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Original series
=====[[Original series]]=====
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[[File:Jessie and James first appearance.png|200px|thumb|left|Jessie and James's first appearance in ''[[EP002|Pokémon Emergency!]]'']]
James debuted in ''[[EP002|Pokémon Emergency]]'' alongside Jessie and Meowth. The trio first set their sights on the injured Pokémon in the {{ci|Viridian}} [[Pokémon Center]]. Sending out their {{TP|Jessie|Ekans}} and {{TP|James|Koffing}} from their [[Team Rocket's mechas|Meowth balloon]], they quickly overtook the Pokémon Center, which only had [[Nurse Joy]], {{Ash}}, and {{an|Misty}} inside. Before they could steal any of the Pokémon, however, [[Ash's Pikachu]], who teamed up with many other {{p|Pikachu}} in the Pokémon Center, used an electric attack, causing the entire Pokémon Center to explode. It was here that Team Rocket decided to capture Pikachu, deeming him as an exceptionally powerful Pokémon, and made it their goal to capture him.
In ''[[EP056|The Ultimate Test]]'', James expressed interest in joining the [[Indigo Plateau Conference]] and decided to take the [[Pokémon League Admissions Exam]] in order to accomplish that. However, when the results of an exam that measured his knowledge on Pokémon were revealed, he was shown to be one of the lowest ranking applicants along with Jessie and Ash. Later, during the practical skills exam, where he had to face [[Pokémon League entrance exam instructor|one of the instructors]] in three consecutive {{pkmn|battle|Single Battles}}, he broke the rules by sending two Pokémon at once and was expelled.
After Jessie fell ill from inhaling {{p|Vileplume}} {{m|Stun Spore}} in ''[[EP110|The Stun Spore Detour]]'', James and Meowth attempted to find [[Salveyo weed]]. However, they had to contend with {{an|Misty}} and her newly befriended {{TP|Misty|Poliwag}}, also on a mission to heal her friends, for the rare medicinal plant. Despite their antics, Misty later gave them some Salveyo weed.
In ''[[EP245|Will the Real Oak Please Stand Up?]]'', James impersonated the world-renowned {{an|Professor Oak}}, while Jessie was disguised as [[DJ Mary]], in a bid to enjoy all the perks of being famous. The real Oak and Mary arrived in [[Maroon Town]] for a meet-and-greet event when they were confronted with their doppelgangers. To solve the issue, James and Professor Oak went head-to-head. While James did well on the Pokémon knowledge, [[Nurse Joy]] saw through his poetry recital and accused him of being the fake. James attempted to impersonate Oak again during the [[Twinleaf Festival]] in ''[[DP139|A Faux Oak Finish!]]'', where his true identity was again revealed.
====={{series|Advanced Generation}}=====
====={{series|Diamond & Pearl}}=====
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The trio arrived in Sinnoh using their balloon. In ''[[DP002|Two Degrees of Separation!]]'', the trio arrived in James's vacation house and James retrieved his {{TP|James|Carnivine}} that he caught a long time ago. James left the house with Jessie and Meowth because [[Mr. Cheeves]] told James that [[Jessebelle]] would be coming to the house soon. Giovanni approved the trio's plans to set up a Team Rocket branch in Sinnoh.
James said goodbye to his cherished {{TP|James|Cacnea}} in ''[[DP054|Once There Were Greenfields]]'', while [[Gardenia]] offered to train it. He struggled with the decision for sometime, like in ''[[DP055|Throwing the Track Switch]]'' and ''[[DP056|The Keystone Pops!]]'' where he was particularly sad. Though he was pleased to hear that Cacnea had mastered {{m|Drain Punch}} in ''[[DP101|Barry's Busting Out All Over!]]''.
In ''[[DP118|Pursuing a Lofty Goal!]]'', James borrowed [[Jessie's Yanmega]] to enter the [[Squallville PokéRinger]] competition. In the first round, he and Yanmega faced off against [[Steveland]] and his {{p|Skiploom}}. James was confident he could win the match, but when an updraft hit the two Pokémon, Yanmega was left disoriented and fell to the ground. Skiploom used this opportunity to grab the ring from the balloon and bring it to the goal, earning Steveland the win. As a result, James was eliminated from the competition.
In ''[[DP146|Dressed for Jess Success!]]'', James disguised himself as Jessilina and entered the [[Lilypad Town]] [[Pokémon Contest]] in Jessie's place. In the [[Appeal|Performance Stage]], James had Meowth use his {{m|Fury Swipes}} to slice ramen for the [[Contest Judge]]s, which impressed them enough and put James among the eight {{pkmn|Coordinator}}s moving on to the [[Contest Battle|Battle Stage]]. There, James faced off against {{an|Dawn}} in the semifinals. During their battle, he took advantage of the fact that {{TP|Dawn|Mamoswine}} usually started the battle off by swallowing {{m|Ice Shard}} and had Carnivine steal the Ice Shard with {{m|Vine Whip}} before it happened. As a result, Mamoswine became enraged and James was able to win. James went on to the finals and won, earning himself a [[Ribbon]] and gave it to Jessie afterwards.
After [[Ash's Monferno]] accidentally uncovered James's long-hidden treasure chest, containing a childhood love letter, all matter of chaos unfolded in ''[[DP153|The Treasure Is All Mine!]]''. While trying to keep the chest's content a secret, James's obsessed fiancée, [[Jessebelle]], made an unwelcome appearance and tried to again get James to marry her.
====={{series|Best Wishes}}=====