An aspiring Pokémon master, Ash Ketchum is the main protagonist of the Pokémon anime, Pokémon Puzzle League video game and the manga Pokémon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu. Being the main protagonist of the Pokémon anime TV series, Ash is invariably present in every single episode excepting Pikachu featurettes, Pokémon Chronicles and Mystery Dungeon.
Ash's name in the original Japanese version is Satoshi Taijiri, after the creator of Pokémon. During the process of localisation however, the name was changed to appeal more to western audiences. Satoshi was changed to "Ash", one of the default player names of the hit video game series Pokémon Red/Blue and "Ketchum" a play on words, reflecting the tagline for the show "Gotta catch 'em all!"
Ash Ketchum is a young boy from Pallet Town, and the only known son of Deliah Ketchum who lives with a house guardian Mr. Mime.
At the start of the series Ash oversleeps and misses his appointment with Professor Oak to obtain his first Pokémon. As a result all three starter pokémon have been taken, and Ash is left with a "reject" Pikachu, who frequently disobeys and even attacks him. Thus, Ash's first Pokemon becomes none of the three Kanto starter pokémon, Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. With his first Pokémon in tow Ash sets out on his quest to obtain all eight Kanto gym badges so he may qualify for the Pokémon League.
At first Ash and Pikachu didn't seem to get along as the cheeky electric type always seemed to deny any request or command from his trainer; however, this changed after a flock of Spearows began chasing the two of them. Seeing Pikachu in danger, Ash bravely attempted to protect Pikachu from the attackers. Pikachu then sees the commitment and courage his trainer had shown, and jumpes towards the Spearows, using a thundershock to take them all out. This marked the beginning of an iconic friendship.
Ash Ketchum has a notable facial feature, this being the resemblance of lightning bolts shaped marks on his cheeks.
Ash Ketchum is demeanored by some Pokémon Trainers along his journey through the Kanto region, leading case being a reckless Pokémon Trainer whether it be responsibility towards Pokémon or friends.
Many of the Pokémon Trainers reasoned behind their accusations that Ash Ketchum was a de facto novice. Being a character of words, he was overseen as loud mouthed, surmise to assumptions, and arises to a temper of extreme offense due to little or simple points of argument.
He had a driving point of gullibility.
Ash Ketchum acquires some similitude of manners and developed as a character, retaining his same characteristic essence. Ash, still being quick spoken, retained a gain of quieter features to him.
Hoenn Region/Advanced Generation
In the Hoenn Region, recognized as the Advanced Generation series, Ash had still yet many things to learn from the Pokémon world.
In Jirachi Wish Maker, he alludes to having a character relation with a female Pokémon Trainer of extraneous caliber that became a very dear friend to him and later began to miss her presence due to her departure in their journey, showing characteristics of a compassionate friend.
In the Sinnoh Region Ash meets Dawn whose dreams are to become the greatest Pokémon co-ordinator with her starter Pokemon Piplup. The new friends meet up with Ash and Pikachu on Route 202. On their same day of discovery, Ash meets reencounters Brock who comes to the Sinnoh region with his Bonsly.
With Pikachu's help Ash catches a Starly and catches himself a Turtwig. He also finds the meetings with his fellow Pokemon Trainer Paul and starts a saga of rivalry with him.
Throughout their early ventures, Ash and Pikachu met some intriguing characters that will inevitably follow them throughout many of their ventures in the world of Pokémon.
An accidental bump with Misty (Cerulean's gym leader in the video-games, and intermittently in the anime) prompted Ash to borrow Misty's bike, with her consent, in order to get away from all the Spearows.
During the shock that Pikachu emitted, the bike Ash borrowed from Misty suffered irreparable collateral damage.
Initially they stuck together under the premise that Ash had to repay Misty for the damage he had caused to her bike, but they eventually established a great relationship, and the debt to repay Misty a bike was eventually seemingly forgotten.
Ash met Brock, the leader of the Pewter City gym, in Pewter City. They battled and ultimately won, earning his very first Gym Badge. After their battle, Brock decides to set away and leave his role as the Pewter City Gym Leader to join Ash in his Pokémon adventure.
Pokémon owned by Ash
|Pokemon||Title of episode when caught||Storage or on hand (rotation)|
|Pikachu||Pokemon - I choose you!||On hand|
|Bulbasaur||Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village!||With Professor Oak|
|Kingler||Mystery at the Lighthouse!||With Professor Oak|
|Muk||Sparks fly for Magnemite!||With Professor Oak|
|Tauros (x30)||EP035 (Did not aired in the USA)||With Professor Oak|
|Snorlax||Snack Attack!||With Professor Oak|
|Heracross||A Sappy Ending!||With Professor Oak|
|Bayleef||The Chikorita Rescue!||With Professor Oak|
|Quilava||Good 'Quil Hunting!||Whit Professor Oak|
|Tododile||The Totodile Duel!||With Professor Oak|
|Noctowl||Fowl Play!||With Professor Oak|
|Donphan||Extreme Pokemon! (egg), Hatching a plan! (hatch)||With Professor Oak|
|Swellow||You Never Can Taillow!||With Professor Oak|
|Sceptile||Tree's a Crowd!||With Professor Oak|
|Corphish||Gone Corphishn'!||With Professor Oak|
|Torkoal||All Torkoal, No Play!||With Professor Oak|
|Glalie||Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snorunt!||With Professor Oak|
|Staraptor||Two Degrees of Separation!||With Professor Oak|
|Torterra||Gettin' Twiggy With It!||With Professor Oak|
|Infernape||Smells Like Team Spirit!||With Professor Oak|
|Buizel||Trowing the Track Switch!||With Professor Oak|
|Gliscor||Riding the Winds of Change!||Unknown location|
|Gible||Gotta Get a Gible!||With Professor Oak|
|Unfezant||Enter Iris and Axew!||Rotation or on hand|
|Oshawott||A Sandile Gusher of Change!||On hand|
|Pignite||The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice!||On hand|
|Snivy||Snivy Plays Hard to Catch!||On hand|
|Scraggy||Here Comes the Trubbish Squad! (egg), Scraggy-Hatched to be Wild! (hatch)||On hand|
|Leavanny||Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest!||Rotation or on hand|
|Palpitoad||Facing Fear with Eyes Wide Open!||Rotation or on hand|
|Boldore||Gotta Catch A Roggenrola||Rotation or on hand|
|Krokorok||Battling the Bully!||Rotation or on hand|
Pokémon previously owned (Released)
Pokémon Traded away
|Pokemon Owned by Ash||Pokemon||Title of episode when traded||Character Traded To|
|Pokemon Owned by Ash||Pokemon||Title of episode when given||Character Traded To|
|Pokemon Owned by Ash||Pokemon||Title of episode when obtained||Title of episode evolved|
Pokémon Gym Battles
*** Team Rocket takes place of Giovanni of Viridian City to take care of ' personal matters'.
|Badge||Episode Title||Gym Leader||EP|
|Coral-Eye Badge||(Fit to be Tide)||Cissy||EP085|
|Sea Ruby Badge||(Navel Maneuvers)||Danny||EP093|
|Spike Shell Badge||(Misty Meets Her Match)||Rudy||EP103|
|Jade Star Badge||(Pokémon Double Trouble)||Luana||EP108|
The Johto League hosts the Silver Conference. Ash marks his presence as the top 8 within the Silver Conference.
|Zephyr Badge||(Fighting Flyer with Fire)||Falkner of Violet City||EP131|
|Hive Badge||(Gettin' The Bugs Out)||Bugsy of Azalea Town||EP144|
|Plain Badge||(A Dairy Tale Ending)||Whitney of Goldenrod City||EP159|
|Fog Badge||(From Ghost to Ghost)||Morty of Ecruteak City||EP182|
|Storm Badge||(Machoke, Machoke Man!)||Chuck of Cianwood City||EP209|
|Mineral Badge||(Nerves of Steelix!)||Jasmine of Olivine City||EP224|
|Glacier Badge||(Nice Pryce, Baby!)||Pryce of Mahogany Town||EP239|
|Rising Badge||(Better Eight Than Never)||Clair of Blackthorn City||EP254|
|Pokémon League Competition||Position Slated|
|Indigo League Conference||(Position 16)|
|Johto League||(Position 8)|
|Hoenn League||(Position 8)|
|Sinnoh League||(Position 4)|
|Pokémon Ribbon Competition||Position Slated|
|Terracotta||Tied Victory - May|
|Jubilee City||(Position 8)|
|Wallace Cup||(Position 8)|
- Ash Ketchum's Pokemon party usual has a default structure consisting of Pikachu, the region's starter Pokemon (Grass, Water, Fire), a Flying-type, with the sixth differencing in kind.
- The Trainer has been able to catch starter Pokemon of the first two generations and the fifth, of the three in the third and fourth generation caught the fire and grass-types.
- In Pokemon Anime Black and White, it is reported that Ash is still 10 years of age. Even after spending quintessential time back to Viridian City where he received his last badge in Kanto, it was reported that he had already one entire year in journey, with more than 600 episodes, 1 year 365 days, he'd be aging into approximately 13 years.