May (anime)

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ハルカ Haruka
May in Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl
Age 10 (as of debut)
Gender Female
Eye color Blue
Hair color Light Brown
Hometown Petalburg City
Region Hoenn
Relatives Max (brother), Norman (father),
Caroline (mother)
Trainer class Coordinator
Game counterpart May
Anime debut Get the Show on the Road
English voice actor Veronica Taylor (AG001-AG145)
Michele Knotz (AG146-present) (MoMP)
Japanese voice actor KAORI.

May (Japanese: ハルカ Haruka) is a ten-year-old 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


Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

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A younger May

When May debuted, she did not like Pokémon at all and was only interested in becoming a Pokémon Trainer so she could travel. 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!.

Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl

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.

May reappeared in a picture on Brock's memory wall in the special episode DPS02.

Pokémon the Series: Black & White

May reappeared in a fantasy in The Dream Continues!.

I Choose You!

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.

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May after shopping

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, May revealed that she had promised her mother to always take care of Max on their journey. So even though the siblings had many quarrels, 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.

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May's rage at her loss of food

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.

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 May's Munchlax had taken a liking to it. Later on, Professor Oak had created a Pokéblock for May, which May calls "May's Pink Surprise", that is specially made for Munchlax. May uses it to stop her Munchlax from causing too much trouble on many occasions.

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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Professor Birch's Mudkip
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!
Voice actors
English Lindsey Warner
Kyle Hamm's Hitmonchan
May borrowed Hitmonchan from Kyle Hamm after Master Hamm broke his back.

Hitmonchan's known moves are Comet Punch, Mach Punch, Agility, Focus Punch and Sky Uppercut.

Debut Pasta La Vista
Voice actors
English Michael Haigney


May's Swablu
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


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May's Hoenn Ribbons
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May's Kanto Ribbons
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May's Johto Ribbons

Hoenn Ribbons

This listing is of the Ribbons May has obtained in the Hoenn region:

Kanto Ribbons

This listing is of the Ribbons May has obtained in the Kanto region:

Johto Ribbons

This listing is of the Ribbons May has obtained in the Johto region:

Grand Festival ranking

May has competed in the following Grand Festival tournaments:

Other achievements

May has competed in the following Pokémon Contests:

Pokémon competitions

May has competed in the following Pokémon competitions:

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese KAORI. (credited as 鈴木カオリ Kaori Suzuki in Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl)
English Veronica Taylor (AG001-AG145, M06-M08)
Michele Knotz (AG146-present, M09, The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon)
Mandarin Chinese 傅曼君 Fù Mànjūn
Czech Klára Šumanová (DP075-DP079)
Jana Páleníčková (M06-M07)
Danish Annevig Schelde Ebbe
Dutch Nicoline van Doorn
Unknown voice actress (M06-M07)
Filipino Charmaine Cordoviz
Finnish Aksa Korttila (AG001-AG138, The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon)
Henni-Liisa Stam (AG139-AG145)
Marjut Heikkinen (AG146-present)
Hanna Salonen (M06-M07)
European French Maia Baran
German Nicola Grupe
Stephanie Kellner (M06-M07)
Greek Στέλλα Μπονάτσου Stella Bonatsou
Hebrew דון לני-גבאי Dawn Lanny-Gabay
Hindi नेश्मा चेम्बुरकर Neshma Chemburkar (Hungama dub)
Hungarian Márta Talmács
Indonesian Dewi Arifiani
Italian Serena Clerici
Korean 서혜정 Seo Hyejeong (Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire)
지미애 Ji Mi-ae (original movies)
김현지 Kim Hyeonji (redubbed movies)
Polish Julita Kożuszek-Borsuk (Julita Kożuszek)
Portuguese Brazil Tatiane Keplmair
Portugal Carla (AG001-AG108)
Sara Marques (M07)
Isabel Ribas (AG109-AG192)
Marta Mota (DP075-DP079)
Russian Жанна Никонова Janna Nikonova
Spanish Latin America Ana Lobo (AG001-AG044)
Liliana Barba (AG033-AG034)
Mariana Ortiz (AG045-present)
Agustina Priscila (M06-M07)
Spain Cristina Yuste
Swedish Maria Rydberg
Thai อรุณี นันทิวาส Arunee Nuntiwass
Turkish Pınar Erengil


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Official artwork from
Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire*
Alternative artwork from
Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

In the manga

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May in Ash & Pikachu

Ash & Pikachu

May first appeared in Let's Save Pikachu!!, where she became Ash's traveling companion like in the anime.


Torchic → Combusken

Movie adaptations

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

May appears in I've Begun Hiragana and Katakana! and Pico for Everyone Pokémon Loud Battle!.

Perdue series

In Pokémon Team Rocket Blast Off, Pokémon Poké Ball Launcher, and Pokémon Seek & Find, the female player character is May. Her male counterpart in these games is Ash Ketchum.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring May or her Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

May's Pokémon
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.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
May's Torchic 20px       ADV-P Promotional cards   037/ADV-P
May's Munchlax 20px       Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Aura's Lucario   008/020
May's Combusken 20px       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, other than Ash, to wear gloves as part of her character design.
  • Both of May's unevolved Pokémon are Normal type.
  • May is Ash's only traveling companion to have traveled with him from the first episode of a series all the way to the last.
  • 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.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ハルカ
From 春花 haruka, spring flower
English,Brazillian 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 bom, spring
小遙 /
Xiǎo Yáo
遙 (distant) is taken from 遥か haruka
Síu Yìuh
Same as Mandarin name.
Thai ฮารุกะ
Same as her Japanese name
Russian Мэй Mey Transcription of the English name
Swedish May
Same as English name
Similar to English name
Turkish May Same as English name

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