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

So mor elike The Ash/May Dynamic, I guess? I'd like that. - HeavyDonkeyKong

3 She isn't watered down to a huge stereotype

A question's come to my mind.
Though Serena is externally beautiful and pretty, why does no other boy in the show have a crush on her.
I mean two/three guys proposed Misty, a guy in a movie (and most importantly Drew) liked May, Dawn too has other options like Paul and Kenny.
But Serena, she's donned as the pretty one but no guy in the XY series seem to have a even a crush on her.
How come it possible?
She's got no other options.
Why why why?
It seems to me like she's been kept reserved for Ash.
But can there be a better explanation please?

Heavydonkeykong she also likes dressing up, hates battling, getting dirty, or her precoius face getting ruined, is nice and kind, and likes to bake face it she a bland stereotype that should have never been put in the anime

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 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.

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!

7 She has a goal centered around Pokemon than herself

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

8 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.

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

10 She does things for herself and not for others

The Contenders

11 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

12 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.

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

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
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
21 Having a very platonic or friendly sibling relationship like Ash
22 Doesn't let anyone push her around

Serena did not let ash push her around. Just watch xyz episode 28. - HeavyDonkeyKong

23 She is her own person instead of trying to copy others
24 Having a significant connection with other characters

Yes! Ruee, I love your idea about the main female and Ash having a connection to Lunala and Solgaleo, respectively (i think it should be in that order, it fits nicely for Ash to be associated with the sun legendary). This would be very similar to what they did in DP with Ash, Brock and Dawn having connections with the 3 lake guardians. Only cooler!

25 She dances, likes fashion, and/or cooks as a hobby and not to show off
26 Having real struggles
27 Not a bench warmer
28 A goal based around old contests from Hoenn and Sinnoh and not showcases

Serena actually went to hoenn at the end of xyz. - HeavyDonkeyKong

29 Enter Battling tournaments
30 She can kill with her mind
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