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|name = Ash's Pikachu
 
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|japanese = '''サトシ ピカチュウ''' Satoshi's Pikachu
 
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|trainer = Ash Ketchum
 
|gender = Male
 
|gender = Male
 
|ability = [[Static]]
 
|ability = [[Static]]
|debut = Pokémon - I Choose You!
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|debut = [[IL001: Pokémon - I Choose You!|Pokémon - I Choose You!]]
 
|location = With Ash
 
|location = With Ash
|episodecaught = ''[[Pokémon - I Choose You!]]''
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|episodecaught = Prior to ''Pokémon - I Choose You!''
|receivefrom = [[Professor Oak]]
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|receivefrom = [[Professor Oak (anime)|Professor Oak]]
 
|caughtwhere = [[Pallet Town]]
 
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|episodesuntilevolved = Not yet evolved}}'''Ash's Pikachu''' is the first [[Pokémon (species)|Pokémon]] [[Ash Ketchum|Ash]] ever had and is always by Ash's side.
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'''Ash's Pikachu''' (Japanese: '''サトシ ピカチュウ''' ''Satoshi's Pikachu'') is an {{type|electric}}-[[type]] [[Pokémon (species)|Pokémon]] owned by [[Ash]]. He is the first [[Pokémon (species)|Pokémon]] Ash ever had and is always by Ash's side. He is also a constant target for [[Team Rocket]]. They tried to capture him, but, on the few occasions that they do, their plans are thwarted by Ash and his friends.
   
== Biography ==
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==Biography==
{{I|I=Pikachu ball.png|w=250px|a = left|c = Pikachu's Poké Ball with a lightning design.}}Pikachu was [[Ash]]'s [[Starter Pokémon]], given to him by [[Professor Oak]]. Ash showed up late to pick his first Pokémon so he got stuck with Pikachu. Though [[Pikachu]] didn't like [[Ash]] at first, [[Ash]] demonstrated his willingness to sacrifice himself for [[Pikachu]], and they quickly became friends. [[Pikachu]], who is rather independent in general, believes that he is strong enough without evolving and refuses to evolve into a [[Raichu]] even when he was easily beaten by Lt Surge's Raichu. Later in Ash's adventure; in the Sinnoh region, Pikachu was given another chance to evolve after being seriously injured by another Raichu but once again he refused.
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Pikachu was Ash's [[Starter Pokémon]], given to him by [[Professor Oak]]. Ash showed up late to pick his first [[Pokémon]] so he got stuck with Pikachu. Though he didn't like Ash at first, Ash demonstrated willingness to sacrifice himself for Pikachu, and they quickly became friends. Pikachu, who is rather independent in general, believes that he is strong enough without evolving and refuses to evolve into a [[Raichu]] even when he was easily beaten by [[Lt. Surge's Raichu]]. Later in Ash's adventure in the [[Sinnoh]] region, Pikachu was given another chance to evolve after being seriously injured by another Raichu but once again he refused.
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[[File:Pikachu ball.png|right|thumb|Pikachu's Poké Ball with a lightning design.]]
   
Early in the series, [[Pikachu]] was given an operation to increase the strength of the electric sacs in his cheeks in order to beat the first gym leader, [[Brock]]. Despite this, [[Pikachu]] can also get a cold and go out of control when it cannot release its electricity. Most notably, exposure to a magnetic field will cause [[Pikachu]] to get a cold. This has been done to [[Pikachu]] three times in the series, 2 times by [[Team Rocket]] and 1 time by Zekrom: the first time, [[Pikachu]] was cured when the extra electricity was used in attacks against a group of [[Grimer]] and [[Muk]], and in the second time, [[Pikachu]] was inadvertently cured by one of [[Team Rocket]]'s battery robots, which subsequently overloaded and exploded The last time is when Professor Juniper heals it after Ash's battle with Trip in Unova.
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Early in the series, Pikachu was given an operation to increase the strength of the electric sacs in his cheeks in order to beat the first [[Gym Leader]], [[Brock]]. Despite of this, Pikachu can also get a cold and go out of control when he cannot release his electricity. Most notably, exposure to a magnetic field will cause Pikachu to get a cold. This has been done to him three times in the series, two times by Team Rocket and one time by [[Zekrom]]: the first time, Pikachu was cured when the extra electricity was used in attacks against a group of [[Grimer]] and [[Muk]], and in the second time was inadvertently cured by one of Team Rocket's battery robots, which subsequently overloaded and exploded. The last time is when [[Professor Juniper]] heals him after Ash's battle with [[Trip]] in [[Unova]].
   
Many of the ''Pokémon'' animated shorts with all-[[Pokémon]] dialogue have featured [[Pikachu]] as the main character, and as the main voice of reason. As such, [[Pikachu]] is often a leader, helping to break up conflicts among other [[Pokémon]].
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Many of the ''Pokémon'' animated shorts with all-Pokémon dialogue have featured Pikachu as the main character, and as the main voice of reason. As such, Pikachu is often a leader, helping to break up conflicts among other Pokémon.
   
Pikachu is one of Ash's most powerful pokemon being able to defeat psuedo-legendary pokemon such as Metagross and Dragonite and even actual legendary pokemon such as Regice. He was also capable of fighting Tobias' powerful [[Tobias' Latios|Latios]] to a draw, despite the fact that Electric type moves are not very effective against Dragon types. Pikachu was used in many of Ash's Gym, Battle Frontier and League battles, being able to defeat [[Juan's Milotic]], [[Lt. Surge's Raichu]] (although this was during their rematch), [[Clair's Gyarados]], [[Crasher Wake's Gyarados]], [[Volkner's Electivire]], [[Roxanne's Nosepass]] and [[Roxanne's Geodude|her Geodude]], [[Brock's Geodude]] and [[Brock's Steelix|Onix]], [[Roark's Onix]], [[Brandon's Regice]] and countless other opponents.
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Pikachu is one of Ash's most powerful Pokémon being able to defeat pseudo-legendary Pokémon such as [[Metagross]] and [[Dragonite]] and even actual [[legendary Pokémon]] such as [[Regice]]. He was also capable of fighting Tobias' powerful [[Tobias' Latios|Latios]] to a draw, despite the fact that Electric-type moves are not very effective against [[Dragon|Dragon-types]]. He also fought [[Norman's Vigoroth]] to a draw (during the rematch). Pikachu was used in many of Ash's Gym Battle Frontier and League battles, being able to defeat [[Juan's Milotic]], [[Lt. Surge's Raichu]] (although this was during their rematch), [[Clair's Gyarados]], [[Crasher Wake's Gyarados]], [[Volkner's Electivire]], [[Roxanne's Nosepass]] and [[Roxanne's Geodude|her Geodude]], [[Brock's Geodude]] and [[Brock's Steelix|Onix]], [[Roark's Onix]], [[Brandon's Regice]], [[Roxie's Garbodor]], [[Trip's Serperior]], [[Viola's Vivillon]] and [[Viola's Surskit|Surskit]], [[Grant's Tyrunt]], [[Korrina's Lucario]], and countless other opponents.
   
However there are times when Pikachu gets beaten fairly easily. For example he was easily defeated by Lt Surge's Raichu during their first battle, was no match for [[Sabrina's Kadabra]], got knocked out by a single Night Shade from [[Morty's Gastly]], which was Morty's weakest pokemon, was overwhelmed by [[Fantina's Drifblim]] despite its type advantage, lost against [[Norman's Vigoroth]] in their first battle, landing only one blow in the process and was defeated in many other battles during his journey with Ash. Despite these defeats Pikachu was considered to be one of Ash's most powerful pokemon, alongside [[Ash's Charizard|Charizard]], [[Ash's Sceptile|Sceptile]], [[Ash's Infernape|Infernape]] and [[Ash's Snorlax|Snorlax]].
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However there are times when Pikachu gets beaten fairly easily. For example he was easily defeated by [[Lt. Surge's Raichu]] during their first battle, was no match for [[Sabrina's Kadabra]], got knocked out by a single [[Night Shade]] from [[Morty's Gastly]], which was [[Morty]]'s weakest Pokémon, was overwhelmed by [[Fantina's Drifblim]] despite his type advantage, lost against [[Norman's Vigoroth]] in their first battle, got beaten by new trainers such as [[Trip]], who have just began their journey. Landing only one blow in the process and was defeated in many other battles during his journey with Ash. Despite these defeats Pikachu was considered to be one of Ash's most powerful Pokémon, alongside [[Ash's Charizard|Charizard]], [[Ash's Sceptile|Sceptile]], [[Ash's Infernape|Infernape]], and [[Ash's Snorlax|Snorlax]].
   
Pikachu's high level of electrical power has even allowed him to defeat Ground-types more than once by using Electric attacks, which normally would do no damage at all. This is notably impossible in the games, where Ground-types take no damage from Electric-type moves under any circumstances, no matter how powerful they are. Whilst travelling through Hoenn, Pikachu learned how to use Iron Tail, which has become one of his signature moves, granting him a technique that will hurt a Ground-type normally, especially if they are also part Rock-type, as many Ground-types are.
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Pikachu's high level of electrical power has even allowed him to defeat {{type|Ground}}-types more than once by using [[Electric]] attacks, which normally would do no damage at all. This is notably impossible in the games, where Ground-types take no damage from Electric-type moves under any circumstances, no matter how powerful they are. Whilst travelling through Hoenn, Pikachu learned how to use [[Iron Tail]], which has become one of his signature moves, granting him a technique that will hurt a [[Ground Pokémon|Ground-type]] normally, especially if they are also part Rock-type, as many Ground-types are. However it was seen many times that Pikachu got defeated by its Type Advantaged Pokémon.
   
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A running gag is how he burns all of [[May (anime)|main female character]]'s bike with [[Thunderbolt]], which, in turn results in that girl following Ash, except for Iris following Ash after she and Ash bumped into each other. Pikachu also has a fondness for ketchup, which is seen multiple times in the anime.
   
In [[BW005: Triple Leaders, Team Threats]], Pikachu was used in a Gym battle against [[Cress' Panpour]]. Despite the type-advantage, he got defeated.
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==Personality==
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Pikachu is Ash's best friend. Pikachu has always been there for Ash and also takes a leader position for the team. He is curious and friendly, but shares Ash's fondness for battling. One of his most noticable features is his determination and unwillingness to give up when a situation gets tough. He is shown to be responsible with younger Pokemon, particularly Misty's Togepi, who he is often forced to shepherd out of danger by putting himself in it. Although stubborn at times, he obeys Ash's commands in battle and rarely leaves his side.
   
In [[BW020: Dancing With the Ducklett Trio!]], a group of [[Ducklett]] dropped an umbrella on Pikachu as it was about to use [[Thunderbolt]], which affected his electric attacks as a result. Soon after, Pikachu learned [[Electro Ball]] and defeated the Ducklett with this move. It then battled the [[Sunglasses Krokorok|Sunglasses Sandile]]. During the battle, Sandile evolved into [[Krokorok]] and fired a [[Stone Edge]] at Pikachu, who used Electro Ball and sent the move back at Krokorok, blasting it off in the process.
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==Known moves==
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{{MoveBoxTop|type=electric|image=Pikachu Electro Ball.png|imageinfo=Electro Ball|othermoveimages=#Moves}}
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{{MoveBoxMid|Thunder Shock|IL001: Pokémon - I Choose You!|type=electric|othername=Pokémon - I Choose You!}}
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{{MoveBoxMid|Thunderbolt|IL005: Showdown in Pewter City|type=electric|recent=yes|othername=Showdown in Pewter City}}
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{{MoveBoxMid|Agility|IL014: Electric Shock Showdown|type=psychic|othername=Electric Shock Showdown}}
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{{MoveBoxMid|Quick Attack|IL014: Electric Shock Showdown|type=normal|recent=yes|othername=Electric Shock Showdown}}
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{{MoveBoxMid|Thunder|IL042: Showdown at Dark City|type=electric|othername=Showdown at Dark City}}
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{{MoveBoxMid|Double-Edge|IL079: Friend and Foe Alike|type=normal|othername=Friend and Foe Alike|recent=no}}
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{{MoveBoxMid|Tackle|JE002: The Double Trouble Header|type=normal|usable=no|othername=The Double Trouble Header}}
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{{MoveBoxMid|Leer|JE034: Hour of the Houndour|type=normal|usable=no|othername=Hour of the Houndour}}
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{{MoveBoxMid|Iron Tail|AG013: All Things Bright and Beautifly!|type=steel|recent=yes|othername=All Things Bright and Beautifly!}}
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{{MoveBoxMid|Volt Tackle|AG150: May's Egg-Cellent Adventure!|type=electric|othername=May's Egg-Cellent Adventure!}}
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{{MoveBoxMid|Electro Ball|BW020: Dancing With the Ducklett Trio!|type=electric|recent=yes|othername=Dancing With the Ducklett Trio!}}
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{{MoveBoxEnd|type=electric}}
   
In [[BW044: The Club Battle Finale: A Heroes Outcome!]], he was used to battle [[Iris' Excadrill]] during the final round in the Don Battle Tournament at Nimbasa City. Because of a weakness to ground-types, he was unable to defeat the Subterrean Pokemon and lost.
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===Improvised Moves===
   
In [[BW052: Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!]], he was used in Ash's fourth Gym battle against Elesa's Emolga (however, he had to Thunderbolt Ash beforehand, in frustruation, as Ash did not even consider using Pikachu). Pikachu countered the EleSquirrel's [[Electro Ball]] with his own and defeated it with Quick Attack. Against her Tynamo, Pikachu suffered many direct hits, due to Tynamo's amazing speed, until Ash commanded it to use thunderbolt to alter the battlefield (this way Tynamo would be forced to tackle Pikachu head on only). Ash's tactics work and Pikachu used a powerful Iron Tail attack to win the battle, earning Ash the Bolt Badge.
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*Thunder Armor
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*[[Spin]]
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*Thunder-Volt Tackle
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*Swift-Quick Attack
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*Volt Tail
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*[[Counter Shield]]
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*Thunder Whirlpool
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*Hydro Volt Tackle
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*Thunderbolt-Electro Ball
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*Massive Electro Ball
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*Electro Iron Tail
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*Draco Meteor Climb
   
In [[BW070: An Amazing Aerial Battle!]], Pikachu was used in a Gym battle against [[Skyla's Unfezant]] and defeated it with Electro Ball. He stayed in the battle to fight Skyla's last Pokémon, [[Skyla's Swanna|Swanna]]. Pikachu's Thunderbolt and Electro Ball were blocked by Swanna's Aqua Ring, defending against the type advantage Pikachu held over it. However, using the hoops that Skyla had used in her pre-battle show, Pikachu was able to jump with Quick Attack to hit Swanna. Eventually, Swanna was able to hit Pikachu with a powerful combination Hurricane and a brutal Brave Bird, after which Ash deemed Pikachu unable to battle, although he didn't faint, he tried to continue.
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==Voice actress==
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*[[Rachael Lillis]] (original voice in some episodes of the English version of the Pokémon anime.)
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*[[Ikue Ōtani]] (present- in both the Japanese and English-language versions of the Pokémon anime.)
   
In [[BW086: Rocking the Virbank Gym! (Part 2)]], Pikachu was the final Pokemon to go up against Garbodor. It was going to use [[DoubleSlap]] but Pikachu evades it and hits Garbodor with Quick Attack and then Thunderbolt. When Pikachu tried to use Iron Tail, Garbodor swung its arms upwards, repelling Pikachu and untying the arms. After Pikachu dodges Gunk Shot twice, Garbodor grabbed him and used DoubleSlap hitting Pikachu repeatedly. After this, Garbodor fired another Gunk Shot, this time it hits and it also poisoned Pikachu. To Ash's luck, Pikachu's Static Ability got activated and paralyzed Garbodor after making physical contact with Pikachu. Despite still being able to withstand a Thunderbolt, the Trash Heap Pokémon was unable to take a hit from the following Electro Ball, and was knocked out, making Ash the winner and earning him his eighth and final Unova Badge, the Toxic Badge.
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==Trivia==
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*Pikachu is [[Ash Ketchum|Ash]]'s only {{type|Electric}}-[[Types|type]] Pokémon and was the only Electric-type owned by a main character in the anime until the capture of [[Dawn's Pachirisu]].
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**Despite multiple main characters currently owning {{type|Electric}}-[[Types|type]] Pokémon, Pikachu is still the only one of them which is a member of an evolution family.
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*When Ash received Pikachu from Professor Oak, his Poké Ball had a lightning bolt on the top part.
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**Because Pikachu doesn't like being inside his Poké Ball, it has only been seen a few times since the first episode. The first was against Brock when Pikachu was being attacked brutally by Onix and the second was in the episode Snow Way Out when Ash becomes worried about the safety of his Pokémon in the cave's freezing conditions. Both times Ash's attempted return of Pikachu was blocked, by Onix the first time and by Pikachu the second.
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*Pikachu had a chubby appearance in the beginning of the series, but lost the weight for a more slender appearance [[Generation II]] onward.
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*Ash attempted to evolve Pikachu with the [[Thunder Stone]] after he lost to [[Lt. Surge's Raichu]], but Pikachu chose not to evolve because he wanted to prove that he could defeat stronger Pokémon without evolving. This makes him the first of Ash's Pokémon to choose not to evolve.
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*Pikachu occasionally has acted as a responsible leader of the main cast's Pokémon, mainly Ash's Pokémon.
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*In the season one episode "[[Showdown at Dark City]]," Pikachu displayed a strong fondness for ketchup. In fact, when the ketchup bottle he was carrying was smashed, Pikachu was seen crying over the smashed ketchup bottle. This could be an indication on how close Pikachu's relationship with Ash is, since his last name is phonetically similar to ketchup.
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[[File:Pikachu loves ketchup.png|thumb|Ash's Pikachu shows its love for ketchup.]]
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*In the Season One episode "[[IL003: Ash Catches a Pokémon|Ash Catches a Pokémon]]," when Team Rocket was trying to steal Pikachu, [[Team Rocket's Meowth|Meowth]] accidentally says that Ash's Pikachu's power exceeds the power level he would possess as a Raichu.
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**In [[BW071: Climbing the Tower of Success!|Climbing the Tower of Success]], a Thunder Stone was tossed to Ash, thus it almost landed on Pikachu which would cause him to evolve. However, Ash was scared about Pikachu evolving, so he prevented this, which contradicts to the time he offered Pikachu a Thunder Stone to evolve. The most likely reason is that Ash now knows Pikachu doesn't want to evolve (and likes keeping him the way he is and respects his wishes), which is supported in the [[Diamond and Pearl]] generation episode [[DP074: Pika and Goliath|Pika and Goliath]].
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*Both Ash's Pikachu and Snorlax are evolved baby Pokémon, but in that generation they are the first forms.
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*Pikachu had a special event for the [[Generation IV]] of Pokémon Games knowing the moves Pikachu had in Sinnoh League Victors.
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*Ash's Pikachu is finally confirmed male in [[Where No Togepi Has Gone Before!]] after being hit by [[Togepi]]'s Attract. This is also when [[Jessie's Yanmega]] was confirmed female.
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*Pikachu seems to have a great dislike, or even hatred, against [[Team Rocket's Meowth]]. As after Meowth and his team got away from the failed rail road mission in Unova, Pikachu still exerted a lot of anger and Ash had to hold him down. While Meowth was in Ash's group, Pikachu was the one to always be suspicious of Meowth's loyalty. This could stem from the fact that every time Pikachu started to trust Meowth, Meowth then betrayed that same trust.
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*Ash's Pikachu is the most recognizable Pokémon, therefore being the main face of Pokémon.
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*Somehow, for every region Ash has traveled through with Pikachu, he has always been for the most part surpassed in power by another Pokémon that Ash catches and trains until they fully evolve or learn new moves.
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*Beginning from [[Hoenn]] onward, every time Ash and Pikachu enter a new region, Pikachu has been exposed to high levels of electricity or magnetism, before or after arrival, and loses control of his own electricity, becomes confused, and runs away, forcing Ash to chase after him.
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**This could explain why Pikachu's strength is "reset" each time they start a new region.
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*Pikachu has had many moves over the seasons, but the amount it now actively uses has been lowered to only four.
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*Despite Pikachu's absence from the Unova Dex and not being native to the Unova region, a Trainer's Pikachu can be seen in Castelia City, and another Pikachu is depicted on a billboard. Also, there are several Pikachu-shaped hedges in Striaton City.
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*Pikachu's hatred of being in a Poké Ball made him the last and hardest to be captured by [[Mewtwo]] in the Pokemon movie [[Pokemon the First Movie]].
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*Pikachu is the only Pokémon in the anime to defeat two Legendary Pokémon without being a Legendary Pokémon himself. His first victory against a Legendary Pokémon was when he defeated [[Brandon's Regice]] and the second was when he knocked out [[Tobias' Latios]], although the battle against Latios ended as a draw rather than a victory.<ref>[http://pokepassion.blogspot.com/2014/03/revert-to-level-5.html Pikachu Defeats Latios]</ref>
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*Pikachu was also the first of Ash's Pokémon to habitually disobey him. [[Ash's Primeape|Primeape]] and [[Ash's Charizard|Charizard]] would also follow suit and are better remembered for their disobedience than Pikachu.
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*Pikachu learned no moves during [[Diamond & Pearl]] series.
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*Pikachu mostly blasts off Team Rocket using his [[Thunderbolt]] power.
   
[[Pikachu]] is voiced by Ikue Ootani in all versions of the anime, except in early episodes of the English dubbed series, in which [[Rachael Lillis]] provided the voice in cases where another character's voice overlaps [[Pikachu]]'s. A running gag is how he burns all main female character's bike with [[Thunderbolt]], which, in turn results in that girl following Ash, except for Iris following Ash after she and Ash bumped into each other. Pikachu also has a fondness for ketchup, which is seen multiple times in the anime.
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==Gallery==
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{{Gallery Box|<gallery widths="120">
==Known moves==
 
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==Voice Actors==
 
* [[Rachael Lillis]] (original voice)
 
 
* [[Ikue Ohtani]] (Season 1 onwards)
 
 
== Gallery ==
 
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Pokemon Anime.png|Ash's Pikachu in the Advanced Generation.
 
Pokemon Anime.png|Ash's Pikachu in the Advanced Generation.
Ash and His Friend.png|Another Picture of Ash's Pikachu in the Advanced Generation.
 
 
DP18.jpg|Ash's Pikachu in the DP Series.
 
DP18.jpg|Ash's Pikachu in the DP Series.
 
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Ash Pikachu Taillow.jpg|Ash, Pikachu and Taillow (now a Swellow)
 
Ash Pikachu Taillow.jpg|Ash, Pikachu and Taillow (now a Swellow)
 
Ashstone.jpg|Pikachu trying to wake up Ash in the first ever Pokemon Movie.
 
Ashstone.jpg|Pikachu trying to wake up Ash in the first ever Pokemon Movie.
Pikachu wobbuffet.png|Pikachu imitating Wobbuffet
 
DP163 30.jpg|In DP163 with [[Ash]]
 
 
DP328.jpg|Pikachu in a good mood
 
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PikachuStatic.png|Pikachu's Static Ability
 
PikachuStatic.png|Pikachu's Static Ability
Ash and Pikacha ready for a new adventure.jpg|Ash and Pikachu
 
 
ElectricShockShowdown.gif|Pikachu up against Lt. Surge's Raichu.
 
ElectricShockShowdown.gif|Pikachu up against Lt. Surge's Raichu.
640px-BW044.png|Pikachu with Ash during the Don Battle Tournament
 
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Ash's_Pikachu-3-.png|Ash and Pikachu during a Gym battle
 
PikachuTheMovie.jpg|An Old Logo for Pikachu the Movie.
 
 
Cilan Pikachu.jpg|With [[Cilan (anime)|Cilan]] in BW015.
 
Cilan Pikachu.jpg|With [[Cilan (anime)|Cilan]] in BW015.
ash and pikachu hugging.jpg|Ash and Pikachu hugging|link=Ash and pikachu hugging
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Pikachu blue orb.jpg|Pikachu being possessed by the Blue Orb
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Colress Pikachu.png|Pikachu under [[Colress]]' control
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Pikachu Cheering.gif|Pikachu Cheering
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Officer Jenny Pikachu.png|Pikachu under the control of a rogue [[Malamar (anime)|Malamar]]
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Pikachu Totodile And Entei.gif|Pikachu sees Totodile defeating Entei
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Pikachu Is Free.jpg|Pikachu is free from Malamar's control
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Ash Pikachu unable to battle.png|Pikachu being unable to battle
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Title Card XY Pikachu.png|XY title card focusing on Pikachu
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Pikachu turning into stone.png|Pikachu turning into stone.
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Pikachu being revived.png|Pikachu being revived.
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Pikachu as a Court Jester.png
 
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===Moves===
 
===Moves===
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<gallery widths="166">
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Ash's Pikachu Static.png|Activating its Static ability
 
Ash's Pikachu Iron Tail Move.png|Using Iron Tail
 
Ash's Pikachu Iron Tail Move.png|Using Iron Tail
Ash's Pikachu Thunderbolt Move.png|Using Thunderbolt
 
Ash's Pikachu Double-Edge Move.png|Using Double-Edge
 
Ash's Pikachu ThunderShock Move.png|Using ThunderShock
 
EP674_Pikachu_usando_placaje_electrico.jpg|Using Volt Tackle
 
 
20111006100900!Ash_Pikachu_Thunder.png|Using Thunder
 
20111006100900!Ash_Pikachu_Thunder.png|Using Thunder
 
20101029180352!Ash_Pikachu_Quick_Attack.png|Using Quick Attack
 
20101029180352!Ash_Pikachu_Quick_Attack.png|Using Quick Attack
Ash_Pikachu_Agility.png|Using Agility
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268.jpg|Pikachu using Volt Tackle for the first time
Hfh.jpg
 
EP014_Cola_trueno.jpg
 
2588-pika3_large.jpg|Using Thunderbolt
 
pikachuthunder.jpg
 
6565.jpg|pikachu using iron tail for the first time
 
334.jpg
 
268.jpg|pikachu using volt tackle for the first time
 
 
271.jpg
 
271.jpg
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Ash Pikachu Agility.png|Using Agility
}}
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Pikachu learning letro ball.png|Pikachu using Electro Ball for the first time
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Ash Pikachu Counter Shield.png|Pikachu using Electric Counter Shield
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Ash_Pikachu_Thunderbolt.png|Using Thunderbolt
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800px-Ash_Pikachu_Electro_Ball.png|Using Electro Ball
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Ash's_Pikachu_Massive_Electro_Ball.png
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Ash's_Pikachu_Electro_Iron_Tail.png
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Ash's_Pikachu_Volt_Tail.png
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Ash_Pikachu_Dawn_Piplup_Hydro_Volt_Tackle.png
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</gallery>}}
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==References==
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{{Reflist}}
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{{AshPokémon}}
   
== Trivia ==
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* When Ash received Pikachu from [[Professor Oak]], his Poké Ball had a lightning bolt on the top part.
 
** Because Pikachu doesn't like being inside his Poké Ball, it has only been seen a few times since the first episode. The first was against Brock when Pikachu was being attacked brutally by Onix and the second was in the episode Snow way out when Ash becomes worried about the safety of his Pokémon in the cave's freezing conditions. Both times Ash's attempted return of Pikachu was blocked, by Onix the first time and by Pikachu the second.
 
* Ash attempted to evolve Pikachu with the [[Thunder Stone]] after he lost to [[Lt. Surge's Raichu]], but Pikachu chose not to evolve because he wanted to prove that he can defeat stronger Pokémon without evolving.
 
* Pikachu occasionally has acted as a responsible leader of the main cast's Pokémon, mainly Ash's Pokémon.
 
* In the season one episode "[[Showdown at Dark City]]", [[Pikachu]] displayed a strong fondness for ketchup. In fact, when the ketchup bottle he was carrying was smashed, Pikachu was seen crying over the smashed ketchup bottle. This could be an indication on how close Pikachu's relationship with Ash is, since his last name is phonetically similar to ketchup.[[File:Pikachu_loves_ketchup.png|thumb|250px|Ash's Pikachu shows its love of ketchup.]]
 
* In the Season One episode "[[Ash Catches a Pokémon]]", when [[Team Rocket]] was trying to steal Pikachu, [[Team Rocket's Meowth|Meowth]] accidently says that [[Ash]]'s Pikachu's power exceeds the power level he would possess as a [[Raichu]].
 
** In [[BW071: Climbing the Tower of Success!|Climbing the Tower of Success]], a Thunder Stone was tossed to Ash, thus it almost landed on Pikachu which would cause him to evolve. However, Ash was scared about Pikachu evolving, so he prevented this, which contradicts to the time he offered Pikachu a Thunder Stone to evolve. The most likely reason is that Ash now knows Pikachu doesn't want to evolve (and likes keeping him the way he is and respects his wishes), which is supported in the Diamond and Pearl generation episode [[Pika and Goliath]].
 
*Both Ash's Pikachu and Snorlax are evolved baby Pokémon but in that generation they are the first forms.
 
*Pikachu had a special event for the [[Gen 4|4th Generation]] of Pokémon Games knowing the moves Pikachu had in Sinnoh League Victors.
 
*Ash's Pikachu is finally confirmed male in Where no Togepi Has Gone Before after being hit by Togepi's Attract. This is also when Jessie's Yanmega was confirmed female.
 
*Pikachu seems to have a great dislike, or even hatred, against Team Rocket's Meowth. As after Meowth and his team got away from the failed railroad mission in Unova, Pikachu still exerted a lot of anger and Ash had to hold him down. While Meowth was in Ash's group, Pikachu was the one to always be suspicious of Meowth's loyalty. This could stem from the fact that everytime Pikachu started to trust Meowth, Meowth then betrayed that same trust.
 
* Ash's Pikachu is the most recognizable Pokémon, therefore being the face of Pokémon.
 
* Some how for every region Ash has traveled through with Pikachu he has always been for the most part surpassed in power by another Pokémon that Ash catches and trains until they fully evolve or learn new moves.
 
* Beginning from [[Hoenn]] onward, every time Ash and Pikachu enter a new region, Pikachu has been exposed to high levels of electricity or magnetism, before or after arrival, and loses control of its own electricity, becomes confused, and runs away, forcing Ash to chase after it.
 
**This could explain why Pikachu's strength is "reset" each time they start a new reigon.
 
* Pikachu has had many moves over the seasons, but the amount it now actively uses has been lowered to only four.
 
* Pikachu is very fond of battling and takes part in almost all of Ash's Gym Battles. Pikachu has a great willingness of continuing to fight till the end, even if he's getting tired to continue.
 
* Despite Pikachu's absence from the Unova Dex and not being native to the Unova region, a Trainer's Pikachu can be seen in Castelia City, and another Pikachu is depicted on a billboard. Also, there are several Pikachu-shaped hedges in Striaton City.
 
* Pikachu is the only {{type|Electric}}-[[Types|type]] Pokémon of Ash's.
 
*Pikachu's hatred of being in a Pokeball made him the last and hardest to be captured by Mewtwo.
 
*Pikachu is the only Pokemon in the anime to defeat two Legendary Pokemon without being a Legendary Pokemon himself. His first victory against a Legendary Pokemon was when he defeated [[Brandon's Regice]] and the second was when he knocked out [[Tobias' Latios]], although the battle against Latios ended as a draw rather than a victory.
 
*Pikachu was also the first of Ash's Pokemon to habitually disobey him. [[Ash's Primeape|Primeape]] and [[Ash's Charizard|Charizard]] would also follow suit and are better remembered for their disobedience than Pikachu.
 
 
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Latest revision as of 17:30, December 14, 2014

Ash's Pikachu
サトシ ピカチュウ Satoshi's Pikachu
Ash's Pikachu
General
Trainer: Ash Ketchum
Gender: Male
Ability: Static
Debut: Pokémon - I Choose You!
Episode captured: Prior to Pokémon - I Choose You!
Caught where: Pallet Town
Received from: Professor Oak
Current location: With Ash
Details
Evolved: Does not want to evolve

Ash's Pikachu (Japanese: サトシ ピカチュウ Satoshi's Pikachu) is an electric-type Pokémon owned by Ash. He is the first Pokémon Ash ever had and is always by Ash's side. He is also a constant target for Team Rocket. They tried to capture him, but, on the few occasions that they do, their plans are thwarted by Ash and his friends.

BiographyEdit

Pikachu was Ash's Starter Pokémon, given to him by Professor Oak. Ash showed up late to pick his first Pokémon so he got stuck with Pikachu. Though he didn't like Ash at first, Ash demonstrated willingness to sacrifice himself for Pikachu, and they quickly became friends. Pikachu, who is rather independent in general, believes that he is strong enough without evolving and refuses to evolve into a Raichu even when he was easily beaten by Lt. Surge's Raichu. Later in Ash's adventure in the Sinnoh region, Pikachu was given another chance to evolve after being seriously injured by another Raichu but once again he refused.

Pikachu ball

Pikachu's Poké Ball with a lightning design.

Early in the series, Pikachu was given an operation to increase the strength of the electric sacs in his cheeks in order to beat the first Gym Leader, Brock. Despite of this, Pikachu can also get a cold and go out of control when he cannot release his electricity. Most notably, exposure to a magnetic field will cause Pikachu to get a cold. This has been done to him three times in the series, two times by Team Rocket and one time by Zekrom: the first time, Pikachu was cured when the extra electricity was used in attacks against a group of Grimer and Muk, and in the second time was inadvertently cured by one of Team Rocket's battery robots, which subsequently overloaded and exploded. The last time is when Professor Juniper heals him after Ash's battle with Trip in Unova.

Many of the Pokémon animated shorts with all-Pokémon dialogue have featured Pikachu as the main character, and as the main voice of reason. As such, Pikachu is often a leader, helping to break up conflicts among other Pokémon.

Pikachu is one of Ash's most powerful Pokémon being able to defeat pseudo-legendary Pokémon such as Metagross and Dragonite and even actual legendary Pokémon such as Regice. He was also capable of fighting Tobias' powerful Latios to a draw, despite the fact that Electric-type moves are not very effective against Dragon-types. He also fought Norman's Vigoroth to a draw (during the rematch). Pikachu was used in many of Ash's Gym Battle Frontier and League battles, being able to defeat Juan's Milotic, Lt. Surge's Raichu (although this was during their rematch), Clair's Gyarados, Crasher Wake's Gyarados, Volkner's Electivire, Roxanne's Nosepass and her Geodude, Brock's Geodude and Onix, Roark's Onix, Brandon's Regice, Roxie's GarbodorTrip's Serperior, Viola's Vivillon and Surskit, Grant's Tyrunt, Korrina's Lucario, and countless other opponents.

However there are times when Pikachu gets beaten fairly easily. For example he was easily defeated by Lt. Surge's Raichu during their first battle, was no match for Sabrina's Kadabra, got knocked out by a single Night Shade from Morty's Gastly, which was Morty's weakest Pokémon, was overwhelmed by Fantina's Drifblim despite his type advantage, lost against Norman's Vigoroth in their first battle, got beaten by new trainers such as Trip, who have just began their journey. Landing only one blow in the process and was defeated in many other battles during his journey with Ash. Despite these defeats Pikachu was considered to be one of Ash's most powerful Pokémon, alongside Charizard, Sceptile, Infernape, and Snorlax.

Pikachu's high level of electrical power has even allowed him to defeat Ground-types more than once by using Electric attacks, which normally would do no damage at all. This is notably impossible in the games, where Ground-types take no damage from Electric-type moves under any circumstances, no matter how powerful they are. Whilst travelling through Hoenn, Pikachu learned how to use Iron Tail, which has become one of his signature moves, granting him a technique that will hurt a Ground-type normally, especially if they are also part Rock-type, as many Ground-types are. However it was seen many times that Pikachu got defeated by its Type Advantaged Pokémon.

A running gag is how he burns all of main female character's bike with Thunderbolt, which, in turn results in that girl following Ash, except for Iris following Ash after she and Ash bumped into each other. Pikachu also has a fondness for ketchup, which is seen multiple times in the anime.

PersonalityEdit

Pikachu is Ash's best friend. Pikachu has always been there for Ash and also takes a leader position for the team. He is curious and friendly, but shares Ash's fondness for battling. One of his most noticable features is his determination and unwillingness to give up when a situation gets tough. He is shown to be responsible with younger Pokemon, particularly Misty's Togepi, who he is often forced to shepherd out of danger by putting himself in it. Although stubborn at times, he obeys Ash's commands in battle and rarely leaves his side.

Known movesEdit

Move Episode
Pikachu Electro Ball
Thunder Shock Pokémon - I Choose You!
Thunderbolt + Showdown in Pewter City
Agility Electric Shock Showdown
Quick Attack + Electric Shock Showdown
Thunder Showdown at Dark City
Double-Edge Friend and Foe Alike
Tackle - The Double Trouble Header
Leer - Hour of the Houndour
Iron Tail + All Things Bright and Beautifly!
Volt Tackle May's Egg-Cellent Adventure!
Electro Ball + Dancing With the Ducklett Trio!
+ indicates this Pokémon used this move recently.*
- indicates this Pokémon normally can't use this move.

Improvised MovesEdit

  • Thunder Armor
  • Spin
  • Thunder-Volt Tackle
  • Swift-Quick Attack
  • Volt Tail
  • Counter Shield
  • Thunder Whirlpool
  • Hydro Volt Tackle
  • Thunderbolt-Electro Ball
  • Massive Electro Ball
  • Electro Iron Tail
  • Draco Meteor Climb

Voice actressEdit

  • Rachael Lillis (original voice in some episodes of the English version of the Pokémon anime.)
  • Ikue Ōtani (present- in both the Japanese and English-language versions of the Pokémon anime.)

TriviaEdit

  • Pikachu is Ash's only Electric-type Pokémon and was the only Electric-type owned by a main character in the anime until the capture of Dawn's Pachirisu.
    • Despite multiple main characters currently owning Electric-type Pokémon, Pikachu is still the only one of them which is a member of an evolution family.
  • When Ash received Pikachu from Professor Oak, his Poké Ball had a lightning bolt on the top part.
    • Because Pikachu doesn't like being inside his Poké Ball, it has only been seen a few times since the first episode. The first was against Brock when Pikachu was being attacked brutally by Onix and the second was in the episode Snow Way Out when Ash becomes worried about the safety of his Pokémon in the cave's freezing conditions. Both times Ash's attempted return of Pikachu was blocked, by Onix the first time and by Pikachu the second.
  • Pikachu had a chubby appearance in the beginning of the series, but lost the weight for a more slender appearance Generation II onward.
  • Ash attempted to evolve Pikachu with the Thunder Stone after he lost to Lt. Surge's Raichu, but Pikachu chose not to evolve because he wanted to prove that he could defeat stronger Pokémon without evolving. This makes him the first of Ash's Pokémon to choose not to evolve.
  • Pikachu occasionally has acted as a responsible leader of the main cast's Pokémon, mainly Ash's Pokémon.
  • In the season one episode "Showdown at Dark City," Pikachu displayed a strong fondness for ketchup. In fact, when the ketchup bottle he was carrying was smashed, Pikachu was seen crying over the smashed ketchup bottle. This could be an indication on how close Pikachu's relationship with Ash is, since his last name is phonetically similar to ketchup.
Pikachu loves ketchup

Ash's Pikachu shows its love for ketchup.

  • In the Season One episode "Ash Catches a Pokémon," when Team Rocket was trying to steal Pikachu, Meowth accidentally says that Ash's Pikachu's power exceeds the power level he would possess as a Raichu.
    • In Climbing the Tower of Success, a Thunder Stone was tossed to Ash, thus it almost landed on Pikachu which would cause him to evolve. However, Ash was scared about Pikachu evolving, so he prevented this, which contradicts to the time he offered Pikachu a Thunder Stone to evolve. The most likely reason is that Ash now knows Pikachu doesn't want to evolve (and likes keeping him the way he is and respects his wishes), which is supported in the Diamond and Pearl generation episode Pika and Goliath.
  • Both Ash's Pikachu and Snorlax are evolved baby Pokémon, but in that generation they are the first forms.
  • Pikachu had a special event for the Generation IV of Pokémon Games knowing the moves Pikachu had in Sinnoh League Victors.
  • Ash's Pikachu is finally confirmed male in Where No Togepi Has Gone Before! after being hit by Togepi's Attract. This is also when Jessie's Yanmega was confirmed female.
  • Pikachu seems to have a great dislike, or even hatred, against Team Rocket's Meowth. As after Meowth and his team got away from the failed rail road mission in Unova, Pikachu still exerted a lot of anger and Ash had to hold him down. While Meowth was in Ash's group, Pikachu was the one to always be suspicious of Meowth's loyalty. This could stem from the fact that every time Pikachu started to trust Meowth, Meowth then betrayed that same trust.
  • Ash's Pikachu is the most recognizable Pokémon, therefore being the main face of Pokémon.
  • Somehow, for every region Ash has traveled through with Pikachu, he has always been for the most part surpassed in power by another Pokémon that Ash catches and trains until they fully evolve or learn new moves.
  • Beginning from Hoenn onward, every time Ash and Pikachu enter a new region, Pikachu has been exposed to high levels of electricity or magnetism, before or after arrival, and loses control of his own electricity, becomes confused, and runs away, forcing Ash to chase after him.
    • This could explain why Pikachu's strength is "reset" each time they start a new region.
  • Pikachu has had many moves over the seasons, but the amount it now actively uses has been lowered to only four.
  • Despite Pikachu's absence from the Unova Dex and not being native to the Unova region, a Trainer's Pikachu can be seen in Castelia City, and another Pikachu is depicted on a billboard. Also, there are several Pikachu-shaped hedges in Striaton City.
  • Pikachu's hatred of being in a Poké Ball made him the last and hardest to be captured by Mewtwo in the Pokemon movie Pokemon the First Movie.
  • Pikachu is the only Pokémon in the anime to defeat two Legendary Pokémon without being a Legendary Pokémon himself. His first victory against a Legendary Pokémon was when he defeated Brandon's Regice and the second was when he knocked out Tobias' Latios, although the battle against Latios ended as a draw rather than a victory.[1]
  • Pikachu was also the first of Ash's Pokémon to habitually disobey him. Primeape and Charizard would also follow suit and are better remembered for their disobedience than Pikachu.
  • Pikachu learned no moves during Diamond & Pearl series.
  • Pikachu mostly blasts off Team Rocket using his Thunderbolt power.

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