15Who And Where Is Red’s/Ash’s Father?
Perhaps the greatest conundrum of the Pokémon series is wondering who is Red’s (and Ash’s!) father, and where he is hiding. While the original Generation I games hinted Red’s father does exist and enjoys sports games on the SNES, there is never a mention of Ash’s father in the anime
other than his mother saying that he is still on a journey to be a Pokémon Master. Professor Oak and Giovanni are often prime candidates for theorists, but there is never a moment where the creators wanted to reveal the identity of his dad. Not knowing the actual whereabouts of Mr. Ketchum, some have concluded that he could be dead or even someone Ash’s has already met on his pilgrimage. Well, whoever he is, he is a terrible father and husband.