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ムサシ Musashi
Jessie anime.png
Gender Female
Eye color Blue
Hair color Red*,
Hometown Unknown
Region Kanto
Relatives Miyamoto (mother)
Trainer class Agent, Coordinator, Gym Leader*
Generation I
Games Yellow
Member of Team Rocket
Rank Agent
Partner James, Meowth
Anime debut Pokémon Emergency!
English voice actor Rachael Lillis (EP002-AG145)
Michele Knotz (AG146-present)
Japanese voice actor Megumi Hayashibara (EP002-AG084, AG093-)
Akiko Hiramatsu (AG085-AG092)

Jessie (Japanese: ムサシ Musashi) is a member of Team Rocket, more specifically the Team Rocket trio that follows Ash Ketchum and his friends around in the Pokémon anime, usually trying to steal Ash's Pikachu, but always failing.

In the anime


Jessie's mother, Miyamoto, was a high-ranking Team Rocket agent. When Jessie was around the age of five, Miyamoto left on a mission to the Andes to record the voice of the elusive Pokémon Mew. However, after Miyamoto disappeared, Jessie was put into a foster home which had very little money. There were times when she had no choice but to eat snow because of a lack of food.

In Crossing Paths, it was revealed that she had a crush on a boy she had gone to school with named Astin, who has a current-day counterpart with a similar name.

Jessie applying to become a nurse

When she was old enough, she left home to become a Pokémon nurse. However, she was unable to go to a regular nursing school and went to the Pokémon Nurse School, which was intended for Chansey. She was quite skilled at things such as bandaging, and even showed a Chansey how to do it, which she quickly became good friends with. However, because she was not a Chansey, Jessie couldn't do things like use Sing to soothe Pokémon, instead falling asleep herself. Ultimately she failed to graduate, and on graduation day she simply packed a bag and left. As she was leaving, Chansey came up to her and offered her her nurses' hat, but Jessie refused to take it. Chansey then broke her egg-shaped pendant she got as proof of graduating in half and gave one half to Jessie so that they would have something to remember each other by. In the episode Ignorance is Blissey, Jessie was reunited with that same Chansey, which had since evolved into a Blissey.

Jessie as "Chainer Jessie" when she was part of the bike bridge gang

It is assumed that she then enrolled in Pokémon Tech, a Trainers' school, where she met James, and subsequently failed and dropped out. After this, as revealed in The Bridge Bike Gang, Jessie and James joined a bicycle gang in Sunny Town, where Jessie was known for swinging a chain above her head as she rode her bike, acquiring the nicknames "Big Jess" and "Chainer Jessie".

It was revealed in Spring Fever that she was supposedly a model at one point.

Sometime before joining Team Rocket, and it is not known when, Jessie obtained a Contest Pass in the Hoenn region. Also during the years before Team Rocket, she had several boyfriends, all of whom left her and/or treated her badly. In Xatu the Future, she revealed that she had once worked at a TV station as the weathergirl. In From Cradle to Save, it was revealed that she once was a ninja.

Due to conflicts in canon between Kanto and Johto episodes and the special episode Training Daze, what happened between Jessie and James 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.

Team Rocket member Wendy held a grudge against Jessie for failing to pay for a drink (making Wendy pay), but got her revenge when she added the charge to Jessie's overall Team Rocket bill.

As Jessebella

Starting in Hoenn, Jessie became a Pokémon Coordinator, entering every Contest that she could. She frequently made it to the battle round, but usually lost there. However, in Borrowing on Bad Faith!, she finally succeeded in winning an (unofficial) Contest by using Ash's Aipom, which she had saved earlier in the episode. And, in Team Shocker!, she won an official Contest with her Dustox at Solaceon Town. Later in Shield with a Twist, she won a Ribbon with help of her Yanmega. She has Contest Passes to compete in the Hoenn, Kanto, and Sinnoh regions.

As Jessadia

In the Kanto Contests, Jessie disguised herself as Jessebella (Japanese: ムサぴょん Musa-pyon) wearing a red dress and glasses. Eventually, Ash, Brock, Max and May found out her true identity in the last Contest.

Jessie disguised as Jessilina

During the Kanto Grand Festival, Jessie dressed up as Jessadia (Japanese: プリティ・ムサリン Pretty Musalin) and wore glasses, long white socks, a yellow and orange dress, and had her hair in pigtails. She worked there as an announcer and Lilian Meridian's assistant; Lilian herself said she did not really like Jessadia's style, but recognized her talent.

In Sinnoh Super Contests, Jessie disguised herself as Jessilina (Japanese: キャンディ・ムサリーナ Candy Musalina), using big glasses and an orange dress. She was notable for the fact that, in the appeals round of a Contest, Jessie tended to use her Pokémon to show herself off, rather than showing them off. The orange dress she wore was ripped into pieces during her appeal for the Grand Festival in Last Call, First Round!.

Jessilina in the Grand Festival

In the Celestic Town Contest, Jessie disguised herself as Fantina for her performance. She had her Yanmega use Silver Wind to lift her up in a similar fashion to what she did with her Dustox in a previous Contest. She did not make it to the next round in the Contest.

In Pruning a Passel of Pals! and Strategy With a Smile! she once again used her Jessadia disguise to report on the Wallace Cup. She used it again in Playing The Leveling Field! to interview Fantina.

Although Jessie entered mostly every Contest in Hoenn and Kanto, she lost in all of them, whether it was the first match of the Battle Rounds or the finals. However, in the Sinnoh region, she won three Ribbons herself using her Dustox, Yanmega and Seviper, and obtained a Ribbon after James won a Contest in her place, as well as receiving one from Princess Salvia after she lost to her. Jessie was then eligible to participate in the Sinnoh Grand Festival, and made it to the semi-finals, losing to Dawn.

She's also used other aliases to disguise herself under, such as Jessilinda during her time at the Pokémon Summer Academy and Jessilynlyn while competing in the Pokémon Ping Pong Tournament. Against Marilyn in Battling a Cute Drama!, she used the alias Jessirilyn.

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, only making them use Pokémon native to Unova. Unknown to the two, Giovanni was not certain they would be successful; however, he sees that their presence in the region will 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 are much less comedic than before. They also appear much less often than in previous series.

Along with James and Meowth, Jessie reappeared in BW109, returning to their original plan of catching Ash's Pikachu. They've also returned to their comedic selves and have added new Pokémon to their team, with Jessie catching a Frillish sometime before meeting up with Ash and company.


Jessie after beating up her Seviper for biting off her hair

She has a long-standing bitter rivalry with Cassidy, another member of Team Rocket.

Jessie seems to have a special preference for snake-like Pokémon, owning both an Arbok and a Seviper. In The Ninja Poké Showdown, she expressed a preference for Poison-type Pokémon in general.

Jessie is also known to be very vain and is also prone to explosive anger. She values her appearance, and she can get furious when her face or hair is damaged, such as in The Tower of Terror, Don't Touch That 'dile!, A Tail with a Twist or A Meteoric Rise to Excellence!. When this happens, she may do things like beat up a Pokémon such as Meowth or her Seviper. Furthermore, Jessie goes into a violent outrage whenever someone insults her beauty by calling her old, such as the episode The Battling Eevee Brothers when Misty calls Jessie an "old hag" (Japanese: oba-san). She spat fire in extreme anger after Misty called her that name in that episode. She is also angered (compared to her companions, who are usually depressed when they fail at something) when missions are either failed or botched, which is a regular thing. This anger was intensely demonstrated in the Indigo League, Orange Islands and part of the Johto League story arcs. However, her anger tantrums started to become less intense over the next two story arcs.


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Jessie and James's first appearance in Pokémon Emergency!
Art from episodes BW001 - BW022 in the Best Wishes series

It is revealed in Holy Matrimony! that Jessie is almost identical in appearance to James's fiancée, Jessiebelle, with the two of them having virtually identical faces and the only noticeable physical differences between them being eye color, hairstyle, and slightly different hair colors. Meowth in particular takes notice of this and frequently reminds Jessie of the fact throughout the episode, something she takes strong offense to due to Jessiebelle's reprehensible personality. By the time the subject of Jessiebelle is breached again in Two Degrees of Separation!, she seems to have forgotten about her doppelganger and needs Meowth to remind her of who she is. The resemblance between the two was further explored in The Treasure is All Mine! when she disguised herself as Jessiebelle in order to grant herself, James, and Meowth, entrance into one of James's family mansions without James having to do so himself.


As with the standards set by the Team Rocket organization, Jessie initially started off with mainly Poison-type Pokémon, but as the anime continued onward, her team has diversified. However, she is still strongly associated with Poison-type serpentine Pokémon, such as Arbok and Seviper. Most of her other Pokémon tend to be unusual in appearance and don't usually fit the general image of "cute". However, she does display a desire to obtain Pokémon that are considered "adorable" when the opportunity presents itself, especially feminine Pokémon such as Happiny or Smoochum. She was also attracted to a Weavile in Duels of the Jungle!.

Occasionally, she manages to take control of some powerful Pokémon, but due to either inexperience or hubris, this often backfires and loses control of them. She doesn't appear to train her Pokémon that often. Instead, they are often used to fight against Ash and his friends. When she enters Contests, she tends to involve herself in her Pokémon's appeals.

Pokémon currently owned

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Jessie Seviper.png
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Yanma → Yanmega
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Ekans → Arbok
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Wurmple → Cascoon → Dustox

Traded away

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Mime Jr.
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Chansey → Blissey


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Status unknown

Jessie's Starmie
During a flashback, Jessie used a Starmie similar to a shuriken, telling it to use "water magic" Water Gun as it hit others while spinning. However, it was heavily implied that Jessie made this up.
Debut From Cradle to Save


Ribbons obtained

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Jessie holding her fifth Ribbon

Grand Festival ranking

Jessie placed in the following Grand Festival competitions:

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 林原めぐみ Megumi Hayashibara
平松晶子 Akiko Hiramatsu (AG085-AG092)
English Rachael Lillis (EP002-AG145, M01-M08, Mewtwo Returns)
Michele Knotz (AG146-present, M09-present, The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon)
Arabic فاطمة سعد Fatima Sa'ad
Catalan Marina Vinyals
Mandarin Chinese 盧敘榮 Lú Xùróng
姚敏敏 Yáo Mǐnmǐn
詹雅菁 Zhān Yǎjīng
Croatian Mila Elegović
Czech Dana Černá (EP002-EP209, movies 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7)
Eva Spoustová (DP001-present), movie 11)
Radka Přibyslavská (movie 4)
Danish Ann Hjort
Dutch Hilde de Mildt (EP002-present, movies 1-3, 8-present)
Unknown Voice Actor (movies 4-7)
Filipino Charmaine Cordoviz
Finnish Mari Laari
Kiti Kokkonen
Susa Saukko (DP053-present)
French Canada Christine Séguin
Europe Catherine Conet
German Scarlet Lubowski
Hebrew מאיה בר שלום Maya Bar Shalom
Indonesian Saras B. Palupi (Kanto saga)
Nurhayati Hartono (Johto saga-present, movie 2-13)
Italian Emanuela Pacotto
Polish Dorota Lanton (EP002-AG040, movies 1, 2, 3, Mewtwo Returns)
Izabela Dąbrowska (DP001-present, movie 11)
Portuguese Brazil Isabel Cristina de Sá
Portugal Teresa Madruga (EP002-EP041, EP100-EP128, movies 1 and 2)
Sandra de Castro (EP042-EP099, EP263-AG065)
Dora Cruz (EP129-EP209, Pokémon Live!)
Cármen Santos (movies 3 and 4)
Raquel Ferreira (EP210-EP262, AG093-AG189, DP001-DP052)
Bárbara Lourenço (AG066-AG092, Pokémon Chronicles)
Unknown actress (movie 7)
Rita Fernandes (AG190-AG192)
Raquel Rosmaninho (DP053-present, movies 10-present)
Russian Татьяна Зиновенко Tatyana Zinovenko, Жана Никонова Janna Nikonova
Spanish Latin America Diana Pérez (regular voice actress)
Elena Rámirez (EP159-EP167, EP169, EP192-EP205, EP230-EP233, EP274-AG017, AG033-AG034, AG093-AG100, one scene of AG133)
Mayra Arellano (young, AG156)
Spain Amparo Valencia
Ana Jiménez (movie 3 and Mewtwo Returns)
Swedish Annelie Berg
Thai สุลักษณา เทพหัสดิน ณ อยุธยา Sulaksana Tephadsadin na Ayutthaya
Turkish Figen Harman

In the games

Pokémon Yellow

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Artwork of Jessie and her Arbok from the Game Freak website.

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


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Jessie's and James's sprite from
Generation I
Jessie's overworld sprite from
Generation I


Mt. Moon
  • Before battle
"Stop right there! That fossil is Team Rocket's! Surrender now, or prepare to fight!"
  • When 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!"
  • When 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!"
  • When 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!"
  • When defeated
"Like always..."
  • After being defeated
"Team Rocket, blast off at the speed of light! Again..."

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

Jessie in Pokémon Zany Cards

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

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Jessie and James as a married couple in the manga
Jessie in the manga

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

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

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

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

Like many female characters in the manga, Jessie is depicted with an oversized bust, though this is edited down for VIZ Media's English translation.


On hand
Jessie's Arbok
Ekans → Arbok
Main article: Jessie's Arbok

Arbok is Jessie's primary battling Pokémon who first appeared as an Ekans. During its next appearance, it evolved into an Arbok.

Debut Pikachu's Excellent Adventure

In the TCG

Art from the EX Team Rocket Returns TCG Jessie 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 Jessie.


Jessie's special lure
  • Jessie's hair color changed from red to magenta in Here's Lookin at You, Elekid and all subsequent episodes. This episode was the first to feature digital colored animation. In all of the hand-colored cel animated episodes before this episode, Jessie's hair color was red. Certain movies, though, such as Destiny Deoxys and Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, depict her with red hair, possibly because of a different style of coloring.
  • In the dub of The Ultimate Test, Jessie is said to be 17 years old.
  • Jessie is one of only two human characters, and the only main human, to appear in Dare da? or its English equivalent, "Who's That Pokémon?" having dressed as a Venomoth in the Dare da? for EP161; the other is Brutella.

Name origin

Jessie's English name is taken from Jesse James, an American outlaw. Her Japanese name, Musashi, is taken from 宮本武蔵 Miyamoto Musashi, a famous Japanese swordsman. In his most famous duel, he defeated his rival, 佐々木小次郎 Sasaki Kojirō, after whom James got his Japanese name. However, one can argue that she is also named after the Japanese battleship Musashi, as her rival Cassidy's Japanese name is based on the Japanese battleship Yamato.

She is based on a combination of Takeshi Shudō's old girlfriend from when he was in school and the female antagonist of the Time Bokan anime series.

In other languages

Language Name Origin
Korean 로사 Rosa
Chinese 武藏 Wǔzàng From 宮本武蔵 Miyamoto Musashi
Thai มูซาชิ Musashi Based on the original Japanese name.
Indonesian Jessie (Kanto saga)
Musashi (Johto saga - present)
Based on English and Japanese name.

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