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Ash Ketchum

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{{series|Sun & Moon}}
Ash also enrolled in {{an|Professor Oak}}'s Pokémon Summer Camp when he was young. One day, another camper named {{an|Serena}} got lost in the forest and wounded her leg after getting startled by a {{p|Poliwag}}. Ash, who was looking for the Poliwag, came to her rescue and wrapped a handkerchief around the wounded knee to brace it. He then helped her up and guided her out of the forest.
In ''[[EP269|The Ties That Bind]]'', Ash recalled a day when he was about to start his [[Pokémon journey]]. He and [[Gary Oak]] both fished out aan old, rusty {{i|Poké Ball}}, which snagged on both their lines. After arguing about who would keep it, they broke it in two, each keeping one half as a reminder of that day.
====[[Original series]]====
In ''[[SM042|Alola, Kanto!]]'', Ash and his classmates traveled to Kanto for an extracurricular activity. This allowed Ash to reunite with Brock, Misty, and some of his Pokémon living at Professor Oak's Laboratory. In ''[[SM043|When Regions Collide!]]'', they paid a visit to the Cerulean Gym, where he and Pikachu had a battle against Misty and used Gigavolt Havoc to defeat her [[Mega Evolution|Mega]] {{TP|Misty|Gyarados}}.
In ''[[SM044|A Dream Encounter!]]'', Ash was entrusted to take care of a {{p|Cosmog}} by {{p|Solgaleo}} and {{p|Lunala}}, which he saw in a dream. The Cosmog, nicknamed [[{{DL|Light trio (anime)|Solgaleo|Nebby]]}}, by Lillie, took a liking to Ash and frequently caused trouble with its ability to {{m|teleport}} people around. In ''[[SM047|A Masked Warning!]]'', Nebby teleported Ash to [[Ten Carat Hill]], where Ash encountered Gladion again. There, he learned that Lillie's fear of touching was caused by a {{p|Nihilego}} [[Faba]] accidentally summoned from an [[Ultra Wormhole]].
In ''[[SM049|Mission: Total Recall!]]'', after an accident with Nebby caused Lillie's fear of touching Pokémon to resurface, Ash and Lillie traveled to [[Aether Paradise]] in order to find out how Lillie's trauma originated. Worried that Lillie regaining her memories could put him in trouble, Faba attempted to erase Lillie's memories again. Faba was defeated by Gladion's {{p|Type: Null}}, after it [[Evolution|evolved]] into {{p|Silvally}}. Seeing Silvally allowed Lillie to remember how her fear of touching Pokémon began and overcome it, thus regaining the ability to touch all types of Pokémon.
In ''[[SM055|The Professors' New Adventure!]]'', during Kukui's and burnet's wedding reception, Ash and his friends are invited to join an Ultra Beast response task force, known as the [[Ultra Guardians]], which they all agree to.
[[File:Ash Ultra Guardian outfit.png|thumb|250px|Ash in his Ultra Guardian uniform]]
In ''[[SM061|A Mission of Ultra Urgency!]]'', Ash and his classmates were invited to their first mission as the [[Ultra Guardians]], their goal being to capture a {{p|Buzzwole}} that had appeared through an Ultra Wormhole. The Ultra Guardians encountered Buzzwole at [[Mahalo Trail]], where Ash started battling it with Pikachu. Throughout the battle, although Pikachu was able to land a Thunderbolt, Buzzwole constantly had the upper hand. However, when Kiawe tried to join the fight, it turned out that Buzzwole actually preferred flexing to battling, so Ash and Kiawe started flexing with it, requiring {{Rotom}} to remind Ash that he needed to throw a {{ball|[[Beast}} Ball]] while the [[Ultra Beast]] was distracted. As such, Ash flung a Beast Ball at Buzzwole, successfully capturing it. Later, Buzzwole was brought to [[Melemele Meadow]], where [[Professor Burnet]] temporarily opened a new wormhole, allowing Buzzwole to return back home.
In ''[[SM067|Love at First Twirl!]]'', Ash encountered a {{AP|Poipole}} who seemed strangely attached to Pikachu. After a small incident in which Pikachu went missing, Rowlet was poisoned, and Team Rocket appearing (and consequently disappearing), Poipole was confirmed to be an Ultra Beast. Ash was permitted to capture it, though he failed several times as Poipole thought the catching process was a game. After Ash helped it understand what was really happening, Poipole allowed itself to be captured, and was allowed to stay with the group until they could find its Ultra Wormhole and send it back.
In ''[[SM074|Tough Guy Trials!]]'', Ash arrived on [[Ula'ula Island]] for his island challenge, though after being rejected by [[Nanu]] and losing an impromptu "pre-Trial", Ash decided to stay on the island and train under {{DL|Guardian deities (anime)|Tapu Bulu}}. Ash then formally participated in his island challenge in ''[[SM076|A Battle Hand-Off!]]'', which turned out to be a battle against [[Jessie's Mimikyu]], who recently gained a [[Mimikium Z]]. Ash barely won thanks to Pikachu learning {{m|Electroweb}}, as well as being able to once again use 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt. In the [[SM077|following episode]], Ash participated in the grand trial, where he faced off against Nanu in a 3-on-1 battle in Nanu's favor, and won, earning himself a [[Lycanium Z]].
In ''[[SM087|Filling the Light with Darkness!]]'', mysterious dark clouds appeared over the Alola region, causing all of the adults in Alola to lose their energy and motivation. The next day, Ash and his classmates embarked on their fifth mission to investigate the situation at the [[Altar of the Sunne]]. Shortly after arriving, Lusamine revealed that Gladion would be joining them as a new member. In order to disperse the clouds, Ash, Kiawe, Lana, and Gladion combined their Z-Power to fuel a device that successfully made the clouds disappear, but they uncovered a hidden Ultra Wormhole in the process. Afterwards, Lusamine took the Ultra Guardians into the ruins, where she showed them a mural depicting the {{p|Necrozma|Blinding One}}. Before any attempt to translate the mural could be done, the Ultra Guardians were forced to return outside, where they found the wormhole increasing in size. At that moment, a {{DL|RecurringLight wild Pokémon in thetrio (anime)|Lunala}} emerged from the wormhole with a {{DL|RecurringLight wild Pokémon in thetrio (anime)|Necrozma}} chasing after it.
In ''[[SM088|Full Moon and Many Arms!]]'', Lusamine's group came to the conclusion that Necrozma was the cause of the Alolan adults' loss of energy. Realizing that Necrozma intended on draining Lunala's Ultra Aura in order to possess it, Lusamine sent the Ultra Guardians off to protect Lunala. The Ultra Guardians chased Necrozma to Melemele Island, where they fought alongside Lunala to drive Necrozma away. Despite their best efforts, Necrozma easily shrugged off the Ultra Guardians' attacks and eventually took over Lunala's body to become {{DL|List of Pokémon with form differences|Necrozma|Dawn Wings Necrozma}}. Soon afterwards, an elite [[Team Rocket]] group known as the [[Matori]] Matrix appeared and attempted to capture Necrozma, only for it to easily break free from their electrified net.
Ash is shown to have a strong sense of justice, especially when it comes to Pokémon. If a Pokémon is in trouble, he will make every effort to help them, even if he has no prior connection to them. If they are the cause of trouble, he will stop them, and then try to understand them, with almost all such occasions being a case of the Pokémon, or their Trainers or friends, having a problem which can't be resolved normally. In those cases, he will selflessly volunteer to help them. Should the problem be caused by [[human]]s, such as {{TRT}}, {{pkmn|poacher|Pokémon thieves, hunters, or poachers}}, Ash will resolve to do anything in his power to stop them.
Despite this, and previous dealings with [[Villainous teams|evil organizations]], Ash has retained a remarkably optimistic and naive outlook, a trait {{ashfr|his companions}} seem to share. He is quick to praise and has an unshakable trust in both his Pokémon and his friends. Also, Ash is determined to see the best in everybody unless he has a very good reason not to. An example would be Team Rocket's frequent 'sudden appearances' that coincide with their needs at that time, and Ash never questioning it until it is too late. Another example would be how he always praises {{an|Clemont}} for [[ListClemontic of Clemont's inventionsGear|his inventions]], no matter their high failure rate, and the near inevitable explosion, or {{an|Cilan}} for his various hobbies. Furthermore, even though almost all of his friends have large dreams, Ash fully supports them and has never doubted their ability to accomplish them, possibly due to his own highly ambitious goal. He also encourages Pokémon to do the best they can, even if they aren't his own, and has even helped train [[wild Pokémon]].
In the [[original series]], though Ash actively took part in {{pkmn|battle}}s, he was rarely seen independently {{pkmn|training}} his Pokémon. However, since the {{series|Advanced Generation}}, Ash is shown training more noticeably, having practice battles with his friends and focusing on [[move]]s, techniques, and strategies with his Pokémon. A noticeable trait of Ash's is his willingness to learn from both his victories and defeats. For example, after winning in a [[Gym]] battle against [[Winona]] in ''[[AG085|Sky High Gym Battle!]]'' and witnessing her Pokémon's powerful {{m|Aerial Ace}}, Ash was motivated to have his {{AP|Swellow}} learn it. Even his losses can inspire him, such as when he lost to [[Clayton]] in ''[[DP159|Short and To the Punch!]]'' and decided to teach his {{AP|Buizel}} {{m|Ice Punch|one of the moves}} Clayton's {{p|Mr. Mime}} had used during their battle. He believes nothing he and his Pokémon do on their journey is a waste of time.
Although viewed as a normal [[human]], Ash does have some special abilities, as he is said to have the same [[Aura]] as [[Sir Aaron]], a legendary hero, and is theoretically able to manipulate it in much the same way. Therefore, he made a connection with Sir Aaron's {{OBP|Lucario|M08}}. However, he has not received any training in this field, opting to continue his Pokémon journey instead. He has also been likened to an ancient Aura guardian in ''[[DP056|The Keystone Pops!]]'', who also had a partner {{p|Pikachu}}. Later, in ''[[DP071|Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Part 1]]'' and ''[[DP072|Part 2]]'', Ash uses Aura again to locate a lost {{p|Riolu}} and read Riolu's mind as well. This time, however, he merely senses the Aura, rather than manipulating it. Ash also has the unique ability to use [[Bond Phenomenon]].
Though his passion remains in battling, Ash is always eager to try new things, especially if he can do them together with {{cat|Ash's Pokémon|his Pokémon}}, having participated in other events like [[Pokémon Contest]]s, [[PokéRinger]] tournaments, and even a [[Hearthome Collection|fashion show]] and a {{pkmn|Dress-Up Contest|cosplay convention}} as well as various other {{cat|Pokémon competitions}}. He has [[Contest Pass]]es for [[Sinnoh]] and [[Hoenn]]. Ash carries with him half of a broken [[{{i|Poké Ball]]}}, while [[Gary Oak]] has the other half, as a symbol of their ongoing, but now friendly, rivalry; [[Misty's special lure]], which she sent to him as a gift; and half of the {{DL|Ribbon|Terracotta Medal}} he received after his [[Contest Battle]] with May in the unofficial {{to|Terracotta}} Contest ended in a tie.
His father has not been introduced. The anime suggests that his father was once a Pokémon Trainer who began his journey in Pallet Town, and that he is still living. In the original, he is also confirmed to have a grandfather, whose son followed his footsteps. An interview with the series' storyboarder [[Masamitsu Hidaka]] confirmed Ash's father is a Trainer on his own journey. According to Hidaka, Ash's father may or may not be introduced in the series, depending on its necessity to further Ash's maturity and development as a Trainer. On the other hand, according to [[Pocket Monsters: The Animation|Takeshi Shudō's novelization]], Ash's father left home to go on a journey right after Ash was born, and never returned since. As he never registered his name in the Pokémon Trainer's list, his whereabouts are unknown.
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| {{InactivePoké|Ash|Larvitar|Ash Larvitar.png|rock|ground|fir=Egg}}
| {{InactivePoké|Ash|Solgaleo|Nebby Solgaleo anime.png|psychic|steel|nick=Nebby|link=Light trio (anime)|size=200px}}
|main=Ultra Beasts (anime)#Buzzwole
|epname=A Mission of Ultra Urgency!
|vaen=Billy Bob Thompson
|desc={{p|Buzzwole}} entered [[Alola]] through an [[Ultra Wormhole]] at [[Melemele Meadow]], prompting the [[Ultra Guardians]] to embark on their first mission. They chased the Swollen Pokémon to [[Mahalo Trail]], where it was eventually caught by Ash. It was then brought back to Melemele Meadow, allowing it to return back home through a new wormhole opened by [[Professor Burnet]].}}
None of Buzzwole's moves are known.}}
|main=Ultra Beasts (anime)#Stakataka
|epname=The Long Vault Home!
|vaen=Daniel J. Edwards
|desc={{p|Stakataka}} entered Alola through an Ultra Wormhole at the [[Pokémon School]]. The initial attempts by the Ultra Guardians to catch it failed due to it managing to avoid all of their Beast Balls, and during the following night, it moved to a construction site owned by [[Viren]], where it was mistaken for a pedestal for a statue of Viren. Once the statue was placed on top of it, Stakataka became angry and started rampaging around until Ash removed the statue. Stakataka then let itself be caught by Ash upon learning that he was doing it only to make sure it would get back home. Later, back at the Pokémon School, Stakataka was safely returned to its home dimension through an Ultra Wormhole.}}
None of Stakataka's moves are known.}}
|main=Ultra Beasts (anime)#Pheromosa
|epname=Beauty is Only Crystal Deep!
|desc={{p|Pheromosa}} entered [[Alola]] through an Ultra Wormhole and began attacking Trainers who possessed [[Z-Crystal]]s, stealing the Z-Crystals afterwards. {{MTR}} fell in love with Pheromosa and thwarted several attempts by the Ultra Guardians to catch it. Pheromosa was eventually defeated by {{an|Bewear}}, allowing Pheromosa to be caught and returned home.}}
None of Pheromosa's moves are known.}}
* [[Ula'ula Island]] grand trial (''[[SM077|Guiding an Awakening!]]''; received the [[Lycanium Z]])
* [[Poni Island]] grand trial (''[[SM109|A Grand Debut!]]''; received the [[Steelium Z]])
<!--A note to future editors: Follow the form below when Ash and the others enter a new region/league, so that there is no unnecessary typing.
If we know the eight regional Badges beforehand, please wait until Ash is actually confirmed to get each one. This is because Ash could get the Badges in a different order, or unanticipated Badges, like what happened in Sinnoh and Unova.-->
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