In between "Pokémon" journeys, Jeremy enjoys working as a pharmaceutical chemist and campus manager.
The Pokemon Cartoon
Admit it. If you were born in the 90's like me, or if you parented a kid at the time, you probably know your Scythers from your Pidgeottos. The video games and trading cards contributed to the hype, but many of us youngsters especially enjoyed the original Pokemon cartoon.
Since the classic adventures between Ash, Misty, and Brock, Ash has met several new friends, explored many different lands, barely made a dent in his Pokedex list, and somehow managed to remain 10 years old. Throughout these journeys, have any of his new female companions topped original tomboy Misty? Find out by counting down the five best girls within the Pokemon anime!
Sinnoh-companion Dawn served as Ash's third female companion and debuted in the Diamond and Pearl show.
- Kind, but willing to stand up to injustice
- Actually defeated prior companion May in a Contest battle (usually, more-experienced characters best new ones)
- Her Piplup brings all the boys to the yard
She's hardheaded and girly, and while that's fine, we already experienced that with May. It doesn't help that Diamond and Pearl ranks lower in my favorite seasons of Pokemon, though I'll admit this may be due to me catching the English dub (go subbed whenever you can). Thus, Dawn isn't my favorite, but she does enjoy a sweet friendship with Ash, and I can definitely understand why some fans still favor her.
Dragon-Trainer Iris, from Pokemon Best Wishes and the Unova region, snatches fourth place.
- Proficient battler (has defeated both Ash and Dawn)
- Shows girls that Dragons (her signature type) aren't just for boys
- Doesn't give me nightmares like Best Wishes companion Cilan does
Despite these boons, throughout the show, we see her frequently berate and insult Ash; her trademark insult is calling Ash a little kid. Not exactly the most supportive, are you, Iris? Additionally, she has the misfortune of appearing in arguably the weakest season of Pokemon.
Iris, you do you, but that hair must be costing you a fortune in shampoo.
May, the second girl to travel with Ash, aspires to become a champion Pokémon Coordinator. She joins Ash in the Advanced Generations series as an inexperienced Trainer, and he helps teach her how to care for Pokémon.
- Interestingly, didn't care for Pokemon much at first
- Grew exponentially as a Trainer and Coordinator thoughout the series
- Her inexperience showed us as Ash's prowess as a mentor
Like most of the series, I'd recommend watching the English subbed version of Advanced Generations. However, in the dub you amusingly get to hear voice actress Veronica Taylor talk to herself, as she plays both Ash and May.
Though we lamented at Misty's loss, May helped expand the Pokemon world by showing that not all its inhabits are in love with Pokemon, and we enjoyed watching May gradually warm up to the creatures alongside her Torchic. Plus, her connection to Gym Leader Norman (her father) introduced a intriguing conflict when Ash battled him; should she root for her friend or family? Unfortunately, May also brought along her little brother Max, an annoyance we do our best to forget.
Far from perfect, May is nonetheless a worthy and interesting companion.
The first friend to join Ash, Misty belonged to the original trio. She raised Water Pokémon and took place in several battles. Misty acts like a tomboy, but also harbors a more sensitive side, which adds some nice character depth.
- Active Trainer (not just a damsel in distress)
- Developed feelings for Ash
- Stars in arguably the best seasons of the show
- Contributes to lovably-bad jokes like this
I like Misty, but she's not without fault. For instance, she eventually captures a baby Pokémon called Togepi, and starts to spend most of her time caring for it. This means the tough and capable Pokémon Trainer we knew largely gave way for a sideline cheerleader, losing her spunk and charm.
I know some fans will want her as number one, and I respect that, but for me there's one girl who tops even Misty.
In a way, Serena is the original companion to Ash. No, she wasn't in the first Pokémon season, but as we see in Pokemon X and Y, she encountered and befriended Ash years before Misty did.
- Has an old history with Ash, and her crush on him keeps things interesting
- Actually changes her hair and outfit halfway through her season, a rare feat in anime
Like many of us, Serena isn't sure of what she wants to do with her life. Her mother wishes her to become a Pokémon Racer (similar to a real-world horse jockey), and but Serena disobeys her mother's wishes, eventually deciding to become a Pokémon Performer. Pretty cool to see a realistic mother-daughter relationship explored. Okay, so this isn't Citizen Kane, but Pokemon fans appreciate it when the human characters serve as more than just generic molds to capture the Pokemon.
For her quirkiness, empathetic nature, and development, Serena is undoubtedly my favorite Pokemon girl.
Even though the Pokémon anime is geared towards children, adults and old fans can nonetheless appreciate the depth, music, and diversity of more recent seasons. With new adventures on the horizon, plus the revamped formula courtesy of Pokemon GO, the future looks bright for Poke-fanatics.
But for now, feel free to vote for your favorite girl, and I'll see you at our next countdown!
Questions & Answers
Question: If Ash from Pokemon had to choose between Misty and Serena, who would he pick?
Answer: Ash has always been pretty oblivious when it comes to romance, but considering he's actually aware of Serena's feelings towards him, she might have the advantage over Misty.
Question: Why did Serena kiss Ash in Pokémon?
Answer: She liked him and wanted to give a memorable farewell. Her crush on him is pretty blatant throughout the series.
Question: Will Ash and Serena from Pokemon marry?
Answer: Officially, I truly doubt it (Pokemon is reluctant for Ash to grow up or have an official girlfriend). Unofficially, I don't think it's beyond reason to believe they might end up together.
Question: Why isn't Misty the highest ranking?
Answer: Her relevance and growth basically halted once Togepi came along. She battled much less frequently and grew far less interesting, in my humble opinion.
Question: Why does Serena from Pokemon always win?
Answer: She doesn't. Don't get me wrong, Serena does very well for someone so young, but she has her share of losses (she didn't win the championship).
She also has a spotty battle record, but that's understandable considering battling isn't her interest.
Question: Who is the strongest female Pokémon trainer?
Answer: Probably Cynthia.
Question: Will Serena return in the 8th generation of Pokémon?
Answer: It's possible, but unlikely.
Question: Did Misty kiss Ash in Pokemon?
Answer: Nope, but Melody, Bianca/Latias, and Serena have.
Question: Will the character Serena have a storyline in Alola?
Answer: Old female protagonists have a history of making guest appearances in the next series, but given the new art style, this may be the anime to buck the trend, especially since we already got a Misty reappearance.
Question: Will the Pokémon anime continue? I really am dying to know.
Answer: Yes, it's producing further seasons and utilizing a polarizing new art style.
Question: Why does everyone hate Iris? I love her!
Answer: I'm glad you enjoy her. Try not to let others' opinions detract you from your own. I admit I caught more of Black and White in the English dub than sub (which typically isn't smart), and I recall Iris constantly berating Ash and generally being a nuisance.
Additionally, of all the shipping out there with the main girls, I'd argue there's the least evidence for an Ash-Iris, meaning there wasn't a romantic subplot for fans to follow. But again, you're more than entitled to your opinion, and even people who disagree (like myself) can admit Iris has some strengths.
Question: Wasn't Togepi a good thing as it softened Misty's character?
Answer: From the comments I've seen, it seems like most fans didn't *want* Misty softened, as she was a worthy Trainer with a spirited personality. But to each their own!
Question: Will you make a redo featuring the Alola Girls?
Answer: Thanks for the idea; maybe a few seasons from now I'll make a new female companion countdown.
If it helps, Mallow made it into my more-recent hottest gym leader ranking, linked to below.
© 2015 Jeremy Gill
Skittles on August 26, 2020:
I just think misty gets too much hate. When misty was there, ash had some character, he was witty, overconfident, sarcastic and overall way more fun to watch than a can do no wrong perfect bland anime protagonist.
Kalos Queen on August 20, 2020:
Here is my list
10. Misty (I hate her)
9. Mallow (Just had 7 episodes focused on her?)
8. lana (So amazing)
7. Iris(Don't hate her at all)
6. Jessie FTW
5. Lillie (I love her costume)
4. May (She is so strong and female version of our Ash)
3. Dawn (Adorable)
2. Serena (Do I need to say more?)
1. Last but not the least BONNIE (I LOVE HER)
Lucy on July 25, 2020:
I HATE MISTY!!..... Misty just gets too much of importance just because she was the first female traveling companion of Ash
Samuel on July 22, 2020:
Misty is TERRIBLE. She always criticized Ash, and her development halted once she got Togepi.
Sohini Dutta on July 21, 2020:
Serena is my favourite girl❤
Rishona on July 20, 2020:
My Favs are
#Misty: Pretty uncool does not deserve Ash, not 0.1%
#Lana: She's a pretty good companion I would like to travel with her too
# Mallow: She's a master chef
#Iris: A dragon master who doesn't wanna be one
#Dawn: She would make Ash a good sister
#Lillie: Her looks are awesome
#May: Probably among the older series she the only one to have a fully evolved Pokemon
#Serena: The best of em' all, she and Ash would make a cute couple
Arianna on July 19, 2020:
I think these results are 100% right, it was obvious Serena had to come 1st. She looks pretty, always sweet to Ash & She is always so kind unlike Misty. Serena and Ash should end up together.
Samuel on July 17, 2020:
Is Iris really that bad? Haven’t watched much of black and white, but I liked it. I mean, besides calling Ash a kid, she is one of the better supporting characters.
Samuel on July 12, 2020:
Serena is best because she shows Ash how she feels.
Friendly amourshipper on July 08, 2020:
I’ll support amourshipping till the very end!
Neel on July 05, 2020:
Serena is and will be the best of all time...
No one can replace serena and it would be the best thing that would happen in pokemon if serena travels back with Ash.
All LOVE TO SERENA.....
i like serena amourshipping on July 03, 2020:
erna on June 02, 2020:
i like misty the most
Kakashi on May 29, 2020:
My opinion #6 misty ( I hate her because of her fanbase , her fan base is bunch of genwunners also she didn't had much character development )
#5 no one
#4 dawn (sry pearshipper but she is just copy of may nothing more , she seemed kinda annoying although her piplup was fun)
#3 iris (I don't know why people hate her when her characteristics are similar to misty but I place her above because of character development)
#2 may (I love her character , it was worth watching advance series also her character development was awesome)
#1 ofcourse most popular Serena ( it's not that I like her because of crush on ash...., But she was most different and special from others and her character development was best and I don't know why just why some people hate her without a valid point , they just say she was cute , girly so we hate blah blah.. I assume those who hate her are among people whose ship is not getting support mostly pokeshippers whose fanbase is decreasing gradually and there no valid reason to hate Serena anymore)
X R on April 09, 2020:
I support pokeshipping.In my opinion it was always Misty whom Ash gave a bit more attention than the rest female characters.The quarrels between them keep on bringing them closer.But she left ,that breaks my heart.I have shipped them before I knew what shipping was.She saved Ash's life.Misty is best for Ash and the best poke girl for me.
Eevee's Trainer on January 18, 2020:
I love Amourship (Ash X Serena), but I like Ash X Lana, Ash X Mallow or Ash X Lillie too.
But Amourshipping is my favourite.
ClearWing2500 on August 19, 2019:
I'm here again!! So with Sun & Moon coming to a close soon, I'll say
9. Mallow - She's basically a plank of wood who's the most shafted member of the SM cast
8. Misty - I was more lenient with her on my initial comment, but looking back now, she doesn't do jack after getting Togepi and spent 2/3 of her time as the main female lead just there hardly doing anything for her goal or character.
7. Lillie - She had potential to be #1 or at least claim a spot in my Top 3 and I hoped that she would've, but she had everything pretty much given to her on a silver platter and wound up feeling like a Mary Sue rather than interesting character.
6. Iris - Not as bad as people claim, I fell like she's an improved version of Misty.
5. Bonnie - Better character than I expected
4. Lana - Best new character from SM and one I didn't think I'd like as much as I did.
3. May (or Dawn) - I adore May
2. Dawn (or May) - I adore Dawn
1. Serena - I could write a whole essay on how much I love Serena, but I'll just say she's the best character of the anime easily and the one character I got invested in more than anyone else. She felt the most human, the most realistic, she is simply the best. Unoriginal #1, but hey, originality is dead.
pkmon on August 04, 2019:
In terms of shipping though I would rule Iris out.
Aidan Navarro on July 09, 2019:
I love Serena because she is cute.
Pokeman on June 30, 2019:
My favorites are dawn and serena
Tashvee gupta on May 05, 2019:
1)may (sweet cute and never gives up)
CNK. on April 07, 2019:
Top five countdown: Here goes my opinion- 1.Obviously serena.
2.Dawn the wonder girl.
Eyen if they are just an anime,serena is more pretty as compared to other poke girls and she's the best;thus far for me.
SerenaPkmnXyz on March 07, 2019:
I look like serena from pokemon xyz.
The pokefangirl on November 28, 2018:
I'm happy serena has made the top! I love her
Haley62 on July 30, 2018:
Honestly i loved all of them because they each had their own different personalities my least favorite would have to be May because i never saw the series she was in, my favorites are Dawn Serena and Iris all because of their clashing personalities and i also like that all of the pokegirls had different goals so i really dont dislike any of the pokegirls
AaronQuantum on July 01, 2018:
Ok so I was just scrolling threw the comments and some of them made me laugh. saying "serena isnt best girl cause she cares about something that isnt the main focus of the show" that just made me chuckle. Anyone my top5 has to be
1: serena "for the sole reason of her "cuteness factor" if you wanna call it that"
2: iris. I Liked her alot because of her "ash your such a kid" I thought that could be used for so many akward moments if someone like misty or brock came to unova and she brought that up with him still being 10.
3: melody. I mean come on we cant have only main girls am i right
4: Diantha to be honest The reason I like her is cause she has my fav pokemon and the way she dressed. I always Thought it looked wierd and unique
5: now for 5 I think i gotta go with misty. Altho water is my fav "type" I just never really liked misty. I just always liked other pokemon girls better than her. She just really annoyed me.
and there you go thats my list and reasons why. Wait I need to make this exceed 1000. chars so lets do that aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Im am now happy
duvald16 on June 02, 2018:
My top 5 Pokemon girls is: (1 is best and 5 is worst)
1. Serena (Best)
5. Iris (Worst)
A Random Pokemon Addict on May 19, 2018:
Well this is my top 5 list of all pokegirls ( no offence Amourshippers )
Why Serena is at the bottom of this list ?, because I think serena is like the copy of other pokegirls.
Her moments with ash is similar to other pokegirls and her looks too.
I dont hate her tbh so no salt armourshippers
Syleveon on April 19, 2018:
Serena is my favourite poke girl I saw her all performances
PokeFan on March 31, 2018:
Interesting tanks I respect your opinions. Mine is:
#) Not even reach my favorites:
(Serena:) A girlie girl who has a crush for the MC? Hell no! I really can't stand this kind of romances and crushes. For me at least, she is boring. Soooo boring.
(Misty:) A tsundre girl who hurts/bullies the MC just because he's a rookie trainer? Oh please, Ash at least makes some progress unlike her. Also, This is not what a Gym Leader should be. That, and she doesn't have any real development. All her role in the story is either chasing Ash for no real reason or showing how stupid he is.
#) My favorites:
5- Bonnie: I've always had a soft spot for lil' siblings and lil' kiddos. Her relationships with her brother and Ash and even Serena are all nice.
4- Iris: I can't understand why people hate her. Being a dragon type trainer is enough for me to love her without thinking twice. Damn best wishes. She should has full party of six DRAGON TYPE pokemon.
3- Dawn: Real development. Nuff said.
2- May: Real development. Nuff said. (Oh and her relationship with Max. I just love sibling bonds okay)
1- Jessie FTW!! FIGHT ME!!
Angus on March 30, 2018:
I personally think (1 is best 5 is worst)
5. Iris because I hate her.
Terrible personality. I saw her in Arceus and the Jewel of Life and she was...
Liana on March 12, 2018:
My ranking would be:-
1. Dawn (She is sooo cute and so friendly. Also she is a good battler inspite of being more involved in contests. Best pokegirl 4ever!)
2. May (She is really sweet too but a bit ditzy)
3. Misty (Misty is awesome)
5. Serena (Worst
Scarlett on March 05, 2018:
I like dawn and serena
Cha on February 11, 2018:
May is definitely my fav pokegirl. she's just so adorable and cool I love all her pokemon plus she introduced me into pokemon contests which made watching and playing the games so much better.
Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on January 24, 2018:
Guys, no one's bashing Diamond and Pearl. I prefer other seasons, but we all have our own favorites.
I don't hate Dawn, but in my humble opinion, she bore too many similarities to May, which causes me to rank her a bit lower. If you disagree, that's fine--but kindly remember to respect the opinions of others.
squirtle on January 19, 2018:
Come on its a competition of best pokègirl not a beauty contest.......LOL!hate you serena. other girls are more active,more focused and more intellegent than her...
NovakDjokovicCrazyFan on January 12, 2018:
Serena is horrible. she cares more about fashion than pokemon. misty deserves to be on top. or iris. (dont go by looks-serena is a horrible trainer.)
Aditi on January 09, 2018:
5. Serena (the worst pokegirl ever)
Vipul thakor on January 07, 2018:
I love serene and ash. There are great together.
My list is..
mega mewtwo xy on January 06, 2018:
in my opinion sarena was the best pokegirl.but dawn should not be in last position.she should be in 2nd or 3rd position.i realy hate dawn but dawn is one of the best pokegirl after sarena and may in my opinion
Marinette on December 26, 2017:
When I first time saw her I Really liked her...I CAN ALSO VOICE ACT HER...LOVE HER....
Misty on December 23, 2017:
I like Misty most but I hate Serena she was not very powerful opponent in pokemon xy she only look cute . I like only Misty really.
pikachu on December 06, 2017:
I don't understand why peoples hate misty she just hate bugs everyone hates atleast one thing in life misty also and if you doesn't hate anything than i can say that you are like PHAT
pokéfan on December 01, 2017:
I know that you are a amourshipper and you will never let anyone top from her but it doesn't mean that you will say that other pokegirls are not good they have their own personality.
SerenaLover on November 29, 2017:
Serena is the best. Sure, she's girly and has a crush on Ash. But she's the only one who actually KISSED Ash. You heard me. Go search it up and search uncensored serena kissing ash. She's this authors favorite cause she's kind, nice, and really compassionate. So don't hate.
pokéfan on November 29, 2017:
serena should be last and other pokegirls are better than her my list-
#2same as above
#3same as above
Actually i hate only serena her look is most beautiful than other pokégirls but she is boring,annowing,girly,and the most hated thing about her is that she has a stupid crush on Ash.Ash helped her because she needed it but if there would be any other pokégirl instead her than she would just thank him and be friend with him...
Actually I am a Advancepoképearlshipper and nagaishipping was also not bad...
pokegf on November 28, 2017:
Kasumi kasumi she is the best love you all but one is waste ...............secreatly its serena.
pokefan on November 26, 2017:
plz misty in first....
karlmaster on November 24, 2017:
I cant really explained well for me I would rather pick Serena because in the series of pokemon xy Serena and ash meet there were child in the professor oak summer and after Serena hurt is toe or knee well ash managed to help Serena out to cure his broken knee and Serena felt shock because he was help by ash and I didn't know that Serena has a huge crush on ash
Datoneperson21 on November 10, 2017:
I agree that Serena is number 1 but I think ash personal likes misty more.
MasterMeNumber1 on October 30, 2017:
May is the girl in pokemon emerald version!!!
RiTz on October 28, 2017:
Misty is best for ash and me alsoshe is perfect for everything all love misty than Serena . Serena worst ever
pokefan on October 22, 2017:
we love misty & we want her at first.......
J on October 06, 2017:
Misty I choose you
vf on October 05, 2017:
Misty is no .1
pokemon fan on October 01, 2017:
I hate serena, Misty is the best wheather with Ash or with anyone...
Uiiu on September 30, 2017:
Misty is the best girl
Logan on August 26, 2017:
I only like Dawn because Diamond and Pearl is pretty much when I got into Pokémon.
oshawott98 on August 05, 2017:
Bonnie should be on this list!
Dante on July 26, 2017:
Dawn is the best girl.
Taladon on July 19, 2017:
Couldn't have agreed more better Jeremy. That list was perfect! Although Dawn is my fav pokegirl, I kind of agree having Serena on the top. ( mainly because I am a hardcore amourshipper! ) BTW for those Serena and Dawn haters, SWAMPERT SMASH!!!! hahaha
Cynthia on July 14, 2017:
I dont hate her but i dislike her character, she threads bug pokemons like trash and is obsessed by it.. They have a heart and soul too.. As a gym leader she totally missed her duty and job and is the worst gym leader ever
Why iris? Because shes the fucking 8th gym leader and a dragon trainer too but cant grow up a little axew as a normal trainer and train with it very effective, but shes a nice girl and has at least a good personallity and respects everyone and trys to be on others place.... Not like that precious miss misty
Hikari is a good pokegirl, her timing to help others are nearly perfect and her childhood friends are good too, a good backstory and a good character development + her bunneary is perfect trained as it ever could be especially in movie darkrai & arceus (not sure about arceus anymore but in darkrai movie, she did with her bunneary a destroyed floor a reapaired floor with her icebeam what is extremely smart) and bunneary looks like it has a crush on pikachu xD the only annoying thing on dawn is her annoying piplup, it is soo annoying that im afraid to see hikari again because to hear her annoying piplup again and again and again, take this annoying icebird to the pokeball, please, for the sake of god
Haruka is from all pokegirls the best, she is strong, smart, careful, calm and respects at least bug pokemons :) hehe
At the start she said she dont like really pokemon but after a few episodes she growd very quickly with experiences, i have nothing to say against her, shes perfect and really strong, she definetily can take her dads place as a gym leader
Why serena? Because in my opinion she has the best pokemon character development ever created, she has a amazing adorable past and a great future, she has so much experiences with the life and is very beautiful with her sylveon, sylveon long treads around its body is clearly to connect serena with someone forever and the kiss in the end makes it perfect, watching serena was really romantik and interesting in the whole season, pikachu also loves serena a lot + she has so much potencial as a pkm trainer and she likes bug pokemons :))))) yes misty you sucks as hell.
Ps: bug isnt my fav typ (grass is my fav typ), i just hate it how bugs is disgusted by miss precious.. I feel really sad for them
Pokéfan on July 03, 2017:
My list :
1. Serena, because she had a crush on ash since childhood times
2.Dawn, i may not have watched the DP series but in BW i can tell that she has been a great friend to ash and that he supports her whenever she is nervous
3.May, at one point i couldn't decide between may or dawn but then i remembered that may looked luke more interested in drew and drew gave her roses, helped her a few times and she is the only coordinator he has respect for.
4.Misty, i dont know muh about misty but i dont really like her attitude.
5. Iris, she doen't really like ash much and keeps teasing him saying that he is a little kid
Chinmayee Pradhan on June 26, 2017:
As in orange generation in Pokemon we have seen that when Misty was going to Dany at the top of the mountain Ash fall down and that shows that he was very sad to see that Misty first don't ask about ash.Also in orange generation when Rudy said that this match I will win for only the girl who I like (misty) then Ash said in anger it's very good.When Ash has gone to catch a ghost Pokemon in lavender town the Gastly ,Haunter and Gengar take out the spirit of Ash and Pikachu and fly high it and he decided to make some fun with Misty and when he do it Misty was very tenson about Ash and it shows how it cares for it and and Ash also care for Misty and said to the ghost Pokemon to leave to his body and when Ash open his eyes he sees Misty and call her first and Misty rubs her head and smiles it shows that how they care for each other.At the last episode of the x and y Serena kisses Ash and in lips but there should be red lines on below in his eyes that shows that they love each other but it was not there and Ash only loves Misty .Misty is the best girl for Ash and also Misty cares a lot for Ash and Ash too.
Kujopiland on June 16, 2017:
Look I think Ash should just ship with all of them I mean ain't we supposed to catch them all
FOXWOLFGIRL on May 28, 2017:
I hate Misty OH GOD HERE COMES THE POKESHIPPERS
MCmonkey 1111 on May 16, 2017:
I LOVE SERENA I have only watched the one series and she is great but you forgot one companion and that is the girl from sun and moon I forget her name since I haven't watched the series but I have played the hole moon game so yah I still think Serena is the best and that she should admit her feelings to ash and one more thing I plan to be in the Pokémon anime if that is even possible lol I want to be a new friend of Serena's named valerie I'M A CRAZY PERSON AREN'T I LIKE SERIOUSLY I WANT TO BE IN THE POKÉMON ANIME LIKE WHO DOESN'T THOUGHT IT'S THE BEST FREAKING SHOW ON EARTH AM I RIGHT LOL
vishal.cool on May 13, 2017:
I think misty is the perfect girl for ash she always crush on ash
many of the pokemon viewers around the world misty is best for
pokemon researcher on April 27, 2017:
hey i really think misty is totally right for ash
XXThatPikachuGu on April 15, 2017:
- I think Serena because she's the most loved pokemon female trainer in the anime so far so yes, that's my opinion
Selli on April 03, 2017:
I prefer serena because she has such a strong crush and yes it sounds stupid that she just left the house to see a boy but she is ash s forever childhood friend and I feel it in my heart that they are meant to be.I feel some of you prefer misty dawn or may but serena is special to Pokémon and we can tell that ash likes her and I hope she returns to the sun and moon series fingers crossed
farhan ali on March 27, 2017:
she is one of the best water pokemon trainer
Trolly on February 09, 2017:
4.Serena (I just don't like her okay! don't kill meh I'll tell you why bellow I guess)
1.Misty (I feel like I'm more like her)
The reason I don't like Serena that much is that much is that she's obsessed with Ash. I mean, that makes sense.....I guess. The other reason is that like almost half of her fans like her because of her looks. Like seriously. Another (you guys think these are bad reasons..WELL I DONT CARE) is that I feel like the writers of der anime is giving her to MUCH attention. You guys are like but that's a GOOD thing! I guess..but they're making the other poke girls look like trash. (Plus she's like a clone of Dawn) and amoura shippers and also everyone else, don't you think that the ship is getting like pushed to much (I mean that was like the only ship that is i guess cannon) Anyway this is MINE OPPINION and you can't change it. I'll probably like Serena someday but you can't make me like her. And your probably like: oh so this must a poke shipper. WELL YOU'RE WRONG IMMA PALLET SHIPPER XD!!! Anyway sorry to all those Serena fans, I just don't like her and at least she's in fourth in MY list and not fifth (sorry to Iris fans) I hope you all have a good day and thank you for reading this :)
I actually ship Ash with Brock.
temmie from undertale on February 03, 2017:
i agree serena is the best because pokemon xy was the first and fav show and serena is kinda like me and i dont really care about the shipping because serena kissed Ash so that is one other reason i like her and she is just amazing my 2nd is bonnie my 3rd is iris my 4th is misty and and 5th is from the new show pokemon sun and moon lilly
Electro on January 22, 2017:
Nah Jesse is the best she never left.
ISABELLA on January 22, 2017:
I like Serena And Dawn
Rumman Jan on January 14, 2017:
Misty Misty she is Ash's first crush and ash always keeps the lure with him which was given to him by Misty when brock left to ash and misty they wetre caught in a cage by team rocket when team rocket say that brock was missing then they thought they were couples and ash n misty looked at each other and got blushed and refused it this tells that they feelingfor each other
4May and Iris
SAM on January 06, 2017:
MISTY IS MY FAVORITE
Stupidguy on January 05, 2017:
Lol abstained from voting? Because misty lost? Loooool suckers, misty sucks! Serena is good, but im not a fanboy
R. on December 14, 2016:
I abstained from voting because, well . . .
Apart from Misty, none of Ash's female companions had staying power and thus ended up being forgettable and forgotten.
May had potential, but it was wasted when after failing as a trainer, she ended up being a coordinator instead.
Dawn was too pathetic for words.
Iris might as well have been Ash's cheerleader.
The less said about Serena the better.
A donut on December 14, 2016:
I am so used to the golden days with Ash, Brock and Misty i just can't like any other PokéGirl. But seriously, Serena is just umbearable. She is dumb, snob, annoying, useless, clearly has zero goals, adds nothing to the series, and she's a stereotype of girls.
Yomo80 on December 09, 2016:
I love Serena and ash but second would be may then iris then dawn
#1 Negaishipper on November 24, 2016:
Nice characters bore me, Iris and Misty for the win!
I don't really like Serena for the same reasons as 'Anon' and May and Dawn are basically the same in my book (Heaps of the lists have them tied (hint hint))
My list would be similar to 'Anon's but at the same time not really
1. Iris = Sure she doesn't have much character development but I still enjoy watching her on her journey and I can't genuinely say that about most of the other Pokegirls for some reason.
2. Misty = ^
3. May and Dawn = They are the same. May has a bit more development than Dawn so I'd probably put her above Dawn if I had to but... I don't have to.
4. May and Dawn = ^
5. Serena = Hence 'Anon's point.
A+S=AMOUR on November 12, 2016:
I am I love with ash and Serena. There great together.
Serena is my favorite.
Amourshipper on November 11, 2016:
I love serene and ash. There are great together.
My list is..
Anon on November 07, 2016:
I don't get all this love that Serena gets?
To me she's a bit... unbearable
She's a bit annoying and dare I say it, Mary-Sueish?
She feels like fanservice because people have wanted someone to have a canon crush on Ash for so longg
Heres my list (Don't kill me)
5. May: never watched Advance, sorry
4. Serena: *^^
3. Dawn: Almost wanted to Ship Pearlshipping
2. Iris: Your such a kid for disagreeing
1. Misty: It's called nostalgia. Also I'm a sucker for Red Head tsunderes
It's a shame I dislike Serena because I reallY like Clemont.
(Geekchicshipping is slowly eating at me tho)
Dawn on October 16, 2016:
4.serena and iris
Seven on October 10, 2016:
I like Serena cause imo she's probably the prettiest in the list.
Sudowoodo on October 02, 2016:
As someone who has yet to watch past Johto, though I have started watching again, and will try:
The removal of Misty was disappointing to me, and finding out about it from Japan while watching Johto made me not want to finish Johto, but the real reason I never finished Johto was that after about episode 200 the series really started to diminish in quality. I think Misty not winning the Whirl Cup in Johto was the thing that really annoyed me, and probably all Misty fans; especially, in light of Ash (a complete joke and novice of a trainer) winning the Orange League.
The series' biggest flaw is the battling, because there is no consistency or logic behind it. At least in Kanto many of Ash's gym wins were explained to be out of pity and dumb luck. Every fan has certainly been annoyed every time one of Ash's pokemon takes over ten hits and then beats the opponent's pokemon with one direct hit, or Ash's pokemon dodges everything. Making Ash's pokemon Mary Sues was very stupid on the writers' part. The series as a whole would have had better longevity, and have been a better compliment to the games, if Ash's pokemon skills matched someone like Gary Oak, who actually catches the pokemon he encounters, and whose pokemon seem evolved and experienced enough to beat each gym.
Blaze Arcane on September 22, 2016:
Serena is the best love it or hate it the only person who had love for ash
Dash on September 16, 2016:
Hmm, interesting list - You made some interesting points, although I think there's a few things to add:
6) Iris - Yep: unsupportive, bad style, no chemistry with other characters. Plus while the writers were trying to do something different, her background and goals are all very vague, and while we see her go after them, there's nothing real tangable to say where she's going, aside from becoming better. All in all, there's no real reason for her to be there.
5) Bonnie - She's great in providing the comic relief, has a great character, develops massively, and while she isn't on any sort of mission, she ends up being important, saving the world from destruction.
Her real strength though is her love for Pokemon, which really shines through at different points.
Heck if anyone needs to replace Ash as the 10-year-old main character, then Bonnie's a good candidate.
4) May - Yup, you said it
3) Misty - Yup, nothing to add
2) Serena - Yes she is great! I do have a couple of very slight issues though. Firstly the English VA is terrible for her. Secondly the start of the series didn't play out very well for her. She started off as just as a sideline character, much like Misty. While there's nothing wrong with that, it does make her one of the less focused characters.
1) Dawn - I sort of see what you're saying with her not adding anything, but then if you look at the DP series, there's already a large amount added to get used to. She becomes the new rookie of the journey; the person new to everything so that newcomers can learn about the series. They gave her her own episode a the start just so that we could be introduced to things, and in that sense she becomes the main character, allowing Ash to have a rougher storyline that doesn't reset.
This presents probably the best dynamic of the series because her and Ash don't have to fight for space. While she is just as big a character as Ash, she never pulls him away from his dream and they often learn from each other and whatnot - They have great chemistry, from both having really headstrong, determined characters.
foxy on August 14, 2016:
i hate misty, im re watching the anime form the very beginning and shes awful, she barely battles, half of the time all she does is insult ash or brock or starts to hurt the feelings of pokemon around her and even when she's told she's hurting their feelings she doesnt care. She tells ash how to be a better trainer or how bad hes doing but she has no right when she doesnt fight with her pokemon or train them the majority of the time during the series and then during johto all she does is look after togepi while still commenting on what ash does and even then she only got togepi because when it was hatching she snatched it off ash and so then she was the first thing togepi saw. i find myself just calling her a bit of a bitch half of the time because she isnt even helpful, not even during the team rocket battles, i dont understand why people think shes the best
ClearWing on July 23, 2016:
Good list!! Imo Best Pokégirls go
5. Iris - I haven't seen the Best Wishes series, so I can't say much about her.
4. Misty - Original Pokégirl but she didn't really do anything or changed much at all over the course of her journery with Ash. She began stalking him for a bike than forgot about it and became Ash's Co-Mentor alongside Brock but once Togepi came along she didn't do much. Ash had shown improvement from Kanto to Johto in terms of his skills as a trainer and didn't need her or Brock to hold his hand anymore. So without the mentor role she didn't do a lot and was pretty much just...there like a piece of furniture. She didn't work on her goal of being a Water Pokémon master much. She started off strong but got stale after a while. She may be the original Pokégirl but nostalgia can't save Misty here.
(Bonnie): She's actually developed and mature really well over the course of XY(Z). Plus she's adorable and that Brock-Esques Running Gag of hers is a combination of cute and hilarious.
3. Dawn or May - I'll start with May: She started as a bit of a selfish character not even liking Pokémon and using them as an excuse to travel the world, but she found coordinating along the way. She was inexperienced and naïve and a bit selfish like I said but she grew into a good trainer in her own right, better coordinator, and wound up adoring Pokémon when her travels with Ash ended. She did have moments when she developed a big head/ego and a loss would be required to set her straight but she was still great. Plus I like the dynamic she had with Ash forming a strong Student-Mentor bond with him.
2. Dawn or May: She already knew what she wanted to do and had lots of confidence to do so which ultimately caused her defeat at two separate contest back to back which shook up her confidence and made her skip a contest or two I believe. Afterwards she changed up her entire approach to contest and ultimately found greater success than May ever did as a coordinator. Her Pokémon didn't have much personality aside from Piplup & Mamoswine but that's about it. Dawn's dynamic with Ash is probably my favorite of Ash and all of the other Pokégirls. I loved how they were best friends or having a relationship akin to that twin siblings.
1. Serena - I can't say enough good things about her. There's more to Serena than a girl who has a crush on Ash. At first before finding her goal she didn't much aside from try to get Ash's attention but after deciding to be a performer she's shown more character development than most of the other girls that have traveled with Ash. I know I said the dynamic of Ash and Dawn is my favorite of the Pokégirls but I think Serena ties with Dawn for my favorite dynamic a Pokégirl has with Ash. Not because I ship the two (Admittedly I'm a HUGE amourshipper and I'm proud to be)!! Imo the relationship of Ash and Serena is imo the most heartwarming of the girls and Ash. I love their interactions how they motivate each other to go the extra mile: Ash is Serena's prime inspiration and his never give attitude was instilled into her and has saved her from defeat multiple times or it gave her strength to press on forward. Serena has been a key motivator for Ash this time around and does seem to motivate Ash more than previous girls did. Alexa outright said Serena was an unexpected source of inspiration Ash needed to get him going after he was defeated by Viola. At that point he was questioning how he would defeat her and seemed to be on the break of giving up but Serena TWICE motivated him enough to win that battle, again with Korrina, and more recently with Wulfric where the one and only argument they had took a big toll on them both but ultimately snapped Ash out of the worst depression he's ever been in and helped him remember why he REALLY became a trainer than master Ash-Greninja since their argument helped clear his head of all the negativity he had dwelling in it at the time. Serena is my favorite Pokégirl hands down.
Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on November 17, 2015:
Agreed, Misty was pretty awesome!
15-11-2002 on November 17, 2015:
Misty is the best
Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on July 24, 2015:
Zad, I think in the long term, more fans would have stayed with the show if they'd kept her. But we can agree to disagree.
Zad on July 24, 2015:
Why do you keep saying a lot of fans left when Misty did? The reason the writers permamently dropped Misty and didn't bring her back is exactly because the majority of the fandom didn't care. May was more popular than Misty a decade ago, and that's why Misty was gradually phased out.
You really think the writers would have given Misty such an early permanent departure in the show if people wanted her back over May like Brock over Tracey? Of course not.
Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on July 16, 2015:
Take it easy, Wednoct. To each their own, right?
Personally, I found DP less interesting. Ash was basically the same as the previous season, Dawn was too similar to May, and the voice acting (at least in English) was awful. I'm not a big fan of Iris, but she was at least an attempt at something new, it just didn't play out well. But if you disagree, that's fine; we're all entitled to our own opinions.
Wednoct on July 16, 2015:
What the hell?! In what way is DP the worst series? Excuse me, but I think we didn't watch the same anime. DP is by far one of the best thanks to the large amount of character development: Ash wasn't a noob anymore and he learnt from his mistakes whenever he lost a battle. The only detrimental factor was the large amount of filler, but this is balanced with Dawn's side-story, which is (at least in the Japanese version) handled with the same degree of importance as Ash's plot. Which leads me to the next point: how on earth is Dawn worse than fricking Iris? I mean, shite, Iris is Misty 2.0 with an annoyance expansion pack! She can't be anything less than third!
However, I must say I've got no objections towards Serena; at first she was fourth in my list (Iris is dead last, of course) because while I liked her at first, I thought her character became shallow as episodes passed without her doing anything other than gushing over Ash. But damn, Serena quickly took the lead this year. Really quick.
2 & 3. A toss between Dawn and May. I like both of them almost equally.
1. Serena, so far.
nipster on June 05, 2015:
Misty, and May make great ships for Ash.