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エーテル財団 Aether Foundation
Artwork of Aether Foundation employees from Pokémon Sun and Moon
The Aether Foundation (Japanese: エーテル財団 Aether Foundation) is an organization based in the Alola region whose goal is supposedly Pokemon conservation. They work to keep Pokemon safe from threats like Team Skull and operate out of their artificial island the Aether Paradise. Through the course of the story they're revealed to be the true villainous team of the Alola region under their increasingly insane leader, but are reformed after her defeat into a truly benevolent organization.
In the games
The Aether Foundation's president is Lusamine, who wants to share her love with all of the rescued Pokémon. She is assisted by Faba, the Aether Foundation's second-in-command and Aether Foundation branch chief, and Wicke, the assistant branch chief of Aether Paradise.
The foundation also employs other people, who go out into the field to protect and rescue Pokémon in trouble.
The foundation is conducting research on Ultra Beasts. They are also aware of the existence of the rare and unusual Cosmog and are conducting research on it. One of the professors in Aether Foundation was the one who named the Nebula Pokémon Cosmog. At some point, they also worked on genetical experiments, using several DNA samples from Pokémon of different Types, in order to create Type: Null (named Type: Full at the time) whose purpose was to battle the Ultra Beasts. Upon several tries, they were unable to perfect the RKS System and the Type: Full samples became more and more uncontrollable, so the project was ultimately scrapped, the samples put on cryogenic suspension and renamed "Type: Null".
Aether Paradise is a privately owned artificial island that was built in the middle of the Alola region by the Aether Foundation. The foundation uses it both as a sanctuary and a research facility. In addition, the Aether Foundation hosts outposts at Route 8, Route 16, and in Heahea City.
In the anime
While the Aether Foundation, as an entity, has not been introduced in the anime, its president, Lusamine, was introduced as Lillie's mother in a picture in Lillie's Egg-xhilarating Challenge!.
- Aether Foundation are the second villainous organization to not utilize the 'Team _____' naming method (the first being Cipher).
- Aether are also the first villainous organization to not be advertised as such.
- They are the second villainous organization to become reformed after the defeat of their leader, the first being half of Team Plasma.
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