The pink Butterfree (Japanese: ピンクバタフリー pink Butterfree) is the first alternately colored Pokémon shown in the anime. Introduced in Bye-Bye Butterfree, its unique coloring set it apart from the many other Butterfree (such as Ash's Butterfree) shown in the episode. Introduced before alternately colored Pokémon appeared in the games in Generation II, the pink Butterfree is the first shown alternately colored Pokémon in the Pokémon universe.
In the anime
It first appeared in Bye-Bye Butterfree, in which Ash's Butterfree fell in love with it. Though it initially rejected Butterfree's advances, the pink Butterfree changed its opinion when Ash's Butterfree fought to save it from Team Rocket. At the end of the episode, the two became mates, and Ash's Butterfree, with Ash's blessing, flew away with the pink Buttefree across the ocean.
The pink Butterfree next appeared (though only in a picture) in A Fan With a Plan. It also made its next actual appearance in Spurt!, the Japanese opening for a portion of Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire.
The pink Butterfree appeared in a flashback in A Trainer and Child Reunion!, alongside Ash's Butterfree.
The pink Butterfree appeared in a flashback in Butterfree and Me!, alongside Ash's Butterfree.
The pink Butterfree appeared in a flashback in Alola, Kanto!, alongside Ash's Butterfree.
In the movie's alternate continuity, Ash and his Butterfree saved the pink Butterfree from a Fearow. As in the original series, 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 very decisive and somewhat aggressive in nature. 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 only gained respect for Ash's Butterfree after Ash's Butterfree tried to rescue it and the other Butterfree from Team Rocket. Once it saw Ash's Buttefree in that new light, the pink Butterfree chose to be its mate.
Apart from its pink head and body and the pink tint to its wings, the pink Butterfree shares its physical characteristics with the typically colored Butterfree of its generation: Its eyes, mouth, arms, legs, and edges of the wings all have the same coloration as other Butterfree. In I Choose You!, the pink Butterfree also has the black spots on its wings that are characteristic of female Butterfree.
In the games
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 games.
In the manga
Later, the Pink Butterfree was seen with a flock of Butterfree flying south. Seeing how the two Butterfree got along, Ash let his Butterfree choose whether to join the pink Butterfree and fly away, which it accepted. After Ash said a tearful goodbye to his Butterfree, it and the Pink Butterfree flew south.
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