Red's Pikachu (Pocket Monsters)

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ピカチュウ Pikachu
Poké Ball
Red Pikachu PM.png
Debuts in Bring Down the Powerful Opponent Onix!!
Caught at Pewter City
Evolves in Clefairy Evolves... At Last?!
Clefairy Evolves... At Last?!
Gender Male
Ability Unknown
Nature Unknown
Current location With Red
Pikachu Raichu Pikachu
This Pokémon spent 20 chapters as Pikachu and less than 1 chapter as Raichu.

Pikachu (Japanese: ピカチュウ Pikachu) is a Pokémon that belongs to Red and is Clefairy's cousin in the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga and related manga series. Along with Clefairy, he is one of Red's closest Pokémon.



Pikachu as a Raichu

Pikachu debuted in Bring Down the Powerful Opponent Onix!!, where it was actually part of Brock's Pokémon collection. After Red drags Clefairy into the Pewter City Gym to face Brock's Onix, the two had learned of Brock's collection and that Clefairy's cousin Pikachu was also a part of it. The news had enraged Clefairy and had given him the courage to face Onix in battle, which Clefairy later wins by drawing his picture onto Onix's tail, causing Onix to chase after its tail and become dizzy, and is finished off as Clefairy smashes a fallen pillar on its head. By winning the battle, Pikachu was granted freedom from Brock's collection and joined Red's team.

Pikachu evolved into a Raichu in Clefairy Finally Evolves?!, but had later devolved back into a Pikachu in the same chapter.


Pikachu continues his travels with Red and Clefairy in Johto.


In Something Happened!! Let's Go After Pikachu!! of the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire series, Ruby finds Red's Pikachu and wanting one for himself, decides to steal Pikachu away by bribing Clefairy with food and swapping Pikachu with a Poké Ball containing his Treecko. Clefairy panics when Red and his Tyrogue return, and goes to great lengths to try to disguise Treecko as Pikachu and to lie about Pikachu's actual location. While Clefairy leaves to go retrieve Pikachu himself, Treecko tells Red the truth about what really happened, and the other three leave to also get Pikachu back. Clefairy manages to find Ruby's house and distracts him while dressed in a half-woman and half-man disguise. While Ruby is distracted by confusion, Red and Treecko breaks through the house's window and rescues Pikachu from Ruby's possession.


In Pocket Monsters DP, Pikachu goes to the Sinnoh region.


In Pocket Monsters HGSS, Pikachu returns to the Johto region.


After waving goodbye to Tyrogue, Pikachu, Red and Clefairy go to the Unova region.

Personality and characteristics

Unlike most Pokémon in the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga series, which are capable of speech, Red's Pikachu unusually cannot speak, and instead uses pantomime to communicate. Pikachu is often shown to be the opposite of his cousin Clefairy. While Clefairy is typically rude and full of dumb ideas, Pikachu is much more intelligent, well-behaved and generally more capable. This has sometimes been the source of rivalry between the two Pokémon, leading to fights.

According to Clefairy, Pikachu shocks people to show when it's happy, a fact that Red is not too fond of.

In the anime

Pikachu with Red and Clefairy

Pikachu appeared along with Red and Clefairy in the anime episode Lights, Camerupt, Action!. The three characters appeared in one of Ash's favorite films. Much like in the manga, it appears to be the only Pokémon around that isn't able to talk.


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For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Pikachu and Raichu.

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