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Charmander (Pokémon)

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Origin
===Origin===
{{Bulbanews|On the Origin of Species: Charmander}}
Charmander's design was based on {{p|Charizard}} in such a way that it was surprising to see it evolving into the latter Pokémon.<ref name=Origin>[https://www.pokemon.co.jp/corporate/en/pikachu/ ''The Origin Story of Pikachu''].</ref> In particular, Charmander was designed as a lizard,<ref name=Origin/> possibly referencing the mythical {{wp|Salamanders in folklore and legend|salamander}} (as opposed to the real-world amphibian of the same name which inspired its mythical counterpart). This salamander was a fire-spirit capable of surviving in extreme heat or flames, and it is sometimes creatively rendered or interpreted in the shape of a lizard.
 
Its draconic evolutionary line may be a reference to lizard species that are likened to dragons, such as {{wp|bearded dragon}}s and {{wp|flying dragon}}s.
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