Basically, the parents of the triplets waited a few years after they were married to have a child.
But that was all they were prepared for: A child. Just one. Financially and mentally, they were prepared for that one child. That one, perfect child.
So when they were suddenly ‘blessed’ with three of the little darlings, they had no clue what to do. Initally they wanted to put two up for adoption, but they couldn’t decide which ones, so they simply kept all three and tried to figure it out from there.
As time went on however, their original mindset became abundantly clear in the upbringing of their children. One of the children was spoiled and pampered to his heart’s content; the other two were far less fortunate.
Cilan was his mother and father’s little shining star. Their parents did everything for him; bought him everything he’d wanted, enrolled him in every class and extracurricular they could. He amassed a huge quantity of knowledge of many different things, different types of arts and sciences and general knowledge of the world that his brothers were never exposed to.
In essence, their parents got what they wanted. One perfect child. Unfortunately, the other two that came packaged in the set with him suffered.
Cress was a good boy growing up, and so he was hardly spoken to at all….for bad reasons OR for good. He always heard his mother and father speak wonderfully of Cilan, and thought he deserved that sort of treatment as well. Whenever he heard ‘Oh Cilan, you are such a smart boy!’, he would say to himself, ‘Cress, you are a smart boy. Even smarter.’ His relationship with Cilan was strained, but still friendly. He was envious. And that envy very quickly turned into an enormous ego. He thought he was better than Cilan, no, he KNEW he was better than Cilan. At least, that’s what he told himself. But that ego hardly did him much good when he refused to speak up. Instead, he opted to gain love and attention by making himself beautiful. He would spend countless hours styling his hair, dressing to impress, wearing gloss and eyeliner and masking any imperfections with makeup. He wanted people to love him. To hear the words he told himself said by other people. The words that he never heard as a child. The words he’d never heard growing up. The words that were only ever said to Cilan.
Chili suffered even more severely as a direct result of their parents doting on Cilan constantly. Rather than sitting back and hoping for attention to suddenly happen the way Cress did, he fought for that spotlight….to ill effect. He would try to draw pictures for them…. On the wall. And get a reprimanding. He would try to cook them breakfast in bed….and make a huge mess and burn everything. Everything he tried to do with good intentions was met with negative responses. He was labeled a little terror and was constantly scolded. But the negative reinforcement without any positive whatsoever took its toll on Chili. He purposely caused trouble. He rebelled. He began to LOATHE Cilan. Cilan could cause trouble and it would be blamed on Chili because Cilan would ‘never do that’. Chili was heavily medicated for a little while, but it turned him into just a shell of a child. At the request of a family friend, they took him off the medications. To this day they still think that was a mistake.
When they got older, Chili would always ask to be enrolled in cooking classes. He wanted to be a chef, and he knew he had the ability to do it, as he was told by a family friend. But every year it was the same. There wouldn’t be enough money because of some class Cilan had been enrolled in. So he took out cookbooks from the library and began to read them and study different techniques. He watched cooking shows whenever the TV was free. But he NEVER gave a bite of it to his parents, for fear they would tear down the one thing he loved to do. Cilan loved his cooking, of course. But Chili couldn’t see past the rivalry in his mind. And after awhile, he turned the loathing he had for Cilan on himself as well. He started seeing himself as the problem. Chili became depressed and anxious. Manic, really. When he wasn’t upset and self-loathing, he did crazy things. Setting things on fire to watch them burn. Stealing things and punching people, antagonizing people through cussing and threats.
Once the trio started training Pokemon, Cress and Cilan took to it like a fish to water. But Chili struggled. It wasn’t as easy for him; sure he had a natural talent for it, but his focus was horrendous and his strategies were terrible. He couldn’t physically focus enough to be as skilled as his brothers. Their parents were gym leaders as well as restauranteurs, and so naturally they relinquished the gym to the triplets on their 16th birthday. And by that I mean they gave it to Cilan. But Cilan was tired of always being in the spotlight. He was tired of his brothers getting pushed to the side. He wanted nothing more than to fade into the background. He demanded that all three be gym leaders or he would refuse the position. Finally their parents were convinced, and the trio came to be.
After a while, Cilan had earned some of the trust of his brothers at the gym. He stuck by them when he felt they needed it, and most of the time they did. ….but Cilan soon became bored. He had all these things he knew…. But he couldn’t put them to good use. Not at a Pokemon Gym. His opportunity came in the form of a 10 year old boy named Ash, who said he was traveling. Immediately, Cilan invited himself along without a second thought. He’d always had his parents making decisions for him. Now was his chance to make his own, and put his talents to good use! ….right? But he couldn’t tell his brothers that….it would make them feel as though all those classes and activities he took part in were being rubbed right in their faces.
To his face, Cress and Chili acted amiable and supportive. But deep down, Cress felt as though Cilan was acting like he was too good for the gym and for them, and Chili felt as though Cilan was abandoning them. Cress and Chili’s mental states became even more broken without Cilan around sticking up for them. They became bitter and resentful towards him again. Chili became more depressed and hopeless. Cress became more delusional and egotistical. Chili ran away several times, only to be returned by the cops when he tried to steal bacon from the grocery stores in the surrounding area.
And even from their new location in Lacunosa, their parents still judged them harshly… during their last conversation with Chili and Cress, they got that one phrase that was present in every conversation prior:
“Why can’t you be more like Cilan?”