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Ash's Charizard

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The rise in Charmander's battle experience reached its peak in ''[[EP043|March of the Exeggutor Squad]]'', where it helped stop a large number of rampaging {{p|Exeggutor}}. Subsequently, Charmander [[Evolution|evolved]] into {{p|Charmeleon}}. However, in ''[[EP044|The Problem with Paras]]'', it was revealed that Charmeleon was no longer [[obedience|loyal]] to Ash, attacking a {{p|Paras}} when Ash was trying to deliberately lose in order to help Paras evolve. [[Lacy (EP044)|Casandra's grandmother]] explained that Charmeleon's skill level had exceeded Ash's, and therefore it did not respect him. Ironically, a rampaging Charmeleon was stopped when Paras, desperately trying to avoid punishment, jabbed at it with a claw. After evolving into {{p|Parasect}}, it put Charmeleon to sleep with {{m|Spore}} and allowed Ash to recall it. Cassandra's grandmother warned Ash that he needed to learn to control Charmeleon.
[[File:Ash Charmeleon.png|thumb|240px|left|As a {{p|Charmeleon}}]]
Ash stopped using his disobedient Charmeleon but tried again in ''[[EP046|Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon]]'' to repel wild Fossil Pokémon, which it refused to do. When an {{p|Aerodactyl}} swooped past, knocking Charmeleon over, Charmeleon proudly fought back but was unable to do anything. It then jumped up and grabbed the escaping Aerodactyl's tail and followed it into the open air, but was shaken off. Upset, Charmeleon evolved into {{p|Charizard}} and flew after Aerodactyl to avenge its injured pride. It managed to catch Ash and put him on the ground, but unfortunately, retained its disobedience.
[[File:Ash Charizard newly evolved.png|thumb|240px|right|As a newly evolved {{p|Charizard}}]]
Charizard's disloyalty began to cause Ash some serious problems during his journey, losing a battle with [[Blaine]] in ''[[EP058|Riddle Me This]]'', as it simply loafed off and allowed {{p|Rhydon}} an easy win with {{m|Horn Drill}}. In [[EP059|the next episode]], Charizard refused to help dam the volcano, but changed its mind after seeing Blaine's powerful {{TP|Blaine|Magmar}} contributing. After working together, the duo were left with a burning desire to test each other's strength. Blaine permitted a battle at the peak of the volcano, and the two seemed evenly matched. Magmar dropped Charizard into the lava, but Charizard regained the upper hand by dazing Magmar with an aerial Submission attack and then knocking it out with its powerful Seismic Toss.
While confronting {{OBP|Mewtwo|original series}}'s original clones of the three Kanto starters in their final evolutions (''[[M01|Mewtwo Strikes Back]]''), Ash released Charizard to fight alongside [[Corey]]'s Bruteroot and [[Neesha]]'s Shellshocker against the clones. After Bruteroot and Shellshocker were quickly overpowered by their clones, Ash attempted to turn the tables by having Charizard focus on speed and evasion over raw power in its confrontation with the clone Charizard, but this strategy failed. Once Ash released the captured originals to confront the clones, Charizard battled the cloned Charizard once again but ended the battle to cry for Ash after his sacrifice to try and stop the battle between Mew and Mewtwo. After Mewtwo departed with Mew and the clones upon witnessing Ash's resurrection, it erased these actions from the memories of all people and Pokémon present, returning Charizard to its familiar disobedience.
The most costly incidence of Charizard's disloyalty was in the battle against [[Ritchie]] during the [[Indigo Plateau Conference|Indigo League]] in ''[[EP079|Friend and Foe Alike]]''. Down to one Pokémon, Ash called Charizard into battle against [[Zippo]], and surprisingly decided to battle and force Zippo to flee from a far superior Flamethrower, causing Ritchie to recall it and concede the round. However, when [[Sparky]] came out, Charizard condescendingly stomped the ground and flapped its wings against the little Pikachu before going to sleep, refusing to battle. Due to this, Ash lost the round and Ritchie advanced to the next round.
Charizard continued to ignore Ash during battles, such as in ''[[EP099|The Mandarin Island Miss Match]]''. Charizard took down a boy's {{p|Tauros}} with a single attack, before flying away and rampaging the city. Ash was unable to recall it and only the intervention of [[Lorelei|Prima]] and her {{p|Slowbro}} using {{m|Disable}} allowed Ash to stop Charizard.
[[File:Ash Charizard frozen.png|thumb|240px|left|Being taken care of by Ash]]
In ''[[EP105|Charizard Chills]]'', Charizard battled [[Tad]]'s {{p|Poliwrath}}. It blatantly refused to listen to Ash's commands, continuing to use Flamethrower despite it having no effect on Poliwrath. Tad and Poliwrath resisted all of them until Poliwrath responded with a Water Gun that nearly doused the flame on Charizard's tail. It was then encased in ice by Poliwrath's {{m|Ice Beam}}, much to Ash's horror. Ash managed to smash the ice encasing Charizard's head, and Tad walked away scornfully, telling Ash that they would have a rematch when he could control Charizard. Ash lit a fire and thawed Charizard out, before rubbing Charizard all over to help it regain its body heat. Pikachu pointed out that Ash's hands were rubbed raw, but Ash replied that he didn't mind, and redoubled his efforts upon seeing that Charizard's flame was so small. Charizard woke up in a panic and tried to attack, but it was so cold that it could not produce a flame and passed out again. Misty provided a blanket and Tracey kept the fires up while Pikachu watched the flame, but Ash himself worked throughout the entire night to help Charizard recover.
The selfless act reminded Charizard of everything Ash had done for it since it was a Charmander. By morning, Charizard's respect and loyalty to Ash had returned, and it helped Ash rescue Pikachu from Team Rocket. Ash and Pikachu were briefly knocked out during the rescue, and Charizard became so incensed it learned Dragon Rage. In a rematch with Tad and Poliwrath, Charizard learned to dodge Ice Beam and knocked Poliwrath into the air before defeating it with Seismic Toss.
In ''[[EP134|Charizard's Burning Ambitions]]'', Misty criticized Ash for using Charizard too often against fresh young Trainers, making him unbeatable but in an unfair way. Ash then met {{Jo|Liza}}, who taught Ash and Charizard how to fly together. After arriving in the [[Charicific Valley]], Charizard was humiliated by Liza's insults and proudly tried to show off its power, but was shown to be smaller and weaker than the wild Charizard who lived there. Charizard continued to pick fights and kept getting itself defeated until Liza locked them out of the Valley, having [[Charla]] throw Charizard into the lake and telling it and Ash to stay away until they had trained and reflected. Team Rocket sympathized with Charizard and helped it to stay awake in the lake, as well as making a false attempt to break into the Valley, allowing Charizard to defeat them and win acclaim from Liza, Charla, and the wild Charizard. Facing an emotional battle, Ash told Charizard that he did not want a weakling on his team and he would be fine without it, forcing Charizard to stay at the Valley to train and become more powerful. He then ran away from the Valley, knowing that if he stopped, he would not be able to say goodbye. Pikachu wished Charizard well and followed Ash, leaving its teammate and friend behind.
In ''[[M03|Spell of the Unown: Entei]]'', when it witnessed a news broadcast discussing how [[Delia Ketchum]] had been abducted by a [[Entei (M03)|mysterious Pokémon]] during strange events at [[Greenfield]], Charizard departed the valley to assist Ash, arriving just in time to save him and Pikachu from falling to their deaths. Charizard subsequently assisted Ash in confronting the Entei created by the Unown, but even its natural power was insufficient against Entei's sheer strength and its ability to manipulate the environment thanks to its ties to the Unown, with Entei nearly breaking Charizard's neck. However, once [[Molly Hale|Molly]] accepted the need to acknowledge reality, Charizard worked with Pikachu and Entei to defeat the Unown and end the illusion before it returned to the Valley to resume its training.
Once it returned to the Charicific Valley, Charizard took the role of bodyguard for Charla, and the two seem to have a sort of [[ValleyShipping|romantic relationship]] with each other. Liza occasionally visits the [[Dragon's Den|Dragon's Valley]] in [[Blackthorn City]] with the two Charizard. One such visit was in ''[[EP253|Great Bowls of Fire!]]'', which coincidentally occurred when Ash was there for his final [[Johto]] Gym battle. Charizard helped Ash, Clair, Pikachu and {{TP|Clair|Dragonair}} calm the wild {{p|Dragonite}} that was rampaging in the Dragon Holy Land.
In ''[[EP254|Better Eight Than Never]]'', Charizard battled against Clair's Dragonair in Ash's rematch with Clair by causing the water in the Gym's pool to evaporate with its Flamethrower and Fire Spin, thus depriving Dragonair of her protection. It then caught Dragonair with Seismic Toss and used Fire Spin to create a flaming twister to wear down Dragonair's defenses before she hit the ground and was knocked out. Ash surprised Liza by sending it back for training, knowing that Charizard still had a lot to learn.
In ''[[BW136|A Pokémon of a Different Color!]],'' Charizard and Iris's Dragonite set off to search for Clair's Dragonite, who had been separated from Clair on an [[Cave Island|island]] in the Decolore Archipelago. After Iris's Dragonite found Clair's, Charizard brought the group over to them, only to find the pair squabbling. Although Charizard attempted to stop the fighting, the two Dragonite knocked it away. Later on, Charizard continued to unsuccessfully act as a peacemaker. Ash eventually thanked it for trying and returned Charizard to its Poké Ball.
In ''[[BW141|Best Wishes Until We Meet Again!]]'', Charizard, along with all of Ash's Pokémon, was stolen by Team Rocket. Later, after recovering all of their Pokémon, Ash used Charizard to attack [[Jessie's Frillish]], who was using {{m|Bubble Beam}} on Ash and company. Charizard easily defeated Frillish with Wing Attack and scorched [[James's Amoonguss]] with a super-effective Flamethrower. Charizard, alongside Pikachu, {{TP|Iris|Axew}}, and {{TP|Cilan|Pansage}}, subsequently sent Team Rocket blasting off.
Charizard was reunited with all of Ash's Unova Pokémon at [[Professor Oak's Laboratory]] in ''[[BW142|The Dream Continues!]]''. It joined the others in a group attack on Team Rocket with its Flamethrower to send them blasting off for the last time in the ''Best Wishes'' series. Charizard was left at the lab before Ash set off for the [[Kalos]] region. It later posed with the rest of Ash's Pokémon in a group photo with him.
In the fifth round of the Pokémon League, Ash sends out Charizard as third and last Pokémon in his match against Ritchie. Ritchie counters with his own Charizard, named [[Zippo|Charley]]. Though evenly matched at first, Charizard goes into a violent frenzy and mercilessly starts scratching, biting, and burning Charley. Ash attempts to stop this mauling with his flare but Charizard ignores it and continues to attack Charley, heavily injuring it and splattering its blood everywhere.
Ash decides to return Charizard to its Poké Ball, forfeiting the match and making Ritchie the winner in the process. Overwhelmed with guilt, Ash leaves the arena and apologizes to Ritchie who states that it's alright and that his Charley will be fine after a trip to the Pokémon Center.
Charizard appeared again in ''[[ET16|You Bet Your Wife]]'' where Ash decided to use it in a dance competition in his Gym battle against [[Rudy]]. After flying around in circles, Charizard set Ash aflame as it did in its first appearance.
Charizard reappeared in ''{{ma|Genesect and the Legend Awakened}}'' where Ash sent it out along with his other Pokémon while he was in [[Pokémon Hills]].
====In the Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You! manga====
[[File:Ash Charizard M20 manga.png|thumb|200px|Charizard in ''{{ma|Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You!|I Choose You!}}'']]
[[File:Ash Charmander M20 manga.png|thumb|left|200px|As a Charmander]]
[[File:Ash Charmeleon M20 manga.png|thumb|200px|As a Charmeleon]]
Charizard appeared in ''{{ma|Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You!}}''. It was first shown as a Charmander where [[Cross]] got it from {{an|Professor Oak}}. Later, Cross was revealed to have abandoned Charmander when {{OBP|Ash Ketchum|M20|Ash}} encountered it out in the rain. After Ash and [[Verity]] took Charmander in a cave to recover, [[Sorrel]] helped it back to good health.
The next day, Ash offered Charmander to join his team and Charmander accepted. It then battled a {{p|Jigglypuff}} and defeated it, which resulted in it evolving into a Charmeleon. Charmeleon battled Cross's {{p|Incineroar}}. During the battle, it kept on damaging Incineroar, something that Cross allowed. However, it turned out to be part of Cross's plan as Incineroar's strength increased by every attack Charmeleon threw at it. Because of that, Incineroar was able to defeat Charmeleon with {{m|Cross Chop}}.
After Ash and {{ashfr}} reached the [[Mount Tensei|Raizen Mountains]] and encountered Cross again, Charmeleon was used in the rematch against Cross's Incineroar. During the battle, Charmeleon evolved into Charizard and defeated Incineroar. When {{OBP|Marshadow|M20}} became corrupted by the evil tainting it because of Cross placing the Rainbow Wing on top of the rock instead of Ash, Charizard protected Cross from an attack coming from {{p|Lycanroc}} when Marshadow possessed it and took part in the battle against the other Pokémon possessed by Marshadow. After Ash disappeared from existanceexistence because of a combined attack coming from Marshadow's army, Charizard and the others were saddened to see that happen. Charizard became happy when Ash was revived.
=====Moves used=====
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* Charizard was the first of Ash's starter Pokémon to evolve to its final stage.
* Charizard became the first Pokémon in the anime to defeat a [[Legendary Pokémon]] when it beat [[Noland's Articuno]] in a battle.
* Charizard is the only Pokémon Ash has had that refused to obey him after evolving. This behavior was also seen post-evolution in [[Dawn's Mamoswine]] and [[Iris's Excadrill]].
* Until the episode ''[[EP105|Charizard Chills]]'', Charizard only seemed to obey Ash when fighting another Fire-type Pokémon. It was obedient when battling against [[Blaine's Magmar]], {{OBP|Mewtwo|original series}}'s cloned {{p|Charizard}}, and [[Zippo]].
* It has become a running gag in the anime that whenever Charizard returns to Ash, it greets him by scorching him with its Flamethrower.