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Professor Kukui (anime)

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[[File:Masked Royal anime.png|thumb|left|250px|As Masked Royal]]
Since his childhood, Kukui has been a big fan of [[Move|Pokémon moves]], often observing [[Hala]]'s {{pkmn|battle}}s to witness moves in action. At some point, he befriended and later obtained a {{p|Litten}}, which originally belonged to his parents. andHe also befriended a {{pkmn2|Totem}} {{p|Trevenant}} living in a forest on [[Melemele Island]], having received a [[Firium Z]] from it. [[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 "Move Kahuna" and asked to battle with him. Ash easily won the battle and taught the young Kukui 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. Soon Ash was transported back to the present by Celebi, leaving both young boys unaware of each other's real names.
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}}.