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Ash is not so bad... by Kimorox Ash is not so bad... by Kimorox
I was browsing Ash Ketchum art on this website and there wasn't any stamp like this one, so I decide to make it.
Because I really think people overate Ash flaws. Yes, he's not the best battler. Yes, Red is better in battle than him... but the Pokemon universe do NOT composite only of battles. While Ash does have his own flaws, he still have good points. While Red does have good points, he still have flaws.
Of course I need to justify why I think this:

Ash didn't catch all of the Pokemon species, but Red did.

Correct, he didn't. But think about it: in wich way it would be useful to him to catch them all? I'm not saying that it wouldn't help at all if he did, but its like obvious at my eyes that you don't need to catch all pokemon to become a good battler. You only use six of them in your team after all... What I am tring to say is, well, if Ash doesn't catch every single specie is simply because he doesn't need to. Each pokemon (even Magikarp) can be useful if used with a good technic (i'm talking about items for some). Also, Ash goal is not to catch em all, but to become a Pokemon master, while Red openly said he was going to fulfill the Pokedex. And Ash, in the opposite of Red, goes to many regions, wich allow him to catches more pokemon.

Red defeated Giovanni while Ash can't barely take down Jessie, James and Meowth.

Well, Ash maybe didn't take down Team Rocket, but he did taken down Team Aqua, Team Magma, Team Plasma and kind of send the Team Galactic admins in jail. All of this without mention 17 other more or less high-powered criminals, wich most of them were extremely dangerous (Zero wanted to attack the real world using the distortion world if this is not dangerous then WTF is this). Okay I know Molly Hale can't really be classified as one of them but Ash still play a role at preventing her to take the wrong path. And, if you watch every single episodes of the pokemon anime, you will notice that Ash and co. rebel many times against the trio. In fact, its the trio who insist to following Ash. If Ash take them down once, they will just wait to recover. When it will be do, they will restart to follow Ash.

Ash didn't catches any legendaries.

Is because he choose to help them instead. I'm not saying Red was wrong to capture one, not a all, i'm just saying that Ash thinks of the pokemon good before capturing them. And I honestly don't see what wrong about this, I don't get why people rage about that. Also, Ash actually meet all of the legendaries. Red meet like... 2 or 3? (not sure cuz I didn't play any games involving Red). And Ash risk is life more than once for the legendaries, and almost sacrificed himself to prove to Mewtwo it was taking the wrong path (I didn't watch the first movie, so I may be not 100% correct about that, but this is what I understood from what I read).

Ash never wins the Pokemon league.

Actually, he did once. Okay it may be not the same kind of pokemon league than you talk about, but its still a league. Its the Orange league. Also, its not like Ash loses all the time. He may not winned another league, but he does win sometimes.

Ash free fully evolve Pokemon.

Again, is because he thinks about his Pokemon good before fulfilling the pokedex. Okay, he never comes back for them, I can't deny it... however, it is obvious to me that if he don't use them now, he definitely planned to not uses them anymore. This is why he freed them: to prevent them from spending all the time confined in pokeballs. And he takes the time to choose a comfortable place for them. Take Charizard, for example. Also, if you think Ash doesn't care about his poke anymore, then you didn't watched the Black and White series. Because there is a episode where he remembered Charizard.


By taking all this information, I conclude than, one hand, Red have exceptional battle skills, but his heart is a not the ''hottest''. On the other hand, while Ash is not the best battler, he have a pure, kind heart.
I'm not saying that Ash is better than Red, i'm just saying why I think people make him worse than he really is.


Pokemon: (c) Gamefreak, espiecally Satoshi Tajiri and Ken Sugimori.
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:iconsilverbeastlaguz:
SilverBeastLaguz Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
You're definitely right with all this. My only problem with Ash is that he keeps appearing in every season that he starts to feel old to me. I'd like to have a new protagonist in the anime, just to make things look fresh and brand new. The games did a good job with having different heroes for each generation.
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thunderstudent Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016
Well Ash's Charizard did come back and most of his Pokémon hang out in Professor Oak's expansive Pokémon Lab instead of a box in Bill's lab. Also Squirtle has been known to also return from time to time. I'd love to see Butterfree, Primeape and Pidgeot return but it won't likely happen. It would be awesome if he got a whole flock of Pidgey and Pidgeotto with Pidgeot in charge of them like he does with his herd of Tauros. Lapras made one appearance, but she was a baby separated from her family.
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Little-rolling-bean Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's too bad he is so stubborn. People who cannot accept criticism annoy me, even if they are cartoons. Funny huh?
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MissMusic93 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 1, 2015  Student Artist
"Ash can't barely take down Jessie, James and Meowth"

Uhh, didn't ash send Team Rocket blasting off again many times.???

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Kimorox Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015
Well, its not me that say that, its THOSE people
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Edman9953 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015
Exactly, it ain't Ash's fault that those three are so damn tenacious.
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MissMusic93 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Student Artist
I used to like Team Rocket, but they are so annoying.
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Edman9953 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015
tru, tru.
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SpaceTaco101 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 13, 2015
And the pokedex entry for ho oh says only people with a pure heart can see this legendary bird, and ash saw ho oh which means he is better than red, he even got in front of pikachu before he's about to crash into a wall
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KyoyaP90x Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I too, like Ash, even with his flaws, he is a total bad ass in my opinion, he took down a few Legendaries, and hell, he even helps some too, like Arceus, and Shaymin.
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PlaylistMasterRCM Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Professional Photographer
Finally someone said it in the future he's gonna have a Badass Goodra
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Tom-Tiger Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
finally something nice :D ;)
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MiiOfTechnology Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I saw this comment on YouTube where this guy said this

"Red is the trainer we want to be.

Ash is what you are."
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Americool1 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017
I know this comment is over 2 years old but it's damn profound. I agree!
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KingKool720 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
I actually like Ash. At least he has a personality.
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Kimorox Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
I like Ash too, but I disagree about Red having no personnality. I would say Red is just secretive and a little asocial. Ash, in the opposite, is very extrovert and it is easy to know what he's plainning to do because of this, whie Red doesn't really shows his emotions (probably because he doesn't need too). Also, Red and Ash both have a lot of willingness, but they have it differently from each other.
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eeveeboy06 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
ash is so underrated. I think he's better than red.
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Edman9953 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015
Thanks you, I believe so too. Also the red fanboys are the cancer of the pokemon fandom. They practically think he's invincible! Well they're wrong, and I'm so glad I'm an ash fan.
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Austria-Gentleman Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Ash is the best for me.
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:iconkimorox:
Kimorox Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Are you saying that you thinks Ash is better than Red?? (not beign rude I'm just not sure)
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Austria-Gentleman Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
yeah for me he is better. you can hate me now, but its my opinion.
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Kimorox Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Well im actually glad to meet someone that thinks Ash is better than Red:XD: Its just so odd to like Red more... But I personally like Ash and Red equally.
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Austria-Gentleman Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
ok! And you are cool artist. wanna comment my ash art too? Of course i dont force you ;)
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Kimorox Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Only if you comment my art too.
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Austria-Gentleman Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Of course!
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SealyTheSeal Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
It's not really Ash himself that bothers me, it's the anime in general. It never seems to end, and the show acts like he's getting closer when he doesn't do anything! Pokemon is one of those tv shows that just need to end. That reason is also why I dislike One Piece. Just posting my opinion.
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Edman9953 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015
well then again, dragonball z has not ended yet, and they've been going on for 30 years now. In my opinion, the dbz series is about as washed out as the simpsons now.
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SegaDisneyUniverse Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Who is this...Red person?:icontimonuhplz:
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:iconkimorox:
Kimorox Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Red is the character you play as in pokemon Red And Blue.
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SegaDisneyUniverse Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh okay. :dummy:
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PhantomHuntress Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
He's also a main character in a series of Pokemon manga by Hidenori Kusaka and is overly popular.
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SegaDisneyUniverse Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Ah, okay.:nod:
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PhantomHuntress Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome :)
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srbarker Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
As someone who grew up with Pokemon, I agree.
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athinaantreou Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
~THANK-YOU~
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Kell0x Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Despite all of this, I still dislike Ash. Not his character but the concept himself. Producers over in Japan and America believed Pokemon was so popular because of Ash and Pikachu. While that maybe true for Pikachu I am pretty sure fans will keep watching the show if it was replaced with another main character each season.

Pokemon was supposed to go SO differently, THe first movie was supposed to become the end of Ash his journey and the next seasons would take place each 2-3 years after another.  
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Kimorox Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Well this stamp was about people that dislike him for is character. But I agree with your point of view: the anime would be cooler if it was a different main character each season like the games. But lets not forget that, will Pokemon is popular amoung everyone, it is still aimed for children. So its normal that its the same for the anime. I also believe the anime main purpose is to show every single pokemon species in action, wich is why the plot seems so childish: because the episode plot need to fits ONLY the specie its gonna focus on (of course is not the case for every single episode, but its the case for most of them).
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Kell0x Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Thats true, I agree with that. I just think its pretty sad that they lost so much potential. 
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xTheDemonFoxx Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
then there's the pokemon origins episodes...

which proves that even today... the Pokemon franchise still has potential...

I honestly believe that they could create a side anime of pokemon that follows either the games or the manga...
I support an anime based on the Pokémon manga...
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Sia-the-Mawile Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like Ash.
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:iconkimorox:
Kimorox Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Me too;)
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OnionRingz64 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so very much for posting this!
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Kimorox Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Your welcome... it just have to be done:XD:
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