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Red is a Pokémon trainer that traveled around the world and is the featured male protagonist of the Kanto Pokémon games (Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, FireRed and LeafGreen). In canon, he sets off on a journey with his rival Blue Oak. He ends up bringing down Team Rocket and becomes the Kanto champion while filling out Professor Oak's dream of completing the Pokédex. He is considered a legend among legends in his various game appearances afterwards. In the Johto games (Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver) which takes place two years after, he leaves his position to train on Mt. Silver, where the protagonist Ethan, Kris, or Lyra defeats him. Years later, In Black 2 and White 2, he joins the Pokémon World Tournament where he is defeated by Nate or Rosa. Many years later after that, he and Blue, grown up, are legends who face Elio or Selene at the Battle Tree in the Alola games (Sun, Moon, UltraSun, UltraMoon). In Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee, an alternate universe, he completed his quest years before Chase or Elaine and can face them. He can also cameo in Emerald, if the player fights another player using FireRed or LeafGreen. He is known for talking very little, usually with "..."

Red has had many counterparts and characters in many anime and game spinoffs:
In the main series anime, the main character Ash Ketchum is based off of Red. His original design is based extensively off Red's Gen 1 design, and his XY hat is based off Red's Gen 3 design. dia-sm is an alternate universe version of Ash, so by extension Red as well. Bonji has a hat based off Red's Gen 1 design. A version of Red and his Clefairy from the manga "Pokémon Pocket Monsters" also made a cameo in a movie Ash watched in Lights, Camerupt, Action!.
Pokémon Origins, based off the Kanto games, has him as the main protagonist. He actually speaks in this.
In Pokémon Generations, Episode 1 follows him and his Pikachu as they go through different regions.
He appears in Pokemon Masters EX, being considered a legend among legends. He reveals the reason why he barely talks is "words are unnecessary!". He's voiced by Brandon James Winckler.
He makes a cameo in the music video GOTCHA!
He makes another cameo in the POKETOON The Yancham who wants to be a Hero, owning an Arcanine that saved Pancham and inspired it to become strong.
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, he appears as simply (the male) "Pokémon Trainer". He owns a Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard. He speaks in this, voiced by Michele Knotz in Brawl and Billy Bob Thompson in Ultimate.
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  • United States Red's Caterpie
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  • United States Red's Clefairy
  • Japan 赤井 勇のピッピ
  • Japan Isamu Akai no Pippi
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  • United States Red's Kabutops
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  • United States Red's Nidoran♂
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  • United States Red's Pidgey
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  • United States Red's Pikachu
  • Japan レッドのピカチュウ
  • Japan Red no Pikachu
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  • United States Red's Tentacool
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