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Pika, pika!
~ Pikachu's famous expression.
It's because, it's because I always want to be with you.
~ Pikachu's only lines.

Pikachu (Japanese: ピカチュウ, Pikachu) is the mascot of the Pokémon franchise. He is one of the two main protagonists (alongside Ash Ketchum) of the Pokémon anime series, one of the eight protagonists of the "Subspace Emissary" sub-game, and the titular main protagonist of the Pikachu Shorts series. It is an Electric-type Pokemon that resembles a mouse.

Pikachu evolves from Pichu by leveling up with max happiness. Pikachu evolves into Raichu if given a Thunder Stone. In Sword and Shield, Pikachu can dynamax as a Gigantamax Pikachu.

It is voiced by Ikue Ōtani in most of its appearances, particularly its male version and in Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!, he is voiced by Kate Bristol (best known as Kisa Sohma) as speaking.

Biography

He started out as a Pichu raised by a Kangaskhan. When he evolved into a Pikachu, he was kept in a Poké Ball inside Professor Oak’s laboratory.

In Videogames

PokéPark

Main article: Pikachu (Poképark)

Pokkén Tournament

Pikachu is a playable character in the game.

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros.

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Super Smash Bros. Melee

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he knows some very powerful attacks. His Final Smash is called "Volt Tackle", and it consists of it turning into a ball of electricity and zooming across the stage at a high speed, doing damage to any opponent it touches.

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Prior two of its female counterparts’ appearances in Ultimate, namely based on Moon (Sun & Moon female protagonist) and Libre (known in Tekken/Soul-based fighting game Pokkén), the default gender of playable Pikachu in all of its appearances are mostly males. This makes Pikachu being one of the two Pokémon fighters alongside Pokémon Trainer (original Kantonian ones) to have their different genders as an “alternate costume”.

In the World of Light Sonic and Pikachu were running from Galeems beams of light but failed and got imprisoned by Galeem. After being defeated Pikachu became a playable character.

Pokémon UNITE

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In Anime

Ash's Pikachu

In the anime, Ash got a Pikachu from Professor Oak as his starter Pokémon when the other three were already taken. At first Pikachu didn't get along with his Trainer, but he gradually warmed up to him and they have been great friends ever since. Together, they go on many adventures with many friends. Pikachu hates being inside his Pokéball.

A criminal organization named Team Rocket consisting of Jessie, James and the Scratch Cat Pokémon Meowth are constantly trying to steal him in almost every episode for years as they were impressed by his skills in their first encounter with him and Ash. However, Team Rocket always fails and Pikachu often sends them "blasting off again" with a Thunderbolt.

Pikachu always destroyed Ash's female companions' bicycles by his thunderbolt (which was an accident).

Pikachu appears in every episode in the main series along with Ash.

This Pikachu Ash owned is confirmed to be a male due to the gender different that female a Pikachu had heart-shaped tail.

In Sword and Shield, In episode 13, it confirmed Pikachu became a gigantamax when absorbing the gigantamax energy.

Personality

He is very ambitious, because he hates being defeated. He is also sensitive because he understood Piplup’s dealings and cried.

Trivia

  • Pikachu is one of the original 151 Pokémon in the series. Its Pokédex number is 25, which is coincidentally similar to Meowth's Pokédex number, which is the same but backwards.
  • Niue released a one-dollar coin featuring Pikachu as part of a commemorative promotion for the Pokémon franchise, with Pikachu on one side and the nation's coat of arms on the other.
  • Pikachu and its evolved form share their species name with Rattata, Raticate, Sandshrew, and Sandslash. They are all known as the Mouse Pokémon.
  • Veronica Taylor, the voice actress who voiced Ash in the first eight seasons of the anime, has stated that Pikachu is her favorite Pokémon.
  • In 2008, Japanese researchers discovered a new protein that helps carry electrical impulses from the eyes to the brain and named it pikachurin. According to the researchers, the decision was based on both the Pokémon and protein possessing "lightning-fast moves and shocking electric effects".
  • There have been three Pikachu balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The first, known as the "Flying Pikachu", was flown from 2001 through 2005. It was used in a morning rush hour test of wind conditions in Times Square after an accident involving an M&M's balloon in the 2005 parade and made its farewell appearance at the Party of the Decade in August 2006, in New York City's Bryant Park. The second version debuted in the 2006 parade, features glowing cheeks, and chases a Poké Ball balloon. The third one, introduced for the 2014 parade, has Pikachu wearing a green scarf and holding a small Pikachu shaped snowman.
  • Pikachu is one of fourteen Pokémon that one can collect foreign Pokédex entries for in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
  • The earliest depictions of Pikachu had differently-colored bellies, most notably the sprites for Pokémon Red, Green, and Blue, as well as the international Red and Blue.
  • In the film "Pokémon - I Choose You!", Pikachu talks for the only time.
  • Pikachu is the only core series starter Pokémon with a pre-evolved form, though Pichu was not available in Pokémon Yellow.
  • According to A Sneak Peek at Pokémon, Pikachu can deliver a constant current of 1000 amperes.
  • As of Generation V, Pikachu has the most event-exclusive moves available to it.
  • In the Japanese Pokémon Stadium, Pikachu is the only Pokémon that can be used in battle that is not fully evolved.
  • In Pokémon Yellow, X and Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and Sun and Moon, Pikachu uses its cry from the anime as voiced by Ikue Ohtani. Pikachu is the only Pokémon that uses its anime voice in any core series game.
  • Black, White, Black 2, and White 2 are the only core series handheld games in which Pikachu is not available in some way.
  • It was said Pikachu was the most popular Pokémon until in 2016, where it reveals that Greninja was the top number.
  • Pikachu makes a cameo appearance in the 2001 Warner Bros. film Osmosis Jones.
  • In Austin Powers in Goldmember, a character dressed as Pikachu is seen in the Godzilla part.
  • Pikachu has physical aspects of several species of rodents, and its species name suggests that it is based on a mouse (although is still arguable as it's sometimes said to be a cat). It is not particularly similar to the pika despite its name, but its long ears do resemble those of other members of Lagomorpha. The rodent that Pikachu most resembles is the Viscacha, a type of chinchilla that lives in the desert.

According to character designer Atsuko Nishida, Pikachu was based on a squirrel.

  • Pikachu is a combination of ピカピカ pikapika (onomatopoeia for sparkle) and チューチュー chūchū (the sound of squeaking). Pikachu was designed by Atsuko Nishida, a member of the core design team at Game Freak.

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Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
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Pokémon Go
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