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Ash Ketchum (Japanese: サトシ Satoshi) is the overall main protagonist of the Pokémon series, mostly the anime. His signature Pokémon was always a Pikachu.

Why He's Great

  1. Ash made a lot of really good friends in the past seasons; especially in X&Y/XYZ, Advanced, Johto, and Sun and Moon.
  2. His Pikachu was so iconic, it became Pokémon's mascot and also one of the most iconic characters in gaming history. In general, Pikachu has always become the best friend of his owner, Ash Ketchum.
  3. Ash's Pokémon, such as Pikachu, Charizard, Heracross, and Greninja are awesome (Especially Charizard and Greninja).
  4. His relationship with Serena is extremely heartwarming, and his backstory of both when he and Serena were kids was really cute.
  5. Like a lot of kids, he only got more mature as the episodes went on.
  6. His character is so faithful to the games, that people consider Ash to be the anime version of Red.
  7. He has saved many lives and many legends. He has such a big heart, he even carried Mewtwo's dying body in Mewtwo Returns.
  8. He won the Battle Frontier and was wanted for Frontier Brain, but he turned it down so he could keep travelling the world, which was a great and adventurous choice.
  9. He believes in treating Pokémon with respect and has the right reasons to get angry at anyone who abuses their Pokémon. For example: in one episode during the first series, AJ was abusive to his Sandshrew by whipping it and treating it like a slave.
  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. 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.
  12. In Pokémon Journeys, he now has a Riolu of his very own after its egg was hatched.
  13. Though he is often saddened when he is defeated in a battle, he seldom ever gives in, and is always determined to improve upon his own skills and abilities. As such, he is always quick to attempt a rematch, and, whenever he loses a Pokémon Championship, is rarely ever disappointed for long. He is always well aware that he and his Pokémon done their best on these occasions, and is always determined to try again another time.
  14. On the twenty second season of the series, he finally won a Pokémon Championship Finals League in Alola, much to the joy of a lot of fans.

Bad Qualities

  1. He has done a lot of stupid things and made a lot of bad mistakes in the past, like the infamous and miraculous feat of losing against Trip's Snivy with his Pikachu, which has defeated legendaries before. Even if Pikachu couldn't use electric type moves at the time, he has two other good moves and should have been able to overpower Snivy. Not to mention, that Snivy has no training experience, let alone the first episode of Best Wishes feel relentlessly nonsensical when it comes to this infamous part.
    1. He also entered unevolved starters into the Pokémon League, something he thankfully didn't actually make the same mistake of doing ever again in XYZ, despite losing the league anyway.
    2. Another mistake he made in Best Wishes is planning to take on Elesa's gym battle with only one Pokémon, then leaving in the middle of the battle to get more Pokémon. As a trainer, he should really have a maximum amount of Pokémon at all times, and usually he would've been disqualified from the gym battle. And that event was why "Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym" was hated, especially as an episode among fans.
  2. He has an infamous habit of being written into always releasing some of his most powerful Pokémon, such as Charizard (at first), Greninja, Poipole (his first Ultra Beast) and Goodra (his first pseudo-legendary), because of the show trying not to make him seem overpowered.
  3. His Sun and Moon design looks pretty off-putting, mainly the face. Luckily, his personality was still the same, but after Sun and Moon, his face design thankfully changed to a much better looking one in the currently running Journeys series.
  4. In "Pikachu and Pichu", he is somehow still 10 years old despite the event of that short being Pikachu and Ash's 1st year anniversary on when Ash became Pikachu's best friend. It would have been more logical if he aged up during said events, and the same goes with a couple other characters that either are the same age as him, or an age behind, or much younger than Ash, Misty, and Brock. Though to be fair, none of the Pokémon characters age.


  • 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".
      • When Pikachu says "Pika-pi", especially when Ash is around, he is calling Ash's Japanese name.
  • His outfit varies as he travels through regions (His Kalos/Gen VI outfit pictured).