Tyrogue is a humanoid Pokémon with a predominantly pale purple body and brown hips and feet that resemble short pants and shoes. It has three blunt protrusions on top of its head, yellow eyes, and circular sections on each side of its head that resemble protective padding. There are white bands resembling bandages on its torso and wrists. It has thin limbs, and its hands have three fingers each. Tyrogue is a male-only species with no female counterpart.
Tyrogue is famous for its eagerness to compete and boundless energy, to such an extent that it will challenge anyone, even larger foes. Determined to make itself stronger, Tyrogue will not quit no matter how many times it loses. While it small, Tyrogue should not ignored as it can slugger a target without warning. As a result, it is always nursing its injuries from fighting opponents larger than itself. As Tyrogue becomes stressed if it is not able to train every day, its Trainer must maintain a regular training schedule. It is usually found in urban areas.
In A Tyrogue Full of Trouble, a Tyrogue had been abandoned by his previous Trainer and was left to fend for himself. As a result, he developed a hatred towards humans. Tyrogue ended up forming a gang of Mankey and Primeape, and together, they would steal from weary travelers, such as Ash and his friends. However, thanks to a Black Belt named Kiyo who had been pursuing him, Tyrogue regained his trust in humans and ended up becoming his newest Pokémon.
In Pokémon GO, Tyrogue evolves into Hitmonlee if Attack is its highest IV, Hitmonchan if Defense is its highest IV, or Hitmontop if HP is its highest IV. If there is a tie for its highest IV between two stats, it evolves into one of the Pokémon corresponding to its highest IVs at random. However, if all three stats are tied with the same IV, then there is an even split between evolving into Hitmontop and evolving into either Hitmonlee or Hitmonchan.
While Hitmontop shares the AbilitySteadfast with Tyrogue, Tyrogue cannot retain this Ability after evolving. This is because Tyrogue's Steadfast is its second Ability, while Hitmontop's Steadfast is its Hidden Ability. This trait is shared with Cubone and Alolan Marowak's Ability, Rock Head.
Tyrogue has the lowest base stat total of all Fighting-type Pokémon.
Tyrogue also has the lowest Attack base stat of all Fighting-type Pokémon.
Tyrogue draws inspiration, especially in its most recent artwork, from wrestlers. The designs on Tyrogue's body resemble the uniform of most scholastic wrestling teams—possibly showing its maturity as a fighter (a younger creature, while its evolved forms seem more professional).
Tyrogue is a combination of tyro (a beginner) or tyke (child) and rogue (one who is playfully mischievous). Ty may also be referring to Mike Tyson.