Of all entries, this is the only one that was chosen due to outside influence. Maybe because I don't really care for big musclebound Pokemon almost as a rule. Granted, "Hardcore" is up for interpretation.
I just went with what I knew, and I find Bellsprout to be rather admirable. He's an approachable all around cool guy, but is otherwise really disciplined. He's like Ryu with a social life. Despite his frail body, he can still hold his own with swiftness and cunning. Bellsprout, as a character, has gotten me interested in Bellsprout as a species. It's pretty much the Nidorina cycle all over again.
Bellsprout is from Alternate Universe, and is also inspired by the Pokemon of the same name from my friend's copy of Pokemon Gold.