Charmander (/ˈtʃɑːrmændər/), known as Hitokage (ヒトカゲ) in
Japan, is a
Pokémon species in
Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon
franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori,
Charmander first appeared in the
Pokémon Red and Blue
Pokémon Red and Blue and subsequent sequels, later
appearing in various merchandise, spinoff titles and animated and
printed adaptations of the franchise. The end of a Charmander's tail
is alight with a flame, and the flame's size reflects both the
physical health and the emotions of the individual.
Charmander was created as one of the first
Pokémon and is a starter
Pokémon the player can choose from at the beginning of
and Blue, and their remakes,
Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. In the
anime, Ash acquires a
Charmander early in the series, and it became
one of his most used Pokémon. In the
Pokémon Adventures manga, Blue
Charmander from his grandfather Professor Oak. Since it
appeared in the
Charmander has received generally
Charmander first appeared in episode 11 of Pokémon
Indigo League ("
Charmander – The Stray Pokémon" (The Stray Pokémon
– Hitokage)). In the episode,
Charmander is left by its owner,
Damian and is rescued by Ash and Brock. When the owner sees how
Charmander is, he calls
Charmander back. However, due to
Charmander chooses to follow the group that saved its
life, and becomes Ash's pokémon. In the series, the narrator stated
that if a Charmander's tail flame goes out, it dies.
used by Ash throughout his adventures and is seen in special episodes
in the future.
Charmander evolves into
Charmeleon who then evolves into Charizard,
which was originally its last form. Since the release of
Charizard can mega evolve into 2 different types of Mega
Charizard, which are Mega
Charizard X or Mega
Charizard Y, for the
duration of a battle. This gives it upgraded stats and a damage bonus,
but is temporary.
1 Design and characteristics
2.1 In the video games
2.2 In anime
2.3 In other media
5 External links
Design and characteristics
Charmander was one of 151 different designs conceived by Game Freak's
character development team and finalized by
Ken Sugimori for the first
generation of Pocket Monsters games Red and Green, which were
localized outside Japan as
Pokémon Red and Blue. Originally
called "Hitokage" in Japanese,
Nintendo decided to give the various
Pokémon species "clever and descriptive names" related to their
appearance or features when translating the game for western audiences
as a means to make the characters more relatable to American
children. As a result, the species was renamed "Charmander", a
combination of "char", meaning burnt, and "salamander".
Charmander is known as the
Charmander are small,
Pokémon native to Kanto. They have blue eyes,
red-orange skin, three-clawed toes, yellow bellies, and yellow soles
under their feet. The end of a Charmander's tail is alight with a
flame, and the flame's size reflects both the physical health and
the emotions of the individual. When it rains, steam is said to
spout from the tip of its tail. If the flame were to ever go out,
Charmander would die. When
Charmander receives enough
experience from battles, it evolves into
Charmeleon (at level 16 in
the video games), and later Charizard. With the help of the Mega Stone
it could further evolve into Mega
Charizard Y. The
idea to feature
Charmander and the other Red and Blue starters in a
significant role in
Pokémon X and Y came about a year and a half into
the development of the games. The Mega Evolutions for the three
Pokémon's final forms were created, and the designers decided that
they should give players an opportunity to find one of these Pokémon
in order to see their Mega Evolved form.
In the video games
Pokémon FireRed against a rival Squirtle.
Charmander is a starter
Pokémon the player can choose from at the
Pokémon Red and Blue, and their remakes, Pokémon
FireRed and LeafGreen.
Charmander and the other starters from Red and
Blue are replaced by
Pokémon Yellow, the only starter
available in it. Instead, they are each obtained from certain NPCs. In
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, as a reward from Professor Oak
after defeating the final boss, Red, the player can choose from
Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle. In
Pokémon X and Y, players can
also choose between Bulbasaur, Charmander, and
Squirtle near the start
of the game shortly after having chosen the games' new starter
Pokémon. Outside of the main series,
Charmander has appeared in
Hey You, Pikachu!,
Pokémon Puzzle League, the Pokémon
Mystery Dungeon games, the
Pokémon Ranger games, and PokéPark Wii:
Pikachu's Adventure. A
Pokémon stage in
Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. called
"Saffron City" features an area where various
Pokémon pop out to
attack players; one such
Pokémon is a
Charmander that sometimes uses
In anime, Ash acquires a
Charmander early in the series. Ash's
Charmander originally belonged to a trainer named Damian, who believed
it was weak and cruelly abandoned it, telling it to stay in one spot
until he "returned." The
Pokémon was very loyal to its trainer and
risked its life sitting in the rain, waiting for a trainer who'd never
come back to it. Ash, Brock, and Misty had to rush it to a Pokémon
Center to keep it alive. Upon seeing Damian's true colors, Charmander
joined Ash. It was immediately one of Ash's most used Pokémon,
defeating such opponents as Koga's Golbat, Erika's Weepinbell, and
helped capture Ash's Primeape.
Charmander evolved into Charmeleon
during a battle against an army of Exeggutor. His personality
temporarily changed, disobeying Ash and fighting only when and how he
In an anime adaption of
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team and
Red Rescue Team, a
Charmander and a female
Chikorita work alongside a
young boy who transformed into a
Squirtle in helping fellow Pokémon.
Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! Charmander's behavior was changed
for the better. In it, Charmander, when evolved into Charmeleon
doesn't change his personality and leaps into Ash’s arms for a hug.
And when he evolves into a Charizard, near the end of the film, he
becomes obedient to its master.
In other media
In the Electric Tale of
Pikachu manga, the circumstances in which Ash
Charmander appear to be different. While Damian appears, he
was separated from his
Charmander because he was injured, not because
he abandoned it. At the end of the chapter, the two reunite. Despite
this difference, Ash is still seen owning a Charmander, whose capture
is not shown. Later in the manga, Ash's
Charmander reappears as a
Charizard. In the
Pokémon Adventures manga, Blue receives a
Charmander from his grandfather Professor Oak. Blue tried using it
against Mew but failed and withdrew his Pokémon. It is later shown to
have evolved into a Charmeleon. In the
Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga
series, Isamu Akai's rival Kai Midorikawa, chose
Charmander as his
starter Pokémon. Kai's
Charmander is mischievous and has a rivalry
with Isamu Akai's Clefairy.
In the online phenomenon known as Twitch Plays Pokemon, the stream
Charmander as Red's starter and named it "ABBBBBBK(", or "Abby"
as it was commonly referred as Abby was vital in defeating Brock
and obtaining the Boulder Badge. Along its journey to Cerulean City,
Abby evolved into a
Charmeleon in the depths of Mt. Moon, securing it
as Red's early-game muscle. Abby continued to prove itself by helping
Red obtain the Cascade, Thunder, and Rainbow Badges. Unfortunately,
during an unfortunate visit Saffron City's Pokemon Center, Abby was
released into the wild and never seen again.
Since it appeared in the
Charmander has received
generally positive reception. It has appeared in several pieces of
merchandise, including figures, plush toys, and the
Card Game. It has been noted as a popular
Halloween costume for the
year of 1999. Also in 1999, it was speculated by analysts that
Pokémon species, in particular
Charmander and others, would become
IGN readers ranked
Charmander at #37 among the best
Game Informer's O'Dell Harmon ranked
Charmander - along with Bulbasaur
Squirtle - as the "third best" Pokémon. He noted that the choice
between the three was "one of the most important decisions to ever be
GamesTM noted that
Charmander was the
"worst starting Pokémon" in Red and Blue. In the book Dragonlore:
From the Archives of the Grey School of Wizardry, author Ash Dekirk
Charmander as a "fire-breathing dragon". Author Loredana
Charmander as a "popular Pokémon", suggesting that
its popularity comes from its fiery tail. Author Mark Jacobson
found the transition from
Charizard to be "odd",
questioning how a "baby"
Pokémon can grow into a "two-hundred-pound
monster whose breath can melt boulders."
Charmander seems "pitiful" due to its flame tail, which
"burn more brightly depending on his mood/health", it grows into the
"cool-looking Charizard". GamesRadar editor Brett Elston stated
that while it "lacks the nuances" of later similar starting Pokémon,
it has "cutesy appeal" to it. The Escapist editor John Funk
Charmander as "cute", using its evolution into
an example of "an extreme evolutionary change" in the series.
Chicago Tribune editor Darryl E. Owens described
"adorable". San Antonio-Express News editor Susan Yerkes described
Charmander as "disgustingly cute".
Teen Ink editor Kathryn J.
Charmander her "favorite Pokémon".
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Charmander on Bulbapedia
Charmander on IMDb
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