Charmeleon is a bipedal, reptilian Pokémon. It has dark red scales and a cream underside from the chest down. It has blue eyes and a long snout with a slightly hooked tip. On the back of its head is a single horn-like protrusion. It has relatively long arms with three sharp claws. Its short legs have plantigrade feet with three claws and cream-colored soles. The tip of its long, powerful tail has a flame burning on it. The temperature rises to unbearable levels if Charmeleon swings its tail.
Charmeleon has a vicious nature and will constantly seek out opponents. Strong opponents excite this Pokémon, causing it to spout bluish-white flames that torch its surroundings. However, it will relax once it has won a battle. It is rare in the wild, but it can be found in mountainous areas.
Ash's Charmander evolved into Charmeleon in March of the Exeggutor Squad, which also marked the species' debut. It quickly grew unruly and disobedient. It evolved into Charizard soon after in Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon.
Charmeleon 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 from Charmander after defeating a Jigglypuff in battle. It later evolved into Charizard after battling Cross's Lycanroc. Unlike its main series counterpart, this Charmeleon never had obedience issues.
Ritchie's Charmander, nicknamed Zippo, evolved into a Charmeleon sometime prior to the events of A Parent Trapped!.
Alain's Charizard appeared as a Charmeleon in a flashback in Mega Evolution Special II.
Trevor's Charmeleon appeared in A Legendary Photo Op!, having evolved from a Charmander. It would evolve into Charizard by A League of His Own!.
In The Crystal Onix, Mateo would use a Charmeleon to make glass. It was also used to battle the titular Crystal Onix, during which it set it alight and defeated it.
In Celebi: The Voice of the Forest, Sam's Charmeleon battled the Iron-Masked Marauder's Sneasel and won.
In Judgment Day, Jimmy's Charmeleon helped its Trainer with a variety of odd jobs on Bomba Island. Charmeleon was later targeted by Team Rocket in one of their schemes, but it was rescued by Jimmy's newly-evolved Blastoise.
In The Breeding Center Secret, a Charmeleon was part of a TV advertisement for Cassidy and Butch's breeding center, in which it evolved from a Charmander and then into Charizard.
In Pikachu's Vacation, a Charmeleon seen at the Pokémon Theme Park.
In Once More With Reeling!, a Coordinator's Charmeleon participated in the Terracotta Contest.
A Charmeleon appeared in Not on MY Watch Ya Don't!.
In Sword and Shield: The Darkest Day!, Leon's Charizard was revealed to have been a Charmeleon in a flashback.
||Charmeleon, the Flame Pokémon. It has razor-sharp claws and its tail is exceptionally strong.
||Charmeleon, the Flame Pokémon and the evolved form of Charmander. Charmeleon knocks down opponents with its tail, then defeats them using razor-sharp claws.
Red's Charmander evolved into a Charmeleon some time after Red beat Misty but before he faced Lt. Surge between File 1: Red and File 2: Cubone. It later evolved into a Charizard after Red defeated Koga between File 2: Cubone and File 3: Giovanni.
In File 1: Red, a Charmeleon was one of the Pokémon seen in Professor Oak's introduction.
- Main article: Blue's Charmeleon
Charmeleon debuted in Onix is On!, where it was seen battling in the Pewter Gym as one of Blue's Pokémon. He evolved from Charmander sometime between The Secret of Kangaskhan and this round. When Red and Blue collided in Celadon City, Red mistakenly picked up the Poké Ball of Blue's Charmeleon, but he managed to give it back to Blue later. He has since evolved into Charizard with Blue's intense training and became even more powerful, assisting in the defeat of both the Team Rocket triads Koga and Sabrina.
A Charmeleon caught by Crystal and lent to Emerald for his Battle Pike challenge appeared in Moving Past Milotic.
Multiple Charmeleon were used by Team Galactic Grunts in Exit Empoleon and Cooling Off Heatran.
- Main article: Salamè
X's Charmander, Salamè, evolved into a Charmeleon alongside Marisso, who evolved into a Quilladin, in PS577.
Pokémon anime novelization series
Jet's Charmeleon appeared in Race to Danger.
Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys
A Charmeleon appeared in Let's Aim For The Goal!, under the ownership of Firebreather Takeo.
- Main article: Satoshi's Charmeleon (Zensho)
In Pokémon Zensho, Satoshi has a Charmeleon that evolved from the Charmander he received from Professor Oak in PZ04. It later evolves again into Charizard.