I've noticed we have a Misty or Dawn poll here:
Misty Vs. Dawn
So why not a Misty or May one? I made the votes multiple choice so you can vote for both if you like.
Overall at the start of the show I liked Misty up until the beginning of Johto, but then after that it became obvious the writers had no long term plans for the character, so her character dulled for me. I think May was a better handled character overall, at the time the Contests were something new and fresh for the series, and I think May just overall had more character development than Misty did. Not to mention rivals in Drew/Harley and more battles. No she wasn't handled perfectly and some aspects of the Contests were improved into DP, but I think May was one of the few main characters the writers did a decent job with over these last 16 years.
Hopefully this can be a civilized poll, with respectable polls. Just curious to see how people feel all these years. I notice in the character club sections and past polls they're usually neck and neck or May just with a slight edge in votes. But a lot of different people are on the forums now so who knows, this one might turn out differently.