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Denounce the Evils is a Pokémon anime fanfic based around Team Rocket reforming.

A few years in the future, Team Rocket has suddenly disbanded. Giovanni has been arrested and the entire organization is in shambles. Jessie, James, and Meowth don't know what to do now that their lives have come crashing down. However, a chance encounter with their past enemy, Ash, sets them on the path to redemption.

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The fic began on FanFiction.Net but it was moved to Archive of Our Own after issues with users on that site. The complete version can be read here.


Denounce the Evils provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: James' parents care more about appearances than their own son's well-being.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Miyamoto was never given an official Dub Name Change, so the story renames her "Jane Miyamoto".
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Jessie's mindset comes off as disorderly, with the author's notes even (jokingly?) saying that she has a personality disorder. She has a poor self-esteem, abandonment issues, and attaches to people intensely but prefers to mask it all behind her attitude and Hair-Trigger Temper.
  • Bi the Way: There are several casually bi characters such as Jessie, James, and Cassidy.
  • Cerebus Retcon:
    • Jessie's Hilariously Abusive Childhood full of misfortune actually has done a handle on her psyche. She just hides behind an emotional wall.
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    • During Kanto, Pikachu had an unusually spiky attitude for his species. This is because he was abandoned by his colony and later had an abusive trainer that made him fear Poké Balls.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • Jessie was abandoned by her mother and raised in foster care. Her Hilariously Abusive Childhood from the anime is not depicted as so "hilarious" anymore.
    • James has Abusive Parents and his fiancee Jessiebelle was emotionally, physically, and sexually abusive.
    • Pikachu was abandoned by his colony. He was then captured by an abusive trainer before being rescued by Professor Oak.
    • Delia has some abandonment issues due to being a Struggling Single Mother abandoned by both her fiance and father.
  • Dark Fic: Downplayed. The story predominantly reads as an adult-aimed version of the anime, but it does have its dark elements (especially concerning character's backstories).
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  • Domestic Abuse: James was forced into an abusive Arranged Marriage as a child. They never actually got married because James ran away, but his fiancee Jessiebelle still left her mark.
  • Everyone Can See It: Bonnie's crush on Heidi is obvious to everyone but Bonnie and Heidi.
  • Flanderization: Alluded to. Team Rocket's decreased level of seriousness is blamed on them falling into a routine of trying to capture Pikachu.
  • Family Theme Naming: Jessie is named after Jesse-James and her mother is named after Calamity Jane.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Harley's name is the same no matter her gender presentation.
  • Hates Being Alone:
    • Jessie was (seemingly) abandoned by her mother and doesn't know who her father is, Throughout her life, almost everyone she's loved has left her. As a result, she has a hard time letting herself get too close to others.
    • Delia has abandonment issues because her father ran off when she was a child and her fiance abandoned her later in life.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The fanfic starts with Team Rocket turning over a new leaf.
  • Homophobic Hate Crime:
    • Downplayed. At the Pokémon Technical Institute, James used to be bullied, with some of it being homophobic in nature.
    • Downplayed. After coming out as trans, Harley learns that the Contest circuit isn't all accepting. She received a transphobic backlash.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Jessie's full name is "Jessica Rosalyn Miyamoto". In canon, it's only known that her first name is "Jessica".
  • Not in Front of the Kid: The Team Rocket trio doesn't curse in front of children.
  • Parental Abandonment: Jessie's father is unknown and her mother abandoned her as a young child.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Jessie and James have an intense, physically affectionate yet platonic relationship. They often get Mistaken for Romance. This is later subverted when they undergo a Relationship Upgrade.
  • Puppy Love: Bonnie didn't even realize that she was in love with her friend Heidi.
  • Shadow Archetype: While Jessie and James try to make amends and turn over a new leaf, Cassidy and Butch are still as power-hungry as ever. Jessie realizes that she doesn't envy Cassidy anymore—she pities her.
  • Spit Take: Discussed. Jay mentions he would have done one, if he only had been drinking something, after Heidi accidentally calls Bonnie "the straightest" instead of "the greatest".
  • Transgender:
    • Harley has come out as a trans woman since she's last seen Team Rocket.
    • It's implied that James is genderfluid.
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