For the variant appearing in the games, see Red (game).
Ash Ketchum is the main protagonist of the Pokémon anime series who has always dreamed of becoming a Pokémon Master. As soon as he was ten years old, he rushed to Professor Oak's Laboratory to get his first Pokémon. He is the first human character to be introduced in the series. Originally wanting to choose Squirtle, Ash ended up getting the Pokémon Pikachu, as he was late, and left on his journey.
At first, Pikachu did not obey Ash and kept running away, so Ash had to tie him up. After getting chased by a flock of Spearow, Ash attempted to save Pikachu from them; seeing Ash so determined to help him, Pikachu protected Ash from the Spearow by electrocuting the entire flock, thanks to being struck by lightning at that exact moment, supercharging his Electric-type move. From then on, Pikachu and Ash became best friends for life. As a completely unskilled trainer, Ash started his adventure while meeting his friends Misty and Brock and capturing new Pokémon.
Ash eventually defeated all the Gym Leaders in Kanto, allowing him to enter in the Pokémon League. Since then, he has continued to travel, journeying through the regions, making new friends such as Tracey, May, Max, Dawn, Iris and Cilan, challenging all the Gym Leaders, entering each region's Pokémon League, and catching new Pokémon while still following his goal of becoming a Pokémon Master. Since this goal is so close to his heart, he sometimes acts a bit rash and rushes to the next battle he can as fast as possible without thinking. Ash is currently traveling in the Kalos region, with his new friends Bonnie, Clemont and his old childhood friend Serena. Ash's name in the Japanese version of the anime is Satoshi, likely after Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokémon. While there is much speculation, ultimately It is still unknown who Ash's father is; but according to 'Pokémon Live!', his mother dated Giovanni and was in his gang but took a better route in life when she met Ash's father.
Ash wears a few outfits, as seen on the Pokémon anime, he also has black hair and brown eyes, and always wears a cap.
In the original series, Ash wears a white and blue short sleeved jacket with gold trim, white collar and sleeves, a black T-shirt, blue jeans with light blue cuffs, black and white sneakers with red dots, green fingerless gloves with light green borders and a red and white cap with a green stylized "L".
In the Advanced Generations series, Ash appeared with new clothing - a black and red cap with a green Poké Ball on it and wears a blue sleeveless hoodie with a black short sleeve undershirt, black gloves, new jeans and sneakers.
Diamond & Pearl
In the Diamond & Pearl series, Ash appeared with another new outfit, consisting of a black sleeveless hoodie, a white short sleeve undershirt, new jeans, new sneakers, and his hat's Poké Ball is blue.
In the Best Wishes series, Ash appeared with a new outfit, new hat and new sneakers, wears a red and white hat with a blue Poké Ball, wears a blue and white hooded jacket with a golden zipper, black baggy jeans, black fingerless gloves with red borders and his sneakers are high tops.
In the XY series, Ash wears yet another new outfit, consisting of a blue collared shirt with short sleeves, darker blue jeans, red and white hat and red high top sneakers.
Ash is very determined to be a good Pokémon trainer as seen in every episode. He shows a lot of sympathy towards Pokémon usually helping and befriending Pokémon he meets on his long journey. He doesn't like trainers who mistreat Pokémon such as Damian, J, and Shamus. He is a role model to many people such as May, Dawn, N, and Serena. Ash never changes his strategy of all out attacking and using Water + Electric type Moves to defeat other Pokémon. Ash is generally kind, compassionate and brave, but can be stubborn, hot-headed, impatient, cocky, reckless and impulsive at times. He has also been seen to be quite athletic, several times through the Best Wishes Series, and once in the movie Pokémon 4Ever.
Since entering the Kalos region, Ash has demonstrated much greater maturity and level-headiness; both in and out of battles as he continues his journey to be a Pokémon Master. So far, the only Pokémon League he has won is the Orange League.
When Ash Ketchum was a little boy, he was enrolled in Professor Oak's Pokémon Summer Camp where he would learn about the basics of Pokémon and being a trainer when he gets older. While looking for a Poliwag, Ash happened upon a young girl and fellow camper named Serena who got lost in the forest while looking for her group. She'd fallen and injured her knee after Poliwag startled her. He wrapped a clean, blue handkerchief with a Poké Ball on each corner around her wounded knee to brace it. But she couldn't get herself up due to the pain, so Ash lent her his hand and helped her stand up. Then he guided her out of the forest and took her back to the campsite.
At some point before starting their journeys, Ash was friends with Gary Oak until they both fished out a Poké Ball on both their lines. After arguing about who keeps it, they broke it in two, each keeping one half as a reminder of that day.
Pikachu was given to Ash by Professor Oak, since the other three Kanto starter Pokémon had already been taken by other trainers. Originally, Pikachu would not listen to Ash and constantly shocked him. However, after accidentally angering a flock of Spearow, Pikachu had a change of heart when he saw Ash defend him. Since then, Pikachu has assisted and been very successful in many of Ash's battles, and over time has adopted Ash's mannerisms. Pikachu does not want to be in his Poké Ball, so he stays out all the time, often riding on Ash's shoulder or head.
Froakie first appeared in Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!, where he observed Pikachu shocking Bonnie, Clemont and Ash outside the Lumiose Gym. Froakie protected Pikachu from his own Electro Ball, which had been rebounded by Wobbuffet's Mirror Coat. At the end of the episode, Froakie appeared in front of Sycamore's lab with a Poké Ball and asked Ash to catch him, which Ash did so gladly. He later evolved into a Frogadier during a battle against Saizo and Barbaracle. He evolved into Greninja in a battle against Heidayu and Bisharp after enduring and blocking Bisharp's Shadow Claw. Greninja is also well-known for its capability of changing into a very unique form during battles called the Ash-Greninja form.
Fletchling first appeared where it swooped down to take a berry that Bonnie gave to a Dedenne. Afterwards, Froakie challenged it to a battle but Fletchling's speed and strength proved to be too much for Froakie. Froakie was finally able to land a hit on the Tiny Robin Pokémon. Ash threw a Poké Ball at it but the capture was unsuccessful. Froakie continued the battle with Fletchling and landed a hit with Water Pulse. Ash threw another Poké Ball at Fletchling and managed to catch it this time. It later evolved into Fletchinder during a sky battle against Moria's Talonflame and then into a Talonflame while battling against the legendary Pokémon, Moltres.
Hawlucha first appeared when he was protecting a group of small Pokémon from a rampaging Ursaring. He was known as the "Champion of the Forest" after beating a Machamp prior to being captured. He decided to travel with Ash after he helped him perfect the move, Flying Press and settle the rivalry between it and Machamp.
Goomy first appeared when it landed on Ash's head after getting flown away from its home by a Swanna. Goomy is a shy and timid Pokémon and whenever it sees Clemont's Dedenne, it always goes and hides. However despite being cowardly, it does possess some intense strength and uses Rain Dance to build up its powers. Goomy first decided to travel with Ash after he defended it from Team Rocket. Goomy later evolved into Sliggoo during a battle against Team Rocket and a wild Grumpig. Sliggoo later evolved into Goodra in order to save its trainer and his friends from a wild fire caused by Team Rocket. Sometime after saving the marshlands from Team Rocket, Ash released Goodra so it can remain with its companions. However, by the time of the Lumiose Conference, Goodra decided to return to Ash, to which it rejoined Ash's lineup for the Pokémon League.
Noibat hatched from its egg after being found by Ash's Hawlucha. It then ate some fruits and drank some water, but later got captured by Team Rocket, who wanted to make him evolve into Noivern. Later they confronted on a cave, but Noibat was smart enough to use his ultrasonic waves to identify Team Rocket and chase them out of the cave. Later it decided to join Ash's team. Noibat later evolved into Noivern while saving Hawlucha from falling into the ravine and battling against the legendary Pokémon, Zapdos.
Bulbasaur was the third Pokémon Ash caught. He had been protecting a village of Pokémon that were recovering from illnesses. Since then he became a vital part of Ash's team and won many gym and league battles for Ash. Bulbasaur has been given the choice to evolve but decided to stay at his base form. Long into his journey with Ash, Bulbasaur was called upon to stop feuds between the Pokémon in Oak's Lab and has continued to do so. He also appears to have a budding romance with May's Bulbasaur.
Ash and Brock once saved a Charmander from death, and after saving him from his incompetent trainer, Brock decided that Ash should remain with him. Then, evolving from Charmeleon, Charizard didn't obey any orders that Ash gave and quite often used his Flamethrower attack on Ash, (he still does this today, but now he does it as a sign of affection towards Ash rather than a sign of disobedience.) However, after getting frozen in battle, Charizard started to respect Ash as Ash nursed him back to health. Since then he has been a vital powerhouse in Ash's team and has been used in several Gym, League and Frontier battles and has even held his own in battles against Entei and Articuno. He currently resides at Prof. Oak's Lab in Kanto.
It was Ash's seventh Pokémon in Kanto. Evolving in its first ever battle in the Indigo League, Kingler is a good strong Pokémon that Ash has fallen back on in both the Indigo and Johto leagues. However it has not seen much experience outside of those leagues.
Captured after taking over a Power Plant, Muk was immediately sent to Professor Oak's Laboratory. While being there it grew incredibly affectionate and is known to hug Professor Oak on many occasions. However, past this affectionate yet slimy exterior, Muk has been used in several League battles and manages to hold its ground. As a running gag, Muk often knocks over Professor Oak when he's talking with Ash over the video-phone.
When he was in the Safari Zone, Ash managed to capture thirty Tauros, all of which reside at Oak's Laboratory. However Ash has used one of the Tauros on several occasions in Leagues and Frontier battles.
Captured in the Orange Islands when stealing all the fruit from a small Island range, Snorlax has become a major powerhouse of Ash's, when he is awake that is. Due to his massive feeding requirements, Ash felt it better to stay at Professor Oak's, however he is still used for a number of Gym, League and Frontier battles. Also, Snorlax had defeated a Medicham, even at a Fighting disadvantage.
Heracross was the first Pokémon that Ash captured in Johto. He loves tree sap and has been known to suck the pollen out of Bulbasaur's Bulb on several occasions causing Bulbasaur pain. He is a powerful Pokémon of Ash's and has been used in several Gym, League, Frontier battles and even the Sinnoh Pokémon League.
After evolving from Chikorita, Bayleef kept her longing feelings for Ash which did end up getting her in trouble on several occasions. However after getting used to her size, she managed to become a vital part of Ash's team and helped win many Gym & League battles. Ash left her at Oak's when he decided to make a fresh start when he left for Hoenn.
While training for the Sinnoh League, Ash brought his Cyndaquil with many of his other Pokémon. However, Team Rocket tried to cause problems and Cyndaquil evolved in order to stop them. Quilava has numerous powerful attacks such as Flame Wheel at his disposal, showing that he has completely overcome his previous hindrances in his base form and is sure to be a powerful Pokémon within Ash's team.
Totodile was captured by Ash using his Lure Ball. Since Misty also wanted him, they decided to battle in order to determine whose he was. Ash won. Totodile has a quirky personality and really likes to dance. He has even been known to use this dancing tactic to help win battles. Ash left him at Oak's when he decided to make a fresh start when he left for Hoenn.
Noctowl is an incredibly rare Pokémon of Ash. He is a Shiny Pokémon which glitters as he comes out of his Poké Ball into battle. Due to his psychic abilities, he has been used many times to find and battle Ghost Pokémon as well as the usual flying requirements that Ash utilizes. Ash left him at Oak's when he decided to make a fresh start when he left for Hoenn.
After rejoining Ash's team as a Phanpy, he evolved to help free Pikachu from Team Rocket. However even after the evolution he kept his playful personality from being a Phanpy which sometimes can cause mayhem with other younger Pokémon. Ever since he evolved, he has become a powerhouse in Ash's team winning many Frontier Battles. He now resides back in Oak's Lab during Ash's journey to Sinnoh.
After evolving during a Pokémon Ring Contest, Swellow has partaken in many of Ash's battles in Gyms and Leagues and has got a good amount of wins under his wing. Swellow was left at Oak's Lab when Ash left for his journey to Sinnoh. But Ash used Swellow, one more time, in the Sinnoh League.
After evolving from Grovyle to defend his love interest, he lost all ability to use attacks due to a broken heart caused by rejection. Eventually regaining the ability to use the attacks, Sceptile became a vital powerhouse in Ash's team which can hold his own against legendary Pokémon including Deoxys, Regirock, and Darkrai. Despite being one of Ash's best-trained Pokémon, Ash decided to leave Sceptile at Oak's Lab while he travelled to Sinnoh. Sceptile was used again to defeat a Darkrai in the Sinnoh Pokémon League.
Corphish was captured while terrorizing Dewford Island and his inhabitants. However once caught Corphish managed to tame his terrorizing attitude and become a vitally used member of Ash's team. However whenever one of Ash's Pokémon evolves or gets a bit more attention, Corphish does get the tendency to get a bit jealous. After its adventure tenure with Ash through Hoenn and the Battle Frontier, Corphish was left at Oak's Lab.
Torkoal was found under attack by a bunch of Steel Pokémon in the valley. When Ash arrived to rescue him, he ran off but eventually followed Ash's instructions and defeated the Steel Pokémon. He is an emotional Pokémon which has been known to burst into tears when happy. Torkoal hasn't been in many gym battles but is used in standard battles on many occasions and proves his strength in those battles. After the Hoenn League, Ash decided to give him some time off at Oak's Laboratory.
Glalie was newly evolved when Ash entered the Hoenn League. Convinced of his power Ash used him in a number of battles where he managed to hold his own successfully. After the league was over he decided to give him a break at Oak's Laboratory.
Ash's Staraptor evolved from Staravia during a PokéRinger contest against Paul's Honchkrow. As he has evolved, he became one of the powerhouses of Ash's team and was still used for long-distance searching.
After being knocked to the brink of fainting in a battle against Barry's Empoleon, Monferno went berserk with his Blaze Ability and unleashed his full power against Team Rocket. While protecting the Pokémon, he evolved into Infernape. He was later used in a battle against Flint's Infernape, but lost due to his lack of experience.
Originally captured by Dawn, Buizel has always been an incredibly strong Pokémon with an aptitude for Pokémon Battles. After Zoey saw how Ash & Dawn had Pokémon that preferred the other's vocations, a trade followed.
During his Gligar stage, Gliscor was a fairly weak Pokémon, not knowing many attacks and thus not being very strong, all due to his age. However, evolving by grabbing a Razor Fang while he was falling, he gained a lot of strength and confidence. Even after evolving though, he still wished to battle more and still vied for Ash's approval. During a battle with the Air Battle Master, he learned Giga Impact but decided to stay for training. But during Sinnoh League he returned back to Ash with powerful moves from his training. However instead of returning to the Air Battle Master, Gliscor decided be with Ash and stay at Professor Oak's Lab.
Ash first encountered his Gible when he met Old Lady Tatsu, a woman who was teaching an Altaria a special move for Dragon Pokémon, Draco Meteor. Ash assisted Gible in the learning of the move and Gible decided to follow Ash. He also has the habit of biting on to heads. Later on, Ash noticed Gible followed him and eventually captured him. He had lots of trouble with Draco Meteor at first, often hitting poor Piplup on his head.
Unfezant was captured as a Pidove in a forest. She evolved into a Tranquill after clearing out a swarm of Venipede from Castelia City. She was currently in Ash's Party but she went back to the lab after a while. She evolved again in the battle against Skyla and managed to beat Skyla to which she happily celebrated by flying around the Gym.
Oshawott was one of the starters in Unova who Professor Juniper was giving away. However, after Ash left, Oshawott started following Ash and even defended him against Team Rocket. Professor Juniper gave Ash the Poké Ball for Oshawott which Ash used to obtain Oshawott. Oshawott is very affectionate towards Ash and even tries to knock Pikachu off of Ash's shoulder and its personality is similar to Bayleef. He has shown wanting to battle on certain occasions, and if he's not chosen he'll turn completely white and faint. On other occasions, he doesn't show interest in battling. He is also very gluttonous and takes food from other Pokemon.
Ash found Tepig when he was at the Battle Club in Accumula Town when he saw him escape from the Battle Club's warehouse. When he found him, he saw his mouth had been tied by his past trainer who left him at the Battle Club after he lost to a Deerling, making him unable to eat and so Ash helped free him and created a bond with him. He later confronted his original trainer and evolved with new-found strength, confidence and resolve.
Ash found Snivy when he was in a forest heading towards Nacrene City. Snivy was difficult for Ash to catch due to her using Attract. Ash encountered her after she had taken some of Cilan's food. To stop her, Ash decided he needed to capture her. She has been shown to be very agile and able to evade attacks expertly. Snivy seems to be stronger, confident, and skilled compared to the other Pokémon Ash has caught in Unova. Trip even said that Snivy was a strong Pokémon, enough to defeat his Servine, Snivy's evolved form.
After receiving an egg from the Day Care in Route 3, the egg eventually hatched into Scraggy. However, Scraggy was a bit of a violent Pokémon, attacking Ash, Iris & Cilan's other Pokémon at will. Scraggy was a very angry Pokémon, but unfortunately his attacks, such as Headbutt, are not strong. However, despite this, he is continually trying to improve his Headbutt attack. Scraggy has calmed down since he first hatched and has developed a deep friendship with Iris' Axew.
Leavanny is a Pokémon Ash caught as a Sewaddle while he was travelling through Pinwheel Forest. He evolved into a Swadloon during a battle with Burgh's Whirlipede. Swadloon evolved into a Leavanny during a battle against Iris' Emolga and as a result started to make clothes and headgears out of leaves for Pikachu and the other Pokemon, which they like. During the battle against Stephan in the Unova League, it was revealed that his ability was Swarm, but he wasn't strong enough to defeat Stephan's Sawk and lost.
Ash caught Palpitoad in BW035. He was the leader of a crew which was held by some Tympole. He reappeared in BW041 in which he battled against Burgundy's Stoutland and won it using a massive Hydro Pump. He was used again during the Tournament, this time against a Trainer's Darumaka which was easily defeated by a strong Hydro Pump. Despite not being shown on screen often, during the times he was shown he was incredibly strong.
Ash caught Roggenrola after he helped it to save a group of some other Roggenrola from Team Rocket. After an intense battle with Ash's Tepig, Ash captured it. Roggenrola evolved into Boldore while fighting Clay's Excadrill. Boldore is shown to be very resourceful, like using Sandstorm to put out a fire.
Krokorok was a Pokémon that appeared in several episodes in the anime before being caught. He was a Sandile until he evolved into Krokorok while battling Ash's Pikachu. He eventually joined Ash's team later on. He later evolved further into a Krookodile. As he evolved and grew in size his sunglasses remained with him.
After evolving from Metapod, Butterfree managed to defend Ash from a swarm of Beedrill. From this he managed to gain some power and became a vital part of Ash's team during his tenure. He eventually left to start a family with a female Pink Butterfree.
After Pidgeotto evolved into Pidgeot, it went into battle against a flock of Spearow and Fearow that were terrorizing Pidgey and Pidgeotto in Viridian Forest. After the battle was done, Ash decided to leave it in the forest to lead the flock, but left with the promise that he would someday return for it.
Lapras was the first Pokémon that Ash captured in the Orange Islands. Originally she was found washed up on a beach but Ash & Co. managed to help nurse her back to health until she was kidnapped by Team Rocket. Ash managed to free her and captured her until they could find Lapras' family. Lapras was primarily used as the gang's transport throughout the Orange Islands but she was also used in several of the Gym battles and the final League match. Ash eventually let her go to be with her family, but saw her again when in Johto and helped her defend a lab and the other Lapras from Team Rocket.
Aipom originally met Ash on a mountain where she worshiped a Giant Slaking, where she stole Ash's hat. However after Ash found Aipom, they quickly befriended. Ash originally was going to give the hat to Aipom but she gave it back. For a short time Aipom followed Ash and turned up at the Grand Festival, again stealing Ash's hat. Near to the finals of the Grand Festival, Ash decided to battle Aipom and finally caught her. Apart from her battling strengths, Aipom has shown a great aptitude for Contests and as such, was eventually traded to Dawn for her Contests and few episodes later Aipom evolved into Ambipom.
Ash captured Beedrill while in the Bug Catching Contest just a bit shy from Goldenrod City in Johto. His capture of Beedrill made him win the contest. After the contest he decided to give the Beedrill to Casey as she loves Pokémon with yellow and black stripes, for they resemble an Electabuzz.
When Squirtle was captured him was part of the Squirtle Squad, a terrorizing group of Squirtle that were causing havoc around Vermillion City. However after gaining respect for Ash, he joined his team and has since become an incredibly competent battler. He has won many Gym and League matches but has since returned to the Squirtle Squad to lead after the team started falling apart. Later, he appears with other Ash's captured Pokémon in Prof. Oak's lab, in the opening scene of BW: Adventures in Unova.
Ash first met Primeape after he, as a Mankey, stole his hat. Determined to get his hat back, Ash chased Primeape and battled with him ending with a capture. Primeape was a Pokémon that went berserk easily and originally didn't follow Ash's commands. However after Ash saved him from a fall in a fighting contest, he gained respect for Ash. After the contest, Ash decided to leave him with a trainer for more training so he could become a P1 Champion.
When Team Rocket was trapped inside the Pokémon Center's PC system so they could steal Pokémon, Ash borrowed a Porygon from Dr. Akihabara in order to stop them. After that, they left the computer world and returned it to him.
The Pokémon League entrance exam instructor gave Ash a Weezing by having him choose his own set of Poké Balls provided by the instructor. It was used during the Pokémon League exam by battling the Instructor's Flareon and won. Ash even used it to help stop Team Rocket and send them blasting off. After that, he gave Weezing back to the instructor.
The Pokémon League entrance exam instructor gave Ash an Arbok by having him choose his own set of Poké Balls provided by the instructor. It was used during a Pokémon League exam by battling the Instructor's Jolteon and lost. Ash even used it to help stop Team Rocket and send them blasting off. After that, he gave Arbok back to the instructor.
Meowth was the third and final Pokémon used by Ash during the Pokémon League exam. It was up against the Instructor's Vaporeon in which Vaporeon froze the Meowth causing Team Rocket's Meowth to interfere with the battle by kicking the frozen one free. It was accidentally blasted off along with Team Rocket. The temporary switch was fixed in the next episode.
Ash, Brock and Misty borrowed Hoothoot from Hagatha in order to navigate the haunted forest. It attacked Ash and got affectionate with Misty since it only got along well with pretty girls. It was returned to her sister, Nagatha after they were able to get to the exit.
This Butterfree was found on Wayfarer Island as a Caterpie, where its lazy tendencies caused it to not evolve and be left behind by its swarm. To help it, Ash temporarily trained the wild Caterpie in order to help it evolve all the way to Butterfree so it wouldn't be left behind. Caterpie evolved into Metapod after it and Pikachu fended off a wild Ursaring. To save Pikachu from Team Rocket, it evolved into a Butterfree and teamed up with Pikachu to blast the trio away. Afterward, it had a tearful goodbye with Ash as it returned to its swarm.
Ash temporarily commanded a borrowed Rhyhorn, in order to participate at the Rhyhorn race held at Sumiru Village. In the beginning it was hard for Ash to handle it, but gradually it teamed up with Ash.
While Officer Jenny was persuing Dolan, a cage containing a Scatterbug fell out of his truck. Ash, Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie somehow rescued the Scatterbug and took it to the Pokémon Center for treatment. During that time, it evolved into a Spewpa and assisted them in saving the captured Spewpa from Dolan. It later assisted its friends in a battle against Dolan's Diggersby and evolved into a Vivillon in its Elegant Pattern form. After defeating Diggersby with a single Stun Spore attack, Officer Jenny arrested Dolan. With Dolan defeated and all the Spewpa free, they all evolve into Vivillon but with different patterns and they all flew away. Vivillon bid its friends good-bye and flew away with the others.
Ash met Haunter in The Tower of Terror in the Pokémon Tower in Lavender Town. It, with several other Ghost Pokémon played with Ash after he had been trapped under a chandelier. However after Ash returned to his body, Haunter agreed to join Ash's team to battle Sabrina's Psychic Pokémon. Once it got to Saffron City, it disappeared but eventually returned to battle. However it was much more interested in joking about and immobilizing Sabrina's Kadabra and thus Ash decided to leave Haunter with Sabrina. Haunter's Moves: Lick.
Mewtwo was a Pokémon that have been originally created by Team Rocket. Giovanni then used it in Pokémon battles at the Viridian City gym, but when it learned about his true intentions, it flew away. Mewtwo lured different Pokémon trainers to an island it took refuge and challenged them into a battle with its cloned Pokémon. When Mew stepped in, it fought against Mewtwo. During the battle, Ash stepped in between Mewtwo and Mew's attacks and gets himself petrified. Mewtwo was puzzled at Ash's actions at first, but when the Pokémon and cloned Pokémon's tears restored Ash to life, Mewtwo had a change of heart and flew away with its clones. Mewtwo met Ash again in the Johto region when Giovanni attempted to get revenge on it by capturing it once again. But Ash and his friends managed to stop Giovanni and Team Rocket and Mewtwo and its clones continued to live peacefully.
Ash encountered Lugia when the Legendary Birds were attacking each other as the world began to fall apart, thanks to Lawrence III's attempts to capture them. Lugia and Ash worked together to bring three treasures from the islands of fire, ice, and lightning and managed to save the world from destruction and calm down the Legendary Birds.
Still on their way to Goldenrod City, Ash and co. decide to have a lunch break. Only to find that Ash's backpack had been stolen. Elsewhere Team Rocket steals a ham from Nurse Joy's grocery bag, only to have it stolen by something else. Brock comes up with a plan to lure out the thieves. Later that night, the thieves turn out to be the Dark Pokémon, Houndour. A Houndour with a scar on its right eye appears on a ledge. This particular Houndour is the leader of the pack.
Ash encountered Celebi when Sammy traveled through time to save it from a greedy Team Rocket member called the Vicious. With the help of Suicune, Ash and Sammy protected Celebi from Vicious and saved the forest.
Ash encountered Latias in the form of Bianca at Alto Mare when he saved her from Oakley and Annie. Latias developed a close bond with Ash and have been playing with him and with her brother, Latios. One night, when Oakley and Annie captured Latios, Latias teamed up with Ash to rescue him. When Latios gave his life to save the city from a massive and deadly tidal wave, Latias was heartbroken and Ash comforted her over the loss of her brother. The next day, Ash and his friends were leaving Alto Mare and Latias (or Bianca herself) bid farewell to Ash.
While not Ash's per say, Larvitar was in an egg that Ash was given to take to Professor Elm, however in transit of the Egg it hatched into Larvitar. Like any Pokémon just hatched it had the personality of a child, but a tortured child through memories of what happened to its mother. It froze up whenever anyone other than Ash spoke to it or held it, which it eventually managed to get over. Not long after meeting, Ash managed to return it to its mother and stopped the Poachers from ever disturbing them again.
Ash befriended Lucario after releasing him from Sir Aaron's staff due to having the same Aura as its master. Although they didn't get along at first, Lucario teamed up with Ash in a desperate search for Pikachu at the Tree of Beginning. When the tree was beginning to fall apart, Ash and Lucario transferred their Aura to Mew. But just as Ash is about to use up all of his Aura, Lucario pushed Ash to safety as he doesn't want Ash to die. Before Lucario dies, he saw how Sir Aaron truly cared about it and how he was willing to sacrifice everything to save the land from the war, even if he had to seal Lucario in his staff.
Ash befriended Mew at the Tree of Beginning after it told the tree that Ash and his friends are not a threat. But Mew's request made it gravely ill and the tree began to fall apart. Ash and Lucario risked their lives to use their Aura and save the tree and Mew was successfully recovered.
Ash befriended Giratina after he saved it from Zero. They both worked together to stop Zero from taking over the Reverse World. It later helped Dialga and Palkia protect Ash and his friends from Arceus's attacks and buy them time to change the timeline for the better.
Ash first encountered Azelf in its spirit form at Lake Valor. When Azelf was captured by Team Galactic, Ash and Pikachu came and freed it from the Red Chain's power. Together with their hearts connected along with Dawn, Mesprit, Brock, and Uxie, Ash and Azelf worked together to calm Dialga and Palkia and save the Sinnoh region from destruction.
Ash befriended Victini in the first "Black and White" movie. Learning of it's past and the unfortunate events that leave it trapped within the city, Ash helps heal the wounds in Victini's heart that the centuries of loneliness had inflicted. In the climax of the movie, Ash helps free Victini from unintentional harm in trying to revitalize the land with the Dragon Force, destroying the pillars that kept Victini trapped in the city, allowing the Pokemon to go wherever its heart desired.
Ash befriended Reshiram in the first "Black and White" movie. Learning of it's past and the unfortunate events that leave it trapped within the city, Ash helps heal the wounds in Victini's heart that the centuries of loneliness had inflicted. In the climax of the movie, Ash helps free Victini from unintentional harm in trying to revitalize the land with the Dragon Force, destroying the pillars that kept Victini trapped in the city, allowing the Pokemon to go wherever its heart desired.
Ash befriended Zekrom in the first "Black and White" movie. Learning of it's past and the unfortunate events that leave it trapped within the city, Ash helps heal the wounds in Victini's heart that the centuries of loneliness had inflicted. In the climax of the movie, Ash helps free Victini from unintentional harm in trying to revitalize the land with the Dragon Force, destroying the pillars that kept Victini trapped in the city, allowing the Pokemon to go wherever its heart desired.
Ash befriended Keldeo when it was injured from its battle with Kyurem. When Ash learned that it was trying to save the Swords of Justice, he teamed up with it and helped it gain enough confidence to fight Kyurem.
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In the Kanto region, Ash often turned his cap backwards when preparing for a battle or to capture a Pokemon. This habit wore off as time went on. However he was shown turning his cap backwards when he was battling Tobias, presumably because Tobias was arguably the strongest trainer he'd ever faced, being the only one who was capable of beating all six of his Pokemon using only two of his own. Although in the Best Wishes series, Ash is seen turning his cap backwards more often. He recently turned his hat around in A Battle of Aerial Mobility! when he used Froakie to help defeat and capture Fletching.
In Tekken 6, there is a female character named Eleonore "Leo" Kliesen, who can be customized to look like Ash Ketchum. Coincidentally, both characters were voiced by Veronica Taylor and sounded very similar. However in Tekken Tag Tounament 2 and onwards, Leo's voice grunts are used in later games where it was performed by Veronica Taylor and Leo is now voiced by a German voice actor to speak in her native German language.
Almost every character in the Pokémon anime are featured in the games, such as Misty (who even appeared as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee), Brock (who appeared in Pokémon Red/Blue version), and Lyra (from Diamond & Pearl), as a Trainer♀ in Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver version and Gary, who appeared as main rival in Pokémon Red/Blue version default named as Blue. However, the only game Ash has ever appeared was in Pokémon Puzzle League for the Nintendo 64.
According to Climbing the Walls!, Ash's favorite move is Thunderbolt, mostly since this is his Pikachu's most notable move throughout the entire series.
Among all of Ash's Pokémon, he had only one Electric-type Pokémon and that is his starter pokémon Pikachu.