The characters of Lupin III, now declassified by Interpol. If you have any knowledge of the whereabouts of any of these individuals, please contact the nearest authorities. Caution is advised for anyone dealing with them, regardless of any evidence to the contrary.Lupin III has had many Voice Actors for its characters over the years and across languages due to licensing and budget issues. Because of that, we are listing only the Japanese Voice Actors here. Each works page has a linked character page that provides the names of all the voice actors for that work.
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The Core Four.
The Lupin Criminal Empire is sometimes a vast, world-wide network of people willing to give Lupin a hand, or are directly employed by him. Usually, however, it consists just of Lupin, Jigen, Goemon, and Fujiko. During an Origins Episode, it may consist solely of Lupin! These are the tropes that the gang fulfills when they're working together.
Anti-Hero: The gang go to great lengths to stop evil people from taking over the world, help capture or kill criminals, and even save little kittens. But they're still not heroes. They are usually motivated out of self-interest, and are always criminals. Instead, check out the Sliding Scale of Anti-Villains.
Anti-Villain: Generally speaking, the gang are Villains in Name Only. They are committing thefts and occasionally killing people (but see Asshole Victim), and wanted for international crimes in multiple countries. Despite this, they are ready to eliminate any rival gangs, put the real monarchy on the throne, or decorate the Statue of Liberty for Christmas.
Caper Crew: The team works together (usually) to get their target.
Lupin: The Leader, The Mastermind, and The Coordinator of the group's activities, he's also their Gadget Guy, a master Con Artist, and an accomplished Pickpocket. See also: Master of Disguise.
Jigen: Lupin's right hand man and lifelong Partner In Crime. Also serves as the Driver and the Muscle.
Goemon: The group's other Muscle, though he's an impossibly skilled swordsman rather than a thug.
Fujiko: Lupin's on-again/off-again gal pal. A highly skilled Cat Burglar, but has been known to serve as the Distraction or their Inside Woman when the job requires it.
Cartwright Curse: Given that the lack of continuity for the series/franchise means that none of the characters ever have a long term relationship, all five characters qualify. In this series, Love Interest means potential corpse. The only exception is Fujiko and Lupin's relationship. This curse is probably the reason Lupin will never get what he wants from her, though.
Four-Temperament Ensemble: It's because the characters have a consistent interaction that makes them function in nearly any setting or plot.
Sanguine: Lupin and Fujiko (when she's also an Action Girl) are the most extroverted cast members, and pretty self-indulgent, too. They love showing off, and getting people to do what they want.
Choleric: Zenigata is obsessed with the success of arresting Lupin. To the point where he will allow Fujiko and others to escape, for a chance at capturing Lupin. Even when the character is more mature, he is as Hot-Blooded as Lupin, and will instruct his subordinates to follow his instructions exactly. It's a good thing that when he does have subordinates, they're intensely loyal to him, or he'd be considered a Bad Boss.
Melancholic: The brooding Jigen, and his eternal slouch, is an example of a melancholic who has learned how to relax. When he's ""on the job", his hard-working and detached nature come to the fore.
Phlegmatic: Goemon, whose introversion is done as a part of training, does not need to be around other people for his training, but does so for the socialization.
Leukine: Whatever Damsel in Distress is around, including Fujiko, if the writers forgot her spunk.
Four Philosophy Ensemble: Because Goemon and Jigen trust Lupin so much, we rarely see all the characters together demonstrating the conflict. Usually it's just the two of them sniping at each other when Lupin is absent.
The Cynic: Jigen is a soured realist whose hazy past is best left unspoken.
The Optimist: Goemon is often contrasted with the other men by his naivety.
The Realist: Lupin is generally able to figure out some way to do things that no one else had been able to think of. This trait, as well as his ability to balance the cynicism and optimism, is what keeps his allies around.
The Apathetic: Fujiko has probably already betrayed the group at this point, and about to beg Lupin to forgive her. Even the Optimist knows she'll betray them again.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: Lupin and Jigen. Of all the gang members, these two are together the most and are even suggested to live together in several specials and films. Probably one of the oldest and greatest bromances in anime history.
In Harm's Way: The crew will never stop in their adventures, because the adventures are the goal they chase after.
Outlaw Couple: Lupin III and Fujiko. Their relationship is really an on and off romance, but characterized by their love of theft.
Smoking Is Cool: Except for Goemon (who doesn't smoke), the entire cast has various favorite brands of smokes.
Universal-Adaptor Cast: The crew (and you can add Zenigata, too) have found themselves facing pretty much anything that TMS Entertainment can come up with for them. From the 15th century to the 22nd century, they've found themselves in all sorts of situations.
With a Friend and a Stranger: Although the Childhood Friend aspect is usually overlooked, this trope is apparent in the way Lupin and Jigen are trusted allies, and Fujiko is the mysterious stranger, disrupting their camaraderie. Yes, this has fueled some Ho Yay.
"Hey, Pops!"The leader and founder of the gang, Lupin is looking to get his hands on as much as possible, be it rare treasure, lots of money, sexy women, or any combination of the three. Although he's a thief, plain and simple, he's never a malicious one; his targets tend to be the wealthy, powerful, and prideful, and his capers usually serve as a swift example of humility to his unfortunate targets. He will also take on a job if he knows it will help out someone in dire straits on the way.
Badass: Lupin will embark on the most ridiculous plans possible if he thinks it will get him what he wants. He usually succeeds, too. His actions and attitude have earned him a place on several of the Badass subtropes.
Born Lucky: Possibly. Sometimes it's hard to tell if he pulls off some of his tricks by luck or actual planning. Nevertheless, when he offers the entire treasure on a poker hand or flip of the coin... he's only lost when the game was rigged.
But Not Too Foreign: Lupin is half-French, half-Japanese, though Monkey Punch himself said (in materials to promote the first Lupin movie) that he considered Lupin to be of no nationality – a citizen of the world.
The Casanova: In the manga, at least. If it had boobs, he was after it.
Cat Smile: His usual closed-mouth smile is a long cat smile, when he shows his teeth, its a...
Depending on the Artist: His jacket (Red, Green, or Pink). Also his facial structure shifts with each incarnation; sometimes he'll look like Monkey Punch's rogue, sometimes he looks oddly tough with a strong chin, sometimes he looks like Miyazaki's suave gentleman, sometimes he just looks like a monkey.
In France he's called Edgar de la Cambriole, as Arsène Lupin is still under European copyright.
Before the Arsène Lupin copyright expired in the U.S., English dubs from the early-to-mid 90's often had him renamed to "Wolf". AnimEigo's dub of The Fuma Conspiracy called him "Rupan" (the romanization of the katakana that make up his name).note The liner notes for the DVD point out that by the time AnimEigo got around to dubbing Fuma in 1994, Leblanc's works had fallen into the public domain in the US. But TMS made AnimEigo sign the same standard contract Streamline had used years earlier (when the Leblanc books were still under copyright), which is why they had to change the name. Lupin would not get his proper name in English until Manga Entertainment's dub of Cagliostro in 2000.
The Dulcinea Effect: Lupin's a sucker for helping a pretty lady in distress. It's one of his weak points, but he also does genuinely like to help people in need. It's just easier for him to agree so when it's a pretty lady.
Forgot Flanders Could Do That: Lupin's sword skills rarely come up after the Goemon introduction arc in the manga, so when they do get a showcase moment in an anime episode, it's downright astonishing.
Friendly Enemy: Lupin loves Zenigata like the well meaning and bumbling uncle he never had.
Fun Personified: This is Jigen's justification for following Lupin in "Green Vs Red".
Gentleman Adventurer: He's such a discerning burglar that he once broke into someone's house only to leave a note letting the owner know that he would return once the reproductions were replaced with something worth stealing. Imitating his ancestors.
Gentleman Thief: To honor his ancestors. Every male parent/grandparent/uncle was one, it seems. Even some of the Brides have been skilled thieves and well-mannered villains. Lupin the Third is occasionally less mannered, but always skilled.
Handsome Lech: A shameless flirt, and "rich" enough to afford the best clothes. Sometimes his appearance is mocked, but not by women.
Lamarck Was Right: The Lupin dynasty. Arsène the First is the archetypical Gentleman Thief with all that that implies. Flashbacks show that his son, Lupin II, was awesome as well. Lupin III, himself, is a Crouching Moron, Hidden BadassKaitou. It continues in his illegitimate son (manga-Lupin only), who is incredibly cunning; he was able to outsmart Fujiko and hold his own against a sword while armed with only a wrench. Any attempts made by the police to capture these criminals tend to fail, usually embarrassingly.
Last Name Basis: His name may be Arsene Lupin III, but even his friends call him Lupin.
Mugged for Disguise: When impersonating people, he'll often steal their clothing or uniform. It's not uncommon for Lupin to flawlessly pull off an impersonation, with the only hint to the audience (or Zenigata) being a shot of a Bound and Gagged hostage clad in Goofy Print Underwear.
No Pronunciation Guide: A common complaint with FUNimation's dubs of the Made For TV Movies is that Lupin's name is pronounced "Loo-pin" instead of the more correct "Loo-pahn".note Technically neither is correct, if one assumes the French pronunciation that sounds more like "Lieu-pehgn" (the 'n' is nasalized and barely pronounced).
Omniglot: Almost any language the gang encounters Lupin speaks or at least gets by. This includes several computer languages.
Phantom Thief: Lupin is nearly undetectable, and steals improbably, his thefts are usually complete with calling cards.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red, excitable guy, to Jigen's blue, phlegmatic guy. Even color-coded when he wears his red jacket.
Refugee from Time: Lupin the Third is the son of Lupin the Second, who is the son of Arsène Lupin. While the grandson exists in Comic Book Time, the grandfather is not as lucky, as he was written in the early 1900s. Early 1900s.
Sharp-Dressed Man: Doesn't feel himself unless he's dressed up. Even wears tuxedos for some of his thefts.
Smoking Is Cool: Not as obvious an example as Jigen, but one nonetheless. Zenigata was able to track Lupin on one occasion by noting a discarded cigarette butt. It was a Gitanes, an expensive import brand that only Lupin was known to smoke.
Spy Catsuit: Lupin wears this on occasion. One of the most iconic franchise images, Lupin running along the wall with spotlights following him, has the thief with only his face revealed. His suit is usually still worn underneath it.
Stealth Expert: While Lupin often gets into buildings via disguise, he is also an accomplished second story-man. He can sneak in in a black cat suit, or cause enough distractions that his bright yellow tie and bright red jacket aren't noticed.
Stealth Hi/Bye: Has done this in the middle of a dogpile with fifty policemen. When he doesn't disappear that way, Zenigata knows Lupin is planning something.
Stealth Expert: While he often gets into buildings via disguise, he is also an accomplished second story-man. Lupin can sneak in in a black Spy Catsuit, or cause enough distractions that his bright yellow tie and bright red jacket aren't noticed.
"May I remind you the last time she brought us a good deal was never?"Lupin's constant and most loyal partner, the laid back Jigen is constantly at his side, helping him with the next big score. Although Jigen can handle most any role Lupin hands him, his stand-out qualities are his remarkable, nearly-superhuman quick-draw and targeting skills. He also attempts to keep Lupin grounded where women are concerned, and especially where Fujiko is concerned; he has made his dislike of her and her motivations plain on many occasions. He works very well with Goemon, however, especially when it comes to taking down large portions of the enemy forces.
But Not Too Foreign: Despite his Japanese name (the structure of which can change Depending on the Writer; sometimes "Jigen" is incorrectly given as his first name), there's evidence to suggest that Jigen isn't Japanese at all, but possibly American. He tends to come off as the most "American" member of the cast (and averting Eagle Land to boot) with his casual and laid-back nature and sarcastic cynicism. Origins Episode ''Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine has him working as a bodyguard for a mob boss and his wife, prior to meeting Fujiko and Lupin.
Blind Without 'Em: Jigen is sometimes shown to need his hat to help his amazing targeting skills.
Cold Sniper: Jigen is as proficient with a sniper rifle as he is with his trademark handgun. So if Lupin wants that target down...
Hidden Eyes: So much so that it adds to the art dissonance when he's constantly drawn with visible eyes (this happened in one episode of the first TV series and at least a few chapters of the original manga). Jigen's eyes are actually visible quite often in the original manga, especially later on when Monkey Punch really turned up the slapstick.
Improbable Aiming Skills: And how! He brings down heavily armored vehicles with a single shot, and knocks enemy bullets out of the air with ease.
The Lancer: Provides a cool head to contrast Lupin's off-the-wall behavior.
Last Name Basis: The structure of his name is inconsistent in the Japanese portion of the Franchise. Generally speaking, Daisuke is his given name, and Jigen is his family name. But because pretty much everyone calls him Jigen, the order is sometimes switched to avert this. See also But Not Too Foreign, above.
Limited Wardrobe: Black suit? Check. Tie Clip? Check. Fedora? Check. Revolver? Check.
Loveable Rogue: While Jigen is the grittiest of the gang, even he draws the line at certain acts.
Mr. Fanservice: The manliest cast member, though admittedly the man least likely to strip.
Mr. Fixit: When it comes to guns or anything related to them.
Never Bareheaded: He is rarely seen without his fedora. He won't wear it when necessary for a disguise (so few deliverymen or uniformed officers wear fedoras), but will wear it at pretty much any other occasion – including while scuba-diving in a rapidly-moving aqueduct.
Quick Draw: Jigen is said to possess a 0.3 second quick-draw. He's also shown to take out three or more people who have already aimed their guns at him before he's drawn his Magnum. Usually by Blasting It out of Their Hands.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue, phlegmatic guy, to Lupin's red, excitable guy. Since Jigen usually wears a dark blue/black suit, and light blue shirt, the two are often colour-coded.
Riddle for the Ages: Exactly how he manages to always get his firearms past airport security when he flies commercially (something he does often) is never explained in-story. (And he seems to do it rather easily.) Fans have formulated a few theories, such as suggesting he might have set up hidden checkpoints at every conceivable one he could travel to where he could deposit them before boarding and pick them up after arriving.
"Once again, I have cut a worthless object..."Originally, Goemon was one of Lupin's marks; the master thief wanted the secrets to Goemon's incredible sword and his amazing ability to use it. This caused their first confrontation to end with both of them being lit on fire. Since then, the thief has impressed Goemon enough for the master samurai to join Lupin's gang and participate in his incredible schemes. Moodier than Jigen, Goemon often has a tendency to go off on his own in the middle of missions, or occasionally joins up with Fujiko, in spite of the fact that he is just as wary of her as Jigen is. But make no mistake... when the chips are down, Goemon will come back to Lupin's side in the end to help him deal with whatever mess he has managed to get himself into.
Absurdly Sharp Blade: Lampshaded in the sword's anime incarnation; the name Zantetsuken translates as "Iron-Cutting Sword."
Ambiguously Brown: In the manga (at times), pilot film, and The Secret of Mamo feature film.
Blade Spam: Goemon is able to make attacks pseudo-simultaneous - the observer cannot tell that there are multiple slashes being executed. If we're lucky, we get to see three or four slashes, but usually there's a dozen made from just drawing and sheathing his sword.
Defeat by Modesty: He often slices the clothes off his opponents (he has also done this to Lupin to show his displeasure).
Depending on the Writer: Goemon's first manga incarnation is much more temperamental and impetuous than his more well-known anime personality. Aside from that, he is the second most consistent character.
"Luuuu-pin!"A master thief in her own right, Fujiko is Lupin's one obsession that isn't stealing or messing with those who deserve it. She will often work with Lupin, only to screw him out of the goods in the end. Or perhaps she sets up Lupin for a job that ends up with him doing all the dirty work for her. Either way, she knows how to use Lupin and his love of her to get what she wants. In spite of her blatant use-and-abuse of Lupin, she has been shown on a number of occasions to truly love and care about him, and is quick to be at his side when things have really gone wrong. Occasionally, Fujiko will set up independent jobs of her own that have nothing to do with Lupin, but always end up paralleling one of his jobs in the end. Jigen pretty much wants nothing to do with her ever, but strangely Goemon, even with his honorable nature, has been known to partner up with her on the occasional heist.She's the focus of her own series, 2012's The Woman Called Fujiko Mine
Action Girl: Although it varies. Early on, she was often a Damsel in Distress, but later works have made her the Action Girl to contrast with the Girl of the Week that Lupin is chasing.
Composite Character: In the first manga series, "Fujiko Mine" was usually the name given to The Girl Of The Week. Near the end of the series, however, Monkey Punch just combined them into a single "Fujiko" character, and she's been that way ever since.
Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: She betrays Lupin in every aspect of the Franchise. Usually double-crosses Lupin to Zenigata and/or the villain of the week, and then goes back to Lupin later on in the episode/movie. Then betray him again in order to take the treasure for herself. Despite the frequency of these betrayals, Lupin is still willing to trust her (which inevitably gets him double-crossed again in the next movie). In one instance, he even comments that he is expecting her to betray him.
Kaleidoscope Hair: During four TV series, five feature films, and dozens of Made For TV Movies, Fujiko has gone through various shades of blonde, brunette, and red. Sometimes it's as part of her role as a Master of Disguise, but it usually comes with no explanation other than Depending on the Artist.
"Stop, Lupin! You're under arrest!"The perpetual foil of the Lupin gang, Inspector Zenigata is the most dedicated cop you could ever find. He will bring Lupin and his cronies to justice... at least as soon as he figures out how to ensnare his rival once and for all. The problem isn't that Zenigata is a bad detective; he's actually quite intelligent and quick-thinking. It's just that Lupin is even better at outwitting the good inspector. Luckily, Lupin is kind enough to leave behind the real crooks in the whole affair for Zenigata to claim and turn in. With his amazing record of catches and closed cases, Interpol usually has little issue with letting Zenigata continue in the perpetual pursuit of his rival.
Ambiguously Brown: In the first TV series. He also had a ruddy complexion in The Castle of Cagliostro. Even in later entries of the franchise, he's noticeably darker-skinned than Lupin and the gang, but that's probably more "ruddy" than "brown".
On the occasions where Lupin appears to be dead, Zenigata genuinely mourns him. In The Fuma Conspiracy, he actually becomes a Buddhist monk to pray for Lupin's soul.
Averted in Mystery of Mamo; Lupin is hanged and Zenigata is about to gleefully put a stake through the heart of Lupin's corpse when it explodes, and it's revealed that the dead Lupin is a clone, much to Zenigata's chagrin.
Badass: Capable of chasing the world's greatest thief to the ends of the earth, as well as arresting anyone of lesser skill. Generally inversely proportional to his status as Butt Monkey.
Bad Bad Acting: While chasing Lupin through The Castle of Cagliostro, they discover that the Silver Branch of the Cagliostro family has been secretly manipulating global economics with massive amounts of perfectly counterfeited money for centuries. He brings armloads of evidence to his bosses at Interpol, but forgot until the last minute that those were the same people Cagliostro had been manipulating and that they weren't about to admit to it, especially since lots of them were actively playing Cagliostro against other nations. So he takes a camera team (who are doing a live worldwide broadcast) into Castle Cagliostro supposedly to catch Lupin, but then makes a detour into the castle's basement printing area...
What Is This! Look At ALL This Mo-ney! These Are Yen! Could It Be COUNTERFEIT? Oh, No! I Came Here To Cap-Ture Lupin And Un-Covered A Crim-In-Al Plot! Oh, What To DO?
Big Eater: Certainly justified in that you must eat metric ton-loads of food to have the energy to chase Lupin. In one episode, he ate twenty hamburgers in one sitting!
Butt Monkey: Often in the goofier entries of the Lupin franchise (notably the second and third TV series).
Charles Atlas Superpower: Seriously, Zenigata is in incredible physical shape for his age, and is probably the most skilled and tough hand-to-hand combatant in the series. He can, subconsciously, perform physical feats that border on superhuman, and can dispatch multiple attackers without breaking a sweat.
Cool Old Guy: Zenigata is roughly twice the age of Lupin. So the idea that he can't catch Lupin seems justified, which would avert this trope. Then you realize that people younger than Lupin aren't able to keep up with him, but Zenigatais. Even at his worst, he's a man old enough to be Lupin's father, who manages to follow him around the world!
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Quite simply, Zenigata is THE WORLD'S GREATEST COP. Not only has he actually managed to arrest Lupin from time to time, he's also a formidable fighter, investigator, and most important, a truly fair and good cop. The only reason why he's seen by some as incompetent at first glance is because his opponent is Lupin.
Depending on the Writer: Zenigata's competency is the main variable. Is he a bumbling idiot, or a worthy rival to Lupin?
The Determinator: Zenigata has, from the perspective of other characters and on more than one occasion, come back from the dead because someone mentioned Lupin's name in his presence.
Disappeared Dad: The Mystery of Mamo reveals that Zenigata actually has a daughter, who probably doesn't get to see her father much as he's obsessed with capturing Lupin. In contrast, The Woman Called Fujiko Mine has Zenigata act as surrogate father to Canon Foreigner Oscar, who returns the favor by being gayer than Waylon Smithers.
Famous Ancestor: Zenigata is descended from Heiji Zenigata, an Edo-era detective featured in a popular Japanese novel, film, and TV series. His ancestor was known for throwing coins, but the modern Zenigata throws handcuffs instead.
When he was kicked off the Lupin case during Voyage to Danger, his first action was to find Lupin's secret hideout (which he did in less than an hour) and warn them of the plan to execute the Lupin gang.
The feeling's mutual; while they may be on opposite sides of the law and he may bust his balls on occasion, Lupin genuinely respects Zenigata and has actual friendly affection for him. So much so that, on occasions where a villain actually hurts Zenigata in any way, Lupin will make sure the villain pays a thousandfold. He wouldn't have anyone else chasing him.
Lupin has gone on record stating that although Zenigata has thus far failed to (permanently) capture him he's certainly the best there is and probably will succeed... eventually.
Foe Romance Subtext: The subtext between Lupin and Zenigata comes primarily from Zenigata's statements. Even some of the other characters will Lampshade how sexual some of Zenigata's comments get.
Hero Antagonist: Zenigata is primarily presented as the Antagonist to Villain Protagonist Lupin. His role is to capture the criminal thief, and take him to jail to await trial. Whether or not he hopes Lupin will receive Life imprisonment or death penalty, varies on the story.
Idiot Ball: He's a great detective, and gets far closer to catching Lupin than anyone else. But when the plot (or at least the Rule of Funny) requires it, his competence can plummet quickly.
Large Ham: "Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup-onnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!"
Last Name Basis: His first name is rarely mentioned (it's "Kouichi"). Everybody usually refers to him as Zenigagta-keibu ("Inspector Zenigata"), except for Lupin, who refers to him as tottsan ("Pops" or "Old Man").
Overshadowed by Awesome: His constant failures catching Lupin tend to have Interpol brass (and some fans) wondering how he keeps his job. The answer is all of the other criminals he manages to put away while chasing the master thief around. Any normal detective would never get within 500 feet of Lupin.
Smoking Is Cool: Zenigata prefers Shinsei. The only Japanese brand in the group.
Trademark Favorite Food: Zenigata's diet leaves a lot to be desired: it basically consists of boiled ramen noodles and black coffee. Probably justified in that his constant pursuit of Lupin doesn't allow him much time to have a decent meal. When he DOES have time to eat more than usual, he's a Big Eater.
Zenigata's subordinates from the Japanese police force are the most loyal, dedicated group of police officers ever, and will ALWAYS follow Zenigata's hunches. They're so loyal, if Zenigata defies orders from Interpol, they WILL follow him, consequences be damned.
Not only the Japanese ones, as shown in Voyage to Danger: when Zenigata was pulled from the case and told this to the by-the-book Italian cops at his orders, they packed and returned home, letting a trapped and desperate Lupin go because that would have meant that Zenigata wasn't the one catching him.
Worthy Opponent: Inspector Zenigata and Lupin the Third have an intense rivalry that is based on their Criminal and Cop relationship. Zenigata views Lupin as a worthy opponent, because aside from Lupin, Zenigata is able to capture any criminal he sets his eyes on. Lupin has affectionate nicknames for the old policeman, while eliminating people who he actually considers dangerous. This doesn't stop him from mocking the cop at every opportunity, but he seems to do so more from love than from hatred, despite the fact that the two are near-mortal enemies. The respect between them forms an unstated Gentleman's Agreement where neither attempts to deliberately harm the other.