- Hiroshi redirects here. For the character of the day in Curbing the Crimson Tide, see Hiroshi (AG166).
|Anime debut||A Friend in Deed|
|English voice actor||Tara Jayne|
|Japanese voice actor||Minami Takayama|
Ritchie (Japanese: ヒロシ Hiroshi), occasionally spelled Richie, is a recurring character who appeared in the Pokémon anime. He is a Pokémon Trainer from Frodomar City and a rival of Ash. He first appeared in A Friend In Deed.
In the anime
Ritchie first appeared in A Friend In Deed and quickly befriended his fellow Indigo Plateau Conference competitor, Ash Ketchum, in an elevator. When the elevator went out, he plugged in a device to Ash's Pikachu and got the elevator running again. Ritchie met up with Ash again outside. While Team Rocket had Trainers put in their Poké Balls in a sack, Ritchie discovered their scheme and he and Ash went after them. The two were unable to catch up to Team Rocket and camped out until the next day. Ritchie saw tire tracks and led them to Team Rocket's van. When he went inside, he was spotted by Team Rocket and the trio trapped him and Ash in the van. They were able to escape with the Poké Balls retrieved from Team Rocket.
Their friendship led to problems in Friend or Foe Alike, since the two were pitted against each other in the next round. Ritchie waited for Ash on the battlefield even though Ash was unable to get there right away due to Team Rocket's meddling. Their match began when Ash was able to finally arrive. Ritchie won the match, since at the very end Ash's Charizard refused to fight Sparky and took a nap on the battlefield instead. Even though he lost in the next match to Assunta, Ritchie made it to the Top 8 position in the League.
Sometime after the League and when Ash and his friends went to Johto, Ritchie became fascinated with a mysterious Pokémon that can be found Whirl Islands, which turned out to be a Lugia.
Ritchie met up with Ash and friends again on Ogi Isle, starting in The Mystery is History. After spotting a baby Lugia named Silver with Oliver, Butch and Cassidy attacked with their Pokémon and Ritchie and Ash defended Silver with their Pokémon. Their actions caused Butch and Cassidy to retreat until later when a submarine was dispatched to capture Silver.
In A Parent Trapped!, Ritchie told the parent Lugia about what happened to Silver which caused it to briefly attack them. Ritchie and the group later found Silver in a cage on a base. Ritchie and Ash battled Butch and Cassidy in an attempt to stall them. They were badly beaten and the parent Lugia was captured.
In A Promise is a Promise, Ritchie and the group was freed from a cage by Oliver. Ritchie and Ash took on Butch, Cassidy, and some Team Rocket Grunts with their Pokémon and easily swept through them. They went to the room where Silver was being held, but were stopped by Dr. Namba. Ritchie and Ash battled him with their Pikachu. Ritchie was also able to destroy the controller of the rage machine that was powering Dr. Namba's Electabuzz, defeat the Team Rocket scientist and take Silver away from him. With both Lugia reunited, Ritchie remained on the island with Oliver, to continue exploring the Whirl Islands, while Ash and his friends departed to Olivine City.
Ritchie visited Professor Oak's Laboratory in Oaknapped!. He and Tracey found out that Professor Oak had disappeared from the Seafoam Island TV station where he was supposed to have his live TV appearance. They later found him in an abandoned warehouse with the help of Ritchie's Taillow, Rose. They battled Butch and Cassidy and when Tracey's Scyther was beaten by Butch's Mightyena, Ritchie took care of the two Team Rocket agents and won. Professor Oak was grateful and even asked Ritchie to come back to Pallet Town to help install a security system in his lab.
In Celebi and Joy!, Ritchie was passing through Marion Town when he saw some construction workers demolishing an old Pokémon Center. He sent out Zippo and Sparky to prevent them from damaging the Pokémon Center any further, and the resident Nurse Joys were grateful. They invited Ritchie inside, revealing the Center's history, including the passing of the elder Nurse Joy's childhood friend Nick. The Center also had an association with Celebi, who later appeared before Ritchie and took him back in time. Ritchie arrived in a forest where he saved a young Nurse Joy from falling off a cliff. He and Nurse Joy then arrived in the Marion Town of the past. Ritchie discovered the same Celebi from before. He also met Nick and his father.
Nurse Joy went missing during a storm, and Ritchie went with Nick to find her. Ritchie soon found Nurse Joy by the Celebi shrine lying down unconscious. Just as a lightning bolt was about to strike, Celebi appeared and protected Ritchie, Nick, and Nurse Joy. The next day, Ritchie went after Nick and his father on Nurse Joy's Ponyta which was the day that a rock slide would have killed them. However, as Ritchie convinced the two to come back to Marion Town to be there for a party held by Nurse Joy, the rock slide that occurred passed right behind Ritchie.
With that done, Ritchie was sent back to the present with the timeline altered. He saw the same construction crew from before, who were now restoring the Pokémon Center instead of demolishing it. Nick was also alive and now the mayor of Marion Town.
In The Search for the Legend, Ritchie was aboard the S.S. Anne when he met Silver and a pair of mysterious doctors who were actually Butch and Cassidy. During a pit stop at One Island, he learned more of the trio's plan to see a Moltres, and climbed to the summit of Mt. Magma with them. When Moltres revealed itself the following day, the doctors revealed their true identities, and attempted to nab Moltres. Ritchie and Silver battled together and defeated the duo. After Silver battled with Moltres, Mt. Magma erupted and when he had Silver's Salamence fly him and Ritchie out of there, Moltres flew off. Silver was willing to wait a little longer until Moltres came back. Ritchie parted ways with Silver on a boat while Silver stayed behind on One Island.
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
In Pride of a Champion!, Ritchie appeared watching the Masters Eight Tournament match between Lance and Diantha on TV.
Ritchie is a kindhearted and sincere boy. His courageous actions helped him to develop bonds and gain respect from other characters, including Professor Oak and Marion Town's Nurse Joy. He values his friendships, even waiting for Ash despite his delayed arrival for their Indigo Plateau Conference match in Friend or Foe Alike.
Ritchie balanced out Ash's more reckless approach with his cautious manner in A Friend In Deed. He thinks ahead, as seen when he packs extra supplies, and his problem-solving skills lend themselves well to his traveling lifestyle. After his Indigo League loss to Assunta, Ritchie noted that defeats were invaluable and this helped Ash to overcome his own sadness after his loss.
He is passionate about Pokémon, and like Ash, he dreams of becoming a Pokémon Master. Ritchie and Ash are often compared to each other, and in Oaknapped!, Ritchie joked that he and Ash tend to catch many of the same Pokémon. Ritchie's battling strategy focuses on his Pokémon's stamina, and he uses attacks like Zippo's Flamethrower and Cruise's Sandstorm to repel his opponent's Pokémon away before attacking. His appearance near Ogi Isle in The Mystery is History also revealed Ritchie's interest in Pokémon research and folklore.
Ritchie's Pokémon coincidentally tend to be similar to Ash's first captures, either in Kanto or Hoenn. Despite this, Ritchie is also seen battling with a few different Pokémon, such as Pupitar and others shown during his Full Battle with Assunta. Also, Ritchie's Pokémon tend to be more obedient to their Trainer, largely due to Ritchie being a little more experienced than Ash at that time. Zippo, for example, was shown to be more obedient to Ritchie than other Charmeleon shown in the anime.
Ritchie puts stickers on his Poké Balls to differentiate his Pokémon between others and is one of Ash's only rivals to give nicknames to his Pokémon.
After meeting Ash, Ritchie is often seen accompanied by Sparky at his side, in a way similar to the relationship between Ash and his Pikachu.
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This listing is of Ritchie's known Pokémon in the anime:
Sparky (Japanese: レオン Leon) is Ritchie's main Pokémon, a Pikachu. It is distinguished from other Pikachu by a scruff of fur on the top of its head.
|Debut||A Friend in Deed|
Zippo (Japanese: ジッポ Zippo) is Ritchie's Charmeleon. It first appeared as a Charmander, and evolved by the time Ash and Ritchie met in the Whirl Islands.
|Debut||A Friend in Deed|
|Happy (Japanese: パピー Papi) is Ritchie's Butterfree. After Ritchie and Ash foiled Team Rocket's plan to steal the Pokémon of everyone competing in the Pokémon League, the van they were driving in was about to go over a cliff. Ash and Ritchie decided to use their Pokémon to help them land safely. Ash used his Pidgeotto, while Ritchie sent out Happy. Thanks to their Pokémon, the two Trainers were able to land safely.
Happy reappeared in Friend and Foe Alike during Ash and Ritchie's battle at Indigo Plateau. It was up against Squirtle. It easily defeated the Water type by using Sleep Powder, which caused Squirtle to become disqualified. Happy was then defeated by Pikachu using his Thunder Shock.
Happy was last seen in Friends to the End during Ritchie's battle with Assunta.
Happy's known moves are Sleep Powder and Whirlwind.
|Debut||A Friend in Deed|
|Cruise (Japanese: クルーズ Cruise) is Ritchie's Pupitar. It first appeared when Butch and Cassidy were attempting to steal a baby Lugia, but Ash and Ritchie refused to let that happen. It was very strong in battle, and it caused the two Team Rocket members to retreat.
Ritchie later used Cruise in A Promise is a Promise. Butch and Cassidy were once again trying to prevent the Trainers from rescuing Silver and its mother, so Ritchie called upon it to take care of them and the other Team Rocket Grunts in the area. After it defeated them, Cruise helped Ash and Misty free Silver from its cage by tackling the bars after Ash's Cyndaquil, Totodile, and Poliwhirl had weakened them.
|Debut||The Mystery is History|
|Rose (Japanese: ローズ Rose) is Ritchie's Taillow. When Ritchie, Tracey, and Officer Jenny were looking for the missing Professor Oak, Ritchie sent out Rose for help. Tracey commented that Ash also has a Taillow, and Ritchie replied that he and Ash tend to catch a lot of the same Pokémon (referring to their Pikachu, Charmeleon, and Butterfree).
In Celebi and Joy!, Ritchie used Rose alongside Zippo and Sparky to defeat the Pokémon of a demolition crew who threatened two Nurses Joy.
Rose's known moves are Gust* and Double Team.
|Ritchie had at least three other Pokémon during the Indigo Plateau Conference. It is uncertain which ones belonged to him. However, the beginning scene in Friends to the End narrowed the situation a bit, revealing that he owns either Spearow or Tentacool.
None of Spearow's moves are known.
|Debut||Friends to the End|
|Ritchie rode Nurse Joy's Ponyta from Marion Town, successfully changing the past by preventing Nick's death.
None of Ponyta's moves are known.
|Debut||Celebi and Joy!|
|Ritchie mentioned having an Eevee in the dub when he consulted Professor Oak for advice on evolving it in Oaknapped!. It was not mentioned in the Japanese version.
None of Eevee's moves are known.
Ritchie has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:
- Indigo Plateau Conference - Top 8 (Friends to the End)
A Ripple in Time
A counterpart of Ritchie based on his version of the main anime appears in a cameo in A Ripple in Time watching Ash battle Arsham.
In the games
In the spin-off games
Pokémon Puzzle League
Ritchie appears as a character in Pokémon Puzzle League, where he is the first member of the Elite Four. He also appears in Puzzle University.
Pokémon Zany Cards
Ritchie appears in Pokémon Zany Cards for the Pokémon mini, in which his name is misspelt "Ricky".
In the manga
The Electric Tale of Pikachu
Ritchie is a character in The Electric Tale of Pikachu. Ash met Ritchie in a diner while noticing that his Pikachu was with Ritchie's Pikachu. Ritchie was also a competitor in the Pokémon League and even though he saw Ash win his match with Kingler, Ash missed out on his. The next day, Ritchie has moved on from the third round. During the fourth round, he was paired with Ash's rival, Gary. After Ash defeated Jeanette Fisher, he ran to see if Ritchie won or not and to his surprise, Ritchie was able to defeat Gary.
Ritchie was then paired with Ash in the fifth round. They battled with Butterfree and Squirtle first, which resulted in a tie. The two sent out their Pikachu and tied again. When Ritchie sent out Charley against Ash's Charizard, but his Pokémon was badly hurt by Ash's. Despite Ash winning, he resigned from the battle and made Ritchie the winner automatically. Ritchie apologized to Ash for challenging him. Even though Ash felt bad for allowing his Charizard to be uncontrollable, he supported Ritchie on his further matches.
He briefly reappeared with Chuchino after Ash won his match with Drake.
Ritchie's personality is very similar to that of his anime counterpart. However, he expresses more personal insecurities and is shown to be more ruthless in battle. He also has blond hair instead of auburn.
This listing is of Ritchie's known Pokémon in the manga:
Chuchino was the first revealed Pokémon of Ritchie's where it was mistaken for Ash's Pikachu at first. Later, it was used against that same Pikachu.
|Debut||Welcome To The Big Leagues|
Charley was used against Ash's Charizard in the Indigo League. It lost to Ash's Charizard after it was badly beaten. As a result, Ash resigned from the challenge.
|Debut||The Indigo Finals|
|Happy was used against Ash's Squirtle in the Indigo League where it was able to tie with Squirtle after a long fight.
Happy's only known move is Sleep Powder.
|Debut||The Indigo Finals|
Pokémon League ranking
Gary has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:
Two versions of his name can be seen in official materials, Richie and Ritchie. Pokémon Puzzle League, as well as Pokémon Chronicles subtitles, spell his name Ritchie, while Pokémon.com episode descriptions, The Electric Tale of Pikachu, Extreme Pokémon: The Guide for the Ultimate Fan, and Charizard, Go! spell his name Richie. Additionally, in Pokémon Zany Cards, he is referred to as Ricky.
|Japanese||ヒロシ Hiroshi||Means "far and wide" (広).|
|English||Ritchie||A diminutive for Richard, which is generally agreed to mean "brave power" in Germanic (from the elements ric "power, rule, ruler" and hard "brave, hardy").|
|French, German, Italian||Richie||Similar to English name.|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||阿弘 Ā Hóng||From the name 弘 Hiroshi. Means "great" or "broad".|
|Russian||Ричи Richi||Transliteration of his English name|
|Trainers in League Conferences|
|This article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|