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    Ash Ketchum 

Ash Red Ketchum

An up-incoming trainer from Pallet Town.


  • Adaptational Badass: He's far more competent and intelligent than his anime version. Aside from Team Rocket Admins, he rarely loses a match. It took until just before Celadon City for him to lose against a peer and he didn't lose any Gym battles until Koga.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: He's notably more serious here, lacking his anime counterpart's comedic aspects.
  • Age Lift: Downplayed, but Ash is 11 as opposed to remaining ten years old at the start of his journey.
  • Composite Character: He's a mix between Ash from the anime and Red from the games. His personality is a combination of the two, and his name is Ash Red Ketchum.
  • Friendly Rivalry: He has this with Gary and Paul, as they openly respect and help each other out when needed while still seeking to one-up each other as trainers.
  • It's Personal: He's got a major grudge against team Rocket not just for their criminal actions, but for targeting him and those close to him out of spite.
  • Worthy Opponent: He's seen as this by his fellow trainers, including Gary and Paul.
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    Gary Oak 

Gary Oak

The grandson of Professor Oak and Ash's childhood friend and rival.


  • Adaptational Nice Guy: He's more respectful with Ash and frequently teams up with him to take on Team Rocket, contrasting his anime version who was mostly just a smug jerk to him.
  • Badass Family: He comes from one when you remember that his grandfather was the champion of Kanto in his youth.
  • Childhood Friends: He and Ash have been close friends since they were toddlers, often causing mischief with the local Pallet town citizens, much to Delilah and Oak's dismay.
  • The Rival: Of the Friendly Rivalry sort towards Ash. He's also got this with Paul too.

    Paul Blackstone 

Paul Blackstone

A trainer from the Sinnoh region. He becomes one of Ash's rivals along his journey.


  • Adaptational Early Appearance: He shows up during Ash's Kanto journey rather than his Sinnoh journey. This applies to all his Pokémon as well.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: While still a bit of a jerk, he's nowhere near as much of an arrogant asshole as he was in the anime. His rivalry with Ash is more friendly and he's shown an open respect for his prowess as a trainer. He even plays a more active role in stopping the bad guys here. Lastly, he also lacks the abusive attitude he had towards his team in canon and doesn't just toss them away when they fail him.
  • Badass in Distress: He gets captured by Team Rocket while traveling through Mt. Moon and was rescued by Ash.
  • I Work Alone: He gives off this impression. He travels and trains his Pokémon by himself and scoffs at Ash when he mentions that he has a few traveling companions.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rather arrogant, looks down on "weak" trainers, and tends to be pretty smug, but he's good friends with Ash and Gary and has shown a strong comradery with his fellow trainers.
  • Named by the Adaptation: He's given the last name Blackstone where in the anime, his last name was unknown.
  • The Rival: Toward Ash, as he considers him one of the few trainers worth his time and treats him with more on-screen respect than most others.
  • The Stoic: He's rather aloof and stone-faced for a ten year old, something that Ash makes note of when they first encounter.

    Leaf Verdant 

Leaf Verdant

One of the trainers who graduated Professor Oak's class alongside Ash and Gary.


  • O.C. Stand-in: She's based off the female avatar from the first generation games.

    Silver 

Silver

The son of Giovanni and a new Pokémon trainer.


  • Adaptational Heroism: Unlike his game counterpart, he doesn't start out antagonistic and doesn't steal his first Pokémon like he did in Gold and Silver.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: He doesn't display the rude qualities the original Silver displayed (at least prior to Character Development) and is more of a Cheerful Child.
  • Naïve Newcomer: He's completely new to being a trainer and has just recently gotten his first Pokémon while the others have been training their Pokémon for some time and almost have fully evolved teams.

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Trainer's Pokémon

    Ash's Pokémon 

Pyro (Charmander, Charmeleon, then Charizard)

Ash's first Pokémon given to him by Professor Oak. A Charmander who has fully evolved into Charizard.
  • The Ace: He's Ash's most powerful Pokémon overall, being highly effective in multiple areas with a ton of raw power and battle experience.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: He's Ash's first Pokémon, so he first appears at the beginning of his journey rather than after his first few gym badges.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: He never disobeys Ash like his anime version does, despite maintaining his smug and arrogant attitude.
  • Flight: After becoming a Charizard, he uses his wings to fly around the battlefield.
  • Flying Firepower: After fully evolving into Charizard, he becomes this since he has high-speed flight and fire attacks.
  • Playing with Fire: He's a fire type, so this goes without saying.
  • Smug Super: He's Ash's first and strongest Pokémon, and he sure ain't humble about that.

Pikachu (Pichu then Pikachu)

One of Ash's first Pokémon. He found him eating the electricity from Pr. Oak's lab equipment.


  • Adaptational Badass: He learns his most powerful move, Volt Tackle, as early as the Kanto region rather than during the Hoenn region.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: He doesn't go through his initial bout of disloyalty and rudeness that he did when he first became Ash's partner, though early on, he does enjoy using his electricity to shock Ash for fun.
  • Age Lift: Ash meets him as a Pichu rather than as a Pikachu here.
  • The Bus Came Back: As of chapter 28, he's fully recovered and back on Ash's team.
  • Fragile Speedster: While one of Ash's physically weaker Pokémon, he's also one of his fastest.
  • Put On The Bus: After his severe injuries at the Game Corner base, he's sent to Lt. Surge for rehabilitation and recovery.
  • Shock and Awe: He's got a good deal of electrical attacks.
  • Taking the Bullet: Pikachu does this during the Game Corner Incident, leaping in front of Proton's Weavile to protect Ash and taking its attack - something that almost kills him.

Sobek (Sandile, Krokorok, then Krookodile)

A Sandile given to Ash by Giovanni, the gym leader of the Viridian City gym. He has fully evolved into Krookodile.


  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Ash gets him in the Kanto region rather than the Unova region.
  • The Berserker: His "Moxie" ability allows him to get stronger whenever he defeats an opponent, but it also makes him more aggressive and irrational.
  • The Big Guy: His large size combined with his "Moxie" ability makes him the strongest of Ash's team in physical terms.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: As a ground type, he can use these abilities and moves such as Earth Power and his unique Ant Lion (Sand Tomb and Dig) combo.
  • Playing with Fire: His Fire Fang and Incinerate attacks allow him to use these abilities, though they aren't as strong as Pyro's.

Espeon (Eevee then Espeon)

An Eevee born in a Pokémon Mill. She was originally supposed to be given to Bill by Officer Jenny, but after some coaxing, they agreed that she would be best in Ash's hands. She has evolved into Espeon.


  • Action Girl: She's one of Ash's strongest Pokémon and definitely not a gal you want to mess with.
  • Aloof Ally: She starts out as this before she fully transitions to being an active member of Ash's team.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was born in a Pokémon Mill, which breeds powerful Pokémon and then sells them on the Black Market, where she was beaten and starved on a routine basis.
  • Defrosting the Ice Queen: She starts out completely unwilling to listen to or trust anyone, but her travels with Ash have gradually warmed her and she now willfully helps Ash and his team.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's very aloof and arrogant, but she's thrown her lot in with Ash and will protect her trainer no matter what.
  • Mind over Matter: After evolving, she develops these abilities through moves like Psychic.
  • Not Quite Flight: Using Psychic, she can levitate and maneuver in the air.
  • Super Speed: Via Quick Attack, she can move fast on the battlefield.
  • Telepathy: After evolving into Espeon, she develops these abilities and can use them to communicate with Ash, but he doesn't know this yet.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She starts out aggressive and aloof, refusing to trust anyone. Her time with Ash and his Pokémon has allowed her to grow and become a kinder, but still aloof ally.

Douse (Poliwag, Poliwirl, then Poliwrath)


Spectre (Duskull, then Dusclops)


  • Casting a Shadow: He knows moves like Shadow Ball, Dark Pulse, Shadow Punch, and Shadow Sneak.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's a ghost-type, but he's one of Ash's teammates and a good friend to hang out with.
  • Healing Factor: A useful ability of his is that he can heal himself by going into his shadows.
  • Intangibility: As a ghost type, he can phase through walls with ease, which is useful for discovering secrets like a hidden Team Rocket base.

Jasmine (Dratini)

  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Although a different species, her shy personality and blue scales makes her qualify for this.

Arctus (Cubchoo)

A young Cubchoo that Ash receives after winning the St Anne Pokemon Tournament.

  • An Ice Person: Being an ice-type and sporting some strong ice-type moves makes him this.

Rhydon

  • Composite Character: He takes cues from Ash's Charizard from canon, being arrogant and disloyal to his trainer.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Subverted. Rhydon doesn't immediately work with Ash and even tries to attack him after recognizing him. But when Ash earns his respect, he becomes more open to working with him.
  • Jerkass: Rhydon hardly gets along with anyone. When he and Ash fight Brock's Rampardos, Rhydon eventually just stops listening to him.

Gyarados

    Gary's Pokémon 

Blastoise (Squirtle, Wartortle, then Blastoise)

Gary's first Pokémon. He has fully evolved into Blastoise.


  • Making a Splash: As a final evolution water type of Squirtle, he can fire powerful bursts of water from his cannons.

Pidgeot (Pidgey, Pidgeotto, then Pidgeot)

Kadabra (Abra then Kadabra)

Graveler (Geodude then Graveler)

Machop

Nidoqueen (Nidoran, Nidorina, then Nidoqueen)

Growlithe

Meowth

Raticate

Weepinbell

Krabby

Eevee

    Paul's Pokémon 

Torterra (Turtwig, Grotle, then Torterra)

Paul's starter Pokémon. He started as a Turtwig, but has since evolved into Torterra.
  • Green Thumb: He's a grass type, so this goes without saying.

Electabuzz (Elekid then Electabuzz)

Paul's signature electric type.
  • Shock and Awe: Comes with being an electric type. He knows some powerful abilities like Thunder Wave, Discharge, and Thunderbolt.

Nidoking (Nidoran, Nidorino, then Nidoking)

Tentacruel

Porygon

Chimchar

A Sinnoh starter given to Paul by Cynthia.


  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Inverted. He was given to Paul by Cynthia rather than having been found by him after suffering from a traumatizing attack from a group of wild Zangoose. Combined with Paul being nicer, it's unlikely that he will have it rough here.
  • Adaptational Badass: As early as his Chimchar days, he's shown prowess as a combat prodigy. Paul notes that he actively looks for and attacks weak-points even without his input.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In regards to his Blaze ability at least. In the anime, it turned him into an all out Glass Nuke and made him an unstoppable force of nature even during his Chimchar days. Here, it's noted that his Blaze ability is about on par with any standard Chimchar.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: He's the youngest Pokémon of Paul's team, while the rest are almost or already fully evolved.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He actively seeks to exploit enemy weak-points, and unlike most Pokémon, he doesn't need his trainer's input to do so.
  • Determinator: Chimchar's most defining characteristic is that he never gives up. Even when exhausted, he keeps pushing forward through sheer force of will.
  • Playing with Fire: Naturally possesses fire type moves such as ember and flame wheel.

Empoleon

A water Pokémon that Paul caught at the Cerulean water catching contest known simply as "The King".


  • The Ace: In the water competition, she's known for being the most impossible to catch and is incredibly powerful even without any prior training.
  • Making a Splash: As a final evolved water-type, she specializes in water attacks.
  • She Is the King: She's referred to as "The King" despite being female. Probably justified by no one being able to identify her and her gender.

    Leaf's Pokémon 

Saur (Bulbasaur, Inysaur, then Venasaur)


  • Green Thumb: As Leaf's strongest grass type, he knows plenty of grass attacks like Razor Leaf and Vine Whip.

Talon (Fearow)


Rose (Ponyta)


  • Playing with Fire: She's a fire type and knows a few fire attacks like Flame Charge and Incinerate.

Onix

Bomber

Teddiursa

Seadra

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