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Ash's Butterfree

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Original series
=====[[Original series]]=====
[[File:Ash Caterpie.png|250px|thumb|left|As a Caterpie, with Ash]]
Caterpie first appeared at the end of ''[[EP002|Pokémon Emergency]]'', where it was staring at the group as they passed by. {{an|Misty}} was freaked out because it was a {{ttype|Bug}} 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 kept her distance because of her fear. At night, Caterpie and [[Ash's Pikachu]] talked things over, and Caterpie revealed its desire to [[Evolution|evolve]] into a {{p|Butterfree}}. It became very sad as it was not sure it could do it, but Pikachu offered his support.
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 {{TRT}} appeared to attempt to steal Pikachu, Ash sent out his weakened Caterpie after Pikachu had been blinded and Pidgeotto was defeated. Despite Team Rocket’s ridicule, 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.
Butterfree battled [[A.J.]]'s powerful {{p|Sandshrew}} in ''[[EP008|The Path to the Pokémon League]]''. Butterfree went for Stun Spore, but Sandshrew avoided it using {{m|Dig}} before pinning Butterfree to the ground to win the round.
[[File:OPJ10 Butterfree.png|thumb|250px|Ash's Butterfree with its mate]]
In ''[[EP015|Battle Aboard the St. Anne]]'', Ash used it in a battle against a {{tc|Gentleman}} and his {{AP|Raticate}}. Butterfree countered Raticate's {{m|Jump Kick}} with Tackle. After dodging a {{m|Hyper Fang}}, Butterfree crippled it with Stun Spore. As Ash was about to finish the battle, the Gentleman called the battle off and declared it a draw, despite Butterfree's almost certain victory. The Gentleman then approached Ash and asked to [[trade]] the Pokémon. Ash accepted, but quickly regretted the decision after realizing his attachment to Butterfree. Later, Ash managed to exchange the Raticate for his Butterfree. While he was reunited with his friend, the decision led Ash and {[{ashfr}} to be left trapped aboard the sinking [[S.S. Anne|St. Anne]]/.
In ''[[EP019|Tentacool & Tentacruel]]'', Butterfree flew {{AP|Bulbasaur}} into battle with a [[Giant Pokémon|giant]] {{p|Tentacruel}}, but it was knocked out by Tentacruel's attack.
* Caterpie is the first of a main character's Pokémon who had its design changed to match new official game art, despite being introduced before the change. In a flashback in ''[[DP080|The Thief That Keeps on Thieving!]]'', Caterpie's mouth was green as per the official Generation III game art. However, when it was first introduced, Caterpie's mouth was yellow as per the official Generation I game art.
* Butterfree was the first of Ash's Pokémon to debut before his capture episode, the first one caught, the first he evolved, the first one to reach his final form, the first he traded (although he was traded back), and the first he released.
*** Butterfree is the first [[Recurring wild Pokémon in the anime|recurring Pokémon]] to be caught by a main character, and the first to be {{pkmn2|released}}.
* In the English [[List of Electric Tale of Pikachu monthly issues|monthly issue publication]] of [[The Electric Tale of Pikachu]], the order of ''[[ET02|Play Misty For Me]]'' and ''[[ET03|Clefairy Tale]]'' is reversed. This creates a continuity error, as Butterfree appears in ''Clefairy Tale'', even though he supposedly doesn't evolve until one chapter later.
* Butterfree was Ash's fastest evolving Pokémon, reaching his final evolution two episodes after his debut.