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Michael / Ryūto (リュウト ryuuto)
The Protagonist of Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.

  • Badass Adorable: Less badass looking than Wes, but he's still pretty tough.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Was instantly ready to protect Jovi from Zook's Shadow Zangoose. Luckily, before he became the victim of a Curb-Stomp Battle (Shadow Zangoose was Level 27+ while Eevee is still barely Lv. 12 at that point), the problem was taken care of for them.
  • Bookends: He is the second protagonist to don the snagging device, and the last person to use it and take it off at the end.
  • Disappeared Dad: Although, unlike with the protagonists with missing dads in the main series, it's outright stated that he's passed away. According to its Trainer Memo, it was him who gave Michael his Eevee.
  • Kid Hero: Though he's supposedly at least 13, given he's identified as "a lone teen" at one point. However, the reporter was probably just guessing.
  • The Hero: Of course.
  • Heroic Mime: Like most Pokémon protagonists, he doesn't speak.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead
  • Vague Age: He's identified as a teen in one transmission, but on the other hand, in link battles he's shorter than the other game protagonists, who are supposed to be around 11 years old. Then again, being older does not necessarily equate to being taller.


Shadow Lugia
The ultimate Shadow Pokémon, and the first one created that is supposedly immune to purification. It is the key component in Cipher's plan for world domination.

The head of Cipher's Research and Development team. Acting like a stereotypical Valley Girl, Lovrina prefers Pokémon who look beautiful.

  • Bad Boss: To the point that Professor Krane sympathizes his kidnapper, Naps, for having to put up with someone like her. The fact that Naps is also her brother makes it worse.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: As revealed in your second battle with her, she's much, much more psychotic and evil than she lets on.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Has a Beautifly and a Shuckle in her known rosters.
  • Blow You Away: Both of her Citadark Isle Shadows, Farfetch'd and Altaria, are Flying types.
  • Brother–Sister Team: Cipher Peon Naps (the one you snag your first Shadow Pokémon, Teddiursa, from) is her brother.
  • Composite Character: Compared to the previous generation of Cipher Admins from Colosseum, she combines traits of Venus (sole female Admin whose battle strategy revolves around using "cute" Pokémon) and Ein (Cipher's head scientist in charge of researching and creating stronger Shadow Pokémon).
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: She's this to Ein from the the previous game. While both serve as the heads of R&D for their respective incarnations of Cipher and both are responsible for the creation of Shadow Pokemon, they're pretty much complete opposites in every other regard:
    • Lovrina is an adorable young woman who's spoiled teenager-esque demeanor makes it hard to tell at first glance that she's a scientist. Ein, on the other hand, is a handsome man who plays The Evil Genius bit completely straight.
    • Lovrina is the first Cipher Admin you meet in Gale of Darkness and is one of the earliest bosses in the game. Ein is the last Admin you meet in Colosseum and isn't fought the penultimate dungeon.
    • While both ultimately end up being Karma Houdinis, Lovrina stops bearing a grudge against you after the fall of Cipher and even befriends you. Meanwhile, Ein makes it no secret to the end that he despises you.
  • Cute and Psycho: She's a bubbly, cutesy Valley Girl, and a remorselessly cruel and vicious villain.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Upon defeating her in the post-game Orre Colosseum, she writes you a letter saying she likes you now and declares you the first member of her fan club.
  • Ditzy Genius: She doesn't come across as very intelligent, but she isn't the head researcher for nothing.
  • The Evil Genius: Leads Cipher's research on creating Shadow Pokémon.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Oh sure, she seems fun to be with, but Lugia would disagree with you. Vehemently. Her Peons can also vouch for the fact that when she doesn't get her way, she really stops being so pleasant toward people.
  • Girlish Pigtails: And really large ones at that.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: She wears a pair of goggles on her head but never actually uses them.
  • Gradual Grinder: Her Orre Colosseum strategy revolves around Pokémon using moves like Toxic, Confuse Ray, Leech Seed, and Wrap.
  • Green Thumb: She has a Roselia on both of her story teams, and a Meganium when you eventually rematch her.
  • Hot Scientist: Yeah, this stereotypical Valley Girl is actually the head scientist.
  • Lean and Mean: She's quite slender, and quite evil.
  • Karma Houdini: Let's hope she doesn't join some other evil team's science division....
  • Mad Scientist: She created Shadow Lugia.
  • Making a Splash: Her Luvdisc, Gorebyss and Milotic are all purely Water types.
  • Non-Elemental: She has a Shadow Delcatty in her first fight, a Shadow Farfetch'd in her second, and a Blissey in her Orre Colosseum battle.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Has a Misdreavus in Orre Colosseum.
  • Perky Female Minion: Definitely more upbeat than the other Cipher Admins before and since.
  • Psychic Powers: Her Orre Colosseum fight comes with a Wobbuffet.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It goes all the way down past her knees.
  • Recurring Boss: She's first battled as the boss of the Cipher Lab near the beginning of the game, then comes back for a rematch near the beginning of Citadark Isle. She is also the final opponent of Orre Colosseum's first round.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After being defeated at Citadark Isle, she flees the island, out of fear of Greevil being angry with her again.
  • Sexy Walk: Not only do her hips swing from side to side when she walks, her hair does too.
  • Signature Mon: She uses Pokémon that are considered cute/beautiful. Her Shadows include Delcatty, Altaria, and Farfetch'd.
  • Spoiled Brat: To sociopathic levels.
  • Valley Girl: She so talks like one, but it's a subversion, as she's also an Evil Genius.
  • Verbal Tic: In line with her Valley Girl speech patterns, she so can't stop saying "so".
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is pink.

Snattle (Wazuru)
His ultimate goal is to become Governor of Orre through Cipher's schemes. Also, he's the Straw Loser for the Cipher Admins. His strategy in battle goes from attrition damage from Shadow Sky to spamming Explosion.

  • An Ice Person: Has a couple in his Orre Colosseum fight, namely Glalie and Regice.
  • Corrupt Politician: He wants to become the governor of Orre... and his political campaign involves kidnapping an entire city of people and replacing them with disguised Cipher members.
  • The Dark Chick: A male example. While the other Cipher Admins serve important roles in managing Shadow Pokémon, Snattle tries to take over a town and become mayor, and other than his battle prowess, he has no other skills.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: His Lunatone and Solrock each have this typing, as does his Quagsire and Regirock.
  • Evil Feels Good: In addition to revenge, his main reason for sticking with Cipher even after his criminal behavior is exposed.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: His Metang and Scizor have this typing.
  • Girly Run: After you defeat him, he runs away like a wimp. Best of all, Marcia's cameraman filmed it, and you get to watch it as much as you want on the news later.
  • Karma Houdini: He took over a whole city! How the hell is he allowed to go free? Not only that, but he sends Michael a letter stating he still plans to become Governor.
  • Making a Splash: Has a Quagsire in both of his first fights, a Lanturn in Phenac Stadium, and a Shadow Starmie on Citadark Isle.
  • Multicolored Hair: It's white and purple.
  • Never My Fault: Blames everyone but himself for what goes wrong with his plans, calling Lovrina and Gorigan "utterly useless".
  • Olympus Mons: At Orre Colosseum, he has a Regirock and a Regice.
  • Poisonous Person: In Orre Colosseum, he has a Muk and a Gengar on his team.
  • Psychic Powers: Each of his Shadow Pokémon are this type. He also has a Metang.
  • Recurring Boss: First you battle him in the abandoned Phenac Stadium, then he rematches you near the end of Citadark Isle. He is also the final opponent of Orre Colosseum's second round.
  • Sequential Boss: Before facing him for the first time, you need to take down an Elite Mook, and you don't get an opportunity to heal in between.
  • Signature Mon: His Shadow Pokémon follow an astral motif: Lunatone (the moon), Solrock (the sun), and Starmie (the stars).
  • Sissy Villain: He wears purple lipstick, has a melodramatic losing animation, and runs like a girl.
  • Smug Snake: Has an extremely inflated sense of self-worth, to the point that he refers to his cohorts, Lovrina and Gorigan, as "utterly useless".
  • Shock and Awe: Has a couple, including his Lanturn and Electrode.
  • Weather Manipulation: His Castform, of course, as well as any of his Shadow Pokémon that know Shadow Sky.

Gorigan is the Dumb Muscle in charge of guarding the Cipher Key Lair factory. Which he's not very good at. He's most well known for the Protect/Earthquake strategy.

  • Animal Motifs: Gorillas. See his Primal Stance and his Screw This, I'm Outta Here! quote.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: His Shadow Primeape and Poliwrath have this covered. Outside of Shadow Pokémon, he has a Hitmontop.
  • Brains and Brawn: Both of his Shadow Pokémon teams consist of a Fighting type and a Psychic type: Primeape and Hypno for the Cipher Key Lair fight, and Poliwrath and Mr. Mime for the Citadark Isle fight.
  • The Brute: The Cipher Admin with an emphasis on brute force.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Again, after defeating him in the post-game Colosseum. He even uses the term "friendship" in his letter.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's at least smart enough to run the Cipher Key Lair effectively.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Wears the on his face, hiding his eyes.
  • Karma Houdini: Like most admins, he isn't captured.
  • Making a Splash: Several of his Pokémon are Water typed, including his Sealeo/Walrein, Slowking, Gyarados and Shadow Poliwrath.
  • Non-Elemental: Has an Ursaring in both story fights, and a Granbull and Tauros in Orre Colosseum.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Has a Salamence in Orre Colosseum.
  • Playing with Fire: Also in Orre Colosseum, he has an Arcanine.
  • Primal Stance: Even more so than Dakim.
  • Psychic Powers: Has a Shadow Hypno and Mr. Mime in his respective Story fights. He also has a Slowking.
  • Recurring Boss: He's first battled as the boss of Cipher Key Lair, then returns for a rematch near the end of Citadark Isle. He is also the final opponent of Orre Colosseum's third round.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After being defeated at Citadark Isle.
    Bleah! That was the very last chance Master Greevil gave me! How could I keep losing to some kid over and over? If there were a tree, I'd climb it to get away from all this!
  • Signature Mon: All of his Shadow Pokémon (Primeape, Hypno, Poliwrath, and Mr. Mime) are humanoid, and they all originate from Gen 1.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Dakim, right down to his Earthquake/Protect battle strategy.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Fears that he will be on the receiving end of this if he loses to Michael again.
    So, Master Greevil gave me this one last chance to redeem myself. But this is it! If I lose this one, there's no tomorrow!

The Hexagon Brothers
A group of dimwitted Cipher Peons that are Color-Coded for Your Convenience.

  • Color-Coded Characters: Their main distinguishing feature is their differently-colored uniforms.
  • Color-Coded Elements: Each brother's color (mostly) corresponds to their Pokémon type of choice.
    • Resix : Fire
    • Blusix: Water (though the Beldum he gets to replace his Spheal isn't a Water type)
    • Browsix: He's the aversion. His color only relates to his Ground-Type Shadow Baltoy. After he loses it, he gets a Vigoroth, becoming a Normal-Type specialist, which is normally associated with light gray or white. However, Vigoroth later evolves into Slaking, which is brown.
    • Yellosix: Electric
    • Purpsix: Poison
    • Greesix: Grass
  • The Ditz: All of them. They're so incompetent, they can't even count how many of them there are. They disguised themselves as six identical copies of Justy, a well-known figure in Phenac that everyone knows there is only one of. At least they managed to get their sound-off right that time.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • Resix : Monol
    • Blusix : Direl
    • Browsix : Trill
    • Yellosix : Tetol
    • Purpsix : Petol
    • Greesix : Hekil
  • Elite Mooks: They are more powerful than the other Cipher Peons you fight in the area, and they actually remember to level grind.
  • Family Theme Naming: Their names are all portmanteaus of the color of their uniform and the word "six."
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: Their introduction, in which they completely fail to count themselves twice, establishes them as this.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Six distinct members of Cipher that cross paths with Michael a few times.
  • Shout-Out: To Super Sentai.
  • Theme Naming: Color based names in English, Number based ones in Japanese.
  • Verbal Tic: Greesix can't go two sentences without saying "sixfold". It also spilled into his Pokémon team, having six Pokémon during your first battle with him. Oddly, he never replaces his Shadow Seedot.

Zook (Zakusuka)
A minor member of Cipher with a big mouth, bad temper, and abilities to prove it.

  • Hair-Trigger Temper: For one thing, Jovi ran smack into him by mistake and fell down. He was only mildly irritated at first, until he noticed she messed up his clothes...
  • Karma Houdini: Presumably, given that he vanishes after the final encounter with him.
  • Perpetual Frowner: For the most part, it's just a frown, but he also has a really pissed-off glare.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After he loses to Michael twice, he wisely decides to just run for it, away from Cipher in general and to escape Gorigan's punishment.
  • Signature Mon: His Shadow Zangoose, which you see plenty of times before you're able to snag it.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Well, he was certainly willing to attack a little girl with his Shadow Zangoose, and Michael standing in the way was even better by his own admission.


Jovi (Mana)
Michael's little sister, who helps out with an errand early in the game.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Has a habit of being a know-it-all and runs off because she is bored.
  • Disappeared Dad: Same as Michael.
  • It's All About Me: Pounded into you early in the game. When you go to pick her up from Dr. Kaminko's, Jovi assumes that you've gotten lost (and that you're lying if you deny it) and that she has to lead you home. And later, when you have to go to Gateon Port to pick up part of the purification machine, she claims that she's the one that was sent to do the job and that you're her assistant. And finally, when Prof. Krane is kidnapped, she wonders if he'll wait for her to get bigger and go save him, even though her brother, who is the best trainer at the Pokémon HQ Lab, is standing right there.
  • Third-Person Person: One of her speaking habits.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has blue hair, though it doesn't run in the family.

Lily (Lilia)
Michael and Jovi's mother, who is a scientist at the Pokémon HQ Lab.

  • Dude Magnet: An NPC mentions that Lily was quite popular when she was a student and that many tried to woo her, including Professor Krane.
  • Parents as People: Plays a bigger role in the game than most of the mothers in the main series.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her outfit is pink.

Professor (Dr.) Krane
A scientist at the Pokémon HQ Lab who worked with Michael's father on a way to purify Shadow Pokémon at a quicker pace.

  • Badass Pacifist: He is completely unintimidated by Cipher and chews them out instead of acceding to their demands.
  • Kidnapped Scientist: Gets abducted by Cipher early in the game. They want him to use his knowledge to help them with their Shadow Pokémon plan. However, he makes it clear that he has zero interest in doing so.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Sympathizes with Naps, the guy who kidnapped him, because Lovrina is his boss.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: It is mentioned by an NPC that when Lily was still a student, she was very popular. Many tried to woo her, including Krane, but Michael's father obviously ended up with her.

    Other Characters 

Dr. Kaminko
An eccentric scientist who lives in the middle of a dark forest. Most of his inventions are either useless (i.e. the Poké Pole), harmful (i.e. the Unhealthy Sandals), or just plain stupid (i.e. The Power-Draining Lightbulb).

  • Berserk Button: When one of his inventions doesn't work as intended. (He's well aware that they have no practical use, though.)
  • Chekhov's Gun: His scrapped Robo Kyogre invention, which Michael later uses to reach Citadark Isle, making it one Kaminko's few inventions that's actually useful.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: His hair seems to defy gravity.

Dr. Kaminko's assistant.

    Greevil & His Allies (SPOILERS) 

Mr. Verich/Greevil (Mecharich/Deathgold)
A mysterious, wealthy old man accompanied everywhere by his bodyguards Ardos and Eldes. He's the mastermind of Cipher in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.

  • Bald of Evil: Similar to Evice of Colosseum, though in this case he's completely bald.
  • Beneath the Mask: Is much more malevolent that he initially appears.
  • Big Bad: The leader of Cipher and the main antagonist of Pokémon XD.
  • Blow You Away: All four of his Olympus Mons have Flying as their secondary type. Once they're snagged, their respective replacements are a Swellow, Altaria, and Aerodactyl.
  • Cool Boat: The Luxo Cruiser, which is capable of withstanding the dangerous waves that surround Citadark Isle.
  • Dark Reprise: Upon revealing his true identity, his theme is replaced with a more sinister version.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: His Shadow Rhydon and the Aerodactyl that replaces Zapdos.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite all the evil he's done, he really does love his kids, even giving himself up because of his son Eldes.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Until the final battle, when he opens them.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: He has the Legendary Bird trio as Shadow Pokémon.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Though he's never even mentioned in Colosseum, he's always been the true leader of Cipher. Colosseum's Big Bad was merely the boss of Cipher's Orre branch.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Performs one thanks to Eldes.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He is this to the Big Bad of Colosseum, since he was merely the head of Cipher's Orre branch, while Greevil was the true leader.
  • Mister Big: His sons (and just about every other Cipher member) tower over him, but he's the one in charge.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: He's much smaller than his bodyguards, though he turns out to actually be a more powerful Pokémon trainer than them.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: In both Japanese and English.
  • Non-Elemental: His Shadow Tauros and its replacement Granbull. His Swellow also has this as its primary type.
  • Olympus Mons: He commands no less than four Shadow Legendary Pokémon — there's Lugia, of course, as well as the three Legendary Birds.
  • Pet the Dog: He actually gives himself in at the request of his son, Eldes, and even admits that everything he'd done was a mistake.
  • Punny Name: His fake and real names.
    • Verich is a shortening of "very rich"; while "Mecha" (pronounced meh-cha) is a Japanese word that roughly means "absurd", thus Mecharich becomes "absurdly rich".
    • Greevil. He is shown to be quite greedy and evil. "Deathgold" is a deadly guy with lots of gold.
  • Psychic Powers: Aside from XD001, another one of his Shadow Pokémon is an Exeggutor, which is replaced by a Starmie after it's snagged.
  • Sequential Boss: First he sends Shadow Lugia after you. After snagging it, he battles you with his team of six Shadow Pokémon.
  • Shock and Awe: His Shadow Zapdos, as well as the Manectric that replaces his Rhydon.
  • Signature Mon: Shadow Lugia, or course. Once it's taken care of, he fights with other Pokémon, and of those, his strongest are the Legendary Bird Trio.
  • Take Over the World: His ultimate goal was to take over the world using an army of unpurifiable Shadow Pokémon.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He's quite popular in Gateon Port, mostly because he gives out free food and drink at the Krabby Club whenever he comes there. Some people are a little suspicious of him, though.
  • Walking Spoiler: Both he and his bodyguards had to be moved to a different folder because of this.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: You get a good look before the final battle.

Ardos is one of Mr Verich's two bodyguards. He is first met at Gateon Port, where he curbstomps Zook with his level 44 Alakazam. At the end of the game he is revealed to be one of Greevil's sons. He goes Laughing Mad after Greevil's defeat and claims he'll restart the evil organization.

Eldes is Mr. Verich's other bodyguard. Just like Ardos, he's one of Greevil's sons. However, unlike Ardos, he's not too enthusiastic about the whole "Cipher" thing. After Greevil's defeat, he pulls a Heel–Face Turn and convinces Greevil to give up.


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