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Delia Ketchum
(ハナコ Hanako)
Gender: Female
Hometown: Pallet Town
Region: Kanto
Family: Ash (son)
Unknown husband
Unknown father-in-law
Friends: Professor Oak
First Appearance: Pokémon - I Choose You!
Voice actor: Veronica Taylor (4Kids) (English)
Sarah Natochenny (PUSA) (English)
Masami Toyoshima (Japanese)

Delia Ketchum is Ash's mother.


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Delia is a kind and caring mother, but when she's upset or angry she is very vocal about it. She rarely battles other Pokémon but she made an exception in Showdown at the Oak Corral where Butch and Cassidy tried to steal PokéBalls belonging to Ash and other trainers. She Professor Oak and Tracey stopped them with a Pokémon battle. After Scyther couldn't battle anymore Delia sent Mimey into battle Cassidy's Houndour who was about to use its Bite attack. Delia had Mimey uses his Double Slap on it.

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Being strict sometimes, during Pokémon: Indigo League  she constantly reminds Ash to change his underwear every day. She is also a good cook and can cook anything. She also helped Brock after Professor Ivy rejected him. She has a Mr. Mime nicknamed Mimey and she has him clean the house for her while she makes breakfast or does the dishes. One of her most famous dishes that is favored by Ash is her "Double deep dish pizza pot pie".

Her most notable appearance is Pokémon 3: The Spell of the Unown, in which she is kidnapped by an Entei to be Molly Hale's mother. It is unknown to who her husband is, though one of the designers of the Pokémon anime say that Ash's father is a trainer on his own journey. Delia went with Ash on a trip to the Unova Region.


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Delia befriends Mimey after thinking it was Ash in disguise. Because of Delia's care and affection, Mimey decided to stay with her and help with household chores.

Voice Actresses

  • English: Veronica Taylor (Seasons 1 - 8) (4kids)
  • English: Sarah Natochenny (Season 9 - present) (PUSA/DuArt)
  • Japanese: Masami Toyoshima
  • Danish: Ann Hjort, Vibeke Dueholm
  • Dutch: Beatrijs Sluyter
  • Filipino: Klariz Magboo
  • French: Nathalie Coupal, Catherine Conet
  • German: Marion Hartmann
  • Italian: Cinzia Massironi
  • Norwegian: Lena Meieran, Christin Borge (Movie 2), Siri Nilsen


  • Delia has always been concerned of what Ash has in his suitcase, and always asks him if he has clean underwear.
  • In one episode, Deila has met Butch. She, by mistake says to him after Tracey calling him Biff, she says "Calm down, Bill."
  • In both English dubs she and her son share the same voice actress, Veronica Taylor (IL001-AG145) and Sarah Natochenny (AG146-present).


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