My favorite so-called "Pokégirl," Flannery is one of those characters that caught my attention immediately. She's got that meticulously calculated "girl next door" thing going, and I totally fell for it hook, line, and sinker. And, I mean, really take a good look at her design; baggy pants, exposed navel, red hair? Does that sound familiar? I'm not saying I ripped her off, I'm just saying... I kind of ripped her off.
But she fascinates me even beyond her design; in the game, it's stated that she only just recently became a Gym Leader. And even though Janine and Blue were new Gym Leaders in Gold and Silver, they still seemed fully confident in their roles. Flannery is unmistakably new at it, and the way she tries so hard and fails so thoroughly to intimidate you before the battle is pure, unfiltered adorkable. Gym Leaders have always had a way of leaving lasting impressions even with small amounts of screen time, but Flannery in particular really stuck out to me. She was the first one that seemed as inexperienced as you were, and while that didn't make the battle with her any easier, it did make her all the more interesting to me.