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Ash and Serena meet up for the first time in years

AmourShipping (Japanese: サトセレ SatoSere) is the belief that Serena and Ash belong in a romantic relationship. The name is derived from the French word "amour", meaning "love". It was chosen as the name because the Kalos region is inspired by France (known for its romantic atmosphere) and Serena has a canonical crush on Ash.

This ship is one of the most popular in the Pokémon anime, much like other ships involving Ash and one of his female friends, such as PokéShipping, AdvanceShipping, and PearlShipping. However, AmourShipping is unique compared to many shippings because of the confirmation of Serena's crush on Ash, rather than fans presuming each other's feelings based on hints and inconclusive evidence. One other thing that sets it apart is the fact that Serena is the only one of Ash's traveling companions to ever kiss him. The shipping's popularity began before the premiere of the XY series due to the revelation that Serena knew Ash in their childhood.

Anime evidence

Serena's hints

  • When Serena sees a live news report of Ash trying to calm a rampaging Garchomp on Prism Tower, she silently looks on, seemingly in awe at Ash's bravery. When Ash jumps off the tower to rescue Pikachu, she gasps in fear for his safety. However, this may have been merely general concern, since the news camera never showed Ash's face in full until he was safely on the ground.
  • Upon seeing Ash's face on TV, she ponders whether she recognizes him, having a flashback scene of a younger Ash at the end of the episode.
  • Serena decides to begin her journey after seeing Ash on television. Upon arriving at Professor Sycamore's laboratory, and before choosing her starter Pokémon, Serena tells the professor that she is looking for the boy who was on the news. Her eyes seem to light up considerably when Sycamore identifies him as Ash.
  • After Serena and her Fennekin finished eating breakfast, she says she will be soon in Santalune City and is excited to finally get to see Ash.
  • When Serena is walking down the steps in Santalune City, she thinks about how she cannot wait to see the look on Ash's face when he sees her. Then, she has a flashback of a young Ash extending his arm, as if he was offering her his hand. When the flashback ends, she is seen blushing slightly.
  • When she sees Ash battling Viola, she is so overcome with excitement that she runs toward the battlefield, seemingly planning on going directly on there to greet Ash without noticing that the battle is still in progress.
  • Later, when Ash loses the battle, Serena is obviously remorseful and attempts to speak to him, but is further saddened when he runs past her without noticing her, since he is concentrating on his injured Pokémon.
  • While Ash wonders how he is going to compensate for Viola's strategies, Serena looks nervous before she returns his backpack to him. When Serena returns Ash's backpack to him (which Ash had left behind at the Gym), she starts to ask Ash something while blushing a little, only to be interrupted by the Pokémon Center bell.
  • When Ash falls to the ground while catching Pikachu and Fletchling, Serena is the only person to call out his name in worry.
  • When Ash is on the ground from the intense training, dirty after falling to the ground while catching Pikachu and Fletchling, Serena walks up to him and hands him a handkerchief to clean himself up with, showing her thoughtfulness towards him.
  • Serena looks nervous before she asks him if he remembers her. It is interesting to note that when she is seen interacting with her mother, Serena has a sassy and rebellious attitude towards her, but whenever she is around Ash, she seems to be extremely hesitant and nervous, contradicting the personality that viewers have seen from her in prior episodes.
  • After she asks Ash if he remembers her, Serena mentions that they met in Professor Oak's Pokémon Summer Camp in Pallet Town. When Ash remembers attending the camp, she is overjoyed and tells him that she went there as well. However, when he says that he does not remember her specifically, she is visibly disappointed, but instantly cheers up, obviously not wanting to be upset or angry with him.
  • When Ash says that his battle was a disaster, Serena says she thinks he was awesome and reminds him that he once told her to never give up till the end, and that he hasn't changed at all since they met. These words helped Ash continue his training in order to win the rematch against Viola.
  • When the group is having dinner after the training session, Serena glances at Ash and smiles at him while he is eating. Since this is directly after him saying that he is sure to win the rematch, this strongly implies that she is admiring his determination and is impressed by it.
  • When Surskit starts skating around Pikachu, just like before, Serena assures the others that Ash will be fine.
  • After Vivillon knocks Fletchling out, Ash's friends wonder if he can win, Serena reassures them with her unwavering confidence in Ash's abilities.
  • When Sleep Powder hits Pikachu, Ash begins to lose hope in his chances of winning, Serena is the only one that cheers him on.
  • When Ash tells Viola that he is not going to lose because he will keep battling until the very end, Serena has a flashback of a younger Ash telling her those words.
  • Throughout the entire Gym battle, her cheering for Ash seems to be in a more enthusiastic way than Clemont and Bonnie. She also keeps reassuring Clemont, Bonnie, and Alexa that everything is going to be okay and that Ash would win, showing that she strongly believes in him. Later, when Ash becomes overwhelmed by Viola's new battling strategies, Serena cries out to Ash that he should not give up (echoing a motto Ash had told her in their childhood). In that scene, the emotions are seemingly emphasized. Her encouragement snaps him out of his panic and helps him win the battle.
  • After Ash asks Serena to join them in their travels, she puts a hand over her heart and smiles before winking at him and accepting the invitation.
  • When Clemont asks Serena why she started her journey, she pulls out the same handkerchief Ash used to bandage her, and shows it to Ash in a second attempt to get him to remember their past. This shows that Serena has kept the same handkerchief Ash used to tie up her knee with after all these years.
  • In a flashback of when Ash and Serena first met as children, Serena is lost in a forest and is suddenly scared by a wild Poliwag, which causes her to trip and injure her leg. Ash finds Serena, bandages her knee and then pulls her up from the ground. She ends up falling into his arms in some sort of hug, and the camera zooms on her surprised face. Then, she quickly pulls away and looks at him, a surprised expression on her face. When Ash is showing her the way out of the forest, she is wide-eyed and blushing. This flashback indicates that Serena developed feelings for Ash after that incident.
  • When Ash identifies Serena as the same girl he helped when he was younger, she blushes.
Flashback of Ash and Serena
  • Ash asks Serena why she went through all the trouble of returning the handkerchief to him and she replies with "Not just that. You see, I also really wanted to see you again". Serena then pouts, blushing, when she complains about Ash failing to remember her.
  • Serena puts on a pink outfit for Rhyhorn racing and then asks Ash what he thinks of it with a blush on her face.
  • When Ash wears the outfit for Rhyhorn racing and ask how does he look, Serena says that he looks perfect.
  • When Serena is on top of the Rhyhorn and demonstrating for Ash how to ride one, she is blushing.
  • At the end of the day, Ash is still trying to ride Rhyhorn properly and Serena gives him the same advice her mother gave her about not trying to talk lest you bite your tongue and to be one with Rhyhorn. Serena is impressed after seeing Ash's hard training and that he didn't give up, Serena realizes that maybe she has misjudged Rhyhorn racing.
  • After the cameras broadcasting the race get disrupted and the group can't see what is happening, Serena calls Ash's name in a worried tone.
  • When Ash tells Grace about Serena teaching him to ride a Rhyhorn, Serena is embarrassed and blushes.
  • When it is nighttime and everyone is sleeping, there is a view of the whole room with Serena's bed shown to be empty. It is then revealed that Serena is in the kitchen baking. At the end of the episode, she hands to Ash a pouch filled with cookies. She blushes and tells him that it is because she is thankful towards him. Then, she has a flashback of her and Ash when they were younger holding hands. After the flashback ends, she winks at him.
  • The group is amazed at how Pikachu manages to dodge attacks and battle effectively, despite being unable to see due to the strong bond between Ash and Pikachu, Clemont and Bonnie talk with Jessica about it while Serena is only looking at Ash.
  • When Ash falls down, everybody else worries about Pikachu, but only Serena yells Ash's name.
  • After Clemont uses his machine "Pokémon Translator Device" to translate what the Pancham are saying, Serena still believes what Ash said was correct.
  • As Ash voices his anger, Serena joins in while Bonnie and Clemont remain quiet.
  • When Ash blushes after he mistakes his stomach growling for a strange sound, Serena looks at him and smiles.
  • When a teacher named Penelope challenges Ash to a battle and states that if she wins, he would have to come with her, Serena freaks out and begins to blush. After Ash loses the battle, as promised, he will be with Penelope for a while, making Serena even more shocked. Later on, when Penelope takes the group to the kindergarten she works at and Serena realizes she misunderstood her, she puts a hand over her heart in relief.
  • When Ash is pushed out of the truck by Team Rocket, Serena quickly runs towards him while shouting his name and asks if he is all right.
  • After Penelope's car come into the warehouse where Team Rocket was hiding, Serena is relieved when she sees Ash is alright.
  • In the beginning of the episode, while Ash is training with his Froakie, Serena is taking care of his Pikachu, instead of carrying her Fennekin.
  • When Ash and his friends hear the towns people talking they cannot sleep because of Snorlax's loud noise and they won't celebrate the Harvest Festival. Ash decides that they will ask Lord Shabboneau to play his Poké Flute to resolve the problem, Serena looks at him and smiles.
  • When Princess Allie offers Ash jewels in exchange for Pikachu, Serena says that he won't do it while Bonnie and Clemont remain quiet.
  • When Ash and Clemont follow after the "Pika-bot" and left behind Serena, Bonnie and Meowth. Serena is the only one that yells Ash's name.
  • It can be noted that while Serena is hypnotized, she goes after only Ash while ignoring Meowth.
  • In the beginning of the episode, Serena and Bonnie are both excited to introduce the idea of the Battle Chateau to Ash. While Bonnie blushes over the possibility of cake, Serena is blushing because she is sure that he would like it and suggests him that they should go there. After they arrive there, Serena asks if this is something Ash's interested in, which he answers in the affirmative.
  • When Ash is battling Chester, Serena is the only one who is cheering for Ash while Clemont and Bonnie only give compliments about Chester's Fletchling.
  • Serena is visibly worried when Ash mentions that the video of Aria looks cute before he clarifies that he's talking about Aria's Fennekin. Once the clarification is made, Serena's expression softens.
  • When Serena asks Ash for help with her video and he declines, she is upset. Note that she asks Ash before everyone else.
  • Serena convinces Ash to help with the filming telling him that if he doesn't take a break, his training won't be productive.
  • At the end of the episode, Serena specifically asks Ash what he thought of her video with a blush on her face.
  • After seeing the golden Magikarp for real, Serena high fived with Ash.
  • When Ash and friends are using one of Clemont's machines to randomly decide the two who going in the submarine together, Serena unhesitatingly chooses the same arrow as Ash, before either of the siblings can.
  • When Ash attempts to stop Team Rocket from escaping, Serena tries to stop him because of the danger involved.
  • Seeing that Ash is eager to battle after they arrive in Cyllage City, Serena smiles and says he will win the Gym match.
  • When Ash is rock climbing in Cyllage Gym, the camera focuses on a worried Serena.
  • Before the battle between Ash and Grant starts, Serena is very worried. She clasps her hands together which catches the notice of Bonnie and Clemont. She then begins to blush and, at one point, tears up when thinking about how hard Ash has trained.
  • When Grant's Onix is going to use Rock Tomb, Serena is shown to be growing worried about Ash and calls his name in concern. Later when Ash is having trouble she clasps her hands together.
  • When Miette offers Poké Puffs to the group as an apology, Serena is shown to be upset and angry when Ash says he would like to eat them.
  • Miette asks Ash teasingly if he has a future bride in mind (in reference to Bonnie asking women to have her brother Clemont) to see how Serena would react. Serena is shown to be paying close attention from the corner of her eye with a frown, and then looks away and pretends indifference.
  • When Ash is holding on the tube to stop the air flow from reaching the mecha so it could run, the camera goes to a worried Serena, who yells out his name in concern.
  • At the end of the episode, after Ash calls Serena's name, Miette teases Serena about him and says that if Serena doesn't tell Ash how she feels about him, then she will. Serena blushes bright red, but walks away smiling. It is interesting to note that Serena is the only girl to not deny her feelings for Ash when teased about it.
  • When Ash bangs his head against the tree after catching Pikachu, the camera focuses on Serena, who shouts his name in concern while clasping her hands together.
  • When Ash tries to go down the transporter after Pikachu, Serena tries to stop him from doing anything dangerous while Clemont and Bonnie do nothing.
  • When Ash is battling Korrina, only Serena is cheering him on, while Clemont and Bonnie are complimenting how strong Lucario is.
  • While everyone's picture is being taken, Serena slides closer to Ash, leaving an obvious gap separating them from the others and unlike everybody else, Serena isn't looking into the camera but is looking at Ash when the picture is being taken.
  • After the group photo, Serena is seen admiring the picture with Ash and happily humming to herself until he calls her to hurry and she turns around with a blush.
  • When the group is entering the cave, Serena grabs on to Ash.
  • When the group realize that the Blaziken blocking the path had defeated Team Rocket, they get very scared and Serena grabs onto Ash.
  • As Mega Lucario is about to uncontrollably use Power-Up Punch on Ash, who is protecting Pikachu, Serena yells out in concern.
  • After the group is separated because they ran away from the Noibat colony, Ash decides to search for the others, Serena tries to stop him because he can get lost in the cave.
  • As Ash follows Bonnie to attempt to save the berries that were stolen by a wild Ursaring, Serena calls after him in a worried tone.
  • Serena is the first person to ask if Ash is all right after saving Hawlucha.
  • When the group arrive at Hawlucha's training spot and Ash runs to see Hawlucha, Serena calls his name in a worried tone.
  • After the mist covering the battle clears up, Serena is the first one to be seen running towards Ash, worried if he is hurt.
  • As Mirror Ash takes Pikachu causing Ash to shout out, Serena calls his name with a worried expression. When Ash's friends arrive in his direction and see him disappearing through the mirror before it closes, Serena becomes extremely worried about Ash and shouts his name in concern.
  • After Clemont's invention called the "Other Dimension Converter" explodes, Serena's eyes glisten with tears when she thinks Ash has disappeared forever.
  • Throughout the episode, Serena is immensely worried about Ash, more so than Clemont and Bonnie. When they are in front of the mirror that Ash went through, Serena clasps her hands together and wishes for Ash to return.
  • When the mirrors drift apart, Ash is carried to the other side away from the group. Mirror Serena yells at Serena that if she wants to travel with Ash, her will for him has to be strong. Serena's eyes widen and then she nods her head in determination realizing that if she wants Ash back, she has to try her hardest.
  • Serena saves Ash by grabbing his hand and helping him make it back to their dimension. Even with both Clemont and Bonnie reaching for Ash, it is Serena who manages to reach him.
  • After Ash is safely back in their dimension, Mirror Serena tells Serena to take good care of Ash; Serena smiles and nods her head in understanding.
  • At the end of the episode, Serena asks Ash if they will always be traveling together from now on, to which a smiling Ash replies with that she should not even have asked such an obvious question.
  • When Clemont hears a story about a Pokémon that controls trees, captures humans who hurts the forest, and eats them, Serena immediately worries about the possibility that Ash might be eaten.
  • After Pikachu finds Ash, Serena is the first one heard saying his name in concern.
  • At the end of the episode, Serena is out on the dock brushing Fennekin's tail, Serena recalls Ash's dream first as she makes note of how all of her friends are pursuing their dreams and wonders what her dream is.
  • Serena is immediately worried and asks Ash if he is okay as he lies on the ground after saving her.
  • After Ash injures his foot, Serena nurses it with a wet cloth and her hand seems to linger while she is doing so, and is also apologetic to him, blaming herself that she injured his foot.
  • When Serena exclaims how amazing Ash is after hearing him talk about his dream, he looks at her in surprise. She quickly becomes embarrassed and tends to his foot again to change the subject.
  • Serena takes Ash's advice when he said, "Nothing we ever do is the waste of time," to come up with the idea for a new Pokévision video.
  • Serena is persuaded by Ash that she will find her dream with her Pokémon.
  • Serena asks about Ash's prior foot injury with a concerned look on her face.
  • After Ash runs through the forest being unable to see anything in the thick fog and hits his face with a tree, Serena calls his name in a worried tone.
  • As Ash makes his way back across after saving Bonnie from the other side, Serena, who says in concern that he can do it, conveys that she does not want Ash to lose his footing and hurt himself.
  • During the entire episode, each time Serena battles, she is usually ordering Fennekin to support Pikachu. This is an interesting hint since she could have chosen to assist Clemont instead or battle more independently like Clemont and Ash did.
  • When Serena recalls how Ash practiced the rhythm battling style the night before, she is the only one who finds it amusing as she giggles and calls Ash clumsy.
  • After Korrina asks Ash if he is ready for the Gym match, Serena is worried about Ash and tells him that he doesn't have a definite strategy with a concerned tone of voice.
  • When Ash and his Pokémon are practicing their dancing moves, Bonnie and Clemont start laughing at Ash's clumsiness and Serena tells them to stop.
  • When Clemont's machine called "Not-A-Very-Good-Dancer Automated Good Dancing Device" is about to explode and hurt Ash, Serena is the only one that tells Clemont to stop it with a worried tone.
  • After Clemont's dancing machine blows up, Serena tells Ash that she can teach him to dance. Although the two dancing together is not shown, the scene moves from day to sunset where Ash and Serena have just finished dancing and Ash collapses from exhaustion from a full day's training. Ash doesn't seem to have improved in his dancing skills, Serena asks him if he will be okay.
  • After Ash sends out Hawlucha to battle Mienfoo, Serena is the only one that cheers for Ash.
  • Serena expresses her excitement when Hawlucha starts doing the rhythm battling strategy.
  • When Ash's Hawlucha is struggling with the rhythmic battle style, the camera briefly focuses on Serena with a worried look.
  • After Hawlucha defeats Korrina's Mienfoo, Serena internally cheers for Ash to win.
  • When Team Rocket throws a smoke bomb, Ash and Serena turn towards each other and cover both of their heads with their arms to protect each other.
  • While Ash is training Froakie and Pikachu, Serena is the only one who is cheering for him while Bonnie and Clemont only give compliments about the two Pokémon.
  • When Ash and Sanpei come to the Safe House, Serena asks Ash if he is okay with a concerned tone of voice.
  • At the end of the episode, Serena is taking care of Ash's Pikachu while he is battling Sanpei.
  • When Ash tells Serena that it was thanks to her teaching that he was able to participate in a race, Serena visibly blushes.
  • When Grace brings Ash and Serena together, they look at each other with embarrassment.
  • When Ash is about to reveal Serena's goal to Grace, Serena quickly covers his mouth.
  • As Serena is practicing her routine, she becomes discouraged but instantly cheers up as she remembers Ash's encouragement.
  • During the race against Grace, when Serena falls behind, she shouts the words Ash told her when they met, helping her win the race.
  • When Ash falls down after Goomy lands on his head, Serena calls out in worry, despite it not being a dangerous situation.
  • When Ash walks down the slope and begins to speed up uncontrollably, Serena calls out his name in worry.
  • When Team Rocket orders their Pokémon to attack Ash, Serena is the only one who voices her concern.
  • After Serena and Bonnie are separated from Ash and Clemont, Serena is calling out for Ash, but not Clemont.
  • Serena apologizes to Ash because Goomy got lost when she was fighting Team Rocket.
  • When Serena goes out onto the balcony, she watches Ash training and admires him for his hard work, which also motivates her to work hard for her first Pokémon Showcase.
  • While Ash's Hawlucha is struggling against Ramos's Weepinbell after being poisoned, there is a momentary close-up on Serena's worried face.
Serena blushing with her hand on the ribbon Ash gave her
  • When Serena registers for the Coumarine Showcase, she looks at Ash and loses her sense of doubt and nervousness when she sees him nod in encouragement.
  • As Ash and Serena walk away from Bonnie and Clemont, Serena's thoughts are voiced over as she quickly comes to the conclusion that she is on a date with Ash.
  • While walking, Serena blushes and attempts to hold Ash's hand. Her hand is visibly shaking and has turned red, possibly out of nervousness, and she is unable to grab his hand.
  • When Ash and Serena are riding the monorail, Serena sees Ash looking happily out the window; this makes her smile and blush.
  • When Serena sees gifts in the shops windowsills, she is very happy and invites Ash to see them.
  • When Ash goes on his own to look for presents for his Pokémon, Serena is visibly disappointed at being left alone.
  • When Serena tells Ash that his Pokémon would be happy with anything he gives them because all of his Pokémon are similar to him, Serena moves very close to Ash.
  • During the fireworks, when Ash gives Serena the blue ribbon as a gift for helping him out, Serena is surprised, blushes, and happily accepts the gift.
  • During the Pokémon Showcase, Serena recalls Ash's advice from Day Three Blockbusters! and makes sure to put everything she has learned on her journey thus far into her performance.
  • Ash is the only one who has a positive reaction about Serena's new look, telling her that she looks great and that he is fine with her new look, to which Serena thanks him.
  • When Ash points out that Serena is wearing the ribbon he gave her on her new outfit, she blushes.
  • After the group gets captured, Jessie remarks on Serena's haircut and James asks, "Perhaps nursing a broken heart?", Serena responds angrily, "That is none of your business!"
  • As Ash voices his anger, Serena joins in while Bonnie and Clemont remain quiet.
  • When Ash is struck by Iron Tail, Serena calls out his name in worry.
  • When Ash, Clemont, Bonnie, and Serena enter to the ventilation duct, Serena moves closer to Ash.
  • When Ash is able to get close to Pikachu while being electrocuted and almost reaches past Pikachu's mind control, Serena is looking at Ash in awe due to his bravery.
  • After being challenged to a battle by Aria, Serena is hesitant to accept the challenge, but does so after being encouraged by Ash. She blushes as he does so.
  • During her battle with Aria, Serena looks at Ash several times and later mimics his battle style.
  • Seeing that Ash is very excited to battle his next gym match, Serena smiles at him.
  • At the end Serena tells Ash that is time to go and when the group is running Serena and Ash are looking at each other.
  • Serena blushes while asking Ash what strategy he has for his upcoming Gym battle against Clemont.
  • Serena worriedly calls out to Ash after the fire closes in on him.
  • Serena is happy when she notices Ash is having fun in his Gym Match.
  • Serena is excited and blushes when Hawlucha's Karate Chop hits Heliolisk and after Hawlucha defeats Heliolisk, Serena is cheering in excitement for Ash.
  • Serena puts her hand over her heart when she became worried about Ash losing the battle against Clemont.
  • After Ash's Gym battle victory, Serena is excited and puts her hand over her heart.
  • Serena cheers on Ash during his battle and congratulates him after he defeated Clemont.
  • When the radio waves begin to hurt Professor Sycamore and Ash runs to help him, Serena calls out Ash's name in worry.
  • When the group reunites with Ash and Blaziken Mask, Serena calls Ash's name with a concerned look on her face.
  • When Ash becomes frustrated after Keanan talks about how Pokémon should solve problems alone, Serena looks at him with a worried expression.
  • As Ash, Goodra, and Florges are in Team Rocket's jet, Serena becomes concerned and whispers Ash's name in worry.
  • When Team Rocket's aircraft is damaged and loses control. Serena is the only one who orders the bug army to help Ash and the Pokémon.
  • When the aircraft begins to explode, causing both Goodra and Florges fall down and Ash dives after them, Serena gasps in fear for his safety.
  • When Ash and his Goodra land safely on the ground after falling from Team Rocket's jet, Serena runs up to Ash to check on him. In doing so, she puts her hands on both his shoulders and exclaims her relief that he is all right.
  • When the group is separated, Serena is calling out for Ash only, despite her Braixen and Pancham are lost as well.
  • While searching, Serena called for Ash first.
  • Both Serena and Ash are relieved to see each other when they reunite.
  • When Ash runs out into the hallway to find Bonnie and his friends hear him cry out in surprise, Serena becomes extremely worried about Ash and shouts his name in concern.
  • When Serena and Bonnie are looking on a dress, Serena asks only for Ash's opinion about the dress, but when she looks back, he is already outside battling with Sawyer.
  • When Serena is on stage in her furisode outfit, she is surprised by Ash's presence, and she blushes when he asks her how she had gotten on stage.
  • When Serena and Bonnie reunite with Ash and Clemont, Serena only calls Ash's name.
  • Before entering in the Laverre Gym, Ash admits he hasn't prepared an strategy against Fairy types and his friends wonder if he can win, Serena is the only one showing confidence in Ash in his match against Valerie.
  • When Ash's Fletchinder is having trouble battling Sylveon, Serena cheers on Ash while the others remain quiet.
  • After Spritzee knocks Fletchinder out, there is a close-up on Serena's worried face.
  • After Ash wins his battle against Valerie, Serena is very excited and congratulates him.
  • When Ornithol suggests that Ash enter the Pokémon Sky Relay with his Pokémon and he agrees, Serena becomes concerned and asks Ash if he and his Pokémon will be okay with a worried tone of voice.
  • During the relay, Serena is supporting and taking care of Ash's Noibat.
  • After Noibat narrowly loses in the Sky Relay, Serena immediately rushes to Ash's side to help him cheering up Noibat, telling him she thought he was amazing, despite coming in 2nd place with a light blush on her face.
  • When Serena is filming and sees Ash and Pikachu grow bashful after Frank compliments them, she remarks on it while blushing.
  • Miette teases Serena about her relationship with Ash several times, which causes Serena to blush and get flustered. This includes when Miette:
  • asks Serena if her new haircut may be due to being rejected by Ash.
  • states that she would succeed in getting Ash.
  • after losing the Pokémon Showcase, whispers that she will also not give up on the other competition, referring to Ash.
  • After Ash said that Miette is really motivated, Serena tells him that she won't lose while blushing.
  • During the Poké Puff Baking round of the competition, Serena has a flashback of Ash enjoying her Poké Puffs for inspiration. The last image and sound she recalls of the flashback is Ash laughing.
  • When Serena's dress is ripped after bumping into Jessie, Serena's first thought is to fall into despair, but she quickly recovers after remembering Ash's never-give-up attitude, and was able to tailor her dress in time for her own performance.
  • Serena seems happy when Ash congratulates her on the Showcase as she blushes when he states that her dress fits her well.
  • Serena looks a little worried when Ash wishes Miette good luck.
  • When Mantle challenges Ash to a battle for his Pikachu, saying that he'll return the Pangoro if he loses, but Ash will lose Pikachu if he wins. Ash refuses to battle on those terms, the group is soon surrounded by Mantle's gang and realize that Ash is being coerced to fight. Serena calls Ash's name in worry.
  • When Ash tells Serena that she can ride along with him on the Mamoswine, she blushes. Later when Ash and Serena start riding Mamoswine, Serena is blushing.
  • Serena thanks Ash for praising her on how she managed to cross the bridge, despite her fear due to the enormous height.
  • When the Mamoswine were running to smash the boulder in their path, Serena holds on to Ash's shoulders.
  • After Ash jumps off of Mamoswine to confront an Abomasnow, Serena is the only person to call out his name in worry and then follow him.
  • When Ash and Serena are impressed about the hot springs after they enter in the Frost Cavern, Serena grabs Ash's shoulders.
  • Serena blushes when Ash compliments her for finding the herb they were looking for.
  • When Ash is going to check the roof of the Pokémon Center, Serena tells him to be careful because of the rain. It could be noted that she only expresses concern for Ash's safety, even though Clemont is right next to her and risking almost-certain electrocution by working on the failed power equipment.
  • Serena blushes when she asks Ash what he thinks of her nurse outfit.
  • When Ash, Clemont, and Bonnie find Serena at Woodward's house, Serena only mentions Ash when she expresses her surprise at seeing them.
  • When Team Rocket tries to steal Pikachu, Serena specifically appeals to Ash for help in battling them.
  • When Ash races and jumps to the lava to catch Talonflame, Serena calls out his name in worry.
  • When Frogadier releases its Frubbles and wraps Ash and Talonflame before they fall into the crater, Serena calls out Ash's name in worry. After Ash is saved, Serena scolds him because he almost gets killed for his reckless attempt.
  • When Ash and his friends find an open field of flowers with fresh air and Bonnie runs, Serena only tells Ash to join in.
  • Serena blushes when Shauna suggests that Serena likes Ash. She does not directly say she liked him, but his "positive mental attitude" is something she admired than freaks out even more when Ash overhears her talking about him.
  • When Ash encourages Serena and wishes her good luck before she leaves, Serena thanks him for his encouragement.
  • Before the Gym match starts Ash's friends say that his battle against Olympia will be difficult and wonder if he can win. Serena is the only one showing confidence in Ash and says that he will be fine, he is constantly looking ahead and will find a way to win.
  • When Professor Sycamore and Clemont comment about Meowstic's abilitties protect them from before Ash's Pokémon can attack. Serena is shown to be staring down at Ash and whispers his name in worry.
  • After Psyshock hits both Talonflame and Frogadier, Clemont wonders if Ash can win the battle, Serena shows confidence in Ash and says that he will be fine.
  • After the battle ends, and Ash explains his strategy involving Pikachu that helped him win, Serena is seen gazing at Ash in admiration while recalling something he said several episodes ago, before the conversation resumes.
  • When Ash rushes in to help Nurse Joy get out of the cracks, Serena grabs him to support him.
  • When Pyroar breathes fire to throw Litleo into the air and Ash runs down the hill to intercede, Serena is worried and shouts his name in concern.
  • After Ash and Sanpei jump off the balcony in pursuit of Kagetomo, Serena is the only one who immediately tries to follow before being stopped by Shinobu. Even after Shinobu tells her to return to Ippei as a safer alternative, Serena hesitates and whispers Ash's name in worry.
  • After Ash experiences pain from Ash-Greninja, Serena asks Ash If he's alright with a concerned tone of voice.
  • While Ash is warning his Noibat not to venture too far away, Serena is seen looking fondly at Ash.
  • When Breloom challenges Noibat to a one-on-one battle, deciding to put Floette at stake, Serena is very worried and tells Ash to stop them.
  • When Serena receives mail about the dance party, she looks at Ash and blushes when she finds out that all Performers attending must have a male partner.
  • It is proposed that Clemont becomes Serena's dancing partner (due to Clemont's Bunnelby being Serena's Eevee's dance partner). Though she accepts for Eevee's sake, Serena is visibly reluctant and sighs in disappointment while glancing at Ash.
  • When Ash and his friends meet up with Miette again, Serena is shown to be shocked when Miette grabs Ash's hands and asks him to be her partner, than freaks out even more when Ash accepts.
  • When Miette looks at Serena and winks while holding Ash's hand, Serena seems upset and determined.
  • When Ash is following Miette around with a pile of dresses, Serena looks at him and sighs.
  • During the rotation dance, Serena constantly glances at Ash, blushing while doing so.
  • Serena is blushing and watching in slow-motion as Ash extends his arm towards her, and is extremely shocked, disappointed, and upset when the rotation dance ends without her and Ash dancing.
  • Before the battle starts, both Serena and Ash encourage each other. After Ash congratulates Serena, she thanks him.
  • When Ash slides down a nearby lamp post and chases after Team Rocket, Serena calls out to him in worry.
  • When Ash reunites with his friends, Serena asks Ash if he is okay with concerned tone of voice.
  • Twice near the beginning of the episode, Serena is visibly nervous about the upcoming Showcase, but perks up after Ash encourages her.
  • When Sylveon becomes anxious and Serena fails to motivate her with words, Serena remembers Ash's advice regarding food and offers a Poké Puff to Sylveon in order to cheer her up.
  • When Ash, Noibat, and Hawlucha are separated from Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie in a cave, Serena becomes extremely worried about Ash.
  • When Clemont, Bonnie, and Serena see Ash safe in Joule Town, Serena is the first to call out his name.
  • When Miette asks Ash who he would cheer for if she and Serena were opponents, Serena starts blushing in the background.
  • When Miette asks Serena if they've progressed, Serena gets annoyed and pulls her away to start chewing her out.
  • When Palermo asks Serena to withdraw from the finals, Serena recalls she and her Pokémon have come this far, to live this dream they are hoping to achieve and says Ash's words, she does not want to give up until the end.
  • As Serena's rivals split up after the Master Class Showcase, Miette teases Serena concerning her relationship with Ash, causing Serena to blush, before leaving.
  • Serena is later seen contemplating her future alone, when Ash finds her. Ash then encourages her, which resolves her confusion. As Ash encourages Serena, she is staring at him in awe, admiring his optimism and is impressed by it.
  • When explaining why she turned down Palermo's offer to be under her tutelage, one of the reasons Serena stated was that she wished to continue her journey with Ash.
  • When Ash gets wet, Serena tosses him a towel, worried that he would catch a cold.
  • When Ash emerges from his tent and falls in her arms Serena is shown to be blushing, which intensifies when he tells her "Now's the time". When Ash holds her hand, Serena blushes even harder and imagines he's about to say "Love" or "I love you".
  • When Ash collapses, Serena's eyes tear up and she becomes extremely worried about him.
  • While Serena is placing a washrag on Ash's head her hand lingers around his face.
  • When Jimmy appears and asks for a battle, Serena continually keeps trying to make sure Ash isn't disturbed in concern for his health.
  • Serena wears Ash's clothes and decides to battle in his place because she does not want him to hurt himself.
  • When Spike uses Dig to evade Pikachu's Thunderbolt, Serena begins to panic, but resolves her problem remembering what Ash would do in this situation and comments that she watches Ash's battles more close than anybody else.
  • During her battle Serena becomes extremely excited when she realizes she "can" battle with Pikachu just like Ash can.
  • When Bonnie shouts over to Serena and begins to ask why she's wearing Ash's clothes, Serena blushes and screams to prevent her cover being blown and intensely blushes when Bonnie teases her about her dressing up as Ash, wishing her luck and calling her "Ash".
  • When Ash steps in against Team Rocket Serena asks Ash "If he's alright" with a concerned tone of voice and is staring in awe at Ash while he's stretching after stopping Team Rocket.
  • When Ash fainted during the battle against Alain, Serena calls his name in worry and rushes to check if he's okay.
  • After Ash was hit in the head Serena hands his hat back to him and asks if he's okay with a concerned tone of voice.
  • After Ash says he's hungry Serena offers Ash a pastry. Ash is also the only one Serena offers one to.
  • When the gang finds Ash, Serena calls out to him.
  • When Ash and Greninja are training, Serena is taking care of Ash's Pikachu.
  • Serena worries about Ash doing anything reckless during his training with Greninja but immediately perks up upon seeing Ash and Greninja approaching the finish line and is the only one who cheers for Ash.
  • When Ash finishes his race with Greninja, Serena hands Ash her water bottle so Ash can have a drink.
  • When Ash faints during the battle with Diantha, Serena calls out to him in worry and is the first to run over and check on him.
  • When Ash tells Greninja they have to become stronger to control the power, as well as to win in the Snowbelle City's Gym, Serena is sure he will win.
  • When Ash's friends approach him after he defeated his opponent, Serena encourages Ash and tells she knows he will win his Gym Badge.
  • When Ash's says he will be using Greninja in the Gym battle. Serena happily looks at Ash and comments on how he and Greninja will do well in the Gym battle due to them doing so well in the battle against Diantha.
  • At the beginning of the episode, Serena encourages Ash to win his Gym match.
  • When Ash starts struggling during his battle with Wulfric, Serena is shown growing more worried about Ash.
  • After Avalugg defeats Ash-Greninja, Ash faints, there is a close-up on Serena's worried face.
  • Later that evening when Ash leaves, Serena tries to stop him and asks where he's going with a concerned tone of voice.
  • The following morning when Bonnie asks where Ash is, Serena is shown to be extremely upset and worried about Ash, who still hadn't returned.
  • At the beginning of the episode, Serena takes it upon herself to go find Ash and talk to him.
  • When Serena finds Ash, she tries to cheer Ash up and encourage him, reminding him of how he helped her with her goal and tries to comfort Ash, pointing out he can talk to her about anything that troubles him because she will always be there for him.
  • After Ash first yells at Serena that she doesn't understand how he's feeling there's a moment on silence between the two before the camera cuts to Serena looking at Ash with a visibly hurt expression on her face, than after Ash tells her to just leave him alone she throws a snowball at Ash and is shown to be on the verge of crying, pointing out this isn't the Ash she knows, since the "real" Ash is usually very optimistic, works hard to do his best, acts like a leader and never gives up until the end, telling Ash is not himself.
  • When Serena throws two more snowballs at Ash before she left, she had begun crying and was on the verge to confessing her feelings for him.
  • Serena is shown to be upset and angry with Ash after he yelled at her.
  • When it starts to snow, Serena grows concerned for Ash and heads off to find him even though she is still mad at him for yelling at her.
  • During the blizzard while searching for Ash, Serena is shown to be extremely worried and concerned about Ash when they fail to find him.
  • After being forced to take a break from searching for Ash, Serena is wishing for Ash to be safe and after Bonnie comforts her, she tells Clemont and Bonnie about her argument with Ash telling them she regrets losing her temper and saying horrible things to him and got mad at Ash for him not being the person she admires. While telling the siblings this the camera cuts to her eyes showing she's on the verge of crying again.
  • When Ash finds his way back to the others, Serena is shown to be extremely relieved when she sees Ash is alright.
  • After Ash apologizes to Serena for the way he acted to her, Serena starts smiling with a light blush on her face and her hand moves in front of her heart briefly.
  • Before the Gym battle rematch against Wulfric, Serena is shown to be worried about Ash and whispers his name in concern.
  • Serena begins to smile during the Gym match as she realizes that the Ash she knows is back.
  • When Ash once again experiences pain from Ash-Greninja, Serena is shown to be growing worried about Ash.
  • When Mega Abomasnow's Ice Punch freezes Greninja's Water Suriken and Ash's friends comment that the Mega Evolution has increased Abomasnow's power, Serena shows confidence in Ash and is sure he will win.
  • When the group runs over to Ash after the Gym battle Serena is shown to be happy for Ash's victory. She then whispers Ash's name but appears to not know what to say to Ash next.
  • At the end of Ash's Gym match, Serena looks at Ash and says to herself, "This is the Ash I know, the Ash that I admire."
  • When Ash reaches his arm out to Serena for a fist-bump Serena smiles at Ash and returns the gesture.
  • Before Ash and Serena reunite with Clemont and Bonnie. Serena asks Ash to register for the League or he will be late.
  • When Everett challenges Ash to a battle before the league, Serena grabs Ash's arm to stop him from battling, so that he wouldn't miss registering for the Lumiose Conference.
  • As the gang walks away from Everett, Serena is seen holding hands with Ash as she leads him away.
  • Serena reminds Ash that his battle is up next and tells him he should get ready and encourages him one more time and tells him good luck before he leaves.
  • When Ash is late for his first battle, Serena is shown to be worried and whispers his name in concern. Later when Ash arrives Serena puts her hands over her heart in relief.
  • After Ash manages to arrive to the battlefield before the referee can disqualify him, he declares his intentions to win the Kalos League than the camera cuts to Serena who's smiling down at Ash with a slight blush on her face.
  • After Ash-Greninja defeated Altaria, Serena is happy and cheers for Ash.
  • While Ash seems to be having trouble, and his friends worry that the battle is proceeding exactly as Sawyer has planned it, Serena says she believes in Ash and that he isn't going to lose since nobody can imitate him.
  • During Pikachu and Aegislash battle, Serena worries about Ash and is relieved when Pikachu wins.
  • During Ash's battle, while the others are commenting about how Ash will have problems and may not win, Serena is shown to be staring down at Ash and saying to herself: "You can win Ash. I believe in you".
  • As Serena cheers Ash on, she can be seen blushing.
  • When Sawyer sends out his final Pokémon, Ash's friends comment that it will be difficult to defeat Mega Sceptile. Serena becomes extremely worried and tells Ash to be careful.
  • As the battle intensifies, Serena becomes increasingly worried.
  • When Ash's friends worry about him losing the battle due to the vines manage to keep Greninja from advancing on Sceptile. Serena tells them Ash won't lose because he won't give up until the end.
  • After Ash wins his battle against Sawyer and advances to the final round, Serena blushes while her eyes glisten with tears of joy.
  • During Ash's battle, Serena is shown to be cheering for Ash the loudest, and consistently has confidence in him winning.
  • When Alain sends his Tyranitar to battle Ash's Pikachu, Clemont and Sawyer note Alain wants to stop Pikachu's vision and speed, Serena has confidence in Ash and tells them he will be fine.
  • Each time Ash wins, Serena is the only one who stands up as she cheers for him.
  • After Weavile defeated Noivern, Serena says Ash will be fine, she knows Hawlucha will avenge Noivern.
  • While the battlefield goes to change, Clemont states Ash never won against Alain, surprising the others. Serena, however, knows Ash is much stronger now than he was in the past.
  • Before the episode ends, Serena is praying for Ash to win telling him and Pikachu to "hang in there"
  • During Ash's battle Serena repeatedly assures everyone Ash will win and maintain her confidence in him.
  • When the battle between Ash and Alain begins to intensify the camera zooms in on Serena having an increasingly more worried expression for Ash as he slowly loses his advantage.
  • After Goodra is defeated by Bisharp, the camera focuses on Serena looking worried and silently calling out to Ash.
  • Serena, despite being disappointed, expresses how proud of Ash she is being happy to see he's smiling and did the best he could in his battle, despite losing to Alain while the rest of their friends were either expressing their disappointment at Ash's defeat or complimenting the battle.
  • Before Ash and Alain leave to find the source of the roots attacking Lumiose City, Serena tells Ash to be very careful.
  • After Ash finds Clemont in Lumiose Gym, she calls him on his walkie-talkie so Professor Sycamore and Steven could tell him where Team Flare's Giant Rock is heading. After sending him their location and telling him to come to it, she tells him to be very careful with a worried look, despite Clemont and Alain also being with him.
  • After Ash assures everyone that they will stop Lysandre and save Chespie, Serena's expression softens and she happily tells him that they will be waiting for him.
  • After Braixen is saved by Charizard, she is relieved to see Ash.
  • After Ash comes out of the Giant Rock, Serena's relieved to see him safe and mentions him specifically, despite Pikachu, Greninja, Alain, and Chespie being with him.
  • After Serena tells the group that she's hesistant on what she wants to do next in her journey, Ash assures her that she will be okay and he believes in her when deciding on the next step for her journey which causes Serena's eyes light up considerably thanks him for his support.
  • After Clemont and Bonnie decide to go back to the Lumiose Gym, Ash asks Serena what she plans on doing and to hang out with him around Lumiose City which causes her to blush.
  • After Ash suggest that he and Serena have a battle she blushes intensely when he holds her hand and leads her to the battlefield.
  • After her battle with Ash she sincerely thanks him for always supporting her.
  • Serena spent much of the episode depressed and unsure of what her next step would be on her journey, but after her battle with Ash and his encouragement she resolves her confusion.
  • As Ash is getting ready to jump from the mountain in order to get to Xerosic's aircraft, Serena takes his hand and says she is coming with him.
  • When Ash's mom tells the gang that she'd love to have them come to Pallet Town for dinner Serena starts blushing.
  • While the group is eating breakfast before they leave to go to the airport, they notice Bonnie looking sad and after she halfheartedly assures the others she's fine, Ash and Serena look at each other with a worried expression for Bonnie.
  • Before going down the escalator Serena tells Ash that he is her goal and that she's going to get better for him the next time they meet and winks at him while telling him that she will be a more mature woman when he next sees her.
  • As Serena is going down the escalator, leaving the group, she turns around, asks Ash for one last moment, runs back up to him and kisses him and is shown blushing strongly while being carried down the escalator after kissing Ash, then her eyes start glimmering and she thanks him for letting her kiss him and for all he's done for her.
  • After Serena arrives in Hoenn she reflects on her adventures with Ash in Kalos all the while remembering him assuring her she'll be fine and he has faith that she'll be great.

Ash's hints

  • After Serena returns Ash's backpack to him, he apologizes to her because he was focused on the battle that he didn't notice her.
  • Ash apologizes to Serena because she is visibly disappointed when he says that he doesn't remember her specifically.
  • When Serena encourages Ash who is having trouble in his training. Ash thanks Serena and says her encouragement helped him.
  • Ash and Serena have a personal conversation, Serena says that she doesn't know what she is going to do, Ash encourages her that she should take her time to find her own goal.
  • In the beginning of the episode, after Serena says she doesn't know what she is going to do, Ash asks her to travel with them, saying that it was because of her that he won the Bug Badge and that it would be nice if she stayed with them. Ash seems more excited than Clemont and Bonnie when Serena accepts the invitation. This is the first time that Ash has asked a female companion to travel with him. It can also be noted that when Ash asked Serena to travel with him, he appears to be nervous, which is shown in his voice and when he scratches his cheek; cheek scratching is a classic anime symbol for nervousness.
  • In a flashback of when Ash and Serena first met as children, Serena hurts her knee. Ash arrives, asks if she is all right, takes out a handkerchief upon seeing her injury, and bandages it up for her. Serena whines that she still can't stand up, Ash tells her "Don't give up till its over". Then, he holds out his hand and when she hesitates to take it, he grabs her hand and pulls her up, quickly taking her by surprise and making her fall into his arms in a hug. It is noted that during the hug, it is Serena who pulls away and not him. Afterwards, he holds her hand and helps her find her way back to the camp.
  • After the flashback, Ash finally remembers Serena as "the girl with the straw hat." After Serena pouts for not recognizing her right away, he apologizes.
  • Ash is impressed by Serena's bond with Rhyhorn and says she is amazing and happily chooses the Rhyhorn that Serena suggest he should pick.
  • After learning that Serena took Rhyhorn racing lessons from her mother, he asks her to train him so he can participate.
  • Ash smiles nervously when Serena states that the Rhyhorn racing outfit fits him well.
  • When Serena tries to make Rhyhorn run, she falls to the ground, Ash is the only one to call out her name in worry.
  • After receiving cookies from Serena, Ash seems to enjoy them a lot.
  • It can be noted that Ash checks on Serena first and asks if she was okay instead of checking on Bonnie or Professor Sycamore.
  • As the group is looking for Pangoro's bamboo leaf, there is a scene where Ash helps Serena cross a small river by holding her hand. The scene only shows Ash and Serena getting across and not the others.
  • When Ash tells Dolan to let everyone out of the net, he explicitly mentions Serena, but not Pikachu, Clemont or Bonnie, calling them "the others".
  • When Dedenne is missing and the group is searching, Serena screams and Ash is the only one who asks her if she is all right.
  • When everyone is holding each other's ears from Snorlax's snoring, Ash is holding Serena's ears.
  • When Serena is in her Fennekin outfit, Ash is seen to be blankly staring at her, possibly out of attraction. His is the only face out of everyone present (an audience including Bonnie, Clemont, Dedenne, Froakie, Fletchling and Pikachu) that has a different expression than the others. It is also worth noting that the camera focuses on just Ash's face at first, showing everyone else a few seconds later.
  • Ash takes Serena's advice when she said he need to take a break, even though he wanted to continue his training.
  • When Serena combs Fennekin, the group notice Fennekin's close attention to its own cleanliness, Ash says that Serena and Fennekin make a great team because her Pokémon is similar to her.
  • As Serena runs to save Fennekin, Ash is the only one who calls out to her and helps her battling Team Rocket, while Clemont and Bonnie do nothing.
  • When Serena asks Ash what he thinks of her video, he happily tells her that it was really good.
  • After Ash notices that Serena doesn't know how to fish he offers to teach her. Ash spoke up to show Serena how to fish.
  • When Serena fish a Corsola and is impressed by its beauty, Ash suggest her to catch it.
  • After seeing the golden Magikarp for real, Ash high fived with Serena.
  • When Serena shows her fresh-baked Poké Puffs to the group, Ash tries some and compliments them while blushing and telling Serena, "I've never eaten such delicious sweets before!"
  • When Miette is announced as a finalist for the Poké Puff contest her and Serena entered, Ash initially gives Miette a congratulatory look but upon seeing her brag about it to Serena, Ash immediately gives Miette a disapproving glare.
  • Upon hearing Serena is also a finalist in the Poké Puff competition, Ash immediately congratulates Serena.
  • When the team goes out to the forest to looks for berries for the Poké Puff competition, Ash expresses concern for Serena when she runs off by herself.
  • When the group hears Serena screaming from a distance, Ash calls out her name and runs after her.
  • Ash is the first person to find Serena, helps her with the angry Pokémon and ask if she's all right.
  • When Serena and Bonnie manage to get one slice of chocolate cake, Ash is going to eat it and Serena stops him because it is for all of them, he agrees with Serena and does what she says, even though he wanted to eat all by himself.
  • When the group is going to enter the cave, Ash tells Serena that she should stay behind him because it is dangerous.
  • After Serena finds where Pomace Mountain is, Ash thanks her.
  • When Ash gets lost in Reflection Cave, he calls out for Serena first.
  • When Ash exits Reflection Cave and comes across Mirror Serena, he could immediately sense a difference between her and the real Serena by the way she spoke.
  • After Mirror Clemont finishes telling Ash and the others about the alternative worlds, Ash tells them that the Clemont, Serena, and Bonnie standing before him aren't the same people that he knows, and while telling the group this he mentions Serena specifically while looking directly at Mirror Serena.
  • When the Mirror Dimension is splitting apart, Ash makes a great leap across the chasm and grabs on to Serena's hand instead of calling upon one of his Pokémon or using Clemont's Aipom arm.
  • As Clemont asks Ash and Serena if they remind the time they first met in a camp, Ash promises Serena that this will also be a great experience, which she enthusiastically agrees.
  • When Team Froakie and Team Squirtle are running, Ash tells Serena that they are going to win, but not Clemont and Bonnie even though they are in the same team.
  • When Serena sees a perfect area to make the Pokévision, Ash calls after her in a worried tone when she runs off by herself.
  • When Serena begins to fall down a cliff, Ash runs after her and grabs her hand to try to stop her from falling, but ends up falling down with her in the process. After they both fall down the cliff, Ash asks Serena if she's okay.
  • After Ash returns Serena's hat to her, he nervously chuckles and scratches his nose.
  • When Serena sees that Ash has twisted his ankle and blames herself, he keeps reassuring her that he's okay. When Serena nurses Ash's foot with a wet cloth, he thanks her.
  • As Serena admires Pikachu's will to save Ash, Ash tells her that they always work together to overcome difficult situations while he nervously scratches his nose.
  • When Serena is feeding her Fennekin, the camera focuses on Ash, who is staring at her and smiling.
  • When Serena asks what she wants to do as her dream, Ash encourages her that she will find it together with Fennekin.
  • When Fennekin combines Hidden Power with Pikachu's Electro Ball to form a battle combo move, Ash compliments Serena for her great idea.
  • After Team Froakie won a place at the Hall of Fame, Serena is sad because her Fennekin lost in the battle. Ash cheers her up telling her that "it's just the begining, it may have lost today but it will get you stronger".
  • When Ash's rhythm battling strategy seems to be failing against Korrina, he turns to look at Serena in the middle of the battle and remembers her words from the previous day's training, which motivates him and gives him an idea that helps him win the battle.
  • After Serena tells her friends that she wants to be a Pokémon Performer, which is why she wants to catch Pancham. Ash is glad that Serena has found what she wants to do as her dream.
  • When Serena was trying to protect Pancham from Jessie and Pumpkaboo's Shadow Ball attacks, Ash is the only one yelling her name in worry.
  • When Serena battles Pancham, Ash is carrying Serena's bag for her.
  • When Serena is trying to catch Pancham, Ash supports her. When Serena's Poké Ball fails the first time, Ash tells her that she should not give up.
  • When Luxio uses Swift, Ash moves in front of Serena in a defensive position.
  • When the group decide to bring Lapras back to the sea and Serena finds a way that allows them go there, Ash thanks her.
  • When Serena is going to start her performance, Ash wishes good luck to her and praises her after Serena finished her performance, Ash says that it was awesome.
  • When Team Rocket throws a smoke bomb, Ash and Serena turn towards each other and cover both of their heads with their arms to protect each other.
  • When Serena falls down the cliff with Clemont, Ash is the only one that calls out to her.
  • When Sanpei tells Ash to leave, he refuses and tells Sanpei to fight together and find "Serena and the others", Serena is mentioned first and also the only one mentioned by name.
  • Ash praises Serena, saying it was thanks to her he learned how to ride a Rhyhorn.
  • When Grace brings Ash and Serena together, they look at each other with embarrassment.
  • After the practice, Serena looks sad and Ash is the only one that notices and asks if she is okay.
  • When Grace talks about Serena not helping with cooking, Ash speaks up and compliments Serena's baking skills.
  • During lunch, Serena's mom asks Serena to practice Rhyhorn racing after lunch in order to prepare for her future as a Rhyhorn racer. Ash notices that it isn't Serena's true goal and begins to tell Grace that Serena wants to be a Pokémon Performer.
  • When everyone goes to practice, Serena stops and Ash asks if she is all right after he sees she is sad.
  • After Ash and Serena defeated Team Rocket, Ash praises Serena's Rhyhorn racing skills.
  • When Grace decides Serena should go back home to train as a professional Rhyhorn racer, Ash almost tells that Serena wants to be a Pokémon Performer and looks sad when she stops him.
  • During the race, Ash cheers on Serena. Ash is excited and cheers loudly for Serena when she wins the race.
  • After Serena won the race against her mother, Ash congratulates Serena and tells her to keep doing their best together.
  • When the group see a Malamar and remember their previous encounter with it, Ash puts his arm out in front of Serena to protect her.
  • When a truck is driving recklessly and almost hits them, Ash pushes Serena away from the road so she does not get hit. This is significant because both Clemont and Bonnie are closer to the road at the time and are therefore in even more danger of being hit by the truck.
  • When the group is separated, Ash is calling out for Serena only, despite others like Bonnie and Goomy being lost as well.
  • Ash sends out his Fletchinder to find "Serena and the others", Serena is the only one mentioned by name.
  • Ash isn't mad at Serena when she tells him that Goomy got lost when she was fighting Team Rocket.
  • After Ash defeats Ramos and wins his fourth Kalos Gym Badge, he walks up to Serena to remind her of Showcase Debut and gives Serena a boost of encouragement before the episode ends.
  • After Serena registers for the Showcase, she tells the group that she still feels she needs some practice, Ash encourages her to go on and assures her that she will be fine.
  • When Ash is looking for gifts, he asks for Serena's opinion about what he should give his Pokémon as a gift.
  • Thanks to a suggestion from Serena, Ash comes up with what to get for his Pokémon as a gift.
  • When Ash puts down his heavy bag of berries, he looks at Serena and laughs nervously.
  • Ash wins a blue ribbon for being a significant number rider on the Coumarine Monorail. At the end of the episode, he gives it to Serena as his way of saying thanks for her help, scratching his nose nervously.
  • After Serena shows the group her performance dress Ash is the first one to stand up and takes a few steps forward to give her more encouragement before they head to the Showcase Theatre.
  • When Monsieur Pierre announces that the theme for the first round will be Pokémon Styling, Ash is sure that Serena is going to win. Ash is cheering loudly for Serena when she is in the runway.
  • In a flashback of Serena's experiences with Fennekin, when she is looking in the mirror, Ash is looking at her.
  • When Clemont is wondering if Serena is okay after her loss in the Pokemon Showcase, Ash assures him that she will be fine because she is strong.
  • When Bonnie and Clemont notice that Serena is missing, Ash volunteers to go find her.
  • When the group sees Serena's new hairstyle for the first time, Ash is the only one who has a positive reaction. Clemont asks what happened and Bonnie complains that she preferred Serena's long hair.
  • Ash comments that the blue ribbon he gave Serena in the previous episode looked great on her.
  • When Serena is training for her next Showcase, Ash is cheering her on saying their practice is starting to pay off.
  • After Serena yells at Fennekin and Pancham for fighting during their performance practice Ash is the only one who tries to calm her down. When Serena tells everyone she wants to be alone and think, Ash gives her a double take reaction before looking worried after she runs away.
  • While Serena is still gone, Ash notices Pancham and Fennekin are worried about Serena while waiting for her to comeback to which Ash cheers them up and assures them that she'll comeback. When Serena returns, Ash tells them to express their apologies and tells Serena how Fennekin and Pancham were sad and worried about her.
  • After Ariana challenges Serena to a Double Battle, Ash is the one who gives Serena enough encouragement to accept the challenge. When Ariana calls off the battle Ash is annoyed.
  • At the end, when the group is running Ash and Serena are looking at each other.
  • When Team Rocket's APC unit finds Ash, Serena and Pikachu. Ash puts his arm out in front of Serena to protect her.
  • After Serena congratulates Ash, he thanks her.
  • While searching, Ash calls out for Serena first.
  • Both Ash and Serena are relieved to see each other when they reunite.
  • Ash is happy when Serena tells him that his Frogadier protected her.
  • Serena keeps suggesting that they visit the shop to check some outfits while Ash consistently agrees. It is atypical of Ash to want to visit a clothing shop, given his established personality.
  • When Serena and Bonnie are looking dresses, Ash comments he is happy that Serena is having fun.
  • When Serena appears on stage in a furisode outfit, Ash is shown to be staring at her in awe.
  • After Ash decided to enter the Pokémon Sky Relay, seeing that Serena is worried about him, he assures her that he will be okay.
  • After Team Rocket's ruse is exposed and they're sent blasting off and Ash arrives at the final checkpoint, Serena is riding in the hot air balloon with him to the finish line opposed to Clemont and Bonnie who walked back to the starting area from the 1st checkpoint.
  • After Noibat narrowly loses in the Sky Relay, Ash and Serena cheer him up telling him they both thought he did amazing in the race, despite coming in 2nd place.
  • Ash states that Serena is amazing after trying her Poké Puffs.
  • Ash appears to be more excited when Serena appears on the stage and later greatly cheers Serena when she shows confidence in not losing the Showcase.
  • Ash is excited and says Serena is amazing when she wins the theme performance. He says he would like to eat Serena's Poké Puffs.
  • While the group is watching Miette perform and praise her for the teamwork she has with her Pokémon, Bonnie states Serena and her Pokémon will be just as good, than the camera cuts to Ash who agrees with her know how hard she's work to get to the performance round.
  • When Ash, Clemont, and Bonnie are voting for Serena, Ash noticeably raises his PokéLume higher than the others.
  • Ash is shown congratulating Serena after the Showcase and compliments her on her dress.
  • When the group is deciding the pairs needed to ride on the Mamoswine, Ash happily picks Serena to ride with him.
  • After Ash attempts to direct Mamoswine to climb but end up sliding back down. Ash only asks Serena if she is okay, but not Pikachu.
  • When Serena volunteered to switch spots with Ash, he had high hopes for her to get up the slope.
  • While crossing the bridge in the snowy mountains, a blast of icy wind frightens Serena, Ash holds on to her shoulders and comforts her. He then praises her once they are safely across the bridge.
  • When the group splits up to find the herbs needed, Ash again quickly picks Serena to be his partner.
  • Ash compliments Serena when she finds the herb that they were looking for.
  • When Serena asks Ash what he thinks of her nurse outfit, Ash tells her it suits her well.
  • When Serena is battling Woodward, Ash encourages Serena and says she will be fine.
  • Ash apologizes to Serena when he sees how worried she was about him.
  • When Serena finds out that the next Pokémon Showcase will also be held at Anistar City, she says she has a lot of training to do to prepare for her Showcase, Ash encourages her.
  • When the tea is ready, Ash only calls Serena to join in.
  • When Serena and Bonnie are telling the others about Eevee, Ash immediately blames himself for Serena not being able to approach Eevee and appears almost apologetic about it to Serena, than suggests that the group would go look for it after their break.
  • When Serena dives to catch Eevee after Jessie commanded Gourgeist to use Seed Bomb, Ash is the only one who yells out Serena's name in worry.
  • When Serena was trying to protect Eevee from Jessie and another one of Gourgeist's Seed Bomb attacks, Ash, once again is the only one to yell her name in worry. Ash helps Serena battling Team Rocket.
  • At the end of the episode, Ash congratulates Serena for catching Eevee.
  • After meeting up with Tierno and Shauna, Ash and Tierno talk about the Anistar City gym, while Shauna comments on Ash's optimism and ask Serena if that's why she likes Ash which flusters Serena. After Serena gives Shauna nervous response, Ash overhears them talking about him and ask Serena to repeat what she said to Shauna.
  • During the tag battle with Tierno against Serena and Shauna, Ash quickly notices Serena change in demeanor. Upon Serena apologizing the others for calling off the battle she requested for the reason of her wanting to prepare for her upcoming Showcase since she got an idea from the battle, Ash tells her he doesn't mind. When this happened in a previous episode, Ash appeared to be somewhat annoyed.
  • In the beginning of the episode, Ash is the only one who encourages Serena and wishes her good luck before she leaves and assures Serena that he will watch over Eevee while she performs.
  • After Serena answers correctly the Pokémon Quiz, there is a close-up on Ash's happy face.
  • After Eevee is startled by Jessie's performance and runs away, Ash immediately apologizes to Serena for losing sight of her.
  • When Serena is about to search for Eevee, Ash was the first to offer to look himself, than after Serena finds Eevee, Ash assures her he will keep a closer eye on her.
  • Ash is excited and cheers loudly for Serena when she wins the Pokémon Showcase.
  • Ash congratulates Serena after the Showcase and compliments her on her performance.
  • When Serena informs Bonnie of the Terminus Cave and Squishy begins to attack her guide book and bounce on it angrily. Ash is the only one who tries to get it to stop jumping on Serena's guide book.
  • Ash appears to be more excited after Serena's theme performance than Bonnie and Clemont and cheers for Serena much louder than Bonnie and Clemont.
  • When Ash, Clemont, and Bonnie are voting for Serena after her theme performance Ash raising his Pokélume a noticeable amount of time before Bonnie and Clemont do.
  • During Serena's performance Ash is praising her, while Clemont is quiet, and Bonnie is praising Eevee.
  • After Serena's loss in the Pokémon Showcase, Ash is the only one who cheers up Serena and Eevee.
  • Before the battle starts, both Ash and Serena encourage each other.
  • After the battle, Ash congratulates Serena and compliments her on her battling skills.
  • Twice near the beginning of the episode, Ash offers Serena encouragement when he sees how nervous she is and encourages Serena and tells her Grace's words, "Go for broke!".
  • Ash seems more excited than Clemont and Bonnie and praises Serena more during her performance, cheering loudly for her when she wins.
  • When Bonnie comments that Serena and her Pokemon look happy during the Freestyle, Ash says that makes him feel happy too.
  • Ash is also the first one who shouts her name and congratulates her after she wins the Showcase.
  • While Ash, Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie are celebrating Serena's showcase victory Ash is shown to be winking at her.
  • When Serena learns the location of the Master Class and sees it is a away from Snowbelle City, Ash puts his hand on her shoulder and assures her that he will put off his eighth Gym battle until after her performance.
  • When the group decides to split up to get to town, Ash calls out to Serena to be careful with a serious and concerned tone of voice.
  • After delivering the medicine to the village when Ash tells Pikachu lets go find "Serena and the others" Serena is mentioned first and also the only one mentioned by name.
  • When Serena wants to go see an exhibit, Ash accepts to this, enthusiastically as well.
  • When Serena learned the exhibition was closed for the night and became disappointed, Ash suggests they stay at the hotel for the night so she can see it first thing in the morning.
  • When Miette asks Ash who he will support if there is a contest between her and Serena, he tells her that he will definitely cheer for Serena.
  • After Clemont comments that the tournament has much more attention than the local Showcases, Ash assures his friends that Serena will be fine and whispers to himself for her to do her best.
  • When Aria enters the stage, Ash says it is amazing that Serena trained so hard in order to defeat her.
  • Ash seems to support Serena greatly when she came on.
  • During Serena's Freestyle, Ash cheers for her and compliments her performance.
  • When they were voting, Ash shouts out Serena's name louder than the others.
  • When Serena is going to perform, Ash cheers loudly for her. After Serena's performance, Ash compliments her.
  • Ash is very happy when Serena wins the semifinal round.
  • Despite being disappointed to see Serena losing Aria, Ash assures Clemont and Bonnie that Serena's dream is far from over after they express their disappointment in Serena's defeat.
  • After the Master Class tournament, Serena is seen contemplating her future alone. When Ash goes and finds her, he first shows concern for her wrist which she injured, and then encourages her for the sake of her goal.
  • At the last scene, when the group is running Ash is smiling and looking at Serena.
  • When Ash is eating breakfast, he is looking at Serena.
  • While Ash is sick and he emerges from the tent he shares with Clemont he immediately goes straight to Serena and he falls into her arms and reaches over to grab her hand.
  • After Ash collapses he still continues to hold on to her hand and arm.
  • When Ash was fully recovered, he thanked Serena for battling in his place while he was sick.
  • Ash was not upset when he saw Serena in his clothes
  • When Ash wakes up, he smiles at Serena and apologizes to her when he sees how worried she was about him.
  • When Serena offers Ash a pastry he happily accepts it and thanks her as well as complements her.
  • When the gang couldn't figure out where to go to reunite Phantump with its friends, Ash immediately turns to Serena and says that he believes in her and she can find it.
  • When Serena hands her water bottle to Ash, he happily takes it and thanks her for the drink.
  • As Ash gets up after fainting, he faces Serena as he tells everyone he's fine.
  • When Serena calls out to Ash as they arrive at the gym he smiles at her, then runs towards her and the gym.
  • After Serena throws a snowball at Ash for yelling at her and leaves after telling him "He isn't the Ash she knows", Ash is shown to be questioning whether he is the person she knows, then gets madder at himself for yelling at Serena and upsetting her. Subsequently, he agrees that she was right and he wasn't being himself since losing to Wulfric.
  • Before Ash reunites with Greninja he is shown to be thinking about what Serena said before he yelled at her.
  • When Ash and Greninja reunite with the group, the first thing Ash does is give Serena an apology for what he did with a sincere tone of voice. He also thanks her for helping him "figure things out".
  • Before the start of his rematch, Ash turns to Serena after hearing her whispering his name. After seeing that she appears worried about him Ash smiles at Serena and assures her that "everything will be alright."
  • After the gym battle when everyone is congratulating him, Ash faces Serena and reaches his hand out only to Serena for a "fist-bump".
  • When Serena says Ash won't be battling to Everett; he looks at Serena, who's holding his arm, then to the ground and agrees with Serena and does what she says, even though he wanted to battle.
  • Ash continues holding Serena's hand as she leads him into the stadium.
  • When Serena encourages Ash and wishes him luck before his battle, Ash thanks her and says he appreciates her encouragement.
  • After Lysandre walks off of Prism Tower, Ash gets a call from Serena on his walkie-talkie and he immediately asks where she is in a frantic tone of voice.
  • Before Ash sets off with Clemont and the others to stop the Giant Rock, he tells Serena to stay back for her safety as well as to protect Bonnie and Mairin.
  • While watching the reopening of the Lumiose Gym, Serena tells the group she's hesitant on what she's going to do next. After hearing this, Ash assures her that she will be fine and that he believes in her.
  • After their rivals go their separate ways and Clemont and Bonnie return to Lumiose Gym, Ash asks Serena what she plans on doing, then suggests that the two of them go out together.
  • While they are walking around Lumiose City, Ash takes Serena to a clothing store and shows her an outfit he'd think she'd like, (something atypical of Ash to do given how he feels about such activity)
  • While Pikachu and Serena are looking at the dress Ash showed her, Ash is shown to be smiling at her before replacing his smile with a look of concern.
  • Ash is constantly looking at Serena with a look of worry while they were walking around in Lumiose City.
  • Ash asks Serena to battle with him then grabs her by the hand and runs to the battlefield while still holding her hand. After arriving at the battlefield he tells her he wants to battle her to cheer her up and resolves the confusion he sees that she's having.
  • After their battle Ash compliments Serena for her bond with Braixen and the rest of her Pokémon telling her that the bond she has with her Pokémon is the same as his bond with Greninja while scratching his nose nervously.
  • After their battle Ash gives Serena more encouragement for the sake of her future telling her she'll never be alone as long as she has her Pokémon with her and that he will always be supporting her no matter what she decides to do which resolves Serena's confusion and helps her decide on which path she wants to take next on her journey.
  • After Serena informs the group of her decision to travel to Hoenn alone Ash is the only one who congratulates her for figuring out what she wants to do next and gives her further encouragement for the next step in her journey.
  • While the group is eating breakfast before they leave to go to the airport, they notice Bonnie looking sad and after she halfheartedly assures the others she's fine, Ash and Serena look at each other with a worried expression for Bonnie.
  • After Serena says to Ash: "You are my goal!" and that she's going to get better for him and the next time they meet, Ash initially is surprised but quickly smiles at her and expresses confidence in her.
  • When Serena starts down the escalator the first time, Ash is the only one among himself, Clemont and Bonnie to step forward and follow her.
  • After Serena kisses Ash, he is seen standing at the top of the escalator, momentarily stunned in awe and his eyes glimmering, but smiles afterwards and waves her goodbye. Serena's dialogue also suggests Ash knew what Serena was doing and allowed it.
  • After Serena's plane takes off, Ash assures Clemont that she's stronger than she appears and that they have nothing to worry about just as he did after her first Showcase. Ash then tells him that when they see her again, she'll be stronger than ever.
  • While Ash is on his plane back to Kanto he's shown to be remembering his adventures in Kalos, when thinking about his friends in Kalos most of his thoughts were primarily focused on Serena alone opposed to Clemont and Bonnie were mostly present in group moments rather than individually. Those memories included:
  • Serena speculating a mansion they were staying in being haunted
  • Saving Serena from Clemont's "Pokéstar Shooter".
  • Teaching Serena how to fish and how happy she was at having caught something.
  • Serena being angered by Jessie who was impersonating her.
  • Serena nursing his foot when they were stranded in a ravine together while they were at Professor Sycamore's Summer Camp.
  • Giving her the ribbon he won in Coumarine City and her happily accepting it.
  • Falling into her arms while he was sick and collapsing while still holding her hand, (interesting about this particular memory, Ash specifically remembers only Serena calling out to him in worry after he collapses, while in the actual episode Clemont and Bonnie did as well. Also interesting about this memory that Ash was supposed to be delirious from being sick in the episode but he vividly remembers what happened).
  • Serena telling him "He isn't the Ash she knows" after arguing with her in the Winding Woods.

Other hints

Valentine's Day poster with Ash and Serena
The poster from Animedia Magazine
  • On the second promotional poster for the series, Serena is depicted blushing while looking at Ash.
  • Battling on Thin Ice!
  • After Serena asks Ash if he remembers her, Ash's Pikachu and Fletchling run to Clemont and Bonnie in response, implying that the two Pokémon sense that this is a sensitive moment between Ash and Serena and that they should be left alone.
  • As Serena and Ash talk, Alexa is seen smiling at the two of them, suggesting that she enjoys seeing the two of them together and even senses a spark between them. However, she could also be smiling as a response to Serena restoring Ash's motivation to train, by quoting a sentence he once said in his childhood, about "never giving up".
  • Before the start of the rematch between Ash and Viola, Alexa tells Serena when she heard Ash and her talking, he needed some inspiration, but she didn't think it would be from her. This sentence implies that Ash would not be as inspired and determined to win the battle if Serena had not appeared.
  • On the first official character connection table, an arrow is shown from Serena to Ash with the phrase "I love ...?".
    • In the March 2014 issue of Onnanoko to Tame no Kuchikomi & Tōkō Magazine, there is a summary of Serena where among her character description it says that she has special feelings towards Ash. There is also another character connection table with an arrow from Serena to Ash that says "very interested in".
      • The aforementioned magazine also includes a poster with Ash and Serena (Clemont and Bonnie are clearly missing) surrounded by Pokémon and hearts. Serena is holding a heart while looking up at Ash.
  • There is another official poster from Animedia Magazine of only Serena and Ash sitting next to each other and holding drinks.
  • There is an official poster for the movie Hoopa and the Clash of Ages of Ash, Serena, Pikachu and Hoopa, in the poster Serena is seen feeding Pikachu, Clemont and Bonnie were noticeably absent.
  • On the official Pokémon movie website for Japan, there is a quiz where one question asks what the dialogue from Serena was at the end of Summer of Discovery! and one of the options is Serena saying, "My dream is, to become Satoshi's bride... AH! I am embarrassed!"
  • Mega V
  • In the second opening of the XY series (Mega V), Serena looks sad about something and Ash is the only one that notices and calls her to be with him to try to make Serena happy.
  • The first Pokemon XY ending theme only shows Ash and Serena's hats, Ash's Pokédex and Serena's guide book.
  • At the end of the third Pokemon XY ending theme, while Serena is sleeping, Ash places a blanket over her. This is interesting since the most likely person to do that would be Bonnie, considering their closeness.
  • Many fans are intrigued by the ending theme since there is a line that says "two people finding a new love" followed by the scene of Ash placing a blanket over Serena.
  • During the intros, Ash usually appears first, followed by Serena.
  • During the Pokemon Special that aired between A Slippery Encounter! and One for the Goomy!, Ash and Serena were the only ones narrating their progress in Kalos while Clemont and Bonnie were noticeably absent.
  • The Japanese title of Under the Pledging Tree! is "Satoshi and Serena's First Date!? The Vow Tree and the Present!!"
    • In this episode, Ash gives Serena a ribbon, which is one of the very few times Ash has ever given a gift to one of his female friends (he gave a Beedrill to Casey in The Bug Stops Here and a flower to Iris in The Path That Leads to Goodbye!). It can be noted that unlike when he gave those gifts to Casey and Iris, he gave Serena the ribbon without any advice from another person.
  • So You're Having a Bad Day!
  • When the group is separated, Ash's Frogadier acts as bodyguard for Serena, scouting ahead for danger and protecting her. Pokémon represent the feelings of their masters, Ash is always concerned about Serena's safety and tries to protect her when they are in danger or in trouble.
  • When Ash and his traveling companions split up to go look for something, he tends to partner up with Serena.
  • Serena looks to Ash for guidance and advice on occasion, and she usually takes his recommendations seriously.
  • Ash and Serena are often eating and sitting next to each other.
  • So far in the series, four recurring female characters have noted Serena's crush on Ash: Miette, Bonnie, Shauna and Nini. Every time it has been openly discussed with her, rather than attempting to deny it, Serena instead blushes and acts embarrassed.
  • To date, Serena is the only female traveling companion to ever dress up as and impersonate Ash.
  • Serena is the only female companion who hasn't either argued or fought with nor insulted Ash on a regular basis or be easily irritated by his actions, Misty, May, Dawn (to a smaller extent) and Iris have all been easily irritated by his recklessness and have argued, fought and insulted Ash during their travels with him.
    • However the only time both Ash and Serena had a conflict, it was over something serious instead of childish; to snap Ash back to his senses.
  • Till We Compete Again!
  • At the last scene of Till We Compete Again! when Ash is shown entering his house the white flowers in the foreground are Baby Breath flowers which symbolize everlasting love. It's a hint from the writers that shows their content with the ending of XY&Z having Ash and Serena kiss.
  • The flight Serena was going to board to head to Hoenn was H71 Latias. "H71" can be interpreted as the #071 in the Hoenn Pokédex, which is Mawile, or Kucheet (クチート) in Japanese. This can be read as a corruption of 口と, meaning "with the mouth", suggesting that Serena kissed Ash on the mouth.

Movie evidence

Serena's hints

  • Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
    • During the night after Ash and Diancie make a wish on a star, it shows Serena awake in her tent gazing at Ash adoringly from a distance without him being aware.
    • When Ash is separated from Diancie and the rest of his friends, Diancie expresses her worry for him, but Serena instantly speaks up, believing that he will be fine.
    • After Ash reunites with his friends when they are battling Riot's Greninja, Serena is relieved when she sees Ash is alright.
  • Hoopa and the Clash of Ages
    • In the trailer, Serena becomes extremely worried about Ash and calls his name in fear when he becomes taken over by the Prison Bottle he caught.
    • Before Ash separates from his friends, Serena tells him to be very careful.
    • After Ash frees from the mind control, Serena asks if he's okay with a concerned tone of voice.
  • Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel
    • Serena is shown to be carrying Ash's backpack for him.
    • After Ash reunites with his friends, Serena is relieved when she sees Ash is alright.
    • Serena gives Ash new clothing to replace his water-damaged outfit. When he wears the outfit, she says he looks great.
    • At night, when the group is camping, Serena is mending Ash's normal outfit.
    • When Ash and Volcanion get electrocuted by Dohga and Ether's atacks, Serena calls out Ash's name in worry.

Ash's hints

  • Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
    • When Ash is telling Diancie about friends, Ash turns his head to Serena, then turns back to Diancie. Although Bonnie was standing behind Serena, Ash was making full eye contact with the latter.
    • Ash holds Serena's hand as they cross a log together even though the help was most likely unnecessary. This indicates that Ash is always concerned about Serena.
    • In the ending credits, when Ash and the others see a shooting star, Serena is making a wish and Ash is the only one who is looking at her while Clemont and Bonnie start sleeping.
  • Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel
    • After Ash tries on the secondary outfit Serena got him, Ash is shown to be excited about it and says he really likes it.
    • When Serena returns Ash's normal outfit after mending it, Ash compliments Serena as he thanks her.

Other hints

  • I Choose You!
    • During the credits, every travelling companion of Ash is seen, presumably from his point of view. When Serena is shown, her hat falls off, is caught from the camera's point of view, and handed to her. She takes it back and smiles.

Similarities

Trivia

  • Ash and Serena met each other when they were young at Professor Oak's Summer Camp in Pallet Town. This would make it the first time a traveling companion of Ash's knew him prior to the beginning of the series.
  • "SatoSere", the shipping's Japanese name, has been trending in Japan on Twitter at various times.
    • Junichi Masuda, a Pokémon composer, has tweeted a picture of Ash and Serena as Pikachu, playing with one another. In the actual tweet, he tagged multiple AmourShipping accounts.
    • Ken Sugimori, an illustrator and concept designer tweeted a picture of Ash and Serena figurines in front of a microphone
    • Kensho Ono, voice actor for Aaron and Alain tweeted of picture of himself with his script for the XY Series with other characters barring Ash and Serena blurred out.
    • Shoko Nakagawa, former host of Pokémon Sunday and composer of DreamDream, has tweeted illustrations of Ash and Serena that she drew and a picture of Ash and Serena sleeping while holding hands.
    • Rica Matsumoto, Ash's Japanese voice actor, a picture of Ash encouraging Serena to accept Aria's challenge for a double battle from Battling with Elegance And a Big Smile!
  • Serena is the only one of Ash's friends so far to have not invited herself to travel with Ash, but was instead invited.
  • Serena is the first one of Ash's female companions not to get shocked by his Pikachu.
  • Serena is the only one of Ash's female companions who has kissed him.

Alternate names

  • SatoSere - often used, this name is taken from Satoshi and Serena
  • AASL - standing for Ash And Serena Love
  • ChildhoodShipping - another name of the shipping, due to the fact that Ash and Serena met each other when they were young at Professor Oak's Summer Camp in Pallet Town. ChildhoodShipping officially refers to Dawn x Leona, and was named long before Serena was introduced.


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