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Conan Edogawa/Shinichi Kudo
Conan Edogawa/Shinichi (Jimmy) Kudo
Voiced by: As Shinichi/Jimmy: Kappei Yamaguchi (JP)/ Jerry Jewell (EN)
, VÝctor Mares Jr. (first Latin American Spanish dub), VÝctor Ugarte (movies 1 and 2, Latin American Spanish dub), Rodrigo Saavedra (third Latin American Spanish dub)
As Conan: Minami Takayama (JP)/ Alison Retzloff (EN)
, Marcela Bordes (first Latin American Spanish dub), VÝctor Ugarte (movies 1 and 2, Latin American Spanish dub), Consuelo Pizarro (third Latin American Spanish dub)
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.
- The Ace: Shinichi is the son of famous people (father is a novelist and mother is a former actress), lives (or used to live) in a Big Fancy House, an incredibly intelligent person, became a renowned detective by the time he was 17, and extremely handsome.
- 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.
- Then, there's a scene of Conan gushing over going to London, the birthplace of Sherlock Holmes.
- All-Loving Hero: While he not be on Ran's level, Shinichi/Conan cares deeply about human life, unable to understand how any reason could be sufficient motive for murder, and is convinced that driving a culprit to suicide is no better than murder itself. The few times he has been too late to save a life haunt him throughout the series.
- 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 Second Best: His father manages to solve a case before he does.
- 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: Began solving cases when he was only 15.
- 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.
- Animal Motifs: A flashback shows Shinichi comparing detectives to sharks.
- Badass Adorable: More so as Conan, but still applies when he is Shinichi because of his dorky tendencies.
- Badass Bookworm: Shinichi is well-versed in the same fields as Sherlock Holmes.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: His blue suit with a red bowtie is his signature style.
- Badass Pacifist: On the few occasions, Shinichi has been able to get criminals to surrender by using insightful, sometimes sensitive, dialogue.
- 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.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Flashbacks of him as a child show him to be quite rude and sneaky. As Conan, he's more polite, thanks to him actually being a 17-year-old.
- 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: Conan Edogawa is his main alias in the series.
- 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, who fell for him because of brutal honesty. Then, there's the heavy implication that Ai Haibara/Shiho Miyano may also harbor feelings for him.
- 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.
- Cultured Badass: Shinichi has an extraordinarily broad and deep knowledge of many subjects and trivia that help him solve cases, something he likely acquired from incessant reading as a child. He also plays the violin, has perfect pitch, and is well educated in English.
- Deadpan Snarker: He mainly snarks the Detective Boys, Kogoro, Ran etc.
- Defrosting Ice King: It takes while to kick in and an effort to put up with him, but once you befriend Shinichi, he'll never abandon you.
- 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.
- Fanboy: Sherlock Holmes is his biggest inspiration and hero.
- 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.
- Foil: He and Heiji, despite many similarities, have a number of things they don't share:
- Shinichi is a light-skinned Tokyoite who lives (before turning into Conan) by himself, raised by laid-back parents (especially his dad).By middle school, he figured out his romantic feelings for Ran before she did, and is aware of her feelings for him. Also, while Shinichi has incredible soccer skills, he isn't (or wasn't) in his high school's soccer club; Heiji is a dark-skinned Osakan who lives with both of his parents, who are very strict (especially his dad whose approach is Tough Love). It took some time during the series, off-screen, to realize his feelings for Kazuha, and is still not aware of her mutual feelings for him. Plus, Heiji has amazing kendo skills and is on the team.
- Fountain of Youth: The APTX-4869 drug regressed Shinichi's body by around ten years, causing the Teen Genius to live in a first grader's body, who would be known as "Conan Edogawa". On the other hand, APTX-4869 is intended to be a poison and is generally successful.
- 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.
- The Hero: Shinichi/Conan is the main protagonist, who solves difficult cases, and is trying to apprehend the Black Organization.
- 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.
- Humans Are Flawed: Has this belief and stated so as Conan:
"There's so such thing as a perfect person in this world."
- Hyper Awareness: Shinichi/Conan gets a "feeling" when he thinks that a case isn't solved yet.
- 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.
- Idiot Ball: The basic plot of the manga kicks off because this Teen Genius doesn't use his large brain to consider what might happen if he runs off to spy on a couple of shady mafia-type thugs without bringing backup or telling anyone where he's going. This does not work out well for him.
- Improbable Hairstyle: Shinichi has a large cowlick of hair in front and a distinct gravity defying tuft in back.
- 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 relating 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 is arrogant, blunt, insensitive towards people's feelings, and can have a "high and mighty" attitude; he also has a strong sense of judgement, loves his friend and family deeply (Ran especially), and values human life.
- Just a Kid: As Conan the adults don't listen to him in cases, but it's justified since he is a kid. Shinichi initially got this treatment in his first detective case by Inspector Megure, after he solved the said case, no one questioned his skills.
- 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.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Just being away from him causes Ran great emotional turmoil.
- 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.
- Minor Living Alone: He used to do this, living in the Kudo family's Big Fancy House and taking care of it since his parents live in the USA. After he's shrunk, however, under the Conan Edogawa he goes live with his would-be girlfriend and her Private Defective father.
- Morality Pet: Along with Ran, he is this to Vermouth from the Black Organization. After Shinichi helped Ran save Vermouth's life in New York while she was disguised as a serial killer, she nicknames him "Cool guy". Later in the series, after Conan successfully interfered with Vermouth's plan of killing Haibara, then almost forced her to surrender and take him to find the boss, she gives him another nickname - "Silver bullet" - as she believes that he has the potential to destroy the Black Organization, because he could touch her heart. Generally, Vermouth tries to protect Shinichi when she is able to, even if it means risking her own life.
- 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.
- No Social Skills: Despite his skilled deduction reasoning, Shinichi has a habit of lacking social tact, a put-off by many of his peers, and even teachers.
- 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.
- Pride: As being a detective.
- Princely Young Man: Since Shinichi is the son of two very famous entertainers (a former prize actress and a famous mystery novel author) and lives in a Big Fancy House on top of being an Amateur Sleuth and a Lonely Rich Kid, he can be said to be an Ice King type at the start. Then he gets shrunk, as Conan he goes to live with his middle-class "not girlfriend" and her Private Defective father, and the story properly begins...
- Private Detective: Thanks to him being a Mystery Magnet, Shinichi solved any type case handed to him, mostly murder.
- 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 calm, somewhat more standoffish Blue Oni to Heiji's rash, Hot-Blooded 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.)
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Heiji's Manly Man. In reality, Shinichi isn't actually a sensitive person in general, but knows when to keep his head cool and in a romantic sense, figured out his feelings for Ran first, a rarity in Shonen protagonists. Heiji is a Hot-Blooded guy, who is a little more thick when it comes to appreciating someone's feelings.
- Sherlock Homage: Lampshaded. Many of his interests come from Holmes.
- Shipper on Deck: While he tends to be snarky about Love Tropes themselves, if he truly believes that a hook-up will make the persons involved happy, he will do what he can for them. It's rather blatant when he helps Takagi to meet Satou right on time before she agrees to marry Shiratori, and when he tells Shiratori that he will help him catch a certain culprit so he can recover Kobayashi-sensei's affections. Also, despite his teasings, Conan/Shinichi genuinely thinks Kazuha and Heiji would make a great couple.
- 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.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: The serious, deadpan Straight Man to Heiji's light-hearted, jokester Wise Guy.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Can act aloof and cool to anyone, and call people "idiot", even Ran. But, that's mostly because he cares about you and doesn't want you hurt.
- Surprisingly Good English: Shinichi is well-educated in English, as he once conversed with and translated for an American diplomat, and later solved a case in London without evidence of any language barrier.
- 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.
Voiced By Wakana Yamazaki (JP)/ Colleen Clinkenbeard (EN)
, Erika Araujo-Robledo and Angelines Santana (first Latin American Spanish dub), Mayra Arellano (movies 1 and 2, Latin American Spanish dub), Jessica Toledo (third Latin American Spanish dub)
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 ArsŔne Lupin
, through the Japanese reading Moori
- Action Girl: She's got a good record for getting herself out of scrapes with criminals, being a national karate champion.
- Action Girlfriend: Subverted. She is Shinichi's Love Interest and an Action Girl but he's stuck as Conan and therefore, whenever she goes Mama Bear on anyone that threatens him, she doesn't know she's actually defending her "not"-boyfriend.
- All Loving Heroine: Ran is a genuinely Nice Girl, who has enough compassion for murderers (well, some), and will never hesitate to save someone's life. Criminal or not.
- Almost Kiss: In canon; she does score a kiss in the non-Canonical Movies.
- Animal Motifs: Haibara states Ran would be similar to a dolphin.
- Badass Adorable: Adorable all the time and can always kick ass.
- Badass in Distress: More in The Movies. In Captured in Her Eyes, after spending almost the while movie as a quiet Ophelia afflicted Trauma-Induced Amnesia, as soon as she recovered her memories she beat the shit out of the Big Bad, who caused it by shooting Sato almost to death in front of her.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Ran in some of the OP and ED animations-shown nude either in full body (without anything showing), or implied by showing a close-up with bare shoulders. Presumably intended to imply Ran's vulnerability from being kept apart from Shinichi for so long.
- Berserk Button: Don't threaten anyone she loves, period.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Ran is one of the kindest, bravest, and selfless characters in the WHOLE franchise. You don't want to make her use her karate skills on you.
- Big Sister Instinct/Mama Bear: Don't try to kill Conan with her in the vicinity.
- Boobs of Steel: She's quite the Action Girl, and possesses rather large breasts. Which once in a while are the subjkect of visual gags
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Through nothing but karate lessons she takes occasionally while otherwise leading a normal girl's life, Ran Mouri can take out a small army of hired thugs and knock out armed criminals. Even do the bullet thing, at least in one of the movies. Don't think about it too hard.
- It could also be a slight case of It Runs in the Family. At least home schooling has been mentioned, and both Kogoro and Eri know their Judo pretty well.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Shinichi.
- Childhood Friends: With Shinichi and Sonoko. We all know what her status with the former is.
- Children Raise You: For Kogoro, her Man Child father.
- Chronic Heroine Syndrome: Ties in nicely with her Nice Girl personality and All Loving Heroine philosophy.
- Cool Big Sis/Friend to All Children: She's a nice person in general, but especially the Detective Boys all like her very much. Ai is a little more skittish at first, but that's because Ran reminded her at first of the recently murdered Akemi; she later warms up to her too.
- Cute Bruiser: Plays karate on the national level. Dere-dominant Tsundere. For proof: there's an episode where Ran (Assisted by Makoto, Sonoko's Genius Bruiser boyfriend) took out 50-60 gang members, many armed with katanas. It took 12 minutes, and not a hair was out of place.
- Deuteragonist: To Shinichi/Conan's protagonist.
- Dude Magnet: Like her "detective boyfriend", Ran has received a very high amount of attraction from the opposite sex men and so far one girl being attracted to her. Where do we begin with her? There's Shinichi, who she only has eyes for. Kaitou Kid at one point tried to kiss (and grope) her in a non-canonical movie. Eisuke Hondou fell for Ran the first moment he met her and wanted to take her to America with him. In many of the cases she's involved in, at least one man has tried to flirt with her.
- Even the Girls Want Her: If we take Sera's "she's just my type" seriously.
- Foil: She and Kazuha are foils to each other.
- Ran lives with her father (both her parents are separated), is generally more affectionate, and is classified as a Type B Tsundere. Shinichi is not with her currently, but he's really Conan Edogawa, and because of that her romantic feelings were noticed. She is a karate expert, and implores a lot of kicks when fighting; Kazuha lives with both parents (her mother has yet to make an appearance), a little affectionate, but is capable of a lot, and is classified as a Type A Tsundere. Heiji is physically with her, but their feelings for each other have yet to be spoken. Kazuha is an Aikido expert and uses her hands more when fighting.
- Girly Bruiser: Karate champ, strong willed and, as seen in the page image, wear dresses.
- Good Is Not Soft: Yeah, Ran's one of the kindest and compassionate people that you'll know in anime and she won't hesitate to help anyone, friend or foe. That doesn't mean she can't dish out a deserved physical punishment.
- Heartbroken Badass: Whenever she discusses how Shinichi's absence troubles her. Doesn't help that she cries when she does.
- Hello, Nurse!: Men often pick her up instead of Sonoko. To the chagrin of the latter.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Has been friends with Sonoko since childhood; later develops one with Kazuha.
- Hidden Depths: She has astonishing luck and instincts at gambling, lotteries, and any game of chance; she has never been known to lose once. Ran also has a very good memory and attention to detail, having used her both to contribute to a case investigation more than once.
- Hot-Blooded: Thanks to her Tsundere tendencies or when her loved ones are threaten.
- Hyper Awareness: Ran has shown very alert senses in darkness, able to notice an attacker with a weapon and strike to protect herself.
- Identical Stranger: In the DC vs. Lupin III special, with Crown Princess Mira, a troubled young girl who's caught in a conspiracy after the death of her mother, Queen Sakura, and her heir Prince Gill.
- I Know You Know I Know: Know Shinchi very well, as the last time Kaito disguised himself as him she knew he is fake. He tried to grab her butt.
- Improbable Hairstyle: Ran's trademark feature is a large lock of hair many fans refer to as her "horn".
- Kick Chick: Most of her karate techniques she uses are kicks.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: When not in tsun-tsun or Action Girl mode, kind and gentle Ran is an example of Light Femininity.
- Lightning Bruiser: Despite her slender frame, Ran has considerable raw strength for her frame, as seen from prying open powerless elevator door. She is also shown to be remarkably fast, able to quickly react to and knock away falling pipes and likewise dodge a bullet up-close while on guard. Her strikes have also shown similar speed, able to swat down a bee with a single kick.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Ran is this to Shinichi. The thought of her showing interest in other guys makes him almost childishly jealous and it's mostly Played for Laughs. At worst, whenever Ran has disappeared/been attacked/been wounded/ believed to be dead, Conan has either fallen into Heroic BSODs and, at least once, has been dangerously close to crossing the Despair Event Horizon.
- The best evidence comes from the sixth non-canon movie, Conan basically gave up all hope of getting out of the virtual game, when Ran sacrificed her life to save him from Jack the Ripper.
- And in both canon and non-canon material, Shinichi has often referred to Ran as his "most precious person in the world".
- Loves My Alter Ego: Inverted. She loves Shinichi (the original person), but she does care for Conan (new identity).
- Morality Chain: Implied to be this towards Haibara, who considers Ran to resemble her older sister, Akemi Miyano, so she takes special interest in protecting her.
- Morality Pet: Along with Shinichi, she is this to Vermouth from the Black Organization. After Ran saved Vermouth's life in New York City, Vermouth nicknames Ran "Angel". Earlier, Vermouth, as her Sharon Vineyard role, complained that her life was a series of misfortunes and, "No angel has smiled upon me, not even once." Even though Vermouth in disguise prepared to kill Ran later, Ran stopped Vermouth from taking a fatal fall. Vermouth was touched by this act of kindness. Much later in the story when Ran shielded Haibara from gunfire with her body, Vermouth refused to shoot Ran or allow her to be shot, instead firing around her in an attempt to frighten Ran into releasing Haibara.
- Downplayed in regards to Shinichi. He isn't a a psychopath or even a straight up jerk, but one reason for his lack of close friends was because his arrogant personality was a negative turn-off to many of his classmates and even teachers, making it hard to befriend him. Ran was the only exception.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: She has a curvy, normal build for a teenage girl. She can also hurl men who are twice her height and/or triple her weight.
- Nice Girl: Seriously! Even when (initially) Kazuha was somehat snippy towards her because of a rather childish reason (Ran wore the same type of shirt like Heiji twice), all Ran did was switch shirts. No sarcasm or chewing out.
- A few of her classmates are still surprised of how she can still be friends with a guy like Shinichi.
- This trait is constantly lampshaded by many characters.
- No Sense of Direction: She easily gets herself lost.
- Only Friend: Before turning into Conan, Shinichi's primary friend was Ran.
- Passionate Sports Girl: The source of her Action Girlness. And she takes her karate very seriously.
- Plucky Girl: Tearful and sensitive as she can be, it's not easy to make her give up.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down her waist line.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The calmer, sensitive Blue Oni to Kazuha's Hot-Blooded, temperamental Red Oni.
- Shipper on Deck: She wishes for her parents to get back together, and also supports Heiji and Kazuha becoming a couple. Not to mention she ships Sonoko and Makoto. Ran also seems to think that Conan and Ai would be cute together.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Even though it took her slightly longer than Shinichi, Ran has only ever had eyes for him.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Some people wondered why Ran would like a guy like Shinichi. Well, in a private discussion with Conan (aka Shinichi), Ran stated that while he may have an unpleasant personality, he's also brave and someone you can rely on in a pinch. In fact, Ran first realized she was in love with him, was when he help save a serial killer from falling to his death. When asked by the said killer why he [Shinichi] would even consider doing such an act, Shinichi responded with: "People kill each other and I don't understand, but for saving a life, is a logical reason necessary?"
- Tender Tears: Lampshaded by Shuuichi Akai
Akai: You are crying again... You are always crying.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Best summed with this quote that was one of her many Crowning Moments Of Awesome:
"Courage is a word of justice. It means the quality of mind that enables one to face apprehension with confidence and resolution. It is not right to use it as an excuse to kill someone."
- Tsundere: She's default Type B or deredere (gentler). Just don't piss her off.
- Undying Loyalty: She'll never turn her back on her loved ones.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Subverted. She and Shinichi are each other's love interest, but aren't technically together, since Shinichi has turned into Conan. Everytime Ran gets protective of him, it's more like Big Sister Instinct and/or Mama Bear.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She has a fear of ghosts. Not because they're supernatural per se, though, but because they're intangible—meaning her martial arts will have absolutely no effect.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Sports the look from time to time. It's quite noticeable in the first OP, where she sports a Type A... if she added Twin Tails, her Type B Tsundere traits would give her a Grade S.
Voiced by Akira Kamiya / Rikiya Koyama (JP)/ R. Bruce Elliot (EN)
; Juan Zadala, Carlos Carrillo and Roberto Alexander (first Latin American Spanish dub); VÝctor Covarrubias (movies 1 and 2, Latin American Spanish dub), Sergio Schmied (third Latin American Spanish dub)
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.
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.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Cynical by nature and experience, Haibara preferred to keep everyone around her at arm's length at first and was extremely reluctant to show her face at public events. It takes time for Agasa, Ran and the Detective Boys to get through to her, but she gradually becomes friendlier towards them and more willing to take measures to keep them safe from harm.
- 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.
- Fangirl: In fashion, she likes the products from Prada and Fusae Campbell. Haibara is also a big fan of Big Osaka in general and of the player Ryusuke Higo in particular.
- 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.
- Fountain of Youth: The APTX-4869 drug regressed Shiho's body by around ten years, causing the Teen Genius to live in a first grader's body, who would be known as "Ai Haibara". On the other hand, APTX-4869 is intended to be a poison and is generally successful.
- 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.
- Friend to All Living Things: Haibara is a huge animal lover.
- Genre Savvy: Justified. Her being in the Black Organization helps her know what's coming.
- Guile Heroine: Justified. She was raised in an organization that specializes in manipulation. Thankfully, she uses it for good intentions.
- 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 Fašade: Justifies many of her more altruistic acts with pragmatic, self-serving motives.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Haibra has jaded demeanor ,standoffish-like nature, and dry sarcasm. Despite all that, she can be kind and caring, though usually more to animals than people.
- 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. On occasion she's done this to Agasa as well, at least where his eating habits are concerned.
- 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. She is a pretty crack shot with guns, especially pistols, but 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.
- The Quiet One: Haibara tends to be quiet, though this may be due to her caution to keep herself hidden from the Black Organization.
- 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.
- A Shared Suffering: She has confessed this is why she can stand being a six-year-old.
- Shipper on Deck: Doesn't exactly mind Satou and Takagi getting together, and in her own way she was pretty interested in the deals of Kobayashi and Shiratori.
- Stepford Snarker: Her Little Miss Snarker persona masks some DEEP issues, starting with the murder of her beloved older sister Akemi, and the constant fear of being found by the The Syndicate.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: When freshly escaped from the Black Organization, she was cynical and pushed others away. Haibara has since defrosted by embracing her new child life and has established strong relationships with Conan, the Detective Boys, Agasa, and Ran.
- 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.
- Trademark Favorite Food: In the OVA A Secret Order From London, Haibara reveals to Ayumi that she likes sandwiches with a mixture of peanut butter and blueberry jam, from her schooldays in America.
- Tsundere: She has recently been suggested as a Type A example of this, though Conan claims that she fails the "dere" part.