I agree that out of all the Degrassi characters, she is one of the few who has changed the most since the beginning. Admittedly, I didn't like her much in the beginning (mostly season one), but by season two she became somewhat of a relateable character to me. She went through her goth phase because I think that after being pushed aside by her friends, she went through a little identity crisis. She wasn't sure of herself anymore, didn't fit in with her friends, and wanted a change. Ellie was the one who became her best friend during that period and along with Craig helped her to find herself. By season three I was glad that Ash decided to ease off a little on the whole goth look and she came into more of her own person. I thought that she looked very pretty in season 3 (and season 4). Now to the more crucial stuff.
I must be one of the few people who doesn't blame Ash for Craig cheating on her. Ash wanted more of a commitment before she decided to have sex and I don't think Craig was fully ready for one at the time. He was only 15 or 16 at the time, so that's understandable. But that still didn't give him the right to cheat on Ash. Ash had a lot of reason to be angry with Craig. I highly doubt that anyone would be fully forgiving if their boyfriend that they trusted and loved abruptly cheated on them. It's normal to feel angry and betrayed. Ash may was wrong for calling Manny a slut out in the cafeteria, but it was outta anger. What else was she supposed to think? Yeah and she wanted to make Craig pay. She was angry an hurt. Why is everyone willing to give Craig such a slap on the back and pretend that he is completely innocent. I can understand that he had a crappy past with his dad, but still that doesn't justify him cheating on Ash. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate Craig. It's just some of his fangirls that tend to annoy me from time to time.
Ash is one of my favorite characters in Degrassi and also my favorite female next to others such as Ellie, Paige (mostly in season 3 and 4), and Emma. Yeah I even like Alex a bit too.