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Iris (Japanese: アイリス Iris) is a girl from the Unova region who is a current traveling companion of Ash.
Not much is known about Iris's life before she joined Ash on his journey, but in The Bloom Is on Axew! some of it was revealed. Iris's hometown, which is located at the foot of a mountain range, is home to multiple Axew and Fraxure, and the town was shown to commemorate Zekrom and Reshiram.
As revealed in BW030, Iris main goal is to become a Dragon master. To help start her on her journey, the matriarch of her village gave Iris an Axew and tasked her with journeying with it and raising it into a fine Haxorus. Doing so could help her reach her goal of becoming a Dragon master. Before joining Ash, she has shown to have obtained an Excadrill.
Iris made her first appearance in In The Shadow of Zekrom!, where she was seen watching Zekrom's storm. She appeared again in Enter Iris and Axew!, where she and her Axew were picking Berries in the bushes. Ash scanned the bush with his Pokédex, and seeing it to be an Axew, decided to catch it, so he threw a Poké Ball that hit Iris in the head, enraging her. She and Ash introduced themselves after this slight misunderstanding, and Iris began following Ash. In Dreams by the Yard Full!, upon Cilan's request she officially decided to travel with Ash through Unova.
In A Home for Dwebble! she is shown to make herbal remedies to heal sick Pokémon, similar to Brock. She also claims to have a "sixth sense", as seen in A Night in the Nacrene City Museum! when she claimed to feel the presence of a spirit. This ability is shown again in Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest!.
She was separated from the group in BW027 where she bonded with a wild Emolga they had encountered earlier, who she later accepted onto her team.
She is said to be a wild girl who likes to swing on vines and eat berries. Her Pokémon friend Axew travels with her in her hair instead of inside a Poké Ball. She seems to be very hyper in occasions such as climbing up trees very quickly. She is very adventurous, bold and obnoxious. She is a quick thinker such as in A Sandile Gusher of Change! she saved Ash from falling into hot water. This is again shown in Here Comes the Trubbish Squad! and Minccino-Neat and Tidy! where she is quickly able to evade oncoming danger when Ash and Cilan can't. In some occasions, she becomes invasive with some Pokémon such as Ash's Pikachu which normally causes the Pokémon to attack her.
She seems to think of Ash as a little kid and often treats him like a rookie trainer, showing little respect for him as a trainer, despite many of his past adventures and accomplishments, which Iris happens to be oblivious to. In addition, she also treats Ash this way, due to him being foreign to the Unova region and not knowing much about the things it has to offer.
However, in doing so, Iris tends to come of as a hypocrite. While criticizing Ash's battling methods, Iris is shown to be quite inexperienced in raising Pokemon, as her Axew is still in training and her Excadrill will hardly obey her. In addition, she herself cannot react under pressure, as she hesitates when making attack decisions. And while Iris calls Ash a kid for not knowing much about the Unova region, Iris is also introduced to certain things herself.
Iris after catching a Pokémon
- Iris is so far the only main character to keep her Japanese name in the English dub of the anime.
- Iris is Ash's only female traveling companion whose Japanese name does not contain the kana カ ka, and the only traveling companion whose Japanese name is comprised of more than three kana. She is also the first to have a western name instead of a traditional Japanese name. This relates to Unova's partial geographical inspiration of New York.
- Iris is also the first not to have a bike, unlike the other three whose bikes were destroyed by Ash's Pikachu.
- However, instead of a bike, Pikachu shocked her.
- Silhouettes of Iris and Cilan were shown after DP183 aired on July 1, 2010. The two were officially revealed during a trailer for the anime shown on Pokémon Sunday exactly one month later.
- Like Misty, Iris has some tomboyish traits and criticizes Ash wherever he does something rash by referring to him as a little kid as well they both also call him stubborn time to time. Misty also owned Starmie before she joined Ash on his journey like Iris has already obtained a fully-evolved Pokémon before joining Ash on his journey.
- Iris is the third female traveling partner that owns a Pokémon who is not kept in its Poké Ball. In Iris's case, it is Axew.
|| アイリス Iris
|| From iris, possibly the flaming dragon iris or the "dragon drums" (tall bearded iris).
| English, French, Italian, Spanish
|| Same as Japanese name.
|| From lilien (lily) or possibly Schwertlilien (iris). Related to the lis (French for lily) in Lysander.
|| 아이리스 Iris
|| Transliteration of her Japanese name.
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 艾莉絲 Àilìsī
|| Transliteration of her Japanese name.