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|hometown=[[Alola Route 1|Hau'oli Outskirts]]
|region=[[Alola]]
|relatives=Unnamed parents, [[Professor Burnet]] (wife; as of [[SM055]])
|trainer=no
|trainerclass=[[Pokémon Trainer]] (formerly), [[Pokémon Professor]], Pro Wrestler
|epname=Alola to New Adventure!
|enva=[[Abe Goldfarb]]
|java=[[Keiichi Nakagawa]]<br>[[Chika Fujimura]] <small>(young)</small>
|}}
 
'''Professor Kukui''' (Japanese: '''ククイ博士''' ''Dr. Kukui'') is a major supporting character of the [[Pokémon anime]], who appeared in the {{series|Sun & Moon}}. He is a [[Pokémon Professor]] in the [[Alola]] [[region]] and a teacher at the [[Pokémon School]] on [[Melemele Island]]. He is also the true identity of '''The Masked Royal''' (Japanese: '''ロイヤルマスク''' ''Royal Mask'').
 
==History==
[[File:Masked Royal anime.png|thumb|left|250px|As Masked Royal]]===Pre-series===
[[File:Professor Kukui debutedyoung in ''[[SM001anime.png|Alolathumb|left|250px|Professor toKukui New Adventure!]]''. He was first seen entering his classroom, where he was introduced to {{Ash}}. He later watched as Ash battled [[Team Skull]] and was impressed by his battling skills. After Team Skull's defeat, he told Ash about [[Z-Moves]] andat the [[island challenge]]. Following Ash's decision to attend the Pokémon School, he allowed Ash to live with him during his stay in [[Alola]]. At the endage of [[SM002|the next episodefive]], he handed Ash a new {{an|Rotom Pokédex|Pokédex}}, which [[SM003|then]] got inhabited by a {{p|Rotom}}.
Since his childhood, Kukui had been a fan of Pokémon [[move]]s, often observing [[Hala]]'s {{pkmn|battle}}s to witness these attacks in action. He would follow the matches along with his Move Index guidebook. At some point, he befriended and later obtained a {{TP|Professor Kukui|Litten}}, which originally belonged to his parents. The pair would often spend time in the forests of [[Melemele Island]] playing with all of the [[wild Pokémon]]. He also befriended a {{pkmn2|Totem}} {{p|Trevenant}} living in the forests and received a [[Firium Z]] after helping to relieve it of its sneezing. In addition, he is a childhood friend of [[Molayne]].
 
[[SM125|At the age of five]], he met {{Ash}}, whom a {{p|Celebi}} had accidentally sent into the past. Due to Ash's mastery of [[Z-Move]]s, he started calling him the (Japanese: '''ワザキング''' ''Move King'') and asked to battle with him. Ash easily won the battle and taught the young Kukui, whom he started calling (Japanese: '''ガオ''' ''Gao'') due to his {{p|Incineroar}} cap, that there was no shame in losing. He then proceeded to tell Kukui about his [[Gym]] and [[Pokémon League]] battles in other [[region]]s, inspiring Kukui's own ambitions. Soon, Ash was transported back to the present by Celebi, leaving both young boys unaware of each other's real names.
 
==={{series|Sun & Moon}}===
Professor Kukui debuted in ''[[SM001|Alola to New Adventure!]]''. He was first seen entering his classroom, where he was introduced to Ash, apparently not recognizing him from his youth. He later watched as Ash battled [[Team Skull]] and was impressed by his battling skills. After Team Skull's defeat, he told Ash about Z-Moves and the [[island challenge]]. Following Ash's decision to attend the [[Pokémon School]], he allowed Ash to live with him during his stay in [[Alola]]. At the end of [[SM002|the next episode]], he handed Ash a new {{an|Rotom Pokédex|Pokédex}}, which [[SM003|then]] got inhabited by a {{p|Rotom}}.
 
In ''[[SM015|Rocking Clawmark Hill!]]'', he and Ash returned home one night, only to notice the absence of {{AP|Rockruff}}. Rockruff soon returned injured, prompting Kukui to heal it with a [[Potion]]. Upon further investigation, they found out that it had been training on [[Clawmark Hill]]. After watching Ash train Rockruff, Kukui noticed the bond they had developed and encouraged Ash to {{pkmn2|caught|catch}} Rockruff.
 
In ''[[SM042|Alola, Kanto!]]'', Kukui accompanied his students and [[Samson Oak]] to [[Kanto]] for an extracurricular activity, where they visited [[Professor Oak's Laboratory]]. In the [[SM043|following episode]], he and the others traveled to the [[Cerulean Gym]], where his students battled {{an|Misty}} and {{an|Brock}}. Seeing these battles inspired him to establishrealize his childhood dream an official [[Pokémon League]] in Alola.
 
In ''[[SM044|A Dream Encounter!]]'', Kukui told Ash about [[Professor Burnet]] and her research on [[Ultra Wormhole]]s. He later introduced her to him when she, along with the president of the [[Aether Foundation]] [[{{an|Lusamine]]}}, [[{{an|Faba]]}}, and [[Wicke]], visited his home to meet Ash and [[{{DL|Light trio (anime)|Solgaleo|Nebby]]}}. During his class's sleepover in ''[[SM048|A Dream Encounter!]]'', Kukui began to bond with Burnet, who also stayed over at his house.
 
In ''[[SM051|Family Determination!]]'', Kukui accompanied his students to the [[Altar of the Sunne]] on [[Poni Island]] to catch up with {{an|Lillie}}, who had ran away from home with her brother, {{an|Gladion}}, in search of a way to save Lusamine, who had been abducted by a {{DL|Recurring wild Pokémon in the anime|Nihilego}}. [[SM052|Later]], while watching Alola's [[guardian deities]] bless Nebby, he received a phone call for help from Professor Burnet and left to help her out. He soon witnessed Burnet and her {{p|Munchlax}} being surrounded by a group of {{p|Jangmo-o}} and {{p|Hakamo-o}}, but using his {{p|Braviary}} he was able to drive the Scaly Pokémon off. By the time the two professors returned to the altar though, Ash and the others had already ridden off on Nebby into an [[Ultra Wormhole]]. Kukui and Burnet stayed behind and waited until the group [[SM054|finally]] returned with Lusamine.
[[File:Professor Kukui Burnet Wedding Outfits.png|thumb|250px|Professor Kukui and Professor Burnet about to get married]]
In ''[[SM055|The Professors' New Adventure!]]'', during a walk on the beach with Burnet, Kukui proposed to her. A few days later, the wedding ceremony, which was arranged by his students, was held on the beach outside his house. Since their marriage, Burnet has moved in with Kukui and Ash.
[[File:Masked Royal anime.png|thumb|left|250px|As Masked Royal]]
Kukui's alter-ego, the Masked Royal, debuted in ''[[SM063|Pushing the Fiery Envelope!]]''. When Ash and {{ashcl}} visited the [[Battle Royal Dome]], Ash's {{p|Litten}} got agitated upon seeing Royal's {{TP|Professor Kukui|Incineroar}}. This prompted him to invite Ash, along with {{an|Kiawe}} and {{an|Sophocles}}, to take part in a [[Battle Royal]], which the Masked Royal easily won. Days later, after seeing Litten training to master {{m|Flame Charge}}, Kukui, dressed up again as the Masked Royal, showed up to have a one-on-one battle with Ash. During the battle, Litten evolved into {{AP|Torracat}} and was able to perfect Flame Charge. Despite this, however, the battle ended in the Masked Royal's victory. Afterwards, the Masked Royal declared that he and Incineroar were now Torracat's rivals.
 
The Masked Royal reappeared in ''[[SM081|A Young Royal Flame Ignites!]]'', where he faced a member of the [[Revengers]], [[Mr. Electric]], and his {{p|Electivire}} in a Battle Royal. However, due to interference [[Mad Magmar]]'s {{p|Magmortar}}, Mr. Electric was disqualified. The Masked Royal then got challenged by Mad Magmar to a battle for the title of the strongest fighter, which he accepted. The next day, Kukui accompanied Burnet and his students to the Battle Royal Dome, but began feeling nervous as he had to take on his role as the Masked Royal without his identity being found out. After managing to sneak away, he was able to reach the ring in time, where his battle would begin. However, Mad Magmar played dirty again by having other members of the Revengers gang up on Incineroar until Ash's Torracat interfered. Teaming up with Torracat and Ash, the Masked Royal and Incineroar took on Mad Magmar and Mr. Electric and eventually managed to beat them, despite all the interference.
 
In ''[[SM087|Filling the Light with Darkness!]]'', 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|Light trio (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 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|Light trio (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.
 
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==Character==
[[File:Poké Problem extra scene SM063.png|thumb|left|250px|Ash almost discovering the Masked Royal's true identity]]
Professor Kukui is a fairly serious, but happy character. Despite this, heHe usually likes to add the names of [[move]]s into conversations every now and then, much like how [[Samson Oak]] uses Pokémon-related puns. He hasalso been showntends 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 are his longtime friend [[Molayne]]; [[{{an|Faba]]}}, who realized the truth after Kukui inadvertently blew his cover in front of him; and [[Ash's LittenTorracat]], who was able to recognize him from his scent.
 
==Pokémon==
===On hand===
{{MissingInfo|1|java}}
{{TrainerPoké
|trainer=Professor Kukui
|pkmn=Incineroar
|type1=Fire
|type2=Dark
|stage1=Litten
|stage2=Torracat
|main=yes
|img=Kukui Incineroar.png
|epnum=SM063
|epname=Pushing the Fiery Envelope!
|vajp=Toru Sakurai
|vaen=H.D. Quinn
|desc=Professor Kukui's alias, the Masked Royal, commonly uses an {{p|Incineroar}} in the [[Battle Royal]]. It was first seen in ''[[SM063|Pushing the Fiery Envelope!]]'', where it took part in a Battle Royal against Ash's {{p|Litten}}, [[Kiawe's Marowak]], and [[Sophocles's Charjabug]], easily winning despite holding back. It was later used in another battle against Ash's Litten, during which Litten evolved into a {{AP|Torracat}}. Despite this, Incineroar still won the battle.}}
 
{{TrainerPoké
|trainer=Professor Kukui
|desc=Professor Kukui's {{p|Braviary}} first appeared in ''[[SM052|Revealing the Stuff of Legend!]]'', where he used him to help [[Professor Burnet]] escape from a group of {{p|Jangmo-o}} and {{p|Hakamo-o}} at the [[Vast Poni Canyon]].
 
He reappeared inIn ''[[SM055|The Professors' New Adventure!]]'', attendingBraviary attended the wedding of Professor Kukui and [[Professor Burnet]] as Kukui's partner Pokémon.
 
Braviary reappeared inIn ''[[SM089|The Prism Between Light and Darkness!]]'', where heBraviary attacked [[Team Rocket]]'s helicopter. He then battled [[Gozu]] alongside [[{{an|Faba]]}}'s {{p|Alakazam}} and {{p|Hypno}}, only to be knocked out by his {{me|Aggron}}'s {{m|Heavy Slam}}.
 
Braviary's known moves are {{m|Brave Bird}} and {{m|Rock Slide}}.}}
 
{{TrainerPoké
|trainer=Professor Kukui
|pkmn=Incineroar
|type1=Fire
|type2=Dark
|main=yes
|img=Kukui Incineroar.png
|epnum=SM063
|epname=Pushing the Fiery Envelope!
|vajp=Toru Sakurai
|vaen=H.D. Quinn
|desc=Professor Kukui's alias, the Masked Royal, commonly uses an {{p|Incineroar}} in the [[Battle Royal]]. It was first seen in ''[[SM063|Pushing the Fiery Envelope!]]'', where it took part in a Battle Royal against Ash's {{p|Litten}}, [[Kiawe's Marowak]], and [[Sophocles's Charjabug]], easily winning despite holding back. It was later used in another battle against Ash's Litten, during which Litten evolved into a {{AP|Torracat}}. Despite this, Incineroar still won the battle.}}
 
===Befriended===
|vaen=Haven Paschall
|desc={{p|Rockruff}} is a wild Pokémon Professor Kukui took under his care. In ''[[SM015|Rocking Clawmark Hill!]]'', he encouraged {{Ash}} to catch it after seeing the bond the two had developed.}}
 
{{TrainerPoké
|pkmn=Totem Trevenant
|nick=Ohjī
|type1=Ghost
|type2=Grass
|img=Totem Trevenant.png
|cap=Totem Trevenant
|img2=Totem Trevenant present.png
|cap2=Totem Trevenant in the present
|epnum=SM125
|epname=
|vaen=
|desc= (Japanese: '''オー{{tt|爺|じい}}''' ''Ohjī'') was a {{pkmn2|Totem}} {{p|Trevenant}} that Professor Kukui befriended when he was young. It gave him a [[Firium Z]] after he began his [[Pokémon journey]]. It was revealed that, sometime after the young Professor Kukui met {{Ash}}, Trevenant had passed away and now appears as an ordinary tree.
 
None of Trevenant's moves are known.}}
 
{{TrainerPoké
|pkmn=Forest Pokémon
|type1=Unknown
|img=<!--Professor Kukui Forest Pokémon.png-->
|cap=Forest Pokémon
|epnum=SM125
|epname=
|vajp=
|vaen=
|desc=Professor Kukui befriended a multitude of wild Pokémon that live in a forest on [[Melemele Island]].
 
None of the Pokémon's moves are known.}}
 
===At his house===
|epname=The Guardian's Challenge!
|vajp=
|vaen=Lisa Ortiz
|desc=Professor Kukui has two {{p|Luvdisc}}, which he keeps in a fish tank in his house, along with a {{p|Corsola}}. They first appeared in ''[[SM002|The Guardian's Challenge!]]''.
None of Luvdisc's moves are known.}}
|vajp=
|vaen=
|desc=Professor Kukui has a {{p|Corsola}}, which he keeps in a fish tank in his house, along with two {{p|Luvdisc}}. It first appeared in ''[[SM002|The Guardian's Challenge!]]''.
 
None of Corsola's moves are known.}}
==Voice actors==
{{vatable|color={{alola color light}}|bordercolor={{alola color}}
|ja=中川慶一 ''[[Keiichi Nakagawa]]''<br>藤村知可 ''[[Chika Fujimura]]'' (young)
|en=[[Abe Goldfarb]]
|cs=Martin Kubačák
|el=Φώτης Πετρίδης ''Fotis Petridis''
|da=Troels Toya
|fi=Ilkka Villi ([[SM001]]-[[SM068]])<br>Unknown voice actor ([[SM069]]-present)
|el=Φώτης Πετρίδης ''Fotis Petridis''
|it=Paolo De Santis
|pl=Jan Staszczyk
|pt_br=Cláudio Galvan
|ru=Даниил Эльдаров ''Daniil Eldarov''
|th=อภินันท์ ธีระนันทกุล ''Apinan Teeranantagun''
|tr=Ali Hocaoğlu
|pl=Jan Staszczyk
|vi=Hồ Tiến Đạt
}}
 
==Trivia==
* Professor Kukui is the only {{pkmn|Professor}} not shown giving out any [[starter Pokémon]] in the {{pkmn|anime}}.
 
==Names==
| From English name
|}
 
==Trivia==
* Professor Kukui is the only Professor not shown giving out any [[starter Pokémon]] in the {{pkmn|anime}}.
 
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