The Phantom

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This article is about the 9th movie villain. For the Coordinator who went by this name, see Timmy Grimm.

The Phantom
ファントム船長 Captain Phantom
The Phantom
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region Unknown
Anime debut Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea
English voice actor Eric Schussler
Japanese voice actor Hiroshi Fujioka

The Phantom (Japanese: ファントム船長 Captain Phantom) is the main antagonist of Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea. He was the captain of a crew, including Galen, that traveled the world in search of valuable artifacts like the Sea Crown. The Phantom is currently serving a sentence in jail for his crimes.

In the movies

The Phantom was first introduced in the movie snatching the Manaphy Egg as it was drifting through the ocean. He had it in his possession for only a short time before Jack Walker took it and escaped.

The Phantom's mecha suit

After Team Rocket spot the Manaphy Egg, James called the Phantom to let him know where the Manaphy Egg was. This led to the Marina Group, along with Ash and his friends being attacked by the Phantom. Despite destroying the group's trailer, the group escaped into ruins left by the People of the Water. However, Phantom used a crystal from the People of the Water to follow the group.

As the Marina group, Ash and his friends ventured towards Samiya, the Phantom was seen tracking down the group's boat, but remained unseen by the group. Once the Phantom reached the Sea Crown, he began to take the jewels off it one by one, causing the Sea Temple to sink. Jackie came and put most of the jewels back in place, but after a frantic fight, one of the jewels fell and became lost.

Realizing the Temple was sinking, The Phantom got out of the sinking temple on a water rocket. After the temple was eventually saved, he came up and stole Manaphy, knowing that he only needed Manaphy to relocate Samiya and the Sea Crown. However, Ash grabbed it back and Phantom was flung into the water. This wasn't the end of Phantom, as he soon rose above the waves in his submarine base and attempted an onslaught using the base's supersonic projectors that caused all Pokémon in the vicinity, even Kyogre, to writhe in pain.

Manaphy, however, began to fight the sonic waves and countered with its Heart Swap Ability, restoring order to the Water-type Pokémon. Soon the water Pokémon attacked the base, with the Wailord bashing the submarine, as well as creating a tear in the base. The Chinchou swam into the crack, short-circuiting the submarine. Lastly, Manaphy ordered Kyogre to use its Hyper Beam to destroy the submarine. On the remains of the sub, the Phantom attempted to hold up a pillar of debris up to prevent it from crushing him, revealing his mechanized suit.

Phantom remained pinned down during the ending, and during the credits, the Phantom was seen in jail with Galen, thanks to Jackie tipping Officer Jenny on his whereabouts.

Phantom briefly reappeared in a montage in The Rise of Darkrai, which chronicled the preceding nine movies.


The Phantom is known for his maniacal laugh and pirate attire. He uses an arsenal of machines, including submarines and helicopters, more often than his Pokémon to overwhelm anyone who gets in his way. However, he is not above using his Pokémon when the situation calls for it.

The Phantom is determined to achieve his goals, including, most notably, possession of the Sea Crown, which he is obsessed over. He is prepared for direct confrontation, as shown when he attempted to pry the Manaphy Egg from May's hands at one point. He also wears a mechanized suit underneath his pirate attire, which grants him superhuman strength. He appears to be very knowledgeable about the People of the Water and managed to obtain a crystal bracelet prior to the events of the movie through what he implied were difficult circumstances.


On hand

Phantom's Pinsir
Pinsir makes its only appearance in the beginning of the movie when Phantom tried to stop Jack Walker.

Pinsir's only known move is Hyper Beam.

Debut Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of The Sea
Phantom's Parasect
Parasect makes its only appearance in the beginning of the movie when Phantom tried to stop Jack Walker.

None of Parasect's moves are known.

Debut Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of The Sea


The Phantom's Chatot, nicknamed Casey, appears throughout the movie next to Phantom, frequently imitating the pirate's speech. During the credits, it is revealed that Casey ends up with Jack Walker after the Phantom is imprisoned.

It briefly reappeared in a montage in The Rise of Darkrai, which chronicled the preceding nine movies.

None of Casey's moves are known.

Debut Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of The Sea
Voice actors
Japanese Hori
English Sean Reyes


Phantom's Manaphy Egg
Manaphy Egg
Main article: Manaphy (M09)

The Phantom was only in possession on Manaphy's Egg for the first few moments of the movie before Jack Walker took it from him while disguised as an underling.

Debut Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of The Sea


Sugimori Phantom anime.png
Ken Sugimori's design of The Phantom

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 藤岡弘 Hiroshi Fujioka
English Eric Schussler
Dutch Marcel Jonker
German Thomas Albus
Italian Riccardo Peroni
Korean 최석필 Choi Seokpil*
안장혁 An Janghyeok*
Brazilian Portuguese Gilberto Baroli
Spanish Latin America Blas García
Spain Fernando Hernández

In the manga

In the Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea manga

The Phantom appears in the manga adaptation of the movie fulfilling the same role as he does in the anime.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring the Phantom or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Phantom's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Phantom's Beedrill Grass       Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Sea's Manaphy   001/019
Phantom's Chatot Colorless       Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Sea's Manaphy   011/019


  • The Phantom owning a Chatot mirrors the stereotypical image of a pirate with a parrot on his shoulder. On a similar note, his voice actor Eric Schussler depicted him with a Bristolian accent, owing to a stereotypical depiction of pirates.
  • Chatot's nickname, Casey, is never stated in the movie but it appears in the closed captions.
  • His personality and quotes are much inspired by the Tuco character in the 1967 spaghetti western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
  • In Ken Sugimori's concept art for Phantom, he was depicted with silver hair. This was changed to him possessing blue hair for unknown reasons.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ファントム船長 Captain Phantom
ファントム・トループ Phantom Troop*
From phantom (ghost)
Possibly from Russian труп (corpse)
English The Phantom Same as his Japanese name
French Fantôme From fantôme (phantom, ghost)
European Spanish Fantomas From Fantômas
Latin American Spanish Fantasma From fantasma (phantom, ghost)
Korean 팬텀 선장 Captain Phantom
팬텀 톨프 Phantom Tolpeu*
From phantom (ghost)
Same as his full Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 幽靈 Yōulíng*
海盗幽灵 Hǎidào Yōulíng*
海盗幻影 Hǎidào Huànyǐng*
幻影船长 Huànyǐng Chuánzhǎng*
From 幽靈 yōulíng (phantom, ghost)
From 幽灵 yōulíng (phantom, ghost)
From 幻影 huànyǐng (phantom, illusion)
From 幻影 huànyǐng (phantom, illusion)

Movie characters
Human protagonists
AliceAsh Ketchum (M20)AudreyBarazBiancaCallahanCarlitaCoreyDamosDianaDianeEricFergusHarrietJack WalkerJuanita
KarlKathrynKidd SummersKimiaKokoLisaLizabethLorenzoMannesMarenMargoMelodyMerayNeeshaNewton Graceland
Professor LundRafeRaleighRebeccaRisaRowenaSamSheenaSidSir AaronSorrelTonioTorenTory LundTowaVerityYuko
Human antagonists
AlvaAnnieArgus SteelButlerCherieCrossDamonDoctor ZedGalenGooneGrings KodaiIron-Masked MarauderLawrence IIILeviMarcus
MerilynMillis SteelMolly HaleOakleyPokémon huntersPokémon poacherRiotThe PhantomZero
ArceusArticunoCarbinkCelebi (M04)Celebi (M13)CobalionDadaDarkraiDeoxysDialgaDiancieEntei (M03)Entei (M13)GenesectGiratina
Ho-OhHoopaJirachiKeldeoKyuremLatiasLatiosLucarioLugiaMagearnaManaphyMarshadowMew (M01)Mew (M08)Mewtwo (M01)
Mewtwo (M16)MoltresPalkiaPikachu (M20)PikachutwoRaikouRayquazaRegiceRegirockRegisteelReshiramShayminSlowking
Spiky-eared PichuSuicune (M04)Suicune (M13)TerrakionUnownVictiniVirizionVolcanionXerneasYveltalZapdosZekrom
AliciaAllegraAstridBanksBaron AlbertoBlock BotBogieBonjiCarolChrom MolybdenumCTV news crewDabuDavidDionaDonuke
Dr. FujiDundeeFlamelFreddyGabuGhrisGlacineGodeyGurūHeroes of Truth and IdealsHoytInfiJasonJennyJoeJudy
KaiKakoKanataKatoKellieKevinKikoKing of the People of the ValeKyleLaylaLeekuLucianneLuisLuisaMakoMalin
ManukeMarcus's soldiersMauryMayor OliverMeredithMeta GroudonMewtwo's creatorsMiaMilesMimiMirandaMisakiMoose
Mother and daughterMr. WhiteNevaNikolaOld Man DomŌyamaPegPeople of the WaterPhossa MolybdenumPokémon Baccer teams
Queen IleneQueen RinRavineRaymondRickRossSchuylerSharonShepShunSpencer HaleSylvanTakaTammyTanner
TappTatsukiThe Marina GroupTobiasTownesUschiZabu

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