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Focus: Ash’s psychological profile

ita icon_satoshipediaIn the article “Ash’s sunny and positive personality” we talked in detail of what distinguishes Ash Ketchum: his gentle, emphatetic and positive character. However, his psychological profile needs to be illustrated in a more accurate way, by specifically talking of all the aspects that charaterize him. To do this, it is also useful to make use of the the japanese theme songs lyrics of the Pokémon anime.

The lyrics of the theme songs in Japan are structured in a different way than ours, and this is what makes them more appreciated: in fact, they focus on the emotions and  feelings of the protagonists.

Therefore, examining the lyrics of the pokémon anime theme songs, in particular those sang by Rica Matsumoto (Ash’s japanese voice, that performs the theme songs always by putting herself in Ash’s shoes), a quite interesting context about Ash’s psychology emerges, even if it was already deductible from the episodes. All the quotes you’ll read in this section are from the theme songs.

As we all know, Ash is presented as a very particukiuyhfgyylar guy: with a noble soul, kind, positive and sweet if needed. He demonstrates a remarkable wisdom on how to face life and it’s difficulties, in fact he is a reference point for all of his friends, that consider him a sort of psycologist of the group and use his teachings  to overcome their insecurities.

“Courage is the key that opens doors
We always had it on our hands”
(Challenger – Opening 7 )

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“Through tears and smiles, you’re not alone
I will always and forever cheer you up!”
(Spurt – Opening 10)
“I want to help, I want to protect you during painful times”
(Challenger – Opening 7)
“OK! Let’s swallow our fear!”
(Ok – Opening 3)

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“Pinches and chances are different sides of a coin”
(Challenger – Opening 7)
The bud that is our dreams
Hasn’t changed, but
Little by little it’ll bloom…
I can feel it
(The Rivals – Opening 2)

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Basically, Ash is sweet and kind, but at the same time he is bold and determined.

Another of Ash’s famous characteristic is his stamina. He often receives attacks from confused Pokémons or act as a shield to protect his friends and, if he gets injured, he never stops and continues undeterred to help, even at the cost of losing his life.vlcsnap-2015-11-12-00h33m02s414

Ash never complains too much for pain, if he does, it means he is feeling really bad, like in the episodes vlcsnap-2015-11-12-01h41m26s3478The Stun Spore Detour (Adventures in the Orange Islands series), A Better Pill to Swallow (Johto League Champions series) and “Serena Becomes Satoshi! The Strongest Pikachu Showdown!!” (Series XYZ). Generally, if he is not feeling well, as  not worry those who are with him, he tends to downplay the problem, saying that everything is fine, even though in reality it isn’t.

“There are salty tears on my cheeks, but
Shedding them will make me strong
I’ll forget my pain and scratches
But not my important memories”
(Challenger – Opening 7)

However, since Ash’s personality is so good-natured and reassuring, no one would expect him to become hateful and surly, though there are some cases in which Ash reveales an unexpected side of his character, which may stun not only his travelling companions, but also the audience.

vlcsnap-2015-08-23-17h14m54s720Ash actually always keeps everything bottled up, he never wants to talk about his problems and if someone insists so as to persuade him to do that, he always ends up getting angry. When Ash is really sad, nervous or worried for something (especially for Pikachu, but also for all of his other Pokémons), he may become unrecognizably grumpy, sour and unpleasant (like Misty, May and Dawn defined him sometimes) to the point of becoming offensive or being quite rude. In these cases, even speaking to him could cause a bad reaction frovlcsnap-2015-08-23-17h12m35s948m him. For this reason Brock, knowing Ash very well, sometimes had to stop those who tried to speak to him, to calm him down or even worse, to scold him.
In such cases Ash needs to stay alone, the only ones who can approach him are his Pokémons.vlcsnap-2015-08-23-16h24m21s053

Generally, in this way he calms down and his friends can take over.
In some rare occasions Ash got to the points of talking back even to Brock, who he respects and thinks highly of. In the episode vlcsnap-2015-08-23-16h23m31s430On a Wingull and a Prayer! (Advanced series) Ash, nervous for having lost the ferry to Dewfor Town, addressed May in a very sour way. The girl didn’t expect such a reaction from Ash and took it badly.

In episodes 27 and 28 of the XYZ series, Ash has once again had a moment of crisis, and as usual he asked to be left alone. But Serena, worried about him, is still gone to look for him and has considerately tried to cheer him up. However, as we all know, Ash in these moments is unapproachable and obviously he is  turned against Serena in a decidedly stern way. 

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Serena, not expecting such a behavior by Ash, is burst into tears and began throwing snowballs on him, reproaching him to not recognize him anymore. This act has come to help Ash to find himself.

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Note that Ash’s character improved over the years.  In the first series he was often very arrogant, but as the years went by he matured and became generally kind and thoughtful, as we know him now. In fact, in the recent episodes it is quite rare to see him get nervous and talk back to his friends.

Remaining on the subject, here is a little fun fact: in the Japanese version of the first series, Ash was often very obnoxious towards Misty. Most of the time she rebuked him or just tried to give him some advice, Ash replied to her: “urusai na” (term used in Japan to silence someone), but in the Western version of the episodes, most of these dialogues have been totally changed or even removed.

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Ash normally changes his attitude based on how other people relate to him. He never gets sour on people who treat him kindly. To cite some recent examples: Ash is always very patient towards Serena and Clemont. This because both his friends share a deep admiration for him (for one reason or another); they would never think of being rude213iop to him and would be really upset if he were to have a bad reaction (as happened, in fact, in episode 28 of the series XYZ). Ash can perceive that, therefore he generally shows a lot of patience, even in a situation in which, normally, he would lose it. Naturally the subject applies for the other characters of all series.

Talking about perception, Ash is particularly well known for his empathy. It is in fact possible to notice from the episodes that he has some sort of “sixth sense” thanks to which he is able to understand immediately if someone is sad or demoralized. For example, in the episode Team shocker! (DP Battle Dimension series) Dawn, deeply disappointed for her defeat at the Solaceon Town Pokémon Contest, nervously tightens her fists. Ash immediately notices  and realizes that in fact something is wrong, although the girl said she was fine. Ash_Dawn_angry

Apart from that, even though Ash is totally naive about love matters, he understands when someone cares particularly for him.
To cite another example: in Serena’s case, Ash obviously hasn’t understood that she is in love with him; however he understands or realizes that their friendship really matters to her. This is why Ash adopts many caring attitudes towards her, like XY059_clip2paying compliments or giving her gifts, as seen in the episode “Under the Pledging Tree!” ( XY Kalos Quest series). Serena is obviously the most present among the girls who openly demonstrate their love for Ash, so it’s easier to to take her as an example, but Ash has shown similar attitudes with other girls in love with him (such as Miette, Melody, Lyra, Macy and so on).

Ash also revealed that he can understand the feelings of his Pokémons, as if he feels the same thing they do, to quote his exact words.

“Strength, kindness, dazzling smiles
With my heart’s map, I’ll look for them”
(Challenger – Opening  7)

Moving on, Ash is famous for being really stubborn and this is the main characteristic for which they all know him. Resolute and determined, his motto is “Saigo made Akirameru Na” (literally: “don’t give up until it’s over“), so overflowing with optimism that for him it comes quite natural to transmit it to others and encourage those in need.

I’m tightly grabbing your hand and taking you along
(Ready Go – Opening 5)
“I thirst, I’m hunger
Even so, my strenght is boiling up
My wounds throb, my sweat flies
But I can see clearly
[…]
The forest is dark, there are no roads
Even so, my courage is overflowing
The mountains are tall, the valleys are deep
But of course, I’m all fired up!
[..]
I’ll tightly tie my shoelaces
I’ll fulfill the promise to my future self!”
(Spurt – Opening 10)

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“If I keep walking on my tired feet
I’ll be a step closer to my dream”
(Challenger – Opening 7)

Does Ash ever have weak moments? The answer is yes.  Anybody could be demotivated after disappointments and  failures, Ash too.

“Do you remember who won?”
Now look!
I can laugh as I talk with you
“I forgot!” said while playing dumb
(The Rivals – Opening  2)

vlcsnap-2015-11-12-00h22m30s459As stated in the japanese theme songs,  Ash forces himself to always be positive and determined, because he actually hides some insecurities inside himself, as shown in some episodes when Ash loses his confidence apparently for no reason. An example can be found in the episode “A Dairy Tale Ending” (Johto League Champions series) where after being defeatet for the first time by Whitney, Ash thought of giving all up and going back home.

“Though I had begun to give up
There was no reason for me to
The morning sun burning brightly on my journey
Asks me, “That much is fine, right?”

(Ok – Opening 3)
I’ll pack up my eagerness and energy
Today, too, I swear!
[…]
I can’t turn around it, I can’t lie down
I can’t get depressed, I can’t give up, I believe
I won’t rush, I won’t get confused, I’ll always
Aim for that distant dream…
(Challenger – Opening 7)

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As already stated in the article “Ash’s sunny and positive personality“, in the DP there’s a character who really mines Ash’s positivity: Paul.

Paul is a trainer with very cold methods, severe and intransigent. vlcsnap-2015-11-12-01h04m02s062He treated his pokémon with extreme strictness. Ash oblivously was completely against these methods, because he knows well that Pokémons must be treated with kindness. Therefore he firstly faced Paul with a confident attitude, to make him understand that… but Ash continued to lose against him. After the hard defeat at the Lake Acuity, Ash literally had a breakdown  and starteddp 59 to ask himself if perhaps he was doing it all wrong. The shots that do not show Ash’s face for the rest of the episode “Evolving Strategies!” (DP Galactic Battles series) emphasize his mood in that moment.   Luckily, as we all know, Ash never decided to give up, eventually managing to make Paul more gentle towards his Pokémons.

“It’s so disappointing to lose
I’m trembling, but,
My clenched fist loosens
I wipe the sweat on my jeans, let’s shake hands!”
(The Rivals – Opening 2)

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“I’m so happy to win
I want to cry, but
Both winning and losing are important
There must be something to it!”
(The Rivals – Opening 2)

Ash tends to lose his confidence when he feels lonely.2yufz2g.jpg
Although he spent his childhood playing on his own, he lets slip that he hates solitude. He defines it”Very hard” and “the cause of suffering”, describing  it like he experienced that on his own skin. That makes us understand that he felt really lonely even if, as always, he never made it obvious.

“When i look back on yesterday, stopped and retreated;
there were tears, but i don’t care
I’ll take a step towards the future
[..]
There will be no time for gloom, as that would repeat the past
(Ready Go – Opening 5)

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“Even though I have memories
Of a few painful things
I don’t even notice as they fall out
from a hole in my backpack”
(Type:Wild – Ending 5)

 

The lyrics that you have just read may also refer to the moment when Ash saw his mother crying because of their family situation.

At the end of the Johto saga (after the first separation from Misty and Brock) Ash was really sad, so Pikachu made him understand that he’ll never be alone again, and that he had it, his best friend, by his side.skuql5.jpg

Loneliness is a recurrent theme in the japanese lyrics. It is from those, and also from some episodes, that it becomes particularly clear that Ash is scared and hurt by it.

“I’m not alone, I’m not lonely, still a way to go”
(Challenger – Opening 7)

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“The words of my friends, look,
They’re more reassuring than I thought!
They’re extremely warm, so much it makes me cry
(Spurt – Opening 10)

Let’s end the section with some things that anger Ash.

He is unlikely to lose his temper; it only happened  a few times (actually scaring his friends) but never became hysteric.vlcsnap-2015-11-12-01h09m50s993 The only case could be in the episode “Ignorance is Blissey” (Always Pokémon series), in which the Team Rocket stole some food from the Pokémon Center when Ash was fasting since the day before (Misty made the comment: “he never gets this mad“). With the exception of these gags, his biggest rage fit was with Lucario in the movie “Lucario and the Mistery of Mew“, or when he punched a window in the episode “A Frenzied Factory Fiasco!” (XY Kalos Quest series). Ash explained several times what are the things that make him angry or, as he says, “enrage him”. Some examples are the ones mentioned down here:

– Finding out about people who steal or exploit their Pokémon for money or shady dealings.
– Being too far off Pikachu, especially if he’s worried about it.
– Know-it-alls
– Stealing his food

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Ash Ketchum

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Original name: サトシ (Satoshi)
Gender: Male
Birthday: May 22
age in each series
Hair colour: Black
Eye colour: Black, then Brown
Hometown: Pallet Town
Region: Kanto
Profession: Trainer
Relatives: Mother (Delia Ketchum), Father (unknown), Maternal Grandmother (defunct), Maternal Grandfather (missing)
Debut: “Pokémon I Choose You!”
Japanese voice actor: Rica Matsumoto
English voice actors: Veronica Taylor (until episode AG145), Sarah Natochenny (since episode AG146 and on), Kayzie Rogers (The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon)
Other voice actors

 

Character

Ash Ketchum is the main character of the Pokémon Anime. He is based on Red, the protagonist of the first generation games (Pokémon).  The original name Satoshi means “Wash_ketchum-467isdom” (a quality that Ash has gradually gained throughout the series) and comes directly from the Pokémon creator, Satoshi Tajiri, which, in many interviews, claimed to be reflected in the character. In the games Pokémon Red and Blue, and Pokémon Yellow, Ash is one of the default name which the player can choose. His surname “Ketchum” comes from the slogan “gotta catch ‘em all”, but it is also a real and existing surname. It’s possible that it has been choosen due to the number of movements of the mouth made, in the anime, to pronunce the protagonist ‘s original name, in order to make the dubbing easier since “Satoshi” has two more syllables than “Ash”.

As many others shōnen characters, he would like to achieve a very difficult goal. In this case, Ash wants to become a Pokémon Master. For this reason, he travels around the world challenging Gym Leaders and competing in Pokémon Leagues, similarly to the protagonist of the videogames.

Though being a character with the typical shōnen hero peculiar features, Ash has some specific qualities which highlight an even more articulated personality. In particular it stands out his exceptional ability to comfort and encourage those who need a helping hand, making use of his empathy. This makes him a landmark for most of his fans, so that in the book “The Japanification of Children’s Popular Culture” Ash is cited as an example of cultural identification. Additionally it emphasized the character’s growth and development as the anime series progressed.Ash_growup

Personality

Ash is particularly unselfish, empathetic and kind, but at the same time he also has other peculiar characteristics, like his courage and determination. Ash is indeed extremely stubborn and he never gives up, despite difficulties. His motto is “saigo made akirameru na” (literally: “never give up until it’s over“). As mentioned above, he shows a particular empathy, thanks to which he always manages to find the right words to cheer up those who kiuyhfgyyneed it. Thanks to this particular trait, friends consider him a sort of psychologist in the group, often making use of his own teachings on how to face life and its difficultiesBut when he is having a problem, he prefers to keep everything inside and can become grumpy against anyone who tries to help him. Ash established  a relationship based on trust and mutual respect with his Pokémon: he wants his team to feel part of a big family. Moreover, as explained by Takeshi Shudo, Ash also has super-strong feelings thanks to which nothing can traumatize him, so that he has never been deeply shocked by the absence of his father. In fact this has strengthened his character.

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Physical appearance:

Ash appears as a boy of short stature (165 centimeters) and thin, but at the same time very athletic and vigorous (as a matter of fact, he is known for his great agility).
He is used to wear a red hat on his thick and messy hair, while, as far as his hands are concerned, he wears some fingerless gloves. He prefers to wear jackets with short sleeves and long pants (probably for convenience and practicality while travelling).

History

On the 1st of April, after his 10th birthday, Ash left his hometown Pallet Town, along with three other trainers, including Gary Oak, his rival since childhood.
But that morning he overslept and met Gary, professor Oak’s grandson, from whom he already received his first Pokémon. Once he reached the professor laboratory, Ash found out that all the starters (Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle) had already been taken, so he decided to take an exemplary of Pikachu, the only remaining creature, together with the Pokédex provided by the professor (called Dexter). However, Pikachu hates Poké Balls, which is the reason why it still follows Ash as if it was a “free” Pokémon. Initially, it caused some problems to its trainer by not respecting him, but when Ash risked his life to protect the little Pokémon injured by some Spearow, the two became inseparable friends. AshvsSperaow_1°epAt the end of this adventure, Ash and his Pikachu saw a peculiar Pokémon. During a video-call with professor Oak, Ash realized that it was the legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh, but nobody believed him. He was, in fact, the first to have seen Ho-Oh in the last three centuries.

Since Pikachu is able to generate powerful electrical attacks, it is often the target of Jessie, James and Meowth (members of Team Rocket) plans, that often consist on trying to steal the Pokémon and bringing him to their boss Giovanni. At the beginning, Ash was accompanied by Misty, who followed him to get her bike back, taken by Ash to save Pikachu and destroyed by the Thundershock it used to help Ash. Having to win eight badges in different Gyms to partecipate in the Pokémon League, he fought Brock, the Gym Leader of Pewter City, who joined the team after being defeated. -.jklkj.j,.In the second season of the anime (according to the western numeration), Ash finally participated in the Kanto League, situated in the Indigo Plateau, where he was defeated by his friend Richie and finishing in the top sixteen positions. Subsequently, Ash traveled through the Orange Islands alongside Misty and Tracey Sketchit to win the Orange League. In the episode “Enter The Dragonite” he defeated Drake and obtained the trophy. Ash’s next journey took place in the Johto region, where, once again, he was followed by Misty and Brock. In the Johto League, Ash finally defeats his rival Gary, but is then beaten by Harrison finishing in the first eight positions.

In the Advanced Generation series, Ash had to separate from Misty and Brock, which made him feel very sad. However, Brock came back and joined again Ash and his new friends: May and Max. This time, a more mature and experienced Ash acted as if he was a mentor for the young new trainer, May. In this region Ash had to defeat again 8 Gym Leaders in order to enter the Hoenn League, where he also fought his friend and rival Morrison. Ash finished alongside the eight best trainers.Lunch_Pkmn_AdvNext, he separated from his friends again and came back home. However, he found them right there, in Pallet town, a place in which they decided to set off again for another journey altogether. This time, Ash’s main objective was the Battle Frontier. Ash defeated all the Frontier Brains, gaining the Champion title in the episode “Pace – The Final Frontier!“, during which he managed to win against Baldo. At the end of his second journey through the Kanto region, Ash saw for the first time Gary’s Electivire, experience that lead him to decide to visit the Sinnoh region, where he met again his friend Brock. In Twinleaf Town, the two met Dawn and with her they started a new journey during which Ash not only faced matches in Gyms, but also, with her new friend, joined two Pokémon Contests. During this series Ash, has become an experienced trainer, specialized hfthtrhdxin creating new and spectacular fighting strategies, so much that Dawn developed a great admiration for him. However, more than once Ash has been under pressure because of his new rival, Paul, who is used to train his pokémon with completely different methods from the ones used by Ash. Paul, in order to make his pokémon stronger, doesn’t even worry about them. His methods, for this very reason, are stricts and heedless. After many difficulties, Ash finally managed to defeat Paul in the most spectacular match of his life, arriving at the semifinals of the Sinnoh league but being defeated by Tobias and his legendary Pokémon. However, Ash was the only trainer who managed to defeat not only Tobias’s Darkrai, but even his6789 Latios, this way becoming the moral winner of the Sinnoh league. Once the competion ended, Ash separated from Dawn and Brock. In the end the latter wouldn’t come back to travel with Ash because he decided to study very hard to become a doctor. After a long break in Pallet Town, Ash decided to start a new journey in the Unova region (be careful: the Black & White series shows many mistakes in the plot. As a matter of fact, its plot ISN’T properly connected to the original series’).  Later Ash left for the Kalos region, where he traveled with Clemont, Bonnie and Serena. The latter is in love with Ash after he, as a child, helped her in a forest where she had lost. Upon arriv386px-Ash_XYal in Kalos, Serena recognizes Ash seeing him on television and decided to travel with him.

The XY series sees a return of Ash as we had left him in the Sinnoh region: mature and extraordinarily skilled in Pokémon battles. In a short time it is further improved and during the XYZ series he discovers a power that binds him to his Greninja. Thanks to it, Ash reaches a level never seen before and is ranked finalist in the League of Kalos.

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Family

Ash as a child

The reason for which Ash’s parents are separated is that his father, a person whom information are ignored, abandoned the family a little while later Ash’s birth, leaving a young 19-year old Delia alone. We only know that he is a pokémon trainer (who doesn’t appear in the membership list of the World Pokémon trainers Association) currently travelling in a far land. As for Ash’s maternal grandparents, Delia’s mother died because of a disease, while her father had a behavior very similar to that of her husband: he also left home to become a trainer.

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Ash’s Pokémon

Note: moves marked in dark blue are the ones currently  known or used recently by the Pokémon.

Pikachu ♂ – Type: Electric
Pikachu di Ash
Pikachu is the initial Pokémon of Ash, obtained from Professor Oak in the episode “Pokémon – I Choose You!“.
Moves: Thundershock, Thunderbolt, Thunder, Agility, Double-Edge, Quick Attack, Tail Whip (used sporadically without command, as in the Vermilion Gym), Tackle, Leer (used only in the episode “Hour of the Houndour“), Iron Tail (teached by Ash in the episode “All Things Bright and Beautifly!“), Locomovolt (learned in the episode May’s Egg-Cellent Adventure), Electro Ball (learned in the episode “Dancing With the Ducklett Trio!(Black&White series).
Greninja ♂ – Type: Water/Dark
Greninja di Ash
Evolution of his Frogadier, which evolved from Froakie, caught by Ash during the episode “Lumiose City Pursuit!“.
Moves: Water Pulse, Bubble, Pound, Double Team (learned in the episode “A Rush of Ninja Wisdom!), Cut (learned during the episode “Forging Forest Friendships!), Aerial Ace (learned after evolving into Frogadier), Water Shuriken (learned right after evolving into Greninja).
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Talonflame – Type: Fire/Flying
Talonflame di Ash
Evolution of his Fletchinder, which evolved from Fletchling, caught by Ash during the episode “A Battle of Aerial Mobility!

Moves: Double Team, Peck, Razord Wind, Steel Wing, Nitro Charge (learned after evolving into Fletchinder), Brave Bird (learned after evolving into Talonflame).

 

Hawlucha – Type: Fighting/Flying
Hawlucha di Ash
Caught by Ash during the episode “The Forest Champion!“.
Moves: Karate Chop, High Jump Kick, Flying Press, X-Scissor (used for the first in the Laverre Gym).

 

Noivern ♂ – Type: Flying/Dragon
Evolution of his Noibat, hatched from an egg found by Ash’s Hawlucha during the episode “A Not-So-Flying Start!“.
Moves: Supersonic, Tackle (learned during the episode “Terminus Cave! The Mystery of Z is Set in Motion!!”), Acrobatics (learned during the episode “Onbat and Flaette! An Encounter in the Wind!!“), Boomburst (learned during the episode “Thunder and Onvern! The Lightning of Anger!!“), Dragon Claw
(learned during the episode “Rival Showdown! Satoshi VS Shōta!!”).

 

Bulbasaur ♂ – Type: Grass/Poison
Bulbasaur di Ash
Given to Ash in the episode “Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village“.
Moves: Razor Leaf, Vine Whip, Sleep Powder, Take Down, Leech Seed, Solar Beam (learned in the episode “Bulbasaur’s Mysterious Garden“), Whirlwind, Tickle, Dig.

 

Charizard ♂ – Type: Fire/Flying
Charizard di Ash
Evolution of his Charmeleon, which evolved from Charmander. This Pokémon was caught by Ash in the episode “Charmander the Stray Pokémon“. Charizard is training in the Charicific Valley. However, in case of necessity, Ash can ask Liza to use it temporarily.
Moves: Flamethrower, Leer, Ember, Fire Spin, Skull Bash (used only in the episode “Pokémon Scent-sation!“), Seismic Toss (learned after evolving), Tackle, Mega Punch, Submission, Take Down, Rage, Dragon Rage, Dragon Breath, Whirlwind, Overheat (learned in the Charicific Valley), Steel Wing (learned in the Charicific Valley before the episode “Gathering the Gang of Four!), Wing Attack, Slash, Dragon Tail.

 

Kingler – Type: Water
Kingler di Ash
Evolution of Ash’s Krabby, one of his first Pokémon and caught by Ash in the episode “Mystery at the Lighthouse“.
Moves: Crabhammer, Harden, Leer, Bubble, Water Gun, Hyper Beam, Vice Grip, Stomp.

 

Muk – Type: Poison
Muk di Ash
Caught in the episode “Sparks Fly for Magnemite“.
Moves: Body Slam, Poison Gas, Sludge Bomb.

 

Tauros ♂ – Type: Normal
Tauros di Ash
Caught at the Safari Zone in the banned episode “The Legend of Dratini“, together with 29 other Tauros. Indeed, Ash has 30 Tauros.
Moves: Fissure, Take Down, Horn Attack, Double Team (used for the first time in the episode “Second Time’s the Charm!)

 

Snorlax – Type: Normal
Snorlax di Ash
Caught at the Orange Islands, during the episode “Snack Attack“.
Moves: Tackle, Body Slam, Hyper Beam, Ice Punch, Mega Punch, Mega Kick, Protect, Rest, Headbutt.

 

Heracross – Type: Bug/ Fighting
Heracross di Ash
Caught in the episode “A Sappy Ending“.
Moves: Tackle, Take Down, Leer, Fury Attack, Megahorn, Horn Attack, Endure, Sleep Talk (shown in the episode “League Unleashed!), Focus Punch (shown in the episode “League Unleashed!), Hyper Beam (shown in the episode “The Semi-Final Frontier!).

 

Bayleef ♀ – Type: Grass
Bayleef di Ash
Evolution of his Chikorita, a Pokémon healed by Ash, after the struggle with his Charizard in the episode “The Chikorita rescue“.
Moves: Tackle, Razor Leaf, Vine Whip, Sweet Scent (which has been used only in the episode “Gettin’ The Bugs Out”), Body Slam (learned right after evolving into Bayleef), Headbutt (used only in the episode “Playing with Fire!).

 

Quilava – Type: Fire
Quilava di Ash
Evolution of his Cyndaquil, caught in the episode “Good ‘Quil Hunting“.
Moves: Tackle, Flamethrower, Quick Attack, Agility, Smokescreen, Swift, Flame Wheel (shown in the episode “An old Family Blend!), Eruption (learned right after evolving into Quilava in the episode “An old Family Blend!), Aerial Ace (shown in the episode “League Unleashed!).

 

Totodile ♂ – Type: Water
Totodile di Ash
Caught in the episode “The Totodile Duel“.
Moves: Scratch, Water Gun, Bite, Slash (used only in the episode “Just Add Water“), Headbutt, Skull Bash, Scary Face, Leer (used only in the episode “Playing with Fire!), Tail Whip (used only during the second phase of the Silver Conference after the command ” Finish it!”).

 

Noctowl – Type: Normal/Flying
Noctowl di Ash
The only shiny Pokémon caught by Ash, during the episode “Fowl Play!“.
Moves: Tackle, Whirlwind, Peck, Foresight, Hypnosis, Confusion (learned in the episode “From Ghost to Ghost“), Air Slash (shown in the episode “Working on a Right Move!), Sky Attack (shown in the episode “Working on a Right Move!), Extrasensory (shown in the episode “Working on a Right Move!).

 

Donphan – Type: Ground
Donphan di Ash
Evolution of his Phanpy, born from an egg received in the episode “Extreme Pokémon!” and hatched in the episode “Hatching a Plan!“.
Moves: Tackle, Take Down, Rollout, Earthquake, Defense Curl, Hidden Power (used for the first time in the episode “Hooked on Onix), Hyper Beam (learned right after evolving into Donphan in the episode “Reversing the Charges).

 

Swellow – Type: Normal/Flying
Swellow di Ash
Evolution of his Taillow, caught in the episode “You Never Can Taillow“.
Moves: Quick Attack, Wing Attack, Double Team (learned right after evolving into Swellow in the episode “Solid as a Solrock), Aerial Ace (taught by Ash in the episode “Lessons in Lilycove!).

 

Sceptile ♂ – Type: Grass
Sceptile di Ash
Evolution of his Grovyle, which evolved from Treecko, caught in the episode “Tree’s a Crowd“.
Moves: Quick Attack, Pound, Slam, Agility, Bullet Seed (taught by ash during the episode What You Seed is What You Get), Leaf Blade (learned right after evolving into Grovyle in the episode “Exploud and Clear!), Solar Beam (learned during the match with Spenser), Verdebufera (shown in the episode The Semi-Final Frontier!).

 

Corphish – Type: Water
Corphish di Ash
Caught in the episode “Gone Corphishin’“.
Moves: Crabhammer, Bubble Beam, Bubble, Harden, Vice Grip, Dig.

 

Torkoal – Type: Fire
Torkoal di Ash
Caught in the Valley of Steel, during the episode “All Torkoal, No Play“.
Moves: Flamethrower, Overheat, Iron Defense, Body Slam, Heat Wave (learned before the episode “Overjoyed!).

 

Glalie – Type: Ice
Glalie di Ash
Evolution of his Snorunt, caught in the episode “Let it snow, let it snow, let it Snorunt!
Moves: Ice Beam, Ice Windy, Powder Snow, Double Team, Headbutt.

 

Staraptor ♂ – Type: Normal/Flying
Staraptor di Ash
Evolution of his Staravia, which evolved from Starly, caught in the episode “Two Degrees of Separation!“.

Moves: Wing Attack, Quick Attack, Gust, Aerial Ace (learned right after evolving into Staravia in the episode “A Staravia is Born!), Brave Bird (taught by Ash in the episode “Crossing the Battle Line!), Close Combat (learned right after evolving into Staraptor in the episode “Pursuing a Lofty Goal!).

 

Torterra – Type: Grass/Ground
Torterra di Ash
Evolution of his Grotle, which evolved from Turtwig, caught in the episode “Gettin’ Twiggy With It!“.
Moves: Tackle, Razor Leaf, Synthesis, Bite, Energy Ball (taught by Ash in the episode “Tanks for the Memories!), Rock Climb (learned in the episode “The lonely Snover), Leaf Storm (learned right after evolving into Torterra in the episode “The Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore!).

 

Infernape – Type: Fire/Fighting
Infernape di Ash
Evolution of his Monferno, which evolved from Chimchar. This Pokémon, has been abandoned by its previous trainer, Paul. So, Ash decided to ask it to join his team in the episode “Smells Like Team Spirit!“.
Moves: Flame Wheel, Ember, Dig, Fire Spin, Scratch, Flamethrower, Mach Punch (learned right after evolving into Monferno in the episode “Evolving Strategies!), Flare Blitz (learned in the episode “Working on a Right Move!).

 

Buizel ♂ – Type: Water
Buizel di Ash
Previously owned by Dawn. Ash recevied it from her with a trade thanks to which Dawn obtained Ash’s Aipom, in the episode “Throwing the Track Switch
Moves: Water Gun, Aqua Jet, Sonic Boom, Water Pulse (used for the first time in the Veilstone Gym), Ice Punch (taught by Ash in the episode “Short and To the Punch!).

 

Gliscor – Type: Ground/Flying
Gliscor di Ash
Evolution of his Gligar, caught in the episode “Riding the Winds of Change!“.
Moves: Sand-Attack, X-Scissor, Steel Wing, Screech, Fire Fang (learned in the episode “A Breed Stampede!), Giga Impact (learned in the episode “Mastering Current Events!), Stone Edge (shown in the episode “A Real Rival Rouser!).

 

Gible ♂ – Type: Dragon/Ground
Gible di Ash
Caught in the episode “Gotta Get a Gible!“.
Moves: Dig, Draco Meteor, Dragon Pulse, Rock Smash.

 

Unfezant ♀ – Type: Normal/Flying
Unfezant di Ash
Evolution of his Tranquill, which evolved from Pidove, caught in the episode “Enter Iris and Axew!” (Black&White series).
Moves: Quick Attack, Air Cutter, Wing Attack, Aerial Ace (learned right after evolving into Unfezant).

 

Oshawott ♂ – Type: Water
Oshawott di Ash
Caught in the episode “A Sandile Gusher of Change!” (Black&White series).
Moves: Water Gun, Tackle, Razor Shell, Aqua Jet (learned in the episode “Rematch at the Nacrene Gym!), Hydro Pump (learned in the episode “Expedition to Onix Island!).

 

Pignite ♂ – Type: Fire/Fighting
Pignite di Ash
Evolution of his Tepig, caught in the episode “The Battle Club and Tepig’s Choice!” (Black&White series).
Moves: Ember, Tackle, Flame Charge (learned in the episode “Rematch at the Nacrene Gym!), Flamethrower (learned in the episode “Battle For The Underground), Fire Pledge (learned right after evolving into Pignite), Brick Break.

 

Snivy ♀ – Type: Grass
Snivy di Ash
Caught in the episode “Snivy Plays Hard to Catch!” (Black&White series).
Moves: Vine Whip, Attract, Leaf Storm, Leaf Blade.

 

Scraggy ♂ – Type: Dark/Fighting
Scraggy di Ash
Obtained when being only an egg in the episode “Here Comes the Trubbish Squad!” and then hatched in the episode “Scraggy—Hatched to be Wild!” (Black&White series).
Moves: Leer, Headbutt, High Jump Kick (learned in the episode “Meowth’s Scrafty Tactics!), Focus Blast (learned in the episode “The Clubsplosion Begins!).

 

Leavanny ♂ – Type: Bug/Grass
Leavanny di Ash
Evolution of his Swadloon, which evolved from Sewaddle, caught in the episode “Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest!” (Black&White series).
Moves: String Shot, Razor Leaf, Bug Bite, Tackle, Energy Ball (learned right after evolving into Swadloon in the episode “Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!), X-Scissor.

 

Palpitoad ♂ – Type: Water/Ground
Palpitoad di Ash
Caught in the episode “Facing Fear with Eyes Wide Open!” (Black&White series).
Moves: Hydro Pump, Mud Shot, Supersonic, Sludge Wave.

 

Boldore – Type: Rock
Boldore di Ash
Evolution of his Roggenrola, caught in the episode “Gotta Catch A Roggenrola!” (Black&White series).
Moves: Sandstorm, Stone Edge, Flash Cannon, Rock Blast (learned after evolving into Boldore), Rock Smash (learned after evolving into Boldore).

 

Krookodile ♂ – Type: Ground/Dark
Krookodile di Ash
Evolution of his Sandile with sunglasses appeared in the episode “A Sandile Gusher of Change!“. Evolved into Krokorok in “Dancing With the Ducklett Trio!. The Pokémon is captured by Ash in the episode “Battling the Bully!. Later it evolves into Krookodile. (Black&White series).
Moves: Dig, Bite, Stone Edge, Crunch, Dragon Claw (learned right after evolving into Krookodile), Aerial Ace.

 

In training:

Primeape – Type: Fighting
Primeape di Ash
Caught by Ash, after that his pre-evolution (Mankey) had stolen the boy’s hat, in the episode “Primeape Goes Bananas. Next, he donates it to a fighting type Pokémon trainer, Antony, in the episode “The Punchy Pokémon“.
Moves: Trash, Scratch, Mega Kick, Seismic Toss.

 

Squirtle – Type: Water
Squirtle di Ash
Joined Ash in the episode “Here Comes the Squirtle Squad“. It works in a firefighters team formed by different Squirtle and their evolutions.
Moves: Water Gun, Bubble Beam, Withdraw, Skull Bash, Hydro Pump (learned in the episode “Misty Meets Her Match), Rapid Spin (learned along with the Squirtle squad), Bubble.

 

Released:

Butterfree ♂ – Type: Bug/Flying
Butterfree di Ash
Evolution of his Metapod, which evolved from Caterpie, caught in the episode “Ash Catches a Pokémonl. Released in the episode “Bye Bye Butterfree because it  fell in love with another Butterfree.
Moves: String Shot, Tackle, Harden, Sleep Powder, Whirlwind, Stun Spore, Double-Edge.

 

Pidgeot – Type: Normal/Flying
Pidgeot di Ash
Evolution of his Pidgeotto, caught in the episode “Ash catches a Pokémon“. Released in the episode “Pallet Party Panic” to protect a group of Pidgey and Pidgeotto from the attacks of a Fearow, the evolution of the same Spearow which attacked Ash and Pikachu at the beginning of the first series.
Moves: Gust, Quick Attack, Sand Attack, Whirlwind, Wind Attack, Double-Edge.

 

Lapras – Type: Water/Ice
Lapras di Ash
Saved by Ash when it was young in “The Lost Lapras, used as a ferry in the Orange Islands, released once it found its family at the end of the journey, in the episode “Viva Las Lapras“.
Moves: Ice Beam, Water Gun.
Goodra – Type: Dragon

Goodra di AshEvolution of his Sliggoo, which evolved from Goomy, caught in the episode “A Slippery Encounter!“. Ash helped it to become stronger, so that it could protect its friends. It returned to live with them in the episode “Beyond the Rainbow!“.Moves: Rain Dance, Bide, Dragon Breath, Dragon Pulse, Ice Beam.

 

Traded away:

Raticate – Type: Normal
Raticate di Ash
Ash received it from a trade on the St. Anne, in the episode “Battle Aboard the St. Anne“, for his Butterfree. However he later traded it away in order to get his Butterfree back.
Moves: Jump Kick, Super Fang, Hyper Fang.

 

Aipom ♀ – Type: Normal
Aipom di Ash
Caught at the end of the Kanto Gran Festival, in the episode “Channeling the Battle Zone!, subsequently traded with Lucinda in the episode “Throwing the Track Switchbecause it preferred Pokémon Contests to Gym battles.
Moves: (when traded): Scratch, Swift, Focus Punch, Double Team.

 

Given away:

Beedrill – Type: Bug/Poison
Beedrill di Ash
Caught by Ash and given to Casey in the episode “The Bug Stops Here“.
Moves: Twineedle.

 

Unofficial:

 

Haunter – Type: Ghost/Poison
Haunter di Ash
Caught by Ash in Lavender Town during the episode “The Tower of Terror and given to the Gym Leader Sabrina in “Haunter versus Kadabra“.
Moves: Lick.

 

Larvitar – Type: Rock/Ground
Larvitar di Ash
Born from an egg given to Ash by Professor Elm in the episode “Lapras of Luxury“. Ash finds its mother and gives her the Pokémon in the episode  “Mother of Alls Battles“.
Moves: Screech, Hidden Power, Harden, Bite, Strength.

 

Obtained Badges:

Kanto League
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  • Boulder Badge (Episode “Showdown in Pewter City)
  • Cascade Badge (Episode “The Water Flowers of Cerulean Cityl)
  • Thunder Badge (Episode “Electric Shock Showdown“)
  • Marsh Badge (Episode “Haunter versus Kadabra“)
  • Rainbow Badge (Episode “Pokémon Scent-sation!“)
  • Soul Badge (Episode “The Ninja Poké-Showdown“)
  • Volcano Badge (Episode “Volcanic Panic“)
  • Earth Badge (Episode: “The Battle of the Badge“)

 

Orange League
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  • Coral-Eye Badge (Episode “Fit to be Tide
  • Sea Ruby Badge (Episode “Navel Maneuvers“)
  • Spike Shell Badge (Episode “Misty Meets Her Match“)
  • Jade Star Badge (Episode “Pokémon Double Trouble“)

 

Johto League
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  • Zephyr Badge (Episode “Fighting Flyer with Fire“)
  • Hive Badge (Episode “Gettin’ The Bugs Out“)
  • Plain Badge (Episode “Dairy Tale Ending“)
  • Fog Badge (Episode “From Ghost to Ghost“)
  • Storm Badge (Episode “Machoke, Machoke Man!“)
  • Mineral Badge (Episode “Nerves of Steelix!“)
  • Glacier Badge (Episode “Nice Pryce, Baby!“)
  • Rising Badge (Episode “Better Eight Than Never“)

 

Hoenn League
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  • Stone Badge (Episode “The Winner By a Nosepass!“)
  • Knuckle Badge (Episode “Just One of the Geysers“)
  • Dynamo Badge (Episode “Watt’s with Wattson?“)
  • Heat Badge (Episode “Going, Going, Yawn!“)
  • Balance Badge (Episode “Balance of Power“)
  • Feather Badge (Episode “Sky High Gym Battle!“)
  • Mind Badge (Episode “Solid as a Solrock“)
  • Rain Badge (Episode “Eight Ain’t Enough!“)

 

Battle Frontier
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  • Knowledge Symbol (Episode “The Symbol Life“)
  • Guts Symbol (Episode “Wheel… of Frontiera!“)
  • Tactics Symbol (Episode “Tactics Theatrics!!“)
  • Luck Symbol (Episode “Queen of the Serpentine!“)
  • Spirit Symbol (Episode “Ka Boom with a View!“)
  • Ability Symbol (Episode “Second Time’s the Charm!“)
  • Brave Symbol (Episode: “Pace – The Final Frontier!“)

 

Sinnoh League
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  • Coal Badge (Episode “O’er the Rampardos we Watched!“)
  • Forest Badge (Episode “The Grass Menagerie!“)
  • Cobble Badge (Episode “A Triple Fighting Chance!“)
  • Fen Badge (Episode “A Crasher Course in Power!“)
  • Relic Badge (Episode “Shield with a Twist!
  • Mine Badge (Episode “Dealing With Defensive Types!
  • Icicle Badge (Episode “Sliding Into Seventh!“)
  • Beacon Badge (Episode “The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World!“)

 

Unova League
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  • Trio Badge (Dreams by the Yard Full!)
  • Basic Badge (Rematch at the Nacrene Gym!)
  • Insect Badge (Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!)
  • Bolt Badge (Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!)
  • Quake Badge (Battling the King of the Mines!)
  • Jet Badge (An Amazing Aerial Battle!)
  • Freeze Badge (Caution: Icy Battle Conditions!)
  • Toxic Badge (Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 2)

 

Kalos League
Medaglia Iceberg
  • Bug Badge (Episode “Battling on Thin Ice!“)
  • Cliff Badge (Episode “Climbing the Walls!!“)
  • Rumble Badge (Episode “Showdown at the Shalour Gym!“)
  • Plant Badge (Episode “The Green, Green Grass Types of Home!“)
  • Voltage Badge (Episode “The Moment of Lumiose Truth!“)
  • Fairy Badge (Episode “Fairy-Type Trickery!“)
  • Psychic Badge (Episode “All Eyes on the Future!“)
  • Iceberg Badge (Episode “A Real Icebreaker!

 

Pokémon League ranking

  • Indigo Plateau Conference (Top 16)
  • Silver Conference (Top 8)
  • Ever Grande Conference (Top 8)
  • Lily of the Valley Conference (Top 4)
  • Vertress Conference (top 8)
  • Lumiose Conference (Runner-Up)

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Ash’s Others classifications

Trivia

  • The initial project for Ash’s hat, in the original series, was similar to that of Red (in the first generation). Subsequently, it was modified until its final design.tumblr_m2lzafGJzz1qh3ipho1_1280
  • When the english voice actor Veronica Taylor was interviewed in the documentary “Adventures in Voice Acting”, she revealed that, during the period of Ash’s voice auditions, the protagonist was known as Casey.
  • Rica Matsumoto (his japanese voice actor), during an interview said: “Satoshi always comes up with funny phrases, like pajama wa jama (japanese pun that more or less means ‘pajamas are a threat’) or jokes. This is what drew me to him as a character”.
  • Just as said by Rica Matsumoto, Ash is also known for his jokes with puns (it is famous, in the american dub, the phrase “I’m an apple for a day and I need a doctor right away“). Especially when he mutters, he often comes up with funny-sarcastic phrases.vlcsnap-error023
  • Ash loves apples. Among his favorite food we also find: fried chicken, spaghetti and custard as dessert. Ash eats everything and he also likes every kinds of vegetables. It seems that the only thing he doesn’t appreciate is the type of hazelnut which grows on Grotle.
  • In the episode “Up Close and Personable!” it is shown that Ash is good at drawing.
  • Ash is particularly good at climbing, also because he used to do it often as a child, playing on his own (as he mentioned in the episode “The Screen Actor’s Guilt“).
  • As seen in some episodes, Ash seems interested in catching a Dunsparce.68698
  • Ash is not by any mean tech-savvy.
  • The marking pen that Jigglypuff always kept with it actually belonged to Ash. The Pokémon had stolen it from his backpack.
  • Ash is really good at Physics: during battles (and in other situation too) he always creates tactics based on levers, calculation of forces, forces and accelerations, combination of natural elements, ecc.
  • The Master Ball-shaped ball, recurrently seen in the anime, belongs to Ash.
  • Ash has the same aura of Lucario and is the so-called “Aura Guardian“, however, at the moment, he is not interested in developing this particular ability.
  • Ash doesn’t like wearing pajamas, in fact, as a child, he often went sleeping without changing, making his mother angry.

Other Ash’s preparatory sketches:

Sources and external links:

  • EPISODES OF THE POKEMON ANIME
  • Takeshi Shudo books (it contains links to sources too)
  • “Pokémon Mania” Magazine (fun fact about Rica Matsumoto)
Pokénerd

About Pokénerd

Pokénerd was born in Umbria, Italy, in June 1992. She got so attached to the pokémon anime since the very beginning that she carefully watches every single episode. Her knowledge about the main character, Ash Ketchum is really vast. She discovered everything about him, and now she manages the entire online encyclopedia

Focus- Ash’s sunny and positive personality

ita icon_satoshipedia The gift of infusing courage and happiness

Ash is extremely stubborn and brave: these are the two features that distinguish him more than any other. When he sticks to do something or to achieve a certain goal, nothing and nobody can stop him, also because, thanks to his courage, he manages to overcome every type of fear, especially when he has to help someone who is in trouble or in danger.

Since he was a child, his motto has always been “Saigo made akirameru na” (literally: “Don’t give up until it’s over”  and it doesn’t refer only to Pokémon Battles, but, above all, to life. Untitled-1Ash always repeats this to his friends, especially to those who don’t want to face difficulties, ecouraging them to try and stick to their guns. Then, he usually says: “See? You made it, didn’t you?”

All these characteristics lead him to always be  sunny and positive,ygtoiyuil so much that he becomes able to infuse bravery, confidence, and joy to those around him.
This also because Ash, thanks to his empathy, has the extraordinary gift of always finding the right words to say and cheer up those who feel sad or discouraged. Actually, in his group of friends, he always covers the role of “psychologist” and encourager: every time someone has a Ash_Dawn_angryproblem, he immediately notices, as a sorts of a sixth sense. Then, without a second thought, he sits next to them and after asking what’s wrong, he helps them find a solution.

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Daijobu: That’s OK!

Ash often uses the word “Daijobu!” which traslates to: “everything is OK!”, even if he’s the one to get hurt, so as not to worry those who are beside him, smiling and saying everything’s all right, even if it isn’t true.

Ash has super strong feelings, and thanks to this extraordinary characteristic, nothing can scare him, as stated in the books written by Takeshi Shudo (the creator of the Anime): even the absence of his father couldn’t shock him (which made Delia feel really relieved). Shudo also explains that probably Ash’s Character now would be different if he had known his father.

Obviously, like everyone, Ash has got problems and insecurities. This was both revealed in some verses of the Japanese theme song (“[…] I smile, but with some tears […], or […] Even though I have memories of a  few painful things I don’t even notice them, as if they fell from a hole in my backpack […]) and by Ash himself on some occasions in the episodes. However Ash, in order not to worry the people who travels with him, doesn’t manifest his worries and always keeps smiling.

 For example, Ash  hates  loneliness, presumably because he spent his childhood playing on his own. When he is alone, in fact, he tends to sadden.

It happened a few times that Ash got heavily demotivated as a result of bad defeats. The first time was when he lost the battle of the Indigo league. It was his first time there and he was so disappointed he hid in his room, not wanting to eat anything. As always, fortunately, these bad moments don’t last long thanks to the support of his friends.

The second time was in the episode: “Evolving strategies!” of the DP Galactic Battles series, when he got heavily defeated by Paul in the battle organized by Reggie. Though he wouldn’t admit it, Ash was slightly intimidated by Paul.
In fact, every time Ash battled against him or in his presence, he lost his head, ending up being defeated. This time Ash was very confident in defeating Paul in that battle at Lake Acuity and prove him that Pokémons can become even stronger if you treat them with kindness.
Ash couldn’t focus properly on the battle and he suffered a devastating defeat 4 – 0, that demotivated him to the point of closing himsels off. Ash’s mood has been accentuated by the frames in which Ash’s eyes are not shown during the whole final of the episode.

Obviously Ash has recovered his usual cheerful mood, even if (in the rest of the DP series), he tended to be concerned or saddened every time someone mentioned Paul, until the episode in which Ash defeats him.

Ash’s gentle nature

Although Ash is extremely brave and often proves to be very severe in his role as a trainer, he normally has a kind, gentle and caring personality. These are features that are not often seen in boys, and this makes him even more special on a humane level to such an extent that his fans have considered him much more than the simple character of an animated series.

This side of Ash’s character comes out even in his work with his Pokémons. In his opinion, the Pokémon team must be a big family and he says it constantly, creating an atmosphere of happiness and solidarity. This method has found application during Chimchar’s training: a very shy and insecure Pokémon, who couldn’t do its best because of Paul’s intimidating and rigid nature, but once it joined Ash’s team, who always praised and reassured it, the little Pokémon, thanks to the love of his trainer, became increasingly stronger. It evolved into Monferno, then into Infernape, and then, in his final battle, it managed to defeat the one who frightened and scared it the most.

(To analyze in depth Ash’s training methods go to THIS LINK)

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Pokénerd

About Pokénerd

Pokénerd was born in Umbria, Italy, in June 1992. She got so attached to the pokémon anime since the very beginning that she carefully watches every single episode. Her knowledge about the main character, Ash Ketchum is really vast. She discovered everything about him, and now she manages the entire online encyclopedia

Focus – Ash’s Childhood

ita icon_satoshipediaMost of the information that  you are going to read are taken from famous books written by the creator of the animated series, upon which you can read informations at THIS LINK.

Ash’s Childhood

Ash was a very lively and naughty child, in fact, he loved playing around and cause mischief.
Delia told him off when he caused too much trouble, but she never forced him to focus on his studies.

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Ash became rebellious for the first time around the age of three. In order to keep him quiet, Delia often pretended to cry. However, Ash was also a very sweet child. Indeed, on one occasion, it happened that Delia ended up crying for real because she kept thinking that she was a very young, single mother. Once that had happened, Ash immediately stopped making trouble. He approached Delia and by simply asking her < Mommy. What’s wrong? Are you okay?he managed to console her. Ash’s gesture made Delia feel very reassured and as a matter of fact she often felt the need to tell him < Thank you Baby>

Ash attended maternal and primary school in Pallet Town, unlike Gary, who decided to attend an elementary school in the nearby town. Since he’s member of the Oak family, he didn’t want to attend the small primary school of Pallet Town. Every day he had a two hour journey to get to and from school.

Ash could not stand Gary, but at the same time he didn’t give too much weight to his attitudes of superiority, because in a way he was sympathetic towards him: < Gary is a self centered jerk who look down on others just because he’s a member of the Oak family, his lineage is all he have going for him, yet he is still full of himself. However, it must be tough having to live up to your ancestors… >. That’s what Ash thoughtsometimes in regards to Gary.

On the other hand, with a father and grandfather who were complete failures, it’s quite possible that Gary thought that Ash was quite pitiable himself.

Ash and bullying

When bullies picked on Ash in maternal and elementary school, he’d get the teachers or the bully’s father to tell them off. Or well, if the bully’s father wouldn’t tell them off, he’d make sure the teacher did.

The problem of bullying was finally resolved by Delia, who talked to bullies’ fathers and urged them to solve their conjugal problems. Having a happier family, bullies gradually stopped targeting Ash, who could devote himself to his pranks again.

Ash always played alone while having fun with rather dangerous games like climbing trees and  descending from the hills on wooden boards (thanks to these activities he developed a great agility). He also loved fishing and hunting insects.

Despite that, Ash has  claimed many times to hate loneliness, describing it as “very hard” and “a source of suffering”, as if he felt such sensations on his own skin. This makes it clear that in his childhood Ash felt quite alone, although he always hid his sadness. This is also confirmed in the texts of some Japanese theme songs,

Note: For those who don’t know: usually, in the anime series, the lyrics of Japanese theme songs are about the feelings of the characters. In THIS ARTICLE we delved into all Ash’s character and psychological aspects, also taking advantage of them.

Little Ash and his father

Ash has never known his father, except through pictures and stories of his mother Delia, who was constantly inundated with questions about him: “Where is Dad?” “What is he doing now?”. Delia obviously couldn’t answer these questions, so she merely told him that he was an extraordinary Pokémon Trainer, until one day, in which Ash was 5 years old, she has been forced to confess to having told him many lies, because no one had heard anything about Ash’s father, so no one even knew if he actually became a good trainer.

That same day, a computer was given to Ash, through which he could have verified through the internet if his father has been successful as a trainer, but unfortunately he couldn’t find anything.

However Ash was never deeply shocked by his father’s absence, thanks to his strong feelings. This was a relief for Delia. In this regard, as explained by Shudo, probably Ash’s character now would be different if he had known his father.

Given that Delia had always wanted to be a Pokémon Trainer, occasionally she murmured: <Ash’s dad and grandpa are still now on a journey somewhere with the aim of becoming a pokemontrainer…How I envy them! >

These words come so many times to Ash’s ears that triggered him a strong desire to become a Pokemon trainer.

(You can read the full chapter in the dialogue between Ash and Delia at THIS LINK)

Ash and Prof. Oak

Initially, Ash didn’t know much prof. Oak, he had only seen him a few times, at night, while he used to go to the inn of his mother (in which he went ther just to eat pre-cooked meals while reading a book). Ash didn’t have chance to talk with the Prof. just because in that moment, Ash must have been sleeping. As time passed he had the opportunity of knowing him better, because he’s always been a Delia’s close friend and Gary’s grandfather.
The two families spent a lot of time together, also going at the Cinema.

Ash and Serena at Summer Camp

Later, Prof. Oak organized a Pokémon Summer Camp, to which, obviously, Ash participated.
There he meets Serena, a girl he met again in the Kalos region.

Serena fell on the ground and hurt her knee, but then Ash intervened. He tied a handkerchief and gently applied it to her knee and helped her to stand up, accompanying her to the camp, from which she got lost. The little girl was impressed by Ash’s kindness and immediately had a crush on him, but unfortunately, once terminated the camp, she had no way of seeing him again.

tidbit about Ash’s childhood

> As a child when Ash communicating using his computer or tried to put on airs, Ash was referring to himself by the pronoun “boku”, but in general he always says “ore”.

Delia often enlists the help of Ash to do the gardening. However, Delia made Ash work so much that he couldn’t even study.

> In Western versions of the anime, Ash, as a child, was nicknamed “Little Ash”, because of its (still) short stature. This nick was used mostly by Gary (who called him “Ashy-Boy” too) as well as in the first series of the anime, where Team Rocket and Misty used it too (adding other nicknames like “Little Twerp” or “Little Face” etc.)

> Before his departure, Ash has spent 10 days trying to find his characteristic pose of victory (that always accompanies his “Getto Daze”).
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Photo taken from a book by Takeshi Shudo

Moreover, having planned to start his journey with BulbasaurCharmander o Squirtle, he had thought at some nicknames for these three Pokémon, respectively: DanesukeKagetarou e Zenibou.

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Pokénerd

About Pokénerd

Pokénerd was born in Umbria, Italy, in June 1992. She got so attached to the pokémon anime since the very beginning that she carefully watches every single episode. Her knowledge about the main character, Ash Ketchum is really vast. She discovered everything about him, and now she manages the entire online encyclopedia

Focus – How Ash has changed and matured over the years

ita icon_satoshipedia(Important: To better understand this article it’s necessary for you to read the one concerning the various ages of Ash, at THIS LINK)

Over the years and with the progress of the story, we can objectively observe a mental and physical growth concerning Ash, and this is an established fact.

Watching the episodes is impossible to not notice that in the first series Ash had a totally different behavior from now, which is now unequivocally more mature.
For example, in the early seasons Ash often brags about small successes and had a childish arrogance, but now, since he’s matured, he doesn’t even think to behave in this way and he even scolds (in his own way ) those who make this mistake.
Ash’s way of reasoning and his way of relating to the others are also visibly changed from the first series, and this was undoubtedly noticed by those who have always followed the anime assiduosly. In fact, the book “The Japanification of Children’s Popular Culture” emphasized Ash’s growth and development as the anime series progressed.
 
Let’s see specifically how Ash has changed over the years.

Ash in the first series

In the first series, Ash had just started his journey. Even though he was only at the beginning of his trainer career and he never put an effort in studying Pokémon when he was at school, he showed a good knowledge of the attacks that every pokemon was able to use, and you can easily see his talent for Pokémon Battles, although it was still immature and needed to properly develope his ability, since Ash was still clumsy and inexperienced; because of this, in Pokémon Battles, he always needed Misty’s and Brock’s suggestions. Even in his first tournament of the Pokémon League they sat on the sideline as assistants. Ash’s behaviors were obviously childish, and in fact, after every success he tended to become conceited (often becoming quite obnoxious) and euphoric. When he doesn’t act as a vain boy, he is quite cute.
Ash has always been a nice and polite guy, however, he always said what he thought and that made him sincere, but somewhat cheeky.

At that time, he was also very spiteful, especially towards Misty who often did not appreciate his humor at all. He kept his particular feature with him: being a prankster is part of his own personality but, of course, it’s not as obvious as when he was a child.

The courage, of course, is a quality he always had, although in the first series he was a little crybaby and, though he did not want to admit it, he was terrified of spectral and ghostly places.

Ash in the series of Orange and Johto

In the Orange League we can start seeing a little maturity in his attitudes, although occasionally he continued adopting conceited behaviors (this is until the “Battle Advanced” series).

In the Johto saga, in his favor there’s the fact that he actually matured as a trainer: In fact, it is from this point in time that his talent as a strategist comes out, proving to be very able to get out of critical situations using his now famous sudden strategies (in depth analysis on THIS LINK) which in most cases were based on the exploitation of the battle field.

During the Johto League, Misty and Brock continued to sit on the sideline as assistants, but they stopped giving advices to Ash, since he proved to no longer need them.

Regarding his character, he also started to consolidate its sweetness, visible especially in respect to his pokémon, which he lovingly cuddled and comforted especially if sad or frightened. He won his Chikorita’s love (currently Bayleef) that in many cases was also assuming attitudes of jealousy towards Ash.

During this series the fights between Ash and Misty also started to decrease.
In fact Ash, especially in the second half of this saga, has become sweet and cute even towards Misty (and of course vice versa), until he reached the apex, in the episode in which they separate.

Ash in the Advanced saga

After finally having defeated Gary and after saying goodbye to the friends who accompanied him on his journey until Johto, Ash looked slightly bewildered, because from that moment on, he would have to go on by his own, but being extremely positive, he took the opportunity for what he considered a new beginning: he left home all of his Pokémon except for Pikachu and departed towards the Hoenn region, in order to start a new adventure, but this time, all on his own.

Once arrived in the new region, Ash’s new traveling companion has become May, a novice trainer initially very awkward and clumsy.

In fact, from this series on, Ash began to assume the role of veteran trainer (although at first a little insecurely), helping  May with advices and instructions about the lives of Pokémon trainers: role previously held by Misty and Brock towards Ash. In the middle of this third generation, Ash has finally stopped taking conceited attitudes, even giving May wise adviced, who suddenly, in the series, started to take the same behaviors.

Once May has become an expert coordinator, she expressed her gratitude to Ash for all the things he teached to her.

As for Ash’s talent on Pokémon battles in this generation, as already mentioned, he became much more mature and expert, his Pokémon battles became truly immersive and his skills as a strategist have gradually consolidated, bringing him, at the end of the Battle Frontier series, to earn the title of Battle Frontier Master.

 

During the series Battle Frontier, because of the change from 4Kids to Pokémon USA, Ash’s voice has changed from Veronica Taylor to Sarah Natochenny. The latter was chosen because she has a voice much like that of Rica Matsumoto (Japanese Ash’s voice actress), but more mature (although female) and better suited to the current Ash, since he is no longer a child.

Ash in the Diamond & Pearl Saga

The DP series has represented the apex of Ash’s growth as a person and as a trainer. Here, too, he has had to deal with a novice trainer (or precisely a coordinator): Dawn, which immediately showed a lot of admiration for Ash, thanks to his skill as a trainer and for his gentle and reassuring personality.

Dawn often tended to become demoralized, but Ash promptly intervened trying to reassure her and to instill her a bunch of self-confidence.
He also helped her in her trainings. After Dawn succeeded in developing an ingenious technique to use in Contests, based on the rotation of her Pokémon, Ash gave her Ash_Dawn_High_Fivefurther proof of his experience, using himself this technique, but strengthening it over time with different variants and bringing it to a higher level, transforming it into a brilliant Countershield.
In this series, in fact, Ash has also become an expert in the creation of new battling techniques.Ash’s attitudes in this generation are very mature (although occasionally his “playful side” continues to come out) and this is also reflected on his work with Pokémon, with whom often turned out to be very severe, but at the same time sweet, especially against the more timid Pokémon. This kindness with Pokémon put him in collision with Paul, a very rigid trainer, whose attitudes were the exact opposite of those of Ash, but in the end, after the most spectacular battle he ever fought, Ash has put into practice all his experience, managing to defeat Paul and making him more friendly towards pokémon.

Ash in XY Series

The XY series is considered in all respects a sequel of Diamond & Pearl, because there we find an Ash Ketchum again mature and at the same level where we had left him in that series. That level, in the course of history was even exceeded.
It is not a case, in fact, if in the course of the XY series were included very often statements of the protagonists referring to thereturn of the TRUE Ash(Show us what the real Ash can do” “here is the real Ash” etc.).

In this series Ash traveling with Serena, Clemont and Bonnie. All three consider Ash a landmark and a special person. They have a lot of admiration for him, and often make use of his advice to deal with life and its difficulties. Serena in particular is in love with Ash since they were children. On that occasion, Ash helped her after she was lost in a forest.

Translation: The real Ash drags the other, he is full of vitality and always cheerful. He is positive and does not give up in the face of adversity. In every situation he grits his teeth and goes on!

Regarding the physical aspect, Ash’s current height is 5’05” (1 meter and 65 centimeters tall).  In some scenes it might be a bit disproportionate because, as  explained in this Bulbapedia’s article, the anime’s drawers almost never comply with the proportions between Pokemon and characters.

Despite Ash’s height should be a little ambiguous to allow everyone to identify with him, in the episodes it was also possible to note a stature growth.

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The official proportions of the characters confirm that, in the first series, Ash’s stature was actually the one represented in the examples you have just seen; while in the most recent episodes, Ash is always higher than the first series.

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 In this regard, it is also a fact that in the series XY, new trainers as Shauna, Trevor, Mairin and Sawyer are all visibly smaller than Ash. As you know, a professor is not allowed to give the first Pokémon to a child under 10 years.

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We also observe how the same drawer has developed Ash’s features in time through these images:

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For consistency, all the images you just seen are by Masaaki Iwane, the best animation director in Pokémon Anime, which makes the most fluid and realistic designs. However you have to take into account that there are many other designers, each with his own style some more realistic and some less.

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Note: The series Black & White is not mentioned because it has brought no development to Ash’s character, being a “separate series”, incorrectly connected with the main anime (HERE for clarification).

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Pokénerd

About Pokénerd

Pokénerd was born in Umbria, Italy, in June 1992. She got so attached to the pokémon anime since the very beginning that she carefully watches every single episode. Her knowledge about the main character, Ash Ketchum is really vast. She discovered everything about him, and now she manages the entire online encyclopedia

Ash’s Family

ita icon_satoshipediaThe only information we have about Ash’s family come from books written by the creator of the animated series Takeshi Shudo (of which is spoken at THIS LINK).

Although Ash’s life has always been very happy, his family situation does not look very goodThe reason for which Ash’s parents are separated is that his father abandoned the family a little while later Ash’s birth, leaving a young 19-year old Delia alone.
As for Ash’s grandparents, it is only know that Delia’s father abandoned the family to become a Pokémon trainer when she was little, while her mother died due to an illness when Delia was pregnant of Ash. Also because of this situation, Ash wants his Pokémon to be a big family: he says that in each episode. This because he wants to enlarge his family in some way (in addition, of course, to want create a climate of solidarity between his pokemon).

In the whole story, the character who arises the most curiosity is the mysterious father of Ash, but before talking about him, it’s necessary to get to know Delia better.

Delia is Ash’s mother. The relationship between them is more like that between brother and sister than the one between mother and child, because of the young age when Delia gave birth to Ash.

She is an always-cheerful and full of energy woman. Ash, indeed, inherited his “naughty side” from her. She can also be very strict with her son, especially for what regards politeness

Delia is a bit apprehensive towards Ash. In fact, she always floods him with recommendations and advic, especially for what concerns washing and changing his clothes every day.

Among her passions we can find gardening. Delia is known for her fantastic green fingers, and you can notice that by the beautiful flowers and the vegetables that she grows in her little garden. Beware though, offering yourself help her in the garden could be a big mistake: when Ash was a child, he could not even study because she always ended up assignin him one task after other, endlessly!

Delia is also an excellent cooker.
She managed the restaurant “Pallet House”, which has inherited on the death of her mother.
Every morning Delia leaves the house at dawn to go shopping, then he begins to prepare lunch for guests of the inn: she is very careful to choose healthier and energy foods. That’s because Delia says that lunch is the most important meal of the day and a simple bento is not enough to provide sufficient energy to deal with it.

Delia actually wanted to become a Pokémon trainer, but because of the inn and Ash’s birth she could never leave. So she just studied Pokémon in Prof. Oak’s laboratory, where she met his friend Spencer Hale (as seen in the third movie).

Most people in Pallet Town consider her a natural beauty: in fact, when she was 17, she appeared on the front cover of the new year special issue of “Pokémon Pals” along with a flower Pokémon known as Bellsprout. However she has never told Ash this.

(in-depth analysis about how Delia lived the motherhood of Ash at THIS LINK )

As for Ash’s father, he is a Pokémon Trainer currently traveling in a faraway land. Delia knew him in her inn, when she was 18 and her mother was still alive. He was a traveler and aspiring Pokémon Trainer. The two fell in love and their relationship became rapidly stronger, so that within the same year they got married. When Ash was born, Delia was only 19 years old.

The man, however, left Pallet Town right after Ash’s birth and never came back. For this reason, Delia got very angry and promised herself to ignore Ash’s father even if he came back.

However, over the years, after her husband’s disappearance, Delia received more than a hundred proposals from other men but she refused them all, because she actually never wanted to divorce from Ash’s father. As a matter of fact, despite her bright and cheerful personality, Delia suffers a lot due to her husband’s disappearance. The period of motherhood has been really tough and more than once Delia cried in front of the same Ash, who always managed to console her, despite being only a three-year old child. Nevertheless, Delia has never considered her motherhood as something tough. Thanks to Ash she was not completely alone.

When Ash was a child, he often asked about his father, he was always wondering what he was doing and where he was… but Delia, obviously, wasn’t able to answer to these questions, so she just told Ash how exceptional his dad was as a trainer (even if there was no evidence that he had become really extraordinary, given that she hadn’t heard anything from him) and showed him some photos.

The writers of Pokémon Anime promised to 4Kids that by the fifth season (The Master Quest) would introduce Ash’s father, but as we all know, it’s never happened.

(You can read the complete chapter of one such conversation between Ash and Delia by Shudo’s book at THIS LINK)

Despite the situation, Ash has never been shocked by the absence of his father and this is just thanks to Delia being an extremely positive woman who hates seeing his son sad. For this reason she did her best to make everything appear positive and joyful to him. Fortunately Ash has a very strong character in every respect. As explained by Takeshi Shudo, this derives from the absence of his father. If Ash had known him, probably his personality would be very different.

The night before leaving for his journey, Ash assured Delia that he will not end up like his father. Apart from that, we do not know the exact consideration that Ash currently has of his father. However, it’s true that he always avoids this topic, although his friendsspoke of their fathers in his presence and in several episodes. He’s never mentioned anything about his father. All this indicates that Ash is now very angry with his father, even though he probably hopes to meet him one day.

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Pokénerd

About Pokénerd

Pokénerd was born in Umbria, Italy, in June 1992. She got so attached to the pokémon anime since the very beginning that she carefully watches every single episode. Her knowledge about the main character, Ash Ketchum is really vast. She discovered everything about him, and now she manages the entire online encyclopedia