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Damian

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Damian, as seen in a flashback in the Best Wishes series

Damian (Japanese: ダイスケ Daisuke) is a young boy who likes strong Pokémon. He first appeared in the Pokémon anime as a character of the day in Charmander – The Stray Pokémon, and was the original owner of Ash's Charmander.

He made a later appearance in The Electric Tale of Pikachu, a manga based on the anime. An unnamed character with a similar role appears in Pokémon Yellow Version.

In the anime

Damian is the character of the day who appeared in the episode Charmander – The Stray Pokémon.

Ash, Misty, and Brock got lost on their way to Vermilion City. They found a Charmander waiting on a rock, the weak flame on its tail indicating that it was in poor health. Ash tried to catch it, but Charmander batted away Ash's Poké Balls. Charmander explained to Pikachu that it already had a Trainer who it was waiting for. The trio left and went to the local Pokémon Center after it started to rain.

Damian in his debut

There, they overheard Damian bragging about how many Pokémon he caught. He then said that he left a Charmander in the nearby forest because it was too weak. Brock yelled at Damian and ordered him to reclaim his Charmander because it might die in the rain. Damian laughed it off and Ash was about to challenge him to a battle until Nurse Joy prevented the confrontation, saying that using Pokémon to settle arguments is wrong.

Brock and the others recovered Charmander and had it taken care of at the Pokémon Center. As soon as it felt better, Charmander left to wait for Damian once again.

Team Rocket later tried to steal Pikachu, but Charmander chased them away with a Flamethrower attack. Ash asked Charmander to join them, but Damian showed up, having seen the fight, and said that he had purposely left Charmander alone to toughen it up. In fact, Damian was glad he didn't have to go through the trouble of raising Charmander himself. Damian ordered Charmander to return, but Charmander wanted to stay with Ash. Enraged, Damian tried to attack the group with his other Pokémon, but a combined attack from Charmander and Pikachu scared Damian away for good.

Damian appeared in a flashback in The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!.

Pokémon

This listing is of Damian's known Pokémon in the anime:

Abandoned

Damian's Charmander
Charmander
Main article: Ash's Charizard

Damian once held the ownership of this Charmander. Later, however, he started to think it was too weak and left it on top of a big rock and told it to wait for him, leaving it unaware that he was never going to return. When Ash and his friends heard about this, they retrieved Charmander, saving it from a downpour. Later, after seeing how Charmander defeated Team Rocket, Damian wanted Charmander to return to his team. However, witnessing Damian's purely selfish motivation, Charmander was unwilling to do this, and joined Ash's team instead.

Debut Charmander – The Stray Pokémon
Voice actors
Japanese Shin'ichirō Miki
English Michael Haigney

He has many other Pokémon which were not shown.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 緑川光 Hikaru Midorikawa
English Adam Blaustein (EP011)
Eli James (BW116)
Hungarian Levente Molnar
Norwegian Erik Skøld
Brazilian Portuguese Rodrigo Andreatto
Spanish Latin America Eduardo Garza
Spain Pablo Sevilla (EP011)
Fernando Cordero (BW116)

In the manga

Damian in the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Damian makes an appearance in The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga, but with a much different, nicer personality. His Charmander had been left waiting for him for ten days, so a Squirtle convinced it and Ash's Pikachu to join him on a trip to the Hidden Village.

There, Charmander was reunited with Damian. Damian had gone shopping when an accident put him in a coma. He thought Charmander would end up at the Hidden Village and came looking for him. The tearful reunion inspired Squirtle to seek out its Trainer.

Pokémon

This listing is for Damian's Pokémon in The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga.

Damian's Charmander
Charmander
Charmander was waiting for Damian for ten days after he got into an accident and was sent to the hospital. Charmander went with Squirtle and Pikachu to the Hidden Village. Later, Charmander gets reunited with Damian.
Debut Pikachu's Excellent Adventure


In the games

In Pokémon Yellow, a boy, possibly based on Damian, will give out a Charmander on Route 24. However, he noticeably regrets his poor treatment of Charmander, much like Damian did when he saw how powerful Charmander was under Ash's control.

Pokémon

Gives away

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Type:
Fire Unknown
Charmander Lv.10
Scratch
Normal
Growl
Normal
Ember
Fire
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Quotes

  • If talked to
"I'm not good at raising Pokémon. I should release my Charmander because I haven't raised it well... If you promise me you'll care for it, it's yours."
No: "Oh... I'd better release it then."
Yes: (after giving the Charmander to the player) "Take good care of my Charmander!"
  • If talked to again
"How's Charmander doing?"

Trivia

  • Damian is the only character who abandoned one of Ash's Fire-type Pokémon to not be present when said Pokémon evolves at least once.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ダイスケ Daisuke Possibly from 大 dai (great), referring to the amount of Pokémon he had on hand.
English Damian Similar to Daisuke. May also refer to demon reflecting on how cruel he was to Charmander.
Chinese (Mandarin) 大佑 Dà Yòu​ From 大佑 Daisuke. Possibly a pun of 大有 dà​yǒu​ (plenty).



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