Size discrepancies in the Pokémon anime

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Aside from giant Pokémon, many Pokémon in the Pokémon anime suffer from large size discrepancies between the information given in the Pokémon games' Pokédex and their actual animated presentation. These Pokémon are apparently "normal sized" as far as the anime's universe is concerned. Many of Ash's Pokémon are often subject to size discrepancies, often appearing smaller than other Pokémon of the same species.

This may be a style or aesthetic decision, a depiction of juvenile Pokémon, a case of the writers not checking the information in detail, or for story purposes.

Some of the most notable size discrepancies will be noted below. This list is distinct from giant Pokémon.

List of Pokémon with size discrepancies

Pokémon Anime Note
 
Bulbasaur
2'04" (0.7 m)
 
Ash's Bulbasaur
In anime episodes, it appears closer to 1'04" (0.4 m). This could be because the Pokédex's measurement of Bulbasaur includes its back bulb.
 
Venusaur
6'07" (2.0 m)
  Venusaur's height varies appreciably in Grass Hysteria!, reaching 9'00" on one occasion.
 
Charizard
5'07" (1.7 m)
 
Ash's Charizard
 
Calem's Charizard
Ash's Charizard is taller, at about 7'00" (2.13 m) tall. Oddly enough, it is shown in Charizard's Burning Ambitions that Ash's Charizard is rather small when compared with the Charizard living in Charicific Valley.

In Pokémon Generations Calem's Charizard is shorter than Professor Sycamore like it should be in games.

 
Squirtle
1'08" (0.5 m)
 
May's Squirtle
May's Squirtle was shown to be really tiny, at about 1'00" (0.3 m).
 
Wartortle
3'03" (1.0 m)
 
Wartortle are generally shown to be less than their Pokédex height and slightly taller than Squirtle.
 
Blastoise
5'03" (1.6 m)
 
Cissy's Blastoise
In the anime they appear closer to 6'03" (1.9 m) tall. The one in Judgement Day! was nearly 7'02" tall.
 
Pidgeotto
3'07" (1.1 m)
 
Ash's Pidgeotto
In the series it appears to be only 2'04" (0.7 m).
 
Clefairy
2'00" (0.6 m)
 
Whitney's Clefairy
In the anime, Clefairy are shown to be roughly the same height as Pikachu, about 1'04" (0.4 m).
 
Wigglytuff
3'03" (1 m)
 
Harley's Wigglytuff
 
Nurse Joy's Wigglytuff
Since their debut all of Nurse Joy's Wigglytuff are rather large, at about 4'03" (1.3 m), similarly to Chansey.
 
Vileplume
Vileplume are shorter than their normal height in Grass Hysteria! and Hi Ho Silver Wind!.
 
Meowth
1'04" (0.4 m)
 
Meowth (anime)
In the anime, they are seen to be roughly 2'07" (0.8 m).
 
Golduck
5'07" (1.7 m)
 
Golduck in The Fire-ing Squad!
In Like It or Lup It! when it was standing near Ludicolo, it was shown to be about 3'03" (1.0 m).
 
Machamp
5'03" (1.6 m)
 
Expert stonecutter's Machamp
In the anime, Machamp are more commonly shown to be roughly 6'03" (1.9 m).
 
Weepinbell
3'03" (1.0 m)
  In Grass Hysteria!, an aggressive Weepinbell is as short as Gloom and shorter than Sunflora. Later, many Weepinbell escaping from Team Rocket are as short as 1'03".
 
Ponyta
3'03" (1.0 m)
 
Lara Laramie's Ponyta
In The Flame Pokémon-athon! Ponyta was shown to be as tall as Lara which is more like size of Rapidash.
 
Rapidash
5'07" (1.7 m)
 
Lara Laramie's Rapidash
 
Rapidash from Strategy Begins at Home!
In The Flame Pokémon-athon! Rapidash was shown to be much taller, almost twice its regular size.
 
Magnemite
1'00" (0.3 m)
Magnemite's size varies somewhat over time. Brock's temporary Magnemite in Camping It Up! is longer than usual Magnemite in the anime.
 
Gastly
4'03" (1.3 m)
 
Gastly from PK15
 
Gastly from A Haunted House for Everyone!
Gastly is often portrayed really small. This may be due to counting gas around its round body.
 
Haunter
5'03" (1.6 m)
 
Haunter (anime)
Haunter in the anime is always portrayed half its size, smaller than Gengar.
 
Gengar
4'11" (1.5 m)
 
Ash's Gengar
 
Ash's Gengar
Sometimes Gengar appears to be larger. Even Ash's Gengar's size is inconsistent.
 
Rhyhorn
3'03" (1 m)
 
Rhyhorn from Giving Chase at the Rhyhorn Race!
In the anime, Rhyhorn are shown to be roughly 4'07" (1.4 m).
 
Snorlax
6'11" (2.1 m)
 
Ash's Snorlax
Snorlax in the anime are shown to be much bigger, at about 9'06" (2.9 m).
 
Articuno
5'07" (1.7 m)
 
Noland's Articuno
In The Symbol Life, it appears to be closer to 6'07" (2.0 m).
 
Sentret
2'7" (0.8 m)
 
Sentret from A Battle by Any Other Name!
Its size varies, sometimes measured when it's standing on its feet or on its tail.
 
Noctowl
5'03" (1.6 m)
 
Noctowl in Fowl Play!
 
Ornithol's Noctowl

Noctowl is often half its supposed size. It appeared for the first time along with Ash's shiny Noctowl which is said to by slightly smaller. Later in the series it's portrayed much bigger, size of a human.

 
Ledian
4'07" (1.4 m)
 
Benji's Ledian
One Ledian was closer to 3'06" and the other was even shorter in Mountain Time.
 
Quagsire
4'07" (1.4 m)
 
Quagsire from The Fire-ing Squad!
The anime depicts them much smaller, roughly 3'03" (1 m). The Quagsire shown in Sticking With Who You Know! was as tall as Brock.
 
Forretress
3'11" (1.2 m)
 
Forretress from Professor Oak's Pokémon Lecture
It is sometimes shown in the anime to be 1'08" (0.5 m), including Brock's Forretress.
 
Dunsparce
4'11" (1.5 m)
 
Dunsparce in The Dunsparce Deception
In Following a Maiden's Voyage!, they appear to be shorter than a Pidgey, which is 1'00" (0.3 m). However, this may also be due to the measurement being from head to tail instead, making the mistake slightly less drastic.
 
Ursaring
5'11" (1.8 m)
 
Caterpie from Butterfree and Me!
In the anime, Ursaring are often shown to be about 6'11" (2.1 m).
 
Skarmory
5'07" (1.7 m)
 
Winona's Skarmory
Skarmory is sometimes much larger.
 
Smeargle
3'11" (1.2 m)
 
Ilima's Smeargle
In The Art of Pokémon, it is shown to be 2'04" (0.7 m)
 
Blissey
4'11" (1.5 m)
 
Nurse Joy's Blissey
Blissey was shown to be shorter, at roughly 4'3" (1.3 m).
 
Tyranitar
6'07" (2.0 m)
 
 
Tyranitar are clearly more than 7'00 in most of their anime appearances.
 
Grovyle
2'11" (0.9 m)
 
Ash's Grovyle
Grovyle appear to be much larger, being almost as tall as Ash.
 
Combusken
2'11" (0.9 m)
 
May's Combusken
Combusken appear to be much larger, being almost as tall as May. This can be explained by its measurement excluding the feathers on top of its head.
 
Lotad
1'08" (0.5 m)
Brock's Lotad appears much smaller even when measured by length in Gone Corphishin. This, however, may have been done for comical purposes of its dish.
 
Whismur
2'00" (0.6 m)
 
Matt's Whismur
 
Whismur in Professor Oak's Pokémon Lecture
In A Poké-BLOCK Party!, a Whismur was around the size of 1'00" (0.3 m), and was notably not much larger than Max's head. A second Whismur appeared in Pinch Healing! and, while standing, came up to Max's neck.
 
Hariyama
7'07" (2.3 m)
 
Brawly's Hariyama
Brawly's Hariyama is extremely small for its species. In Brave The Wave!, it appears to only be around 4'11" (1.5 m).
 
Nosepass
3'03" (1.0 m)
 
Roxanne's Nosepass
In the episode Nosepass debuted in, Nosepass is far bigger than it is supposed to be, at about 5'06" (1.68 m) compared to the normal Nosepass.
 
Roselia
1'00" (0.3 m)
 
Drew's Roselia
 
Mr. Shaw's Roselia
One of the more renowned changes in size is in Roselia, which are extremely small. However, the Roselia in the anime come up to a 10-year old's waist. An estimate would put the anime incarnation of them at about 3'00" (0.91 m) tall. This caused much confusion when Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon Adventures both featured the Pokémon at its actual smaller size.
 
Wailmer
6'07" (2.0 m)
 
Poké Ride Wailmer
Juan's Wailmer was about the same size as his Seadra in The Great Eight Fate!. The one in Leading a Stray! was shown to be more than twice the size of Ash.
 
Numel
2'04" (0.7 m)
 
Numel from Game Winning Assist
In Game Winning Assist, Numel is far larger, approximately as tall as Ash and May.
 
Torkoal
1'08" (0.5 m)
 
Ash's Torkoal
Ash's Torkoal was shown to be much larger, at roughly 2'07" (0.8 m).
 
Grumpig
2'11" (0.9 m)
 
Grumpig form Professor Oak's Pokémon Holo Caster
In An Oasis of Hope!, it is shown to be almost twice Wobbuffet's height of 4'03" (1.3 m), and around Jessie and James's height.
 
Corphish
2'00" (0.6 m)
When eating Pokéblocks in Berry Berry Interesting, Ash's Corphish was as tall as Max.
 
Cradily
4'11" (1.5 m)
 
Armaldo
4'11" (1.5 m)
 
Byron's Cradily and Armaldo
Both appeared to be closer to 7'5" in Byron's Gym in Dealing With Defensive Types!.
 
Snorunt
2'04" (0.7 m)
 
Ash's Snorunt
Ash's Snorunt appears much smaller when locked inside a box by Team Rocket. The same discrepancy occurs in Mean with Envy.
 
Glalie
4'11" (1.5 m)
 
Ash's Glalie
Ash's Glalie is extremely small compared to others of its species, appearing to be closer to 2'00" (0.6 m).
 
Salamence
4'11" (1.5 m)
 
J's Salamence
J's Salamence was much taller, at about 9', as shown in Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 1).
 
Metagross
5'03" (1.6 m)
 
Tyson's Metagross
Tyson's seems shorter than this in Choose It or Lose It!, at 2'11" (0.9 m). Another Metagross appeared in Noodles! Roamin' Off! and shown to be taller even than James, about 6'03" (1.9 m).
 
Groudon
11'06" (3.5 m)
 
Groudon in the anime
Just Groudon's face was five times as tall as Ash's Pikachu in The Scuffle of Legends. That makes its total height exceed 20'.
 
Staravia
2'00" (0.6 m)
 
Ash's Staravia
Ash's Staravia was shown to be much taller, roughly 2'11" (0.9 m).
 
Staraptor
3'11" (1.2 m)
 
Ash's Staraptor
Ash's Staraptor is shown to be much taller than Ash, at about 5'03" (1.6 m).
 
Buizel
2'04" (0.7 m)
 
Ash's Buizel
Ash's Buizel is shown to be a lot taller than that, about 3'03" (1 m).
 
Honchkrow
2'11" (0.9 m)
 
Honchkrow fom Professor Oak's Pokémon Lecture
Paul's Honchkrow was shown to be much larger, at roughly 3'11" (1.2 m). Honchkrow from Professor Oak's Lecture is even bigger.
 
Happiny
2'00" (0.6 m)
 
Brock's Happiny
Brock's Happiny was much smaller, at about 1'00" (0.3 m). This may be due to her hair being counted and making her taller.
 
Munchlax
2'00" (0.6 m)
 
May's Munchlax
May's Munchlax was shown to be much taller, almost as tall as Max.
 
Drapion
4'03" (1.3 m)
 
J's Drapion
In the anime, they are about twice that height, at about 8'06" (2.6 m).
 
Electivire
5'11" (1.8 m)
 
Mr Electric's Electivire
In the anime they are closer to 6'11" (2.1 m).
 
Togekiss
4'11" (1.5 m)
 
Dawn's Togekiss
Dawn's Togekiss, in her episode debut, was shown to be slightly taller than Dawn. In all episodes since, she has been shown to approach close to her hip.
 
Gliscor
6'07" (2.0 m)
 
Ash's Gliscor
 
Ash's Gliscor
Ash's Gliscor in A Breed Stampede! is shown to be half that height, around 3'03" (1.0 m). This could be because the Pokédex measures Gliscor with its tail included.
 
Dialga
17'09" (5.4 m)
 
Palkia
13'09" (4.2 m)
 
Dialga and Palkia were more than 25' in The Battle Finale of Legend! and The Rise of Darkrai.
 
Regigigas
12'02" (3.7 m)
 
Regigigas from Pillars of Friendship!
The awakened Regigigas in Pillars of Friendship was more than 20' tall when it revived the immobilized Titans.
 
Emboar
5'03" (1.6 m)
 
Bianca's Emboar
Bianca's Emboar is shown to stand several heads above her, making it appear closer to 7'02" (2.18 m).
 
Galvantula
2'07" (0.8 m)

Wild Galvantula
Galvantula appeared closer to 4'0" in Emolga the Irresistible!.
 
Beartic
8'06" (2.6 m)
 
Brycen's Beartic
In the anime, Beartic are smaller, at about 6'07" (2 m). This is difficult to tell in the picture due to Brycen standing on his toes and Beartic's hunched, bow-legged stance
 
Braixen
3'03" (1 m)
 
Serena's Braixen
Serena's Braixen is shown to be much larger, almost as tall as Serena.
 
Froakie
1'00" (0.3 m)
 
Ash's Froakie
Ash's Froakie was roughly 1'08" (0.5 m).
 
Fletchling
1'00" (0.3 m)
 
Grace's Fletchling
Grace's Fletchling is shown to be far smaller, at about 0'04" (0.1 m).
 
Tyrunt
2'07" (0.8 m)
 
Tyrunt from Professor Oak's Pokémon Holo Caster
In the anime, Tyrunt are depicted as being far larger than Pikachu, a species that according to the game is 1'04" (0.4 m). Tyrunt are shown in the anime to be roughly 4'03" (1.3 m).

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