Character Clarification: N
by, 6th December 2012 at 06:37 PM (2794 Views)
First blog post! Right- I thought I would open with a discussion of Natural Gropius Harmonia, more commonly referred to as N. Now, N is certainly one of the more controversial characters in the franchise, if not the most. It is a character's quirks and problems that make them exciting- so I will go over a good deal of that. Let's start with the basics, shall we?
Who is Natural?
N is the villainous team leader in Black and White, and an experienced PkMn Trainer in Black and White 2. He is partnered with Zekrom (Reshiram) in a pursuit for his ideals. He has very strong, formulated feelings and opinions, but is extremely open-minded, however. He travels the region in search for Hilbert or Hilda, and eventually gives his most beloved Pokémon away to Nate or Rosa, convinced that it is in better hands as Nate/Rosa goes on to fuse it with its original body, Kyurem. He is the adopted son of Ghetsis, and is the adopted brother to Anthea and Concordia. He grew up with Pokémon, isolated from people, and therefore can talk to Pokémon considerably better than he can people. He is shrouded in mystery, and not much else is known about him.
The Good, the Bad, and the Funky
N is a very compassionate and open-minded character. He is known to, "hear the voices of Pokémon,"although this concept is nearly abandoned after the first few battles. He is strong in times of down, and is known to develop deep bonds with the people and Pokémon he loves. He can clearly distinct black and white and is not one to easily fall for the murkiness of the grey (pun intended). Overall, he's a pretty interesting character with a good amount of good qualities (no matter how hard you have to look for them).
As good of a character as N is, he would not be nearly as interesting without his quirks. He is extremely easy to manipulate, as made evident by Ghetsis' attempts to use him as king to make himself innocent. He is also not the best communicator, because he grew up with Pokémon, and actually speaks to them better than humans.
Let's get to the heart of the matter- what should the true interpretation of this character be? Is he just a stupid child that can speak to Pokémon and wears his heart on his sleeve, as Ghetsis implies? Or is he really something else, that cannot be expressed because of the antisocial veil he wears? I love N. I really do. Alas, my answer is the one I do not want to believe, and that is the first one. N means good in his heart, he really does- it just so happens that he was unfortunately placed in the wrong place in the wrong time, and as a result, produced the Natural that we know and love. He is- let's face it- simply a child who can speak to Pokémon. Nothing more. Yes, he was the hero recognized by Zekrom (Reshiram), but there is no specific reasoning for this- heck, Hilbert was a hero as well, and he doesn't even have a set personality; if he did, he would be able to talk. In sad conclusion, the crazy old man was correct- N really is just a sad little boy who can talk to Pokémon. An awesome sad little boy, at that- he will remain to be my favorite character ever.
Hilbert/Hilda (for convinence, referred to as Hil)
Nate/Rosa (referred to as Grey for convenience)
Well, that's it. 'Till next time, I'll be off. Be safe and find the muffin button.
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