Fans of the Pokémon anime have a lot of long-standing questions that will probably never get answered. We will probably never know about Ash’s father (canonically) or why Ash is seemingly still 10 after all these years. However, the directors of the newest Pokémon movie have finally put one theory to rest: No, Misty does not have a child.
The strange theory started more than 20 years ago when the teaser trailer for Mewtwo Strikes Back was released. The trailer features a fair number of clips that were never shown in the movie, including Team Rocket wearing capes atop a warship and Brock, Misty, and Psyduck running from falling debris. But the most curious clip was of a woman and a little girl. The woman looked almost exactly like Misty, albeit a little older. This, of course, caused everyone to assume that the older woman was actually Misty and the girl was her daughter.
It’s entirely possible that the clips were meant to be generic clips to fill a trailer and weren’t intended to show up in the final cut. But fans were left pondering the mystery of “Misty’s daughter” for years. Was the movie originally going to have a time skip that got cut? Were Ash and Misty going to get married? Was the little girl Ash’s daughter?
Nope. Whomp whomp.
During the US premiere of Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution, directors Kunihiko Yuyama and Motonori Sakakibara were asked about the original film’s teaser trailer. Yuyama, who directed the original film as well, was asked about “Misty’s daughter” and finally admitted that the woman was not an older Misty:
Yuyama: “…[That] actually was not an adult version of Misty. It was an image of an adult with a child. But I think a lot of people have misinterpreted that. It really was not an adult version of Misty.”
Sakakibara: “I think their hair was very similar though, of the child. So that’s why a lot of people thought, ‘Oh this is probably Misty’s child,’ or something like that. But it’s a misunderstanding.”
Despite having the same hair color and bangs as Misty, the redhead in the trailer was supposed to be a generic woman. This means that the original script probably never included a time skip and that there were never plans to show off the main characters as adults. This is likely not the answer that a lot of fans wanted, but at the very least, it’s an answer.