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[[caption-width-right:303:Gold: [[HandsomeLech Lupin]], Red: [[FemmeFatale Fujiko]], Purple: [[{{Ronin}} Goemon]], Green: [[HeroAntagonist Zenigata]], Blue: [[TheGunslinger Jigen]]]]
Lupin III (Japanese: ルパン三世) is a direct descendant of the titular GentlemanThief of ''Literature/ArseneLupin'', VillainProtagonist of a series of French novels by Maurice [=LeBlanc=]. Like his famous grandfather, he's a cunning, dame-crazy master thief who's never been caught.

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]]

Has nothing to do with [[Literature/HarryPotter Remus Lupin]], but read ReferencedBy.LupinIII to see what Lupin characters ''are'' related to this franchise.

Lupin the 3rd is frequently accompanied by ex-rivals Daisuke Jigen (TheGunslinger) and Goemon Ishikawa XIII ({{Ronin}}). The trio form a CaperCrew, pulling off thefts or acting as a team of {{Adventurer Archaeologist}}s. Fujiko Mine (FemmeFatale) sometimes works for the group, and sometimes against them. The four are chased by Inspector Koichi Zenigata (InterpolSpecialAgent). Read more about the characters at Characters.LupinIII or read about their exploits on one of the following pages:

!!Works starring the cast of Lupin the Third:
[[index]]
* [[Manga/LupinIII Multiple Manga serials]]
* [[Anime/LupinIII Multiple Anime series and movies]]
* [[Film/LupinIII Multiple Live-Action Films]]
* ''VideoGame/LupinThe3rdTheShooting''
* ''VideoGame/LupinThe3rdTreasureOfTheSorcererKing''
* ''[[TabletopGame/LupinIII Lupin the 3rd: The Board Game]]''
[[/index]]
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!!Tropes common to all forms of Lupin the Third:
* 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.
** ''Anime/LupinIIIEpisode0FirstContact'' and ''Anime/LupinIIIDragonOfDoom'' both explain that the Zantetsuken is made out of a mysterious alloy.
** 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.
** In the manga, it's said to be made of a rare steel alloy produced from [[ThunderboltIron meteoric iron]] that is almost indestructible, though apparently the metal can cut itself.
** The recap section has accidentally created a game of listing every time Goemon draws his sword.
* 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 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.
* AntagonistInMourning: [[VillainProtagonist Lupin the Third]] and [[HeroAntagonist Inspector Zenigata]] have JokerImmunity, but situations where one has a funeral or execution happens at least [[OnceAnEpisode once every series]].
** Zenigata's obsessive pursuit of Lupin tends to make him very unsettled whenever Lupin is actually caught, although this is always temporary. He becomes convinced that Lupin ''wanted'' to get caught and was trying to GetIntoJailFree. (He's right, of course) [[Recap/LupinIIIS1E4 One Chance to Breakout]] is an example from the Green Jacket series.
** Similarly, Lupin is fond enough of Zenigata to mourn Zenigata's apparent death in the MadeForTVMovie ''Anime/LupinIIITheLastJob''.
** Invoked in real-life: Creator/GoroNaya (the voice of Zenigata) provided a short eulogy (in-character) at the funeral of Creator/YasuoYamada (the voice of Lupin): "Hey, Lupin, from now on, who should I keep chasing after? His angry voice shook with tears.
* AssassinOutclassin: Comes in two flavours.
** An OriginsEpisode for Goemon or Jigen may have them playing assassin to Lupin, and eventually allowing DefeatMeansFriendship.
** TheRival is introduced for one or more of the characters. Either brand-new, or from their past. The rivals clash two or three times before the final confrontation calls for our protagonists to win.
* BagOfKidnapping:
** 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: Lupin and Zenigata are 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.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: The franchise goes back-and-forth with this trope.
** Averted in Manga.LupinIII, where genitalia is instead drawn as the male and female gender symbols.
** Played straight in the Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket series.
** ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'' averts this with nipples (the opening sequence even plainly shows them quite a lot) but still plays it straight with genitalia. Although it ''also'' borrows the gender symbols trick from the manga.
* BavarianFireDrill: Lupin usually combines this with LatexPerfection to get the cops that were chasing him to go the wrong way.
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Lupin and Jigen are commonly shown with the ability to do this. Usually with a bit of QuickDraw thrown in, and excellent examples in the TV specials.
* 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.
** The Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket series was cleaner (but still {{Seinen}}-oriented), and the Anime/LupinIIIYearlySpecials are much LighterAndSofter. But ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'' was made HotterAndSexier as well as DarkerAndEdgier, in order to align closer to the original manga style.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: This trope is used due to the franchise's Semipermeable Fourth Wall nature. It is usually Lupin speaking directly to the audience, but any of the characters can do it for a RuleOfFunny.
** Some of the Manga stories have turned Creator/MonkeyPunch and/or the audience into a main character for the story. One story was Lupin showing off his hideout, and explaining everything he had in it.
** 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
* TheCon
* CaramelldansenVid: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il41Uvn3acg Lupin, Jigen, Goemon, Fujiko]] (This one actually tells a little story!)
* CatchPhrase: Zenigata and Goemon each have a catchphrase that they are known for speaking at least OnceAnEpisode.
** Zenigata's catchphrase: "Lupin, you're under arrest!" (even if he's arresting someone else)
** Goemon's statement is "Once again, I have cut a worthless object.", after performing some incredible feat of swordsmanship.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: an enforced example of this trope.
** When the first Manga started, Fujiko Mine was an arbitrary name given to the GirlOfTheWeek. She could be an ActionGirl one week, and a DamselInDistress the next. When Monkey Punch decided to make her a consistent character, the idea that she worked with Lupin one week, and against him the next, retroactively gave her ChronicBackstabbingDisorder. This trait has been kept across the franchise.
** The introduction of Goemon and Jigen: Both characters were added to the original manga series as rivals to Lupin. Adaptations with {{Origins Episode}}s make it a feature of their CharacterDevelopment.
*** Goemon was introduced as an {{assassin}} hired to kill Lupin. For awhile, ''he'' had TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou excuse for protecting Lupin from other enemies. Some form of this is kept whenever his OriginsEpisode is.
* 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.
* CigaretteOfAnxiety: Jigen [[InvertedTrope inverts]] the idea. The cool gunman is only smoking when he's relaxed. (He's nearly always relaxed) Putting the cigarette out if the situation is getting tense/excited.
* 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.
** Gets really complicated when they start [[MythologyGag referencing]] [[ContinuityNod past events]].
** 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.
* ContractOnTheHitman:
** This trope sometimes comes into play for a Jigen or Goemon OriginsEpisode.
** In ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'', it happens to ''all four'', by various organizations.
** Lupin once pays a hitman to take a contract out on himself, [[Manga/LupinIII literally]]. [[spoiler: Turns out the hitman has split personality issues.]]
* ConvenientlyCellmates: ''IF'' it isn't just Lupin in the jail, the others are invariably either in the same cell, or adjacent cells.
** ''Anime/LupinIIIOperationReturnTheTreasure'': the first time Zenigata arrests Lupin, he puts Jigen in the same cell.
** 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.
* CoolGuns: Except for [[{{Samurai}} Goemon]], each character has their preference.
** [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/CoolGuns/Revolvers Revolvers]]: Jigen loves his "Magnum".
** [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/CoolGuns/Handguns Handguns]]: Lupin carries the P-38.
** Fujiko has the Browning M1910.
** [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/CoolGuns/Handguns Handguns]]: Inspector Zenigata carries the Colt .45
* CriminalProcedural: An action/comedy Franchise about a GentlemanThief and his accomplices? Yes, most commonly pulling off a theft, but they've been shown as hardcore criminals and convicts as well.
* CrossOver:
** Combined slightly with SpinOffspring, this forms the premise of the series itself: Lupin from ''Literature/ArseneLupin'', Jigen is Creator/JamesCoburn's character from ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'', Goemon is descended from UsefulNotes/IshikawaGoemon, Fujiko was the DisposableLoveInterest from ''Film/JamesBond'', Zenigata is descended from ''Zenigata Heiji Covers all of Edo''.
** ''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.
* CryingWolf: Exploited by Lupin in a manga chapter and the Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket episode ([[Recap/LupinIIIS1E4 One Chance to Breakout]]) based on that chapter, in which Lupin intentionally causes this effect. While he's in prison, he keeps claiming that he isn't really Lupin, until everyone gets sick of it and stops listening. On the day of his execution, he switches places with a guard, who gets dragged off protesting that he isn't Lupin and, of course, no one believes him.
* 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.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Lupin III'' experiences a lot of ToneShift, especially when the directors change.
** Manga.LupinIII, which we include because a fan is more likely to be familiar with the anime equivalents, rather than any of the comics that came first. It establishes itself as a series with sex, violent death, and occasional {{Gorn}}.
** Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket, while cutting out the {{Gorn}}, remained on the darker end of the scale, until a {{Retool}} halfway through the series.
** ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'' brings back many of the darker elements from the manga back to the screen. The sexual nature of Fujiko, MindRape, and violent deaths are played up in this series.
** Anime/LupinIIIYearlySpecials can spend some of the time Darker, and some of the time Lighter.
** ''Anime/LupinIIIDeadOrAlive'' is the darkest of the Lupin Theatrical Releases, and has the notable honor of Creator/MonkeyPunch working on it.
* 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."
* DenserAndWackier: The art style of the Anime/LupinIIIPinkJacket series is this to the rest of the franchise. It says something when a character who is known for being just this side of possible evokes an "are they smoking something?" feel. While the plots are no weirder than in the past, the new 1980's style of drawing the characters makes a lot of fans give up before the character designs become more consistent later in the show.
* DiagonalCut: Goemon does this frequently. Things rarely fall apart until he has resheathed his sword, and [[CatchPhrase at some point he will say, "Once again I have cut a worthless object."]]
* 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.
--> '''Fujiko''': I just love a good shag.
** Fujiko Mine's name is an example: "The twin peaks of Mt. Fuji."
* 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''.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Lupin is a MasterOfDisguise, so he engages in this often. His favorite disguise is apparently Zenigata.
** There was one episode of the Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket series where Lupin, Jigen, and Goemon ALL dressed up as Zenigata.
** Anyone in the cast might be expected to appear as a disguised version of someone else. Zenigata has even disguised himself as Lupin!
* DueToTheDead: shows both ends of this trope.
** Good: When Zenigata is declared dead, he is always treated to full police honors, as if he made a HeroicSacrifice ForGreatJustice. Lupin and his gang attend at a respectful distance. (If seen, the police would have to arrest them)
** Evil: three examples
*** Lupin himself is declared dead on occasion. Pops is either GenreSavvy or obsessed enough not to believe it. He will assault the corpse to prove it isn't really Lupin. The rest of the gang mourns him in their respective ways. The service is very small, no family in attendance.
*** LighterAndSofter stories where the villain die have a GoryDiscretionShot, dying painfully and ignored.
*** DarkerAndEdgier stories have no discretion, but the gang may choose to honor their enemy by watching them die, or turn their
* EasyComeEasyGo: The gang doesn't have to worry about StatusQuo when it comes to their financial situation; they can be living in an expensive hotel one episode, and living in a trailer the next. But Lupin and his crew still have the uncanny tendency to lose every big score minutes after they get it, or have it turn out to be something they're better off not getting their hands on. As Lupin is a kleptomaniac of titanic proportions, all he does is shrug it off and seek the next heist.
* EffeminateMisogynisticGuy: A common enough trope in the anime. ''Always'' used as a villain. See the character pages. Notable examples are below:
** ''Anime/LupinIIIThePursuitOfHarimaosTreasure'' has Herr Mafroditte.
** ''Anime/LupinIIITheSecretOfTwilightGemini'' has Sadachiyo "the Scorpion".
** ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'' has Lieutenant Oscar.
* EnemyMine: Inspector Zenigata will form a grudging alliance with Lupin III whenever it involves taking down a more clearly evil criminal (which is surprisingly often). DependingOnTheWriter, this is implied to be main reason why he hasn't been fired for failing to catch Lupin.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The titular Lupin may be [[VillainProtagonist a thief]] but he's a ''GentlemanThief'', and he reminds anyone who asks that the people from whom he steals are people who can take the loss, and that there are worse people than he in this world. He also shows a chivalrous streak that compels him [[WeHelpTheHelpless to help those less fortunate than he is]] ([[ChivalrousPervert especially attractive women]]). Furthermore, Lupin often takes it upon himself and his gang to stop criminals engaged in more violent crimes and leave them for the SympatheticInspectorAntagonist (Inspector Zenigata) to arrest.
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: creator Monkey Punch wanted a more Japanese character for his ensemble. Enter Goemon Ishikawa XIII...
* {{Fanservice}}:
** Fujiko often has her tops or clothing ripped off.
** And for the ladies, Goemon likes to wear a {{fundoshi}} and not much else when swimming. Lupin, Jigen, and Zenigata have {{Shirtless Scene}}s aplenty themselves.
** At one point, Goemon, driving a truck, signalled Fujiko and Jigen (who were following in a helicopter) by taking off his red fundoshi and waving it out the window. This stunt managed to cause Fujiko to blush.
** ''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).
** All of the above is nothing compared to the original manga, where Fujiko is regularly naked for at least a part of a story (as is pretty much every other young woman who shows up), including one chapter where Fujiko spends the entire time without clothes. Lupin also spends a fair amount of time naked, though that can veer into FanDisservice.
* 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.
* FranchiseDrivenRetitling: In Japan, ''Anime/TheMysteryOfMamo'' was originally titled ''Franchise/LupinIII'', but with two television series, a live-action film, and another movie on the way, they had to retitle it to distinguish what the movie was. It is now officially known as ''Lupin III: Lupin Vs the Clones''.
* FriendlyEnemy: The titular VillainProtagonist treats [[HeroAntagonist Inspector Zenigata]] more as an affectionate rival than a threat. If a severe threat to world peace appears, they team up to take them down. Both are sad if the other appears to die, and Zenigata typically goes into a fit of grief. Also, any time he's taken off the Lupin case or when Lupin appears TRULY dead, one of his first reactions is usually to go visit the gang.
* 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''
* FullBodyDisguise: The cast, Lupin especially, uses these from time to time, often combining this with LatexPerfection. Characters will step out of complete body suits that made them completely identical to someone else
* GetIntoJailFree: Lupin knows he can do this at any time, due to the obsessive nature of his archrival, Detective Zenigata. As a GentlemanThief, Zenigata has been trying to arrest him for years. All he has to do to go to jail is walk up and announce he's Lupin, coming to surrender.
* GroinAttack:
** [[Manga/LupinIII The manga volumes]] include a chapter where Lupin "teaches" a young woman to defend herself from attack by slapping her hands together on top of the... male sex symbol. (The manga's replacement for genitalia)
** In episode 10 of Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket series, when Flinch aims a second kick at Lupin, he catches it and kicks Flinch in the crotch.
** In the Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket series, he has used this tactic to escape from a large police officer who had him in a hold.
** In ''Anime/LupinIIIDeadOrAlive'' Orienda stabs a would-be rapist in the crotch with the heel of her shoe.
* 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.
* {{Henohenomoheji}}: Lupin commonly leaves little face drawings on fake-Lupin dummies and dummies for the police and victims to find. Whether he uses the hiragana characters is irregular, but the style is always the same round/peanut face and little stick arms. He isn't trying to be as anonymous as this trope usually indicates, which may explain why.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: This happens to be one of Lupin's favorite tactics, often by disguising himself as Inspector Zenigata; usually at Zenigata's expense.
** In ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'', Lupin infiltrates the titular castle by posing as Zenigata, claiming that the real one Gustav saw was an imposter. It works. Gustav falls for it and attacks Zenigata and his men, allowing Lupin to slip inside unnoticed.
** Lupin also pulls this twice in ''Anime/LupinIIITheSecretOfTwilightGemini'':
*** The first happens, near the beginning, where he disguises himself as one of Zenigata's men in an attempt to slip past the inspector (which Zenigata doesn't fall for).
*** 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.]]
** Lupin poses as Zenigata again, in the Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket episode ''[[Recap/LupinIIIS2E145 Albatross: Wings of Death]]'', where he uses the disguise to try to get Prof. Lumbach to tell him about his bomb manufacturing plant. Lumbach stalls by pretending to fall for it, to buy time for the real Zenigata to show up!
** Lupin poses as the Inspector again in the Red Jacket series finale ''[[Recap/LupinIIIS2E155 Aloha Lupin]]'', to track down a group of imposters who were impersonating him [[CaperCrew and his gang]].
* IndyPloy: The writers of ''Lupin'' use UnspokenPlanGuarantee so often that we, the audience, can't tell if Lupin's success is due to planning or luck.
** 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.
** This plot was revisited in the Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket series, where an armchair detective (criminologist) programmed a computer to do the same thing. This time, Lupin's IndyPloy was to rely on Zenigata's whim.
* InfernalRetaliation: One of the story elements consistent across the franchise is Lupin's encounter with Goemon. The [[Manga/LupinIII manga]], the [[Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket Green Jacket series]] and ''[[Anime/LupinIIIEpisode0FirstContact Episode 0]]'' all feature Lupin throwing a special chemical onto the samurai that bursts into flames when it comes into contact with the air. Not content to let Lupin get away with this, Goemon tosses a rope at Lupin, which carries the flames over to light him on fire as well. As it's ''Lupin'', they recover.
* InverseLawOfSharpnessAndAccuracy: zigzagged
** Manga.LupinIII had characters hitting pretty much everyone.
** Anime.LupinIII changes based on tone. Some of the Anime is true to the Manga, while some never allows more than DefeatByModesty.
* InvestigatorImpersonation: Lupin III's favorite disguise is Inspector Zenigata. He goes up to his victim, explains that they're being targeted by Lupin, and asks them to allow him to increase the security. Everything that the real Zenigata would do, too. Pity for them it isn't, and they're about to lose their stuff.
* IgnoreTheFanservice: Jigen can usually be counted on to ignore the flirting women. But any of them ''might'' ignore Fujiko.
** '''[[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.
** ''Anime/LupinIIIEpisode0FirstContact'': Fujiko takes a shower in Jigen's apartment, comes out in just a towel, and tries to seduce him by leaning over to show her generous cleavage off, and then when he ignores that, starts to drop the towel. He uses the barrel of his magnum to hold it on her body while simultaneously threatening to shoot her if she tries that again. This is also a slightly defining moment for Jigen, as he is the only one consistently unaffected by Fujiko's appearance (even Goemon is affected; he just blushes and looks away when she's naked, though).
** ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'': Jigen's OriginsEpisode has a similar scene where he at first pretends to be accepting her offer, then grabs the knife she was concealing and threatens her with it. He's also shown ignoring Ciccolina in his flashbacks.
* IrregularSeries: The Anime/LupinIIIYearlySpecials are an irregularly scheduled series of anime made for TV movies, produced once a year.
* ItMustBeMine: Lupin doesn't count for this trope. He ''never'' wants it for the rarity, and has often taken something just to make sure someone else ''doesn't'' have it. On the other hand, ''[[FemmeFatale Fujiko]]'' is also the cause of many of their capers. To the point where Jigen will try to quit the job once he hears it was her idea.
* JesusTaboo: Lupin doesn't have a problem with naming aspects of any religion, although none of the cast are proselytizing members.
* 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.
** Lupin's favourite disguise is Zenigata (combining DressingAsTheEnemy and ImpersonatingAnOfficer). His pointy chin is changed to the LanternJawOfJustice the cop has.
** ''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!""
** In ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'', Lupin doesn't even need a mask for his face to match latex perfection to Zenigata. Makeup and mask played straight for other disguises.
* LittleBrotherIsWatching: An indication of a LighterAndSofter storyline is the introduction of a child as main character.
** 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.]]
** Lupin is known as a HandsomeLech, but for Clarisse's sake, he tries to be a [[KnightInShiningArmour Thief In A Stylin' Suit]]. When Lupin tells Jigen and Goemon about being "wild and crazy" in his past, their silence can suggest that Lupin may have been talking about ''last week''. At the end of the movie, she hugs him tight and begs to become a thief and leave Cagliostro with him. Lupin visibly trembles before he pushes her away gently.
* 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''.
* MadeOfIndestructium: Goemon's sword was forged by a secret process and is essentially indestructible.
* MagicFromTechnology: The villain Pycal, who was impervious to bullets and fire, could walk on air, and shoot fire from his fingertips. Lupin found a way to replicate these tricks: ([[spoiler:he walked on air via carefully placed glass panes, shot fire from his fingertips with a small, hidden flamethrower and was impervious thanks to a hard liquid chemical that shielded his body when covered by the liquid.]]) It was never explicitly confirmed that Pycal really wasn't using magic in the manga version, though in the anime Lupin found Pycal's chemical formula. When the villain was revisited in the {{OVA}} ''Anime/ReturnOfTheMagician'', he received upgrades in power, and was seeking a collection of crystals that were able to use vibrations/sounds to do whatever he wanted. Naturally, Lupin also has his eyes on them, and the two fight over who gets to collect all of them.
* McNinja: Several of Lupin's adversaries have employed ninja-esque {{Mooks}}, usually wearing full-body black catsuits, although some wore more "traditional" garb.
** ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'' had people with armor underneath their black catsuits that protected them form small arms fire. But not against a rifle or Zantetsugan.
** ''Anime/LupinIIITheLastJob'' inverted this trope. It declared the ninja clan Fuma (who had existed as antagonists to Lupin since the {{manga}}) came from Italy.
* 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.
* MercyLead: Zenigata has done this several times throughout the history of the Lupin franchise. Usually tricked into it, as Zenigata has the choice between the world-class master thief, and the guy responsible for the recent plot.
* MonumentalTheft: Lupin occasionally steals more than what is actually possible to steal. Sometimes, if the items he's trying to steal alone aren't oddball, the method he uses to grab them are.
** 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.
** [[Anime/LupinIIIByeByeLibertyCrisis He stole the Statue of Liberty.]] I kid you not.
** Speaking of Lady Liberty, he's also removed [[Recap/LupinIIIS2E64 the entire lower story of Tiffany's]] and used the entire stock to jazz up the statue for Christmas.
** [[Anime/LupinIIIVoyageToDanger And a nuclear submarine]],
** And a Rocket
** And a satellite full of money
** The latter three he did ''[[SerialEscalation in the same damn movie]]''
** 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}}.
* MuggedForDisguise: Extremely common for the franchise, given how much Lupin loves disguises.
** An episode has Fujiko and Lupin tying up and gagging a pilot and stewardess so they can steal their outfits and replace them on a flight.
** Fujiko does this to a female army officer in another episode. She leaves her tied up and gagged in a locked room while strutting about in the woman's uniform.
** Lupin does this to the Director of the New York police department in ''Anime/LupinIIIEpisode0FirstContact''.
** Happens in the pilot episode of ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine''. Fujiko subdues a cultist and swaps clothes with him, leaving him bound and gagged in her dress. The poor thug ends up getting executed while Fujiko escapes in his uniform.
* NamedWeapon: Goemon has a legendary sword:
** Manga.LupinIII names it ''Nagareboshi'', which translates to "falling star". The metal came from [[ThunderboltIron the heavens]].
** Anime.LupinIII names it ''Zantetsuken'', which translates to "iron-cutting sword". It does ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* NegativeContinuity: Only the essential elements of the story are ever kept... It's part of the reason why the series has [[LongRunners worked for so long]]. The only lasting changes ever made to the story (the additions of Jigen and Goemon to the cast) occurred very early on in the franchise's history, during the original manga. Since then, the cast of characters has not moved forward an inch in over forty years.
** ''Anime/GreenVsRed'' is either [[MindScrew toying with us]], or explaining why there's no continuity of events.
* 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.
* OriginsEpisode:
** Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket was the first series adapted from the manga. It explains where the ''Zantetsuken'' comes from, as well as why Goemon joins the gang.
** ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'' is the origin story for Fujiko Mine specifically, but also tells the story of how Lupin and Jigen meet. Inside the series is also an Origins Episode for Oscar, telling how Zenigata found him, and took care of him.
** ''Anime/LupinIIIEpisode0FirstContact'' is yet ''another'' Origins episode, telling the story of how Everyone meets everyone, and how Goemon finds the 'Zantetsuken''.
** ''Film/StrangePsychokineticStrategy'' is the tale of Jigen finding Lupin III after Lupin II died, and Lupin discovering the beautiful Fujiko.
* 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.
* PlayAlongPrisoner: ''IF'' Lupin is caught, he treats the prison as this. Although sometimes the prison may show [[ButtMonkey him]] it isn't that easy. This is even assuming he didn't plan this as a GetIntoJailFree gambit. Similar to his ancestor, Literature/ArseneLupin, if Lupin the Third is in prison, it's because he ''wants'' to be.
* {{Prequel}}: Due to the franchise's NegativeContinuity, the only way to determine if a story is a {{Sequel}} or {{Prequel}} is if it is also an OriginsEpisode. A given episode or chapter cannot even promise if it happened before or after the last episode or chapter.
* PsychoForHire: Several villains employ these. Probably used for AssholeVictim, as this level of evil is usually not present in the LighterAndSofter stories. Many of them seem to have a past with Jigen, for some reason.
* 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.
* RatedMForManly: Lupin wants you to believe he is the manliest guy you'd ever find. The Manga fits very well; it is full of AuthorAppeal for killing and seducing. LighterAndSofter stories still have an element of this in them, but with DefeatByModesty or BloodlessCarnage. The Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket series and ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'' series, however, comes closer to the mature tone of the manga.
* RelationshipRevolvingDoor: The "official couple" of Lupin and Fujiko, which is ''usually'' him chasing after her, but rare examples have Fujiko trying to get him to marry her, or the two of them actually united in purpose. Their on-again-off-again relationship is best summarized in ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'', as she explains to the GirlOfTheWeek, "We've been allies, and enemies, too. On occasion, we've even been lovers."
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Jigen uses all manner of firearms during his career, but seems to prefer a revolver as his sidearm of choice. The others, except for [[{{Samurai}} Goemon]], carry semiautomatics.
* RoadRunnerVsCoyote: Lupin the Third will never be captured by Inspector Zenigata. Well... at least not unless Lupin is trying to mess with Zenigata's mind. Zenigata admits that he wouldn't know what to do if Lupin was actually caught permanently.
* {{Safecracking}}: Not used often, Lupin prefers SocialEngineering to open the safe, but he has proven the ability to do so several times in the franchise. The [[TabletopGame/LupinIII board game]] just assumes that if a character enters the building with the loot, they can automatically open it. They're just that good.
* SeriesFranchise: ''Lupin III'' was much more successful than initially expected, to the point that some of the titles have been retroactively renamed to differentiate between them. It began as a Manga, [[AdaptationDisplacement but is much better known as an anime, even in Japan]]. [[TheVerse The Lupin-verse]] is held in place through a combination of BroadStrokes, NegativeContinuity, and MythologyGag.
* SceneryPorn: Important for setting the tone of the work, and showing us how well-off Lupin is doing at this time. He's varied from abandoned warehouses to ritzy hotels.
** ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'' stands out as an example because it was directed by Creator/HayaoMiyazaki, and his CreatorThumbprint impacted the movies that followed.
* SlidingScaleOfFourthWallHardness: Semipermeable Fourth Wall. Clear BreakingTheFourthWall happens, but at other times, everything works as if the characters are not aware of being fictional; the breakages are basically implied not to be {{canon}}, even though they may happen in the middle of the normal action. The [[Manga/LupinIII ''Lupin'' manga]] may have a Nonexistent Fourth Wall, depending on the story.
* SlippedTheRopes: Lupin can only be handcuffed if he lets you handcuff him. During a LupinIIIRedJacket episode, Fujiko uses this trait to convince Zenigata Lupin is possessed: there's blood on the cuffs, which means he had to fight his way out of them... something the normal Lupin wouldn't have to do.
* 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.
* SpinOffspring: The premise of ''Lupin III'' mixes this trope with CrossOver, featuring the titular character; the grandson of ''Literature/ArseneLupin'', [[UsefulNotes/IshikawaGoemon Goemon XIII]], and Inspector Zenigata of ''Zenigata Heiji Covers all of Edo''.
** [[Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket And Ganimard III. And Lawrence III of Arabia. And Sherlock Holmes III. And...]]
** 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.
* 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.
* StealthHiBye: All of the characters get into the Stealth Hi part. Lupin is the most frequent user of the Stealth Bye part, unfortunately for Inspector Zenigata.
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Inspector Zenigata is the former TropeNamer.
* TitleThemeTune: Usually, the only words in the theme are the title (Lupin the Third), although there have been a couple of versions [[ForgottenThemeTuneLyrics with lyrics added]].
* ThouShaltNotKill: Lupin [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zags this trope.]]
** In the early comics, Lupin didn't have a problem killing. Even the early Anime has it happening in cruel or horrifying ways. Most adaptations, however, are LighterAndSofter, so Lupin and gang distance themselves from their enemies with this view.
** This trope is especially noted towards Zenigata; both characters have mentioned that they have an understood "gentlemen's agreement" that neither will attempt to kill the other, and have saved each other's life (several times, in fact).
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich: Zenigata is so [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist obsessed with chasing Lupin]], that while eating at a cafe, if he notices Lupin and the gang, he leaves his food behind to chase after them.
* TranquillizerDart: A fairly often trope used when one of the main five characters are shot for real. Zenigata, as the "antagonist" to Lupin, is the frequent target. Usually wears off after his funeral.
** Notably subverted in ''Anime/LupinIIIVsDetectiveConan''. Conan uses his watch-dart on Inspector Zenigata, who is so tough that it wears off in no time (though he still goes down quickly). Conan is pretty surprised when it wears off. Tots-san probably built up an immunity to it.
* TrouserSpace: Lupin likes to hide some of his back-up gadgets in his briefs. Sometimes, his briefs ''are'' the back-up gadget.
** ''Anime/LupinIIICrisisInTokyo'' features Lupin pulling a yo-yo out of his briefs at one point.
* UniversalAdaptorCast: Lupin and his 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.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Frequently. No matter how clever the bad guys are, Lupin always one-ups them at the last minute with a new gadget or a brilliant ruse - the audience knows he always has something up his sleeve, but we're almost never told what. The more thought and planning we see go into a caper, the less likely the gang will have any loot by the end.
** This trope is subverted at the beginning of the MadeForTVMovie ''Anime/LupinIIISevenDaysRhapsody''. The special starts with, as with every special, a successful heist (this time, taking the money off the hands of some rich men during a horse race), but it turns out to be a flashforward as part of Lupin explaining the plan to Jigen one week before the heist will take place. The "Seven Days" the two of them are waiting for. Then, at the end of the special, [[spoiler: a DoubleSubversion takes place, as Lupin gets to the tracks, but the horse race was cancelled due to weather conditions.]]
** It was an AvertedTrope once: One of Creator/MonkeyPunch's only rules for ''Anime/LupinIIIDeadOrAlive'' was that Lupin and the gang had to get the treasure in the end.
* VehicularSabotage: A favorite trick of Lupin's when he's being pursued. He'll either sabotage them himself or have Goemon slice them to ribbons beforehand.
* WayPastTheExpirationDate: In one Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket episode, Lupin steals a two century old bottle of rare French wine that was laid down by Napoleon, and was to be given as a gift to the President of the United States, swapping it out with a cheap bottle of store bought wine. After a successful heist, Lupin watches the president drinking the cheap wine and calling it "remarkable" on TV. The gang then laugh to themselves, and try a glass of the real wine... but find that it hadn't been aged properly and turned to vinegar.
* 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.
* WhiteAndGreyMorality: While the titular character and his gang are criminals, they wouldn't do anything really heinous, so even at their worst, the crew are {{Anti Villain}}s. Their antagonist, Inspector Zenigata, is a HeroAntagonist, and their relationship can be described as an almost friendly rivalry, rather than confrontation between criminals and law-enforcement. Whenever a serious bad guy comes up, Lupin and Zenigata usually ally against him - though they always resume their antics when the alliance is no longer needed.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: More than likely, they won't. Fujiko usually only uses Lupin's feelings for her to take advantage of him. ''Her'' feelings are clear, and she has occasionally confessed her love for him, but only when she thinks one or both of them are about to die, or she thinks he's already dead. However, she quickly hides those feelings again when she finds out otherwise.

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