Japanese Title: Lizardon, I Choose You!!
Original Airdate: July 22, 1999
US Airdate: September 2, 2000
Charizard's disobedience reaches a breaking point when it ends up gravely hurt by a Poliwrath's Ice Beam. Can Ash's efforts to save him finally regain Charizard's respect?
This episode contains examples of the following tropes:
- Ash Face: Charizard does this to Ash almost immediately after being sent out. Later Invoked by Ash, who says he'll allow Charizard to use its flamethrower on him if it'll motivate it to get better.
- Berserk Button: When Ash gets injured against Team Rocket, Charizard gets violently pissed off and busts out Dragon Rage.
- Call-Back: Quite a few.
- Misty still finds Tentacruel adorable.
- In one lost on the dub, in Charmander's intro episode, Damien said he couldn't beat a Poliwag. Here he faces a Poliwrath, Poliwag's fully-evolved form. He loses the first battle, but with Ash's help, he wins the second one.
- Poliwrath is wearing the same belt that Ash's Primeape won in the P1 Grand Prix.
- Determinator: Ash works his hands raw rubbing Charizard to warm him up.
- Flash Back: Charizard has a couple while watching Ash help him get warm.
- Harmless Freezing: Averted. Charizard's encasement in ice leaves him cold and injured for a while and Ash has to work for the night to warm him up.
- Jerkass Realization: As Ash works through the night to thaw him out and nurse him back to health, Charizard flashes back to everything Ash has done for him in the past and finally regains his respect and loyalty for him.
- The Power of Love: Ash's neverending concern for Charizard is what convinces him to finally listen to Ash.
- Theme Music Power-Up: Ash and Charizard get one for the rematch to show how they now work together.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Charizard finally grows out of his Jerkass phase.
- What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: James makes this mistake. Lampshaded by Meowth.Meowth: Where've I heard that song before? (Jessie and James both furiously punch him in in the face)