Series-wide: Ash Ketchum and Pikachu | Team Rocket Trio | Team Rocket Organization
Original Series: Ash's Pokémon (Kanto, Orange Islands, Johto)
Supporting Cast | Gym Leaders | One-shot Characters
Advanced Generation: Ash's Pokémon (Hoenn) | Supporting Cast | Gym Leaders and Frontier Brains
Diamond and Pearl: Ash's Pokémon (Sinnoh) | Supporting Cast | Gym Leaders | Villains
Black and White: Ash's Pokémon (Unova) | Supporting Cast | Rivals | Gym Leaders | Villains
XY: Ash's Pokémon (Kalos) | Supporting Cast | Gym Leaders | Mega Evolution Special | Rivals | Villains
Sun and Moon: Ash's Pokémon (Alola) | Supporting Cast | Kahunas and Guardian Deities | Aether Foundation | Villains
Movies: Movies 1 to 19 | I Choose You! | The Power of Us
This character page is dedicated to the various characters that appear in the first nineteen Pokémon films.
- Adaptational Villainy: He is based after Mr. Fuji from the games, though Fuji here works for Team Rocket, while Fuji in the games seems to have been an independent researcher. Fuji in the games, who survived Mewtwo's destruction of his lab, also became The Atoner and overall changed his attitude towards Pokémon. This Fuji is fairly callous towards Mewtwo, who quickly demonstrates himself to be intelligent, self-aware, and able to talk to people, although he doesn't live to make amends for his actions.
- Despair Event Horizon: When he loses the clone Kanto starters and any hopes of reviving his daughter in one fell swoop.
- Death by Adaptation: His namesake in the games is alive, while Dr.Fuji dies in the movie.
- Expy: His design and background is based off of Dr. Tenma.
- Famous Last Words: "We dreamed of creating the world's strongest Pokémon...and we succeeded."
- Killed Off for Real: Blasted to oblivion, along with the rest of his research team and his lab, by Mewtwo.
- Mad Scientist: He's the one who created Mewtwo.
- Mr. Smith: In the English novelization, he was named "Professor John Smith".
- Outliving One's Offspring: His young daughter Amber died in a car accident, and he poured all his energy into trying to bring her back via cloning.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Only appearing for a short time (this also counts the prologue), Dr. Fuji was responsible for Mewtwo's creation.
Amber Fuji (Ai/I Fuji)
Dr. Fuji's daughter.
- Cheerful Child: She's always happy, even in death.
- Cloning Blues: Averted. Ambertwo doesn't seem to have any problems with being a clone."They call me Ambertwo, but I'm still really Amber."
- Cynicism Catalyst: Her death is a major reason for Mewtwo's attitude in the 1st Movie.
- Daddy's Girl: Close to her father.
- Famous Last Words: "And don't cry, Mewtwo. You should be happy! You're alive, and life is wonderful!"
- Killed Off for Real: Twice, even. According to the original radio drama Amber was hit by a car.
- One-Letter Name: Her Japanese name is based on the English first-person pronoun "I", according to Word of God. It can also be spelt as "Ai", which means "love" in Japanese.
- The Pollyanna: She stays positive all the time, even when she is about to vanish forever.
- Replacement Goldfish: Ambertwo was intended to be this. It didn't really work out.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Had teal hair.
- Adaptation Deviation: His birth is quite different from his game counterpart. In the games, Mr. Fuji (or him and his team of scientists — depending on the translation) found a pregnant Mew in the jungles of Guyana, tampered with its embryo — the result was Mewtwo. Mewtwo was then subjected to countless horrific gene-splicing experiments at the Pokemon Mansion, before it snapped and escaped. Here, Mewtwo is literally grown in a tube, cloned from DNA taken from a fossilized eyelash of Mew.
- Affably Evil: As much of a dick as he was pre-HeelFace Turn, he's pretty refined in his actions. The English dub makes it a bit more apparent where Mewtwo basically acts like a Pokémon version of Dr. No.
- Amnesia Missed a Spot: After his friend Amber died, he went into emotional overload and was treated with amnesiac drugs to erase his memory of her. But he still remembered her last words to him, "Life is wonderful."
- Anti-Villain: Type II, as he didn't start out evil but came to the conclusion that Humans Are the Real Monsters based on the callous treatment of the scientists who created him and Giovanni.
- Badass Baritone: One of the strongest Pokémon ever, and has a mighty voice in the English voice.
- Badass in Distress: In Mewtwo Returns, he lets Giovanni capture him in order to keep the clones safe.
- Barrier Warrior: Knows Barrier.
- Beta Test Baddie: Was cloned from Mew and wanted to prove his superiority.
- Bloodbath Villain Origin: Killed everyone in the lab he was born in.
- Bowdlerize: The English dub changes Mewtwo's goals and motivations (see Take Over the World below), and also changes his personality from a confused individual wanting to prove his superiority to a pompous evil overlord.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: He possesses this power, turning a Nurse Joy into his possessed minion.
- Broken Ace: He was created to be the strongest Pokémon ever, with deadly results.
- Casting a Shadow: He uses Shadow Ball in his duel with Mew, before the move's official introduction to the games.
- Cloning Blues: Much of Mewtwo's angst in Mewtwo Returns comes from his belief that clones don't have the right to share the world with natural-born Pokémon.
- Contemplate Our Navels: Spends most of Mewtwo Returns questioning whether the clone Pokémon have a right to live with normal Pokémon and trying to avoid contact with humans.
- Cynicism Catalyst: His only friends spent a short time with him before dying, and then his memories had to be wiped in order to keep the emotional anguish from overloading him during his early stages in the test tube. This left him with only vague flickers of what he remembered with Ambertwo and the other three clones - a sense of grief and loss, accompanied by not understanding exactly why "life is wonderful", or what his purpose is.
- Dark Is Evil: The black Pokéballs he uses to steal other people's Pokémon, as well as his signature Shadow Ball attack (which became an official move in the second generation after debuting here). Averted after he pulls his HeelFace Turn.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The Kanto starter clones and Ambertwo were his childhood friends, but all of them died and the scientists were forced to erase his memories of them to keep his brain waves from going out of control. But even then, he still remembers Ambertwo's last words.
- Death Glare: Dons a Kubrick Stare with Glowing Eyes of Doom right before he proceeds to obliterate the lab and scientists.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: He goes through this for the first fifteen minutes of the movie. After awakening from the research lab and the researchers talking to him, he thought he was just a lab experiment created by them. Not wanting to accept it, he destroys the lab. Shortly after that, Giovanni meets him and tells him that he can help him control his powers and find his purpose. He helps him control his powers, but after a while he tells Mewtwo that his purpose was to fight for him. Enraged that he had been used by him, he destroys his HQ and goes back to the destroyed lab, where he decides that his purpose will be to wipe out humans for what they did to him
- Determinator: Mewtwo's will was so strong he endured hours, possibly days of torture from machines specifically designed to force him to obey Giovanni, to the point where his body gave out before he did.
- Dub Personality Change: In the English dub, he acts like your stereotypical megalomaniacal and arrogant Evil Overlord rather than a troubled artificial lifeform trying to find his place in the world.
- The Eeyore: Especially in Mewtwo Returns. Meowthtwo tries to get him to lighten up, but it's Ash who ultimately breaks him out of his funk.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Refused to believe, initially, that humans and Pokémon could ever truly bond and be equal partners. It gets to the point that he refuses to help/spare Pokémon who are already being trained because in his eyes they've already lowered themselves to "serving humans". When Pikachu tries to talk some sense into him by clarifying that he and Ash are friends, Mewtwo simply calls him "foolish" and psychically chucks him into a wall.
- Evil Overlord: Rules over New Island and all of its cloned Pokémon inhabitants. Taken Up to Eleven in the English dub, where he wants to Take Over the World and behaves like a stereotypical version of this trope.
- Final Solution: In the dub at least, he loathes both humans and Pokémon that are loyal to them, so creates clones to replace them.
- For the Evulz: In the Japanese version, he taunts the humans by offering them an exit from his stadium... if they can brave the raging storm outside.
- The English version pulls a similar stunt, but in a more implied fashion. While he might have let Ash and company return to the mainland without any problems, he makes no illusion that he's going to spare them his wrath and probably gave them the offer just to see the humans squirm.
- Genius Bruiser: Not only is he the world's strongest Pokémon, he's also capable of recreating the cloning process that brought him to life.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: When he finds out the humans who made him don't give jack squat about him. It's traumatic enough as it is, but his childhood friend Ambertwo's last words of "Life is wonderful" are still in his head when he breaks out of his test tube. It's enough to send Mewtwo into a rage and leads him to want vengeance on all non-clone life.
- Heel Realization: "I see now that the circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are".
- Heroic RRoD: Mewtwo resists Giovanni's torture to the point where his body is severely weakened, and then uses the last of his strength to destroy the machines torturing him.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: How he views humans after his early exposure to them. By the end of Mewtwo Returns, he's softened his view on them a bit.
- Island Base: Has one in the first film that would make even a James Bond villain green with envy. It's a castle complete with a battle arena and cloning machine, and all this is on the island where he was created, even including the last log of the scientists he killed months before, as a testament to his birth.
- Jerkass: Both the Japanese and English versions are quite dickish throughout most of the film, though the latter is more prone in rubbing it in the heroes faces.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At the end of Mewtwo Strikes Back and throughout Mewtwo Returns. He even has a Tsundere moment after stopping a bus from falling into a river.
- Knight of Cerebus: The first of many Ash and company have faced in the movies and one of the more iconic examples in the franchise, even after 20 years.
- Large Ham: Oh, so much in the English version."I may have been cloned from your DNA, but now I will prove that Mewtwo is better than the original. Superior to Mew! This world is too small for two of us!"
- Martial Pacifist: Having decided to avoid conflict with humans, when Giovanni shows up in Mewtwo Returns, Mewtwo tries to intimidate him into leaving rather than fight. It doesn't work, and only gives Giovanni an opportunity to take the clone Pokémon hostage.
- Morality Pet: Meowthtwo spends much of Mewtwo Returns trying to convince him he and the other clones are Not So Different from natural-born Pokémon.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Pre-Heel Face Turn in the English dub, in the vein of Karl Stromberg and Hugo Drax, where he plans to destroy all life on earth and repopulate it with his clones.
- The Paranoiac: Mewtwo exhibits several paranoiac traits. His primary motivation is an utter distrust of all humanity for enslaving Pokémon (stemming from being himself a scientific experiment Gone Horribly Right and later used as a weapon by Giovanni), to which end he seeks to Kill All Humans and save Pokémon by enslaving all of them, the idea being that since he cares more about them than their trainers do (in his mind at least), it's for their own good.
- Perpetual Frowner: Due to the ridges over his eyes giving him a permanent Kubrick Stare.
- Person of Mass Destruction: He destroyed the New Island Lab and Giovanni's gym with Pillars Of Light and created a massive hurricane just by waving one hand, seemingly without effort.
- Physical God: He's the most powerful being in the Pokémon universe after Arceus, with psychic powers that bordeline on reality warping.
- Please Don't Leave Me: "Please, Amber, come back! Don't go, please! Amber...!"
- Powered Armor: Which, ironically, had the purpose of acting as a Restraining Bolt.
- Psychic Powers: Is the most powerful Psychic-type Pokémon in existence.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Some fans of Mewtwo's Japanese incarnation have likened him to a scared, confused and angry child, placing him in types B and C of the trope. His motives basically amount to a psychic powered temper-tantrum as a result of his mistreatment and even some of his dialog is childish in some aspects, saying "Don't tell me what to do!" when Ash and co. confront him on taking their Pokémon. The English dub averts this, glossing over most, if not all, of Mewtwo's childish mannerisms from the Japanese version.
- Psychotic Smirk: When he does smile in the first film, it's due to amusement at his human adversaries underestimating him.
- The Social Darwinist: The main purpose of Mewtwo's storm was to pick off all but the strongest Pokémon for him to use as stock for his cloning project. No humans were intended to survive, of course.
- Signature Move: Shadow Ball, his trademark attack, which became an official move in the second generation.
- Super Soldier: Giovanni attempted to make Mewtwo into this in both the first film and Mewtwo Returns. Both attempts end in failure, the second of which resulting in Mewtwo erasing all traces of himself from Giovanni's memory.
- Take Over the World: The English dub more or less Bowdlerizes his main goal from wanting to prove himself to Mew that he is the "true one" of the two to simply this.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The cover for The Birth of Mewtwo radio drama shows him as a happy, little baby Pokémon and has moments where you just want to give him a hug. When Mewtwo grows up and has a better understanding of the circumstances of his birth, he quickly goes off the deep end.
- When He Smiles: Twice in Mewtwo Returns; once while moon gazing with Pikatwo and Meowthtwo and again during his healing at the lake, when he finally realizes that the Earth is as much his home as any naturally created Pokémon.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Both in the English and Japanese version of the first film, though much more in the latter (see Take Over The World above).
- Badass Adorable: It's very playful, but has fighting skills on par with Mewtwo. What did you expect?
- Beware the Silly Ones: It's not nearly as nice as its playful, goofy demeanor suggests, and is more than willing to engage in a brutal fight to the death with Mewtwo after he angers it.
- Fantastic Racism: Very downplayed, but at least in the Japanese script Mew appears to have a low opinion of Mewtwo's clones, considering the originals the "real" beings who should win in a head to head fight.
- Immortal Immaturity: It's one of the oldest, most powerful Pokémon in existence, but it has a childish, playful nature.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: It spends the first half of the film before confronting Mewtwo bouncing around the island playing. When Mewtwo delivers his Badass Boast that he is superior, Mew just chases its tail, and giggles as it dodges Mewtwo's attacks. But when one of Mewtwo's attacks finally hits and sends it flying through the air? It returns the favor.
- Not So Harmless: Its playful, curious nature make it seem like a harmless creature, but it proves to be just as powerful and vicious in battle as Mewtwo, once he pisses it off.
- Physical God: As the creator of all Pokémon, with reality warping powers. This is a given.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: It has a tiny stature, but is as powerful as Mewtwo.
- Psychic Powers: One of the most powerful psychics in existence, capable of telepathy, telekinesis, and energy blasts.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: It giggles constantly and is extremely playful and curious.
Lawrence III (Gelardan)
- Affably Evil: He doesn't even keep his prisoners locked up, he lets them walk around as they please!
- Ambiguous Disorder: He has a notable Lack of Empathy that suggests more that he doesn't realize the birds and the world around him are suffering, rather than a deliberate will to make them suffer. See Obliviously Evil below.
- Big Bad: Tries to capture the three birds and Lugia, which leads to mass destruction and nearly the apocalypse.
- The Chessmaster: Systematically positions and provokes the birds into moving around and would've had all three if Ash and company hadn't blown up his airship partway.
- The Collector: A particularly obsessive one too, having gone from an ancient trading card to a quest to catch four of the most powerful Pokemon in the world.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He captures Moltres AND Zapdos, and attempts to do the same to Articuno (which doesn't work).
- Dread Zeppelin: His airship.
- Dull Surprise: He just has a look of mild annoyance when the birds escape and wreak havoc.
- Obliviously Evil: He's not really "evil", just selfish and out of his mind when it comes to his hobby. True to this trope, he sees the destruction going on around him and never even once realizes that he's the one who started it.
- Ominous Floating Castle: His insane airship.
- The Stoic: His facial expression is usually fixed on "smug" and rarely changes.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pale green, in his case.
- Mega Twintails: Melody has two spiky tufts of hair that look like massive pigtails.
- Magic Music: Her ocarina allows Lugia to recover.
- Musical Theme Naming: Her sister, Carol, has it too.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Most notably in her Festival Maiden get-up, where Ash is stunned speechless.
- The Tease: Flirts with Ash partly to flirt with him and partly to make Misty uncomfortable. When Ash isn't around, she still enjoys making Misty uncomfortable, also about Ash.
- Big Good: He explains the crisis and sends the heroes on their mission while he watches over the main shrine.
- Mr. Exposition: Explains Ash what he has to do with the spheres.
- Talking Animal: A special case since, much like Meowth, he's one of the few talking Pokémon that doesn't use telepathy. For bonus points he's even voiced by Meowth's original actor in the dub.
- Big Damn Heroes: A few times, swooping in to stop the birds.
- Conflict Killer: It tries to be this, but is quickly beaten down by the legendary birds' combined assaults and falls through the ice into the ocean.Lugia: I have failed.
- Disney Death: Brought back through Melody's ocarina. Twice.
- Giant Flyer: A huge, vaguely avian looking dragon.
- Guardian Entity: Lugia's role isn't to stop the fighting directly, it's to keep the birds off of Ash's back while he collects the spheres and allows Melody to play the flute.
- Leitmotif: Lugia's Song in the English version. It has a different leitmotif in the original Japanese version, which also has a vocal version.
- Making a Splash: It can make big whirlpools.
- Psychic Powers: Its primary type is psychic, which is probably how it manipulates the oceans.
- Talking Animal: Using telepathy.
- Wave Motion Gun: It knows Aeroblast, and how to put it to good use.
Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres
- Animalistic Abomination: They're a trio of massive birds with elemental powers that have the potential to cause untold destruction.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: With Lawrence III, though their part in the story is his fault in the first place. They're attacking and nearly causing the apocalypse because he woke them up and royally ticked them off.
- Duel to the Death: The peace between the three birds is very easily disrupted, and when Moltres suddenly goes missing, Zapdos claims its island. The fighting only gets worse from there — the reason none of the birds actually die is because they all collapse from exhaustion before they can strike any finishing blows.
- Feathered Fiend: They're a trio of temperamental birds with elemental powers.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: Moltres, Zapdos and Articuno, in that order. And funnily enough, that's the order Lawrence decided to capture them in.
- Giant Flyer: A trio of birds that are roughly the size of aircrafts.
- Non-Malicious Monster: Can you blame them for their rampage when some jerk woke them up and made them mad? The problem of course is that the three of them are borderline Physical Gods...
Molly Hale (Me Snowdon)
- Anti-Villain: One of the most sympathetic in the entire franchise. She doesn't even realize she's doing anything wrong for most of the movie.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Played straight. The Unown are a Literal Genie that consistently bring Molly's fantasies to life, giving her a daddy, a mommy, and even a castle, but with increasingly destructive effects on the real world, including the kidnap and brainwashing of Delia Ketchum and the increasing crystallization of the surrounding countryside. It's not until Entei nearly kills Charizard that she realizes that her wishes have unwanted consequences.
- Break the Cutie: She's five, yet she undergoes crap no child that age should have to endure.
- Children Are Innocent: Deconstructed; Molly's too young to fully realize that her wishes are having destructive consequences on the world around her.
- Cute Bruiser: All of the Pokémon she uses against Brock (Mareep, Teddiursa and Phanpy) are quite cute, as well as stronger than they should be.
- Disappeared Dad: Spencer Hale was spirited away by the Unown, possibly on accident, and it's his absence that eventually leads Molly to meet the Unown herself.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Phanpy (Ground)
- Hair Decorations: The big blue bow she wears.
- Heel Realization: As things become more turbulent, she starts to realize the suffering her desires are causing. When Entei is on the verge of killing Ash's Charizard to appease her, she sobs for him to stop and to reverse all her wishes.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: Her wished-up Pokémon completely dominate Misty and Brock during both respective fights, likely made more powerful so that Molly would win despite the vast difference in battle experience. Her Phanpy in particular is strong enough to send Brock's Onix flying with a single Rollout.
- Making a Splash: The Mantine and Kingdra she wishes for to battle Misty with.
- Missing Mom: Until the end credits, where she finally returns to her family.
- Non-Elemental: She has a Teddiursa, and in her battle with Brock wishes for another Teddiursa, both of which are normal type.
- Rapid Aging: Uses Entei's powers to age herself according to each of the heroes she opposes.
- Shock and Awe: Her wished-for Flaaffy is an Electric type.
- Smoke Out: Kingdra's Smokescreen.
- Tuckerization: Her Japanese name, Mii, is from the late Takeshi Shudō's nickname for his own daughter.
- True Blue Femininity: Always seen wearing a blue and white dress.
- Wind from Beneath My Wings: Mantine is a flying type.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Her messed-up life leads her to mess with cosmic forces that drive the conflict of the story.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: Can essentially create anything she wants with the help of the Unown.
Spencer Hale (Sully Snowdon)
- Disappeared Dad: For the duration of the movie; his exploration of Unown ruins led to his disappearance.
- Good Parents: Is a genuinely loving and supportive father to his daughter Molly, to the point his disappearance is ultimately what leads her to abusing the Unown's power.
- Parents as People: His job requires him to leave his daughter at times (and leads to his disappearance), but he definitely loves her.
- Anti-Villain: Only opposes the heroes because Molly wants him to; justified in he was literally created by the Unown to fulfill her wishes.
- Badass Baritone: A Legendary Pokémon with a deep voice.
- Berserk Button: Seems particularly enraged when Ash keeps calling him an illusion, and when the heroes still refuse to back away from him and Molly.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Entei is a living wish and has no concept of Right or Wrong, only What Molly Wants and What Molly Doesn't Want. He may only object to being called an illusion because Molly considers him real.
- But Now I Must Go: With the Unown defeated, he can no longer be sustained and vanishes after giving Molly a heartfelt goodbye.
- Catchphrase: "If that is what you wish."
- Hypnotize the Princess: All it takes is a powerful look and an imperative sentence from Entei and Delia falls under the power of Molly's fantasy.
- Made of Magic: Or whatever power the Unown wield. Entei is a living wish, and produces the same crystallizing process; his footprints leave crystal trails.
- Meaningful Titles: Emperor of the Crystal Tower, from the Japanese title of the movie.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Said almost word for word:Ash: "Please Entei, listen to me! If you really care about Molly you'll let her come with us. It's not right for her to stay here with you - you have to let her go!"Entei: "Whether it is right or wrong, I will do as SHE WISHES!"
- Papa Wolf: Invoked and subverted. Again, Entei doesn't actually think in terms of what's best for Molly, but of protecting and preserving the fantasy she's helping create.
- Parental Substitute: Was what the Unown created when Molly wished for someone to be her "Papa."
- Playing with Fire: Is a Fire-type, though oddly is fond of using Hyper Beam.
- Replacement Goldfish: Zigzagged. The Unown created Entei from Molly's mental association between her father and Entei, and so long as she considers them to be the same, Entei will be Papa.
- Significant Double Casting: Entei has Spencer's voice because as far as Molly's concerned he is Spencer.
- Strong as They Need to Be: Because the Unown created him out from Molly's mind, he can theoretically be as strong as Molly imagines him to be. The only one of Ash's Pokémon that gives him even a little trouble is Charizard - who is established to be one of the toughest before getting his training - and even then Entei comes out on top.
- Talking Animal: Can speak in human languages just fine via telepathy.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His only desires are to ensure Molly gets what she wants, and will do anything to accomplish that; problem is he gets into a heck of a lot of conflict with the protagonists over his more questionable methods of doing so.
- Almighty Idiot: The Unown don't actually exhibit any intelligence, they simply show up and start warping reality.
- Anti-Villain: They really don't comprehend that they're doing anything wrong, not because they're unaware of what they're doing, but because they have a completely alien morality.
- Big Bad: Could be seen as the true antagonistic forces of the film, but they're also not evil (though they're DEFINITELY not good either).
- Creepy Children Singing: When they aren't giggling , the Unown chant Pokémon Speak in high-pitched singsong.
- Eldritch Abomination: They're a reality bending Hive Mind from another dimension.
- Giggling Villain: They giggle adorably and creepily sometimes. Or at least, they seem to.
- No Ontological Inertia: Once the Unown are defeated, the changes they made revert as though nothing happened.
- Power Incontinence: They eventually lose control of their power after using it too much.
- Reality Warper: They alter reality based on Molly's thoughts.
Iron Masked Marauder (Vicious)
- A God Am I: "I control the most powerful Pokémon in the world!"
- Ax-Crazy: The fact that almost every scene he appears in has him laughing maniacally definitely paints him as this.
- Beard of Evil: Has a beard and is a nasty piece of work.
- Big Bad: He wrecks a good portion of Ilex Forest with Celebi under his control and nearly destroys the Lake of Life.
- Card-Carrying Villain: "The Pokémon I catch with the Dark Ball become evil Pokémon...and their power instantly increases to the highest level."
- Casting a Shadow: Sneasel, Tyranitar
- Cool Mask: We finally get to see him without it at the end of the movie, after his defeat.
- Dark Is Evil: Two of his known Pokémon, Sneasel and Tyranitar, are Dark-type. And that's not getting into the whole business with the Dark Balls.
- Doppelgänger Spin: Scizor's Double Team.
- Establishing Character Moment: After barely a minute of screentime, he captures and corrupts the hunter's Tyranitar and has it lay waste to the poor man's ranch to get Celebi's whereabouts.
- Eviler Than Thou: While a Team Rocket member that is more evil and effective than Jessie, James and Meowth is hardly rare, this guy leaves the trio completely horrified by his sociopathic methods, and trumps even other fractions by even planning to back stab Giovanni himself.
- Flat Character: There's ultimately not much to him apart from being a by-the-numbers Take Over the World villain, especially when comparing him to the other, more complex movie villains.
- Knight of Cerebus: Easily the first movie villain to have no redeeming factors whatsoever, and is portrayed almost horrifically seriously.
- Miles Gloriosus: For all his truly malicious actions throughout the movie, after his whole plan is finally taken part, he grovels pathetically against Towa and some Com Mons.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Iron Masked Marauder does not sound like someone you'd want to come face to face with. His Japanese name, Vicious, is no slouch on this either.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: The majority of his outfit is black, but he wears a red vest over it. His Scizor and Sneasel also count.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: More glowing red eyes on his mask device, but it still counts.
- Sadist: He gleefully proves to be one when he succeeds in capturing Celebi with his Spider-Machine's claw, brutally electrocuting it, before capturing it in a Dark Ball. Then, he reveals his true plans to use its power to overthrow Giovanni and rule Team Rocket and the entire world himself.
- The Sociopath: He takes appalling delight in destroying the forest and crushing the minds of innocent Pokémon.
- The Starscream: He planned on using Celebi to take over Team Rocket and eventually the world.
- Would Hurt a Child: He not only has Celebi try to kill Ash and Sam multiple times, but he tries to kick Ash off of him when jet-packing several miles high up in the air.
- Hairstyle Inertia: Flash forward 40 years and her hairstyle hasn't changed a smidge.
- I Was Quite a Looker: She was just as good looking as her granddaughter 40 years ago.
- I Will Wait for You: When Sam disappeared, she kept the notebook he'd left behind for 40 years, waiting for him to come back.
- Never Mess with Granny: She's the one who takes the Iron-Masked Marauder away at the end of the movie.
- Strong Family Resemblance: With her granddaughter, Diana.
- Theme Naming: In Japanese, her name means "eternity", and her granddaughter's name means "future".
- Bare Your Midriff: Although not enough to show her navel.
- Girl of the Week: Naturally, Brock falls for her and Misty doesn't approve.
- Meaningful Name: Her Japanese name, Miku, is an alternate reading of mirai, meaning "future". Fitting, as the time period she lives in, while the present day to us, is the future to Sam and Celebi.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green, just like her grandmother.
- Back from the Dead: After a bunch of other Celebis warp in from the future and past to save it.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: As Dark Celebi, its pupils change from blue to a solid gradient black.
- Disney Death: Literally withered. But a multitude of Celebis saved it.
- Eldritch Abomination: Who'd have thought something like an adorable little Celebi (albeit a brainwashed one) could become so destructive and downright evil?
- Light Is Not Good: On the Iron-Masked Marauder's orders, it opens fire on the Lake of Life with a gigantic pink light ray.
- Our Fairies Are Different: Has a fairy like design, but the similarities end there.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: An adorable bug-like critter.
- Time Master: Can travel through time at will.
- Trademark Favorite Food: It likes berries a lot.
- Curtains Match the Window Brown hair, brown eyes.
- Nice Hat: Wears a white beret, which is (usually) what distinguishes her from Latias in her human form.
- Satellite Character: She doesn't get as much development as Latias, mostly being there to develop the film's setting.
- Cool Old Guy: He's obviously elderly, but he has a strong bond with both Latios and Latias and seems to know a great deal about Alto Mare's history and legends.
- Mr. Exposition: He provides Ash and friends with the backstory of Altomare.
Annie and Oakley (Zanner and Lion)
- Bare Your Midriff: They both wear outfits that expose their mid-section even more than Jessie.
- Dark Action Girl: Both girls are fully capable of kicking ass, and are the movie's main antagonists.
- Drunk with Power: When Oakley takes control of the DMA, she devolves into a laughing psychopath who relishes the ability to control the whole city of Alto Mare (possibly even the entire world, according to the English dub). Annie is left horrified by what she has become.
- Gadgeteer Genius: They have a wide array of useful gadgets at their disposal, such as a transforming vehicle, a flying spy camera, sunglasses that see through disguises and invisibility, and expanding electrified nets.
- Giant Spider: Oakley's Pokemon is a particularly large and strong Ariados, complete with entangling webs and ghostly energy beams.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Their main outfits are made of shiny black leather.
- Light Is Not Good: Annie's Pokemon is an Espeon, which evolves from an Eevee with extreme happiness during the bright hours of daylight.
- Lovely Angels: Two women who work closely together and initially the same goals, but their contrasts in personality become more apparent as the movie goes on.
- Ms. Fanservice: Their black leather outfits, exposed midriffs, bare shoulders, well endowed chests in tight-fitting crop tops, curves, long gloves, gold and silver bands and red lipstick make them very appealing to the eyes.
- Narcissist: Annie is highly concerned about her looks, and she doesn't take her clothes getting wet very well at all.
- Roofhopping: Both of them get around on foot by running, jumping and even flipping across rooftops with impeccable finesse.
- The Smart Girl: Oakley is the one who does all the planning and technical work, making her the brains of the duo.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Provide a surprising amount of information as to the movie's setting, while gradually serving as Foils to each other.
- Would Hurt a Child: They already have no qualms with hurting kids like Ash and Bianca, but Oakley takes it a step further by actively trying to drown Ash with the DMA (and enjoying every moment of it).
- Genki Girl: She's very lively and energetic, more so than either her brother or her best friend, Bianca (the latter of whom she imitates).
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: She's red instead of pink, but otherwise counts - both coloring and personality-wise she's this to both her brother and to Ash.
- Shapeshifter: It's rather ambiguous whether it's this or some sort of illusion, but various factors (mainly human-form Latias doing and being affected by things that would be... tricky in her true form) make it lean to actual shape-changing.
- Distressed Dude: The main bulk of the movie involves saving him from Annie and Oakley.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Dies stopping the tidal wave about to hit Alto Mare.
- Killed Off for Real: Due to the Heroic Sacrifice. One of the few characters in the movie series to die and stay dead.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: To his sister Latias (though she's red rather than pink).
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Is hostile to humans by default, but is much friendlier to the few he trusts, and cares deeply about Latias.
A magician who has his show in the Millennium Comet festival. He was once a scientist working for Team Magma on a machine to resurrect Groudon. After his failure, he was expelled from the team, driving him to seek vengeance and prove his theories.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Acts awfully nice at first... In order to take advantage of Max and Jirachi's friendship for his plans.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Diane, though she has since hated what he became after joining Team Magma.
- HeelFace Turn: After Diane is "killed" by the mutant Groudon he creates, he understands how wrong his actions were and becomes an ally in defeating it.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Throws himself in front of one of the mutant Groudon's attacks to buy Ash and Max the time they need to activate the machine that will kill Groudon. He gets better.
- Love Redeems: Diane's love and sacrifice for him make him see reason.
- Playing with Fire: Dusclops' Will-O-Wisp and Salamence's Flamethrower.
- Psychic Powers: Kirlia and Dusclops' Psychic.
Butler's assistant, and his childhood friend whom has feelings for him and vice versa.
- HeelFace Turn: She's on Butler's side at first, but draws the line at how far he's willing to go.
- Taking the Bullet: For Butler, being absorbed by "Groudon" in his place.
- But Now I Must Go: Because it can only awaken for one week at a time - the duration of each Millennium Comet (which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin).
Tory Lund (Tooi Rondo)
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Due to being caught in the middle of a stampede in his early childhood, he has a crippling fear of Pokémon and isn't much better around their trainers.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pale blue, which reflects his shyness.
- The Ace: A very skilled trainer.
- Big Brother Instinct: Quite protective of his younger sisters.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Brown hair and eyes.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He and his Blaziken let themselves be captured by the Deoxys copies to allow Ash and his friends to escape.
- Butt-Monkey: Outside of battles, he's the butt of many jokes.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: As goofy as he normally acts, he's a competent and experienced trainer.
- Hopeless Suitor: His crush on May is completely unrequited.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her shirt is short enough to see her navel.
- The Smart Girl: Likes planning strategies on her laptop, and her Pokémon Metagross has the brain capacity of a super computer.
- Stoic Spectacles: Wears glasses and is a calm and rational person.
Audrey and Kathryn (Audrey and Katharine)
Professor Lund (Dr. Rondo)
- Adult Fear: That his son remains trapped in the city makes him understandably concerned.
- Parents as People: While he truly loves his son, it seems his job kept him from spending much time with him.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Like Tory, his hair is pale blue.
- Motherly Side Plait: Sure, with a touch of Anime Hair, but it reflects her kind nature.
- Parental Substitute: Seems to have taken a motherly role towards Tory in the absence of a mother.
- Sexy Secretary: She's a nice and attractive woman who serves as Professor Lund's assistant.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Turns out there's two Deoxys; the difference is in the mark on their faces and crystals. The rampaging one has a purple mark, while the one who was initially just a blob has a green mark.
- Morality Pet: Green Deoxys might be this to Purple Deoxys, as it is the one who convinces it to stop.
- Poor Communication Kills: Their inability to communicate with the humans and other Pokémon caused most of the movies problems.
- Twin Telepathy: Telepathic Pokémon aren't new to the franchise, but the Deoxys twins can only do it with each other.
- Breath Weapon: It loves to spam Hyper Beam and it can also use Ice Beam.
- Determinator: There's almost nothing that can stop it from getting its rematch with Deoxys.
- Heel Realisation: Once the Deoxys protect Rayquaza, it realizes they aren't a threat as it mistakenly assumed.
- Hero Antagonist: It only wants to defeat Deoxys for invading its territory and its indifferent towards the humans.
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Dragon its is Primary type.
Kidd Summers (Kid Summers)
- The Ace: She's set a bunch of world records, including one for making the fastest trip around the world in a hot-air ballon, deepest one man submarine dive, and longest independent space walk.
- Ambiguously Brown: Like Brock, she looks heavily tanned, but otherwise any actual ethnicity is unknown.
- Anime Hair: Her hair is braided on each side.
- Action Girl: Not only in her various broken records but in many stunts she pulls in the actual movie.
- Samus Is a Girl: At the start of the movie she's seen in a suit of armor. It's also an in-universe example as well, seeing how Ash and Co. reacted when she took her helmet off.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Should there be one d or two d's in her name?
- Teen Genius: Implied, if she made her various gadgets herself rather than the organization she works for making them.
- Teen Superspy: Is a young adult female doing covert work for a mysterious organization. We never find out what this organization is called or what they do.
Sir Aaron (Arlon)
- Ambiguously Related: Ash is a rare user of aura like him, and matched his aura and appearance such that Lucario mistook Ash for Aaron. It was so long ago Ash might well be a distant relation.
- Badass Cape: Has a rather long one that not only matches the color of his hat but also seems tattered at the end.
- Bishōnen: Is androgynous in terms of looks to fit the bill.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Sealed Lucario away because he knew Lucario's loyalty to him would lead to him following and suffering the same fate he did.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrificed his life to stop a war that would have devastated his kingdom.
- Nice Hat: Wears a wide-brimmed, dark blue one with a mysterious symbol on it.
- Poor Communication Kills: Sealed Lucario to save him from suffering the same fate, but never told him. Thus, Lucario just ends up thinking Aaron betrayed him until the end.
- Posthumous Character: Is only actually seen alive in the movie's intro; all his other appearances are flashbacks, Time Flower recordings, and a post-credits scene heavily implied to be set in the afterlife, Despite this he's one of the most important characters to the movie's plot and Lucario's personal story in particular.
- Together in Death: The credits show him and Lucario, reunited and reconciled and sharing a chocolate bar.
Queen Ilene (Eileen)
- Cuddle Bug: She gives Lucario a gentle hug right before bringing him up to speed on the last thousand years. Later, when our heroes return to the castle, she joyfully hugs Ash.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Judging by May's reaction to seeing her."Just look at her! She's beautiful!"
- The High Queen: Perhaps best shown when she refuses to leave the castle while her kingdom is crumbling around her.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her dress is mostly pink.
- Broken Bird: Rare male example; Sir Aaron's seeming betrayal left him with a severe distrust of humans, as well as a cynical disbelief that Pokémon and humans could ever truly bond.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Much like his partner before him, (and indeed, he learns the truth about said partner soon before he dies) Lucario sacrifices his life to save everyone else from a disaster.
- Kamehamehadoken: Is frequently shown using Aura Sphere to demolish whatever threat he comes across.
- Killed Off for Real: As part of his Heroic Sacrifice; one of the few characters in the film series to actually be killed off.
- Manly Tears: Right after he learns the truth about why Aaron sealed him away as well as him finally learning Aaron viewed him as a dear friend more than anything rather than them being a "master-servant" relationship as Lucario always thought. By the end of said reveal Lucario is openly weeping.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted. Red eyes are merely a species-wide trait, and he's very much a hero... Just one grown jaded and cynical by an apparent betrayal.
- Restored My Faith in Humanity: A downplayed and straight example. Midway through the movie Lucario finally realizes Ash's bond with Pikachu is genuine and vows to help them so they can have what he and Aaron couldn't. Played straight at the end when Lucario learns the real reason Aaron sealed him away and that Aaron also genuinely viewed him as a close friend.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Gets sealed in Sir Aaron's staff at the beginning, and stays there for at least a few centuries before finally being freed, though upon being released he initially has no clue any time has passed.
- Together in Death: The credits show him reunite with Sir Aaron, displaying his reconciliation by sharing a chocolate bar with his old partner.
- The Ace: Seems to be this for the Rangers, being skilled and athletic.
- Bishōnen: He's even called 'pretty boy' in the movie.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her shirt is opened to show her navel a bit.
- Last of His Kind: She and her family are the last People of the Water.
- Catchphrase: "There Are Two Kinds of People in the World..."
- Pirate: It's complete with a parrot, in this case a Chatot, and a matching outfit.
- Ambiguous Gender: Whether it's a male or female, Its always referred to as "The Prince of The Sea".
- Cute, but Cacophonic: Manaphy may always be cute, but you probably might not want to hear it's Shrill voice and cry, including where it cried over May's absence before uses Heart Swap on Ash and Jackie.
- Dissonant Serenity: Manaphy was ironically happy to see Ash with Jackie's voice after it used Heart Swap in the Anime. It probably makes sense that Manaphy is too young to understand Danger.
- Non-Indicative Name: Despite the popular belief, Manaphy isn't technically royalty at all at all to begin with. Many humans call Manaphy "PRINCE of the sea" because it was rare.
Diamond and Pearl
- Dude Magnet: Attracts the attention of Tonio, Baron Alberto, and Brock.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Has blonde hair and is nice to everyone.
- Rescue Romance: Averted - she believed that Tonio had saved her when they were children, but although she probably formed her initial attraction towards him over it, she's still clearly in love with him at the end of the movie. Played straight when Tonio saves her from falling off a bridge.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Only has eyes for Tonio, much to Baron Alberto's chagrin and Brock's disappointment.
- Crush Blush: When Alice leans against his shoulder near the end of the movie, he appears flustered and blushes a little.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: Gets together with Alice at the end of the movie.
- Animorphism: Turns into a Lickilicky.
- Jerkass: Self-absorbed, and generally unpleasant.
- Meaningful Name: His name can be made via portmanteau into Beroberto, the Japanese name for Lickilicky.
- Non-Elemental: His Lickilicky is Normal-type
- Back from the Dead: Apparently, his death was within the realm of Palkia's influence whilst in its realm, and so he was recomposed after Alamos Town was returned to the physical plane.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Alicia opened her heart to him when no-one else would, instilling in Darkrai a deep loyalty towards both her and her Identical Granddaughter, Alice.
- Cassandra Did It: He is the first one to identify the threat that Palkia and Dialga pose to the town. Thanks to Poor Communication Kills and Alberto's hatred, he is judged to be the cause.
- Casting a Shadow: He is a Dark type, uses Dark Void and Dark Pulse frequently, and often relies on his ability to become a shadow.
- Disney Death: His dramatic onscreen demise is undone once Palkia restores the town.
- Get Out!: Variations of it, which form almost all of his dialogue. He's speaking to Palkia and Dialga.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He directly gets in the way of Dialga and Palkia's beams, and perishes for it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Granted, he's less of a "jerk" and simply seems a little more inclined towards aggression than negotiation, which can't have helped the public opinion of him. Despite this, there's a major emphasis on his Heart of Gold.
- The Quiet One: Darkrai's certainly a Mon of few words.
- Foreshadowing: The only Legendary to appear in three straight movies; surely s/he won't be important in the third/last one. Though it doesn't appear much in Movie 11, and is inactive for much of Movie 12 despite an important role.
- Small Role, Big Impact: In the twelfth movie, it is defeated by Arceus within the first twenty minutes, and yet it is the reason why Ash, his friends and Sheena were able to travel back in time to resolve everything.
- Time Master: Its ability to manipulate the flow of time indirectly causes the initial conflict in Movie 11, and helps resolve it in 12.
- Worf Had the Flu: Leaves most of the fight against Arceus in Movie 12 up to Palkia and Giratina, because sending the protagonists back in time drained it of too much energy.
- A Day in the Limelight: It is somewhat more important in Movie 10 than Dialga, due to appearing earlier in the climax and restoring Alamos Town with its powers.
- Determinator: After Dialga is unable to continue fighting, it and Giratina manage to keep fending off Arceus for a good deal of time.
- Space Master: It has the ability to manipulate space, and involuntary use of this causes most of the problems in Alamos Town.
Newton Graceland (Mugen Graceland)
- My Greatest Failure: Was responsible for the Giratina studies and technology that allowed his pupil Zero to enact his plan.
- Evil Knockoff: His Mecha-Giratina.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Has white hair and is ruthless and unpredictable.
- Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: It only became involved in the Creation Trio feud because Dialga was drinking from the same lake when Giratina struck.
- Flight: Sky Forme
- Green Thumb: Its a Grass-type, and has power over flowers.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: Whenever it comes in contact with Gracidea pollen it turns into Sky Forme and will change back into Land Forme when the sun sets or if it comes into contact with the cold.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At first she starts as a whiny brat who does nothing to help Ash and the gang, but does ultimately prove itself as this during the climax, and even is sad to leave Ash.
- Talking Animal: Speaks via telepathy.
- Dark Is Not Evil: It can hold a grudge against those who damage the Reverse World, its frightening appearance leads the protagonists to believe it is evil, and Shaymin thinks it wants to eat it. Ultimately, it doesn't bear any ill will towards the protagonists, and just needed Shaymin's help.
- Disney Death: Shaymin saves it from dying for real.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: It uses its snakelike Origin forme whenever in the Distortion World, and changes to its legged form outside of it. The change is automatic.
- I Owe You My Life: And because of this, it seems to be the Creation Trio member most fond of Ash and his friends.
- Poor Communication Kills: If only it had told Shaymin that it didn't intend to eat it, but to get it to open a portal to the real world, a lot of drama could have been avoided.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has red eyes, and is quite dangerous at times.
- The Empath; She has the ability to commune with Pokémon's hearts, which she uses to temporarily stop the Creation Trio feud. She got it from her ancestors.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Is given the chance to go back in time to fix the events that led to her town's destruction.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Tries to undo the damage she thinks Damos (her ancestor) has done, in order to stop Arceus' wrath.
- Disney Villain Death: An interesting variation in that he isn't a villain, but because of how he originally died he was believed to be one for millenia. When he survives due to changing the timeline, he's rightfully regarded as the noble man he was.
- The Empath: He has the ability to commune with the hearts of Pokémon.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: The original events of the past make it appear that he was the one who betrayed Arceus's trust.
- Humble Hero: He's seen tilling the fields of Michina Town during the credits. Even during the movie, from what we see he's even more humble than Ash.
- Pals with Jesus: Or better said, with GOD.
- Posthumous Character: In the present day, though he's left an inscription for his "children of the future" to find when they return to their time.
- Big Bad: He was the one who conspired to destroy Arceus to keep the Jewel of Life for his town, and to frame Damos (and later Sheena) for it.
- Disney Villain Death: In the original timeline. He looks to have suffered a sort-of one in the new timeline (being crushed by rubble), but is revealed to have survived in the end-credits sequence.
- Driven to Suicide: In the manga, he sets in motion his own death when his plan is thwarted.
- Evil Redhead: Has red hair, and wants to destroy Arceus.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He firmly believes that Michina Town will die once the Jewel of Life is returned to Arceus, and so takes measures to ensure this won't happen. Subverted in the manga adaptation, where he's a lot less sympathetic.
- Hero Antagonist: Its grievances with humanity aren't unjustified even thousands of years later - it was almost murdered by people it had saved with no benefit to itself save the satisfaction of doing good!
- I Owe You My Life: Why it repaid Damos initially, though it appears Arceus was by nature sympathetic to those in need.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Its eyes are usually green with red pupils, which start to glow when it becomes angry. After most of the events of this movie have beaten it down, there is no visible green left.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Not unjustified, as it believed that its trusted friend had betrayed it by withholding the Jewel Of Life - which Arceus needs to survive.
- Ambition Is Evil: Mainly wanted the ability to see in the future in order to be wealthy, and uses this as his reason to perserve it.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pretends to be a respectable businessman to the public. He's actually a greedy, murderous, self-entitled sociopath.
- Expy: Like the Iron-Masked Marauder, Grings Kodai is an utterly despicable villain out to obtain Celebi using incredibly painful electric technology. Also like Iron Mask, he has a hand in nearly killing a Pokémon. Other details and traits seem to have been split with his henchman, Goon.
- Hate Sink: He is one of the most despicable human beings in the entire franchise, which makes him all the more easier to hate. These tropes help emphasis why that is true. Heck, even his Bulbapedia entry goes to great lengths describing what a putrid scumbag this guy is."What a terrible man!"
- Karmic Death: In the manga adaptation. Crosses over with Disney Villain Death, as he falls from the same height as in the movie but dies from it instead of receiving a Humiliation Conga.
- Knight of Cerebus: One of the most henious villains from the series in deeds, demeanor, and misery caused. Committing the first cold blooded murder of a Pokémon also helps, though said Pokémon does get better.
- Light Is Not Good: Wears white clothing and has gold eyes, and is a thoroughly evil individual.
- Meaningful Name: His Japanese name, and by extension his English one, comes from the Japanese word for "megalomaniac".
- Obviously Evil: Inverted. His appearance is a little bizarre but not overly suspicious by his own world's standards; however, to the audience, it fittingly invokes Light Is Not Good with his white suit and gold eyes, because very rarely does a character with both that and Kaleidoscope Hair turn out to be a saint.
- Person of Mass Destruction: 20 years before the events of the movie, he caused all the plant life in Crown City to die by touching the Time Ripple. He did not care about this in the slightest.
- Seven Deadly Sins: Commits all of them in the span of one movie:
- Attempts to claim the Time Ripple for himself when it belonged to Celebi. (Gluttony and Greed)
- Desires the power to see the future through unscrupulous means. (Lust)
- Drains Celebi's only energy source. (Envy)
- Electrocutes Zoroark to near-death for tricking him. (Wrath)
- Doesn't care about anyone but himself. (Pride)
- Has his minions do most of the work for him. (Sloth)
- The Sociopath: He could give Hunter J a run for her money, and that's saying something. Maybe even Ghetsis as well.
- Soul Power: His only known Pokémon are a Mismagius and a Shuppet.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Interestingly, he had them even before he absorbed the power of the Time Ripple.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Although that publicity goes straight out the window once everyone learns of the events surrounding him.
- Weapon of Choice: His only two Pokémon are a Mismagius and Shuppet, but he also uses an extendable claw hidden in a backpack that can deliver painful electric shocks.
- Would Hurt a Child: He uses Zorua as a Pokémon Shield to stop his mother Zoroark from attacking him, then electrocutes Zorua with his extendable claw to prove his point.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Its not clear if Goone is actually his name or only a nickname.
- Expy: Like the Iron-Masked Marauder, Goone has a Scizor (or two, in this case). Goon also has a very similar haircut to who he's standing in for. Other details and traits seem to have been split with his boss, Grings Kodai.
- Curtains Match the Window: Green hair and eyes.
- Nice Hat: A baseball cap with a stylized Woobat design on the front.
Kodai's secretary, and the operator behind all of his machinery. She's really an undercover reporter working with Karl to bring Kodai down.
- Reverse Mole: She's actually a reporter investigating Kodai.
- Dark Is Not Evil: His Mightyena is Dark-type, and greets Karl by licking him.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He designed and built and built the Countdown Clocks for the Pokémon Baccer World Cup.
- Mythology Gag: Her character may be a reference to Towa from Pokémon 4Ever, another middle-aged lady with strong connections to Celebi.
- Chekhov's Skill: His ability to take on the appearance of another Pokémon comes in handy near the climax of the movie, when he masquerades as Celebi and lures Kodai away to give Ash more time to bring the real Celebi to the Time Ripple.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Is one of the two Gen V Pokémon to first show up in the movies, which was set in Sinnoh.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: After all the hardships of the movie, he and his mother return home at the end of the movie.
- Happily Adopted: Zoroark isn't his biological mother, but he loves her all the same.
- Screwy Squirrel: Enjoys messing with others quite a bit.
- Spanner in the Works: Bit Kodai's wrist, which broke his illusion-breaking device.
- Verbal Tic: His mischievous giggle.
- Action Mom: Trapped in an electrified steel cage? She punches her way out of it. Confronted by a trio of Legendary Pokémon? She fights them to a standstill. Facing Grings Kodai himself? Destroys his Time Ripple absorbing claw and knocks out his Shuppet with Dark Pulse. What motivates her to pull this all off? Her son needs her.
- Adult Fear: Her child is kidnapped and held hostage by a human, who explicitly threatens its life if she doesn't do what he says. Throughout the entire film, she fights to save her child.
- Dark Is Not Evil: She has no malicious intent. All she want is to protect her son.
- Determinator: Nothing will stop her from rescuing her son. Not a prison with electrified walls, not the Legendary beasts, not Grings Kodai himself. Nothing.
- Early-Bird Cameo: One of the first Gen V Pokémon to appear in the movies.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Thanks to Kodai, the people of Crown City think she's a destructive monster.
- Poor Communication Kills: Got in a big fight with Shiny Raikou, Entei and Suicune because she was running around giving them a bad name, even though it wasn't her fault. Can't these movie Pokémon just talk things out?!
- Screaming Warrior: She lets out a feral scream when unleashing her attacks, instead of using Pokémon Speak.
- But Now I Must Go: At the end of the movie, it travels back in time.
- Conflict Killer: It calms the angry forest Pokémon in Crown City by making berries grow on the surrounding trees and bushes.
- Green Thumb: Part Grass-type and uses its time powers to make flowers bloom.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Blue eyes, and a good guy.
- Mundane Utility: It uses its Grass-type powers to grow a nest of vines for Zorua and create berries to calm the upset forest Pokémon.
Damon (Dred Grangil)
- Affably Evil: Damon is a great guy to be around, introducing himself to Ash and his friends by volunteering to help them get to the harvest festival in time to register for the battle competition via a shortcut, and he happily participates in the telling of the story of the people of the Vale, and in the beginning of both movies, saves two portions of the tribe together with his dragon. And of course, he happens to be the film's main antagonist, later willing to do everything to undo the sins he commits.
- Anti-Villain: He just wants to reunite the people of the Vale with their former home in the Kingdom of the Vale. Of course, his actions, including using Victini to power the flight of the castle, which turns out to be hurting it, are rather questionable at best.
- Multicolored Hair: Black and white, which is unusual even for the series.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Once he realizes that his plan will destroy the world, he falls into temporary despair.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His actions may be quite extreme, but since he just wants to reunite the people of the Vale with their land, it's safe to say he's very well-intentioned.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Her Hydreigon is dark-type, but loyal nonetheless.
- Disney Death: Thought to have spent all his vital energy bringing the castle down, he's really alive at the end.
- Invisibility: Can turn invisible at will.
- Shrinking Violet: Scares itself at the drop of a hat.
- Badass Adorable: Pint-sized and cute, like Mew and its counterparts in the movie. Also like them is that he can really fight (although unlike them, he doesn't have a cutesy-sounding voice).
- BFS: His Secret Sword is about as long as he is!
- Bullying a Dragon: Literally picked a fight with the Dragon type Kyurem before he was ready.
- Heroic BSoD: Spends most of the movie in one after his defeat, though he visibly shows this before the rematch.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Yields in his rematch with Kyurem.
- Wrecked Weapon: His broken horn. He grows it back after attaining Resolute Forme.
- Stern Teacher: Cobalion is the most serious of his trio, but genuinely wants to see Keldeo get stronger.
- The Smurfette Principle: Is the only female member of the Swords of Justice.
- Big Fun: Is the bulkiest member of the Swords of Justice, and is also the most jovial.
- The Big Guy: Big and muscular when compared to the other Swords of Justice.
- Adaptational Badass: Is outright stated to be one of the strongest Dragon-types in the world, is certainly, no slouch in a fight, and most notably can switch between both its alternate forms at will just by "borrowing" Reshiram and Zekrom's power, when elsewhere in the franchise it needs to fuse with either Reshiram or Zekrom to do so.
- Berserk Button: If you pass through his arc to fight him, you better see the battle to the end and not run away. He. Will. Hunt. You. Down.
- Big Bad: Except he's less evil and more angry that Keldeo ran away and didn't finish the fight.
- Blood Knight: He will accept any invitation to a fight. Just don't run away.
- Flunky Boss: A pack of Cryogonal is always following him.
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Primary type. And its even called 'The Strongest Dragon'.
- Implacable Man: Nothing can even slow this guy down.
- Large Ham: More quiet than most hams, but his voice makes any speaking have impact. Then there is the way he accepts invitations to a fight: set up an icy combat ring with an arc for the challenger to pass through as formality.
- One-Winged Angel: Can take the Black Kyurem and White Kyurem forms at will.
- World's Strongest Man: Iris specifically stated Kyurem is the strongest Dragon type in the world. And boy does he prove that title.
- Composite Character: Is essentially a feminine cross between Movie 1 Mewtwo and Movie 8 Lucario, as noted below.
- Distaff Counterpart: To the original Mewtwo, at least in terms of voice. Also a Good Counterpart since it's more of a straightforward hero rather than a villain turned Anti-Hero.
- Energy Ball: Uses Aura Sphere.
- Expy: Same Legendary Pokémon species as the original, and also uses similar battle poses. She also takes some of Movie 8 Lucario's personality traits (such as his distrust of humans) and his signature move, Aura Sphere.
- Misanthrope Supreme: Downplayed - it doesn't like humans and gets on better with other Pokémon, but it doesn't wish to destroy them like its predecessor. Though it suddenly starts caring about them when it and the Red Genesect fight in a populated area when not long ago it still had those feelings.
- Super Mode: Its alternate form, Mega Mewtwo Y.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: It is a brand new Mewtwo, but its past is almost EXACTLY like the old one's. The prologue dedicated to it is a rehash of Mewtwo Returns, but with all Team Rocket elements removed and replaced.
- Armies Are Evil: They're the main villains of the sixteenth movie.
- Ax-Crazy: Red is violent. Very violent. Especially to those who aren't on its side.
- Backpack Cannon: They are equipped with Drives, adjustable laser cannons, on their backs. Each is of a different element.
- Big Bad: All of them in the sixteenth movie, and Red by virtue of being leader.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: They are Bug-type Pokémon, and are close to human-sized.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Red Genesect can do this to the other four.
- Chromatic Arrangement: The Red Genesect is the Leader.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The four purple Genesect are distinguished by their differently colored Drives.
- Elemental Powers: Each member has a different one for their Techno Blast:
- Fish out of Temporal Water: They existed 300 million years ago, went extinct and were resurrected and enhanced by Team Plasma.
- Flight: They do this by transforming into a hoverboard-like mode (known as the High Speed Flight Form).
- Glowing Mechanical Eyes: They have them sometimes. Usually when Red takes control of them.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: The Douse Drive Genesect is kind, but gets brainwashed by Red a lot.
- HeelFace Turn: All of the Genesect (Red included) eventually turn good.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: The leader is a shiny Genesect with the imaginative name Red Genesect.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: As seems to be a trend in Pokémon films, this applies for all of them, though the Douse Drive Genesect takes the cake.
- Oddly Small Organisation: Despite being known as the Genesect Army, there's only five of them.
The main villain of the movie. A master thief who is so good at his trade that even Team Rocket knows his name. He seeks to awaken Diancie's power so he can create diamonds before stealing the Pokémon and fortune for himself.
- Big Bad: Serves as the main villain of the film, being behind the thieves that want to steal Diance.
- Big Bad Wannabe: However, Yveltal wakes up in the climax and shows itself to be a much greater threat to everyone - including the Steels themselves.
- Crazy-Prepared: He has a massive cache of missiles on hand for some reason.
- Only in It for the Money: Only seeks to awaken Diancie for fortune.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Chocolate, up to the point that his daughter, Millis, is annoyed at him for eating too much of it.
Argus Steel's daughter, who works with her father to awaken Diancie.
- Bare Your Midriff: Although not enough to see her navel.
- Evil All Along: She wasn't helping Diance for good, but to have its get power from Xerneas and then take it when it can successfully make diamonds.
- Walking Spoiler: She is not just a regular character of the week. She works for the Big Bad, Argus Steel, who is actually her father.
Ninja Riot and Marilyn Flame
Two thieves who work alongside the Steels to awaken Diancie.
- Ship Tease: With each other. He Proposes to her at the end
- Worthy Opponent: Marilyn is impressed by Ash's fighting ability.
The Jewel Pokémon. The Steels seek to awaken her so they can use her powers to create diamonds.
- Everything Is Better With Princesses: Diancie the princess of the Diamond Domain.
- Gemstone Assault: She can create diamonds, but since she hasn't mastered her powers, they soon disappear.
- Keigo: She speaks very politely in the Japanese version.
- Our Fairies Are Different: A Rock-Fairy type.
- Princess Classic: She's the princess of the Diamond Domain and her personality is extremely polite, kind and naive.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: She spent most of her life in the Diamond Domain and as a result is quite unfamiliar with the outside world.
- Badass Pacifist: Xerneas stops Yveltal by using its telepathy to calm it down and convince it to leave the forest.
- Big Good: The only one who can stop Yveltal's rampage.
- Blue Is Heroic: It has a blue color scheme and is one of the good guys.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Xerneas' pupils are, fittingly, shaped like the letter X.
- The Marvelous Deer: Its a Legendary Fairy-type that looks like a deer.
- Our Fairies Are Different: Fairy-type.
- "X" Makes Anything Cool: A recurring motif for Xerneas not only is there an "X" in the name, its design incorporates numerous saltires as well.
- World-Healing Wave: Its Geomancy can restore areas of the Allearth Forest previously petrified by Yveltal.
The Destruction Pokémon. Long ago, it caused the "Great Destruction" and sapped the life energy out of all living beings. Now slumbering as a cocoon, it waits until it can be awakened again...
- Adaptational Villainy: In the games, Yveltal is a case of Dark Is Not Evil, and its destruction is part of its life cycle as opposed to intentional malice, implied to be a necessary counterpoint to Xerneas' powers of creation. In the movie it is stated to serve the same role (having destroyed a forest so that it could regrow to be even more vibrant), however, due to having been awoken in a state of rage it is much more wild and drains the life of others deliberately until it calms down. It is seen in the credits flying about peacefully.
- Combat Pragmatist: In keeping with the "dirty tactics" aspect of its Dark type, Yveltal attacks the Steels' airship in order to get to the Steels themselves.
- Dark Is Evil: A Dark-type Pokémon, and a very savage and destructive one at that when enraged.
- Greater-Scope Villain: While it's an animalistic force of destruction and not a malevolent schemer, it's the biggest threat in the movie.
- Brother-Sister Team: With Meray, since they both have the same powers.
- Childhood Friends: With Hoopa, even if the Pokémon didn't age.
- Demonic Possession: He's possessed by Shadow Hoopa at the beginning of the movie.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: When they were children, he was the Responsible to Meray's Foolish one.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: When they were children, she was the Foolish one to Baraz's Responsible one.
- Catchphrase: "Were you surprised?", especially after it summons something. The actual act of summoning things is often accompanied by "Alléhooparing!"
- Enemy Summoner: It can summon up to Six Legendary Pokémon at once.
- Enemy Within: Shadow Hoopa tries to take over the body of the real one, and only after the original confronts it they become one once more.
- Let's You and Him Fight: Hoopa Confined summons Lugia to help it fight its shadow, and it quickly escalates from there.
- Manchild: Hoopa Unbound acted almost like the childish Confined, even when it had control of its power. And when it became Drunk with Power, it turned into a Psychopathic Manchild.
- The Trickster: Loves playing pranks on people and Pokémon with its rings.
- Thinking Up Portals: Uses its rings to create portals, and it doesn't seem to have a limit of where, or what can be summoned as long as Hoopa wills it.
- Third-Person Person: Tends to talk like this, especially when apologizing for something."Hoopa sorry."
- Trademark Favorite Food: Doughnuts, probably because it likes anything ring-shaped.
- Ambition Is Evil: Since he already has wealth and influence, he now wants to take over the Azoth Kingdom as well.
- Beard of Evil: Just another feature to indicates his evilness.
- Evil Is Petty: Trying to destroy the plateau Magearna and Volcanion live to break their spirits.
- Meaningful Name: In the Japanese version, his name comes from Jabir ibn Hayyan, a Muslim alchemist. His English name was the middle name of Thomas Edison. And yes, he is in fact exploiting and warping the work of a scientist named Nikola!
- Anime Hair: Her Regal Ringlets look rather improbable in design.
- Big Damn Heroes: She and her shiny Gardevoir arrive just in time to save Serena, Clemont, Bonnie and Magearna from Team Rocket.
- Generation Xerox: She looks identical to Nikola's daughter from 500 years prior.
- Only Sane Woman: She and her assistant Flamel seem to be the only ones who know Alva is bad news.
- Pretty Princess Powerhouse: Princess of the Azoth Kingdom, user of devices and Pokémon trainer.
- Horrible Judge of Character: His blind trust in Alva, who is clearly up to no good, makes him this. When he finally realizes what a bastard Alva actually is, he's mortified at his naivety.
- Spoiled Sweet: He may be too trusting, but remains a nice person, even with Alva's influence.
Levi and Cherie (Dohga and Ether)
- Co-Dragons: They're Alva's top henchmen.
- Evil Redhead: Cherie is a redhead, and just as ruthless as Levi.
- Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Cherie wears a lot more make up than the other females of the series, and is a villain.
- Nice Hat: Cherie wears an artist's hat.
- Chained Heat: Spends most of the movie unwillingly bound via electromagnetism to Ash.
- Elemental Baggage: Unlike most Water Pokémon, he needs to recharge water every now and then.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Grumpy and distrustful of humans, but is quite caring towards other Pokémon, especially Maegearna.
- Oxymoronic Being: Its a Fire-Water type, the first one of this combination.
- Sneeze of Doom: Considering its abilities are all related to steam...
- Disney Death: Has its Soul-Heart removed by Alva, and even when it's reinstalled it functions as a memory wipe until the sight of Volcanion reboots it back to normal.
- The Unintelligible: Unlike Volcanion, it can't talk using Telepathy, although other Pokémon can understand it.