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Best Series for Team Rocket?

What series has the TRio at their best?

  • Original series

    Votes: 4 13.8%
  • Ruby & Sapphire

    Votes: 1 3.4%
  • Diamond and Pearl

    Votes: 8 27.6%
  • Black & White

    Votes: 3 10.3%
  • XY

    Votes: 1 3.4%
  • Sun & Moon

    Votes: 12 41.4%
  • Journeys

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    29
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Which series/region do you feel has treated the Team Rocket trio the best in your opinion and why?
 
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I'm going with Sun & Moon. They had great Pokemon that they got to form great bonds with (even if Mimikyu's hatred for Pikachu caused Jessie some obedience problems sometimes), and they were surprisingly strong and almost beat Ash in Mareanie's debut episode. They got different jobs like the Malasada food truck and being announcers for the Battle Royal, it was a good way to show them being in episodes without needing to try to steal Pikachu. Meowth looking out for Litten when Stoutland passed was very nice and I liked how happy he was for him seeing he had evolved into a Torracat. SM073 seemed to be one of their best episodes by far as they actually earned a Z-Power Ring and did Black Hole Eclipse for the first time.
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Also they got a Mimikium Z and later mastered Let's Snuggle Forever, and in all honesty even as someone who would under normal circumstances be rooting for Ash during his trials, I have to be honest in saying that if Pikachu not learned Electroweb at that moment the team would've won that battle, and rightfully so but whatever...still awesome that they were able to pull of the Z-move. They were also a highlight for me in slice of life episodes such as the baseball one and the play episode, the latter of which felt like a successor to Air Time. And finally there's Bewear and Stufful who I ended up loving onscreen, I know it can get annoying seeing Bewear swipe up the team, but at least SM096 showed why she does it since she lost her Stufful cub so I can understand being over protective to an extent. Also she straight up treated them like her own, feeding them, protecting them, she straight up stomped Pheromosa. She was probably far warmer than James' own mother, I can say that much.

A lot of this stuff combined just made SM in my opinion the perfect series for them and I think Journeys can learn a lot from it.
 
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My finger hovered so long over DP, but in the end I had to click SM. @TheGoldenDuck has outlined why pretty much perfectly.

The two series actually share a very similar role in my eyes. The TRio had felt a little fragmented in the respective previous series, but both DP and SM really tightened and highlighted their intra-team dynamics. This was more dramatic in DP because there was so much squabbling in AG, and some very obvious progressions from that in DP (most obviously Kojiro and Nyasu going from sceptical to supportive of Musashi's contest career). It's less obvious between XY and SM, except that as a TRio-holic I can tell you that it felt like they barely interacted with each other in XY, whereas there was a lot more warmth and relatable friendship in SM.

And of course, their relationships with the important Pokemon in their lives were also key in both series. DP had more of Musashi and Kojiro (willingly) sharing Pokemon and the whole group feeling like a family, the most of any series till SM. SM took this and flew with it, with Kiterumama really taking a starring role. My only regret is that they didn't all get more screentime in the series to shine.

I wanna go back to Alola :cry:
 
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Sun and Moon because it portrays Team Rocket in quite a different way I wasn't expecting and even made them all the more better for it.
 
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It's almost a tie between Pokemon DP and Sun and Moon.

I will give it to DP only because it was the series that made me a Rocket fan. Before DP I saw Team Rocket as a a nuisance. DP made me realize how awesome they were.

Sun and Moon Rockets are awesome but DP Rockets have a special place in my hearth.

If I had to put a tier.

Sinnoh Rockets (Super Fun Rockets) - Alola Rockets (Passionate Rockets) - Kanto Rockets (Cool Rockets) - Hoenn Rockets (Kinda fun Rockets) -Kalos Rockets (Trying to be like before Rockets)- Johto Rockets (Evil as f*** Rockets) - Unova Rockets (Dark Rockets) - Decolora Rockets (Void Rockets) - Journeys Rockets ( Ghost Rockets)
 
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I'm going to go with DP. Jessie was actually competent at contests on her own skill level, even getting to the Grand Festival battle stages and James showed surprising contest prowess while crossdressing too. There's really good character episodes for them, like when Jessie lets Dustox go and having to smash its pokeball to go through with allowing it to depart, or when the trio split up but realise they like being a team even though they always bicker. James's Cacnea not only got a touching send-off, but it was built up over the episode and it even gets mentioned later, with James being so proud. Their Sinnoh League subplot was very good for a Team Rocket Pokemon League appearance, which focused on their salesmanship.
 
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Gotta go with SM.

I just absolutely adored how they were portrayed in Alola. They got a lot of screentime that didn't revolve around trying to steal Pikachu, and it was wildly entertaining. It was so much fun to see them bond with their own Pokémon, work together to get a Z Crystal, run their malasada truck...all things where we actually got to see their individual personalities and not just them as a villainous entity. Jessie, James, and Meowth are such unique and interesting characters, which becomes a lot more apparent when the writers take the time to focus on them and write them in a variety of different situations.

Before SM, whenever there was a TR focused episode on the docket, I was never super excited. But once SM rolled around, the TR focused episodes were among the best, and I'd get genuinely excited when one was announced. And honestly, the dropoff from how great they were in SM has been so much worse than I could've ever imagined it.
 
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Diamond & Pearl for me.

I feel like Team Rocket was at their best in this region for several reasons:
  • First and foremost, the Contest career of Jessie! The writers took what she did on various half-hearted whims in the previous region and actually allowed her to be a competent Pokémon Coordinator, with interesting Appeals and combinations that highlighted the strengths or uniqueness of her Pokémon. Such an endeavor was even more notable because in addition to her obligated villainy, she shared a goal with the saga's co-main protagonist. They even gave her episodes where she won Contests not being currently visited by Dawn - as in Jessie defeated dozens of other participating Coordinators with actual skill. If I recall, there was not any cheating on her part during the Sinnoh Contests either (unlike several hijinks in Hoenn & Kanto). Her making it all the way to the Grand Festival on largely her own merits (yes, there was that time James filled in for her when she was ill and when Salvia bequeathed her that last Ribbon for free) was just so charming and endearing to witness-I genuinely would root for her whenever she appeared on the screen. She had a similar bout in Kalos with the TriPokalon, but it wasn't the same. Seeing Jessie shine here with James and Meowth's unwavering support is one of the highlights of the Pokémon anime for me.
    • I wish she didn't quit the profession altogether at the end. Go, Jessie, go!
  • Team Rocket's Pokémon. Sinnoh is one of the periods where the TRio had more than just one Pokémon to their name each and I enjoyed that they had a loyal selection to interact with; Wobbuffet, Seviper, Dustox/Yanmega for Jessie, and Mime Jr. & Cacnea/Carnivine for James. It also was a time where they got to pull an Ash by being able to utilize inter-regional parties, with them being able to enjoy a combination of Hoenn-native and Sinnoh-native Pokémon; usually such an aspect is reserved for our main character. Their party also experienced quite the emotional gauntlet, with a release, a lending, an evolution, and a reuniting. But let's talk about that evolution for a second-they gave Jessie a Yanmega, one of the new Sinnoh cross-evolutions that are quite powerful in their own right. I still remember watching that episode and being stunned by how such a Pokémon was now a part of Jessie's lineup; even better, the non-feminine looking Yanmega was actually a female, adding a healthy dose of representation to the entire series. As much as I love Mimikyu, I feel that the DP team was one of TR's best party iterations. Did I mention we got to see James routinely, affectionately attacked by not one, but two of his Pokémon?
    • And speaking of James, Carnivine desperately learning Vine Whip to save its Trainer from certain death has always been such a grand Team Rocket moment for me.
  • Their interactions with cast and COTD alike. One of my favorite TRio interactions was that with Gardenia-her refusal to believe in TR's villainy due to James' Grass-types, and her subsequent training of Cacnea, was some of the most enjoyable character interactions I've seen in the series. But it isn't just that-there were enjoyable moments all around, from when Jessie persuaded Ash to let her borrow one of his Pokémon to the TRio's (apparently) final clash with Boff & Cassidy and from there, when James amusingly impersonated Professor Oak. Then, there were memorable TR episodes such as Where No Togepi Has Gone Before! (they flew to freaking space!), Dressed for Jess Success! (James, of all people, proved very efficient in a Contest Battle, where he trounced Dawn- the main Contest star!), The Treasure Is All Mine! (gosh I love Jessebelle), and Gymbaliar! (I find the fact they extensively used Croagunk before Brock caught it interesting). And there was also the time Meowth was fueled with the power of love, the Fury Swipes of Love I might add, defeating Dawn's Togekiss and Ash's Infernape in battle. And this is all nothing to say of their smaller, yet plentiful, moments in the series.
    • There was such a nice mix of amicableness and evilness in this saga, which I thought was refreshing. They didn't try to steal Pikachu & pals in every episode, yet they weren't entirely comedic relief in non-twerp schemes too often either. Again, this notion was introduced during the Hoenn/Kanto 2.0 eras, but I feel it was honed here. I feel that is the best kind of Team Rocket.
    • They also battled Ash & his friends quite a healthy amount.
    • Their private and surprising support for Chimchar was something I liked seeing.
    • Their own inter-team friendship and care for one another was very positively portrayed during this saga.
  • This scene. And in general, the dubbed dialogue with all of their corny jokes or colloquialisms was at its best here (although I did switch to primarily watching the Japanese version halfway through).
  • I also really like their motto theme from this region, both the music and their oral part.
 
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Despite how bad Black and White was for the most part, I preferred Team Rocket in this series, mainly because they were more competent and determined, Giovanni featured a bit more
 
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I miss DP Team Rocket. They were savages, I remember how they owned Nurse Joy, Officer Jenny and all the contestants in Sinnoh contests.

If only that Team Rocket was in this series....
 
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