Kendall is a rather brawny teenager who seemed to have a crush on Dawn. However, the feeling was not mutual and Dawn even referred to him as "big and gross." He wanted to be her partner for the Ghost-type assignment of the summer school session. Kendall claimed that he would protect Dawn from the Ghost Pokémon, but when the actual assignment began, he revealed that he had a tremendous fear of ghosts. When he and Dawn encountered a wild Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar; Kendall ran away screaming, leaving Dawn to fend for herself.
Kendall chose a Makuhita in the random batch of Poké Balls as a Pokémon to be trained with.