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Ash Ketchum

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Later in their journeys, Ash and friends reached [[Anistar City]] and, together with Professor Sycamore, they met the Gym Leader, [[Olympia]]. She revealed his Frogadier's past as a Froakie from before meeting Ash and a glimpse of Frogadier's, his friend's, Sycamore's, Team Rocket's, and his fate, indicating that they would all play a vital role in Kalos's future. Ash challenged her to a [[Double Battle]], which he won using Frogadier and {{AP|Talonflame}}.
Shortly after, the group came across a mysterious Pokémon, dubbed [[Squishy]] by Bonnie, who was being pursued relentlessly by the [[Villainousvillainous team|villainous organization]], [[Team Flare]], prompting the group to put it under their protective custody. Some time afterward, Ash and his friends got involved in a conflict in Sanpei's [[Ninja Village|home town]], which led to Frogadier evolving into Greninja, as well as achieving [[Bond Phenomenon]] for the first time. During another confrontation with Team Flare in [[Terminus Cave]], Ash learned Bond Phenomenon came at a cost, as he was able to share Greninja's senses, but also share its pain.
Later on, Ash met up with [[Alain]], who became intrigued by Greninja's Bond Phenomenon and requested to battle Ash. Ash put up a decent fight but eventually lost. After his loss against Alain, Ash and Greninja began training to perfect Greninja's new form. Ash and Greninja later had a rematch with Alain and a battle against Diantha, during the latter Greninja even managed to reach its final Ash-Greninja form. Despite their training, the two were unsuccessful to master the transformation as Ash passed out during both battles from exhaustion from using the form.
Ash is shown to have a strong sense of justice, especially when it comes to Pokémon. If a Pokémon is in trouble, he will make every effort to help them, even if he has no prior connection to them. If they are the cause of trouble, he will stop them, and then try to understand them, with almost all such occasions being a case of the Pokémon, or their Trainers or friends, having a problem which can't be resolved normally. In those cases, he will selflessly volunteer to help them. Should the problem be caused by [[human]]s, such as {{TRT}}, {{pkmn|poacher|Pokémon thieves, hunters, or poachers}}, Ash will resolve to do anything in his power to stop them.
Despite this, and previous dealings with [[Villainousvillainous team|evil organizations]]teams, Ash has retained a remarkably optimistic and naive outlook, a trait {{ashfr|his companions}} seem to share. He is quick to praise and has an unshakable trust in both his Pokémon and his friends. Also, Ash is determined to see the best in everybody unless he has a very good reason not to. An example would be Team Rocket's frequent 'sudden appearances' that coincide with their needs at that time, and Ash never questioning it until it is too late. Another example would be how he always praises {{an|Clemont}} for [[Clemontic Gear|his inventions]], no matter their high failure rate, and the near-inevitable explosion, or {{an|Cilan}} for his various hobbies. Furthermore, even though almost all of his friends have large dreams, Ash fully supports them and has never doubted their ability to accomplish them, possibly due to his own highly ambitious goal. He also encourages Pokémon to do the best they can, even if they aren't his own and has even helped train [[wild Pokémon]].
In the [[original series]], though Ash actively took part in {{pkmn|battle}}s, he was rarely seen independently {{pkmn|training}} his Pokémon. However, since the {{series|Advanced Generation}}, Ash is shown training more noticeably, having practice battles with his friends and focusing on [[move]]s, techniques, and strategies with his Pokémon. A noticeable trait of Ash's is his willingness to learn from both his victories and defeats. For example, after winning in a [[Gym]] battle against [[Winona]] in ''[[AG085|Sky High Gym Battle!]]'' and witnessing her Pokémon's powerful {{m|Aerial Ace}}, Ash was motivated to have his {{AP|Swellow}} learn it. Even his losses can inspire him, such as when he lost to [[Clayton]] in ''[[DP159|Short and To the Punch!]]'' and decided to teach his {{AP|Buizel}} {{m|Ice Punch|one of the moves}} Clayton's {{p|Mr. Mime}} had used during their battle. He believes nothing he and his Pokémon do on their journey is a waste of time.