Iris (anime)

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アイリス Iris
Artwork from the Best Wishes series
Gender Female
Eye color Brown
Hair color Purple
Hometown Unknown
Region Unova
Game counterpart Iris
Anime debut In The Shadow of Zekrom!
English voice actor Eileen Stevens
Japanese voice actor Aoi Yūki

Iris (Japanese: アイリス Iris) is a girl from the Unova region who is a current traveling companion of Ash.


File:Iris hometown.png
Iris's hometown

Not much is known about Iris's life before she joined Ash on his journey, but in BW009 some of it was revealed. Iris's hometown, which is located at the foot of a mountain range, is home to multiple Axew and Fraxure, and the town was shown to commemorate Zekrom and Reshiram. The village matriarch gave Iris an Axew and tasked her with journeying with it and raising it into a fine Haxorus. Before joining Ash, she has shown to have obtained an Excadrill.

Iris made her first appearance in In The Shadow of Zekrom!, where she was seen watching Zekrom's storm. She appeared again in Enter Iris and Axew!, where she and her Axew were picking Berries in the bushes. Ash scanned the bush with his Pokédex, and seeing it to be an Axew, decided to catch it, so he threw a Poké Ball that hit Iris in the head, enraging her. She and Ash introduced themselves after this slight misunderstanding, and Iris began following Ash. In Dreams by the Yard Full!, upon Cilan's request she officially decided to travel with Ash through Unova.

In BW011 she is shown to make herbal remedies to heal sick Pokémon, similar to Brock. She also claims to have a "sixth sense", as seen in BW014 when she claimed to feel the presence of a spirit. This ability is shown again in BW018.


Iris swinging on vines

She is said to be a wild girl who likes to swing on vines and eat berries. Her Pokémon friend Axew travels with her in her hair instead of inside a Poké Ball. She seems to be very hyper in occasions such as climbing up trees very quickly. She is very adventurous, bold and obnoxious. She is a quick thinker such as in A Sandile Gusher of Change! saving Ash from falling into hot water. She in some occasions becomes invasive with some Pokémon such as Ash's Pikachu which normally causes the Pokémon to attack her.

It is currently unknown why she wants to travel with Ash, but she was excited about traveling with him. She seems to think of Ash as a little kid and often treats him like a rookie trainer, despite many of his past adventures and accomplishments, which Iris happens to be oblivious to.


On hand

Iris Axew.png
Iris Excadrill.png

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 悠木碧 Aoi Yūki
English Eileen Stevens
Dutch Sophie Hoeberechts


  • Iris is so far the only main character to keep her Japanese name in the English dub of the anime.
  • Iris is Ash's only female traveling companion whose Japanese name does not contain the kana ka, and the only traveling companion whose Japanese name is comprised of more than three kana. She is also the first to have a western name instead of a traditional Japanese name. This relates to Unova's partial geographical inspiration of New York.
  • Iris is also the first not to have a bike, unlike the other three whose bikes were destroyed by Ash's Pikachu.
    • However, instead of a bike, Pikachu shocked her.
  • Silhouettes of Iris and Cilan were shown after DP183 aired on July 1, 2010. The two were officially revealed during a trailer for the anime shown on Pokémon Sunday exactly one month later.
  • Like Misty, Iris has some tomboyish traits and criticizes Ash wherever he does something rash by referring to him as a little kid. As Misty with Starmie, Iris has already obtained a fully-evolved Pokémon before joining Ash on his journey.
  • Iris is the third female traveling partner that owns a Pokémon who is not kept in its Poké Ball. In Iris's case, it is Axew.


Language Name Origin
Japanese アイリス Iris From iris, possibly the flaming dragon iris.
English, Italian Iris From iris, possibly the flaming dragon iris.
Chinese (Mandarin) 艾莉絲 Àilìsī Transliteration of her Japanese name.

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