Detective Pikachu
Detective Pikachu
Detective Pikachu, the shocking detective.
Tim Goodman (partner)
Women, Coffee
Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo (2016)
Tōru Ōkawa (Japanese)
Kaiji Tang (game)
Ryan Reynolds (film)
Danny DeVito
José Antonio Macías (Latin Spanish)
It’s magic that brought us together. And that magic is called hope.
Detective Pikachu

Detective Pikachu (Japanese: 名探偵ピカチュウ Great Detective Pikachu) is one of the main protagonists of the Pokémon spin-off series Detective Pikachu. Detective Pikachu is an incredibly intelligent Pikachu capable of conversing with humans, although only one man, a university student named Tim Goodman seems capable of understanding him. He meets Tim Goodman, who has moved to Ryme City to track down his father who went missing two months prior to the events of the game, and assists him in trying to determine his father's whereabouts and reunite the two. Similar to Meowth from the Pokémon anime series, Detective Pikachu's ability to speak has made it unable to use many attacks.

In the game of the same name, Detective Pikachu is voiced by Tōru Ōkawa in the Japanese version and Kaiji Tang in its English dub. Ryan Reynolds also voices the character in the Detective Pikachu film adaption.

Physical Appearance

Detective Pikachu's appearance is, first and foremost, near identical to that of other Pikachu. He is a small yellow mouse-like creature with red cheeks, long black-tipped ears, and a tail that is bent into a zig-zag shape. To differentiate him from other members of his species, Detective Pikachu wears a brown deerstalker cap, a reference to the legendary fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, and can often be seen carrying a magnifying glass. Promotional material has also depicted him wearing a brown inverness cape, another reference to Sherlock Holmes, and a green bow tie.


Detective Pikachu is a somewhat bossy and commanding Pikachu who tends to make solving puzzles his first priority. He does, however, see himself as a womanizer and is easily infatuated with human women, and thus this quality will often distract him from his business and serves as one of the few things able to take him away from solving mysteries. Another such weakness is his love of coffee and tea, and has been known to converse with the Ludicolo waitress of the Hi-Hat Café about such beverages.

Fanon Appearances

Battle Theater

Detective Pikachu makes an appearance in Battle Theater.


An amiibo figure of Detective Pikachu exists! For more info about this amiibo, see this page.
Amiibo DetectivePikachu



  • Detective Pikachu is the first character in any piece of Pokémon media released in the west. In the Detective Pikachu film, he orders Tim Goodman to "get me the hell out of here" when trapped in an arena with a Charizard.
  • It is heavily implied that Detective Pikachu is Tim's father, Harry Goodman, and that he was transformed into a Pikachu through some unknown means.
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