Serena - Her Character/Personality/Flaws/Development
by, 24th September 2013 at 04:42 PM (1189 Views)
A.K.A. what I wish would happen.
I'm already getting some ideas and this idea came up in my head when someone mentioned that Serena should get a Chespin so she can get an "ugly" Pokémon. And this made me thinking, how could we incorporate this into Serena's personality and her character? This is what I came up with.
I was thinking, it would be interesting to make Serena a girl who starts out as somewhat of a shallow person, someone who appreciates pretty Pokémon or cute Pokémon more than ugly or unappealing ones. I mean, think about it.
The theme of XY is beauty. We have customization. And Serena could be a character who cares about such stuff and likes her Pokemon that way. For example:
If she gets Chespin, Chespin could evolve and find that it doesn't fit Serena’s standards (which are mostly cute and appealing Pokémon) due to her initial reaction on its appearance. It would run away, but a worried Serena would chase after it which would lead to them to bonding and Serena’s character development. It would make Serena imperfect, giving her flaws as well as potential for character development.
However, I wouldn't just limit this on her Pokémon.
Serena could be a character who actually gives a damn about what others think about her, how she is perceived by others. She wants to look good to people, she wants to be liked and accepted due to the the fact she didn't have many friends in the past (this is purely speculation at this point). It would also be a nice contrast to the game where she has many friends. Masuda also mentioned the focus on bonds between friends in the games and this could translate well into the anime.
However, the one boy who actually cared enough to notice her and treat her nice was Ash, which makes sense that she would remember that one boy who wanted to be her friend from the very start regardless of how she used to act like. Dawn was into dressing up and fixing her appearance, but Serena could go beyond that and become so much more.
A character fixated on her image and her Pokémon so badly, on her beauty and appeal that she forgets what truly matters. As she travels with her friends and catches more Pokémon, she becomes more loose. She stops caring about her image and just tries to stay true to herself, the girl she used to be. Her team also begins changing in accordance to that, she catches more Pokémon that she respects for more than just their appearance or even goes as far to catch a Pokémon she previously deemed unworthy of being caught. She learns that true friends accept her for what she is and that there is no need to pretend before others. She just doesn't care.
Because you're beautiful just the way you are. (I know I know, cheesy, right? <_<)
This is what I'd like to see from her character. Her admiration from Ash would stem from Ash always staying true to himself, something Serena could never manage as well as being her first true friend before she moved to Kalos region. I realize this is highly unlikely to happen (read: impossible), but it's still nice to dream.
p.s. no Serena wouldn't be stuck up, narcissistic or arrogant at all (Just so someone doesn't take this the wrong way). She'd be a very nice girl who tries to get along with everyone with an amusing personality but with a slightly misguided view.
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