I personally don't feel Red and Ash are one in the same. I don't think they look all that similar though they do share some physical similarities. I just think that they are two separate characters in two different cannons in which one inspired the other. I enjoy a good conspiracy theory though. I prefer Red as a trainer. As someone who has played the games since they first came out, I relate to Red and his goals because ours were one in the same, our bonds with our Pokemon were one in the same. Ash is just a person I watched on TV as a kid (and adult) that I wound up being aggravated at him more than half the time for not catching anything and doing what Red and I did in the games. I think Red has the stronger Pokemon because he's accomplished a hell of a lot more than Ash for one thing, and he has a wide variety of Pokemon and types to choose from in battle. He's smart to know type advantages and disadvantages but also doesn't let that stop him from still using his favorites.