Professor Sycamore is a middle-aged man, with black, curly hair, bluish eyes and some facial hair under his ears. Sycamore wears a blue shirt, black trousers with a yellow belt (which has the buckle shaped like a circle), and also wears orange socks and brown trainers with gray stripes. Sycamore also wears a brown watch on his left arm and often wears with his white lab coat when he is not conducting field research.
Professor Sycamore is a helpful man, who often aids others when the need arises. Also, despite the situations, Sycamore remains calm, yet determined to finish the task, especially if it improves the Pokémon's relationship with its (possible) trainer. Like Clemont, Professor Sycamore is also a fan of new innovations and gadgets.
The last name Sycamore comes from the "sycamore" tree.
His Japanese surname, Platane, comes from Platanus, the genus sycamore trees belong to.
One day, Alain, Sycamore's assistant, came to the lab and carried an injured Gible. The Gible was frightened and bit Sycamore's arm. Sycamore was unphased, for he wanted to befriend the Gible. Gible started to grow onto Sycamore and evolved into a Gabite, and later into a Garchomp, which pleased Professor Sycamore. Alain, however, after hearing about the phenomenon of Mega Evolution, wanted to find all the Mega Stones. Sycamore allowed him to pursue this quest, though asked to be called sometime, to hear the progress. Eventually, Alain called Professor Sycamore and showed his Charmander evolved into a Charmeleon, but had no luck in finding the Mega Stones. Sycamore was also approached by Tierno, Shauna and Trevor, three aspiring trainers. Sycamore gave them a Squirtle for Tierno, a Bulbasaur for Shauna and a Charmander for Trevor.
Pokémon the Series: XY and XYZ
The professor first met Ash, Clemont, and Bonnie as they came through the doors of his lab with Froakie. He was shocked to see that it was Froakie, and he had one of his assistants rush it to the recovery area. The heroes then found out by Professor Sycamore that Froakie had trouble with its new trainers and learned that Professor Sycamore was studying the ways of Mega Evolution. While he was studying on the subject, the professor discovered that the Garchomp he was raising had the potential to Mega Evolve and started to explain what Mega Evolution was. Team Rocket heard of this and came into the lab and placed a device on Garchomp's neck to control her. Their attempt to steal Garchomp caused her to run wild all the way up to the top of Prism Tower. Ash came to the top of the tower to calm Garchomp down and succeeded. Professor Sycamore expressed his thanks to him, gave Ash a Kalos Region Pokédex, and was proud at the fact Froakie chose Ash as its permanent trainer.
Serena visited the lab and met Professor Sycamore, ready to choose her starter Pokémon. Serena made her decision and chose a Fennekin, which Sycamore gave to her. Serena asked if he had seen a boy named Ash and he informed her that Ash was heading to Santalune City. After meeting up with her new friends, Serena explained she got her Fennekin from Professor Sycamore.
The heroes visited Professor Sycamore, who gladly welcomed them and was pleased to see all four kids traveling together. Just as they were to eat Serena's macarons, they noticed Professor Sycamore's Chespin took them and started eating them. Chespin refused to give them and ran away. Professor Sycamore, however, was taken away by Team Rocket; Serena and Bonnie tried to rescue him, but were captured as well. After tying Bonnie and Serena down, Team Rocket demanded from Sycamore the data about Mega Evolution. Sycamore refused to hand it over, but after Team Rocket's Meowth scratched his nails on a glass board (and emitted a painful sound), Sycamore gave up and gave a disk about the Mega Evolution. While Team Rocket were preparing something, Ash and Clemont snuck in, but Chespin messed up and revealed themselves to Team Rocket. Team Rocket was chanting their motto when Ash and Clemont managed to free Sycamore, Bonnie and Serena. Team Rocket launched their Mega Mecha Meowth robot, which impressed Clemont and Sycamore. Regardless, Clemont managed to defeat it, with the help of Chespin. Back at the lab, Sycamore thanked the heroes for the rescue and remarked how Chespin is fond of Clemont. Clemont offered Chespin a chance to travel with him. Chespin approved, so Sycamore gave Clemont Chespin's Poké Ball and bid farewell to the heroes, who were moving onwards.
When the heroes tried to reach Diantha, the Champion, who was to make an exhibition match, Sycamore took them in and showed Diantha. The heroes were amazed, while Sycamore admitted he was talking to Diantha about the Mega Evolution, since Diantha can Mega Evolve her Gardevoir. Diantha left, while Sycamore explained the trainer, who presses the Key Stone, can Mega Evolve the Pokémon holding the corresponding Mega Stone, but only if their bond is strong enough. Sycamore watched the battle between Diantha and Magnus, even if Diantha did not Mega Evolve her Gardevoir. Sycamore watched the match between Ash and Diantha and took notes when Diantha Mega Evolved her Gardevoir to battle Ash's Pikachu and Team Rocket (who initially took Gardevoir away).
Eventually, Sycamore invited the heroes and many other children to the Pokémon Summer Camp. The heroes answered the call and Ash told Professor Sycamore about Korrina, whose Lucario can Mega Evolve. This pleased Sycamore, who thought Ash would benefit from the experience of the Pokémon Summer Camp for the Gym battle. Later on, Sycamore opened the Pokémon Summer Camp, introducing his assistants, the local Nurse Joy and the chef team, led by Madame Catherine. After explaining the rules, Sycamore mentioned even the Champion, Diantha, had participated in the Pokémon Summer Camp. For the first challenge, Sycamore let the teams battle each other.
The following days, Sycamore spoke with Nurse Joy, expressing how much he liked the fishing competition. He approached the teams and declared they had to make PokéVision videos. Sycamore made a video, where he introduced his team, his Pokémon and his job at the lab. After the teams went off to find a spot for the video, Ash fell down and twisted his ankle. Bonnie and Clemont returned to Professor Sycamore and told him about this accident. Sycamore came with the rescue team - which was Team Rocket in disguises - and pulled up Ash and Serena up the cliff. That night, Sycamore showed the videos the teams made and let the teams vote, with the winners being Team Squirtle. The following day, Sycamore sent the teams to gather some stamps at a rally race called PokéEnteering. He gave the signal, dismissing the teams, then watched their progress.
Sycamore was glad the teams were making progress and announced Team Squirtle and Team Froakie had the most points. On the final day, Sycamore announced a team battle, where everyone had to battle each other in Tag Battles. Sycamore observed the battle and after Team Squirtle were defeated by Team Froakie, Sycamore congratulated Team Froakie, but also pointed out Team Squirtle fought well as well. The following day, Sycamore concluded the events of the Pokémon Summer Camp. Professor Sycamore wished luck for everyone on their journeys, hoping the experience of the Pokémon Summer Camp would benefit them well.
The heroes visited Sycamore's lab, in which Sycamore had Meyer repair one of his machines and sensed Meyer smelled like oil. Sycamore greeted the group and showed he was doing research on Mega Stones. He showed one of the Mega Stones, which his Garchomp had interest in. Sycamore sensed that was a Garchompite, which could Mega Evolve Garchomp. Suddenly, Team Rocket appeared in their machine and took Garchomp, the Mega Stone and the Key Stone, then went off. Sycamore was angry and recalled his memories with the Garchomp. Upon arriving to the scene, Sycamore saw as Team Rocket trio used sound waves to control Garchomp. The Blaziken Mask arrived once more, whose Mega Blaziken attacked Team Rocket's machine. Per Sycamore's request, the Blaziken Mask gave the Key Stone to Sycamore, who, along with James, pressed the Key Stone. Garchomp Mega Evolved and was furious, but noticing Sycamore, she calmed down. Sycamore was glad and had Garchomp slash Team Rocket's machine, allowing Ash's Pikachu to blast them off. Sycamore gave the Key Stone back to Meyer and noticed it smelled like oil. The following day, Sycamore approached Meyer, knowing Meyer was the Blaziken Mask and asked his help in Sycamore's next project, which Meyer accepted.
Sycamore came to Anistar City to inspect the crystal sundial. However, he and his assistants were attacked by Carrie, who believed them to be the enemies her mistress, Olympia, spoke of. The heroes battled Carrie before Charlene and Olympia came, scolding Carrie for her actions. Olympia apologized to Sycamore for the intrusion, while Sycamore recognized Olympia to be Anistar City's Gym Leader. Olympia had a vision of Frogadier's past, but Sycamore did not know much of Frogadier's past, when it was a Froakie. After hearing Frogadier, after evolving into a Greninja, could obtain even more power, Sycamore suspected it may be Mega Evolution, even if nobody has seen Greninja Mega Evolve before.
The following day, Sycamore watched the Gym Battle of Ash vs. Olympia and commented each other's tactics. After the battle was over, Sycamore asked Olympia about her vision and was told he, the heroes and even Team Rocket, who tried to steal the sundial, will be in the center of the vortex of the crisis surrounding Kalos. The following day, before the heroes departed, Sycamore gave Ash and Serena new Pokédexes, which contained more info on Mega Evolution as well.
Mega Evolution Special
Mairin and Steven, after coming to Kalos, contacted Sycamore and reporting that if he knew a trainer called Alain. Sycamore confirmed this, but was not certain where Alain had went to. Later on, Professor Sycamore arrived at the Pokémon Center where he met up with Mairin and Steven. Nurse Joy reported Chespie was fine, but couldn't wake up and was surrounded by green aura. Lysandre appeared and introduced himself to Sycamore, stating that Chespie will be kept in his Laboratory until she wakes up. Sycamore started to analyze data, trying to find something about Chespie's condition.
Pokémon the Series: XY and XYZ (cont.)
The heroes contacted Professor Sycamore after Squishy joined them in their journey. Sycamore was quite interested in Squishy, for he never saw anything like it before and decided to make an investigation.
Sycamore came to a Pokémon Center, where he met the heroes. He wanted to meet Nurse Joy and Audino, who were constantly bickering with each other. While Nurse Joy and Audino went to clean up the operating room, the heroes showed Squishy. Sycamore did not know about Squishy, suspecting it may even be a new species, so he took a small sample to investigate about Squishy later. The heroes and Sycamore came to Nurse Joy and Audino, who were once again bickering and arguing. Sycamore gave an Audinoite, thinking that may shape Nurse Joy's bond with Audino. Team Rocket crashed into the building with their machine and took the Poké Balls, Pikachu and Ash. To protect the Pokémon Center and save Ash and Pikachu, Sycamore gave Nurse Joy the Key Stone. Nurse Joy Mega Evolved Audino, who trashed the machine, then used Heal Pulse to soften Team Rocket, allowing Pikachu to blast them off with Thunderbolt. Sycamore was glad and went off back to Lumiose City, promising to analyze Squishy's cell samples.
Thinking about Greninja's power, the heroes remembered Olympia, who told them, Professor Sycamore and his assistants how Greninja will obtain a new power, but also needed love. They also remembered Olympia telling them about a crisis in Kalos. As Greninja placed its Poké Ball on the ground in the Pokémon Center at Snowbelle City, Ash remembered obtaining Greninja, as Froakie, at Professor Sycamore's lab.
The day before the Kalos League, Professor Sycamore tried to speak with Alain, who ignored him. Regardless, Professor Sycamore attended the opening of the Kalos League and watched the first battle of Alain vs. Trevor and was surprised to see both Alain's Charizard and Trevor's Charizard had Mega Evolved. Alain, who won the semifinal battle, walked away and made Professor Sycamore worried about him. Sycamore watched Ash battling Sawyer and noted how Ash's passionate battling style was in contrast with Sawyer's analytical mind. Once Pikachu defeated Clawitzer, Sycamore clapped for Ash, seeing how Ash overcame the hard trial. Continuing watching the battles, Sycamore saw how Sawyer had interesting strategies in mind. Just as Ash synchronized with Greninja, who transformed himself, Sycamore was intrigued to see they both became as one. In the end, after Ash defeated Sawyer and his Sceptile, Sycamore clapped for this excellent battle and agreed with Diantha how the world would benefit with more trainers like those two.
Sycamore came to the heroes and was surprised to see Mairin with them. Sycamore thought Mairin came to cheer for Alain, which made her blush. Either way, Sycamore told them about Greninja's transformation, called bond phenomenon. He informed them Greninja's bond with Ash, who could draw its power and thought that was a reason Greninja chose Ash as his trainer. Later on, Sycamore approached Alain and noted his Charizard became much stronger. Sycamore denied being angry at Alain for leaving the professor. Instead, Sycamore has heard Alain working with Lysandre, though Alain replied he decided to stay away from Sycamore, since he had a lot of info on Mega Evolution, which was sought by many. Sycamore saw Alain left to not get him in danger and smiled, letting Alain do as he pleases, then walked away. The next day, Sycamore wassitting with Diantha to watch the finals.
Sycamore confirmed Diantha's words how Ash doesn't give up. However, Sycamore was more worried about Alain and recalled his words how "he couldn't come back to Sycamore, as he lost a lot more than from what he started the journey, hence why he wanted to become stronger". This made the professor think what kind of a burden Alain was carrying. Sycamore continued watching and was glad to see Alain was enjoying the battle. After Alain won the Kalos League, Sycamore clapped for the intense battle he and Ash have put. Just as Diantha gave the Kalos League Cup to Alain, Sycamore was shocked to see that some mysterious roots started to spout out in the stadium. He was shocked by the roots that sprouted out, even outside the stadium. He recalled Olympia's vision and realized that's what she described the disaster by. He found Mairin, whom a Team Flare grunt tried to take away. Sycamore stopped the grunt, claiming he wouldn't tolerate that to "a lady". The grunt sent Skorupi, who attacked his Garchomp. After the collision, Sycamore and Mairin ran off, the latter being grateful for Sycamore rescuing her. She also reported Alain went with Ash, supposedly to the Prism Tower. Professor Sycamore decided to go there as well, since he wondered to uncover the truth about Lysandre.
Mairin came with Professor Sycamore to Prism Tower, where the latter had Mega Garchomp stop Aliana's Druddigon's attack. Since Mairin was concerned about Chespie, who was still at the Lysandre Labs, Serena decided to help Mairin retrieve Chespie. Professor Sycamore decided to join in as well, promising to take them in his car. Aliana and Bryony attacked them and as the group went away, so they both thought Celosia would take care of them. As Mairin, Sycamore and Serena ran, Team Rocket, as reporters, approached them, offering them help. Thus, the group flew in the helicopter towards the Lysandre Labs, where Mable went to take care of "the problem". The helicopter was attacked by Mable's Weavile, who fired Ice Shard. Just as Weavile hit the helicopter with Icy Wind, Steven arrived on his Mega Metagross and saved the group. Sycamore and Steven recalled both Chespie and the megalith were inside the Lysandre Labs. Thus, Sycamore, Serena, Mairin and Team Rocket ran through the halls, though the latter faced Celosia. Eventually, they found Chespie and Steven rescued them with his Mega Metagross from the Team Flare grunts.
Just as they rescued Chespie, the group went to the Giant Rock. There, Steven did some research until Chespie was absorbed into the Giant Rock, which transformed itself. The group quickly went out of the Lysandre Labs, which was demolished. The group tracked down the Giant Rock in the helicopter, from where Sycamore tried to find out where the megalith was moving to. Under more research, they found out the Giant Rock was heading to the sundial in Anistar City, which supposedly came from space and emitted energy akin to Mega Evolution. Once the sundial were to fuse with the Giant Rock, the whole world would be destroyed. To prevent that, Sycamore sent his Garchomp, and alongside Steven's Metagross, they both Mega Evolved their Pokémon. Along with Serena's Braixen, the Pokémon started attacking the megalith, which sprouted plants to defend itself and bind the Pokémon. Alain's Mega Charizard arrived, along with Ash's Pikachu, to rescue the Pokémon. Sycamore stated Chespie was in the center of the megalith, which made Ash having Greninja fire Water Shuriken at that spot. Still, Sycamore feared the megalith sprouted plants to stop the attacks. Since the megalith continued binding the Pokémon, the Gym Leaders and Diantha, arrived and had their Pokémon attack the megalith. Once regrouped, Steven and Diantha made a plan to strike at the spot Ash's Greninja marked with Water Shuriken. Sycamore joined in the fight against the megalith, having Mega Garchomp fire Dragon Rage to destroy the plants before being held by the roots, along with Malva. Once Chespie was rescued, Sycamore had his Mega Garchomp launch an attack, which fused with others' attacks to destroy the megalith, but failed. Sycamore continued watching the events, as Zygarde fused and defeated the megalith and Lysandre.
Some days later, Sycamore drove Alain to the lab. There, Alain was greeted by the heroes, who made him a surprise party. During the party, Sycamore asked what will everyone do next and was told Ash wanted to return to Kanto and have a fresh start. Once Team Rocket, who tried to steal Pikachu, was blasted off, Sycamore decided to repair his lab. The next day, Sycamore awarded everyone with a medal for their efforts in stopping Team Flare's plans. Sycamore also offered Alain a position as the professor's assistant, which Alain accepted. Serena had an idea and told the professor about it. Sycamore approved of the idea and even helped Serena out a bit. The next day, Sycamore complimented Serena's idea and announced the event to the public. He also advised Alain to enjoy himself before being dragged by Bonnie for dancing. He watched as Serena, Shauna and Jessilee entertained the audience. Alain, Mairin and Sycamore came to Ash and his friends. Mairin and Alain bid farewell to the heroes and were driven away in Sycamore's car. Later on, Sycamore was giving a Starter Pokémon to a trainer when Alain and Mairin contacted him to show the source of Mega Evolution energy. Ash also recalled meeting with Sycamore when Froakie joined him and how he fought against the Giant Rock.
Professor Sycamore went to investigate the ruins, where the Legend of X, Y and Z was formed. There, he met up with Alexa, who was collecting information about the ruins for her news report. The two joined together, being fascinated how the satellites discovered the ruins. The two came to the maiden's statue of Aila and noted how the statue was sculpted perfectly. Sycamore noted how her appearance matched the texts about the legend. They both thought that was actually Aila, but petrified. Sycamore noted how the legend mentioned Xerneas, Yveltal and Zygarde by its letters X, Y and Z. Sycamore explained Xerneas gave life, while Yveltal destroyed it, while Alexa stated how Zygarde was present as the guardian that clears anything vile in Kalos and maintains order. After being told the story, Alexa wondered about Jan, Aila's lover. Sycamore replied there was no mention of his fate in the text, yet felt that Zygarde and Aila were watching over Kalos. With the story being told, Alexa showed Sycamore around the other parts of the ruins.
At his lab
- Hindi: Rishi Gambhir (Hungama dub)
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- Professor Sycamore (Generations)
- Professor Sycamore (Masters trailer)