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Pikachu (Pokémon)

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====Major appearances====
=====[[Ash's Pikachu]]=====
[[Ash Ketchum]] has a Pikachu that he [[Starter Pokémon|obtained]] from {{an|Professor Oak}} in ''[[EP001|Pokémon - I Choose You!]]'', the first episode of the Pokémon anime, which also marked its debut. He is the signature Pokémon of the anime series and has appeared in every non-special episode and every Pokémon movie since. Ash's Pikachu [[Walking Pokémon|remains outside]] of his [[{{i|Poké Ball]]}}.
* [[Veronica Taylor]] has said Pikachu is her favorite {{OBP|Pokémon|species}}. [[Sarah Natochenny]] has as well, shared with {{p|Mew}}.
* In 2008, Japanese researchers discovered a new protein that helps carry electrical impulses from the eyes to the brain and named it {{wp|pikachurin}}. According to them, it was so named for sharing Pikachu's "lightning-fast moves and shocking electric effects".
* {{wp|Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade}} has included three Pikachu balloons. "Flying Pikachu" was the first, flown from 2001 to 2005, and was used in a morning rush hour test of wind conditions in {{wp|Times Square}} after an accident involving an {{wp|M&M's}} balloon in the 2005 parade.<ref>[ Pikachu Soars as Trial Balloon for a Safer Macy's Parade - New York Times]</ref> It was last used in the August 2006 [[Pokémon 10th Anniversary|Party of the Decade]] in New York City's {{wp|Bryant Park}}. The second balloon debuted in the 2006 parade, features glowing cheeks, and chases a [[{{i|Poké Ball]]}} balloon. The third, introduced in the 2014 parade, wears a green scarf and holds a small, Pikachu-shaped snowman.
* Pikachu is the only [[core series]] [[starter Pokémon]] with a pre-evolved form, though {{game|Yellow}} predates {{p|Pichu}}.
* According to ''[[A Sneak Peek at Pokémon]]'', Pikachu can deliver a constant current of 1000 {{wp|ampere}}s.