The characters of ''Franchise/LupinIII'', now declassified by Interpol. If you have any knowledge of the whereabouts of any of these individuals, please contact the nearest authorities. Caution is advised for anyone dealing with them, regardless of [[ObfuscatingStupidity any evidence to the contrary]].

''Lupin III'' has had many VoiceActors for its characters [[LongRunner over the years]] and across languages due to licensing and budget issues. Because of that, we are listing only the JapaneseVoiceActors here. Each works page has a linked character page that provides the names of all the voice actors for that work.
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[[folder:Lupin's Gang]]
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The Lupin Criminal Empire is sometimes a vast, world-wide network of people willing to give Lupin a hand, or are directly employed by him. Usually, however, [[OddlySmallOrganization it consists just of Lupin, Jigen, Goemon, and Fujiko.]] During an OriginsEpisode, it may consist solely of Lupin! These are the tropes that the gang fulfills when they're working together.
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* AntiHero: The gang go to great lengths to stop evil people from taking over the world, help capture or kill criminals, and even [[PetTheDog save little kittens]]. But they're still ''not'' heroes. They are usually motivated out of self-interest, and are always criminals. Instead, check out the SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains.
* AntiVillain: Generally speaking, the gang are Villains in Name Only. They are committing thefts and occasionally killing people (but see AssholeVictim), and wanted for international crimes in multiple countries. Despite this, they are ready to eliminate any rival gangs, put the real monarchy on the throne, or decorate the Statue of Liberty for Christmas.
* BadassCrew: The thieving subtrope.
* CaperCrew: The team works together (usually) to get their target.
** Lupin: TheLeader, The Mastermind, and The Coordinator of the group's activities, he's also their Gadget Guy, a master Con Artist, and an accomplished Pickpocket. See also: Master of Disguise.
** Jigen: Lupin's right hand man and lifelong Partner In Crime. Also serves as the Driver and the Muscle.
** Goemon: The group's other Muscle, though he's an impossibly skilled swordsman rather than a thug.
** Fujiko: Lupin's on-again/off-again gal pal. A highly skilled Cat Burglar, but has been known to serve as the Distraction or their Inside Woman when the job requires it.
* CartwrightCurse: Given that the lack of continuity for the series/franchise means that ''none'' of the characters ever have a long term relationship, all five characters qualify. In this series, LoveInterest means potential corpse. The only exception is Fujiko and Lupin's relationship. This curse is probably the reason Lupin will never get what he wants from her, though. \\
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Jigen stands out from the group as having the highest body count of dead lovers. Not just PutOnABus, they're likely to get a [[DeathIsDramatic dramatic death scene]]. Yet another reason to be a HeManWomanHater.
* DreamTeam: The best thief, most deadly assassin, fastest gunslinger, and most beautiful woman team up.
* FourManBand: Lupin III reminds us that situational comedy humor can be found in many genres.
** OnlySaneMan: Jigen keeps the most level head, and gets to snark instead of gasp at the other characters.
** TheSmartGuy: Goemon has his head in the clouds, and get humiliating situations because of that, not any perceived intelligence gap.
** The Pervert: Lupin is a pervert. Depending on the story, his actions may be more or less explicit.
** The ButtMonkey: Inspector Zenigata, because especially in the Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket series, his role is to be humiliated by Lupin.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: It's because the characters have a consistent interaction that makes them function in nearly any setting or plot.
** Sanguine: Lupin and Fujiko (when she's also an ActionGirl) are the most extroverted cast members, and pretty self-indulgent, too. They love showing off, and getting people to do what they want.
** Choleric: Zenigata is obsessed with the success of arresting Lupin. To the point where he will allow Fujiko and others to escape, for a chance at capturing Lupin. Even when the character is more mature, he is as HotBlooded as Lupin, and will instruct his subordinates to follow his instructions ''exactly''. It's a good thing that when he does have subordinates, they're intensely loyal to him, or he'd be considered a BadBoss.
** Melancholic: The brooding Jigen, and his eternal slouch, is an example of a melancholic who has learned how to relax. When he's ""[[ColdSniper on the job]]", his hard-working and detached nature come to the fore.
** Phlegmatic: Goemon, whose introversion is done as a part of training, does not ''need'' to be around other people for his training, but does so for the socialization.
** Leukine: Whatever DamselInDistress is around, including Fujiko, if the writers forgot her spunk.
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: Because Goemon and Jigen trust Lupin so much, we rarely see all the characters together demonstrating the conflict. Usually it's just the two of them sniping at each other when Lupin is absent.
** The Cynic: Jigen is a soured realist whose hazy past is best left unspoken.
** The Optimist: Goemon is often contrasted with the other men by his naivety.
** The Realist: Lupin is generally able to figure out some way to do things that no one else had been able to think of. This trait, as well as his ability to balance the cynicism and optimism, is what keeps his allies around.
** The Apathetic: Fujiko has probably already betrayed the group at this point, and about to beg Lupin to forgive her. Even the Optimist knows she'll betray them again.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Lupin and Jigen. Of all the gang members, these two are together the most and are even suggested to live together in several specials and films. Probably one of the oldest and greatest bromances in anime history.
* InHarmsWay: The crew will ''never'' stop in their adventures, because the adventures are the goal they chase after.
* MultipleChoicePast: The ''Lupin III'' franchise operates on a NegativeContinuity basis, so characters have whatever backstory the writers feel like giving them. However, the writers do agree on some general principles, in a BroadStrokes sort of storytelling convention that explains the crew's CharacterizationMarchesOn as acknowledged CharacterDevelopment.
* OutlawCouple: Lupin III and Fujiko. Their relationship is really an on and off romance, but characterized by their love of theft.
* SmokingIsCool: Except for Goemon (who doesn't smoke), the entire cast has various favorite brands of smokes.
* UniversalAdaptorCast: The crew (and you can add Zenigata, too) have found themselves facing pretty much anything that Creator/TMSEntertainment can come up with for them. From the 15th century to the 22nd century, they've found themselves in all sorts of situations.
* WithAFriendAndAStranger: Although the ChildhoodFriend aspect is usually overlooked, this trope is apparent in the way Lupin and Jigen are trusted allies, and Fujiko is the mysterious stranger, disrupting their camaraderie. Yes, this has fueled some HoYay.
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[[folder:Arsène Lupin III]]
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->'''Japanese Voice Actors:''' Creator/YasuoYamada (1971-1994), Kan'ichi Kurita (1995-present), Creator/NachiNozawa & Taichirou Hirokawa (1969 Pilot Film), Creator/ToshioFurukawa (''Fuma Conspiracy'')

"''Hey, Pops!''"

The leader and founder of the gang, Lupin is looking to get his hands on as much as possible, be it rare treasure, lots of money, sexy women, or any combination of the three. Although he's a thief, plain and simple, he's never a malicious one; his targets tend to be the wealthy, powerful, and prideful, and his capers usually serve as a swift example of humility to his unfortunate targets. He will also take on a job if he knows it will help out someone in dire straits on the way.
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Lupin steals two things: valuable goods and the virginity of women.
* {{Badass}}: Lupin will embark on the most ridiculous plans possible if he thinks it will get him what he wants. He usually succeeds, too. His actions and attitude have earned him a place on several of the {{Badass}} subtropes.
* BornLucky: ''Possibly''. Sometimes it's hard to tell if he pulls off some of his tricks by luck or [[CrazyPrepared actual planning]]. Nevertheless, when he offers the entire treasure on a poker hand or flip of the coin... he's only lost when the game was rigged.
* ButNotTooForeign: Lupin is half-French, half-Japanese, though Monkey Punch himself said (in materials to promote the first Lupin movie) that he considered Lupin to be of no nationality – a citizen of the world.
* TheCasanova: In the manga, at least. If it had boobs, he was after it.
* CatSmile: His usual closed-mouth smile is a long cat smile, when he shows his teeth, its a...
* CheshireCatGrin: When Lupin bears one of these, something is about to go down.
* TheCharmer: Although his success is a bit variable
* ChivalrousPervert: (In the anime) The manga incarnation goes way further in matters of perversion, to the point that he's a CasanovaWannabe. This trait is a victim of the ToneShift in the franchise.
* CombatPragmatist: He isn't interested in "playing by the rules" of fair combat, and will steal your clothes if it makes you less effective as a fighter.
* CrazyPrepared: Lupin has pulled out a third or even fourth backup plan when plans A-C have failed.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He usually relies on the villain of the story seeing how foolish he acts and attribute Lupin's success to luck. That amount of luck takes planning.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Manga Lupin is much more... sexually-motivated than his anime counterpart.
* DependingOnTheArtist: His jacket (Red, Green, or Pink). Also his facial structure shifts with each incarnation; sometimes he'll look like Monkey Punch's rogue, sometimes he looks oddly tough with a strong chin, sometimes he looks like Miyazaki's suave gentleman, sometimes he just looks like a monkey.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Lupin's favorite disguise is Zenigata.
* DubNameChange:
** In France he's called Edgar de la Cambriole, as Arsène Lupin is still under European copyright.
** Before the Arsène Lupin copyright expired in the U.S., English dubs from the early-to-mid 90's often had him renamed to "Wolf". Creator/{{AnimEigo}}'s dub of ''Anime/TheFumaConspiracy'' called him "Rupan" (the romanization of the katakana that make up his name).[[note]] The liner notes for the DVD point out that by the time [=AnimEigo=] got around to dubbing Fuma in 1994, Leblanc's works had fallen into the public domain in the US. But TMS made [=AnimEigo=] sign the same standard contract Streamline had used years earlier (when the Leblanc books were still under copyright), which is why they had to change the name.[[/note]] Lupin would not get his proper name in English until Creator/MangaEntertainment's dub of ''[[Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro Cagliostro]]'' in 2000.
* TheDulcineaEffect: Lupin's a sucker for helping a pretty lady in distress. It's one of his weak points, but he also does genuinely like to help people in need. It's just easier for him to agree so when it's a pretty lady.
* EnemyMine: Zenigata, all the time.
* ForgotFlandersCouldDoThat: Lupin's sword skills rarely come up after the Goemon introduction arc in the manga, so when they do get a showcase moment in an anime episode, it's downright astonishing.
* FriendlyEnemy: Lupin loves Zenigata like the well meaning and bumbling uncle he never had.
* FunPersonified: This is Jigen's justification for following Lupin in "Green Vs Red".
* GentlemanAdventurer: He's such a discerning burglar that he once broke into someone's house only to leave a note letting the owner know that he would return once the reproductions were replaced with something worth stealing. Imitating his ancestors.
* GentlemanThief: To honor his [[Literature/ArseneLupin ancestors]]. Every male parent/grandparent/uncle was one, it seems. Even some of the [[Manga/CatsEye Brides]] have been skilled thieves and well-mannered villains. Lupin the Third is occasionally less mannered, but always skilled.
* HandsomeLech: A shameless flirt, and "rich" enough to afford the best clothes. Sometimes his appearance is mocked, but not by women.
* IdenticalGrandson: At least he claims to be.
* ImprobableAimingSkills
* IndyPloy: Lupin doesn't like admitting that he's making up his plans while executing them.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: DependingOnTheWriter, but Lupin is pretty consistently portrayed as a scoundrel with a genuine soft-spot for people in need.
* JustLikeRobinHood: Well.... sometimes....
* LamarckWasRight: The Lupin dynasty. [[Literature/ArseneLupin Arsène the First]] is the archetypical GentlemanThief with all that that implies. Flashbacks show that his son, Lupin II, was awesome as well. Lupin III, himself, is a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass {{Kaitou}}. It continues in his illegitimate son ([[Manga/LupinIII manga-Lupin]] only), who is incredibly cunning; he was able to outsmart Fujiko and hold his own against a sword ''while armed with only a wrench''. Any attempts made by the police to capture these criminals tend to fail, usually embarrassingly.
* LastNameBasis: His name may be Arsene Lupin III, but even his friends call him Lupin.
* LatexPerfection: When he needs to wear a mask, they're of this quality.
* LimitedWardrobe: Although the color of his clothes may change, his "casual" wear is always the same style. Therefore, fans tend to identify him by the color of his suit jacket.
* LovableSexManiac: At least, in the anime his sex drive is lovable (if the focus ''really'' has an issue, Lupin will back off). In the Manga, UnfortunateImplications occur.
* LoveableRogue: His flippant treatment of the law is from him seeking a challenge.
* MasterOfDisguise: He's even fooled one lover into thinking he was the other one.
* MuggedForDisguise: When impersonating people, he'll often steal their clothing or uniform. It's not uncommon for Lupin to flawlessly pull off an impersonation, with the only hint to the audience (or Zenigata) being a shot of a BoundAndGagged hostage clad in GoofyPrintUnderwear.
* NoPronunciationGuide: A common complaint with {{FUNimation}}'s dubs of the {{Made For TV Movie}}s is that Lupin's name is pronounced "Loo-pin" instead of the more correct "Loo-pahn".[[note]]Technically neither is correct, if one assumes the French pronunciation that sounds more like "Lieu-pehgn" (the 'n' is nasalized and barely pronounced).[[/note]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Even to his own gang on occasion, much to their annoyance.
* {{Omniglot}}: Almost any language the gang encounters Lupin speaks or at least gets by. This includes several ''computer'' languages.
* PhantomThief: Lupin is nearly undetectable, and steals improbably, his thefts are usually complete with calling cards.
* RedOniBlueOni: The red, excitable guy, to Jigen's blue, phlegmatic guy. Even color-coded when he wears his red jacket.
* RefugeeFromTime: Lupin the Third is the son of Lupin the Second, who is the son of Literature/ArseneLupin. While the grandson exists in ComicBookTime, the grandfather is not as lucky, as he was written in the early 1900s. ''Early'' 1900s.
* SharpDressedMan: Doesn't feel himself unless he's dressed up. Even wears tuxedos for some of his thefts.
* SmokingIsCool: Not as obvious an example as Jigen, but one nonetheless. Zenigata was able to track Lupin on one occasion by [[SignatureItemClue noting a discarded cigarette butt]]. It was a Gitanes, an expensive import brand that only Lupin was known to smoke.
* SpyCatsuit: Lupin wears this on occasion. One of the most iconic franchise images, Lupin running along the wall with spotlights following him, has the thief with only his face revealed. His suit is usually still worn underneath it.
* StealthExpert: While Lupin often gets into buildings via disguise, he is also an accomplished second story-man. He can sneak in in a black cat suit, or cause enough distractions that his bright yellow tie and bright red jacket aren't noticed.
* StealthHiBye: Has done this in the middle of a dogpile with fifty policemen. When he ''doesn't'' disappear that way, Zenigata knows Lupin is planning something.
* StealthExpert: While he often gets into buildings via disguise, he is also an accomplished second story-man. Lupin can sneak in in a black SpyCatsuit, or cause enough distractions that his bright yellow tie and bright red jacket aren't noticed.
* UnknownRival: Lupin and Fujiko are uniquely mutual examples of unexpected rivalry. Although it is usually a MandatoryTwistEnding for [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Fujiko to betray (anyone, including)]] Lupin, there are cases where Lupin refuses to give her the prize at the end. More rarely, he may have planned for her to trick him, having a contingency in place, surprising ''her''.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: He's not above disguising as a woman in order to get close to his target. It backfired hilariously once.
* VillainProtagonist: It was most obvious in the Manga, but this is a ''thief'' that we're praising. He takes people's money on a whim, and the safer you try to keep it, the more likely he'll go after it.
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[[folder:Daisuke Jigen]]
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->'''Japanese Voice Actor:''' Creator/KiyoshiKobayashi (1969-present), Creator/BanjoGinga (''Fuma Conspiracy'')

''"May I remind you the last time she brought us a good deal was '''never'''?"''

Lupin's constant and most loyal partner, the laid back Jigen is constantly at his side, helping him with the next big score. Although Jigen can handle most any role Lupin hands him, his stand-out qualities are his remarkable, nearly-superhuman quick-draw and targeting skills. He also attempts to keep Lupin grounded where women are concerned, and ''especially'' where Fujiko is concerned; he has made his dislike of her and her motivations plain on many occasions. He works very well with Goemon, however, especially when it comes to taking down large portions of the enemy forces.

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* AmmunitionBackpack: Has been used on occasion, most notably in the ''Anime/TheColumbusFiles''.
* {{Badass}}: He's pulls off the most ridiculous shots in the world, helps Lupin with his ridiculous schemes while keeping completely cool, and puts up with crap from no one.
* BadassBeard: A sign of how down and dirty he is compared to his clean-shaven counterparts Lupin and Goemon.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Jigen is a professional, and he always looks the part.
* ButNotTooForeign: Despite his Japanese name (the structure of which can change DependingOnTheWriter; sometimes "Jigen" is incorrectly given as his ''first'' name), there's evidence to suggest that Jigen isn't Japanese at all, but possibly American. He tends to come off as the most "American" member of the cast (and averting EagleLand to boot) with his casual and laid-back nature and sarcastic cynicism. OriginsEpisode ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine has him working as a bodyguard for a mob boss and his wife, prior to meeting Fujiko and Lupin.
* BlindWithoutEm: Jigen is sometimes shown to need his hat to help his amazing targeting skills.
* ColdSniper: Jigen is as proficient with a sniper rifle as he is with his trademark handgun. So if Lupin wants that target down...
* DeadpanSnarker
* DependingOnTheWriter: Averted; Jigen has remained the most consistent character throughout all of the manga and anime incarnations.
* DubNameChange:
** In France, he's known as either Isidore or Auguste.
** In Cliff Hanger, he was renamed Jeff.
** In Toho's English dub of ''Mystery of Mamo'', he's known as Dan Dunn.
** In the first series Spanish dub, he was known as Oscar.
* EyeObscuringHat: His hat casts a deep shadow over his eyes.
* FedoraOfAsskicking: Jigen's dark fedora. Combined with his slouch, it looks like he's always taking a nap.
* TheGunslinger: Indicated to be a better shot than Lupin. See also Creator/JamesCoburn.
* HeartbrokenBadass: The first time we actually get to see Jigen have a life, she turns out to be a BitchInSheepsClothing ([[spoiler:using Jigen to get rid of Lupin]]). Jigen gets over it pretty quickly though.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: He's Lupin's most constant and reliable companion.
* HiddenEyes: So much so that it adds to the art dissonance when he's constantly drawn with visible eyes (this happened in one episode of the first TV series and at least a few chapters of the original manga). Jigen's eyes are actually visible quite often in the original manga, especially later on when Monkey Punch ''really'' turned up the slapstick.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: And how! He brings down heavily armored vehicles with a single shot, and knocks enemy bullets out of the air with ease.
* TheLancer: Provides a cool head to contrast Lupin's off-the-wall behavior.
* LastNameBasis: The structure of his name is inconsistent in the Japanese portion of the Franchise. Generally speaking, Daisuke is his given name, and Jigen is his family name. But because pretty much everyone calls him Jigen, the order is sometimes switched to avert this. See also ButNotTooForeign, above.
* LimitedWardrobe: Black suit? Check. Tie Clip? Check. Fedora? Check. Revolver? Check.
* LoveableRogue: While Jigen is the grittiest of the gang, even he draws the line at certain acts.
* MrFanservice: The manliest cast member, though admittedly the man ''least'' likely to strip.
* MrFixit: When it comes to guns or anything related to them.
* NeverBareheaded: He is rarely seen without his fedora. He won't wear it when necessary for a disguise (so few deliverymen or uniformed officers wear fedoras), but will wear it at pretty much any other occasion – including while scuba-diving in a rapidly-moving aqueduct.
* NiceHat: One of the most iconic in animation history (to the point he even got a ShoutOut in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'').
** [[GogglesDoSomethingUnusual Fedoras Do Something Unusual]]: He once said he uses it to help with his aim.
* QuickDraw: Jigen is said to possess a 0.3 second quick-draw. He's also shown to take out three or more people who have already aimed their guns at him before he's drawn his Magnum. Usually by BlastingItOutOfTheirHands.
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue, phlegmatic guy, to Lupin's red, excitable guy. Since Jigen usually wears a dark blue/black suit, and light blue shirt, the two are often colour-coded.
* RiddleForTheAges: Exactly how he manages to always get his firearms past airport security when he flies commercially (something he does often) is never explained in-story. (And he seems to do it rather easily.) Fans have [[FanficFuel formulated a few theories]], such as suggesting he might have set up hidden checkpoints at every conceivable one he could travel to where he could deposit them before boarding and pick them up after arriving.
* SharpDressedMan: Despite the perpetual SlouchOfVillainy, his suits are worn even under scuba gear. The fedora covering his eyes is an important aspect, acting as CoolShades for him.
* SmokingIsCool: Only smokes when he's relaxed. If he's getting tense, Jigen will put it out. His favorite brand is Pall Mall (Longs).
* StealthHiBye: But not quite Lupin's level. By himself, it usually only happens when he suddenly reveals himself by walking out of the shadows. To disappear, he usually needs to be with Lupin.
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[[folder:Goemon Ishikawa XIII]]
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->'''Japanese Voice Actors:''' Creator/MakioInoue (1977-2011), Creator/DaisukeNamikawa (2011-present), Creator/ChikaoOhtsuka (1971), Creator/GoroNaya[=/=]OsamuKobayashi (1969 Pilot Film), Creator/KanetoShiozawa (''Fuma Conspiracy'')

''"[[CatchPhrase Once again, I have cut a worthless object...]]"''

[[OriginsEpisode Originally]], Goemon was one of Lupin's marks; the master thief wanted the secrets to Goemon's incredible sword and his amazing ability to use it. This caused their first confrontation to end with both of them being [[InfernalRetaliation lit on fire]]. Since then, the thief has impressed Goemon enough for the master samurai to join Lupin's gang and participate in his incredible schemes. Moodier than Jigen, Goemon often has a tendency to go off on his own in the middle of missions, or occasionally joins up with Fujiko, in spite of the fact that he is just as wary of her as Jigen is. But make no mistake... when the chips are down, Goemon will come back to Lupin's side in the end to help him deal with whatever mess he has managed to get himself into.
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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Lampshaded in the sword's anime incarnation; the name Zantetsuken translates as "Iron-Cutting Sword."
* AmbiguouslyBrown: In the manga (at times), pilot film, and ''The Secret of Mamo'' feature film.
* {{Badass}}
* BishieSparkle: Happened in one episode of the second TV series. And he [[PowerGivesYouWings got wings]], too. Seriously.
* {{Bishonen}}: Although it [[DependingOnTheArtist varies from artist-to-artist]].
* BladeSpam: Goemon is able to make attacks pseudo-simultaneous - the observer cannot tell that there are multiple slashes being executed. If we're lucky, we get to see three or four slashes, but usually there's a dozen made from just drawing and sheathing his sword.
* CultureEqualsCostume: Goemon is immediately identifiable as Japanese based on his unusual clothing.
* DefeatByModesty: He often slices the clothes off his opponents (he has also done this to Lupin to show his displeasure).
* DependingOnTheWriter: Goemon's first manga incarnation is much more temperamental and impetuous than his more well-known anime personality. Aside from that, he is the second most consistent character.
* DubNameChange:
** In France, he's called Yokitori.
** In the first Spanish dub, he is called Francis Ishikawa.
** In the Toho dub for The Mystery of Mamo, he's simply called Samurai.
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: Goemon's reason for being one in modern-day society. In RealLife, it was Monkey Punch's reason for adding him to the gang.
* FamousAncestor: The modern Goemon is descended from UsefulNotes/IshikawaGoemon, an honorable thief of Sengoku-era Japan who is the subject of kabuki plays and other media.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: He once refused to cut down a huge crocodile when he and Jigen fell into a trap pit. However, he managed to wrestle it and [[BadAss tie it up with his kimono]].
* FullPotentialUpgrade: Goemon originally kept breaking swords with his slicing technique.
* {{Fundoshi}}: The highly traditional Goemon wouldn't wear anything else. Even if the gang is swimming with scuba tanks, Goemon will opt for the simple cloth instead of the wetsuit.
* IaijutsuPractitioner: Goemon is supposed to be a master of many fighting styles, but the most common thing we see is the near-''instant'' draw-and-slice of his katana.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: It would be shorter to list what Goemon ''can't'' do with his sword. On top of that, he seems able to ''choose'' what it cuts.
* KimonoIsTraditional: Always seen in a kimono and hakama, reflecting his {{Samurai}} honor and traditional ways. The only times he ever wears modern clothing is as part of a disguise.
* LastNameBasis: Bizarrely, the most formal character in the entire series, Goemon Ishikawa XIII, is referred to almost exclusively by his ''personal'' name. In this case, a notable aversion.
* LimitedWardrobe: The colors of his kimono and hakama change, and that's about it.
* LuminescentBlush
* MrFanservice: Goemon prefers to swim in nothing more than a {{Fundoshi}}.
* NoSmoking: Goemon is the only main character who has not been seen smoking in the anime. In the manga, however, he's seen occasionally with a pipe.
* PickyEater: In some versions, Goemon is unwilling to eat anything other than Japanese food.
* ReverseGrip: Goemon's standard method of grip. He can wield the katana in both hands, but usually he holds the sheath in his left, and the katana in his right, the same grip for each.
* {{Ronin}}: Particularly in the movies & specials, he's usually found wandering somewhere before Lupin contacts him. Training.
* {{Samurai}}: A bit of InsistentTerminology in the franchise. For the purpose of this wiki, he fits the {{Ronin}} subtrope only, but since ''everyone'' calls him a samurai, he's listed twice.
* SpiderSense: In the second TV series and a couple of the TV specials, Zantetsuken occasionally acquired a "shadow of death" on the blade, warning Goemon of major danger ahead.
* TheStoic
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: His original motivation for joining Lupin's gang. Has pretty much since fallen by the wayside.
* TheQuietOne: Usually, though sometimes he's more of TheStoic.
* ThunderboltIron: The manga origin story for his sword. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in its manga name, Nagareboshi.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Goemon's AbsurdlySharpBlade has cut through four-foot-thick trees, armored cars, ''main battle tanks'', but will be stopped dead by ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konjac konnyaku gel]]'' (or whatever the plot of the episode requires).
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[[folder:Fujiko Mine]]
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->'''Japanese Voice Actresses:''' Creator/EikoMasuyama (1969, 1977-2011), YukikoNikaido (1971), Creator/MiyukiSawashiro (2011-present), Creator/MamiKoyama (''Fuma Conspiracy'')

''"Luuuu-pin!"''

A master thief in her own right, Fujiko is Lupin's one obsession that isn't stealing or messing with those who deserve it. She will often work with Lupin, only to screw him out of the goods in the end. Or perhaps she sets up Lupin for a job that ends up with him doing all the dirty work for her. Either way, she knows how to use Lupin and his love of her to get what she wants. In spite of her blatant use-and-abuse of Lupin, she has been shown on a number of occasions to truly love and care about him, and is quick to be at his side when things have really gone wrong. Occasionally, Fujiko will set up independent jobs of her own that have nothing to do with Lupin, but always end up paralleling one of his jobs in the end. Jigen pretty much wants nothing to do with her ever, but strangely Goemon, even with his honorable nature, has been known to partner up with her on the occasional heist.

She's the focus of her own series, 2012's ''[[Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine The Woman Called Fujiko Mine]]''
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* ActionGirl: Although it varies. Early on, she was often a DamselInDistress, but later works have made her the Action Girl to contrast with the Girl of the Week that Lupin is chasing.
** In ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'', her skills as a thief, fighter, and seductress have been improved so that she can take the lead role.
* AnimalMotifs: Butterflies and peacocks in ''The Woman Called Fujiko Mine''.
* {{Badass}}: Highly skilled with a gun and dangerously crafty; can easily take down a whole army with a machine gun.
* BikerBabe: Fujiko drives motorbikes when she's not riding with the men. Oftentimes, her abilities in this field are—-if not key-—a deciding factor in the situation.
* BiTheWay: ''The Woman Called Fujiko Mine'' sees her humoring the advances of SchoolgirlLesbians.
* CompositeCharacter: In the first manga series, "Fujiko Mine" was usually the name given to TheGirlOfTheWeek. Near the end of the series, however, Monkey Punch just combined them into a single "Fujiko" character, and she's been that way ever since.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: She betrays Lupin in every aspect of the Franchise. Usually double-crosses Lupin to Zenigata and/or the villain of the week, and then goes ''back'' to Lupin later on in the episode/movie. Then betray him ''again'' in order to take the treasure for herself. Despite the frequency of these betrayals, Lupin is still willing to trust her (which inevitably gets him double-crossed ''again'' in the next movie). In one instance, he even comments that he is ''expecting'' her to betray him.
* ClassyCatBurglar: The DistaffCounterpart to Lupin, Fujiko is seductive, alluring, and just as devious a thief as he is. This aspect of the character gets ''really'' played up in [[Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine her series]].
* CombatPragmatist: Perhaps even more so than Lupin.
* DarkActionGirl: Sometimes, though mainly in ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine''.
* DeadpanSnarker: Towards Lupin, when he (unsuccessfully) tries flirting with her.
* DependingOnTheWriter: The worst of the five. Fujiko's loyalty, attitude, interest in Lupin, and tendency to keep her clothes on change dramatically between iterations.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Fujiko has undergone the most redesigns of any of the ''Lupin'' characters, to the point that it's pretty much a running joke among the fanbase.
** It's commonly accepted by fans that the way a new animation team puts their mark on the franchise is by redesigning Fujiko.
** Despite Fujiko's differing designs, each iteration of the character has broadly similar features, such as large breasts and long, flowing hair.
* DistressedDamsel: Occasionally, though this role more often goes to the female lead created for the film.
* DoubleEntendre: Her name translates as "Twin Peaks".
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Almost as often and as well as Lupin.
* DubNameChange: In France, she's called Magali, and in Italian she's sometimes called Margot, but not always.
* EasilyForgiven: Despite her repeated betrayals, Lupin continues to blindly trust her.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: As Cicciolina from ''The Woman Called Fujiko Mine'' is helpful enough to point out.
-->'''Cicciolina:''' What a beautiful body. Men would... No, even women would surely become enslaved by it.
* {{Expy}}: Of the [[Film/JamesBond Bond Girls]], originally.
* '''{{Fanservice}}''': Early and often.
** For a good example, the first time we see her in the ''Anime/TheMysteryOfMamo'', she's taking a shower.
** Read the manga and count how many times her clothes get torn off. There are stories where she spends the entire time naked.
** The Woman Called Fujiko Mine has Fujiko get naked practically [[OnceAnEpisode every episode]]. Not counting the opening sequences.
* FemmeFatale: She isn't a BlackWidow, but Lupin is only one of ''many'' boyfriends that she strings along, until they've given her everything they have.
* ImprobableAimingSkills
* KaleidoscopeHair: During four TV series, five feature films, and dozens of Made For TV Movies, Fujiko has gone through various shades of blonde, brunette, and red. Sometimes it's as part of her role as a MasterOfDisguise, but it usually comes with no explanation other than DependingOnTheArtist.
* LastNameBasis: Japanese order, "Mine Fujiko", means Fujiko actually is her given name. NotAnExample, but listed here for clarification.
* LovableTraitor: Generally, Lupin finds her treachery to be part of her charm, but not always.
* LoveableRogue
* MasterOfDisguise: Hard to tell, but she does use some of the same tricks as Lupin, at least.
* MeaningfulName: As mentioned under DoubleEntendre, her name means "Twin Peaks", and her large breasts are just about the only consistent element in her character design.
* MsFanservice: To the audience and to Lupin.
* {{Omniglot}}: In ''The Woman Called Fujiko Mine''.
* TheRival: To Lupin. In the TV series ''The Woman Called Fujiko Mine'', Lupin specifically designates Fujiko to be his rival as a way to solve his boredom with being an unstoppable master thief.
* SmokingIsCool: Her favorite brand is Moa menthol, and occasionally uses a cigarette holder.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: There have been plenty of female characters in ''Lupin III'' over the decades, but she's the only one to appear in every version of the franchise.
* SpyCatsuit: One of Fujiko's outfits is a black leather spy catsuit which she frequently [[AbsoluteCleavage doesn't zip up all the way]]. Also applies to her [[BikerBabe leather zip-up motorcycle outfits]].
* UnknownRival: Lupin and Fujiko are uniquely mutual examples of unexpected rivalry. Although it is usually a MandatoryTwistEnding for [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Fujiko to betray (anyone, including)]] Lupin, there are cases where Lupin refuses to give her the prize at the end. More rarely, he may have planned for her to trick him, having a contingency in place, surprising ''her''.
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[[folder:Inspector Kouichi Zenigata]]
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->'''Japanese Voice Actors:''' Creator/GoroNaya (1971-2011), Creator/KoichiYamadera (2011-present), Shinsuke Chikaishi[=/=]Creator/ChikaoOhtsuka (1969 Pilot Film), Creator/SeizoKato (''Fuma Conspiracy'')

''"Stop, Lupin! You're under arrest!"''

The perpetual foil of the Lupin gang, Inspector Zenigata is the most dedicated cop you could ever find. He ''will'' bring Lupin and his cronies to justice... at least as soon as he figures out how to ensnare his rival once and for all. The problem isn't that Zenigata is a bad detective; he's actually quite intelligent and quick-thinking. It's just that Lupin is even better at outwitting the good inspector. Luckily, Lupin is kind enough to leave behind the real crooks in the whole affair for Zenigata to claim and turn in. With his amazing record of catches and closed cases, Interpol ''usually'' has little issue with letting Zenigata continue in the perpetual pursuit of his rival.
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* AmbiguouslyBrown: In the first TV series. He also had a ruddy complexion in ''The Castle of Cagliostro''. Even in later entries of the franchise, he's noticeably darker-skinned than Lupin and the gang, but that's probably more "ruddy" than "brown".
* AntagonistInMourning:
** On the occasions where Lupin appears to be dead, Zenigata genuinely mourns him. In ''The Fuma Conspiracy'', he actually becomes a Buddhist monk to pray for Lupin's soul.
** Averted in ''Mystery of Mamo''; Lupin is hanged and Zenigata is about to gleefully put a stake through the heart of Lupin's corpse [[spoiler:when it explodes, and it's revealed that the dead Lupin is a clone, much to Zenigata's chagrin.]]
* {{Badass}}: Capable of chasing the world's greatest thief to the ends of the earth, as well as arresting anyone of lesser skill. Generally inversely proportional to his status as ButtMonkey.
* BadBadActing: While chasing Lupin through ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'', they discover that the Silver Branch of the Cagliostro family has been secretly manipulating global economics with massive amounts of perfectly counterfeited money for centuries. He brings armloads of evidence to his bosses at Interpol, but forgot until the last minute that those ''were the same people Cagliostro had been manipulating'' and that they weren't about to admit to it, especially since lots of them were actively playing Cagliostro against other nations. So he takes a camera team (who are doing a ''live worldwide broadcast'') into Castle Cagliostro supposedly to catch Lupin, but then makes a detour into the castle's basement printing area...
--> ''What Is This! Look At ALL This Mo-ney! These Are Yen! Could It Be COUNTERFEIT? Oh, No! I Came Here To Cap-Ture Lupin And Un-Covered A Crim-In-Al Plot! Oh, What To DO?''
* BigEater: Certainly justified in that you must eat metric ton-loads of food to have the energy to chase Lupin. In one episode, he ate twenty hamburgers in one sitting!
* ButtMonkey: Often in the goofier entries of the ''Lupin'' franchise (notably the second and third TV series).
* ByTheBookCop: Quite possibly the world's most honest cop. During the ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'' anime, he bent the rules a ''lot'', but his memory of a young Oscar was what kept him from becoming a CorruptCop.
* ChainedHeat: Zenigata's favorite weapon? Thrown handcuffs.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Seriously, Zenigata is in incredible physical shape for his age, and is probably the most skilled and tough hand-to-hand combatant in the series. He can, subconsciously, perform physical feats that border on superhuman, and can dispatch multiple attackers without breaking a sweat.
* CoolOldGuy: Zenigata is roughly twice the age of Lupin. So the idea that he can't catch Lupin seems justified, which would avert this trope. Then you realize that people younger than Lupin aren't able to keep up with him, but [[TheDeterminator Zenigata]] ''is''. Even at his worst, he's a man old enough to be Lupin's father, who manages to follow him around the world!
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Quite simply, Zenigata is THE WORLD'S GREATEST COP. Not only has he actually managed to arrest Lupin from time to time, he's also a formidable fighter, investigator, and most important, a truly [[ByTheBookCop fair and good cop]]. The only reason why he's seen by some as incompetent at first glance is because his opponent is Lupin.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Zenigata's competency is the main variable. Is he a bumbling idiot, or a worthy rival to Lupin?
* TheDeterminator: Zenigata has, from the perspective of other characters and on more than one occasion, ''come back from the dead'' because someone mentioned Lupin's name in his presence.
* DisappearedDad: The Mystery of Mamo reveals that Zenigata actually has a daughter, who probably doesn't get to see her father much as he's obsessed with capturing Lupin. In contrast, The Woman Called Fujiko Mine has Zenigata act as surrogate father to CanonForeigner Oscar, who returns the favor by being gayer than Waylon Smithers.
* DubNameChange:
** In France, he's sometimes Inspector Gaston Lacogne.
** In Toho's english dub of ''Mystery Of Mamo'', he's Detective Ed Scott.
** In the first Spanish dub, he was renamed as Inspector Basilio.
* DueToTheDead: On the occasions Zenigata has apparently died, he has received full honors from Interpol.
* EnemyMine: Zenigata and Lupin have teamed up on multiple occasions to take down a mutual foe.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Unless Lupin ''wants'' to be captured, Zenigata can't bring him in.
* FamousAncestor: Zenigata is descended from Heiji Zenigata, an Edo-era detective featured in a popular Japanese novel, film, and TV series. His ancestor was known for throwing coins, but the modern Zenigata throws handcuffs instead.
* {{Flanderization}}: He went from being a cunning, competent rival for Lupin in the manga and early anime, to being a bumbling idiot later on. Nowadays, though, [[DependingOnTheWriter his level of competence varies]].
* FriendlyEnemy:
** When he was kicked off the Lupin case during ''Voyage to Danger'', his first action was to find Lupin's secret hideout (which he did in less than an hour) and warn them of the plan to execute the Lupin gang.
** The feeling's mutual; while they may be on opposite sides of the law and he may bust his balls on occasion, Lupin genuinely respects Zenigata and has actual friendly affection for him. So much so that, on occasions where a villain actually hurts Zenigata in any way, Lupin will make sure the villain pays a thousandfold. He wouldn't have anyone else chasing him.
** Lupin has gone on record stating that although Zenigata has thus far failed to (permanently) capture him he's certainly the best there is and probably will succeed... eventually.
* FoeRomanceSubtext: The subtext between Lupin and Zenigata comes primarily from Zenigata's statements. Even some of the other characters will {{Lampshade}} how [[HoYay sexual]] some of Zenigata's comments get.
* HeroAntagonist: Zenigata is primarily presented as the Antagonist to VillainProtagonist Lupin. His role is to capture the criminal thief, and take him to jail to await trial. Whether or not he hopes Lupin will receive Life imprisonment or death penalty, varies on the story.
* IdiotBall: He's a great detective, and gets ''far'' closer to catching Lupin than anyone else. But when the plot (or at least the RuleOfFunny) requires it, his competence can plummet quickly.
* LargeHam: "Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup-onnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!"
* LastNameBasis: His first name is rarely mentioned (it's "Kouichi"). Everybody usually refers to him as ''Zenigagta-keibu'' ("Inspector Zenigata"), except for Lupin, who refers to him as ''tottsan'' ("Pops" or "Old Man").
* LimitedWardrobe: His trenchcoat and hat are constants.
* MommasBoy: Constantly mentions his mother in Geneon's GagDub, to the point of being a little creepy in a couple of episodes.
* NiceHat
* SpottingTheThread: Lupin calling him "Tott-san" ("Pops" or "Old Man") usually gives the thief away.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: He's helped Lupin escape from other cops for this reason.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: His constant failures catching Lupin tend to have Interpol brass (and some fans) wondering how he keeps his job. The answer is all of the ''other'' criminals he manages to put away while chasing the master thief around. Any normal detective would never get within 500 feet of Lupin.
* SmokingIsCool: Zenigata prefers Shinsei. The only Japanese brand in the group.
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: the former TropeNamer.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Zenigata's diet leaves a lot to be desired: it basically consists of boiled ramen noodles and black coffee. Probably [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that his constant pursuit of Lupin doesn't allow him much time to have a decent meal. When he DOES have time to eat more than usual, he's a BigEater.
* UndyingLoyalty:
** Zenigata's subordinates from the Japanese police force are the most loyal, dedicated group of police officers ever, and will ALWAYS follow Zenigata's hunches. They're so loyal, if Zenigata defies orders from Interpol, they WILL follow him, consequences be damned.
** Not only the Japanese ones, as shown in ''Voyage to Danger'': when Zenigata was pulled from the case and told this to the by-the-book Italian cops at his orders, they packed and returned home, ''letting a trapped and desperate Lupin go because that would have meant that Zenigata wasn't the one catching him''.
* WorthyOpponent: Inspector Zenigata and Lupin the Third have an intense rivalry that is based on their Criminal and Cop relationship. Zenigata views Lupin as a worthy opponent, because aside from Lupin, Zenigata is able to capture any criminal he sets his eyes on. Lupin has affectionate nicknames for the old policeman, while eliminating people who he actually considers dangerous. This doesn't stop him from ''mocking'' the cop at every opportunity, but he seems to do so more from love than from hatred, despite the fact that the two are near-mortal enemies. The respect between them forms an unstated Gentleman's Agreement where neither attempts to deliberately harm the other.
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