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Drew (Japanese: シュウ Shū) is a recurring character of the Pokémon anime. He is a Pokémon Coordinator from LaRousse City and May's main rival.
Drew made his debut appearance in Now That's Flower Power!, where he was seen watching May training for the Slateport City Pokémon Contest. He said she needed a lot of practice and insulted her Pokémon, which made her angry. Later, when May and her friends were looking for Bluk Berries, he appeared and challenged her to a Contest-style battle. He did a good job showing off the attacks of his Roselia, but the battle was interrupted when Team Rocket stole the Bluk Berries. He then helped May to retrieve the Berries and left.
He appeared in Win, Lose or Drew! to compete in the Slateport Contest. He received a good score in the Appeals Round and was qualified for the second round, where he and his Roselia defeated May and her Beautifly, but lost to Robert and his Milotic.
He appeared again in Pros and Con Artists, where he had a battle with Ash. Using his Roselia, he was able to defeat Ash's Taillow, despite being at a disadvantage. It was revealed in this episode that he had already won three Ribbons. In Come What May!, he competed in the Fallarbor Contest; however, he lost to Grace and her Medicham. Following the Contest, Drew congratulated the winner, May, by giving her a rose. This gesture was repeated in many other episodes.
His next appearance was in Disaster of Disguise, where he had a battle with "The Phantom" and lost. He was planning to compete in the Verdanturf Contest, but after his Roselia got injured in a battle with a Dusclops, he thought it would not be good enough to battle and decided not to participate. He was seen in the audience of the Contest in Disguise Da Limit.
In A Fan with a Plan, Drew was revealed to own a Masquerain. He was seen practicing with it, and, in the following episode, he used it to defeat Savannah's Lairon in the finals of the Rubello Town Pokémon Contest. This victory gave Drew his fourth Ribbon.
Drew appeared again in Who, What, When, Where, Wynaut?, where it was revealed that he had obtained his fifth Ribbon. When May showed him her four Ribbons, he told her that there was only one more Contest to be held before the Grand Festival, and criticized her for relying on luck and for not having strategies. May then challenged him to a battle, which was interrupted by Team Rocket's attempt to steal Pikachu. Accidentally, Drew was pulled into Team Rocket's submarine along with the rest of the group. When the submarine exploded, the entire group was blasted into the air. They fell in the Mirage Island, where they met a group of Wynaut.
Drew entered the Hoenn Grand Festival in Hi Ho Silver Wind!, where he appealed with his Roselia and received an excellent score that allowed him to pass to the second stage. In the following episode, he used his Masquerain for the second Appeals Round, and the impressive performance of the Eyeball Pokémon put him in the Battle Round. In Rhapsody in Drew, he faced May in the quarter-finals of the competition. Using his Roselia and Flygon, he was able to defeat May, who was using her Combusken and Skitty. He made it all the way to the finals, but lost to Robert, who also beat him in the Slateport City Contest.
Afterwards, he decided to go to Kanto to compete in Pokémon Contests there. In On Cloud Arcanine, he was seen trying to catch an Arcanine. He gave up capturing the Pokémon when he discovered that it had a litter of Growlithe puppies to take care of. It was also revealed in this episode that he had obtained his first Kanto Ribbon.
In Spontaneous Combusken!, when May said she was ready to defeat him in the Chrysanthemum Island Contest, Drew revealed that he wasn't going to compete because he had participated in several Contests lately and his Pokémon were exhausted and in need of some rest.
He appeared again in New Plot, Odd Lot! and Going for Choke!, where he watched May competing for her fifth and final Ribbon in the Mulberry City Pokémon Contest. He also helped Ash to frustrate Harley's plans of sabotaging May.
Drew reappeared to compete in the Kanto Grand Festival in May, We Harley Drew'd Ya!, where he was reunited with his old friend and rival Solidad, who had defeated him a long time ago. He managed to pass the appeals stage and quickly reached the quarter-finals, where he found himself against May once again. He fought a hard battle, but his Flygon and Absol ended up being defeated by May's Combusken and Squirtle.
In The Unbeatable Lightness of Seeing!, after finding May feeling down, he decided to have a battle with her to cheer her up. At the end of the episode, he revealed that he would be traveling to the Johto region to participate in Contests there. He made a cameo appearance in Strategy with a Smile! watching May performing in the Wallace Cup along with Harley and Solidad.
Like Ash's main rival, Gary, Drew is portrayed as being confident, critical, and popular among his supporters, though he is generally not as overly insulting as Gary initially was.
When Drew had participated in his very first Contest, he had lost badly to a strong Coordinator named Solidad. Solidad said the loss was so heartbreaking that he cried. Though he had suffered a defeat in his first Contest, he endeavored to become a better Coordinator and has succeeded to a good extent. He used to be very prone to nervousness when he started his career as a Coordinator.
He used to taunt May when he first met her because she used to be like him when he first started out. Even though his comments and attitude may have angered May, he still provides a helping hand whenever she needs it.
This listing is of Drew's known Pokémon:
| Masquerain made its debut in A Fan with a Plan. May, while training with her Bulbasaur, stumbled across Drew training his Pokémon's Bubble attack. In the next episode, he used it in the Rubello Town Pokémon Contest. In the first round, it used Ice Beam to freeze its own Bubbles, and then Hidden Power to launch the projectiles at Sonny's Girafarig to knock it out. It then managed to outscore Savannah's Lairon by hitting it with Hidden Power in the finals to win the Contest.
Drew uses Masquerain again to battle against May's Beautifly in Who, What, When, Where, Wynaut?, both make a good battle but they are interrupted by Team Rocket where trying to capture their Pokémon. At the end of the episode, Drew uses Masquerain alongside Roselia to battle against Team Rocket together of the May and Ash's Pokémon.
It also appeared in the Hoenn Grand Festival appeal stage in Deceit and Assist. Its Bubble and Silver Wind impressed the crowd, scored a perfect 100, and allowed Drew to move on to the final stages of the Contest. In the next episode, it fought Robert's Claydol and Milotic alongside his Flygon. It was felled by Claydol's Hyper Beam.
In May, We Harley Drew'd Ya!, Drew used it in the preliminaries of the Kanto Grand Festival. It got Drew through to the next round by spinning around and around to create a great gust of wind and air. In Thinning the Hoard, it fought alongside Roselia and used Silver Wind to defeat a Medicham and a Loudred.
Masquerain's known moves are Bubble, Hidden Power, Ice Beam, Quick Attack, and Silver Wind.
|| A Fan with a Plan
| Voice actors
|| Tomoe Hanba
|| Michele Knotz
| Absol made its debut in May, We Harley Drew'd Ya!. Drew used it in his Appeal Round in the next episode. Even though it made it through to the next round with its Flash, Water Pulse and its finisher, Razor Wind, Drew was still disappointed in it, feeling that Absol failed. Later May saw Drew yelling at Absol. It was because it was afraid to use its Razor Wind attack because it thought Drew would get hurt. Angered, May confronted him. Drew explained that he didn't feel that Absol was as dedicated to him as his other Pokémon were. After a talk with Ash later that night, Drew decided to use Absol in the Contest alongside his Flygon in the Double Battle round. Later, they were to fight May and her Combusken and Squirtle. During the battle, Drew once again fully used Flash, as well as a combination of his Flygon's and Absol's moves, dubbed Dragon Razor Wind by Lilian. After a harsh battle, Absol and Combusken were left to fight alone. However, Combusken, after making full use of its newly-learned Overheat, had more points than Absol when the time ran out and May moved on to the finals.
Absol's known moves are Flash, Iron Tail, Razor Wind and Water Pulse.
|| May, We Harley Drew'd Ya!
| Voice actors
|| Megumi Hayashibara
|| Bill Rogers
One of Drew's Kanto Ribbons
Drew has competed in the following Grand Festival competitions:
In the manga
In the Ash and Pikachu manga
Drew appears in Ash and Pikachu manga. However their appearance and attitudes are quite different from his counterpart in the anime.
- Except for his Masquerain, all of Drew's Pokémon have the same name in English as in Japanese.
- Drew is the first (and so far, only) regular character to be from a movie only location.
- Drew has two Pokémon whose names are derived from "masquerade".
|| シュウ Shū
|| Can be from 秀 excel or surpass. May also be from 秋 shū (autumn), as opposed to the 春 haru (spring) in Haruka (May).
| English, German, French
|| Rhymes with Shū.
|| 수형 Suhyeong
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 小瞬 Xiǎo Shùn
|| Phonetically similar to Shū. 瞬 also refers to a short moment in time, which contrast with 遙 (distant space or time) in 小遙 Xiǎo Yáo (May).
| Chinese (Cantonese)
|| 小瞬 Síu Seun
|| Same as Mandarin name.