Back in my day, when there was only 151 Pokémon, Pikachu was easily the most famous of all these fictional creatures. While Pikachu’s popularity may stem from its lead role in the Pokémon anime, there are many other factors that have contributed to Pikachu’s enduring popularity. A lot of what makes the Pikachu species so memorable is because Pikachu has a really strong design. The Yellow coloring really stands out, and his red cheeks are easily recognizable. His tail that is shaped as a lightning bolt is both cute and little clever.

More importantly, Pikachu’s are downright adorable. Everything from their smiles and playful attitudes, His was a success from the start. It is no wonder that Nintendo chose to have the electric rodent as the face of the series, his overall aesthetic was just too darn irresistible. Pikachu is the de-facto face of a multi-billion dollar merchandising franchise. His face is almost on every Pokémon product; he may be arguably one of the most recognizable fictional characters in the world.

Pikachu is a species of Pokémon that exists in the Pokémon world. Based on rodents, Pikachu is often labeled as the electric mouse Pokémon. The species is named after a real species of rodents called pika and the sound that Japanese people associate mice’s with, chu. They are twenty-fifth in the Pokédex numbering – they are twenty-fifth out of the 802 Pokémon. The Pokemon originated from the Kanto region, the location of the very first generation of Pokémon. The original 151 Pokémon all came from the Kanto region. The original 151 are arguably the most popular Pokémons in the fandom, with Pikachu being easily one of the most profitable.

In the world of Pokémon, the namesake creatures can go through a metamorphosis that transforms most species into an entirely new type of creature. It is called Evolving, and most Pokémon have evolution chains. Pikachu is the middle evolution; it is the evolved formed of Pichu, a baby-type Pokémon introduced in Generation 2. His can evolve into a Raichu with a Thunderstone. Even though Raichu is far more powerful Pokémon than Pikachu, it is the latter that has proven to be far more recognizable to the public. Pikachus generally do not have good stats in the video games, but they are some of most common Pokémon seen throughout all seven generations of the games.

The most well-known Pikachu is the one that stars in the Pokémon anime. Still running after twenty years, the Pikachu in the anime is the protagonist Ash’s first Pokémon. Forming a bond that many children around the world wish they had with their own pets, Ash and Pikachu have become inseparable since the very first episode. While Ash will often leave behind Pokémon to start fresh in each region, His would always remain at his side. The friendship between the two is the main focus of the entire show and is one of the many attributes that contributed to the show’s lasting success. It’s the winning formula that many lesser shows attempt to imitate, and end up failing.

Pokémon has an ever-lasting appeal to it that will make keep going for what seems like forever. It is a franchise that both adults and kids love, and has everything that any fan would want. Though fads come and go, Pokémon has been able to buck the trend and last a lot longer than what most adults would have thought when the series hit it big in the late 90s. In the forefront in all this is Pikachu, the cute little electric mouse. Its design has persisted into pop culture in ways that few have been able to sustain. Pikachu may have to compete with the 801 other Pokémon in the franchise; it is still arguably the most recognizable Pokémon in the world.

'Editor in Chief' A lifelong gamer, lover of movies and devourer of television; Shaun still can't complete DOOM 2 on nightmare without breaking down into a crying heap.