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Professor Kukui (anime)

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In [[SM087]], mysterious dark clouds appeared over Alola, leaving Kukui and all other adults tired and without motivation. [[SM088|Later]], after this was resolved, Kukui met up the [[Ultra Guardians]], Burnet, Lusamine, Faba, and Wicke inside the Ultra Guardians base, where he oversaw {{DL|Recurring wild Pokémon in the anime|Lunala}} recovering. [[SM089|Later]], when the Ultra Guardians left for [[Ultra Space]] with Lunala, Kukui and Faba volunteered to aid them. On [[Ten Carat Hill]], he and Faba confronted [[Team Rocket]]'s [[Matori]] Matrix by using their Pokémon to damage the team's airship and prevent them from entering the Ultra Wormhole. Afterwards, Kukui and Faba faced [[Gozu]] and his {{me|Aggron}} in battle, but their Pokémon were swiftly beaten. In [[SM090|the next episode]], Kukui asked Faba if he had more Pokémon, and the latter replied he did not. Thus, Kukui was forced to send out his {{p|Incineroar}} and perform its Z-Move, {{m|Malicious Moonsault}}, which managed to defeat Mega Aggron. However, this also caused him to reveal his secret identity to Faba, who in turn revealed that he was a big fan of the Masked Royal. Later, alongside Incineroar and Faba, Kukui joined the rest of Alola in showering {{DL|Recurring wild Pokémon in the anime|Necrozma}} with Z-Power so it could return to its {{DL|List of Pokémon with form differences|Necrozma|true form}}. After Necrozma returned to its Ultra form, Kukui watched as the Ultra Guardians, Nebby, and Lunala returned to Alola, alongside Faba, Burnet, Lusamine, and Wicke.
 
In [[SM092]], the Masked Royal announced 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 asked [[Molayne]] to help keep his Masked Royal identity a secret. The day of the event, Molayne prepared to change into the Masked Royal costume, only to be tied up by Faba and [[James]], who had mistaken him for an imposter. When Mad Boober came around looking for revenge, Faba donned the Masked Royal costume and tried to defeat him with Incineroar, only to be easily defeated. After freeing himself, Molayne had his {{p|Magneton}} shut the lights off, giving Kukui the time to slip back into his Masked Royal costume and defeat Mad Boober.
 
==Character==
Professor Kukui is a fairly serious, but happy character. Despite this, he usually likes to add the names of [[move]]s into conversations every now and then, much like how [[Samson Oak]] uses Pokémon puns. He has been shown 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 [[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 one has been able to discern the Masked Royal's true identity. The only exceptions wereare [[Molayne]], [[Faba]], who realized the truth after Kukui inadvertently exposed himself; and [[Ash's Litten]], who was able to recognize him from his scent.
 
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