History Franchise / LupinIII

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* AffectionateParody: Of Literature/ArseneLupin, obviously. The characters are often used to parody other stories, such as ''Film/MissionImpossible'', ''Film/ThePinkPanther'', and even ComicBook/{{Superman}}.

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* AffectionateParody: Of Literature/ArseneLupin, obviously. The characters are often used to parody other stories, such as ''Film/MissionImpossible'', ''Film/ThePinkPanther'', ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'', and even ComicBook/{{Superman}}.
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He is also the titular character of a LongRunner franchise from UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}. Kazuhiko Katō was offered a three-month Manga contract, with the goal of telling stories to an adult male audience, by the editor of Playboy School. The "catch" was that Katō would use the pen name of Creator/MonkeyPunch. The series, ''Manga/LupinIII'', made its debut on August 10, 1967 in the magazine Weekly Manga Action. It went on to become an extremely popular and successful media franchise, spawning pretty much every medium we cover here on Wiki/TVTropes. [[note]] For the media we cover that Lupin doesn't yet exist in? Just wait; he'll be there soon! [[/note]]

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He is also the titular character of a LongRunner franchise from UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}. Kazuhiko Katō was offered a three-month Manga contract, with the goal of telling stories to an adult male audience, by the editor of Playboy School. ''Playboy School''. The "catch" was that Katō would use the pen name of Creator/MonkeyPunch. "Monkey Punch". The series, ''Manga/LupinIII'', made its debut on August 10, 10th 1967 in the magazine Weekly ''Weekly Manga Action.Action''. It went on to become an extremely popular and successful media franchise, spawning pretty much every medium we cover here on Wiki/TVTropes. [[note]] For the media we cover that Lupin doesn't yet exist in? Just wait; he'll be there soon! [[/note]]
soon![[/note]]



* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Goemon wields a katana called the ''Zantetsuken'' ("Iron-Cutting Sword") in the Anime, and Nagareboshi ("Falling Star") in the Manga. Exactly ''why'' the sword has such incredible cutting power varies, due to BroadStrokes continuity. If the sword is unable to cut something, it becomes a plot point.

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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Goemon wields a katana called the ''Zantetsuken'' ("Iron-Cutting Sword") in the Anime, and Nagareboshi ''Nagareboshi'' ("Falling Star") in the Manga. Exactly ''why'' the sword has such incredible cutting power varies, due to BroadStrokes continuity. If the sword is unable to cut something, it becomes a plot point.



* AffectionateParody: Of Literature/ArseneLupin, obviously. The characters are often used to parody other stories, such as ''Film/MissionImpossible'', ''Film/ThePinkPanther'', and even {{Superman}}.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: Unlikely to ever end in any other way.
** A lot of Manga/LupinIII stuff ends like this. The very final chapter of the original manga ends with Lupin destroying his hideout and mentioning that he's hard at work on his next adventure.
** ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'': the movie ends with Lupin driving off into the sunset, chased by Zenigata, showing that their ending is to continue doing this.
** TabletopGame.LupinIII: explicitly states that the players are recreating a heist by Lupin; one of the many he has attempted.
* AnimatedAdaptation: ''Lupin III'' began as a {{manga}} series, with stories that rarely lasted more than a single chapter. Within two years of the initial serials, a pilot episode was made, garnering interest for an anime adaptation. Some of the chapters have enjoyed a fairly direct transition from Manga to Anime format.

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* AffectionateParody: Of Literature/ArseneLupin, obviously. The characters are often used to parody other stories, such as ''Film/MissionImpossible'', ''Film/ThePinkPanther'', and even {{Superman}}.ComicBook/{{Superman}}.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: Unlikely to ever end in any other way.
way.
** A lot of Manga/LupinIII stuff ''Lupin'' media ends like this. The very final chapter of the original manga ends with Lupin destroying his hideout and mentioning that he's hard at work on his next adventure.
** ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'': the The movie ends with Lupin driving off into the sunset, chased by Zenigata, showing that their ending is to continue doing this.
this.
** TabletopGame.LupinIII: explicitly states that the players are recreating a heist by Lupin; one of the many he has attempted.
attempted.
* AnimatedAdaptation: ''Lupin III'' began as a {{manga}} series, with stories that rarely lasted more than a single chapter. Within two years of the initial serials, a pilot episode cartoon was made, garnering made in an attempt to garner interest for an anime adaptation.adaptation as either a movie or TV series. Some of the chapters have enjoyed a fairly direct transition from Manga to Anime format.



* AssassinOutclassin: Comes in two flavours.
** An OriginsEpisode for Goemon or Jigen may have them playing assassin to Lupin, and eventually allowing DefeatMeansFriendship.

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* AssassinOutclassin: Comes in two flavours.
flavors.
** An OriginsEpisode for Goemon or Jigen may have them playing assassin to Lupin, and eventually allowing DefeatMeansFriendship.



** This has happened to Fujiko Mine on a few occasions. Lupin once did it to her to prevent her from escaping with a rare diamond in a blizzard.
** ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'' features Lupin and Zenigata abducted by a training camp in Morocco. Zenigata catches on to the fact that Lupin is next to him and tries to arrest him through the sack.

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** This has happened to Fujiko Mine on a few occasions. Lupin once did it to her to prevent her from escaping with a rare diamond in a blizzard.
** ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'' features has an episode early on where Lupin and Zenigata are independently abducted by a training camp guerrilla group in Morocco. Zenigata catches on to the fact soon realizes that Lupin is next to him and tries to arrest him through ''through the sack. sack''.



** Averted in Manga.LupinIII, where genitalia is instead drawn as the male and female gender symbols.

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** Averted Zig-zagged in Manga.LupinIII, the manga, where nipples are shown but genitalia is instead drawn as the male and female gender symbols.



* BleachedUnderpants: ''Lupin III'' plays with this trope.
** The work Monkey Punch did for "Playboy School" should be easy to guess (Magazine/{{Playboy}} for reference). And the original Lupin manga weren't much cleaner.

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* BleachedUnderpants: ''Lupin III'' The franchise plays with this trope.
** The work Monkey Punch did for "Playboy School" should be easy to guess (Magazine/{{Playboy}} ([[Magazine/{{Playboy}} for reference). reference]]). And the original Lupin ''Lupin'' manga weren't wasn't much cleaner. cleaner.



** In the Anime/LupinIIIYearlySpecials ''Anime/LupinIIIAlcatrazConnection'', one scene has Lupin explain to Fujiko, who is trapped in a submarine that's about to fail under the water pressure, that if she were to be crushed and die, millions of fans would be crying their hearts out.
** In the IntercontinuityCrossover with ''Detective Conan'', Lupin thinks he's about to get lucky with Fujiko. He turns to the camera and announces "To you 80 million adult viewers: thank you for your patience!" and pounces on her. The same movie mixes this with LeaningOnTheFourthWall regarding the crossover nature of the story. ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' has previously established that Lupin III manga exists in their world. Zenigata thinks it's odd that Koguro (Moore in the English Translation), a professional detective, doesn't know about Lupin. Koguro says that he always just thought that Lupin was a comic book character.
* TheCaper

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** In the Anime/LupinIIIYearlySpecials ''Anime/LupinIIIAlcatrazConnection'', ''[[Anime/LupinIIIAlcatrazConnection The Alcatraz Connection]]'', one scene has Lupin explain to Fujiko, who is trapped in a submarine that's about to fail under the water pressure, that if she were to be crushed and die, millions of fans would be crying their hearts out.
** In the IntercontinuityCrossover with ''Detective Conan'', ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Lupin thinks he's about to get lucky with Fujiko. He turns to the camera and announces "To you 80 million adult viewers: thank you for your patience!" and pounces on her. The same movie mixes this with LeaningOnTheFourthWall regarding the crossover nature of the story. ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' has previously established that Lupin III ''Lupin III'' manga exists in their world. Zenigata thinks it's odd that Koguro (Moore in the English Translation), translation), a professional detective, doesn't know about Lupin. Koguro says that he always just thought that Lupin was a comic book character.
* TheCaper TheCaper: One of the best examples in media.



* ChronicallyCrashedCar: The Mercedes-Benz SSK seems to be a favored target for fire, bombs, bullets, missiles, and demonic curses. It always reappears in tip-top shape by the next episode; presumably, Lupin is repairing his original car, as the SSK is one of the rarest cars in the world. Interestingly, the much less expensive Fiat 500 seems far less prone to being damaged in this fashion.

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* ChronicallyCrashedCar: The Mercedes-Benz SSK seems to be a favored target for fire, bombs, bullets, missiles, swords, and demonic curses. It always reappears in tip-top shape by the next episode; presumably, episode. Presumably, Lupin is repairing his original car, as the SSK is one of the rarest cars in the world. Interestingly, the his much less expensive Fiat 500 seems far less prone to being damaged in this fashion.fashion… although it's no stranger to having its windows blown out (like in ''[[Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro Cagliostro]]'').



* ComicBookTime:
** Lupin the Third has been around since 1967, and none of the characters look any older. This is fine, since the franchise clearly runs on NegativeContinuity, but Lupin's grandfather is still canonically Literature/ArseneLupin. Who was born in 1874. This is ''just'' this side of possible (if we assume his grandfather and father were both well into middle age when they had children, and that Lupin himself is in his forties, and he certainly doesn't look it). And it gets a little less likely every year. Either... one of the Lupins stole the secret to the Fountain of Youth at some point... he should be [[LightNovel/AriaTheScarletAmmo Lupin IV]] or V by now... or Arsene Sr is a RefugeeFromTime.

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* ComicBookTime:
** Lupin the Third has
ComicBookTime: These characters have been around since 1967, 1967 and none of the characters look any older. This haven't aged a day, which is fine, fine since the franchise clearly runs on NegativeContinuity, but NegativeContinuity. However, Lupin's grandfather is still canonically Literature/ArseneLupin. Who Literature/ArseneLupin, who was born in 1874. [[note]] This is ''just'' this side of possible (if we assume his grandfather and father were both well into middle age when they had children, and that Lupin himself is in his forties, and though he certainly doesn't look it). And But it gets a little less likely plausible every year. Either... Either one of the Lupins stole the secret to the Fountain of Youth at some point... point… he should be [[LightNovel/AriaTheScarletAmmo Lupin IV]] or V by now... now… or Arsene Sr Arsène Sr. is a RefugeeFromTime. RefugeeFromTime.[[/note]]
** Lupin and especially Fujiko sometimes like to play the long game in their heists, setting a plan in motion months or even years in advance. It's impossible for them to have realistically pulled off ''everything'' they have without several decades passing by.



** This was somewhat justified in ''Anime/GreenVsRed'', by hinting that a "new" Lupin turns up every now and then and secretly beats the older one in a duel, becoming the new Lupin. How Goemon, Fujiko, Jigen and Zenigata fit into this is not addressed, [[MST3KMantra and probably not worth thinking about]].
* CompletelyDifferentTitle: This happened to the anime for mostly legal reasons related to copyright. See the entries on the Anime.LupinIII page.

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** This was somewhat justified in ''Anime/GreenVsRed'', by hinting that a "new" Lupin turns up every now and then and secretly beats the older one in a duel, becoming the new Lupin. How Goemon, Fujiko, Jigen Jigen, and Zenigata fit into this is not addressed, [[MST3KMantra and probably not worth thinking about]].
* CompletelyDifferentTitle: This happened to the anime as a whole outside Japan prior to 2000 for mostly legal reasons related (read: Maurice Leblanc's estate was willing to copyright. See sue anyone who used the entries on ''Lupin'' name).
** In Italy,
the Anime.LupinIII page.various series would get different subtitles.
** Some of the [[Anime/LupinIIIYearlySpecials specials]] have completely different titles in Japanese and English. [[note]] Some may even have a ''third'' title unique to TV Tropes because fans made a good-faith effort to guess the international title but then an actual release used something different![[/note]]



* ConvenientlyCellmates: ''IF'' it isn't just Lupin in the jail, the others are invariably either in the same cell, or adjacent cells.

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* ConvenientlyCellmates: ''IF'' it isn't just Lupin in the jail, the others are invariably either in the same cell, or adjacent cells.



** Red Jacket episode [[Recap/LupinIIIS2E38 The Sweet ICPO Trap]] had Fujiko locked in the same cell as Lupin when they were being transported to Japan to face their trial.

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** Red Jacket episode [[Recap/LupinIIIS2E38 The "The Sweet ICPO Trap]] Trap"]] had Fujiko locked in the same cell as Lupin when they were being transported to Japan to face their trial.



** [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/CoolGuns/Handguns Handguns]]: Lupin carries the P-38.
** Fujiko has the Browning M1910.

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** [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/CoolGuns/Handguns Handguns]]: Lupin carries the a Walther P-38.
** Fujiko has the Browning M1910.



** ''Anime/LupinIIIVsDetectiveConan'', a crossover movie with... you guessed it ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. Not only works, but also feels like a remake of ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''. Go figure. Happening again with ''Anime/LupinIIIVsDetectiveConanTheMovie''.
** Lupin and his gang appeared in ''[[Manga/{{Kochikame}} Super Kochikame]]'', a special manga volume for Kochi's 30th anniversary in 2006. The Lupin segment was co-authored by Osami Akimoto and Monkey Punch.

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** ''Anime/LupinIIIVsDetectiveConan'', a crossover movie with... you guessed it ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. Not only works, but also feels like a remake of ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''. Go figure. Happening Happens again with ''Anime/LupinIIIVsDetectiveConanTheMovie''.
** Lupin and his gang appeared in ''[[Manga/{{Kochikame}} Super Kochikame]]'', a special manga volume for Kochi's 30th anniversary in 2006. The Lupin segment was co-authored by Osami Osamu Akimoto and Monkey Punch.



* CryptidEpisode: Fujiko's singing voice attracts the Loch Ness Monster, Lupin is tasked with collecting tears from a yeti, the entire gang goes after a mermaid's treasure... this sort of plot has happened a few times... In Anime.Lupin III, at least.
* DamselInDistress: Clarisse, Murasaki, Fujiko ([[BadassInDistress sometimes]])... The character trope was used back in the Manga, and is pretty much expected to occur. There's one in pretty much every Lupin movie or TV special, in fact.

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* CryptidEpisode: Happens several times in "Red Jacket". To wit – Fujiko's singing voice attracts the Loch Ness Monster, Lupin is tasked with collecting tears from a yeti, the entire gang goes after a mermaid's treasure... this sort of plot has happened a few times... In Anime.Lupin III, at least.
treasure...
* DamselInDistress: Clarisse, Murasaki, Fujiko ([[BadassInDistress sometimes]])... The character This trope was used back in the Manga, manga, and is pretty much expected to occur. There's one in pretty much every Lupin movie or TV special, in fact.



* DoubleEntendre: Often. Especially in the [[GagDub English dub]] of the 2nd TV series. Fujiko was going undercover and noticing the type of carpet in the room.

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* DoubleEntendre: Often. Especially in the [[GagDub English dub]] of the 2nd TV series. In one early episode, Fujiko was going undercover and noticing noticed the type of carpet in the room.



** Fujiko Mine's name is an example: "The twin peaks of Mt. Fuji." (There's a (possibly apocryphal) story that Punch named her this because, like the famous mountain, she featured "imposing peaks of great natural beauty").
* DownerEnding: Happens sometimes. We're not counting just when the gang fails to get anything from their heist; that happens often. Some stories have one character that the audience felt deeply about being killed off for the ending. ''Anime/LupinIIIIslandOfAssassins'' stands out as probably being the codifier for the fan opinion that if Lupin's wearing a black shirt under a Red Jacket, people are going to ''die''.

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** Fujiko Mine's name is an example: "The twin peaks of Mt. Fuji." (There's [[note]] There's a (possibly apocryphal) story that Punch named her this because, like the famous mountain, she featured "imposing peaks of great natural beauty").
beauty".[[/note]]
* DownerEnding: Happens sometimes. We're No, we're not counting just when talking about the (many) times where the gang fails to get anything from their heist; heist – if that happens often. Some was the case, we'd be here all day – but rather that some stories will have one a genuinely sympathetic character that the audience felt deeply about being be killed off for the ending. ''Anime/LupinIIIIslandOfAssassins'' stands out as probably being the codifier for the fan opinion that if Lupin's wearing a black shirt under a Red Jacket, people are going to ''die''.



* DueToTheDead: shows both ends of this trope.

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* DueToTheDead: shows Shows both ends of this trope.



* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: creator Monkey Punch wanted a more Japanese character for his ensemble. Enter Goemon Ishikawa XIII...

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* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: creator Monkey Punch wanted a more Japanese character for his ensemble. Enter Goemon Ishikawa XIII...XIII.



* FriendsWithBenefits: This trope is possibly the ''best'' category for ''Franchise/LupinIII'' and [[MsFanservice Fujiko]]. Lupin believes they're soulmates (not that it prevents him from [[HandsomeLech hitting on other women]]), and Fujiko prefers "Fuck Buddies" (except [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder without the sex]]). Which means they wind up here, somewhere in the middle.
--> ''We've been allies, and enemies, too. On occasion, we've even been lovers.'' -'''Fujiko''', ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''

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* FriendsWithBenefits: This trope is possibly the ''best'' category for ''Franchise/LupinIII'' and [[MsFanservice Fujiko]]. Lupin believes they're soulmates (not that it prevents him from [[HandsomeLech hitting on other women]]), and Fujiko prefers "Fuck Buddies" (except (though usually [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder without the sex]]).a different meaning of "fuck"]]). Which means they wind up here, somewhere in the middle.
--> ''We've -->''"We've been allies, and enemies, too. On occasion, we've even been lovers.'' -'''Fujiko''', "''
--->–'''Fujiko''',
''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''



* GunStripping: Lupin and Jigen are occasionally shown to do this. One scene that shows the personalities of the cast is where Lupin is flipping through random tv channels while slouching, Jigen is cleaning his gun, and Goemon is polishing his blade, while Fujiko walks in wearing a new dress.

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* GunStripping: Lupin and Jigen are occasionally shown to do this. One scene that shows the personalities of the cast is where Lupin is flipping through random tv TV channels while slouching, Jigen is cleaning his gun, and Goemon is polishing his blade, while Fujiko walks in wearing a new dress.



*** The other happens about halfway through the film, when he disguises himself as a police officer to infiltrate Morocco's police HQ to [[spoiler:dig up information on Galoux.]] Which is leads to a run-in with Fujiko and [[spoiler:a night of SexWithTheEx.]]

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*** The other happens about halfway through the film, when he disguises himself as a police officer to infiltrate Morocco's police HQ to [[spoiler:dig up information on Galoux.]] Which is Galoux]], which leads to a run-in with Fujiko and [[spoiler:a night of SexWithTheEx.]]



** In one of the episodes of the original 1972 ''Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket'' TV series, the Tokyo police department gets a supercomputer that is programmed to predict Lupin's every move. It does so extremely successfully, until Lupin realizes the way to beat it is to throw out all his plans and act completely on whim.

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** In one of the episodes of the original 1972 ''Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket'' TV series, the Tokyo police department gets a supercomputer that is programmed to predict Lupin's every move. It does so extremely successfully, until Lupin realizes the way to beat it is to throw out all his plans and act completely on whim.



** Anime.LupinIII changes based on tone. Some of the Anime is true to the Manga, while some never allows more than DefeatByModesty.

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** Anime.LupinIII changes based on tone. Some of entries in the Anime is are true to the Manga, while some never allows allow more than DefeatByModesty.



** '''[[Recap/LupinIIIS2E23 "Auntie Ballistic"]]''': The episode has Lupin working for Fujiko's Aunt. After being incentivized to work by getting fanservice from a hologram of Fujiko, he starts to tune her out. When the ''real'' Fujiko shows up, he completely ignores her.

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** '''[[Recap/LupinIIIS2E23 [[Recap/LupinIIIS2E23 "Auntie Ballistic"]]''': Ballistic"]]: The episode has Lupin working for Fujiko's Aunt.aunt Bujiko. After being incentivized to work by getting fanservice from a hologram of Fujiko, he starts to tune her out. When the ''real'' Fujiko shows up, he completely ignores her.



* TheKingdom: The franchise occasionally uses this trope, but none qualify quite as well as Miyazaki's first feature film.
** ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'' was a dutchy; a small kingdom ruled by a Duke. The duke and his wife died in a large fire, while his daughter was at a religious convent. The [[EvilVizer Count]] was in a different castle, and now rules as regent. He plans on marrying Clarisse to become regent-for-life and discover the secret to the Cagliostro kingdom.
* LatexPerfection: as a MasterOfDisguise, this trait has been included since the beginning, even by characters other than Lupin.

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* TheKingdom: The franchise occasionally uses this trope, but none qualify quite as well as Miyazaki's Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's first feature film.
film…
** ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'' was ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'': Cagliostro is a dutchy; Grand Duchy[[labelnote:*]] (in traditional royal parlance, a small kingdom ruled by a Duke. The grand duke was subordinate to a king or emperor, though nowadays this is a distinction without a difference; the only grand duchy left in the real world is UsefulNotes/{{Luxembourg}})[[/labelnote]]. The Grand Duke and his wife died in a large fire, massive fire seven years earlier while his their only daughter Clarisse was staying at a religious convent. The [[EvilVizer [[EvilVizier Count]] was lives in a different castle, his own castle on the opposite end of the duchy and now rules as regent. He plans on marrying Clarisse to become regent-for-life and discover the secret to of Cagliostro. [[note]] It is also very heavily implied that he orchestrated the Cagliostro kingdom.
Grand Duke's death.[[/note]]
* LatexPerfection: as As Lupin is a MasterOfDisguise, this trait has been included since the beginning, even by characters other than Lupin.



** ''Anime/LupinIIICrisisInTokyo'' has Zenigata yanking on a security guard's face in the opening, just to see if it's Lupin in disguise. Later on, it turns out it ''was'', but he has switched to using a stronger glue to hold his masks on.
--> '''Lupin:''' ""You gotta tug harder!""

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** ''Anime/LupinIIICrisisInTokyo'' has Zenigata yanking on a security guard's face in the opening, just to see if it's Lupin in disguise. Later on, it turns out it ''was'', but he has Lupin had switched to using a stronger glue to hold his masks on.
--> '''Lupin:''' ""You "You gotta tug harder!"" harder!"



** ''Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket'' has "Rescue the Tomboy", a story where Lupin steals a person from her uncle! [[spoiler: Her father was in Lupin II's gang, and asked Lupin the Third to bring her back because her "uncle", the third man of their gang, is trying to blackmail him by threatening her life.]]

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** ''Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket'' has "Rescue the Tomboy", a story where Lupin steals a person from her uncle! [[spoiler: Her [[spoiler:Her father was in Lupin II's gang, and asked Lupin the Third to bring her back because her "uncle", the third man of their gang, is trying to blackmail him by threatening her life.]]



* LongRunner: While it might be easy for Western Audiences to just look at the first {{Manga}} or [[{{Anime}} 1970s series]] and just call this franchise "old", there's a lot more going on. In Japan, this series has effectively ''never ended''. There are many people working in the anime industry that have never known a single day where Lupin wasn't around. Even if TMS were to stop making their Lupin products, the sheer number of people still referencing Lupin would keep the characters in Japanese Pop Culture for ''years''.

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* LongRunner: Began in 1967. Still going strong today.
**
While it might be easy for Western Audiences to just look at the first {{Manga}} manga or [[{{Anime}} 1970s series]] 70's-era anime and just call this franchise "old", there's a lot more going on. In Japan, this series franchise has effectively ''never ended''. There are many people working in the anime industry that have never known a single day where Lupin wasn't around. Even if TMS were to stop making their Lupin products, the sheer number of people still referencing Lupin would keep the characters in Japanese Pop Culture for ''years''.



** ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'' had people with armor underneath their black catsuits that protected them form small arms fire. But not against a rifle or Zantetsugan.

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** ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'' had people with armor underneath their black catsuits that protected them form from small arms fire. But not against a rifle or Zantetsugan. Zantetsuken.
*** Those same catsuit-clad ninja appear again in ''Anime/TheFumaConspiracy''.



* MeditatingUnderAWaterfall: Goemon Ishikawa XIII. He meditates in waterfalls, as well as cloudy mountain peaks, hot springs, and secluded canyons. Sometimes he does more than one at the same time!
* MediumAwareness: This trope is used due to the franchise's Semipermeable Fourth Wall nature. It is usually Lupin interacting with whatever element of the work is on our side of the FourthWall, but any of the cast can do it for a RuleOfFunny. (Creator/MonkeyPunch has even turned part of a panel over to show how upset he was when Zenigata had a LeaningOnTheFourthWall line, claiming the current case was as simple as a comic book)
** A ''Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket'' episode has Lupin stepping off of a plane and calling "Title!", to summon the episode's name.
** The manga stories use many more FourthWall jokes than the anime stories do. In "Impression Impossible", Lupin has paid someone to roll a panel aside and declare that Lupin III is handsome.

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* MeditatingUnderAWaterfall: Goemon Ishikawa XIII. He meditates in under waterfalls, as well as cloudy mountain peaks, hot springs, and secluded canyons. Sometimes he does more than one at the same time!
* MediumAwareness: This trope is used due to the franchise's Semipermeable Fourth Wall nature. It is usually Lupin interacting with whatever element of the work is on our side of the FourthWall, Fourth Wall, but any of the cast can do it for a RuleOfFunny. (Creator/MonkeyPunch (Monkey Punch has even turned part of a panel over to show how upset he was when Zenigata had a LeaningOnTheFourthWall line, claiming the current case was as simple as a comic book)
** A ''Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket'' ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'' episode has Lupin stepping off of a plane and calling "Title!", to summon the episode's name.
** The manga stories use many more FourthWall Fourth Wall jokes than the anime stories do. In "Impression Impossible", Lupin has paid someone to roll a panel aside and declare that Lupin III is handsome.



** For the second ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'' episode, ([[Recap/LupinIIIS2E2 "Guns, Bun, and Fun in the Sun"]]) he steals cash by inserting it in the Christ the Redeemer statue just to ''remove the whole damn statue with a skycrane, bitch-slapping two helicopters with the statue in the process'' and fail because of a large crack on the bottom of the statue leaking said money.

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** For the second ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'' episode, ([[Recap/LupinIIIS2E2 "Guns, Bun, Buns, and Fun in the Sun"]]) he steals cash by inserting it in the Christ the The Redeemer statue just to ''remove the whole damn statue with a skycrane, bitch-slapping two helicopters with the statue in the process'' and process'', only to fail because of a large crack on the bottom of the statue leaking said money. money.



** And a Rocket
** And a satellite full of money
** One notable aversion was in ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'', [[spoiler: the treasure of Cagliostro line is an almost perfectly preserved lost Roman city submerged in the lake the castle rests in]] Lupin admits that it's the greatest and most valuable thing he's ever come across, but it's simply too big for him to take.
* MoodWhiplash: ''Lupin III'' experiences a lot of ToneShift. Creator/MonkeyPunch would intersperse an attempted rape scene PlayedForLaughs with a young women [[PlayedForDrama begging that same character for protection]]. A fan of {{Bathos}}.

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** And a Rocket
Rocket.
** And a satellite full of money
money.
** One notable aversion was in ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'', [[spoiler: the ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''. [[spoiler:The treasure of Cagliostro line is an almost perfectly preserved lost Roman city submerged in the lake the castle rests in]] in.]] Lupin admits that it's the greatest and most valuable thing he's ever come across, but it's simply too big for him to take.
* MoodWhiplash: ''Lupin III'' experiences a lot of ToneShift. Creator/MonkeyPunch Monkey Punch would intersperse an attempted rape scene PlayedForLaughs with a young women [[PlayedForDrama begging that same character for protection]]. A fan of {{Bathos}}.



* NamedWeapon: Goemon has a legendary sword:

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* NamedWeapon: Goemon has a legendary sword: sword.



* ParodyEpisode: ''Frequently.'' The original Manga stories simply used the Arsene Lupin Sansei character as a vehicle to drive a story, through whatever tale Creator/MonkeyPunch wanted to tell.

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* ParodyEpisode: ''Frequently.'' ''Frequently''. The original Manga stories simply used the Arsene Arsène Lupin Sansei III character as a vehicle to drive a story, through whatever tale Creator/MonkeyPunch Monkey Punch wanted to tell.



* RareVehicles: Lupin III drives a Mercedes-Benz SSK throughout the series; less than forty were made, and most found nowadays are replicas using components from the original vehicles. Hilariously, it often becomes a ChronicallyCrashedCar, which might explain why the other car usually associated with Lupin is the far more common Fiat 500.

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* RareVehicles: Lupin III drives a Mercedes-Benz SSK throughout the series; series – less than forty were made, and most found nowadays are replicas using components from the original vehicles. Hilariously, it often becomes a ChronicallyCrashedCar, which might explain why the other car usually associated with Lupin is the far more common Fiat 500.



** Many of the specials have also indulged in this for establishing shots, though none play it up to nearly the extent ''Cagliostro'' does.



* SpottingTheThread: The franchise has Lupin saying "Tot-san" ("Pops" or "Old Man" in English dubs). In the ''Anime/LupinIIIVSDetectiveConan'' MadeForTVMovie, Zenigata identifies the disguised Lupin when Lupin calls him by his nickname.
* StealTheSurroundings:If Lupin the Third can't get the treasure itself, his elaborate scheme frequently becomes stealing what contains the treasure instead. In some variations, he will pretend to steal the container, and when the distracted target goes after him to get it back, it gives him time to double-back and break into the real thing.

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* SpottingTheThread: The franchise has Lupin saying "Tot-san" "Tottsan" ("Pops" or "Old Man" in English dubs). In the ''Anime/LupinIIIVSDetectiveConan'' ''Anime/LupinIIIVsDetectiveConan'' MadeForTVMovie, Zenigata identifies the disguised Lupin when Lupin calls him by his nickname.
nickname.
* StealTheSurroundings:If StealTheSurroundings: If Lupin the Third can't get the treasure itself, his elaborate scheme frequently becomes stealing what contains the treasure instead. In some variations, he will pretend to steal the container, and when the distracted target goes after him to get it back, it gives him time to double-back and break into the real thing.



* ThouShaltNotKill: Lupin [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zags this trope.]]

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* ThouShaltNotKill: Lupin [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zags this trope.]] trope]].



* WhatAPieceOfJunk: Lupin has a Fiat 500 in shows like ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''. It ''seems'' to be a wimpy little subcompact car, but it's actually a heavily modified vehicle that can go seriously fast, run up near-vertical cliff faces and survive grenade blasts.

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* WhatAPieceOfJunk: Lupin has owns a Fiat 500 (as famously seen in shows like ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''.''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''). It ''seems'' to be a wimpy little subcompact car, but it's actually a heavily modified vehicle that can go seriously fast, run up near-vertical cliff faces and survive grenade blasts.
2nd Aug '16 5:10:49 PM angelynx
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** Lesser known is ''Anime/LupinVIII'', a 1982 series centering on Lupin III's descendant five generations down the line. Only a pilot was made, due to the estate of Maurice [=LeBlanc=] (creator of the original Literature/ArseneLupin) wanting more money than the producers were willing to pay.

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** Lesser known is ''Anime/LupinVIII'', a 1982 series centering on Lupin III's descendant five generations down the line. Only a pilot was made, due to the estate of Maurice [=LeBlanc=] (creator of the original Literature/ArseneLupin) wanting more money than the producers were willing to pay. Infamous for having replaced Zantetsuken with a lightsaber.
2nd Aug '16 4:55:27 PM angelynx
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* DelayedCausality: In Japan, that pause where nothing is happening between a cut/attack and the effect is called "Mu", something like "emptiness". It is used most famously (to the point of being parodied in countless other anime and manga) by Goemon Ishikawa XIII. The damage is usually shown after he returns the sword to its sheath with a modest click. Goemon even has a CatchPhrase that he says as whatever he has cut falls apart: "Once again, I have cut a worthless object."

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* DelayedCausality: In Japan, that pause where nothing is happening between a cut/attack and the effect is called "Mu", something like "emptiness". It is used most famously (to the point of being parodied in countless other anime and manga) by Goemon Ishikawa XIII. The damage is usually shown after he returns the sword to its sheath with a modest click. Goemon even has a CatchPhrase that he says as whatever he has cut falls apart: "Once again, I have cut a worthless object."



** Fujiko Mine's name is an example: "The twin peaks of Mt. Fuji."

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** Fujiko Mine's name is an example: "The twin peaks of Mt. Fuji." (There's a (possibly apocryphal) story that Punch named her this because, like the famous mountain, she featured "imposing peaks of great natural beauty").
2nd Aug '16 4:45:07 PM angelynx
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** ''Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket'' explains that the three famous swords of Japanese past (Kotetsu, Yoshikane, and Masamune) were reforged into this one sword, and it is their spirit that makes it so powerful. From the translations, it's unclear if three swords were used, or three techniques were used to forge Zantetsuken.

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** ''Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket'' explains that the three famous swords of forged by legendary Japanese swordsmiths of the past (Kotetsu, Yoshikane, and Masamune) were reforged into this one sword, and it is their spirit that makes it so powerful. From the translations, it's unclear if three swords were used, or three techniques were used to forge Zantetsuken.
15th Apr '16 6:17:37 AM rafi
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** ''Anime/LupinIIITheSecretOfTwilightGemini'' is notorious for having the most fanservice of any Lupin III-related media... at least until, well, see the bullet point below this one.
** The 2012 TV series has Fujiko naked at least once an episode (not counting the opening & ending, where she's also naked).

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** The movie ''Anime/LupinIIITheSecretOfTwilightGemini'' is notorious for having the most fanservice of any Lupin III-related media... at least until, well, see the bullet point below this one.
** The 2012 TV series ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'' has Fujiko naked at least once an episode (not counting the opening & ending, where she's also naked).
11th Mar '16 6:06:05 PM comicwriter
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** Equally obscure is ''Lupin, Jr.'', a short-lived manga about the son of Lupin and Fujiko.
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* ForgottenThemeTuneLyrics: The theme song actually has lyrics, but the version traditionally used is a TitleThemeTune. For a while Creator/AdultSwim aired a vintage opening that used the lyrics.

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* ForgottenThemeTuneLyrics: The theme song actually has lyrics, but the version traditionally used is a TitleThemeTune. For a while Creator/AdultSwim aired a vintage Red Jacket's season 2 opening that used the lyrics.
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* OddlySmallOrganization: In the Manga, there was implied to be a large number of additional people working for the Lupin family, and the film even says that they're an extremely large organization. Despite that, the "Lupin Empire" seems to contain only 3 or 4 people, depending upon Fujiko's interests, with the occasional hired help. The perpetual crew always outnumbers the "empire" characters, even when it would make sense to gather more help.

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* OddlySmallOrganization: In the Manga, Manga and the Green Jacket series, there was implied to be a large number of additional people working for the Lupin family, and the film even says that they're an extremely large organization. Despite that, the "Lupin Empire" seems to contain only 3 or 4 people, depending upon Fujiko's interests, with the occasional hired help. The perpetual crew always outnumbers the "empire" characters, even when it would make sense to gather more help.
2nd Nov '15 6:15:29 PM crazysamaritan
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* SmokingIsCool: Every main character in the series (except Goemon) smokes, and they even have their own personal favorite real-life cigarette brands. The show's even had cigarette brands as sponsors!
** Lupin III smokes primarily Gitanes, a french brand of cigarettes that would typically have to be imported.
** Jigen primarily smokes Pall Mall (Longs), but has also smoked Marlboro Red (boxed) and occasionally a briar pipe.
** Fujiko likes Moa menthol, and occasionally uses a cigarette holder.
** Zenigata prefers Shinsei. The only Japanese brand in the group.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Fujiko is the only recurring female character in the franchise, and even ''she'' was originally only a series of several one-shot characters, as a ShoutOut to Film/JamesBond.
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