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"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
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.
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.
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 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
Looker appears in the Platinum chapter of the Pokémon Special, and is investigating information on the Distortion World.
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
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.
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.
|| ハンサム Handsome
|| The English word "Handsome."
|| 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.
|| From bel, good looking, and Adonis.
|| From French, means good looking.
|| Means good looking eye.
|| Same as Japanese.
|| 핸섬 Handsome
|| Same as Japanese.
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