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Ghetsis is one of the Seven Sages of Team Plasma in Pokémon: Black and White Versions. He is the actual main antagonist propelling the game's events and manipulating the apparent main antagonist N, and he acts as the final boss in the storyline.
Ghetsis has always had a talent for manpulating the minds and hearts of others to his own ends, and he sought power to dominate the world of Pokémon. At one point, he tried to become a hero of Unovan legend to obtain one of Unova's two legendary Dragon-type Pokémon, Reshiram and Zekrom, but this attempt failed. He spent some time traveling around the world, accumulating knowledge and gathering like-minded people. It is uncertain if he founded Team Plasma, but he basically took control of it. To the public and most of Team Plasma itself, this group had the altruistic motive of permanently separated all Pokémon from their Pokémon trainers so that Pokémon could develop on their own. Ghetsis's true purpose was to manipulate and force the world into giving up all of their Pokémon, so that only Team Plasma would be left with Pokémon in the end, which they would then use to oppress the masses. In order to build the hidden castle in which Team Plasma was based, they overworked Pokémon that they had stolen from others in secret.
Within Team Plasma, Ghetsis's official role was as the leader of the Seven Sages. He also had three mysterious ninja-like henchmen known as the Shadow Triad whose lives he had apparently served in the past, so they reported directly to him. The other Six Sages were other old men who admired him, although many of them were also victim to his manipulations. Their purpose was to look after the king of Team Plasma, N, whom Ghetsis raised as his son. Ghetsis intentionally sabotaged N's growth by keeping him isolated within a room of his castle for most of his life, strictly limiting his contact with humans and traumatizing him by sending him only Pokémon that had been used, mistreated and abused by humans. This was to condition N into believing that all Pokémon trainers were bad, so that he would believe fervently in Team Plasma's doctrine. Because N was still innocent and possessed strong ideals, Ghetsis's ultimate goal was to mold N into being the hero to awaken the Dragon-type Pokémon so that his plans for conquest could go into motion.
In Black and White, Ghetsis was first seen at Accumula Town, where he was running a Team Plasma rally in which he gave a riveting speech about Pokémon liberation that caused the locals to think things over. He later deployed agents to Nacrene City's museum to steal the skull of a Dragon-type Pokémon that he believed to be Reshiram or Zekrom, but he sent the sage Gorm to call it off when their research showed that it was a different skull. Ghetsis next turned up at Castelia City, where Bronius and other Plasma grunts were holed up at a building near the local Pokémon gym while grunts were sent out to steal Pokémon. This attracted the ire of Burgh and Iris as well as Hilbert/Hilda and Bianca after one grunt stole Bianca's Munna. The four of them were able to track down and confront Ghetsis and Bronius at the building. Burgh admitted that he had heard Ghetsis's speech at Accumula and questioned his right to have Pokémon, but this ultimately resulted in he and his Pokémon becoming closer. Ghetsis commended Burgh for his intelligence, claiming that he admired intelligent people, and he also admitted that there was something touching about the relationship about a Pokémon and its trainer. He had the Pokémon returned to Bianca without any battle, and Team Plasma departed from the city. Ghetsis became more focused on the goal of finding the legendary Pokémon and winning or manipulating the hearts and minds of Unova's people.
Ghetsis later turned up in Driftveil City after Zinzolin and a portion of Team Plasma had been taken prisoner by the local gym leader Clay. Ghetsis negotiated with Clay about their release outside Clay's gym and ultimately coerced Clay into letting them leave with him by talking about all of the other agents he had hiding nearby. N later told Ghetsis about the trainer he had developed an interest in, Hilbert/Hilda. Ghetsis had the Shadow Triad look into the backgrounds of that trainer and their friends to see what kind of people they are. They determined that Hilbert/Hilda was ultimately a neutral presence, which Ghetsis considered a good thing, and he apparently wanted to see what kind of trainer this person really was. At some point, Team Plasma also found that Reshiram and Zekrom had respectively been sealed away into Light and Dark Stones, so the group began searching for one of the stones. This search led them to siege Dragonscale Tower, which had one of the stones at its top (Zekrom's Dark Stone in Black and Reshiram's Light Stone in White). N was successful in finding the stone there, and that Dragon-type Pokémon acknowledged him as a hero. N did not begin an attack on the Pokémon League yet, as he claimed that he wanted Hilbert/Hilda to find the other Dragon-type so that the two heroes with the two dragons could clash like in olden times.
Ghetsis then traveled to the Relic Castle with Ryoku in search of the other stone, and he brought more Team Plasma grunts to test Hilbert/Hilda's power when they pursued him along with Cheren and Alder. He congratulated Hilbert/Hilda for being chosen by N as a worthy opponent and told them if that if the trainer did not find the other stone, than N's Dragon-type Pokémon would be used to steal all the world's Pokémon. Ghetsis also tried to tear down Alder's resolve by bringing up his past and pointing out how powerless he is compared to N, as he loved the moment when people lost hope. Team Plasma then retreated from the ruins. Ghetsis and the Shadow Triad later cornered Hilbert/Hilda on the Tubeline Bridge after the trainer had found the other stone. Ghetsis taunted the trainer by telling them that the stone would not acknowledge them as a hero, contrasting them to N who was brought up to be chosen as the hero by Reshiram or Zekrom. He considered N's idea of the battle between the Dragon-types, as well as Hilbert/Hilda's attempt to revive the opposing Dragon-type, to be unnecessary. He then delivered another speech at Opelucid City.
His plan finally went into motion when N used his Dragon-type Pokémon to fight his way through the Elite Four and defeat the champion, Alder. Ghetsis then had N's Castle rise from the ground above the Pokémon League, as a symbol of the new order. N was to make an announcement as champion for the people of Unova to give up their Pokémon, but he awaited his challenge from Hilbert/Hilda first. Hilbert/Hilda was able to awaken the other legendary Dragon-type Pokémon and then capture it in the nick of time, and with it the trainer was able to defeat N. Ghetsis then stepped out, disappointed, and he lashed out at N with a variety of insults. He considered N to be unworthy of the Harmonia name as well as calling him a "freak", a "warped, defective boy" and stupid for losing to Hilbert/Hilda. In the process, he also plainly mentioned his true intentions for Team Plasma. As N needed to retain his image as champion, Ghetsis then decided to battle and silence Hilbert/Hilda himself so that there would be no proof of N's defeat. Even though Hilbert/Hilda had one of the legendary Dragon-types, Ghetsis did not consider them to be a threat, because in his eyes, a Pokémon was just a Pokémon in the end. Ghetsis wound up losing this battle and panicked about it as he had considered himself to be perfect.
Alder and Cheren then escorted Ghetsis away, presumably so that he could be arrested. They did not make it far before the Shadow Triad arrived and rescued Ghetsis. Team Plasma was ruined, and the Six Sages were arrested one-by-one by Looker, who was also hunting for Ghetsis. The Shadow Triad were the only minions that he had left. Ghetsis left on his own shortly afterwards to parts unknown and ordered the Shadow Triad not to follow him. He left them with the Adamant, Lustrous and Griseous Orbs and instructions to pass them on to Hilbert/Hilda.
Ghetsis uses the following Pokémon in battle:
- His name in Japanese was made from a combination of "G" and "Cis", which are the pitches of the timpanis used for his main battle theme. His English version is one interpretation of the Japanese name's romanization.
- Ghetsis refers to N as his son, but Ryoku later mentions that none of the other sages ever found out for certain whether or not Ghetsis and N are truly related.