James's parents

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James's parents
James parents.png
James's parents in Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl
Gender Male (father)
Female (mother)
Eye color Green (father)
Brown (mother)
Hair color Gray (father)
Purple (mother)
Hometown Unknown
Region Kanto
Relatives Nanny and Pop-Pop (father's parents,
mother's parents-in-law; dub only),
James (son)
Anime debut Holy Matrimony!
English voice actor Father: Maddie Blaustein[note 1] (4Kids)/
Marc Thompson (TPCi)
Mother: Megan Hollingshead (4Kids)/
Eileen Stevens (TPCi)
Japanese voice actor Father: Kiyoyuki Yanada
Mother: Mako Hyōdō

James's parents are two recurring characters who appeared in the Pokémon anime. They are wealthy aristocrats who first appeared in Holy Matrimony!.


Original series

James's parents in their debut

In Holy Matrimony!, they pretended to be dead as a trap to lure James back home and get him to marry Jessebelle, an arrangement he now fiercely opposed.

With James in the mansion, James's parents revealed their reasoning for capturing him: to marry and continue the family line. After grabbing him and taking him to the basement, they told him that he needed to be taught a lesson for running away from home, while telling Jessie and Meowth that they had been aware of them the entire time and only pretended not to notice them.

After James and Ash's Pokémon defeat Jessebelle's Vileplume, Jessebelle flees the mansion. While on the run, Jessebelle knocks James's parents, Hopkins, and Vileplume into a pond while running away, proclaiming how much she hates Growlie, James's pet Growlithe. This left James's parents convinced that Jessebelle is too good for their son.

James's parents have been occasionally mentioned since their debut appearance: James, along with Jessie and Meowth, sometimes visits one of his parents' many vacation homes if the trio is in the area.

Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

In Sweet Baby James, it was revealed that James's parents are traveling the world.

Young James with his parents

Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl

They reappeared in James's flashback in The Treasure Is All Mine!, where it was revealed that they arranged James to marry Jessebelle after he seemed to show some interest in her while they were children. Unfortunately, the two parents failed to realize (or perhaps, chose to ignore) the fact that James is now completely evasive of her, and thus still fully expect him to marry her.

Pokémon the Series: XY

While not appearing in person, James's mother's voice could be heard in James's flashback in Mending a Broken Spirit! when James thought back to a time when she threw his bottlecap collection away.


Family portrait

From their single appearance in addition to James's occasional recounts of his childhood, they were shown to be rather insensitively oblivious to James's personal feelings.

They frequently forced him into things he didn't care about at all while he was growing up, such as endless lessons in upper-class activities and aristocratic mannerisms. They also appointed him a fiancée that he, to this day, tries to stay as far away from as possible. For the most part, it seems that they only hold interest in having James do what they think is best for him and appear to far favor Jessebelle, whom they view to be their idea of a "perfect daughter-in-law".



James's Growlie
Main article: Growlie

As a child, Growlie was James's only friend on his parents' estate. The two were inseparable, and Growlie often comforted James whenever he had problems; especially with his parents and arranged fiancé, Jessebelle. Before he left in Holy Matrimony!, he told Growlie to stay behind and watch after his parents, which greatly saddened the Puppy Pokémon.

Debut Holy Matrimony!
Voice actors
Japanese Mitsuru Ogata
English Adam Blaustein (EP048)
Tom Wayland (DP153)
James's parents's Magikarp
Magikarp (×3)
James's father was seen feeding these Magikarp before Jessebelle bumped into him and James's mother, throwing them into the river.

None of Magikarp's moves are known.

Debut Holy Matrimony!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Maddie Blaustein

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese James's father: 梁田清之 Kiyoyuki Yanada
James's mother: 兵藤まこ Mako Hyōdō
English James's father: Maddie Blaustein[note 1] (EP048) / Marc Thompson (DP153)
James's mother: Megan Hollingshead (EP048) / Eileen Stevens (DP153, XY085)
Arabic James's father: رأفت بازو Rafat Bazoo (EP048)
James's mother: امال سعد الدين Amal Saad Eddin (EP048)
Finnish James's father: Pasi Ruohonen
James's mother: Jenni Sivonen (EP048) / Elise Langenoja (DP153) / Susa Saukko (XY085)
European French James's father: Daniel Nicodème (EP048) / Jean-Marc Delhausse (DP153)
James's mother: Véronique Fyon (EP048) / Fabienne Loriaux (DP153)
Norwegian James's father: Trond Teigen (EP048) / Tommy Karlsen (DP153)
James's mother: Katrine Blomstrand (EP048) / Lena Meieran (DP153)
Polish James's father: Janusz Rymkiewicz (EP048) / Wojciech Machnicki (DP153)
James's mother: Magda Ostolska (EP048) / Katarzyna Łaska (DP153) / Marta Dobecka (XY085)
Brazilian Portuguese James's father: Daoiz Cabezudo (EP048) / Sidney Lilla (DP153)
James's mother: Denise Reis (EP048) / Letícia Quinto (DP153)
Spanish Latin America James's father: Jorge Santos (EP048)
James's mother: María Fernanda Morales (EP048)
Spain James's father: Juan Antonio Arroyo (EP048) / Eduardo del Hoyo (DP153)
James's mother: Mari Luz Olier (EP048) / Amparo Valencia (DP153)


  • Theresa Buchheister did the initial recording for James's mother in Mending a Broken Spirit!, but they replaced themselves with Eileen Stevens to keep consistency with The Treasure Is All Mine!. Even though they have no actual voice acting role in the final episode, they are still listed in the voice credits due to this.
  • In the English dub, James's father has a British accent, while his mother has a Southern accent.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Credited as "Adam Blaustein"
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