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Wes is a young man who lives in Orre. He is the protagonist of the first game. Has a Mysterious Past and a bit of The Cowl complex.
- A Sinister Clue: Wears the portable Snag Machine on his left arm. It's ambiguous whether he's actually left-handed, and he's an anti-heroic example regardless.
- Anti-Hero: Type II - he's basically an older Pokemon series hero who happens to be an ex-gangster. He steals Pokémon from trainers, some who are completely innocent and don't know any better, but only steals Shadow Pokémon to save them from their corruption.
- Benevolent Boss: Even before his Heel–Face Turn, he'd managed to evolve two Eevees into an Espeon and an Umbreon, which requires them to have maxed out friendship.
- Chick Magnet: In addition to the whole deal with Rui, many female NPCs express attraction to him over the course of the game.
- Cool Bike: It hovers!
- Cool Shades: Usually they're pushed up to his forehead, but in the intro he apparently used them to shield his eyes during the explosion he just caused.
- Establishing Character Moment: His awesome introduction. First, he announces his resignation from Team Snagem by bombing their hideout and stealing their only portable Snag Machine. Then, as he's making his escape on his absurdly cool bike with Snagem on his tail, he sets off another bomb that destroys their hideout, cripples the syndicate, and alerts the police to their location. All this while grinning like a maniac.
- Heel–Face Turn: Originally a member of Team Snagem, well-known within the organization for his skill at snagging Pokemon. We never find out why exactly he turned against them, though it's implied it's because he found out what the Pokemon he was stealing were being used for.
- Mysterious Past: His Motivation and Purpose are never actually explained, so what he was originally planning to do after leaving Team Snagem is never brought up.
- Never Trust a Trailer: A Nintendo Power trailer made him out to be a Villain Protagonist.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Rui.
- Slasher Smile: When stealing the Snag Machine in the inrto.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: Starts off with Espeon and Umbreon.
Rui is the Mysterious Waif with psychic powers. She is the Sidekick and secondary protagonist in the first game. She's determined, caring, but can be a bit bossy and stubborn at times.
- Aura Vision: She can see Shadow Pokemon.
- Badass Pacifist: With no Pokemon of her own, she doesn't fight, and she's still a threat to Cipher.
- Bowdlerise: Her shirt and skirt were made longer in the US version.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Implied to have psychic powers that, nonetheless, only manifest over the course of the story as the ability to detect Pokemon who have been abused in a specific way. Granted, it's a very useful power over the course of the game, but this means she's not as active as Mind Bullets or Mind Reading.
- Morality Chain: She's the one who calls out and prevents Wes from targeting normal Pokemon with the Snag Machine.
- The Not-Love Interest: Their initial meeting certainly seems like it's working up to a Rescue Romance, as Wes saves Rui from a band of kidnappers. The two team up, and Rui follows Wes everywhere. However, after that, there's not much evidence that their relationship is anything but platonic. Of course, it's hard to establish any kind of a relationship when Wes never says anything.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Wes.
- Player and Protagonist Integration: She most likely makes up for the lack of a female player character.
- Psychic Powers: Not shown to extend beyond detecting the black aura that surrounds Shadow Pokemon. On a technical level, her aura powers make her Lucario before there was a Lucario.
NascourA strange man with long white hair and glowing red eyes. He's the one giving orders to all of the Cipher Admins... not that anyone's surprised by that.See the "Unmarked Spoilers" folder for a list of his tropes.
The Laughably Evil member of the Admins who loves to dance. Sometime after the events of Colosseum, he leaves Cipher to start his own organization, which consists solely of Trudly, Folly, and himself. You can guess how well that works out. In battle, he prefers to spam Ludicolo, using a combination of Rain Dance and Rain Dish to gradually recover his team's HP and attempting to win by attrition.
- Affably Evil: He's not as kind most examples, but he's surprisingly cheery in a pleasant way.
- Bad Boss: Folly and Trudly fear his punishment so much that they turn themselves in to the police to avoid it.
- Battle in the Rain: Given that his favorite Pokemon is part Water-type and has abilities that benefit from rain (Swift Swim and Rain Dish), it's unsurprising that he's fond of the move Rain Dance.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He's a competent battler.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Seems to exist in his own little world most of the time.
- Double Entendre: "Let the music spin!" "Let's get it on!"
- Fashionable Asymmetry: In XD, he wears a black glove on his right hand, but his left hand is bare.
- Funny Afro: It's huge, and colored in red and white halves like a Poke Ball.
- Heel–Face Turn: In a sense, also overlapping with Karma Houdini. After Snagging the Shadow Dragonite (the final Shadow Pokemon) from him in XD, he can be found in the Krabby Club dancing alongside Razell and Dazell, feeling content enough that he doesn't even notice when Michael talks to him.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: In XD, he desires to be his own evil team leader and rule over all Pokemon. Yeeeah...how's that going for ya? Trudly and Folly lampshade this a couple of times when Miror B. is out of earshot, wondering whether that goal is actually realistic.
- Left the Background Music On: He appears to be aware of and in control of his own theme, as it stops whenever he says "Stop the music!" and resumes whenever he says "Let the music play!". It's made even more notable in his second battle in Colosseum when he says "Never mind that" right after declaring the music, and the standard Cipher Admin battle theme plays instead of his own during the fight.
- Lone Wolf Boss: In XD, where he is no longer affiliated with Cipher.
- Meaningful Name: Mirror ball.
- Morality Pet: His Ludicolo. He sure seems to have fun dancing with them, and they're his main team members.
- Multicolored Hair: His red-and-white-colored afro.
- Opaque Lenses: His eyes are completely obscured by his Cool Shades.
- Recurring Boss:
- In Colosseum, he is first battled in Pyrite Cave, and then fought a second time at Realgam Tower. He later shows up as the final opponent in the first round of the post-game Deep Colosseum.
- In XD, he can be battled numerous times, though only two of his fights are required to finish game.
- Shout-Out: To Michael Jackson, especially in XD where he debuts by moonwalking onto the scene.
- Start My Own: In XD, he's no longer a member of Cipher, and is now trying to start his own team.
- Starter Villain: He's the first Cipher Admin that Wes has to deal with.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: In XD, he wears an open purple jacket with no shirt underneath.
- Weapon of Choice: Ludicolo. In the first battle against him, his team (aside from the Shadow Sudowoodo) consists entirely of Ludicolo. His team in the second battle is a little more diverse, but still has two Ludicolo. In XD, he always has at least one member of Ludicolo's evolutionary line on his team for every battle.
- We Can Rule Together: Offers this to Michael in XD.
One of the four Cipher Admins. He's The Brute of the group, and one of the most strangely dressed characters in the game. Dakim's team is composed of hard-hitters; he generally has one member of his team use Earthquake while the other member uses a Defend Command to avoid taking friendly-fire damage in the process.
- Benevolent Boss: Mildly, but it's there as he isn't angry with Skrub for failing to stop you.
- The Brute: He's one of the only Pokemon characters to be seen physically attacking another trainer.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: According to himself, the only people he's ever lost a battle to are Nascour and Wes.
- Dishing Out Dirt: He really loves the move Earthquake.
- Jerk Ass: He's fond of going on and on about how great and strong he is, and how puny his opponents are.
- Karma Houdini: Last seen, he's battling in the Under's Deep Colosseum; a free man.
- Recurring Boss: First battled during the Mt. Battle takeover, then rematched at Realgam Tower. He later shows up as the final opponent in the second round of the post-game Deep Colosseum.
A wannabe pop idol who's obsessed with being popular and is in control of the Under. In battle, she prefers to incapacitate opponents with status effects and Attract.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She comes off as cheerful and insincerely sweet to the Under's population, but when off-camera, she's just as cold-blooded and evil as most of her Cipher cohorts.
- Brainless Beauty: She taunts Wes while holding the Subway Key, and then runs away... only to drop the key, allowing Wes to use the train.
- Break the Haughty: And boy, does she deserve it.
- Catchphrase: "I'm your Venus!"
- Perky Female Minion: She is a lot more cheerful than the thuggish Dakim, the cold-blooded Ein, and the downright creepy Nascour and Evice.
- Recurring Boss: She's first fought in The Under, and then returns for a rematch in Realgam Tower. She later shows up as the final opponent in the third round of the post-game Deep Colosseum.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After you beat her twice ("Waaaah! I don't wanna do this anymore!")
- Smug Snake: An insufferable woman who is prone to whining when things don't go her way.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Is adored/lusted over by most of the Under's residents.
The leader of the Admins and creator of the Shadow Pokemon as a whole. He enjoys spamming Toxic and Confuse Ray; after his first appearance, he also uses a modified Rain Dance strategy, sending out a powerful Water-type Pokemon in conjunction with a supporting team member with the Lightningrod ability to protect them from Electric-type moves.
- The Evil Genius: The head scientist at Cipher and the one responsible for the creation of Shadow Pokemon.
- Evilutionary Biologist
- Improbable Hairstyle: That Hair Antenna of his is pretty bizarre.
- Karma Houdini: And he makes it clear he's unrepentant, too!
- The Man Behind The Monsters: He's the one responsible for the creation of Shadow Pokemon.
- Meaningful Name: Ein, as in Albert Einstein.
- Recurring Boss: Just like the rest of the Cipher Admins. He's first fought at the Shadow Pokemon Lab, then rematched at Realgam Tower. He later shows up as the final opponent in the fourth round of the post-game Deep Colosseum.
- Scary Shiny Glasses
- Shipper on Deck: Unintentionally to Wes and Rui ("You've come this far. Hand-in-hand like a happy couple on an aimless stroll.")
- The Sociopath: Possibly the most evil guy in all of Cipher, even more so than the leaders. They may promote the creation of Shadow Pokemon, but they're not the ones creating them.
The leader of Team Snagem. Needless to say, he isn't too happy about having his hideout blown up.
- Badass Mustache: It's shaped like a pair of lightning bolts. And really long.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After losing to Michael in XD, he and his henchmen help him break into the Cipher Key Lair. Also, when defeated in Orre Colosseum, he makes Michael an honorary Team Snagem member.
- Enemy Mine: Between Colosseum and XD, Cipher cut all ties with Team Snagem, leaving him with a ramshackle hideout and only a few peons to his name. Since Michael is trying to take down Cipher, Gonzap is more than happy to let him take back the Snag Machine (because it was too small for him to use anyway), and help him get into the Cipher Key Lair.
- Large and in Charge: He's already a big guy in Colosseum, and he gets even bigger in XD.
- Lone Wolf Boss: In XD, where he no longer has any affiliation with Cipher.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Regular battle music plays when battling him in Colosseum. This is rectified in XD, where he uses the Cipher Admins' battle theme.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He wears the same open red vest as his grunts do, but unlike them, he doesn't wear anything underneath it.
- Weapon of Choice: Skarmory. He has one as the Shadow Pokémon on his team in Colosseum. In XD, he has a non-Shadow Skarmory which is the only Pokémon that is on his team during both battles against him.
- We Can Rule Together: Offers this to Michael in XD.
Trudly and FollyMiror B.'s henchmen.
- Insistent Terminology: "We're no robbers! We're kidnappers! Get it? Kidnappers!"
- Those Two Bad Guys: Becomes even more apparent when they become the only two members of "Team Miror B."
- You Have Failed Me: After losing to Wes twice, they are so afraid of getting this treatment from Miror B. that they turn themselves in to the police.
Reath and FermaMiror B.'s other henchmen...er, women.
DukingDuking is a very large man and the de facto mayor of Pyrite Town. He looks big and mean but he's really a Gentle Giant.
- Beyond the Impossible: He finds wild Pokemon in Orre, the desert land where no Pokemon can exist except imported ones.
- Large and in Charge: Heroic example; he's the mayor of a town known for its high thug population.
- Shock and Awe: Plusle.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Has the same model as the Bodybuilder trainer class.
SilvaSilva is a young man from Pyrite Town. He's Duking's Number One man. He's also a talented Master of Disguise when the need arises.
- Butt Monkey: Tends to get captured by Cipher's goons whenever he tries to help out.
- Cruel to Be Kind: Accidentally. To spite Duking, he steals the gears to the Pyrite Windmill, shutting down the Colosseum. This stops Cipher's plan to distribute the Shadow Pokemon through the Colosseums.
Chief SherlesThe police chief responsible for Pyrite Town. He seems to have his hands rather full.
- Me's a Crowd: For some reason, there's two Chief Sherles' existing at the same time during XD's ending.
EagunEagun is a very old man with a long white beard, and flowing robes. He's the grandfather of Rui. When he's not trying to write in his P*DA he acts as the mentor.
- Bag of Spilling: His Pikachu drops from level 50 in Colosseum to level 12 in XD.
- Instant Expert: Averted. His only text to Wes in Colosseum is a rambling message that gets cut off before he gets to his actual offer of a Master Ball, and five years later in Gale of Darkness he doesn't appear to have learned much: his first email to Michael is empty and the sbjuect is spelt bdaly. His second and last are abruptly cut off, and he spams Michael constantly while the guy's on Citadark Isle.
- Retired Badass: Like most of Agate Village, he was a hotshot and well-known Trainer in his younger days.
BeluhEagun's wife and Rui's grandmother.
- Flat Character: She's there to give the tablet and nothing else. Eagun could have done that. However, then she would have been nothing at all, only existing to avert Missing Mom.
- Women Are Wiser: While we don't see a whole lot of her personality, she does seem a lot more sensible than Eagun.
NettNett is the founder of the Kids' Grid and the resident Techno Wizard of the group.
SeccSecc is the kid who establishes contact with Nett in the Under. The pair act as a main source of information afterwards.
- Number Two: To Nett.
MeggNett's little sister.
- Distressed Damsel: She's held hostage during the attack on the ONBS building in XD.
A Cipher Peon who appears in Miror B.'s room in Pyrite Cave after Dakim is defeated. He claims to be Miror B.'s successor.
- Lost Forever: Once the Final Boss is defeated, he'll disappear permanently.
- Palette Swap: His appearance is that of a normal Cipher Peon, except he's wearing a gold suit and a half-red, half-white mask to resemble Miror B.
AgnolA mysterious trainer from Deep Colosseum who is often referred to as the "Deep King."
- Bonus Boss: The final opponent of Deep Colosseum's fifth round.
- Red Baron: The Deep King.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Has the same model as the Bodybuilder trainer class.
Battlus/SomekThe master of Mt. Battle in Story Mode.
- Badass Mustache: In XD.
- Dub Name Change: Had his name changed from Battlus to Somek, but only in Colosseum.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Has the same model as the Bodybuilder trainer class.
Infin and InityThe masters of Mt. Battle in Battle Mode. Infin is the master for single battles, Inity is the master for double battles.
- Worthy Opponent: They consider you as such when you win.
A rather ominous-looking individual who at first appears to be Cipher's leader. In reality, he's just acting as the boss to hide the identity of the true leader.
- Big Bad: He is initially believed to be this, but it turns out he isn't the real leader of Cipher.
- Devil in Plain Sight: Let's just say that when you first meet him, there's no mistaking this absolutely demonic looking man for a good person.
- The Dragon: To Evice.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Nobody but the real Big Bad and himself know that he's not in charge.
- Not So Stoic: He stutters a lot when Evice steps onto the scene.
- Nothing Is Scarier: There is no music when you fight him. All you hear is the crowd screaming and cheering.
- Obviously Evil: Glaring red eyes, Sephiroth hair...yeah.
- The Stoic: He's incredibly calm and sure of himself for pretty much the entire game.
- We Can Rule Together: Perhaps not rule, but upon their final encounter he asks Wes if he would consider becoming a show-battle trainer for Cipher, as he has the potential to become a top star. However, he then goes on to say that while he might have made such an offer at one point, he's not so charitable as to forgive Wes's constant interference in their plans, and immediately challenges him to battle.
- Weapon of Choice: A Shadow Metagross. Once it's snagged, he replaces it with an Alakazam.
The mayor of Phenac City and the one who's really responsible for the plot, and the most powerful and significant evil in Colosseum.
- Acrofatic: As old and rotund as he is, Evice is capable of doing several huge flips during his battle animation somehow.
- Badass Grandpa: Evice is easily among the hardest final bosses in any of the games. His Pokémon are at the highest levels you've seen at this point and they all boast great stats, fantastic movesets, and have ways to boost their already high attacking power even higher, and he has a deviously evil strategy where he uses his Slowking's Skill Swap to free his Slaking from his restrictive Truant ability so he becomes much more dangerous. Add in the fact that he can do a ton of flips and levitate as well, and it's clear that Evice is one hell of a powerful old geezer.
- Big Bad: The real mastermind behind the events of the game.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He seems like a nice guy when first met, and he even offers to help out. In reality, he's the exact opposite.
- Dark Reprise: Once he shows his true colors, his leitmotif gets replaced with a more sinister version.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Since he's the mayor of one of the few relatively crime-free areas and only seen once, it's somewhat surprising that he was the Big Bad all along. The only hint you're given is that Nascour is first seen walking out of his office.
- Evil All Along: He appears to be nothing more than a jolly, fat mayor until The Reveal.
- Evil Old Folk: He pretends to be a Cool Old Guy, but it's just a facade.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Part of his "transformation." His two clumps of hair become long and jagged.
- Eyes Always Shut: His "mayor" persona. Once he finally opens them, the exact reason why he keeps them shut becomes very clear.
- Fat Bastard: His true nature.
- Foreshadowing: There's a lot of this leading up to his reveal if you're very observant. It's already suspicious enough that Nascour just so happens to be first seen walking outside of his house, but there's also the fact that despite his promises, you get absolutely no help from him whatsoever in regards to the Cipher problem. And if you check his house later into the game after you've meddled a lot in Cipher's affairs, he's nowhere to be found while an old woman outside tells you that he stomped off in a rage. And a last minute tipper is that when you're fighting Nascour, the Shadow Tyranitar that Ein mentioned making for his boss is nowhere in sight...
- Generation Xerox: According to an NPC, the founder and first mayor of Phenac City was his grandfather. Though his grandfather was more than likely a much better person than he is.A long time ago, this area was barren of life. Neither people nor Pokemon could live on this blighted land. It was the mayor's grandfather, the first mayor, who founded Phenac by drawing water to this parched land.
- The Man Behind the Man: Nascour acts as leader to protect Evice's identity. And then it's revealed in XD that the Big Bad of that game is the man behind Evice; Evice was only the boss of Cipher's Orre branch, and XD's Big Bad has always been the true leader.Sherles: Five years ago, we arrested a man named Evice who we thought to be the boss of Cipher. But recently, it came to light that Evice was only the boss of the Orre region, and nothing more. In other words, Cipher's real boss exists elsewhere, and he or she is directing the syndicate. Cipher didn't collapse when Evice was caught. It was active all this time without anyone taking any notice.
- Mayor Pain: He's the mayor of Phenac City, but that's just a cover for his status as the Big Bad.
- Meaningful Name: He's evil, and he's the vice leader of Cipher, as revealed in XD.
- Mister Big: The Man Behind the Man is one of the shortest characters in the game.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His name is derived from the word "evil," and for good reason.
- Power Floats: He somehow floats in midair, though he only does it after shedding his facade.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are pitch black with red pupils.
- Slasher Smile: He wears a demonic grin on his face after The Reveal.
- Spikes of Villainy: After his "transformation," his hair, eyebrows, mustache, and clothes all become spiky.
- Take Over the World: States his desire to rule the world before the final battle.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: He tries to do this by escaping via helicopter, but Ho-Oh won't have any of that.
- Walking Spoiler: Because of his status as the true Big Bad.
- Weapon of Choice: Shadow Tyranitar. After it's snagged, it's replaced by an Aggron.
FeinA Cipher Peon who is also a Master of Disguise. Angered by Cipher's defeat, he disguises himself as Wes and attacks people with a Shadow Togetic in an attempt to frame him.
- Bonus Boss: He's an optional fight in the post-game. He is only necessary if you're trying to snag all of the Shadow Pokemon.
- Master of Disguise: He specifically refers to himself as one after you beat him. He used this talent to impersonate Wes and make him look bad.
- Meaningful Name: Obviously derived from the word "feign."
- True Final Boss: He doesn't appear until all Shadow Pokemon except for his Togetic have been snagged.
- Where It All Began: The battle with him takes place at Outskirt Stand, the first area of the game.