May in Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl
|Hair color||Light brown|
|Relatives||Max (brother), Norman (father),|
|Anime debut||Get the Show on the Road|
|English voice actor||Veronica Taylor (AG001-AG145)|
Michele Knotz (MoMP-present)
|Japanese voice actor||KAORI.|
May (Japanese: ハルカ Haruka) is a Pokémon Coordinator from Petalburg City and a former traveling companion of Ash. She is the daughter of Norman and Caroline, and her starter Pokémon was a Torchic given to her by Professor Birch.
Initially on a journey to meet new places, May found her true calling in Pokémon Contests and made it her goal to become a Top Coordinator. She traveled through Hoenn and Kanto with Ash, Brock, and her little brother, Max.
In the anime
May grew up with her mother, Caroline, her father and Petalburg City Gym Leader, Norman, and brother, Max. As revealed in A Cacturne for the Worse, May when she was younger was playing in the water with some Tentacool, but found herself surround by a horde of them. However, when her parents see this, May's mother Caroline tried to catch her because she mistaken her for a Tentacool. Ever since that experience, May developed a dislike and fear of Pokémon.
Years later in Get the Show on the Road!, May was old enough to become a Pokémon Trainer, but she used it as an excuse just so she could travel, even though everyone expected her to follow in her father Norman's footsteps. However, after seeing a Pokémon Contest in All Things Bright and Beautifly!, she decided to become a Pokémon Coordinator instead. Since May initially knew almost nothing about Pokémon or attacks, Ash assumed the role of her mentor. She gradually gained experience through her journey and practice with Ash.
As a Coordinator, May was able to learn more about Pokémon and form stronger bonds with them. In Come What May!, after winning the Fallarbor Contest, May told her Beautifly that she loved it. This is an example of her growth — from someone who initially disliked Pokémon to someone who cared deeply for them.
With her Pokémon, May was able to come up with different attack combinations to use during her Contest Battles. For instance, she would use her Combusken's Fire Spin and her Squirtle's Bubble to create a combination of fire and water, dubbed "Fire and Water Whirlwind" by Lilian, after witnessing Tucker use it against Ash with a combination of Water Pulse and Fire Blast. This even made a rival of hers angry, thinking she thought he was not worthy of the move as May did not use it against him.
She also developed a love for making her own Pokéblocks with recipes that she thought up, including ones called "May's Purple Surprise" and "May's Pink Surprise" (Japanese: Haruka's Delicious and Haruka's Delicious 2). Unfortunately, the only ones who liked her "Purple Surprise" were her Munchlax and Jessie. Her "Pink Surprise" came from the recipe Professor Oak uses to make Ash's Snorlax's food. Thus, after May first fed it to her Munchlax, it was automatically made full. This Pokéblock was regularly used to feed Munchlax in order to prevent it from eating the food of others.
During her journey, she found a rival in Drew, a skilled and sometimes arrogant Coordinator. Drew became one of her main inspirations to try harder to sharpen her skills as a Coordinator. At first, Drew had claimed that May had "no style" as a Coordinator, but by the end of May's second Contest campaign, when she defeated him in the Kanto Grand Festival, he recognized her growth and skill. Another rival of hers, Harley, is a flamboyant man who goes to extremes to beat May and has no qualms about cheating or using unfair tactics. An example of Harley's depravity was seen in A Cacturne for the Worse, when he recorded Max telling him a story from May's childhood. May had been wearing a blue swimming cap in the ocean, and her mother had mistaken her for a Tentacool from afar and attempted to catch May with one of her Poké Balls. Harley played the recording of this story during the Izabe Island Pokémon Contest to embarrass May into losing. May was able to beat Harley in the end, but she claimed that she had never been more humiliated. Another example is when Harley joined forces with Team Rocket in an attempt to sabotage May's performance with Combusken, which ended up contributing to a more dazzling appeal.
At the Kanto Grand Festival, May also competed against Solidad, an experienced Coordinator to whom she lost in the semifinals. At the end of Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire, she left to compete with Drew, Harley, and Solidad in the Johto region, aiming to find her own battling style. The decision to stop traveling with Ash was an important one for May's character. Because Ash played the role of a mentor to her through most of the series, she was largely influenced by his offensive battle style. By the end of their journey through Kanto, May had realized that an offensive style was not necessarily the best for her and for Contests. Her constant use of dazzling attacks ultimately proved to be her downfall at the Kanto Grand Festival, when Solidad was able to recognize and counter these moves by leading May to attack and then successfully dodging. Her goal to find her own style was therefore also a goal to improve her Contest Battle skills and ultimately become a Top Coordinator.
May has Contest Passes to compete in Hoenn, Kanto and Johto. She also has a personal theme song, I Won't Lose! ~Haruka's Theme~, performed by KAORI.. It was first used as background music in Curbing the Crimson Tide and was used multiple times after that during May's Contest performances and battles. The song became the ending theme of the show between Pokémon Ranger - Deoxys' Crisis! (Part 2) and Home is Where the Start Is!.
May reappeared from Our Cup Runneth Over! to Strategy With a Smile! to participate in the Wallace Cup. During this period, she wore her game counterpart's outfit from Pokémon Emerald. She shared that many of her Pokémon had evolved and that she had already won three Johto Ribbons. Dawn recognized May upon meeting her and said that some people in the Sinnoh region called her the "Princess of Hoenn", causing May to blush. During the Wallace Cup, May showed the new style that she had come up after leaving Ash, battling against Dawn's rival Zoey and winning using her Beautifly. She made it all the way to the finals but narrowly lost to Dawn in the end. Afterwards, May returned to Johto to resume competing in Contests there.
May reappeared in a fantasy in The Dream Continues!.
May reappeared in a flashback of the Wallace Cup in Reuniting for the First Time!, alongside Dawn. In the same episode, Chloe wore a Contest Costume that Serena mentioned was worn by the "Princess of Hoenn", referencing May's nickname.
May made a cameo appearance in the ending credits of I Choose You! alongside with Max.
May is generally a very sweet and optimistic girl. She enjoys feminine and cute things as well as shopping. In fact, she and Brock occasionally went on shopping trips together throughout Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire. May cares about her appearance, sometimes spending so much time in front of the mirror that it caused her traveling companions to become frustrated with her, such as in The Bicker the Better. May also is interested in helping other people with their romantic problems.
Though she is generally kind, she occasionally argues with her little brother, Max. The two had arguments since Max's debut episode, but one of their most notable was in Take This House and Shuppet. May's harsh words to Max made him declare that he hated May and he ran away for a portion of the episode. Even though she had been angry, May quickly felt guilty for hurting Max's feelings and became very worried that he would be hurt on his own. In Date Expectations, when Max again went missing, May revealed that she had promised her mother to always take care of Max on their journey, and was prepared to miss her last chance of qualifying for the Hoenn Grand Festival in order to find him. Though the siblings had many quarrels over their joint travels, May deeply cares for her brother and would go to great lengths to protect him.
In You Never Can Taillow, May heard Brock used to act as a cook during Ash's journeys. As she, Max and Ash were hungry, she was the one who asked Brock if he could prepare some food for them. If a person or a Pokémon were to steal her food she would become extremely angry, which was demonstrated numerous times. Food was one of the few things May would become angry about, so it was an important tool to show a different side to her usually cheerful character. When May returned for Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl, she expressed excitement over the chance to eat at the Seven Stars Restaurant, but having her meal stolen made her enraged. She was later shown enjoying a large cookie, once again affirming her love of food and sweets.
When May first left her home, she was only interested in the traveling aspect of a Pokémon journey. This sparked one of May's most memorable quirks in Hoenn, "May's Expeditions". Starting from A Mudkip Mission, May would occasionally make a camera lens with her fingers, pretending she was the host of a traveling show. Uniquely for one of Ash's friends, May originally didn't like Pokémon, due to the trauma of being swarmed by a group of Tentacool when she was little. However, after seeing Ash risking his life to save his Pikachu on the day they met and later upon forming close bonds with her first two Pokémon, Torchic and Wurmple, May grew to care about Pokémon, which helped her overcome her dislike and fear of them.
As mentioned, May also enjoys making Pokéblock. She first learned about making Pokéblock in the episode Pokéblock, Stock and Berry when she met Kelly. She learned that Kelly's mother owned a Pokéblock shop, and May was curious about it. Kelly then taught her how to use a Berry Blender. May's first attempt of making a Pokéblock was not successful, but that didn't stop her from trying. In the episode Berry, Berry Interesting, May continued to make Pokéblock, calling the result "May's Purple Surprise". However, only her Munchlax had taken a liking to it. Later on, Professor Oak had created a Pokéblock recipe for May, which May calls "May's Pink Surprise", that is specially made for Munchlax. similarly to the recipe used to feed Ash's Snorlax. May uses it to stop her Munchlax from causing too much trouble on many occasions.
In Hi Ho Silver Wind!, May revealed that she stayed in contact with many of the friends she made through competing in Pokémon Contests, using emails, phone calls and letters. This included Kelly, Savannah, Sandra, Timmy, Dr. Abby and Janet. May also said that being friends with the people she met throughout her journey, and knowing they were cheering for her, gave her the confidence to overcome any nervousness she could face.
Throughout her journey with Ash, Brock, and Max, May has changed remarkably as a person and Trainer, but maintains her habit of finding popular food spots and her sweet nature. May has also learned to not take her Pokémon for granted, as seen in Cruisin' for a Losin', when she realized how hard she pushed her Bulbasaur in the Rubello Pokémon Contest and that the first two ribbons that she won were because her Pokémon came through for her. In addition, May has exceptionally improved her battling skills, as shown in her battle against Drew in the Kanto Grand Festival.
May's Contest cry is "Take the stage!" (Japanese: ステージ・オン！ Stage On!). In the English dub, she also uses variations, such as "On stage!"
The Pokémon she acquired on the course of her journey appear to resemble Pokémon that Ash had obtained at some point at the beginning of his own journey. At first, she preferred cute Pokémon, and dazzling techniques, but on the course of her journey, she was able to obtain Pokémon outside that preference. She has a tendency to rely on luck, often using her Skitty's Assist or her Munchlax's Metronome to win. Most of May's Pokémon were not caught through battle. Unlike many of Ash's friends, May has never had a consistently disobedient Pokémon.
Currently in rotation
Torchic → Combusken → Blaziken
Wurmple → Silcoon → Beautifly
Bulbasaur → Ivysaur → Venusaur ♀
Squirtle → Wartortle
Egg → Eevee → Glaceon
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|When Professor Birch was attacked by Poochyena, May borrowed Mudkip from his bag to fight the wild Poochyena. However, May's lack of experience in commanding Pokémon got the Pokémon attacking her while Professor Birch fends off the Poochyena himself. Later, it reappeared as one of the options of May's starter Pokémon, but the previous bad experience led her to not choose it.
It reappeared in a flashback in A Mudkip Mission, when May wanted to catch another one.
Mudkip's only known move is Water Gun.
|Debut||Get the Show on the Road!|
|May borrowed Hitmonchan from Kyle Hamm after Master Hamm broke his back.|
|Debut||Pasta La Vista|
|May befriended a Swablu after its wing was injured during a lightning storm in a nature preserve. After finding it, she nursed it back to health over several days with the support of Brock and the others, and she also taught it how to fly again.
May intended to return Swablu to its flock, but when the group arrived at the lakeside nesting spot, they couldn't find the flock. May offered Swablu a place on her team, seeing as they had become good friends. However, just then, its flock reappeared, and Swablu reluctantly left with them.
Swablu's only known move is Sing.
|Debut||True Blue Swablu|
- Fallarbor Ribbon (Come What May!)
- Verdanturf Ribbon (Disguise Da Limit)
- Lilycove Ribbon (Lessons in Lilycove)
- Purika Ribbon (A Cacturne for the Worse)
- Pacifidlog Ribbon (Pacifidlog Jam)
- Saffron Ribbon (A Hurdle for Squirtle)
- Silver Ribbon (Weekend Warrior)
- Chrysanthemum Ribbon (Spontaneous Combusken!)
- Gardenia Ribbon (What I Did for Love!)
- Mulberry Ribbon (Going for Choke!)
- Three unknown Ribbons (prior to A Full Course Tag Battle!)
Grand Festival ranking
May has competed in the following Grand Festival tournaments:
- Hoenn Grand Festival - Top 8 (Rhapsody in Drew)
- Kanto Grand Festival - Top 4 (Channeling the Battle Zone!)
May has competed in the following Pokémon Contests:
- Slateport Contest - Top 8 (Win, Lose or Drew!)
- Rubello Contest - Top 4 (Cruisin' for a Losin')
- Wisteria Contest - Runner-up (Harley Rides Again)
- Unofficial Terracotta Contest - Winner (tied with Ash; Home is Where the Start Is!)
- Wallace Cup - Runner-up (Strategy with a Smile!)
May has competed in the following Pokémon competitions:
- Trick House Contest - N/A (A Poké-BLOCK Party!)
- Crossgate PokéRinger - Group stage (That's Just Swellow)
- Pokémon Orienteering - N/A (Off the Unbeaten Path)
|Official artwork from
Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire*
|Alternative artwork from|
Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire
In the manga
Ash & Pikachu
Torchic → Combusken
As May appeared all of the Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire movies, she has appeared in each manga adaptations of them.
In the games
May appears in some games based on the anime.
Sega Pico series
In the TCG
This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring May or her Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
|May's Torchic||ADV-P Promotional cards||037/ADV-P|
|May's Munchlax||Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Aura's Lucario||008/020|
|May's Combusken||Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Sea's Manaphy||002/019|
- May is the first main character other than Ash to own a starter Pokémon.
- May has competed in at least one Pokémon Contest in each region where they are known to be held in the anime, with the exception of the Unova region.
- May is the first of Ash's traveling companion to be based on a player character from the games.
- May is the only main character to, upon her introduction, introduce herself to the audience rather than be introduced by the narrator or first appear without an introduction at all.
- May is the only main character, other than Ash, to wear gloves as part of her character design.
- Both of May's unevolved Pokémon are Normal type.
- May was the first character to own a Generation IV Pokémon, with Munchlax.
- Not counting temporary Pokémon, May is the first main character to catch a Pokémon that Ash has also caught.
- May has not made any reappearances since Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl, not counting flashbacks and non-speaking cameos. This could be because her Japanese voice actress, KAORI, came down with a variation of the debilitating disease focal dystonia called spasmotic dysphonia, as early as 2007 (a year before her reappearances in DP), and hitting its peak by May 2012. To date, a replacement has not been cast.
|From 春花 haruka, spring flower|
|English, Brazilian Portuguese||May||Could be a reference to her Japanese name, as May is a month in spring|
|French||Flora||Similar to fleur, flower|
|German||Maike||From Mai, May|
|Italian||Vera||From primavera, spring|
|Spanish||Aura||From aura, a figure of speech that means "gentle breeze" and is commonly associated to spring, as in aura primaveral (spring breeze)|
|Korean||봄이 Bom'i||봄 bom, spring|
|遙 (distant) is taken from 遥か haruka|
|Same as Mandarin name.|
|Same as her Japanese name|
|Russian||Мэй Mey||Transcription of the English name|
|Same as English name|
Similar to English name
|Turkish||May||Same as English name|
- (AG001) May: "Hi. My name's May and I'm 10 years old."
|This article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|