The Ditto was quite a pranking Pokémon, as it went to transform (along with Ditto 2) into two of Dawn and Ash's Pokémon, though Narissa caught them in this act. Later, Narissa had a battle with Ash's Pikachu, transforming into Piplup. Ditto 1 was electrocuted, so it transformed into Pikachu and learned his moves, though Pikachu won. Brock displayed a match against his Happiny and Sudowoodo, which Ditto 1 and 2 copied their Pound and Hammer Arm.
When Team Rocket stole this Ditto and Ditto 2, they transformed into Meowth and Wobbuffet to stall them while Narrisa and the heroes arrived. In the battle, Ditto 1 copied Staraptor to defeat Team Rocket's Pokémon then Pikachu to blast them off, while it also copied Croagunk to stab Brock for flirting with a girl Trainer.