Grings Kodai (Japanese: コーダイKōdai), or Kodai, is the main antagonist in Zoroark: Master of Illusions. He is the President of a major company named after him, Kodai Network. His main assistant is Goon while his secretary is Rowena. He was responsible for the tragic incident in Crown City 20 years in the past that destroyed all of the wildlife. He was able to do this by absorbing the power of The Time Ripple that Celebi uses to travel through time, and in doing so, he gained the power to see into the future which seems a bit similar to PsyQualia from Cardfight! Vanguard. In the present time, his powers are fading and he wishes to get his powers back by using the power of Zoroark to clear the city, and using illusions to put fear into the outsiders. His only known Pokémon are Shuppet and Mismagius (though 20 years ago it was a Misdreavus, showing that Misdreavus evolved sometime during the 20 year time-skip)
Twenty years ago, Grings Kodai arrived at Crown City after extensively studying the history of the town and its legends. He came across The Time Ripple and a Celebi, but refused to let it enter the portal. Kodai instead absorbed the near-infinite energy from The Time Ripple into his body, thus granting him the ability to see into the future. As a consequence, Crown City's plant life withered as a result of the time ripple being drained of its energy.
Widely recognized for his business success and even having a magazine published detailing his exploits, Kodai is a ruthlessly
By the time of the movie, Kodai is the president of a very powerful corporation bearing his name with the corporation called the Kodai Network.
However, his success is in fact due to a mysterious power that Kodai possess where at times he will begin to painfully hallucinate which will in turn grant him a vision of the future.
Kodai is a master manipulator, using his supernatural ability to see into the future to set up complex plans in order to secure and increase his vast fortune.
While he presents himself as a kind person who looks out for the good of Crown City, defending its people as well, Kodai in in fact nothing more than a heartless, egotistical villain who has a pronounced sadistic streak while also displaying all the traits of a sociopath.
Kodai also only cares for himself and does not express any mercy or remorse, not even it comes to his violent and destructive behavior or when it comes to attacking who or what Kodai himself must seemingly destroy in order to get what he wants.
Despite this, Kodai harbors two key weaknesses: his over-dependence on his future sight, which he used to gain his vast wealth and power, and his fear of losing that ability which he believed would gradually lead to the loss of everything he gained. Additionally, he is an extremely prideful man, which ultimately leads to his undoing.
Kodai is also one of the darkest villains to have ever appeared in the Pokemon anime let alone any of the movies as he is seen strangling Celebi with his own bare hands, electrocuting Zora with Kodai even stating that he got a kick out of it, murdering Zoroark and even attempting to kill Ash and his friends.
Illusion Canceler: Grings Kodai, Rowena and Goon possess an illusion canceler attached to their wrist, whose purpose is to differentiate between real attacks and Pokémon, and the illusions generated by Zoroark and Zorua. His is broken by Zorua when he bites him on the wrist.
Editing Software: When Grings Kodai orders Zoroark to rampage around Crown City as Entei, Raikou and Suicune, Kodai has his assistant Rowena edit video footage of the incident, making it more realistic.
Arm Extension: Twenty years ago, when Grings Kodai arrived at Crown City, he utilised a robotic arm extension to harness the energy of The Time Ripple. During the current storyline, Kodai adapted the design for the arm, making it capable of releasing an electric discharge. It is also destroyed when Zoroark released a Dark Pulse while being shocked.
Illusion Generator: Similar in concept to the Illusion Canceler, Kodai possesses an Illusion Generator, which he uses to fool Zoroark into believing that he had captured Zorua; whereas in actual fact it had escaped.
Multi-Purpose Vehicle: Kodai also possesses an all-terrain vehicle, which he uses primarily to traverse the roads and river systems of Crown City with ease. He has also fitted it with a remote version of the Illusion Canceler.
Hovercraft: Kodai also makes use of a Hovering device, similar in design to that of Zero's hovercraft. However, Kodai's Hovercraft is installed with a graphical interface displaying radar maps of Crown City, as well as an interactive map displaying the countdown clocks within the city.
Airship: Kodai also owns an enormous airship, which serves as his primary base of operations when not on the ground. Inside his airship, Kodai has installed a prison for Zoroark and Zorua, which is electrified.
Listening Device: Kodai uses this device to listen in on Ash and co.'s conversation on the location of the last countdown clock. Pikachu hears it as its flying away and destroys it with a Thunderbolt.
One of Kodai's Pokémon is a Mismagius, which he has owned since it was a Misdreavus. Years ago, when Kodai first discovered the Time Ripple, Misdreavus was present at the scene. After evolving, Mismagius still served Kodai faithfully and helped him by using its Pyschic attack to prevent Ash from stopping Kodai from taking the energy from the ripple and renewing his ability to see the future. Mismagius was later defeated by Pikachu's Volt Tackle.
Shuppet is Kodai's other Pokémon and worked with him closely during his search for the Time Ripple. Years ago, Kodai used Shuppet to help him find Celebi's Time Ripple and it was thanks to this that Kodai accidentally got his powers after he attempted to extract some energy from it. Years later, Shuppet was shown to be fiercely loyal to Kodai and obeyed his orders without question even though Kodai's eventual goal would end up wiping out all of the plant life in Crown City. It was shown to be ruthless in its obedience, as it attacked Zorua from behind when it attempted to run to Zoroark but was defeated thanks to Zoroark's Dark Pulse.
With the Pokémon Baccer World Cup approaching, Kodai claimed that he was going to enter his three legendary beasts as a team, the Nimbasa Legends. However, this was simply a ploy as the Beasts he was seen to own were only holograms that Kodai later claimed had escaped.
Legendary Beasts (projection)
When Zoroark had done its job to attack Crown City in order to cause an evacuation, Kodai needed to retrieve it. In order to do that, he created a projection of Zorua as bait to lure Zoroark into a trap.
These Ninjask belong to Goone, Kodai's bodyguard, but he also commands them himself during the movie
Kodai kidnapped Zorua from his homeland alongside his adopted mother, Zoroark. Later Kodai attempted to hold him hostage to force Zoroark to follow his orders to attack Crown City. However, while being transported Zorua escaped Kodai's airship, but this didn't hold up Kodai's plans as Zoroark was unaware of the escape and Kodai made her believe Zorua was still captive.
Kodai's plan was for Zoroark to cause Crown City to be evacuated in order to allow him to search the city for Celebi's 'Time Ripple'. Once this was accomplished, Zoroark was recaptured however she later escaped when she heard Zorua screaming for help.