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ギシン Gishin
Gender Male
Eye color Burgundy
Hair color Burgundy
Hometown Michina Town
Region Sinnoh
Anime debut Arceus and the Jewel of Life
English voice actor Jason Griffith
Japanese voice actor Kōichi Yamadera

Marcus (Japanese: ギシン Gishin) is the main antagonist of Arceus and the Jewel of Life. His actions in the past would go on to cause the events of The Rise of Darkrai and Giratina and the Sky Warrior.


In the movies

Marcus, who once was Damos's assistant, had come to resent Arceus due to his belief that it would allow Michina Town to return to being a wasteland if the Jewel of Life was reclaimed. Because of his belief, Marcus became the driving force behind Damos's apparent betrayal of it. By using his Bronzong's Hypnosis, he was able to control Damos and force him to attempt to destroy Arceus while not returning the Jewel of Life. However, during the original turn of events, he had fallen to his death along with Damos after Arceus survived the attack and counterattacked.

After meeting up with Sheena, who had traveled to the past to stop Damos's apparent betrayal of Arceus, he learned how the future would have turned out as well as his own death. After deducing that Damos didn't use it, he then changed his plans to include silver water as well while attacking Arceus. This proved to be very effective and left the Alpha Pokémon helpless as the overall assault immobilized it. However, Sheena and Damos were able to communicate with the hearts of all the Pokémon, including Bronzong and Heatran, making them turn against Marcus, and Ash was able to make him give up the Jewel of Life by wrestling with him until he dropped it. As Ash caught the Jewel of Life and rushed with his Pikachu to return it to Arceus, Dawn, her Piplup, and another group consisting of a Chikorita, a Cyndaquil, a Totodile, and multiple Rattata, cornered Marcus, preventing him from following.

Even then, however, Marcus wasn't defeated yet. Although the Pokémon had stopped attacking and Ash had the Jewel of Life, with Marcus unable to get it back, Arceus, now stranded at the bottom of the shrine, was by that time on the edge of death as the silver water continued to bury it. This, in turn, set off a strange sequence that nearly destroyed Ash, Dawn, Brock, Pikachu, Piplup, and Sheena; Ash and Pikachu began to disappear first as Marcus explained to Dawn what was going on.

At that moment, Damos managed to reach the last remaining spark of life in Arceus's heart, giving it enough strength to reabsorb the Jewel of Life and fully recover, thus thwarting Marcus's plans and saving everyone from destruction (except Damos himself and a Pichu he befriended, who did not start disappearing). Marcus's scream was then heard and his crown seen on the ledge where he was standing, implying that he fell.

The fall did not kill him, however, as it was revealed that Marcus had gone on to work for Damos in the ending credits.


Marcus is characterized by his manipulative, untrustworthy nature. Damos, Sheena, and Arceus all fall victim to his careful planning and betrayal, as well as his lack of concern about using force, sometimes deadly, to accomplish his goals. He believes in the noble cause of keeping Michina Town from falling into desolation, but is unable to see the error in his misguided methods of reaching it.


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


Marcus's Bronzong
Bronzong was instrumental in Marcus' plan to destroy Arceus. By hypnotizing Damos, Marcus forced him to betray Arceus and refuse to return the Jewel of Life. However, Bronzong was not acting under its own will, but was being controlled by special armor. Eventually, Damos' special ability to touch the hearts of Pokémon made Bronzong realize what it was doing, and, after the armor was destroyed by Piplup's Peck, Bronzong turned on Marcus and helped defend the Trainers that had rescued it.

Bronzong's known moves are Hypnosis, Gyro Ball and Flash Cannon.

Debut Arceus and the Jewel of Life
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Bill Rogers
Marcus's Heatran
Heatran, like Bronzong, was also forced to obey Marcus against its will by special armor. Heatran was also very powerful and also, like all Heatran, had the ability to walk on walls and ceilings with ease. Heatran was forced to battle against Ash and Dawn, but eventually realized what it was doing thanks to Damos and Sheena, and it allowed Pikachu to destroy its armor with Iron Tail. Heatran then turned on Marcus along with Bronzong.

Heatran's known moves are Fire Spin, Flamethrower and Protect.

Debut Arceus and the Jewel of Life
Voice actors
Japanese Kenta Miyake
English Tom Wayland


Sugimori Marcus anime.png
Ken Sugimori's design of Marcus

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 山寺宏一 Kōichi Yamadera
English Jason Griffith
Dutch Ewout Eggink
Finnish Max Ovaska
German Stefan Günther
Italian Patrizio Prata
Korean 양석정 Yang Seokjeong
Polish Piotr Bajtlik
Brazilian Portuguese Silvio Giraldi
Spanish Latin America Ferso Velasquez
Spain Iñaki Crespo

In the manga

In the movie adaptations

Marcus appears as the main antagonist of the movie's manga adaptation, where he fulfills a similar role to his part in the movie, but with some changes. His plot is the same, but his motivations are much less altruistic, intending to use the Jewel of Life to become a god in his era. His actions are also more violent; for example, when Heatran disobeys him, he kicks it in the head repeatedly. At the climax of the story, when his plan is foiled, he commits suicide by activating a mechanism to cause the temple to collapse, causing a rockfall that is shown burying and killing him.

In the English translation of the manga adaptation, his name is spelled Markus.


Bronzong was one of the Pokémon that Marcus controlled. It hypnotized Damos's Pokémon to attack Arceus

None of Bronzong's moves are known.

Debut Arceus and the Jewel of Life
Heatran was another Pokémon that Marcus controlled. Unlike the anime, Heatran was shown to have disobeyed Marcus.

None of Heatran's moves are known.

Debut Arceus and the Jewel of Life

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Marcus or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Marcus's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Heatran Pokémon M Fire       Movie Commemoration Random Pack   005/022
Bronzong Pokémon M Metal       Movie Commemoration Random Pack   015/022


  • Marcus shares the same voice actors with Sir Aaron, both in English and Japanese.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ギシン Gishin Can be taken to mean 義臣 gishin (loyal retainer) and 疑心 gishin (suspicion), both aspects of his character.
English Marcus Possibly a reference to Mars, the Roman god of war and an agricultural guardian.
Korean 기신 Gisin Transliteration of his Japanese name.
Chinese (Mandarin) 奇辛 Qíxīn Transliteration of his Japanese name.
Thai กิชิน Gishin Transliteration of his Japanese name.

Movie characters
Human protagonists
AliceAsh Ketchum (M20)AudreyBarazBiancaCallahanCarlitaCoreyDamosDianaDianeEricFergusHarrietJack WalkerJuanita
KarlKathrynKidd SummersKimiaKokoLisaLizabethLorenzoMannesMarenMargoMelodyMerayNeeshaNewton Graceland
Professor LundRafeRaleighRebeccaRisaRowenaSamSheenaSidSir AaronSorrelTonioTorenTory LundTowaVerityYuko
Human antagonists
AlvaAnnieArgus SteelButlerCherieCrossDamonGalenGooneGrings KodaiIron-Masked MarauderLawrence IIILeviMarcus
MerilynMillis SteelMolly HaleOakleyPokémon huntersPokémon poacherRiotThe PhantomZero
ArceusArticunoCarbinkCelebi (M04)Celebi (M13)CobalionDarkraiDeoxysDialgaDiancieEntei (M03)Entei (M13)GenesectGiratina
Ho-OhHoopaJirachiKeldeoKyuremLatiasLatiosLucarioLugiaMagearnaManaphyMarshadowMew (M01)Mew (M08)Mewtwo (M01)
Mewtwo (M16)MoltresPalkiaSpiky-eared PichuPikachu (M20)PikachutwoRaikouRayquazaRegiceRegirockRegisteelReshiramShayminSlowking
Suicune (M04)Suicune (M13)TerrakionUnownVictiniVirizionVolcanionXerneasYveltalZapdosZarudeZekromZeraoraZoroarkZorua
AliciaAllegraAstridBanksBaron AlbertoBlock BotBogieBonjiCarolCTV news crewDabuDavidDionaDonukeDr. FujiDr. Zed
DundeeFlamelFreddyGabuGhrisGlacineGodeyGroudonGurūHeroes of Truth and IdealsHoytInfiJasonJennyJoeJudyKai
KakoKanataKarenKatoKellieKevinKikoKing of the People of the ValeKyleLaylaLeekuLucianneLuisLuisaMakoMalinManuke
Marcus's soldiersMauryMayor OliverMeredithMewtwo's creatorsMiaMilesMimiMirandaMisakiMooseMother and daughterMr. White
NevaNikolaOld Man DomŌyamaPegPeople of the WaterPokémon Baccer teamsQueen IleneQueen RinRavineRaymondRick
RossSchuylerShepShunSpencer HaleSylvanTakaTammyTannerTappTatsukiThe Marina GroupTobiasTownesUschiZabu

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