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Misty (anime)

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Misty
カスミ Kasumi
Misty AG.png
Misty in the Advanced Generation series, with her Togepi
Age 10 (as of EP003, not stated in dub)
Gender Female
Eye color Green
Hair color Orange
Hometown Cerulean City
Region Kanto
Relatives Daisy, Violet, and Lily
Trainer class Trainer, Gym Leader
Game counterpart Misty
Leader of Cerulean Gym
Badge Cascade Badge
Specializes in Template:Type2s
Anime debut Pokémon - I Choose You!
English voice actor Rachael Lillis (4Kids)
Michele Knotz (TPCi)
Japanese voice actor Mayumi Iizuka

Misty (Japanese: カスミ Kasumi) is a friend and former traveling partner of Ash Ketchum.

Character

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Misty as seen in the original series

A stubborn tomboy, Misty is the youngest of four sisters who live in the Cerulean Gym. Fed up with her more glamorous older sisters, Misty left the gym with the goal of becoming the world's greatest Water Pokémon Trainer. She met Ash when she "caught" him with her fishing line in a river between Pallet Town and Viridian City. She traveled around with Ash, Brock, and Tracey through the Kanto region, Orange Islands, and Johto region.

Her purpose was ostensibly to get Ash to replace her bicycle, which he had accidentally destroyed when they first met. However, Misty often seemed to have forgotten about the bicycle, indicating that her real reason for following along was that she simply wanted to remain with her friends.

During her travels with Ash, she, aside from training to become the best Water Pokémon Trainer, also acted as his coach in many Pokémon battles. She is somewhat considered as a rival to Ash due to their competitive nature. It was also her job to drag Brock away from women by his ear.

Misty can be sweet and optimistic at times, but she is best known for how easily she can be angered, crazy, or frustrated, and how loud and violent she can become in response. She is very extreme in most of her moods, and can switch between them quickly. There are many episodes where she is seen getting along with the younger siblings of the family, namely Mikey, Sakura, and Max. This stems from the fact that she understands what it's like to be the youngest because she has three older sisters.

Her goals are not as clear as those of the other main characters, since though her main interest is training Template:Type2 Pokémon, there's many things she loves to do and she is very confident in her abilities in all aspects of life. Fishing is one of her hobbies, however, and she has a special lure which she designed to look like herself and gave to Ash as a gift. The one Pokémon type that Misty cannot stand are Template:Type2s; she tends to freak out in most cases whenever she encounters a Bug-type, which was first demonstrated when she refused to befriend Ash's Caterpie. However, bugs are only one of three things Misty strongly dislikes, the other two being carrots and peppers. The only Bug-type Pokémon Misty is not afraid of are Tracey's Venonat, Ash's Heracross, Brock's Pineco, and Ledyba.

Misty participated in the Whirl Cup alongside Ash from Octillery the Outcast to The Perfect Match. She defeated Ash in battle in the second round. Misty made it all the way to the best eight of the Whirl Cup, but narrowly lost to Trinity in the end.

Misty showing her fear of bugs

After Ash competed in the Johto League Silver Conference, however, her bicycle was repaired and returned to her by the Viridian City Nurse Joy. Misty was shown to be sad that she no longer had the convenient excuse to travel with Ash, especially when she saw that Ash hadn't learned that and had assumed she followed him because of her bike. In addition, her sisters Daisy, Lily, and Violet, called Misty at this time to tell her they were going on a world tour, and needed her to return to Cerulean and watch the Gym in their absence. However, Misty saw how Ash truly cared for her when he saved her from a trio of Pokémon gangsters. Misty wanted to stay with Ash, but felt it was her responsibility to take over the Gym, which would be shut down if left unattended.

Upon the return of her sisters, Misty remained the sole Cerulean Gym Leader. Since their return, only Daisy appears to spend any significant amount of time at the Gym.

While working in the gym, Misty sometimes receives help from Tracey when he is either visiting or running an errand for Professor Oak.

Misty reappeared from The Princess and the Togepi to A Togepi Mirage! where she meets up with Ash and Brock again, along with meeting May and Max for the first time. During the episode A Togepi Mirage, her Togepi evolves into a Togetic and helps defend the Togepi Paradise. Towards the end of the episode, Togetic decides to stay with the other Togepi to protect them, sharing one last tearful moment with Misty. She makes three more appearances in the Advanced Generation series from The Scheme Team to A Real Cleffa-Hanger.

Appearance

Misty's usual hairstyle is a side ponytail which sticks out on the left side of her head. There are times she has let her hair down, sometimes when she goes to sleep. She has also been shown wearing hair extensions when she wore her mermaid costumes in the The Misty Mermaid and Cerulean Blues. Misty is also notably taller than Ash but shorter than Brock. She has worn three main outfits in the series and all of them sport the colors yellow, blue, and red.

Pokémon

Either through the tradition of her family's gym or merely her love of them, Misty prefers to train Water Pokémon. She usually bases her choice of Pokémon to train by looks, preferring Pokémon that she thinks of as "cute" over ones that she thinks are "ugly," but is willing to overcome such differences. Her love of water Pokémon stems from the fact that they are extremely flexible in battle, meaning that they can easily adapt to the opponent, as she stated in Some Like It Hot. Since becoming gym leader, she has overcome her fear of Gyarados and continues to learn more about caring and battling with water Pokémon as challengers come to the Cerulean Gym.

This is a listing of Misty's Pokémon as of the most recent Japanese episode. As she is currently residing in the Cerulean Gym, all of her Pokémon are there and none are listed as "on hand."

At Cerulean Gym

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Goldeen
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Staryu
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Starmie
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Horsea
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Psyduck
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Poliwag → Poliwhirl → Politoed
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Corsola
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Magikarp → Gyarados
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Caserin
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Egg → Azurill
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Seel → Dewgong

She presumably also has access to any other Pokémon at the gym, such as Luverin, Seaking, Goldeen, Shellder, Magikarp, and Seel, due to being the Gym Leader.

Released

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Togepi → Togetic

Befriended

Misty's Golduck
Golduck
Misty befriends a Golduck which lives on Kinnow Island who she mistakes for thinking that her Psyduck had evolved. It was first seen under Misty's bag and after Misty had found it she used it in a battle against Marina and her Psyduck. Psyduck used Confusion on a wave which Golduck rode and was about to crash into Psyduck until Team Rocket appeared and nabbed Marina's Pokémon. It was used with Marina's Starmie to get them back and Golduck throws Team Rocket's sub onto the beach. It hits the sub with a Water Gun, and stops Arbok's attack with Disable then slams Arbok to the floor with a Psychic. And eventually send Team Rocket blasting off with a Hyper Beam and saves Marina's Pokémon.

It was later used in the last part of the battle between Marina and her Starmie, it gets battered with Starmie's Tackle and Bubble but shatters Starmie's Light Screen with another Hyper Beam fainting it. Misty tries to recall Golduck but her Psyduck pops out. Golduck then runs off and shows off its skills to a bunch of girls.

Golduck's known moves are Water Gun, Disable, Confusion, Psychic, Fury Swipes and Hyper Beam.

Debut Bye Bye Psyduck

Temporary

Seaking
Misty captures a big Seaking using her special lure, it nearly pulled her in so she sent out Poliwhirl it slaps Poliwhirl with its tail, nearly throwing it out of the boat, but Poliwhirl uses DoubleSlap and Misty captures it. It being 55kg and winning the battle means Misty wins the Seaking Catching Day, but under contest rules she releases it.
Debut Hook, Line, and Stinker

Briefly used

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Pikachu
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Bulbasaur
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Vulpix

Achievements

Misty's medallion as seen in Pokémon Heroes

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 飯塚雅弓 Mayumi Iizuka
English Rachael Lillis (4Kids dub)
Michele Knotz (TPCi dub)
Arabic مجد ظاظ Majd Zaza
Catalan Nina Romero
Mandarin Chinese 林凱羚 Lín Kǎilíng (EP001-157)
龍顯蕙 Lóng Xiǎnhuì (EP158-261)
謝佼娟 Xiè Jiǎojuān (EP262-274)
林美秀 Lín Měixiù (AG)
Croatian Jasna Palić Picukarić
Olga Pakalović
Czech Eva Spoustová
Dutch Marlies Somers
Filipino Candice Arellano
French Canada Kim Jalabert
Europe Fanny Roy
German Angela Wiederhut
Hebrew עדי בן ישראל Adi Ben Israel
נעמה אוזן Na'ama Ozen
טליה ברקאי Talia Barkai
Italian Alessandra Karpoff
Korean 지미애 Chi Mi-Ae
Norwegian Anine Kruse
Polish Iwona Rulewicz
Portuguese Brazil Márcia Regina
Portugal Helena Montez (movies 1, 2, 3, and 4)
Paula Pais (EP117-EP273)
Spanish Latin America Xóchitl Ugarte
Spain Miriam Valencia
Pilar González Aguado (movie 3 and Mewtwo Returns)
Swedish Anna Book
Turkish Birtanem Coşkun Candaner

Future appearances

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Former director and storyboard artist of the Pokémon anime, Masamitsu Hidaka, stated in an interview that Misty will not return as a main character in future seasons, but she will continue to make cameo appearances from time to time like she has in the past. He also mentioned Contests in connection with Misty, although the translator neglected to mention what was meant by this.

Misty's seiyū, Mayumi Iizuka, has hinted in her blog that Misty would make an appearance in the Diamond & Pearl series[1]. However, she did not appear at all.

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

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Misty in The Electric Tale of Pikachu

Misty is a recurring character in The Electric Tale of Pikachu, a manga series based on the Pokémon anime.

She first appears in the chapter Pikachu, I See You. She takes a liking to Ash's Pikachu and tells Ash about what it takes to be a professional Pokémon Trainer. Ash steals her bicycle later to rush Pikachu to a Pokémon Center after being injured by a flock of Spearow.

She travels with Ash for the following chapter, Play Misty For Me, expecting Ash to repay her for her bike. Later in the same chapter, when Ash arrives in Cerulean City, he battles her instead of the Sensational Sisters. Misty awards Ash the Cascade Badge when his Fearow takes back his hat from Misty's head.

Misty disappears from the manga until Ash and Brock bump into her at the Nomads Independence Day festival in The Human Race and the Pokémon Race. After this, she is a common traveling companion to Ash and Brock, though they still part ways at times, such as when Misty and Duplica search for wild Ditto in Pikachu's Excellent Adventure.

Pokémon

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Magikarp → Gyarados
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Shellder
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Lapras
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Togetic

In the Magical Pokémon Journey manga

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Misty in Magical Pokémon Journey

Misty, along with Ash and Brock, make cameo appearances in bonus chapters of the Magical Pokémon Journey manga. In the bonus chapters, Misty and co. have mistakenly wandered into the world Magical Pokémon Journey is set in. The bonus chapters chronicle their attempts to return to their own world (of the anime) and their encounters with various aspects of the Magical Pokémon Journey canon which differ from the anime's canon (such as the use of Poké Balls).

Trivia

  • Misty is the only one of the main characters to have a Pokémon along with its evolved form on her team at the same time.
  • Misty is the only one of Ash's friends to have a Psychic-type Pokémon.
  • Misty is one of only two main characters that has no parent revealed, the other being Tracey.
  • Only two of Misty's Pokémon are not Template:Type2: Togetic and Azurill, though Azurill can evolve into one later.
    • Also both of these Pokémon are Template:Type2 and both were hatched from eggs she got from other main characters and debuted in a different generation from their fully evolved forms.
  • Misty is the first of Ash's friends to challenge a gym (albeit an unofficial gym), since she challenged and won against the unofficial Johto Water Gym Leader in Just Add Water.
  • She is the only main character to have genderless Pokémon in her team. In fact, she has two, Staryu and Starmie.
  • She is the first female companion of Ash who did not start off as a rookie. She is also considered as a rival by Ash and acts as his coach during Pokémon battles. Unlike Dawn and May, who are Pokémon Coordinators, Misty focuses on being a Water Pokémon Master.
  • She is the first main character to be seen owning a Generation II Pokémon, that Pokémon being Togepi.
  • Misty is the only one of her sisters not named after a flower, the names of her sisters being Daisy, Violet, and Lily. However, she does have the name for baby's breath in Japanese.
  • She is the only one of Ash's female traveling friends to not own a starter Pokémon. She battled Ash for a Totodile in The Totodile Duel, but lost.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese カスミ Kasumi From カスミソウ kasumisō, the Japanese name for Gypsophila. A reference to 霞み kasumi ("mist"). A common Japanese given name.
English, German, Italian, Spanish Misty Translation of 霞み kasumi in relation to the word mist.
French Ondine Refers to Ondine, a water nymph in Germanic mythology.
Korean 이슬
Iseul
이슬 means dew.
Chinese (Mandarin) 小霞
Xiǎo Xiá
From 霞み kasumi. 小 means little or young, while 霞 refers to the rosy glow of the clouds during sunrise or sunset.
Chinese (Cantonese) 小霞
Síu Hàh
Same as Mandarin name.

References

  1. Mayumi Iizuka's blog

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