#390 CHIMCHAR, #391 MONFERNO, & #392 INFERNAPE
If you haven't figured it out by now, I'm the sort of Pokémon player who goes with the Fire Starter every time and, unless Fennekin evolves into something that sucks, this is unlikely to change any time soon. Another thing you might've figured out by now is that my favorite generation is 4th Generation. I love the designs, the mechanics, the games, etc, I could go on, and the 4th Generation Starters are my favorites. That's why, this week, I'm excited to talk about the Fire/Fighting simians of the Sinnoh region.
Chimchar is a fan favorite from the anime because of his backstory that, basically, took Charmander's backstory and made it far more personal. Chimchar was abandoned by his owner, just like Charmander, but unlike Charmander, his owner wasn't a one-off character. His original owner was Ash's rival in the Sinnoh Region. Ash developed a relationship with Chimchar that had him fighting to prove himself by evolving into Monferno and Infernape (evolution is a big deal in the anime).
Infernape is in contention with Emboar as my very favorite third stage evolution of a Starter Pokémon-- what do you think?