History Characters / PokemonVillainTeams

22nd Nov '17 2:59:39 PM DRCEQ
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22nd Nov '17 2:59:24 PM DRCEQ
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* [[Characters/PokemonVillainTeamSkullAetherFoundationAndUltraReconSquad Team Skull]][[note]]and [[spoiler:The Aether Foundation]][[/note]]


* [[Characters/PokemonVillainTeamSkullAetherFoundationAndUltraReconSquad Team Skull]][[note]]and [[spoiler:The [[Characters/PokemonVillainTeamSkull
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Aether Foundation]][[/note]]Foundation]]
* [[Characters/PokemonVillainUltraReconSquad Ultra Recon Squad]]
20th Nov '17 4:58:16 PM Monolaf317
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* [[Characters/PokemonVillainTeamSkull Team Skull]][[note]]and [[spoiler:The Aether Foundation]][[/note]]


* [[Characters/PokemonVillainTeamSkull [[Characters/PokemonVillainTeamSkullAetherFoundationAndUltraReconSquad Team Skull]][[note]]and [[spoiler:The Aether Foundation]][[/note]]
15th Apr '17 3:53:31 PM NVPOWER
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* BatOutOfHell: Grunts of any team will frequently have a batlike Pokemon on hand. Crobat is often used as a method of showing that [[MoralityPet they're not all bad]].


* BatOutOfHell: Grunts of any team will frequently have a batlike Pokemon on hand. Crobat is often used as a method of showing that [[MoralityPet they're not all bad]].bad]], because [[ThePowerOfFriendship Golbat can only evolve into Crobat if it shares a deep personnal friendship bond with it's trainer.]]
23rd Mar '17 11:10:59 AM DragonRanger
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* {{Mooks}}: Perhaps the most notable feature of the teams' grunts is that they are the only trainer class not to be given individual names.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Team Rocket, Team Plasma's leadership, and Team Flare's grunts fall under this category; Team Galactic also went in this direction very briefly when they were under Charon's leadership.


* {{Mooks}}: Perhaps the most notable feature of the teams' grunts is that they are the only trainer class not to be given individual names.
names. ''Sun and Moon'' even makes jokes about how everyone in Team Skull is named "Grunt".
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Team Rocket, Team Plasma's leadership, and Team Flare's grunts fall under this category; Team Galactic also went in this direction very briefly when they were under Charon's leadership. Team Skull also desires money, but this is only a secondary goal and they're really in it for family bonds with each other and respect from everyone else.

* WeaponOfChoice: While there is some regional variation, it is telling that ''every single one'' of the teams listed below uses Zubat. (Well, Team Plasma didn't have any in ''Black and White 1'', but that's only because they weren't even in the regional Pokedex.)


* WeaponOfChoice: While there is some regional variation, it is telling that ''every single one'' of the teams listed below uses Zubat. (Well, Team Plasma didn't have any in ''Black and White 1'', but that's only because they weren't even in the regional Pokedex.)
9th Mar '17 6:46:37 PM CJCroen1393
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* BatOutOfHell: Grunts of any team will frequently have a batlike Pokemon on hand. Crobat is often used as a method of showing that [[MoralityPet they're not all bad]].
* CatsAreMean: They frequently have the region's resident cat on hand. Particularly noteworthy ones include Glameow, Purrloin and, [[UrExample of course]], Meowth[[note]]that's right![[/note]].

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* RecurringElement: Regardless of the Team, there are three RecurringElement Pokemon its minions will almost always favor: The region's early game mammal/rodent (Raticate, Patrat, Yungoos, etc.), the region's annoying bat (Zubat, Woobat, etc.) and the region's cat (Meowth, Purrloin, Glameow, etc.)

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* YouDirtyRat: You can pretty much always assume that the villain team of any given region will have that region's ComMon mammal, which is usually some sort of rodent.
7th Dec '16 11:23:52 AM BlackYakuzu94
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* Characters/PokemonVillainTeamRocket
* Characters/PokemonVillainTeamAquaMagma
* Characters/PokemonVillainTeamGalactic
* Characters/PokemonVillainTeamPlasma
* Characters/PokemonVillainTeamFlare
* Characters/PokemonVillainTeamSkull[[note]]Team Skull and spoiler team[[/note]]


* Characters/PokemonVillainTeamRocket
[[Characters/PokemonVillainTeamRocket Team Rocket]]
* Characters/PokemonVillainTeamAquaMagma
* Characters/PokemonVillainTeamGalactic
* Characters/PokemonVillainTeamPlasma
* Characters/PokemonVillainTeamFlare
* Characters/PokemonVillainTeamSkull[[note]]Team Skull
[[Characters/PokemonVillainTeamAquaMagma Team Aqua and spoiler team[[/note]]Team Magma]]
* [[Characters/PokemonVillainTeamGalactic Team Galactic]]
* [[Characters/PokemonVillainTeamPlasma Team Plasma]]
* [[Characters/PokemonVillainTeamFlare Team Flare]]
* [[Characters/PokemonVillainTeamSkull Team Skull]][[note]]and [[spoiler:The Aether Foundation]][[/note]]
22nd Nov '16 8:47:51 PM rmctagg09
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22nd Nov '16 3:01:51 PM DRCEQ
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* Characters/PokemonVillainTeamRocket
* Characters/PokemonVillainTeamAquaMagma
* Characters/PokemonVillainTeamGalactic
* Characters/PokemonVillainTeamPlasma
* Characters/PokemonVillainTeamFlare
* Characters/PokemonVillainTeamSkull[[note]]Team Skull and spoiler team[[/note]]

[[folder:Team Rocket]]
-->''"Steal Pokémon for profit. Exploit Pokémon for profit. All Pokémon exist for the glory of Team Rocket."''
--> -- Team Rocket motto

'''Tropes that apply to the organization as a whole:'''
* AscendedExtra: In ''Gold'' and ''Silver'', the Rocket Executives looked alike and weren't even named, not unlike the Grunts. It wasn't uncommon to believe that there were only two of them, one male and one female (there was one female, but in fact several males). The remakes made them into their own characters with individual looks and personalities.
* AlphabeticalThemeNaming: The lower-ranked execs (dressed in the grunts' black uniform) begin with a P, while the higher-ranked execs (in customized white attire) have their initial be an A. Even with their Japanese names, the higher-ranked ones still start with A, while the lower-ranked ones start with a later letter (L).
* BossInMookClothing: Most Rocket Grunts are not particularly difficult, but in the original RBY, there's one huge exception: in Mt. Moon, you'll find a Grunt with a Level 16 Raticate. Not only is Raticate likely to be faster than anything on your team, it knows Hyper Fang, which hits extremely hard at this point in the game, especially coming from a Normal-type. This Grunt is easily one of the toughest battles in the game relative to when he appears and to make things worse, this battle is unavoidable.
* CardCarryingVillain: Out of all the villainous teams, they are by far the most ObviouslyEvil. They don't even try to hide their actions behind [[WellIntentionedExtremist well intentions]], instead they proudly state to potential newcomers and foes alike that their only goal is to use and exploit Pokémon to gain wealth and power.
* DubNameChange: All executives were given a new name in the English localization, even though Proton's Japanese name was the only one with an obvious reason as to why it was changed (that being that there was already a character named Lance in the English versions).
* TheHedonist: "We're not always evil. We just do whatever we want!"
* KickTheDog: They actually ''killed'' a Pokémon, if admittedly only in the first game.
* TheMafia: They are made to invoke this as a CulturalTranslation in the localised dubs.
* PoisonIsEvil: They have several Poison-type Pokémon in their groups, including Ekans and Koffing.
* PoisonousPerson: A vast majority of the Pokémon they use are Poison-type with the most notable examples being the Zubat, Koffing, and Grimer lines. The female grunts occasionally add the Ekans and Oddish lines in their ranks as well.
* RecurringBoss: Three of the [[EliteMook Rocket Executives]] in the remakes of ''Gold'' and ''Silver'' are encountered at various spots, but all three are found and battled for a second time when Team Rocket takes over Goldenrod Radio Tower.
* ThemeNaming: All four Executives are named after real-life launch vehicles or missiles, both in the Japanese and North American versions.
* UnexpectedCharacter: A ''Juggler'' helps them take over Silph Co. Presumably intended to catch the player off guard, he has a Kadabra, and Mr. Mime.
* {{Yakuza}}: In the original Japanese. They seem to operate openly in Celadon City (so openly a child can walk into the office where they organize their shipments for the casino's Pokémon prizes), while they are clearly invading the neighboring Saffron.
* WhipItGood: The Grunts' sprites in the first generation games are holding a whip in the pose they have for the battle encounter sprite in those games. This was removed in the remakes.
* ZettaiRyouiki: The female grunts have a Grade B.

!!Giovanni (Sakaki)

Boss of Team Rocket and the Viridian Gym Leader--''The Self-Proclaimed Strongest Trainer''[[note]]He has no official Gym Leader title, but is called this by the Pokémon World Tournament announcer.[[/note]]

* AdaptationalVillainy: In the original games, he declares that he'll dedicate his life to studying Pokémon in peace after disbanding Team Rocket, which implies he'll reform. In the remakes, however, it's very clear that he'll never abandon his goal of world domination.
%% * ArrogantKungFuGuy: In Generation V. Ironically, he's actually ''softened'' compared to previous generations, as he's already given up trying to resurrect Team Rocket after [[spoiler:either Ethan or Lyra kicked his butt in the generation before]].
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He's the head of a criminal group and the final Gym leader. Of course, this trope is in effect. Played with in the event battle with him in ''[=HG/SS=]''. His team is on-par with the Elite Four in level, but weaker than the Kanto leaders and the Elite Four in their rematches. So, having abandoned his Authority, he is no longer as proficient an Asskicker.
* {{Badass in a Nice Suit}}: He's always sharply dressed and is the most powerful trainer in Team Rocket.
* BadassLongcoat: In ''[=HeartGold=]'' and ''[=SoulSilver=]'', doubles as a BlackCloak.
* BigBad: He's the one behind all of Team Rocket's shenanigans in the first generation.
* BonusBoss: Became the first event Trainer when the remakes added an optional battle in ''[=HG/SS=]'' with him with an event Celebi to access him.
* CerebusRetcon: The original ''Red'' and ''Blue'' games have Giovanni declare that once he disbands Team Rocket, he will dedicate his life to studying Pokémon in peace, implying he will reform. The remakes instead have him declare that he will go to train in solitude since he is unworthy to lead Team Rocket, and in ''[=HeartGold=]'' and ''[=SoulSilver=]'' he's preparing to take control of them again and go back to his old ways. His appearance in the World Tournament in Generation V makes it clear that while Giovanni may retreat, he will never fully abandon his dream of world domination.
* DiabolicalMastermind: Pretty much his sole defining feature, until you battle him at the Viridian Gym.
* DisappearedDad: To Silver.
* DishingOutDirt: As the Viridian Gym Leader. Ground-type, not Rock-type.
* TheDon: Later games give him a fedora and corsage (and matching Honchkrow) to complete the imagery, [[StealthPun which makes him "Don Giovanni."]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's quite polite and personable as he tells you that he's going to TakeOverTheWorld with Team Rocket, and if you oppose him he'll make you experience a world of pain.
%%* FragileSpeedster: His Dugtrio.
* GoKartingWithBowser: He is an opponent in the Pokémon World Tournament in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' despite his criminal past.
* GracefulLoser: When he's absolutely and finally defeated, he accepts it and abandons his ambitions for the time being.
* GreaterScopeVillain: In ''[=HeartGold=]'' and ''[=SoulSilver=]'', every crime that Archer, Ariana, and the rest of Team Rocket commit is done in his name and to facilitate his return--but he remains unseen in the main story, and is only available to battle long after the main conflict has ended (as an optional event battle, at that).
%%* ManOfWealthAndTaste
* MeaningfulName: His name is pronounced GEO-vanni. The name indicates both his occupations: a Mafia Boss and a Gym Leader of Ground-type Pokémon. His stance as TheDon also ties in -- ''don'' means "tooth" in ancient Greek and is used in the names for a lot of dinosaurs. Giovanni happens to own several dinosaur-like Pokémon, such as Rhy'''don''' and Nido'''king'''[[note]]''don'' means "lord" in Spanish and is a respectful male honorific in Italian that can mean "Father"[[/note]]. The term ''don'' also manages to incorporate the Japanese character 土 ''do'' (meaning "ground"), tying in yet again with Giovanni's type specialty, and many Ground-type Pokémon have ''don'' somewhere in their names.
* MightyGlacier: His Rhyhorn and Rhydon.
* MyGreatestFailure: To the point that he abandoned his own son to train in order to beat Red. Losing to Ethan/Lyra pushes him over the DespairEventHorizon, and he leaves in a stuttering wreck, abandoning his attempted revival as the boss of Team Rocket.
* NiceHat: A fedora.
* OneHitKill: His Rhydon in the original Red and Blue knows both Horn Drill and Fissure.
* RatedMForManly: Fearless, no-nonsense, intimidating AND his team is made of huge, physical Pokémon who happen to be dinosaurs or rhinoceroses.
* RecurringBoss: Fought three times in the original games, as well as the remakes. The third time, he's a ClimaxBoss, as he's the eight Gym Leader of Kanto and thus the last major story opposition before the Elite Four.
* SignatureMove: His TM move as a Gym Leader is [[OneHitKill Fissure]], which his Rhydon knew in ''Red'' and ''Blue'', and which his Dugtrio featured in ''Yellow''. The remakes replaced Fissure with Earthquake, which is arguably worse weighed against Fissure's piddling success rate.
* TokenEvilTeammate: While Koga may have a slightly sadistic streak, no other Gym Leaders are involved in a [[TheMafia Mafia]]-style group that tries to seize fossils, lay siege to Silph Co., or run an illegal smuggling operation. Or, for that matter, ''kill Pokemon''.
* WeaponOfChoice: Constantly played with. In ''Red'' and ''Blue'' his strongest Pokémon when fought as a Gym Leader is [[MightyGlacier Rhydon]], but he's also partial to [[JackOfAllStats Nidoqueen, Nidoking, and Kangaskhan]]. Kangaskhan is his strongest Pokémon in the first battle, then Nidoqueen for the second, and in the Gym Battle he ditches Kangaskhan for Nidoqueen and Nidoking. His various battles in the series feature them in various configurations. His Gen IV BonusBoss appearance has Nidoking, Nidoqueen and Kangaskhan, with Nidoqueen being his strongest, while he's got Rhyperior, Nidoking and Nidoqueen in Gen V's World Tournament with Rhyperior as his signature Pokémon, though he loses Nidoqueen in the Type Experts bracket. In ''Pokémon Stadium'' he caries all three again in the first round, then loses Rhydon for Round 2 while keeping the other two. ''Yellow'' and ''Stadium'' also feature him with a [[FragileSpeedster Persian]] as in the anime, replacing his Kangaskhan in the first two battles, but it doesn't stick in later generations that ignore ''Yellow''.
* WorthyOpponent: After you defeat him for the third time, he seems satisfied with the battle and promises to better himself so he can meet you again.

!!Proton (Lance)

* CardCarryingVillain: As mentioned below, he declares himself the scariest, cruelest man in Team Rocket.
* CompositeCharacter: He replaces the generic Grunt at Slowpoke Well and a generic Admin at the Radio Tower in Gen II. The former had only a Koffing, the latter only a Golbat, so Proton gets both lines.
* TheDreaded: Needs to be this if he considers himself the "scariest, cruelest guy in Team Rocket". This is shown when grunts admit their fear of him as well as their admiration of him.
* DubNameChange: From Lance to Proton, for reasons of OneSteveLimit.
* MinionShipping: One of the female Team Rocket grunts is seen checking him out through a window.
* NiceHat: Wears a sporty beret-like cap.
* PsychoForHire: He's apparently known as the "scariest and cruelest guy in Team Rocket". Oh yeah, and [[CardCarryingVillain he tells you this]] while he's chopping off Slowpoke Tails.
%%* WeaponOfChoice: [[FragileSpeedster Golbat]] and [[MightyGlacier Weezing]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: [[HairColorDissonance Is it cyan? Turquoise? Aqua?]]

!!Petrel (Lambda)

* AffablyEvil: He's a MasterOfDisguise whose [[GlamourFailure disguises never work]], he compliments your battle prowess, and gives you the key you need to advance while telling you what a nice guy he is.
* AntiVillain: A NobleDemon type.
* BeardOfEvil: A fashionable [[HairColors purple]] goatee.
* BeautyMark: Has one under his left eye.
* CompositeCharacter: Like Proton, Petrel replaces two generic Rocket Admins from Gen II, so he picks up their teams. He uses Zubat, Koffing, and Raticate in the Rocket Hideout, and a team of Koffings with a Weezing in the Radio Tower. In the ''Adventures'' manga he retains a Golbat and Raticate, and has an army of Koffing to ZergRush opponents.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: ''Averted'' with his Weezing, surprisingly. His Weezing in both Gen II and Gen IV is Level 32, but Koffing doesn't evolve until Level 35. However, this ''is'' legally possible; in ''Crystal'' Level 16 Weezings can be found in the Burned Tower (if at a 1% appearance rate), and in ''HGSS'' the Johto Safari Zone has Level 15-17 Weezings. So, strictly speaking, Petrel isn't cheating, contrary to most instance of under-leveled Pokemon.
%%* EvilGenius
* MasterOfDisguise: Well, apparently. His disguises seem genuine, but never work.
* NiceGuy: Self-proclaimed: "I am a nice guy. I will give you the Basement Key to get to the underground warehouse. Take it with gratitude!"
* NobleDemon: After losing, he makes no effort to impede your progress further and gives you aid to proceed.
* TakingYouWithMe: His Koffing are fond of Self-Destruct to attempt this trope, and his Weezing has the more powerful Explosion.
* WeaponOfChoice: The [[MightyGlacier Koffing]] line. His Radio Tower team is five Koffings and a Weezing. The manga adaptations make his [[FragileSpeedster Raticate]] more prominent, though.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: His hair is purple, complete with unusually colored facial hair.

!!Ariana (Athena)

* TheBaroness: Mocks the player as "baby," threatens them before battle, and is cold and sinister.
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Archer in the Johto games.
* TheCameo: The female Rocket Admin in the Sevii Island Branch in ''[=FireRed=]'' and ''[=LeafGreen=]'' appears to be her, due to team similarities and the branch's research on radio waves to evolve Pokémon.
* CoDragons: With Archer to Giovanni.
%%* DarkActionGirl
* DragonAscendant: Played with. She claims to be the official interim boss in Giovanni's absence, but leaves their most crucial operation, the Goldenrod Radio Tower takeover, up to Archer.
* DragonTheirFeet: Ariana and Archer take up Team Rocket after [[BigBad Giovanni]]'s downfall.
* DualBoss: [[BackToBackBadasses You and Lance team up]] to fend off her and a lowly [[{{Mooks}} Grunt]] at the Team Rocket HQ.
%%* EliteMook
* EvilRedhead: [[HairColorDissonance It's a bit on the chestnut side, though.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: She gangs up on you with a grunt, but when Lance appears to even the odds, she berates you for bringing an accomplice and asks where your sense of honor is.
* LightIsNotGood: In contrast to the black uniforms of the grunts, and Petrol and Proton, Ariana wears a white outfit.
* NoNameGiven: In the original ''Gold/Silver''.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: In Gen IV she has red eyes, doubling for CurtainsMatchTheWindow.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Sole female in the Rocket administration.
* WeaponOfChoice: [[JackOfAllStats Arbok]] and [[MightyGlacier Vileplume]]. The Gen II games and the remakes have her with [[FragileSpeedster Murkrow]] too, but her other appearances leave it out.
* WorthyOpponent: Upon defeating her at the Goldenrod Radio Tower, Ariana chastises you for not being able to understand Team Rocket's [[VisionaryVillain goals]], all the while lamenting that [[YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForGood you weren't on their side, as she's come to respect your strength]].

!!Archer (Apollo)

* BigBadDuumvirate: With Ariana in the Johto games.
* {{Bishonen}}: Don't even try to deny it.
* TheCameo: Likewise, the male Admin in ''[=FireRed=]'' and ''[=LeafGreen=]'' seems to be him, due to team similarities and his desire to bring back Team Rocket.
* ClimaxBoss: He's faced at the top of the Radio Tower to finally end Team Rocket's scheme.
* CoDragons: With Ariana to Giovanni.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: His design is based off the male Executive from ''Gold'' and ''Silver''; he originally shared this generic design with the Executives that became Proton and Petrel in the remake, but the latter two got new designs as seen above.
* DragonInChief: The most powerful of the Executives, and the true interim boss of Team Rocket.
* DragonTheirFeet: Ariana and Archer take up Team Rocket after [[BigBad Giovanni]]'s downfall.
* GracefulLoser: Defeated by the player, Archer curses his lack of strength to reunite Team Rocket and restore it to its former glory, but he immediately disbands Team Rocket and never gives the player any trouble thereafter.
* HellHound: His Houndour and Houndoom.
%%* NobleDemon
* LightIsNotGood: Like Ariana, his outfit is white.
* TakeUpMySword: In a sense; the male Rocket Admin which he was based off of in ''Stadium 2'' has a Persian in reference to Giovanni's Persian.
* UndyingLoyalty: Towards Giovanni. Despite being the head of a major crime syndicate by the events of the second generation, the crux of Archer's plan is to reinstate Giovanni as the head of Team Rocket, and his BossBanter has him stressing Giovanni's importance (and begging his forgiveness upon defeat).
* WeaponOfChoice: [[SquishyWizard Houndoom]]. He's also fond of [[MightyGlacier Weezing]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Has pale blue hair.

[[folder:Team Magma]]

-->''"The land... It is the stage upon which humanity stands. The land exists so we humans might continue onward and upward, stepping into the future... For us to continue growing and evolving, humans require a grand stage upon which to stand. A land upon which we can stride forward... A land we can explore...develop...exploit... This is the basis for the growth of all human endeavor. That is why we, Team Magma, must increase the landmass of this world! Believe that this will lead to a future of eternal happiness for humanity... And consequently for all life!"''
--> -- Maxie

'''Tropes that apply to the organization as a whole:'''
[[caption-width-right:295:[[labelnote:Click here to see the grunts as they appear in the original Ruby and Sapphire.]]http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Team_Magma_1239.png[[/labelnote]]]]

* AdaptationExpansion: The Gen III remakes expand their goals to explain that they seek to expand landmass so humanity can further its development, and do not care that their actions may harm Pokémon and believe it's silly to desire co-existence.
* ColorContrast: Red and black to Team Aqua's blue and white.
* CombatPragmatist: The Dark-types Poochyena and Mightyena.
* DemotedToExtra: In ''Sapphire'', where they help you fight Team Aqua. In ''Emerald'' they as a whole get little amount of screentime but they are still the antagonists.
* DishingOutDirt: The Numel and Camerupt they use are part Ground-type, and they use the Ground-type Baltoy too.
* ElementalPowers: They wield Fire, Ground, Poison, and Dark-types as their [[WeaponOfChoice Pokémon of Choice]].
* EvilIsBurningHot: This villain team uses the Fire-types Numel and Camerupt; fitting, considering their name.
* FarEastAsianTerrorists: Pro-humanity ecoterrorists based in Hoenn.
* FireIsRed: They paint their stuff red.
* GratuitousEnglish: For whatever reason, they seem to be quite fond of this in the Japanese version.
* InTheHood: Everyone but Maxie wears a hood as part of their uniform.
* PoisonousPerson: The Zubat they use are part Poison-type. The remakes add the Koffing family to their lineup.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: In ''Omega Ruby'', they believe that equal coexistence between people and Pokémon is a foolish idea that will only hold back humanity's progress.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Their uniforms have a mix of red and black.
* StrangeSalute: Their default pose in ''Omega Ruby'' shows them giving one. Together, they form an "M" like their logo.
* StrawCharacter: In the remakes. They think it's silly to desire peaceful co-existence between humans and Pokémon, as humanity's progress is being hindered by trying to accommodate nature. A debate worth having, but they take it to the extreme of environmental terrorism.
* VisionaryVillain: In ''Omega Ruby'', they believe that humanity's development will lead to greater prosperity for everyone. To achieve this, they plan on expanding the landmass to increase the area people can labor upon, furthering mankind's evolution.
* WeaponOfChoice: The Zubat, Poochyena, and Numel lines. In ''Emerald'', the Baltoy line is added. In the remakes, the Koffing line is added.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: They aim to dry up the world to increase landmass for people and Pokémon (less so in the remakes, when they view Pokémon as inferior) to live on.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: The female grunts in the remakes.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: The female grunts have dark blue hair.

!!Maxie (Matsubusa)
[[caption-width-right:200:[[labelnote:Click here to see Maxie as he appears in the original Ruby and Sapphire.]]http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Ruby_Sapphire_Maxie_1745.png[[/labelnote]]]]

* AdjustingYourGlasses: His official art and pre-battle animation in the remakes show him doing so by the corner.
* {{Adorkable}}: Manages to sneak through in the very rare times he loses his composure in the remakes. The best examples being [[http://66.media.tumblr.com/99732d85a847e54065568cb245ec20fc/tumblr_nfh00aMYRt1tfpu96o1_400.gif his losing animation]] and how he awkwardly doesn't know how to respond to Courtney's InelegantBlubbering at the end of the Delta Episode.
* AffablyEvil: Though not so much as Archie, he is still rather courteous overall and this especially shows after his HeelFaceTurn. He becomes more of a genuine (if aloof) friend to the player character, even giving them the Cameruptite to defeat Zinnia.
* AntiVillain: Like Archie, he thinks he is doing justice to the world, since draining the sea would allow humans to travel more easily and would make more room to live. He also pulls a quicker HeelFaceTurn than Archie in ''Emerald''.
* ArtisticLicenseGeology:
** Waitwaitwait - You want to expand the landmass by using a meteor to (somehow) trigger a volcanic eruption in ''the middle of the continent'' (''Ruby'' and ''Emerald'')? And when that didn't work, you want to ''jettison a load of rocket fuel into it to make it erupt'' (''Emerald'')?! How many science classes did you sleep through, Maxie?
** There's some implication that in ''Emerald'' at least, the plan was ''actually'' to empty out the volcano's contents in order to search for Groudon inside it (hence why their base is later built at the Jagged Pass near Mt Chimney, and why Team Magma is absent for a while). The "jettison a load of rocket fuel" was likely the start of a VillainousBreakdown since Maxie's plans were failing, and he was clutching at straws before finally realizing he was wrong.
** Tellingly, ''Omega Ruby'' completely reworks this plan so that their goal is to harness the volcano's energy to forge the meteorite into an artificial Mega Stone.
* BadassLongcoat: Especially his design in the remakes.
* BigBad: In ''Ruby'' and ''Omega Ruby''.
* BigBadEnsemble: In ''Emerald'', opposite Archie.
* [[DefrostingTheIceQueen Defrosting the Ice King]]: Ironically, given his chosen element. Especially in the remake. He’s introduced as being completely stone faced and haughty, looking down at the player. By the end of the game however, he comes to regard the player with humbled respect and gratitude, finally calling them by their name instead of just “child.”
* DishingOutDirt: His Camurupt.
* DualBoss: In ''Emerald'', you have to battle him [[RecurringBoss three times]]. The third time, he faces you in a double-battle alongside Tabitha. You get to fight them both alongside Steven, and each person is allowed no more than three Pokémon to balance the odds.
* EvilRedhead: He's the leader of Team Magma, and he has red hair.
* {{Foil}}: He wants to build an ideal world for humanity, as opposed to Archie, who wants to build a world ideal for Pokemon.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: ''Omega Ruby'' redesigned Maxie and gave him a pair of glasses, while leaving his villainous traits untouched.
* GeekPhysiques: His redesign makes his thinness even more apparent, along with him looking like a teacher/scientist.
* GoneHorriblyRight: He succeeds in awakening Groudon, and it promptly proceeds to cause a ''lot'' more drought than he had hoped for.
* HeelFaceTurn:
** After releasing Groudon and having his MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment. In the remakes, he assists the player by giving him or her the Magma Suit and guiding him or her into following Groudon to the Cave of Origin's deepest part. He later returns the Blue Orb to Mt. Pyre in the originals or gives the Red Orb to the player in the remakes.
** In ''Emerald'', he makes one even sooner once he realizes the potential destruction in releasing Groudon and Kyogre.
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** Somewhat in Emerald - at the Seafloor Cavern after you defeat Archie, Maxie calls Archie out for waking up Kyogre and causing inclement weather - Archie calls him out and mentions he is NotSoDifferent regarding Groudon, but Maxie (being in a foul mood after his own recent HeelRealisation) snaps that they don't have time to argue the point. He does calm down though and [[HypocrisyNod acknowledge this and admit that he has no ground to stand on in this regard]], but [[JerkassHasAPoint asserts that this is beyond the matter of who is to blame and that stopping the two legendaries is their top priority at this point]].
** In Omega Ruby, he leads the team who believes co-existence between Humans and Pokémon is silly and will hinder humanity's progress, while he has two MoralityPets that are Pokemon.
%%* ItsAllMyFault:
* LabcoatOfScienceAndMedicine: In the remakes, which adds to his scientist motif.
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: He doesn't seem to realize that summoning Groudon will cause any harm to the world; he thinks that he can use it to dry up the sea and create new landmasses for human civilization to expand on. When he realizes he cannot control Groudon or its power, he has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone realization.
* MoralityPet:
** His Crobat, almost certainly -- it even gets a decent amount of focus in fanart. [[FridgeBrilliance A Golbat needs a high level of friendship with its trainer to evolve]], so it makes sense.
** In the remakes, his Camerupt can Mega Evolve, something that requires a strong bond with one's Pokémon.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After awakening Groudon and finding out that it will roast every living being in the world he realizes he was foolish in his goals and tries to stop Groudon. In the remakes, he even believes himself to be beyond redemption, until Tabitha snaps him out of it.
* NerdGlasses: A pair of thick frames that also ''contain his Key Stone''.
* NotSoStoic:
** In the remake he initially comes off as cool and calculating, and in his pre-battle animation he looks positively bored with the whole thing. However, he has a terrible temper that flares up when things turn against him, and his ''defeat'' animation has him stagger back, mouth agape and glasses askew, before desperately scrambling to regain his composure.
** In ''Alpha Sapphire'', he falls to his knees in a PoseOfSupplication after getting beaten by his rival. Contrast Archie in ''Omega Ruby'', who becomes shocked but regains his composure almost immediately.
** He lets out an impressive EvilLaugh before his final battle at the Seafloor Cavern, and goes LaughingMad after defeat and after awakening Groudon.
* ObliviouslyEvil: Like Archie, he doesn't seem to realize the bad parts of his plans until it is too late.
* PoseOfSupplication: In ''Alpha Sapphire'', he does this in front of Archie after Archie defeats him at the Seafloor Cavern.
* {{Pride}}: Has a habit of calling himself "the great Maxie", even after he's fallen. In general, he's a smug stiff, as opposed to Archie's affable nature.
* RecurringBoss:
** He's fought twice in ''Ruby'' and its remake - at Mt. Chimney, and at Seafloor Cavern.
** In ''Emerald'', he's fought three times in total (once in a DualBoss situation on both sides) - at Mt. Chimney (again), at the Magma Hideout (which is located inside Mt. Chimney in this game, and is Groudon's location instead of Seafloor Cavern), and finally at the Mossdeep Space Station. This sharply contrasts Archie who is only fought once - ''after'' all three battles with Maxie.
* RedOniBlueOni: Ironically, the blue to Archie's red. Maxie is a HollywoodNerd emotionally reserved smart guy while Archie is friendly and out-going and HotBlooded.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Gives the impression of being the Sensitive Guy to Archie's Manly Man. The remakes play this up further with Maxie redesigned to look like a slim scientist while Archie is a buff pirate.
* SharpDressedMan: In a manner of speaking.
%%* TheSpock:
%%* SpockSpeak:
* StockCostumeTraits: His design in ORAS. Turtleneck sweater, labcoat, NerdGlasses, etc.
* TheStoic: Maxie is generally fairly calm, and as noted in the ORAS guidebook, his face shows little expression (most of the time).
* TomTheDarkLord: In a series where villains have imposing names such as Giovanni, Cyrus or Lysandre; Maxie sounds a lot less impressive.
* VillainousWidowsPeak: Only on his original design, though.
* WeaponOfChoice: Camerupt. In the originals, it's his strongest Pokémon. In the remakes, it can Mega Evolve.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He wants to make more land so that humanity have more room to advance. Like Archie, he has a [[PowerOfFriendship Crobat]] to prove that he is not really an evil person.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: In the Gen III remakes, a grunt claims that Maxie and Archie used to be "on the same team".

!!Courtney (Kagari)


* {{Adorkable}}: She shows shades of this in the remakes, especially when she gets flustered.
* AmbiguousDisorder: In the remakes. Her official character profile describes her as highly intelligent, rarely speaks, and disinterested in most people and things except for a few special interests.
* AmbiguouslyBi: As mentioned below, she has some {{Yandere}}-tinted ShipTease towards both Maxie and whichever player character is selected.
* AscendedExtra: In ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', she receives a surprisingly large amount of characterization and a larger role. Same is true for the remakes, being one of the major post-game antagonists.
* BadassCape: Her uniform has a cape unlike the other members of Team Magma. This is absent in the remakes.
* {{Bokukko}}: In the remakes she speaks with "boku", and is one of the only women in the series to do so, if not the only one.
* CoDragons: In the remakes, where she and Tabitha share the role of NumberTwo; just in different ways.
* CryCute: At the end of ''Delta Episode'', she breaks down crying while apologizing to Maxie for going rogue and trying to destroy the world. She breaks down even more when ''Maxie'' apologizes to ''her'' for failing to recognize her loyalty and live up to it.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: In the remakes. Her eyes and hair are both purple, just slightly different shades.
* DarkActionGirl: The female Magma Admin.
* DemotedToExtra: Worse than Team Aqua's Matt in this regard. While both have only an easy-to-miss cameo in the game opposite their team's role (in her case, ''Sapphire''), she's the only notable member of either team that isn't battled in ''Emerald'' either. [[InvertedTrope Not the case]] [[AscendedExtra anymore in]] ''Omega Ruby''.
* {{Determinator}}: In the remakes, once Courtney sets her interest on someone or something, she never gives up in pursuing it.
%%* DistaffCounterpart: To Matt in ''Omega Ruby'''s Delta Episode.
* TheDragon: To Maxie, but only in ''Ruby''. In ''Emerald'', where she never speaks nor fights, she surrenders this role to Tabitha. In ''Omega Ruby'', they are treated more as CoDragons.
* DragonTheirFeet: In the ''Omega Ruby'' version of the Delta Episode, whereas most of Team Magma, Maxie included, had performed a HeelFaceTurn at the awakening of Groudon.
* DualBoss: In ''Omega'', the first and last battles against her both see her fight alongside a male Magma Grunt.
* EvilGenius: She's a former scientist, and is said to have a brilliant mind.
* FashionableAsymmetry: In the original games, her skirt has a gap that exposes her left leg. This isn't present in the remakes.
* HeelFaceTurn: Although in the remakes, it takes her and the remaining Magma Grunts until the post-game to get there.
* TheHyena: In the original ''Ruby'' and ''Sapphire'', she begins everything she says with laughter, whether she's actually happy with the situation or not. Remake Courtney on the other hand prefers [[GigglingVillain giggling]] at the end of her lines.
* InTheHood: In the original games, her hood has black horns with a slight curve unlike the straight horns the other members have. In the remakes, her hood has yellow horns to better distinguish her from the female grunts.
* LaughingMad: She breaks into maniacal laughter when confronted during the Delta Episode.
* MaamShock: Wally calls her "ma'am" when apologizing for bumping into her at the Battle Resort. This is her reaction.
-->'''Courtney:''' I'll... make him cry...
* MeaningfulName: Her Japanese name means "bonfire". Courtney is derived from "country" - i.e. an area of ''land''.
* MinidressOfPower: In the remakes.
* MoralityPet: Her most villainous point, the Delta Episode, shows us her Mega Camerupt, showing through the ([[GameplayAndStorySegregation in-universe]]) necessary bond to achieve such a Mega Evolution that she's still not wholly evil.
* NotSoStoic: Her introduction has her as very unemotional and calculating. After she [[ShipTease takes interest in you]] when you defeat her in ''Omega Ruby'', though, every subsequent encounter has her acting more and more notably emotional.
* OmnicidalManiac: After Maxie's defeat, she tries to sabotage the attempt to use the rocket to destroy the meteor so that not only will it unleash a wave of devastation even greater than the one [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY AZ's Ultimate Weapon]] unleashed, but the meteor will stay on course and finish off what's left of the world. She outright states that she's doing it to avenge Maxie suffering a breakdown due to said defeat.
* PervertedDrooling: After the player defeats her on Southern Island, her defeat quote suggests she was swallowing drool. It even has a musical note.
* PsychoSupporter: She's not exactly sane, to say the least, in the remakes in particular.
* [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Womanchild]]: In the remakes. Rather childlike, and mentally stable she is not.
* PurpleEyes: In the remakes.
* RecurringBoss: At least, when the games actually let her get involved.
** In ''Ruby'', she's fought twice - first at the Weather Institute, and later at the Seafloor Cavern.
** In ''Omega Ruby'', she's battled five times - the first three during the main plot, and the final two in the Delta Episode post-game.
* ReiAyanamiExpy: She fits this very well in the remakes; she looks pretty young, has pale skin, her hair is short and is an unusual color, her eyes are an unnatural color, she usually acts emotionless and robotic, she has a strong bond with her leader, and becomes more emotional over time.
* SatelliteCharacter: She's just there to provide a battle (in ''Ruby''), and is easy to miss in ''Emerald''. Subverted in the remakes.
* SayItWithHearts: A lot of her dialogue in the remakes with the player is sprinkled with musical notes, even if she just lost a battle.
* ShipTease:
** She has quite a bit of FoeYay (some of it outright GettingCrapPastTheRadar) with the protagonist in ''Omega Ruby'', which is not present in the original game; though in ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' she had some feelings for Ruby, the protagonist of the ''Ruby and Sapphire'' arc.
** She also really, ''really'' seems to like Maxie. It's not clear how much of this is admiration or if she's actually in love with the guy, but given her [[VillainousBreakdown reaction]] [[{{Yandere}} to seeing him defeated]], there's definitely ''something'' strong there.
* TheStoic: Very quiet and unemotional. At first anyway.
* TerseTalker: In the remakes, Courtney is shown to rarely speak. The fact that most of her dialogue has ellipses emphasizes this.
* ThemeNaming: Has a ground-based name like the rest of Team Magma.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Maxie.
* TheUnfought: In ''Emerald''.
* UnholyMatrimony: Seems to ''want'' to be in this with Maxie.
* VillainousBreakdown: After Maxie is defeated and the team's plans foiled. By the time of her last battle, [[NotSoStoic she's visibly livid, and is actually speaking fully-formed sentences]].
* VillainessesWantHeroes: She grows fond of the player. A bit ''[[{{Shotacon}} too]]'' [[{{Lolicon}} fond]].
* WeaponOfChoice: Camerupt, and nothing else.
* {{Yandere}}: Towards Maxie in ''Omega Ruby''. When his defeat leaves him a broken man, she's so furious she takes what's left of the team and tries to destroy the world.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Her hair is dark blue in the original games, and lilac in the remakes.

!!Tabitha (Homura)


* AscendedExtra: In ''Emerald'', he's more important and more prominent than in ''Sapphire'' or even ''Ruby''.
* BadassCape: Unlike the other members of Team Magma, his uniform has a prominent cape. This is absent in the remakes.
* BerserkButton: In the demo, Tabitha does not take too kindly to Matt comparing him to a Makuhita.
-->'''Tabitha:''' You'd better at least make it a Hariyama!
* CoDragons: In the remakes, where he and Courtney share the role of NumberTwo; just in different ways.
* DemotedToExtra: In ''Sapphire'' - he only appears at the Seafloor Cavern, and it's easy to miss that it's him there.
* TheDragon: To Maxie in ''Emerald'', where he is fought thrice and displaces Courtney. In ''Omega Ruby'', the two are CoDragons.
* DualBoss: In his third battle in ''Emerald'', he's fought along with Maxie himself. In ''Omega Ruby'' his first battle is alongside a female Magma Grunt.
* EnemyMine: In the Omega Ruby[=/=]Alpha Sapphire demo, he teams up with Matt from Team Aqua to take out the player and Steven teams up with you to even the odds.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In ''Omega Ruby'', Tabitha is horrified once he learns what will happen if Groudon is awakened. This is what causes him to start working to get Maxie and Team Magma off the path they're on.
* EvilGenius: Somewhat characterized as such. In the remakes, he used to be a scientist who worked in Devon and contributed significantly to the team's research.
* EvilLaugh: He laughs in every single line of dialogue he has. The remakes give him a rather strange laugh, rendered as "Ahyahyahya!"
* EyesAlwaysShut: In the remakes, save for when he's [[RedEyesTakeWarning angry or acting pretty cocky]]. This contributes to his aforementioned resemblance to Makuhita.
* FatAndSkinny: The Fat to Maxie and Courtney's Skinny.
* FatBastard: He's one of the heavier villains in the franchise.
* GenderBlenderName: "Homura" can go both ways or be a [[LastNameBasis last name]], but Tabitha is always female. The game translators may have [[ViewerGenderConfusion gotten confused by the way the sprite looked]].
* HairTriggerTemper: In the remakes, Tabitha is impatient and has a very short temper. He has been aggravated by the player's meddling in Team Magma's plans, being compared to a Makuhita by Matt and being called [[MaamShock "sir" by Wally]]. After the Delta Episode in Omega Ruby, he even yells at Courtney to apologize to Maxie after the latter two stare at each other for an extended period.
* HeelFaceTurn: Along with his boss (and in the remakes, his HeelRealisation precedes Maxie's).
* InSeriesNickname: According to a scientist in ''Omega Ruby'''s Magma Hideout, he is also known as "Tabitabi".
* InTheHood: He wears the same hood as the grunts. In the remakes his hood has yellow horns like Courtney's, but he keeps it down.
* MaamShock: A rare ''male'' example, as he gets upset when Wally calls him "sir" ("I've only just turned 27!").
* MeaningfulName: His Japanese name means "flame". Tabitha is an anagram of "habitat".
* OnlySaneMan: In ''Omega Ruby'', at least compared to Maxie and Courtney. He's the only one to figure out the problem with awakening Groudon before it happens (not that Maxie listens).
* PsychoSupporter: Between his constant laughter and glee over what Maxie is doing, he seems more than a little unhinged. It's ultimately subverted, however, when he's the first one to realize the dangers of awakening Groudon.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: His eyes are [[EyesAlwaysShut normally closed]], but when he's angry or acting confident, his eyes are revealed to be this.
* RealMenWearPink: You can find a magazine about cute Pokémon in his room in the Magma Hideout.
* RecurringBoss: The most consistently across the Hoenn games:
** Fought three times in ''Emerald'', and twice in ''Ruby''. The first battle in both is at Mt. Chimney; the second is at the Magma Hideout; the last, in ''Emerald'' is at the Mossdeep Space Centre, [[DualBoss alongside his boss]].
** In ''Omega Ruby'', he's battled thrice just like in ''Emerald'', but the set-up is different - the first fight is [[DualBoss alongside a Grunt]] at Meteor Falls; the ''second'' is now the Mt. Chimney battle; the last is at the Weather Institute (replacing Courtney's role there).
* SpearCounterpart: To Shelly in ''Emerald'' (as TheDragon to their respective leaders), and more so in the remakes where they serve the same story roles (including the moment of a HeelRealisation).
* TheStarscream: It's said that he wants to become the leader of Team Magma, as evidenced by the application forms for promotion on his desk. He ultimately proves to be loyal, but his ambition ends up biting him when he tries to stop Maxie from awakening Groudon, and the leader just uses Tabitha's ambition as a reason to mistrust him.
* ThemeNaming: Has a land-based name like the other members of Team Magma.
* VagueAge: One of the few notable examples to completely avert this in the series in the remakes. He's 27.

[[folder:Team Aqua]]

-->''"The sea is an irreplaceable treasure for every living thing on this planet. But with our selfish extravagance, humanity dirties the great ocean, destroying this source of all life... Day by day, we're all destroying our most precious resource! If we humans suffer from our actions, well, maybe we'll end up getting what we deserve. But what about the Pokémon in our world? The Pokémon that no longer have a place to live because we stole and soiled their seas? The Pokémon that won't have a place to raise their young and watch them grow? We are creating a world in which innocent Pokémon suffer as a result of our actions... And that is something that I can't forgive! That's why I came to a decision, see? The foolish actions of my fellow humans, the seas we have blighted, nature itself... I will return everything to its unspoiled beginnings!"''
--> -- Archie

'''Tropes that apply to the organization as a whole:'''
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* AdaptationExpansion: The Gen III remakes expand their goals to explain they seek to raise sea levels to return the world back to nature and give back the Pokémon the habitats humanity's expansion has destroyed.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: They're all very tan, though, being based on pirates, this means little.
* AnimalWrongsGroup: In ''Alpha Sapphire'', they want to expand the seas to bring back the habitats Pokémon lost due to humanity's greed.
* BareYourMidriff: The female grunts. In the Omega Ruby[=/=]Alpha Sapphire demo, one of them calls attention to her midriff, commenting that she has more style than she knows what to do with.
* BeardOfEvil: The male grunts in the remakes have goatees.
* ColorContrast: Blue and white to Team Magma's red and black.
* CombatPragmatist: Poochyena and Mightyena, as well as Carvanha and Sharpedo.
* DemotedToExtra: In ''Ruby'', where they help you fight Team Magma.
* ElementalPowers: They use Water, Poison, and Dark-types as their [[WeaponOfChoice types of choice]].
* {{Evil Redhead}}s: Shelly and the female grunts in the original games.
* FarEastAsianTerrorists: Hoenn-based ecoterrorists who wish to return the Earth's landmass to the way it was once upon a time.
* {{Irony}}:
** They seek to right the wrongs humanity committed against Pokémon out of greed... yet dress up as and theme themselves after {{Pirates}}, a group known for their greed and destructive nature.
** The remakes make them an AnimalWrongsGroup who want to make the world better for Pokémon, yet one of the Pokémon they use is Grimer, a Pokémon that pollutes the environment with its very presence.
* LightIsNotGood: They wear bright white and blue outfits, but are antagonists in ''Sapphire'', ''Emerald'', and ''Alpha Sapphire''.
* MakingASplash: Carvanha and Sharpedo are dual Water and Dark-type.
* PoisonousPerson: The Zubat they use are part Poison-type. The remakes add the Grimer family.
* {{Pirate}}s: They're dressed up like this.
* RaceLift: Often confused as such by fans, as they're significantly darker-skinned in the remakes. In truth they remain the same race (presumably East Asian, specifically Japanese, or a Pokémon equivilant of it) they were in the originals, but heavily tanned.
* StrawCharacter: In the remakes. They think humanity's progress has recklessly destroyed Pokémon habitats and want to return the world to nature. A debate worth having, but they take it to the extreme of environmental terrorism.
* WaterIsBlue: They paint their stuff blue.
* WeaponOfChoice: The Zubat, Poochyena, and Carvanha lines. In ''Emerald'', the Wailmer line is added. The remakes add the Grimer line.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: They aim to flood the world to make it a haven for water-dwelling Pokémon, and figure that humanity can learn to adapt ala ''Film/{{Waterworld}}''.

!!Archie (Aogiri)
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* AdaptationalBadass: Downplayed with the remakes. While Archie was always a powerful trainer, in the remakes he's more muscular, wears an imposing outfit, and in general looks much more threatening than before.
* AffablyEvil: He's quite civil to the player, and between the two different versions he's slightly more politely-spoken than Maxie is. In the remakes this is even more apparent, with Archie constantly calling the player affectionate nicknames and generally acting fond of them.
* AffectionateNickname: In both ''Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire,'' he refers to the player character as "little scamp."
* AntiVillain: He wants to raise the seas since water is the source of life. He is willing to do low things to succeed, but in his mind, it's the right thing.
* BadassBeard: His beard is very impressive to behold, especially in the remakes.
* BadassLongcoat: His redesign for the Gen III remakes gives him extensions from the hips that invoke this imagery.
* BeardOfEvil: His beard that runs all the way up to his sideburns. In the remakes it even gets a pointed end.
* BigBad: In ''Sapphire'' and ''Alpha Sapphire''.
* BigBadEnsemble: In ''Emerald'', opposite Maxie.
* BlingOfWar: He's ''covered'' with gold, including a large pendant shaped like an anchor, in which his Key Stone is set.
* EnemyMine: Sort of in ''Emerald'', where despite still being an antagonist, he and his team are also trying to stop Team Magma from erupting Mt Chimney.
* FangsAreEvil: When really angry, he can apparently have a mouth full of fangs. He's also shown with prominent canines in some art. However, Archie really isn't all that evil (though he is still a villain), so it's not played fully straight.
* FauxAffablyEvil: In ''Emerald'' he's more polite and affable than Maxie is, which conceals the fact that he's even ''more'' of a stubborn extremist who [[HeelRealization doesn't take the hint]] [[GoneHorriblyRight until it's too late.]]
* {{Foil}}: He wants to build a world ideal for Pokemon, as opposed to Maxie, who wants to build a world ideal for humans.
* FriendlyEnemy: He is this full stop in ''Alpha Sapphire''. He's the least hostile of all the team leaders, and treats you almost like a rival rather than a true enemy. Eventually he does a HeelFaceTurn and becomes a real friend to the protagonist postgame, even giving them the Sharpedonite so they can defeat Zinnia.
** Hell, in Alpha Sapphire, you can even invite him to be your partner in battle at the Battle Maison!
* GeniusBruiser: He may not look like much, but he consistently out-maneuvers Maxie in ''Alpha Sapphire''.
* GoneHorriblyRight: He succeeds in awakening Kyogre, and it promptly proceeds to cause a ''lot'' more flooding than he had hoped for.
* GracefulLoser: In the remakes he takes defeat pretty well. Aside from brief surprise he acts almost proud whenever you beat him. Shown best compared to Maxie who is prone to NotSoStoic moments when he loses.
* HotBlooded: Archie is this in the remakes. This attitude is what gained him many followers.
* HeelFaceTurn: After releasing Kyogre and having his MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment. In the remakes, Archie also assists the player in confronting Kyogre by giving him or her the Aqua Suit and guiding him or her in following Kyogre to the deepest depths in the Cave of Origin. He later returns the Red Orb to Mt. Pyre in the originals, or gives the Blue Orb to the player in the remakes.
* {{Hunk}}: Archie is buff and handsome, in contrast to Maxie, who is slender and pretty.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Despite totting about how wonderful Water Pokémon are, he only has one in his team of three (four in the remakes) Pokémon, [[ComMons despite them being pretty much everywhere in Hoenn]].
* IdiotBall: While ArtisticLicenseGeology under Maxie's entry above explains the problems with his plan to expand the landmass, Archie's plan makes even less sense. Does he really think creating worldwide flooding and raising global sea levels is a good thing that will benefit the planet? He claims it will create new habitats for Pokémon to live in, which it may, but it's also going to destroy a lot of existing habitats. He's either completely delusional or incredibly stupid to not see the negative consequences of his plan. The remakes avert this by shifting Team Aqua's goals to specifically turning the world back to nature; the destruction of water-based human cities is their own fault for being greedy and stealing that land from the Pokémon.
%%* TheMcCoy: In contrast to Maxie being TheSpock
* MakingASplash: Naturally he leans to Water-types, with his team leader being Sharpedo.
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: Similar to Maxie, he thinks that expanding the sea is a great idea; the sea is the cradle of life from which all the world's creatures evolved, and they all need it to survive. Once he realizes that Kyogre cannot be controlled and the world will drown in endless rain if it isn't stopped, he abandons his plans.
* MoralityPet:
** His Crobat (Golbat can only evolve into Crobat if it's at maximum happiness).
** In the remakes, his Sharpedo can Mega Evolve, something that requires a strong bond with one's Pokémon.
* MrFanservice: The fangirls always found him attractive, but the remakes turned the squeals UpToEleven; skintight wetsuit? Check. Facial hair evolution? Check. Wetsuit bearing his chest? Check. Suffice to say, he's gotten a lot of 'attention' since his redesign was revealed.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After awakening Kyogre, he realizes that Kyogre will flood everything, including humanity.
* NiceHat: He wears a bandanna like the rest of Team Aqua.
* ObliviouslyEvil: He does not seem to realize the bad parts of his plans or why people try to stop them; only when it is too late to stop does he realize the bad parts of releasing Kyogre and flooding the world. Realizing it causes him to make a very fast HeelFaceTurn.
* PerpetualSmiler: He's nearly always smiling, usually a cocky grin.
* RecurringBoss: In ''Sapphire''.
* RedOniBlueOni: Ironically, the red to Maxie's blue. Maxie is a HollywoodNerd emotionally reserved smart guy while Archie is friendly and out-going and HotBlooded.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Gives the impression of being the Manly Man to Maxie's Sensitive Guy. The remakes play this up further with Archie redesigned as a buff pirate while Maxie looks like a slim scientist.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Archie shares N's ideas of a better world for Pokemon, despite his own actions.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: In Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire.
* TalkLikeAPirate: In the remakes.
* ThreateningShark: His Sharpedo.
* TomTheDarkLord: Similar to Maxie; the name Archie doesn't quite stand up alongside other villain names in the series.
* WeaponOfChoice: Sharpedo. In the original games, it's his strongest Pokémon. In the remakes, it can Mega Evolve.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He wants to expand the seas so that Water Pokémon have more places to live. And just to drive the point home that he is a nice (but stupid) guy, he has a [[PowerOfFriendship Crobat]].
* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry: His "mega-rage state" is apparently quite frightening. When enraged his face becomes red and he even has what look like shark teeth.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: In the Gen III remakes, a grunt claims that Archie and Maxie used to be "on the same team".

!!Matt (Ushio)


* AmbiguouslyGay:
** His dialogue with Tabitha in the demo has shades of this.
-->'''(To Tabitha):''' Oho! Good idea, bro! That's my funny little man! You, me, and our Pokémon are gonna have a real good time later!
** In ''[[VideoGameRemake Alpha Sapphire]]'' itself, "I love interesting, strong dudes! That's why I love my bro, Archie!" [[ManlyGay You love strong dudes, huh, Matt?]] NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat.
** [[invoked]] He immediately follows this up with "[[FoeYay And that's why I'm gonna start loving you from now on, too!]]", [[AmbiguouslyBi regardless of]] [[BiTheWay gender]].
* AscendedExtra: More important (and characterized) in the ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' manga. Like with Courtney, also true for the post-game of the remakes.
* BloodKnight: In the remakes, he makes no secret of his love for a good fight, without caring much about whether he wins or loses.
-->'''Matt:''' I can feel it! I can feel it, all right! The strength coming offa you two! More! I still want more! But looks like we're outta time... Let's tussle again someday!
* CoDragons: In the remakes, where he and Shelly share the role of NumberTwo; just in different ways.
* DemotedToExtra: In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Ruby]]'' especially, where he only appears with his leader twice - at Meteor Falls, and at the Seafloor Cavern. He only appears once in ''Emerald'' - at the Aqua Headquarters - but is more significant in that he battles you, providing a distraction while his boss escapes.
* DragonTheirFeet: In the ''Alpha Sapphire'' Delta Episode, after Team Aqua's HeelFaceTurn.
* DualBoss: In ''Alpha Sapphire'', the first and last battles against him both see him fight alongside a female Aqua Grunt.
* EnemyMine: In the Omega Ruby[=/=]Alpha Sapphire demo, he teams up with Tabitha from Team Magma to take out the player and Steven teams up with you to even the odds.
* EvilLaugh: As a substitute for Team Magma's Tabitha, he does a lot of chuckling and giggling. In the remakes, his laugh is rendered as "Hoohahaha!"
* HeelFaceTurn: Although in the remakes, it takes him and the remaining Aqua Grunts until the post-game to get there.
* TheHyena: Chuckles so much that in ''Sapphire'', ''Emerald'', and the ''Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire'' demo, every line he has begins with a laugh.
* IOweYouMyLife: Matt is very loyal to Archie because the latter saved the former's life at an earlier point.
* KingpinInHisGym: Implied in ''Alpha Sapphire''. When you infiltrate the Team Aqua Hideout, a punching bag and cassette player can be found within his room.
* ManlyTears: At the end of Delta Episode, he breaks down crying while apologizing to Archie for going rogue and trying to destroy the world. He breaks down even more when ''Archie'' apologizes to ''him'' for failing to recognize his loyalty and live up to it.
* MeaningfulName: His Japanese name means "tide". Matt could possibly come from the "mast" of a ship.
* MoralityPet: His most villainous point, the Delta Episode, shows us his Mega Sharpedo, showing through the ([[GameplayAndStorySegregation in-universe]]) necessary bond to achieve such a Mega Evolution that he's still not a wholly bad guy.
* NiceHat: He wears a bandanna like the other members of Team Aqua. He doesn't wear anything on his head in the remakes though.
* OmnicidalManiac: After Archie's defeat, he tries to sabotage the attempt to use the rocket to destroy the meteor so that not only will it unleash a wave of devastation even greater than the one [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY AZ's Ultimate Weapon unleashed]], but the meteor will stay on course and finish off what's left of the world. He outright states that he's doing it to avenge Archie suffering a breakdown due to said defeat.
* RecurringBoss: He gets a few matches throughout the games.
** In ''Sapphire'', he's battled twice - first at Mt. Chimney, and again at the Aqua Hideout. He only gets one fight in ''Emerald'', though - the Aqua Hideout battle.
** In ''Alpha Sapphire'', he's battled five times - the first three during the main plot, and the final two in the Delta Episode post-game.
* SatelliteCharacter: He's just there to provide a battle (in ''Sapphire'' and ''Emerald''). Subverted in the remakes.
* ScaryBlackMan: His design in ''Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire'' sure evokes this... despite the fact that his homeland is based on southwestern Japan.
* TattooedCrook: He has a tattoo in the shape of Team Aqua's logo on his chest in the remakes. It could just be an oddly-shaped tan line though.
* ThemeNaming: His name has a naval theme like the rest of Team Aqua.
* VillainousBreakdown: His actions in the Delta Episode, it gets worse until you beat him and he manages to calm down.
* WeaponOfChoice: Sharpedo.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: In the original games, all he wore on top was a vest. In the remakes, he goes completely bare-chested.
* {{Yandere}}: Towards Archie. When his defeat leaves him a broken man, he's so furious he takes what's left of the team and tries to destroy the world and restart it.

!!Shelly (Izumi)


* AdaptationDyeJob: Red-haired in the originals, black-haired in the remakes.
* AmbidextrousSprite: Somehow played straight for a 3D model. At various points in the game, her bangs are either covering her left or right eye.
* AscendedExtra: In the anime and ''Emerald'', where she appears to be Archie's sole lieutenant, and also in the remakes.
* BareYourMidriff: Just like the other female members of Team Aqua.
* ChildhoodFriends: Turns out she's this to Archie as there's a photo in Archie's room of them together as kids with Jirachi.
* CoDragons: In the remakes, where she and Matt share the role of NumberTwo; just in different ways.
* DarkActionGirl: The female Aqua Admin.
* DemotedToExtra: In ''Ruby'' - she only appears once at Meteor Falls, and once more at the Seafloor Cavern.
* DistaffCounterpart: To Tabitha in ''Emerald'' (as TheDragon to their respective leaders), and more so in the remakes where they serve the same story roles (including the moment of a HeelRealisation).
* TheDragon: To Archie in the original games. In the remakes, she's more CoDragons with Matt.
* DualBoss: In ''Alpha Sappire'', her first battle is alongside a female Aqua Grunt.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In ''Alpha Sapphire'', Shelly is horrified once she learns what will happen if Kyogre is awakened. This is what causes her to start working to get Archie and Team Aqua off the path they're on.
* EvilGenius: Shelly is the brains of Team Aqua in the remakes. And one of scientist in Aqua hideout says that she used to be a scientist who worked in Devon contributed significantly to the team's research.
* EvilRedhead: In the original games, as her hair is black in the remakes.
* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: Her most defined features in the remakes. The receptionist at the Weather Institute notes that Shelly wears too much of it.
* FieryRedhead: Again, only in the original games.
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: A Grunt in the secret demo mission mentions finding a Pokedoll in her room. They then {{Squee}} over the implications that she may have [[SugarAndIcePersonality a hidden softer side.]]
* GogglesDoNothing: Her redesign has a pair on her head, seemingly for decoration.
* HeelFaceTurn: Along with her boss (and in the remakes, her HeelRealisation precedes Archie's).
* MaamShock: In ''Omega Ruby'', when Wally cuts past her and the other Aqua leaders and addresses her this way while apologizing, she gets upset, declaring that she's clearly a "miss", not a "ma'am".
* MeaningfulName: Her Japanese name means "spring/fountain". As for "Shelly"... sea shells, anyone?
* MsFanservice: Has long red hair and walks around wearing a low-cut midriff-baring top and a sleeveless jacket that bares her shoulders. Her redesign, though completely different, fits this just as well.
* MulticoloredHair: She has black hair with blue streaks in the remakes.
* NiceHat: Wears a bandana like the rest of Team Aqua. Not in the remakes, though.
* OnlySaneWoman: In Alpha Sapphire, at least compared to Archie and Matt. She's the only one to figure out the problem with awakening Kyogre ''before'' it happens (not that Archie listens).
* PeekABangs: Her hair covers her left eye in her ''Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire'' design.
* RapunzelHair: Both incarnations of Shelly have long hair reaching down to her hips.
* RecurringBoss: In all the game, and quite consistently at that.
** In ''Sapphire'' and ''Emerald'' both, she is fought twice in the same circumstances - first at the Weather Institute, and later at Seafloor Cavern.
** In ''Alpha Sapphire'', she's battled thrice - the first is at Meteor Falls [[DualBoss alongside a Grunt]]; the ''second'' is now the Mt Chimney battle (replacing Matt's role there); the last is the battle at the Weather Institute.
* TheTease: A lot of her demeanour and dialogue is quite flirtatious.
* {{Tsundere}}: After Kyogre is calmed, Shelly tells Archie that he doesn't have any grounds to ask for forgiveness, calls him a dolt, and tells him she'll stand by his side regardless.
** She acts this way toward the player too, calling them "cute" even when yelling at them.
* ThemeNaming: Has a sea-based name like the other members of Team Aqua.
* VaporWear: What the cut-outs on her pants suggest. Makes a bit of sense since her outfit is based on a wetsuit.

[[folder:Team Galactic]]
-->''"This world of ours is a crude one. In a word, it is incomplete. It has been, and always will be, a struggle to survive in this world. We humans and Pokémon are likewise incomplete. Because we are all so lacking, we fight, we maim... It is ugly. I hate the incompleteness. That we are all incomplete, I hate it with my entire body and being. The world should be complete. The world must change. Then, who will change it? Me, Cyrus. And Team Galactic. Yes, all of you."''
--> -- Cyrus

'''Tropes that apply to the organization as a whole:'''
* BigBad: Cyrus.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Some of the grunts fit this trope.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: All Galactic members have matching hair and eye colors.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The grunts tend to speak this way.
* TheDitz: Most of the grunts are... well, idiots.
* EqualOpportunityEvil: Among all the villain teams, they have the greatest gender equality among employees.
* HellHound: In ''Platinum'', the Houndoom line is added to their ranks.
* InsaneTrollLogic: The grunts occasionally display this, with an occasional lampshade.
* {{Jerkass}}:
** A few grunts justify stealing Pokémon by saying that [[DramaticallyMissingThePoint they can be caught anywhere]] and that their victims should stop whining and catch some more.
** After using the Galactic Bomb to clear Lake Valor of water, a few grunts stand around sneering at the schools of poor Magikarp left flopping in mud puddles.
* LatexSpaceSuit: All Team Galactic members wear outfits similar to spacesuits. Due to this, characters who do not know who they are refer to them as spacemen.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: None of the grunts have any idea about what the Admins and Cyrus's plans could be. They seem to not care too much about finding out as long as the team succeeds and they get what was promised to them.
** Also, the Admins themselves are kept in the dark about various aspects of Cyrus's master plan and only know a few details each: Jupiter seems to know that Cyrus will become a god, Mars seems to know that he'll create a world without spirit, and Saturn seems to know that he'll wipe out the world entirely to do this. They only learn the whole truth when Cyrus comes out and says it at the Spear Pillar.
* MiniDressOfPower: The female Grunts wear these.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: In-universe example. A large number of Sinnoh's residents, including [[BigGood Cynthia]], never really took Team Galactic seriously due to their silly uniforms, petty criminal behavior, and their general lack of brilliance before the group assaulted the three lakes and snatched up Mesprit, Uxie, and Azelf.
* ObviouslyEvil: The only explanation why their HQ has SpikesOfVillainy protruding from its sides.
-->NPC: "Are those spikes fashionable?"
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: A few of their members are stated to have fled to Unova and worked for Team Plasma in Black 2 and White 2. A lot of them left even earlier than that after Cyrus goes to the Distortion World in ''Platinum'', where a few grunts realize that Charon isn't exactly as charismatic as their previous leader and doesn't share the team's stated goal.
* ShoutOut: The Galactic Grunt battle music has a funk and jazz element in it, while there is a funk and jazz group called the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galactic Galactic]].
** In Japan, Team Galactic is called "Ginga-dan" or "Galaxy Gang". The Galaxy Gang were the villains from ''Pulseman'' (and Rotom is based on Pulseman himself), making this a reference that [[LostInTranslation didn't quite translate]].
* StellarName: Team Galactic's admins are named after planets, their leader's name means "sun," and ''Platinum's'' newly added member is named from one of Pluto's moons (or just named from Pluto in Japanese).
* VisualPun: They're literal [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} space cadets]].
* WeaponOfChoice: The Glameow and Stunky lines are a common sight in their ranks, and the way they are uncatchable in ''Platinum'' is similar to what happened in ''Yellow'', where Ekans and Koffing (two Pokémon commonly associated with Team Rocket) are uncatchable.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: All grunts, Cyrus, and Saturn.

!!Cyrus (Akagi)
-->''"One day, you will awaken to a world of my creation. A world without spirit."''

* AbusiveParents: It's implied that his parents were at the very least severely emotionally neglectful, and the situation was so bad that his grandfather considered taking him away from them. He didn't go through with it though, and he's regretted that decision ever since.
* AffablyEvil: In a strange way, while he's a creepy, emotionally-impaired StrawNihilist who wants to destroy the universe, he's remarkably sincere and honest toward the player character, frequently compliments them (though he considers "compassionate" a backhanded compliment), and outright gives them the Master Ball just because he's not going to use it.
** In the first few times you encounter him, he is very polite in asking you and your friend to let him pass through.
* AGodAmI: More pronounced in ''Diamond'' and ''Pearl'' than in ''Platinum'' (in the latter game, he fixates more on the new universe itself rather than the fact that he'll be a god ruling over it).
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The man is easily the toughest member of Team Galactic.
* BadassBookworm: Just listen to him lecture you about genes. He's studied ''a lot.''
%%* BadassInCharge
* BadBoss: Made explicitly clear in ''Platinum''.
* BigBad: Of the Sinnoh games.
* BigEyesLittleEyes: He has some of the biggest eyes of any of the main villain bosses.
* BlowYouAway: He does seem to have a predilection for Flying-type Pokémon, and his mascot is a Honchkrow...
* BrokenAce: All that potential he had all went to the wrong ideal...
* CastingAShadow: He has an equal amount of Dark-Types, including said Honchkrow.
* TheChessmaster: His entire shtick depends on keeping you one step behind.
* ChekhovsGunman: In ''Diamond'' and ''Pearl'', he is first seen when you first visit Mt. Coronet, but you don't find out who he actually is until the end of Team Galactic's Hideout. In ''Platinum'', he's introduced even earlier (in the first twenty minutes of the game, no less), but you also find out who he is earlier.
* CreepyChild: In Sunyshore City, you can talk to people who knew him as a child, and they indicate that he was a weird loner then, too.
* DarkMessiah: Seems to see himself this way, at least in ''Platinum''.
* DeathGlare: Possibly, his default expression- certainly his most famous.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: He has the balls to do this to it in ''Platinum'', [[DraggedOffToHell with an express ticket to the Distortion World]].
* EarlyBirdCameo: In ''Platinum'', his very first appearance is when you and your rival first come to Lake Verity soon after obtaining your starters - he monologues (though somewhat intended for Mesprit to hear) about how he'll capture the Lake Trio as part of his plans
* FreudianExcuse: His backstory involves him failing to live up to his parents' expectations no matter how hard he tried, and feeling neglected and rejected as a result. It's especially sad since you hear it from someone who had a chance to help him when he needed it, but... didn't, and now it's too late.
* {{Foil}}: Set up as one to Cynthia. While she cherishes all life and encourages the player to build strong bonds with their Pokémon, Cyrus desires to wipe away the ability the emotions that would make those bonds possible. To drive the point in further, his name means "sun", while her names comes from Artemis, the Greek goddess of the moon.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: A quiet little boy from Sunnyshore who shied away from people and tinkered with machines grew up be one of the scariest humans the Pokémon universe has ever seen, nearly destroying all of reality with seemingly little effort.
* GoodEyesEvilEyes: They still look pretty evil, though....
* ImprobableAge: He had built a criminal organization/cult and a business empire with hundreds of minions at his disposal while coming close to ending reality ''before his 28th birthday''.
* ItsAllAboutMe: And NOT in the standard way like Charon. He genuinely sees himself as altruistic, but in ''Platinum'' he reveals that he sees Team Galactic as tools for achieving ''his'' ends, that only ''he'' will claim power as a god, and "making the world a better place" will depend only on what ''he'' views as being better for everyone, which turns out to be a world devoid of spirit.
* KarmaHoudini: Cyrus is the only BigBad in the main series who doesn't reform or otherwise get punished for his actions. At least in ''Platinum'', he suffers a brief raging breakdown due to his plan being foiled in a way that he can't repeat it the same way again; in ''Diamond'' and ''Pearl'', he just shrugs his defeat off and vows to start anew. And even in ''Platinum'', while he is last left in the Distortion World, it's not like he's trapped there: he's clearly staying there by choice in order to unlock more of its secrets (plus having had a VillainousBreakdown right before you leave).
* KnightOfCerebus: Everything that happens with Galactic after you battle him the first time becomes a lot more serious compared to prior.
** In a more meta sense, he's sort of this for the series as a whole as well. Cyrus is the first Pokémon villain that is both a direct threat to the world's existence and totally aware of the fact.
* KnightTemplar: He believes his terrible, destructive plan to be in the entire world's best interest.
* KubrickStare: He gives you a pretty good one in the intro of ''Platinum''.
** Heck, it's more or less ''his default expression''.
* LightIsNotGood: If you consider that he's named after the sun....
* ManipulativeBastard: For someone who calls emotions useless, he is very skilled at reading the general mood of his members and can use them to his gain.
* MeaningfulName: His Japanese name, Akagi, can be read as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "red future."]] His English name, Cyrus, comes from the Persian "Kuros," meaning "sun." This ties into Galactic's StellarName pattern as well as the fact that the Commanders "revolve" around him.
** Another translation of Kuros is "Koresh", a name that just keeps popping up in various RealLife cult leaders...Of course, this and the "sun" meaning both go back to Cyrus the Great of Persia, whom God speaks to directly in Literature/TheBible.
* MisanthropeSupreme: Prefers the company of machines to humans or even Pokémon.
* MoodSwinger: On one occasion, he utterly ''flips out and explodes'' at the player and Cynthia before going back to his stoic self a mere second later.
* MoralityPet: One of his Pokémon is a Crobat, which only evolves if it really, ''really'' loves its owner. Although, unlike Maxie and Archie, it's possible to interpret that it could be the result of Cyrus's talented ability at manipulating emotions. It's also possible that it might have been stolen.
** Or that he does it the same way you, the player, do. He walks everywhere and the Galactic HQ is right next to both the department store and the massage parlor, all of which cause a Pokémon's happiness to skyrocket.
* NotGoodWithPeople: Or Pokémon, for that matter. As a boy, he preferred the company of machines.
* NotSoStoic: Very much so in ''Platinum'', once you get him inside the Distortion World. Just before battling Giratina, you battle him, and here is what he says:
--> "''Why should I run and hide from the world and have to wait quietly? My aim is to rid our world of the vague and incomplete thing we call spirit. By freeing ourselves of that, our world can be made complete. That is my justice! No one can interfere! I won't lose! Not to that shadowy Pokémon! Not in any worthless world!''"
** And then after you defeat him and capture/defeat Giratina:
---> "''That Pokémon... That shadowy Pokémon was captured/defeated?! Your doing so means that this irrational world will remain in existence! Does that make it impossible for me to create a new world? Even if I made new Red Chains, the new world can't be made! Why?! What compels you to protect the two worlds? Is spirit, a vague and incomplete thing, so important to you?! Silence! Enough of your blathering! That's how you justify spirit as something worthwhile?! That is merely humans hoping, deluding themselves that they are happy and safe! The emotions broiling inside me... Rage, hatred, frustration... These ugly emotions arise because of my own incomplete spirit!''"
** And then immediately after that, there's [[MoodSwinger his abrupt return to his stoic self.]] [[NightmareFuel Very abrupt return.]]
---> "''...Enough. We will never see eye to eye. This, I promise you. I will break the secrets of the world. With that knowledge, I will create my own complete and perfect world. One day, you will awaken to a world of my creation. A world without spirit.''"
* OmnicidalManiac: He regards the world as incomplete, so he plans to ''destroy it''? Destroy it to [[EndOfTheWorldSpecial build it again]], so basically it was just in the way.
* OnlySaneMan: When compared to his grunts and Charon at first, though admittedly the ending the world thing sort of causes him to lose this status by the end.
* RecurringBoss: Only two battles in ''Diamond and Pearl'' are upgraded to three in ''Platinum''. His team also TookALevelInBadass.
* StrawNihilist: To him, "useless emotions and sentimentality are products of the weak and incomplete human heart."
* TheStoic: Everything about him is calm and collected... until he's defeated for the last time.
* SurroundedByIdiots: [[InvokedTrope Intentional]]. If his grunts were any smarter, they would start asking questions about his grand plan and likely leave Team Galactic or even outright oppose him because of what his grand plan entails, and indeed when they do start finding out, they flee more or less in droves.
* TranslationCorrection: In the Japanese version, Cyrus's name means "red castle/tree/future," breaking the ThemeNaming of his team. Every translation except the Korean version gives him a name meaning sun or naming him after a sun god.
** Interestingly, "red future" could refer to a star or sun near the end of its life, possibly with the intent to be reborn.
* TroubledButCute: More troubled than cute, but still fits, at least in ''Platinum.''
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: The first of such to appear in the main game series.
* VillainousBreakdown: He suffers a rather impressive one after being defeated in the Distortion World, but he does manage to regain his composure in short order
* VisionaryVillain: The world is incomplete from his point of view, so he plans to destroy it and replace it with a world that he honestly believes would be better for humanity.
* WeaksauceWeakness: His ''entire team'' shares a unanimous weakness to Rock-type attacks. And with the majority of Flying-types on his team, Electric-type moves will slam a nice chunk of them, also, most notably his [[ForMassiveDamage Gyarados]], who comes with a 4x weakness to them.
* WeaponOfChoice: Primarily the Sneasel line. His first two battles in Platinum had Murkrow/Honchkrow as his strongest Mon, but Weavile retook the spot during the battle in the Distortion World.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Such an extremist that he falls into OmnicidalManiac territory, but his intentions were always well-meaning in a (''very'') twisted way. What pushes him over to true evil is [[KnightTemplar the horrific actions he's willing to take and the self-centered views he has on how a "pure" universe should be.]] And his desire to be [[TheHeartless heartless.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: And yes, "destroyer of worlds" is literal in his case.
* WorldOfSilence: His goal.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: His hatred of human emotion stems from his own repressed rage and hatred, which comes out during his breakdown.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: He's 27. Possibly {{justified|Trope}} by the extreme degree of overwork and stress he's put himself through since he was a child, as his grandfather explains.


%%* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* TheDragon: The second-in-command to Cyrus.
* DragonInChief: Presumably takes on this role whenever Cyrus is unavailable and eventually takes charge of Team Galactic.
* HeelFaceTurn: After Cyrus's defeat, he takes over Team Galactic and turns it into a legitimate organization dedicated to finding new energy sources for the planet's well-being.
* HornedHairdo
* OnlySaneMan: To an extent, as far as [[TheDitz Team]] [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Galactic]] goes. He's the most level-headed and, well, ''normal'' of the admins -- he's the most aware of Cyrus' motives, but genuinely seems to believe that what he's doing is for the greater good[[note]]Although he doesn't quite realize ''exactly'' what [[MisanthropeSupreme Cyrus]] wants [[EndOfTheWorldSpecial to do]][[/note]]. Additionally, he's the one who attempts to turn Team Galactic into a legal and worthwhile group after Cyrus abandons them, striving toward making a better world through far less [[EndOfTheWorldSpecial lunatic]] means. The other admins are either OnlyInItForTheMoney, only in it ForTheEvulz, or are well-intentioned but blinded by emotion (including [[MadLove for their leader.]])
* TookALevelInBadass: Though he's the only major Galactic member not to gain an extra battle with the player in ''Platinum'' (barring [[TheUnfought Charon]]), his team is still a little stronger than before.
* UncattyResemblance: His hairstyle matches Mars' Purugly's ears. This is frequently used as "evidence" for {{Shipping}} the two.
* WeaponOfChoice: Toxicroak.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Not ''quite'' as extreme as Cyrus, but he does still initially want to improve the world by destroying and recreating it. The difference comes when he discovers Cyrus wants all emotion and spirit gone, something Saturn ''doesn't'' want for the world.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: A blue horned hairdo.


* TheBrute: Specializes in crushing opponents rather than scheming.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow Purple eyes and hair.
%%* DarkActionGirl
* DualBoss: In all three games, for her 2nd battle with you she teams up with Mars. Your rival joins up with you, which evens out the odds.
* FashionableAsymmetry: For some reason, one of Jupiter's legs is a bit more exposed than the other.
* ForTheEvulz: She doesn't seem to have the genuine [[WellIntentionedExtremist desire to make the world better]] like Saturn or Mars, nor does she seem [[ItsAllAboutMe concerned with wealth and selfish well-being]] like Charon. She ultimately leaves the team after Cyrus went because without him, "it's no fun anymore."
* KickTheDog: How she treats your rival after defeating him.
** TheDogBitesBack: When he and you team up against her and Mars, defeating them quite handily.
* RecurringBoss: Though not as much as Mars, she does get quite a few battles out of you (two in ''Diamond and Pearl'', three in ''Platinum''). In all games, the 2nd battle is a DualBoss situation.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: She quits Team Galactic during Platinum's ExtendedGameplay.
* WakeUpCallBoss: Her Skuntank's single Ground weakness is hard to exploit early in the game (only exploitable with Shellos' Mud Bomb or Geodude's Magnitude) and is bulky enough to survive and do some damage with [[CriticalHitClass Night Slash]].
* WeaponOfChoice: Skuntank.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Her hair is purple.


* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Red eyes, red hair.
%%* DarkChick
* DualBoss: In all three games, for her third battle with you she teams up with Jupiter. Your rival joins up with you, evening out the odds.
* EvilRedhead: Though probably the least evil of the Galactic commanders, as she's always the most reasonable with you whenever you meet, even though [[HairTriggerTemper a little tempermental.]]
* FieryRedhead: The most temperamental of the Team Galactic bosses.
* HairTriggerTemper: She's easily prone to anger, particularly when she loses in battle, and even has to talk to herself in order to calm herself down.
* MadLove: Implied to have a crush on Cyrus, and honestly thinks he's doing good.
* MeaningfulName: [[FieryRedhead Red hair]], [[HairTriggerTemper a temper to match]], and you battle her the most. Mars was the name of the Roman God associated with red, anger, and battle.
%%* MiniDressOfPower
* RecurringBoss: Mars gets the most mileage out of battling you of all the Galactice Commanders (three times in ''Diamond and Pearl'', four in ''Platinum''). In all games, the 3rd battle is a DualBoss situation.
%%* RedEyesTakeWarning:
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: She leaves Team Galactic during Platinum's ExtendedGameplay.
* ShipperOnDeck: She refers to [[PuppyLove Lucas and Dawn]] as a lovey-dovey couple.
* UncattyResemblance: The counterpart to Saturn's example above. Her hairstyle resembles Saturn's Toxicroak's [[BuffySpeak head... spike... thing]]. This is frequently used as "evidence" for {{Shipping}} the two.
* WeaponOfChoice: Purugly.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Says in her debut that she really wants to improve the world and is saddened that other people don't seem to understand Team Galactic's cause.

!!Charon (Pluto)

* AmbitionIsEvil: Unlike Cyrus, his ambition is just cruel with no good intention.
* BaldOfEvil: Well, balding.
* BigBadWannabe: While he takes over Team Galactic after Cyrus goes missing, it's quite obvious he doesn't have the charisma to keep the rest of the higher ups behind him, and the same goes for his grunts, who promptly ditch him in order to evade the law.
* DirtyCoward: He's very cruel until it turns out he can't back up his malice with actual muscle.
* DragonAscendant: PlayedWith. He's the EvilGenius throughout the game, but then he takes over Team Galactic as its new leader in the postgame... for all of twenty minutes before he gets arrested and almost everybody else runs away.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Charon's probably one of the least sympathetic characters in the game, what with his lack of a FreudianExcuse or [[WellIntentionedExtremist "noble" goals]], but that doesn't stop him from writing about how much he loves his Rotom. Or how much he ''used to''.
* EvilGenius: To Team Galactic, although Cyrus is pretty learned.
* EvilOldFolks: Seemingly the oldest in Team Galactic.
* ItsAllAboutMe: His mentality is pretty much "Screw everyone over so that I can have wealth and glory."
* {{Jerkass}}: This guy makes no attempt to hide how self-centered and egotistical he is. Not surprisingly, a lot of Team Galactic's members leave after he takes over due to his lack of a charismatic personality. Even the other commanders find the guy rather obnoxious.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: When he's outnumbered three to one in Stark Mountain, he knows that he'll lose if he fights and therefore surrenders to the player, Buck and Looker.
* LennonSpecs: Shares these and a voice actor with [[SonicTheHedgehog Doctor Eggman.]]
* MadScientist: He works out how to trap the Lake Trio and enjoys it.
* MeaningfulName: Probably unintentional, but his American name is from Pluto's moon, notably the only heavenly body used for a Commander's name that doesn't directly revolve around the sun. Charon doesn't "revolve" around Cyrus like Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.
** Additionally, as he's shown to be the most heartless member of the team (his goals and plans are less dangerous than Cyrus's, but with no delusions of altruism to his goal, [[OnlyInItForTheMoney it's for less of a "meaningful" reason]]), consider that he's named after either a death god or the ferryman of the underworld... and how many would have died if he'd been able to control Heatran in his quest for money and self-aggrandizement.
* MoralityPet: Rotom. At the very least, it ''used'' to be his friend, but sadly, he seems to use it for nothing but experiments these days. He might have even abandoned it at the Old Chateau once it had no more use.
* NonActionBigBad: He never gets in a Pokémon battle.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: A case of this in which it makes him ''worse'' than the others, who were more or less all {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s to a T. Unlike everyone else in Team Galactic, he's not looking to create a new world which would theoretically benefit humankind. It's all about money, power, and glory for him. There are even hints that he used to be with Team Rocket, where that mindset is the norm. He'll even go as far as to try and unleash a legendary to profit from a volcanic eruption which would kill hundreds of people.
* PetTheDog: He shows care for Rotom.
* ShorterMeansSmarter: Everybody else, with the possible exception of Cyrus, is taller than him and lack the brains to get the scientific stuff done.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Has Charon told you lately what an unparalleled genius he is? It gets to the point that even the other higher ups tell him to shut up a few times.
* TheStarscream: Well, he ''has'' to be this, otherwise his motivation is meaningless.
* TheUnfought: It looks like you're about to confront him in Stark Mountain... and then Looker sweeps the stone from under his nose, and his grunts decide to run away and leave him to his fate, at which point he surrenders without a fight.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: His journal entry about Rotom and his toy indicate this.
* WeaponOfChoice: Despite never actually battling you, Charon is most closely associated with Rotom.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: [[YouDontLookLikeYou Possibly.]] It's grey on his concept art, bright pink in the game's intro, pale mauve in the anime and actually blue on his overworld sprite. [[OffModel His glasses also turn blue when he walks sideways.]]

[[folder:Team Plasma]]
-->''"Pokémon are different from humans. They are living beings that contain unknown potential. They are living beings from whom we humans have much to learn. Tell me, what is our responsibility toward these wonderful beings called Pokémon? That's right! We must liberate the Pokémon! Then, and only then, will humans and Pokémon truly be equals."''
--> -- Ghetsis

'''Tropes that apply to the organization as a whole:'''
* AnimalWrongsGroup: In spite of their whole "we want to liberate Pokémon" thing, they're total tools.
* AntiMagicalFaction: Replace "magical" with "Pokémon training" and you've got Team Plasma in a nutshell. They are of the "hypocritical" flavor, as detailed below,
* ChurchMilitant: Modeled on this to an extent, as a result.
* DarkIsEvil: They usually use Dark types (Purrloin, Scraggy, Sandile lines).
* EvilRedHead: The grunts, [[WellIntentionedExtremist though they aren't necessarily evil]].
* HeelFaceTurn:
** Several can be witnessed considering this at N's Castle toward the end of the initial story mode due to how close they've grown to their Pokémon.
** One can locate a man in Opelucid City who was a former Team Plasma member who performed one of these.
* {{Hypocrite}}s: One of the grunts explicity ''says'' that while it's bad for regular trainers to keep Pokémon, it's fine for Team Plasma to have them. This only applies to some of them, though; other grunts keep using Pokémon because they've grown attached to them or because they view their use as necessary for the time being.
* InformedAbility: The Seven Sages are said to be some of the smartest men in the world but never really show it. One decides it's a bright idea to put their evil lair ''across the street from Burgh's gym'' and is shocked when they're discovered in short order. To be fair, he did it because he thought it would be funny.
* {{Jerkass}}: One of the first grunts you battle [[KickTheDog repeatedly kicks]] a Munna to get it to release some Dream Mist. [[{{Hypocrite}} This while still saying they want to help separate Pokémon from abusive trainers.]] There are also several jerkass grunts at the castle in the end, though they are counterbalanced by some more sympathetic ones.
* KnightTemplar: Literally.
* LargeHam: "PLASMAAAAA!"
* LightIsNotGood: And there is the fact that Team Plasma is rather strongly based on Christianity, with their Templar-like uniforms, talk about "saving" Pokémon, and use of the Chi Rho, an ancient symbol used to represent Jesus, as a symbol. They're also a deranged hypocritical terrorist cult being manipulated by a fraudulent leader in his attempt to gain power.
* MeaningfulName: They aim to separate Pokémon from people "controlling" them. Plasma is a state of matter where atoms separate from the electrons they "control" and become ions. Plasma also plays a part in both lightning and fire, which conveniently applies to the dragon they're trying to control in either version.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Some grunts have grown to like their Pokémon given them by Ghetsis, and don't want to let them go. Lampshaded, of course!
** Subverted with a grunt in N's Castle who states that her Pokémon has grown to love her... but she doesn't understand that because she just considers it a tool to be used. She doesn't appear to be actively cruel to the Pokémon, just indifferent[[note]]The story has a happy ending, though: you can find her in Driftveil City with other ex-Plasma members, where she's changed her tune, now saying that she views her Pokémon as a friend rather than a tool.[[/note]]
%%* TautologicalTemplar
* WellIntentionedExtremist: They all seem to have the same goal, they just do it in a ''really'' wrong way. Most of the grunts have this personality, though there are a ''few'' that are just bloody {{hypocrit|e}}ical {{jerkass}}es.
* WesternTerrorists: An American AnimalWrongsGroup based in the Pokéverse equivalent of New York City hellbent on spreading the message that training Pokémon is wrong.

'''Tropes that apply to the new Team Plasma as a whole:'''

* ArmiesAreEvil: Their uniforms are much more resembling of a paramilitary organization this time around.
* BlackShirt: Complete with paramilitary style gear.
* BlatantLies: Even though their schemes of conquest had been exposed two years ago, some members still claim they fight for the rights of Pokémon.
* CardCarryingVillain: Most of their members are much more up front about the organisation's ambitions this time. At least one of them admits that they used to be in Team Galactic.
* CoolAirship: The Plasma Frigate, which holds Kyurem captive.
* DarkIsEvil: Contrasting with the LightIsNotGood design of the previous team.
* EvilIsDeathlyCold: They control Kyurem.
* EvilRedhead: The grunts.
* HelpfulMook: At least one will encourage you to rest on the Frigate.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: At least a few members didn't join up to be evil, but instead had nowhere else to go.
* MaskPower: Covering their mouths and lower face.
* NoMouth: The grunts and the Shadow Triad have their mouths concealed behind their masks.
* OneNoteChef: The Plasma Frigate's cook serves only bread.
* PaintItBlack: The knight-like outfits were ditched for black, paramilitary uniforms.
* {{Pirate}}s: They went from medieval knights out on an honorable cause to malicious and thieving classical pirates.
* RenegadeSplinterFaction: To N's Team Plasma.
* RuthlessModernPirates: Due to the {{Pirate}} motif, their use of modern technology and merciless demeanour, they qualify.
* TerroristsWithoutACause: This group of Team Plasma has members who don't follow the false ideology of Team Plasma, only members who want to take over Unova through violent force.
* VillainsOutShopping: If the PC stars in enough good movies at [=PokéStar=], a New Team Plasma grunt can become a fan of him/her and a regular movie-goer.

'''Tropes that apply to the old Team Plasma as a whole:'''

* TheAtoner: Old Team Plasma is made out of former Plasma members who truly care about Pokémon and left the group to create a new group to make up for their crimes.
* DarkIsNotEvil: And they still have their Dark Pokémon.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: They want to do good, but owing to their bad crimes, they don't exactly have a great reputation.
* LightIsGood: Most of the members still wear knight outfits after they left Team Plasma, but this time their outfits are true to their goals.
* ReformedButRejected: Something that Hugh has a problem understanding.

!!N Harmonia / Natural Harmonia Gropius
-->''"The cries of the suffering Pokémon filling that room... The borderline between Pokémon and humans... I exist on that line. I live in the margins between everyone, so I will save them! I will change the world!"''
--> Voiced by: Creator/HiroshiKamiya (JP), Tom Wayland (EN) (promo)

* AbusiveParents: His adoptive father, Ghetsis, neglected him and forced him to be raised among Pokémon abused by humans. He did this in order to shape his opinion that Pokémon and humans need to separated, and so he would be distinct from humans. Then, when you defeat N in the battle using your legendaries, Ghetsis openly mocks his son as an inhuman monster incapable of real emotion (hypocritical, since this describes Ghetsis more than anything.)
* {{Adorkable}}: If his weird mannerisms don't put a given player off, chances are he's coming off like this for them.
* AffablyEvil: In the first Black and White games where he was the King of Team Plasma, technically putting him as this. He drops the "evil" bit after losing to the Player.
* AllLovingHero: Thinks himself as this for Pokémon. Becomes this in the sequels.
* AmbiguousDisorder: He has a strange enough personality and a screwed up enough childhood that he can probably be diagnosed with ''something''.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: He's good, but VERY misguided.
* AntiVillain: He never does anything that he hasn't been led to believe is for the greater good, and when he realizes that he's been deceived he quickly pulls a HeelFaceTurn.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: The focus of the opening sequence before the first games' title screen.
* BigBad: Although not really ''evil'', he's this for ''Black and White''. At the very end, he learns that he was just a pawn for Ghetsis, and rethinks his life.
* BigBadFriend: Though more along the lines of ObliviouslyEvil BigBad friend as opposed to the more classic version of the trope.
* BigDamnHeroes: He and his dragon save you as Ghetsis is about to have Kyurem ''freeze you with floating icicles!'' However, [[FromBadToWorse Kyurem then absorbs N's dragon.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: ''Look at him''!
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: He views humans (save for those who share his beliefs) as bad and Pokémon as good, hence why he wants to separate them. He even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it at one point by saying how when humans and Pokémon are separated, "black and white will be clearly distinct."
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: He starts out with such belief regarding his goals, and says it as a TitleDrop. WordOfGod says the connection to the title was intended from the start. This of course, makes him (and the rest of the game) in-fact, [[GreyAndGrayMorality Grey]].
* BonusBoss: Challengeable in ''Black 2 and White 2''[='s=] post-game, which allows you to capture his dragon in a roundabout method. After you catch (or knock out) both his dragon and Kyurem, he appears near Nimbasa's Ferris Wheel on Fridays, where you can ride on the wheel with him. After doing that, he becomes the BonusBoss, and has the second highest level battleable Pokémon outside various facilities, just after Iris and Cynthia (and second in Challenge Mode, tied with Cynthia).
* BreakTheCutie: Finding out his cause was essentially a lie, then abused further by his dad.
* ButNowIMustGo: At the end of the first set of games. He gives a big speech thanking the player and states that his life is in his hands now before flying off on whichever dragon he caught. He is not seen again in the game after that, although Looker implies that someone spotted him in a faraway place.
* ChekhovsGunman: He's introduced in the second town, but it isn't until later that you find out that he's the boss of Team Plasma.
* TheChosenOne: He was engineered to be this.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Given Anthea and Concordia's backstory on him. He was abandoned in a forest at a young age, and raised by a Zorua, Woobat, and Darmanitan. N was later taken in by Ghetsis, who claimed to be his father.
* CreepyChild: Or rather, Creepy {{Manchild}}. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri1QHHZ7l-g His theme]] plays no small part in this.
* CuriosityIsACrapshoot: N was raised to believe humans are needlessly cruel to Pokémon in an attempt by Ghetsis to mould the boy into a PuppetKing. Then he meets the player character, whose starter suggests otherwise. The more the two interact, the more N starts wondering whether his worldview is right, and the more [[SpannerInTheWorks Ghetsis' plot starts to collapse in on itself]]. By the end, N realizes the player character's ideal is correct and forfeits his operations, [[VillainousBreakdown and the resulting proverbial black hole takes the Plasma scheme and what remains of Ghetsis' sanity with it]].
* DarkIsNotEvil: He's the leader of Team Plasma and his [[IconicItem most iconic]] Pokémon is dark-type, but N is a good person at heart and truly does want what's best for Pokémon.
* TheDragon: Though he didn't realize it, he was a pawn of Ghetsis in the ''Black and White''.
* ErmineCapeEffect: His outfit in the cinematic preceding the title screen.
* FalseFriend: Sort of--he seems to still view you as a "friend" of sorts even after he reveals he is Team Plasma's king, and thinks that he and the protagonist could be once humans and Pokémon are separated.
--->'''N:''' [''after Zekrom/Reshiram fails to appear''] How disappointing. I actually kind of liked you a little.
* FreudianExcuse: He was raised by abused Pokémon all his life with little interaction with other humans, therefore that's why he hates humans (his "father", "sisters", and subjects in Team Plasma aside) and wants them to separate from Pokémon. And considering all the other tropes here, [[AbusiveParents this excuse actually holds water]]. A LOT of water.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Well, except for his fellow humans who ''aren't'' a part of Team Plasma and share his goal. Though this changes towards the end after being beaten.
** The sequels drive the point home even further. Whenever the player catches one of his Pokémon, it starts out with max happiness. They were with N for a very brief period of time, but he still managed to be incredibly kind to them.
* GildedCage: He has a ''very'' nice room; sadly, it was the extent of his contact with humanity growing up.
* GoodWithNumbers: He mentions that he likes mathematical formulas a couple of times, which is apparently the reason he carries around a Menger sponge.
* GuestStarPartyMember: Only in the sequels in the post-game while exploring his demolished castle, but even then, there are no wild Pokémon to fight while he follows you to the main chamber.
* HeelFaceTurn: Implied to do this at the end. Confirmed in the sequels.
* HeelRealization: Suffers this when Ghetsis reveals the truth about Team Plasma.
* HeroAntagonist: N IS this trope. He is true to his word with helping out Pokémon, and he is a main character besides yourself, as much of the story revolves around helping him with his conflicted morals and getting out of the grasp of his hideously [[AbusiveParents Abusive Father]]. He's also set up as the "hero" for Reshiram/Zekrom, and heck, he even has the [[NiceHat fashion sense]] of a main ''Pokémon'' hero.
* HeroicBSOD: Considering N's usual MotorMouth tendencies, his uncharacteristic silence when Ghetsis reveals the truth about Team Plasma is heartbreaking. He recovers a little once you defeat Ghetsis, but flees Unova because he can't stand to face you afterward.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Old Team Plasma is not seen all that positively, but there doesn't seem to be any negativity towards N.
* {{Hypocrite}}: While certainly not of the kind to abuse Pokémon the way some Plasma Grunts do, N fails to realize that the nature of his plan to stop Pokémon suffering by separating them from humans is hypocritical, because it would bring more suffering to both parties. Thankfully at the end, he seems to realize this when he comments on how he ultimately failed to understand both Pokémon and people and compliments you for being the better person.
* IconicItem:
** His Menger Sponge, at least among fans.
** He's also strongly associated with his Zorua/Zoroark friend.
*** And to a lesser extent, with the opposite-cover dragon, and strangely often with Tympole.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Comes off as a jerk on a number of occasions but his goals are well meaning and he really does want to become your friend.
* KingIncognito: He's the king of Team Plasma, but he also dresses like a regular trainer hiding his true colors until the player reaches Nimbasa City.
* LargeAndInCharge: At 1.80 m (5'11" ft) tall, he's a head taller than most of the other characters. [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/cd4c2c18942a7791c67cf69d4419c368/tumblr_mgurqdUe771qdm0y0o1_400.jpg Case in point]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri1QHHZ7l-g N's theme]] is a creepy musical box style theme (more blatant in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJGUaD6Qd64 the version used for his room]]) that underscores how creepy and alien he is.
** His [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DV8GjSK2p0 theme]] is a lot cheerier in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 B2/W2]]''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9evqw7e0kQ8 But the music for his room has become much scarier!]]
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: After you catch the cover legendary of your game, N decides to heal your Pokémon, stating that it is not a fair battle if he beats you when your Pokémon are hurt.
* LightIsNotGood: He is an angelic-looking teen dressed in white... who is the king of an AnimalWrongsGroup and uses [[CastingAShadow Dark-type]] Pokémon. It goes to both extremes in each version: in Black, he has Zekrom; in White, he has Reshiram.
%%* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* MadMathematician: He even says he's trying to "solve the equation to change the world." Confirmed to be one by WordOfGod.
** In the sequel, his thoughts have more of a focus on chemical reactions... which are also expressed as equations, in a way.
* {{Manchild}}: His odd mannerisms and the toys in his bedroom hint at this. Not played for laughs, though. [[RaisedByWolves Considering his]] [[AbusiveParents childhood...]]
** PsychopathicManchild: Well, not really psychopathic. Just a [[WellIntentionedExtremist very, very deluded]] manchild.
* MeaningfulName: Similarly to his father Ghetsis, N Harmonia. Enharmonic.
** Taking into consideration his [[MadMathematician constant rambling about formulas]], it could also come from the common usage of "n" as a variable for an unknown value in equations... which is usually used with the intention of eventually being replaced with a different value, such as Ghetsis!
** Harmonia also happens to be [[Myth/ClassicalMythology a Greek goddess]] renowned in stories for receiving a fatal necklace (the Necklace of Harmonia) which only brought misfortune to its owner. ''Misfortune is N's life in a nutshell.'' This also serves to establish a ThemeNaming dynamic for N with his foster sister Concordia, who was Harmonia's Roman counterpart in myth.
** And if the names are seen as musical, Natural can also refer to a note that is neither sharp nor flat, as N himself is neither one thing nor another.
* ModestRoyalty: Outside of the opening cutscene, he dresses rather casually, even long after his status as Team Plasma's king is no longer hidden. Subverted in that, according to WordOfGod, he believes himself to be perfect.
* MoodSwinger: According to WordOfGod.
* MotorMouth: When you first meet him, Cheren notices this immediately. His speech itself isn't out of the ordinary in terms of spacing - in fact, he uses ellipses frequently - but the text types out a notch faster than usual, even if your text speed setting is at the maximum.
* MultiethnicName: His full name has a mix of English, Latin, and German.
%%* MusicalThemeNaming:
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After the final battle with him, he begins to feel bad for what he put everyone through.
* NiceGuy: He becomes this after his HeelFaceTurn, where he even tries to convince the broken down Ghetsis to be a good guy, despite him repeatedly throwing insults at N.
* NiceHat: Interestingly enough, [[WordOfGod it was stated in an interview]] that the idea to give the protagonists baseball caps came from giving N one of his own.
* NobleDemon:
** N is true to his word - whenever he fights you, it's with the Pokémon that are found in the location where you fight. He releases them when he leaves the area again. He even catches a new Klinklang for his final fight rather than keeping the Klink he used at Chargestone Cave.
** He also heals your team after catching your legendary dragon and before fighting him. N says that a victory for him wouldn't count if it wasn't won fairly.
** Also, while he distrusts and dislikes most humans, he takes exception to his loyal Team Plasma subjects who share his views, even battling you at one point solely to allow some Plasma grunts a chance to escape. Contrast to Ghetsis, who is using the grunts as much as he's using N.
** In the sequels, his Pokémon from the original games start out with maximum happiness when the player encounters them in the wild and catches them.
* NoEndorHolocaust: No, he was not Ghetsis' own kid, nor was he kidnapped from his family. And no, he was not [[EpilepticTrees the fourteenth candidate for Ghetsis' plans to take over Unova]].
* NoSocialSkills: Owing to his being isolated from most humans. He gets a bit better in the sequels.
* NoTrueScotsman: A victim of this InUniverse. Some of New Team Plasma are adamant that he not be considered part of the organisation in the first place.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: At least, not emotionally.
* NotGoodWithPeople: The only humans he gets along with before he meets the protagonists are well, Team Plasma.
* ObliviouslyEvil: He's an UnwittingPawn.
* OminousMusicBoxTune: WordOfGod said that his various musical themes, especially his overworld {{Leitmotif}} and a remix it gets in N's "room," were based around "a fragile music box."
* OneLetterName: The ''Manga/DeathNote'' jokes started popping up quite early.
* PaintingTheMedium: The speed that his text displays at is set to be at Fast speed. If player has set Fast speed in options, his text displays ''[[UpToEleven even]]'' [[UpToEleven faster]].
* PuppetKing: Ghetsis is just using him.
* PureIsNotGood: Concordia references that N has a pristine, good heart and is very innocent, which is what makes him so dangerous, especially in the wrong hands.
* RaisedByWolves: At least, he might as well have been, since it's explained he spent most of his childhood interacting more with Pokémon than with people, which is why he gets along with them better than with other humans and wants to separate Pokémon from humans so much. Not to mention that, according to Masuda, rumors exist that he was ''born'' of Pokémon, somehow. Not that the rumors have any idea who the parents are.
** He says he used to live in the wild alongside Pokémon before being adopted by Ghetsis, who claimed to be his father.
* RebelLeader: Seems to lead the old Team Plasma's efforts against the new Team Plasma, though Rood seems to be like a non-villainous DragonInChief.
* RecurringBoss: In ''Black'' and ''White''. Probably one of the most iconic examples in the Pokémon series, given how he's fought from somewhere around the beginning to the end and how he uses different Pokémon in battle each time (due to releasing them after each battle). The fact that he also uses the legendary opposite to the mascot legendary for the last battle as temporary Champion and ClimaxBoss is icing on the cake.
* RightMakesMight: By the time he awakens the legendary dragon, N is willing to have a battle with the PlayerCharacter to decide whose philosophy is correct.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He's a fighter first and foremost, and a king second.
* SanitySlippage: Temporarily goes into nigh-insanity during the final battle, since he KNOWS deep in his heart that he's probably wrong, and is now hell-bent on denying this. It's definitely hard to blame him here; the possibility that everything one believes in is wrong and that their entire life is a lie would shake ''anyone'' up. He gets better after being defeated, just as Ghetsis [[VillainousBreakdown gets MUCH worse]].
* ShelteredAristocrat: The third kind, especially with the emphasis on innocence.
* SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains: Somehow, all four types to an extent.
* SmallNameBigEgo: A ''literal'' small name, being brought up as a king and "chosen hero" has made N believe that he is perfect. His realization that he isn't is a factor to his brief period of aforementioned SanitySlippage.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: He can understand other people's Pokémon, due to having been raised with them all his life. This is a key point in his character development, as it's in talking to your Pokémon (and possibly the Pokémon of other people he met in his travels) that he begins to question whether humans and Pokémon really should be separated after all.
** In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 B2/W2]]'', he states that he wishes to use this ability to become a mediator between humans and Pokémon.
* SpoiledSweet: Lives in a castle with what pretty much amounts to a cult around him, and he fights for Pokémon justice.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Shares a vision of Pokémon living in happiness with Archie, his [[AbusiveParents father]] trying to thrash that goal.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: With Ghetsis... except, in the sequels, it's confirmed that he was a feral orphan as a toddler and Ghetsis took him in by claiming to be his father.
** Although Ghetsis is very theatrical, putting emphasis on subtly building himself up, so staging a miraculous "rescue" of a kid he already knew was there (who happens to look exactly like him) is very much in his wheelhouse.
* TalksLikeASimile: He will occasionally dabble in using mathematics equations and chemical reactions as a simile or metaphor for what he is doing, or to describe something. He even chalks up the events of Black and White as a very difficult equation that he is in the process of solving.
* TalkativeLoon: Comes off as this, especially early on when you know nothing about him.
* {{Troperiffic}}: Just compare the length of his entry here to any other Pokémon game character's. The only ones that come close are those of Cyrus and Ghetsis.
* TroubledButCute: More deluded than troubled, but he still fits.
* TykeBomb: Ghetsis was [[TheSociopath extremely]] careful/shrewd about this. N doesn't even realize it until the end of the main story.
* TheUbermensch: He was engineered by Ghetsis to become one so that he can befriend one of the legendary dragons.
* UncattyResemblance: To Zoroark.
* UnfortunateName: Natural Harmonia [[MemeticMolester GROPIUS]].
* UnwittingPawn: To Ghetsis, who was just using him to make Pokémon illegal for everyone but himself.
* VillainousBSOD: Hit with this ''hard'' after Ghetsis reveals how he has been using the poor guy. Despite normally rambling quite a bit, N falls silent for the majority of Ghetsis's reveal of his motives onward. He seems to have recovered a little at the very end when he talks to the player one-on-one, though.
* WeaponOfChoice: Apart from [[OlympusMons Zekrom and Reshiram]], [[MasterOfIllusion Zoroark]] is highly associated with him, thanks to the game's intro and being able to get N's Zorua from Rood in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 B2/W2]]''.
* WeatherOfWar: As the BonusBoss, N cycles through four different weather teams that are used on the four different seasons. His leading Pokémon will always have an [[WeatherManipulation ability]] that automatically initiates the weather he needs.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: ''Major'' emphasis on "Well-Intentioned."
* WildChild: Was this until Ghetsis brought him in.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Ghetsis' manipulation of N caused him to try to create a world without Pokémon.
* WrongGenreSavvy: By design. To make him a TykeBomb, Ghetsis convinced him he had to summon the legendary dragon and recreate the story of the hero who founded Unova, which will give him the power needed to stop the perceived exploitation of Pokémon.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Green hair. Shares the same color of hair as Ghetsis.

!!The Shadow Triad (The Dark Trinity)
-->''"We, the Shadow Triad, have always been and will always be the loyal servants of Ghetsis. And Ghetsis's ambitions will never cease!"''
-->One is voiced by: Creator/AkiraIshida (JP), Creator/JasonGriffith (EN) (promo)

* AmbiguousGender: In the original games, where they are briefly referred to as male at one point and one point only. The sequels make it clear they're male.
* BadassCrew: They're all pretty good fighters. Whether they have superpowers or some form of martial arts combined with technology isn't clear.
* BonusBoss: You can challenge them after beating the Elite Four. They will battle you in Single, Triple, and Rotation battles once every season.
* CoDragons: To Ghetsis.
* CombatPragmatist: They each have two Pawniard, and one of them also has an Absol, a Pokémon which is often regarded as a bad omen. They also have the ability to stun people and teleport away.
* EliteMooks: Much stronger than most of the Grunts.
* HelpfulMook: When you go into N's castle, one of them tells you that you can heal your Pokémon and even access your PC.
* {{Ninja}}: An entire trio.
* NotSoStoic: They are very upset about Ghetsis's vegetative breakdown induced by your victory over him, and attempt to avenge him by battling you in Icirrus City.
* PsychoSupporter: The three of them are loyal to Ghetsis unconditionally.
* RecurringBoss: In ''Black 2'' and ''White 2''.
* TheStoic: All three of them.
* UndyingLoyalty: They are the only ones who still support Ghetsis in the end, because he had apparently saved their lives in the past.
* TheUnfought: In the original games. Averted for the sequel.
* VillainTeleportation: One of their powers.
* WeaponOfChoice: Accelgor, Absol, and Banette, one for each. Their other Pokémon are all Pawniard and Bisharp.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Every single one of them has white hair. They're all messed up in the head, too.

!! Anthea (Verbena; Goddess of Love) and Concordia (Helena; Goddess of Harmony)


* AdvertisedExtra: Both appear in the intro despite not appearing until much later on. This misled some fans into thinking they'd have much bigger roles.
* TheArtifact: A widespread UrbanLegendOfZelda is that they were intially planned to be more relevant to the story. If this is true, it would have been cut out very early, as no code in the files suggests this.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: They were taken in by Ghetsis in order to help look after N.
* CoolBigSis: Unlike Ghetsis, they really do love N, but don't always know what to do with him.
* HairAntennae: Concordia.
* HairColorDissonance: Although the intro of ''B/W'' and ''[=B2/W2=]'' artwork make it clear that Anthea has pink hair, her overworld sprites in the former give her purple hair instead. This was corrected for the sequel.
* HealingHands: Anthea heals your Pokémon.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[HelpfulMook Though they weren't ever evil to start with]], especially now seeing as they reveal they follow N and not Team Plasma, since they were orphans adopted by Ghetsis to serve as N's surrogate older sisters.
* HelpfulMook: They heal your Pokémon, give information on N, express pity for the poor guy, and generally aren't really evil at all.
* MeaningfulName:
** Concordia means "harmony" in Latin and was the Roman Goddess of Harmony.
** Anthea is an epithet for the Greek goddess Hera.
** Their real names in the Japanese version are named after flowers that represent "tender love" and "peace and wisdom."
* MsExposition: Concordia, who reveals N's backstory after many hints have been dropped throughout the game.
* NominalImportance: Inverted. They appear in the intro of ''Black and White'', have completely unique designs and very different names. They are nonetheless irrelevant outside of some small exposition, and many forget about them entirely.
* SatelliteCharacter: They serve as N's, although the fact that they're his surrogate older sisters most likely makes this an intentional case.
* TheUnfought: It's not even known if they have Pokémon.
* WomanInWhite: In ''Black'' and ''White''. Aside of a few sashes and side accessories, that is.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Pink hair.

!! Plasma Boss Colress (Achroma)

-->''"Team Plasma said we should recognize the potential in Pokémon and liberate them from humans. [[MemeticMutation I disa]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6josPnHF94 gree.]] Conversely, it should be humans who bring out the hidden potential in Pokémon!"''
-->Voiced by: Creator/JunichiSuwabe (JP), Creator/SeanSchemmel (EN) (promo)

* AdaptationalVillainy: He is a big victim of this in adaptations, more so than most other characters. In the game, he's an anti-villain who even helps the player along and encourages them, but every adaptation does away with his good qualities and portray him as a straight-up villain.
* AffablyEvil: He's more concerned about bringing out the strengths of Pokémon rather than Team Plasma's plan, he's pretty friendly in a genuine way, and he also helps you out quite a few times, even when it might be not in his best interest to do so.
* AntiVillain: His concerns are over making scientific discoveries about Pokémon rather than Team Plasma's ambitions.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance: His hair and clothing resemble Team Plasma's emblem.
* TheAtoner: He appears near the P2 Laboratory after the League, regretting his actions, stripped of his Plasma affiliations and looking to make amends. He gives the player another Master Ball after he is beaten.
* BadassBookworm: He's a scientist type and one of the strongest trainers in the game.
* BadassInANiceSuit: He does wear one under the labcoat, as shown in [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7o15xBodz1r0euiao2_1280.jpg his concept artwork]].
* BadassLabcoat: Wears one over his suit.
* BonusBoss: You can challenge him each day.
* CharacterTics: [[spoiler:He wears small computers on his wrists in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' and has a tendency to fiddle with them when speaking to the player character.]]
* ColorMotif: Black, white, and blue are Team Plasma's colors.
* DragonInChief: Though not as public as Zinzolin, he's the acting Boss for New Team Plasma, serving directly under Ghetsis and commandeering the Plasma Frigate. Although he's stronger than Zinzolin or the Triad, he's not really loyal to them personally -- he's really just in it ForScience.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He claims he actually couldn't stand Ghetsis and only worked with his for his resources. And unlike Ghetsis, Colress is willing to bring out the power of his Pokémon through love and trust, especially after meeting the player character.
* EvilCounterpart: In a way, he's this to the main games' Pokémon Professors (Oak, Elm, Birch, Rowan and Juniper). Like them, his goal is discover a truth behind Pokémon (in his case, strength). However, while the Professors are genuinely nice people whose main method of research is the Pokédex, Colress is willing to do whatever it takes to further his research, up to and including siding with Team Plasma. He wises up in the post game, though.
* EvilGenius: As Team Plasma's top researcher.
* EvilMentor: Played with; he helps out the PC from time to time but only for his cause of making scientific discoveries, a goal that made him join Team Plasma, albeit as a member who doesn't care about their ambitions.
* ExtraOreDinary: Mostly uses Steel-types. However, he also uses Beheeyem and Rotom and [[spoiler:hands the protagonist a Flame Charge TM in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'']].
* FriendlyEnemy: Is actually more of an ally than an enemy in most of the times he's encountered.
* ForScience: The reason he joins Team Plasma, even if their plan risks destroying the Unova region. His concern for studying the strength of Pokémon is greater than his concern for the fate of the region. Even Ghetsis criticized him for putting his scientific research before Team Plasma's ambition. He realizes this mistake at the end and atones for it during the postgame. A character in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' also mentions that he has an interest in Mega Evolution and [[spoiler:he tells the player character this himself in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', also mentioning an interest in Z-Moves]].
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Subverted at the end.
* HeelFaceTurn: He can be found and battled at the P2 Lab, where he says he is attempting to make up for his mistakes, and is no longer affiliated with Team Plasma.
* HotScientist: Not bad looking in the least.
* IdiotHair: Only this one is dyed blue and loops back over his head.
* ImprobableHairstyle: It's really strange.
* KarmaHoudini: He may be TheAtoner post-game, but it's still odd he gets off with no legal consequences after nearly destroying Unova.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHZY3R5j12o This theme.]] According to WordOfGod, it is meant to sound all over the place, much like Colress himself.
* MeaningfulName: Colress comes from the word "colorless." Meanwhile, Chroma is Greek for "color," and is used in English to define the intensity of a color or colorfulness, while A is a prefix commonly used to denote a negative. Achroma then could mean either "colorless" or "against colorfulness/intensity." Both names refer to his amoral perspective of scientific progress.
* MechanicalLifeforms: Just like the other Scientists in the series his Pokémon is mostly this.
* MightyGlacier: Most of his Pokémon fit this role.
** LightningBruiser: Rotom-W (post-game) is decently fast, has high Special Attack, and packs a Life Orb. Also, his Metagross can use Agility, and Klinklang uses Shift Gear to boost its stats.
* MulticoloredHair: Blond, but with an IdiotHair that's blue and loops around his head.
* ObviouslyEvil: Averted at the end.
* PsychicPowers: His Elgyem and Beheeyem.
%%* PunchClockVillain
* RecurringBoss: Fought at least three times.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: His battle sprite animation.
* ShockAndAwe: His Magneton, Magnezone, and Rotom.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: For a long time, fans referred to him by the name "Achroma," which was the logical romanization of his Japanese name, "Akuroma." When rumor broke out that his English name was really "Corless," fans began calling him by that name until an official trailer for ''Black and White 2'' later revealed that "Corless" was just a typo, and that his name was actually spelled "Colress."
* StoicSpectacles: It fits his ForScience motif.
* TrueFinalBoss: Defeating him on the Plasma Frigate after beating Iris brings a final closure to Team Plasma's arc. Afterwards he is a BonusBoss that can be challenged there. However, N and Cynthia's levels remain higher.
* TheUnfettered: Colress doesn't care if his actions are good or bad, he only cares about the science behind them.
* WeaponOfChoice: The Klink line is always his strongest Pokémon, though he also notably uses two different members of the Magnemite line.

! The Seven Sages

'''Tropes that apply to multiple members:'''
* AffablyEvil: Barring Ghetsis, none of them are particularly cruel or spiteful despite their actions or station. Even Zinzolin remains relatively honorable post TimeSkip.
* BadassMoustache: Gorm, Bronius, Giallo and Ryoku all have quite noteworthy ones.
* BeardOfEvil: Gorm, Rood and Giallo.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Bronius, Giallo and Ryoku don't appear in ''Black 2 and White 2''.
* DemotedToExtra: Gorm makes a single appearance in Pinwheel Forest during ''Black 2 and White 2''. Save Zinzolin and Rood, the rest don't even appear at all.
* EvilOldFolks: All of them are at least middle-aged.
* GracefulLoser: Minus Ghetsis, they all willingly turn themselves in to Looker for questioning when you catch them in the post game. Suverted by Zinzolin, who was faking it.
* HeelFaceTurn: All of them except Ghetsis and Zinzolin.
* {{Irony}}: Only Ghetsis and Zinzolin ''don't'' have facial hair of any kind, and only ''they'' remain antagonists after ''Black and White''.
* JumpScare: Gorm has made this his hobby after the events of ''Black and White'', sneaking up on people just to spook them (With harmless, prankster-like intention, mind you).
* ThemeNaming: The Seven Sages are named after colors. Rood is red, Bronius is brown/orange, Giallo is yellow, Ryoku is green, (Ghetsis fits in cyan despite his name breaking the theme), Gorm is blue, and Zinzolin is purple.
* TheUnfought: In ''Black and White'', barring Ghetsis. [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in ''Black 2 and White 2'' for Rood and Zinzolin - Rood is fought once as a test of character while Zinzolin is a RecurringBoss.

!! Ghetsis Harmonia (G-Cis Harmonia)
-->''"We shall bring back the hero and that Pokémon to Unova once again! If we can win people's hearts and minds, we can easily create the world that [[FreudianSlip I--I mean]], Team Plasma--desires!"''


* AbusiveParents: Not actually N's biological father, but purposefully isolated him from others to condition him for the role as King of Team Plasma. It's also implied that he was going to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness dispose of N once the plan to separate people and Pokémon was completed]].
* ArchnemesisDad: Towards to N during ''Black 2 and White 2''.
* AxCrazy: By ''Black and White 2'', where he wants to freeze over the entire region - and ''you!''
* BadBoss: In ''Black 2 and White 2'', his Hydreigon knows Frustration, a move that gets stronger the more the Pokémon dislikes its trainer. Contrast with former villainous team leaders who tend to have a Crobat in their team near the end, [[PetTheDog a Pokémon that only evolves if it likes its trainer]].
* BadassLongrobe: He wears one in ''Black 2 and White 2'', replacing his old outfit.
* BigBad: In all of the Unova games.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: In ''Black and White'', he seems to be a good, understanding person regardless of being on the opposing side. And then you progressively discover that he's anything but that.
* BlackCloak: In the sequel, he ditches his initial outfit for a dark cloak.
* TheChessmaster: Ghetsis has probably the best overall plan to gain control of the Pokémon world out of all villainous leaders in the series.
* ClassicVillain: Representing Pride/Ambition. Fits all of the criteria except a KarmicDeath, but he still ends up being given a karmic punishment, via losing all of the support he had save the Shadow Triad and having the plan he took years to make be completely destroyed in the first pair of games, and becoming an insane non-functioning vegetable in the sequels.
* ClimaxBoss: Gets demoted to this in ''Black 2 and White 2''. He's fought before the player reaches Victory Road at the end of Plasma's arc.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Does this to Kyurem to make it comply with terrorizing Unova. He also plans to do it to the player character.
* CombatPragmatist:
** In both of his fights he starts off with [[MightyGlacier Cofagrigus]], which will try to wear down your Pokémon by inflicting them with [[StandardStatusEffects Toxic Poison]] and using [[DefendCommand Protect]] every other turn to avoid damage while your Pokémon rack up Poison damage. In ''Black 2 and White 2'' it's holding the [[HealingFactor Leftovers]] item to ensure it takes you longer to KO it.
** When he's confronted by the PlayerCharacter at the Giant Chasm in ''Black 2 and White 2'', he immediately tries to have Kyurem freeze them instead of having a Pokémon battle.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: His Hydreigon is Level 54 in ''Black and White'' and Level 52 in ''Black 2 and White 2''. Zweilous doesn't evolve into Hydreigon until Level 64.
* CrazyPrepared: In ''Black and White'', his team has not one but two (Cofagrigus and Hydregion) Pokémon capable of taking down Reshiram/Zekrom with minimal effort.
* CrystalPrison: He attempted to invoke the icicle variant on you in the second game in order to create an IronicHell in which you'd be forced to watch his plans unfold, unable to do anything as you slowly freeze to death. Luckily, N comes to save the day.
* DarkIsEvil: Half of his team is Dark- and Ghost-types, especially his [[IconicItem most iconic mon]], Hydreigon. His outfit in the sequels also screams this.
* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: His plan must end with him in charge of Unova. He will settle for nothing less.
%%* DiabolicalMastermind: Fits most of the criteria well.
* DragonInChief: As the leader of the Seven Sages, he serves as this towards N. {{Subverted|Trope}} in that [[TheManBehindTheMan he was manipulating N the entire time]] so he could take over Unova.
* TheDreaded: Has become this by the sequel, where everyone knows how bad he is.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: What allows TheHero to be the SpannerInTheWorks for his plan was Ghetsis never believing that they might be pure of heart enough to awaken the other Legendary Pokémon. He also didn't take the PowerOfFriendship into account, whether it be between humans and Pokémon or between TheHero and N, both of which factored into his downfall. He even outright says that he thinks everyone considers Pokémon tools to use as they see fit, which he himself believed. Because of this, he allowed N to interact with other people, gaining friendships and seeing the friendships between trainers and their Pokémon, which got him questioning Team Plasma's beliefs in the first place, directly leading to Ghetsis' downfall.
* EvilChancellor: N talks about how Ghetsis acts as his "adviser" of sorts and gathered many of the elements that make up Team Plasma, including the Shadow Triad. Of course, he has other motives and is really TheManBehindTheMan.
* EvilCripple: Ghetsis is rarely seen using the right side of his body. In the cinematic opening of ''Black and White'', his right arm is briefly shown to be discolored, implying he might be scarred or injured. His in-game battle expressions and official artwork would seem to imply that the right side of his face is paralyzed, as well. This becomes more apparent in ''Black 2 and White 2'', where his body appears incredibly frail, he's taken to using a cane, and his battle sprite animation shows he has to stop to breathe when he slams the cane down.
* EvilIsDeathlyCold: He controls Kyurem, an Ice-type [[OlympusMons legendary]], in ''Black 2 and White 2''. "Deathly cold" is literal since he wants to use it's ice power to put the Unova region under a fatal freeze, hoping to extort power and control from the terrified masses when the suffering becomes too great. He also tries to attack the hero with the freezing power of Kyurem's Glaciate attack.
* EvilLaugh: He gives one near the end as he taunts N for failing him.
* EvilMakeover: In ''Black 2 and White 2'', since everyone now knows what he's truly like, he changes his appearance to look more like a dark lord.
* EvilOverlord: What he is to an extent, and later aspires to be. His look in ''Black 2 and White 2'' is meant to invoke the typical dark lord, if not TheDevil.
* FateWorseThanDeath: By the end of it all, the events of two games and his ensuing failures causes Ghetsis to go so insane, he is effectively reduced to a non-functioning, gibbering vegetable.
* FauxAffablyEvil: In the first game, he pretends to be well-meaning when his true motives are anything but. He drops this facade in the sequels. In the Japanese version, his speech is unfailingly polite, even when he's no longer pretending to be good.
* FinalBoss: The last fight in ''Black and White'' before the credits, and the first time that someone other than the Pokémon League Champion has had this position in the main series.
* FreudianSlip:
** A few times in the game, while talking about his plans, he says "I- I mean, Team Plasma", [[{{Foreshadowing}} hinting at]] [[ItsAllAboutMe his true nature.]]
** At the climax of ''Black 2 and White 2'', he makes his intentions perfectly clear by notably reversing and fixing the slip that he made several times in the originals:
-->"The terrified people and Pokémon will bow at Team Plasma's... no... at MY feet!"
* GoodColorsEvilColors: After being defeated in ''Black and White'', the cat's out of the bag and he now dons a black robe to show just how evil he is. N still continues to wear primarily white and gray.
* {{Handicapped Badass}}: He may be an irredeemable asshole with a nasty limp, but he's a very powerful trainer. Entire teams have been destroyed by his Hydreigon and the rest of his team is very strong, as well.
* HijackedByGanon: In ''Black 2 and White 2'' where he steals the role of BigBad from Colress.
* HornedHairdo: Making him look like TheDevil incarnate, especially in ''Black 2 and White 2'' when combined with his BlackCloak.
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** Calls N a freak without a human heart when this really applies to him. [[LampshadeHanging This gets noted by Cheren and Alder.]]
** Also his rants about how trainers abuse Pokémon, when he himself only views them as tools. This was all part of his plan to take everyone's Pokémon except his own, though.
* IAmTheNoun: During his VillainousBreakdown in ''Black and White'', he goes on a short rant which includes declaring himself to be perfect.
-->"[[LargeHam I AM PERFECTION!]]"
* IconicItem: His red monocle. If [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/3/3d/Ghetsis_Concept_Art.jpg concept artwork]] is to be believed, it's there because his right eye is missing or heavily damaged.
* InsaneEqualsViolent: Played with. He's not really the healthiest guy mentally and is plenty violent, but his SanitySlippage turns him into a vegetable.
* InsaneTrollLogic: How he "justifies" his endgame. He sensibly points out that Pokémon and humans have endless potential together... and then uses that as the reason that [[ItsAllAboutMe he, and he alone, should wield Pokémon]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: Near the end, he even goes on a huge tangent over this.
* {{Jerkass}}: His KickTheDog moments make him one of the biggest scumbags in the series.
* JerkassHasAPoint: After hearing so many legendary Pokémon being referred to as "gods," it's actually kind of nice to hear someone, no matter how loathsome, say "A Pokémon, even if it's revered as a deity, is still just a Pokémon!" It still is dampened by being RightForTheWrongReasons, considering he views Pokémon, or anything else for that matter, as tools for him to use. Given his AGodAmI attitude, he likely would easily be saying this about Pokémon that are not just revered as deities, but indeed deities, like Arceus. It only serves to highlight his disregard for any other life than his own.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Ghetsis only takes in N for his master plan and his claim of being for Pokémon liberation was an excuse for him to be the only one allowed to use Pokémon.
* KarmaHoudini: Subverted in that he escapes prison, but the plan he's been working on for years has been thwarted, and he's left with nothing now. And if his VillainousBreakdown is any inclination, he may have lost his sanity as well. After the events of ''Black 2 and White 2'', he is never apprehended but is still reduced to what is basically a vegetable.
* KickTheDog: As if using and abusing his own son wasn't bad enough, what he says to N towards the end of the game is downright cruel and heartless. Then there is all the suffering Kyurem has to be put through in the sequel with the implied abuse of his Pokemon.
* KnightOfCerebus: Unlike the rest of Team Plasma, his abusive nature is played dead seriously. Would you like some horrific child abuse to go with your cute monster battling? Or perhaps a dessert of an attempted [[AndIMustScream freezing alive]] of the protagonist?
* LargeAndInCharge: Even more so than his 'son', Ghetsis is six and a half feet tall, and judging by the huge metal ornament he carried around his neck in B/W probably very well-built.
* LaserGuidedKarma: He more than earned his FateWorseThanDeath.
* {{Leitmotif}}:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6XCD0VIR1k Team Plasma Sage Encounter,]] though heard with the other sages, seems to fit Ghetsis the most.
** His [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLdjl65jAB8 battle theme]] really lives up to his MeaningfulName. It's completely different from any other theme in the series, consisting of almost nothing but heavy, oppressive drumbeats... then it's joined by a chorus chanting his name in low, menacing tones. Really brings across the sheer evil of the character.
** His [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EybTIUgjs8 Black 2 and White 2 theme]] is made up of the same sounds, but much faster-paced and disorganized, to reflect his diminishing sanity.
* LightIsNotGood: He was as one of the Seven Sages in ''Black and White'', along with some gold and white on his original outfit.
* LukeIMightBeYourFather: Inverted for the trope: The game makes it clear that Ghetsis and N are father and son up until the post-game of ''Black and White'', where one of the former Plasma Sages makes a comment where he doesn't even recall how N came into play, thus implying that N might not even be Ghetsis' son (not his biological son, at least). ''Black 2 and White 2'' confirm that they aren't related.
* TheManBehindTheMan: In ''Black and White''. Even though N is the official leader of Team Plasma, Ghetsis is revealed to have been using him merely as an UnwittingPawn for his own plans.
* ManipulativeBastard: Very much so. It's more pronounced the first games than the sequel where everyone, except for a select few, were unaware of his true intentions. He tricks N into thinking that Pokémon are unhappy with humans for his master plan.
* MeaningfulName: "Goetis," one possible romanization of his name in the Japanese version ties in fairly well with his position as one of the Seven Sages (derived from the Greek word ''goeteia'', meaning "sorcery") and his goal of reviving one of the legendary dragons (Goetia is the art of summoning angels or demons, and is the title of [[ArsGoetia one of the most famous books on the subject]] - keep in mind that Reshiram has a somewhat angelic appearance and Zekrom is somewhat demonic).
* MundaneUtility: And if his pre-battle animation in ''Black 2 and White 2'' is anything to go by, his mind control staff is also an actual walking stick.
* MusicalThemeNaming:
** According to WordOfGod, he's named after the G and C-sharp (or "Cis") timpanis of his battle theme.
** His last name is Harmonia. Play G and C-Sharp on a piano. They are a tritone, which is dissonance; unstable harmony.
** In medieval times, the tritone itself was called the ''Diabolus en Musica'', the Devil in Music. Considering what the guy does (and how he looks, especially in the sequel), it's quite apt.
* {{Narcissist}}: Cares for nothing but himself, because he is supposedly "perfection."
* NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist: He claims to believe that separating Pokémon and humans would be best for everyone involved. [[StrawHypocrite This is a lie]]; in reality, he just wants to make it so that he has full control of all trainer Pokémon so he can TakeOverTheWorld.
* ObviouslyEvil: Not just him in the ''Black 2 and White 2'', but his team in both games consists of Pokémon that according to their respective Pokédex entries, are very violent, aggressive, and sadistic, and none of them look like anything a hero would use. It's also canon that his signature Pokémon, Hydreigon, is an AxCrazy OmnicidalManiac.
* OffingTheOffspring: It's hinted that he was planning to do this to N after [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness he had fulfilled his role]].
* PoisonIsEvil: Along with the aforementioned Hydreigon, the most evil character in the story has two deadly-strong Poison-types - a [[ScaryScorpions Drapion]] and a Toxicroak - in ''Black 2 and White 2'', and his Cofagrigus in all versions will try to stall out opponents using the Toxic-Protect-spam strategy.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Again, in the sequel.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: As well as a red ''monocle''. Also the two eyes on his robe in the first game.
* RedRightHand:
** If concept art is anything to go by, his right eye is either severely damaged or missing entirely. He wears a monocle to cover it.
** It's also indicated that his right arm is disfigured. WordOfGod has said that both injuries occured in a Pokémon attack sometime in the past (oddly enough, in the original games' opening, the only time his right arm is shown, [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/File:Ghetsis_right_arm.png it's discolored]]).
* RedemptionRejection: His response to N asking him to change his evil ways is to scream at him hysterically, hurling abusive insults all the while, [[LaserGuidedKarma at which point Ghetsis' mind snaps and he goes full-blown insane]].
* SanitySlippage:
** After N is defeated in ''Black and White'', Ghetsis grows more and more insane as the final showdown with him goes on. By the end, he's a ranting lunatic in disbelief that his "perfect plan" has been destroyed.
** He flat out loses it when his plan is foiled again in ''Black 2 and White 2''. N attempts to convince him to turn to the side of good, but Ghetsis's response is to repeatedly order him to be silent and to stop talking to him in "human language," and to go and talk to Pokémon instead. He loses it so hard that the Shadow Triad remove him from the cave, recognizing that it's over. You can battle the Shadow Triad in the post game, and they state that, since Ghetsis's loss, he'd been utterly unable to function. The events of the two years, with the actions of the protagonists, the failures and betrayals of N and Colress, and the failure of his life's work, has utterly broken him.
* SelfDisposingVillain: After being thwarted in the sequels, the Shadow Triad tell you he's gone completely catatonic.
* ASinisterClue: His official art and battle sprites always show him with his left hand outstretched. He almost never shows his right hand. The introductory video for the originals shows that [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/5/55/Ghetsis_right_arm.png his arm is discolored and dark]]. In the sequels, he mentions that he is going to take the player down with his "own hand" in singular, instead of "hands" in plural, possibly indicating that he could have lost his right arm sometime after N's crowning.
* SinisterMinister: He very much looks like a priest or pastor of a church. He even goes around holding public sermons where he preaches about what should be done between humans and Pokémon.
* SinisterSurveillance: His control room on the Plasma Frigate certainly gives off this sort of vibe. The fact that it's a bunch of static indicates the player character or Hugh might have been destroying the cameras while storming the Frigate.
* SlasherSmile: Just to show you how massively pissed and [[SanitySlippage insane]] he's become, [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/3/36/VSGhetsis_2.png this is now his pre-battle expression.]]
* SmugSnake: In terms of planning, he's a brilliant [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]]. But in terms of attitude, he's totally this, especially when his plans fall apart. Subverted by the end of his role in ''Black and White 2'', as he's now too insane to really have any ego.
* TheSociopath: Disregard for others? Check. Superficial charm to mask his real plans? Check.
* StaffOfAuthority: It doubles as a MindControlDevice that allows him to control Kyurem, as well as a Poké Ball [[NoSell jammer]], which he uses to prevent the player from capturing Kyurem for themselves during their encounter in the Giant Chasm.
* StrawHypocrite: His attempts to separate humans and Pokémon aren't borne from his claimed good intentions, but from a desire for world domination.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: With N. In ''Black 2 and White 2'' it's [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] since it's revealed that Ghetsis adopted N.
* SymbolMotifClothing: Both of his outfits feature giant eyes.
* TakeOverTheWorld: His ultimate goal. He states he wishes to "rule the world utterly" and calls himself "the perfect ruler of a perfect new world."
* ThisCannotBe: After N is defeated, Ghetsis is left unable to grasp what just happened and that his plan is ruined. Him trying to beat the player may be considered denial over his perfect plan failing. After he himself is beaten, he really gets into this trope, [[VillainousBreakdown ranting about how he can't have lost and is "perfect."]]
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: ''Big time.'' He's one of the most evil antagonists in the game and has zero redeeming qualities.
* VillainousBreakdown:
** He starts to break down even before his defeat -- he's clearly gone mad after N loses to you and his challenging of you can even be taken as being in denial over his "perfect plan" failing. Even after he himself is defeated, he can't believe his plan has failed so completely.
** After you beat White/Black Kyurem, he gets so frustrated that his battle animation shows him [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/a/a2/Spr_B2W2_Ghetsis.png stamping his cane several times until he slams it so hard, it]] [[SwordPlant plants into the ground]]. Afterwards he starts absolutely raving at you and N, panting from loss of breath and possible heart failure once he's done.
--> ''"How can this be? I'm the creator of Team Plasma! I'm perfect! I'm the absolute ruler who will change the world! And I've lost to some unknown Trainer not once, but TWICE?! I can't accept this! This isn't possible! I can't be bested by fools who can't even use Pokémon correctly!"''
--> '''''"Shut your mouth! Shut up! Shut up! Shut UP! Don't talk like a person, you freak! No real person could talk to Pokémon!"'''''
* VillainDecay:
** In ''Black and White'', he was an excellent example of a ClassicVillain, possessing a devious mind as well as boasting a powerful, well-built team] In ''Black 2 and White 2'', a series of {{Retcon}}s about N's childhood, a diminished level of influence on the plot, and an overall weaker team make him slightly harder to take seriously. That said, he still isn't played for laughs, is treated seriously as a villain, and he goes on to still KickTheDog in new and awesomely dark ways.
** This is also reflected in his Hydreigon. In ''Black and White'' it had Surf, Focus Blast, Fire Blast, and Dragon Pulse and maximized stats, while in ''Black 2 and White 2'' it has Frustration, Rock Slide, Dragon Rush, and Crunch. This not only means it has inferior type coverage from before and most Steel-types can wall all its moves, but it now runs moves off of its inferior physical Attack where before it ran off its higher Special Attack. It's also holding a [[CastFromHitPoints Life Orb]], so even if its moves are powered up, you can watch Hydreigon slowly kill itself while you spam Revives on its victims and wait.
* WeaponOfChoice: [[AxCrazy Hydreigon]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. At first he seems like N and wants to separate humans and Pokémon. It turns out he really just wanted to make Pokémon illegal for everyone [[ItsAllAboutMe but himself]], so he could take over Unova.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: One of his most despicable aspects is his view of Pokémon as mere tools. He considers N a freak for his empathy towards Pokémon, tortures Kyurem into his personal WMD, and upon noticing your Pokémon trembling in their Balls as he pits you against Black/White Kyurem, he briefly identifies it as anger before brushing off the concept that Pokémon can feel emotions.
* WouldHurtAChild: In ''Black 2 and White 2'', he tries to [[AndIMustScream freeze the protagonist solid.]] In the originals, his dialogue before the battle against him suggests that he'll "[[NeverSayDie eliminate]]" the PlayerCharacter to silence him/her from revealing that N lost the fated battle.
--->''"In order to rule this world utterly, in order to manipulate the hearts of people who know nothing, I will have N be the king of Team Plasma. But, for that to work, you--since you know the truth--You must be eliminated!"''
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Averted for the first time in the main series. Thankfully, N saves you in the nick of time.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Like N, Ghetsis has long green hair.
* YouMonster: Cheren and Alder point out that ''he's'' the "freak without a human heart," not N.

!! Sage Rood (Rot)

-->''"At that time, I believed we were on the side of justice. By serving my king, N, I was going to make a world without war. But I was conceited, and I couldn't see the unhappiness we were causing. That's why I can't let it happen again!"''

* AscendedExtra: In ''Black 2 and White 2'', he has more distinctive focus and characterisation, and even battles the player once. He and Old Team Plasma also hold off some of New Team Plasma's forces, allowing you to enter Plasma Frigate to stop Ghetsis.
* TheAtoner: Actively takes this role in the sequel, and even accepts liability when he's blamed for things he didn't personally do (such as when Hugh loses it at him).
* BadassBeard: The most impressive of all the Sages - it covers his entire lower face.
* BigDamnHeroes: In a manner similar to the Gym Leaders in ''B&W'', he holds off Team Plasma's forces to allow the player and Hugh entry into Plasma Frigate during the climax.
* ChekhovsGun: You remember that Zorua you see with N in the intro of the first game? Well, Rood gives you that Zorua and informs you about Memory Link, which is used for various features, particularly a flashback of N releasing the Pokémon he used against the previous protagonist.
* CoolOldGuy: In ''Black 2 and White 2''.
* EyesAlwaysShut: His character model.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the first ''BW'' games, he outright stated that he wanted to see N confront Ghetsis. This happens at the end of ''Black 2 and White 2''.
** He also stated that if N learned to understand people better, he'd like for him and those who are still loyal to him to gather together again, which is exactly what happens in these games.
* HeelFaceTurn: After the events of ''Black and White'', he's actively opposed to the New Team Plasma (which includes his former colleague Zinzolin) and seems to lead Old Team Plasma in N's stead.
* MeaningfulName: His name in every language means "red."
* TheUnfought: In the first game(s). {{Averted|Trope}} in ''Black 2 and White 2'' despite his HeelFaceTurn, although you only battle him once.

!! Sage Zinzolin (Vio)

-->''"It's bitter cold. I'm shivering. I'm suffering, but I'm alive! It's what the essence of life feels like! It's proof of my existence!"''


* AnIcePerson: Primarily uses Ice-type Pokémon in battle.
* TheBrute: He was demoted to this when Ghetsis appointed Colress as Plasma Boss (not that he seems to mind). He still functions as a major administrator, as well as commander of the {{Mook|s}} forces.
* TheDragon: While he serves his role as the ''public face'' of New Team Plasma for most of the game, he's covering for actually a cover for Ghetsis, who is the ''true'' face of evil. He and [[EliteMooks the Shadow Triad]] are more actively behind Team Plasma's operations in ''Black 2 and White 2'' than Ghetsis, ''and'' he's the most-fought antagonist in the game (with the fights being geared more towards the story's later stages).
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He is appalled by his own actions after finally seeing Ghetsis for what he really is at the end of ''[=B2W2=]''.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Well, Eviler Costume Switch. He ditches his robes for a more militaristic outfit as part of the new Team Plasma. He switches again back to his old robes when you meet him at Undella Town during the post-game.
* EvilIsDeathlyCold: Most of his team are Ice-type. Ionically, he cannot stand the cold.
* EyesAlwaysShut: His character model.
* FaceHeelTurn: It was indicated in the first game(s) that he'd gone straight, like the other five "lesser" sages, so if he'd ever been a "Face," it didn't last long.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Some of his lines from the previous games make more sense in the context of his role in this game, such as his fascination with Ghetsis.
* HeelFaceTurn: He makes a more certain one after Ghetsis' final defeat, perhaps for good this time.
* {{Irony}}: Zinzolin in the post-game in ''Black and White'' hid in the Cold Storage south of Driftveil, where you first met him, and both times complained constantly of the cold. And in ''Black 2 and White 2'', all of his Pokémon are of the Ice type.
* KickTheDog: When he learns why Hugh's so invested in fighting Team Plasma, he dismisses his grudge as insignificant.
* {{Leitmotif}}: In ''Black 2 and White 2'', he gets a more sinister [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCtXqPAeQaQ arrangement]] of the Seven Sages' theme from the previous games.
* MeaningfulName: His name in every language is some varient of "violet."
* RecurringBoss: He's battled a total of ''four'' times during the game - of all antagonists ''in the main series'', only N in the first ''B&W'' games is fought more (at five times).
* TagTeam: Half of the battles against him involve him teaming up with a Team Plasma Grunt and the player teaming up with Hugh.
* TheUnfought: Present in the first game. Averted in the second.
* WeaponOfChoice: Weavile.

[[folder:Team Flare]]

-->''"Pokémon Trainers. I come to you by the Holo Caster to make an important announcement. Listen well. Team Flare will revive the ultimate weapon, eliminate everyone who isn't in our group, and return the world to a beautiful, natural state. Unproductive fools are consuming our future... If nothing changes, the world will become ugly and conflicts will raze the land from end to end. I repeat. We will use the ultimate weapon and wipe the slate clean. I'm sorry, those of you who are not members of Team Flare, but this is adieu to you all."''
--> -- Lysandre

'''Tropes that apply to the organization as a whole:'''

* AdamSmithHatesYourGuts: In-universe example. A lot of comments imply the cost to join Team Flare is estimated around ''5,000,000 Pokedollars'' or something ridiculously high.
* AdvertisedExtra: The scientists aside from Xerosic end up being this, with early marketing placing them in roles similar to the leaders of Team Galactic, when they're barely more characterized than grunts.
* AmbitionIsEvil: They desire money and power and will go to any length for it. As for their overall goal, they are willing to take the life energy of Pokémon and everyone in the world except them to achieve it.
* BadGuyBar: The Lysandre Cafe.
* BaldOfEvil: Their male Admins have this running for them.
* BeardOfEvil: A very pointy red goatee.
* TheBeautifulElite: [[SmallNameBigEgo They certainly THINK they're this]], giving them carte blanche in their eyes to [[OmnicidalManiac kill others]] [[KillThePoor just because they're filthy, low-minded, incompetent, ugly,]] [[{{Hypocrite}} inherently greedy and short-sighted]] [[OmnicidalManiac commoners]]. Never mind that a good chunk of the Kalosian populace thinks "The Tacky Pseudo-Elite" would fit them better.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: They may be obsessed with garish fashion and money, but that doesn't change the fact that they aim for mass genocide.
* BodyGuardBabes: The four main scientists that do the fighting and lead missions are all attractive women in short skirts and / or tights.
* BrightIsNotGood: They wear bright red outfits that make them look pretty silly, but they are anything but good.
* ColorCodedCharacters: The Scientists, by their hair. Xerosic is red (being the only male Scientist also helps), Aliana is orange (albeit a more brownish shade than the Grunts), Bryony is green, Celosia is purple, and Mable is blue.
** Another way to look at this is to see Xerosic as signifying white (he really doesn't have that much hair), and Lysandre signifying black through his suit. White, black, and the women's four hair colors were the extent of most mid-1980s computer monitors' color range, at least where hi-res was concerned.
* CoolShades: ''Bright orange'' shades, to be exact.
** Not to mention the scientists, Celosia has a purple visor, Mable has a blue dual-visor, Bryony has a green techno shades, and Aliana has an orange split-visor. Also, Xerosic has cool red goggles.
* ElementalHair: Red flares.
* EliteMooks: Team Flare Admins are this rather than distinct individuals.
* EvilIsBurningHot: Their fire motif as the Kalos region villainous organization.
* EvilRedhead: The grunts, Aliana, Xerosic, and Lysandre.
* FashionVictimVillain: In-universe, a lot of characters note their outfits as being horrible even though Flare thinks they're trendy.
* ForScience: The main motivation for the scientists, especially Xerosic.
* GirlishPigtails: The flames on the female grunts' hairstyles resemble tiny versions of these. Mable seems to have them too, but hers look like rings.
* GoldfishPoopGang: It's difficult to tell because the grunts remain nameless, but later in the game, many of them state to remember previously battling you--and losing.
* HiddenInPlainSight: Their lair's entrance is a public area.
* HighlyConspicuousUniform: Bright orange!
* ItsAllAboutMe: Particularly when you're under Geosenge, some of the grunts and admins will condemn you for trying to interdict their happiness, while ''[[MoralMyopia in the same breath]]'' [[{{Hypocrite}} stating that only Team Flare's happiness should count for anything]].
* KnightTemplar: Lysandre basically wants to bring back the world to its former natural state by destroying everything not part of Team Flare.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: With Teams Rocket and Galactic, Admins were at a higher rank than Scientists. Here, it's the other way round.
* LaughablyEvil: The grunts. Between their vain fixation with fashion and ridiculous poses, it's hard to take them seriously sometimes.
* MeaningfulName: It was initially ambiguous whether their name was translated as Flare or Flair but, judging by grunt uniforms, both are apt appelations. The backdrop for the final battle with Lysandre [[AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield looks like the surface of the sun,]] meanwhile, complete with prominences--a.k.a. solar ''flares''. Combined with [[TheBeautifulElite the Beautiful Elite]] conceit, Team Flare's name may thus signify that they are the foremost (the surging flares) of the most glorious (the sun).
** Xerosic's name might be a reference to xerosis cutis, a skin condition where the skin dries out. The man has some incredibly pale skin...
* ModestyShorts: If the female admin is wearing a [[MiniDressOfPower dress]] or a [[DangerouslyShortSkirt skirt]], you may see this in her throwing pokeball animation.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Want to wipe out an undesirable group via genocide and believe themselves to be [[TheChosenOne The Chosen Ones]]. Surprisingly they are a rather accurate portrayal of the Nazi's.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: At first, they're built up to be a rather silly fashion-obsessed villainous gang reminiscent of Team Rocket. After about the seventh gym, you learn that their real goal is to ''wipe out the world's population with a magical nuke'' as an utterly insane means to secure limited resources for all ("all" meaning Team Flare). They come within a hair's breadth of succeeding, too.
--> '''Team Flare Grunt:''' Only Team Flare is [[Music/TheBeeGees stayin' alive, stayin' alive.]]
* NonIndicativeName: Despite their fiery theme and name, they don't specialize in Fire-type Pokémon beyond Houndoom, leaning more towards the usual mix of Dark, Poison, and Normal used by villain teams. Their boss's WeaponOfChoice is even a Water-type. They do, however, have a lot of [[{{Pun}} flair]].
* NotSoDifferent: Mable tries to invoke this in your first encounter with her, noting the similarities she and the player character have.
* OneOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: Unlike Team Rocket, Magma, Aqua, Galactic, and to a lesser extent, Team Plasma, the Admins are not unique people in this game. Their unique members are the head scientists instead. As well as their leader, Lysandre.
** Also noted that unlike most Villainous Teams, the grunts actually evolve their mons instead of using the same unevolved cannon fodder.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: One of their main goals is to make money, with most of its members joining solely for this cause rather than for [[VisionaryVillain the vision the higher-ups share.]]
* PlayingWithFire: A lot of them use Houndour and Houndoom.
* PoorPredictableRock: Subverted. With their name, one would expect the group to mostly use fire-types. Turns out they use not only Houndoom, but [[ShockAndAwe Manetric]], [[PoisonousPerson Swalot]], [[BareFistedMonk Scrafty]], [[BlowYouAway Golbat]], and a few other oddities.
** Double Subversion, as most of Team Flare use the above Pokemon, and little else.
* QuirkyMiniBossSquad: The scientists and even the grunts tend to fall into this. The latter events in the game shows a lot of this to be a facade.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Well, orange rather than red in some cases, but they still qualify.
* [[SharpDressedMan Sharp Dressed People]]: The grunts dressed like this. In fact, they're the first Villainous team to have ties in their dress code. Fitting, since Gen VI is based on GayParee which is ''very'' much associated with high fashion. Many characters note that Team Flare's uniform are [[FashionVictimVillain rather tacky and excessive]], noting that they turned down offers to join simply because of it.
* ShoutOut:
** Their design, particularly of the male grunt, is rather similar to the protagonists of [[VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents another Nintendo game]].
** Also one of their quotes written above is part of a song from the Music/TheBeeGees
* SunglassesAtNight: When you battle them at nighttime, they still wear the glasses. Gets lampshaded by one grunt.
* SuperSentaiStance: The grunts invoke this, trademarking it as their Team Flare Pose.
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: Team Flare apparently is able to listen in and spy on those with Holo Casters. That is because their boss, Lysandre, is its inventor.
* ThemeNaming: The scientists are named after flowers.
* TookALevelInBadass: A rather noticeable trait with this team is that ''nobody'' leaves their mons stuck in the first stage of their evolution. While Golbat is a staple, any Scraggy and Gulpin met will eventually be Scrafty and Swalot.
* UpperClassTwit: Implied with the grunts, since the main condition for joining the team seems to be paying an entrance fee of 5 million.
* VisionaryVillain: In addition to making money, they are seeking a "beautiful world". The underlings don't really get this, though.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Celosia has purple hair, Bryony has green hair, and Mable has blue hair.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Aliana, having Grade A. Bryony and Mable also have Grade B with their boots.

!!Lysandre (Fleur-de-lis)
-->''"I want to be the kind of person who gives... But in this world, some foolish humans exist who would show their strength by taking what isn't theirs."''
-->'''''"They're filth!"'''''

Team Flare's boss and the main antagonist of ''X and Y''. He was a former student of Professor Sycamore, who went on to found Lysandre Labs and create the Holo-Caster. He seeks to create a beautiful world by destroying every Pokémon and human not part of Team Flare.

* AffablyEvil: When you encounter him, he is very polite and even calls you over the Holo Caster to congratulate you on mastering Mega Evolution. He once gives you a rambling and somewhat sinister speech about the past and humanity, then thanks the player for listening and gives them a King's Rock. Of course, Lysandre is still Team Flare's boss.
* AndIMustScream: What he tries to invoke on the protagonist in ''X'': after being defeated, he fires the immortal weapon in one last attempt to force immortality on them out of spite. However, they manage to escape while he doesn't. However, it's unclear whether ''he'' gained that immortality in the blast or was simply destroyed in the collapse and explosion, and the characters speak of him in the past tense, so he may have simply died like in ''Y''.
* AnimalMotifs: The lion. His hair looks like a lion's mane, and he leads off with a male Pyroar. The lion fits Lysandre in a number of ways: lions are often associated with heraldry and nobility, and Lysandre is the descendant of an ancient king; male lions also lord over their packs of lionesses, which mirrors how he believes only Team Flare deserves to be on top.
* AnimeHair: It's pretty out there, and reminiscent of male Pyroar's mane.
* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: Studied under Professor Sycamore before he went off the deep end.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Easily the toughest trainer in the group. He's also one of the few trainers that has mastered Mega Evolution.
* AxCrazy: He may be the first Team Boss who is legitimately insane.[[note]]At least Cyrus, OmnicidalManiac as he was, was basically operating with logic but devoid of emotions, and Ghetsis kept his cool long enough to run his EvilPlan for years on end before finally losing his mind.[[/note]] Particularly creepy is the SingleTear scene in Lysandre Labs, where he shows that he ''sincerely believes'' that he must kill all Pokémon on the planet to save the world.
* BadassBookworm: He was Sycamore's student.
* BaitAndSwitch: First-time Kalos players wouldn't be blamed for assuming Lysandre's weapon of choice is Pyroar, given Team Flare's fire-like motif and name, as well as Lysandre's hairdo resembling Pyroar's mane. Then comes his Mega Gyarados...
* BattleAmongstTheFlames: Instead of the arena resembling the actual place you're in, for your final battle with him, the arena has a backdrop of a burning ''sun''.
* BigBad: Of the Kalos games.
* BigBadFriend: Right from when you first meet him you'll know that he's the leader of Team Flare and the cause of the main problems in the game; but he's the friend and disciple of Professor Sycamore, inventor of the Holo Caster, well regarded by many people throughout Kalos even after he reveals his true nature, and is generally pretty friendly toward the player.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: His journal reveals that he's always hated people, even when he was being charitable to them, considering them all parasites who are sucking the world's beauty away. But because of his good deeds, the people he's benefited view him as a good man.
* TheChosenOne: His understanding of Mega Evolution has led him to conclude that there's only a ''very'' few people and Pokémon capable of having genuinely beautiful souls. Team Flare is his idea of how to collect as many "chosen" as he possibly can together before erasing every last not-chosen being from the world.
* DefiantToTheEnd: Even as he stands defeated, his final gambit thwarted, his master plan averted, Lysandre refuses to believe he was ever wrong and wholeheartedly believes that by stopping him, the player has doomed the world. And then he tries to use the ultimate weapon anyway.
* DiabolicalMastermind: Comes with being the region's villain organization's leader.
* DarkIsEvil: Half his team is Dark-type.
* DevilInPlainSight: Many players were surprised that Lysandre being the main villain was a spoiler, while the characters tend to wave off his {{Motive Rant}}s by saying he's simply being passionate.
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: Transmits a message throughout the Holo Caster at some point in the game to tell everybody to literally kiss their world and everything good-bye if they're not members of Team Flare.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: When asked by Calem/Serena what will happen to Pokémon if he succeeds in using the ultimate weapon, he sheds some tears of remorse in return, indicating that he's not happy about there being no other alternative to his committing genocide against the Pokémon themselves.
* EvilAllAlong: He first presents himself to the player and Sycamore as a nice guy, but it eventually becomes clear that his true plans are ''far'' from noble.
* EvilCounterpart: He's this to the player character, having also started his journey as Professor Sycamore's disciple and running errands for him throughout Kalos and eventually being able to invoke Mega Evolution.
* EvilRedhead: Fitting in with the color scheme.
* FaceHeelTurn: Played with. He was technically a heel from before you met him, but the professor didn't know that and you aren't supposed to, either, although ObviouslyEvil hit many players and gave it away.
* FallenHero: He's regarded to this day as one of the finest, most talented disciples Professor Sycamore ever had, and a great benefactor to people. In truth, he's a TragicVillain, and he also ended up becoming one of the [[KnightOfCerebus darkest villains]] to appear in the series.
* FieryRedHead: Zigzagged. He mostly has a calm demeanor, but he can get pretty fiery when discussing his motives and during his VillainousBreakdown.
* FingerlessGloves: A bold fashion choice considering his professional appearance.
* FrenchJerk: Averted. While he is the leader of the criminal organization set in [[GayParee Kalos]], he's very polite compared to the other villain team leaders.
* FrozenInTime: If you pay close attention to his initial lines, he wants an in-universe version of this to exist. To him, change can ''only'' bring ruin, and only a static world can ever hope to be beautiful.
* GlassCannon: His entire team consists of these, except for LightningBruiser, Gyarados.
* HellBentForLeather: He's dressed in leather and is a skilled trainer.
* HonestCorporateExecutive: Appears like this at first, but is really a CorruptCorporateExecutive by virtue of being Flare's leader.
* HotBlooded: It is noted he is a ''very'' passionate man.
* {{Hypocrite}}: When he meets you and Sycamore in his cafe, he condemns those who take, rather than give. His plans are ''definitely'' of the "take" variety. Even if he claims in Geosenge that [[IDidWhatIHadToDo with so many humans and Pokémon around, taking without giving is inevitable until he makes taking impossible]].
** The fact that his plan amounts to killing off everyone who doesn't pay him 5,000,000 Pokedollars to join him on the grounds that they're selfish doesn't help either.
** Better still, his report in Lysandre Labs has him deciding that he needs to find a tool of a "higher power" than humans to enact the saving of the handful he thinks is all that can be saved. Except, he has to shackle Xerneas/Yveltal to do it, thus putting the ultimate responsibility of the culling in his hands. His ''human'' hands.
* {{Irony}}: The signature mon of the leader of a group with a prominent fire motif is a powerful Water-type Pokémon.
** More deeply, the research materials in Lysandre Labs note that AZ's brother implored his children on his deathbed to create a world where the Ultimate Weapon wasn't necessary. Lysandre is descended from that same prince, and deems the Ultimate Weapon to be ''very'' necessary for the world...
* KilledOffForReal: Most likely, but it's possible he became immortal from the machine like AZ did (In ''X'' anyway). If not, this makes him the first character in the games to canonically '''die'''.
* KnightOfCerebus: Up there with [[InTheirOwnImage Cyrus]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe Ghetsis]]. Being an aspiring mass-murderer will do that.
* KnightTemplar: Boy howdy... how does planning to wipe out most of the world sound?
* LargeAndInCharge: His sprite is noticeably taller than any other characters save for [[spoiler:AZ, who is in a territory all on his own]].
* LastSecondChance: After being defeated for the final time by the player, the rival and Shauna will insist it's not too late for Lysandre to change. He remains remorseless and responds by trying to activate the Ultimate Weapon anyways.
* MaddenIntoMisanthropy: A former philanthropist, until his efforts failed and he crossed the DespairEventHorizon.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: His general bearing, philosophies, and fashion sense suggests a very classy, sophisticated individual.
* MeaningfulName: His Japanese name, "Fleur-de-lis", refers to the symbol of French royalty. He's part of a cadet branch. While his English name really just stems from the "lis" phoneme (it's Greek/French for "freeing a man"), there's an unplanned meaningful name in there. "Andre" signifies "man", while "lys" can look like it comes from "lysis" -- Greek for "destroying" -- or "lyss" -- Greek for "madness", "fury" and "rage". It thus looks sort of like it can mean "destroyer of humans". "Lysander" also means "Liberator".
* MisanthropeSupreme: His earlier attempts to fix the world legitimately, through the inventions and profits of Lysandre Labs, didn't have the effect he was looking for--where he expected the needy to be sated, they instead yearned for still more. [[MaddenIntoMisanthropy His two main conclusions:]] (1) World aggregate happiness is effectively finite; after a certain amount of beings, happiness and survival can only be attained by taking it from/denying it to another. (2) The vast majority of humans (and maybe even Pokémon, if his musings about Mega Evolution are anything to go by) are irredeemable, incapable of anything beyond the most narrow selfishness. Therefore, the only way the world will ''ever'' know beauty and hope everlasting is to expunge all those imperfect creatures who ought never have existed, who can only ever ''be'' plagues on existence. As his report in Lysandre Labs puts it, "[e]ither everything is lost, or only a handful are saved".
* MoralityPet: The fact that his Gyarados can Mega Evolve would imply that the two of them must have a strong bond with each other to achieve it. Shauna even says they must work closely together, for Gyarados to share its energy like that.
* MotiveRant: Pretty much any time you meet him, you're in for a speech about his plans for the world.
* ObviouslyEvil: His rather pointy character design, [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver red and black color scheme]], ominous {{leitmotif}}, and tendency to wax philosophical about beauty, some people being 'filth', and the ultimate fate of the world will more likely than not set off a few flags the first time you meet him. Considering the fact that Team Flare grunts openly congregate at a cafe he's publicly known to own, one wonders how anybody thought he ''wasn't'' evil...
* OmnicidalManiac: He seeks the utter destruction of all humans and Pokémon not loyal to him. At least Cyrus intended to recreate the world and every person/Pokémon in it, albeit his own image. This man is set on clearing living space for his group via ''genocide''.
* OneWingedAngel: A mundane variant. While his default outfit is already pretty intimidating, for the final battle with him, he's augmented it with a visor, Mega Ring-containing gauntlet, and a backpack with strange robotic tentacles that will let him recapture Xerneas/Yveltal's power.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: There's just no way around it; the man is an ''incredible'' elitist. Only beautiful things (beautiful things [[FrozenInTime that will never change]], at that) are valuable. He regards most people as selfish filth. Then there's the really (or at least comparatively) subtle bit: You can't join Team Flare, and thus be spared from [[OmnicidalManiac the cleansing of the world]], unless you pay ''5 million'' right up front. Considering the rough equivalence of the game currency to yen, and yen being roughly equivalent to American cents, you have to be willing ''and able'' to "donate" about $50,000 to be let in. There is ''no'' way [[KillThePoor anybody born into the lower economic echelons is getting in]].
** Just to punctuate it, being fine with the "wane" part of natural existence is detestable. He's clearly uncomfortable with Diantha's lack of worry over her glamour eventually fading, when it's the duty of the beautiful to ''stay'' beautiful for all eternity. Compromise with the not-highest is ''not'' acceptable.
* RecurringBoss: Par for the course as Team Flare's leader. Strangely, you only start battling him after learning the actual goals he has in mind.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Red and black are his main colors. [[ObviouslyEvil Definitely a good guy]].
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He is apparently a descendant of one of Kalos's royalty.
* SanitySlippage: Implied to have gone through this prior to the start of the games. He was troubled by the problem of the world having limited resources; the solution he finally reached was basically to forcefully and excessively reduce the amount of consumers of those resources.
* SharpDressedMan: Up there with Giovanni when it comes to well-dressed villains.
* ShutUpKirk: When Shauna and your rival attempt to get him to see reason after he loses for the last time, Lysandre basically calls them naive fools before [[TakingYouWithMe activating the Ultimate Weapon anyway]].
* SmugSnake: His self-importance, fixation on beauty, and his petty reasoning for going so far as stated in his journal--namely, the fact that the amount of aid he thought was enough to give out wasn't enough to stop requests for aid, which he proceeded to impute not to insufficiency on his part, but solely greed and heedlessness on the have-nots' part, gives him this vibe. Of course, this could all be [[JerkassFacade a mask]] for [[SanitySlippage his madness.]]
* StealthPun: He's behind the Holo Caster, a name that foreshadows that he's a "Holocauster", out to wipe the world's population out.
* TakingYouWithMe: Seems to be the intended purpose of him firing what remains of the ultimate weapon's energy onto his own base. You and your friends still escape, of course.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: Like Diantha for the Champions, Lysandre also breaks the villain team bosses' streak of having the WeaponOfChoice Pokémon being from the same generation as the game they're featured in, by having Gyarados as his WeaponOfChoice. Again, that is unless you count Mega-Gyarados as a Kalos Pokémon.
* TragicVillain: He's regarded as one by some people you talk to in Snowbelle City and Professor Sycamore, who once mentored him.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: This man wants to commit genocide against most of humanity, and, most shockingly, ALL POKEMON. Kalos being the brightest and most beautiful region yet makes this particularly stand out.
* VillainousBreakdown: After defeating/capturing the Legendary and defeating him a second time, he flies into a rage, claiming you've "condemned the world to a future of misery and death".
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: He and Lysandre Labs, since most people do not know that he's the leader of Team Flare, whose publicity is worse.
* VisionaryVillain: Wants to make the world beautiful again... by killing every Pokémon and human who's not part of Team Flare.
* WeaponOfChoice: Gyarados. Or, rather Mega-Gyarados.
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
** His solution to the Malthusian Dilemma is to simply wipe out most of the population. He's at least well-intentioned to the point where he sheds a SingleTear when the rival points out that his plan will kill all Pokémon on the planet. He simply sees no other option with overpopulation and scarcity as the alternative.
** Interestingly, the report in Lysandre Labs has him effectively deeming the ultimate cause as the world's ''stability''--because of it, nothing is likely to quell the population growth of (selfish, over-needy) humans and Pokemon, short of his planned burst of extremely intense "instability".
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Threatens the protagonist, Serena/Calem, and Shauna with this fate in ''X'', so that they will live to see the degradation of the world which his plan was meant to stop. However, they escape before the light of the ultimate weapon can hit them.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: From what can be gathered about him from various [=NPCs=], he went insane because nothing short of "kill a lot of people and Pokémon and use your erstwhile terrorist cell to rebuild the shattered remains of the world" was proving to be viable in solving the matter of limited resources, and he felt responsible for the world's well-being due to being descended from royalty.
* WildHair: It sticks up in the air quite a lot.

!!Xerosic (Xerosicy)
->"Add it all up, and it equals... a victory for our SCIENCE!"

One of the scientists working for Team Flare. He goes along with their plans because he wants to see what will happen.

* AffablyEvil: He continually acts friendly and cheerful, even giving you several compliments when you defeat him. However, he's evil and going along with Team Flare's plan.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Xerosic's skin is porcelain white.
* ArcVillain: In the post-game, he's behind most of the shenanigans that Looker and the Player character are investigating.
* ButNotTooEvil: He does a lot of harsh things over the course of the game, but they were less for personal gain and more in his own [[ForScience pursuit of science]]; he even pulls the plug on his MindControl project when he realizes it's no longer working, even informing the protagonists that the test subject was in no real danger. He's at least okay enough to be forgiven by Emma (the test subject in question).
* CatchPhrase: "When you add it all up".
* TheDragon: He's the most trusted scientist of Team Flare's boss, and is in charge of Team Flare's main operation, the Ultimate Weapon project.
* EasilyForgiven: By Looker and Emma.
* EvilAlbino: He fits this trope to a "T".
* ForScience: He is obsessed with science and goes along with Team Flare's plan to use the Ultimate Weapon because he wants to see what will happen. He's basically a more unhinged version of Colress.
* HeelFaceTurn: Xerosic makes one post-game due to his MoralityPet.
* HiddenDepths: He has a Crobat, a Pokémon that only evolves if it likes its trainer. It foreshadows his HeelFaceTurn in the postgame sidequests involving Emma and Looker.
* ILied: After you beat him, even if you push the button that doesn't activate the Ultimate Weapon, he'll activate it anyway.
* LaughablyEvil: He's one of the more...''oddball'' scientists in this franchise.
* LennonSpecs: He sports a variation of these.
* MadScientist: He's a crazy scientist who wants to build destructive devices just to see what they'll do.
* MoralityPet: He eventually gains one in Emma during the Looker sidequest.
* MortonsFork: Xerosic invokes a SadisticChoice on the Player by telling them that there are two buttons behind him and only one activates the device. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Press the wrong one and the device is triggered]], but Xerosic will activate it either way, even if you don't press the kill switch.
* TheOneGuy: Out of all five scientists, Xerosic is the only male.
* SadisticChoice: Xerosic does this to the PlayerCharacter when they meet.
* WeaponOfChoice: Malamar.

!!Aliana (Akebi)

One of the Team Flare scientists. She has orange hair.

* ColorCodedCharacters: Her orange hair, tie and [[CoolShades split-visor]].
* EvilLaugh: She lets one out rather regularly.
* RecurringBoss: Battled twice. First at the Kalos Power Plant, and again at the Lysandre Labs.
* WeaponOfChoice: Druddigon.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Averted. She's the only one of the four female scientists that has a natural hair color.

!!Bryony (Bara)

One of the Team Flare scientists. She has green hair.

* ColorCodedCharacters: Bryony has green hair, tie and [[CoolShades techno shades.]]
* DualBoss: The first time you face her is in a double battle, with Celosia at her side.
* RecurringBoss: You fight her twice. Once at the Poké Ball factory and once at Team Flare's hideout, Lysandre Labs.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: She is always in the company of Celosia.
* WeaponOfChoice: Bisharp.
%%* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

!!Celosia (Correa)

One of the scientists working for Team Flare. She has purple hair.

* CatchPhrase: "We are soooo lame." She spouts it both times when defeated.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Celosia and her strange violet hair, tie, and[[CoolShades purple visor]].
* DualBoss: The first time you fight her is in a double battle, where she is teamed up with Bryony.
* RecurringBoss: You fight her twice. Once at the Poké Ball factory and once at Team Flare's hideout, Lysandre Labs.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Always in the company of Bryony.
* WeaponOfChoice: Drapion.
%%* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

!!Mable (Momiji)

One of the scientists working for Team Flare. Her blue hair is her identifying feature.

* ColorCodedCharacters: Her blue hair, tie, and [[CoolShades dual-visor.]]
* GracefulLoser: After you defeat her for the second time, she cheerfully congratulates you and hands over the elevator key.
%%* ModestyShorts
* NotSoDifferent: She tries to claim this, saying that you are after the same thing as her: maxing out the power of Pokémon (you use the Mega Ring and she wants to use the Ultimate Weapon).
* NotSoSimilar: It's made clear that while she claims to be the same as you, you want to bond with your Pokémon and bring out their full potential, while she just wants to see the Ultimate Weapon in action.
* RecurringBoss: You battle her twice. The first time is at the Frost Cavern, and the second time is at Team Flare's hideout Lysandre Labs.
* WhatTheHellHero: When the player meet her for the second time at Team Flare's hideout, she asks you if you're alone this time. If the player says yes, she admonishes you for being "colder than that cavern" (meaning Frost Cavern, where you first meet her) for not counting your Pokémon as companions.
* WeaponOfChoice: She uses Weavile.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Her unusual hair color is never acknowledged.

[[folder: Team Skull]]
The villainous team of the Alola region. Their designs are based on punk culture, and seem to operate more like street gangs than anything else, having a strong sense of familial bonds throughout their ranks.

'''Tropes that apply to the organization as a whole:'''
* AffablyEvil: As of yet, it appears they're actually pretty personable, speaking casually and showing a great deal of inter-team brotherhood, even in regards to their Pokémon.
* BatOutOfHell: Like other villainous teams before them, such as Team Rocket and Aqua/Magma, they have a penchant towards using Zubat.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the concept of sending young children out into the world alone. [[spoiler: Many members mention suffering from horrible self esteem over always losing, homelessness, and failing to complete the islands' trials. When you finally reach the town they are based out of it is in ruins with almost no power nor supplies. As one Grunt says early on, they're not out to take over the world or anything they just want money. To just be able to survive.]]
* DelinquentHair: Almost all members of Team Skull revealed have unusual hair colors, with the male and female grunts having bright blue and pink hair, Plumeria having pink and yellow hair. The exception is Guzma with his white at the top, black at the bottom hair.
* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: Female grunts wear purple eyeshadow.
* FloralThemeNaming: ''Plumeria'', ''Gladiolus'', and ''Guzmania'' are all genera of flowering plants.
* GangBangers: Their gesticulation, speech patterns, and attire, as well as their more informal tone compared to previous villain groups, make them resemble American street gangs. Specifically, their tanned skin tone, as well as the fact that Guzma and Plumeria are named after plants prominent in Central and South America, gives them a resemblance to Latino street gangs from the West Coast.
* GoingThroughTheMotions: During dialogue mooks [[MilkingTheGiantCow gesture dramatically]] like stereotypical gang bangers.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: With the exception of Lillie, nobody takes them seriously, ''ever''. With certain dialogue choices, even the player character brushes them off as nothing more than a nuisance.
* JapaneseDelinquents: While their designs are based on punk culture, they have quite a few hallmarks of the ''yankii'' subculture, such as bandanas, face masks, DelinquentHair, excessive jewelry and tattoos.
* JiveTurkey: They all speak in absurd street slang with the exception of Plumeria and Gladion.
* KickTheDog: Most of their early actions are too [[LaughablyEvil funny]] and [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain hopeless]] to be regarded as bad, but the first real nasty thing you see them do is when a couple of grunts mock their ally Gladion for being homeless. They also [[spoiler:steal a Yungoos belonging to a ''preschooler'', so they're not above stealing from little girls.]]
* NobleDemon: They genuinely seem to care about each other, with Plumeria being one of the first Admins to grow [[BenevolentBoss pissed off]] when you hurt her minions.
* ObviouslyEvil: Team ''Skull'' is too sinister a name to belong to anything other than a group of villains.
* StrangeSalute: The mooks pose before battle by crossing their arms across their chest and then curling them to their sides to gesticulate a skull and crossbones.
* VisualPun: The goofy "arms curled towards hips" thing the grunts do is supposed to be their arms and body [[http://i1.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/157/905/db8.jpg mimicking the shape a cartoon skull]]. The white saltire on their shirts also makes it look like a skull and crossbones.
* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises: The grunts sport these on a loss.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: Female grunts wear cut off shorts.
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:Or at least, Would Steal From And Kidnap Children. Team Skull at one point steals a Yungoos from a ''preschooler'', and later, Plumeria kidnaps Lillie to bring her back to Aether Foundation headquarters (although Lillie agrees to go with Plumeria in order to protect the other children who were with her at the time).]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Female grunts have pink hair, and male grunts have bright blue hair.

The leader of Team Skull. He's a fierce and merciless battler, and seems to have a past with Professor Kukui.

* AbusiveParents: After beating the game, a house on Route 2, [[spoiler:his childhood home, hints that Guzma may have had a very troublesome childhood. It's even implied that his father beat him, but Guzma later retaliated and ran away from home afterward. His father says "I tried to set that boy straight, but instead, I was the one who got beat." And then there's the bag of bent and broken golf clubs found in the same house. Makes it more unsettling that the very lady he follows orders for was an abusive mother herself]].
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: [[spoiler:According to Plumeria, he likes Lusamine because she's the only adult who ever seemed to acknowledge his strength.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Subverted. He is actually TheDragon to Lusamine. Fortunately, he realizes how obsessed Lusamine has become with the Ultra Beasts]].
* BigCreepyCrawlies: Of all of the Villain Team Leaders (with the exception of Giovanni, as he was a Gym Leader [[note]]And even then, he doesn't have a full team of Ground types in ''Pokémon Yellow''[[/note]] as well as a Villain Team Leader), he is the only one who carries a team full of a certain type of Pokemon. In Guzma's case, he specializes in Bug-type Pokemon.
* BlingBlingBang: He wears various jewelry, which include a gold watch and a Team Skull pendant.
* CatchPhrase: It's your boy, Guzma! He's also very fond of describing himself as the nasty boss who beats you down and beats you down and never lets up.
* CardCarryingVillain: Introduces himself as "destruction in human form."
* CoolShades: Guzma wears an asymmetrical pair of sunglasses on his forehead. [[spoiler:He swaps them out for a symmetrical pair after his HeelFaceTurn.]]
* TheDragon: [[spoiler:He is one to Lusamine, the president of Aether Foundation]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler:Despite being "destruction in human form," even he feels [[AxCrazy Lusamine]]'s OmnicidalManiac tendencies are too far.]]
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler: He's implied to be as violent and aggressive as he is because of a rough childhood, particularly his relationship with his father.]]
* {{Foil}}: To Kukui. Guzma mentions that both of them failed at becoming Trial Captains, but instead of doing something good with his talents like Kukui, Guzma went crazy and created Team Skull instead.
* {{Guyliner}}: Wears dark gray eyeshadow.
* HairTriggerTemper: Guzma is known for getting angry very easily, and expresses it physically. When you sit in his chair, you'll notice that the arms of the chair having wear and tear from him slamming his fists on it angrily. He'll also freak out and yell at himself for losing at you constantly.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:In the post-game, he disbands Team Skull, with his title changing from "Team Skull Boss Guzma" to "Pokémon Trainer Guzma". After being defeated, he leaves with Hala to train and become stronger.]]
* IncomingHam: He makes his first appearance by introducing himself as "destruction in human form."
* LargeAndInCharge: Even while slouching, Guzma is visibly one of the tallest characters in the game. His height is even made note of on a few occasions.
* MeaningfulName: The ''Guzmania'' genus is part of the plant family known as Bromeliads, many species of which are notable for being home to micro-ecosystems, and Team Skull gives off much more of a casual and familial tone than previous villainous teams.
** More specifically, ''Guzmania'' bromeliads flourish in hot, humid climates, such as tropical places like Alola.
* RebelRelaxation: In battle. Rather than "standing" on the sidelines, he crouches down to give his Pokémon orders.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:Once it becomes clear [[AxCrazy just how far]] Lusamine's fallen off the deep end, he decides he's had enough and bails.]]
* TattooedCrook: He has tattoos of Team Skull's emblem on his forearms.
* WeaponOfChoice: Golisopod.
* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises: Sports this look in his pre-battle animation.

!!Plumeria (Plumeri)
An Admin of Team Skull, she's described as the "big sister" of the gang and looks out for the younger members while keeping them in line.

* AnimeHair: Pink and yellow hair drawn into four long strands, pink in the front and yellow in the back.
* BareYourMidriff: She wears a tank top that exposes her midriff, which also has a tattoo of Team Skull's emblem.
* BenevolentBoss: While Plumeria is not the actual leader of Team Skull, she cares about her grunts and treats them like her siblings. She also has a Golbat which evolved into Crobat later in the game. This is reinforced when fighting grunts is a BerserkButton.
* BigSisterInstinct: She is fiercely protective of her "cute, dumb brothers and sisters".
* BlowYouAway: She owns a Golbat.
* CoolBigSis: Fittingly for a group partially-based on JapaneseDelinquents, she serves as this to younger Team Skull members.
* DarkActionGirl: She's a skilled battler with strong Pokémon and works for the resident evil team.
* DeathGlare: Her pre-battle animation has her sport one, and due to her yellow eyes it's actually quite unnerving.
* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: She wears lots of eye makeup--dark eyeliner and eyeshadow, and white eyeshadow applied all around her eyes.
* GoodCostumeSwitch: After Team Skull is disbanded, she removes her white eyeshadow and tattoo, and dons [[http://i.imgur.com/haFZ8ee.png a Salazzle-themed bandana and pair of pants]].
* GyaruGirl: She has pink and blonde hair, and accents her eyes with white makeup. Her design is clearly inspired from ganguro style, further exemplified by the baggy clothing fashion that the entire organization wears.
* HeelFaceTurn: Turns over a new leaf after Team Skull is disbanded.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Is implied to be more capable than her boss and is certainly more in control. [[spoiler: This is reinforced where she is one of several trainers that you could end up fighting when defending your champion title in the post game, while her boss isn't]].
* MeaningfulName: [[https://cdn6.bigcommerce.com/s-52h2v/products/377/images/1014/aussie_confetti__90644.1409325328.1280.1280.jpg?c=2 Plumeria flowers]] are not only pink and yellow in color, they're also symbols of family and believed to provide shelter to ghosts and demons, fitting her status as the "big sister" of the team.
* MulticoloredHair: It's pink and blonde.
* PoisonousPerson: Specializes in Poison-type Pokemon, and gives the player a Poisonium Z.
* SexyWalk: Has quite a bit of hip movement when she strides forward.
* TattooedCrook: She has a tattoo bearing Team Skull's emblem on her midriff. She removes it after Team Skull is disbanded.
* WeaponOfChoice: Salazzle. [[spoiler:She even wears a bandana and pants modeled after it after her HeelFaceTurn.]]

!!Gladion (Gladio)
An Enforcer of Team Skull. A young man who places strength in battle above everything.

* AllTheOtherReindeer: Because Gladion is hired muscle for Team Skull, the grunts are quick to remind him that he is not ''real'' member of the team and they don't respect him.
* BenevolentBoss: Hinted to be this if his appearance next to Silvally, which only evolves from Type: Null if it has a very strong trust in its Trainer, is any indication.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Once he finds out Lillie is in danger, he challenges you to a battle out of anger but then teams up with you to help save her.
* BloodKnight: His main concern is becoming a strong battler.
* CharacterTics: Is constantly either clutching his arm, or resting his hand on his forehead.
* ClothingDamage: The rips in his clothes are apparently a result of Type: Null [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength not knowing its own strength]].
* DisappearedDad: His father Mohn was researching Ultra Beasts, and disappeared during an experiment.
* {{Foil}}: A SpearCounterpart thematically to Lillie. Both have straight blonde hair and green eyes. He wears red and black, places a high value on being strong in Pokémon battles, and works for Guzma [[spoiler:and in a degree, Lusamine, the true villain]]. She wears white with light blue, is not fond of making Pokémon fight in battles at all, and works for Kukui. Gladion even means Sword "Lillie," see below. [[spoiler:Makes a bit more sense when it's revealed that they are actually related, with Lusamine as their mother]].
* {{Expy}}: Of a previous character in the series at that, namely [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Silver.]] They're both antagonists that are mainly concerned about getting stronger, their primary colors are red and black, [[spoiler: stole their primary partner Pokémon from a lab, and they're the offspring to the leader of a villainous team.]] That said, Gladion is nowhere near as much a {{Jerkass}} as Silver was before his CharacterDevelopment.
* HiddenDepths: Gladion genuinely cares for his Pokémon to the point his Type: Null evolves into Silvally out of trust. [[spoiler:Turns out he's not that bad of a guy. Additionally, his team includes a Crobat and a Lucario, two Pokémon that only evolve through friendship]].
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: [[spoiler:When he learns that Lillie and Cosmog were captured by Team Skull, he forces you into a battle out of blind rage. After losing, he acknowledges that his actions were irrational and apologizes.]]
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: Gladion is the first major rival in the series not to pick any of the starters. Instead, his signature Pokemon is Type: Null After it evolves into a Sivally, it does take on the type that has an advantage to your starter however.
* MeaningfulName: The ''Gladiolus'' genus of flowers is colloquially known as the Sword Lily, fitting his BloodKnight nature. It also symbolizes honor and integrity, which ties in to his warning against the player as seen above. In addition, "Gladiolus" has the same word root as "''gladiator''", which also goes along with Gladion's strive to be a strong battler.
* MoralityPet: Type: Null is the most obvious one, but [[spoiler:he eventually not only gains regular implied Morality Pet Crobat, but also Lucario and, obviously, Silvally, ''all'' of whom evolve through high friendship.]]
* MySisterIsOffLimits: [[spoiler: His reaction to Hau saying Lillie looked "fantastic" after her ImportantHaircut has shades of this.]]
* PeekABangs: His blond bangs cover his right eye, [[spoiler:a trait shared by his mother]].
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: His costume is mostly black with some red accents. [[spoiler:Though less of the evil part.]]
* TheRival: Notably in that he's the first rival since Silver to ''not'' be your friend. He's also the first one to be apart of the villainous team, which gives an additional reason for this beyond simple competition.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: [[spoiler:The reason he ended up stealing Type: Null and abandoning [[EvilMatriarch his mother's]] operations.]]
* ShouldersOfDoom: His sweatshirt has large spikes on the shoulder areas.
* WeaponOfChoice: His partner is the mysterious Type: Null, which later evolves into Silvally.
* YoureNotMyFather: He hardly ever refers to [[spoiler: Lusamine as his mother, likely due to what she's done.]]

[[folder: Spoiler Team]]
! Aether Foundation

An organization dedicated to protecting hurt Pokémon, especially those who have been abused by Team Skull, on their own private island. Unfortunately, there's more to them then it seems.

'''All spoilers are unmarked!'''
!!As a whole
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Nihilego's neurotoxins influence the grunts to battle the player.
* EliteMooks: Aether Employees' choice of Pokémon make them a cut above the average evil team's grunts.
* HeelFaceTurn: During the post-game, after Lusamine's Ultra Beast obsession has been dealt with, the protagonist can visit the Aether Foundation again. The Foundation is still around, but is now attempting to save and conserve Pokémon for real.
* LightIsNotGood: Their main colours include white and gold, but they're villains. However, they become good in the post-game now that Lusamine's Ultra Beast obsession has been dealt with.
* MoreThanMindControl: Like Lusamine the grunts are simply acting on their uninhibited desires rather than being directly brainwashed, so their actions are partly their own.
* PoorPredictableRock: Averted. Aether Employees aren't restricted to typical grunt Pokemon.

The lovely Lusamine functions as the Aether Foundation’s president.[[note]]Most of the entries here are her under the effects of Nihilego's neurotoxins and as such, should be taken with a grain of salt[[/note]]
* AbusiveParents: Discards Lillie and believes she's trash and was going to kill her for her plan, and playing around with Gladion like he's a toy. Lillie tells Gladion that as bad as she was when they both lived with her, she got ''worse'' after he fled with Type: Null.
* ActionMom: She is easily one of the strongest characters in the game and could easily put Gladion or Lillie back in their place.
* AsleepForDays: After defusing from Nihilego, Lusamine falls into a coma. However, Lillie after you beat the Pokémon League and during the celebration that Lusamine had recovered from her comatose state and even tried to come to the celebration as well. She's still not seen again afterwards however.
* AuthorityEqualsAssKicking: She is the president of the Aether Foundation and is [[ThatOneBoss one of the most difficult fights of the series.]]
* AxCrazy: Be it innocent bystanders or her own children, she doesn't care who she has to hurt to get what she wants. However, it's all but outright stated to be the result of being influenced by Nihilego's neurotoxin.
* BadassAdorable: Her team is full of them. Her team theme is cute or beautiful Pokemon, and all five of them have perfect individual values ''and'' ideal natures and effort values, meaning that each of them is likely to be able to crush a casual player's Pokemon in a one-on-one fight unless they're facing a type or level disadvantage.
* BadassInCharge: Head of the Aether Foundation and their strongest trainer.
* BestialityIsDepraved: She has a massive love for the Ultra Beasts- Nihilego in particular, who she fuses with in her final battle.
* BearsAreBadNews: She has a Bewear.
* BigBad: She wants to destroy everything with the power of the Ultra Beasts, making a world where only she and Nihilego can live.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: She tenderly caresses Lillie's face after unfusing from Nihilego and before falling into a coma, strongly hinting that Nihilego's neurotoxins were influencing her the whole time.
* CombatStilettos: She wears heels throughout most of the game and is an extremely proficient Pokémon battler. Her intro animation for her first fight starts with a clack of her right heel.
* ControlFreak: She was very controlling of her two children, down to choosing exactly they were allowed to wear. Before the reveal, she briefly tries the same on Hau, a small boy she'd never met before.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Nothing gets stranger than having cryogenically frozen Pokemon on display.
* DeathGlare: In the final battle, all of her mons except Bewear have these expressions when given a totem aura.
* TheDragon: It's all but stated that Nihilego's neurotoxins are what caused her to be evil.
* DyingAsYourself: While she doesn't actually die, she seems to return to her former self before losing consciousness.
* EvilMatriarch: She's Lillie and Gladion's mother and the first female main antagonist in the main Pokémon games.
* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon: In contrast to most other ObviouslyEvil team leaders, she looks perfectly innocent and helpful, but is one of the most psychotic characters in the series.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Like Ghetsis, in the Japanese version, she continues to speak in an overly polite manner even after she drops her charade.
* FeetFirstIntroduction: In both the English and Japanese trailers, though it's more apparent in the Japanese one.
* FootFocus: The camera tends to focus on her feet a lot.
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: In her pre-battle animation as Motherbeast Lusamine, she throws her Ultra Ball and flies right towards the camera while pulling off a NightmareFace.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: How she presents herself, and likely was before the Nihilego neurotoxins affecting her. At the present under the effect of Nihilego's neurotoxins, she's anything but.
* FusionDance: Performs this with her Nihilego before the final boss battle. This gives all her Pokémon Totem Boosts.
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: She uses a Bewear.
* GoodParents: [[AbusiveParents While not so much in the main story]], Lillie states that Lusamine was a kind, loving mother before she changed, likely due to her obsession with the Ultra Beasts after losing her husband as well as Nihilego's neurotoxins.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Downplayed after she defuses with Nihilego: She comforts Lillie, before falling into a coma.
* IHaveNoSon: She claims that she has no children when you are trying to rescue Cosmog from the Aether Foundation. Then again, she isn't really herself.
* ItsAllAboutMe: She doesn't care about anyone that she doesn't deem beautiful enough for her love, and even those that she does consider worthy of her love are viewed as possessions rather than sentient beings with free will. Before the final battle with her, Lillie calls her out for only ever thinking about herself, to which she responds "And why shouldn't I!"
* KnightOfCerebus: The best example of this in the franchise so far. The rest of her trope page is proof of this.
* LightIsNotGood: She's almost angelic in appearance, though DEFINITELY not in behavior.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Implied that her obsession with Ultra Beasts came out of desperation to find her missing husband.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Behind Guzma and Team Skull, as well as the Aether Foundation itself. And the Nihilego are this to her.
* MaskOfSanity: Lusamine's vicious insanity is very carefully masked behind an empathetic and loving facade.
* MoreThanMindControl: Nihilego's toxins are stated to amplify natural qualities and induce a state of extreme excitement and lack of inhibition, but not actually control whoever they affect. Whatever influence they had over Lusamine, her actions were at least partially born of her own mind.[[note]]The implication is that the Nihilego's toxins took Lusamine's original loving and FriendToAllLivingThings personality and drive to protect and conserve endangered Pokémon and turned increased them to unhealthy levels, while also shifting the "protect and conserve endangered Pokémon" to "protect the Nihilego"[[/note]]
* MyBelovedSmother: This is at least part of the reason Gladion ran away; according to him, he was "like an ornament" to her, wearing whatever she told him to wear, and acting however she wanted him to act.
* NoCureForEvil: Averted. Her Clefable knows Moonlight and her Milotic knows Recover.
* NoblewomansLaugh: Often when she's mocking Lillie.
* OffingTheOffspring: After losing her rematch against the player, she tries to personally kill Lillie, being still fused with Nihilego.
* OlderThanTheyLook: She's over 40 years old even though by first glance she looks to be somewhere in her late teens to early 20s, which is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Hau's dumbfounded reaction upon learning this fact.
* OneWingedAngel: For the second battle against her, she fuses with Nihilego into a half-human, half-jellyfish beast, and uses Totem power to buff all of her Pokémon.
* PeekABangs: Her blonde bangs cover her right eye.
* PowerDyesYourHair: Her hair turns black (albeit a few thin streaks of its original color) after fusing with Nihelgo, which itself changes from primarily light blue to black.
* ProperTightsWithASkirt: She wears a short skirt and some stockings. The stockings cover almost all of the leg.
* RapunzelHair: Lusamine's hair flares out nearly a foot on either side of her and reaches down to her hips.
* TheScream: Her only verbal reaction to losing her rematch against the player is to just give a wordless scream. This also being the only noise she makes when fused with Nihilego.
* ShesGotLegs: Nice, slender, ''long'' ones, as the camera and her ProperTightsWithASkirt like to reveal. If her official art and ingame model are to be trusted, her legs are almost twice as long as the rest of her body from the waist up!
* SlasherSmile: Tends to pull them off whenever she's plotting.
%%* StatuesqueStunner: Tall, thin, and beautiful.
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: She sports these in her Motherbeast form.
* TragicVillain: In addition to the implication that Nihilego's neurotoxins were influencing her, it's also implied that her obsession with the Ultra Beasts stemmed from grief over the disappearance of her husband Mohn, and that she was looking for a way to get him back.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: This is a woman who abused her children and tried to micromanage every aspect of their lives down to what clothes they could wear, invoked IHaveNoSon on them and eventually attempted to ''murder them'' when they tried to rebel against her control, freezes the Pokemon she adores so that they'll stay the same forever while they remain on display for her, is willing to hurt anybody or anyone to further her schemes, Pokemon or no, and in general cares about absolutely nothing but herself and the things she desires. This is all in contrast with Team Skull's general ineffectual goofiness and Alola's cheeriness and SceneryPorn. In her defense, she's also severely mentally compromised by a combination of grief over losing her husband and Nihilego neurotoxin.
* WalkingSpoiler: It's nearly impossible to talk about her without spoiling that she's the villain.
* WeaponOfChoice: Bewear, very fittingly. They both seem cute and innocent, but are actually incredibly dangerous and give people unwanted love that hurts them.
* {{Yandere}}: She really, really ''really'' loves the Ultra Beasts. So much so she would literally ''destroy the world'' if it meant being able to be with them.

!!Wicke (Bikke)
The assistant branch chief of Aether Paradise has a caring personality, so she’s loved by all the Aether Foundation employees.

* BigBeautifulWoman: Both her official artwork and her in-game model shows that she is a rather curvaceous woman, although partially exaggerated from her sweater and cowl.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Wicke cares about the well-being of the Foundation's Pokémon; because of this, she is popular among the Foundation's staff.
* {{Meganekko}}: Wicke's glasses add to her charm.
* NiceGirl: In the initial trailer that revealed the Aether Foundation, both Wicke and Lusamine were built up to be sweet and motherly characters. In the game proper, Wicke actually ''is'' as nice as the trailer made her out to be, in stark contrast to Lusamine.
* OnlySaneWoman: Wicke is one of the few employees unaffected by Nihilego's neurotoxin.
* SheepInSheepsClothing: Wicke really is as nice as she appears to be, unlike Faba and Lusamine.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Her Japanese name is Vikke/Bikke, a result of V and B being interchangeable in the language.
* SweaterGirl: She probably has a sufficient reason to wear a thick turtleneck sweater in the Alola region, but the pink sweater is the most vibrant part of her design.
* TokenGoodTeammate: She is the one who helped Lillie escape the Aether Foundation from the beginning. Also, during the protagonist's investigation of the Aether Foundation to save Lillie, Wicke is the only member who doesn't battle you. In fact, she even heals your team at one point.
* TheUnfought: The only member of the Aether Foundation to not be fought.

!!Faba (Sauboh)
The Aether Foundation's branch chief.
* CoolShades: The large, green sunglasses he wears are his trademark accessory.
* PsychicPowers: Specializes in Psychic-type Pokémon.
* RedemptionDemotion: During the post-game, Faba gets demoted down to a rank-and-file member, but also promises that he's had a change of heart.
* SmallNameBigEgo: He gets very annoyed when not given "proper respect", first shown with him getting upset with Wicke over her calling him "Mr. Faba", to which he points out he has a title for a reason.
* VillainBall: During the protagonists' second visit to the Aether Foundation, Hau asks if Faba has a key to a locked door, to which he replies [[WhatAnIdiot yes]]. Hau then points out that if he had just stayed hidden, said protagonists would be stuck and probably unable to stop said evil plans.
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* AsleepForDays: After defusing from Nihilego, Lusamine falls into a coma. However, Lillie after you beat the Pokémon League and during the celebration that Lusamine had recovered from her comatose state and even tried to come to the celebration as well. She's still not seen again afterwards however.

* TheDragon: It's implied that [=UB=]-01's neurotoxins are what caused her to be evil.
* DyingAsYourself: While [[DisneyDeath she doesn't actually die]], she seems to return to her former self before losing consciousness.


* TheDragon: It's implied all but stated that [=UB=]-01's Nihilego's neurotoxins are what caused her to be evil.
* DyingAsYourself: While [[DisneyDeath she doesn't actually die]], die, she seems to return to her former self before losing consciousness.consciousness.

* GoodParents: [[AbusiveParents While not so much in the main story]], Lillie states that Lusamine was a kind, loving mother before she changed.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Downplayed after she defuses with Nihilego. She comforts Lillie, before falling into a coma.


* GoodParents: [[AbusiveParents While not so much in the main story]], Lillie states that Lusamine was a kind, loving mother before she changed.
changed, likely due to her obsession with the Ultra Beasts after losing her husband as well as Nihilego's neurotoxins.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Downplayed after she defuses with Nihilego. Nihilego: She comforts Lillie, before falling into a coma.
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