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Why Team Flare Look like Great Pokemon Villains

July 11th, 2013 by Nin3DS14 comments so far



In a recent issue of Coro Coro Magazine, the new villain team for Pokemon X and Y were revealed.  Named Team Flare and dressed in stylish red outfits, they’re considered as just after the money.  No big world-changing schemes, no well-intentioned extremism, just a standard mafia/gang setup.  But while some people seem a bit disappointed by the reveal, I personally think they could be fantastic villains.  Here’s why.

1. They’re more down to earth/’realistic’ (in their goals), especially for the setting

Okay, money is hardly a deep motivation…

But honestly?  It’s a very practical and realistic one.  Indeed, it’s obviously the one behind about 90% of criminals and criminal organisations on the planet.  So it’s kind of nice to see a Pokemon villain team that steps back and just goes for something nice and simple for their motivation.  A group that has no over the top lofty premises they’re trying to fulfil, no mission to remake the universe in their image, just a purpose of plain greed.  It’s simple and it makes them stand out as a more feasible threat than most of the other recent teams.

Additionally, I think this is probably the most realistic thing for a villain team set in Pokemon alternate universe Europe.  As someone who lives in Europe in the real world (albeit not France), I have to say we don’t really have the same kind of lunatics as some places do.  Okay, we have some extremists with morally bankrupt goals, but generally any criminals we do have tend to be the more ‘practical’ kind who are simply interested in economic gain rather than some grand vision.  Heck, PETA is basically ignored over here altogether (despite technically having European branches), so I guess that sort of group is less of an issue.

Either way, it’s nice to have a villain team who are actually somewhat realistic in their goals and aren’t portrayed as generic JRPG villains trying to destroy the universe or whatever.

2. They look somewhat credible without the ridiculous costumes

Because I’m sorry, but the last few teams were not particularly credible in the costume design sense.  Seriously, just LOOK at your average Team Galactic or Team Plasma member for a minute; they look absolutely ridiculous.

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Above: These are not the most threatening sets of villain designs on the planet…

Come on, a villain team dressed like medieval crusaders?  Really?  A team where every member had bowl cuts and looked like they’d just stepped off the set for the next Jetsons movie?  I mean, it’s original… but it’s not a particularly threatening look for what are supposedly criminal masterminds and a feared terrorist style group.   Both the police/authorities and any of your enemies would just laugh their heads off after one look at these guys.  Same with Team Magma/Aqua to be honest.

Above: These guys look a bit more… practical in their dress sense.

Team Flare look… somewhat normal.  And to be honest, that’s much better for a villain team you want to be a credible threat.

3. It’s a villain team of type specialists at last!

Assuming that Flare in their name also refers to a love of fire types and using them in battle.  Okay, we did have Team Magma and Aqua back in gen 3… but did they actually stick to their names much? Or even pick appropriate Pokemon?

Nope.  Seriously, look at the vast, vast majority of Pokemon used by the teams…  Poochyena, Golbat… hang on…

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Above: Why didn’t either of these guys use more Pokemon based on their teams name?  Data is from Bulbapedia pages for Archie and Maxie.

Yeah, they had barely ANY Fire or Water Pokemon whatsoever!  Even the leaders (Archie and Maxie) had EXACTLY ONE Pokemon of the type their team was supposedly based around (a Sharpedo and a Camerupt specifically).  For teams supposedly interested in the ocean/land and who wanted to expand one or the other, they sure didn’t pick good Pokemon to represent themselves.  Heck, weren’t these guys supposedly well-intentioned/’good’ in some games? Why would then they pick Dark and Poison type Pokemon like every other villain team on the planet?

Here’s hoping Team Flare buck this trend and actually stick to their guns (or more precisely, name) when it comes to Pokemon selections.  That they use more than just more Poison and Dark type Pokemon as if the audience is too dumb to know who to boo and hiss at otherwise.

So that’s why I think Team Flare look like a pretty good villain team for Pokemon X and Y.  They’re somewhat more down to earth and realistic with plausible motivations, they’re dressed in a way that inspires… well, more respect than random burts of laughter and genuinely seem like they could be a more interesting team than some of the last ones.

What do you think about these villains from Pokemon X and Y?

Have Your Say!

  • NintendoDefender328

    I don’t think Team Flare will stick to Fire-type Pokémon. Why?

    1.) Water-type Pokémon could one-hit KO each of their Pokémon.
    2.) Grass-type Pokémon would be completely useless.
    3.) This is kind of similar to Reason 1. Team Flare would be too easy to defeat by the end of the game. People would have to choose their Pokémon wisely, which isn’t what Pokémon is about. It’s about making their own choices.

    • http://nintendo3dscommunity.com Nin3DS

      That’s a very good point. Still, perhaps they can have more interesting Pokemon than the last five/six villain teams did. Have a mix of multiple types, where fire is well represented along with ground, dark, fighting, psychic and various other Pokemon types rather than just more Zubats and the like.

      What did you think of my other two points in this article?

      • NintendoDefender328

        I definitely see what you mean in your first point. It’s a more realistic twist on the Pokémon series, especially since their goal is wealth instead of kidnapping legendary Pokémon for world domination.

        As for your second point, I kind of see what you mean. Yeah they have ridiculous costumes, but it kind of reflected their goal. Team Plasma DID look like crusaders, but a crusader is a type of knight, which defends people (or Pokémon when it comes to Pokémon Black/White). Team Galactic DID look like they were from The Jetsons, but their team was called Team Galactic, after all. And they were hunting for legendary Pokémon that involved galaxies in some way (Palkia=Space, Dialga=Time).

    • NintendoDefender328

      PS: Look at Archie’s and Maxie’s Pokémon roster in that chart. They both have the same type of Pokémon, but at the end of the roster, Maxie has a Camerupt, which is a Fire Type, and Archie has a Sharpedo, which is a Water type.

      Team Magma=Fire-type Pokémon (Camerupt)
      Team Aqua=Water-type Pokémon (Sharpedo)

  • C-Dog

    I thought the point about the outfits was almost right. (IMO) I think Team Flare’s outfit still looks pretty ridiculous. While I think Plasma’s outfit was a little out there, so were they and it helped show that they were a little crazy. Same with Galactic. And like the previous comment they had to do with their goals. Also, the comment about the bowl cuts… team Flare’s hair cuts are just weird. All together I have never had a problem with the evil teams.

    • Aicecream1

      I agree they look stupid in the game ther red costume stand out like a cat in a dog pound

  • Plasma Queen Discordia

    Hey Team Plasma Is Awsome.>:.O I LOVE The Knight Uniforms And King N Is The Best Boss Ever. Team Neo-Plasma Can Suck It But Team Plasma FTW!>_<

  • E1337 Xenos

    1… it is bothering me, so let me just put this out there. Team Magma was a Ground based team, who, yes, did not utilize their type.

    2. I’m glad that this new team so far seems to have a more realistic cause. (I don’t personally believe this next statement, but: maybe ex Team Rocket will be new members of Team Flare in some way? I personally doubt it, but hey.)

    3. I believe their uniforms scream “We must be up to no good!” like previous teams. Buisness suits seem to me quite professional, even of red.

  • E1337 Xenos

    Oops, I mean (#3) their uniforms DON’T scream ‘(said comment)’ like previous teams.

  • http://scosco8.deviantart.com Sco

    I have to agree. I think they look pretty bitchin’. They look like business men/women, who you least expect to be bad guys. Just seeing one walk down the street of a city, you’d never think anything of them because they blend in so well. They aren’t ridiculously ‘out there’ with their looks. And their purpose is absolutely realistic. I mean, making a threat to take over the universe, steal the Legendary Pokemon and control it, etc. the threat is sinister and scary, but can they actually go through with it? With Team Flare, you can most definitely steal and sell Pokemon and Fossils. Pokemon Maniacs, duh! It’s said that they are based around Fire type Pokemon, but I’m sure they’ll have other type Pokemon too. It’s only fair. I love Team Flare already. (:

  • Guy

    Although their outfits don’t really say “evil”, they kind of scream “HEY! LOOK AT ME! I SHOULD BE NOTICED!!!”

    Maybe it’s the orange, or the belts, or the Madonna, or the flaming hairstyles (seriously, if their leader isn’t Chili, then it will be a missed opportunity).

    • lol

      their leader must be lady gaga.

  • Noah Liasam

    Team Rocket is also a Good villian team and the highest
    organized team ever!!!
    All Hail Giovanni

  • dayumsun

    they *spoiler alert*

    want to also blow the world up :D

    I mean, who doesn’t?

    In X, the boss uses Xerneas, in Y he uses Yveltal to activate a giant laser and tries to commit mass poke genocide.

    And I thought this was a kids game :O