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Ash's main goal in life, as described in [[EP001|the first episode]], is to be the world's greatest [[Pokémon master|Pokémon Master]]. Ash began his journey at the age of 10 as a warm-hearted and well-intentioned but stubborn, rash and amateurish [[Pokémon Trainer]]. He was forced to accept the cheeky {{AP|Pikachu}} from {{an|Professor Oak}} as his [[starter Pokémon]] because he carelessly broke his alarm clock in his sleep and woke up late on the day he was set to get his first Pokémon. He was determined to achieve his goal, however, and when Pikachu saw that he was willing to compromise his own safety to keep it safe he formed a strong bond of friendship with Pikachu. This would set his course for the future.
 
Ash's main goal in life, as described in [[EP001|the first episode]], is to be the world's greatest [[Pokémon master|Pokémon Master]]. Ash began his journey at the age of 10 as a warm-hearted and well-intentioned but stubborn, rash and amateurish [[Pokémon Trainer]]. He was forced to accept the cheeky {{AP|Pikachu}} from {{an|Professor Oak}} as his [[starter Pokémon]] because he carelessly broke his alarm clock in his sleep and woke up late on the day he was set to get his first Pokémon. He was determined to achieve his goal, however, and when Pikachu saw that he was willing to compromise his own safety to keep it safe he formed a strong bond of friendship with Pikachu. This would set his course for the future.
 
[[File:Ash fleeing spearow.png|thumb|left|200px|Ash trying to keep Pikachu safe]]
 
[[File:Ash fleeing spearow.png|thumb|left|200px|Ash trying to keep Pikachu safe]]
However, from that point, Ash still had a lot to learn about becoming a Trainer. The [[Ash's Butterfree|first Pokémon]] he {{pkmn2|caught}}, was caught by luck, as he knew absolutely nothing about [[Pokémon battle|battling]], and was hesitant to admit it whenever he was wrong. Many of his first [[Gym]] [[badge]]s were given to him merely out of gratitude for his assistance rather than claiming an actual victory in battle over the [[Gym Leader]]s; of his first five Gym battles, only his victory over [[Lt. Surge]] was an actual victory. Every time he thought he was doing well, he would somehow cross paths with his childhood [[rival]], [[Gary Oak]]. He always reminded Ash that he was always a step or seven behind, with Gary catching around forty-five Pokémon by the time Ash had only caught his {{AP|seventh|Kingler}}. This hampered matters further when, owing to his inexperience, his {{AP|Charizard}}, his most powerful Pokémon, refused to listen to him until [[EP105|Ash could prove himself]] to the powerful Fire-type.
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However, from that point, Ash still had a lot to learn about becoming a Trainer. The [[Ash's Butterfree|first Pokémon]] he {{pkmn2|caught}}, was caught by luck, as he knew absolutely nothing about [[Pokémon battle|battling]], and was hesitant to admit it whenever he was wrong. Many of his first [[Gym]] [[badge]]s were given to him merely out of gratitude for his assistance rather than claiming an actual victory in battle over the [[Gym Leader]]s; of his first five Gym battles, only his victory over [[Lt. Surge]] was an actual victory ,where  {{AP|Pikachu}} defeated [[Lt. Surge]]'s {{p|Raichu}}  . Every time he thought he was doing well, he would somehow cross paths with his childhood [[rival]], [[Gary Oak]]. He always reminded Ash that he was always a step or seven behind, with Gary catching around forty-five Pokémon by the time Ash had only caught his {{AP|seventh|Kingler}}. This hampered matters further when, owing to his inexperience, his {{AP|Charizard}}, his most powerful Pokémon, refused to listen to him until [[EP105|Ash could prove himself]] to the powerful Fire-type.
    
Over time, Ash's dedication to his goal paid off. After earning his first eight badges he went on to compete in the [[Indigo League]], advancing to the fifth round - one further than Gary, and ending up in the top 16. After recovering from his defeat, he continued on to improve his skills; take on new challenges; and compete in more [[Pokémon League]] competitions - triumphing in the [[Orange League]] and the {{Gdis|Battle Frontier|III}}.
 
Over time, Ash's dedication to his goal paid off. After earning his first eight badges he went on to compete in the [[Indigo League]], advancing to the fifth round - one further than Gary, and ending up in the top 16. After recovering from his defeat, he continued on to improve his skills; take on new challenges; and compete in more [[Pokémon League]] competitions - triumphing in the [[Orange League]] and the {{Gdis|Battle Frontier|III}}.
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[[File:Ash Ketchum]]
    
==In the manga==
 
==In the manga==