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'''Professor Kukui''' (Japanese: '''ククイ博士''' ''Dr. Kukui'') is a [[Pokémon Professor]] in the [[Alola]] [[region]], a teacher at the [[Pokémon School]] on [[Melemele Island]] and a major supporting character of the [[Pokémon anime]] in the {{series|Sun & Moon}}.
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'''Professor Kukui''' (Japanese: '''ククイ博士''' ''Dr. Kukui'') is a major supporting character of the [[Pokémon anime]], who appeared in the {{series|Sun & Moon}}. He is a [[Pokémon Professor]] in the [[Alola]] [[region]] and a teacher at the [[Pokémon School]] on [[Melemele Island]]. He is also the true identity of '''The Masked Royal''' (Japanese: '''ロイヤルマスク''' ''Royal Mask'').
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
[[File:Masked Royal anime.png|thumb|left|250px|As Masked Royal]]
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===Pre-series===
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[[File:Professor Kukui young anime.png|thumb|left|250px|Professor Kukui at the age of five]]
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Since his childhood, Kukui had been a fan of Pokémon [[move]]s, often observing [[Hala]]'s {{pkmn|battle}}s to witness these attacks in action. He would follow the matches along with his Move Index guidebook. At some point, he befriended and later obtained a {{TP|Professor Kukui|Litten}}, which originally belonged to his parents. The pair would often spend time in the forests of [[Melemele Island]] playing with all of the [[wild Pokémon]]. He also befriended a {{pkmn2|Totem}} {{p|Trevenant}} living in the forests and received a [[Firium Z]] after helping to relieve it of its sneezing. In addition, he is a childhood friend of [[Molayne]].
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[[SM125|At the age of five]], he met {{Ash}}, whom a {{DL|Recurring wild Pokémon in the anime|Celebi}} had accidentally sent into the past. Due to Ash's mastery of [[Z-Move]]s, he started calling him the "Move [[Island Kahuna|Kahuna]]" (Japanese: '''ワザキング''' ''Move King'') and asked to battle with him. Ash easily won the battle and taught the young Kukui, whom he started calling "Roarie" (Japanese: '''ガオ''' ''Gao'') due to his {{p|Incineroar}} cap, that there was no shame in losing. He then proceeded to tell Kukui about his [[Gym]] and [[Pokémon League]] battles in other [[region]]s, inspiring Kukui's own ambitions. Soon, Ash was transported back to the present by Celebi, leaving both young boys unaware of each other's real names.
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==={{series|Sun & Moon}}===
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Professor Kukui debuted in ''[[SM001|Alola to New Adventure!]]''. He was first seen entering his classroom, where he was introduced to Ash, apparently not recognizing him from his youth. He later watched as Ash battled [[Team Skull]] and was impressed by his battling skills. After Team Skull's defeat, he told Ash about Z-Moves and the [[island challenge]]. Following Ash's decision to attend the [[Pokémon School]], he allowed Ash to live with him during his stay in [[Alola]]. At the end of [[SM002|the next episode]], he handed Ash a new [[Pokédex]], which [[SM003|then]] got inhabited by a {{Rotom}}.
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In ''[[SM015|Rocking Clawmark Hill!]]'', he and Ash returned home one night, only to notice the absence of {{AP|Rockruff}}. Rockruff soon returned injured, prompting Kukui to heal it with a [[Potion]]. Upon further investigation, they found out that it had been training on [[Clawmark Hill]]. After watching Ash train Rockruff, Kukui noticed the bond they had developed and encouraged Ash to {{pkmn2|caught|catch}} Rockruff.
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In ''[[SM042|Alola, Kanto!]]'', Kukui accompanied his students and [[Samson Oak]] to [[Kanto]] for an extracurricular activity, where they visited [[Professor Oak's Laboratory]]. In the [[SM043|following episode]], he and the others traveled to the [[Cerulean Gym]], where his students battled {{an|Misty}} and {{an|Brock}}. Seeing these battles inspired him to realize his childhood dream an official Pokémon League in Alola.
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In ''[[SM044|A Dream Encounter!]]'', Kukui told Ash about [[Professor Burnet]] and her research on [[Ultra Wormhole]]s. He later introduced her to him when she, along with the president of the [[Aether Foundation]] {{an|Lusamine}}, {{an|Faba}}, and [[Wicke]], visited his home to meet Ash and {{DL|Light trio (anime)|Solgaleo|Nebby}}. During his class's sleepover in ''[[SM048|A Dream Encounter!]]'', Kukui began to bond with Burnet, who also stayed over at his house.
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In ''[[SM051|Family Determination!]]'', Kukui accompanied his students to the [[Altar of the Sunne]] on [[Poni Island]] to catch up with {{an|Lillie}}, who had ran away from home with her brother, {{an|Gladion}}, in search of a way to save Lusamine, who had been abducted by a {{DL|Recurring wild Pokémon in the anime|Nihilego}}. [[SM052|Later]], while watching Alola's [[guardian deities]] bless Nebby, he received a phone call for help from Professor Burnet and left to help her out. He soon witnessed Burnet and her {{p|Munchlax}} being surrounded by a group of {{p|Jangmo-o}} and {{p|Hakamo-o}}, but using his {{p|Braviary}} he was able to drive the Scaly Pokémon off. By the time the two professors returned to the altar though, Ash and the others had already ridden off on Nebby into an [[Ultra Wormhole]]. Kukui and Burnet stayed behind and waited until the group [[SM054|finally]] returned with Lusamine.
 
[[File:Professor Kukui Burnet Wedding Outfits.png|thumb|250px|Professor Kukui and Professor Burnet about to get married]]
 
[[File:Professor Kukui Burnet Wedding Outfits.png|thumb|250px|Professor Kukui and Professor Burnet about to get married]]
Professor Kukui is a regular character in the {{series|Sun & Moon}} who debuted in ''[[SM001|Alola to New Adventure!]]''. He works as a teacher at the [[Pokémon School]] of [[Melemele Island]]. {{Ash}} lives with him while attending school. In this continuity, he is initially not married to [[Professor Burnet]] until ''[[SM055|The Professors' New Adventure!]]''.
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In ''[[SM055|The Professors' New Adventure!]]'', during a walk on the beach with Burnet, Kukui proposed to her. A few days later, the wedding ceremony, which was arranged by his students, was held on the beach outside his house. Since their marriage, Burnet has moved in with Kukui and Ash.
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[[File:Masked Royal anime.png|thumb|left|250px|As Masked Royal]]
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Kukui's alter-ego, the Masked Royal, debuted in ''[[SM063|Pushing the Fiery Envelope!]]''. When Ash and {{ashcl}} visited the [[Battle Royal Dome]], Ash's {{p|Litten}} got agitated upon seeing Royal's {{TP|Professor Kukui|Incineroar}}. This prompted him to invite Ash, along with {{an|Kiawe}} and {{an|Sophocles}}, to take part in a [[Battle Royal]], which the Masked Royal easily won. Days later, after seeing Litten training to master {{m|Flame Charge}}, Kukui, dressed up again as the Masked Royal, showed up to have a one-on-one battle with Ash. During the battle, Litten evolved into {{AP|Torracat}} and was able to perfect Flame Charge. Despite this, however, the battle ended in the Masked Royal's victory. Afterwards, the Masked Royal declared that he and Incineroar were now Torracat's rivals.
   
In ''[[SM002|The Guardian's Challenge!]]'', he gave Ash the {{an|Rotom Pokédex}}.
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The Masked Royal reappeared in ''[[SM081|A Young Royal Flame Ignites!]]'', where he faced a member of the [[Revengers]], [[Mr. Electric]], and his {{p|Electivire}} in a Battle Royal. However, due to interference [[Mad Magmar]]'s {{p|Magmortar}}, Mr. Electric was disqualified. The Masked Royal then got challenged by Mad Magmar to a battle for the title of the strongest fighter, which he accepted. The next day, Kukui accompanied Burnet and his students to the Battle Royal Dome, but began feeling nervous as he had to take on his role as the Masked Royal without his identity being found out. After managing to sneak away, he was able to reach the ring in time, where his battle would begin. However, Mad Magmar played dirty again by having other members of the Revengers gang up on Incineroar until Ash's Torracat interfered. Teaming up with Torracat and Ash, the Masked Royal and Incineroar took on Mad Magmar and Mr. Electric and eventually managed to beat them, despite all the interference.
   
In ''[[SM015|Rocking Clawmark Hill!]]'', Kukui and Ash found {{AP|Rockruff}} injured. Upon further investigation, they found that it had been training on [[Clawmark Hill]]. After watching Ash train Rockruff, he noticed they had developed a bond and allowed Ash to {{pkmn2|caught|catch}} Rockruff.
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In ''[[SM087|Filling the Light with Darkness!]]'', mysterious dark clouds appeared over Alola, leaving Kukui and all other adults tired and without motivation. [[SM088|Later]], after this was resolved, Kukui met up the [[Ultra Guardians]], Burnet, Lusamine, Faba, and Wicke inside the Ultra Guardians base, where he oversaw {{DL|Light trio (anime)|Lunala}} recovering. [[SM089|Later]], when the Ultra Guardians left for [[Ultra Space]] with Lunala, Kukui and Faba volunteered to aid them. On [[Ten Carat Hill]], he and Faba confronted [[Team Rocket]]'s [[Matori]] Matrix by using their Pokémon to damage the team's airship and prevent them from entering the Ultra Wormhole. Afterwards, Kukui and Faba faced [[Gozu]] and his {{me|Aggron}} in battle, but their Pokémon were swiftly beaten. In [[SM090|the next episode]], Kukui asked Faba if he had more Pokémon, and the latter replied he did not. Thus, Kukui was forced to send out his Incineroar and perform its Z-Move, {{m|Malicious Moonsault}}, which managed to defeat Mega Aggron. However, this also caused him to reveal his secret identity to Faba, who in turn revealed that he was a big fan of the Masked Royal. Later, alongside Incineroar and Faba, Kukui joined the rest of Alola in showering {{DL|Light trio (anime)|Necrozma}} with Z-Power so it could return to its {{DL|List of Pokémon with form differences|Necrozma|true form}}. After Necrozma returned to its Ultra form, Kukui watched as the Ultra Guardians, Nebby, and Lunala returned to Alola, alongside Faba, Burnet, Lusamine, and Wicke.
   
In ''[[SM020|Partner Promises!]]'', he informed Ash about the [[guardian deities]], since Ash had recently encountered {{DL|Recurring wild Pokémon in the anime|Tapu Lele}}.
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In ''[[SM092|Turning the Other Mask!]]'', the Masked Royal announced a handshake event to be held on Melemele Island. When Ash and Burnet told Kukui they wanted him to go with them to the event, Kukui asked [[Molayne]] to help keep his Masked Royal identity a secret. The day of the event, Molayne prepared to change into the Masked Royal costume, only to be tied up by Faba and [[James]], who had mistaken him for an imposter. When Mad Magmar came around looking for revenge, Faba donned the Masked Royal costume and tried to defeat him with Incineroar, only to be easily defeated. After freeing himself, Molayne had his {{p|Magneton}} shut the lights off, giving Kukui the time to slip back into his Masked Royal costume and defeat Mad Magmar.
   
In ''[[SM042|Alola, Kanto!]]'', he accompanied the class and [[Samson Oak]] to [[Kanto]]. The [[SM043|following episode]], he revealed part of why he wanted to arrange the trip was to announce he wanted to establish an official [[Pokémon League]] in [[Alola]].
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[[File:Kukui and Guzma.png|thumb|left|250px|[[Guzma]] taunting Kukui prior to the start of the [[Manalo Conference]]]]
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In ''[[SM115|The Dealer of Destruction!]]'', Kukui hosted a press conference at [[Aether Paradise]], where he announced the formation of the first-ever Alola {{al|Pokémon League}} and revealed [[Manalo Stadium|the stadium]] that was being constructed to host it, called Manalo. The next day, [[Guzma]] arrived at the Pokémon School and told Kukui that Alola didn't need a Pokémon League. When Ash challenged Guzma to a battle, Kukui refereed the match. The battle ended prematurely when Guzma's {{p|Golisopod}} returned to its {{i|Poké Ball}} due to {{a|Emergency Exit}}. As Guzma left, swearing to destroy the Alola League, Kukui confronted him, claiming that Guzma was running away like he did in the past with the island challenge and the Island Kahunas.
   
In ''[[SM051|Family Determination!]]'', Kukui accompanied his students to [[Poni Island]] to catch up with {{an|Lillie}}, who had ran away from home with her brother, {{an|Gladion}}, in search of a way to save her mother, [[Lusamine]].
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In ''[[SM127|Chasing Memories, Creating Dreams!]]'', Kukui announced the completion of the Manalo Stadium to the people of Alola. He also revealed that the winner of the [[Manalo Conference|Alola League]] would get to have an exhibition match against the Masked Royal.
   
In ''[[SM052|Revealing the Stuff of Legend!]]'', while watching the deities bless [[Nebby]], he received a call for help from Professor Burnet on his cell phone and decided to go alone. Thanks to his {{p|Braviary}}, Kukui was able to drive away the {{p|Jangmo-o}} and {{p|Hakamo-o}} that had surrounded Burnet and her {{p|Munchlax}}, but by the time the two professors returned to the [[Altar of the Sunne]], Ash and the others had already ridden off on [[Nebby]] into an [[Ultra Wormhole]].
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In ''[[SM128|League Offenders and Defenders!]]'', Hala revealed that Kukui and Guzma were once friends and students at the Pokémon School. However, the two had a falling-out after Guzma expressed beliefs that Z-Rings and Z-Moves were pointless.
   
In ''[[SM055|The Professors' New Adventure!]]'', he and Professor Burnet revealed that they were getting married. A few days later, the wedding ceremony was held on the beach outside his house.
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In [[SM139]], Kukui, as the Masked Royal, handed Ash a trophy as a recognition of him winning the Alola League. However, the award ceremony was interrupted by a {{DL|Ultra Beasts (anime)|Manalo Stadium Guzzlord|Guzzlord}} emerging from an Ultra Wormhole. In [[SM140|the next episode]], Ash and Royal battled another {{DL|Ultra Beasts (anime)|Shiny Guzzlord|Guzzlord}}, a {{pkmn2|giant}}, {{Shiny}} one, which was endangering the Manalo Stadium docks. During the battle, Ash's {{p|Poipole}}, having evolved into {{AP|Naganadel}} since Ash parted ways with it, arrived through a wormhole of its own. With Naganadel's help, Royal was able to help Ash perform a double {{m|Gigavolt Havoc}} that sent Guzzlord through Naganadel's Ultra Wormhole and back into Ultra Space. However, the shock-wave caused by the Z-Moves and Guzzlord's attack colliding caused the Royal's mask to be blown away, revealing his true identity to Ash.
   
Kukui's alter-ego, the Masked Royal, debuted in ''[[SM063|Pushing the Fiery Envelope!]]''. When Ash and his classmates visited the [[Battle Royal Dome]], Ash's {{p|Litten}} got agitated upon seeing Royal's {{p|Incineroar}}. This prompted him to invite Ash, along with {{an|Kiawe}} and {{an|Sophocles}}, to take part in a [[Battle Royal]], which the Masked Royal easily won. Days later, after seeing Litten training to master {{m|Flame Charge}}, Kukui, dressed up again as the Masked Royal, showed up to have a one-on-one battle with Ash. During the battle, Litten evolved into a {{AP|Torracat}} and was able to perfect Flame Charge. Despite this, however, the battle ended in the Masked Royal's victory. Afterwards, the Masked Royal declared that he and Incineroar were now Torracat's rivals.
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In [[SM141]], the rest of Alola learned of Kukui's secret identity as the Masked Royal, but Ash still insisted on battling Kukui. The next day, the exhibition match began and an undisguised Kukui sent out Incineroar to face Ash, who started with Torracat. During the battle, Torracat powered itself up by absorbing Incineroar's {{m|Blast Burn}}, but it was unable to fully control the flames, forcing Ash to switch it out for Lycanroc. When Lycanroc used the shards of its broken {{m|Stone Edge}} to injure Incineroar, Kukui switched it out for his Braviary.
   
The Masked Royal reappeared in [[SM081]]. He went up against [[Mad Boober]], but interfering dirty tactics used by the [[Revengers]] caused him to nearly lose. Realizing this, Ash and Torracat teamed up with him, and they battled [[Mr. Elec]] and Mad Boober. Despite continued interference, they were able to defeat their opponents.
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In [[SM142]], the battle continued, with Braviary managing to defeat Lycanroc before losing to {{AP|Rowlet}}. Kukui then sent out his {{p|Venusaur}}, who was able to defeat Rowlet before losing to Torracat. Kukui then sent out his {{p|Empoleon}}, who briefly battled {{AP|Pikachu}} before losing to {{AP|Melmetal}}. Kukui then sent out Lucario to battle {{AP|Naganadel}}.
   
After the Ultra Guardians left for [[Ultra Space]] with a fully recovered Lunala in [[SM089]], Professor Kukui and Faba volunteered to aid them. On [[Ten Carat Hill]], he and Faba confronted the Matori Matrix by using their Pokémon to damage the team's airship and prevent them from entering the Ultra Wormhole. Afterwards, Kukui and Faba faced [[Gozu]] and his {{me|Aggron}} in battle, but their Pokémon were swiftly beaten. [[SM090|Following that]], he sent out his {{p|Incineroar}} and performed the Z-Move to defeat {{me|Aggron}}. However, that blow his cover as his alias was discovered by [[Faba]]. Later alongside Incineroar and Faba, Kukui joined the rest of Alola in showering {{DL|Recurring wild Pokémon in the anime|Necrozma}} with light so it could return to its normal form.
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In [[SM143]], though Lucario and Naganadel were evenly matched at first, Lucario was eventually defeated. Ash then recalled Naganadel and brought out Torracat to fight Incineroar. After several fierce exchanges, both sides went for {{m|Inferno Overdrive}}, creating a massive fireball at the center of the field. Both Torracat and Incineroar leaped into the blaze to land a final blow, with their collision causing a massive explosion. When the smoke cleared, both Pokémon were on their feet at first, but Incineroar eventually collapsed. The energy that Torracat built up caused it to evolve into an Incineroar itself, but the combination of the strain of evolving and its exhaustion setting in caused it to faint as well. Kukui prepared to summon his final Pokémon, but suddenly, {{DL|Guardian deities (anime)|Tapu Koko}} appeared and knocked the Poké Ball from his hand. Wanting to team up with Kukui to battle Ash, Tapu Koko became Kukui's temporary sixth Pokémon.
   
 
==Character==
 
==Character==
[[File:Poké Problem extra scene SM063.png|thumb|left|250px|The Masked Royal's identity is almost revealed]]
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[[File:Masked Royal unmasked.png|thumb|left|250px|Ash and {{Rotom}} discovering the Masked Royal's true identity]]
Professor Kukui is a fairly serious, but happy character. Despite this, he usually likes to add the names of [[move]]s into conversations every now and then, much like how [[Samson Oak]] uses Pokémon puns. He has been shown to be also break from his serious and calm attitude, as shown in ''[[SM017|Crystal-Clear Sleuthing!]]'', when he was completely shocked at the notion that {{an|Kiawe}} had stolen {{Ash}}'s missing [[Electrium Z]]. Like {{an|Rotom Pokédex}}, he enjoys watching the [[television]] show Alolan Detective [[Laki]] and try to figure out who the culprit is during the episode. Much like his use of move names when he talks, he was shown to find it funny that the viewers assumed that the {{AP|Rockruff}} which he befriended was actually his. The fact that Professor Kukui befriended the stray Rockruff, when he came upon the Pokémon, who had recently been attacked with {{m|Teeter Dance}} and decided to nurture it, shows that he is also a friendly and hospitable person.
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Professor Kukui is a fairly serious, but friendly and upbeat character. He usually likes to add the names of [[move]]s into conversations every now and then, much like how [[Samson Oak]] uses Pokémon-related puns. He also tends to break from his serious and calm attitude, as shown in ''[[SM017|Crystal-Clear Sleuthing!]]'', when he was completely shocked at the notion that {{an|Kiawe}} had stolen {{Ash}}'s missing [[Electrium Z]]. Like {{an|Rotom Pokédex}}, he enjoys watching the [[television]] show Alolan Detective [[Laki]] and try to figure out who the culprit is during the episode. Much like his use of move names when he talks, he was shown to find it funny that the viewers assumed that the {{AP|Rockruff}} which he befriended was actually his. The fact that Professor Kukui befriended the stray Rockruff, when he came upon the Pokémon, who had recently been attacked with {{m|Teeter Dance}} and decided to nurture it, shows that he is also a friendly and hospitable person.
   
Professor Kukui is a skilled Pokémon Trainer, and as the Masked Royal, he is able to handle battling multiple Pokémon at once in [[Battle Royal]]s. The Masked Royal is the [[Battle Royal Dome]]'s star Trainer, having a known record win streak of at least 21 victories. Despite some comically close calls, no [[human]] has been able to discern the Masked Royal's true identity, though [[Ash's Litten]] was able to recognize him from his scent.
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Professor Kukui is a skilled Pokémon Trainer, and as the Masked Royal, he is able to handle battling multiple Pokémon at once in [[Battle Royal]]s. The Masked Royal is the [[Battle Royal Dome]]'s star Trainer, having a known record win streak of at least 21 victories. Despite some comically close calls, no one has been able to discern the Masked Royal's true identity. The only exceptions are his longtime friend [[Molayne]]; {{an|Faba}}, who realized the truth after Kukui blew his cover in front of him; and [[Ash's Torracat]], who was able to recognize him from his scent, and later, {{ash}} himself, along with {{AP|Pikachu}}, {{rotom}}, and {{AP|Naganadel}} in the aftermath of the battle with the {{pkmn2|giant}} {{shiny}} {{DL|Ultra Beasts (anime)|Shiny Guzzlord|Guzzlord}}. As of [[SM141]], all of the Alola region knows of Kukui's double identity.
   
 
==Pokémon==
 
==Pokémon==
 
This listing is of Kukui's known {{OBP|Pokémon|species}} in the {{pkmn|anime}}:
 
This listing is of Kukui's known {{OBP|Pokémon|species}} in the {{pkmn|anime}}:
 
 
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|desc=Professor Kukui's {{p|Braviary}} first appeared in ''[[SM052|Revealing the Stuff of Legend!]]'', where he used him to help [[Professor Burnet]] escape from a group of {{p|Jangmo-o}} and {{p|Hakamo-o}} at the [[Vast Poni Canyon]].
   
Braviary reappeared in ''[[SM055|The Professors' New Adventure!]]'', attending the wedding of Professor Kukui and [[Professor Burnet]] as Kukui's partner Pokémon.
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In ''[[SM055|The Professors' New Adventure!]]'', Braviary attended the wedding of Professor Kukui and [[Professor Burnet]] as Kukui's partner Pokémon.
   
Braviary reappeared in [[SM089]], where it attacked [[Team Rocket]]'s helicopter. It then battled [[Gozu]] alongside [[Faba]]'s {{p|Alakazam}} and {{p|Hypno}}, only to be hit by his {{me|Aggron}}'s {{m|Heavy Slam}}.
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In ''[[SM089|The Prism Between Light and Darkness!]]'', Braviary attacked [[Team Rocket]]'s helicopter. He then battled [[Gozu]] alongside {{an|Faba}}'s {{p|Alakazam}} and {{p|Hypno}}, only to be knocked out by Gozu's {{me|Aggron}}'s {{m|Heavy Slam}}.
   
Braviary's knowns moves are {{m|Brave Bird}} and {{m|Rock Slide}}.}}
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Braviary appeared in a flashback in [[SM137]], where he was seen defeating [[Guzma]]'s {{p|Golisopod}}.
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Kukui used Braviary in his [[Full Battle]] with Ash in [[SM141]] and [[SM142]]. He defeated [[Ash's Lycanroc]], but lost to his {{AP|Rowlet}}.
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Braviary's known moves are {{m|Brave Bird}}, {{m|Rock Slide}}, {{m|Sky Drop}}, {{m|Steel Wing}}, and {{m|Superpower}}.}}
   
 
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|desc=Professor Kukui's alias, the Masked Royal, was first seen using {{p|Incineroar}} in ''[[SM063|Pushing the Fiery Envelope!]]'', winning him his 20th consecutive [[Battle Royal]] victory at the [[Battle Royal Dome]]. It later took part in another Battle Royal against Ash's {{p|Litten}}, [[Kiawe's Marowak]], and [[Sophocles's Charjabug]], easily winning the match despite holding back. It was later used in another battle against Ash's Litten, during which Litten evolved into a {{AP|Torracat}}. Despite this, Incineroar still won the battle.
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|desc=Professor Kukui's alias, the Masked Royal, commonly uses an {{p|Incineroar}} in the [[Battle Royal]]. It was first seen in ''[[SM063|Pushing the Fiery Envelope!]]'', where it took part in a Battle Royal against Ash's {{p|Litten}}, [[Kiawe's Marowak]], and [[Sophocles's Charjabug]], easily winning despite holding back. It was later used in another battle against Ash's Litten, during which Litten evolved into a {{AP|Torracat}}. Despite this, Incineroar still won the battle.}}
   
Incineroar reappeared in [[SM081]], where it was seen taking part in another Battle Royal. It was later used in a battle, where it teamed up with Torracat and was able to defeat Mr. Elec and Mad Boober.
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|desc=Professor Kukui's alias, the Masked Royal, has a {{p|Lucario}}. He used it in [[SM140]] in order to battle a {{Shiny}} {{DL|Ultra Beasts (anime)|Shiny Guzzlord|Guzzlord}} that had emerged through an [[Ultra Wormhole]]. However, it was defeated and recalled to its {{i|Poké Ball}}.
   
Incineroar reappeared in [[SM090]], where Kukui sent it out to battle [[Gozu]]'s {{me|Aggron}} and quickly defeated it with {{m|Malicious Moonsault}}.
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Lucario reappeared in [[SM142]] and [[SM143]], where it was Kukui's fifth Pokémon in his [[Full Battle]] with Ash. It went up against {{AP|Naganadel}} and eventually lost.
   
Incineroar's known moves are {{m|Darkest Lariat}}, {{m|Bulk Up}}, {{m|Throat Chop}}, and {{m|Cross Chop}}.<br>
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Lucario's known moves are {{m|Close Combat}}, {{m|Dragon Pulse}}, and {{m|Extreme Speed}}.}}
Incineroar can also perform the [[Z-Move]] {{m|Malicious Moonsault}}.}}
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{{TrainerPoké
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|trainer=Professor Kukui
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|gender=male
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|epnum=SM142
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|desc={{p|Venusaur}} is Professor Kukui's fourth known Pokémon. He used him in his [[Full Battle]] against {{Ash}} in [[SM142]], where he went up against {{AP|Rowlet}} and won. Venusaur then went up against {{AP|Torracat}}, but was defeated.
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Venusaur's known moves are {{m|Solar Beam}}, {{m|Sludge Bomb}}, and {{m|Vine Whip}}.}}
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{{TrainerPoké
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|trainer=Professor Kukui
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|desc={{p|Empoleon}} is Professor Kukui's fifth known Pokémon. He used it in his [[Full Battle]] against {{Ash}} in [[SM142]]. It went up against {{AP|Pikachu}}, damaging and disorienting him before Ash switched to {{AP|Melmetal}}, who managed to defeat Empoleon. Professor Kukui also uses Empoleon to swim all around the world, researching sea currents.
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Empoleon's known moves are {{m|Metal Claw}}, {{m|Drill Peck}}, {{m|Whirlpool}}, and {{m|Hydro Pump}}.}}
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Professor Kukui is in possession of a sixth Pokémon, as its {{i|Poké Ball}} is seen. However, Tapu Koko slapped its Poké Ball away before it could be sent out, making Kukui's sixth Pokémon unknown.
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===Paired with===
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{{TrainerPoké
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|trainer=Professor Kukui
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|pkmn=Tapu Koko
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|type1=Electric
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|type2=Fairy
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|img=Kukui Tapu Koko.png
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|epnum=SM001
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|epname=Alola to New Adventure!
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|vajp=Rikako Aikawa
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|vaen=Erica Schroeder‎
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|desc={{main|Guardian deities (anime)#Tapu Koko|Guardian deities (anime) → Tapu Koko}}
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{{p|Tapu Koko}} temporarily teamed up with Professor Kukui during his [[Full Battle]] against Ash at the [[Manalo Conference]].}}
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===Temporary===
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{{TrainerPoké
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|main=yes
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|trainer=Ash
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|pkmn=Naganadel
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|type1=Poison
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|type2=Dragon
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|img=Ash Naganadel Gigavolt Havoc.png
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|epnum=SM067
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|epname=Love at First Twirl!
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|vajp=Rikako Aikawa
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|desc=As the Masked Royal, Kukui temporarily paired up with Ash's newly-returned {{AP|Naganadel}} to help Ash and {{AP|Pikachu}} blow back a {{pkmn2|giant}} {{Shiny}} {{DL|Ultra Beasts (anime)|Shiny Guzzlord|Guzzlord}} back to [[Ultra Space]] with the combined force of two {{m|Gigavolt Havoc}}s.}}
   
 
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|desc={{p|Rockruff}} is a wild Pokémon Professor Kukui took under his care. In ''[[SM015|Rocking Clawmark Hill!]]'', he encouraged {{Ash}} to catch it after seeing the bond the two had developed.}}
 
|desc={{p|Rockruff}} is a wild Pokémon Professor Kukui took under his care. In ''[[SM015|Rocking Clawmark Hill!]]'', he encouraged {{Ash}} to catch it after seeing the bond the two had developed.}}
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{{TrainerPoké
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|pkmn=Totem Trevenant
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|nick=Elder
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|desc=Elder (Japanese: '''オー{{tt|爺|じい}}''' ''Ohjī'') was a {{pkmn2|Totem}} {{p|Trevenant}} that Professor Kukui befriended when he was young. It gave him a [[Firium Z]] after he began his [[Pokémon journey]]. It was revealed that, sometime after the young Professor Kukui met {{Ash}}, Trevenant had passed away and now appears as an ordinary tree.
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|type1=Unknown
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|desc=In his youth, Professor Kukui befriended a multitude of wild Pokémon that live in a forest on [[Melemele Island]].
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|epname=The Guardian's Challenge!
 
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|vaen=Lisa Ortiz
|desc=Professor Kukui has two {{p|Luvdisc}} which he keeps in a fish tank in his house, along with a {{p|Corsola}}, that first appeared in ''[[SM002|The Guardian's Challenge!]]''. They appeared again in ''[[SM006|A Shocking Grocery Run!]]'', ''[[SM007|That's Why the Litten is a Scamp!]]'', ''[[SM044|A Dream Encounter!]]'', and ''[[SM048|Night of a Thousand Poses!]]''.
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|desc=Professor Kukui has two {{p|Luvdisc}}, which he keeps in a fish tank in his house, along with a {{p|Corsola}}. They first appeared in ''[[SM002|The Guardian's Challenge!]]''.
 
 
 
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|desc=Professor Kukui has a {{p|Corsola}}, which he keeps in a fish tank in his house, along with two {{p|Luvdisc}}, that first appeared in ''[[SM002|The Guardian's Challenge!]]''. It appeared again in ''[[SM006|A Shocking Grocery Run!]]'', ''[[SM007|That's Why the Litten is a Scamp!]]'', ''[[SM044|A Dream Encounter!]]'', and ''[[SM048|Night of a Thousand Poses!]]''.
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|desc=Professor Kukui has a {{p|Corsola}}, which he keeps in a fish tank in his house, along with two {{p|Luvdisc}}. It first appeared in ''[[SM002|The Guardian's Challenge!]]''.
   
 
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None of Corsola's moves are known.}}
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==Voice actors==
 
==Voice actors==
 
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|ja=中川慶一 ''[[Keiichi Nakagawa]]''
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|ja=中川慶一 ''[[Keiichi Nakagawa]]''<br>藤村知可 ''[[Chika Fujimura]]'' (young)
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|cs=Martin Kubačák
 
|cs=Martin Kubačák
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|da=Troels Toya
 
|da=Troels Toya
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|it=Paolo De Santis
 
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|pt_br=Cláudio Galvan
 
|pt_br=Cláudio Galvan
 
|ru=Даниил Эльдаров ''Daniil Eldarov''
 
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|th=อภินันท์ ธีระนันทกุล ''Apinan Teeranantagun''
 
|tr=Ali Hocaoğlu
 
|tr=Ali Hocaoğlu
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Professor Kukui
ククイ博士 Dr. Kukui
Professor Kukui SM.png
Art from the Sun & Moon series
Gender Male
Eye color Black
Hair color Black
Hometown Hau'oli Outskirts
Region Alola
Relatives Unnamed parents, Professor Burnet (wife; as of SM055)
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer (formerly), Pokémon Professor, Pro Wrestler
Game counterpart Professor Kukui
Anime debut Alola to New Adventure!
English voice actor Abe Goldfarb
Rachael Slotky (young)
Japanese voice actor Keiichi Nakagawa
Chika Fujimura (young)

Professor Kukui (Japanese: ククイ博士 Dr. Kukui) is a major supporting character of the Pokémon anime, who appeared in the Sun & Moon series. He is a Pokémon Professor in the Alola region and a teacher at the Pokémon School on Melemele Island. He is also the true identity of The Masked Royal (Japanese: ロイヤルマスク Royal Mask).

History

Pre-series

Professor Kukui at the age of five

Since his childhood, Kukui had been a fan of Pokémon moves, often observing Hala's battles to witness these attacks in action. He would follow the matches along with his Move Index guidebook. At some point, he befriended and later obtained a Litten, which originally belonged to his parents. The pair would often spend time in the forests of Melemele Island playing with all of the wild Pokémon. He also befriended a Totem Trevenant living in the forests and received a Firium Z after helping to relieve it of its sneezing. In addition, he is a childhood friend of Molayne.

At the age of five, he met Ash, whom a Celebi had accidentally sent into the past. Due to Ash's mastery of Z-Moves, he started calling him the "Move Kahuna" (Japanese: ワザキング Move King) and asked to battle with him. Ash easily won the battle and taught the young Kukui, whom he started calling "Roarie" (Japanese: ガオ Gao) due to his Incineroar cap, that there was no shame in losing. He then proceeded to tell Kukui about his Gym and Pokémon League battles in other regions, inspiring Kukui's own ambitions. Soon, Ash was transported back to the present by Celebi, leaving both young boys unaware of each other's real names.

Sun & Moon series

Professor Kukui debuted in Alola to New Adventure!. He was first seen entering his classroom, where he was introduced to Ash, apparently not recognizing him from his youth. He later watched as Ash battled Team Skull and was impressed by his battling skills. After Team Skull's defeat, he told Ash about Z-Moves and the island challenge. Following Ash's decision to attend the Pokémon School, he allowed Ash to live with him during his stay in Alola. At the end of the next episode, he handed Ash a new Pokédex, which then got inhabited by a Rotom.

In Rocking Clawmark Hill!, he and Ash returned home one night, only to notice the absence of Rockruff. Rockruff soon returned injured, prompting Kukui to heal it with a Potion. Upon further investigation, they found out that it had been training on Clawmark Hill. After watching Ash train Rockruff, Kukui noticed the bond they had developed and encouraged Ash to catch Rockruff.

In Alola, Kanto!, Kukui accompanied his students and Samson Oak to Kanto for an extracurricular activity, where they visited Professor Oak's Laboratory. In the following episode, he and the others traveled to the Cerulean Gym, where his students battled Misty and Brock. Seeing these battles inspired him to realize his childhood dream an official Pokémon League in Alola.

In A Dream Encounter!, Kukui told Ash about Professor Burnet and her research on Ultra Wormholes. He later introduced her to him when she, along with the president of the Aether Foundation Lusamine, Faba, and Wicke, visited his home to meet Ash and Nebby. During his class's sleepover in A Dream Encounter!, Kukui began to bond with Burnet, who also stayed over at his house.

In Family Determination!, Kukui accompanied his students to the Altar of the Sunne on Poni Island to catch up with Lillie, who had ran away from home with her brother, Gladion, in search of a way to save Lusamine, who had been abducted by a Nihilego. Later, while watching Alola's guardian deities bless Nebby, he received a phone call for help from Professor Burnet and left to help her out. He soon witnessed Burnet and her Munchlax being surrounded by a group of Jangmo-o and Hakamo-o, but using his Braviary he was able to drive the Scaly Pokémon off. By the time the two professors returned to the altar though, Ash and the others had already ridden off on Nebby into an Ultra Wormhole. Kukui and Burnet stayed behind and waited until the group finally returned with Lusamine.

Professor Kukui and Professor Burnet about to get married

In The Professors' New Adventure!, during a walk on the beach with Burnet, Kukui proposed to her. A few days later, the wedding ceremony, which was arranged by his students, was held on the beach outside his house. Since their marriage, Burnet has moved in with Kukui and Ash.

As Masked Royal

Kukui's alter-ego, the Masked Royal, debuted in Pushing the Fiery Envelope!. When Ash and his classmates visited the Battle Royal Dome, Ash's Litten got agitated upon seeing Royal's Incineroar. This prompted him to invite Ash, along with Kiawe and Sophocles, to take part in a Battle Royal, which the Masked Royal easily won. Days later, after seeing Litten training to master Flame Charge, Kukui, dressed up again as the Masked Royal, showed up to have a one-on-one battle with Ash. During the battle, Litten evolved into Torracat and was able to perfect Flame Charge. Despite this, however, the battle ended in the Masked Royal's victory. Afterwards, the Masked Royal declared that he and Incineroar were now Torracat's rivals.

The Masked Royal reappeared in A Young Royal Flame Ignites!, where he faced a member of the Revengers, Mr. Electric, and his Electivire in a Battle Royal. However, due to interference Mad Magmar's Magmortar, Mr. Electric was disqualified. The Masked Royal then got challenged by Mad Magmar to a battle for the title of the strongest fighter, which he accepted. The next day, Kukui accompanied Burnet and his students to the Battle Royal Dome, but began feeling nervous as he had to take on his role as the Masked Royal without his identity being found out. After managing to sneak away, he was able to reach the ring in time, where his battle would begin. However, Mad Magmar played dirty again by having other members of the Revengers gang up on Incineroar until Ash's Torracat interfered. Teaming up with Torracat and Ash, the Masked Royal and Incineroar took on Mad Magmar and Mr. Electric and eventually managed to beat them, despite all the interference.

In Filling the Light with Darkness!, mysterious dark clouds appeared over Alola, leaving Kukui and all other adults tired and without motivation. Later, after this was resolved, Kukui met up the Ultra Guardians, Burnet, Lusamine, Faba, and Wicke inside the Ultra Guardians base, where he oversaw Lunala recovering. Later, when the Ultra Guardians left for Ultra Space with Lunala, Kukui and Faba volunteered to aid them. On Ten Carat Hill, he and Faba confronted Team Rocket's Matori Matrix by using their Pokémon to damage the team's airship and prevent them from entering the Ultra Wormhole. Afterwards, Kukui and Faba faced Gozu and his Mega Aggron in battle, but their Pokémon were swiftly beaten. In the next episode, Kukui asked Faba if he had more Pokémon, and the latter replied he did not. Thus, Kukui was forced to send out his Incineroar and perform its Z-Move, Malicious Moonsault, which managed to defeat Mega Aggron. However, this also caused him to reveal his secret identity to Faba, who in turn revealed that he was a big fan of the Masked Royal. Later, alongside Incineroar and Faba, Kukui joined the rest of Alola in showering Necrozma with Z-Power so it could return to its true form. After Necrozma returned to its Ultra form, Kukui watched as the Ultra Guardians, Nebby, and Lunala returned to Alola, alongside Faba, Burnet, Lusamine, and Wicke.

In Turning the Other Mask!, the Masked Royal announced a handshake event to be held on Melemele Island. When Ash and Burnet told Kukui they wanted him to go with them to the event, Kukui asked Molayne to help keep his Masked Royal identity a secret. The day of the event, Molayne prepared to change into the Masked Royal costume, only to be tied up by Faba and James, who had mistaken him for an imposter. When Mad Magmar came around looking for revenge, Faba donned the Masked Royal costume and tried to defeat him with Incineroar, only to be easily defeated. After freeing himself, Molayne had his Magneton shut the lights off, giving Kukui the time to slip back into his Masked Royal costume and defeat Mad Magmar.

Guzma taunting Kukui prior to the start of the Manalo Conference

In The Dealer of Destruction!, Kukui hosted a press conference at Aether Paradise, where he announced the formation of the first-ever Alola Pokémon League and revealed the stadium that was being constructed to host it, called Manalo. The next day, Guzma arrived at the Pokémon School and told Kukui that Alola didn't need a Pokémon League. When Ash challenged Guzma to a battle, Kukui refereed the match. The battle ended prematurely when Guzma's Golisopod returned to its Poké Ball due to Emergency Exit. As Guzma left, swearing to destroy the Alola League, Kukui confronted him, claiming that Guzma was running away like he did in the past with the island challenge and the Island Kahunas.

In Chasing Memories, Creating Dreams!, Kukui announced the completion of the Manalo Stadium to the people of Alola. He also revealed that the winner of the Alola League would get to have an exhibition match against the Masked Royal.

In League Offenders and Defenders!, Hala revealed that Kukui and Guzma were once friends and students at the Pokémon School. However, the two had a falling-out after Guzma expressed beliefs that Z-Rings and Z-Moves were pointless.

In SM139, Kukui, as the Masked Royal, handed Ash a trophy as a recognition of him winning the Alola League. However, the award ceremony was interrupted by a Guzzlord emerging from an Ultra Wormhole. In the next episode, Ash and Royal battled another Guzzlord, a giant, Shiny one, which was endangering the Manalo Stadium docks. During the battle, Ash's Poipole, having evolved into Naganadel since Ash parted ways with it, arrived through a wormhole of its own. With Naganadel's help, Royal was able to help Ash perform a double Gigavolt Havoc that sent Guzzlord through Naganadel's Ultra Wormhole and back into Ultra Space. However, the shock-wave caused by the Z-Moves and Guzzlord's attack colliding caused the Royal's mask to be blown away, revealing his true identity to Ash.

In SM141, the rest of Alola learned of Kukui's secret identity as the Masked Royal, but Ash still insisted on battling Kukui. The next day, the exhibition match began and an undisguised Kukui sent out Incineroar to face Ash, who started with Torracat. During the battle, Torracat powered itself up by absorbing Incineroar's Blast Burn, but it was unable to fully control the flames, forcing Ash to switch it out for Lycanroc. When Lycanroc used the shards of its broken Stone Edge to injure Incineroar, Kukui switched it out for his Braviary.

In SM142, the battle continued, with Braviary managing to defeat Lycanroc before losing to Rowlet. Kukui then sent out his Venusaur, who was able to defeat Rowlet before losing to Torracat. Kukui then sent out his Empoleon, who briefly battled Pikachu before losing to Melmetal. Kukui then sent out Lucario to battle Naganadel.

In SM143, though Lucario and Naganadel were evenly matched at first, Lucario was eventually defeated. Ash then recalled Naganadel and brought out Torracat to fight Incineroar. After several fierce exchanges, both sides went for Inferno Overdrive, creating a massive fireball at the center of the field. Both Torracat and Incineroar leaped into the blaze to land a final blow, with their collision causing a massive explosion. When the smoke cleared, both Pokémon were on their feet at first, but Incineroar eventually collapsed. The energy that Torracat built up caused it to evolve into an Incineroar itself, but the combination of the strain of evolving and its exhaustion setting in caused it to faint as well. Kukui prepared to summon his final Pokémon, but suddenly, Tapu Koko appeared and knocked the Poké Ball from his hand. Wanting to team up with Kukui to battle Ash, Tapu Koko became Kukui's temporary sixth Pokémon.

Character

Ash and Rotom discovering the Masked Royal's true identity

Professor Kukui is a fairly serious, but friendly and upbeat character. He usually likes to add the names of moves into conversations every now and then, much like how Samson Oak uses Pokémon-related puns. He also tends to break from his serious and calm attitude, as shown in Crystal-Clear Sleuthing!, when he was completely shocked at the notion that Kiawe had stolen Ash's missing Electrium Z. Like Rotom Pokédex, he enjoys watching the television show Alolan Detective Laki and try to figure out who the culprit is during the episode. Much like his use of move names when he talks, he was shown to find it funny that the viewers assumed that the Rockruff which he befriended was actually his. The fact that Professor Kukui befriended the stray Rockruff, when he came upon the Pokémon, who had recently been attacked with Teeter Dance and decided to nurture it, shows that he is also a friendly and hospitable person.

Professor Kukui is a skilled Pokémon Trainer, and as the Masked Royal, he is able to handle battling multiple Pokémon at once in Battle Royals. The Masked Royal is the Battle Royal Dome's star Trainer, having a known record win streak of at least 21 victories. Despite some comically close calls, no one has been able to discern the Masked Royal's true identity. The only exceptions are his longtime friend Molayne; Faba, who realized the truth after Kukui blew his cover in front of him; and Ash's Torracat, who was able to recognize him from his scent, and later, Ash himself, along with Pikachu, Rotom, and Naganadel in the aftermath of the battle with the giant Shiny Guzzlord. As of SM141, all of the Alola region knows of Kukui's double identity.

Pokémon

This listing is of Kukui's known Pokémon in the anime:

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Professor Kukui's Braviary
Braviary
Professor Kukui's Braviary first appeared in Revealing the Stuff of Legend!, where he used him to help Professor Burnet escape from a group of Jangmo-o and Hakamo-o at the Vast Poni Canyon.

In The Professors' New Adventure!, Braviary attended the wedding of Professor Kukui and Professor Burnet as Kukui's partner Pokémon.

In The Prism Between Light and Darkness!, Braviary attacked Team Rocket's helicopter. He then battled Gozu alongside Faba's Alakazam and Hypno, only to be knocked out by Gozu's Mega Aggron's Heavy Slam.

Braviary appeared in a flashback in SM137, where he was seen defeating Guzma's Golisopod.

Kukui used Braviary in his Full Battle with Ash in SM141 and SM142. He defeated Ash's Lycanroc, but lost to his Rowlet.

Braviary's known moves are Brave Bird, Rock Slide, Sky Drop, Steel Wing, and Superpower.

Debut Revealing the Stuff of Legend!
Voice actors
Japanese
English Ryan Nicolls
Professor Kukui's Incineroar
Litten → Torracat → Incineroar
Main article: Professor Kukui's Incineroar

Professor Kukui's alias, the Masked Royal, commonly uses an Incineroar in the Battle Royal. It was first seen in Pushing the Fiery Envelope!, where it took part in a Battle Royal against Ash's Litten, Kiawe's Marowak, and Sophocles's Charjabug, easily winning despite holding back. It was later used in another battle against Ash's Litten, during which Litten evolved into a Torracat. Despite this, Incineroar still won the battle.

Debut Pushing the Fiery Envelope!
Voice actors
Japanese Toru Sakurai
English H.D. Quinn
Professor Kukui's Lucario
Lucario
Professor Kukui's alias, the Masked Royal, has a Lucario. He used it in SM140 in order to battle a Shiny Guzzlord that had emerged through an Ultra Wormhole. However, it was defeated and recalled to its Poké Ball.

Lucario reappeared in SM142 and SM143, where it was Kukui's fifth Pokémon in his Full Battle with Ash. It went up against Naganadel and eventually lost.

Lucario's known moves are Close Combat, Dragon Pulse, and Extreme Speed.

Debut SM140
Professor Kukui's Venusaur
Venusaur
Venusaur is Professor Kukui's fourth known Pokémon. He used him in his Full Battle against Ash in SM142, where he went up against Rowlet and won. Venusaur then went up against Torracat, but was defeated.

Venusaur's known moves are Solar Beam, Sludge Bomb, and Vine Whip.

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Professor Kukui's Empoleon
Empoleon
Empoleon is Professor Kukui's fifth known Pokémon. He used it in his Full Battle against Ash in SM142. It went up against Pikachu, damaging and disorienting him before Ash switched to Melmetal, who managed to defeat Empoleon. Professor Kukui also uses Empoleon to swim all around the world, researching sea currents.

Empoleon's known moves are Metal Claw, Drill Peck, Whirlpool, and Hydro Pump.

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Professor Kukui is in possession of a sixth Pokémon, as its Poké Ball is seen. However, Tapu Koko slapped its Poké Ball away before it could be sent out, making Kukui's sixth Pokémon unknown.

Paired with

Professor Kukui's Tapu Koko
Tapu Koko
Main article: Guardian deities (anime) → Tapu Koko

Tapu Koko temporarily teamed up with Professor Kukui during his Full Battle against Ash at the Manalo Conference.

Debut Alola to New Adventure!
Voice actors
Japanese Rikako Aikawa
English Erica Schroeder‎

Temporary

Ash's Naganadel
Naganadel
Main article: Ash's Naganadel

As the Masked Royal, Kukui temporarily paired up with Ash's newly-returned Naganadel to help Ash and Pikachu blow back a giant Shiny Guzzlord back to Ultra Space with the combined force of two Gigavolt Havocs.

Debut Love at First Twirl!
Voice actors
Japanese Rikako Aikawa

Befriended

Professor Kukui's Rockruff
Rockruff
Main article: Ash's Rockruff

Rockruff is a wild Pokémon Professor Kukui took under his care. In Rocking Clawmark Hill!, he encouraged Ash to catch it after seeing the bond the two had developed.

Debut The Guardian's Challenge!
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara
English Haven Paschall
Totem Trevenant

Totem Trevenant in the present
Elder
Elder (Japanese: オー Ohjī) was a Totem Trevenant that Professor Kukui befriended when he was young. It gave him a Firium Z after he began his Pokémon journey. It was revealed that, sometime after the young Professor Kukui met Ash, Trevenant had passed away and now appears as an ordinary tree.

None of Trevenant's moves are known.

Debut A Timeless Encounter!
Forest Pokémon
Forest Pokémon
In his youth, Professor Kukui befriended a multitude of wild Pokémon that live in a forest on Melemele Island.

None of the Pokémon's moves are known.

Debut A Timeless Encounter!

At his house

Professor Kukui's Luvdisc
Luvdisc (×2)
Professor Kukui has two Luvdisc, which he keeps in a fish tank in his house, along with a Corsola. They first appeared in The Guardian's Challenge!.

None of Luvdisc's moves are known.

Debut The Guardian's Challenge!
Voice actors
Japanese
English Lisa Ortiz
Professor Kukui's Corsola
Corsola
Professor Kukui has a Corsola, which he keeps in a fish tank in his house, along with two Luvdisc. It first appeared in The Guardian's Challenge!.

None of Corsola's moves are known.

Debut The Guardian's Challenge!

Ride Pokémon

A Poké Ride Wailmer
Wailmer
Professor Kukui was first seen riding a Poké Ride Wailmer around Melemele Island.

None of Wailmer's moves are known.

Debut Yo, Ho, Ho! Go, Popplio!

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 中川慶一 Keiichi Nakagawa
藤村知可 Chika Fujimura (young)
English Abe Goldfarb
Rachael Slotky (young)
Czech Martin Kubačák
Danish Troels Toya
Finnish Ilkka Villi (SM001-SM068, SM078-present)
Tuukka Leppänen (SM069-SM076)
Greek Φώτης Πετρίδης Fotis Petridis
Italian Paolo De Santis
Polish Jan Staszczyk
Brazilian Portuguese Cláudio Galvan
Russian Даниил Эльдаров Daniil Eldarov
Spanish Latin America Daniel Lacy
Spain Juan Antonio García Sainz de la Maza
Thai อภินันท์ ธีระนันทกุล Apinan Teeranantagun
Turkish Ali Hocaoğlu
Vietnamese Hồ Tiến Đạt

Trivia

  • Professor Kukui is the only Professor not shown giving out any starter Pokémon in the anime.
  • Professor Kukui's Lucario is the only Lucario with a named Trainer in the anime that has not used Aura Sphere.
    • Similarly, it is also the only Lucario to be shown using a move, other than Aura Sphere, that contains the word はどう hadō in its Japanese name which can be translated as either wave or aura.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ククイ博士 Dr. Kukui From kukui (Hawaiian for the candlenut, the state tree of Hawaii)
English, German,
Italian
Professor Kukui Same as Japanese name
French Professeur Euphorbe From euphorbe (spurge). Both the candlenut and the spurges are in the Euphorbiaceae family.
Korean 쿠쿠이박사 Kukui-baksa Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 庫庫伊博士 / 库库伊博士 Dr. Kùkùyī Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 庫庫伊博士 Dr. Fufuyī Mandarin-based transliteration of Japanese name
Spanish, Czech, Polish Profesor Kukui From English name
Finnish Professori Kukui From English name
Brazilian Portuguese Professor Nogueira From nogueira-de-iguape (candlenut). Nogueira is also a common Brazilian surname.
Russian Профессор Кекеи Professor Kekei Similar to English name
Vietnamese Giáo sư Kukui Same as Japanese name
Turkish Profesör Kukui From English name

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