- "My bike's been barbecued!"
- — May after Ash's Pikachu charred her bike.
'May (ハルカ Haruka) is a young energetic Pokémon Coordinator currently travelling through various regions and competing in Pokémon Contests. She started her journey travelling through the Hoenn region accompanying Ash and Brock, along with her little brother Max. When Ash and Brock leave forSinnoh, she goes to Johto alone without Max. She appears in a few episodes of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension, where she travelled to Sinnoh to enter the Wallace Cup. She is also shown to have a disputable romantic interest in Drew, as she becomes flustered when accused of liking him, and blushed a considerable amount in the episode Spontaneos Combusken when Drew complimented her on needing two more ribbons.
May is a Pokémon coordinator from Petalburg City and is the daughter of the Petalburg City Gym Leader,Norman, and sister of Max. She meets Ash Ketchum in Hoenn and starts travelling with him after obtaining her first Pokémon,Torchic.
She has rivalries from some contest participants, Drew, Harley, and Jessie of Team Rocket, and goes on to win many contests. She is in four Pokémon movies. She picked Torchic as her first Pokémon and Squirtle as her first Kanto Pokémon. May is generally a very sweet, fun-loving, caring, kind-hearted, and a brave person. But sometimes a real go-getter type of confident person. When it comes to certain things, she can be a glass half-full type of a straight woman that she is, even though she is a very nice person.
But she can have a tougher side sometimes, such as when she argues with her brother, Max. Despite that they argue once in a while, she has definitely shown that she really deeply cares for her brother. She helps people a lot, especially ones with romance problems. May has a tendency to rely on luck once in a while when it comes to certain things.
May and her Beautifly.
She really loves cute Pokémon and flashy techniques, and competing in contests. She really loves making her own Pokéblock with recipes that she thinks up, including ones she calls "May's Purple Surprise" and "May's Pink Surprise" while everyone else rejected them after tasting them, the only ones who liked her Purple Surprise are her Munchlax and Jessie.
While Ash and Brock chose to travel to Sinnoh, May decides to follow her rivals to Johto. However, she meets up with Ash, Brock, and Dawn in Sinnoh, wearing a green bandanna like the character Pokémon Emerald, then sometime later participates in the Wallace Cup. Dawn once referred to her as "Princess" which makes the fact that she has an unknown identification believable.
May and Dawn battling in the Wallace Cup.
After narrowly losing to Dawn in the Wallace Cup Finals, she leaves the group to continue her journey in Johto. This was May's last appearance, and the future of her appearing again remains uncertain.
May has a unique taste for food. She loves to taste many different types of food. As a Coordinator, May was able to learn more about Pokémon, and her knowledge became greater during her journey in both Hoenn and Kanto for her contests that she competes in, that she can come up with different types of attacks.
May saying goodbye to her friends.
She was also able use these combinations in battle. For example she would use her Combusken's Fire Spin and her Squirtle's Bubble to create a combination of Fire and Water. Which was dubbed by Lillian's Medichan as a Fire and Water Whirlwind. She was able to knock-out Drew's Flygon and his Absol. During her journey she won numerous ribbons in both Hoenn and Kanto and she is still using those skills and talents in Johto currently. But May did reappear during the Sinnoh saga in four episodes Meeting Ash, Pikachu, Brock, Dawn and Zoey for the Wallace Cup. May also has a personal ending theme song called I Won't Lose also called Haruka's theme in Japan in two episodes of the Pokémon anime's Kanto battle frontier saga the theme was used as background music in Curbing the Crimson Tide! and again in the next episode What I Did For Love!. It was also used during the Sinnoh Wallace Cup saga.
|Fallarbor TownRibbon||She won against Grace and her Medicham with her Beautifly.|
|Verdanturf TownRibbon||She won against the Phantom's(Timmy)'s Dusclops with her newly acquired Skitty.|
|Lilycove City Ribbon||She fought against Lily's Grumpig with her newly evolved Combusken which had a few power control issues.|
|Izabe Island Ribbon||She won against her new rival Harley and his Cacturne with her Bulbasaur.|
|Pacifidlog TownRibbon||She won against a jealous girl called Erica and her Jynx with her Skitty.|
|Saffron City Ribbon||Won again against her rival Harley with her new baby Squirtle and Combusken.|
|Silver Town Ribbon||She won against wonna be rockstar Jeremey and his Venusaur with her Squirtle and Combusken.|
|Crysanthemum IslandRibbon||Battled against a girl in love with Drew by the name of Brianna and her Vibrava with her Munchlax and Combusken.|
|Gardenia TownRibbon||She won against Brock and his Marshtomp with her Squirtle and Eevee.|
|Mulberry TownRibbon||She was able to win her fifth ribbon in Kanto against Jessie with her Squirtle and Combusken.|
|Teracotta Town Ribbon||Getting half by tying with Ash's Sceptile, where she used Blaziken (unofficial).|
|Johto Ribbon 1||It was revealed in DP 76 that May has won three Ribbons in Johto.|
|Johto Ribbon 2||It was revealed in DP 76 that May has won three Ribbons in Johto.|
|Johto Ribbon 3||It was revealed in DP 76 that May has won three Ribbons in Johto.|
May placed in the following Grand Festival competitions:
These are the episodes that May appeared in Sinnoh. May also battled with Dawn but narrowly lost.
- Our Cup Runneth Over
- A Full Course Tag Battle
- Staging a Heroes' Welcome
- Prunning a Passel of Pals
- Strategy with a Smile
- English: Veronica Taylor (Season 6-8), Michele Knotz (Season 9, 11)
- Japanese: Kaori Suzuki
- Dutch: Nicoline van Doorn
- Greek: Yro Loupi (Season 6-8), Stella Bonatsou (Season 9)
- Spanish: Cristina Yuste
- Polish: Julita Kozuszek-Borsuk
- French: Maia Baran
- German: Nicola Grupe, Stephanie Kellner (Movie 6 and 7)
- Italian: Serena Clerici
- Filipino: Charmaine Cordoviz
- Czech: Klara Sumanova
- Portuguese: Carla (Season 6-8), Isabel Ribas (Season 9), Marta Mota (Season 11)
- Mandarin: Fu Manjun
- Danish: Annevig Schlede-Ebbe
- Brazilian Portuguese: Tatiane Keplmair
- Iberian Spanish: Ana Lobo, Liliana Barba, Mariana Ortiz, Agustina Priscila
- Thai: Arunee Nuntiwass
- Hebrew: Dawn Lanny-Gabay
- Like Misty, May is last seen leaving the group and returning to her respective journey, with no mention or future appearance in the series.
- May was the only character to give a personal narration of her introduction in the series.
- In seasons 6-8, May and Ash shared the same voice actress: Veronica Taylor.
- May is a third generation character, and she owned two and befriended one Legendary Pokémon from the fourth generation: Munchlax, Glaceon (can only evolve from Eevee in Sinnoh), and she had befriended a Manaphy a Mythical Pokémon.
- She is the only female character to have three starters (Torchic, Squirtle and Bulbasaur).
- The first Pokémon she used in fact was not Torchic but a Mudkip but she did not know how to command it to attack Poochyena and ended up getting hit in the face with a Water Gun attack.
- In "All in A Day's Wurmple", May is jumping when May says, "Yeah! We did it! Alright!", with Torchic, too.
|May's Hoenn ClothesMay's fantasy of winning the Grand FestivalMay in her Emerald based outfitMay's appearance in the Wallace CupMay in her noblewoman's or princess gown from movie 8May and her BeautiflyMay and WartortleMay, Ash, Max and BrockPokemon 8th Movie PosterAsh, May, Brock, Max and Proffesor BirchMay With her brotherMaxMay at the OpeningA very mad May...May swimming underwater with her clothes onMay in her pink swimsuitDawn, May and ZoeyMay in her dress in Pokemon Movie 8May, Dawn and ZoeyMay in her yellow swimsuitAsh, Brock, May and Max looking at PikachuMay dancing with a guy in Pokémon the Movie 8May's Glaceon touching the ice crystalMay and Ash win a ribbonYoung May
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