Misty, known as Kasumi in Japan, is a fictional character in the Pokémon franchise owned by Nintendo and created by Satoshi Tajiri. She’s the gym leader in Cerulean city & specializes in water Pokemon. In the games, she’s known as ‘the tomboy mermaid.’
In the anime, she’s ash’s first traveling companion. She had three older sisters who did nothing but belittle her, and sick of it & wanting to prove them wrong Misty left her home with her staryu & starmie. When she went fishing, she caught ash on her hook & accidentally saved him from the river. When ash noticed her bike, he took it to get away from the spearows that was after him & pikachu. He promised to return her bike, but pikachu accidentally fried her bike trying to save ash from the spearows as it was raining out & he used an electrical attack. Misty found her destroyed bike & hunted ash down to pay her back, & followed him throughout kanto, orange islands, and Johto waiting for ash to pay her back for her bike. At the end of Johto, one of the nurse joys got her a new bike & had to go take care of the cerulean gym as her sisters were incapable of doing so.
Misty was afraid of bug Pokemon. She referred to them as creepy and gross & ran away from them if one came close to her. She also didn’t like gyarados, but that changed in chronicles. Her favorite Pokemon seemed to be tenacruel, as she liked the appearance of them. She also kept Brock in line by pulling his ear whenever he flirted with some woman (which she taught max to do when they met her in AG series).
Misty criticized & belittles ash a lot, but also helped him get some basics of how Pokemon work. And when she had to leave, she was pretty upset by it while ash seemed pretty heartbroken when having going to go to hoenn without them. So despite their despites & a bad start on their relationship, they became pretty good friends.
Misty was known to be hot headed, but she always did what she believed in & was no pushover. She was into romance & loved to see people end up together. She also had a motherly side, as she took good care of a togepi that got attached to her, thinking of her as a mother.
Outside of the original series, she was shown in a couple episodes in the chronicles series & some episodes in the AG series, going to a place to say goodbye to her togetic (that evolved from togepi). And recently, she appeared in the SM series along side Brock to showcase alolan students about kanto Pokemon & gyms.
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