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(ムサシ Musashi)
Region: Kanto
Age: 20
Hometown: Unknown
Family: Miyamoto (Mother)
Class: *Pokémon Coordinator
Friends: James
Debut: Pokémon Emergency!

Jessie is a member of Team Rocket. She tends to be a drama queen and has a diabolical temper. She works with James and Meowth. Their main goal is to steal Pokémon, preferably Ash Ketchum's Pikachu. She and James have rivals- Butch and Cassidy. Jessie's name is sometimes spelled as Jesse, as her name comes from the famous outlaw, Jesse James.

In the anime


Jessie was a poor girl with a cold past whose mother, Miyamoto, disappeared in an avalanche on an expedition of Team Rocket to capture the legendary Pokémon Mew, where unlike her daughter, she was very high ranked. As a child, her foster mother (her real mother in the dub) cooked with a "base ingredient," the snow. So, Jessie enjoys eating snow. She would even go out of her way to get some and make some of her mother's old "recipes." She met her mother one last time before she left her in Best Wishes to look for a Celebi. Now Jessie is torn up that her mom leaves for rules. In Best Wishes, she also loses some weight due to her promotion.

Jessie as a child

Not much is known about Jessie's past. In the chapter nine of the first season, Jessie talks about her bad memories of study in the Pokémon Technical Institute. At the time, she already knew James; they studied together for "a big test",but after getting the lowest grades in the school's history, they joined a bike gang in Sunny Town episodes later. Jessie went to Team Rocket after failing in her attempt to become a Pokémon nurse, partly due to the fact that the Pokémon nursing school she attended was only for Pokémon who wanted to be nurses (in this case, the Chansey), not for people. But, she did not know that until graduation day.

More recently, it was learned that she was studying dance at a school with two friends, letting go of one of her first youthful loves in order to pursue her dream of being a star. However, she failed the test of dance and regrets not having accepted the invitation to accompany the boy to compete in Pokémon Contests. Not much is known of her former love life, but she said that has never been very lucky in love as her grooms to have treated her unfairly and/or abandoned her. She is later paired up with James, a rebellious rich-boy who doesn't want to follow his family wishes, and Meowth, a fast talking Pokémon who has dreams of being on top.

As of her, James' and Meowth's promotion and transfer to Unova, Jessie has become a highly skilled stealth artist, an excellent athlete and is often successful in many missions with her 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. Jessie and her team-mates worked together with Pierce and met Doctor Zager.

Once the plan culminated, Jessie and her 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 games, Jessie and James are supposed to have the same age as Ash. However, according to a special CD available only in Japan, Jessie and James are in their 20's in the second episode of Anime. In an episode of the season, Master Quest, reveals an old woman who is 120 years old Jessie. Jessie amazed replica which is 10 times her age. As Jessie obviously has more than 12 years, Meowth asked her where she learned mathematics. She has a long going rivalry with fellow Team Rocket Member Cassidy.


In Hoenn, Jessie began to compete as a Pokémon Coordinator, and although she was not successful, she continued to participate in each Pokémon Contest she could. Initially, she cheated, using technological assistance and intervention of James and Meowth, but then began to compete fairly. She often borrowed Pokémon from James for the contests, and has repeatedly used Meowth as one of her Pokémon. Despite losing in all contests in which she participated in Kanto and Hoenn, in the Sinnoh region, she won three ribbons herself, using her Dustox, Yanmega and Seviper, and obtained a ribbon after James won a contest in her place, as well as receiving one from Princess Salvia after she lost to her. Jessie then became eligible to participate in the Sinnoh Grand Festival, and made it to the semi-finals, but lost to Dawn. She also participated in Summer Camp Pokémon and got a diploma/credit for having studied (she was disguised Jessilina). Jessie was the leader of her ragtag group, and she was not afraid to show it. After the Sinnoh Grand Festival, Jessie abandoned the Jessilina alias.



Additional Information

Solaceon Town Ribbon In DP 67 Jessie beats Kenny's Prinplup and won her first ribbon.
Majolica Town Ribbon In DP 102 while Ash was fighting Fantina, Jessie is seen participating in a Pokémon Contest in which she won with her Yanmega.
Lilypad Town Ribbon In DP 146 Jessie was very sick so James disguised himself Jesselina was presented with Meowth and were won the contest after Carnivine winning over a Tyrogue (after having defeated Dawn's Mamoswine in the Semi-Final).
Neighborly Town Ribbon In DP 167 Jessie competed in a contest in which Johanna (Dawn's mother) was a judge.
Arrowroot Town Ribbon In DP 171 Jessie lost in the contest. Princess Salvia, disguised as Dawn, gave her the ribbon for the performance she gave during their battle in the Final round.

Grand Festival ranking

Jessie placed in the following Grand Festival competitions:

Relationships with Pokémon

Jessie has a strong relationship with their Pokémon and wants, even if they seem evil. She had a great friendship with a Blissey who she knew long ago, Jessie never wanted to take this Pokémon with her because she knew it would not be happy living as she lives (because that Blissey is very affectionate and friendly).

Her hair has been cut / eaten on several occasions and this is something that saddens and gets her very upset. Jessie is not very smart to say, so if in doubt goes to James to have it cleared. Said to be bad but sometimes shows a girl with a good heart. Jessie, James and Meowth dream to catch Ash's Pikachu since its first appearance, and although rarely they succeed they never give it to their boss Giovanni, with which they always dreamed of doing. She, James and Meowth are fired multiple times into the sky out of sight for some Pokémon attacks, even by accident. Jessie has had various Pokémon throughout the anime. Prior to when Ash starts his journey, Jessie recieved an Ekans for her birthday and used it even when it evolved into an Arbok. She also had a Likitung, but she didn't use it much. In the Johto region, Jessie accidently traded her Likitung for a Wobuffet, which she admits could have been the worst mistake of her life. After the Hoenn region, Jessie released Arbok and tried to release Wobuffet, but Wobuffet snuck back in his Poké Ball and has been with the group ever since. In the Sinnoh region, she captured a Yanma (which later evolved into a Yanmega).


On Hand

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While looking for Meowth when James and her became separated from Meowth, she ran into a wild Pumpkaboo that was flashing lights, to represent its flashlight-like ability. Jessie simply tossed a Poké Ball at it and caught it instantly, to James' shock. Besides its like for flashing lights, not much else is known about its personality Pumpkaboo's known moves are Leech Seed and Shadow Ball.
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She accidentally traded it for her Lickitung with a boy named Benny in Chapter Bazaar. It knows Mirror Coat and Counter. It almost always leaves his Poké Ball like Misty's Psyduck and Brock's Croagunk. It is sometimes used to defend against attack, but it usually fails.

At Team Rocket Headquarters

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Jessie caught Seviper after beating him for "eating" Jessie's hair, which enraged Seviper as well as Jessie. He knows the moves Poison Tail, Bite, Wrap and Haze. It has been used in many contests but never won. It is also the main Pokémon Jessie uses for battles in Sinnoh and Hoenn.
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Jessie captured Yanmega as a Yanma after another trainer weaken it first. Yanma evolved soon after being caught while in a battle against Ash and his friends in DP080. Jessie used Yanmega in many battles and contests. In the episode "Where No Togepi Has Gone Before!", she is the only Pokémon present not effected by the evil female Togepi's Attract (due to Attract not effecting Pokémon of the same gender) and Jessie reveals she was unaware Yanmega was female until Brock pointed it out. Yanmega knows Silver Wind, AncientPower, Steel Wing and SonicBoom and these make her a strong weapon for Team Rocket.
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In the Unova Region, Jessie was revealed to have gotten it from a cave swarming within a group. It was later used against Ash's Pidove and won. Its known moves include Air Slash and Gust.
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While battling Ash and his friends, Jessie revealed a new member to their gang, Frillish. Frillish first appeared in BW111: New Places... Familiar Faces and has shown to be a positive addition to her team. Its known moves include Mist, Psychic, BubbleBeam, and Shadow Ball.


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Ekans → Arbok
This Ekans was a birthday gift and was her most beloved Pokémon. It accompanied Jessie from the beginning of the anime. Eventually it evolves into an Arbok because Jessie wished desperately for it to. It is released to protect a group of Ekans in A Poached Ego. It knew Poison Sting, Headbutt, Wrap and Dig.
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Jessie captured Dustox as a Wurmple under the belief that it would evolve into a Beautifly. She captured Wurmple at the same time as May caught her's. After a battle against May, it evolved into a Cascoon, not a Silcoon. It later evolved and became one of Jessie's most cherished Pokémon. Jessie later released her to go with a shiny Dustox to make a family and be happy.


Jessie captured Lickitung in Princess Vs. Princess, in the same episode Jessie used it in the Princess Festival and was defeated by Misty's Psyduck. After accidentally exchanging it for Wobbuffet, it was never seen again.


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Jessie caught Shellder in 'The Evolution Solution'. Jessie found Shellder on a beach while looking for shells with James and Meowth. James initially tried to capture after weakening it with Weezing, but Jessie caught the Shellder in her Poké Ball. Later on Shellder would bit the tail of Professor Westwood's Slowpoke, causing it to evolve into Slowbro, thereby staying with the Professor.
Jessie received a Charizard from Delibird and used in a battle with James and his Aggron against Ash and Brock for control of Pewter City Gym. In the end it is revealed that Jessie and James got those Pokémon in error and that they were intended for Butch and Cassidy and therefore must be returned to Delibird.
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Jessie bought a Magikarp (thinking it was a Feebas) from the Magikarp salesman (the same salesman that has deceived James many times). It was later released in the same episode.
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Before belonging to Brock, Croagunk fought for Jessie, helping her, James and Meowth scam trainers' out of their Pokémon by defeating them and then promise them that they would train their Pokémon.
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Aipom was provided by Ash after she saved the life of the Pokémon, with Aipom, Jessie participated in an unofficial Pokémon Contest. It overpowered Dawn's Pachirisu without much effort.
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Machamp is one of the Giovanni's Pokémon that he entrusted to Jessie, James and Meowth so they could defeat gym challengers while he was away from the Viridian City Gym.
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Kingler is one of the Giovanni's Pokémon that he entrusted to Jessie, James and Meowth so they could defeat gym challengers while he was away from the Viridian City Gym.
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Rhydon is one of the Giovanni's Pokémon that he entrusted to Jessie, James and Meowth so they could defeat gym challengers while he was away from the Viridian City Gym.
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Jessie used and stole Charizard in One Trick Phony!. She attempted to use it against its owner, but it was only obedient inside the battle park.
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Jessie used a Blastoise in a Battle Park in One Trick Phony! .
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Used James's Weezing to use in their battles in the Princess Festival.
Used James's Cacnea to use it in several contests.
Used James's Chimecho for use in several of their contests.
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Mime Jr.
Used Jame's Mime Jr. for use in several of their contests.
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Used James's Carnivine for use in several of their contests.
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Harley lent his Cacturne for use in one of Jessie's contests.
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Harley lent his Banette for use in one of Jessie's contests.
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After Pikachu lost its memory, Team Rocket told it that it belonged to Team Rocket and that it was member.
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Is stolen from a trainer and used in a fighting contest.
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Jessie used Smoochum while she was in the Pokémon Summer School.
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Jessie used Hippowdon in the Pokémon Summer School race.
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It is the "tax collector" for team rocket during the johto league episodes. It occasionally sticks around for a battle, but refuses to do any work for them and flies away if they ask for help. The moves it uses are blizzard and present.
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She used Magikarp in One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team! to compete in a Triathlon.


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Jessie and this Chansey met at a medical school where Chansey learn to become Pokémon nurses. They both studied together at the school, but unfortunately Jessie couldn't pass because she was human, and the school was meant for Pokémon. Jessie and the Chansey part ways, but Chansey left Jessie with a broken piece of her graduation necklace. Jessie is reunited with this Chansey many years later, when she is in team rocket in the episode Ignorance is Blissey. She recognizes the broken graduation necklace, and is thrilled to find that her old friend has evolved into a Blissey, and realized her dream of being a Pokémon nurse. This Blissey tends to get a little over-excited when it comes to aiding people, usually spilling what it is carrying or something of the sort, but it's intentions are for good.

Voice Actress

  • Rachael Lillis (4Kids)
  • Michele Knotz (PUSA/TAJ)
  • Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese)
  • Annelie Berg (Swedish)
  • Lena Meieran (Norwegian)
  • Hilde de Mildt (Dutch)
  • Scarlet Cavadenti (née Lubowski), Claudia Loessel (German)
  • Emanuela Pacotto (Italian)
  • Michaella Antoniou (Greek)



  • Jessie is also known to have been a good singer in the past.
  • Jessie's and James' English names derive from the notable outlaw Jesse James.
  • In JE102: Plant It Now... Diglett Later, an old woman says to Jessie that she is 120 years old and Jessie says thats 10 times her age, meaning that she is 12 years old.
  • In most scenes Jessie is seen without lipstick. Most of these scenes were bloopers but few were on purpose. Examples would be of her as a child and when she was working out at the gym.
  • Despite her and James being major characters throught the anime and manga, they have only appeared in the first generation games.