Steve met his first Braviary, Braviary Sr., when he first stepped into his role as Captain America in the USO shows.
Braviary Sr. was actually an actor Pokemon who had become a symbol for America in the early days of the war. He (I think I’ll start using gender pronouns now since “it” is getting a bit repetitive…) had been brought in to the USO shows to help generate more popularity for Captain America, and it had also been an attempt to the create the greatest American duo to generate more morale for the American people.
And while the two were fantastic and well-loved on stage, Steve and Braviary Sr. actually didn’t get along at first at all. Or to be more accurate, Steve wanted to make friends, but Braviary Sr. just did not care for Captain America. He was very much under the belief that he alone would be enough for America and that Captain America was a clueless hack who had terrible showmanship.
He eventually does warm up to Steve after performing countless shows with him, but it isn’t until they go overseas to perform for the soldiers and Steve goes off to rescue Bucky that Braviary Sr. really understands who Steve is. After seeing Captain America in battle for the first time, Braviary Sr. becomes inspired to fight as well and quickly blooms into a formidable foe alongside Steve and his Growlithe.
After Steve fell into the Ice, Braviary Sr. continued on fighting, and was awarded the highest honors after the war. After that, he fathered Braviary II, who in turn gave birth to Braviary III, who is Steve’s current Braviary.
I’ll try illustrating some of the scenes you guys sent me either later tonight or tomorrow! *3*