Pokemon Trainer, Champion
Red is a slightly muscular young man of average height with light red,almost pink, eyes and black spiky hair. In the RGB, Yellow, and GSC arcs, he wore a red open jacket with a white border, blue jeans with a red bandana tied around one leg, a black t-shirt, and a red baseball cap with a white bill, which he kept turned backwards. During the FRLG and Emerald arcs, he wore a red, white, and black collared zip up shirt (which he destroyed), a black tank top (He destroyed this as well), a black sweat band on his wrist, blue jeans, black, red, and white sneaker, and a red ball cap with a white bill, which he kept facing forward. His design is based of the trainers of the same name from the Pokemon video games series.
Red debuts in Chapter 1.
Red is first seen showing his catching abilities to a group of little kids, but once they mention Professor Oak and his grandson, they leave. He then sees a few Team Rocket members and overhears them talking about the "Phantom Pokemon", a.k.a. Mew. He manages to find it, only to see that Blue, whom he doesn't know yet, is already battling it with a Charmander. Seeing Blue quickly recall his Pokémon angers Red to a point where he sends out his own Poliwhirl, Poli, against it and is easily defeated. He then receives some words of wisdom from Blue and decides to suck up his pride and go to see Professor Oak .
Red enters the seemingly empty lab and notices a Bulbasaur, only to be found by Professor Oak and mistaken for a thief. Red accidentally knocks over a shelf of pokéballs, releasing all the Pokémon within—who immediately run away. Red volunteers to get all of them back. He and Professor Oak work together, re-capturing all but one: the same Bulbasaur from earlier, who he eventually finds in the deserted Viridian Gym. He manages to calm Bulbasaur down only to be attacked by a wild Machoke. Red then figures out how to use SolarBeam on his own, impressing Oak to the point of giving him a pokédex and Bulbasaur to keep.
He is then sent along by Professor Oak to capture as many Pokémon as he can, and encounters Blue again in the Viridian Forest. The two boys fight over a Kangaskhan, and Red finally learns Blue's name and status as Oak's grandson, beginning a rivalry with him.
Red later manages to catch a menacing Pikachu that was destroying industry in Pewter City. He then runs into Blue again, learns of the Boulder Badge, and decides to challenge Brock and earn Gym Badges. After blowing through the preliminaries with Saur and Poli, Red realizes that he needs his newly caught Pikachu to beat Brock's Onix. After a rocky first part of the match, Red earns Pikachu's trust and he defeats Brock.He later encounters Misty and her Gyarados, which had been stolen and went into an intense rage, attacking Misty and her Staryu in the process. After re-capturing the Gyarados for Misty, Red learns about Team Rocket through Misty and Oak and sets off to Mt. Moon after them with Misty. They win a battle against Team Rocket even after the admin Koga uses an injection to make his Rhyhorn evolve into a Rhydon. While staying in Misty's mansion, Misty defeats Red to make him see that they need to be stronger if they want to defeat Team Rocket. After several days of training, he defeats her and wins the Cascade Badge. S.S. Anne, Red meets the Pokémon Fan Club Chairman, learning from him that his Abra, along with other Pokémon, are being stolen. This leads him back to the S.S. Anne, where he runs into the owner, Lt. Surge. Lt. Surge, another one of Team Rocket's admins, throws Red and Poli overboard, only to trigger Poli's evolution into a Poliwrath, saving Red from drowning. They then defeat Lt. Surge, causing Lt. Surge to hold a grudge against them.
Later, Red enters a bike racing contest and uses his Pokémon to give him a good lead, until he and several of the racers are stopped dead by a slumbering Snorlax. He catches Snorlax by covering Saur in honey, appealing to Snorlax's hunger to wake it up. However all of his prize money is spent to feed it. He then journeys into Lavender Tower in Lavender Town to rescue Blue, who has mysteriously disappeared. He finds Blue possessed by a Gastly owned by Koga. Red watches Blue defeat and slice Koga's Arbok in half, gaining some respect towards Blue's skills as a trainer.
Later, Red is scammed out of his money for fake items by a mischievous girl called Green. He chases her down and gets his money back, only to realize that his first two badges, the Boulder Badge and the Cascade Badge, are gone. He then deduces that the stolen Squirtle mentioned by Professor Oak must have been taken by Green and evolved into Wartortle. Upon hearing some Team Rocket grunts mentioning her, Red infiltrates Team Rocket to see what they know about Green; he finds a half-formed monster that Team Rocket is developing.Following Team Rocket troops, he finds Green surrounded by a group of Team Rocket members looking for a mysterious chip she stole, containing information about Mew. Even after everything Green did to him, Red saves her from Team Rocket. After that, the two of them go after Mew only to find that Team Rocket made it to it again, and Red has to stall them in order for Mew to get away. After this altercation, Green leaves, but but not before leaving Red's badges entrusted in his pocket.
Red then accidentally gets his Pokémon swapped with Blue near Celadon City. When he tries to battle with them they refuse to obey him, but later he decides to play with them while Blue trains Red's Pokémon with more exotic and useful moves. Blue's Pokémon become more kind to Red and more lighthearted overall, something that greatly annoys Blue when he gets his Pokémon back. Conversely, Red's Pokémon act more seriously and intensely.Red then goes to Erika and challenges her, but she first requires that he proves himself by catching an Eevee. Eventually, with Bill's help, Red finds and catches a strange Eevee with the ability to swap between any of its evolved forms, due to a special device implanted in its ear. He then goes to find Erika and asks why Eevee is like this, challenging her to a gym battle. Erika easily defeats Red, and says that she will kill Eevee; a mercy killing, as it is already dying from the damage Red dealt it. Once Red uses Pika to protect Eevee, Erika reveals that it was simply a test and the real people that made Eevee like this were Team Rocket. (Eevee, whom Red nicknames Vee, is also in perfect health.) As he leaves Celadon City, he is watched by Sabrina.
Red next visits the Safari Zone in Fuchsia City, and although he isn't supposed to do anything except watch, he smuggles in a pokéball and catches a Nidoqueen, angering two Nidoking that were fighting over her. He manages to escape them, but is instead taken by a Victreebel to be eaten for an evolution ritual for Bellsprout and Weepinbell. He gets away from them only to run into the Nidoking again, resulting in a fight between Nidoking and the Victreebel. Provided emergency Safari pokéballs by his mechanical guide, Red uses their battle to catch both Pokémon, and catches many others before he is finally found by the Safari Zone Warden.
He then unknowingly helps the Rocket boss Giovanni, whom he believes is just an archaeologist, get some fossils and get to Pewter City through Diglett's Cave, only to see that Pewter Museum of Science has been set ablaze by two Magmar. He battles the Magmar while Giovanni studies his moves. Giovanni eventually deduces Red is not a threat to Team Rocket since he lacks in cruelty, unfairness, and brutality. Red is then sent on his way, but not before Giovanni gives him an Old Amber.Wanting to reach the Seafoam Islands, Red then goes to the bottom of a lake to retrieve the HM for Surf. He is instead confronted by a Dragonite and decides to use all of his other Pokémon to distract it, only to have their combined weight crush the HM and trap Red's leg under a rock. He is rescued by Misty, who appears and drives the Dragonite off with her Starmie and Gyarados. Misty then trades Red's Krabby for her Gyarados, who knows Surf. On the Seafoam Islands, Red encounters Team Rocket again, who are searching for Articuno. Red tries to protect it but Articuno protects Red more. During the process, Red's Pokémon forgive Gyarados for previously attacking them, and the team forges a stronger bond between them.
He then reaches Cinnabar Island, spotting Team Rocket once more and secretly watching them battle Blaine's Pokémon from the edge of a cliff. A member spots him and threatens to throw him off the cliff if he doesn't surrender. Blaine appears, but with Red's Gyarados, the two of them easily overpower the grunts until they reveal their secret weapon: Moltres. The grunts disperse and Moltres gives chase to the two of them, who ride on Blaine's Rapidash to try to escape. When nothing that they do works, Blaine spots Red's Old Amber and has him revive it as fast as he can. He gets it revived into an Aerodactyl, and with that, he is able to drive Moltres away.Red goes from Cinnabar Island to Pallet Town, intending to speak with Professor Oak. He finds an impostor in Professor Oak's place: Sabrina's Kadabra. Sabrina herself appears, telling him that the residents of Pallet have been kidnapped and brought to Saffron City. She challenges him to retrieve them, and then vanishes. Blue then arrives and the two get into an argument: Blue tells Red that he, Blue, is going to take care of Team Rocket, and Red should stop interfering. Red responds that he, too, is from Pallet and wants to protect it just as much, and they both rush separately to Saffron City. However, before leaving, Red realizes that the special Eevee he left in Oak's care has been stolen.
Saffron City is protected from entrance and exit by a large psychic barrier, so with some urging from Green, Red and Blue team up. With Pika's Substitute and Blue's Golduck's Confusion, the two of them locate the source of the barrier, Sabrina's Mr. Mime, and defeat it, allowing access to Saffron City.After a trap door splits him up from Blue while inside the Silph Corporation building, Red runs into Lt. Surge, who has been equipped with many gadgets involving electricity and electric-type Pokémon, powered by Zapdos. Red sends out Saur in defense and uses Razor Leaf to cut the electrical cords, causing Lt. Surge to get electrocuted. Red swipes the Thunder Badge from him as well as a pair of gloves. He leaves and finds Koga standing victorious over Blue, apparently about to kill him. Red tries to stop Koga from killing Blue, but is restrained by Koga's Grimer. After a hard battle with Koga's Articuno, the same one that Red had saved earlier, the two boys defeat Koga. Red takes the Soul Badge from him, and the two split up once again.
He finds the Pokémon Badge Energy Amplifier, and quickly meets up with Green, who hands him the Marsh Badge in exchange for his Moon Stone. Sabrina appears, and Red fits his seven badges into the Amplifier and points it at his Pikachu, expecting it to give Pika a power boost as Green had told him it would. Green was, of course, lying, and nothing occurs. Green additionally reveals that the Boulder and Cascade Badges she had returned to him earlier are fakes, and she escapes with the Amplifier, leaving Red to fight Sabrina.
Sabrina summons Zapdos, Moltres, and Articuno, who are merged together when Green inserts the real badges in, creating a new Pokémon: Zapmolcuno. Combining their attacks, Red, Blue, and Green defeat it.
Red then journeys back to Cerulean City to capture the "monster Pokémon," which turns out to be Mewtwo. After attempting to catch it, Red and his Pokémon are almost sucked into Mewtwo's Psywave. They are saved by Blaine, and Red uses his whole team to fool Mewtwo and catch it with a Master Ball for Blaine.Later, Red encounters a girl being attacked by a Dratini in Viridian Forest. He helps her catch a Rattata and explains how battling and catching Pokémon works. He takes her back to Viridian City, where he learns that their gym leader has long been considered invincible, and has also been absent for a while. Entering the Gym, Red finally meets Giovanni again, who reveals his true intentions behind the incident at Diglett's Cave. Giovanni then challenges Red to a battle with a catch: if Red loses, he has to join Team Rocket. After a very intense and long battle, Red defeats Giovanni. He is offered the position of Gym Leader of Viridian, but he first wishes to become a better trainer and goes off to the Indigo Plateau. With the badges he gained, Red is able to enter the Pokémon League, where he faces Blue in the final match. Professor Oak notes how Blue has become more instinctual like Red, and Red in turn has become more calm and is able to use knowledge as well as instinct like Blue. He defeats Blue and his Charizard with Saur and emerges as the Champion of the ninth Pokémon League competition. This makes him interesting to the Elite Four, who are watching the battle from the side.
Red has been a good Champion for Kanto. As Champion, he often accepts challengers; he saves a postman and finds a letter of challenge addressed to him, signed by Bruno. Red goes to accept his challenge and, due to the interference of Agatha and Lorelei, loses badly and is frozen solid. He is freed by Giovanni, then makes his way to Cerise Island, where he battles a fair fight against Bruno and wins.
Red is kind hearted and willing to assist others at any cost. He started out as arrogant, but after losing to Mew leveled down. He also used to be more rash, but seems to have become more level headed by the FRLG Arc.
Red's Poliwhirl, Poli, is Red's very first Pokemon, having been with him since the beginning of the manga. When Red is drowning in the ocean, Poliwhirl dives in to save him, and evolves into a Poliwrath by touching the Vermillion Bay Water Stone hidden in deep waters.
Poli is known to have these moves:
- Water Gun
- Ice Beam
- Seismic Toss
- Double Team
- Given to him by Professor Oak in Viridian gym
Red's Venusaur, Saur, is Red's "Starter Pokémon." It was given to him by Professor Oak at the beginning of the manga when Red brings back all of the escaped Pokemon in Professor Oak's Lab. He eventually becomes an Ivysaur when he defeats a wild Pinsir near Celadon City, and becomes a Venusaur in the intense battle against Sabrina and the other fellow Team Rocket memebers. He is one of Red's best, iconic and beloved Pokemon alongside Pika and Poli, and is also one of his most powerful Pokemon, capable of taking down Blue's Charizard, though Pika had to help him with the finishing blow.
Saur is known to have these moves:
- Solar Beam
- Vine Whip
- Leech Seed
Red's Pikachu, Pika, who was stealing things from humans in Pewter City, and Red captured him for them. But the two started to share a close bond and Pika is now one of Red's most commonly used Pokemon.
Pika is known to have these moves:
- Thunder Wave
- Surf (while using substitute)
- Megavolt (charged by power of other Pokémon in final battle against Lance)
- Captured in Celadon City
Due to Team Rocket's experimentation, Vee could evolve at will into Flareon, Jolteon, and Vaporeon, and revert back into Eevee just as easily. However, it eventually evolved into Espeon, thus rendering its form-changing abilities unusable.
Vee is known to have these moves:
- Acid Armor (as Vaporeon)
- Pin Missile (as Jolteon)
- Vee also has an unknown water attack as Vaporeon and an unknown fire attack as Flareon (most likely Water Gun and Ember)
- Received from Misty in a trade: Red's Krabby for her Gyarados
Gyara was abused and tested by Team Rocket before Red traded with Misty to get him. His tramatic life at Team Rocket caused him to go on several rampages in the manga.
Gyara is known to have these moves moves:
- Hyper Beam
- Bite? (while fighting against Bruno, Gyara bit Onyx)
- Hydro Pump
- Red received an Old Amber while digging for fossils in Diglett's Cave with Giovanni and used it to revive Aerodactyl at Blaine's lab, and nicknamed it Aero. It is Red's main means of flying.
Aero is known to have these moves:
- Hyper Beam
- Fly (only way Red could fly on Aero)
Red caught a Sandshrew in Diglett's Cave while travelling with Giovanni to find fossils. He used to defeat two Magmar that were burning Pewter Museum.It was never seen after that.
Sand is known to have these moves:
- Sand Attack
Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver
In the Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver video games, Red can be found alone on Mount Silver. He will then challenge you to a battle with these Pokémon and moves:
Pika (Lv. 88)
Saur (Lv. 84)
Charizard (Lv. 84)
Blastoise (Lv. 84)
Lapras (Lv. 80)
Lax (Lv. 82)
Blue is Red's Rival and a good friend of Red. By the end of the RGB Arc, they have taken on some of each other's characteristics, learning from each other, and are good friends.
Red first met Green she was trying to sell him Pokemon Items. Green lied to him and said that her Items worked. At first, suspicious, Red did not want to buy any of her items, but Green appeals to his ego by telling him what a good trainer he is. He than buys her stuff and Red later finds out her items don't work.
Yellow is a good friend of Red whom he saved as a child. She later goes on a journey to find the MIA Red with Pika's help. While she deeply admires Red, she doesn't reveal to him that she is a girl until the end of the GSC Arc. He later gives her his first pokedex near the end of the FRLG Arc.
Misty is the second gym leader Red meets. At first, he thinks she is just another trainer, and accompanies her through Mt. Moon, but he soon finds out. She developed a crush on him, but it is unclear whether he truly reciprocates those feelings.
- 8 badges Collected:
- Boulder Badge in Onix Is On!
- Cascade Badge in Suddenly Starmie
- Rainbow Badge in Meanwhile...Vileplume!
- Volcano Badge in Holy Moltres
- Thunder Badge in Zap! Zap! Zapdos!
- Soul Badge in The Art of Articuno
- Marsh Badge in A Little Kadabra'll Do It
Red has competed in the following Pokémon Leagues:
- Ninth Triennial Indigo League - Winner
- Win the test to Leader gym
- Red and Black are the only male protagonists to challenge his region's gyms
- Red shares numerous traits with Ash Ketchum from the Pokemon anime: both have once used a Bulbasaur and a Charizard, and both have a Pikachu as one of their Pokemon. Both were also based on Pokemon Trainer Red from the games, who also uses a Pikachu, Venusaur and a Charizard.
- Both Red from the games and Red from the manga have canonically used a member of the Bulbasaur evolution line, with the game version using Ivysaur in SSBB and Venusaur in Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver,Black 2 and White 2, and Red from the manga using all three members of the evolution line: Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, and Venusaur, though this was mainly because they were the same character. It isn't known if the main game version of Red ever used Bulbasaur officially.
- Red's main three Pokemon each hold some sort of significance in some way: Pikachu is the mascot of the Pokemon franchise, the Poliwag evolution line is Satoshi Tajiri's favorite Pokemon, and the Bulbasaur evolution line are the first three Pokemon in the original, and consequently the International, Pokedex.
- In the US and other countries like it, the Red's, Blue's, and Green's names are associated with the weakness of their starters (i.e. Red, "fire," is the weakness of Red's Venusaur).
- In Japan, this pattern applies only to Red.
- By the end of Volume 1 (Chapter 14), Red has seen 56 Pokémon and owned 26
- By the end of Volume 3 (Chapter 40), Red has seen 79 Pokémon (out of 150 Pokémon)
- Red's family and past history is mostly unknown. Little is known about his childhood except for several flashbacks, and even less is known about his parents. However, it is assumed in the manga that his parents are deceased.
- As well as that, Red and Emerald are the only Dexholders without much knowledge about their past.
- Red spends a lot of time on Mount Silver during and after the GSC arc, just like in his later appearances in the games.
|Red/Green/Blue Arc||Red | Blue | Green|
|Yellow Arc||Yellow |
|Gold/Silver/Crystal Arc||Gold | Silver | Crystal|
|Ruby/Sapphire Arc||Ruby | Sapphire|
|Diamond/Pearl Arc||Diamond | Pearl | Platinum|
|Heart Gold/Soul Silver Arc||Gold | Silver | Crystal|
|Black/White Arc||Black | White | Cheren | Bianca|
|Black 2/White 2 Arc||Blake | Whitley|
|X/Y Arc||X | Y|
|Sun/Moon Arc||Sun | Moon|