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- If you were looking for the character from Mutiny in the Bounty! whose Japanese name is Maria, see Melodi.
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Maria (Japanese: ミコト Mikoto), or Temple Maiden Maria, is a recurring character from the anime. She is the guardian of the Snowpoint Temple.
She first appeared in A Pyramiding Rage! where she welcomed Brandon right after his arrival. She and Samuel left to investigate the Snowpoint Temple and then later warns Brandon that Pokémon Hunter J has attacked the Temple. Maria and Brandon asked her not to disturb Regigigas, which resides in the Temple, but J ignored their warnings, causing damage to the Temple. Afterwards, when J had retreated and Regigigas had gone back to sleep, Maria prepared to rebuild the temple back to its former glory.
- Her Japanese name is derived from 巫女 miko, meaning "shrine maiden", a woman who tends to a Shinto shrine.
- She is a reference to the woman that guards the Snowpoint Temple in Snowpoint City in the Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum games.
- Her appearance is similar to popular depictions of Ancient Egyptian priests and priestesses.