These are works that have made a Shout-Out
to Lupin III
in some form or another. Keep in mind that the work may be referencing Arsène Lupin
or another work that Lupin the Third is parodying.
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Anime, Light Novels, and Manga
- In one issue of The Punisher, the titular Anti-Hero guns down thinly-disguised counterparts of Lupin III and his gang.
- In a backup story in an issue of X-Men Classics (earlier issues has a secondary story featuring "before they were X-Men" or "between the issues" tales), a story is recounted of an inadvertent meeting between Logan (while he was a roughneck on the run from the Weapon X program) and Banshee (while he was just a humble Interpol agent). Banshee is hot on the trail of three jewel thieves, one of whom is named Arsene, and who look like the Lupin Gang with a few cosmetic alterations. Guess who that makes Banshee, of course...
- In the second issue of UDON's Street Fighter II Turbo comic series, a familiar face (and jacket) is seen in a crowd of people listening to Bison's message.
- Dick Tracy had art thief Art Dekko (who looks an awful lot like Lupin III) in the 1970s. An anime homage way back in the 70's is pretty cool.
- Kate and Leopold has a girl wearing the Lupin the Third t-shirt!
- The (new) Pink Panther movie had a "HAMBURGAH!" scene that is similar to Zenigata's in Lupin III Episode 0 First Contact. Probably because Lupin the Third has made Shout Outs to their franchise in the past.
- The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (live-action 2010 film) features a poster from the 70s live-action Lupin movie (Strange Psychokinetic Energy)
- This Means War with Chris Pine and Tom Hardy. Chris and Tom get the girl out by driving up fast in a Jeep, Chris hanging out the side with his limbs holding tightly; then leaping off, grabbing the girl, and leaping back onto the Jeep. After which, Tom takes out one of the SUV's tires with his gun and the SUV explodes. . Chris hanging out the side of a car trying to get to a girl in another car: just like Lupin did to get to Clarisse. Tom taking out a villain's car tires with a gun: just like Jigen did with his gun and the henchmen in the dark vehicle. A bright yellow Volkswagen Beetle, which is almost the same color as Lupin's late '60s "Fiat 500." the inclusion of a bright yellow compact car and a red vehicle with a small front windshield (just like Clarisse's car was) makes it all the more possible that this car chase was an homage to "Cagliostro"; but it was carefully camouflaged with elements switched around and moved around so that only if you have seen the whole sequence from Cagliostro can you connect the dots.
- The Goonies uses an actual "Cliff Hanger" video arcade game is in the movie in the opening sequence. No footage from the game is on screen, just the green box level number screen. But it's the right color blue, the controls are the same, and you can just make out the left side of the arcade decoration with Lupin in his Red jacket, and that unknown female on the bottom left.
- A scene from The Castle of Cagliostro is also referenced. The scene in question is where Lupin falls down that shaft in Clarisse's bedroom and stops himself from hitting the spikes by using his grappling hook. For The Goonies, it's Data who has a grappling hook in his belt buckle, made out of a pair of toy clacker teeth attached to a slinky. He falls down a shaft where the floor drops out of under him, and he stops himself with the clacker teeth before he hits some spikes. Either the reference is to the original film, or the same scene in the "Cliff Hanger" game.
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has an infamous scene where Indy survives a nuclear blast by hiding in a fridge. The same way Lupin III does in the last episode of the Green Jacket series. This might also be a reference to the Urban Legend of Speilberg being a fan of the opening car chase sequence from Castle.
- The Japanese-Canadian rock group Monkey Majik has created an animated music video in which the band members meet the Lupin, Jigen, Goemon, and Fujiko characters from Monkey Punch's Lupin III manga and anime franchise. The Oricon website is already streaming the full 187-second video on Wednesday. And here's a link to the video itself, on Oricon: http://tv.oricon.co.jp/pvj/090805_10.html And IMO it's a really nicely done video, too. Character designs look a little like a cross between Alcatraz Connection (in fact, the song covered is the Alcatraz Connection English-lyrics version of the themesong), Mamo, and Monkey Punch's manga art.
- Fujiko fans come up with a band in her honor, courtesy of AICN Anime. http://www.otakuusamagazine.com/JPop/Public/News1/Fujikochan_1553.aspx
- Ayumi Hamasaki - One to Lupin III in Countdown Live 2007-2008.
- Lupe Fiasco sings a song, "Touch the Sky" which features the line "Lupe steals like Lupin the Third"
- In GCN RPG Baten Kaitos, there is a thief character you meet called Pollo the 3rd. Pollo is Spanish for chicken and Lupine means wolf-like. The character didn't look like Lupin though, nor did he wear a Red jackeck or anything similar. Still, from the name alone it was definitely an homage to Lupin.
- Gaia Online is quite fond of Halloween Cosplay. We've seen Ian as Jigen, at least.
- Homage or accident? Punch-Out!! has "the glass jaw of France", whose character design mimics one of Fujiko's suitors in the first red jacket episode.
- Catherine: a Green Jacket Lupin appears in the demo/intro with his familiar theme music.
- The SEGA Dreamcast game named SEGAGAGA. The game acts as one big parody of SEGA's situation in the console race around the launch of the PS2, with players taking the role of a new recruit to help take down the big evil 'Dogma' (Sony) corporation. As the game itself is one big parody, there are lots of little parodies of other titles and cartoons found in the game. The Lupin reference? Chopin the 3rd. (Hear the music)
- Castlevania: Dracula X, for the Super Nintendo, has a Word of God copy of the count's castle in The Castle of Cagliostro.
- Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten: The scene you get when you create a Gunner is a reference to a scene at the end of The Castle of Cagliostro (which is also referenced in the Flash animation for Marisa Stole The Precious Thing).
- In Nintendo Wars, the CO Grit is an Expy of Jigen.
- From Lightning Legend: Daigo no Daibouken, the bit character Rinpei Kisaragi is a Captain Ersatz of Lupin: Black hair (slightly afro'd), bright red jacket, BRIGHT yellow tie, and goes through women like clothes.
- Tales of Graces: Asbel references Goemon Ishikawa XIII in one of his victory quotes. ("Once again, I have cut a worthless object.")
- Mega Man Star Force has an expy of Zenigata named Bob Copper (Heiji Goyouda).
- Killer7 gives Lupin's suits to Dan.
- Final Fantasy X-2 has a character with the name LeBlanc, which would be a reference to Maurice LeBlanc, the French writer who created the Arsène Lupin series. Making the name a subtle Shout-Out to Arsene's half-Japanese descendant Lupin III.
- Narbonic has the rival mad scientist-thief Lupin Madblood .
- The Great Mouse Detective has several intentional similarites to Lupin III.
- The climatic battle takes place in a clock tower. A reference to The Castle of Cagliostro.
- Basil himself—the oddities, the fact that he's not a particularly nice guy—he's downright condescending, arrogant, and has a big ego. but, he backs it up with competence—but not in a rigid, systematic way. He sneaks around, is very light on his feet—-and the eyes—OO Those are certainly Lupin eyes. Other parallels are the whole mad-scientist-ish traits—-Lupin is an evil genius, after all. XD And Basil has that whole distracted, preoccupied air—which leads him to being rather unsociable and rude.. Lupin doesn't have that I'm always busy, don't bother me air, but he can get pretty nasty when irritated.
- Cars2: Visually, the Death Trap inside of Big Bently, and the way that Finn, Holly, and Mater escape from it, is very similar to the climax of The Great Mouse Detective - itself inspired by the clock tower chase in The Castle of Cagliostro, a movie often cited for its great spy action and excellent car chase sequence.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987: Word of God (David Wise) has admitted April's yellow jumpsuit and minicamcorder outfit was based on Fujiko Mine's outfit from the Japanese anime Lupin the Third.
- Night Hood - This version of the original Arsène Lupin has several Shout Outs to various anime series, most obvious is that Lupin himself takes several visual and stylistic cues from Sailor Moon's Tuxedo Mask. Another reference are how the the dynamic between Lupin and Grognard owes a lot to that between Lupin and Jigen.
- Teen Titans homages the famous hillside car chase of The Castle of Cagliostro in the episode "Car Trouble".
- Samurai Jack
- In the episode "Jack and the Creature", the key to Jack's getting home is "The Crystal of Cagliostro".
- "Jack and the Labyrinth" introduces a thief that's basically Jigen in a white suit with light-brown hair who tries to steal a time traveling jewel.
- Or, rather, he looked like Jigen but acted more like Lupin III.
- There is a Jigen sighting in an episode of Animaniacs (specifically the "Sir Yakksalot" episode) as a wagon driver bearing a very distinctive slouched fedora and pointed beard drives by the screen. A corncob piTokyo Movie Shinsha provided animation work for both the Lupin III franchise and Animaniacs.
- The Simpsons - Season eight episode, Bart After Dark, the one where Bart has to work at a burlesque house. There is a scene where Bart is falling down a roof that looks like The Castle of Cagliostro that even the people in the audio commentary mention it.
- Batman: The Animated Series has a The Castle of Cagliostro homage with a battle in a clock tower with many similar shots.
- Episode five of Love Shuffle has three of the main characters trying to cheer up the other main character and they start going on about how bread (pan) is good for breakfast and they somehow end up firing off words that have 'pan' in them trying to make him laugh. Peter Pan, Rupan and it goes on.
- Superman vs. the Elite has villain "The Hat" whose beard, suit and characteristic hat (obscuring his eyes) is designed as an expy of Jigen.