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Within the Pokémon anime there are several times that certain emphasis is focused on two characters more than others and this can lead to fans imagining characters being in a relationship together. These can develop deeper over several seasons or arcs of the show or even be entirely based on individual episodes.
Main cast ships
Ash x Brock
Serving as Ash’s longest travelling companion the Brock and Ash have a long history together, from the Original series in Kanto through to Sinnoh in the Diamond and Pearl series (with the exception of the Orange Archipelago arc). Many of their interactions that BoulderShippers support revolves around the two characters caring for each other when sick or injured, such as in ‘’Sick Daze’’ or ‘’A Meteoric Rise to Excellence!’’. They are shown to work well together as well in Tag Battles, speaking to the strength of their relationship, as seen in ‘’Grating Spaces!’’ and ‘’A Full Course Tag Battle!’’.
Ash x Dawn
Commonly known as PearlShipping, which originates from the belief that Dawn's game persona would be linked to the Pearl name upon Diamond and Pearl's release before much was known about either the anime saga or Dawn's character.
Travelling with Ash through the Sinnoh region, it was through a lot of guidance from Ash and Brock that Dawn was able to develop into a capable Trainer. PearlShippers commonly cite the many similarities between the two characters first journeys across their respective region, highlighting, in particular, the similarities in their Pokémon’s behavior towards them, such as Piplup and Pikachu’s initial mistrust of their partner, and the issues that they had getting their Charizard and Mamoswine to obey them after evolving. In the Japanese version, it features one of the first opening theme duets in the form of High Touch!, which is sung by Ash and Dawn’s voice actors. This theme is frequently used as background music in moments of victory between the two, specifically highlighting the significance of a high five between them and the importance it has on their relationship.
Ash x Iris
Commonly known as NegaiShipping, with Negai meaning ‘wish’, linking to Pokémon the Series: Black & White.
Although their relationship started off rocky with a lot of fighting, throughout the series, Iris came to trust Ash. As well as this, she was the first female traveling companion to follow Ash of her own accord, and not due to her bike being destroyed or being invited along on his journey. Cilan, a Connoisseur has noted on several different occasions that Ash and Iris give off an interesting flavor when they are together and have also pointed out their similarities. This usually causes them to lash out at him aggressively in disagreement.
Ash x Lana
Commonly known as BlueAngelShipping, referring to the color of Lana’s hair and her calm and gentle personality.
Ash and Lana are good friends, helping teach each others Pokémon and building upon the skills together as can be seen in ‘’Yo, Ho, Ho! Go, Popplio!’’. Multiple times over the course of the Sun and Moon series it was questioned by others as to whether they were a couple, such as Harper and Sarah in ‘’Yo, Ho, Ho! Go, Popplio!’’ and Olivia in ‘’Big Sky, Small Fry!’’.
Ash x Lillie
Ash and Lillie both joined the Pokémon School at the same time, quickly bonding with each other and their classmates. Ash admires Lillie's knowledge on Pokémon of the Alola region, and it was thanks to him that she was able to overcome her fear of touching Pokémon. In the opening theme Alola!! the two are parallelled as well with Ash being used to symbolise the sun and Lille to symbolize the moon.
Ash x May
May is Ash’s first full time female companion after Misty left as a main character and accompanied him across both Hoenn and Kanto. She is a Coordinator and the first companion of his to have a frequently visited goal in the series, aiming to win the Grand Festival. Throughout the series, characters mistakenly believed they were a couple as seen primarily in ‘’The Bicker The Better’’. Their companionship is cemented during the ending of the Terracotta Town Contest in ‘’Home is Where the Start Is’’ where the final battle results in a draw and they split the winning ribbon.
Ash x Misty
- Main article: Shipping:PokéShipping
Commonly known as PokéShipping, originating from it being one of the first introduced ships within the anime. It has a strong history within the show and the surrounding media and adaptations.
Ash x Serena
- Main article: Shipping:AmourShipping
Commonly known as AmourShipping, deriving from the French word for love, the region that Kalos is based on. This ship gained a lot of attention due to the revelation of the two characters knowing each other since their childhood. This was further assisted when the characters went their separate ways and it is heavily implied a kiss occurred between them.
Brock x May
Jessie x James
- Main article: Shipping:RocketShipping
Commonly known as RocketShipping, based upon their careers as Team Rocket members. This ship has a lot of implied and creator confirmed evidence regarding it that appears in the other adaptations of the anime.
Misty x Brock
Commonly known as GymShipping as both Misty and Brock are Gym Leaders.
Misty and Brock have shared many adventures with Ash over the course of the Pokémon series. As a result, they’ve also had many close moments, such as in ‘’Mystery at the Lighthouse’’ where the two of them waltzed to Dragonite’s music, or in ‘’Snow Way Out!’’ when they found a hot spring when they were separated from Ash. During the Johto arc of the anime, a running gag is developed where Brock, whenever confessing his feelings toward a female character, is pulled back into line by Misty.
Misty x Tracey
This pairing whilst given some evidence during the Orange Archipelago arc, mostly in their admiration of each other's knowledge and abilities, had their relationship primarily showcased in the Side Story episodes. Both Casey and Sakura mistook them for being a couple in their respective episodes. Daisy also asked Tracey to play a prince, opposite Misty as a mermaid, in a production by the Cerulean Gym. Tracey, gave Misty an Egg that contained an Azurill to hatch and care for. Finally, in ‘’The Dream Continues!’’ when Ash is looking for Tracey, Professor Oak tells him that his currently visiting Misty.
Serena x Clemont
Serena and Clemont share a very positive friendship, with Clemont excited to teach and show Serena new things and Serena showing a lot of kindness and generosity in return. When Meyer, Clemont’s father, meets Serena in ‘’Clemont’s Got a Secret!’’, he teased Clemont by calling her his “beautiful girlfriend”. Clemont also trusts Serena enough to leave Bonnie in her care when he has to leave the group temporarily during The Future Is Now, Thanks to Determination!. In ‘’Party Dancecapades!’’, Serena asks Clemont to be her date to the party and invites him to dance.
Ash x Gary
Commonly known as PalletShipping, as both characters originate from Pallet Town.
The pair have always had a rivalry with Gary frequently poking fun at Ash and bragging about his victories over Ash. Whereas Ash’s drive and determination derive heavily from his rivalry with Gary. To the point where early on in the series Ash actually follows Gary to new regions, even after he decides to start being a Pokémon Researcher. Delia and Professor Oak also comment during the Silver Conference that the two share a very close friendship. This is solidified by the matching broken Pokéball halves they share.
Cilan x Burgundy
Commonly known as SommelierShipping, named for the Japanese name of their specialization as Pokémon Connoisseurs.
Burgundy considers Cilan to be one of her biggest rivals, determined to one day better him in competition, both as a Trainer and as a Connoisseur. Despite her abrasiveness, Cilan has been shown to be nothing but pleasant to her even when the ire is directed towards him. In ‘’Battling Authority Once Again!’’, Georgia questions her jealousy towards him and implies that she may have deeper feelings, which causes Burgundy to get flustered.
Dawn x Conway
Commonly known as HeatTagShipping. The name comes from its original coiner always missing the 'r' in Hearthome, coming out with the word 'Heat'. 'Tag' is short for tag team.
Dawn first met Conway in Hearthome City in Tag, We're It!. Both joined the Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition and were partnered where Dawn was impressed with Conway’s battling ability. The two met again in Camping It Up! when both enrolled as students in Professor Rowan's Pokémon Summer Academy where Conway promises to protect Dawn.
May x Drew
The relationship between May and Drew is very similar to that of Ash and Gary in the way they acted towards each other. With Drew being critical and arrogant towards May, and May being irked by his actions, constantly striving to better him. Early on, Drew made a habit of gifting May roses with the excuse they were for her Pokémon, this is even played for comedy later when May receives a rose from an unknown person and she assumes it’s from Drew. Multiple characters over the course of the series tease the pair about their potential interest in each other including Harley, Brock, Caroline, Brianna, Jessie, Max and Solidad.
One-sided canon ships
Ash x Angie
Commonly known as MorpheusShipping which originates from Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams, to represent their mutual feelings for their lessons (by sleeping through them).
It is confirmed on Angie’s side that she developed feelings for Ash over the course of the Pokémon Summer Academy arc after Ash saves her from falling down a cliff and protects her from the ghost girl. During ‘’If the Scarf Fits, Wear It!’’ Ash defends Angie’s actions to her parents, and after the conclusion of the episode, her parents joke about the two of them getting married.
Ash x Lyra
Commonly known as PokéSilverShipping and is likely to be derived from the fact that Lyra's game counterpart is the female playable character of HeartGold and SoulSilver. It was formerly a one-sided canon ship on Lyra's side until she developed feelings for Khoury.
It is implied in Gone With the Windworks! that Lyra has an interest in Ash when she considers him a potential marriage candidate. She admires his bravery and wishes Khoury acted more like him. Lyra has even asked Dawn if she and Ash are a couple, though Dawn informed her that they are just friends. In A Rivalry to Gible On!, Lyra attempted to pair Khoury and Dawn together as a couple, despite Dawn's refusal, before eventually realizing she had feelings for Khoury.
Brock x Holly
Commonly known as TeenCareShipping.
Brock first met Holly during the Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition, where they were Tag Battle partners in the tournament. Despite her initial disinterest she quickly began admiring him as the tournament progressed, and even getting jealous when Brock expressed interest in Nurse Joy. After their loss in ‘’Smells Like Team Spirit!’’ Brock comforts her and afterward, she leaves so that she can become a better partner for him. Brock is saddened to find she left without saying goodbye and that he may have lost his chance at love.
Brock x Ivy
It was formerly a one-sided canon relationship on Brock’s side, going above and beyond in helping her with her research, however, he is no longer interested in her.
Brock x Suzie
In ‘’Pokémon Fashion Flash’’ Brock initially wanted to be one of Suzie’s students, but she said she was too busy to take on pupils, greatly admiring her skills and wanting to learn more himself. He takes to heart her philosophy of close personal relationships with Pokémon was the most important thing in raising them. At the culmination of the episode, she leaves her Vulpix in her care and leaves to begin her own journey. They’re reunited in ‘’Beauty and the Breeder’’ when she requests to meet up with Brock and Vulpix again. After seeing Suzie and Zane work together, Brock realizes that he and Suzie would never be anything more than good friends and he decides to leave Vulpix back with Suzie saying he was just looking after it for some time.
Jimmy x Marina
Commonly known as QuestShipping.
Appearing during ‘’The Legend of Thunder!’’ specials, it is heavily implied that there is mutual unspoken interest between Jimmy and Marina, despite other characters, such as Vincent and Jimmy's Typhlosion noticing and taunting Jimmy about it. During the third part when Marina is rescued, Jimmy and Marina share a knowing look, and when they part ways, Marina calls Vincent on her Pokégear to make sure he has her number.
Other one-sided canon ships
|Ship Name||Characters involved||Episodes|
|AbilityShipping||Ash x Anabel||AG169-AG170|
|Admiration Shipping||Drew x Brianna||AG162|
|AkebiShipping||Dawn's Buneary x Phione||DP113|
|AmorousShipping||Brock x Temacu||EP198|
|BackShipping||Marina x Vincent||The Legend of Thunder!|
|DanceShipping||Misty x Rudy||EP103|
|DedicateShipping||May x Sid||M07|
|FireShipping||Ash x Macy||EP267-EP268|
|KitchenMaidShipping||Brock x Autumn||DP062|
|SomeoneElseShipping||Georgio x Misty||HS11|
Ash Charizard x Charla
Buneary x Pikachu
This is one-sided canon on Buneary's side, whose crush on Pikachu was a running feature in the Diamond and Pearl series, frequently fawning over him and appearing with hearts in her eyes and blushing during their interactions. The crush was noted by Ash, Brock and Dawn in Buneary’s debut Setting the World on Its Buneary!’’ and is also noticed by May in ’’A Full Course Tag Battle!’’
Meowth x Meowsie
Commonly known as NekoShipping, in reference to the Japanese word for a cat, neko.
This pairing is one-sided canon on Meowth’s side and is brought up multiple times throughout the series. It is explored primarily in ‘’Go West Young Meowth’’. Meowth fell in love with Meowzie but had nothing to offer her that her owner couldn’t provide, so to impress her he learned to speak and walk on two legs. Upon doing so however, she considered him a freak regardless of his motivations.
Pikachu x Meowth
Commonly known as KrazyShipping, which references Krazy Kat, a comic strip from the early 20th century about a cat who was in love with a mouse, while the mouse hated the cat.
Despite the differences between Meowth and Pikachu fans of this pairing think that there is some basis for a relationship and have been shown to work well together when they have to, such as in Island of the Giant Pokémon and Bound for Trouble. In A Scare to Remember, Pikachu gets amnesia and is actually caught by the Rocket trio. Although Meowth does trick Pikachu into thinking it was raised by Team Rocket, throughout the episode, Meowth admits he feels guilty about tricking Pikachu. Finally, in the Polka O Dolka ending, Meowth and Pikachu are seen dancing together.