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Pokemon Anime: Top Moments in History!

By Devon Lord-Moncrief
April 18, 2024
Ash and Pikachu from the Pokemon anime.

Since 1997, Pokemon has been taking fans on adventures worldwide, allowing them to meet hundreds and hundreds of different Pokemon. With over 25 years of content, the Pokemon anime series has had several incredibly memorable events that have shocked and moved fans worldwide. Here are just a few more notable moments from the Pokemon anime! 

The very first episode of Pokemon. (Indigo League)

This is where it all started. When the young boy Ash takes his first steps to become the world’s greatest Pokemon Master, a journey that would last years and years is just beginning. In this first episode, Ash meets Professor Oak, his mentor and guide for much of his early days as a Pokemon Trainer.

Ash picking a Pokemon in Professor Oak's lab.
This is where it all started. Image via Daily Motion

This is also the first time Ash meets Pikachu, his closest and most cherished friend. Everything began with this seminal episode, and the excitement never slowed down for a second.

The gang saves Charmander. (Indigo League)

In his early days, Ash met and befriended many Pokemon, but few would become as significant and long-lasting as the little Charmander he saved. Left alone in the rain and close to death, Ash and his friends jumped to the little Pokemon’s rescue.

Brock and Ash sheltering Charmander from the cold.
They luckily saved Charmander before its flame burned out. Image via YouTube

Not only did this prove Ash’s commitment to helping any Pokemon he met, but it was also the moment when Ash gained a valuable member of his Pokemon team. That little Charmander would eventually evolve into a great Charizard, a Pokemon that would stay with Ash for many years.

Team Rocket releases Arbok and Weezing. (Advanced Generation)

Ash’s biggest pains were the Team Rocket members Jesse and James (and Meowth!) Always right behind Ash and his friends, this terrible twosome tried to capture Pikachu. Pokemon Trainers themselves, Jesse and James’ signature Pokemon were their Arbok and Weezing.

Arbok and Weezing crying.
Arbok and Weezing were Team Rocket’s first Pokemon. Image via YouTube

However, when they came across an endangered group of poached Koffings and Ekans’, Jesse and James made the heartbreaking decision to release Arbok and Weezing so that they could protect the other Pokemon. Despite being villainous, Arbok and Weezing had been with Jesse and James since the beginning and had become very close to the Team Rocket members. Bad guys or not, letting them go was a sad moment in the series.

Ash, Misty, and Brock go their separate ways. (Johto League)

Ash’s journey across the Pokemon world wouldn’t have been possible without Misty and Brock. They were the first Gym Leaders he defeated and chose to travel with him for much of his adventure. Eventually, they parted ways.

Ash, Brock and Misty going their separate ways.
They went their separate ways but would meet again multiple times over the series. Image via Reddit

It’s hard to say precisely what they’ve been doing since leaving Ash. Misty resumed her role as the Cerulean City Gym Leader. Brock became a doctor in the Kanto Region. Now that Ash is the world’s greatest Pokemon Trainer, he likely has time to visit them.

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Ash finally wins the Pokemon League Championship! (Pokemon the Series: Sun and Moon)

Everything came to this exact moment in Pokemon history. Ash’s dream since the very beginning was to become the world’s greatest Pokemon Master. After 25 years of adventure, danger, and growth, Ash finally achieved his dream. Set within the Galar Region, Ash was able to compete in the Masters Eight Tournament of the Pokemon World Coronation Series. 

Ash holding the Pokemon League Championship trophy with Pikachu on his shoulder.
This amazing moment took over 25 years to happen! Image via Polygon

His final Pokemon team consisted of Gengar, Dragonite, Lucario, Dracovish, Sirfetch’d, and Pikachu. Battling against Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Leon, the final battle came to Ash’s Pikachu against Leon’s Charizard. Their battle was so fierce that the Legendary Pokemon Eternatus awakened, and after defeating both Eternatus and Charizard, Ash stood as the grand victor. It was a moment of and for the ages.

Why are these moments from the Pokemon anime so important?

Everyone has their favorite moments from throughout the entire Pokemon series. Pokemon has always been packed with excitement, humor, and emotion, whether it was first watching the show when it debuted or jumping in during one of its many other seasons.

Ash and a friend on an adventure.
What other notable moments do you remember from the Pokemon anime? Image via Polygon

With over 1000 episodes to its name, Pokemon has more memorable moments than anyone can count. But these select moments are among the most pivotal and influential in the entire series, often altering the series’ trajectory in significant, bold ways. For the fans who watched Ash take his first step to his ultimate victory, Pokemon has been here for millions of fans worldwide.

Do you have a favorite moment from Pokemon? What is it? Did we mention it here on this list? It’s the Squirtle Squad, isn’t it? Please let us know in the comments below! We would love to hear about your favorite Pokemon moments!

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