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Team Rocket Roots (or Team Rocket Manga- Roots as it's officially titled) is a Pokémon anime fan-comic by ndbernarts on Deviantart. The story is complete, and can be read here.

The comic revolves around the backstories of Jessie and James, how it shaped them, and the duo having to come to terms with the people of their past. Team Rocket Roots takes place post-Alola and mainly takes place in Kanto.

While getting trained for a new mission, Jessie discovers that her Missing Mom is alive and that Giovanni is out looking for her. At the same time, James' parents are having financial difficulties and need James back home. It turns out that Team Rocket has teamed up witn James' parent's company, Morgan Minerals, to retrieve a very important Pokéball that went missing 20 years ago. During this period, big changes occur in the dynamic between Jessie, James, and Meowth which results in them splitting up.


Team Rocket Roots provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Name Change: Miyamoto was never given a Dub Name Change because Pokémon: The Birth of Mewtwo was never dubbed. This comic opts to shorten her name to "Miya".
  • Affectionate Nickname: Madame Boss refers to her son Giovanni as "Gio-Gio". Miya also calls him this.
  • Age Lift: Ash is 15, Misty is 15-turning-16, and Brock is 18. This contrasts with their canonical ages of perpetually 10, 10, and 15.
  • An Astral Projection, Not a Ghost: Miya's body is essentially dead. The Miya seen is a fake body created by Mew so that she can help Jessie. She dies after her Unfinished Business is done.
  • Arranged Marriage: As toddlers, Miya's friend Finch tried to arrange Jessie and James together for business reasons. Miya refused. So he cloned Jessie and raised said clone, Jessebelle, as his own daughter.
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  • Art Evolution: Partway through chapter 2, the comic becomes full colour. The art-style also improves over time.
  • Babies Ever After: The comic ends with Butch and Cassidy married and expecting.
  • Big Damn Heroes: During a tense moment between Jessie and the others, all of a sudden Misty comes out of nowhere riding her Gyarados to help. She also helps put out the fire.
  • Broken Pedestal: Cassidy gets fed up with Giovanni after Butch, and to a lesser extent herself, get injured in a rock collapse while on a mission.
  • Childish Tooth Gap: When depicted as an innocent little kid, Cassidy is missing a tooth.
  • Deadly Euphemism: Butch says he'd have "taken care of [Giovanni]" if he knew where he was, but his gun implies something more lethal.
  • Disguised in Drag: As a kid, James dressed up as a girl to try and make Jessebelle believe he was really female, leading their marriage to be called off. It didn't work. All that happened was his parents got angry at him and banned him from their Hoenn house, believing his grandparents were making James too sensitive and effeminate.
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  • Evil Twin: Jessebelle is a clone of Jessie. She's villainous and bratty, but without Jessie's good side. Downplayed in that she's a Rich Bitch instead of pure evil. There's an element of Nature vs. Nurture to her character.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change:
    • Jessie switches from her signature Anime Hair to a ponytail after being promoted. This also correlates with her distancing herself from James and Meowth.
    • After the trauma of the final chapters, Jessie forgoes her usual hairstyle and switches to loosely tied hair.
    • In the epilogue, Butch, Cassidy, Jessie, and James have all changed haircuts after cutting ties with Team Rocket. James' long hair signifies his troubled demeanor, while Jessie's shortly cropped hair signifies a huge change in character for a woman who prided herself in her long hair (as well as paying homage to her mother).
  • Foster Kid: Jessie was put into foster care at the order of Madame Boss, who wouldn't let Jessie stay at TR headquarters.
  • First-Name Basis: Not even James' teammates know his surname, which works to his advantage as no one connects Morgan Minerals with him.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Attempted with Jessie, but she's saved at the last moment by her mother.
  • Hostage Situation: Jessie takes James' grandparents hostage and threatens to throw them off a building if James doesn't do as she wants.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Near the end, Brock tries to flirt with Officer Jenny, but she's interested in Nurse Joy.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Cassidy misnames Butch to tease him. When things get serious she refers to him by his actual name.
  • Meaningful Rename: Growlie becomes Archie after it evolves.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: The comic starts with Jessie as a toddler right before her mother puts her in foster care, then switches to 23 years later with Jessie already being in Team Rocket.
  • Named by the Adaptation:
    • Madame Boss is named "Gianna".
    • Jessebelle is given the surname "Finch".
    • James' last name is "Morgan".
    • James' father is named "Sean Morgan".
  • Oblivious to Love: Subverted with Ash. In chapter 7, Ash proves that he's matured past his old naivety by giving an insightful, realistic analysis on James' and Jessie's relationship. It's so outlandish for Ash that Brock opens his eyes for once.
  • Parental Title Characterization: Jessie coldly refers to Miya as "mother" but switches to an affectionate "mom" when her guard goes down.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • James' first attempt at being Disguised in Drag not only didn't work, but it weirded out Jessiebelle and made his parents angry. A lot of people aren't comfortable with crossdressing.
    • It doesn't matter how important or cool their Big Damn Heroes moment at the wedding was, the characters still have to deal with the fallout. Officer Jenny is forced to retire and Jessie is put on probation.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Jessie and Jessebelle are essentially identical sisters. Jessebelle is a clone of Jessie.
  • Ship Tease:
    • It's implied that Butch has a crush on Cassidy. This leads into the two being married in the epilogue.
    • There's some romantic tension between Ash and Misty. Eventually, Ash does kiss Misty and the two have a Relationship Upgrade.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Miya puts on a mustache to act as the preacher for James' and Jessebelle's wedding.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Jessie, big time. Early in the comic she separates with James and Meowth in order to advance her goal of being the worst in Team Rocket. She turns into a cold, hardened criminal who isn't above harming even her best friends or her mother. It later turns out to be a Jerkass Façade.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Jessie and Cassidy were friends as kids but Cassidy couldn't handle Jessie's attitude. The epilogue shows that the two have gone back to being on amicable terms, even if they bicker a lot.
  • Witch with a Capital B:
    • Jessie calls Cassidy a "little cocky witch".
    • James refers to Jessebelle as a "witch".

Alternative Title(s): Team Rocket Manga Roots


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