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"Pokémon Trainers. I come to you by the Holo Caster to make an important announcement. Listen well. Team Flare will revive the ultimate weapon, eliminate everyone who isn't in our group, and return the world to a beautiful, natural state. Unproductive fools are consuming our future... If nothing changes, the world will become ugly and conflicts will raze the land from end to end. I repeat. We will use the ultimate weapon and wipe the slate clean. I'm sorry, those of you who are not members of Team Flare, but this is adieu to you all."

The villainous team of Pokémon X and Y. Dressed in fashionably-questionable red suits, Team Flare is a crime syndicate that, in the vein of Team Rocket, exploits Pokémon to create money. However, they're also obsessed with beauty and being above others; a trait that becomes startling considering the true ambitions of the team's leader, Lysandre. Though publicly a beloved figure across Kalos for his inventions and philanthropy, he seeks to combat the strain humans and Pokémon put on the world's natural resources and beauty — by any means necessary.


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Tropes that apply to the organization as a whole:
  • Color-Coded Characters: The Scientists, by their hair. Xerosic is red (being the only male Scientist also helps), Aliana is orange (albeit a more brownish shade than the Grunts), Bryony is green, Celosia is purple, and Mable is blue.
    • Another way to look at this is to see Xerosic as signifying white (he really doesn't have that much hair), and Lysandre signifying black through his suit. White, black, and the women's four hair colors were the extent of most mid-1980s computer monitors' color range, at least where hi-res was concerned.
  • Cool Shades: Bright orange shades, to be exact.
    • Not to mention the scientists, Celosia has a purple visor, Mable has a blue dual-visor, Bryony has green techno shades, and Aliana has an orange split-visor. Also, Xerosic has cool red goggles.
  • Elemental Hair Colors: Red flares.
  • Elite Mooks: Team Flare Admins are this rather than distinct individuals.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: Their fire motif as the Kalos region villainous organization.
  • Evil Redhead: The grunts, Aliana, Xerosic, and Lysandre.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: In-universe, a lot of characters note their outfits as being horrible even though Flare thinks they're trendy.
  • For Science!: The main motivation for the scientists, especially Xerosic.
  • Girlish Pigtails: The flames on the female grunts' hairstyles resemble tiny versions of these. Mable seems to have them too, but hers look like rings.
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: It's difficult to tell because the grunts remain nameless, but later in the game, many of them state to remember previously battling you — and losing.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Their lair's entrance is a public area.
  • Highly Conspicuous Uniform: Bright orange!
  • It's All About Me: Particularly when you're under Geosenge, some of the grunts and admins will condemn you for trying to interdict their happiness, while in the same breath stating that only Team Flare's happiness should count for anything.
  • Knight Templar: Lysandre basically wants to bring the world back to its former "natural state" by destroying everything not part of Team Flare.
  • Laughably Evil: The grunts. Between their vain fixation with fashion and ridiculous poses, it's hard to take them seriously sometimes.
  • Meaningful Name: It was initially ambiguous whether their name was translated as Flare or Flair but, judging by the grunt uniforms, both are apt appellations. The backdrop for the final battle with Lysandre looks like the surface of the sun, complete with prominences — a.k.a. solar flares. Combined with the Beautiful Elite conceit, Team Flare's name may thus signify that they are the foremost (the surging flares) of the most glorious (the sun).
    • Xerosic's name might be a reference to xerosis cutis, a skin condition where the skin dries out. The man has some incredibly pale skin...
    • The scientists' initials of A, B, C, M and X all are classifications of solar flares.
  • Modesty Shorts: If the female admin is wearing a dress or a skirt, you may see this in her Poké Ball throwing animation.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Want to wipe out an undesirable group via genocide and believe themselves to be The Chosen Ones. Surprisingly, they are a rather accurate portrayal of the Nazis.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: At first, they're built up to be a rather silly fashion-obsessed villainous gang reminiscent of Team Rocket. After about the seventh gym, you learn that their real goal is to wipe out the world's population with a magical nuke as an utterly insane means to secure limited resources for all ("all" meaning Team Flare). They come within a hair's breadth of succeeding, too.
    Team Flare Grunt: Only Team Flare is stayin' alive, stayin' alive.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Despite their fiery theme and name, they don't specialize in Fire-type Pokémon beyond Houndoom, leaning more towards the usual mix of Dark, Poison, and Normal used by villain teams. Their boss's Signature Mon is even a Water-type. They do, however, have a lot of flair.
  • Not So Different: Mable tries to invoke this in your first encounter with her, noting the similarities she and the player character have.
  • Only in It for the Money: One of their main goals is to make money, with most of its members joining solely for this cause rather than for the vision the higher-ups share.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Double Subverted. With their name, one would expect the group to mostly use fire-types. Turns out they use not only Houndoom, but Manetric, Swalot, Scrafty, Golbat, and a few other oddities... and nothing else. A team with Fairy, Ground, and Psychic moves is their utter bane.
  • Quirky Mini Boss Squad: The scientists and even the grunts tend to fall into this. The later events in the game show a lot of this to be a facade.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Well, orange rather than red in some cases, but they still qualify.
  • Right-Hand Attack Dog: They often use Houndoom, Manectric, and Mightyena. For non-dog examples, there's also Golbat, Toxicroak, and Liepard.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: The grunts dress like this. In fact, they're the first villainous team to have ties in their dress code. Fitting, since Gen VI is based on Gay Paree which is very much associated with high fashion. Many characters note that Team Flare's uniform are rather tacky and excessive, noting that they turned down offers to join simply because of it.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Their design, particularly of the male grunt, is rather similar to the protagonists of another Nintendo game.
    • Also, one of their quotes written above is part of a song from the The Bee Gees.
  • Sunglasses at Night: When you battle them at nighttime, they still wear the glasses. Gets lampshaded by one grunt.
  • "Super Sentai" Stance: The grunts invoke this, trademarking it as their Team Flare Pose.
  • Surveillance as the Plot Demands: Team Flare apparently is able to listen in and spy on those with Holo Casters. That is because their boss, Lysandre, is its inventor.
  • Theme Naming: The scientists are named after flowers.
  • Took a Level in Badass: A rather noticeable trait with this team is that nobody leaves their mons stuck in the first stage of their evolution. While Golbat is a staple, any Scraggy and Gulpin met will eventually be Scrafty and Swalot.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Implied with the grunts, since the main condition for joining the team seems to be paying an entrance fee of 5 million Pokédollars, or roughly $50,000 USD since the Japanese versions use Yen.
  • Visionary Villain: In addition to making money, they are seeking a "beautiful world". The underlings don't really get this, though.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The scientists minus Xerosic disappear without a trace after you defeat them for the last time.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Celosia has purple hair, Bryony has green hair, and Mable has blue hair.

    Lysandre (Fleur-de-lis) 

Lysandre / Fleur-de-lis (フラダリ furadari)
"I want to be the kind of person who gives... But in this world, some foolish humans exist who would show their strength by taking what isn't theirs."
"They're filth!"

Team Flare's boss and the main antagonist of X and Y. He was a colleague of Professor Sycamore, who went on to found Lysandre Labs and create the Holo-Caster. He seeks to create a beautiful world by destroying every Pokémon and human not part of Team Flare.

  • Adaptational Villainy: Not that he wasn't already a villain in X and Y, but Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon makes him provide you with a rigged Sadistic Choice in the same way Xerosic does in X and Y, whereas in X and Y Lysandre will regretfully apologize to you for Xerosic rigging the outcome if you choose the right button.
  • Affably Evil: When you encounter him, he is very polite and even calls you over the Holo Caster to congratulate you on mastering Mega Evolution. He once gives you a rambling and somewhat sinister speech about the past and humanity, then thanks the player for listening and gives them a King's Rock. Of course, Lysandre is still Team Flare's boss.
  • Alliterative Title: His battle theme is called "Leader Lysandre" in the music selection menu for the Battle Tree in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, in contrast to how other leaders' battle themes (including Giovanni's) only contain their names.
  • Ambiguous Situation: The fate of the Rainbow Rocket Lysandre. Maxie fell down a fissure, Archie drowned, Cyrus was still dragged away by Giratina, Ghetsis just plain won. But "engulfed by a bright light" is pretty vague. Furthermore, if he really succeed in activating the weapon, why are all his Pokemon still alive?
  • And I Must Scream: What he tries to invoke on the protagonist in X - after being defeated, he fires the ultimate weapon in one last attempt to force immortality on them (and himself) out of spite so they can be trapped in the Crapsack World Lysandre believes is now inevitable for all eternity. However, they manage to escape, after which the weapon explodes and causes the lair to collapse on him. It's unclear whether he gained that immortality in the blast and is now trapped under the rubble forever, or was simply killed in the collapse and explosion.
  • Animal Motifs: The lion. His hair looks like a lion's mane, and he leads off with a male Pyroar. The lion fits Lysandre in a number of ways: lions are often associated with heraldry and nobility, and Lysandre is the descendant of an ancient king; male lions also lord over their prides of lionesses, which mirrors how he believes only Team Flare deserves to be on top, as well as the fact that most of Team Flare's scientists are female.
  • Anime Hair: It's pretty out there, and reminiscent of male Pyroar's mane.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Easily the toughest trainer in the group. He's also one of the few trainers that has mastered Mega Evolution.
  • Ax-Crazy: He may be the first Team Boss who is legitimately insane.note  Particularly creepy is the Single Tear scene in Lysandre Labs, where he shows that he sincerely believes that he must kill all Pokémon on the planet to save the world.
  • Back from the Dead: Overlaps with Unexplained Recovery. He returns in Masters without any apparent explanation why after being presumed dead for over seven years.
  • Badass Bookworm: He was an inventor and Sycamore's colleague.
  • Bait-and-Switch: First-time Kalos players wouldn't be blamed for assuming Lysandre's Signature Mon is Pyroar, given Team Flare's fire-like motif and name, as well as Lysandre's hairdo resembling Pyroar's mane. Then comes his Mega Gyarados...
  • Battle Amongst the Flames: Instead of the arena resembling the actual place you're in, for your final battle with him, the arena has a backdrop of a burning sun.
  • Big Bad: Of the Kalos games.
  • Big Bad Friend: Right from when you first meet him, you'll know that he's the leader of Team Flare and the cause of the main problems in the game; but he's the friend and former classmate of Professor Sycamore, inventor of the Holo Caster, well regarded by many people throughout Kalos even after he reveals his true nature, and is generally pretty friendly toward the player.
  • The Chosen One: His understanding of Mega Evolution has led him to conclude that there's only a very few people and Pokémon capable of having genuinely beautiful souls. Team Flare is his idea of how to collect as many "chosen" as he possibly can together before erasing every last not-chosen being from the world.
  • Defiant to the End: Even as he stands defeated, his final gambit thwarted, his master plan averted, Lysandre refuses to believe he was wrong and wholeheartedly believes that by stopping him, the player has doomed the world. And then he tries to use the ultimate weapon anyway.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Comes with being the region's villain organization's leader.
  • Dark Is Evil: Half his team is Dark-type.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Many players were surprised that Lysandre being the main villain was a spoiler, while the characters tend to wave off his Motive Rants by saying he's simply being passionate.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: Transmits a message throughout the Holo Caster at some point in the game to tell everybody to literally kiss their world and everything good-bye if they're not members of Team Flare.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When asked by Calem/Serena what will happen to Pokémon if he succeeds in using the ultimate weapon, he sheds some tears of remorse in return, indicating that he's not happy about there being no other alternative to his committing genocide against the Pokémon themselves.
  • Evil All Along: He first presents himself to the player and Sycamore as a nice guy, but it eventually becomes clear that his true plans are far from noble.
  • Evil Former Friend: He was Professor Sycamore's college classmate before he went off the deep end.
  • Evil Redhead: Fitting in with the color scheme.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Played with. He was technically a heel from before you met him, but the professor didn't know that and you aren't supposed to, either, although Obviously Evil hit many players and gave it away.
  • Fallen Hero: He's regarded to this day as one of the finest, most talented people Professor Sycamore ever met, and a great benefactor to people. In truth, he's a Tragic Villain, and he also ended up becoming one of the darkest villains to appear in the series.
  • Fiery Red Head: Zigzagged. He mostly has a calm demeanor, but he can get pretty fiery when discussing his motives and during his Villainous Breakdown.
  • Fingerless Gloves: A bold fashion choice considering his professional appearance.
  • Foil: Lysandre is one to Cyrus of Team Galactic. On paper, they both seem similar. They are both misguided but well-intentioned Misanthrope Supremes whose goals involve the destruction of the world by using the power of a legendary Pokémon and create a new one In Their Own Image. They also share two Pokémon between their teams in the form of Murkrow/Honchkrow and Gyarados, with the former serving as the Cyrus' ace in his first two battles in Platinum and the latter being Lysandre's in general. However, the similarities end there;
    • Cyrus hates the world for being imperfect and wants to create a new, better world in his image. By contrast, Lysandre loves the beautiful world he lives in, so he seeks to preserve it and save it from humanity's foolishness by wiping out most of the world population.
    • Only the select few that Lysandre deems worthy would be chosen to survive, which is in Lysandre's eyes those who are wealthy enough to be a part of Team Flare. Cyrus' endgame is the simple destruction of everything and everyone, regardless of one's wealth and status, and he openly admits to seeing Team Galactic as disposable tools to bring this to fruition. A sharp contrast to Lysandre's elitist views and attitude towards his team.
    • Cyrus is The Stoic who always remains cold and calculating (most of the time anyway), while Lysandre is hot-blooded and will fly into a burst of rage when his plans are thwarted. The colors of their hair even highlight the contrast in their personalities.
    • Cyrus has hated people since very young, while Lysandre is a former philanthropist who tried to help as many people as possible but became a misanthrope when his actions only brought out the worst in people.
    • Cyrus has radical plans for recreating the world in his image while excising things he labels as "flaws" such as emotions. Lysandre fears change and wants to create a static world where nature and beauty can remain untarnished forever.
    • Their differences come to a head during the Rainbow Rocket episode: when defeated, Cyrus actually ponders whether or not his views were wrong before calmly accepting his defeat. Lysandre, on the other hand, outright dismisses any second thoughts and remains Defiant to the End. Lastly, both of them are confronted on the second floor, after the player defeats both Archie and Maxie.
  • French Jerk: Averted. While he is the leader of the criminal organization set in Kalos, he's very polite compared to the other villain team leaders.
  • Frozen in Time: If you pay close attention to his initial lines, he wants an in-universe version of this to exist. To him, change can only bring ruin, and only a static world can ever hope to be beautiful.
  • Glass Cannon: His entire team consists of these, except for Lightning Bruiser, Gyarados.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: He's dressed in leather and is a skilled trainer.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: Appears like this at first, but is really a Corrupt Corporate Executive by virtue of being Flare's leader.
  • Hot-Blooded: It is noted he is a very passionate man.
  • Hypocrite: When he meets you and Sycamore in his cafe, he condemns those who take, rather than give. His plans are definitely of the "take" variety. Even if he claims in Geosenge that with so many humans and Pokémon around, taking without giving is inevitable until he makes taking impossible.
    • The fact that his plan amounts to killing off everyone who doesn't pay him 5,000,000 Pokédollars to join him on the grounds that they're selfish doesn't help either.
    • Better still, his report in Lysandre Labs has him deciding that he needs to find a tool of a "higher power" than humans to enact the saving of the handful he thinks is all that can be saved. Except, he has to shackle Xerneas/Yveltal to do it, thus putting the ultimate responsibility of the culling in his hands. His human hands.
    • In X, he tries to make the heroes immortal, claiming they'll go insane from the monotony, but never considers that the same would likely happen to Team Flare had he succeeded in his plan.
  • Ignored Epiphany: In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, after being defeated, he briefly considers whether his ideals were wrong all along. Unlike Cyrus, he doubles down on his twisted desires.
  • Immortality Immorality: Part of his plan in both versions is to become immortal, but particularly in X version.
  • Irony:
    • The signature mon of the leader of a group with a prominent fire motif is a powerful Water-type Pokémon.
    • More deeply, the research materials in Lysandre Labs note that AZ's brother implored his children on his deathbed to create a world where the Ultimate Weapon wasn't necessary. Lysandre is descended from that same prince, and deems the Ultimate Weapon to be very necessary for the world...
  • It's Pronounced "Tro-PAY": In Masters, his name is pronounced as "li-sander".
  • Kick the Dog: In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Lysandre makes you choose between the buttons of the Ultimate Weapon like Xerosic did in X and Y...except that the blue button has already been pushed, leaving you with no other choice but to push the red button, activating the weapon. And then he battles you specifically to stop you from shutting the weapon down again.
  • Killed Off for Real: Most likely, but it's possible he became immortal from the machine like AZ did (in X, anyway). If not, this makes him the first character in the games to canonically die.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Up there with Cyrus and Ghetsis. Being an aspiring mass-murderer will do that.
  • Knight Templar: Boy howdy... how does planning to wipe out most of the world sound?
  • Large and in Charge: His model is noticeably taller than any other characters save for AZ, who is in a territory all on his own.
  • Last-Second Chance: After being defeated for the final time by the player, the rival and Shauna will insist it's not too late for Lysandre to change. He remains remorseless and responds by trying to activate the Ultimate Weapon anyways.
  • Madden Into Misanthropy: A former philanthropist, until his efforts failed and he crossed the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: His general bearing, philosophies, and fashion sense suggests a very classy, sophisticated individual.
  • Meaningful Name: His Japanese name, "Fleur-de-lis", refers to the symbol of French royalty. He's part of a cadet branch. While his English name really just stems from the "lis" phoneme (it's Greek/French for "freeing a man"), there's an unplanned meaningful name in there. "Andre" signifies "man", while "lys" can look like it comes from "lysis" — Greek for "destroying" — or "lyss" — Greek for "madness", "fury", and "rage". It thus looks sort of like it can mean "destroyer of humans". "Lysander" also means "Liberator".
  • Misanthrope Supreme: His earlier attempts to fix the world legitimately, through the inventions and profits of Lysandre Labs, didn't have the effect he was looking for — where he expected the needy to be sated, they instead yearned for still more. His two main conclusions: (1) World aggregate happiness is effectively finite; after a certain amount of beings, happiness and survival can only be attained by taking it from/denying it to another. (2) The vast majority of humans (and maybe even Pokémon, if his musings about Mega Evolution are anything to go by) are irredeemable, incapable of anything beyond the most narrow selfishness. Therefore, the only way the world will ever know beauty and hope everlasting is to expunge all those imperfect creatures who ought never have existed, who can only ever be plagues on existence. As his report in Lysandre Labs puts it, "[e]ither everything is lost, or only a handful are saved".
  • Morality Pet: The fact that his Gyarados can Mega Evolve would imply that the two of them must have a strong bond with each other to achieve it. Shauna even says they must work closely together, for Gyarados to share its energy like that.
  • Motive Rant: Pretty much any time you meet him, you're in for a speech about his plans for the world.
  • Never Found the Body: In both X and Y, it is unclear what truly became of him in the end.
  • Obviously Evil: His rather pointy character design, red and black color scheme, ominous leitmotif, and tendency to wax philosophical about beauty, some people being 'filth', and the ultimate fate of the world will more likely than not set off a few flags the first time you meet him. Considering the fact that Team Flare grunts openly congregate at a cafe he's publicly known to own, one wonders how anybody thought he wasn't evil...
  • Olympus Mons: An alternate version of Lysandre succeeds in controlling Xernas or Yveltal before being pulled into the world of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon and uses either as his ace Pokémon. The main version of Lysandre also invokes this in Masters by way of pairing with Yveltal.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He seeks the utter destruction of all humans and Pokémon not loyal to him. At least Cyrus intended to recreate the world and every person/Pokémon in it, albeit in his own image. This man is set on clearing living space for his group via genocide.
  • One-Winged Angel: A mundane variant. While his default outfit is already pretty intimidating, for the final battle with him, he's augmented it with a visor, Mega Ring-containing gauntlet, and a backpack with strange robotic tentacles that will let him recapture Xerneas/Yveltal's power.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: There's just no way around it; the man is an incredible elitist. Only beautiful things (beautiful things that will never change, at that) are valuable. He regards most people as selfish filth. Then there's the really (or at least comparatively) subtle bit: You can't join Team Flare, and thus be spared from the cleansing of the world, unless you pay 5 million right up front. Considering the rough equivalence of the game currency to yen, and yen being roughly equivalent to American cents, you have to be willing and able to "donate" about $50,000 to be let in. There is no way anybody born into the lower economic echelons is getting in.
    • Just to punctuate it, being fine with the "wane" part of natural existence is detestable. He's clearly uncomfortable with Diantha's lack of worry over her glamour eventually fading, when it's the duty of the beautiful to stay beautiful for all eternity. Compromise with the not-highest is not acceptable.
  • Recurring Boss: Par for the course as Team Flare's leader. Strangely, you only start battling him after learning the actual goals he has in mind.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Red and black are his main colors. Definitely a good guy.
  • Redemption Rejection: Any attempt the characters try to make to get through to him falls on deaf ears. Even in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the moment he starts to second-guess himself, he immediately snaps out of it and doubles down on his view that omnicide is the only solution.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He is apparently a descendant of one of Kalos's royalty.
  • Sadistic Choice: He's the one who provides you with it, as opposed to Xerosic, in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
  • Sanity Slippage: Implied to have gone through this prior to the start of the games. He was troubled by the problem of the world having limited resources; the solution he finally reached was basically to forcefully and excessively reduce the amount of consumers of those resources.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Up there with Giovanni when it comes to well-dressed villains.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: When Shauna and your rival attempt to get him to see reason after he loses for the last time, Lysandre basically calls them naive fools before activating the Ultimate Weapon anyway.
  • Signature Mon: Gyarados. Or, rather Mega Gyarados. While Lysandre still uses it in Generation VII, he replaces it with Xerneas (Ultra Sun) or Yveltal (Ultra Moon) as his ace, and uses the latter in Masters.
  • Stealth Pun: He's behind the Holo Caster, a name that foreshadows that he's a "Holocauster", out to wipe the world's population out.
  • Taking You with Me: Seems to be the intended purpose of him firing what remains of the ultimate weapon's energy onto his own base. You and your friends still escape, of course.
  • Tantrum Throwing: He enters his final battle with you wearing a lot of equipment, including a visor that he will throw to the floor in frustration after losing.
  • Tragic Villain: He's regarded as one by some people you talk to in Snowbelle City and Professor Sycamore, his former college classmate.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: This man wants to commit genocide against most of humanity, and, most shockingly, ALL POKÉMON. Kalos being the brightest and most beautiful region yet makes this particularly stand out.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After defeating/capturing the Legendary and defeating him a third time, he flies into a rage, claiming you've "condemned the world to a future of misery and death".
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He and Lysandre Labs, since most people do not know that he's the leader of Team Flare, whose publicity is worse.
  • Visionary Villain: Wants to make the world beautiful again... by killing every Pokémon and human who's not part of Team Flare.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist:
    • His solution to the Malthusian Dilemma is to simply wipe out most of the population. He's at least well-intentioned to the point where he sheds a Single Tear when the rival points out that his plan will kill all Pokémon on the planet. He simply sees no other option with overpopulation and scarcity as the alternative.
    • Interestingly, the report in Lysandre Labs has him effectively deeming the ultimate cause as the world's stability — because of it, nothing is likely to quell the population growth of (selfish, over-needy) humans and Pokemon, short of his planned burst of extremely intense "instability".
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: An extreme inversion; Lysandre considers the planet's landscape to be more worth saving than any sentient creatures upon it.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Threatens the protagonist, Serena/Calem, and Shauna with this fate in X, so that they will live to see the degradation of the world which his plan was meant to stop. However, they escape before the light of the ultimate weapon can hit them.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: From what can be gathered about him from various NPCs, he went insane because nothing short of "kill a lot of people and Pokémon and use your erstwhile terrorist cell to rebuild the shattered remains of the world" was proving to be viable in solving the matter of limited resources, and he felt responsible for the world's well-being due to being descended from royalty.
  • Wild Hair: It sticks up in the air quite a lot.

    Xerosic (Xerosicy) 

Xerosic / Xerosicy (クセロシキ kuseroshiki)

"Add it all up, and it equals... a victory for our SCIENCE!"

One of the scientists working for Team Flare. He goes along with their plans because he wants to see what will happen.

  • Affably Evil: He continually acts friendly and cheerful, even giving you several compliments when you defeat him. However, he's evil and going along with Team Flare's plan.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Xerosic's skin is porcelain white.
  • Arc Villain: In the post-game, he's behind most of the shenanigans that Looker and the Player character are investigating.
  • Artificial Brilliance: His Malamar has Superpower + Contrary. Superpower is a move that deals huge damage while lowering the user's Attack and Defense stats, while Contrary is an ability that inverts stat changes on the user, which means they're increased by Superpower in this case.
  • But Not Too Evil: He does a lot of harsh things over the course of the game, but they were less for personal gain and more in his own pursuit of science; he even personally pulls the plug on his Mind Control project when he realizes it's no longer working, even informing the protagonists that the test subject was in no real danger. He's at least okay enough to be forgiven by Emma (the test subject in question).
  • Catchphrase: "When you add it all up".
  • The Dragon: He's the most trusted scientist of Team Flare's boss, and is in charge of Team Flare's main operation, the Ultimate Weapon project.
  • Easily Forgiven: Looker and Emma quickly forgive him for his mind control plan.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Wears a glove only on his left hand.
  • For Science!: He is obsessed with science and goes along with Team Flare's plan to use the Ultimate Weapon because he wants to see what will happen. He's basically a more unhinged version of Colress.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Xerosic quits doing evil in the post-game due to his Morality Pet.
  • Hidden Depths: He has a Crobat, a Pokémon that only evolves if it likes its trainer. It foreshadows his Heel–Face Turn in the postgame sidequests involving Emma and Looker.
  • I Lied: After you beat him, even if you push the button that doesn't activate the Ultimate Weapon, he'll activate it anyway.
  • Laughably Evil: He's one of the more... oddball scientists in this franchise.
  • Mad Scientist: He's a crazy scientist who wants to build destructive devices just to see what they'll do.
  • Morality Pet: He eventually gains one in Emma during the Looker sidequest.
  • Morton's Fork: Xerosic invokes a Sadistic Choice on the Player by telling them that there are two buttons behind him and only one activates the device. Press the wrong one and the device is triggered, but Xerosic will activate it either way, even if you don't press the kill switch.
  • The One Guy: Out of all five scientists, Xerosic is the only male.
  • Sadistic Choice: Xerosic does this to the Player Character when they meet, giving them a choice of a button to press that will either activate or deactivate the Ultimate Weapon. Even if you pick the right button, Xerosic will activate the device anyway.
  • Signature Mon: Malamar is his strongest Pokémon.

    Aliana (Akebi) 

Aliana / Akebi (アケビ akebi)

One of the Team Flare scientists. She has orange hair.

  • Color-Coded Characters: Her orange hair, tie, lips and split-visor.
  • Combos: She uses a Taunt/Sucker Punch combo on her Mightyena.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: She acknowledges that Team Flare's technology could revolutionize a number of industries with their energy efficiency, but also acknowledges that they don't want to do that.
  • Evil Laugh: She lets one out rather regularly.
  • Insufferable Genius: She acts smugly about how the player wouldn't understand what she's working on. This does not extend to battling, however, as she acknowledges the player's strength when beaten in battle.
  • Recurring Boss: Battled twice. First at the Kalos Power Plant, and again at the Lysandre Labs.
  • Signature Mon: Druddigon.
  • Troll: She taunts the player over the warp panel puzzles in Lysandre Labs.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Averted. She's the only one of the four female scientists that has a natural hair color.

    Bryony (Bara) 

Bryony / Bara (バラ bara)

One of the Team Flare scientists. She has green hair.

    Celosia (Correa) 

Celosia / Correa (コレア korea)

One of the scientists working for Team Flare. She has purple hair.

    Mable (Momiji) 

Mable / Momiji (モミジ momiji)

One of the scientists working for Team Flare. Her blue ringed hair is her identifying feature.

  • Not So Different: She tries to claim this, saying that you are after the same thing as her: maxing out the power of Pokémon (you use the Mega Ring and she wants to use the Ultimate Weapon).
  • Not So Similar: It's made clear that while she claims to be the same as you, you want to bond with your Pokémon and bring out their full potential, while she just wants to see the Ultimate Weapon in action.
  • Recurring Boss: You battle her twice. The first time is at the Frost Cavern, and the second time is at Team Flare's hideout, Lysandre Labs.
  • Signature Mon: She uses Weavile.
  • Sore Loser: She dismisses her loss by saying that the player was wasting her time.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When the player meet her for the second time at Team Flare's hideout, she asks you if you're alone this time. If the player says yes, she admonishes you for being "colder than that cavern" (meaning Frost Cavern, where you first meet her) for not counting your Pokémon as companions.
  • Worthy Opponent: She comes to see the player character as this by the end of her second battle with them.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her unusual hair color is never acknowledged.


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