Misty, known as Kasumi in Japan, is a video game character in the Pokémon franchise. She has appeared as a Gym Leader in the Pokémon video games, several seasons of the Pokémon anime, The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga, the Ash & Pikachu manga, toys, books, and other media. She is voiced by Mayumi Iizuka in the Japanese version and Rachael Lillis (for the first eight seasons) and Michele Knotz (The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon onwards) in the English dub.
In the animeEdit
The Pokémon anime series and films are a meta-series of adventures separate from the canon that most of the Pokémon video games follow (with the exception of Pokémon Yellow, a game based on the anime storyline). The anime follows the quest of one of the main characters, Ash Ketchum -an in-training Pokémon Master- as he and his friends travel around the fictitious world of Pokémon along with their Pokémon partners.
As a main characterEdit
Although Misty is the leader of the Cerulean Gym in the games, she left the Gym to her three older sisters prior to traveling with Ash in the animated series. She first came across Ash when she accidentally fished him and his Pikachu out of a river while fishing for water Pokémon. Soon after this incident, Ash "borrowed" her bike, attempting to flee from a flock of wild Spearow. The bike was later charred to a crisp by a Thundershock from Pikachu. She told him she wouldn't leave him alone until he replaced the bike. This plot point later became moot, as Misty actually forgot why she started traveling with him in the first place.
Hoenn and beyondEdit
After retrieving her bike at the end of the Johto League Silver Conference, she returns to Cerulean Gym and resumes her duties as the Gym Leader while her sisters leave for a cruise around the world. As such, she is not featured as a character of the Advanced Generation series, only appearing in five episodes and in The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon, a 10th Anniversary special episode event. However, she is often a central character in the Shūkan Pokémon Hōsōkyoku, and Pokémon Chronicles. In one of her few appearances in the Advanced Generation series, her Togepi evolves into Togetic. Misty releases Togetic after it chooses to stay behind to defend the Mirage Kingdom. After Ash finishes competing in the Hoenn League, he returns home to Pallet Town to find Misty waiting for him. However, she isn't the only one to rejoin Ash, as May, Max, and Brock join him as well for the Battle Frontier challenges. She travels with Ash for two episodes, and shortly after returns to her gym.
Misty seems to have a slight inferiority complex, especially due to the fact that her three sisters Daisy, Lily, and Violet do not think much of her, claiming that there are only three Sensational Sisters (the name under which they perform synchronized swimming) and one "runt". This complex diminishes over time as Misty grows closer to Daisy. They are the ones who usually take care of the issues related to the Cerulean Gym, although it was Misty who battled Ash when he was battling for his Cascade Badge there.
In the early episodes, Misty is depicted as having a wicked temper, stubborn temperament, and little patience. As the series progresses, however, she gradually shows herself to be kind and sensible. Although she regularly displays a somewhat romantic streak, Misty reins in Brock when he becomes enamored with cute girls, often pulling him away by the ear. She has a slight rivalry with Ash, and she is terrified of most Bug-type Pokémon.
She is a good friend of Sakura, a young girl who also has older sisters who treat her like a child.
When a Pokémon egg that Ash had been carrying in his backpack hatches, Togepi is born. Since Togepi had already chosen her as its "mother", Misty ended up keeping it, even though Ash had won the Pokémon in a mini-tournament involving him, Misty, Brock, and Meowth. She takes on a motherly role to Togepi, being virtually inseparable from it until its evolution. After it evolved, she released it into the Mirage Kingdom to protect other Togepi.
In the video gamesEdit
In the mangaEdit
The Misty that appears in the Electric Tale of Pikachu manga series, which is loosely based on the anime, is similar to the Misty in the anime, while the Misty in Pokémon Adventures is similar to the Misty in the video games. In Electric Tale of Pikachu, Misty dresses slightly differently from her anime counterpart. She appears throughout the series, traveling on occasion with Ash. During a chapter that occurred in the Orange Islands, she receives a marriage proposal from Rudy in an incident that mirrored the anime series.
In Pokémon Adventures, Misty is still a stubborn tomboy who trains Water Pokémon but has no siblings. She is apparently quite wealthy, living in a large mansion near her Gym. When Red, the protagonist of the manga, first meets her, she is trying to recapture her Gyarados, which has been brainwashed by Team Rocket. They decide to team up to find the mystical Moon Stone inside Mt. Moon, and end up confronting Koga of Team Rocket's Elite Triad. Red manages to defeat Koga and get the Moon Stone, while Misty is knocked out by falling rocks. When they get to Cerulean City, Misty crossly insists Red shape up and start training. However, Red is perfectly calm about the situation, and politely insists that he can take on Team Rocket by himself. Misty gets a little mad, and yells at Red, to which he replies that she wouldn't be so doubtful if she "hadn't slept through his performance". Misty angrily leaves the room. The next morning, Misty leads Red to her Gym, and he discovers her to be the Gym Leader. Just as he is getting ready, she cruelly sprays him with her Starmie's Water Gun. Red draws out Bulbasaur, and eventually claims victory because Misty forfeits, as she is worried that if they don't prepare themselves, Team Rocket will defeat them easily. Red decides that he might actually need training, and agrees to train. At that point, they become close friends.
Further into the series, Red reveals that he needs a Pokémon that knows Surf in order to cross the sea to the Seafoam Islands, so Misty trades her Gyarados for a Krabby that he had caught earlier. The Gyarados in question is still a major player of Red's team.
Another manga, Pokémon Pocket Monsters, depicts Misty in a more unique light. Red, the protagonist of the series, is seeking a Moon Stone along with his Pikachu and his Clefairy (one that speaks human language). When they meet Misty, Clefairy notices that she is wearing a Moon Stone as a necklace. She declares that they battle her if they wish to have it. While the Clefairy is initially pumped up to battle, he quickly changes his mind when he sees that his opponent is a massive Blastoise. After a while, the battle is won when Clefairy sucks up all the water in a nearby river and releases the water onto Misty's Pokemon, sending it flying into the sky. Just when Misty is about to reward Red's group with the prize they sought, it gets stolen.
Misty (along with Ash) makes cameo appearances in mini strips in Magical Pokemon Journey.
Japanese voice actress Mayumi Iizuka lends her talents to voicing Misty in the original version of the Pokemon anime. During her audition the Director asked the voice actress to act like herself, and in doing so landed her the role. She considers Misty to be one character that is most like herself, when having been asked during a guest panel discussion at an anime convention in 1999. Despite Misty's own limited appearances in later seasons of the anime, Mayumi keeps track of her character and provides her fans with insights on possible future cameos.