In the Pokémon anime episode 2: Pokémon Emergency!, Ash sees the following decoration in the Viridian City Pokémon Center:

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Ash tells Professor Oak via videophone that the blue Pokémon in the top right corner is the Pokémon that he saw at the end of the first episode (Ho-Oh), although he didn't know its name. Personally, I think the one in the top left looks more like Ho-Oh, plus it is red which would match its Fire type, but what do I know.

If the top right one is Ho-Oh as Ash said, what are the other Pokémon in this decoration?

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    The blue one (top right) is Articuno, which ash Ash mistakes for Ho-Oh. But it is interesting that Ho-Oh, a 2nd Generation Pokémon, appears in the pilot of the first season. The red one (top left) is actually Moltres.
    – chharvey
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 1:28

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These are the four "Legendary" pokemon that were known at the start of Season 1; Zapdos, Articuno, Moltres as well as Arcanine. Note that while Arcanine isn't one of the official "Legendary" pokemon, its original description in Ash's Pokedex read:

Arcanine, a Legendary Pokémon. The evolved form of Growlithe. Arcanine is known for its bravery and fierce loyalty. Growlithe evolves into Arcanine from its use of a Fire Stone.

Bottom left is a Zapdos

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Bottom right is an Arcanine

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Top left is a Moltres

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And the Top right is an Articuno, mis-identified by Ash as an Ho-oh.

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    I would clarify that they're the 4 Legendary Pokemon known to the in-universe public at the time of that episode. Even the original batch had other legendary Pokemon: Mew and Mewtwo.
    – user31178
    Commented Mar 22, 2015 at 22:24
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    @CreationEdge - You're half right. Mewtwo was Legendary, Mew was Mythical. But edited accordingly.
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 22, 2015 at 22:28
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    According to the article I linked to, that's just an additional distinction. That terminology isn't clearly defined even in Poke circles, but a common interpretation is that Mythical Pokemon are legendary (thus being listed on that link). Mythical is a subclass of Legendary. At the top of the same article: "There is also a group considered to be a subset of Legendary Pokémon, referred to as 神話のポケモン mythical Pokémon, which lacks an official English name and refers to the specific Pokémon which are spoken of as the creators of the Sinnoh region."
    – user31178
    Commented Mar 22, 2015 at 22:35
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    Actually you are wrong Nintendo first gave Zapdos,Articuno and Arcanine as the legendary trio. But they removed Arcanine as it would have been awkward.Two birds and a dog,huh! The mythical thing is right BTW.
    – user72617
    Commented Oct 8, 2016 at 22:32
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    Why was Arcanine there? I mean, he's 'The Legendary Pokemon' but not a legendary Pokémon
    – Jack
    Commented Oct 9, 2016 at 17:57

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