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Grunts of Plasma

Team Plasma Grunts in both their original & new outfits

A Team Plasma Grunt (Japanese: プラズマだんのしたっぱ Team Plasma Underling) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that first debuted in the Generation V games. They are members of Team Plasma. There are male and female versions. In Black and White, they dress similarly to knights from the Middle Ages. In Black 2 and White 2, they have switched over to a uniform that is darker and more militaristic in appearance and functionality. However, the older uniform still exists in those games as well.

They tend to usually use Patrat, Sandile, Scraggy, Purrloin, and Trubbish along with their respective evolutions. In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, they are seen with a more diverse pool of Pokémon, using Pokémon from other regions, mainly consisting of Normal, Poison, and Dark type Pokémon. They share a majority of their non-Unova Pokémon with the members of Team Rocket.

In the games

In Pokémon Black and White, Team Plasma Grunts act hypocritically, as they fight for Pokémon liberation yet keep their own Pokémon to battle with. They defend themselves saying that their purposes are different from those from the regular Tainers, and that's why they use them; unlike N, who seems to catch nearby wild Pokémon for battle and release them after, as well as the Seven Sages, who refrain from battling and call upon Grunts instead. In fact: N, Ghetsis and Grunts, are the only Team Plasma members to even battle the player. Although they preach living in peace with Pokémon, some of them still abuse Pokémon, such as two grunts kicking a Munna for its Dream Mist. They also treat Pokémon as tools, such as when one grunt states that N's Castle was built by overworking the Pokémon they had captured. In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Team Plasma is broken into two different forces, each with different purposes. One force still vows to release all Pokémon from their Trainers. Ghetsis is the leader of the newer force, which intends to take over Unova.

In the anime

Several Plasma Grunts are set to make an appearance in their pirate outfits in BW112, an episode of the upcoming Best Wishes! Season 2: Episode N.

Pokémon Villains

Team Rocket ( Giovanni | Proton | Petrel | Arianna | Archer ) (Anime only: Jessie | James | Meowth | Dr. Zager | Butch | Cassidy | Dr. Namba | Madame Boss | Domino | Tyson | Iron-Masked Marauder | Pierce ) (Manga only: Lt. Surge | Sabrina | Koga | Will | Karen | Carl | Sham | Carr | Sird | Orm )
Team Aqua ( Archie | Matt | Shelly | (Manga only: Amber )
Team Magma ( Maxie | Tabitha | Courtney | (Manga only: Blaise )
Team Galactic ( Cyrus | Mars | Jupiter | Saturn | Charon ) | (Manga only: Sird )
Team Plasma ( N | Seven Sages ( Ghetsis | Zinzolin | Rood | Gorm ) | Colress | Shadow Triad )
Team Flare ( Lysandre | Malva | Aliana | Bryony | Celosia | Mable | Xerosic )
Team Skull ( Guzma | Plumeria | Gladion )
Aether Foundation ( Lusamine | Faba )
Cipher ( Greevil | Evice | Ein | Lady Venus | Nascour | Miror B. | Dakim | Lovrina | Snattle | Gorigan | Ardos | Eldes | Hexagon Brothers )
Manga Villains
Lorelei | Bruno | Agatha | Lance | Mask of Ice | Carl | Carr
Other People
Silver | Lawrence III | Annie | Oakley | Phantom the Pirate | Dr. Yung | Hunter J | Baron Alberto | Zero | Grings Kodai | Marcus | Damon | Ninja Riot | Marilyn Flame | Argus Steel | AZ | Jarvis
Mewtwo (Anime) | Deoxys | Yveltal | Rayquaza | Team Skull (Mystery Dungeon) | Snover | Dusknoir | Entei | Unown | Primal Dialga | Darkrai | Giratina | Arceus | Zekrom | Reshiram | Kyurem | Red Genesect | Genesect Army | Munna | Malamar | Spiritomb | False Groudon | Shadow Lugia | Giant Tentacruel | Mirage Mewtwo | Evil Togepi | Hoopa Unbound | Nihilego (An Ultra Beast)