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You know the story of Ash Ketchum and how he got his Pikachu. But....what would happen if the young Ketchum were to wake up on time and get his Starter Pokemon.

"What if Ash Woke Up On Time?" are series of videos explaining a hypothetical scenario where the story of Ash Ketchum happened differently. The series is created DexComics whose YouTube channel is found in this link.

This series contains the following tropes:

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    Kanto 
  • Action Heroine: Ash's Charmander/Charmeleon/Charizard.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Ash's Spearow is actually the Spearow from the first episode of the anime.
  • Alternate Universe: The main focus.
  • Ascended Extra: AJ who was merely a character-of-the-day becomes one of Ash's main rivals in the Johto arc.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Ash's Charmander evolves into Charmeleon after being pissed off so much at Damien's abuse of his Charmander. She sets Damien in flames causing the bastard to run away.
  • Blade Lock: Or in this "Horn Lock" by Ash's Rhydon and Gary's Nidoking.
  • Decomposite Character: Ash's Charmander is a completely separate individual from the one in the anime.
  • Determinator: Ash's Pokemon refused to surrender to superior opponents, especially Charizard and Rhyhorn.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • If Ash had woken up earlier, he would have gotten Charmander.
    • Ash never meets Misty like in canon due to the Spearow being caught by the former. Misty's absence causes a domino effect that leads to several events changed including Ash never catching Caterpie.
    • Team Rocket's absence also have events altered like Mankey not evolving into Primeape. At least for a while.
    • Canon Pokemon are either never got caught or being taken by someone else. The former are Pidgeotto, Squirtle and Muk. The latter are anime Charmander, Psyduck and Togepi who are caught by Brock.
    • Mankey stays with Ash due to not being in its evolved Primeape form, it didn't give a good performance at the fighting tournament.
    • Ash only catch two Taurus and a Rhyhorn at the Safari Zone.
    • Ash's Bulbasaur evolves into Ivysaur. Word of God states that this is based on the theory from the anime that the reason several Pokemon refused to evolve is due to after seeing how much of a Jerkass Charizard became following its evolution.
    • Ash did far better at the Indigo League, earning third place behind Gary who got second place.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: Fearow blows Ricthie's Butterfree's Sleep Powder right back at it, causing it to get knocked out.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite Charizard did a far better performance against the clone Charizard than the anime's, she's still no match and loses.
  • Smoke Out: Charmeleon uses Smokescreen to stealthily take down Lt. Surge's Raichu.
  • This Cannot Be!:
    • Mewtwo is actually shocked that Ash's Charizard put up a real fight against his clone Charizard. Although it didn't last long.
    • Although Gary doesn't show it, he got scared that Ash nearly won during their match at Pallet Town. It's because of this that he did far more training for the upcoming Indigo League.

    Orange Islands 
  • Disappointed in You: Downplayed. Rhydon merely gives a disapproving look at Ash at the Pink Pokemon episode.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • One of the Kabuto from Fukuara Island No. 4 joins Ash's team.
    • Without Misty around, Ash caught multiple Bug Pokemon at Moro Island including a Caterpie, Paras, Weedle and Scyther.
  • Head Pet: Ash's Kabuto goes on top of his head as a sign of affection.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Team Rocket does go after Ash but only to get all of his Pokemon rather than a sole Pikachu.
  • Jerkass: Ash's Scyther refuses to listen to Ash's commands and fights Tracey's Scyther to prove its superiority. Only Charizard seems to be able to keep the Pokemon in check.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Ash's Kabuto takes down a Rhydon and an Onix.
  • Put on a Bus: Ash releases Fearow so that it can look after the Spearow flock.

    Johto 
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Cyndaquil evolves into Quilava here than later in the Sinnoh arc.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Casey becomes one of Ash's travelling companions.
    • Lisa, a trainer Ash fought earlier in the Pokémon 3 movie helps Ash and Brock fight Molly and Entei.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Due to Casey taking another path, she didn't participate in the Bug-Catching Contest allowing Ash to keep the Beedrill.
    • Team Rocket joins Domino undercover in Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns. Then they mess things up by trying to take Brock's Togepi.
    • At the sumo competition, not only did Ash won a supply of food(which Snorlax eats all of it) and the King's Rock but also a pair of gems imported from another region.
    • Ash's Charizard successfully knocks out Harrison's Blaziken allowing Ash to reach to the Top 4.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Charizard unlocks Blaze and uses one more Flamethrower to takedown Harrison's Blaziken.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Ash leaves Charizard at Charicific Valley like how he did with the canon Charizard in the anime. However, Charizard decides to stay with her Trainer by the end of the arc.
    • Ash does possess a Pikachu, at least at its Pre-evovled form.
    • Ash and Brock eventually meets Misty again at a later point in the Johto arc.
  • Tongue Trauma: Primeape catches Kechleon's tongue and launches the Pokemon right at it to receives its Mega Punch. Then Primeape does it again, and again, and again till Kechleon passes out.
  • Worf Effect: Due to the training it undergone, AJ's Sandshrew utterly demolishes Ash's Quilava, Totodile and Bayleef. Charizard even has a hard time with Sandshrew before she is able to successfully takes it down.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: In this version of Pokémon Heroes, Ash's Kabuto fights off the resurrected Kabutops to protect Ash and the others.

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