Team Rocket's highest ranked member, and the head of the Shadow Admins, Sleight acts as the main leader of the organization, personally overseeing the region of Kanto. Cold, precise, and cunning, Sleight has yet to find an opponent that he could not personally defeat in battle.
Big Bad: Formerly, as part of a Big Bad Ensemble with the likes of Sombra and Ford. However, the Ancient Darkrai made him realize that there were more important things to take care of than defeating Team Liberty, who had by that point proven themselves incredibly useful for combating such large threats.
Enemy Mine: His primary motivation for defecting from Team Rocket. With bigger threats like the Ancients and Ford out there, why bother splitting focus to Team Liberty, especially since both groups essentially fight for the same purpose?
The fourth of Team Rocket's original Shadow Admins. Ace oversaw the Hoenn branch of the Rocket Empire. After failing to quell a mass rebellion in Hoenn she was exiled by Sleight and eventually killed by Buzz, who would later become her replacement.
Blow You Away: Specializes in Flying-Types, which use a large range of wind-based attacks.
Humiliation Conga: Failed to kill Goldhawk despite having him cornered, losing one of his beloved Yanma in the process; allowed the same Team Liberty Strike Team to infiltrate Paradise twice in a ridiculously short span of time, losing his hostage—one of Team Liberty's three leaders—in the second attack; wound up injured and out of action in all three of those battles; and failed to provide any resistance when the Hojohsin League and the Darkrai moved to take over Hoenn. Little wonder Sleight's patience had run out by the time of the Soil Colossus counterattack.
Those Two Guys: Seems to have this sort of relationship with Gavin as of late.
It's All About Me: Exhibited this attitude during the search for a cure to the deep slumber that the Ancient Darkrai had cast upon Sinnoh. Dack even admits that he's only invested in the search because his friends were affected.
What the Hell, Hero?: Palmer calls him out on only wanting to save his friends from the Darkrais' effects.
A Team Rocket member, unique in being the first successfully cloned human in Team Rocket's history, using James Arthur's genetic material.
Cloning Blues: Far too much in her introduction. Writer eventually calmed her down about it, and started trying to develop her as a character all her own.
The Red Mage: Describes her team overall, having a mix of Physical fighters, Special attack slingers, and a healer, her team has a variety of different specialities, but thus she has not mastered any of them.
One of the Dex Holders and the son of the now-deceased Team Rocket leader Giovanni. Silver originally operated as a Team Liberty agent; within the past year, however, he betrayed the organization for Team Rocket.
The Starscream: The purpose of his mind control experiments: Create an army of completely loyal soldiers powerful enough to overthrow Sleight and Joker, whom he considered no longer capable of leading Team Rocket.
Ascended Extra: While she was originally intended purely as Gavin's second opponent during the Team Zephyr Arc, extremely positive reception towards her personality and overall character led to her sticking around afterward.
Hostage for MacGuffin: Soil Colossus's demands, offering custody of Silvermind to whichever faction successfully captured and traded over the Alpha Manaphy of the Ice Geode. Almost worked in Team Liberty's favor, except for Team Magma's arrival.
Informed Ability: Her profile describes her as a master strategist and The Chessmaster, but she has never effectively demonstrated this in practice. It doesn't help that she was largely created as a plot device for the Manaphy Arc.
A Team Liberty field agent from Fuchsia City. Kyle was brought into the war at a young age, a fact that has
Disappeared Dad: Richie Eston is implied to be out of contact with Kyle on a regular basis; he later disappears in Unova, though is eventually located.
Heroic BSOD: Suffers a huge one immediately after Suicune's death.
Informed Ability: Kyle's background states that he was near the top of his class during training for Team Liberty; however, little of his strategic ability has been seen at this point. Possibly justified, as he was put into a coma shortly after being introduced and the resulting damage to his self-confidence has been shown to have had a multitude of effects on him.
Trauma Conga Line: It started with his injury during the Attack on Four Island and only got worse from there. Finally caught a break after the Darkrai were defeated, though his narratives make a point of indicating that he is still shaken up.
A Team Liberty field agent and a native of Unova. Sonja's primary job is to act as a field guide for agents who have never been to Unova.
Berserk Button: Sonja does not take well to being hit on—and especially if you do so using pet names.
Ascended Extra: Originally created as fluff during the first Executive Promotion Ceremony; later developed into a key character with the inclusion of her creation of the Power Suits, her general personality, and her involvement in the Sins Arc.
The Worf Effect/Villain Decay: Her first appearance painted her as a threat on par with Pierce and Hayes. All of her subsequent battles—against Mewthree, Jackson Sang, and finally Pryce—have ended in humiliating losses for her. Notable for being the only Ford agent to have had this happen to her.
The Fourth Child. Another of Ford's operatives, not much is known about McKinley.
Light Is Not Good: Has the brightest colors associated with him of any Ford agent, yet is implied to be the most dangerous.
Manipulative Bastard: One of his most defining traits, easily convincing Adam, Sonja and Ray to become the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Children, respectively, and toying with Ellen's head to presumably get her in on the game.
Reality Warper: More so than normal Darkrai, as these possess the power to manipulate Time and Space in addition to their usual darkness-themed powers.
The oldest Darkrai in existence and the leader of the Ancients, Sombra was formerly a follower of Arceus, leading his fellow Darkrai in the Creation Pokémon's defense. After Arceus bestowed upon him and his followers the powers of Time and Space, Sombra betrayed Arceus and attempted to usurp him. He was eventually defeated and sealed away, though reappeared due to the weakening powers of the Creation Trio, managing to cover the regions in darkness and escape from imprisonment before being defeated again.
The Assimilator: Absorbed all but three of the other Ancients during the final battle against him.
Chronic Back Stabbing Disorder: First against Arceus and the Creation Trio, and then against his own followers in order to go One-Winged Angel. Notably does the latter twice—once against the combined forces of the Hoenn Legends, and then in his final battle—neither times losing the respect of his underlings (except for Nine and later, through Nine's influence, Five.)
Dark Is Evil: His body is jet-black, much darker than a normal Darkrai, and he is unquestionably evil.
A former follower of Sombra, Nine deserted the group after realizing the evils of his ways; because of this, he was spared the fates of his siblings, though his control over time and space were taken away. He recently regained these powers through the help of Ford, and now seeks to end the Rocket-Liberty War.
Token Evil Teammate: For a time, Shade acted as this among Team Rocket's leadership, as being literally corrupted by darkness did not leave much room for what sympathetic behaviors were present in other Executives and Admins.
The Seven Sins
A young man originating from Lavaridge Town, Hoenn. Decaia represents the sin of Sloth.
Aerith and Bob: This applies to the series as a whole, but Decaia himself is a particularly notable case, combining the Significant Anagram first name "Decaia" with the relatively common, vanilla surname "Holts."
Affably Evil/Faux Affably Evil: Appears genuinely friendly to Nine, suggesting the former, and yet he nonchalantly toys with Nine and essentially leads the charge against him.
Humanoid Abomination: Destroyed Lavaridge in his very first appearance, which has been all but stated to have killed everyone who had been trapped there by the Darkrai, and is shown to literally extract a sphere of darkness from his chest. Then there's the fact that he literally eats sleep... Definitely qualifies.
Slasher Smile: Wears one of these throughout the entirety of his conversation with Nine.
Wham Line: "Nice shot. But here's a twist from me to you—I eat sleep."
A young woman from Oreburgh City. Vidinia represents the sin of Envy.
Berserk Button: Downplayed. Envy is infuriated when Van implies she is not human, as it reminds her of the way that people would look at her when she lived on the streets of Oreburgh, but it's more of a Tranquil Fury than anything.
Played straight when Mars rejects her, fueling the rage that ultimately destroys Team Galactic.
Blow You Away: Her elemental motif, appearing and disappearing in gusts of wind.
Dark and Troubled Past: Prior to her corruption, Envy was dirt poor and lived on the streets of Oreburgh, where she was often looked upon with disdain. This ultimately left her vulnerable to corruption.
Famous Last Words: "Isn't it obvious, Van? Perfection arises only in the absence of sin... and so I sought someone with the strength to defeat their heart's envy. But your darkness... It's not like Mars'—closer to mine, in fact, and all too similar in origin—reading its secrets is hardly difficult. Indeed, one must wonder if it truly belongs to you at all... Enjoy life while it lasts, Van—some of us have never gotten that luxury..."
A mysterious man of unknown origin. Raimundo first appeared in Ecruteak City, emerging from a portal near the Tin Tower, yet showed the same signs of shadow corruption as the others. He represents the sin of Wrath.
Humanoid Abomination: At least in his first appearance, even Rocket Executive Riley's Zapdos fell into a panic around him.
Famous Last Words: "I guess you weren't all talk. That fury in your eyes... I await the day when many eyes like them look upon you..."
Famous Last Words: "Well played, Vert. I guess you aren't as far gone as you appear... Still, the game's not up just yet—I think you know that. You've done your part; now all that's left is to see how the others do with theirs. And, believe me... it will be a game worth watching."
Light Is Not Good: Controls electricity and dresses in primarily light colors. This does not make her someone you want to meet.
Famous Last Words: "You beat me, Jamesy... I hate losing. But, I guess there's nothing I can do about it now, is there? You can have this victory. Just be ready to accept the consequences that come with it..."
My Greatest Failure: Failed to stop Ash Ketchum from being brainwashed by Elton, and thus failed the contract he was on. Apparently the first time he has ever lost in his life. On the plus side, he did manage to save Misty, Darren, and a bunch of other prisoners.
A man who appeared underneath Opelucid some time after the Ancients' defeat and was subsequently freed by Feral.
Frame-Up: His most recent act, attempting to make it seem as if several members of Team Liberty are attacking Opelucid's residents. It did not go as expected.
Mind Control: Effectively brainwashed the entire populace of Opelucid, turning them into his slaves.
The head of Soil Colossus, Inc. Formerly a Team Rocket scientist, Sandrock worked on a mind control machine for much of his time in the organization, until it was forcibly shut down by Shadow Admin Sleight, losing his original Pokémon team in the process. In retaliation, he devised a plan to get back at them.
First, she makes short work of the same Gym Leader-strength Pokémon that had handily defeated TL Agents Jenny and Hex moments before her arrival, through virtually perfect use of type advantages, immunities and superior strength.
After telling off Silvermind for her role in Ace's death, she nonetheless saves the Liberty Admin from what could have been a lethal Charge Beam attack, suffering an injury to herself in the process.
Meaningful Name: In addition to the "wind" in "Windred," "Esen" is a Turkish name meaning "the wind," further referencing her type specialty.
A shiny Entei, Raikou and Suicune who originate from a different dimension. After sensing the powerful disturbances in the dimensional fabric, they appeared in the main dimension to rectify the problem.
Ariadne is a Deoxys recruited by Team Rocket member Robert Hawkins. She assisted in defending Paradise from Team Liberty's attacks. It was later revealed that she was formerly the queen of the Deoxys race on their home planet; after seeing their actions on Earth, she relinquished her position in disgust.Odin, Vili, and Vé are a trio of lower-power Deoxys revived by Ariadne and a group of Latios and Latias. Each is confined to a single, specialized form, coinciding with the colors of the gems in their chests, and all three serve as Ariadne's honor guard.
Subverted when he ended up trading Manaphy for Silvermind, anyway.
Team Aqua's primary leader. Archie was imprisoned along with Maxie following the conclusion of the Hoenn saga; unlike Maxie, he did not reform, and has been imprisoned in Lilycove City for some time now. He was recently released following the return of Team Aqua, though following intervention by Team Rocket, he was killed via telekinetic neck snap by Sabrina.
A Million Is a Statistic: Averted. They explicitly condemn Evan's decision regarding Hayes because he operated under this mindset.
This actually appears to be a Berserk Button for Rood, who absolutely flips out when Kinali reassures him that the damaged land of Unova will be fine, without mentioning the people whose lives were lost in the battle.
Chess Motifs: The structure for their organization's ranking system.
Thousand-Yard Stare: By the time she gets around to informing Sleight about Envy, she has adopted this expression, having had to recount the total destruction of her friends and co-workers so many times.