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レッド Red
Red (game)
Red in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
Names Japanese: Red
English: Red
Gender Male
Class Pokémon Trainer
Region Kanto
Hometown Pallet Town
Relatives Mother
First Appearance Pokémon Red and Green (1996)
Other Appearances Pokémon Red and Blue (1998)
Pokémon Yellow (1999)
Pokémon Gold and Silver (2000)
Pokémon Crystal (2001)
Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen (2004)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver (2010) Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 (2012)
Rival(s) Blue
Main Game Character

Red (Japanese: レッド Reddo) also known as Fire (ファイア Faia) is a very powerful Pokémon Trainer from Pallet Town, Kanto. He is the first character to be playable in the Pokémon series and his initial appearance is set in the Generation I main games. He has since then made various appearances in Pokémon media, including the Generation III remakes of Pokémon Red, Green and Blue, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. Red is also a NPC (non-playable character) in Gold (Game), Silver (game), Crystal, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black 2 and White 2.

Red is a very serious person, especially when he battles. This can be seen easily because he seldom smiles. He is very quiet, and is seen only saying many "..."s in the games.

In the anime

Main article: Ash Ketchum

Red as he appears in Pokémon: The Origin anime special.

Red does not appear himself in the anime series, but Ash is his anime counterpart, but Red is confirmed to be appearing on the new upcoming anime special called Pokémon: The Origin, which appears to be based on the Generation One games.


Main article: Red (Manga)

His first Pokémon was a Poliwag, which evolved into a Poliwhirl when saving him from drowning prior to the beginning of the story, and evolved once more into a Poliwrath in Buzz off, Electabuzz!

Red is eleven years old at the beginning of the Red, Green & Blue chapter. He is first seen in A Glimpse of the Glow, when he shows a group of children the proper way to catch a Pokémon. He demonstrates by using his Poliwhirl to battle a wild Nidorino. Red is very sentimental, as shown in the battle versus Blue in the ninth annual Pokémon League tournament. He believes that defeating an opponent is no fun if they are at a disadvantage, as seen in both The Secret of Kangaskhan and Make Way for Magmar!. At the beginning of the series, he is quite cocky, as shown in Suddenly Starmie. However, this cockiness has subsided by the end of the RGB saga.

Red's special skill, as described by Professor Oak, is Pokémon battling. As such, he is called the "Fighter" (戦う者Fighter). In later adventures, Red has been viewed as a leader amongst the Pokédex holders.

In the Games

In Red and Blue (Green in Japan) Red is the only playable character. The player advances through the game as

Red's Artwork in Red and Blue

Red with, as usual, a name of their choice. He also appears in their remakes, FireRed and LeafGreen, with the same purpose.

In Pokémon Gold and Silver and Crystal, and their remakes, Red is fought at Mt. Silver, in which he has Pokémon similar to Ash of the anime (except for the fact that all three starters are fully evolved compared to Ash only having one fully evolved). Red also retakes this role in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. You can battle once again by defeating the Elite Four.

Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver, he seems like a shady character who has strong Pokémon. Red is the highest leveled trainer of any Pokémon game. This record was broken by Barry in Platinum, but Red broke it again in HeartGold and SoulSilver.

In, Pokémon Black and White Versions 2, he participated in the Pokémon World Tournament. Meaning he has appeared in at least one game in most generations, with the exception of three, it is unknown if he'll appear in six.


Red's sprite from Red, Green, and Blue

Red's title screen sprite from

Generation I (Worldwide, JP Blue)

Red's title screen sprite from

Generation I (JP Red and Green)

Red's backsprite from Red, Green, and Blue

Red's Sprite from Pokémon Yellow

Red's backsprite from Pokémon Yellow




Yellow Red


Red's sprite from

Generation II

Red's intro sprite from Generation III

Red's sprite from Generation III

Red's backsprite from

Generation III

Red's credits sprite from

Generation III

Red's Sprite from Generation V



FRLG Red Back




Gold, Silver, and Crystal

File:Pikachu C.png
 Type Electric 
File:Espeon C.png
 Type Psychic 
File:Snorlax C.png
 Type Normal 
File:Venusaur C.png
 Type Grass Type Poison 
File:Charizard C.png
 Type Fire Type Flying 
File:Blastoise C.png
 Type Water 
Lv. 81 Lv. 73 Lv. 75 Lv. 77 Lv. 77 Lv. 77
Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability:
Item: Light Ball Item: Item: Item: Item: Item:
Quick Attack Reflect Body Slam Sunny Day Fire Spin Rain Dance
Charm Psychic Rest Solar Beam Flamethrower Blizzard
Thunder Mud-Slap Snore Giga Drain Fly Whirlpool
Thunderbolt Swift Amnesia Synthesis Wing Attack Surf

HeartGold and SoulSilver

 Type Electric 
File:Charizard HGSS.png
 Type Fire Type Flying 
File:Venusaur HGSS (Male).png
 Type Grass Type Poison 
File:Blastoise HGSS.png
 Type Water 
File:Snorlax HGSS.png
 Type Normal 
File:Lapras HGSS.png
 Type Water Type Ice 
Lv. 88 - Lv. 84 - Lv. 84 - Lv. 84 - Lv. 82 - Lv. 80 -
Ability: Static Ability: Blaze Ability: Overgrow Ability: Torrent Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: ? Item: Unknown Item: Unknown Item: Unknown Item: Unknown Item: Unknown
Volt Tackle Blast Burn Frenzy Plant Hydro Cannon Shadow Ball Body Slam
Iron Tail Flare Blitz Giga Drain Blizzard Crunch Brine
Quick Attack Air Slash Sludge Bomb Flash Cannon Blizzard Blizzard
Thunderbolt Dragon Pulse Sleep Powder Focus Blast Giga Impact Psychic

Black 2 and White 2

Champion League Tournament
Venusaur BW
 Type Grass Type Poison 
Charizard BW
 Type Fire Type Flying 
Blastoise BW
 Type Water 
Pikachu BW
 Type Electric 
Snorlax BW
 Type Normal 
Lapras BW
 Type Water Type Ice 
Lv. 50 - Lv. 50 - Lv. 50 - Lv. 50 - Lv. 50 - Lv. 50 -
Ability: Overgrow Ability: Blaze Ability: Torrent Ability: Static Ability: - Ability: -
Item: ? Item: Focus Sash Item: Choice Scarf Item: ? Item: Quick Claw Item: Sitrus Berry
Leaf Storm Fire Blast Water Spout Volt Tackle Body Slam Ice Beam
Sludge Bomb Focus Blast Hydro Pump Iron Tail Earthquake Hydro Pump
Earthquake Air Slash Blizzard Brick Break Crunch Ice Shard
Sleep Powder Dragon Pulse Focus Blast Fake Out Seed Bomb Thunderbolt


Super Smash Bros. Series

Super Smash Bros. Brawl


Red in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Red also makes a appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as the Pokémon Trainer, he is accompanied by Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard and is a newcomer. He only talks when switching Pokémon and when he wins. He does not fight but instead is shown in the background commanding his Pokémon (using special-down will switch them during battle). In story mode he follows the character if he is being used until they get to a point where he is unable to continue, however he will be warped infront of the character at certain times. Each Pokémon he uses is different in weight and evolution. Squirtle is a light weight and is not evolved at all, Ivysaur is an averaged out middle weight and a has evolved once. Charizard is a heavy weight and is fully evolved.

Role in the Subspace Emissary

Red is first introduced when Lucas bumps into him and both are surrounded by Primids. Red uses Squirtle (the only Pokémon available at the start of Red's appearance) to defeat them and continues to go search for more Pokémon (in which Lucas goes with him). They then go to the ruins to find Charizard and Ivysaur, but before they continue, they then are attacked by Wario, which they win. During the story, Red finds Ivysaur as a trophy (likely due to a lost battle with Charizard) and captures it with a Poke Ball, and battles Charizard and captures it as well. He and Lucas then reach the end if the ruins and battle Galeom who fell though the top. After winning, Galeom is revealed to be a Subspace Bomb and grabs Lucas and Red (the latter being knocked out). However Lucas frees them and they are saved by Meta Knight. They then go with Marth, Meta Knight and Ike. They then go to a mountian where a battle is taking place, which ends with an army from Subspace coming to attack. They manage to defeat them (with help from Mario, Link, Kirby, Pit, Yoshi and Ice Climbers). They then meet up with the heroes that were in the Halberd and the Bomb Factory. He (along with the others) go to subspace to defeat Master Hand. However he is defeated with the others by Tabuu. If he is found by King Dedede, Luigi and Ness he will go to fight Tabuu.

Pokémon Movesets

Squirtle BW
 Type Water 
Ivysaur BW
 Type Grass Type Poison 
Charizard BW
 Type Fire Type Flying 
Lv. ??? - Lv. ??? - Lv. ??? - Lv. - Lv. - Lv. -
Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability:
Item: ? Item: Unknown Item: Unknown Item: Item: Item:
Water Gun Bullet Seed Flamethrower - - -
Withdraw Razor Leaf Rock Smash - - -
Waterfall Vine Whip Fly - - -
Hydro Pump SolarBeam Fire Blast - - -


  • Red is the most powerful trainer in the entire Pokémon franchise, with a Lv 88 Pikachu .
  • In his original design, Red was depicted with black hair, but in the latest artwork he is depicted with having light brown hair.
  • Red has been referred to as the 'Hero of Kanto,' the 'Ultimate Pokémon Trainer,' and the 'Pokémon Champion'.
  • Ash Ketchum is based on Red's first design. They also both have Pikachu, and both have the three Kanto Starters, however Red's are fully evolved where as Ash's Bulbasaur and Squirtle are unevolved and his Charmander evolved fully into Charizard. Ash and Red have both won a championship.
    • Also, Ash originally had a Lapras in his team and had a Snorlax as well.
  • Red has appeared in every generation of Pokémon, up to and including Generation five, with one exception, Generation three, it is currently unknown if he will make an appearance in Generation six.
  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, his Espeon was replaced with a Lapras.
  • Red, being much like all playable charecters, follows a similar trait where he almost never speaks, but when speaking, he simply says "..." or gives commands to his Pokemon.

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