Liam Ketchum is an experienced Pokémon Trainer and prior owner of the Viridian City Gym before it was temporarily handed into the care of
Liam's means of employment keep him distanced from his family for large periods of time. Due to this,
his son knows very little about him, yet still holds Liam in high regard.
He is very proud of his family and highly protective of them, keeping a constant watch over Ash.
Liam is a skilled Pokemon Trainer and an excellent
Liam has a fondness for cat Pokémon, and takes special care of the
Persian he received from
his wife. He also has a unique taste in outfits and decor.
Spoiler Warning - Major plot details may follow
Liam was born into
unfortunate circumstances, with both his parents obtaining money by unsavoury
means. Determined to move along a righteous path in life, Liam chose to pursue a
course as a Pokémon Trainer - bypassing his mother's desperate attempts to make
him work in
Team Rocket, the organization she was currently running.
Shortly after Liam married Delia Rhodes, his
Hypatia to further establish himself as a Pokémon Hunter. With little
concern over this unpredicted decision, Hypatia instead used it to her advantage
by manipulating Liam's sense of justice.
By making her son feel guilty over his
father's disappearance, Hypatia was able to reel Liam into becoming the new
leader of Team Rocket. Liam took on the identity of 'Giovanni Mortego' and was
steadily brainwashed by Hypatia, who used him as her puppet for several years
before he finally retaliated.
Attempting to keep in touch with his family
despite his new commitments, Liam would return to visit Pallet Town when his
schedule permitted it. However,
following a botched assassination attempt on him during an outing with his wife,
son and Professor Oak's family, Liam decided to remain distanced.
During these years, Liam was primarily obsessed
with matters of business and obtaining great material wealth. This later
escalated into a desire for widespread power and control.
It wasn't until his most
greatest and deadly onslaught at Alia Summit,
Tatto that Liam was finally brought to justice and denounced of his
Cloyster (Sent for study)
Kingler (Sent for study)
Theron & Hypatia Ketchum