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Jessebelle
ルミカ Rumika
Jessebelle.png
Jessebelle
Gender Female
Eye color Jade
Hair color Red
Hometown Unknown
Region Kanto
Anime debut Holy Matrimony!
English voice actor Rachael Lillis (4Kids)
Michele Knotz (TPCi)
Japanese voice actor Megumi Hayashibara

Jessebelle (Japanese: ルミカ Rumika) was the woman appointed to be James's fiancée by his parents, and a recurring character in the Pokémon anime. She is particularly wealthy and also a doppelgänger of Jessie.

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History

Pre-series

In The Treasure Is All Mine!, James revealed that he met Jessebelle when they were both children, and he was interested in her and even wrote a love letter. Unfortunately, it wasn't until after the engagement was announced that James was exposed to her less than tolerable personality, starting with her insulting his beloved pet Growlithe, Growlie.

Original series

Jessebelle first appeared in Holy Matrimony!, where James returned to his parents' mansion in Kanto after receiving word that they had died. However, this was just a hoax to lure him into marrying Jessebelle; if he did marry her, he would receive his massive inheritance. However it soon became apparent that James was absolutely terrified of Jessebelle; he explained to Jessie, Meowth, Ash and his friends how the marriage had been arranged when he and Jessebelle were young, and she had always been bossy. She would follow him around constantly tormenting him and telling him what to do and how he should do things. She was the main reason why James ran away from home.

Jessebelle in her debut appearance in Holy Matrimony!
Jessebelle when she was younger

Since he had not seen Jessebelle for years, James was shocked to discover that she had an almost identical appearance to Jessie. Jessebelle expelled Jessie, Meowth, and Ash's group from the home and chased James around the mansion's basement, threatening him with her Vileplume's Stun Spore and a long whip. Eventually, Growlie broke out from its doghouse and came to rescue James from Jessebelle. The two had a Pokémon battle, with Growlie being victorious and Jessebelle running off the estate.

Jessebelle reappeared in a flashback in The Heartbreak of Brock.

Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl

James still appears to not have changed his feelings on Jessebelle, who was seen in another flashback in Two Degrees of Separation!. He was happy to visit his second summer home until he was told that Jessebelle was on her way there, and he, along with Jessie and Meowth, promptly left the premises.

She reappeared in person in The Treasure Is All Mine!, where she once again fiercely chased after her eternal runaway fiancé, much to his horror. James hoped a blast off courtesy of Pikachu would allow him to escape, though Jessebelle was sent blasting off with him.

Character

Jessebelle is, as demonstrated by her debut appearance, extremely controlling and obsessive. She is a stuck-up, elitist woman with a dominatrix personality and a great affection for James.

Pokémon

Jessebelle's Oddish

Jessebelle's Vileplume
Oddish → Gloom → Vileplume
Vileplume is Jessebelle's only known Pokémon. Jessebelle has had it ever since it was an Oddish, and it evolved into a Gloom and then a Vileplume sometime after James had ran away from home. Vileplume was used in Holy Matrimony! to make sure Jessebelle could slow James down and keep him from escaping, in which it not only affected James, but also Ash, Misty, and Brock. However, with the help of Growlie, James managed to escape. Vileplume later reappeared in The Treasure Is All Mine!, where Jessebelle used it to open a blocked passageway.

Vileplume's known moves are Stun Spore and Solar Beam.

Debut Holy Matrimony!
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara
English Kayzie Rogers

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 林原めぐみ Megumi Hayashibara
English Rachael Lillis (4Kids dub)
Michele Knotz (TPCI dub)
Finnish Jenni Sivonen (EP048)
Susa Saukko (DP153)
German Martina Dunker
Hebrew מאיה בר שלום Maya Bar Shalom
Italian Jasmine Laurenti (EP048)
Emanuela Pacotto (DP002 - DP153)
Norwegian Lena Meieran (EP048)
Polish Olga Borys (EP048)
Dorota Lanton (EP198)
Unknown voice actresses (DP002; DP153)
Portuguese Brazil Isabel de Sá
Portugal Sandra Faleiro
Spanish Latin America Elena Ramírez (EP048)
Diana Pérez (DP002)
Rebeca Gómez (DP153)
Spain Amparo Valencia

Trivia

  • Jessebelle's English name is both a pun on Jessie's name and a near-homonym of Jezebel.
    • Also, "-belle" is a common suffix used in females' names, such as Lisabelle or Maybelle.
      • The term "belle" is also used to describe a southern young woman (southern-belle), which may relate to Jessebelle's steel-magnolia accent.
  • Despite her similarities to Jessie, Jessebelle's hair color has remained red throughout the series, while Jessie's turned purple when the coloring began to be done digitally in Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid.
  • Possibly because of her many similarities to Jessie, the voice actresses that have played Jessebelle are mostly the same voice actresses who played Jessie.
  • In the original series, Jessebelle has jade-colored irises, but later on, in Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl, the eye color swapped to a more bluish tone, most likely due to the animators changing to digital coloring.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ルミカ Rumika
English, German Jessebelle From Jessie, belle, and Jezebel
Spanish, French, Italian Jessiebelle Similar to her English name
Korean 루미카 Rumika Transcription of her Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 魯美嘉 / 鲁美嘉 Lǔměijiā Transcription of her Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 魯美嘉 Lóuhméihgā


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