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I've thoroughly enjoyed playing our little game of tag. However, I already knew it would end this way. (Ash: Stop, Kodai! All the trees and flowers will die!) What do I care? As long as my visionary powers grow, it's all worth it! (Ash: So you don't care what happens to Crown City?!) 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. (cackles evilly) VICTORY IS MINE!! (cackles even louder)
~ Kodai revealing his true colors (and the same speech that sealed his fate)

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.

He was voiced by Takanori Jinnai in the Japanese version and Sean Schemmel in the English version.

Role

Early life

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 the Pokémon Zoroark and her son Zorua. Kodai then forces Zoroark into terrorizing Crown City as the legendary Pokémon Raikou, Entei and Suicune with her illusion powers by threatening to hurt Zorua. Even when Zorua escapes, 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. Although, they are released by Kodai's secretary Rowena (who turns out to be a double agent working for Karl to gather information on Kodai), Kodai (anticipating the betrayal) orders his bodyguard to take them out. 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 stops them by threatening to hurt Zorua and finally touches the Ripple.

As he collects the power from the Ripple, Kodai admits to the heroes that he previously ravaged Crown City of its vegetation 20 years ago, and that he'll do so once again to satisfy his needs, even admitting that he fooled the townspeople twice with his media manipulations. However, this is all an illusion created by Zoroark to let Kodai's guard down, as Zorua previously destroyed Kodai's illusion canceller while biting him. Angered by this, Kodai attempts to attack Zorua out of rage, but Zoroark takes the blast for him. In addition, he electrocutes her with his mechanical claw, swearing to kill her for this. However, Zoroark frees herself by taking out the claw and defeats both his Shuppet and Mismagius.

Kodai tries to take the Time Ripple for himself, but is blocked by the legendary Pokemon (the real Raikou, Entei, and Suicine), who are now furious at him for coercing Zoroark to impersonate them in the first place. Kodai attempts to escape, but Zoroark creates one last illusion to make him fall off the stadium's upper floors into the arena, where he stays unconscious for a while. In the end, Kodai wakes up and is horrified to see that his confession has been broadcast to the whole city, which made everyone see what a complete scoundrel that Kodai really is. With his plans now exposed to the public, Kodai is placed under arrest for his crimes, much to his fury. He is presumed to be sent to prison for life as punishment for his crimes.

In the manga version, his role is pretty similar to the movie, only he uses holograms and projections instead of facing his opponents directly. Kodai 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.

Personality

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.

Trivia

  • Kodai is one of the few human Pokemon villains in the anime to be considered a Complete Monster (the others being Jarvis, Hunter J, Dr. Yung and Cyrus (Pokemon Anime).
  • 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.
  • Kodai is also similar to Isaac Ray Peram Westcott as they're psychopathic businessmen who plotted to obtain the powers of nonhuman characters for chaos, making them the humans that are more evil than the nonhuman characters.

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