Ash Ketchum (Japanese: サトシ,Satoshi) is the main protagonist of the Pokémon anime series who has always dreamed of becoming a Pokémon Master and as soon as he hit the age of ten, he rushed to Professor Oak's Laboratory to get his first Pokémon. He's the first character to be introduced in the series. Originally wanting to choose Squirtle, Ash ended up getting the Pokémon Pikachu, and left on his journey. At first, Pikachu did not listen to Ash and kept running away, so Ash had to tie him up. Then after getting chased by a flock of Spearow, Ash attempted to save Pikachu from them; Pikachu, after seeing Ash so determined to help him, protected Ash from the Spearow. From then on, Pikachu and Ash became best friends for life. As a completely unskilled trainer, Ash started his adventure; while meeting his friends Misty and Brock and capturing new Pokémon. Ash eventually defeated all the Gym Leaders in Kanto, allowing him to enter in the Pokémon League. Since then, he has continued to travel, make new friends such as Tracey, May, Max and Dawn; challenging all Gym Leaders and capturing new Pokémon, while still following his goal of becoming a Pokémon Master. Since this goal is so close to his heart, he sometimes acts a bit rash and rushes to the next battle he can as fast as possible. Ash is currently travelling in the Kalos region, with his new friends: Clemont, Bonnie, and Serena. Ash's name in the Japanese version of the anime is Satoshi, which is also the name of the creator of Pokémon. It is unknown who Ash's father is; but, according to 'Pokémon Live!', it is stated that his mother dated Giovanni and was in his gang, but took a better route in life when she met Ash's father.
Ash currently has six Pokémon with him since his capture of Sewaddle. Any additional Pokémon he catches will be transferred and looked after by Professor Juniper. The first Pokémon sent was his Tranquill but later he traded it in for Swadloon. Later Ash rotates his Pokémon.
Ash was given Pikachu by Professor Oak as the original Kanto starter Pokemon had been taken. Originally, Pikachu would not listen to Ash and constantly shocked him. However, after accidentally angering a flock of Spearow, Pikachu had a change of heart when it saw Ash defend him. Since then, Pikachu has assisted and been very successful in many of Ash's wins and over time has adopted Ash's mannerisms. Pikachu does not want to be in its Poké Ball so it stays out all the time, often riding on Ash's shoulder or head. Pikachu's Moves: ThunderShock, Thunderbolt, Agility, Quick Attack, Thunder, Double-Edge, Tackle, Leer, Iron Tail, Volt Tackle and Electro Ball.
Froakie first appeared in Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin! where he observed Pikachu shocking Bonnie, Clemont and Ash outside the Lumiose Gym. Froakie protected Pikachu from his own Electro Ball, which had been rebounded by Wobbuffet's Mirror Coat. At the end of the episode, Froakie appeared in front of Sycamore's lab with a Poké Ball and asked Ash to catch him, which Ash did so gladly. He later evolved into a Frogadier during a battle against Saizo and Barbaracle. He evolved into Greninja in a battle against Heidayu and Bisharp after enduring and blocking Bisharp's Shadow Claw.
Fletchling first appeared where it swooped down to take a berry that Bonnie gave to a Dedenne. Afterwards, Froakie challenged it to a battle but Fletchling's speed and strength proved to be too much for Froakie. Froakie was finally able to land a hit on the Tiny Robin Pokémon. Ash threw a Poké Ball at it but the capture was unsuccessful. Froakie continued the battle with Fletchling and landed a hit with Water Pulse. Ash threw another Poké Ball at Fletchling and managed to catch it this time. It later evolved into Fletchinder during a sky battle against Moria's Talonflame and then into a Talonflame while battling against the legendary Pokémon, Moltres.
Hawlucha first appeared when he was protecting a group of small Pokémon from a rampaging Ursaring. He was known as the "Champion of the Forest" after beating a Machamp prior to being captured. He decided to travel with Ash after he helped him perfect the move, Flying Press and settle the rivalry between it and Machamp.
Noibat hatched from its egg after being found by Ash's Hawlucha. It then ate some fruits and drank some water, but later got captured by Team Rocket, who wanted to make him evolve into Noivern. Later they confronted on a cave, but Noibat was smart enough to use his ultrasonic waves to identify Team Rocket and chase them out of the cave. Later it decided to join Ash's team.
Ash and Brock once saved a Charmander from death, and after saving it from its incompetent trainer, Brock decided that Ash should remain with it. Then, evolving from Charmeleon, Charizard didn't obey any orders that Ash gave and quite often used its flamethrower attack on Ash. However, after getting frozen in battle, Charizard started to respect Ash as Ash nursed it back to health. Since then it has been a vital powerhouse in Ash's team and has been used in several Gym, League and Frontier battles and has even held its own in battles against Entei and Articuno. It currently resides with Ash in Unova. Charizard's Moves: Flamethrower, Leer, Rage, Skull Bash, Ember, Fire Spin, Submission, Seismic Toss, Mega Punch, Dragon Rage, Take Down, Tackle, DragonBreath, Overheat, Steel Wing, Wing Attack, Slash, and Dragon Tail.