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What Is Team Rocket’s Jessie and James’ Relationship?

What Is Team Rocket’s Jessie and James’ Relationship?

Prepare for trouble, and make it double! We’re exploring the true relationship of Team Rocket’s Jessie and James.

This tenacious duo has always acted as a foil to Ash and his friends, dastardly capturing Pokemon to further the goals of their beloved Team Rocket.

Pokemon fans often ask are Jessie and James brother and sister? While they’re definitely not siblings, it’s easy to see why people would think they are.

So what are they? Best friends for life? Or is there actual romance between them? We discuss this in detail below.

Are Jessie and James Dating?

In anime canon, Jessie and James are not actually dating.

The anime series has shown no real indication that the two are together and in a relationship romantically.

Together with Meowth, they’re simply Team Rocket partners.

However, they have shown their close bond with each other numerous times, even shortly after they first met.

And in one manga series, The Electric Tale of Pikachu, they actually get married!

Jessie and James with their Team Rocket Pokemon
Source: The Pokemon Animated Series / Bulbapedia

Did Jessie and James Get Married?

Yes, Jessie and James do get married in the manga The Electric Tale of Pikachu.

Throughout the story, there are hints that the two are much closer than they seem. In the story’s epilogue, James is shown confessing his feelings to Jessie in a flashback.

And finally, at the very end of the manga, Jessie and James are shown as a married couple with a baby on the way!

While it’s not canon or related to the anime, the manga is still a Nintendo-approved work. So, RocketShippers, make of it what you will!

Jessie and James with their Pokemon in Pokemon Journeys
Source: Bulbapedia

How Did Jessie and James Meet?

Jessie and James first met in the side-story episode Training Daze, when they were partnered together for a Team Rocket team challenge.

The two had a rocky start, but James showed he was willing to share his food and even sacrifice himself by letting go and falling down into the river, just so Jessie can proceed.

Jessie was so touched by his act, that during the final mission, she didn’t let go of James when he almost fell again. She’d rather have her team with her than win alone.

From then on, they became official Team Rocket agents and an inseparable team!

Jessie and James showing their loyalty and friendship to each other
Source: The Pokemon Animated Series / Bulbapedia

Jessie and James Cute Moments

Whether Jessie and James are in love is up for interpretation, but what we’re sure of is that the anime has shown they care for each other, to the delight of their shippers (a.k.a. RocketShippers).

In Training Daze, they first expressed their loyalty towards each other – that no matter what, they’ll always be together. Jessie even blushed in one scene!

This sentiment is shown again in the episode Noodles! Roamin’ Off!

Team Rocket almost disbanded, but the two realized they’d rather be together. In the end, they even expressed that they’d like to meet each other again in another life.

In the X and Y episode, A Gaggle of Gadget Greatness!, James looked like he was doing the “romantic kabedon” move on Jessie, only to move a trick wall behind her.

Jessie and James in cute moments together
Source: Bulbapedia

And in the episode Holy Matrimony!, Jessie thought James would leave their team to marry his fiancee (who looks like her), only to see him return in their iconic Meowth Balloon.

The episode ends with the two gazing at each other.

Numerous times, the duo would dress up together as pairs, which has inspired a lot of fans to cosplay as them. They’ve dressed up as an elderly couple, a Volbeat and Illumise, and even as a newlywed couple.

Jessie and James as a married couple
Source: The Pokemon Animated Series / The Electric Tale of Pikachu

And there you have it — the truth about Jessie and James’ relationship!

Speaking of Pokemon and shipping, we’ve also delved into the fan question on whether Ash and Misty end up dating.

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