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Ash enrolled in Professor Oak's Pokmon Summer Camp when he was young. One day, another camper named Serena got lost in the forest and wounded her leg after getting startled by a Poliwag. Ash, who was looking for the Poliwag, came to her rescue and wrapped a handkerchief around the wounded knee to brace it. He then helped her up and guided her out of the forest.Years later, Ash began his Pokmon journey at the age of 10 as a warm-hearted andwell-intentioned but stubborn, rash, and amateur Pokmon Trainer. He was forced toaccept a stubborn Pikachu from Professor Oak as his starter Pokmon because he woke up late on the day he was set to get his first Pokmon. He was determined to achieve his goal, however, and when Pikachu saw that he was willing to compromisehis own safety to keep it safe, the two of them formed an extremely strong bondthat has been noticed and remarked upon by many characters in the anime. This unbreakable friendship would set his course for the future.However, from that point, Ash still had a lot to learn about becoming a Trainer.The first Pokmon he caught was caught by luck, as he knew absolutely nothing about battling, and he was hesitant to admit when he was wrong. What more, his journey was made even more complicated due to the presence of Jessie, James and Meowth of Team Rocket, who after witnessing Pikachu's power, made it their primary objective to steal him for their boss, Giovanni.Thankfully though, Ash did not go on this journey alone, as soon after he left Pallet Town, he met Misty, who followed him on the pretense that he owed her a bike (which Ash 'borrowed' to save Pikachu, and which the Electric Mouse destroyedwhilst protecting Ash). Ash then met Brock, the Pewter Gym Leader, whom he fought and lost to. However in his rematch, Ash nearly defeated Brock, but refused t
o give the final blow, due to the intervention of Brock's younger siblings. Touched by Ash's kindness to Pokmon, and with the return of his estranged father, Flint, Brock decided to go with Ash and pursue his dream of being the world's bestPokmon Breeder. Shortly afterwards, when Ash reached the Cerulean Gym, he was shocked to learn that Misty was one of its Gym Leaders. After Ash earned his Cascade Badge, he continued his journey with Misty, who dreams to be the worlds greatest Water Pokmon Master.Unfortunately, many of Ash's first Gym Badges were given to him merely out of gratitude for his assistance rather than claiming an actual victory in battle overthe Gym Leaders; of his first five Gym battles, only his victory over Lt. Surgewas an actual victory. Furthermore, every time he thought he was doing well, hewould somehow cross paths with his childhood rival, Gary Oak. Gary always reminded Ash that he was always a step or seven behind; indeed, by the time Ash had c
aught his seventh Pokmon, Gary had caught more than forty. Ash's troubles were not made any easier when, owing to his inexperience, his Charizard grew too powerful and refused to listen to him until Ash could prove himself to him.Over time, Ash's dedication to his goal paid off. After earning his first eightBadges, Ash went on to compete in the Indigo Plateau Conference, advancing to the fifth round - one further than Gary - and ending up in the Top 16.Following Ash's defeat in the Indigo League, Professor Oak asked him to travel to Valencia Island in the Orange Archipelago to retrieve the GS Ball from a PokmonProfessor named Ivy. While in the Orange Archipelago, Ash learned of the OrangeCrew - an elite group of Trainers not unlike Gym Leaders that provided challenges for Trainers to overcome in the Orange League. After Brock decided to stay with Professor Ivy and help her with her work, Ash and Misty were joined by an enthusiastic Pokmon watcher named Tracey Sketchit. Ash, Misty, and Tracey then trave
rsed the Orange Islands on the back of a lost Lapras whom Ash captured. He eventually defeated the four members of the Orange Crew and finally won the Orange League by triumphing over the Head Leader, Drake. Upon returning to Pallet Town, Ash discovered that Brock had returned due to some unknown incident that left theaspiring Pokmon Breeder in dread of even hearing Professor Ivy's name. Tracey, meanwhile, stayed at Professor Oak's laboratory as Professor Oak's assistant, andBrock rejoined Ash and Misty. After his victory in the Orange League, Ash encountered Gary again, and after being defeated in a one-on-one battle, he learned that his rival had been training hard in order to participate in the Silver Conference in Johto.
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Excited at the prospect of meeting new Pokmon and facing Gary again, Ash and friends left for the Johto region to collect eight Badges from the Gym Leaders thereand compete in their Pokmon League. Much like his travels through Kanto, Ash, Misty, and Brock impacted the many people and Pokmon they met along the way. In themiddle of his travels, they visited the Whirl Islands, who, along with Ritchie,helped save Silver, a child Lugia, and its parent, from the evil machinations of Team Rocket. Ash along with Misty then competed in the Whirl Cup, with Ash placing in the top 8, who was defeated by Misty in a 3-on-3, though she also endedup losing in the next round.Ash encountered Gary occasionally in Johto, and while they were still rivals, Gary seemed to view Ash with slightly more respect than before. Indeed, Ash's growth of character was evident throughout this story arc as he continued to think more and more about his Pokmon and less and less about himself. After earning eight Johto Gym Badges, Ash entered the Silver Conference along with Gary. Finally,the two rivals battled in the tournament in a Full Battle. Although it was veryclose indeed, Ash emerged victorious against his rival for the first time in hiscareer as a Pokmon Trainer, marking one of the biggest turning points in said career. After the battle, Gary and Ash departed on good terms with each other, finally overcoming their boyhood animosity and recognizing each other as equals. However, Ash's journey through Kanto and Johto came to an end when he was forced to split up with Brock and Misty when the two of them received messages to returnhome.After hearing about a more distant region called Hoenn from Harrison, the opponent he lost to in the Silver Conference, Ash decided to journey there and take on
ly Pikachu with him this time. In Hoenn, Ash met a girl named May and her brother, Max, who he later learned were Norman's (the Petalburg City Gym Leader) children, and both of whom decided to join Ash on his travels. Shortly after the three companions left Petalburg City, Brock rejoined the group when he saved them from a flock of angry Taillow and their leader. From that point onward, Ash journeyed through Hoenn with one old friend and two new friends, collecting Gym Badgesin much the same fashion as before. Once May set her sights on becoming a Top Coordinator, Ash supported her whenever he could while maintaining his focus on winning Badges. During these journey's Ash and his friends ended up being entwined in the plots of the regions two rivaling villainous teams, Team Aqua and TeamMagma, with Pikachu actually getting possessed by Groudon in the summit of theirconflict. However, thanks to theirs, as well as Team Rocket's (unintentional) help, they actually helped save the entire Hoenn region.
While Ash had no major recurring rival in Hoenn, he did encounter certain Trainers multiple times and form friendly rivalries with them. One such friend is Morrison, who is very similar to and just as competitive as Ash and was first introduced close to the end of the group's travels in Hoenn. Just like the Indigo Plateau and Silver Conferences, Ash did not win the Ever Grande Conference, althoughhe came very close before losing to Tyson, who went on to win the tournament. After parting ways with May, Max, and Brock, Ash returned to Pallet . As he passed through Viridian City on his way back home, where he met Scott and Agatha andlearned about the Battle Frontier in Kanto. He decided to take on the Battle Frontier and was surprised but happy to learn that Brock, May, and Max would join him on this adventure as well. Eventually, Ash conquered the seven Frontier Brains and was offered the opportunity to become a Frontier Brain himself, but declined in favor of continuing his Pokmon journey.
Ash in the Wallace CupFollowing Ash's victory over the Battle Frontier, May set her sights on Pokmon Contests in the Johto region and traveled there while Max returned home to Petalburg City in Hoenn. After encountering and battling his old rival, Gary (who has now become a Pokmon researcher), and learning of a new region with new Pokmon, Ashdecided to leave for the Sinnoh region to earn the Gym Badges available there. Like before, he took only Pikachu with him at first, but brought his Aipom alongwhen she snuck onto the ship Ash was leaving on. While Brock did not accompany Ash to Sinnoh, he did travel with him through Sinnoh like he had for Kanto, Johto
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, and Hoenn. This time, they were accompanied by another aspiring Pokmon Coordinator named Dawn. Like he did for May, Ash enthusiastically supported Dawn in herendeavors to become a Top Coordinator, just as she supported him in his Gym battles.While traveling through Sinnoh, Ash formed a heated rivalry with a Trainer namedPaul. Throughout Ash's journey, Paul would constantly put him down and the twooften argued over their nearly opposite training styles. While Paul was harsh, distant, and sometimes plain cruel to his Pokmon, Ash insisted that the best way to raise Pokmon was through patience, caring and friendship. Their rivalry came toa head after they competed in a Tag Battle Tournament together, when Paul released his Chimchar after it failed to meet his