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Ash Ketchum (also known as サトシ "Satoshi" in Japanese) is the protagonist of the anime, game and manga series Pokémon. He is the first character to be introduced in the series, and has always dreamed of becoming a Pokémon Master.


As soon as he turned ten years old, he rushed to Professor Oak's Laboratory to get his first Pokémon. Originally wanting to choose Squirtle, Ash ended up getting the Pokémon Pikachu, 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. 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, make new friends, challenging all Gym Leaders and capturing new Pokémon while still following his goal of becoming a Pokémon Master. Ash is currently traveling in the Kalos region, with his new friends Bonnie, Clemont and his old childhood friend Serena.


Unnamed father[]

It's 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.


Since Ash's goals are 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.


Voice Actors and Actresses[]

  • English: Veronica Taylor (Seasons 1 - 8, Movies 1 - 8) (4kids)
  • English: Sarah Natochenny (Season 9 - present, Movie 9 - present) (PUSA/DuArt)
  • English: Kayzie Rogers (The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon first dub only)
  • Japanese: Rica Matsumoto
  • German: Caroline Combrinck (1st-3rd Season & 12th- ), Veronika Neugebauer (4th-11th Season, dec.)
  • Italian: Davide Garbolino
  • Greek: Voula Kosta
  • Dutch: Christa Lips (Season 1 - present)
  • Arabic: Buthaina Shaya (Season 1 & 2)
  • Filipino: Klariz Magboo (All Seasons)
  • Brazilian Portuguese: Fábio Lucindo (Season 1-14, present)
  • Latin America: Gabriel Ramos (EP001-DP090) Irwin Daayán (DP091-DP104) Gabriel Ramos (DP105-DP157) Rommy Mendoza (young, DP138), Miguel Ángel Leal (DP158-present), Pablo Gandolfo (movies 6 and 7), Alan Fernando Velázquez (movie 12)
  • Danish: Mathias Klenske
  • European Spanish: Adolfo Moreno (all seasons), Rafael Alonso Naranjo Jr. (Pokemon 3 and Mewtwo Returns)
  • French: Aurelien-Ringelheim and Sebastien Redin

His Pokémon[]

Ash has caught at least one of the Starter Pokémon in every region, and has caught the main bird Pokémon that appears in that region's Pokédex.

  • He caught Pidgeotto in Kanto that later evolved into Pidgeot (Ash also almost captured a Spearow and later that same Pokemon evolved into Fearow) which he soon released to protect and lead a flock Pidgey and Pidgeotto. (It is Interesting to note that Ash must have accidentally evolved the Spearow into a Fearow a few episodes after its first appearance.)
  • He captured a Shiny Noctowl in Johto.
  • He captured Taillow that later evolved into Swellow in Hoenn.
  • He captured Starly that later evolved into Staravia then Staraptor in Sinnoh.
  • He caught a female Pidove that evolved into Tranquill then Unfezant in Unova.
  • He caught a Fletchling that evolved into Flechinder in Kalos.



  • Ash's name in the Japanese version of the anime is Satoshi, likely after Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokémon.
  • Ash has had 49 Pokémon including different evolutionary forms (78 if all Tauros are included).
  • With the exception of the Orange League, Ash has never won a league tournament.
  • Ash's skin has tanned in the beginning of the Master Quest episodes from being outside in the sun all the time.
  • Ash is the only known trainer to have ever defeated Tobias' Darkrai.
  • 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.
  • Ash has the ability to sense and control aura, as it was shown in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew and once again in the Diamond and Pearl episodes, "Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Part 1" and "Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Part 2". Aaron's Lucario has stated that Ash's aura is the same as Aaron's, and Ash was able to use his aura to find and save Riolu. Ash only used his aura abilities when it has something to do with either Riolu or Lucario.
  • Ash turned 10 at the start of the series and was canonically so from seasons 1-3, though it is unknown if he actually aged. According to the narration of In the Shadow of Zekrom!, he's still 10, although this narration is probably inaccurate, or maybe the directors have confirmed that Ash is still 10.
Ash hat back wards 13th season
  • Ash has seen every legendary Pokémon from Kanto to Unova.
  • Ash is one of the default name options for the player in Pokémon Red and Blue.
  • 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.
  • Almost every character in the Pokémon anime are featured in the games, such as Misty (who even appeared as a trophie in Super Smash Bros. Melee), Brock (who appeared in Pokémon Red/Blue version), and Lyra (from Diamond & Pearl), as a Trainer♀ in Pokemon 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.
  • Among all of Ash's Pokémon, he had only one Electric-type Pokémon and that is his Pikachu.