Ash Ketchum (seasons 1-13, 17-25)

READ THIS NOTE ON ASH KETCHUM'S PAGE: This page is dedicated to his German voice actress from which is the original German dub version of Pokémon: Johto League Champions to Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension, Veronika Aryana Neugebauer (1968-2009). She died from a long-battle with colon cancer on October 11, 2009.

Ash
"Hi! My name is Ash Ketchum from Pallet Town, and this is my buddy, Pikachu!"
Gender: Male
Type: Optimistic Pokémon Trainer
Age: Unknown, teenager
Species: Human
Portrayed by: Veronica Taylor (English; EP001-AG145)
Sarah Natochenny (English; AG146-present, MoMP re-dub)
Jamie Peacock (English; MoMP original dub)
Rika Matsumoto (Japanese)
Hana Takeda (Japanese; JN001; age 6)
Status: Alive
Media of origin: Pokémon


"Pikachu, remember when we saw Gary the other day? He asked me, he asked me how close I've gotten to becoming a pokémon master. Being champion isn't my goal. The thing is, I still think of myself as a challenger. I wanna go on a lot more adventures, meet lots more pokémon and take everything I learned every day and put it to good use. That includes meeting Latios. The thing is, I wanna be friends with all of the pokémon in the world. That's what it means to be a pokémon master."

Quote from "The Rainbow and the Pokémon Master!"

Ash Ketchum (Japanese: サトシ Satoshi) is the main protagonist of the first 25 seasons of the Pokémon anime series. His signature Pokémon was always a Pikachu. He is also the anime counterpart of Red, the player character of the Gen I games.

Why He's Gonna Catch 'Em All

  1. Ash made a lot of really good friends in the past seasons; especially in the original series.
  2. His Pikachu was iconic to the point it became the Pokémon franchise's mascot, he however became the anime's mascot.
  3. Rica Matsumoto voices him fantastically in the original Japanese version. Veronica Taylor also greatly voiced him in the English dub in the first eight seasons, and Sarah Natochenny decently voices him in the English dub in seasons 9-13 and since season 17, especially in Sun & Moon and Journeys.
  4. Ash's Pokémon, such as Pikachu, Charizard, Heracross, and Greninja are awesome (especially Charizard and Greninja).
  5. He only got more mature as the episodes went on (until Black and White, though he did improve in XY)
  6. He has saved many lives and many legendaries. He has such a big heart for Pokémon, he even carried Mewtwo's dying body in "Mewtwo Returns".
  7. He won the Battle Frontier and was wanted for Frontier Brain, but he turned it down so he could keep traveling the world, which was a great and adventurous choice.
  8. He believes in treating Pokémon with respect and has every right to get angry at anyone who abuses their Pokémon.
  9. His designs are extremely iconic, especially his Original Series design.
  10. He starts fresh each time he goes to a new region with brand new Pokémon (with the exceptions of Pikachu, Aipom, and possibly any others), which shows that he likes to play fair.
  11. His relationship with Serena is extremely heartwarming, and his backstory of both when he and Serena were kids was really cute.
  12. His character is so faithful to the games, that people consider Ash to be the anime version of Red.
  13. He has a tendency of surprising people with out-of-the-box thinking and unpredictable strategies in grave situations, one of the most notable being in a battle against Viola when Pikachu stuck its tail into the ground to avoid getting blown away.
  14. In Pokémon Journeys, he now has a Riolu of his very own after its egg was hatched. However, that wasn't the first time he has a Pokémon that he first got as an egg. It was notably Phanpy.
  15. On the twenty-second season of the series, he finally won a Pokémon Championship Finals League in Alola, much to the joy of most fans.
  16. He is the most amazing in the Kids' WB commercials. One time, he managed to play poker against the Joker.
  17. He has greatly redeemed himself since XY, and has remained his lovable self since then.
  18. In 2022, he won the Galar League, and became World Champion.
  19. As of the final episode of Journeys, he has reunited with all of his released Pokémon:
    • He reunited with Goodra and Greninja in Kalos, in the former's case, for the Kalos League, in the latter's case, it redeems Greninja's poorly-written released and gave Ash and Lucario character development.
    • He reunited with his evolved Naganadel in Alola, which he used in his battle against Professor Kukui.
    • He reunited with his released Kanto Mons. He meet Lapras again twice, once in Johto, and then more recently in Kanto. He reunited with his Butterfree in Kanto after he and Goh went their separate ways. In the final episode of Journeys, he reunited with Pidgeot, who saved Pikachu from Team Rocket and rejoined Ash's team, meaning that in terms of the English dub, Ash did keep his promise of coming back for it.
  20. The final episodes of Journeys has Ash rotate with his older Pokémon, travel with Misty and Brock, and has ended his journey on a high note. We will miss you, Pokémon Master Ash.

Bad Qualities

  1. He was badly flanderized in the Black & White seasons. Thankfully, he has redeemed himself since XY.
  2. Disappointingly, he rarely wins in Pokémon leagues despite gaining a lot of experience as time goes by, the only leagues he won are only four:
    • The Orange Islands league.
    • The Battle Frontier
    • The Alola League (where he finally won a general league).
    • The Galar League (Which marked him as the Pokèmon champion)
  3. Even though narrator states in the first episode of the entire anime that Ash is 10, he obviously looks and sounds like he was 12. The same thing applies to Misty.
  4. Every now and then, there are times when he saves the day too much rather than letting others do so and more when he should. While this is understandable since he's the Main Protagonist, This can happen more than it should.
    1. A good example is in "May's Egg-cellent Adventure", Despite May being the star of the episode May's attempts don't seem to Save the Pokémon Eggs from Team Rocket or stop them. Instead, it's Nicolette saving the eggs and Ash defeating Team Rocket Just for Pikachu to Learn Volt Tackle which can be unsatisfying for some people.
  5. Jamie Peacock does an atrocious job voicing him in the special Pokémon: The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon.
  6. He usually thinks too much about catching Pokémon that he doesn't understand that they are lost or that they belong to another person, which usually gets him in trouble with other people.
    • For example, in "Ditto's Mysterious Mansion", he attempts to catch another Pikachu while thinking it is a new species, only to learn that the "Pikachu" is a Ditto and that Ditto belongs to Duplica, which is another trainer.
  7. He can sometimes be kind of a jerk towards his friends, Misty most of the time, Brock and more.
  8. His Sun and Moon design looks pretty off-looking to most people, but it's mainly the face. Luckily, his personality was still the same (unlike the beginning of the Unova era), but after Sun and Moon, his face design thankfully changed to a much better looking one in the Journeys series.

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Trivia

  • His English name, Ash, is derived from his Japanese name, Satoshi, as those letters came from that name (Satoshi).
    • In turn, he is named after his creator, Satoshi Tajiri.
      • In fact, his Japanese name meant "wisdom" or "reason."
  • His outfit varies as he travels through regions.

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