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"He's nothing more than a freak without a human heart! Do you think you're going to get through to a warped person like that?"
—Ghetsis in Pokémon Black and White after revealing his true motives to player, said about his son, N.

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Despite its kid-friendly appearance, the Pokemon franchise has been sliding ever further into Darker and Edgier territory with each iteration, both in the main series and in the spinoffs. While Game Freak and The Pokemon Company continue to test how intense a concentration of Nightmare Fuel they can successfully put into each title without compromising its precious E rating, there are times when it shows, as these abominations demonstrate. Note that we used the word "abomination" - calling these folks monsters would insult Pokemon everywhere. The anime is mostly Lighter and Softer, with the worst of its antagonists being more jerkasses as opposed to completely evil - to a lesser extent, this applies to the various Pokémon manga media.


Pokémon Black and White Edit

  • The true leader of Team Plasma and Big Bad, Ghetsis Harmonia, is known and hated worldwide for being the definitive Complete Monster of the main game series to date. What kind of person would take in an orphan child that he allegedly found living in the woods amongst wild Pokémon, treat him with neglect, emotional manipulation, and mental abuse, and let him be raised in confinement from the outside world alongside Pokémon that he'd had his mooks abuse just so the child could be a pawn in his plan to Take Over the World? Ghetsis would, and he did. His scheming is at the heart of every deplorable action taken by Team Plasma, and everything wrong that occurs in the game. Though he hides beneath a mask of benevolence and good intentions, he really cares for nothing but himself. The crux of his plan is that if N could become the Hero of legend and force everyone in the world to release their Pokémon, Ghetsis and his select cohorts would then be left as the only ones who could own and use Pokémon, exploiting their abilities as means of oppressing and enslaving everyone alive. He uses his pawns, his foster son included, as stepping stones in his rise to power, is cruel and abusive to humans and Pokémon alike, and is an unapologetic sadist as well. He admits to loving taking away hopes and dreams just so he can see people in that moment where they lose all hope and break down in despair. And he has the audacity to call his foster son N a "freak without a human heart", even though his plan hinged on him being just that! Unlike Cyrus from the previous generation of games, who had a Freudian Excuse for his heinousness, there's no excuse for the exploitation and abuse that Ghetsis puts countless people and Pokémon through, or all the lies and manipulations he seeded in his selfish quest as the master of Team Plasma.
    • In the sequel games, Ghetsis tortures a legendary Pokémon in a power extraction machine that fuels his new Weapon of Mass Destruction, and with a Mind Control cane in order to make it comply with terrorizing the entire Unova region against it's will (including the attack on Opelucid City where he turns the whole city into a Popsicle), endangering many lives without any second thoughts or remorse. He wants to put the whole continent on ice, putting a fatal chill over all the inhabitants of Unova until they submit and relinquish all power to him in fear for their lives and health, and he can rule with an iron fist, so he takes the Pokémon to the Giant Chasm in order to raise it's power to it's maximum capacity so that it can engulf the region in ice. And then he tries to have said Pokémon freeze the Kid Hero to death - the first time anyone in a Pokémon game has ordered a direct attack on another human being, who's the player character and a child no less, without even a proper battle preceding it, all out of spite over being reminded of The Hero who'd thwarted his previous plans. And when N comes to the rescue with Reshiram or Zekrom, Ghetsis seizes the opportunity to use the DNA Splicers on Kyurem without it's actual consent in order to force Kyurem and N's Legendary Dragon into a fusion. Furthermore, after he loses again to The Hero, he is actually offered a second chance by his "son" despite all that he'd done to him. Ghetsis' response? He verbally assaults him as horribly as an E-Rated game would allow, stating he only sees him and Pokémon as tools for his use before his sanity breaks completely, reducing him to a catatonic, babbling vegetable. Further proof that there's not a shred of decency in this guy.
      • The fifteenth short episode of Pokémon Genertaions that adapts the climax of the game makes one of the events even worse. Instead of ordering Kyurem to directly attack the main protagonist and freeze them to death, he orders Kyurem to do that to his son, N. And in this version, Kyurem has already been forcibly merged with Reshiram, so it's icy blasts are combined with fire from Reshiram's Fusion Flare. Had he not been saved (twice), N could have been annihilated by his own father.
      • What's really telling about Ghetsis is that he hits all major criteria required for passing the trope as much as a villain in this game genre possibly could. He is a depraved, pure evil, full-stop bad guy possessing no redeeming qualities or chance of redemption. He commits the most heinous deeds in the games' story. His terribleness is played dead seriously whenever he's a presence. Other characters in story (Bianca, Cheren, Alder, N, Hugh, even Colress) show fear, hate, and disgust towards him for his sheer atrociousness. He lacks a Freudian Excuse of any kind: he does everything out of power-lust, cruelty and self-entitlement. He is completely devoid of qualities that could be seen as altruistic, positive, sympathetic, redeeming, or even relatable. He expresses zero regret for his crimes, in fact feeling justified in committing them because he is "perfect." And he is never redeemed, even rejecting the chance when it's laid out for him by the victim of his abuse. What tops it off is not only the shameless sadism he expresses in bringing down others in order to further elevate himself, but his long-term goal is for a new world order where he, through being the only one who can use Pokémon and allow use of them, has unlimited influence and control over everything that lives. His treatment of his son alone put Ghetsis on the Moral Event Horizon: everything else is him going even further beyond that. Ghetsis is pure villainy Up to Eleven!
      • There's also the manner in which he is depicted compared to all the other villains in the series. Giovanni was The Don, Archie and Maxie were both Well-Intentioned Extremist environmentalists, Cyrus was a Knight Templar with a sympathetic backstory, Lysandre was a genuinely insane yet also well intentioned philanthropist turned supervillain who was conflicted regarding the fate of all Pokémon, Guzma was little more than a petty hooligan, and even Lusamine suffered a bad case of Drunk on the Dark Side. Ghetsis is the chief sage of the Team Plasma sages, who are styled like priests. Since N is the king and the Plasma grunts are knights, the sages would represent the Church, who were allied with the king and knights in holy crusades during the middle ages. To Team Plasma, freeing Pokémon is their holy crusade. Thus Ghetsis and his true intentions represents lies, hypocrisy, and corruption of a person who knowingly and maliciously takes advantage of beliefs held sacred by people and twists them into something to suit his dark, selfish ends. He even holds public sermons and preaches on the matters, when in reality he's full of crap. But it gets worse from there: he's outed as an Evil Sorcerer type person who's scheming to take power as a tyrannical, despotic dictator. Hiding this under the ruse of priesthood makes him the lowest scum possible for the series, so thus he gets a makeover once everyone knows what he truly is, and in addition to this, Team Plasma's Grunts have been restyled to look like terrorists after their exploitative, power seeking purpose has been made known. He keeps his pointed, horn-like hairstyle, but now wears a black and red visor on his right eye (his left eye is already red.), wraps himself in a Black Cloak with creepy eyeball symbols decorating it, and carries around a staff with the Plasma insignia that is almost pitchfork-esque at a certain glance. So not only has Ghetsis gone from dark priest to all out Evil Overlord, but he's essentially styled as The Devil himself. His original name, G'Cis Harmonia, can even be translated as "the Devil in music." His battle theme sounds like a Dark Reprise to that of Arceus, the God Pokémon, and the opening for the "Episode N" arc of the anime even has him set against a red, fiery, flaming backdrop as he throws back his cape in a very Devil-like fashion. Based on the man's actions and behavior, it's hard not to see this depiction as fitting. And when you think back and realize that this Devil had been running Team Plasma's "Church", he becomes that much more of a monster.
      • Just to hammer it home, the villains of the generations before and after Ghetsis' planned on destroying the world and wiping out everything - and they still weren't as evil as Ghetsis, whose totalitarian end goals are arguably even worse than a quick death.
      • It also says something that the closest he seems to have to a personal relationship with anybody is with his underlings who believe owe him a life debt. Giovanni wasn't the best father to his son, but even his greatest crime in that relationship was negligence. Archie and Maxie seemed to legitimately care for their mooks. Guzma was relatively harmless. Lysandre cared deeply for Pokemon and openly cried about their destruction. Even CYRUS showed some sense of respect for you and never wanted you dead (he says you will be forgiven for messing with his plans in Platinum).Ghetsis has no love at all for his son, and it shows in the mentally abusive way he exploited him to serve his plans, as well as his hurtful words and actions towards him afterwards. What a prick.
      • Even Smogon outright states, word for word, that "Ghetsis is a complete monster." When a site that focuses more on the competitive aspect of the games than the story outright calls him a monster, you know he qualifies.

Spinoff Games Edit

  • Pokémon Colosseum features the despicable duo of Evice and Ein, the masterminds behind the Cipher syndicate's conspiracy. Evice, the literally monstrous old man posing as the kindly mayor of Phenac City, engineered everything for Cipher (though in the sequel we find out that the syndicate was founded by Greevil, he took mostly a backseat role while Evice was his more involved proxy). And worst of all, Mad Scientist Ein developed the process to create Shadow Pokémon: Pokémon artificially powered by a dark force that does something horrific that makes them not only lose their minds but their souls as well, leaving nothing but dark instincts, turning them into heartless, savage fighting machines that can attack and even slaughter people and other Pokémon. This is Cipher's claim to fame, and Ein is continuously trying to improve on the process just to show that he can. He's basically the franchise's answer to Xehanort or Hojo. Cipher is the most abominable organization in the franchise's history, and these two sociopaths blend together into one monstrous leadership: Evice as the heart and Ein as the brains.
  • Classical Darkrai is a well-meaning being with a ghastly self-defense mechanism, but the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon equivalent is a much more sinister beast. He makes Freddy Krueger look smalltime in terms of what he can do to victims in their nightmares, manipulates gods to his whims, orchestrates a Time Crash, makes the future a very miserable time, drops children in eternal nightmares for kicks, and nearly drives the player characters to suicide by tricking them into thinking their existence is threatening the space-time continuum due to Time Travel shenanigans, which is easily one of the darkest moments in the game. He even stoops so low as to torture an innocent child with violent nightmares to lure out the the player characters and make several attempts to assassinate them so he can try his plans again. He has no regrets for his crimes and wishes nothing more than to bring about the complete and utter destruction of the world, just so he can rule the tattered remains in everlasting darkness. The guy is a vastly darker villain in any Pokémon work even by E or E-10 standards, and the punishment for his misdeeds is much too lenient. (Then again, his punishment is implied to be the loss of all his memories (a'la Regal), and it is hinted that this actually forced him to be good.
    • Also, his motives are never explained, leaving us to assume that it was For the Evulz.
  • Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs gives us Purple Eyes. Before we even learn he exists, he's beaten Rand within an inch of his life and kidnapped both his wife and daughter. Later, he beats the daughter up, too! It gets worse, though; he eventually mugs the elderly Societea members (though, admittedly, they deserve it), hijacks the villain's plans, makes himself immortal, pumps up Mewtwo's power higher than it should ever be, and then commands Mewtwo to finish off Dr. Edward. And when Rand takes the shot for Edward, Purple Eyes is simply amused and continues to attack anyway, even taunting Rand's daughter about her father's endangerment. After you beat him, he points out that the Sky Fortress is now plummeting and will wipe out all of Oblivia. And then he laughs.
    • Aaand he one-ups himself. In the last Extra Mission, in which an enraged Arceus is passing judgment on the human race, he arrives in person. His imprisonment and constant questioning has not redeemed him, but instead turned him into a Misanthrope Supreme who no longer wishes to rule over all humans, but instead Kill All Humans. He begins preaching to Arceus that it should go through with the destruction, but to allow himself to act as its Dragon due to their similar beliefs about humans. This only enrages Arceus more. After you defeat and calm Arceus, Arceus leaves back to its home world and drags Purple Eyes with it, to pass judgment on him. Yeah, even the god of the Pokémon world deems it unsafe for him to be in our plane.
      • For a while. Hastings says that Arceus will send him back eventually when (or if) he really has a change of heart. However, when you consider that Arceus acted on this but not when Cyrus was unmaking the universe right under it, it says something potent about Purple Eyes' capacity for evil. Of course, this is assuming he could prove that he has some manner of decency, and there's no telling where he'll be dropped off - even Hastings couldn't guess where he'd wind up. He's in this trope now; the odds are slim enough already.

Pokémon Anime Edit

  • Pokémon Hunter J from Diamond and Pearl. As her title implies, she hunts rare Pokemon to sell on the black market, and has no qualms with stealing them from other trainers. She is willing to go to any length in order to capture these Pokemon for her clients, including attempted murder on her fellow humans. In her first appearance, she drops a section of her airship containing several of her own men, and the Pokemon that she’d stolen, just in order to be rid of our 10-year-old protagonist, who was in the same section of the ship. She shows absolutely no hesitation or remorse for this action, and Ash had only been a slight inconvenience to her at that point. In her follow-up appearances, she continued to demonstrate her sociopathic, greedy, ruthless nature, as well as her total disregard for any form of life by continuing to steal rare Pokemon, setting fire to a large section of densely populated forest in order to kill Ash, ordering her Salamence to attack humans directly, commanding her Drapion to squeeze the life out of Ash, and abandoning one of her clients to the police the second after she got paid. In her last appearance, she's willing to do a job for Team Galactic, who is planning on wiping out the universe, all for the sake of lining her own pockets. In the 800+ episodes of the Pokemon anime, she is the one of the few characters who has proven to be purely evil with no redeeming qualities. Because of this, J winds up being one of the few anime characters to actually die, having her flying vehicle destroyed and sink to the bottom of the ocean with her still inside.
  • The same series also featured Cyrus, the Big Bad of the Team Galactic arc, as a candidate for this trope. Unlike his game and manga counterparts, who have a few sympathetic qualities present or at least a legitimate Freudian Excuse and possible Heel Face Turn, anime Cyrus is presented as a completely evil villain with no redeeming qualities or excuse for his actions. He wants to exploit the powers of time and space in order to destroy the entire universe and remake it in his own image, and contrary to what he initially claims, he has no intent of sharing it with his followers - he wants everyone and everything to die so that he alone can have his new world. Earlier on when Mars and Team Galactic finished scanning Mt. Coronet in their search for the Spear Pillar, he had Mars utilize a machine which sends out sound waves that cause Steel Pokémon living there agonizing pain and cause them to fly out of control. He then ordered Mars to destroy the still inhabited Iron Island simply because he had no further use for it and to rid himself of Ash and his friends, sporting a Slasher Smile as he did. On top of his extreme Lack of Empathy, he also shows immense hypocrisy by condoning emotions such as rage even while expressing such emotions himself, and attempting to use the time-space powers of the Mind Controlled Dialga and Palkia to kill three kids (Ash, Dawn, and Brock) despite claiming to have a distaste for needless violence and strife. His fate is sealed when he attempts to enter his de-expanding new universe, which leaves him Deader Than Dead.

Pokémon Films Edit

  • Vicious AKA The Iron Mask Marauder from the fourth movie is a punk bruiser with no remorse and a sadistic streak a mile long. In his first scene, he tortures and perhaps even murders an elderly former Pokémon poacher after forcing information out of him. He brainwashes all his Pokémon with his Dark Balls, including forest legendary Celebi, which he electrocutes before capturing, and afterward uses the forest legend to go on a rampage in said forest as a show of power, not even caring which Pokémon he kills in the process. He later catches Suicune and attempts to drain the life out of it with his Celebi powered destruction machine. He has no qualms with physically harming and possibly even killing kids like Ash and young Sammy Oak, as shown when he crushes Ash's hands until he passes out and later tries to outright murder Ash and Sammy by blasting them with his Celebi Destruction machine. And he uses Jessie as a captive audience for the reveal of his plans--to eliminate Giovanni and take over Team Rocket to conquer the world himself. And the scary thing is that the film gives every indication that this guy's worse news than Giovanni! The Marauder is also notable as using the first instance of what would later be called Shadow Pokémon.
  • Dr. Yung, AKA the Mirage Master, from the TV special Pokémon: The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon was a sociopathic Mad Scientist who specialized in creating Mirage Pokemon because he hated the imperfections of real Pokemon. His experiments were deemed too cruel by his peers (he would forcibly scan a Pokemon's memory to create a new Pokemon), and he was shut down. Vowing revenge, he dons the Mirage Master alter-ego after faking his own abduction, and he also kidnaps Professor Oak. He tried to emotionally torture him into giving him his password to his PC database in the hopes of hacking into worldwide Pokemon centers. He also abuses, and eventually kills, his Mew Mirage for being a "flawed specimen", and he forcibly scans Pikachu's memory, thus injuring him gravely. After he had finally gotten Oak to crack, he tries to kill him with his newly made Mirages because he was no longer of use to him. Yung later planned on deploying missiles so that he could have a larger field for his Mirages to demonstrate their flawless strength, and he fully intended on releasing Mirage Mewtwo's power unto the world. After he's been defeated, he shows he'd rather die than face justice for his wicked deeds as he walks back into his burning castle before it collapses to a flaming rubble. They Never Found the Body afterwards. As with Hunter J, The Marauder, Cyrus, and Kodai, Dr. Yung showcased zero humanizing qualities and zero regard for life, artificial or natural.
  • The worst of all in the anime universe is Grings Kodai, the antagonist of Pokémon Zoroark Master of Illusions. A Corrupt Corporate Executive of the Sinnoh Region who owns a network company in Crown City that controls the city's media, he kidnapped mother and child Pokémon from their homeland, imported them into another region, and blackmailed the mother into doing his bidding by threatening to kill the child. All of this is to cause the evacuation of a large city so he can find an energy cluster left behind by time-traveling Pokémon Celebi and absorb it, renewing his ability to see the future, which he aquired twenty years prior at the cost of annihilating the city's plant life. He's willing to destroy the city's ecosystem a second time, and why is he even willing to do this? He's already a wealthy and powerful businessman - he's doing it for more money. But he's got even worse traits than that. He forces Zoroark to allow him to obtain the Time Ripple by electrocuting her child right in front of her to the point that Zorua actually says he thinks he's going to die! Then, to make things worse, Kodai has his Pokémon try to kill Zoroark, since he's got Zorua in the palm of his hand and Zoroark is defenseless so long as he does, this means he does this for no reason except he CAN. He even goes so far as to say that he enjoyed doing it! Later, to gain information about the time ripple, he captures and strangles Celebi to an almost fatal extent before Zorua saves the forest legend. And he manages to one up himself by trying to murder Zorua and Zoroark in cold blood when they trick him, despite the fact that he could've just went on ahead and ignored them to absorb the Time Ripple or flee (the latter of which Vicious and Pokémon Hunter J attempted when they were stopped). And he actually succeeded in killing Zoroark - though Celebi saved her, it doesn't change the fact that Kodai committed, thus far, the only successful cold-blooded murder of a Pokémon (all other times were accidental or just a side effect of what the villain was doing, but Kodai killed Zoroark intentionally, directly in front of the child she was in the middle of being reunited with!). With all that said, his Humiliation Conga (or Karmic Death, if you're going by the manga) is immensely satisfying.
  • Chancellor Alva, the Big Bad of Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel, follows in Kodai's footsteps when it comes to cold-hearted depravity. The prime Cabinet Minster of the Azoth Kingdom, Alva is a cruel, ambitious, scheming man who seeks to usurp control of the kingdom through force. Emotionally exploiting the young prince Rali to the point of brainwashing to boy into being loyal to and dependent on him, and plotting sinister machinations beyond the view of Azoth's rulers, Alva experimented with Neo Arcane Science, a fusion of science and the mystic arts, to devise a technique known as the Mega Wave, which forcefully locks a Pokémon into its Mega Evolution but puts it under mental torture and Mind Rape in the process until it's under Avla's control - pure enslavement of the Pokémon's body and mind. Seeking to exploit the power of the clockwork Pokémon known as Magearna, Alva launches an attack on the Nebel Plateau and tortures Ash and Magearna's friends to force Magearna's compliance in his scheme. Once he has Magearna, Alva tears out its heart, effectively killing it, with the distraught, protesting Prince Rali being Forced to Watch. Alva then has his Mega Ganger put Rali to sleep, planning to dispose of him once he's taken over Azoth. He discards Magearna's body and utilizes it's heart to transform the walls around Azoth into a flying fortress at his command, using it to begin his attack, directly attempting to wipe out all opposition to him and potentially killing some humans and Pokémon populating the Plateau below. When Magearna's lingering spirit keeps his arsenal from firing off, he attempts to break Magearna's spirit by forcing it to obliterate its own home, while it's still aware of it's actions but powerless to stop them. Then when Ash, Volcanion, and the others try to derail his plans, he has them tortured with electric volts again and this time intends on dispatching of them all. Once his plan is ruined, Alva remains defiant and instead locks the fortress so that it's set for a collision into the Plateau itself to obliterate everything and everyone in it's path as an act of spite, while he attempts to make his escape on a jet pack. By the end, Alva cements himself as an ambitious megalomaniac willing to crush anything and anyone so long as he benefits in the end.

Pokémon Manga Edit

  • Sird, the vampiric looking commander in Team Galactic, most likely qualifies. She's first seen working undercover as a member of Team Rocket's Beast Trio in the FireRed and LeafGreen arc, and unlike her comrades she is shown to commit atrocities For the Evulz, culminating in her attempting to petrify Deoxys with an attack from her Darkrai only for it to end up hitting the five young dexholders Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, and Silver, turning them to stone. Sird showed no remorse for this and even took satisfaction in it. We later find out that she ended up saving Archie and Maxie from certain doom only to make the two men duel to the death for a special armor that grants eternal life to whoever wears it. Archie ended up murdering Maxie for the armor, an act of evil that Sird flat out commended. However, it turned out that if the armor was to be removed, it would drain the life from the one wearing it and kill them, which ended up happening to Archie at the end of the Emerald arc. In the Diamond and Pearl arc, Sird reveals her fixation on the Poke'Dex, which is so great that she hijacked Charon's Mind Control program to override one Galactic grunt's mind with her own, effectively brainwashing him into doing her bidding and trying to steal a Poke'Dex from Dia, Pearl, or Platinum - an end to which he'd attempt anything, even risking the three kids' lives in the process. If her latter appearances are any indication, Sird is a Hidden Agenda Villain with probable Chronic Backstabbing Disorder. According to Riley, her aura is one of pure malevolence and evil. Even Cyrus, himself an Omnicidal Maniac, pales in comparison to her.
  • And then along comes Ghetsis Harmonia Gropius in the Unova arc! And seeing as Pokémon Special is Darker and Edgier than the games (Pokémon-on-human violence is more commonplace and N, while still an Anti-Villain, is a bigger jerk in this manga than in the games), Ghetsis here might actually be worse than his game counterpart due to how Faux Affably Evil he is while committing his atrocities, his polite ways contrasting with his heinous deeds and malicious intentions in a way that's almost reminiscent of Freeza. He keeps the demeanor of a kindly, benevolent minister the whole way through, even as he's manipulating masses of people into parting ways with their Pokémon companions, having his Eelektross electrocute Black into a near fatal paralysis, overpowering and capturing Gym Leaders, torturing them and hanging them up on crucifixes, threatening the life of an innocent hostage to force the one resilient Gym Leader into surrender, trying to have his Hydreigon kill Black and then ordering regular trainers who stand against him and the Sages to be eliminated as well, admitting that he purposefully warped his own son, whom he has never loved and considered little more than a "decorative ornament" for Team Plasma's Pokémon liberation campaign, to suit his selfish plans for World Domination, and attempting to kill Black in order to keep him silent by sending out a team of Pokémon specifically trained to counter Black's team so that they cannot protect him and then having Black burned alive by flames created by Hydreigon and brought to life by Volcarona. He even states he'd kill Black's Pokémon too! We also learn that he's used Mind Control to violate other humans' minds and make them release their beloved Pokémon. And even after he's been defeated, he manages one extra act of cruelty by using his associate's Pokémon to knock Black towards Reshiram, who was currently reverting back to it's dormant state, so that Black ends up sealed inside the Light Stone as well, and Ghetsis uses Black and White's distress as an opportunity to make his escape, mockingly stating that it's been fun but he hopes to never see Black's face again. He's given no Villainous Breakdown or any sort of comeuppance for all the startlingly casually violent crimes he continuously committed in the Black and White chapter.
  • In the manga Phantom Thief Pokémon 7, the Big Bad, Team Galactic member Io, is a repellent piece of work. Depicted as a cold, ruthless woman who won't hesitate to eliminate anyone standing between her and what she wants, even her own subordinates, Io showed no loyalty to her organization's cause and sought to Take Over the World by exploiting the powers of the Pokémon Darkrai, whose powers she'd use to ravage the planet and cover it in darkness and then use it's Hypnosis technique to enslave the minds of every living human so that they'd all do her bidding. She's also the one who kidnapped the protagonists' young sister Lily five years ago and brainwashed her into serving Team Galactic. When Lily turns against Team Galactic, Io takes her frustration out of her Number Two by attacking him and calling him worthless before attempting to kill both Lily and her brother. If her treatment of others wasn't bad enough, she's also shown to treat Pokémon as little more than weapons that she can hurt and use to hurt, even forcibly enhancing them to make them serve her purposes better. Thanks to Laser-Guided Karma, she ends up getting Hoist By Her Own Petard when Darkrai breaks free of her control and puts her into a sleep coma with it's Dark Void.
  • Charon of Team Galactic was a money-obsessed Jerkass in the Pokémon games. But his method of introducing himself in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure is to order his agents to suicide bomb a crowded stadium, which would potentially set fire to the whole town. Of course it fails, but his intent is clear. He holds no regard for the lives of others and plans to control the world with money made from selling legendary Pokémon, as well as extort more money from the masses by threatening them with the powers of Giratina. He also does nasty experiments on Pokémon that put them under a painful form of Mind Control and essentially turns them into Shadow Pokémon that he can use as living weapons even at the expense of the Pokemon's own lives and well-being, Koya's Growlithe being among his victims. This means that whereas the games version of Charon has Team Rocket's mindset, DPA!Charon is every bit as evil and depraved as Cipher. Two of his organization's top officers leave to find the previous leader- Charon tries to kill them, even physically abusing one of them. Which becomes even worse when you find out that said previous leader is being held captive in Charon's base. And as a capper, that previous leader, who goes on to rally the remaining agents against Charon, had previously tried to destroy the UNIVERSE. Thinking only of himself the whole way through, Charon ends the series the sole character to reject The Power of Friendship as a concept and thus ends up thoroughly irredeemable.
  • In the movie Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life, Marcus's motivation for killing Arceus is due to a misguided belief that if Arceus leaves with the Jewel of Life, his hometown would be doomed to rot. In the manga adaptation though, he's a completely self-absorbed asshole who wants to steal the jewel in order to become that era's god and wants Arceus dead so he won't interfere with his grand plans. And to that end, he uses his Bronzong to hypnotize Damos to lure Arceus into a trap then have all of his Electric-Type Pokemon electrocute it to death, all of whom he's got under his control via special armor. The initial plan failed and Acreus retaliates by obliterating everyone in the temple, Marcus included, but when the heroes of the present travels to this era to prevent the event from taking place, Marcus decides to manipulate them into helping him and improve on his trap. He would pour Silver Water onto Arceus while his Pokemon would carry out their usual commands. When the heroes learn of this, they tried to warn Marcus that his action will damage the space time continuum, only for him to say he doesn't care, glad even to see that happen as it made him feel like a god, and has his Pokemon and soldiers are set to kill them when they try to stop him. When they manage to foil his plan, he kills himself activating a mechanism when upon death the temple would collapse and kill everyone inside it, meaning his last act would cause the deaths of possibly hundreds (if not more), Pokemon and human alike.


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