Lt. Surge

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Lt. Surge
マチス Matis
HGSS Lt Surge.png
"The Lightning American!"
General
Age: 34 or more
Hometown: Vermilion City
Region: Kanto
Badge: Thunder Badge
Type: Electric
Debut:
Voice actor:

Maddie Blaustein (English)

Class: Gym Leader
"Hey, you little tyke! I have to hand it to you. It may not be very smart to challenge me, but it takes guts! When it comes to electric Pokémon, I'm number one! I've never lost on the battlefield. I'll zap you just like I did my enemies in war!"
— Lt. Surge, Pokémon Gold and Silver

Lt. Surge (マチス Matis) serves as the Gym Leader at Vermilion City's Gym. He holds the Thunder Badge for the trainers that can defeat him, and specializes in Electric type Pokémon.

In Anime[edit | edit source]

Lt. Surge first appeared in the anime episode Electric Shock Showdown, where Ash challenges him to a Gym Battle. The battle ended in disaster for Ash, as he was defeated by Surge's Raichu. With Surge believing that power meant everything, he commented on how Ash should evolve his Pikachu as soon as possible or he would never manage to defeat him.

Ash debated over the statement for quite a while, all the while waiting for Pikachu to recover. Deciding not to evolve Pikachu, Ash once again challenged Lt. Surge, which led to more criticism. Ash, this time, matched Lt. Surge's Raichu with Pikachu's speed instead of power, which is all that Raichu relied on. Pikachu, able to get the best of Raichu, led to Ash's victory, where Lt. Surge gave him a Thunder Badge.

In the Manga[edit | edit source]

Red, Green, Blue Arc[edit | edit source]

Main article: Lt. Surge (Adventures)

Lt. Surge serves as both a gym leader and a Team Rocket leader. He is first seen in the SS Anne importing stolen Pokémon.

Yellow Arc[edit | edit source]

In the manga, he was a member of Team Rocket before it got disbanded, though he was angry at Neo Team Rocket because the new leader was just controlling the old members. Though it was resolved when they defeated the one who was controlling everyone.

In Game[edit | edit source]

Lt. Surge first appeared in the original Pokémon games, as the Vermilion City Gym Leader. He would later be
GymMan.png
in Pokémon Gold and Silver in the same position. Again, he appeared in the Red and Blue remakes, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, with an updated appearance.

Fame Checker[edit | edit source]

-Vermilion City - sign

  • What does this person do?

"Vermilion City Pokémon Gym

Leader: Lt. Surge

The Lightning American!"


-Vermilion Gym - Lt. Surge

  • Favorite kind of Pokémon?

"I tell you, kid, electric Pokémon saved me during the war!"


-Vermilion Gym - Gentleman Tucker

  • What is this person like?

"When I was in the Army, Lt. Surge was my strict CO.

He was a hard taskmaster."


-Vermilion Gym - Gentleman Tucker

  • What is this person like?

"Lt. Surge was always famous for his cautious nature in the Army."


-Vermilion Gym - Sailor Dwayne

  • What is this person like?

"Lt. Surge installed the traps in the Gym himself.

He set up double locks everywhere."


-Vermilion City - Pokémon Journal

  • There’s a rumor...

"Lt. Surge is rumored to have been a pilot while home in America.

He used the electricity generated by Pokémon to power his plane."


-Message from Lt. Surge

From: Lt. Surge

To: [Player]

"Hey kid!

You electrified me in our battle!

I didn’t know that there were gutsy trainers like you.

It made me change my mind about you!"


Sprites[edit | edit source]

Gen. I Yellow Gen. II Gen. III Gen. IV Challenge Sprite Gen. V
Lt. Surge(RB)Sprite.png
Lt. Surge(Y)Sprite.png
Lt. Surge(GS)Sprite.png
Lt. Surge(FrLg)Sprite.png
Lt. SurgeHGSS.gif
VSLt. Surge.png
Lt. SurgeB2W2.gif

Pokémon[edit | edit source]

Red, Blue, and Green[edit | edit source]

Voltorb
Voltorbold1.png
 Electric
Lv. 21 -
Ability: Unknown
Item: None
[[Tackle]]
[[Screech]]
[[SonicBoom]]
-
Pikachu
Pikachuold1.png
 Electric
Lv. 18
Ability: Unknown
Item: None
[[Thundershock]]
[[Thunder Wave]]
[[Growl]]
[[Quick Attack]]
Raichu
Raichuold1.png
 Electric
Lv. 24
Ability: Unknown
Item: None
[[Thunderbolt]]
[[Thundershock]]
[[Thunder Wave]]
[[Growl]]
[[]]
[[File:{{{P4}}}_RB.png|link={{{P4}}}|56x56px]]
 ???
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-
[[]]
[[File:{{{P5}}}RB.png|link={{{P5}}}|56x56px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-
[[]]
[[File:{{{P6}}}RB.png|link={{{P6}}}|56x56px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-


Yellow[edit | edit source]

Raichu
Raichuold2.png
 Electric
Lv. 28
Ability: Unknown
Item: None
[[Thunderbolt]]
[[Growl]]
[[Mega Punch]]
[[Mega Kick]]
[[]]
[[File:|link=|56x56px]]
 '
Lv. -
Ability: [[
Item:
-
-
-
-
[[]]
[[File:{{{P3}}}_Y.png|link={{{P3}}}|56x56px]]
 ???
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-
[[]]
[[File:{{{P4}}}_Y.png|link={{{P4}}}|56x56px]]
 ???
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-
[[]]
[[File:{{{P5}}}Y.png|link={{{P5}}}|56x56px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-
[[]]
[[File:{{{P6}}}Y.png|link={{{P6}}}|56x56px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-


Gold, Silver, and Crystal[edit | edit source]

Electabuzz
GoldElectabuzz.png
 Electric
Lv. 44
Ability: Unknown
Item: None
[[Thunderbolt]]
[[Thunder]]
[[Thunder Wave]]
[[Quick Attack]]
Electrode
Electrodeold.png
 Electric
Lv. 40 -
Ability: Unknown
Item: None
[[Screech]]
[[Double Team]]
[[Swift]]
[[Explosion]]
Electrode
Electrodeold.png
 Electric
Lv. 40 -
Ability: Unknown
Item: None
[[Explosion]]
[[Swift]]
[[Double Team]]
[[Screech]]
Magneton
Magnetonold.png
 ElectricSteel 
Lv. 40 -
Ability: Unknown
Item: None
[[Zap Cannon]]
[[Lock-On]]
[[Double Team]]
[[Swift]]
Raichu
Raichuold3.png
 Type Electric.gif
Lv. 46
Ability: Unknown
Item: None
[[ThunderPunch]]
[[Thunder]]
[[Light Screen]]
[[Quick Attack]]
[[]]
[[File:{{{P6}}}GS.png|link={{{P6}}}|56x56px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-


FireRed and LeafGreen[edit | edit source]

Voltorb
Voltorbold2.png
 Electric
Lv. 21 -
Ability: Soundproof
Item: None
[[Tackle]]
[[Screech]]
[[SonicBoom]]
[[Shock Wave]]
Pikachu
Pikachuold2.png
 Electric
Lv. 18
Ability: Static
Item: None
[[Shock Wave]]
[[Thunder Wave]]
[[Double Team]]
[[Quick Attack]]
Raichu
Raichuold4.png
 Electric
Lv. 24
Ability: Static
Item: None
[[Shock Wave]]
[[Quick Attack]]
[[Thunder Wave]]
[[Double Team]]
[[]]
[[File:{{{P4}}}_FRLG.png|link={{{P4}}}|56x56px]]
 ???
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-
[[]]
[[File:{{{P5}}}FRLG.png|link={{{P5}}}|56x56px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-
[[]]
[[File:{{{P6}}}FRLG.png|link={{{P6}}}|56x56px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-


HeartGold and SoulSilver[edit | edit source]

Electrode
Electrode HGSS.png
 Electric
Lv. 47 -
Ability: Static
Item: None
[[Shock Wave]]
[[Double Team]]
[[Thunder Wave]]
[[Light Screen]]
Electrode
Electrode HGSS.png
 Electric
Lv. 47 -
Ability: Soundproof
Item: None
[[Charge Beam]]
[[Double Team]]
[[Screech]]
[[Selfdestruct]]
Electabuzz
Electabuzz HGSS.png
 Electric
Lv. 53
Ability: Static
Item: Sitrus Berry
[[Shock Wave]]
[[Low Kick]]
[[Light Screen]]
[[Quick Attack]]
Magneton
Magneton HGSS.png
 ElectricSteel 
Lv. 47 -
Ability: Sturdy
Item: None
[[Shock Wave]]
[[Double Team]]
[[Supersonic]]
[[Mirror Shot]]
Raichu
RaichuuHGSSSpr.png
 Type Electric.gif
Lv. 51
Ability: Static
Item: None
[[Shock Wave]]
[[Double Team]]
[[Thunder Wave]]
[[Quick Attack]]
[[]]
[[File:{{{P6}}}HGSS.png|link={{{P6}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-


Rematch

Raichu
RaichuuHGSSSpr.png
 Electric
Lv. 60
Ability: Static
Item: None
[[Thunderbolt]]
[[Grass Knot]]
[[Quick Attack]]
[[Thunder Wave]]
Manectric
Manectricsprite.png
 Electric
Lv. 52
Ability: Static
Item: Pinap Berry
[[Natural Gift]]
[[Discharge]]
[[Thunder Wave]]
[[Overheat]]
Magnezone
Magnezone PtHGSS.png
 ElectricSteel 
Lv. 52 -
Ability: Magnet Pull
Item: None
[[Thunderbolt]]
[[Magnet Rise]]
[[Double Team]]
[[Mirror Shot]]
Electrode
Electrode HGSS.png
 Electric
Lv. 52 -
Ability: Static
Item: None
[[Thunder Wave]]
[[Double Team]]
[[Thunderbolt]]
[[Explosion]]
Pachirisu
Pachirisu(P)Sprite.png
 Type Electric.gif
Lv. 58
Ability: Pickup
Item: None
[[Quick Attack]]
[[Sweet Kiss]]
[[Super Fang]]
[[Discharge]]
Electivire
Electivire(Pt)Sprite.png
 Type Electric.gif
Lv. 56
Ability: Motor Drive
Item: Sitrus Berry
[[Thunderbolt]]
[[Ice Punch]]
[[Cross Chop]]
[[Earthquake]]


Pokémon Stadium[edit | edit source]

Gym Leader Castle

Raichu
Raichuold4.png
 Electric
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Thunder
Surf
Thunder Wave
Body Slam
Voltorb
Voltorbold2.png
 Electric
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Thunder
Explosion
SonicBoom
Thunder Wave
Electrode
Electrode(FRLG)Sprite.png
 Electric
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
SonicBoom
Selfdestruct
Swift
Thunder
Pikachu
Pikachuold2.png
 Electric
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Seismic Toss
Agility
Double Team
Surf
Magnemite
Magnemite(FRLG)Sprite.png
 Type Electric.gif
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Supersonic
Bide
Thunderbolt
Thunder
Magneton
FRLGMagneton.png
 Type Electric.gif
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Thunderbolt
Take Down
Reflect
Hyper Beam

Gym Leader Castle Round 2

Raichu
Raichuold4.png
 Electric
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Thunder
Surf
Thunder Wave
Body Slam
Tangela
Tangela(FrLg)Sprite.png
 Grass
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Mega Drain
Sleep Powder
Bind
Body Slam
Poliwrath
Poliwrath(FRLG)Sprite.png
 WaterFighting 
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Amnesia
Ice Beam
Psychic
Submission
Lickitung
Lickitung(FRLG)Sprite.png
 Normal
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Seismic Toss
Earthquake
Thunderbolt
Double-Edge
Electabuzz
Electabuzz(FrLg)Sprite.png
 Type Electric.gif
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Toxic
ThunderPunch
Seismic Toss
Psychic
Electrode
Electrode(FRLG)Sprite.png
 Type Electric.gif
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Thunder
SonicBoom
Swift
Explosion


Pokémon Stadium 2[edit | edit source]

Gym Leader Castle

Raichu
RaichuuHGSSSpr.png
 Electric
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Thunderbolt
Surf
Thunder Wave
Reflect
Magneton
Magneton HGSS.png
 ElectricSteel 
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: Focus Band
Thunder
Sleep Talk
Sonic Boom
Thunder Wave
Electrode
Electrode HGSS.png
 Electric
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: King's Rock
Explosion
Mirror Coat
Rollout
Thunder
Electabuzz
Electabuzz HGSS.png
 Electric
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: Quick Claw
Ice Beam
Psychic
Strength
Thunderbolt
Porygon
Porygon(HGSS)Sprite.png
 Type Normal.gif
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: PRZCureBerry
Psybeam
Conversion
Tri Attack
Hidden Power
Lanturn
HGSSLanturn.png
 Type Water.gifType Electric.gif 
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: Miracle Berry
Surf
Take Down
Spark
Thunder Wave

Gym Leader Castle Round 2

Raichu
RaichuuHGSSSpr.png
 Electric
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Thunderbolt
Surf
Thunder Wave
Reversal
Victreebel
Victreebel HGSS.png
 GrassPoison 
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: Miracle Berry
Body Slam
Razor Leaf
Stun Spore
Sludge Bomb
Dodrio
DodrioSprite.png
 NormalFlying 
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: Scope Lens
Pursuit
Drill Peck
Steel Wing
Tri Attack
Jolteon
Jolteon(HGSS)Sprite.png
 Electric
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: King's Rock
Roar
Hidden Power
Thunderbolt
Thunder Wave
Quagsire
Quagsire HGSS Female.png
 Type Water.gifType Ground.gif 
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: Bright Powder
Surf
Ice Beam
Earthquake
AncientPower
Porygon2
HGSSPorygon2.png
 Type Normal.gif
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: Quick Claw
Psychic
Blizzard
Tri Attack
Conversion 2


In the anime[edit | edit source]

Lt. Surge's Raichu.png
Raichu
Lt. Surge's main pokémon. Appears in Electric Shock Showdown in the anime. It is the only Pokemon used by Lt. Surge to battle Ash


In Manga[edit | edit source]

In Pokémon Adventures Lt. Surge is an executive for Team Rocket and along with Sabrina and Koga he fights Red to prevent him from interfering, but as usual, it results in failure.

Current[edit | edit source]

Electabuzz HGSS.png Magnemite HGSS.png Magneton HGSS.png VoltorbHGSSSprite.png Electrode HGSS.png RaichuuHGSSSpr.png
Electabuzz Magnemite (Multiple) Magneton (Multiple) Voltorb (Multiple) Electrode (Multiple) Raichu

Released[edit | edit source]

145zapdos.png 243raikou.png ShinyMaleHGSSGyarados.png
Zapdos Raikou Red Gyarados (Gave Back to Silver)

Voice Actors[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Main article: Lt. Surge/Video

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Lt. Surge's name is a play on the word "surge", as in an electrical surge, since he is an Electric-type trainer.
  • There are several references to Lt. Surge being in the military in the video games (possibly the American army or Air Force). It is said he was Gentleman Tucker's commanding officer in the army during an unspecified war, where his life was saved by Electric-type Pokémon. There is also a rumor that he was a pilot, while in America, who used Electric-type Pokémon to power his plane.
  • Lt. Surge is said to be a member of the United States Army, making him one of the first non-Japanese and -Asian characters in the franchise.
  • Lt. Surge's Pokémon are slightly higher leveled in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver than in the Generation II games.
  • Lt. Surge seems to be proof that the Pokémon series started out in a setting similar to the real world. Seeing as the Kanto region in Pokémon Red and Blue is named and modeled after an actual Japanese prefecture, he too is from a real world location: the United States of America.
  • Lt. Surge shares many similarities to the Street Fighter character Guile due to the fact that they are both muscular blonde Americans who were part of the military. Also Lt. Surge's attire in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver is incredibly similar in appearance to Guile's main attire in the series.
  • In the anime and in Pokémon Yellow his Raichu can use Mega Kick, which Raichu cannot learn.
  • Lt. Surge is the only Gym Leader to have only one Pokemon (in Pokémon Yellow).