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Ash's Pikachu

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In ''[[SM129|Battle Royal 151!]]'', Ash used Pikachu in the [[Battle Royal]] preliminary round of the [[Manalo Conference]], where he was able to defeat various Trainers' Pokémon and allow Ash to proceed to the next round. In ''[[SM137|The Wisdom Not to Run!]]'', Ash used Pikachu in his Manalo Conference semifinals battle against Guzma, where he went up against Golisopod after Torracat was defeated. The two Pokémon were evenly matched, but eventually, Pikachu defeated Golisopod, allowing Ash to advance to the finals.
In ''[[SM138|Final Rivals!]]'', Ash used Pikachu to finish off [[Gladion's Silvally]], who had been worn down by {{AP|Melmetal}}, in the Manalo Conference finals. He then went up against what seemed to be [[Gladion's Lycanroc]], but turned out to be {{p|Zoroark}} in {{a|Illusion|disguise}}. In the [[SM139|next episode]], the two Pokémon clashed and proved to be equal in strength. When Gladion had Zoroark use {{m|Never-Ending Nightmare}}, Ash countered with Pikachu's Breakneck Blitz. Both Z-Moves succeeded in hitting their targets, knocking both Pokémon out.
In [[SM142]], Ash chose to use Pikachu to battle Professor Kukui's {{p|Empoleon}} during Ash's {{wp|exhibition game|exhibition match}} against him. While the two Pokémon were equally matched, Pikachu was eventually caught in Empoleon's {{m|Whirlpool}}, causing him to get dizzy. To save Pikachu from being defeated, Ash withdrew him from the battle and sent out Melmetal to replace him.
* 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 Legendary titans|Regice}} in ''[[AG190|Pace - The Final Frontier!]]''.
** Pikachu has also defeated more [[Legendary Pokémon]] than any other Pokémon in the anime, with a total of four: Brandon's {{p|Regice}} in ''[[AG190|Pace - The Final Frontier!]]'', {{si|Tobias}}'s {{p|Latios}} in ''[[DP189|The Semi-Final Frontier!]]'' (though in that case, it was a draw, as Pikachu knocked himself out in the process), [[Gladion's Silvally]] in ''[[SM138|Final Rivals!]]'', and {{DL|Guardian deities (anime)|Tapu Koko}} in [[SM144]].
* 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.
** Pikachu's [[gender]] had already been assumed male in the dub, where male pronouns such as "he" were used to refer to Pikachu. To a lesser extent, his gender was also previously implied in the Japanese versions, specifically in ''[[EP017|Island of the Giant Pokémon]]'' (where he used masculine pronouns), ''[[EP052|Princess vs. Princess]]'' (Pikachu was shown when the narrator said that males had to carry packages), and in ''[[EP063|The Battle of the Badge]]'', where Brock referred to Ash and Pikachu as being "those guys" when touched by their loyalty.