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|name = Rocket
|pixel = 40px
|japanese name = ロケット団
|romanji name = Roketto-dan
|image = 250px-Team Rocket Grunt HGSS.png
|Ring leader = [[Harold Saxon]] Giovanni's Son.
|leader = [[Giovanni]]{{tt|*|former leader of Team Rocket}}
|leader 2 = [[Madame Boss]]{{tt|*|former leader of Team Rocket}}
|status = Disbanded {{tt|*|active in the television anime}}
|public? = Public
|baseofop = [[Kanto]]
|baseofop 2 = [[Unova]]
|branches = [[Johto]]
|branches 2 = [[Sevii Islands]]
|members = [[Jessie]]
|members 2 = [[James]]
|members 3 = [[Butch]]
|members 4 = [[Cassidy]]
|members 5 = [[Attila]]
|members 6 = [[Hun]]
|firstappear = [[Pokémon Emergency!]] (anime)
|firstappear 2 = [[Pokémon Red and Blue]] (game)
'''Team Rocket''' (''ロケット団 Rocket-Dan'') is a criminal organization, with their main base in the [[Kanto]] Region, and the [[Johto]] region with branches in the [[Unova]] Region (in the anime), and [[Sevii Islands]]. They are headed by [[Giovanni]], who also doubles as the [[Viridian City]] [[Gym Leader]].
Team Rocket's main goal is obtaining powerful and rare [[Pokémon]] to help their criminal syndicate in the hopes of someday taking over [[Pokémon World|the world]]. They obtain these [[Pokémon]] by regular capture, or more often, theft. In addition to this they also perform inhuman experiments on [[Pokémon]] to further enhance their power.
==In Anime==
[[File:NewJ&J.png|left|thumb|182px|Jessie and James]]Team Rocket, in the anime, have a Base of Operations in [[Kanto]] and are headed by [[Giovanni]]. Their headquarters were once located in between [[Pallet Town]] and [[Viridian City]] but has since been destroyed. It is now in an unknown location inside of a large canyon. Team Rocket has also been shown to have branches in the [[Johto]] Region and other areas in [[Kanto]].
===Jessie, James and Meowth===
Featured more often than the Team as a whole are [[Jessie]], [[James]] and [[Team Rocket's Meowth|Meowth]]. These three are a small group of members that follow around [[Pokémon Trainer]] [[Ash Ketchum]]. They were first shown in the episode ''Pokémon Emergency!'' in an attempt to steal Pokémon from the [[Viridian City]] [[Pokémon Center]], and were defeated by [[Ash]]. Ever since then, they have mainly focused their attention on [[Ash]] in hopes of stealing his [[Pikachu]]. However they always fail and are always defeated hundreds of times with them blasting off into the sky. The trio's persistence has led them to every region [[Ash]] has been to including [[Kanto]], [[Johto]], [[Hoenn]], Sinnoh and currently the Unova Region. Since [[Ash]] started going to regions where Team Rocket branches are not located, they also double as founders of new branches in the region, although according to [[Cassidy]], this is just a plot to keep them away so that they won't ruin [[Giovanni]]'s plans. So far they attempted (but failed) to form new Team Rocket branches in the Orange Islands, Hoenn, and Sinnoh.
[[File:104.jpg|thumb|left|Jessie, James and Meowth reading their promotion]]
[[Jessie]], [[James]], and [[Team Rocket's Meowth|Meowth]] are generally considered failures, as they almost are never successful in their schemes and are incompetent. [[Giovanni]] regularly refers to them as "a bumbling trio" and never wants them around his big plans as they "can't do anything right". He thinks that this trio is so incompetent that he even considered firing them but he does not because of member shortage. Despite this fact they always strive to please their boss, and are very persistent in doing so.
Although being defeated by Ash and his friends at times, but sometimes they are shown to be great strategist when trying to catch Pikachu. They have shown great use of mind strategy against Ash and his friends in the episode [[OI023: Bound For Trouble|Bound For Trouble]], and they lured them right into the trap before catching Pikachu, and also in [[PC008: We're No Angels!|We're no Angels!]], they are seen using back opponent's mecha weapon to counter back their opponent. Throughout almost the whole season, they have at least one pokemon that knows smokescreen or haze (e.g. Weezing, Seviper, Yamask) that would temporary blind and immobilise their opponents to aid themselves during their missions. They are proved to be a more superb strategist in Best Wishes Season, such as in the episode [[BW049: Crisis from the Underground Up!|Crisis from the Underground Up!]]. Other than that they are also expert in disguise. Their disguise dressing are most of the time successful that no one suspects them as Team Rocket until they revealed themselves.
In the 14th season (Black and White), they received a promotion to advanced agents after they make a contribution to disbanding Team Galactic by helping Detective Looker sneak into Team Galactic headquarters and Mount Coronet. However they took all the credit to their boss, lying about single-handedly defeating [[Team Galactic]] and Pokémon Hunter J, and they no longer serve as comic relief and have become more of a serious enemy. With their promotion, they received the official Team Rocket Grunt black uniforms, but they later changed back into to their original, white uniforms in [[BW025]]. In Best Wishes Season 1, they didn't "blast off" yet, but after they returned in Season 2 Episode N, they started "blasting off" again. The trio have gained impressive athletic, hacking and infiltration abilities since arriving in their promotion and have made capturing Pikachu less of a concern, instead focusing on major Team Rocket plans that will ultimately lead to conquest of Unova and the entire planet.
In the upcoming 17th season (XY), they are accompanied by Cassidy and Butch after they assigned to travel with them by Giovanni's orders.
==Other Members==
Besides [[Giovanni]], [[Jessie]], [[James]], and [[Team Rocket's Meowth|Meowth]] there have also been other Team Rocket members featured multiple times or having large roles. Another duo is [[Butch]] and [[Cassidy]], who have been in multiple episodes and are the rivals of [[Jessie]] and [[James]]. Along with them is [[Attila]] and [[Hun]] who pursue [[Jimmy]] as [[Jessie]] and [[James]] pursue [[Ash]]. There are also non field agents that work as scientists such as [[Dr. Namba]] and [[Professor Sebastion]]. There have only been a small number of Team Rocket Officers shown but such officers include [[Domino]] and [[Vicious]]. These high-ranking officers work solo and are considered the best in Team Rocket.
The following are members of Team Rocket. (Members with an asterisk to the side of their name means they are part of the manga).
*Bosses: [[Giovanni]]/[[Madame Boss]]/[[Mask of Ice]]
*Rocket Executives: [[Archer]]/[[Ariana]]/[[Proton]]/[[Petrel]]/[[Grey]]*
*Elite Officers: [[Miyamoto]], [[Domino]], [[Vicious]]
*Officers: [[Tyson (Team Rocket)|Tyson]], [[Attila]], [[Hun]], [[Keane]]
*Spies: [[Annie]] and [[Oakley]] (dub only)
*Agents: [[Cassidy]], [[Butch]], [[Jessie]], [[James]]
*Manga Agents: [[Ken, Al, and Harry]], with [[Carr]], [[Sird]] and [[Orm]]
*Sergeants: [[Viper]], [[Lt. Surge]]
*Commanders: [[Karen]]*, [[Will]]*, [[Sabrina]], [[Koga]]*
*Scientists: [[Professor Sebastion]], [[Professor Fuji]], [[Dr. Namba]]
*Others: [[Wendy]], [[Giovanni's Secretary]], [[Rocket Scout]], [[Mondo]], [[Chermaine]], [[Flint (Team Rocket)|Flint]], [[Christopher]]
==In Games==
Team Rocket has appeared in various games including the [[Pokémon Red and Blue|Generation I]], [[Pokémon Gold and Silver|Generation II]], and [[Generation III]]'s [[Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen|FireRed and LeafGreen]] games. In [[Pokémon Yellow]], Team Rocket's [[Jessie]] and [[James]] also appear in several locations and battle the player.
Team Rocket in the original, [[FireRed]] and [[LeafGreen]] games appear throughout the game. They first appear in [[Mt. Moon]] and then are conducting their plans in [[Saffron City]], the Game Corner in [[Celadon City]] and the [[Pokémon Tower]].
According to the [[Lavaridge Town]] residents, Team Rocket killed several [[Pokemon]], including Marowak. Pokémon Tower was built in honor of the dead Pokemon. Team Rocket's main headquarters used to be in the Game Corner at Celadon. They were careful to guard the secret button, but the player eventually discovers the button, which introduces the player to [[Giovanni]] whom the player battles occasionally. The two times the player fights him, Giovanni leaves behind the [[Silph Scope]] and the [[Master Ball (type of Poké Ball)|Master Ball]]. 
Towards the end of the game, Giovanni is revealed to be the missing [[Viridian City Gym]] leader and he was attempting to rebuild Team Rocket in his gym. Like all of his encounters with the player, he is defeated and gives up the [[Earth Badge]].
===Sevii Islands===
In the [[Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen|FireRed and LeafGreen]] versions, they also appear in the Sevii Islands. A pair of them appear in [[Mt. Ember]] where they search for the Ruby and in Icefall Cave where they are fought off with Lorelei's help. After a scientist retrieves the Sapphire from the dotted hole, the player can access their warehouse on Five Island and defeat the Grunts, Admins and the Scientist to get it back.
They [[return]] to [[Johto]] three years later. In [[Azalea Town]], they threaten to [[cut]] off [[Slowpoke]] tails and sells them. When the player reaches the [[Lake of Rage]] he/she will discover that Team Rocket was behind the [[Red Gyarados]] incident, and will join forces with [[Lance]] in an attempt to pull the plug. Team Rocket is eventually defeated, and in a last resort they take over the radio tower and hope to contact [[Giovanni]], but are once again stopped. They are disbanded the last time.
Harold Saxon revived Team Rocket. It picked up where [[Giovanni]] left off!
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250px-Team Rocket Grunt HGSS.png|Team Rocket Grunts in Pokémon HeartGold and Soulsilver
FR & LF Rocket Grunts.png|Team Rocket Grunts in Pokémon Firered and Leafgreen
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Misty0842.png|Ash, Brock and Misty in Team Rocket Outfits
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Ep545 Stunned Team Rocket.jpg
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Team Rocket's Meowth.jpg
RocketLance.png|Team Rocket Executive Proton
Madam boss.jpg|Madame Boss
Flint Team Rocket.png
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Cassidy and Butch Arrested.jpg|Cassidy and Butch Arrested
Cassidy and Butch Blasts Off.jpg|Blast off
Jessy-and-James-team-rocket-8698669-472-358.jpg|Team Rocket Crying
FR & LF Rocket Grunts.png|Team Rocket Grunts as they appeared in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
12343234.png|Team Rocket ([[Pokemon Adventures]])
TeamRocketAnime.png|Team Rocket in the anime
IL019- Tentacool & Tentacruel 5.png|Team Rocket giving their introduction in ''[[IL019: Tentacool & Tentacruel]]''.
Rocket Motto.jpg|Jessie, James, and Meowth while doing their motto
*The duos in Team Rocket, in English, are named after infamous outlaws. Such as the [[wikipedia:USA|American]] outlaws [[wikipedia:Jesse James|Jesse James]] and [[wikipedia:Butch Cassidy|Butch Cassidy]], [[wikipedia:Huns|Hunnic]] warlord [[wikipedia:Attila the Hun|Attila the Hun]] and [[wikipedia:Annie Oakley|Annie Oakley]], an expert sharpshooter.
*The anime gag of blast offs may have originated from Team Rocket. According to the episodes, Jessie, James, Meowth, and their Pokémon have blasted off over 500 times and stopped their gag when they reached Unova, but the gag returned in ''Adventures in Unova''. Other Team Rocket members have blasted off as well, including Butch and Cassidy and several Team Rocket Grunts.
*Jessie, James, and Meowth are considered to be the three stooges of Pokémon because their plans never work and are actually more funny than evil. However, they lost their position as the three stooges when they reached Unova.
*In the ''[[Pokémon Adventures]]'' manga, [[Giovanni]] reveals what the initials for Rocket stand for: '''R'''aid '''O'''n the '''C'''ity, '''K'''nock out, '''E'''vil '''T'''usks.
*It is noted that Team Rocket has blasted off more than any other characters in the series, however seperatley Jessie has blasted off than 500 times excluding James and Meowth, James has blasted off moret then 400 times excluding Jessie and Meowth, and Meowth more than 600 times doubling Jessie and James blasts off. Butch and Cassidy have blasted off ten times in the series with two of their blast off being caused directly by Ash and co and the other eight caused by Delia Ketchum, Richie, Professor Oak, Gary, and Tracey.
*Sometimes when the three blast off, Jessie's [[Jessie's Wobbuffet|Wobbuffet]] can be heard.
*Team Rocket and Ash Ketchum seem to have a difficult relationship, despite both being hostile to each other. They are also instances when Ash and Team Rocket seem to care for each other. In "Noodles Roamin off" Ash even jokingly mentioned Team Rocket and their blast-offs in a positive way.
*Sometimes, after Jessie, James, and Meowth have agreed to try what they think is a genius plan, they will in unison sing a rhythmic, rhyming short song about how it's going to make them rich. This started happening progressively more up until they reached Unova.
*Team Rocket have appeared more than any other [[Villain Groups|Villainous Group]].

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