This question might seem like Why didn't Ash release Charizard? but it is not.
I know anime logic is very illogical, but for some time I've had a thought about it. Many times in the anime, Charizard has been shown to be Ash's worst Pokémon. Why specifically is Ash's charizard shown to be so weak? Remember I am talking about Charizard, not Charmander or Charmeleon.
Points where he is shown to be strong:
- He defeated Magmar and Poliwrath.
- He defeated half of Gary's team
Points where he is shown to be weak:
First of all, is it seriously possible that Charizard can't lift Ash? He lifted him in the Aerodactyl episode and in "Charizard Chills", so why not in "Charizard's Burning Ambition"?
Why did they make Charizard disobey Ash? They could have evolved Bulbasaur or Squirtle instead and made them disobey?
Charizard did not obey Ash and Ash lost in the Indigo League because of it.
Charizard was arguably the strongest in Ash's Orange Island team, however the most damage to Dragonite was done by Tauros and Pikachu.
In the banned episode "The Mandarin Island Miss Match", because of Charizard releasing flame all around Ash, his reputation in front of Prima decreased (a point taken from the other question).
Ash's Charizard wasn't even able to defeat a miniature Chikorita, who had a size disadvantage as well as a weakness to fire, but still didn't lose.
You might remember the three episodes in which Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charizard were released (or removed from Ash's party for some time). Bulbasaur was released in "Bulbasaur The Ambassador" where he was shown to be very strong and was able to control all Pokémon - not at first, but as the episode went on. In the episode in which Ash gave Squirtle to Officer Henny, when the Squirtle Squad were with Ash's Squirtle they won the tournament, even defeating their evolved form, the Wartortle Team. For that matter, take any episode in which a Pokémon was released. Butterfree defeated Team Rocket and impressed his female mate in "Bye Bye Butterfree". Pidgeot was released in a episode in which he defeated Fearow. Primeape was removed from Ash's ownership in the episode in which he won the P1 fighting championship. Everyone was considered as a hero in their releasing episode except for Charizard. Charizard was first shown as unable to fly properly, then as unable to lift Ash, then as being smaller than other Charizard, then he even lost against the weakest Charizard, all of which embarrassed him. Why not let Charizard too have a good day in his release episode?
In "Ash v Harrison" Charizard was not able to defeat even a single Pokémon and lost against Blaziken, where even unevolved Pokémon like Totodile and Pikachu won.
Even though Charizard beat Articuno, this doesn't show he is very strong. As claimed by this answer, Infernape could also have defeated Articuno. Edit: I didn't read quora all answers sorry this should had been a advantage as Charizard can defeat Articuno but Infernape can't defeat Articuno
Charizard wasn't even able to defeat one Pokémon in the Battle Frontier whereas the unevolved Pikachu, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur were able to defeat at least one, showing Charizard is weaker than them.
These points are made by me until the end of season 9. Easily one can say Ash's Charizard is quite weak. So why did the Pokémon creators choose to depict Ash's Charizard in this way? I know some of my points are just ridiculous but many are good enough to prove Charizard is more times proved weak than strong.
Is it due to the reason that in the Porygon episode, they were criticised because of the flashing red lights giving children eye problems, so they are taking revenge on Charizard as he is Red's starter? I know it is a very bad theory but I too would have done the same if I were the developer.
What is the real reason that they don't want Charizard to be depicted as a strong Pokémon? I am asking this question because Charizard is not my most favourite but is in place of my favourite lists.