This WMG page can be considered a subpage of Pokémon Anime and by extension Pokémon, and is solely to put your wild mass guesses about Ash Ketchum's father on. The "Eagun is Ash" theory goes on the Colosseum page. Crossovers get their own section.
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The Most Common Guesses
Professor Oak is Ash's father.
Giovanni is Ash's father.
Silver (from Chronicles) is Ash's father.
Ash's father is a Ditto.From a Fridge Horror entry on this page, it's theoretically possible that a Ditto may be able to Transform into a human for breeding purpose (since Ditto can be used in breeding centers to make Pokemon eggs with any Pokemon with a gender). The Ditto assumed the form of an attractive male, bred with Delia, then returned to the wild.
Ash's Father is Gary
Ash is Gary's fatherWell, nobody ever questions Gary's parents, do they? At least Ash has a mother, Gary only has his grandfather, even though it hasn't been mentioned if ol' Sammy Oak even HAS children. Just toss a Celebi into the mix, and we have an older Ash going back to before he was born, impregnating Gary's mother, and leaving soon after. Gary is born at roughly the same time as Ash, but unfortunately, his mother dies soon after. Delia finds the young Gary, but with no room to look after him in her own house, takes him to the professor, who raises him as his grandson.
Ash's father was turned into a Psychic or Electric Pokemon.
Dawn is Ash's father.Pretty convincing woman, isn't she? The reason she appears younger then him is because she and some other person used a wishing stone.
Ash and Dawn are full siblingsShortly after Dawn was born, their parents split up, each taking one child, and the father had a sex change.
Ash's father is Lugia.It explains Ash's prophetic role in the second movie - three orbs will only light up when he holds them. Lugia could have magically caused a virgin birth (or caused an unfertilized egg to hatch); more likely, he took a human disguise and romanced a young Delia. Mr. Ketchum is only mentioned briefly by Ash's mom, with no real detail. (Specifically, Delia told Ash how long it took his father to get from Pallet Town to Viridian City). This could've been something she made up to comfort him or one of the few vague comments Lugia mentioned in the short time she got to know him. Alternatively, she could be under the impression that another man is his father (which gels nicely with the Giovanni and Prof. Oak theories). The same theory could apply to any of the other legendaries; but Lugia has the most relevance to Ash's supernatural qualities, and is seemingly the most intelligent.
Sir Aaron is Ash's father.He was brought from the past by Celebi and left on Delia's doorstep. It's the reason why their Aura is so similar. Delia just lied about his father because she had no idea either.
Professor Birch is Ash's father.Ash just got into bleaching his hair when he lived with Birch in the 3rd Gen game continuity instead of staying with Delia like the anime/Yellow continuity.
Brock is Ash's fatherIt's only assumed he's around the same age as Ash. Really, he's a shameless womanizer, so it's not like it's crazy. He's all too eager to go on an adventure with Ash, too.
Missing No. is Ash's father.Because somebody has to be.
Mew is Ash's father.It shapeshifts, it's protective of him, and, again, somebody has to be. (Also solves for "Mew is Ho-Oh and Ash's Guardian" and why Ash went all incandescent - with a lot of pink, like Mew's energy field - from the Pokemon tears in the 1st movie, and now seems to be immortal.)
Mew is Ash's mother (Delia in Pokemon form) and Lugia is Ash's father, who may or may not be Aaron's father as well.It's not that Farfetch'd, considering Mew can shapeshift, and Lugia is supposedly Ash's father but has not been shown to change shape. Has anyone ever actually seen Mew and Delia in the same screen? Plus, the Mr. Mime is there to suppress her psychic powers while in human form, not just as a housekeeper.
In a big long chain of Luke, I Am Your Father 's...Lugia somehow fathered Sir Aaron, some of his desendants left his homeland at some point, Ash and his father are direct desendants of these people, and Richie and all the people who look like Ash are offshoots of the line. The reason they all still look alike is because of the power of Lugia in their bloodline or something. If Giovanni is Ash's father and a desendant of Lugia, he may be Trying To Take Over The World because he sensed that he was more powerful than ordinary humans somehow. So Lugia -> Sir Aaron -/-> Giovanni -> Ash.
Riley is Ash's fatherOK, he has recently appeared in the anime, just HAPPENS to look exactly like Aaron (who, himself, looks like a grown up-version of Ash and has the same aura as him); he trains a Lucario (like Aaron) and, oh look! He's an AURA GUARDIAN! And probably the last one too! Hmm... Wait....Who's the other human character, who's been seen using Aura-powers three times? Oh, right, THAT'S ASH!
Old Man Weedle is Ash's father.Prove me wrong, bitch.
Mimey is Ash's fatherDelia would rather not let Ash know that she's into that sort of thing, so she made up Ash's "real" father to throw Ash off. How, exactly, being half-Pokémon affected Ash is something that I'm not even going to bother speculating.
Misty's future son is Ash's father.Togepi told her, because it's some sort of time-and-space traveler as implied in the Togetic episode. That's the real reason she left at the end of the Johto saga.
Arceus is Ash's father.C'mon, Ash's The Chosen One in so many prophecies... Also, he already revived dead Pokemon. What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic??
Delia is Ash's fatherShe was originally a guy who's name was Dell Ketchum. A long time ago, Dell made a Missingno pregnant and that's how Ash was born. Since Missingno is super glitchy, it accidentally turned Dell into a woman after Ash was born. After that, Dell decided to go by the alias of Delia Ketchum.
Delia is Ash's father.And mother. It's complicated.
Cyrus is Ash's fatherAnd he's sick of everyone saying Giovanni is.
Red's Pika is Ash's fatherThis is why Ash becomes a Pikachu when transformed into a Pokémon. Also, Viridian City, where Delia said Ash's father went, is where Red catches Pika.
Latios is Ash's fatherLatios and Latias can disguise themselves as humans in the anime. It's a lot more plausible than Lugia being Ash's father, anyway. Of course, that mean's it's quite possible Ash fell in love with his aunt.
Ho-oh is Ash's fatherHo-oh has resurrected Pokemon in the past. Ash has died and come back to life. Obviously, Ho-oh is watching over his son and bailing him out every once in a while. Ash seeing it in the first episode was no coincidence: Ho-oh wanted to be there to see his son start his Pokemon journey.
Lance is Ash's fatherIn the games, Lance has battled using Pokemon which cannot exist. In the anime, Ash has used attacks that don't work as shown, and in the games, Ash has captured Olympus Mons. Like father, like son?
Bob is Ash's father.No stranger than anything else here...
Red is Ash's father.Identical Grandson covers almost everything. Gary's father is the Professor Oak that Ash knows, Brock from the game is Flint's elder brother, Misty from the game was an only child and later mother of four. Other characters simply don't age much, because they already looked old and possess great longevity, because they're not human or get replaced by duplicates (the Joys and Jennies, plus the Team Rocket whiteshirts), or have some metaphysical problem that de-ages them like Sabrina appears to have.
Pikachu is Ash's fatherWhy not?
Pyramid King Brandon is Ash's father.I can't believe we missed that one.
Alternatively, player character Brendan is Ash's father who got pulled forward in time by a Celebi.Could easily be Lucas though, considering the craziness of these theories.
Ash is a Ditto...who was made by mixing Lugia, Ho-oh, Mew and Arceus together, and then transformed into a girl to be impregnated by Professors Oak and Birch, as well as Aaron, Giovanni, Riley, Rick Astley, Hitler, Cyrus, Winston Churchhill, Pikachu and Lance, and then gave birth to himself, went back in time to become every human every born, then gave birth to Latias, who he later impregnated with himself, and the fetus was an adoption agency through which Ash was adopted, as well as Brock and Misty, and grew up to be a red Nurse Joy. And by the way, he is also the Pokemon universe's equivalent of atoms.
Volkner is Ash's father
Tobias is Ash's father.By this time, he's been fighting Pokémon Battles for decades, and capturing Darkrai and Latios is a clear symbol of his prowess, not to mention he won a battle where type was against him.
Spencer Hale is Ash's father.Remember in Movie 3 where you had a picture of Ash as a kid, and alas, no father? Excluding Professor Oak, Spencer Hale might as well be Ash's father. Some time after Ash's birth, Spencer and Delia broke up. What she said about Ash's father's Pokemon training days means Spencer was a trainer back in the day.
Nando is Ash's fatherHe did say he was a wandering bard, which means his hometown could be potentially anywhere. It also explains where the black hair came from. And yes, I know Nando is way too young to be Ash's father (he looks about 21). Let's just assume a Celebi pulled him back in time for a one-night stand with Delia, the same way the event Celebi did for the player character to fight Giovanni in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
Ash's father is Max.After all, Max has met Celebi before, knows a Ralts (whose final evolution without a stone can open worm holes) and has black hair. Plus, someone has to be, and this is more realistic than, say, Pikachu or Lugia.
Ash's father is Sabrina's fatherWhen Sabrina lost her temper with her parents once and for all and turned her mother into a doll, her father fled as far away as he could manage, Pallet Town. Believing his wife to be dead, nobody else seems to have doll making powers, he was found grieving by Delia. She comforted him and the two eventually fell in love and had Ash. Ash inherited psychic power from his father but after the problems wit Sabrina his parents decided to not let him develop them, used only instictively to bond with Pokemon. Before the start of the series Ash's father learned that his first wife was still alive and left to try and help, Delia was naturally understanding and wishing him luck. When Ash gets to Lavender Town his father attempts to warn him off but also uses his powers to prevent Ash from recognizing him, which leads to the whole photographer misunderstanding. This also goes a way to explain Sabrina's behavior. One wonders how she could act like that and not be punished by the law or maintain Gym Leader status, or have several students learning from her. The answer is simple; Sabrina is usually much more calm, though still cold and distant, maintaining her dual personalities. But then Ash shows up and she senses his latent psychic powers and puts two and two together and goes into a cold fury and pulls all the crazy stunts she does. Notice how, though she does grab and transform them, Sabrina never harms Misty and Brock at all while he's got them? Or how her student is little mouthy before her and Ash's match? Possible signs that she's more lenient to everyone that's not her family.
Ash's father is one of the Don Georges.Probably one from one of the cities Ash hasn't been to yet..
Ash has a huge love of battling, so who could he learn that from?.
Why, someone who runs a club dedicated to the sport, of course! In other words, Don George!.
Let's say Delia was a huge battling fan back in the day. It's possible that she went to a different kind of club in Unova with one of the Don Georges, and one thing led to another....
And we got Ash! And then Don George left! At some point. For whatever reason..
Yes, this does mean that Ash has 15+ uncles..
Alder is Ash's father.Like father like son, they share a similar outlook on life and Pokemon and Alder's starter was just as dear to him as Pikachu would be to his son. The incident when Alder lost his starter was in fact a Heroic Sacrifice on it's part, saving his boy from danger, but the grief and fear of what else could happen to Ash drove him to run away from home.
Falkner is Ash's fatherHere are the facts:
N is Ash's father
Ghetsis is Ash's father
A Volcarona is Ash's fatherIt makes just as much sense as most WMG in this page.
James is Ash's fatherHe had a brief romance with Delia, and got her pregnant. Then Delia discovered that James was a member of Team Rocket and left him, forbidding him to get close to Ash because she feared he would have been a bad example for him. Thus, Team Rockets' attempts at stealing Ash's Pikachu are actually the only way James can see his son, and that explains why they try to do that every other episode. Poor James is just trying to bond with his unaware son as much as he can.
The narrator is Ash's FatherAnd he's always been close by, watching over his son and telling us his story.
Pidgey is Ash's Father
Team Rocket are Ash's parents.Could there be any other reasons why they've been trying to capture his and only HIS Pikachu during this half and a decade?
Scott is Ash's fatherHe told Ash to do the Battle Frontier as a father/son bonding experience
Serena's father is Ash's fatherIt has been stated that she and Ash knew each other in Pallet long ago. This is because she's his sister and their parents each took one when they split. Serena will have a father shown, with no mother present at all. Exactly opposite Ash's situation. It also helps that she's a pallete-swap of Leaf, the female PC from Leaf Green
The guy with the Mega-Blaziken is Ash's FatherI had to get it first
AZ is Ash's FatherWell, that might explain why he's still 10
Ash's father is an unseen character whom we have not seen yet, nor may ever see.It seems to be the most logical guess. Ash's father did live in Pallet Town with Delia, but left to become a trainer when Ash was still young/Delia was pregnant. We haven't seen him yet because he's still off on his own journey somewhere, doing his own thing.
Crossovers and Real People
Ash's father is...Ash J. Williams. You see, Ash at some point ended up in the Pokemon Universe, met Delia, and Showed her his boomstick. He then had a crazy adventure, saved the Pokemon world from the Deadites, gunned down lots of deadite Pokemon, said goodbye to Delia, and jumped through a portal back to his world. This is too awesome not to be true.
Ash's true dad is Captain N: The Game Master.During the late 1980s, Captain N was hopping around the video game multiverse when he had amnesia one day while accidentally dropping into the Pokemon universe (which was then totally unexplored to his buddies). He met Delia; they made sweet love to each other, and Captain N was summoned back home the following day with no memory of the event. Delia only found a way to contact him many years later, when the Pokemon world was officially added to the Nintendo empire in 1996.
Link is Ash's fatherWe don't know what happened to Link after The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, and we know that the events of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker take place in Lo Z's alternate timeline, so it's possible link found his way to Kanto (either via black hole, or maybe Hyrule is just a little behind the Pokemon universe technologically), fell in love with Delia, got her pregnant, and perhaps was whisked away from her when his homeland was once again in danger. She never says much about Link, as she never understood why he left her to rase a child all alone.
Sanae Hanekoma is Ash's Father.He can hop around alternate universes. And this troper wouldn't put it past him to bang a quick one and go.
Ippongi Ryuta Is Ash's Father.Go ahead. Prove me wrong.
Bob is Ash’s father.See also “Ash’s father really gets around” in the next folder.
Bob is Ash's father.No stranger than anything else here...
We covered you earlier. The folders killed the joke.
Ash's father is Guts....And Void and Slan are Gary's parents!
Charles the heartbreaker is Ash's father.He's a heartbreaker...he broke a woman's heart...her name...Deila. And so they never decided to talk about him again.
Tiger Woods is Ash's fatherThat's why he's never around.
A universe hopping Willow is Ash's "father".Dark Willow, sometime after turning evil (as seen in S8 when Buffy travels to the future) but before the events of the time traveling, decides to try to find a more enjoyable universe, one where her friends aren't already dead. At one point she actually settles down in the Pokemon universe, it being the happiest one she could find, and actually goes normal again. She and Delia get together and using magic she creates a fetus with both their DNA. However, a Pokemon randomly kills Delia, and she freaks out. Either Dialga (as master of Time) or Arceus (as God) is a bit more understanding than Osiris was for Tara or she kicks one of their asses and captures them, forcing them to do it. However, Delia is horrified at what Willow has (re)become and due to this, she leaves, returning back to the Buffyverse.
Caboose is Ash's father.Caboose was somehow sent into another dimension (or, as he tells it, "TUCKER DID IT!") and happened upon a really drunk or really high or perhaps both Delia. They had sex, resulting in a stupid, but thankfully not as stupid as Caboose, child, due to her. Church accidentally pissed off Tex (again) so she decided to get him back just to fuck with him. The teleportation also slaughtered Caboose's entire team in between The Blood Gulch Chronicles and the next season, causing the creation of the Ctrl + F + U command on Command's computers for his teamkilling.
Captain Jack Harkness is Ash's father.Jack, in his pre-Doctor Who time traveling or his space traveling between Children of Earth and Miracle Day, happened upon the world of Pokemon. Jack came to nail a bunch of the mons, as they were a bunch of species he had never nailed before. One of them poisoned him or used Confusion on him, causing him to accidentally do Delia. Because of this, Ash was born and has some 51st Century Pheromones (which cause sexual attraction), which is why he always has a hot chick following him. However, Gary's parents got his DNA and cloned him, meaning that Gary has a full set of 51st Century Pheromones, which is why he has hordes of hot chicks following him.
Goku is Ash's father.This is a common joke answer but there's actually some potential. While Ash channels his love of fighting into Pokémon battles, he does have a lot of Saiyan aspects. The biggest clue that his father isn't human is his natural affinity for aura/ki, which we are told is not normal. He also survives far more serious injuries on a regular basis than any other characters besides Team Rocket, who can because they count as gag characters under Toriyama logic.
Satoshi Tajiri is Ash's father.While he was rubbing his Sudowoodo to a sexy picture of Delia, his man-seed hit it and moments later, Ash was born!
The Doctor is Ash's father.Which would make him half Time Lord.
France is Ash's father
Mr. Fox is Ash's father
Chuck Norris is Ash's fatherAnd that explains many things about him, like why he doesn't grow old.
A member of the Silence is Ash's father.The truth is, Ash's father appears in the show. However, he is a Silence and thus you'll forget if you take your eyes off him. The episodes refer to Ash's father a lot, and you just forget what is said about the Silence. And its a sub-species of the Silence, who's memory power mainly affect the audience. Similarly, Gary's mother is a Weeping Angel.
Rainbow Dash is Ash's father.That explains why he is apparently awesome enough to meet the almost every single legendary Pokemon ever. Only the son of a pony can be that cool.
Aang is Ash's fatherAang was hanging around in the spirit world and found a way into the Poke world. the reason he never visits is that Katara would kill him if she knew he'd messed around with Delia.
Tai (of Digimon) is Ash's father.Izzy was right about there being more than three worlds, and one was the Pokeworld. Heartbroken over Sora's choosing Matt, Tai runs away and finds himself trapped in the Pokeworld, rather than the Digiworld. But soon after he fathered Ash, Gennai and Kari( possesed by the spirit of the digiworld) at last tracked him down as he went on a trip to Vermillion, and brought him back to the Digiworld, as it needed saving(again). The time passing difference meant that once the digital world was saved again, everyone he had known in the Pokeworld was long dead, so Tai returned home and tried to drown his sorrows by cutting off the hair Delia so loved. Think about it. Both have the same brown eyes, unruly ( spiky!) hair( although Ash's is a it more under control) and both are leader type people, but prone to being hardheaded and stupid, often racing headfirst into danger. Both are " Chosen Ones", and saved the world around the age of ten/ eleven( Ash has a birthday party just after saving the world in the second movie), and have a sort of Hero Complex. Both care very deeply for their friends, to the point of putting themselves in harm's way to save them. Both have survived massive energy attacks that by all rights ought to have killed them. Both get very, very ticked at anyone mistreating a 'Mon, hand have tempers! Both have a thing for red-heads, and a terrible sense of direction. It makes tons of sense!
Porky from EarthBound is Ash's fatherHe traveled throught time and space. At least sometime he ended up with Delia - and she thought Porky would go on a journey - but guess what? He just used that as a blanant lie to go back to the Nowhere Islands.
Dr. Wily from Mega Man is Ash's father...He was a looker in his youth if Gigamix is anything to go by. Delia met hot young Wily, they got it on. Wily heads off to robotics college. Delia never heard from sexy young Albert Wily ever again.
Linkara is Ash's father.Considering Missingno invaded his universe, something weird like this could've happened.
Spirit Albarn is Ash's FatherConsidering that we don't know about Maka's mom's history, it's possible they are siblings living in their respective homes. Or Ash and Maka are half siblings, since Spirit gets around so much.
Waluigi is Ash's fatherExpecting reason why? Too bad, Waluigi time!
Dr. Serizawa is Ash's FatherWhen Godzilla first attacked Tokyo, Dr.Serizawa sacrificed himself to stop Godzilla and to keep his weapon of mass destruction from falling in the wrong hands. In an effort to defend themselves against the Kaiju, Pokemon training was made an official sport in case the Kaiju should return. They did return.
The Spy is Ash's father.Everyone is a Spy. Everyone is Ash's father. Thus, Spy is Ash's father.
Darth Vader is Ash's father.Vader is practically the patron saint of unexpected parents, and in a meta-way, it would fit. Even if this isn't the case, they might end up making Ash's father a Darth Vader Clone to lampshade said unexpected parentage.
The D-Reaper is Ash's father.Because it makes just as much sense as most other ideas on this list. Alternately...
Everyone is Ash's father.Even Brock. Even the girls. EVEN YOU. No idea how. Maybe:
The truth is that Delia was too drunk to remember who Ash's father was.'Nuff said.
Ash's Father really gets around.Ash's friend Ritchie looks (and acts) a lot like him. In addition, Ash has been mistaken for the son of two different women he has never met before (and ended up in Marshmallow Hell in the process, though those scenes were cut from the dub).
Ash's father is dead.That is why he is never seen or mentioned. It's a simpler explanation than a lot of other theories.
Ash's Father is Dead, and Oak feels responsible for itAsh's father was a Pokemon trainer. Oak asked him to do some research for him, and Ash's father went off to do so. There was a horrible accident, and he died because of it. Delia suffered a mental breakdown, which is why we see her all ditzy and the like. She's off in her own world most of the time in her own attempt to deal with what happened. Oak is constantly around Delia because he's making sure Delia doesn't snap from depression. He gives Ash so much more attention then his own grandson because he feels responsible, and feels like this is his only way to try and make amends.
Ash was retconned into not having a father.I mean, considering his father was only brought up in the second episode a decade back and never mentioned again, it's quite possible that either the anime writers forgot/don't consider it importent enough to ever bring up in the anime again.
Ash's parents are both dead. Delia (a Ditto) and 'Mime are two of Professor Oak's Pokemon.Either Delia is based on Oak's long-dead wife's image, so it got more and more difficult to not think of her as an attractive female human as time went on. That, or he has to stay close to keep her from overworking herself living in human form 24/7.
Ash is his own fatherFrom what we've heard about Ash's father, he sounds like he was exactly like Ash. So when he's older, he uses some time travel, and gets into a relationship with a girl in the past. Oedipal.
Ash is his own grandfather.Similar reasons and methods to Ash being his own father, but the extra generation between allows Delia to contribute genetically and lowers the squick factor slightly. And if Ash is his own paternal grandfather, that would explain why he is both the Chosen One and relatively stupid.
Ash is his own father, mother, and PikachuMakes as much sense as the stuff above:
Ash is everyone and everything.Due to time travel abuse, every single person ever to exist in the Pokemon universe is Ash Ketchum. This is a result of a Missingno, a bunch of gender bending and immortality. Hence why Pokemon history is detailed, yet no-one knows where people came from.
Ash sprung fully formed from the Earth itself.And therefore will continue saving it at the age of ten for all time.
I am Ash's father.Face it, it makes as much sense as anything else here.
I am Ash's mother.Yes, it's me, Delia Ketchum. And I'm here to answer this once and for all:
Ash doesn't have a father.He's just like Anakin, but without all the dark side struggling. Yet.
Ash is a PokemonHe is actually a Pikachu trapped in a human's body. He had Laser-Guided Amnesia and cannot remember anything (kind of like reverse Mystery Dungeon). Last time he turned into a Pokemon, he became a Pikachu (it all makes sense now). Ash's Pikachu is his true father.
Alternatively, Pikachu is a human......and he is Ash's real father, stuck inside another body. This tranformation happened before Ash's supposed Laser-Guided Amnesia, so he can't remember a thing. The real reason Pikachu wouldn't listen to Ash in the first episode is because the transformation was Ash's fault. Later in the series, Pikachu grows closer to Ash as he begins to forgive him.
Red and Ash were Switched at BirthIn HG/SS Red's mom has Black hair. Delia has Brown hair.
Ash has black hair. Red has brown hair.
Make of that what you will.
Ash is the result of the genetic union between a living human female and a sequence of chemicals arranged by a sexless, omnipotent force.Ash himself is totally just a human, though. One mother, no father, no ditto-Pikachu-missingno parthenogenesis. ...By "sexless, omnipotent force", I just described Mewtwo and Arceus, didn't I?
Ash just appeared one day, out of thin air, on Delia Ketchum's doorstep.A perfectly healthy if slightly Idiot Ball-happy child forming out of random elemental dust and energy combining in just the right way? A bit unusual, but nothing wrong with that, now.
Ash is going to have multiple children with multiple womenThis goes along with the above theory that Ash and his varous lookalikes all have the same father. Ash seems to be getting a girl in every region. So he will end up with a kid with Misty in Kanto, a child with May in Hoenn, a child with Dawn in Sinnoh, a child with Iris in Unova and a child with Serena in Unova, along with some of the other popular ships such as Angie, Annabel or Gisselle.
Ash was adopted through a regular adoption agency.
Ash was adopted through a regular adoption agency.Delia named him after her now-late wife/husband/girlfriend/common-law spouse.
Ash was adopted from The Little Adoption Agency That Wasn't There Yesterday.Hence the Pokessiah powers.
Ash was actually born from fire.Delia was immolated in a cult ritual decades before the series against her will. However, the flames developed a conscience and sparks flew between them. 10 years and 9 months before the series began, Delia's spirit created a new body exactly like her old one. The remains of Delia's original body fertilized her new one. The child's name? ASH.
Ash's father got swallowed up by a crack in time.And that is why he's never mentioned again after the second episode; he got erased from existance, and the only explanation as to why Ash would still be around is the same as Amelia Pond's.
Ash was an immaculate conception.Specifically, through parthenogenesis. Well, we've never heard a hint of the real father, so chances are that Delia had an immaculate conception. While I wouldn't agree that he's the spitting image of his mother, at least it isn't as far-fetched (no pun intended) as all the ones above.
You are Ash's father.That's right. Delia Ketchum put a roofie in the beer you were drinking at that wild party you went to back in the eighties. She then proceeded to do things to you for only one purpose and one purpose only. Thus, nine months later, the world was given the fatherless Pokémon Master. However, I'm not sure how he became perpetually ten...
Ash was adopted.It would be not only a giant twist, but explain why Ash looks nothing like his mother.
Ash's father is a variable.That is to say, anyone can be Ash's father. Every episode, the identity of Ash's father changes. One day it will be Giovanni, and another it'll be Arceus. Hence why Ash is eternally 10: his father is the living embodiment of Negative Continuity. This makes Ash a Humanoid Abomination, warping the laws of time so that he never ages. Or anyone else in the vicinity.
Everyone is Ash's father.Yes, everyone. Literally, everyone. The truth is Delia is an Eldritch Abomination who's also a giant slut. A decent individual, but a cosmic slut nonethless. One day, to allieviate her libido, she had sex(or at the very least pollinated) with everything, in every universe, at every point of time and space. Ash was the result. His father is almost never mentioned because it's a redundant title.
Ash's father is Black.Explains why Ash's mom does not talk about him. WHAT!! Its know more rude then other comments made on Ash's mom.
This TV Tropes page is Ash's father.You heard me.
Ash's mother is a high-class prostitute and Ash is the child of one of her clients.That would explain why a stay-at-home mom somehow manages to pull together the money and resources to support herself and a child for ten years.
"Who is Ash's father?" is the Ultimate Question for Life, the Universe and Everything.Which is why we've never found out his identity. The answer is either connected to 42, or 42 was an incorrect answer(Deep Thought never knew the Question, so how the hell could it do anything other than guess.) The reason why we've never been able to find out the identity of Ash's father is because, when we do, the universe is destroyed and replaced by something even more complex. This has probably occured with the other theories above. If its connected to 42, then it may refer to a character that appeared in the 42nd episode, the 42nd character that appeared, even someone named 42. If its not 42, then, by now, only the likes of an Eldritch Abomination would come close to calculating the identity of Ash's father.
Ash's father is everyone and everything on the face of this planet and all others.Don't question my logic.
Ash's father is the most unlikely choice.That is, the most impossible and unlikely candidate for Ash's father, is Ash's father.
Ash's father was Romani.And is probably dead. Ash has lighter skin than Brock and Iris, but slightly darker skin than most people people in Poke-Japan. He's also traveled through at least six regions before turning however old he is now, which probably isn't normal by Pokemon world standards, and traveling is part of Roma culture even when they aren't fully nomadic. And Ash has black hair. If you want to want tho get into stuff which really shouldn't be hereditairy, the police keep accusing Ash and freinds of random things they didn't do. They also tend to get into trouble for unknowingly trespassing.
Ash is really Mew and Delia is his Ditto wife.What?! It's plausible!!!
Delia used to be a scientistBut she got busted for toying with a sperm sample. And that's how Ash was born...
Bantarou is Ash's fatherTake a good look at Batarou. Take a good look at Ash. I caught on to this resemblance the first time I watched an episode of Jubei-Chan.
Ash's father is whoever you want Ash's father to be.Yes, I know this sounds crazy.
Ash's father is a scientist that worked on Mewtwo.He was a famous scientist that got so famous Team Rocket captured him and forced him to work on the clone of Mew along with many other scientists and Dr. Fuji. After Mewtwo's escape, he died (4Kids would say he escaped), or did he?
Ash's dad is just a random loserAccording to early novelizations by Takeshi Shudo both Ash's dad and grandfather are missing. The books state Ash's dad left on a journey and never returned. Ash's mom lied about his dad being a great trainer. He wasn't a particularly good trainer at all; Ash's mom is determined that he'll be a better trainer than his father, which he did when he defeated Brock (implying Ash's dad couldn't even beat a gym leader). Delia fell for him when she was seventeen or eighteen - he used to hang out at her family's restaurant a lot - and she married him. He left shortly after they got married. With this knowledge we can assume he's either still on his journey, trying to make something of himself, or he ran away in shame.
Ash's dad is MewtwoBecause why not?
Ash's Father is the guy from that photo in Pokemon Diamond and Pearl with the Rapidash and Ash as a kid
Ash's Father is a figment of both his and Delia's imaginationHe never existed in the first place, any memories Ash or Delia has of him are fabricated for a number of reasons including:
Ash's father is a Pokemon Master, who is part of an omnipresent council of masters.
Eventually, the writers will lampshade the whole "Ash's father" theory.I seriously doubt that they don't know anything about the "who's Ash's father" phenomenon, considering how huge it is amongst the fan-base. Given how Ash's father hasn't even been referenced since Episode 2, the best we can hope before he arrives are ambiguous references, like Ash being somewhat confused with his companion's new parents.
Ash's father does not exist.Ash is a cartoon character thus does not have real biological parents case he is not real. The creators gave him a mother thus he has a mother they gave him no father so he has no father.
Ash's father and Red's father are long-lost brothers.
Ash's father will have Red's Heart Gold Soul Silver team but with a more recent Eeveelution in place of PikachuBecause imagine how awesome that would be.
Ash's father is the Champion of a currently unknown regionWho Ash will battle, and defeat, becoming the new champion. Imagine how awesome that would be.
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