- Disambiguation: Ramona redirects here, for the song of the same name, see Ramona (song).
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Ramona Victoria "Rammy" Flowers is an American expatriate who lived in New York and now works as a "Ninja delivery girl" for Amazon.ca in Canada. She is 24 years old and Scott's main love interest. She reveals very little about herself and is very guarded about her past in New York before she moved to Toronto. She is capable of traveling through Subspace and has seven evil exes who challenge Scott for her affection. She is also a tea enthusiast, as discovered when Scott is bombarded with a list of teas in one of Ramona's cupboards of her home.
When fighting, she typically uses an over sized mallet as her weapon, which she can retrieve from her purse through the use of subspace. She changes her hairstyle frequently and becomes anxious when Gideon is mentioned or brought up. Due to her power over Subspace travel thanks to the Glow, her head begins to glow when she is upset or jealous, though she herself is unaware of this until Kim Pine brings attention to it in Volume 5. Ramona now owns Scott's old sword, the "Power of Love".
Ramona is played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the film adaptation. Shortly before filming began, Winstead received a list of ten secret facts about Ramona's past. When asked what those facts are, she responded, "I honestly don't know if they are things that Bryan would want out there, so I'll keep them quiet. But things about her family she's kind of a tragic figure in a way. She's been through a lot, and that's why she's so guarded and mysterious." Winstead has since revealed at least one of the secrets, one that she considered very insightful for her character: Ramona’s younger brother died when she was younger, and she wears one of his shoelaces around her neck in memory of him. However, Bryan Lee O'Malley has since denied this being canon, saying "I did not write ten things. I just sent a bunch of notes to Edgar Wright and Michael Bacall. Bacall created the ten things based on the notes. Lots of the things were jokes. It was just for fun... that particular "secret" isn't "canon" because I never used it in the book."
Little is known about Ramona's life before seventh grade, where she met Matthew Patel. She and Patel dated for only a week and a half, during which Ramona pretty much used Matthew and his mystical powers to ward off flocks of jocks interested in her. She dated Matthew, according to her own story, because he was the only non-white and non-jock kid at her school. The two only kissed once, and it ended shortly after due to Matthew's pre-adolescent capriciousness. Afterward, Patel moved far away.
It is unknown what she was doing in eighth grade, but in her freshman year she was stalked by Lucas Lee, who had a crush on her and continually asked her out. Eventually, Flowers relented and the two dated for a long time. According to her, all they did was sit on a curb and smoke. At some point in the relationship Flowers cheated on and left him for the "first cocky pretty boy" that came by, Todd Ingram.
Ramona dated Todd for the remainder of high school, saying they were the "bad kids" together. He vanished for two weeks while they dated, during which he went vegan and gained his telekinetic powers (having apparently been studied by scientists). Todd returned and took Ramona out of class to prove his love for her by blasting one of the two craters in the moon, causing what Ramona described as "About 30 pages of explosions and tidal waves". She placed her hand over her mouth in utter shock.
University of Carolina in the Sky
Todd ended up going to a vegan college while Ramona went to the The University of Carolina in the Sky, though, so the two decided to let each other go.
During her time in college, Ramona's roommate was Roxie Richter, who turned out to be a lesbian. Ramona became very curious about what it would be like to be intimate with a girl, and as Richter was presumably already attracted to her, they began dating. It is implied that they had sex, embarrassing Ramona. After post-secondary, they broke up and hadn't seen or heard much from one another. Ramona would later claim the relationship was "just a phase".
At some point after breaking up with Roxie, Ramona dated the Katayanagi Twins, Kyle and Ken, but without each knowing about the other (basically cheating on both of them). When the truth was revealed, they dumped her, but the three of them developed no sense of hostility between each other.
Eventually, Ramona went to a party and met Gideon Graves there and quickly developed tender feelings for him. Despite Ramona's feelings for Gideon, Gideon saw his relationship with Ramona purely as an experiment, during which he inflicted Ramona with The Glow. Fed up with him constantly pushing her away, Ramona decided to leave Gideon, leaving nothing except a letter. Unfortunately for Ramona, Gideon walked in on her just as she finished the letter. Ramona, filled with intense emotions, became overwhelmed by The Glow and vanished into Subspace, taking the letter with her.
Dating Scott Pilgrim
Arrival in Toronto
Traveling through the wormhole, Ramona arrived in Toronto, Canada, where she found a job as a "Ninja delivery girl" for Amazon.ca. She also got a cat, which she named Gideon as a way of working out her affairs. Shortly afterwards, she went to a party, where she met Scott Pilgrim, who annoyed her by talking about Pac-Man. When delivering packages to houses, she realized Scott had ordered something just so he could hit on her, and she reluctantly agreed to date him, having never experienced a relationship with anyone who was pure at heart. Their relationship has their ups and downs like any. She remains enigmatic and Scott remains a dork, but it's that very interest that keeps the two together.
During Julie's early birthday party, taking place before Volume 4, she tells Scott that he is the nicest boy she has ever dated. This moment of happiness began to falter in Volume 5 when she learns from Knives that Scott had cheated on them both. She dismissed this bit of news at first, but after Scott accidentally blurts out that he cheated on Knives with her, she became increasingly upset, not only calling him a bad person, but "another Evil Ex waiting to happen," although she cheated on many of her boyfriends herself.
Feeling guilty for her own past actions, Ramona confessed that she was no better. After hearing some encouraging words from Scott, she thanks him before vanishing, making Scott think it's over until Volume 6.
Defeating Gideon Graves
Meeting up with Scott in Subspace after his initial defeat against Gideon Graves, she apologizes and helps him fight Gideon. After being wounded by Gideon, she becomes trapped in her own mind and her desires controlled by him. After breaking free thanks to Scott, she takes control of her mind once more to cast Gideon out, leading to one last fight in reality. In the aftermath of their victory, she explains to Scott she feels like she has to keep running or else she feels "stuck." She's scared of the prospects of not changing but wants to be with Scott who continues to support her.
Scott first saw Ramona in a dream when she was using the subspace in his head to travel all over Toronto. Since the first encounter, he becomes obsessed about her, telling his friends he had a strange dream about a girl which his friends nonchalantly disregard.
After an awkward meeting at one of Julie's parties, Scott purchased something on Amazon so that they would meet again. At first, Ramona wasn't interested in Scott, but eventually, Scott convinced her to go out with him. Their relationship has their ups and downs like any. She remains enigmatic and Scott remains a dork, but it's that very interest that keeps the two together.
She states she likes him because he is pleasant and simple-minded in Volume 4. Also, during Julie's early birthday party, taking place before Volume 4, she tells Scott that he is the nicest boy she has ever dated. This moment of happiness began to falter in Book 5 when she learns from Knives that Scott had cheated on them both. She dismissed this bit of news at first, but after Scott accidentally blurts out that he cheated on Knives with her, she became increasingly upset, not only calling him a bad person, but "another Evil Ex waiting to happen," although she cheated on many of her boyfriends herself (e.g. the Katayanagi twins with each other).
Feeling guilty for her own past actions, Ramona confessed that she was no better. After hearing some encouraging words from Scott, she thanks him before vanishing, making Scott think it's over until Book 6. Meeting up with Scott in Subspace after his initial defeat against Gideon, she apologizes and helps him fight Gideon. After being wounded by Gideon, she becomes trapped in her own mind and her desires controlled by him. After breaking free thanks to Scott, she takes control of her mind once more to cast Gideon out, leading to one last fight in reality. In the aftermath of their victory, she explains to Scott she feels like she has to keep running or else she feels "stuck." She's scared of the prospects of not changing but wants to be with Scott who continues to support her.
Scott also gave Ramona her nickname, "Rammy", which she dislikes at first, but as the story progresses, she starts to accept it. Even most of the other characters will be heard calling her "Rammy," whilst others still call her Ramona.
Since high school, Ramona has dated a number of boys and one girl. These 7 were either dumped or have been separated with and each hold a form of grudge on Ramona. They banded together to become The League of Ramona's Evil Exes, each one with their own reasons for joining. Ramona claims to be innocent throughout her explanations for why she dumped these exes, but as the story goes on, each story seems to end with Ramona using them, disappearing, or cheating on them. Despite all this, many members of the league seem to hold Ramona in some level of high regards.
Ramona's first evil ex from Grade 7. The two dated for only a week. During the time, Ramona pretty much used Matthew and his mystical powers to ward off flocks of jocks interested in her. According to her own story, she dated Matthew because he was the only non-white and non-jock kid at her school. The two only kissed once, and it ended shortly after due to Matthew's pre-adolescent capriciousness.
He is described as a "snot nosed brat in high school." The two dated in the 9th Grade after he asked her out 96 times. Their interactions only consisted of sitting out on the curb and smoking a few times over the period of a month. Ramona says she just dumped him, but Lucas tells Scott she dumped him for the man who would become the third evil ex.
The guy Ramona dated for the rest of high school. She confesses she left Lucas for Todd, but not until volume 3 saying they were the "bad kids" together. He vanished for two weeks while they dated. At the time they were apart, he was sent to Vegan Academy, where he would gain his telekinetic powers. He fully enrolled in the academy while Ramona went to the University of Carolina in the Sky. Ramona didn't want to be tied down to the relationship so Ramona dumped him. One day in college, Todd returned and took Ramona out of class to prove his love for her by blasting one of the two craters in the moon (a feat he would repeat not too much later for Envy Adams).
Ramona's university roommate and the only ex-girlfriend. She alleges that their relationship just a phase she went through. After post-secondary, the two broke up and hadn't seen or heard much from one another. Despite being one of Ramona's evil exes, Roxie and Ramona have somewhat of a friendship. As seen in the fourth book, Ramona lets Roxie stay at her place for a few days, and admits to Scott they made out (but only a little), Although Bryan Lee O'Malley said after the volume was released, that he meant it as a joke, not something to be taken seriously. On their bad times though, Ramona doesn't seem to mind throwing out that Roxie is only a half-ninja which really gets under her skin. Despite everything, Roxie and Ramona seem to be on the best terms of all the exes. In the book series, she uses a sword (as seen in volume 4) and in the movie she uses a chain belt.
Ramona's 5th and 6th evil exes respectively. She dated them simultaneously without the other knowing. When they both discovered the truth, they called the whole thing off and vowed to work together forever to get back at her. In the book series, they appear in volume 5 and seem to only show up at parties that Julie Powers throws at random. They are Japanese and invent robots for Scott to fight, saying that they won't fight him later on at the fact they don't want to be "barbarian-like". In the movie, they are defeated in an "Amp vs. Amp" against Sex-Bob-omb.
Ramona's seventh evil ex and leader of the League of Ramona's Evil Exes. Gideon experimented with Ramona regarding Subspace and The Glow. She intended to fully break up with him, but was overwhelmed with emotions while writing the breakup. She took the letter with her when the Glow transported her into subspace. In Book 4, Scott stumbles into Ramona's mind via Subspace, seeing her with a shadowy figure that would later be revealed to be Gideon. This seemingly shows that Ramona still has some remnant of feelings towards him. It was soon revealed in Book 6 that Gideon used The Glow to control her within her mind. After being rescued by Scott, she was finally able to let go of Gideon's hold on her life before the final battle.
Powers and abilities
Ramona has enhanced strength, enough strength to snap a metal pole to use as a weapon and enough strength to lift her Large Hammer. She is also strong enough to live after Gideon stabs her in the back. Although she is also very agile as she can run on walls, but not as agile as Knives.
Main article: Subspace
Her most used power in the series is the use of the Subspace Highway. She is the only known person in Canada who has mastered it. She also uses subspace for her Subspace Suitcase which houses her clothes, accessories, weapons, etc. With her Glow, she can disappear into Subspace.
Main article: Glow
Although the Glow is primarily Gideon's ability, Ramona is shown to have partial control over it. In the end of Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe, she uses the Glow to teleport herself inside her own head, locking herself in with her own problems. She also tries to use this teleporting ability again during the final battle against Gideon, but is stabbed by him before she can do it.
She is also a good roller skater and is even able to skate on and through the snow. She uses them to do deliveries to Amazon.ca. Combined with her Subspace ability, she rollerskate the Subspace Highway (especially the one that goes through Scott's head) as a shortcut. Her rollerskating skills also seems to rival Roxie Richter's.
|The Subspace Suitcase is a bag that Ramona carries around that allows her to access the subspace. It contains a pocket dimention inside which Ramona uses to store items like clothes, weapons and even carry people around with it. The bag is destroyed by Gideon with the Power of Love in volume 6.|
|Ramona's hammer is a weapon that she takes out of her Subspace Suitcase in Volume 3. She uses it in her fight against Envy Adams, who later on steals it and tries to kill Lynette Guycott with it. The hammer briefly seen in Volume 6 when the Subspace Suitcase explodes.
Personality and traits
Ramona presents a tough, independent exterior and behaves like a free-spirit (as evidenced by her constant dying of her hair). She does not hesitate to impose her views on Scott (such as criticizing the apartment he and Wallace live in) and can be quite bossy at times (such as telling Scott to get a job so that she doesn't have to travel through his lame dreams when she's at work). She also maintains a mysterious guise, telling Scott very little about herself, at least initially. Contradictory to that, she strives to learn as much as possible about Scott's past relationships, nearly to the point of being intrusive. She is also rather humorous, quick-witted and sarcastic.
However, Ramona's "mysterious" nature and tough exterior, are really just cover for her own insecurities. At the heart of things, Ramona is a runner. She fears commitment, but she calls it "being stuck," which was a huge factor of why she's had so many failed relationships. Like Scott, Ramona is afraid to face her past which is relentless for catching up, with the both of them. Whereas Scott suppresses his memories of the past, Ramona literally runs from it. Deep down, Ramona is unhappy with the kind of person she is, and doesn't think she can change. As a result, she carries her baggage with her through most of the series.
At the end of the series, Ramona is still uncertain if she can change, but with Scott's encouragement, she is willing to try.
Main article: Ramona's hairstyles
One of Ramona's quirks is that she changes the color of her hair every three weeks. Because of this, she's seen sporting various hairstyles and hair colors throughout the series.
Portrayal in adaptions
In the movie
Ramona Flowers is played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead whose other works include Live Free or Die Hard, Sky High, Death Proof, Bobby, Final Destination 3 and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
In the Movie, she continues the tradition of being mysterious and well-guarded, as well as carrying around a laminated list of her evil exes, which she gives to Scott after he battles with Roxie.
She had her mind controlled and held hostage by Gideon Graves' microchip on the back of her head, forcing her to break up with Scott.
In the Subspace during Scott's defeat, she confessed that she was crazy for Gideon, but was constantly pushed away. Only when she left him, prior to her arrival in Toronto, did Gideon finally become interested, which led to the formation of the League.
After gaining control of her body thanks to her and Knives' resolve with Scott (and also a kick to the back of the head by Knives), she played a small but vital role in the final battle against Gideon (kneeing him in the groin, which
allows Knives to take his sword away), buying enough time for Knives and Scott to finish him off.
Ramona then proceeds to leave Scott to begin her life anew, but Knives convinces Scott to follow her. Scott joins Ramona as the two of them enter a gateway to Subspace.
In an alternate ending, she convinces Scott that Knives is the one he should have been fighting for all along, and leaves him and Knives alone outside of the Chaos Theatre. The two then walk off, talking and laughing.
In the Game
Ramona is one of the four initial playable characters. Carrying her Subspace Suitcase throughout the game, she has an exclusive move to summon various items to be used in battle. Of all the characters' ending, hers is exactly like the ending in Book 6. However, in Scott's ending, she leaves him, eventually leading him to a relationship with all three of his ex-girlfriends (Knives, Kim, and Envy).
In the location "Ramona's Backyard" you can find her War-hammer which will smile when it is picked up. It does a little bit over moderate damage but is not as powerful as the "Power of Love". In addition, titanium baseball bats can be found throughout World 4, a reference to Ramona's subspace battle with Roxie.
- In an interview, Bryan Lee O'Malley said that he based Ramona off a girl he saw who kept changing her hair. He also stated that he used to dye his hair a lot when he was younger.
- Her birthday is January 1 according to the end of Volume 4, however in the bonus content of the color edition of Volume 1, it says her birthday is January 14. This may have been changed when it came to drawing the actual volume.
- He also originally wrote that she liked kitties more than puppies and that her favorite film was Grosse Pointe Blank.
- In an interview in his blog, Bryan stated that Ramona changes her hair to try on different identities, depending on the emotional state she is in. (For more info, see here.)
- As for Ramona's natural hair color, Bryan Lee O'Malley has said that he is unsure, and that Ramona herself may not even remember it, but that she is not a natural blonde, and that her hair is more likely to have originally been "medium-to-dark brown".
- Ramona is about 5'8'' or 5'9'' in height which makes her rather tall for a female.
- Bryan Lee O'Malley intended for her favorite band to be Joy Division, but she lightened up later on and her favorite band became The Replacements.
- She appeared in the sixty-eighth episode of the ScrewAttack series Death Battle, where she was pitted in a hypothetical fight to the death against Amy Rose from the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise and lost.
- "Well, then Gideon best get his pretentious ass up here, 'cause I'm about to kick yours out of the Great White North!" (to Roxie in the movie)
- Scott: "You know your hair?"
Ramona: "I know of it..."