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[[File:Pikachu loves ketchup.png|200px|thumb|left|Pikachu and his love of ketchup]]
It was revealed that Pikachu also loves drinking orange juice, most likely because of its sourness in ''[[BW116|The Fires Of A Red-Hot Reunion]]''.
[[File:XY004.png|250px|thumb|right|Pikachu, Bonnie, and Dedenne bonding]]
Pikachu is very protective, friendly, and affectionate towards young children, his close friends and his Pokémon family. From [[Misty's Togepi]] to the [[Pichu Brothers]], Pikachu will go out of his way to protect younger Pokémon from danger even at the cost of his own safety. Pikachu is very affectionate towards young children who aren't old enough to own their own Pokémon yet such as [[Max]] and [[Bonnie (anime)|Bonnie]]. But that doesn't mean he doesn't get overwhelmed by their curiosity, since he gets overwhelmed and claustrophobic in the episodes ''[[EP053|The Purr-fect Hero]]'' and ''[[XY013|Kindergarten Chaos!]]'' when the children start ganging up on him all at once. During his travels with Ash in the Kalos region, Pikachu frequently plays and bonds with [[Bonnie (anime)|Bonnie]] when their group travels from town to town. He especially likes it when she strokes the lower part of his tail as shown in the episode ''[[XY004|A Shockingly Cheeky Friendship]]''. Pikachu does his best to [[XY036|keep Bonnie happy]] when she feels left out of the group because of her young age and he likes [[XY087|playing games with her and Bunnelby]] when they have some free time.
 
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[[File:XY004.png|300px|thumb|right|Pikachu, Bonnie, and Dedenne bonding]]
 
During the Hoenn saga, Pikachu [[AG089|temporarily developed amnesia]] and sided with {{TRT}} for a while. On several occasions, Pikachu has developed an "electric flu" causing him to become overcharged and extremely powerful. During these instances, Pikachu will sometimes accidentally let off electric outbursts which can be set off on anyone, including Ash. In all of these cases, Pikachu did not mean harm upon anyone.
Pikachu, like his Trainer, is always happy to battle. He often tries his very best, but when he loses, he doesn't complain or feel bad about himself, especially when Ash reassures him. Ash and Pikachu are almost identical personality-wise, and thus are the perfect match for one another. Most others agree, with the exception of [[Burgundy]], who in ''[[BW019|A Connoisseur's Revenge!]]'' said that Ash had a terrible relationship with all of his Pokémon, though this is more due to her inexperience in determining such relationships. Though rare, the two can still butt heads at times. When they first met, Pikachu would shock Ash with electricity out of vitriol. While being zapped by Pikachu still happens regularly for poor Ash, it's usually when he angers his buddy (such as when Ash rubs and pulls Pikachu's cheeks), or by accident (when Ash grabs Pikachu's tail by mistake).
 
[[File:ZappedAgain.png|thumb|left|250px|Pikachu does not like having his cheeks rubbed]]
In general, Pikachu as a species is not particularly powerful, but Ash's Pikachu is an anomaly, overcoming odds in {{pkmn|battle}} numerous times. In ''[[EP002|Pokémon Emergency!]]'', {{MTR}} remarked that Pikachu's power "far exceeds its evolutionary level". In ''[[EP005|Showdown in Pewter City]]'', he defeated [[Brock's Onix]] with an {{type|Electric}} attack that triggered the sprinkler system causing Onix to be drenched in water, one of its weaknesses. Ash's Pikachu has also defeated very powerful Pokémon that Ash's other Pokémon were unable to, such as {{p|Dragonite}}, {{p|Metagross}} and [[Mega Evolution|Mega]] {{TP|Korrina|Lucario}}. He was also the second of Ash's Pokémon to defeat a legendary Pokémon in battle, defeating [[Brandon's legendary titans#Regice|Brandon's Regice]] to win the Brave Symbol. He later fought {{si|Tobias}}'s Latios to a draw in [[DP189|the semi-finals]] of the [[Lily of the Valley Conference]]. He has helped Ash win countless battles and [[Gym]] and {{pkmn|League}} matches.
 
Pikachu became the second non-legendary Pokémon to defeat a [[legendary Pokémon]] in the anime after {{AP|Charizard}}. It was able to beat {{FB|Pyramid King|Brandon}}'s {{DL|Brandon's legendary titans|Regice}} in ''[[AG190|Pace - The Final Frontier!]]'', giving Ash his final [[Symbol|Frontier Symbol]].
 
[[File:Ash Pikachu and Dawn Piplup.png|thumb|leftright|250px|Pikachu walking along Dawn's Piplup]]
Pikachu is also the only one of Ash's Pokémon to accompany him to the [[Hoenn]], [[Unova]], [[Kalos]], and [[Alola]] regions, and was intended to be the only Pokémon to accompany him to [[Sinnoh]] before {{AP|Aipom}} was discovered to have stowed away on the ship Ash was taking. Up until the capture of [[Dawn's Pachirisu]], Pikachu was the only {{type|Electric}} Pokémon in the anime owned by a main character.
 
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