Ambitious and determined, Graham isn't one to falter under despondent circumstances. Graham is sometimes considered cold—abrasive, even—by others, due to his somewhat introverted lifestyle growing up. However, given some time, he can easily warm up to others, and he's quite kind. Graham possesses an insatiable curiosity of worldly affairs. As a boy growing up in the rural outskirts of Lovewood Town, he never really got enough excitement in his younger years. In addition, he scarcely socialized with the other children, isolated and homeschooled as he was. Graham holds a competent understanding of a variety of intellectual subjects, which he owes mostly to his overbearing parents.
Graham was born to a relatively well-off family living on the rural outskirts of Lovewood Town. His family had recently moved there from the more urban Jubilife City. They owned a ranch of Miltank near their house. Although Graham would play with the Miltank even as a child, he never held any desire to inherit his family's dairy farm. His desires were vague and often confusing to even himself. During the earlier years of his childhood, Graham's father would often indulge him with stories of his past as a Pokémon Trainer. Although his father clearly extended the truth beyond its applicable parameters, per se, Graham would attentively listen nonetheless, absorbed in the tales of wide-scale Pokémon tournaments, ancient historical sites, and dangerous dungeons.
It was around this point that his goals started materializing into something more straight-forward; he wanted to become a Pokémon Trainer. More than that, however: he wanted to explore the Epica region in its entirety, and eventually other regions as well. His childhood fantasies of becoming famous and traversing dilapidated ruins, filled with ancient treasures, were hard to ignore as well. Although Graham would become more pragmatic as he matured somewhat, his ambitions only intensified. At age sixteen, his mother was willing to let him experience the world and go on his first Pokémon journey; she just had to provide him transportation to the historical Numera Town, where he could obtain his first starter and meet the esteemed Professor Atlas.