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Misty (Japanese: カスミ Kasumi) is a friend and former traveling partner of Ash Ketchum.
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 showing her fear of bugs
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 Water-type Pokémon, there are 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 Bug-types; 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 the kinds that she deems "cute" or "pretty", like Ledyba and Butterfree, some belonging to her friends, like Tracey's Venonat, or ones that don't look like bugs, like Pineco.
Misty made her anime debut in Pokémon, I Choose You!, fishing in a nearby river on Route 1. As her fishing rod snagged something, she managed to pull out not a Water Pokémon, but Ash and his injured Pikachu, who were being chased by a flock of Spearow. After pointing Ash in the direction of the nearest Pokémon Center, the one in Viridian City, he stole her bike, saying that he would return it someday.
In the next episode, Misty appears in the Pokémon Center after Ash drops off his Pikachu, holding her charred bike and demanding a new one right away. She is distracted from her demands when Nurse Joy brings Pikachu out, sad to see Pikachu in such condition. Before anything else could be said, an Ekans and Koffing burst through the ceiling, and Team Rocket come through as well. After helping Nurse Joy and Ash wheel Pikachu into the back room, she tells Ash to help defend the center with the Pokémon in stock. After a few failed tries, she decides to step in herself, and sends out her Goldeen to buy some time, though quickly recalls it since Water Pokémon can't battle on land. Later in the episode, it was revealed by Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy that Misty had gone with Ash to the Viridian Forest. As the screen cuts to them, Misty lets out a scream, seeing a Bug Pokémon, which happens to be a Caterpie, she reveals her fear of bugs and tells him to do something about it. So, the new Trainer decides to throw a Poké Ball at it.
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.
After Ash competed in the 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.
Advanced Generation series
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 a cameo appearance in both Saved by the Beldum and Shocks and Bonds, where she is seen watching Ash competing in the Hoenn League Tournament. She also makes three more appearances in the Advanced Generation series from The Scheme Team to A Real Cleffa-Hanger, as well as The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon. She later appeared in flashbacks in Gathering the Gang of Four.
Diamond & Pearl series
Misty has not physically appeared in the Diamond & Pearl series, but has been referenced. Misty's special lure appeared in Buizel Your Way out of This!, and Misty appeared on Brock's memory wall in the Diamond & Pearl special episode SS025.
Best Wishes series
Misty has only appeared in flashbacks in the Best Wishes series. She and Brock made an appearance in The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion! during Ash's flashbacks of his and Charizard's friendship. Misty appeared in another flashback in The Dream Continues!.
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 guest 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 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, when wearing formal outfits like a kimono, or when wearing her mermaid costume in The Misty Mermaid and Cerulean Blues. In the original series, Misty is taller than Ash but shorter than Brock, but from Advanced Generation onward, she and Ash are the same height. She has worn three main outfits in the series and all of them sport the colors yellow, blue, and red.
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
She presumably also has access to any other Pokémon at the Gym, such as Dewgong, Luverin, Seaking, Goldeen, Shellder, and Seel, due to being the Gym Leader.
- Main article: Ash's Bulbasaur
Misty borrowed Ash's Bulbasaur to participate in the Princess Pokémon Tournament. It was sent out after Pikachu got defeated by Lickitung's Lick. During the battle, Lickitung defeats Bulbasaur using the same techniques that it used on Pikachu.
|| Princess vs. Princess
| Voice actors
|| Megumi Hayashibara
|| Tara Jayne
In the manga
In the Ash and Pikachu manga
Misty is a main character in the Ash and Pikachu manga, based on the Pokémon anime. In this manga, Misty is often portrayed as being bad-tempered. She also talks about being ladylike often, and wishes that Ash and Brock would treat her with more respect as a lady.
Misty in The Electric Tale of Pikachu
In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga
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.
| Misty threw Shellder at Ash after he was constantly staring at her in her swimsuit.
None of Shellder's moves are known.
|| Play Misty For Me
In the Magical Pokémon Journey manga
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).
In the TCG
This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring the anime version of Misty or her Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
- Even though Misty is said to be 10 in the anime, she is said to be 12 in the first manga issue where she is introduced.
- 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 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 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.
- Misty is the first victim of the recurring gag in the anime where Ash's Pikachu destroys every main female character's bike. This gag was also transferred to May and Dawn. However this gag did not affect Iris, instead Pikachu zapped Iris herself.
- Misty is the female traveling companion to have appeared in the most amount of episodes, with 280 - Dawn is second with 200, May is third with 197 and Iris is last with 141.
|| カスミ Kasumi
|| From カスミソウ kasumisō, the Japanese name for Gypsophila. A reference to 霞み kasumi ("mist") and 海 umi ("sea").
|English, German, Italian, Spanish, Hindi
|| Translation of 霞み kasumi in relation to the word mist.
|| Refers to Ondine, a water nymph in Germanic mythology.
| 이슬 means dew.
| From 霞み kasumi. 小 means little or young, while 霞 refers to the rosy glow of the clouds during sunrise or sunset.
| Same as Mandarin name.
|| Misty (Kanto saga)
Kasumi (Johto saga-present)
| Same as English and Japanese name.
| Same as her Japanese name.