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Argus Steel (Japanese: アルガス·スティール Argus Steel) is the main antagonist of Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction. He is a master thief known even to Team Rocket.
He is the father of Millis Steel, and the rival of Merilyn and Riot. Together with his daughter, he plans to awaken Diancie's power to create diamonds before stealing the Pokémon and fortune for himself.
In the movies
Argus first appeared tracking Diancie from his airship. At the time, Diancie was on a quest to find Xerneas and acquire the Fairy Aura. Argus was also seen tracking down the actions of his rivals, Merilyn and Riot. He was satisfied with the progress but also worried that Merilyn and Riot may get to it first. When Millis arrived, Argus was shown with a box of chocolates, and talked to his daughter about how good the chocolates he had were. He was shown eating several of the chocolates, which worried Millis.
He and his daughter attacked Diancie once it had accomplished its goal, hoping to use its newfound power of diamond creation to acquire a fortune. He, along with Millis, chased after Diancie and also fought with Merilyn and Riot when they appeared. They took their fighting into a deep pit with shallow water, which contained Yveltal. Argus was surprised when he felt a strange power awaken. They lost possession of Diancie during Yveltal's rampage, and when they used Argus's ship to attack Yveltal with missiles, were killed. Their ship was also destroyed and crashed into a lake. They were later revived by Xerneas after the crisis had ended.
After these events, Argus and his daughter gave up their criminal life and they opened their own chocolate shop. Working here, he was shown to still have an irresistible obsession with chocolates, as despite Millis trying to stop him, he ate a piece.
Argus was shown to be a very stealthy man who relied on sneaky tactics in order to accomplish his goals. This was shown in the fact that he owned an invisible airship he used to travel the world in search of treasures. He used this ship to stealthily track down his targets and steal anything he desired to obtain a fortune. Argus further showed his preferred use of stealthy tactics as he relied on his Honedge to spy on Diancie, and also tracked down the activity of Merilyn and Riot from within his airship. Argus also only attacked Diancie once she had accomplished her goal, and appeared at surprise along with Millis to capture it.
Argus was shown to have a sweet tooth, with a particular interest in chocolate. This was shown as when he was spying on Diancie and his rivals, he was holding a box of chocolate and eating a lot of it. This behavior often worries his daughter Millis, but despite her claims of concern over his health, Argus continues to eat chocolate. He also often talks about the individual chocolates he eats, such as their origins, and what they are made of. His obsession with chocolate also caused him to open and run a chocolate shop after he gave up his criminal life, which he operates along with Millis.
Despite his villainous nature, Argus loves his daughter dearly, as seen when he tried to protect her from Yveltal's Oblivion Wing by shielding her with his own body.
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| Doublade is usually used by Millis for transport. It was first seen after Millis freed Diancie from Team Rocket. Later, when Yveltal was on a rampage, Doublade was petrified by its Oblivion Wing and didn't get revived until Xerneas used Geomancy.
None of Doublade's moves are known.
|| Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
| Voice actors
|| Tom Wayland
In the manga
Argus appeared in the manga adaptation of the 17th movie.
|| アルガス·スティール Argus Steel
|| From steel and steal. His given name may be a reference to ship builder Argus.
|| Argus Steel
|| Same as Japanese name.
|| Richard D'Acier
|| From Richard (Germanic name meaning powerful leader) and acier (steel).
|| Argus Stahl
|| From his Japanese name. Stahl is German for steel.
|| Arsenio Acciaio
|| From ἀρσενικός arsenikos (Greek for virile) and acciaio (steel).
|| Argus Hurtado
|| From hurtar (steal).
|| 알거스 스틸 Argus Steel
|| Transliteration of his Japanese name.
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 阿爾蓋斯·大盜 Ā'ěrgàisī Dàdào
|| Partial transliteration of his Japanese name. His surname literally means thief.
| Chinese (Cantonese)
|| 阿爾蓋斯·史提爾 Ayíhkoisī Sítàihyíh
|| Mandarin-based transliteration of his Japanese name