- If you were looking for Gary's sister, who is also sometimes known as May, see Daisy Oak.
- If you were looking for the Pokémon game character, see May (game).
Art from Advanced anime
|Relatives||Max, Norman, Caroline|
|Anime debut||Get the Show on the Road|
|English voice actor||Unknown|
|Japanese voice actor||Unknown|
May (Japanese: ハルカ Haruka) is a ten-year-old Pokémon coordinator from the anime and a travelling companion of Ash. Her goal is to compete in Pokémon Contests and win ribbons, win the Grand Festival, and become a top coordinator. She travelled through Hoenn with Ash, Brock, and her little brother Max. She is the daughter of Norman and Caroline, and her starter Pokémon was a Torchic given to her by Professor Birch. She is voiced by KAORI in the original, by Veronica Taylor (AG001-AG145) and Michelle Knotz (AG146-present) in the English-language dub and by Tatiane Keplemaier in the Brazilian dub.
May is a materialistic young girl who loves shopping and eating treats. She is generally very sweet and optimistic, though she shows a tougher side sometimes, such as when she argues with her annoying little brother. She loves cute Pokémon and flashy techniques, and sometimes takes an interest in helping other people with romantic problems. She makes Pokéblocks, including ones called "May's Purple Surprise" and "May's Pink Surprise".
When May debuted in the anime, she did not like Pokémon at all and was only interested in becoming a Pokémon trainer so she could travel. She did not know much about battling and gave wrong attack names, and did not like the idea of taking on trainers as skilled as Gym Leaders. However, she found a niche for herself in the Pokémon world when she learned about Pokémon contests, and began focusing on Pokémon coordinating. She has three main rivals in contests: Drew, Jessie and Harley. At the end of the Advanced Generation series, she leaves to compete with Drew and Harley in Johto.
May has an image song, I won't lose! ~May's theme~, performed by KAORI. It was first used as the background music in the episode Curbing the Crimson Tide and again in next episode, What I Did for Love.
This listing is of May's Pokémon as of the most recent Japanese episode:
With Professor Oak
These are May's ribbons:
- Fallarbor Town Ribbon
- Verdanturf Town Ribbon
- Lilycove City Ribbon
- Izabe Island Ribbon
- Pacifidlog Island Ribbon
Grand Festival ranking
May placed in the following Grand Festival competitions:
In other languages
- German: Maike
- French: Flora
- Italian: Vera
- Spanish: Aura