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Delia Ketchum (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.
A younger Delia with Professor Oak and Spencer Hale
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, a Mr. Mime, which she befriended in It's Mr. Mime Time. She was seen taking care of it while Ash was participating in the Ever Grande Conference. Delia also traveled with Ash to the Unova region in In The Shadow of Zekrom!.
Her husband was mentioned in Pokémon Emergency! as a Trainer still on his journey. However, he has yet to appear onscreen.
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:
In the manga
In The Electric Tale of Pikachu 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 their house, chewing on the wiring to eat the electricity. Later, she gives Ash a tearful farewell as he leaves on his Pokémon Trainer's journey.
- In Pokémon Live! it is stated that she dated Giovanni and was in his gang, but took a better route in life when she met Ash's father, though this might not be the case in the anime.
- In the English dub Delia and Ash have always shared the same voice actress, even after The Pokémon Company International changed all of the character's voice actors. Originally, both mother and son were voiced by Veronica Taylor. Since the voice actor switch, both have been voiced by Sarah Natochenny.
|| 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.
|| 영자 Yeongja
|| 花子 Huāzǐ
|| Same as 花子 Hanako.