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it consists just of Lupin, Jigen, Goemon, and sometimes 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. However, these are almost always not their initial motivation, and simply things that pop up during a caper that they then feel obligated to finish.
- Badass Crew: The thieving subtrope.
- Bavarian Fire Drill: An expert.
- 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. Jigen stands out from the group as having the highest body count of dead lovers. Not just Put on a Bus, they're likely to get a dramatic death scene. Yet another reason to be a He-Man Woman Hater.
- Dream Team: The best thief, most deadly assassin, fastest gunslinger, and most beautiful woman team up.
- Four-Man Band:
- The Butt-Monkey: Inspector Zenigata, because especially in the Lupin III (Red Jacket) series, his role is to be humiliated by Lupin.
- Only Sane Man: Jigen keeps the most level head, and snarks instead of gasping at the other characters.
- The Pervert: Lupin is the pervert of the group. Depending on the story, his actions may be more or less explicit.
- The Smart Guy: Goemon has his head in the clouds, and gets into humiliating situations because of that, not any perceived intelligence gap.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: It's because the characters have a consistent interaction that makes them function in nearly any setting or plot.
- 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.
- Leukine: Whatever Damsel in Distress is around, including Fujiko, if the writers forgot her spunk.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Apathetic: Fujiko has probably already betrayed the group at this point, and is about to beg Lupin to forgive her. Even the Optimist knows she'll betray them again.
- 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.
- 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.
- Multiple-Choice Past: The Lupin III franchise operates on a Negative Continuity basis, so characters have whatever backstory the writers feel like giving them. However, the writers do agree on some general principles, in a Broad Strokes sort of storytelling convention that explains the crew's Characterization Marches On as acknowledged Character Development.
- Outlaw Couple: Lupin III and Fujiko. Their relationship is really an on and off romance with more than a little Belligerent Sexual Tension, but characterized by their love of theft. Lupin will do anything to keep Fujiko safe, instantly forgives her betrayals, but will just as eagerly turn any of her scams right back at her. They've even knocked boots on multiple occasions. Word of God is that both of them are more than satisfied with their Friendly Rivalry.Monkey Punch: Actually, it's kind of interesting. I think men and women in general as... rather than saying tease, say they enjoy each other... using their weapons against each other, but in an enjoyable way. That's how I think of that.
- 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 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.
Arsène Lupin III
Japanese Voice Actors: Yasuo Yamada (1971-1994), Kan'ichi Kurita (1995-present), Nachi Nozawa & Taichirou Hirokawa (1969 Pilot Film), Toshio Furukawa (Fuma Conspiracy)
Japanese Live-Action Actor: Shun Oguri (2014 film)
English Voice Actors: James Keating (Toho dub of Mamo), Bob Bergen (Streamline dubs), David Hayter (Manga/Animaze dub of Cagliostro), Tony Oliver (Red Jacket and Geneon dub of Mamo, dub of Part 4), Sonny Strait (everything Funimation dubbed), Robin Robertson (Fuma Conspiracy), William Dufris (Manga UK dubs), Keith Silverstein (Jigen's Gravestone)
Castilian Spanish Voice Actors: Ángel Sacristán (Telecinco dub), Txema Moscoso (Telecinco dub, second season, and Liberty movie), Anselmo Herrero (Animax dub), Juan Navarro (Animax dub, second season), Ricky Coello (Cagliostro and Fuma movies), Pepe Carabias (Babylon movie), Roger Pera (2015 film)
Latin-American Spanish Voice Actors: Víctor Mares Jr. (Green Jacket series), Ricardo Tejedo (Fukusei Ningen movie onwards)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.
- Favored weapon: His Walther P38 pistol.
- Favored cigarettes: Gitanes Caporal.
- Adaptational Heroism: The version in the original manga was a straight up Villain Protagonist who was Darker and Edgier compared to other incarnations. Later versions were more Chaotic Neutral rogues that willingly allied with Zenigata if there were a great evil opposing both parties. Up to Eleven with the version in The Castle of Cagliostro, who's a straight up hero compared to other versions.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Manga Lupin is much more… sexually-motivated than his anime counterpart.
- Animal Motifs: Frequently associated with monkeys, likely due to his appearance and mischievous nature (as well as being a not-so-subtle reference to the author of the manga).
- 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 wagers 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…
- Catch-Phrase: Lupin's most common farewell...a sarcastic "Catch ya LAY-ter!" .
- The Charmer: Although his success is a bit variable.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: When Lupin bears one of these, something is about to go down.
- Chivalrous Pervert: In the anime. The manga incarnation goes way further in matters of perversion, to the point that he's a Casanova Wannabe. This trait is a victim of the Tone Shift in the franchise.
- Combat Pragmatist: He isn't interested in "playing by the rules" of fair combat, and will steal your clothes if it makes you less effective as a fighter.
- Crazy-Prepared: Lupin has pulled out a third or even fourth backup plan when plans A-C have failed.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He usually relies on the villain of the story seeing how foolish he acts and attribute Lupin's success to luck. That amount of luck takes planning.
- Depending on the Artist: Gets hit by this the most after Fujiko. His jacket (Red, Green, Pink, or Blue). 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.
- Determinator: He always gets what he's after. No matter the challenges he has to overcome, they will be left in ruins by the time he's walking away with the treasure.
- Dressing as the Enemy: His favorite disguise has always been that of his arch-nemesis, Inspector Zenigata, which incenses Zenigata to no end.
- Dub Name Change:
- In France he's called Edgar de la Cambriole, as Arsène Lupin was under copyright in France until 2012.
- 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" (a literal romanization of the katakana that make up his name).note Lupin would not get his proper name in English until Manga Entertainment's dub of Cagliostro in 2000.
- As the DVD commentary for Cagliostro points out, while it's assumed that he has the same first name as his grandfather, Lupin's first name is never mentioned in the original Japanese; he's always just "Lupin III". However, English releases (most notably Tokyopop's translation of the manga and some of the Funimation-released specials) invariably give his first name as "Arsène".
- 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 to it when it's a pretty lady.
- Enemy Mine: Inspector Zenigata (because of his dogged pursuit of Lupin and his well-developed sense of justice) is often used as a tool, explicitly or not, to collect villains who find themselves opposing Lupin.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Lupin is a notorious criminal, but the animated versions of the character refuse to kill innocents, and usually help out those less fortunate. In every incarnation, Lupin takes perverse pleasure in taking down criminals who are guilty of much worse crimes. During "Blue Jacket", Lupin goes undercover at an Italian high school in order to recover a lost diamond. After finding out that several of the teachers are being extorted by local mafia thugs, he engineers a situation that results in the gangsters getting arrested before they can harm their intended victims.
- Everyone Went to School Together: According to the original manga, Lupin first met Zenigata in college. And they didn't get along then, either.
- Fatal Flaw: His infatuation with women, especially Fujiko, often lands him in undesirable situations.
- Forgot Flanders Could Do That: Lupin's sword skills rarely come up (one instance was during the Goemon introduction arc in the manga), so when they do get a showcase moment, it's downright astonishing.
- Friendly Enemy: Lupin loves Zenigata like the well meaning and bumbling uncle he never had, despite Zenigata's endless quest to make Lupin pay for his crimes.
- Friend to All Children: In the manga, he's shown to be protective of children. He's shown rescuing one belonging to an enemy, traverses a building filled with assassins trying to kill one (he even gives the kid a piggyback ride). In the anime, he's generally annoyed with them at first, but starts to grow attached.
- 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 (except Fujiko).
- Identical Grandson: At least he claims to be. The anime supports this. The manga never shows Lupin the First as anything but a Dirty Old Man, but it does suggest The Third looks a lot like The Second.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Lupin is probably the second-best shot in the world. Lucky for him, he has #1 working for him (that'd be Jigen).
- Indy Ploy: Lupin doesn't like admitting that he's making up his plans while executing them. When he does admit it, it's usually funny.*the crew are in a helicopter trying to steal the Corcovado Christ and the Brazilian military is shooting at them*
Fujiko: (worried) "Lupin, you wouldn't happen to have a backup backup plan, would you?"
Lupin: (snarkily) "Oh sure. Just turn around while I pull it out of the usual place!"
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Depending on the Writer, but Lupin is pretty consistently portrayed as a scoundrel with a genuine soft-spot for people in need.
- Just Like Robin Hood: Well, sometimes…
- Kavorka Man: Goes hand in hand with Depending on the Artist. He's a serial womanizer, but while some adaptations portray him as a suave and good-looking man, others instead emphasize his more cartoonish aspects and make him look incredibly goofy. No matter how he looks, though, he always does well with the ladies.
- 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 Badass Phantom Thief. It continues in his illegitimate son (manga-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: He's almost always referred to as either "Lupin III" or just "Lupin".
- Latex Perfection: When he needs to wear a mask, they're of this quality.
- Limited Wardrobe: Although the color of his clothes may change, his "casual" wear is always the same style. Therefore, fans tend to identify him by the color of his suit jacket.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: At least in the anime, his sex drive is lovable (if the focus really has an issue, Lupin will back off).
- Loveable Rogue: His flippant treatment of the law is from him seeking a challenge.
- Made of Iron: Particularly in the manga. He's frequently subjected to blows to the head, Non-Fatal Explosions, falling from great heights, and other Amusing Injuries.
- Master of Disguise: His skinny body enables him to easily impersonate heavier subjects by padding disguises, usually filling them with gadgets and surprises in the process. He can even perfectly imitate voices.
- 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.
- Nonchalant Dodge: Lupin isn't too strong - he's wiry and agile, and his fighting style is to dodge until he sees an opening to attack and escape, or just plain escape. He can even dodge Goemon's sword slashes on his best days.
- No Pronunciation Guide: A common complaint with Funimation's dubs of the TV specials is that Lupin's name is pronounced "Loo-pin" instead of the more correct "Loo-pahn" used in the Manga and Geneon dubs.note
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He sometimes appears incompetent, but mostly as a charade to catch his opponents off guard. Even to his own gang on occasion, much to their annoyance.
- Omniglot: Almost any language the gang encounters, Lupin speaks or at least gets by. This includes several computer languages.
- In "Red Jacket" alone, Lupin can be assumed to be fluent in Japanese, English, and French, with at least a working knowledge of Italian, German, and Russian.
- In Cagliostro, his note to the Count is written in French, he understands Capraan (a dead language), and knows enough Italian and/or Latin to successfully impersonate an archbishop.
- In "Blue Jacket" he proves himself perfectly fluent in Italian and French.
- 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.
- Renaissance Man: He has a vast array of skills, including being a formidable engineer and an olympionic-level athlete, impersonation, deep knowledge of the arts, and many, many others.
- 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.
- Unknown Rival: Lupin and Fujiko are uniquely mutual examples of unexpected rivalry. Although it is usually a Mandatory Twist Ending for Fujiko to betray (anyone, including) Lupin, there are cases where Lupin refuses to give her the prize at the end. More rarely, he may have planned for her to trick him, having a contingency in place, surprising her.
- Villain Protagonist: It was most obvious in the Manga, but this is a thief that we're praising. He takes people's money on a whim, and the safer you try to keep it, the more likely he'll go after it.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: He's not above disguising as a woman in order to get close to his target. It backfired hilariously once.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: A recurring but somewhat obscure character trait Lupin has is that he's afraid of octopuses. This is directly shown in the second episode of the first show and referenced once or twice in the second ("I like pretty girls, but I hate killers and octopuses!") as well as in Legend of the Gold of Babylon.
Japanese Live-Action Actor: Tetsuji Tamayama (2014 film)
English Voice Actors: Cliff Harrington (Toho dub of Mamo), Steve Bulen (Streamline dubs), Richard Epcar (Geneon dubs of Red Jacket and Mamo, dub of Part 4), Christopher Sabat (everything Funimation dubbed), John Snyder (Manga/Animaze dub of Cagliostro), Sean P. O'Connell (Fuma), Eric Meyers (Manga UK dubs), Dan Woren (Jigen's Gravestone)
Castilian Spanish Voice Actors: Miguel Ángel del Hoyo (Telecinco dub), Juan Pascual (Telecinco dub, second season), José María Regalado (Animax dub), Íker Muñoz (Animax dub, second season), Jordi Ribes (Cagliostro and Fuma movies), José María Cordero (Babylon movie), Hernán Fernández (2015 movie)
Latin-American Spanish Voice Actors: Leonardo Araujo (Green Jacket series), Juan Alfonso Carralero (Fukusei Ningen movie onwards)noteLupin'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.
"May I remind you the last time she brought us a good deal was never?"
- Favored weapon: His Smith & Wesson Model 19 revolver, although, as the resident gun expert in Lupin's team, he'll use a variety of firearms as the caper demands.
- Favored cigarettes: Switches between Marlboro Boxed and Pall Mall Longs.
- Afraid of Doctors: Regular doctors he's fine with, but he hates going to the dentist. Given that he's once been attacked by a venomous snake, and also had a car crash into the dentist's room with him, it may be justified.
- Ammunition Backpack: Has been used on occasion, most notably in the The Columbus Files.
- Badass Beard: A sign of how down and dirty he is compared to his clean-shaven counterpart Goemon.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Jigen is a professional, and he always looks the part.
- 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.
- While "Jigen" is a Japanese word, it's not one used as a family name; it means "dimension".
- 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 once shown to need his hat to help his amazing targeting skills, and the trait has stuck out with the American fandom.
- Cigarette of Anxiety: Jigen inverts the idea. The cool gunman is only smoking when he's relaxed (He's nearly always relaxed). Putting the cigarette out if the situation is getting tense/excited.
- Cold Sniper: Jigen is as proficient with a sniper rifle as he is with his trademark handgun. So if Lupin wants that target down…
- Deadpan Snarker: Easily the biggest one of the gang. Just look at his quote.
- Depending on the Writer: Jigen has remained the most consistent character throughout all of the manga and anime incarnations, but even his character has some flexibility. The most prominent example of this is his backstory, and the implication that Jigen is American. Sometimes it's not even hinted at at all, while other times it's made explicit that he is American (such as the Geneon dub of The Mystery of Mamo, where he's notably offended at being called a Democrat). note
- Dub Name Change:
- In France, he's known as either Isidore or Auguste.
- In Toho's English dub of Mystery of Mamo, he's known as Dan Dunn.
- In the Cliff Hanger arcade game, he was renamed Jeff.
- In the first series's Spanish dub, he was known as Óscar.
- Eye-Obscuring Hat: His hat casts a deep shadow over his eyes.
- Fedoras Do Something Unusual: He once said he uses his iconic fedora to help with his aim.
- Fedora of Asskicking: Jigen's dark fedora. Combined with his slouch, it looks like he's always taking a nap.
- The Gunslinger: Indicated to be a better shot than Lupin. See also James Coburn.
- Heartbroken Badass: Jigen's love life never goes well… as in, any woman who shows an interest in him will probably end up dead, possibly by his hand. The first time we actually get to see Jigen have a life, she turns out to be a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing (using Jigen to get rid of Lupin). Jigen gets over it pretty quickly though.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He's Lupin's most constant and reliable companion.
- 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 times in the second). 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 materials 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. He also seems to like to place hats on his head that are not his fedora (and sometimes on top of his fedora!), usually for comedic effect, like when he wears Clarisse's crown on top of his fedora in The Castle of Cagliostro or a samurai helmet in The Fuma Conspiracy.
- Nice Hat: One of the most iconic in animation history (to the point he even got a Shout-Out in an early TMS-animated episode of Animaniacs).
- Only Sane Man: Jigen is the most level-headed of Lupin's gang, and is most often the one snarking about what a fine mess they've gotten into. While Goemon superficially is more serious, he actually has loads of moments of goofiness and impropriety(especially amongst women), and Lupin... is Lupin. Jigen's also the first to remind everyone that teaming up with Fujiko brings them nothing but grief.
- 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.
- Sarcastic Devotee: He is not afraid to give Lupin a piece of his mind, but he'd never abandon him.
- Sharp Dressed Man: Despite the perpetual Slouch of Villainy, his suits are worn even under scuba gear. The fedora covering his eyes is an important aspect, acting as Cool Shades for him.
- Smoking Is Cool: Only smokes when he's relaxed. If he's getting tense, Jigen will put it out. His favorite brand is Pall Mall (Longs).
- Stealth Hi/Bye: But not quite Lupin's level. By himself, it usually only happens when he suddenly reveals himself by walking out of the shadows. To disappear, he usually needs to be with Lupin.
Goemon Ishikawa XIII
Japanese Voice Actors: Makio Inoue (1977-2011), Daisuke Namikawa (2011-present), Chikao Ohtsuka (1971-2), Goro Naya/Osamu Kobayashi (1969 Pilot Film), Kaneto Shiozawa (Fuma Conspiracy)
Japanese Live-Action Actor: Gō Ayano (2014 film)
English Voice Actors: William Ross (Toho dub of Mamo), Steve Kramer (all Streamline dubs except Mamo), Ardwight Chamberlain (Streamline dub of Mamo)note , Michael Gregory (Manga/Animaze dub of Cagliostro)note , Mike McFarland (Funimation dubs), Lex Lang ("Red Jacket" and Geneon dub of Mamo, dub of Part 4), Mark Franklin (Fuma Conspiracy), Garrick Hagen (Manga UK dubs)
Castilian Spanish Voice Actors: Alberto Escobal (Animax dub), José María Carrero (Animax dub, second season), José Posada (Cagliostro movie), Álvaro María Sánchez (Liberty movie), Juan Antonio Bernal (Fuma movie), David Jenner (2015 movie)
Latin-American Spanish Voice Actors: Juan Zadala (Green Jacket series), Armando Coria (Fukusei Ningen movie onwards)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.
- Favored weapon: His sword, called Zantetsuken (or Nagareboshi in the manga)
- Favored cigarettes: None. Goemon doesn't smoke cigarettes. He smokes kizami tobacco out of a traditional kiseru Japanese pipe instead.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Lampshaded in the sword's anime incarnation; the name Zantetsuken translates as "Iron-Cutting Sword". If the sword is unable to cut something, it becomes a plot point.
- Exactly why the sword has such incredible cutting power varies, due to Broad Strokes continuity. Lupin III: Episode 0: First Contact and Lupin III: Dragon of Doom both explain that the Zantetsuken is made out of a mysterious alloy. Lupin III (Green Jacket) explains that the three famous swords of Japanese past (Murasame, Masumare, Ken) were reforged into this one sword, and it is their spirit that makes it so powerful. In the manga, it's said to be made of a rare steel alloy produced from meteoric iron that is almost indestructible, though apparently the metal can cut itself.
- Ambiguously Brown: Goemon was portrayed with tan skin early on for the original manga series and the pilot, had pale skin for the first TV series, and then went tan again for the first Lupin movie, The Mystery of Mamo, which was based on the original manga art. The second TV series returned to the pale tone, and he has kept it ever since. The argument would be because Goemon's nationality (Japanese) is the only one known of the gang and so it makes him stand out more ethnically.
- Bishie Sparkle: Happened in one episode of the second TV series. And he got wings, too. Seriously.
- Bishōnen: Although it varies from artist-to-artist.
- Blade Spam: Goemon is able to make attacks pseudo-simultaneous slashes - 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.
- Catch-Phrase: "Once again I have cut a worthless object".
- The Comically Serious: This guy is always serious. Always. Even when everyone else isn't.
- Culture Equals Costume: Goemon is immediately identifiable as Japanese based on his unusual clothing.
- 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, which solidified from the Red Jacket series onwards. Aside from that, he is the second most consistent character.
- Dub Name Change:
- In France, he's called Yokitori.
- In the first Spanish dub, he is called Francis Ishikawa.
- In the Toho and Manga UK english dubs for The Mystery of Mamo, he's simply called Samurai.
- Everything's Better with Samurai: Goemon's reason for being one in modern-day society. In Real Life, it was Monkey Punch's reason for adding him to the gang.
- Famous Ancestor: The modern Goemon is descended from Ishikawa Goemon, an honorable thief of Sengoku-era Japan who is the subject of kabuki plays and other media.
- Friend to All Living Things: He once refused to cut down a huge crocodile when he and Jigen fell into a trap pit. However, he managed to wrestle it and tie it up with his kimono.
- Full Potential Upgrade: Goemon originally kept breaking swords with his slicing technique.
- Fundoshi: The highly traditional Goemon wouldn't wear anything else. Even if the gang is swimming with scuba tanks, Goemon will opt for the simple cloth instead of the wetsuit.
- Hypocrite: Like Jigen, he criticizes Lupin for to be too weak with women...when he is not so better.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: Goemon is supposed to be a master of many fighting styles, but the most common thing we see is the near-instant draw-and-slice of his katana.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: It would be shorter to list what Goemon can't do with his sword. On top of that, he seems able to choose what it cuts.
- Kimono Is Traditional: Always seen in a kimono, hakama, and straw sandals, reflecting his Samurai honor and traditional ways. The only times he ever wears modern clothing is as part of a disguise.
- Last-Name Basis: Bizarrely averted. Despite being the most formal (and Japanese) character in the series, Goemon Ishikawa XIII is referred to almost exclusively by his given name.
- Limited Wardrobe: The colors of his kimono and hakama change, and that's about it.
- Lotus Position: Goemon's most oft-seen pastime is meditation; during inactive moments, even with potential danger near, he is usually seated on the floor with legs crossed, eyes closed.
- Luminescent Blush: Modest to the point of prudery, he always reacts this way to displays of female skin (while covering his eyes). Villainesses have been known to use this against him.
- Mr. Fanservice: Goemon prefers to swim in nothing more than a Fundoshi.
- No Smoking: Goemon is the only main character who has not been seen smoking in the anime. In the manga, however, he's seen occasionally with a pipe.
- Not So Stoic: He fears sultry women will distract him from his training, and tends to blush or flee when any woman puts him in a less than modest situation.
- Parrying Bullets: Goemon has this as one of his signature moves; he can not only block automatic fire, he can cut the bullets in half as well.
- Picky Eater: In some installments, Goemon is unwilling to eat anything other than Japanese food.
- Reverse Grip: Goemon's standard method of grip. He can wield the katana in both hands, but usually he holds the sheath in his left, and the katana in his right, the same grip for each.
- Ronin: Particularly in the movies & specials, he's usually found wandering somewhere before Lupin contacts him. Training.
- Samurai: A bit of Insistent Terminology in the franchise. For the purpose of this wiki, he fits the Ronin subtrope only, but since everyone in-universe calls him a samurai, he's listed twice.
- Spider-Sense: In the second TV series and a couple of the TV specials, Zantetsuken occasionally acquired a "shadow of death" on the blade, warning Goemon of major danger ahead.
- The Stoic: His default emotional state.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: His original motivation for joining Lupin's gang. Has pretty much since fallen by the wayside.
- The Quiet One: Usually, though sometimes he's more of The Stoic.
- Thunderbolt Iron: The manga origin story for his sword. Lampshaded in its manga name, Nagareboshi.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Goemon's Absurdly Sharp Blade has cut through four-foot-thick trees, armored cars, main battle tanks, buildings, and freaking lightning bolts, but will be stopped dead by konnyaku gel (or whatever the plot of the episode requires).
Japanese Voice Actresses: Eiko Masuyama (1969, 1977-2011), Yukiko Nikaido (1971-2), Miyuki Sawashiro (2011-present), Mami Koyama (Fuma Conspiracy)
Japanese Live-Action Actor: Meisa Kuroki (2014 film)
English Voice Actresses: Patricia Kobayashi (Toho dub of Mamo), Michelle Ruff (Geneon dubs of Red Jacket and Mamo, The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, Part 4), Meredith McCoy (all Funimation dubs except Fujiko Mine), Dorothy Elias Fahn (Manga dub of Cagliostro), Edie Mirman (Streamline dubs), Michele Seidman (Fuma Conspiracy), Toni Barry (Manga UK dubs), Cristina Valenzuela (Jigen's Gravestone)
Castilian Spanish Voice Actresses: Alicia Etxebarría (Telecinco dub, second season, first part), Luz Emparanza (Telecinco dub, second season, second part), Pilar Ferrero (Animax dub), Raquel Martín (Animax dub, second season), María Pilar Quesada (Cagliostro movie), Laura Palacios (Babylon movie), Mónica Erdozia (Liberty movie), María Luisa Roseelló (Fuma movie), Isabel Valls (2015 movie)
Latin-American Spanish Voice Actors: Erika Araujo Robledo (Green Jacket series), Laura Ayala (Fukusei Ningen movie onwards)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.
- Favored weapon: FN Model 1910 pistol, though she also favors a variety of machine guns and explosives.
- Favored cigarettes: More International Menthols.
- Ace Pilot: Like the other members of Lupin's team, she is able to pilot virtually any land, sea, or air vehicle, with her personal preference being a conventional Kawasaki motorcycle.
- Action Girl: Although it varies. Early on, she was often a Damsel in Distress, but in recent years, she's revealed superb martial arts skills (beyond to be highly skilled with a gun), capable of rendering an attacker twice her weight unconscious with a single blow.
- In Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, her skills as a thief, fighter, and seductress have been improved so that she can take the lead role.
- Adaptational Heroism: She's much more heroic in The Castle of Cagliostro, to the point of being In-Name-Only personality-wise.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair and appearance always changes throughout the series. She often bounces from long auburn to brown hair. In The Castleof Cagliostro and Lupin III: The Secret of Twilight Gemini, she sports unusual blonde hair.
- Animal Motifs: Butterflies and peacocks in The Woman Called Fujiko Mine.
- Biker Babe: Fujiko drives motorcycles when she's not riding with the men. Oftentimes, her abilities in this field are, if not key, a deciding factor in the situation.
- Bi the Way: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine sees her humoring the advances of Schoolgirl Lesbians.
- 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.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: The Distaff Counterpart to Lupin, Fujiko is seductive, alluring, and just as devious a thief as he is. This aspect of the character gets really played up in her series.
- Combat Pragmatist: Perhaps even more so than Lupin. The second live action movie captures this perfectly during her fight with Maria, where they're evenly matched for a while, then Fujiko gets a slight advantage and uses it to shoot her opponent, much to her shock as she dies.
- Damsel in Distress: She is often kidnapped by the Villain of the Week in tv series (while in the movies this role more often goes to the female lead created for the film). Special mention to Lupin III: The Columbus Files special where she suffer amnesia and finds herself terrified of situations she's usually accustomed to.
- Damsel out of Distress: Any villain who takes Fujiko hostage and is foolish enough to either leave her unattended, or fall for her feminine wiles, will usually find out just how helpless she isn't.
- Dark Action Girl: Sometimes, though mainly in Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine.
- Deadpan Snarker: Towards Lupin, when he (unsuccessfully) tries flirting with her.
- Depending on the Writer: The worst of the five. Fujiko's loyalty, attitude, interest in Lupin, and tendency to keep her clothes on change dramatically between iterations.
- Depending on the Artist: Fujiko has undergone the most redesigns of any of the Lupin characters, to the point that it's pretty much a running joke among the fanbase.
- It's commonly accepted by fans that the way a new animation team puts their mark on the franchise is by redesigning Fujiko.
- Despite Fujiko's differing designs, each iteration of the character has one thing in common… well, two.
- Double Entendre: Her name translates as "Twin Peaks".
- Dressing as the Enemy: Almost as often and as well as Lupin.
- Dub Name Change:
- In France, she's called Magali.
- In Italy, she was called Margo, but only in "Red Jacket"; every other entry in the franchise keeps her original name.
- Toho's English dub of The Mystery of Mamo changed her name to Margot.
- In the first Spanish dub, she was called Patricia.
- Easily Forgiven: Despite her repeated betrayals, Lupin continues to blindly trust her.
- Even the Girls Want Her: As Cicciolina from The Woman Called Fujiko Mine is helpful enough to point out.Cicciolina: What a beautiful body. Men would... No, even women would surely become enslaved by it.
- This extends to real life as well. In a poll conducted among Japanese lesbians about which anime character they'd want as a girlfriend, Fujiko was in the Top 5 responses.
- Expy: Of the Bond Girls, originally.
- Femme Fatale: She isn't a Black Widow, but Lupin is only one of many boyfriends that she strings along, until they've given her everything they have.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: The fact that she practically lives to cause trouble for the gang makes her this. Lupin is the only one that actually wants her around, owing to his being a Chivalrous Pervert that sincerely cares for her. Goemon and Jigen on the other hand don't trust her any further than they can throw her, with Jigen often trying to get out of heists the minute he finds out she's involved.
- Immortality Seeker: Fujiko has sought to obtain immortality on several occasions, most notably in The Mystery of Mamo. However, her desire for eternal youth is often tempered by her care for Lupin.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Her abilities are right up there with the guys.
- 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.
- Hell, in the newest series, her hair actually has a blond-to-brunette-to-red blend effect!◊
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: She has spent many a gun battle fighting in an evening dress.
- Last-Name Basis: Averted. She is almost always referred to by her given name, even by outside clients. Not an Example, but listed here for clarification.
- Lovable Traitor: Generally, Lupin finds her treachery to be part of her charm, but not always.
- Master of Disguise: Hard to tell, but she does use some of the same tricks as Lupin, at least.
- Meaningful Name: As mentioned under Double Entendre, her name means "Twin Peaks", and her large breasts are just about the only consistent element in her character design.
- Ms. Fanservice: To the audience and to Lupin.
- For a good example, the first time we see her in the The Mystery of Mamo, she's taking a shower.
- Lupin III: The Secret of Twilight Gemini has two Sexy Discretion Shots and instances of near-full-frontal nudity with her.
- Read the manga and count how many times her clothes get torn off. There are stories where she spends the entire time naked.
- Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine has Fujiko get naked practically every episode. Not counting the opening sequences.
- Omniglot: Nearly as much of one as Lupin.
- One can infer she speaks English, French, and Japanese fluently, and is probably proficient in several other languages.
- In Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, Fujiko demonstrates the ability to speak English or German, in addition to her native Japanese.
- Proud Beauty: She knows she's hot and has no qualms exploiting it to the hilt to get what she wants.
- Really Gets Around: She can be very promiscuous when necessary to complete a job, and has kissed and even slept with different men for information or to escape a situation.
- The Rival: To Lupin. In the TV series Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, Lupin specifically designates Fujiko to be his rival as a way to solve his boredom with being an unstoppable master thief.
- Shower Scene: Often, especially in the movies.
- Smoking Is Cool: Her favorite brand is Moa menthols. She occasionally uses a cigarette holder.
- The Smurfette Principle: There have been plenty of female characters in Lupin III over the decades, but she's the only one to appear in every version of the franchise.
- Spy Catsuit: One of Fujiko's outfits is a black leather spy catsuit which she frequently doesn't zip up all the way. Also applies to her leather zip-up motorcycle outfits.
- The Tease: She is a perennial tease. Her favorite method of persuasion with Lupin is seduce him promising a "reward" that he difficult will get.
- Unknown Rival: Lupin and Fujiko are uniquely mutual examples of unexpected rivalry. Although it is usually a Mandatory Twist Ending for Fujiko to betray (anyone, including) Lupin, there are cases where Lupin refuses to give her the prize at the end. More rarely, he may have planned for her to trick him, having a contingency in place, surprising her.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Ms. Mine usually dresses in the height of fashion, with formal gowns and fine jewelry her trademark; when informal, she typically wears outfits that accentuate her robust figure.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: She often hide things (microfilm, diamonds) "down there". Examples:
- The first opening sequence for the Lupin III (Red Jacket) series shows Fujiko dropping a diamond ring in her bikini top.
- An episode of the second series has Fujiko in disguise, only for Zenigata to see right through it. After revealing her, the first place he looks for a hidden microphone is in her cleavage. And he's right.
- Another episode of the second series has a giant Fujiko tuck a normal-sized Lupin into her cleavage for safe keeping. It Makes Sense in Context.
- On one occasion she was being chased while on a bike. She reacted by unzipping her suit and pulling a sub-machine gun from there.
Inspector Koichi Zenigata
Japanese Voice Actors: Goro Naya (1971-2011), Koichi Yamadera (2011-present), Shinsuke Chikaishi/Chikao Ohtsuka (1969 Pilot Film), Seizo Kato (Fuma Conspiracy)
Japanese Live-Action Actors: Ryohei Suzuki (TV series), Tadanobu Asano (2014 film)
English Voice Actors: Greg Starr (Toho dub of Mamo), David Povall (Streamline dubs), Kevin Seymour (Manga/Animaze Cagliostro dub), Dan Martin (Red Jacket and Geneon dub of Mamo) Philip Wilburn (all Funimation dubs except Fujiko Mine), Richard Epcar (Fujiko Mine and Jigen's Gravestone), Marc Matney (Fuma Conspiracy), Sean Barrett (Manga UK dubs), Doug Erholtz (Part 4)
Castilian Spanish Voice Actors: Luis Mas (Telecinco dub), Mario Hernández (Telecinco dub, second season), Víctor Prieto (Animax dub), Ángel Rodríguez (Animax dub, second season), Rafael Calvo (Cagliostro movie), Juan Carlos Lóriz (Liberty movie), Juan José Moscoso (Fuma movie), Xavier Fernández (2015 movie)
Latin-American Spanish Voice Actors: ?? (Green Jacket series), Luis Daniel Ramírez (Fukusei Ningen movie onwards)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.
"Stop, Lupin! You're under arrest!"
- Favored weapon: Colt M1911A1 pistol and chucking handcuffs, often joined to a cable on his wrist.
- Favored cigarettes: Shinsei.
- Adaptation Name Change: An early chapter of the manga has him introducing himself as "Heitaro Zenigata".
- Age Lift: Due to the original manga showing him and Lupin as being classmates in college, it's assumed that they're around the same age, unlike in the anime, where Zenigata is older to the point of Lupin giving him the Affectionate Nickname of "Tottsan".
- 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".
- Antagonist in Mourning:
- 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.
- 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).
- By-the-Book Cop: Quite possibly the world's most honest cop. During the Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine anime, he bent the rules a lot, but his memory of a young Oscar was what kept him from becoming a Corrupt Cop.
- Catch-Phrase: "Lupin, you're under arrest!" (even if he's arresting someone else).
- Chained Heat: Zenigata's favorite weapon? Thrown handcuffs.
- 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.
- Clothes Make the Legend: Hat and suit, plus trenchcoat. The colors may change from era to era, but the style is so closely associated with Zenigata that it's impossible to put a police officer character in that outfit and not have it appear to be a parody.
- Cool Old Guy: Zenigata is significantly older than Lupin, up to twice his age (though it's hard to tell). 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 Zenigata is. Even at his worst, he's a man old enough to be Lupin's father, who manages to follow him around the world! He's an unstoppable globe-trotting hardass, and can take down anything less competent than the Lupin gang fast.
- 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. Fans have speculated that the reason he's allowed to stay on the Lupin case despite multiple failures is because he arrests the other criminals that show up in Lupin's wake, which would give him an amazing arrest record even with the glaring Lupin-shaped blemish.
- Depending on the Writer: Zenigata's competency is the main variable, once he's in the same general region as the Lupin gang. Is he a bumbling idiot, or a worthy rival to Lupin?
- The Determinator: The one aspect of his character that absolutely does not change from writer to writer. Zenigata has, from the perspective of other characters and on repeated occasions, come back from the dead because someone mentioned Lupin's name in his presence. The man doesn't give up so much as temporarily fall behind Lupin, and then usually only because Refuge in Audacity briefly overcame Properly Paranoid.
- 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.
- Dub Name Change:
- In France, he's Inspector Gaston Lacogne.
- In Toho's English dub of Mystery Of Mamo, he's Detective Ed Scott.
- In the first Spanish dub, he was renamed as Inspector Basilio.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Largely averted inside law enforcement circles. Zenigata is well-respected as a cop (let alone an ICPO agent with jurisdiction anywhere, anytime) and if he demands help from the local police force, he will get help from the local police force. Anytime this is played straight, it's usually a sign that corruption is afoot (or he's trying to do something that is legitimately impossible, like fly from Israel to Egypt during their war. He did it anyway).
- Due to the Dead: On the occasions Zenigata has apparently died, he has received full honors from Interpol.
- Enemy Mine: Zenigata and Lupin have teamed up on multiple occasions to take down a mutual foe.
- Everyone Went to School Together: In the original manga, he and Lupin first met as students at Tozai University.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Unless Lupin wants to be captured, Zenigata can't bring him in. Even when Lupin himself can't escape, the plot will step in.
- 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.
- Flanderization: He went from being a cunning, competent rival for Lupin in the manga and early anime, to being a bumbling idiot later on. Nowadays, though, his level of competence varies.
- Friendly Enemy:
- 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.
- Guttural Growler: His live-action incarnation speaks with a harsh and grizzled tone, even when he's being nice.
- 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.
- Hero of Another Story: The 2017 live-action specials focus on how competent he really is when he's not on Lupin's trail. While pursuing him, he gets drawn into some cases that may look like Lupin's work but aren't.
- 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.
- Inspector Javert: Occasionally, and Depending on the Writer, Zenigata will ignore obviously larger and more important collars than Lupin... because they aren't Lupin.
- Interpol Special Agent: Trope Maker, in Japanese media. At least here, the justification is that chasing after Lupin requires special skills that Zenigata has in spades; there don't appear to be many other agents like him.
- Jurisdiction Friction: Typically averted, unless the local government has bigger fish to fry than a thief.
- Large Ham: "Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup-onnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!"
- Last-Name Basis: His first name is rarely mentioned (it's "Kouichi"). Everybody usually refers to him as Zenigata-keibu ("Inspector Zenigata"), except for Lupin, who refers to him as tottsan ("Pops" or "Old Man").
- Leitmotif: Zenigata has one, the "Zenigata March". It's simple enough that it can be altered to just about any mood, from "Zenigata is here and on the case" (matching every possible Depending on the Writer situation), to "your ass is grass and Zenigata's got a lawnmower".
- Limited Wardrobe: His trenchcoat and hat are constants.
- Momma's Boy: Constantly mentions his mother in Geneon's Gag Dub, to the point of being a little creepy in a couple of episodes.
- Nice Hat: He is rarely seen without his trademark fedora. Notable exceptions are a few episodes in the middle of "Green Jacket", along with the beginning of Fuma where he's shaved his head to become a monk.
- Properly Paranoid: Visually perfect disguises, complex schemes, deceptions within deceptions; Lupin uses all of these so Zenigata's paranoia is actually his experience showing.
- Spotting the Thread: Lupin calling him "Tott-san" ("Pops" or "Old Man") usually gives the thief away.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He's helped Lupin escape from other cops for this reason.
- 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, and for a while Zenigata was succeeding at that every week.
- Smoking Is Cool: Zenigata prefers Shinsei. Appropriately enough, it's the only Japanese brand in the group.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Lupin is a thief (lovable or not) who has committed crimes all around the world. Zenigata is just trying to arrest him. He's the former Trope Namer, and easily the Trope Maker as far as Anime and Manga are concerned.
- 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.
- Undying Loyalty:
- 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.
- In general, if Zenigata asks local police for help, they give him the help.
- 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 whom 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.