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Ash Ketchum

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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. Fan theories, however, have often featured Giovanni as Ash's father, especially during the early seasons of the anime.