, Birch studied the water a bit. Nancy and Keith approached him and were told by Birch they and their Pokémon should know into what the Pokémon should evolve into. Birch noted the water came from the sea, but the one on C Island had Deep Sea Tooth particles and the one from B Island had Deep Sea Scale particles. Once Team Rocket were defeated for stealing the Clamperl, Birch came back on B and C Island. There, they found a Deep Sea Scale, which was given to Nancy's Clamperl and a Deep Sea Tooth to Keith's Huntail. Though no evolution occurred, both children sent their Pokémon to Nurse Joy. Once they returned, nothing happened for a moment. Just as Birch noted these aren't evolutionary stones to evolve Pokémon in an instant, both Clamperl evolved; Keith got a Huntail and Nancy a Gorebyss. After Team Rocket were defeated a second time, Birch and Nurse Joy waved goodbye to the heroes, who continued towards Mossdeep City.
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Season 9: Battle Frontier
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Season 18: XY Kalos Quest
Sawyer remembered Professor Birch, from whom Sawyer obtained Treecko as the starter Pokémon.
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