Red (game)

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レッド Red
Art from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
Gender Male
Hometown Pallet Town
Region Kanto
Relatives None
Trainer class Pokémon trainer, Player character
Generation I, II, III
Games Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, Stadium 2
Anime counterpart Ash Ketchum
Counterpart debut EP001

Red (French: Red, German: Rot, Italian: Rosso, Spanish: Rojo, Chinese 小紅 Xiao Hong, Korean 레드 Redeu, Hangul phonetic of Red) is the main playable character in the Generation I games and is the male choice in their Generation III remakes. In Generation III, his female counterpart is Leaf.


Red is a curious 11-year-old boy from Pallet Town. The Generation I instruction booklets explain that Red became interested in Pokémon after his best friend, Blue, stopped playing with him and became a bully. His adventure begins one day when Professor Oak calls the two of them to his lab and gives them each a choice of Pokémon. Blue challenges Red to a pokémon battle as soon as they get their pokémon. A bit later, Professor Oak calls the two back, gives them each a pokédex, and sends them on a journey to fulfil his dream of capturing every type of pokémon.

Red travels all over Kanto, filling in the Pokédex and defeating Gym Leaders. His rival Blue is constantly stays one step ahead, and shows up quite a few times to impede his progress. When Red eventually reaches the Elite Four, he finds that Blue has beaten him to a milestone yet again and has become the league champion. Red defeats Blue in the final battle, and becomes the champion himself..

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Red from Generation I

Red's main conflict in the games, aside from Blue, is Team Rocket, an infamous group of Pokémon thieves. Red clashes with Team Rocket many times in his quest. He defeats a group of grunts at Mt. Moon who are attempting to steal rare Pokémon fossils, and defeats another group ahead at a bridge in Cerulean City. Red protects the Pokémon Tower and Mr. Fuji in Lavender Town and destroys their hold on the Game Corner. After he foils their plot to take over Silph Co., Red encounters Giovanni, the leader of Team Rocket, as the final Gym Leader in Viridian City. Upon defeating him, Red stops the group's world domination plots once and for all, though a few remaining grunts, many who appeared and were defeated by Red on Chrono Island in Generation III, would try to band together in Johto to try and revive the group.

By the Generation II games, Red is no longer the Champion and Lance has taken his place. Red's title is simply "Pokémon Trainer" in this Generation, and it is debated whether or not he qualifies as a Pokémon Master. He trains constantly on Mt. Silver and doesn't say anything to any trainers he may come across. When Gold or Kris meets Red in Mt. Silver, Red has the highest leveled party of pokémon an opponent has ever had in the series.

Red also appears in Pokémon Stadium 2 as the last trainer players face in the combined Gym Leader Castle, after the defeat of all of the others.

Optional names for Red

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Red sprite from
Generation I
Red sprite from
Generation II
Red sprite from
Generation III
Language Red/Green/Blue/Yellow FireRed/LeafGreen
  • Red
  • Ash
  • Jack
  • Blue
  • Gary
  • John
  • Yellow
  • Red
  • Fire
  • Ash
  • Kene
  • Geki
  • Green
  • Leaf
  • Gary
  • Jak
  • Oscar
  • Toru
  • Jon
  • Janne
  • Taylor
  • Jonn
  • Roak
  • Max
  • Hiro
  • Karl
  • Kamon
  • Ralph
  • Kay
  • Kaz
  • Tosh
  • カモン (Kamon)
  • グリーン (Green)
  • ケイ (Kay)
  • ケン (Ken)
  • サトシ (Satoshi)
  • サトル (Satoru)
  • シゲキ (Shigeki)
  • シゲル (Shigeru)
  • ジャック (Jack)
  • ジャン (Jan)
  • ジョン (John)
  • タカオ (Takao)
  • タカシ (Takashi)
  • タケヒロ (Takehiro)
  • ツネカズ (Tsunekazu)
  • テツオ (Tetsuo)
  • トオル (Tōru)
  • ヒトシ (Hitoshi)
  • ヒロアキ (Hiroaki)
  • ヒロキ (Hiroki)
  • ファイア (Fire)
  • マサオ (Masao)
  • リーフ (Leaf)
  • レッド (Red)


Red is the most highly-skilled Trainer in the Generation II series. His team is very possibly an advanced version from Pokémon Yellow, causing many to call him Ash.

Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal

Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1

Round 2

In the TFG

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


Ash Ketchum from the anime and The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga was designed based on Red. Furthermore, Ash's name comes from one of the optional names for Red. This has caused many fans to mistake Red for his anime counterpart. However, they are not the same and using one's name for the other is always a big mistake. There are also many fans that believe that the main hero from Pokémon Yellow game is Ash. This is also untrue. Yellow's protagonist is still Red but slightly redesigned to look more similar to Ash, much like the storyline was designed to be closer to the anime.

Another anime counterpart could be Ritchie, another character with a Pikachu, who some see as a "perfect" manifestation of Ash, and a more closely-designed character to the original Red.

Other counterparts include Red from Pokémon Special manga, Satoshi from Pokémon Zensho manga, Isamu Akai from Pocket Monsters manga, who also made a cameo appearance in anime, and Shuu from Pokémon Getto Da Ze! manga.

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