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The Aether Foundation

An organization dedicated to protecting hurt Pokémon, especially those who have been abused by Team Skull, on their own private island. However, there's more to them than it seems, which turns out to be them secretly having been in league with Team Skull the whole time, as their financial backer.

WARNING: Major spoilers for Pokémon Sun and Moon and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon follow. Read at your own risk.

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  • Ambiguously Brown: The employees have a much darker skin color than most other villainous team grunts.
  • Anti-Hero Team: In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon the Aether Foundation genuinely wants to help Pokémon and protect the Alola region but will use unsavory methods to do so.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Mostly subverted but one employee mentions that he's "embraced the darkness in his heart". This same employee is implied to be the one that defects to Team Rainbow Rocket with Faba in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
  • Confusion Fu: No one set theme, team, or class. Anything's on the table from them to use against you.
  • Death Glare: The female employees sport these when battling the player during the Aether Foundation infiltration.
  • Elite Mooks: Aether Employees' choice of Pokémon make them a cut above the average evil team's grunts.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: The female employees sport these when battling the player during the Aether Foundation infiltration.
  • Face–Heel Turn: One employee defects to Team Rainbow Rocket alongside Faba in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
  • Foreshadowing: By means of a Call-Back. Their uniforms (particularly their caps) resemble pallet swapped versions of Team Rocket's. This gives you an early hint that they're Evil All Along in Sun and Moon. This trope is downplayed in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon as they are genuinely good, if on the Well-Intentioned Extremist side of things.
  • Heel–Face Turn: During the post-game of Sun and Moon, after Lusamine's Ultra Beast obsession and affliction with Nihilego's neurotoxins has been dealt with, the protagonist can visit the Aether Foundation again. The Foundation is still around, but is now attempting to save and conserve Pokémon for real, with Gladion as their president. Further enforced by the animation set used by Aether Foundation employees in the Battle Tree being much friendlier than those used during the infiltration of Aether Paradise. Similarly in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon once Lusamine fails in protecting Alola, she admits she was wrong to take Nebby, and the Aether Foundation goes on to trust in the protagonist to stop Necrozma.
  • Helpful Mook: In Aether Paradise, one employee would man Gladion's boat for you should you ever need to return to the mainland, and another in the main entrance will heal your team. Averted with one mook in another room; who says that even if he loses, he won't tell you anything.
  • Just Following Orders: The reason why you had to battle them when trying to look for Lillie was that they suddenly were put on high-alert and were ordered to stop intruders in general.
  • Leitmotif: Have a laid-back and futuristic theme that plays throughout their paradise. There is also a violin version that plays in the standalone labs found throughout the region. It later receives a serene-yet-unsettling remix mixed with Lusamine's leitmotif in her encounter theme, a mysterious and villainous mix after their antagonistic side is exposed, a much more threatening and cinematic mix in the Employee battle theme, and finally a flat-out disturbing mix played in their secret basement.
  • Light Is Good: Mostly in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon and after their Heel–Face Turn in the post-game of Sun and Moon.
  • Light Is Not Good: In contrast to the mainly-black Team Skull, their main colors include white and gold, and they're just as much villains as the former in Sun and Moon. However, they become good in the post-game after Lusamine's Ultra Beast obsession has been dealt with.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: A few employees were kept in the dark on the true intentions of the higher ups of the Foundation, and some of them even end up genuinely aiding the player and their friends along the way. Some of them make it clear that they are antagonizing the player for the sake of it, however.
  • No Name Given: Played with. As soon as they're no longer considered villains, even generic members of the Aether Foundation trainer class are allowed to have real names. However, the named generic employees are only battled in the Battle Tree.
  • Obviously Evil: Subverted. After the intro where Aether employees were chasing Lillie with Slasher Smiles, was anybody really buying that they were a benevolent company, on a mission to help all Pokémon? However, it is implied that the majority of employees don't even know what's going on and are hostile only due to you being an intruder. In the post-game, once Lusamine's obsession with the Ultra Beasts and affliction with Nihilego's neurotoxins has been dealt with, the Aether Foundation really does become a benevolent company that helps Pokémon. This trope is also subverted in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, as they are a benevolent company that helps Pokémon but kidnap Nebby in an effort to stop Necrozma from stealing Alola's light.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Averted. Aether Employees aren't restricted to typical grunt Pokémon. Expect to see lots of types and strategies to boot.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: With the exception of Sun and Moon's version of Lusamine and Faba, most of the employees are really just doing their job and protecting their research from intruders (i.e. you). Subverted with at least one employee in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, who joins Team Rainbow Rocket and aids Faba in a multi battle.
  • Rule of Cool: An employee expresses how she joined the team because she thought that the uniforms were cool, then she laments how much work it is to look after Pokémon.
  • Slasher Smile: The male employees sport these when battling the player during the Aether Foundation infiltration. The ones that chase Lillie in the intro have them as well.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Most of the lower ranking members have no idea about the Sun and Moon's version of Lusamine's plans and only attack the player because they were told they were trying to steal Pokémon.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Whenever you see them on the second and third islands, they're celebrated by the populace, and work closely with trusted authorities. Because the protagonists took them down by storming their secluded headquarters before they can kickstart their leader's plan, most Alolan citizens are Locked Out of the Loop regarding their true intentions, though some important NPCs are hinted to know this but keep it secret for some reason. It helps that they undergo a Heel–Face Turn after Lusamine is taken down. This trope is subverted in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon where they're genuinely good as a whole, if misguided.
  • Wealthy Philanthropist: According to a scientist at Aether Paradise, Lusamine's father was an immensely wealthy man who started the Aether Foundation because of his love for Pokémon.
  • Would Hurt a Child: One employee implies that they're going to murder Hau, Gladion, and the Player after they go to the secret labs.


Lusamine (ルザミーネ ruzamiine)
Click here  to see her fused form with Nihilego
Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (Pokémon Masters - JP)
"I still need that Pokémon. I need to get it back. [...] It looked like it was suffering... Like it pained it to be in this strange place... I can't bear to see that happen! I will save it. And I will love it!" - From Pokémon Sun and Moon

The lovely Lusamine functions as the Aether Foundation’s president, though as it turns out, she's not as lovely as she seems.

  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Subverted. She appears to be pretty young but is actually over 40.
  • Abusive Parents:
    • Discards her daughter Lillie, declaring her to be worthless, and was prepared to kill her during their confrontation in Ultra Space. She tightly controlled every aspect of her children's lives, right down to what clothes they could wear, as both Gladion and Lillie attest. Lillie later tells Gladion that, as bad as she was when they both lived with her, she got worse after he fled with Type: Null.
    • This behavior seems to be a result of Nihilego's neurotoxins as this trope is heavily downplayed in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. While she does keep some of her controlling tendencies and temporary disownment of her children, she isn't as abusive to them, just more of a case of being a tough parent struggling with her grief for losing her husband. Not to mention, some of her crueler dialogue is replaced with kinder dialogue.
    • In Pokémon Masters, she has undergone a bit of a Heel–Face Turn and has rekindled her relationship with her children, but she is still haunted by the horrible things she did to them (and to the Alola region), and is plagued with self-doubt over herself and if it's right for her to still be a part of their lives. On the other hand, she could be feeling that she is taking full responsibility (or rather, blaming herself) for her part in what Necrozma had done.
  • Action Mom: She is easily one of the strongest characters in the game, and could easily put Gladion or Lillie back in their place. In Sun and Moon at least, though, this is not a good thing.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the original games, she is a crazed, abusive mother and Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who is willing to callously off anyone in order to live out her obsession with Ultra Beasts, specifically Nihilego who causes this behavior with its neurotoxin, before suddenly having a Heel–Face Turn offscreen. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon she is a well-meaning, decent if flawed Reasonable Authority Figure and Anti-Hero who is willing to do anything to save the people and Pokémon she loves from what Necrozma plans to do with Alola's light, as well as genuinely caring for her children despite not being the best parent as well as being mad at them for stealing the Pokémon needed to stop Necrozma, and finally seeing the error of her ways and changing them for the better.
  • Adapted Out: Her Mismagius from the originals was switched out for a Lopunny in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Due to her obsession with Nihilego and being inflicted with its neurotoxin no longer being present in these games, she never fuses with one and thus her Motherbeast form also does not appear.
  • Affably Evil: In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, her friendliness is shown here to be rather genuine, unlike the original games. First, she thanks Lillie for keeping Cosmog safe until it was captured. Then she takes a moment to show pity for Cosmog's pain, and acknowledges its love for Lillie. After she was defeated in Aether Paradise, instead of ranting like a bratty teenager like in the original games, she becomes impressed with the player character's strength in battle and compliments him/her. Finally, she feels genuinely touched by Gladion's concern for her, and takes a moment to reassure him that she'll be fine when she goes to stop Necrozma.
  • Almighty Mom: No matter how much Lillie and Gladion try to stop her, she proves to be one step ahead. If it wasn't for you, she would've gotten what she wanted, (having Cosmog open up a wormhole so that she could unleash the Ultra Beasts, and also stay in Ultra Space) even after Gladion ran away with Type: Null, which was itself created to defeat those very same Ultra Beasts. And in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, despite being mad at her children, she is willing to save them from Necrozma, along with all the Pokémon in existence.
  • Amazon Brigade: Her Pokémon team is all-female with a cute or beautiful theme. They are also one of the toughest fights in the game, with great natures, individual values, effort values, and Totem Boosts on top of that in their second battle.
  • Anime Hair: It looks like several giant sheets of paper.
  • Anti-Hero: In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, she is motivated by a desire to save the world and all the people and Pokémon she loves from Necrozma, as well as the desire to avenge the loss of her husband, rather than out of totally insane selfishness. That said, she still goes through with nearly killing Nebby to open the Ultra Wormhole and sends several Aether Foundation employees to stop you from reaching her, even deciding to battle you herself... Just to prove that she is strong enough to face Necrozma herself.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Gender Flipped: She's this for Gladion and Lillie, especially for the latter in the original games. The player and Hau are mostly just along for the ride in the main storyline, with Lusamine's children being the primary force when it comes to taking her down.
  • Asleep for Days: In Sun and Moon. After being released from Nihilego, Lusamine falls into a coma. However, Lillie tells you after you beat the Pokémon League and during the celebration that Lusamine had recovered from her comatose state and even tried to come to the celebration as well.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She is the president of the Aether Foundation and is one of the most difficult fights of the series.
  • Ax-Crazy: In Sun and Moon. Be it innocent bystanders or her own children, she doesn't care who she has to hurt to get what she wants. To put things into perspective, even Guzma, the guy who calls himself "destruction in human form", thinks she's too far gone to be reasoned with, though this is admittedly after her mental state has gotten a lot worse from being inflicted with Nihilego's neurotoxins.
  • Badass Adorable: Her team is full of them. Her team theme is cute or beautiful Pokémonnote , and all five of them have perfect individual values and ideal natures and effort values, meaning that each of them is likely to be able to crush a casual player's Pokémon in a one-on-one fight unless they're facing a type or level disadvantage.
  • Badass in Charge: Head of the Aether Foundation and their strongest trainer.
  • Badass in Distress: The Team Rainbow Rocket subplot in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon centers around Lusamine being held hostage while the evil team takes over Aether Paradise, all so Giovanni can use the Ultra Beasts' power to brainwash her into becoming his pawn and lending all of Aether's technology and knowledge of the Ultra Wormholes.
  • Bad Boss: In Sun and Moon. Faba and Guzma are shown to be scared by her and think she's gone off the deep end. She also uses both of them as pawns and seemingly has no care about them.
  • Bears Are Bad News: She has a Bewear, which are infamous for killing people by accident.
  • Beauty Is Bad: In Sun and Moon.A deceptively beautiful woman secretly plotting to go to Ultra Space even if it means unleashing Ultra Beasts on Alola.
  • Benevolent Boss: In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, she treats her employees far better than her original counterpart, even if she is not without flaws. She even treats Guzma more respectfully and makes good on her statement on how strong Guzma is by treating him more like a partner than a pawn.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, she is a very decent and well-meaning if flawed person. But she is a force to be reckoned with as well. Harming the people (including her children) and Pokemon she loves and the Aether Foundation is a very good way to get on her bad side. Just ask Faba and Necrozma.
  • Big Bad: Ultimately of Sun and Moon. She's also the first female example in the series.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Appears to be a kind and helpful woman when she is introduced, but she is anything but that. Averted in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, when her kind and helpful nature is revealed to be genuine this time, as she is only harsh to Lillie and Gladion for stealing Cosmog and Type: Null, respectively, since they were both needed for more heroic purposes this time, and she only disowns them out of feelings of genuine betrayal and hurt disappointment. Her earlier behavior in Sun and Moon is implied to be a result of Nihilego's neurotoxins
  • Bonus Boss: Exclusively in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, she is one of two additional challengers in the Title Defense match.
  • Boss-Only Level: She is the only enemy in the small area of Ultra Space that you get to visit courtesy of Solgaleo/Lunala. There aren't even any random encounters. But in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, that part of Ultra Space is called the Ultra Deep Sea, when Nihilego can be caught there many times, even Shiny ones!
  • Boss Remix: Her battle theme is a remix of her normal theme.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In Sun and Moon. She is unhealthily obsessed with Nihilego and the other Ultra Beasts. Considering that Nihilego is based on a Myxozoa, which brainwashes the fish it infects, her obsession and insanity might stem from mind-control.
  • Broken Bird: Once a paragon and a loving mother, Lusamine underwent a tragedy - namely the loss of her husband and the father of her children to an Ultra Wormhole - that changed her personality for the worse, turning her into a controlling mother. Even in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon where she's less abusive and doesn't descend into insanity, Lusamine is motivated to defeat Necrozma not out of altruism, but rather to protect the ones she loves and for her own self-satisfaction, believing it will help her overcome the helplessness she felt when she lost Mohn.
  • Brutal Honesty: Those comparisons between her and the player in Sun and Moon run really deep...
  • Catchphrase: "How annoying."
  • Climax Boss: In Sun and Moon. While not the Final Boss, the battle with Motherbeast Lusamine concludes the game's primary storyline, with only the Pokémon League left afterwards. Fittingly, the fight is one of the most difficult in the game.
  • Combat Stilettos: She wears heels throughout most of the game and is an extremely proficient Pokémon battler. Her intro animation for her first fight and Title Defense battle starts with a strong clack of her right heel.
  • Confusion Fu: In Ultra Sun And Moon, her Lopunny knows Thunder Punch, Ice Punch, Fire Punch, and Dizzy Punch.
  • Control Freak: She was very controlling of her two children, down to choosing exactly they were allowed to wear. Before the reveal, she briefly tries the same on Hau, a small boy she'd never even met before.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist:
    • Lusamine compares and contrasts with the Big Bad of the prior game, Lysandre, in quite a few ways. Both of them are wealthy philanthropists who are introduced to the player long before their official reveal as villains, but Lysandre is a Devil in Plain Sight whereas Lusamine's a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing while under the influence of Nihilego. Lysandre directly leads his game's main villainous team while Lusamine serves as a Mysterious Backer to hers. The methods and motives of the two are parallel but also differ in some important ways: both want to destroy the world after spending years trying to better it, but Lysandre is convinced that mankind as a whole can't be saved because it's fundamentally flawed, while Lusamine rejected humanity because she can't comprehend why a select few - her family - never showed her what she believed to be love. Both of them are also very fixated on the concept of beauty, and have a significant but antagonistic relationship with the player's closest ally (Professor Sycamore for Lysandre, Lillie for Lusamine). Admittedly Lusamine's goals can be seen as more a rejection of the world and wanting to leave it behind rather than any desire to destroy it, indeed the only explicit destruction she mentions is being okay with the Ultra Beasts wrecking the islands if it makes them happy. Otherwise she is content to just stay in another dimension, unlike Lysandre who decided the world should change for him. While in the retelling, Lusamine instead seeks to use Nebby to save Alola.
    • She is also one to the Big Bad of the game even further back, Ghetsis. Both of them lead a team who claim to look after the common welfare of Pokemon but while Team Plasma's true agenda is absolutely ruthless and self-serving, the Aether Foundation genuinely wanted to help Pokemon before Lusamine got involved with Nihilego and in the retelling is instead trying to save Alola. Both are also Abusive Parents. (Lusamine in the original game) However, while Team Plasma's ruse was paper-thin and it was clear that Team Plasma couldn't be trusted since they blatantly steal Pokemon from trainers to "free" them. The Aether Foundation does a much better job of hiding its shadowy intentions, using far more professional strategies and having far more resources to carry out their plans. While the Aether Foundation stayed whole in both the original game and it's retelling/remake, Team Plasma split, due to half following Ghetsis and half actually wanting to help Pokemon with their king, N. While Ghetsis was driven only by love for himself while harboring callous apathy or even outright contempt for others, Lusamine is driven by a self-serving insanity that she mistakenly believes is pure love and a desire to give love and affection to others she deems worthy of receiving it, induced by Nihilego. Both Ghetsis and Lusamine became physically ill by the end of their story arc, but while Ghetsis remained irredeemable to the last, Lusamine seeks to make amends, according to Lillie and is a much better person in Ultra Sun And Ultra Moon.
    • In Ultra Sun And Ultra Moon she contrasts N. Both are the most altruistic villains in Pokémon and believe their actions will be for the benefit of Pokémon. However, N wanted to use a Legendary Pokémon to separate people and Pokémon in an incorrect view that they are better of that way and thought of himself as a hero when his actions were detrimental to both humans and Pokémon. Lusamine is trying to stop a dangerous Legendary Pokémon from destroying Alola and if she succeeded, she actually would have been a hero... but her methods would've likely alienated her from her children forever.
    • On a more meta level, she's also the Pokémon series' very first female Big Bad.
  • Collector of the Strange: Nothing gets stranger and more morbid than having dozens of cryogenically frozen Pokémon on display.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: She's the head of the Aether Foundation company and the main villain in Pokémon Sun and Moon.
  • Cute and Psycho: In the final battle in Sun and Moon, her Badass Adorable Pokémon team get a little... demented.
  • Dark Action Girl: The "Dark" part isn't obvious until later, but she's nonetheless a very competent opponent in battle.
  • Death Glare: In the final battle of Sun and Moon, all of her 'mons except Bewear have these expressions when given a Totem aura.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Some of her actions (And even her motivations) actually make her somewhat like a player of the Pokémon games. And it's played for horror.
    • Lusamine loves Pokémon, especially ones that are needy or suffering, and wants all of them... which is a common goal in the franchise.
    • Lusamine has a huge collection of Pokémon in cryogenic stasis. Hau, Lillie, and the player character are horrified at seeing this. How many players have a huge collection of Pokémon in PC Stasis, just like her? When Lillie calls her out on treating Pokémon and people as merely things to use and discard as she pleases, Lusamine responds by asking what makes her so different from the player character putting Pokémon they no longer need inside a Box. However, this comparison rings a bit hollow in these games, where Poké Pelago provides boxed Pokemon with a place to frolic. Obviously, Lusamine doesn't know about it, otherwise she'd know where her husband is — but the player character surely does, and never thinks to mention it.
    • A brand new unknown Pokémon appears. What does Lusamine want with it? Why... she wants it herself. Which most players wanted with the Ultra Beasts anyway.
    • In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon she is trying to stop the latest Legendary Pokémon that is going out of control and threatening to destroy the region, just like players of past generations. However, she is oblivious to the fact her actions have the potential to harm others and she herself is unable to stop Necrozma. Her motives for stopping Necrozma are also implied to be more about avenging the loss of her husband rather than about saving Alola.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: In Sun and Moon. Nihilego is not considered sentient as it doesn't seem to have actual malice and is motivated on self-preservation. Lusamine is the one with the plan.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: In Sun and Moon. Her apparent "fusion" with the Nihilego she captured leaves her somehow an even more wrecked individual than before; that is, until she's knocked out of her senses by Solgaleo/Lunala and the Nihilego is off her. Information given about Nihilego in the post-game implies that this is basically what its neurotoxins always do to a host that it latches onto, and that Lusamine's repeated exposure to said toxin left her in a lingering case of sociopathic madness.
  • Dying as Yourself: Downplayed in Sun and Moon. While she doesn't actually die, she apparently returns to her former self before losing consciousness and entering a temporary coma.
  • Easily Forgiven: Despite all she's done in Sun and Moon, including trying to murder her children, once she's defeated and recovers from her coma Lillie says she wanted to attend the player being crowned Champion if she weren't too weak to go, implying they would have let her attend. Lillie is also comfortable letting her rebuild their relationship.
    • In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, it's more justified, as Lusamine is not as villainous as she was in the original games. Because Lusamine is motivated by the desire to avenge the loss of her husband, Lillie makes it clear that while she didn't approve of her mother's methods, she understood that they were motivated by the desire to avenge her father. As such when Lusamine apologizes to her for what she did, it's obvious that Lillie had already forgiven her.
    • In Masters, it is shown during the story event she and her children debut in that she hasn't quite forgiven herself for what she's done.
  • Easter Egg: Two of her Pokémon, Lilligant and Clefable, had evolved through — you guessed it — a Sun and Moon Stone, respectively.
  • Evil Matriarch: She's Lillie and Gladion's mother and the first female main antagonist in the main Pokémon games. Subverted in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, when she's revealed to have a kind and helpful nature this time, as she needs Cosmog to help protect Alola's Pokémon.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: Her fused form has eye-like patterns across her tentacles, with what seems to be Z-Crystals acting as their pupils.
  • Expy: Lusamine — or at least her portrayal in the original games — is basically a slightly tamer (and modestly dressed) version of Kill la Kill's own Ragyo Kiryuin. While the latter pretty much makes the former look like a saint in comparison, there are many clear parallels: both are Evil Matriarchs leading a powerful, influential organization who threw away one of their two children like trash while grooming the other for their own ends, only for them to turn against their mothers, and both also ended up being brainwashed and obssessed with parasitic, otherworldy Eldritch Abominations responsible for their current state at some point in the past, eventually wearing said abominations in the finale.
    • USUM makes her one to Satsuki when comparing her in those games, being more like Ragyo, to her SM personality in the sense that in USUM her similar methods of trying to reach her goal in the plot to the different and far more malicious goal in SM but ultimately remaining an anti-hero until she realizes that her methods are only making her hurt others is similar to how Satsuki realizes her methods of running the school is making too much like her mother Ragyo and how she runs things, and decides to change for the better.
    • She also brings to mind Merlina from Sonic and the Black Knight; both acted like allies to the protagonist at first before later being revealed to be the real villains of their respective games and intended to destroy the world through some means before turning themselves into a potentially more powerful form in their last-ditch attempts to destroy the heroes. Again, this only applies to her original counterpart.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: In Sun and Moon. In contrast to most other Obviously Evil team leaders, she looks perfectly innocent and helpful (even resembling Gen IV Big Good Champion Cynthia to some degree), but is one of the most psychotic characters in the series.
  • Fallen Heroine: She used to be good before she lost her husband in the Ultra Wormhole, which caused her to take a much darker path. Assuming he was dead.
  • Faux Affably Evil: In Sun and Moon. Like Ghetsis, in the Japanese version, she continues to speak in an overly polite manner even after she drops her charade.
  • Feet-First Introduction: In both the English and Japanese trailers, though it's more apparent in the Japanese one. Zig-zagged in-game, as while you see her model first, the cutscene that plays when meeting her starts on her feet before panning up the rest of her body. Her battle animation is also introduced in this manner, probably as a deliberate Call-Back to the above.
  • Fingerless Hands: After fusing with Nihilego, her shoes disappear, revealing her now toeless feet (though it's possible they're covered in some sort of substance or membrane).
  • Foreshadowing: In Sun and Moon. She is visibly annoyed when Hau mentions Lillie, and has a sinister grin when everyone else is freaking out over Nihilego's first appearance.
  • Foil: In Sun and Moon, at least, Lusamine is one to Cyrus; the former is older than her appearance suggests, while the latter is younger than his appearance would. Also, Cyrus adopted his omnicidal tendencies from a warped desire to create a perfect world by destroying spirit, while Lusamine doesn't seem to be aware(or at least care) that her actions could have such consequences, only wanting to be with Nihilego. Perhaps most glaringly, Cyrus may be dour and solemn, but he actually believes what he does will benefit the world; Lusamine, while considerably more outgoing and emotive, is driven only by selfish obsession induced by a Nihilego.
    • Also, while Cyrus was implied to have been raised by abusive (or at least neglectful) parents, the Sun and Moon version of Lusamine is the abusive parent.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: In Sun and Moon. In her pre-battle animation as Motherbeast Lusamine, she throws her Ultra Ball and flies right towards the camera while pulling off a Nightmare Face.
  • Friend to All Living Things: How she presents herself in Sun and Moon, and allegedly had been before she went insane. As of the present, she's anything but.
    • In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon however, this is a genuine aspect of her personality. She makes it clear that she will do anything to protect the Pokemon she loves from what Necrozma plans to do with Alola's light.
  • Fusion Dance: Performs this with her Nihilego before the final boss battle in Sun and Moon. This also gives all her Pokémon Totem Boosts. In reality though, this is very well likely how Nihilego further parasitizes on its host, and she ends up with a nice heaping load of neurotoxin in her system.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She uses a Bewear.
  • Girly Bruiser: All of her Pokémon are feminine in design and are among the toughest the player has to fight in the story.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Ultimately subverted. She secretly serves as this to Guzma in the first half of the game, because while she doesn't directly get involved in Team Skull's schemes, she is their secret financial backer. Later on, she takes Guzma's place as the Big Bad of the game, thus becoming much more involved in the plot as the true main antagonist of Sun And Moon.
  • Graceful Loser: In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, defeating her at Title Defense has her take her loss much better than previous battles, even as far as finding it interesting.
  • Green Thumb: Uses a Lilligant.
  • Good Parents: While not so much in the main story, Lillie states that Lusamine was a kind, loving mother before she changed. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, you can see this side of her later in the story.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: In Sun and Moon. She fuses with Nihilego to create this.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • She comforts Lillie and finally recognizes her as being beautiful even when not dressed to resemble Nihilego, before falling into a coma. Lillie reveals at the end of the game that Lusamine regained consciousness and is starting to rebuild her relationship with her daughter, also wanting to see you at your coronation as Champion.
    • She has a much more detailed one in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, coming to full terms with her faults and feeling remorse for them, now being determined to do her best to make it up to her children - from a safe distance, as she doesn't want to control their lives anymore. She also occasionally battles you in as a Champion challenger, being gracious and complimentary to you when she does.
  • The Heavy: In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon—her actions still cause much of the conflict, but her previous Big Bad status is now taken by Necrozma and later Giovanni.
  • Heavy Sleeper: In Sun and Moon. According to Wicke in the Sun and Moon post-game, the Nihilego's neurotoxins still in Lusamine's body are causing her to have issues with waking upnote , implying that the neurotoxins side-effects include something akin to narcolepsy.
  • Horrifying the Horror: She absolutely adores Ultra Beasts, so when she tells the protagonist and Lillie to "Run away... that thing is a monster!" in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon when Necrozma shows up, it's time to run your ass off.
  • I Have No Son!:
    • She claims that she has no children right to Lillie's face when you are trying to rescue Cosmog from the Aether Foundation, citing that anybody who truly loved her wouldn't have betrayed and abandoned her as Lillie and Gladion both did. Then again, she hasn't been herself for a while.
    • Downplayed in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, where she still disowns her children for stealing Cosmog and Type: Null, respectively, but she'll still do everything she can to save them along with the Pokémon of Alola from Necrozma's wrath. Even her facial emotions express how downplayed it is, going from an enraged scowl in the original games to a hurt and disappointed look in the new games.
  • I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, she reunites with Mohn when he visits Aether Paradise for a tour of the facility. He does not remember it, or her, but Lusamine doesn't press the issue any further, and lets him go because he's happier this way. That said it is indicated she may rekindle her relationship with Mohn, as he expresses that he intends to see her again.
  • It's All About Me:
    • She doesn't care about anyone that she doesn't deem beautiful enough for her love, and even those that she does consider worthy of her love are viewed as possessions rather than sentient beings with free will. Before the final battle with her, Lillie calls her out for only ever thinking about herself; Lusamine doesn't even try to deny it and flat-out asks Lillie why she shouldn't.
    • In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon she still has this characteristic to a degree, Lillie summarizing her as a selfish person because she does what she thinks is best for everyone without considering the feelings of others.
  • Jerkass: In Sun and Moon. While she seems nice the first time you meet her, Lusamine is revealed to be nothing but an extremely sociopathic and selfish bitch. She is also abusive to Lillie and Gladion, and even disowns them as her children later on because they dared to reject her "love". Not to mention she even tried to kill them!
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In Sun and Moon. She wasn't wrong about the fact that you can put additional Pokemon in the PC, so technically they can be replaced if they aren't strong enough (interestingly Sun and Moon introduced a method to make any Pokémon have perfect IVs, making her argument less true).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, she gains more likable and redeeming qualities, such as having more understandable and less completely selfish motives, and ultimately realizing her mistakes and doing her best to make it up to her children, as well as being more reasonable. Also, she only disowns them because she felt genuinely betrayed by them when they took Cosmog and Type: Null, but she still says that she will save them from Necrozma, showing that for all of her abrasiveness towards her children, she still cares about them enough to save them from Necrozma. Her response to Hau's surprise at her familial connection between herself and her children describe her best.
    Lusamine: Those wretches beside you left me. But I will still save them.
  • Kick the Dog: In Sun and Moon. Minor one, but when Nebby cries out in pain after being used to open a door to Ultra Space, she yells at it for making too much noise.
    Ugh, must you be so noisy, even inside there? What an annoying Pokémon. The only thing I need from you is your power!
    • Overall, knowing very well that Nebby's ability to create Ultra Wormholes might end up killing it but going through with her actions anyway is a much more major example.
    • Averted in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon where she takes pity on Cosmog's pain and briefly hesitates when Lillie again emphasizes that what she is doing could kill it.
  • Killer Rabbit: Most of her team consists of cute, but deadly Pokémon, such as Clefable, Bewear, and, no pun intended, Lopunny.
  • Knight Templar: She believes she is doing something righteous when it comes to helping injured Pokemon, while her true intentions are unusually bizarre and twisted. She is somewhat more of a straight example in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, where she wants to defeat Necrozma and save Alola, although it's all under the justification that she can't "love [her] babies" if the world's light is stolen.
  • Lack of Empathy: In Sun and Moon. When Lillie begs her not to use Nebby to open the Ultra Wormholes, warning her that doing so might kill it, Lusamine informs her that she knows that might happen, but as long as it does what she wants it to, she doesn't care.
    • Averted in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. When Lillie tells her that using Nebby to open the Ultra Wormhole might kill it, Lusamine understands it and clearly doesn't want to do this to Nebby, but she feels that she must in order to save Alola from Necrozma. After Necrozma's defeat at the hands of the player, Lusamine decides to take Nebby back to Aether Paradise to care for it, and orders Lillie to help care for it too, as a way to make up for what she did.
  • Lady of War: She is a beautiful woman who gives off a serene and elegant aura, and also happens to be one of the most formidable battlers in Alola. This extends to her team, which are all stereotypically cute, elegant, or feminine in some way, and are also extremely powerful.
  • Large and in Charge: She's rather tall and is the boss of the Aether Foundation.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In Sun and Moon. In Ultra Space she ends up being defeated by the evolved Cosmog, the same Pokémon she sent goons to chase after and ultimately abused it nearly to the point of death for her own selfish desires.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Her sudden decision to fight Necrozma head-on alongside Guzma pretty much obliterated the Ultra Recon Squad's plans and burned the ashes.
  • Light Is Good: Downplayed in Ultra Sun And Ultra Moon, as she is willing to sacrifice Nebby if it means she can save Alola from Necrozma.
  • Light Is Not Good: In Sun and Moon. She's angelic in appearance, though definitely not in behavior. She wears mostly white with gold with blonde hair and she's the biggest Knight of Cerebus since Cyrus as she outcasts two of her family members as tools for her will and when they defy her she decides to try to kill them (only when her madness reaches its peak though). She also is willing to torture "Nebby" to death. She states very clearly that if everyone doesn't agree to her standards then everyone can die by her will. She's also a Bad Boss who uses her minions as pawns.
  • Living Doll Collector: She has a collection of Pokémon that she cryogenically froze to preserve their "beauty and perfection". She also treats her own children as dolls rather than people in Sun And Moon, expecting them to look and behave however she wants them too, and viciously discarding them when they display the slightest bit of independence. Gladion likens living with her to being a "living ornament" instead of a person.
  • Loss of Inhibitions: Because of Nihilego's neurotoxins, Lusamine becomes more openly cruel towards her children and more obsessed with the Ultra Beasts, intending to shower them with love alongside all the Pokémon she collects.
  • Love Freak:
    • Deconstructed. Lusamine's motivations revolve around love, and she rants about trying to spread her love to everyone around her several times. The problem is, as a textbook sociopath, Lusamine doesn't really understand what love is, and as a result her brand of controlling affection tends to push others away, leaving her bewildered and angry over how anyone could reject her love before writing them off as being "ugly" and unworthy of her affections.
    • It's revealed in the post-game that her father, who founded the Aether Foundation, was also a Love Freak and that Lusamine inherited his love for Pokémon, particularly those that are beautiful or those most in need of it. She also loved her husband and children, loving the former so much that she drove herself mad in her research and experiments with Ultra Wormhole energy trying to bring him back after he went missing in the Wormhole. Then she discovered Nihilego and things took a drastic turn for the worse.
    • Even in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon she cites her love for all Pokémon as her main motivation. Fortunately, she has a Heel Realization before it can get as extreme as it did in Sun and Moon, claiming that a love where she can let others flourish on their own is a more beautiful kind of love.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: It's implied that her obsession with Ultra Beasts in Sun and Moon and her hatred towards Ultra Wormholes Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon came out of desperation to find her missing husband.
  • Mama Bear: In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon despite disowning her children because they left her, she still cares about them enough to try and protect them from Necrozma, and even when she is defeated, she tells Lillie and the player character to run away without her so she'll be safe from Necrozma.
  • Magic Pants: When fusing with Nihilego, her brooch, shoes and stockings disappear, only to come back intact after she's separated.
  • Making a Splash: Uses a Milotic.
  • The Man Behind the Man: She's this in the first part of the story for Guzma, and therefore Team Skull, as their secret supporter.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Lusamine's twisted perception of love is psychologically manipulating anyone she's fond of to keep them in line so she can continue to use them as puppets, and employs this on her children. She also sponsored Team Skull and convinced them to do her dirty work by taking advantage of their financial difficulties and personal turmoil, and used the Aether Foundation’s benevolent image to present herself as a good person. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, while her manipulative nature is still in place, her reasons are more altruistic, only needing Cosmog to open the Ultra Wormhole to stop Necrozma from stealing Alola's light, and having the Aether Foundation stop anyone who gets in her way to make sure no one can interfere with what she feels is for the greater good.
  • Mask of Sanity: Lusamine's vicious insanity is very carefully masked behind an empathetic and loving facade. Averted in Ultra Sun and Moon, where her empathetic and loving nature is genuine this time, to the point where she'll do anything to protect all the Pokémon in existence, no matter what she has to do. It is implied that in Sun and Moon her previous behavior is a result of Nihilego's neurotoxins.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The plant she's named after (the garden balsam or Impatiens balsamina) is a beautiful ornamental plant with healing properties, fitting her benevolent appearance. However, it's also bitter and slightly toxic upon ingestion - which fits with her nature under Nihilego's neurotoxins.
      • Garden balsam is also invasive on several islands in the Pacific Ocean; Alola is based on Pacific islands and her goal in Sun and Moon is to summon the Ultra Beasts (which according to the developers were conceived as a reference to invasive species).
    • Her English name keeps the above reference but brings to mind the Latin lux (light), in keeping with her appearance and status as head of the seemingly good Aether Foundation.
  • Moral Myopia: In her Nihilego-induced state, Lusamine suffers almost from a Blue-and-Orange Morality where she cannot and does not comprehend that she and her actions could be wrong in any way. This makes her so disconnected from reality that she sees nothing wrong with hurting people, but can't stand when it naturally drives them away. In her eyes, rebelling against her wishes or showing any sort of opposition makes them "ugly" and no longer worthy of love; meanwhile she is the victim who's being hurt by them and never did anything wrong to deserve such treatment. After losing to the player character for the first time, she even asks him/her, without a hint of irony, "How can you be so awful?" When later confronted by the player character and Lillie in Ultra Space, she actually states to her own daughter that she will never forgive her for stealing Cosmog from her, which really rings hollow considering that she tortured Cosmog into opening up multiple Ultra Wormholes against its will.
  • Motive Rant: A brief one after Nihilego's first appearance, as she filibusters about sharing her love with the Ultra Beasts and all the other Pokémon in the world. It becomes much darker in hindsight once her True Colors are revealed and the player learns just how twisted Lusamine's concept of "love" really is in Sun and Moon.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Mother Beast Lusamine has several tentacles, four of which even have claws that make them look more hand-like. Ironically, she still lets her Pokémon do the fighting as opposed to getting involved herself.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: She's in her 40s, but barely looks much older than her children.
  • My Beloved Smother: This is at least part of the reason Gladion ran away in Sun and Moon; as according to him, he was "like an ornament" to her, wearing whatever she told him to wear, and acting however she wanted him to act. It's also why Lillie is so timid and lacks confidence.
  • Mysterious Backer: Team Skull's. Her identity is at best, vaguely alluded to a few times, and it's only after Lillie is kidnapped that it comes out in full.
  • Never My Fault: She has a big problem with this in Sun and Moon, thinking she is justified in everything she does and that anyone who opposes her are the bad ones. Not so much in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, where she shows signs of wavering and has to convince herself what she's doing is justified, and then clearly admits that she was wrong and Lillie was right after getting her ass kicked by Necrozma.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Often does one when she's mocking Lillie. It is also her speaking animation in the overworld, as well as one of her poses in one of her TCG artworks.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Zigzagged — She's plenty active in the story of Sun and Moon and battles the player twice, but after fusing with Nihilego and taking on a surely-stronger One-Winged Angel form... She still uses her Pokémon to fight the player, rather than battle them directly.
  • Non-Elemental: Her Bewear is primary Normal type. In Pokemon Ultra Sun And Ultra Moon she uses Lopunny as a replacement for Mismagius.
  • Not Good with Rejection:
    • It's subtle at times, but the game implies pretty heavily that most of Lusamine's villainy is/was prompted by the disappearance of her husband Mohn and the discovery of Nihilego, followed by both of her children running away from her due to her abuse of them. It becomes most obvious by the end of the Aether Foundation story arc, where, having been abandoned by her entire family, all she wants is to be left alone with the Nihilego in Ultra Space for the rest of her life because they'd become her gold standard for beauty, perfection, and worthiness of receiving her love.
    • In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon we see a bit more of this, although it's a bit more subdued. While her children leaving still has an effect, her reaction is not so extreme as to lead to hating her children, she still is deeply enraged by her children opposing and leaving her, and she still uses cryogenic freezing on various Pokémon so they can stay with her always. She gets better though after a humbling encounter with Necrozma, begins the process to restore the frozen Pokémon, allows her children independence, and even allows her amnesiac husband Mohn to choose how and when he meets with her.
  • Obliviously Evil: In Sun and Moon, it's implied that she's more insane than out and out evil, which only serves to make her more dangerous and terrifying as it makes her nigh-impossible to be reasoned with. She's insistent that what she's doing is right and refuses to let anyone tell her otherwise.
  • Offing the Offspring: In Sun and Moon, after losing her rematch against the player and utterly crazed/enraged, she tries to personally kill Lillie, being still fused with Nihilego.
  • Older Than They Look: She's over 40 years old - even though by first glance, she looks to be somewhere in her 20s - which is lampshaded by Hau's dumbfounded reaction upon learning this fact.
  • One Bad Mother: Motherbeast definitely qualifies in the original games.
  • One-Winged Angel: For the second battle against her, she fuses with Nihilego into a half-human, half-jellyfish beast, and uses Totem power to buff all of her Pokémon. You may be forgiven for thinking Lusamine's fusion with Nihilego would actually lead to a final boss battle against her directly, though.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Uses a Clefable, which she always sends out first.
  • Parental Neglect: Lusamine's parenting is very neglectful, often refusing to listen to her children's concerns and simply ignoring them as she believes that she either doesn't care about them, only the Ultra Beasts, or she's doing what's best for them.
  • Parents as People: What she is in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. She's not the best parent, being very controlling, but she is otherwise a very well-meaning person and there is no doubt that she cares for her children unconditionally.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her blonde bangs cover her right eye.
  • Pet the Dog: After she is revealed to be a Hero Antagonist, a lot of these moments she has in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon substitute her crueler moments in the original games. First off, she thanks Lillie for keeping Cosmog safe until now, instead of saying that she'd betrayed her, and then when Cosmog is trying to resist, she takes pity on it instead of being annoyed for making too much noise and commends it for its bravery and love for Lillie.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Surprisingly enough, her Mismagius is her only Pokémon that can't be completely shut down through resistances (as it knows Shadow Ball, Power Gem, and Mystical Fire). All of the others have only one or two attacking moves, leaving themselves wide open to being blocked by a 'mon with the right resistances. That said, her team as a whole is diverse enough that you'll likely need a separate Pokémon to deal with each of them if you go this route, and dedicated Stone Walls will likely find themselves frustrated by the fact that every single one of them has some means of healing itself.
    • Thrown out the window in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Every single one of her Pokemon has plenty of coverage moves thanks to the Move Tutor and only Bewear has any real healing option in Drain Punch, but that is really more to make up for the recoil damage of Take Down.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Her hair turns black (albeit a few thin streaks of its original color) after fusing with Nihilego, which itself changes from primarily light blue to black.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: She wears a short skirt and some stockings. The stockings cover almost all of the leg.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: In Sun and Moon. She treats her children as if they were dolls, and is prone to throwing tantrums like a bratty teenager when angry.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Lusamine's hair flares out nearly a foot on either side of her and reaches down to her hips.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She is more reasonable in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. When Gladion and Lillie start worrying for her safety, she decides to battle the player in order to reassure them that she'll be fine when she goes to stop Necrozma. And after Necrozma's defeat at the hands of the player, she clearly understood what she did wrong and resolves to make it up to her children from a safe distance.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In Sun and Moon, while Lillie is giving her one, Lusamine even gives one to the player character themselves. Especially to note that she points out that just about everyone replaces the Pokémon in their party once they are no longer serving a use to them. Which is exactly what the player most likely did... Ironically, this is the game which introduced Poké Pelago, meaning that the player knows for a fact that their boxed Pokémon are on what amounts to an island vacation, and is likely visiting them regularly — this is brought up as a counterargument exactly never.
  • Replacement Goldfish: In Sun and Moon she became obsessed with bringing Ultra Beasts into the world and joining them in their own world after her husband disappeared, even more so after her children ran away.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The fact that she had Aether develop Type: Full (later Type: Null) specifically for the purpose of fighting and killing Ultra Beasts, implies that she might have originally intended to destroy them for taking her husband, prior to becoming obsessed with them. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, she still has this mindset, flat-out saying she hates the Ultra Wormholes and the creatures who dwell within it such as Necrozma.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Lusamine's fused form in Sun and Moon is effectively a representation of what the neurotoxins have turned her into - a monster.
  • Sanity Slippage: The loss of her husband did a number on her sanity, causing the obsession driving her during both stories' events. However, once she met Nihilego in Sun and Moon she got a lot worse...
  • The Scream: In Sun and Moon. Her only verbal reaction to losing her rematch against the player is to just give a wordless scream. This also the only noise she makes when "fused" with Nihilego.
  • Sadist: In Sun and Moon. She often smiles happily whenever she emotionally abuses Lillie or Gladion and inflicting Cold-Blooded Torture on Cosmog. This changes when you confront her in Ultra Space; where instead of expressing any joy, she's now almost perpetually consumed by rage over what the player and Lillie are doing, with even her Psychotic Smirk unable to hide her underlying rage.
  • Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: Downplayed in Ultra Sun and Moon. Although she still retains some of her selfishness and some of her unsavory deeds from the original games, she is every bit as genuine in protecting all Pokémon, just like her company is striving for. This is even lampshaded by Hau.
    Hau: Miss Lusamine is out there trying to keep Alola safe, right? I knew she was a good person!
    Gladion: I guess... She's always convinced that what she's doing is right and she's really kind of selfish, but... But, I think she really just wanted to find our father, who disappeared into an Ultra Wormhole.
  • She's Got Legs: Nice, slender, long ones, as the camera and her Proper Tights with a Skirt like to reveal. If her official art and in-game model are to be trusted, her legs are almost twice as long as the rest of her body from the waist up!
  • Signature Mon: Bewear, very fittingly. They both seem cute and innocent, but are actually incredibly dangerous and give people unwanted love that hurts them. In Masters, she instead uses Pheromosa (probably in reference to her previous affiliation with the Ultra Beasts); in a side story during the story event she (and her children) was introduced in, she tells Nanu and Olivia that it came to her out of nowhere and it's become her partner since then.
  • Slasher Smile: In Sun and Moon, she tends to pull them off whenever she's plotting, and one could argue that even her regular smile counts as a subdued example of one. By the time she's been definitively revealed as a villain in Sun and Moon, it's pretty much become her default expression.
    • In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon however, because she isn't as bad in this version, she sports it far less.
  • The Sociopath: In Sun and Moon, she is this to a disturbing degree, especially considering she's a main villain in the original games, both which are intended for children. Her grasp of concepts like love and social interaction in general are extremely warped, with Lusamine's particular brand of "love" consisting of forcing control on anybody and anything which shows her the slightest bit of affection and whom she deems worthy of receiving her own affections - and reacting violently when they reject her. She's also quite self-absorbed, generally treats others like objects and/or tools to be used until they're run out of purpose for her (reinforced by Gladion's comment that she's "extremely kind as long as you mean absolutely nothing to her").
  • Start of Darkness: The disappearance of her husband Mohn is hinted to have made her into a much colder person.
  • Statuesque Stunner: While no official height is given for her, she's clearly taller than average.
  • Status Buff: In the second battle against her, she utilizes her Beast Boost powers she obtained from Nihilego to give her Pokémon enhanced power right off the bat.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Her children also have platinum-blonde and angular hair as well as bright green eyes. Gladion also shares her Peek-a-Bangs hairstyle, albeit in a much different fashion than his mother.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: She sports these in her Mother Beast form.
  • Tough Love: Her treatment of her children in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is suggested to be this. While she may have retained some of her controlling behavior, unlike the original games, there is no doubt that she cares about her children, enough to try and protect them from Necrozma. And when she acknowledges that Gladion and Lillie have grown up a bit since leaving Aether Paradise, she is genuinely happy. Also if you compare her expressions when she disowns Lillie, from Sun and Moon to Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, you'll see that unlike her enraged scowl in the original games, she has a disappointed and hurt expression in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
  • Tragic Villain: Once a caring wife and mother, her futile attempts to reunite with her husband and gradual Sanity Slippage due to the Ultra Beasts made her the villain she is in the present. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, she takes it upon herself to defeat Necrozma and save Alola, and her insistence on doing this herself only leads to her defeat and Necrozma almost destroying Alola. All for the sake of avenging her husband, Mohn.
  • Traitor Shot: In her first appearance in Sun and Moon, when talking about Ultra Beasts, the camera zooms in on her eyes and her Slasher Smile.
  • Tranquil Fury: In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, when she finds out that Faba was the one who sold out the Aether Foundation to Team Rainbow Rocket, her expression is basically just a Death Glare that contains enough anger to scare Faba into running away.
  • Troperrific: She is competing with N for stakes in this.
  • Tsurime Eyes: While Lusamine's eyes are normally like this, when Hau mentions Lillie in her first appearance and whenever Lusamine switches to her Slasher Smile, her eyes noticeably become even more slanted. After her final defeat and separation from Nihilego, her eyes look wider and brighter, indicating that her malevolence is gone.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: With her long blonde hair, bangs that partially cover her eyes, and white dress with gold jewelry, she bears some resemblance to Pheromosa. Averted in the main series as she never encounters Pheromosa, but in Masters, it's her Signature Mon.
  • The Unfought: In a sense. While you do fight her Pokémon, you don't get to directly fight her Mother Beast form in the original games.
  • Useless Useful Spell: Subverted with Milotic. Lusamine's Pokémon in the final encounter get a totem aura to power up a stat that benefits most of them, but Milotic, a special attacker, has her Attack boosted. It's revealed that she has Flail in her moveset, which does benefit from the boost.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: In Sun and Moon. This is a woman who, while under the influence of a Nihilego, abused her children and tried to micromanage every aspect of their lives down to what clothes they should wear, declared that they weren't her children and eventually attempted to murder them when they tried to rebel against her control, freezes the Pokémon she adores so that they'll stay the same forever while they remain on display for her, is willing to hurt and even kill anybody or anyone to further her schemes, Pokémon or otherwise, and in general cares about absolutely nothing but herself and the things she desires. This is all in contrast with Team Skull's general ineffectual goofiness and Alola's cheerful and bright atmosphere.
  • Villain Has a Point: In Sun and Moon. When Lillie tells her that people and Pokémon aren't hers to just collect, use and discard at her pleasure, Lusamine counters that trainers (using the player in particular as an example) do that exact thing, namely switching out weaker members of their party for stronger, more appealing Pokémon. While this doesn't excuse any of her actions in any way, her point isn't refuted.
  • Villainous BSoD: Downplayed in Sun and Moon. She partly recovers after her final defeat in Sun and Moon, yet she is still struggling with the remaining Nihilego's neurotoxins in her body.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In Sun and Moon. She undergoes a gradual one throughout the last part of the main story of Sun and Moon. After her first defeat, she's annoyed by the player character's interference with her plans, but still appears relatively cool-headed. Compare this to her later appearance in Ultra Space, where she's visibly livid and angrily screaming at the player character and Lillie. This ultimately culminates in her fusing with Nihilego, which leaves her not only unable to speak coherently but also in a much more violent state of mind.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: In Sun and Moon. Lusamine is the president of the Aether Foundation, a well-known organization that heals Pokémon. This helps mask her true colors, as she actually experiments on Pokémon to achieve her goals.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's nearly impossible to talk about her without spoiling that she's the villain of Sun and Moon or her changed role and true personality in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, she is willing to do anything to save the people and Pokémon she loves from Necrozma, even if it meant sacrificing Cosmog.
    Lusamine: I will force Cosmog to use its power and it may very well die. But if it will save the world for all my beloved Pokemon, then that is what I will do.
  • When She Smiles: In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, she sports this during her Pet the Dog moments after she is revealed to be a Hero Antagonist, and it's oddly quite touching to see. Because she is not as bad this time, this is basically her default expression. This is in stark contrast to the original games where she sports a Slasher Smile during her Kick the Dog moments.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In Sun and Moon. It's stated that Lusamine's obsession with the Ultra Beasts stemmed from grief over the disappearance of her husband Mohn in an Ultra Wormhole, and that at least at first she was looking for a way to get him back, and possibly seek vengeance upon the Ultra Beasts using Type: Null. Lillie reminisces that her mother was fun-loving and kind to her before that incident, after which her obsession with finding Mohn and the discovery of Nihilego is implied to have twisted her into a gradually worsening sociopath, which eventually resulted in Gladion fleeing from her, later followed by Lillie herself. Ultimately, all Lusamine wanted was to have the love of her life back, but in her psychosis forgot how to care for her children and played with forces she didn't understand, and as a result both she and her family suffered the consequences that she was too obsessed to even consider in the first place.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Makes an ambiguous murder threat to the player character at the start of their first battle in Sun and Moon, an unambiguous murder threat at the start of their second battle, and then attempts to kill her daughter Lillie afterwards. Averted in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, when she states that even when Lillie and Gladion betrayed and left her, she will still save them along with all the Pokémon in existence, as it is her duty as President of the Aether Foundation, even if it she has to sacrifice Cosmog.
  • Yandere: She really, really really loves the Ultra Beasts. So much so she would literally destroy the world if it meant being able to be with them. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, this trope is completely averted.


Wicke (ビッケ bikke)
The assistant branch chief of Aether Paradise has a caring personality, so she’s loved by all the Aether Foundation employees.

    Faba (Sauboh) 

Faba / Sauboh (ザオボー zaoboo)
The Aether Foundation's branch chief. He has a very arrogant personality, and believes himself to be far more important than he actually is.
  • Adaptational Villainy: He was a Hate Sink to begin with, but in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, he sells out the entire Aether Foundation to Team Rainbow Rocket, letting them take over so they can expand the company across entire dimensions with himself on top.
  • Beard of Evil: He sports a goatee, and has a habit of stroking it.
  • Big "WHAT?!": When Hau points out the flaw in his plan to stop the group.
  • Bonus Boss: Aside from being fightable at Aether Paradise in the post-game, he's also one of the potential challengers to the player's title of Champion... only in the original Sun and Moon, however. His status as Bonus Boss is Adapted Out for Lusamine in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
  • Child Hater: After being defeated by the player character, he remarks how he dislikes children. Despite his later change of heart, he still seems to be this to an extent later on; when speaking to Faba in the post-game discussing whether he would make a better acting President of the Aether Foundation than Gladion and answering that Gladion would do a better job, he nearly goes on a tirade before stopping himself.
  • Cool Shades: The large, green sunglasses he wears are his trademark accessory, and are designed to resemble fava beans.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Hamminess, massive ego, and the below Villain Ball moment aside, he's a competent enough Pokémon battler to defeat Alola's Elite Four and challenge you for the title of Champion.
  • Dirty Coward: Prides himself as the Aether Foundation's last line of defense in his debut yet refuses to fight a Skull Grunt to save a Slowpoke, questioning what they'd be able to do if he was incapacitated and gets the player to fight the grunt instead.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: In Pokemon Ultra Sun And Ultra Moon his Slowbro is replaced by Claydol.
  • Epic Fail: His attempt to cover his tracks in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon in spades.
  • Evil Genius: He oversaw the various projects regarding the Ultra Wormholes and is the lead researcher in the Foundation.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Played for Laughs. Rather than be arrested for his villainous actions, he is kept on at Aether Paradise... but is demoted to intern position, which absolutely horrifies and depresses him.
  • Hate Sink: He's a selfish, greedy coward who only cares about standing on top of the company, and even being "reformed" along with the company doesn't help his case. Even more so in his Ultra appearances, where he sells out his own company for his own advancement.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Turns over a new leaf post-game. Or so he claims, him trying to become Aether President and nearly falling back into his Child Hater tendencies in the post-game also implies that he just wants to save his own ass. Subverted in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, where he betrays the Aether Foundation in the post-game when a better offer shows up, showing that he only cares about his own advancement.
  • Hypocrite: In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Faba badmouthing Gladion is changed to him thinking that he would be a better president than Lusamine, calling her out for being an egotist. While Lusamine does still have issues with putting herself before other people, she's overall much better about it in these games than she was in Sun and Moon while Faba became even more of a selfish jerk.
  • Irony:
    • He claims to dislike children, yet his strongest Pokémon is a Hypno, a species that is notorious for preying on children's dreams.
    • In the post-game, he gives the player a Dubious Disc during a conversation about him having turned over a new leaf.
  • It's All About Me: He cares for himself and the advancement of his own career above anything and anyone else.
  • Jerkass: He has a high opinion of himself and acts very condescending towards Wicke and the player character.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Actively cultivates his position as Branch Chief throughout the game, usually defying to engage in most of the other roles he needs to do through ego or incompetence, and is on Lusamine's side with her ambitions. As a result, he is demoted when the Aether Foundation is restructured following her defeat. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, his demotion happens when he sells the entire foundation—Lusamine included—out to Team Rainbow Rocket explicitly to advance his own career, making his fate all the more poetically just.
  • Making a Splash: His Slowbro and Bruxish. In the remakes, this redundancy is answered by replacing Slowbro (who never used a Water-type move in any of the battles it is used in, anyways) with Claydol.
  • Meaningful Name: Named after fava beans, which are what his glasses are meant to resemble.
  • Number Two: To Lusamine in the Aether Foundation. Subverted after the post-game of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon where he is reduced to a intern.
  • Psychic Powers: Specializes in Psychic-type Pokémon. He seems to avert the tendency for Psychic-type Pokemon users to be psychic themselves.
  • The Quisling: Being the Dirty Coward that he is, Faba jumps ship and joins with Team Rainbow Rocket.
  • Redemption Demotion: During the post-game, Faba gets demoted down to a rank-and-file member, but also promises that he's had a change of heart.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: While he claims to have reformed following his demotion, he's still kind of a jerk.
  • Signature Mon: Hypno is his strongest and/or final Pokémon in every battle with him.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He gets very annoyed when not given "proper respect", first shown with him getting upset with Wicke over her calling him "Mr. Faba", to which he points out he has a title for a reason.
  • Smug Snake: He prides himself as a genius and a very important person, yet his plans to distract the heroes were very easily foiled. Driving this point further is the fact that Hau of all people was the one to point this out.
  • The Starscream: He sells out the Aether Foundation to Team Rainbow Rocket in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon just to aid his own career.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: After Giovanni's defeat at the end of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon's Episode RR, he tells Lusamine he "would never do such a thing as betray the foundation and invite Team Rainbow Rocket in, just to advance [his] career" after she regains consciousness and his lie falls flat with her in addition to Lillie, Guzma, and the protagonist. This ends up with him being demoted from branch chief to intern, after which he's shown doing manual labor for other employees.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Even if Aether Foundation was the main antagonist team in Sun and Moon, Faba is the most-selfish one you'd ever met. But especially in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon where Aether Foundation isn't evil, just misguided, he's this trope played straight.
  • Villain Ball:
    • During the protagonists' second visit to the Aether Foundation in Sun and Moon, Hau asks if Faba has a key to a locked door, to which he replies yes. Hau then points out that if he had just stayed hidden, said protagonists would then be stuck and probably unable to stop said evil plans.
    • In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, he instead tells the protagonists that Lusamine's at her mansion, during the point where they had no idea where she was.

Alternative Title(s): Pokemon Villain Aether Foundation


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