Prior to the start of her journey, Sapphire received Chic as a Torchic from her father, Professor Birch. Chic first appeared in the end of Making Mirth with Mightyena, resting atop Sapphire's head. It was soon revealed that the two rescued Ruby from a pack of wild Mightyena and took him to Sapphire's Secret Base. Upon waking up, the beauty-obsessed boy thought she was a Pokémon, and attacked after she started talking. Despite her type disadvantage against his newly received Mudkip, she was able to defeat him, and then fought a wild Seviper, though she failed to finish it off.
In Mashing Makuhita, Sapphire trains Chic and Rono at Granite Cave in order to prepare for her Gym battle against Brawly. After training for most of the day the two evolve into Combusken and Lairon. Sapphire then goes to Brawly and begins their battle. Chic first battles against his Machop. Due to her increased speed and power she easily overpowers Machop, forcing Brawly to switch it in. Chic is later sent out against his Makuhita. Due to its Thick Fat Ability and Jū fighting style Chic is overwhelmed and slammed into a wall, getting her claw stuck in the process. Makuhita then evolves into Hariyama and moves in to finish Chic off with Counter. Although it looks like Chic lost Hariyama soon fainted, as Chic attacked twice thanks to Double Kick.
In Mixing It Up with Magcargo, Chic battled Team Aqua. Sapphire has Chic and Troppy launch a barrage of attacks that continue to get countered, no matter how hard they try. Sapphire, suddenly realizing something, has Chic and Troppy hold their fire. Approaching the "enemy," Sapphire discovers that a ring of Mirror Coat has been set up around them, reflecting all their attacks back upon themselves, and that Team Aqua had left long ago.
In I Dare Ya, Altaria... Knock Chic off My Shoulder, Chic battled Winona and her Altaria. The two begin by exchanging a few blows, and Chic hides in the trees to get above Altaria. Chic soon jumps out and uses Double Team to confuse Altaria, followed up by slamming Altaria down to the ground, causing her to evolve into Blaziken. With her new form Sapphire assumes that Blaze Kick will be powerful enough to win and has Chic score a direct hit. Winona takes advantage of their cocky attitude and has Altaria heal its burn with Refresh before defeating Chic with a powered up Sky Attack from Dragon Dance.
With the training over, Mr. Stone had everyone taken to the Sea Mauville for the next stage of the plan. There, Chic and Sceptile were put on a set of machines known as the Absorber and ordered to coat themselves in the power of the ultimate moves. Once ready, Mr. Stone and Steven active the Absorbers, which proceed to painfully drain the life energy of Chic and Sceptile. The energy was converted into Infinity Energy and used to power a device called the dimensional shifter capable of warping the meteoroid to another location.
Personality and characteristics
As a Torchic, Chic was rash and often acted first before assessing the situation. After evolving, Chic became more reasonable and soft-spoken, and was shown getting along with others much easier. She is a very strong Pokémon and is the powerhouse of Sapphire's team. She is also very strong-willed and doesn't back down from any challenge, no matter how difficult.