Charizard is character from the Pokemon anime and games.
Red's Charizard was the first Pokémon acquired by Red in the Kanto Region. Red obtained Charmander from Professor Oak when he was sent out to fill up the Pokédex.
Ash Ketchum's Charizard was abandoned by his old trainer, Damian, on a rock one day, but after his rescue by Ash and friends during their journey to Vermillion City, Charmander joined them, and proved himself to be a powerhouse for Ash early on. It evolved into Charmeleon after defeating a massive herd of Exeggutor, and then into Charizard shortly after when he was taunted at by an Aerodactyl.
Said evolutions gave him a rebellious streak, but a humbling fight with a Poliwrath during the Orange Islands journey, and a long stay at Johto's Charicific Valley, changed Charizard into becoming one of Ash's most loyal Pokémon. He would be one of Ash's standbys whenever Ash needs a very powerful Pokémon. Charizard also makes a brief return to Ash's team during the closing portions of the Unova journey.
In the AWA fics, Red's and Ash Ketchum's Charizards are considered students at the AWA Academy.
In the XP4 fics, a Charizard debuted in XP4 Heroes of the Multiverse - All-Star Adventures.
Charizard is a large, dragon-like Pokémon that differs greatly from its pre-evolved form. The red skin coloration of Charmeleon is no longer apparent, as Charizard appears to have reverted back to the orange/yellow coloration of Charmander. The single horn that was on the back of its head is now two, one on either side. The most notable difference between Charizard and its pre-evolved forms are the large wings that have developed on its back, which gives Charizard the capability of flying.
Charizard's Mega Evolution form using Charizardite X is different from Charizard, as it now has a black body color and blue flames from its mouth and on its tail. While using Charizardite Y, Mega Charizard has a big horn on the top of its head and larger wings.
As mentioned by many Trainers, Red and Charizard have a great bond between them. Charizard is very loyal to Red, even when it was still a Charmander and its Trainer was rather inexperienced. In terms of power, it is one of Red's strongest Pokémon, even able to beat powerful opponents its type is usually weak against.
Thanks to this union and its power, Charizard is able to Mega Evolve, something rarely seen in the Kanto region.
Ash Ketchum's Charizard
Charizard as a Charmander was loyal, to the point of being naive; he believed that his trainer, Damian, would come back for him. However, upon discovering the truth that Damian is a selfish person, he rejected him as his trainer and became one of Ash's Pokémon, knowing that Ash was dedicated, selfless, and an all-around better trainer than Damian ever was. It shows the same loyalty and respect towards Ash that he once had for Damian, It also became happy.
After evolving into Charmeleon, its happy personality and loyalty disappeared because Charmeleon's own skill level excelled that of Ash's and as such, it disrespected him for no apparent reason, becoming more arrogant, overconfident and prideful. An example of this is demonstrated during a practice battle in which Ash sought to help Cassandra’s Paras evolve into a Parasect. Charmeleon disobeyed Ash's orders and ruthlessly attacked Paras, causing it to flee in tears. Ash was about to reprimand Charmeleon, but the latter used a Flamethrower on him before turning on Brock and Misty, the former of whom commented that Charmeleon was way out of control.
This trait is also shared by Trevor's Charmeleon from the XY series when it was way out of control while unleashing its Flamethrower on both Pikachu and Dedenne especially towards Ash and the group as they reunited again with Trevor, due to its passion of battling other Pokémon.
It's personality did not change much, when it evolved into Charizard, however, it rarely obeyed Ash's orders and became pathetic and very lazy, and occasionally uses its Flamethrower on him to stop Ash from recalling it, sometimes when its trainer irritates it or as a sign of its defiance, it would also embarrass Ash.
After Charizard was frozen by Poliwrath's Ice Beam, throughout the night, Ash resolved to keep Charizard warm, rubbing it with his hands to provide heat in the form of friction, which risked rubbing his hands raw. Before the night ended, Ash told Charizard that he only wanted to be good enough for it and reminded Charizard of how long they had been together since Charizard was a Charmander, which Charizard recollected on that day, after seeing his efforts to save it from certain death, it feels remorseful, for how badly it treated its trainer, Charizard's loyalty to Ash returned in full force; the best part of Charmander's pre-evolved personality is back, as it no longer disobeys Ash's orders, although it is no longer arrogant and overconfident, Charizard is still sometimes, stubborn, prideful and short-tempered.
Charizard also gains a strong friendly bond with Ash's Pignite during its travels with Ash in Unova and Decolore Islands as both are Fire-Type Pokémon who always use Flamethrower at their opponent and both are seen teaming up if it comes into a fierce battle. At one time when Pignite is having problem due to the seed shells are stuck on his nostrils, Charizard is used to make a Seismic Toss at him but spares him afterwards when he falls into the edge. He is the only Pokémon who makes Pignite to gain more of his determination and fierceness. Both are also seen teaming up in fierce battles.
After years of training in the Charicific Valley, Charizard became significantly stronger and tougher, displaying a much more ferocious Flamethrower and learning various new moves such as Overheat, Dragon Breath, Slash and Dragon Tail. It defeated Gary's Scizor and Golem in quick succession before finally defeating Blastoise despite the type advantage, as well as battled and defeated Noland's Articuno, all while still training in the Charicific Valley. Once it ended it's training, it rejoined Ash for his journey in Unova, where it easily defeated Iris's pseudo-legendary Dragonite; it took no visible damage from Dragon Rush before overwhelming Dragonite with a single powerful Dragon Tail. All of these feats prove that Charizard is indeed one of, if not Ash's strongest Pokémon and that Ash would definitely have won a lot more battles if it was used more often.
XP4 Heroes of the Multiverse - All-Star Adventures
In Chapter 9, Charizard alongside Blastoise and Venusaur were introduced as hooded figures.
In Chapter 10, Charizard alongside Blastoise and Venusaur were shock when Mario and everyone infiltrated their camp. The trio introduced themselves as the Dark Forces' Terrible Trio and after that, Charizard fought Mario and Luigi but was defeated. After that, Venusaur dragged him and Blastoise away and retreated by jumping into a portal.
Charizard is the Pokémon Trainer's powerhouse, boasting heavy-hitting moves, above-average dash speed (slightly faster than Pikachu), and long-range attacks. Charizard's drawbacks include large weight, subpar aerial game, and slow walking speed. Its varied arsenal of attacks includes Rock Smash, a powerful frontal attack, and Fly, a recovery move that sends Charizard skyward and allows it to glide. It can also use Flamethrower to attack from a short distance, but its power decreases over time. It uses Fire Blast in the Pokémon Trainer's Final Smash, Triple Finish.
- Charizard along with Red are the first characters from Pokemon to be introduced in the AWA fics.