Max (Japanese: マサト Masato) is the younger brother of May in the anime. He has not yet received a Pokémon because he is under-age, but he became one of Ash's companions and joined Ash, Brock and his sister in order to see new Pokémon.


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Biography EditEdit

Max is a genius in the theory of Pokémon training, but he was too young to receive a Pokémon when he first appeared. Both May and Max are the children of Norman, the Gym Leader of Petalburg City and his wife Caroline. The two have a very close relationship. They often get upset with each other, but when they are in dangerous situations they try to protect each other, especially May. She sometimes gets angry with Max because he knows a lot about Pokémon and she is annoyed by not knowing the basics of training or Pokémon. He decided to travel with Ash and May to see even more Pokémon.

When Ash arrived at the gym without May in Petalburg City, he was met by little Max who was surprised to meet a trainer who he had watched on television only weeks ago, through participation in the Johto League Silver Conference. But he also mocked him for losing in the quarter finals of the tournament. He also criticized the Pokémon May chose, Torchic, saying he would have chosen a Treecko.

During his travels with his sister and his friends, Max was in charge of May's PokéNav, acting as a guide. Later on in the series, Max makes a habit of pulling Brock's ear when he sees and talks to a pretty girl, halting his romantic advances as Misty did in Kanto and Johto and the way Croagunk would Poison Jab Brock in Sinnoh for similar effect.

In the movie Jirachi: Wish MakerJirachi partnered with Max, becoming his first Pokémon. In Do I Hear A Ralts?, Max rescued a Ralts that was hurt and took the job of returning it back to its family, Gardevoir and Kirlia.

In Battle Dimension, Max made a brief cameo appearance with his parents watching May compete in the Wallace Cup, and also appears in a photo in the second Diamond and Pearl Special Episode.

Pokémon EditEdit

As Max has not become an official Pokémon Trainer, he does not own any Pokémon, but he has befriended some wild Pokémon and borrow some from Ash and the others occasionally.

Befriended EditEdit

Pokémon Information
[1] Max befriended a Shroomish in AG009: Taming of the Shroomish!.

Pokémon Information
[2] Max befriended a Poochyena and, although his three brothers were born at the same time, Poochyena was unable to evolve like them. The only move he knew was Tackle so Max started teaching him to use Bite. After a battle with Team Rocket, where he used that move to break through his bindings, he finally evolved into Mightyena.
Poochyena → Mightyena

Pokémon Information
[3] Max befriended Jirachi in the movie Jirachi: Wish Maker.

Pokémon Information
[4] Max befriended a Shuppet in AG081.

Pokémon Information
[5] In the episode "Do I hear a Ralts?", our heroes encounter a Ralts that is really sick and Max took him to a Pokémon Center. At the end of the chapter, Ralts went back to the woods and saw his family members, Kirlia and Gardevoir. Max promises Ralts that he'll come back when he's aPokemon Trainer.

Pokémon Information
[6] Max befriended a Deoxys in the episode AG171


Pokémon Information
[7] While Max was walking around in a building with Ash, May and Brock, he accidentally stepped on Poliwag's tail and it immediately came out. After Max apologized to the Tadpole Pokémon, it was revealed that it belonged to the Pokémon Trainer's School in Hoenn. Later on, Max was given Poliwag as he was choosing a Poké Ball for the training arena. It was narrowly defeated by Tommy's Magby as Team Rocket interrupted the match as they were stealing Poké Balls from the Deposit Room. While Poliwag distracted Team Rocket, Magby's Flamethrower burned the Wurmple mecha Team Rocket was on and they were blasted off.

Pokémon Information
[8] Ash let Max borrow Corphish since Max did not own any Pokémon of his own. It was up against Vivi Winstrate's Marill. Corphish was able to defeat Marill after disobeying Max's commands.

Pokémon Information
[9] May lent Munchlax to Max to help him in a treasure search where stamps are the objective. But in the end he did not win.

Voice ActressEditEdit

  • English: Amy Birnbaum (season 6 - 8) (4Kids)
  • English: Kayzie Rogers (season 9) (PUSA/TAJ)
  • Japanese: Fushigi Yamada
  • Dutch: Lot Lohr
  • Italian: Federica Valenti
  • Greek: Loucas Fragoulis

Trivia EditEdit

  • Max once met another kid named Max who looked a lot like him.
  • Max is the only character that is not a trainer that has joined Ash on his journey.
  • Max has also been seen in the anime using May's Munchlax to be his orienteering partner in the Battle Frontier Episodes.
  • Max is always seen holding a PokéBlock Case in his bag or pocket, but May was seen several times getting it out from her bag.
  • It has been said that Max is too young to get his first Pokémon, but numerous trainers in the show are shown to have Pokémon while they look younger than 10 years old.
  • Before May and Max left Kanto, Ash promised to battle him someday.
  • Although Max has a tendency to mock Ash, Max looks up to Ash and the two seem to share a brotherly relationship.
  • Like Misty, Max drags Brock by the ears when he falls in love. Max had done this after seeing Misty doing it to Brock.
  • Max looks some what a lot like Conway. They wear glasses, wear a green shirt, and have the same hair style.
  • It is hinted (though not specifically stated) that Max has Psychic powers similar to that of Sabrina.

Gallery EditEdit


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