I’ll be honest: I just want Aether to be the true villains (be they well-intentioned, but in a twisted way or outright evil, tho I think the latter is less likely.) because I like Team Skull too much and want to team up with them once the whole reveal happens and they go way too far for even Guzma’s tastes.
Because imo, the whole destruction in human form just seems to be trying way too hard:
And I can’t really take Plumeria or the grunts too seriously because they’re mostly delinquents and I don’t think they’re out for any world-destroying shit:
I’m just not buying them going from a guy who wanted to commit genocide to a gang whose plots seem to consist of graffiti and petty theft.
(The only one I take somewhat seriously is–probably oddly-enough–Gladion, due to his highly-likely ties to Aether, given how much he looks like Lusamine and his use of Type:Null, and the chance he may be UB-02 Absorption, given the similarities and possibly as the reasoning for his pose, apprehensive expression, and his constant shaking during battles–it just seems like he’s trying to hold something back to me. It’s even debatable if he’s truly a member of Team Skull, since how it’s been pointed out he lacks their emblems–and also the above resemblance to Lusamine and UB-02, he could be the tie between the two organizations.)
(Can’t wait to see if any of our theories are proven when the games are released.)