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'''James''' (Japanese: '''コジロウ''' ''Kojirō'') is one half of of the [[Team Rocket]] duo that follows around [[Ash Ketchum]] and friends in the [[Pokémon anime]], in hopes of robbing Ash of [[Ash's Pikachu|his Pikachu]]. His voice actors are 三木眞一郎 ''[[Shin'ichirō Miki]]'' in Japanese and [[Ted Lewis]] ([[EP002]]-[[EP012]]), [[Eric Stuart]] ([[EP013]]-[[AG145]]) and [[Jimmy Zoppi|Billy Beach]] ([[AG146]]-present) in English, [[Márcio Araújo]] in Brazilian-Portuguese. He is somewhat famous for carrying a rose, though in more recent episodes he does not display it often.
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'''James''' (Japanese: '''コジロウ''' ''Kojirō'') is one half of of the [[Team Rocket]] duo that follows around [[Ash Ketchum]] and friends in the [[Pokémon anime]], in hopes of robbing Ash of [[Ash's Pikachu|his Pikachu]], but typically, they never succeed in stealing Pikachu. His voice actors are 三木眞一郎 ''[[Shin'ichirō Miki]]'' in Japanese and [[Ted Lewis]] ([[EP002]]-[[EP012]]), [[Eric Stuart]] ([[EP013]]-[[AG145]]) and [[Jimmy Zoppi|Billy Beach]] ([[AG146]]-present) in English, [[Márcio Araújo]] in Brazilian-Portuguese. He is somewhat famous for carrying a rose, though in more recent episodes he does not display it often.
   
 
The only child of millionaires, James was forced to endure formal society. At a young age, he was forcefully engaged to a girl of whom he was terrified, [[Jessiebelle]], all because [[James's parents|his parents]] wanted to have a wealthy daughter-in-law. Thus, he ran away from home, leaving behind his beloved pet [[Growlie]]. He attempted to enroll in [[Pokémon Tech]], a trainer's school, but, along with his new friend [[Jessie]], flunked out. Then, with Jessie, he joined the [[Sunny Town]] bicycle gang, where he was popular for being the only gang member to have to use training wheels (nicknamed "Trainer Jim"). Eventually James, Jessie, and the bike gang went their separate ways.
 
The only child of millionaires, James was forced to endure formal society. At a young age, he was forcefully engaged to a girl of whom he was terrified, [[Jessiebelle]], all because [[James's parents|his parents]] wanted to have a wealthy daughter-in-law. Thus, he ran away from home, leaving behind his beloved pet [[Growlie]]. He attempted to enroll in [[Pokémon Tech]], a trainer's school, but, along with his new friend [[Jessie]], flunked out. Then, with Jessie, he joined the [[Sunny Town]] bicycle gang, where he was popular for being the only gang member to have to use training wheels (nicknamed "Trainer Jim"). Eventually James, Jessie, and the bike gang went their separate ways.

Revision as of 01:17, 21 March 2007

James
コジロウ Kojirō
[[File:SugimoriJames.png|{{{size}}}]]
Art from the TCG
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region Kanto
Relatives His parents
Trainer class Agent
Generation I
Games Yellow
Member of Team Rocket
Rank Agent
Anime debut Pokémon Emergency!
English voice actor Unknown
Japanese voice actor Unknown

James (Japanese: コジロウ Kojirō) is one half of of the Team Rocket duo that follows around Ash Ketchum and friends in the Pokémon anime, in hopes of robbing Ash of his Pikachu, but typically, they never succeed in stealing Pikachu. His voice actors are 三木眞一郎 Shin'ichirō Miki in Japanese and Ted Lewis (EP002-EP012), Eric Stuart (EP013-AG145) and Billy Beach (AG146-present) in English, Márcio Araújo in Brazilian-Portuguese. He is somewhat famous for carrying a rose, though in more recent episodes he does not display it often.

The only child of millionaires, James was forced to endure formal society. At a young age, he was forcefully engaged to a girl of whom he was terrified, Jessiebelle, all because his parents wanted to have a wealthy daughter-in-law. Thus, he ran away from home, leaving behind his beloved pet Growlie. He attempted to enroll in Pokémon Tech, a trainer's school, but, along with his new friend Jessie, flunked out. Then, with Jessie, he joined the Sunny Town bicycle gang, where he was popular for being the only gang member to have to use training wheels (nicknamed "Trainer Jim"). Eventually James, Jessie, and the bike gang went their separate ways.

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. However, they quickly made up and the rest is history.

Since he is proficient in several activities, including Pokémon haiku and PokéRinger, it is possible that he developed his skills during his temporary separation from Jessie, but this is not known for sure.

In the episode Holy Matrimony!, James returned to his home as a result of a trap by his parents, who pretended to be dead. He was reunited with his old pet Growlie and managed to avoid marrying Jessiebelle. Growlie stayed behind when James returned to Jessie and Meowth.

James has a tendency to be swindled by a Magikarp Salesman, who has on many occasions tricked him into buying a Magikarp or other useless Pokémon for large sums of money.

James also has a tendacy to cross-dress, but has not done it in Hoenn since Pros and Con Artists. He does, however, dress up like famous celebrities as well, such as Professor Oak, Juan, and Norman.

James seems to have a fondness for carnivorous Grass-type Pokémon, owning both a Weepinbell and a Carnivine. It is not shown how he captures either of these Pokémon, since he has owned them for a long period of time before their first appearances.

While James's role in the Pokémon anime has not yet ended, in Toshihiro Ono's manga, The Electric Tale of Pikachu, he ended up married to Jessie, about to start a family. The belief, hope, or theory that Jessie and James will become a romantic couple in the Pokémon anime is RocketShipping.

Name origin

James's English name is taken from Jesse James, an American outlaw. His Japanese name, Kojiro, 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." Kojiro takes advantage of Jirō, while the Japanese name of Butch, Kosaburo, takes advantage of Saburō.

He is based on a combination of the character of Leonardo Medici Bundle from the anime Sengoku Majin GoShogun and 弁天小僧菊之介 Sarasvati boy Kikunosuke from the kabuki 『白波五人男』 The Five Scoundrels of White Waves.

Pokémon

On hand

At home

Released

Appearances

Musical appearances

In the games

Both Jessie and James appear in Pokémon Yellow as antagonists. 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.

They hold Mr. Fuji hostage at Pokémon Tower. They attack the main character 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

  • Level 14 Ekans
  • Level 14 Meowth
  • Level 14 Koffing

Second battle

  • Level 25 Koffing
  • Level 25 Meowth
  • Level 25 Ekans

Third battle

  • Level 27 Weezing
  • Level 27 Arbok
  • Level 27 Meowth

Fourth battle

  • Level 31 Weezing
  • Level 31 Arbok
  • Level 31 Meowth

In the TCG

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, but what he may be doing in the lab is left to the imagination.

Members of Team Rocket
Bosses: Giovanni (animeAdventuresPocket Monsters)

Madame Boss*Masked Man*

Executives: ArcherArianaPetrelProton

Carl*Sham*Will*Karen*Grey*

Trios:
 
Jessie, James, & Meowth (JJM)
Koga, Lt. Surge, & Sabrina (Triad*)
Ken, Al, & Harry (TRET)*
Carr, Sird*, & Orm (T3B*)
Duos: Butch & Cassidy*Attila & Hun*Annie & Oakley*
Others:

 
ExecutivesScientistsGruntsRocket BrothersGideonDr. Fuji*
Domino*Iron-Masked Marauder*Dr. Namba*Sebastian*
Rocket Scout*Wendy*Tyson*Jubei*Viper*Christopher*
Matori*Pierce*Dr. Zager*Gozu*Miyamoto*Mondo*
Kaede*Blaine*
Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenneLanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom PokédexGo
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulNandoZoeyKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilAriaAlainMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladionHoracioHau
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthWobbuffetGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerGozuTabithaMaxieShellyArchieHunter JSaturnCyrusMarsJupiterCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretMalamarLysandreMableCelosiaAlianaXerosicBryonyTuppZippRappPlumeriaGuzmaViren
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperDr. FennelCedric JuniperProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor BurnetProfessor Sakuragi
Relatives Delia KetchumDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsNanny and Pop-PopFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's fatherLana's motherHarper and SarahRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherMohnLusamineGladionSophocles's parentsMolayneAbeMallow's motherUlu
Supporting Ho-OhOfficer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanJigglypuffTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyGranbullLizaSakuraLanceLarvitarRaoul ContestaMr. SukizoStevenVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianSolanaMarianLake guardiansYuzoRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerIzzy and CaraLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetMeloettaJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinAstridDianthaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSquishyZ2Guardian deitiesBewearSamson OakAnelaToucannon's flockStoutlandHobbesNinaAnnaLakiOranguruDanaYansuLight trioWickeFabaUltra BeastsGrandpa ForestIlimaAcerolaDiaKoharuKikunaRenjiGym LeadersElite FourCoordinatorsFrontier BrainsPerformersIsland KahunasRecurring wild PokémonMany temporary characters