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カスミ Kasumi
""The Tomboyish Mermaid!""
Art from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
Age 10 (as of debut)
12 (Electric Tale of Pikachu)
Gender Female
Hometown Cerulean City
Region Kanto
Relatives Daisy, Lily, Violet (anime only)
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation I, II, III
Games Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, Stadium, Stadium 2
Leader of Cerulean Gym
Badge Cascade Badge
Anime debut Pokémon! I Choose You!
English voice actor Rachael Lillis (4Kids)
Michelle Knotz (PUSA)
Japanese voice actor Mayumi Iizuka

Misty (Japanese: カスミ Kasumi) is a Gym Leader of Cerulean City's Gym, known officially as the Cerulean Gym. She hands out the Cascade Badge to Trainers who defeat her. She specializes in Water-type Pokémon. In Japanese she is voiced by 飯塚雅弓 Mayumi Iizuka. In English she is voiced by Rachael Lillis (4Kids dub), and Michelle Knotz (Pokémon USA/TAJ Productions dub). Misty is voiced by Márcia Regina in the Brazilian dub, Míriam Valencia in the Spanish dub, and Xóchitl Ugarte in the Latin American Spanish dub.

In the anime

Misty as seen in the Original Series.

Misty is the youngest of four sisters who live in the Cerulean Gym. Fed up with her more glamourous 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 travelled around with Ash, Brock, and Tracey through the Kanto region, Orange Islands, and Johto region.

Misty can be sweet and optimistic at times, but she is best known for how easily she can be angered 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. Her goals are not as clear as those of the other main characters, since though her main interest is training Water-type Pokémon, there's 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.

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. In the Orange Islands, evidence that she has romantic feelings for Ash surfaced as well.

After Ash competed in the Johto League Silver Conference, however, her bicycle is 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. 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. 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.

Meanwhile, even after her sisters returned, Misty remains the sole Cerulean Gym Leader, as they have never been reliable in that role. Only Daisy (the eldest sister, and the one Misty is on the best terms with) seems to spend any significant amount of time at the Gym now that Misty has returned.

Misty leaving the main cast caused a great amount of controversy among the fanbase with many extremely upset with her leaving. This led to many of Misty's fans leaving the fandom and a lot of hate being directed towards May in her early years. Misty naturally comes up as a candidate whenever there is speculation on the main characters of a future saga, with opinions on whether she will ever return divided. Canonically, Misty will have to find a good replacement before she can leave the Gym for an extended period of time.

While working in the gym, Misty sometimes receives help from Tracey when he is either visiting or running an errand for Professor Oak.


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

Magikarp → Gyarados
Egg → Azurill
Seel → Dewgong

Poliwag → Poliwhirl → Politoed

She presumably also has access to any other Pokémon at the gym, such as Luverin, due to being the Gym Leader.

Briefly used

She borrowed these Pokémon from her partners to participate in the Princess Pokémon Tournament



Egg → Togepi → Togetic




In the games

Art of Misty from Pokémon Red and Blue

Misty's title is "The Tomboyish Mermaid." Her strategy is an all-out attack with Water-type Pokémon.

Misty is constantly looking for ways to improve her technique. A swimmer herself, she trains at the Seafoam Islands. As Misty becomes a stronger Trainer, she becomes the only one in her town who can defeat the Trainers at Cerulean's cape.

It is said that Misty has high hopes for the north cape, a romantic date spot. In later years, she is seen there with an unidentified boyfriend. She dislikes pests who bother her when she's on a date.

Misty worships Lorelei of the Elite Four. It's Misty's dream to travel one day. She wishes to meet many strong Trainers, such as Trainer Gold/Kris from Johto who defeats her in battle.

In addition to the Cascade Badge, Misty gives out TM11 (BubbleBeam), in Pokémon Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow. In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, she gives out TM03 (Water Pulse).

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Pokémon Crystal, she doesn't give out a TM.

Fame Checker

This is a list of the Fame Checker’s information on Misty in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

Cerulean City - sign
  • What does this person do?
"Cerulean City Pokémon Gym
Leader: Misty
The Tomboyish Mermaid!"
Cerulean Gym - Misty
  • Favorite kind of Pokémon?
"My policy is an all-out offensive with Water-type Pokémon!"
Cerulean Gym - Swimmer♂ Luis
  • What is this person like?
"Misty is a Trainer who’s going to keep improving.
She won’t lose to someone like you!"
Seafoam Islands - young man
  • There’s a rumor...
"Strong Trainers and Water Pokémon are common sights in these parts.
They say that Misty of the Cerulean Gym trains here."
Cerulean Cape - dame
  • There’s a rumor...
"This cape is a famous date spot.
Misty, the Gym Leader, has high hopes about this place."
Cerulean City - Pokémon Journal
  • There’s a rumor...
"Misty is said to worship Lorelei of the Elite Four."
Message from Misty
  • From: Misty
  • To: [Player]
I’m going to keep training here at this Gym.
When I get better, I’d love to hit the road and travel."


This is a listing of Misty's Pokémon in the video games in which she has appeared.

Pokémon Red, Blue, Green and Pokémon Yellow


Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal


Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen


Pokémon Stadium

Round 1
Round 2

Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1


Round 2



File:Misty 02.png File:SpriteMisty.png
Misty sprite from
Generation II
Misty sprite from
Generation III

Pokémon Red and Blue

"Hi, you're a new face! Trainers who want to turn pro have to have a policy about Pokémon! What is your approach when you catch Pokémon? My policy is an all-out offensive with water-type Pokémon!"

"Wow! You're too much! All right! You can have the Cascade Badge to show you beat me!"

Pokémon Yellow

"Hi, you're a new face! What's your policy on Pokémon? What is your approach? My policy is an all-out offensive with water-type Pokémon! Misty, the world-famous beauty, is your host! Are you ready, sweetie?"

"I can't believe I lost! All right! You can have the Cascade Badge to show you beat me!"

Pokémon Gold and Silver

"I was expecting you, you pest! You may have a lot of Johto Gym Badges, but you'd better not take me too lightly. My Water-type Pokémon are tough!"

"You really are good... I'll admit that you are skilled... Here you go. It's Cascade Badge."

"Are there many strong trainers in Johto? Like you, I mean. I'm going to travel one day, I can battle some skilled trainers."

In the manga

In the Pokémon Special manga

Misty is a Water Pokémon Gym Leader from Cerulean City. She debuts in the Red, Green & Blue chapter in Gyarados Splashes In! when Red saves her from an enraged Gyarados, after being recaught, Red and Misty join forces to defeat Team Rocket and find the Moon Stone, purpose reached in Raging Rhydon.

As is shown in Suddenly Starmie she lives in a large mansion and is looked after by a horde of maids. Here she defeats Red in the Cerulean Gym and trains with him a couple of days to make them both stronger, at the end of this round she gives Red the Cascade Badge.

Later, Red wants to teach his Pokémon Surf, but the HM he tries to acquire is destroyed, so Misty trades Red her Gyarados for his Krabby. Red still has Misty's Gyarados in his party to this day. Misty seems to have a crush on Red, and this is distinct from Misty's suspected crush on Ash in the Pokémon anime, and in other manga.

In Johto, during the second Team Rocket crisis, Suicune chooses Misty to be its partner.

Misty, dressed up.


This listing is of Misty's Pokémon in the Pokémon Special manga.

Krabby "Kra"

This listing is of Misty's Pokémon in the Pokémon Special manga.

Omanyte (given to Yellow)
Gyarados (traded to Red for Krabby)

In the Electric Tale of Pikachu

Misty first appears riding her bicycle and finding a Pikachu in a field. During her initial meeting with its owner, she proceeds to explain how difficult it is to become a pro Pokémon Trainer and soon departs. Later, in a manner similar to the Pokémon anime, Ash runs into her again, only to take her bike to escape from a flock of Spearow and a Fearow. In the end, the bike shared the same fate as the anime counterpart.

Throughout the series, Misty and Ash travel together on occasion. At one point, Ash ends up having to battle her in the Cerulean Gym in order to win the Cascade Badge and to retrieve the hat she took off his head.

In Pocket Monsters

In the slapstick manga, Pocket Monsters, depicts Misty differently than in other manga. Red, the protagonist of the series, is seeking a Moon Stone along with his Pikachu and his Clefairy (one that speaks human language). When they meet Misty, Clefairy notices that she is wearing a Moon Stone as a necklace. She declares that they battle her if they wish to have it. While the Clefairy is initially pumped up to battle, he quickly changes his mind when he sees that his opponent is a massive Blastoise. After a while, the battle is won when Clefairy sucks up all the water in a nearby river and releases the water onto Misty's Pokemon, sending it flying into the sky. Just when Misty is about to reward Red's group with the prize they sought, it gets stolen by someone else.

In the TCG

There is a Theme Deck named for Misty in the Gym Heroes expansion. It has two versions, English and Japanese.


Artwork from the cards:


This is a listing Misty's Pokémon in the Pokémon TCG.

  • Level 15 Psyduck
  • Level 48 Golduck
  • Level 15 Poliwag
  • Level 37 Poliwhirl
  • Level 43 Poliwrath
  • Level 12 Tentacool
  • Level 16 Tentacool
  • Level 30 Tentacruel
  • Level 20 Seel
  • Level 10 Shellder
  • Level 30 Cloyster
  • Level 10 Horsea
  • Level 30 Seadra
  • Level 8 Goldeen
  • Level 10 Goldeen
  • Level 24 Seaking
  • Level 20 Staryu
  • Level 35 Starmie

In the Vs set, she also has

  • Lapras
  • Quagsire

In the TFG

Misty appears as a rare trainer figure in the launch set, Next Quest, of the Pokémon Trading Figure Game.

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Misty appears as a random trophy wearing her outfit from the anime.

Trophy information

Misty's the gym leader of Cerulean City and a real tomboy. She loves swimming and all things aquatic, so she makes a point of collecting Starmie, Staryu and other Water-type Pokémon. This is common among gym leaders: typically, the Pokémon kept by trainers tend to reflect that person's personality and preferences.


File:Older Misty.jpg
An older version of Misty appeared in the original trailer for the first movie.
  • Her Japanese Leader title is ハナダジムのおてんば人魚.
  • Misty's Generation II depiction resembles a woman that was seen in the original Japanese trailer for Mewtwo Strikes Back.
  • Misty's full name is often supposed by fans to be "Misty Waterflower", based on the title of the episode in which she is revealed as the Cerulean Gym Leader, but she is never actually referred to by that name in the anime. "Williams" is also listed as her last name on some websites. The writers of the show have confirmed that they do not know Misty's last name.
  • Misty used to hate Gyarados because of a traumatic experience as a child in which she was nearly eaten by one, but she later overcame her fears and now uses a Gyarados as one of her primary Pokémon.
  • Misty was the only one of Ash's friends to have a Pokémon along with its evolved form on her team at the same time
  • Misty is the only one of Ash's friends to have a Psychic-type Pokémon.
  • She is the only main character so far to have a genderless Pokémon.
  • Misty is one of only two main characters that has no parent revealed, the other being Tracey.
  • Misty had the most Pokémon traveling with her than any of the main characters prior to their premier in the anime.
  • Misty's Seiyuu, Mayumi Iizuka, has hinted in her blog that Misty will make an appearance in the Diamond & Pearl series[1][2]. No such appearance has been made or confirmed yet, however. Misty's special lure made an appearance in Buizel Your Way out of This; it is unknown if this is what Iizuka meant.
  • Out of the four Water-type gym leaders, Misty is the only female. She also is the youngest.


Language Name Reference to
Japanese カスミ Kasumi 霞み kasumi, mist.
English, German, Italian, Spanish Misty Translation of 霞み kasumi in relation to the word mist.
French Ondine Refers to Ondine, a water nymph in Germanic mythology.
Korean 이슬 (Iseul) 이슬 means dew.
Chinese 小霞 (Xiǎo Xiá) 霞 is taken from 霞み kasumi.

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