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Caroline (Japanese: ミツコ Mitsuko) is a recurring character in the Pokémon anime. She is the mother of May and Max, and the wife of Norman.
Caroline was first seen in There's no Place Like Hoenn. She presented herself as a cheerful and positive woman. She cares deeply for her children and passionately tried to help May rescue her Torchic from Team Rocket.
In Love, Petalburg Style!, a different side of Caroline was shown. She had become upset and suspicious of her husband because he had been spending time with the local Nurse Joy. As it turned out, Nurse Joy had been helping Norman set up a fireworks display for his and Caroline's wedding anniversary. When Caroline realized this, she immediately apologized and reassured Norman that she loved him. Beautifly hold a special place in Caroline's heart, she recalled that Norman proposed to her in a flower and Beautifly-filled meadow.
Caroline is probably a Pokémon Trainer. In a flashback in A Cacturne for the Worse, she was seen holding a Poké Ball. In this flashback, May had been wearing a blue swimming cap in the ocean and Caroline mistook her for a Tentacool from afar. This is when Caroline pulled out her Poké Ball, in an attempt to catch the "Tentacool" that was really May. She made a cameo appearance in Saved by the Beldum, where she watched Ash competing in the Ever Grande Conference.
Caroline is also May's biggest supporter. She traveled all the way from her home in Petalburg to the Hoenn Grand Festival in Slateport City in order to support her daughter in her Pokémon Contests. She also called May in May, We Harley Drew'd Ya!. She also reappeared in other flashbacks in Date Expectations! and A Full Course Tag Battle!.
Her final appearances saw her watching May in the Wallace Cup on television in Staging a Heroes' Welcome! and Strategy with a Smile!.
- When May went to Kanto, she left Beautifly and Skitty in the care of her parents. However, when May traveled to Sinnoh for the Wallace Cup, Beautifly had rejoined May's team. Skitty also appeared during May's campaign in the Wallace Cup, but it is unknown if Skitty had also rejoined May's team or was just sent temporarily.
In the games
- Main article: Mom (Hoenn)
Caroline's game counterpart is the unnamed mother of the player in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire.
|| ミツコ Mitsuko
|| May come from 満子 (child full of blessings) or 光子 (shining child).
| English, French, German, Spanish
|| Comes from care.
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 美津子 Měijīnzǐ
|| From 美津子 Mitsuko.