Alternative names:



Mischievous, Monster, Verbal Tic


Gender: Male
Hair colour: Ochre
Meowth is unusual among other Pokémon for its ability to speak like humans. During the earlier episodes of the series, Meowth liked to think he was somewhat in charge of the group, and was responsible for many of its plans and objectives.
Most of Meowth’s background story is explained in the anime episode "Go West, Young Meowth". Meowth came to Hollywood on the back of a truck after seeing a film called "That Darn Meowth" dreaming of good food as seen in the film. He eventually joined a gang of stray Meowth led by a Persian. One day, he fell in love with a female Meowth who let him know that she preferred being with humans to being with a street Pokémon. To impress her, Meowth learned to walk and speak so as to be as much like a human as possible. Afterwards, however, the female Meowth looked down on him even more than before. After Meowth joined Team Rocket, she was abandoned by her owner, and joined the same gang that Meowth left. Ultimately, she fell for the Persian that led the gang.
Meowth is an integral part of the team, counting Jessie and James as his only real friends, but he is often excluded from the rapport between the two. When he lured Pikachu to their side in an episode, he seemed to have his own agenda as to what to do with it. Often, he explains why they should capture the main Pokémon of a particular episode, by indulging in an unrealistic fantasy of Giovanni’s reaction to their success, such as in, "Beg, Burrow, and Steal", when he suggests stealing Trapinch so Giovanni can use him to crack walnuts. It is possible this is an unhealthy coping mechanism, as James comments that these fantasies proved Meowth had "officially lost it".
Meowth is essentially the "brains of the outfit" and appears to come up with the majority of the team’s plans; he seems to share his species’ thematic association with money, often being the one most concerned with practical issues such as the dismal state of the team’s finances. Because of this, Meowth is usually the one who operates Team Rocket’s Pokémon-stealing machinery, working in the background while Jessie and James confront the protagonists. Starting in the Johto season, Meowth learned to pick locks to aid their criminal lifestyle. He is also skilled at piloting the Team Rocket hot-air balloon (and other getaway vehicles). Among other things, he is also able to sing, dance, read, and write - skills that Pokémon rarely possess. Being able to understand what Pokémon as well as humans are saying, Meowth also often translates their speech for Jessie, James and other characters.
Meowth was shown to care greatly for Misty's Togepi when it was an egg. He willingly battles for the right to raise it, and wishes Togepi happiness with its new owner. Later on he was infatuated by May's Skitty, and helped her escape, contrary to Jessie's plans. He has also remarked that if he had met Pikachu under different circumstances, they might have been friends. On occasion, Meowth befriends other Pokémon (usually ones that are outcasts like him) but by the end of the episode he is separated from his new companions. He also seems to have a good relationship with Jessie and James' Pokémon.
In Pokémon Yellow, Meowth is one of the Pokémon that the player must defeat when fighting Jessie and James. This however runs contrary to the anime as he, unlike most Pokémon, is not trained or owned by either Jessie or James and rarely battles.
One of the trophies in Super Smash Bros. Melee is "Team Rocket's Meowth". When viewed, it says that Meowth's dream is to become a rock star. This dream was also shown in one of the Japanese ending songs as well as a special CD released only in Japan. The plot of one Pokémon short revolved around him throwing a concert for his fellow Pokémon.
In Pokémon Channel Team Rocket's Meowth acts like an emcee or newscaster. An armband he wears references a line from the Japanese motto.

Related anime:

Pokémon TV, 1997
Pokemon: Mewtwo no Gyakushuu Movie, 1998
Pokemon: Pikachu no Fuyuyasumi OVA, 1998
Pokemon: Pikachu no Natsuyasumi Special, 1998
Pokemon Movie 1: The First Movie Movie, 1998
Pokemon: Pikachu's Summer Vacation Movie, 1998
Pokemon: Maboroshi no Pokemon Lugia Bakutan Movie, 1999
Pokémon: Pikachu's Winter Vacation 2000 OVA, 1999
Pokemon: Pikachu Tankentai Special, 1999
Pokemon Movie 2: The Power of One Movie, 1999
Pokémon: Spell of the Unown Movie, 2000
Pokemon: Kesshoutou no Teiou Entei Movie, 2000
Pokemon: Pikachu no Fuyuyasumi (2001) OVA, 2000
Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns TV-Special, 2000
Pokemon Movie 4: Pokemon 4Ever Movie, 2001
Pokemon: Celebi Toki wo Koeta Deai Movie, 2001
Pokemon: Pikachu no Dokidoki Kakurenbo Special, 2001
Pokemon: Pichu to Pikachu Special, 2001
Pokemon Housoukyoku TV, 2002
Pokemon: Pika Pika Hoshizora Camp Special, 2002
Pokémon Advanced TV, 2002
Pokemon Heroes: The Movie Movie, 2002
Pokemon Movie 5: Heroes - Latias and Latios Movie, 2002
Pokemon Advanced TV, 2002
Mewtwo Returns TV Special, 2002
Pichu Bros. in Party Panic Other, 2003
Pokemon: Odoru Pokemon Himitsu Kichi Special, 2003
Pokemon: Gotta Dance! TV Special, 2003
Pokemon Advanced Generation: Nanayo no Negaiboshi Jirachi Movie, 2003
Pokemon Movie 6: Jirachi Wish Maker Movie, 2003
Pokemon: Pikachu's Summer Festival Other, 2004
Pikachu no Natsu Matsuri Other, 2004
Pokemon Advanced Generation: Rekkuu no Houmonsha Deoxys Movie, 2004
Pokemon Movie 7: Destiny Deoxys Movie, 2004
Pokemon: Pikachu no Obake Carnival Special, 2005
Pokemon Movie 8: Lucario and The Mystery of Mew Movie, 2005
Pokemon Advanced Generation: Mew to Hadou no Yuusha Lucario Movie, 2005
Pokemon: Pikachu's Ghost Carnival TV Special, 2005
Pokemon: The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon Special, 2006
Pokémon: Diamond & Pearl TV, 2006
Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl TV, 2006
Pokemon Movie 9: Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea Movie, 2006
Pokemon Advanced Generation: Pokemon Ranger to Umi no Ouji Manaphy Movie, 2006
Pikachu's Island Adventure Other, 2006
Pokemon Diamond & Pearl: Dialga vs. Palkia vs. Darkrai Movie, 2007
Pokemon Movie 10: The Rise of Darkrai Movie, 2007
Pokemon: Pikachu's Great Ice Adventure Other, 2008
Pokemon Movie 11: Giratina and the Sky Warrior Movie, 2008
Pokemon Diamond & Pearl: Giratina to Sora no Hanataba Sheimi Movie, 2008
Pikachu no Kirakira Daisousaku! Other, 2009
Pokemon Movie 12: Arceus and the Jewel of Life Movie, 2009
Pokemon Diamond & Pearl: Arceus Choukoku no Jikuu e Movie, 2009
Gekijouban Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl: Genei no Hasha Zoroark Movie, 2010
Pokémon: Black & White TV, 2010
Pikachu no Fushigi na Fushigi na Daibouken Other, 2010
Gekijouban Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes - Victini to Kuroki Eiyuu Movie, 2011
Pokemon Movie 14: White - Victini and Zekrom Movie, 2011
Pokemon Best Wishes!: Victini to Kuroki Eiyuu Zekrom Movie, 2011
Pokémon the Movie: White - Victini and Zekrom Movie, 2011
Gekijouban Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes - Kyurem vs Seikenshi Keldeo Movie, 2012
Pokémon: Black & White Season 2 TV, 2012
Pokemon The Movie: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice Movie, 2012
Pokemon: Meloetta no Kirakira Recital Special, 2012
Pokemon: Meloetta's Sparkling Recital Movie, 2012
Pokémon: Eevee and Friends Movie, 2013
Pokémon: Black & White Season 2 - Episode N TV, 2013
Pokémon the Series: XY TV, 2013
Pokemon XY: New Year Special Special, 2013
Pokemon Best Wishes! Season 2: Dekorora Adventure TV, 2013
Pocket Monsters: Start Chokuzen SP - Road to Kalos TV-Special, 2013
Pikachuu to Eievui Friends Movie, 2013
Gekijouban Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes - Shinsoku no Genosect Movie, 2013
Pokemon: Black & White - Adventures in Unova and Beyond TV, 2013
Pokemon XY Special: Road to Kalos TV Special, 2013
Pokemon: Pikachu to Eevee Friends Special, 2013
Pokémon The Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened Movie, 2013
Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction Movie, 2014
Pikachu, What's This Key? Movie, 2014
Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages Movie, 2015
Pikachu to Pokémon Ongakutai Movie, 2015
Pokémon the Series: XYZ TV, 2015

Related manga:

Dengeki Pikachu Manga, 1999
Pokemon: The Rise of Darkrai Manga, 2007
Pokemon: Giratina & the Sky Warrior! Manga, 2008
Pocket Monster Diamond & Pearl: Choukoku no Jikuu e Manga, 2009
Pokemon the Movie: White - Victini and Zekrom Manga, 2011

Voice actors:

Inuko Inuyama, Japanese
Rica Matsumoto, Japanese
Maddie Blaustein, English
Jimmy Zoppi, English
Nathan Price, English
Pietro Ubaldi, Italian
Péter Minárovics, Hungarian
Szabolcs Seszták, Hungarian
Péter Szokol, Hungarian
Ido Mosseri, Hebrew
Dor Srogo, Hebrew
Won Hyeong Choi, Korean
In Seong O, Korean
Gerhard Acktun, German
Nessym Guetat, French