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Ritchie (also Richie, Japanese: ヒロシ Hiroshi) is a nominally recurring Trainer in the anime.
Ritchie is often seen as a clone of Ash Ketchum because all of his Pokémon relate to some of the Pokémon that Ash owns, or owned at one point (Sparky and Pikachu, Zippo and Charizard, Happy and Butterfree, Rose and Swellow, and Cruise and Larvitar).
In the anime
Ritchie first appeared in A Friend In Deed and quickly befriended his fellow Pokémon League competitor, Ash Ketchum. This led to problems in the next episode, Friend or Foe Alike, since the two were matched up to battle against each other. Ritchie won the match, since at the very end Ash's Charizard refused to fight Sparky and took a nap on the battlefield instead. Even though he lost in the next match to Assunta, he made it to the Top 8 position in the league.
Ritchie showed up again in the anime when Ash and his friends visited the Whirl Islands, starting in The Mystery is History. He was searching for a mysterious Pokémon that can be found there, which turned out to be a Lugia.
He also appeared in three Pokémon Chronicles episodes; Oaknapped, Celebi and Joy and The Search for the Legend.
This listing is of Ritchie's known Pokémon in the anime:
| Spearow or Tentacool
| Ritchie had at least 3 other Pokémon during the Indigo League competition. It is uncertain which ones belonged to him. However, the beginning scene in Friends to the End narrowed the situation a bit, revealing that he owns either Spearow or Tentacool.
None of Spearow's moves are known.
Tentacool's only known move is Bubble.
|| Friends to the End
Ritchie mentions that he has an Eevee in the dub. He consults Professor Oak for advice on evolving his Eevee in the Pokémon Chronicles episode Oaknapped. It was not mentioned in the Japanese version, making it presumably non-canon.
In the games
The only games Ritchie appears in are Pokémon Puzzle League, where he is the first member of the Puzzle League's Elite Four; and in Pokémon Zany Cards for the Pokémon mini, in which his name is misspelt "Ricky". Some have speculated that, like Ash, he was based on the hero from Pokémon Red and Blue. In fact, besides differences in color, his outfit closely parallels that of Red's original design.
In the manga
Ritchie in The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga
In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga
Ritchie is a character in the The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga. His personality is very similar to that of his anime counterpart, however, he expresses more personal insecurities and is shown to be more ruthless in battle. He also has blond hair instead of auburn.
- Main article: Zippo
Charley was used against Ash's Charizard in the Indigo League. It lost to Ash's Charizard after it was badly beaten. As a result, Ash resigned from the challenge.
|| The Indigo Finals
| Happy was used against Ash's Squirtle in the Indigo League where it was able to tie with Squirtle after a long fight.
Happy's only known move is Sleep Powder.
|| The Indigo Finals
- Ritchie puts stickers on his Poké Balls to differentiate his Pokémon between others.
- Two versions of his name can be seen in the fandom, Richie and Ritchie. However, Pokémon Puzzle League, as well as Pokémon Chronicles subtitles, spell his name with a "t". Because of this, he is more commonly identified as Ritchie.
- Despite changes in the Pokédex's design, Ritchie continues to use the oldest model as of the last episode it was seen in.
- He is the only rival to nickname his Pokémon.
- Ritchie's outfit features the colors green and yellow, while Ash's clothes are predominantly red and blue.
- The only known Pokémon Ritchie is confirmed to own that Ash has never officially owned in the past is Pupitar. However, Ash has owned a Larvitar temporarily.
- He is named after Hiroshi Yamauchi, former President of Nintendo.
||Means "far and wide" (広).
||A diminutive for Richard, which is generally agreed to mean "brave power" in Germanic (from the elements ric "power, rule, ruler" and hard "brave, hardy").
||Similar to English name.
||阿弘 Ā Hóng
||From the name 弘 Hiroshi. Means "great" or "broad".