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ヒロシ Hiroshi
Ritchie and Sparky
Gender Male
Eye color Blue
Hair color Auburn* Blond*
Hometown Frodomar City (dub only)
Region Kanto
Trainer class Trainer
Game counterpart Red
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.

He is named after Hiroshi Yamauchi, former President of Nintendo. His Japanese name means "far and wide" (溥), while his English name is 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").

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 Ash's Pikachu, Zippo and Ash's Charizard, Happy and Ash's Butterfree, Rose and Ash's Swellow, and Cruise and Ash's 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 co. 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. The second of these makes him one of at least two notable characters to travel through time with the aid of Celebi, the other character being Sammy Oak. May also travelled back in time in Time Warp Heals All Wounds, but with an item other than a Celebi.


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

Main article: Sparky
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Main article: Zippo
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Ritchie had at least 3 other Pokémon during 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. Pokémon that could possibly belong to Ritchie presented in this scene include Spearow and Tentacool.


(dub only)

Ritchie consults Professor Oak for advice on evolving his Eevee in the Pokémon Chronicles episode Oaknapped. This was only mentioned in the dub.

Voice actors

In the games

The only game Ritchie appears in is Pokémon Puzzle League. However, some have speculated that, like Ash, he was based off the hero from Pokémon Red and Blue. In fact, besides differences in color, his outfit closely parallels that of the Red's original design.

In the manga

File:Richie EToP.jpg
Ritchie in the Electric Tale of Pikachu manga.

Ritchie is a character in the Electric Tale of Pikachu manga. His personality is very similar to that of his anime counterpart. However, he has blond hair instead of auburn.


File:Sparky Sprite.png


  • He marks his Poké Balls with stars on top so he can tell them apart from those of other Trainers.
  • 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.
  • He shares three notable traits with Professor Oak. Both traveled through time with the aid of a Celebi, while both, as of the last known appearance of their Pokémon, have a Charmeleon, and they both share the same English voice actress (when Oak was younger).
  • Despite changes in the Pokédex's design, Ritchie continues to use the oldest model as of the last episode it was seen in.
  • Much like Shigeru and Satoshi are default names for the rival in Red and Green, respectively (being a default for the player in the opposite version), Hiroshi is a default name for the rival in Blue.
  • He is the only main character to nickname his Pokemon.

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Ritchie's Pokémon
On hand:
005 Zippo 
025 Sparky 
012 Happy 
247 Cruise 
276 Rose 
Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenneLanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom Pokédex
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulZoeyNandoKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilAlainAriaMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladion
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthWobbuffetGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerShellyArchieTabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretLysandreXerosicCelosiaBryonyMableAlianaTuppZippRappFaba
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperCedric JuniperDr. FennelProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor Burnet
Relatives Delia KetchumFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsNanny and Pop-PopNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's motherHarper and SarahLusamineGladionRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherAbeMallow's brotherSophocles's parents
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Silver Conference: DarrenSalvadorJacksonMacyGaryAshHarrisonJon
Ever Grande Conference: JumpVivicaGilbertGavinDominickClark
Lily of the Valley Conference: JeffreyNandoBarryConwayPaulAshTobias
Vertress Conference: RadleyMikaelUltimoKendrickTripBiancaEmmanuel
Lumiose Conference: TrevorTitusAstridTiernoRemoSawyerAshAlain
Main characters
Ash KetchumPikachuGary OakRitchieMay OakProfessor OakDelia KetchumJessieJamesMeowth
Gym Leaders
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