Referenced By / Arsène Lupin
Naturally, the show itself is created as a Take That!
to Britain, and almost any reference to Arsene Lupin will also include a reference to Sherlock Holmes. However, many works will be referencing Lupin simply because he is the archtypical Gentleman Thief
. All of these works have shown some degree of Homage
to this classic Phantom Thief
. Or maybe they were just lucky enough to see him during a crime....
- Episode 2 of Fist of the North Star, "The Deadly Fist of Lingering Regret! The Future is Sighted in the Barren Desert": "Kaitoo Lupin", meaning Lupin the Phantom Thief a.k.a. the original Arsene Lupin, Yeah, I'm pretty much the next Arsene Lupin!
- Lupin III will always be an autonomic reference to this work, but some examples stand out.
- Aria the Scarlet Ammo has a character sometimes called Lupin. She is the great-granddaughter of the original Arsene Lupin. The enemy of Sherlock Holmes's great-granddaughter, Aria. She's obsessed with surpassing her legacy and being known by her name, rather than by her family name.
- Night Hood is a cartoon series based on the original stories by Maurice Leblanc. The series is set in the 1930s.
- Cat's Eye has a French thief as a rival to the main characters, her name is "Lupin's Bride".
- Final Fantasy X-2 has a character with the name LeBlanc, which is a reference to Maurice LeBlanc, the French writer who created the Arsene Lupin series.
- The main persona of the protagonist in Persona 5 is named Arsene, after this thief. Fitting because the main protagonists in the game are Phantom Thieves themselves.
- In the Drive portion of Kamen Rider X Kamen Rider Drive And Gaim Movie War Full Throttle, Shinnouske and the gang try to stop a thief known as Ultimate Thief Lupin. He later gains the ability to transform into Kamen Rider Lupin.
- Lupin appears in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier as a member of a French counterpart to the League called Les Hommes Mysterioux .
- In the Disney Ducks Comic Universe story The Black Knight, the eponymous Black Knight is a French Gentleman Thief whose real name is Arpin Lusène.
- In a Dragon article about Lupines, canine humanoids from the world of Mystara, mention is made of a brilliant Lupine thief called Arsene Lupine.
- A Real Life example: in 2010 a couple ran out on a restaurant bill in London totaling over £500. It turned out the booking had been made in the name of "Lupin". When he was eventually caught he admitted to eight other offenses. No word on whether he used the same name every time.