1. LOOK AT THIS KID.

    His name is Red, not Ash.
    Yes, he does come from Pallet Town.
    And he also eventually becomes the trainer of a Pikachu.
    But this kid is very different from the well-known Ash Ketchum.

    He nicknames his Pokemon. He has red eyes. He travels by himself. He, with the help of other Dex Holders, helps to not only put Team Rocket’s evil deeds to an end once, but twice
    ALSO, he helped fight against the Elite Four when they were trying to KILL PEOPLE.
    Then he joined together with 9 other Dex Holders to fight a gigantic monster that would’ve drowned the whole world.

    He set the standards for having a PokeDex- for it isn’t a tool that is just given out to EVERYONE.

    When he was turned to stone, tears couldn’t bring him back. Only a wish from Jirachi could.

    He started his epic journey at the age of 11.
    This is also when he became Champion of the Indigo Plateau.
    At 12, he faced the Elite Four.
    At 13, he helped deal with the Mask of Ice.
    At 16, he fought Team Rocket and Deoxys, ending with being turned to stone.
    Again at 16, he faced Guile Hideout.

    That’s right, he actually grows older.

    Red, the Fighter, Champion, and the first Dex Holder we were introduced to, still manages to be the humble, simple, and kind-hearted rash protagonist that kicked off the whole manga.

    This kid is not Ash Ketchum.

    This kid is Red.

    And he is one badass, fighter-man that still has his clueless moments- but that’s why we love him.