Archivi categoria: Featured

Letter to mr. Yuyama

ūüí° We‚Äôre sorry for all our syntactical and grammatical errors. We‚Äôre italian and we‚Äôre doing our best¬† ūüí°

Dear Mr. Yuyama, this letter is from all the staff of Satoshipedia.

We all are really fond of the Pokemon Anime, some of us even since the first episode has been aired. Probably you won’t consider what we veterans think, but for once maybe it is best to listen to us, since the audience wievs of the Pokemon anime are dangerously dropping. We sincerely think that is quite selfish to aim the anime to “your 10 years old self”. You know better than us that Pokemon is a Shonen Anime and not a Kodomo, so the audience wants to see Satoshi grow up, and not to take steps back. This is why in all of this years, the audience continued to drop.

We, since we are writers, deeply think that creating a character means to give him life: it is a great responsibility, because somehow you made something born, and that thing can become the reference point for someone. This works also for us: you don’t have any idea how many difficult moments Satoshi has helped us to face, and you know why? Because characters have psychology, a life story, a soul…they are alive, even if we cannot talk to them physically or touch them, we have to respect their life just like anyone else!

So it is necessary to let you know a bit of a particular history, the history of someone we know, bullied for years for her tardive growth. Satoshi was her only anchor of salvation: he cured her pains, he comforted her and he helped her to become braver. He saved her life and nowadays that person still considers Satoshi as her hero. So watching him grow up alongside her, it reassured her to live a better life. Yes, you understood right: an eternal kid Satoshi would NOT have been able to give her the same strenght. Those are exactly the world she spoke. And now, thanks to your reboots, she has stopped watching the anime: she who loved you before anything else and considered you like her some kind of angels. If you want, we can let you contact this person, but most probably it won’t bother you.

Returning to us, you don’t have any idea how much we suffer watching Satoshi being ‚Äúbullied‚ÄĚ by the majority of the web. We read articles about him, on famous animation websites, and Satoshi was listed as “The biggest loser in anime history” or even worse “The main character who never grows up”. We always tried our best to defend him, by using Satoshipedia. Sometimes we are harsh, but it is the love and affection for Satoshi that encourages us to do so. We know every single episode by heart, and even if you keep regressing Satoshi back, we know that in the anime THERE IS a timeline. WE SAW Satoshi growing up and becoming more and more mature: nobody could ever convince us of the contrary, not even you. So we ask to you to let him live his future, in order to let him be loved just like the other characters.

Please, promise us that you’ll at least reflect on what we wrote. We just wanto to see Satoshi growing up and, also just like anyone else, we wish him to really become a Pokemon Master. We think he deserves it and you have to do it, after all he has done for you in those years. Please take act of the responsability you have on him, do not underestimate it, please! Thank you for your time.

Best regards, Satoshipedia’s Staff


Sign the petition to say ‚ÄúStop Rebooting Ash in the Pokemon Anime!‚ÄĚ You only need few second and you can also prefer to remain anonymous hiding all your personal data!


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

To fall in love with a character is POSSIBLE and it’s a REAL feeling!

Do you fell in love with an anime or manga character but your family and your friends doesn’t understand your feelings and/or try to clinicize you? This article is just what you needed!

We staff of Satoshipedia, realized it with the help and consulence of a well known psychologist (only to tranquilize the ones who believe that there is illness in it).

This is an amatorial article, resumed with “our words”, using personal experiences. We absolutely don’t want to generalize or entering in subjects we don’t have the knowledge to explore

First thing first we explained the doctor all the work that is behind the realization of an anime character (this also can be applied to a book character or another product developed by the same criteria): the main characteristic is the realism implied in it: so a psychology and a realistic story, full of details and rich of particularities. These characters, do NOT represent the stereotype of the “omnipotent” hero who lives in a utopistic perfect world: in the most cases they live a social and family life common in our reality, sometimes even problematic (lack of a parent, deaths, conflictual relationship,divorce,bully problems and so on).

So the characters have to make a journey on how to develop and grow, that will help them find the accomplishment of their goals. We viewers, just follow them in their journey and maybe also learn on how to deal with our problems following their personal experiences.

It is not a coincidence that in Japan there are even monuments of anime/manga characters, the One Piece Manga is even studied by japanese psychologist, because it is implied that helps people who feel lost and alone. Those are things that are considered absurd for the ones who don’t know japanese culture,because the occidental view off animation and comics is often associated with childhood or immaturity. But in Japan anime and manga are part of the culture of the country and exist for all the ranges of age and target.

Attack on Titan poster pubblished (in Japan) by the Minister of Health,Work and welfare in which the characters of this anime explain: “Choose what you prefer (to cover yourself) when you sneeze or cough”. And in the upper left angle of a poster there’s a titan coughing without covering his mouth.

Our experience is with Ash, so we presented him to the doctor in a very detailled way. He also as a very detailed psychology and a not very simple family situation. We are talking about a boy who was abandoned by his father, when he was just born, raised by a single mum, who was only nineteen when she gave birth and who just lost her mother (Ash’s granny). We also learnt how this has influenced Ash’s psychology who sometimes, had to help his mother who was literally in tears. His strong personality is derivated by the absence of his father, and by the personality (still very positive) of his own mother.

English translation: Ash’s Funfacts – The night before he started his journey, Ash promised his mother Delia that he would never be like his father. It is for this that he regularly came back after the end of every journey and when he was away he was worried that Professor Oak and Tracey Sketchit would not visit often her mother.

These details help creating a very realistic story: small details that can be not useful in the creation of a plot, but in reality bring an everyday sense of life and the perception of knowing these characters like they are friends which we spend time in our everyday real life.

English translation: Ash’s funfacts – Delia Ketchum often asked her son Ash to help her gardening. But Delia made Ash work so much that he could not even study.
English translation: Ash’s Funfacts – When he was a child Ash loved playing around and making messes. He started to get a bit naughty when he was around three. Delia often scolded him when he caused too many problems, but he never forced him to focalize his energies on his studies.

Speaking of Ash, he does not represent the perfect hero: even if he’s brave and has an extremely positive way of thinking, we learnt that he also feel vulnerability, errors, fears and problems of his character. Ash, teaches us on how to face problems in the most realistic way.

English translation: “This isn’t right! Not even myself know how should I Face problems! But you see.. instead of worring I always look to the positive side of it. Because even if things got wrong, I still have learnt something new. Nothing we do has to be lost! [Ash Ketchum]”

After learning the complexity of the character, the doctor asked us “Is Ash sexualized? Does he has a sexual orientment?”. The answer of these questions was obviously yes.

Ash is a male human guy, so the difference between him and an “object” is that he has a sexuality and characterics that are always present in his gender. So there’s nothing wrong in falling in love with him, and to feel all the “physical emotion” of sexual attraction (not getting deeper in it for obvious reasons”).

In scientific terms it is called “unilateral love” because it cannot be felt in both parts. There are mostly not very differences with falling in love with a real person, because in this case there is the possibility of being rejected. In both situations we feel loving someone who have known for long, but we couldn’t have a physical relation with it.
So considering the realistic and detailled psychology of the characters, united with the sexualization, in the end falling in love with a fictional character it is not an illness: it is an absolutely real feeling.

But do we can consider them as our “first love” or an effective “fiance√®” of our life?

Starting with the fact that nobody cannot trashtalk about our feelings because they are real, we also have a scientific answer to this doubt.

Obviously, between character and real person there’s an evident and uncanny difference: with the character we cannot have a dialogue or a “real” relationship, so we feel the thing to “search for his presence” and everyone has his ways.
With Ash’s case (and characters like him) the most common way it is to take example from him, applying his teachings on real life.

English translation: “Being Prudent is good,but there are things you cannot known untill you’ve tried. Try at least once and everything will be fine!”[Ash Ketchum]

We explained the doctor a case of real life:
A Girl who suffered from violent panic attacks, was anxious to the idea to face his first work call. The panic attacks left her with a difficult situation, but she found strength in dealing with it thinking about how Ash would have done it: “What woul Ash say to me if he was here? He will obviously tell me to not give up even after a fail”. So the girl remembered a promise “she made to Ash”: to fully work on his dream. Getting strength from this promise and with the conviction that Ash would be proud of her, the girl picked up the phone and everything went fine.

English translation: “Everything we do in our life is precious: Every experience can help us to achieve our goals”[Ash Ketchum]
After listening to this story the doctor explained “See?This is a case on which Ash helped with a active support: he practically was there, motivating this girl. There are no doubts that he could be considered her first love”.

Even if these words are fruit of a writer work there are still Ash’s words: because a writer has to think with the brains of the character on he is working, not with his own. He has to follow strictly Ash’s psychology, that can be different from his own. Obviosly some situation can bring the character to a psychological change, like it would happen in reality.

There’s a term on how to indicate an anime/manga character on who you are desperately fallen in love with: waifu for girls character and husbando for male characters.

Sign the petition to say stop to Ash’s anime Reboots! You only need a few seconds and you can choose to be anonymous, hiding your personal data!


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

Who’s Ash Ketchum – Satoshipedia

Our Site, Satoshipedia, is an online encyclopedia fully dedicated to Ash Ketchum, created in order to defend him from all the distorted spread information about him. Those cause a misguided and approximate consideration of this well known character.

In the most common information sites, Ash is commonly refered as a character who does not age and without a logic. His story in reality is much more complex than it looks, from every point of view:

As simplified by this picture in the upper line we saw the one who we call “the real Ash Ketchum”, the one who has his CANON appearence, who demonstrated maturation and growning of this character. His age,indeed, goes from 10/11 to 16/17 years old.

In the Lower line, however we see “parallel” and intentionally regressed versions of Ash.This is caused by commercial strategies from Pokemon Company, that are obviously causing a downgrade of sharings of the animated series. Other Details can be found here in those link.

Naturally that has caused a lot of confusion regarding Ash whom, from who doesn’t know the facts, is considerated an eternal Peter Pan. In reality, in the Canon anime series (and not only), time has objectively passed.It is important also to underline the deep psychology of the character of Ash. He has,indeed, a very articulated past on the back of his shoulders and this also defines his personality. All the details can be seen in those links

Sign the petition in order to say stop to the reboots of Ash in the pokemon Anime! You only need few seconds and you can choose to be anonymous, hiding your personal data!


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

Sun & Moon is NOT a continuation of XYZ series – The main characters are completely a new Ash and Pikachu

We’re sorry for the eventual grammatical errors and lexical mistakes we could do.  We are Italian so we’ll try our best!

ita icon_satoshipedia

Let’s start from Masafumi Mima’s tweet (The Sound director of Pokémon anime series)

Just for this reason, the final episode of Pokémon XYZ
has to be considered absolutely conclusive since there isn’t even the
usual ending sentence ‚Äúnext time a new beginning‚ÄĚ.



This is because the main series, at the moment, it’s really over.
Sun&Moon is only a NEW Pokémon anime, with a reboot of the protagonist who is strongly reminiscent of Ash. This is due to merchandising reasons.

One of the reasons that led the anime to its end is without any doubt the fact that its ratings drastically crashed in Japan, as demonstrated by the graphic below:

OS 8.3% ‚Äď 18.6% AVG 14.105%
JT 5.3% ‚Äď 14.9% AVG 10.689%
AG 4.2% ‚Äď 11.0% AVG 7.065%
DP 4.1% ‚Äď 9.3% AVG 6.396%
BW 2.2% ‚Äď 9.3% AVG 5.292%
XY 3.2% ‚Äď 6.4% AVG 4.559%
XYZ 2.4% ‚Äď 4.4% AVG 3.673%

As you can see, the series registered a gradual audience ratings decline. XY and XYZ series were much appreciated from Western audiences despite the fact that they registered the lowest rate in Japan.

This led to a drastic reduction of staff’s funds, ever since the promotion of the film ‚ÄúVolcanion the Mechanical Marvel. Because of these cuts, with the Sun&Moon anime series the frame rate of the episodes has been lowered.

As you can understand by yourself, the Pokémon anime is in a bad situation which is caused by the same staff of the animated series, who completely ignored Shudo’s directives. As time goes by, the audience became gradually sick of seeing Ash that loses everytime and re-starts with a new journey, as if nothing had happened, instead of realizing his dream. At this point, in order to send things forward, it has been decided to focus entirely on the merchandising aspect. And here I am going to explain the reason why Black&White and Sun&Moon have to be considered a world apart, that is to say, series not linked with the main ones.

The plot of the Pokémon TV series does not always follow a logical thread. Moreover, for primarily economic necessity, writers are inclined to create series comparable to spin-offa. This often happens without explaining it directly in the episodes of the series (which keeps going on without any explanation of these story changes).

Concerning the Pok√©mon anime, a real continuity is ensured by the following main series: Kanto ‚Äď Orange ‚Äď Johto ‚Äď Hoenn ‚Äď Kanto BF ‚Äď Sinnoh ‚Äď Kalos. By following the episodes of these series, you may notice that there is a plot progression in the aforementioned regions, thus also proving that there is a connection and a progression, indeed, among them.

Black&White and the Sun&Moon are reboot and parallel series that feature a regressed version of Ash, also differentiated from the original with a change of Character Design (in order to attract young audiences). As well said by Masafumi Mima, that’s not the same Ash of original series and he shouldn’t be confused with him.

The official manga of the 20th pokemon movie shows “SM Ash” remembering his past, and he is shown with the outfit of this movie. As we know the 20th movie is settled into a parallel dimension, connected to Sun&Moon.

As for Black&White saga, at those times the reboot strategy was tried, but with the audience drop of viewings they tried to adjust the series with the cameos of Dawn and Charizard (adding Brock& Misty in flashbacks). This has caused a lot of confusion about where Black&White is linked with the series. However the endings of DP Saga and XYZ Saga have some scene that are marks of showing a crossroad of the story: the last shoots of Ash where Ash goes far from the camera.


In the Sun & Moon Series Misty and Brock have been shown with the original clothes they had, rather than their most recent ones, mainly because there’s no continuity between the series anymore (this is also valid for the pajama that “Ash” wears in the last episode of the Black & White series).

The presence of Misty & Brock is simply a tentative to adjust the flop of the anime, badly echoing the first generation. As proof of this, before the airing of the these episodes a survey was indeed in which was asked “Which of Ash’s past companions, would you like to return for a cameo?”


At the end of the XYZ series we could see some small forms of protest by the same animation directors or writers. This tells us that even they haven’t an effective control of the anime; in fact the staff changes with each generation and given that Pok√©mon is a commercial anime, control goes mainly to sponsors such as TV Tokyo. Obviously, they do not care about Ash and the storyline: their only interest is to cash with ratings and merchandising.


We of Satoshipedia join to the protests, because we care about Ash and the development of his history. We decided to stop following the anime, because to continue would mean to accept the treatment that is reserved to Ash for purely commercial purposes, which it was against the same Takeshi Shudo (creator the anime).

As explained in our separate article, Takeshi Shudo wanted to create an anime targeted to both children and adults, and he care relative of the gain. This led him to disagree with the other writers, that have gradually removed to Shudo the control of his own anime.

I don’t need to explain how all that has happening is not right and is not respectful of Shudo and the same Ash. It’s up to you to decide whether to continue with the anime, but you must be aware of the consequences. No one denies that the episodes of Sun & Moon can be sympathetic or show the pseudoAsh in epic situations, However, the fact remains that this does not really respects Ash’s character, which continues to be seen by the public as a ridiculous and eternally childlike cartoon character (things that do not really represent him).

Sign the petition to say ‚ÄúStop Rebooting Ash in the Pokemon Anime!‚ÄĚ You only need few second and you can also prefer to remain anonymous hiding all your personal data!


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

Delia Ketchum – The Super Mom

ita icon_satoshipediaIn his novels “Pocket Monsters the Animation”, Takeshi Shudo dwelt very much upon¬†Delia, often repeating, during the narration,¬†that reading this information would help us learn more about Ash and his future events.

Ash has inherited the character from his mother Delia (Hanako in Japanese), who in fact we are used to see always smiling and carefree. Even as a mother, she has always been a strong and courageous woman, despite the enormous sufferings she had to endure in her life.

Delia is in fact very young and the relationship between Ash and her is much more like the one between brother and sister, rather than the one between mother and son. At the beginning of the anime, Delia still was under her 30s, even though she already had an 11-year old child. So, the day when Ash left for his trip, while wiping away her tears, she thought:

¬ę… Tears, huh… I’m still young but, although my young age, I’m already the mother of a fully-fledged adult… As his mother, I’ve had to prove to be¬†brave… I remember¬†all the past ten years, ten months and ten days with Ash… All the adversities… All the painful moments in which it seemed impossible to ¬†go on… The period of motherhood was really tough… But it was worth it.¬Ľ

Since Ash’s father left home, she did not¬†shed a single tear for a farewell any longer, although¬†she generally was a person who tended to cry like a baby or have exaggerated reactions, even for a simple splinter stuck in a¬†finger.

It all started when Delia was only 18 years old and her mother was still alive. A young aspiring Pok√©mon trainer was staying in¬†her inn, the “Pallet House.¬†Delia immediately fell in love with him and their relationship quickly¬†became¬†stronger, so much that they got married in a heartbeat. But right after Ash’s birth, the young man left the town and never came back. To make matters worse, Delia’s mother soon¬†got¬†ill and passed away, leaving her daughter alone with the Pallet House and the new-born Ash.

At that point, Delia had no choice but to be strong. Even if her husband had come back¬†home, after leaving her alone for over ten years, she would have completely ignored him.¬†If someone asked her:¬†¬ęDo you still love him?¬Ľ her answer would be a clear ¬ęNo!¬Ľ.

Despite this, Delia rejected all the proposals she received from other men, because she actually never wanted to divorce from Ash’s father. There were even a few rumors of her relationships with other men, but none of them was true.2d73lu.jpg

Until the day Ash left home to travel and become a Pok√©mon Trainer, Delia managed to go on on her own. ¬ęIt’s natural…¬Ľ she thought to herself. Ash is her beloved son and she would take care of him until the day of his departure. It was her responsibility.

The relationship between Ash and Delia

As already said, there is a very unique relationship between Delia and Ash, very similar to the one existing between a couple¬†of friends or brothers. Sometimes Ash wondered if some of Delia’s behaviors were the same of a typical mother and wanted her to be more like a normal adult woman. He often accused her of “pulling the mom card” only when it was convenient.0789079808

As a matter of fact, on the day of Ash’s departure Delia began to fantasize a bit. She was sad but at the same time she felt like a student who is¬†about to start his summer holidays without any homework to do: starting from the following¬†day she would have returned to be a free woman. Given that she still was so young, she could devote herself¬†to many things. But until the next morning she still had to be the mother of Ash.

Shudo explains that being a mother is already a very hard job. However, despite her situation, Delia has never perceived her motherhood as something  tough. After all it was better than remaining completely alone, after her 77969husband had left home.

Of course it has never been so easy for her… Despite that, every once in a while Delia felt the need to say¬†¬ęThanks baby¬Ľ to Ash.

Just to give an example, Ash became rebellious for the first time around the age of three. He combined a prank after another and, in order to keep him quiet, Delia often pretended to cry:

¬ęHaving such a rebellious son makes me the most unfortunate beauty in the world… Sniff, sniff. Waaah, waaaah¬Ľ

However, as usual at her age, girls should go out and have fun rather than working as single mothers. That’s why Delia felt so¬†unfortunate. At the beginning, she started to pretend to cry, but her tears soon became real when she started to stop and think of her life situation.

Ash was caught off guard when seeing his mother¬†crying, so he immediately stopped making trouble. Then he approached her with a very sweet expression and asked: ¬ęMom, what’s wrong? Are you ok? ¬Ľ. This gesture¬†consoled Delia and made her feel the need to express her gratitude to his son.

Delia and the fathers of the bullies

When the bullies picked on Ash at the kindergarten and then to school, he’d get the teachers or the bullies fathers to tell them off. Or else, if the fathers of the bullies didn’t rebuke them, he would made sure the teacher did.

These bullies were children who at home didn’t breath an atmosphere of serenity. They were often children of single fathers or of husbands who were kicked out of the house after a marital dispute. If these men were looking for something to eat they had two options: a bento from the only convenience store of the village or going to the Pallet House (being the only restaurant in Pallet Town).

Delia, just like Ash, has the ability to always find the right words to help someone in need, so when these family men decided to eat at the Pallet House, she scolded them: ¬ęChildren need a mother and a father! Especially a father! You can’t underestimate the importance of a father! A father can’t just be working all the time! He has to spend time at home!¬Ľ Delia knew well what she was saying, she had the experience of b709790oth her father (Ash’s grandfather) and her husband: both left the family to become Pok√©mon trainers and never returned.

Thus, the bullies fathers would remain silent and let her talk. In exchange, if you can call it like that, Delia would listen to their problems with their wives.

The mothers in the country, therefore, never complained the fact that their husbands came home late at night saying they were at the Pallet House. On the contrary, they would consider it a relief, because talking with Delia would inspire the fathers o79800f Pallet Town to do their best for the home and their children. This helped to improve the mood of mothers in the town. So, with both parents in a good mood, children would breath a climate of serenity and bullying against Ash ceased. Being no longer picked on, Ash was delighted to be able to focus only on its pranks. He loved to play around and cause mischief. Delia rebuked him when he was causing too many problems, but she never forced him to focus on his studies.

Delia’s wish

Delia has always wanted to convey optimism and serenity to Ash, therefore, also thanks to his strong character, he was never deeply shocked by the absence of his father, however as a child, he used to ask about him to his mom. He wanted to know what kind of person he was and what he was doing. He addressed to her the same questions also about his grandfather. Delia initially replied that they were two very special pokémon trainers. However, when Ash was five years old, she decided to reveal him the truth: though they left to become pokémon trainers, no one has heard anything about them. There is no evidence that they really became trainers.

Whether his father and grandfather were or were not good trainers made no difference in his desire to become a Pokémon trainer. However, if Ash had found out on the internet or when he grew up, it may have come as a shock.5685896

Paradoxically, having the weight of his father and grandfather failures on him was a kind of weird encouragement for Ash:¬†¬ęI’m not going to end up like dad or grandpa!¬Ľ Said Ash to his mother, the night before leaving for his trip. But Delia thought, within herself: ¬ęIf he was anything like his father, he may never be back ¬Ľ

It was natural that Ash would have ended up dreaming of becoming a Pok√©mon trainer. Delia herself sometimes muttered: ¬ęYour dad and grandpa are out there somewhere trying to become Pok√©mon Trainers… Must be nice out there‚Ķ¬Ľ

She would say that only occasionaly but, in over ten years, this sentence ended to reach Ash’s ears many times, triggering in him the desire to become a Pok√©mon trainer.

Delia herself lo48675ved Pokémon and also wanted to become a trainer.

If she didn’t had to take over the Pallet House, being the only child of her family, Delia would have ignored any opposition of her mother and once she became ten she would have left home to become a Pok√©mon trainer, just like Ash.

The Voltorb shaped alarm clock

The alarm clock shaped like a Voltorb was donated to Ash by Delia for his tenth birthday.69876790

Pok√©mon themed goods are always a best seller, so you can’t get them in a small village like Pallet Town. Consequently to get that clock, Delia had to leave her busy schedule for three days and go to a department store in the metropolis of Cerulean City, where she waited five hours in line to buy it.

For Delia, that Voltorb clock held more significance than just a birthday present for his son: it was an expression of motherly love for Ash to take on his journey. His birthday was only a suitable opportunity to give it to him.

See also: Focus – Ash’s Childhood

> Source

Click on the image to sign the petition !!

Sign the petition to say ‚ÄúStop Rebooting Ash in the Pokemon Anime!‚ÄĚ You only need few second and you can also prefer to remain anonymous hiding all your personal data!



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 Ketchum

We‚Äôre sorry for all our eventual grammatical and lexical¬†mistakes. We‚Äôre Italian and we‚Äôre trying to do our best ūüôā

The most reliable and detailed guide about Ash Ketchumita icon_satoshipedia

Original name: „āĶ„Éą„ā∑ (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: “Pok√©mon 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



Ash Ketchum is the main character of the Pok√©mon Anime. He is based on Red, the protagonist of the first generation games (Pok√©mon).¬† The original name Satoshi means “Wisdom” (a quality that Ash has gradually gained throughout¬†the¬†series) and comes directly from the Pok√©mon creator, Satoshi Tajiri, which, in many interviews, claimed to be reflected in the character. In the games Pok√©mon Red and Blue, and Pok√©mon 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 shŇćnen characters, he would like to achieve a very difficult¬†goal. In this case, Ash wants to become a Pok√©mon Master. For this reason, he travels around the world challenging Gym Leaders and competing in Pok√©mon Leagues, similarly to the protagonist of the videogames.

Though being a character with the typical shŇćnen 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 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 need 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 difficulties.¬†


But 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.

Further readings:

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).


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 Pok√©mon. 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 Pok√©dex provided by the professor (called Dexter). However, Pikachu hates Pok√© Balls, which is the reason why it still follows Ash as if it¬†was a¬†“free” Pok√©mon. Initially, it caused some problems to its¬†trainer by not respecting him, but when Ash risked his life to protect the little Pok√©mon injured by some Spearow, the two became inseparable friends. At the end of this adventure, Ash and his Pikachu saw a peculiar Pok√©mon. During a video-call with professor Oak, Ash realized that it was the legendary Pok√©mon Ho-Oh, but nobody believed him. He was, in fact, the first to have seen Ho-Oh in the last three centuries.AshvsSperaow_1¬įep

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. 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. -.jklkj.j,.

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. hfthtrhdx

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 Pok√©mon Contests. During this series Ash, has¬†become an experienced trainer, specialized in 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 pok√©mon with completely different methods from the ones used by Ash. Paul, in order to make his pok√©mon 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 Pok√©mon. 6789

However, Ash was the only trainer who managed to defeat not only Tobias’s Darkrai, but even his 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.

From here on, the timeline the Pokémon anime becomes irregular, due to merchandising strategies implemented by the staff. All explanations are provided under the following articles:

The XY series, in fact, sees a return of Ash as we had left him in the Sinnoh region: mature and extraordinarily skilled in Pokémon battles. In a short period of time, Ash has improved a lot his trainer skills and during the XYZ series he  also 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. His travel friends were 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 arrival in Kalos, Serena recognizes Ash seeing him on television and decided to travel with him.

Further readings:


Ash as a child

The reason for which Ash‚Äôs parents are separated is that his father, a person whom information are ignored, abandoned the family a little while later Ash‚Äôs birth, leaving a young 19-year old Delia alone. We only know that he is a pok√©mon trainer (who doesn’t appear in the membership list of the World Pok√©mon 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.

Further Readings:

Ash’s Pok√©mon

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

Pokémon series (click on spoiler to view):


Pikachu ♂ – Type: Electric
Pikachu di Ash
Pikachu is the initial Pok√©mon of Ash, obtained from Professor Oak in the episode “Pok√©mon – 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).
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 Pok√©mon was caught by Ash in the episode “Charmander the Stray Pok√©mon“. 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 “Pok√©mon 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 Pok√©mon 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 Pok√©mon 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 Pok√©mon 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 Pok√©mon!” 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).


Pokémon Advanced series (click on spoiler to view):


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.


Pokémon Diamond&Pearl series (click on spoiler to view):


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 Pok√©mon, 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.


Pokémon XY/Z series (click on spoiler to view):


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).
Check also: Ash Greninja


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 ShŇćta!!”).


In training (click on spoiler to view):


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 Pok√©mon trainer, Antony, in the episode “The Punchy Pok√©mon“.
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 (click on spoiler to view):


Butterfree ♂ – Type: Bug/Flying
Butterfree di Ash
Evolution of his Metapod, which evolved from Caterpie, caught in the episode “Ash Catches a Pok√©monl. 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 Pok√©mon“. 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 (click on spoiler to view):


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 Pok√©mon Contests to Gym battles.
Moves: (when traded): Scratch, Swift, Focus Punch, Double Team.


Given away (click on spoiler to view):


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


Unofficial (click on spoiler to view):


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 Pok√©mon in the episode “Mother of Alls Battles“.
Moves: Screech, Hidden Power, Harden, Bite, Strength.


Obtained Badges:

Kanto League
Medaglie Ash_Indigo
  • 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 “Pok√©mon Scent-sation!“)
  • Soul Badge (Episode “The Ninja Pok√©-Showdown“)
  • Volcano Badge (Episode “Volcanic Panic“)
  • Earth Badge (Episode: “The Battle of the Badge“)


Orange League
Medaglie Ash_Orange
  • 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 “Pok√©mon Double Trouble“)


Johto League
Medaglie Ash_Johto
  • 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
Ash Medaglie_Hoenn
  • 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
Attestato Parco Lotta
  • 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
  • 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!“)


Kalos League
  • 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)
  • Lumiose Conference (Runner-Up)

Won titles
ash's titles


Ash’s Others classifications

The real Ash Ketchum

Masafumi Mima, sound director of Pokémon Anime, made it clear that the new Sun&Moon series is not a continuation of XYZ and that the protagonists are new versions of Ash and Pikachu. It is a merchandising strategy which, of course, also applies to Black&White series.

We, staff of Satoshipedia,¬†are very keen to Ash and can’t stand the idea that he is treated like a puppet because of commercial strategies. Which is why we only deal with¬†the TRUE Ash Ketchum and we would like to point out that both of the Black&White and the Sun&Moon versions of Ash, are only ALTERNATIVE and noncanonical versions of Ash!

Sign the petition to say “Stop Rebooting Ash in the Pokemon Anime!” You only need few second and you can also prefer to remain anonymous hiding all your personal data!

Pokémon, badges and rankings in the Black & White series (Spoiler click to view)


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‚ÄĒHatched 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 Pok√©mon 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.


Unova League
  • 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)

 Unova League ranking: Top 8


The Black&White series should be considered separately, however, given its multiple contradictions (read article “Ash’s Age in each series“), we keep still account its timeline.


  • 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: ‚ÄúSatoshi always comes up with funny phrases, like pajama wa jama (japanese pun that more or less means ‚Äėpajamas are a threat‚Äô) or jokes. This is what drew me to him as a character‚ÄĚ.
  • 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 Pok√©mon 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:

  • Takeshi Shudo books (it contains links to sources too)
  • “Pok√©mon Mania” Magazine (fun fact about Rica Matsumoto)

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 Age in each series

We‚Äôre sorry for all our eventual syntactical and grammatical errors. We‚Äôre italian and we‚Äôre doing our best ūüôā

¬†ita icon_satoshipediaWhat you’re going to read is candidly observable in the animated series. So¬†I have written NOTHING that you cannot check for yourself ūüôā

Note: Black & White has to to be considered a separate series, not correctly connected to the main anime (HERE for clarification). However, in this article there are some references which mention the discrepancies present inside the series.

We can’t start talking about Ash without having clarified first the question about his age.

As mentioned in several previously published articles, one of which you can read at THIS LINK, the urban legend that Ash is always 10 after many series, has been largely disproved by several factors, like official sources from the creator of the animated  series and many informations given in the anime episodes themself, such as:

> The first animated series, in which OFFICIALLY has passed more than a year: in the various episodes were regularly inserted tips about the passage of months. Therefore, you can know with absolute certainty the period of time of each episode.

> The episode in the Rival Destinies series “Goodbye, Junior Cup ‚Äď Hello Adventure!”,¬†¬†where Dawn clearly says that a year has passed since her participation to the previous Wallace Cup, so it’s impossible that Ash was nine in that series.

> If we take into account the months elapsed that were mentioned in the episodes, together make¬†more than ONE YEAR¬†in the timeline of Pok√©mon anime (two monts after Ash’s departure in the episode “The School of Hard Knocks“, two months before the Indigo League in the episode “Showdown at the Po-k√© Corral“, one month before the Wirl Cup in the episode “Around the Whirlpool“, three months before the Silver Conference in the episodeWhy? Wynaut!“, three months before the Hoenn League in the episode “Eight Ain’t Enough“, one month before the Kanto Grand Festival in the episode “New Plot, Odd Lot!“, one month before the Sinnoh League in the episode “The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World!” and two months before the Unova League).

> The third mini-movie (Pikachu and Pichu Brothers), where Ash celebrated the anniversary of his meeting with Pikachu.¬†It was¬† not the first anniversary and the movie must have took place between the 4th and the 5th season (for reasons you will soon read) but anyway¬†there is NO DOUBT ABOUT IT: since Ash’s departure, more than a year¬†has passed.

> The growth of Ash’s Lapras, who changed in appearance in one of the last episodes of “Master Quest”.

> In the book This is Animation Pocket Monsters The Movie “Mewtwo Strikes Back” “Pikachu’s vacation” Takeshi Shudo explains that between Mewtwo’escape from the Team Rocket’s base and the moment in which Ash received the invitation for New Islan, a year passes. Anime writers have decided to make pass only a couple of months (since Mewtwo’s escape is present in the episode titled “Showdown at the Pok√©-Corral“), thus proving yet another mistake concerning the timeline in the anime. The film “Mewtwo Strikes Back“, indeed, has a precise collocation in the anime: the events took place between the episodes “The Pi-Kahuna” and “Make Room for Gloom“.

> Several trainers visibly younger than Ash, have already obtained their first Pokémon (Including Trevor and Scottie, in recent episodes of XY), but, as you know, it is NOT possible to receive the first Pokémon from a Professor or affiliates BEFORE having turned 10 years old.

> In the episode “A Goldenrod Opportunity” (Pok√©mon Johto League Champions), the Magnet Train was not built and it needed a year to be completed. In the Best Whishes episoded where Iris and Cilan decide to travel from Kanto to Johto, they decide to use that same train, showing even¬†in this case the passage of years in the series.

Informations reported also on Bulbapedia (Click to zoom in)

> Paul also competed in the tournaments of the Pokémon League of Kanto, Johto and Hoenn. They are held EVERY YEAR and since Paul has competed in different editions from those in which Ash competed, this proves that they inevitably have different ages (and also that, of course, height is by no means a major factor in establishing the age of a character)

Screen by Bulbapedia

Also, in the recent episode ‚ÄúA Festival Trade! A Festival Farewell?‚ÄĚ of the XY series, Jessie makes a reference about her birthday (in the Japanese version too) that was even celebrated during the same XY series. Demonstrating once more that, in the story, there is a passage of years.

More reasons in the article I linked above.

As for the official information given by the creator of the animated series, we are going to open a broader case concerning the age of Ash in the various series.

Takeshi Shudo, creator of Pok√©mon Anime, published two books in 1997 and in 1999 that unveiled some of the secrets of the animated series (if you are curious about it you may check THIS LINK for a detailed summary of the books), including the truth about the day of Ash’s departure on his journey.

In Pallet Town it existed the rule that new trainers could begin their formative journey on APRIL 1st following their tenth birthday. This fixes the inconsinstency in the first episode of the animated series in which it’s said that Ash was leaving because hejust turned 10, but at the same time Gary and other two trainers left with him. Was it everyone’s birthday, perhaps? No, simply the writers have made a mistake.

Takeshi Shudo also revealed that on the day of his departure Ash was exactly 10 years, 10 months and 10 days, so, starting from April 1st and going back this amount of time, it is possible to determine the date of his birth: May 22nd. Basically, Ash was almost 11 when he left.

Since during the 9th episode of the animated series it was made clear that two months have passed¬†since Ash’s departure, here’s another confirmation that he has¬†been 10¬†years old only in the¬†first 6-7 episodes of the animated series.

For what concerns the other series:

In the Orange League Ash was 12. Summer was confirmed¬†in that period (the 2¬į movie). The previous summer (the one in which Ash was 11) was in the period of the censored episode ‚ÄúBeauty and the Beach‚ÄĚ.¬†As already mentioned, in the first series were inserted specific references to the months in which the episodes were set. Ash left for his journey in April, and after 9 episodes May arrives. We clearly understand that the episode ‚ÄúBeauty and the Beach‚Ä̬†was set in the adjacent summer.

After several episodes (enough time to make¬†6 months pass) the events of “Holiday Hi-Jynx” took place (which, according to the OFFICIAL numeration, it’s the episode 39) and an episode of the New Year’s Eve titled: “It’s New Year’s Eve! Pocket Monsters Encore” but which has never been broadcasted because of the scandal of the episode titled “Electric Soldier Porygon“.


Another handful of episodes later we have “Princess vs. Princess” (which was postponed due to “Electric Soldier Porygon“, but remains the fact that according to the official numeration it’s the episode 50) set on March 3rd because it refers to the celebration of Hinamatsuri. Five episodes later the events of “The purr-fect hero” (this episode was also postponed) were set on May 5th¬†because it refers to the Children’s Day in Japan. Here, a year has already passed. In the following episodes, it’s further confirmed that it was Summer (the episode “Riddle Me This“, “The Breeding Center Secret“, etc.). From there to the Indigo League another two months has passed, so the Indigo League was held in the month of July, while the Orange League was set around¬†August/September.

Together with Hideki Sonoda, Takeshi Shudo also wrote a novel dedicated to the film “Mewtwo Strikes Back” in which he explained that between Mewtwo’s escape from the Team Rocket’s base and the moment in which Ash received the invitation for New Islan, a year passes. Anime writers, instead, have decided to make pass only a couple of months and this way they made another mistake concerning the anime timeline.

It is not clear, however, whether this year should be considered as an additional year which has to be added to the timeline or Shudo wanted to collocate Mewtwo’s escape and film in the same year in which the first series takes place.

During the Johto League Tournament Ash was about 12/13 because Winter was¬†confirmed during the Johto League Champions series (episode ‚ÄúMoving pictures‚ÄĚ). Two Christmas episodes of the Pok√©mon Chronicles series¬†are also set¬†in this period¬†(consequently the episodes in¬†The Johto Journey series were set during Autumn). The League was held in the Spring/Summer of the same year.

During the Hoenn League Tournament, Ash was more ore less 13 because the Advanced and Advanced Challenge series took place right after the Johto League (in some episodes of the two above mentioned series it has been said that it was still Summer). The Hoenn league was held in the following Winter¬†(Source: the episode ‚ÄúThe Relicanth really can!‚ÄĚ set more than 3 months before the league, where the beaches were crowded with people, because it was Summer.)

References: these two pictures as a confirmation


Note: The Hoenn region is the most southerly located region and is based upon the Kyushu island (Japan), where there is an almost tropical climate. It may also be noticed in the anime during the episodes of the league, in which, although it was winter, it didn’t seem to be cold.

In addition, during this generation Ash has also reached Misty in height.

In Battle Frontier Ash was 14.

Ash returns to travel in the Kanto region, where his previous travel lasted one year. The series starts more or less during the Winter, in fact the episode “Time Warp Heals All Wounds”¬† is set on the¬†Christmas period, as in the Japanese air of it.

Later, in the episode “Spontaneous Combusken” it’s shown that it was again Summer, as was in the movie “Pok√©mon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea“.

The last episode of the Battle Frontier series is clearly set on February, because in the Kanto region during this month the sun sets at around 5 PM, just as shown in the episode (further confirmation comes from the DP series vlcsnap-00003which takes place in Spring). Since almost an year is needed to cross the Kanto region, this is the reason why the same amount of time has passed in this case too.


During the Sinnoh League Tournament Ash was 15. This was because in Diamond and Pearl series it was Spring and in Battle Dimension and Galactic Battles it was Summer. (The episodes of the Pokémon Summer Academy and the 12th movie were clearly set in the Summer). The league was held in Autumn (the tournament has started two months after Ash won the last badge, and here there are also confirmations related to the time the sun was setting).


Warning: The Black&White series should be considered separately, however, given its multiple contradictions (read at the beginning of the article), we keep still account its timeline.

At the end of the Sinnoh League, Ash stayed at home for a few months. He left for Unova in Spring (pink Deerlings) and so he was still 15.

In Best Wishes 2 (Rival Destinies and Adventures in Unova), it was Summer (green Deerlings), so he just turned 16. The league was held two months after Ash won the last badge. Towards the end of Best Wishes DA (Adventures in Unova and elsewhere) it has been clearly said that Autumn was coming (in the episode ‚ÄúButterfree and Me‚ÄĚ we can see many migrating Pok√©mon).

he XY series represents the actual continuation of Diamond&Pearl

Obviously, the beginning of the XY series is set in the late Summer- early Autumn (Summer Camp episodes are set in the mid-September period, exactly like in real-life). This is confirmed by the presence of a vineyard with ripe grapes in the episode “A Jolting Switcheroo!“. Subsequently is Autumn as we can notice from the presence of many autumnal landscapes and falling leaves, as in the episode XY073: A Fashionable Battle!“.

The start of the¬†XY&Z series is set in November because in the episode¬† XY097¬†‚ÄúDream a little dream from me!‚ÄĚ the protagonists are watching the Litleonids. Litleonids are a meteor shower mentioned in the Delta Episode of the OR AS games. It takes the name from the Leonids shower, which always falls in November (intentionally coinciding with the Ruby and Sapphire games release, reference also mentioned in OR¬†AS). The same XY097 episode aired in Japan during November. The end of the series seems to be set in the spring and Ash is 16 and a half.

For obvious and logical reasons the Pokémon anime has ended. Anyway if you are continuing to follow it, you must always take into account the instructions provided in this article. Try to differentiate the real Ash that we all know (and whose growth is evident for all of us) from the purely commercial reboots.

A closer look at how Ash has changed and matured over the years at THIS LINK.

Sign the petition to say ‚ÄúStop Rebooting Ash in the Pokemon Anime!‚ÄĚ You only need few second and you can also prefer to remain anonymous hiding all your personal data!



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.

HERE for other interesting details about Ash’s childhood and his relationship with Delia

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.

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¬†¬ęMommy. What’s wrong? Are you okay?¬Ľ he managed to console her. Ash‚Äôs gesture made Delia feel very reassured and as a matter of fact she often felt the need to tell him ¬ęThank you Baby¬Ľ 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: ¬ęGary 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…¬Ľ. 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:

¬ęWhere is Dad?¬Ľ ¬ęWhat is he doing now?¬Ľ. Delia obviously couldn’t answer these questions, so she merely told him that he was an¬†extraordinary Pok√©mon 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 Pok√©mon Trainer, occasionally she murmured:¬†¬ęAsh’s dad and grandpa are still now on a journey somewhere with the aim of becoming a pokemontrainer…How I envy them!¬Ľ 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”).
Photo taken from a book by Takeshi Shudo

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

Sign the petition to say ‚ÄúStop Rebooting Ash in the Pokemon Anime!‚ÄĚ You only need few second and you can also prefer to remain anonymous hiding all your personal data!


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¬†‚ÄúThe Japanification of Children‚Äôs Popular Culture‚ÄĚ emphasized Ash‚Äôs 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 Pok√©mon 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 Pok√©mon Battles,¬†although it was still immature and needed to properly develope his ability, since¬†Ash was still clumsy and inexperienced; because of this, in Pok√©mon Battles, he always needed Misty’s and Brock’s suggestions. Even in his first tournament of the Pok√©mon 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 pok√©mon, 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 Pok√©mon battles in this generation, as already mentioned, he became much more mature and expert, his Pok√©mon 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¬†Pok√©mon 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 (prior to XYZ) 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 Pok√©mon,¬†with whom often turned out to be very severe, but at the same time sweet, especially against the more timid Pok√©mon. This kindness with Pok√©mon 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 pok√©mon.

Ash in XY Series

The XY series is considered in all respects a sequel of Diamond & Pearl, because there we find an Ash Ketchum mature again 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 travels with Serena, Clemont and Bonnie. All of them consider Ash a reference point and a special person. They have a lot of admiration for him, and often make use of his advices 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 had lost in a forest.

Translation: 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‚Äô05‚ÄĚ (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.



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.

Height Chart_Original series

 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.

 Senza titolo-1

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


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.


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). The same goes for the SM series

Sign the petition to say ‚ÄúStop Rebooting Ash in the Pokemon Anime!‚ÄĚ You only need few second and you can also prefer to remain anonymous hiding all your personal data!


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 good.¬† The reason for which Ash‚Äôs parents are separated is that his father abandoned the family a little while later Ash‚Äôs 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 Pok√©mon 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 Pok√©mon 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 Pok√©mon trainer, but because of the inn and Ash’s birth she could never leave. So she just studied Pok√©mon 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 ‚ÄúPok√©mon Pals‚ÄĚ along with a flower Pok√©mon 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 Pok√©mon 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 Pok√©mon 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 Pok√©mon 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.

Sign the petition to say ‚ÄúStop Rebooting Ash in the Pokemon Anime!‚ÄĚ You only need few second and you can also prefer to remain anonymous hiding all your personal data!


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