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[[File:ZappedAgain.png|thumb|250px|Pikachu does not like having his cheeks rubbed]]
In general, Pikachu as a species is not particularly powerful, but Ash's Pikachu is an anomaly, overcoming odds in {{pkmn|battle}} numerous times. In ''[[EP002|Pokémon Emergency!]]'', {{MTR}} remarked that Pikachu's power "far exceeds its evolutionary level". In ''[[EP005|Showdown in Pewter City]]'', he defeated [[Brock's Onix]] with an {{type|Electric}} attack that triggered the sprinkler system causing Onix to be drenched in water, one of its weaknesses. Ash's Pikachu has also defeated very powerful Pokémon that Ash's other Pokémon were unable to, such as {{p|Dragonite}}, {{p|Metagross}} and [[Mega Evolution|Mega]] {{TP|Korrina|Lucario}}. He was also the second of Ash's Pokémon to defeat a legendary Pokémon in battle, defeating [[Brandon's legendaryLegendary titans#Regice|Brandon's Regice]] to win the Brave Symbol. He later fought {{si|Tobias}}'s Latios to a draw in [[DP189|the semi-finals]] of the [[Lily of the Valley Conference]]. He has helped Ash win countless battles and [[Gym]] and {{pkmn|League}} matches.
 
The possibility of evolving into Raichu was first raised in the episode ''[[EP014|Electric Shock Showdown]]''. After suffering a crushing defeat by [[Lt. Surge's Raichu]], Nurse Joy presented Ash with a Thunder Stone. Ash allowed Pikachu to decide, but it smacked the stone away with his tail, choosing to become stronger as it is, and defeated Raichu using its superior speed. In the Sinnoh region, Pikachu [[DP074|battled]] a Raichu belonging to a trainer named [[Sho]]. The two were evenly matched, until Raichu used {{m|Hyper Beam}} to secure victory, a move Pikachu could not learn. At a Pokémon Center, Ash revealed that he kept the Thunder Stone he acquired in Vermilion City in case Pikachu changed his mind about evolving. Once again, Pikachu chose not to evolve, and defeated Sho's Raichu in a rematch with a combination of speed and spinning techniques learned from {{an|Dawn}}. In the interim, {{TRT}} stole the Thunder Stone, as they also liked Pikachu to stay as he is.
However, at times, {{p|Pikachu}} has lived up to his species' frail and brittle strengths, particularly in Gym battles, where he was defeated with relative ease by his opponent; for example, he was overpowered very easily by Lt. Surge's Raichu, [[Sabrina's Kadabra]], [[Blaine's Magmar]], [[Bugsy]]'s {{p|Scyther}}, [[Whitney's Miltank]], [[Chuck]]'s {{p|Poliwrath}}, [[Roark's Rampardos]], [[Fantina's Drifblim]], [[Cress]]'s {{p|Panpour}}, and [[Viola]]'s {{p|Surskit}}, despite having a type advantage with Scyther, Poliwrath, Drifblim, Panpour, and Surskit. He also drew against [[Winona]]'s {{p|Pelipper}} and [[Norman]]'s {{p|Vigoroth}}, and struggled against [[Crasher Wake]]'s {{p|Floatzel}}. Furthermore, he has lost twice to [[Trip's Serperior]], as a Snivy in ''[[BW001|In the Shadow of Zekrom!]]'' and a Servine in ''[[BW010|A Rival Battle for Club Champ!]]'', despite Trip being a starting Trainer and recently having obtained Serperior. In addition, Pikachu tends to struggle when his mobility is hindered, such as when the aforementioned Panpour weakened Volt Tackle with {{m|Mud Sport}}, or when his legs were numbed by [[Wulfric]]'s {{p|Bergmite}} and its {{m|Icy Wind}}, preventing him from using Quick Attack.
 
Pikachu became the second non-legendary Pokémon to defeat a [[legendary Pokémon]] in the anime after {{AP|Charizard}}. It was able to beat {{FB|Pyramid King|Brandon}}'s {{DL|Brandon's legendaryLegendary titans|Regice}} in ''[[AG190|Pace - The Final Frontier!]]'', giving Ash his final [[Symbol|Frontier Symbol]].
 
[[File:Ash Pikachu and Dawn Piplup.png|thumb|left|250px|Pikachu walking along Dawn's Piplup]]
* For [[DP013]], [[Professor Oak's Big Pokémon Encyclopedia]] is about Ash's Pikachu. He writes this Pokémon senryū about him: パートナー サトシとピカチュウ いいかんじ ''Partners Satoshi and Pikachu: a pleasant feeling''.
* Pikachu was the first of Ash's Pokémon to habitually disobey him. Other Pokémon that would do so, and are better remembered for their disobedience than Pikachu, are {{AP|Primeape}} and {{AP|Charizard}}.
* Pikachu is the second Pokémon in the entire {{pkmn|anime}} series to have managed to defeat a [[Legendary Pokémon]], which he did by defeating {{FB|Pyramid King|Brandon}}'s {{DL|Brandon's legendaryLegendary titans|Regice}} in ''[[AG190|Pace - The Final Frontier!]]''.
** Pikachu is also the only Pokémon in the entire series that has been able to defeat two [[Legendary Pokémon]], being able to take out Brandon's {{p|Regice}} in ''[[AG190|Pace - The Final Frontier!]]'' and {{si|Tobias}}'s {{p|Latios}} in ''[[DP189|The Semi-Final Frontier!]]'', although in the latter case, it was a draw, as Pikachu knocked himself out in the process.
* In ''[[DP142|Where No Togepi Has Gone Before!]]'', it was officially confirmed that Pikachu is [[gender|male]], as a female {{p|Togepi}}'s {{m|Attract}} affected him. His physical appearance could not be used as proof, since [[List of Pokémon with gender differences|gender differences]] were not implemented until after he had debuted in the anime.