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Grings Kodai (Japanese: グリングス・コーダイ Grings Kōdai), often referred to by simply his surname Kodai, is the central antagonist of Zoroark: Master of Illusions. His Japanese voice actor is 陣内孝則 Takanori Jinnai.
Kodai is the president of a powerful corporation bearing his name, the Kodai Network, with a secretary and assistant named Rowena and a bodyguard, Goone. He is shown in a news broadcast planning to enter the Pokémon Baccer World Cup in Crown City using Raikou, Entei, and Suicune.
However, unknown to all but his assistants, he has abducted two mysterious Pokémon, Zorua and its mother Zoroark. He blackmails Zoroark into attacking Crown City in the guises of his legendary beasts by threatening the safety of her child. Zorua escapes, but this does not harm Kodai's plan, as Zoroark is unaware of that fact.
Kodai possesses a strange power; at times, he will begin to hallucinate painfully and have a vision of the future. He plans to capture Celebi, who has appeared in Crown City from twenty years in the future, with the goal of finding the "Time Ripple." A vision he has early in the story reveals to him that Ash and his friends will oppose him before he even meets them.
He is known as a man with ruthless ambition and is widely recognized for his business success, even having a magazine published following his exploits.
Rowena later reveals to Ash and his friends that Kodai was directly responsible for a disaster that befell Crown City twenty years prior. He discovered Celebi in the city and touched the "Time Ripple" produced from its time traveling - which was how he obtained his future sight abilities - however this killed all the plantlife within Crown City, a disaster which took the people almost twenty years to recover from.
Because the abilities he gained from touching the "Time Ripple" slowly disappear, Kodai is madly desperate to find it once again so he can renew them regardless of the cost to the people of Crown City.
Kodai experiencing a vision
His visions and pursuit of Celebi ultimately lead him to the Pokémon Backer Stadium, where he finds what he believes to be the true Time Ripple. After disposing of Celebi and Zorua, he begins to absorb its power, not caring if all the greenery in Crown City dies once again. As the disaster from the past starts to repeat itself, time suddenly started reversing itself and Kodai realizes to his horror that the Ripple of Time he absorbed was merely an illusion created by Zoroark. Angered, he violently attacks Zoroark, shocking her, but was struck back by the determined Zoroark. When he finds himself cornered by Zoroark as well as the Legendary Beasts that serves as the guardians of Crown City, Kodai escapes, but begins hallucinating from another illusion by the weakened Zoroark and trips over a guardrail, falling to the field of the stadium and knocking himself out. When he comes to, a video created by Karl is broadcasting throughout the city. With the revelations that he was the one responsible for destroying the plantlife two decades previously and that he was willing to do it again, Kodai was arrested by Officer Jenny.
During the credits of the movie, the news report published by Karl and Rowena reveals that Kodai and Goone were both arrested and sent to jail.
Kodai's vast wealth enables his access to a significant amount of high-tech equipment needed for his mission. Among the tools he is seen using:
- Illusion Generator: A small orb that can create a physical manifestation of artificial Pokémon data; very similar to Dr. Yung's Mirage System.
- Illusion Canceler: A bracelet that, when activated, shows its wearer any nearby objects that are actually illusions.
- Amphibious Vehicle: A four-wheel drive, Jeep-like car capable of driving in water just as well as on land. It is equipped with the Illusion Generator as well as remote-controlled saucers that can generate electrified iron crates. The unfolding arms in the back of the car can then tow the crate around.
- Robotic Arm: Originally appeared as a device contained within a backpack with a large arm-mounted cannon. It was later streamlined into a durable cable with a claw at the end which could be hidden inside Kodai's sleeve. It is used to absorb the Time Ripple's energy, and the modern version can also discharge electricity to shock anything in its grasp.
- Airship: A massive seaplane that serves as Kodai's base of operations.
- Pen Camera: A homing, flying camera disguised as a pen that can be used for spying. Its weakness is the loud buzzing it makes while flying.
- Hoverboard: Similar to the hoverboard used by Zero, but equipped with radar maps of Crown City and a large spotlight.
| Shuppet is Kodai's other Pokémon and worked with him closely during his search for the Time Ripple. Years ago, Kodai used Shuppet to help him find Celebi's Time Ripple and it was thanks to this that Kodai accidentally got his powers after he attempted to extract some energy from it.
Years later, Shuppet was shown to be fiercely loyal to Kodai and obeyed his orders without question even though Kodai's eventual goal would end up wiping out all of the plant life in Crown City. It was shown to be ruthless in its obedience, as it attacked Zorua from behind when it attempted to run to Zoroark but was defeated thanks to Zoroark's Dark Pulse.
Shuppet's known moves are Foresight, Shadow Ball, Psychic and Thunderbolt.
|| Zoroark: Master of Illusions
|| Zorua (projection)
| When Zoroark had done it's job to attack Crown City in order to cause an evacuation, Kodai needed to retrieve it. In order to do that, he created a projection of Zorua as bait to lure Zoroark into a trap.
|| Zoroark: Master of Illusions
| Grings Kodai's Zorua
- Main article: Zorua (movie 13)
Kodai kidnapped Zorua from its homeland alongside its adopted mother, Zoroark. Later Kodai attempted to hold it hostage to force Zoroark to follow his orders to attack Crown City. However, while being transported Zorua escaped Kodai's airship... but this didn't hold up Kodai's plans as Zoroark was unaware of the escape and Kodai made her believe Zorua was still captive.
|| Zoroark: Master of Illusions
|| 그링스 나흐벨츠 Grings Naheubelcheu
| Chinese (Taiwan)
|| 克林克斯‧寇泰 Kèlínkèsī Kòutài
|| Transliteration of his Japanese name. Coincidentally, the 寇 in his name either means "enemy" or "to invade".