Hitmonchan's appearance is very similar to a human, when compared to other Pokémon. The color of its skin is a light brown color. It wears a purple skirt and bright red boxing gloves. It's feet are also a purple colour, giving it the appearance that it is wearing shoes. It's enlarged shoulders appear as large shoulder pads. The very top of its head is separated into five sections, and its face has visible eyes and a mouth but no nose.
Hitmonchan can have one of two abilities, Keen Eye or Iron Fist. Keen Eye is an ability that will prevent any accuracy loss. Iron Fist is an ability that powers up any punch move by 20%.
Hitmonchan utilize punching moves to the fullest, far more than any other Pokémon. Its punches can be so quick that it is possible that they are not able to be seen. Hitmonchan can learn all three elemental punches which are strong against elemental Pokémon that are weak against them.
In the anime
Hitmonchan first appeared in the anime episode The Punchy Pokémon, where it was entered into a fighting tournament under the ownership of a trainer named Anthony.
Hitmonchan's English name is derived from the words "Hit", "Monster" and the last name of film star Jackie Chan, the same as how Hitmonlee is derived the same first two words and the last name of Bruce Lee.
It's Japanese name, Ebiwalar, is derived from the world champion boxer Hiroyuki Ebihara.