The only thing better than a giant angry turtle is a giant angry turtle - WITH PIPES BURSTING OUT OF ITS SHELL. As one of the two title mascots for the Pokemon cartridges, Blastoise was one of the most recognizable Pokemon out there and had one of the coolest names (although its French name, Tortank, is actually even a little cooler). Between this and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, shelled reptiles got a lot more badass in the 90s.
If you were playing Pokemon Red/Blue and your team didn't include Mewtwo, you were a joke. You were more than a joke - you were the inferior clone of a joke. Hell, back then if you had a little brother who didn't know anything about trading Pokemon, you could have two Mewtwos on your squad and be virtually unstoppable. Because this Pokemon was it - the (likely) last Pokemon you would catch in the game, the one you saved your Master Ball for, and one of (if not THE) strongest Pokemon in the game. Thank goodness for nightmarish genetic experiments!
Here it is - the greatest Pokemon of the first generation. The searing salamander, Kanto's colossal pyromaniac - Charizard. While all the starters turn into pretty formidable final forms, none can really rival a winged fire-dragon (which is technically not a dragon, but c'mon that's totally a dragon). While other fire-types came and went, Charizard - like Blastoise and Venusaur before him - was the one so many of us started with, and the one that brought us through to the end of our first Pokemon journey.
Also, he had a hella sweet Pokemon card (GO HOLOFOIL OR GO HOME).
Now that we're done deciding which was the greatest Generation I Pokemon of all-time, it's time to move on to Generation II. Get your votes in now and help us decide...