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(コジロウ Kojirou)
Gender: Male
Region: Kanto
Family: Unnamed parents, Nanny (grandmother), Pop-Pop (grandfather), Jessebelle (ex-fiance)
Friends: Jessie, Meowth
Class: Team Rocket Advanced Agent
First Appearance: Pokémon Emergency!
Voice actor: Ed Paul (English) (temp.)
Eric Stuart (English) (4kids)
Jimmy Zoppi (English) (PUSA/DuART)
Shin-ichiro Miki (Japanese)

James is a member of Team Rocket, an evil team which tries to capture rare Pokémon. His trio has a keen eye set on Ash's Pikachu.


James has short blue hair and green eyes and he is usually seen in a Team Rocket uniform, which consists of black sleeves, a white shirt with a large red R on it, with white pants and black boots.


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Jessie and James in the Unova region.

In the anime, he is a common member of Team Rocket and in many ways, is the anime representation of the Male Agent. During his adventures in trying to capture Pikachu, James is part of a unit made up of himself, Jessie, and Meowth. He is close friends with the two of them, and is known to make personal sacrifices in order to keep them safe, as seen when he sacrificed his bottle cap collection to help Meowth in the episode Meowth Rules!. Although born into a rich family with loving parents, he runs away from home to avoid Jessebelle to whom he was supposed to marry later on. With a very caring and thoughtful personality, James can sometimes have a hard time dealing with the "rotten things" he and his team mates do from various times to get what they want, but in the end he fulfill his obligations with less-admirable results. He also gives out information on Pokémon whenever Meowth cannot do it himself via Index cards. 

Out of the Team Rocket Trio, James is the most emotional and most caring towards others, as well as his Pokémon. In A Hole Lotta Trouble, he told Ash that he just wanted to have a fair battle with him rather than resort to their dirty tricks suggested by Jessie and Meowth. In Training Daze, he takes it upon himself to help Meowth whenever he gets stuck in the Obstacle Courses. In episodes like Sweet Baby James and Once There Were Greenfield, it also clearly shows his emotions and feelings towards his Pokémon when they are departing each other. It also shows his love and good cooperation with his Pokémon as seen in Off The Unbeaten Path and Holy Matrimony!, with his Growlie and Mime Jr. He is especially careful and cautious with his Chimecho, treating with additional care and not letting it suffer in battles, just like how Misty treats her Togepi. Due to his great care of his Pokémon, most of his Pokémon like to have physical contacts with him when they came out of their PokéBall. He also tend to be good to people who treat him well, like his grandparents, as seen in the episode Sweet Baby James. He was also seen comforting May when her Munchlax got sick along with his Chimecho in the same episode.

As of his, Jessie's and Meowth's promotion and transfer to Unova, James has become a highly skilled stealth artist, an excellent hacker, and is often successful in many missions with his team mates, to the point of the trio becoming a serious enemy for Ash and co. The trio were key in Team Rocket's Meteonite plan, taking order directly from Giovanni himself as well as his secretary. James and his team-mates worked together with Pierce and met Doctor Zager. Once the plan culminated, James and his team-mates were asked to be as they please in Unova, so they continued working hard to do Team Rocket good and now work closely with Zager. Ash has also become less important to them but they will still antagonize him if he interferes in their plans.

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The Electric Tale of Pikachu

Main article: James (ETP)

Ash & Pikachu

Main article: James (A&P)


On hand

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James Inkay
It is a Pokémon that loves to steal food. They encountered the Inkay when it was eating their sandwiches from the balloon. James uses this to his advantage, and catches Inkay with a PokéBall, much to Jessie and Meowth's dismay.

At Team Rocket HQ

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James Mime Jr
James's Mime Jr. is the Pokémon James caught when he gave Chimecho to his grandparents. His Chimecho was sick and they gave him a replacement Pokémon for his Chimecho, Mime Jr. Jessie has borrowed Mime Jr. for Contests. James loves Mime Jr. so much. He thinks of her as his Chimecho. In the earlier times (before Sinnoh) Mime Jr. used to copy him. When Jessie and James is transported by Team Rocket to Unova, Mime Jr. was given to the Team Rocket Headquarters for safekeeping as it was a Pokémon not native there.
Mime Jr.
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James Carnivine
James' Carnivine was the first Pokémon that James obtained in the Sinnoh region. James released him from its Poké Ball after remembering that he left it in a summer cottage years ago. Carnivine tends to jump out and sucks on James' head, a habit that replaced Cacnea's painful hugs. James originally caught Carnivine in the Great Marsh as a boy when it appeared to be quite injured, as mentioned in a flashback. It was later left at Team Rocket Headquarters as it was not native to the Unova region, safeguarded until James returns.
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James Yamask
James captured a Yamask while he, Jessie, and Meowth searched for Giovanni. Yamask can use Shadow Ball, Haze, and Night Shade. He was later used as an emissary between Team Rocket and a trio of fellow Ghost-type Litwick. Unlike James' other Pokemon, Yamask doesn't give James painful affection like Carnivine and Cacnea. James's capture of this Ghost-type signifies the serious tone the trio has taken in the Unova region.
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James Amoonguss
James caught an Amoonguss off screen while going back to Unova.

In training

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James Cacnea
Every time which Cacnea came out of James' Poké Ball it used to hug him tight with its needles, causing James pain. Cacnea was used in many battles but went to train with Gardenia to master its Drain Punch. When Cacnea left, James was extremely upset as it the first Pokemon he captured after Weezing left. It is later learned Cacnea mastered Drain Punch. However, as James, Meowth and Jessie continue to follow Ash to different regions, it is highly unlikely James will ever see Cacnea again.

At home

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Growlie was a childhood Pokémon of James. James considers it more like a friend than his Pokémon.

Traded away

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James Victreebel
James traded Victreebel for a Weepinbell from the Magikarp Salesman during one of his scams. That Weepinbell evolved into Victreebel soon after, they both were kicked away by their owners and bumped into each other falling in love and running away together.
Weepinbell → Victreebel

With family

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James Chimecho
James first caught Chimecho while wandering around at a festival in Fortree City. When Chimecho fell ill, it was left with James' Grandparents. James was so upset at leaving Chimecho behind, and so Mime Jr. took Chimecho's place.


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James' Gyarados
James bought Gyarados when he was still a Magikarp from the Magikarp Salesman when he was aboard the S.S. Anne. When James threw Magikarp into the ocean, it evolved into Gyarados. Eventually, it used Dragon Rage hurling Ash, Misty, Brock, and Team Rocket away and it was never seen again.
Magikarp → Gyarados
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Magikarp Salesman Victreebel
Traded for James' Victreebel. The two Victreebel was kicked away by their owners and bumped into each other and fell in love.
Weepinbell → Victreebel
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James Weezing
He told Weezing to run away and protect some Koffing from a poacher.
Koffing → Weezing
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James' magikarp
James was fooled by the Magikarp Salesman into buying another Magikarp.


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Jessie Dustox
James borrowed Dustox from Jessie for a PokéRinger competition in Hoenn. She went up all the way to the final round, in which she lost to Ash's Swellow.
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Jessie Yanmega
James used Yanmega for a PokeRinger competition, but lost in the first round.


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James Hoppip
James bought Hoppip from the Magikarp Saleman thinking it was a Chimecho. After the disguise fell apart, it flew off.


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Porygon Zero
Jessie, James and Meowth stole Porygon 0 from Dr. Akihabara.
Porygon 0
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PLEEI Pikachu
James used this Pikachu in The Ultimate Test to battle in the Pokémon League entrance exam.
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PLEEI Ivysaur
James used Ivysaur and Charizard at the same time in an attempt to defeat the Pokémon League entrance exam instructor in battle.
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PLEEI Charizard
James used Charizard and Ivysaur at the same time in an attempt to defeat the Pokémon League entrance exam instructor in battle.
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Team Rocket Delibird
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Battle Park Venusaur
James used and stole Venusaur in One Trick Phony!. He attempted to use it against its owner, but it was only obedient inside the Battle Park.
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Clair Dragonite
After Team Rocket stole the Dragon Fang, they befriend Dragonite who was the protecter of the Dragon Holy Land. The crooks tricked her into that they were protecting the Dragon Fang and that Ash and the others are crooks. Dragonite lost their trust after James accidentally set the Holy Land on fire.
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Taillow anime
Jessie, James and Meowth give food to several Taillow to catch Pikachu. However, Ash catches the leader and they help Ash and cause Team Rocket to blast off.
Taillow (multiple)
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Anthony Pelipper
Upon discovering Anthony's ruse, Team Rocket used his Pelipper under the threat of exposing him as a cheater.
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Anthony Bellsprout
Bellsprout was used as part of Anthony's ruse.
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Anthony Magby
Magby was used as part of Anthony's ruse.
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Anthony Magnemite
Magnemite was used as part of Anthony's ruse.
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Ash Pikachu
After Pikachu lost its memory, Team Rocket told it that it belonged to Team Rocket and that it was a member.
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Geodude AG137
Team Rocket manipulated King Onix's followers Geodude, Graveler, and Golem to attack the heroes in an attempt to capture their Pokémon.
Geodude (multiple)
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Graveler AG137
Team Rocket manipulated King Onix's followers Geodude, Graveler, and Golem to attack the heroes in an attempt to capture their Pokémon.
Graveler (multiple)
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Golem AG137
Team Rocket manipulated King Onix's followers Geodude, Graveler, and Golem to attack the heroes in an attempt to capture their Pokémon.
Golem (multiple)
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King Onix
Team Rocket manipulated King Onix and his followers to attack the heroes in an attempt to capture their Pokémon.
King Onix
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Butch Aggron
Delibird gave Jessie and James an Aggron and a Charizard. James used the Aggron to battle Ash and Brock in the Pewter Gym, along side Jessie and Charizard. After losing to them, Delibird returned to take the Pokémon back to their intended recipients.
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Iris Emolga
After their Pokémon got defeated by Emolga, Team Rocket temporally allowed her to join their team.
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Exploud BW141
Team Rocket use Exploud to attack Iris' Emolga and Axew after Emolga tricked them into thinking she was part of Team Rocket.
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Malamar XY054
When Ash and the others were kidnapped by the three evil Malamar who plot to destroy the world, James, along with Clemont, temporarily used a group of Malamar who are good and gentle in a desperate attempt to rescue everyone from danger.
Malamar (3x)
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Inkay XY054
When Ash and the others were kidnapped by the three evil Malamar who plot to destroy the world, James, along with Clemont, temporarily used a group of Inkay in a desperate attempt to rescue everyone from danger.
Inkay (multiple)
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Grumpig XY061
James temporarily used Grumpig to capture Pikachu for Giovanni, it controlled all the Spoink, but attacked the bandaged Spoink that Ash later befriended, it defeated Bonnie's Dedenne, but lost against Ash's newly-evolved Sliggoo with Dragon Breath.
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Jessie Pumpkaboo
When Jessie and her Wobbuffet got separated from their group, James temporarily used her Pumpkaboo to help track them down.
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Sycamore Garchomp
With Jessie they stole Professor Sycamore's Garchomp because they wanted it to Mega Evolve.
Garchomp ↔ Mega Garchomp
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Blue Flower Florges anime
Team Rocket blackmailed Florges into destroying the wetlands, She challenged Ash's Goodra who was originally a Goomy to a battle, and she realized Goomy had evolved. She was eventually defeated by Goodra's newly-learned Ice Beam.
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Under Giovanni's orders, James, Meowth, and Jessie took Z-2 under their care and attempted to capture it for themselves. However, their plan failed when Team Flare and Alain appeared and took Z-2 away.

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Several Numel appeared in James' flashback. It's unknown if he befriend or own them.


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  • James' most recurring Pokémon are Grass-Type. It is also interesting to point out that said Pokémon are the ones who show the most affection towards him via physical contact, even if James is annoyed with it. His friendly relationship with Gardenia also seem to emphasize that, as she claims that "those who own Grass Pokémon cannot be so evil", which is also true to some point if one considers he is the "less" evil member of the trio.
  • A running gag of the series is that James is almost always the female when he and Jessie disguise themselves as a couple. (One has to wonder if they have feelings for each other.)
  • Jessie and James are more successful in the Unova region.
  • James has stated that his hair color is lavender, not blue, in AG135: Numero Uno Articuno.
  • Jessie's and James' English names are derived from the notable outlaw Jesse James.
  • In one episode of the Anime (which is banned in the US) James is shown swearing at Kaiser.
  • In Pokémon XD: Gale Of Darkness, there is a trainer in Mt. Battle in zone 35 that has a Cacnea and Chimecho, who asks if you've seen anyone with the same Pokémon. This is an obvious nod to James, when he had those Pokémon in the Hoenn region.
  • Sometimes, Meowth calls him "Jimmy", a sort of nickname for people named James. He normally calls him that when he is confused about something that James knows or has said.
  • James has twice been the reason that a Magikarp has evolved into a Gyarados , once aboard the St. Anne , and another time during the Orange Islands series.
    • Both times, the Magikarp has evolved out of rage. 
  • James cares about his Pokémon like Jessie does.
  • James's Japanese name (Kojiro) comes from the name of a famous Japenese samurai, Kojiro Sasaki.
  • In the spanish dub, the James actor recurrently makes mexican jokes or word games. The most famous is called by the fans "El guajolote Macías¨[1]


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