Chikorita (the Leaf Pokémon) is an exceptionally rare Grass-type Pokémon found among grassy fields within the Johto region. Though relatively lacking in terms of offense, Chikorita are easy-going creatures that enjoy playing around with people just as much as they like to battle. They might not have in much in the way of conventional offense, but if you prefer to play a bit more defensively than you do offensively, then you should have no trouble falling in love with these cute plants!
The members of the Chikorita family are unique in that their cellular structure, while primarily plant-like in composition, demonstrates features found only in animals. For one thing, the members of the Chikorita family possess distinguishable organs, such as a heart, stomach, brain and lungs, which plants obviously do not possess under normal circumstances. Secondly, these creatures possess animal-like forms that, aside from granting them advanced mobility for plants, allow them to deliver punishing physical blows with attacks like Body Slam later on in life; this is only surprising when one considers the fact that the only other plants capable of learning the attack are Tropius, and even then only because of their large size and similar body construction. From what can be told from genetic analyses, the answer behind these features is truly stranger than fiction: The members of the Chikorita family represent the only known case of animals turning into plants through natural evolution. From what can be told, it appears that the members of the Chikorita family mutated eons ago from herbivorous animals into plant/animal hybrids in order to adjust to local food shortages; as plants only need sunlight, water and a limited supply of nutrients for survival, such a drastic change does make some sense, if only by a stretch of the imagination. The reversal does not work, however, because advanced animal traits would take far longer to naturally develop within similar creatures than their genetics suggest; as such, the previously-mentioned hypothesis stands as the only plausible explanation.
Chikorita are almost entirely dependent upon the large leaf on their heads for survival; without it, they effectively lose their ability to maintain their livelihood and quickly die. This is because all of their photosynthetic cells are contained within the leaf, making it their only way of capturing solar energy for fuel; perhaps not surprisingly, Chikorita love to sunbathe with this leaf and will often stand out in the blazing sun for hours without a care in the world. The leaf further serves Chikorita in that it contains specialized cells that are sensitive to humidity and temperature and thus allow Chikorita to accurately measure both factors; if it is too cold or humid, Chikorita will find shelter and refuse to go outside until the environment changes to suit their needs. Lastly, the leaf serves Chikorita in battle by allowing them to both deter and attract opponents at the same time. While the leaf is capable of delivering painful Razor Leaf attacks in close-quarters, it also releases a sweet fragrance when waved around; this fragrance has the effect of calming those who smell it, lowering the opposition's guard long enough for Chikorita to deliver a damaging strike or compromise them with a Stun Spore technique. Until they can evolve and gain some much-needed secondary offense, this is the only way for Chikorita to garner an advantage against more powerful opponents.
Despite not being among the most diverse starter Pokémon, Chikorita are interesting creatures that can play a unique defensive game when raised properly. Docile at heart and friendly towards all but the most destructive of beasts, these hearty critters can make great companions for early trainers that are looking to try something different. If you work in an aromatherapy salon, though, these plants are equally welcome; after all, what's better than making your customers relaxed and happy before you try to sell them something that might be a little bit out of their price range?!