Pink Butterfree

Pink Butterfree
ピンクバタフリー Pink Butterfree
Pink Butterfree.png
Pink Butterfree
Debuts in Bye-Bye Butterfree
Caught at Unknown
Gender Female[1]
Ability Unknown
Released in Bye-Bye Butterfree
Current location With Ash's Butterfree
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Butterfree Chinami Nishimura

The pink Butterfree (Japanese: ピンクバタフリー pink Butterfree) is the first alternately colored Pokémon in the anime. It was created before alternately colored Pokémon appeared in the games, possibly to differentiate it from the other Butterfree in the episode.

In the anime


In the main series

Appearance in Spurt!, along with Ash's Butterfree

It first appeared in Bye-Bye Butterfree, where Ash's Butterfree fell in love with it. Though it initially rejected Butterfree's advances, the pink Butterfree changed its opinion when it fought to save it from Team Rocket. At the end of the episode, the two became mates and Ash's Butterfree, with its Trainer's blessing, flew away with it across the ocean.

The pink Butterfree was seen in a picture in A Fan With a Plan. The pink Butterfree made its next actual appearance in the Japanese opening Spurt!; and in flashbacks in A Trainer and Child Reunion!, Butterfree and Me!, and Alola, Kanto!. All of these appearances were alongside Ash's Butterfree.

In I Choose You!

The Pink Butterfree in I Choose You!

In the movie's alternate continuity, Ash and his Butterfree saved the pink Butterfree from a Fearow. The two Butterfree fell in love, and Ash allowed his Pokémon to cross the sea with its newfound mate.

Personality and characteristics

The pink Butterfree is apparently very decisive in nature and also somewhat aggressive. When Ash's Butterfree showed off its moves, the pink Butterfree deliberately ignored it, eventually going so far as to knock it out of the air. It was not until Ash's Butterfree tried to rescue it and the other Butterfree from Team Rocket that the pink Butterfree gained heightened respect for it and agreed to be its mate.

The pink Butterfree shares all physical characteristics with normal Butterfree except for a pink body and a pinkish tint to its wings. The eyes, mouth, arms, legs, and edges of the wings are all colored the same as that of a normal Butterfree. In I Choose You!, she also has the black spots on her wings that are characteristic of female Butterfree.

In the games

A Shiny female Butterfree as seen in Pokémon HOME

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, a female NPC Ace Trainer near the top of the Lake of Rage makes a reference to a pink Butterfree after battling her. She comments, "Come to think of it, I've seen a pink Butterfree." This is likely a dual reference to Butterfree's Shiny form in the games, which does have pink coloring (but only on the wings and none on the body), due to the Trainer's pre-battle comment regarding the red Gyarados, the first known alternate-color Pokémon of the franchise.

In the manga

In the movie adaptations

Pink Butterfree in I Choose You!
The Pink Butterfree and Ash's Butterfree

The Pink Butterfree appeared in I Choose You! where she was seen being chased by a wild Fearow. Ash sent out his Butterfree to drive away the Fearow with Gust.

Later, the Pink Butterfree was seen with a flock of Butterfree flying south. Seeing as to how the two Butterfree got along, Ash's Butterfree was given a choice to fly with her and it accepted. After Ash said a tearful goodbye to his Butterfree, the Pink Butterfree flew south with Ash's Butterfree.


  1. Never confirmed in the original series. M20 gives it the features of a female added in Generation IV.

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