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Kosuke Kindaichi, and picked up the tricks of his trade from Grandpa, using his great detective skills to solve the crimes occurring in the series.
- Affectionate Nickname: Called "Hajime-chan" by Miyuki. this becomes important in "Hong Kong Kowloon Treasure"
- Amateur Sleuth
- Asleep in Class: Expect him to do this or concentrate on other things (eating, playing mobile games) instead of paying attention during the class. Mind you it's not because of part-time work.
- Big Eater
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He is very intelligent (his IQ is 180) to the point that first depiction of him mentions that he can get better grades than Miyuki if he tries but he gets very bad grades because he doesn't care about school.
- Cannot Spit It Out: He is coy about his feelings for Miyuki, and the one time he does manage to spit it out, his confession is muffled by the marching band.
- Catch Phrase:
- "I swear it in the name of my grandfather!"
- "All the mysteries are solved."
- "The killer is among us!" (not when he confronts the killer directly or lays trap on them)
- Chick Magnet: Miyuki obviously fall for him, Reika is shown to be Miyuki's main rival, and other one-time only girls have shown to be interested in him. He doesn't mind.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Miyuki.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He is something of a skirt chaser, but he is still more or less a gentleman.
- Clear My Name: Several times. The most notable case including "Kindaichi the Killer" and "Life Gamble of Kindaichi" (case series).
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Except for a few close friends, everyone at school thinks Kindaichi is an idiot.
- Five-Finger Discount: He's able to pickpocket stuffs in earlier appearances, sometimes uses bumping as one of the tricks; Detective Tawarada's police note book, One of his teachers' matches and hotel coupon, even his seniors' panties. This probably results from years of learning magic with his grampa. This habit lessens as more series come out.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: When it comes time to solve a case he drops the goofball act and turns deadly serious.
- Protagonist Title: His last name instead of his first name.
- Running Gag: People, especially Detective Tawarada, sometimes read his name as "Kindani" ("Dani" in Japanese means "mite").
Voiced by: Akiko NakagawaThe childhood friend and next door neighbor of Hajime Kindaichi, or "Hajime-chan". Miyuki is an honors student at her and Hajime's high school. Many of her classmates and teachers wonder why she hangs around a guy like Kindaichi, but Miyuki knows that Kindaichi is a lot more than he leads on.
- A-Cup Angst: Live-action version only. Kindaichi is the one who comments on it often.
- Borrowed Catch Phrase: Live-action version only in tweaked "Ijinkan Hotel Murder Case". Hillariously, she says "I'll solve this case in the name of Hajime-chan's Grampa!". The rest is still the same though.
- Buxom Is Better: Let's just say she gets a LOT of commentary on her bosom.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Hajime.
- Damsel in Distress: Sometimes. Subverted in The Magical Express where the puppeteer of hell apparently kidnapped her but it turned to be a puppet.
- Dude Magnet: Has a few guys chasing after her besides Kindaichi.
- Frame-Up: Happened once in "Vampire Legend Murder Case".
- Girl Next Door
- Hammerspace: Her purse. Played for laugh only once, however, here◊.
- Informed Attractiveness: She is Kindaichi's Love Interest, is the most desired girl in her high school and in most of the cases at least one guy is interested in her. She has exactly the same body type as other girls in the series and her face is very normal too. Later stories place some emphasis on her somewhat generous bust size.
- Rapunzel Hair: Reaches down to her waist.
- Satellite Love Interest: To Kindaichi. Even her other relationships (Wakaba in the mummy case) or hobbies (her drama club's membership in the Phantom of Opera case) are only plot devices to drag Kindaichi to the next mystery (and she is very Out of Focus in those cases.)
- Second Love: Believe it or not, she's not Kindaichi's first love. His first love is one of his and Miyuki's friends in elementary school who became a top model, Takamori Masumi.
- Student Council President: Translation seems to be juggling between her being this or Class Representative.
- Tsundere: Type B. Miyuki is usually a sweet and even tempered young lady, but she gets pissed whenever Kindaichi does a perverted act.
- The Watson
Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi, Isao Natsuyagi (anime film)A Tokyo homicide police inspector skilled in Judo. After meeting Kindaichi in the first case of the series, Kenmochi has always supported Hajime and his deduction prowess.
- Badass Baritone: Has a deep voice and can and WILL hand out an ass beating if need be.
- Borrowed Catch Phrase: Happens once in "The Headless Samurai" when he borrows Kindaichi's.
- The Big Guy: Occasionally serves as this due to his police training and experience.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: The suspect of the week compared his grip to a gorilla.
- Cool Old Guy
- Frameup: He was framed in "Inspector Kenmochi Murder Case".
- Intergenerational Friendship: With high school-aged Hajime and Miyuki.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A mild case. He was depicted as a jerkass in his manga debut (Opera House Murder Case). After Kindaichi and everyone else found the first dead body, Kenmochi who were in a holiday in the island said to a crying Miyuki "I'm the one who should be crying, this case ruined my holiday!". Later appearance lessens his "jerk" part and increases his "gold".
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Kenmochi is perfectly competent as a detective and policeman, it's just that the points of comparison are Kindaichi and Akechi who are insanely gifted.
Voiced by: Toshiyuki MorikawaA police chief superintendent and Kenmochi's supervisor. Akechi is a rival of sorts for Kindaichi, but they both a mutual respect for each other.
- The Ace: Let's see, he is a former straight-A student, Todai graduate, amateur chess player (who ranks somewhere among the world's best amateur players), trained violinist (who can play for a professional quartet of a piece he played for the first time), capable fencer (who once beat the national champion) and can pilot planes too. If that's not enough, he's also a qualified wine expert capable of taking sommelier's duty while also speak French fluently.
- Broken Ace: A mild variant. In his first appearance, his overconfidence in his deduction ability led to him being completely sidetracked by the real murderer's false hints. Later stories reveal he's still haunted by several ghosts in his past, like the murder of a friend in his high school circle (by another friend in the same group, one very close to him at that) and the failure of his father Akechi Sr. in solving the famous bank heist 20 years ago featured in House of Wax, which led to his father's early retirement and his obsession with finding out the answer for the case.
- Always Someone Better: To Kindaichi. Although this is subverted in his first appearance, Death TV. He keeps trying to show up Kindaichi by solving the case rather quickly, but in doing so, he misses several clues and falls for the killer's tricks rather easily.
- Bishōnen: Of the Megane variety.
- Bishie Sparkle: Later depictions of him has this as background tone in several occasions. Kindaichi even lampshaded it in spin-off gag manga.
- Borrowed Catch Phrase: In a small case featuring Kindaichi as prime suspect and Akechi as the detective, he deliberately says "The mysteries have been solved", even he lampshaded it.
- Chick Magnet: The ladies do love him.
- Gratuitous French: He's capable of a fluent one in a conversation with a French native speaker.
- The Rival: To Hajime Kindaichi. Their investigative prowess are evenly matched.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Smug as he may be, he's got the smarts to back it up.
- Smug Snake: Especially in Death TV.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has grey hair.
Voiced By: Mayumi IizukaA pop singer that Kindaichi and Miyuki befriend during a case, Reika is a very popular idol and aspiring actress. After their first case together, Reika has been smitten with Kindaichi and takes every chance she can get to be alone with him.
- Daddy's Girl: Very fond of her father. It later turned out that he kidnapped her as a child after murdering her real father. However, she believes despite how she was adopted that he genuinely loved her.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Hoo-boy, where to START? Firstly, her father was murdered in a botched kidnapping with the kidnapper eventually adopting and raising her and then HE was murdered after murdering someone else in order to keep his past a secret, her long-lost brother was the one who murdered her adoptive father and then died in an avalanche just as Reika find out who he was. Not exactly the friendliest of backgrounds.
- Frame-Up: She was framed in "Alchemy Murder Case".
- Genki Girl: Very perky and friendly.
- Idol Singer
- Love Triangle: In one with Kindaichi and Miyuki, though she's a lot more forthcoming about her feelings than Miyuki is.
- Missing Mom: Heavily implied to be Keiko Kitamura, a veteran dramatic actress who was willing to pay the ransom when Reika was kidnapped.
- Nice Girl: Though she teases Miyuki on occasion when it comes to Kindaichi.
- Trauma Button: She doesn't like stuffs around her neck, clearly seen when she freaked out right after Kindaichi gave her his scarf around her neck. It's because she saw how her real father was killed by strangulation. This also applies to her brother.
Voiced By: Kenichi OnoOriginally the culprit in the Magical Train murder, Takato has become one of the few recurring antagonists in the series. A cold-blooded sociopath and criminal mastermind, Takato is Moriarty to Kindaichi's Sherlock and is one of the few people who can match wits with him, and has in fact even outwitted Kindaichi.
- Amateur Sleuth: In his spin-off series that takes place in his high school years, Takato has to solve a complex serial murder involving heavy use of magic tricks to prove his innocence when the police suspect him (not unjustifiably so, because even as a kid Takato was off). But this is Takato, so the case also ends up being his first murder - he disposed of the killer instead of turning him in.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Don't expect him to get caught if he shows up. Heck, in his first appearance he gets away with his goals and escapes prison shortly thereafter.
- Bad Habits: Takato has disguised himself as a Catholic priest or minister more than once, and knows enough about Christianity to pull it off.
- Badass Baritone: A very smooth example.
- Big Bad: The closest thing the series has to one, being a recurring villain behind the crimes of others.
- Big Brother Instinct: In Mansion of Rosenkreuz, he received a letter from the mysterious Rosenkreuz who claims to hold his little sister hostage and threatens to kill her if he doesn't show up at the titular mansion. Despite said sister being a product of his biological father (whom he has never met) and another woman and he has never so much as heard of her existence, Takato still recruits Kindaichi to come with him to protect her and promises to turn himself in afterwards as a reward. Even when it turns out she is the murderer and her sole purpose for contacting him is to set him up as her scapegoat, Takato still chooses not to hurt her and stops her suicide attempt instead.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In his debut appearance, he posed as a nice but timid amateur magician of a magic troupe. Of course, this is all a facade, and by the end of the arc he reveals his true colours as a sociopathic criminal mastermind.
- Broken Ace: He's a straight-A student, Teen Genius magician and skilled pianist, but behind all this brilliance is a complete sociopath who wouldn't blink at murder.
- The Chess Master: Is a brilliant criminal mastermind who is a magician with schemes. Usually they don't fail because of a flaw in his own design, but due to the human error of the people he manipulates.
- Crazy-Prepared: Having a background as a magician he is ALWAYS ready with a backup plan to escape the authorities.
- Dissonant Serenity: He is composed to the point of it being CREEPY.
- The Dreaded: Everyone gets unnerved when he's involved in a case.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: His first appearance and crime were because of him taking revenge for his mother's murder.
- For the Evulz: Why he assists murderers and criminals. His first crime was for revenge, but he has no personal stake in any others. Unlike most culprits, Takato has no sympathetic motives and is clearly just doing it for the hell of it.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He was just a magician in a magic troupe, his only pedigree being that his mother was a brilliant magician (and even then nobody knew he was her son). Afterwards, the man becomes a criminal mastermind who can outwit Kindaichi and the national authorities.
- Generation Xerox: Takato commits murder to avenge his mother, who was killed by her students to claim ownership of her brilliant magic tricks. In Mansion of Rosenkreuz, his half-sister Tsukuyomi Giselle's motivation for murder is also revealed to be revenge for her mother, an accomplished rose breeder who was killed by people who wanted to steal the blue rose she cultivated.
- In the Blood: His mother was a world-famous magician, and he inherited her aptitude. It is implied that his talent for crime is passed down from his biological father.
- Joker Immunity: Even if he does get caught he always finds a way back to the criminal underworld. Fittingly, he even seems to prefer purple suits much like the Joker.
- Lonely Rich Kid: He comes from a rich family, but his father is very strict, and apparently didn't allow him to have much fun.
- Loophole Abuse: He once promised Kindaichi that he would turn himself in provided Kindaichi could protect Takato's half-sister in "Rosenkreuz Mansion Murder Case". He did surrender to the police, but he didn't said that he would turn himself in and stay in prison for his crimes. Another reason he decided to break free was because he found "piece of puzzle" to discover his lineage.
- Narcissist: He engineers criminal plans just to show off how good they are.
- Never My Fault: He insists his plans don't fail because of a design flaw but because of the people he manipulated screwing up.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Typically doesn't get involved directly in a case (aside from formulating the plan) as they have nothing to do with him, except when his clients messed up his artistic plan quite bad.
- The Red Baron: The Puppeteer of Hell due to his expertise in manipulating others while not getting involved directly in a crime.
- The Sociopath: Holds no value for human life and commits crimes just for the thrill. Akechi says it best in that Takato is a born criminal. A few perceptive people already observed sociopathic behavior in him even as a student, such as his adopted father, the police inspector in the first murder he was involved in, and the culprit of that case.
- Something About a Rose: Most of Takato's appearance will involve red, roses, or both. His first appearance as Puppeteer of Hell involves him handing out roses to people and "Rosenkreuz Mansion Murder Case" happens in a cross-shaped mansion surrounded by roses as the name implies. Yes, you can include him in Bishōnen category.
- Street Performer: When he's not in the prison, he mostly tells stories for children which mimics what Kindaichi will face in that very case (it's because he's involved in it) or performs street magic shows also for children (he also did this during his high school life with wider range of audience). In both performances except during school life, he uses clown mask in order to hide his appearance.
- The Tragic Rose: His mother died from falling. She fell on a white rose stained in her blood to become bloody red. This is the reason why he uses red roses in his first appearance; to remind his target of his mother's death.
- Troll: Of the highest order considering that he does a lot of things just to piss off Kindaichi (after all, Kindaichi is likely to show up if it's a really big case).
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He claimed that a "Heartmarming meeting between long-lost mother and son" was too cliché and decided to go down this path toward her mother so that he could show that he could beat her in magic. It helps since her mother was also his inspiration and taught him a few magic tricks.
- Worthy Opponent: To Kindaichi, being one of the few people capable of matching Kindaichi's intellect.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Does this frequently when the people he's manipulating have gotten caught.
Voiced By: Hiroaki HirataA freelance writer Kindaichi and Miyuki met for the first time in "The Legend of Lake Hiren". Somewhat of a jerk, but becomes one of Kindaichi's allies as time goes on. His real name is Kimura Shinsuke.
- Call Back: In "Antlion's Moat Murder Case", Itsuki was given dark-blue cloth and dark-blue room during a psychology experiment. He understood the meaning behind the color and told Kindaichi and Miyuki that it was related to his hydrophobia, fact first revealed in "Legend of Lake Hiren". It's important since he's been absent for so long in New series except one minor appearance in one case's final chapter.
- Everyone Has Standards: He'll accept any good news (and good money along with it), but he still has his journalistic code of ethics. One example is that he asked his publisher of Goryu's manuscript to remove the name of the killer in "Kindaichi the Killer" when the name appeared since the killer was forced and tricked to help a doctor committing organ trafficking formthe sake of his child.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His first appearance was somewhat of a cold jerk, questioning one victim's wife how she felt after seeing her dead husband's body. Later appearances show more of his soft side.
- Mistaken for Pedophile: Kindaichi thought he was one when he decided to adopt Mizuho, his friend's only child since said friend passed away.
- Pen Name: His business colleagues call him Itsuki, and it's his pen name. Also, despite knowing his real name, Kindaichi and Miyuki settle with this nickname. This become vital in solving one particular case.
- Smoking Is Cool: Well, he's often seen smoking and he's passable in term of coolness...
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He, along with almost all of other suspects in Lake Hiren Murder Case, is afraid of water. This becomes an obstacle in his debut appearance since he couldn't find help to tackle Jason, something the real killer had calculated.
Voiced By: Asako DodoFirst appear in "Gentleman Thief Murder Case". A cunning thief able to fool police so far. Being Master of Disguise, nobody knows yet the face underneath the disguise but so far it's revealed that Gentleman Thief is a woman.
- Catch Phrase: When her disguise is revealed (and the disguise is someone new), she'll say this: "X is really a Y, I'm just borrowing his/her name and face."
- Expy: Of Kaitou Kid. Both are Master of Disguise and rival of the main detective in their appearances.
- Frame-Up: Somebody else is using her name to commit murder in her debut appearance. Anime original episode in Kindaichi R2 anime also has this plot element.
- Gentleman Thief: In-name only since she's a girl in nature. She has some equivalent too though.
- Master of Disguise: Somewhat downplayed since the face mask was made by her colleague named Kurogawa. Despite that, she can impersonate male voice perfectly.
- Phantom Thief: Warning his/her target and leaving Calling Card after stealing.
- Red Baron: God knows what her real name is.
- Red Herring: Her very name is this in her debut.
- The Rival: To Kindaichi. After losing to him in "Gentleman Thief Murder Case", she becomes this in every appearance.
- Shapeshifter Default Form: When unmasking herself after her debut, she'll sometime use Daigo Maki's face underneath the disguise.
- Troll: She's a big one. Her first appearance when stealing one motif (a tree) from a painting she stole beforehand was by cutting it to resemble her logo. Her way for payback after getting tricked by Kindaichi? Tie him up with a basket full of heavy rocks in the middle of busy street!
- Voice Changeling: With currently unknown mechanism. She did a good job impersonating Inspector Kenmochi.
Voiced By: Keiichi NanbaSaki Brothers consist of Ryuuta and Ryuuji Saki. Ryuuta Saki is one of Mystery Club member in Fudou High School. Kindaichi and Miyuki first met him in "Smoke and Mirrors"/"Seven School Mystery Murder Case" as a member obsessed with camera, but proved to be useful in solving the case due to his seemingly never died video camera. Unfortuntely, he was killed in "Ijinkan Hotel Murder Case" because he recorded a vital information in revaling one murder trick (he survived in anime though, thus Ryuuji never exist) so that he couldn't help anymore. In manga, his role was replaced by his younger brother, Ryuuji Saki, when Kindaichi and Miyuki met him in "Kindaichi the Killer". Since then Saki becomes one valuable ally in solving several cases throughproviding vital information through his camera.
- Adapted Out: Ryuuji Saki never appears in anime.
- Camera Fiend: They will record everything they see, often (if not always) becomes vital in solving case.
- In the Blood: Their habit of recording with video camera. Even their father uses the hobby as his job.
- Killed Off for Real: Ryuuta really died. It was subverted in anime.
- Love Before First Sight: Ryuuji fell in love with a girl he accidentally recorded on his video camera.
- Otaku: Of video camera. At least Kindaichi calls Saki this.
- Running Gag: Everytime Kindaichi has an experience related to Ryuuta's ghost, he'll be in a case. Funnily, 2 most notable appearances are cases where Kindaichi is framed as a murder.
- Sempai/Kohai: Both are Kindaichi and Miyuki's kohai. Ryuuji is still in junior high but still call them "senpai" because they're clearly older.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Happens only in manga. After the old brother died, the younger brother replaced his position. Both supplies information through their camera and they acts as Kindaichi's and Miyuki's junior. Ryuuji, the younger one, is notably more cheerful that his older brother though.
- Terrible Artist: Ryuuji tried to draw a potrait of his crush, this is the result.