The Pikachu Line
Pichu is a darling little thing, isn't it? Between its big round eyes and adorably too-large ears, Pichu is a perfect fit for being introduced in the second generation as an add-on to the Pikachu line. Pichu is what is known as a baby Pokemon- a smaller, cuter version of its next evolution that is unable to breed. Because it's a baby. Duh. As a kid I hated Pichu with a passion because of how useless it was outside of learning Sweet Kiss in Pearl, which was a nightmare for me to face as a nine-year-old. Now, though, I think Pichu is a reasonably cute Pokemon, and I can see why Nintendo wanted to cash in on Pikachu's popularity.
The cash cow darling of the Pokemon franchise, Pikachu is a favorite of mine because of Pokemon Trainer Lore- though outside of that, I'm not sure why Nintendo latched so hard onto it. Sure it's cute, but wouldn't the beloved Charmander have fared better as a mascot? Though, truly, I'm glad Pikachu is the option they went with- not too cute, not too burly-looking, just right to appeal to all people. It's honestly one of the more recognizable mascots in modern media, with many a parent calling every Pokemon a "Pikachu." All in all, a worthy mascot for Nintendo indeed- and whatever gamble they'd taken in making Pikachu their mascot paid off a million-fold.
I might sing the praises of Pikachu, but truly Raichu is my favorite of the line. The color change, earl curls, and whiplike tail were something I Adored as a kid, and still do today. What a shame that it takes a backseat to Pikachu's fame, though. Can you imagine how much it must suck to be better in every way and still be overshadowed? Smh. It doesn;t help that Raichu is, by all accounts, is relatively useless. But I'll talk about that in the battle portion.