Kojirou

Kojirou

コジロウ

Kojirou is the male member of Team Rocket, the evil trio that follows Satoshi around to steal his Pokemon.

Several times he’s shown to have more of a conscience and the desire to be a good guy: in We’re No Angels he seriously wanted the team to remain in a village where they were thought to be heroes. Contrary to Musashi, Kojirou is known to occasionally show morals, integrity and compassion and is shown to be quite kind to his Pokémon. Kojirou has also appeared to be more tactical in battles than his teammate Musashi.

Kojirou has a beloved bottle cap collection and had extremely wealthy parents, who are portrayed in the English dub as Southern aristocrats (despite this, he has no Southern accent). He lived a very spoiled and sheltered life, knowing very little about the world outside his home, but also suffered heavy restrictions and rules. He grew up disliking carnivals due to being driven past them unable to attend, and was left distraught when he was unable to get a Chimecho (a Pokemon he calls his “first love”) as a result.

He finally ran away from home after his parents tried to marry him off to a girl named Rumiko, ironically almost identical in appearance to Musashi. His dislike of the many upper-class rules led him to believe that living a life struggling on the streets was better than a life where everything was given, which eventually led him to joining Team Rocket.

Although the team often appears in disguise, a common source of fan humor is Kojirou’s habit of cross dressing or wearing women’s clothes (to contrast with Musashi), makeup, and a history with violent, domineering women. It was this that led to the initial banning (the episode has aired after being severely edited) of the episode “Beauty and the Beach”, that had Kojirou wearing fake breasts in order to win a bikini competition. In the original Japanese, Kojiro’s effeminate tendencies are played up as a contrast to his smooth, baritone voice; while the English dub originally took this tack, Kojirou’s voice has become progressively high-pitched and clownish as time has gone on.

The episode “Holy Matrimony” in which Kojirou returns home has a scene in which he goes to a cellar, only to be met by Rumiko dressed as a dominatrix, much to Kojirou’s terror. The cellar is equipped as a full S&M dungeon which Meowth refers to as “weird gym equipment” in the dub.

The episode “That’s Just Swellow” revealed that, at some point during his childhood, he was trained to be a Pokeringer champion by a former master, and is still extremely competent at it (reaching the final round in that episode before losing to Satoshi). He also has won a Pokemon Orienteering competition with his Mime Jr.

Kojirou carries a rose wherever he goes, and is occasionally shown holding it when Team Rocket recites the motto, but usually only when they are introduced to somebody new.

Anime

Pokemon
Pokemon
Spring 1997
Pokemon: The First Movie
Pokemon: The First Movie
Summer 1998
Pokemon: Maboroshi no Pokemon Lugia Bakutan
Pokemon: Maboroshi no Pokemon Lugia Bakutan
Summer 1999
Pokemon: Kesshoutou no Teiou Entei
Pokemon: Kesshoutou no Teiou Entei
Summer 2000
Pokemon: Mewtwo! Ware wa Koko ni Ari
Pokemon: Mewtwo! Ware wa Koko ni Ari
Autumn 2000
Pokemon: Celebi Toki wo Koeta Deai
Pokemon: Celebi Toki wo Koeta Deai
Summer 2001
Pokemon: Mizu no Miyako no Mamorigami Latias to Latios
Pokemon: Mizu no Miyako no Mamorigami Latias to Latios
Summer 2002
Pokemon Advanced Generation
Pokemon Advanced Generation
Autumn 2002
Pokemon Housoukyoku
Pokemon Housoukyoku
Autumn 2002
Pokemon: Odoru Pokemon Himitsu Kichi
Pokemon: Odoru Pokemon Himitsu Kichi
Summer 2003
Pokemon Advanced Generation: Nanayo no Negaiboshi Jirachi
Pokemon Advanced Generation: Nanayo no Negaiboshi Jirachi
Summer 2003
Pokemon Advanced Generation: Rekkuu no Houmonsha Deoxys
Pokemon Advanced Generation: Rekkuu no Houmonsha Deoxys
Summer 2004
Pokemon Advanced Generation: Mew to Hadou no Yuusha Lucario
Pokemon Advanced Generation: Mew to Hadou no Yuusha Lucario
Summer 2005
Pokemon: Senritsu no Mirage Pokemon
Pokemon: Senritsu no Mirage Pokemon
Spring 2006
Pokemon Advanced Generation: Pokemon Ranger to Umi no Ouji Manaphy
Pokemon Advanced Generation: Pokemon Ranger to Umi no Ouji Manaphy
Summer 2006
Pokemon Diamond & Pearl
Pokemon Diamond & Pearl
Summer 2006
Pokemon Diamond & Pearl: Dialga vs. Palkia vs. Darkrai
Pokemon Diamond & Pearl: Dialga vs. Palkia vs. Darkrai
Summer 2007
Pokemon Diamond & Pearl: Giratina to Sora no Hanataba Sheimi
Pokemon Diamond & Pearl: Giratina to Sora no Hanataba Sheimi
Summer 2008
Pokemon Diamond & Pearl: Arceus Choukoku no Jikuu e
Pokemon Diamond & Pearl: Arceus Choukoku no Jikuu e
Summer 2009
Pokemon Diamond & Pearl: Genei no Hasha Zoroark
Pokemon Diamond & Pearl: Genei no Hasha Zoroark
Summer 2010
Pokemon Best Wishes!
Pokemon Best Wishes!
Summer 2010
Pokemon Best Wishes!: Victini to Shiroki Eiyuu Reshiram
Pokemon Best Wishes!: Victini to Shiroki Eiyuu Reshiram
Summer 2011
Pokemon Best Wishes!: Victini to Kuroki Eiyuu Zekrom
Pokemon Best Wishes!: Victini to Kuroki Eiyuu Zekrom
Summer 2011
Pokemon Best Wishes! Season 2
Pokemon Best Wishes! Season 2
Spring 2012
Pokemon Best Wishes! Season 2: Kyurem vs. Seikenshi
Pokemon Best Wishes! Season 2: Kyurem vs. Seikenshi
Summer 2012
Pokemon Best Wishes! Season 2: Episode N
Pokemon Best Wishes! Season 2: Episode N
Winter 2013
Pokemon Best Wishes! Season 2: Decolora Adventure
Pokemon Best Wishes! Season 2: Decolora Adventure
Spring 2013
Pokemon Best Wishes! Season 2: Shinsoku no Genosect - Mewtwo Kakusei
Pokemon Best Wishes! Season 2: Shinsoku no Genosect - Mewtwo Kakusei
Summer 2013
Pokemon XY
Pokemon XY
Autumn 2013
Pokemon XY: Hakai no Mayu to Diancie
Pokemon XY: Hakai no Mayu to Diancie
Summer 2014
Pokemon the Movie XY: Ring no Choumajin Hoopa
Pokemon the Movie XY: Ring no Choumajin Hoopa
Summer 2015
Pokemon XY&Z
Pokemon XY&Z
Autumn 2015
Pokemon the Movie XY&Z: Volcanion to Karakuri no Magiana
Pokemon the Movie XY&Z: Volcanion to Karakuri no Magiana
Summer 2016
Pokemon Sun & Moon
Pokemon Sun & Moon
Autumn 2016
Pokemon: Kimi ni Kimeta!
Pokemon: Kimi ni Kimeta!
Summer 2017
Pokemon Movie 21: Minna no Monogatari
Pokemon Movie 21: Minna no Monogatari
Summer 2018

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