For the variant appearing in the games, see Samson Oak.

Principal Samson Oak is a recurring character appearing in the Sun & Moon series.


Samson is a tall man, who resembles Professor Oak; he has long grey hair, tanned skin and brown eyes. He wears a short-sleeved teal collared shirt, which is decorated with blue Wishiwashi and a white stripe. He also wears white shorts and blue flip-flops, as well as a watch on his left hand.


Although he is the principal of Pokémon School, Samson makes silly Pokémon-based puns to describe a certain experience.

In Alola, Kanto!, Samson is very excited to meet his cousin Professor Oak upon their reunion.


Season 20: Sun and Moon

Samson Oak took Delia's egg, which she delivered from Professor Oak. Just as they went out of the room, Mallow introduced him to Ash. Samson exclaimed the importance of people living with Pokémon in peace and happiness. Before he left, he made some impressions of Pokémon, which left Ash and Mallow bewildered by his puns. Samson contacted Samuel (Professor Oak) and informed him the egg was delivered. He also let Mallow show Ash around the school.[1] The next day, Samson gave a lecture to his students. He showed an Exeggutor, who, in Alola, was much taller and its type was Grass and Dragon, rather than ones found in Kanto, whose type was Grass and Psychic. Ash went to touch Exeggutor, but was knocked away by its tail. Despite that, Samson exclaimed what a good experience that was for everyone. Later, Samson watched Ash and Kiawe racing. He wondered if Professor Kukui was involved in the surprise party the students made for Ash. Kukui confirmed this, as he made Ash's fifth surprise.[2]

Samson spotted Team Rocket on the trees and greeted them. Team Rocket was startled he found them, but claimed they were just mere tourists and went away.[3] Once Ash obtained the Rotom Pokédex, Samson was interested in the device. Ash introduced Rotom to Samson, who made impressions of Golduck and Arbok. Rotom was confused and couldn't understand his meaning and was told Samson made some Pokémon puns when he introduced himself. Rotom understood and it also made some puns, which excited Samson Rotom could also do that, thinking he would get along with it.[4] Samson called the class for a special assignment. He showed two eggs, one of which Ash delivered days ago, while the other was from Mount Lanakila. He asked of the class to choose one of the eggs to take care of, while he would nurse the other one. Mallow had Lillie decide, who chose the blue egg with flower patterns. Samson was delightened and dismissed the class.[5]

Samson Oak participated in the Pokémon Pancake race with Komala. Komala managed to enter the final four with Ash's Pikachu, Noa's Raichu and James' "Bewear". Just as the fake Bewear was going to win, the real Bewear appeared and slashed the fake one, revealing Meowth and Wobbuffet. Bewear took them, along with Jessie and James away. This baffled Pikachu and Raichu, long enough to make Komala pass them by and win the race. Samson was grateful and he won the first prize: the one year supply of pancakes, but was harshly knocked onto the ground by Komala.[6] Samson and Professor Kukui came to the class, the former showing the egg, which started to glow. The egg hatched into a red Vulpix, who started playing with the class's Pokémon. Samson was delighted, stating how wonderful friendship can be. He decided to raise the red Vulpix, letting the class take care of the white one. He watched as Lillie tried to touch the Alola Vulpix, but failed. The next day, Samson and Kukui were glad Lillie overcame the fear and touched her own Vulpix.[7]

One day, a cameraman filmed Samson and Vulpix, as the latter had won the Pokémon Pancake race. The next day, Samson told this to Rotom, giving him more clues to where to find the Electrium Z. Samson also thought of entering the next year's race with Vulpix.[8] Samson had Ash make a presentation for the Visitation Day. Upon that day, Samson greeted everyone and welcomed them for coming to the Visitation Day. Later, he and Kukui were surprised and happy that the children, their Pokémon and their parents were tending to the garden that Team Skull destroyed earlier.[9] Samson greeted Oluolu, and told the class he was once a student of the Pokémon School. Samson, Kukui and Oluolu were the commentators of the Pokémon Base match, and clapped for the successes. After Team Rocket, who joined in the match, were defeated and snatched away by Bewear, Samson and Oluolu began making Pokémon imitations.[10]

Before the class went with Kukui and Olivia to Akala Island, Samson had the latter examine the class' Pokémon. After everyone boarded on the ship, Samson bid them farewell as they sailed away.[11]


On hand

Given away

Lillie Vulpix egg



Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon Pokémon the Series - Sun & Moon
Main characters Ash - Brock - Lillie - Mallow - Misty - Lana - Kiawe - Sophocles - Gladion - Jessie - James - Giovanni - Professor Oak - Delia Ketchum - Professor Kukui - Nurse Joy - Officer Jenny
Main character's Pokémon Ash's Bulbasaur - Ash's Corphish - Ash's Litten - Ash's Lycanroc - Ash's Muk - Ash's Pikachu - Ash's Rowlet - Ash's Squirtle - Ash's Tauros - Ash's Totodile
Misty's Gyarados - Misty's Psyduck - Misty's Staryu
Brock's Crobat - Brock's Geodude - Brock's Steelix
Lillie's Vulpix
Mallow's Steenee
Lana's Popplio
Kiawe's Charizard - Kiawe's Marowak - Kiawe's Turtonator
Sophocles' Charjabug - Sophocles' Togedemaru
Gladion's Lycanroc - Gladion's Type: Null - Gladion's Umbreon
James' Mareanie - Jessie's Wobbuffet - Jessie's Mimikyu - Team Rocket's Meowth
Supporting characters Abe - Anela - Anna - Concetta - Dana - DJ Leo - Hala - Harry - Harry's father - Harry's mother - Harper and Sarah - Hikers - Hiroki - Hobbes - Horacio - Ida - Kanoa - Kiawe's grandfather - Lana's mother - Laki - Master fisherman - Matori - Mimo - Mrs. Makani - Nina - Olivia - Oluolu - Rango - Rapp - Rich lady - Sailor - Samson Oak - Sara Lee - Sima - Sophocles' father - Sophocles' mother - Team Electric Princess - Team Science Speed - Team Twin Starmie - Tupp - Ulu - Yansu - Zipp