Detective Pikachu (film)

2019 film directed by Rob Letterman

Detective Pikachu is a 2019 live-action film by Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures.


  • [enunciating] I know you can't understand me, but put down the stapler or I will electrocute you!
  • It's the jellies! It's that thing, you know, you feel it when you really believe in something, despite everyone telling you that you're wrong.
  • Harry faked his own death. Or...somebody else faked Harry's death. Or...Harry faked somebody else's death. That last one didn't work at all. But the first 2 did are real contenders.
  • [looks at Mr. Mime] Oh! Ooh. Ew. That. It's a Mr. Mime. They're the worst. Silent but annoying.
  • [about Dr. Laurent, later referring to Psyduck] Maybe this doctor could weigh in the long-term psychological effects of being strapped into a baby seat next to a bomb!
  • That's why Mewtwo took Harry. It was revenge for being captured.
  • What is this? [runs to the edge of the bridge] I know this place. [flashback] This is the scene of the crash. What is that? [picks up a Greninja star] Greninja stars. [another flashback] Roger must've sent the Greninjas to cause the crash, which... Which means... Mewtwo was trying to protect us? [yet another flashback] [Howard: Advanced holographic imaging. It allows us to see things that they cannot or don't want us to see] Wait. Howard would've seen this in his hologram. Oh no. No no no no. Tim! [runs for Ryme City]
  • No. Tim said Volt Tackle is my best move. Let's do this Pokémon battle thing right! [charges Mewtwo and then faints]
  • [to Howard] I didn't need to defeat you. I just needed to distract you.

Tim Goodman

  • Harry's not dead. If his Pokémon partner is still alive, that means he is too.
  • [recognizes Pikachu] You're Harry's Pokémon partner?
  • I will never smell your finger.
  • I should've gotten on that train.
  • [about Lucy] I literally just met someone. She was a junior reporter at CNM. She was doing a story on Harry. I think she knows more than she let on.
  • [about Mr. Mime] I think the trick is getting inside his head.
  • Mewtwo didn't cause the crash.
  • [to a Bulbasaur] I need to get Pikachu to a healer Pokémon. Please. I'm begging you. I don't wanna lose him too.

Lucy Stevens

  • [as she walks slowly down the stairs] Stories like this spread fear, and they're afraid of fear. But I don't fear fear. I walk the walk, and I talk the talk, and I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get the honest scoop, and that's the hard truth.
  • Tim! How am I suppose to break the news when the guy who runs the news IS the breaking news?!

Howard Clifford

  • From all our citizens, welcome to Ryme City.
  • Imagine being able to evolve into the best possible version of yourself. That greatness inside you just waiting to be awoken.
  • [in Pikachu's flashback] Advanced holographic imaging. It allows us to see things that they cannot or don't want us to see.
  • [defeated] What have you done?!

in Mewtwo

  • The transfer worked. My body's in the chair, but my mind is in Mewtwo.
  • Well done, Tim. You and Harry's Pikachu led me straight to Mewtwo. [starts hovering]
  • All your father had to do was take the money and walk away. But he started asking questions. I had to stop him.
  • I had no choice! He tracked the R to the battles, traced it back to Dr. Laurent, and then he and his Pikachu helped Mewtwo escape! [holds Tim back]
  • This was never about curing me! I have found a path forward for all of us! Mewtwo has the power to transfer the soul of a human into the body of a Pokémon as long as the Pokémon are in a crazed state. The R gas takes care of that.
  • People of Ryme City, I've finally discovered a cure! Not just for me, but for all of humanity! Pokémon can evolve into better versions of themselves, and now so can you! Humans and Pokémon, merged into one!
  • [hears an explosion and sees Pikachu] Harry's Pikachu. [flies to Pikachu] You think you can stand in the way of the future? I am the future!
  • Finish him, Ditto!
  • [to Pikachu] Harry's son is finished!
  • [flies back up, grabs Pikachu by the neck] A feeble effort. A Pikachu cannot defeat Mewtwo in battle.
  • [sees Tim about to remove the neural link from Howard] NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Roger Clifford

  • I'm sorry, we're not a tabloid. Which means that we don't report on rumors, gossip, or hearsay. It's not news if it can't be verified. You want a story, find a source. Oh, and pro tip: a reasonable sense of fashion.


  • They're outside. [escapes the lab]
  • I've been waiting for you.
  • [after healing Pikachu] You brought the son to me as agreed.
  • [to Pikachu] You've done well. Humanity is evil. I've always believed Pokémon are...
  • [to Tim] Run!
  • I will undo what has been done. [undoes Howard's wrongdoings]
  • There is one last thing I must fix.
  • [referring to Harry Goodman] The father you have been looking for has been with you all along.
  • [to Pikachu, again] You've done well. Humanity is evil. But you have shown me that not all humans are bad. Harry Goodman, your Pikachu offers its body to save your mind. There is a son. With the son's return, I can repair the father. Your memory will be gone, but your heart will know who you are. I take this body so that you might live. Return with the son.


  • Sebastian: The guy you are looking for wanted to know the source of R. [coughs] It comes from the doctor. That's all I know. Now let me go!
  • Lieutenant Yoshida: Tim, this job, it demands a lot. [referring to Harry] But you were on his mind everyday. He loved you more than anything else in the world.
  • Dr. Laurent: [last words] We're losing power in the containment chamber!


[Tim meets Psyduck]
Psyduck: Psyduck. Psyduck.
Tim Goodman: Are you trying to rob me or just annoy me?
Psyduck: Psyduck.
Lucy Stevens: He’s with me.
[Tim squints up the stairs and sees Lucy silhouetted by a bright light on the second floor]
Lucy Stevens: We need to talk.
Tim Goodman: We do?
Lucy Stevens: I’ve been waiting to see who would open up that mailbox. You just walked into quite a story. [walks down the stairs] Stories like this spread fear, and they’re afraid of fear. But I don’t fear fear. I walk the walk and I talk the talk and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get the honest scoop and that’s the hard truth.
Tim Goodman: I’m sorry. Who are you?
Lucy Stevens: Lucy Stevens, reporter for CNM.
Tim Goodman: Oh. You seem kinda young for that.
Lucy Stevens: I work for the CNM blog making Pokémon listicles all day, okay? “Top 10 Cutest Pokémon.”
Tim Goodman: Yeah, my grandma loves those!
Lucy Stevens: Yeah, newsflash! They’re all cute! Such a waste of time for someone with my nose for a story. [Psyduck quacks nervously] Oh, no, no, not now, Psyduck. I’m working a source, just one more minute.
Tim Goodman: Okay, I’m gonna--
[Lucy puts her arm out, blocking Tim from the stairs. She pulls out a phone and begins recording]
Lucy Stevens: I’m gonna need you to go on record and tell me everything you know about Harry Goodman.
Tim Goodman: Wait, what?
Lucy Stevens: Harry was onto something big. Real big. And then all of a sudden, his car crashes over a bridge. I think not. Something’s rotten and I’m gonna get to the bottom of it--
Tim Goodman: Hey, look, I barely know the guy. I haven’t seen him in years.
Lucy Stevens: Where’s your Pokémon partner?
Tim Goodman: I don’t have one. Why does everyone keep asking me that?
Lucy Stevens: Loner. Probably hiding something.
Psyduck: Psyduck.
Tim Goodman: Okay, I’m gonna go.
Lucy Stevens: Hey. I may only be an unpaid intern, but I can smell a story. And I’m going to find it.
Tim Goodman: Okay, you do that.
Lucy Stevens: Come on, Psyduck. Let’s go.
Psyduck: Psyduck.
[Lucy and Psyduck leave]

Tim Goodman: [holding up a stapler] Whoever you are, I know how to use this.
[Tim slowly approaches with the stapler cocked. He turns the corner and finds Pikachu.]
Tim Goodman: It's a Pikachu?
Pikachu: Ah, geez. [jumps up on a dresser]
Tim Goodman: Hey, little guy, how did you get in here?
Pikachu: [speaks slowly] I know you can't understand me, but put down the stapler, or I will electrocute you.
[Tim drops the stapler]
Tim Goodman: Did you just talk?
Pikachu: Woah, did you just understand me? Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. That is heavy eye contact right there. You heard me!
Tim Goodman: No, no, no.
Pikachu: [excited] Yes you did!
Tim Goodman: Stop!
Pikachu: Oh, my god, this is amazing!
Tim Goodman: Stop!
Pikachu: You can understand me!
Tim Goodman: Stop talking, stop!
Pikachu: And I’ve been so lonely.
Tim Goodman: I’m gonna throw up.

Pikachu: Hold up a sec. We’re gonna need each other.
Tim Goodman: No, we don’t. I don’t need a Pokémon. Period. Got it?
Pikachu: Then what about a world-class detective? Because if you wanna find your pops, I’m your best bet.
Tim Goodman: I think a world-class detective oughta have figured out by now that I’m not here to find my father. I’m here to say goodbye.
Pikachu: Hey, hey, there’s no one to say goodbye to. Look, you can talk to humans, I can talk to Pokémon. We can talk to each other. This doesn’t happen, kid. It has to mean something. There’s magic that brought us together, and that magic is called hope. [climbs on top of an idling taxi] Hope that Harry is still alive. [Tim stops and says nothing] Oh, you feel it. You feel it in your jellies, don’t you?
Tim Goodman: There’s nothing in my jellies.
Pikachu: We’re gonna do this, you and me.
Tim Goodman: I can’t belie… I will meet you here tomorrow morning.
Pikachu: Great!

Lucy Stevens: Mr. Clifford! Mr. Clifford! Mr. Clifford, I may have a story for you. I’ve heard rumors of Pokémon attacking people. But there’s been no mainstream coverage. I think that--
Roger Clifford: I’m sorry, we’re not a tabloid. Which means that we don’t report on rumors, gossip, or hearsay. [fiddles with his sunglasses before taking a drink from Lucy] It’s not news if it can’t be verified. [puts his sunglasses on] You want a story, find a source. Oh, and pro-tip: A reasonable sense of fashion.
[Roger leaves. Lucy sees Tim and walks over to him.]
Pikachu: Ah, here she comes, here she comes. Try to look deep.
Lucy Stevens: What are you doing here?
Tim Goodman: Hey, again. Uh, yeah, I know this seems weird but I actually needed to ask you something.
Lucy Stevens: Now’s not, not really a good time.
Tim Goodman: Yeah, I saw that. I’m sorry.
[Pikachu loudly slurps a coffee. Lucy and Tim both look over.]
Pikachu: Sorry, it’s piping hot.
Lucy Stevens: You found yourself a Pokémon partner.
Tim Goodman: Not exactly, no.
Lucy Stevens: [scratches Pikachu’s face.] Aww, he's cute!
Pikachu: Ha! Yeah, she’s trying to work me, kid. But trust me, I can- [Lucy scratches under Pikachu’s chin] Oh, sweet Mother of Arceus, that feels so good.
Tim Goodman: So, listen…
Pikachu: Oh my god. What happened.
Tim Goodman: I found something in Harry’s desk. [he pulls out the ‘R’ vial] Nearly choked me to death, and I was-
[Lucy grabs his hand, concealing the vial.]
Lucy Stevens: No, not here. In my office.
Pikachu: In her office? We’re going to her office?
[Cut to Lucy’s office. She rustles through her desk.]
Pikachu: This is great. This isn’t an office, it’s a coffin with pencils.
Psyduck: Psyduck?!
Pikachu: Yeah, that’s right. I can talk to the kid, he can talk to me. We’re gifted. [to Tim] You didn’t tell me that she has a Psyduck! These things explode when they’re stressed! [Psyduck starts freaking out] Hey, hey, keep calm, pal. Serenity now. Serenity now.
Lucy Stevens: Nope.
[Lucy gets up and pushes Tim out of the way to grab something]
Tim Goodman: Okay.
Lucy Stevens: Okay.
Tim Goodman: You got it?
Lucy Stevens: Here it is.
[Lucy holds out a plastic bag and smiles. Then she empties the contents onto her desk, revealing more identical vials. Tim picks one up.]
Tim Goodman: Where did you find these?
Lucy Stevens: Word on the street was that Harry had an informant near the docks. [points to the docks on a map] I went there to snoop around, and that’s where I found the vial. But the docks can be dangerous. It’s not the sort of place you want to visit alone at night.

[In the underground Pokémon battle arena; as Pikachu is about to fight Charizard]
Pikachu: Now obviously, I've dealt with this putz before, so I'll just do it again.
[Pikachu sees Charizard banging on the gate]
Pikachu: Give me my hat back! That thing just chugged a year's worth of that R stuff!
Tim Goodman: It's like you said, okay? You did it before. You just gotta use your powers. You can use Quick Attack, Discharge or Electric Bomb, but I think Volt Tackle is your best move, so let's start with that.
Pikachu: First of all, when did you learn how to be a Pokémon trainer? And secondly, GET ME THE HELL OUT OF HERE!

Tim Goodman: I should’ve gotten on that train.
Pikachu: What’s that, kid?
Tim Goodman: After my mom died, my dad and I drifted apart. He moved here and poured himself into his work. And, eventually, he tried to get me to come live with him, but I wouldn’t go.
Pikachu: How come?
Tim Goodman: I didn’t think he cared. I guess I just got used to him not being around and I couldn’t forgive him for it. Until I got here, and… I realized that he did care. But, I didn’t know. Because I never gave him the chance. And now, it’s too late. I really… I really wish I’d gotten on that train.
Pikachu: Mhm. Listen kid, um… I may not have memories, um… But I know this much: It wasn’t your fault. It wasn’t anybody's fault. And I’m sure that if your dad was here, he would hug you so hard, your bones would pop. And he’d tell you he’s sorry for everything. He’d be damn proud of you, kid.
Tim Goodman: I haven’t been really nice to you.
Pikachu: No, you really haven’t.
Tim Goodman: Well, we still got one mystery to solve.
Pikachu: What?
Tim Goodman: Yours. Let’s find out who did this to you. Get your memory back.
Pikachu: I’d like that. I’d like that very much.

Pikachu: Second chances are special things, kid. There’s a lot we can make better if we crack this case. One question though, where are we going?
Tim Goodman: I don’t know, I’m just going. You gotta tell me where. You’re the detective.
Pikachu: Okay, if Roger Clifford is the key to all of this…
Tim Goodman: Then we need someone who has access to him.

[Pikachu, Tim and Lucy investigate an abandoned Laboratory]
Pikachu: I may have amnesia but I’m pretty sure this is the worst idea anyone’s ever had.
[They approach a glass bubble on a wall.]
Lucy Stevens: What is that?
Tim Goodman: I’m not sure.
[Lucy shines her flashlight inside. A Greninja's hand appears, startling them.]
Psyduck: [scared] Psyduck!
[Lucy shines her light on a number of glass pods on the wall holding other Greninjas]
Lucy Stevens: It’s Greninja. But they don’t look right.
Pikachu: [reads from a label outside the pod] Test 22. Power enhancement?
Tim Goodman: They were experimenting on them.
Pikachu: But why? If Roger Clifford’s behind this, what’s he doing experimenting on Pokémon?
[Lucy shines her light on a small enclosure containing a couple of Torterras]
Lucy Stevens: A Torterra garden.
Tim Goodman: Pokémon evolution test 33. Growth enhancement.
Lucy Stevens: They look normal sized to me. Maybe it hasn’t started yet. It’s like they’re trying to manipulate Pokémon evolution.
Tim Goodman: Is that even possible?
Lucy Stevens: I don’t know. I need to document all of this, though.


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