Since Ash Ketchum first started his Pokemon journey, Team Rocket has been a hindrance when it comes to him achieving his dream of becoming a Pokemon master. With Jesse, James, and Meowth becoming the most recognizable villains in the series, fans were dismayed when the latest episode gave us an unexpected moment in the anime that might very well be their last. Pokemon: Aim To Be A Pokemon Master is bidding a fond farewell to both Ash Ketchum and Pikachu as the anime's leads, but will the nefarious trio return or are they leaving as well?
Team Rocket might not appear in video games such as Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet, but they did make an appearance in Pokemon Go, showing that their popularity is able to transcend the anime adaptation and see the criminal organization jump to the games to this day. At present, the new Pokemon season has yet to reveal if there will be any villains to challenge Liko and Roy at the start of their journey, but we would imagine there will be some force to throw them curveballs. It may very well be possible that we see Team Rocket return but without the three we've come to know, as their final moments saw the trio parting ways.
Team Rocket Blasting Off Again
Team Rocket was a part of the original Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue video games. While the first entries featured Jesse, James, and Meowth's boss, Giovanni, the trio wasn't a part of these first entries. With Ash's rise, Team Rocket has also gained a firm footing in the minds of Pokemon fans.
After 25 years of annoying yet funny, wholesome, heartwarming and entertaining moments, Team Rocket’s Trio – Jessie, James and Meowth leave the Pokémon anime. These characters were some of the most charming and they for sure made the anime special. I will miss them ❤️ #Anipoke pic.twitter.com/fbjxLmMLeA— Rafi (@ThePokeRaf) March 10, 2023
Despite introducing several new characters that will populate the next season, Pokemon still has more than a few questions when it comes to Liko and Roy's grand debut. While Ash Ketchum might no longer be the star of the series, producers behind the scenes have stated in the past that he might return to television at some point in the future. With or without Ketchum, the future seems bright for the franchise.
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Team Rocket Forever
team rocket is forever pic.twitter.com/4brvnZ5R4C— ⧎࿐࿔ ༘ (@ARVENHlKA) March 9, 2023
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Is This The End?
Absolutely no way in any of the seven circles of Hell is THIS how Team Rocket caps off their over-quarter-century run. We're seeing them again. I refuse to believe anything else. #anipoke pic.twitter.com/Msw0uxFnae— Chainsaw Medd @ Kira VS Adachi (@Meddadius) March 11, 2023
A Bitter Aftertaste
The way they ended the episode with Team Rocket arguing and then going separate ways makes me think that this is definitely not their last episode, as it leaves a VERY bitter aftertaste.#anipoke #アニポケ #めざポケ #Pokemon pic.twitter.com/0jbuoZzi4k— 🧢🏆 Annet 🏆🧢 (@Akilvers) March 10, 2023
To the Trio who made us even Love Villains , to the Trio who taught us Villains do have emotions , to the Villains who never give up no matter how many times they fail ... 🚀🧿March 10, 2023
Team Rocket: Influencers
Since Team Rocket's about to retire I wanna thank them for these looks and their influence on my gender pic.twitter.com/zgZsXMTN10— Sovi 🧃 | #SheRaMovie | watched too much Pokemon (@SovietOnionn) March 7, 2023
Don't Say Goodbye
Please don't let this be Team Rocket's goodbye
They're lovable characters, it would not be fair if they broke it off like this and we never see them again pic.twitter.com/aLPuZFa5Ou— Bun (@GodmasterBun) March 10, 2023
Everyone is Crying
General anipoke fans: *crying cuz Ash is leaving*— ch0c0butt (@ch0c0butt) March 13, 2023
Team Rocket fans: *crying cuz Team Rocket is leaving/broke up*
Me: *crying cuz Ash will have to say goodbye to Misty and Brock once again*#anipoke pic.twitter.com/GVVXWtCh89