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Ash Ketchum

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In the {{series|XY}}, Ash arrived at the Kalos region with Alexa, first visiting [[Lumiose City]], where he parted ways with the journalist and tried to challenge the [[Lumiose Gym]] at Prism Tower. He was forcibly ejected from the tower when the computerized security system, later revealed to be the [[Clembot]], found out that he didn't have any Kalos Badges. He was rescued by {{an|Clemont}} and {{an|Bonnie}}.
Ash brought an injured {{AP|Froakie}} to [[{{an|Professor Sycamore]]}}, who told Ash about an additional stage of Pokémon evolution he was researching called [[Mega Evolution]]. Assisted by Pikachu and Froakie, Ash calmed down an angry {{p|Garchomp}} that was attacking Lumiose City. Ash saw a Mega Evolved Pokémon for the first time when a Mega {{p|Blaziken}} saved him and Pikachu from falling off of Prism Tower. Froakie then allowed itself to be captured by Ash, and Clemont and Bonnie started to travel with Ash.
Ash won his first Kalos Badge, the [[Bug Badge]], after defeating the {{ci|Santalune}} [[Santalune Gym|Gym]] Leader, [[Viola]]. The group was joined by Serena, who still remembered Ash rescuing her in her childhood and decided to start her own journey to reunite with him, although he initially did not remember the two of them meeting. Ash and Serena learn that Clemont was actually the Lumiose Gym Leader, who was exiled from his own Gym by his own invention. They help Clemont face Clembot, and after the issue was resolved, the two boys promised to battle after Ash fulfilled the original conditions set by Clembot (even if it was no longer necessary), to earn four Badges. With that, the group set off on their journey again. During their travels, they occasionally met the ninja boy [[Sanpei]], whose presence always led to a progress in Froakie's (and later {{p|Frogadier}}'s and {{p|Greninja}}'s) strength.
Ash is also quite dense when it comes to matters of the opposite sex, more specifically in the field of [[Shipping|romance]]. Throughout the series, Ash has only displayed open interest in a [[Giselle|female]] only [[EP009|once]], and nothing came out of it. Though some girls in the series have actually shown obvious (and subtle) affection towards him, Ash meets it with nearly unfailing obtuseness, which some characters have also noticed. Even when it involves other people's romance, Ash is usually oblivious until someone points it out to him. Also, on a few occasions when it came to a matter of Pokémon love, with a male who's experiencing difficulty in gaining the attention of a female, while his friends will often mainly give advice in improving the male's looks or charm, Ash's advice is simply to be stronger. Despite this, however, it is shown on several occasions that Ash does seem to understand the concept of marriage, most notably in ''[[SM055|The Professors' New Adventure]]'', when he got excited by the news of {{an|Professor Kukui}} and [[Professor Burnet]]'s engagement, and subsequently worked with his classmates to organize a big wedding ceremony for them.
Although Ash is more intelligent than he seems, he often shows a lack of common sense, often impulsively charging into battle without a strategy.
Early on, Ash originally trained not to further himself but instead to catch more Pokémon than Gary, a feat that he never accomplished. Ash later slowed his pace, which allowed him to focus on the individual traits of each Pokémon. At the [[Silver Conference]], with great humility and maturity, Ash finally won a battle against his old rival, signifying a great milestone in his history as a Trainer. His maturity has also increased in his dealings with Pokémon. This was shown when {{AP|a Mankey|Primeape}} stole his {{AP|hat}} in ''[[EP025|Primeape Goes Bananas]]'', he screamed and yelled at it, even climbing trees just to get his hat back, but when an {{AP|Aipom}} did the same in ''[[AG179|Slaking Kong]]'', he stated merely that he would feel strange without a hat. When Aipom stole his hat again on several future occasions, however, while she was under his ownership, he chased after her in the same manner as before, most likely out of exasperation that she still hadn't learned her lesson.