Characters: Pokémon Colosseum
by Genius Sonority
has a much more realistic cast than the rest of the series. You can check out the character list right here. If you're looking for the sequel, click here
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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
- 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.
- The Ace
- Anti-Hero: Type II - he's basically an older Pokemon series hero who happens to be an ex-gangster.
- The Atoner
- Badass Biker
- Badass Longcoat
- 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.
- Defector from Decadence
- 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 petty criminal before Snagem's reformation. Taking money from innocents? Sure. Using corrupted Pokemon to gain power over all Orre by pandering to an organization who will rule Orre with said Pokemon? No way.
- Heroic Mime
- Mysterious Past
- 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.
- The Chick
- Distressed Damsel: She's the Girl in a Box.
- Exposition Fairy
- Girlish Pigtails
- The Heart
- 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.
A 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.
- Ambiguously Gay: He's some sort of camp, that's what.
- 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.
- Dance Battler
- Disco Dan
- 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.
- 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.
- Blood Knight
- The Brute: He's one of the only Pokemon characters to be seen physically attacking another trainer.
- 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.
- Primal Stance
- 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
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.
- Improbable Hairstyle: That Hair Antenna of his is pretty bizarre.
- Karma Houdini: And he makes it clear he's unrepentant, too!
- Mad Scientist
- 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.
- Bald of Evil
- 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 Folly
Miror B.'s henchmen.
Reath and Ferma
Miror B.'s other henchmen...er, women.
Duking 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
Silva 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.
The police chief responsible for Pyrite Town. He seems to have his hands rather full.
Eagun 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 Obi-Wan
Eagun'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.
Nett is the founder of the Kids' Grid and the resident Techno Wizard
of the group.
Secc is the kid who establishes contact with Nett in the Under. The pair act as a main source of information afterwards.
Nett's little sister.
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.
A mysterious trainer from Deep Colosseum who is often referred to as the "Deep King."
The master of Mt. Battle in Story Mode.
Infin and Inity
The masters of Mt. Battle in Battle Mode. Infin is the master for single battles, Inity is the master for double battles.
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.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- The Stoic: He's incredibly calm and sure of himself for pretty much the entire game.
- We Can Rule Together: Perhaps not rule, but before the battle 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.
- White Hair, Black Heart
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 Moustache
- 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 appears to be nothing more than a jolly, fat mayor until The Reveal.
- Cool Old Guy: As Es Cade. Once he reveals himself he's an Evil Old Folk.
- 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.
- 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...
- The Man Behind the Man: Nascour acts as leader to protect Evice's identity.
- 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.
- 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.
A 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.