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Ridley (Japanese: ラリー Larry) is a recurring character who appeared in the anime during Meloetta and the Undersea Temple! and Unova's Survival Crisis!.
Ridley is a descendant of an ancient civilization known as the Protectors, which lived on the Abyssal Ruins. This civilization fled the ruins however, due to a conflict, with the Meloetta, who lived with the people of the ruins, sealing the ruins for a very long time. This Meloetta continued living with the civilization in their new home for ages peacefully, until Team Rocket came to hunt it down. Unable to stop the villains from escaping, Ridley decided to find Meloetta and save it from Team Rocket. Unbeknownst to Ridley, Meloetta managed to escape its captors, and began following Ash and his friends as of An Epic Defense Force!.
Much later in Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!, Ridley was flying on his Golurk when he heard Meloetta's song. He tracked the song to Cynthia's villa in Undella Town, where he met Ash and his friends. Mistaking them for the people who wanted to hurt Meloetta, he told his Golurk to use Flash Cannon on them, but Meloetta was able to defend them before Golurk launched its attack. After clearing up the misunderstanding, Ridley explained to Ash and his friends that Meloetta was kidnapped by Team Rocket. After that, they quickly discovered that Team Rocket had been spying on them. Just when they were leaving Cynthia's villa, they were surrounded with a smokescreen and attacked by two Team Rocket Grunts. Ridley decided to hold them off to let Meloetta escape with Ash and his friends. He appeared again later with injuries from his meeting with Team Rocket. Meloetta and Ash had been captured by Team Rocket and brought to the site of the Abyssal Ruins, however.
With Meloetta's power, Team Rocket restored the Abyssal Ruins and summoned the Forces of Nature in their Therian Formes. He reached the Ruins with Iris, Cilan, Cynthia, and Jervis in Unova's Survival Crisis!. Ridley sent out his Golurk to fight the Forces of Nature. When the Legendary trio proved to be too strong, he showed himself in front of the Reveal Glass and spoke the words of his ancestors, which gave Meloetta the power to return the Forces of Nature to their original state.
When peace was restored, he returned to the Unova mainland with the others and said farewell. He then left with Meloetta on his Golurk, back to his home.
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