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Ash and Misty's Romance
Many fans, myself included, regard Ash's original adventures as the anime's best seasons, arguably containing the best writing and character development, especially between Ash and Misty.
Both have fiery tempers and often get on each other's nerves, but occasionally reveal deep care for the other (more overtly on Misty's end), leading many fans to couple them under the name PokéShipping. So, which episodes best display their (possible) romance? There are the top 10 PokéShipping moments!
10. Misty and Ash Reunite in Hoenn
Episode: The Right Place and the Right Mime
Misty's departure marks one the franchise's saddest moments, but she and Ash reunite for a few episodes in his Hoenn adventures. Both grow notably excited when discovering they're headed the same way, and during their trip, Misty winks numerous times at Ash. Subtle perhaps, but definitely a sign of strong feelings towards each other.
Many seasons later, Misty and Brock also return in Ash's Alolan adventures, where the two share even more charged chemistry.
9. Misty's Crush Emerges
Episode: Ash Catches a Pokémon
Ash and Misty got off to a rocky start, with him accidentally trashing her bike (he needed it to rush Pikachu to a Pokémon Center), which sparks her initial interest in following him, to reclaim his debt. But as they travel through Viridian Forest, Misty starts to see that behind Ash's naïve bravado lies a heart that truly loves Pokémon.
In her inner thoughts, we hear Misty think "he really does care...", highlighting her budding respect for Ash's devotion, and he even manages to lessen her fear of Bug Pokémon.
8. Misty's Crush in "Pokémon Live!" (and Other Songs)
The anime dances the fine line between romance and strong friendship, but many supplementary songs (most of which are never actually played in the show) make Misty's feelings clear. Her crush is evident in the musical Pokémon Live! where lyrics from "Misty's Song" include blatant lines like "I wanna tell you what I'm feeling, And to say that, I love you."
Also, consider some of the anime's hidden gems, like the song "Under the Mistletoe", where Misty sings hints like:
Maybe I'll meet him
Where hearts are aglow
Under the mistletoe
In this song, Misty and Ash are voiced by their English dub actresses, but since the Pokémon Christmas Bash CD was produced by 4Kids, the song's canon status is questionable.
7. Ash's Crush in "The Electric Tale of Pikachu"
The Electric Tale of Pikachu is a manga loosely based on the anime. In it, Ash display far more romantic attraction, often on Gary's older sister May (usually called Daisy in other media), but also towards Misty.
From their first meeting, Ash is shown to find her attractive, but their romance is best displayed down the road when Ash sends his mom a letter detailing his travels in the Orange Islands, where we see a panel of him and Misty in a jacuzzi blushing as Ash narrates "I can't tell Mom about that!"
6. Ash Recognizes Misty's Beauty
Episode: Beauty and the Beach/As Clear as Crystal
Beauty and the Beach escaped many overseas viewers, having been banned for its kid-questionable content (an old man hits on Misty and James does some questionable things while dressed as a woman). Nonetheless, we see Ash stunned when he sees Misty in a bikini, noting its strange to "see her looking like a girl".
And in Clear as Crystal, Ash indirectly calls Misty pretty; Brock mentions that the actress for an underwater ballet is beautiful, to which Ash says she looks like Misty.
5. Misty's Reactions to Ash's "Death"
Episode: The Tower of Terror/The Ninja Poké-Showdown
Multiple times throughout the anime, we see Misty's heart break when she believes Ash to be dead. When Ash's spirit returns to his body in Tower of Terror, she smiles at him while wiping away tears, and she nearly cries again when she (mistakenly) thought he fell to his death in Ninja Poké-Showdown.
Also, in the finale of Pokémon: The First Movie, when Ash is turned to stone, everyone in the room starts crying, with Misty's feeling especially evident as she mutters "please no…"
4. Ash and Misty Dance
Episode: The Ghost of Maiden's Peak
This remains one of my favorite Pokémon episodes, featuring a darker story, a glimpse of Pokémon fusions (which I maintain will one day hit the core series), and some fun PokéShipping hints.
When scared by ghosts, Misty grasps Ash's arm, which he not only allows but looks comforted by. More than that, after things wrap up at the end of the episode, Misty invites Ash to dance, to which he happily accepts, again seemingly pleased by her feminine garb.
3. Ash's Jealousy Over Misty
Episode: Misty Meets Her Match
In this Orange Islands episode, Gym Leader Rudy falls for Misty after she saves his little sister. The two quickly hit it off, much to Ash's dismay; his displeasure over their attraction is one his most telling hints towards potential feelings for Misty.
As Ash and Rudy battle, Misty struggles over whether to travel with Ash or stay with Rudy, ultimately choosing Ash and cheering him on against Rudy. Accepting his defeat in both battle and romance, Rudy tells Ash he's a lucky guy, even if he doesn't completely understand why yet.
2. Misty's Jealousy Over Ash/Pokémon Heroes
Movies: Pokémon 2000: The Power of One/Pokémon Heroes
Ash and Misty's relationship develops over the course of the Orange Islands saga, culminating in the events of The Power of One. Misty is immediately jealous when island guardian Melody kisses Ash on the cheek, and despite denying being his girlfriend, ultimately admits he's her "burden" and she'll always be there for him.
A similar situation happens later in Pokémon Heroes, when Bianca (or is Latias? The movie leaves it ambiguous) kisses Ash on the cheek, Misty is so shocked she drops baby Togepi. Dang, Misty's lucky she was sitting and Togepi only fell into her lap.
1. Misty Leaves the Group
Episode: Gotta Catch Ya Later!
This touching episode sees Brock and Misty depart Ash; Brock promptly returns for the next series but Misty doesn't, really making it her farewell episode. And it's a heart-wrenching display, with Misty devastated when she finds out she has to leave. Ash himself gets pretty emotional as his friends depart, brought to tears. In the English dub, the vocal song "Misty Most of All" also plays, whose most telling lyric is "You're more than my best friend".
It's also worth noting that of all Ash's companions, Misty is the only one who left by necessity rather than choice, forced to return to the Cerulean gym after her sisters depart it.
Other Ships in Pokémon
Ash has been paired with all his female traveling companions, from May to Dawn to Iris, but his shipping with Misty remains arguably the most popular, rivaled only by Amourshipping, his coupling with Serena in X & Y.
Since Misty's departure, Ash has had many adventures and even won the Alolan championship, and with a new canon reset, it's possible we'll get to see their bickering romance all over again. But for now, vote for your favorite couple and I'll see you at our next Pokémon countdown!
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