Charmander physically debuted in Charmander - The Stray Pokémon, where Ash, Misty, and Brock found him after he was abandoned by his Trainer, Damian, who only cared about raising strong Pokémon. At first, Charmander refused to leave the spot he was at, believing Damian would return for him. However, when a rainstorm picked up, Charmander grew ill and Ash took him to a Pokémon Center. Charmander realized that Damian was no good, and allowed Ash to catch him. He has since evolved into Charmeleon, and then Charizard.
Ash's Charmander also appeared in I Choose You!, which is set in a different continuity from the main series. In this continuity, it previously belonged to Cross and evolved into Charmeleon after defeating a Jigglypuff in battle. It later evolved into Charizard after battling Cross's Lycanroc.
Ritchie owned a Charmander nicknamed Zippo, which debuted in A Friend In Deed. It would evolve into Charmeleon by its appearance in A Parent Trapped!.
A Charmander starred in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate! as the leader of Team Go-Getters.
A Charmander appeared in a flashback in Mega Evolution Special I as the unevolved form of Alain's Charizard.
Trevor's Charmander first appeared in Summer of Discovery!. It would evolve into Charmeleon by A Legendary Photo Op!, and then into Charizard during A League of His Own!.
In Journey to the Starting Line!, Gilbert intended to start his journey as a Pokémon Trainer, but the trio of Kanto starter Pokémon were scared off when Ash's Tauros stampeded through Professor Oak's house. Professor Oak, Tracey, Delia, and Gilbert split up to find the three missing Pokémon. The Charmander was the first one to be found.
In A Six Pack Attack!, a Charmander went with Professor Oak on his trip to Hoenn along with a Bulbasaur and Squirtle.
In The Right Place and The Right Mime, another Charmander was seen in Professor Oak's possession, along with another Bulbasaur and Squirtle.
In The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!, a Charmander was part of Professor Oak's demonstration of the Kanto starters during the Kanto Fair. Another Charmander was owned by the Kanto Fair Host. Seeing it inspired Ash to bring his Charizard back onto his team.
In Sword and Shield: The Darkest Day!, Leon's Charizard was revealed to have been a Charmander in a flashback. It has since made more flashback appearances in Pokémon Journeys: The Series.
Charmander made its debut in Pokémon - I Choose You!, where Ash dreamed about one as his prospective starter.
In Battle Aboard the St. Anne, multiple Charmander were aboard the St. Anne.
In Hypno's Naptime, a Charmander was in HopHopHop Town's Pokémon Center.
In Pokémon Fashion Flash, a Charmander was on Scissor Street.
In The Ultimate Test, a Charmander appeared as an image in the dubbed version, while another was owned by the Pokémon League Admissions Exam instructor.
In The Breeding Center Secret, a Charmander was seen evolving on TV for a commercial about Cassidy's and Butch's breeding center, while another one appeared in said center.
In Pikachu's Vacation, a Charmander was at the Pokémon Theme Park.
In Friends to the End, a Trainer's Charmander was at the closing ceremonies of the Indigo Plateau Conference.
A Charmander appeared in the Japanese credits of Pikachu's Rescue Adventure.
A starter Charmander appeared in a flashback in Don't Touch That 'dile.
A Charmander appeared in Gonna Rule The School!, under the ownership of the Pokémon Trainers' School. It was temporarily loaned to one of the school's underage students for use.
In The Right Place and the Right Mime, a Charmander was at Professor Oak's Laboratory.
In Meloetta's Moonlight Serenade, a Charmander was watching Meloetta's concert.
In a flashback in I Choose You!, a Charmander was chosen by Tierno as his starter Pokémon.
In A Crowning Moment of Truth!, a Trainer's Charmander attended the Wela Fire Festival.
In Alola, Kanto!, a wild Charmander was sleeping at Professor Oak's Laboratory.
A Trainer's Charmander appeared in The Power of Us.
A Trainer's Charmander appeared in the Where Are You Going, Eevee? segment at the end of Lillier and the Staff!. It reappeared during a flashback in We Know Where You're Going, Eevee!.
In Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution, a Charmander was at Old Shore Wharf.
In Legend? Go! Friends? Go!, a Charmander was one of the starter Pokémon Professor Cerise offered to Goh, but it was rejected.
A Charmander appeared in a fantasy alongside the other starter Pokémon in Getting More Than You Battled For!.
A Trainer's Charmander appeared in Crowning the Chow Crusher!.
A Trainer's Charmander appeared in Sobble Spies a Stealthy Strategy!.
A Charmander appeared in JN136.
||Charmander. A flame burns on the tip of its tail from birth. It is said that a Charmander dies if its flame ever goes out.
||Charmander's special attack, Rage. It gains more power the more it is attacked. It will continue to fight until its opponent falls.
||Charmander, the Lizard Pokémon. Charmander's health can be gauged by the fire on the tip of its tail, which burns intensely when it's in good health.
||Charmander, the Lizard Pokémon. When the tip of Charmander's tail burns brightly, that indicates it's in good health.
In Pokémon Origins, a Charmander was one of the three Pokémon Professor Oak gave Red and Blue to choose from to start their journey, with Red choosing Charmander. It later evolved into a Charmeleon between File 1: Red and File 2: Cubone and then a Charizard between File 2: Cubone and File 3: Giovanni.
In File 1: Red, a Charmander was seen in Professor Oak's introduction.
In File 3: Giovanni, a Charmander was seen at Silph Co., while another was seen in a flashback, under the ownership of Giovanni.
A Charmander appeared in the game intro-like opening sequence for The Adventure.
Pokémon: Twilight Wings
In Buddy, a Firebreather's Charmander was seen alongside its Trainer as they were putting on a fire-breathing display for a crowd.
A Charmander briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.
A Charmander briefly appeared in The Discovery, inside Professor Oak's Laboratory. It was seen playing with its fellow starter Pokémon.
A Charmander appeared in The Pancham Who Wants to Be a Hero, where it was trapped in a cave.
The Electric Tale of Pikachu
- Main article: Ash's Charmander
Ash's Charmander makes a few appearances in The Electric Tale of Pikachu.
The capture of Ash's Charmander diverges considerably from the anime. In the manga, Damian seems to have abandoned his Charmander at the beginning of the chapter Pikachu's Excellent Adventure, but it turns out that he had just been injured and went to the hospital.
Ash is shown to own a Charmander despite this, his own Charmander first appears in You Gotta Have Friends. Ash's Charmander's capture is not shown in the manga, instead, when Charmander first appears from its Poké Ball, it is simply stated that "Ash has been busy since the last comic".
Ash's Charmander reappears as a Charizard in the chapter The Indigo Finals at the Indigo Plateau Conference. In this chapter, Charizard battles Charley, Ritchie's own Charizard.
Magical Pokémon Journey
- Main article: Peanut's Charmander
- Main article: Mandy (MPJ)
In Magical Pokémon Journey, the sickly Trainer Peanut owns an aggressive Charmander. Peanut's Charmander first appears in Charmander's Peanut.
A Charmander appeared in a flashback in ICYR1, under the ownership of Professor Oak.
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
A Charmander appeared in a flashback in Sword and Shield... The Legends Awaken! (Part 1), under the ownership of Leon. It is now his Charizard in the present day.
Pokémon - The Legend of the Dragon King
Akira owns a Charmander, as seen in LDK1. It evolved into a Charizard in the same chapter.
- Main article: Blue's Charmander
Charmander debuted in A Glimpse of the Glow. It first appeared in Red's fantasy, then as one of Blue's first Pokémon, received from his grandfather Professor Oak. He has since evolved into Charmeleon before facing off against Brock of Pewter City, and then to Charizard before the Silph Co. battles against Team Rocket.
In The Jynx Jinx, a Charmander appeared as a silhouette when Green talked about Mew.
- Main article: Salamè
After X's Chespin, Marisso, lost to her in a battle, X decided to take her and named her Salamè in Chespin Sows the Seeds of Change. She later evolved into a Charmeleon alongside Marisso, who evolved into a Quilladin in PS577.
Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All
A Charmander appeared in a background collage in Catch the Poliwag!.
A Charmander appeared in GDZ23.
A Charmander first appeared in GDZ33, under the ownership of a researcher.
Pokémon Pocket Monsters
- Main article: Green's Charmander
In Pokémon Pocket Monsters, Red's rival, Green, chose Charmander as his starter Pokémon. Green's Charmander is mischievous and has a rivalry with Red's Clefairy. Green's Charmander has evolved into Charizard. It seems to be able to skip the Charmeleon stage, as it was seen evolving directly into Charizard. Although it has devolved back to the Charmander stage, it currently seems to have permanently evolved back into Charizard.
Blue also owns a Charmander.
- Main article: Satoshi's Charmander (Zensho)
In Pokémon Zensho, Satoshi chooses Charmander as his starter Pokémon.