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Old March 3rd, 2014 (3:01 PM).
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When playing Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, which character did you choose—May or Brendan? How did you choose him or her? What did you name them after? As for me, I chose May in Ruby, to go accordingly with my own gender. I named her my real name, which would be Ashley. xD" In Emerald, I chose Brendan. Don't remember what I named him, but I think it was Landon.
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Old March 4th, 2014 (9:22 AM).
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    in video games where i have a choice (particularly mmorpgs) i usually go with females but in those games the characters have a fully created model with something to look at but in pokemon no so much so i tend to always play as males. i used brendan in ruby and emerald but i cant remember what name i used. i vaguely remember possible names birch gave if you chose him as a rival and i ended up using one of those when i chose him to play as so i think i used landon too
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    Old March 4th, 2014 (12:20 PM).
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      it was brendan and may meaning i picked both. i loved their character designs and how brendan was wearing a hat the whole time. and mays bandana thing. i loved them both so i switched between them on every playthrough.
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      Old March 4th, 2014 (3:15 PM).
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        I picked May and I went with the name "Kristen" which is my name Lol. I just like picking the character that's the same gender as me it makes more sense to me that way.
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        Old March 5th, 2014 (7:49 PM).
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          Brendan cause I was boy I played wen I was kid haha and myself or my "cool" nickname haha. It was like usernames before usernames for me haha
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          Old March 6th, 2014 (10:34 AM).
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            Brendan because as Jmacc I was a boy, well... I think I am a boy...
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            Old March 6th, 2014 (2:33 PM).
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            Back when i first bought sapphire i chose Brendan, and i think that i named him "coop" which is an abbreviation of my name. nowadays i just use blue for everything
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            Old March 6th, 2014 (2:38 PM).
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              Brendan for when I wanted to play as serious as possible, also put my irl name in it too.
              As for May, I did it for 2nd playthrough or just for "Lols". Named her various feminine names, but sometimes but random slurs for good measures xD
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              Old March 7th, 2014 (4:17 AM).
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                I picked May in Sapphire and named her "Amy"
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                Old March 8th, 2014 (6:02 AM).
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                  I picked Brendan, not just because I'm a boy, it's just because of the character's attire, especially his emerald design, it was probably my favorite design out of all the player characters in the whole Main Series
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                  Old March 8th, 2014 (7:02 AM).
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                  Most of my playthroughs have had me picking May. In fact, all my Emerald playthroughs have had me as May. xP I've always found her design interesting enough.
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                  Old March 9th, 2014 (1:36 AM).
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                    It was the first time I played a Pokémon game, so I just went in sync with the intro and chose Brendan in Ruby. Ever since, it became a habit to choose the male player, but yes, I liked Brendan's design and the fact that his hat actually became green in Emerald. It's the first time a clothing change occurred, though that was between two versions.
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                    Old March 9th, 2014 (4:54 AM).
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                      I picked Brendan since I´m a guy and named him Nai like all my other characters.
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                      Old March 9th, 2014 (10:17 AM).
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                      I chose Brendan, well because... I'm a guy
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                      Old March 9th, 2014 (10:38 AM).
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                      In my most recent playing of Pokemon Emerald, I played as May. I have to say, I really don't like the Brendan character when he's your rival, he's pretty rude, especially considering that this is a girl he's talking to.
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                      Old March 9th, 2014 (11:14 AM).
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                        I chose Brendan and used my first name. However, Emerald May looks pretty good, so I have used May in playthroughs ever since.



                        (While searching for the above image, I found that the birthstone for the month of May is the emerald. Odd.)
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                        Old March 9th, 2014 (2:38 PM).
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                        I chose Brendan so that I could name Brendan Brendan (just like I have all the other male protagonists before and after). Though, the only time that I decided to use the female character on a playthrough was Sapphire, and that was just for the novelty of having a rival with the same name as me.
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                        Old March 9th, 2014 (6:41 PM).
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                        I always pick Brendan for a few reasons. I'm a boy, he looks cooler and May's overworld sprites look pretty bad. I usually name him Brendan, Danny, or Daniel (my name). I've beaten the game with May but I still prefer Brendan. Plus, Emerald was my first game and I played as Brendan.
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                        Old March 10th, 2014 (4:06 AM).
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                        I picked May because it's always a tradition for me to choose the female trainer as I am female myself.
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                        Old March 11th, 2014 (3:05 AM).
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                        I identify as female, so I always choose the character that corresponds with my gender identity: in this case, May. Nothing much more to it.
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                        Old March 11th, 2014 (6:41 AM).
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                        On my very first playthrough i picked the male protag, and named him Ales after myself (Alejandro). I realized later on that i like the female design better, so whenever i replay the game now i pick May and name her Lara or Laura
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                          I always pick Brendan because I'm a guy. Most video games don't let you pick your own character and name so when I get the chance I try to be myself as much as possible. So of course I name Brendan my name which is Colton. In Pokemon games where you have the choice of naming your rival I always name him after my brother. If it's a female I will name it after a friend of mine or girlfriend (if I have one...).
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                            In pokemon i always go with the male guy so brendan
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                            May! Named her May because.. that was her name haha. I named my characters after their official names around that age but later started calling them by my real name.

                            Used Brendan in a new file on an emulator but usually I go with May because I pick the same character as my gender. But yeah.. May's overworld sprite does look pretty bad, ugh.
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                            Every time I have played Pokemon Sapphire, I have used Brendan. Course I have always named him Mando. Course I prefer May's design more than Brendan's design.
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