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Anime: The Castle of Cagliostro

1979's The Castle of Cagliostro — the first full-length feature film directed and largely written by Hayao Miyazaki (pre-Ghibli) — is a stand-alone entry in the long-running franchise Lupin III. Tropes and characters not specific to this film are listed on the Characters page for the franchise.

Lupin and Jigen pull off a successful casino heist and flee in their car, up to their necks in cash — until Lupin realizes that every bill is counterfeit. The legendary "Goat Bills" — counterfeit bills which could easily pass for real to all but the most trained eye — inspire the duo to pay a visit to the tiny European nation of Cagliostro, long rumored to be the bills' source, for their next heist.

Once Lupin and Jigen cross the border, they find themselves trying to rescue a girl in a wedding dress from a group of armed mooks trying to capture her. The girl is Clarisse, daughter of Cagliostro's late ruling Grand Duke, and she is betrothed to the regent and Count of Cagliostro, whose side of the Cagliostro family line oversees and perpetuates the nation's dirty business. When the two families are reunited, a legend says they will unlock the secret of Cagliostro's lost treasure, which the Count desperately wants. Jigen figures something else is up when he notices Lupin's familiarity with Cagliostro's landmarks, Clarisse, and her mysterious ring…

Certain things are, of course, inevitable: Lupin tries to steal the girl, the treasure, the source of the Goat Bills, and whatever else he thinks he can get away with; Fujiko is in the castle trying to steal one or more of Lupin's targets as well; the Count is a formidable villain; and Inspector Zenigata is still trying to hunt Lupin down (though he gets more than he bargained for).

Castle of Cagliostro is famous for being Miyazaki's first film, but a couple of its scenes achieved their own fame. The car chase at the beginning of the film was allegedly praised by Steven Spielberg as one of the greatest car chases ever set to film, and he's alleged to have called Cagliostro one of the greatest adventure movies of all time.note  The other famous scene is the climactic battle-and-chase in Cagliostro's clock tower, a scene at least two groups of American animators have paid direct homage to.

Footage from this film (as well as The Mystery of Mamo) was used in the laser disc arcade game Cliff Hanger.

As of now, Discotek Media has announced that it has licensed it and will include both the Manga UK and Streamline dubs.

Complete spoilers below — don't read further if you don't want to know how this caper turns out!

The Castle of Cagliostro features examples of:

  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: The many quiet scenes of Cagliostro comes from Hayao Miyazaki's desire for "breathing" in a film. They are present to contrast against the tense action scenes, and allow the audience to relax, or fall in love. One special scene in this film is Lupin wandering around a burnt out castle in a contemplative mood (because Lupin is remembering his past) with Jigen wondering what is preoccupying him before demanding an explanation(by strangling him). Another special scene is when Lupin has broken into Clarisse's room and is trying to give her hope that he can help her escape (giving her hope and letting the audience fall in love with her innocence).
  • Adaptational Heroism: Lupin and Fujiko (especially Fujiko) are more heroic in this movie than in any other depictions.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: The film ends with Inspector Zenigata revealing that Lupin III, Gentleman Thief that he is, has stolen the heroine's heart.
  • All That Glitters: Cagliostro's lost treasure is a partial example. The Roman ruins' enormous value is purely cultural, but the international attention they'll receive from academics and tourists will be useful for Clarisse and her country's economy. But Lupin wistfully notes that it's too big for his pocket.
  • Alternate Dvd Commentary: A fan-made commentary track for was produced for Caglisotro back in 2004, and another one is packaged with the 2014 Discotek Media DVD.
  • Always Save the Girl: This is lampshaded in the car chase.
    Jigen: Which one are we helping?
    Lupin: The girl.
    Jigen: Typical.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Inspector Zenigata is noticeably more brown than his police companions, despite still being clearly Japanese. Amusing when Lupin disguises himself as Zenigata, because he can apparently create the square jaw and red-face without a Latex Perfection mask. Similar tones are used for Gustav, also without any real explanation.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: The Cagliostro family has been using its super-counterfeits to screw with international affairs for centuries. Lupin states that the Cagliostros are responsible for the Crisis of the Late Middle Ages, the collapse of the Bourbon Dynasty, funded Napoleon Bonaparte's conquests, and caused The Great Depression.
    Lupin: (reading Apocalyptic Log) "Here, Gennosuke Kawakami, Spy for the Japanese Army, met his end. Avenge me. 1904-3-14."
  • And the Adventure Continues: Zenigata and his men are hot on Lupin's heels as everyone leaves the country of Cagliostro, and Fujiko escapes with the Goat Bills' master plates. "The End", but life goes on.
  • Anti-Hero: While Lupin's place is hard to pin down on the best of days, in Cagliostro, he falls firmly into the Mr. Vice Guy role. While he's as gleefully enthusiastic about the caper as usual, he shows more interest in protecting Clarisse (choosing to save her even before he recognises her) and even lets the girl go for her own good.
  • Armor Is Useless: Partially averted. The Count's assassin squad wear plate armor underneath their cloth ninja costumes capable of standing up to a .44 magnum fired at point blank range...which as expected, proves no match for the anti-tank rifle Jigen brings to deal with them...nor with Goemons blade.
  • Arranged Marriage: Between Clarissa and the Count.
  • Asleep for Days: Lupin sleeps for three days after being severely wounded in a fight with the Big Bad. He's distressed to discover how long his nap has been — since it means he might be too late to save the day — and demands large amounts of food in order to recover his strength.
  • Author Appeal: Obscure aircraft, precipitous heights.
  • Bad Bad Acting: Zenigata's "we went in for Lupin and look what we found!" on-camera act falls under this. It does not escape the notice of his Interpol superiors:
    U.S. Interpol Leader: Good Lord, he's a bad actor.
  • Battle Butler: Jodo, who controls the Count's Elite Mooks.
  • Big Fancy Castle: Clarissa lives in one.
  • BFG: Jigen's massive PTRS-41 anti-tank rifle.
  • Blade Brake: The Count uses his sword to stab the rocks, saving his butt after falling off the clock tower's hands.
  • Blatant Lies: Invoked by Zenigata, in the Streamline dub, when he exposes the Count's counterfeiting ring on live television. First by leading Fujiko down into the cellar, where he puts on a show of "accidentally" finding his printing presses.
    Zenigata: (with armload of counterfeit bills) "What a break! I found this PURELY by accident! My investigation of the Count was closed, and I was after Wolf!"
    Zenigata: (blinks innocently) "Can you believe it?"
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: The Streamline Pictures dub mixes Blind-Idiot with Macekre and Legal caution (The LeBlanc estate was still affecting translations). One example is for Zenigata introducing himself to the Count, as Inspector Keibu Zenigata. His actual given name is Koichi, and Keibu means "Inspector". But his full name wasn't included on the script, so including Keibu as his name was a choice minimizing the amount of invention.
  • Chased Off into the Sunset: The movie ends with Lupin III and his gang fleeing in the Fiat away from the police into the sunset.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Chekhov's Autogyro and ring.
  • Chekhov's Skill: A fairly subtle one: Lupin's long-jumping skills from the very beginning of the film.
  • The Chessmaster: Lupin is firmly in this category, with himself and everyone else (including Femme Fatale Fujiko and Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist Inspector Zenigata) involved in a small-scale Gambit Pileup aimed at stopping the Count.
  • Chiaroscuro: The wedding scene when the "resurrected" Lupin confronts the Count.
    • Thematically, chiaroscuro is also a major element of the plot, with Clarice's ruling branch of the family representing the light, and the Count's doing-the-dirty-work branch representing the shadow. The hidden treasure is revealed when (the rings of) light and shadow unite.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Possibly the one time Fujiko doesn't betray Lupin. Depending on how you interpret her running off with the plates.
  • Clock Tower: The finale takes place with a long chase through one.
  • Cool Ship: The Count flies an autogyro! (Yes, Lupin steals the plane) Hayao Miyazaki uses this trope as a Creator Thumbprint.
  • Could Have Been Messy:
    • Goemon slices and dices with his metal-cutting katana and Jigen blasts away with an anti-tank rifle, yet neither one of them is ever actually seen to kill anyone with said weapons. Even when Jigen shoots out a car's tire with his Magnum, we see thugs go flying but not actually any dying.
    • Averted with Lupin's wounds and the deaths of the count and his thug in the clock tower.
  • Counterfeit Cash: The Goat Bills are counterfeit bills which can fool all but the most trained eyes.
  • Damsel in Distress: Clarisse is pursued by the Count and one of Lupin's priorities in this story is protecting/rescuing her.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Clarisse escaped from a mansion surrounded by lasers, participated in a car chase, saved Lupin's life several times (by way of shoving him out of the way of gunfire and throwing her body on a gun and knocking it aside), said she was "not really" afraid when they were being peppered with gunfire, and shoved the Count off the clocktower when she saw her chance — and she was willing to become a thief to boot. A lone woman facing down a Nebulous Evil Organisation run by a Manipulative Bastard with an army of Elite Mooks (which took Lupin's team and an entire army of Interpol agents to bring down)? As Lupin said, she was a brave girl.
  • Death Trap: The Count is a big, big fan. His security fetish is one of the first things which alerts Zenigata to the fishy goings-on in the castle.
  • Dirty Old Man: Lupin accuses Count Cagliostro of being one, though it's questionable if he had any feelings for Clarisse at all.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After the Count is killed by clock hands, Jodo humbly asks Goemon to do him in. Goemon refuses.
    Jodo: This is the end of Cagliostro. [bows head in shame, awaiting Goemon's death blow] It's over.
    [Goemon sheathes his Zantetsuken]
    Goemon: Evil destroys itself.
  • Don't Look Down:
    • This is inverted at one point; Lupin tells Clarisse to look down so she'll realize screaming and flailing at the strange man while they're hanging several dozen feet in the air by a thin wire is a bad idea.
    • This is played straight during the clock tower chase when one of Cagliostro's henchmen is crushed between two giant gears.
  • The Dragon: Jodo.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Lampshaded in the same breath as Always Save the Girl.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: As Lupin and Jigen drive away from the Casino with their loot, sharp-eyed viewers can spot the top of Goemon's head and the end of his sword in the back seat of the car amidst the cash. Do all those cars suddenly falling to bits earlier make sense now?
  • Elite Mooks: The Count employs assassins with masks, metal claw gauntlets, and armor Jigen can't shoot through without an anti-tank gun.
  • Evil Chancellor: The story begins after the Count has taken power from the dead Duke who ruled. There's no suspicion raised In-Universe for why the Duke might've died in a huge blaze inside his Stone Castle, especially when the Count has a secret army, counterfeiting operations, and is called the "shadow" line of the family. The only member of the "light" line of the family is Princess Clarisse, and the Count rules as regent in her place.
  • Fairytale Wedding Dress: Clarisse, being a princess, has one.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: The Count
  • Famous Last Words: "Let me go! Let GO!" The Count of Cagliostro
  • Gentleman Thief: This is played straight with Lupin, which may come across as strange because he's…Lupin. He's acting this way because he's still grateful to Clarisse for saving his life many years ago. Jigen calls Lupin out on his atypical behavior fairly early in the film.
    • This may be a case of Recursive Adaptation. Miyazaki took more direct inspiration from Maurice Leblanc's novels than he did the Lupin III manga and anime. The same novels that inspired Lupin III in the first place.
  • Girl in the Tower
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Two deaths via clock—one of the Count's Mooks and the Count himself—are signified only by sound.
  • Go Through Me: Clarisse does this twice for Lupin, at different points during the film.
    • The first happens near the midpoint, after Lupin's been shot and left critically wounded, by Jodo. Not only does she prevent him from falling to his death, she tells Cagliostro that if he intended to kill Lupin, he'd have to kill her too. Cagliostro responds by having Jodo open fire, with each shot narrowly missing by inches. Clarisse doesn't budge, despite fearing for both their lives.
    • At the film's climax, Cagliostro prepares to fire at Lupin as he hangs from a ledge of the castle's clocktower. Clarisse literally leaps to his rescue, by jumping from the tower and attempting to take Cagliostro with her; complete with a Big "NO!".
  • Hard To Light Fire: While on top of the main castle, Lupin III is trying to light a rocket but has a lot of difficulty with his lighter. He eventually drops the rocket and has to long-jump over the towers manually.
  • Historical In-Joke: A brief scene explains how Cagliostro's currency counterfeiting was responsible for the 1929 Stockmarket Crash and World War II.
  • Historical Rap Sheet: The Cagliostro family's centuries-old counterfeiting operation caused the collapse of the Bourbon dynasty, financed Napoleon and brought about the Wall Street Crash.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Count is crushed by giant clock hands when retrieving the "treasure" of Cagliostro.
  • Hyperactive Metabolism: Lupin is severely wounded, but recovers after gorging himself to the point of being sick and then sleeping.
  • Impersonating an Officer: Lupin infiltrates the titular castle by posing as Inspector 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.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Goemon falls under this trope largely because Katanas Are Just Better ("this is no ordinary sword", he says). When a wounded Lupin falls into the car from the autogyro, Goemon's sword swipe gets Lupin neatly out of his burning clothes without further scratching Lupin. (Other examples are on the page for the Trope.)
  • Improvised Weapon: Lupin uses several of these, but the most notable is the long-handled spanner he duels the Count with.
  • Interesting Situation Duel: The fight amongst the clock-tower's gears is one of the most iconic in cinematic history.
  • In Harm's Way: The discovery of the Goat Bills brings Lupin and Jigen to Cagliostro.
  • Instant Dogend: Jigen's smokes (but not Lupin's) fall under this.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Jigen's bullets bounce off the Elite Mooks — but Goemon's sword doesn't. Fans of the series know Goemon's sword is a one-of-a-kind katana possessing a super-sharp edge.
  • The Kingdom: The Dukes were the official rulers and kept up a good front, but the Count's family line was responsible for carrying out the Dirty Business.
  • Lolicon: In the Japanese version, Lupin accuses the Count of this in the wedding scene before he sets off the stock of fireworks hidden in his archbishop's robes.
  • Lost Wedding Ring: It's a Plot Coupon and Lupin holds it.
  • Little Brother Is Watching: Lupin is known as a Handsome Lech, but for Clarisse's sake, he tries to be a Thief In A Stylin' Suit. When Lupin tells Jigen about being "wild and crazy" in his past, Jigen's expression suggests 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.
  • Lull Destruction: The Streamline dub is somewhat notorious for this, adding unnecessary expository dialogue into normally quiet scenes, getting in the way of the atmosphere. Inverted at least once in the same dub when, at the point where Jigen's supposed to complain about him and Goemon not being able to do anything before the gang was forced to retreat, he says nothing.
  • Malevolent Architecture: The titular Castle is full of booby traps (and a basement of skeletons to show for it).
  • Military Salute: Inspector Zenigata salutes Count Cagliostro when he reports in. Cagliostro doesn't even acknowledge it, being the asshole he is.
  • Money to Throw Away/Money to Burn: The Goat Bills get both treatments. The former happens with the stolen Goat Bills at the beginning of the film, and the latter happens as part of a particular plot point close to the end of the film.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Gustav for the royal guard and Jodo for the elite mooks.
  • Mooks: The normal Cagliostro castle guard and the Interpol troopers fall under this.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Lupin's quest for the Goat Bills is his.
  • Mythology Gag: See the Trope page for examples.
  • No OSHA Compliance: All those giant exposed gears in the clock tower can't be safety standards compliant.
  • Obviously Evil: Jodo does not look like a good guy.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Clarice's wedding dress. The current Empress of Japan liked it so much that she had a real-world one made for her wedding dress.
  • Pin-Pulling Teeth: Fujiko does this during an escape. Her other hand is busy wielding an automatic pistol.
  • Pop the Tires: In the opening chase scene, Jigen attempts to shoot out the tires of the henchmens' vehicle. The first time, it's subverted; he hits the tires, but they are a special kind that are impervious to regular bullets. Jigen upgrades his ammo and tries again, this time hitting them and causing the car to immediately spin out and crash into the side of the mountain.
  • The Prophecy: The words inscribed on Clarisse's ring by her ancestor, Gotoh, is a key part of the plot: "Light will rejoin shadow and live again."
  • Pyrrhic Victory: The Count manages to unlock the treasure, but by doing so, the clock tower automatically moves to noon and the clock's hands crush the Count.
  • Ramen Slurp: The cheap ramen eaten by Zenigata and his police force are contrasted with the fancy meals enjoyed by Count Cagliostro. Lupin and Jigen are shown eating spaghetti the same way, earlier (as well as eating ramen themselves as Zenigata pulls up to the castle—you can see the instant ramen bowls in the back of their car along with the other supplies in the early driving scenes).
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Jigen wears Clarisse's tiara during the climax.
  • Regent for Life: The Count wants to become this by marrying Clarisse.
  • Rescue Romance: This trope is subverted. Clarisse falls in love with Lupin after the first time he saves her, but even by the end of the movie, he can't be tied down and leaves.
  • Reverse Cerebus Syndrome: Hayao Miyazaki continued to tone down Lupin III from the raunchier, more manic version depicted in the manga, making him much Lighter and Softer. As a result, the film flopped in Japan when it was first released—the people who liked Lupin III for what it was were turned off, and the people who didn't like Lupin III didn't have any reason to watch the movie. It was only in later years, when Miyazaki gained recognition for his original works and more people watched the movie without any prior Lupin III experience, that it belatedly gained a reputation as a classic.
  • Rock-Paper-Scissors: Lupin and Jigen throw down over who has to change the flat tire on their car. (Jigen's version of "scissors" involves using his thumb and forefinger, like he's miming a pistol.)
  • Roof Hopping
  • Runaway Bride: See the Damsel in Distress entry above.
  • Ruritania: The Duchy of Cagliostro has a population of 3,500 and is the smallest independent member nation of the United Nations.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: The Count has numerous connections with Interpol and several governments.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Lupin's iconic, yellow Fiat 500 (the car driven in real life by chief animator Yasuo Ohtsuka, as Clarice's Citroen CV was Miyazaki's) has appeared in movies and shows ranging from Cowboy Bebop to the Pixar film series Cars. Thanks to this film, if you see a Fiat in an animated work, there's a good chance it's going to be yellow.
    • Another one is the title itself: the original Arsène Lupin books had an encounter with La Dame de Cagliostro. But that means that Clarisse and Lupin are cousins.
    • Miyazaki's confessed admiration for the French animated classic ''The King and the Mockingbird'' can be seen in the humongous trap-filled castle to the elaborate elevators.
    • And in fact Cagliostro contains a number of "shout-outs" to Miyazaki's own previous work in the first TV series with Isao Takahata. The plot structure of the movie borrows heavily from one of the TV episodes, and there are a number of callbacks to other episodes as well—anyone who had seen the first series would have had ample reason for nostalgia.
    • Ironically, given its original poor performance at the box office, Cagliostro has become one of the most shouted-out-to properties in subsequent Lupin specials and movies, as people who grew up on Cagliostro themselves get the chance to work on Lupin.
    • If you see a car chase in an animated piece, and it takes place on a mountain road, expect it to basically be a remake of this scene.
    • A number of western animated works shout out to this one in more ways than just the car. The Great Mouse Detective and an episode of Batman: The Animated Series borrowed/homaged the clock tower fight. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm included a shot-for-shot remake of part of the aqueduct sequence. The creative team behind Atlantis The Lost Empire has admitted that part of the finale of that movie was inspired by the revelation of the "treasure" in the finale of Cagliostro.
  • Shown Their Work: Every vehicle or gun seen in this movie, even those shown for only split seconds that you have to freeze-frame to see, were either exact replications of real-world or based on real-world designs.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Lupin is normally planted pretty firmly on the cynical side, but Miyazaki slid him back to the side of idealism. This can be jarring to viewers who are introduced to Lupin here, then watch his usual Jerk Ass antics in any of his other movies or series — even though the film goes out of its way to show Lupin has a reason for being better behaved than usual.
  • Smug Snake: Count Cagliostro is one of the most perfect examples of the trope in all of fiction.
  • Spring Loaded Corpse: Invoked with an apparently slumbering Lupin and Zenigata turning out to be skeletons clad in their suits that jump up and surprise some would-be assassins. However, rather than being reanimated, these corpses are merely on wires.
  • Soft Water: The castle is built in the middle of a lake, with lots of high towers; there's no bonus points for guessing what happens later in the film.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: While Jigen cannot be faulted for wanting to upgrade his weaponry after his Magnum revolver failed to put down one of the counts armored assassins with a point blank shot to the face, one cannot help but think that maybe immediately escalating to the use of an anti-tank rifle against personal targets at close range was slightly excessive. (Even if Jigen somehow managed to use it to blast away armor without ever actually being seen to kill anyone.)
  • The Stoic: Goemon as usual. In one scene Jigen huddles under a blanket, complaining about the cold. Goemon just stands there, completely unbothered.
  • Storming the Castle: The Count's castle is stormed by an army of Interpol cops led by Zenigata during the final act, at the same time that Lupin puts his plan to beat the Count into action.
  • Strange Bedfellows: Lupin and Zenigata call a truce so they can both get out of the castle dungeon alive and Zenigata can go after the Count for the making the Goat Bills. Given how often they work together in other Lupin titles, though, their teamwork here isn't quite as strange as the trope name implies.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Inspector Zenigata is in fine form here, and he's heavy on the "sympathetic" this time.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Jodo, when he notices how Lupin's calling card begins in the Streamline dub. This naturally results in a Curse Cut Short before the Count urges Jodo to continue.
    You son of a bitch: I hate to spoil your wedding plans, but I'm going to steal your bride. It would be a waste of your time to try to stop me.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: This movie has Lupin and Fujiko behave in their most kindness.
  • Toon Physics:
    • Lupin and Jigen's car drives sideways up a vertical cliff during the car chase, both characters can jump as if they're using Wire Fu, Lupin tries to swim upstream in a waterfall and downward in mid-air (after he ran straight down a tower wall!)…
    • Lupin shows off unthinkable long-jump skills on the roofs of the castle. Sure, he had a lot of momentum going, but it's still silly.
  • Trap Door: the titular castle is rife with secret passages, Portrait Painting Peepholes and of course trap doors. The trap doors all dump their victims into the same vast cistern — after several centuries of use, it's not a fun place to be.
    • When Lupin pays Clarisse a visit, the Count's men subtly herd him to the room's trap door and drop him like a bad habit.
    • One that's an actual trap in the main entrance hall: It's even hooked up to a fake bust that spits out pictures, Polaroid style, of whomever it drops into the dungeon - Poor Zenigata gets to be the film's demonstration. Lupin, thus informed, manages to turn it on Jodo and Gustav. The Count is merely amused when he sees the picture of them nearly falling in and commends Jodo for confirming that the trap works.
    • When Lupin starts a fire in the printing room as a distraction, smoke comes pouring out of pretty much every part of the castle.
  • Two Halves Make A Plot: The two rings, each having been inscribed with "Capran". Princess Clarisse and her uncle, Count Cagliostro, both have one. The rings have been passed down for generations, the "Light" and "Shadow" sides of the family. When held together, the rings combine to form a new inscription, but wearing the rings means that Lupin can't read it. "When light and shadow are joined, face the Goat on high who faces the sun and tells time, and place me in his eyes." The inscription tells Lupin how to use the two rings to reveal the secret of the Castle of Cagliostro.
  • Universal Driver's License: Lupin has one of these while Zenigata doesn't. (Lupin's is obviously forged.)
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: The world-wide broadcast of the Count's wedding goes off-air, courtesy of some of his Elite Mooks, after Lupin starts disrupting things. Unlike most such examples, the broadcast is soon restored because the newscaster so happens to be Fujiko, who is quite capable of defeating them.
  • What a Piece of Junk: Lupin's Fiat 500, especially after it somehow survives having a grenade explode right on top of it. Judging from the lever Lupin pulls before the first chase sequence, it's very heavily modified.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The real Archbishop is never mentioned again after the groundskeeper offers to show him an alternate route to the castle. One can only assume Lupin knocked the poor fellow unconscious and left him either locked or tied up somewhere in nothing but his underclothes, instructing the groundskeeper to let him go after everything was taken care of.
  • Woman in White: Clarisse
  • The X of Y: Castle, Cagliostro
  • You Are Already Checked In: Lupin disguises himself as Zenigata, and insists that Gustav (Cagliostro's Captain of the Guard) was foolish for not recognizing the previous Inspector Zenigata as The Wolf in disguise.
  • You're Insane!: The stock phrased is used in the Streamline Pictures dub of The Castle of Cagliostro:
    Lupin: We have to go back now and pick up the princess.
    Zennigata: WHAT?! Are you out of your mind!
    Lupin: I thought you knew that!

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