Analysis - Team Galactic
by, 27th March 2013 at 02:07 AM (695 Views)
In Ruby and Sapphire, as well as Emerald, Pokémon was introduced to a world full of colours, and Gamefreak illustrated that with the diverse environments of the Hoenn region. With them came two villainous teams whose goal was to give the world a monotonous hue. In Diamond and Pearl, and Platinum, Pokémon took on graphics that brought the world to life, and gave a different feeling to every area. And with them came Team Galactic.
Regarding their name, and how they dress, it is very easy to make the connection between Team Galactic and space. As is known, space is an vacuum, and that fact becomes important to Team Galactic. In addition, their commanders are named after planets in the solar system, the exception being Charon, who is named after a dwarf planet in the Japanese versions, and a moon of said dwarf planet in English. The names of the admins represent their importance to Team Galactic.
The 4th planet in the solar system is Mars.
Mars is the first admin to be encountered in the game, and one of her most defining actions is going to the Distortion World to search for Cyrus. Being the only admin to do so, she is immediately connected with the planet Mars, which has long been the source of rumours and conspiracy theories about life as we know it outside Earth. The character is also the most dedicated and rash of the admins, showing almost complete worship for Cyrus.
The 5th planet in the solar system is Jupiter.
Jupiter is a very prideful admin, calling the player weak and showing disdain for Mars. Jupiter the planet, being the biggest planet in the solar system, explains this behaviour. Jupiter is very proud of her strength, and in her last appearance in Platinum, she implies going on her own journey, confident that she can survive on her own without Team Galactic. There is also a part in the games in which the player enters a double battle against Mars and Jupiter, reflecting the fact that the planets are next to each other. However, their contempt for each other is also explained with the planets' separation by the astroid belt.
The 6th planet in the solar system is Saturn.
Saturn incorporated elements of both Mars and Jupiter. He is dedicated to Team Galactic, and is very proud of his power. Saturn is the second largest planet in the solar system, and it could be argued that the rings around it represent Team Galactic, or Sinnoh. Saturn takes up the mantle after Cyrus and Jupiter leave the team, and he dedicates Team Galactic to doing good, vowing to change their old ways. This reflects not to the planet, but to the Roman god. In mythology, Saturn guides humans into their "Golden Age".
Parallels between Mars and Jupiter and the gods could be made. Mars was a god of war, and the admin was the character most battled in the series. Jupiter is the hardest to find similarities to, but through stories, it can be concluded that Jupiter associated himself with many different factions, and generally, he was an independent god.
Not being battled once, Charon is representative of both his Japanese and English namesakes, neither of them being a planet in the solar system. He never liked the admins, or Cyrus, and was only in Team Galactic for money. In mythology, Pluto was the ruler of the underworld, although he was not an evil god, and was mostly seen as a good figure. The god Ploutos, however, is the god of wealth. It could be a stretch, but an argument could be made that Ploutos is what represents Charon, and not Pluto.
In the games, Charon comes off as the underdog, and being the person pushed around in his every appearance. This created a conflict with Pluto being one the most prominent gods. However, in Stark Mountain, Charon showed a different personality, admitting that he only wanted wealth and money. In some stories, Ploutos relied on deception and trickery to achieve wealth, and can be a negative figure. Charon could have been named not after Pluto himself, but the trickery of being named after Pluto, as he is not like the god.
Cyrus is the leader of Team Galactic, but he was shown to be able to shed the team, and to survive on his own. Similarly, the sun, after which he is named, can exist without the planets surrounding it, even though the planets depend on it. It is even a popular theory that at the end of the sun's life it will become a red giant, and engulf the inner-planets. This includes Mars, and the admin is the closest to Cyrus out of all the members of Team Galactic.
With Cyrus's goal being to rid the world of emotions, he has been shown to be comfortable at the Distortion World, preferring it to the real world. The Distortion World is a turbulent world that is very different to the world as we know it. While at first it may seem to be a world devoid of any emotions, being an empty space, it can be argued that the Distortion World has more emotions that it can cope with, and that is the reason for Cyrus feeling at home there, as he himself was full of emotions; arguably the reason he wanted to erase them.
Erasing one's feelings and being emotionless can be equated to suicide. And as has been mentioned before, the sun could become a red giant and swallow the inner-planets, including Earth, and take all the lives on it with it. Cyrus himself doesn't care for any life that stands in his way as long as he achieves his goal. Cyrus's goal could have been easily done at a the stage in which he captured Mesprit, as it is said that anyone touching the Pokémon will have their emotions taken away. It can be argued that Cyrus didn't know this, but it seems unlikely, considering he was shown to be a very informed person, researching legends on his own.
The more viable option is that Cyrus didn't want to just rid himself of his emotions, but the entire world. Cyrus could have interpreted it as only his current emotions that will be erased, but that future actions will return them to him, possibly even the memories that caused them. In that, Cyrus decided to rid the entire world of the very concept of emotions, and to create a new world where they cannot exist.
Gamefreak could have intended for emotions to represent Pokémon. Arguing that a world without fun is a bad world to live in. It can be interpreted that the idea of the entire series came to cumulation at the Generation IV games, with a villainous team that wanted to rob the world of what it needed.
In conclusion, it should be noted that Team Galactic is the only team that has yet to disband. Team Rocket disbanded twice, Team Magma and Team Aqua saw the error of their ways, and Team Plasma distanced themselves from the name after Black and White, and disbanded after Black 2 and White 2. Their existence could represent redemption, a common theme in mythology, and the fact that Cyrus could come to terms with his emotions, and be rid of his goals.
Extra things to consider:
- The order in which the planets are lined matches to the order in which the admins are battled.
- The times the admins are battled, Mars, then Jupiter, then Saturn, matches the planets' arrangement.
- Eventually, Saturn will lose its rings, but their components will continue to exist in space. This implies that Team Galactic will disband, but will still have an effect on Sinnoh, and possibly the Pokémon World.
- Uxie and Azelf represent knowledge and willpower, both of which are qualities that Cyrus has been shown to possess. It's not a stretch to conclude that he was filled with emotions as well, especially considering that the Pokémon were born out of the same egg.
- In almost all of his depictions, Giratina is a violent Pokémon, which is how I came to the conclusion that the Distortion World was a world full of emotions.
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