The International Police (Japanese: 国際警察 International Police), also referred to as the Global Police in the English localizations of Generation I and III, is a law enforcement agency in the Pokémon world. Its most notable member is Looker.
In the games
In the Generation I games and Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, an International Police (Global Police in the English localization) officer appears on the S.S. Anne undercover (using the overworld sprite of a Gentleman) and in pursuit of Team Rocket.
In the descriptions of two Secret Bases on Route 127 in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, a robber is stated to have hidden out in one of the Secret Bases while the International Polices staked them out in the other.
In Pokémon Platinum, he appears at various points in the story to help the player, while he himself is on the trail of Team Galactic. After Team Galactic's boss, Cyrus, disappears into the Distortion World, Looker refocuses his investigation on Charon, who he successfully arrests at Stark Mountain.
In Pokémon Black and White, he is attempting to arrest the Seven Sages of Team Plasma. He appears in the player's house, disguised as their mother, requesting their help to find the sages. After he has successfully arrested all of the sages except Ghetsis, he heads off to confirm information he has received about N and his dragon Pokémon being in a distant region.
In Pokémon X and Y, Looker is temporarily stationed in Lumiose City in the Kalos region while investigating Xerosic and Team Flare, under the guise of a private detective opening up a new detective bureau, the Looker Bureau. After he succeeds in arresting Xerosic, he leaves Lumiose City behind to escort Xerosic to his trial.
In the anime
The first appearance of the International Police in the anime was in Frozen on Their Tracks!, when Looker debuted. However, he did not reveal that he was an International Police agent until Gateway to Ruin!, where he was spying on Team Galactic disguised as a Galactic Grunt, who were trying to locate the Spear Pillar.
In Unlocking the Red Chain of Events!, Looker infiltrated the Fuego Ironworks disguised as a Galactic Grunt in order to find out what Team Galactic was doing there. Despite this, he was discovered and thrown in a cell until Ash and his friends rescued him. By this time, Team Galactic had already fled but Looker found a piece of the Red Chain. Taking it back to the Floaroma Police Station, the Floaroma Police set up a live transfer of the scanned data to International Police HQ. However, the piece had been engineered by Charon to blow up the scanner and wipe all data from the International Police database.
In In The Battle Finale of Legend!, Looker arrested all Team Galactic members.
Looker was set to make a comeback in two unaired episodes investigating Team Rocket and Team Plasma in the Unova region, before they were indefinitely postponed, and as of Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot!, removed from continuity.
After a long absence, Looker finally appeared again in Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot!, where he disguised himself as a Hiker. After revealing himself to Ash and his friends, Looker explained that he had come to Unova in order to investigate the actions of Team Plasma, who were planning to take over the region. After an encounter with several Team Plasma members, including the Plasma Scientist Colress, he left the group to continue his investigation.
Looker again met Ash and his friends in Team Plasma's Pokémon Manipulation! at a city, where a Haxorus was going on a rampage. Looker realized that it must be under the same kind of control as the Pokémon from before, and attempted to use his barrier-creating device to stop Haxorus from being controlled, without any result. He then used an energy indicator to find the source of the energy that controlled Haxorus, eventually pinpointing it into Team Plasma's helicopter.
In Ash and N: A Clash of Ideals!, he disguised himself as Cedric Juniper's assistant and escorted Ash and his friends to the White Ruins. Later, when Team Plasma attacked in an attempt to find the Light Stone, he unmasked himself and began trying to fight the villains. He also appeared in Team Plasma and the Awakening Ceremony! and What Lies Beyond Truth and Ideals!, where he wound up getting caught along with Iris, Cilan, and Cedric Juniper, but they later freed Looker. He then managed to convince Team Rocket into joining the battle. Eventually, when Reshiram was freed from Team Plasma's control, Looker arrested all the Team Plasma members, effectively putting an end to the team's existence.
Another member of the International Police, Tedesco, appeared in Cilan and the Case of the Purrloin Witness!. He first appeared spying on the cruise ship Ash, Iris, and Cilan were traveling on, when Mrs. Ripple invited them to her room to see her jewel collection. After Cilan accused Teaque to be the thief of Mrs. Ripple's jewel, the "Eye of Liepard", he finally showed up in front of everybody by stopping Vanillite's Blizzard with Growlithe's Flamethrower and revealed his true identity.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Looker appears as a character in the Diamond & Pearl and Platinum chapters, where he assists Platinum in searching for information on the Distortion World. In this canon, it is explained that the International Police goes around the world to search for villains. He later appears in the Black & White chapter, where he entered the Unova League to investigate a participant that he thinks may be related to Team Plasma. In the next chapter another, higher-ranked member, Lack-Two, is introduced.
Looker and Lack-Two are both equipped with various gadgets called the "International Police Arms". While Looker's gadgets fail on him either from being cheaply made or for physical comedy at Looker's expense, Lack-Two is able to use them just fine. Each of the Arms are labeled by number in order of appearance.
- Excellent Scope (Japanese: エクセレントスコープ): a pair of goggles that are designed to work as binoculars. In the Black & White chapter, Looker is seen using a different version after his original pair broke called the Excellent Scope Revised (Japanese: エクセレントスコープ改).
- Invisible Cloth (Japanese: インビジブルクロース): a sheet that can blend into the background of something. Depending on how it's held, the cloth can either hide the user perfectly or not hide them at all.
- Variable Rope (Japanese: バリアブルロープ): a grappling hook with a zip-line attachment.
- Protection Rock (Japanese: プロテクトロック Protect Rock): a large rock-like object that can be used as a shield for the body. Alternatively, the user can send out several smaller rocks to block attacks.
- Galactica Jet (Japanese: ギャラクティカジェット): a jetpack.
- Vs. Recorder (Japanese: バトルレコーダー Battle Recorder): not actually an International Police Arms. Looker just enjoys shouting it.
- Hyper Compact One-touch Tent (Japanese: ハイパーコンパクトワンタッチテント): a tent used for sleeping outdoors.
- Grateful Umbrella (Japanese: グレイトフルアンブレラ): an umbrella that easily breaks when it's raining.
- Loudful Speaker (Japanese: ラウドフルスピーカー): a very loud megaphone.
- Super Hard Tight Tape (Japanese: スーパーハードタイトテープ): a roll of tape designed to bind an opponent.
- Adjustable Handcuffs (Japanese: アジャスタブルワッパ): a pair of handcuffs attached to a rope.
- International Smart Satellite Phone (Japanese: インターナショナルスマートサテライトフォン): a phone used to keep in contact with others.
- Unbelievable Disguise Set (Japanese: アンビリーバボーメタモルフォーゼセット Unbelievable Metamorphosis Set): a disguise consisting of fake glasses and a mustached nose.
- Mimic Balloon Type F (Japanese: ミミックバルーンタイプＦ): a balloon that resembles a Drifblim.
- Record Bubble (Japanese: レコードバブル): a microphone that releases bubbles when spoken into. The bubbles go to the target and pop, which releases the message recorded inside.
In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure manga
Looker also appears in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!. Another member of the International Police is Koya, who works with Looker on the trail of Kaisei. Kaisei is currently on the run from the International Police and is being pursued by Looker and Koya. Trained in disguise, they use this skill to capture Charon.
In other languages
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