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- This is the article about the Pokémon Trainer. For information about Ashley's assistant in the WarioWare series, see Ashley & Red. For the Hood'em, see Red the Hood'em.
Red (Japanese: レッド Red) is a Pokémon Trainer that first appeared in Pokémon Red and Blue. Red serves as the player's avatar in multiple Pokémon titles, namely Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen. Because of this status, Red does not speak as a playable character, a trait which is kept for his subsequent appearances in later games. Canonically, Red defeats the Kanto Elite Four and becomes the Champion, though eventually leaves the position to continue his journey and battles the player in Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver Vesions.
In the main games where he appears as a playable character Red can be renamed by the player. While the player has the option to enter their own name for the character, a number of other predetermined choices are also available including Jack and Ash.
Red has made multiple appearances in the Super Smash Bros. series under the generic name of "Pokémon Trainer". His Pokemon in these games are usually Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard, different stages of the three different Starter Pokémon from the games he originated in.
Red is the main Pokémon Trainer in Pokémon Aquamarine & Peridot Versions if the player chooses to be male. If the player chooses to be female, the player will be Leaf, the Female Pokémon Trainer. Red also has a friend that the player can name.
While the Pokémon Trainer from previous Super Smash Bros. titles does not return, Red does make an appearance in Jake's Super Smash Bros. as a character that can be summoned using the Assist Trophy item. When he is called upon, Red will throw a Master Ball onto the stage and call forth a random Mythical Pokémon, Legendary Pokémon, or Ultra Beast. The Pokémon that can be summoned are the same as those that can be called upon by using the Poké Ball item.
He's one of the victims of the Kirthar's Snap Finger.
- While Red has continued to make appearances as a character throughout the series, he has had different canonical names between games in the past.
- While not official, Red's default name in Pokémon Blue Version was "Blue". Similarly, in Pokémon Yellow Version and the Japan-exclusive Pokémon Green Version Red's default names were Yellow and Green, respectively.
- Prior to the release of Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions Red was officially referred to as "Satoshi", which is the Japanese name of Ash Ketchum, his counterpart in the Pokémon anime series. When Pokémon Red and Blue Versions was released in the west, one of Red's default names was "Ash", a reference to this.