Pinsir is a bipedal, insectoid Pokémon with a wide, dull-brown body divided into segments by thin lines. On top of its head is a large pair of gray, spiky pincers on top of its head. In its mouth are many long, flat teeth arranged horizontally and it has triangular eyes. Its legs are short and thick, while its arms are long and thin. It has three claws on each hand and foot; two of its toes face forward and one backward.
Pinsir can use its pincers to crush, toss, bludgeon, or tear opponents; lift things twice its weight; and shatter logs. Captured prey is kept in place by the piercing thorns and sheer strength of Pinsir's horns and will not be released until they are torn in half. In addition to hunting prey, the anime has shown that it enjoys tree sap. Pinsir lives deep in the temperate forests and jungles, where it burrows underground or hides in the treetops on nights cold enough to render it immobile. In Alola, it has a rivalry with Vikavolt and gets along with Heracross. Pinsir are known to judge each other based on their pincers. The pincers determine its popularity with the opposite gender based on how more thick and impressive it looks.
As Mega Pinsir, it gains a large pair of clear, yellow wings with an area of orange venation near the base. Additionally, a set of brown wing coverings appear. Slicing through each wing cover is a pair of orange blades. Its arms become longer and it has a T-shaped spike on each forearm. The pincers on its head are now longer with larger spikes, and its eyes are now yellow. When it Mega Evolves, Pinsir is left in a constant state of excitement. It rarely touches the ground due to its ability to now fly. Mega Pinsir can travel up to approximately 30 mph (50 km/h) and uses its two large horns to pierce its enemies before shredding them. Mega Pinsir can lift opponents up to 10 times heavier than itself with its horns and still fly around easily.
In Working My Way Back to Mew!, Goh caught a Pinsir. It has a timid personality.
Samurai has a Pinsir that debuted in Challenge of the Samurai during a battle with Ash. It easily defeated Pidgeotto, but lost to his Metapod.
In A Sappy Ending, multiple Pinsir were driven into a forest that was the territory of multiple Heracross because Team Rocket was stealing the sap from the trees and thus the food supply in their territory.
In Rhapsody in Drew, Anthony used a Pinsir and Swalot during the Battle Round of the Hoenn Grand Festival. They went up against May's Combusken and Bulbasaur.
In The Ole' Berate and Switch, Howie used a Pinsir in a battle against Ash and Corphish during a bogus competition created by Team Rocket agents Cassidy and Butch.
In Defending the Homeland!, multiple Pinsir served as Florges's minions. They were ordered to attack Goodra's homeland and its friends. They have since made further appearances in Pokémon the Series: XY.
In Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel, a Pinsir that can Mega Evolve was under the control of Levi's Mega Wave. Pinsir was briefly lent to James to use in an attempt to capture Magearna. It was later freed when Alva's Mega Wave Crystal was destroyed, and it escaped.
In I Choose You!, Ash attempted to catch a Pinsir by battling it with his Caterpie. During the battle, Caterpie evolved into a Metapod, allowing Pinsir to get away.
In Sparking Confusion!, a rock hunter sent out a Pinsir to battle the Ultra Guardians, only to be defeated by Kiawe's Marowak.
In A Chansey Operation, an injured Pinsir was brought to the clinic for treatment.
In Princess vs. Princess, a Pinsir competed in the Queen of the Princess Festival.
In Mewtwo Strikes Back and its remake Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution, Raymond used a Pinsir with two of his other Pokémon to fight Ash's Pikachu, only for all of them to be defeated with Thunderbolt.
In Pikachu's Vacation, a Pinsir was at the Pokémon Theme Park.
In Tracey Gets Bugged, a Pinsir was living on Murcott Island with other Bug-type Pokémon.
In The Power of One, a Pinsir sensed the disturbance caused by Lawrence III.
In Pokémon Double Trouble, a Pinsir was at the Kumquat Gym. However, this scene was removed from the dub due to the presence of Jynx's original design.
In Beauty and the Breeder, a Pokémon Breeder's Pinsir participated in a Pokémon breeding competition.
In Houndoom's Special Delivery, a wild Pinsir attacked Togepi, only to be warded off by a Houndoom.
A Pinsir appeared in Celebi: The Voice of the Forest.
A Pinsir appeared in Bulbasaur's flashback in Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!.
Multiple Pinsir appeared in In the Knicker of Time!.
In Celebi and Joy!, a demolition crew used a Pinsir for a construction project. In the new timeline, Pinsir was still employed by what had become a construction crew.
In Numero Uno Articuno, a Pinsir was one of the Pokémon Noland offered for challengers to battle at the Battle Factory. However, Ash instead chose to battle Articuno.
In Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, The Phantom used a Pinsir alongside a Parasect to attack Jack Walker.
A Pinsir appeared in Giratina and the Sky Warrior.
In Dawn of a Royal Day!, a Coordinator's Pinsir competed in the Battle Stage of the Arrowroot Town Pokémon Contest.
A Pinsir appeared in the ending credits of Eevee & Friends.
A Pinsir that can Mega Evolve into Mega Pinsir appeared in the opening of Mega Evolution Special I.
A Pinsir appeared in a flashback in A Slippery Encounter!.
In Mega Evolution Special IV, a Trainer's Pinsir was one of the ten Mega Evolved Pokémon that Alain and his Charizard had to defeat.
In Racing to a Big Event!, a Trainer's Pinsir competed in the Pokémon Pancake Race.
In A Masked Warning!, five Pinsir confronted Gladion's Silvally at Ten Carat Hill. At that moment, Ash was teleported on top of them by Nebby. They became angry at Ash, but Silvally stopped them from retaliating.
In Showdown on Poni Island!, Lillie took a photo of a Pinsir during her time on Poni Island.
In Battle Royal 151!, a Trainer's Pinsir competed in the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference but ended up losing.
In Trade, Borrow, and Steal!, Goh caught a second Pinsir, which he traded for Kricketina Kylie's Heracross shortly afterwards.
||Pinsir. This fearsome Pokémon uses its powerful claws to put the squeeze on its opponents.
||Goh's Rotom Phone
||Pinsir, the Stag Beetle Pokémon. A Bug type. When Pinsir's horns clamp onto an opponent, they won't release until it's defeated.
The Electric Tale of Pikachu
A Pinsir attacked a group of wild Pikachu in You Gotta Have Friends. Ash's Pikachu was able to defeat the Stag Beetle Pokémon.
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Goh caught a Pinsir in JNM03, just like he does in the anime.
Pinsir debuted in Wartortle Wars, where Red fought a wild one using Pika using items he bought from Green. As the items were fakes, Pika lost the battle.
A Pinsir appeared as a silhouette when Green talks about Mew in The Jynx Jinx.
A Pinsir appeared in Can You Diglett? as a silhouette when Agatha and Lorelei explain to Red about how Pokémon and people cannot coexist with each other.
In Pinsir Me, I Must Be Dreaming, a Pinsir was used by Emerald in the Battle Factory in his challenge against Noland.
The Battle Factory rented a Pinsir, which was stolen by Guile Hideout in Skirting Around Surskit I.
The Battle Tower rented a Pinsir, which was stolen by Guile Hideout in The Final Battle VII.
A Pinsir appeared in Out-Odding Oddish, under the ownership of a Pokéathlon participant.
A Trainer's Pinsir appeared in PS547.
In Scizor Defends, X caught a Pinsir that he nicknamed Rute, who first appeared in Pinsir Glares. He was later given a Pinsirite, allowing him to Mega Evolve into Mega Pinsir.
Pokémon Battrio: Aim to be Battrio Master!
Ryū owns a Pinsir.
Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All
A Pinsir appeared in The Forest Insect Hunt, where Shu attempted to catch it but failed.
Pokémon Pocket Monsters
Giovanni and his brother have a Pinsir, which debuted in Seize the Dream of One Million Yen!!.
A Pinsir appeared in The Final Battle!!.
A Pinsir appeared in Pikachu's Birthday Party.