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Damian (Japanese: ダイスケ Daisuke) was the original Trainer of Ash's Charmander.
In the anime
In the anime, Damian is a character of the day who appeared in Charmander – The Stray Pokémon. He is an arrogant Trainer who is mostly interested in catching strong Pokémon, and expresses no legitimate interest in raising Pokémon himself. In the Japanese version, he also seems to neither know nor care about the inherent type weaknesses of his Pokémon, as he mocked Charmander for being too weak to even beat a Poliwag before Brock reminded him that Charmander, being a Fire-type, is naturally weak to Water Pokémon.
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, although after they left, she warned the group about their bad reputation.
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 recapture Charmander, but Charmander batted an empty Poké Ball with its tail. Then Damian tried to battle against Charmander unfairly with his other Pokémon, but a combined attack from Charmander and Pikachu scared Damian away for good.
Damian reappeared in a flashback in The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!, when Ash reminisced about the time where Damian offered Charmander the chance to return to his team, only for Charmander to refuse.
This listing is of Damian's known Pokémon in the anime:
|| Unknown Pokémon
| At the Pokémon Center, Damian had several Poké Balls that are implied to all have Pokémon, despite there being more than the legal six. He later attempted to use them against Charmander in a rage when it refused to return to him, although he was unable to so before being driven off by a joint attack from both Charmander and Pikachu.
None of their moves are known.
|| Charmander – The Stray Pokémon
- Main article: Ash's Charmander
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.
|| Charmander – The Stray Pokémon
| Voice actors
|| Shin'ichirō Miki
|| Michael Haigney (EP011-EP043)|
Tom Wayland (BW116)
In the manga
Damian in The Electric Tale of Pikachu 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.
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.
- "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!"
- "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 Charmander to return, Damian is shown throwing Charmander's Poké Ball at it instead of using the return function on the Poké Ball. This implies that Damian had released Charmander from his Poké Ball when he abandoned it.
- This is further implied by the fact that Charmander goes into Ash's Poké Ball when he attempts to catch it at the beginning, which should only have happened if Charmander was wild.
|| ダイスケ Daisuke
|| Possibly from 大 dai (great), referring to the amount of Pokémon he had on hand.
|| 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).