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Kaitou Kid/Kaito Kuroba
Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (original); Carlos Jiménez and Óscar Olivares (Detective Conan and Magic Kaito 1412 pilot dub), Alan Fernando Velásquez (Magic Kaito 1412 series) [Latin American Spanish dubs]Main Character of Magic Kaito. Eight years after his father's death, he discovers his father's identity as the original Kaitou Kid and later takes on the role himself in order to search for the gem called Pandora and stop the people who murdered his father from obtaining it.While not under the guise of Kaitou Kid, Kaito seems to be rather popular in school and likes to pull harmless pranks on people. He also loves to demonstrate his magic skills and seems to hate seeing other people upset. While good at many things, he is absolutely hopeless at ice skating, and has an unexplained extreme fear of fish.A In Detective Conan, his main job there is just to be a recurring adversary every now and then, but otherwise he isn't an important part of the story. Chapter 824, where he helps Conan fool the Black Organization into believing Shiho Miyano is dead, is the first time he explicitly takes part in a major Detective Conan plot.Mandatory naming note: He's got a huge number of layers here. Kuroba means '"black feather" - referring to flight and likely to his black hair, as well as Kid's apparent alignment according to the police. The name also possibly references magpies (birds who horde shiny objects). In a sense it is an ironic name since the Kaitou Kid is otherwise usually associated with white birds like doves. Kaito is a pun on both "kaitou" and the English "kite", which matches the appearance of his hang glider and once again refers to flight. The name Kuroba deliberately has 'black' in it as the majority of characters in Magic Kaito had colour-themed names. Still another point for the name is that 'clover' is spelled 'Kuroba' in Japanese- Kaito's monocle has a clover on it.
- The Ace: Smart, athletic, and good-looking.
- Alliterative Name: Kaito Kuroba. The same applies to his alter-ego.
- Animal Motifs: His surname (Black Feather) evokes magpies, and Kaitou Kid evokes doves.
- Anti-Hero: In his own show, Magic Kaito. He steals artifacts and causes trouble for the police (including his best friend's father), but it's all in the name of finding the people who killed his father. He also makes sure to return the artifacts he steals.
- Anti-Villain: In Detective Conan. Yes, he's a thief, but he's a noble thief. Plus, see his reason for his thefts in the above trope.
- Badass Cape: As Kaitou Kid, he sports a magnificent white cape.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: His Kaitou Kid suit is quite dapper. And also comes with a glider.
- Badass Pacifist: As Kaitou Kid he never does any violence in his thefts. Even when knocking someone else to disguise as them, he is gentle with their unconscious bodies.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Aoko.
- Beyond the Impossible: He can perfectly imitate anyone's voice, even girls and young children. Conan requires a device created by a Mad Scientist to do that, and when he first witnesses Kaito's ability this is what he thinks.
- Canon Immigrant: In Detective Conan.
- Chick Magnet: Got a whole bunch of chocolates for Valentine's Day. And he's quite popular with the ladies as Kaitou Kid.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Aoko.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He has a habit of mentally logging information about a girl's panties. He seems to like white ones. However, he proves not to be entirely shameless; for example, in his first appearance in Detective Conan, he drugged Ran and disguised himself as her. Conan thought he had also stripped her to get her dress and Kaito teased him with the possibility. He actually didn't: he was the bellboy who took Ran's cocktail dress to her, and in the meantime he made a copy.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: Since that was the first time he came to school on Valentine's Day, he has no idea why all of these girls are suddenly just handing him chocolate for free.
- Color Motifs: White, given how his Kaitou Kid suit is almost entirely white.
- Disguised in Drag:
- Kaito steals Sonoko's mother Tomiko's very expensive black pearl while perfectly disguised as Ran.
- He also disguises himself as a maid when he rescues Jirokichi Suzuki's dog. Lampshaded by Conan, who suggests that he enjoys crossdressing.
- Played with much later: Kaito knocks out and strips a girl named Sera to disguise himself as her, leaving her only in her undies... but Sera is such a Bifauxnen and so flat chested that he doesn't notice it's a girl. (To be fair, she is wearing boyish underwear and a top without a bra at that moment. He also caught her in the men's restroom, where she slipped in because the girls's restroom was full and she couldn't wait) Conan later explains everything, Kaito is all "WTF?!" when told Sera's a girl... and cue to a very pissed off Sera in her undies drop-kicking him on the head.
- Expy: Kaito is however an expy of Kaito Lupin, who only appeared in the prototype "Nonchalant Lupin" short story Aoyama published before officially working on Magic Kaito.
- High-Class Glass: The monocle came from Arsène Lupin.
- Identical Stranger: Not just a limitation of the art style. Shinichi and Kaito are deliberately drawn and canonically described as looking similar to each other, and the resemblance is strong enough that they can be disguised as one another without too much effort. To wit, Kaito has performed as Shinichi four times in the films. Unfortunately not enough to trick Ran the third time.
- Improbably High I.Q.: Apparently has an IQ of 400, as determined through DNA testing.
- Insufferable Genius: Kaito had a high IQ and he has a habit of thinking he can outsmart anyone.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Perverted, arrogant, and insensitive. Kaito also likes to make people happy with his magic and would never cause harm to anyone as Kaito Kid.
- Latex Perfection: Any costume made by a Kuroba is bound to be perfect.
- Light is Good: Kaito means no harm as Kaitou Kid; he only wants to find the men who killed his father and steals the most expensive or sought after jewelry, art, etc. in order to do so. However, his constant thefts of them make a lot of police officers consider him the Light is Not Good. Adding to the latter description, it should be noted that in one of Akako's prophesies about him describes him as The Sinner in White
- Living a Double Life: As a normal high school student and a master thief.
- Loveable Rogue: He's quite likable as either identity.
- Man in White: He says that his suit is white because he's "bold and flamboyant" and he's "different to a thief who wears all black". Conan points out a more pragmatic reason: during Kaito's many disappearing tricks, he can just switch to more discreet clothing, and while everybody around him is looking out for something white, he can abscond unnoticed.
- Master of Disguise: He can switch between perfect full body costumes at a moment's notice. In one case, he goes from Nakamori to Genta (a young child) to Kaitou Kid to random police guy within minutes, all with the appropriate clothing, perfectly imitated voices and even the stamp on his cheek that Nakamori previously placed on everyone in the room except him.
- Meaningful Name: The name 'Kaito' means 'kite.' It is written differently (i.e. is a different kanji) than the word 'kaitou,' which means 'phantom thief.'
- Messy Hair: Has an uncombed, mop of black hair.
- Minor Living Alone: His father died years ago and his mother is almost always away traveling.
- Motifs: Of the moon. His wardrobe is almost completely white (the color of the moon), his heists are always at night time (when the moon appears), one of his nicknames is the "Magician Under the Moonlight", and a symbol for the moon could be mystery (a trait he is as Kaitou Kid).
- Never Hurt an Innocent: Kaitou Kid never harms anyone on his thefts. It's one of the reasons Nakamori has some respect for him.
- Nice Hat: As Kaitou Kid he sports a white top hat with a blue ribbon band.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Really, the only thing that remotely hides his identity is the fact that he often wears the brim of his hat in such a way that his eyes are slightly hidden in shadow. That's it. Really, it's a miracle as to why he hasn't been figured out at this point (though his status as a Master of Disguise makes it a tiny bit more plausible). Granted in one chapter/Episode inspector Nakamori does see Kaito's face and links him with Kaitou Kid... only for Kaito to slip away again. The fact his name has nearly identical pronunciation (despite the different kanji spelling) as his alter ego does not help his case.
- Phantom Thief: Kaito's profession. He's even 'stolen' a clock tower. His manga was all about the various comedic exploits he would get into as he ran from the police, until Cerebus Syndrome set in.
- Photographic Memory: Kaito has the ability to memorize very complicated facts in short periods of time. This usually gets put to use in helping him create his disguises.
- Secret Identity: He hides his life as Kaitou Kid from his friends.
- The Trickster: Loves to play tricks on everybody around him, especially Aoko; his favorite one is checking the color of girls' panties.
- Villain Protagonist: Averted. Yes, Kaito does steal as Kaitou Kid and has caused many incidents of property damage in he process, but this is all for the sake of trying to bait and eventually catch the murderous criminals who killed his father. His gun is only a trick prop, and he has on a few occasions even gone out of his way to protect bystanders near him. Since he's also looking for a very specific item, he typically returns the goods he's stolen after determining they aren't what he wants.
- Voice Changeling: He's capable of imitating most voices he hears.
- Weapon of Choice: His card-shooting gun.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He has an irrational and completely unexplained fear of fish.
- You Killed My Father: Kaito's main motivation against the bad guys is to get them back for murdering his father onstage and playing it up as an accident.
Mandatory Naming Note: His Colourful Theme Naming is white (Haku). His given name Saguru is an Alternate Character Reading for the tan in tantei, or detective.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His eye color is blue in the manga, but brown in the anime.
- Amateur Sleuth: Another famous and skilled high school detective.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He seems to have an eidetic memory, just as Shinichi, Heiji and Kaito have proven themselves to have, and is capable of remembering long strings of data, particularly (in Hakuba's case) precise times down to the millisecond.
- A Boy and His X: A Boy and His Hawk. Hakuba has a pet hawk, Watson, he got in England.
- But Not Too Foreign: Hakuba's father is the Metropolitan Police chief in Japan. His mother is British.
- Canon Immigrant: He has made multiple appearances in Detective Conan.
- Catch Phrase:
- "Hitotsu dake kikitai—Naze konno koto o..." or "I'd like to know—Why did you..."
- "The truth will always come to light."
- Chick Magnet: Has a trunk full of chocolate by the end of Valentine's Day.
- Clock King: Hakuba pays a great deal of attention to time, carrying a pocket watch that only loses 0.001 seconds per year.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Matching brown hair and eyes.
- Insufferable Genius: Hakuba's sense of humility about his intellect is way worse than Shinichi, Heiji, and Kaito.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Easily inferred from the manga, as Hakuba's shown to be from a wealthy family and yet doesn't seem to have many friends. Many fanfics explore this idea by stating outright that his parents are divorced (which would be why he travels between England and Japan so often and why his presumably British mother is never shown).
- The Mean Brit: Downplayed. He's more smug than Shinichi, Heiji, and Kaito combined, but he's not all the way bad. For example, in the Detective Koushien case, in Detective Conan, he frequently mocked Heiji, calling him rash and hotheaded and repeatedly expressed his disappointment in Heiji's seeming incompetence, and despite being clearly defeated by Heiji's deduction, he showed no such regrets or humility.
- New Transfer Student: Prior to arriving in Japan, Hakuba spent time as a detective in England and attended London Bridge High School.
- Otaku: When not in school uniform, he wore an Inverness cape and deerstalker cap just like the stereotypical public image of Sherlock Holmes. Downplayed in recent depictions which give him various nice suits to wear.
- Photographic Memory: He seems to have an eidetic memory, just as Shinichi, Heiji and Kaito have proven themselves to have, and is capable of remembering long strings of data, particularly (in Hakuba's case) precise times down to the millisecond.
- Princely Young Man: Carries a "prince-like" air around.
- The Rival: Hakuba's the only one who comes close to Kaito's/the Kaitou Kid's level. Plus they once competed over who would get to take Aoko on a date. In Detective Conan, Shinichi/Conan's pretty much taken over the role of being the Kid's rival, although Hakuba also exists within the crossover as well.
- Smug Super: Hakuba seems to be slightly worse at modesty than even Shinichi, Heiji and Kaito.
- Sugary Malice: Downplayed. His speech is usually formal and polite, like his attire; for example, he uses the more humble pronoun 'boku' to refer to himself during the Detective Koushien case, while Heiji uses 'ore,' which is a cockier and less polite way of referring to oneself. However, Hakuba displays a distinct sense of arrogance himself, particularly during his earlier appearances. He displays an arrogant assurance in his ability to capture the Kaitou Kid, and conveys a superior attitude towards Inspector Nakamori's men. Kaito even describes his tone as sugary yet obnoxious.
- Teen Genius: He also seems to have an eidetic memory, just as Shinichi, Heiji and Kaito have proven themselves to have, and is capable of remembering long strings of data, particularly (in Hakuba's case) precise times down to the millisecond.
Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura, Minami Takayama (Detective Conan), M.A.O (Magic Kaito 1412); Carolina Cortés (Magic Kaito 1412 pilot dub), Wendy Malvárez (Magic Kaido 1412 series) [Latin American Spanish dubs]Aoko is the Ran to Kaito's Shinichi. Her dad is the local Inspector Javert, Ginzo Nakamori, thus she hates Kaitou Kid for humiliating him.Mandatory Naming Note: Her Colourful Theme Naming is blue (Ao).
- A-Cup Angst: She's rather sensitive about Kaito's cracks regarding her ironing board figure.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Kaito.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Kaito.
- Daddy's Girl: Aoko's main reason for hating Kaitou Kid is because he constantly makes her father look incompetent and will become infuriated if anyone (mostly Kaito) insults him.
- Dating Catwoman: Sorta, since she is Kaito's friend and one of his possible love interests.
- Expy: Like Kaito, Aoko too is based on a character (Aoko Holmes) who only appeared in the prototype "Nonchalant Lupin" short story Aoyama published before officially working on Magic Kaito.
- Flanderization: Her wielding mops and brooms, it should be noted, is fanon. She's only really shown chasing Kaito around the classroom with a mop during their introduction in the first chapter, but fanfiction likes to portray this as a regular occurrence.
- To be fair this comes from the teacher in said chapter acting like this isn't entirely unusual for the two to do.
- In Chapter 12 Kaito does hand Aoko a mop to defend herself with and in the anime adaption of Blue Birthday she brakes a mop over his head
- Genius Ditz: Seems to be pretty booksmart.
- Goofy Print Underwear: Specifically to mess with Kaito.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Her low self-esteem may be the reason why she acts more child-like than she should.
- Hidden Depths: Unlike her counterparts Ran and Kazuha, it has been suggested that Aoko has a high level of intelligence at least approaching that of her 'love-interest' Kaito. In the first file of the Magic Kaito manga, the two are causing havoc in the classroom; the teacher tries to get them to focus by asking first Kaito, then Aoko to answer a complicated math problem on the board, but both answer her question with hardly a glance at the board and continue with their mayhem.
- Improbable Weapon User: Mops and brooms.
- Insecure Love Interest: Aoko has shown to have low self-esteem. Once, to prove that Kaito wasn't the Kid, she asked him out on date on the day of a Kid heist. Kaito, taken aback, snaps "Why would I go out with an ugly girl like you?" to which she tearfully replies "I know...but please!"
- Joshikousei: Her school uniform is a Sailor Fuku.
- Kiddie Kid: She's in her mid to late teens but sometimes acts like a kid, and her speech patterns are noted to be very childish for her age.
- Like Parent, Like Child: Like her father, she is impulsive, easily riled up, and often shouts. Kaito and Kaitou Kid in particular are often the trigger for bouts of loud, violent displays.
- Messy Hair: The top part of her hair is uncombed.
- Missing Mom: Her mother has yet to make an appearance.
- Rapunzel Hair: She keeps her hair loose and it reaches to her waist.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Aoko hates Kaito's perverted nature, but she knows he's a good person underneath and truly appreciates all the grand gestures he often does for her.
- Third-Person Person: Despite being at least 16 years old.
- Tsundere: Toward Kaito. Type B, Aoko can be sweet and gentle at one moment, then boisterous and fiery at the next.
Inspector Ginzo Nakamori
Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka (original), Andrés Skoknic (Magic Kaito 1412 pilot dub), Jorge Roig Jr. (Magic Kaito 1412 series) [Latin American Spanish dubs]He is Aoko's father and is obsessed with catching Kid, but ends up made a fool of.Mandatory Naming Note: His Colourful Theme Naming is grey (Gin, literally "silver").
- Adults Are Useless: He can never catch Kaitou Kid. That said, no one else can either and he definitely knows Kaitou Kid's M.O better than almost anyone. But Kid is always one step ahead.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: He actually is a good policeman when not involved in Kid-related cases. But when he's chasing Kid, his methodology seems to be above average at least. Additionally, after singlemindedly chasing Kaitou Kid for so long, his interactions with Kid, despite all his vitriol, almost come off as semi-friendly.
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro, Megumi Hayashibara (Detective Conan OVA 1), Eri Kitamura (Magic Kaito 1412)She is a girl in Kaito's circle of friends. Pretty much the Haibara to his Shinichi and Aoko's Ran, only not in a kid's body and more of a magic believer than a scientist.Mandatory Naming Note: Her Colourful Theme Naming is red (Aka).
- Black Magician Girl: She actually practices Black Magic, sorta. Specially noticeable because this series is almost completely devoid of supernatural themes.
- Dark Magical Girl: Downplayed. Akako is typically very vain and haughty, and delights in using her magical charms to ensnare every man who crosses her path. However, she's not entirely bad.
- Dude Magnet: She is very popular among the male student body.
- Hot Witch: A gorgeous high school girl who is also a major Dude Magnet.
- I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Akako's magic can make men fall for her, yet Kaito is immune. Guess what happens.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Beneath her arrogant exterior, Akako does possess a softer side.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In Detective Conan, Akako was colored with purple hair. In Magic Kaito 1412 (as pictured above), her hair is now blue.
Voiced by: Ai Kayano, Atsumi Tanezaki (Magic Kaito 1412); Bárbara Bustamante (Magic Kaito 1412, pilot dub) [Latin American Spanish dubs]If Aoko and Akako are like Ran and Haibara, then Keiko is their Sonoko.Mandatory Naming Note: Her Colourful Theme Naming is pink (Momo, literally "peach").
Voiced by: Shuichi Ikeda, Roberto Molina (Magic Kaito 1412 series) [Latin American Spanish dubs]The original Kaitou Kid, and Kaito's dad.
- Badass Teacher: He trained Yukiko Kudo and her friend and fellow actress Sharon Vineyard aka Vermouth in the art of disguise. Both characters are infamous in Detective Conan for being able to craft perfect disguises that fool even the closest of people.
- Disappeared Dad: Died eight years before the story started.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Was a good friend of Shinichi's parents. He was the one who taught Yukiko how to be a Master of Disguise, and he had something of a friendly rivalry with Yuusaku.
- Kaitou: Toichi was the first Kaitou Kid.