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Ash's Pikachu

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Personality and characteristics
In [[SM137]], Ash used Pikachu in his Manalo Conference semifinal battle against Guzma, where he went up against Golisopod after Torracat was defeated. When Pikachu managed to avoid Golisopod's Poison Jab and his Iron Tail got blocked by Liquidation, he suffered damage from Golisopod's Throat Chop. Despite the hit, Pikachu managed to hang in there and used Electroweb to block Golisopod's Pin Missile. He used Thunderbolt, but Golisopod was able to block the attack. While it was distracted, Pikachu used Iron Tail on Golisopod's feet to send it flying, then used another Thunderbolt to strike back. Still has a chance, Pikachu goes to execute Gigavolt Havoc, but just like Corkscrew Crash, Golisopod was able to endure it. Going for broke now, Pikachu uses Quick Attack to avoid Golisopod's Pin Missile, followed by Iron Tail, which gets blocked by Liquidation. Pikachu uses Electroweb, but Golisopod uses its claw to blow it away, then uses Poison Jab, but Pikachu avoided it soon after. After another Iron Tail and Liquidation clash, Pikachu was left standing and Golisopod got defeated, allowing Ash to advance to the finals.
 
In [[SM138]], Ash used Pikachu to finish off [[Gladion's Silvally]], who was worn down by {{AP|Melmetal}}, in the finals of the Manalo Conference by bouncing off an Electroweb to gain momentum and knocking it out with an Iron Tail. He went up against Lycanroc, who was hit by an unexpected Night Daze and blocked Electroweb with Shadow Claw. When Pikachu hits Lycanroc with Thunderbolt, it was an illusion disguise by {{p|Zoroark}}. The battle continued in the [[SM139|next episode]] where both Pikachu and Zoroark were evenly matched. When Zoroark uses {{m|Never-Ending Nightmare}}, Pikachu uses Breakneck Blitz to break through. After the collision, both of them got knocked out.
 
==Personality and characteristics==
After Ash gained Pikachu's loyalty in ''[[EP001|Pokémon - I Choose You!]]'', Pikachu became extremely loyal to Ash and has maintained this loyalty, and while he is not always immediately trusting of strangers, he is generally friendly to humans and Pokémon alike. He acted as a guardian and big brother to [[Misty's Togepi]], and has been seen mediating and even breaking up fights among other Pokémon, such as in ''[[PK01|Pikachu's Vacation]]''. In ''[[M01|Mewtwo Strikes Back]]'', Pikachu, {{MTR}}, and Meowth's clone were the only Pokémon not to participate in the giant battle; Pikachu stood motionless as his [[Pikachutwo|clone]] repeatedly slapped his face. Contrary to his distrusting nature, Pikachu took a liking to Misty very early in the series, and he has retained this liking of Misty throughout the series, such as when he was very happy to see her in ''[[AG132|The Scheme Team]]'' and ''[[SM042|Alola, Kanto!]]''.
[[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]]''.
 
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.
 
As shown in a handful of episodes, the first being ''[[EP042|Showdown at Dark City]]'', Pikachu has a special fondness for ketchup, but he will eat and enjoy almost any other human or Pokémon food. In ''[[BW116|The Fires Of A Red-Hot Reunion]]'', Pikachu also displayed fondness for orange juice. In ''[[SM104|That's Some Spicy Island Research!]]'', Pikachu was shown to have a distaste for [[Poni Island]] radishes. A running joke in the anime also seems to be Pikachu using Thunderbolt at the beginning of each series to destroy a female companion's bike or shock the companion herself. This has happened to {{an|Misty}}, {{an|May}}, {{an|Dawn}}, {{an|Iris}}, and {{an|Bonnie}}.
 
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).
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