Giovanni

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Giovanni
サカキ Sakaki
Giovanni.png
General
Age: 41
Hometown: Viridian City
Region: Kanto
Family: Silver (son)
Badge: Earth Badge
Type: Ground
Debut:
Voice actor:

Ted Lewis (English) (4kids (Up to AG145)) (PUSA (Current; returned in DP080)) Craig Blair (English) (AG146-DP052)

Class: Gym Leader
Team Rocket Boss
"So! I must say, I am impressed you got here. Team Rocket captures Pokémon from around the world. They're important tools for keeping our criminal enterprise going. I am the leader, Giovanni! For your insolence, you will feel a world of pain!"
— Giovanni, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Giovanni (Japanese: サカキ Sakaki) doubles as the Gym Leader for Viridian City's Gym, and as the Boss of the criminal organization Team Rocket. As the Gym Leader, Giovanni holds the Earth Badge for the trainers that defeat him, and specializes in Ground-type Pokémon.

In the Generation II games, Giovanni has disappeared inexplicably after his final loss to Red, leaving Team Rocket disorganized and confused.

In the anime[edit | edit source]

Giovanni serves as the Head of Team Rocket in the anime, never really shown taking action in field work,
Giovanni's updated look in Pokémon: Black and White
but rather sends the grunts and other members for that. Jessie, James, Meowth, Butch and Cassidy along with other members, are constantly striving to please him in their actions, usually without his compliance.

In the early episodes of Pokémon, his face was hidden from view and his voice was distorted. However, this version was later dropped as the series went on to become more comical. Giovanni has only been shown once as the Gym Leader of Viridian Gym, in the episode The Battle of the Badge, facing off against Gary. In this episode he used Mewtwo, which he was controlling with a machine, against Gary's Pokémon, brutally defeating him. By the time Ash challenged the Gym, Giovanni left on account of an emergency, leaving Jessie, James and Meowth in charge. Ever since the destruction of the Gym, he had never returned to it, rather it was rebuilt and had Agatha of the Kanto Elite Four take temporary leadership of it. Giovanni in the anime series might be some sort of businessman, because he is revealed to own Pokémon Island.

He possesses knowledge of the other crime syndicates in the Hoenn, Sinnoh, and Unova regions, which are also regions that he does not have a branch of Team Rocket. Despite his dislike of Jessie, James and Meowth, he allows them to try setting up new branches (as they kept following Ash to capture his Pikachu). Upon Team Galactic's defeat, Giovanni began looking into the working of a mysterious organization in Unova as he wished obtain artifacts to further his plans for global domination without confronting them. Giovanni has not been seen since the Meteorite plan's climax and has allowed Jessie, James and Meowth to do as they please in Unova.

While he is rarely shown, he is implied to be very evil and sadistic and it is hinted that he conducts dangerous experiments with Pokemon and is behind his Team Rocket schemes in Kanto, Johto and Unova. In Mewtwo Returns he shows more sadistic and evil personality than in anime, because he tortures Mewtwo even when Domino advises that he could use Mewtwo's power for himself and before that implies that if Mewtwo doesn't surrender he will use his clones on dangerous experiments which will kill them.

In the manga[edit | edit source]

Main article: Giovanni (Adventures)

Yellow Arc[edit | edit source]

Just like in the game he disbanded Team Rocket. In the Manga, he is not the Gym Leader.

FireRed and LeafGreen Arc[edit | edit source]

He discovered about Deoxys and captured it. He also battled Red and Mewtwo while trying to locate his son, Silver.

In the games[edit | edit source]

Giovanni first appeared in the Generation I games as the Leader of Team Rocket. After he and his Team Rocket Grunts were defeated at both the Rocket Hideout and Silph Co., Giovanni escapes to an unknown hideout where the protagonist is unaware of. Eventually, it was revealed that he was the Gym Leader of the Viridian Gym, and the final Gym Leader the player faces. Upon defeating him, Giovanni states that he's giving up on Team Rocket and disappears.

Later on, in the Generation II games, Team Rocket still functions without Giovanni, and believe that he will return. The lost Team Rocket attempt several acts, in order to call their former Leader, though he never makes an appearance.

In the Generation III remakes, Giovanni retains his first role in exactly the same way, with the exception of his updated appearance. Also, instead of passing the protagonist the TM(Fissure), he passes him the TM(Earthquake). At the Sevii Islands, a group of renegade Team Rocket Grunts and Admins attempt to continue their schemes but are defeated by the protagonist.

In Generation IV, another branch of Team Rocket led by Executive Archer attempt to relaunch the team by commiting several acts such as at the Slowpoke Well and the Lake of Rage. After being foiled by the protagonist, the new Team Rocket took over the Goldenrod Radio Tower to contact their missing leader but are once again defeated. Archer then disbands Team Rocket forever, much like his leader three years ago.

It was later revealed during the Celebi Event that Giovanni heard the broadcast from his radio in his hideout in Tohjo Falls. After being defeated, he disappeared.

During the event it was also revealed that Silver was Giovanni's son who was abandoned by his father when he met his defeat at the hands of Red. This act reflects on Giovanni's selfishness, something that the much more ruthless Giovanni in the manga would not do.

In Generation V, Giovanni appears in Black 2 and White 2 in the World Tournament mode wearing a Team Rocket uniform.

Sprites[edit | edit source]

RB Battle Sprite Y Battle Sprite FRLG Battle Sprite HGSS Battle Sprite Vs Sprite B2W2 Battle Sprite
Giovanni(RB)Sprite.png
Giovanni(Y)Sprite.png
Giovanni(FrLg)Sprite.png
GiovanniHGSS.gif
VSGiovanni.png
GiovanniB2W2.gif

Pokémon[edit | edit source]

In Games[edit | edit source]

Pokémon Red and Blue[edit | edit source]

First Encounter

Onix
Onix RB.png
 RockGround 
Lv. 25 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Rock Throw
Bind
Rage
Screech
Rhyhorn
RedBlueRhyhorn.png
 GroundRock 
Lv. 24 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Horn Attack
-
-
-
Kangaskhan
Kangaskhan(RedBlue)Sprite.png
 Normal
Lv. 29
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Comet Punch
Rage
Bite
-
[[]]
[[File:{{{P4}}}_SM.png|link={{{P4}}}|80x80px]]
 ???
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-
[[]]
[[File:{{{P5}}}_SM.png|link={{{P5}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-
[[]]
[[File:{{{P6}}}SM.png|link={{{P6}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-

Second Encounter

Nidorino
Nidorino(RedBlue)Sprite.png
 Poison
Lv. 37
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Horn Attack
Poison Sting
Focus Energy
Fury Attack
Rhyhorn
RedBlueRhyhorn.png
 GroundRock 
Lv. 37 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Stomp
Horn Attack
Tail Whip
-
Kangaskhan
Kangaskhan(RedBlue)Sprite.png
 Normal
Lv. 35
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Comet Punch
Rage
Bite
Tail Whip
Nidoqueen
NidoqueenRBSprite.png
 PoisonGround 
Lv. 41
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Scratch
Tail Whip
Body Slam
Poison Sting
[[]]
[[File:{{{P5}}}_SM.png|link={{{P5}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-
[[]]
[[File:{{{P6}}}SM.png|link={{{P6}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-

Gym Battle

Rhyhorn
RedBlueRhyhorn.png
 GroundRock 
Lv. 45 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Stomp
Tail Whip
Fury Attack
Horn Attack
Dugtrio
Dugtrio(RedBlue)Sprite.png
 Ground
Lv. 42 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Growl
Dig
Sand-Attack
Slash
Nidoqueen
NidoqueenRBSprite.png
 PoisonGround 
Lv. 44
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Scratch
Poison Sting
Tail Whip
Body Slam
Nidoking
RedBlueNidoking.png
 PoisonGround 
Lv. 45
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Tackle
Horn Attack
Poison Sting
Thrash
Rhydon
Rhydon(RB)Sprite.png
 Type Ground.gifType Rock.gif 
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Tail Whip
Stomp
Horn Drill
Fissure
[[]]
[[File:{{{P6}}}SM.png|link={{{P6}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-

Pokémon Yellow[edit | edit source]

First Encounter

Onix
Onix Yellow.png
 RockGround 
Lv. 25 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Rock Throw
Bind
Rage
Screech
Rhyhorn
YRhyhornSprite.png
 GroundRock 
Lv. 24 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Horn Attack
-
-
-
Persian
Persian(Yellow)Sprite.png
 Normal
Lv. 29 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Pay Day
Scratch
Bite
Growl
[[]]
[[File:{{{P4}}}_SM.png|link={{{P4}}}|80x80px]]
 ???
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-
[[]]
[[File:{{{P5}}}_SM.png|link={{{P5}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-
[[]]
[[File:{{{P6}}}SM.png|link={{{P6}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-

Second Encounter

Nidorino
NidorinoYSprite.png
 Poison
Lv. 37
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Double Kick
Poison Sting
Focus Energy
Fury Attack
Rhyhorn
YRhyhornSprite.png
 GroundRock 
Lv. 37 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Stomp
Horn Attack
Tail Whip
-
Persian
Persian(Yellow)Sprite.png
 Normal
Lv. 35 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Scratch
Growl
Bite
Pay Day
Nidoqueen
YellowNidoqueen.png
 PoisonGround 
Lv. 41
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Double Kick
Tail Whip
Body Slam
Poison Sting
[[]]
[[File:{{{P5}}}_SM.png|link={{{P5}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-
[[]]
[[File:{{{P6}}}SM.png|link={{{P6}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-

Gym Battle

Dugtrio
DugtrioYSprite.png
 Ground
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Sand Attack
Dig
Fissure
Earthquake
Persian
Persian(Yellow)Sprite.png
 Normal
Lv. 53 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Screech
Fury Swipes
Double Team
Slash
Nidoqueen
YellowNidoqueen.png
 PoisonGround 
Lv. 53
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Double Kick
Thunder
Tail Whip
Earthquake
Nidoking
Nidoking(Y).png
 PoisonGround 
Lv. 55
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Thunder
Leer
Earthquake
Thrash
Rhydon
Rhydon Sprite.png
 Type Ground.gifType Rock.gif 
Lv. 55 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Rock Slide
Fury Attack
Horn Drill
Earthquake
[[]]
[[File:{{{P6}}}SM.png|link={{{P6}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen[edit | edit source]

First Encounter

Onix
Onix FRLG.png
 RockGround 
Lv. 25
Ability: Rock Head
Item: None
Rock Throw
Bind
Rage
Harden
Rhyhorn
Rhyhorn(FRLG)Sprite.png
 GroundRock 
Lv. 24
Ability: Rock Head
Item: None
Stomp
Fury Attack
Scary Face
Tail Whip
Kangaskhan
Kangaskhan(FRLG)Sprite.png
 Normal
Lv. 29
Ability: Early Bird
Item: None
Fake Out
Bite
Mega Punch
Tail Whip
[[]]
[[File:{{{P4}}}_SM.png|link={{{P4}}}|80x80px]]
 ???
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-
[[]]
[[File:{{{P5}}}_SM.png|link={{{P5}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-
[[]]
[[File:{{{P6}}}SM.png|link={{{P6}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-

Second Encounter

Nidorino
Nidorino(FRLG)Sprite.png
 Poison
Lv. 37
Ability: Poison Point
Item: None
Horn Attack
Poison Sting
Helping Hand
Fury Attack
Rhyhorn
Rhyhorn(FRLG)Sprite.png
 GroundRock 
Lv. 37
Ability: Rock Head
Item: None
Fury Attack
Rock Blast
Tail Whip
Scary Face
Kangaskhan
Kangaskhan(FRLG)Sprite.png
 Normal
Lv. 35
Ability: Early Bird
Item: None
Mega Punch
Rage
Fake Out
Tail Whip
Nidoqueen
Nidoqueen(FRLG)Sprite.png
 PoisonGround 
Lv. 41
Ability: Poison Point
Item: None
Double Kick
Tail Whip
Body Slam
Poison Sting
[[]]
[[File:{{{P5}}}_SM.png|link={{{P5}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-
[[]]
[[File:{{{P6}}}SM.png|link={{{P6}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-

Gym Battle

Rhyhorn
Rhyhorn(FRLG)Sprite.png
 GroundRock 
Lv. 45
Ability: Lightningrod
Item: None
Earthquake
Scary Face
Rock Blast
Take Down
Dugtrio
Dugtrio(FRLG)Sprite.png
 Ground
Lv. 42
Ability: Sand Veil
Item: None
Mud-Slap
Sand Tomb
Slash
Earthquake
Nidoqueen
Nidoqueen(FRLG)Sprite.png
 PoisonGround 
Lv. 44
Ability: Poison Point
Item: None
Double Kick
Poison Sting
Earthquake
Body Slam
Nidoking
Nidoking(FRLG)Sprite.png
 PoisonGround 
Lv. 45
Ability: Poison Point
Item: None
Thrash
Earthquake
Poison Sting
Double Kick
Rhyhorn
Rhyhorn(FRLG)Sprite.png
 Type Ground.gifType Rock.gif 
Lv. 50
Ability: Lightningrod
Item: None
Take Down
Rock Blast
Scary Face
Earthquake
[[]]
[[File:{{{P6}}}SM.png|link={{{P6}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver (Special Event)[edit | edit source]

Nidoking
Nidoking(HGSS)Sprite.png
 PoisonGround 
Lv. 42
Ability: Poison Point
Item: None
Shadow Claw
Double Kick
Focus Energy
Fury Attack
Honchkrow
HonchkrowHGSSSprite.png
 DarkFlying 
Lv. 43
Ability: Super Luck
Item: None
Nasty Plot
Swagger
Dark Pulse
Shadow Ball
Nidoqueen
NidoqueenHGSSsprite.png
 PoisonGround 
Lv. 46
Ability: Poison Point
Item: None
Crunch
Roar
Earth Power
Superpower
Kangaskhan
HGSSKangaskhan.png
 Normal
Lv. 40
Ability: Scrappy
Item: None
Outrage
Leer
Sucker Punch
Dizzy Punch
[[]]
[[File:{{{P5}}}_SM.png|link={{{P5}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-
[[]]
[[File:{{{P6}}}SM.png|link={{{P6}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2[edit | edit source]

Ground-type Tournament
Rhyperior
Rhyperior BW.gif
 GroundRock 
Lv. 50
Ability: Solid Rock
Item: Life Orb
Earthquake
Rock Blast
Ice Punch
Hammer Arm
Hippowdon
Hippowdon BW.gif
 Ground
Lv. 50
Ability: Sand Stream
Item: Quick Claw
Earthquake
Crunch
Ice Fang
Stone Edge
Garchomp
Garchomp BW.gif
 DragonGround 
Lv. 50
Ability: Sand Veil
Item: Choice Scarf
Outrage
Earthquake
Rock Slide
Brick Break
Krookodile
Krookodile BW.gif
 GroundDark 
Lv. 50
Ability: Moxie
Item: Expert Belt
Earthquake
Superpower
Fire Fang
Grass Knot
Nidoking
80x80px
 Type Poison.gifType Ground.gif 
Lv. 50
Ability: Poison Point
Item: Choice Specs
Earth Power
Ice Beam
Flamethrower
Thunderbolt
Gliscor
Gliscor BW.gif
 Type Ground.gifType Flying.gif 
Lv. 50
Ability: Sand Veil
Item: Flying Gem
Acrobatics
Earthquake
Fire Fang
Tailwind
Kanto Gym Leader Tournament
Rhyperior
Rhyperior BW.gif
 GroundRock 
Lv. 50
Ability: Solid Rock
Item: Liechi Berry
Drill Run
Stone Edge
Megahorn
Hammer Arm
Golem
80x80px
 RockGround 
Lv. 50
Ability: Rock Head
Item: Rindo Berry
Earthquake
Stealth Rock
Rock Blast
Roar
Marowak
80x80px
 Ground
Lv. 50
Ability: Rock Head
Item: Yache Berry
Bonemerang
Stone Edge
Outrage
Thunderpunch
Sandslash
80x80px
 Ground
Lv. 50
Ability: Sand Veil
Item: Salac Berry
Earthquake
Rock Slide
Brick Break
Sandstorm
Nidoking
80x80px
 Type Poison.gifType Ground.gif 
Lv. 50
Ability: Poison Point
Item: Shuca Berry
Earth Power
Sludge Wave
Megahorn
Blizzard
Nidoqueen
80x80px
 Type Poison.gifType Ground.gif 
Lv. 50
Ability: Poison Point
Item: Passho Berry
Earth Power
Poison Jab
Superpower
Thunder


Pokémon Stadium[edit | edit source]

Gym Leader Castle

Persian
Persian(FrLg)Sprite.png
 Normal
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Toxic
Slash
Thunderbolt
BubbleBeam
Dugtrio
Dugtrio(FRLG)Sprite.png
 Ground
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Sand-Attack
Rock Slide
Slash
Dig
Nidoqueen
Nidoqueen(FRLG)Sprite.png
 PoisonGround 
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Double Kick
Strength
Surf
Earthquake
Nidoking
Nidoking(FRLG)Sprite.png
 PoisonGround 
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Horn Drill
Blizzard
Thunder
Toxic
Rhydon
Rhydon(FrLg)Sprite.png
 Type Ground.gifType Rock.gif 
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Fury Attack
Earthquake
Body Slam
Fissure
Tauros
Tauros(FrLg)Sprite.png
 Type Normal.gif
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Fire Blast
Blizzard
Stomp
Thunder

Gym Leader Castle Round 2

Persian
Persian(FrLg)Sprite.png
 Normal
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Screech
Slash
Thunderbolt
BubbleBeam
Tauros
Tauros(FrLg)Sprite.png
 Normal
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Blizzard
Thunder
Fire Blast
Earthquake
Nidoqueen
Nidoqueen(FRLG)Sprite.png
 PoisonGround 
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Double Kick
Body Slam
Thunderbolt
Blizzard
Nidoking
Nidoking(FRLG)Sprite.png
 PoisonGround 
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Thrash
Earthquake
Thunder
Surf
Gengar
Gengar(FrLg)Sprite.png
 Type Ghost.gifType Poison.gif 
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[Levitate]]
Item: None
Hypnosis
Dream Eater
Night Shade
Explosion
Moltres
Moltres(FrLg)Sprite.png
 Type Fire.gifType Flying.gif 
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[pressure]]
Item: None
Fire Spin
Fly
Toxic
Double-Edge


In Anime[edit | edit source]

Giovanni Persian3.png
Persian
Giovanni's Persian's 1st appearance was in Battle Aboard the St. Anne. It always appears being petted by Giovanni.
200px-Giovanni Golem.png
Golem
Giovanni's Golem took an appearance in The Battle of the Badge it was defeated quickly by Gary Oak. Golem's only known move: Tackle.
Rocket Machamp.png
Machamp
Giovanni's Machamp made an appearance in The Battle of the Badge it was defeated by Ash's Squirtle. Machamp's only known move: Karate Chop.
Rocket Rhydon.png
Rhydon
Giovanni's Rhydon appeared in The Battle of the Badge its moves are unknown and it was defeated by Ash's Pidgeotto.


200px-Giovanni Cloyster anime.png
Cloyster
Giovanni's Cloyster appeared in a cameo in a The Battle of the Badge, it really appeared in a water tank and nothing else is known about it.
Rocket Kingler.png
Kingler
Giovanni's Kingler appeared fighting Ash's Bulbasaur in the episode The Battle of the Badge. It's only known moves are: Bubble, Crabhammer, and Harden.


Escaped[edit | edit source]

Armored Mewtwo.jpg
Mewtwo 15px
Giovanni's Mewtwo was created by Giovanni's scientists on the Cinnabar Island. It first appeared in The Battle of the Badge in Giovanni's Gym battle with Gary Oak. It's so powerful it down Gary's Arcanine and Nidoking with little effort. When Gary tried to find what out Pokémon it was, Mewtwo overloaded his Pokédex. In It's Mr. Mime Time, Mewtwo escapes from Team Rocket Headquarters, destroying it in the process.


Voice Actors[edit | edit source]

  • English: Ted Lewis (current)
  • English: Craig Blair
  • Japanese: Kenta Miyake (Diamond & Pearl)
  • Japanese: Hirotaka Suzuoki (Pocket Monsters & Advanced Generation)

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Main article: Giovanni/Video

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Giovanni is believed by some to be the father of Ash Ketchum. This is due to his relationship with Delia Ketchum while they were teenagers.
  • Giovanni's name may come from the word GEO for the first part of his name. Geo is Greek for Earth and this is because he is a Ground type trainer.
  • It may also be a pun on how most 20's and 30's American gang members had Itallian names like Alfonso (Al) Capone. Giovanni is an English-Italian name and is a gang leader himself (Team Rocket).
  • Giovanni's outfit in Black and White seems to be based on a general's uniform.
  • In Pokémon Yellow, Giovanni replaced Kangaskhan with Persian since Yellow was based on the anime.
  • He may be inspired by the villain of James Bond series, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. In Bond films and novels, Blofeld leads his own criminal organization, the S.P.E.C.T.R.E., to become rich and reign on the world. As a companion, Blofeld has a cat.
  • In the Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Celebi event, your rival is found out to be the son of Giovanni.
  • Giovanni's Generation I sprite has shown Giovanni with something that looks like a moustache, although Giovanni doesn't have a moustache.
  • The first time Ash Ketchum ever met Giovanni was in IL063, when he challenged Giovanni at the Viridian City gym; the two have never seen each other again. Also on that same episode, Giovanni is seen out of the shadows and is seen for the first time.
  • Also in the same episode, his identity has been shown since the 15th episode that his identify would not be blown.
  • Giovanni's Japanese name, Sakaki was the name of the leader of Rocket Reds, a gang which bullied the creator of Pokémon, and the one who killed Satoshi's tadpole, Nyorozo.
  • He is considered to be the main antagonist of the entire Pokemon franchise.