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Red and Pika
|Age||18 (as of the ninth chapter)|
Red (Japanese: レッド Red) is the first main character of the manga series Pokémon Adventures. His first Pokémon was a Poliwag, which evolved into a Poliwhirl when saving him from drowning prior to the beginning of the story.
Red is eleven years old at the beginning of the Red, Green & Blue chapter. He is first seen in Glimpse of the Glow, when he shows a group of children the proper way to catch a Pokémon. He demonstrates by using his Poliwhirl to battle a wild Nidorino. Red is very sentimental, as shown in the battle versus Blue in the ninth annual Pokémon League tournament. He believes that defeating an opponent is no fun if they are at a disadvantage, as seen in both The Secret of Kangaskhan and Make Way for Magmar!. At the beginning of the series, he is quite cocky, as shown in Suddenly Starmie. However, this cockiness has subsided by the end of the RGB saga.
Red's special skill, as described by Professor Oak, is Pokémon battling. As such, he is called the "Fighter" (戦う者 Fighter).
- 1 Character history
- 2 Pokémon
- 3 Badges obtained
- 4 Trivia
- 5 External links
In this saga, Red is the main protagonist, and his main rival is Blue. Red was first seen showing off his catching abilities to a group of little kids, but once they mentioned Professor Oak and his grandson, they left. He then sees a few Team Rocket Grunts and overhears them talking about Mew. He manages to find it, only to see that Blue, who he didn't know yet, was already battling it with a Charmander. Seeing Blue quickly recalling his Pokémon angers Red to a point where he sends out his own Poliwhirl on it and is easily defeated. He then receives some words of wisdom from Blue and decides to suck up his pride and go to see Professor Oak.
Red enters the seemingly empty lab and notices a Bulbasaur, only to be found by Professor Oak and mistaken for a thief. All of the Professor's Poké Balls are then set loose, and Red volunteers to get all of them back. He does so, except for one last Pokémon - the same Bulbasaur from earlier, which he eventually finds in the Viridian Gym. He manages to calm Bulbasaur down only to be attacked by a wild Machoke. Red then figures out how to use SolarBeam on his own, impressing Oak to the point of giving him a Pokédex and Bulbasaur to keep. He is then sent along by Professor Oak to capture as many Pokémon as he can, and encounters Blue again in the Viridian Forest. The two boys fight over a Kangaskhan, and Red finally learns Blue's name and status as Oak's grandson, beginning a rivalry with him.
Red later manages to catch a menacing Pikachu that was destroying industry in Pewter City. He then runs into Blue again, learns of the Boulder Badge and decides to challenge Brock and earn Gym Badges. After blowing through the preliminaries with Saur and Poli Red realizes that he needs his newly caught Pikachu to beat Brock's Onix. After a rocky first part of the match, Red earns Pikachu's trust and he defeats Brock. He later encounters Misty and her Gyarados which had been stolen and went into an intense rage, horribly injuring Misty and her Staryu in the process. After re-capturing the Gyarados for Misty, Red learns about Team Rocket through Misty and Oak, and sets off to Mt. Moon after them with Misty. They win a battle against Team Rocket even after the admin Koga uses an injection to make his Rhyhorn evolve into a Rhydon. While staying in Misty's mansion, Misty whoops Red to make him see that they need to be stronger if they want to defeat Team Rocket. After several days of training, he defeats her and wins the Cascade Badge.
After stowing away and getting kicked off the S.S. Anne, Red meets the Pokémon Fan Club Chairman, learning from him that his Abra, along with other Pokémon, are being stolen. This leads him back to the S.S. Anne, where he runs into the owner, Lt. Surge. Lt. Surge, another one of Team Rocket's admins, throws Red and Poli overboard, only to trigger Poli's evolution into a Poliwrath, saving Red from drowning.
Later, Red enters a bike racing contest and uses his Pokémon to give him a good lead, until he and several of the racers are stopped dead by a Snorlax. By using his Bulbasaur covered in honey he catches the Snorlax and wins the race, however all of his prize money is spent to feed it. He then journeys into the Pokémon Tower in Lavender Town to rescue Blue who has mysteriously disappeared. He finds Blue possessed by a Gastly owned by Koga. Red then watches Blue defeat and slice Koga's Arbok in half, and gains some respect towards Blue.
Later, Red is scammed out of his money for fake items by a mischievous girl called Green. He chases her down and gets his money back, only to realize that his first two badges, the Boulder Badge and the Cascade Badge, are gone. He then deduces that the stolen Squirtle mentioned by Professor Oak must have been taken by Green and evolved into Wartortle. He infiltrates Team Rocket to see what they know about Green, and finds her surrounded by a group of Team Rocket members looking for a mysterious chip she stole, containing information about Mew. Even after everything Green did to him, Red saves her from Team Rocket. After that, the two of them go after Mew only to find that Team Rocket made it to it again, and Red has to stall them in order for Mew to get away. After this altercation, Green leaves, but but not before leaving Red's badges entrusted in his pocket.
Red then accidentally gets his Pokémon swapped with Blue near Celadon City. When he tries to battle with them they refuse to obey him, but later he decides to play with them while Blue trains Red's Pokémon with more exotic and useful moves. Blue's Pokémon become more kind to Red and more lighthearted overall, something that greatly annoys Blue when he gets his Pokémon back.
Red then goes to Erika and challenges her, but she first requires that he proves himself by catching an Eevee. Eventually, with Bill's help, Red finds and catches a strange Eevee with the ability to swap between any of its evolved forms, due to a special device implemented in its ear. He then goes to find Erika and asks why Eevee is like this, and challenges her to a gym battle. Erika easily defeats Red, and says that she will kill Eevee due to its deformity. Once Red uses Pika to protect Eevee, Erika reveals that it was simply a test and the real people that made Eevee like this were Team Rocket.
Red next visits the Safari Zone in Fuchsia City, and although he isn't supposed to do anything except watch, he smuggles in a Poké Ball and catches a Nidoqueen, angering two Nidoking that were fighting over her. He manages to escape them but is then taken by a Victreebel to be eaten for an evolution ritual for the Bellsprout and Weepinbell. He gets away from them only to run into the Nidoking again, resulting in a fight between Nidoking and the Victreebel. Red uses this to catch both Pokémon, and catches many others before he is finally found by the Safari Zone Warden.
He then unknowingly helps Rocket boss Giovanni, whom he believes is just a researcher, get some fossils and get to Pewter City through Diglett's Cave, only to see that Pewter Museum of Science is set ablaze by two Magmar. He battles the Magmar with Giovanni studying his moves. Giovanni eventually deduces Red is not a threat to Team Rocket since he lacks in cruelty, unfairness, and brutality. Red is then sent on his way, but not before Giovanni gives him an Old Amber.
Wanting to reach the Seafoam Islands, Red then goes to the bottom of a lake to retrieve the HM for Surf. He is instead confronted by a Dragonite and decides to use all of his other Pokémon to distract it, only to have their combined weight crush the HM and trap Red's leg under a rock. He is eventually rescued by Misty, who appears and drives the Dragonite off with her Starmie and Gyarados. Misty then trades Red's Krabby for her Gyarados, who knows Surf. On Seafoam Islands, Red encounters Team Rocket again, who are searching for Articuno.
He then reaches Cinnabar Island, spotting Team Rocket once more and secretly watching them battle Blaine's Pokémon from the edge of a cliff. A member spots him and threatens to throw him off the cliff if he doesn't surrender. Blaine appears but with his Gyarados, and the two of them easily overpower the grunts until they reveal their secret weapon, a Moltres. The grunts disperse and Moltres gives chase to the two of them on Blaine's Rapidash. When nothing that they do works, Blaine spots Red's Old Amber and has him revive it as fast as he can. He gets it revived into an Aerodactyl and with that, he is able to drive Moltres away.
Later, when Red, Blue, and Green all fail to get into Saffron City, Red goes to Pallet Town to ask for Professor Oak's advice, only to realize that there is nobody there except for Sabrina and her Kadabra, masquerading as Oak. Sabrina, Team Rocket's third admin, then appears to him and pins him to the floor with her psychic powers, challenging him to go back to Saffron City. Blue then arrives and tells him that Saffron must be Team Rocket's headquarters, and they find out that Vui is missing. Saffron City is protected from invasion by a large psychic barrier, so with some urging from Green, Red and Blue team up. With Pika's Substitute and Blue's Golduck's Confusion, the two of them locate the source of the barrier, Sabrina's Mr. Mime, and defeat it, allowing access to Saffron City.
After splitting up with Blue at Silph Co., Red runs into Lt. Surge, who has been equipped with many gadgets involving electricity and Template:Type2 Pokémon, powered by Zapdos. Red sends out Saur in defense and uses Razor Leaf to cut the electrical cords, causing Lt. Surge to get electrocuted. Red swipes the Thunder Badge from him as well as a pair of gloves, and finds Koga standing victorious over Blue. Red tries to stop Koga from killing Blue, but is restrained by Koga's Grimer. After a hard battle with the legendary Articuno, the same one that Red had saved earlier, the two boys defeat Koga. Red takes the Soul Badge from him, and the two split up once again.
He runs into the Badge Energy Amplifier room, where he meets Green, who hands him the Marsh Badge in exchange for his Moon Stone. Red fits his seven badges into the Amplifier and points it at his Pikachu, when Sabrina appears, and though he points it at Pikachu, the Amplifier does not work. Green then reveals that the two badges that she returned to him earlier were a fake, and escapes with the Amplifier, leaving Red to fight Sabrina. Zapdos, Moltres, and Articuno are merged together when Green inserts the real badges in, creating a new Pokémon. Combining their attacks, Red, Blue, and Green eventually defeat it.
Red then journies back to Cerulean City to capture the "monster Pokémon", which turns out to be Mewtwo. After attempting to catch it, Red and his Pokémon are almost sucked into Mewtwo's Psywave. They are saved by Blaine, and Red uses his whole team to fool Mewtwo and catch it with a Master Ball for Blaine.
Later, Red encounters Yellow being attacked by a Dratini in Viridian Forest. He helps her catch a Rattata and explains how battling and catching Pokémon works. He takes her back to Viridian City and finds that Team Rocket has been releasing abused Pokémon into the Forest to make them stronger. He also learns that the Gym Leader there has been absent for a very long time. Entering the Gym, Red finally meets Giovanni again, who reveals his true intentions behind the incident at Diglett's Cave. Giovanni then challenges Red with a catch: if Red loses he has to join Team Rocket. After a very intense and long battle, Red defeats Giovanni. He is offered to become the new Gym Leader of Viridian, but he first wishes to become a better trainer and goes off to the Indigo Plateau.
With the badges he gained, Red is able to enter the Pokémon League, where he faces Blue in the final match. Just as Oak notes how Blue has become more instinctual like Red, Red in turn has become more calm and is able to use knowledge as well as instinct. He defeats Blue and his Charizard with Saur and emerges as the Champion of the 9th Pokémon League competition. This makes him interesting to the Elite Four, who are watching the battle from the side.
At the beginning of the second chapter, two years after the end of the previous chapter, Red receives an invitation to battle Bruno of the Elite Four at Mt. Moon. During the battle, Bruno stops to let several Diglett and Dugtrio pass and then Agatha uses her mind controlling powers over him to render him incapable of further battle. Red is then confronted by Lorelei and Agatha, who want him to join them in their quest to wipe out humanity for the sake of Pokémon. They also want Red's Earth Badge to power the Badge Energy Amplifier that Agatha retrieved at the Silph Co. rubble. When he refuses, Lorelei freezes him in a block of ice, making everybody think that he has disappeared since nobody else had seen him for over a month. Only Pika escapes and makes it to Professor Oak's laboratory, where he teams up with Yellow.
Red's frozen ice sculpture is found by Brock in Mt. Moon, but Red is nowhere to be found. Even Bruno, looking for Red so they could finish the battle that they started, can't trace him. As revealed at the end of the chapter, Giovanni eventually rescued Red, enabling him to seek out his friends and help them fight the Elite Four on Cerise Island. Red arrives just in time to save Bill and Lt. Surge, finally finishing his battle with Bruno.
Red is offered the newly open position of Viridian City Gym Leader, and even though he passes the test easily, he has to turn it down due to injuries he suffered from being frozen. He is also asked to help Yellow deal with finding Lugia in Johto, but also turns it down for the same reason. He learns from Blue where to heal his wounds and leaves to recuperate at the springs in Mt. Silver with Blue's Charizard and Green's Blastoise, where he meets Sabrina, also there to heal the same injuries. Sabrina informs him of the Gym Leaders meeting in the Pokémon League, and he later arrives at the scene in time to save Blue, Brock and Erika from a train crash.
Red and Blue then travel underground with Blue's new Rhydon towards Ilex Forest, where the villainous Masked Man headed. Along the way they meet Bruno and Koga, two former enemies, who help them on their way and tell them about Celebi.
When they arrive at Ilex Forest, Red, Blue, and the other main characters then team up with several legendary Pokémon to help fight the Masked Man. During the battle Red finally learns that Yellow is a girl. At the end of the story, Gold becomes impressed with Red and goes to train under him at Mt. Silver.Professor Oak's lab, where they find messages mysteriously asking them to leave their Pokédexes and head to Vermilion City. Once there, the two board the Seagallop Ferry to the Sevii Islands, where they also find Green being attacked by Deoxys. They are soon confronted by the new Team Rocket Admins, the Beast Warrior Trio, as well as Deoxys, who is under control of Giovanni. As it turns out, Professor Oak has been kidnapped by Team Rocket.
Red undergoes special training under Kimberly on Boon Island, where his Venusaur learns the legendary Template:Type2 move Frenzy Plant. However, he is still defeated by Deoxys, who he shares a strange connection with. Red loses his confidence, but eventually regains the will to fight in order to understand the meaning of his connection to Deoxys.
Mewtwo shows up and offers to battle under Red's command to get revenge on Deoxys. The two arrive at the Team Rocket helicopter hovering above Viridian City, where Giovanni is searching for his long-lost son. After a very long and fierce battle, Mewtwo manages to defeat Deoxys. However, victory is short as Carr, one of the Beast Warrior Trio, rebels against Team Rocket and, after placing his Forretress all over the helicopter and ordering them to use Explosion, takes over the helicopter. While Deoxys transports everyone else aboard to safety, Red stays behind to defeat the Forretress and stop the aircraft from blowing up over Vermilion City. In the process, he discovers that Deoxys absorbed a sample of his blood when it broke free from Team Rocket's lab.
At the end of the chapter, Red is turned to stone along with the other main characters by Sird's beam intended for Deoxys.
Red, along with Blue, Green, Silver, and Yellow, still statues, were transported in boxes on the S.S. Tidal by the other main characters to the Battle Frontier for their salvation. For most of this chapter, Red, along with four other Pokédex holders, remained frozen in stone. It was only towards the end of the chapter that he and the others were liberated by Emerald with the help of the wish-granting legendary Pokémon Jirachi. Free again, Red and the others helped fight Guile Hideout.
Red's Pokémon nicknames are taken from two syllables from their Japanese language-version names.
Poli (Japanese: ニョロ Nyoro), Red's Poliwrath, is Red's first Pokémon, and has been with him since early childhood. Poli is very loyal and evolved to save Red from drowning twice. He excels at physical attacks, as well as Ice Beam. It debuted as Poliwhirl in A Glimpse of the Glow, but was caught as a Poliwag earlier than that.
|Debut||Glimpse of the Glow|
Saur (Japanese: フッシー Fusshi), Red's Venusaur, was the Pokémon Red received from Professor Oak as a Bulbasaur. It is one of his most powerful team members and has defeated Blue's Charizard in battle. Professor Oak gave it to him because Red figured out how to let it use its powerful SolarBeam attack on a Machoke they encountered in the Viridian City Gym. In the Sevii Islands, Saur learned Frenzy Plant.
|Debut||Bulbasaur, Come Home!|
Pika (Japanese: ピカ Pika), Red's Pikachu, was once a mischievous Pokémon that terrorized Pewter City stealing food, causing trouble, and shocking people. Pika befriended Yellow, and mated with Yellow's Pikachu, Chuchu, to produce Gold's Pichu. When Pika was accidentally traded to Blue, it was taught a variety of different moves, such as Substitute and Toxic. Under Yellow's care, it later learned how to Surf.
Gyara (Japanese: ギャラ Gyara) is a Gyarados that once belonged to Misty, but it was captured and experimented on by Team Rocket to make it more fierce. Red recaught it when it was out of control and gave it back to Misty. Later, when Red was unable to get the Surf HM, Misty traded Gyara for Red's Krabby so that Red could reach the Sea Foam Islands.
|Debut||Gyarados Splashes In!|
| In the round, Red had caught Lax (Japanese: ゴン Gon) because he was blocking the road during a bicycle race. He is very gluttonous and is driven into a frenzy by the smell of honey. Later, after extensive training, Lax becomes one of the most physically powerful members of Red's team.
Lax is currently at level 89. His ability is Immunity, and he has an Impish nature. He knows many moves, including Toxic, Harden, Belly Drum, Double-Edge, Earthquake, Headbutt, Rest, Strength, Mega Punch, and Mega Kick.
|Debut||Wake Up...You're Snorlax!|
| When Red first met Giovanni, not knowing that he is a Gym Leader and the boss of Team Rocket, Giovanni gave him an Old Amber. Later, in Holy Moltres, when Red and Blaine were fighting a Moltres that Team Rocket had captured on Cinnabar Island, Blaine told Red to run to his lab and instructed him on how to resurrected an Aerodactyl from the piece of Old Amber. Since then, Red uses his Aerodactyl, Aero (Japanese: プテ Pte), whenever he needs to get somewhere by flying. It is strong enough to support the heavy weight of Red's entire team.
Additionally, the Volume 3 cover of the manga depicts Aero as being purple with the skin under its wings being blue, indicating that it is shiny despite the fact that shiny Pokémon didn't officially debut until a year and a half later. Whether this was intended as a foreshadowing of the concept or is simply a coincidental miss-coloring is unknown.
Vui (Japanese: ブイ Vui) is an Eevee experimented on by Team Rocket that Red captured under Erika's direction. It was genetically modified to have unstable DNA, allowing it to evolve and devolve from Eevee, to Jolteon, Flareon, and Vaporeon when exposed to new stones. Later, Red was able to heal its emotional trauma and it permanently evolved into Espeon. Red adds Vui to his team whenever Pika is with Yellow or needs a rest.
He officially caught it in Meanwhile...Vileplume!.
|Debut||Blame it on Eevee|
|Red's Diglett|| |
|This Diglett is a minor Pokémon that Red caught after he and Blue accidentally switched Pokémon in A Tale of Ninetales. So far, he has only used it while battling Eevee in the following round when he thought Eevee was an Template:Type2 Pokémon, but then Eevee changed into Vaporeon and defeated it.|
|Debut||A Tale of Ninetales|
|Red's Sandshrew|| |
|Red occasionally uses this Sandshrew to fight Fire-types. It first appeared in Make Way for Magmar, when it used Sand-Attack to douse the flames of two wild Magmar.|
|Debut||Make Way for Magmar|
|Red caught Nidorino to demonstrate his capture abilities to some children in Pallet Town in A Glimpse of the Glow, but never used it since then.|
|Debut||A Glimpse of the Glow|
This is a listing of Pokémon that Red owned but which were not listed in the full character Pokémon listings at the end of Volume 15, nor seen since then. It's possible that Red has released or traded them since their last appearances.
|Red's Fearow|| |
|Red caught this angry Pokémon to keep it from attacking Bill. Bill occasionally borrows Fearow to fly around.|
|Debut||...But Fearow Itself!|
|Red's Safari Zone Pokémon|| |
|Red caught a Nidoqueen and multiple Nidoking, Victreebel, Weepinbell, Bellsprout, Exeggcute, and Parasect when he was lost in the Safari Zone one night and was almost killed by rampaging Victreebel in Long Live the Nidoking and A Hollow Victreebel. None of them has been seen since.|
|Debut||Long Live the Nidoking|
|Butterfree was shown in the end of the first and second volumes' Pokédex. It is assumed that it evolved from a Caterpie.|
|Red's Krabby|| |
|Red caught a Krabby along with his Diglett when he had Blue's Pokémon in A Tale of Ninetales. Like Diglett, he used it in the the following round to battle Eevee when he thought Eevee was a Template:Type2 Pokémon, but then Eevee turned to Jolteon and attacked with an Electric attack. In You know... Articuno!, Misty gave Red her Gyarados in exchange for his Krabby. It has been seen with Misty several times since.|
|Debut||A Tale of Ninetales|
The first time Red had Blue's starter Pokémon was when it was still a Charmeleon, and the two rivals accidentally switched their Pokémon in A Tale of Ninetales. Later, in the Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter, Charizard was temporarily traded for Gyara so that Red could use it to fly to Mt. Silver. It was also temporarily traded for Saur during the FireRed & LeafGreen chapter.
|Debut||A Glimpse of the Glow|
|Blue's Golduck, Scyther, Pidgeot, Porygon, and Machamp|| |
|When Red and Blue accidentally switched Pokémon in A Tale of Ninetales, Red got Blue's Charmeleon, Golduck, Scyther, Pidgeot, Porygon and Machoke. With these Pokémon he managed to catch a Diglett and a Krabby. Later, while battling a Ninetales, Machoke evolved into Machamp.|
|Debut||A Tale of Ninetales|
When Red met Green on his way to Mt. Silver, she lent him her Blastoise. Red asked her if she needs Blasty for flight transportation, but Green mysteriously answered that he shouldn't "worry about flying."
|After Red saved the Gym Leaders on the Magnet Train and left for Ilex Forest with Blue, he found out what Green meant when she said he shouldn't "worry about flying": Green was in possession of all three legendary birds at the time. During the battle with Lugia and Ho-Oh, Red temporarily received Articuno. Red already met this specific Articuno before when he failed to prevent Team Rocket from catching it. When the fight was over, Red returned Articuno to Green.|
|Debut||You know... Articuno!|
- Boulder Badge in Onix is On!.
- Cascade Badge in Suddenly Starmie.
- Rainbow Badge in Meanvile...Vileplume!.
- Volcano Badge in Holy Moltres.
- Thunder Badge in Zap! Zap! Zapdos!.
- Soul Badge in The Art of Articuno.
- Marsh Badge in A Little Kadabra'll Do It.
- Red's Pokémon were not nicknamed in Viz's translations of Pokémon Adventures (except Pika). Their English nicknames were first officially used in Chuang Yi's translations of Sevii Island Arc. Coincidentally, they are exactly the same as Coronis's nicknames coined long before Chuang Yi.
- Red is the only male protagonist of Pokémon Adventures to challenge Gyms. Ruby challenges Contests while neither Gold nor Diamond do either Contests or Gyms.
- Red only has 7 of the 8 Kanto gym badges. He is missing the Earth Badge, despite having defeated Giovanni at Viridian Gym.
- Red's birthday is August 8th.
- Red's blood type is O.
In other languages
|Japanese||レッド Red||From Pokémon Red game.|
|English||Red||From Pokémon Red game.|
|French||Sacha||Same as Ash's French name.|
|German||Ash||Same as anime's Ash.|
|Korean||지우 Jiu||Same as Ash's Korean name.|
|Chinese||小智 Xiǎo Zhì||Same as Ash's Chinese name.|
|Pokémon Adventures main characters|
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