Red (game)

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This article is about the original game player character whose name was initially Satoshi. For his anime counterpart named Satoshi in Japan, see Ash Ketchum. For the game paired with Pokémon Green Version, see Pokémon Red and Green Versions. For the game paired with Pokémon Blue Version, see Pokémon Red and Blue Versions.
レッド Red
Lets Go Pikachu Eevee Red.png
Artwork from Let's Go, Pikachu!, Let's Go, Eevee! by Megumi Mizutani[1]
Age 11RBYFRLG [2]
28B2W2 [4]
30SMUSUM [5]
Gender Male
Eye color Black*, Brown*, Gray*
Hair color Black*, Brown*
Hometown Pallet Town
Region Kanto
Relatives Mom, unnamed father
Trainer class Pokémon TrainerRBYGSCFRLGHGSSB2W2SMUSUMPE
player characterRBYFRLG
Battle LegendSMUSUM
Generation I, II, III, IV, V, VII
Games Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black 2, White 2, Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon, Let's Go, Pikachu!, Let's Go, Eevee!, Stadium (JP), Stadium 2, Masters EX
Champion of Indigo Plateau
Game animation debut File 1: Red
English voice actor Bryce Papenbrook (Origins)
Brandon Winckler[6] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Junko Takeuchi (Origins)
Shouta Aoi (Masters EX)
Anime counterpart Ash Ketchum, Red
Counterpart debut Pokémon - I Choose You!
Manga counterpart(s) Red, Red, Red, Red, Ash, Ash, Satoshi, Shu

Red (Japanese: レッド Red) is the player character in the Generation I games Pokémon Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow and the male choice in their Generation III remakes Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, where his female counterpart is Leaf.

In the player's story as seen in the Japanese game manuals from Generation I, his name depends on the current game: RedR, GreenG, BlueB, or YellowY (Japanese: レッド, グリーン, ブルー, or イエロー). In the English game manuals from this generation, the player's name is absent from the story but appears as BlueRB or AshY in screenshots. He was also named Satoshi (Japanese: サトシ) in early official media. Red's definitive name was introduced when he appeared as a non-player character in Generation II games.

Red is known throughout the Pokémon world as the Champion from Pallet Town, as well as a living legend for his defeat of Team Rocket in Kanto during his quest. He is the final opponent in the Generation II games Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, their Generation IV remakes Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, and Pokémon Stadium 2. He is a participant in the Pokémon World Tournament's Champions Tournament in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 and works as a boss of the Battle Tree alongside Blue in the Generation VII games Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon. In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, he appears as the highest-level Trainer in the game, capable of being challenged after defeating six Master Trainers.

In the core series games

Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.

Red is introduced as a curious 11-year-old boy from Pallet Town. According to the instruction manuals of Red, Green, and Blue, Red gained an interest in Pokémon after his best friend, Blue, stopped playing with him and became a bully, although in the games Professor Oak says the two have been rivals since infancy. His adventure begins one day when Professor Oak calls the two to his lab for a starter Pokémon. Red has a choice of a Bulbasaur, Charmander, or SquirtleGRBFRLG. Depending on the Pokémon that Red chooses, Blue will choose the Pokémon that has a type advantage over itGRBFRLG. In Pokémon Yellow, Red was originally intended to get an Eevee, which was swiped by Blue. As a result, Blue keeps the Eevee and Red receives a Pikachu that Professor Oak caught earlierY. Blue challenges Red to a battle immediately to test out his new Pokémon, thinking he will easily beat Red.

After Red has made his way to Viridian City to the north and taken a package back to Oak in Pallet Town, Oak gives Red and Blue each a Pokédex with which to record data on all known Pokémon in the Kanto region to fulfill Oak's dream of creating a full guide on all Pokémon in Kanto. From here, Red and Blue journey across Kanto, collecting Pokémon to build up their teams, and defeating each of the Gym Leaders in turn, with Blue always one step ahead, showing up from time to time to impede Red's progress.

Red also comes across a gang of Pokémon thieves, Team Rocket, several times through his journey. He first encounters them trying to steal fossils within Mt. Moon. Then he encounters a member who is running the Nugget Bridge challenge to recruit for the organization on Route 24; and another lone member who has stolen a TM from a family in Cerulean City. Eventually, Red uncovers a plot by Team Rocket, infiltrating their hideout beneath the Celadon Game Corner and encountering their boss, Giovanni. Defeating him and ousting Team Rocket from Celadon, Red uses the Silph Scope that Giovanni leaves behind to battle Ghost-type Pokémon and save Mr. Fuji in the Pokémon Tower in Lavender Town, who is being held hostage by Team Rocket. Red soon journeys into Saffron City in the heart of Kanto to find it overrun by Team Rocket, who is attempting to take the recently invented Master Ball from the Silph Co. President, and defeats Giovanni again, ending the group's plots for the time being.

With seven Badges in hand, Red encounters Giovanni for the final time—this time as the Leader of the Viridian Gym, his final obstacle before the Elite Four of Indigo Plateau. Red defeats him in battle, earning his eighth and final Badge—the Earth Badge. He disbands Team Rocket, promising to go into solo training to become a better Trainer.

Making it through Victory Road and finally to Indigo Plateau, Red challenges the Indigo League. First, he defeats the Elite Four and discovers, to his surprise, that Blue has defeated them before him and is therefore the Champion of Kanto. Red defeats Blue in the final battle, becoming the Champion himself, but then continues his training, rather than staying at Indigo Plateau. Encountering an offshoot of Team Rocket in the southern Sevii Islands, lead by Executive Archer, Red reveals with his Earth Badge that Giovanni has disbanded the organization, and, though defeated, the group there intends to revive Team Rocket and bring Giovanni back, having already made plans to force Pokémon to evolve with radio waves.

Red continues as a wandering Trainer, eventually making his way to the caves of Mt. Silver, where he trains his Pokémon alone. In the process, he becomes so distant from the people close to him that he does not even talk to his mom via phone anymore.

Eventually, Ethan, Kris, or Lyra arrives at Mt. Silver and challenges Red, identified only as a Pokémon Trainer. If defeated, Red vanishes from Mt. Silver, and returns every time the Elite Four is defeated again by the player of Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, or SoulSilver.

Some time later, Red has been shown to finally come back into public life, as he enters the Champions Tournament of the Pokémon World Tournament in the Unova region. In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, a visibly older Red is invited to work as the boss of Alola's Battle Tree along with Blue. When Elio or Selene first visits the Battle Tree, they will encounter Red and Blue and battle one of them. After RedSMUSUM or BlueUSUM is defeated at the Battle Tree proper, Red will reward the player with a full set of Kanto starter Mega Stones.

Red makes an appearance in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. In this continuity, he and Blue completed their journeys and defeated the Elite Four years before the player character started their journey. If the player has defeated at least six Master Trainers and has six Pokémon in their party, Red can be found in front of the Pokémon League building at Indigo Plateau, where he may be challenged to a battle. Like during all Master Trainer battles, the player isn't allowed to use items from their Bag during this battle. After being defeated, Red will grant the player the title of Battle Master before leaving, though he will reappear for a rematch each time the player defeats the Elite Four.


As the player character, Red can have on his team any of the 151 Pokémon available during Generation I. In Generation III, he can have any of the 386 Pokémon available at that time, though only after the player has obtained the National Pokédex.

When he is encountered as an opponent in Generation II and Generation IV, Red has a set team, based on Generation I in-game event Pokémon, and has the highest leveled trained Pokémon yet encountered in the series, with his Pikachu at level 81 in Generation II and at level 88 in Generation IV. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, when he is defeated, all Pokémon in the player's party receive the Legend Ribbon.

In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, he can be fought in the Pokémon World Tournament's Champions Tournament, using the same team he did in Generation IV, albeit with different movesets.

In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, Red once again uses his team from Generation IV, just with altered movesets. When battled in the Battle Tree proper, Red will use a randomly selected team from a preset selection of Pokémon.

In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Red's team has notable differences to his previous core series teams, including Pokémon that he's never used in any of his previous NPC appearances.

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Red uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles.

Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon

First possible battle
Pokémon Sun and Moon

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Battle Tree

Red uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles and two in Multi Battles.

Single Battle (on 20th consecutive battle)

Super Single Battle (on 50th consecutive battle)

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

In the side series games

Pokémon Stadium 2

Red appears in Pokémon Stadium 2. He can be battled in the Kanto Gym Leader Castle after the player has defeated all eight Kanto Gym Leaders, being the final opponent the player must defeat in order to clear the Gym Leader Castle challenge.

During the game's end credits, he is seen having a battle with Blue.


Red uses vastly different sets of Pokémon than in any of his other appearances, only sharing a couple Pokémon with the teams he uses in the core series. Notably, this is the only game where he's not seen using his Pikachu. In Round 2, each of his Pokémon knows Hidden Power.

Round 1

Round 2

Pokémon Colosseum and XD: Gale of Darkness

Red makes an appearance in both Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. While he does not appear in the games' Story Mode, he is playable in the Battle Mode when a FireRed or LeafGreen cartridge is used, with a male player character chosen. He can take on Mt. Battle's 100-battle challenge, as well as compete in Colosseum battles.

Pokémon Battle Revolution

Red made a brief appearance in the debut trailer of Pokémon Battle Revolution, having a Double Battle against Leaf, using a Deoxys in its Attack Forme and a Wailord. Despite this, he didn't appear in the final cut of the game.

In spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Red (Masters)

Red appears in Pokémon Masters EX, forming a sync pair with his Charizard, Snorlax, or Pikachu.

Super Smash Bros. series

Red in Super Smash Bros. Brawl with his Pokémon.

Pokémon Trainer

Main article: Pokémon Trainer (Super Smash Bros.)

Red is known as the "Pokémon Trainer" in the Super Smash Bros. series. He has a team consisting of Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard. Rather than fighting himself like most other characters, Red sends his three Pokémon into battle, switching between them in order.

Red debuted as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He was absent from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, the only game in the series where his Charizard is available as an individual fighter. Red returned as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and additionally Leaf debuted as part of his palette swaps, sharing the same title of "Pokémon Trainer". Red is voiced by Michele Knotz and Billy Bob Thompson in the English versions of Brawl and Ultimate respectively, and 半場友恵 Tomoe Hanba in the Japanese versions.

Other references

Pokémon GO

Main article: Style (GO)

For Pokémon Day 2018, Red's outfit from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen were released as free style options in Pokémon GO.


Main article: Red (game)/Quotes

Optional names

When starting a new game of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, if the player leaves the name writing screen without any written name, or with a name composed entirely of empty spaces, Professor Oak says, "Right... So your name is <optional name>", suggesting one of the 24 available names. The player may answer "Yes" to accept the suggested name, or "No" to return to the name writing screen.

Game Japanese English French German Italian Spanish
Red レッド Red
サトシ Satoshi
ジャック Jack
Green (Japan)
Blue (international)
グリーン Green
シゲル Shigeru
ジョン John
Blue (Japan) ブルー Blue
ツネカズ Tsunekaz
ジャン Jean
Yellow イエロー Yellow
サトシ Satoshi
ジャック Jack
グリーン Green
レッド Red
リーフ Leaf
ファイア Fire
シゲル Shigeru
ツネカズ Tsunekaz
サトル Satoru
サトシ Satoshi
ケン Ken
シゲキ Shigeki
ジャック Jack
ジャン Jean
ジョン John
カモン Kamon
タカシ Takashi
テツオ Tetsuo
トオル Tōru
ヒロキ Hiroki
マサオ Masao
タカオ Takao
タケヒロ Takehiro
ケイ Kei
ヒトシ Hitoshi
ヒロアキ Hiroaki

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Red or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Red's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Red's Pikachu Lightning       SM-P Promotional cards   270/SM-P
Pikachu Lightning Cosmic Eclipse Rare Secret 241/236 Dream League CHR 054/049
PikachuV Lightning Lost Origin TGV TG16/TG30 VMAX Climax CSR 222/184
PikachuVMAX Lightning Lost Origin TGV TG17/TG30 VMAX Climax CSR 223/184
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Red's Challenge Su Unbroken Bonds Rare Holo 184/214 Double Blaze R 088/095
Unbroken Bonds Rare Ultra 213/214 Double Blaze SR 107/095
      SM-P Promotional cards   370/SM-P
      Tag All Stars   159/173
      Tag All Stars SR 201/173
Red & Blue Su Cosmic Eclipse Uncommon 202/236 Alter Genesis U 090/095
Cosmic Eclipse Rare Ultra 234/236 Alter Genesis SR 108/095

In the TFG

There are three Trainer figures based on Red with his design from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, except with different names and colors.

The Red figure is part of the single released set, Next Quest. The other two sets were not released, so the Green and Yellow figures were not released either.


In the anime

Main series

Main article: Ash Ketchum
Main article: Ash Ketchum (M20)
Ash Ketchum, Red's anime counterpart

Red's anime counterpart, introduced in the first episode, is the anime's main character, Ash Ketchum. Like Red, Ash is from Pallet Town, on a journey to become a Pokémon Master. Unlike Red, Ash's journey did not end with Kanto, and Ash continued through every other region introduced in the core series games until Galar, as well as the Orange Archipelago south of Kanto, taking the place of the player characters of Generation II during Johto and Generation V during Unova, and being joined by the anime counterparts of May, Dawn, and Serena during the Hoenn, Sinnoh, and Kalos sagas respectively. Instead of starting with one of the standard three Kanto starters, however, Ash began his journey with a Pikachu, inspiring Pokémon Yellow's creation, as well as causing some to consider Red and Ash to be exactly the same person, most especially due to Red owning one as well.

Red has another anime counterpart, an alternate Ash Ketchum, who appeared in I Choose You!, The Power of Us, and Secrets of the Jungle; these movies are set in a timeline separate from the main series. This Ash shares the same basic characteristics as the main Ash, but goes on a different journey compared to the main series.

Pokémon Origins

Main article: Red (Origins)

Red also had a direct counterpart that appeared as the main character of the Pokémon Origins mini-series, which takes place in a separate continuity. This counterpart shared Red's name, in-game role, and design from FireRed and LeafGreen. The mini-series follows Red as he challenges the Indigo League and fights Team Rocket with his starter Pokémon, Charmander.

Pokémon Generations

Another direct counterpart of Red appeared in Pokémon Generations. He first appeared in The Adventure, where he caught a Pikachu in Viridian Forest. He then went on to experience various other adventures with his Pikachu across other regions, during which he encountered various wild and Legendary Pokémon.

Red briefly reappeared at the end of The Challenger, having just defeated the Elite Four at Indigo Plateau, and preparing to challenge Blue for the title of the Champion.

Like the core series games, Red is not heard speaking during his appearances.

Red's Bulbasaur
Red was shown to own a Bulbasaur. While in Viridian Forest, he sent it out to battle a wild Pikachu, which he successfully caught.

None of Bulbasaur's moves are known.

Debut The Adventure
Red's Pikachu
Main article: Red's Pikachu (game)

Pikachu is one of Red's Pokémon and has been used by him in many of his battles.

Red encountered Pikachu while in Viridian Forest. He sent out his Bulbasaur against it, but caught it in a Poké Ball without battling. After catching it, Red immediately let it out its Poké Ball and had it battle a Caterpie.

Pikachu continued to travel with its Trainer throughout Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, and Kalos, battling against Pokémon such as Wooper, Vigoroth, Probopass, Regigigas, Volcarona, and Noivern.

Debut The Adventure
Voice actors
Japanese Fumiko Orikasa
English Fumiko Orikasa
  • When Red caught Pikachu, he was revealed to have already obtained at least two other Pokémon besides Bulbasaur.
Badges obtained

This listing is of the Badges Red has obtained in the Kanto region:



Red appeared in The Pancham Who Wants to Be a Hero. He was the Trainer of an Arcanine that became the hero of a wild Pancham ever since it stopped an Impidimp from stealing Pancham's Berry.

Red's Arcanine
Arcanine is Red's only known Pokémon. It is said that Arcanine trained near a waterfall and became so powerful to the point of being able to split the waterfall in half with a single Fire-type move.

Arcanine's only known move is Flamethrower.

Debut The Pancham Who Wants to Be a Hero

Pokémon Evolutions

Red briefly appeared in The Discovery, standing on Indigo Plateau.

Red's Charizard
Main article: Red's Charizard

Charizard is Red's only known Pokémon.

Debut The Discovery


Red briefly appeared in GOTCHA!, using his Charizard, Blastoise, and Lapras.

In the manga

Red, like most player characters, also has several counterparts in various Pokémon manga series.

Pokémon Adventures

Main article: Red (Adventures)

Red appears in Pokémon Adventures, and also appeared in a fantasy in Pokémon Ranger the Comic: Double Mission.

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

Red was briefly mentioned in Falkner The Bird Keeper's Challenge!! by Professor Oak, who said that Gold looks similar to him. However, due to the manga ending soon after Gold reaches Cianwood City, Red was never physically seen.

Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure

Red in Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure

Red debuted as a silhouette in JBA5. He then physically debuted in JBA6. He was first mentioned by Blue after 's battle with the Viridian Gym Leader. Jō later encountered Red when he reached the top of Mt. Silver, ready to battle him.

Red Pikachu JBA.png

The Electric Tale of Pikachu

Main article: Ash Ketchum (EToP)

Red's anime counterpart, Ash Ketchum, appears in The Electric Tale of Pikachu.

Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All

Main article: Shu

Shu from Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All is based on Red.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Main article: Red (Pocket Monsters)

Red shares his game counterpart's name and appearance in Pokémon Pocket Monsters.

There is also a character in Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire named Red who is a rival of Red and is much stronger than him. This character is based on Red's appearance in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

Pokémon Zensho

Main article: Satoshi (Zensho)

Satoshi from Pokémon Zensho is based on Red.



Early Lapras sketch.png Early Red and Rhydon sketch.jpg Mart Sketch.jpg Red Green Red.png
Concept art from Capsule Monsters by Ken Sugimori Artwork from
Red and Green
Pokémon Craft DX cover.png Red on bike.png Red on computer.png S2 Red artwork.png
Cover artwork from the
Pokémon Craft DX1 Charizard Set
Artwork from Red and Blue Artwork from Stadium 2
FireRed LeafGreen Red.png Sun Moon Red.png Red Concept Art.png Red LGPE concept art.png
Artwork from FireRed and LeafGreen Artwork from Sun and Moon Concept art from Sun and Moon Concept art from Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
HM Cut artwork.png HM Flash artwork.png Sugimori1996.png RGB guidebook.jpg
Artwork showcasing Cut and Flash from the Pokémon Daisuki Club Early artwork with
Blue, Charizard, and Pikachu
Cover artwork from the
Red and Green strategy guide
Bandai Jumbo1 Back.jpg Bandai Jumbo2 Back.jpg Bandai Jumbo5 Peeled.jpg Bandai Jumbo4 Peeled.jpg
Artwork from the Pocket Monsters Carddass Trading Cards
Red and Pikachu Artwork.png Sugimori Red and Pikachu.png Red and Charmander Artwork.png Game Freak Red.jpg
Red and Pikachu artwork for
Kotobukiya ArtFx J figurines by Hitoshi Ariga
Red and Pikachu artwork for
Kotobukiya ArtFx J figurines by Ken Sugimori
Red and Charmander artwork for
Kotobukiya ArtFx J figurines by Hitoshi Ariga
Artwork from the GAME FREAK website
Pokémon 16th Anniversary Artwork.png Pokémon Day 2022 Kanto Artwork.png RedsChallenge TOKIYA.jpg Dream League Card Pack Artwork Naoki Saito.jpg
20th Anniversary artwork from
Pokémon Center Online by Emi Ando[7]
Pokémon Day 2022 artwork by Megumi Mizutani[8] Raw artwork of the Red's Challenge
Full Art card from Tag All Stars by TOKIYA
Raw artwork from
Dream League packaging by Naoki Saito

Sprites and models

In the core series

Spr RG Red 1.png Spr RG Red 2.png Spr RB Red 2.png Spr Y Red.png Spr GS Red.png Spr FRLG Red.png FRLG Red Intro Translation Documents.png FRLG Red Intro.png Red FRLG Credits.png
Sprite from
Red, Green,
and Blue
Title screen sprite
from Red and Green
Title screen sprite from
Red, Blue, and Blue (JP)
Sprite from
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
FireRed, LeafGreen,
and Emerald
Early intro sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Intro sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Credits sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
RedRGBwalkdown.png RGB Red Back.png Y Red Back.png Red II OD.png FRLG Red Back.png E Red Back.png RedFRLGwalkdown.png Red E OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation I
Backsprite from Red, Green, and Blue Backsprite from
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Backsprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Backsprite from
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
Spr HGSS Red.png Spr B2W2 Red.png VSRed.png Spr SM Red.png VSRed PE.png
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
VS sprite from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun,
and Ultra Moon
High-poly model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
VS model from
Let's Go, Pikachu! and
Let's Go, Eevee!
Redwalkdown.png Red OD.png Red SM OD.png
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
Overworld model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon

In other games

S2 Pokémon Trainer Red.png Colo Red.png XD Red.png
Portrait from
Stadium 2
VS sprite from
VS sprite from
XD: Gale of Darkness


In his Sync Pair Story, he speaks a single line:
"… … … … … … Words are unnecessary!"
In Chapter 30, he speaks two lines:
"…I accept your challenge!"
"Congratulations! You won!"
Also in Chapter 30, Red's thoughts are heard once as well:
"Blue, Leaf… Let's win this—together!"
He speaks a single line in the Blazing Battle with Ash special event:
"…I'll be waiting."
  • Much like there is minimal information on his anime counterpart's father, Red's father is mentioned only briefly when examining an SNES at the Celadon Department Store in the Generation I games and FireRed and LeafGreen.
  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, Red is the only Trainer who uses the battle transition effect from Generation II.
  • All of his anime and manga counterparts also have owned a Pikachu, with Satoshi from Pokémon Zensho being the only one who evolved his one into a Raichu.
  • Along with Blue, Lance, and the Generation I and III Kanto Gym Leaders (excluding Giovanni and Koga), Red has appeared in almost every generation of the Pokémon games, with six out of eight so far. He is the only protagonist with this feat.
  • Red and Lance share the same unique Champion battle music in Johto-based games and Pokémon Black 2 and White 2's Champions Tournament.
  • Red's T-shirt in Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon bears the number 96, referencing the original Japanese release year of Pokémon Red and Green.
  • Red is the only protagonist to be battled, as an NPC, outside of the generation he was introduced in.
  • A Trainer closely resembling an older Red briefly appears in Detective Pikachu, where he is shown in a promotional advertisement on the train to Ryme City. This Trainer is played by Japanese actor Ryoma Takeuchi.


The story of the protagonist and the rival in the Japanese manual of Pokémon Yellow
Red was once called "Satoshi" by Game Freak
Red and Blue called "Ash" and "Gary" in the Nintendo Power guide
  • The Trainer's Guide released with each Generation I game tells a short story about the player character and his rival. However, they have different names in each Japanese manual:
    • The player is named Red (Japanese: レッド Red), and his rival is named Green, in the Japanese manual of Pokémon Red.
    • The player is named Green (Japanese: グリーン Green), and his rival is named Red, in the Japanese manual of Pokémon Green.
    • The player is named Blue (Japanese: ブルー Blue), and his rival is once again named Red, in the Japanese manual of Pokémon Blue.
    • The player is named Yellow (Japanese: イエロー Yellow), and his rival is named Blue, in the Japanese manual of Pokémon Yellow.
    • The names of the player character and the rival are not mentioned in the English manuals.
  • Hidden data in the Generation I games reveals placeholder names for Red and Blue:
    • The unused default name for Red in the English Generation I games is Ninten while Blue's is Sony. While it is impossible to view these names during regular gameplay, changing a few memory addresses in RAM can allow for these names to appear as shown here. This references the fact that in the years surrounding the releases of the Generation I games, Sony was Nintendo's main competition. Ninten is also the default name of the main protagonist of Mother, a game developed by Creatures, Inc..
    • In the Japanese Generation I games, the unused default names for Red and Blue differ between Pokémon Red and Green and Pokémon Blue and then between the latter and Pokémon Yellow:[10]
      • In Pokémon Red and Green, Red's unused default name is やまぐち Yamaguchi while Blue's is いしはら Ishihara. Yamaguchi refers to Wataru Yamaguchi, an art director that worked on the original games, while Ishihara refers to Tsunekazu Ishihara, the current president and CEO of The Pokémon Company and who was the games' producer at the time.
      • In Pokémon Blue, the unused default names for Red and Blue are, respectively, ゲーフリ Gēfuri, an abbreviation of Game Freak's name in Japanese (ゲームフリーク Gēmu Furīku), and クリチャ Kuricha, a reference to Creatures, Inc.
      • In Pokémon Yellow, Blue's unused default name remained unaltered while Red's was subtly altered by gaining an extra digit (ゲーフリ1).
  • In the Official Fan Book of Pocket Monsters (Japanese: ポケットモンスター公式ファンブック) from 1997, Game Freak teased the supposed appearances of Red, Professor Oak, and Giovanni in the then-upcoming Pokémon Gold and Silver games.[11] They called Red Satoshi (Japanese: サトシ), the Japanese name of his anime counterpart Ash, which is also the name of the creator of the franchise and one of Red's default names, indicating that this is what they originally intended to call him before deciding on the name "Red", named after one of the two original paired game versions of Generation I.
  • In some screenshots of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen at the Japanese website, the player is named "Osamu" (Japanese: オサム).[12]
  • In the Pokémon: Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Power, 1998), Red and Blue are named "Ash" and "Gary", their counterparts from the anime.
Language Name Origin
Japanese レッド Red From Pokémon Red
English, French,
Brazilian Portuguese
Red From Pokémon Red
German Rot From Pokémon Rote Edition (Pokémon Red)
Spanish Rojo From Pokémon Edición Roja (Pokémon Red)
Italian Rosso From Pokémon Versione Rossa (Pokémon Red)
Korean 레드 Red Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 赤紅 / 赤红 Chìhóng From 赤 chì / chek (red) and 紅 / 红 hóng / hùhng (red)
Chinese (Cantonese) 赤紅 Chekhùhng
Thai เรด Ret Transcription of his Japanese name


Player characters
Core series RedLeafEthanKrisLyraBrendanMayLucasDawn
Side series WesMichaelNateCyndy
Spin-off games MarkMintTodd SnapLucy Fleetfoot
HeroHeroineTim GoodmanScottieBettie

Non-player characters in the core series games
Kanto Professor OakMomRedBlueGreenTraceDaisyOld manBillMr. FujiSafari Zone WardenCopycatPrimoKoichi
Pokémon Fan Club ChairmanCelioLostelleTealaSelphyCalSteven StoneMayleneMinaCameronMr. GameMorimoto
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersElite FourProfessors' aidesMagikarp salesmanName RaterDay-Care PersonMr. Hyper
Johto Professor ElmProfessor OakMomEthanLyraSilverMr. PokémonEusineLanceRedKiyoBaobaMagnusEarlKurtCarrieDude
MaryBuenaRadio DirectorHaircut brothersWebsterMasterLiWilmaPrimoMaximoJetCaitlinCynthiaCameronMr. GameFelicityTeala
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersFrontier BrainsKimono GirlsWeek SiblingsName RaterPoké SeerDay-Care CoupleProfessors' aides
Alola Professor KukuiMomLillieNebbyHauRotomProfessor BurnetMolayneSamson OakRyukiMohn
Team SkullAether FoundationUltra Recon SquadTeam Rainbow Rocket
Trial CaptainsIsland kahunasElite FourName RaterJudgeMr. HyperGester

Pokémon Champions
Core series BlueLanceRedStevenWallaceCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaTraceLeonMustardPeonyNemonaGeetaMost player characters
Masters EX BlueLanceRedStevenCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaLeonScottieBettieAshCalemSerenaMarnieBedeHop
Ronald (TCG GB)Mark (TCG GB)Mint (TCG GB)Glenn (Pokkén)
Anime LanceCynthiaWallaceAlderDianthaStevenAsh KetchumLeonIris
Origins BlueRed
Generations BlueCynthiaDianthaCalem
Twilight Wings LeonMustardPeony
Evolutions LeonDianthaAlder
Adventures Professor OakRedSidneyPhoebeGlaciaDrakeStevenWallaceCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaLeonMustardPeony
Other manga Shigeru (Zensho)Satoshi (Zensho)Rald (Battle Frontier)

Games: Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii USuper Smash Bros. Ultimate
Characters: PikachuJigglypuffMewtwoPichu
Pokémon Trainer (SquirtleIvysaurCharizard) • LucarioGreninjaIncineroar
Stages: Saffron CityPokémon StadiumPoké FloatsPokémon Stadium 2Spear Pillar
Prism TowerUnova Pokémon LeagueKalos Pokémon League
Poké Ball and Master Ball: AbomasnowAbraAlolan ExeggutorAlolan RaichuAlolan VulpixArceusArticunoBeedrill
Ho-OhInkayJirachiKeldeoKoffingKyogreKyuremLatias and Latios
SnorlaxSolgaleoSpewpaStaryuStarmieSuicuneSwirlixTapu KokoTogedemaruTogepi
Collectables: Trophies (MeleeBrawlfor Nintendo 3DS/Wii U)
Misc: The Subspace EmissaryMy MusicFinal SmashPokémon ChangeBrawl cameos

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