Hitmonlee is a brown colored, human-shaped Pokémon. He has three-fingered hands and three claw-like toes. Hitmonlee has segmented, cream-colored arms and legs. Hitmonlee has almond-shaped eyes with black rings around them and appears to lack a nose and mouth.
Hitmonlee is a male-only species with no female counterpart.
Hitmonlee knows several kick-based moves, including the rarely seen Blaze Kick. His leg muscles have the special ability to freely stretch and compress. Hitmonlee also has a few mental-based moves such as Meditate and Mind Reader. As with other Template:Type2 Pokémon, Hitmonlee is capable of a few Template:Type2 moves and Earthquake.
Master Hamm used a Hitmonlee against his son Kyle, a cook, in Pasta la Vista. If the Dojo Master won, he would retire, and Kyle would have to give up his shop for the Dojo. If Kyle won, it would all stay the same. Ash, and May ended up taking the place of the two. As it was a draw, Kyle and his father decided to both work at the restaurant while Kyle's girlfriend Terry took up ownership of the Dojo.
Hitmonlee later appears as one of Bruno's Pokémon, who destroyed Bill's house. Bruno explains that Hitmonlee's legs are so flexible, it's impossible to locate the position of its knees and attack them.
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Shiny Hitmonlee's legs have changed from purple to staying gray compared to the normal sprite.
Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan are the only Pokémon that weren't previously related through an evolution family, then later gained a shared pre-evolution.
Hitmonlee is able to use its legs to swim very well as seen in Mewtwo Returns
Hitmonchan was named after famous martial arts actor Bruce Lee.
It may be a personification of Taekwondo, a martial art that focuses on kicking and strengthening legs. Hitmonlee bares the resemblance of Blemmyes due to his lack of an actual head.
Hitmonlee's name can be broken down into hit, monster and Lee - as in Bruce Lee; perhaps meaning "the monster that hits like Bruce Lee". The name is also related to Hitmonchan and Hitmontop, both of which are parallel evolutions to it as of Generation II. Its Japanese name comes from the world's first kickboxer, さわむら ただし, Tadashi Sawamura.
In other languages
German: Kicklee - Refers to this Pokémon's kicking abilities and Bruce Lee.
French: Kicklee - Refers to this Pokémon's kicking abilities and Bruce Lee.