Crina is Owen Edmundson's Cradily, and the third Pokemon he caught on his initial journey, as well as the second he revived from a fossil.
In her mon form, Crina appears as a regular Cradily... even if she doesn't think she's a regular Cradily.
In her human form (prospective name Dolly Oliver; seen below), Crina appears as a twentysomething year old girl with long green hair with pink tips. Her bangs fall over her eyes and she wears yellow goggles on her head, sometimes lowering them over her eyes due to her thinking said goggles are her real eyes. She also wears a long pink scarf, along with a green and yellow shirt, green pants, and green shoes. Crina is sometimes seen with her tongue sticking out of her mouth in her human form.
Personality and characteristics
Crina is, on the surface, the jokester of the Jura6. She enjoys playing harmless pranks on wild Pokemon she's never met before-- sometimes on other members of the Jura6 (mostly Stipax and Saura)-- and loves making witty puns and lightheartedly mocking the rest of the Jura6 (save for Teryx). Beyond that, though, she is ditzy, forgetful, prone to distraction, and very, very odd. As a Lileep in her former life, that oddness was shown by her thinking that she was an actual flower that needed photosynthesis in order to survive; as a Lileep and later a Cradily in her present life, that oddness is shown by her saying and thinking things about both herself and the state of the world that are completely detached from reality. Most notably, Crina is under the firm belief that the fake yellow eyes on her forehead are in fact her real eyes, and that her actual real eyes (the two yellow dots underneath them) are nubby yellow teeth. This belief was made immediately clear in her introductory scene with the rest of the Jura6 (save for Saura), and is the inspiration for her Hasslemon handle dentalOptics (DO). As a result, Crina eats food by putting her head in the ground-- though she does have a tendency to stick them directly into her eyes, which she claims doesn't hurt at all, before she then "eats" the food (really she's just blinking). She also shares a number of other "beliefs" about the world around her, including that inanimate objects have feelings and can talk and that clouds are the spirits of dead Ditto. The latter statement was directly stated by her on the trip to find Teryx, causing Saura- who had never heard this belief from her before- to merely stare blankly in shock for a few moments. These beliefs either confuse or frustrate other members of the team (with the sole exceptions being Stipax- who doesn't seem to mind them- and Steggy- who is arguably crazier), but she either doesn't seem to mind or adamantly sticks to her beliefs being real. In fact, ironically enough, it's Crina herself who is the most impatient and prone to frustration out of the entire Jura6, usually spurred on by either people insulting her or her friends (she snapped at a dancer in the Techspo for calling her a "garden weed") or anyone who insists that her beliefs about the world are not real. The only ones she won't snap at in the latter case are her Trainer and the rest of the members of the Jura6, instead just lightheartedly shrugging them off. In the former case, however, she doesn't take too kindly to it. Besides the aforementioned incident with the Trainer in the Techspo, she's also gone after members of Team Lightning for doing the same, and notably was the only member of the Jura6 to actively call Teryx out for attacking Owen after the latter grabbed him from behind. If she's not snapping at people, though, she can be a bit stubborn, often arguing with some of the more sane mons (most notably Nautilu) about her beliefs.
Despite her evident frustrations with some of the team members' poorer decisions, as well as her tendency to not make much sense, Crina cares very deeply about the rest of the team in her own way, and is willing to help and protect them no matter what happens. This has been shown multiple times in the RP, most notably during the Jura5's adventure to find Teryx and the aftermath of it. Crina was so caught off-guard by Saura staying awake for an extended period of time that she suggested that Saura had a bug in her brain that was causing her to stay awake, to the point where she was overjoyed when Saura finally mentioned that she was getting sleepy again. In regards to Teryx, she initially pretended to not forgive him for attacking his Trainer during the Hasslemon conversation with the rest of the Jura5, only for her to immediately admit she was kidding before joining the rest of the Jura5 on their journey. Later on, when the group actively found themselves face to face with Teryx having a flashback, Crina pulled out perfume and a beef cookie in order to try and help Teryx calm down, which ultimately ended up working (especially due to the absurd nature of the second item in particular). Crina also has a tendency to make a ton of silly and lame puns, and generally has her head up in the clouds in regards to a lot of things. These include serious conversations, much to the frustration of the ever-finicky Nautilu, who is the most common mon on the team to serve as her minder. Most notably, this was shown upon the Jura5 arriving to the Secret Base for the first time. While the rest of the Jura5- particularly Stipax and Chasmo- apologized for barging in after being scolded by Pat, Crina barely paid any attention at all, and was instead glancing around in awe at the Secret Base, which she had never seen before in her life. In her backstory, she stopped paying attention the moment her parents started lecturing her about the fact that she could not be a flower on land. In general, Crina tends to not really pay attention to things that she considers to be boring, such as lectures of any kind, textbooks that don't include pictures and mainly are just walls of text, or other things like that. However, that doesn't mean that she won't pay attention to important things when things get particuarly serious, to the point wherein her doing so is her main OOCISB indicator. The biggest moment of this for Crina thus far was shortly after hearing Teryx's backstory for the first time- she was so shocked that she didn't say anything for a good few minutes afterwards, only speaking up again when Nautilu asked the group if they knew what PTSD was. From then on, she was willing to listen to Nautilu's rant on PTSD for the sake of trying to help Teryx. According to Goldenheart388, this surprised Nautilu, though it was never commented on in-universe.
Crina also has a tendency to be somewhat naive about things as a result of her ditzy nature, though this was moreso apparent when she was a Lileep in her past life and flat-out assumed that she was a flower. In her present life, that naivete usually is shown by her either not understanding how certain things work (mainly due to her view on life) and by her somewhat odd sense of morality. Crina often has a tendency to lean on the fourth wall from time to time, although many of the observations she makes typically involve either herself or other characters. Her main belief about her eyes being her teeth is in fact a bit of this, as it directly references a joke about Cradily that is often repeated within the Pokemon community (see "Trivia" for more). However, she has also questioned her being able to hear despite her not having evident ears (and later went on to believe that she accidentally swallowed a hearing aid while she was eating food). Additionally, Crina will often go along with things because she finds them odd (often adding in "and I like odd" after making such statements). That being said, however, despite all of her naivete and oddities about herself, Crina sometimes has a tendency to be far smarter than she appears. Sometimes, she can blurt out statements that seem crazy on the surface, yet are actually correct, and sometimes can pick up on particularly obscure clues in order to get correct answers. She also tends to use her absurdist sense of logic to her full advantage whenever she's dealing with unusual problems, often getting the correct answer through solutions that many would find insane. Due to this, she has been particularly successful at Only Connect (though still nowhere near Ananpi's level). In the RP, this was shown by her using the logic of Wii Sports, of all things, to correctly answer a boxing question on The Wheel (thinking that Wii Sports boxing was identical to the real thing). In that same conversation, and just before said boxing question, Crina revealed another thing about herself: namely, that she has a slightly bad sense of self-esteem compared to how everyone sees her. While she is fully aware that she can be a bit crazy from time to time, she also believes that due to this, she's far dumber than she appears. Most notably, she flat out confirmed to the rest of the Jura6 when questioned about it during the Wheel watch party that the only reason she doesn't answer that many questions herself on the show is because she believes that she is going to get all of them wrong. This was, of course, proven wrong mere moments later, much to her delight. If she's not using her absurdist sense of logic to solve problems, however, Crina has shown herself to be capable of rather impressive logic. This was shown moreso when she was a Lileep in her previous life, wherein she argued with her parents about her wanting to go up on land by pointing out that they couldn't get much, if any, sunlight from living at the bottom of the ocean.
In keeping with Crina's overall joking demeanor, she has a love of absurdist humor, and is overall the most sarcastic member of the Jura6 besides the more deadpan Nautilu. Her sarcasm isn't that acerbic, though, especially when compared to someone like Kendall's Sylveon or- on Owen's own team- Gwana. She also enjoys cooking (though what she does cook often ends up being extremely unusual). She has a fascination for game shows as well, and particularly enjoys watching The Wheel and especially Crashbox/Gamecube (the latter of which is her favorite game show of all time). Even then, though, while commentating on these shows and movies, her commentary is moreso lightly mocking than outright acerbic. Arguably, the most acerbic that Crina ever gets is in battle, wherein she goes between being her normal mischievous self and being extremely brutal. Unlike a mon like Peechee, though, these two modes are one and the same, and ultimately her mischievousness leads to her brutality towards her enemies. She's especially harsh towards anyone who dares to attack her friends or Trainer, such as Team Lightning, or anyone who refers to her as silly or underestimates her power. Her strategy in battle usually involves healing, often using a mix of Ingrain, Giga Drain, and Leech Seed (the latter being her favorite move) to drain the opponent of as much HP as possible. This strategy was particularly used in the battle against Crasher Wake's Floatzel, wherein she used the Floatzel's Life Orb to her full advantage by draining him of pretty much all of his HP even as his power continued to grow. That being said, though, she doesn't really have much, if any, Defensive power, and her Speed leaves a lot to be desired.
Her favorite musical artist, according to Goldenheart388, is Psychostick, and her favorite Gamecube game is Psycho Math.
Prior to being caught and revived by Owen, Crina was the only member of the Jura6 to spend the vast majority of her life at the bottom of the sea. She was naturally born on April 1st-- a day which would much later be known as April Fools' Day-- but even before she knew what that day was, she was celebrating it every birthday. In fact, she practically celebrated it every day of her life, period. Her Cradily parents were mostly pranksters, too, and they would have tons of fun telling jokes, pulling pranks, and the like on each other. But it soon turned out that Crina was a bit more odd than her parents were... largely because, while her parents would kill and eat their prey with their tentacles by making them think they were flowers, Crina didn't want to kill and eat prey because she thought she was a flower. She looked like one, after all, and she was part Grass-type; why did she have to live at the bottom of the ocean and not use photosynthesis? Her parents were confused by this, and initially let it slide because their daughter wasn't necessarily trying to be a flower. But then she started daydreaming. As she got older, Crina began to imagine herself using photosynthesis to get food, being friends with her prey, pulling pranks on them rather than just killing them... and then she began trying to break off of the sea floor. The minute that this happened, her parents tried to pull her back down to earth-- literally. They told her flat-out that she could not go on land, and that while she could still pretend, she wasn't actually a flower even if she looked like one. This wasn't satisfactory for Crina, though. She wasn't a big fan of seriousness and reality-- she much preferred craziness, and so the moment her parents started lecturing her, she stopped paying attention. Frustrated, her parents ordered her to keep herself suctioned to the sea floor. Crina argued that since they were Grass-types, they needed photosynthesis, and they didn't have much sunlight under the water, so they had to go to the surface to get some. She was silly, and not a big fan of reality, but she could make logical arguments from time to time. Even so, though, her parents promptly countered that they had other ways of getting sunlight, and that going right to the surface would kill them. Crina found this odd... but she liked odd, so she decided to stay at the bottom of the ocean.
For the next few years, she tried her best to get sunlight from wherever she could, still believing herself to be a flower and not a sea lilly. She never once used her tentacles to snare prey and trick them-- she considered that too cruel of a prank for their tastes. Yet for some reason, despite all of the ways she tried to photosynthesize from the sea floor, she found herself getting hungry, and soon began to starve. Desperately, and while her parents weren't looking, on January 4th she pulled herself off of the surface of the ocean, swam as best she could, and eventually made it up onto nearby land. She was delighted-- not only by the fact that she could finally get (what she thought) was real food, but also by everything she was seeing on the surface: the trees, the animals, the incredible landmasses in front of her. It was an absolutely amazing place that she couldn't wait to explore further-- but first, food. She decided to bask in the sun and photosynthesize, and proceeded to stand there for hours on end, starving from not having actually eaten any real food. Eventually, she saw a blinding light hit her-- thinking it was the sun-- and then all of a sudden began to run out of breath. She assumed she just needed more sunlight, so she pointed her tentacles towards the sun again-- only for the reality to finally hit her that she wasn't actually getting any sunlight at all. In fact, she was getting too much sunlight just from staring directly into the sun for hours on end. It was at that moment that Crina realized that she wasn't a flower at all, but a sea lilly, and she collapsed on the floor and died a few minutes later. She died on January 4th, at the age of 24, having never evolved herself and having the midmost lifespan of the Jura6 fossilmons, ahead of Saura's mere 11 years on the Earth and Teryx's even merer 31 days.
Millions of years later, on September 30th, her Root Fossil was found and revived, along with the fossils of three other mons. Upon her revival, the first thing she noticed was that she was on land again, and not only was she on land again, but the sun wasn't draining her energy like it had last time. In fact, she seemed to be benefitting from it. She wasn't gaining food from it, so she still couldn't properly photosynthesize (and by this point was fully aware that she was not a flower), but she was gaining energy, and that was enough for her. Other than that, though, she seemed to be her usual jokey, mischievous self. She would pull pranks on Stipax, since he didn't seem to really mind the pranks as they were fully harmless. She still refused to eat her friends or use her tentacles for any nefarious purposes, with the sole exception being battle, during which she was extremely brutal and showed no mercy at all, and she absolutely refused to prank Teryx due to him being extremely sensitive to them. Despite this, Crina is currently still confused as to why exactly he fears electric-based pranks so much. And of course, she continued to space out and was prone to being just as ditzy and forgetful as ever. Owen soon caught Crina due to how silly and goofy she was, although he was somewhat confused by some of the things that she did.
Out of all of the Jura6 fossilmons, and despite having 4 weaknesses, Crina was actually used the most in the Kanto League. She was used against the first three gyms (Brock, Misty, and Lt. Surge), Sabrina, Blaine (due to taking normal damage from Fire attacks), Will, and Koga, and evolved herself into a Cradily via the pottery wheel molding process during the Sabrina battle. Almost immediately after she finished forming her new body, she developed the "my eyes are my teeth" belief about herself that she has to this day.
- Met: Pewter City Museum
- Birthday: September 30th (revival day); April 1st (actual birthday prior to death)
- Ability: Suction Cups
- Favorite Move: Leech Seed
- Nature: Quirky
- Characteristic: Mischievous
- Likes: Pulling pranks on others, randomness, mocking people, telling jokes, making witty puns, being weird and saying weird things, daydreaming, imagining things, watching silly TV shows, Stipax, Saura, battling, using Leech Seed, the game shows Pointless and Whose Line is It Anyway?, watching variety shows, watching The Wheel, cooking strange and unusual things, getting a question correct on The Wheel, playing Wii Sports
- Dislikes: Serious discussions, reality, being told that her fake eyes aren't her real ones, pranking Teryx, scaring Teryx, people not getting her jokes, being poisoned, forgetting things, following the status quo, believing that she is dumb (especially when compared to the other members of the team)
- Ball: Poke
- Nickname origin: From Crinodea, the class containing crinoids
- Hasslemon typing quirk:
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- : Leech Seed, Ingrain, Giga Drain, Energy Ball
- : Wrap, Spit Up, Stockpile, Swallow, Tickle
- : Ancient Power
- : Brine
- : Sludge Bomb
- Crina's name is derived from crinodea, the class containing crinoids and sea lillies. It could also serve as a corruption of the English name Karina.
- According to Goldenheart388, Crina's Hasslemon handle is dentalOptics (DO). The handle relates to Crina's long-held belief (based on a common misconception by many Pokemon fans even to this day) that the two false eyes on her head are her real eyes, whereas her actual real eyes are her teeth.
- According to Goldenheart388, Crina's English character theme is "Upside Down" by the A*Teens. The song, which was originally one of the songs in contention for the character theme of Ananpi, was ultimately given to Crina due to it serving as a representation of her crazy, ditzy, party-girl lifestyle, while also delving a bit into her mischievousness and penchant for jokes. Her Japanese character theme, meanwhile, is "Sugar Song to Bitter Step" by Unison Square Garden, best known as the ending theme for Kekkai Sensen.
- Crina's human name, "Dolly Oliver", shares its initials with that of her Hasslemon handle dentalOptics, with both of them abbreviating to DO; it also could possibly be a reference to the folk song "Sweet Polly Oliver", although according to Goldenheart388 this was a coincidence. Incidentally, the first two letters of the name Dolly are also DO, shared with her Hasslemon handle abbreviation. This pattern applies to every member of Owen Edmundson's Pokemon team with the exception of Steggy.
- Crina's revival day, September 30th, is the day on which, in 1861, the first Archeopteryx fossil was discovered; she shares her revival day with Nautilu, Chasmo, and Teryx. Her actual birthday, April 1st, is April Fools' Day, as well as the day that the Pokemon anime first premiered in Japan, and she shares her birthday with Caboose and Ananpi.
- Crina's death date, January 4th, is her birthday reversed (4/1-1/4). She is the only fossilmon in the initial Jura6 to have a palindromic birth/death juxtaposition.
|Owen Edmundson's Team|
|On Hand:|| Stipax • Nautilu • Crina • Chasmo • Teryx • Saura |
Steggy • Eurypedis • Anomalo • Cephalo • Gwana • Archie
Tyrie • Rhamphor
|As last seen in: Neo-Sinnoh|