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In the main series
* [[Trip]] was Ash's only unfriendly rival in the {{series|Best Wishes}}. The rivalry formed when Trip found out that Ash was from Kanto, a region Trip thinks very little of. Trip believed Ash to be a redneck from the boonies who needed to go back to the basics of Pokémon, causing a heated rivalry. However, they were shown to respect each other to some extent in various episodes. Like with Gary and Paul, the two became friends when Ash beat Trip at the [[Vertress Conference]].
* {{an|Tierno}} was Ash's primary rival for the first part of the {{series|XY}}, with {{an|Trevor}} serving as a minor secondary rival. During the second part of his Kalos journey, however, Ash struck up serious rivalries with [[Alain]] and [[Sawyer]]. Alain wished to test the unique power of Ash and his {{AP|Greninja}}, while Sawyer looked up to Ash and made it his goal to surpass him.
* {{an|Gladion}} is aAsh's recurringmain rival of Ash in the {{series|Sun & Moon}}. Ash and Gladion's rivalry was mutually respectful from the start, with Gladion recognizing Ash's strength almost immediately. Gladion eventually became more dedicated to surpassing Ash after witnessing his and his Pikachu's aptitude for [[Z-Move]]s, leading him to undertake the [[island challenge]]. Though Gladion is much calmer than Ash, he and Ash both share a deep, internal passion for intense battling.
* Ash also has friendly rivalries with [[Ritchie]], {{jo|Harrison}}, [[Morrison]], {{ho|Tyson}}, {{si|Tobias}}, [[Stephan]], {{an|Bianca}}, [[Virgil]], {{un|Cameron}}, {{an|Kiawe}}, and [[Hau]].
 
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