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    May (Haruka)
Voiced in Japanese by: Kaori Suzuki
Voiced in English by: Veronica Taylor (4Kids), Michele Knotz (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ana Lobo (Season 6 and first episodes of season 7), Liliana Barba (temporary replacement in Season 6), Mariana Ortiz (rest of the series), Agustina Priscila (Movies 6 and 7)
Voiced in European French by: Maia Baran, Isabelle Volpé (Movie Jirachi Wish Maker), Laurence Sacquet (Movie Destiny Deoxys)

Starting the Advanced series as a newbie trainer, May only wanted to travel the world at first. She initially disliked Pokémon before experience around them changed her mind. She aspires to be a Pokémon Coordinator, leading towards a quest similar to Ash's. Tropes involving her include:

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: After going on a hot-streak with contest victories and garnering a fan club, May briefly lets her success go to her head. Naturally this immediately leads to a Break the Haughty moment.
  • Adaptational Curves: Possibly accidental, but she's more "developed" than her game counterpart, or any other version of the character for that matter. Fixed when she appeared in Sinnoh.
  • Adorkable: Brave, optimistic, kind, and at times, awkward, she definitely fits it.
  • Always Someone Better:
    • To Jessie. May was part of the main cast during Team Rocket's arguably most ineffectual tenure, and Jessie was an Unknown Rival to her in Pokémon contests, failing every time to outdo her. Even during the Sinnoh contests, where Jessie proved far more competent, she failed to challenge May in any capacity during her brief return.
    • And to Harley. He managed to defeat her only once. The Japanese version also implies he's insecure about her being cuter (and thus more popular) competition than him. These are among the more unecessary reasons he has for hating her.
  • Aside Glance: Sometimes during her "expedition team" routine, she would act like she's reporting "progress" to the audience.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With Max. No matter how many times they argue, they still really care for each other; after all, they're still brother and sister.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit during the Wallace Cup.
  • Bedlah Babe: May wears a outfit that wouldn't look out of place on a real belly dancer for her return for the Wallace Cup.
  • Berserk Button: She gets very mad when food is stolen from her, sometimes to the point of violence. As shown when she returns for the Wallace Cup and finds out Team Rocket stole all of the food:
    May: (as a fiery background appears behind her and she has glowing red eyes) "I'll tell you NOBODY STEALS MY FOOD AND GETS AWAY WITH IT!!!"note 
  • Between My Legs: In "Ruin With a View", when she spots an Azurill (the shot framed by May's legs, not the Azurill's).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's The Cutie most of the time, and is even more easily duped or kidnapped by Team Rocket than Ash. Some of their most vicious comeuppances throughout the entire series have been inflicted by her however, and usually more a result of pressing her buttons than actual self defence.
  • Big Eater: Worse than Ash in this regard. In fact, in one episode, Ash was actually astounded by how much she could eat. Taking her food in any way is a good way to get her mad (see above).
  • Big Sister Instinct:
    • Shows at times with Max. She and Liza once inflicted an Extreme Mêlée Revenge onto Team Rocket for kidnapping him. Deconstructed in one episode where a promise May made to her mother about keeping an eye out for Max nearly cost her a chance for getting into her first Grand Festival.
    • Also helps pivot Ash's Big Brother Instinct characterization, being the first main character trainer more novice than him and being protected by him several times over. Possibly inverted since both characters are ten.
  • Bound and Gagged: Probably the most liable of Ash's companions to get kidnapped and tied up in some humiliating fashion.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Downplayed case. While usually sweet-natured, May can sometimes have a very huffy temperament, especially when she starts to get too confident in her abilities.
  • Catchphrase: When calling her Pokémon for a Contest, "Stage On!"/"Take The Stage!"
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Whenever she starts her "expedition team" narration and Finger Framing, it's a sure-sign that she's..."lost".
  • Conflicting Loyalty: In the episodes leading up to the Petalburg gym battle, Max gets on her case several times about who May wants to win: their father Norman, or Ash. In the gym match itself, she clearly chose Ash's side.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Although there was one time she squeed over Gulpin, a.k.a. the living stomach.
  • The Cutie: Probably the most Adorkable and childish of Ash's female companions. In keeping with the trope, she gets a lot of Big Brother Instinct moments out of Ash and Brock.
  • Damsel in Distress: Ash has saved her life several times on the show.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Apart from the Contest arc, the ninth movie comes to mind.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She can provide snark especially where her brother is concerned, but Ash and Brock tend to take the heat as well.
  • Deuteragonist: To Ash during "Advanced Generation" - even the final major battle (an unofficial contest they both enter) reflects this mindset.
  • Distress Ball: Even after becoming one of the most active and capable female companions, she often couldn't catch a break with this. Usually inflicted Big Brother Instinct moments from Ash.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: May was slightly taller than Ash in her first appearance, and inflicted a bit of deja vu after Pikachu fries her bike, implying she was going to be a more clear cut Replacement Goldfish for Misty. Episodes after make her more diminutive in both height and personality, likely so Ash can better take on a Big Brother Mentor role towards her.
  • Fanservice Pack: Very notable for this among the fanbase, as she's well-developed for a 10-year old. Removed when she's designed with her Emerald clothing during her guest appearance in Sinnoh.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Max's responsible, but the roles can be reversed depending on the situation.
  • Good Luck Charm: Describes her half of the Terracotta Ribbon, which she tied with Ash, as her lucky charm during her travels in Johto.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Briefly returns for the Wallace Cup arc in "Diamond and Pearl".
  • Identical Stranger: She (apparently) looks just like a girl that stole the last bit of Harley's lunch when he was in preschool.
  • Image Song: "Watashi, Makenai!", AG's final ending theme.
  • Ironic Echo: Ash teaches May the basics of catching Pokémon, and May later returns it to him word-for-word when he forgets those basics.
  • Lethal Chef: Pokéblocks are edible for humans and Pokémon (to be fair, they are made of berries, after all). May's Pokéblocks? Not so much.
    • The first time she made a batch, only Beautifly liked them.
    • On another, more infamous occasion. They were so bad that it knocked out almost everyone who ate them, with James noting that they tasted of jet fuel and burning tires. The only two who liked them were Munchlax, which will eat almost anything, and Jessie, who was able to stomach another female's nasty concoction.
  • Lovable Coward: A bit of a scaredy-cat at the beginning of the series. Whenever faced with threatening Pokémon, she would be seen cowering behind a male companion's (usually Ash) back. She eventually grows out of it, but an early Battle Frontier episode sees her as the only one of the twerps who cannot sleep peacefully inside a ghost town.
  • Mama Bear: She tends to be very protective of her Pokémon, and develops a mother-child bond with Manaphy in Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea.
  • Nice Girl: May is extremely sweet and friendly to almost everyone.
  • Noodle Incident: According to Max, she once had a bad encounter with a Tentacool, which explains her slight fear of Pokémon at the start of her journey.
    • It's revealed (by Max accidentally giving information to Harley and broadcasted through the speakers) that when she was little she had a blue swimcap and was swimming in the water...and Tentacool were there. She called for help but instead her mom mistook her for one of the Tentacool and tried to capture her instead!
  • Pals with Jesus: She becomes a surrogate mother to a baby Manaphy in Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea.
  • Parental Neglect: Related to the above - her parents couldn't be bothered to watch their toddler at the beach, and do nothing after hearing her cries for help. Norman goes back to sunbathing, and Caroline decides to try and catch some Pokémon!
  • Plucky Girl: With her spunky optimism, she definitely qualifies.
  • The Red Baron: "The Princess of Hoenn" when she appears for the Wallace Cup.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to her rival Drew's blue.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Dub-only, where it's implied that May and Max had already met Ash's Charizard prior to the latter's actual debut in AG.
    May: Oh no, not again. (referring to Charizard's way of saying hello to Ash.)
    Max: Of course, that's the only way Charizard knows how to say hello.
  • Replacement Flat Character: Replacing Ash as the show's clueless newbie.
  • Rotating Arcs: The focus of her seeking out Pokémon Contests alternates with Ash's own quest for the Hoenn League and later the Battle Frontier. Notably, in the latter she's the one who had to contend with a Tournament Arc, since Ash's own quest at that time is more along the lines of a Run the Gauntlet.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: May decides to travel to another region to register in the Wallace Cup and end her losing streak, but winds up losing in the finals to Dawn.
  • Ship Tease:
    • She receives some with Ash, sprinkled liberally throughout Advanced Generation and especially in Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of The Sea.
    • Also gets quite a bit of this with Drew, especially once their rivalry starts to become more friendly; the most cited hint is Drew frequently giving her roses, although he insists it's for her Pokémon.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Zigzagged. Like the other female companions, she suffers occasional Amusing Injuries (she's spooked by a Duskull into riding her bike face-first into a tree about a minute after her introduction). However most of her Damsel in Distress moments seem to lampshade her lack of Toon Physics. Her almost falling down the exact same cliff Team Rocket passively shot down Wile E Coyote-style was completely Played for Drama.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: In one episode she develops a group of admirers and develops an over-inflated ego as a result. Then she enters a contest. You can imagine what happens next.
  • Super Gullible: One of May's flaws. She gets tricked by Team Rocket a lot and she even trusted Harley when the latter manipulated her with misleading advice in the Advanced Generation season.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: A Downplayed example. Near the end of the Advanced Generation saga, May decides to follow her rivals to compete in the contests in Johto due to wanting to come up with her own unique style in contests after realizing that emulating Ash's more offensive-battling style isn't good for contests. As a result, she decides to stop traveling with Ash, realizing such a step is necessary for her to step out of his shadow, but she still expresses her gratitude to him for everything he has taught her.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Averted. While she takes Misty's place as the female companion, her personality is rather different.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She fulfills both roles.
    • Tomboy: To her successor Dawn's Girly Girl.
    • Girly Girl: To her predecessor Misty's Tomboy.
  • Took a Level in Badass: May took a noticeable level in badass somewhere around the time of Combusken's evolution. The first half of the season had her freezing up a lot and relying on blind luck — shortly post-Combusken she was holding her own against villains of the day. By Battle Frontier, she entered every contest with confidence.
    • Not only that, but most of her Pokémon also got this change.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Noodles; specifically, Tonkotsu Ramen. It gets to the point in "Pasta la Vista" that she'd fight off against Ash in order to make sure she can enjoy those noodles, combined with a fiery aura to show how determined she was.
  • Time Travel: Encountered a rather random case in "Time Warp Heals All Wounds", where she teams up with Meowth of all people to undo a stranger's death in the past.
  • Tsundere: A Type B, meaning she's mostly sweet and gentle...unless Drew is around, or Ash and/or her brother Max pisses her off.
  • The Unfavorite: Downplayed. Her parents are generally a lot more interested in Max, though that's probably just because he's younger and needs more attention. They do a good job of cheering her on in Contests, though — her mother traveled all the way from Petalburg to Slateport City to support her when the Hoenn Grand Festival came!
  • Verbal Tic: "-kamo", which even squeezed its way into her Image Song!
    • Stealth Pun: Her starter was Achamo, which could easily mimic this sound. (The Verbal Tic isn't present in the dub, and would have to be changed anyway as Achamo's English name is Torchic.)
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Received an earful from Nurse Joy and the other judges for pressuring her Bulbasaur in its first Contest.
  • Your Size May Vary: Was roughly Misty's height in her first episode. In all later episodes she's slightly shorter than Ash, though some Off-Model moments occur, most commonly the actual difference in height between her and Ash.

    May's Pokémon 

Torchic-Combusken-Blaziken (Achamo-Wakasyamo-Bursyamo)

Voiced in Japanese by: Chinami Nishimura (Achama and Wakasyamo), Katsuyuki Konishi (Bursyamo)
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis (Torchic), Darren Denstan (Combusken, 4Kids), Bill Rogers (Combusken second voice and Blaziken)

  • Big Guy, Little Guy: When May went to Sinnoh for the Wallace Cup, she teamed up with Dawn for a tag battle. Blaziken and Piplup fit together quite well with this trope.
  • Butt-Monkey: Prior to evolution, Torchic got walloped pretty much every time it came out of the Poké Ball. After evolution though...
  • Clucking Funny: When it was a Torchic, since it provided quite a bit of comic relief. Lessens on this trope after evolving.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Corphish goes right back to being a Jerkass to Torchic once the events of "A Shroomish Skirmish" are all over. Problem is, Torchic is now Combusken and isn't having it, type disadvantage be damned.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Evolved into Blaziken right as Advanced Generation was hitting its finale (handily beating Team Rocket in the process), and also just in time for use against Ash and Sceptile in the unofficial Contest at Terracotta Town.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Torchic's evolution into Combusken...and to up the ante, it evolves into Blaziken at the end of AG.
  • Well Done Chicken Mon: Torchic went through a personality change when evolving into Combusken. It went from timid and cutesy to a Proud Warrior Race Mon. What triggered this personality change? May paying more attention and spending more time with her other Pokémon (who, it must be said, were getting more attention to prepare for Contests while Torchic was left behind).
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Literally happens in "A Shroomish Skirmish". Torchic settles its differences with Corphish after Corphish protected Torchic from a herd of angry Breloom, and Torchic returned the favor by evolving into Combusken to save him. At the end of the episode, Corphish attempts to steal Combusken's food again (which started their squabble in the first place) but was now intimidated by the more powerful Combusken, and Combusken simply laughs it off.

Wurmple-Silcoon-Beautifly (Kemusso-Karasalis-Agehunt)

Voiced in Japanese by: Ryoko Shiraishi
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne (Wurmple), Rachael Lillis (Silcoon and Beautifly 4Kids), Michele Knotz (Beautifly, current)

  • Always Someone Better: To Jessie's Dustox, with Beautifly almost always besting Dustox in battles and contests, and being considered the prettier more impressive Pokémon by everyone but Team Rocket. Odd since this was subverted when they were both Wurmples, with Jessie's being the far more obedient and competent Pokémon.
  • Big Eater: Wurmple. When he had his first lunch with the other Pokémon, he ate not only all the Pokémon food...but also the lunch Brock made for everyone else!
  • Brick Joke: During the gang's return to Petalburg for Ash's fifth gym battle, it's revealed that a Beautifly was something of a soft spot for Caroline because it symbolizes her marriage with Norman. At the beginning of the Battle Frontier saga, May cites that very reason as to why her Beautifly stayed in the Petalburg gym.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returned with May during the Wallace Cup arc; in fact, it was the first to greet Ash & Brock, while May's ship was entering the docks.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: As a Wurmple, it was poorly trained and lazy, while Jessie's was diligent and loyal. May's still evolved into a competent Beautifly as she desired, and always outshone Jessie's Dustox.
  • Head Pet: Beautifly's favorite roost. On one occasion, Ash as well.
  • Pretty Butterfly: It's the very reason May wanted to catch a Wurmple, thinking that Beautifly's looks would make it a shoe-in for winning Contests.
  • Psychic Powers: Knows Psychic.

Skitty (Eneco)

  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Often has trouble keeping its head in the game, and gets easily distracted by several things, including moving curtains, toys, other Pokémon, and her own twitchy tail.
  • Confusion Fu: Her Assist allows her to draw a random attack from any one of her teammates' arsenal.
  • Cute Kitten: Way too cute for her own good.
  • Cuteness Proximity: In I Feel Skitty, everyone, including Team Rocket, thinks that Skitty is adorable.
  • Divided We Fall: Skitty is terrible at teamwork, and this costs May in Battles and Contests more than once.

Bulbasaur-Ivysaur-Venusaur (Fushigidane-Fushigisou-Fushigibana)

Voiced in Japanese by: Miyako Ito (Fushigidane)
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne (Bulbasaur)

  • Foil: Straightest parallel between May and Ash: she was basically the innocent, gentler version to Ash's Troubled, but Cute Bulbasaur.
  • Innocent Flower Girl: Started out as one, first seen trying to pick a flower at the side of a cliff, and the only non-hostile inhabitant of the grass preserve.
  • Naïve Everygirl: During her first time outside the preserve, she would get distracted over several things, almost unknowingly endangering herself even, because of her innocence. Ash had to temporarily call in his own Bulbasaur to set her straight and teach her the ropes.
  • Petal Power: Knows Petal Dance.

Munchlax (Gonbe)

Voiced in Japanese by: Chie Sato
Voiced in English by: Darren Dunstan (4Kids), Billy Beach (current)

  • Big Eater: Of course, even more so than May.
  • Clear My Name: Taking a liking to Munchlax after it devoured all her Pokéblocks, May set out to prove its innocence when Team Rocket framed it for stealing other trainers' Pokéblocks.
  • Confusion Fu: It kicked Combusken's ass by not paying attention. Later played straight for having access to the Metronome attack.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: While other Gen IV species have already made their way to the anime, Munchlax is the first one to be owned by a main character.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Only Munchlax was able to eat May's first original Pokéblock recipe. He has limits, however, as he didn't take with her second original Pokéblock.
    • And of course, it swallowed a Pokéball and it still got captured.
  • Non-Action Guy: May only captured him to save his skin. For the rest of Hoenn, he never competed in a single Contest, only getting a chance in the spotlight during Battle Frontier.
  • Superpower Lottery: Knows Metronome, which allows it to use pretty much any move a Pokémon can learn, but it's all at random. Some examples:
    • It once joined a herd of Cleffa-line Pokémon in a mass use of Metronome that ultimately led to Team Rocket blasting off.
    • Once, it used Metronome while confused, and did Splash.
    • In a contest, May desperately called Munchlax to do Metronome. It picked up Rest, and got a ton of Cute points.
    • When May used it to try to catch an Arcanine, it really hit the Lottery, picking up EXTREME SPEED! Just one problem: it abused the power to snatch and gorge on Pecha Berries instead.

Squirtle-Wartortle (Zenigame-Kameil)

Voiced in Japanese by: Tomoe Hanba (Zenigame), Katsuyuki Konishi (Kameil)
Voiced in English by: Eric Stuart (Squirtle, 4Kids), Michele Knotz (Squirtle, second voice), Craig Blair (Wartortle)

  • Took a Level in Badass: A normal beginner Pokémon who was shown to cry when Max tried to say hello to it...soon learned Ice Beam to beat an Ariados, and eventually evolved to Wartortle.

Eevee-Glaceon (Eievui-Glacia)

Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Hayashibara
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers (Eevee), Megumi Hayashibara (Glaceon)

  • Clingy MacGuffin: one Battle Frontier episode had the egg's incubator briefly stuck to a rampaging Elekid's plug head. Even though Elekid removed it relatively early, it became the reason why Ash and company went after the Elekid, since they think the mon still has it.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Knows Dig.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Knows Iron Tail.
  • Fast Tunnelling: Knows Dig.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Before reuniting with Ash, May took Eevee to Snowpoint City and evolved it to Glaceon with the Ice Rock.

    Max (Masato)
Voiced in Japanese by: Fushigi Yamada
Voiced in English by: Amy Birnbaum (4Kids), Kayzie Rogers (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Diego Armando Ángeles, Mara Campanelli (Movies 6 and 7)
Voiced in European French by: Guylaine Gibert, Isabelle Volpé (Movie Jirachi Wish Maker), Maia Baran (Movies 8-9, The Mirage of Mastermind Pokémon)

May's younger brother who travels with his sister and friends, even though he has no Pokémon of his own. Tropes involving him include:

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To May he is. They take potshots at each other every chance they get, just like how real life siblings would "get along".
  • The Baby of the Bunch: The youngest of the Advanced Generation team.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: As emphasised above, Max can sometimes be a very snarky, 'know it all' kid. He seems to be renowned for Crocodile Tears before he met Ash as well.
  • Canon Foreigner: In the games the protagonist is an only child; it's the rival who has a younger brother, and even then he only appeared in Emerald.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Like his sister, a movie (Pokémon: Jirachi: Wish Maker) focuses on him as a main character.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Naturally, May gives him plenty of ammunition.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: He likes to think of himself as the responsible to May's foolish, but he has more than a few Bratty Half-Pint tendencies that lead him to cause quite a few problems of his own.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Melancholic of the quartet.
  • Friend to All Living Things: You have to hand it to Max. He doesn't have any Pokémon of his own, but he nevertheless has a knack of making friends with a lot of wild ones over the course of the Advance series, most notably the Ralts who he promised to return for once he begins his journey.
  • Hero-Worshipper: While it's not overly blatant, and his first appearance has him quickly criticizing Ash's accomplishments (alongside not getting the name right), he does look up to the latter to a certain degree. Likewise towards his father Norman, only it's a lot more pronounced.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Out of May's Pokémon, Max seems to be most attached to her Munchlax.
  • Insufferable Genius:
    • Max likes to behave as though he's the smartest one around, often poo-pooing Ash's strategies and accomplishments and often whining when he witnesses things that don't match how he's learned the world should work. In his Establishing Character Moment, his meeting with Ash goes sour when he keeps mentioning that Ash lost in the second round of the Silver Conference, happily ignoring that this was the victory league of the conference.
    • As it turns out, he's actually something of a Know-Nothing Know-It-All when it came to battling. When he gets his first taste of actual battling, he's so busy trying to keep up with his learning that he spent all of his time buffing and forgot the short-term game, which notably contrasts him with Ash and his improvised style.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Strikes one up with President Stone, Steven's father and CEO of the Devon Corporation.
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe, during their first meeting he keeps bringing up how Ash lost in the second round in the Silver Conference's Victory Tournament, which, Ash quickly reminds him, is already an admirable feat in of itself.
  • No Sense of Direction: Applies to the whole group as a whole, but, come on...he's got the PokéNav, the franchise's equivalent to a GPS! He has the least excuse.
  • One Steve Limit: In-universe, averted when another Max shows up in the episode Maxxed Out!
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Max imagines tricking May into believing her Torchic evolved (May's actual Torchic had to be used in an Emergency Impersonation), he gets genuinely afraid of facing her wrath. And yet, this example can still be Played for Laughs.
  • Pals with Jesus: He befriends a Jirachi in Pokémon: Jirachi: Wish Maker.
  • Plot-Driven Breakdown: Something always seems to happen to the PokéNav that results in the gang still getting lost. In no particular order: A magnetic field to disrupt the map feature, Max accidentally spilling his drink on it, or having no signal at all. And then there was one time Max admitted it was his own fault the twerps got lost.
  • The Promise: To a stray Ralts in "Do I Hear a Ralts", to meet up again once Max starts his own journey.
  • Puppy Love: In-universe example: one episode has him develop a mutual crush with Vivi Winstrate, the youngest member of a family of trainers. However, when the family challenged Ash and co. to a friendly 4-on-4 match, Max just had to borrow Corphish in his match against Vivi. The results weren't pretty...
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: Inverted; Max holds his father in such high regard that when Ash actually defeats Norman, Max freaks out and steals Ash's Balance Badge as if that would somehow undo the damage.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Max already recognizes Ash when he first meets him, having watched him compete in the Silver Conference on TV.
  • Reused Character Design: Based on the male school kid trainer class' RSE appearance. Amusingly, the design in ORAS looks like it was based off of Max (the color palette is more similar to Max than to the original design).
  • Running Gag: Early in the series, he would take pleasure in being on the receiving end of attacks or abilities' effects.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: They start shining usually when he's up to something or when his companions (usually Brock and his Romeo antics) start doing something snark-worthy.
    • In "Do I hear a Ralts" episode has them appear when he is absolutely pissed off at Team Rocket still doing their disguised charade after Ralts has recovered from its injuries.
  • Shout-Out: The sickly Ralts in "Do I Hear a Ralts" to Wally.
  • Sore Loser: Not him, but he acts this way when his dad lost the gym battle with Ash. He got so upset with his father losing that he angrily takes Ash's badge away.
  • Tagalong Kid: The only reason he's there is because his dad (Norman) said that he should go travel along with his sister.
  • Tranquil Fury: At the end of "Do I Hear a Ralts", he has both a combination of Scary Shiny Glasses and Cross-Popping Veins when he confronts Team Rocket in their disguises before he kicks their asses by having Ralts use Psychic on them.
  • Tuckerization: The producers have suggested the anime character is based on one of Satoru Iwata's sons.
  • With a Foot on the Bus: Happens to him in the episode "The Scheme Team", where both him & May leave Ash at the beginning of the episode, only for him to return (with Professor Birch) at the end of the episode. (May follows suit in the following episode.)

Supporting Cast

    Professor Birch (Dr. Odamaki) 
Voiced in Japanese by: Fumihiko Tachiki
Voiced in English by: Dan Green
—>Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Salvador Delgado

The professor of the Hoenn region. He helped May get her start as a trainer by giving her a choice between Torchic, Mudkip, or Treecko. Birch exhibits the following Tropes:

  • Adapted Out: Going by the games, Birch should be the father of the RSE male lead Brendan, who so far has only appeared in cameos.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Male version: in a repetition of Birch's first appearance in the games, May has to come to his aid from a pack of Poochyena. However, May doesn't even know how to properly command Pokémon yet (the Mudkip she called out doused her instead) so Birch eventually had to get out of the situation by himself.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Steep cliffs are as minor as speedbumps, and chances are he'll be on a maximum of two of his wheels at any given time.
  • Large Ham: Being voiced by Mr. Green certainly helps.
  • Science Hero: Is not afraid of going into the field for his research, which often puts him in a few scrapes.

    Caroline (Mitsuko)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yumi Touma
Voiced in English by: Karen Niell (4Kids), Klara Leopold (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gabriela Gómez (episode 3) Patricia Acevedo (episodes 69-70),Laura Torres (episodes 114-132), Elsa Covián (episode 180)

May and Max's mom and wife of gym leader Norman of the Petalburg City Gym.

  • Good Parents: She is a very loving and supportive mother.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: Just see the picture.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Thought this of Norman when she noticed that he's been spending time with Nurse Joy (they were actually planning an anniversary present for Caroline). She was in the middle of announcing her intent to leave him before the misunderstanding was cleared up.
  • Purple Eyes: Although she seems to subvert the characteristics that typically come with these eyes.

    Drew (Shū/Shuu)
Voiced in Japanese by: Mitsuki Saiga
Voiced in English by: Pete Zarustica (4Kids), Bill Rogers (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Luis Fernando Orozco (episodes 33-35), Irwin Daayán (rest of the series)

May's main rival as a Pokémon coordinator. He enjoys pushing her buttons, but gradually drops the Jerkass facade and becomes much more respectful over time. He never lets anyone forget that they are rivals first and friends second.

  • Bishounen: Definitely. Just look at the picture.
  • Book-Ends: In his first Contest facing off against May, Drew defeats her only to lose in the finals to Robert. The Hoenn Grand Festival netted him the same results. And both events occurred in Slateport City.
  • Bubble Gun: Masquerain's Bubble.
  • Chick Magnet: He has many fangirls. And unlike Gary, he does not like the attention.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Green hair and green eyes. Fits in with his Grass-type Pokémon motif (his signature Pokémon is a Grass-type Roselia, and he frequently gives May flowers). Despite their initial vitriol, he ultimately proves in time to be a trustworthy friend to May.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He catches a Dark-type Absol for his team in Battle Frontier.
  • Expy: Drew is more than vaguely reminiscent of both Ruby and Sapphire rivals, Brendan and Wally, having the distinctive green hair and eyes of the latter and the confidence and attitude of the former. He also uses Roselia, which was one of the Pokemon on Wally's team, as a signature.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With May, eventually. It was significantly more vitriolic at first, with him acting very condescending towards her and May rising to the bait easily, but near the end of the Hoenn arc, they shifted closer to being friends as well as rivals, with Harley taking Drew's place as May's Jerkass rival.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: In some of his later appearances, ends up getting joining May and co in their struggles against Team Rocket. The episode "Who, What, When, Where, Wynaut" is a particular example, where he gets pulled into Team Rocket's latest attack on the twerps at the beginning of the episode, gets stranded on an island together with them, and spends the rest of the episode hanging out with May and trying to escape. (Incidently, this is also when their rivalry starts to become a lot more friendly and less antagonistic.)
  • It Amused Me: He toys with May, alternating jibes and backhanded compliments. May naturally rises to the bait beautifully.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He spends his introductory episode railing mercilessly on May, then pulls a Big Damn Heroes when she's in trouble. Then insults her some more.
    • He acts pretty aloof and cocky most of the time in contests, but he's actually generally respectful to his fellow competitors, except for Harley and (initially) May. He thanks Savannah (who greatly admires him) for a great battle after he defeats her in the Rubello contest, he praises Brianna (who has a crush on him) for her performance after she loses to May, and he obviously has a great deal of respect for Soledad, his rival who defeated him in his first-ever contest.
    • His heart of gold really begins to shine when he tosses May a rose as congratulations for her contest victory...and then tells her it's not for her, it's for her Beautifly. He messes with her like this for a long time. Really, it's only by the Hoenn Grand Festival that he loses much of his facade, with Harley officially taking his place in that regard.
  • Manly Tears: We don't see it happen, but he apparently cried after Solidad beat him at a Contest. May teases him about it.
  • The Rival: He is this to May; she gains other significant rivals in Harley and Soledad, but Drew is the first introduced, as well as the most prominent.
  • Ship Tease: Gets quite a bit with May, especially later on once their rivalry has become more friendly. Not the least of which is him consistently giving her red roses when he sees her at contests. (Initially he states that the roses are for her Beautifly, but he stops bothering with the excuse eventually.) Soledad also tells May at the Kanto Grand Festival that Drew talks about her all the time.
  • Something About a Rose: His signature Pokémon is even Roselia!
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His Japanese name can be spelled either Shū or Shuu.
  • Stealth Mentor: In his earlier appearances, he seemed to serve as one to May. Though he several times gave her and her friends some condescending lectures that came across like boasting, they actually contained good advice that May took to heart.
    • He also listened in on her conversations with Harley from a distance during the Hoenn Grand Festival, and, when he found out that Harley was actually trying to sabotage May, quickly exposed his plot to her.
    • Soledad later tells May that, when Drew met her, he was reminded him of how he himself used to be in his earliest contests, which may be the reason for this.
  • Straight Man: Serves as this when he gets pulled into the adventures of Ash and Co, and is also this to the rival quartet of himself, May, Harley, and Soledad.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Both his personality and his relationship with May are quite similar to Gary and how he treated Ash. He even mirror's Gary's Character Development, becoming less of a Troll by "Advanced Battle" and a lot more prone to back May up when Team Rocket or Harley start going after her. Heck, his English dub voice actually sounds quite a bit like Gary's, especially in his introductory episode.
  • Worthy Opponent: Eventually sees May as this. Most prominently shown when he tells May at the Hoenn Grand Festival that he specifically trained his new Flygon for his battle against her as its contest debut, and also when May finally defeats him for the first time in the Kanto Grand Festival.

Voiced in Japanese by: Junichi Kanemaru
Voiced in English by: Andrew Rannells (4Kids), Billy Regen (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gerardo García

May's other rival, though she doesn't consider him to be one at first. Harley decided to go after May simply because during his introduction, he offered May one of his home made cookies. May was in a rather indifferent mood that day, and she thought they were OK. They weren't bad, just OK. Harley never let that go.

  • Affably Evil: He's exuberantly chummy towards his rivals outside of competition, even May despite his extreme unecessary grudge against her.
  • All Webbed Up: His Ariados knows String Shot and Spider Web.
  • Alpha Bastard: He’s snobby, petty, childish, and goes out his way to bully and humiliate May any chance he gets.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Not so much "ambiguous" as "as gay as the writers could possibly make him without setting the censors off".
  • Badass Finger Snap: He uses it to signal the timing of his Cacturne's Needle Arm in "A Hurdle for Squirtle".
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Beats May in a Contest for the first and only time in "Harley Rides Again".
  • Bare Your Midriff: His usual outfit has a diamond shaped cut near the bottom of his shirt that shows his navel.
  • Berserk Button: If you don't like his cookies (or he doesn't think you do), he will go out of his way to make your life miserable at every possible turn.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Laughably Evil, campy and seemingly friendly, but extremely nasty towards people he hates. Poor May.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He behaves in a silly manner to cover up his ruthless and underhanded nature.
  • Bokukko: Inverted. In Japanese, he refers to himself using atashi, the Japanese feminine form of I.
  • Breakout Villain: Was apparently supposed to be done with after the Hoenn Grand Festival, but was made a recurring rival for Battle Frontier due to his popularity.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Acts EXTREMELY flamboyant and obsesses over anyone who messes with his food, but is a VERY skilled Coordinator nevertheless.
  • Camp Gay: And how! Note Bokukko above, fan-boying over Norman, and also him cosplaying as May and flirting with Drew during the Kanto Grand Festival.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the Latin American dub of his debut episode, he doesn't use his normal flamboyant manner of speech and talks in a very straightforward way. He is also referred to as a woman.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He won't think twice about using dirty tactics to pull out a win.
  • Cosplay/Uncatty Resemblance: His outfit is based on Cacturne, his signature Pokémon.
    • At one point in the Kanto Grand Festival he even cosplays May, who gets squicked out by his mimicry.
  • Dark Is Evil: His main Pokémon is Cacturne, a half-Dark type, and his team also includes a Banette.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His default personality when he's being serious.
  • Death Glare: Ariados' Scary Face.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: His entire feud with May is based around very petty reasons he has to hate her.
  • Dub Name Change: One of the very few aversions in the Pokémon franchise. His Japanese and English names are the same.
  • Evil Is Petty: Initiating a blood feud with a 10-year-old girl over a plate of cookies? Yeah, he qualifies.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Inducted Team Rocket into his plots to ruin May later on, and quickly became a Bad Boss as they proved ineffective. When it was made apparent they wouldn't be joining his efforts in Johto, he blasted them off in anger.
  • Friendly Enemy: He can be quite affable toward his competitors outside of the Contest arena. Of course, it's all an act.
  • Gratuitous English: Quite a bit in the original Japanese version, such as saying "my cool bud" when he calls out his Pokémon. Comes with being voiced by Junichi Kanemaru.
  • Green and Mean: He always wears a green Cacturne outfit, and is May's most antagonistic rival.
  • Heel–Face Mole: Pretended to be friendlier with May in the Hoenn Grand Festival to get her to lower her guard. Drew ultimately outs his scheme to May, however.
  • Insufferable Genius: Not genius per se, but smart and annoying, to the point of being a smart ass. He uses this to his advantage.
    • In Harley's debut episode, he lied to May about Surskit being slow. May believed him, but since Surskit were well known for their quick speed, she soon learned her lesson. May confr onted Harley, only for him to tell her she should have done research and that she was only participating in the contest as if it were a game.
    • During the Hoenn Grand Festival, Harley told May to use Skitty's Assist move over and over dduring the Appeals Round. May followed this, and one of the judges was dissapointed that her appeal was lacking variety. Luckily, her Skitty confused itself while using Bulbasaur's Petal Dance, and thus May told it to use Double Hit, its own move, on itself, and break the confusion. May at last commanded Skitty to use Blizzard. May again confronted Harley about this, with Drew. Harley told May not to trust anyone, and that again, she should have known better.
  • Irony: In their last meeting, he claimed Jessie would never get anywhere as a Coordinator without him. Afterward, Jessie competed in the Sinnoh contests and became competent enough to be a finalist while Harley traveled to Johto and is implied to still be May's Butt-Monkey.
  • Jerkass: His relationship with May is a good example of this. In their first meeting, he takes basically everything she says (all of which she meant in a perfectly friendly way) in the worst possible fashion, and holds a permanent grudge against her for it, sparking a bitter rivalry in which he actively tries to sabotage her contest chances every opportunity he gets. He's also pretty ruthless and pragmatic in his contest battling.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When Harley is called out by May for manipulating her by giving her misleading advice, he tells the latter that she shouldn't have trusted him in the first place. Even Drew admits that Harley is correct when he attempts to comfort May about her feeling bad for being tricked.
  • Karma Houdini: While most of his plans to defeat May ended up in failure, he was sparsely disciplined for sabotaging or borderline cheating in contests, and didn't even seem to lose much popularity from his bullying disposition aside from her and her teammates (who he hated in the first place anyway).
  • Large Ham: Is VERY flamboyant in basically everything he does, from his speech to his wardrobe to his battle style.
  • Law of Disproportionate Response: He took May's picture, pasted it in a stalker notebook, drew a frowny face/skull and crossbones next to it, and obsessed himself with defeating her for the rest of the season. Why? Because when she actually liked his cookies, she didn't like them enough.
  • Lost in Translation: In the Japanese version, another of Harley's many reasons for hating May is her Verbal Tic of "kamo" which can represent uncertainty. It contributed to him believing May was deliberately playing herself off as the cute and innocent competitor of the contest.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Proven by his first three appearances alone:
    • In their first contest together, after he develops a petty grudge against May, he gives her a "tip" that is the exact opposite of the truth, hoping she'll lose in the semi-finals. When that fails, he plays a recording (to the entire audience) of Max telling an embarrassing story about May in order to throw her off her game.
    • In the Hoenn Grand Festival, he convinces May that he's sorry for what he did before, but then actively gives her bad advice more than once, hoping to knock her out of the Festival during the Appeals stage.
    • In her first Kanto contest, he gains her trust again by helping her defeat Team Rocket when she's in trouble, but then lies about the contest entry rules to try to keep her from entering.
  • Meaningful Name: His Japanese name is a corruption of 針 hari, meaning "needle". His signature Pokémon is based on a cactus.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Claims that May (or at least a May lookalike) once stole his food in grade school. Granted, he was almost certainly BS'ing it, but...well, you never know.
  • Nice Hat:
    • The one he usually wears is shaped like the top of a Cacturne's head. It's a lovely shade of green that matches with the rest of his outfit.
    • On another occasion, he wore May's bandanna while dressing up as her.
  • Odd Friendship: Solidad somehow regards Harley to be a good buddy of hers without a drop of malice, despite the fact Harley has proven to have a nasty streak while Solidad herself is a good spirited competitor.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Harley goes from teaming up with Team Rocket to defeat May, to actually interrupting one of Team Rocket's schemes and proclaiming that 'the only one allowed to make [May] cry is me' by the end of the Advanced Generation series.
  • Pet the Dog: He seems to treat his Pokémon well, referring to them affectionately ("my buddies", "cool bud", attaching "-chan" to their names in Japanese).
  • Pick on Someone Your Own Size: Sort of — Harley himself seems to be in his very late teens, but he became obsessed with defeating May, who is only ten.
  • Psychotic Smirk: His default expression. Especially prominent when he's sabotaging May. See DeadpanSnarker above.
  • Serious Business: Food in general, apparently. He hated May's guts because she said his cookies were only okay, and got really pissed over a girl eating the last of his lunch when he was little.
  • Shipper on Deck: While it's partly to catch them off guard or annoy them, Harley certainly loves pointing out the subtext between May and Drew.
  • Sissy Villain: He's definitely one the most villainous of May's contest rivals (the other being Jessie), and as mentioned above, he's very flamboyant.
  • Smug Snake: Acts like this a lot in his many attempts to sabotage May's contests.
  • Terms of Endangerment: "Yoo-hoo, May! My cute little gingerbread-cookie!". For a guy who does his best to antagonize May, he has a ton of pet names for her.
    • Also calling May, himself, and everone else "Hun" in the Japanese Dub, and in the Battle Frontier Series.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Brock actually thought he was a girl before the crowd around Harley cleared...oops.
  • Villain Teamup: He once conspired with Team Rocket so May wouldn't get her last Kanto Ribbon.
  • Villainous Crossdresser: On one occasion, he dresses up as May. He even blows a kiss to Drew while doing so...
  • Villain Decay: Mildly. Harley never completely loses his hostile attitude towards May, nor does he lose his competence, but he actually eventually defends May and her friends from a Team Rocket plot (because he wants to be the one to mess with May, no one else), appears to be genuinely happy about the idea of competing with May, Drew and Solidad in Johto, (but that should not be mistaken for True Companions), and by the Wallace cup he's seen alongside Drew and Solidad watching May compete on tv, seemingly in support of her.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple hair.

    Morrison (Masamune) 
Voiced in Japanese by: Masako Nozawa
Voiced in English by: Sean Schemmel
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Noé Velásquez

An exuberant trainer who dresses much like a samurai, he meets Ash during the three-months leading up to the Ever Grande Conference, and they strike up a highly competitive friendly rivalry, which only builds up as the tournament itself does. Despite his late arrival, he is essentially The Rival in the vein of Gary, Paul and the rest.

  • Crash-Into Hello: Though it's based purely in friendship.
  • Elemental Powers
  • Foil: Until perhaps Cameron of Best Wishes, no other rival of Ash's was as much like him as Morrison. In fact, his personality is very similar to Ash's Indigo League self, such that Ash (despite appearing younger) comes off as more experienced than he does.
  • Friendly Rival: In contrast to many of Ash's other rivals, Morrison is immediately friendly towards Ash from the get-go, while still maintaining his Spirited Competitor attitude. This actually gets deconstructed when he ends up facing Ash in the Ever Grande Conference. His unease towards battling a friend causes him to have a temporary Heroic BSoD that Ash has to snap him out of.
  • Graceful Loser: For all his competitiveness, he took his defeat as extra incentive to get stronger.
  • Heroic BSoD: He was highly depressed at first about needing to actually battle Ash during their 6-on-6 match, to the point that he couldn't command his Pokémon properly and gave Ash an easy lead in the battle. Eventually, Ash snapped him out of it by convincing him to fight his best no matter what or else disgrace his Pokémon's efforts, and it worked.
  • Hot-Blooded: Similar to Ash.
  • Idiot Hero: Again, similar to Ash.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Girafarig's Light Screen, although useless.
  • Meaningful Name: His Japanese name, Masamune, is the name of a famed swordsmith, fitting for his ronin-like appearance and vagrant lifestyle.
  • One-Hit KO: Gligar's Guillotine.
  • The Rival: Ash's for the Hoenn arc, despite his late appearance in the storyline.
  • Running Gag: Chasing his runaway rice balls (sandwiches in the dub), which would lead to a Crash-Into Hello with Ash.
  • Spirited Competitor: Is just as excited and pumped about battling others as Ash is.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Nobody was more surprised than he when his Beldum spontaneously evolved during his preliminary match, expanding its moveset from simply Take Down and enabling his defeat of his opponent.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He loves giant onigiri, which is echanged to large sandwiches by 4Kids.

    Tyson (Tetsuya) 
Voiced in Japanese by: Kenji Nojima
Voiced in English by: Marc Diraison
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gabriel Ortiz

Ash's second rival, appearing in the lead-up episode to the Ever Grande Conference. He became the first rival of Ash's to win a tournament by winning the Conference.

  • Almighty Janitor: Tyson's Meowth is so experienced and powerful, it could easily evolve into a Persian, but refuses to do so out of loathing for the species.
  • Always Someone Better: He wins the Ever Grande Conference, his Meowth is much tougher than Team Rocket's (and defeats Pikachu), and his entire team besides Meowth is fully evolved. And just to further the last point, half of his Pokémon are full evolutions of Pokémon Ash and Morrison have which haven't yet evolved - Sceptile and Donphan to Ash's Grovile and Phanpy, respectively; and Metagross to Morrison's Metang. One wouldn't necessarily need to know the show's history to realise Ash was going to lose this one.
  • Big Eater: In a manner reminiscent more to May than Ash (that is, he's more even-tempered and Closer to Earth).
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Tyson's Meowth was abandoned by its pack after losing to the pack leader, a Persian, whose arrogance (a common species trait) and disregard for Meowth's well-being led to a lasting hatred of the species. It was thankfully found by Tyson who nursed it to health again, even giving it a pair of boots to support its wounded hindlegs until it could walk properly again
  • Elemental Powers
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Metagross' Hyper Beam.
  • Irrational Hatred: His Meowth expresses towards all Persian - he had to return it to its Pokéball to prevent it from killing its Persian opponent after it's already fainted. It doesn't help that the species' natural predisposition towards condescention and arrogance are the very traits which led to this deep-seated loathing.
  • Meaningful Name: "Tetsu" from his Japanese name means "iron", likely in a reference to his determination and will and also to that of his Meowth, who became strong as iron through hard work and dedication.
  • Me's a Crowd: Meowth's Double Team.
  • Signature Mon: His Meowth.
  • Unknown Rival/Worthy Opponent: His Meowth for Team Rocket's - the latter initially hates him, but comes to empathise with and respect him after learning his backstory, and expecially after his defeat of Pikachu.

    Solidad (Saori)
Voiced in Japanese by: Rie Tanaka
Voiced in English by: Sarah Natochenny
—>Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Cristina Hernández

One of Drew's friends and an extremely skilled coordinator. She knows Brock from when she was at Pewter City and seems to know Harley as well. She serves as both a rival and a mentor to Drew and May.

  • Odd Friendship: She calls Harley a friend of hers with fondness, and even finds his outlandish stunts (like dressing up like May) to be 'cute', despite his bizarre, petty personality. In turn, Solidad seems to be the only one of Harley's rivals he regards with a decent level of respect.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Supposedly an old friend of Brock, Drew, and Harley, but we never heard anything about her until her anime debut.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Solidad or Soledad?


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