Pink Butterfree

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Pink Butterfree
ピンクバタフリー Pink Butterfree
Pink Butterfree.png
Pink Butterfree
Debuts in Bye-Bye Butterfree
Caught at Unknown
Gender Female[1]
Ability Unknown
Current location With Ash's Butterfree
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Butterfree Chinami Nishimura

The pink Butterfree (Japanese: ピンクバタフリー pink Butterfree) is the first alternate colored Pokémon in the anime. It was created before alternate colored Pokémon appeared in the games, possibly to differentiate it from the other Butterfree in the episode.


Main anime

Appearance in Spurt!, along with Ash's Butterfree

It first appeared in Bye-Bye Butterfree, in which Ash's Butterfree fell in love with it and fought to save it from Team Rocket. At the end of the episode, the two became mates and Ash's Butterfree flew away across the ocean with the pink Butterfree.

The pink Butterfree was seen in a picture in A Fan With a Plan. The pink Butterfree made its next actual appearance in the Japanese opening Spurt!, and in flashbacks in the episodes A Trainer and Child Reunion!, and Butterfree and Me!, all along with Ash's Butterfree.


In the movie's separate continuity, Ash and his Butterfree save the Pink Butterfree from a Fearow. The two Butterfree fall in love, and Ash allows his Pokémon to cross the sea with his newfound mate.

Personality and characteristics

The pink Butterfree appears to be very decisive in nature and also somewhat aggressive. When Ash's Butterfree shows off its moves, the pink Butterfree deliberately ignores it, eventually going so far as to knock it out of the air. It is not until Ash's Butterfree tries to rescue it and the other Butterfree from Team Rocket that the pink Butterfree gains heightened respect for it and agrees to be its mate.

The pink Butterfree shares all physical characteristics with normal Butterfree except for a pink body and a pinkish tint to its wings. The eyes, mouth, arms, legs, and edges of the wings are all colored the same as that of a normal Butterfree.

In the games

A Shiny Butterfree as seen in Generation V

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, a female NPC Ace Trainer near the top of the Lake of Rage makes a reference to a pink Butterfree after battling her. She comments "Come to think of it, I've seen a pink Butterfree." This is likely to be a dual reference to a Butterfree's Shiny form in the games, which does have pink coloring (but only on the wings and none on the body), due to the Trainer's pre-battle comment regarding the red Gyarados, the first known alternate-color Pokémon of the franchise.


  1. Never confirmed in the original series. M20 gives it the features of a female added in Generation IV.

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