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People from the Valentine Murder Case
People from the Valentine Murder case (Katsuhiko Minagawa, Mrs. Minagawa, Susumu Minagawa, Yoshimi Watanabe, Kaori Sekiya, Naomichi, Toshihide Wakamatsu)
Katsuhiko voiced by: Ryo HorikawaThe filler case in which Sonoko was introduced in the anime. (In the manga, she only appeared in the original rendition of the Mountain Villa Case.) Sonoko has Ran and Conan tagging along as she visits the Big Fancy House of a tennis player named Katsuhiko Minagawa, who's having a small meeting with his family and friends... and all of a sudden, Katsuhiko drops dead in the backyard. It's up to Conan to solve this case, as a girl named Yoshimi is being accused of the murder but he has the feeling that something else is going on and she's just a scapegoat.
Toshihide voiced by: Nobuo Tobita
Yoshimi voiced by: Sakiko Tamagawa
Mrs. Minagawa voiced by: Chiyoko Kawashima
Toshihide voiced by: Nobuo Tobita
Yoshimi voiced by: Sakiko Tamagawa
Mrs. Minagawa voiced by: Chiyoko Kawashima
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Katsuhiko is a jerk and he smokes. Since Naomichi had poisoned his cigarette filters and Katsuhiko cut them off, he barely dodged death. Of course he died later due to the time-delayed poison he had ingested.
- Love Dodecahedron: Katsuhiko likes Yoshimi. Yoshimi might like him back. Kaori likes Katsuhiko. Naomichi likes Yoshimi. Toshihide goes after Ran but she doesn't like him, obviously.
- Mommy Issues: Katsuhiko likes Yoshimi because she looks like his dead biological mother.
- Offing the Offspring: The murderer? Katsuhiko's mother.
- Financial Abuse: The reason why. He's actually the nephew of the Minagawas who was taken in after his parents's deaths; the family is now about to go bankrupt, so Mrs. Minagawa poisons him to have access to his large inheritance and save the family business.
- Out, Damned Spot!: Subverted. Mrs. Minagawa is still seen doing the dishes after the murder, which tips Conan off. She's actually trying to wash poison off the cups/dishes so she won't be blamed, but Conan (through Kogoro) says it'll still remain there.
- Real Men Hate Sugar: Katsuhiko says he really hates chocolate, though he accepts Yoshimi's choco anyway. Which his mom uses to kill him: she puts poison in the coffee and the antidote in the cake, clearly knowing her adoptive son would NOT eat cake. And she even replaced Yoshimi's choco with a poisoned one to get her involved.
- Red Herring: Naomichi. At first, it looks like Naomichi is the one who murdered Katsuhiko, and he even confesses. But as it turns out, while Naomichi did try to kill Katsuhiko, his murder plan didn't work because Katsuhiko didn't use the cigarette filters that Naomichi poisoned. The murder plan that killed Katushiko was someone else's.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Kaori is a shorthaired tomboy in a denim jacket and jeans Yoshimi is a motherly-looking girly girl in office lady-like clothes.
- Upper-Class Twit: Katsuhiko. He still didn't deserve to die.
The Tsujimura clan
The Tsujimura clan (Toshimitsu, Isao, Takayoshi and Kimie Tsujimura, Yukiko Katsuragi, Kenji Yamashiro)The Big Screwed-Up Family that shows up in the case that was Heiji Hattori's first appearance, i.e. The Diplomat Murder Case. Heiji shows up in Tokyo to challenge Shinichi Kudo, and the "stage" is the murder of the diplomat Isao Tsujimura. Who killed him: his father Toshimitsu, his son Takayoshi, his second wife Kimie, or Takayoshi's girlfriend Yukiko?
- Asshole Victim: Isao.
- The Atoner: Toshimitsu aided Isao with his Uriah Gambit, so when Isao was killed he tried to take the heat as punishment.
- Big Fancy House: The Tsujimuras are fabulously wealthy, and their home is massive. The crime scene itself is Isao's office at home, a really nice and huge studio with dozens of books.
- Break the Cutie: Poor, poor Takayoshi and Yukiko. And in the backstory, poor Kimie.
- Comforting the Widow: The reason for Isao's Uriah Gambit. Massively backfires with time... when Kimie poisons him.
- Despair Event Horizon: Kimie was on the fence after Yamashiro was jailed and his family took Yukiko away.
- Flirty Stepsiblings: Yukiko and Takayoshi... and they didn't know it!
- Improbable Weapon User: Kimie's weapon to murder Isao was a poisoned needle that she kept hidden in her keychain's locket. She first drugged him to make him fall asleep, then she discreetly prickled him behind the ear when nobody was looking.
- Jerk Ass Facade: Kimie treats Yukiko harshly to hide their real bond.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Or better said, "Yukiko, I am your long-lost mother who couldn't raise you and had to give you away to your paternal family".
- Parental Marriage Veto:
- Isao has a Freak Out and imposes this on Takayoshi when he sees the photo of the girl he fancies, which gives Kimie the first clues about what he did to Yamashiro.
- Kimie herself visits Kogoro's office to get Conan and co. to their mansion, ostensibly to ask Kogoro to get subtexts for one since she thinks Yukiko is just *too* good to be true and might actually be a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing. And then... well, you see.
- Posthumous Character: Oh, Yamashiro.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Yukiko looks like a younger, light-haired Kimie.
- The Uriah Gambit: Isao fancied Kimie. Kimie was Happily Married to Yamashiro. What did Isao do? Use him as a scapegoat in a fraud (with help of Toshimitsu), wait until he died in prision, and then go Comforting the Widow on Kimie!
Harumi Matsuzaki, Kiwako Todou, Kunio Kawazu, Hiroshi Itou and Masahiko Matsuzaki
Harumi Matsuzaki, Kiwako Todou, Kunio Kawazu, Hiroshi Itou and Masahiko MatsuzakiRan still wants Eri and Kogoro to get back together, so she stages a small vacation to the beach. They befriend a group of scuba divers... but tragedy falls over them when one of the girls, Kiwako, almost drowns. And for worse, it's not an accident, but the doing of one of her friends.
- Anti-Villain: Harumi regrets what she has done, very much. She also breaks down crying Tears of Remorse when exposed.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Masahiko and Kiwako.
- Distressed Damsel: Poor Kiwako...
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Harumi was in love with her stepbrother Masahiko and lost it when he decided to marry Kiwako.
- Not Blood Siblings: Harumi and Masahiko.
- Secret Keeper: Kiwako decides to keep Harumi's reasons to herself, as a part of her forgiveness for Harumi.
- Super Drowning Skills: Masahiko really can't swim.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Horribly played with. Knowing that Masahiko can't swim, Kiwako pretended to drown while trying to prove how much he loved her, recruiting Harumi for the prank without knowing her feelings. Harumi, already upset since Kiwako was marrying the guy she liked, lost it and tried poisoning Kiwako with a snake she caught.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: ... Well, Kiwako is voiced by Kikuko Inoue. She does show a cattier side in the beginning, but her decision to forgive Harumi and not tell Masahiko about her secret love for him is very much YN behavior.
- Not only that: she let everyone except Conan, Eri, Kogoro and Ran believe that it was an accident. Thanks to her, Harumi averted going to jail for trying to kill her. It takes a very, very forgiving and kind person to do such things.
Mina and Masayo Aoshima
Mina and Masayo AoshimaOnce, Kogoro loses a ticket for a Yoko Okino concert he wanted to go to. He bumped into a girl named Masayo Aoshima, who also was a Yoko fan and had a spare ticket. They went to the house Masayo shared with her younger sister Mina... but they find out she's killed herself. However, Conan is suspicious and thinks Masayo knows more than she lets them see.
- Bath Suicide: How Mina took her own life. Nope.
- Cain and Abel: With Mina as the Abel and Masayo as the Cain.
- Chekhov's Gun: Masayo's "Yoko" headband. The accent over the first "o"? It's covered by a bit of Mina's blood.
- Cool Big Sis: Mina adored her sister Masayo and imitated her in pretty much everything. She only succeeded in pushing Masayo away, and then Masayo got so creeped out and fed up that she killed Mina.)
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry. Mina was the Beautiful Sister, Masayo was the Smart Sister. Taken to their worst extreme in the end.
- Poor Communication Kills: Oh, Mina. Had you not joked around with how you fell for Masayo's ex-boyfriend Kenji, Masayo wouldn't have snapped on you as badly as she did.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Mina was the flirty girly girl, Masayo was the shorthaired and kinda tomboyish Office Lady.
The Hatamoto Family
The Hatamoto Family (Gozo, Kitaro, Mariko, Jouji, Akie, Tetsuo, Ichiro and Natsue Hatamoto. Also, Takeshi Hatamoto nee Zaiki and Kenji Suzuki).The people involved in a rather notorious case from the first season. After having lost their ferry, Conan and the Mouris are "picked up" by the rich Hatamoto clan and board into their yacht. However, they start witnessing the extremely dark family dynamics as well as the Jerk ass behavior from the leader, Gozo Hatamoto... who is bloodily murdered. And that's just the beginning!
- Abusive Parents: More exactly, abusive grandfather and father-in-law. Gozo was an HORRIBLE Jerk Ass to everyone except to Natsue, and his preferred victims were Kitaro and Ichiro.
- Absolute Cleavage and Sideboob: Akie, the only character so far to sport this in the series.
- Asshole Victim: Gozo. Tatsuo.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: And holy shit, HOW.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Kitaro and Mariko. See also Kissing Cousins.
- Daddy's Girl: Natsue was a Grandpa's Girl. Who becomes the Unexpected Successor.
- Gold Digger: Akie's husband Tatsuo, who married her in hopes of inheriting money since she was one of the possible heirs. He even says so openly, and in front of Akie herself — much to Akie's shock, since she actually loved him and wasn't aware of this "detail". She wasn't: the wealth went to her little sister Natsue. Then again it didn't matter: he got killed off.
- Takeshi is accused by Gozo of being this, since his parents had a company that was destroyed by Gozo Hatamoto's. Takeshi's case is more of Becoming the Mask and Love Redeems: he did at first approach Natsue to see what kind of person she was and get back to the Hatamotos, but he came to truly like her as well.
- He Knows Too Much: The reason why Tatsuo died. He saw Ichiro trying to drop the killing weapon in the sea and got a face full of metal pipe for his trouble.
- Henpecked Husband: Mariko is an Almighty Mom, so Kitaro obviously is this. They do care for each other, though.
- The Jeeves: Suzuki
- Kick the Dog: Gozo's psychological and emotional abuse of his son-in-law Kitaro and grandson Ichiro.
- Kissing Cousins: A huge plot point. Kitaro and Mariko were both this and in a Childhood Friend Romance, but had to beg Gozo to let them marry. And 25 years later, their son Ichiro fell in love with Natsue... and Gozo not only denied him the chance to ask her out, but cruelly mocked him.
- The Maiden Name Debate: The husbands of Akie and Natsue, Tatsuo and Takeshi, were middle-class men who married into the Hatamoto family and thus took up their surname.
- My Beloved Smother: Mariko has traces of this.
- The Ojou: Akie and Natsue. Akie is the Rich Bitch type, Natsue is the Nice Girl type.
- Onee-sama: Natsue, being a very polite Yamato Nadeshiko-like Ojou, addresses Akie as this.
- Red Herring: Takeshi.
- Rich Bitch: Both Akie and Tatsuo.
- Supreme Chef: Jouji, who works as a popular French chef and shows off his collection of rare professional knives. Ichiro gets to give a... good use to two of them.
- Shrinking Violet: Ichiro
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Ichiro got to the point of stabbing himself in the leg to try throwing off suspicions. It actually got Conan to suspect him more.
Kogoro Mouri's college friends
Kogoro Mouri's college friends (Kazushi Nakanishi, Yumi Horikoshi, Noriko Ayashiro née Kimoto, Yukio Ayashiro, Jun Oomura)Another famous case from the first season. Every five years Kogoro Mouri reunites himself in a hot spring site with his best friends from college, the members of the judo club he used to belong to. This year, Ran and Conan manage to join in - and just in time, as former Cute Sports Club Manager and current Office Lady Yumi Horikoshi apparently finishes her own life via Pretty Little Headshots. But to Conan and Kogoro, this is not suicide.
- Arranged Marriage: Kazushi accepted an omiai (arranged date) with the daughter of his boss, they hit it off and were about to get married. Yumi was not happy at all.
- Bald of Awesome: Kazushi is fully bald, as well as a strong judo practitioner and a competent policeman. Subverted when he's revealed to be the killer and when Kogoro captures him.
- Black Mail - Honey Trap: What Yumi was doing to Kazushi, threatening to send some risque and old photos of themselves to his new girlfriend.
- Christmas Cake: Yumi, despite her beauty, was unmarried at age 34. She wasn't too happy about it.
- Died Standing Up: Yumi was shot in the head when she was on her feet. There are analogies to Benkei's legendary death that Conan catches on and then relays to Kogoro in his own way.
- Driven to Suicide: People think at first that Yumi killed herself. This isn't helped by how she did express the wish to finish herself off since she's been depressed and in danger of losing her job in the middle of the economic crisis.
- Genius Bruiser: Kazushi is very big and very bright.
- Hello, Nurse!: Yumi, referred to as the Madonna of the group.
- Hot Springs Episode: And very infamous for how Conan plays the role of Accidental Pervert at the beginning.
- Hot Teacher: Yukio is pretty goodlooking and works as a schoolteacher.
- Meganekko: Noriko is in her late 30's and still looks very Moe.
- True Companions: Kogoro's. Which is why he's so incredibly pissed at Yumi's death. Double when he realizes that not only she was killed, but that one of his friends is the murderer. Cue It's Personal mode and then Kogoro's Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- Office Lady: Yumi
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Yukio and Noriko, though this is understandable since they just got married and the trip might be doubling as their honeymoon.
- Tsundere: Yumi. Rather darkly used in the end: she refused Kazushi's marriage proposals... until he decided to marry somebody else. Woman Scorned mode = ON.
Akiko Yonehara and others
Akiko Yonehara and others (Kohei Shimoda, Ryuichi Sakai, Minori Nakamura, Sugiyama-sensei, Atsushi Mori, Minako Mochizuki)From the Ski Lodge case. Sonoko takes Ran and Conan to a ski trip and they run into their old school teacher Akiko Yonehara and her co-workers, who are there in vacation. They stay at the same lodge alongside a snarky reporter named Atsushi Mori, who notes that the villa was the scenario to a murder some time ago. And then another teacher, Sugiyama, is killed...
- Break the Cutie: This case was very hard on poor Ran.
- Broken Pedestal: Yonehara, for Sonoko and specially Ran. Also in the backstory: Shimoda and Sugiyama, for little Minako.
- Christmas Cake: Nakamura teases Yonehara about being this:Nakamura: It's the last strand of hope for a woman in her 30's who missed her prime marriage age, right?
- Driven to Suicide: It was believed that Minako hung herself because she was horrifyingly stressed due to upcoming junior high admission exams. (Unfortunately, this is sorta Truth in Television: it's a known fact that many Japanese students of all ages have commited suicide upon failing important tests.) This was NOT true—see She Knows Too Much and Would Hurt a Child.
- Distress Ball: Poor Sonoko, drugged and then strangled into unconsciousness by Yonehara as a part of her Wounded Gazelle Gambit.
- Hot Teacher: Yonehara and Nakamura
- Improbable Weapon User: Yonehara's long hair wasn't for real; she had gotten it cut recently, but the stylist cut it too short for her liking so she put on a wig to hide this. And then she came up with the idea of using said wig to strangle Shimoda and Sugiyama to death without using rope: as she was carrying her "weapon" on her, no one would find it... Too bad Conan saw some wig strands around and suspected her.
- Kill the Cutie: Minako-chan, noooooooooo!
- Looks Like Cesare: Moori.
- Nightmare Fetishist: He's this, too.
- Psychological Horror: Invoked by the killer, who writes in lipstick some kana symbols that when put together, read: "Minako". This sends Shimoda into a Villainous BSOD, and lets Yonehara (the killer) identify him as Minako's other murderer.
- She Knows Too Much: The reason for Minako's murder. She found out that Shimoda and Sugiyama were involved in a fraud, and in her Heroic BSOD state she confronted them...
- Would Hurt a Child and Would Hit a Girl: Shimoda and Sugiyama strangled a pre-teen girl to death, then made it look like she had hung herself.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Yonehara knocks Sonoko out via both drugging and strangling, then lays on the floor to make it look like she was attacked too. The body that Sonoko saw right before that? It was Sugiyama's corpse, his face covered by Yonehara's wig.
- Youthful Freckles: Minako
People from the Dracula's Villa case
People from the Torakura estate (Daisuke Torakura, Etsuko Torakura, Toshiya Tadokoro, Shuichi Hamura, Fumio Doi, Kaori Tadokoro)
- Hamura is voiced by: Show HayamiEtsuko is voiced by: Yorie TerauchiTadakoro is voiced by: Koji Yusa
- Asshole Victim: Torakura. Almost everyone has reasons to want him dead since he shat on them all BIG TIME.
- Bad Boss: Torakura.
- Ill Girl: Todakuro's younger sister Kaori, ill from kidney failure ever since she was little. Her brother works as Torakura's ghost writer to have her hospital bills covered. The truth is far uglier: see Moving the Goalposts.
- Kill the Cutie: Poor, poor Kaori...
- Knight Templar Big Brother / Love Makes You Evil: Todakuro kills Torakura because Torakura caused the death of his sister while she was ill.
- May-December Romance: Torakura married Etsuko who was 20 years younger than him, through a cruel Scarpia Ultimatum.
- Moving the Goalposts: It turns out Kaori died a year earlier because Torakura bribed her doctor into keeping her on painkillers only instead of paying for crucial and expensive treatment abroad (as per his end of the bargain), so Todakuro would spend his time indefinitely as his subordinate, which ultimately killed her. Then, he maintained the lie via keeping Todakuro locked in his countryside villa, telling him that Kaori (supposed to be in an American hospital) was still in recovery. And when the poor guy found out from the guilt-ridden nurse who used to tend to her, he went nuts with pain and murdered Torakura.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Although there aren't any real vampires in the series, Torakura dresses up as one to keep up the theme of his profession and he collects vampire-themed memorabilia in his spare time. And he was killed by a stake through his heart in a simliar way as some vampires do.
- This is lampshaded by Conan at the end of the episode in his thoughts: "When a vampire sucks someone's blood out, they also become vampires." In other words, Todakuro figuratively became a vampire himself by becoming a murderer.
- Red Herring: Hamura. His reasons seems to be an enough motive to kill Torakura, but turns out that he wasn't the killer.
- Scarpia Ultimatum: How Torakura married Etsuko. He threatened to ruin her father's business and throw the family into destitution. What's more, she never loved him and she was in love with Hamura, but was forced to marry him in order to save the family's business.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Torakura and Etsuko. Torakura isn't really that ugly and he doesn't look exceptionally old (he's as much in his 50's), but Etsuko is really attractive.
Ayako Suzuki's friends
Ayako Suzuki's friends (Chikako Ikeda, Ryoichi Takahashi, Masaru Ohta, Hiroki Sumiya, Atsuko Tokumoto)The people involved in a case that is infamous for the huge dose of Nightmare Fuel. Sonoko invites Ran and Conan to a mountain villa to meet up with her sister Ayako and her friends from her college's cinema club and enjoy the autumn in nice company. Things get weird when Ran and Conan see a man with bandages on his face, and then one of the members of the club is first kidnapped and later gruesomely killed. The fact that their past is far more troubled that it looks like and involved the tragic death of a girl named Atsuko doesn't help their case.
- Accidental Pervert: As Ran searches for her and Conan's room, she ends up walking on the guys when they were changing clothes. Including Takahashi, who then targets her because she saw that he wasn't as pudgy as he looked... which would reveal how he later hid Chikako's head under his clothes.
- Ax-Crazy: The culprit, whose Weapon of Choice is an axe and not only uses it to chop the victim's body into pieces, but to attack Ran and Conan with it.
- Bridal Carry: Horribly used when the group sees the killer carry a kidnapped Chikako away in his arms, right before her dismembered body is found. It was a stage trick with a doll, piano wire, and Chikako's already decapitated head.
- Driven to Suicide: Chikako stole her "friend" Atsuko's best script and made it pass as hers, which made Atsuko cross the Despair Event Horizon and hang herself.
- Takahashi also tries to commit suicide with a knife so he and his beloved Atsuko could be Together in Death, but is thwarted.
- Handsome Lech: Ohta
- Kill the Cutie: Atsuko was a sweet Glasses Girl. She was mentally/emotionally broken after Chikako's betrayal. Guess what followed.
- The Lost Lenore: Atsuko, for Takahashi.
- Love Makes You Evil: Takahashi uses this to justify his brutal murder of Chikako, since he was deeply in love with poor Atsuko, witnessed her fall into despair and was unable to stop it, and then he decided to punish Chikako for causing her suicide.
- Madness Mantra: Atsuko's "No one will believe me!", referring to how she was the true author of the beautiful script that Chikako made pass as hers.
- Meganekko: Atsuko was a plain but cute Girl Next Door with glasses, contrasting with Chikako's top model-level looks.
- Off With Her Head: Chikako's death. Takahashi then takes it Up to Eleven by chopping up her body and dismembering her.
- Posthumous Character: Oh, Atsuko.
- Smoking Is Cool: Ohta
- There Is Only One Bed: Ran and Conan spend the night in the same bed. Not like that, of course. Which actually saves Ran's life in the upcoming attack by the masked man: Conan was awake when said man attacked them so he pushed her away from harm's way, and that woke her up right in the nick of time.
- Yandere: Takahashi, for the deceased Atsuko.
Motoyasu Tsukumo, his family and his disciples
Motoyasu Tsukumo, his family and his disciples (Nanae and Ayano Tsukumo, Yuji Momochi, Mako Miyoshi, Kazumi Sanada, Yashiro Kinoshita)
- Adult Fear: The case's about to be deciphered... and then a bomb is dropped. Little Ayano is missing! And Mako, the killer, is the one who took her away! In a subversion, Mako brings Ayano back unharmed, though she admits she was this close to killing her.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Mako is tall, standoffish and very beautiful. And the Sympathetic Murderer.
- Cassandra Truth: Young Mako actually witnessed how Tsukumo messed around with Yashiro's equipment and caused his death, but nobody believed her since she was a little girl back then.
- Chekhov's Gun: A certain photo album that Ran finds in the Mouri office. It has a photo of Tsukumo with kid!Ran and kid!Shinichi, and taking a good look at it makes Ran suspect about Conan's true identity—especially after comparing said picture to the long look she takes of a Conan without glasses.
- In-story example: Tsukumo kept photos of all his disciples in his study - including Yashiro. Kazumi saw Mako hugging Yashiro's picture to her chest tenderly, so he suspected that she had a link to him. He never acted on it, though.
- Driven by Envy: Why Tsukumo killed Yashiro.
- Drowning Pit: Yashiro died while performing a trick inside a water tank that went horribly wrong... due to Tsukumo tampering with it.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: Sorta.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Ayano doesn't know that her dad's dead.
- I Have Your Wife: Or better said, "I Have Your Little Daughter And I'll Kill Her If You Don't Let Me Show You My Best Trick And Then Kill You for Killing My Older Brother".
- Knight Templar Little Sister and Love Makes You Evil: Mako killed her "mentor" because he killed her beloved older brother Yashiro.
- Promotion to Parent: Yashiro had to raise his little sister Mako.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Yuji and Kazumi.
The Yabuchi family
The Yabuchi family (Hiromi, Hidekazu, Yoshichika, Yoshifusa, Yoshiyuki, Keiko and Machiko Yabuchi. Also, Carlos and Dickson Tanaka)The second group from "The Cornered Famous detective! Two big murder cases". Yukiko Kudo has suddenly come from the USA, and manages to get Conan to stay with her for the weekend. The next day she's summoned by her childhood friend Hiromi Yabuchi, whose father Yoshichika died recently; her uncle Yoshifusa has arrived from Brazil alongside his bodyguard Carlos, but she's sure something strange is going on and thus she asks Yukiko for help. Conan senses something fishy is going on, thus he must protect his mother and defuse whatever plan is brewing behind closed doors.
- Big Fancy House: The Yabuchis live in a pretty big traditional Japanese complex.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Hiromi and her husband Hidekazu are pretty good people, but her younger brother Yoshiyuki and his wife Keiko are huge Jerk Asses. Let's not even talk about Machiko...
- But Not Too Foreign: Carlos turns out to be the real Yoshifusa's son with a black Brazilian woman. Dickson Tanaka is part Brazilian as well.
- Dead Person Impersonation: The man we know as Yoshifusa Yabuchi is actually Dickson Tanaka, a Brazilian man with Japanese blood, who is impersonating his dead friend Yoshifusa to protect said friend's son and heir... Carlos.
- Gold Digger: Implied in the case of Machiko.
- Karmic Death: Machiko wanted to kill her brother-in-law to get more of her husband's inheritance. Too bad she tried to stab said brother-in-law while in the bath... and he (or better said, his stand-in) killed her in self-defense.
- The Maiden Name Debate: Hidekazu took up Hiromi's surname since she was the eldest daughter of the rich Yabuchi family.
- May-December Romance: Yoshichika and Mariko, who is barely older than his adult kids.
- Papa Wolf and Parental Substitute: Dickson/Yoshifusa thinks Carlos is like a son to him. He will do everything in his power to make sure Carlos will be safe and won't be cheated out of his share of his uncle's inheritance.
- Red Herring: Keiko, who set a small trap with a crossbow to either kill herself (original) or scare off Dickson/Yoshifusa (dubs). She wasn't the killer, though.
- Scary Black Man: Carlos. Subverted: He only looks scary and is actually a Nice Guy Gentle Giant, more shy and a little child-like than scary.
- Smug Snake: Machiko, Keiko and Yoshiyuki. Machiko is far worse, though.
- Theme Naming: Three of the males in the Yabuchi family have names starting with Yoshi: patriarch Yoshichika, uncle Yoshifusa, and son Yoshiyuki.
- Unexpected Successor: Everyone was shocked to know that Carlos was taking the place of his dead father Yoshifusa among the inheritors. Yoshichika did know, but he didn't tell anyone — except for signaling it in the tape that was his last will.
- Undying Loyalty: Dickson took up the Yoshifusa Yabuchi name out of loyalty for his deceased friend/business partner and his child Carlos.
- Would Hit a Girl: Dickson would stab a girl, but only to defend himself when she attacks him with a knife.
Reika Yotsui and her entourage
Reika Yotsui and her entourage (Mr. Yotsui, Takashi Ichieda, Yuji Nikaidou, Takaya Mifune, Osamu Gojou, Masao Rokuda, Nanao Yone, Yaeko Yone)The people involved in the Billionaire Birthday Blues / Wealthy Daughter Murder case. Reika Yotsui is a callous Rich Bitch with an Unwanted Harem who invites the Mouris and Conan to her birthday party since Kogoro found her lost puppydog. Everything goes well until the party is over and Kogoro, Ran, Conan and several others have to stay in the village due to a mysterious problem... Reika then disappears, one of her suitors is found dead, and Ran is drugged up and almost drowned to death. What the Hell is going on?!
- Ambiguously Brown: Mifune has a much darker skin tone than the rest, but it's never brought up.
- And I Must Scream: See the Nightmare Fuel page for a detailed description. *shudder*
- Asshole Victim: Two of them.
- Bound and Gagged: The reason why Reika couldn't escape from a...
- Drowning Pit: One improvised inside a deep bath tub!
- Lady in Red: Reika wore two red dresses. A Pimped-Out Dress for the party, and a much simpler one when her lifeless body was found.
- It's Personal: Ran was attacked. Conan was most pissed off.
- Love Makes You Evil: Had Yaeko not been murdered by Nikaidou and Reika, Ichieda wouldn't have killed them.
- Nice Guy: Rokuda and Gojou
- Numerical Theme Naming: The characters here have numbers that goes from 1 to 7 or 8.
- Old Retainer: Yone, to the Yotsuis.
- Rich Bitch: Reika. She's so selfish and cruel that she and Nikaidou killed a girl (implied to be Reika's childhood friend in the past!), purely to save their own butts.
- Unwanted Harem: Ichieda, Nikaidou, Mifune, Rokuda and Gojou were this to Reika. In a subversion, Ichieda actually loved Yaeko, and only stayed close to Reika to find the moment to kill her and Nikaidou.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Yone and Yaeko.
The Nagato family and entourage
The Nagato family and entourage (Dousan, Nobuko, Yasue, Hideomi, and Mitsuaki Nagato; Kuranosuke Take, Miyuki Hyuuga)
- Miyuki is voiced by: Rika Fukami
- The Atoner: What Hideomi truly was, encouraging and helping Miyuki since he and Mitsuaki killed her parents via causing the fire in which they died. Also that's where he got his scars from, having rescued little Miyuki from the same fire; he could have gotten plastic surgery very easily, but didn't want to do so.
- Because Destiny Says So: Miyuki says she believes that her and Hideomi are destined to be together, since they've been "tied via a destiny made of fire" for a long time.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Not as big as others, but pretty fucked up. Yasue and Chairman Nagato were pretty nice persons, but Mitsuaki, Hideomi and Nobuko have... issues.
- Broken Bird: Miyuki has massive, MASSIVE emotional problems coming from Mitsuaki and Hideomi's Deadly Prank that killed her parents, as well as her love for Hideomi.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: The fact that Mitsuaki wanted to kill his father-in-law to take full control of the Nagato enterprise places him squarely here.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Conan sees a familiar man among the police, but doesn't recognize him. That man is Heizo Hattori, actually an old friend of Chairman Nagato... and Heiji shows up almost immediately afterwards.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Chairman Nagato was the unclucky childhood friend to the lady that he wants Kogoro to find for him. That woman was actually Miyuki's Missing Mom.
- Christmas Cake: When Nobuko bitchslaps Miyuki, Nagato speculates it's because "she hasn't found a husband". Considering that Nobuko is 39 years old, way past the "limit"... yeah.Conan: With that personality, it's not like she'll ever get married...
- Despair Event Horizon: Poor, poor Miyuki.
- Also Hideomi, who killed himself when he reached it.
- Driven to Suicide: Having crossed the DEH, Hideomi killed himself with poison. Miyuki found his lifeless body and she pretended to join Mitsuaki in his plan to kill Chairman Nagato, only to betray and kill Mitsuaki later so she can avenge Hideomi and protect Nagato. She also roped Mitsuaki into hiding Hideomi's corpse in the pond, later manipulating Nobuko into hitting her near said pond to have an excuse to get the pond drained and taking Hideomi away.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Hideomi, once a beautiful young man, has half his face burned off. They turn out to be Good Scars... sorta.
- Hikikomori: Hideomi, after he got scarred, left school and holed himself up in his room to write his novels without needing to interact with anyone.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Mitsuaki's death, when Miyuki stabs his hand with her pen and makes him fall from the balcony... and he gets "stuck" in the fence
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite Nobuko's actions she does truly care for her family. The reason why she abused Miyuki is because she truly thought she didn't love her brother and just wanted his fortune.When the truth is revealed, she was just as stunned as everyone else, and couldn't say anything.
- Love Hurts: And holy goddamned shit, HOW. This case is a huge Tear Jerker.
- The Maiden Name Debate: Mitsuaki, Yasue's husband, took up the family name.
- Malevolent Masked Man: Hideomi is believed to be this, using bandages instead of a mask to cover his hideous scars. He wasn't evil. And actually, the man in "mask" we saw... was a disguised Mitsuaki or an equally disguised Miyuki.
- Nohero To His Valet: Nobuko treats Miyuki quite badly, believing her to be a Gold Digger who takes advantage of Hideomi's isolation to get close to the family. It's far more complicated.
- Not Good with Rejection: Totally and cruelly inverted. Hideomi crossed the Despair Event Horizon because Miyuki did want to marry him, despite the role he had in the deaths of her parents.
- Sexy Secretary: Miyuki, a cute-looking young lady with really nice legs.
- Smug Snake: Mitsuaki
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Miyuki and Hideomi.
- Tragic Keepsake: Miyuki's burned fountain pen, which belonged to her deceased father.
- Chekhov's Gun: Miyuki uses it to stab Mitsuaki's hand when she tries to throw him off the balcony and he holds on to her. Then he falls off to his death.
- Furthermore... the pen didn't belong to Miyuki's dad, but to her mother. Nagato gave it to her when they were kids, and it's the proof that the girl he loved in the past was Miyuki's mom.
- Chekhov's Gun: Miyuki uses it to stab Mitsuaki's hand when she tries to throw him off the balcony and he holds on to her. Then he falls off to his death.
- Together in Death: Miyuki tries invoking this when she attempts to commit suicide to be with Hideomi. It fails since she wanted to burn herself to death with a gasoline thermos and her lighter, but Conan and Heiji had switched the fuel with water.
- Uptown Boy: Hideomi is a Princely Young Man. Miyuki is an orphan and his father's secretary. In a subversion, the one opposing to their match-up was Hideomi's older sister and not his father, who was more-or-less fine with this.
Raita Banba and Hatsune Kamon
Raita Banba and Hatsune KamonRaita is one of Kogoro's high school friends and Hatsune is his fiancee, and they intend to have Kogoro attend their wedding ceremony. The night before their marriage, however, Hatsune's car explodes with her inside — and it soon comes out that both of them were having the other investigated on suspicions of infidelity. Hatsune wanted to see if he'd flirt with other women and Raita hired a detective after becoming suspicious of her interactions with a handsome man named Tooru Amuro, who turns out to be the detective she had hired to investigate him. Could Raita's jealousy have gone too far?
- Always Murder: Averted for the first time since volume 1.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Not that they knew it.
- Crazy Jealous Guy - Yandere: Raita is believed to be this. It's not that easy.
- Despair Event Horizon: Hatsune was already very stressed over the wedding, her bad health and her suspicions about who Raita actually was. When her fears about him being her twin brother were confirmed, she crossed the edge and was...
- Driven to Suicide: What actually happened to Hatsune.
- Half-Identical Twins: One of the rare cases where there's a reason for it.
- Surprise Incest: Played for horrible drama.
- Happily Adopted: Both of them. In fact, they were orphaned in the same fire.
- Ill Girl: Hatsune, who has Turner Syndrome..
- Jerkass: Raita is this at his worst. It's mostly when he's drunk, though.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Hatsune's death happened when her car exploded with her inside.
- Your Cheating Heart: Raita throught Hatsune was cheating on him. Hatsune wanted to test Raita's loyalty and love to her, so she hired Amuro to keep an eye on him. And then Raita thought Amuro was Hatsune's boyfriend-on-the-side...
The attendants of the Night Baron Tour
The attendants of the Night Baron Tour (Hideko Kamijou, Tokio Ebara, Satoru Maeda, Genichirou Kaneshiro, Shizune Hayashi, Shiro Konnou, Akiko Sayama)Jerk Ass named Tokio Ebara... and he's gruesomely killed while wearing a Night Baron outfit!
- Blow You Away: The Himekaze aka the "Wind of the Princess", which blows in that particular time of the year. And is the reason why Ebara lands on the statue, when he wasn't supposed to. Wasn't helped by him wearing a cape in that moment.
- Broken Bird: Sayama.
- Broken Pedestal: Ran is very depressed when Maeda's Taking the Heat act makes her believe that he's the killer.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Sayama really, really doesn't like it when Maeda oggles other girls...
- Cry Cute: Used twice in the story:
- Kamijou cries quietly when Ebara is found dead, foreshadowing that they were married in the past.
- Sayama is seen crying when she's taken away and Maeda tells her "I Will Wait for You!".
- Destination Defenestration: Conan is found snooping around by the killer and then gets thrown off a balcony. He survives, since he lands in the pool This was also how Sayama (the one who threw Conan off, but only to scare him away) kills Ebara. Though the thing with him being Impaled with Extreme Prejudice was a coincidence.
- Dirty Old Man: Subverted: Ebara is VERY dirty minded and constantly hits on cute women, but is also Younger Than They Look. Seriously, he's only in his 30's!
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Ebara's lifeless body iss found impaled on a statue. Aaaaaugh!.
- Love Martyr: Maeda, as bitterly lampshaded by Sayama herself.
- Looks Like Cesare: Konnou the banker, a very tall and pale man with dark hair and Stoic Spectacles.
- Honey Trap: Sayama uses herself as such, to trap Ebara and then kill him. She invites him to her and Maeda's room, spikes his drink, dresses him up as the Night Baron and throws him off the balcony.
- MacGuffin: There's a diskette to be won by the people in the tour, containing a nasty computer virus that is called the Night Baron. Its creator was Sayama's brother, but Ebara stole it and ruined his career, which drove him to kill himself. Ebara tried to sell it to his ex-wife, Kamijou, but she saw right through him and stopped its distribution.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: For all of his "Dirty Old Man" tactics, Ebara barely blinks when Kamijou shows up in a VERY Stripperiffic cocktail dress. Made even more obvious when Kogoro and Maeda get super distracted, much to the ire of Ran and Sayama.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Old man Kaneshiro was not blind.
- Taking the Heat: Maeda is willing to divert attention to himself and being sent to jail, rather than letting Sayama be punished.
The Araide Family and their house keeper Hikaru
The Araide family and their housekeeper Hikaru (Dr. Yoshiteru Araide, Yoko Araide, Hikaru Yasumoto, Chiaki AraideIn this psecific case Kogoro, Ran and Conan makes a visit to the household of Kogoro's personal doctor. They meet Dr. Araide's handsome and kind son, Tomoaki, and he and Ran seem to get along incredibly well! Logically, Conan/Shinichi is rather troubled - but as someone dies in the house, there is no time to dwell on it. Even when Conan is having a hard time focusing on the case due to his fear of "losing" Ran to the younger Araide, the case must be solved...
- The Alcoholic: Dr. Araide, in the past
- Dojikko: Hikaru
- Driven to Suicide: Since Yoshiteru cheated on her too much and was very neglectful, Chiaki fell into depression and ultimately killed herself. Yoko was the dead Chiaki's best friend, so she killed the doctor as punishment.
- Electrified Bathtub: The trick that Yoko used to kill Dr. Araide.
- Evil Stepmother: Subverted as Yoko treated Tomoaki like her own son. Before her death, Chiaki asked Yoko to look after Tomoaki for her.
People from twenty years symphony murder case
People from curse of the goddess case
Domoto Family and entourage (Eizo, Yatsunori, Junpei, Rino, Aoyagi, Machida and Nagano, Ayaka and Shizuka)
- Badass Grandma: Kamiyama Shizuka who can easily run up more than thousand of stairs without tiring and keep protesting against Eizo for good amount of times in the episode. She's 75 and a nun as well mind you.
- Foreshadowing: Ran commented that Ayaka is kind and beautiful like the goddess which is INDEED she, the goddess who took Eizo's life away.
- Meaningful Name: Kamiyama Shizuka which mean Mountain of the god and Silence, consider with this case theme her name might double as Awesome McCoolname.
- Nun Too Holy: Well, guess who.
People from there's no mermaid case
Bikuni Island Residents (Saori, Naoko, Kimie, Rokuro, Toshimi, Benzo and Great Mikoto)
People from the Kimono Goddess case
People in the Kotoya Inn (Yoriko Yasuda, Kyochi Bando, Eri Akechi aka Chieri Aki, Harumi Fukatsu, Asuka Shibazaki, Ema Anzai, Sakurako Suzuka)
- Ema Anzai is voiced by: Haruna IkezawaEri Akechi is voiced by: Miki ItōHarumi Fukatsu is voiced by: Yuri ShiratoriAsuka Shibazaki is voiced by: Kaho Kouda
- Break the Cutie: In the legend, Ohana. (She helps a rich lord, gets many beautiful kimonos as thanks, is falsely accused of a crime by two selfish rich bitches who want her treasured kimonos, ends up unfairly executed). In the real case, Sakurako (orphaned and separated from her older sister, re-builds her own life from scratch, is falsely accused of drug traffic, can't prove her innocence, kills herself).
- Broken Bird: Ohana from the Kimono Goddess legend, who was so broken by her ordeals that she allegedly became an angry spirit and only calmed down when the locals venerated her as a goddess to placate her very well-justified anger. In the real story, we have two: Sakurako Suzuka and her long-separated sister, Eri Akechi/Chieri Aki aka the Sympathetic Murderer
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin' - The Dog Bites Back: In the legend, Ohana's angry spirit murders the two greedy local girls who caused her unfair death. Even more symbolically, their lifeless bodies are found surrounded by the kimonos that the two assholes wanted enough to get the real owner killed.
- Costume Porn: In-universe example. The Kotoya Inn is famous for its collection of beautiful kimonos, all related to the legend of the Kimono Goddess. Asuka and Ema are found dead and rodeated by such gorgeous clothes: Asuka is "buried" in the obi sashes, Ema is lying on a pile of kimonos.
- Creepy Doll: If somebody wants a favor from the Kimono Goddess, he or she must: make one of these in paper, put on a kimono, go to the local Goddess shrine at midnight, and leave the doll in a wooden box specially outfitted for such a purpose. Specially if s/he wants her to sponsor a revenge that they will carry out with their own hands.
- Crucified Hero Shot: In the story, Ohana was executed via being tied up to a huge wooden cross and then Impaled with Extreme Prejudice with several lances, thus the still image representing said moment used the imaginery. Truthin Television: the "crucifixion and impalement" execution was used not only on average criminals, but on Japanese Christians during Japan's isolation of the world. (See: Saint Paul Miki and the 26 Martyrs of Nagasaki)
- Despair Event Horizon. Sakurako was Driven to Suicide when she was framed for drug trafficking by Ema and Asuka and couldn't prove her innocence.
- Hot Springs Episode
- Idol Singer: Harumi
- Meganekko: Subverted: Harumi uses contacts normally, switching to specs only when she's in the springs.
- Rich Bitch: Both Asuka and Ema are from loaded families (the Shibazakis are into politics, the Anzais are in a huge enterprise), and are massive assholes. It cost them their lives: in the past they used Sakurako as a scapegoat for their own drug trades and drove her to kill herself, then Sakurako's sister Eri/Chieri killed them both.
- The Ophelia: Poor, poor Sakurako.
- Rags to Riches: Harumi was a orphan raised by her aunt and uncle, the she rose to stardom once her songs became hits.
- Snow Means Death: The case takes place in an onsen during the winter. It's obviously covered in snow out there.
- Starts with a Suicide: The two-part episode begins with the very public suicide of a beautiful and sad girl. Said girl is Sakurako.
People from the Secret of the Idols Case
People from the Secret of Idol case (Kaoru Kusano, Osamu Kenzaki, Yuki Takeno, Terumi Hoshino and Atsushi Makuma)
- Kaoru Kusano is voiced by: Akeno WatanabeOsamu Kenzaki is voiced by: Hisao EgawaYuki Takeno is voiced by: Maaya SakamotoTerumi Hoshino is voiced by: Yuu AsakawaAtsushi Makuma is voiced by: Shigeru Nakahara
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Terumi, the harshest and coldest of the four girls.
- Driven to Suicide: Yuki repents from her attempted murder of Kaoru and tries to off herself, but is saved.
- Genki Girl: Kaoru has shades of this.
- Femme Fatalons: Yuki used her sharp filed thumbnail as a weapon, slitting Kaoru's throat with it.
- Improbable Weapon User: See Femme Fatalons above.
- Love at First Sight: Kaoru and Makuma
- Love Hurts: Yuki lost it and tried to kill Kaoru because she believed that, by getting engaged to her beloved Kenzaki, she was trampling all over her feelings. In reality the guy Kaoru loved was their manager Makuma, and the engagement was a gambit from her to make him come forward.
- Meaningful Name / Theme Naming: The four former Earth Ladies' names all have meaning to the earth's beauty. (Kaoru Kusano=Fragrant of Grass Field, Yuki Takeno= Snow Mountain, Terumi Hoshino= Bright Beautiful Stars, Yoko Okino= Sunshine of the Open Sea)
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Terumi is revealed to idolize Shinichi.
- Yandere: Yuki is a mild version, as she does regret what she has done.
People from the Day that Kogoro Ceased Being Detective
People from the Day that Kogoro Ceased Being Detective (Sayuri Tokomae, Ryozo Gamo, Sagae Kinugaza, Isao Takeoka, Kyosuke Arai,A trio of robbers,Natsuko TakeokaKogoro was asked by the wealthy-looking woman named Sayuri Tokomae to be her bodyguard for her exercise program. At the same time however, a client named Ryozo Gamo phoned in and ask Kogoro to meet him for a request that involves finding a witness as Gamo was accused of a recent murder that occurred. When Kogoro was unable to find witness, Gamo apparently lost all hope and committed suicide. Later, Kogoro's old friend, Takeoka come to assist him to find the real murderer which the motive point to Gamo's nephew, Kyosuke Arai. The next day Arai was found hanged, apperently because of the pressure that Kogoro caused. Kogor then decides to retire...
- Abhorrent Admirer: Sayuri Tokomae.
- Cassandra Truth:Natsuko was right all along about that Gamo was involved with the attempt murder of Sagae Kinukasa.
- Chekhov's Gun: The Animal Cookie
- Detective Patsy: A rather well thought plan. Takeoka disguised himself as Gamo to trick Kogoro into proving his false alibi.
- Ill Girl: Natsuko.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Sayuri Tokomae is arrested for excessive defense.
- Manly Tears
- Rich Bitch: Wearing several expensive jewelries while going out definitely fits the description for being one, Tokomae.
- Red Herring: Sayuri and Arai.
People from the Black Dress Alibi case
People from the Black Dress Alibi case (Mihiro Kuze, Yuika Shodou)Ran and Sonoko drag Kogoro and Conan in a shopping spree through Harajuku, the most fashionable street in Tokyo. During a rest in a tea house, the girls are starstruck when they spot a young woman clad in a beautiful Elegant Gothic Lolita outfit, which includes a really pretty and lacy black and red dress... But few hours later, the fashionable girl appears strangled to death in a public restroom! Since they're among the few who last saw her alive, Conan and Kogoro must find out who did her in. Or more exactly, undo the alibi of their biggest suspect: the fashionable girl's best friend, Yuika Shudou.
- All Take and No Give: Yuika killed Mihiro because she found her overbearing, self-absorbed and possessive, to the point of allegedly shooing everyone in Yuika's life so she could have her all for herself. Sonoko gets pissed off and calls her out on it, saying that Yuika didn't trust Mihiro enough to tell her what was on her mind and set their boundaries/limits straight.
- Childhood Friends: Yuika and Mihiro.
- Costume Porn: In the manga, we catch a one-panel view of Mihiro's clothes and jewelry. In the anime, however... holy crap, she's got great taste and an AWESOME wardrobe.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Mihiro. We get to see her bedroom briefly at the start, and she's got several pieces of EGL clothing hanging on the walls.
- According to Conan's Imagine Spot, Ai would fit in fairly well due to her Little Miss Snarker nature.
- Also, when in a EGL boutique, Ran and Sonoko briefly borrow identical sweet lolita pink dresses. Conan gets ready to snark at Ran, but when he actually sees her on it, he blushes and thinks to himself that she does look really good.
- Master of Disguise: Sort-of. After killing Mihiro, Yuika put on her clothes and a wig and impersonated her for a while to create an alibi.
- Meganekko: Yuika.
- Subcultures In Japan: The manga has showed several of these before (ganguro, otaku, sukeban, etc.), and now it's the turn of what surrounds the Lolita Fashion and its fans. Kogoro comments on how EGL's look like "witches", but Ran and Sonoko love how cute the dresses are.
- Office Lady: Yuika, Mihiro's best friend. And her murderer.
- Woman in Black: Mihiro wore a black Gothloli gown. BIG plot point, as the black dress is one of the proofs that Conan uses to find her murderer.
People from the Seance's Double Locked Mystery Room Case
People from the Seance's Double Locked Mystery Room Case (Kouji Yatsukawa, Ryuichi Mifune, Shouko Utakura, Reiki Hirasaka, Maho Izumi, Kazuo Ohnogi, Yutaka Kani, Ichirou Sawanami, Kira Miyahara)Conan, Ran and Kogoro get lost in the middle of a trip and knock on the door of a creepy Big Fancy House. It turns out the owner is the manga artist Reiki Hirasaka, a friend of a person they helped before (TV producer Kouji Yatsukawa), and he and some other friends also affiliated to entertainment circles are holding a séance to invoke the spirit of Kira Miyahara, a beautiful Idol Singer who died a while ago, so they escape a supposed curse that has already costed another person their life. It's not enough, however: two of the attendants die, and both murder scenes are locked mystery room types! All of this is related to the mysterious Kira, whose body never was found... Is her spirit murdering those who were involved in her death? Is she alive and hiding, ready to attack the rest as revenge for whatever they did to her? Or is one of the attendants the real murderer, again in the name of revenge?
- The Alcoholic: Hirasaka, who does it due to depression. He's a very mean drunk, however, and one year ago he killed Kira in the middle of a drunken tantrum.
- Batman Gambit: Mifune not only wanted to murder the people who got his dear Kira killed, but hoped to manipulate the odds so the investigation of Kira's death would be re-opened and her corpse, supposedly hidden in Hirasaka's mansion, would be found. (And he was right - her remains were buried underneath the seance table)
- Beneath the Mask: Maho is actually VERY shy when she's not cosplaying and hanging around people like Kira (when she was alive, that is.)
- Crucified Hero Shot: This is how Shouko is found. The corpse lies on the seance table, arms outstretched like in a cross.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Mifune
- Despair Event Horizon: Shouko, when Mifune attacked her. She offered zero resistence upon being under attack of the man she was hopelessly in love with.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: ... Wait, Hirasaka is a dude?
- Dying Clue: When Shouko found Sawanami's body, she noticed that he used his own blood to spell some kana on the floor. That's what made her realize that Mifune was the killer.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Shouko is a prospect model. Her modelling speciality is... pretty unique.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Kira was one for Mifune and MahoMaho: "Miss Kira... She was my reason for living!"
- Love Hurts: Kira and Mifune were secretly dating, until her death. Shouko loved Mifune but didn't tell him, as she was aware of how he was mourning for Kira. Due to an horrible misunderstanding, Mifune killed Shouko, and only learned that she loved him when Maho told him after Shouko's death.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: Reiki accidentally killed Kira via knocking her down to the floor when drunk, causing her to fatally hit her head. He and the other people around staged a fake car accident to cover this up; however, that ended up tipping Mifune off, as Kira was actually a great driver.
- Madness Mantra: "It's a lie, it's a lie, it's a lie!", by Mifune, after he's both found out and told about Shouko's feelings for him
- Pose of Supplication: Maho, when she explains her link to Kira and how she couldn't bring herself to say she was the woman who asssted the fatal party where Kira was killed by Reiki.
- Poor Communication Kills: Poor, poor Shouko.
- Secret Keeper: Cruel subversion. Since Shouko had found out that her beloved Mifune killed Sawanami, she told Mifune what happened and then promised that she wouldn't snitch. Mifune still killed her, both because he thought she'd black mail him and believed she was the girl who witnessed Kira's death and helped hide her body. (It was Maho, not Shouko)
- Secret Relationship: Kira and Mifune. They never told anyone they were dating, since Japanese fans can be really possessive of their artistic celebrities and would have HATED to see that "their Kira" was dating.
- Shrinking Violet: Maho
- Spoiled Sweet: Kira was a super popular idol, and said to be a really sweet girl. A good example was her Odd Friendship with Maho.
- Stock Shoujo Bullying Tactics: Poor Maho.
- Subcultures In Japan: Hirasaka (seems to be an Aristocrat/Ouji aka male Elegant Gothic Lolita), Kira (former Cosplay Otaku Girl, Idol Singer), Maho (Cosplay Otaku Girl and ex-Hikikomori), Shouko (aspirant gravure idol, Yutaka (otaku)
- Unrequited Tragic Maiden: Shouko Utakura may be one of the most tragic cases in the whole franchise.
People from the Holmes's Revelation case
People from the Holmes's Revelation case (Diana Kingston, Venus the kitty, the Glass family, Ares Ashley, Hades Sabara, Hestia, Demeter Bauer)The Holmes' Revelation Arc is one of climatic entries in the series. Not only does Shinichi return for some time, he also (kind of) finally confesses to Ran he loves her. It's a dream come true for Conan when he finally gets to go to London, home of his hero, Sherlock Holmes. However, the fun is cut short when Apollo Glass, a little boy whose older sister Minerva knows Shinichi from somewhere, requests help. Meanwhile, Ran is questioning her love for Shinichi...
- Darker and Edgier: Hades Sabara's past deeds were so horrible that they had to be seriously bowdlerized in the anime.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Only in the manga. After the death of his Ill Girl mother and his financial ruin, Hades Sabara murdered both the people hounding him for money and the friend who suggested he invest in the stock market. And the friend's whole family. And he apparently ripped their hearts out.
- Everyone Hates Hades: In a roundabout way. Why else would you name the Mad Bomber Serial Killer after him?!
- Hostage Situation: Minerva is playing badly because of her mother's kidnapping. Subverted: she's trying to tell the detectives about her abducted mom without stopping to play.
- Ill Girl: Minerva and Apollo's mother, Juno, is blind.
- Improbable Weapon User: Minerva hits Hades with her tennis ball. Conan then grabs said ball and kicks it at him.
- Love Hurts: This is quite the emotional rollercoaster for Ran, as she starts to seriously doubt her and Shinichi's prospect relationship after she misunderstands Minerva's "Love is zero" words as dis-encoragement, and a brief but awkward encounter with a temporarily normal Shinichi doesn't clear up anything.
- Mad Bomber: Hades Sabara and his accomplice Hestia.
- Passionate Sports Girl: Demeter and Minerva are both skilled tennis players
- Shipping Torpedo: Subverted: Ran thought Minerva was this thanks to the "Love is zero" spiel, but she wasn't.
- Theme Naming: All the characters introduced here have names related to Greek/Roman Gods.
- Wimbledon: The Women's Finals is vital to the plot.
People from the Small Client Case
People from the Small Client case (Kazuki Kinukawa, Yasuhiro Kamoshita, Mitsu Kusano, Toshiko Besshou, and Tomoka Saegusa)Kogoro is contacted by seven-year-old Kazuki Kinukawa, a very popular child actor. He wants Kogoro to find his birth mother, who abandoned him when he was a toddler, so he can call her out on what she did to him and warn her that he won't hand her any money from his career. The leads they have guide them to a hot spring place in Atami, and they meet three women who can potentially be the one they're searching for... But then a Jerk Ass writer appears dead, and one of the three ladies is the prospect killer! For worse, the victim was planning to see if an horrible rumor about Kazuki's origins was true...
- Beauty Mark: The main clue to the mysterious woman's identity is a mole that she's supposed to have on her body, more specifically on her chest. It turns out that Tomoka, the real birth mother, had hers on the back of her neck; Kazuki believed she had it on her chest because she carried him on her back as a toddler with a sling.
- Black Mail: Toshiko's actual reason to kill Kamoshita was that she claimed to be Kazuki's mom as a joke and got money outta the deal, but Kamoshita found out and threatened her.
- Calling The Not-So Old Woman Out: Kazuki's purpose is to tell his mom that he wants nothing to do with her and won't let her financially abuse him. It plays out VERY differently.
- Child Prodigy: Kazuki, a famous star at barely age 7
- Dark and Troubled Past: There's a rumor about Kazuki's birt father being a criminal...
- Doorstop Baby: Kazuki was left by his mother on the door of a Christian church when he was around two years old. She still sent him postcards from Atami, but stopped doing so a year ago.
- Fan Disservice: In the anime, the image of the well-endowed naked woman strangling Kamoshita to death was far more "clearly" seen than in the manga. But considering the circumstances... meeeeep.◊
- Green-Eyed Monster: Toshiko bullied Tomoka into stopping her contact with Kazuki because she was barren, and thus she deeply resented Tomoka for having given her child away.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Kazuki.
People from the Scar Of First Love case
People from the Scar Of First Love case (Kurumi Shudou, Taisuke Hoya, Ryuhei Kusumoto, Sougo Banba)The first part of the "Scar that Evokes the Past" case. A rich blind lady named Kurumi Shodou hires Kogoro to help her find her First Love, a man who saved her when they were both children and, as a result, has a scar on his body. After giving a TV interview to make her case known, she has managed to narrow the search down to two men, and noww she wants Kogoro to find out which of them is the man from the past - but later they find out another prospect candidate! And at the same time, there's a hunt for a Serial Killer near the Shodou household...
- A Friend in Need - Greater Need Than Mine: According to Kurumi, her "scar boy" was almost unnaturally selfless. As the grown-up Taisuke, he still is.
- Ambiguously Brown: Banba, who is VERY dark-skinned and even has dreadlocks.
- Batman Gambit: Kurumi always knew that Taisuke was the guy who saved her, but was too humble to let it be known. The whole deal was her way to make him come forward.
- The Butler Did It: What the butler Taisuke Hoya did was... saving Kurumi's life, harboring feelings for her, and being the guy she was looking for.
- Eyes Always Closed and Sunglasses at Night: Both tropes are united in Kurumi's figure, signifying her blindness.
- Disabled Love Interest: Kurumi is a very nice-looking rich woman, who is also completely blind. It's also inverted since she's more pro-active than the usual DIL and is actively searching for the guy she has loved for years.
- Gold Digger: The guy or guys who aren't the boy of the past easily fall into this, since Kurumi is loaded. Specially Kusumoto, who goes as far as using a scar that he copied from someone else to make himself pass as "the boy". And then the person whose scar he imitated turned out to be the Serial Killer that Matsumoto was looking for... (To be fair, Kusumoto didn't know about the last detail)
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: The man Kurumi is looking for has a distinctive scar, spreading across either his chest or his back. What tips Conan off is how one of the candidates has a small scar... and it makes sense, since getting it as a boy means the scar is big on a child, but small on a grown man.
- My Greatest Failure: Taisuke considers the accident where he gained his scar as this, as it's the same one where Kurumi's eyes were injured enough to eventually cause her to be blind. That's the exact reason why he refuses to reveal his identity.
- Trademark Favorite Food: The other trademark of this "mysterious boy" is his liking for ginger. This was shown in him loving both Ginger Ale drinks and gari aka the pickled red ginger used on sushi. The kid loved gari so much that he introduced himself to little!Kurumi by his nickname "Gari-kun"! This is proved in public when Kurumi has sushi brought to the reunion where Conan reveals the deal throgh Kogoro... and Taisuke, unaware of how this is a part of Kurumi's Batman Gambit, eats almost all the share of sushi that has gari.
People of the Scar And the Whistling Man case
People of the Scar And the Whistling Man case (Superintendent Morimura, Douji Hiramune, Susumu and Eiki Nabei, Tsuguharu and Maiko Boukawa, Atsunori and Hidekuni Mugita)The second part of the Scar that Evokes the Past case is focused on the look for a Serial Killer that Matsumoto, Megure, Takagi and others are hunting down. The criminal psychologist Douji Hiramune, who also happens to be Ayumi's neighbor, challenges this murderer in live television... and soon is found dead, his lifeless body branded with a letter. This confuses the police, as it doesn't exactly fit what they thought to be the killer's usual M.O... but there are other hints scattered around, and it's up to Conan and the police to put them all together!As a corollary, this is the case where Wataru Takagi and Miwako Sato finally get their Relationship Upgrade.
- Achey Scars: Matsumoto claims that when he stepped into the Shodo home to confront Kusumoto (whom he believed to be the killer) and then when he inspected the spot where Hiramune was killed, he felt lots of pain in his infamous scar. When Kibo is captured, not only he doesn't recognize Matsumoto but his scar doesn't hurt anymore, sorta "telling" Matsumoto to not hang onto That One Case from then on.
- Alone with the Psycho: Takagi is ambushed, beaten up and captured by the killer of the present - the son of one of the past victims, who found out about the real killer and murdered him to avenge his Disappeared Dad. The man ends up shooting him in the chest. It also almost happens to Ai and Ayumi, who cross paths with the new killer when he's leaving Hiramune's apartment after killing him
- Batter Up: The present killer beats the fuck out of a disarmed Takagi with a baseball bat.
- The Beatles: In the manga, the killer was heard whistling "Let it be" to signify the two or three bits of remorse he felt back then. It was taken out of the anime and replaced by a "random song that was popular back then" in story, likely to avert conflicts with royalties and copyrights.
- Copycat Crime: The murder of the present.. A Justified Trope: The new killer forced the old one to tell him how he commited the murders, then used said knowledge to kill his target since one of the past victims was his dad.
- Dying Clue: As Hiramune was bleeding to death, he managed to put blood on the CTRL and C keys and died grabbing the mouse by its cord to imply that the murderer was a Jack The Rip Off. Similarly, right before dying in Matsumoto's arms, Morimura tried to use his Famous Last Words to pull this trope, but Matsumoto didn't understand it at that time.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: One of the few concrete clues about the killer is that he has a large scar across his back. And it was given to him by Matsumoto, who snatched away his katana right after the Eye Scream incident and wounded him. Also toyed with: after killing Hiramune, Nabei Jr. saw the scar itself on Hiramune's back and used his knife to carve a "Z" there, to cover up said scar and throw the police off.
- Harmful to Minors: Eiki Nabei was ten years old when his father Susumu was murdered in the hall of the family house. Nabei Jr.'s bedroom was right next to the hall, meaning he didn't see the killer but could hear his and his dad's last talk as well as his whistling.
- He Knows Too Much: The reason for Hiramune's three Slashed Throat murders. He first killed two of his mahjong partners (Mugita and Boukawa) because they thought his theories about perfect crimes were going too far, and he feared they'd tell other people about his creepy ideas. Years later, he killed the last partner remaining (Nabei Sr.) because said partner wanted to talk to the police about the case.
- Hostage Situation: After Takagi confronts Eiki Nabei and Nabei Jr. confirms he killed Hiramune to avenge his father's murder, he tries to stage this once Sato starts calling to Takagi's phone. Takagi breaks said phone and ensures he will be the only hostage, which clues Sato in and makes her ask for back-up.
- Fatal Family Photo: According to Matsumoto, Morimura was about to get married and even showed him a picture of his girlfriend/soon-to-be wife. The hit-and-run incident happened few afterwards, and the dying Morimura admits he was reckless in order to impress his sweetheart. Since Takagi had a similar behavior (photo or not photo), the others and specially Matsumoto fear for him - but he lives.
- It's Personal: Two of the reasons why Kiyonaga Matsumoto is so Hell-bent into catching this particular killer are linked to the trope. One: during the early investigations of the crime, the killer used his car to fatally strike his partner/Megure's mentor, Superintendent Morimura, who perished in Matsumoto's arms while trying to use his Famous Last Words to lay some clues.. Second: few after Morimura's death, the killer also scarred Matsumoto across the face (and almost took out one of his eyes) with his katana. The third and last reason is under "Statute of Limitations".
- Mahjong: Almost all the victims were mahjong players, mahjong terms are scattered all arund and used as clues, and a mahjong tile plays a literally vital role later.
- Out-Gambitted: Hiramune, and how. Who would've thought that his arrogant declarations, made to throw suspicions off himself and look good while at it, would bring him his downfall?
- Pocket Protector: What saved Takagi's life was the mahjong tile he had in his chest pocket, which blocked the bullet shot at him. (Though he still was injured enough to need hospitalization.) Shiratori keeps it later, and can't help commenting how cliché the situation is.
- Red Herring: Midway through the case, an ex-con named Dokurou Kibo is believed to be the culprit since he always had verbal spats with the victims in a mahjong parlor and, at some point, openly gunned for their deaths. The Serial Killer of the past was actually Hiramune, who also was the guy who both ran Morimura over and later gave Matsumoto his scar; Kibo couldn't be the murderer because, by the time Nabei was murdered, he already was in jail for other crimes. The definitive proof comes from him showing no reaction to Matsumoto, the man he supposedly "scarred" with a katana.
- Slashed Throat: Three of the four victims of the past died like this. (The other, a certain policeman who was on the case, was ran over in the streets.) Then, Hiramune was murdered in exactly the same way. Because he was the killer of the past, and the killer of the present was the son of one of the victims. Karmic Death, anyone?
- Smug Snake: Hiramune, holy crap.
- Statute of Limitations: The last case of the Serial Killer is juuuust three days away from being definitely archived, which is the other reason why Matsumoto wants to catch the culprit that badly. One can bet that Hiramune, being the killer himself, used this to try making himself look good and gain fame...
- That One Case: For Matsumoto, due to the connection with Morimura's murder and his own scarring. Satou also alludes to her one case in a scene.
- Take a Third Option: Between replying to Satou's ill-timed cellphone call and ignoring it during the Alone with the Psycho scene, Takagi chooses to break his 'phone with his own hands to avert a Hostage Situation. Satou realises something wrong's going on and notifies the other policemen.
- Unusual Eyebrows: The Tall, Dark and Handsome Morimura's 'brows were kinda... odd.◊
People of the Mystery of the Cherry Blossoms case
People of the Mystery of the Cherry Blossoms case (Nami Kasakura, Yoshiro Soumei, the girl from Shiratori's past aka Sumiko Kobayashi)A case that happens a short time after the aforementioned "Scar and the Whistling Man" one, focused on Inspector Ninzaburou Shiratori. He decides to take a break and go to the theater after learning that Sato has definitely chosen Takagi over him; due to a mistake he ends up stuck not just with Conan, Ai and the Detective Kids (whom he mentions his actually sympathetic reasons to chase after Sato to), but with a beautiful woman named Nami Kasakura, whom he takes quite a liking to. After the movie is over, Nami asks Shiratori for help against a Stalker with a Crush - but it's too late, since whoever this stalker is, s/he has beaten her boyfriend Yoshiro Soumei to death! Conan and Ai wonder if there are other explanations for the crime, however, and so does Shiratori...
- A Day in the Limelight: This case is dedicated to give the readers a more detailed (and probably quite needed) insight regarding Shiratori's thoughts and beliefs.
- Because Destiny Says So: Shiratori tells the kids and later Nami that he strongly believes in destiny. The girl from his past changed his life so much for the best that he thinks she is his fated love, hence why he insists in courting Sato and later Nami, aka the ones he believes to be the grown-up version of said girl.
- Broken Pedestal: Subverted. Shiratori is incredibly depressed upon seeing that the other strong candidate to be his "girl of destiny" is a Broken Bird/Woman Scorned and the killer... but she isn't. And she reappears almost immediately afterwards.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Subverted by Shiratori and his "destiny girl", since they only met once and he didn't even know her name, despite her huge impact in his life. He firmly believes the girl to be Sato, and that's why he pursues her even when he knows she leans more towards Takagi... but later he wonders if she actually is Nami Kasakura. And it turns out she's Sumiko Kobayashi.
- Cherry Blossoms: Nami likes to use straw wrappers to make paper rings whose parts look like cherry blossoms, and she gives a cup to Shiratori that has those. Just like the girl from his past. This proves to be vital later since Shiratori, Conan and Ai see that she has several of those in her apartment, ready to use in her plan. It also gets a Call Back at the end when Ayumi gives Shiratori a similar cherry-themed paper ring and tells him the same words used by the "girl of destiny", which leads Shiratori to recognize Kobayashi as his "fated love" when he sees her.
- The symbolism is even more anvilicious thanks to the cherry blossom-themed names of these manga chapters as well as the ones dedicated to Shiratori and Sumiko getting together, by one of the chapter covers featuring Shiratori and Conan under a blooming cherry tree, and by how, right after Shiratori sees Kobayashi for the first time after many years and has his Love Epiphany, Conan and Ai notice that a bunch of nearby cherry trees are in bloom...
- Crash-Into Hello: Shiratori and Nami met when she bumped into him and made him drop his cola. It was intentional.
- Financial Abuse: Nami went off the deep end when Soumei took her mother's expensive ring (implied to be a Tragic Keepsake) behind her back, apparently to pawn it, and then gave it to another woman as an engagement one. Lampshaded when Megure says that she could have easily denounced Soumei for theft/fraud instead of killing him.
- Love Hurts: And how. Not only Shiratori goes into what looks a LOT like a compressed version of the Five Stages of Grief when he (mistakenly) believes that the sweet little girl he knew grew up into a murderer , but Nami became a killer and a huge Woman Scorned because she got badly screwed by her Asshole Victim of a boyfriend, who not only took money from her but also was a big-ass cheater.
- Meaningful Name: The name of the victim, Soumei Yoshiro, sounds a LOT like "Somei Yoshino" aka most popular variety of cherry blossom in Japan.
- Nice Hat: Nami wears a really cute knit cap. Which she uses in her plan by placing it on the sleeping Shiratori's head so the Detective Kids will think it's her instead. Since they're in a very dark theater and the other seats are empty, the deal works well... until Shiratori, Conan and Ai realise the trick.
- Shipper on Deck: The kids are pretty happy when they see the chemistry between Nami and Shiratori...
- Slipping a Mickey - Tampering with Food and Drink: Nami intentionally makes Shiratori drop his drink, then offers him another as an apology. The second one is laced with sleeping pills.
- Stalker with a Crush: Nami claims that she has one, so she asks Shiratori to check around to see if he can find clues about their identity. However, the stalker ends up beating her boyfriend Soumei to death, apparently to get him out of the way. Of course, there never was one to start with: Nami herself killed Soumei and made up the stalker deal to throw the kids and the police off.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Shiratori tells this to Nami before Takagi takes her away. Subverted in that the sweet Genki Girl he was thinking of did NOT grow into Nami, but into Kobayashi-sensei instead."You weren't like this in the past."
People of the Timeless Sakura Love case
People of the Timeless Sakura Love (Akira Sumida, Kikuna Kagitani, Ryoko Takimoto, and Ryusuke Kodama)In this case Conan, Ai and the Detective Boys's Cool Teacher Kobayashi takes the spotlight alongside Inspector Shiratori. They have just met and seem to be getting along pretty well as the summer goes on, specially since Shiratori has realised that she was his "girl of destiny" instead of Sato, but it seems their advances will be rather slow. All of a sudden, however, things change: Kobayashi steps into the murder of a particularly dangerous Loan Shark during a summer festival, the one who did this person in is on the loose, and Shiratori is the one in charge of the investigation...
- A Day in the Limelight: For both Shiratori and Kobayashi. And their Relationship Upgrade.
- Ambiguously Brown: Kodama, who's got very dark skin. Probably thanks to having been a once very promising baseball player and thus exercising a LOT outdoors.
- Batter Up: While Kodama stabbed Sumida with a knife, he later tried to "mess up" with Kobayashi with a baseball bat. Too bad the woman he attacked was actually Sato...
- Blatant Lies: Noooo, Takimoto has Nothing Personal against the recently murdered Sumida-san, even after what she did! Nothing, really! Ohohohoho!
- Career-Ending Injury: Kodama had two of these. And after the second happened, Sumida began to pressure and threaten him...
- The Dog Bites Back: So Sumida wanted to kill Kodama? He ended up killing her instead.
- Fat Bitch: Sumida was a pretty much obese woman... and a completely rotten Jerk Ass. Did you know, in example, that she claimed she had sold Kagitani's beautiful and super pricey ring already when she was actually wearing it, and she did so in front of her? Or that she sold a supposedly valious plate to Takimoto for 500.000 yen and it turned out to be just 500 yen worth? She should've NOT tried to invoke Financial Abuse on Kodama, however...
- He Knows Too Much: Kodama tries to do this to Kobayashi, since she saw him around almost immediately after he killed Sumida and therefore she would throw his plan off if she properly recalled more details.
- Japanese Delinquents: Kikuna Kagitani was an infamous gang leaderess, and according to her declarations she can still easily summon more than 100 female delinquents to fight her battles. Additionally she bleaches her hair blond and, in the kids's Imagine Spots, she's seen dressed up in a typical sukeban outfit.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: Sumida has such manly looks that, when her photo is shown around after her death, the only thing that proves her gender is how she buttons her blouse. And being mistaken for a guy was her Berserk Button.
- Loan Shark: Sumida was technically a pawn shop owner, but she also loaned money and then was super abusive to the poor saps who didn't pay in time or didn't meet her expectatives. When she tried to force Kodama to get a life insurance so she'd kill him and get the money from it, that caused him to snap and kill her.
- The Ojou - Rich Bitch: Ryouko Takimoto, another of the suspects, is said to be from a very rich family. She's also super passive-aggressive when confronted.
- Shipper on Deck: The kids notice that Shiratori and Kobayashi are hitting it off and know the story behind their shared past, so they try to push the two towards each other. Ai seems to be specially curious, and in a case between these two she expresses frustration at their slow advances. When Kobayashi rejects Shiratori since she believes he only likes her because she looks like Sato, Conan explicitely says that he should catch the culprit of the case so she will "open her heart" to him once again.
- Shut Up, Hannibal! - "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Shiratori gives a magnificent one to Kodama when he claims that him killing Sumida was in self-defense. It's also what leads to Kobayashi finally remembering how Shiratori did the same as a child, to save her from thieves."Criminal Law, Article #36. An act unavoidably performed to protect the rights of oneself or any other person against imminent and unlawful infringement is not punishable. An act exceeding the limits of self-defense may lead to the punishment being reduced or may exculpate the offender in light of circumstances. These are the provisions of self-defense. At the time of the crime, you used a bladed weapon with the intent to kill. So none of these circumstances apply. Not to mention, turning a bat which fulfills dreams into a weapon to silence people earns you no right to talk about dreams at all.
- Tragic Keepsake: Kagitani's ring is implied to be this, since according to her it belonged to her Missing Mom.
People of the Broadcast of Love case
People of the Broadcast of Love case (Wataru Date, Ryousuke Fuemoto, Natalie Kuruma, Yuuko Tokugi, Kyouka Hikoue)Detective Takagi begins to act a little oddly during winter, and seems to have many thoughts in his head. Suddenly, he disappears without a trace - and the next time he's seen he has been kidnapped and put in a Death Trap that could be located anywhere in Northern Japan! Not only Conan, the Detective Kids and the whole Beika police department must find him before any of the trap's mechanisms activate and kill him, but they must also find out exactly why a person would hate someone like him enough to do such things...
- A Glass of Chianti: Fuemoto is found in his old apartment with a bottle of good wine and a half-full glass. In a subversion, he had poisoned his own drink before consuming it, effectively commiting suicide... and dying without revealing where Takagi is.
- Break the Cutie: Poor, poor Natalie Kuruma.
- Despair Event Horizon -> Driven to Suicide: Three young women killed themselves by hanging around the same time of Date's death. One was his girlfriend Natalie, who did so over her grief for his death. The others were the medical student Yuuko, who couldn't forgive herself for accidentally killing a guy with her car, and the hostess Kyouka whose world crashed when her boyfriend was uncovered as a fraudster.
- Diabolus Ex Machina - From Bad to Worse: So Natalie and Date were about to get engaged? Date got hit by a car and died right before the fateful day, and Natalie was among those who identified his corpse. And then she hung herself in despair. And then her parents died when they were in their way to retrieve her body. And for worse? Date had just succesfully finished a case about a fraudster, and the fraudster's girlfriend Kyouka was so devastated that she also hung herself in despair. YEOWCH.
- Forced to Watch: The case is kickstarted when the Detective Kids are given a tablet PC... which shows them an image of the trapped Takagi. From then on it's a race against time to find the poor guy before he ends up dead thanks to one or another mechanism in it (hanging in a makeshift gallow, freezing to death in the very crude Japanese winters, or being blown up by a hidden bomb).
- High-Class Call Girl: Kyouka Hikoue is implied to be one. She worked as a hostess and was noted to be both very pretty and popular among the men going to her work place.
- Like a Son to Me: Fuemoto had an Inter Generational Friendship with Natalie and considered her to be like his daughter. When she died, he completely lost it and decided to kill the man who caused her death, not knowing that Date had died and for worse, mistaking Date's best friend and surrogate 'younger brother' as the one who "caused" poor Natalie's disgrace.
- Mixed Ancestry: Natalie was half-American, half-Japanese, which is seen in her blond hair. When Date's parents came to retrieve their son's corpse, they saw her tearfully standing in a corner of the morgue and took notice of her unusual looks...
- Posthumous Character: Wataru Date, Natalie Kuruma, Yuuko Tokugi, and Kyouka Hikoue are already long dead, having perished at very least two years ago almost at the same time. One of the biggest plot points in the case is to decipher the connections between their deaths. The only one that is disconnected of the case itself is Yuuko's.
- Ravens and Crows: At some point, some black birds almost knock down the camera over the kidnapped Takagi. They turn out to be jackdaws, and this allows the kids and the police to deduce that Takagi is being held hostage in Hokkaido, since the jackdaws are mostly seen in Europe but sometimes they're spotted in Hokkaido.note .
- Snow Means Death: The case takes place in winter, and for worse Takagi's Death Trap is placed in a extremely cold and snowy city which could be either in Aomori, Akita, Hokkaido, Iwate, Yamagata... practically anywhere in the North of Japan. (Actually in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido). So even if none of the trap's mechanisms activate, Takagi (who is only wearing a suit) will still freeze to death and this will probably take place under the snow. Even when he's (barely) rescued, Takagi suffers frostbite among other things as a consequence of being exposed to the cold for almost two days and must be hospitalized. It's even more anvilicious because, when Sato and the others manage to reach for Takagi, it actually begins to snow. And it switches to Snow Means Love when he's completely safe and Sato, overjoyed to see everything's okay from now on, gives him the mother of all Big Damn Kisses.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Wataru Date and Natalie Kuruma, holy shit...
- Spurned Into Suicide: Fuemoto believed Natalie had done this. It turned out he was very wrong - her reasoning went more by her desire to be Together in Death with Date.
- Use Your Head: A Sato in full Violently Protective Action Girlfriend mode does this to Fuemoto before telling him the truth about Date and Natalie.
People of the 'The partner is Santa-san' case
People of the 'The partner is Santa-san' case (Santa Ishikawa, Shigeko Ishikawa, Haruka Ishikawa, Minoru Moriwaki, Toshihiko Yamanaka, Kurata)
- Santa Ishikawa is voiced by: Rie KugimiyaShigeko Ishikawa is voiced by: Sayaka OharaMinoru Moriwaki is voiced by: Hiro ShimonoToshihiko Yamada is voiced by: Yosuke Akimoto
- Adult Fear: Towards the end of the case, the actual villain Kurata appears. And takes a two year old hostage, even threatening them with a knife, despite the baby's mother's tearful pleas. Thank God Conan manages to kick a ball at him and retrieve the baby safely.
- Anti-Villain: Yamanaka is a basically good person who took a terrible decision out of despair, but repents as soon as Conan explains that Santa wanted to be his friend...
- Babysitting Episode: Basically, Conan's part in this episode is looking after Santa. It's much harder than it sounds.
- Cheerful Child: Awwww, Santa!
- Chekhov's Gunman: Santa, and how. Who would say a toddler would be the key to unlock this case?
- Children Are Innocent: Santa was trying to be genuinely friendly to Yamanaka, but he took it badly.
- Disappeared Dad: Santa's father/Shigeko's husband died the year before.
- Fore Shadowing: In one of the opening scenes, Santa points at someone walking down the streets but Conan mistakenly thinks the baby's looking at the cars... not at Yamanaka. Also, the way Santa hugs Ran hints at Santa being a girl not a boy. (Apparently some baby girls hug with their whole bodies, while baby boys tend to use their arms.)
- Hair Decorations: Shigeko uses a pink band to tie her hair in a ponytail. We find out that Santa is a girl when she's seen wearing a hair ribbon given to her by Ran.
- Hostage Situation: Towards the end not only Shigeko is captured by Yamanaka, but when he's about to have his Heel-Face Turn, his companion Kurata kidnaps Santa. Luckily Santa bit on his arm and was released, letting Conan use his superpowered shoes to kick a ball to Kurata's face.
- Japanese Honorifics: Santa refers to himself as "Santa-san". (Or better said, to her-self) A Justified Trope: Santa is just two years old, so they're juuuust learning how to speak and have no concept of the intricacies of Japanese Language in itself.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When Yamanaka realises that Santa was attempting to befriend him, he's horrified at his own behavior
- Staircase Tumble: Shigeko's stalker pushed her down a pedestrian bridge. Since she wasn't that high up there and fell over a soft bag she was carrying, she wasn't actualy hurt but was still very scared. Kogoro was walking by and went to help her, and that's when she decided to hire him.
'People' of the "Mushrooms, Bears and Detective Boys!" case
'People' of the "Mushrooms, Bears and Detective Boys!" case (Tomoya Negoro, Matasaburo Saika, Kiyoshi Yasaka, Jubei the bear, the unnamed victimProfessor Agasa takes the Detective Boys in a mountain trip to get some matsutake mushrooms, very famous for their delicious taste as well as super hard to find. The area as a whole, however, is divided in two fields: one for mushroom picking and another for hunting. Genta, and later Mitsuhiko and Ai, get lost in the hunting part... right when Jubei, a very ferocious bear, is lurking around and in a terrible mood. Three hunters tag along to help the group, and then they find the corpse of a fourth one. Which of the three is the killer?
- Accidental Murder: Saika never meant to shoot the Unnamed Hunter down, he was just trying to scare the others off and away from Jubei.
- Always Someone Better: Mitsuhiko shows traces of this, in regards to Conan.
- Badass Grandpa: Saika is in his 60's and is the most experienced, wise of the three hunters. And the Sympathetic Murderer.
- Bears Are Bad News: Jubei is very, VERY infamous for her bad temper, and everyone either fears her or wants to shoot her down. Subverted: she's actualy very nice and she once saved Saika's life, but she's been on a constant and literal Roaring Rampage of Revenge after one of her two cubbies was murdered and used as a bait for her. Saika made up tales about her beng a beast to keep the hunters away from her.
- Even Evilhas Standards: Negoro was gung-ho on hunting Jubei down, but he was as shocked as everyone else when he learned about the Unnamed Hunter's horrible trap for her.
- Eye Scream: Jubei had an eye shot off her years ago. She was tending to the injured Saika and trying to help him, but other hunters who had come to help him too thought she was about to eat him and then shot at her...
- Friend to All Living Things: Ai and Mitsuhiko sorta play the role after they 'befriend' the adorable bear cubbie. Saika plays it straighter, as he tried to return Jubei's kindness by protecting her (and later her cubs) through the years. He even dug a grave for the cubbie that was killed.
- Living MacGuffin: The bear cub, sort-of.
- MacGuffin: The matsutake mushrooms that Agasa and the kiddos are looking for.
- Mama Bear: Ai and Mitsuhiko find a bear cub in their path. Then their mother appears, and she's NOT pleased. Because the cub's sibling was messily killed few ago. In fact, Jubei immediately calms down, stops her rampage and goes away peacefully with her remaining cubbie when the kids release it and allow it to reunite with her.
- Mistaken for Murderer: Sorta. Conan believed that Saika was specifically aiming to kill Ai and Mitsuhiko because they knew too much about his intentions. He never had such intentions; he shot around because he wanted to scare them off... and ended up killing the other hunter also completely by accident.
- Names To Run Away From Very Fast: Jubei is nicknamed as such because she lacks an eye and thus is compared to the famous Yagyu Jubei.
- Shout-Out: When Saika explains why Jubei the bear is called like that, the picture of Yagyu Jubei that appears on the background is clearly one of from Yaiba's Jubei.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Poor, poor Jubei, who lost her cub horribly and snapped...
People from the Lupin III vs. Detective Conan TV special
People from the Lupin III vs. Detective Conan TV special (Queen Sakura Aludia, Crown Prince Gill Cowell and Princess Mira Julietta Vespaland of Vespania; Count Keith Dan Stinger, Duke Gerard Musca Vespaland)
- Queen Sakura is voiced by: Hiroko SuzukiPrince Gill is voiced by: Jun FukuyamaPrincess Mira is voiced by: Yui HorieCount Keith is voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa
- Cherry Blossoms: One of these is vital to the plot...
- Identical Stranger: Save for the hair/eye colors and their ethnicities, Ran and Mira◊ look almost exactly alike. So Mira tries to make Ran her Body Double and later Ran has to "continue" the charade for other reasons...
- MacGuffin: The beautiful and unvaluable Crown of Vespania, which Lupin intends to steal. In reality, he had stolen it already years ago, but returned it when the then recently crowned Sakura found out; then he made her promise she'd be The High Queen from then on in exchange.
- Also the really rare mineral ores that were found in Vespanian soil... and which Queen Sakura really didn't want to use inadequately (.i.e., warfare). So her greedy brother Gerard killed her instead.
- Posthumous Character: Queen Sakura and Prince Gill, who died few months before the special takes place.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Count Keith does what he can to help Mira out. Queen Sakura also was one when she was alive, so she got murdered by Gerard. The new Queen Mira will probably turn out to be one as well.
- Rebellious Princess - Spoiled Brat: Princess Mira doesn't have a lot of respect for authority and can be pretty selfish and entitled. It's implied by Fujiko that this is out of trauma after the loss of her mother and brother rather than anything else. She decides that she will take over, however, and even gets an Awesome Moment of Crowning.
- Self-Made Orphan: It's believed that Gill accidentally killed his mother during a hunt outing, then shot himself dead in grief. Nope: Duke Gerard killed Sakura and then "silenced" Gill.