Ash and Misty
A classic case of friendship, or something more?
Ash and Misty from Pokemon - are they friends? Or is there something more to their relationship?
(caption on a picture of Ash, Misty and Macy: Misty's never jealous. No, not Misty.)
At the beginning, Ash broke Misty's bike. Misty began to follow Ash to make sure he would pay off his debt to her. Needless to say, they didn't get along. They bickered constantly, and it's hard to believe that these disputes laid down a foundation for such a strong friendship. Misty joined Ash in his journey and traveled by his side. Their friendship grew stronger as the series progressed, and they relied on each other not only for friendship, but for support as well.
One of the first places these two travel together is Veridian Forest. The forest happens to be home to bug Pokemon. It just so happens that one of Misty's greatest fears is of bugs. Every time a bug Pokemon would appear before them, Misty would hide behind Ash. Considering that they didn't like each other very much at the time, this showed the first signs of a relationship between them.
(caption on a picture of Ash and Misty holding hands from the episode "Tower of Terror": Misty doesn't seem "bugged" to hold Ash's hand.)
By far the most evidence of their possible relationship comes from Pokemon: The Movie 2000. Ash, Misty and Tracey are traveling in the Orange Islands, but find themselves saving the world. In this movie, a girl named Melody appears. When she first meets Ash, she gives him a kiss on the cheek. This makes Misty furious, but when asked if she's Ash's girlfriend, she denies any such a relationship. Misty spends the next day being very jealous of Melody. Later in the film, Misty tells Melody, "Ash is never really alone because... he's got me."
(caption of a picture of Ash shoving a pokeball in Misty's face: There's plenty of laughs with this pair.)
More evidence of their relationship is "Misty's Song" from the 2.B.A. Master soundtrack. The song is about Misty's feelings toward Ash. Take a look at some of the lyrics:
I wanna' tell you what I'm feeling, but I don't know how to start
I wanna' tell you, but now I'm afraid that you might break my heart
Oh, why should anything so easy, ever be so hard to do
I wanna' tell you what I'm feeling, and to say that, I love you
(caption on a picture of Misty dragging Ash to shore in P2K: Come storm or high water, these two stick together)
(caption on a picture of Ash and Misty in team rocket uniforms: They even impersonate team rocket together!
Misty leaves the series in Pokemon: Advanced to take over as the leader of the Cerulean City gym. It seems that she thinks about Ash a lot. Just because they're separated doesn't mean there's no hope for these two. Even if their paths are different, I have a feeling the place they end up will be the same.