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Conan Edogawa/Shinichi Kudo
Conan Edogawa/Shinichi (Jimmy) Kudo
Dubbed the "Heisei Holmes" (Heisei
being the current "era" of Japanese history), sixteen-year old Shinichi was well-known throughout the Beika District of Tokyo and beyond for being able to solve any crime that the police failed to. However, he was still a teenager, and susceptible to things such as... oh, falling in love with his childhood friend Ran.
One day, after solving a murder at an amusement park, Shinichi comes upon a mysterious man in black extorting money from another man. While he's investigating, however, he fails to see the man's partner sneak up on him and knock him out cold with a metal pipe. Deciding that He Knows Too Much
, the two force-feed him a poison pill supposed to not only kill him, but leave no trace behind besides "evidence of a spontaneous heart attack". Unfortunately for them, it fails to do the former, and only half-accomplishes the latter
: Shinichi has been shrunk into a six-year old
One quick visit to his neighbor Professor Agasa's house later, Shinichi realizes that he must keep his identity secret, lest the two men in black come back and kill him for good. He is adopted by Ran, and now lives at the Mouri Detective agency, much to his (at first) dismay. Every once in a while, he has picked up leads on the two men in black, but in the meantime... murders, thefts, and kidnappings are popping up all around, and what better way to pass the time than to solve them all?Mandatory naming note
: "Shin'ichi" has various possible spellings - the one used here is 'new one', possibly referring to his being the 'Holmes of the Twentieth Century/New Era', but may also be a reference to the Japanese writer Shinichi Hoshi
. "Kudo" came from Shunsaku Kudo of Tantei Monogatari
. There's also another possible explanation: his name could be a pun on 'one truth', because the 'shin' of Shinichi can be read as the character for 'truth' or the character for 'new'.
- Accidental Pervert: Most apparently in the Hot Springs Episode when he nosebled, but also in some of the other situations— his not-girlfriend did not know his identity and did a few things in front of the seeming pre-teen that would be inappropriate in front of a a boy her own age — which is rather funny, since technically "Conan" has gotten further with Ran than "Shinichi" has.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Appears to be one as Conan.
- Adorkable: In the beginning of the series the only clothes he's seen wearing are his miniature suit, complete with a bow tie. This combined with his cute ways of expressing his feelings and his Sherlock Holmes obsession create top quality Adorkable material.
- Almighty Janitor: Conan is just a kid (in appearance, at least), and nobody ever listens to kids, at least not for a couple of chapters. New officers usually react this way towards him, but those who know him always appreciate his input. Once he has solved a crime, he usually has to resort to his tranquilizer wristwatch and voice-changing bow tie in order to relay his deductions through a handy field-expedient ventriloquist's dummy.
- Always Someone Better: Played for Laughs. To his close friend/Secret Keeper/detective rival, Heiji Hattori of Osaka. When Heiji and Shinichi work together, they're each other's equal and will often arrive at the same conclusions. But when they compete with each other or their deductions differ, Shinichi usually wins.
- Amateur Sleuth
- Amazon Chaser: He admitted to Asami Uchida, that one of the many reasons he loves Ran is because she's "strong and stubborn".
- Ambiguous Disorder: In the first episode, he does not know when to stop rambling on about Holmes and Conan Doyle and talks to Ran about it the entire time they are at the roller coaster. Even whenever he dates her and starts off wanting to tell her his feelings, instead he ends up gabbing about Holmes again. He is not very social and it is implied that many of his teachers and classmates believed him to be arrogant and self-absorbed. Also, he seems to be quite blunt and unaware of social tact.
- Berserk Button: Do not ever harm anyone he cares for. But especially his beloved Ran. He can be quite jealous when someone merely shows possible romantic/sexual interest in Ran, but if you ever look at her wrong...
- Also, among all the murderers and criminals he deals with, Conan absolutely loathes Yanderes and Cute Psychos. Criminals of such types often get the most scathing, harsher "Shut Up, Hannibal!" speeches from him.
- Blind Without 'Em: Invoked to maintain his Clark Kenting (see below). The dub made it one step further by making dub!Conan say he has retinitis pigmentosa.
- Born Detective: His dad writes mysteries. And has brought him to murder scenes ever since he was little. And an OVA showed him solving cases at one year old. Figures.
- In the OVA, he actually seems to be doing things just to lead his mother into a Eureka Moment...oddly enough, one of his tactics today.
- Bowties Are Cool: Regularly wore them even before he gets the one with his iconic built-in voice modulator during the third episode.
- Cassandra Truth: No one believes Conan when he tries to help, and that's why he uses Kogoro, Sonoko, etc. This was later subverted by several adults, who even without knowing his secret either recognize his ability without asking too many questions (Satou particularly), or at least acknowledge his uncanny (and faked) habit of creating Eureka Moments.
- Catch Phrase: A few of them.
- "Edogawa Conan, tantei sa!"
- "Shinjitsu wa itsumo hitotsu!" (Or its American counterpart: "With a keen eye on details, one truth prevails!")
- "Ah re re"
- Conan also has Oi, Oi. There are two fan videos consisting of him saying/thinking the phrase "Oi, oi."
- "Barou!" (as in "Ba(ka-ya)rou!")
- Character Name Alias
- Chick Magnet: Where do we begin? Ran will always be Shinichi's true love. Other ladies who have fallen for the detective are as followed: his numerous fangirls after he became a famous teen detective, Ayumi Yoshida when he is Conan, former classmate, Asami Uchida, and possibly Ai Haibara/Shiho Miyano.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Ran.
- Childhood Friends: With Ran and Sonoko. We all know what his status with the former is.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: He can't leave a case unsolved and any hint that a crime might occur in the future has him trying to prevent it. This is lampshaded by several characters, including Ran and Ai.
- Clark Kenting: After being shrunk to a grade-school kid, the title character does the same thing as Clark Kent: wears a pair of glasses (was his father's) to hide his identity. It usually works well, until he slips up and says information he shouldn't have known unless he was really Shinichi Kudo, who was supposed to be a distant relative. This leads to Ran becoming suspicious of him several times, but she always ends up discrediting her own finds because the evidence doesn't quite match up, due to some outside interference (usually planned by the protagonist himself). In one scene, when the character Ai Haibara returns to her original age, Conan offers her his glasses as disguise, saying that they work well enough for Clark Kent. The response from Ai is, "So are you saying you're Superman now?"
- According to an interview with Gosho Aoyama, the glasses really were based on Superman.
- Constantly Curious: Conan routinely interrogates suspects by pretending to be an obnoxiously curious kid, at least for as long as he can pull it off without being scolded. The Detective Kids behave like this at times as well, though in their case they aren't pretending. Sometimes Conan uses this trick to pass information to the adults (usually Kogoro) to allow them to solve the case if he can't or doesn't want to use the Stun Gun Watch.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: For all of Ran's Tsundere and mild Clingy Jealous Girl traits, Conan/Shinichi himself can get very jealous whenever it seems that someone else might be interested in her. Considering that Conan is a Deadpan Snarker who can't exactly act on it due to having been shrunk to a kid's age, it's almost all Played for Laughs.
- He also (unsurprisingly) has a strong, possessive side for Ran. The most famous one is when he revealed his secret identity to Eisuke Hondou when the latter wanted to take Ran to America.
- Deadpan Snarker: He mainly snarks the Detective Boys, Kogoro, Ran etc.
- He snarks everyone, actually, if they ever act or give some comments which he considers stupid.
- Deliberately Cute Child: Conan often does this to throw people off from suspecting he's really seventeen year old Shinichi Kudo. Though he can on occasion take it too far and has a time or two been called out by his kid friends for doing it.
- Disguised in Drag: He once switched clothes with Ayumi to find some kidnappers.
- Fatal Flaw: Shinichi's main flaws are that when things get really dangerous, Shinichi/Conan tends to rely on himself to protect everyone from the danger. This is what landed him in his current predicament as "Conan Edogawa". Haibara at one point lampshades this flaw.
Ai: "While pursuing the truth and justice without thinking about consequences...you stand the strain of all pressure alone in order to protect everyone...Such boy-like temperaments of yours are astonishingly intriguing, however...I wonder if you realize it...That clean scent of yours is strangling her, us, and yourself with lonelinesss and danger."
- First-Person Smartass: In both forms he often snarks others in his head, Ran included. This is unfair to them because they aren't on the same intellectual level as him.
- Gadget Watches: His include a stun gun and a torch.
- Genre Savvy: Has read all the great detective stories and knows their tropes by heart.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: Conan's glasses have been given upgrades throughout the series. Initially they contained a screwed-in GPS bug that could be taken out and placed elsewhere while the glasses tracked the device's location with its own minimap. Agasa later replaced the glass with bulletproof glass and the bug was updated with listening functions and its own frequency. The listening device is also designed so it "Stimulates the eardrum," thus only the wearer can hear it.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's The Hero, but it takes a long time before you warm up to him.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Becomes this with Heiji Hattori.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: He has perfect pitch but simply can't sing.
- In the manga he is completely unable to translate the notes he hears into music using an instrument or his voice himself; in the anime, however, he has enough skill for his own very awkward-sounding theme tune and one song on the violin - since he's such a huge Sherlock Holmes lover that he would try it himself.
- Hyper Awareness
- Identity Impersonator: As Ran often comes close to discovering Conan's identity, he has found a couple of ways to have "Shinichi" on the phone when Conan is in the room. The masterstroke came one time when he was in his original body and Ai disguised herself as Conan.
- Improvised Weapon User: His only weapon of assault is his super shoes that only increased the power of things he kicked on. Sometimes, strange results would happen: he tried to kick a cabbage, but it broke immediately. The other time he had to kick an entire hospital bunk— well, got the villain, but sprained his ankle in the process.
- Inner Monologue: Conan does this all the time. In some dubs, including the American dub, this inner monologue is even in Shinichi's voice!
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: Not as bad as Hiroki Sawada, but as Shinichi he had some issues in regards to relationg to people. More than once his classmates and teachers would remark on him being arrogant and hard to approach, with Ran as almost the only exception.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shinichi can be arrogant, blunt, insensitive towards the feelings of others, and can have "high and mighty" attitude; he also has a strong sense of judgement, loves his friend and family deeply (Ran especially), and values human life.
- Limited Wardrobe: In the earlier part of the series, Conan nearly exclusively wore a blue suit, a white shirt, and a red bowtie. Later he was seen with a better variety of clothes.
- Line-of-Sight Name: Shinichi came up the name Conan Edogawa by seeing books of mysteries by Arthur Conan Doyle and Edogawa Rampo.
- Lonely Rich Kid: After his parents moved to the US. That said, this does not induce I Just Want to Have Friends but rather enforced his otaku image.
- Meitantei: Why, the Japanese title is Meitantei Conan.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Averted.
- My Greatest Failure: The Moonlight Sonata case. The only notable case where Conan FAILED to stop the suicide of a Sympathetic Murderer.
- Mystery Magnet: Poor kid can't go anywhere without a murder happening. Occasionally lampshaded—the police inspector, upon realizing that Detective Mouri just HAPPENED to be near when the crime occurred, has a tendency to raise his eyebrow and vocalize his incredulity. Sadly, he never seems to follow up on this.
- Nerves of Steel: Either as Conan or Shinichi, this guy has got guts.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: He always has previously unmentioned special skills in Non Serial Movies, conveniently explained away by "my dad taught me at Hawai'i." Attained Memetic Mutation status, at least in Taiwan. Lampshaded in this fanfic.
- Nosebleed: Conan gets some of these during Accidental Pervert situations.
- Not Now, Kiddo: Nobody ever listens to kids. Early on, Conan has to use Professor Agasa's voice-changing necktie just to tell the police to look under a table.
- It has been averted slightly as time goes by in that most of the police inspectors eventually learn to pay attention to Conan's observations—and some even recognize the kid's innate intelligence rather than thinking he is just accidentally inspiring them.
- Not so Above It All: He has picked up some of Kogoro's most annoying habits. Hilariously seen in the Masami Hirota case: when the stranger that Ran caught took off his sunglasses, they started laughing in exactly the same way and at the same time.
- OTOH, he once started a'hootin' and a'hollerin' when his favorite soccer team won a big game, prompting Haibara to snark that "the Master Sleuth was just a jumpy little boy when it came to soccer."
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Conan repeatedly makes a very awkward use of this to disguise his investigations and artificial Eureka Moments. This usually consists of Conan making a very adult speech or explanation, followed by everyone looking strangely at him, followed by Conan hastily saying in deliberately-cute mode, "At least, that's what I saw on TV!" In general, he gets away with it more because he looks like a child than his questionable acting skills.
- Oblivious to Love: A minor example; in a strange reversal of his usual eye for small details, Conan usually completely fails to notice the few occasions when Ai expresses her jealousy of his relationship with Ran.
- Older Than He Looks: Main premise of the show.
- Otaku: Em, some of classmates would rather call him suiri-otaku (mystery geek), especially Sonoko. Ran also tends to use it as an insult when's irritated with his supposed preoccupation with difficult cases causing his prolonged absence.
- Parental Abandonment: His parents moved to the United States two years before the stories; mainly in Los Angeles but also seen in Hawaii and New York. He still keeps contact with them and they've helped him out more than once, though.
- Red Baron Known as either "The Detective of the East" or the "Heisei Holmes".
- Red Is Heroic: His signature red bowtie and he's the hero.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Heiji's Red Oni.
- Secret Identity: He FAILS to keep it well while still succeeding in keeping it. Specifically, as advised by Dr Agasa, Conan Edogawa must hide the fact that Kudo Shinichi survived poisoning by the Organization in order to protect the safety of friends, family, and loved ones.
- Except, all things considered, he seems to be doing a pretty lousy job of it, as Conan is unable to keep himself from appearing too clever for his own good. Not only does he (as Shinichi) regularly telephone Ran, but he also telephones Inspector Megure (as Shinichi) from time to time to drop clues (but makes sure the police officers know not to tell anybody about his involvement). It seems to be a fairly open secret as of episode 250 that Kudo is in frequent contact with the Mouri Detective Agency. During the "Desperate Revival" arc, while under the influence of a temporary apotoxin antidote, he even appeared as his teenaged self before an entire auditorium full of high school students. But it was all right, because afterward they all promised not to tell anybody. (Yeah right.)
- Certainly, other clever people take notice. When even Ran is able to figure out that Conan is Shinichi (several times over the course of the series), that can be a problem. (And it doesn't help matters that Heiji is prone to calling Conan "Kudo" even when in the presence of others.) In "Trembling Metropolitan Police Headquarters: 12 Million Hostages" (when Takagi and Conan are trapped in an elevator with a bomb and believe they're going to die) even Takagi asks Conan "who [he] really [is]". If you cannot even keep your secret from Takagi, you FAIL at protecting your secret identity.
- Moreover, every time a case with Kid comes up, Conan is treated by the media as Kid's nemesis, effectively making him a celebrity. This would likely be detrimental to keeping a secret identity given that he looks exactly like a young Shinichi Kudo and the Organization is already suspicious of everything surrounding Kogoro—but luckily for him, any of his accomplishments and fame are completely forgotten in any chapter not starring Kid, only to come back next time the thief shows up.
- The fact that Conan's identity remains secret from the Black Organization is probably attributable more to luck (and scripted immunity) than skill. The members of the Black Organization who have uncovered the truth about Conan's and/or Ai's shrinkage either had their own reasons for not divulging it to the rest of the group (Vermouth, Kir, Irish in The Raven Chaser or were killed before they could do so (Pisco). The one other member of the group who might be intelligent enough to figure it out, Gin, is handicapped in that he makes a point of not remembering the people he's killed; he probably forgot who Kudo Shinichi was five minutes after feeding him the poison. (Also, Conan has somehow managed not to directly catch his eye.)
- Sherlock Homage: Lampshaded.
- Shorter Means Smarter: Look at his height compared to the other Detective Boys.
- The Short Guy with Glasses: Conan was the second shortest member of the regular cast, shorter than Ayumi. Subverted as Shinichi; he is of normal height for his age.
- Significant Birth Date: Shinichi's birthday is 4th of May, the day when Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Moriarty supposedly fell of the Reichenbach falls.
- Single-Target Sexuality: He sees no other girl in a romantic/sexual sense, except for one: Ran Mouri.
- Specs of Awesome: As Conan Edogawa, the awesomeness is furthered strengthened by the abilities that his glasses possess.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Oi, oi. Lowered eyebrows optional.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: When Shinichi he's been noted to be quite handsome.
- Teen Genius: Limited similarity to Sherlock Holmes' field of knowledge; he certainly knew all that knowledge for all his cases, but he was not shown to be that good academically. (Of course, he's not Kindaichi bad.)
- Thanks for the Mammary: As much as he is Accidental Pervert as Conan, he accidentally did this to Kazuha, of all people. See for yourself.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: He found Narumi Asai's suicide in the Moonlight Sonata case to be his greatest failure. This causes him to change his methods so that he can prevent future culprits from killing themselves. He also passes this creed on to Hattori.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Grew a liking to lemon pie in middle school.
- Tricked-Out Shoes: Which that deliver an electric current through his legs. This greatly enhances his kicking ability.
Shinichi's childhood friend and love-interest.
When Shinichi shrinks and takes on the name Edogawa Conan, she takes on the big sister role and looks out for Conan like if he was any other little kid. Ran also wishes for her parents to get back together and tries but fails time and time again at forcing a set-up between the two.
She also happens to be well-trained in karate at the expense of anyone trying to take advantage of her.Mandatory name note
: The entire name came from Maurice Leblanc
, creator of Arsène Lupin
, through the Japanese reading Moori
Ran's father and estranged husband to Eri Kisaki.
He runs a private detective agency, but is mostly out of the job due to his constant drinking, gambling, womanizing and being described as a joke regarding the cases he actually takes. That all changes after Shinichi shrinks and needs a scrapegoat to solve the cases for him; bringing to life the Sleeping Kogoro
, which Kogoro later becomes famous for and allows him to take more noteworthy cases. Though, he's still heavy on the drinking, gambling and womanizing.
He also happens to be a big fan of the idol singer, Yoko Okino.Mandatory naming note
: "Kogoro" came from Kogoro Akechi
, the Great Detective
in Rampo Edogawa's novels.
- Action Dad: A master in Judo.
- Adults Are Useless: Well, considering that Shinichi/Conan and other teen detectives are in general more competent and active than everyone...
- Alcoholic Parent
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: To Ran. He's a clumsy, womanizing father who's main vices include alcohol and gambling.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Has many such moments with his estranged wife, Eri. Pretty much whenever they meet, they spend the entire time nagging each other, but these episodes usually end with a clear indicator that they still care for each other.
- Badass Moustache
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Eri.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Yeah, he's a shameless flirt, embarrassing father, and too many flaws to count, he's a master of judo and doesn't take threats against his loved ones well.
- Brilliant, but Lazy/Genius Ditz: To a certain degree. He's actually quite capable as a detective, but he usually just wants the case to be over and done with, so he assumes his first theory is right and refuses to believe otherwise until proven wrong. His main problem is that he usually does not bother to closely examine all the evidence, so he never finds those crucial details pointing to the culprit. Even when Conan hands him these details, he's too lazy to think things through completely or examine every possible solution before making an accusation.
- Bumbling Dad: To Ran and Conan. Basically a loser, but his care towards his daughter Ran is utterly remarkable.
- Butt Monkey: If something funny, humiliating or painful is going to happen, the first-rate candidate is Kogoro.
- Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Kogoro will flirt with every cute girl and beauty except Eri, or anyone who looks like her, much to Sonoko's wonder. He also sometimes becomes cooler and more perceptive when he meets someone that reminds him of her.
- Can't Live with Them, Can't Live without Them: With his estranged wife, Eri. At one point, Kogoro even outright states that he cannot bear being seperated from Eri and asks her to come back, but she pretends she didn't hear him because she's not ready yet.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Eri.
- Clueless Detective: He's a tad too tunnel-visioned, so he usually jumps to the most obvious deduction, frequently the one the culprit wanted the investigators to believe. Because he's got a severe case of tunnel vision, he never bothers to look for further evidence or question his conclusions after that, which is why he almost never finds the correct solution.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: VERY sparingly, something (Usually a personal matter) might cause Kogoro to actually focus all his attention on a case, revealing him to actually be a very capable detective on his own. Granted, since this happens like thrice or so in fifty volumes, it's very easy to forget.
- Defective Detective: He's horribly bad with money, is often seen drinking or gambling and can't fix his relationships with his estranged wife. Before Conan helped him gain some success as a detective, he was completely down on his luck, but even now he clearly has issues. Alternately Played for Laughs or Drama.
- Famed in Story: By the end of the first season, he has gotten a reputation as a meitantei (on the strength of Conan's behind-the-scenes work) and is often recognized by face or name by those around him. Frequently, when Kogoro's name and/or vocation enters conversation, it will provoke reactions of shock in the (not-yet-known-to-be-a) murderer (and/or others with something to hide). Although Kogoro almost never notices, Conan usually does—and this is often his first clue that something is amiss.
- Fanboy: Of Idol Singer Yoko Okino.
- Promoted Fanboy: Upon solving a case for her and becoming increasingly famous as a detective, he frequently received merchandise and invitations to various events from Yoko. He even got to make a guest appeareance in her cooking show and would have starred in another show hosted by her if it hadn't got the axe.
- In Series Nick Name: "Sleeping Kogoro." This of course refers to the effect of Conan's sedation dart, but is also a Shout-Out to Katsura Kogoro (aka Kido Takayoshi), who was also known as the "Fleeing Kogoro."
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Womanizer? Check. Alcoholic? Check. Giant ego? Double check. Loves his daughter and wife (even if he's estranged with the latter)? Check. Cares for Conan just as much as he would if he were his son? Check. Has a strong sense of justice? You bet he does.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Kogoro's lecherous nature often leaves him open to easy manipulation by Ran or Conan (and occasionally clients, murderers, or murder victims), and also usually torpedoes every one of Ran's attempts to get him and Eri to reconcile. He never actually seems to take it any farther than ogling or, at most, platonic dating with the objects of his temporary affection. (He also maintains a persistent crush on idol Okino Yoko.)
Given that Kogoro's lechery seems more talk than action, and he was presumably monogamous with Eri until they parted after Kogoro had to shoot Eri in the leg to save her life when she was caught in a Hostage Situation in a flashback in The Fourteeth Target, this may just be his way of distancing himself from Eri to keep either one of them from being hurt again.
- Man Child: Sometimes, his daughter Ran acts more like his wife or mom.
- Mr. Vice Guy: He has a lot of vices and frequently indulges them, but he's still fundamentally a decent guy.
- Oddly enough, Kogoro's original voice actor had plenty of experience playing a Lovable Sex Maniac, as he was also the voice actor for City Hunter Ryo Saeba. (In another character's thought balloon in one of the OAVs, Kogoro even used Saeba's Catch Phrase "mokkori".)
- Overprotective Dad: Don't you ever dare to look at his beautiful daughter Ran in any way he doesn't like.
- Papa Wolf: Do not threaten Ran or Conan when he's around, as this is one of the FEW ways to make him act 100% competent. Don't say we didn't warn you, thieves.
- Private Detective: Most of the detective characters in this series are Amateur Sleuths, Kogoro is one of the few who makes his living as a detective. Before Conan moved in, he wasn't exactly successful at it, however.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: While he likes to slouch around unkempt in his apartment when alone, he can change into an exquisite suit within seconds when a client or a beautiful woman shows up at his doorstep. As his fame as a detective increases, he adopts this appearance permanently.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Though, in his defense, Conan lets him take the credit for solving the cases.
- Smart Ball: Depending on your point of view, Kogoro could also be said to catch this ball a few times over the course of the series whenever he actually manages to get a deduction right. Well-seen in the end of the Scuba Driving episode, and in the episode where he fell asleep on the train. (He actually had it solved - the only reason Conan had to step in was because he fell unconscious.)
- Tritagonist: Of the entire series.
Ai Haibara/Shiho Miyano
Introduced later in the series. Ai Haibara joins the Detective Boys alongside Edogawa Conan to help the group solve the cases they come across.
She is actually Shiho Miyano, codename: Sherry, of the Black Organization. After the Black Organization had imprisoned her for being related to the traitor, Akemi Miyano, she resorts to taking an APTX 4869
pill in an attempt to commit suicide, but instead shrinks. Thanks to her newly established size, she escapes to seek help, and eventually ends up at Shinichi's now vacant house where Agasa from next door takes her in. From then on, she remains in hiding from the Black Organization and works on creating an antidote to APTX 4869
for Shinichi.Mandatory naming note
came from Cordelia Gray
; Haibara literally meant Gray
came from flipping the V
in V.I. Warshawski
— the kanji usually associated with the sound "Ai" means love, but she took the alternative
- Acting Your Intellectual Age: For an in-universe bystander, she is this.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Got her education in America, where she was picked on for her Japanese features.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: She attempted this when she locked up for betraying The Syndicate, rather than facing execution. She took a poisonous drug she created, but instead of dying she suffered its ''other'' effect, which shrank her to the size of a six-year old little girl. Because of that, she was able to escape and ... you know the idea.
- Broken Bird: Her choice of a pseudonym underscores this. As said before, the kanji for "Ai" doesn't mean "love", but "sorrow".
- But Not Too Foreign: Ai's mother Elena was British.
- The Chessmaster: The stint in Volume 26 of the manga established that.
- Child Prodigy: When Shuuichi Akai joined the Organization as an undercover agent, Ai was just thirteen years old. At that time, she was already important enough to the Organization as a scientist that getting close to her gave Akai the connections and influence he needed to successfully infiltrate their inner ranks.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Denies having this and claims that she, unlike Conan, is not interested in such abstract concepts as 'justice'. Gin, however, predicts that once she has heard about a murder the Organization has planned, she WILL show up to try and stop it because that's the kind of person she is. He's right.
- Creepy Child: Conan is much better at coming across as a normal kid than she is, which is saying something. In her first appearance, she terrified a gang leader by picking up the woman's gun and shooting her at point blank range, intentionally missing only by a short margin.
- Cuteness Proximity: Animals bring out the "sugar" of her Sugar and Ice Personality.
- Damsel in Distress: Occasionally, for example when Conan has to save her from Pisco, Gin and Vodka.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Inevitable, having been raised by the Organization.
- Death Seeker: Believing that it's only a matter of time for The Syndicate to find her and kill everyone she's associated with, she willingly remains in a bus that has a bomb about to go off because she doesn't want to put those around her in danger. Conan pulls her out in the nick of time. In a later volume, she surrenders herself to Vermouth in exchange for her promise that no one else will be harmed, but is rescued again.
- Deliberately Cute Child: Averted. Unlike Conan, Haibara never bothers with this. The one time she did, in one of the movies, it freaked Conan out something fierce.
- Eating Lunch Alone: She claimed she was that when she was in school. Not surprising.
- The Fashionista: A milder example. When not at work, she nearly always read fashion magazines. She also sometimes demands expensive purses or other fashion items in return for favors.
- Friendless Background: Her sister was the only person close to her before she was shrunk and met Agasa, Conan and the Detective Boys. One of the reasons why she's much less eager to change back than Conan.
- Genre Savvy
- Guile Heroine
- Heel-Face Turn: Before she appears, no less. Though it's questionable how much of a bad guy she was in the first place, as she might not have had much choice in working for the Organization, seeing how both her parents were members and the Organization was not willing to let someone with her potential slip away.
- Hidden Eyes: When we see her adult form in flashbacks, her eyes are usually covered by Blinding Bangs or otherwise hidden. Not when she temporarily returns to her old body in the present story, though.
- Hot Scientist: In her older form. As a child, her classmates find her very cute, but of course have no idea that she's a scientist.
- Improbable Age: Reconstructed. She led the Organization's poison lab before she was shrunk— that was when she was 18. She does not enjoy the Intelligence Equals Isolation part of her past life, in addition to being separated from Akemi. She took this chance to re-live the childhood that she deprived when she was young and feels like that— this is why she's not in an urge to take the antidote herself.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: One of the reason she's not willing to change back.
- Jerkass Façade: Justifies many of her more altruistic acts with pragmatic, self-serving motives.
- Last Name Basis: She was this at school, which unsettles Ayumi. Ayumi later gets permission to call her by her first name, but not the other Detective Boys.
- Little Miss Snarker: She mainly snarks Conan.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Even more averted than Conan.
- Mixed Ancestry: Ai/Shiho is half-English (mother's side) and half-Japanese (father's side).
- Non-Action Snarker: In a series where most women are at least adept at some form of martial arts, she stands out as having very little means of self-defense.
- Well, she is a pretty crack shot with guns, especially pistols. She just doesn't get many opportunities to use them.
- Not so Above It All: Usually either serious or snarky, but she does have the odd moment of sillyness.
- Not So Stoic: First seen when she breaks down in front of Conan because he could not save her sister from being killed by the Organization.
- Older Than She Looks: Shrunk in the same manner as Shinichi, down to a 6-year-old's body.
- Played for Laughs when Conan first asks her real age. She flatly states 84, throwing Conan for a loop. She only kept up the joke for one panel, but it was worth it to see Conan's surprise and bafflement.
- Parental Abandonment: Her parents, Atsushi and Elena, died when she was very young. She was raised by the organization that they were members of.
- Pet the Dog: With literal dogs and some cats.
- Secret Identity: Her real name is Shiho Miyano.
- Secret Keeper: One of the few people who knows that Conan is Shinichi, she also hid this from The Syndicate while she was still a member because she thought him an interesting subject to watch.
- Shared Suffering, A: She has confessed this is why she can stand being a six-year-old.
- Stepford Snarker: Her Little Miss Snarker persona masks some DEEP issues, starting with the murder of her sister Akemi, and the constant fear of being found by the The Syndicate.
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Teen Genius: She's at least as smart as Shinichi, she just doesn't get to show it as often because her field is science and the story centers on detective mysteries.
- Tsundere: She has recently been suggested as a Type A example of this, though Conan claims that she fails the "dere" part.