"Fwahahahaha! I am Koga of the Elite Four. I live in shadows--a ninja! My intricate style will confound and destroy you! Confusion, sleep, poison... Prepare to be the victim of my sinister techniques! Fwahahahaha! Pokémon are not merely about brute force--you shall see soon enough!"
Koga first appeared in the Generation I games as the Fuchsia City Gym Leader. His gym was constructed with an array of invisible walls, fashioned into a maze. This forces the player to walk through the maze fighting Gym members, with the destination in the middle where Koga awaits.
Koga appeared in the episode The Ninja Poké-Showdown, where Ash and company stumble across his Gym. Not appearing until later in the episode, Ash can only find a plethora hidden traps within the gym, and then later Koga's sister Aya. After the appearance of Koga, and a small incident with Team Rocket, Koga and Ash finally have their battle, uninterrupted.
These Pokémon were used for making quick escapes like smoke bombs.
English: Stan Hart
Japanese: Hōchū Ōtsuka
Polish: Radosław Popłonikowski
Spanish: Juan Fernandez
Iberian Spanish: Gerardo Vasquez
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In a Pokemon card related to Koga, called Koga's Ninja Trick, there is a symbol that looks similar to a Swastika. However, it is actually totally different, in positioning and in meaning. A Swastika is in a diamond angle, and the points on it point clockwise; the symbol depicted on the card was in a square angle, and the points were counterclockwise. The symbol on the card was of a different culture and was many years before the Nazi Party, and meant "peace". When the card was released in the U.S., it was changed to a different symbol.