Characters: Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness

For the game's predecessor, see here.
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    The Protagonist 

Michael

The Protagonist of Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.

  • Badass Adorable: Less badass looking than Wes, but he's still pretty tough.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Was instantly ready to protect Jovi from Zook's Shadow Zangoose. Luckily, before he became the victim of a Curb-Stomp Battle (Shadow Zangoose was 27+ while Eevee is still barely 12 at that point), the problem was taken care of for them.
  • Book Ends: He is the second protagonist to don the snagging device, and the last person to use it and take it off at the end.
  • Disappeared Dad: Although, unlike with the protagonists with missing dads in the main series, it's outright stated that he's passed away.
  • Kid Hero: Though he's supposedly at least 13, given he's identified as "a lone teen" at one point. However, the reporter was probably just guessing.
  • Heroic Mime: Like most Pokémon protagonists, he doesn't speak.
  • The Southpaw: Like Wes, wears the portable Snag Machine on his left arm. However, when in battle with wild Pokémon, he throws Poké Balls using his right hand, hinting that he may be ambidexterous. However, it could also because there's no reason to use the Snag Machine against wild Pokémon.
  • Vague Age: He's identified as a teen in one transmission, but on the other hand, in link battles he's shorter than the other game protagonists, who are supposed to be around 11 years old. Then again, being older does not necessarily equate to being taller.

    Antagonists 

Shadow Lugia

The ultimate Shadow Pokémon, and the first one created that is supposedly immune to purification. It is the key component in Cipher's plan for world domination.

  • Breath Weapon: Shadow Blast, which is the Shadow version of normal Lugia's exclusive move, Aeroblast.
  • Captured Super Entity: As a Lugia that was corrupted by Cipher.
  • Code Name: XD001.
  • The Corruption: Even more so than the other Shadow Pokémon, since it's designed to be completely resistant to purification.
  • Dark Is Evil: It has a dark color scheme and is truly a malevolent force.
  • Empty Shell: Due to what Cipher did to it.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: When the characters in the game say that this Pokémon was designed to be impossible to purify, they mean it. The normal purification techniques won't do a thing. The only way to purify it is to make all of Purify Chamber's nine Sets reach maximum tempo.
  • Musical Nod: Pokémon Colosseum's Recurring Riff shows up in its battle music.
  • Obviously Evil: Unlike "regular" Shadow Pokémon, which are visually indistinguishable from normal Pokémon aside from a dark aura which is invisible to the naked eye, you can tell this one's corrupted just by looking at it.

Lovrina

The head of Cipher's Research and Development team. Acting like a stereotypical Valley Girl, Lovrina prefers Pokémon who look beautiful.

  • Bad Boss: To the point that Professor Krane sympathizes his kidnapper, Naps, for having to put up with someone like her. The fact that Naps is also her brother makes it worse.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: As revealed in your second battle with her, she's much, much more psychotic and evil than she lets on.
  • Brother-Sister Team: Cipher Peon Naps (the one you snag your first Shadow Pokémon, Teddiursa, from) is her brother.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Upon defeating her in the post-game Orre Colosseum, she writes you a letter saying she likes you now and declares you the first member of her fan club.
  • Ditzy Genius: She doesn't come across as very intelligent, but she isn't the head researcher for nothing.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It goes all the way down past her knees.
  • Recurring Boss: She's first battled as the boss of the Cipher Lab near the beginning of the game, then comes back for a rematch near the beginning of Citadark Isle. She is also the final opponent of Orre Colosseum's first round.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After being defeated at Citadark Isle, she flees the island, out of fear of Greevil being angry with her again.
  • Sexy Walk: Not only do her hips swing from side to side when she walks, her hair does too.

Snattle

His ultimate goal is to become Governor of Orre through Cipher's schemes. Also, he's the Straw Loser for the Cipher Admins. His strategy in battle goes from attrition damage from Shadow Sky to spamming Explosion.

  • Defeat Means Friendship: Upon defeating him post-game in Orre Colosseum, he writes you a letter saying that he'll be glad to make you his head secretary when he becomes governor.
  • Evil Feels Good: In addition to revenge, his main reason for sticking with Cipher even after his criminal behavior is exposed.
  • Girly Run: After you defeat him, he runs away like a wimp. Best of all, Marcia's cameraman filmed it, and you get to watch it as much as you want on the news later.
  • Karma Houdini: He took over a whole city! How the hell is he allowed to go free?
  • Multicolored Hair: It's white and purple.
  • Never My Fault: Blames everyone but himself for what goes wrong with his plans, calling Lovrina and Gorigan "utterly useless".
  • Olympus Mons: At Orre Colosseum, he has a Regirock and a Regice.
  • Recurring Boss: First you battle him in the abandoned Phenac Stadium, then he rematches you near the end of Citadark Isle. He is also the final opponent of Orre Colosseum's second round.
  • Sequential Boss: Before facing him for the first time, you need to take down an Elite Mook, and you don't get an opportunity to heal in between.
  • Sleazy Politician: He wants to become the governor of Orre... and his political campaign involves kidnapping an entire city of people and replacing them with disguised Cipher members.
  • Smug Snake: Has an extremely inflated sense of self-worth, to the point that he refers to his cohorts, Lovrina and Gorigan, as "utterly useless".
  • Sissy Villain: He wears purple lipstick, has a melodramatic losing animation, and runs like a girl.

Gorigan

Gorigan is the Dumb Muscle in charge of guarding the Cipher Key Lair factory. Which he's not very good at. He's most well known for the Protect/Earthquake strategy.

  • Defeat Means Friendship: Again, after defeating him in the post-game Colosseum. He even uses the term "friendship" in his letter.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's at least smart enough to run the Cipher Key Lair effectively.
  • Karma Houdini: Like most admins, he isn't captured.
  • Primal Stance: Even more so than Dakim.
  • Recurring Boss: He's first battled as the boss of Cipher Key Lair, then returns for a rematch near the end of Citadark Isle. He is also the final opponent of Orre Colosseum's third round.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After being defeated at Citadark Isle.
    Bleah! That was the very last chance Master Greevil gave me! How could I keep losing to some kid over and over? If there were a tree, I'd climb it to get away from all this!
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Dakim, right down to his Earthquake/Protect battle strategy.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Fears that he will be on the receiving end of this if he loses to Michael again.
    So, Master Greevil gave me this one last chance to redeem myself. But this is it! If I lose this one, there's no tomorrow!

The Hexagon Brothers

A group of dimwitted Cipher Peons that are Color-Coded for Your Convenience.

  • Color-Coded Characters: Their main distinguishing feature is their differently-colored uniforms.
  • Color-Coded Elements: Each brother's color (mostly) corresponds to their Pokémon type of choice.
    • Resix: Fire
    • Blusix: Water
    • Browsix: He's the aversion. His color only relates to his Ground-Type Shadow Baltoy. After he loses it, he gets a Vigoroth, becoming a Normal-Type specialist, which is normally associated with light gray or white. However, Vigoroth later evolves into Slaking, which is brown.
    • Yellosix: Electric
    • Purpsix: Poison
    • Greesix: Grass
  • The Ditz: All of them. They're so incompetent, they can't even count how many of them there are. They all had the brilliant idea to disguise themselves as six identical copies of Justy, a well-known figure in Phenac that everyone knows there is only one of. At least they managed to get their sound-off right that time.
  • Elite Mooks: They are more powerful than the other Cipher Peons you fight in the area, and they actually remember to Level Grind.
  • Family Theme Naming: Their names are all portmanteaus of the color of their uniform and the word "six."
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: Their introduction, in which they completely fail to count themselves twice, establishes them as this.
  • Verbal Tic: Greesix can't go two sentences without saying "sixfold". It also spilled into his Pokémon team, having six Pokémon during your first battle with him. Oddly, he never replaces his Shadow Seedot.

Zook

A minor member of Cipher with a big mouth, bad temper, and abilities to prove it.

  • Hair-Trigger Temper: For one thing, Jovi ran smack into him by mistake and fell down. He was only mildly irritated at first, until he noticed she messed up his clothes...
  • Perpetual Frowner: For the most part, it's just a frown, but he also has a really pissed-off glare.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After he loses to Michael twice, he wisely decides to just run for it, away from Cipher in general and to escape Gorigan's punishment.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Well, he was certainly willing to attack a little girl with his Shadow Zangoose, and Michael standing in the way was even better by his own admission.

    Allies 

Jovi

Michael's little sister, who helps out with an errand early in the game.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Has a habit of being a know-it-all and runs off because she is bored.
  • Disappeared Dad: Same as Michael.
  • It's All About Me: Pounded into you early in the game. When you go to pick her up from Dr. Kaminko's, Jovi assumes that you've gotten lost (and that you're lying if you deny it) and that she has to lead you home. And later, when you have to go to Gateon Port to pick up part of the purification machine, she claims that she's the one that was sent to do the job and that you're her assistant.
  • Third-Person Person: One of her speaking habits.

Lily

Michael and Jovi's mother, who is a scientist at the Pokémon HQ Lab.

Professor Krane

A scientist at the Pokémon HQ Lab who worked with Michael's father on a way to purify Shadow Pokémon at a quicker pace.

  • Badass Pacifist: He is completely unintimidated by Cipher and chews them out instead of acceding to their demands.
  • Kidnapped Scientist: Gets abducted by Cipher early in the game. They want him to use his knowledge to help them with their Shadow Pokémon plan. However, he makes it clear that he has zero interest in doing so.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Sympathizes with Naps, the guy who kidnapped him, because Lovrina is his boss.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: It is mentioned by an NPC that when Lily was still a student, she was very popular. Many tried to woo her, including Krane, but Michael's father obviously ended up with her.

    Other Characters 

Dr. Kaminko

An eccentric scientist who lives in the middle of a dark forest. Most of his inventions are either useless (i.e. the Poké Pole), harmful (i.e. the Unhealthy Sandals), or just plain stupid (i.e. The Power-Draining Lightbulb).

  • Berserk Button: When one of his inventions doesn't work as intended. (He's well aware that they have no practical use, though.)
  • Chekhov's Gun: His scrapped Robo Kyogre invention, which Michael later uses to reach Citadark Isle, making it one Kaminko's few inventions that's actually useful.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: His hair seems to defy gravity.

Chobin

Dr. Kaminko's assistant.

  • Blind Without 'Em: His losing pose shows his glasses falling onto the ground and him blindly feeling around for them.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: If him mistaking Michael for a burglar multiple times is anything to go by, he's kind of a moron.
  • Karma Houdini: In the postgame, it turns out that Dr. Kaminko never actually intended for his troublemaking inventions to be put on the public market - that was something Chobin did behind his back. The Doctor is enraged once he figures this out. But since Chobin is out at the Orre Colosseum by this point, we never see him punished.

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Mr. Verich/Greevil

A mysterious, wealthy old man accompanied everywhere by his bodyguards Ardos and Eldes. He's the mastermind of Cipher in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.

  • Beneath the Mask: Is much more malevolent that he initially appears.
  • Big Bad: The leader of Cipher and the main antagonist of Pokémon XD.
  • Bigger Bad: Though he's never even mentioned in Colosseum, he's always been the true leader of Cipher. Colosseum's Big Bad was merely the boss of Cipher's Orre branch.
  • Cool Boat: The Luxo Cruiser, which is capable of withstanding the dangerous waves that surround Citadark Isle.
  • Dark Reprise: Upon revealing his true identity, his theme is replaced with a more sinister version.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite all the evil he's done, he really does love his kids, even giving himself up because of his son Eldes.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Until the final battle, when he opens them.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Performs one thanks to Eldes.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He is this to the Big Bad of Colosseum, since he was merely the head of Cipher's Orre branch, while Greevil was the true leader.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: He's much smaller than his bodyguards, though he turns out to actually be a more powerful Pokémon trainer than them.
  • Olympus Mons: He commands four Shadow legendaries.
  • Pet the Dog: He actually gives himself in at the request of his son, Eldes, and even admits that everything he'd done was a mistake.
  • Punny Name:
    • He's a very rich man.
    • His real name, Greevil, also qualifies, given that he is shown to be quite greedy and evil.
  • Sequential Boss: First he sends Shadow Lugia after you. After snagging it, he battles you with his team of six Shadow Pokémon.
  • Take Over the World: His ultimate goal was to take over the world using an army of unpurifiable Shadow Pokémon.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He's quite popular in Gateon Port, mostly because he gives out free food and drink at the Krabby Club whenever he comes there. Some people are a little suspicious of him, though.
  • Walking Spoiler: Both he and his bodyguards had to be moved to a different folder because of this.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: You get a good look before the final battle.

Ardos

Ardos is one of Mr Verich's two bodyguards. He is first met at Gateon Port, where he curbstomps Zook with his level 44 Alakazam. At the end of the game he is revealed one of Greevil's sons. He goes Laughing Mad after Greevil's defeat and claims he'll restart the evil organization.

Eldes

Eldes is Mr. Verich's other bodyguard. Just like Ardos, he's one of Greevil's sons. However, unlike Ardos, he's not too enthusiastic about the whole "Cipher" thing. After Greevil's defeat, he pulls a Heel-Face Turn and convinces Greevil to give up.

  • Affably Evil: He is unfailingly polite to Michael. He even laments the pointlessness of their first battle, stating that he wished they fought in a different way.
  • Anti-Villain: He looks down on Cipher's ambitions and is only working for them because his dad's the boss.
  • Co-Dragons: He shares The Dragon role with his brother, Ardos.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Wears the same outfit as Ardos, except his is red instead of blue.
  • Friendly Rival: He's delighted when he sees that Michael is his Colosseum opponent.
  • Heel-Face Turn: He drew the line at Ardos suggesting that Greevil blow up Citadark Isle with Michael still on it, killing their own subordinates in the process.
  • Olympus Mons: He has Latios and Latias on his Orre Colosseum team.