Ash Ketchum
Ash Ketchum (Japanese:サトシ Satoshi) is the main protagonist of the Pokémon anime series who has always dreamed of becoming a Pokémon Master and as soon as he hit the age of ten, he rushed to Professor Oak's Laboratory to get his first Pokémon. Originally wanting to choose Squirtle, Ash ended up getting the Pokémon, Pikachu, and left on his journey. At first, Pikachu does not listen to Ash and keeps running away so that Ash had to tie him up. Then after getting chased by a swarm of Spearow, Ash tries to save Pikachu from it, and Pikachu, after seeing Ash so determined and kind, he protected Ash from the Spearow that were attacking Ash. From then on, Pikachu and Ash became best friends for life. As a completely unskilled trainer, Ash managed to go through, while meeting his friends Misty and Brock and capturing new Pokémon. Then, Ash tries to defeat the Gym Leaders in Kanto, allowing him to enter in the Pokémon League. Since then, he has continued to travel, make new friends such as Tracey, May, Max and Dawn, challenge all Gym Leaders and capture new Pokémon while still following his goal of becoming a Pokémon Master. Since this goal is so close to his heart, he sometimes acts a bit rash and rushes to the next battle he can as fast as possible. Ash currently travels in the Unova region with his new friends Iris and Cilan.
Ash Sneaks on the YuGiOh Set by pikabellechu

Ash ketchum disguise (dressed up as Ishizu)


As a Trainer, Ash has captured and befriended a sizable number of Pokémon over the course of the anime. His philosophy on training is that Pokémon are individuals and that a combination of trust, friendship and hard work are needed to overcome adversity. He seems to battle best with Pokémon that are similar to Pikachu: ones that are speedy and maneuverable, yet able to perform high-powered attacks; however, he is willing to work with any Pokémon that comes into his care. Ash's battle style is generally spontaneous, unpredictable, and fairly unorthodox, and his Pokémon often reflect these traits. Ash currently has six Pokémon with him since his capture of Sewaddle. Any additional Pokémon he catches, will be transferred and looked after by Professor Juniper. The first Pokémon sent was his Tranquill but later he traded it for Swadloon. Later Ash makes a rotate for his Pokémon.


  • Every time Ash battles and defeats a rival, he constantly loses to the next one in league tournaments, usually because his opponents are older, more experienced trainers with Pokémon that Ash has never seen or battled before.
  • Ash is based on the Generation I video game character, Red.
  • Ash's first Pokémon choice was a Squirtle, which Gary got.
  • Ash has had thirty Pokémon throughout the series. (Not counting evolution and the thirty extra Tauros as one) 49 including different evolutionary forms.
  • Tranquill is the fifth bird Pokémon Ash has captured. Pidgeot, Noctowl, Swellow, and Staraptor are the others.
  • Ash's personality matches Azelf; the Willpower Pokémon.
  • Ash's last name, Ketchum, may have come from the phrase "Gotta catch 'em all".
  • Ash has caught at least one of the Starter Pokémon in every region, and has caught one bird Pokémon that appears in that region's Pokédex.
  • So far, Ash has caught all known Grass-type starters.
  • When one of Ash's friends captured the other starters, he would capture another Pokémon to fill in the missing types.
  • Ash's only Electric Pokémon is Pikachu.
  • Ash has a different outfit in every region (Besides Johto and Kanto).
  • Since the beginning of the series, Ash's skin has gotten progressively darker, perhaps due to the constant exposure to the sun, as he and his friends that he journeys with walk almost everywhere, and are normally outside.
  • Ash has seen almost every Legendary Pokémon
  • Other than the Orange League, Ash has never won a league tournament.
  • Ash is the only trainer who has ever defeated Tobias' Darkrai. Sceptile was the Pokémon that he used to accomplish this.
  • Dawn and Tracey are the only Trainers who are not related or is a Gym leader the has traveled with Ash.
  • Ash's eye color was mostly black but there are some scenes it is shown to be brown, but in Best Wishes, his eyes were changed so that it would be obvious that his eyes are brown or brownish red.
  • As of now, Ash hasn't captured or was accompanied by a Psychic or Steel-type Pokémon.
  • Scraggy was the third egg that Ash had, the second to born as his Pokémon and the first Dark-type Pokémon for him.
  • Ash is said to be 10 in Black & White, but he was revealed to be older than 11 in the Pokémon 3rd movie short, evidant that Ash has aged a bit. It was believed that Ash has been on his journey for possibly approximately three years. The answer to this age problem is currently unknown.
  • As of Black & White, Ash is a lot shorter than he use to be, and he has forgotten a lot of past lessons.
  • In the 2011 Guinness Book of World Records: Gamer's Edition, Ash was ranked the number 37th in the "Top 50 Video Game Characters of All Time." despite him never being in a game, his game ranking possibly comes from the fact that Ash is Red's counterpart.
  • Ash has the ability to sense and control aura, as it was shown in the movie and once again in an episode of DP Galactic Battles. Aaron's Lucario has stated that Ash's aura is the same as Aaron's, and Ash was able to use his aura to find and save Riolu. Ash only used his aura abilities when it has something to do with either Riolu or Lucario.
  • Ash's hair look similar to Goku's hair (from Dragon Ball Z).
  • Ash's Japanese name, Satoshi, comes from Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokémon.
  • Ash's Pikachu and his Unova Starter Pokémon have never been rotated, only Tranquill, Swadloon, Scraggy, Palpitoad , and Roggenrola.
  • Bianca and Barry usually crash almost every time they see Ash because they are always in a hurry.
  • Ash's Chimchar or its final evolution has been in every one of Ash's Sinnoh gym battles after he caught it except against Wake
  • Ash seems to catch less Pokémon when he is traveling with a new trainer.
    • While traveling with May he caught 6 Pokémon, and while traveling with Dawn he caught 5 and obtained buizel by trading with Dawn.
    • While traveling with Misty he caught 18 Pokémon not counting Pikachu which he obtained by Professor Oak, and so far while traveling with Cilan and Iris he has caught 7 Pokémon and hatched Scraggy from an egg
  • Ash has had a rival throughout his whole journey through every region but the Hoenn region.
    • Through the Kanto and Johto regions his rival was Gary Oak, through the Sinnoh region his rival was Paul, and in the Unova region his rival is Trip.
  • Ash's age is unkown but can be guessed, this is due to in the episode The Battle of the Badge Ash states that it has been a year since he started his journey, but in the short before the 3rd movie, which takes place in the middle of their journey through Johto, he states that it has been a year since he started his journey. Also in the first episode of Pokémon Black and White it is stated that Ash is 10.
  • Ash is somewhat like Tyson Granger from the Beyblade original series.
  • Ash has the most Types of any trainer in the series, having evey type at least once, except for Steel and Psychic

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