Pokémon Villains - The 8 main antagonists of the franchise!
11/07/22 0 comments
In the Pokémon world, in the midst of so many adventures, there are also criminal organizations that you have to face. Come and learn a little more about them!Edit Article
from video games, not taking the media from anime.
The criminal organizations of the Pokémon world
Team RocketAppearing in the first games of the generation (Red/Blue/Green/Yellow), it was led by the fearsome Giovanni (Ground type specialist), who is also Gym Leader of Viridian City in Kanto (using his reputation as a front). And when it comes to facades, they had several hiding places in many places like the city of Celadon, using commercial base in casinos. They have an interest in Pokémon thefts for indoctrination and corruption, smuggling, and theft of fossils on Mt. Moon and tech robberies to further their plans, where they wanted to steal the Master Ball at Silph Co., but were stopped by the protagonist. After Giovanni's defeat in his gym, he disappears for a while, as if he was about to end his activities. But, in the Gold/Silver/Crystal games, in the Johto region, remnants of the organization take over the Goldenrod Radio Tower and make a radio broadcast intended for its former leader. However, it is only revealed in Heart Gold/Soul Silver that Giovanni hears the broadcast at their hideout located in Tohjo Falls. And before that, there is an event in the remakes where there is an interaction with Celebi for a time travel, where Ethan and Kris (Gold/Silver/Crystal – second generation protagonists) travel to the past to defeat Giovanni. After the defeat, Giovanni complains about this embarrassment of continuing to lose to the children and with that, he leaves the place and mysteriously disappears. Subsequently, the Viridian Gym Leader title is taken over by Blue, Red's rival and former champion of Kanto. Giovanni's signature Pokémon in early generations were Rhyhorn and Rhydon, Nidoqueen, Nidoking, and Dugtrio; but it has variations with its Persian pet, and sometimes uses Onix and Kangaskhan. In the more advanced games of the franchise and remakes, such as Heart Gold/Soul Silver, he added a Honchkrow (which is not so logical because it's a Dark/Flying type — since he specializes in the Ground type). In Black/White 2 we had a team change, but preserving the side of its specialty, counting on: Sandslash, Rhypherior, Nidoqueen, Nidoking, Golem and Marowak. And in the “Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament” mode, his team gets pretty aggressive with Garchomp, Rhyperior, Nidoking, Krookodile, Gliscor and Hippowdon. As a final curiosity, in honor of the anime, in the game Ultra Sun, Giovanni uses Mewtwo with Mega Evolution X and in Ultra Moon with Mewtwo with Mega Evolution Y. (Note: The anime's story is different from the games. In the anime, Team Rocket was responsible for the Mewtwo project, while in the games, it was just Doctor Fuji's personal encouragement on the Cinnabar).
Team Magma & Team AquaStarring in the third generation of games in Hoenn (Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald), these teams are in constant rivalry for elemental domination of what the planet should be made of, that is, whether there would be more land or more ocean dominance.
Team GalacticIntroduced in the fourth generation in Sinnoh (Diamond/Pearl/Platinum), they aim to reshape the world, rewriting reality. In the Diamond/Pearl versions, the final confrontation takes place at Team Galactic's HQ in Veilstone City, through the infiltration made by the protagonist and his rival and then, towards the Spear Pillar on Mt. Coronet, they will stop their leader, Cyrus, from summoning Dialga/Palkia – who control time and space – by using Uxie, Mesprit and Azelf to summon them and meanwhile, you and your rival together team up to face off against other members of the organization: Mars and Jupiter, for soon Cyrus and the legendary Pokémon of the game (Dialga in Diamond and Palkia in Pearl) as final bosses. After the Legendary is defeated or captured, Cyrus will say that he has not finished his plans and that he would still return once more to fulfill them, and part of the team flees with Saturn, another founding member who is part of the same society with Cyrus. In the Platinum version, there is a slight difference: instead of Dialga or Palkia being summoned in the Spear Pillar, Cyrus creates a duplicate of the Red Chain to take advantage of both powers, knowing the instability it would cause in the universe; and then, the events unfold with Giratina luring Cyrus to the Distortion World to prevent the destruction of space-time, and Cynthia (champion of the Sinnoh region and archaeologist) along with the protagonist head to the location for this anomaly in the fabric of space-time caused by Giratina to be closed so as not to affect reality and bring about the end of the world.
Team PlasmaThe organization presented in the fifth generation (Black/White – Black 2/White 2), they aim to free Pokémon from their trainers in the Unova region, as they believe there is a type of technological conditioning to the use of Poké-Balls that should not exist, to use as a population control maneuver strategy in disarming trainers and humans who live in harmony and consent from the Pokémon. In that plan, they want to capture the legendary dragons Reshiram and Zekrom (or one of them - but we'll discuss Kyurem later) for this domination, in the hypocrisy of their ideals that they preach to the people. Led by the cultist Ghetsis and with the group of the Seven Sages (Gorm, Bronius, Rood, Giallo, Ryoku, Zinzolin, in addition to Ghetsi himself, who sees the organization as a sacred institution, as a kind of kingdom/church) where he wants his adopted son, N, to be the heir and the true king, as he found the boy alone in the forest with Darmanitan, Woobat, and Zorua, and he was a pure-hearted child, which was yet another manipulation in Ghetsis' plans. In the Pokémon League, N defeats the champion Alder and reveals his castle near where the League event is being held. There, N reveals that he will use one of the dragons to fulfill the team's plans, so in the final battle, Hilbert and Hilda head towards N, but are stopped by the Seven Sages, who in turn are aided by the Unova Gym Leaders to give you cover for battle. Depending on the version of the game, you fight N using either Reshiram or Zekrom, and the heroes use one of the opposing dragons N has. In his defeat, Ghetsis humiliates N by revealing that he used him and that he was not his legitimate father, and shows himself as the ultimate challenge. He is defeated by the heroes and arrested by Alder and Looker (the same police officer who appeared in Diamond/Pearl).
Team FlareIntroduced in the sixth generation in Kalos (X/Y), the team aims to make the world beautiful and ideal by their standards, with money as their goal. And of all the teams presented, they differentiate by having up to an Elite Four as a member of the organization, Malva. Led by Lysandre, which believes eternal beauty doesn't come without a little struggle. So, faced with this utopia, he decides to revive a legendary Pokémon from the Kalos region (Xerneas or Yveltal - depending on the version) in an attempt to recreate the weapon used by AZ, his ancestor to revive his Pokémon, Floette (history of the past of Kalos where he used this machinery to absorb the life of Pokémon in an ancient war to revive his friend, but regretted it). And during the events of the games, Lysandre invites Calem and Serena to join Team Flare and help restore the region's beauty and when it's defeated. Lysandre makes it clear his heartache when he learns that his utopia will not come to fruition, deciding to fire his gun and end everything he tried to build. The lightning strikes the organization's HQ and begins to shatter, apparently burying him and all the remaining members.
Team Skull and the Aether ParadiseIntroduced in the seventh generation (Sun/Moon), they are a team of underachievers, delinquents who lost the challenge of the islands of Alola by the Hakunas: Hala, Nanu, Olivia and Hapu. The first founders of the group were the ones who lost to the Hakunas and, in that frustration, created this gang that only wants to steal money and Pokémon from other trainers. That leader is Guzma. To understand Guzma, in his past, he was a good-hearted trainer and an excellent guy, winning numerous titles due to his great skills and tactics, in addition to the fact that he was an aspiring captain of Melemele Island and was part of an exclusive group that helped the Kahuna of the time, Hala. However, with his mistakes in being promoted to captain, and with the attack of the guardian of his island after doing wrong things, he decided to found the team intending to end the traditions of the region, wanting to prove his worth. He wanted his strength alone to be enough, without having to go through the challenges required in local tradition or occupy an important post like captain and Kahuna. And going further, he criticized Professor Kukui, claiming that he didn't need to create a league in Alola, as he is the best existing trainer in that region. Within the organization, there was Gladio (Lusamine's son, president of the Aether Paradise), who wanted to belong to the team, but was not 100% in that commitment. That all changed when his sister Lillie and her Pokémon Cosmog were kidnapped by the team, which led to his departure and he ended up asking Hau (Pandam's grandson) and the protagonist to rescue them. Arriving there, they are stopped by the first wave commanded by Faba, one of the company's scientists with his minions. And at the end of this quest, Guzma reveals that they worked and were funded by the foundation itself and were financed by Lusamine, mother of Gladio and Lillie! Gladio challenges everyone on the Skull team and their leader, but fails to face Guzma, leaving it up to his protagonist, and at the end of the battle, Lusamine uses the Cosmog to be a way to open the portal to the Ultra Beasts through the Ultra WormHole, and she is sucked into that dimension with Nihilego, one of the Ultra-Beasts and merged with it, where Guzma is unable to stop her out of fear, leaving it up to the protagonist to defeat it. Lusamine's signature Pokémon are: Mismagius, Lilligant, Clefable, Milotic, and Bewear. (Note: Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon have a totally different plot and I won't consider it here because the story has a huge difference).
Team Yell and the Macro Cosmos
Rainbow RocketHaving its appearance in Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon, it is an alternate version of events where all villains, coming from different realities, come together in a single organization where they succeed in their plans. At first, it was Lusamine who tried to bring together various evil organizations into the Aether Paradise Foundation, in order to unify them into one great power. As events progressed, this didn't work out too well, as the villains had differing goals and opinions, resulting in the creation of a competition, in which the winner will become the leader of the alliance, which was Giovanni. Faba turns against Lusamine and uses her as a hostage in order for Giovanni to succeed. After defeating the traitor Faba, your character, thanks to Lillie, infiltrates Team Rocket's Castle and discover that all the villains were brought from their alternate worlds where they achieved their goals through of Ultra WormHoles, and that each of these leaders had their own Legendary Pokémon that they managed to capture in their plans on their respective worlds.