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Tad in the Original Series
Tad (Japanese: ヒデ Hide) is a character of the day of the Pokémon anime who appeared in Charizard Chills.
Ash and his friends were riding on Lapras when they met Tad. He almost ran them over with his boat, causing Misty to yell at him. Tad explained that he wanted to challenge Ash to a two-on-two battle, and Ash accepted.
Tad sent out his Poliwrath, and managed to defeat both Ash's Pikachu and Charizard, because Charizard refused to listen to Ash. Tad then told Ash that he would accept a rematch with him when he learned how to train his Charizard.
The next day, Pikachu was stolen by Team Rocket. With Charizard now trusting him after the lengths he had gone to while trying to help him, Ash successfully rescued Pikachu. Tad, seeing what happened, asked Ash if he was ready for the rematch. Ash accepted, and was able to defeat Tad's Poliwrath with Charizard, thanks to Charizard using its ability to fly to knock Poliwrath off its feet and subsequently using its trademark Seismic Toss attack.
Tad told Ash that he hoped to meet him in the Orange League, but he hasn't been seen since his only appearance.
Tad briefly appeared in a flashback in The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!.
This listing is of Tad's known Pokémon:
Tad also has at least one other Pokémon, as he had intended to use a total of two Pokémon against Ash. However, as Poliwrath had defeated both Pikachu and Charizard, this second Pokémon was never seen.
- Tad has a striking resemblance to Tracey Sketchit. Also, both of their dub names begin with a T and both wear headbands.
- The belt that Tad's Poliwrath is wearing greatly resembles to the P1 Grand Prix's belt that Ash's Primeape wears at the end of The Punchy Pokémon, it is very possible that Tad is born, or lives in the city where the P1 Grand Prix takes place, as he mentions it himself.
- Tad mentions that he hopes to compete against Ash in the Orange League, but it was later shown that the Orange League does not involve a championship competition like the Indigo League. This may be a dub error.
- Tad's English name is a reference to his Pokémon, Poliwrath, who is referred to by the Pokédex as a "'Tadpole Pokémon."