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Ash and Brock allow Misty to use their Pokémon when she has to compete Cast Misty and Jessie each declare Princess Festival Day to be officially open, much to dismay of their companions. Bulbasaur and Vulpix meet the same fate. In The School of Hard Knocks, Jessie and James told Meowth that while they were . None of the main characters ever learned that Jessie and Jessilina were the same . Intrigued, Giovanni assigned them with the task to catch the Pokémon. Ash catch's any Pokemon he finds, right now his Pokemon team is made up of James, Jessie and Meowth work together in team Rocket, the pull each other.
James and May are also guarding the sick Munchlax and Chimecho as he comforts May about their caring for their Pokemon. When everyone are asleep, Jessie and Meowth manage to steal his grandparents Pokemon including Mime Jr. Both of their motives are soon found by James when both are confronting Ash and the group during their mottos. Jessie becomes angered to see them she releases Seviper to deal with them which forces Ash to release his Phanpy.
Off the Unbeaten Path
Jessie was angrily mad at James for being a traitor or a turncoat which James replies that he did that for the sake of his beloved grandparents. After Ash and the group leave after Munchlax's recovery, James notices Chimecho is not getting well as Nanny noticed it's condition which forces him to cried emotionally not wanting his Pokemon to be left behind and he finally decides to let his grandparents took care of it as Mime Jr.
After that, James leaves with Jessie and Meowth after he tells his grandparents privately that he was indeed working for Team Rocket and he waves goodbye in tears to them while flying in the Meowth Balloon. In The Treasure is All Mine! After being blasted off by Pikachu, James recalls about the treasure box as he wants to reclaims it from Ash and the group.
Despite its failure attempts, the group are blasted off for the second time and the treasure box are given to Sebastian which is James' butler from one of his summer estates. Therefore, their disguise was later blew off by his pet Growlie to reveal themselves. James manages to use Mime Jr. James finally tells them about his first meeting with Jessebelle in his childhood during his parents ballroom party and Jessebelle was his first true love.
He also writes a letter of engagement to Jessebelle as his father gives him the treasure box. But upon meeting Jessebelle, she actually knows his parents arrangement and his engagement to her and she wants to relinquish his pet Growlie as James refuses and this is how she controls him before he runs away.
With that James let Growlie dug the ground to put the treasure box hidden. After telling them about the situation, James noticed flying blimps are heading in the estate and knowingly that Sebastian had called Jessebelle because of his presence.
When Ash and Brock holds up the door, James eventually fights off the robotic treasure chest which he is unable to open it by passwords using Growlie in tow. He manages to stop it as the treasure box turns into a rocket to escape. He was later confronted by Jessebelle one last time as James convinces Ash to be blasted off by Pikachu's Thunderbolt as he successfully do it but to his mistake, Jessebelle is with him and Meowth while being blasted off and Jessie was left behind as the bodyguards mistakes of her as Jessebelle.
James is last seen with Meowth being chased by Jessebelle in the sunset beach. 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.
In The Scare of Litwick Mansion, he, Jessie and Meowth got their life energy drained at the hands of four Litwick after they are informed by Doctor Zager about its origins. The trio are forced to aid Ash and his friends to battle against the four Litwick including its leader Lampent as they called it a brief truce after being rescued by them. James releases Yamask to unleash its Shadow Ball to make the first hit only to be block by the group's Protect allowing Cilan's Dwebble to attack them all at once with its X-Scissor to split them together.
After the incident and their life energy finally restored, James informs Ash and the group that they will get Pikachu the next time they meet after Jessie tells them they will meet them as enemies before the trio flies away with their jetpacks.
Their rocket is soon crashed thanks to Axew's nearly mastered Dragon Rage which allows it and Druddigon to escape briefly in the mountains but they are soon attacked by both Yamask and Woobat. When Ash and the group arrive to retrieve both, James let Yamask unleash its Shadow Ball but it fails when Pikachu hits it and Woobat with his Thunderbolt. Team Rocket's stealing attempts are soon futile when they are attacked by Druddigon's newly learned Draco Meteor and Yamask fainted due to its attack and finally they were soon hit by Axew's mastered Dragon Rage forcing them to flee in jetpacks as James coldly remarks that Ash and his group are always getting in their way.
Their actions are getting too far in the episode, Gotta Catch a Roggenrola! One of the Roggenrola manage to warn Ash and the group about the incident in the cave which they found they are the ones behind it. Although Ash rescues it from Tepig's Ember before they flee and take refuge at the abandoned warehouse where they are testing the machine until they are found by Ash and the group thanks to Iris' Excadrill and Cilan's Pansage who dug the hole to catch them. Jessie releases her Woobat to stop them only to be hit from Tepig's Ember.
Therefore, Ash's Roggenrola risks its life to save its friends by convincing not to do it. It does a Flash Cannon to deflect it.
When they did another powerful Flash Cannon while Ash tries to defend it, the machine is soon malfunctioned due to all of the Roggenrola are able to control their energy while reversing control.
James is forced to fight Ash and the group releasing his Yamask while teaming up with Jessie's Woobat. Despite their efforts, both of their Pokemon are defeated by Ash's Tepig. She then states she also purchased gifts for their boss Giovanni in hopes that he will overlook their failed attempts at capturing Pikachu.
Team Rocket trio
They encounter a Lickitung, who then uses its tongue to gobble up the purchases intended for their boss. Jessie retaliates by sending out Arbok, but before it can attack, Lickitung paralyzes it with lick, and it goes down with one hit. Angered by her Pokemon's defeat, Jessie throws a Pokeball at it. James and Meowth are surprised by how she easily captured the Lickitung and they leave the park to go on another shopping spree.
Misty and Jessie are both fighting over a dress. Their fight stops when they encounter another shopper who claims the dress for herself.
They listen to an announcement coming from the intercom of the store. Jessie and Misty are prompted to enter the contest to claim the Princess Dolls. While at the competition, Misty and Jessie are both dressed in kimonos, as well as other girls. They are shocked to learn that the contest is a battle tournament rather than a regular beauty contest. Note that the trio have actually supplied a good few Curbstomp Battles rather than just receiving them.
Whenever they are jettisoned into the sky. While still prominent recurring characters, their Once per Episode attendance is broken starting from Best Wishes, with occasional episodes they are absent to place focus solely on the twerps or other characters.
Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: One of the most interesting elements of Team Rocket's characterization is that they are often far better at everything from running a legitimate business to competing fairly in Pokemon contests than they are at cheating or being bad guys.
Whenever they are forced to get honest jobs during a Broke Episode or work as an Enemy Mine alongside Ash and his friends, they get far better results and karma is much nicer to them. The provocation can range anywhere from trying to endanger or kidnap them, or just irritating them at the wrong time.
Sometimes falls into Misplaced Retribution if one or two members weren't responsible or even objected, which the heroes sparsely make exception for. All three of them, seriously. Dude, Where's My Respect? Most other Rockets the only possible exception being a dropout seem to treat them with disdain, especially their rival Terrible TrioCassidy and Butch.
Giovanni repeatedly sends them on numerous Uriah Gambits just to get them out of his hair. This in spite of their numerous accomplishments in other fieldsand having gone on several Enemy Mine situations with the twerps when the world is at stake. It took until post-DP for Giovanni to treat them as Rocket members again, and he even praises them for their part in helping take down Team Plasma.
Due to the Dead: Team Rocket's debut actually had them be fairly competent villians, with barely a trace of comedic atmosphere. They were characterized by a Smug Snake attitude that's practically unheard of with their current selves. Granted, they still lost humorously in the end, and this trend began to shape itself.
In several early episodes, the team didn't blast off, and instead were just left to run off cowardly. Compare this to almost all episodes after which go to contrived lengths to maintain their Running Gag. Also while their first episode did have them blast off, the Twinkle In The Sky was absent. James and Jessie's Multiple-Choice Past has them meeting as adults, except for in the first time their backstories are mentioned.
According to that episode they were in a bike bang together as teens. Their crossdressing is regulated to Kanto and Johto with very few exceptions. The very first episode is the only episode, until " Rematch at the Nacrene Gym "in the Best Wishes arcin which they do not appear.
The only time anyone saw through them was when they intentionally made their costumes distinguishable to lead the real twerps on a wild goose chase. In Best Wishes they got promoted into Giovanni's top ranks and became much more competent. They slowly lost this stance as the series went on, though have remained on Giovanni's good side for the time being.
Judging by Sun and Moon they are also the first members of the organisation to master Z-Moves. The trio sometimes team up wit Ash and his companions if they are fighting other bad guys or if they are in the middle of a catastrophe that would endanger all of them. This happens very often, if not all the time, in the movies. See also Jessie's folder, as she can polish off meals not even her teammates would attempt.
Even Evil Has Standards: Another time, they wanted to pull off a scheme of the week, but stopped themselves, because they were touched by the farewell between Ash and Gliscor in the episode. Also demonstrated with them and the organization as a whole in Operation Tempest. They're horrified to hear their Brainwashed and Crazy boss declare he desires the destruction of Unova because Team Rocket has always stood for conquest, not destruction.
They were genuinely mortified by the sight of Mewtwo's clones fighting their originals, even going into a brief Dark Reprise of sorts, anyway of their motto.
Make it double for me! Even though they don't like Ash and his friends, the trio do end up helping them every now and then. Heck, they even saved Ash from falling out an open window at one point! In one episode Pikachu suffers a power nerf from being separated from Ash. When he proves helpless against Team Rocket, the trio complain there is no sport in capturing him and walk off until he regains his will to battle. After a failed ambush on Ash while he was walking home from school, Meowth discovers that the Stoutland that Litten was living with was on the verge of dying, and spends the rest of the episode actively expressing his concern, even advising Ash to watch over it.
They were utterly disgusted with Faba wanting to erase Lillie's memories just to cover his own ass. We may be the bad guys, we're not bad bad! And then there's "A Poached Ego", an entire episode built on this trope where Jessie and James find a poacher that has trapped a bunch of Ekans and Koffing. In the end, they release Arbok and Weezing so they can lead the Ekans and Koffing to safety.
Consider themselves this to Hunter J and Team Galactic, though in truth it's the reverse. They tend to be victim of such whenever an arc's main antagonist appears and sometimes even petty ones such as Harleygetting upstaged or easily taken out to prove their superiority.
Even ones they prove Worthy Opponents for, they are usually the more affable underdog. They tend to act as rivals to the villainous organisation of each region, though how effective they are varies.
Their iconic Meowth hot-air balloon. They introduce themselves with their motto every time they run into the protagonists. The Farmer and the Viper: More than a few times the twerps try to help Team Rocket or help them go legit.
These almost always end with the Terrible Trio double crossing them and using this as a means to steal their Pokemon.
While they are genuinely Affably Evilthey aren't against exaggerating it or forging peace or sympathy with the heroes and other characters in order to con them or get their guards down. Meowth is especially apt at this. The majority of times they team up with Ash and Pikachu ultimately end with the trio trying to double cross them.
Throughout Kanto and most of Johto, they were bumbling and incompetent, but didn't really act overtly moronic and could pose some reasonable level of threat a good number of times.
From late Johto until the end of Sinnoh, they increasingly became hyperactively goofy and stupid in personality, and lost all sense of menacewith the cast sparsely ever taking them seriously anymore. Their individual quirks also got flanderized, such as Jessie's temper, James' sensitive side, and Meowth's boss fantasies which seemed to get increasingly homoerotic.
Come the Unova arc of Best Wishes, they're more serious than ever, including their Kanto personalities! From XY and onward, part of the flanderization is gone, as they still manage to be a threat to the heroes and act serious when the time is right, but still retain general goofiness and comedy relief. Retaining their Hidden Depths and being utilised more moderately also helps. Forgot Flanders Could Do That: Even at the height of their Villain Decaythey occasionally manage to remind both the cast and the audience that they can be a competent threat.
Both of which features the heroes fighting off TR throughout the bulk of the episode, instead of the usual five-minute Curb-Stomp Battle. Best Wishes took this concept and ran full steam with it, while XY and Sun and Moon as mentioned above, frequently dabble in it. Probably two of the most notable moments are a in the second movie where Team Rocket do their best to help Ash save the planet however bad their best was and b Ash and co.
In the episode "Charizard's Burning Ambition," they even take pity on Ash's Charizard and deliberately let him win so he could be accepted into the Charicific Valley. In some the most recent ones, they are outright pally with the heroes if still a bit mischievous.
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Friend or Idol Decision: All three of the trio have had instances they could either go straight or move on to a more promising role if they ditched their Team Rocket allies. Despite being a villainous variation, they always refuse, and it's always clearly out of loyalty to the others. Jessie grew up in poverty, while Meowth spent much of his life as a stray.
While James in contrast was part of a well-off family, his parents were cruel to him and wanted to force him to get married.
All three were also regularly abused and treated as pests just for trying to make a living for themselves they weren't as good at it back thenleading them to take up a life of crime. From Nobody to Nightmare: As mentioned, the three started off mistreated and disregarded, leading them to seek respect within the villainous organisation Team Rocket.
After a while however, they gained a laughing stock reputation even through that Even after becoming buffoonish again, their reputation as Not So Harmless criminals still lingers around.
Jessie and James frequently take part in legitimate tournaments and contests, often against one or more of Ash's team. Over the course of the series, Team Rocket have devolved into this. Best Wishes gave them a flip, making them extremely competent and formidable.
In the Decalore Islands arc and on, however, Team Rocket is back to always losing in the end, though they now put up a consistently good fight. As much as they love being bad guys, they tend to get a lot of satisfaction from doing occasional noble deeds. Their introductions are by no means natural, and they tend to get a little too into the villain role when antagonizing Ash and co.
Here We Go Again! They've come to treat their "blasting off" Running Gag in a hilariously jaded fashion, often having passive banter as they are ejected. In the Name of the Moon: Team Rocket's motto that they recite in every episode. It's been shown time and again that they're actually much better at being good than they are at being bad.
Surprisingly for them, they actually get the hang of using Z-Moves very quickly upon obtaining them, performing an effective Black Hole Eclipse on their first try. One of the more subtle running gags is that these guys have amazing luck doing things that in game are extremely unlikely. Time while fishing they accidentally caught a Feebass.
Another time while slathering honey they attracted a Munchlax. How they escaped "blasting off" in the Unova saga. Spend a large amount of the time suffering beatdowns to display a character's progression.
In the Hoenn and Sinnoh regions, due to lacking their Not So Harmless streak, they were sparsely anything but this. Team Rocket often "blasts off" while inside some sort of Giant Mecha that goes off in a massive explosion.
You'd think they'd be dead by now. The trio's upgraded competence throughout most of Unova was punctuated by their ability to often avoid getting blasted off, usually via the use of jet packs. Naturally when they became bumbling again, a Karma Houdini Warranty kicked in. Throughout Alola, Bewear frequently retreats with Team Rocket before the twerps can blast them off though not always. Team Rocket reaches their lowest point when they try to murder Ash at the Indigo Plateau by, well, burning him to ash using the fire of Moltres.
As far as villainy goes, they never once tried to top that. After kidnapping Pikachu after the Indigo League, they twist the knife even further by dropping bombs on the tournament after-party at Ash's house and terrorizing everyone there. In "Beyond The Rainbow" they manipulate a Florges into helping them steal Pikachu, while in secret drying her homeland for profit and tricking her followers into attacking the heroes by blaming the dilemma on them.
When the plan is fulfilled, they gloat in excess to her, and dig the knife deeper about her baby Floette, that lies ill without the land's healing water. Ash is utterly sickened by this. In Oasis of Hope, they take over an oasis ran by a colony of Spoink and enlisted a famished Grumpig to assist them in the take over which allowed them to trap the heroes and capture Pikachu by forcing Ash to surrender him via Grumpig attacking the hypnotised Spoink each time Ash refused.
Team Rocket planned to betray Grumpig by taking all the food from the Oasis and leaving Grumpig in the oasis without any food.
Know When to Fold 'Em: Surprisingly enough pull this off at the end of XY.