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コジロウ Kojirō
James art.png
Gender Male
Eye color Green
Hair color Lavender
Hometown Unknown
Region Kanto
Relatives Grandparents, Unnamed parents
Trainer class Agent
Generation I
Games Yellow Version
Member of Team Rocket
Rank Agent
Partner Jessie Meowth
Anime debut Pokémon Emergency!
English voice actor Ed Paul (EP002-EP009)
Eric Stuart (EP010-AG145; 4Kids)
Jimmy Zoppi (a/k/a Billy Beach; TPCi)
Japanese voice actor Shin'ichirō Miki

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

James is mostly a comedic parody of bishounen characters; the 4Kids English dub in particular tends to give him a melodramatic and even campy tone. He is somewhat famous for carrying a rose, though in more recent episodes he does not display it as often. Mostly, his rose is displayed in the Team Rocket motto.

In the anime

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The 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 Jessiebelle. 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 beloved pet Growlithe, Growlie, behind. He attempted to enroll in Pokémon Tech, a Trainer's school flunked out; as did his new friend Jessie. 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.

Surprisingly, James has shown to be relatively well versed in various activities, including Pokémon Haiku, Pokémon Orienteering, and PokéRinger among other things, making him almost something of a "Jack of all Trades". 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, but this is not known for sure.

Perhaps due to his heavily enforced, sheltered upbringing, as well as the constant harassment that he had to endure from Jessiebelle 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 (though all of them do to some degree or another), and is the least prone to backstabbing someone who is kind to him. He can actually be quite sinister when he wants to, however.

Younger James and Growlie

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 Jessiebelle's torment until Growlie came to his rescue. After temporarily chasing Jessiebelle 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.

Jessie and James's first apperance in Pokémon Emergency!

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.

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's and Officer Jenny's. In fact, Dressed for Jess Success! marks the first time he cross dresses in the Diamond and Pearl anime series, though it was him disguised as Jessie. 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.

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".

For unknown reasons, he, Jessie and Meowth mostly use hot air balloons instead of faster ways of transportation. However in newer episodes the balloon is shown with 'jets' attached to explain how they get from one place to another faster than walking.


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) Template:Type2 Pokémon, owning Weepinbell, Victreebel, and Carnivine. 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. It is not shown how he captured Weepinbell, but he had owned it for a long period of time before its first appearance. 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.

On hand

Mime Jr.
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In training


At home

With relatives

Traded away

Weepinbell → Victreebel


Magikarp → Gyarados
Koffing → Weezing
Weepinbell → Victreebel






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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 (4Kids dub; EP002-EP009)
Eric Stuart (4Kids dub; EP010-AG145)
Jimmy Zoppi (credited as Billy Beach, TPCi/TPCi dub)
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
Czech Michal Michálek (EP002-present, movies 1, 2, 3, 11)
Robert Jícha (movie 4)
Radek Škvor (movies 6 and 7)
Dutch Bram Bart (season 1-7, movies 1-3)
Paul Disbergen (season 8-present, movie 8-present)
Filipino Jefferson Utanes
Finnish Antti Pääkkönen Anssi Känsälä
Antti Jaakkola Peter Philström Saku Mäkynen
French Canada Antoine Durand
Europe David Manet
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)
Italian Simone D'Andre
Polish Jarosław Budnik (EP002-AG040, DP053-present, movies 1, 2, 3 and 11, Mewtwo Returns)
Marcin Przybylski (DP001-DP052)
Portuguese Brazil Márcio Araújo
Portugal Peter Michael (EP001-EP093, movies 1, 2, 3, and 4)
Rui Quintas (EP094-present)
Spanish Latin America José Antonio Macías
Eduardo Garza (young, EP048)
Gabriel Gama (one scene of AG098, AG132 and AG144)
Gerardo García (AG105-AG110, one scene of AG174)
Spain Iván Jara
Luis Manuel Martín Díaz (movie 3 and Mewtwo Returns)
Turkish Levent Sülün
Aydoğan Temel

In the manga

James appears in the Electric Tale of Pikachu manga series 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 and 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.

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.

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

Koffing → Weezing

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. 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

Second battle

Third battle

Fourth battle

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.


Pokémon Yellow
  • First battle:

"Stop right there! That fossil is Team Rocket’s! Surrender now, or prepare to fight!"
"A brat beat us?"
"Team Rocket, blast off at the speed of light!"

  • Second battle:

"Not another step, brat! How dare you humiliate us at Mt.Moon! It’s payback time, you brat!"
"Such a dreadful twerp!"
"Looks like Team Rocket’s blasting off again!"

  • Third battle:

"Stop right there! Grampa here wanted to complain, so we’re setting him straight. So render yourself invisible, or prepare to fight!"
"You will regret this!"
"Looks like Team Rocket’s blasting off again!"

  • Fourth battle:

"Hold it right there, brat! Our Boss is in a meeting! You better not disturb him!"
"Like always…"
"Team Rocket, blast off at the speed of light! Again…"

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


James and Jessie

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.


Language Name Origin
Chinese 小次郎 Xiǎo Cìláng From 佐々木小次郎 Sasaki Kojirō.

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