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|“||We shall bring back the hero and that Pokémon to Unova once again! If we can win people's hearts and minds, we can easily create the world that I—I mean, Team Plasma—desires!||„|
|“||That was just a convenient lie that I needed to create Team Plasma. Use your head. What's to be gained from letting go of useful things like Pokémon? Certainly, manipulating Pokémon helps people expand their possibilities. That much I can agree with. So it naturally follows that only I should be able to use Pokémon!||„|
|~ Ghetsis revealing his true reasons for wanting everyone to release all of their Pokémon.|
Ghetsis Harmonia Gropius, or simply known as Ghetsis, is the main antagonist in Pokémon Black and Pokémon White, as well as their the direct sequels, The adoptive father of N, Concordia, and Athea, he is one of the Seven Sages of Team Plasma. All along the story, he pretended to serve N and to fully support Team Plasma's utopy, though he often lets slip that he serves his own interests. In fact, his true goal is to be the only person in Unova to have Pokémon, so that he would be able to take over the entire land. In order to do so, he manipulated his adopted son as a puppet-king of the Team to make him capture Reshiram or Zekrom, so that he would be able to use them.
Pokémon Black/Pokémon White
Ghetsis is one of the Seven Sages of Team Plasma, an organization allegedly devoted to freeing Pokemon from human slavery. Unknown to most of the organization, Ghetsis' real goal is to make everyone abandon their Pokemon while he remains as the only one with Pokemon, allowing him to easily conquer the Unova region unopposed.
Ghetsis learned about the legend of Unova in which two brothers controlled the Legendary Pokémon Reshiram and Zekrom and faced each other in a battle where the winner was declared the king of Unova. Ghetsis aimed to recreate the legend through his adoptive son N, who would be chosen as a hero by either Reshiram or Zekrom, then defeat the Unova champion Alder with the Legendary Pokemon, after which N would be labeled as the king of Unova and declare that all Pokémon must be freed. Ghetsis would then proceed to take over the region while N remained as the "king" and Ghetsis' unknowing puppet.
Ghetsis' first on-screen appearance was in Accumula Town, where he is seen talking to the locals that they shouldn't enslave Pokemon by capturing and using them in battles, and to release them. You encounter him several times after that, telling everyone to send their Pokémon to Team Plasma so that they can be released back into the wild.
N would eventually succeed at bonding with Reshiram/Zekrom and defeat the champion, Team Plasma then lifted their castle to enshroud the Elite Four as a symbol of their dominance. However, at that point a young trainer had also befriended the other Legendary Pokémon of Unova, meaning that N is not the chosen hero yet until he defeats the player; however, N is defeated in a final battle between Reshiram and Zekrom. Ghetsis will come up and say that N was a disappointment losing, and it was revealed that Ghetsis was using N for his own evil deeds, calling him a good-for-nothing boy, warped, and defective. After that, he will battle the player in a rage intending to declare himself the king of Unova by force. When defeated, he will be taken away by Cheren and Alder. After the game is completed, it is revealed that he escaped thanks to the help of The Shadow Triad, his most faithful and loyal servants.
Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White 2
In Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2, Ghetsis is the leader of a new Team Plasma. This version of Unova's villainous team is more straightforward with their plans to rule Unova by freezing the region rather than freeing Pokémon. He has recruited Colress and Zinzolin to help him.
He first appears at the Giant Chasm where he announces that he will awaken and use Kyurem to freeze the land. Upon being encountered again, he orders Kyurem to freeze the player solid, but N destroys the attack. Ghetsis fuses N's dragon with Kyurem, making it even more powerful and forces the player to battle it. Kyurem escapes, and the player must battle Ghetsis. Upon losing, he suffers a mental breakdown and abusively tells N to shut up and calls him a freak because he can talk to Pokemon. Ghetsis is then escorted away by a member of the Shadow Triad saying he has "lost control".
After the game is completed the Shadow Triad are found Icirrus City. They state that Ghetsis is no longer mentally capable of any further criminal deeds, finally ending his threat to Unova.
Pokémon Ultra Sun/Pokémon Ultra Moon
An alternate version of Ghetsis from a different dimension appears in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon, as a member of Team Rainbow Rocket, using his Pokémon Black/Pokémon White design. This Ghetsis, like the other members of Team Rainbow Rocket, was brought from a world where his plans succeeded (successfully separating Pokémon from humans). After arriving in the game's world, he wonders why he was summoned, and concludes that his purpose was to travel between worlds and liberate all Pokémon from people, consolidating power in himself so that he may rule over all of existence. Because of this, he intends to use Giovanni as a pawn, reasoning that an evil human will be easier to manipulate than "a freak without a human heart", referring to N. Refusing to allow the player to reach Giovanni and interfere with his plans, Ghetsis challenges the player.
After being beaten, he refuses to accept his loss and attacks Lillie, trying to use her as a hostage to make the player throw down their Poké Balls. Regardless of the player's answer, Colress appears and rescues Lillie, recognizing this isn't the Ghetsis he knows. Ghetsis does recognize him as the Colress of the game's world, but doesn't understand why he is opposing his plans, prompting Colress to declare that he just simply hates Ghetsis regardless of dimensions. Colress then utilizes a newly-developed device to warp Ghetsis back to his original world.
Ghetsis made his debut in BW112, where he was seen briefly contacting Colress via a hologram communicator. He is the leader of Team Plasma. He is set to make another appearance during the climax of Episode N.
He appeared again, this time in person, in BW117. He was seen contacting Colress for an update on his Pokémon control experiment. Later, he spoke to several Team Plasma Grunts, who were spying on the excavations made at the White Ruins as well as looking for N and conducting the mysterious "Project G" and "Project F".
Ghetsis appeared in BW118 discussing his plans with Colress and Angie. He also was seen in flashbacks to N's past, in which he raised N alongside Anthea and Concordia and wild Pokémon. In a later flashback, a ceremony he led in N's Castle involving N and the Seven Sages was interrupted by Reshiram, infuriating him.
He also had a brief appearance in BW119, meeting with Colress, Angie and Brad via hologram and revealing the existence of the Light Stone to them.
He appeared briefly via a communicator BW120 before arriving at the White Ruins in BW121. With his followers having subdued Team Plasma's enemies, Ghetsis took the Light Stone and placed it on a pedestal in the ruins, then used his staff to initiate the ritual leading to Reshiram's awakening.
Ghetsis appeared in BW122, where, with the help of Colress's machine, he took control of Reshiram. Despite turning it on his enemies, however, he lost control of Reshiram when Colress's machine was destroyed. Ultimately, he was arrested by Looker along with the rest of his followers.
Ghetsis appears in the the episode "The King Returns", where he appears in the Giant Chasm, trying to freeze all of Unova. Despite N's efforts, he fuses Kyurem and Reshiram, forcing Hilbert to fight him.
Pocket Monsters BW
Ghetsis is a manipulative man who wants to convince people to liberate Pokemon from human slavery however this is only so he could rule the region unopposed. Ghetsis is abusive as well, constantly calling N a freak. It is implied that Ghetsis is willing to kill children as shown when he seeks to eliminate the player to forever keep is real goal a secret and attempts to freeze the sequel's player by using Kyurem to avenge himself for his loss years prior. Likewise, Ghetsis is an egotistical man, believing himself to be perfect and refuses to accept defeat.
His insanity has worsened in the sequel because this time he wants to freeze all of Unova as revenge for his loss years ago. Due to his mental breakdown after his final defeat, the Shadow Triad tells the player that Ghetsis can no longer do anything at all, finally ending his threat once and for all. Ghetsis is capable of caring for others however, albeit extremely rarely since he saved the Shadow Triad's lives before which made them eternally loyal to him.
- In Pokémon Black/Pokémon White, his strongest Pokémon is a level fifty-four Hydreigon, which is underleveled since Hydreigon's previous evolution, Zweilous, evolves into Hydreigon at level sixty-four.
- Similarly, in Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White 2, his Hydreigon is at level fifty-two, which is still underleveled.
- Ghetsis is the only antagonist that uses a Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon during the final battle with the main hero.
- In Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White 2, Ghetsis becomes the first Trainer in the main series games to use seven Pokémon to battle, due to controlling Kyurem and having a party of six Pokémon. Overall, he is the second Trainer to do so, the first being Greevil in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.
- The Ghetsis Stick disables Poké Balls, which he uses to stop the player from catching Kyurem while it is under his control.
- In Pokémon Black/Pokémon White, his Pokémon are at level fifty-two and his Hydreigon is at level fifty-four. In Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White 2, his Pokémon are at level fifty and his Hydreigon is at level fifty-two.
- On the internet, he is known as "Dennis" due to people mishearing the chanting happening during the battle with him. It can be heard at about 1:32.
- Ghetsis' last name is Latin for "harmony".
- Ghetsis is 2.00 m (6'6") tall.
- Ghetsis is the only villainous team leader in the anime to be arrested successfully at the conclusion of his plot.
- Ghetsis possibly travelled to Sinnoh before the events of Pokémon Black/Pokémon White, since he somehow came into possession of the orbs of the Creation Trio.
- Ghetsis' cane stays in the Giant Chasm, being a storyline to his battle sprite in Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White 2, as he slams his cane into the ground.
- Ghetsis is the only Pokémon villain to try to incapacitate the player. In Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White 2, he attempts to have Kyurem freeze the player with Glaciate. Before the English releases of Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White 2, this threat was mistranslated by various sources as a threat to kill and impale the player using Kyurem's icicles.
- Ghetsis' right arm is almost always concealed. In the games, it is only seen in Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White 2's opening, where it is shaded darker than his left arm.
- Early concept art for Ghetsis depicts him without his eyepiece and shows that his right eye has a scar around it.