May (game)

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May
ハルカ Haruka
Emerald May.png
Art from Emerald
Gender Female
Hometown Littleroot Town
Region Hoenn (originally Johto if chosen by the player)
Relatives Unnamed little sister, Mom, Norman (as player)
Professor Birch, unnamed mother and little brother* (as rival)
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer, Player character
Generation III
Games Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Anime counterpart May
Counterpart debut Get the Show on the Road!
Manga counterpart(s) Sapphire

May (Japanese: ハルカ Haruka) serves as the rival in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, should the player choose to play as the male character. She is also the female choice in the games, but May is never among the default names for the character.

The Generation III games deviated from the tradition of naming characters as their respective game names, such as Red in the Generation I and Generation II games. As such, May's counterparts include May from the anime and Sapphire in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

In the games

Story

May starts her journey moving from her home in Johto to her new home in the town of Littleroot in Hoenn. After saving Prof. Birch from a wild Pokémon, she is given one of the three starters of the Hoenn region. May develops a close bond with Brendan, and eventually Wally, who both act as her rivals. May goes on to gather the eight badges of Hoenn, stop the plans of Team Aqua and Team Magma and conquer the Pokémon League all before going off to face the Battle Frontier.

She is given a much bigger role than Red or Gold due to the fact that she has to save the world itself rather than a region.

Pokémon

In the games she appears in, May battles with the following Pokémon. Unlike other rivals (excluding Brendan), May never evolves her starter Pokémon into its final form.

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

First battle

If the player chose Treecko:



If the player chose Torchic:



If the player chose Mudkip:



Artwork from Ruby and Sapphire
Second battle (on Route 110)

If the player chose Treecko:



If the player chose Torchic:



If the player chose Mudkip:



Third battle (on Route 119)

If the player chose Treecko:



If the player chose Torchic:



If the player chose Mudkip:



Fourth battle (in Lilycove City)

If the player chose Treecko:



If the player chose Torchic:



If the player chose Mudkip:



Pokémon Emerald

First battle (on Route 103)

If the player chose Treecko:



If the player chose Torchic:



If the player chose Mudkip:



Second battle (Optionally in Rustboro City)

If the player chose Treecko:



If the player chose Torchic:



If the player chose Mudkip:



Third battle (on Route 110)

If the player chose Treecko:



If the player chose Torchic:



If the player chose Mudkip:



Fourth battle (on Route 119)

If the player chose Torchic:



If the player chose Treecko:



If the player chose Mudkip:



Fifth Battle (in Lilycove City)

If the player chose Torchic:



If the player chose Treecko:



If the player chose Mudkip:



Other names for May

File:RS May.png File:E May.png
May's sprite from
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire
May's sprite from
Pokémon Emerald
RS May Back.png E May Back.png
May's back sprite from
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire
May's back sprite from
Pokémon Emerald
Colo May.png 80px
Image of May from
Pokémon Colosseum
A headshot of May from
Pokémon XD (E variant)
80px
A headshot of May from
Pokémon XD (R/S variant)

The default names for May as the female playable character in the games are as follows:

Language Ruby Sapphire Emerald
English
  • Terra
  • Kimmy
  • Nicola
  • Sara
  • Marina
  • Kimmy
  • Nicola
  • Sara
  • Allie
  • Aubree
  • Bella
  • Camila
  • Halie
  • Hazel
  • Jayla
  • Kimmy
  • Lianna
  • Lillie
  • Lucy
  • Monica
  • Nadine
  • Nicola
  • Ruthie
  • Sara
  • Tanja
  • Terra
  • Tiara
  • Yasmin
Japanese
  • ムツミ Mutsumi
  • アイコ Aiko
  • マキコ Makiko
  • キョウコ Kyōko
  • ナミ Nami
  • アイコ Aiko
  • マキコ Makiko
  • キョウコ Kyōko
  • アイコ Aiko
  • アヤナ Ayana
  • アン Ann
  • エミィ Emy
  • カオリ Kaori
  • カレン Karen
  • キョウコ Kyōko
  • サエ Sae
  • スイ Sui
  • ジュリ Juri
  • チエミ Chiemi
  • チヨコ Chiyoko
  • テルコ Teruko
  • ナナエ Nanae
  • ヒナ Hina
  • マキコ Makiko
  • ミサコ Misako
  • ムツミ Mutsumi
  • モニカ Monica
  • ユウメ Yūme
German
  • Petra
  • Tanja
  • Andrea
  • Sara
  • Martina
  • Tanja
  • Andrea
  • Sara
  • Andrea
  • Beate
  • Carolin
  • Claudia
  • Denise
  • Gabi
  • Eva
  • Jamie
  • Jasmin
  • Katrin
  • Kerstin
  • Martina
  • Meike
  • Mirjam
  • Nadine
  • Petra
  • Sara
  • Simone
  • Svenja
  • Tanja
Spanish
  • Teresa
  • Raquel
  • Mariau
  • Sara
  • Marina
  • Raquel
  • Mariau
  • Sara
French
  • Solène
  • Agnès
  • Claire
  • Sophie
  • Marine
  • Agnès
  • Claire
  • Sophie
  • Edith
  • Lilly
  • Tania
  • Cindy
  • Fanny
  • Cathy
  • Bella
  • Solène
  • Janyce
  • Maeva
  • Sophie
  • Roxane
  • Claire
  • Cynthia
  • Agnès
  • Pauline
  • Ariane
  • Nadine
  • Monica
  • Maud
Italian
  • Teresa
  • Annie
  • Elisa
  • Sara
  • Marina
  • Annie
  • Elisa
  • Sara

Counterparts

In the anime

In the anime, a character based on May was Ash's traveling companion throughout the Advanced Generation series.

In the manga

Her counterpart in the Pokémon Adventures manga is Sapphire who, unlike her other counterparts, takes up gym challenges and is an all-around tomboy thanks to a traumatic incident with Ruby where a Salamence attacked them when they were children. She does have a feminine side however, as is shown in later volumes.

A counterpart to May, Sapphire, appears in the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga. Just like May's anime counterpart, she is a Coordinator who chooses Torchic as her starter Pokémon.

Although they do not look alike, she has the same Japanese default name as Haruka from the Pokémon Chamo-Chamo ☆ Pretty ♪ manga series. Likewise, Haruka is a Coordinator who also chooses Torchic as her starter Pokémon, just like May's anime counterpart.

Quotes

Match Call

Strategy - I'm not so good at battles.

Trainer's Pokémon - I'll use any Pokémon!

Self-Introduction - My Pokémon and I help my father's research.


Trivia

  • May is the only female rival in the games.
  • When May returned in the anime in Our Cup Runneth Over!, her outfit was the one worn by her game counterpart in Pokémon Emerald.
  • Both Brendan's and May's Emerald artwork feature them holding a Premier Ball.
    • Curiously, Dawn's and Lucas's Platinum artwork feature them holding a Repeat Ball, causing this situation to happen with two player characters in the third version of two consecutive generations.
  • As the player, May or her male counterpart Brendan are native to the Johto region.
  • As the player character (along with Brendan), they are the only set of player characters that have both a mother and a father present in the games. As a rival, this trait is shared with Barry.
  • As the rival, May, along with Brendan, are the only rivals to wear any sort of headgear.
  • May and Brendan are the only rivals that the player cannot name, except for Wally (not including Ronald).
    • May and Brendan are also the only rivals whose starter Pokémon does not reach its final form.
    • They are also the only rivals who can't be fought in rematches after the player defeats the Elite Four.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ハルカ Haruka From 春花 haruka, spring flower. May also be taken as 遼 haruka, far away, in relation to her father, Senri (千里), 1000 li.
English May Could be a reference to her Japanese name, as May is a month in spring.
French Flora Similar to Fleur, which means "flower".
German Maike From Mai, which means "May".
Italian Vera From primavera, which means "spring".
Spanish Aura
Korean 봄이 Bom'i 봄 means "spring"
Chinese (all versions) 小遥 Xiǎo Yáo From 遥 haruka, far away.



Core series: RedLeafEthanKrisLyraBrendanMay
LucasDawnHilbertHildaNateRosa
CalemSerenaElioSeleneChaseElaine
Side series: WesMichael
Spin-off games: LunickSolanaKellynKateBenSummerMarkMint
HeroHeroineLucy FleetfootTodd SnapTim Goodman
Rival characters
BlueSilverBrendan/MayWallyBarryCherenBiancaHugh
Calem/SerenaShaunaTiernoTrevorHauGladionTraceHop


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