"Don’t fall behind me here. Or do, this is a competition after all."
Name: Roxxane “Carmen” Rowe
Nicknames: Carmen, Roxy
Origin: Hearthhome City
Standing at an average height of 5’8” and weighing roughly 144 lbs, Roxxane often goes towards the eccentric when it comes to looks. She has to constantly dye her hair to maintain that vibrant red look, and her stunning yellow eyes are thanks to contacts, which cover up the normal hazel underneath. Her skin is lightly tanned thanks to training out in the sun, and she does her best to make sure her clothing is spotless and clean.
Roxxane is a naturally curious individual who would gladly embrace a challenge with open arms and a smug smile. She’s, by all means, a very driven and hardworking individual that holds herself in high regard to the point where it may come off as egotistical or narcissistic, but that’s not the case, she simply believes in her own worth. This pride drives her a bit too much and is often a sure way to get on her nerves if tormented on it. Of course, she won’t show that it’s getting to her immediately, preferring to smile and making note of who’s wronged her for later.
When it comes to interacting with others, she does her best to be approachable with an outstretched arm and a pat on the back. She likes getting to know other people, but chances are most people don’t like her sarcastic, teasing nature. This often gets her into trouble, as she often will say what’s on her mind before apologizing if she realizes she messed up. If pushed too hard away by someone who doesn’t want her company, she’ll back off for the moment and give the person some space. If pushed to her breaking point, however, she’ll likely drop the nice guy act in the heat of the moment and get fired up with them. And in battle, she drops the smile for a cocky smirk and toys with the opponent in an attempt to get their guard down so she can take advantage of it. She doesn’t mean any harm by it, but if put into a desperate situation she may say something she’ll regret later.
This duality often comes into play with her style in battle; Roxxane is all about playing it safe early on in order to fully exploit the opponent’s weaknesses later with hyper-aggressive maneuvers. Which is to say, she’s on the defensive at first to understand the opponent, and then the offense when she notices their flaws. Adding onto this she has a fiery competitive spirit with a no-lose mentality, so don’t expect any pity. She also can’t keep her mouth shut in battle either in an attempt to distract her opponent.
Roxxane is the middle child of a family of four, born and raised right in Hearthhome City to a father who was a popular coordinator and a mom who helped run a bakery that specializes in poffins. It was easy for her to be unnoticed by her parents who are active and not always at home, so naturally, she took every opportunity to watch them at work. When she was younger, she often followed her mother in the bakery, endlessly watching her hard at work and constantly being scolded when Roxxane attempted to “help”. She would make special batches for her father, and Roxxane often had the pleasure of delivering them to the contest hall to her father.
The perks of delivering poffins to a coordinator, you get to watch them in action when they’re busy. It was at the contest hall that Roxxane was able to see a myriad of Pokemon and styles. In a contest, she realized it was more than just looking pretty, and her father was able to display immense strength and power while also impressing the judges with dazzling displays of what Roxxane could only call art. She felt a calling here, and when she felt he was old enough, she asked her father to train her.
But by then, her father was too busy to deal with his daughter, opting to have one of his friends show Roxxane the ropes. Roxxane’s mentor was a fiery, passionate, manipulative woman who was a surprisingly excellent teacher and famous coordinator. It was this woman that told Roxxane she needed to change her style, and even gave her a stage name Carmen so that she wouldn’t be compared to her father. Eager to learn, Roxxane absorbed all that her mentor had to offer over the years, earning herself a name in the contest industry for her unique team combinations and riling up her opponents to get them to slip up. Even so, she often struggled to think of interesting displays to impress the judges in the first rounds, but if she could manage that, she’d sweep the competition in the battles that came.
It was because of this that her career began to stagnate. She realized she loved the battling more than she did the art, but was unsure as to how to change or what she should do. She didn’t want to give up on her fans or her ego, and she had gained quite the fan base by now. Her mentor, who had retired and become a judge instead, noticed this change and how Roxxane had begun to slip up in the competitions. If she kept it up her career would be ruined. So one day after she lost another contest, her mentor made a deal.
She was influential enough to get Roxxane an endorsement in the gym challenge, and her mentor knew Roxxane had what it took to compete with her battle prowess. It was a way out of being a coordinator, but more than that, it was a way to keep her fans and have them support her in a different manner. She could shine brighter than before, and now she had the proper stage to do so.
Ability: Flash Fire
Personality: Loyal, obedient, playful, aggressive.
Move Set: Ember, Fire Spin, Smog, Bite.
Summary: A candid, sly coordinator who wants a change of pace from contest life.