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Characters: Pokémon Special Three
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of Team Rocket and the ex-Viridian City Gym Leader. An evil man who uses both Pokémon and people to accomplish his goals. Though he specializes in Ground types, he also has powerful Pokémon that are other types as well. He's Silver's father.
- Affably Evil: He's no Anti-Villain, but he still has some admirable qualities and seems genuinely pleasant when he chooses to be. He's also a Worthy Opponent to Red, among other things.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: His signature Pokémon, interestingly enough, is Beedrill. This is allegedly due to him being a trainer of the Viridian Forest, like Yellow and Lance.
- Badass: He gives a Curb-Stomp Battle to his opponents just about every single time he appears, only to get pushed back due to Plot Armor and Deus ex Machina. Some of those opponents are among the strongest trainers with extremely powerful and well-trained Pokemon.
- To give you more insight, as soon as he appeared, he curb-stomped Lance, the big bad of the Yellow arc who used a team of extremely powerful Dragon Pokémon, believed to be the most powerful type of all. Oh, and did I mention he almost killed Pryce, the big bad of second generation?!!
- Big Bad: Of the R/B/G arc and the Fire Red/Leaf Green arc.
- Big Damn Heroes: He of all people does this, saving Yellow from Lance in a manner that is eerily similar to how Red did so two years previous. Well, Giovanni did run away afterwards when Lance outmanuvered him...
- More of a 'Live to fight another day' thing, since he was also starting to look for Silver.
- The Chessmaster: All his plans seem to go off flawlessly. At least, they would, if it weren't for those meddling kids...
- Clock King: He shows a bit of this in his first battle with Red.
- Diabolical Mastermind
- Evil All Along: In the HG/SS arc, it's revealed he's this—he didn't turn evil because Silver was kidnapped; he was always evil.
- Faux Affably Evil: When we first meet him.
- Kick the Dog: In the HG/SS arc, Giovanni is able to get his medicine and helps save the world... and then reveals that he was Evil All Along and leaves Silver behind to rebuild Team Rocket, challenging him to come after him.
- Knight Templar Parent: He pretty much had most of the Sevii Islands destroyed in his quest to capture Deoxys just so that he could find his son.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: in the Yellow Arc, while under Enemy Mine, Giovanni arriving in Cerise Island is this, allowing Lance to steal Giovanni's badge for the amplifier.
- Noble Demon: He can be this when he's not perfecting Kick the Dog, and all said he's less evil than some of the other major villains out there.
- Pet the Dog: Debatable in one case, as rescuing Red from Lorelei's ice figured into his plans. The end of the FRLG arc definitely counts as this and a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, though.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: During the flashback in the HGSS chapter showing when he, Lance and Pryce teamed up, it's revealed that he nearly killed Pryce for kidnapping Silver until Lance intervened.
- Soap Opera Disease: Has some sort of degenerative disease, though it's never explained.
- In the HGSS chapter, he is revealed to be looking for a cure. At the end, Celebi gives it to him.
- Worthy Opponent: Most notably to Red, whom he regards in turn as his Worthy Opponent.
Tropes applying to all of them:
- Adaptational Villainy
- Evil Counterpart: Lt. Surge to Red, Koga to Green, and Sabrina to Blue. Later, they are paired up with each of them by the "Spoons of Destiny", against their Evil Counterparts from the Elite Four.
- Enemy Mine: During the "Yellow" chapter.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: Lt. Surge being the Fighter, Sabrina the Mage and Koga the Thief.
- Noble Demons
- Undying Loyalty: The only Team Rocket leader they will ever follow is Giovanni.
- Villain with Good Publicity: At first, during the R/B/G saga. They would still follow Giovanni again if asked, but since he told them to return to their Gyms after defeating the Elite Four, they are no longer villains.
- Would Hurt a Child: Considering that our main heroes are all children... yeah, this trope is pretty much there in spades.
A Gym Leader who used the SS Anne to transport stolen Pokémon. Specializes in electric-types. Now uses SS Anne for legal ventures.
Another Gym Leader who joined Team Rocket, he specializes in poison-types. Once missing along with the rest of the Johto Elite Four, he is now officially recognized as such.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: In regards to his involvement in the torture of Misty's/Red's Gyarados.
- Card-Carrying Villain: At the Lavander Tower, he refers himself and Team Rocket as a team of evildoers to Red and Green.
- Disappeared Dad: To his daughter Janine, though they've probably reunited now that he's back in the public eye.
- Heel-Face Turn: Becomes a member of the Johto Elite Four.
- Ninja: He uses his Pokémon for ninja-esque techniques and modifies his Pokéballs into shuriken. The Pokémon thing is justified as real life ninjas actually did use animals.
- Poisonous Person
- Torture Technician: Particularly in his battle with Green in the RGB arc.
The Leader of the Saffron City Gym who specializes in Psychic Pokémon and is a powerful Psychic in her own right.
- A-Cup Angst: She's pretty sensitive about her lack of tracts of land.
- Body Guard Crush: It's implied that she really has a thing for Giovanni. When trying to kill Red and Green in Silph Co., she says it's a pity to finish them off as they'd probably be as handsome as her boss if they ever got the chance to get older (many would agree). Also, after her trip from the Mt. Silver hot springs, she wonders why she was so nice to Red, and muses that it's probably because he reminds her of Giovanni (one translation said as good-looking) with a faraway, happy smile on her face. Hm...
- Dark Action Girl
- No One Gets Left Behind: Even if that person is a former enemy (in Sabrina's case, Blue).
- Obviously Evil: Her design certainly gives off this vibe, something that the anime also agrees with. Probably why Game Freak redesigned her in [[HGSS]] games.
- Psychic Powers: Aside from her type, she actually has powers of her own, which include being able to see even if physically blinded as well as tracking and guiding things using spoons.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls Blue out for not bothering to tell her about her Lorelei-defeating strategy: she was never actually chained to Sabrina to start with.
Ken, Al, and Harry
Known as the Team Rocket Elite Trio, these three were directly under the evil Gym Leaders.
- Butt Monkey: Despite all three of them actually being competent trainers who used their Pokémon's abilities well, these three got their asses kicked in every scene they were in, usually in a comedic manner.
- Elite Mook
- Terrible Trio
(Storc in Coronis' translations)
A female admin who makes her first appearance in the FRLG arc. The leader of the beast trio and is treated as second to Giovanni in FRLG. Seems loyal to Giovanni throughout the arc, and helps him find Silver
... and then things get weird
- Dracula: The creature she was based off of.
- The Dragon: To Giovanni in FRLG, and has never been defeated in battle.
- For the Evulz: Seems to be her reason for giving the cursed armor and sword to Archie after he kills Maxie.
- Improbable Hairstyle
- Karma Houdini: After doing one of the most successful cheap shots in history.
- The Mole: Revealed to be working undercover in Team Rocket for Cyrus.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: She can turn kids to stone with no explanation? And escape Lorelei's ice voodoo with very little effort while severly injured? She also somehow managed to access Archie and Maxie after they got stuck in an energy bubble that Ruby needed Celebi to get out of? And has access to cursed armor? Even in a series with psychics and ice voodoo, this stuff seems a little out there.
- Don't forget she received a direct explosion, fell from a moving airship, and literally crawled from Viridian to Vermillion city. I swear that woman is not human. (Though she wasn't smart enough to break the statues at the spot)
- She probably had other plans. Wouldn't put it past her.
- And now she has the power to brainwash people just by poking them in the forehead.
- The DP arc revealed that the "turned into stone" thing was the result of Mewtwo canceling out Darkrai's attack. So THAT'S what she had in the Pokéball!
- Wild Mass Guessing: She causes a lot of it. Not hard to see why.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: To Deoxys individual 1.
(Jagara in Coronis' translations)
The beast Trio's mechanical and computer expert. He faces Red in battle in FRLG. The designer of the trainer tower's machines and "R". First appearing in FRLG and later appears in HGSS.
(Orca in Coronis's tanslations)
The beast Trio's "muscle". The one who kidnapped Professor Oak and fights Green in battle.
- The Brute
- Disney Villain Death
- Frankenstein: The creature he was based off of.
- Gentle Giant: His choice of Pokémon kinda give this vibe...
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: The man fights with nothing but Shuckle and the Hoppip line, neither of which are terribly renowned for their strength. And yet, he easily holds his own in battle with Green and Silver (not at the same time), arguably two of the strongest Dex Holders.
- Just Following Orders: For the most part, anyway.
- Kick the Dog: He attacked Six Island on Giovanni's order and kidnapped Green's grandfather. That said, he's still less evil than either Carr or Sird.
- Never Found the Body
- Pet the Dog: He's the most loyal of the Trio to Giovanni, the only one without ulterior motives, and seems overjoyed by the thought of Giovanni reuniting with his son.
- Zerg Rush: With his large army of Shuckle.
The Four Generals
The Leader of the Four Generals. Not much is known about him at this time, other than what we know from the games.
One of the Four Generals of Team Rocket. Again, not much is known about Ariana yet.
- Art Shift: Several fans have pointed out that the promotional material, as well as her first appearance, showed her thin with wide hips, but that now she looks...fat.
- Word of God says this was intentional, because they had never done a villain like that.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: She beat Crystal's team easily, and then had Silver beat her in a similar fashion.
- Evil Gloating: To Crystal. Archer shuts her up.
- Evil Redhead
The Master of Disguise
. He's actually extremely good at it, unlike the games.
One of the Four Generals of Team Rocket.
Kanto Elite Four
All of them:
The first of the Elite Four Yellow faces, and the one who imprisoned Red in ice. She joins forces with the Kanto Dex Holders years later when Team Rocket threatens her home, the Sevii Islands.
- An Ice Person
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Literally happens in the few years between the Yellow arc and the FRLG arc.
- Freudian Excuse: Her own Pokémon were hurt by humans' polluting the waters, which enabled Agatha to convince her to turn on humanity as a whole for their sake.
- Harmless Freezing: She has the power to create dolls of people with her Jynx's Ice Beam. When she draws on a limb on the doll with her lipstick, an cuff of ice will appear on the actual person. Said cuff will expand until completely encase the victim. Nonlethal, but it will cause severe frostbite. She got Red, Sabrina, and Storc/Sird, who somehow managed to escape despite being severly injured with this.
- Heel-Face Turn: Shows up as a major ally in FRLG.
- Scary Shiny Glasses
- Unwitting Pawn: For Blue.
The Elite Four member who challenged Red. An otherwise honorable trainer, he is the only Elite Four who actually needs to be brainwashed in order to go along with their tactics. He is now officially a member of the League recognized Elite Four.
The oldest member of the Elite Four, she was once a friend of Prof. Oak until their differences in Pokémon research caused a break-up. She specializes in ghost-types, though she has poison-types on her main team as well.
and most powerful of the Elite Four, Lance specializes in dragon Pokémon. Like Yellow, he is one of the special few born in Viridian Forest, meaning he also can heal and read the minds of Pokémon. He can also instantly control any dragon-like Pokémon he comes across.
- Badass Cape
- Big Bad: Of the Yellow arc.
- May better fit the criteria for Dragon-in-Chief. The Elite Four's Evil Plan was Agatha's idea, and she was the one who most actively pursued and championed their cause, though Lance was the most powerful of them, he was the leader, their plan was driven by his desire to Kill All Humans, and was foiled when he was defeated.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: While illegal movesets would be harder to portray in the manga, all the extra frickin' powers Lance has seem to make up show this quite well. Especially amusing since in the actual games he does cheat.
- Dragon Rider
- Evil Counterpart: To Yellow.
- To hammer it in, the only reason Petrel managed to get the drop on Lance is because he disguised himself as the person who disturbs Lance the most: Yellow.
- Freudian Excuse: His reasons for wanting to destroy the human race are because of the damage they have done to the enviroment of Pokémon... whose thoughts he can hear.
- Friend to All Living Things: A Deconstruction - he shows what can happen with this kind of person gone wrong.
- Heel-Face Turn: Somewhat in the GSC arc, and definitely in the HGSS arc.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Only plans genocide for humans, though.
- Orcus on His Throne: Until the final stages of his arc.
- Psychic Powers: Born like Yellow in Viridian forest, he has similar powers:
- Roboteching: With HYPER BEAMS!!!
- Shadow Archetype: As mentioned, his origins and Psychic Powers are the same as Yellow's, but they have completely different views.
- Smug Snake
- Speaks Fluent Animal
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Wants to Kill All Humans because he thinks that all Humans Are Bastards.
The Masked Man (AKA the Mask of Ice, Pryce)
The Big Bad
of the GSC chapter, he gathered the reminents of Team Rocket for his own plans. His motive is to gain the power to control time so he can reunite his Lapras with its parents
- Adaptational Villainy
- Anti-Villain: His motivation reveals him to be a mix of Types II and III.
- Big Bad: Of the G/S/C arc.
- The Chessmaster
- Cool Mask: His is made up of the same metal that Gym badges are made of, clueing the heroes that he is one of the Gym Leaders.
- An Ice Person: Not only is he an ice specialist, he can freeze a huge area in seconds and instantly create almost anything out of ice.
- Healing Factor: Having a body made of regenerating ice helps. Unless extreme sunlight is involved.
- Mini-Mecha: His ice body works on the same principle, with Pryce himself sitting on his wheelchair, positioned where the head should be.
- Name's the Same: He shares his name with the Masked Man from MOTHER 3.
- Pet the Dog: He has two...
- The issue with his pair of Lapras, and their kid. He truly loved them.
- In a flashback before the FRLG chapter, he seems really sad about Silver and Blue leaving him. Hell, he even made an ice statue of himself with the six "children" together as a family! This shows that deep down he cared for them, but couldn't express it due to his heart being so "frozen over", and though he wanted them to be a family to him, he could only ever treat them like weapons or servants instead.
- Redemption Equals Death. Or at least, lost in time.
- Worf Had the Flu: Earlier in his time, he a has lapse of weakness for his constant pursuit of Celebi. Exploiting this was how Blue and Silver escaped from his forces in the first place.
One of the Masked Kids who are directly under the Masked Man, Will is a psychic-type specialist who enjoys doing things for the thrills alone (but not the danger). After the Masked Man is defeated, he joins Koga and Bruno since he doesn't have anything else to do.
Another one of the Masked Kids, Karen specializes in the dark type. Though a little sadistic and twisted, she goes off with Koga and Bruno in good graces after the final battle.
Team Magma and Team Aqua
of Team Magma, he hoped to use Groudon for his plans.
- A Father to His Men: Unlike Archie, Maxie treats his subordinates with respect.
- Ax-Crazy: Post-Sanity Slippage, along with Archie.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Archie in the R/S arc.
- Evil Redhead
- Kick the Dog: After killing Norman, he proceeds to taunt Ruby with his father's corpse.
- Later, he performs "Kick the Feebas". Poor Mimi.
- Kill It with Fire: His signature Mon is a Houndoom, which are reknowned for the ferocity of their flames.
- Killed Off for Real: By Archie in a battle for a suit of armor... Well, we never see it happen and only have an assumption to go by, so it could be that He's Just Hiding.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Archie.
- Sanity Slippage: Goes from Well-Intentioned Extremist to "let's destroy everything for the lulz" along with Archie. Granted, both of them lacked the will to control the Red and Blue Orbs, and they were driven mad by their power.
(Marge in the Chuang Yi version)
One of the three Three Fires, Courtney prefers to use straight forward brutal
force. Develops an... interesting
relationship with Ruby over time. She used to be a happy-go-lucky Coordinator who was good friends with Daisy Oak.
- Ascended Extra: She has a very small role in the games, not appearing at all in Emerald, yet has the most development of all the Team Aqua/Magma members in the manga.
- Back from the Dead
- Enemy Mine: Against Groudon, since her desire for seeing destruction had been satisfied.
- Green Thumb: No, it's not her speciality type, but she is very knowledgable about berries and plants to the point she can use them as tools and weapons.
- Heel-Face Turn: Though at first she only assists Ruby in order to stop Groudon, she ultimately has one in the end.
- May-December Romance: It's quite easy to see her relationship with Ruby as the subtle beginnings of this.
- Playing with Fire: And she loves watching things burn.
- Redemption Equals Death: But she gets better.
- We Can Rule Together: Offered to Ruby at one point.
(Mitch in the Chuang Yi version)
Another of the Three Fires, this burly man specializes in putting people to sleep with his Torkoal's smoke.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He gets scared of Archie's Kick the Dog moments, and even saves the Aqua Elite Mook that attacked him when Archie left both of them for dead.
- Even though he failed, you have to give the guy credit for assisting Flannery in attempting to revive Mt. Chimney after Team Aqua killed it.
- Heel-Face Turn: At the end of the arc.
- Sanity Slippage: He goes insane since he attempted to control Groudon, even if it was for a brief moment. Thankfully, he apparently got better, as he is seen in the epilogue visiting the Lavaridge hot springs.
- Ship Tease: With Flannery.
(Mack in the Chuang Yi version)
Third member of the Three Fires. Only appears in this manga.
of Team Aqua, he hoped to use Kyogre for his plans. He would later appear during the Emerald arc as Guile Hideout.
- Ax-Crazy: Post-Sanity Slippage, along with Maxie.
- Bad Boss
- Beard of Evil
- Big Bad Ensemble: Shared position with Maxie in the R/S arc and solo in the Emerald arc.
- Blessed with Suck: Guile Hideout's armor grants him immortality and stops his body from decaying. Awesome, right? However, he can't take it off, lest the decaying starts again and he'd be erased from existence.
- Cool Sword: Gets one as Guile. It has the power to reflect back any attack with a swipe, making it the perfect offense and defense.
- Dramatic Unmask
- Eviler Than Thou: Sird forces him and Maxie into a fight to the death for armor that will stop their bodies from decaying. Maxie is noticeably terrified as they turn on each other, as the two had basically become Fire-Forged Friends during their Sanity Slippage, while Archie looks disturbingly calm. Archie wins...
- It's All About Me: By the Emerald arc, he's dropped all good intentions and now just wants to rule the world.
- Kick The Fish: And stomp on it several times for good measure. Poor Mimi.
- Killed Off for Real: Without his special armor, he perishes.
- Mythology Gag: His plans in the Emerald arc are a lot like Butler's in Pokémon: Jirachi: Wishmaker.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Maxie.
- Sanity Slippage: See what happened to Maxie. Same thing, only it's kicked up another notch when he's Guile Hideout.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: As Guile, he loves to call everyone "worthless trash" and will manipulate them as such. He also has a completely selfish plan to Take Over the World compared to his pre-Sanity Slippage Well-Intentioned Extremist plan.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness/You Have Failed Me: He has absolutely no problem abandoning his underlings, even if they did their jobs.
- Mook Promotion: Archie promotes three of his goons to Admin status near the beginning of the R/S arc. The above tropes both rear their ugly heads later on.
(Angie in the Chuang Yi version)
One of Team Aqua's Sub-leaders of Sea Scheme.
(Ark in the Chuang Yi version)
One of Team Aqua's Sub-leaders of Sea Scheme.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His in-battle game sprite has a reddish ponytail; here he has close-cropped dark hair.
- Butt Monkey: His first appearance is the only one that doesn't end with him getting beaten in a fight or just plain beaten up. People who do the beating include Gym Leaders, an eleven-year-old girl, and his own boss.
- Drowning Pit: His plan to kill Sapphire and Flannery by flooding the cable car is an unusual variation of this, with added Shark Pool for extra security.
- Threatening Shark: His Sharpedo
- Would Hurt a Child: He's very gleeful about (almost) getting to murder Flannery and Sapphire.
One of Team Aqua's Sub-leaders of Sea Scheme. Only appears in this manga.
Tropes applying to multiple members:
of Team Galactic. He wishes to control Time and Space. The Sinnoh Trio first met him at Mt. Coronet, where he attacked them with Probopass and Magnezone.
- Big Bad: Of the D/P arc.
- Badass: He fights CYNTHIA to a standstill! And he probably would've won if he didn't need to get to the Spear Pillar. Then he goes on absolutely destroy six Gym Leaders at the same time, by himself.
- Felony Misdemeanor: Most members of Team Galactic are motivated by their fear of... getting pinched. On the arm... to be fair, it does look like it hurts.
- Heel-Face Turn: At the end of the Platinum arc.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With the Sinnoh trio at the end of the Platinum arc, but with Dia in particular.
- Lack of Empathy
- Large Ham: Though he generally tends to match the stoicism of his game counterpart, when he gets going, he... really gets going.
- Manly Tears: After he summons Dialga and Palkia, you begin to see tears come out of his eyes after witnessing his plan come to fruition. He's also seen with tears running down his face while he tries to prevent his plan from being ruined.
- Omnicidal Maniac
- Pet the Dog: More like "Pet the Shaymin".
- The Stoic: Not So Stoic when he's in Large Ham mode, though.
- Would Hurt a Child: Perfectly willing to smack Dia across the face with the Red Chain of all things.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
One of the three commanders of Team Galactic. She first encountered the DPP trio at Valley Windworks.
One of the three commanders of Team Galactic. He fired a cannon that transported Platinum's real bodyguards to the Distortion World.
One of the three commanders of Team Galactic. Wears a warmth supporter on her left leg.
- Amazonian Beauty: Unlike most continuities, she seems really buff here.
- Badass: She defeats Platinum, Maylene, and Candice by herself without even breaking a sweat, and even when she's overcome by the latter two later, she still goes down fighting. She is also probably the most individually powerful of the three commanders.
- Dark Action Girl
- Determinator: The last commander to go down in the final battle; she stayed in the game long after Mars and Saturn had been knocked unconscious.
- Evil Counterpart: To Platinum.
- Heel-Face Turn: At the end of the Platinum arc.
- Karmic Defeat: By Maylene and Candice, the same ones she defeated and gloated over earlier.
- The Stoic: For the most part, but can occasionally slip into Not So Stoic in battle.
- She's even more Not So Stoic when pleading (successfully) for Cyrus to let her, Mars, and Saturn accompany him after his Heel-Face Turn.
- Undying Loyalty: To Cyrus.
This refers to the unnamed grunt who has had more encounters with the DPPt trio than the other grunts
, whom Cyrus seems to be give as much responsibilties to as the four commanders. He shows great interest in the Pokédexes.
- Anti-Villain: Type I. He arrives to release Mr. Berlitz and Professor Rowan early, stating that he sees no point in making them suffer unnecessarily. He also mentions that he prefers to avoid a fight with Platinum. The worst things he does he only does because Sird is controlling him.
- Brainwashed and Crazy
- Elite Mook
- Helpful Mook: and he also tells her about TG's plans to detonate the Galactic bomb in a week's time. Later, he also tells Diamond where the three lake guardians are being held.
- Genre Savvy: After over 400
chapters rounds, someone finally notices that all dex holders tend to get involved in battles that could decide the fate of their regions/world.
- Mook With An Agenda: He (subconsciously) places priority of obtaining the Pokédexes over that of guarding the three lake guardians due to Sird's brainwashing.
- No Name Given: Despite having as much personality and screen time as the commanders.
- Nonuniform Uniform: He can be differentiated from the rest of the grunts by the cloak that he wears over his Galactic uniform.
- Personal Mook: To Cyrus and Sird.
The chief scientist of Team Galactic. Appears briefly in the Diamond/Pearl arc and goes on to become the main antagonist of the Platinum arc.
- Adaptational Villainy: His sympathetic traits aren't gone, but this version of N is much more villainous then usual.
- Anti-Villain: A Type II - Type III hybrid.
- The "villain" part of this seems to be invoked, what with all the villainous actions he pulls whenever he appears. Some speculate that Kusaka did this to deconstruct most fans' treatment of his character.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: When he is crowned king of Team Plasma by Ghetsis.
- Big Bad: Of the Black/White arc. Except for... you know.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: His default expression when he's not crying. He loses them in finale of BW and has them replaced with normal, expressive eyes.
- Expy: Manga N seems alot more like L in design than his game counterpart does.
- Freudian Excuse: He was brought up around Pokemon harmed by humans, so he grew to hate humans and love Pokemon as a result.
- Hannibal Lecture: Quite fond of these, giving one to just about anyone who talks about his morals being in the wrong. Their results include causing Gigi to abandon White and join him and completely break Aurea Juniper's mind.
- Heel-Face Turn: At the end of the B/W arc.
- Jerkass Has a Point: To White on the ferris wheel when bringing up how she's been denying her Pokémon the chance to do anything other than performing, including what's in their nature to do. And That's Terrible.
- Kick the Dog: Because even an Anti-Villain can be a Jerkass when he feels like it. Particularly when he convinces White's Gigi to abandon her and join him, then acts completely nonchalant when White falls off the ferris wheel.
- Pet the Dog: For some reason, he sends his Servine to her side, so at least he has some sense of trading.
- His Zorua does these kinds of actions on a regular basis. A noteworthy example would be disguising as Alder towards his Accelgor to think he'll heal him, then attacking him with Flame Burst.
- Lack of Empathy: Shows no trace of respect to any human who utilized Pokemon in any way, shape or form, regardless of the person they are, and only shows positive emotion to his own Pokemon.
- Manipulative Bastard: He can be this, like he was to White's Tepig Gigi. A strange example as he does it honestly for the Pokémon's own good rather than for his own.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Kusaka seems to be playing up N's Memetic Molester status by having him whispering in Black's ear and grabbing him up close to say something in his face.
- Not helping is when N gets uncomfortably close to White inside one of the Nimbasa ferris wheel cars.
- Not Good with People: Type 2, arguably more than even his game counterpart. In the games, he seems pretty neutral and sometimes even a little admiring later on of the protagonist, but here he antagonizes Black quite a bit.
- Sparkling Stream of Tears: When he sees Pokémon being used in a commercial. He also cries during his battle with Black.
- Speaks Fluent Pokémon: Brought up from spending time with Pokémon since early childhood.
- Interesting variation of this trope in that it doesn't seem he can do this fluently. Evidence points at him occasionally grossly misinterpreting a Pokémon's true thought and feelings.
- Stalker Without A Crush: He's been watching Black since day 1.
- The Stoic: In his earliest appearances, he would have the same dead expression on his face, even when doing something like crying or having a Tympole sent flying at his face. As the story progresses, he grows out of it and expresses a lot more.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Despite all he's done, White can't help but cry when she hears his backstory.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The well-being of Pokémon.
Ghetsis Harmonia Gropius
- Ascended Extra: Are more prominent in this manga than in the games.
- Character Tics: Each of the Shadow Triad tends to place their arms in a certain location. One places his behind his back, another puts his on his hips, and the last one crosses them in front of his chest.
- Spies in a Van
- Terrible Trio
- The Unfought: Averted. Unlike the first Black and White games, they are seen battling with Pokémon. They would later be fought in-game in Black and White 2.
- Obviously Evil: Trevor suspects that Lysandre's a bad guy from the start thanks to a photo Viola took, and Diantha warns him that she's got her eye on him.