For those of you who write OT (original trainer) stories, how do you decide which pokémon your trainer (or trainers) uses? What factors influence your decisions? Personally, I'm trying to move towards using the pokémon on a character's team to help show the reader parts of their personality, as well as to provide challenges for them as they develop over the course of the story. For example, I plan to have one of my characters start with an eevee that her parents bought her for her tenth birthday, which I want to use to show that she values pokémon based on their popularity and is also spoilt by her parents. I also figure I can use the eevee as an obstacle by making him high-strung and arrogant, which makes him hard to control in battle. This creates a continuing challenge for the trainer to overcome. If we also consider that eevee are rare and valuable, having him on the team could also make the trainer a target for pokémon thieves. What about the rest of you? How did you choose pokémon for your stories?