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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.
Not much is known about the Iron-Masked Marauder's origins, However, he has quite a reputation within Team Rocket; Jessie, James, and Meowth all recognize him and immediately start kowtowing shamelessly.
He is introduced accosting an old Pokémon hunter for information about a Celebi he had pursued seven years ago. When the hunter refuses to talk, the Marauder decides to show him the power of his Dark Ball by using it on a captured Tyranitar. When the corrupted Tyranitar begins destroying the hunter's camp, he shows the Iron-Masked Marauder where he found the Celebi.
Using the hunter's information, the Iron-Masked Marauder set out for the forest in a large mecha. He eventually came upon Ash, Misty, Brock, Sammy, and an injured Celebi. His attempt to capture the Pokémon failed when the Team Rocket trio intervened, but they quickly offered to join him after they recognized him.
In an attempt to slow his quarry, the Iron-Masked Marauder sent out his Sneasel and Scizor to pursue the heroes while he followed in his mecha. Eventually, he discovered his Pokémon tied to a rock, at which point he laughed and noted that "those kids" were tougher than they looked. Declaring that the situation had become "interesting", the Marauder and his allies carried on, leaving his Pokémon behind.
Failing to find Celebi as night approached, the Iron-Masked Marauder formulated a new plan; ambushing the group as they attempted to return to Arborville, with Jessie, James, and Meowth blocking their escape route. Destroying a few trees to distract the group, the Marauder finally managed to grab Celebi with his mecha's claws, electrocuting it viciously before capturing it in a Dark Ball. Before he could properly relish his victory, Ash attempted to retrieve Celebi with the help of a flock of wild Pidgey. Although the resulting struggle toppled the Marauder's mecha, the villain quickly reclaimed his Dark Ball by stepping on Ash's hands until the boy passed out.
Surrounded by angry wild Pokémon, the Iron-Masked Marauder decided to demonstrate the corrupted Celebi's power on them, sending his new Pokémon to attack the wild Pokémon and devastate the forest. Impressed by the resulting display, the Marauder ordered Celebi to absorb the surrounding debris, creating a spiked sphere that he proceeded to ride deeper into the forest. Along the way, he discovered that Jessie had been accidentally sucked into the construct, but welcomed her presence, stating that he needed her to witness Celebi's power and relay the information to their boss. With that, the Marauder had Celebi transform its construct into a nightmarish monster that began laying waste to the forest and the Lake of Life, revealing his intentions to usurp Giovanni as leader of Team Rocket and conquer the world.
When Ash's group arrived to try and save Celebi, the Iron-Masked Marauder directed the corrupted Pokémon's attacks against them. Ash, Pikachu, and Sammy were narrowly saved from one blast by the arrival of Suicune, prompting the Marauder to send out his Tyranitar to try and defeat it. Although the corrupted Armor Pokémon was beaten by Suicune and Onix, the Marauder remained confident as he sent Celebi to destroy them. He watched Celebi trap and torture Suicune with dark energy, but missed Ash, Pikachu, and Sammy's infiltration of the construct. When the electric torture paused (due to Celebi fighting the Dark Ball's control), the Marauder attempted to keep Celebi on his side, reminding it that the heroes were its enemies. Ultimately, Ash and Sammy's pleas won out and Celebi snapped out of its trance, destroying the Marauder's Dark Ball and knocking him into the lake when the construct collapsed.
The Iron-Masked Marauder made one final attempt to capture Celebi after its recovery, bursting out of the Lake of Life when the Pokémon flew over his hiding place. He attempted to escape with his jetpack, but Ash and Pikachu managed to grab onto his leg. While trying to kick Ash off, the Marauder was electrocuted by Pikachu's Thunderbolt, destroying his jetpack and sending all three of them plummeting. Celebi saved Ash and Pikachu with its powers, but the Marauder was left to fall into the forest. Although he survived his fall, his mask was knocked off and his remaining Dark Balls were destroyed.
He was last seen being tied up by a collection of forest Pokémon and berated by Diana's grandmother. It is likely that he was arrested afterwards.
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 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.
The Iron-Masked Marauder is skilled at hand-to-hand combat, but does not have the best balance. His primary advantage are his Dark Balls, powerful Poké Balls that can capture and corrupt any Pokémon, enhancing their power and making them extremely violent yet loyal to the user. He also uses a jetpack (concealed under his cloak), and a large, four-legged mecha for transport. The mecha can generate a dark barrier to protect it from attacks, and is armed with a pair of strong tentacles tipped with jagged claws (which can electrify themselves).
The Iron-Masked Marauder may also be an excellent engineer, if he is responsible for the development of his technology (which is implied, given that no one else uses his Dark Balls).
| 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.
|| Celebi: Voice of the Forest
- 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.
|| Celebi: Voice of the Forest
| Voice actors
|| Kazuko Sugiyama
|| Kazuko Sugiyama
In the manga
In the movie adaptations
The Iron-Masked Marauder appeared in Celebi: a Timeless Encounter.
In the TCG
This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring the Iron-Masked Marauder in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
- 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
|| 비셔스 Vicious
|| Transliteration of his Japanese name.
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 比夏斯 Bǐxiàsī
|| Transliteration of his Japanese name.
|| Jernmasken fra Ban* / Marodøren i jernmasken*
|| Means "The Iron Mask from Ban" / "The Marauder in the Iron Mask".
|| Öinen rautanaama
|| Means "Nightly Iron Face".
|| Translation of his English name.