Thinking about the villains in the main Pokemon Games:
Besides Teams Aqua, Magma, and Yell, all the leaders in Pokemon suffer some sort of horrific or miserable ending.
> You can't tell me Giovanni's sudden disappearance was peaceful. Either he was killed in an unrecorded event by someone from Team Rocket, the International Police, or some third source, or he took his own life. Perhaps Mewtwo killed the man who tried to bend it to his will? I can't see that being the most pleasant ending.
> Team Galactic's Cyrus is my second least favorite ending of any Team. Being confined to the hellish realm of Giratina would most certainly be terrible. Are you saying that Giratina didn't try to attack a random living thing that just *showed up?* And if not, surely Cyrus starved (more far more likely, died of dehydration). To top it all off, even if this place broke the basic need to consume nutrients and water to live, he would definitely go insane with boredom.
> Ghetsis had the tamest of punishments by far. Not only was the Shadow Triad, a trio of ninjas who I definitely wouldn't mind tending to me hand and foot, still loyal to Ghetsis, but he still had all of his Pokemon! Sure, he was "on the run", but is that honestly so bad when you still have both Pokemon and ninjas to help you?
> Lysandre takes the cake for worst punishment in Pokemon games history (going off of only the main games.) After his plans for making the world beautiful cannot be fully realized, he realizes that the only way to make some semblance of his earlier goal is to blow up the facility containing the Ultimate Weapon (forgot its real name, pardon me), killing himself and everyone inside. However, the game suggests that he wasn't vaporized by the laser's blast, but rather crushed by the rubble of his own building. The impact (pun wasn't on purpose) really sets in when you think about the fact that some people irl can be stuck in demolished buildings for days, slowly dying because rescue crews simply cannot reach them. It's worse when you realize that depending on the game's version, he could've either been crushed outright OR rendered immortal and left to be underneath the several hundred tons of stone and steel, among the blood and rotting bodies of his fellow Flare members and their Pokemon. I can imagine no worse fate than crushing weights, eternal darkness, and the decaying stench of people who trusted me with their life.
> Guzma, my poor boy Guzma. Whether he helped Lusamine because he desperately needed recognition or because he was in it for the milf cooter, his punishment was more than too much. In both the normal and Ultra Sun and Moon games, Guzma is shown to have some serious mental traumas from his time in Nihilego's realm. Not only that, but having to disband Team Skull, a group that he treated like his own family (albeit a dysfunctional and frat house-esque one), would surely hurt him in the heart.
> Lusamine got rekt. Okay, now that I got that out of my mouth, let's be more serious. In the standard Sun and Moon games, Lusamine treated her children like shit and definitely deserved what came next: being so hyped on Nihilego drugs that she went into a coma. That being said, she's given a suggested redemption arc when the postgame shows Lillie bringing her to the mainland to see if she can find medical help for her severely injured mother. Ultra Sun and Moon is when things feel offbeat. Lusamine wasn't so much punished as she was sorta pushed to the side to confront Rainbow Team Rocket. Lame, but I think her treatment in normal S & M is more than enough to make up for it.
> Rose had the modern nightmare of a fate. Once a man who had it all, his fall from grace after trying to bring about the Darkest Day sorta ruined all of that. His reputation as a world-renowned businessman tarnished and his social standing among both socialites and the basic populace of Galar would surely make him persona non grata wherever he goes. No way to make money when no one wants to hire him and banks would surely deny giving him loans. No person to turn to when everyone hates him for basically trying to destroy the region. Let's be honest, Rose's public personality and broadcasting of his attempts probably made his punishment worse off than it would've been if less people knew his name and tied it to the game's big event, like with Ghetsis or Giovanni.
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