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The following is a list of points that point to a potential relationship between James and Jessie.
 
The following is a list of points that point to a potential relationship between James and Jessie.
 
===Anime evidence===
 
===Anime evidence===
 
 
====Jessie's hints====
 
====Jessie's hints====
 
[[File:James Jessie SS012.png|220px|thumb|Jessie blushing after James accidentally falls on top of her in ''[[SS012|Training Daze!]]'']]
 
[[File:James Jessie SS012.png|220px|thumb|Jessie blushing after James accidentally falls on top of her in ''[[SS012|Training Daze!]]'']]
 
* ''[[EP032|The Ninja Poké-Showdown]]''
 
: Jessie tosses a rose to James, who gets pricked, and warns him that "for perfidious people like us... beautiful things can be painful."
 
 
 
* ''[[EP145|A Farfetch'd Tale]]''
 
* ''[[EP145|A Farfetch'd Tale]]''
 
: Jessie blushes and looks at James adoringly when he is doing well in battle against Ash and company.
 
: Jessie blushes and looks at James adoringly when he is doing well in battle against Ash and company.
 
 
* ''[[EP123|Spinarak Attack]]''
 
* ''[[EP123|Spinarak Attack]]''
: After James picks a lot with a paper clip, Jessie nudges James with her elbow and says, "Ooo, nice work James" in a flirtatious way.
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: After James managed to break into the storeroom, Jessie started to flirt with him and appreciate his skills as she nudged him with her arm.
 
 
* ''[[EP198|The Heartbreak of Brock]]''
 
* ''[[EP198|The Heartbreak of Brock]]''
: Although Jessie seems enthusiastic about James marrying [[Temacu]], her reason for getting them together is so that Team Rocket can steal the Pokémon Temacu's father's keeps for research. She assures the reluctant James that he will only have to stay with Temacu as long as it takes for them to get close enough to the Pokémon. When telling Temacu's father a false story of how Temacu and James came to be together, she adds that the meeting was "perfect, beautiful, like something someone with an overactive imagination would dream up in her unfulfilled fantasies!" Presumably those fantasies involve James saving her (Jessie).
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: Although Jessie seems enthusiastic about James marrying [[Temacu]], her reason for getting them together is so that Team Rocket can steal the Pokémon Temacu's father's keeps for research. She assures the reluctant James that he will only have to stay with Temacu as long as it takes for them to get close enough to the Pokémon. When telling Temacu's father a false story of how Temacu and James came to be together, she adds that the meeting was "perfect, beautiful, like something someone with an overactive imagination would dream up in her unfulfilled fantasies!"
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* ''[[SS012|Training Daze!]]''
* ''[[SS003|We're No Angels]]''
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: When James lets go of Meowth's tail and drops into the river, Jessie screams for him.
: Jessie becomes alarmed when [[Kate]] asks James to live with her. When James asks Jessie and Meowth if maybe they could try living in the village to see if they'd like it, Jessie unenthusiastically agrees to it, rather than leaving James behind.
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: Despite having had twelve previous partners and managing to abandon them all without regret, when James is in the hospital and cannot join her for the final task, Jessie almost gives up. She then blushes when James accidentally falls on top of her.
 
 
* ''[[AG066|Exploud and Clear!]]''
 
* ''[[AG066|Exploud and Clear!]]''
 
: Jessie blushes after James plugs the holes in {{ho|Guy}}'s {{p|Exploud}}.
 
: Jessie blushes after James plugs the holes in {{ho|Guy}}'s {{p|Exploud}}.
 
 
* ''[[AG147|Sweet Baby James]]''
 
* ''[[AG147|Sweet Baby James]]''
: Jessie becomes annoyed when James says that he'd "rather die" than marry her. James envisions her making him do all the housework for sheer amusement, but given Jessie's reaction, that's not how Jessie pictures their marriage.
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: Jessie looked annoyed when James freaked out at the idea of being married to her.
 
 
* ''[[AG154|Reversing the Charges]]''
 
* ''[[AG154|Reversing the Charges]]''
: When blasting off, James says that no matter how many times this happens, he's fine as long as he's with with his {{TP|James|Mime Jr.}} This causes Jessie to turn and look at him, very annoyed. Normally she and Meowth are the objects of James's attention.
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: When blasting off, James says that no matter how times this happens, he's fine as long as he's with with his {{TP|James|Mime Jr.}} This causes Jessie to turn and look at him, very annoyed.
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* ''[[AG176|The Ole' Berate and Switch]]''
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: After Jessie, James, and Meowth decide to split up, [[Cassidy]] convinces James to join her. Jessie sees her drag him away and kicks a fire extinguisher in anger.
  +
* ''[[DP055|Throwing the Track Switch]]''
  +
: Jessie tries to cheer James up by stealing {{AP|Buizel}} for him (and {{TP|Dawn|Aipom}} for herself). When she sees how happy this has made him she smiles and holds his hands.
  +
* ''[[DP117|Noodles: Roamin' Off]]''
  +
: Once Jessie learns about James being in danger, she immediately rushes to look for him. She saves him by attacking Metagross with her Seviper and Yanmega, but then, she finds herself in danger as well, as she was nearly killed by Metagross along with James. When James apologized for getting her into this mess, she smiled and said that that's what friends were for.
   
 
====James' hints====
 
====James' hints====
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In the {{series|Diamond & Pearl}} when James watches Jessie participate in events under an assumed name, he keeps forgetting to call her by her fake name, and instead calls her Jessie before correcting himself. This could be taken as meaning he cares more about watching her participate than the current plan Team Rocket is up to. No one ever noticed James make this slip up. In ''[[DP171|Dawn of a Royal Day!]]'', James cheered on Jessie using her real name and did not correct himself.
In the {{series|Diamond & Pearl}} when James watches Jessie participate in events under an assumed name, he keeps forgetting to call her by her fake name, and instead calls her Jessie before correcting himself. Apparently, James cares more about watching her participate than the current plan Team Rocket is up to. In ''[[DP171|Dawn of a Royal Day!]]'', James cheers on Jessie using her real name and does not correct himself. When Jessie tells him to focus on selling merchandise instead of watching her perform, James protests.
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* ''[[EP016|Pokémon Shipwreck]]''
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: When it looked like Jessie and James were going to die, James says to Jessie "Someone, who said that beautiful people are destined to have a sad fate, must have meant us." implying that he thinks Jessie is beautiful.
 
* ''[[EP056|The Ultimate Test]]''
 
* ''[[EP056|The Ultimate Test]]''
 
: After Jessie is expelled from the test, James says in a determined voice that he'll do his best for her.
 
: After Jessie is expelled from the test, James says in a determined voice that he'll do his best for her.
 
 
* ''[[EP035|The Legend of Dratini]]''
 
* ''[[EP035|The Legend of Dratini]]''
 
: When [[Kaiser]] starts shooting at Team Rocket, James smiles and tells Jessie to trust him, then grabs her by the waist and jumps off the roof to what he believed to be to safety. After they land, their parachute falls on top of them and they scramble to get out of it. During this, Jessie says "Where do you think you're touching?!" implying that James is doing more than simply trying to get out of the parachute.
 
: When [[Kaiser]] starts shooting at Team Rocket, James smiles and tells Jessie to trust him, then grabs her by the waist and jumps off the roof to what he believed to be to safety. After they land, their parachute falls on top of them and they scramble to get out of it. During this, Jessie says "Where do you think you're touching?!" implying that James is doing more than simply trying to get out of the parachute.
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* ''[[EP052|Princess vs. Princess]]
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: After losing to [[Misty]] in the Princess Festival Contest, James hold Jessie's hands and tries to cheer her up by giving her a Team Rocket version of the doll set she wanted.
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: James dresses himself and their Pokémon as Hina Matsuri dolls to cheer Jessie up after her loss.
 
* ''[[EP094|Snack Attack]]''
 
* ''[[EP094|Snack Attack]]''
 
: James blushes after Jessie compliments him on having a good memory.
 
: James blushes after Jessie compliments him on having a good memory.
 
 
* ''[[EP141|Good 'Quil Hunting]]''
 
* ''[[EP141|Good 'Quil Hunting]]''
: Jessie, James, and Meowth cry at the thought of their poverty. Jessie cries a little harder than she can handle and has to sit down. She apologizes for crying so hard, so James holds her hands and stops his crying for her.
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: Jessie is feeling down and James holds her hands and tells her things to cheer her up. They also hug.
 
 
* ''[[EP243|Hocus Pokemon!]]''
 
* ''[[EP243|Hocus Pokemon!]]''
 
: When Team Rocket is hanging on the cliff because of {{p|Murkrow}}'s attack, Jessie, James and Meowth are complaining what to do now. As the cliff shakes, James screams "No matter what happens to us, I want you all to know that I love you!" Jessie and Meowth respond with a light nod.
 
: When Team Rocket is hanging on the cliff because of {{p|Murkrow}}'s attack, Jessie, James and Meowth are complaining what to do now. As the cliff shakes, James screams "No matter what happens to us, I want you all to know that I love you!" Jessie and Meowth respond with a light nod.
 
 
* ''[[AG029|Ready, Willing, and Sableye]]''
 
* ''[[AG029|Ready, Willing, and Sableye]]''
: Jessie wants to throw a bomb at a [[Taillow]] for messing up her hair, so, to calm her down, James gently says, "but Jessie, sweetheart..." Jessie throws the bomb anyway.
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: When in the mine, Jessie are going to blow up the smoke bomb because Taillow is pecking her hair, James says "But Jessie sweetheart...", But it's seems Jessie didn't notice it because of her anger.
 
 
* ''[[AG190|Pace - The Final Frontier]]''
 
* ''[[AG190|Pace - The Final Frontier]]''
: As [[Regirock]] and [[Registeel]] use Lock-On attack to aim at Team Rocket, James immediately carries Jessie and tries to escape the dungeons, wanting to rescue her. Since Jessie is the more athletic character (as shown in [[SS012|Training Daze!]], which is an earlier episode), there is no logical reason for James to do this. Apparently, it gives James comfort to know Jessie's safe.
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: As Regirock and Registeel use Lock-On attack to aim at Team Rocket, James immediately carries Jessie and tries to escape the dungeons, wanting to rescue her.
 
 
* ''[[DP036|A Secret Sphere of Influence]]''
 
* ''[[DP036|A Secret Sphere of Influence]]''
: After landing on top of James, Jessie shouts "Would you fall a bit lighter next time?!" He nods and agrees, smiling. She responds with, "Enough of the sweet talk!", to which he says "Yes dear."
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: After landing on top of James, Jessie shouts "Would you fall a bit lighter next time?!" He nods and agrees, smiling. She responds with "Enough of the sweet talk!", to which he says "Yes dear."
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* ''[[DP117|Noodles! Roamin' Off!]]''
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: When Jessie left to pursue a career in Contests, James was visibly hurt and wondered how strong their bond really was. He then ran off and cried. Later in the episode after Jessie saved him, James got on his knees and cried because he was happy she came back.
 
* ''[[DP123|Old Rivals, New Tricks]]''
 
* ''[[DP123|Old Rivals, New Tricks]]''
 
: Up until this episode, James has never liked Jessie using his Pokémon in Contests, mostly due to her mistreatment of {{TP|James|Chimecho}}. He now has no problem with it (most likely due to the fact Jessie has treated all his Pokémon very well since, and she is doing well in Contests) and even told {{TP|James|Mime Jr.}} that's he counting on it and Jessie's third ribbon depends on it.
 
: Up until this episode, James has never liked Jessie using his Pokémon in Contests, mostly due to her mistreatment of {{TP|James|Chimecho}}. He now has no problem with it (most likely due to the fact Jessie has treated all his Pokémon very well since, and she is doing well in Contests) and even told {{TP|James|Mime Jr.}} that's he counting on it and Jessie's third ribbon depends on it.
 
 
* ''[[DP146|Dressed for Jess Success!]]''
 
* ''[[DP146|Dressed for Jess Success!]]''
: When a sick Jessie overexerts herself and begins to faint, James catches her, helps her stand up, and supports her weight as he walks her back to bed, all the while having a comforting smile on his face. When Meowth says Jessie should rest, James agrees, saying with a caring tone of voice that, "That would be best." Later, James disguises himself as Jessalina and enters his first contest in her place. He is reluctant at first, but knows depression will make Jessie's sickness worse, so he puts on a performance that is met with the loudest cheers ("unprecedented") that Master of Ceremonies [[Marian]] has ever heard. He ends up winning the ribbon. When James and Meowth get back to the cabin, Jessie hugs them and adorably nuzzles her ribbon. Meowth comments that "THIS Jessie was worth the wait," and James seems to share the sentiment.
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: When a sick Jessie overexerts herself and begins to faint, James catches her, helps her stand up, and supports her weight as he walks her back to bed, all the while having a comforting smile on his face. When Meowth says Jessie should rest, James agrees, saying with a caring tone of voice that, "That would be best." Later, James disguises himself as Jessalina and enters his first contest in her place. He ends up winning the ribbon for her.
   
 
====Shared hints====
 
====Shared hints====
 
 
Jessie and James have a tendency to hug or hold onto each other when they are scared (dubbed "fearhugs" by RocketShippers) or happy. Jessie and James also don't have a problem with physical contact such as sleeping on parts of the other's body or holding each other in ways that people who were simply friends normally wouldn't.
 
Jessie and James have a tendency to hug or hold onto each other when they are scared (dubbed "fearhugs" by RocketShippers) or happy. Jessie and James also don't have a problem with physical contact such as sleeping on parts of the other's body or holding each other in ways that people who were simply friends normally wouldn't.
   
 
* ''[[EP016|Pokémon Shipwreck]]''
 
* ''[[EP016|Pokémon Shipwreck]]''
: Worried about not having a means to cross a fire, Jessie and James hold hands. James says, "Jessica... whoever said beauty doesn't last, must have been thinking of us," implying that he thinks Jessie is beautiful. This quite possibly the only time James ever calls Jessie by her real name, underlining the seriousness of his sentiments. Jessie replies with, "I'll always remember what a wonderful dresser you were." James whines, "So will I," in return.
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: James wants the others to leave him behind, but Jessie tells him they'll go across together. James looks touched and hugs Jessie, begging her to not abandon him. She assures him that she won't.
: Later, James is too scared to go any further, so Jessie slaps him to snap him out of it, which causes both Jessie and James to blush. In a caring tone she assures him that they will cross together and that she won't abandon him. James continues to blush, and cries in Jessie's arms.
 
: After getting off the ship and onto a raft with Ash and friends, all present go to sleep for the night. Ash, Misty, and Brock have plenty of space between them, but instead of sleeping horizontally like them (there is plenty of space for it), Jessie and James are sleeping vertically. James is sleeping on Jessie's thigh, and has his hand on her ankle.
 
 
 
* ''[[EP020|The Ghost of Maiden's Peak]]''
 
* ''[[EP020|The Ghost of Maiden's Peak]]''
: When the [[Ghost of Maiden's Peak|ghost]] is dragging James away, and James cries that he doesn't want to go to the [[ghost world]], Jessie pulls out a bazooka and shoots the ghost. The ghost drops James into the water, and he scrambles out of it, smiling on the verge of tears. He proclaims, "Jessie, you really do care!" Jessie claims that she did it because women who wait for when to come back to them bother her. This is extremely suspect because when she fires the shot she says, "Hey girl, you can't have him!"; and we see in [[EP016|Pokémon Shipwreck]] that Jessie IS a hopeless romantic.
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: When the [[Ghost of Maiden's Peak|ghost]] is dragging James away and he cries that he doesn't want to be separated from her, Jessie pulls out a bazooka and shoots the ghost. When James smiles at her with watery eyes and says her name adoringly, she says, "Don't get the wrong idea!" and attempts to hide the fact that she did it for his sake.
 
* ''[[EP039|Holiday Hi-Jynx]]''
 
: Jessie and James are sleeping in a bed (at what appears to be a Team Rocket headquarters that [[Miyamoto]] had taken Jessie to), though Meowth is in the middle.
 
 
 
* ''[[EP048|Holy Matrimony!]]''
 
* ''[[EP048|Holy Matrimony!]]''
: Jessie tells James to marry [[Jessibelle]] so he can claim his inheritance, and then leave her. Jessie completely changes her mind once she finds out that there is a whole torture chamber in James's main estate devoted entirely for James's (BDSM) torture.
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: At the end of the episode, Jessie is upset that James might have left to marry his fiance and inherit his money, but then he appears in their Meowth balloon and picks her up. James goes on to tell her he'd rather have his freedom with Team Rocket rather than money. They then smile and stare into each others eyes.When they shake hands they seem to look like a heart shape. They also completely forget to pick up {{MTR}}.
: At the end of the episode, Jessie and Meowth assume that James couldn't resist money and luxury, and they didn't blame him for it.
 
: James shows up in their Meowth hot hair balloon, grabs Jessie's hand (as her eyes tear up), and pulls her into the basket. They completely forget about Meowth (which is very unusual for them), who they left behind, and James very nervously puts his hand behind his head. The two awkwardly shake hands, making a heart-shape with their hands, but choose not to let go. They deeply gaze into each other's eyes as the music swells.
 
 
 
* ''[[EP050|Who Gets to Keep Togepi?]]''
 
* ''[[EP050|Who Gets to Keep Togepi?]]''
: Jessie and James are sleeping in either sleeping bags or mats that are right next to each other (such that it looks like a mattress at first glance), without Meowth in the middle.
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: This episode gave the first evidence of Jessie and James sleeping next to each other.
: For a short time, Jessie wears a dress and an apron, like a housewife, while James wears a suit.
 
 
* ''[[EP052|Princess vs. Princess]]
 
: Jessie cries while telling James and Meowth that she always hated the Princess Festival because it was a reminder of how poor she was. James cries as well (but tries to hold back some tears), holds her hands (causing Jessie to cry harder), and tells her that he hopes she'll win the Hina Matsuri dolls in the Princess Festival Contest.
 
: Jessie looses the contest to [[Misty]], and cries. James dresses himself and their Pokémon as the dolls, causing Jessie to cry happily.
 
 
* ''[[EP120|Roll On, Pokémon!]]''
 
: While Meowth is eating, Jessie and James are asleep on a bench. James is upright and Jessie's head is on his thigh, with her hands on his knee.
 
 
 
* ''[[SS012|Training Daze!]]''
 
* ''[[SS012|Training Daze!]]''
: The use of the word "partners" (in Team Rocket) in the episode consistently seems to parallel the use of the term in the sense of romantic partners. For instance, [[Cassidy]] informs Jessie that she (Jessie) is "getting quite a reputation" for going through so many partners.
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: In spite of being severely injured, James comes back to join their mission, to Jessie's shock. He assures her that he won't run away this time. She gets touched by his act and wipes away her tears.
: Jessie gives up 2/3 of her loaf of bread to Meowth and the other 1/3 to James, who seems moved. Jessie has no food left for herself, but she doesn't tell James that. She considers it more important to offer him food as a token of friendship.
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: Then, when James wanted to let go of Meowth's tail again, telling Jessie and Meowth to continue the test without him so they can become a good team, and Jessie refused to leave him behind, he let go nevertheless. However, that time, she made in time to grab onto his hand. When he told her to let him go and she refused again, he looked visibly touched.
: James has trouble sleeping because he keeps thinking about what great teammates Jessie and Meowth make.
 
: When James lets go of Meowth's tail and falls into the river, Jessie screams. Earlier in the episode, James had said that she wouldn't go back for him if something like that happened.
 
: Despite having had twelve previous partners and managing to abandon them all without regret, when James is in the hospital and cannot join her for the final task, Jessie almost gives up. When he shows up anyway, her eyes tear up.
 
: James manages to fall in another hole, but when he tries to let go like he did the first time, Jessie and Meowth grab his hand. James's eyes become on the verge of tears. Since Jessie is footing the strength, she manages to pull James out, he falls on top of her. Jessie blushes and continues to blush even after Meowth notices, so the romantic moment had caused her to zone out. James glares at Meowth angrily when Meowth interrupts.
 
 
 
* ''[[AG072|The Bicker the Better]]''
 
* ''[[AG072|The Bicker the Better]]''
: When [[Oscar and Andi]] assume Jessie and James are a couple, James looks confused and Jessie just ignores it. Since they didn't get upset at it like {{Ash}} and {{an|May}} did, it could be interpreted that neither has a problem with the idea.
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: When [[Oscar and Andi]] assume Jessie and James are a couple, James looks confused and Jessie just ignores it. Since they didn't get upset at it like {{Ash}} and {{an|May}} did, it could be interpreted that neither has a problem with the idea. Later in the episode James was teasing Jessie about being ugly in a joking way, and Jessie smiled and covered her ears and pretended not to hear it. Since Jessie is obsessed with her appearance, her lack of getting mad about it and the joking way James did it might be interpreted as flirting. At the end of the episode when Jessie and James made up, they linked arms and smiled at each other.
: Later in the episode James teases Jessie about being ugly and Jessie smiles, covering her ears and pretending not to hear it. Since Jessie is absolutely obsessed with her appearance, her lack of getting mad about it and the joking way James did it might be interpreted as flirting. At the end of the episode when Jessie and James make up, they link arms and smile at each other.
 
 
 
* ''[[AG141|Hail to the Chef]]''
 
* ''[[AG141|Hail to the Chef]]''
: Jessie and James sleep together in an actual bed, without Meowth present (though a [[Sneasel]] is elsewhere in the room). They are partially covered by a blanket, and Jessie is laying somewhat on top James.
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: Jessie and James were seen asleep on a bed with the covers partly over them. Jessie was sleeping on top of James.
 
* ''[[AG176|The Ole' Berate and Switch]]''
 
: [[Cassidy]], rather close to James's lips, convinces James to join her. After Cassidy drags away a very shocked and bemused James, Jessie kicks a fire extinguisher in anger.
 
: Jessie then goes up to [[Butch]], swerves her hips, and talks to him very close to his lips. Apparently she is trying to emulate Cassidy's strategy of flirting and getting people to agree without agreeing, but, when Butch (attempting to complement her) accidentally insults her, it's clear (and clearer in [[SS012|Training Daze!]]) that Jessie's personality differs from Cassidy. Jessie and Butch have some things in common. They are prone to shouting, sneaking away when the going gets rough, and staring blankly. Surprisingly, we also find that James has things in common with Cassidy. They both joke at Jessie's expense, try to retain their composure yet occasionally can't help but yell, and play dumb when backed into a corner. Nevertheless, Jessie and James try to steal some Pokemon to impress each other.
 
: Jessie, James, and Meowth end up reaching for the same Pokeball, so their eyes tear up and Jessie apologizes for sometimes saying things she doesn't mean.
 
 
[[Image:DP133 Scale.png|250px|thumb|left|The scale in the Rocket motto]]
 
[[Image:DP133 Scale.png|250px|thumb|left|The scale in the Rocket motto]]
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* ''[[DP117|Noodles! Roamin' Off!]]''
* ''[[DP055|Throwing the Track Switch]]''
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: When a {{shiny}} {{p|Metagross}} was about to kill Jessie and James, James smiled sweetly at Jessie and said that life wasn't a waste because he spent it with good friends. Jessie agreed and said that if there were another world after they die, they'd meet again there. James agreed to that, smiled, and no longer looked afraid.
: James is depressed over losing [[Cacnea]], so Jessie and Meowth try to cheer him up by giving him pineapple slices. James doesn't even want to look at the food, so they try to cheer him up by stealing {{AP|Buizel}} and {{TP|Dawn|Aipom}}. The wrong Pokemon get stolen, but James is just as touched. Jessie, James, Meowth, and [[Wobbuffet]] cry and hug; then later Jessie and James hold hands and cry again. Jessie sees James no longer being distant as a sign that they are a "real" team again.
 
 
* ''[[DP117|Noodles: Roamin' Off]]''
 
: Jessie and Meowth decide to go their separate ways. For deserting and for suggesting he marry [[Jessibelle]], James yells at Jessie. He asserts that she's a loser because quitters never win and that whenever things get tough she gets going (which he also yelled at her for before she decided to quit).
 
: Sorry for what he said, and lonely, he gazes at the stars and thinks about how strong the bond between he and Jessie and Meowth is.
 
: James decides to battle a [[shiny]] [[Metagross]] to get Jessie and Meowth's attention. Alarmed that James went to fight [[Metagross]] all by himself, Jessie rushes to his aid. [[Brock]], [[Dawn]], and two fellow tourists mention that it is nearly impossible to beat a [[Metagross]], that they can make people "vanish" (die), and that serious injury is the best a person in that situation can hope for. Therefore, given James's state of extreme depression and his possession of a Pokemon card that has information on [[Metagross]], one has to wonder if he ever expected to get out alive in the first place.
 
: Jessie saves him, but spends too much time crying with James, so the [[Metagross]] regains enough strength to kill them. Fully expecting to die, James apologizes for getting Jessie in that situation and Jessie tells James to look her up if they end up in "the great Team Rocket beyond." The notion of meeting in the [[ghost world]] calms down a terrified James. Meowth ends up saving them.
 
 
 
* ''[[DP133|Uncrushing Defeat!]]''
 
* ''[[DP133|Uncrushing Defeat!]]''
: One scene in the motto shows Jessie and James on a set of scales with a pink heart symbol on it, seemingly at balance despite it swinging slightly.
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: One image from their motto shows Jessie and James on a set of scales with a pink heart symbol on it, seemingly at balance despite it swinging slightly.
   
 
===Movie evidence===
 
===Movie evidence===
 
 
====Jessie's hints====
 
====Jessie's hints====
 
* ''[[M06|Jirachi: Wish Maker]]''
 
* ''[[M06|Jirachi: Wish Maker]]''

Revision as of 08:36, 19 December 2012

370Luvdisc.png This article is about shipping.
As hints and evidence for ships are mostly speculation, this page may contain personal points of view.

Jessie and James

RocketShipping (Japanese: コジムサ KojiMusa) is the belief that Jessie and James of Team Rocket belong in a romantic relationship. It is also known as JAJL, or Jessie and James Love.

History of RocketShipping

An image from the epilogue to Electric Tale of Pikachu

The term "RocketShipping" was the first time the suffix "Shipping" had been applied to any couple outside of the X-Files fandom where it originated. Maria Rocket and other fans on the message board of TRHQ applied the term to Jessie and James. Other names for the pairing were coined later.

The RocketShipping fandom has seen some changes over the years. In the beginning, there was only one kind of RocketShipper—the one who thought that Jessie and James were attracted to each other. Some fans hoped they would eventually become a full-fledged couple. The situation grew more intense when a member of TRHQ came across an untranslated graphic novel in a bookstore.

Upon first glance, it appeared to be simply the last volume of Toshihiro Ono's The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga, which was in the process of being released in the United States. However, inside the book was something that changed the face of the fandom. Inside the epilogue were two important scenes: one was James confessing his love to Jessie; the other was a full-page illustration in which Jessie and James were married and Jessie visibly pregnant. Most importantly of all, this was all official and approved by Nintendo.

The RocketShipping fan community went crazy. It finally had officially sanctioned proof that Jessie and James were a romantic couple. Some believed that it was only a matter of time before something similar happened in the TV anime series.

Eventually, the famous manga was translated and released in the United States, and RocketShippers rejoiced now that they could hold the evidence in their own hands. Around the same time, a website named Pokemopolis was getting attention for rebutting the "evidence" found in the manga. Pokemopolis became and has remained the most prominent anti-Rocketshipping site in the Pokémon fandom, as well as the main proponent of the theory that James is gay.

Around the same time, the number and frequency of the Rocketshippy hints on the anime decreased, along with other changes in characterization. As a result, the RocketShipping fan community split into several sects, each with different takes on RocketShipping.

Nowadays, thanks to the episode Noodles! Roamin' Off!, RocketShipping has had a resurgence in popularity, and RocketShippers feel more confident about their ship than ever.

Sects of RocketShipping

These sects were in use to differentiate between various "types" of RocketShipper who each had a different perception of the ship. It should be noted, however, that they have not actively been in use in the fandom since the Advanced Generation series of the anime started airing in America.

RocketShippers
This is the general term for anyone who supports the idea of Jessie and James being a couple, whether past, present, or future. It is was also a term for a sect consisting of people who believe that Jessie and James are currently not in love but believed that they eventually would be.

R*cketShippers
This was a more extreme type of RocketShipper, who believed that Jessie and James are currently attracted to each other. They fervently denied that James is anything but heterosexual.

QueerShippers
Self-proclaimed "in-character RocketShipping". Supporters generally believed that James plays the role of a woman and Jessie plays the role of a man, but that they would become a couple nevertheless.

WrongRocketShippers
Smaller sect which believed that Jessie and James are currently in a "friends with benefits" type relationship. They didn't necessarily believe that they are in love with each other, but did believe that they have some kind of secret physical relationship going on. They took a more relaxed and joking stance to the Ship.

AntiRocketShippers
Supporters denied any sort of romantic relationship between Jessie and James. They liked to see them as best friends, but nothing more. In most cases, they believed that James is undeniably gay, based on the more camp portrayal of James by Eric Stuart and James' cross-dressing. Opinions on Jessie's sexuality varied.

Evidence

The following is a list of points that point to a potential relationship between James and Jessie.

Anime evidence

Jessie's hints

Jessie blushing after James accidentally falls on top of her in Training Daze!
Jessie blushes and looks at James adoringly when he is doing well in battle against Ash and company.
After James managed to break into the storeroom, Jessie started to flirt with him and appreciate his skills as she nudged him with her arm.
Although Jessie seems enthusiastic about James marrying Temacu, her reason for getting them together is so that Team Rocket can steal the Pokémon Temacu's father's keeps for research. She assures the reluctant James that he will only have to stay with Temacu as long as it takes for them to get close enough to the Pokémon. When telling Temacu's father a false story of how Temacu and James came to be together, she adds that the meeting was "perfect, beautiful, like something someone with an overactive imagination would dream up in her unfulfilled fantasies!"
When James lets go of Meowth's tail and drops into the river, Jessie screams for him.
Despite having had twelve previous partners and managing to abandon them all without regret, when James is in the hospital and cannot join her for the final task, Jessie almost gives up. She then blushes when James accidentally falls on top of her.
Jessie blushes after James plugs the holes in Guy's Exploud.
Jessie looked annoyed when James freaked out at the idea of being married to her.
When blasting off, James says that no matter how times this happens, he's fine as long as he's with with his Mime Jr. This causes Jessie to turn and look at him, very annoyed.
After Jessie, James, and Meowth decide to split up, Cassidy convinces James to join her. Jessie sees her drag him away and kicks a fire extinguisher in anger.
Jessie tries to cheer James up by stealing Buizel for him (and Aipom for herself). When she sees how happy this has made him she smiles and holds his hands.
Once Jessie learns about James being in danger, she immediately rushes to look for him. She saves him by attacking Metagross with her Seviper and Yanmega, but then, she finds herself in danger as well, as she was nearly killed by Metagross along with James. When James apologized for getting her into this mess, she smiled and said that that's what friends were for.

James' hints

In the Diamond & Pearl series when James watches Jessie participate in events under an assumed name, he keeps forgetting to call her by her fake name, and instead calls her Jessie before correcting himself. This could be taken as meaning he cares more about watching her participate than the current plan Team Rocket is up to. No one ever noticed James make this slip up. In Dawn of a Royal Day!, James cheered on Jessie using her real name and did not correct himself.

When it looked like Jessie and James were going to die, James says to Jessie "Someone, who said that beautiful people are destined to have a sad fate, must have meant us." implying that he thinks Jessie is beautiful.
After Jessie is expelled from the test, James says in a determined voice that he'll do his best for her.
When Kaiser starts shooting at Team Rocket, James smiles and tells Jessie to trust him, then grabs her by the waist and jumps off the roof to what he believed to be to safety. After they land, their parachute falls on top of them and they scramble to get out of it. During this, Jessie says "Where do you think you're touching?!" implying that James is doing more than simply trying to get out of the parachute.
After losing to Misty in the Princess Festival Contest, James hold Jessie's hands and tries to cheer her up by giving her a Team Rocket version of the doll set she wanted.
James dresses himself and their Pokémon as Hina Matsuri dolls to cheer Jessie up after her loss.
James blushes after Jessie compliments him on having a good memory.
Jessie is feeling down and James holds her hands and tells her things to cheer her up. They also hug.
When Team Rocket is hanging on the cliff because of Murkrow's attack, Jessie, James and Meowth are complaining what to do now. As the cliff shakes, James screams "No matter what happens to us, I want you all to know that I love you!" Jessie and Meowth respond with a light nod.
When in the mine, Jessie are going to blow up the smoke bomb because Taillow is pecking her hair, James says "But Jessie sweetheart...", But it's seems Jessie didn't notice it because of her anger.
As Regirock and Registeel use Lock-On attack to aim at Team Rocket, James immediately carries Jessie and tries to escape the dungeons, wanting to rescue her.
After landing on top of James, Jessie shouts "Would you fall a bit lighter next time?!" He nods and agrees, smiling. She responds with "Enough of the sweet talk!", to which he says "Yes dear."
When Jessie left to pursue a career in Contests, James was visibly hurt and wondered how strong their bond really was. He then ran off and cried. Later in the episode after Jessie saved him, James got on his knees and cried because he was happy she came back.
Up until this episode, James has never liked Jessie using his Pokémon in Contests, mostly due to her mistreatment of Chimecho. He now has no problem with it (most likely due to the fact Jessie has treated all his Pokémon very well since, and she is doing well in Contests) and even told Mime Jr. that's he counting on it and Jessie's third ribbon depends on it.
When a sick Jessie overexerts herself and begins to faint, James catches her, helps her stand up, and supports her weight as he walks her back to bed, all the while having a comforting smile on his face. When Meowth says Jessie should rest, James agrees, saying with a caring tone of voice that, "That would be best." Later, James disguises himself as Jessalina and enters his first contest in her place. He ends up winning the ribbon for her.

Shared hints

Jessie and James have a tendency to hug or hold onto each other when they are scared (dubbed "fearhugs" by RocketShippers) or happy. Jessie and James also don't have a problem with physical contact such as sleeping on parts of the other's body or holding each other in ways that people who were simply friends normally wouldn't.

James wants the others to leave him behind, but Jessie tells him they'll go across together. James looks touched and hugs Jessie, begging her to not abandon him. She assures him that she won't.
When the ghost is dragging James away and he cries that he doesn't want to be separated from her, Jessie pulls out a bazooka and shoots the ghost. When James smiles at her with watery eyes and says her name adoringly, she says, "Don't get the wrong idea!" and attempts to hide the fact that she did it for his sake.
At the end of the episode, Jessie is upset that James might have left to marry his fiance and inherit his money, but then he appears in their Meowth balloon and picks her up. James goes on to tell her he'd rather have his freedom with Team Rocket rather than money. They then smile and stare into each others eyes.When they shake hands they seem to look like a heart shape. They also completely forget to pick up Meowth.
This episode gave the first evidence of Jessie and James sleeping next to each other.
In spite of being severely injured, James comes back to join their mission, to Jessie's shock. He assures her that he won't run away this time. She gets touched by his act and wipes away her tears.
Then, when James wanted to let go of Meowth's tail again, telling Jessie and Meowth to continue the test without him so they can become a good team, and Jessie refused to leave him behind, he let go nevertheless. However, that time, she made in time to grab onto his hand. When he told her to let him go and she refused again, he looked visibly touched.
When Oscar and Andi assume Jessie and James are a couple, James looks confused and Jessie just ignores it. Since they didn't get upset at it like Ash and May did, it could be interpreted that neither has a problem with the idea. Later in the episode James was teasing Jessie about being ugly in a joking way, and Jessie smiled and covered her ears and pretended not to hear it. Since Jessie is obsessed with her appearance, her lack of getting mad about it and the joking way James did it might be interpreted as flirting. At the end of the episode when Jessie and James made up, they linked arms and smiled at each other.
Jessie and James were seen asleep on a bed with the covers partly over them. Jessie was sleeping on top of James.
The scale in the Rocket motto
When a Shiny Metagross was about to kill Jessie and James, James smiled sweetly at Jessie and said that life wasn't a waste because he spent it with good friends. Jessie agreed and said that if there were another world after they die, they'd meet again there. James agreed to that, smiled, and no longer looked afraid.
One image from their motto shows Jessie and James on a set of scales with a pink heart symbol on it, seemingly at balance despite it swinging slightly.

Movie evidence

Jessie's hints

At the end of the movie Jessie and James are holding onto each other and talking about how they don't care about wishes anymore and are just happy to be alive. They smile and Jessie says she's fine just doing this.

James' hints

After the leukocytes gets Jessie, James uses his Cacnea to try and rescue Jessie. He gets out of the way when it tries to hug him showing how serious he is taking this. After he fails to rescue Jessie they both cry out to each other and she is dragged down. James stands there speechless, visibly heart broken, and then gets engulfed as well.

Shared hints

Jessie and James are hugging each other throughout most of the movie.
Meowth says to Jessie and James "You guys act love-love all the time", causing Jessie and James to get upset and blush. A few minutes later they are seen hugging each other.
Jessie and James are seen holding onto each other after they are freed from the leukocytes.

Non anime evidence

At the end of the manga, Jessie and James end up married with a child on the way, and in the epilogue there is a panel in which we see a flashback to James confessing his love to Jessie. There is also some suggestive physical contact between the two throughout the manga.
When Jessie, James and Mondo are about to be attacked by a hoard of Beedrill, they recite the lines of a famous Kabuki scene when two lovers do a double suicide.
During stage five in The Spa, they are dressed as a bridal couple, with the Bridal March as the theme.
During one of James' occasional Q&A sessions on Twitter, a follower asked him, "Jessie is cute! Since you are together all the time, haven't you fallen in love with her?" James answered, "Because (she's my) eternal partner!" (「永遠のパートナーだからな!」)

Similarities

  • Jessie and James have both owned Poison-type Pokémon until the Advanced Generation series.
  • They both have a similar style of fashion and always coordinate their outfits. They have also donned various disguises pretending to be a couple, most notably as a couple getting married, as Volbeat and Illumise, and wearing outfits similar to the ones Oscar and Andi wore, which may be a reference to the the manga The Rose of Versailles.
  • Jessie and James frequently use each other's Pokémon. Their Pokémon have rarely ever had a problem with this, and sometimes are happy about it.
  • James' Grass-type Pokémon have occasionally "attacked" Jessie the same way they do James. Since James' Pokémon do it out of affection, some RocketShippers use this, among other things, to show that Jessie and James have a close relationship.

Trivia

Jessie and James' first fearhug in Showdown in Pewter City
  • Both James's mother and fiancée look very similar to Jessie.
  • Jessie and James' first fearhug was at the end of the episode Showdown in Pewter City.
  • Jessie and James have a ramen shop named after them.
  • Jessie and James have had voice actors with prominent roles in the Slayers anime series. Jessie's seiyuu, Megumi Hayashibara, is also seiyuu to the main protagonist and heroine of Slayers, Lina Inverse, while James's most famous English voice actor, Eric Stuart, dubbed the voice for Lina's self-proclaimed guardian and constant traveling companion, Gourry Gabriev. Incidentally, the two characters fell in love with each other over time.
  • Due to a mistranslation before release of Celebi: Voice of the Forest, it was mistakenly thought for a time that the Iron-Masked Marauder was the future son of Jessie and James.

External links

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