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Maylene (Japanese: スモモ Sumomo) is the Gym Leader of Veilstone City's Gym, known officially as the Veilstone Gym. She hands out the Cobble Badge to Trainers who defeat her. She specializes in Template:Type2 Pokémon.
In the anime
Maylene made her first appearance in DP066. She is voiced by 遠藤綾 Aya Endō in Japanese. She will be voiced by Rachael Lillis in English.
After being defeated by Paul, Maylene had lost confidence in herself as a Gym Leader. When Ash challenged her, she declined, much to the annoyance of her Lucario.
Discovering Dawn has similar issues herself (following DP049 and DP061's contest defeats), Maylene agrees to have a gym battle with her in DP067. She managed to defeat Dawn after a hard-fought battle.
She was challenged by Ash next in DP068, an even harder-fought battle which resulted in a tie. With the decision now hers, Maylene considered Ash to have battled well enough that she awarded him the Cobble Badge.
Maylene also appeared in DP069.
In the games
Maylene uses Template:Type2 Pokémon in her battles. Trainers who defeat her receive the Cobble Badge, TM60 (Drain Punch) and are able to use Fly outside of battle. Maylene is considered a cute little girl, but adults in the town respect her for her power. Maylene's father gambles at the Veilstone Game Corner. Maylene apparently doesn't know her own strength, as she's totally unsure of how she got to be Gym Leader, and seems rather confused by the whole thing.
"Hello. I'm pleased to meet you. I'm Maylene, and I'm the Gym Leader. I don't really know what it means to be strong, or how I got to be the Gym Leader. But I will do the best I can as the Gym Leader. I take battling very seriously. Whenever you're ready!"
After sending out last Pokémon
"Oh! But this isn't the end, my friend!"
"I'm in a bit of a bind, aren't I?"
"I shall admit defeat... You are much too strong."
After being defeated
"...OK. You win. That was a tough loss. I learned a lot from it. Please, accept this Gym Badge."
"Gee, I'm hungry... Oh, sorry, it's nothing. I didn't say anything. <name>, I can't explain what it means to be strong. I don't know how much effort goes into being strong... But being with Pokémon lets us keep making the effort, doesn't it?"
In the manga
Maylene is seen training with her two Pokémon. She almost gets hit by Pearl's Monferno's Ember (when the trio was testing Berlitz's newly-earned Zoom Lens) while she was jogging around the city. She challenges Berlitz to a match, adding that Berlitz must use Monferno against her.
Maylene owns these Pokémon:
- Maylene is the only Sinnoh Gym Leader not to appear outside her gym at least once.
- Maylene's Japanese name is shared with that of one of the Kimono Girls of Ecruteak City.
||Possibly taken from 相撲 (sumō). Can also mean plum.
||Variant of the name May, referring to the month. Sounds like melee.
||From mêlée, brawl.
||From the germanic root hildjo, battle.
||From marziale, martial.
||From bregar, to fight.
||Means plum (Direct translation of Sumomo.)