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Ash Ketchum

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'''Ash Ketchum''' (Japanese: '''サトシ''' ''Satoshi'') is the main character of the [[Pokémon anime]]. He is also the main character of various {{pkmn|manga}} based on the anime, including [[The Electric Tale of Pikachu]], [[Ash & Pikachu]], and {{OBP|Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl|Sakai Takayuki}}.
He is a [[Pokémon Trainer]] from [[Pallet Town]] whose goal is to become a [[Pokémon Master]]. His [[starter Pokémon]] was a {{AP|Pikachu}} that he received from {{an|Professor Oak}} after arriving late at [[Professor Oak's Laboratory|his laboratory]]. In the {{series|Sun & Moon}}, he becomes the first {{pkmn|Champion}} of the [[Alola]] [[region]]'s [[Alola League|Pokémon League]].
He shares his Japanese name with the creator of the [[Pokémon]] franchise, [[Satoshi Tajiri]]. His English surname is a pun of the English motto, "[[Gotta catch 'em all!]]."
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}} belonging to Sycamore 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.