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Ivan
ノブナガ Nobunaga
Ivan
Rocket Executive Ivan
Gender Male
Eye color Blue
Hair color Blonde
Hometown Unknown (in Kanto?)
Region Hora
Trainer class Rocket Executive
Member of Team Rocket
Rank Executive

Ivan (ノブナガ; Nobunaga) was an executive of Team Rocket and one of the leaders of the crime syndicate. He is a master planner, devising plans towards the completion of Team Rocket's objectives based on Giovanni's direction. It was rumored that Ivan had his own ambitions, unrelated to Giovanni's goals.

Biography Edit

Little is currently known about Ivan, though it was believed that he originated from the Kanto region. He was a member of Team Rocket since its infamous operations in Kanto, though how he rose to the rank of Executive is currently unclear. Ivan was one of the best battlers of Team Rocket and was trusted with devising schemes for Giovanni's operations. He was also rumored to have a personal agenda, though there was no apparent basis to the myth.

Personality and traits Edit

"I do not believe I need to explain what will happen if you fail me."
—Ivan, to a Rocket grunt

Ivan was not a very forgiving person when his subordinates made mistakes. He frequently used his Houndoom to bring his subordinates in line, since the pain from the flames of a Houndoom was said to never disappear. Giovanni did not appear to distrust Ivan, despite the presence of rumors regarding Ivan and a personal agenda, alluding to Ivan's loyalty to Team Rocket and its goals.

Although his pokémon dutifully obeyed his commands, Ivan did not seem to hold them in any regard other than as tools that follow his will. He took care of his pokémon well enough, providing food and trained them now and them, though his attention, lately at least, was directed towards overseeing the progress of Team Rocket's plans.

Pokémon Edit

Although Ivan favored designing tactics, his pokémon appear to revolve around delivering crippling and crushing blows, ripping the opposing pokémon apart quickly and decisively.

Houndoom
Houndoom
Raticate
Raticate
Hypno
Hypno
Rhydon
Rhydon
Salamence
Salamence
Hitmonchan
Hitmonchan

Behind the scenes Edit

The character used to represent Ivan is Shizuo Heiwajima from Durarara!!.

Ivan's Japanese name, Nobunaga, was inspired by the use of the names Musashi and Kojirō, known in English as Jessie and James respectively, of the same historical period. Oda Nobunaga was a ruthless daimyō who began a long campaign to unify Japan under himself as the shōgun in the 16th century. The shōgunate that rose to power as a result of his actions lasted until it was abolished in the Meiji Restoration, over two centuries later. His successor, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, successfully unified Japan while Nobunaga's other retainer, Tokugawa Ieyasu, solidified the unification.

Ivan and Giovanni are both variants of the name John, from Slavic and Italian origins respectively. The name Ivan was held by a number of Russian tsars.

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