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May (game)

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ハルカ Haruka
Pokemon ORAS May
May in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Names Many
Gender Female
Class Pokemon Trainer
Region Hoenn (moved from Johto if chosen by the player)
Hometown Littleroot Town
Relatives As player

As rival

  • Professor Birch (father)
  • Unnamed mother
  • Unnamed younger brother (Pokemon Emerald only)
First Appearance Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire
Other Appearances Pokémon Colosseum
Pokémon Emerald
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire
Rival(s) Brendan
Main Game Character

May is the female protagonist of Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire. If she is not selected as the player, she is the player's rival.

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


Her hair is brown, with long pigtails and short bangs falling on her forehead. Her eyes are blue (Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald) or grey (Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire). Her outfit varies with each game.

In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, she wears a red shirt with blue collar, a white skirt with black bike shorts, red and yellow shoes, black and white gloves, a red and white headscarf and a yellow fanny pack.

In Emerald, she wears an orange and white shirt with black collar and black shorts, white and orange shoes, black and white gloves, a green scarf and a green fanny pack.

In Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, she wears an orange and black shirt, white short shorts with black bike shorts underneath, yellow and black boots, a red and white headscarf and the Mega Bracelet on her left wrist.


As a rival, May is a kind-hearted, friendly, and humble person. She is kind and respectful to the player, despite the fact that she is a rival. She is a good trainer to her Pokémon.



Main Games

Ruby, Sapphire & Emerald

In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire & Emerald, May was born in Johto. At age 10, she moved to Littleroot Town in the region of Hoenn. Her father is Norman, The Petalburg Gym Leader. May's mom's name is unknown but she is just called Mom in the games. May's rival and friend, Brendan, is the son of Professor Birch. Although if you are a boy and choose Brendan as your character all the above information will apply to Brendan, and his rival will be May.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Side Games




Main article: Sapphire Birch


Main Series

Main article: May (anime)


May's sprite from Ruby and Sapphire

May's back sprite from Ruby and Sapphire

May's sprite from Emerald

May's back sprite from Emerald
May RS

May's Back sprite from Pokemon RS

E May

E May Back

May's overworld sprite from Ruby and Sapphire

May's overworld sprite from FireRed and LeafGreen

May's overworld sprite from Emerald

May's sprite from Colosseum


May OD

Colo May

May's headshot from XD (R/S variant)

May's headshot from XD (Emerald variant)
-XD May RS

XD May Em



Main Games

Main article: May's Pokémon Teams (R/S)

Main article: May's Pokémon Teams (E)


  • May's anime counterpart, May, wore May's Emerald outfit when she visited Sinnoh.
  • May is the first female game rival in the series.
  • In the game, May's younger brother is unnamed, but in the anime, her brother's name is Max .
  • May makes a cameo appearance in Hopeless Masquerade as a generic human.


Kanto Johto Hoenn Sinnoh Unova
Blue (FRLG) Silver Pokemon ORAS Brendan Pokemon ORAS May Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Wally Barryz Cheren
Blue Silver Brendan May Wally Barry Cheren
Unova Kalos
Bianca BW B2W2 Rival Calem XY Serena XY Shauna XY Tierno XY Trevor
Bianca Hugh Calem Serena Shauna Tierno Trevor

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