Size discrepancies in the Pokémon anime
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Aside from giant Pokémon, many Pokémon in the Pokémon anime suffer from large size discrepancies between the information given in the Pokémon games' Pokédex and their actual animated presentation. These Pokémon are apparently "normal sized" as far as the anime's universe is concerned. Many of Ash Ketchum's Pokémon are often subject to size discrepancies, often appearing smaller than other Pokémon of the same species.
This may be a style or aesthetic decision, a case of the writers not checking the information in detail, or for story purposes.
Some of the most notable size discrepancies will be noted below.
Blastoise are normally 5'03" (1.6 m) tall, while in the anime they appear closer to 6'03" (1.9 m) tall.
Charizard are usually 5'07" (1.7 m) tall, but Ash's Charizard is taller than that, at about 7'00" (2.1 m) tall. Oddly enough, it is shown in Charizard's Burning Ambitions that Ash's Charizard is rather small when compared with the Charizard living in Charicific Valley. Also, in Grating Spaces!, a Charizard was shown to be as tall as an Aggron, 6'11" (2.1 m).
Croagunk are generally 2'04" (0.7 m) in height, with an anime height closer to 1'04" (0.4 m).
Drapion are generally 4'03" (1.3 m) in height, but in the anime, they are about twice that height.
Dunsparce are normally 4'11" (1.5 m) in height, approximately the height of Ash. In Following a Maiden's Voyage!, they appear to be shorter than a Pidgey, which is 1'00" (0.3 m). However, this may also be due to the measurement being from head to tail instead, making the mistake slightly less drastic.
Electivire are normally 5'11" (1.8 m), but in the anime they are closer to 6'11" (2.1 m).
Also, in the same episode, Natasha's Electrode is shown to be as tall as an adult human in some scenes.
Forretress measures 3'11" (1.2 m) tall, but it is sometimes shown in the anime to be 1'08" (0.5 m).
Gabite are normally 4'07" (1.4 m) in height, but Ursula's Gabite from Another One Gabites the Dust! was at least a couple inches taller than Ash, Dawn, and Ursula, who can be thought to be around 5'0" (1.5 m) tall.
Gengar are shown to be 4'11" (1.5 m), but in all of its appearances in the anime, it is shown to be 3'07" (1.1 m).
Grovyle and Combusken
While normally Grovyle and Combusken are about 2'11" (0.9 m), Ash's Grovyle and May's Combusken appear to be much larger, being almost as tall as Ash and May. Assuming that Ash is about 5'00" (1.5 m), that estimates Grovyle and Combusken to be around 4'00" (1.2 m). The other Grovyle that have appeared were around this size as well.
Magmortar are normally 5'03" (1.6 m), but in the anime they are closer to 7'00" (2.1 m).
Metagross are normally 5'03" (1.6 m), but Tyson's seems shorter than this in Choose It or Lose It!, at 2'11" (0.9 m). Another Metagross appeared in Noodles! Roamin' Off! and shown to be taller even than James, about 6'03" (1.9 m).
Noctowl are about 5'03" (1.6 m), approaching average human height. Ash's Noctowl, however, is extremely small for that size, looking to be more around 2'00" (0.6 m). Although it's been mentioned that Ash's Noctowl is unusually small, the other two Noctowl that have appeared in the anime don't seem to be more than 4'00" (1.2 m) tall.
Onix is already one of the largest Pokémon at 28'10" (8.8 m) long, but Brock's Onix (before it evolved) was shown to be slightly bigger than Brock's size, and in Climbing the Walls!, Grant's Onix was sometimes shown to be twice the normal size.
Pidgeotto are normally 3'07" (1.1 m), but in the series it appears to be only 2'04" (0.7 m).
One of the more renowned changes in size is in Roselia, which are extremely small—only about 1'00" (0.3 m) tall. However, the Roselia in the anime come up to a 10-year old's waist. An estimate would put the anime incarnation of them at about 3'00" (0.9 m) tall. This caused much confusion when Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon Adventures both featured the Pokémon at its actual smaller size.
Jessie's Seviper appears to change sizes during the series, sometimes even in the same episode. For example, when it made its debut, it was shorter than Jessie. However, it has also been shown as being taller than her, which according to the Pokédex it should be.
Wailmer are generally 6'07" (2.0 m) in height, although the one in Leading a Stray! was shown to be more than twice the size of Ash, who is approximately 5'00" (1.5 m) tall, therefore making it more than 10'00" (3.0 m) tall.
Whismur are small Pokémon at around 2'00" (0.6 m). In A Pokéblock Party!, a Whismur was around the size of 1'00" (0.3 m), and was notably not much larger than Max's head. A second Whismur appeared in Pinch Healing! and, while standing, came up to Max's neck.