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YMMV / Pokémon S1E11 "Charmander – The Stray Pokémon"

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  • Catharsis Factor: Try not to cheer when Pikachu and Charmander roast/zap Damian for the deplorable stunt he pulled. Him running away crying for his mother is the icing on the cake.
  • Funny Moments: Team Rocket's antics (naturally), most notably when Jessie and James reveal a contraption that... digs a Pit Trap.
    • Damian's defeat, where he runs off sobbing "Boo hoo hoo hoo, Mummy!"
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Eric Stuart fills in for Nicholas James Tate as the voice of the Pokédex in this episode. Eventually with "Who Gets to Keep Togepi?", Eric would become the Pokédex's main voice actor after Nicholas' busy schedule prevented him from being a full-time Pokémon voice actor.
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  • Moral Event Horizon: Damian already presented himself as a selfish jerk bragging about abandoning his Charmander (simply because he thought he was too weak), but he most definitely crosses the line when he refuses to return for him even when Brock told him the the rain would put out Charmander's tail flame and would kill him. Some Pokemon trainer.
  • Narm Charm: Damian's hyper-exaggerated cockney accents and British mannerisms are goofy and make it hard to take him seriously. However, his callous attitude and Charmander's plight preserve the episode's drama and manage to keep him hateable.
  • Tear Jerker: It's hard not to cry at the sight of Charmander looking so miserable while waiting for Damian, doubly so when he's desperately fighting to keep his tail flame safe from the rain at night.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: For all his bluster and being the first real Hate Sink character in the anime, Damien ultimately doesn't even get a proper battle against Ash, instead being chased off by a single Flamethrower by Charmander. Damien could have been a nice, actually threatening rival for Ash in Kanto, especially with how Charmander's disobedience later on could've tied into how Charizard finally warmed up to Ash. Not to mention Ash's attempts to best him and actually push himself giving a legitimate explanation as to why he made it further in the League than Gary. Unfortunately, the Strictly Formula nature of the show dictated that Damien would never show up again outside of flashbacks. Though thankfully, the same basic idea would be recycled in much greater focus with Chimchar and Paul in DP, and then Cross and Chamander in Pokémon: I Choose You!. Tepig and Shamus had a similar dynamic in Best Wishes, but by this time the concept had worn out its welcome with the fans.
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  • The Woobie: Poor, poor Charmander. The little guy nearly dies waiting for a trainer who cruelly abandoned him, and is so attached to him that he still tries to come back to him after recovering. Thankfully, Ash comes along and his lot in life improves considerably.
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