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Iron-Masked Marauder

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Iron-Masked Marauder
ビシャス Vicious
Iron-Masked Marauder.png
Iron-Masked Marauder
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region Unknown
Member of Team Rocket
Rank Elite Officer
Anime debut Celebi: Voice of the Forest
English voice actor Dan Green
Japanese voice actor Shirō Sano

The Iron-Masked Marauder (Japanese: ビシャス Vicious) is an elite officer of Team Rocket and the main villain of the fourth Pokémon movie, Celebi: Voice of the Forest.

The Iron-Masked Marauder is possibly one of the few characters in the whole history of Pokémon who appears to be purely evil with absolutely no redeeming qualities at all; he is shown to be a malicious psychopath and is also megalomaniacal, dishonest, ruthless, cruel, and above all: egocentric. He values his own life above that of others, whether out of cowardice or selfishness, and has no qualms about harming others, be it humans or Pokémon, for the sake of reaching his own goals.

The Iron-Masked Marauder is ambitious — although he makes pretense of capturing Celebi to present it to Giovanni, his true intentions are to use its power to overthrow his boss and rule Team Rocket himself.


Not much is known about him except that he has quite a reputation within Team Rocket. Jessie, James, and Meowth all recognize him and immediately start kowtowing shamelessly.

Relationships with other members

Not much is known about The Iron-Masked Marauder's connections in Team Rocket aside from his strong hatred of Giovanni and ambitions to usurp his boss's position.

Although the Iron Masked Marauder dislikes his boss, he sees other Rockets as helpers to his cause, and is quick to ally with Jessie, James and Meowth for the purpose of helping him carry out his plans and spreading the word about his new found power.


The Marauder unmasked
The Iron-Masked Marauder holding a Dark Ball

The Iron-Masked Marauder is skilled at hand-to-hand combat, but does not have the best balance. His primary combat relies on Pokémon that are brainwashed by his Dark Balls (it is not known if his Sneasel and Scizor were victim to this, but his Tyranitar was). The origin and technology behind these Dark Balls is unknown; they may not be Rocket technology because he is the only one seen using them. The only quality known about Dark Balls is that they make the target Pokémon extremely loyal to the user, to the point of forgetting itself and attacking without regard to previous friendships and loyalties.


What happened to the Iron-Masked Marauder after Celebi: Voice of the Forest is unknown. He was captured by a collection of forest Pokémon and berated by Diana's grandmother after losing his iron mask, but nothing more is seen of him afterward.



Iron-Masked Marauder's Scizor
The Iron-Masked Marauder sent his Scizor after Ash and company. It also battled against Ash's Bayleef. Like all of Marauder's Pokémon, Scizor was also caught with a Dark Ball, having its power charged to the highest level. Despite this, Bayleef was able to defeat Scizor with a Razor Leaf-Vine Whip combo. Later, after the Marauder was unmasked, Scizor was seen disappearing into the Ilex Forest along with Sneasel, now being freed.

Scizor's known moves are Double Team and Quick Attack.

Debut Celebi: Voice of the Forest
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Eric Stuart
Iron-Masked Marauder's Sneasel
Marauder first used his Sneasel to unlock the cell of Tyranitar at the Pokémon Hunter's camp. Later he sent it to go after Ash and company. It also battled with Sam's Charmeleon, but got defeated by Charmeleon's Headbutt. Later freed Sneasel was seen disappearing into the Ilex Forest along with Scizor.

Sneasel's only known move is Slash.

Debut Celebi: Voice of the Forest
Voice actors
Japanese Yumi Tōma
English Kayzie Rogers
Iron-Masked Marauder's Tyranitar
Marauder caught this timid Tyranitar at the Pokémon Hunter's camp in order to get himself a new, strong Pokémon, demonstrate the powers of his Dark Ball and force the Hunter to reveal the place where he had seen Celebi. Marauder also sent Tyranitar to battle against Ash and friends, who were carrying Celebi, but they got away as James's Weezing used its SmokeScreen to distract the Marauder, so he wouldn't "steal their Pikachu away", as Team Rocket thought he was doing.

Later Marauder sent his Tyranitar to battle against Suicune. Brock used his Onix to battle Tyranitar, but the powered-up Armor Pokémon was too strong for Brock's Rock Snake Pokémon. Suicune, however, was able to defeat Tyranitar with a powerful BubbleBeam, and Onix used its last powers to slam it to the Lake of Life. Later, after the Marauder was defeated, the freed Tyranitar was seen swimming through the lake and disappearing into the mist, sinking Team Rocket's raft on the way.

Tyranitar's only known move is Hyper Beam.

Debut Celebi: Voice of the Forest
Iron-Masked Marauder's Celebi
Main article: Celebi (M04)

Marauder searched for this Celebi for a long time, and finally he managed to capture it with his Dark Ball, turning it into a mindless destruction machine. Marauder used Celebi to create a huge monster-like, Celebi-shaped monster out of forest materials. His goal was to destroy Giovanni and rule Team Rocket, eventually achieving conquest of the entire world by using Celebi's powers.

Ash and Sammy, however, managed to get to Celebi and cancel its brainwashing by returning their shared memories back into its mind. This destroyed Celebi's Dark Ball, freeing it and causing the huge "twig-monster", as James called it, to collapse into the lake. After the Celebi from the future and the past had saved this Celebi from dying, the Marauder comes out of the lake, grabs Celebi and attempts to fly away with his rocket pack, but Ash grabbed his feet and had his Pikachu to use Thunderbolt, destroying the rocket pack and freeing Celebi from Marauder's grip.

Debut Celebi: Voice of the Forest
Voice actors
Japanese Kazuko Sugiyama
English Kazuko Sugiyama


Sugimori Iron-Masked Marauder anime.png
Ken Sugimori's design of Iron-Masked Marauder

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 佐野史郎 Shirō Sano
English Dan Green
Italian Pietro Ubaldi
Brazilian Portuguese Luiz Antonio Lobue
European Spanish Héctor Cantolla

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring the Iron-Masked Marauder in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Related cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Rocket's Scizor Metal Best of Game   4 P Promotional cards   002/P
Rocket's Sneasel Darkness Best of Game   5 P Promotional cards   003/P
Rocket's Tyranitar Darkness       Pokémon VS Rare Holo 142/141


  • According to voice actor Shirō Sano, the Japanese name Vicious comes from Sid Vicious, the late bass player of the English punk rock band, Sex Pistols.
  • Due to a mistranslation before the movie's release, it was mistakenly thought for a time that he was the future son of Jessie and James.
  • In the film novelization, he is simply referred to as "Iron Mask".

In other languages

Language Name Origin
Korean 비셔스 Vicious Transliteration of his Japanese name.
Chinese (Mandarin) 比夏斯 Bǐxiàsī Transliteration of his Japanese name.
Danish Jernmasken fra Ban* / Marodøren i jernmasken* Means "The Iron Mask from Ban" / "The Marauder in the Iron Mask".
Finnish Öinen rautanaama Means "Nightly Iron Face".
Swedish Järnmaskmarodören Translation of his English name.

Members of Team Rocket
Bosses: Giovanni (animeAdventuresPocket Monsters)

Madame Boss*Masked Man*

Executives: ArcherArianaPetrelProton


Jessie, James, & Meowth (JJM)
Koga*, Lt. Surge*, & Sabrina* (Triad)
Ken, Al, & Harry (TRET)
Carr, Sird, & Orm (T3B)
Duos: Butch & CassidyAttila & HunAnnie & Oakley*

ExecutivesScientistsGruntsRocket BrothersGideonDr. Fuji
DominoIron-Masked MarauderTysonWendyDr. Namba
SebastianViperMondoPierceDr. ZagerChristopher
MiyamotoRocket ScoutMatoriKaedeBlaine*

Movie characters
Human protagonists
Sir AaronAliceAudreyBarzaBiancaCarlitaCoreyDamosDianaDianeEricFergusNewton Graceland
JuanitaKarlKathrynLisaLizabethLorenzoProfessor LundTory LundMarenMaryMelodyMannesNeesha
RafeRebeccaRowenaSamSheenaSidKidd SummersTonioTowaJack WalkerYuko
Human antagonists
AnnieButlerDamonGalenGooneMolly HaleIron-Masked MarauderGrings KodaiLawrence IIIMarcusMerilyn
OakleyThe PhantomRiotArgus SteelMillis SteelZero
ArceusArticunoCarbinkCelebi (M04)Celebi (M13)CobalionDarkraiDeoxysDialgaDiancieEntei (M03)Entei (M13)Genesect
GiratinaHoopaJirachiKeldeoKyuremLatiasLatiosLucarioLugiaManaphyMew (M01)Mew (M08)
Mewtwo (OS)Mewtwo (BW)MoltresPalkiaPichuPikachutwoRaikouRayquazaRegiceRegirockRegisteelReshiram
ShayminSlowkingSuicune (M04)Suicune (M13)TerrakionUnownVictiniVirizionXerneasYveltalZapdosZekromZoroarkZorua
Baron AlbertoBlock BotAliciaAllegraAstridBanksCarolDabuDavidDonukeDundeeEvaDr. FujiGabuGhrisGlacineGodey
Grandpa DamGroudon (M06)Spencer HaleHeroes of Truth and IdealsQueen IleneInfiJennyJoeJudyKaiKakoKanataKatoKevin
KikoKing of the People of the ValeKyleLaylaLeekuLuisLuisaMakoMalinManukeMarcus's soldiersMauryMeredithMewtwo's creators
MirandaMisakiMooseMother and daughterOginPegPeople of the WaterPokémon Baccer teamsRavineRaymondQueen RinRossSabu
SchuylerShipShunTakaTammyTannerTappTatsukiTobiasUschiMr. White

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