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Dario (Japanese: ドリオ Dorio) is a character of the day who appeared in The Flame Pokémon-athon!. He also appeared in The Electric Tale of Pikachu.
In the anime
Dario was an arrogant and rude Trainer who went to great lengths to win the Big P Pokémon Race. He resorted to cheating, and hired Team Rocket to stage a stampede that resulted in his rival competitor Lara Laramie breaking her arm. While could not compete, Ash entered in her place, riding her Ponyta.
Thanks to more of Team Rocket's assistance, Dario and his Dodrio quickly took the lead position during the race. Out of nowhere, Ash emerged and caught up to him. Dario had his Dodrio Pecked at Ponyta, but it only delayed the Pokémon temporarily. It then evolved into Rapidash and defeated Dario by just a few centimeters.
Blaming Team Rocket for his loss, Dario tied them up and had his Dodrio use Peck on them.
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Dario has competed in the following Pokémon competitions:
In the manga
In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga
Dario in The Electric Tale of Pikachu
Dario appears in The Human Race and the Pokémon Race, where he spooks Lara's Ponyta so that she will be injured and unable to participate in the Fuchsia Free-For-All Race. Unlike his anime appearance, he spooks Ponyta by himself without Team Rocket's help. He also hired a bunch of thugs and a herd of Squirtle, Wartortle and Blastoise to help him cheat in the race. He was revealed to be a poor sport when Ash won, trying to take the flag away from him.
This listing is of Dario's Pokémon in the manga:
- Both his Japanese and English names may be a pun on "Dodrio", a Pokémon which seems to be his main Pokémon in both the anime and the manga.