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Ash Ketchum

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Ash {{pkmn2|caught}} his first Pokémon, a {{AP|Caterpie}}, in ''[[EP003|Ash Catches a Pokémon]]''.
In ''[[EP005|Showdown in Pewter City]]'', Ash decided to compete in the [[Indigo League|Pokémon League]] regional championships by earning [[Badge]]s from [[Gym Leader]]s across the [[Kanto]] region. Ash fought {{an|Brock}}, the {{gy|Pewter}} Gym Leader, in a [[Pokémon battle]] and lost easily. During his [[rematch]], Ash nearly defeated Brock but refused to give the final blow due to the intervention of Brock's {{brocksib|younger siblings}}. Touched by Ash's kindness to Pokémon and with the return of his estranged father, {{ka|Flint}}, Brock decided to go with Ash and pursue his dream of being the world's best {{tc|Pokémon Breeder}} and gave Ash the {{Badge|Boulder}}.
In ''[[EP007|The Water Flowers of Cerulean City]]'', Ash reached the [[Cerulean Gym]] and was shocked to learn that Misty was one of its Gym Leaders. Though the match was interrupted when Team Rocket tried to steal the Pokémon from the Gym, [[The Sensational Sisters|Misty's sisters]] awarded Ash a {{Badge|Cascade}} when Pikachu saved the [[Gym]] with a {{m|Thunderbolt}}. He continued his journey with Misty, who had dreams of becoming the world's greatest {{t|Water}} Pokémon Master.
====[[New series]]====
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[[File:Ash goal SS.png|thumb|250px|Ash's goal of battling World Champion Leon]]
Sometime after his return to Kanto, Ash joined Professor Oak in attending the opening of the new [[Sakuragi Institute]] in [[Vermilion City]]. During the opening ceremony, the head of the institute, [[Professor Sakuragi]], informed the attendees that a rare Pokémon would be appearing at the local port shortly. Ash eagerly rushed over there and found out the rare Pokémon was a Lugia. During this encounter, he also met a boy named {{an|Go}}, and the two shared a ride with Lugia throughout Kanto. When they later returned to the Sakuragi Institute, Professor Sakuragi was amazed by the information they had gathered about Lugia, and he asked them to become his [[Professors' aides|research assistants]]. They accepted the offer and were provided with their own room to stay in. Delia also left Mimey at the institute to take care of Ash while he stayed there.
Though Ash normally catches five or more Pokémon per [[region]] (not including when he traveled through the [[Orange Archipelago]] and challenged the {{gdis|Battle Frontier|III}} in his second tour of [[Kanto]]), he rarely ever switches the Pokémon in his current [[party]] with those in [[Pokémon Storage System|storage]] at {{an|Professor Oak}}'s [[Professor Oak's Laboratory|Laboratory]]. He usually only does so when battling against powerful opponents (such as Trainers in the [[Pokémon League Conference]]s, and [[Frontier Brain]]s), or when attending certain events that requires a specific Pokémon (like {{AP|Tauros}} at the [[Pokémon Swap Meet]] or {{AP|Snorlax}} at the [[Sumo Conference]]). However, during the {{series|Best Wishes}}, Ash actively cycled through the nine Pokémon he managed to catch in [[Unova]], although these Pokémon, when not in his party, were instead kept in storage at [[Professor Juniper]]'s lab in [[Nuvema Town]]. Near the end of his journey in Unova, Professor Juniper transferred all of Ash's Pokémon to Professor Oak's lab. Ash did not use this system of training in the [[XY series|following series]], though he did leave his Alolan party with {{an|Professor Kukui}} at the end of the {{series|Sun & Moon}}.
Ash currently has ownership of 7374 Pokémon, including all 30 of his Tauros. Including pre-evolved forms, traded, released, and [[Gift Pokémon|given away]] Pokémon (and not including the additional Tauros), in total, Ash has currently officially owned a total of 9293 different Pokémon species.
====In rotation====
| {{ActivePoké|Ash|Mr. Mime|Mimey.png|psychic|fairy|link=Mimey}}
| {{ActivePoké|Ash|Dragonite|‎Ash Dragonite.png|dragon|flying}}
| {{ActivePoké|Ash|Gengar|Ash Gengar.png|ghost|poison}}
[[File:Ash hat OS concept art.jpg|thumb|160px|Concept art of original series Ash's hat]]
* [[Ash's hat]] in the [[original series]] was similar to {{ga|Red}}'s hat in his original design from {{game|Red and Green|s}} before undergoing several changes until the final design.
* Ash has never officially {{pkmn2|caught}} a Pokémon of the {{t|Ghost}} type; a [[regional form]]; a female-only; or a [[Legendary Pokémon]]; nor has he [[Mega Evolution|Mega Evolved]] any of his Pokémon.
* Ash has caught at least one of the [[starter Pokémon]] in every [[region]].
** He has also caught at least one Pokémon belonging to all eighteen [[type]]s (this includes Pokémon he owns or has owned that have been retroactively made {{type|Fairy}}).
* Ash's birthday in the main series, according to [[Takeshi Shudo]]'s anime novelizations, is 10 years, 10 months, and 10 days ''exactly'' before the day he began his Pokémon journey. In [[M20]], Ash's birthdate is instead the same day he began his journey.
** On a related note, Ash is still considered 10 years old in promotional materials as well as the [[BW001|first episode]] of ''Best Wishes'' despite ''[[BW141|Best Wishes Until We Meet Again!]]'' strongly implying that at least a full year had passed since his time in Johto.