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N (anime)

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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 hopes they can still get along.

N appeared again in Saving Braviary!, where he was rescuing a Braviary from two Team Plasma Grunts, Schwarz and Weiss. 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 Schwarz and Weiss 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 The Pokémon Harbor Patrol! he, along with Ash and the others, met up with Halsey and his team. He helped Halsey's Watchog to master its moves and rescue abilities.

In The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion! N, Ash, and the others attended the Kanto Fair. Upon Ash's Charizard return, he watched the battle between Charizard and Dragonite, which he later called off.

In Team Plasma's Pokémon Manipulation! he, along with Ash and the others, fought against Colress and Aldith. 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 Secrets From Out of the Fog!, 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 Meowth, Colress and Team Rivalry!, 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 Ash and N: A Clash of Ideals!. 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 Team Plasma and the Awakening Ceremony!, 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 What Lies Beyond Truth and Ideals!, 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 makes cameo appearances in the ending Let's Join Hands and in the credits of Genesect and the Legend Awakened.


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First shown in The Name's N!, he has the ability to hear the inner voices and feelings 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. Unlike his video game counterpart, he dislikes the use of Pokémon in battling, though he allows them for a bit in The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion! until he calls it off. Although he is occasionally at odds with Ash, he comes to accept that some humans aren't bad people by What Lies Beyond Truth and Ideals!.


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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' 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 Schwarz and Weiss. Although he was taken to a Pokémon Center to be healed from an earlier fall, Braviary was quickly found by Schwarz and Weiss by a tracer they had secretly put on him. Later, when Ash was fighting a losing battle against Weiss'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 Saving Braviary!
Voice actors
English Tom Wayland
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 Secrets From Out of the Fog!
Voice actors
English Erica Schroeder
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 Secrets From Out of the Fog!
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 Secrets From Out of the Fog!
Voice actors
English Emily Jenness
N's Sawsbuck
This wild Sawsbuck took N to the White Ruins sometime before the Light Stone activated which caused an eruption. N had Sawsbuck stay behind in order to prevent it from getting hurt by Team Plasma while he continued to the White Ruins on his own.

None of Sawsbuck's moves are known.

Debut Ash and N: A Clash of Ideals!
Voice actors
English Jason Griffith

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 中村悠一 Yūichi Nakamura
English Nicholas DiMichele
Finnish Peter Philström
Polish Adam Fidusiewicz
Brazilian Portuguese Robson Kumode
Spanish Latin America Carlos Hernández
Spain Ricardo Escobar


  • N's ability to hear the voices of Pokémon and converse with them is similar to the powers shown by Anabel, Sheena, Simon, Damos, and Yellow.

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