Ash Ketchum

Ash Ketchum

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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew Up... in a world where humans coexist with Pokemon, creatures that possess element-based powers. His mother’s house is near that of Professor Oak, a Pokemon researcher. Ash grows up dreaming of becoming a successful Pokemon Trainer.

Visiting... everywhere! As a Pokemon Trainer, Ash must travel the world to visit Pokemon gyms, where he can earn badges if he defeats the gym leader in a Pokemon battle. Along the way, Ash is joined by his loyal Pikachu, a mouse-like Pokemon, and a variety of other Pokemon and human companions.

Profession... aspiring Pokemon Trainer. As a Trainer, Ash's main objectives are to capture new Pokemon and refine their powers for battles. Exclaiming, "I've got so much energy I don't know what to do with it!", Ash certainly has enough enthusiasm for the task. Whether this excitement will translate into being a truly great Trainer is another matter.

Interests... eating, helping others, and Pokemon. While Ash is determined to learn more about Pokemon, his journeys include many detours. But whether it's investigating a haunted house or saving a town from Team Rocket, a terrorist organization devoted to illegally stealing Pokemon, Ash enters into these adventures with as much enthusiasm as he trains his Pokemon.

Relationship Status... single. While many other Pokemon Trainers join Ash on his journey, he hasn't taken an interest in any of them so far – but then again, he is only ten.

Challenge... becoming a Pokemon Master while fending off Team Rocket. As a Pokemon Master, Ash would be recognized as one of the best Pokemon trainers in the world, so it's no wonder that he wants the title so badly. Despite this, Ash refuses to mistreat his Pokemon in pursuit of this goal, opting instead to consider them close friends and comrades in battle.

Personality... loyal, selfless, and passionate. Though frequently overconfident and not exactly the brightest Pokeball in the bunch, Ash has his heart in the right place and is always willing to help those in trouble, no matter the circumstances. Like he says, "Do you always need a reason to help someone?"


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