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コジロウ Kojirō
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James in the Sun & Moon series
Age 25 (as of M02, not stated in dub)
Gender Male
Eye color Green
Hair color Lavender
Hometown Unknown
Region Kanto
Relatives Grandparents (Nanny and Pop-Pop), 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 Ted Lewis (EP002-EP008)
Eric Stuart (EP009-AG145)
Carter Cathcart (MoMP-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 main anime


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".

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.

Original series

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Jessie and James's first appearance in Pokémon Emergency!

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.

Advanced Generation series

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James went with Jessie and Meowth to Hoenn while they were stuck on the hull of the ship.

In That's Just Swellow, James partook in Crossgate's PokéRinger. He was able to get to the final round with Jessie's Dustox but lost to Ash's Swellow. He was taken by Jessie and Meowth to their balloon in which they reveal the stolen Pokémon. Swellow freed them with Wing Attack and then Team Rocket was sent flying by Pikachu.

In Sweet Baby James, James reunited with his grandparents, Nanny and Pop-Pop. While there, they looked after his sick Chimecho while James got a Mime Jr.

In Off the Unbeaten Path, James along his Team Rocket colleagues participated in Pokémon Orienteering. He was able to win the contest with Mime Jr. Despite winning, James gave the fruit to Ash and his friends for their actions earlier.

In The Ole' Berate and Switch!, following a failed attempt of getting Ash's Pikachu, James separated with Jessie and Meowth, and met up with Cassidy. James went back with Jessie and Meowth after Team Rocket were caught with stealing a load of Poké Balls.

Diamond & Pearl series

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The trio arrived in Sinnoh using their balloon. They arrived in James's vacation house and James retrieved his Carnivine that he caught a long time ago. James left the house with Jessie and Meowth because of Jessebelle's arrival.

In Pursuing a Lofty Goal!, James borrowed Jessie's Yanmega to enter the Squallville PokéRinger. In the first round, he and Yanmega faced off against Steveland and his Skiploom. James was confident he could win the match, but when an updraft hit the two Pokémon, Yanmega was left disoriented and fell to the ground. Skiploom used this opportunity to grab the ring from the balloon and bring it to the goal, earning Steveland the win. As a result, James was eliminated from the competition.

In Dressed for Jess Success!, James disguised himself as Jessilina and entered the Lilypad Town Pokémon Contest in Jessie's place. In the Performance Stage, James had Meowth use his Fury Swipes to slice ramen for the Contest Judges, which impressed them enough and put James among the eight Coordinators moving on to the Battle Stage. There, James faced off against Dawn in the semifinals. During their battle, he took advantage of the fact that Mamoswine usually started the battle off by swallowing Ice Shard and had Carnivine steal the Ice Shard with Vine Whip before it happened. As a result, Mamoswine became enraged and James was able to win. James went on to the finals and won, earning himself a Ribbon and gave it to Jessie afterwards.

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, 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.

XY series

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!.

The episode Facing the Grand Design! focuses highly on the strong bond between James and Inkay. During the episode, Inkay was furious when Malamar showed up with two other evil Malamar, and while Jessie and Meowth believed it was because Inkay wanted to hand them over to the evil Malamar, James knew otherwise, but was still concerned about why Inkay was acting the way he was. Later on after escaping being caught by the evil Malamar along with Meowth, Inkay, and Clemont, James found out through Meowth's translation that Inkay was furious with the evil Malamar for hypnotizing him in the past and wanted to make Malamar pay for what it had done. Inkay then began talking to the forest Inkay and Malamar to try and get them to help with the quest to stop the evil Malamar. At first, the good Malamar were skeptical about Inkay's story until one of the Malamar showed up and attacked the forest Pokémon with Hyper Beam. As the gang worked to stop the evil Malamar, the leader captured Inkay and brainwashed him with Hypnosis and made him attack his Trainer. James took Inkay's Tackle head on and then fed him a croissant, Inkay's favorite food. As he ate, Inkay began to remember all the times he and Inkay spent together, and Inkay was successfully returned to normal. When the group finally defeated the evil Malamar, Team Rocket watched the forest Pokémon as the Inkay led James's Inkay into the forest to play with them. James got up to leave without Inkay, but Inkay went back to him. Although at first James told Inkay that all he wanted was for him to be happy, so he wasn't going to ask him to stay with him, Inkay began shouting at James and Meowth translated this to say that being with his Trainer and the rest of Team Rocket makes him happy. James was overcome with tears of joy after hearing this.

In Party Dancecapades!, James and his team members decided to attend a dance party hosted by Monsieur Pierre. After seeing Serena and her friends go inside, James noted that it was no surprise that they were there as well, and Meowth noted that it would be a perfect chance to catch Pikachu. Jessie and Gourgeist then approached the two, and Jessie decided that James would be her date while Gourgeist decided Inkay to be hers. Later, he was seen being flailed by Jessie during their dance. With the dance party over, Monsieur Pierre announced a Tag Battle and Miette and James were partnered against Ash and Serena, much to the chagrin of James. However, despite putting up a good fight, James and Miette lost, much to the frustration of Jessie and Gourgeist.

In An Explosive Operation!, Jessie, James and Meowth were first seen contacting Giovanni and informed them about Team Flare and a powerful Pokémon which can exhibit various Formes. Intrigued, Giovanni assigned them with the task to catch the Pokémon. As the trio searched for Squishy, they met up with another Pokémon resembling Squishy but having a blue core and Team Flare scientists Aliana and Mable. After his Inkay successfully damaged the device which was used by Team Flare to catch Z2, Jessie sent out her Gourgeist to attack Mable's Weavile and Aliana's Druddigon with Seed Bomb which created smoke, successfully allowing Team Rocket to escape with Z2. Upon noticing the tired condition of Z2, he climbed up a small cliff and put it on the top which allowed it to regain its energy by photosynthesis. He and his teammates were confronted once again by Team Flare but despite putting up a good fight, his Inkay ended up losing. Later, he witnessed Z2 transform into its 50% Forme to fight against Team Flare's Pokémon and later Alain's Charizard. When the Order Pokémon lost, he along with his teammates jumped in front of Z2 to rescue it from Team Flare but ended up being blasted off by Mable's Weavile and Aliana's Druddigon.

In Master Class Is in Session!, James first appeared praising Jessie, who had entered the Gloire City Pokémon Showcase Master Class, as the future Kalos Queen. He seemed visibly excited just before the first round of Master Class, claiming that they could successfully return to the life of crime if Jessie managed to win this. He, time and again, cheered Jessilee from the sidelines during her performances, causing his neighbors to be bothered. When the Master Class was over, he, along with Meowth, Inkay, Gourgeist and Wobbuffet, were seen walking behind a silent Jessie through Gloire City, fearing her wrath on losing. However, she shrugged their fears and decided that she just wanted to give them a feast for supporting her, which causes them to be overjoyed and jump over her; Jessie then angrily declared that the feast shall be financed by James, something James readily accepted.

He along with his teammates and Jessie's Wobbuffet worked as Malva's assistants during the Lumiose Conference from A League of His Own! to Down to the Fiery Finish!, with the aim of earning money and capturing any strong Pokémon in the Kalos League. However, they were not very pleased with their job and felt that they were over-working; despite this, they did not quit their jobs. In Kalos League Passion with a Certain Flare!, they made it a point to steal the two finalists, Ash and Alain's, Pokémon after the battle, but could not execute their plan due to Team Flare wreaking havoc in Lumiose City. In Coming Apart at the Dreams!, he, in disguise of a news reporter, set out with his teammates, Serena, Mairin and Professor Sycamore towards Lysandre Labs in an attempt to take over the base and bring Team Flare down. They reached the Lysandre Labs in The Right Hero for the Right Job!, where a surprise attack from Celosia's Drapion caused him, and his teammates, to be enraged enough to remove their disguises and take on Celosia and Drapion with his Inkay. In the next episode, he finally subdued Celosia, Mable and their Pokémon by trapping them in a net, and after the Giant Rock transformed into a Zygarde, fled the Lysandre Labs along with his teammates on their helicopter. He piloted the helicopter as they followed the Rock on its way towards Anistar City, and like his teammates, was utterly surprised to see the seven Gym Leaders and Kalos Champion Diantha arrive on the scene to deal with the Giant Rock. He later assisted Ash and Alain in infiltrating the Giant Rock by sending out his Inkay in Forming a More Perfect Union! to fight the Megalith Zygarde. One of the roots, however, blasted him and his teammates out of the helicopter, but they were saved by Diantha's Gardevoir

After the disaster, he and his teammates claimed sole credit for defeating Team Flare to Giovanni.

Sun & Moon series

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James arrives in the Alola region in Loading the Dex! after being sent by Giovanni to capture the rare Pokémon.

James is shown to be collecting Poké Balls in First Catch in Alola, Ketchum-Style! which included a luxury ball which Jessie used to capture a Mimikyu.

In The Sun, the Scare, the Secret Lair! James had tried to catch a Carvanha but failed. However, in the same episode he managed to catch a Mareanie.


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 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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Travels with

This section is for the Pokémon that James currently travels with, but has not caught.

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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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Koffing → Weezing
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Magikarp → Gyarados
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Weepinbell → Victreebel

Traded away

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Weepinbell → Victreebel

Given away

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Pinsir ↔ Mega Pinsir


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Taillow (multiple)
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Malamar (×3)
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Inkay (multiple)
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Garchomp ↔ Mega Garchomp
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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.

None of Pidgey's moves are known.

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.

None of Numel's moves are known.

Debut Game Winning Assist

Pokémon competitions

The Teamwork Medal won in the Pokémon Orienteering

James has competed in the following Pokémon competitions:

In I Choose You!

James appeared in I Choose You!, which is set in a different continuity from the main anime. He first appeared in disguise with Jessie and Team Rocket in a Pokémon Center, wanted for stealing Pokémon. When a Pokémon Trainer who had just battled an Entei hurried inside the Pokémon Center, Team Rocket eavesdropped on the conversation and decided to hunt for Entei themselves. While looking for Entei in the forest, they were blasted off by a raging Onix.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 三木眞一郎 Shin'ichirō Miki
English Ted Lewis (EP002-EP008, A Sneak Peek at Pokémon)
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 Velimatti Ranta (EP002-EP051, EP054-EP057, EP117-EP136, AG041-DP052, DP071-DP072, movies 1, 2, 4 and 10, MR, MoMP)
Anssi Känsälä (EP052, EP053, EP058-EP063, EP066-EP079, M03)
Antti Jaakola (EP064, EP065, Holiday Hi-Jynx, Snow Way Out!, EP137-EP142)
Peter Pihlström (EP158-EP183, DP053-DP070, DP073-present, movies 11-present)
Saku Mäkynen (EP263-AG026)
French Canada Antoine Durand
Europe David Manet
Luc Boulad (M06)
Thomas Roditti (M04, M07)
German Matthias Klie
Greek Φώτης Πετρίδης Fotis Petridis
Hebrew גיא נתיב Guy Nativ (EP002-AG040, M01-M04)
לירון לב Liron Lev (AG041-AG092, AG146-DP157, M12, Pokémon Chronicles)
גיל צרנוביץ Gil Chernovich (AG093-AG145)
גילן שחף Gilan Shahaf (XY001-present)
Hindi किशोर भट्ट Kishore Bhatt (Cartoon Network dub)
राजेश शुकला Rajesh Shukla (Hungama dub)
Hungarian Tamás Toth (Original Series)
István Fazekas (M03)
Gábor Seder (M04)
Tamás Markovics (DP)
Icelandic Atli Rafn Sigurðarson (M03)
Orri Huginn Ágústsson (M05)
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)
Ary Wibowo (XY series)
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 (S01-S18, M01-M18)
Thiago Fagundes (S19-present, M19-present)
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)
Romanian Doru Fârte (original series)
Dan Lupu (Diamond & Pearl series)
Russian Анатолий Зиновенко Anatolii Zinovenko (EP002-EP105)
Евгений Вальц Evgeni Valtz (DP105-BW142)
Сергей Смирнов Sergey Smirnov (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 (DP054 - Present)
Turkish Levent Sülün
Aydoğan Temel
Murat Sarı (SM001 - Present)


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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..."


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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 & Pikachu manga

James in the Ash & Pikachu manga

In the manga series Ash & 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
James Weezing EToP.png
Koffing → Weezing

In the movie adaptations

As James has appeared in every movie to date, he has appeared in the manga adaptations of them.

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.

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring James's Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

James's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Meowth Pokémon M Colorless       Movie Commemoration Random Pack   017/022
Mareanie Water       Ash vs Team Rocket Deck Kit   002/026


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 only main character to not obtain any Pokémon in the Johto region.
  • James was the first main character to release a Pokémon.
  • A running gag in the anime involves James's 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.
    • Chimecho would wrap its tail around him, leaving him unable to see.
    • Carnivine would often get a death grip on James's head with its mouth.
    • Mareanie would wrap its tentacles around James's head and poison him.
  • 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.
  • James has owned three Psychic-type Pokémon which is more than any other main character thus far.

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 Starts with 로 ro, like 로켓단 Rocket-dan and 로사 Rosa (Jessie)
Chinese 小次郎 Xiǎo Cìláng From 佐々木小次郎 Sasaki Kojirō
Indonesian James (Kanto saga)
Kojiro (Johto saga - present)
Based on English and Japanese name
Russian Джеймс Dzheyms Transcription of English name
Thai โคจิโร่ Kojiro Based on the original Japanese name

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