He is based on the protagonists of the main series Pokémon games.
He shares his Japanese name—which can be taken to mean "wisdom" or "reason" (智)—with the creator of the Pokémon franchise, Satoshi Tajiri. His English surname is a pun of the original English motto, "Gotta catch 'em all!."
In the anime
Currently in party
Tepig was a gift Pokémon From Bianca, it was used to battle his rival Hugh and his Oshawott.