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List of clothing in the anime

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In the Pokémon anime, while the main characters will generally wear a single outfit for several seasons, they have changed outfits from time to time and, at the start of a new series, changed their main outfit entirely. This is a list of the different clothing and outfits worn by the main characters.

Ash

Main outfits

All of Ash's main outfits are highlighted by his hat. They often strongly feature the colors red and blue, along with black, white, green and golden yellow. These are primary and bold colors, accenting Ash's primary status in the series.

Original series

Ash's first outfit

One of the curious notes about Ash's first outfit is that, unlike May, Dawn, Iris and Cilan, while it is clear his clothing is directly inspired by Red's, it is a unique outfit design in its own right. This fact is also echoed by the outfits of Brock and Misty, which were designed purely for the anime instead of using the outfits seen in the games themselves and the artwork for the games.

The upper outfit is a blue jacket with gold trim and white collar and sleeves, worn open over a dark cyan t-shirt. Ash kept his Kanto, Orange League, and Johto Badges pinned to the inside of the jacket, which from time to time, would be taken off by him, most notably when his Pokémon need warmth. His lower outfit consists of jeans with light blue cuffs, black and white sneakers with red dots on both sides, and a brown belt, which he used to hang his Poké Balls.

Ash also wears green fingerless gloves with light green borders, and of course, his hat. The only part of the outfit with a known story behind it is the hat, which he won from a contest from the Pokémon League. Ash would turn his hat backwards when he was concentrating heavily, such as when he would face a Trainer or capture a Pokémon. This was very much the case early in his journey in Kanto, though by the time his journey in Johto ended, he hardly ever turned his cap.

He has a green backpack with a yellow square label and slings with black adjusters on it. The backpack has two pockets and two open compartments on each side. The main, bigger pocket is delimited by a black zip fastener, while the external pocket has an orange stripe on it.

Ash wore this outfit from Pokémon - I Choose You! to Gotta Catch Ya Later!.

Advanced Generation series

Ash's second outfit

Ash's second outfit was the first alternate main outfit to be seen on any character, and by default, the least expected. Brock and Misty's second outfits would not debut until several episodes after Ash's did. This outfit was given to Ash as a gift by his mother in Gotta Catch Ya Later!.

Along with a new hat, Ash wore a hoodie instead of a jacket, black gloves instead of green, and new jeans and sneakers. In Hoenn Alone! and Get the Show on the Road!, Ash can be seen wearing a T-shirt similar to the original series, but with an orange horizontal stripe. However, he keeps the hoodie closed, possibly because he no longer keeps Badges pinned to the inside. The backpack is green, with one pocket and a red Poké Ball design on it.

All of his new clothes, however, bear a notable resemblance to his old clothes, probably to maintain his style and avoid confusion which would be caused by a completely new appearance. This becomes a common theme among all new outfits: the new ones take on the style on the former outfits.

The symbol on his hat, backpack, and hoodie pocket reflect the Poké Ball symbols seen frequently in the Generation III games, particularly in the designs of the main characters' clothes. Ash's Advanced Generation series outfit is similar to the one Red wears in Generation III, most notably, his sleeves.

Ash wore this outfit from Hoenn Alone! to When Pokémon Worlds Collide!, making this the first outfit he has wore during more than one series, with a total of three.

Diamond & Pearl series

Ash's third outfit

Based on the example set by the Advanced Generation series, most fans were expecting Ash to wear a new outfit at the start of the Diamond & Pearl series.

His third outfit takes a step back to his first outfit by wearing a jacket instead of a hoodie, and with colors closer to the original. It also has a white undershirt instead of black for a change, as well as a new hat, new jeans, and new sneakers. The gloves are the same as those from his second outfit. The backpack is similar to to the one he wore in AG, being green with one pocket, and having a white Poké Ball design with a red "button". It should be noted that this new outfit is mostly based on that of Lucas, the male player character from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. The only differences are the hat designs, sneakers, backpack color, and the fact that Ash wears open fingered gloves, but no scarf. It also bears traits of Red's outfit, mainly the white collar, though there is the fact he is now wearing a closed jacket, another similarity with Red's.

One of the most common complaints among fans about the outfit is the yellow stripe across Ash's chest. This is, considering its curve, apparently based on the lower half of the Poké Ball symbol which was seen on Ash's pocket in his second outfit. However, given how long it is now, it is more difficult to tell.

Ash wore this outfit from When Pokémon Worlds Collide! to Memories Are Made of Bliss.

Best Wishes series

Ash's fourth outfit

As expected, Ash has received a new outfit for the Best Wishes series. Outfit changes are now accepted as routine if and when the anime changes sagas.

As with his previous outfit, this one appears to be modeled on the outfit worn by Hilbert from Pokémon Black and White, with the differences being the clothing shades and the hat, which resembles the one from the original series. Ash's new clothing closely follows the same color scheme he has always had: red, blue, yellow, green, black, and white. In this series Ash's sneakers are high tops, rather than the normal sneakers he wore during the other series. Instead of blue jeans, Ash starts to wear black baggy jeans and wears a hoodie just like in AG. He wears black fingerless gloves but the border is red. The backpack is blue-green, with one pocket, black straps, and a light green, curved stripe on it, resembling a Poké Ball design.

Ash wore this outfit from In The Shadow of Zekrom! to The Dream Continues!.

XY series

Ash's fifth outfit

Ash's outfit seems to be modeled after the outfit worn by Calem from the games, with some differences. The jacket that Calem wears has been shortened into a collared shirt for Ash, and a black undershirt is visible, both worn very much in the same style as Red's Generation III outfit. Ash wears red high top sneakers, similar to those worn in the Best Wishes series, and darker blue jeans. The backpack is one pocket, colored green with a white, slanted Poké Ball design on it, similar to previous generations.

Ash's hat continues to sport the rounded Poké Ball design seen in previous generations, and most notably seems to be directly based off of Red's Generation III hat; albeit modified to somewhat resemble characteristics of Calem's hat as well. In general, the outfit heavily borrows characteristics from Red and Calem.

Ash started wearing this outfit in The Dream Continues! when he received it from his mother Delia Ketchum.

Side outfits

Formal clothes

Weather clothes

Swimwear
  • In the original series, Ash's most common swimwear is a pair of teal trunks with yellow stripes running down the sides.
  • Ash wore blue trunks with palm trees and coconuts in Pokémon Double Trouble.
  • Ash changed to a different swimsuit along with his main clothing in the Advanced Generation series, in which he wore orange trunks with a green and yellow double stripe going down the left side. The same pattern was on the right as well, but appeared only on the waistband and was much smaller. This swimsuit actually appeared once before, in The Pi-Kahuna, but it didn't appear frequently until Ash's adventures in Hoenn.
  • In the Diamond & Pearl series, Ash wears red trunks with light blue lines at the bottom and dark blue upside-down v-patterns on the sides. Like his Advanced Generation swimsuit, Ash had worn this one before in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, but it didn't make frequent appearances until his adventures in Sinnoh.
  • Ash wore trunks that were two-shaded blue (dark on top and lighter on the bottom) with white stripes down the sides in Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea.
  • He also wore red trunks with large white Poké Ball prints on the sides in Arceus and the Jewel of Life.
  • In the Best Wishes series Ash wears purple trunks with red lines near the legs and yellow lines on the side.
  • Another pair of trunks appears in the fourth ending of the Best Wishes series, Look Look☆Here. The swim trunks are red, with a dark blue stripe at both sides of the trunks. In the anime itself, Ash wore it for the first time in Expedition to Onix Island!.
  • During Peace Smile!, the second ending of the XY series, Ash wears blue swim trunks with an orange waistband.
Ash's jacket
Snow wear

Other clothes

Misty

Main outfits

All of Misty's main outfits feature the colors yellow, red, and blue.

Misty's original series outfit

Original series

Misty's first outfit, and her best known, is a yellow crop top and jean shorts held up with red suspenders. Her entire midriff is revealed here. She wore red and white sneakers with it, and also carried a red drawstring backpack with it.

This outfit also debuted her hairstyle, which is typically the way she always wears it, regardless of her outfit: a small side ponytail. She will occasionally take it down, but usually only if she is sleeping, bathing, or wearing a formal outfit of some sort. With her mermaid outfit, she wears it down with pearl ornaments.

Misty wore this outfit from Pokémon - I Choose You! to Gotta Catch Ya Later! (and continuing into the first three of four Pokémon Chronicles episodes she was in).

Advanced Generation series

Misty's second outfit is a yellow sleeveless top or vest with a large blue button on the front and matching shorts, worn over some sort of dark-red under-all (swimsuit or leotard, etc.). She wears it with short orange boots. The few times she carries a backpack with it, it is a small backpack designed to look like a Spheal.

Misty started wearing this outfit in The Princess and the Togepi. She is also seen wearing this outfit in the special episode The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon, but with a pink backpack.

Pokémon Chronicles series

In the early episodes of Pokémon Chronicles involving Misty (Cerulean Blues, The Blue Badge of Courage, A Date with Delcatty,), she wears her original series outfit. However, in Luvdisc is a Many Splendored Thing (which was broadcast after the debut of her AG ensemble), she wears a new "casual" outfit: a sleeveless yellow top with a hood, slightly longer and looser blue shorts, a small white belt with a pink buckle, and reddish-brown penny loafer shoes worn with white socks.

Side outfits

Formal clothes

Misty in her pink yukata

Weather clothes

Swimwear

Other clothes

  • Misty wore a pink blouse and a long, brown skirt in her fantasy of France in The School of Hard Knocks.
  • Misty wore a red shirt with a pink jacket with the image of an Electrode, green and yellow stripes and blue sunglasses around her neck, as part of Team Rocket's makeover in Pokémon Fashion Flash.
  • Misty donned a Team Rocket outfit in the second half of Ditto's Mysterious Mansion.
  • Misty wore a Nurse Joy outfit while helping out at the clinic in A Chansey Operation.
  • Misty wore a blue jacket with a black and red cap as a disguise in The Breeding Center Secret.
  • Misty wears a mermaid outfit when performing at the Cerulean Gym. It was first seen in The Misty Mermaid. The outfit consists of a shell-pattern bikini top, a light blue mermaid fin, and a pearl ornament.
  • Misty sometimes wears a blue shirt with black sweatpants. She wore it in The Pi-Kahuna and in part of All Fired Up!.
  • Misty wore a yellow shirt with sleeves as pajamas in Make Room for Gloom.
  • After the weather conditions turned poor in Pokémon the Movie 2000, Misty wore a pink jacket that had a horizontal light blue stripe across the chest.
  • Misty wore an army attire in Tanks A Lot!.
  • Misty wore a red and pink dress with long red tights in Air Time!. One of the sleeves jutted out, which she used as a perch for Togepi to sit on.
  • A flashback in Cerulean Blues! showed Misty as a baby, wearing a sky-blue shirt and yellow diaper.


Brock

Main outfits

Brock's main outfits contain different shades of the earthy colors green, brown and orange.

Brock's Original series outfit
Brock's Advanced Generation series outfit

Original series

One of the most distinct features of Brock's first outfit was his green vest, which had four large pockets on the front. He wore this over an orange short-sleeved shirt, along with brown pants and blue and white sneakers. On either side of his belt, which was black with a gold rectangular buckle, he had attached brown belt pockets. With it, he carried a large, blue backpack with a bedroll seen strapped to it at the top.

It is assumed he keeps many supplies in his many pockets, just as he tends to fill his bag with more supplies than it should be realistically able to hold. However, he has never been seen reaching into these pockets, so their contents remain unknown. The numerous pockets in this outfit were seen in all of his outfits.

Brock wore this outfit from Showdown in Pewter City to A Family That Battles Together Stays Together!.

Advanced Generation series

In the Advanced Generation series, Brock wore a brown jacket with an orange collar. Under it, he wore a green undershirt, but he no longer wears a belt. His clothing slightly mirrors that of his game counterpart in Generation III. His shoes are a dark blue, and his new backpack is blue, but has no bedroll.

Brock wore this outfit from A Family That Battles Together Stays Together! to Home is Where the Start Is!.

Diamond & Pearl series

Brock's Diamond & Pearl series outfit is one step closer to his original series outfit. He wears a vest again, but the colors are reversed. Instead of a green vest and an orange shirt, he wears an orange vest (which also consists of gray) and a green shirt. His new shoes and backpack are still blue, and his backpack does not have a bedroll.

Brock started wearing this outfit prior in Two Degrees of Separation!, and is currently wearing it as of the latest Japanese episode.

Side outfits

Formal clothes

Brock's Diamond & Pearl outfit

Weather clothes

Swimwear
Brock's jacket
  • Brock's first swimwear was a pair of light purple swim trunks with three dark blue diamonds on the sides. From the Advanced Generation series onwards, these trunks were colored dark purple, due to the different palette used in the digitally colored episodes beginning with Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid.
  • In Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, Brock wore a pair of olive green trunks with an orange stripe down the side. These trunks would later become Brock's main swimwear in the Diamond & Pearl series. Brock also wore his new trunks in the hotspring scene in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, but this is only known from the artwork, as in the scene itself, nothing below Brock's neck was seen above water.
  • Like Ash and Dawn, Brock wore a different swimsuit than his normal one in Arceus and the Jewel of Life - in Brock's case, a pair of dark green trunks with white lines on them. Like Ash's and Dawn's new swimwear, Brock's new trunks are quite unique, as he only wore them in that movie.
Snow wear

Other clothes

  • One of Brock's best known accessories is his pink frilly apron. He frequently wears it while cooking or doing other chores.
  • He also wears an alternate apron, known as the "movie apron" since it is only seen in the Pokémon movies. This apron is bright blue with neon green straps.
  • In The Purr-fect Hero, Brock fantasizes about wearing samurai ō-yoroi armor and a sumo suit.
  • He wore a long, blue, medieval-themed robe for DJ Mary's radio show in Air Time!.
  • He wore army attire in Tanks A Lot! when they had a plan to rescue Pikachu and others.
  • He wore a stylish outfit with a matching cap in Battling The Generation Gap!.
  • In Three Sides to Every Story!, Brock is seen in his new boxers, which have the same color scheme as his undershirt.

Tracey

Main outfit

Tracey's main outfit

Tracey has only had one main outfit throughout the entire series. It consists of a loose green T-shirt, reddish-brown shorts, blue and yellow sneakers, an orange backpack, and his most notable accessory, a light red headband that he uses to keep his hair out of his face. Tracey is the only main character from the original series whose outfit was not changed at the start of any of the newer series.

Side outfits

Formal clothes

Weather clothes

Swimwear
  • His first swimsuit was a pair of navy-blue swim trunks with two red lines on either side, as seen in The Joy of Pokémon.
  • The second was seen in Pokémon Double Trouble. It is still a pair of navy blue swim trunks but with a sunflower print. He also removed his headband while in this outfit.
  • The third was seen in The Blue Badge of Courage. It is another pair of blue swim trunks but with an orange stripe painted on the legs.

Other clothes

In Luvdisc is a Many Splendored Thing, Daisy fantasized Tracey playing the prince in her water ballet alongside Misty. This outfit consisted of a blue shirt with long sleeves and gold trimming, teal pants, a red cape, and a silver crown. This would be the second time he is seen without his headband.

May

Main outfit

Advanced Generation series

May's main outfit is a red t-shirt with a dark blue circle around her neck, dark blue bike shorts, white skirt, red and yellow sneakers, a red bandanna with a white Poké Ball print, a yellow waistpack, and dark-blue and white gloves. It is based on the outfit her game counterpart wears in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.

Diamond & Pearl series

Much like Ash and Brock changed clothes at the start of both the Advanced Generation and Diamond & Pearl series, and Misty did before her return in The Princess and the Togepi, May changed clothes sometime between her departure in Home Is Where the Start Is and her return in Our Cup Runneth Over! Her outfit in the Diamond & Pearl series is based on the outfit that her game counterpart wears in Pokémon Emerald. It consists of a green bandanna, a red orange sleeveless T-shirt with a black collar, black bike shorts, black socks, and red and white sneakers. She also carries a green waistpack similar to the one she carried in the Advanced Generation series. When she got off the boat, she was seen with a yellow backpack. It is unknown if she normally carries this or only had it because she was traveling a long distance (to Sinnoh from Johto).

May wore this outfit as of her latest appearance, and presumably currently wears it.

Side outfits

May's dress in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew

Formal clothes

  • In Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, the characters dress up in formal medieval-themed outfits. May wears a white, pink and red ball gown decorated with tiny bows and with a decoration similar to Beautifly wings on the back. She wears her hair in two different ways in this outfit, with different accessories for each: in one way, she wears a large pink bow styled to look like her regular bandanna, and another, she has little pink pom-poms in her hair.
May at the Wallace Cup
  • During the Wallace Cup, May wore a new dress for the Contest, which was unique because it had an Arabian style to it. It was a pink half shirt with a yellow heart on it with yellow border on the sleeves and neck. She also wore a peach veil with a green gem on top, and a light purple long skirt with a piece of pink fabric at the waist. Her entire midriff is exposed here. She also wears brown flip-flops with toe rings and a yellow necklace with a red heart.

Weather clothes

Swimwear
Snow wear

Other clothes


Max

Main outfit

Max's main outfit

Max's main outfit is a green t-shirt, green and brown sneakers, black glasses and brown shorts. He carries a yellow backpack with his belongings.

Side outfits

Formal clothes

Weather clothes

Swimwear

Snow Wear

Other Clothes


Dawn

Dawn's main outfit

Main outfit

Dawn's outfit consists of a mini dress which is mostly black with a white undershirt inside a V-shaped neck with a short pink skirt. On her head, she wears a white beanie with a pink Poké Ball print on it. She also wears gold hair clips that hold up her hair in front. On her feet, she wears pink knee-high boots with black socks underneath. She also has a small yellow backpack with all her personal belongings. It is nearly identical to her game counterpart's with the exception of her scarf and bag.

Side outfits

Formal clothes

Formal clothes are a key part of Dawn's wardrobe, since she dresses up nicely for all her Pokémon Contests.

  • In her debut appearance, she was shown to be wearing three different formal outfits when imagining herself in Contests with each of the Sinnoh starters.
  • She frequently wears a pink dress during her Contests. In the Floaroma Town Contest, she decorated her dress with flowers, presumably to fit the town's flowery theme. In the Hearthome City Contest, she added a yellow Ribbon around her waist and her hair barrettes were star-shaped. The yellow Ribbon was also seen in the Wallace Cup. In the first round of the Celestic Town Contest, she decorated her dress with fluffy fur, similar to Buneary's. In the Lilypad Town Contest, she again wore her yellow Ribbon with long white gloves. In the Daybreak Town Contest, she wears short white gloves, with one red Ribbon in each one, and her shoes have one yellow rose in each. Opening and ending themes show her in different dresses, but she has never worn them in Contests.
  • In The Rise of Darkrai, Dawn wore a pink outfit for the Alamos Town Contest.
  • In the Hearthome Collection, she wore a plain white-blue dress with a yellow Ribbon at the back. It also came along with a blue, beaded necklace and white shoes.
  • In Dawn of a Royal Day, Dawn wore Princess Salvia's light pink dress with long white gloves, when they swapped places.
  • In the Grand Festival, she wore a new yellow dress with long white gloves and white shoes.

Weather clothes

Swimwear
Snow wear
Dawn in her Platinum outfit

Iris

Iris's main outfit

Main outfit

  • Iris' usual outfit is exactly the same as her game counterpart's outfit. It consists of a cream shirt that has long loose sleeves with pink cuffs and a pink collar, a pink skirt with a large pink Ribbon on the side, the pink ribbon is tied around her waist just like a normal cardigan would be also there is white and yellow leggings going over her knees, a pink backpack, pink and white shoes with yellow stripes and a yellow hair Ribbon.

Side outfits

Swimwear

Other



Cilan

Cilan's main outfit

Main outfit

  • Cilan's usual outfit is identical to his game counterpart's, consisting of a white shirt, a black and gray vest with gold buttons, a green bow tie, black pants held up with a brown belt, and brown shoes. However, unlike his game counterpart, he does not always wear his apron, instead putting it on occasionally when cooking. He also includes a brown backpack to store his belongings.

Side outfits

Other outfits

Swimwear

  • Cilan wears swim trunks in the fourth ending of the Best Wishes series, Look Look☆Here. The swim trunks are dark yellow, with a light green stripe and a dark green stripe at each side.



Serena

Serena's main outfit

Main outfit

  • Serena's main outfit consists of a black tank-top with a white collar, a red skirt, a dark pink hat with a black bow, black long socks, and black shoes. She has a pink backpack with a black Poké Ball design to store her belongings. It is nearly identical to her game counterpart's with the exception of her hat, collar, bag, and the lack of sunglasses.

Side outfits

Other outfits

Swimwear

  • During Peace Smile!, the second ending of the XY series, Serena wears a dark pink bikini.


Clemont

Clemont's main outfit

Main outfit

  • Clemont's main outfit is identical to his in-game counterpart's, consisting of a blue and yellow jumpsuit, glasses, and black and white shoes. He stores his inventions in the black and white backpack he calls his "Clemontic gear."

Side outfits

Other outfits

Swimwear

  • During Peace Smile!, the second ending of the XY series, Clemont wore his swimsuit, it is a blue borat-style swimsuit, cap, and yellow goggles.


Bonnie

Bonnie's main outfit

Main outfit

  • Bonnie's main outfit consists of a dark brown shirt with a black ribbon on the chest, white skirt, black shorts, and pink shoes. She carries a yellow satchel.

Side outfits

Other outfits

Swimwear


Jessie, James and Meowth

Team Rocket's main outfits

Main outfits

Jessie and James are usually found in the same outfit at all times: their white Team Rocket uniforms. There has been some question about the position or rank denoted by these uniforms, since most Rocket Grunts wear a black uniform of similar design. However, in Dues and Don'ts, it was revealed that Jessie and James designed their own uniforms to "express their sense of style." Jessie and James have only been seen wearing a different color uniform in Training Daze, where they (along with the other trainees) wear dark red. They also wore the black uniforms once.[citation needed]

Meowth, being a Pokémon, has no main outfit and is seen most often not wearing any clothing. However, he does have a fairly notable list of side outfits which he's worn alongside Jessie and James.

Best Wishes series

Team Rocket's black uniforms

Jessie and James changed into their black uniforms in the Best Wishes series. They wore these outfits from In the Shadow of Zekrom until Battling For The Love of Bug-Types! when they switched back into their white ones.

Side outfits

Disguises

Main article: List of Team Rocket's disguises

Frequently, when they are not wearing their Team Rocket uniforms, they are most likely wearing something as a disguise to fool the twerps. These range from very elaborate to very simple outfits, all of which have fooled Ash and his friends with similar success.

Several of these disguises are posing as other characters, such as Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy. Brock is usually the best at telling these disguises from the actual women, whether he is aware of it or not.

Formal clothes

  • In Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, the characters dress up in formal medieval-themed outfits. Jessie and James looked possibly the most out of place, perhaps as a tongue-in-cheek joke, wearing extravagant outfits based more on the Victorian era than medieval times. Meowth, on the other hand, wore one of the most well-known of medieval outfits, a suit of armor.
  • Whenever she competes in Pokémon Super Contests, Jessie wears a large orange dress with light brown boots, with round yellow and orange glasses and her hair in pigtails, under the name Jessilina (Japanese: キャンディ・ムサリーナ Candy Musalina).

Weather clothes

Swimwear
  • Jessie and James both wore two-piece bikinis in Beauty and the Beach. James wore his with giant inflatable breasts. These swimsuits were never seen in the English dub, since the scene containing them was cut.
  • Jessie and James also both wore swimsuits in A Staravia is Born!. Jessie wore a blue bikini and James wore a blue Speedo. They both had the 'R' logo on them.
  • Jessie, James and Meowth were seen using scuba gears in The Island of Illusions!.
Snow wear

Other clothes

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