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 | 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
The regional evil organization of Kalos who are the Arc Villain of the XY&Z saga. Unlike the games where their plan revolves around Xerneas or Yveltal, the anime variation has their plan centered on Zygarde.
- Adaptational Heroism: To an extent - the grunts and scientists here all believe that their extreme actions are for a good cause, whereas in the games only Lysandre seemed to have this mindset and his subordinates were just selfish and greedy Jerkasses.
- Adaptational Villainy: Again to an extent, this time in that they are far more dangerous, competent and less silly than in the games.
- Cool Shades: All of the grunts and scientists wear a pair of shades. The female scientists' ones in particular can more accurately be described as an advanced visor. Lysandre usually goes without them, but he dons one for the final battle.
- Crazy-Prepared: They actually bother to send a pursuit squad after Ash and Co. when they notice their connection to the Zygarde Core, and when it seems the Core has left them they recall the unit in order to look for it in the zone where it was last traced. This ends up being a mistake, but it's an efficient train of thought.
- Dark Is Evil: They seem to have a preference for Dark-Types.
- Elite Mooks: The Team Flare scientists use powerful, evolved Pokémon like Manectric and Liepard and are more likely to engage the protagonists on-on-one.
- Eviler Than Thou: Downplayed. While Team Rocket are slowly proving worthier competition than they had assumed, Team Flare are still the more serious, powerful and cold blooded group.
- Knight of Cerebus: Their introduction marks a whole new level of darkness that the anime rarely sees. They also go further than any villains before them (except Team Galactic) , wanting the destruction of the world itself.
- Mind-Control Device: They use Mega Evolution energy to corrupt and control Pokémon. This works on Zygarde, but Ash and Greninja's bond is too strong to overcome.
- Mooks: The standard Team Flare Grunts only use unevolved Pokémon like Skorupi and Houndour.
- Nebulous Evil Organisation: They are led by a manipulative mastermind and and their long-term intentions are kept secret. They also have a Legal front in the form of Lysandre Labs.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: Their superweapon harnesses the power of Zygarde. The effects of the weapon on the island Team Flare is performing experiments from is staggering, in spite of using only 10 Zygarde cells. When they unleash the complete version, it can destroy a city as a warmup.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Their red wardrobe and dark-coloured Pokémon are a good indicator of their alignment.
- Smug Snake: With the exception of their Leader and Malva, all of its members are in way over their head when facing the likes of Zygarde or, later on, Ash-Greninja. Even against Team Rocket, they totally underestimate their Villainous Valor.
- Villain Takes an Interest: When they take notice of the groups' connection with the Zygarde core, and their desire to protect it, they start actively monitoring them.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: All of them, Lysandre in particular, are a darker and more formidable threat than anything else in the XY series.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Hideaki TezukaVoiced in English by: H.D. QuinnVoiced in Latin American Spanish by: José Gilberto Vilchis
The leader of Team Flare.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In the games he is professor Sycamore's former Pupil, but in the anime their meeting in the fourth Mega Evolution special is explicitly the first time they meet.
- Adaptational Badass: In the games, he is a powerful trainer but still falls behind Malva and the rest of the Elite Four, level-wise. Here? He faces down Malva, Ash and Alain at the same time.
- Even more impressive, his Gyarados singlehandily brings down Ash's Talonflame, Hawlucha, Goodra, and Noivern with hardly any difficulty and had to be brought down by the combined efforts of Alain's Charizard who brought down an Elite Four member after taking down 9 mega evolution trainers, Ash's Pikachu who singlehandedly beat one-third of Alain's entire team, and Ash's Greninja who overwhelm the Kalos Champion's Ace Pokémon.
- Adaptational Villainy: Compared to the games. His Fallen Hero status is underplayed, his friendship with Sycamore is non-existent, and he is more openly malicious, prone to psychotic smirks and diabolical laughter whereas the games had him as more of a Perpetual Frowner.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His Gyarados is Shiny in the anime.
- Affably Evil: He genuinely likes his own Pokémon and is capable of Mega Evolution, which only trainers with a close bond to their Pokémon can achieve. He is also a close acquantaince of Malva, doesn't seem to be a bad boss, and appears to legitimately appreciate Alain.
- Arc Villain: Of the XY&Z saga, as the leader of Team Flare.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Aside from Malva, he is the only one in the organisation capable of Mega Evolving his Pokémon. His Pyroar is strong enough to force Alain's Charizard and Steven's Metagross to dodge its attacks, and Mega Gyarados takes on seven Pokémon and faints four before Pikachu finally knocks it down.
- Ax-Crazy: This guy was definitely unhinged when it came to ensuring his plan worked.
- Believing Their Own Lies: Has shades of this, as he himself believes he hasn't lied to Alain at all. Turns out he doesn't believe he is lying.
- Big Bad: Of the XY series as a whole, showing up as early as the end of the first Mega Evolution special, then appearing in all the rest of them before moving on to be the Arc Villain of XY&Z.
- Brutal Honesty: In spite of presenting himself as a warm, fatherly figure, he does make it perfectly clear to Alain that he has no time for weaklings.
- The Chessmaster: He successfully manipulates the Hoenn Champion Steven and Alain into delivering him a Megalith, leaving them to battle the Legendary Pokémon. When Chespie frees a Zygarde Core, he does suffer a major unforeseen setback, but turns it to his advantage by using Chespie's resulting illness to motivate Alain even further.
- The Corrupter: Malva teasingly accuses him of being a bad influence on Alain, but he denies this.
- Climax Boss: The clash with his Megalith Zygarde is the most climactic, most high-stakes battle of the XY series.
- Determinator: To his credit, Lysandre will stop at nothing to realize his vision for a better world. In the end, it takes the two Lumiose Cup Finalists, eight Gym Leaders, two Champions, an Elite Four Member, and a regional professor to momentarily stop his plans, about half of them using Mega Evolutions. And this only slows him down, with Zygarde Complete itself having to step up the plate to stop him once and for all. Even then, Ash and Alain have to directly attack him and destroy his control device to secure victory. And even as he is seemingly killed, Lysandre still refuses to acknowledge defeat.
- Defiant to the End: His final scene has him being engulfed by Zygarde's Core Enforcer, desperately screaming at his now non-funtional Megalith Zygarde to keep moving.
- Didn't See That Coming: After all the research Lysandre and his scientists have made, when Zygarde Complete Forme finally stands before him Lysandre calls it out on hiding such a powerful Forme from him.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His Gyarados knows Stone Edge.
- Do Not Adjust Your Set: After having Z-2 go on a rampage in Lumiose City, Lysandre announces his plans through television to the whole Kalos region. The Kalos gym leaders are among those who saw the broadcast.
- Dragon Their Feet: After Team Flare is defeated and Lysandre seemingly kills himself on Prism Tower, the Megalith (which takes the form of a Golem-like 50% Zygarde powered by Mega Evolution energy) awakens and sets off to finish what they started. However, it's revealed that Lysandre is still alive, and takes command of the Megalith when the heroes thought they finally took it down.
- Expy: If Alain is one of Anakin Skywalker, then Lysandre fits the role of Palpatine pretty well, being The Corrupter and a Villain with Good Publicity to boot.
- FaceHeel Turn: According to Lysandre himself, he and his scientists were genuine philanthropists in the past (giving ground to him as a Villain with Good Publicity presently), but the over-reliance of people to Lysandre's charity efforts is what caused Lysandre to believe people to be undeserving of them.
- Fake Arm Disarm: He takes direct control of the Megalith using a large device attached to his wrist. After Zygarde steps in to fight the Megalith, Ash, Clemont and Alain use their Pokémon to blast the device with a combined attack, knocking it off his arm. It might have hurt his arm, too, given how it's limp after the attack, but for obvious tone reasons there's no other evidence that he was actually injured.
- Faking the Dead: When his Gyarados is beaten, he leaps off Prism Tower to his apparent death. Though the characters are convinced, the viewer might recall that his backpack grants flight.
- Fantastic Nuke: His back-up scheme is to have the Megalith collide with the Anistar Sundial to release an explosion that will envelop the entire world.
- Godzilla Threshold: Unleashing the Rock Zygarde to collide with Sun Dial, only done so because the original plan of using Zygarde to the destroy the world was foiled.
- Hero Killer: His Mega-Gyarados: Despite being outnumbered 7-1, it manages to take down two-thirds of Ash's team (Noivern, Hawlucha, Goodra, and Talonflame) before a combined assault by Pikachu, Greninja, and Alain's Charizard finally knocks it out.
- Knight of Cerebus: He's by far one of the darkest and most competent villains in the series.
- Last Villain Stand: By the time he has to personally ensure that the Megalith Zygarde collides with the Sundial, he explicitly acknowledges that there is no way he would survive even if he did succeed, but he claims to be more than willing to die for his vision of a better world.
- Lightning Bruiser: Mega Gyarados is pretty fast despite its size, as shown by its use of Dragon Tail, and is powerful enough to faint Goodra in one shot.
- Manipulative Bastard: He has Alain wrapped around his finger and running errands for him under the pretense that he is conducting research for peaceful purposes. Malva actually calls him out on it, but he claims he hasn't lied to Alain at all.
- Metaphorically True: He tells Alain to keep quiet about Lysandre Lab's research to Professor Sycamore, as evil people would probably cross Sycamore. He also claims he will harness Mega Evolution energy for peaceful purposes. Both are technically true from his perspective.
- Never Found the Body:
- His body is nowhere to be seen after his defeat, and both Steven and Malva seem to doubt that he really died.
- Considering he was last seen being engulfed by Zygarde's Core Enforcer, it's possible there was no body to find.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Lysandre's broadcast alerted the Kalos Leaders to his plans, and they head to the badlands to help stop the Megalith before it could reach Anistar City's sundial.
- One-Man Army: Being outnumbered 1-to-7 is but a minor inconvenience for his Mega Gyarados. And then there is his Megalith Zygarde, which requires what amounts to an Elite Pokémon army and Perfect Zygarde to stop.
- Orcus on His Throne: For most of XY he never took an active role in Team Flare's activities, letting his grunts, Scientists, Admins and Alain do his dirty work. Even during the invasion of Lumiose City, it was the scientists and Z-2 (in 50% Forme) who are wreaking havoc, and Lysandre only stepped up to the plate when Ash and Alain and their Pokémon decided to team up and face him.
- Playing with Fire: His Pyroar's primary type. His Gyarados also knows Incinerate.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Takes it even further than the rest of his organisation. It's probably the reason for his Mega Gyarados being Shiny as well.
- Right-Hand Cat: His Pyroar serves as this when it isn't battling.
- The Social Darwinist: He believes struggle breeds strength, as sees Mega Evolution as Pokémon regaining the strength they lost after being domesticated by humans.
- Start of Darkness: As he explains to Ash and Alain, he used to be a genuinely benevolent businessman who brought aid to those who needed it. He created Team Flare after those he gave aid to were ungrateful and kept demanding more.
- Super Mode: His Shiny Gyarados can Mega Evolve.
- Traitor Shot: There's a stark difference on how he is drawn when he is in front of characters like Alain or Ash and when he is shown to be doing his own goals. Compare these two shots in the same episode where he is talking to Ash◊ and when he is looking at the Tower◊ just right after meeting with Ash.
- Transformation Trinket: His ring contains a Key Stone.
- Transformation Sequence: Gets a mundane one when getting ready to face Ash and Alain, by merely having his drones and backpack attach to him.
- Uncatty Resemblance: His hairstyle seems to be modeled after his Pyroar.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: He wants to create a utopia, and to that end he plans to use Zygarde to destroy the old world so he'll have room to do it.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: He wants to outright destroy the world, and tortures Ash and Greninja onscreen, so yeah, he qualifies.
- Villain Takes an Interest: He is intrigued by the power Ash and Greninja share, asking Ash to explain it to him after the tournament, then attempt to brainwash the pair into serving him.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Pretty much everyone thinks of him as a benevolent guy, not knowing that he's running Team Flare.
- Villainous Breakdown: While he gradually loses his patience with the setbacks he suffers, he nonetheless managed to prepare for these in time. Once Zygarde reveals its complete forme and defies Lysandre's world vision, however, he starts angrily screaming that Zygarde is an uncaring protector who has grown senile. He REALLY hits his breaking point, however, when Ash and Alain destroy his arm gauntlet, preventing him from controlling the Megalith Zygarde and ruining his schemes, as well as turning him into a sitting duck for Zygarde's final attack. He seemingly dies screaming for his Megalith to keep moving.
- Visionary Villain: He has plans for letting the world die, so that it can start over anew without its flaws.
- Weapon of Choice: Pyroar and Shiny Mega-Gyarados.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He does seem to genuinely want to make a better world. He just has zero faith in humanity to do that on their own.
- Wine Is Classy: Whenever he isn't doing day-to-day business, he is shown to relax by a fireplace, drinking a glass of wine.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: While the trope is subverted in that he was more than willing to let Alain live and "enjoy" his new world, he nonetheless claims to have no further need for Alain the moment the boy opposes him. Ditto with Malva.
One of Team Flare's five main scientists. He is the only male of the group.
- Adaptational Villainy: Does not have a HeelFace Turn like he did in the games. Even his Pet the Dog towards Clemont is subverted by trying to mind control him.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Sets himself up as Team Flare's new leader. His ambitions are dashed in the span of a single episode.
- Brick Joke: The end result of his battle with Clemont has the latter sending sending him falling through a trap door. In the PokeTV segment at the end of the episode, Xerosic delivers his report with a bandage wrapped around his head.
- The Dragon: He seems to have authority over the other scientists, and he answers only to Lysandre.
- Dragon Their Feet: True to his nature in the games, he shows up after Team Flare's defeat, trying to recollect all the Zygarde cells and finish Lysandre's work.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He doesn't get how Ash and co. can be so strong, until Clemont explains that their friendship makes them strong.
- Gonk: He is not very charming, to say the least. Especially glaring considering the other Team Flare members are rather attractive.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: In his last appearance, he wisely runs whenever he's confronted. When he finally is cornered, he's beaten fairly quickly.
- In Love with Your Carnage: He normally has a very serious expression, but tends to get enthusiastic whenever he sees Zygarde release its power. The fact his fellow scientists and their underlings are on the receiving end of that power doesn't seem to bother him in the slightest.
- Non-Action Guy: The only scientist not involved in field work. When he does battle Clemont, he loses pretty quickly.
- The One Guy: He is the only male scientist, and appears to have authority over the four female scientists.
- Pet the Dog: His treatment of Clemont as a Worthy Opponent, showing him respect as a scientist and even wishing they were on the same side.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Defied. After his plan to collect the Zygarde cells is foiled, he attempts to leap from the plane to avoid capture (seemingly without a parachute, but his dialogue indicates he intends to survive the jump). Clemont grabs him with his Aipom arm before he can get away, and he's handed over to Officer Jenny.
- Worthy Opponent: He considers Clemont to be this to him.
One of Team Flare's five main scientists. Of the four females of the group, she is the one with the orange hair.
- Anime Hair: The only Team Flare scientist to fully avert this, as her hairstyle and hair color are both pretty unremarkable by real-life standards.
- Combat Pragmatist: She takes no issue with striking down Zygarde with specialized machines while it is having a heated battle against Alain's Charizard.
- The Rival: She and Mable have a rather competitive rivalry, as both aspire to be the most prestigious Team Flare operatives.
- You Are in Command Now: A non-lethal variant, but after Mable fails her objective to capture Z-2, Aliana gets put in charge of the operation.
- You Shall Not Pass!: Tries and fails to prevent Clembot and Clemont from entering the Lumiose Gym during Team Flare's invasion.
One of Team Flare's five main scientists. Of the four females of the group, she is the one with the blue hair.
- The Rival: With Aliana, as both aspire to be Team Flare's top scientists.
- Combat Pragmatist: She takes no issue with striking down Zygarde with specialized machines while it is having a heated battle against Alain's Charizard.
- Oh, Crap!: When Zygarde (50%) uses land's Wrath. Both times.
- The Worf Effect: Her first appearance shows her, her Houndoom, and the grunts serving her getting beaten by a 50%-Zygarde.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has Blue hair, and that's not even getting into her weird, octopus-like haircut. Like the other scientists, her visor matcher her hair color.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Was last shown being defeated and captured by Team Rocket...one scene before the Megalith Zygarde causes Lysandre Labs to be reduced to rubble. Her survival is dependent on whether Team Rocket or anyone from Team Flare took her outside before that, which is likely given that she was in the front lobby.
One of Team Flare's five main scientists. Of the four females of the group, she is the one with the green hair.
- Bound and Gagged: Well, not gagged, but she and Aliana get tied up and left hanging for the police once Clembot defeats them.
- Determinator: Gets badly hurt in both of her encounters with Squishy, but that doesn't keep her from trying again.
- Combat Pragmatism: Both her Liepard and her Bisharp are Dark-Types.
- Oh, Crap!: When facing Ash-Greninja.
- The Worf Effect: Her Bisharp gets beaten to show how powerful Squishy's 10%-form is, and her Liepard is easily beaten by Ash-Greninja despite teaming up with Celosia's Manectric.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has green hair and a green visor to boot.
One of Team Flare's five main scientists. Of the four females of the group, she is the one with the purple hair.
- Curb Stomp Cushion: Her Manetric is easily beaten by Ash-Greninja, but gets a small hit in to show Ash and Greninja share each other's pain while in the form.
- Funny Background Event: When Team Flare is monitoring Ash and Co, she is shown eating a bag of chips.
- Oh, Crap!: When facing Ash-Greninja.
- Shock and Awe: Her Manetric is an Electric-Type.
- Smug Snake: She is the most outwardly confident of Team Flare's scientists, but she hasn't achieved anything that backs up said confidence. In the end, she doesn't even get the dignity of being beaten by the protagonists or fighting against a Champion, but gets beaten and taken captive by the Team Rocket Trio.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Was last shown being defeated and captured by Team Rocket... one scene before the Megalith Zygarde causes Lysandre labs to be reduced to rubble. Her survival is dependent on whether Team Rocket or anyone from Team Flare took her outside before that, which is likely given that she was in the front lobby.
- The Worf Effect: During the battle at Terminus Cave: her Drapion is beaten back by Ash's Noibat to show its increased power. Also, despite teaming up with Bryony's Liepard and a type advantage, her Manectric is easily beaten by Ash-Greninja.
- Would Hurt a Child: She orders her Drapion to use Pin Missile on Bonnie.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple hair and a matching purple visor.
A group of Malamar residing from the future, who plan to take over the past and turn the planet into a wasteland that they can inhabit. In their first appearance, only one Malamar was presented, though several assisted in its return appearance.
- Arch-Enemy: For James' Inkay and a certain Officer Jenny, specifically, the one who used to be "Madame X", as well as a group of benevolent Malamar later on.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Their favored method of conquest, enslaving the minds of people and Pokémon to do their bidding.
- Dastardly Whiplash: Due to Madame X and Meowth's translations, and just the indirectly sinister design and voice of the species, the evil Malamar come off as rather over the top evil.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Initially the cast were antagonised by Madame X brainwashing them with her Malamar. As it turned out, Madame X was merely a brainwashed Officer Jenny the Malamar used to translate its rants.
- Evil Counterpart: They can be seen as this to James' Inkay and the benevolent Malamar.
- Evil vs. Evil: Both of their conquests enforced an Enemy Mine between Ash's gang and Team Rocket. Especially prominent in their second conquest, where Team Rocket are left herding a Villainous Rescue for most of the twerps.
- The Hypnotoad: Take cues from their Pokedex entries, prominently using Hypnosis powers to make others do their bidding.
- Outside-Context Problem: In most conflicts that occur within the Pokémon franchise as a whole, the antagonistic forces are usually humans who use Pokémon as a means to an end (unless all the characters are Pokémon themselves like the Mystery Dungeon games). Malamar defies this convention by acting evil on its own. This leads to some deeply disturbing implications.
- Sadist: They are fond of brainwashing their foes and making them attack each other. In their second appearance they also paralyse Ash's team with their psychic powers and force them to watch the Earth's destruction.
- Starter Villain: Not counting Team Rocket, they're the first new villains for the series prior to Team Flare.
- Time Travel: They originate from the distant future.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Albeit of the more self serving kind. Their plot is based around their intent to remodel the Earth into a world their species can better inhabit. Their demonstration shows the planet would essentially become radioactive wasteland likely uninhabitable for anything else. Their treatment of other species should make it apparent they don't give a damn.
- Villain Ball: Their plans tend to fall apart due to their fondness of Kick the Dog:
- Both of their attacks may not have fallen apart if they had not wasted time brainwashing a Pokémon to attack its trainer for cruel sport.
- In their second appearance, they come across a forest of good natured Malamar. Their first instinct is to attack the forest and the innocent Pokémon the latter were caring for, leaving a very angry powerhouse on the heroes' side.
- Villain by Default: Subverted at their expense. After they find a gang of Malamar in the forest neighbouring Grace Tower, they attack the inhabitants and suggest their brethren join their plot. The wild Malamar however, are quite unhappy about them hurting their friends...
- What Happened to the Mouse?: They return to the future after having their plans foiled and are never seen or acknowledged since, despite vows to return and continue their plans.