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Jessiebelle (Japanese: ルミカ Rumika) was the woman appointed to be James's fiancée by his parents in the Pokémon anime. She first appeared in Holy Matrimony!. In DP153 it was revealed the arrangement was actually made after James expressed interest in her while they were children. Unfortunately it wasn't until after the engagement was announced that James was exposed to her less than tolerable personality, apparently starting with her insulting James's beloved pet Growlithe, Growlie.
In Holy Matrimony!, James returned to his parents's mansion in Kanto after receiving word that they had died. However, this was just a hoax to lure him into marrying Jessiebelle; if he did marry her, he would receive his massive inheritance. However it soon became apparent that James was absolutely terrified of Jessiebelle; he explained to Jessie, Meowth, and Ash's group how the marriage had been arranged when he and Jessiebelle were young, and she had always been bossy. She would follow him around constantly tormenting him and telling him what to do and how he should do things. She's the main reason why James ran away from home.
Since he had not seen Jessiebelle for years, James was shocked to discover that she had an almost identical appearance to Jessie. Jessiebelle expelled Jessie, Meowth, and Ash's group from the home and chased James around the mansion's basement, threatening him with her Vileplume's Stun Spore and a long whip. Eventually, Growlie broke from its doghouse and came to rescue James from Jessiebelle. The two had a Pokémon battle, with Growlie being victorious and Jessiebelle running off the estate.
Jessiebelle is, as demonstrated by her debut appearance, extremely controlling and obsessive. She is a stuck-up, elitist woman with a dominatrix personality, and her professed affection for James may very possibly be a front just to get at his parents' money, though his parents are oblivious to the possibility as they deem her to be their idea of a "perfect daughter-in-law."
James still appears to not have changed his feelings on Jessiebelle. On arrival in Sinnoh in Two Degrees of Separation, he was happy to visit his second summer home until he was told that Jessiebelle was on her way there, and he, along with Jessie and Meowth, promptly left the premises. She reappeared in DP153, where she once again fiercely chased after her eternal run-away fiancée, much to his horror.
| Jessiebelle's Vileplume
| Vileplume is Jessiebelle's only known Pokémon. Jessiebelle has had it ever since it was an Oddish, and it evolved into a Gloom and then a Vileplume sometime after James had ran away from home. Vileplume was used to make sure Jessiebelle could capture James to slow him down and keep him from escaping, in which it not only affected James, but Ash, Misty, and Brock also. However, with the help of Growlie, James managed to escape. Vileplume later reappeared in DP153.
Vileplume's only known moves are Stun Spore and SolarBeam.
|| Holy Matrimony!
- Jessiebelle's English name is both a pun on Jessie's name and a near-homonym of Jezebel.
- Jessiebelle's character could also be based on the character of Julie from the 1938 film Jezebel starring Bette Davis.
- Possibly because of her many similarities to Jessie, the voice actresses (from around the world) that have played Jessiebelle are played by the same voice actresses who played Jessie, except in the European Portuguese dub and the Polish dub, who had respectively Sandra Faleiro and Olga Borys as Jessiebelle's voice actress.