|Japanese Name:||セレナ Serena|
|Hometown:|| Vaniville Town(current)|
Pallet Town(prior to start of series)
|Voice actor:|| Mayuki Makiguchi (Japanese)|
Haven Paschall (English)
Serena is a Pokémon trainer of the Kalos region and one of Ash's traveling companions. Her goal is still unknown for the time being. Little is known about her relationship with Ash, although she was childhood friends with him before the start of the series. It appears that she has a crush on Ash since the day they've met at Professor Oak's Pokemon Summer Camp.
Despite the fact that Serena is Ash's newest female companion and has just started her journey, she met him when they were younger back in Pallet Town years ago at Professor Oak's summer camp. In XY007, it was revealed that Serena was lost in the woods and Ash had helped her out. Since that day, they have been together as childhood friends for a long time before Ash started his journey.
Serena marks a return to basing Ash's female companion off of that generation's female player character. However, Serena is also the first to have undergone minor cosmetic changes for the transition to the anime, whereas May and Dawn remained the same. Among the cosmetic changes are:
- The hair is a much darker shade, and seems slightly shorter.
- Shirt collar is white instead of black.
- The sunglasses on the hat are absent.
- Her eyes are blue despite the fact that her hair is not blonde like her game counterpart, where they should be grey, matching her current hair color.
- The bow that's on her hat is not on her game counterpart.
- She wears shoes unlike her game counterpart, which wears sneakers, however they are in the same design.
- She also does not have her purse that her game counterpart does.
- Serena is Ash's first companion to have known him personally before the very start of the series.
- She is also the second of Ash's companions to have a Fire-type starter. The first one is May.
- Serena is the third of Ash's female companions to be based on the female player character in her debut generation, the first two being May and Dawn.
- Serena does not sport sunglasses like her game counterpart.
- Serena is hinted to have a childhood crush on Ash as well, playing as a romantic love interest.