Team Skull is an evil organization in the Pokemon universe and the main, later secondary antagonists of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon.
Originally, Team Skull was a group that surrounded and threatened one of Alola's Kahunas, which angered the four island deities, causing the group to be struck down. The surviving members of the group decided to form Team Skull and eventually came under the leadership of Guzma and Plumeria (who could have originally been part of the group that surrounded the Kahuna). Since then, Team Skull's membership has become widely composed of misfits who had previously failed Alola's island challenge and sought vengeance.
Unlike previous evil organizations like Team Rocket, Team Plasma or Team Flare, Team Skull has no particular end goals or plans for world domination and simply seeks to cause trouble, bully weaker trainers and steal their Pokemon.
- Many trainers classified as Punks can be found across the Alola region. The Punks look almost identical to Team Skull grunts, minus their trademark skull bandannas, hinting that they may be ex Team Skull grunts.
- Unlike previous evil organizations from the Pokemon Universe, Team Skull are gangsters instead of terrorists.
- Team Skull is almost universally viewed by the Pokemon fans, and even the citizens of Alola, as a complete joke, yet have still become fan favorites.
- Oddly enough, no Team Skull members are ever shown using a Cubone, a Marowak or a Duskull, all of which are most commonly associated with the skulls they wear.