- That was a pretty easy catch.
- Sometimes all you gotta do is ask.
Does noone understand that James is like, the best trainer? He may not be the strongest, but he ASKS his pokemon if they want to join, seriously he’s nicer than Ash to his pokemon.
The poor man gets bitten, poisoned, chewed on, strangled, stabbed, prodded, crushed, blown up, and all manner of painful things by his pokemon, AND HE LOVES THEM ANYWAYS.
James needs his own show. Of when he was a kid or something. And his amazing gift with pokemon.
Reblogging this again for the sweet comments.
All too true.
And what did he get for his kindness? Poverty, hardship, abuse, unrealistic expectations, a miserable family that cares nothing for his happiness and is selfish and greedy in every way, best friends who treat him like dirt a majority of the time despite the fact that he is the most honest hardworking and well-meaning person they have ever known.
And he’s OKAY WITH THAT.
He’s satisfied, he’s happy, he doesn’t need money or a mansion, he doesn’t mind the things Jesse and Meowth say, he doesn’t even mind going hungry or being electrocuted with enough force to kill him or being blown sky high by an exploding robot or a kid who has absolutely no regard for him because he is a criminal. Yes, James is a criminal. Because he would never abandon his friends. He got mixed up with Team Rocket, and he might regret that now, but he also met the two most important people in the world that way and has experienced things he never would have, met pokemon he never would have, and had freedom he never would have if not for the criminal organization he works for.
He does what he thinks he has to to get by, and to support Jesse, and care for Meowth, and he forms bonds that are impossible to break. He is able to say goodbye to the pokemon he has loved for so long, just like Ash, but Ash gets credit for being a great kid, while James gets beat up and tossed aside as the “bad guy”. Even after REPEATEDLY saving Ash’s life and helping to save the WORLD. Even after proving to Ash that he isn’t bad, the kid STILL blows him and his friends up. But ASH is the hero.
There is so much about this character that I loved as a child, and so much more that I love when I look back as an adult.
And despite it all, he sees the good in things. He is still full of wonder.
I truly love James. I can’t help but admire him. His friendship with Meowth is unbreakable. His love for Jesse is true. And even when they fight, they all manage to work it out. They are the best reflection of friendship in that show.
And wow, I wasn’t going to type this much, I just really love James.
I just want to hug James. Beautiful write up. <3
bolded because these are aspects of the Trio’s backstory- and Team Rocket as a whole- I wish received more attention from the fandom.
also want to add i personally think this is why the trio have nothing but 100% MOTHERFUCKING LOYALTY towards Giovanni- because even with all the shit they put up with from him, he’s basically giving them chances they’d never get otherwise in life, and still seems to have some semblance of faith in them, particularly in the events of BW and BW Season 2.
Look at Butch and Cassidy- you can tell from their episodes they only care about moving up the ladder- “we believe in love power because we love power” and getting money and infamy and power and buttpats from the higher-ups, but you can just TELL that Jessie, James, and Meowth are incredibly grateful to the people they work for- I’m including Zager in this equation, yes,
inb4 five hundred notes flaming me now because ZAGER IS THE CANCER KILLING TEAM ROCKET etc,because they have so much at stake and because they’re three outcasts who, without Team Rocket, would literally have nothing.
Just look how thrilled and happy they are when given responsibilities- Battle of the Badge when they’re left in charge of the Gym, DP191 when they learn they’ve been put on an important mission, ANYTHING in BW where they’re working alongside Zager, the entirety of the Operation Tempest two-parter. It’s real, true loyalty, not the sucking up kind, but the “these people are counting on us, we’d better not let them down” kind.
And I find that kind of loyalty really awesome and touching. I think it’s why they’re the real heroes in Pokemon, because even with all the things they’ve put up with over 16 years, they’ve still continued being the big dysfunctional family they are.
thank you all i’ve been saying these things for years but nobody listens