What if: Jessie and James turned good (Part 1)

It is time for another What if story, the final storyline we open before we begin to further the other stories. As we are writing complete fiction, the other Pinkie persona’s have allowed me to be myself today as I tell you this story. For this one I was inspired by the Rewatching Pokémon Blog. Check it out after reading my story. Recently this site reviewed an episode named A Poached Ego, I knew this episode would be a good springboard for my next story: What if Jessie and James turned good.

Things you need to to know first

Before we roll this story out, here is a little need to know to follow this story. It is set in the Hoenn region, the third region Ash and our soon to be heroes visit. Team Rocket, followed Ash still planning to steal his Pikachu see the regular heroes check into a Pokémon Center on their way to Rustboro city. While planning an attack on Ash, their talking Meowth falls down a ledge where they encounter a smuggler capturing a bunch of Koffing and Ekans.
Their signature Pokémon that since have evolved. Feeling pity for these they decide to free them. This ends with them ending up in a no win situation forcing them to release Arbok and Weezing to take care of the wild versions while they distract the enemy. Though their plan succeeds, they are too injured to deal with the poacher, allowing Ash to randomly encounter the poacher with officer Jenny. This negated the heroism of Jessie and James a bit, ending up with them losing their long trusted friends and meeting a cute cacnea. However this time around we will allow them to play into their strengths more. Having some realisations and taking a more level headed approach, sending them over the edge into a full redemption arc.

Chapter 1: Facing your Fearows!

Meowth realised he had taken a wrong step as he began sliding down that hill, little did he know that this plunge would lead him and his friends to rising higher than ever before. Being a cat pokémon he had no trouble keeping his footing and gently slid down the slope. Having arrived at the bottom he noticed something strange was going on. The forest in front of him looked odd.. and shallow. He quickly noticed it was a camouflage screen, with hissing sounds coming from the inside.  He looked around , but there was no one to be seen. Quickly he yanked the cloth down revealing a cage filled with seriously injured Ekans. ‘What are youz guys doin in theah?’ he asked staring at those pre-evolutions of his friends.  Ever since he learned to speak Meowth had a thick accent, spoken in this large metropole city in a land far away. He grew up learning speech from Gangster movies that were being shot in that town he lived in.  The Ekans however seemed to understand him perfectly as they told him they were captured by a bad guy. ‘Let me get youz outta that cage’ the cat set trying to pick the lock with his nails, only to get a major jolt of electricity. ‘Jessie, James I need some help here’ Meowth shouted upwards prompting the two Rocket members to slide down in unison. The man with his shiny blue hair that was perfectly parted down the middle looked at it somewhat shocked ‘Oh my , it’s ekans, a lot of them’ he said while flipping away the single lock of hair that escaped the perfectly parting of his hair. As he flipped it his shoulder length hair danced along, giving him quite the elegant look. ‘We have to save them’ Jessie said in reply. Her eyes were a deep blue sometimes mistaken for a darker colour while her hair flowing in the most impossible wave was a saturated magenta.  Their outfits were the traditional team rocket clothes, but white rather than black.

‘You aren’t saving anyway’ a man stepped from the shadows, prompting Jessie and James to call forth their Arbok and Weezing. ‘Weezing immediatly noticed another cage behind the man filled with trapped Koffing, which then seemed to anger James and Jessie as well. Ah even better, I’ve been paid to capture as much poison pokémon as I can… and I get paid extra for evolutions, so if you hand over those Pokémon, nothing bad will happen’ The man had moss green hair, parted like James but in length only enough to reach his eyebrows. Wearing a red polo shirt with a high colour, as well as some standard khaki pants and some gloves, he seemed intimidating by his well build posture…as well as his weapon. ‘No way in hell we are going up our Pokémon, Arbok attack him with poison sting’ jessie said rushing into combat.  ‘Her purple cobra following orders. Weezing use smokescreen’ James ordered while joining the battle. A deep sea mine shaped pokemon with a lilac tint with a smaller orb fused to it, began to spew smoke The poacher only smiled tossing a Pokéball as strong gusts of wind would blow away the smoke and the needles. ‘Fearow take care of these fools, Rico does not deal with weaklings’ As the bird pokémon engaged combat, Rico lifted an eyebrow at the level of resistance these people put up. They took a beating from Fearow, but they managed to hold their ground with them even getting some hits in. ‘Pupitar finish this fight’ Rico tossed in his new pokémon knowing it was all over.
Try as they might Jessie, James and their pokémon were being beaten mercilessly, they knew their defeat was imminent when suddenly a spray of green needles hit the Pupitar, as it fell to the ground it created a heavy plume of dust. Jessie and James used this momentum to retreat and regroup fleeing into the woods. Allowing Rico to move on for now.

Chapter 2: To protect the world from devastation. 

Out of breath the group arrived at a clearing. James punched the ground in frustration. ‘Darn it he is going to get away’. Meowth patted him on the back, as James now was on both hands and feet saying ‘Hey don’t ya worriez we still got tha chance to take ‘im out ya know, we can use Arbok to listen for vibrations underground..and ya know we have some gear as well.’ Where in another timeline these three would have rested up to rush back in, these words inspired them to think things through. It was true they weren’t the best of battlers and that guy had a very strong team, much like the twerps.  They had to approach this with some cunning. However before they could form a plan, a little green cactus monster appeared from the bushes. It walked up to them and smiled “cacnea’! it said. James fascinated by the creature seemed to put the connection between it and those green spikes together. ‘You are the one that saved us aren’t you?’The cacnea nodded and gave James a smile. ‘Thank you, I know it’s not much but here is your reward’ the man took a bag of cookies from satchel and handed it over to Cacnea who looked at it confused lingering around the group. ‘We need a plan to take down tha Rico goi!  Meowth tried to urge the group but something was wrong. Both Jessie and James were staring a bit vacantly. ‘James, I felt horrible when that man was going to steal Arbok and I can’t stop thinking about those poor Ekans..could it be we were…’ Jessie said while drawing some circles in the sand. ‘Wrong?….I know Jess .. I feel the same’ James took a deep breath and then continued. ‘I joined Team Rocket because I needed the money after running away…besides you guys.. i never got along with any of them, i thought stealing that Pikachu would make me great at something.. but that fear just now to lose Weezing.’James went silent while Canea held the cookie bag up to him. ‘No those are for you.. you eat them’ the blue haired man sadly smiled to the cactus opening the bag for it and handing him a cookie. As Cacnea ate the cookie it seemed to thoroughly enjoy it inspiring it to hug James. It’s needles digging deep in  James flesh he ushered a cry of pain. Jessie chuckled at this a bit ‘ If my father hadn’t been a high ranking member of the team… they would have never me given the chance they gave me now,but I only joined them after I flunked Pokémon medical school, I guess deep down I never really wanted to hurt Pokémon, look at that guy James.. it clearly loves you .. is it really okay to take something away that another loves,’  Their spirits broken after their defeat allowed them to ponder their situation. ‘Whateva you guys decide.. I’m with ya..’ Meowth said. As James freed himself he said ‘I want to protect our world from devastation’ Jessie looked at her dear friend who still was holding the Canea endearingly even if it hurt him so much just a minute ago. Jessie stood up… her Rocket shirt flying off in a swoosh, landing in the dirt, somehow wearing a shirt underneath. ‘That’s it… from this day on, we will return to our original goals to protect pokémon.. form now on we will be heroes!’  James looked at the motivated Jessie and followed suit in discarding his shirt, though he would end up bare chested. ‘Jessie how can we be heroes though…we are still wanted criminals.’ Jessie grinned. ‘We are masters of disguises James, we will just take on some superhero identities and make costumes! Then we go stop and take down that Rico guy!. We aren’t Team Rocket anymore… we are Celestial Force! Canea stared blankly.

Chapter 3: Who are they?

Meanwhile officer Jenny was taking Ash, May, Brock and Max through the forest. to a place they found traces of poacher gear earlier. Their patrolling had slowed down Rico, he was trapped there. Little did they know he had a surprise for them, he had been waiting the return of those two weaklings who just hurt his Fearow and Pupitar and set some traps. In true Pokémon tradition the heroes of old fell in this trap only officer Jenny dodging out of the way. As she summoned Growlithe, Rico called out Pupitar who evolved into a Tyranitar a large godzilla-like creature with the power to hurl boulders and fire energy beams..  The latter easily overpowering the little fire dog of the police woman. Quickly after that she was shot in the shoulder by Rico, who now approached menacingly with his gun. ‘Consider yourself lucky.. you can decide how you die… tyranitars hyper beam or a bullet between the eyes but decide quick I got some pokemon to deliver’. Rico grinned, his victory was complete and he would make a huge amount of money from this and now even the cop looking for him would meet her end. Right as he wanted to finish her off, something cast a huge shadow over them. As Rico looked up he saw a large balloon painted silver and gold…sloppily, it featured a moon and a sun that seemed to be drawn on a sort of cat shaped balloon. As it approached some smoke bombs were tossed down, creating a silver and golden smoke, as he coughed.. he saw two shadowy figures appear in the smoke! They began to speak in a dramatic presenting way as if stating a motto.

Prepare for Heroes

That’ll reduce villains to zeroes

To protect our world from all it’s wrongs!


To make sure every pokemon stays where it belongs!

To denouce the evils of lies and deceit


To leave all bad-guys in utter defeat.

Luna!


Sol!


Celestial Force fights Evil day and night!


Surrender now or face our might!


We’re the heavenly light!


As the smoke cleared their flamboyant costumes were revealed. A boy man with some flair with purple blue hair dressed in a golden costume, with a mask resembling the sun. A woman with long impossible waving hair…in a rich magenta.. a silver blue outfit with the the mask resembling a moon, and a mysterious pokémon donned in cape and a mask tinted like sunset or sunrise.  Though Ash had to admit that Motto sounded a bit familiar to him, he could not, nor could any of his fellow trapped companions, figure out who they were. The help was welcome regardless. Ash had rarely met superheroes before, they were kinda cool. 

Chapter  4: Goodbye , dear friend!


Rico just smirked!  ‘You have no chance against my tyranitar..Tyranitar use Hyper Beam’‘Wobbuffet use Mirror Coat’ Jessie said with determination. However Wobbuffet would not be able to get up his counter in time, due to the sheer difference in strength of the two combatants. ‘Hahaha you are weak’ Rico laughed but cut it out as soon as he noticed the woman in the moon costume laughing. ‘And your Pokémon is recharging which means it’s time for our new weapon’ *As she said this she pressed a button and their  balloon launched a net covering the Tyranitar. The sun-masked man then ordered Cacnea to mega-drain the trapped creature, keeping it up while it struggled until it went down. ‘Good Job Cacneaaaaaaaaaaaargh the pain’ James his new cactus pokemon hugged him at the compliment. Rico angered by the defeat of his strongest pokémon reached for his pokéball to call out fearow but was struck by poison needles of Jessie’s Arbok causing his hand to swell up unable to let go of the Pokéball. Meowth ran up to the man to fury swipe him in his face. Pushing the man backwards until he fell onto one of his electrified cages and knocking him Rico out.  James would alter his voice a bit when moving to the poacher trap the kids fell in, talking to them as Sol ‘How did you twer..I mean kids get involved in this, that is a mighty nice looking Pikachu you got there…better keep it safe’ He would remove the net from them and help Jenny up as well. ‘We shall take care of the Koffing and Ekans… officer if you could apprehend the criminal and take him to jail. Jenny would look at them. “Well I would but there is questions I need to ask you first’ James shook his head and said. ‘No can do officer, for justice calls! There is work to be done!.. Weezing use smokescreen!’ Using the smokescreen “Sol and Luna” retreated to the forest followed by the Koffing and Ekans. Ash asked Jenny ‘should we go after them’ She shook her head and smiled, these strangers saved their lives, they at least deserved their privacy for now, moving over to Rico to cuff him.

Back in the forest, Jesse and James took Weezing and Arbok from their Pokéballs, their eyes brimming with tears. ‘Arbok’ ‘Weezing’ ‘We need you to take care of these Pokémon from now on, they need someone strong to look after them’ Arbok and Weezing began to cry shaking their heads that they did not want to go.  James gently held Weezing leaning his head onto his trusted pal. ‘I know that this is not easy and I do not want you to go, but we are heroes now.. you are as well, and sometimes we have to make sacrifices for the greater good, these Pokémon need you.. this poacher was hired that means he might hire another, until we find that man we must say goodbye. I need you to be brave’  Meanwhile Jessie embraced her Arbok one final time tears running down her eyes. ‘ We will do everything we can to find whose responsible and if we find that man, we’ll promise to be back okay? We can’t promise you that we will find him but we will try’ Meowth pretends not to cry by keeping his mask up. ‘You have been the best pal’s pokemon like me could wish for, but these guys need pals as well you knowz?’ Arbok and Weezing looked at each other, all crying as well before they would simply nod. Gently both trainers now on their path of redemption released their partners. Weezing and Arbok calling out for the wild Pokémon to follow them. James went up to Jessie who was shaking as Arbok vanished out of sight and gave her a hug. ‘It will be alright Jess.. we’re on the right path now…. if the twerp has taught us anything… we will see them again’ Jessie buried her face in James chest and just cried.
He held her there closely, not moving an inch. Not even when Cacnea hugged him because he saw his new master crying.

That is how Jessie and James begin their journey towards heroism giving up their old lives, to pursue even older convictions. Will they ever see their partners again?  Will they be able to adapt to a life without Team Rocket.. and how will the crime team respond to this desertion? Tell me what you think will happen next in the comments and remember: I am not weird, just really pink!
Until we Read again.

Top 5: Best Pokemon Trainers

Happy 30 July little monsters! No nothing really special about this day, though on this date Vanuatu got their independence so yay for them, but I just want to celebrate each day! Today it’s Tuesday so that means I am writing a brand new top 5 for you. Today we will discuss the the top 5 best Pokémon trainers in the world of Pokémon. Please note I am not necessarily referring to the strongest Pokémon Trainers. Tobias having  access to legendaries would easily make that list, however strong Pokémon do not make you a good trainer none of your partners do. With this list we consider a trainer’s capabilities and impact on their pokemon not their team.

5. Ash Ketchum
In fairness , Ash is not a bad trainer, not anymore at least…well  not truely anyway.
Sort…off…maybe. It really depends on perspective. He would have been higher on this list if it wasn’t for the soft reset he has gotten after Kalos to be honest. Of course he would never be number one, because Ash never wins. What makes Ash a good trainer though, in my opinion much stronger than Gary, any other rivals he had or even Tobias is ts the fact that he doesn’t rely on power alone. Time and time again,  Ash has shown to be able to think outside the box. Ash is one of the few trainers, aside from maybe his companions at times that has shown he is able to think outside the box. He, not only his Pokémon influence their battle. His love for his team is always great, yet how he treats his team is ls also a reason why I’d consider him for bad trainers as well. His willingness to set pokemon free, is not necessarily a good thing. Maybe it’s even worse for those he just puts in Oaks garden. Poor Bulbasaur must be bored by now and miss it’s master. Yet Ash also managed to invent/obtain an (mega)evolution method of his own trough an intense bond with his Pokémon. Which he then abandons , but this doesn’t diminish the feat that Ash impact on his Pokémon literally allowed them to synchronize.. and become one to a certain point. Ash has shown an unwavering resolve to go ahead. No matter how many times he loses, he will not give up until he succeeds. He is loved by his Pokémon, and even developed a unique power.
He is however a horrible person, who does not honour his bonds, refuses to give up and in the process constantly gives up on his friends.

Ash has died 8 times! He lost more liives than Pokémon Leagues

4. Lillie
A bit of an odd choice, because Lillie is not a very accomplished trainer. She isn’t particularly smart, clever or even brave. Yet Lilie has one thing going for her that puts her above many of the trainers on  this list. Her reasons to become a trainer. Lillie’s journey is one of self improvement , to overcome herself rather than to overcome the world. She doesn’t want to beat the Pokémon League she wants to conquer herself. This in my eyes is an excellent motivation to become a trainer, she fights for herself and not in a selfish way. Her Pokémon will never be disposable tools for her, to feel the excitement of a new journey again. Her catches become friends who help her become a better person. Her goals are way more achievable, which is both rewarding for her and her partners. Lillie’s progress stays. Let’s compare it with Ash’s for a moment where his dream is to become a Pokémon master. If Ash gets a badge, it’s a nice moment because it’s one step closer to his goal, but as soon as he loses the league, the achievement of the badge is invalidated as in the end it did not get Ash his goal. This invalidation he even uses on his Pokémon. Greninja was great to attempt the league with… oh I lost.. well let’s try again. Goodbye my friend.
Lillie is nearly the exact opposite of that. When Lillie finally is able to touch Vulpix, that achievement will never be invalidated. Vulpix’s help and love, will forever have contributed to Lillie’s s goals. She gives her partners a significance and reward that no other trainer can. She will not impact the world, but she impacts everyone around her and it’s nice to see a trainer who knows that is good enough.

Lillie is very precious! But each time we hang she keeps telling me to get in the bag for some reason.

3. Alain
A man who recognised Ash as his superior in every way, ended up taking a higher spot then him? Why? Well it’s mostly because of the character Arc Alain was given in both the mega-evolution specials and the main series. Alain’s journey was all about the Mega Stones. Starting out as the assistant of Professor Sycamore, he gathered a lot of knowledge about pokemon themselves as well as mega-evolutions. His defeat at the hand of Lysandre for the raw mega-stone changed him though and showed him he needed to be stronger. Which at the time was true as well. Lysandre having made false promises to use the power of mega-evolution for the good of mankind, also gave Alain a much nobler reason to become strong then Ash. Alain wanted to improve the world, a goal that pushed him to his limits. He removed his close friend Mairin from his life in order to get the goal he needed. Again much like Ash, but Alain was more upfront and honest about it. He told her she would hold him back, not as nice as Ash does it but more sincere and fitting of his goals. Alain throughout his journey had much more to lose, like how Lysandre would take back his Mega-Stone if he did not win ten fights in a row. He is a trainer that has been pushed more and pushes his pokémon more. Yet that is not necessarily bad. Allain is the trainer he needs to be when he needs to be, he can adapt and make hard choices. Much more focussed than his rival as well. In the end Alain gets a redemption arc when he found out Lysandre’s trough goal, once more actively learning from it.. in comparison to how Ash is much more a passive learner. When Ash learns something, he just uses that knowledge. When Allain learns things he adapts himself as a trainer. Allowing him to be much more dynamic. Him giving up his mega-stone in the end and resetting like Ash does a lot, is not without reason like with Ash. He actually gives things up to become better as the trainer Alain is. In my eyes making him a perfect version of Ash. One that deserves to hold the championship position over the protagonist.

You might say that compared to Ash, Alain is a Mega Trainer.

2. Brock
Although being quite the oddball, Brock is one of the best Pokémon Trainers I know.
I would loved to put Cynthia on this list instead but I saw too little of her to judge her as a trainer. With Brock we once more see a trainer with a much more realistic fleshed out goal, of becoming a great Pokémon Breeder. His feeling trapped in being the Pewter Gym leader and having his brothers to take care of , felt like a good pay off to start his journey. Yet what makes Brock truly stand out is his knowledge of the world, brock truly understands pokemon. He can tell their nature by interacting with her, he can tell their abilities and their moves on the most subtle of nuances. This knowledge must come from a great passion for the subject. Brock loves all the monsters, more than anyone in the series does. Not only is he knowledgeable about trivia and facts, he has shown amazing empathy skills towards pokémon. “I think paras is trying to say that it’s scared’, “I think Corsola wants to come with you’. Brock throughout his appearances in the show has been shown to know what a pokémon is thinking. He can make the most amazing food which all pokémon like, once more showing his deep understanding of the creatures. Brock also inspires other trainers, makes them better as well. Ash would not be where he is today without the aid of Brock. He isn’t exactly the strongest of trainers out there and until Sun and Moon his accomplishments on the battlefield weren’t exactly noteworthy. Brock however is respected by everyone. Whether it is for his knowledge about the pokémon, his skill in judging matches, or the amazing food he makes, or first aid he can provide for pokémon, he knows the game very well. Him picking up Olivia and having an actual relationship certainly was nice to see after the overdone flirtation bit. Yet even in that he shows his greatness as a trainer. Because Brock knows there is more in the world than just being a trainer, and he is a better trainer for it.

Brock can out-trainer you with his eyes closed. That’s why he is the pan-ultimate trainer on this list.

1. James
The biggest loser in the entire series is my number one pick. I must have lost my marbles again. Yet there was never any doubt in  the world who I had to put on number one. James shares a lot of the qualities Brock has, being quite knowledgeable about the subject matter. In fact, one can argue that he fills the exact same role as Brock.. on the bad guys side.  Everytime we see an episode from Team Rocket’s perspective, James is the one with the answers. James isn’t even that bad at battling , he doesn’t really win but most of his fights aren’t that official either.  Whenever he does fight the ‘twerps’ one on one it’s oftenly a lot closer than you might think. Like Ash he has been capable of showing some battle awareness, though in his case usually dirty tricks, like Brock he is capable of understanding a lot of species of Pokémon and kind of like Lillie he mostly became a trainer to explore himself. He may not have chosen the right path, he chose that path because he felt trapped in his wealthy family. He renounced everything, so like Alain he was willing to make sacrifices that count, in order to change himself. It got him involved in a life of crime and dishonour but that is more a medium for change then something he inherently is. He shows care for Pokémon, which is also shown in his battling and even machine building style. Koffing never really attacked much, he rarely is trying to cause physical harm he is only trying to escape. The traps they make also rarely focus on taking a Pokémon out. They want to capture them healthily, without much pain. James shows qualities of all the ones earlier on this list, but just doesn’t do them as successfully. Yet whenever James catches or gets a Pokémon it loves him instantly. Pokemon see something in James and adore him. Give James an Eevee and it evolves into Sylveon the second he owns it. He can make pokemon evolve because how much they care for him and their desire to make him succeed. If James would give up on Team Rocket and thusly freeing himself from the narrative restrictions that had to be placed on him, his potential would be near infinite. A trainer whose Pokémon adore him, who can fight dirty/smart, who is blinded by ambition and who is knowledgeable about Pokémon in general. When given freedom this man would definitely be one of the worlds greatest.

Lose the life of crime James, and you’re reach can certainly be extended to the stars above!

Who is your favorite trainer? What makes a good trainer do you think?  If you had to make tea from a grass Pokémon which one would it be and why?
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