Art from Platinum by Ken Sugimori
|Relatives||Emma (ward, formerly)|
|Generation||IV, V, VI, VII|
Black and White
X and Y
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Sun and Moon
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
|Game animation debut||The Chase|
|English voice actor||Kaiji Tang (Generations)|
Mick Lauer (Masters EX)
|Japanese voice actor||Keiji Fujiwara (PG01-PG12)|
Kenyu Horiuchi (PG17) (Generations)
Zenki Kitajima (Masters EX)
|Anime debut||Frozen on Their Tracks|
|English voice actor||Jason Griffith|
|Japanese voice actor||Masaki Terasoma|
"Looker" (Japanese: ハンサム Handsome) is the codename for an International Police officer who travels the world investigating various villainous teams. He was introduced in Pokémon Platinum as an International Police officer investigating Team Galactic. He has since appeared multiple times throughout the core series, in Pokémon Black and White, Pokémon X and Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon Sun and Moon, and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, frequently investigating the activities of villainous teams.
In the core series games
In Pokémon Platinum, Looker is an important character, encountering the player multiple times over their journey across Sinnoh. He speaks with odd grammatical constructs, implying that he is not entirely fluent with the regional language; however, this is not present in the Japanese version. He first meets the player in Jubilife City, giving them the Vs. Recorder, and appears often when Team Galactic is near. His motives are clear: his mission is to stop Team Galactic from causing havoc in the Sinnoh region. He is then met again at the Valley Windworks, right after Team Galactic flees from the area. Disappointed in just missing them, he searches the area for clues, which leads him somehow to the Team Galactic Eterna Building, where Team Galactic have kidnapped Rad Rickshaw's Pokémon. Looker infiltrates the building by disguising himself as a Team Galactic Grunt.
The player next encounters Looker at the Veilstone Game Corner, if one decides to look there. If not, then he will appear after the player and Lucas/Dawn battle the Team Galactic Grunts in front of the Galactic Warehouse. He leads the player into the warehouse and realize that the inner door is locked. He also finds HM02 (Fly), leaving the player to take it.
Looker will appear once the player goes to Team Galactic HQ and talks to the Grunt outside. He will reveal that he has the Storage Key and will tell the player to meet him in the Galactic Warehouse. Once there, he will open the door and go down to investigate.
Inside the headquarters, he will not be seen until the player reaches the meeting room, where he is seen eavesdropping on a gathering of members of Team Galactic. He will tell the player to listen to their meeting with him. When it is over, he will leave again.
When Cyrus retreats into the Distortion World, Looker shifts his investigation towards Charon, who has taken control of the team. This is because Looker stumbles upon Charon's notes of his plans back at the Team Galactic HQ. He is not seen again until after the player enters the Hall of Fame, when they journey to Stark Mountain. Here, he is seen in the final stages of his investigation, arresting Charon and ending Team Galactic's reign of terror once and for all.
After this, he can be found in the Veilstone Game Corner. He mentions that he wants to spend his remaining time in Sinnoh to teach new moves to his Pokémon.
Looker is shown to be quite good at disguising himself. His prime disguise is that of a Team Galactic Grunt. At Stark Mountain, before he apprehends Charon, he disguises himself as a breakable rock.
Pokémon Black and White
He first meets the player at their home in Nuvema Town, after the player defeats Team Plasma at N's Castle. He appears disguised as the player's Mom, only to realize that he forgot to remove his disguise. He asks for the player's assistance in finding the Seven Sages, and gives the player a Super Rod.
Pokémon X and Y
Looker has traveled to the Kalos region on an assignment to find and arrest Xerosic but keeps his affiliation with the International Police a secret from the player, introducing himself as a detective recently located to Lumiose City. The player first meets him after receiving an invitation to come to Looker Bureau over the Holo Caster, the first time they enter Lumiose City after upgrading the Mega Ring. Looker signs the player on as his assistant in his fight for justice, and the two begin taking on cases together. During their first case, he meets a homeless young girl named Emma and her Espurr named Mimi, whom he decides to take under his wing. He becomes a father-figure to the girl, but because of their poor living conditions, Emma feels she is a burden to Looker and decides to look for a job to help support him. She finds a job at Lysandre Café and her employer turns out to be none other than Xerosic, who uses Emma as a test subject for a special suit that has a cloaking device and can power up any Pokémon the user has. Xerosic remotely controls the suit and makes Emma commit various crimes (although she is completely unaware of what she is doing). Looker and the player manage to rescue her, and Looker arrests Xerosic and leaves Kalos. He leaves a letter with Mimi that reveals his real position as a member of the International Police, and that he has paid for the property in full so that Emma may continue to call the bureau home and use it however she pleases. He also transfers his codename 'Looker' to the player character (this is merely a story point and has no impact on the gameplay).
In these games, his strange style of speech is significantly scaled back. It is also strongly suggested that his Croagunk was killed during a case sometime in the past.
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Looker appears in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire in the Battle Resort. He suffers from amnesia due to an unknown reason. He is washed up on the shore, and is soaking wet when the player found him. A woman brought him to her cottage to dry himself up. At the cottage, he gives the player an Audinite.
Pokémon Sun and Moon
After the player becomes the Champion, Looker appears with his superior, Anabel, to investigate the Ultra Beasts, having received orders from the International Police. To this end, he collaborates with the player to capture the Beasts and prevent them from wreaking havoc. Looker is tasked to stand by for back-up as he does not have any Pokémon, and he frequently shows concern for Anabel as she becomes exhausted over the missions.
It is revealed that, ten years prior to the events of Sun and Moon, Looker was part of a three-person team that included himself, Nanu, and an unnamed Faller. At this time, Looker had a code name, 100kr (Japanese: Ｎｏ．８３６). His team was tracking down a Guzzlord, but when they found it, a moment of pity from Looker resulted in the untrained Faller losing her life. Unbeknownst to Looker, the International Police had sent the woman as bait, since Ultra Beasts are drawn to Fallers. After their mission, Looker and Nanu discovered an unconscious Anabel on the shore of Poni Island, having lost most of her memories.
Looker also reveals that Nanu was his superior when he first joined the International Police.
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Looker is found outside of the police station on Route 9 where he gives the player a Thunder Stone. He comments that Alola is a peaceful place and has no need to worry for people trying to create a new world or liberating Pokémon from their Trainers. However, he has a certain concern about reported Team Rocket sightings.
Looker is later seen in Poni Grove alongside Anabel, telling her to enjoy her vacation in the Alola region. He serves as a bodyguard to Anabel who wishes to train her Pokémon at the Battle Tree. He gives the player a Red Card and leaves.
|Although he does not battle with or against the player at all during the entirety of the game, it is known that he has a Croagunk. He uses it to get the Magma Stone from Charon at Stark Mountain.
In Pokémon X and Y, it is said that his Pokémon was killed, but it is not specified whether the Pokémon in question is Croagunk or a different one. In the picture on his table, it says that Looker is in the picture with a bluish and purplish color, which may be referring to a Croagunk.
|Debut||Pokémon Platinum Version|
In the spin-off games
- Main article: Looker (Masters)
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Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
- Main article: Looker/Quotes
In the anime
Looker debuted in Frozen on Their Tracks. Ash and his friends met Looker while taking a train leading to Lake Acuity, and decided to help him distribute lunch boxes as he has bought too many of them. He decided to investigate the reason behind the signal which caused the train to stop and discovered it was the doing of Team Galactic.
In Gateway to Ruin!, Looker investigated Team Galactic's activities in Mt. Coronet while disguised as a Grunt to blend in. He revealed his identity as a member of the International Police, taking everyone by surprise. Team Galactic immediately flooded the area and fled with the Spear Key, while Looker used his inflatable boat to rescue himself and the group.
In Unlocking the Red Chain of Events!, Looker was captured by Commander Jupiter and held captive at the Fuego Ironworks. He was later freed from his cell by Meowth and the group after Jupiter made a tactical retreat. Looker then escorted everyone around the Ironworks, and discovered evidence of manufacturing, a piece of Red Chain. Everyone returned to the Floaroma Town Police Station with the evidence, which proved to be a decoy and wiped the International Police's system clean. Looker was frustrated by the set back, but set off once again in pursuit of Team Galactic.
In The Needs of the Three!, Looker returned to Mt. Coronet to continue his investigations. The Rocket trio soon found him and decided to join his scheme by disguising themselves as Team Galactic Grunts to go undetected. By The Battle Finale of Legend!, Looker and Team Rocket had defeated and replaced the waiting guards outside the gate to Spear Pillar. Unfortunately Cyrus and his Commander easily see through the disguises which results in them being incapacitated placed in a cell with Ash and his friends. Cynthia arrives later to free Looker and the others, who go on to dismantle Team Galactic and the Commanders are arrested by the police.
After a long absence, Looker finally appeared again in Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot!. He had originally disguised himself as a Hiker, but revealed his true identity after saving Ash, Iris, and Cilan from a group of attacking Pokémon, including Pikachu and Axew. He 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.
In Team Plasma's Pokémon Manipulation!, Looker again investigated actions caused by Team Plasma. Ash and friends encountered him in 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. When a missed Shadow Ball from Aldith's Liepard hit the machine, it was broken, freeing the controlled Pokémon.
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.
In Team Plasma and the Awakening Ceremony! and What Lies Beyond Truth and Ideals!, Looker 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.
Looker maintains his mysterious International Police status through the use of disguises and infiltration, allowing him to acquire secret intelligence. He has to be quick witted and always with a back-up plan.
In Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl, Looker built an alliance with Team Rocket while trying to take down Team Galactic. Jessie, James, and Meowth referred to him as Boxed-Lunch Guy (Japanese: ランチボックスさん Mr. Lunchbox) because he gave them boxed lunches while on the Ampharos Train. That simple act left them extremely loyal to him. In Pokémon the Series: Black & White, this relationship was shown to have carried on, as seen in What Lies Beyond Truth and Ideals!, where he managed to convince them into joining the final battle against Team Plasma.
Looker appeared in four Pokémon Generations episodes. He made his debut in The Chase, where he and the International Police were on the trail of Giovanni. They soon tracked the Team Rocket Boss down to the Viridian Gym, only to find that he had already left his position as Gym Leader after awarding the Earth Badge to two Trainers: Blue and Red.
Looker reappeared in The Legacy. He met up with Silver at Indigo Plateau to find out more information on the whereabouts of Giovanni, after he and the International Police had helped stop Team Rocket's takeover of the Goldenrod Radio Tower.
He made another appearance in The Magma Stone, in which he was shown at Stark Mountain, having been trying to hunt down the remnants of Team Galactic led by Charon after Cyrus had disappeared. He used his Croagunk to battle the Legendary Heatran along with Buck and his Claydol. Despite their success in placating Heatran, Looker was not able to arrest Charon, as he managed to escape with two Team Galactic Grunts.
Looker appeared once more in The Investigation, confronting the Pokémon thief Essentia. He chased her across Lumiose City after she committed a crime spree, before eventually unmasking her as Emma, the orphan girl he invited to be his assistant.
|Growlithe is Looker's first known Pokémon. It aided Looker on his and the International Police's raid on the Viridian Gym.
None of Growlithe's moves are known.
|Croagunk is Looker's second known Pokémon. He used it to battle Heatran and two Team Galactic Grunts at Stark Mountain.
Croagunk's only known move is Mud Bomb.
|Debut||The Magma Stone|
In the manga
- Main article: Looker (Adventures)
Looker appears as a major supporting character in Pokémon Adventures. Looker is a member of the International Police. He travels around the world, investigating the activities of various villainous teams around the world. To aid in his quest, he uses many gadgets known as "International Police Equipment", though they have a tendency to break at Looker's expense.
Pocket Monsters DP
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Looker debuted in PMDP39, where he arrived at the scene of an investigation in his police car. After getting out to investigate, Looker was then disturbed by Clefairy's antics. He then approached Red and the gang but they fled the scene, causing him to follow in pursuit.
Tired of Looker's presence, Clefairy built a fake wall out of paper to hide, but it was quickly destroyed. The group then swam to the other side to avoid Looker, to no avail. Following the chase, Looker followed their footprints to a nearby house. Before he could knock the door, Clefairy burst out in an ice-cream disguise along with Red, Pikachu, and Tyrogue and got away in a car. Despite that, Looker was able to catch them and inform them that he had something to give and show them all this time.
Looker returned in PMDP52, where he was at the beach with Red and his Pokémon. He noticed that Clefairy looked darker than before and all of the other Pokémon start to mimic him, clothes-wise. This caused Looker to chase Clefairy and Clefairy to chase the Pokémon who copied Looker. In PMDP55, he goes on a solo mission with Clefairy joining him when Team Galactic steal a kid's food truck. After spotting the thieves, Looker and Clefairy give chase. When Clefairy put on his ninja costume temporarily, Looker fell to the floor in amusement. As the truck arrives at the garage stop, Looker was unable to get inside. However, after seeing the two Grunts running off with the food, Clefairy was able to stop them.
In PMDP60, he is on the lookout for Team Galactic and met up with Red and his Pokémon at a casino. Unfortunately, after finding their hiding place, the alarms go off and Looker and Clefairy go to the location. Charon makes a break for it and Looker is right behind him. Both of them head for Team Galactic's helicopter and climb the ladder. While on the ladder, they notice Clefairy taking some loot. The helicopter then disappears into the distance.
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!
Looker and Koya are on the trail searching for Hareta's father, Kaisei. Like in the games, he is also working for the International Police. In earlier chapters, he is given the name Hansom, but this is later corrected.
Looker is able to identify Team Galactic Grunts in the crowd before they launched an attack on the stadium; once the Galactic incident is taken care of, he tries to take Kaisei into custody. Later, he along with several other International Police agents arrive at Stark Mountain and disguise themselves as rocks in order to arrest the members of Team Galactic. However, the villainous team escapes when an earthquake in Stark Mountain distracted Looker and the others. He stays behind to save Koya. After Hereta and his friends calm Heatran down by placing the Magma Stone back to where it belongs, Looker wonders if any members remained during the cave-in. Koya says no, allowing Mars to escape out of gratitude for her having saved his life earlier.
Looker and a squad International Police Officers raid Team Galactic's headquarters in order to continue the investigation for Team Galactic. Looker has Koya block the entrance in order to prevent anyone from going inside. However, he informs Koya that Charon was too powerful and his whole squad was defeated. Looker defends Koya when he was about to get attacked by an Onix. After witnessing Charon's strength, Looker tells Koya to retreat the area. Despite the order, Koya decides to stop Charon for good, which Looker allows. Much later, Looker arrived on Stark Mountain after the battle with the Pokémon of Myth, awaiting Charon's arrival in order to arrest him. Following Charon's arrest, Looker notifies him that Team Galactic was disbanded on behalf of Cyrus's orders.
In the TCG
This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Looker in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
|Looker's Investigation||Su||Platinum||109/127||Galactic's Conquest||090/096|
|Looker||Su||Ultra Prism||126/156||Ultra Moon||063/066|
|Ultra Prism||152/156||Ultra Moon||072/066|
|Looker Whistle||I||Ultra Prism||127/156||Ultra Moon||057/066|
- It is possible that Looker's looks, attire, and general persona may be derived from Koichi Zenigata, a fictional detective in Monkey Punch's manga series, Lupin the Third. Lupin the Third itself was initially released in Japan around the time that many of the highly ranked staff members of Game Freak were young.
|Japanese||ハンサム Handsome||From handsome|
|Looker||From looker (watcher; attractive person)|
|German||LeBelle*||From belle (French for beautiful)|
|Looker*||Same as English name|
|Spanish||Handsome*||Same as Japanese name|
|Looker*||Same as English name|
|French||Beladonis||From bel (good looking) and Adonis|
|Italian||Bellocchio*||From belloccio (good looking) and the surname Bellocchio|
|Looker*||Same as English name.|
|Korean||핸섬 Handsome||From handsome|
|帥哥 / 帅哥 Shuàigē*||From 帥哥 / 帅哥 shuàigē (colloquial term for handsome man)|
|大帥 Dà Shuài*||From 大 dà (great) and 帥 shuài (handsome)|
|帥哥 Seuigō*||From 帥哥 seuigō (colloquial term for handsome man)|
|Polish||Pan Ciacho||From pan (mister) and ciacho (hunk)|
|Vietnamese||Handsome||From his Japanese name|
|Japanese||Ｎｏ．８３６||From the goroawase for ハンサム Handsome (Looker)|
|English||100kr||From the leet spelling for Looker|
|German||Nummer 836||Same as Japanese name|
|Spanish, Italian||Agente 836||Same as Japanese name|
|French||Agent Dino Blasé||From the anagram of Beladonis (Looker) and means "jaded dino"|
|Korean||넘버836 No. 836||Same as Japanese name|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||代號８３６ / 代号８３６ Dàihào 836 *
編號８３６ / 编号８３６ Biānhào 836 *
|Same as Japanese name|
|Chinese (Cantonese)||代號８３６ Doihhouh 836 *|
編號８３６ Pīnhouh 836 *
|See also: Pokémon Horizons characters|
|This game character article is part of Project CharacterDex, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each character found in the Pokémon games.|