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Ash's Charizard

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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.
[[File:Ash and Charizard.png|thumb|left|250px|Charizard and Ash]]
Ash later used Charizard in the [[Silver Conference]] during his fight against [[Gary Oak]] in ''[[EP270|Can't Beat the Heat!]]'', as Brock had made a late-night call to Liza requesting Charizard for the battle. [[Gary's Blastoise]] and {{p|Scizor}} cut Ash's team down to only Charizard, who had to fight three opponents single-handedly. It managed to match Scizor's speed and took advantage of its significant type advantage, defeating Scizor with a single Flamethrower. Despite Gary's Golem's weight preventing Charizard from using its Seismic Toss, Charizard overcame it with a powerful Dragon Rage. Charizard struggled against Blastoise, as it had supreme defensive capabilities and could keep Charizard at bay with Hydro Pump. Thinking outside the box, Ash told Charizard to superheat the field, which forced Blastoise to spend time cooling the molten rock. This created a huge steam cloud and allowed Charizard to seize Blastoise at close range. Blastoise could still use {{m|Withdraw}} to dodge Dragon Rage, so Charizard hurled Blastoise into the ground with Seismic Toss, defeating it and leaving Ash as the winner.
 
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[[File:Pikachu and Charizard.png|thumb|left|250px|Charizard reuniting with Pikachu]]
In ''[[BW116|The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!]]'', Ash and {{ashfr}} visited a [[Kanto Fair|Kanto-based festival]], where one of the presentations featured the local [[starter Pokémon]], involving a live action show with a Charmander. This made Ash remember his own Charmander, prompting him to tell {{an|Iris}}, {{an|Cilan}}, and {{an|N}} the story of how he first met his Charmander, and how it eventually became Charizard and won many battles with it until it was left behind in the Charicific Valley. Filled with a desire to see his old friend again, Ash called Professor Oak, who, in exchange for [[Ash's Unfezant]], sent Charizard over to him. While being introduced to Iris, Cilan, N, and their Pokémon, Charizard immediately started a fiery rivalry with [[Iris's Dragonite]], which encouraged Ash and Iris to have a battle with their two stubborn Pokémon. During the battle, Charizard was shown to have learned Wing Attack, Slash, and Dragon Tail. It quickly gained the upper hand as not even Dragonite's Dragon Rush was able to hurt it, while Dragonite was taking serious damage from Charizard's Dragon Tail. Before it could be settled, the battle was called off by N. Ash then corrected Iris's misconception that Charizard was a {{type|Dragon}}, upsetting her since she had wanted to train one as well.
 
The emotional turmoil of being abandoned by Damian defined Charizard when it was a Charmander. Despite the scorn it received from Damian, it remained loyal to him, convinced that it had a good relationship where in fact none existed. Even when made to sit through a rain storm in hunger and fatigue and Ash and Brock showing true kindness towards it, its loyalty never wavered and Charmander almost lost its life doing so. Only a violent confrontation revealed to it the unhealthy nature of and its relationship with Damian. Charmander struggled with this abandonment, as seen in ''[[EP017|Island of the Giant Pokémon]]'', it became discouraged when {{AP|Bulbasaur}} suggested that Ash had abandoned them all.
 
[[File:Ash Charizard disobedience.png|thumb|240px|left|240px|Refusing to battle against [[Sparky]]]]
Despite being one of Ash's most often used Pokémon, Charmander's evolution saw Charmeleon grow distant from Ash, scorning all of its former friends and seeking power alone. Charmeleon had grown to become like Damian, obsessed with power and reputation while ignoring the value of friendship, loyalty and kindness. Charmeleon's battle with {{p|Aerodactyl}} was purely based on a bruised ego, just as Charizard's later battles with {{TP|Blaine|Magmar}}, [[Zippo]], and the clone Charizard were. Despite this, however, it did, to an extremely small extent, retain some respect and loyalty to its master, made especially apparent when Ash was petrified trying to stop Mew and Mewtwo's battle, where it was seen weeping for Ash before its tears restored him.
[[File:Ash and Charizard.png|thumb|250px|Charizard and Ash]]
Once Ash made the selfless act to save Charizard from freezing, Charizard finally shook off the poisonous personality traits left by Damian and regained full loyalty to Ash. Its ability to work as part of a team was still hampered but when working together with {{AP|Pikachu}} to defeat [[Luana]], it finally managed to overcome that difficulty. Since this point, Charizard has been willing to assist Ash in any battle, ranging from [[Casey's Chikorita]] to [[Falkner]]'s Pidgeot with no complaint. However, Charizard maintained the rebellious Flamethrower attacks as a sign of affection for its master and while Charizard was loyal, its love of power and reputation remained. This was shown significantly in its departing episode, where it brashly challenged each of the wild Charizard at Charicific Valley even though it was defeated every time.
 
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