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(マサト Masato)
Gender: Male
Hometown: Petalburg City
Region: Hoenn
Family: May, Norman, Caroline
Friends: Ash, Brock, Misty, Drew, Solidad
Class: Student
First Appearance: There's No Place Like Hoenn
Voice actor: Fushigi Yamada (Japanese)
Amy Birnbaum (4Kids; English)
Kayzie Rogers (PUSA/TAJ; English)

Max is the younger brother of May in the anime. He has not yet received a Pokémon because he is under-age, but he became one of Ash's companions and joined Ash, Brock and his sister in order to see new Pokémon in the Hoenn and Kanto Regions.


Max is a small, young boy. He has short, black hair and brown eyes, much like his father. He wears a money-green-colored T-shirt with a white collar and button, charcoal-colored shorts and green, black and white slip-on shoes without socks. He also wears black, framed half-moon glasses.


Max may not be old enough to be a Trainer, but that hasn't stopped him from learning all he can about Pokémon before he starts his journey. As a result, he knows much more compared to May, who didn't even know the names of her starter Pokémon's moves. Despite acting mature, Max is prone to being childish should it benefit him.



Max is a genius in the theory of Pokémon training, despite being too young to receive a Pokémon when he first appeared. Both May and Max are the children of Norman, the Gym Leader of Petalburg City and his wife Caroline. The two have a very close relationship. They often get upset with each other, but when they are in dangerous situations they try to protect each other, especially May. She sometimes gets angry with Max because he knows a lot about Pokémon and she is annoyed by not knowing the basics of training or Pokémon. He decided to travel with Ash and May to see even more Pokémon.

When Ash arrived at the gym without May in Petalburg City, he was met by little Max who was surprised to meet a trainer who he had watched on television only weeks ago, through participation in the Johto League Silver Conference. But he also mocked him for losing in the quarter finals of the tournament. He also criticized the Pokémon May chose, Torchic, saying he would have chosen a Treecko.

During his travels with his sister and his friends, Max was in charge of May's PokéNav, acting as a guide. Later on in the series, Max makes a habit of pulling Brock's ear when he sees and talks to a pretty girl, halting his romantic advances as Misty did in Kanto and Johto and the way Croagunk would Poison Jab Brock in Sinnoh for similar effect.

In the movie Jirachi: Wish Maker, Jirachi partnered with Max, becoming his first Pokémon. In Do I Hear A Ralts?, Max rescued a Ralts that was hurt and took the job of returning it back to its family, Gardevoir and Kirlia.

In Battle Dimension, Max made a brief cameo appearance with his parents watching May compete in the Wallace Cup, and also appears in a photo Brock had in the second Diamond and Pearl Special Episode.

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Alex Shroomish
Max befriended a Shroomish in Taming of the Shroomish.
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Katrina Mightyena
Max befriended a Poochyena and, although his three brothers who were born at the same time, Poochyena was unable to evolve like them. The only move it knew was tackle so Max attempted to teach it Bite. After a battle with Team Rocket, after using Bite, it evolved.
Poochyena → Mightyena
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Jirachi M06
Max befriended Jirachi in the movie Jirachi: Wish Maker.
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Shuppet AG081
Max befriended a Shuppet in Take This House and Shuppet.
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Snorlax M07
Max befriended a Munchlax in Movie 007, which evolved into a Snorlax.
Munchlax → Snorlax
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Ralts AG109
In the episode Do I Hear A Ralts?, our heroes encounter a Ralts that is really sick and Max took him to a Pokémon Center. At the end of the chapter, Ralts went back to the woods and saw its family members, Kirlia and Gardevoir. Max promises Ralts that he'll come back when he's a Pokemon Trainer.
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Deoxys Normal Forme anime
Max befriended a Deoxys in the episode AG171


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Trainer School Poliwag
While Max was walking around in a building with Ash, May and Brock, he accidentally stepped on Poliwag's tail and it immediately came out. After Max apologized to the Tadpole Pokémon, it was revealed that it belonged to the Pokémon Trainer's School in Hoenn. Later on, Max was given Poliwag as he was choosing a Poké Ball for the training arena. It was narrowly defeated by Tommy's Magby as Team Rocket interrupted the match as they were stealing Poké Balls from the Deposit Room. While Poliwag distracted Team Rocket, Magby's Flamethrower burned the Wurmple mecca Team Rocket was on and they were blasted off.
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Ash Corphish
Ash let Max borrow Corphish since Max did not own any Pokémon of his own. It was up against Vivi Winstrate's Marill. Corphish was able to defeat Marill after disobeying Max's commands.
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May Munchlax
May lent Munchlax to Max to help him in a treasure search where stamps are the objective. But in the end he did not win.

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  • Max is the first character that is not a trainer that has joined Ash on his journey, the second being Bonnie.
  • Max has also been seen in the anime using May's Munchlax to be his orienteering partner in the Battle Frontier episodes.
  • Max is always seen holding a Pokéblock case in his bag or pocket, but May was seen several times getting it out from her bag.
  • It has been said that Max is too young to get his first Pokémon, but numerous trainers in the show are shown to have Pokémon while they look younger than 10 years old.
  • Like Misty, Max drags Brock by the ears when he falls in love. Max had done this after seeing Misty doing it to Brock.
  • Max looks somewhat a lot similar to Conway. They wear glasses, wear a green shirt, and have the same hairstyle.
  • Max is one of only two of Ash's companions who are not characters seen in the main games, the other one being Tracey Sketchit.


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