Piplup, the Penguin Pokémon. Although not the most sure-footed, it is proud nonetheless, getting right back up after a fall with head held high.
– Lyra’s Pokedex
Piplup is my favourite Gen IV starter. I picked it in my Platinum game, his name was “Pingu”. It looks like a cute penguin doll.
Stat-wise, it has Sp Attack as its highest stat, but its Defenses are pretty good too, it’s a bit slow though.
In the anime, Dawn has a Piplup. Maybe the reason I like Piplup so much is because of Dawn’s Piplup. Her Piplup, like Ash’s Pikachu, usually stays outside of its Pokeball (in fact, I don’t ever remember it going into its Pokeball). It’s very proud and a bit stubborn, and it has a pretty big ego that gets deflated often. It almost evolved once, but it didn’t want to evolve, because it was afraid its personality would change, so Nurse Joy gave it an Everstone.