Villain Overview
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.
~ N

Natural Harmonia Gropius, better known as N, is the secondary antagonist in the video games Pokemon Black & White. He is the former King of Team Plasma. He appears in Pokemon Black 2 & White 2 as one of the supporting protagonists. He is voiced by Grant George in Pokémon Genesis.


N is a 20-year-old young man with long light green hair. He's about 1.80 m tall (5'11"), average weight. His clothing consists of: a black hat with a bit of white, a white long sleeve shirt, with a black undershirt, tan pants, and green shoes.


Pokemon Black & White

N's Past

Young N

N as child.

According to his backstory, His adoptive father, Ghetsis forced N to care of abused Pokemon, which made him believe that humans were lowly creatures who harmed Pokemon. Once N was old enough, Ghetsis crowned N as the king of Team Plasma. Ghetsis then assisted N in spreading the word about Team Plasma and their plans.


Hilbert/Hilda meets N at Accumula Town, after watching Ghetsis announce Team Plasma's plans. He challenges the Player to a Pokemon battle using his Purrloin. After being defeated, N wanders off, but expresses interest in the Pokemon's bond with Hilbert/Hilda.

Hilbert/Hilda encounters N multiple times, mostly when Team Plasma is around, and he will challenge the player to a battle. When the player spots N at Nimbasa City, N invites Hilbert/Hilda to ride the ferries wheel with him. N then reveals to him/her that he's both the leader and king of Team Plasma, and that he simply invited the player on the Ferris wheel to give Team Plasma members time to escape. He battles Hilbert/Hilda, then after losing, flees.

He is next spotted at Dragonspiral Tower, where he is summoning Reshiram/Zekrom with the White/Black Orb. He flies away from the tower with the legendary Pokemon. Hilbert/Hilda finds the opposite orb needed to summon Zekrom/Reshiram at a museum.

After Hilbert/Hilda defeats the Elite Four, they go into the Champion Room, where they find Alder defeated by N. N says to Alder that he can keep his "pitiful title" as Champion, and raises a colossal castle from the ground. He climbs up a staircase to the castle, and Hilbert/Hilda follows.

After getting through the castle, they enter a throne room where N sits at the very end. He walks up to Hilbert/Hilda, and summons Reshiram/Zekrom. Believing the player cannot win without Zekrom/Reshiram, he prepares to attack, when suddenly, the orb Hilbert/Hilda found turns into Zekrom/Reshiram. They then fight N alongside the legendary Pokemon, and utterly defeat him. After reminiscing over their victory, he comes to the conclusion that people and Pokemon can come together, and that they fight to learn about each other. Just as he is about to give up the attack on Unova, Ghetsis walks into the room, and reveals his manipulation of N. Ghetsis calls N weak and pathetic, and disowns him. He then challenges Hilbert/Hilda to a battle, but loses, and is arrested. N thanks the player, and flies away on Reshiram/Zekrom through the hole that it created when it came into the room. N, as well as the player, disappear from Unova, with no one knowing where they have gone.

N is a very honorable villain after you beat/capture Zekrom/Reshiram, he heals all of your Pokemon before the battle between you and N begin, and even ask you if you want to hold onto the legendary dragon or place it in the PC.

Pokemon Black 2 & White 2

N returns in the video game; Pokemon Black 2 and White 2. He's still the leader of the old Team Plasma, and is one of the supporting protagonists in the game. He wants to help the Player help defeat Ghetsis and the New Team Plasma.

Pokémon Adventures manga

In contrast to his good intentions in the game, N is considerably meaner in Pokemon Adventures. 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 confronts and battles Black. He expresses his disgust with the Pokédex to Black and claims that Trainers lock up his "friends" in Poké Balls just so that it can fill the Pokédex, making them nothing more than a source of information to fill the Pokédex with information. Eventually, Black's Tep manages to defeat his Tympole, and N decides to take his leave after learning that there are Pokémon that enjoy the company of Trainers. After leaving, Black reveals that N isn't really a bad person after his Musha ate his dream and revealed it to him.

Later, at Nimbasa City, N knocks White into one of the Ferris wheel cars and climbs into it. After a brief talk, N forces White's Gigi to fight his Servine. After Gigi wins, N concludes that White had been neglecting Gigi's battle skills. When White tries to escape, she is shocked to see Gigi side with N instead of her and falls hard to ground below. As the two watch from the Rondez-View Ferris wheel, N sends his Servine to White's aid.

Later, N and Gigi arrive at the Dragonspiral Tower. As he stares at the building, N muses over the location where Truth and Ideals meet while Gigi watches him. Later, he successfully awakens Zekrom, but initially has trouble connecting with it and convincing it to join his side. After recruiting Zekrom, he is challenged to a battle by Alder to a two-on-two battle.

Soon after, Black, White, and Iris come to scene after hearing the commotion, where they witness N defeating Alder with Gigi and Zorua. Reacting to N's Zekrom, the Light Stone in Black's possession turns into Reshiram, but quickly reverts, signifying that Black doesn't have full control over it. Having defeated the Pokémon League Champion, N believes that more people will listen Team Plasma's ideal. Before he can leave, N is attacked by a Samurott owned by Cedric Juniper who demands to know where the captured Gym Leaders are.

Together, Black, White, and Cedric defeat Gigi and Zorua. There, it is revealed that N had liberated the set of starter Pokémon that Cedric was going to give to new Trainers a year before, leaving Snivy with N, Tepig in an unknown location, and Oshawott to stay with Cedric. N accuses Professor Juniper as the cause of the suffering of Pokémon with her distributing of starters, but is stopped by Black's Pokémon. Before they can do anything, N manages to use his abilities to get them to back off, confusing Black into needing Musha to clear his head so that he can figure out a plan.

Unfortunately, N reveals that Musha doesn't like the taste of Black's dreams anymore, so he leaves Black, causing him to faint from the shock of losing his partner. N leaves on Zekrom, where he reveals that Zekrom wants to battle Black again, this time with Reshiram fully awakened.


N first appeared briefly at the end of BW109.

He was formally introduced in BW110, 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 having some training, Snivy and Pikachu were at point attacked by Jessie's Frillish's Shadow Ball, but N saved them. He immediately befriended with 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 joins 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 archaeologists 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 all his help and happily departed with Anthea and Concordia.


  • N is currently one of three antagonists that manage to capture a Legendary Pokemon and use it during a Pokemon Battle, including Greevil using XD0001 (AKA, Shadow Lugia) against the main hero in Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness.  The last is N's adopted father, Ghetsis, who attempts to kill the player by using Kyurem in Black 2 and White 2
  • N, along with Lusamine, are currently the only antagonists that actually befriended the video game's main protagonist.
  • N is also the only Pokemon trainer to use different Pokemon instead of using stronger or evolved form of the Pokemon he previously used, with the exception for his Klink, it fully evolves into a Klinklang.
  • N in the Best Wishes series appeared to have some sort of supporting character role in the series rather than being its main villain since he is seen joining Ash's group and also he never owns any Pokemon but instead befriends some wild Pokemon he helps rescue from Team Plasma who are seen as his former minions. It is even notable that he doesn't own any Pokemon in the series & the ones he "owned" are actually befriended.
  • Unlike how 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.
  • N's Trainer ID number is 00002.


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