Hitmonlee is a Fighting type Pokemon introduced in Generation I. It evolves from Tyrogue starting at level 20 when Tyrogue’s Attack is higher than its Defense. It is one of Tyrogue’s final forms, the others bring Hitmonchan and Hitmontop. Take a look below for 26 awesome and interesting facts about Hitmonlee.
1. Hitmonlee is a humanoid Pokemon with an ovoid body.
2. Lacking a distinct neck and head, its upper torso has almond-shaped eyes with black space around them and appears to lack a nose and mouth.
3. Primarily brown, it has cream-colored, segmented arms and legs.
4. Each hand has three fingers and each foot has three clawed toes.
5. The soles of its feet and its ankles have circular, yellow pads.
6. Hitmonlee is an exclusively male species with no female counterpart.
7. Hitmonlee’s legs freely contract and stretch similar to a coiled spring.
8. This flexibility allows Hitmonlee to run with lengthy strides and gives it greater reach for its kicks.
9. Its excellent sense of balance enables it to kick in succession from any position.
10. After battling, it rubs down its legs to relax the tight muscles.
11. Rare in the wild, it is primarily found in urban areas.
12. It had a number of kicking moves as signature moves in the past: Jump Kick, High Jump Kick, Rolling Kick, and Mega Kick.
13. Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan are the only Pokémon not previously related through an evolution family that later gained a shared pre-evolved form.
14. According to Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver: Prima’s Official Strategy Guide, Hitmonlee is the only Pokémon recommended for the Hurdle Dash that is not a Flying-type.
15. Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan received the biggest increase to their Special stat in Generation II, gaining 75 points of Special Defense.
16. Based on its Japanese name and kicking attribute, Hitmonlee may represent Japanese kickboxer Tadashi Sawamura.
17. Hitmonlee may be a personification of martial arts that focus on kicking, such as kickboxing, savate, Muay Thai, and Taekwondo.
18. Due to its lack of a head, Hitmonlee’s design bears a resemblance to mythical headless men such as the Xingtian and the Hindu demon Kabandha.
19. Hitmonlee is a combination of hit, monster, and Lee (a reference to Bruce Lee).
20. The name is also related to Hitmonchan and Hitmontop, both of which are parallel evolutions to it as of Generation II.
21. Hitmonlee debuted in The Punchy Pokémon. Team Rocket stole him from a man named Giant in order to compete in the P1 Grand Prix. The Kicking Pokémon defeated Brock’s Geodude, and Anthony’s Hitmonchan (by cheating) before losing fair and square to Ash’s Primeape.
22. A Hitmonlee appeared in Chikorita’s Big Upset as a member of a group of wild Fighting-type Pokémon that roamed the streets of a city as a gang. He befriended Chikorita after she defeated its leader, a Primeape, and became the new gang leader.
23. A Hitmonlee appeared in Two Hits and a Miss, under the ownership of Shiro, a challenger to a dojo. He faced off against Chigusa’s Hitmontop and was eventually defeated during a rematch.
24. A Hitmonlee appeared in Wobbu-Palooza!, under the ownership of a festival crasher. He was used to disrupt the Wobbuffet Festival, but wound up being repelled by Ash, his friends, and Team Rocket.
25. A Hitmonlee appeared in A Tyrogue Full of Trouble, under the ownership of Kiyo. He fought alongside him to break a rolling boulder. Kiyo later used Hitmonlee in battle during an attempt to catch a wild Tyrogue.
26. A Hitmonlee appeared in Gotta Catch Ya Later!, under the ownership of one of the Invincible Pokémon Brothers. He assisted another brother’s Hitmonchan in his battle against Misty, but he was defeated due to the intervention of Brock’s Forretress, which used Rapid Spin.