Cross-dressing (anime)

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Cross-dressing is a recurring element and running gag in the Pokémon anime where characters dress in clothing not typically associated with their gender.

Ash and Pikachu


Ash as Ashley

Ashley (Japanese: サトコ Satoko) was the name Ash used when he cross-dressed in Pokémon Scent-sation!.

Ash dressed up as Ashley when he was barred access to the Celadon Gym for insulting the perfume which the Gym was known for manufacturing. Jessie, James, and Meowth saw that he had been thrown out, and offered to help him get in the Gym with a disguise. He reluctantly agreed, and they dressed him up as a girl. As Ashley, Ash wore an orange frilly dress that had a pink ribbon in the back, a blonde wig with a pink ribbon and red high heels. They entered disguised as a family, with Ash playing the part of the daughter. He remained incognito for a while, even as Brock and Misty greeted him, but his cover was blown when Pikachu recognized him. Ash tried to ignore Pikachu, but after he was hit with a Thunderbolt, his wig disintegrated and his identity was revealed, much to a very angry Erika's dismay. Ash would eventually get his Gym battle with Erika anyway, without the dress. Ash reused the name Ashley in Beauties Battling for Pride and Prestige!.


Language Name Origin
Japanese サトコ Satoko From Satoshi, Ash's Japanese name
English, Danish, Dutch
Finnish, German, Italian
Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Ashley From Ash
French Natacha From Sacha, Ash's French name

Other outfits


Ash's friends


Jessie, James, and Meowth


Other cross-dressing moments



  • Brock has been shown to be able to identify when women are really cross-dressing men in disguise by having a peculiar lack of attraction to them. He's also able to do the opposite. A significant exception to this is Ash, who in the guise of Ashley was able to fool Brock.
  • One of Leaf's default names in the original Japanese version of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, as well as one of Kris's in Pokémon Crystal, is Satoko, Ashley's Japanese name. The English equivalent, however, is "Jodi". This default name was used again for Dawn and Lyra, but its English equivalent is "Britney".

See also

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