Damian (Japanese: ダイスケ Daisuke) was the original owner of Ash's Charmander.
In the anime
At a Pokémon Center, Ash and his friends overheard Damian bragging about how many Pokémon he caught. He 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.
He reappeared in a flashback in The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!.
This listing is of Damian's known Pokémon in the anime:
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|
He has many other Pokémon which were not shown.
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.
This listing is of Damian's Pokémon in The Electric Tale of Pikachu.
| 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.
None of Charmander's moves are known.
|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.
- 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?"
- 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.
- The blurb for the episode spells his name as Damien instead of Damian.
- When ordering for Charmander to return, Damian was shown throwing Charmander's Poké Ball at it instead of using the return function on the Poké Ball. This may imply that Damian had released Charmander from his Poké Ball when he abandoned it.
|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 dàyǒu (plenty).|
|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.|