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N (エヌ) N
N anime art.png
Gender Male
Eye color Blue
Hair color Tea green
Hometown Unknown
Region Unova
Relatives Anthea and Concordia (foster sisters)
Ghetsis (foster father)
Trainer class Trainer
Game counterpart N
Member of Team Plasma
Rank Former member
Anime debut New Places... Familiar Faces!
English voice actor Nicholas DiMichele
Japanese voice actor Yūichi Nakamura

N (Japanese: N (エヌ) N) is a recurring character in the Pokémon anime.


N as a child

N first appeared briefly in the end of New Places... Familiar Faces!. He was formally introduced in The Name's N!, where he investigated the ruins of the P2 Laboratory and discovered data related to Genesect. Later, he met with Ash and his friends when they were leaving their ship. While Ash and the others were training, Snivy and Pikachu were attacked by Jessie's Frillish's Shadow Ball, but N saved them. He immediately befriended Pikachu, showing his special ability with the Pokémon. He claimed not to have met Reshiram, although he was shown meeting it as a child in a flashback. He was surprised when he heard that Ash had seen Zekrom, but was visibly disturbed when Ash said that his goal is to become a Pokémon Master. After that, N helped save Ash's Pikachu and Iris's Axew when Team Rocket tried to steal them. When they parted ways, N told Ash that although the worlds they seek are different, he does not hate him.

N appeared again in BW114 where he was rescuing a Braviary from two Team Plasma Grunts, Nero and Bianco. This act attracted the duo's attention and chased him down, but were unsuccessful as N managed to get away. With the help of Ash and his friends, he takes the Braviary to the Pokémon Center. When Nero and Bianco found him, he fought off the Seviper and Zangoose owned by the duo and with the help of Ash and his friends, N managed to free Braviary safely. Afterwards, he joined Ash and his friends on their journey to the White Ruins.

In BW115 he, along with Ash and the others, met up with Hiroto and his team. He helped Hiroto's Watchog to master its moves and rescue abilities.

In BW116 N attended to the Kanto Fair. Upon Ash's Charizard return, he watched the battle between Charizard and Dragonite, which he later called off.

In BW117 he, along with Ash and the others, fought against Colress and Angie. He was trying to rescue a Haxorus from their control, but ended up injuring himself. Then he was taken to a spring by Anthea and Concordia, where the psychic power of their Pokémon was able to heal him.

Later in BW118, he again met with some Team Plasma grunts. After arriving at his and his sister's secret refuge, he told Ash and his friends that he used to be a Team Plasma member. He talked about the Seven Sages, Ghetsis and his special relation with some wild Pokémon when he was a child. He also spoke about meeting Reshiram. At the end of the episode, he departed from the group with Anthea and Concordia.

In BW119, N examined another of Team Plasma's laboratories and realized that it had been destroyed by the Genesect Army.

N encountered the group again at the White Ruins in BW120. He stole the Light Stone from Cedric Juniper in order to prevent Reshiram from being awakened. While being pursued by Ash, they both fell into a lower chamber within the ruins, where they conversed at length about their differing views on the world. However, up above, Team Plasma arrived and began creating chaos at the ruins by attacking Iris, Cilan, Cedric and the archeologists present. In BW121, N realized that he could no longer hear the voices of the Pokémon up above (due to Colress's machine) and with the help of Ash's Charizard, he and Ash escaped. They fell right into Team Plasma's trap, however, and N was forced to surrender the Light Stone to them in exchange for Colress freeing Pikachu from his control. N was imprisoned along with the others and forced to watch as Ghetsis arrived and initiated the Ceremony of Awakening to summon Reshiram. The conflict climaxed in BW122, where Ghetsis took control of Reshiram and set it upon all present. With Pikachu again under Colress's control as well as Anthea and Concordia's Gothitelle and Gardevoir, all seemed lost, but Pikachu was able to fight against the machine's influence and destroy it, freeing Reshiram. N successfully appealed to Reshiram's heart, convincing it that not all humans were evil, and it departed peacefully instead of going on a rampage as he had earlier feared. Later, with Ghetsis, Colress and the members of Team Plasma placed under arrest, he thanked Ash for his help and happily departed with Anthea and Concordia.


N has the ability to understand the unique voices of Pokémon, and he regards their language as superior to human language; this led him to become confused when he first met Meowth. Using this power, he has the ability to summon Pokémon from the local area to his aid.



N's Alomomola
Alomomola (×2)
N called upon these two Alomomola to help him heal Ash's Pikachu after it was paralyzed by James's Amoonguss's Stun Spore in battle.

Alomomola's only known move is Refresh.

Debut The Name's N!
N's Braviary
N met this Braviary after freeing him from the clutches of Nero and Bianco. Although he was taken to a Pokémon Center to be healed from an earlier fall, Braviary was quickly found by Nero and Bianco by a tracer they had secretly put on him. Later, when Ash was fighting a losing battle against Bianco's Zangoose, Braviary stepped in and defeated it with a Wing Attack. Afterward, Braviary was let back into the wild.

Braviary's only known move is Wing Attack.

Debut BW114
N's Pidove
This Pidove was shown to be a friend of N, as when he got to his childhood home, it showed affection to N.

None of Pidove's moves are known.

Debut BW118
N's Flashback Pokémon
Flashback Pokémon
All of these Pokémon were shown to be friends of N, including a Lillipup, a Growlithe, a Darumaka and a Minccino, when he was a child. He used to spend his time with them.

None of their moves are known.

Debut BW118
N's Deerling
N also befriended some wild Deerling that lived around his house. Along with some Cottonee and some Petilil, he tried to keep them safe from Team Plasma.

None of Deerling's moves are known.

Debut BW118
N's Sawsbuck
Nothing is known about this wild Sawsbuck. It was only seen while N was trying to save it from Team Plasma's attack.

None of Sawsbuck's moves are known.

Debut BW120

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 中村悠一 Yūichi Nakamura


  • N's ability to call out for a wild Pokémon's assistance is similar to the powers exhibited by DC Comics' Aquaman.
  • Unlike the way a Pokémon Ranger uses a Capture Styler to make a temporary bond with a wild Pokémon to get its help, N has the ability to connect his heart with theirs in order to do that.

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