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Ash's Charizard

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In the anime
Charmander immediately became one of Ash's main Pokémon, being used in the [[EP012|very next episode]] as a torch to help Ash through the caves. Also, it joined with a group of other Charmander on the [[S.S. Anne|St. Anne]] in ''[[EP015|Battle Aboard the St. Anne]]'' to repel {{tc|Team Rocket Grunt}}s. [[EP016|Later]], Charmander used Flamethrower to torch a hole in the capsized St. Anne's hull, allowing the group and Team Rocket to escape the ship.
In ''[[EP025|Primeape Goes Bananas]]'', Charmander battled a berserk {{AP|Primeape}}. It finally subdued its opponent by using {{m|Rage}} and Flamethrower. Charmander made its Gym Battle debut in [[EP026|the next episode]], where it defeated [[Erika]]'s {{p|Weepinbell}} after burning {{m|Razor Leaf}} and then striking a powerful Skull Bash. However in the next round, the pure stench emitting from her {{p|Gloom}} caused Charmander to choke and faint. In Ash called on Charmander's assistance against [[Koga]] in ''[[EP032|The Ninja Poké-Showdown]]''. It went up against Koga's {{p|Venomoth}} briefly before their match was interrupted by Team Rocket. For the official Gym battle, Charmander went up against [[Koga's Golbat]] and defeated it with Ember and Fire Spin, earning Ash the {{Badge|Soul}}.
The rise in Charmander's battle experience reached its peak in ''[[EP043|March of the Exeggutor Squad]]'', where it helped stop a large number of rampaging {{p|Exeggutor}}. Subsequently, Charmander [[Evolution|evolved]] into {{p|Charmeleon}}. However, in ''[[EP044|The Problem with Paras]]'', it was revealed that Charmeleon was no longer [[obedience|loyal]] to Ash, attacking a {{p|Paras}} when Ash was trying to deliberately lose in order to help Paras evolve. [[Lacy (EP044)|Casandra's grandmother]] explained that Charmeleon's skill level had exceeded Ash's, and therefore it did not respect him. Ironically, a rampaging Charmeleon was stopped when Paras, desperately trying to avoid punishment, jabbed at it with a claw. After evolving into {{p|Parasect}}, it put Charmeleon to sleep with {{m|Spore}} and allowed Ash to recall it. Cassandra's grandmother warned Ash that he needed to learn to control Charmeleon.
====={{series|Advanced Generation}}=====
In ''[[AG136|The Symbol Life]]'', it returned for Ash's first {{Gdis|Battle Frontier|III}} battle, where it took on [[Noland's Articuno]] at the {{gdis|Battle Factory|III}}. Ash and Charizard flew together, where Charizard demonstrated a far improved Flamethrower and that it had learned {{m|Dragon Breath}}. In battle, it showed that it was a match even for the legendaryLegendary Pokémon, using Flamethrower to burn through {{m|Ice Beam}} and strike Articuno. However, Articuno did not take much damage from Flamethrower or Dragon Breath, blinding Charizard with {{m|Mist}} and then knocking it to the ground with {{m|Steel Wing}}. Articuno then inflicted serious damage with {{m|Water Pulse}} and froze Charizard's wing tip, crippling its movements. Finally, Charizard used Overheat, which it had just learned, to melt the ice, then it caught Articuno as it tried to use Steel Wing and struck with a Seismic Toss. Charizard collapsed, but managed to get up just as Articuno passed out, giving Ash and Charizard the victory.
Charizard also battled alongside Pikachu, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle in a four-on-four battle against {{FB|Pyramid King|Brandon}}'s Pokémon in ''[[AG189|Gathering the Gang of Four!]]''. It went up against {{p|Dusclops}}. Charizard had been training since its battle with Articuno and learned Steel Wing, but was put at a disadvantage when Dusclops used {{m|Confuse Ray}} and {{m|Mean Look}}, forcing Charizard to keep battling in its baffled state, all the while taking damage from {{m|Will-O-Wisp}}. Finally, Charizard snapped out of its confusion and attacked with Dragon Breath, wearing both Pokémon down. However, an attempt to use Seismic Toss to finish the match cost Ash dearly, as the {{type|Ghost}} simply dissipated and re-emerged safely at a distance, where a single {{m|Shadow Punch}} took Charizard out and put Ash at a supreme disadvantage. However, Pikachu, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle managed to win the battle and the Brave Symbol. After the match against Brandon, Charizard returned to Charicific Valley.
[[File:Pikachu and Charizard.png|thumb|250px|Charizard reuniting with Pikachu]]
In ''[[BW116|The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!]]'', Ash and {{ashfr}} visitedattended 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 metabout 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.
In ''[[BW117|Team Plasma's Pokémon Manipulation!]]'', it was called out by Ash in order to once again fight Iris's Dragonite, who was this time being controlled by [[Colress]].
====Personality and characteristics====
{{bulbanews|Personality & Development: Ash's Charizard}}
The emotional turmoil of being abandoned by [[Damian]] defined Charizard when it was a Charmander. Despite the scorn it received from Damian, it remainedloyally loyalwaited tooutside for his himreturn, 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. Charmander was markedly shy and shown to be anxious, though its confidence quickly grew under Ash's guidance.
[[File:Ash Charizard disobedience.png|thumb|240px|left|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}} in ''[[EP046|Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon]]'' was purely based on a bruised ego, just as Charizard's later battles with {{TP|Blaine|Magmar}}, and [[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.
Once Ash made the selfless act to save Charizard from freezing in ''[[EP105|Charizard Chills]]'', 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 departingdeparture episodein ''[[EP134|Charizard's Burning Ambitions]]'', where it brashly challenged each of the wild Charizard at [[Charicific Valley]] even though it was defeated every time.
DuringUnder its{{jo|Liza}}'s training on the Charicific Valleyregime, Charizard has been shown to havehad significantly matured while retaining its fiery nature and fierce battling spirit. This was shown in ''[[BW136|A Pokémon of a Different Color]]'', where it attempted to act as a peacemaker between [[Clair]]'s and {{an|Iris}}'s two {{p|Dragonite}}, despite failing.
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