|“||I've thoroughly enjoyed playing our little game of tag, however I already knew it would end this way...It's true that twenty years ago when I touched the Time Ripple, Crown City withered, but no one knows a thing about that. Just as no one will know what I've done today. All anyone knows is that I'm doing my level-best to capture the "evil" Pokémon Zoroark. Victory is mine!||„|
|~ Kodai revealing his plans and true nature|
Grings Kodai is the main antagonist in the 13th Pokémon movie "Zoroark: Master of Illusions". He was a wealthy businessman who had the ability to see into the future. He wanted to be even more powerful and desired to gain whatever else he wanted without interruption.
Kodai was a young man who once discovered the time-traveling Pokémon Celebi coming out of a "Time Ripple" and, when he touched it, gained the ability of future sight. However, this caused the Ripple to collapse and unleash a massive wave of "negative time" that ravaged the vegetation of Crown City, which took 20 years to grow back. During that time, he used his future sight ability to procure his fortune and establish his media empire, Kodai Network.
Lust for power
Before the events of the movie, he visited the region of Unova and kidnapped Zoroark and her son, Zorua, to force her into terrorizing Crown City as the legendary dogs Raikou, Entei and Suicune by using her illusion powers. Zorua escapes, but that doesn't stop Kodai, who uses a projection of him to blackmail Zoroark into continuing her job, so he can personally apologize to the citizens and blame Zoroark for the chaos.
Once every citizen leaves the city (with a few exceptions), he has a vision showing Ash and his friends coming to stop him alongside a reporter named Karl, so he waits for them to approach and traps them in a cage, but they are released by Kodai's secretary Rowena, who it turns out is actually a double agent working for Karl to gather information on the businessman. However, he orders his bodyguard Goon to take them out, as he already predicted the betrayal. This leads him into the Baccer World Cup Stadium, where he chases Celebi through the woods. But when he finally reaches him, it is actually Zorua using an illusion. He kidnaps him again and disables Ash, Pikachu and Celebi right in front of the Ripple. When Zoroark, Karl and Rowena appear, he uses Zorua to stop the Pokémon's actions and finally touches the Ripple. However, this is all an illusion created by Zoroark, so he attacks Zorua out of rage, but Zoroark takes the blast for him. In addition, he electrocutes her with his mechanical claw, but again it fails as Zoroark takes out his claw and defeat both his Shuppet and Mismagius. When he tries to escape, she creates one last illusion to make him fall off the stadium's upper floors into the arena, where he stays unconscious until the end, when he wakes up and see his evil speech broadcast to the whole city. He and his bodyguard are arrested shortly after.
In the manga version, his role is pretty similar to the movie, only he uses holograms and projections instead of facing his opponents directly. He is defeated when Zoroark chases him through the stadium using illusionary vines until both reach the higher floors, where he trips and falls to his death.
Kodai is arrogant and selfish, rumored by many to do whatever it takes to have what he wants, even if it costs a Pokémon or a person's life. His future sight can show him when he will be confronted and if he will reach his goals, but not exactly as he thinks it will be.
Unlike other Pokemon villains, Kodai was discovered to be shockingly evil. The things he committed were not limited to: Strangling Celebi, electrocuting Zorua (And says he got a kick out of it) trying to kill Ash and his friends, and murdering Zoroark.
- Kodai is one of the few human Pokemon villains to be considered a Complete Monster (the other being Iron-Masked Marauder).
- When Kodai touched the Time Ripple the first go-round, the destruction of Crown City was an accident. This time, however, he doesn't care about destroying Crown City a second time, which is part of the reason he's a Complete Monster.
- Kodai is similar to Katsuhiko Jinnai, they are power-hungry businessmen who will stop at nothing to get what they want.
Grings Kodai's Pokemon