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Delia Ketchum
ハナコ Hanako
Delia Ketchum
Age 29 (novel)
Gender Female
Eye color Brown
Hair color Brown
Hometown Pallet Town
Region Kanto
Relatives Ash, Unknown husband/boyfriend (EP002), Unknown father-in-law (EP002)
Anime debut Pokémon - I Choose You!
English voice actor Veronica Taylor (4Kids)
Sarah Natochenny (TPCi)
Japanese voice actor Masami Toyoshima

Delia Ketchum (Japanese: ハナコ Hanako), also known as Mrs. Ketchum (Japanese: ママさん Mama-san) is Ash's mother in the Pokémon anime.


A younger Delia with Professor Oak and Spencer Hale

Delia Ketchum is a relatively reserved woman. Despite striking some as unintelligent, she was once a student of Professor Oak, along with Spencer Hale, possibly indicating intelligence normally unthought of her.

She lives in Pallet Town with Mimey, a Mr. Mime, which she befriended in It's Mr. Mime Time. She was seen taking care of it while Ash was participating in the Ever Grande Conference. Delia also traveled with Ash to the Unova region in In The Shadow of Zekrom!.

Her husband was mentioned in Pokémon Emergency! as a Trainer still on his journey. However, he has yet to appear onscreen.

According to Takeshi Shudō's novelization, she runs Pallet Town's only restaurant, Pallet House, which she inherited from her mother. When she was younger, she dreamed of becoming both a model and a Pokémon Trainer, but abandoned those dreams to run the restaurant after Ash was born. Brock once commented that she would make a great Pokémon Trainer because of her perseverance.

She is usually a quiet, cheerful woman, but when angered, she makes it known, not caring who she is talking to, once telling Entei he should be ashamed of himself in Spell of the Unown.


This listing is of Delia's Pokémon in the anime:


Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 豊島まさみ Masami Toyoshima
English Veronica Taylor (4Kids dub)
Sarah Natochenny (TPCi dub)
Danish Ann Hjort
Vibeke Dueholm
Dutch Beatrijs Sluyter
Filipino Klariz Magboo
French Canada Nathalie Coupal
Europe Catherine Conet
German Marion Hartmann
Hebrew לירז ברגמן Liraz Bergman
טליה ברקאי Talya Barkai
Indonesian Diah Sekartadji Wulandari (BW001-present)
Italian Cinzia Massironi
Polish Anna Bielańska (EP001-EP209, movie 3)
Krystyna Kozanecka (movie 2)
Agata Rzeszewska (EP210-AG040)
Joanna Węgrzynowska (DP003)
Portuguese Brazil Vanessa Alves (original series)
Lene Bastos (Pokémon Chronicles, DP003)
Luísa Viegas (AG132-AG133)
Elisa Villon (AG192, DP138)
Denise Reis (BW001-present)
Portugal Teresa Madruga (initial appearances)
Helena Montez (Kanto to mid-Johto)
Paula Pais (mid-Johto)
Sandra de Castro (Master Quest to Battle Frontier)
Isabel Ribas (Battle Frontier)
Spanish Latin America Ana Patricia Anides (EP001-EP273, DP138-present)
Rebeca Manríquez (SS004, SS014)
Elena Rámirez (AG132-DP003)
Spain Cecilia Santiago (EP001-EP002)
Marisa Marco (EP064-present)
Ana Jiménez (movie 2)
Marta García (movie 3)

In the manga

Delia in the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Delia appears briefly in the manga series, The Electric Tale of Pikachu, which is based on the anime.

In Pikachu, I See You!, she and Ash discover Pikachu under the floorboards of their house, chewing on the wiring to eat the electricity. Later, she gives Ash a tearful farewell as he leaves on his Pokémon Trainer's journey.


  • In Pokémon Live! it is stated that she dated Giovanni and was in his gang, but took a better route in life when she met Ash's father, though this might not be the case in the anime.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ハナコ Hanako From 花子. Means flower child. Also often used as an example female name, similar to Jane Doe in English.
English, All-European Delia Ketchum May be a reference to Dahlia, a flower. Ketchum is a pun on "Gotta Catch 'em all" the original slogan of the franchise.
Korean 영자 Yeongja
Chinese 花子 Huāzǐ Same as 花子 Hanako.

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenne
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulZoeyNandoKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyer
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerShellyArchieTabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretLysandreXerosicCelosiaBryonyMableAliana
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperCedric JuniperDr. FennelProfessor Sycamore
Relatives Delia KetchumFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsNormanCarolineNanny and Pop-PopJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyer
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceStevenMr. SukizoRaoul ContestaVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianMarianRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetMontgomeryJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaClembotSanpeiAlainMairinAriaDianthaGurkinnMonsieur PierreGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsMany temporary characters

Main characters
Ash KetchumPikachuGary OakRitchieMay OakProfessor OakDelia KetchumJessieJamesMeowth
Gym Leaders
A.J.AyaBillDamianDarioDuplicaEevee brothersGiselleJeanette FisherOfficer JennyJoeNurse Joy
Lara LaramieMahriMelanieMikeyMimiProfessor OrvillePotterFlorinda ShowersRubySamuraiTommy

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