Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Video Game Character of the Month - October 2019 - Pokémon - Ghetsis

Video Game Character of the Month
October 2019
Pokémon. A 'game for children' they say. Well, besides the fact that it could be seen as an animal enslavement and battle simulator, and the fact that a ten-year-old running around the world on their own throws up some moral questions at the very least (and some legal ones in today's society), you've got the villains of the games to prove this wrong. Theft, kidnapping, squatting (both versions), blinding style choices and mass genocide. Hang on, did I read that right? Mass genocide? Oh. Um. Can't really give the award to someone with that motive. Mass segregation? Wow. That's. Um. I can't really... *Icicles form near Kyurem*...

The video game character of the month award goes to Ghetsis! And now some more information on the mastermind that is Ghetsis.

Some spoilers ahead:

He is one of the Seven Sages
He is the true mastermind behind Team Plasma
He becomes mad after being defeated by a child on two separate occasions
He is the mastermind of Team Rainbow Rocket 
His Pokémon are kept in Master Balls in Ultra Sun and Moon
In Black and White, his team includes: Confagrigus, Bouffalant, Seismitoad, Bisharp, Elektross and Hydreigon
In Black and White 2, his team includes: Kyurem, Confagrigus, Seismitoad, Elektross, Drapion, Toxicroak and Hydreigon
In Ultra Sun and Moon, his team includes: Confagrigus, Bouffalant, Bisharp, Hydreigon and Zekrom/Reshriam
His right arm is a lot darker than his left arm and is only seen during the Black and White opening in the games
Ghetsis's full name was originally G-Cis Harmonia Gropius in Japan (where it is G-Cis currently) 
The top of Ghetsis's robes in Black and White resemble the battlements of a castle
He is the only villainous team leader in the main games that uses a pseudo-legendary Pokémon - Hydreigon
He is the only trainer in the core series games to use seven Pokémon to battle the player - in Black & White 2 he sends out Kyurem to battle the player first and then has a regular team battle
He is the only core series villainous team leader to only be battle once per game
He is 2 m/6'6" tall
His right eye remains hidden by an eyepiece
He seems to have trouble moving the right side of his mouth
Early concept art shows Ghetsis with a scar over his right eye instead of an eyepiece
In Black and White 2, all of Ghetsis's Pokémon he also had in Black and White are two levels lower in Normal Mode, six levels lower in Easy Mode and two levels higher in Challenge Mode. 
He has long, pale green hair
He is a brilliant scientist and inspirational speaker
He nearly made Kyurem impale the player with an icicle
He originally seems to follow Team Plasma's motives to release Pokémon away from humans...
But actually turns out to want world domination
His last name is Harmonia
Ghetsis's Hydreigon's Frustration move is at maximum power, indicating that Ghetsis treats his Pokémon poorly

Origin of Ghetsis:
Ghetsis first appearance in Black and White is in Accumula Town, where he is seen trying to rally its citizens to follow Team Plasma's cause. He initially seems to support both Team Plasma and N, his adoptive sons, ideals. His full name was initially G-Cis Harmonia Gropius, as mentioned by Junichi Masuda, the game's director, in 2012. In an early piece of concept art, he originally had a scar over his right eye instead of an eyepiece

Evolution of Ghetsis:
Ghetsis was revealed to be the true mastermind behind Team Plasma near the end of Black and White, with the ambition to be the only person with Pokémon and so rule the world. However, when he is defeated by the player he disappears, with it later being revealed he had lost everything, including his Pokémon. In Black and White 2 he returns, considerably more ruthless, with the plan to combine Kyurem and Reshriam/Zekrom. Surprisingly, his Pokémon have decreased in level by 2 in the two years since Black and White (if Normal mode is taken as canon). During the game he slams his cane into the Giant Chasm, leaving it there. When he is defeated by the player again, he turns mad, rejects the compassion N shows him and eventually becomes mentally incapable of any further criminal deeds. However, another form of Ghetsis, from a world where he completed his plan to separate Pokémon from humans, appears in Ultra Sun and Moon as the true mastermind behind Team Rainbow Rocket. Again he is stopped by the player, but only after he has taken Lillie hostage, who is rescued by Corless. Corless then warps Ghetsis back to his original world. It is unknown if the events of Ultra Sun and Moon resulted in a changed Ghetsis or a rescued alternate world. 

Pokémon Black/White: released (Japan) on September 18th, 2010/(Europe) on March 4th, 2011/(North America) on March 6th, 2011/(Australia) on March 10th, 2011 on the Nintendo DS
Pokémon Black/White 2: released (Japan) on June 23rd, 2012/(North America) on October 7th, 2012/(Australia) on October 11th, 2012/(Europe) on October 12th, 2012 on the Nintendo DS
Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon: released (World Wide) on November 17th, 2017 on Nintendo 3DS

That's all on Ghetsis, but, as always, if I've made a mistake or forgotten anything, then please don't hesitate to comment! And let us know who you want to win the award next month!

Thanks for reading, Satamer.


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