Top 10 Ways that Any Female Companion Can Be Better Than Serena from Pokemon

Both the older companions and the future ones. Basically this is how the anime writers can redeem themselves after what they did with Serena.

The Top Ten

1 She contributes to the plot as well as the group

Mallow has been really good so far, but so far I have only seen the first episode and then the first half of the second episode. - HeavyDonkeyKong

True. I think Mallow and Lillie will be good characters. Not sure about Lana...

2 She treats Ash like a close friend, role model, and a person instead of idealizing and fantasizing about him

At this point, I don't think they will do the "let's reset Ash's experiences with Pokemon like in Unova" any time soon because of how badly received it was. Ash will most likely be a mentor or an equal to the female companion. Ash didn't really have that treatment with Serena because they hardly communicate and Ash can hardly relate to her feelings. With Serena it feels unnatural that he would consider her as a friend to begin with because she idealizes him so much that she doesn't really treat him like a friend. - Ruee

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3 She isn't watered down to a huge stereotype

She wasn't that sterotypical. She was just a performer. - HeavyDonkeyKong

4 She can hold her own

I would love to see a punk girl companion.

5 She deeply cares about Pokemon

All of the female companions have this trait. - HeavyDonkeyKong

I don't trust that image of her looking happy with her Braixen, Pancham, and Sylveon on Bulbapedia. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

6 She has a goal centered around Pokemon than herself

Well, her pokemon are involved with her performances though... - HeavyDonkeyKong

7 She is co starred with Ash

This is what I want to happen in the Sun and Moon anime.

But waiting and hoping is fun. And I don't think it needs to be said again but, surely anything they do will be better than Serena.

8 She teaches Ash stuff about her region

Well this is something that was never done before (? ), and that is clever. Very well thought, Ruee. They should have the characters show/teach Ash traditions or stuff about that region, now that's something that female companion should to for the first time. - ClassicGaminer

That sounds awesome, Ruee! Now that is what I want to see. And this would allow her to really contribute a lot to the group.

Ruee has so many creative ideas for stuff that can be done in the anime! Writers, you should hire Ruee!

9 Not having a crush on Ash

Most girls have had hints of having a crush on ash. Misty liking ash was practically canon in and of itself. - HeavyDonkeyKong

Or at least don't make it her main reason for going on a journey and her main goal

Ship bait for more views was a BIG MISTAKE for the writers of that damn XY (and Z) anime, hopefully for the Sun and Moon anime, we'll hope to see that none of Ash's female companions have a crush on Ash - ClassicGaminer

10 She does things for herself and not for others

As in if she were to like fashion, she does it for herself and that she loves doing it, and not because she wants to impress someone. (Like Dawn) She grows as a trainer for herself and not to impress/prove to others that she can hold her own. Basically having confidence in herself and has self care instead of depending her life on how others think about her. - Ruee

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11 Doesn't just pay attention to Ash, but the rest of the group

Just like Serena did, I hope the (new? ) writers of the Sun and Moon anime don't have the characters to ignore the others Instead of focusing on Ash. - ClassicGaminer

Yes, please! Have the next traveling group be great ALL together!

She did have interactions with bonnie though, iirc. Ash and clemont were their own pair. A little "Brothers and Sisters" dynamic. the brothers hang out together, and the sisters hang out together. - HeavyDonkeyKong

12 She's a good role model to young girls

Serena gets way too much hate on this site. I'm okay with how you people hate her because of amourshipping, or because she's forced down her throat, but not once has she been angry or hateful, like you say on other lists. she's also never abused her braixen, like you say on other lists.for on other lists.

Go on ahead, give me some examples of when she behaved like a slut, or when she's ever abused herbraixen, or like a hateful woman. Which episode(s) And if you thumbs down my comment without even giving me an example, then you've just proved me right, so I win.

Making up false "facts" in order to make her look downright horrible. it's the Princess Peach Haters all over again.

ADMIT IT: If she did not have a crush on Ash or have that same lousy backstory, you wouldn't even hate her nearly as much. - HeavyDonkeyKong

13 Having feminine interests without being a stereotype

Honestly, I feel this should be titled "top Ten Ways To Make A Female Protagonist Good In Pokemon" rather than just tmaking it a semi hate list. - HeavyDonkeyKong

14 Having a personality that is fun loving and caring

Yes, like May and Dawn, but unique!

She is fun loving and caring, it show sit in XYZ 45, where she hosts a pokemon performance for everybody in the aftermath of the team flare arc, to ge tthem to have fun and recover. - HeavyDonkeyKong

15 Use mega evolution or Z moves

It was weird that no one in the group in XY used a mega evolution. Ash Greninja doesn't count as a mega, it's a different form of evolution that we currently know as exclusive to the anime. (as I add this comment, we aren't sure if this would also be in Pokemon Sun and Moon) I hope this time around the female companion can use a mega or at least Z moves. A major battle mechanic introduced in the games. - Ruee

16 Having a complex character
17 She catches and raises more than 3 Pokemon

Because there are so many great Pokemon to catch that have already been revealed!

Yeah. Who knows? You may have just mentioned her future team, lol.

18 Maybe fully evolves her starter and some other Pokemon

Serena's eevee evolved into sylveon. ANd dawn's piplup chose to never evolve, so what's the point of this choice? - HeavyDonkeyKong

19 Good character development
20 Being social
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