Ash Ketchum, known as for all appearances in Japan, is a fictional character in the Pokémon franchise owned by Nintendo. He was created by Satoshi Tajiri as the protagonist of the anime and manga series, as well as on various merchandise related to the franchise. In Japanese, the character is voiced by Rica Matsumoto; in English, he was voiced by Veronica Taylor until the eighth season of the anime series, replaced by Sarah Natochenny for the remainder of the anime and Kayzie Rogers in The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon television special.
His dream is to become a "Pokemon master."
Named after his and Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri, and intended to represent how Tajiri was as a child, obsessed with collecting creatures.
During localization of both for North American audiences, the character's name was changed in the anime to "Ash Ketchum", the first name taken from one of the possible default names players could select for the player character in Pokémon Red and Blue, and the surname tying into 4Kids' former tagline for the series, "Gotta catch 'em all!" In regards to the video games, however, the player character was officially unnamed until the release of Pokémon Gold and Silver, in which the localized character name was changed to Red, tying in both with the original game appearance and one of the possible default names players could select in those titles. Though Red was redesigned to look similar to Ash in Pokémon Yellow, the two characters are not to be confused with each other.
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Official Site: 4Kids Entertainment
Links: Ash's Wiki Article Absolute Anime Official Site