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    Giovanni (Sakaki) 

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You're just the players in my master plan!
Voiced in Japanese by: Hirotaka Suzuoki (1st voice), Kenta Miyake (current)
Voiced in English by: Ted Lewis (1st voice, 4Kids; current voice), Craig Blair (2nd voice)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Alejandro Villeli (Season 1-10, current), Humberto Sorlózano (only in Season 11)
Voiced in European French by: Patrick Descamps

The boss of Team Rocket.


  • Adapted Out: All but the Rhydon from his video game roster are omitted in the anime.
  • Ascended Extra: Giovanni was for the large part a Greater-Scope Villain until Best Wishes, where he takes the role of Big Bad, directly assigning the trio most of their missions and fronting Operation Tempest personally. He retires back to headquarters afterwards however, back to his usual role.
  • Bad Boss: Right before he was Demoted to Extra (until he became a primary antagonistic force in Unova and reminded the fans that yes, you do not mess with this man), Giovanni made the cold decision to make Jessie and James head of the blimp squad, blimps that were so old they fell apart from just one flight, which he had been intending so that the trio could crash and he could collect the insurance policy on their blimp. Yes, he was possibly going to kill them off.
  • Big Bad: Of the Kanto arc, back when Jessie, James and Meowth actually worked for him. Afterwards he was Demoted to Extra and just sent them along on fool's errands.
    • He was also the Big Bad of Mewtwo Returns.
    • He returned to the role during Team Rocket's Black and White arcs, taking up the role more directly in early Season 14 and the end of Season 15.
    • He appears set to take up this role again in Sun and Moon, particularly Season 22, as he has his sights set on "the Blinding One", Necrozma.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: At the climax of Operation Tempest.
  • Canon Foreigner: Inverted. Giovanni is the only Team Rocket member in the anime to have originated from the games.
  • Clueless Boss: It's not so much he is incompetent, but by the time of Diamond and Pearl, Jessie and James had become such washouts that Giovanni had completely forgotten about them, and thus started believing their exaggerated claims of success, allowing them to bumble their way into his good books for the time being. His secretary Matori has questioned his trust in the trio.
  • The Comically Serious: Which makes Meowth's daydreams about him all the weirder.
    • Especially the infamous one where a bunch of Pokémon...hump him.
    • Or the chibi Gene Kelly dance.
    • The Bagon and the coconut. Good Arceus Almighty, the Bagon and the coconut!
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He owned Pokémon Land, an attraction park featuring giant robot Pokémon, implying that he is some sort of businessman.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He's shown giving one to Gary by using Mewtwo.
  • Death Glare: To the point it's almost his default expression. The trio feel rather intimidated when he looks their way to say the least.
  • Demoted to Extra: Until Black and White, then once again for XY, only to gradually return to prominence in Sun and Moon.
  • Deus Exit Machina: He goes off on some Team Rocket business just in time for Ash's eighth Kanto gym battle. He never actually returns to his post as Gym Leader after this, for unknown reasons.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: And one with a conqueror complex, too.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: In one of his rare less-than-intelligent moments, he decided insult Mewtwo right in his face and paid the price by losing his HQ.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: In the 'Birth of Mewtwo' CD drama.
  • Evil Brit: Has a very pronounced British accent in the dub courtesy of Ted Lewis and Craig Blair go a lesser extent.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: The overwhelming power of the Reveal Glass takes control of him, temporarily driving him into insanity.
    • Much earlier than that, he was using Mewtwo to curb-stomp challengers at his gym and do random tasks before he got his base destroyed from saying too much.
  • The Faceless: Until Gary fights him.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's cultured, civilized, and intelligent...and one of the most repulsive people in the series. His attitude towards his enemies is one of condescension at best and derision at worst.
  • Freudian Excuse: He describes his mother in rather...caressing tones in the CD drama, but his mother seems cold towards him and refers to him only as her 'brat boy'. This probably caused him to become eviler than her, as part of a means to prove himself. He may have something of an Inferiority Superiority Complex in this case..
  • Graceful Loser: The resolution to Operation Tempest shows he knows when to cut his losses.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Ash and co very seldom fight Giovanni directly, but being the leader of the Team Rocket organisation, he is responsible for the Terrible Trio Jessie, James and Meowth and any other Team Rocket member they face in their journeys. Especially such during the Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh arcs, when he grew so tired of the Trio's incompetence that he pretty much allowed them to do their own thing. Was also this for Mewtwo's character in the first movie.
  • Idiot Ball: Taunting Mewtwo to his face wasn't exactly the best idea he had, considering that Mewtwo at the time was Willfully Weak in order to not hurt the people and Pokémon he's sent to deal with too badly. But when the above event happens, then he responds by tearing his armour apart like tinfoil and reducing Giovanni's base to a smouldering crater.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: In the first movie, it's explained how he aquired Mewtwo...and later on, how it destroyed the Team Rocket HQ.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Whenever we finally see him in person, he is usually far more serious, malicious and intimidating than most of the comical Team Rocket ensemble, and even a large helping of side antagonists.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: He and all his Team Rocket agents (save the TRio) had their memories of Mewtwo wiped by the Mon in question towards the end of Mewtwo Returns.
  • Laughing Mad: In the Operation Tempest episodes, thanks to the power of the Reveal Glass.
  • Made of Iron: Please remember, Giovanni survived Mewtwo destroying his headquarters with nothing more than a few scrapes and a bad attitude. Being Made of Iron must be a prerequisite for joining Team Rocket.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Of Mewtwo initially claiming that the two were partners to get him to work for Giovanni. That was until Gio got cocky enough to tell Mewtwo to its face that he lied and considered the Pokémon his most powerful puppet. Mewtwo blew up one of his headquarters in response and escaped (while Gio was showhow unharmed from it all).
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: He is evidently a multi-millionaire. Whether this is due to being the boss of Team Rocket or his status as a gym leader is unclear.
  • Mr. Exposition: Had a Basil Exposition role towards Jessie, James, and Meowth early into Best Wishes.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: For a terrifying few minutes, he becomes this when he accidentally absorbs the power of the Reveal Glass, which drives him insane and desiring to destroy the world. Thankfully, Jessie, James and Meowth snap him out of it.
  • Orcus on His Throne: While he is to some degree a Greater-Scope Villain, he is so often Out of Focus and rarely seen taking active part or even plotting any schemes in the series, you'd have to remind yourself the main trio even work for him. He has confronted the heroes only a handful of times in nearly a thousand episodes.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Seems to genuinely love his Persian.
    • As shown since Unova, he will also praise the trio for their rare moments of usefulness.
    • He's implied to have had at least some respect for Jessie's mother, Miyamoto, which may be part of the reason he keeps Jessie on the team in the first place.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Keeps Jessie, James, and Meowth in his service in spite of their numerous failures because their tendency to follow Ash from region to region often makes them the only Rocket presence in those places.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Persian. In the anime-inspired Yellow version and the Stadium games, he uses it to battle!
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He can post bail for anyone (other than him) in the team who got sent to jail.
  • The Sociopath: Shows himself to be this from time to time, especially in Mewtwo Returns where he has no concern for the suffering of others or the benefit of his organization as long as he gets what he wants.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: He was an early example of this trope, played as serious and menacing in contrast to the comedic Team Rocket trio.
  • Villains Out Shopping: According to a spiel by Meowth about what Giovanni would do with a Magby, he apparently holds a company barbecue.
  • Worthy Opponent: After Operation Tempest is sabotaged by Ash and Pikachu, Giovanni, after regaining his senses, merely gives a small, almost impressed smirk before walking off. He also is shown looking thoughtful when Jessie and James talk about how special Pikachu is afterward. This is probably the nearest he has gotten to some mutuality on the trio's obsession with Pikachu.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Unsurprisingly, he was willing to crush Ash to death to convince Meloetta to further his plans in Operation Tempest.
    • In the Birth of Mewtwo CD drama, after Mewtwo takes down a defeated trainer's Magmar, he not only steals said Magmar, he also orders Mewtwo to attack the child. Yikes.

    Giovanni's Persian 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Rica Matsumoto
Voiced in English by: Rica Matsumoto

Giovanni's right hand cat, much to the ire of Meowth. Often seen being petted by its master.


  • Always Someone Better: The apple in Giovanni's eye that Meowth so direly wants to be. Naturally the latter loathes it.
  • Canon Immigrant: As with many aspects of the game, Yellow and Stadium updated Giovanni's battle to utilize Persian.
  • Flat Character: Aside from its fondness of Giovanni, Persian's characterization is pretty limited, having very few expressive or sapient characteristics even compared to standard Pokémon.
  • Hidden Badass: Persian is almost never active, spending most of its appearances lazily snuggling beside its master. When it finally does battle however, it proves quite deadly.
  • Morality Pet: One of very few individuals Giovanni shows affection and care towards. At least one manga backstory reveals Giovanni rescued Persian as a child.
  • Orcus on His Throne: It took until "Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!" all the way in Best Wishes for Persian to finally take part in a battle. It lived up to the wait however, and flattened Pikachu with one Power Gem attack.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Obviously made to take this role beside Giovanni.
  • Unknown Rival: It seems pretty apathetic towards Meowth's envious hatred of it.
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    Cassidy and Butch (Yamato and Kosaburo) 
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"Now here's our mission, so you better listen!"
Voiced in Japanese by: Masako Katsuki (Yamato), Takehito Koyasu (Kosaburo)
Voiced in English by: Megan Hollingshead, Andi Whaley, Emily Williams (Cassidy), and Eric Stuart and Jimmy Zoppi (Butch) (EN)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Jaqueline Castañeda (Original Series), Maggie Vera (Chronicles), Erica Edwards (Advance Generation), Adriana Casas (Diamond & Pearl) (Cassidy), and Sergio Gutierrez Coto (Original Series), Héctor Emmanuel Gómez, Enzo Fortuny and Irwin Daayán (Chronicles), Christian Strempler (Advance Generation) and Alan Prieto (Diamond & Pearl) (Butch)

Two recurring agents of Team Rocket, Cassidy and Butch are far more competent than Jessie, James and Meowth and wear the traditional black Team Rocket uniform rather than the trio's white outfits. They started to suffer from Villain Decay in Pokémon Chronicles.


  • Accidental Misnaming: In a Running Gag, Butch is called the wrong name repeatedly, like Botch, Biff, Bill, Hutch, Bob and even Buffy.
  • Alpha Bitch: Cassidy frequently acts this way towards Jessie.
  • Always Someone Better: They were essentially versions of Jessie and James who were actually competent, at least until Flanderization set in.
  • Berserk Button: Getting Butch name wrong tends to make him a wee bit mad.
  • Butt-Monkey: Usually a result of Butch's name, though by Chronicles they're both full time bumbling villains.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: if their motto is anything to go by.
  • Catch-Phrase Spouting Duo: An alternate version of the usual trio's motto.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: They haven't appeared since Diamond & Pearl.
  • Escalating War: By their later appearances, the trio's feud with the two was far more even handed and slapstick.
  • Expy: Their later goofier personalities were likely to act as such to Jessie and James, taking their role of Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain in side stories outside the trio's current region. They even started blasting off.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Particularly in their first few episodes. When first appearing they were introduced as Rocket agents that were more competent, more successful and far more ruthless than the Trio the heroes were familiar with, with none of their affable sides and more subtle comedic traits, who could instantly supplant the Trio in evilness. Their operations were large scale and dangerous, and most of their appearances required Enemy Mines between Ash and Jessie and James to defeat. This lessened over time, until they ended up as incompetent and goofy as the trio and were eventually phased out. Since Unova, whenever the show has wanted to do "Team Rocket, but actually dangerous," they've just given the main trio the Smart Ball.
  • Evil vs. Evil: They use nearly all their schemes to screw over Jessie and James in the process, leading the trio to either compete with them or form an Enemy Mine with Ash and his friends.
  • Flanderization: In Pokémon Chronicles, they become just as incompetent as their rivals, likely to serve as Expies in other arcs and regions.
  • Irony: They pretty much became jokes while Jessie and James became much better at the job.
  • Knight of Cerebus: At first, though ultimately dropped as time went on. Even though they've always more competent than the main trio, they still have comical qualities, and their credibility never lasts after they're defeated. Their later appearances don't even bother to play up their competence so much anymore.
  • No Respect Guy: Despite being more credible villains, they tend to be referred to as nothing more than "that other Team Rocket" by the hero cast. They are at least more respected within the organisation, though even there, no one seems to remember Biff's name.
  • Right Hand vs. Left Hand: The main reason why they tend to come into conflict with Jessie, James and Meowth. The Trio rarely have any idea what their cell is up to, and typically stumble across Butch and Cassidy's schemes without initially realizing what's going on - on more than one occasion, Butch and Cassidy have had their "legitimate" businesses nearly robbed by the Trio, who were unaware that it was really a Rocket front. On others Butch and Cassidy have knowingly lumped an oblivious Trio in with their other victims, despite them being on the same side.
  • Right-Hand Attack Dog: Butch and Cassidy seem to have a fondness for canine Pokémon, having used, at various points, a Houndour, a Mightyena, and a Granbull. This is probably done to contrast Jessie and James, who, of course, have Meowth.
  • The Rival: To Jessie, James and Meowth.
  • Running Gag: The cast getting Butch's name wrong, usually resulting in him going in a furious tirade. At least once or twice, someone said his name right, and he still corrected them before catching himself.
  • Shadow Archetype: While more competent than the main trio as villains, they lack most of their redeeming qualities, and thus the Laser-Guided Karma second winds that come with it, which is one circumstance the trio can often best them through.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: As they became as comical as the main trio, their rivalry with them ultimately evolved into this, with almost as much childish bickering on their part.
  • Team Rocket Wins: Most of their face offs end with Jessie, James and Meowth getting the last laugh. In "The Fortune Hunters" however they end up blasting off the trio without much effort. Subverts The Bad Guy Wins however since the twerps in turn easily defeat and arrest them straight afterwards.
  • Terrible Trio: Counting their on-and-off Team Pet Raticate.
  • Villain Decay: Though their rivalry with the main trio made them more comical as the main series went along, they remained fairly threatening, at least relatively. In Chronicles however they outright take over as the Goldfish Poop Gang.
  • Villain Team-Up: Willingly join up with Jessie and James for once in "The Ole' Berate and Switch!". Rather surprisingly it's the trio that prove Eviler Than Thou this time and leave booby traps to get the duo caught by Ash and friends.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: They haven't been seen since Sinnoh.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Butch has green hair.

    Doctor Namba 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Ichirō Nagai
Voiced in English by: Jimmy Zoppi

One of Team Rocket's scientists, and perhaps the one who most embodies the "mad" in Mad Scientist, Dr. Namba seems to be Cassidy and Butch's superior officer.


    Pierce (Flint) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Jin Yamanoi
Voiced in English by: Dan Green

A high-ranked Team Rocket operative, he is first revealed as the TRio's contact in Unova, assigned to assist them in the Meteonite mission.


  • Big Damn Villains: Comes onto the scene with a truck to help the TRio when they're cornered by the police in BW010.
  • One Steve Limit: He gets a Dub Name Change to Pierce because, although Flint is a credible English name, two characters (Brock's father and the Sinnoh Elite Four member) also have it
  • Satellite Character: Seemed to only exist to give Jessie and James information.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He disappears from the story following the postponed/cancelled "Team Rocket vs. Team Plasma" two-parter. Said episodes would have justified his already-intended departure as due to most of the Team Rocket organization getting forced out of Unova when Team Plasma's interference leaves them vulnerable.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is a dark shade of blue.

    Dr. Zager (Dr. Seger) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Masayuki Omoro
Voiced in English by: Marc Thompson

An esteemed, elderly Team Rocket scientist introduced to the TRio by Pierce. He was first brought into Unova to aid in the mission to locate the Meteonite, and has since become Jessie, James, and Meowth's commanding officer while Giovanni is absent.


  • Arc Villain: He's the one calling the shots in the Nimbasa mission, which technically included Meowth's Heel–Face Mole phase. He also is the sole mastermind behind the mission at Twist Mountain.
  • Ascended Extra: He's introduced as just a side character, but soon evolves into The Heavy for much of the Unova arc.
  • The Comically Serious: During the climax of the Battle Subway mission, where he keeps on snarling back at Jessie and James continuing to bug him over what to do.
  • The Heavy: During Seasons 14-15, he functions as the primary antagonist of Best Wishes in Giovanni's absence.
  • Kick the Dog: His entire plan at Twist Mountain — reviving a Pokémon, then draining most of its life force in order to keep a hidden time portal stable and open enough for Team Rocket to go through. Carracosta is nearly dead once he has Team Rocket do this for him.
  • Large Ham: In his Not So Stoic moments.
  • Mad Scientist: Though far more composed than most.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: OBSERVE!
  • Mission Control: To Jessie, James, and Meowth, though he's not above getting in on the action himself.
  • Noble Demon: Shows signs of it in Operation Tempest, where he, like the trio, is visibly unnerved at Brainwashed and Crazy Giovanni's claims of wanting to destroy all of Unova.
  • Pet the Dog: Warning the Terrible Trio of a mansion he reputed to be haunted and dangerous is either this or Pragmatic Villainy (since he doesn't want to lose his three agents).
    • Similarly, him sending the trio the Basculin-shaped submarine on the final ED credits for the series. He likely didn't have to do this since Team Rocket as a whole was done with Unova, yet he's still keeping in touch with his agents and providing for them. And since friendship is the theme of that ED credits...
  • Put on a Bus: He returned to Kanto at the end of Season 15, and hasn't been seen since. He does have a cameo appearance in the final ED credits for the Japanese version of Best Wishes, though, sending the TRio the blueprints for their Basculin submarine.
  • The Stoic: Unless he's angry, or excited due to scientific discovery.

    Matori 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Kiyomi Asai
Voiced in English by: Emily Jenness

Giovanni's secretary and assistant, first introduced in the final episode of the Diamond and Pearl series. She is the one to contact Jessie, James and Meowth via Delibird to inform them of their promotion.


  • A Day in the Limelight: SM122 has Matori in a lead role, journeying to Alola to claim Bewear from Jessie and James, and suffering a lot of their usual antics.
  • Ascended Extra: She becomes more of a prominently recurring character in Sun and Moon, even being the commander of Team Rocket's elite unit, the Matori Matrix.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: To some degree, while Giovanni isn't stupid, his observation of the Terrible Trio is minimal. Matori on the other hand is slightly skeptical about them, and monitors them recurrently throughout Sun and Moon to make sure they make some ongoing progress.
  • Meganekko: Her glasses are the first noticeable things about her.
  • No Name Given: She is only referred to as "Sakaki's secretary" in Japanese credit rolls and official artwork. Her name, Matori, was only spoken once - by Meowth in some versions of Best Wishes! episode 23. In the English dubbed version, however, the line where her name was spoken was edited, and according to casting director Tom Wayland, she has no official name in English. Her name is said in the English dub during the Necrozma Arc of Sun and Moon, however.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • She finally leads a mission in the Sun and Moon series to seek Alola's legendaries, only for her and her whole team to fall victim to same chi draining as the other adults and get rather handily blasted off in their first (rather unenthusiastic) attempt. It's only after things revert to normal that Matori starts taking the mission seriously again, though even then, the combined efforts of Professor Kukui and Tapu Koko lead to them retreating without much of a fight.
    • In SM122 she returns to Alola to take Bewear back to HQ. The whole escapade leads to her getting the run-around by the Team Rocket trio and Bewear's antics, even getting blasted off with them at one point. By the end of the episode she and Alolan Meowth are left battered and shaken, and terrified of Bewear.
  • Pet the Dog: She is quite grateful towards the Terrible Trio after they seemingly hand her Alolan Meowth, unaware how infuriated Jessie is that it ditched them to be with her rival. She later praises them again for obtaining a Z-Ring and a Mimikium Z from Nanu.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: For a villainous group at least. She seems to keep watchful eye on Jessie and James throughout their Alola mission. Unlike other Team Rocket members however, this is less out of petty spite and more to ensure they are making some contribution to the organisation. She usually relents whenever they bear something of an accomplishment.
  • Satellite Character: To Giovanni up until Sun and Moon, where she begins having more interaction with the TRio.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: In her appearance in episode 95 of Best Wishes!.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Evolves into one for the Team Rocket trio akin to Butch and Cassidy by the final season of Sun and Moon.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She has only one brief role in the Diamond and Pearl series, having made arrangements for the Terrible Trio's promotion in Unova that would form most of their role throughout the 'Best Wishes'' series. She became a Recurring Character in later seasons.
  • The Stoic: Becomes Not So Stoic in Sun and Moon, where she's more prone to irritation, and grows a visible fear towards Bewear.
  • Unknown Rival: In Sun and Moon, Jessie wants to displace her as Giovanni's right-hand woman. Matori neither knows nor cares.
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    Alolan Meowth (Alolan Nyarth) 
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An Alolan Meowth snuck into Jessie and James's secret hideout in SM062. It then stole Meowth's money and booked a plane ticket to Kanto, where it went to Team Rocket HQ and became Matori's assistant.


  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: It acts politely and obediently before new potential owners, only to double cross and abandon them the instant a better locale comes forth. Anyone that it can't use, it drops the sweet act and just heckles and torments for cruel fun.
  • Doppelgänger: It snuck into Team Rocket's secret base because Meowth was covered in mud at the time, so they just thought it was him. They later figured out it was too nice to be him.
  • Evil Counterpart: Set up as one to Team Rocket's Meowth.
  • Fauxshadowing: It seemed like Alolan Meowth would be caught by the trio to make use of their Darkium Z. However, it points out it is useless without a Z-Ring, and upon finding out about Giovanni, it quickly switches bases before they can even set about getting one.
  • Manipulative Bastard: States to have gone through a large amount of homes and masters, implied to be through the same backstabbing method it used on Jessie and James. It also intends to usurp Giovanni's Persian as the boss' "top cat" (much to the chagrin of Team Rocket's Meowth, who wants to do the exact same).
  • Only Sane Man: The only member of Matori Matrix that doesn't fall victim to Alola's behavioral effects, thus left exasperated by no one having the energy to pull off the mission at first.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Jessie and James get caught in another losing battle with the twerps, Alolan Meowth inducts Team Rocket's Meowth to battle alone and sets about moving to Giovanni's HQ.
  • Screwy Squirrel: Mercilessly taunts and pranks Team Rocket's Meowth For the Lulz behind Jessie and James' back. When the latter two are no longer useful to it, it mocks them from it's new home in Team Rocket HQ as well, leaving Jessie livid.
  • Shadow Archetype: Has the same manipulative streak as Team Rocket Meowth (as is even far more cunning and swift about it), however while Team Rocket's Meowth is Affably Evil and cares about his own teammates, Alolan Meowth is a cruel backstabber that only cares about it's own welfare.
  • Smug Snake: Alolan Meowths are Smug Smilers by default, but this one has the devious attitude to match.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: A "Poke-speak" example. It's mannerisms are pretty much always suave and mild mannered, which even Meowth's bitter translations can't hide, but when not manipulating people for it's own means, it's a petty bully that affably mocks it's previous con victims.
  • Team Rocket Wins: Though the trio are hardly happy about it, Alolan Meowth does count as a Pokemon they encountered that got sent to Giovanni (albeit unknowingly to them). Giovanni was even fully convinced they gave it to him, and offered his praise, adding it to the trio's very small quota of successfully captured Pokemon.
  • The Rival: To Meowth, for the position of Giovanni's "top cat".

    Domino 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Kotono Mitsuishi
Voiced in English by: Kerry Williams
Voiced in European French by: Marie Van R

Also known as 009 and the Black Tulip, Domino is one of Team Rocket's most elite agents. She only appears in Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns, where she is the secondary antagonist behind her boss, Giovanni.


  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She's high enough in Team Rocket to get away with objecting to Giovanni, and doesn't need Pokémon to put up a fight.
  • Badass Normal: Unlike the vast majority of characters, Domino has no known Pokémon. That doesn't slow her down, however; she is a skilled fighter and demonstrates some advanced gymnastic skills. Her weapon of choice is an electrically-charged "tulip," which can administer a nasty shock that can incapacitate even large Pokémon such as Nidoqueen.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The seemingly innocent and sweet Domino is actually one of Team Rocket's deadliest fighters.
  • But Not Too Evil: The original Japanese version had Domino make it blatantly clear that if her enemies didn't cooperate as hostages, she would use lethal force on them. This is completely removed in the English dub.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Domino can't help but find the baby clone Pokémon adorable.
  • The Dragon: To Giovanni.
  • Dumb Blonde: Exploited, she disguises herself as one.
  • Improbable Age: She seems rather young to be an elite officer of Team Rocket.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: She demotes Jessie, James and Meowth to janitor duty, telling them to clean the floor until she can see her face in it. Later, as she's fleeing from attacking Bug-type Pokémon, she slips on the wet floor and falls face-first into the bucket of water the TRio were using.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Disguises herself as a college Valley Girl who is a student of Cullen Calix. Once she locates Mewtwo, she drops the act and attacks Ash and the others.
  • Ojou Ringlets: Has two curly pigtails.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: She advised against torturing Mewtwo since he's too valuable to risk harm, and was annoyed at Giovanni doing so anyway since It's Personal.
  • Red Baron: Domino, aka the Black Tulip, aka Agent 009.
  • Shock and Awe: Her electric tulip.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: After all her impressive feats, Domino ends up humiliated when she slips on a wet floor and face-plants into a bucket of water.
  • Valley Girl: Domino acts like one in the dub as part of her disguise.
  • Weapon of Choice: Her electrically charged tulips. Notably, she's one of the only human characters in the series who doesn't own a Pokémon.

    Mondo 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Takehito Koyasu

A grunt that appears in the Japanese-only Radio Drama, It's a White Tomorrow, Team Rocket!. He assists Jessie, James, and Meowth with supplies.


  • Sempai/Kohai: He refers to Jessie and James as "sempai". He admires all three members of the trio.

    Madame Boss 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Hiromi Tsuru

The former leader of Team Rocket and Giovanni's mother. She appeared in the Japanese-only Radio Drama, The Birth Of Mewtwo


    Miyamoto 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Yumi Touma

The mother of Jessie, and a high-ranking member of Team Rocket. She appeared in the Japanese-only Radio Drama, The Birth Of Mewtwo.


  • The Ace: She is the favorite of Madame Boss, who calls her "the ideal image of Team Rocket".
  • Adapted Out: Her portions aren't in the animated adaptation of the radio drama.
  • Determinator: She never gave up on trying to capture Mew.
  • Family Theme Naming: Miyamoto and her daughter Musashi (Jessie) are named after the famous Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi.
  • Give Him a Normal Life: She loved her daughter, but gave her up for adoption with this goal.
  • Missing Mom: To Jessie. She went missing while looking for Mew in the Andes mountains. It's stated she still made reports after her presumed death, so it seems she isn't dead.
  • Never Found the Body: She's alive, but no one in-series knows this.
  • Precious Photo: She carried a photo of her young daughter with her while on her mission to capture Mew.
  • Sanity Slippage: She continues hunting for Mew and making reports that never reach Team Rocket HQ, and is clearly going crazier as the years pass by with no success.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Jessie looks a lot like her mother.
  • Undying Loyalty: She is completely devoted to Team Rocket.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has dark purple hair.
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    Delibird 
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A delivery Delibird that recurrently gives messages and packages to the trio, sometimes good, sometimes not.


  • Evil Debt Collector: Debuted in the Johto arc this way, though not particularly evil acting, it constantly Trolled the main trio for their unpaid debts to the organisation.
  • Instant Messenger Pigeon: Often works as such for Team Rocket, frequently used to deliver items or provisions to the trio.

    Bewear (Kiteruguma) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Mika Kanai
Voiced in English by: Michele Knotz

A wild Bewear that has decided to adopt Team Rocket, whether they like it or not. She carries them off to her den and takes care of them, and will inevitably track them down to do so again if they decide to leave. They eventually give in and officially make Bewear's den their hideout, with hope that maybe they will be able to catch her eventually (though that looks unlikely).


  • Acrofatic: Bewear is just as big and bulky as the rest of her species, but when pursuing Team Rocket, she can pull off feats of agility that would be impressive for a Pokémon half her size.
  • And Call Him "George"!: She kidnaps Team Rocket and takes them to her home. She's very nurturing of Team Rocket, if a bit insistent about it. Her smothering delayed Jessie getting the Luxury Ball back after catching Mimikyu with it, and may have prematurely ended their first Alola battle with Ash. The PokéDex entry for Pokémon Moon expressly says that Bewear are known for inadvertently killing their trainers, so they may be in more trouble than they realize.
  • Bear Hug: Gives a crushing one to Jessie when she gives her some Malasada donuts in SM014.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Certainly acts that way on occasion, though her actual demeanor is more Mama Bear than anything.
  • Beary Friendly: She's genuinely friendly towards Team Rocket. Maybe a bit too much so.
  • Berserk Button: Bewear routinely protects Team Rocket from the twerps but, seemingly knowing who's antagonising who in that case, rarely hassles the twerps besides cutting off their fight. When Pheromosa smacks around Team Rocket unprovoked however, Bewear makes very clear that she is pissed.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • She usually neutralises Team Rocket indirectly, her harm to them being unintentional. When they attempt to interrupt the Tapus' ritual so they can capture Nebby however, Bewear is savvy enough to keep out of it, and intimidates and strangulates the trio until they agree to do the same.
    • After finding out about the decoys used to distract her, Bewear catches up with Team Rocket in Ula Ula. They can blatantly tell she is not happy about being tricked.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Reversed. Regularly and abruptly appears to save the villainous Team Rocket from beatings by the twerps. Played straight in SM114, neither Ash and his friends nor Team Rocket stand any chance against and Pheromosa, and they are only able to recover the stolen Z-Crystals and capture Pheromosa due to Bewear's intervention.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: On the giving end to Pheromosa in SM114.
  • Determinator: Her desire to bring them back is so strong that she is capable of RUNNING ACROSS THE OCEAN to find and catch them.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: When a Pheromosa breaks Meowth's heart, Bewear flies into a berserk rage and knocks it out cold.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: As her species is infamous for, Bewear loves to give hugs but can't control the potentially deadly force she puts into them. This has put the trio through a lot of pain many times.
  • The Dreaded: Following from her Pokédex entry, Bewear is a feared Pokémon without even trying to be. Naturally this offers the trio some protection for a change as no one, not even the twerps, want to intervene when she steps in to help them. Even a Totem Pokemon won't mess with her.
  • Enigmatic Minion: While she houses and cares for the Team Rocket trio, she doesn't take orders from them, and has frequently interrupted their spars with the twerps when either side has had the advantage (or sometimes even when Team Rocket weren't doing anything villainous at all). Her motivations and interests are not looked into at all since she seldom says anything for Meowth to translate or even emotes through facial expressions.
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Part of what Bewear does.
  • Gender Reveal: Revealed to be female in SM096 when her Stufful cub calls her Mama.
  • Gullible Lemmings: The one time so far Team Rocket have managed to get their way around Bewear was by leaving a mechanical dupe of them in the lair with a looping recording of them talking. It took her a couple of days plus very close examination of the decoys to realize they were fake.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Bewear's fondness for humans (and thus Team Rocket) results in several episodes ending with her carrying Jessie, James, and their Pokémon back to her cave.
  • The Kindnapper: Keeps Team Rocket dormant in her cave against their will, but never uses violent tactics, and offers them food and comfort. Shortly in, the trio decide to roll with this and convert Bewear's cave into their secret lair, something she seems to have no qualms with.
  • Know When To Fold Them: Butts in when things get too tough for Team Rocket, and carries them away. Beats blasting off.
    • She got locked in a clash with Buzzwole in SM061. But when Team Rocket happens upon them, She breaks off, grabs them, and hightails it. It was likely to protect them: if she was stalemated with Buzzwole, Jessie and James probably didn't stand a chance.
  • Leitmotif: Has one that plays whenever she shows up to drag Team Rocket away.
  • Lightning Bruiser: If the various stunts she pulls off to evacuate her charges didn't clue you into this detail, then the fearsome display of her abilities in SM114 certainly will; she No Sells Pheromosa's attacks and downs it with only a handful of solid hits, delivered faster than her opponent could react. When she makes a beeline to chase down Pheromosa, she crosses from one side of the battlefield to the other in the blink of an eye. And she probably doesn't really need to chase after her opponent in a fight; durability aside, her reaction time is so formidable that when Pheromosa tries to run circles around her to confuse her, she just stays put and patiently waits for the Ultra Beast to come within striking distance, behind her at that, before lashing out with all her might.
  • Mama Bear: Protective of Team Rocket to a fault. It was eventually revealed this was due to her losing track of her Stufful cub, which was eventually found at Aether Paradise and reunited with her.
  • No-Sell: It's reaction to a pokeball trying to catch her? Catch it and crush it to dust.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Bewear seems to like Team Rocket, though has no interest in their agenda, so doesn't seem to care if she is inadvertently foiling Jessie and James' plans when she reclaims them.
  • Only Sane Man: Bewear's intrusions could be seen as a moderating force for Team Rocket in Alola. This is particularly noted in SM052, when she prevents Team Rocket from interfering with the Tapus and Nebby.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • After Meowth falls into a funk after helping Ash and Litten with Stoutland, and more than likely being as aware as they are about Stoutland's imminent death, Bewear sits down next to him and gives him a gentle hug to comfort him.
    • When Team Rocket suicidally target the Tapus and Solgaleo, Bewear interrupts and, rather than dragging them home, very firmly keeps them at bay until the crisis with the Ultra Space wormhole is resolved.
    • When Team Rocket happens upon her in conflict with Buzzwole, she disengages, grabs them, and runs off.
    • Normally when coming to spirit Team Rocket away, Bewear is more than happy to simply grab them and leave without much of a fight; even against Buzzwole, with whom she did choose to exchange blows, she chose to leave the instant Team Rocket showed up, prioritizing their safety first and foremost. But upon seeing Meowth in tears in SM114, Bewear takes the time to deliver a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to the offending Pheromosa before retrieving Team Rocket and returning home, marking the very first time she chooses to go on the offensive over simply retreating.
  • Pre-Meeting: May or may not be the same Bewear that scared the living crap out of Ash in SM001.
  • Running Gag: Replaces Team Rocket's infamous A Twinkle in the Sky with bringing them back to her den when the going starts to get tough. Even when they do manage their former bit, Bewear is waiting to catch them on the other end.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Played for laughs. It doesn't matter where Team Rocket goes or how improbable it may be that Bewear could find them, but she will. Up to Eleven when she is capable of tracking them all the way to Kanto Region.
  • Spanner in the Works: When not saving them from a beating, she interrupts Team Rocket's plans whenever they are actually on the verge of defeating the twerps.
  • Stock Animal Diet: Is fond of Combee honey, though she also eats fruit.
  • A Taste of Defeat: Only a very small number of circumstances have hindered Bewear from hauling back Team Rocket:
    • Thus far, being put to sleep by Jigglypuff's Sing attack is the only shown proof that anything can stop this Pokémon.
    • When she interrupts Pikachu and Mimikyu's battle in Ula Ula, Mimikyu, still incensed, glares her down. Bewear actually relents and sits until the battle is over.
  • A Truce While We Gawk: No matter how viciously they were at each other's throats before, everyone from both the twerps and Team Rocket's side will cease fighting in dumbfoundment whenever Bewear interrupts to take back the trio (often in an increasingly bizarre fashion).
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: Bewear is not above this trope.
    • In SM027, she catapults from some trees to catch Team Rocket and blast off with them.
    • In the cold open of SM033, Jessie hooks her while fishing, and she swims across Brooklet Hill with them so fast that she blasts off.
    • In SM042, she builds a makeshift rocket from the parts of their wrecked mecha du jour, and literally blasts off.
  • The Unfought: The closest she has ever come to battling is against the Ultra Beast Buzzwole in SM061, and she breaks off the fight as soon as Team Rocket shows up to get them away from Buzzwole. She finally averts this in SM114, where she near effortlessly knocks out Pheromosa.
  • Vocal Dissonance: In the games, her cry is a deep grunt. In the anime, she makes a high-pitched and rather disconcerting scream.
  • Walk on Water: She can run across the ocean to catch Team Rocket. Rotom even takes note of her as bizarre.
  • Wild Card: She neither serves Team Rocket's schemes nor directly helps the twerps. As such she can benefit or hinder either side, either by stopping Team Rocket when they risk succeeding in a crime, or evacuating them when the twerps risk inflicting some post-victory Disproportionate Retribution.

    Gozu 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Keikō Sakai
Voiced in English by: Pete Zarustica

A member of Team Rocket's elite "Matori Matrix" unit, and Matori's second-in-command.


  • Benevolent Boss: Shows traces of this by suggesting to Matori to not go into the Ultra Wormhole to focus on the damage the ship has out of concern for the group not being able to return.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His Mega Aggron effortlessly defeats Kukui's Braviary and Faba's Hypno and Alakazam with a single Heavy Slam. He later ends up on the receiving end by Kukui's Incineroar.
  • Elite Mook: By virtue of being the first member of Team Rocket in the anime capable of performing Mega Evolution and has the battling skill to use it.
  • Eye Patch Of Power: Wears one over his right eye. There's nothing actually wrong with said eye though, he just wears it to look cool.
  • Super Mode: He has an Aggron which can Mega Evolve.

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