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Ash's Butterfree

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In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga
image=[[File:Ash Butterfree.png|224px]]|
caption=Ash's Butterfree|
gender=Unknown<!--As with Charizard, M20 Ash is an alternate continuity Ash. So this Butterfree is NOT M20 Butterfree.--> |
location=[[Viridian Forest]] |
secondevoname=Challenge of the Samurai|
gender=Male<ref>Confirmed in ''[[M20|I Choose You!]]''.</ref>|
tradedfor={{AP|Raticate}}{{tt|*|Trade reversed afterwards}}|
current=With the [[Pink Butterfree]]|
enva2=[[Eric Stuart]] <small>([[EP003]]-[[EP004]])</small><br>[[List of English voice actors|Sam Black]] <small>([[M20]])</small>|
java1=[[Rikako Aikawa]]|
java2=[[Rikako Aikawa]]|
java3=[[Rikako Aikawa]]|
'''Ash's Butterfree''' (Japanese: '''サトシのバタフリー''' ''Satoshi's Butterfree'') was the first [[wild Pokémon]] that {{Ash}} {{pkmn2|caught}} in the [[Kanto]] [[region]], and his second Pokémon overall.
==HistoryIn the anime==
===[[OriginalIn the main series]]===
=====[[Original series]]=====
[[File:Ash Caterpie.png|250px|thumb|left|As a Caterpie, with Ash]]
Caterpie first appeared at the end of ''[[EP002|Pokémon Emergency]]'', where it was staring at the group as they passed by. When {{an|Misty}} was freaked out aboutbecause itsit was a {{type|Bug}} and told Ash to do something, Ash pulled out a [[{{i|Poké Ball]]}} and threw it at Caterpie, hoping to catch it. In [[EP003|the next episode]], Ash managed to catch the Worm Pokémon, being the first [[wild Pokémon]] he ever caught. Ash remarkably caught him without a [[Pokémon battle]], which Misty attributed to Caterpie's weakness. Caterpie was quite fond of Misty, but, much to Caterpie's misfortune, she wantedkept nothingher to do with himdistance because itof was a {{type|Bug}} Pokémon, which sheher fearedfear. At night, Caterpie and [[Ash's Pikachu]] talked to eachthings otherover, and Caterpie revealed its desire to [[Evolution|evolve]] into a {{p|Butterfree}}. It became very sad as if it was not sure it could do it, but Pikachu encouragedoffered ithis support.
The next day, Caterpie was the first Pokémon Ash sent out against the next Pokémon he tried to capture, {{AP|Pidgeotto}}. With a large disadvantage against the {{type|Flying}} Pokémon, it was beaten severely and was quickly substituted for Pikachu. Later, when [[Jessie]], [[James]], and {{MTRTRT}} appeared to attempt to steal Pikachu, Ash sent out his weakened Caterpie against them after theyPikachu had been blinded Pikachu and Pidgeotto was defeated Pidgeotto. Despite beingTeam madeRocket’s fun of by {{TRT}}ridicule, it managed to take down both [[James's Koffing]] and [[Jessie's Ekans]] by using {{m|String Shot}} and {{m|Tackle}}, causing Team Rocket to run away. Just as Misty was about to get over her fear and congratulate Caterpie on its victory, it suddenly evolved into {{p|Metapod}}, which bothered her even more.
[[File:Ash Metapod‎.png|250px|thumb|left|As a Metapod]]
In ''[[EP004|Challenge of the Samurai]]'', Metapod was sent out in a battle against [[Samurai]]. Despite only being able to use {{m|Harden}}, it managed to defeat his {{p|Pinsir}} by solidifying so much that the Stag Beetle Pokémon's pincers broke. Samurai then decided to send his own Metapod out against Ash's. Neither, however, could attack, andas both hadsides tocould sitonly stationaryuse andthe keep[[move]] hardeningHarden. The battle was then interrupted by a swarm of {{p|Beedrill}}, thatand snatchedMetapod Ash'swas Metapodcarried awayoff whenafter heAsh forgot to pickrecall it up before running off. Ash felt guilty about this and became determined to get his Metapod back, finding it with a hive of {{p|Kakuna}}. Team Rocket showed up and woke up the whole hive of Beedrill with their {{motto}}, giving Ash a chance to rescue his Metapod. Metapod, however, was unhappy with Ash, but the Trainer tried to make an excuse and claim he didn't abandon Metapod. When Ash tripped on a rock and dropped Metapod, he owned up to his mistake and swore to never leave his Pokémon behind again. Metapod was moved by this and, seeing a Beedrill about to attack Ash, leaped up and took the blow, breaking the Beedrill's stinger and getting a large gash in its shell. Metapod then evolved into Butterfree and stopped all the Beedrill with its {{m|Sleep Powder}} attack.
In ''[[EP007|The Water Flowers of Cerulean City]]'', Butterfree was used in Ash's [[Cerulean Gym]] battle against Misty, where it faced her {{TP|Misty|Staryu}}. Butterfree managed to hit {{p|Staryu}} with Tackle and then dodged Staryu's. As Staryu landed, it lost its balance, giving Butterfree the chance to hit it with two more Tackles. Staryu then scored a hit with {{m|Water Gun}} and kept firing off the attack. Butterfree, however, dodged them all and crippled Staryu with {{m|Stun Spore}}. Misty had Staryu jump into the water to wash the spores off. When Butterfree went for Sleep Powder, Staryu dodged it by jumpingdiving into the water and kept using Tackle from underwater. Butterfree was then hitstruck by anothera Tackle, knockingand itknocked into the water. As Butterfree wasWith unableits towings swimwet, Ash was forced to concede the round and recall Butterfree to the safety of its Poké Ball.
[[File:Butterfree Raticate trade.png|thumb|left|200px|Butterfree being traded for Raticate]]
Butterfree battled [[A.J.]]'s powerful {{p|Sandshrew}} in ''[[EP008|The Path to the Pokémon League]]''. Butterfree went for Stun Spore, but Sandshrew avoided it using {{m|Dig}} andbefore then knockedpinning Butterfree outto the ground to win the round.
[[File:OPJ10 Butterfree.png|thumb|250px|Ash's Butterfree with its mate]]
In ''[[EP015|Battle Aboard the St. Anne]]'', Ash used it in a battle against a {{tc|Gentleman}} withand ahis {{AP|Raticate}}. HeButterfree countered Raticate's {{m|Jump Kick}} with Tackle. After dodging a {{m|Hyper Fang}}, Butterfree crippled it with Stun Spore. As Ash was about to finish the battle, the Gentleman called the battle off and declared it a draw, despite Butterfree's almost certain victory. The Gentleman then approached Ash and asked to [[trade]] the Pokémon. Ash accepted, but soonquickly foundregretted thatthe Butterfreedecision meantafter toorealizing muchhis attachment to himButterfree. Later, Ash managed to keepexchange the Raticate, andfor his Butterfree. While he was soreunited setwith onhis tradingfriend, themthe backdecision thatled heAsh didand it{{ashfr}} whileto be left trapped aboard the sinking [[S.S. Anne|St. Anne]] was sinking, causing him and his friends to be trapped inside.
In ''[[EP019|Tentacool & Tentacruel]]'', Butterfree boreflew {{AP|Bulbasaur}} into battle with a [[Giant Pokémon|giant]] {{p|Tentacruel}}, but it was knocked out by Tentacruel's attack.
[[File:Ash Butterfree Goodbye BW130.png|thumb|250px|Ash bidding farewell to Butterfree]]
The last time Butterfree was seen with Ash was in ''[[EP021|Bye-Bye Butterfree]]''. At the start of this episode, Ash saw a large number of Butterfree flying around in the sky, and Brock told him that it was the Butterfree mating season. Ash realized that his Butterfree would probably want to have {{p|Caterpie|babies}} like the other Butterfree, so he and his friends rented a hot air balloon and watched Butterfree mingle with the others. Despite Brock's encouragement for Butterfree to choose one belonging to a cute female Trainer, Butterfree foundhad its heart set on a [[pink Butterfree]]. It tried to impress the pink Butterfree with some fancy flying, only to be rejected with a slap into the face. Heartbroken, it flew into the woods below, followed by Ash and his friends who tried to encourage Butterfree, telling it to be assertive and tying a yellow ribbon around hisits neck to help himit catch the pink Butterfree's eye. Butterfree tried a second time to impress the pink Butterfree with its {{m|Whirlwind}} and Tackle attacks, but this failedtactic asalso wellfailed. Then, Team Rocket showed up in a helicopter and captured all the Butterfree, butwith exception of Ash's, in a giant net. Butterfree pursued them, followed by Ashthe and friendsgroup in their hot air balloon, and they headed into a canyon where the Butterfree were stashed. They broke in andWhile Ash battledhandled Teamthe Rocket whiletrio, Butterfree used its Tackle againstfreed the cage thecaptured Butterfree werefrom in, finally getting the attention of the pink Butterfree. It broke open thetheir cage, and the Butterfree all flew free. Team Rocket tried a second time to capture all the Butterfree, only to be stopped by both Butterfree and Pikachu. Afterwards, the pink Butterfree approached Ash's Butterfree and the two paired up. The two departed as Ash watched in tears, remembering what the two had been through together and wishing his dear friend a fond farewell.
=====Other appearances=====
Ash's Butterfree has since appeared in the tenth opening for the anime, [[Spurt!]], along with its mate, the pink Butterfree. However, it has not returned in any episodes since its last appearance. Ash has, however, flashedremembered backButterfree to having iton several times, suchoccasions asincluding in ''[[DP080|The Thief That Keeps on Thieving!]]'', ''[[DP099|A Trainer and Child Reunion!]]'', ''[[BW130|Butterfree and Me!]]'', and ''[[SM042|Alola, Kanto!]]''.
====Personality and characteristics====
As a Caterpie, it had a very happy but shy attitude, shown to suffer from low self-esteem if it didn't make a good first impression. HeIt was very hurt when Misty didn't take to it. It was also very brave, squaring up against a {{AP|Pidgeotto}} and then both of Team Rocket{{TRT}}'s Pokémon single-handedly. Its personality mellowed as a Metapod, becoming very laidback, but remained extremely loyal to its Trainer, jumping in front of a Beedrill to save him. AsAfter Butterfree,evolving itsinto personalitya wasButterfree, similar to that of Caterpie,it retainingretained its bravery and positive attitude, but as was seen in ''[[EP021|Bye-Bye Butterfree]]'', its self-esteem still suffered when it didn't make a good first impression.
====Moves used====
{{anmov/h|Bug|Flying|Ash {{#switch: {{#expr: {{#time: U}} mod 4}}|0=Caterpie String Shot|1=Butterfree Brock Zubat Whirlwind|2=Metapod Harden|3=Caterpie Tackle}}.png|Using {{#switch: {{#expr: {{#time: U}} mod 4}}|0=String Shot as<br>a Caterpie|1=Whirlwind|2=Harden as<br>a Metapod|3=Tackle as<br>a Caterpie}}|image2=Ash Butterfree {{#switch: {{#expr: {{#time: U}} mod 3}}||0=Sleep Powder|1=Stun Spore|2=Tackle}}.png|caption2=Using {{#switch: {{#expr: {{#time: U}} mod 3}}|0=Sleep Powder|1=Stun Spore|2=Tackle}}}}
{{anmov|bug|String Shot|EP003|Ash Catches a Pokémon}}
===In ''I Choose You!''===
[[File:Ash Butterfree M20.png|thumb|250px|Ash's Butterfree in ''I Choose You!'']]
[[File:Ash Caterpie M20.png|thumb|left|250px|As a Caterpie]]
[[File:Ash Metapod M20.png|thumb|250px|As a Metapod]]
Butterfree appeared in ''[[M20|I Choose You!]]'', which is set in a different continuity from the main series. Like the main series, it was the first Pokémon asAsh {{pkmn2|caught}} on his journey while it was still a Caterpie. In this continuity, it was confirmed to be male.
While exploring Viridian Forest early on in his journey, {{OBP|Ash Ketchum|M20|Ash}} encountered a Caterpie. He battled ithim with his {{OBP|Ash's Pikachu|M20|Pikachu}} and managed to catch ithim. Caterpie accompanied Ash and Pikachu on their journey and became a trusted partner. While Ash was trying to catch a {{p|Pinsir}} andby battling it with Caterpie, itCaterpie evolved into Metapod.
Metapod would eventually fully evolve into Butterfree while battling a bunch of angry {{p|Primeape}} and subduing them with {{m|String Shot}}. After evolving into Butterfree, Butterfreehe put the Primeape to sleep with {{m|Sleep Powder}}. A short while after that, Ash and Butterfree encountered a [[pink Butterfree]]. Ash's Butterfree defended the pink Butterfree from a {{p|Fearow}}. The two Butterfree bonded but would later part ways. Not long after, the Butterfree reunited when Ash came across a herd of Butterfree, which included the pink Butterfree. Seeing how happy the two Butterfree were together, Ash decided to let his Butterfree go and said a tearful goodbye as ithe departed.
====Moves used====
{{anmov/h|bug|flying|Ash {{#switch: {{#expr: {{#time: U}} mod 3}}|0=Caterpie String Shot|1=Butterfree Sleep Powder|2=Butterfree Gust}} M20.png|Using {{#switch: {{#expr: {{#time: U}} mod 3}}|0=String Shot<br>as a Caterpie|1=Sleep Powder|2=Gust}}}}
{{anmov|bug|String Shot|M20|I Choose You!}}
[[File:Ash Butterfree EToP.png|thumb|200px|Butterfree in The Electric Tale of Pikachu]]
===In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga===
[[Ash Ketchum (EToP)|Ash]]'s Butterfree appears in the {{pkmn|manga}} series [[The Electric Tale of Pikachu]]. Like in the anime, he is one of Ash's first Pokémon, however, he is the second wild Pokémon that Ash captures in the manga, the first is {{AP|Fearow}}.
[[File:Ash Caterpie EToP.png|thumb|200px|left|As a Caterpie]]
Ash's Butterfree first appears and is captured as a {{p|Caterpie}} in ''[[ET01|Pikachu, I See You!]]''. Heand evolves into {{p|Metapod}} at the beginning of ''[[ET02|Play Misty For Me]]'' when Ash is showing off all of his Pokémon to {{an|Misty}}. Later in the same chapter, during Ash's Gym battle against Misty, Metapod evolves into Butterfree.
Ash's Butterfree is seen again in ''[[ET03|Clefairy Tale]]'' battling a wild {{p|Onix}} and in ''[[ET04|Haunting My Dreams]]'' battling the [[Black Fog]], but he is not used again after that. He may have been released like he was in the anime, however, no scenes implying this are shown in the manga. Butterfree is not shown when Ash brings his entire [[party]] out of their [[{{i|Poké Ball]]}}s in ''[[ET08|You Gotta Have Friends]]''.
[[File:Ash Metapod EToP.png|thumb|150px|As a Metapod]]
Ash's Caterpie was given the [[nickname]] "{{wp|Felix the Cat|Felix}}" (Japanese: '''ランドルフ''' ''Randolph'') in ''Play Misty For Me'', however, like the other nicknames that appear in that chapter, it seems to have been a one-off gag nickname.
===In the movie adaptations===
[[File:Ash Butterfree M20 manga.png|thumb|200px|Butterfree in ''{{ma|Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You!|I Choose You!}}'']]
[[File:Ash Caterpie M20 manga.png|thumb|left|200px|As a Caterpie]]
[[File:Ash Metapod M20 manga.png|thumb|200px|As a Metapod]]
[[File:Ash Butterfree Pink Butterfree M20 manga.png|thumb|200px|left|Ash's Butterfree and the Pink Butterfree]]
Ash's Butterfree appeared in ''{{ma|Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You!}}''. It first appeared as a Caterpie. After {{OBP|Ash Ketchum|M20|Ash}} and {{OBP|Ash's Pikachu|M20|Pikachu}} escaped from a flock of {{p|Spearow}} and their {{AP|leader|Fearow}}, Ash encountered a Caterpie and caught it.
Later, it was shown battling a {{p|Pinsir}} and during the battle, it evolved into a Metapod. Unfortunately, while Ash celebrated the evolution of Caterpie into Metapod, Pinsir ran away.
====Moves used====
{{anmov/h|bug|flying|Ash {{#switch: {{#expr: {{#time: U}} mod 3}}|0=Metapod String Shot|1=Butterfree Sleep Powder|2=Butterfree Gust}} M20 manga.png|Using {{#switch: {{#expr: {{#time: U}} mod 3}}|0=String Shot<br>as a Metapod|1=Sleep Powder|2=Gust}}}}
{{anmov|bug|String Shot|Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You! (manga)|Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You!}}
{{anmov|grass|Sleep Powder|Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You! (manga)|Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You!}}
{{anmov|flying|Gust|Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You! (manga)|Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You!}}
* Caterpie is the first of a main character's Pokémon who had its design changed to match new official game art, despite being introduced before the change. In a flashback in ''[[DP080|The Thief That Keeps on Thieving!]]'', Caterpie's mouth was green as per the official Generation III game art. However, when it was first introduced, Caterpie's mouth was yellow as per the official Generation I game art.
* Butterfree was the first of Ash's Pokémon to debut before his capture episode, the first one caught, the first he evolved, the first one to reach his final form, the first he traded (although he was traded back), and the first he released.
** Butterfree is the first [[Recurring wild Pokémon in the anime|recurring Pokémon]] to be caught by a main character, and the first to be {{pkmn2|released}}.
* In the English [[List of Electric Tale of Pikachu monthly issues|monthly issue publication]] of [[The Electric Tale of Pikachu]], the order of ''[[ET02|Play Misty For Me]]'' and ''[[ET03|Clefairy Tale]]'' is reversed. This creates a continuity error, as Butterfree appears in ''Clefairy Tale'', even though he supposedly doesn't evolve until one chapter later.
* Butterfree was Ash's fastest evolving Pokémon, reaching his final evolution two episodes after his debut.
** He is also Ash's only Pokémon to evolve in the same episode he was caught (not counting [[Ash's Primeape]], who evolved prior to its capture).
* When Metapod evolved into Butterfree, it became Ash's first Pokémon to share a type with another Pokémon already in his team; sharing its Flying-type with {{AP|Pidgeotto|Pidgeot}}.
* ItThere is a commonfan misconceptiontheory that states Butterfree die after mating., but Thisit comes from a mistranslation, and there is nothing to stop Butterfree returning in the future.
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