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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Jessie with sound clips and images.

Created by Pokejedservo on Fri Jul 3 2009, 88 Comments, Add Comment
Pokemon (1998)
JessieRachael Lillis
Rachael Lillis
Pokemon (1998)
JessieMichele Knotz
Michele Knotz


Ah Jessie the feminine though blatantly dominant half of this little trio of Team Rocket members.

I know the Voice comparisons between 4Kids and PUSA do have a bit of a history of debates. (Similar to that certain situation regarding Dragon Ball namely DBZ but that's another story.)

But I will say this much on how Michele Knotz does a very good impression of Rachel Lillis' Jessie voice. Rachel Lillis' voice work for Jessie is pretty classic but Michele Knotz as Jessie is one of the better PUSA voices for sure well IMO of course.


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said at 11:59 AM on Sun Jan 18 2015
I prefer Rachael completely. I've met Michele in person and she is such a sweetheart but she said they chose her because she could voice match rachael... which is not the case.
said at 1:01 PM on Sun Jan 18 2015
Moreso the case than anyone else TPCi ever hired for their reanimation process, and even when she wasn't pinned as a replacement body for Lillis she still pulled through all her own as the other major recurring chararacter she inherited. It's her faithfulness in this portrayal that has made this role a guiding light through these ceaseless criticisms.
said at 2:09 PM on Mon Sep 29 2014
I'm definitely going with Rachael! She doesn't sound annoying!
said at 10:09 PM on Sun Aug 24 2014
1. Rachael Lillis - Her performance is probably the highlight of her career in 4Kids. She's able to pull of a feminine but short tempered firey redhead character. My absolute favorite Pokemon moments with Jessie are the "Old Hag" line and the encounter with Seviper. After Rachael left Jessie lost her authenticity.
2. Michele Knotz - I don't know what to say, like most TPCi actors she started out good but as time went on she became worse. She now sounds like a mixture of Rachael and her Battle Frontier performance. And she sounds fake when Jessie emotes.
said at 10:03 AM on Sat Jun 21 2014
#1) Rachael Lillis (EP002-AG145; M01-M08)-

Perfect. From Jessie's anger, to her sadness, to her comedic scenes, to her serious emotional scenes like in "Snow Way Out" or in "Ignorance is Blissey," Rachael cannot be beat as this character. It's too memorable and she captured the character so well...irreplaceable. 10/10

#2) Michele Knotz (BW001-142 > AG146-AG192 > DP001-191 > XY001-Present)-

Mediocre. She did a good job in BF emulating Rachael Lillis' Jessie, but as the season progressed, the voice got overly high-pitched, goofy, and cartoony...particularly in "Duels of the Jungle" as seen above. In DP, the voice got bad, though: overly cartoony, extremely high-pitched, and way too goofy-- hard to take seriously and it really ruined "Crossing Paths" for me. In BW, she was very good and I could take her seriously and in comedic scenes-- almost as good as Rachael. In XY, however, Michele has hit a new low as Jessie-- now, she sounds like a caricature of her DP Jessie, and the tone has devolved into that of a HS valley girl cheerleader, as well as the high pitched voice getting more obnoxious than ever. 5.5/10
said at 10:07 AM on Tue Jun 10 2014
Rachel. I mean, Michelle didn't do so bad, but she sounds like she holds her breath.
said at 8:54 AM on Sun Apr 27 2014
While I really like both, Michelle has this irritating lisp at the end of nearly every line that really throws me off when I hear it and makes me feel awkward listening to it. Rachael wins this one, though Michele is perfectly suitable for the role too.
said at 4:01 PM on Sun Apr 6 2014
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Michelle did a pretty great job until XY. She lost it from there.
said at 8:02 PM on Fri Feb 7 2014
I Like Both
said at 8:23 PM on Thu Jan 9 2014
I vote for Rachael, but I have to admit.... Michele sounds very eerily similar to her, so props to Michele for that!
said at 8:42 PM on Sun Dec 8 2013
The more recent dub comes under a lot of (in my opinion, deserved) criticism for the quality of the "voice matches," but Michele Knotz does a freakishly uncanny Rachel Lillis impersonation. If the rest of the principal cast had voice matches of this quality, the new dub would be much better off than it is now. Rachel nails the acting better, but Knotz's Jessie is perfectly listenable and probably the best of the recasts.
said at 7:51 PM on Sun Dec 8 2013
I definitely prefer Rachel Lillis take. She's one of my favorite VAs seeing how versatile she is and Jessie was one of her best gigs I think.

Anyway, why do I choose her? Pretty much the same reason as others have said. Other than growing up with her voice, she genuinely sounded evil, classy, mature, and slightly sophisticated and those are traits I think Jessie's character was meant to posses. I especially enjoyed when Jessie got angry. You can feel chills when she was beyond pissed off (Like when Serviper made the grave mistake of biting Jessie's hair lol). So yeah, Rachel is easily my favorite of the two.

Michelle's take is just too out of character to me. She sounds too much like a teenage valley girl at times but another thing that exacerbates her role is definitely the lines she has to say. During Sinnoh, I noticed that Team Rocket adopted a VERY annoying rhyming type of dialogue and it just made me dislike the voices more.

I will give Michelle the benefit of Unova for the short instance when we were dealing with a serious Team Rocket. She sounded great as a serious Jessie until they went back to their old ways. So I will say that I possibly could like Michele a little more if they writers gave Jessie better lines.

With that said,Rachel gets my vote hands down but Michele has potential and I'm sure she'll get it down as X & Y progresses.
said at 12:47 PM on Tue Oct 1 2013
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Rachael Lillis was perfect as Jessie. Michelle Knotz did a good job taking over, but that doesn't really show in the clip where she sounds way too high-pitched, which is unfortunately what the voice devolved into by Sinnoh. In Unova, however, Michelle has done a dead-on Rachael Lillis impression, which is great.
said at 9:52 PM on Mon Sep 23 2013
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Woh!!!! She Sounds Just like Rachel. Amazing!
said at 1:19 PM on Fri Aug 30 2013
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Rachael Lillis
Michele's sounds too obnoxious.. Jessie is supposed to be obnoxious to a point.. but also be likeable and classy.. Rachael does it perfect
said at 9:43 PM on Mon Aug 19 2013
Funny that I've always felt Team Rocket were really given the better replacement voice actors when TPCi took over, while the protagonists got the worst replacements to me. The dialogue is another story for TPCi Team Rocket, though. xD.

Anyway, Michele Knotz's Jessie is no exception. I admit, I am pretty annoyed whenever she yells in that high-pitched valley girl esque-tone, but she does a pretty good job with the role (all things considered, especially for the current dub). My real complaint is that Jessie sounds like a real airhead at times and really infantile compared to how she used to sound. She is probably the best replacement in this role, though.

Now Rachael Lillis was pretty much perfect. She was a lot less cartoony than Knotz, and boy did she sound Jessie's age (25). Her voice had the right tone, inflections, and was a very good English equivalent of Megumi Hayashibara's performance in the Original Japanese version of the anime. All around an excellent performance.

All in all, Michele Knotz is pretty good, but Rachael Lillis is still definitely Jessie's best voice actor.
said at 12:34 PM on Fri Aug 16 2013
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Rachael Lillis is the best voice for Jessie. Period. Why didn't she get the role of Jessie back when she was asked to voice Maylene? Surely Rachael deserves that much. With Knotz doing Jessie's voice, she's no longer liked by anyone of us fans. Need I say more on the matter?
said at 7:49 PM on Sat Aug 31 2013
@Legacyman Um, maybe PUSA/TPCi just wants to be consistent within their own dub? :P
said at 6:23 PM on Sat Aug 10 2013
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I vote for Rachael Lillis. Her voice for Jessie makes Jessie more fiery and meaner like a villian in an anime should be. Jessie's current voice now sounds whinier and more annoying. It can even be hard to hear what she says at times. She doesn't sound evil anymore at all. Rachael Lillis was superb as Jessie, especially when she gets angry. Even during the more sad scenes like when she encountered her old friend Blissey, she was still excellent as Jessie. I hope Rachael reprises that role again so I can go back to loving one of my favorite characters.
said at 7:14 AM on Fri Aug 16 2013
@Skyler24 well put. You really know how to express yourself. I'd want nothing more than to have Rachael get her role as Jessie back. She didn't deserve to be replaced like that.
said at 6:11 PM on Thu Jul 18 2013
I agree with Shiny Raticate. Rachael Lillis makes the best Jessie ever. Ever since Michele Knotz took over, everything fell apart. Jessie never got better when Knotz became her current voice actress. I vote Rachael Lillis forever.
Shiny Raticate
said at 3:29 AM on Fri Jul 12 2013
Jessie was my favorite villain of this show, and Rachael was my favorite Jessie.

Michele just made Jessie too whiny, and in fact, Jessie was not like that; she was a character who had an iron fist. Rachael was able to give Jessie more depth, especially when the show would often depict Jessie's softer side, or her reminiscing scenes (Ignorance is Blissey).
Rachael will win my vote and my heart.
said at 2:31 AM on Sun Jun 30 2013
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Rachael was nothing short of awesome in this role. She gave Jessie lots of energy and a right balance between serious and crazy while still sounding unique and memorable. She helped make the character as we know her today.

However, Michele is a pretty good replacement, capturing most of what Rachael brought to the character and basically delivering a pretty spot-on imitation. She's probably the only member of the replacement cast to successfully take over their role pretty seamlessly. My only gripe is that her voice can sound a bit exaggerated, and she plays up the character's wacky side a bit too far (though some of that can be blamed on the writing), sounding a bit sing-songy in the process.
said at 3:24 PM on Sat Jun 8 2013
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I seem to be one of the few people who can't stand Michele's version- to me it sound nothing like Rachael's. It's far too high-pitched, squeaky and obnoxiously girly sounding. Rachael had a far better range which represented Jessie's personality well.

Michele's version is especially grating when you compare it to her Japanese voice, which is much deeper and a big contrast compared to the majority of female anime characters. When I watch the dub now, Jessie just sounds like a huge airhead which ruins it for me.
said at 6:53 PM on Sun Mar 10 2013
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I prefer Rachael Lillis. Michelle's delivery is off at times.
said at 1:52 AM on Mon Feb 18 2013
Rachael captures the more evil side of Jessie
and Michele captures the more feminine side
said at 2:41 AM on Fri Feb 22 2013
@AmandaM6 I concur
said at 12:38 PM on Fri Feb 15 2013
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Michele Knotz's Jessie is too high pitched and squeaky, and lacks the personality and range of Rachel Lillis' Jessie
said at 12:13 AM on Wed Nov 21 2012
Jessie/Musashi, the more malicious and evil portion of TRio (well now in Best Wishes!/Black and White they're pretty competent/evil but you know what I mean).

1) Megumi Hayashibara- It's very fitting and phenomenal. Expresses Jessie's rage very well and malicious behavior, bossing around poor James/Kojiro and Meowth/Nyasu all the time. It's actually very scary at times, but in a good way. The bossiness and all included.

2) Rachael Lillis- Once again, excellent. That cackle, that evil malicious attitude, that low pitch resembling Hayashibara greatly. It's always consistent, matches Jessie almost perfectly, and while starting off a bit wooden in Early Kanto, really settles in nicely around Mid Kanto to the beginning of Battle Frontier.

3) Michele Knotz- Very good performance. It is too high-pitched for my taste at times, but it's an excellent replication of Lillis and is easily one of the less jarring voices in TPCi English. It's gotten much better in BW as well, but it seems a bit stuck-up at times and when she yells, it's fake-sounding.
said at 9:21 AM on Tue Oct 16 2012
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I feel that this is the only role that Michele actually tries in: she matches Rachael pretty well and she's slightly better in BW too.

Rachael is still easily my pick for Jess, she captured Jess's angry and bossy essances really well, and she just fits the role a lot better. :)
said at 3:51 AM on Sun Sep 23 2012
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Rachael Lillis is far better. It matches Jessie a lot more than Michele Knotz's performance.
said at 9:43 PM on Wed Aug 22 2012
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Whilst I think Michele Knotz is one of the better VA replacements compared to the others, Rachael still wins my vote, she pulls off Jessies Bitchyness better, as well as that evil cackle!
said at 9:08 PM on Sun Jul 29 2012
I have to admit, when I first started watching the PUSA/TPCi dub of Pokemon, I didn't notice a single difference between Rachael Lillis or Michele Knotz as Jessie. Both did very well, and I have to give props to Michele for doing a near-flawless impression of Rachael here. In the end though, I guess I have to stick with Rachael.
said at 9:37 PM on Sun Jul 29 2012
@pokemastanumba1 Only Rachael can produce the true Jessie. I love how she goes from feminine to crazy in the 4Kids dub. Re-cast Jessie now TPCi, and make Rachael voice her again!
said at 6:26 PM on Sat Aug 10 2013
@MatthewC17 I agree, TPCI needs to hear us out and let Rachael Lillis voice Jessie again. She was perfect for the role.
said at 12:00 AM on Mon Jul 23 2012
I mentioned about how Brock is one of the few people I prefer the original voices. Same with Jessie and James really.
1 Megumi Hayashibara
2 Rachael Lilis
3 Micheal Knotz
said at 1:27 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
Michelle's is high pitched and goofy, well up until BW.

But Rachel's a classic!
said at 2:16 AM on Sun Jun 24 2012
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Michele was probably their best stand-in, but in my opinion, she doesn't capture the character. It sounds too forced. =[
Rachael just sounds natural. Especially when Jessie gets excited or mad.
said at 2:01 AM on Mon Jun 25 2012
@Vegatifa yeah like in the episode where she almost murders Seviper
said at 4:00 PM on Sun Apr 1 2012
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Michele ruined Jessie for me
said at 8:17 PM on Thu Apr 5 2012
@MatthewC17 Kno wev has improved in Black & White
said at 1:30 PM on Mon Feb 20 2012
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lillis sounds sexy
said at 8:43 PM on Thu Feb 23 2012
@ShupaRoeh This made me laugh she does sound sexy but she pulls off the attitude better than Knotz
said at 2:38 AM on Wed Sep 28 2011
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Rachael was amazing! Michele makes her sound way too sweet all the time, whereas Rachael made her sound more like she's only sounding sweet because she want something haha The attitude is missing in the new episodes
said at 9:17 PM on Tue Nov 1 2011
@AshytaFang Rachael has returned to the show I asked Michele why she isn't voicing Jessie again and she said she doesn't like her and then I thought well your voice isn't as good
said at 4:04 AM on Sat Nov 12 2011
@MatthewC17 You got proof to back this up? IIRC, Michele is still Jessie.

Actually, Michele isn't a bad sound-a-like to Rachael, but I thought Rachael was more the character wheres Michele is more of an imitation (but she's still probably my favorite of the "new" cast).
said at 5:45 PM on Thu Jan 26 2012
@PurpleWarrior13 I talked to her on FaceBook and I upset her when I said I prefer Rachael then she sent me a message saying why she doesn't like her Knotz was the original choice for 4Kids but Lillis got angry at her so Knotz gave her the role and now they both don't like each other after that she unfriended me
said at 11:11 PM on Sun Jan 29 2012
@MatthewC17 Huh? You're making no sense. One, that's not how casting works, second, Michele has only been voice acting since 2003 (when she won the 2003 Big Apple Anime Fest Anime Idol Voice Acting Contest). I highly doubt she was considered to voice Jessie way back in 1997 (6 years before her career began).
said at 10:07 PM on Mon Jan 30 2012
@PurpleWarrior13 Then she lied to me?! :(
I'm confused
said at 11:55 PM on Thu Apr 26 2012
@MatthewC17 If what you're claiming has any remote truth to it, then you clearly weren't talking to her in the first place. FACT: Michele Knotz is still voicing Jessie. FACT: Michele Knotz was not voice acting back when the show first began.
said at 1:42 AM on Sat Sep 3 2011
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Rachel's voice is better. It's just that I'm more used to hearing her as Jessie than I am used to hearing Michelle's Jessie voice. :)
said at 5:24 PM on Mon Aug 15 2011
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I love Rachael Lillis she captures Jessie's anger and her greediness
Michele Knotz sounds too high-pitched and more of an anti-villain voice
said at 10:00 AM on Thu Aug 4 2011
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Rachael for the win! Although, as much as I hate PUSA's voice cast, Michele is one of the few who manage to actually do their job as a 'sound alike' and actually sound alike.
said at 12:01 PM on Wed May 25 2011
Though I generally go for the originals when it comes to Pokémon compares, I actually like Michele's a lot more and think she's fantastic as Jessie. So she wins it for me, but I'll take Rachael as Misty anytime!
said at 12:59 AM on Sat Apr 16 2011
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Michelle goes way too high pitched alot of the time. Rachel Lillis had an edge to her voice that just can't be topped.
said at 5:04 PM on Sun Apr 3 2011
Rachael is best. If she got rid of Wobbuffet in Best Wishes then I will be crushed. He was the best part of team rocket.
said at 12:52 AM on Wed Mar 30 2011
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Rachel for the win. Michele sometimes is goodd but other times a little over the top
said at 12:47 AM on Tue Mar 22 2011
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Rachael Lillis is awesome as Jessie!
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said at 11:55 PM on Thu Mar 17 2011
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Rachael Lillis of course. Michele Knotz isn't too bad either, though she can sound a little awkward at times.
said at 11:42 PM on Fri May 6 2011
@NCZ Agreed.
said at 7:53 AM on Fri Feb 11 2011
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well, Rachael is by FAR better, but Michelle did a good job of taking her place. at first I couldn't even notice the difference between the two voices! :)
said at 6:42 AM on Fri Mar 11 2011
@Zerowings101ikr i was confused lol

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