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This article is about the main protagonist of Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.
For the Club Member of the Fighting Club in Pokémon Trading Card Game (Game Boy Color), see Club Member Michael.
For the surfing Pikachu whose Japanese name is Michael, see Puka.
For the character that appeared during the Vertress Conference, see Michael (Unova).

リュウト Ryūto
Art from Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
Age Early to mid teens
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown; resides in Pokémon HQ Lab
Region Orre
Relatives Jovi, Lily, Deceased unnamed father
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer, Player character
Generation III
Games Pokémon XD

Michael (Japanese: リュウト Ryūto) is the protagonist of Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. Like most protagonists, his name is customizable.

Michael has a Snag Machine similar to that of Pokémon Colosseum's hero, Wes, and an Aura Reader, which makes the dark auras exuded by Shadow Pokémon visible as they were to Wes's companion, Rui. He is given these at the beginning of the game.

Michael lives at Professor Krane's Pokémon lab in Orre with his mother, Lily, who works for Professor Krane, and his sister, Jovi. He is an up-and-coming Trainer ready for his own journey with his Eevee, his starter Pokémon entrusted to him by his father. Traveling across Orre, he seeks to defeat the criminal organization Cipher, which is now under Grand Master Greevil's plot to wield an army of Shadow Pokémon in order to rule the world.

Michael about to notice a Shadow Pokémon

Not only does Michael successfully defeat all of the Cipher Peons and Admins whom he encounters, but he also snags the Shadow Pokémon in their possession. His final feat is the capture of Greevil's full-fledged team of Shadow Pokémon, including XD001. His achievement brings about the disbandment of Cipher, at least under Greevil and Eldes' leadership.

During the game, Michael's father is mentioned multiple times as a distinguished public figure, but he is in fact deceased. This makes Michael similar to May and Brendan, one of whose father is a Gym Leader and the other a Pokémon Professor, but also to other player characters whose fathers are not present.

Michael also encounters two Generation IV Pokémon, Munchlax and Bonsly, with Bonsly being used in Battle Bingo and Munchlax appearing outside of battle. Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness was released during Generation III.

Optional names for Michael

  • David
  • Adam
  • Gabriel

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png European French Florent
Germany Flag.png German Michael
Italy Flag.png Italian Michele
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Michael

Core series: RedLeafEthanKrisLyraBrendanMayLucasDawn
Side series: WesMichael
Spin-off games: LunickSolanaKellynKateBenSummer
MarkMintHeroHeroineLucy FleetfootTodd Snap

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