Series-wide: Ash Ketchum | Pikachu | Team Rocket Trio | Team Rocket Trio's Pokemon | Team Rocket Organization
Major Characters: Misty | Brock | Dawn | Paul | Iris | Serena | Goh
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 | Rivals | Gym Leaders | Mega Evolution Special | Villains
Sun and Moon: Ash's Pokémon (Alola) | Supporting Cast | Kahunas and Guardian Deities | Aether Foundation | Villains
Journeys: Ash's Pokémon (Journeys) | Supporting Cast | Galar | One-shot Characters
Movies: Movies 1 to 19 | I Choose You! | The Power of Us
- Adaptational Villainy: In a sense. They were always villains, but the anime portrays them as much darker than they were in the games: more sinister than their original goofiness and much more self-interested rather than Well Intentioned Extremists. Even Cyrus' altruistic qualities have been completely removed, and his tragic backstory (though loosely hinted at) is never brought up.
- The Bus Came Back: Arceus, the One Called a God specials of Journeys have Team Galactic return after their arrest to try to free Cyrus from the new world.
- Curtains Match the Window: All the major members have matching hair and eyes.
- Evil Counterpart: The Galactic Commanders and Cyrus can be seen as this to the series' Power Trio and Cynthia, respectively. Most obviously, Brock's Croagunk has a mutual enmity with Saturn's Toxicroak, and Cyrus' lack of respect for life and disgust for connection between sentient beings counters the way Cynthia cherishes both. Beyond that, Jupiter reveals that the Commanders were intended to bond with the Lake Trio, a plan the Trio foiled by bonding with the Power Trio. By that logic - and the fact that they aren't perfect in this regard considering they don't have individual, climactic confrontations, it also falls apart but still has some merit, as seen below:
- Saturn vs. Brock - Knowledge, representing Uxie.
- Mars vs. Dawn - Emotion, representing Mesprit.
- Jupiter vs. Ash (both Hot-Blooded) - Willpower, representing Azelf.
- Knight of Cerebus - As with Paul and Hunter J, any episode featuring them is darker than the norm.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Their actions are a lot darker than what most antagonists in the show have attempted, even Hunter J - trying to blow up Iron Island and all of its inhabitants is a major instance of this.
- Adaptational Wimp: In contrast to his game counterpart, who's a fairly powerful trainer, he's never shown to own any Pokémon and is firmly a Non-Action Big Bad.
- Adaptational Karma: In the games, he just walks away in anger after his plan fails. In the show, he ends up Deader than Dead (retconned into Uncertain Doom in Journeys).
- Badass Boast: In the finale, when the heroes tell him he can't control Dialga and Palkia without the Lake Trio, he simply responds, "I wonder..." before using the Red Chain on them directly.
- Big Bad: As the boss of Team Galactic, he is nominally the closest thing Diamond and Pearl has to one (at least during Season 12).
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In his first appearance he appeared to be a seemingly-legit businessman and "amateur history scholar", the heroes unaware he was the founder and leader of Team Galactic.
- Deader than Dead: He dies by jumping into a new universe that is rapidly fading out of existence, compressing in on itself and then getting blown up by Dialga and Palkia, although this is retconned in Arceus: the One Called a God.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Hunter J captures the Lake Trio for him, who are then brought under his control by the Red Chain. Then he nearly succeeds in forcing Dialga and Palkia to create his new world at the expense of the already-existing one. When the Lake Trio are freed, he simply uses the Red Chain to control Dialga and Palkia directly.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: There's really no spark in his gaze, which coupled with his natural demeanour reflects the nihilism he emits.
- Evil Is Hammy: Especially in the dub, where Sean Schemmel really cuts loose: "Dialga! Palkia! BRING FORTH YOUR AWESOME POWER!"
- Hypocrite: He scolds his underlings for their eagerness to kill Ash and his friends in the finale, after he previously tried to blow up Iron Island in order to do just that.
- It Is Beyond Saving: He believes that human emotions only lead to war and conflict, and the world will never progress as a result.
- Killed Off for Real: Even as the dimension Dialga and Palkia created for him slowly fades away he steps inside and disappears forever, presumably dying for his desired world (rather than living in a world he loathes). This is a little overlooked though, especially considering it happened in the episode after Hunter J's death.
- Arceus the One Called a God downplays this as they state he's actually trapped in the other world, although his lack of a reappearance once the portal to said other world is opened and Arceus refusing to acknowledge Saturn's pleas to bring him back suggest that he may still have died.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He wants to destroy all life in order to create his new world.
- Power Crystal: He uses crystals of the Red Chain as mind-control devices to command the Lake Trio.
- Pyrrhic Victory: He technically got exactly what he wanted (his "perfect world"), but he didn't get very long to enjoy it.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes flash red when he explains how he is using the Red Chain to control the lake guardians.
- Slasher Smile: From time to time. He gets an especially unsettling one when he orders Iron Island blown up.
- The Stoic: Making any moments he has of emotion telling - he generally tries to restrain himself, but sometimes can't really help it.
- Uncertain Doom: His original seeming demise is retconned in Arceus the One Called a God, which shows that his new world still exists but declines to answer whether or not he is still alive within it.
- The Unfought: He never once battles anyone during the course of the series, not even in the Team Galactic finale.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Until the Team Galactic finale.
- You Have Failed Me: He's very disappointed with his subordinates' love of fighting, feeling they failed to learn what he tried to teach them. It's implied that this is the reason he turns on them in the finale and leaves them to be destroyed.
- Affably Evil: He's usually polite and respectful to his enemies, even taking the time to explain to Gary how the Lake Trio are being summoned.
- Arch-Enemy: His Toxicroak to Brock's Croagunk.
- Dragon Ascendant: He becomes the de-facto leader of Team Galactic in Arceus the One Called a God.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Appears to be in charge of the organization to the public.
- Graceful Loser: He takes the downfall of Team Galactic's plans — and the revelation that Cyrus cares nothing for his subordinates — quite calmly all things considered, unlike Mars. However, his somber tone indicates he's just masking his pain, which is confirmed in Arceus the One Called a God where he's shown as being the most obsessive about bringing Cyrus and Team Galactic back.
- Heel Realization: As he processes the fact Cyrus will leave them behind to be destroyed with the old world, Saturn then stops Mars from following their treacherous Leader (and dying in the process) and — by all accounts — turns himself in to the police to face justice without a fuss, miserable that he had devoted himself to a false cause. Reversed in Arceus the One Called a God, where it's clear he's become wrapped up in denial about what happened and hopes he can bring Cyrus back in order to reverse the emotional pain it's caused him.
- Poison Is Evil: His main Pokémon is a Toxicroak.
- Snap Back: In Arceus, the One Called a God, he becomes the leader of Team Galactic to bring Cyrus back from the other world, even though he had been the one to recognize Cyrus never cared for his team and let himself be arrested for his crimes back in the Diamond and Pearl series.
- Uncatty Resemblance: He has a hairstyle that mimics Mars' Purugly's ears.
- Big "NO!": Her reaction to seeing Cyrus' "death".
- Broken Bird: Implicitly so, at the end of the Team Galactic arc. She's shown to have recovered in Arceus the One Called a God, and Saturn is now the more emotionally worse-off.
- Cats Are Mean: Her main Pokémon is a Purugly.
- Evil Redhead: She has red hair and is much more villainous than her game counterpart.
- Fiery Redhead: She is more emotive than her other commanders.
- Perky Female Minion: Occasionally perky, though she's serious other times.
- Uncatty Resemblance: Somewhat. Her hairstyle resembles the spike on the head of Saturn's Toxicroak.
- Villainous BSoD: Cyrus disappearing into his "perfect world" seems to have broken her. When last we see her, she's completely silent and without her usual spark, not acknowledging either Saturn or Jupiter as the three of them are being taken into custody. She's recovered by the time of Arceus the One Called a God.
- Would Hurt a Child: She's fully willing to blow up Iron Island to kill Ash and his friends, and even taunts them that they won't be able to run away in time.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Chinami Nishimura
Voiced in English by: Eileen Stevens
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Betsabé Jara (season 11), Cecilia Gómez (season 12)
- Laughing Mad: She cackles after her defeat by Cynthia and being apprehended by Looker, confident in her leader despite being beaten.
- Out of Focus: Not extreme, but Jupiter is the only Galactic Commander not assigned the outright command of a mission, and on top of that she's mainly restricted to side roles in screen time compared to Mars and Saturn.
- Playing with Fire: Her main Pokémon is a Skuntank that knows Flamethrower.
- Poison Is Evil: Said Skuntank is also half Poison-type...
- Deadpan Snarker: His reaction to Cyrus's betrayal in the finale? "Hmph! I knew something like this would happen."
- Evil Laugh: Which Jupiter finds absolutely annoying to hear.
- Jerkass: His impatient shouting at a frightened, crying Shellos - who was only caught up in the midst of their plans because Team Galactic digging into Mt. Coronet disrupted its native habitat and displaced it - is a major Kick the Dog. This guy - more than any other Galactic member - is a colossal dick.
- Karma Houdini: Possibly. As far as we see, he escaped justice - unlike Cyrus, who appears to have perished; or Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter, who were arrested.
- Mad Scientist: And proud of it!
- Not in This for Your Revolution: He straight up tells to Saturn he doesn't care about Team Galactic's endgoal and he is much more interested in the studying opportunities it gives to him.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He disappears without any proper resolution in the Team Galactic arc's finale. Unlike the other Galactic commanders he doesn't returns in the Legend Arceus special alongside his fellow members, either, leaving his final fate unknown.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Takako Honda
Voiced in English by: Sonny Dey
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Yadira Aedo and Adriana Casas (season 10), Yolanda Vidal (season 11), Maggie Vera (season 12)
A ruthless, cold-hearted bounty hunter who specializes in stealing Pokémon. She has an entire crew of operatives working under her, not least of which is her loyal Salamence, and travels in a flying fortress. J has no concern for human or Pokémon life, or even the lives of her own henchmen. In the end, she was hired by Team Galactic to complete their master plan, but this proved fatal, as her ship fell into Lake Valor and exploded, leaving only her visor floating to the water's surface.
- All Webbed Up: She uses her Ariados' String Shot to keep Trainers out of the way by tying them to a tree, rock or other nearby object while she steals their Pokémon.
- And I Must Scream: Any Pokémon that she turns into stone are implied to still be conscious. A Riolu that she petrified was still able to communicate with Ash using Aura.
- Arm Cannon: Her petrifying cannon is mounted on her left arm.
- Asshole Victim: It takes a special kind of monster to be Killed Off for Real in the world of Pokemon, but boy howdy, did she have it coming.
- Ax-Crazy: Anyone who would set an entire forest on fire just to kill ONE kid definitely has a few screws loose.
- Bad Boss: Not afraid to sacrifice her minions if she can save her own hide or get rid of an annoyance.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Downplayed in the Riolu two-parter. She technically got exactly what she wanted, with her client paying her for delivering Riolu to him, but not much attention is drawn to it as Ash and co.'s main goal was to rescue the Riolu. And if the client happened to be apprehended by the police afterward...well, rotten luck, but she has her money and there's always more people to hire her and Pokémon to poach.
- Badass Longcoat: One with lots of opportunities to billow out and all around her while she's riding her Salamence.
- Badass Normal: She throws herself personally into battles and perilous situations that most Trainers would leave to their Pokémon (albeit while bringing her own Pokémon in with her) because she has to catch her targets herself and without harming them via conventional Pokémon battling.
- Berserk Button: Two:
- Don't back out of a sale. She will not be happy, nor will she do business with you again.
- If you're working for her, you better not fail in catching your targets. The repercussions are implied to not be good.
- Boring, but Practical: Okay, simply curb stomping everyone in your way doesn't usually make for gripping action, but if you were a poacher, you probably wouldn't be too concerned about the Rule of Drama, either.
- Breath Weapon: Her Salamence attacks this way, as the only moves it is shown using are Flamethrower, Hyper Beam, & Dragon Pulse.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: She captured the Lake Trio...and then her ship was promptly destroyed by a twin-fired Future Sight attack and she likely died.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Or more accurately, "Can't Battle You, Still Need to Sell You".
- Combat Pragmatist: She does not screw around on the job.
- Cool Airship: Her method of transport.
- Cool Car: Six-wheeled vehicles that look rather like super-armored versions of Mike's New Car are her henchmen's main mode of ground transportation.
- Cow Tools: Her debut episode shows she has a couple of other ground vehicles at her disposal besides the six-wheelers she normally employs. We never get to see any of them in action.
- Crazy-Prepared: She has a sensor built into her visor that can detect Pokémon if they try to hide using Teleport.
- Dark Action Girl: A prerequisite, since she has to get up close and personal to find and petrify the Pokémon she's pursuing and then get out in one piece.
- Dead Hat Shot: After her ship sinks into the lake, only her visor is seen floating out of a window before likewise sinking into the depths.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: She not only captures the entire Lake Trio, but also nearly succeeds in an attempt on Regigigas.
- Elemental Powers
- Empathy Pet: She's a prime contender for absolute worst human character in the anime. Naturally, her primary Pokémon Salamence is one with a reputation for cruelty, viciousness, and general jerkassery.
- Enemy to All Living Things: She has no regard for any form of life, only caring about money. She cements her status as this when she's willing to assist Team Galactic's plan of wiping out the universe.
- Energy Weapon: Her Salamence knows Hyper Beam.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In her first appearance, Meowth pulls a Fake Defector gambit by offering to work for her, saying that he can tell her what other Pokémon are feeling. It doesn't work because, being who she is, J doesn't care about their feelings.
- Evil Is Burning Hot: Her Salamence wields a powerful Flamethrower that can set entire forests ablaze.
- Evil Poacher: A cutthroat individual who steals Pokemon from their trainers (often with them watching) who is completely apathetic to the lives of both people and Pokemon. Even Team Rocket, who are poachers themselves, are afraid of her!
- Fatal Flaw: Pride. As ruthless and cutthroat as she is, she has a nasty habit of underestimating her enemies whenever she's close to winning. This is what led to her final downfall.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Her airship was shot down over Lake Valor by two Future Sight attacks and was subsequently sucked in a whirlpool while she was still on board, sinking into the depths of the lake. The water pressure caused the windows to shatter and flood the bridge, and the ship exploded shortly afterwards.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: Namely, displaying maps and tracking heat signatures and teleporting Pokémon.
- Greed: Her motivation when it comes to selling Pokémon as objects.
- Gory Discretion Shot: While it's not confirmed if she really is dead, the final shots of her and her crew are crashing into a lake after the Future Sight hits their ship, into a whirlpool no less, and water breaking through the glass. After that, the ship sinks and later explodes.
- Hero Killer: Though nobody dies by her hand, she's so dangerous that even Ash and co. take her very seriously. Most notably when Brandon and his Regis were all Taken for Granite trying to protect Regigigas; were it not for Regigigas' Hidden Power, they might not have been restored at all.
- Hyper-Awareness: During her first clash with Ash, she was able to tell that his Aipom had left a door behind her open after spying on her, tipping her off that intruders were on board her ship.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Hers are more towards the grey side, but it's indicative of how cold and calculative she is.
- It's Personal: She drops her stoic demeanour where Ash is concerned, taking clear pleasure in trying to kill him. She even allows him to sneak onto her airship so she can dispose of him personally.
- Jerkass: Like anyone who steals other people's Pokémon or doesn't think twice about unleashing all their might on anyone, adult or child, who gets in their way.
- The Juggernaut:
- In all their screen-time, her Pokémon never once took any perceivable damage, let alone got knocked out in battle (then again, battling was never a core tactic for her to begin with). Makes you wonder how comfortably she'd be able to hold herself against the Elite Four.
- Her ground vehicles are examples, too; they can down trees and keep right on going. They're immune to Pikachu's Thunderbolt, too (unless they've been soaked by a Water attack beforehand, for some odd reason).
- Karma Houdini Warranty: She was smart enough to flee karma the moment there was nothing more to gain, but pushes her luck too far in the end.
- Karmic Death: She's killed by an attack from the Lake Trio, her latest victims, and dies trapped in her own airship. Also, she dies when her ship falls from a great height and then explodes, which is something she tried to inflict on Ash in her first appearance.
- Killed Off for Real: Blown to smithereens in Episode 617.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: In her first episode, she gives up on her current targets and jettisons the entire section of the airship they're in once things get out of hand. When the police show up to arrest her client in the Riolu two-parter, she leaves without a second thought, since she's already been paid.
- Knight of Cerebus: She's easily the most outright evil villain in the series, even compared to Giovanni, Cyrus, or Lysandre. Every episode she appears in is dark and serious, guaranteed. When your repertoire includes being an abhorrent piece of work (even among Pokémon hunters & poachers), this is to be expected.
- Lack of Empathy: Kind of a requirement to be a legit Pokémon poacher by now.
- Never Found the Body: And they probably never will, if it blew up like her ship.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Has on several occasions just tried to kill Ash. Her battling style also consists of simply steamrolling any obstacles she finds herself up against.
- No One Could Survive That!: "That" being her ship exploding in the depths of Lake Valor. While she has not resurfaced since, there is also no concrete evidence that she was killed in said explosion. Considering she didn't have time to escape (She was on the bridge when this happened and ordering her crew to try and re-route power to maintain altitude), the ship crashing into a whirlpool and water breaking into the ship before the explosions. Yeah, her chances of survival are slim to none.
- One-Letter Name: She is only called "J". Whether it's short for another name is unknown.
- Only in It for the Money: She abandons her battle on more than one occasion when her client reneges on the payment.
- Outside-Context Problem: Most Pokémon poachers that appear in the series are easily taken down by Ash and his friends. J, on the other hand, has access to highly advanced technological devices that make her much harder to defeat, including a cannon that can petrify humans and Pokémon, a visor that can detect Pokémon using Teleport, and an airship that can turn completely invisible. Where and how she obtained these devices, as well as how they work, have never been explained.
- Poison Is Evil: She uses an Ariados and Drapion, which are both half Poison-types, in battle.
- Pragmatic Villainy:
- She won't hurt the Pokémon she captures; they're much too valuable for that.
- On two occasions, she immediately gives up the hunt when her client cancels a deal, having lost her chance at getting paid.
- She abandons her client in the Riolu two-parter the moment she's paid: after all, whether or not Riolu is freed no longer has an impact on her salary.
- Psycho for Hire: She certainly fits the psycho hiring herself out part, but it seems that she's more about the money than the evulz.
- Scissors Cuts Rock: Her battling style tends toward this. While no battle involved her or her opponent(s) actively exploiting type advantages or disadvantages, her Pokémon's attacks often simply punch right through her foes' attacks by sheer strength. This is best shown the first time she's seen battling Officer Jenny, where J's Salamence and Jenny's Arcanine engage in a Hyper Beam/Flamethrower Beam-O-War, and the former slices right through the latter without even slowing down.
- She Is the King: Her mooks all call her "Sir".
- A Sinister Clue: She wears her wrist cannon on her left arm.
- Sinister Shades: Like everything else of hers, her visor has a practical function, being able to search out and detect Pokémon in the area. It's also the last thing seen of her, floating out the window of her ship as it explodes in the depths of Lake Valor.
- Skewed Priorities: When she awakens Regigigas and it threatens the nearby town, J is furious that her client cancels the deal because of the carnage that might result.
- Smug Snake: Sometimes underestimates her opponents' capabilities, notably getting in over her head with Regigigas. This is a major factor in her ultimate downfall, where she either thought the twin Future Sight Uxie and Mesprit set up during their battle wouldn't work after capturing them, or forgot about it altogether. Her ship takes a direct hit from it as she prepares to leave, sending it, her, and her henchmen all to a watery grave.
- The Sociopath: She's a cold-hearted poacher who has no problem killing her own men, or a child for that matter, and will work with and betray anyone to get what she wants.
- The Stoic: Unless she's wearing a Slasher Smile.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Every one of her captures was made with her own two hands (or rather, her own wrist-bracelet-capturer thingy). The one time she sent her mooks out to nab a target without her, they were foiled by Gary, and it wasn't until she got involved herself that she made any progress on her job.
- Taken for Granite: What happens to the Pokémon she captures. Works on humans, too. It can be reversed, but only if you pull the dial on the case it's in or revive the Pokémon/human in question by using Hidden Power on it.
- Taught by Experience: She remembers Ash and his companions long after their first encounter since she got a good idea of how badly they derailed her plans prior. Unlike others, she is prone to doing anything to get rid of them if they get involved.
- The Unfettered: No matter what deadly chaos is going on around her, she will not stop pursuing her target until either she captures it or her client cancels the deal. She once used her Salamence's Flamethrower to light an entire forest on fire in order to smoke out a Riolu she was pursuing. It backfires when she goes after Regigigas, as she underestimates what it's capable of, and things get so out of control that her client calls off the deal.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The vilest in the main series. She will gladly attack a trainer directly, and she will make sure you cannot fight back as she steals your Pokémon.
- Villain Respect: Has shades of this in her debut, where she reluctantly commends Ash for tracking her down after she steals Pikachu, and later even outright compliments his bravery in sneaking on board her ship. However, this is dropped for all her later appearances.
- Villain Team-Up: Hired by Team Galactic during the Galactic arc's finale.
- Wave-Motion Gun: Her Salamence knows Hyper Beam.
- We Have Reserves: Who cares if she loses a few minions while catching a rare Pokémon? She always has more.
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: She is by far the most technologically advanced of any of the anime villains, with gadgets like:
- A multipurpose headset/eye visor that she can bring up maps on and use to detect heat and pinpoint Teleport locations to keep track of her targets.
- An arm-mounted cannon that petrifies Pokémon and humans.
- Self-floating bases that can materialize and dematerialize glass domes around their occupants as well as adjust their petrifaction.
- Three-axle armored cars that serve as transport and mobile miniature control rooms for her henchmen.
- A massive floating metal ship complete with full Invisibility Cloak, detachable hangars, earth-crumbling lasers, and gum cannons.
- Would Hurt a Child:
- Defied at first for pragmatic reasons. In a flashback by an Officer Jenny in "Mutiny in the Bounty," she is seen saying to a captured Teddiursa as it frantically claws at its glass cage, "I won't hurt you. You're much too valuable for that."
- Several episodes later, it's played straight when she tries to kill Ash in several ways. It's not like she can sell him for money, after all.
- You Have Failed Me: Very lightly implied during one of her episodes (she's in a kids show, after all):