Ash dreamed of owning a Charmander as his first Pokémon, but hhe woke up late. When he arrived at Professor Oak's Laborotory, he found it was too late and Charmander had been taken by someone who was on time.
Ash caught his own Charmander in Charmander - The Stray Pokémon, which was abandoned by a trainer called Damian. At the end of the episode, Charmander joins Ash after refusing to return to Damian. It later evolves into a Charmeleon, and later a Charizard.
Ash's rival Ritchie owns a Charmander called Zippo which was his starter Pokémon. It has since evolved into a Charmeleon.
Team Go-Getters' CharmanderEdit
A Charmander stars in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters out of the Gate! as the leader of Team Go-Getters.
Multiple Charmander also appeared in Battle Aboard the St. Anne. A Charmander was seen in a Pokémon Center in Hypno's Naptime. A Charmander also appeared in Pokémon Fashion Flash. Two Charmander appeared in The Breeding Center Secret. One was seen evolving on TV for a commercial about Cassidy's and Butch's breeding center, while the other one appeared in the said center. A Charmander under the ownership of an unknown Trainer, appeared in Friends to the End, during the closing ceremonies of the Indigo League. A Charmander was used by one of the students of the Pokémon Trainer's School in Gonna Rule the School!. Another Charmander was seen with Professor Oak in A Six Pack Attack! along with a Bulbasaur and Squirtle. Another was seen in The Right Place and the Right Mime, along with another Bulbasaur and Squirtle.