|""The Barefoot, Fighting Genius""|
Art from Diamond/Pearl
|Relatives||Father (gambler at Game Corner)|
|Trainer class||Gym Leader|
|Games||Diamond, Pearl and Platinum|
|Leader of||Veilstone Gym|
|Anime debut||Lost Leader Strategy!|
|English voice actor||Rachael Lillis|
|Japanese voice actor||Aya Endō|
Maylene (Japanese: スモモ Sumomo) is the Gym Leader of Veilstone City's Gym, known officially as the Veilstone Gym. She hands out the Cobble Badge to Trainers who defeat her. She specializes in Template:Type2 Pokémon.
In the anime
After being defeated by Paul, Maylene had lost confidence in herself as a Gym Leader, a position she's only held for six months. When Ash challenged her, she declined, much to the annoyance of her Lucario.
Discovering Dawn has similar issues herself (following Dawn's Early Night and Team Shocker!'s contest defeats), Maylene agrees to have a gym battle with her in Crossing the Battle Line!. She managed to defeat Dawn after a hard-fought battle.
She was challenged by Ash next in A Triple Fighting Chance!, an even harder-fought battle which resulted in a tie. With the decision now hers, Maylene considered Ash to have battled well enough that she awarded him the Cobble Badge.
Maylene also appeared in Enter Galactic!.
In the games
Maylene uses Template:Type2 Pokémon in her battles. Trainers who defeat her receive the Cobble Badge, TM60 (Drain Punch) and are able to use Fly outside of battle. Maylene is considered a cute little girl, but adults in the town respect her for her power. Maylene's father gambles at the Veilstone Game Corner. Maylene apparently doesn't know her own strength, as she's totally unsure of how she got to be Gym Leader, and seems rather confused by the whole thing.
"Hello. I'm pleased to meet you. I'm Maylene, and I'm the Gym Leader. I don't really know what it means to be strong, or how I got to be the Gym Leader. But I will do the best I can as the Gym Leader. I take battling very seriously. Whenever you're ready!"
After sending out last Pokémon
"Oh! But this isn't the end, my friend!"
"I'm in a bit of a bind, aren't I?"
"I shall admit defeat... You are much too strong."
After being defeated
"...OK. You win. That was a tough loss. I learned a lot from it. Please, accept this Gym Badge."
"Gee, I'm hungry... Oh, sorry, it's nothing. I didn't say anything. <name>, I can't explain what it means to be strong. I don't know how much effort goes into being strong... But being with Pokémon lets us keep making the effort, doesn't it?"
In the manga
Maylene is seen training with her two Pokémon. She almost gets hit by Pearl's Monferno's Ember (when the trio was testing Berlitz's newly-earned Zoom Lens) while she was jogging around the city. She challenges Berlitz to a match, adding that Berlitz must use Monferno against her.
Maylene owns these Pokémon:
- Maylene is the only Sinnoh Gym Leader in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl to not appear outside her gym at least once in the game. She does appear outside though when the players reaches Route 217 and then in Snowpoint City in Pokémon Platinum.
- Maylene's Japanese name is shared with that of one of the Kimono Girls of Ecruteak City.
- Maylene is one of the youngest Gym Leaders in Sinnoh. However, the youngest Gym Leaders in the Pokémon world seem to hail from Hoenn, being the twins from Mossdeep City, Tate and Liza.
- Since Pokémon Platinum switched up the order of the Gyms encountered, Maylene is technically the third Gym Leader in the anime to be challenged by Ash out of sequence with the games, though Ash encountered her in the correct sequence according to Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
|Japanese||スモモ (Sumomo)||Possibly taken from 相撲 (sumō). Can also mean plum|
|English||Maylene||Sounds like melee.|
|French||Mélina||From mêlée, brawl.|
|German||Hilda||From the germanic root hildjo, battle.|
|Italian||Marzia||From marziale, martial.|
|Spanish||Brega||From bregar, to fight.|
|Korean||자두 (Jadu)||Means plum (Direct translation of Sumomo.)|