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"This world of ours is a crude one. In a word, it is incomplete. It has been, and always will be, a struggle to survive in this world. We humans and Pokémon are likewise incomplete. Because we are all so lacking, we fight, we maim... It is ugly. I hate the incompleteness. That we are all incomplete, I hate it with my entire body and being. The world should be complete. The world must change. Then, who will change it? Me, Cyrus. And Team Galactic. Yes, all of you. Together we pored over myths and exposed their secrets. Together we captured legendary Pokémon. And now, Team Galactic has obtained the energy to change the world! The power of dreams is within our grasp! Understand it, fellow members! My long-held dreamworld is on the verge of becoming reality. All those headed to Mt. Coronet, and those who remain here... Though our missions may differ, our hearts beat as one. Let there be glory for Team Galactic!"

The villainous team of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, and the fourth one in the series. A strange group of criminals, Team Galactic is focused on harvesting energy, but aren't above stealing Pokémon and planting bombs. Why exactly they do this is something even the grunts don't fully understand, but the admins know the true scope of the organization's goals, as outlined by their emotionless leader, Cyrus: with the power of Dialga and Palkia, erase the entire world and create a brand new one, devoid of spirit.

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Tropes that apply to the organization as a whole:
  • Big Bad: Cyrus.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: They use the Wurmple line in Diamond and Pearl, but not in Platinum.
  • Cosmic Motifs: Team Galactic, who are messing around with the Legendary Pokemon of spacetime and want to restart the world, have a space theme. Their grunts are dressed in Latex Space Suits, their boss Cyrus is named for the sunnote , and their lieutenants also have Stellar Names.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Some of the grunts fit this trope.
  • Curtains Match the Window: All Galactic members have matching hair and eye colors.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The grunts tend to speak this way.
    "We are speaking to you on business. Because this is work for us. What we're saying is — we demand you comply with our demands."
  • The Ditz: Most of the grunts are... well, idiots.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Among all the villain teams, they have the greatest gender equality among employees.
  • Hell Hound: In Platinum, the Houndoom line is added to their ranks.
  • Ironic Name: Both Mars and Jupiter are named after male gods, but are themselves female.
  • Insane Troll Logic: The grunts occasionally display this, with an occasional lampshade.
  • Jerkass:
    • A few grunts justify stealing Pokémon by saying that they can be caught anywhere and that their victims should stop whining and catch some more.
    • After using the Galactic Bomb to clear Lake Valor of water, a few grunts stand around sneering at the schools of poor Magikarp left flopping in mud puddles.
  • Latex Space Suit: All Team Galactic members wear outfits similar to spacesuits. Due to this, characters who do not know who they are refer to them as spacemen.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • None of the grunts have any idea about what the Admins and Cyrus's plans could be. They seem to not care too much about finding out as long as the team succeeds and they get what was promised to them.
    • The Admins are kept in the dark about various aspects of Cyrus's master plan and only know a few details each: Jupiter seems to know that Cyrus will become a god, Mars seems to know that he'll create a world without spirit, and Saturn seems to know that he'll wipe out the world entirely to do this. They only learn the whole truth when Cyrus comes out and says it at the Spear Pillar.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: The female Grunts wear these.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: In-universe example. A large number of Sinnoh's residents, including Cynthia, never really took Team Galactic seriously due to their silly uniforms, petty criminal behavior, and their general lack of brilliance before the group assaulted the three lakes and snatched up Mesprit, Uxie, and Azelf.
  • Obviously Evil: The only explanation why their HQ has Spikes of Villainy protruding from its sides.
    NPC: Are those spikes fashionable?
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: A few of their members are stated to have fled to Unova and worked for Team Plasma in Black 2 and White 2. A lot of them left even earlier than that after Cyrus goes to the Distortion World in Platinum, where a few grunts realize that Charon isn't exactly as charismatic as their previous leader and doesn't share the team's stated goal.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Galactic Grunt battle music has a funk and jazz element in it, while there is a funk and jazz group called the Galactic.
    • In Japan, Team Galactic is called "Ginga-dan" or "Galaxy Gang". The Galaxy Gang were the villains from Pulseman (and Rotom is based on Pulseman himself), making this a reference that didn't quite translate.
  • Signature Mon: The Glameow and Stunky lines are a common sight in their ranks, with two of their commanders even having their evolved forms as their team aces. The way they are uncatchable in Platinum is similar to what happened in Yellow, where Ekans and Koffing (two Pokémon commonly associated with Team Rocket) are uncatchable.
  • Stellar Name:
    • Team Galactic's admins are named after planets, their leader's name means "sun," and Platinum's newly added member is named from one of Pluto's moons (or just named from Pluto in Japanese).
    • Their Japanese name, Ginga-dan (literally, Galaxy Gang) is used as the word for cluster, the collection of galaxies.
  • Visual Pun: They're literal space cadets.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: All grunts, Cyrus, and Saturn.

    Cyrus (Akagi) 

Cyrus / Akagi (アカギ akagi)

"One day, you will awaken to a world of my creation. A world without spirit."
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (Pokémon Generations - JP), Michael Sorich (Pokémon Generations - EN), Armen Taylor (Pokémon Masters - EN)

  • Abusive Parents: It's implied that his parents were at the very least severely emotionally neglectful, and the situation was so bad that his grandfather considered taking him away from them. He didn't go through with it though, and he's regretted that decision ever since.
  • Affably Evil: In a strange way, while he's a creepy, emotionally-impaired Straw Nihilist who wants to destroy the universe, he's remarkably sincere and honest toward the player character, frequently compliments them (though he considers "compassionate" a backhanded compliment), and outright gives them the Master Ball just because he's not going to use it. And in the first few times you encounter him, he is very polite in asking you and your friend to let him pass through.
  • A God Am I: More pronounced in Diamond and Pearl than in Platinum (in the latter game, he fixates more on the new universe itself rather than the fact that he'll be a god ruling over it).
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The man is easily the toughest member of Team Galactic.
  • Badass Bookworm: Just listen to him lecture you about genes. He's studied a lot.
  • Bad Boss: Made explicitly clear in Platinum, as he is lying to Team Galactic about sharing power in the new world and having their considerations taken into account.
  • Big Bad: Of the Sinnoh games.
  • Big Eyes, Little Eyes: He has some of the biggest eyes of any of the main villain bosses.
  • Birds of a Feather: In Masters, he finds a subtle connection with Sophocles, who is more or less what Cyrus used to be when he was a young.
  • Blow You Away: He does seem to have a predilection for Flying-type Pokémon, and his mascot is a Honchkrow...
  • Broken Ace: He's amazingly gifted, that's for sure, being able to create a business in energy and build and fund massive working machines all before he turned 27. All that potential he had went towards the wrong ideal...
  • Casting a Shadow: He has an equal amount of Dark-Types, including said Honchkrow.
  • The Chessmaster: His entire shtick depends on keeping you one step behind.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In Diamond and Pearl, he is first seen when you first visit Mt. Coronet, but you don't find out who he actually is until the end of Team Galactic's Hideout. In Platinum, he's introduced even earlier (in the first twenty minutes of the game, no less), but you also find out who he is earlier.
  • Creepy Child: In Sunyshore City, you can talk to people who knew him as a child, and they indicate that he was a weird loner then, too.
  • Dark Messiah: Seems to see himself this way, at least in Platinum.
  • Death Glare: Possibly, his default expression- certainly his most famous.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Him battling the player and Cheryl in Masters. He stuck around long enough for Cynthia to show up to confirm he was there and allowed word to spread he was in Pasio. He even laments that mistake a bit later on.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: He has the balls to do this to Giratina in Platinum, with an express ticket to the Distortion World.
  • The Dreaded: When he shows up on Pasio during a Masters story event, Cynthia and Cheryl are horrified and persuade Lear to put out an island-wide alert. Not even Giovanni got that honor. That's how big of a deal Cyrus is.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In Platinum, his very first appearance is when you and your rival first come to Lake Verity soon after obtaining your starters - he monologues (though somewhat intended for Mesprit to hear) about how he'll capture the Lake Trio as part of his plans.
  • Freudian Excuse: His backstory involves him failing to live up to his parents' expectations no matter how hard he tried, and feeling neglected and rejected as a result. It's especially sad since you hear it from someone who had a chance to help him when he needed it, but... didn't, and now it's too late.
  • Foil:
    • Set up as one to Cynthia. While she cherishes all life and encourages the player to build strong bonds with their Pokémon, Cyrus desires to wipe away the ability the emotions that would make those bonds possible. To drive the point in further, his name means "sun", while her name comes from Artemis, the Greek goddess of the moon.
    • Masters sets him up as one to Sophocles from Sun and Moon. Sophocles is a shy boy who prefers tinkering with machines to being with others and is friends with a Rotom, much like Cyrus once was. Unlike Cyrus, however, he still believes in human spirit and has come to appreciate emotions both bad and good. Cyrus even notes that Sophocles reminds him of a boy he once knew.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: A quiet little boy from Sunyshore who shied away from people and tinkered with machines grew up be one of the scariest humans the Pokémon universe has ever seen, nearly destroying all of reality with seemingly little effort.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: They still look pretty evil, though....
  • Improbable Age: He had built a criminal organization/cult and a business empire with hundreds of minions at his disposal while coming close to ending reality before his 28th birthday.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • The alternate Cyrus that appears in Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon implies that, despite having succeeded in taking control of Dialga/Palkia and erasing his world, he still got dragged away by Giratina, though he wound up in Alola rather than in the Distortion World.
    • A similar story can be said for the version in Masters. He was just about to begin his plans to rewrite the world, but he and Palkia ended up falling into a golden ring opened by Hoopa.
  • In Their Own Image: Using the powers of Palkia and Dialga, he planned to invoke this trope on a universal scale to "free" it from The Evils of Free Will.
  • It's All About Me: And NOT in the standard way like Charon. He genuinely sees himself as altruistic, but in Platinum he reveals that he sees Team Galactic as tools for achieving his ends, that only he will claim power as a god, and "making the world a better place" will depend only on what he views as being better for everyone, which turns out to be a world devoid of spirit.
  • Karma Houdini: Cyrus is the only Big Bad in the main series who doesn't reform or otherwise get punished for his actions. At least in Platinum, he suffers a brief raging breakdown due to his plan being foiled in such a way that he can't repeat it the same way again; in Diamond and Pearl, he just shrugs his defeat off and vows to start anew. And even in Platinum, while he is last left in the Distortion World, it's not like he's trapped there: he's clearly staying there by choice in order to unlock more of its secrets (plus having had a Villainous Breakdown right before you leave). Ironically, it's the world in which his plans went unopposed by the player where he got any sort of comeuppance, having been swallowed whole by what was implied to be Giratina.
  • Knight of Cerebus:
    • Everything that happens with Team Galactic after you battle him the first time in Platinumnote  becomes a lot more serious compared to before that.
    • In a meta sense, he's sort of this for the series as a whole. Cyrus is the first Pokémon villain that is both a direct threat to the world's existence and totally aware of the fact. Masters reinforces this: compare Brock and Misty's reactions to finding Giovanni on Pasio (they take him on immediately) to Cynthia's reaction to finding Cyrus on Pasio (she retreats, issues an island-wide alert, then obtains a Sygna Suit for the sole purpose of stopping him).
    • His team is also a cut above what you've faced before. Giovanni, Maxie, and Archie can all be swept easily with one or two mons at most. Cyrus has not only a diverse team; but diverse movepools as well to cover that mon's weaknesses.
  • Knight Templar: He believes his terrible, destructive plan to be in the entire world's best interest.
  • Kubrick Stare: He gives you a pretty good one in the intro of Platinum. Heck, it's more or less his default expression.
  • Light Is Not Good: If you consider that he's named after the sun...
  • Manipulative Bastard: For someone who calls emotions useless, he is very skilled at reading the general mood of his members and can use them to his gain.
  • Meaningful Name: His Japanese name, Akagi, can be read as "red future". His English name, Cyrus, comes from the Persian "Kuros", meaning "sun". This ties into Galactic's Stellar Name pattern as well as the fact that the Commanders "revolve" around him. Another translation of Kuros is "Koresh", a name that just keeps popping up in various Real Life cult leaders... Of course, this and the "sun" meaning both go back to Cyrus the Great of Persia, whom God speaks to directly in The Bible.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Prefers the company of machines to humans or even Pokémon. However, he does love the potential of humans and Pokémon enough to attempt his plan to remake the universe so that they can become more machine-like, and thus more "efficient".
  • Mood-Swinger: On one occasion, he utterly flips out and explodes at the player and Cynthia before going back to his stoic self a mere second later.
  • Morality Pet:
    • One of his Pokémon is a Crobat, which only evolves if it really, really loves its owner. Since in the first battle with him he has a Golbat, it's unlikely that he stole it. Although, unlike Maxie and Archie, it's possible to interpret that it could be the result of Cyrus's talented ability at manipulating emotions. Or that he does it the same way you, the player, do. He walks everywhere and the Galactic HQ is right next to both the department store and the massage parlor, all of which cause a Pokémon's happiness to skyrocket.
    • He is also implied to have been friends with Rotom in the past. Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon heavily implies it was Cyrus who wrote the Old Notebook in Rotom's Room all the way back in Platinum. Upon defeating him, he also specifically ensures the Rotom-Dex that he will not harm the world. But alas, this friendship wasn't enough to change him for the better, and he appears to have given it away to Charon for research in order to sever ties to his own emotions.
  • Not Good with People: Or Pokémon, for that matter. As a boy, he preferred the company of machines, with the only Pokémon he was hinted to befriend was one that could enter machines. However, this is only on a personal level. At a reasonable distance, he is able to appear charismatic and inspiring to other people, which is how he was able to create Team Galactic to begin with.
  • Not So Stoic: Very much so in Platinum, once you get him inside the Distortion World. Just before battling Giratina, you battle him, and here is what he says:
    "Why should I run and hide from the world and have to wait quietly? My aim is to rid our world of the vague and incomplete thing we call spirit. By freeing ourselves of that, our world can be made complete. That is my justice! No one can interfere! I won't lose! Not to that shadowy Pokémon! Not in any worthless world!"
    • And then after you defeat him and capture/defeat Giratina:
      "That Pokémon... That shadowy Pokémon was captured/defeated?! Your doing so means that this irrational world will remain in existence! Does that make it impossible for me to create a new world? Even if I made new Red Chains, the new world can't be made! Why?! What compels you to protect the two worlds? Is spirit, a vague and incomplete thing, so important to you?! Silence! Enough of your blathering! That's how you justify spirit as something worthwhile?! That is merely humans hoping, deluding themselves that they are happy and safe! The emotions broiling inside me... Rage, hatred, frustration... These ugly emotions arise because of my own incomplete spirit!"
    • And then immediately after that, there's his abrupt return to his stoic self. Very abrupt return.
      "...Enough. We will never see eye to eye. This, I promise you. I will break the secrets of the world. With that knowledge, I will create my own complete and perfect world. One day, you will awaken to a world of my creation. A world without spirit."
  • Olympus Mons: An alternate version of Cyrus succeeds in controlling Dialga (Ultra Sun) or Palkia (Ultra Moon) in Generation VII. He sticks with Palkia when he appears in Masters.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He regards the world as incomplete, so he plans to destroy it? Destroy it to build it again, so basically it was just in the way.
  • Only Sane Man: When compared to his grunts and Charon at first, though admittedly the ending the world thing sort of causes him to lose this status by the end.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, he willingly chooses to leave the world he's in now and not attempt to remove it of spirit, even reassuring Rotom-Dex about this, and he also wonders if the path he's on could possibly be wrong.
      "..I see. ...You need not worry, Rotom. I will not do anything to this world. I believe I shall return to the perfect world I created."
    • Heck, the fact he even still has a Pokémon Team qualifies. Bear in mind this Cyrus has actually succeeded in replacing the world with one without spirit, yet apparently this destruction did not extend to his own Pokémon. While his ownership of Dialga/Palkia is understandable seeing how he used it to achieve his goals, there is no reason his other Pokémon should be around other than affection.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: An unusual example. All of his Pokémon are either Dark or Flying Types, but their Types are also all arranged so that they're all weak to Rock moves.
  • Recurring Boss: Only two battles in Diamond and Pearl are upgraded to three in Platinum. His team also Took a Level in Badass.
  • Redemption Rejection: In Platinum, Cynthia tries to get him to see reason, but he refuses. He seems to be giving it more thought after you defeat him in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, though.
  • Reverse Arm-Fold: It is his most prevalent stance.
  • Signature Mon: Primarily the Sneasel line. His first two battles in Platinum had Murkrow/Honchkrow as his strongest Mon, but Weavile retook the spot during the battle in the Distortion World. Dialga (Ultra Sun) or Palkia (Ultra Moon) takes this spot in Generation VII and the latter does so again in Pokemon Masters.
  • Solar and Lunar: In every language, he has a sun-and-moon Theme Naming dynamic with Cynthia.
  • Straw Nihilist: To him, "useless emotions and sentimentality are products of the weak and incomplete human heart."
  • The Stoic: Everything about him is calm and collected... until he's defeated for the last time.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Intentional. If his grunts were any smarter, they would start asking questions about his grand plan and likely leave Team Galactic or even outright oppose him because of what his grand plan entails, and indeed when they do start finding out, they flee more or less in droves.
  • Token Good Teammate: In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, he is the only Team Leader in Team Rainbow Rocket who didn't want to extend his vision (aka the removal of spirit) on the world he was dragged into. Downplayed because: first, he has already done the deed in his world and secondly, he only relents after being defeated by the player. Also, this contrasts with all the other leaders who don't give up their plans even after being defeated by the player. He also begins to question if his goal is actually wrong, without dismissing the thought like Lysandre.
    "Had I met you sooner...would things have been different for me...?"
  • Troubled, but Cute: More troubled than cute, but still fits, at least in Platinum.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: His journal entry about Rotom and his toy indicate this, assuming that he was the one who wrote it.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The first of such to appear in the main game series.
  • Villain Ball: In Diamond and Pearl, he allows you to free the Lake Trio after he creates the Red Chain, thinking he has no further use for them. At Mt. Coronet, the Lake Trio thus appear and destroy his Red Chain, ruining his plan. Averted in Platinum, where he uses two Red Chains on both Dialga and Palkia, and points out that as a result, the Lake Trio are powerless to do anything to stop him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He suffers a rather impressive one after being defeated in the Distortion World, but he does manage to regain his composure in short order.
    • In Masters, he suffers a similarly impressive one, but this time after Cynthia’s Kommo-o defeats his Palkia. Some of his dialogue during this breakdown are taken straight from Platinum.
  • Visionary Villain: The world is incomplete from his point of view, so he plans to destroy it and replace it with a world that he honestly believes would be better for humanity.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: His entire team shares a unanimous weakness to Rock-type attacks. And with the majority of Flying-types on his team, Electric-type moves will slam a nice chunk of them, also, most notably his Gyarados, who comes with a 4x weakness to them.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Such an extremist that he falls into Omnicidal Maniac territory, but his intentions were always well-meaning in a (very) twisted way. What pushes him over to true evil is the horrific actions he's willing to take and the self-centered views he has on how a "pure" universe should be. And his desire to be heartless.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: And yes, "destroyer of worlds" is literal in his case.
  • World of Silence: His goal, where the new world would have all humans act like anti-social, emotionless machines who only exist to serve a specific function.
  • You Are What You Hate: His hatred of human emotion stems from his own repressed rage and hatred, which comes out during his breakdown.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's 27. Possibly justified by the extreme degree of overwork and stress he's put himself through since he was a child, as his grandfather explains.


Saturn (サターン sataan)
Voiced by (in Pokémon Generations): Daiki Yamashita (Japanese)

  • Curtains Match the Window: Has blue hair and blue eyes.
  • The Dragon: The second-in-command to Cyrus.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Presumably takes on this role whenever Cyrus is unavailable and eventually takes charge of Team Galactic.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Cyrus's defeat, he takes over Team Galactic and turns it into a legitimate organization dedicated to finding new energy sources for the planet's well-being.
  • Horned Hairdo
  • Only Sane Man: To an extent, as far as Team Galactic goes. He's the most level-headed and, well, normal of the admins — he's the most aware of Cyrus' motives, but genuinely seems to believe that what he's doing is for the greater goodnote . Additionally, he's the one who attempts to turn Team Galactic into a legal and worthwhile group after Cyrus abandons them, striving toward making a better world through far less lunatic means. The other admins are either Only in It for the Money, only in it For the Evulz, or are well-intentioned but blinded by emotion (including for their leader.)
  • Signature Mon: Toxicroak.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Though he's the only major Galactic member not to gain an extra battle with the player in Platinum (barring Charon), his team is still a little stronger than before.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: His hairstyle matches Mars' Purugly's ears. This is frequently used as "evidence" for Shipping the two.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Not quite as extreme as Cyrus, but he does still initially want to improve the world by destroying and recreating it. The difference comes when he discovers Cyrus wants all emotion and spirit gone, something Saturn doesn't want for the world.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A blue horned hairdo.


Jupiter (ジュピター jupitaa)
Voiced by (in Pokémon Generations): Michiko Kaiden (Japanese), Cassandra Mortis (English)


Mars (マーズ maazu)
Voiced by (in Pokémon Generations): Sayaka Kitahara (Japanese)

  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: She's the first Galactic Commander you battle and her Main Pokémon is a Purugly at Level 16 (in Diamond and Pearl) or Level 17 (in Platinum) and Glameow doesn't evolve into Purugly until Level 38. So pack a lot of potions and revives for a Pokémon with insanely high speed for a Pokémon that early in the game who boast above average ATK.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Red eyes, red hair.
  • Dual Boss: In all three games, for her third battle with you she teams up with Jupiter. Your rival joins up with you, evening out the odds.
  • Evil Redhead: Though probably the least evil of the Galactic commanders, as she's always the most reasonable with you whenever you meet, even though a little temperamental.
  • Fiery Redhead: The most temperamental of the Team Galactic bosses.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She's easily prone to anger, particularly when she loses in battle, and even has to talk to herself in order to calm herself down.
  • Mad Love: Implied to have a crush on Cyrus, and honestly thinks he's doing good.
  • Meaningful Name: Red hair, a temper to match, and you battle her the most. Mars was the name of the Roman God associated with red, anger, and battle.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: The only member of the team who has a mini-dress, and she's a powerful battler.
  • Recurring Boss: Mars gets the most mileage out of battling you of all the Galactic Commanders (three times in Diamond and Pearl, four in Platinum). In all games, the 3rd battle is a Dual Boss situation.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: She has red eyes and has got a fierce temper.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She leaves Team Galactic during Platinum's Extended Gameplay.
  • Shipper on Deck: She refers to Lucas and Dawn as a lovey-dovey couple.
  • Signature Mon: Purugly.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: The counterpart to Saturn's example above. Her hairstyle resembles Saturn's Toxicroak's head... spike... thing.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Says in her debut that she really wants to improve the world and is saddened that other people don't seem to understand Team Galactic's cause.

    Charon (Pluto) 

Charon / Pluto (プルート puruuto)
Voiced by (in Pokémon Generations): Kousei Tomita (Japanese), Keith Silverstein (English)

  • Ambition Is Evil: Unlike Cyrus, his ambition is just cruel with no good intention.
  • Bald of Evil: Well, balding.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: While he takes over Team Galactic after Cyrus goes missing, it's quite obvious he doesn't have the charisma to keep the rest of the higher-ups behind him, and the same goes for his grunts, who promptly ditch him in order to evade the law.
  • Dirty Coward: He's very cruel until it turns out he can't back up his malice with actual muscle.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Played With. He's the Evil Genius throughout the game, but then he takes over Team Galactic as its new leader in the postgame... for all of twenty minutes before he gets arrested and almost everybody else runs away.
  • Evil Genius: To Team Galactic, although Cyrus is pretty learned.
  • Evil Old Folks: Seemingly the oldest in Team Galactic and incredibly wicked.
  • Hate Sink: His apparent backstory with Rotom is later implied to have actually been Cyrus' doing, which robs Charon of the one redeeming quality he did have. He and Jupiter thus stand out as the only members of Team Galactic with no sympathetic or redeeming traits at all.
  • It's All About Me: His mentality is pretty much "Screw everyone over so that I can have wealth and glory."
  • Jerkass: This guy makes no attempt to hide how self-centered and egotistical he is. Not surprisingly, a lot of Team Galactic's members leave after he takes over due to his lack of a charismatic personality. Even the other commanders find the guy rather obnoxious.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: When he's outnumbered three to one in Stark Mountain, he knows that he'll lose if he fights and therefore surrenders to the player, Buck and Looker.
  • Lennon Specs: Shares these with Doctor Eggman.
  • Mad Scientist: He works out how to trap the Lake Trio and enjoys it.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • His American name is from Pluto's moon, notably the only heavenly body used for a Commander's name that doesn't directly revolve around the sun. Charon doesn't "revolve" around Cyrus like Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.
    • He's shown to be the most heartless member of the team (his goals and plans are less dangerous than Cyrus's, but with no delusions of altruism to his goal, it's far less of a "meaningful" reason), consider that he's named after either a death god or the ferryman of the underworld... and how many would have died if he'd been able to control Heatran in his quest for money and self-aggrandizement.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He never gets in a Pokémon battle.
  • Only in It for the Money: A case of this in which it makes him worse than the others, who were more or less all Omnicidal Maniacs to a T. Unlike everyone else in Team Galactic, he's not looking to create a new world which would theoretically benefit humankind. It's all about money, power, and glory for him. There are even hints that he used to be with Team Rocket, where that mindset is the norm. He'll even go as far as to try and unleash a legendary to profit from a volcanic eruption which would kill hundreds of people.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Everybody else, with the possible exception of Cyrus, is taller than him and lacks the brains to get the scientific stuff done.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Has Charon told you lately what an unparalleled genius he is? It gets to the point that even the other higher ups tell him to shut up a few times.
  • The Starscream: Well, he has to be this, otherwise his motivation is meaningless.
  • The Unfought: It looks like you're about to confront him in Stark Mountain... and then Looker sweeps the stone from under his nose, and his grunts decide to run away and leave him to his fate, at which point he surrenders without a fight.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Possibly. It's grey on his concept art, bright pink in the game's intro, pale mauve in the anime and actually blue on his overworld sprite. His glasses also turn blue when he walks sideways.


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