Sophia and Marcello married 50 years ago and took a picture with hundreds of Sunflora. They continued this tradition for the next 49 wedding anniversaries. On their 50th anniversary, however, the weather was particularly cold and the Sunflora never appeared at the usual south slope location.
Ash was able to use his Sun Stone that he won as a prize in the Bug-Catching Contest to evolve a recently rescued Sunkern into a Sunflora. This Sunflora went on to call the other Sunflora over, allowing Sophia and Marcello to maintain their anniversary tradition, and Todd took the commemorative snapshot.
Sophia enjoys telling travelers romantic stories about herself and Marcello. However, these tales aren't completely true and are inspired by the many romance novels and movies she enjoys.
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| Sophia befriended a Sunflora when it was still a Sunkern. It first appeared when Ash, his friends, and Todd spotted a frozen Sunkern. They took it to the Sunflora Lodge, where Sophia nursed it back to health.
Later, when Team Rocket caused havoc with one of their machines, Sunkern used Sunny Day to melt the snow created by the machine. Ash and his friends were sure that the Sunflora would come now, but they still did not. Ash then remembered the Sun Stone he won in the Bug-Catching Contest and used it to evolve Sunkern into a Sunflora. The newly-evolved Sunflora called hundreds of Sunflora over to pose for Sophia and Marcello's 50th anniversary photo.
Sunflora's only known move is Sunny Day.
| Over the years, Sophia and her husband Marcello had befriended multiple Sunflora after taking a wedding picture with a field of Sunflora behind them. The flowery and bright backdrop led Sophia and Marcello to start a tradition of taking such photos during their wedding anniversary for the next 49 years.
The couple's 50th anniversary was threatened because of the cold weather in the area. However, a Sunflora, which Ash just evolved, called hundreds of other Sunflora, allowing Sophia and Marcello to take the photo.
None of the Sunflora's moves are known.
- Sophia's name is a reference to the Italian actress Sophia Loren. Also, her husband's name, Marcello, is a reference to the Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni, who starred with the former in several films.
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