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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of James with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Pokemon

Created by Pokejedservo on Jul 6 2009
Pokemon (1998)
JamesJames Carter Cathcart
James Carter Cathcart
Pokemon (1998)
JamesEric Stuart
Eric Stuart
Pokemon (1998)
JamesTed Lewis
Ted Lewis


All hail one of the original Kings of Comedy, today we have James from Pokemon's Team Rocket.

First of all we have Ted Lewis whom was the first voice for James whom voices James in episodes 2 to 9. What made him noteworthy is this is when James (alongside Jesse and Meowth) were actually seen as competent villains than the jokes we know them as. (But to be fair Ted did get to have some of James' more infamous material.)

And of course Eric Stuart's portrayal of James here which is QUITE the fan favorite in more ways than one.

And last but not least is Jimmy Zoppi whom surprisingly sounds very similar to Eric here. Both Ted Lewis and Eric Stuart/Jimmy Zoppi work rather well but in somewhat different ways. (Though Ted does get some points on how the 2nd episode of the series does give us a nice clue on what if those three weren't complete joke villains but I suppose thats another story.)

But all three of them are good, and I will at least say that.



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Vocal Evolver
said at 12:24 PM on Tue Apr 17 2018
Eric Stuart in his prime > Jimmy Zoppi in his prime > Ted Lewis >> Eric Stuart's deteriorated performance (during the Hoenn episodes) >>> Jimmy Zoppi's deteriorated performance (XY and onward).
said at 5:48 AM on Fri Feb 2 2018
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Is it me or are all of these comments starting to look the same..?
said at 6:55 AM on Fri Feb 2 2018
@Ghosty404 Man, lookin at most of em including mine you're actually kinda right.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:11 AM on Fri Feb 2 2018

Almost like they're a bunch of alt accounts.
said at 1:28 AM on Fri Feb 2 2018
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Eric Stuart once again tops the bill as James though I'll be honest I have some criticism to give to all three voices...

He started off mostly impersonating Ted Lewis after he left the role but when TR began their comedic route he pretty much was brilliant in the role...
and then Hoenn came and he got a bit goofy in the role... maybe too goofy at best as he started shouting his lines a lot (a gripe I have that another character Eric voiced Kaiba fell victim to) and it could get annoying at parts. Still he was great in the role nonetheless and was one of the entertaining parts of the 4Kids era.

Ted Lewis I kinda like for the more serious side of things but even I'll admit he really wouldn't have worked well with the more comedic side.

And I really really don't like Cathcart in the role. Right from the start (although I'll admit he wasn't too bad in BF) he just seemed miscast in the role (which in terms of casting isn't his fault since he only did acting and the script side) and it only gradually with each season (except BW which he was fine but sounded a little too snooty at best) got worser and worser to the point where in XY and S&M he's sadly reached his low point.

As most others have said his XY/SM take is a mixture of this:

1: Yelling and shouting most lines
2: Sounding like a man suffering from the worst kind of cold
3: Sounding incredibly goofy, in fact even more so than Eric
and 4: Also sounding nasally

That take really ruins a lot of funny or even serious scenes and the voice direction to me seems to be the one to blame, not Cathcart himself.

It's a shame Cathcart has declined so badly.
said at 2:06 PM on Sun Jan 14 2018
Truthfully, I had my gripes with all three of these performances over the years, but Eric Stuart generally did it best as others have said, for the most part.

Initially, his performance was just a decent imitation of Ted Lewis, but by mid Kanto or so, he made it his own. Eric's take from this point to mid Johto, had a very classy, suave, sort of upper crust rich guy delivery and tone, and it generally meshed quite well with James' character. He could be funny, too, his girly screams as the character are iconic among the fandom for good reason.

For some reason, though, this performance got goofier in late Johto and early AG. I still didn't hate the voice, but it had this Daran Norris' Mr. Turner delivery to it, and could be annoying at times, when he shouted things randomly.

To be fair, Eric did get decent again during mid to late AG as James, although it was a bit too goofy, but his delivery was much less "shouting all my lines" like it was in late Johto-early AG, and was tolerable again as the character, towards the end of his run. Still, I prefer his performance from mid Kanto-mid Johto most overall: he didn't overact the part (like later), or underact (like early on), and had the right medium/balance there to me.

Ted Lewis was decent, but his performance really wouldn't have worked well with James' comedic side. Tolerable, but it's almost too menacing, and flat with line delivery at times, although to be fair he only had seven episodes to work with, so it's hard to say if he would've improved or not. Having said that, I'd take either of these performances as a whole, over...

James Cathcart. People give Ted's James and Eric's James in AG flak, but his was easily and by far, the most miscast and grating performance of them all to me. Initially, he wasn't so bad in BF, although he had this nasally, snooty tone to his voice at times, but he was OK.

Then, in DP, he started to get very nasally and goofy, also beginning to scream his lines to boot. He made James sound like a nasally wuss here, to say the least, and it didn't mesh well with the character.

In BW, he was...mediocre. Not as bad as he was in DP, but still notably more snooty and stuffy than he was in BF in delivery, at the same time.

Unfortunately, that being said, nowadays (XY-SM) his performance as James is just a huge miscast and very unpleasant to listen to, on the whole.

His XY/SM take is the worst of both James Cathcart's DP dub James and Eric Stuart's Late Johto/Early AG dub James, rolled into a single package, essentially: nowadays, James Cathcart screams almost all his lines for no real reason, he sounds like a middle aged man with congestion issues, and the performance is overly goofy plus nasal to the point that I cannot take anything seriously at all.


1. Eric Stuart
2. Ted Lewis
3. James Carter Cathcart
said at 7:38 PM on Thu Nov 2 2017
Eric Stuart! Eric Stuart! Eric Stuart! :D

If it wasn't for him, I would have never got into voice acting! He made this character! >:D
said at 3:00 PM on Thu Oct 12 2017
Eric Stuart: While not as great as his Brock voice, I do think he's just as good as James. Personally, he sounded too much like Ted Lewis early on. But eventually, his voice become more goofy in a good way imo. It's like Stuart was starting to have fun with the role.

Ted Lewis: Eh, he was kinda flat in the role, but he was still somewhat better than James' current voice. Acting wise, it was still threatening-like, reflecting Team Rocket's early selves.

JCC: I'm mixed on the guy's voice. It's all over the place. Sometimes when he tried, he sounds like a Eric Stuart impersonation. But other times, sometimes at his worst, he sounds sick most of the time. Personally, he sounded better early on, from Battle Frontier and DP. Later on, his James deterotiate over time.
Ed Red
said at 11:39 AM on Fri Jun 2 2017
I used to think James was a skinny man in his 40s who died his hair, because I was used to Cathcart's voice.
said at 11:48 AM on Fri Jun 2 2017
@Ed Red
I just thought James got a cold when the change happened, personally, but James is actually 25 years old in reality.
Ed Red
said at 1:22 PM on Mon Jul 3 2017
@WrightWay Then I'll put Cathcart in last place.
said at 1:55 PM on Mon Jul 3 2017
@Ed Red
I agree with your opinion on that much, in this particular case.
said at 7:00 PM on Fri May 12 2017
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Eric's James definitely nailed it, admittingly I never knew that Ted was the original VA for James until I watched the first few episodes. Eric definitely captures the sillyness that James has ideal and any emotion tossed out is what he feels.

Ted was alright though I can never imagine sounding him getting silly.

Carter needs to be replaced sorry but I just can't stand his interpretation it is so much pain in the ears because all I can hear in James is whining nothing else. They should have given the role back to Ted one he returned IMO.
said at 6:40 AM on Wed Mar 8 2017
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1. Eric Stuart - Excellent performance and voice, which could sound smooth, elegant, silly, hammy, you name it. He was always a joy to listen to in the role and made James such a fun character!

2. Ted Lewis - He did well as the character's first english voice, and I've no doubt he would've been just as great as Eric had he continued playing him. But alas we'll never know I suppose.

3. Carter Cathcart - I mean... I want to like him as James. And there are times where he delivers but for the most part he just overdoes it with the "silly" part of James's character. Which ends up making him sound more obnoxious in the part. Personally I'd prefer they either just direct him to do a voice that comes more naturally to him (Like 1dbad said) Or get someone like Darren Dunstan instead. He actually played a similar character to James in Dinosaur King and did a great job IMO. But yeah at the end of the day I don't hate JCC here but it's definitely his weakest replacement voice though.
said at 3:26 PM on Tue Jan 31 2017
said at 8:36 PM on Wed Jan 25 2017
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1. Eric Stuart
Hands down, my favourite character in the anime and my favourite Eric Stuart role. Eric's portrayal won me over in the original 4Kids dub. While he starred off doing a Ted Lewis impression, he quickly changed his tune and became the James we all know and love today: from the suave and classy voice, to the hammy delivery, to the over-the-top reactions and that insanely hilarious laugh, Eric Stuart's James is easily my favourite part of the original anime.
2. Ted Lewis
I applaud Ted for doing a dead-on Shinichiro Miki(Kojiro/Japanese James), but considering that Ted is much better at doing serious, intimidating villains, I don't know if he would have been able to handle James' more goofy moments later on.
3. James Carter Cathcart
...not exactly suitable in my opinion. While he started off doing an okay Eric Stuart impression, it quickly deviated into a nasally old man. I feel the reason for this might be because he focuses too much on James being a "comedic" character and forgets the fact that James is also meant to be classy and intelligent. Whatever the reason, I am not exactly fond of this voice for James.
said at 10:28 PM on Tue Nov 1 2016
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Eric Stuart nuff said.
said at 1:33 AM on Thu Sep 29 2016
 7 Shout Outs!
1. Eric Stuart:

Excellent. He had a very suave, intelligent, and clever sounding voice for James and was capable of sounding serious, while also being campy as well as funny when needed. There's also the required energy and passion in his delivery as James that's needed for the character to really stand out, and overall, I feel he has the best performance as the character.

2. Ted Lewis:

He was alright, but only managed to sound serious, without succeeding at doing the other aspects of James' personality for the brief period he had the role, before supposedly going to pursue a career in theater at the time. Still, he was at least tolerable in the role.

3. James Carter Cathcart:

While the longest lasting incarnation of the dub's version of him, I sadly feel his performance is just too inconsistent, and his pitch for the character changes every Arc for some reason, but unfortunately, as a whole I don't feel it meshes well with James' design or personality. He just comes across as stuffy, whiny, goofy, and sounding too old in the role for my tastes at this point, and I feel he was miscast.
said at 5:26 PM on Mon Aug 22 2016
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Eric Stuart voiced the character for so long that it's hard not to see him as the definitive voice. It's an enjoyable performance, to say the least.

I do enjoy Ted Lewis's more measure, somewhat seductive take on the character's voice, but it certainly wouldn't have fit what the character became.

James's James (ha ha) is alright, but it kinda sounds like Eric Stuart with a cold. Maybe a different voice clip would convince me otherwise, though.
said at 8:27 PM on Fri Jun 10 2016
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1. Eric Stuart
2. Ted Lewis
3. James Carter Cathcart

I would've liked if they brought Ted Lewis back after they gave up on Eric Stuart.
said at 4:15 PM on Sun Jul 17 2016
@GreenGoblin75 I was gonna say, Ted Lewis sounds a lot closer to Shinichiro Miki (his original VA) as well. I get why they used Eric Stuart, though, & I have no beef with him...

...but either are much better than JCC IMO.
Lps and pokemon fan
said at 5:37 PM on Fri May 13 2016
1. James carter
2. Eric Sturit
3. Ted lewis
Lps and pokemon fan
said at 5:36 PM on Fri May 13 2016
heres my order of my favoite voice of james.

1. james charter.
2. eric sturit.
3. ted lewis.
said at 4:35 PM on Fri May 13 2016
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Eric Stuart gives a lot more comedy in the character then the other three. Ted is still fine tough, but not James Carter. Si Eric Stuart for the win!
said at 8:06 PM on Wed Apr 20 2016
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1. Eric Stuart: He provides a hilarious and at the same time very believable performance as James. I prefer the voice from RS001-AG145, M6-M8. The campy sound is hilarious and it works when James is getting stabbed in the neck by Cacnea's pins.
2. Ted Lewis/Ed Paul: His James voice may not be as hilarious as Stuart's. If he was allowed to improve we probably would have seen a more well-rounded performance like Stuart's.
3. James Carter Cathcart: I don't know what the casting director was thinking here. Cathcart's James sounds too deep in BF, too nasally in DP, and in BW and XY he sounds like a nasally grandpa with a sinus infection. Severely miscast here.
said at 11:16 PM on Fri Feb 26 2016
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Listening to these samples again, I think James Cathcart works a bit better in the role if you imagine there's a tragic, unwritten backstory about James being allergic to his own Pokemon and constantly has the sniffles as a result.

It would have been pretty interesting to see Ted's take on the goofier James during AG or Eric's take on the more serious James during BW.
Skeeter Mania
said at 11:29 AM on Fri Apr 29 2016
@Dimentionalist People like Dogasu think that Eric can't do a serious James and think that he should just stick to the comedic scenes he's known for. I don't really agree, though.
said at 9:54 AM on Tue Feb 9 2016
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Oh my god is that Catchart?! I've always pictured who did that horrible version of a british accent but wow...just wow.

No No Eric Stuart is the best James,He pulled it off precicesly as the japanese Koujiro making him not too dumb and not too smart and tolerable.

Cathcart voices a bad James, A bad meowth and a horrible sounding oak get out of here Eric Start is the best of the two!
said at 5:36 AM on Fri Aug 26 2016
@Artherax123 Cathcart is actually a Northern Ireland based UK surname. If he comes from the UK who knows but he definitely has stayed in america for such a long time if he was one of our UK ones that he would have got a weird hybrid accent by now.
said at 4:19 PM on Sat Jan 2 2016
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I'm kind of mixed on who my personal voice for James is. It's either Eric Stuart or Shinichiro Miki.

Eric was hilarious as James, making him very foppish and really camp. The Flaming Moltres scene is classic because of his performance. His voice is appropriate since he did come from a rich family and before he joined Team Rocket never had to really work a day in his life.

What I love about Shinichiro Miki's take is that he sounds cool....like really cool....perhaps too cool for James. He does still pull off the foppish personality well but a part of me likes James having a bit of camp in his voice.

Ted Lewis definitely sounds the most like Shinichiro Miki but he really wouldn't have worked in the long term using that type of voice. It's too serious and cool, he wouldn't have handled the sillier goofier moments later on.

and lastly and sadly James Carter Cathcart is terrible. Worse than his Meowth, he sounds too wimpy and makes James sound too old.

James is one of the character who deserves a recast. I think Brian Drummond doing a lighter version of his Allen Schezar (another Shinichiro Miki role) with a mix of his Clyde from Pac-Man would be perfect. Mike McFarland or Ian Sinclair could also work well as James too.
said at 3:56 PM on Fri Dec 18 2015
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Thought I'd elaborate here seeing how I feel I didn't do a very good job explaining my thoughts here earlier:

1) Eric Stuart- Now he started off imitating Ted Lewis pretty seamlessly, but with better voice acting, and then his take evolved to making the role his own, come late Kanto up until the end of Johto, he was pretty much perfect in the role.

He then got goofier and sillier in Hoenn, but then again James himself was exactly like that by that point, so I think overall it fits all too well.

Either way, he's still the best dub James, and I think Eric's been sounding much better nowadays as the character when fans ask him to do his take for them (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dcqu9P0PbxE).

2) Ted Lewis- Simply average/decent- nothing outstanding, or terrible, here. Nothing truly made him stand out, and his acting just plain wasn't as good as Eric's, nor did he show the range the former did, for his brief period in the role. Now I'm sure with time he could have, but I like to judge based on what is actually there, not what could've been there.

3) James Carter Cathcart/Billy Beach/Jimmy Zoppi- He's miscast, really, this is simply not his role. Inconsistency is his major issue here though if you ask me, because he can never seem to pick a pitch, and stick with it. He went from doing a pretty nasally and snooty imitation of Eric's OS take (Battle Frontier), to a nasally and goofy imitation of Eric's AG take (DP), to some mediocre take in between the two previous takes while also beginning to sound like an old man in the role (BW), to his most horrific take right now that seems to be an awkward combination of the worst of Eric's AG take with the worst of his own DP take, while also sounding like an old man in the role (XY).

Overall, like most people have said, Eric > Ted > James on this one.
said at 5:56 AM on Wed Dec 9 2015
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I like Ted Lewis as James better than most seem to. I thought he was pretty solid, and he could've only continued to improve the longer he played the role. It's why I don't doubt he could have nailed all aspects of James' character. I think people forget that not everyone was as good in their roles at the beginning as they were in their prime. A lot of gradual improvement happened for most of the cast.

Eric Stuart is tied with Ted for me, and was incredible in the role. The only bad thing you can say about him is he began to falter a bit in Hoenn, but that's more of a voice direction issue than anything to do with him.

Finally, James. When it comes to him, I think his biggest problem is he sounds forced in his role. Given how iconic Eric Stuart is in the role I can't blame them for wanting him to try and sound like him, but a strained replacement isn't a good one. I actually think he would be better if he just used his regular voice, or a voice that's easier for him to do. I'd honestly prefer a different take on James altogether vs what we have now.
said at 5:03 PM on Wed Dec 9 2015
Believe me, I'd take Ted back over Carter in a heartbeat, no contest, but I still think Eric voiced him best, because I feel like he gave a more well rounded performance than I feel Ted would have, even with more time.

There was a lot of energy and enthusiasm in Eric's take as well, something I feel like Ted isn't best suited for, but Ted was still a decent James in my book.
said at 10:48 PM on Wed Dec 9 2015
@1dbad More like Shinichiro Miki?(For James Carter)
said at 1:09 AM on Thu Dec 10 2015
That would be better than whatever's he been doing, at least, though he's had like 9 years in the role, so either way he's dead last place for me, even if he suddenly rose to the divine level of voice acting next saga (which I highly, highly doubt).
said at 2:15 AM on Thu Dec 10 2015
@Dr.Who I definitely agree Eric gave a more well-rounded performance. Didn't mean to suggest that Ted was better than Eric, because I don't think that at all. I just don't think he would've been as bad in the role as some think he would've. Of course, I could be wrong about that. Unless Ted somehow ends up replacing James, there's no way we can say for sure one way or another.
said at 2:16 AM on Thu Dec 10 2015
@HienFan Yeah, I think that would be better. Though I'm not sure if he could be quite as good as Shinichiro Miki is in the role. I do think the guy is talented, but his talent lies more in bad guys IMO.
said at 2:17 AM on Thu Dec 10 2015
Oh, no problem, I happen to fully agree with you Ted was decent in the role, and could've improved a lot with more time. Carter's had way, way too long in the role if you ask me, he really seems miscast as James.
said at 2:48 AM on Thu Dec 10 2015
@1dbad And the very(preferbly older) comical characters like... his rendition of Ryuhaku Todoh, that was actually pretty fitting with the anime's goofier version
said at 3:05 AM on Thu Dec 10 2015
Do you have a clip of that?
said at 3:03 AM on Sun Dec 13 2015
@Dr.Who I agree he's really miscast. The guy can be good in certain types of roles, but he wasn't a good match for James IMO.
said at 3:04 AM on Sun Dec 13 2015
@HienFan Yeah! He's good at really jerkish, cartoonish villains based on what I've heard him in.
said at 8:39 AM on Mon May 23 2016
@1dbad I've been holding on this because well... but Carter could have been a good James with better direction as he had a few roles that are pretty natural that are not cartoon villains
said at 6:02 PM on Wed Jun 29 2016
@HienFan I agree.
said at 2:58 PM on Wed Sep 16 2015
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Eric Stuart showed the most range and versatility when voicing James, and was a wonderful choice for the character.

Ted Lewis was a pretty suitable choice for the character, and was decent as well, though didn't work so well with the comedic side of the character where he was rather forced and bland.

James Cathcart, you guessed it, is the weakest of the group- he started off doing a bad imitation of Stuart's James holding his nose, and then devolved into sounding like an old man with a cold.
said at 3:00 PM on Fri Sep 18 2015
@Dr.Who Cathcart fails at James all together, Stuart's girly scream is what made me laugh. Nowadays James sounds like an old man trying to imitate a 20 something years old man.
said at 5:27 PM on Fri Sep 18 2015
@MatthewC17 I could not agree more with you: James is 25, not 60, the latter of which is what Cathcart makes him sound like.

Stuart was age appropriate and perfect as James.
said at 10:25 PM on Mon Oct 12 2015
@Dr.Who You know who could've done a good impression of James that Eric voiced him like back then, i think that Darren Dunstan should've been chosen to voice James.

This guy that played Maximillion Pegasus, would've done James justice equally in terms of comedic and somewhat serious scenes that eric himself did, more than what James Cathcart tried.

And what i think he should use said Maximillion Pegasus voice, but with toned down flamboyism to capture what James was.

Sounds really cool right?
said at 3:07 AM on Tue Oct 13 2015
@SteelEthlan Yeah, for the longest time I thought Pegasus and James were voiced by the same guy, he would have sounded a lot more natural in the role James Cathcart would have at the very least.
said at 12:42 PM on Tue Oct 13 2015
@HylianBelmont Yeah, I thought so too.
said at 9:36 AM on Sat Oct 24 2015
That sounds much better than James Cathcart's take at any rate: I like the idea.
Skeeter Mania
said at 5:10 PM on Fri Apr 15 2016
@Dr.Who Curious, but do you think Eric could have done BW James well?
said at 7:27 AM on Fri Sep 4 2015
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1. Eric Stuart: He did an amazing job I love the scenes with Victreebel and Cacnea. Plus, his evil laughter in "Pokémon 4Ever" was awesome.
2. Ed Paul (Ted Lewis): It's a different take on James and it works too. Very villainous and serious sounding.
3. James Carter Cathcart: Oy vey! Not only does it not sound like Eric's voice at all there's forced emotion there. That's not a good thing.
said at 2:25 PM on Fri Aug 28 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
Eric was the best, Ted is a close second, and James really sounds like he has a bad cold all the time.
said at 2:05 PM on Sun Jul 26 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
I agree with everyone else: should've picked a different clip for Eric Stuart. He's still the best James, though.
said at 9:10 AM on Mon Jul 20 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
Ted- Bad guy villain kinda blandish voice
Eric- Suave kinda sexy young man voice
James- Old man with cold sorta voice

Eric is best James
said at 10:28 AM on Sun Apr 19 2015
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Eric was funniest but also capable of being taken seriously, so my vote's for him.

Ted was good, but kinda forgettable. I don't think his take would've worked as well when James became the joke we all know him as now, really.

Jimmy Zoppi sounded okay at first but later on his James voice became really nasally and fat sounding for some reason- it's just annoying.
Han Solo Fan
said at 7:17 AM on Sun Oct 19 2014
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Eric Stuart is the best English James: he managed to make James sound his age, and he also made James hilarious when he needed to be, but he also brought out James' humanity in serious scenes as well.

Ted Lewis was okay as James, but his take just sounded like an eviler version of his Tracey: it was tolerable, though.

James Carter Cathcart is the worst James: he's just obnoxious and grating in the role. He's not funny when he needs to be, and in serious scenes nowadays, it's hard not to laugh at how goofy James sounds, in a bad way. The voice he uses for the character doesn't fit him, either: he always sounds like he has a perpetually stuffy nose and like a grandpa for some reason in XY, and he's easily the weakest of the group.
said at 7:52 AM on Wed Nov 12 2014
@Han Solo Fan Y'know, not to be all nitpicky, but that's the sort of thing I'd imagine a certain user would say.
Mai Valentine
said at 11:22 AM on Thu Oct 16 2014
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Okay, the Eric Stuart clip here does not give him any justice when it comes to how he voices the character since this is not James' regular voice. There needs to be a replacement audio track here when James is not "acting out" and sounds like himself.
said at 3:10 AM on Wed Oct 15 2014
Since X and Y I will bring Eric and James to a tie in second
said at 3:03 AM on Tue Aug 19 2014
Ted sounds close to Shinichiro Miki whose voice I really like for that he gets my vote if only he stayed around longer

Eric sounds okay at first but eventually he just sounds way too campy and lame like in this clip (I AM A FLAMING MOLTRESS WAHAHAHA) if he stayed longer with that voice I would be annoyed

James oh jees when he tries to be funny it's even worse than Eric but when he's serious he sounds almost Ted Lewis like
said at 9:47 AM on Sat Jun 21 2014
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#1) Eric Stuart (OS > AG) - Great voice, and pretty good voice acting. Whether
it be his emotional scenes, comedic scenes, or serious scenes, Eric generally did a great job with the character. Not to mention that classic horse-whinnying laugh,
or those "OOOOHHH" or "EHEEEE!" screams as well. He gave James a lot of personality, and his performance was very entertaining to listen to. 9/10

#2) Ted Lewis (EP001- EP008) - Good voice, but really bad voice acting. His performance worked for the more serious, competent James, but was miserable in any scenes with emotion and his delivery of lines was bland, generic, and very flat. To put it one way, "Now I know what it feels like to be all WASHHHHHHEEED up!" 6.5/10

#3) James Carter Cathcart (BF > BW > DP > XY)- Bad voice, and extremely bad voice acting. He's the worst of the group at this point...he's not funny at all in the role, and I can't take him seriously, either. In BF, he was okay, despite doing a bad imitation of Eric Stuart's James in OS, but now with a nasally, snooty tone. In DP, he was pretty bad, doing a bad imitation of Eric Stuart's James in AG with an even more nasally as well as goofy tone. In BW, he was better than in DP but worse than in BF, dropping that goofy tone but now the nasally tone was still there and it was annoying to listen to-- mediocre. In XY, he has somehow taken his DP performance but made it even worse, and has hit a new low as James: JCC's James at present sounds like a fat, nasally man in his mid 40s doing a bad imitation of Eric Stuart's James in AG with
a constant head cold, and is goofy as well as extremely nasally to the extreme. One
only needs to watch "Mega Mega Meowth's Madness" to see how abysmal JCC is in the role nowadays.
said at 8:32 PM on Fri Jun 20 2014
1. Carter.
2. Stuart
3. Lewis
said at 10:10 AM on Tue Jun 10 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
Eric Stuart!! :D
Ted did good
Ew not Carter.
Element Riser
said at 7:07 PM on Fri Jun 6 2014
 5 Shout Outs!
Overall: Eric Stuart > Ted Lewis > Jimmy Zoppi
Element Riser
said at 6:50 PM on Fri Jun 6 2014
 8 Shout Outs!
Ted Lewis: Great voice, but that's all it is.
Eric Stuart (OS): His James is funny, but he can also give a convincing serious performance when needed. As well as that, he fits the character more than Ted Lewis did.
Eric Stuart (AG): A step down from how he was in OS, the goofy aspect almost completely took over (see: A Poached Ego), but then again, that's how the character himself was. I didn't hate the voice, but it's not nearly as good as his OS voice, either. As bad as people think this might be, it's got nothing on...
Jimmy Zoppi: In BF, he's just imitating Eric Stuart, though at least it's not bad. In DP, it's like Eric's Stuart's James in AG, but replace "goofy" with "nasally". It got better in BW, but it still had a nasally and snooty tone to it that never quite went away. In the beginning of XY, he sounded okay, but then sometime later in that series' dub, it fell to a new low: He now sounds like Eric Stuart's goofy James and his own nasally James rolled into one package, and it's not a good voice for him.
said at 9:48 AM on Sat Jun 21 2014
@Element Riser
^This is too spot on: 100% agreed.^
said at 5:58 AM on Fri Aug 26 2016
@Element Riser Thats exactly how I feel. V1 Carhcart wasn't bad but still not as good as any Stuart or Lewis version.

Barney the Dinosaur Cathcart is terrible though and doesn't belong as a voice in Pokemon dumbing down the show and his character at the same time into a so bad it's great show rather than a plain great show as it was in the past.

Japanese one is great only voice I don't like is Meouth on that one who is worse than the worst English again a Carhcart version.
Shiny Raticate
said at 8:05 PM on Thu Apr 3 2014
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After hearing what a friend had to say, Darren Dunstan could have been the fill in for Eric Stuart, it would have been perfect.
said at 3:31 PM on Mon Apr 7 2014
@Shiny Raticate I agree, in fact I used to think Pegasus and James had the same actor.
Shiny Raticate
said at 10:11 PM on Wed Aug 6 2014
@Metabad I know, right?
Oh man, now that I think about all the potential actors TPCi could have hired, it makes me a little upset. I know it's been done with, but still.
said at 4:53 AM on Mon Jan 18 2016
@Shiny Raticate
Problem is TPCi forced him and the main/principal 4Kids actors (and crew) out at the time, though, he was actually voice director during AG's dub (except for BF). There's no way he could've succeeded Eric at the time, unless he got the chance to jump ship from TPCi/TAJ, which only Kayzie and James did.

If TPCi had to cut costs and save money on production, then I think Bill Timoney would've been a better choice for James, than James Cathcart, though.
said at 6:00 AM on Fri Aug 26 2016
@Dr.Who Guess whos now in charge of the dub as well as doing the voice acting in XYZ?

No chance of getting him out of that role now.
said at 8:52 PM on Fri Mar 7 2014
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Ted Lewis just sounds okay in the role, but it more so just sounds like his Bakura without the British voice, and he didn't really have enough episodes to really go off of to leave a massive impact. 6.5/10

Eric Stuart. Oh...Where do I begin with Eric? Erics performance as James is not only one of the most entertaining performances in the show, it's one of the most entertaining performances in animation history IMO. Eric is hamming it up so much in this role, and is so hilariously flamboyant, down to that horse like whinny of a scream that he has. He cracked me up as a kid and he still cracks me up now. 10/10

With the recast like what I said on Ash's compare, I was extremely confused and mad when they changed the cast since I thought none of the actors they got even came close to the energy that any of the original actors had, and it took me a long time to really think the roles were better. And I will admit James is one of the few that is better than average in the role. He does have some of the energy that Eric had, just not NEARLY as much, but he did have the flamboyance down pretty well and could differentiate it well enough from his Meowth. 7/10

1. Eric
2. James
3. Ted
said at 6:21 PM on Sat Jun 21 2014
I used to feel the same way, but now...well, just check out Carter in XY's dub: ugh, I even prefer Ted now over him. -_-
said at 6:44 PM on Sat Jan 18 2014
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James Carter Cathcart's portrayal of James sounds a little bit like Big the Cat.
said at 6:04 AM on Fri Aug 26 2016
@0dd1 Better than the Japanese XY one but worst out of the English.
said at 10:20 PM on Wed Jan 8 2014
I'm surprised Carter beaten Lewis

Though he is better than Stuart's take on the end of the clip

Keeping Lewis anyway prefer him and Meowth's earlier episodes voice than later ones during the 4Kids run
said at 8:33 AM on Mon Nov 25 2013
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Oh and Eric Stuart all the way! ^_^
said at 8:32 AM on Mon Nov 25 2013
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Lol what? Carter Cathcart is beating Ted Lewis? ~:-/
said at 4:18 PM on Sun Oct 27 2013
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Eric Stuart > Ted Lewis > Carter

It's pretty clear who's having the most fun here. You can really tell that Stuart had a blast playing his character. Dat laugh. He manages to sound slimy and campy, but his performance also really brought out James' humanity. It's obvious that Lewis had a more sinister interpretation of the character, but he did a nice job in his own way. Carter sounds like he's doing a bad impression of Stuart.
said at 6:47 PM on Wed Oct 23 2013
No one can beat Eric Stuart.
This is actually one of Carters better roles.
Don't reallly mind Ted though.
said at 1:17 PM on Wed Oct 23 2013
Wow, Carter is actually ahead of Ted now.
said at 4:13 PM on Tue Oct 22 2013
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Shame that Carter faltered here.
said at 3:17 AM on Sun Oct 13 2013
Ted Lewis and Eric Stuart come very close to each other.
said at 12:54 PM on Tue Oct 1 2013
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Eric Stuart, from Kanto through Johto, played the best James. The clip doesn't really do him justice since it's from a moment where he's hamming it up, but usually Stuart's James had the perfect balance of rich boy classiness and comedic villainous camp. Until Hoenn, where Stuart made the voice deeper and the performance got even campier, to the point where he was shouting every other line in a very stilted tone. It may be an unpopular opinion, but if Stuart was insistent on voicing James that way, then he deserved to get replaced.

Jimmy Zoppi was actually a decent James when he started (as shown at the end of his clip) and was better than Eric Stuart had been in Hoenn. But like the rest of the main cast, his voice changed for the worse in Sinnoh, where he started sounding overly stuffy, whiny, and nasally. Thankfully the voice changed again in Unova. Zoppi plays James with both menace and fey flamboyance in a voice that sounds smoother and more natural.

Ted Lewis was a perfect dub equivalent to Shinichiro Miki, but I can't see that voice as being long lasting, especially once Lewis also started voicing Team Rocket's boss. Thankfully, they changed to Eric Stuart after the first 9 episodes.
said at 12:08 AM on Sat Oct 5 2013
I always loved Eric Stuart as Brock, but I sadly agree with you about his James. Don't get me wrong, I loved Eric Stuart's James: it was AMAZING in Kanto up until the end of Johto. He made him sound so classy, witty, and campy in a good way. Very debonair and suave voice for James in a way.

In Hoenn, though, Eric's James was indeed poor in quality. He was shouting way too much, and James sound more like Timmy Turner's Dad than anything else. I mean, it was beyond hilarious to listen to, but I couldn't take James seriously at all.

To be fair, I think Eric did turn things around near the end of the run as James in the first few episodes of the Battle Frontier Saga right before the dub switch. He stopped shouting and overacting, and he really sounded great as James again, IMO. It's a shame, because he was getting better again, right before he was replaced.

Jimmy Zoppi/Carter Cathcart was an improvement over Eric at the time, and was awesome as James in Battle Frontier, but then like you said, he got extremely irritating, whiny, and nasally as James in Sinnoh. I feel he slightly improved in Unova from Sinnoh, but he's still a bit...IDK...too nasally to me: his James is great in serious scenes in Unova, but is miserable in comedic scenes. Really, kind of the opposite of how Eric's James in Hoenn.

Ted is just too generic for me. I like the voice a lot, and it is basically how James sounds in Japanese, but it felt really devoid of emotion at times.

Basically Eric is my favorite overall, though. :)
said at 7:10 AM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus you're wrong about Eric Stuart. He never deserved to get replaced unless he quit the role of James on his own terms. I imagine Eric having Ted Lewis as his angel and Jimmy Zoppi as his devil. Ted gave Eric the chance to become a popular character while Jimmy made James a weak sounding chump.
said at 6:51 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@Legacyman I said IF STUART WAS INSISTENT ON VOICING JAMES THAT WAY, he deserved to get replaced. If he were to change his voice back to how he used to do it, he'd be perfect. Seriously, the voice I hear him use in the "Double Trouble" song would fit the more competent James of the BW seasons very well. But there's no way I'd want to hear his extra campy and cartoonish late Johto-Hoenn performance coming out of James' mouth again. I guess it depends on the voice direction.
said at 6:54 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@OldSchoolFTW He DID kind of sound like Daran Norris' Mr. Turner voice. It was the campiest, most forced over-the-top thing ever in the show. And it hurt the character in episodes like "A Poached Ego" and "Training Days" where he was being portrayed seriously. That's why I shudder to think about that voice coming from BW James. If he'd gone back to his original James voice, BW James would sound even better than Zoppi's take on him.

Yeah, I agree Zoppi's just not very funny as James. He's more forced than funny.
said at 10:39 AM on Mon Oct 7 2013
I think it really lies in the vocal direction. Michael Haigney directed the first 5 seasons of the 4Kids dub, while Darren Dunstan directed the latter 3 seasons. I'm sure that if Eric Stuart had better direction, he would've been as perfect as used to be as James.

Zoppi just doesn't make me laugh, especially with how he writes Ash and Team Rocket. I always groan hearing his alliterations/assonance/"Dig it, jack"/"Primo Pokemon"/"O'course"/"'kay" stuff and so on. That's a big issue I have with TPCi's dub itself, though, not the voice acting, so I'll save it for another day.
said at 6:10 AM on Fri Aug 26 2016
@OldSchoolFTW Cathcart now writes the show so now we have no chance of another new James.

XY has the worst accent one though sounds like a sped up Barney.
said at 1:28 PM on Fri Aug 30 2013
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what is that atrocious end voice on there.. that cant really be who is playing james now can it?!
said at 9:24 AM on Tue Oct 1 2013
@sosoubi unfortionately, that is who's playing James now. Eric Stuart didn't deserve that fate. He still wants to voice James again. I know from his page on the Pokemon Wikia website.
said at 6:56 PM on Mon Aug 19 2013
This is a very tough voice compare. All three actors are actually very well cast in this role.

I'm going to have to say Eric Stuart best fits James. I have to say I liked him a lot better in his first 5 seasons of the OS than his latter 3 in AG. He started getting pretty fruity there, and hinting that he was batting for the other team if you know what I mean. As much as he was funny in AG, it was irritating to hear him in the serious scenes like that. Regardless, Eric's range and versatility were unparalled, and he really brought the most life and energy into the character. Overall, Eric Stuart is my favorite.

In second, suprisingly, James Carter Cathcart. *gasp* Yes, actually he's pretty decent for this character. He may be pretty nasally and irritating at times, but he can act pretty well. I'm not a big fan of his work but I will admit his voice for James does suit the character. It's not my favorite by any means but it still fits James' goofy personality and he's very good in the emotional moments (like Eric Stuart before him).

Lastly, Ted Lewis. Actually he's the best at serious James, but I seriously doubt his ability to do the comedic scenes well. He was rather dull in that facet and as much as I think he does fit James, he's my least favorite. Still good, though.
said at 12:38 PM on Fri Aug 16 2013
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There's no doubt Eric Stuart would like nothing more than to do James again. I miss his voice being heard on Pokemon. Fact is Cathcart isn't best suited for James and he never will be. Eric, if you're reading this, I know nobody does James better than you. You're all tops.
said at 6:06 PM on Thu Jul 18 2013
Well put Shiny Raticate. I couldn't have said it better myself. Eric Stuart fits James better then any ammeture could. Jimmy Zoppi should be better off sticking with Gary Oak and Ted Lewis made the right call to do Giovanni instead.
Shiny Raticate
said at 3:26 AM on Fri Jul 12 2013
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Ted Lewis did great, and I cannot believe that TPCi didn't hire him since they had to get rid of Eric Stuart.
Eric Stuart fit the role like Cinderella and her glass slipper. No other actor could reach the higher octaves like Eric could. Fantastic voice.
Jimmy... I just don't like it.
said at 6:13 PM on Thu Jul 18 2013
@Shiny Raticate I couldn't have said it any better. Because of Jimmy Zoppi, James sounds like a wuss. Eric Stuart doesn't deserve to be replaced like that. He deserves better than this.
said at 3:33 PM on Sat Jun 8 2013
I did like Ted Lewis- his portrayal was pretty cool and sounded a bit like James' Japanese voice. But he lacked range and I don't think he dealt with comedy moments so well. I can't even image him doing a cross dressing James voice.

Eric Stuart is my favourite, hands down. I don't think he sounded camp necessarily- he just had a plummy voice which was totally appropriate given James' rich background. His high pitched giggle was hilarious and yet his voice could also be quite sultry and sexy at times.

Jimmy Zoppi... urgh. I struggled to watch the dub when he took over. I'm looking at James, and yet all I hear is a fat man with a bad head cold. He has got better though, and he can now at least sound like Eric Stuart at his worst, which is something I suppose.
said at 12:20 AM on Wed Nov 21 2012
Ah James/Kojiro, the token bishounen of TRio, where would be without this guy?

Here goes:

1) Shinchiro Miki- Phenomenal. Not much else to say.

2) Eric Stuart- Pretty much perfect from Kanto-the end of Johto: bonus points for the horse-whinning laugh too ("EEEUGHUGH!"). In Hoenn and Battle Frontier, a bit divergent from Shinchiro Miki, but nonetheless excellent and actually makes James who was already incompetent seem like a bigger joker. Gave me plenty of laughs in the 4Kids English dub of the series.

3) James Cathcart- Good performance. Actually, he's gotten a lot better as James over the years. Yes, he's nasally in the role and it is annoying, but it's also one of the less jarring voices in TPCi English to me. It fits the character these days, although it's not the best but easily one of the better voices in TPCi English over the years.

4) Ted Lewis- Now, it sounds most like Shinchiro of any of them (Eric did from mid Kanto-end of Johto) overall, but it's rather...generic-sounding. Like a standard voice for a villain. A good performance nonetheless.
said at 9:40 PM on Wed Aug 22 2012
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Eric, once again
said at 9:47 AM on Sun Jul 29 2012
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Eric Stuart- You just can't go wrong with Eric's sneaky and sly voice. And like Brock, Eric's James is hilarious too. Although that clip doesn't do Eric's James any justice at all.

Ted Lewis- Very suitable replacement. Ted's performance works for a more serious James.

Jimmy Zoppi- "I'd rather die." Fitting line for such a terrible performance. Way too over-the-top and sounds very obnoxious.
Silly Sally
said at 4:03 PM on Fri Jul 10 2015
@Fulgore2005 I agree 100% and I think the clip for Eric Stuart's James should have been from AG which is his best.
said at 12:02 AM on Mon Jul 23 2012
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1- Shinchiro Miki
2 Ted Lewis-Nice voice, sad it was less than ten episodes long
3 Eric-Stuart-Started out fine but got rather irritating after a while
4 Jimmy Zoppi-Yegad now that is IRRITATING
said at 3:03 AM on Fri Jul 13 2012
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James in my opinion
1. Eric Stuart - Hilarious performances throughout 4Kids' dub. The scenes with Victreebel and Cacnea are priceless.
2. Ted Lewis - Not bad for a minor performance. It was quite tolerable and suited James when Team Rocket was more of a threat than a joke. I'd be happy if Ted Lewis voiced James again
3. James Carter Cathcart - Doesn't even sound like Eric Stuart very forced and grating and he over-exaggerates when James gets all worked up.
said at 1:36 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
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Probably Jimmy...no Eric...no jimmy - I can't decide. But I don't really think Ted's voice is appropriate.
said at 6:49 PM on Thu May 24 2012
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I honestly think they gave him the role of James because his first name is James
said at 5:09 AM on Fri Apr 27 2012
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Jimmy Zoppi's voice is very bad!!! I sure miss Eric's voice. Ted's was pretty good, he should voice James now!
said at 8:24 AM on Sun Apr 29 2012
@cayuga I agree too. Eric's was hilarious. Ted is the only VA who was closest to Stuart's performance.
said at 11:26 PM on Fri Mar 16 2012
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IMO, Ted should voice James again
said at 10:49 PM on Fri Feb 17 2012
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Eric Stuart!
Ted sounds like a modified version of Tracey
James Carter Cathcart sounds constipated 24-7
said at 2:56 AM on Tue Nov 22 2011
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None of the clips really do any of them justice (except maybe Ted's). But I'll always prefer Eric as James since his performance is the most classic. Ted was okay as the more serious James at the beginning of the series and contrasts with Eric very well. Jimmy is just doing a bad imitation of Eric. He's not funny at all, and I feel he was severely miscast in the role. He's easily one of the worst voices of the new cast (though his other voices are generally pretty good). I don't know why he had to take over so many roles. Were they really THAT short on voice actors?
said at 5:11 AM on Wed Dec 9 2015
@PurpleWarrior13 Considering the replacements were to cut costs, that's probably why he took over so many roles.
said at 1:40 AM on Sat Sep 3 2011
I like Jimmy's voice for the simple fact that the other voices sound the same. :(
said at 12:07 PM on Wed May 25 2011
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Jimmy's is cool and until I compare I always forget how similar it can be. But it sounds a bit like Eric's with a cold to me and I loved Eric's James, it could serious when it needed to be but incredibly funny when needed too.
said at 11:21 PM on Fri May 6 2011
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#1 Eric Stuart
Even though the clip of him here doesn't show it, Eric nailed the character's personality and demonstrated broad range. It's a real shame that he gave up voice acting, as he's definitely one of the best 4Kids VAs, and he probably could've made his return sooner or later.

#2 Ted Lewis
Though he was a good first, I have to agree that Ted is much better as Giovanni than he was as James. Still, he certainly would've potential if James had remained a serious villain as opposed to a total joke we know him as.

#3 Jimmy Zoppi
I'll admit that, even though he's last place (at least as I rank him), he IS making improvement. He retained a bit of Eric's satire and persona, and his performance is quite entertaining. However, he sounds a bit nasally and doesn't emote very well (though I suppose that's due to how much the series itself has changed since the cast switch, but still). He's worked with the show for the longest time, so I would say that at least he understands the role pretty well.
said at 12:58 AM on Sat Apr 16 2011
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While funny, I don't think the "Flaming Moltres" clip does Eric Stuart's James enough justice. From when he started up until mid-Johto, he was perfect in the role.

But then for some reason he started overacting 24/7 and it was for the best that Jimmy Zoppi took over. While a bit nasally, his voice is second best for James.

Ted Lewis was good for his earliest apperances but he makes a much better Giovanni than he does James.
said at 4:56 PM on Sun Apr 3 2011
Eric Stuart I heard that team rocket has become ore serious in Best Wishes and if so I will probably not watch too much of that season. Maybe it would be good though.
said at 12:44 AM on Tue Mar 22 2011
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I love Eric Stuart as James!
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said at 11:54 PM on Thu Mar 17 2011
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Ted Lewis was good back when Team Rocket was more serious. I'll have to say that Eric Stuart is the best. When I was a kid, I couldn't believe he did Brock and James, because they sounded so different. However, I feel our current clip doesn't quite do him justice.
said at 7:45 AM on Fri Feb 11 2011
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Well, for me, because I grew up with Eric's voice, I naturally like him better. He was a VERY talented voice actor. HOWEVER, after watching some of the japanese pokemon episodes....They probably should have went with Ted. It's closest to the original.....Oh and as for Zoppi....HE MAKES ME WANNA THROW UP! BLECH! :(
said at 7:05 PM on Fri Jun 11 2010
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I'm not really a big fan of Eric Stuart at all (I do agree with Eusine though he did start off pretty good as James), and his James could get really annoying. Jimmy's manages to be even more annoying than Eric's. I'm going to go with Ted
said at 5:24 PM on Sun Jun 17 2012
@satoshi So out of curiosity, why aren't you a big fan of Eric Stuart? I think his voice work in general is pretty good and versatile TBH.
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