I drew this This is official Ken Sugimori art of Steven and May in love.]]
HoennChampionShipping (Japanese: ダイハル DaiHaru) is the theory, belief, or hope that the characters Steven Stone and May are or will become romantically involved. The name comes from the fact that Steven is the Hoenn League Champion (in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire), a title that May can also claim for herself if the player plays as her and isn't a total moron in terms of battling. The shipping is fairly popular in the Japanese fandom, enough so that there is a category link for it on the top page of the PokemonSearch search engine. In the English-speaking fandom, however, the shipping does not seem to be as popular.
The shipping name might also refer to the shipping for Steven and Brendan, I've heard, but honestly I don't know because I hate shipping names and I only know this shipping name because the reviewers on my Steven/May fics say it all the time.
Most of the development of this ship is purely fanon-based, but there are parts of the games that fans may cite as evidence. Due to the nature of the games, however, most of these hints come from Steven (and can also be used as hints for the Steven/Brendan pairing). This shipping's main rival is HoennShipping, as well as the Steven/Brendan shipping and OriginShipping becuz yaoi iz hawt.
- He shows up at various points throughout the game, usually to offer May help, implying that he worries for her well-being.
- At the Mossdeep Space Center in Pokémon Emerald, he seems very eager to team up with her against Team Magma.
- After May defeats the Elite Four, he leaves her a note in his house, along with a Beldum, showing that he has been thinking of her.
- This may also count as a hint for May, as this implies that she wanted to visit him. That, or the person playing the game wanted a Beldum.
- In Pokémon Emerald, when he is encountered in Meteor Falls, Steven seems very self-conscious in front of May, worrying that she thinks of him as a mere rock maniac.
She's a silent protagonist, there are none.
The writers decided to only give Steven one episode (and made him a complete dipshit in it) so there is none.
- There is a chain of paper goods stores or something in Japan, idk really it looked like the store was out of business when I walked by it so I don't actually know what it was, but anyway the store name is ダイハル Daiharu, which is the same as the Japanese shipping name omg, so anyway this doesn't actually have anything to do with the ship I just thought I'd put it out there.