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May (anime)

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In the anime
[[File:Drew and May.png|thumb|220px|left|May and Drew]]
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 ''[[AG103|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 {{p|Tentacool}} from afar and attempted to {{pkmn2|caught|catch}} May with one of her [[{{i|Poké Ball]]}}s. 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 {{TRT}} 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 the {{series|Advanced Generation}}, 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]].