Hitmonchan is a tan colored, human-shaped Pokémon. His body resembles a light purple tunic with a skirt and fists resemble red boxing gloves. His enlarged shoulders give the appearance of shoulder pads. His purple feet give the appearance of a pair of a boxer shoes. Unlike his parallel evolution, Hitmonlee, he has a mouth and a visible separation between body and head.
Hitmonchan is a male-only species with no female counterpart.
Hitmonchan's most notable ability is his wide versatility in boxing--his major attacks are almost all punches, making use of the boxing gloves that protect his fists.
Hitmonchan are well-known for their capability of lightning-fast punches, faster than bullet trains, that are impossible to be seen by the naked human eye. When doing this, it sometimes appears as if Hitmonchan is standing still, as the assault is too fast to be seen.
Although they have an extremely well-developed talent in quick, light blows, Hitmonchan can also throw power-packed punches. By punching in corkscrew fashion, they are able to punch through solid concrete in the same way as a drill.
Before making contact with a target, Hitmonchan will spin his arms to increase the power of his attacks. Both his speed and power punches slice the air, and are launched at such a high speed, just a slight graze by one can cause a burn.
It is widely said that Hitmonchan possesses the spirit of a professional boxer working towards the world championship. With an indomitable spirit pushing him to work harder, he never gives up, especially in the face of adversity. However, he usually needs a short break after each fight he takes part in.
Hitmonchan are known to casually practice and hone their abilities by launching unseen volleys of punches. Since they aren't normally found in the wild, it can be hard to determine their behavior without a Trainer's influence. When under the possession of a Trainer, however, a Hitmonchan will eventually take after the person, as most Pokémon do; he may become a hard worker, striving to become better, or he might fight for bad purposes without question.
Hitmonchan are extremely rare in the wild, and have virtually never been seen. He is an urban species that would typically be found near cities or suburbs rather than in forests. But, some Hitmonchan have been known to train in the mountains or at facilities made for such work, such as an abandoned fighting dojo. While it is unknown where they came from originally, they were first found in Kanto.
Another classic replay of the Hitmonlee versus Hitmonchan battle was performed in Pasta La Vista. A Trainer named Kyle owned a Hitmonchan that was used in battle to decide the fate of his father's fighting dojo.
Besides Smeargle, Hitmonchan learns the most increased-priority moves by level up out of all Pokémon, with three of the seven.
Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee are the only Pokémon that weren't previously related through an evolution family, then later gained a shared pre-evolution.
Hitmonchan's colors reference the traditional boxing colors, referring to the red corner (normal) and the blue corner (shiny).
Hitmonchan is also the only evolution of Tyrogue to focus primarily on punching, with Hitmonlee and Hitmontop focusing more on kicking.
He may be a personification of boxing, a fighting style and sport that focuses on punching. His head and "hair" slightly resembles a human hand.
Hitmonchan's name can be broken down into hit, monster and Chan - as in Jackie Chan; perhaps meaning "The monster that hits like Jackie Chan". His name is similar to his two parallel evolutions, Hitmonlee and Hitmontop. His Japanese name is derived from the name of Japanese world champion boxer Hiroyuki Ebihara.
In other languages
German: Nockchan - Likely from knock and Chan, as in Jackie.