Professor Kukui (anime)

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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 Professor Burnet (wife)
Trainer class Pokémon Professor
Game counterpart Professor Kukui
Anime debut Alola to New Adventure!
English voice actor Abe Goldfarb
Japanese voice actor Keiichi Nakagawa

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 Sun & Moon series.


As Masked Royal
Professor Kukui and Professor Burnet about to get married

Professor Kukui is a regular character in the Sun & Moon series who debuted in 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 The Professors' New Adventure!.

In The Guardian's Challenge!, he gave Ash the Rotom Pokédex.

In Rocking Clawmark Hill!, Kukui and Ash found 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 catch Rockruff.

In Partner Promises!, he informed Ash about the guardian deities, since Ash had recently encountered Tapu Lele.

In Alola, Kanto!, he accompanied the class and Samson Oak to Kanto. The 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.

In Family Determination!, Kukui accompanied his students to Poni Island to catch up with Lillie, who had ran away from home with her brother, Gladion, in search of a way to save her mother, Lusamine.

In 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 Braviary, Kukui was able to drive away the Jangmo-o and Hakamo-o that had surrounded Burnet and her 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.

In 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.

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 a 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 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.

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 Mega Aggron in battle, but their Pokémon were swiftly beaten. Following that, he sent out his Incineroar and performed the Z-Move to defeated Mega 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 Necrozma with light so it could return to its normal form.


The Masked Royal's identity is almost revealed

Professor Kukui is a fairly serious, but happy character. Despite this, he usually likes to add the names of moves 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 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 human has been able to discern the Masked Royal's true identity, though Ash's Litten was able to recognize him from his scent.


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

On hand

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

Braviary reappeared in The Professors' New Adventure!, attending 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 Alakazam and Hypno, only to be hit by his Mega Aggron's Heavy Slam.

Braviary's knowns moves are Brave Bird and Rock Slide.

Debut Revealing the Stuff of Legend!
Voice actors
English Ryan Nicolls
Professor Kukui's Incineroar
Professor Kukui's alias, the Masked Royal, was first seen using Incineroar in 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 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 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.

Incineroar reappeared in SM090, where Kukui sent it out to battle Gozu's Mega Aggron and quickly defeated it with Malicious Moonsault.

Incineroar's known moves are Darkest Lariat, Bulk Up, Throat Chop, and Cross Chop.
Incineroar can also perform the Z-Move Malicious Moonsault.

Debut Pushing the Fiery Envelope!
Voice actors
Japanese Toru Sakurai


Professor Kukui's 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

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, that first appeared in The Guardian's Challenge!. They appeared again in A Shocking Grocery Run!, That's Why the Litten is a Scamp!, A Dream Encounter!, and Night of a Thousand Poses!.

None of Luvdisc's moves are known.

Debut The Guardian's Challenge!
Professor Kukui's Corsola
Professor Kukui has a Corsola, which he keeps in a fish tank in his house, along with two Luvdisc, that first appeared in The Guardian's Challenge!. It appeared again in A Shocking Grocery Run!, That's Why the Litten is a Scamp!, A Dream Encounter!, and Night of a Thousand Poses!.

None of Corsola's moves are known.

Debut The Guardian's Challenge!

Ride Pokémon

A Poké Ride 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
English Abe Goldfarb
Czech Martin Kubačák
Danish Troels Toya
Finnish Ilkka Villi
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


Language Name Origin
Japanese ククイ博士 Dr. Kukui From kukui (Hawaiian for the candlenut, the state tree of Hawaii)
English, German,
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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