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Personality & Development: Ash's Pikachu

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Everyone loves {{Bp|Ash’s Pikachu|Pikachu}}, whether you’re watching the show or a character in it. The electric mouse Pokémon that stars alongside his trainer in the anime has become an icon in worldly culture. Pikachu has defiantly made us {{Bp|PK01|laugh}} and even made us {{Bp|EP039|cry}}; the huge amount of screen time he gets gives him a huge advantage as a character, showing a more diverse personality, more development and more characteristics than any other Pokémon in the show.
[[File:EP001.png|thumb|Pikachu doesn’t like Ash]]
When {{Bp|Ash Ketchum|Ash}} {{Bp|EP001|first}} received Pikachu, he wouldn’t do anything he was told to do, nor did he want to go back to his Poke Ball. In that first episode, Pikachu displayed characteristics comparable to a child with the {{wp|ADHD}} condition. When shown affection, Pikachu would return a shock, when told do anything he would resist, not because he didn’t want to or it would have caused him any discomfit, but he seemingly wanted to resist orders and be awkward for Ash, and some people remember {{Bp|Ash’s Charizard|Charizard}} as the first to disobey Ash. Pikachu showed pleasure at Ash’s attempts to catch the weakest of Pokémon, which may suggest Pikachu knew enough about Pidgey and Rattata to recognize them as generally weak Pokémon. Of course, he may have just taken pleasure in watching Ash’s misfortune but his tune changed when it came to Spearow. Pikachu appeared terribly afraid when he was attacked by Spearow and was very quick to flee, of course not caring what happened to Ash. It took a great act of bravery and selflessness to win Pikachu over suggesting he suffered some betrayals or let downs in the past leading him to be so closed-minded and unwelcoming of others. By the end of the {{Bp|EP002|second episode}} he had opened up to his trainer completely and was performing his own selfless acts. Pikachu’s electricity combined with the explosive make-up of Koffing led him to be pursued by {{Bp|Jessie}}, {{Bp|James}} and {{Bp|Meowth (Team Rocket)|Meowth}} for the next 13 seasons, character’s he’d later form much greater relationships with.
[[File:EP006.png|thumb|left|Chatting with Clefairy]]
Pikachu did stay quite lazy while he was inexperienced as a battler, afraid to take on powerful opponents like Pinsir and Onix but had no problem when around smaller friendlier looking Pokémon like Caterpie and Clefairy, returning the friendliness. On many occasions {{Bp|Professor Oak}} has said Pokémon take on the traits and feelings of their trainers, in Pikachu’s case, while Ash trained him, Ash, {{an|Misty}} and {{an|Brock}} all cared for him and rubbed off their personalities on him.