Characters associated with Team Rocket in Pokémon: Rise of the Rockets.
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Elijah Alaric/SleightTeam Rocket's highest ranked member, and the head of the Shadow Admins, Sleight acts as the main leader of the organization, personally overseeing the region of Kanto. Cold, precise, and cunning, Sleight has yet to find an opponent that he could not personally defeat in battle.
- Action Dad
- A Father to His Men
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Known as the strongest member of Team Rocket, and its main leader, all for good reason.
- Badass Baritone: According to Word of God, who describes it as Mustang-esque. Fitting, considering certain coincidental similarities.
- Badass Creed: "Nothing is real; everything is an illusion."
- Big Bad: Formerly, as part of a Big Bad Ensemble with the likes of Sombra and Ford. However, the Ancient Darkrai made him realize that there were more important things to take care of than defeating Team Liberty, who had by that point proven themselves incredibly useful for combating such large threats.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Soil Colossus never stood a chance.
- The Chessmaster
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- HeelFace Turn
- Icy Blue Eyes: A notable contrast to his standing as a Fire-Type Trainer.
- Klingon Promotion: Originally gained the position of Team Rocket's leader by killing Giovanni.
- Meaningful Name
- "Sleight"—as in, "sleight of hand"—is very fitting, considering Sleight's penchant for always having some sort of back-up plan hidden in his sleeve.
- His last name, "Alaric," can be translated to "ruler of all." Again, fitting for someone who pretty much ruled over four regions.
- OOC Is Serious Business: When Kyle and Ray brought Jupiter to warn him about what had happened to Team Galactic, Sleight appeared so distracted by Levi's disappearance—a sharp contrast to his typical self—that the effectiveness of the warning was justifiably brought into question.
- Playing with Fire: Sleight's specialty.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Story-Breaker Power: Presented this way toward the beginning of the story along with many of the other important NPCs, like Joker and Ford. This was primarily justified given that the vast majority of characters were just starting out, and has slowly faded away as time goes on. Even so, he is still regarded as an incredibly powerful trainer.
- The Stoic
- Tranquil Fury
- Two First Names
Vivian Moreno/JokerSleight's second-in-command and the Shadow Admin of Johto, Joker is a ruthless individual who relishes the war against Team Liberty.
- Action Girl
- Action Mom: As it turns out, she has two kids.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The second most powerful member of Team Rocket, and one of its leaders.
- Badass Boast: In response to Adams' invitation to use any number of Pokémon to defeat her: "No. I only need one."
- Berserk Button: Threatening or alluding to threats toward her children.
- The Dragon: To Sleight.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones
- Gone Horribly Right: Her experimental power amplification machine, which caused her Golurk to grow to roughly eighty feet, ended up backfiring on her
- Heel Realization: Losing control of and almost being crushed by Leviathan forces Joker to reevaluate her attitude towards life.
- Oh, Crap!: When she realizes that Calvin Truman is, in fact, Levi Alaric, and therefore in Ford's custody.
- Psychic Power: One of her specialties, the Psychic-Type. Possesses them herself, as well.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Demonstrated by her insistence on taking Adams into her own custody following the events at Havoc, as she would be able to incarcerate her with more supporting evidence than Team Liberty would be able to.
- Revenge Before Reason: Her statements regarding Quincy Adams made her out as this following Leviathan's death; however, this is ultimately subverted due to the reasons stated under Reasonable Authority Figure.
- Soul Power: Her other specialty, the Ghost-Type.
- Story-Breaker Power: Presented this way toward the beginning of the story along with many of the other important NPCs, like Sleight and Ford. This was primarily justified given that the vast majority of characters were just starting out, and has slowly faded away as time goes on. Even so, she is still regarded as an incredibly powerful trainer.
- The Starscream: Implied, but subverted. She briefly considered using the powered-up Leviathan to overthrow Sleight, though has not come up again, and in that time it's been shown that she does genuinely care about Sleight's well-being.
- Token Evil Teammate: Remains as this among the Shadow Admins in spite of her own HeelFace Turn, being the most aggressive and most reluctant to put up with the ceasefire.
- Unfinished, Untested, Used Anyway: Her Power Amplification machine, which successfully increased her Golurk's size and power at the cost of it slowly losing control over its actions.
Devon Coleman/BountyTeam Rocket's third-in-command, at least until his HeelFace Turn. Bounty is the Shadow Admin of Sinnoh.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The third most powerful member of Team Rocket, and one of its leaders.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Goldhawk, during the assault on the Void Towers.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: With Goldhawk, during the assault on the Void Towers.
- Enemy Mine: His primary motivation for defecting from Team Rocket. With bigger threats like the Ancients and Ford out there, why bother splitting focus to Team Liberty, especially since both groups essentially fight for the same purpose?
- Extra-ore-dinary: Specializes in Steel-Types.
- Handicapped Badass: It's not clear why, but the fact that he uses a cane implies an injury of some kind.
- HeelFace Turn
- Reasonable Authority Figure
Heather Windred/AceThe fourth of Team Rocket's original Shadow Admins. Ace oversaw the Hoenn branch of the Rocket Empire. After failing to quell a mass rebellion in Hoenn she was exiled by Sleight and eventually killed by Buzz, who would later become her replacement.
- Abusive Parents: She subjected her own daughter to experiments with the endgame of creating a super solider.
- Blow You Away: Specializes in Flying-Types, which use a large range of wind-based attacks.
- Four Is Death
- Killed Off for Real
- Meaningful Name: Heather Windred is a Flying-Type trainer.
- Posthumous Character: Has begun to receive more development as of Esen's plot line in Kalos.
- The Unfought: Deposed by a Liberty-led revolt in Hoenn, and then killed by Buzz without getting a chance to defend herself.
- We Hardly Knew Ye
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness
Max Bussle/BuzzA former Rocket Executive, later the replacement for Shadow Admin Ace.
- Bald of Evil
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Specializes in Bug-Types.
- Demoted to Extra: Dropped into obscurity after his player disappeared.
- Humiliation Conga: Failed to kill Goldhawk despite having him cornered, losing one of his beloved Yanma in the process; allowed the same Team Liberty Strike Team to infiltrate Paradise twice in a ridiculously short span of time, losing his hostage—one of Team Liberty's three leaders—in the second attack; wound up injured and out of action in all three of those battles; and failed to provide any resistance when the Hojohsin League and the Darkrai moved to take over Hoenn. Little wonder Sleight's patience had run out by the time of the Soil Colossus counterattack.
- Killed Off for Real
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: On the receiving end of this from Sleight just before the attack on Soil Colossus.
- Running Gag: In every major battle that he has taken part in, Buzz has injured his right shoulder.
- Up until the Dismantling of Soil Colossus, where he remained uninjured until he was shot in the chest.
- Villain Decay: Started off as a genuine threat, killing Ace and almost killing Goldhawk in the span of a single battle, only to slip into a rapid decline from the Manaphy Arc onward.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: All but stated by Sleight. Unfortunately, Buzz only manages to turn this opinion around as he dies.
Gavin BranerA cynical and abrasive Team Rocket member.
- Bash Brothers: With Ethan.
- Boxed Crook
- Calling the Old Man Out: As part of his Character Development in Lavender Town.
- Casting a Shadow: Along with Psychic- and Ghost-Type, Gavin exclusively uses Dark-Types.
- Character Development: Slowly grew from a Jerkass into an aloof Jerk with a Heart of Gold over the course of the story.
- Cynicism Catalyst: His little sister died in a fire when he was a kid, resulting in behavioral problems later on.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Parental Issues
- Psychic Powers: Does not possess them himself, but the Psychic-Type is one of Gavin's specialties.
- The Snark Knight
- Soul Power: Gavin's third specialty, the Ghost-Type.
- The Stoic
- Tame His Anger: Has mellowed out considerably since he was first introduced.
- Those Two Guys: Seems to have this sort of relationship with Ethan as of late.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Let's just say that pre-Lavender Town Gavin would not have played along with Skye's childlike battle style.
- True Companions: With Ethan, Lucia, and Jamie.
Ethan WorthA laid-back Rocket Agent.
- Angst? What Angst?: Ethan doesn't tend to let traumatizing issues traumatize him for long.
- Bash Brothers: With Gavin.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: His primary specialty.
- Cool Shades
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Ethan may not come off as particularly intelligent or serious, but when push comes to shove, he can be downright dangerous.
- Doomed Hometown: Azalea Town was destroyed by the Unown, which fueled his decision to assist Quincy Adams in her attempt to seal them away again.
- Green Thumb: His secondary specialty.
- The Leader: Of the "Final Rockets."
- Let's Get Dangerous!
- Pungeon Master
- Those Two Guys: Seems to have this sort of relationship with Gavin as of late.
- True Companions: With Gavin, Jamie, and Lucia.
Dack MajorsA trainer from Snowpoint.
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- It's All About Me: Exhibited this attitude during the search for a cure to the deep slumber that the Ancient Darkrai had cast upon Sinnoh. Dack even admits that he's only invested in the search because his friends were affected.
- Finally came to head in Celadon, when Pride chose him as a target alongside Hannah Wright and Aspen Seaton.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Palmer calls him out on only wanting to save his friends from the Darkrais' effects.
- Your Mom: His response to a quip by Aspen about Zach's acquaintance with Erika.
Jamie ArthurA Team Rocket member, unique in being the first successfully cloned human in Team Rocket's history, using James Arthur's genetic material.
- Cloning Blues: Far too much in her introduction. Writer eventually calmed her down about it, and started trying to develop her as a character all her own.
- Manchild: Justified by her being a clone. She is literally a child in a grown woman's body.
- Opposite-Sex Clone: of James Arthur
- The Red Mage: Describes her team overall, having a mix of Physical fighters, Special attack slingers, and a healer, her team has a variety of different specialities, but thus she has not mastered any of them.
- True Companions: With Lucia, Ethan, and Gavin.
Lafoyae BelroseA mute assassin-slash-spy working for Team Rocket.
Olivia Lily SeatonThe first Seaton sibling.
- Action Girl
- Action Girlfriend: To Zach.
- Battle Couple: Has this dynamic with Zach Hikari.
- Berserk Button: Her anger flares when you insult Zach, insult her family, attack anything she's close to, walking into the bathroom with no warning....
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Zach.
- The Determinator: Much like Zach, Olivia refuses to give up when the going gets rough, as shown during Gerald Hikari's attack during Celadon, where she stood her ground amidst Gerald's verbal attacks, and Zach being knocked out cold.
- Fiery Redhead: While normally not Hot-Blooded, Olivia has a fierce temper and isn't afraid to get physircal when angered.
- Friendly Rivalry: Has this dynamic with, again, Zach.
- Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: Dreamshipping, referring to her and Zach.
- Tsundere: Type A.
- Official Couple: With Zach, because you couldn't already tell.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Zach Hikari has auburn hair.
- Passionate Sports Girl: Runs and frequently played other various sports in her youth, making her highly athletic in build.
- Tank-Top Tomboy: Her favored outfits tend to consist of this and running shorts.
- Psychic Link: Given Zach possesses Psychic Powers, it was only a matter of time for him to establish a link with Olivia.
Tobias EltonA Team Rocket Executive of Science who researched mind control options.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Sang failed in stopping him from enslaving Ash.
- Killed Off for Real: By Sang.
- Small Role, Big Impact
- The Starscream: The purpose of his mind control experiments: Create an army of completely loyal soldiers powerful enough to overthrow Sleight and Joker, whom he considered no longer capable of leading Team Rocket.
Skye Hall/Reagan GarfieldA former member of Team Zephyr who was "invited" to join Team Rocket as punishment for her involvement in taking over the Celadon Department Store.
- Ascended Extra: While she was originally intended purely as Gavin's second opponent during the Team Zephyr Arc, extremely positive reception towards her personality and overall character led to her sticking around afterward.
- That being said, Parugi doesn't consider her a main character like the other members of the "Final Rockets."
- Code Name: Reagan Garfield, the Fifth Child.
- HeelFace Turn: Not that she was ever much of a villain to begin with.
- FaceHeel Turn: She willingly joined Ford as the Fifth Child.
- Rich Boredom: She comes from a wealthy family, and only joined Team Zephyr because it would be something different for a change.
- Shout-Out: Like Skyler and Skylark, Skye was purposefully made with a specific theme of reference. In her case, she was quickly revealed to be a comic book nerd who idolizes such heroes as Crobatman, Green Lanturn, Spinarak-Man, The Human Torchic, and Hawlucha-Eye. Coincidentally, she also shares a name with another superhero-related group member named Skye. Her last name is also a reference to the Hall family
Ryan Hikari/"Black"A former member of Team Energon, Black led Zach, Kyle, and others on a chase around Unova, eventually revealing himself as Zach's long-lost older brother.
- Boxed Crook: How Ethan got him out of being put into jail.
- HeelFace Turn
- Heel Realization
- My God, What Have I Done?: Subtle, but this occurred after he realized the full extent of Gerald's actions.
- Long Lost Sibling: To Zach.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against Team Energon following his escape from prison.
- Unstoppable Rage: Ryan's deep wells of anger are what drew Wrath to him.
Klim "Kinali" PrizakA formerly-unaffiliated trainer, later Agent of Team Rocket following the Time Skip. Kinali became involved in the war when the Creation Trio's power began to weaken, threatening the existence of the world. Kinali is the envoy of Giratina.
- The Chosen One: To Giratina, as the Hero of Void.
- Demoted to Extra: After his original player left.
- Out of Focus
- Put on a Bus: Taken hostage by the Darkrai in order to force Seth to gather the Elemental Plates.
- The Bus Came Back: Escaped in time to meet up with the Unova Group in order to go and fight the Ancients.
- ... only to vanish again immediately after the fight with Wrath in Goldenrod.
Hannah WrightA Team Rocket Executive who first appeared on a mission with Dack, and later led a campaign in order to get revenge on her childhood frenemy, Shannon Willows.
Victoire ColemanBounty's youngest child and second daughter. Deaf and born with heterochromia, Victoire spent much of her early life suffering in silence and with few friends, until she met Esen, who helped her become more comfortable with herself. She spent much of her life following Esen's sudden disappearance wondering what had happened to her friend.
- Action Girl: She's certainly a fighter, and implied by Bounty to be the spunkiest and most rebellious of her siblings.
- Childhood Friends: With Esen, though Esen doesn't remember her or anything about that period of her life.
- It's also a Childhood Friend Romance, with Victoire being very straightforward about her feelings for Esen, although it's unknown if Esen reciprocates.
- Hiding the Handicap: Wears sunglasses to conceal her heterochromia and keeps the hair around her ears long enough that she can cover her hearing aids if she wants to.
- Mismatched Eyes: Of the heterochromia variety—one is brown, the other blue.
- Noodle Incident: Few details are actually given as to how she ended up captured by Quentin Dallas.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: In her first appearance, due to receiving Esen as her randomized opponent. This, in addition to Esen's uncommon name and Signature Mon, actually helped her recognize Esen.
- Reading Lips: Downplayed. Victoire can do this to a degree, but relies more heavily on her hearing aids than anything else.
- Straight Gay
Emmerich ColemanBounty's son, and his oldest child. Emmerich is a General within Team Rocket.
- Undying Loyalty: To Team Rocket, putting him into conflict with his father when Bounty separated from the main Rocket organization. It appears to be a more or less one-sided issue on Emmerich's part, however.