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Professor Kukui (anime)

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|hometown=[[Alola Route 1|Hau'oli Outskirts]]
|relatives=Unnamed parents, [[Professor Burnet]] (wife; as of [[SM055]])
|trainerclass=[[Pokémon Trainer]] (formerly), [[Pokémon Professor]], Pro Wrestler
|counterpart=[[Professor Kukui]]
|epname=Alola to New Adventure!
|enva=[[Abe Goldfarb]]
|java=[[Keiichi Nakagawa]]<br>[[Chika Fujimura]] <small>(young)</small>
'''Professor Kukui''' (Japanese: '''ククイ博士''' ''Dr. Kukui'') is a major supporting character of the [[Pokémon anime]], who appeared in the {{series|Sun & Moon}}. He is a [[Pokémon Professor]] in the [[Alola]] [[region]], and a teacher at the [[Pokémon School]] on [[Melemele Island]]. andHe ais majoralso supportingthe charactertrue identity of the'''The [[PokémonMasked anime]]Royal''' in(Japanese: the'''ロイヤルマスク''' {{series|Sun''Royal & Moon}}Mask'').
[[File:Masked Royal anime.png|thumb|left|250px|As Masked Royal]]===Pre-series===
[[File:Professor Kukui Burnetyoung Wedding Outfitsanime.png|thumb|left|250px|Professor Kukui and Professor Burnetat aboutthe toage getof marriedfive]]
ProfessorSince his childhood, Kukui ishad been a regularfan characterof inPokémon the[[move]]s, often observing [[Hala]]'s {{seriespkmn|Sun & Moonbattle}}s whoto debutedwitness these attacks in ''[[SM001action. He would follow the matches along with his Move Index guidebook. At some point, he befriended and later obtained a {{TP|AlolaProfessor Kukui|Litten}}, which originally belonged to Newhis Adventure!]]''parents. HeThe workspair aswould aoften teacherspend attime in the forests of [[PokémonMelemele SchoolIsland]] playing with all of the [[Melemelewild IslandPokémon]]. He also befriended a {{Ashpkmn2|Totem}} lives{{p|Trevenant}} withliving himin whilethe attendingforests schooland received a [[Firium Z]] after helping to relieve it of its sneezing. In this continuityaddition, he is initiallya notchildhood marriedfriend toof [[Professor BurnetMolayne]] until ''[[SM055|The Professors' New Adventure!]]''.
In ''[[SM002SM125|TheAt Guardianthe age of five]], he met {{Ash}}, whom a {{p|Celebi}} had accidentally sent into the past. Due to Ash's Challenge!mastery of [[Z-Move]]''s, he gavestarted calling him the (Japanese: '''ワザキング''' ''Move King'') and asked to battle with him. Ash easily won the battle and taught the young Kukui, whom he started calling (Japanese: '''ガオ''' ''Gao'') due to his {{anp|Rotom PokédexIncineroar}} cap, that there was no shame in losing. He then proceeded to tell Kukui about his [[Gym]] and [[Pokémon League]] battles in other [[region]]s, inspiring Kukui's own ambitions. Soon, Ash was transported back to the present by Celebi, leaving both young boys unaware of each other's real names.
In ''[[SM015|Rocking Clawmark Hill!]]'', Kukui and Ash found ==={{APseries|Rockruff}}Sun 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 {{pkmn2|caught|catchMoon}} Rockruff.===
Professor Kukui debuted in ''[[SM001|Alola to New Adventure!]]''. He was first seen entering his classroom, where he was introduced to Ash, apparently not recognizing him from his youth. He later watched as Ash battled [[Team Skull]] and was impressed by his battling skills. After Team Skull's defeat, he told Ash about Z-Moves and the [[island challenge]]. Following Ash's decision to attend the [[Pokémon School]], he allowed Ash to live with him during his stay in [[Alola]]. At the end of [[SM002|the next episode]], he handed Ash a new {{an|Rotom Pokédex|Pokédex}}, which [[SM003|then]] got inhabited by a {{p|Rotom}}.
In ''[[SM020SM015|PartnerRocking PromisesClawmark Hill!]]'', he informedand Ash aboutreturned home one night, only to notice the absence of {{AP|Rockruff}}. Rockruff soon returned injured, prompting Kukui to heal it with a [[guardian deitiesPotion]]. Upon further investigation, sincethey Ashfound out that it had recentlybeen encounteredtraining {{DL|Recurringon wild[[Clawmark Hill]]. After watching Ash train Rockruff, PokémonKukui innoticed the anime|Tapubond Lelethey had developed and encouraged Ash to {{pkmn2|caught|catch}} Rockruff.
In ''[[SM042|Alola, Kanto!]]'', heKukui accompanied thehis classstudents and [[Samson Oak]] to [[Kanto]] for an extracurricular activity, where they visited [[Professor Oak's Laboratory]]. TheIn the [[SM043|following episode]], he revealedand partthe ofothers whytraveled heto wantedthe to[[Cerulean arrangeGym]], thewhere triphis wasstudents tobattled announce{{an|Misty}} heand {{an|Brock}}. Seeing these battles inspired wantedhim to establishrealize his childhood dream an official [[Pokémon League]] in [[Alola]].
In ''[[SM051SM044|FamilyA DeterminationDream Encounter!]]'', Kukui accompaniedtold hisAsh studentsabout to[[Professor Burnet]] and her research on [[PoniUltra IslandWormhole]]s. He later introduced her to catchhim upwhen she, along with the president of the [[Aether Foundation]] {{an|LillieLusamine}}, who{{an|Faba}}, hadand ran[[Wicke]], awayvisited fromhis home withto hermeet brother,Ash and {{anDL|GladionLight trio (anime)|Solgaleo|Nebby}},. During his class's sleepover in search''[[SM048|A ofDream aEncounter!]]'', wayKukui began to savebond herwith motherBurnet, [[Lusamine]]who also stayed over at his house.
In ''[[SM052SM051|RevealingFamily Determination!]]'', Kukui accompanied his students to the Stuff[[Altar of Legend!the Sunne]]'' on [[Poni Island]] to catch up with {{an|Lillie}}, whilewho watchinghad ran away from home with her brother, {{an|Gladion}}, in search of a way to save Lusamine, who had been abducted by a {{DL|Recurring wild Pokémon in the deitiesanime|Nihilego}}. bless[[SM052|Later]], while watching Alola's [[Nebbyguardian deities]] bless Nebby, he received a phone call for help from Professor Burnet onand hisleft cellto phonehelp andher decidedout. toHe gosoon alone.witnessed ThanksBurnet toand hisher {{p|BraviaryMunchlax}}, Kukuibeing wassurrounded ableby toa drivegroup away theof {{p|Jangmo-o}} and {{p|Hakamo-o}}, thatbut hadusing surrounded Burnet and herhis {{p|MunchlaxBraviary}}, buthe bywas able to drive the Scaly Pokémon off. By the time the two professors returned to the [[Altaraltar of the Sunne]]though, Ash and the others had already ridden off on [[Nebby]] into an [[Ultra Wormhole]]. Kukui and Burnet stayed behind and waited until the group [[SM054|finally]] returned with Lusamine.
[[File:Professor Kukui Burnet Wedding Outfits.png|thumb|250px|Professor Kukui and Professor Burnet about to get married]]
In ''[[SM055|The Professors' New Adventure!]]'', during a walk on the beach with Burnet, Kukui proposed to her. A few days later, the wedding ceremony, which was arranged by his students, was held on the beach outside his house. Since their marriage, Burnet has moved in with Kukui and Ash.
[[File:Masked Royal anime.png|thumb|left|250px|As Masked Royal]]
Kukui's alter-ego, the Masked Royal, debuted in ''[[SM063|Pushing the Fiery Envelope!]]''. When Ash and {{ashcl}} visited the [[Battle Royal Dome]], Ash's {{p|Litten}} got agitated upon seeing Royal's {{TP|Professor Kukui|Incineroar}}. This prompted him to invite Ash, along with {{an|Kiawe}} and {{an|Sophocles}}, to take part in a [[Battle Royal]], which the Masked Royal easily won. Days later, after seeing Litten training to master {{m|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 {{AP|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.
InThe Masked Royal reappeared in ''[[SM055SM081|TheA Professors'Young Royal NewFlame AdventureIgnites!]]'', where he faced a member of the [[Revengers]], [[Mr. Electric]], and Professorhis Burnet{{p|Electivire}} revealedin thata theyBattle wereRoyal. gettingHowever, marrieddue to interference [[Mad Magmar]]'s {{p|Magmortar}}, Mr. AElectric fewwas daysdisqualified. laterThe Masked Royal then got challenged by Mad Magmar to a battle for the title of the strongest fighter, which he accepted. The next day, Kukui accompanied Burnet and his students to the weddingBattle ceremonyRoyal wasDome, but began feeling nervous as he had to heldtake on his role as the beachMasked outsideRoyal without his houseidentity being found out. After managing to sneak away, he was able to reach the ring in time, where his battle would begin. However, Mad Magmar played dirty again by having other members of the Revengers gang up on Incineroar until Ash's Torracat interfered. Teaming up with Torracat and Ash, the Masked Royal and Incineroar took on Mad Magmar and Mr. Electric and eventually managed to beat them, despite all the interference.
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TheIn ''[[SM092|Turning the Other Mask!]]'', the Masked Royal reappearedannounced a handshake event to be held on Melemele Island. When Ash and Burnet told Kukui they wanted him to go with them to the event, Kukui inasked [[SM081Molayne]] to help keep his Masked Royal identity a secret. HeThe wentday upof againstthe [[Madevent, Boober]]Molayne prepared to change into the Masked Royal costume, butonly interferingto dirtybe tacticstied usedup by theFaba and [[RevengersJames]], causedwho had mistaken him tofor nearlyan loseimposter. RealizingWhen thisMad Magmar came around looking for revenge, AshFaba donned the Masked Royal costume and Torracattried teamedto updefeat him with himIncineroar, andonly theyto battledbe [[Mreasily defeated. Elec]]After andfreeing Madhimself, Boober.Molayne Despitehad continuedhis interference{{p|Magneton}} shut the lights off, theygiving wereKukui ablethe time to slip back into his Masked Royal costume and defeat theirMad opponentsMagmar.
In ''[[SM115|The Dealer of Destruction!]]'', Kukui hosted a press conference at [[Aether Paradise]], where he announced the formation of the first-ever Alola {{al|Pokémon League}} and revealed [[Manalo Stadium|the stadium]] that was being constructed to host it, called Manalo. The next day, [[Guzma]] arrived at the Pokémon School and told Kukui that Alola didn't need a Pokémon League. When Ash challenged Guzma to a battle, Kukui refereed the match. The battle ended prematurely when Guzma's {{p|Golisopod}} returned to its {{i|Poké Ball}} due to {{a|Emergency Exit}}. As Guzma left, swearing to destroy the Alola League, Kukui confronted him, claiming that Guzma was running away like he did in the past with the [[island challenge]] and the [[Island Kahuna]]s.
In [[SM127]], Kukui announced the completion of the Manalo Stadium to the people of Alola. He revealed the prize for winning the Alola League tournament was an exhibition match against the Masked Royal.
In [[SM128]], Hala revealed that Kukui and Guzma were once friends and students at the Pokémon School. However, the two had a falling-out after Guzma expressed beliefs that Z-Rings and Z-Moves were pointless.
[[File:Poké Problem extra scene SM063.png|thumb|left|250px|TheAsh almost discovering the Masked Royal's identitytrue is almost revealedidentity]]
Professor Kukui is a fairly serious, but happy character. Despite this, heHe usually likes to add the names of [[move]]s into conversations every now and then, much like how [[Samson Oak]] uses Pokémon-related puns. He hasalso been showntends to be also break from his serious and calm attitude, as shown in ''[[SM017|Crystal-Clear Sleuthing!]]'', when he was completely shocked at the notion that {{an|Kiawe}} had stolen {{Ash}}'s missing {{DL|Z-Crystal|[[Electrium- Z}}]]. Like {{an|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 {{AP|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 {{m|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 Royal]]s. 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]]one has been able to discern the Masked Royal's true identity. The only exceptions are his longtime friend [[Molayne]]; {{an|Faba}}, thoughwho realized the truth after Kukui blew his cover in front of him; and [[Ash's LittenTorracat]], who was able to recognize him from his scent.
This listing is of Kukui's known {{OBP|Pokémon|species}} in the {{pkmn|anime}}:
===On hand===
|trainer=Professor Kukui
|img=Kukui Incineroar.png
|epname=Pushing the Fiery Envelope!
|vajp=Toru Sakurai
|vaen=H.D. Quinn
|desc=Professor Kukui's alias, the Masked Royal, commonly uses an {{p|Incineroar}} in the [[Battle Royal]]. It was first seen in ''[[SM063|Pushing the Fiery Envelope!]]'', where it took part in a Battle Royal against Ash's {{p|Litten}}, [[Kiawe's Marowak]], and [[Sophocles's Charjabug]], easily winning despite holding back. It was later used in another battle against Ash's Litten, during which Litten evolved into a {{AP|Torracat}}. Despite this, Incineroar still won the battle.}}
|trainer=Professor Kukui
|vaen=Ryan Nicolls
|desc=Professor Kukui's {{p|Braviary}} first appeared in ''[[SM052|Revealing the Stuff of Legend!]]'', where he used ithim to help [[Professor Burnet]] escape from a group of {{p|Jangmo-o}} and {{p|Hakamo-o}} at the [[Vast Poni Canyon]].
Braviary reappeared inIn ''[[SM055|The Professors' New Adventure!]]'', attendingBraviary attended the wedding of Professor Kukui and [[Professor Burnet]] as Kukui's partner Pokémon.
In ''[[SM089|The Prism Between Light and Darkness!]]'', Braviary attacked [[Team Rocket]]'s helicopter. He then battled [[Gozu]] alongside {{an|Faba}}'s {{p|Alakazam}} and {{p|Hypno}}, only knownto movebe isknocked out by his {{me|Aggron}}'s {{m|BraveHeavy BirdSlam}}.}}
Braviary's known moves are {{TrainerPokém|Brave Bird}} and {{m|Rock Slide}}.}}
|trainer=Professor Kukui
|img=Kukui Incineroar.png
|epname=Pushing the Fiery Envelope!
|vajp=Toru Sakurai
|desc=Professor Kukui's alias, the Masked Royal, was first seen using {{p|Incineroar}} in ''[[SM063|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 {{p|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 {{AP|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's known moves are {{m|Darkest Lariat}}, {{m|Bulk Up}}, {{m|Throat Chop}}, and {{m|Cross Chop}}.<br>
Incineroar can also perform the [[Z-Move]] {{m|Malicious Moonsault}}.}}
|vaen=Haven Paschall
|desc={{p|Rockruff}} is a wild Pokémon Professor Kukui took under his care. In ''[[SM015|Rocking Clawmark Hill!]]'', he encouraged {{Ash}} to catch it after seeing the bond the two had developed.}}
|pkmn=Totem Trevenant
|img=Totem Trevenant.png
|cap=Totem Trevenant
|img2=Totem Trevenant present.png
|cap2=Totem Trevenant in the present
|desc= (Japanese: '''オー{{tt|爺|じい}}''' ''Ohjī'') was a {{pkmn2|Totem}} {{p|Trevenant}} that Professor Kukui befriended when he was young. It gave him a [[Firium Z]] after he began his [[Pokémon journey]]. It was revealed that, sometime after the young Professor Kukui met {{Ash}}, Trevenant had passed away and now appears as an ordinary tree.
None of Trevenant's moves are known.}}
|pkmn=Forest Pokémon
|img=<!--Professor Kukui Forest Pokémon.png-->
|cap=Forest Pokémon
|desc=Professor Kukui befriended a multitude of wild Pokémon that live in a forest on [[Melemele Island]].
None of the Pokémon's moves are known.}}
===At his house===
|epname=The Guardian's Challenge!
|vaen=Lisa Ortiz
|desc=Professor Kukui has two {{p|Luvdisc}}, which he keeps in a fish tank in his house, along with a {{p|Corsola}},. thatThey first appeared in ''[[SM002|The Guardian's Challenge!]]''. They appeared again in ''[[SM006|A Shocking Grocery Run!]]'', ''[[SM007|That's Why the Litten is a Scamp!]]'', ''[[SM044|A Dream Encounter!]]'', and ''[[SM048|Night of a Thousand Poses!]]''.
None of Luvdisc's moves are known.}}
|desc=Professor Kukui has a {{p|Corsola}}, which he keeps in a fish tank in his house, along with two {{p|Luvdisc}},. thatIt first appeared in ''[[SM002|The Guardian's Challenge!]]''. It appeared again in ''[[SM006|A Shocking Grocery Run!]]'', ''[[SM007|That's Why the Litten is a Scamp!]]'', ''[[SM044|A Dream Encounter!]]'', and ''[[SM048|Night of a Thousand Poses!]]''.
None of Corsola's moves are known.}}
==Voice actors==
{{vatable|color={{alola color light}}|bordercolor={{alola color}}
|ja=中川慶一 ''[[Keiichi Nakagawa]]''<br>藤村知可 ''[[Chika Fujimura]]'' (young)
|en=[[Abe Goldfarb]]
|cs=Martin Kubačák
|el=Φώτης Πετρίδης ''Fotis Petridis''
|da=Troels Toya
|fi=Ilkka Villi ([[SM001]]-[[SM068]])<br>Unknown voice actor ([[SM069]]-present)
|el=Φώτης Πετρίδης ''Fotis Petridis''
|it=Paolo De Santis
|pl=Jan Staszczyk
|pt_br=Cláudio Galvan
|ru=Даниил Эльдаров ''Daniil Eldarov''
|th=อภินันท์ ธีระนันทกุล ''Apinan Teeranantagun''
|tr=Ali Hocaoğlu
|plvi=JanHồ StaszczykTiến Đạt
| From English name
* Professor Kukui is the only {{pkmn|Professor}} not shown giving out any [[starter Pokémon]] in the {{pkmn|anime}}.
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