So far I have liked most everybody in the show except for one character.
May was quite damaging to Pokemon for me. When she was first introduced to the show she was clueless, unmotivated, and boring. Continuing through the show she was clueless, unmotivated, and boring. The way she decided to start doing contests was more of an obligatory reason than a passionate one. It was like she saw one contest and was just obliged to do the next one. She never seemed too eager to hunt down the next contest herself, but rather just aimlessly wander with Ash until they hit a town with another contest that she, again, was obliged to participate in.
On top of this she was an all around boring person. She never really had an opinion on anything going on. She just played follow the leader basically. Even when Ash and her dad were battling she still didn't have an opinion on who should win. It was just always "la la la" to her. That is exactly what I picture going on in her head 27/7. Nothing more than "la la la."
And she and Ash weren't even very good friends for the first 2 and a half seasons of Advanced. I swear there are multiple episodes in a row where the two don't even speak to eachother. I was very surprised while watching just how little the two every really interacted with eachother.
Her Pokemon too were boring and flat just as she was. Her Torchick sucked and none of her other Pokemon stood out. They needed to give her a Bulbasaur and Squirtle to help make her cooler.
She did get way better at the end of the Advanced series. With the introduction of Harley the audience finally had a reason to root for May. She actually became exciting to watch in the grand festival and watching her beat Harley was fantastic. But I feel that her dullness in the majority of the show she was in kinda ruined her character.
(I know many many people are huge fans of May. I never watched the show before this summer, so understand that I have been seeing every episode in a rather short amount of time. I got to see characters unfold before my eyes rather than watching for years to see them develop and though May's development was strong, she as a person was flat and boring.)
Someone once told me that Misty's cameos in Advanced Generation help make it easier knowing that she is no longer a series regular. They couldn't have been more wrong. After she leaves behind Togepi she returns to her gym more alone than ever AND ON TOP OF THAT, her last cameo was in 2005. 2005!?!?!? ITS BEEN TEN YEARS SINCE ONE OF THE CAST WHO STARTED THE SHOW WAS ACTUALLY ON THE SHOW!?!?
Why do we even watch Pokemon anymore