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Blaise (Japanese: ホカゲ Hokage), known as Mack in the Chuang Yi translation, is one of the Admins of Team Magma in the Pokémon Adventures manga.
Blaise creating illusions to torment Ruby
Blaise is a member of Team Magma, a group of villains who aim to raise the land with the Legendary Pokémon Groudon. He is a skilled illusionist and can create visions inside his victim's head using heat and smoke produced by his Slugma. This ability gave him the nickname "The Shadow of Fire" (Japanese: 火の影).
Blaise as a Kindler in the ORAS chapter
Blaise debuts in the Ruby & Sapphire chapter. He and the other Three Fires of Team Magma, Courtney and Tabitha, are sent to steal the Submarine Explorer 1. Upon arriving at Slateport City, the trio find Captain Stern and Dock being forced into making Pokéblocks alongside Ruby and the Pokémon Fan Club Chairman. Having no choice, they decide to attack the Contest Hall and kidnap all four people at once. They take the four to Stern's Shipyard, where Ruby and the Chairman are locked into a closet while Courtney and Tabitha investigate the area. Blaise attempts to force Stern to tell him everything about the submarine and even tortures Dock by burning his feet with his Slugma to force Stern to confess everything. During the commotion, Ruby's eavesdropping attempt is exposed, which leads Blaise into attacking to silence the boy. Ruby attempts to escape, but was actually leading Blaise into the submarine so he could battle him without being seen. Blaise attempts to use his illusions to break Ruby's spirit by showing Ruby his worst memory, but the memory only fuels Ruby's motivation to defeat Blaise. Ruby uses his Mumu's Earthquake to rock the submarine long enough to keep Blaise from moving, allowing the two to escape in an escape pod. Although Ruby escaped, Blaise managed to get the submarine in Team Magma's hands.
He later fixes the Scanner that was found on the Abandoned Ship. Once finished, he uses it to track the Red and Blue Orbs on Mt. Pyre. There, he faces the twin Gym Leaders, Tate and Liza, who serve as the protectors of the area. Using his illusions, Blaise keeps Tate and Liza distracted long enough for him to easily snatch the Red and Blue Orbs away.
After Groudon is awakened, Blaise finds Tabitha in the wreckage of the Submarine Explorer 1 after Archie locked him and Amber inside and left the two for dead. He rescues Tabitha and takes him to help stop the Gym Leaders from trying to stop Groudon's advance. Once Courtney joins in, the Three Fires each find Roxanne, Brawly, and Wallace attempting to fight Groudon. Each of the Three Fires picks a single Gym Leader and drags them off to Lilycove City to fight them. Blaise picks Brawly as his opponent and takes him to Lilycove Museum to do battle. With his illusions, Blaise holds an advantage over Brawly, but is eventually defeated when Brawly uses pure power to forcefully break through the illusions. Although defeated, Blaise is content that he managed to stall his opponent long enough to let Groudon go free and disappears into the flames.
In the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter, Blaise, in the garb of a Kindler, finds Amber returning to the Team Aqua Hideout despite the previous defeats of Teams Aqua and Magma. Using his illusions, Blaise shows Amber images of his former Team Aqua teammates, but Amber quickly realizes the truth and attacks to dispel the illusion. Blaise then reveals himself and suggests the two team up together.
|| Slugma (×2)
| Blaise owns two Slugma. With the flames they create, Blaise can manipulate his opponents by showing them a variety of illusions. One was used to torture Dock to force Captain Stern into revealing information about Submarine Explorer 1. It was lured away by Ruby after he left a trail of Slugma's favorite Pokéblocks. Inside the submarine, Blaise used illusions to attack Ruby, only for it to backfire and make Ruby even more determined to win. By using his Mumu's Earthquake, Ruby escaped, but the submarine ended up in Team Magma's hands. Later, the Slugma used their illusions to distract Tate and Liza, allowing Blaise to steal the Red and Blue Orbs undetected. Their illusions were used against Brawly at the Lilycove Museum, but were eventually defeated after Brawly broke through the illusions through sheer strength. One Slugma has a Quiet nature.
None of their moves are known.
|| Slugging It Out with Slugma
| Swellow is Blaise's main mode of flight transportation. It was first seen being used to take its Trainer to Slateport City. While Blaise interrogated Captain Stern, Swellow was used to keep Dock in place by holding his head with its talons.
None of Swellow's moves are known, and its Ability is Guts.
|| Tripped Up by Torkoal
| Armaldo is used for water transportation. It was first used to rescue Tabitha from the wreckage of the Submarine Explorer 1. It dived into the water and found both Tabitha and Amber inside and took them to the surface.
None of Armaldo's moves are known, and its Ability is Battle Armor.
|| No Armaldo Is an Island
- Blaise is the only Magma Admin who was created for Pokémon Adventures series, while the other two were present in games. Similarly, Team Aqua also has an Admin who is exclusive to the manga.
- His ability to create illusions is reminiscent of the Dark-type, as they defeated Tate and Liza (Psychic-type specialists) but fell to Brawly (Fighting-type specialist).
- Due to Coronis's translation of the manga, he is also popularly known as Hank in the fan community, as Coronis is fond of inventing Western names for manga-only characters who lack English dub names.
- He was ranked as 14th in a Popularity Poll on Netkun.
- Blaise' illusions likely work off of the same principle as mirages. Mirages are formed by the internal reflection of light in air layers of varying density. Thus, Blaise must use precision heating to alter the density of air layers and make his opponents see false images.
|| ホカゲ Hokage
|| From 火影 hokage ("firelight" or "fire shadow"), referencing both his abilities and his title as "The Shadow of Fire".
|| Blaise (VIZ Media)
|| From blaze.
| Mack (Chuang Yi)
|| From magma and match.
|| 화영 Hwayeong
|| From 화영 (火影) hwayeong, fire shadow.
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 火影 Huǒyǐng
|| From 火影 hokage, fire shadow.