Remember when Charizard was all by his lonesome for Smash 4? Do you recall he was with Squirtle and Ivysaur in Brawl, and returned to that team in Ultimate? Why the about-face? The official Pokemon UK site has a theory that lays to rest why Charizard went renegade for one game in the Smash series.
He didn’t want to listen
Here’s the website’s wild guess for Charizard’s behavior in full:
The original Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64 marked the first time that Pokémon made the jump from turn-based battles to real-time combat, with Pikachu and Jigglypuff as the debut Pokémon contenders. The series has come a long way since then, with a wide assortment of fighters from the Pokémon universe appearing in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The returning Pokémon Trainer can send out Squirtle and Ivysaur, as well as Charizard, which is back at the Pokémon Trainer’s side after its previous standalone appearance. We’d like to believe that this Charizard merely decided to disobey its Trainer for a little while, much like Ash’s Charizard did in Pokémon the Series.
That’s what trainers get for evolving their base Charmanders too early. Unruly flying dragons that don’t give a damn and leave their friends hanging without a wingman. Gamers were lucky Charizard didn’t just fall asleep randomly in Smash 4.
As a fan of the Pokemon anime, this reason for Charizard’s solo run makes sense. I remember Ash’s orange buddy disobeying him for many, MANY episodes before he got his act together. As for why he was alone in Smash 4? I always thought it was because he ate his trainer and the other Pokemon.
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Arthur Damian is a writer, editor, educator, and lover of video games. Based and living in Brooklyn, NY, he has been gaming since the age of five, from the NES to the Nintendo Switch. His favorite system is the SNES, his favorite game is Chrono Trigger, and you cannot convince him otherwise. He loves dogs, rainbow cookies, Spider-Man, and songs with intricate drum patterns. Arthur is also the Editor-in-Chief at That VideoGame Blog.