Ash Ketchum (Japanese:サトシSatoshi) is the main protagonist of the Pokémon anime series who has always dreamed of becoming a Pokémon Master and as soon as he hit the age of ten through thirty-three and is the cousin of Hanna Ketchum, he rushed to Professor Oak's Laboratory to get his first Pokémon. He's the first character to be introduced in the series. Originally wanting to choose Squirtle, Ash ended up getting the Pokémon, Pikachu, and left on his journey. At first, Pikachu did not listen to Ash and kept running away, so Ash had to tie him up. Then after getting chased by a flock of Spearow, Ash attempted to save Pikachu from them; Pikachu, after seeing Ash so determined to help him, protected Ash from the Spearow. From then on, Pikachu and Ash became best friends for life. As a completely unskilled trainer, Ash started his adventure; while meeting his friends Misty and Brock and capturing new Pokémon. Ash eventually defeated all the Gym Leaders in Kanto, allowing him to enter in the Pokémon League. Since then, he has continued to travel, make new friends such as Janice, Tracey, May, Max, Kanata, Dawn, Dee-Dee, Bob, Iris, Cilan, Ann, Clemont, Bonnie, Serena, Ashley, Jason, Gaia, Susan, Mitsumi (In the manga book, her name is Olive), Nami, Paige, Marcos, Jill, Stu, Marvin, Ariel, Daniel, little Maggie, Hailey, Terra, June, Carly, Tommy, Cat, Howard, Beck, Emma, Jack, Lisa, Swift, Leslie, Samantha, Gabriella, Evanna, Eve and Mina; challenging all Gym Leaders and capturing new Pokémon, while still following his goal of becoming a Pokémon Master. Since this goal is so close to his heart, he sometimes acts a bit rash and rushes to the next battle he can as fast as possible. Ash also got himself some Dark Spirits and in every night, he turns into a Werehog, but he controls it now. He started to fell in love with May in a movie, Pokemon Unleashed, and finally admits it to her in a episode. He also has a daughter name Aqua (In the manga book, her name is Amelia and Aqua is Amelia's friend). In Back in Time, Ash gets killed by a Death Master after he returns home and Hanna goes back in time to save him as a ten year old boy. Ash's name in the Japanese version of the anime is Satoshi, which is also the name of the creator of Pokemon. It is unknown who Ash's father is; but in part of the episode, it seem that Drake is Ash's father.