Team Rocket is one of the most representative groups of Pokemon villains. Along the way, they’ve had some pretty memorable episodes.
Kodoani.com – Team Rocket of the Pokemon are some of the most iconic and beloved villains on television. Jessie, James, and Meowth may be villains, but they’re not pure villains; Viewers find them interesting because they have bright and interesting personalities, and sometimes they disappoint expectations by acting out of pure kindness. For many Pokemon fans, Team Rocket is a truly lovable trio.
The best episodes of Team Rocket different in nature, with some episodes highlighting funny jokes and others focusing on the characters’ backgrounds. Whether viewers are in the mood to laugh, cry, or get hooked on an interesting story, at least one of Team Rocket’s most iconic episodes will likely satisfy that craving.
6 Who Can Keep Togepi?
Pokemon: Indigo League, Episode 50
“Who Gets To Keep Togep?” may have been the debut of one of Misty’s Pokemon, Togepi, but Team Rocket took the air – literally. In this episode, Team Rocket steals an egg from Ash and Misty; At first they fail to force Ash with one of their classic disguises, but they still manage to capture the egg.
Meowth took care of the egg, taking care of it almost as if it were her own baby. When Ash and Misty find Team Rocket with Togepi, they compete to see who will keep it. Togepi hatches and decides to stay with Misty. As usual, Team Rocket quickly blew up again due to the fight with Ash.
5 Ignorance is happiness
Pokemon: The Johto Journeys , Episode 13
“Ignorance Is Blissey” provides insight into Jessie’s back story, adding depth to her character and making this episode one of Team Rocket’s best episodes. Some consider the Team Rocket trio to be the most evil characters in the series, but each of them is more memorable than fans sometimes realize. This episode revealed that Jessie wanted to be a nurse, but all the schools she applied to turned her down. As a result, she ended up attending a Pokemon nursing school, attended entirely by Chanseys. Jessie becomes close to one of them, helping Pokemon through school.
During the episode, Jessie runs into Chansey, now evolved into Blissey. Blissey provides Team Rocket with all the food in the Pokemon Center, which leads to Nurse Joy telling Blissey actions that could threaten her career. Jessie eventually feels guilty and returns the food to the center, lying and claiming that Team Rocket stole the food in its own way.
4 Holy Matrimony!
Pokemon: Indigo League, Episode 48
“Holy Matrimony!” gives viewers a background on James’ life before joining Team Rocket, adding a biography to James’ background. Some members of Team Rocket may join for evil purposes, but “Holy Matrimony!” suggests that James chose this path after running away from home.
James grew up differently from Jessie, who lived in poverty; The episode reveals that Team Rocket’s James comes from a wealthy but abusive family. James runs away to avoid an arranged marriage with a girl named Jessebelle, who looks uncanny like James’s partner, Jessie. “Holy Matrimony!” also introduces James’ beloved Growlithe, Growlie, and describes his close relationship with his Pokemon.
3 Heroes Purr-fect
Pokemon: Indigo League , Episode 53
Team Rocket may be a bunch of villains – in fact, they’re the only team in the series to have killed a Pokemon – but Jessie and James tend to put themselves in less violent situations. In “The Purr-fect Hero”, Team Rocket finds themselves in a school, where they meet a boy who says he was saved by a Meowth. Team Rocket’s Meowth lied, claiming he was the one who saved the boy.
The boy doesn’t remember Meowth saving him being able to talk, so their plan unravels and the trio are sent on foot when Meowth decides to open her mouth. “The Purr-fect Hero” is one of the few episodes where Team Rocket is not sent flying; in fact, they end the episode at sunset.
2 A Lean Mean Team rocket machine!
Pokemon: DP Battle Dimension , Episode 40
“A Lean Mean Team rocket machine!” reflects all the best parts of Team Rocket. This episode includes all the bells and whistles.
In “A Lean Mean Team Rocket Machine!”, the team thinks that the old tactics should be returned. They reveal a giant robot, they decide to fight Ash’s Pikachu after they were caught stealing Pokeballs. Ash’s Pikachu easily destroyed their machine with an electric attack, causing Team Rocket to explode once more – again, just like the old times.
1 Secret of the Breeding Center
Pokemon: Indigo League , Episode 57
In “The Breeding Center Secret”, Jessie and James meet another Team Rocket duo named Butch and Cassidy. Butch and Cassidy appear to have considerable capacity at first. They re-read an antithesis of Jessie and James’s motto before catching multiple Pokemon, including one of James’, which annoyed Jessie and James. Cassidy and Butch’s intro is arguably one of the most iconic scenes in anime.
The new duo are eventually arrested for their crimes at the end of the episode, and Jessie and James rejoice. By introducing Butch and Cassidy as existing members of Team Rocket, the episode reminds viewers how much they love the presence of an iconic, classic duo like Jessie and James.