* AdaptationDisplacement: The American ''Franchise/LupinIII'' fanbase grew with the Creator/AdultSwim airing of Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket, but most of the more casual viewers aren't aware of the earlier series, Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket, or the manga volumes that preceded both: ''Manga/LupinIII''. The fact that the early episodes had GagDub humor upset the established fans who enjoyed the earlier localizations of ''Anime/TheMysteryOfMamo'' and ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'', which meant that the series couldn't rely on their support, ending the dub before finishing the series.
* AnimeFirst: The color Manga volumes are all made from the anime versions of Lupin, in a RecursiveAdaptation.
* AuthorExistenceFailure: Creator/YasuoYamada, the voice of Lupin the Third, died of a brain hemorrhage in 1995, a month before the release of ''Anime/FarewellToNostradamus'', the movie that would mark the series' return to the big screen in ten years. Fortunately, his will stated that, if he were to pass away, the baton should be passed to Creator/KanichiKurita (a popular comedian and impersonator), [[TheOtherDarrin who voices Lupin]] from that movie onwards. In honor of Yamada, a message was placed at the end of the film's credits: "To Yasuo Yamada, Eternal Lupin the Third: Thank you!".
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** Japanese example: in the "Green Jacket" TV series, [[Creator/ChikaoOhtsuka Goemon]] is [[Videogame/SonicTheHedgehog Eggman]].
** Streamline's English dub...
*** Jigen is [[Manga/GiantRobo Prof. Gakujin]] and [[Manga/{{Trigun}} Midvalley the Hornfreak]].
*** Lupin is [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Porky Pig]], [[Manga/{{Akira}} Masaru, Kai]], and [[VideoGame/RogueSquadron Luke Skywalker]].
*** Fujiko is [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Gatomon, Angewomon]], [[Anime/{{Robotech}} Miriya Parina Sterling, and Nova Satori]].
** Animaze's English dub of ''Cagliostro''...
*** [[DavidHayter Lupin]] is [[Videogame/MetalGearSolid Solid Snake]]
*** Jigen (John Snyder) is [[Anime/OutlawStar Rod MacDougal]]
*** [[Creator/DorothyEliasFahn Fujiko]] is [[Manga/{{Trigun}} Meryl]] and [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Kaoru]]
*** [[Creator/RichardEpcar Goemon]] is [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Hiko]] and... well, see below
*** [[BridgetHoffman Clarisse]] is [[Manga/AhMyGoddess Belldandy]] and [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Adult Nia]]
** Geneon's English dub of "Red Jacket" and ''Mamo''...
*** [[Creator/MichelleRuff Fujiko]] is [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Rukia Kuchiki]], [[Anime/CodeGeass Euphemia]], [[Anime/KazemakaseTsukikageRan Meow]], [[VideoGame/{{Catherine}} Katherine [=McBride=]]], [[Manga/{{Chobits}} Chii]], [[Literature/HaruhiSuzumiya Yuki Nagato]], [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Crimson Viper]], [[VideoGame/{{Drakengard}} Arioch]], and [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Yoko Littner]].
*** [[Creator/TonyOliver Lupin]] is [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Ulquiorra Cifer]], [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Lancer]], [[{{Anime/Robotech}} Rick Hunter]], [[LuckyStar Soujiro]], [[{{Manga/Chobits}} Shinbo]], [[{{Anime/Vandread}} Hibiki Tokai]], [[{{Gungrave}} Harry [=McDowell=]]], and [[UltraManiac Tetsuji Kaiji]].
*** [[Creator/RichardEpcar Jigen]] is [[{{Cyborg009}} Black Ghost]], [[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex Batou]], [[Anime/{{Monster}} Inspector Lunge]], [[DigimonAdventure Myotismon]], and [[BoboboboBobobo Bo-Bobo]].
*** [[Creator/LexLang Goemon]] is [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Omaeda]], [[Anime/CodeGeass Bismarck]], [[RurouniKenshin Sagara Sanosuke]] and [[Manga/{{Saiyuki}} Genjyo Sanzo]].
*** [[Creator/DerekStephenPrince Mr. X]] is [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Uryu Ishida]] and [[Manga/{{Monster}} Rudy Gillen]].
** Funimation's dub has all four thieves share voice-actors with said company's {{Dragonball Z}} dub.
*** [[Creator/ChristopherSabat Jigen]] is [[Manga/DragonBall Vegeta and Piccolo]].
*** [[Creator/SonnyStrait Lupin]] is [[Manga/DragonBall Krillin]]. Outside of that, he's also [[Manga/OnePiece Usopp]] and [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Maes Hughes]]
*** Fujiko (Meredith [=McCoy=]) is [[Manga/DragonBall Android 18]] in ''Z'', but not in ''Kai''
*** [[Creator/MikeMcFarland Goemon]] is [[Manga/DragonBall Master Roshi]]. Outside of that, he's also [[TrinityBlood Cain Nightroad]].
** In ''The Fuma Conspiracy'' (Japanese version), [[Creator/ToshioFurukawa Lupin]] is [[Manga/DragonBall Piccolo]] and [[Manga/UruseiYatsura Ataru]], Jigen is [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Liquid Snake]], Goemon is [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Gray Fox]], Fujiko is [[Manga/DoctorSlump Arale]] and Zenigata is [[{{Transformers}} Megatron]].
*** The replacement of the original cast with the above-mentioned actors came about due to budget troubles at TMS and caused quite a bit of angst. TMS wanted to do an OVA with movie-quality animation, but couldn't do that and still afford the original five actors (who were, at the time, the highest-paid seiyuu in Japan) on the budget provided.\\
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This ended up causing a rift between Monkey Punch and Creator/YasuoYamada, as TMS had asked Monkey Punch his opinion on replacing Yamada. His answer was actually a noncommittal "I may not like it, but it's your show; I really can't tell you what to do." Unfortunately, through PoorCommunicationKills, it was finally relayed to Yamada as something akin to "Go ahead and fire him." Even though Monkey Punch, who had fostered a good working relationship with Yamada tried personally to smooth things over (and even though the experiment of replacing the main ''Lupin'' cast was deemed a catastrophic failure), their relationship remained strained until Yamada's death in 1995.
* MissingEpisode: Series 2 Episode 3, "Hitler's Legacy" (a.k.a "To Be Or Nazi Be"), was this for a while with the series' US release, as Creator/AdultSwim refused to air it for [[ThoseWackyNazis pretty obvious reasons]] and Geneon withheld it from the Volume 1 DVD. It eventually appeared in Volume 5 (at the end of the first season). Worth noting that Geneon's decision to withhold the episode (even with their saying from the beginning that it ''would'' be included, just on a future volume), caused a '''massive''' backlash among the preexisting ''Lupin'' fanbase. Cries of "censorship" and RuinedForever abounded, and may have helped torpedo the series's chances in North America (again).
* NoExportForYou:
** Very few of the Manga have left Japan, even in scanlation form.
** For a very long time, the only place outside Japan to see the 1971 "Green Jacket" TV series was Italy. North America finally got it in 2012.
** The third TV series ("Pink Jacket") has never been legally seen outside of Japan. In fact, the only product of that era to make it to foreign shores was the ''Legend of the Gold of Babylon'' film.
** Of the 20+ annual ''Lupin'' TV specials produced to date, only 9 so far have made it to North America.[[note]] Those would be the 1993-2000 ones "Voyage to Danger", "Dragon of Doom", "The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure", "The Secret of Twilight Gemini", "Island of Assassins", "Crisis in Tokyo", "The Columbus Files", and "Missed by a Dollar" all of which were picked up by Creator/{{Funimation}}; plus 2002's "Episode 0: First Contact", picked up by Creator/DiscotekMedia.[[/note]] [[note]]The specials that have NOT made it to North America include the first four "Bye Bye Liberty Crisis", "The Hemingway Papers", "Napoleon's Dictionary", and "From Russia with Love"; 2001's special "The Alcatraz Connection"; and everything from 2003 onward "Operation Return The Treasure", "Stolen Lupin", "Angel Tactics", "Seven Days Rhapsody", "Elusiveness of the Fog", "Sweet Lost Night", "Lupin vs Manga/DetectiveConan", "The Last Job", "Blood Seal ~ Eternal Mermaid", and "Record of Observations of the East ~ Another Page". In addition, the "Return of Pycal" OVA remains unlicensed.[[/note]]
** All but two episodes of the second half of the "Red Jacket" series (episodes 80-155)[[note]]Episodes 145 and 155 were released by Streamline in the 90's under the title "Tales of the Wolf",[[/note]] remain unavailable in the West.
* TheOtherDarrin: With over forty years of animation and dubbing, it is inevitable that examples of replacements without In-Universe explanation occur.
** The Japanese cast for ''Lupin'' is remarkable for its extreme consistency over many decades. However, even it has had its shakeups...
*** ''Anime/LupinIIIPilotFilm'', the original 1969 pilot film (shot and recorded twice) Other Darrin'ed ''itself'', by having two completely different voice casts. Strangely, Creator/GoroNaya (Zenigata's long-time VA) played Goemon and Creator/ChikaoOhtsuka (Goemon in the first series) played Zenigata. The only other actors from these recordings retained for future ''Lupin'' projects were Creator/EikoMasuyama as Fujiko and Creator/KiyoshiKobayashi as Jigen.
*** ''Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket'' replaced Lupin, Goemon, and Fujiko, with Creator/YasuoYamada, Creator/ChikaoOhtsuka, and Creator/YukikoNikaido, respectively. Masuyama (one of the voice actresses for Fujiko in the Pilot) still appears in this series as an incidental character.
*** ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'' created the initial standard arrangement, with Creator/YasuoYamada as Lupin, Creator/KiyoshiKobayashi as Jigen, Creator/MakioInoue as Goemon, Creator/EikoMasuyama as Fujiko, and Creator/GoroNaya as Inspector Zenigata.
*** In 1987, ''Anime/TheFumaConspiracy'' was produced on a tight budget, so TMS decided to replace the principal cast (at the time, the highest-paid voice actors in Japan) with cheaper actors. Thus, Lupin is played here by Creator/ToshioFurukawa, Jigen by Creator/BanjoGinga, Goemon by Creator/KanetoShiozawa, Fujiko by Creator/MamiKoyama, and Inspector Zenigata by Creator/SeizoKato. Fan reaction was... [[{{Understatement}} less than positive]], and TMS switched back to the original actors for the annual TV specials that started not long after. Contrary to rumors at the timemada, Creator/MonkeyPunch had nothing to do with this one.
*** Lupin's longtime voice actor, Creator/YasuoYamada, was smart enough to know that he wouldn't be sticking around forever, so he personally trained and handpicked a friend of his, comedian Creator/KanichiKurita, to succeed him as the voice of Lupin should anything happen to him. Prescient, as Yamada unexpectedly passed away shortly after this, in early 1995. Kurita has voiced Lupin in everything since.
*** In 2011, TMS retired Makio Inoue, Eiko Masuyama, and Goro Naya (Goemon, Fujiko, and Zenigata, respectively), replacing them with (much) younger actors from the 2011 special onwards Creator/DaisukeNamikawa as Goemon, Creator/MiyukiSawashiro as Fujiko, and Creator/KoichiYamadera as Zenigata.[[note]] The original cast would reunite one last time in 2012 for a ten-minute short, ''Anime/LupinFamilyAllStars'', a few months before Naya's death.[[/note]] This leaves Jigen as the only character of the main cast whose seiyuu has remained consistent since the 1969 pilot short film (not counting ''The Fuma Conspiracy'').
** ''Lupin's'' English cast has never been consistent with several media being dubbed and redubbed multiple times, due to several failed attempts to successfully market the franchise in the English-speaking world over the years. One movie (''Anime/TheMysteryOfMamo'') has had '''four''' dubs produced between 1979-2003. To date, at least seven different English ''Lupin'' casts are known to exist.[[note]] For reference, those casts are Creator/{{Streamline|Pictures}} (Los Angeles ''Mamo'', ''Cagliostro'', ''Tales of the Wolf''), Creator/{{AnimEigo}}[=/=]Coastal (North Carolina ''Fuma'' only), [=MangaUS=]/Animaze (LA, ''Cagliostro'' only), Creator/{{Geneon}}[=/=]Phuuz (LA ''Red Jacket'' and ''Mamo''), Creator/{{Funimation}} (Texas Eight TV specials, ''Nostradamus'', ''Dead Or Alive'', and the ''Fujiko Mine'' series), and the dubs by Creator/MangaEntertainment UK (''Mamo'' and ''Liberty Crisis'') and JAL (''Mamo'' only). Despite three different LA-based studios recording and rerecording parts of the franchise, there are no consistent voices between any of them.[[/note]]
*** In an inverted Other Darrin, Creator/RichardEpcar has worked for the [=Manga/Animaze=], [=Geneon/Pioneer=], and Funimation casts... playing Goemon, Jigen, and Inspector Zenigata, respectively. Fans joke that the next role he's being considered for is... [[spoiler: Fujiko!]]
*** Funimation dubbed eight ''Lupin'' TV specials and two movies in the early 2000's. When they got the license to ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'' in 2012, their original actors for Fujiko and Zenigata, Creator/MeredithMcCoy and Creator/PhilipWilburn, were no longer available. So they picked up talent from the Creator/{{Geneon}} studio, Creator/MichelleRuff and Creator/RichardEpcar.
* RelationshipVoiceActor:
** Geneon's English dub
*** Lupin and Fujiko are [[{{Chobits}} Shinbo and Chii]], [[{{Tokko}} Ranmaru Shindo and Ryoko Ibuki]], [[{{Gungrave}} Harry [=McDowell=] and Maria Asagi]], [[MegaManStarForce Kelvin and Hope Stelar]], [[StellviaOfTheUniverse Jojo and Yayoi]], [[BrigadoonMarinAndMelan Melan and Moe]], [[GadGuard Hajiki and Aiko]], and [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Bang Shishigami and Carl Clover]].
*** Fujiko and Jigen are Rukia and Mr. Kagine for only in episode 11 of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. They're also [[VideoGame/{{Drakengard}} Arioch and Salamander]].
** Funimation's dub
*** Lupin and Fujiko are [[Manga/DragonBall Krillin and Android 18]] respectively.
*** Speaking of couple, Jigen gets into a fight with Fujiko as [[Manga/DragonBall Vegeta and Android 18]] respectively.
** In Japanese dubs of British comedy, [[Creator/YasuoYamada Lupin]] and [[Creator/GoroNaya Zenigata]] are [[Creator/MontyPython Graham Chapman and John Cleese]].
* SequelFirst: When ''Anime/LupinIII'' was allowed to air on Creator/AdultSwim. Pioneer, the company dubbing it, chose the second series rather then the first. The first series finally got released by Creator/DiscotekMedia, but with subtitles only.
* ThrowItIn:
** The Funimation dubs of the ''Lupin III'' films and specials feature a lot of this.
** ''Anime/LupinIIICrisisInTokyo'' isn't a particularly funny movie in the native Japanese, but the dub had a ton of ad-libbing done by the actors (though not to the point of it being a GagDub), particularly Creator/ChristopherSabat, who voiced Jigen. It worked; it's one of the funniest Lupin movies ever released in the states.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** In 1982, Creator/{{TMS|Entertainment}} and DiC planned to create ''Lupin VIII'', a spin-off series that [[RecycledINSPACE took place in the distant future]] and [[{{Bowdlerization}} was seemingly going to be targeted to younger audiences]]. The Leblanc estate, however, [[ScrewedByTheLawyers killed those plans]] before the first episode could be broadcast in a complete form. Strangely, the first episode, which still lacks a vocal track, is [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes quietly being circulated on VHS tapes]].\\
After ''Anime/LupinVIIIPilot'' was scrapped, Creator/DiC had to come up with something to replace it (they had already committed considerable capital to the project). They ultimately created ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''. TMS even helped animate the first season. The ''Lupin VIII'' pilot has been released on the [[NoExportForYou as-of-now Japan-exclusive]] ''Lupin III: Master File'' collector's DVD, with subtitles derived from the pilot's original script.
** Bob Bergen (the voice actor for Lupin in Streamline's dub) auditioned for Geneon's dub of the second TV series, but ultimately was not able to get the part as it turned out to be a non-union production.
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