Mr. Parker owns and operates a toy store located in a town somewhere between the Charicific Valley and Azalea Town, and is best known by his superhero pseudonym Gligarman (Japanese: グライガーマン Gligerman).
The character of Gligarman was invented by Mr. Parker so he could build up business for his shop. By acting as Gligarman, and then creating figurines, toys, and other merchandise items he was able to sell these to the people living in his town who had grown fond of their local superhero. To help fight crime, Mr. Parker (as Gligarman) uses his Pokémon Gligar and his "Gligar Cycle". Reminiscent of other, real-world superheroes, Mr. Parker has a secret hideout—the Gligarcave—hidden under his mansion. Although once extremely in shape, Gligarman's age has caught up with him and he has become noticeably more tubby. This has led to difficulties in acting as Gligarman.
Mr. Parker was first shown in his Gligarman costume and, without revealing his true identity, he helped to save Togepi from Team Rocket. Ash and friends later encounter him in his toy shop, and Mr. Parker has to try to hide his identity. Togepi's liking for the shop owner hints that they may have encountered previously, and Mr. Parker almost gives the game away by using Misty's name. After some probing questions, Mr. Parker and his daughter, Latoya confess and take the trio back to their mansion. It is here revealed that Mr. Parker's declining fitness is forcing him to retire. He has Ash in mind as his replacement, but following another intervention by Team Rocket a new masked figure saves the day: Gligirl, who is actually Latoya. The town has a new hero now, and Gligarman is able to hang up his cape and return to his ordinary life as Mr. Parker.
| Mr. Parker's Gligar is his sidekick when he is Gligarman and first appeared to Ash and his friends in the forest jumping to tree to tree before disappearing. It then appeared with Gligarman when Team Rocket had captured Ash and his friends, it saved Misty's Togepi before attacking Jessie and sending Team Rocket running off in pain. It later appeared in the Gligarcave welcoming Ash and his friends including Latoya. Suddenly they find Team Rocket in the building capturing the staff with James and Meowth dressed up as the Metapod Men. They quickly go upstairs and confront Team Rocket, Gligar is able to stop James, but Jessie and Meowth run off to their Spinarak mecha.
After Gligirl appears, she orders Gligar to free Mr. Parker, Ash and Pikachu which it successfully does and with the help of Pikachu are able to send Team Rocket blasting off. In the end Latoya and Mr. Parker have a small argument over who is the owner of Gligar before saying goodbye to Ash and his friends.
|Debut||The Superhero Secret|
- Unlike regular Gligar in the anime, Gligarman's costume is colored as Gligar are in the games.
- Gligarman was obviously intended to be a parody of Batman. His real name, Mr. Parker, may reference Peter Parker (whose secret identity is the superhero Spider-Man).
|This article is part of Project COD, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each one-time character of the Pokémon anime.|