* 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!".
* 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).
* 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, albeit only in Japanese with subtitles.
** The third TV series ([[Anime/LupinIIIPinkJacket "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 ''Anime/LegendOfTheGoldOfBabylon''.4
*** "Pink Jacket" was actually available in Italy since 1987,named as "L'incorreggibile Lupin",and had several re-runs on Mediaset channels up to the early years of the new millenium. It was anyway the least liked series,even in Italy
*** "Pink Jacket" has since appeared on American streaming sites. No one quite knows why.
** Of the 25 Anime/LupinIIIYearlySpecials produced to date, only 13 so far have made it to North America.[[note]] Creator/DiscotekMedia has licensed the first four (spanning 1989-1992) – ''Bye-Bye Liberty Crisis'', ''The Hemingway Papers'', ''Napoleon's Dictionary'', and ''From Siberia With Love'' – as well as 2002's ''Episode 0: First Contact'' and 2009's ''Lupin vs Manga/DetectiveConan'' (the latter has not been released as of this writing). Creator/{{Funimation}} licensed, dubbed, and released the eight specials spanning 1993-2000 – ''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''.[[/note]] Of those, only 9 have English dubs – the eight Funimation specials plus ''Bye-Bye Liberty Crisis'', which got a British dub back in the 90's. 2001's special, ''The Alcatraz Connection'', and everything from 2003 onwards (save for the Lupin/Conan crossover) remain stuck in Japan.
** 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.
*** On December 6, 2015, episodes 80-155 were released on Crunchyroll. Later that month, Discotek announced they will release the complete series on DVD throughout 2016 containing the english dubs of episodes 1-79, 145 and 155 as well as improved subtitles for episodes 80-155.
* 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 Banjou Ginga]], 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 two years later. Contrary to rumors of the time, Creator/MonkeyPunch had nothing to do with this one.
*** Lupin's longtime voice actor, Creator/YasuoYamada, was savvy 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 voice actor 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), Creator/{{Manga|Entertainment}}US[=/=]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/{{Manga|Entertainment}}UK (''Mamo'' and ''Liberty Crisis'') and Toho (''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 ''Lupin'' 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, Meredith [=McCoy=] and Philip Wilburn, were no longer available. So they picked up talent from the "Red Jacket" dub, namely Creator/MichelleRuff and Creator/RichardEpcar.
* RealitySubtext: When the original manga series went on hiatus in the late 60s for three years, the first post-hiatus chapter was about Lupin trying to escape prison, after having been arrested...three years prior.
** Both the first chapter of the second manga, and first episode of the second anime series take place five years after the conclusion of the previous series...the same amount of time that had passed in real life as well.
* RelationshipVoiceActor:
** Geneon's English dub…
*** Lupin and Fujiko are [[Manga/{{Chobits}} Shinbo and Chii]], [[Manga/{{Tokko}} Ranmaru Shindo and Ryoko Ibuki]], [[{{Gungrave}} Harry [=McDowell=] and Maria Asagi]], [[MegaManStarForce Kelvin and Hope Stelar]], [[Anime/StellviaOfTheUniverse Jojo and Yayoi]], [[Anime/BrigadoonMarinAndMelan Melan and Moe]], [[Anime/GadGuard Hajiki and Aiko]], and [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Bang Shishigami and Carl Clover]].
*** Fujiko and Jigen are Rukia and Mr. Kagine 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]].
* ShoutOut: It's been speculated on IMDB that the series takes inspiration from the topsy-turvy films of Seijun Suzuki. In the Pink Jacket series, Suzuki himself did manage to join in on the fun and even wrote Episode 13. Here he kicked the topsy-turvyness, confusion, and general craziness all the way to eleven.
* 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.
** For what it's worth, it has been heavily implied that the music & effects tracks for [[Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket "Green Jacket"]] no longer exist, so no one could dub it even if they wanted to.
* 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.
** [[Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket "Red Jacket"]]. Oh dear lord, Red Jacket. It often ''is'' counted as a GagDub due to the random asides and bad celebrity impersonations.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** In 1982, Creator/{{TMS|Entertainment}} and Creator/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 finished. Strangely, the first episode, which still lacks a vocal track, is [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes quietly being circulated on VHS tapes]].\\
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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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