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Detective Pikachu (movie)

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Plot
 
==Plot==
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At the [[Pokémon Comprehensive Laboratory|PCL]], a remote laboratory in the mountains, {{OBP|Mewtwo|Detective Pikachu}} awakens within a tank. Sensing the presence of [[Harry Goodman|a man]] somewhere outside, Mewtwo bursts free as the tank's containment protocols fail. The man flees the lab and drives away with Mewtwo in pursuit of his car, until an explosion apparently caused by Mewtwo throws the vehicle off a bridge.
 
Some time later, 21-year-old insurance salesman [[Tim Goodman]] is spending time with his friend {{OBP|Jack|Detective Pikachu}} in their home of [[Leaventown]]. Jack brings Tim to a field in search of wild Pokémon despite Tim's protestations that he does not need a Pokémon partner. Tim, who gave up being a [[trainer]] after the death of his mother and alienation from his father, eventually gives in and attempts to capture a wild {{p|Cubone}}. His attempt fails and the Cubone chases Tim and Jack away. Back in Leaventown, Tim receives a phone call informing him that his father Harry has died as a result of the car crash.
 
Tim travels to [[Ryme City]] to place Harry's affairs in order. En route aboard a train, he and the other passengers are shown a public service video explaining the city's history: billionaire tycoon [[Howard Clifford]], who developed a degenerative disease, became fascinated with Pokémon as he traveled the world in search of a cure for his condition. Howard eventually became convinced that if humanity could live as one side-by-side with Pokémon, they too could [[Evolution|evolve]] into the best versions of themselves, much as Pokémon do. To fulfill his vision, Howard used his fortune to found Ryme City as a utopia where Pokémon live with humans free of [[Poké Ball]]s, with [[Pokémon battle|battles]] outlawed. Upon arrival in Ryme City, Tim heads for a police station and notices a {{p|Psyduck}} watching him. He meets with [[Lieutenant Hide Yoshida]], an old colleague of Harry's, who consoles him over his father's death. Yoshida urges Tim to find a partner like his {{p|Snubbull}} so he no longer has to be alone, but Tim is unreceptive to this advice.
 
Having received a key from Yoshida, Tim goes to the apartment building where Harry lived. He again encounters the Psyduck and soon meets its partner [[Lucy Stevens]], who is investigating the circumstances around Harry's death despite her position as a fluff column blogger for news network CNM. Lucy tries to gain information from Tim, but he turns her down and goes to Harry's apartment. He comes across a room made to resemble his childhood bedroom, as well as an unsent letter from Harry asking him to move to Ryme City so they may reconcile. Later, while searching Harry's desk, Tim finds a vial of purple gas labeled "[[R]]", which he accidentally opens. He vents the gas out of a window, unaware that a group of {{p|Aipom}} are nearby and are exposed to the fumes. Tim hears strange noises and encounters [[Detective Pikachu (character)|a Pikachu wearing a deerstalker hat]] that, to his shock, speaks human language. He barely has time to make sense of Pikachu's speech before the Aipom invade the apartment, driven mad by their exposure to the gas. Tim and Pikachu end up being pursued to the roof of the building, where they escape to the street using a chute. Once the Aipom calm down and leave, they go to a nearby street market where Tim tries to get other people to hear Pikachu talking, but none of them can hear Pikachu say anything other than his name.
 
Tim and Pikachu go to [[Hi-Hat Café]], where Pikachu explains that he has amnesia but can remember two things: he was Harry's partner as a detective, and they were investigating a case involving the "R" substance. Tim reluctantly agrees to help Pikachu solve the case, as Pikachu believes Harry is alive and finding the truth will help them locate him. They go to the CNM facility to gather information on the case from Lucy. There, they find her working on the set of a commercial for the upcoming Pokémon parade involving both Howard Clifford and his son [[Roger Clifford|Roger]]. Howard leaves after an argument with his son, and Roger dismisses Lucy's efforts to gain a promotion. Tim and Pikachu meet with Lucy and learn that Harry had a source at [[Ryme Wharf]] he was getting information from. Traveling there, they encounter a {{p|Mr. Mime}} that they quickly realize was Harry's source. Mr. Mime is intially uncooperative with them, but when Tim plays along with its miming and pretends to pour gasoline over it, it agrees to help. It reveals that R was being distributed at a place called the "Roundhouse," which Tim and Pikachu find is an underground facility where illegal Pokémon battles are held. {{OBP|Sebastian|Detective Pikachu}}, the Roundhouse's operator, recognizes Pikachu and angrily confronts the pair, telling them that Pikachu once damaged his coat and scarred his prized {{p|Charizard}} in battle. He refuses to give up any information unless Pikachu and Charizard have a rematch. However, before the battle starts, Sebastian gives Charizard a dose of R, causing it to go on a rampage. Making matters worse, Pikachu finds himself unable to remember any of his [[move]]s. Tim interferes in the battle to protect Pikachu, and when Sebastian enters the ring, he is knocked down by Charizard and breaks the vials of R inside his coat. The gas spreads over the entire room, causing all the Pokémon present to fly into a frenzy. In the midst of the chaos, Tim demands answers and Sebastian tells him that R was being given out by someone he knows only as "the doctor." Soon afterward, a newly-evolved {{p|Gyarados}} defeats Charizard with {{m|Hydro Pump}}, flooding Tim and Pikachu out of the building in the process. They are arrested by Ryme City police and brought to Yoshida, who shows them footage of Harry's accident to convince them of his death.
 
Dejected following their meeting with Yoshida, Tim and Pikachu are soon summoned to Howard's office by his enigmatic assistant [[Ms. Norman]]. Howard explains his beliefs regarding Pokémon and humans helping each other evolve by evolving his {{p|Eevee}} into {{p|Flareon}}. He confirms that Harry is indeed alive by showing them a hologram of the accident, which reveals to them that Harry crawled from the wreckage only to be taken away by Mewtwo, leaving Pikachu behind. Howard tells Tim and Pikachu that if they can find Mewtwo, they will find Harry. However, he warns them to beware of Roger, who he says is in control of both the media and the police.
 
Continuing their investigation, the duo meet with Lucy at Hi-Hat Café. She shows them documents regarding the mysterious destruction of the PCL, which has been designated off-limits as a hazardous site following the explosion. The unexplained circumstances regarding the lab's destruction arouse the group's suspicion, as does the history of chief scientist [[Dr. Ann Laurent]], who was a Pokémon psychologist that had her research grant revoked for experimenting with mind-controlling Pokémon prior to working there. They head to the ruins of the PCL, unaware that Roger is following them with a team of his henchmen.
 
At the lab, the group discovers that the {{p|Greninja}} and {{p|Torterra}} that were experimented on are still being stored there. Pikachu finds a functioning computer in the main laboratory, which he and Tim use to access holographic video records of Laurent's activity. They learn that Laurent created a neural link headband for human use and had been extracting Mewtwo's DNA to create the R serum, which provokes an incoherent rage in its user due to a [[Berserk Gene|unique property]] of Mewtwo's genetic makeup. By going back further in the archive, they discover that Harry had been working for Laurent, specifically tasked to help locate Mewtwo so it could be captured. Roger, who has been monitoring them on his laptop using the lab's security cameras, remotely releases the genetically modified Greninja to attack the group. They are pursued relentlessly until Psyduck uses its full power to blow the Greninja away. However, they soon find themselves trapped admist a group of [[Giant Pokémon|mountain-sized]] Torterra. They barely manage to survive, but Pikachu is gravely wounded in their escape. Tim desperately remembers Jack's earlier advice about how Pokémon understand humans, and is able to convince a {{p|Bulbasaur}} to help. The Bulbasaur, along with several more of its species and a number of {{p|Morelull}}, bring Tim to a valley where they encounter Mewtwo. Mewtwo heals Pikachu's injuries and shows them both a vision of Pikachu sabotaging the lab's security, enabling Mewtwo's escape. However, before it can reveal the truth of Harry's disappearance and its intentions, Roger captures it with machines and takes it away in his truck. Tim and Pikachu reunite with Lucy, but Pikachu abandons Tim, believing that he sold Harry out so Mewtwo could get revenge for its capture. He later comes across the bridge where the accident occurred and discovers proof that it was the Greninja that caused the crash, not Mewtwo. This leads him to realize Howard has been misleading Tim all along.
 
Tim and Lucy rush back to Ryme City, fearing that Roger plans to attack the Pokémon parade to get revenge for his father's neglect. Lucy disguises herself as a reporter and attempts to talk to the Ryme City mayor, but Roger appears and she flees. Tim, meanwhile, goes to Howard's office, only to discover Howard wearing the neural link headband Laurent created. Realizing too late that Howard, not Roger, was the mastermind of the plot, Tim is powerless to stop Howard from merging his mind into the captured Mewtwo's body. Howard tells Tim that he devised the plot to merge humans and Pokémon as a cure not only for himself but for all mankind. He throws Tim aside with his newfound telekinetic abilities, flies off into the city and ruptures the parade balloons, unleashing the R within on the civilians and Pokémon below. Countless people, among them Lucy and Yoshida, are fused into their Pokémon by Howard. Pikachu arrives and summons his powers to engage Howard in battle. Meanwhile, Tim comes to and realizes he can stop Howard by removing the neural link, but before he can do so he discovers Roger bound and gagged inside the office closet. The "Roger" who captured Mewtwo arrives and [[Transform (move)|shapeshifts]] into Ms. Norman, who removes her sunglasses to reveal that she is in fact a {{p|Ditto}}. She shapeshifts into a {{p|Loudred}} and attacks Tim with {{m|Hyper Voice}} before assuming the form of Lucy and fighting Tim with her bare hands. She then becomes a {{p|Machamp}} and punches Tim until he ends up hanging out the office window, and then becomes a Cubone to try and make him lose his grip. He nearly falls, but is rescued when Roger hits Ms. Norman out the window with a pole and helps him up. She soon returns in the guise of a {{p|Braviary}}, however, and takes the form of a {{p|Bouffalant}} to headbutt Roger, knocking him out. Ms. Norman next transforms into a Charizard and tries to kill Tim, but he manages to spray her with a hose connected to a tank of R, causing her to uncontrollably shapeshift before melting into unconsciousness in her true Ditto form.
 
Howard recovers from being hit with Pikachu's {{m|Volt Tackle}} and captures him, scorning him for thinking a Pikachu could defeat Mewtwo in battle. Pikachu counters that he was only keeping Howard busy, and Howard is unable to stop Tim from removing the neural link headband from his human body. With their link severed, Howard returns to his body and Mewtwo briefly falls unconscious, but recovers quickly enough to save Pikachu from hitting the ground. Tim rushes out to reunite with them, and Mewtwo disposes of all the remaining R before un-fusing the humans and Pokémon. Howard is arrested, and Roger expresses disappointment in himself for not being there for his father. He grants Lucy a promotion to on-camera reporter and gives her the task of presenting a report on Howard's crimes. Tim and Lucy decide to pursue a relationship. Finally, Mewtwo reveals that in order to save Harry's life, it fused Harry and Pikachu together and waited for Tim's arrival so Harry's injuries could be healed. With his task completed, Pikachu is un-fused from Harry.
 
Some time later, Harry and Pikachu go to the train station to see Tim off, but Tim decides to stay in Ryme City and pursue a career as a detective. Tim suggests that they get coffee, and Harry says that it is the only thing he can think of.
 
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