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Chopper (Japanese: マサ Masa) is a character of the day in the episode The Bridge Bike Gang of the Pokémon anime. He is a member of a gang who have claimed Cycling Road as their territory. They battle Trainers who are traveling across the bridge.
Chopper entered into a battle with Ash, and while his Golem was able to defeat his Bulbasaur, it was defeated by Ash's Charmander.
After the battle, Ash and his friends continued across the bridge to Sunnytown, attempting to deliver medicine to a sick Shellder. However, Chopper and the other bikers stopped them, wanting to battle. When Ash declined, saying he was trying to deliver medicine to a sick Pokémon, Chopper was impressed that Ash would brave dangerous weather to help a Pokémon. He and the other bikers escorted the kids to the Pokémon Center. Chopper, impressed with Ash's bravery, announced that the gang would dub him "Awesome Ash."
Chopper and Tyra, another biker, are old friends of Jessie and James, as they were once part of the bike gang.
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This listing is of Chopper's known Pokémon:
| Golem was the Pokémon which Chopper chose to use during his battle against Ash. Ash first calls out Bulbasaur and has it use Vine Whip, but that proves to be useless against Golem's shell. Golem then defeats Bulbasaur with a single Tackle. Ash recalls Bulbasaur and sends out Charmander. It uses Ember, but Golem is unaffected. The Megaton Pokémon then attacks with Rock Throw, but Charmander dodges and attacks with Flamethrower and Fire Spin in succession, covering Golem's body with flames. Golem attempts to Tackle Charmander, but just ends up rolling amongst the bike gang as a red-hot ball of fire, forcing Chopper to recall it. Even after the battle, Golem's Poké Ball was so hot that Chopper almost burned his fingers while holding it. It reappeared in a flashback in Charizard Chills.
Golem's known moves are Defense Curl, Tackle, and Rock Throw.
|| The Bridge Bike Gang