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If you were looking for the voice actor, see Eli James.
コジロウ Kojirō
James BW3.png
Age 25 (as of M02)
Gender Male
Eye color Green
Hair color Periwinkle
Hometown Unknown
Region Kanto
Relatives Grandparents (Nanny and Pop-Pop),

Unnamed parents

Trainer class Agent, Gym Leader*
Generation I
Games Yellow Version
Member of Team Rocket
Rank Agent
Partner Jessie, Meowth
Anime debut Pokémon Emergency!
English voice actor Ted Lewis (EP002-EP008)
Eric Stuart (EP009-AG145)
Carter Cathcart (AG146-present)
Japanese voice actor Shin'ichirō Miki

James (Japanese: コジロウ Kojirō) is a member of Team Rocket, more specifically part of a trio with Jessie and Meowth, that follows Ash Ketchum and his friends around in the Pokémon anime, usually trying to steal Ash's Pikachu.

In the anime


Art from episodes BW001 - BW022 in the Best Wishes series
Younger James and Growlie

As 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.

At a young age, he was engaged to a girl named Jessebelle. It was revealed in The Treasure Is All Mine! that he wanted to marry her at some point but he changed his mind after he saw how controlling and overbearing she was. Unable to stand her, he ran away, leaving his lavish lifestyle as well as his beloved pet Growlithe, Growlie, behind.

James as "Trainer James" when he was part of the bridge bike gang

He then enrolled in Pokémon Tech, a Trainers' school, where he met Jessie, and subsequently failed and dropped out. After this, as revealed in The Bridge Bike Gang, Jessie and James joined a bicycle gang in Sunnytown, where James was known for using training wheels, acquiring the nicknames "Little Jim" and "Trainer James".

Jessie and James's first appearance in Pokémon Emergency!

Due to conflicts in canon between Kanto and Johto episodes and the special episode Training Daze, what happened between James and Jessie after the bike gang is unknown. What is known, as shown in the special episode, is that they joined Team Rocket separately and were on initially unfriendly terms after being grouped with Meowth but they quickly made up and became good friends.

James made his series debut in the anime in Pokémon Emergency. Alongside Jessie and Meowth, they set their sights on the injured Pokémon in the Viridian Pokémon Center. Sending out their Ekans and Koffing from their Meowth balloon, they quickly overtook the Pokémon Center, which only had three people inside. Before they could steal any of the Pokémon, however, Ash's Pikachu, who teamed up with many other Pikachu in the Pokémon Center, used an electric attack, causing the entire Pokémon Center to explode. It was here that Team Rocket decided to capture Pikachu, deeming him as an exceptionally powerful Pokémon, and made it their goal to capture him.

In the episode Holy Matrimony!, James returned to his home as a result of a trap by his parents, who pretended to be dead in order to get him to come back to the estate, knowing he would return to pay his respects. He suspected that it was a trap, but he ended up being forced into participating by Jessie and Meowth, who wanted the fortune. After the deception was revealed, he was once again subjected to Jessebelle's torment until Growlie came to his rescue. After temporarily chasing Jessebelle away, James soon left his family's manor and as a result declined his inheritance. Growlie stayed behind upon James's request when he returned to Jessie and Meowth.

In the Best Wishes series, Jessie, James, and Meowth were sent to the Unova region under orders from Giovanni after they were promoted in Memories are Made of Bliss!. Now wearing black uniforms instead of their previous white ones, Jessie and James, along with Meowth, followed various missions given to them by Giovanni through other people. To prevent them from getting too much attention, Giovanni did not allow their other Pokémon to be sent to them, making them use only Pokémon native to Unova. Unknown to the trio, Giovanni was not certain they would be successful; however, he knew that their presence in the region would force Team Plasma to reveal themselves. In Battling for the Love of Bug-Types!, Jessie and James go back to their white uniforms. The trio seems to be more serious and is much less comedic than before, using thought-out methods of escape, such as jetpacks, and thus has not been sent blasting off in the Best Wishes series. They also appear much less often than in previous series.

In Meloetta and the Undersea Temple! and Unova's Survival Crisis!, he manages to capture Meloetta but was stalled by Cilan, allowing for Meloetta to get away. However, with Meloetta caught by Giovanni, James and Jessie go inside the submarine with Giovanni and Dr. Zager and take them to the Abyssal Ruins for the awakening of the Kami trio located there.

Along with Jessie and Meowth, James reappeared in New Places... Familiar Faces! where he returned to Unova for the first time since their "Operation Tempest" and temporary retreat back to Kanto. He went back to this old ways by catching Pikachu but with a new addition to his team, with James catching an Amoonguss sometime before meeting up with Ash and company. In The Dream Continues!, he is forced to give away his Pokémon to Giovanni under the pretense that he captured them for him. He returned once again in the XY series, following Ash into the Kalos region. There, James captures an Inkay in A Battle of Aerial Mobility!.


James disguised as Juan

James has shown to be relatively well versed in various activities, including Pokémon Haiku, Pokémon Orienteering, and PokéRinger, among other things. It is possible that he developed his skills during his temporary separation from Jessie, or even from the many lessons he was enrolled in as a child.

James also has a tendency to cross-dress, but has not done it since Pros and Con Artists, with the exception of the occasional impersonation of characters such as Nurse Joy, Officer Jenny, and Jessie. In fact, Dressed for Jess Success! marks the first time he cross-dresses in the Diamond & Pearl series, though it was him disguised as Jessalina. He also often dresses up like famous celebrities as well, such as Professor Oak, Juan, and Norman, and impersonates other non-human objects, including Pokémon, animals, and even bushes and trees.

One of James's Pokédex cards, detailing about Croagunk

James loves rare bottle caps and has an impressive collection of them. This hobby started when he was a young child. In the episode All That Glitters! it is revealed that he has "drunk enough soda pop to float an aircraft carrier".

At times, instead of a Pokédex, he uses a deck of cards to identify Pokémon, such as in Gymbaliar! when he first learns of Croagunk's Poison Jab with it, or in Mass Hip-Po-Sis! when he uses it to look up Hippopotas (explaining why he knows the Pokémon to be named "Hippopotas" and not "Hippopontas" as Jessie calls it). They appear to have the same entry as an electronic Pokédex, including a few basic parameters like height and weight, though it is unknown how many Pokémon they include (however, he seems to have used them mostly for Sinnoh Pokémon thus far).

Perhaps due to his heavily enforced, sheltered upbringing, as well as the constant harassment that he had to endure from Jessebelle as a child, James has an odd, somewhat submissive personality. He will regularly comply to whatever ideas the other two come up with, and when he doesn't, usually ends up doing so anyway, like when he was forced to trade his Victreebel away. He also seems to be the most emotional amongst the Team Rocket trio, and if the three should ever happen to get separated, he'll seem very lost without his companions. James also appears to have the most conscience among the three, and is the least prone to backstabbing someone who is kind to him. He can actually be quite sinister when he wants to, however. Also, unlike Jessie, who is prone to anger, he would often get depressed when things don't go his way or if he fails at something. He is also occasionally shown to be a victim, usually along with Meowth, of Jessie's anger. However, James is sometimes shown to get angry himself, though not to the same extent as Jessie.

James's Pokédex remote device

James has a tendency to be swindled by a Magikarp salesman, who, despite James's increasing wariness and personal vendetta against the shady character, has on many occasions tricked him into buying a Magikarp or other useless Pokémon and items for large sums of money.

Throughout most of the series, James and his two friends were presented as horribly failing and erroneous criminals, always botching their missions to capture Ash's Pikachu or other Pokémon. However, early in the Best Wishes series, he, along with the rest of his team, has developed a more serious attitude in his work. This slowly reverted back to the previous, blundering attitude by the end of the Best Wishes series. In the XY series, James's Pokémon flash cards returned in the form of a handheld computer that has a Pokédex function.


As the standards of the Team Rocket organization dictated, James was first shown with a Poison-type Pokémon. However, James seems to have a fondness for carnivorous (or at least dangerous) Grass-type Pokémon, owning Weepinbell, Victreebel, Cacnea, Carnivine and Amoonguss. It was shown during a flashback in Cream of the Croagunk Crop! how James, as a boy, found Carnivine in the Great Marsh. It was trapped in the mud and James rescued it, the two forming a bond of friendship. The capture of a Cacnea early in Hoenn furthered his apparent preference for Grass types. Often, when going into battle, his Grass Pokémon will show great affection towards James, which usually results in pain for him since all of them either have sharp teeth or spines. It is also shown that James develops a strong bond with each of his Pokémon in general; James almost treats them as his own children, and they in turn are all greatly attached to him. This could stem from the childhood memories he occasionally brings up, where it is shown that while growing up James hadn't really had any friends other than his Pokémon. When it comes time to leave a Pokémon behind for one reason or another, James often has great difficulty in letting go of his beloved friends, as shown in A Poached Ego! when he had to release his Weezing, and in Throwing the Track Switch, when he spend much of the episode depressed due to leaving his Cacnea behind one episode prior.

On hand

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At Team Rocket's headquarters

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Mime Jr.
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In training

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At home

With relatives
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Traded away

James Victreebel.png
Weepinbell → Victreebel

With Giovanni

James Yamask.png
James Amoonguss.png


James Weezing.png
Koffing → Weezing
James Gyarados.png
Magikarp → Gyarados
James Victreebel EP261.png
Weepinbell → Victreebel


James Dustox.png
James Yanmega.png


James Hoppip.png


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Status unknown

Team Rocket's Pidgey
Multiple Pidgey were seen in one of Team Rocket's mottos in the episode. However, it is unknown if they still have the Pidgey with them or if the Pidgey even belong to them.
Debut Tanks a Lot!
James's Numel
Numel (multiple)
Seven Numel were seen in a flashback of James's. He said he used to have them warm him up while he was sleeping. However, it is unknown if he owned them, or he just befriended them. It is also unknown if they still reside at his home.
Debut Game Winning Assist


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.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 三木眞一郎 Shin'ichirō Miki
English Ted Lewis (EP002-EP008)
Eric Stuart (EP009-AG145, movies 1-8, Mewtwo Returns, Pokémon Chronicles)
Carter Cathcart (AG146-present, movies 9-present, The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon)
Arabic زياد الرفاعي Ziad Ar-Rifa'i
Mandarin Chinese 孫誠 Sūn Chéng
符爽 Fú Shuǎng
陳進益 Chén Jìnyì
吳東原 Wú Dōngyuán
Croatian Hrvoje Klobučar
Czech Michal Michálek (EP002-present, movies 1, 2, 3, 11)
Robert Jícha (movie 4)
Radek Škvor (movies 6 and 7)
Danish Thomas Kirk
Dutch Bram Bart (season 1-7, movies 1-3)
Paul Disbergen (season 8-present, movie 8-present)
Unknown voice actor (movies 4-7)
Filipino Jefferson Utanes
Finnish Antti Pääkkönen
Anssi Känsälä
Antti Jaakkola
Peter Philström (DP053-present)
Saku Mäkynen
French Canada Antoine Durand
Europe David Manet
Luc Boulad (M06)
Thomas Roditti (M04, M07)
German Matthias Klie
Hebrew גיא נתיב Guy Nativ (seasons 1-6)
לירון לב Liron Lev (seasons 7, 9-current)
גיל צרנוביץ Gil Chernovich (season 8)
Hindi Kishore Bhatt
Hungarian Tamás Toth (Original Series)
István Fazekas (M03)
Gábor Seder (M04)
Tamás Markovics (DP)
Indonesian Boy Muki (Kanto saga)
Rudi Sukistiyono (Johto saga-Diamond & Pearl series, movie 2-7)
Dandi Lesmana (Diamond & Pearl series-DP191, BW001-present, movie 8-13)
Kamal Nasuti (DP160-DP161)
Italian Simone D'Andrea
Korean 김일 Gim Il (EP002-EP274)
김영선 Gim Yeong Seon(AG001 - present)
Norwegian Ola Fjellvikaas (EP002EP079, movies 1-3)
Kim Fangen
Simen Sand
Polish Jarosław Budnik (EP002-AG040, DP053-present, M01-present, Mewtwo Returns)
Marcin Przybylski (DP001-DP052)
Portuguese Brazil Márcio Araújo
Portugal Peter Michael (EP001-EP093, movies 1-4)
Rui Quintas (EP094-DP052, Pokémon Live!, Pokémon Chronicles)
Unknown actor (movie 7)
Pedro Mendonça (DP053-present, movies 10-present)
Russian Анатолий Зиновенко Anatolii Zinovenko (EP002-EP105)
Евгений Вальц Evgeni Valtz (DP105-BW142)
Иван Калинин Ivan Kalinin (XY001-present)
Spanish Latin America José Antonio Macías
Eduardo Garza (young, EP048)
Gabriel Gama (one scene of AG098, AG121, AG132 and AG144)
Gerardo García (AG105-AG110, one scene of AG174)
Spain Iván Jara
Luis Manuel Martín Díaz (movie 3 and Mewtwo Returns)
Swedish Andreas Nilsson
Thai สุภาพ ไชยวิสุทธิ Supap Chaiwisut
นิธิวัชร์ ตันติภัสร์สิริ Nitiwat Tantipatsiri (Best Wishes series and XY series)
Turkish Levent Sülün
Aydoğan Temel

In the games

Pokémon Yellow

Both Jessie and James appear in Pokémon Yellow as in-game bosses. They first attack the main character in Mt. Moon, while trying to take one of the rare Fossils uncovered there.

Later, in Celadon City's Rocket Game Corner, Jessie and James guard Giovanni's room in the Team Rocket base. During that time, as the player runs into them, they are eager for revenge after the main character busted up their plans at Mt. Moon.

They hold Mr. Fuji hostage at Pokémon Tower, attacking the main player on the seventh floor.

Finally, at Silph Co. in Saffron City, Jessie and James make their final appearance, once again trying to stall the main character from reaching their Boss.

Unlike in the anime, Jessie and James do not follow the main character around and come up with their usual evil plans to capture Pikachu.


First battle

Second battle

Third battle

Fourth battle


Mt. Moon

  • Before battle
"Stop right there!"
"That fossil is Team Rocket's! Surrender now, or prepare to fight!"
  • Being defeated
"A brat beat us?"
  • After being defeated
"Team Rocket, blast off at the speed of light!"

Rocket Hideout

  • Before battle
"Not another step, brat!"
"How dare you humiliate us at Mt. Moon! It's payback time, you brat!"
  • Being defeated
"Such a dreadful twerp!"
  • After being defeated
"Looks like Team Rocket's blasting off again!"

Pokémon Tower

  • Before battle:
"Stop right there!"
"Grampa here wanted to complain, so we're setting him straight. So render yourself invisible, or prepare to fight!"
  • Being defeated
"You will regret this!"
  • After being defeated
"Looks like Team Rocket's blasting off again!"

Silph Co.

  • Before battle
"Hold it right there, brat!"
"Our Boss is in a meeting! You better not disturb him!"
  • Being defeated
"Like always..."
  • After being defeated
"Team Rocket, blast off at the speed of light! Again..."


Spr Y Jessie James.png James OD.png
Jessie and James's sprite from
James's overworld sprite from

Pokémon Puzzle League

Along with many other anime characters, both Jessie and James appeared in Pokémon Puzzle League, where they appeared with a Weezing, an Arbok, and a Golbat. They are the main opponents in the "Spa Service" line clear challenge.

Pokémon Zany Cards

James in Pokémon Zany Cards

Jessie and James appear as the first opponents in both Wild Match mode and Special Seven mode.

In the manga

In the Ash and Pikachu manga

James in the Ash and Pikachu manga

In the manga series Ash and Pikachu, based on the anime, James appears along with the rest of the Team Rocket trio, Jessie and Meowth.


On hand
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James in the Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

James appears in the manga series The Electric Tale of Pikachu along with his teammates Jessie and Meowth.

His first appearance is in Pikachu's Excellent Adventure. He, Jessie and Meowth tag along with a group of lost Pokémon, including Pikachu, to try to find the Hidden Village. When they arrive, he and Jessie attempt to steal the Pokémon living in the village, but they are quickly expelled by a Kangaskhan. In this chapter, he uses a Koffing in battle.

Jessie and James as a married couple in the manga

James's next appearance is in You Gotta Have Friends. He and Jessie attempt to steal a herd of wild Pikachu. At this point in the manga, James's Koffing has evolved into Weezing, though its evolution is not depicted in the manga.

Following this, James and Jessie begin more regularly appearing in the manga, following Ash to the Pokémon League championship at Indigo Plateau and cheering him on at the Orange League. James, along with Jessie, seems to maintain a friendship or at least acquaintance with Ash, as he has the Team Rocket trio deliver a letter to his mother as they are passing Pallet Town in Epilogue: Wild Type.

While in the anime, the nature of James's relationship with Jessie is not explicitly stated, in the epilogue of the manga, he is shown confessing his love to Jessie. They are shown afterwards married with Jessie visibly pregnant.


On hand
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Koffing → Weezing

In the TCG

Art from the EX Team Rocket Returns TCG James theme deck

Jessie and James appear on both versions of the card Here Comes Team Rocket!, which originally released in the Team Rocket set; it was re-released with different artwork in EX Team Rocket Returns. In that expansion, there was also a preconstructed Theme Deck based on James.

It is rumored that James may also be on the Gym Challenge set card Rocket's Secret Experiment, as there is a Rocket in the background, seen only from the back, who has his hairstyle.


James and Jessie
  • James at times uses the name Jameson.
  • James hasn't evolved any of his Pokémon since Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid!.
  • James is the only main character to have one Pokémon and release/give it away, then get another Pokémon of the same species.
  • James was the first main character to release a Pokémon.
  • A running gag in the anime prior to James's Amoonguss in the Best Wishes series involves James's Grass-type Pokémon hurting him in a show of affection.
    • Victreebel would often try to swallow him when called from its Poké Ball.
    • Cacnea would hug him around the neck or waist, driving the spikes on its arms into James.
    • Carnivine would nearly constantly get a death grip on James's head with its mouth.
  • In the main series games, James and Jessie are the only characters from Generation I to appear only in that generation, as they do not reappear in Generation II and Generation IV when Kanto is revisited, and (being exclusive to Pokémon Yellow) were not adapted into the Generation III Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen remakes.
  • In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, a newswoman on Area 4 of Mt. Battle references James stating that she's looking for someone with the same Pokémon as she has. The Pokémon she uses are Cacnea and Chimecho.
  • He shares both his Japanese and Brazilian voice actors with Ryusuke Yamino, from Detective Loki.
  • Excluding Victreebel, James has never battled any of his Pokémon before catching them.
  • Including the Hoppip that James briefly owned, James has owned a Grass-type Pokémon from every generation except for Generation VI.

Name origin

James's English name is taken from Jesse James, an American outlaw. His Japanese name, Kojirō, is taken from 佐々木小次郎 Sasaki Kojirō, a prominent Japanese swordsman most famous for being killed by his rival, 宮本武蔵 Miyamoto Musashi, the namesake of Jessie. Also, 二郎 Jirō is a name meaning "second son," while 三郎 Saburō means "third son." Kojirō takes advantage of Jirō, while the Japanese name of Butch, Kosaburō, takes advantage of Saburō.

He is based on Leonardo Medici Bundle from the GoShogun anime (originally written by Takeshi Shudō), and the young thief Benten Kozō Kikunosuke from the "Five Men of the White Waves" kabuki.

In other languages

Language Name Origin
Korean 로이 Roy
Chinese 小次郎 Xiǎo Cìláng From 佐々木小次郎 Sasaki Kojirō.
Thai โคจิโร่ Kojiro Based on the original Japanese name.
Indonesian James (Kanto saga)
Kojiro (Johto saga - present)
Based on English and Japanese name.

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