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You were able to handle your Butterfree so well, just after it evolved. Most impressive.

–Samurai complimenting Ash about his new Butterfree.

Samurai is a character appearing in Pokémon the Series: The Beginning.



Pokémon the Series: The Beginning

He met and challenges Ash to a Pokémon match in the Viridian Forest, using his Pinsir and Metapod. His Pinsir is defeated by Ash's Metapod but their match is, after a long stand off between the two Metapod, abandoned when a swarm of Beedrill attack and steal Ash's Metapod. Samurai initially views Ash as an novice trainer, especially in comparison to the other trainers from Pallet Town (including Gary Oak). His opinion changes when he sees Ash competently handle his Butterfree to defeat a swarm of attacking Beedrill, stating that he is the novice of the two.

Samurai appeared in the opening themes of the Adventures on the Orange Islands subtitle in both the original and dub, but he did not appear in any of the episodes.


The Electric Tale of Pikachu

Main article: Samurai (ETP)


On hand

Episode appearances

Episode(s) Title(s)
TB004 Challenge of the Samurai


  • The original title of the episode refers to him as the samurai boy, whereas the dub title calls him the samurai, suggesting that "samurai" is simply meant as a term to describe him, but is not his actual name following the canon of the original version.
  • Samurai is the first minor character in the entire Pokémon anime.