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'''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 ''[[EP078|A Friend In Deed]]''.
==HistoryIn the anime==
===In the [[original series]]History===
====[[Original series]]====
<!--[[File:Ash and Ritchie.png|thumb|left|220px|Ritchie and Ash]]-->
Ritchie first appeared in ''[[EP078|A Friend In Deed]]'' and quickly befriended his fellow [[Indigo Plateau Conference|Pokémon League]] 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 {{TRT}} 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 inside. They were able to escape with the Poké Balls retrieved from Team Rocket.
Their friendship led to problems in the next episode, ''[[EP079|Friend or Foe Alike]]'', since the two were matched up to battle against each other. Ritchie waited for Ash in the battlefield even though Ash was unable to get there right away. 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]], he made it to the Top 8 position in the League.
Sometime after the League and when Ash and {{ashfr}} went to Johto, Ritchie did some research of a mysterious {{OBP|Pokémon|species}} that can be found [[Whirl Islands]], which turned out to be a {{p|Lugia}}.
Ritchie met up with Ash and friends again when they were in the Whirl Islands, starting in ''[[EP220|The Mystery is History]]''. After spotting a {{jo|Silver|baby Lugia}} with [[Oliver]], [[Butch]] and [[Cassidy]] attacked with their Pokémon and Ritchie and Ash defended the baby Lugia with their Pokémon. Their actions caused Butch and Cassidy to retreat until later when a submarine was dispatched to capture the child Lugia.
In ''[[EP221|A Parent Trapped!]]'', Ritchie told the parent {{p|Lugia}} about what happened to the child Lugia which caused it to briefly attack them. Ritchie and the group later found the child in a cage on a base. Ritchie and Ash re-battled Butch and Cassidy in an attempt to stall them. They were badly beaten and the parent Lugia was captured.
In ''[[EP222|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 {{tc|Team Rocket Grunt}}s with their Pokémon and easily swept through them. They went to the room where the child Lugia was but were stopped by [[Dr. Namba]]. Ritchie and Ash battled him on with their Pikachu. Ritchie was able to destroy the controller of the rage machine that was causing his {{p|Electabuzz}} to get stronger with his Sparky and defeat Dr. Namba. 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]].
===In the ={{series|Advanced Generation}}====
Ritchie took a visit to [[Professor Oak's Laboratory|Professor Oak's lab]] in ''[[SS008HS08|Oaknapped!]]''. He and {{Tracey}} found out that {{an|Professor Oak}} had disappeared from the {{an|Seafoam Island}} TV station where he was supposed to have his live TV appearance. They found him in an abandoned warehouse with the help of Ritchie's {{p|Taillow}}, Rose. They battled Butch and Cassidy and when [[Tracey's Scyther]] was beaten by Butch's {{p|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 ''[[SS013HS13|Celebi and Joy!]]'', Ritchie went to [[Marion Town]] and saw some [[Demolition crew|construction workers]] demolishing a Pokémon Center. He sent out Zippo and Sparky to prevent them from damaging the Pokémon Center any further. Inside the Pokémon Center, a {{p|Celebi}} appeared before him and [[Time travel|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 {{OBP|Nick|SS013HS13}} and his father.
When Nurse Joy went missing, Ritchie went with Nick to find her. Ritchie found Nurse Joy by the Celebi shrine lying down unconscious. When the shrine was on fire, Celebi appeared and protected Ritchie, Nick, and Nurse Joy from the fire. The next day, Ritchie went after Nick and his father on Nurse Joy's {{p|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 but did not demolish the Pokémon Center but instead, restore it.
In ''[[SS018HS18|The Search for the Legend]]'', Ritchie rode on the [[S.S. Anne]]. He went to [[One Island]] and caught up to {{OBP|Silver|SS018HS18}} after he and two people dressed up as doctors got off. He, Silver, and the doctors climbed up a volcano and made their way to the top. When Moltres revealed itself, the doctors revealed themselves as Butch and Cassidy, and attempted to nab Moltres. Ritchie and Silver battled together and defeated the duo. After Silver battled with Moltres, the volcano erupted and when he had 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.
Ritchie is a kindhearted and sincere boy. His courageous actions helped him to develop bonds and gain respect from other characters, including {{an|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 ''[[EP079|Friend or Foe Alike]]''.
Ritchie balanced out Ash's more reckless approach with his cautious manner in ''[[EP078|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 ''[[HS08|Oaknapped!]]'', Ritchie joked that he and Ash tend to catch many of the same Pokemon. Ritchie's battling strategy focuses on his Pokémon's stamina, and he uses attacks like Zippo's {{m|Flamethrower}} and Cruise's {{m|Sandstorm}} to repel his opponent's Pokémon away before attacking. His appearance near [[Ogi Isle]] in ''[[EP220|The Mystery is History]]'' also revealed Ritchie's interest in Pokémon research and folklore.
====On hand====
This listing is of Ritchie's known Pokémon in the {{pkmn|anime}}:
|img=Ritchie Sparky.png
|epname=A Friend in Deed
|vaen=Satomi Koorogi
|vajp=Satomi Koorogi
|desc='''Sparky''' (Japanese: '''レオン''' ''Leon'') is Ritchie's main Pokémon, a {{p|Pikachu}}. It is distinguished from other Pikachu by a scruff of fur on the top of its head.}}
|vaen=Eric Stuart
|vajp=Yūji Ueda
|desc='''Zippo''' (Japanese: '''ジッポ''' ''Zippo'') is Ritchie's {{p|Charmeleon}}. It first appeared as a {{p|Charmander}}, and evolved by the next time {{Ash}} and Ritchie met in the [[Whirl Islands]].}}
|img=Ritchie Sparky.png
|epname=A Friend in Deed
|vaen=Satomi Kōrogi
|vajp=Satomi Kōrogi
|desc='''Sparky''' (Japanese: '''レオン''' ''Leon'') is Ritchie's main Pokémon, a {{p|Pikachu}}. It is distinguished from other Pikachu by a scruff of fur on the top of its head.}}
|vaen=Rikako Aikawa
|vajp=Rikako Aikawa
|desc='''Happy''' (Japanese: '''パピー''' ''Papi'') is Ritchie's {{p|Butterfree}}. After Ritchie and {{Ash}} had foiled {{TRT}}'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 {{AP|Pidgeotto}}, while Ritchie sent out Happy. Thanks to their Pokémon, the two Trainers were able to land safely.
Happy also appearedreappeared in ''[[EP079|Friend and Foe Alike]]'' during Ash and Ritchie's battle at [[Indigo Plateau]]. It was up against {{AP|Squirtle}}. It easily defeated the {{t|Water}} type by using {{m|Sleep Powder}}, which caused Squirtle to become disqualified. Happy was then defeated by {{AP|Pikachu}} using his {{m|Thunder Shock}}.
Happy was last seen in ''[[EP080|Friends to the End]]'' during Ritchie's battle with [[Assunta]]. It was seen battling with her {{p|Venomoth}}. It hasn't been seen or mentioned since that episode.
|desc='''Cruise''' (Japanese: '''クルーズ''' ''Cruise'') is Ritchie's {{p|Pupitar}}. When it first appeared, [[Butch]] and [[Cassidy]] were attempting to steal {{jo|Silver|a baby Lugia}}, but {{Ash}} and Ritchie refused to let that happen. To stop them, Ritchie sent out his Pupitar. It was very strong in battle, and it caused the two {{TRT}} members to retreat.
Ritchie alsolater used Cruise in ''[[EP222|A Promise is a Promise]]''. Butch and Cassidy were once again trying to prevent the kidsTrainers from rescuing Silver and its mother. Ritchie called upon Cruise to take care of them and the other {{tc|Team Rocket Grunt}}s in the area. After it defeated them, Cruise helped Ash and {{an|Misty}} free Silver from its cage by tackling the bars after [[Ash's Cyndaquil]], {{AP|Totodile}} and {{TP|Misty|Poliwhirl}} had weakened them.
Cruise's known moves are {{m|Take DownHeadbutt}}{{tt|*|PupitarIncorrectly cannotreferred legallyto learnas Take Down in the games.dub}} and {{m|Sandstorm}}.}}
|img=Ritchie Rose.png
|vajp=Chinami Nishimura
|vaen=Kayzie Rogers
|desc='''Rose''' (Japanese: '''ローズ''' ''Rose'') is Ritchie's {{p|Taillow}}. When Ritchie, {{Tracey}}, and [[Officer Jenny]] were looking for the missing {{an|Professor Oak}}, Ritchie sent out Rose for help. Tracey commented that {{Ash}} also has a {{AP|Taillow}}, and Ritchie replied that he and Ash tend to catch a lot of the same Pokémon (referring to their {{p|Pikachu}}, {{p|Charmeleon}}, and {{p|Butterfree}}).
Rose's known moves are {{m|Gust}}{{tt|*|Taillow cannot legally learn Gust in the games.}} and {{m|Double Team}}.}}
====Status unknown====
|nick=Spearow or Tentacool
Tentacool's only known move is {{m|Bubble}}{{tt|*|Tentacool could not legally learn Bubble at the time}}.}}
|trainer=Nurse Joy
|img=Nurse Joy Ponyta.png
|epname=Celebi and Joy!
|desc=Ritchie rode [[Nurse Joy]]'s {{p|Ponyta}} from [[Marion Town]], successfully changing the past by preventing {{OBP|Nick|SS013HS13}}'s death.
None of Ponyta's moves are known.}}
====Dub only====
|desc=Ritchie mentioned that he has an {{p|Eevee}} in the dub. He consults {{an|Professor Oak}} for advice on evolving his Eevee in the [[Pokémon Chronicles]] episode ''[[SS008HS08|Oaknapped!]]''. It was not mentioned in the Japanese version, making it presumably non-[[canon]].}}
==Achievements==None of Eevee's moves are known.}}
===Badges obtained===
* At least eight [[Kanto]] [[Badge]]s (prior to ''[[EP074|All Fired Up!]]'').
===Pokémon LeagueAchievements===
====Pokémon League====
Ritchie has competed in the following [[Pokémon League Conference]]s:
* [[Indigo Plateau Conference]] - Top 8 (''[[EP080|Friends to the End]]'')
===Voice actors===
{{vatable|color={{hoenn color}}|bordercolor={{hoenn color dark}}
|ja=高山みなみ ''[[Minami Takayama]]''
|nl=Niki Romijn
|pt_br=Alex Wendel (Indigo League)<br>Francisco Freitas (Whirl Islands)<br>Thiago Longo (Pokémon Chronicles)
|es_la=Ana Lobo ([[EP078]]-[[EP222]])<br>Manuel Díaz ([[SS008HS08]]-[[SS018HS18]])
|es_eu=Chelo Vivares
|ru=Татьяна Зиновенко ''Tatiana Zinovenko ([[EP001]]-[[EP105]])''
|pl=Artur Krajewski ([[EP078]]-[[EP080]])<br>Unknown voice actress ([[EP220]]-[[EP222]])
|da=Mikkel Følsgaard
[[File:Ritchie EToP.png|thumb|190px|Ritchie in The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga]]
===In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga===
Ritchie is a character in the [[The Electric Tale of Pikachu]] manga. His 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.
Ash met Ritchie in a diner while noticing that his {{AP|Pikachu}} was with Ritchie's Pikachu. Ritchie was also a competitor in the Pokémon League and even though he saw {{OBP|Ash Ketchum|EToP|Ash}} win his match with {{AP|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.
[[File:Ritchie Poké Balls.png|thumb|210px|right|Ritchie's [[{{i|Poké Ball]]}}s]]
* Ritchie puts stickers on his [[{{i|Poké Ball]]}}s to differentiate his Pokémon between others.
* Despite changes in the [[Pokédex]]'s design, Ritchie continues to use the oldest model as of the last episode it was seen in.
* He is the only rival to [[nickname]] his Pokémon.
|阿弘 ''Ā Hóng''
|From the name 弘 ''Hiroshi''. Means "great" or "broad".
|- style="background:#FFF;"
|Ричи ''Richi''
|Transliteration of his English name
==Related articles==
* [[a:Category:Ritchie|Images on the Bulbagarden Archives]]