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=====[[Original series]]=====
[[File:Ash Caterpie.png|250px|thumb|left|As a Caterpie, with Ash]]
Caterpie first appeared at the end of ''[[EP002|Pokémon Emergency]]'', staring at the group as they passed by. When {{an|Misty}} freaked out about its type 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 wanted nothing to do with him because it was a {{type|Bug}} Pokémon, which she feared. At night, Caterpie and [[Ash's Pikachu]] talked to each other, 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 encouraged it.
 
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 {{MTR}} appeared to attempt to steal Pikachu, Ash sent out his weakened Caterpie against them after they had blinded Pikachu and defeated Pidgeotto. Despite being made fun of by {{TRT}}, 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.
Ash's Butterfree first appears and is captured as a {{p|Caterpie}} in ''[[ET01|Pikachu, I See You!]]''. He 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.
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