|Natural Harmonia Gropius
ナチュラル・ハルモニア・グロピウス Natural Harmonia Gropius
N in the eleventh chapter
|Ghetsis (foster father)
Anthea and Concordia (foster sisters)
|New Places... Familiar Faces!
N (Japanese: Ｎ N) is a supporting character in the manga series Pokémon Adventures. He is the former King of Team Plasma, having been raised since childhood by Ghetsis in order to liberate Pokémon from humans. His full name is Natural Harmonia Gropius (Japanese: ナチュラル・ハルモニア・グロピウス Natural Harmonia Gropius).
N is usually inexpressive. He is also shown to be very caring about Pokémon and was enraged by how the Pokémon are captured with Poké Balls, saying that when they are in the Poké Balls, their "voice" cannot be heard. However, after a few encounters with Black, N slowly developed interests about Pokémon's friendship with Trainers, and realized that "liberating" Pokémon doesn't make them happy after all, if they're separated against their own will. Though he initially disliked Alder due to the latter's link to the Pokémon League and Pokémon battling, upon coming to know the former Champion better, N expressed a sympathy with him thanks to his past loss of a Pokémon partner to illness.
N debuted in Black's First Trainer Battle. He was first seen watching Black as he set off on his Pokémon journey. In Lights, Camera...Action!, N witnessed Black saving a Xtransceiver commercial shooting from a wild Galvantula. Once the ordeal was over, N shed a tear from seeing Pokémon being used by humans.
In Letting Go, N encountered Black at Accumula Town, where he challenged the boy to a battle. During their battle, N expressed his disgust at the Pokédex, claiming that Trainers lock up his "friends" in Poké Balls to fill the Pokédex, making them nothing more than a source for information. Black's Tep managed to defeat N's Tympole, convincing N that some Pokémon do enjoy the company of their Trainers. After N left to think about what he learned, Black saw a dream from N's past produced from his Musha's Dream Mist and wondered if N wasn't really a bad person.
In Gigi's Choice, N trapped White on the Rondez-View Ferris Wheel in order to talk with her. He revealed to White his status as the King of Team Plasma and asked her Gigi if it wished to participate in a Pokémon battle. N had his Servine attack Gigi, forcing her to defend herself and knock Servine out with an Ember. Unable to process Gigi's joyous reaction at winning a battle, White chose to jump out of the ferris wheel and beckoned Gigi to come with her. Gigi chose to side with N, shocking White into falling out of the car and onto the ground below. As White lied on the ground unconscious, N revealed he planned to defeat the League Champion before sending Servine down to assist White.
In Finding Truth, N received the Dark Stone from Ghetsis. With it, he successfully awakened Zekrom, the Legendary Dragon Pokémon of Ideals. After some struggles, he managed to convince Zekrom to join his cause, becoming the Hero of Ideals.
In The Lesson Ends Here, N met Alder and challenged him to a Double Battle. Black, White, and Iris arrived in time to witness Alder losing the battle. Reacting to Zekrom's presence, the Light Stone in Black's possession turned into Reshiram, only to revert back into its stone form immediately afterward. N attempted to leave, but was was attacked by Cedric Juniper, who demanded to know where the Gym Leaders kidnapped by Team Plasma were being held captive. Black, White, and Cedric teamed up to defeat N's Pokémon, but he still refused to tell them where Team Plasma's base was located. As he flew away on Zekrom, N heard its voice, learning that it wished to battle Black after he fully awakened Reshiram.
In Cold Hard Truth, Team Plasma launched their attack on the Pokémon League, surrounding the building with N's Castle. As a form of mockery and display of Team Plasma's power, the Gym Leaders were hoisted on cross-like fixtures and displayed in front of the masses. Having awakened Reshiram, Black battled against N and Zekrom in the skies above the castle. Due to not being used to fighting with Reshiram, Black struggled, but with Cedric's help, he learned how to utilize Reshiram's abilities properly and dealt a heavy blow to Zekrom with Reshiram's Fusion Flare. Zekrom quickly got back up and fled into the castle with Black and Reshiram following after them. They continued their battle, but a second Zekrom appeared to assist the first. Easily seeing through the ruse, Black had Reshiram attack the real Zekrom, defeating it. The second Zekrom revealed itself to be Zorua, who had remained to help N despite him releasing all of his friends prior to the attack on the League. Black told N that Zorua wished to stay with him despite being released. N understood Zorua's wishes, but both ended up passing out.
In A Difficult Parting, N awakened and thanked Black and White for helping him see the error of his ways. N decided to go find his own path and left on Zekrom's back, leaving Zorua behind.
In Flying Ship, N and Zekrom returned to Unova, the latter having been attracted by Kyurem's growing power. As they traveled, the Light Stone arrived and flew in front of them before stopping at the Entralink, where it was found by White. N reunited with White and took her to Team Plasma's flying ship, the Plasma Frigate. N revealed that Kyurem was attracting Zekrom and Reshiram towards it so it could fuse with one of them. Shortly after they arrived, Ghetsis exited the Plasma Frigate to battle with his former son. N told White to get to safety, revealing that if Zekrom were to be absorbed, the Light Stone would react and revert into Reshiram once again.
In Abyssal Ruins, Ghetsis obtained the DNA Splicers, which gave Kyurem the power to revert Zekrom back into the Dark Stone, sealing N inside with it. Reacting to this, the Light Stone pulled White into it, sending her to the Pokémon Dream World, where she met with N. While inside, N and White reunited with Black, who was sealed into the Light Stone two years ago. After Kyurem absorbed Zekrom to become Black Kyurem, Black told N to stay behind and fight Kyurem from the inside while he and White exited the Light Stone with Reshiram to fight from the outside. After exiting the Light Stone, Black and White launched a counterattack against Kyurem, but were distracted when N was ejected from the Dark Stone, giving Ghetsis the chance to attack and escape. Not wanting N to interfere with his control over Kyurem, Ghetsis knocked him off of Kyurem's back, sending him into the ocean below. Unbeknownst to Ghetsis, Colress secretly took N aboard the Plasma Frigate, curious about his ability to hear the voices of Pokémon.
In The Final Battle: Crushed Ambition, Whitley and Hugh infiltrated the Plasma Frigate, where they found N and rescued him. Hugh told N about the Purrloin Team Plasma stole from his sister five years ago. N agreed to return Purrloin, but only after Ghetsis was defeated. While Hugh stayed behind with Whitley's Foongy upon spotting the two Team Plasma Grunts who had stolen Purrloin, Whitley and N made their way to Ghetsis's room, only to encounter Alder and Looker instead, who been battling Ghetsis before he managed to escape and hide himself. After finding where Ghetsis ran off to, N stated he intended to take all the Pokémon stolen by Team Plasma and return them to where they properly belonged. Suddenly, an explosion tore the Plasma Frigate apart from the inside, sending everyone flying. Ghetsis was saved by N, who stated that despite everything, he still loved Ghetsis as a father. Disgusted, Ghetsis rejected N's love, calling him a monster while beating his former son unconscious and bleeding. As he plummeted towards the ground, Ghetsis laughed at his villainy, only to be surprised when he was rescued by Zekrom. Meanwhile, Foongy returned with Hugh and healed the worst of N's injuries before Black, White, and Iris arrived with Reshiram to rescue everyone. The Plasma Frigate crashed into the abandoned N's Castle, setting the building on fire and putting the liberated Pokémon Team Plasma left behind in danger. By combining the might of all three stages of the Unova starter Pokémon, Black, White, and the others launched a triple Fire, Grass, and Water Pledge combination attack, successfully dousing the flames. Afterward, Ghetsis was arrested by the International Police and taken into custody. N took Hugh and his sister into the castle, where he returned Purrloin to them. N and Black later said their farewells to Zekrom and Reshiram, who flew off together to parts unknown.
In Epilogue: Graduation Ceremony, N was revealed to have been arrested by the International Police. After being released on bail, N worked with Whitley, Anthea, and Concordia to return the Pokémon liberated by Team Plasma back to their original owners.
Zorua was first seen in a flashback of N's childhood. He was first seen in person at Castelia City, where he harassed Black's Tep and spied on Black under N's instructions. At the Driftveil Drawbridge, he caused havoc by preventing the bridge from lowering, but was defeated by Black. He was seen with N at Dragonspiral Tower, when he was awakening Zekrom. Later, he faced Alder's Accelgor with Gigi and distracted Accelgor long enough for Gigi to defeat it. He fought Bo, Amanda, and Cedric's Samurott, but was defeated. When Black arrived at N's Castle, Zorua used his Illusion Ability to take on Zekrom's appearance. Despite N releasing his entire team, Zorua refused to leave N's side, much to N's confusion. When Black revealed that Zorua truly wants to be with his Trainer, N sympathized with him, but left him behind as he bid his farewells. In the Black 2 & White 2 arc, Zorua returned to N.
|Listening to Pokémon
|Darmanitan was first seen in a flashback of N's childhood. He was later seen with N at Dragonspiral Tower, when he was awakening Zekrom. Later, he was used to battle Alder's Bouffalant and Escavalier and lost. Before Team Plasma attacked the Pokémon League, he was released back into the wild. He is level 59 and has a Calm nature.
|Listening to Pokémon
|Two Woobat were seen in a flashback of N's childhood. It is unknown if he is still in contact with them.
None of Woobat's moves are known.
|Listening to Pokémon
|Purrloin is the first Pokémon seen in N's possession. He was used to battle Black in Accumula Town. He is level 19 and has a Timid nature.
|Gurdurr is N's second known Pokémon. He was used to battle Black in Accumula Town. Later, he was seen helping N befriend Zekrom. Before Team Plasma attacked the Pokémon League, he was released back into the wild. He is level 55 and has a Rash nature.
None of Gurdurr's moves are known and his Ability is Sheer Force.
|Tympole is N's third known Pokémon. He was used to battle Black in Accumula Town. He battled Black's Tep, but was eventually defeated. At the Dragonspiral Tower, he was seen helping N befriend Zekrom. At Route 6, Tympole teamed up with Zorua to destroy the third Unova Pokédex by blowing a hole in it with a Water attack. Before Team Plasma attacked the Pokémon League, he was released back into the wild. He is level 24 and has a Modest Nature.
|Pidove is N's fourth known Pokémon. He was used to battle Black in Accumula Town. He is level 20 and has a Timid nature.
None of Pidove's moves are known and his Ability is Super Luck.
Gigi (Japanese: ぶぶ Bubu) was one of the Pokémon actresses seen in White's BW Agency. After discovering her true battle potential, Gigi decides to side with N and leaves White to join him. Before Team Plasma attacked the Pokémon League, she was released back into the wild and was told to follow her dreams. Gigi then decided to go back into show business as an actress of the BW Agency.
|Archeops was seen with N at Dragonspiral Tower as an Archen, when he was awakening Zekrom. Later, he was used to battle Alder's Bouffalant and Escavalier but was eventually defeated by his Accelgor. Before Team Plasma attacked the Pokémon League, he was released back into the wild. He is level 57 and has a Jolly nature.
None of Archeops's moves are known and his Ability is Defeatist.
|The Cold Hard Truth
Zekrom was initially sealed within the Dark Stone, which was held at the Nacrene Gym alongside Reshiram's Light Stone. After being stolen by the Shadow Triad, the Dark Stone was delivered by Ghetsis to N, who immediately revived Zekrom from it. Although initially hostile towards N, Zekrom eventually turned over to N's side and chose him as the Hero of Ideals. When Black obtained the Light Stone, Zekrom expressed the desire to fight Black as the Hero of Truth once he fully awakened Reshiram. Zekrom's wish was granted at the Pokémon League, where it and N fought Black and Reshiram atop of N's Castle. Since Black didn't have full control over Reshiram, he initially struggled, but eventually Zekrom was defeated when Reshiram fired a Fusion Flare, made stronger by Fusion Bolt, at it. At the end of the Black and White chapter, N said his goodbyes and flew off on Zekrom after learning the error of his ways.
After Ghetsis's arrest two years later, Zekrom left N.
Servine, as a Snivy, was one of the two Pokémon that N liberated from Cedric Juniper. Afterward, she stayed with N until she eventually evolved. She appeared with him at Nimbasa City when N confronted White at the Rondez-View Ferris Wheel. She was used to tease White's Gigi in order to force her to fight and free herself from her grip. After being defeated and Gigi joined N, Servine was sent to White's aid and eventually joined her team.
|The Case of the Missing Pokémon
- N is the first character in Pokémon Adventures to have had a starter Pokémon that belonged to a Professor, but has never had a Pokédex.
|Villainous team leaders
|Giovanni • Maxie • Archie • Cyrus • N • Ghetsis • Colress • Lysandre • Guzma • Piers • Cassiopeia
|Giovanni • Guzma • Cyrus • N • Lysandre • Piers • Ghetsis • Maxie • Archie • Colress • Paulo • Penny
|Biruritchi • Gonzap • Evice • Greevil • Gordor • Baron Phobos • Blake Hall • Kincaid • Societea • Munna • Dark Rust • Giovanni
|Giovanni • Madame Boss • Maxie • Archie • Cyrus • Ghetsis • Lysandre • Guzma • Piers • Gibeon
|Giovanni • Masked Man • Maxie • Archie • Cyrus • N • Ghetsis • Colress • Lysandre • Guzma • Piers
|Fraud • Meja
|This article is part of both Project Manga and Project CharacterDex, Bulbapedia projects that, together, aim to write comprehensive articles on the Pokémon Manga and CharacterDex, respectively.