Lawrence III

Lawrence III
ジラルダン Gelardan
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Lawrence III at his control panel
Gender Male
Eye color Violet
Hair color Mantis
Hometown Unknown
Region Unknown
Relatives Mother (deceased)
Trainer class Collector
Anime debut The Power of One
English voice actor Neil Stewart
Japanese voice actor Takeshi Kaga

Lawrence III (Japanese: ジラルダン Gelardan) is the main antagonist of The Power of One. He is a collector in search of rare Pokémon and ancient artifacts.

In the movies

Lawrence III read an ancient prophecy passed down by the residents of Shamouti Island. Misinterpreting this prophecy to refer to himself as the Chosen One, and to the three Legendary birds residing near Shamouti, Lawrence III set out to capture all three so as to draw out Lugia, what he assumed to be the Beast of the Sea.

Using the various weaponry of his airship, known as 飛行宮 Hikōkyū (literally, "Flying Palace"), Lawrence III weakened Moltres on Fire Island, and captured it using strange electrical rings, rather than a Poké Ball. Making it out to be a large game of chess, he moved next to capture Zapdos, which moved to Fire Island soon after to claim the area that Moltres had seemingly abandoned. Inadvertently, he also captured Ash, Misty, Tracey, Pikachu, Melody, and Team Rocket, whose boat was of similar size to the Legendary birds, and brought them aboard his ship to witness his crowning glory.

He did not foresee, however, that the group, especially Ash, would not take kindly to his method of capture of the two Legendary Pokémon, and as he attempted to add Articuno to his collection in the same manner, Ash, using Charizard, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Pikachu, freed Moltres from its device. Moltres made short work of the device still holding Zapdos, and quickly, the two birds began to squabble, destroying part of the ship, escaping, and bringing Articuno into the fight.

As the prophecy said, the fighting of the Legendary birds brought Lugia out, and Lawrence III, still intent on adding it to his collection, attempted to capture it in the same manner as the other Pokémon. Though Lugia managed to escape and destroy the remains of the ship with Aeroblast, Lawrence III survived the destruction as the real Chosen One, Ash Ketchum himself, helped Lugia to tame the real Beast of the Sea, a great underwater current that runs near Shamouti Island. Finding his Ancient Mew card, which started his interests in Pokémon mythology, Lawrence III vowed to begin his collection again, but on a smaller scale, and the novelization of the movie reveals that he will not attempt to capture Lugia again.

In Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias, Lawrence III was in a book that Annie and Oakley were reading while in prison. He also briefly reappeared in a montage in The Rise of Darkrai, which chronicled the preceding nine movies.


Lawrence III travels about in his airship, known as 飛行宮 Hikōkyū (literally, "Flying Palace"), which is about the size of a small city, and gathers artifacts from around the world. Grandeur and power appear to be his motivations. Despite the scope of his collection, however, he remains rather short-sighted about the world, with his entire plot to capture Lugia reflecting this; his not taking into account the disruption of the natural forces governed by the Legendary birds leads to his downfall.

Very little is known about his past, with the only concrete information given by him in the movie. The first object in his collection was an Ancient Mew card, and it remains the only thing remaining in his possession at the end of the movie, inspiring him to continue his collection on a more modest scale. His family is equally mysterious, with his only known relative, his mother, being stated as having died.


This listing is of Lawrence III's known Pokémon in the anime:


Main article: Moltres (M02)

This Moltres was the first of the Legendary birds that Lawrence III caught. He first fired freezing shots to the Fire Island, thus forcing Moltres to reveal itself and then had several shots on Moltres, weakening it. After this, he launches his electric rings, capturing Moltres. Moltres is later freed by Ash and his Pikachu, Charizard, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur and then launches its Flamethrower at Zapdos, releasing it. After this, the two Legendary birds start battling and also drop Lawrence's flying fortress.

Debut The Power of One
Voice actors
Japanese Rikako Aikawa
English Rikako Aikawa
Main article: Zapdos (M02)

This Zapdos was the second and also the last of the Legendary birds that Lawrence III managed to capture. After Moltres was caught, Zapdos arrived to the Fire Island, where Lawrence used his fortress' power to absorb Zapdos's electricity. Then he launched his square-shaped capture rings, imprisoning Zapdos. Later Zapdos is released by Moltres. After this, the two Legendary birds begin to battle with each other and also cause Lawrence's fortress to fall to the Lightning Island.

Debut The Power of One
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Katsuyuki Konishi

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 鹿賀丈史 Takeshi Kaga
English Neil Stewart
Danish Torben Sekov
Dutch Victor van Swaay
Finnish Ari-Matti Hedman
German Randolf Kronberg
Hebrew ניר רון Nir Ron
Italian Claudio Moneta
Norwegian Bernhard Ramstad
Polish Paweł Szczesny
Brazilian Portuguese Luiz Feier Motta
Spanish Latin America Ricardo Mendoza
Spain Mario Arenas
Swedish Peter Sjöquist

In the manga

Movie adaptations

Lawrence III also appears in the manga adaptation, Mirage Pokémon Lugia's Explosive Birth, fulfilling the same role.


Name origin

The origin of his peculiar Japanese name is most likely from French philosopher and Stanford University professor René Girard, whose theories link problems in the modern world to legends and religious stories in the ancient world. Those who follow Girard's theories are known as "Girardins".

While most official English language media refers to him as Lawrence III (including promotional trading cards, the movie summary on Poké, and closed captioning on most releases of the movie), he has been referred to by other names in official English language media. Closed captioning on the original American DVD refers to him as Gelardan, which is the same as his Japanese name. The movie novelization calls him Lawrence III, but refers to him as Stealthius twice.

In other languages

Language Name Origin
Chinese (Mandarin) 吉爾露太 / 吉尔露太 Jí'ěrlùtài Transliteration of his Japanese name
Korean 라단 Ladan Probably a shortening of Gelardan
Russian Лоуренс Lourens From English name
Thai จิรันแด้น Gelardan Transliteration of his Japanese name

Movie characters
Human protagonists
AliceAsh Ketchum (M20)AudreyBarazBiancaCallahanCarlitaCoreyDamosDianaDianeEricFergusHarrietJack WalkerJuanita
KarlKathrynKidd SummersKimiaKokoLisaLizabethLorenzoMannesMarenMargoMelodyMerayNeeshaNewton Graceland
Professor LundRafeRaleighRebeccaRisaRowenaSamSheenaSidSir AaronSorrelTonioTorenTory LundTowaVerityYuko
Human antagonists
AlvaAnnieArgus SteelButlerCherieCrossDamonDoctor ZedGalenGooneGrings KodaiIron-Masked MarauderLawrence IIILeviMarcus
MerilynMillis SteelMolly HaleOakleyPokémon huntersPokémon poacherRiotThe PhantomZero
ArceusArticunoCarbinkCelebi (M04)Celebi (M13)CobalionDadaDarkraiDeoxysDialgaDiancieEntei (M03)Entei (M13)GenesectGiratina
Ho-OhHoopaJirachiKeldeoKyuremLatiasLatiosLucarioLugiaMagearnaManaphyMarshadowMew (M01)Mew (M08)Mewtwo (M01)
Mewtwo (M16)MoltresPalkiaPikachu (M20)PikachutwoRaikouRayquazaRegiceRegirockRegisteelReshiramShayminSlowking
Spiky-eared PichuSuicune (M04)Suicune (M13)TerrakionUnownVictiniVirizionVolcanionXerneasYveltalZapdosZekrom
AliciaAllegraAstridBanksBaron AlbertoBlock BotBogieBonjiCarolChrom MolybdenumCTV news crewDabuDavidDionaDonuke
Dr. FujiDundeeFlamelFreddyGabuGhrisGlacineGodeyGurūHeroes of Truth and IdealsHoytInfiJasonJennyJoeJudy
KaiKakoKanataKatoKellieKevinKikoKing of the People of the ValeKyleLaylaLeekuLucianneLuisLuisaMakoMalin
ManukeMarcus's soldiersMauryMayor OliverMeredithMeta GroudonMewtwo's creatorsMiaMilesMimiMirandaMisakiMoose
Mother and daughterMr. WhiteNevaNikolaOld Man DomŌyamaPegPeople of the WaterPhossa MolybdenumPokémon Baccer teams
Queen IleneQueen RinRavineRaymondRickRossSchuylerSharonShepShunSpencer HaleSylvanTakaTammyTanner
TappTatsukiThe Marina GroupTobiasTownesUschiZabu

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