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In 1967, Creator/MonkeyPunch was tasked to create an adult-oriented {{Manga}} character. For inspiration, he drew from ''Film/JamesBond'', ''[[Magazine/{{MAD}} MAD Magazine]]'', and ''Literature/ArseneLupin''. It later became a multimedia [[Franchise/LupinIII franchise]].

Lupin III (Japanese: ルパン三世) was first printed as a serial Manga, published in the magazine "Weekly Manga Action" (which began in July), on August 10, 1967. It lasted for 94 issues, ending in May 22, 1969. Creator/MonkeyPunch recontinued the story two years later,[[note]]for under a year; 1971-1972[[/note]] with the title of "''Lupin III: The New Adventures''". Those two sets of stories were later collected together into the first 14 manga volume series. Later stories of Lupin are also released in ''Weekly Manga Action'', until the fifth series, which was printed in the ''Lupin III Official Magazine''. The ''Lupin III Official Magazine'' is a quarterly magazine that is published by the same people who make ''Weekly Manga Action'', and it includes information on upcoming and recent Lupin III information and merchandise.

* ''Lupin III'' ~ Licensed in America by Creator/TokyoPop, in January 1, 2003. 14 volumes.
* ''Lupin III World's Most Wanted'' ~ Also written by Monkey Punch, beginning in June 23, 1977. 16 volumes, but only nine were released in English.
* ''Lupin III S'' ~ This story was written by Satosumi Takaguchi and illustrated by Shusay, [[note]]both were supervised by Monkey Punch[[/note]] in January 1997. 1 volume. No English release.
* ''Lupin III Y'' ~ Written by Monkey Punch and illustrated by Masatsuki Yamakami, this serial began in 1998, and halted in 2003. It restarted in the Summer 2009 ''Lupin III Official Magazine'' release as ''Shin Lupin III''; but those chapters were not collected into the Manga volumes. 20 volumes. No English release.
* ''Lupin III M'' ~ The ongoing adventures of Lupin, written by Monkey Punch and illustrated by Yukio Miyama. It began in 2004, serialized by ''Lupin III Official Magazine''. 8 volumes have been published. No English release.
* ''Lupin III H'' ~ Also currently serialized by the official magazine, written by Monkey Punch and illustrated by Naoya Hayakawa. No volumes or English release, as of 2013.

In addition to the above, some of the Lupin Anime has been [[RecursiveAdaptation re-adapted]] back into color Manga.
* Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket episodes have been serialized in by Comic Souris.
* ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'' has seen several color manga sets released; among these are a three volume set from Comic Souris and a four volume set from Action Comics.
* ''Anime/TheMysteryOfMamo'' was also re-adapted into a color manga set.

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!!Tropes of the Lupin the Third Manga:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Goemon wields a katana called 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. It is 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.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: A lot of ''Lupin III'' 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.
* {{Animesque}}: The InvertedTrope! The original manga was heavily influenced by Magazine/{{MAD}}, and the art style definitely shows. The subsequent anime adaptations... not so much. They're not significantly more western-like than most other anime products, but [[TropesAreNotBad still good!]]
* AsideGlance: Lupin does this often, for the manga.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Averted; genitalia is instead drawn as the male and female gender symbols.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The manga, especially, has a Semipermeable Fourth Wall. Some of the Manga stories have turned Creator/MonkeyPunch and/or the audience into a main character for the story. One chapter consisted of Lupin showing off his hideout, and explaining everything he had in it.
* 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.
* ContractOnTheHitman: Lupin once paid a hitman to take a contract out on ''himself'', literally. [[spoiler: Turns out the hitman has split personality issues. One personality was hired to kill the other, and neither knew about each other.]]
* CrossOver: 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.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The manga series establishes itself as a series with sex, violent death, and occasional {{Gorn}}. This can come as quite a shock to those who start reading the comics after being intrigued by the LighterAndSofter [[Anime/LupinIII Yearly specials]].
* DearNegativeReader: This trope is parodied in a chapter of the original manga. A sex scene is interrupted by a (fake) fan's letter (complaining about [[CensoredForComedy the "bleeps" censoring the dialogue]]), followed by the author telling them to "Bleep off".
* {{Fanservice}}: Hoo boy.
* GroinAttack: An early chapter in the second series has Lupin "teaching" 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)
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: We have a literal example of the phrase, as Lupin hires an assassin to kill a Yakuza boss ([[spoiler: who is a split personality of the assassin ]]) and the boss has set bombs all over his house.
* InfernalRetaliation: One of the story elements consistent across the franchise is Lupin's encounter with Goemon. Lupin claims he knows of a weapon more powerful than the katana. Goemon, who believes that KatanasAreJustBetter, brags that he will cut anything with his sword. Thats when Lupin throws special rocket fuel onto the samurai that bursts into flames when Goemon slashes it, because 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: Averted; the manga has characters hitting pretty much everyone.
* LongRunner: There's a lot of stop-and-go with the manga, but the ''Lupin III Official Magazine'' isn't going to stop any decade soon, even if it stops including new Lupin III serials.
* 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, however, the animated versions of the character are explicit about it.
* 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 gag]].
** Creator/MonkeyPunch 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.
** In ''"Impression Impossible"'', Lupin has paid someone to roll a panel aside and declare that Lupin III is handsome.
* MetallicarSyndrome: Despite being an internationally-wanted criminal, Lupin often drives the very rare Mercedes-Benz SSK. Probably a JustifiedTrope though, as his desire to show off is at least as powerful a motive as the money from his more spectacular capers.
* NamedWeapon: Goemon has a legendary sword named ''Nagareboshi'', which translates to "falling star". The metal came from [[ThunderboltIron the heavens]].
* NiceHat: Aside from Jigen's classic headgear (with which he ''may'' sight along to get his ImprobableAimingSkills: the series has plenty of SeriesContinuityError), Lupin has also worn fedoras in the manga when not in disguise. Also, many of the covers for the original manga series featured him in one.
* NoDialogueEpisode: Chapter 89 of the original manga series went entirely without dialogue until the final page (possibly as a homage to cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', which the author admits to being a fan of). The sequel series also did it, but in a [[TearJerker much more serious way]].
* NoFourthWall: One of the ways the manga differs from subsequent adaptations is the shameless lack of a fourth wall. From Lupin's quip in chapter 6 that "This manga is very thrilling!" to some stories involving the author as a character (one was just a chapter of Lupin criticizing and abusing the author, the other has Lupin giving the manga-ka a tour of his hideout), to a chapter starring the reader herself.
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: Late in the run of the original manga series, Lupin encounters a scientist whose secrets he intends to steal. So, he invites him to dinner to discuss it.
* ParodyEpisode: ''Frequently.'' The original Manga stories simply used the Arsene Lupin III character as a vehicle to drive a story, through whatever tale Creator/MonkeyPunch wanted to tell, such as one chapter being a parody of MissionImpossible.
* OldCopYoungCop: Akechi Kogoro is the old cop to Zenigata Koichi's much younger cop. In some adaptations, Zenigata is paired with an older or younger counterpart to serve as a relationship character.
* 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.
* RecruitingTheCriminal: Lupin was hired by the Japanese government to rescue a captured spy and recover the intel said spy was after in return for amnesty for all his crimes up to that point. Here, the reason was simply that Lupin's Impossible Thief talents made him the perfect man for the job; if anyone could covertly steal a prisoner and information from under the nose of somebody who'd already caught a spy and was thus on alert, it would be him.
* SoundEffectBleep: A sex scene near the end of the original manga series had various words bleeped out. [[NoFourthWall The scene was interrupted by a fan letter]] saying, "What the bleep is up with all the bleeps?", with a similarly censored reply.
* SdrawkcabAlias: The GrandFinale of the original Lupin III manga series featured the MusicalAssassin Ataginez. [[spoiler: Of course, it's Inspector Zenigata in disguise.]]
* WholeEpisodeFlashback:
** Volumes 4 & 5 for one of the ''Manga/LupinIII'' manga has a few stories starring a teenage Lupin.
** There's also a story arc about Lupin attending college.

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