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Maren (Japanese: ミチコ Michiko) is a minor supporting character who appeared in The Power of One.
In the anime
Maren gave Ash, Misty, Tracey, and their Pokémon a ride around the Orange Islands. However, a storm blew them off-course, and they were forced to land at Shamouti Island.
While on the island, Maren was pleasantly surprised to see her old friend Carol. She decided to stay and catch up with Carol and enjoy the Legend Festival banquet. After Ash was selected to fulfil the "Chosen One" quest, Maren volunteered to help Ash on his island-hopping journey to find the three Island Treasures. Unfortunately, her boat crashed due to the severity of an abrupt storm and sustained serious damage on their first stop, Lightning Island. Thus, Maren spent the remainder of the movie watching over her boat.
She was last seen in the ending credits, leaving Shamouti Island with Ash and his friends and waving Carol and the other residents goodbye.
Maren briefly reappeared in a montage in The Rise of Darkrai, which chronicled the preceding nine movies.
In the manga
In the movie adaptations
Maren appears in the manga adaptation, Mirage Pokémon Lugia's Explosive Birth. She was escorting Ash and his friends through the Orange Islands. However, a storm blew them off-course, and they were forced to land at Lightning Island.
- Her English name may be a pun of mariner, a person who directs or assists in the navigation of a ship.
- The large lock of hair coming out from under her hat is similar to Ethan's design in the Generation II games.