Phil getting some new Captain America cards that he bought off eBay!
And here’s the backstory on how Phil got his Pokemon which also turned out unexpectedly long, so it’s behind the cut.
When Phil saw Captain America for the first time as a child and became absolutely captivated by the hero, there was one thing that he knew he had to do: get his own Growlithe. The majority of young Phil’s free-time (we’re talking when he was about 8 years old here) was spent hunting for a Growlithe. For two years he searched, riding his bicycle to any patch of wilderness he could find, even on vacation, until finally he found one that just happened to be roaming nearby his house.
The confrontation was not the most glorious moment of Phil’s life as it mainly consisted of him chasing down the Growlithe while screaming at the top of his lungs that yes! He finally found him and now he was his! After an impromptu wrestling match on the floor though followed by a singed shirt and burnt off eyebrow, Phil caught Growlithe with a Pokeball.
Though not exactly on friendly terms at first due to Phil’s method of catching Growlithe, they quickly became friends when Phil started telling him about Captain America’s own amazing, buttkicking Growlithe that fought alongside him during WWII where they kicked lots of Nazi butt. After that, both SHIELD agent to-be and fiery dog became die-hard Captain America fans…..
Gallade, meanwhile, never really understood the love they had for the American hero. They’d never met the man and he never saved their lives, so why worship him? In Gallade’s honest opinion, if there were any real heroes around, it was Phil and Growlithe themselves, who had rescued Gallade when he was still a Ralts from a group of vicious Pokemon trainers intent on tormenting him to death. But he supposed it didn’t really matter all that much, because if they were happy collecting strange pieces of paper and other trinkets with the Captain and his Pokemon’s faces plastered all over them, then they could damn well do it. They certainly deserved all the happiness in the world.