Zapdos is one of the three Legendary Birds.
Long before the opening of the series, Zapdos was captured by Team Rocket and turned into one of its Pokémon soldiers. It is given to Lt. Surge, who uses it to destroy Red. However, Red manages to overcome Lt. Surge and claim his Thunder Badge.
Sometime afterward, Red unknowingly turns on a machine that combines Zapdos with its icy and fiery counterparts, Articuno and Moltres, and combines them to form Zapmolcuno. With the might of Saur, Blue's Charizard, and Blasty, Zapmolcuno is defeated and the Legendary Birds reverted into their original forms.
- Lt. Surge