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    May (Haruka) 
Ash's traveling companion from Advanced Generation and a Coordinator. See her character page here.

    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.

  • 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".
  • Ascended Extra: Max is the young child who, in the Hoenn games, was stationed at the entrance to Littleroot Town; now he and May are Related in the Adaptation and he accompanies her on her travels.
  • 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: Downplayed. In the games the protagonist is an only child, and the rival only has a younger brother in Emerald. He is, however, identical to the child who loiters at the entrance to Littleroot Town in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • The episode Do I Hear a Ralts? focuses on him befriending an ill Ralts and having to take it to the Pokémon Center in order to be treated.
    • 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.
  • Hypocrite: Max has a tendency to criticize May and Ash for their flaws as a coordinator & a trainer respectively, but when it was time for Max to battle one time, he knew almost nothing about battling. This may be justified, since he is too young to be a trainer, after all.
  • 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.
  • Mouthy Kid: Acts like a know it all towards Ash and May. This is understandable, since he is very intelligent for his age and he does study more than Ash and May.
  • Mythology Gag: In "Do I Hear a Ralts", he befriends a sickly Ralts, a reference to the games in which Wally gets a Ralts as his first Pokémon.
  • 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.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.)

    Brock (Takeshi) 
One of Ash's original companions, who continued to travel with him throughout Advanced Generation. See here for more about Brock and his Pokémon.

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.

  • 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: Megan Hollingshead (4Kids, episode 3), Karen Niell (4Kids, episodes 69-132), 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.
  • Named by the Adaptation: She's based on the player character's unnamed mother from Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald.

    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.
  • Bookends: 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.
  • The Cameo:
    • Drew made a couple of brief appearances during May's Diamond and Pearl return arc, where his Roselia was revealed to have evolved into Roserade.
    • He appears again in Journeys with Harley and Professor Birch, watching Ash's battle with Steven in the Masters Eight Tournament.
  • 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 Pokémon 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.
  • Nice Mean And In Between: He's the in between to Solidad's nice and Harley's mean. Solidad is friendly and outgoing, Harley's petty and holds grudges. While Drew constantly teases May (including giving a rose to her Pokémon and not her), he later grows to respect her as a person.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Drew owns the part Dragon-type Flygon.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to May's red. He's much more calm in contests and thinks before he acts.
  • 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.
  • Signature Mon: Roselia. It's present in most of his appearances and matches his habit of handing out roses to May in many of their encounters.
  • Something about a Rose: As has been mentioned a few times, Drew's favorite way to mess with May is handing her roses.
  • 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.
  • Theme Naming: Drew's Japanese name Shuu is a possible reading of 秋, the Japanese character for Autumn or Fall, which plays off of May's Japanese name Haruka (a reading for 春花, "spring flowers"). In short, Haruka and Shuu refer to opposite seasons of the year.
  • 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 Regan (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".
  • 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 feminine form of I, as opposed to using the masculine forms boku or ore, or even the gender-neutral watashi.
  • 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 you'd be wise to take him seriously as a competitor when it comes to the Contest circuit, especially since he's fond of pulling out dirty tactics to win.
  • The Cameo: He makes an appearance in Journeys with Drew and Professor Birch, watching Ash's battle with Steven in the Masters Eight Tournament.
  • 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.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: His dirty tactics against May always end in failure. The one time he ever beat May was when he played completely fair, no manipulation or cheating of any kind.
  • 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.
  • Effeminate Voice: The American dub gives him an appropriately campy voice and mannerisms.
  • Enemies List: Harley doesn't have a simple list: he has a photo album of people he bears grudges against. He sneaks pictures of his "enemies" and draws "nasty" symbols next to them on the album (which is what he does with May after their first interaction).
  • Evil Counterpart: Although they never meet, he can be considered one for Nando from the Diamond & Pearl anime. Both are male Contest rivals with effeminate mannerisms and green color schemes, but Harley is loud, flamboyant, Laughably Evil, and cruel to people he dislikes, while Nando is quiet, composed, polite, and kind-hearted. Perhaps it's not a coincidence that they share a voice actor in English.
  • Evil Is Petty: Initiating a blood feud with a 10-year-old girl over a plate of cookies? Yeah, he qualifies. Doesn't help that her commenting that his Cacturne was creepy only deepened his hatred towards her.
  • Eviler than Thou: Inducted Team Rocket into his plots to ruin May later on, and quickly became a Bad Boss as they proved ineffective. He also cowed them from using independent schemes on May, putting dibs on making her suffer. When it was made apparent they wouldn't be joining his efforts in Johto, he blasted them off in anger before Jessie could even get out a Pokémon to fight.
  • Foil: To Drew, as May's other main rival. Both them are arrogant, campy Coordinators who get a kick out of riling May up, but while Drew is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold that delivers a lot of Brutal Honesty to May in the hopes of seeing her improve, Harley is a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk that deliberately gives her bad advice in the hopes of seeing her fail. Coincidentally, they also have inversed color schemes; whereas Drew wears a purple outfit and has green hair, Harley wears a green outfit and has purple hair.
  • Friendly Enemy: He can be quite affable toward his competitors outside of the Contest arena. Of course, it's all an act.
  • Gender-Blender Name: His name can be either a male or female name, appropriately for someone with Camp Gay mannerisms.
  • 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.
  • 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 confronted 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 during 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 reach the final 4 of the Grand Festival 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 and because she referred to his Cacturne as "scary".
  • Lost Food Grievance: He tells Team Rocket a story from when he was little, about a girl (who looks exactly like May, for some reason) who ate the last piece of his lunch and said it was gross.
  • 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.
  • Manchild: Despite being much older than May, he bears a serious grudge against her simply because she had never heard about Cacturne, said it was scary (when it is indeed a creepy-looking Dark-type Pokémon), and said his cookies were not half bad. He sneaks pictures of people he doesn't like (such as May) and collects them in a notebook. Another reason he hates May is because he never let go of his childhood "trauma" of a schoolmate who looked like her eating his last Octillery-shaped "snackie".
  • 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.
  • Misplaced Retribution: One of the reasons Harley hates May so much is simply because she happens to look like a schoolmate who once ate Harley's last "snackie" when he was a child.
  • 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.
  • Navel Window: His usual outfit, following its Cacturne-themed design, has a diamond-shaped cut near the bottom of his shirt that shows his navel.
  • Nice Mean And In Between: He's the mean to Solidad's nice and Drew's in between. Harley is incredibly petty, he holds a grudge against May over food, and embarrasses his opponents to get an advantage in Contests.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Harley's specialty in Contests is showing off the creepy qualities of his Pokémon — while the audience doesn't always take to his appeals, Harley himself genuinely loves them. In fact, one of the things that first fueled his hatred for May is her referring to his Cacturne as scary.
  • 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. He cordially adds they are welcome to watch him challenge May as a learning experience however.
  • Pet the Dog: He treats his Pokémon well, referring to them affectionately ("my buddies", "cool bud", attaching "-chan" to their names in Japanese).
  • Pick on Someone Your Own Size: Harley appears to be in his late teens, but for some reason he becomes obsessed with tormenting May and winning against her at all costs... and she's only ten. This becomes literal and especially ridiculous when you see him confronting her, as it's clear that not only is he older, he's at least a full head taller, and yet is fixated on picking on her.
  • 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.
  • She's a Man in Japan: In the Latin American dub, Harley is referred to as female.
  • 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.
  • Signature Mon: Cacturne, to the point where Harley's outfit is modeled after it.
  • 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 everything in his power 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.
  • Tsundere: Shows shades of this non-romantically towards May overtime. Despite his insistent antagonization of May, he eventually defends her from Team Rocket while basically prefacing it with 'don't get the wrong idea'. In the next season, he's shown alongside Drew and Solidad watching the Wallace cup on tv, and is at first hanging off to the side looking like he thinks watching the broadcast is beneath him - but when the shot pans to them again later while May is performing, he's right in front of the tv watching intently with the other two, showing he's interested after all.
  • Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Brock actually thought he was a girl before the crowd around Harley cleared...oops.
  • Vague Age: Harley looks like he could be anywhere from his late teens to his early 20s, but that doesn't stop him from having a mutually intense rivalry with a 10-year-old girl.
  • Verbal Tic: He tends to refer to people as "hun", including himself.
  • 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.

    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. While Ash did not have a rival for the majority of the Hoenn Saga, Morrison is essentially the closest to The Rival that he has for the Ever Grande Conference arc.

  • Big Eater: Most of his scenes involve him chasing after a rice ball (or sandwich in the dub).
  • 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 Rivalry: 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: Effectively serves as Ash's primary rival for the Ever Grande Conference arc.
  • 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 Grovyle 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
  • Energy Weapon: 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 condescension 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, being the only Pokémon with a unique look (namely dressed with a hat, cape, and boots), as well as being the final Pokémon Ash faces on Tyson's team, ultimately beating Pikachu in the end.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s): Pokemon Advanced Generation Cast