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N
N (エヌ) N
Black White N.png
Art from Pokémon Black and White
Gender Male
Eye color Gray
Hair color Tea green
Hometown N's Castle
Region Unova
Relatives Ghetsis (father)
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer,
Team Plasma
Generation V
Games Black and White
Member of Team Plasma
Rank King

N (Japanese: N (エヌ) N) is a character in Black and White Versions. He is the leader of Team Plasma and aspires to create separate worlds for humans and Pokémon. His surname is Harmonia (Japanese: ハルモニア Harmonia).

In the games

N as a child
A close-up of N in his castle after the final battle

N is the only son of Ghetsis, the head member of the Seven Sages. As he grew up, he was appointed as the king and leader of Team Plasma. He is an antagonist to the player, but yet is good natured and sees Pokémon as his friends. He appears before the player at several points during the game to battle.

As a child, he was raised together with Pokémon and was isolated from humans. Ghetsis would only let N see Pokémon that had been hurt by humans.

In Black and White, N is first seen in the game's prologue movie, in which N, clothed in special garb, is crowned by Ghetsis in the throne room of a castle. During the ceremony, as the other Sages watch, N remembers his childhood spent with his Pokémon friends.

The player first meets N in Accumula Town after Team Plasma's public rally and Ghetsis's speech, where he challenges the player to a Pokémon battle. He again appears outside of the Nacrene Gym, and later at Nimbasa City, where he asks the player to talk to him while riding the city's Ferris Wheel. It is not revealed that N is the leader of Unova's criminal organization until after this excursion, when a group of Plasma Grunts address him as their leader. He is again encountered at the Chargestone Cave and lastly, the Dragonspiral Tower, where he found ZekromB/ReshiramW for his plans.

When the player challenges the Pokémon League, after beating the Elite Four, the player finds N with Alder the Champion, arguing over the use of Pokémon as tools. When the player arrives, N summons his Castle from the earth, which attaches itself to the Pokémon League, and as he enters the Castle, he challenges the player to face him. Cheren arrives, and he and Alder ask the player to stop him.

Within the castle's throne room, N tells the player that his goal is to create separate worlds for both humans and Pokémon. To do this, he summons ZekromB/ReshiramW. At the same time, the player summons the other, opposing dragon, and N encourages the player to battle it.

Once the dragon is caught, N will challenge the player. After N is defeated, Ghetsis appears and reveals he revived ZekromB/ReshiramW for his son to use, calling him a disappointment. Team Plasma's motive for stealing Pokémon—separate worlds—is shown to be a lie. Ghetsis manipulated N and Team Plasma to ensure that he was the only person in Unova with Pokémon so that he could dominate the region. Alder and Cheren both hear this. Ghetsis battles the player in a rage, despite N's protest. After the battle, Alder and Cheren arrest Ghetsis and take him away.

After the battle, N apologizes, walks to a hole to outside on edge of the throne room, releases his legendary Pokémon, and bids a final farewell to the player. Then, after the credit-roll, an epilogue movie plays in which ZekromB/ReshiramW, with N on top, hovers above the clouds and, activating its tail's engine, accelerates away.

After the player finds the other Sages for Looker, Looker says that he has heard that N was seen in a distant land with a Dragon-type Pokémon.

Sprites

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Sprite from
Black and White
VS Sprite from
Black and White

Pokémon

Pokémon Black and White

First battle


Second battle


Third battle


Fourth battle


Fifth battle
Black


White


Quotes

Pokémon Black and White

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At Accumula Town
  • Before battle:

"Your Pokémon... Just now, it was saying..."

"Yes, they're talking. Oh. Then, you two can't hear it, either... How sad. My name is N."

"The Pokédex, eh? So... You're going to confine many, many Pokémon in Poké Balls for that, then. I'm a Trainer, too, but I can't help wondering... Are Pokémon really happy that way?"

"Well, <player>, is it? Let me hear your Pokémon's voice again!"

  • After takes a hit:

"More! Let me hear the voice of your Pokémon!"

  • After being defeated:

"I never expected to hear Pokémon say such things..."

  • After the battle:

"As long as Pokémon are confined in Poké Balls... Pokémon will never become perfect beings. I have to change the world for Pokémon, because they're my friends."

At Nacrene City

"I... want to see things no one can see. The truths of Pokémon inside Poké Balls. The ideals of how Trainers should be. And a future where Pokémon have become perfect... Do you feel the same?"

  • If Yes is selected:

"That so? I think my friends and I should test you to see if you can see this future, too."

  • After being defeated:

"I cannot see the future yet... The world is still to be determined..."

  • After battle:

"Right now, my friends aren't strong enough to save all Pokémon. Maybe I can't solve the equation that will change the world. So, I need power... Power enough to make anyone agree with me.

Now I know what power I need. ZekromB/ReshiramW! The legendary Pokémon that, along with the hero, created the Unova region. It's my turn to become that hero--and you and I will be friends!"

At Nimbasa City

"You're looking for Team Plasma, right? They ran into the amusement park. Come with me."

"They're not here. Let's ride the Ferris wheel and see if we can spot them. I love Ferris wheels… The circular motion… The mechanics… They're like collections of elegant formulas."

"First, I must tell you… I am the king of Team Plasma. Ghetsis asked me to work with him to save Pokémon. I wonder how many Pokémon exist in this world."

"There's no problem. You're part of the people we brought in to help us save the Pokémon. So, you're under my protection, as well. Go, quickly, and let my battle cover your retreat. …Now then, <Player>, do you follow my logic?"

  • Yes: "If true, your words please me."

"Ah. Then… The future I envision… Perhaps I can't beat you here and now, but I'll battle you to buy time for these members of Team Plasma to get away!"

  • After sending out last Pokémon:

"Even if I lose, is it different than the future I envision?"

  • Upon defeat:

"The result was the same… But you…who are you?"

  • After battle:

"You're quite strong. But I have a future that I must change. And, for that future… I'll defeat the Champion and become unbeatable, unlike any other! I'll make all Trainers free their Pokémon! Just try and stop me! If you want to be together with Pokémon, your only hope is to collect the Badges from each area and head for the Pokémon League! Try and stop me there, if you dare! If you're conviction is not strong enough, you will never be able to defeat me."


At Chargestone Cave

"Ah, yes. That was the Shadow Triad, just now. Ghetsis enlisted them in Team Plasma. Apparently, they were the ones who prepared the Galvantula nest at the cave entrance."

"Chargestone Cave... I like this place. Formulas express electricity and its connection to Pokémon... If people did not exist, this would be an ideal place. You have been chosen, you know. Does it surprise you I said that?"

  • Yes: "Of course. Such news should be a surprise."
  • No: "Hmph. If you don't understand what that means, it's not likely to surprise you."

"I told Ghetsis about you and your friends. After I did, he apparently used the Shadow Triad to find out about you. Cheren is pursuing the ideal of strength. Poor Bianca has faced the sad truth that not everyone can become stronger. And you are not swayed either way--more of a neutral presence. Which is apparently a good thing. Team Plasma will be waiting for you ahead. Ghetsis wants to see what kind of Pokémon Trainer you really are.

  • Before battle:

"Many different values mix together, and the world becomes gray... That is unforgivable! I will separate Pokémon and people, and black and white will be clearly distinct! Only then will Pokémon become perfect beings! Yes, that is my dream! That is the dream I must fulfill! <player>, do you have a dream of your own?"

  • Yes: "You have a dream... That's wonderful. I'll learn just what kind of dream you have--in battle!"
  • No: "As if a person without a dream could ever understand me! Eh... I guess... I have to crush your will here!"
  • After takes a hit:

"Do you believe that Pokémon battles help us understand one another?"

  • After sending out last Pokémon:

"I will show you that my love for my friends permeates every cell of my body. Behold!"

  • Upon defeat:

"My friends getting hurt... That's what a Pokémon battle is."

  • After battle:

"Tsk! Why? Is it impossible for me to win while feeling bad about being a Trainer? As if I could pursue my ideals with something as meaningless as a battle! As if that could make me worthy to become friends with the legendary Pokémon!"

"Professor Juniper, what are you thinking? You appear to have no qualms about the relationship between Pokémon and people. You put Pokémon into categories using arbitrary rules and think you can understand them like that... The very idea of a Pokédex revolts me. What do you have to say for yourself?"

"You're saying I should just allow people to think whatever they want and treat Pokémon however they want, no matter whether the Pokémon suffer? I refuse to tolerate the existence of a world like that!"

At Mistralton City

"They may say it is for understanding one another better, but what Trainers really use battles for is to compete... And they hurt each other's Pokémon! Am I the only one who finds this terribly painful? Whatever... I'm going to talk to your Pokémon. I've been living with Pokémon since I was born, so it's easier for me to talk with them than with people. ...Because Pokémon never tell lies."

"Hey, <lead Pokémon>. Would you tell me what kind of Trainer <player> is?"

"OK, OK, got it. So <player> was born in Nuvema Town, lives with Mom, and was given the Pokédex to start off a journey to see the world. Still, this <lead Pokémon> trusts you for some reason. That's good! If every person and Pokémon cared about one another like you two do, I could watch over the future of people and Pokémon without having to liberate Pokémon from people who just use them."

"Ghetsis is using Team Plasma to search for some special stones--the Light Stone and the Dark Stone... These stones hold the essence of two legendary Pokémon. It is said that when they lost their physical form, they fell into a slumber and were transformed. Now, they wait for the hero's arrival... I shall resurrect a legendary Dragon-type Pokémon from one of these stones, and become its friend. That will show the world that I am the new hero. Everyone will follow what I say!"

"My vision is to change the world without using force. Trying to change the world by force will just make others resist. If people resist, the ones that will be hurt are the innocent Pokémon used by foolish Trainers. You understand. Pokémon are not just tools for people to use!"

"As a result... Pokémon and Trainers who care about one another, like you and your Pokémon, will be separated. And that does break my heart a little."

At Dragonspiral Tower

"What do you think, <Player>? How do you like the powerful form of the Pokémon who appears before and fights beside the hero that will lead the way to a new world? Now, ZekromB/ReshiramW and I will head to the Pokémon League ad defeat the Champion! This will be the last of the Pokémon battles that hurt Pokémon so. A world for Pokémon alone… It's finally going to be a reality. If you want to stop me, you must become a hero as well! That's right! When ZekromB/ReshiramW's counterpart, ReshiramB/ZekromW, recognizes you, we will finally be even, and then you can try to stop us! Well, what will you do? My prediction… If the future that I see is true, you will meet ReshiramB/ZekromW. The Pokémon with you believe in you so strongly… Will you be the one who interferes with my formula for changing the world? If you want to protect the bonds between Pokémon and people, you must search for ReshiramB/ZekromW! I'm sure it is waiting for you in the form of the Light StoneB/Dark StoneW."


At Pokémon League

"It's over! Never again will Pokémon be made to suffer or be held captive by humans. It's all thanks to my friend, ZekromB/ReshiramW! You may have the title of Champion… But you can't stop me with just a title. Your soft heart has left you weak. Years ago, you lost your Pokémon, your partner, to sickness. In order to forget the pain in your heart, you wandered Unova… Who knows how long it's been since you've had to fight with your full strength? I actually kind of like that about you, though. As a Trainer who far outmatches the Champion, I shall issue an order across Unova: Trainers of the world, free your Pokémon!"

"You and I both put our beliefs on the line and fought with all our strength. And I won. Do not say another word."

"…I've been waiting. In the future I envisioned, you obtained a stone. And, indeed, you have. That Light StoneB/Dark StoneWZekromB/ReshiramW is responding to it. Stop. This is not a suitable for the legendary dragons! From the ground, rise up! The castle of Team Plasma! Surround the Pokémon League!"

"What has just happeared is Team Plasma's castle. The king's words will resound frome the heights to all below. You must come to the castle, as well. Everything will be decided there. Whether Pokémon will be liberated from people, or whether Pokémon and people will live together… We will see whose belief is stronger… And our result will change the world."

At N's Castle

"What I desire is a world for Pokémon, and Pokémon alone. I will separate Pokémon from people, so Pokémon can regain their original power."

"It's time to settle this once and for all! My determination is absolute! I will prove the value of my beliefs even if it means my Pokémon friends get hurt! Since you've come this far, I believe you are equally determined. If that's so, prove it to me! Show me the depth of your determination!"

"You came all this way to battle me… But ReshiramB/ZekromW is not responding. You haven't yet been recognized as the hero, have you? How disappointing. I actually kind of liked you a little. Through our many battles, I got the feeling that you might be a Trainer who truly cares for Pokémon!"

"But I was kidding myself. The idea of Trainers getting to know each other through battles is ridculous! You have two options. Challenge me to a fight you can't win, or leave this palce and watch the birth of a new world where Pokémon are free of people! ZekromB/ReshiramW! Come to me!"

"Your Light StoneB/Dark StoneW is… I mean, ReshiramB/ZekromW is…"

"Zekrom and Reshiram… They were once on life. One Pokémon. Complete oposites, yet the same. Zekrom and Reshiram are Pokémon that appear before the hero they recognize. Ah… I see. you really are a hero, too. I'll tell you what that Pokémon is saying to you. "I want to battle with you. Try to make me your friend and ally." It plans to test you to see if you are really pursuing truthB/idealsW. I, also, am curious to see how powerful you are. Now, catch ReshiramB/ZekromW and make it your ally!"

"Ah… I see. ReshiramB/ZekromW, who is said to lend its power to the hero who searches for truthB/idealsW, has recognized your power and now agrees to stand by your side…"

"Hold on. Your Pokémon are hurt. There is no triumph to be gained in battling a weakened opponent."

"Now, I will create the future I desire! I shall sweep you before me!"

  • First hit:

"Do you really think you can stop us with that?"

  • After sending out last Pokémon:

"My last friend… Please share your courage with me!"

  • Upon defeat:

"Everything's ruined. The idealsB/truthW I held… The dreams Pokémon shared…"

  • After battle:

"… … ZekromB/ReshiramW and I were beaten. Your truthB/idealsW… Your feelings… They were stronger than mine, it seems… Reshiram and Zekrom… Each of them choosing a different hero… Is that even possible? Two heroes living at the same time— one that pursues truth and one that pursues ideals. Could… Could they both be right? I don't know. it's not by rejecting different ideas, but by accepting different ideas that the world creates a chemical reaction. This is truly the formula for changing the world."

"But…I have no right to be the hero!"

"Acting like you understand… Up till now, we've been fighting each other over our beliefs! Yet, despite that… Why?!"

"I want to talk to you about something."

"It's about when I first met you in Accumula Town. I was shocked when I heard what your Pokémon was saying. I was shocked because that Pokémon said it liked you. It said it wanted to be with you."

"I couldn't understand it. I couldn't believe there were Pokémon that liked people. Because, up until that moment, I'd never known a Pokémon like that. The longer my journey continued, the more unsure I became. All I kept meeting were Pokémon and people who communicated with one another and helped one another. That was why I needed to confirm my beliefs by battling with you. I wanted to confront you hero-to-hero. I needed that more than anything."

"There's no way a person like me, someone who understands only Pokémon— No, actually… I didn't understand them, either. No way could I measure up to you, when you had met so many Pokémon and were surrounded by friends…"

"The Champion has forgiven me, and… What I should do now is something I'll have to decide for myself."

  • Black:

"<Player>! You said you have a dream… That dream… Make it come true! Make your wonderful dream a reality, and it will become your truth! <Player>! If anyone can, it's you! Well, then… Farewell!"

  • White:

"<Player>! You said you have a dream… That dream… Make it come true! Wonderful dreams and ideals give you the power to change the world! If anyone can, it's you! <Player>! Well, then… Farewell!"

In the manga

N as he appears in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pocket Monsters BW manga

N first appears in the fourth chapter of the Pocket Monsters BW manga where he shows his ability to communicate with Pokémon which Isamu Akai's Clefairy tries to record and sell for money.

Pokémon

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Purrloin

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

N makes his first appearance standing near an Xtransceiver commercial shooting after Black manages to save it from being attacked by a wild Galvantula. He sheds tears over the fact that Pokémon are being used for purposes such as acting.

He later appears in Accumula Town where he states that Black’s Tula is trying to speak with him when Black contemplates releasing it. Black immediately dismisses the thought of a Pokémon talking in a human language; N states that he feels sorry for Black because he cannot hear the voices of Pokémon. N asks for Black to battle him so that he can hear the voices of his Pokémon and he easily overpowers him with his Purrloin, Pidove, Tympole, and Gurdurr.

When Black pulls out his Pokédex to try and get an edge in the battle N immediately grabs the machine and voices his disgust for it. He states that many of his friends were locked up inside Poké Balls so that they can be used to store data in the Pokédex, making them nothing more than something to fill the Pokédex with information.

N states that he questions if Pokémon are truly happy when they’re locked up inside of Poké Balls; he states that once a Pokémon is locked up inside of a Poké Ball then it’s voice is lost and he can longer understand them. He tells Black that he knows when a Pokémon attack will do the most damage and the moment it can happen and that he should rely on his ears to listen to Pokémon rather than using a machine’s data.

He begins to tear up while stating that it is impossible for humans and Pokémon to be truly happy together and that they suffer because people cannot hear their voices. His speeches cause Black’s anger to reach a boiling point; Black tells him to be quiet and asks him if his Pokémon are unhappy; he states that he loves Pokémon and wants to learn more about them. Black states that Pokédex is a tool for people to get closer to Pokémon and there are Pokémon who want to be with humans and tells his Poka to make him understand that. Black’s Poka manages to defeat N’s Tympole and knocks the two of them back into a wall. N gets back up and reveals that he heard Poka’s voice; he states that he now knows that there are Pokémon that enjoy the company of Trainer’s and leaves with the rest of his Pokémon.

Pokémon

N's Purrloin
Purrloin
Purrloin is N's the first Pokémon seen in N's posession; it was used to battle Black in Accumula Town.

Purrloin's known moves are Night Slash and Sucker Punch.

Debut Black & White chapter
N's Gurdurr
Gurdurr
Gurdurr is N's second known Pokémon; it was used to battle Black in Accumula Town.

None of its moves are known.

Debut Black & White chapter
N's Tympole
Tympole
Tympole is N's third known Pokémon; it was used to battle Black in Accumula Town.

Tympole's known moves are Hydro Pump and Echoed Voice.

Debut Black & White chapter
N's Pidove
Pidove
Pidove is N's fourth known Pokémon; it was used to battle Black in Accumula Town.

None of its moves are known.

Debut Black & White chapter

Trivia

  • The cube hanging off of N's belt is the first iteration of a Menger sponge, a geometric figure that simultaneously has infinite surface area and zero volume. It could also be a Void Cube, which has a similar appearance.
  • N, Bianca, and Cheren are the only Trainers in Black and White with animated battle sprites.
  • Unlike most recurring characters, N battles with a completely different team in every appearance (except for his Klinklang, which may have evolved from the Klink from the fourth battle). This may stem from his belief that Pokémon should not be used as tools.
  • N is the only Trainer from a main series game not fought in a Battle Tower or Battle Frontier to use a legendary Pokémon on his team, and the only Trainer to use an event Pokémon.
  • N uses 15 of the 17 types of Pokémon, only not using Pokémon of the Poison and Ghost types. Ironically, Poison-type Pokémon are often used by members of villainous teams.
  • N is fought more times than any other villainous team leader. However, he uses the Pokémon Trainer class during his first two battles.
  • N is the only villainous team leader who keeps his Japanese name.
  • N speaks very quickly, as indicated by the fact that his dialogue is printed faster than that of other characters and by Cheren's comment upon first meeting him: "Slow down. You talk too fast."

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese N The Latin letter N; possibly from Enharmonic.
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean N The Latin letter N; possibly from Enharmonic.



King: N
Seven Sages: GhetsisGormBroniusRoodZinzolinGialloRyoku
Notable Members: Shadow TriadAnthea and ConcordiaColress
Lower Members: Plasma GruntsTogariAldithSchwarz and WeissBarretWhi-Two
Buildings: N's CastleP2 LaboratoryPlasma Frigate

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