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Looker

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Looker
ハンサム Handsome
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Art from Platinum
Gender Male
Eye color Brown
Hair color Black
Hometown Unknown
Region Unknown
Trainer class
Generation IV
Games Platinum
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 a character introduced in Pokémon Platinum. He was first announced in an issue of CoroCoro as an International Police officer on assignment investigating Team Galactic and its plans.

In the games

The player first meets Looker

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 a native speaker of the national language. 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 flee from the area. Disappointed in just missing them, he searches the area for clues, which leads him somehow to the 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 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.

Later, he gives the player a Black Flute when they are about to go off to Spear Pillar.

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 defeats the Elite Four, 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.

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Looker's sprite used during Platinum's opening

Disguises

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 smashable rock.

Pokémon

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.

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Croagunk

In the anime

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Looker in the anime

Looker made his debut appearance 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 which he has bought too many of. He decided to investigate the reason behind the signal which caused the train to stop and discovered it was the doing of Team Galactic.

He appeared again in DP136, investigating Team Galactic's activities in Mt. Coronet, as well as disguising himself as a grunt to blend in.

Looker will make another appearance in DP150, having been captured by Team Galactic and held at the Fuego Ironworks.

In the manga

Pokémon Special manga

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Looker in Pokémon Special

Looker appears in the Platinum chapter of the Pokémon Special, and is investigating information on the Distortion World.

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Looker in Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga

In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga, he and Kōya are on the trail looking for Hareta's father, Kaisē. Like in the games, he is also working for the International Police. In one chapter, he is able to identify Galactic grunts in the crowd before they launched a terrorist attack on the stadium; once the Galactic incident is taken care of, he tries to take Kaisē into custody.

Pocket Monsters DP manga

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Looker in Pocket Monsters DP

Looker has also appeared in the Pocket Monsters DP manga.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Looker in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Name Type Rarity Set Set no.
Looker's Investigation Su Uncommon Platinum 109/127

Character origin

It's possible that Looker's looks, attire, and general persona are derived from Koichi Zenigata, a fictional detective in Monkey Punch's anime series, Lupin the Third. Lupin the Third itself was initially released in Japan around the time that many of the higher-ups in Game Freak were young.

Trivia

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ハンサム Handsome The English word "Handsome."
English Looker A colloquialism used to refer to someone good-looking; effectively a synonym for his Japanese name, Handsome. Synonymous wordplay for a watchman; or a guard or investigator of sorts.
French Beladonis From bel, good looking, and Adonis.
German LeBelle From French, means good looking.
Italian Bellocchio Means good looking eye.
Spanish Handsome Same as Japanese.
Korean 핸섬 Handsome Same as Japanese.

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