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Viren (Japanese: ブルガン Bourgain) is a recurring character in the Pokémon anime. He is the president of Rainbow Happy Resorts (Japanese: レインボーハッピーリゾートカンパニー Rainbow Happy Resort Company) and the leader of the Revengers. He first appeared in The Young Flame Strikes Back!.
Viren debuted in The Young Flame Strikes Back!, in which he arrived at Paniola Ranch, keen to buy it and turn it into a resort hotel. After Kiawe and his family declined, he began to harass them, which infuriated Kiawe. As a result, Kiawe challenged him to a battle, where Kiawe's unsuccessful attempt at using a Z-Move with Marowak gave Viren the win.
Viren returned the next day and had a rematch against Kiawe, but was defeated. Despite this, diggers approached the farm for an excavation and was ready to destroy it, only for Sima, Mimo, and Rango to stand their ground. Unfortunately for him, Officer Jenny arrived with a warrant for his arrest, the charges against him being forging land ownership documents, trespassing, and malicious destruction to property (both legal and private). She then arrested him and his henchmen.
He reappeared in A Young Royal Flame Ignites!, where he tried to buy out the Battle Royal Dome using the Revengers. When the Revengers were defeated by Ash and the Masked Royal, he attempted to challenge the masked fighters himself with his Pangoro, but Incineroar and Torracat swiftly sent Pangoro flying out of the ring and into its Trainer, knocking them both out.
Viren reappeared again in The Long Vault Home!, where Ash encountered him as he was overseeing the construction of a resort known as (Japanese: ブルガンタワー Bourgain Tower). The next day, the Ultra Beast Stakataka made its way into the construction site, forcing the Ultra Guardians to come and investigate the area, much to Viren's annoyance. Viren, mistaking the Rampart Pokémon for a statue stand, glued a golden statue of himself onto Stakataka, causing it to go berserk in an attempt to get the statue off. The Ultra Guardians attempted to help it out, but Viren thwarted their attempt. Eventually, with the assistance of Kiawe's Turtonator, Ash made it on top of Stakataka and had his Pikachu knock the statue off, calming it down. Though the Ultra Guardians succeeded in capturing Stakataka, Viren's statue was damaged, resulting in him deciding to call off the resort's construction in favor of a baseball stadium with its own team instead.
Viren's monument to himself
Viren is a greedy, egotistical man who will do whatever it takes to get what he wants, regardless of how unethical or even illegal his plans are. In his first appearance, after his proposal to purchase Kiawe's family's ranch was refused, he sent his henchmen to harass them and ultimately forged land ownership documents, an act that led to his arrest. He was even willing to harm children, shown when he ordered his Electivire to use Thunder on Mimo. His greed and corruption was not lessened by his arrest, as he immediately tried to take over the Battle Royal Dome once he was freed from prison, doing so by sending the Revengers to overthrow the Masked Royal by cheating in the Battle Royal. He refused to give up on this plan even when all of the Revengers had been beaten, trying to fight with his own Pangoro, and had to be personally defeated again.
He seems to take pride in being a cheating and deceitful person. For example, when he revealed that he was the Revengers' boss and the audience started to boo him, he simply stated that their booing was more like cheering to him. Even when his business plans supposedly do not involve corrupt or illegal actions, he shows incredibly high vanity. He planned to build a large golden statue of an athletic version of himself as the centerpiece of a hotel he had under construction, and when the statue became attached to the top of a wild Stakataka, Viren interfered with the Ultra Guardians' work in an attempt to protect the statue from sustaining damage.
This listing is of Viren's known Pokémon in the anime:
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- Viren's appearance resembles his main Pokémon, Electivire.
|| ブルガン Bourgain
|| From エレキブル Elekible (Electivire) and bourgeois
| English, Spanish
|| From Electivire
|| From Élekable (Electivire)
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 布魯根 Bùlǔgēn
|| Transliteration of his Japanese name