Delia Ketchum

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Delia Ketchum
ハナコ Hanako
Delia Ketchum
Age 29 (novel)
Gender Female
Eye color Brown
Hair color Brown
Hometown Pallet Town
Region Kanto
Relatives Ash, Unknown husband/boyfriend (EP002), Unknown father-in-law (EP002)
Anime debut Pokémon - I Choose You!
English voice actor Veronica Taylor (4Kids)
Sarah Natochenny (TPCi)
Japanese voice actor Masami Toyoshima

Delia Ketchum (Delilah is also seen; Japanese: ハナコ Hanako), also known as Mrs. Ketchum (Japanese: ママさん Mama-san) is Ash's mother in the Pokémon anime.

Delia Ketchum is a relatively reserved woman. Despite striking some as unintelligent, she was once a student of Professor Oak, along with Spencer Hale, possibly indicating intelligence normally unthought of her.

She lives in Pallet Town with Mimey, her Mr. Mime, which she obtained in It's Mr. Mime Time. She was seen taking care of it while Ash was participating in the Ever Grande Conference.

According to Takeshi Shudō's novelization, she runs Pallet Town's only restaurant, Pallet House, which she inherited from her mother. When she was younger, she dreamed of becoming both a model and a Pokémon trainer, but abandoned those dreams to run the restaurant after Ash was born. Brock once commented that she would make a great Pokémon trainer because of her perseverance.

She is usually a quiet, cheerful woman, but when angered, she makes it known, not caring who she is talking to, once telling Entei he should be ashamed of himself in Spell of the Unown.


This listing is of Delia's Pokémon in the anime:


Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 豊島まさみ Masami Toyoshima
English Veronica Taylor (4Kids dub)
Sarah Natochenny (TPCi dub)
Dutch Beatrijs Sluyter
French Canada Nathalie Coupal
Europe Catherine Conet
German Marion Hartmann
Hebrew לירז ברגמן Liraz Bergman
טליה ברקאי Talya Barkai
Polish Anna Bielańska (EP001-EP209, movie 3)
Krystyna Kozanecka (movie 2)
Agata Rzeszewska (EP210-AG040)
Joanna Węgrzynowska (DP003)
Portuguese Brazil Vanessa Alves (first voice)
Lene Bastos (Pokémon Chronicles)
Portugal Teresa Madruga (initial appearances)
Helena Montez (Kanto to mid-Johto)
Paula Pais (mid-Johto)
Sandra de Castro (Master Quest to Battle Frontier)
Isabel Ribas (Battle Frontier)
Spanish Latin America Ana Patricia Anides (EP001-EP273)
Rebeca Manríquez (SS004, SS014)
Elena Rámirez (AG132-present)
Spain Cecilia Santiago (EP001-EP002)
Marisa Marco (EP064-present)
Ana Jiménez (movie 2)
Marta García (movie 3)

In the manga

Delia appears briefly in the manga series The Electric Tale of Pikachu, which is based on the anime.

In Pikachu, I See You!, she and Ash discover Pikachu under the floorboards of the house, chewing on the wiring to eat the electricity. Later, she is shown giving Ash a tearful farewell as he leaves on his Pokémon Trainer's journey.


A younger Delia with Professor Oak and Spencer Hale


Language Name Reference to
Japanese ハナコ Hanako From 花子. Means flower child. Also often used as an example female name, similar to Jane Doe in English.
English, All-European Delia Ketchum May be a reference to Dahlia, a flower. Ketchum is a pun on "Gotta Catch 'em all" the original slogan of the franchise.
Korean 영자 Yeongja
Chinese 花子 Huāzǐ Same as 花子 Hanako.

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Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenneLanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom Pokédex
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulZoeyNandoKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilAlainAriaMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyer
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthWobbuffetGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerShellyArchieTabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretLysandreXerosicCelosiaBryonyMableAlianaTupperZipWrap
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperCedric JuniperDr. FennelProfessor SycamoreProfessor Kukui
Relatives Delia KetchumFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsNanny and Pop-PopNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's motherHarper and SarahLusamineGladionRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherAbeMallow's brotherSophocles's parents
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceStevenMr. SukizoRaoul ContestaVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianMarianRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinDianthaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSquishyZ2Samson OakHobbesGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsIsland KahunasMany temporary characters

Main characters
Ash KetchumPikachuGary OakRitchieMay OakProfessor OakDelia KetchumJessieJamesMeowth
Gym Leaders
A.J.AyaBillDamianDarioDuplicaEevee brothersGiselleJeanette FisherOfficer JennyJoeNurse Joy
Lara LaramieMahriMelanieMikeyMimiProfessor OrvillePotterFlorinda ShowersRubySamuraiTommy

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