Scyther is a bipedal, insectoid Pokémon. Its body is primarily green and has a thin, cream-colored section between its head, thorax, and abdomen. Female Scyther have larger abdomens than male Scyther. Its reptilian head has two narrow, triangular eyes and three blunt horns extending from its forehead. Its arms end in large, white scythes, which it uses for both hunting and fighting. Two pairs of cream-colored wings extend from its back. While these wings do allow Scyther to fly, it rarely does so. Scyther's thighs have large, upward-pointing spikes. Its feet are tall and almost extends its thighs, rounded, and conical; each foot ends in three small, white claws on its front side.
Scyther is an adept hunter that tears at its prey with its scythes. Thanks to its green coloration, it can camouflage itself well in the grasslands and forests where it lives. Humans rarely encounter wild Scyther in these areas, however. Said to be like a ninja, Scyther can move so quickly that it cannot be followed, increasing the effectiveness of its scythes. It maintains the sharpness of its blades through battle as well as by cutting through hard objects, such as trees; it can cut down a massive tree with just a single slice. The anime has shown that wild Scyther form swarms with a single leader chosen through combat. When a challenger successfully defeats a current leader and replaced it, the defeated leader is exiled from the swarm. It has also been shown that Scyther becomes aggressive when faced with the color red.
In Tracey Gets Bugged, Tracey caught an elderly Scyther after it resolved its conflict with the horde of Scyther it once led. Even in its old age, it is very aggressive, and as such, Tracey tries not to use it.
In Gettin' The Bugs Out, Bugsy used a Scyther during his Gym battle against Ash. This Scyther was trained to block Fire-type attacks by using Swords Dance as a fan. Ash discovered that this defensive strategy doesn't work if a Fire-type move is used from above, which allowed his Cyndaquil to win in his Gym match.
In Working My Way Back to Mew!, Goh caught a Scyther. In Searching for Chivalry!, it evolved into a Scizor.
In Showdown at Dark City, Yas's Scyther is the primary Pokémon of the Yas Gym. It was used during the feuds between the Kas and Yas Gyms of Dark City.
In Mewtwo Strikes Back and its remake Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution, Corey's Scyther was captured and cloned by Mewtwo. In the original movie, when Team Rocket saw this Pokémon being cloned, it was mistaken for an Alakazam. The Scyther clone reappeared in Mewtwo Returns.
In The Fourth Round Rumble, Jeanette Fisher used a Scyther during her battle against Ash during the Indigo Plateau Conference. It went up against Bulbasaur and was defeated despite the type disadvantage. It reappeared in a flashback in Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!.
In Navel Maneuvers, Danny's Scyther helped his Machoke and Nidoqueen carve a sled during his second challenge against Ash. It later competed in the sled race alongside Danny's Electrode and Geodude. It reappeared in flashbacks in A Way Off Day Off and Hello, Pummelo!.
In Tracey Gets Bugged, multiple Scyther were living on Murcott Island, including Tracey's.
In the beginning of Celebi: The Voice of the Forest, a Pokémon poacher used a Scyther and a Houndoom to chase a Celebi.
In Tag, We're It!, a girl's Scyther was partnered with Giant's Koffing. They went up against Dawn's Piplup and Conway's Slowking during the Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition.
In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness, a Scyther was part of Team Razor Wind, along with a Sandslash and Zangoose. The trio of clawed Pokémon were blasted out of the Wigglytuff Guild. They overheard that Team Poképals were assigned the task of traveling to the Labyrinth Cave to get a Gabite Scale for an ailing Shinx, and decided to attempt beating them to the item. Unfortunately for Team Razor Wind, Gabite defeated them easily. It reappeared alongside its team in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Beyond Time & Darkness.
In Pulling Out the Pokémon Base Pepper!, a Scyther umpired the Pokémon Base game that Ash and his classmates took part in at the Pokémon School.
In a flashback in Bad To The Bone, Koga was revealed to have a Scyther that was defeated by Otoshi and his Marowak during a Gym battle, which allowed Otoshi to attain the Soul Badge.
A pink Scyther appeared in Team Rocket's fantasy in In the Pink.
In Wired for Battle!, a Scyther was seen in Muramasa's dojo.
In Tricks of the Trade, a Scyther was at the Pokémon Swap Meet in Palmpona.
In The Bug Stops Here, multiple Scyther were available in the Bug-Catching Contest. Casey tried to catch one, but failed.
In Carrying On!, a sick Scyther was in Way Away Island's Pokémon Center.
In Ariados, Amigos, a Trainer's Scyther was at the Pokémon Jujitsu Academy.
Multiple Scyther appeared in Mewtwo Returns.
A Scyther appeared in the opening intro of Celebi: The Voice of the Forest, which was reused for Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias.
In a flashback in Throwing in the Noctowl, a Scyther was defeated by Wings Alexander's then-Hoothoot.
A Scyther appeared in Extreme Pokémon!, under the ownership of a participant in the Extreme Pokémon Race.
A Scyther appeared in a flashback in Pop Goes The Sneasel.
In Gonna Rule The School!, the Pokémon Trainers' School lent a Scyther to the underage students for use in lessons.
In Celebi and Joy!, a demolition crew employed a Scyther. After the demolition crew became a construction crew in the new timeline, its status was left unknown.
In Saved by the Beldum, a Trainer's Scyther competed in the Ever Grande Conference.
In Reversing the Charges, a Scyther was defeated by an overcharged Elekid and was then found by Team Rocket.
In Curbing the Crimson Tide, Luna's Scyther, which eventually evolved into a Scizor, was seen in flashbacks.
In Mounting a Coordinator Assault!, a Coordinator's Scyther competed in the Performance Stage of the Jubilife Contest.
In Tag! We're It...!, a Trainer's Scyther participated in the Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition.
A Scyther appeared in I Choose You!.
In The Long Vault Home!, a Scyther called a "strike" on Kiawe when he failed to catch a Stakataka at the Pokémon School.
In Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution, a Scyther was at Old Shore Wharf.
In Trade, Borrow, and Steal!, a Scyther was part of Kricketina Kylie's Bug-type Pokémon collection, as shown in her Rotom Phone.
||Scyther, the Mantis Pokémon. Its claws are sharp as swords, and it is a powerful flyer. This Pokémon is rarely seen by humans and almost never captured.
||Swords Dance, Scyther's special attack. Scyther spins furiously to focus its energy and increase its attack power.
||Goh's Rotom Phone
||Scyther, the Mantis Pokémon. A Bug and Flying type. The twin scythes on Scyther's forearms can slice through logs in one stroke.
In File 4: Charizard, Red used a Scyther in the Pokémon League. It went up against Bruno's Onix and Blue's Alakazam.
A Pokémon hunter owned a Scyther in Celebi: a Timeless Encounter.
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
- Main article: Goh's Scyther
Goh caught a Scyther in JNM03, just like he does in the anime.
- Main article: Blue's Scyther
Scyther debuts in Wake Up—You're Snorlax!, under the ownership of a Bug Catcher who partook of the bike race along Route 11.
A Scyther is the first Pokémon Blue received. He has since evolved into Scizor. He first appeared in A Tale of Ninetales.
- Main article: Bugsy's Scyther
Bugsy is seen with a Scyther in the Gym Leader face-off in Silly Scyther.
A Scyther appeared in The Last Battle XIII as one of the Pokémon sent to participate in the fight in Ilex Forest.
A Scyther appeared in a fantasy in PSs1.
A Scyther appeared in a fantasy in Moving Past Milotic.
A Scyther was the sparring partner of X's Pinsir, Rute, in PS583. It is found unconscious by X. Blue indicates that it had its life-force completely drained through mysterious circumstances, but notes that it will eventually recuperate from its condition.
Pokémon anime novelization series
Jet's Scyther appeared in Race to Danger.
Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys
- Main article: Bugsy's Scyther
As in the games, Bugsy has a Scyther. It is Gold's opponent during his Gym challenge.
Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All
A Scyther appeared in The Terrible Twins, Rin & Ran, under the ownership of Ran.
A Scyther appeared in Pokémon Cooking Contest!, under the ownership of Yuki.
A Scyther appeared in GDZ65.
Pokémon Pocket Monsters
A Scyther appeared in Curry Showdown! Which is the Most Delicious? as one of the participants of a curry cooking competition.
Giovanni was seen with three Scyther in Seize the Dream of One Million Yen!!. All of them were sent out to prevent anyone from winning the contest he hosted on TV.
- Main article: Bugsy's Scyther
Bugsy has a Scyther, which first appeared in The Hardest Insect Pokémon Wins?!.
Pokémon Ranger the Comic: Double Mission
Garret of the Go-Rock Quads owns a Scyther, which first appeared in Pokémon Ranger the Comic: Double Mission Episode Four.
Red is revealed to have caught a Scyther in Clefairy Has Been Abandoned?!.