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Hiroshi redirects here. For the character of the day in Curbing the Crimson Tide, see Hiroshi (Kanto).

ヒロシ Hiroshi
Gender Male
Eye color Blue
Hair color Auburn* Blond*
Hometown Frodomar City*
Region Kanto
Trainer class Trainer
Anime debut A Friend in Deed
English voice actor Tara Jayne
Japanese voice actor Minami Takayama

Ritchie (also Richie, Japanese: ヒロシ Hiroshi) is a nominally recurring Trainer in the anime.

Ritchie is often seen as a clone of Ash Ketchum because all of his Pokémon relate to some of the Pokémon that Ash owns, or owned at one point (Sparky and Pikachu, Zippo and Charizard, Happy and Butterfree, Rose and Swellow, and Cruise and Larvitar).

In the anime

Ritchie first appeared in A Friend In Deed and quickly befriended his fellow Pokémon League competitor, Ash Ketchum. This led to problems in the next episode, Friend or Foe Alike, since the two were matched up to battle against each other. Ritchie won the match, since at the very end Ash's Charizard refused to fight Sparky and took a nap on the battlefield instead. Even though he lost in the next match to Assunta, he made it to the Top 8 position in the league.

Ritchie showed up again in the anime when Ash and his friends visited the Whirl Islands, starting in The Mystery is History. He was searching for a mysterious Pokémon that can be found there, which turned out to be a Lugia.

He also appeared in three Pokémon Chronicles episodes; Oaknapped, Celebi and Joy and The Search for the Legend.


This listing is of Ritchie's known Pokémon in the anime:

Main article: Sparky

Sparky is Ritchie's main Pokémon, a Pikachu. It is distinguished from other Pikachu by a scruff of fur on the top of its head.

Debut A Friend in Deed
Voice actors
Japanese Satomi Kōrogi
English Satomi Kōrogi
Main article: Zippo

Zippo is Ritchie's Charmeleon. It first appeared as a Charmander, and evolved by the next time Ash and Ritchie met in the Whirl Islands.

Debut A Friend in Deed
Voice actors
Japanese Yūji Ueda
English Eric Stuart
Happy (Japanese: パピー Papi) is Ritchie's Butterfree. After Ritchie and Ash had foiled Team Rocket's plan to steal the Pokémon of everyone competing in the Pokémon League, the van they were driving was about to go over a cliff. Ash and Ritchie decided to use their Pokémon to help them land safely. Ash used his Pidgeotto, while Ritchie sent out Happy. Thanks to their Pokémon, the two Trainers were able to land safely.

Happy also appeared in Friend and Foe Alike during Ash and Ritchie's battle at Indigo Plateau. It was up against Squirtle. It easily defeated the Water type by using Sleep Powder, which caused Squirtle to become disqualified. Happy was then defeated by Pikachu using his ThunderShock.

Happy was last seen in Friends to the End during Ritchie's battle with Assunta. It was seen battling with her Venomoth. It hasn't been seen or mentioned since that episode.

Happy's known moves are Sleep Powder and Whirlwind.

Debut A Friend in Deed
Voice actors
Japanese Rikako Aikawa
English Rikako Aikawa
Cruise (Japanese: クルーズ Cruise) is Ritchie's Pupitar. When it first appeared, Butch and Cassidy were attempting to steal a baby Lugia, but Ash and Ritchie refused to let that happen. To stop them, Ritchie sent out his Pupitar. It was very strong in battle, and it caused the two Team Rocket members to retreat.

Ritchie also used Cruise in A Promise is a Promise. Butch and Cassidy were once again trying to prevent the kids from rescuing Silver and its mother. Ritchie called upon Cruise to take care of them and the other Team Rocket Grunts in the area. After it defeated them, Cruise helped Ash and Misty free Silver from its cage by tackling the bars after Ash's Cyndaquil, Totodile and Poliwhirl had weakened them.

Cruise's known moves are Take Down* and Sandstorm.

Debut The Mystery is History
Voice actors
English Eric Stuart
Rose (Japanese: ローズ Rose) is Ritchie's Taillow. When Ritchie, Tracey and Officer Jenny were looking for the missing Professor Oak, Ritchie sent out Rose for help. Tracey commented that Ash also has a Taillow, and Ritchie replied that he and Ash tend to catch a lot of the same Pokémon (referring to their Pikachu, Charmeleon, and Butterfree).

Rose's known moves are Gust* and Double Team.

Debut Oaknapped
Voice actors
Japanese Chinami Nishimura
English Kayzie Rogers

Status unknown


Spearow or Tentacool
Ritchie had at least 3 other Pokémon during the Indigo League competition. It is uncertain which ones belonged to him. However, the beginning scene in Friends to the End narrowed the situation a bit, revealing that he owns either Spearow or Tentacool.

None of Spearow's moves are known.
Tentacool's only known move is Bubble.

Debut Friends to the End


Ritchie mentions that he has an Eevee in the dub. He consults Professor Oak for advice on evolving his Eevee in the Pokémon Chronicles episode Oaknapped. It was not mentioned in the Japanese version, making it presumably non-canon.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 高山みなみ Minami Takayama
English Tara Jayne
Danish Mikkel Følsgaard
Dutch Niki Romijn
Polish Artur Krajewski (EP078-EP080)
Unknown voice actress (EP220-EP222)
Brazilian Portuguese Alex Wendel (Indigo League)
Francisco Freitas (Whirl Islands)
Thiago Longo (Pokémon Chronicles)
Russian Татьяна Зиновенко Tatiana Zinovenko (EP001-EP105)
Spanish Latin America Ana Lobo (EP078-EP222)
Manuel Díaz (SS008-SS018)
Spain Chelo Vivares

In the games

The only games Ritchie appears in are Pokémon Puzzle League, where he is the first member of the Puzzle League's Elite Four; and in Pokémon Zany Cards for the Pokémon mini, in which his name is misspelt "Ricky". Some have speculated that, like Ash, he was based on the hero from Pokémon Red and Blue. In fact, besides differences in color, his outfit closely parallels that of Red's original design.

In the manga

Ritchie in The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Ritchie is a character in the The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga. His personality is very similar to that of his anime counterpart, however, he expresses more personal insecurities and is shown to be more ruthless in battle. He also has blond hair instead of auburn.


Main article: Sparky

Chuchino was the first revealed Pokémon of Ritchie's where it was mistaken for Ash's Pikachu at first. Later, it was used against that same Pikachu.

Debut Welcome To The Big Leagues
Main article: Zippo

Charley was used against Ash's Charizard in the Indigo League. It lost to Ash's Charizard after it was badly beaten. As a result, Ash resigned from the challenge.

Debut The Indigo Finals
Happy was used against Ash's Squirtle in the Indigo League where it was able to tie with Squirtle after a long fight.

Happy's only known move is Sleep Powder.

Debut The Indigo Finals


Ritchie's Poké Balls
  • Ritchie puts stickers on his Poké Balls to differentiate his Pokémon between others.
  • Two versions of his name can be seen in the fandom, Richie and Ritchie. However, Pokémon Puzzle League, as well as Pokémon Chronicles subtitles, spell his name with a "t". Because of this, he is more commonly identified as Ritchie.
  • Despite changes in the Pokédex's design, Ritchie continues to use the oldest model as of the last episode it was seen in.
  • He is the only rival to nickname his Pokémon.
  • Ritchie's outfit features the colors green and yellow, while Ash's clothes are predominantly red and blue.
  • The only known Pokémon Ritchie is confirmed to own that Ash has never officially owned in the past is Pupitar. However, Ash has owned a Larvitar temporarily.
  • He is named after Hiroshi Yamauchi, former President of Nintendo.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ヒロシ Hiroshi Means "far and wide" (広).
English, Italian Ritchie A diminutive for Richard, which is generally agreed to mean "brave power" in Germanic (from the elements ric "power, rule, ruler" and hard "brave, hardy").
French, German Richie Similar to English name.
Korean Hun
Chinese (Mandarin) 阿弘 Ā Hóng From the name 弘 Hiroshi. Means "great" or "broad".


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