Faba

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Faba
ザオボー Sauboh
Sun Moon Faba.png
Art from Sun and Moon
Gender Male
Eye color Blue
Hair color Blond
Hometown Unknown
Region Alola
Trainer class Aether Branch Chief
Aether Foundation
Generation VII
Games Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Specializes in Psychic types
Member of Aether Foundation
Team Rainbow Rocket
Rank Branch Chief
InternUSUM
Anime debut A Dream Encounter!
English voice actor Daniel J. Edwards
Japanese voice actor Mitsuaki Madono

Faba (Japanese: ザオボー Sauboh) is a character introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon. He works at the Aether Foundation. He is the only character in the games to have the Trainer class Aether Branch Chief (Japanese: エーテルしぶちょう Aether Director). He specializes in the Psychic type.

In the games

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Faba first appears in Pokémon Sun and Moon. He is identified by his signature sunglasses, and is very proud of his position in the Foundation. He sometimes refers to himself as Aether Paradise's last line of defense.

The player first meets Faba at Memorial Hill on their way to the Ruins of Life. Trying to get a Team Skull Grunt to stop harassing a Slowpoke, Faba asks for the player's assistance. After defeating the Grunt, Faba, thankful for the player's help invites them to visit the Hano Grand Resort after they finish their grand trial with Olivia. Upon arriving there, the Faba invites the player, along with Hau, to Aether Paradise.

Faba reappears to stop the player, Hau, and Gladion as they storm the foundation's headquarters for the kidnapped Lillie. Gladion demands that Faba tell him what the foundation is planning, but Faba refuses, taunting Gladion about his past, before battling the player. Faba is defeated and concedes, granting the player's group clearance to the second basement floor, where he claims they will find Cosmog. This, however, turns out to be a lie spun by Faba to give himself time to call in reinforcements and strengthen his Pokémon team. By the time the player's group attempts to head towards Lusamine's quarters, Faba has returned with three Aether Foundation Employees by his side. He reveals he has the key to the way forward in his hands, a plan which Hau calls into question, frustrating the chief. After defeating two of the employees alongside Gladion, the player has a Multi Battle with Faba and the remaining employee, with Hau as their partner. Defeated, Faba is forced to relent, and gives the keys to Hau, who unlocks the way forward.

After becoming Champion, it is revealed that Faba was demoted. Humbled by recent events, Faba is determined to become a new man by integrating himself with the rank and file. Faba requests another battle with the player, and upon defeat, gives the player a Dubious Disc. After that, he will linger in the lobby of Lusamine's mansion on Aether Paradise.

Faba is one of the possible Trainers who will challenge the player for the title of Champion at the Pokémon League. He always appears on the first day of each month.

In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Faba's role is virtually the same as in Sun and Moon, with only minor changes happening throughout the main story, including an encounter at Ula'ula Meadow. A major expansion to his role happens during the post-game in Episode RR, where he teams up with Team Rainbow Rocket during their takeover of Aether Paradise, intending to use their success as a stepping stone to further his own career. He later attempts to stop the player and Lillie from entering Team Rocket's Castle, only to be defeated. He leaves afterwards, but not before warning the two about the people Giovanni brought with him from other worlds. He is not seen again until after Giovanni's defeat, where he attempts to cover his involvement in the incident, but ends up giving away his true intentions in the process. As a result, Faba is demoted to intern, much to his humiliation. He also no longer appears in Title Defense battles, with Lusamine appearing in his place.

Under the alias "F" (Japanese: S), Faba keeps a blog on which he posts comments about his job and his beliefs on various subjects. These posts can be viewed on the computer in Aether Paradise's Secret Lab A, where the Type: Null specimens were created. One reveals that he developed the Beast Balls after taking the project over from his predecessor. Another reveals that he designed the control mask technology that would later be used on Type: Null following the failure of the RKS System initialization tests, as a precaution in case such an event took place.

Pokémon

Faba's Pokémon are kept in Ultra Balls.

Pokémon Sun and Moon

First battle


Second battle


Rematches

Faba uses this team both in the one-time battle at Aether Paradise and in the Title Defense battles at the Pokémon League.



Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

First battle


Second battle


Third battle


Fourth battle


Quotes

Pokémon Sun and Moon

Memorial Hill
"Stand firm! Think of what the president would say!"
"Why, I am the Aether Foundation's last line of defense! What would become of the foundation if something were to happen to me now?"
"Ah! Here is a promising young Trainer! Fight in my stead, child, and rout these Team Skull ruffians. I will bestow honor upon you, if you do!"
"Yes, indeed. You are a trial-goer, aren't you? You're a splendid Trainer."
"I am deeply impressed! I'd like to reward you by showing you something truly astounding. Once you have finished your grand trial, come to Hano Grand Resort and I will take you to see a wondrous place."
Hano Grand Resort
"So you've come at last."
"Ah. But forgive me. I have yet to introduce myself. You may call me Faba. I told you before that I would show you someplace astounding, right? Well, that wondrous place is...Aether Paradise!"
"Let me tell you about Aether Paradise. Just as the name suggests, Aether Paradise is a veritable paradise for Pokémon that floats far out in the sea surrounding Alola. It is an artificial island, made entirely by human technology, for the protecting of Pokémon! Of course I'm an adult who keeps his promises. So I will prove to you that all I've told you is the absolute truth with a tour of Aether Paradise. You will come, won't you?!"
Yes: "Good, good. Then you'll come with me. Aether Paradise will amaze you."
No: "Hmm. Yes. Well, children are often too frivolous and aimless to properly think through— Ahem. I mean they value their freedom so. But the answer that I want to hear from you is a resounding "Yes!" Now let's hear it!"
"Oh? Even Kahuna Olivia has come to see you off?"
"Then let us enjoy an adventure upon that grand vessel that will take us across the high seas! By which I mean to say, the ferry."
Aether Paradise
B1F
"Here we are, you two. This is Aether Paradise."
"Aether Paradise is a facility created for the conservation of Pokémon. It has been outfitted with all of the latest technology for this purpose. Downstairs, our teams work on developing new Poké Balls and more. Yes, all for the sake of Pokémon conservation."
"Though you will not be able to use any of your Poké Balls within Aether Paradise. A jamming signal is broadcast throughout the facility to prevent them from functioning."
"Yes, excuse you! What is the meaning of that form of address? I have a title for a reason! How else will anyone know how important I am?"
"Now, I must go speak with the president about our conservation efforts on Akala... Show these children around, and then take them to meet the president as well."
Aether Paradise
1F
  • Before battle
"I, Faba, am the Aether Branch Chief. The only one in the world, I'm irreplaceable."
"And here you come back...uninvited?"
"Hee hee hee! Look at you... Living out in the world hasn't been kind, has it? But I'm still not telling you anything! And you of all people should understand why... Gladion."
"Oh ho... Is that right? Is that what you think?"
"So you wish to battle me? Branch Chief Faba? The man who is called Aether Paradise's last line of defense is to battle a mere child?!"
"As you will!"
  • Upon being defeated
"Aiyee!"
  • After being defeated
"H-h-how can this be?! How could this child..."
"Indeed... The world truly hasn't been kind to you, has it? Look how hard it has made you. If you're looking for Cosmog, I suppose it might be downstairs."
"Well...if you must know... I've heard experiments are held down there. Experiments aiming to tear the very boundaries of the world apart."
"Why not? This is an act of kindness I can do for you thanks to my position as branch chief."
  • If talked to before using the elevator
"...You should descend, promptly. I am being kind. Can't you see that?"
  • After clearing B2F
"My, my...what naughty children. You should just lay your heavy heads down."
"But I knew that you would struggle onward— I could see through every action you would take. So I knew you would try to reach the president."
"And that is why! I knew that I would be able to ambush you here and remedy my previous failure. The only reason I let you in the lower floor was to buy time to gather more staff to stop you."
"Indeed! I have it right here."
"What?!"
"E-enough, you lot! Teach these children a lesson!"
"H-h-h-how can this be? To be cornered by mere children?!"
"E-enough! I will show you the true power of Branch Chief Faba! The man who is called Aether Paradise's last line of defense! We will settle this at last with a Multi Battle!"
  • Upon being defeated
"Aiyee!"
  • After being defeated
"This is why... This is why I can't bring myself to like children."
Aether Paradise
1F
"Well...I'm afraid that the little kerfuffle we went through resulted in my demotion. I am turning over a new leaf and beginning over as one of the rank and file. When all is said and done, I feel like I've become a completely different person. In mind and body."
"Could the new and improved Faba request a battle with you?"
I'd rather not: "No! Does my new and improved form so intimidate you?"
Of course: "Then here I come! The new and improved Faba makes his debut!"
  • Upon being defeated
"What is the meaning of this?!"
  • After being defeated
"So what did you think of the new and improved Faba, hmm? With my newfound charm, you will see me make my comeback within the foundation! And for that I will have to gain quite a bit of support behind me."
"That is just a little token from me, so you won't forget the new Faba. Now watch as I work my way up the ladder of the foundation once more!"
"When I was reduced to this low-ranking position, I had a sudden revelation. I desperately long for that title of respect!"
Lusamine's Room
"Young Master Gladion is doing a fine job as the acting president of the foundation. But don't you think it would be more appropriate to have an adult like me fill the position...?"
You're right: "You are surprisingly intelligent for a child!"
You think so?: "This is why I hate dealing with child— Er, I mean... I find it so interesting talking with children."
Pokémon League
First challenge
  • Before battle
"Champion... Now that is a title that everyone in Alola would bow before! I'm already a champion when it comes to power and prestige, after all... Taking this title would be my just deserts!"
  • Upon being defeated
"Th-this child has—!"
  • After being defeated
"I admit you have potential... You have proved to me that my judgment of you when we first met was flawless, as usual. You are a worthy Champion!"
Subsequent challenges
  • Before battle
"As long as you claim that title, I will keep clawing my way here to you! That's right! I'm here to relieve you of the title of Pokémon League Champion!"
  • Upon being defeated
"Th-this child has—!"
  • After being defeated
"You wait... Someday I will claw my way back up here again... but I suppose I should congratulate you first! See how bighearted I am to praise my opponent!"

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Memorial Hill
"Stand firm! Think of what the president would say!"
"Why, I am the Aether Foundation's last line of defense! What would become of the foundation if something were to happen to me now?"
"Ah! Here is a promising young Trainer! Fight in my stead, child, and rout these Team Skull ruffians. I will bestow honor upon you, if you do!"
"Yes, indeed. You are a trial-goer, aren't you? You're a splendid Trainer."
"I am deeply impressed! I'd like to reward you by showing you something truly astounding. Once you have finished your grand trial, come to Hano Grand Resort and I will take you to see a wondrous place."
Hano Grand Resort
"So you've come at last."
"Ah. But forgive me. I have yet to introduce myself. You may call me Faba. I told you before that I would show you someplace astounding, right? Well, that wondrous place is...Aether Paradise!"
"Let me tell you about Aether Paradise. Just as the name suggests, Aether Paradise is a veritable paradise for Pokémon that floats far out in the sea surrounding Alola. It is an artificial island, made entirely by human technology, for the protecting of Pokémon! Of course I'm an adult who keeps his promises. So I will prove to you that all I've told you is the absolute truth with a tour of Aether Paradise. You will come, won't you?!"
Yes: "Good, good. Then you'll come with me. Aether Paradise will amaze you."
No: "Hmm. Yes. Well, children are often too frivolous and aimless to properly think through— Ahem. I mean they value their freedom so. But the answer that I want to hear from you is a resounding "Yes!" Now let's hear it!"
"Oh? Even Kahuna Olivia has come to see you off?"
"Then let us enjoy an adventure upon that grand vessel that will take us across the high seas! By which I mean to say, the ferry."
Aether Paradise
B1F
"Here we are, you two. This is Aether Paradise."
"Aether Paradise is a facility created for the conservation of Pokémon. It has been outfitted with all of the latest technology for this purpose. Downstairs, our teams work on developing new Poké Balls and more. Yes, all for the sake of Pokémon conservation."
"Though you will not be able to use any of your Poké Balls within Aether Paradise. A jamming signal is broadcast throughout the facility to prevent them from functioning."
"Yes, excuse you! What is the meaning of that form of address? I have a title for a reason! How else will anyone know how important I am?"
"Now, I must go speak with the president about our conservation efforts on Akala... Show these children around, and then take them to meet the president as well."
Ula'ula Meadow
"Oh my. If it isn't <player>. Where might you be off to?"
To see Team Skull: "To see Team Skull?! You mean you're going to their base in Po Town?"
To Po Town: "To Po Town?! I-isn't that where Team Skull makes its base?"
"Such awful thugs they are, tormenting poor Pokémon for no good reason... I swear I just don't know what to do with them! And just look at me, would you? Here I am, taking the initiative to travel Alola on my own to check on how Pokémon are doing. I've been trying to think through this Necrozma issue on my own. That sort of noble dedication is what you would expect of a president, even... Don't you agree?"
"Not that a foolish child could... Ahem. I mean, not that I would expect you to know. Anyhow. Do try to stay safe. Don't say I didn't warn you about Team Skull."
Aether Paradise
1F
  • Before battle
"I, Faba, am the Aether Branch Chief. The only one in the world, I'm irreplaceable."
"And here you come back...uninvited?"
"Hee hee hee! Look at you... Living out in the world hasn't been kind, has it? But I'm still not telling you anything! And you of all people should understand why... Gladion."
"Oh ho... Is that right? Is that what you think?"
"So you wish to battle me? Branch Chief Faba? The man who is called Aether Paradise's last line of defense is to battle a mere child?!"
"As you will!"
  • Upon being defeated
"Aiyee!"
  • After being defeated
"H-h-how can this be?! How could this child..."
"Indeed... The world truly hasn't been kind to you, has it? Look how hard it has made you. If you're looking for Cosmog, I suppose it might be downstairs."
"Experiments to reach a world different from Alola... That's what I've been told, yes."
"Why not? This is an act of kindness I can do for you thanks to my position as branch chief."
  • If talked to before using the elevator
"...You should descend, promptly. I am being kind. Can't you see that?"
  • After clearing B2F
"My, my...what naughty children. You should just lay your heavy heads down."
"But I knew that you would struggle onward— I could see through every action you would take. So I knew you would try to reach the president."
"And that is why! I knew I would be able to ambush you here, just in front of the mansion where the president remains, and remedy my previous failure. The only reason I let you in the lower floor was to buy time to gather more staff to stop you."
"W-well...of course... I am a wonderful branch chief, after all!"
"What?!"
"E-enough! You lot! Teach these children a lesson!"
"H-h-h-how can this be? To be cornered by mere children?!"
"E-enough! I will show you the true power of Branch Chief Faba! The man who is called Aether Paradise's last line of defense! We will settle this at last with a Multi Battle!"
  • Upon being defeated
"Aiyee!"
  • After being defeated
"This is why... This is why I can't bring myself to like children."
Outside
  • After becoming Champion
"Stop right there."
"I strongly suggest you abandon your efforts to thwart Team Rainbow Rocket."
"If Team Rainbow Rocket takes over Aether Paradise, the organization will grow far beyond where we are today...and more Pokémon will be saved!"
"...And if I can assist it in doing so, no doubt my career will also reach new heights!"
"Such a wonderful thought, wouldn't you agree?"
"Ah, as astute as ever, Miss Lillie! The same intuition that told you to rescue Cosmog still serves you well, I see. Yes, you guess correctly! I have taken it upon myself to facilitate Team Rainbow Rocket's take-over and ensure everything goes smoothly!"
"...You may be astute, Miss Lillie, but I see you are less inclined to listen to reason."
"Now, even I would be hard-pressed against the Champion, especially if Gladion or the grandson of the kahuna were aiding him/her..."
"But with you tripping him/her up, perhaps it won't be so difficult for me to win, even against the Champion! I thank you in advance, Miss Lillie!"
"...As you will."
"Then I, Branch Chief Faba, Aether Paradise's last line of defense, shall show you little children the harshness of the real world!"
  • Upon being defeated
"You haven't heard it in a while, so... Aiyee!"
  • After being defeated
"Hmph! I'll have you know defeating me won't do you any good, anyway."
"The Ultra Wormhole has resonated with the boss's ideology and has gathered the toughest, meanest villains from many other worlds!"
"...Although, for now, they seem content just to do whatever research they wish, using the technology of Aether Paradise..."
"Now, I hope you enjoy your futile efforts!"
Trophy Room
"Buagh!"
"P-P-P-President! I-I'm glad you're safe!"
"Oh, yes, of course! No need to worry yourself about me, President! I'm just glad you're safe!"
"N-now, now, Miss Lillie! You must still be rattled from all the confusion and chaos caused by Team Rainbow Rocket! I would never do such a thing as betray the foundation and invite Team Rainbow Rocket in, just to advance my career!"
"... ... ..."
"I... I'm sorry!"
Outside
"Urrrrgh! Why must I be the one doing such menial, mundane chores?!"
"I-Intern?! Please, don't call me by that title!"
"Hey! Ms. Wicke! Please, help me just a little!"
Aether Paradise
1F
  • Before battle
"Well...I'm afraid that the little kerfuffle we went through resulted in my demotion. I am turning over a new leaf and beginning over as one of the rank and file. When all is said and done, I feel like I've become a completely different person. In mind and body."
"Could the new and improved Faba request a battle with you?"
Of course: "Then here I come! The new and improved Faba makes his debut!"
I'd rather not: "No! Does my new and improved form so intimidate you?"
  • Upon being defeated
"What is the meaning of this?!"
  • After being defeated
"So what did you think of the new and improved Faba, hmm? With my newfound charm, you will see me make my comeback within the foundation! And for that I will have to gain quite a bit of support behind me."
"That is just a little token from me, so you won't forget the new Faba. Now watch as I work my way up the ladder of the foundation once more!"
"When I was reduced to this low-ranking position, I had a sudden revelation. I desperately long for that title of respect!"
Lusamine's Room
"Miss Lusamine can be rather egotistical, I find. Don't you think that someone like me, who always has the foundation's best interests in mind, would be more fitting for the position?"
You're right: "You are surprisingly intelligent for a child!"
You think so?: "This is why I hate dealing with child— Er, I mean... I find it so interesting talking with children."

Aether Paradise Secret Lab A - Blog entries

  • Introduction
"This is the blog of F, a branch chief working in the Alola region."
"Title: Introduction"
"Are you interested in success, dear readers? Then allow me to introduce myself. My name is F, and I am an elite, self-made man. Here on my blog, I will show you the way to succeed."
  • Multitasking
"This is the blog of F, a branch chief working in the Alola region."
"Title: Multitasking"
"Currently I am working on the development of a special sort of ball, which I took over from my predecessor, in parallel with another project. Seeing how well I multitask impresses my subordinates and increases their motivation. Showing how skillful you are is a kind of on-the-job training for your underlings."
  • Hedging risks
"This is the blog of F, a branch chief working in the Alola region."
"Title: Hedging risks"
"I once ventured to undertake a project without notifying my superior. I developed a device to restrain a dangerous life form, in case it became necessary to do so. I had it made for hedging risks to protect myself, but for better or worse, it was made public. It is always essential to consider the risks before one takes action."
  • Massaging the truth
"This is the blog of F, a branch chief working in the Alola region."
"Title: Massaging the truth"
"My superior's family stole the results of our research and ran off. However, I have chosen to never blow this issue out of proportion. I will only be reprimanded for my own mistakes, and surely my superior is also displeased with the actions of her family as well. When necessary, one must always be prepared to massage the truth to protect one's own position. It is not an exaggeration to say that this skill is vital for success."

Artwork

Faba SM.png Faba SM concept art.png
Official artwork from
the Sun & Moon series
Conceptual artwork from
Sun and Moon

Sprites

Spr SM Faba.png VSFaba.png
In-battle model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
VS model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Faba SM OD.png
Overworld model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon

In the anime

Faba in the anime

In the past, Faba had worked on the creation of Silvally, a Pokémon created to combat Ultra Beasts. Although the project was a success, Faba lied to Lusamine and reported it to be a failure, keeping Silvally's existence a secret from her. Four years prior to the start of the Sun & Moon series, Faba secretly opened an Ultra Wormhole down in Aether Paradise's underground research area and successfully summoned a Nihilego. However, when Lillie stumbled across the site, the Ultra Beast took notice of her and attempted to take her back with it. As Faba could only watch in horror, Lillie was saved by Silvally. Sometime after the incident, Faba put restrictions on Silvally by giving it a special limiter mask, reverting it to a Type: Null. Because of this mistreating, Gladion ultimately stole Silvally from him.

Faba debuted in A Dream Encounter!. He, along with Lusamine, Professor Burnet, and Wicke, investigated the Altar of the Sunne due to Ultra Aura being detected from that location. When they were unable to find anything, Faba blamed this on Burnet's equipment malfunctioning, only for Lusamine to point out his jealousy of Burnet. Later, after receiving another Ultra Aura response, Faba accompanied Lusamine and Professor Burnet to Professor Kukui's house on Melemele Island, where he met Ash and Nebby. He became upset with Lusamine when she entrusted Nebby to Ash, and for not letting the Aether Foundation take care of it instead.

He reappeared in Deceiving Appearances!, where he and Wicke welcomed Ash and his classmates to Aether Paradise. During their tour of Aether Paradise, he followed the group around to learn more about Nebby. Faba also began feeling troubled by Lillie making contact with Pokémon again, not wanting her to remember the incident that caused her fear. It was also revealed that he hired Team Rocket as Aether Foundation employees after taking a keen interest in their talking Meowth.

In Mission: Total Recall!, Faba traveled to Gladion's hotel room to take back Type: Null. After defeating Gladion's Pokémon in battle, he hypnotized Gladion and succesfully retrieved Type: Null. Later that day, Faba noticed Lillie and Ash, wandering through Aether Paradise's lab area on a quest to remember the cause of Lillie's fear. Fearing that Lillie had regained her memories, Faba attacked her and Ash and attempted to erase her memories. However, he was stopped when Gladion and Lusamine arrived after having found Type: Null. Upon being sent out, Type: Null broke free from its helmet and evolved into Silvally, allowing it to easily defeat Faba's Pokémon. Seeing Silvally made Lillie remember everything and helped her overcome her fear. As Lillie celebrated being able to touch Pokémon again, Faba managed to sneak away.

Following his foiled scheme, Faba had been looked for, but could not be found. In Faba's Revenge!, he was seen watching Ash and his classmates at the Pokémon School. He planned on kidnapping Nebby to open an Ultra Wormhole and catch an Ultra Beast in order to restore his honor. While everyone's attention was elsewhere, Faba managed to lure Nebby away from the group and tricked it into teleporting them to Aether Paradise's lab area. He was soon confronted by Ash, Lillie, Gladion, and Lusamine who successfully managed to free Nebby from the machine before he was able to successfully open up an Ultra Wormhole. However, Nebby then evolved into Cosmoem, radiating enough Ultra Aura for a wormhole to appear, summoning a Nihilego. As Faba stared in admiration, Nihilego knocked him aside before engaging in battle with the others, eventually succeeding in taking Lusamine with it into the Ultra Wormhole. In the next episode, when Faba was confronted by Wicke and Burnet about Lusamine's capture, he desperately attempted to pin the blame of the incident on Lusamine herself.

After Lusamine's rescue, Faba was seen attending Kukui and Burnet's wedding in The Professors' New Adventure!. He later apologized to Ash and his classmates for his actions and revealed that he was demoted and made into Wicke's subordinate. He was then asked to show the group details of the Ultra Guardians, a task force dedicated to dealing with any potential Ultra Beast incidents.

Faba reappeared in Dummy, You Shrunk the Kids!, where he was invited to be a special teacher at the Pokémon School to teach about science. He showed off his new invention, which could shrink objects, allowing them to be placed in Poké Ball-like capsules. Faba attempted to demonstrate it on a blackboard, only for the machine to malfunction, which resulted in Ash, Lillie, and Sophocles getting shrunk. A subsequent accident caused them to be swept away from the school. Whilst the others set off to find Ash, Lillie, and Sophocles, Faba stayed behind to make repairs on his machine with help from the Rotom Pokédex. After Ash, Lillie, and Sophocles were returned to their normal sizes, Faba attempted to demonstrate his machine once more, which resulted in Togedemaru growing in size.

In The Shape of Love to Come!, Faba was seen with Lusamine and Wicke, when Ash, Professor Burnet, and Professor Kukui called the Aether Foundation to inform them about Poipole's habit of putting its feelings into its drawings. While Wicke thought it was romantic, Faba was disappointed that it wasn't really "scientific".

In SM087, mysterious dark clouds appeared over Alola, leaving all of the adults tired and without motivation. After doing some research, Faba, Lusamine, Wicke, and Burnet, found out that the cause of the incident was a small Ultra Wormhole that was slowly draining Alola's Ultra Aura. The Ultra Guardians were sent to the Altar of the Sunne, where, under Faba's instruction, the members with Z-Rings combined their Z-Power to fuel his machine that could disperse the clouds and reveal the hidden Ultra Wormhole. In the next episode, he and the others witnessed Lunala and Necrozma emerging from the wormhole. He was later seen arriving at Melemele Island, along with Lusamine, Wicke, and Professor Burnet. While everyone was later watching Lunala recover in the Ultra Guardians base, Faba informed them of Team Rocket's Matori Matrix.

After the Ultra Guardians left for Ultra Space with a fully recovered Lunala in SM089, Faba and Professor Kukui volunteered to aid them. On Ten Carat Hill, he and Kukui confronted the Matori Matrix by using their Pokémon to damage the team's airship and prevent them from entering the Ultra Wormhole. Afterwards, Faba and Kukui faced Gozu and his Mega Aggron in battle, but their Pokémon were swiftly beaten. In the next episode, Faba didn't own any more Pokémon, forcing Kukui to sent out his Incineroar, who was able to defeat Mega Aggron with its Z-Move. Faba quickly figured out Kukui's secret identity upon noticing the resemblance between him and the Masked Royal, and revealed he was a big fan of the Masked Royal. He and Kukui then witnessed Tapu Koko attacking Team Rocket's airship, after which the team retreated. Faba later joined the rest of Alola in showering Necrozma with light so it could revert to its true form. After Necrozma had returned to its Ultra form, Faba watched as the Ultra Guardians, Nebby, and Lunala returned to Alola, alongside Kukui, Lusamine, Burnet, and Wicke.

Faba reappeared in SM092, where he and James participated in a handshake event held by the Masked Royal. Later, the two headed backstage, hoping to get an autograph, only to discover Molayne preparing to change into the Masked Royal costume to cover for Kukui. Mistaking him for an impostor, Faba and James attacked Molayne and tied him up. When Mad Magma appeared, demanding the Masked Royal face him in a rematch, Faba took on the Masked Royal persona and tried to battle him with Incineroar, only to be easily defeated. Later, after Mad Magma had been defeated, Faba woke up in the bleachers and happily found out that the Masked Royal autographed his prized Masked Royal T-shirt.

He will reappear in SM096.

Character

When Faba first appeared, he was rather mean-spirited, constantly trying to grab Nebby. Realizing that his past actions involving Nihilego may be revealed, Faba took measures to prevent it from happening by ruthlessly attacking Gladion and Ash, whilst preparing to wipe Lillie's memories of the incident. He later apologized profusely for his actions and was forgiven. Faba has since become a trusted ally for the Ultra Guardians and the Aether Foundation.

A different side to Faba was shown in SM090, when he realized that Professor Kukui was in fact the Masked Royal. He revealed that he was a big fan and promised not to mention Kukui's secret identity to anyone.

Pokémon


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On hand

Faba's Alakazam
Alakazam
Alakazam is Faba's first known Pokémon. It was first used alongside Hypno to battle Gladion's Umbreon and Lycanroc. It was able to defeat Umbreon using a combination of Miracle Eye and Psychic. It was later used to stop Ash from saving Lillie, but was defeated by Gladion's Silvally. It reappeared in a flashback in Faba's Revenge!. In The Professors' New Adventure!, it attended the wedding of Professor Kukui and Professor Burnet with Faba.

Alakazam reappeared in SM089, where it battled Gozu alongside Hypno and Professor Kukui's Braviary, only to be hit by his Mega Aggron's Heavy Slam. Alakazam briefly reappeared in SM090, where it was recalled into its Poké Ball after being defeated.

Alakazam's known moves are Miracle Eye, Psychic, Teleport, and Shadow Ball.

Debut Mission: Total Recall!
Voice actors
Japanese
English Bill Rogers
Faba's Hypno
Hypno
Hypno is Faba's only other Pokémon. It was first used alongside Alakazam to battle Gladion's Umbreon and Lycanroc. It was able to incapacitate both Lycanroc and its Trainer using Hypnosis. Faba had planned to use Hypno's Hypnosis to erase Lillie's memories of the Ultra Beast incident, but it was stopped by Ash's Pikachu and eventually defeated by Gladion's Silvally. In The Professors' New Adventure!, it attended the wedding of Professor Kukui and Professor Burnet with Faba.

Hypno reappeared in SM089, where it battled Gozu alongside Alakazam and Professor Kukui's Braviary, only to be hit by his Mega Aggron's Heavy Slam. Hypno briefly reappeared in SM090, where it was recalled into its Poké Ball after being defeated.

Hypno's known moves are Reflect, Hypnosis, and Psychic.

Debut Mission: Total Recall!
Voice actors
Japanese Sunshine Ikezaki
English Jake Paque

Created

Gladion's Type: Null
Silvally → Type: Null
Main article: Gladion's Type: Null

Silvally was created by Faba in order to combat Ultra Beasts. Due to an incident where it caused Lillie's fear of touching Pokémon, it was given a special limiter mask, reverting it to a Type: Null. It was later taken by Gladion and added to his team.

Debut Rising from the Ruins!
Voice actors
Japanese Toru Sakurai

Temporary

Kukui's Incineroar with Faba
Incineroar
Main article: Professor Kukui's Incineroar

Masquerading as the Masked Royal, Faba sent Incineroar to battle Mad Magma and his Magmortar, only to be quickly defeated.

Debut Pushing the Fiery Envelope!
Voice actors
Japanese Toru Sakurai

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 真殿 光昭 Mitsuaki Madono
English Daniel J. Edwards
Russian Антон Савенков Anton Savenkov

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Faba in Pokémon Adventures

Faba debuts in the Sun & Moon chapter. He is first seen being approached by an Aether Foundation Employee, who reported that a group of people and Pokémon were rescued at sea. Due to the Employee not calling Faba by his title of Branch Chief, Faba was angered and had his Hypno throw the man around with its powers. After the Employee apologized and left, Faba resumed writing on his blog, only to be interrupted by Wicke. The two headed off to a room where Moon, Professor Kukui, and Professor Burnet were waiting. After Wicke explained what happened to the three, Faba revealed that they were taken to Aether Paradise and offers to give them a tour of the place. After Kukui revealed that the Akala Island Trial Captains were heading to Po Town to deal with Team Skull, Faba left Wicke to guide their guests while rushing to inform Lusamine of the situation, fearing that Team Skull's downfall would ruin their plans.

Later, Faba and a group of Aether Foundation Employees set off to Vast Poni Canyon. Upon arriving at their destination, Faba sent some Employees off to capture Hapu, the newly appointed Kahuna of Poni Island, while he and the others headed to the Altar. Before he could leave, Faba was approached by Plumeria, who demanded that he tell her where Guzma was taken to after being kidnapped by Nihilego. When Faba tried to feign ignorance, Plumeria revealed she had a Cosmoem that evolved from the Cosmog Guzma received from the Aether Foundation. Faba had Hypno use its powers to twist Plumeria's arm in an attempt to get her to release Cosmoem, only for Plumeria's Salazzle to defeat Hypno with a sneak attack. Immediately after, Faba is attacked by Moon and Anabel, a member of the International Police. Worried that his plan could be put into jeopardy, Faba had the Employees with him battle Moon, Anabel, and Plumeria in the hopes that he could sneak off to the Altar while everyone is distracted.

After flying out of Plumeria's hands, Cosmoem headed towards the sky, where it encountered Nebby, another Cosmoem, and went to the Altar with it. Faba quickly pursued the two Protostar Pokemon and ordered the Employees to meet up with him at the Altar after they failed to capture Hapu. As he traveled, Faba concluded that the Cosmoem are related to Solgaleo and Lunala, which he hoped to obtain and use their power to take over the Aether Foundation. Noticing that Moon, Anabel, and Plumeria had been following him, Faba and the Employees battled them. Faba promised to help Plumeria find Guzma once he took over the Aether Foundation and offered to speed the process up if she assisted him.

Pokémon

Faba's Hypno
Hypno
Hypno is Faba's first known Pokémon. It was first used to threaten an Aether Foundation Employee for not calling Faba by his proper title of Branch Chief. Later at Vast Poni Canyon, it was used to torture Plumeria in order to have her release the Cosmoem in her possession, only to be defeated by Plumeria's Salazzle.

None of Hypno's moves are known.

Debut PASM15
Faba's Claydol
Claydol
Claydol is Faba's second known Pokémon. It was first used to escape from Moon and Anabel and escape to the Poni Altar.

None of Claydol's moves are known.

Debut Sun & Moon chapter
Faba's Bruxish
Bruxish
Bruxish is Faba's third known Pokémon. It was first used to attack from Moon, Anabel, and Plumeria in order to prevent them from following after him to the Poni Altar.

None of Bruxish's moves are known.

Debut Sun & Moon chapter

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ザオボー Sauboh From Saubohne (German for faba bean)
English Faba From faba bean
French Saubohne From Saubohne (German for faba bean)
German Fabian From Vicia faba (faba bean)
Italian Vicio From Vicia faba (faba bean)
Spanish Fabio From Vicia faba (faba bean)
Korean 자우보 Jaubo Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 扎奧博 / 扎奥博 Zhā'àobó Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 扎奧博 Jaat'oubok Mandarin-based transliteration of Japanese name
Brazilian Portuguese Fábio From Vicia faba (faba bean)
Russian Фаба Faba Transcription of English name
Thai เซาโบ Sauboh Same as Japanese name

Aether Branch Chief

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 以太分部長 Yíhtaai Fānbouhjéung
Mandarin 以太分部長 / 以太分部长 Yǐtài Fēnbùzhǎng
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Šéf odnože Aether Foundation
Denmark Flag.png Danish Branchechef på Aether-stiftelsen
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Afdelingshoofd van de Aether Foundation
Finland Flag.png Finnish Aether-säätiön toimialajohtaja
France Flag.png French Directeur d'Æther
Germany Flag.png German Æther-Regionalleiter
Hungary Flag.png Hungarian Aether Alapítvány osztályvezető
Italy Flag.png Italian Capo Filiale Æther
South Korea Flag.png Korean 에테르지부장 Etereu Jibujang
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Regionsleder i Aether
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Diretor da Fundação Aether
Spain Flag.png Spanish Director Æther
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Filialchef på Aether Foundation


President: Lusamine
Branch Chiefs: FabaWicke
Lower members: Aether Foundation
Aether Foundation Employees
Former members: GladionLillie
Jessie*James*Meowth*
Ultra Guardians*: AshLanaKiaweLillie
SophoclesMallowGladion
Locations: Aether ParadiseAether House


Boss: Giovanni
Notable Members: MaxieArchieCyrusGhetsisLysandre
Lower Members: FabaTeam Rainbow Rocket Grunts
Locations: Festival PlazaTeam Rocket's Castle

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenneLanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom Pokédex
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulZoeyNandoKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilAlainAriaMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladion
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthWobbuffetGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerGozuShellyArchieTabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretLysandreXerosicCelosiaBryonyMableAlianaTuppZippRappViren
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperCedric JuniperDr. FennelProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor Burnet
Relatives Delia KetchumFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsNanny and Pop-PopNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's fatherLana's motherHarper and SarahLusamineGladionRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherAbeUluSophocles's parentsMolayne
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceStevenMr. SukizoRaoul ContestaVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianMarianRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinDianthaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSquishyZ2Samson OakAnelaHobbesNebbyFabaWickeIlimaAcerolaGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsIsland KahunasMany temporary characters

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