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James (Japanese: コジロウ Kojirō) is a member of Team Rocket, more specifically the Team Rocket trio, that follows Ash Ketchum and his friends around, trying to steal Ash's Pikachu, but always failing.

HistoryEdit

Early LifeEdit

An only child of millionaires, James was forced to endure formal society while growing up. Often having to take part in numerous lessons and activities he had little to no interest in, he eventually began to grow weary of the rules and standards that appeared to be ever-present within the upper-class. He presently enjoyed visiting his Nanny and Pop-Pop and his only real friend among the estate was his pet Growlithe, Growlie.

At young age, James got fed up with the formal balls that his parents would host, when on one of these balls, he met a girl named Jessiebelle that he developed a crush on. He wrote his feelings for her in a letter and his parents gifted him a tresure chest to put it in and give to Jessiebelle to make sure no one read it before she did. However, when he paid her a visit that night, she revealed they had been engaged and demanded that James replaced Growlie with a Skitty. He refused and fled, realizing how selfish Jessiebelle was. He forgot what the password was and so he had Growlie bury it with Dig near one of his summer estates in the Sinnoh region. Jessiebelle refused to leave him alone, so he and Growlie ran away.

James collapsed in a street and sent Growlie home where he joined Pokémon Tech and met Jessie. They both flunked out and joined a Bicycle gang on a bridge near Sunny Town together. Eventually, Jessie, James and the bike gang went their seperate ways.

Training DaysEdit

James then joined Team Rocket and was partnered up with Jessie. They were then partnered up with Meowth under unfriendly terms that ended up with James getting injured in an accident of falling off a bridge in order to save Meowth. However, he promised never to let Jessie down and rejoined the trio. Jessie and Meowth helped him in a mission where they almost succeeded in capturing the legendary Red Snorlax. They then graduated from the Team Rocket Training Academy and became the Team Rocket trio.

Jessie and James were bother temporarily mentors to Christopher. He also recieved a Koffing for christmas.

KantoEdit

In Pokémon Emergency!, they attacked the Viridian City Pokémon Center and encountered Ash Ketchum. Ash's Pikachu used ThunderShock and sent them "blasting off" and they decided to catch Pikachu. James's Koffing also evolves into Weezing just to make him feel happy.

In Holy Matrimony!, Jessie and Meowth forced James to accept his parents' mansion for profit, but this was simply a trap to force James to marry Jessiebelle. Luckily, Growlie came to his rescue and they managed to escape. James stated he was happier living with Team Rocket than having millionares as parents and rejoined the trio, leaving Growlie behind once again.

He has a habit of getting fooled into buying worthless Pokémon by a Magikarp salesman. James also captures a Weepinbell that he leaves at a fake breeding center, leading it to evolve into Victreebel. It has a habit of biting him on the head.

JohtoEdit

In Johto, James is forced to Trade his Victreebel away for a Weepinbell that has a special Sweet Scent to attract other Pokémon to get ahold of Larvitar and Elekid. To his dismay, it evolves into Victreebel and bites on Jessie's head which forces her to toss it away using Arbok. James uses bottlecaps to create a stand during the Silver Conference.

HoennEdit

In Hoenn, James is forced to let go of Weezing to protect a group of Koffing, but then gains a new friend in a Cacnea he befriended earlier. At Fortree Cty, he fails to win a Chimecho at a festival and then buys a fake Chimecho from the Magikarp salesman, but it is revealed to be a Hoppip. He then successfully gets a real Chimecho, which he wanted ever since he was a child.

Kanto Battle FrontierEdit

After returning to Team Rocket HQ and giving Giovanni a fake report that they alone disbanded Team Magma and Team Aqua, they are ordered to head to Antartaca to get rid of them. However, after seeing Butch and Cassidy with some high-tech equipment, they instead decide to improve their motto and stay in Kanto.

During this time, James visits his grandparents because Chimecho is sick. He leaves it with them at the same time as May's Munchlax is as well and they take a truce with James. During the truce, James befriends Nanny and Pop-Pop's friend Mime Jr., which Jessie and Meowth steal in their backup plan. James uses Cacnea to beat Jessie's Seviper and then leaves Chimecho behind. Mime Jr. then hops into an empty Poké Ball and replaces Chimecho as James's Pokémon that hops out of its Poké Ball.

SinnohEdit

In Sinnoh, James visits his second summer cottage and finds his beloved Carnivine that he captured in the Pastoria City Great Marsh. However, Mr. Cheese informed him that he had rung his entire family and that his parents and Jessiebelle were on their way. This forced the trio to withdraw from the summer cottage. However, James brings Carnivine along with them.

Soon, he is forced into a Tag Battle with Gardenia against Ash and Dawn and Gardenia gets him to use Drain Punch after seeing Cacnea use Needle Arm. However, it fails a second time and James attempts to train Cacnea to learn Drain Punch. However, the training fails and James is forced to give Cacnea to Gardenia. Jessie and Meowth attempt to calm his heart and it succeeds.

Later, Ash uncovered James's old treasure chest and James, not realizing it was the same treasure chest as the one he buried as a child, attempted to steal it with Jessie and Meowth dressed as pirates. Pikachu shocked them with Thunderbolt which caused James to remember and after a failed attempt to open the chest, remembered the letter. He tried everything to get ahold of it, even disguising themselves as Jessiebelle and her men, but eventually after Growlie blew the disguise, he got ahold of it. He explained what happened years ago and then Jessiebelle arrived. He escaped and they managed to destroy the chest by sending it "blasting off". Jessiebelle came into attemptation to force James to marry her, but James ordered Ash to use Thunderbolt on them. They then blasted off, unintentionally bringing Jessiebelle with him, but he managed to escape her.

In Memories Are made of Bliss!, due to false reports that they alone defeated and disbanded Team Magma, Team Aqua and Team Galactic, along with Pokémon Hunter J, they were temporarily promoted to Rocket Executives.

UnovaEdit

In the Best Wishes series, the trio became more serious and less goofy, going to Unova for a project involving the Meteonite, in which they happened to run into Ash on the way. They then decided to catch Pikachu, but then decided to follow orders and using a meteorite stolen from the Nacrene Museum, they found the Meteonite in the Desert Resort. However, due to Ash's inteference along with Team Plasma's, events caused the project to be cancelled.

Matori informed them that they would not be needed for any more missions, so they went back to their white uniforms and Agent status. James found a Yamask in a warehouse in Castelia City and made friends with it, giving it food and then captured it. Since then, the trio have been summoned by Dr. Zager for missions across Unova, such as using the Nimbasa Subway to steal all the Nimbasa City Pokémon Center Poké Balls, capturing the Kami trio on Milos Island and using Fujio's Carracosta. However, Ash has thwarted all of these plots.

In Best Wishes season 2, they have been called on by Dr. Zager for a mission involving the Legendary Pokémon Meloetta.

PokémonEdit

James has a habit of owning dangerous Grass-type Pokémon, such as Victreebel, Cacnea and Carnivine, all of which are pleasent to Gardenia. These Pokémon also have a habit of attacking James when emerging from their Poké Balls. Also, James has a hard time when having to let his Pokémon go, such as when he was forced to Trade his Victreebel away.

On HandEdit

Pokémon Information
James met Yamask in Castelia City, where it found some food in the Team Rocket suitcase. Jessie attempted to catch it with Woobat, but James opposed this and gave it food. They then became friends and James captured it in a Poké Ball. It has become his only Unova region Pokémon at this point.
James's Yamask

At Team Rocket HQEdit

Pokémon Information
Mime Jr. befriended James at his Kanto summer cottage while he was staying there during the time of which his Chimecho was sick. At the end of the episode, Mime Jr. decided to join James and hopped inside its Poké Ball.


James was forced to leave Mime Jr. at Team Rocket HQ because Mime Jr. are not native to Unova and using it in Unova would attract too much attention.
James's Mime Jr.
Pokémon Information
Carnivine was captured by James when he was younger in the Pastoria City Great Marsh. He left it at his Sinnoh summer cottage.


When the Team Rocket trio came to Sinnoh, they found James's summer cottage and James uncovered Carnivine inside a case of old bottelcaps, but James was forced to leave when he heared Jessiebelle was on her way. He brought Carnivine with him on his treak around Sinnoh. It has a habit of biting onto his head.


James was forced to leave it at Team Rocket HQ because Carnivine are not native to Unova and using it in Unova would attract too much attention.
James's Carnivine

In trainingEdit

Pokémon Information
James befriended a wild Cacnea in Hoenn before he released his Weezing. He gave Cacnea a bag and after releasing Weezing, Cacnea returned and gave the bag back. James then captured the Cacnea. It has a habit of hugging him, where its spikes cause him intese pain.


In Sinnoh, Cacnea befriended Gardenia, the Eterna City Gym Leader and a few episodes later, Gardenia advised James to teach Cacnea Drain Punch after seeing it use Needle Arm. James then failed to teach Cacnea Drain Punch and gave Cacnea to Gardenia to learn Drain Punch, which they succeeded in doing.
James's Cacnea

At homeEdit

Pokémon Information
Growlie was James's first Pokémon and his only real friend on his home estate. He ran away with Growlie, but later sent it home.


Years later, it aided him again when Ash, Misty, Brock, Jessie, Meowth and Pikachu let it out of its doghouse. It stopped Jessiebelle from marrying James. It defeated her Vileplume and James left once again.


Growlie stayed at one of James's summer estates in The Treasure Is All Mine!, and James came to the estate to get ahold of his old treasure chest. Growlie brew his cover and it obeyed James in the battle against the chest. It was left behind again after James blasted off to escape Jessiebelle.
Growlie

With relativesEdit

Pokémon Information
James wanted a Chimecho since he was a child and after two failed attempts to get one, he finally got a Chimecho that joined him through the rest of the Hoenn saga in Fortree City. It has a habit it wrapping around his head and causing him lots of pain.


In Kanto, he left Chimecho with Nanny and Pop-Pop because it was so sick it couldn't use its own moves. James was forced to leave it behind, but he has promised to come back and get it when it is better.
James's Chimecho

Traded awayEdit

Pokémon Information
Victreebel was captured by James as a Weepinbell using his Weezing. He then took it to a fake breeding center created by Butch and Cassidy and it evolved into a Victreebel. It has a habit of biting onto James's head.


In Johto, James was forced to Trade Victreebel away to the Magikarp salesman by Jessie and Meowth so they could get ahold of a Weepinebell that had a special Sweet Scent to lure out Larvitar and Elekid.
James's Victreebel

ReleasedEdit

Pokémon Information
James bought Gyarados from the Magikarp salesman as a Magikarp. He was tricked into thinking it would lay other 100 Magikarp eggs and that would result of him having a 100000 Magikarp to sell for 100 dollars which would lead into him having a billion dollars. James purchased Magikarp for 300 dollars, plus Jessie's and they revealed its Poké Ball was just gold-plated. It was the main reason they got sunk on the St. Anne, due to James attempting to catch it.


In Pokémon Shipwreck, James called upon it to escape the sinking St. Anne, but it just made the situation worse. James then got angry with it because it couldn't swim and wasn't even good for eating. He then kicked it into the ocean, which caused it to evolve into Gyarados and get angry at James. It then joined a group of Gyarados and used Dragon Rage, sending them flying into Pokémon Land.
James's Magikarp → Gyarados
Pokémon Information
James obtained Victreebel as a Weepinbell in a Trade with the Magikarp salesman. He was forced into trading away his beloved Victreebel away for it so he could use Weepinbell's Sweet Scent to lure out Larvitar and Elekid. To his horror, during the fight, Weepinebell evolved into a Victreebel and bit on Jessie's head and she ordered Arbok to knock it away using Headbutt.
James's Weepinbell → Victreebel
Pokémon Information
James obtained Weezing as a Koffing as a gift for chistmas. It evolved into Weezing just to make him feel happy.


In Hoenn, after a poacher's Pupitar evolved into Tyranitar, James was forced to let go of Weezing to protect a group of Koffing.
James's Koffing → Weezing

BorrowedEdit

Pokémon Information
Dustox was loaned from Jessie to compete in the Hoenn PokéRinger. It battled well and got James the the finals, but lost when Ash's Tailow evolved into Swellow. It was then given back to Jessie.
Jessie's Dustox
Pokémon Information
Yanmega was loaned to James from Jessie to compete in the Sinnoh PokéRinger. It beat a Trainer's Wingull, but was defeated by a Hoppip. It was then returned to Jessie.
Jessie's Yanmega

EscapedEdit

Pokémon Information
Hoppip was purchased from the Magikarp salesman, tricked into thinking it was a Chimecho, which James had wanted since he was a child. He then rubbed it and it fell apart, revealing it was just a Hoppip. It then floated away, never to be seen again.
James's Hoppip

TemporaryEdit

Pokémon Information
Porygon Zero was stolen from Dr. Akihabra that they used in Electric Soldier Porygon. It was taken back after a battle with Dr. Akihabra's Porygon.
Porygon Zero
Pokémon Information
Pikachu was borrowed from the Pokémon League entrance exam instructor. It was defeated by the instructor's Graveler. It was then stolen and Meowth ordered it to use Thunder against the instructor, but the instructor commanded it to use Thunder on Team Rocket instead.
Pokémon League entrance exam instructor's Pikachu
Pokémon Information
Ivysaur was taken from the Pokémon League entrance exam instructor in the Pokémon League Admissions Exam. It was used alongside Charizard, but because two against one was against the rules, James was expelled on the spot. It was then stolen and Jessie ordered it to use Vine Whip on the instructor, but the instructor ordered it to use Vine Whip against Team Rocket instead.
Pokémon League entrance exam instructor's Ivysaur
Pokémon Information
Charizard was taken from the Pokémon League entrance exam instructor in the Pokémon Leaguue Admissions Exam. It was used along with Ivysaur, but because two on one was against the rules, James was expelled on the spot. It was then stollen and James ordered it to use Flamethrower against the instructor, but the instructor commanded it to attack Team Rocket instead.
Pokémon League entrance exam instructor's Charizard
Pokémon Information
Delibird was leant to the Team Rocket trio by the Rocket Scout against Ash Ketchum in an effort to get them back into Team Rocket. Although they lost, they were let back in and Delibird followed them around to collect their dues that they owed.
Team Rocket's Delibird
Pokémon Information
Venusaur was taken from the Battle Park and used to battle Ash's Cyndaquil, but was taken away along with the Battle Park's Charizard and Battle Park's Blastoise.
Battle Park's Venusaur
Pokémon Information
Pelipper was stolen from Anthony and used with his Bellsprout, Magby and Magnemite. After they were beaten, it was returned to Anthony.
Anthony's Pelipper
Pokémon Information
Bellsprout was stolen from Anthony along with Pelipper, Magby and Magnemite. Meowth had Bellsprout use its attacks, under the guise of Pelipper using these attacks, against Ash. After they were beaten, Bellsprout was returned to Anthony.
Anthony's Bellsprout
Pokémon Information
Magby was stolen from Anthony along with Pelipper, Bellsprout and Magnemite. Meowth had Magby use its attacks, under the guise of Pelipper using these attacks, against Ash. After they were beaten, it was returned to Anthony.
Anthony's Magby
Pokémon Information
Magnemite was stolen from Anthony along with Pelipper, Bellsprout and Magby. Meowth had Magnemite use its attacks, under the guise of Pelipper using these attacks, against Ash. After they were beaten, Magnemite was returned to Anthony.
Anthony's Magnemite
Pokémon Information
Pikachu gained anmesia after the destruction of Team Rocket's Mean and Nasty, Grumpy Grabber Mark One and this lead Meowth to fool it into joining Team Rocket. At the end, Ash managed to rid Pikachu of its anmesia and get him back on their side.
Ash's Pikachu
Pokémon Information
Aggron was mistakenly given to James by Team Rocket's Delibird when it was intended for Butch. The two used Aggron and Charizard in a Tag Battle against Ash and Brock. They were defeated and sent "blasting off". Delibird then reclaimed the Poké Ball and successfully delivered it to Butch.
Butch's Aggron

Status unknownEdit

Pokémon Information
In Tanks a Lot, Jessie and James used several Pidgey in a motto where they were dressed as magicians.
Team Rocket's Pidgey
Pokémon Information
Several Numel were seen in a flashback in Game Winning Assist, where he claims he used to have them heat his bed as a child. However, it is unknown if he owned the Numel or if he joust befirended them or if they are still at his parents' house.
James's Numel

AchivementsEdit

While he has not accomplished much as a member of Team Rocket, James has proven to be quite skilled at several other pursuits. He has performed well in a few side competitions, even winning a Pokémon Contest.

In the gamesEdit

Pokémon Yellow VersionEdit

Jessie and James also appear in Pokémon Yellow Version, at Mt. Moon, attempting to steal Fossils from the mountain with their Meowth, Ekans and Koffing. Koffing is at level 14 and can use Tackle and Poison Gas. They are defeated by Red and are sent away.

They appear again at the Rocket Game Corner in Celedon City, guarding Giovanni with their Pokémon. Koffing is at level 25 and can use Tackle and Smog. Red then beats them again.

They later hold Mr. Fuji hostage on the seventh floor of the Pokémon Tower, but Red stops them. Ekans and Koffing have evolved into Arbok and Weezing. Weezing is at level 27 and can use Tackle, Smog and Sludge.

Their final appearance is at the Silph Co., where they once again protect Giovanni from Red while he is trying to take the newly-invented Master Ball from the president. Weezing is at level 31, and can use Tackle, Smog and Sludge. Red beats them and they are not seen again.

QuotesEdit

Mt. MoonEdit
20px Stop right there! That fossil is Team Rocket's! Surrender now, or prepare to fight! 20px
Before battle
20px A brat beat us? 20px
When defeated
20px Team Rocket, blast off at the speed of light! 20px
After being defeated
Rocket HideoutEdit
20px Not another step, brat! How dare you humiliate us at Mt.Moon! It's payback time, you brat! 20px
Before battle
20px Such a dreadful twerp! 20px
When defeated
20px Looks like Team Rocket's blasting off again! 20px
After being defeated
Pokémon TowerEdit
20px Stop right there! Grampa here wanted to complain, so we're setting him straight. So render yourself invisible, or prepare to fight! 20px
Before battle
20px You will regret this! 20px
When defeated
20px Looks like Team Rocket's blasting off again! 20px
After being defeated
Silph Co.Edit
20px Hold it right there, brat! Our Boss is in a meeting! You better not disturb him! 20px
Before battle
20px Like always... 20px
When defeated
20px Team Rocket, blast off at the speed of light! Again... 20px
After being defeated

Pokémon Puzzle LeagueEdit

Jessie and James and Meowth also appear in Pokémon Puzzle League, with Arbok, Weezing and a Golbat. They are the main opponents in the "Spa Service" line clear challenge.

Trivia

James shares several similarities with Wicked's Glinda:

  • Both are only children.
  • Both were born to rich parents.
  • Both were forced to endure formal society while growing up.
  • Both had friends they care about: Elphaba for Glinda and Jessie and Meowth for James.
  • Both have goals they want to accomplish: James wants to catch Ash's Pikachu and Glinda wants to help the people of Oz.

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