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ムサシ Musashi
Jessie BW3.png
Age 25 (as of M02, not stated in dub)
Gender Female
Eye color Blue
Hair color Dark Pink*, Crimson*, Magenta*
Hometown Unknown
Region Kanto
Relatives Miyamoto (mother)
Trainer class Agent, Coordinator, Gym Leader* , Performer
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 part of a trio with James and Meowth, that follows Ash Ketchum and his friends around in the Pokémon anime, usually trying to steal Ash's Pikachu.

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 bridge bike 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 Sunnytown, 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. (However, Jessie revealed to Meowth and James later on that she didn't even like fruit smoothies for some reason.)

In the original series

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Jessie made her debut in the anime in Pokémon Emergency. Alongside James 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 Punchy Pokémon, Jessie entered the P1 Grand Prix after stealing Giant's clothes and Hitmonlee. She used Giant's clothes as a disguise. She did not make it as Hitmonlee lost to Primeape.

In Princess vs. Princess, Jessie participated in the Princess Festival. She caught a Lickitung beforehand when it was caught stealing stuff from Team Rocket with its tongue, claiming to deal with it later. Jessie competed in the contest of the Princess Festival but was eliminated by Misty despite her Lickitung nearly defeating Misty's whole team that she used.

In Wobbu-Palooza!, she fought the Wobbuffet Festival crashers with her Wobbuffet and singlehandedly defeated them. When she, James, and Meowth were leaving the festival, they were caught with stolen food from the festival. Ash and his friends easily defeated them and got the food back.

In Control Freak!, she wore an ancient mask and scepter belonging to a queen from a long time ago. Using the items, Jessie possessed some Pokémon that she chose except for Golbat who was apparently unaffected. She was about to get away with the items but Brock's newly-evolved Crobat sliced the Dig-a-tron and separated her from the mask and scepter.

In the Advanced Generation series

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As Jessebella
As Jessadia

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. 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.

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.

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 the Diamond & Pearl series

As Jessilina

In Mounting a Coordinator Assault!, Jessie disguised herself as Jessilina (Japanese: キャンディ・ムサリーナ Candy Musalina) in order to compete in the Jubilife City Pokémon Contest. She borrowed James's Carnivine to make her Sinnoh debut and used it in the Performance Stage, telling it to use its Bullet Seed attack to break the lollipops she had thrown in the air into pieces. She then commanded it to use Bite in her head, as it does to James every time it is sent out of its Poké Ball. When the results were announced in Arrival of a Rival!, it was shown that Jessie's performance had secured her a place in the second round, where she, together with Carnivine, managed to defeat a Rhydon before losing to Zoey and her Glameow in the finals. The disguise adopted for the Jubilife Contest was used in every official Pokémon Contest Jessie entered in the Sinnoh region and the Hearthome Collection as well.

After rescuing Ash's Aipom from falling off a cliff in Borrowing on Bad Faith!, Jessie managed to persuade Ash to let her borrow Aipom for an informal Pokémon Contest that would be held in a small village as part of a festival. Jessie then decided to practice for the competition, asking Aipom to show off all of her moves. Jessie's training session paid off as she easily advanced to the second round of the Contest, where she faced Dawn and her Pachirisu. During their battle, Jessie used a Contest combination to drop Dawn's points before commanding Aipom to attack Pachirisu with Focus Punch, which caused the Electric-type Pokémon to faint, thereby eliminating Dawn from the Contest and giving Jessie her first Contest victory.

In A Stand-Up Sit-Down!, Jessie heard Zoey telling Dawn that the Hearthome Contest would follow the Double Performance format. Despite never having practiced for this kind of performance, Jessie was confident she would do well in the Contest, thinking that her experience at commanding more than one Pokémon when battling along with James against Ash and his friends would make things easier for her. Later, upon seeing Dawn struggling to perfect some combinations, Jessie made some insulting remarks before challenging Dawn to a two-on-two Contest Battle. However, Zoey accepted the challenge in Dawn's place, as she did not like the way Jessie treated Dawn. Although Jessie was able to combine Poison Sting and Poison Tail to create a powerful attack, her Dustox and Seviper were no match for the combinations Zoey had prepared for her Glameow and Shellos to use. As a result, Jessie lost the battle.

Jessie competed in the Hearthome City Pokémon Contest in Dawn's Early Night!. She borrowed James's Mime Jr. and Cacnea for the Performance Stage, where she had them hugging and tickling her while she spun around the stage. She finished the performance by commanding Cacnea to use Pin Missile and Mime Jr. to use Mimic, creating a fireworks display that ensured her progression to the Battle Round. There, she used her Seviper and Dustox to battle Nando's Roselia and Kricketune. During their battle, Nando proved to be a formidable opponent for Jessie as he managed to deplete all of her points, thus eliminating Jessie from the competition.

In Team Shocker!, Jessie entered the Solaceon Contest. For the first round, she had Dustox flying around the stage to show off her colorful wings and scatter a sparkling green dust all over. She also ordered Dustox to use Whirlwind to lift her off the ground, astounding the audience. After that, she had Dustox using Psybeam to create a rainbow-colored ball that released a thick green smoke as it exploded. She then finished the performance by having Dustox flap her wings to clear the smoke and reveal themselves posing in the center of the stage. Their performance left the three judges very impressed as Coordinator and Pokémon were in sync with one another. This secured Jessie a place in the Battle Round, where she quickly made her way to the finals. There, Jessie faced Kenny and his Prinplup using her Dustox. She was able to win the battle by taking advantage of Kenny's techniques, having used Prinplup's moves to favor her Dustox. This victory gave Jessie her first Contest Ribbon.

When Jessie entered the Wallace Cup in Staging a Heroes' Welcome!, she was counting on James and Meowth to make sure she would be the one taking the Aqua Ribbon home, as she believed they had plotted a scheme for her to win the Solaceon Town Pokémon Contest. However, they admitted to her that they did not use any cheats back then and told her that she won that Contest thanks to her skills as a Pokémon Coordinator, leaving Jessie with a shocked expression. Later, Jessie used Wobbuffet in the first round of the Wallace Cup. She started the performance by running towards Wobbuffet while he ran at her using Counter. When the two collided in the middle of the stage, Jessie was sent flying in the air. She then finished it off by landing on top of Wobbuffet's head, failing to impress the panel of judges. For this reason, Jessie didn't make it past the Performance Stage.

In Pruning a Passel of Pals! and Strategy with a Smile!, Jessie disguised herself as the reporter Jessedia to interview the Wallace Cup contestants after each battle, helping out the master of ceremonies Marian with the televised coverage of the tournament. She used the disguise again in Playing The Leveling Field! to interview Top Coordinator Fantina.

For her performance at the Celestic Contest in Battling The Generation Gap!, Jessie decided to pay homage to Fantina, wearing a dress just like the one used by the Hearthome City Gym Leader. In the first round, she had her Yanmega using Silver Wind to lift her up in the air in a similar fashion to what she had done with Dustox in the Solaceon Contest. Jessie was confident that she would advance to the Contest Battles. However, when Marian announced the eight contestants moving on to the next round, she was shocked as her picture was not in the panel, meaning that she had been eliminated.

In Shield with a Twist!, Jessie found out a Pokémon Contest would be held in Majolica Town and decided to participate. In the Performance Stage, she commanded Yanmega to use Silver Wind to blow off her hair bows so that her hair could flow along in the wind. This performance left the audience mesmerized and put Jessie among the Coordinators advancing to the second round, where she managed to defeat all of her opponents to take the prestigious Majolica Ribbon home.

Jessilina in the Grand Festival

In the Sinnoh region, unlike in Hoenn and Kanto, 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. The orange dress she wore was ripped into pieces during her appeal for the Grand Festival in Last Call, First Round!.

After her loss to Dawn, Jessie got furious as her dream of becoming Top Coordinator was destroyed, but regardless, she told Dawn that since she beat her, she wouldn't forgive her if Dawn didn't end up as Top Coordinator for as long as she lived, thus showing that Jessie was rooting for Dawn, despite the two being enemies. When Dawn then lost in the finals to Zoey, Jessie was furious and decided she was through with contests. She then discarded her Jessilina costume before storming away. None of the main characters ever learned that Jessie and Jessilina were the same person.

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

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 New Places... Familiar Faces!, returning to their original plan of catching Ash's Pikachu. They've also added new Pokémon to their team, with Jessie catching a Frillish sometime before meeting up with Ash and company. However, she is forced to give it and her Woobat away to Giovanni in The Dream Continues! under the pretense that she captured them for him.

In the XY series

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Jessie returned once again in the XY series, following Ash to the Kalos region. She also regained Wobbuffet as part of her team as of The Dream Continues! and became a Pokémon Performer.

In The Bamboozling Forest!, she caught a Pumpkaboo.

In A Showcase Debut!, Jessie entered the Rookie Class Pokémon Showcase that was being held in Coumarine City under the alias Jessilee (Japanese: Musavie). In the first round, she competed against Shauna and Alouette using her Pumpkaboo, which she dressed up as a scarecrow. Jessie however had misunderstood what she meant to do, as the point of the Showcase was to show off the Pokémon's beauty whereas she had chosen to make Pumpkaboo as scary as possible. As a result, she was the least voted Performer and thus was eliminated from the competition.

In A Fork in the Road! A Parting of the Ways!, Jessie and Wobbuffet got lost after blasting off when trying to steal Pikachu. As she and Wobbuffet searched for James and Meowth they came across a wild Gloom which Jessie tried to shoo away by shoving sand at it, but instead it used Stun Spore on her and Wobbuffet causing them to fall into a nearby river. Jessie and Wobbuffet were saved from drowning by Dr. White and his female Wobbuffet. Dr. White took Jessie and Wobbuffet back to his clinic in order to recover. There, Jessie noticed the two Wobbuffet had a connection and started to fall in love with Dr. White. Later, after being found out by Ash and his friends, Jessie confided in them that she was done with Team Rocket. Unbeknownst to Jessie, James and Meowth were listening in on the conversation, but they didn't do anything to try and stop her. After realizing Dr. White didn't have feelings for her, and learning that Pumpkaboo, Inkay, and Meowth were captured by a Pokémon Hunter, Jessie decided to leave Wobbuffet behind and save her friends. As she was rescuing her friends, Wobbuffet came back to her and helped her. At the end of the episode, she was seen holding flowers that Dr. White gave her as a gift, but she decided to stick with her friends instead.

In XY079, Jessie attempted to earn her first Princess Key by competing in the Dendemille Rookie Class Showcase. During the Theme Performance, she was seen baking some Poké Puffs for the judges along with Meowth and Wobbuffet. Meowth had heard what flavors the judges' Pokémon preferred and told Jessie to give her an advantage. As a result, the three were able to advance to the Free Performance. There, they delivered a performance that impressed Decanta and some other audience members. However, it was not enough to bring Jessie the victory.

In XY081, Jessie and her fellow Team Rocket members attended a festival celebrating Gourgeist. During the festival she cosplayed by dressing up as a Mismagius. She met a man named Count Pump who had a Pumpkaboo that had fallen in love with Jessie's. Count Pump offered to trade his Mawile for Jessie's Pumpkaboo, and after hearing that Mawile could Mega Evolve, Jessie became very excited and a fight broke out between Jessie and Pumpkaboo. As a result of the fight Jessie agreed to the trade. As soon as Count Pump called Pumpkaboo out she evolved, which caused Count Pump's Pumpkaboo to lose his interest in her. After remembering all the good times she had with Pumpkaboo Jessie wanted to trade the two Pokémon back, to which Count Pump agreed. During a blast off, which happened as a result of battling Ash and his friends, Jessie was hugging Gourgeist the entire time, happy to have her back.


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, Maxxed Out!, A Meteoric Rise to Excellence!, and One for the Goomy!. 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), this is a trait she shares with James, who hates being referred to as an old man. 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. At times, her anger is also shown to scare James and Meowth, usually when they are expecting it or if she really loses her temper. 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 and less frequent over the next 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

Jessie and James are some of the taller characters in the anime. They are much taller than Ash and all of his companions, showing that they are older. Jessie has sapphire blue eyes, red lips, and green earrings that stay on always, even in most disguises. Jessie's hair is long and curved, and some fans have pointed out that it makes her look like an "R", as in Team Rocket, when she stands a certain way. Her hair color changed from dark pink in Pokémon: Indigo League to crimson in most hand-colored episodes to magenta starting in Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid!, and the shade continues to vary. Along with James, she wears her Team Rocket uniform constantly, except when in disguise. Her uniform is a long sleeve white cropped turtleneck with a bright red "R", long black gloves, a tight and very short white skirt, and thigh high black boots.

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, slightly different hair colors, and different earrings. 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 or Showcases, she tends to involve herself in her Pokémon's appeals.

On hand

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Pumpkaboo → Gourgeist

At Team Rocket's headquarters

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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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With Giovanni

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Evolved with another Pokémon

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Mime Jr.
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Chansey → Blissey


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Taillow (multiple)
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Status unknown

Jessie's Magikarp
Main article: List of Pokémon temporarily owned by the Team Rocket trio#Magikarp

Jessie received a Magikarp from the Magikarp salesman after trading away Spoink's pearl. After Team Rocket's defeat, Magikarp disappeared. However, it isn't known if Jessie had time to catch the Magikarp.

Debut Pearls are a Spoink's Best Friend
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Maddie Blaustein
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


Sinnoh Ribbons

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Jessie holding her fifth Ribbon

Grand Festival ranking

Other achievements

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 (EP001-EP183, AG041-AG057, movies 1-4)
Karolina Blom (EP263-AG026)
Kiti Kokkonen
Susa Saukko (DP053-present)
French Canada Christine Séguin
Europe Catherine Conet
German Scarlet Lubowski
Greek Μιχαέλα Αντωνίου Michaela Antoniou
Hebrew מאיה בר שלום Maya Bar Shalom
Hindi शगुफ्ता बेग Shagufta Baig (Hungama dub)
Indonesian Saras B. Palupi (Kanto saga)
Nurhayati Hartono (Johto saga-DP191, movie 2-13)
Jane Leisilla Zahara (BW001-present)
Italian Emanuela Pacotto
Korean 이선 I Seon (EP002-EP274)
우정신 U Jeong-Shin (AG001 - present)
Norwegian Lena Meieran
Polish Dorota Lanton (EP002-AG040, movies 1, 2, 3, Mewtwo Returns)
Izabela Dąbrowska (DP001-present, movies 11-present)
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, Дарья Фролова Darja Frolova
Spanish Latin America Diana Pérez
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
คนธนันท์ วัฒนชาติวงศ์ Kontanun watanachatwong (Best Wishes series and XY series)
Turkish Figen Harman

In the games

Pokémon Yellow

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, attacking the 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..."


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Jessie and James's sprite from
Jessie'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

Jessie 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

Jessie in Ash and Pikachu.

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


On hand
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Jessie Wobbuffet AP.png

Team Rocket Pikachu AP.png

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.

Following this, Jessie and James begin regularly appearing in the manga, following Ash to the Pokémon League championship at Indigo Plateau and cheering him on at the Orange League. Jessie, along with James, 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. In this epilogue chapter, she is shown as slightly older with a shorter hairdo.

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
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Ekans → Arbok

Jessie's Clefairy
Clefairy (multiple)
When Team Rocket cornered Mimi in her house, Jessie caught loads of Clefairy. They were released later on after Jigglypuff's tune puts everyone to sleep.

None of Clefairy's moves are known.

Debut Clefairy in Space

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.
  • Jessie is one of only two human characters, and the only one that is a main character, 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.
  • Both Misty and Jessie were voiced by Rachael Lillis and then switched to Michele Knotz at some point.

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 Majo, 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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