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Referenced By: Lupin III

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 
  • Aria the Scarlet Ammo has a character called Lupin. She is the great-granddaughter of the original Arsène Lupin. However, there are also indications we are supposed to think of Lupin III as well. She is called "IV" or "Lupin the IV". Her full (Western order) name is Riko Mine Lupin IV. So Fujiko Mine is clearly her mother.
  • Soul Eater has for non-music-related shout-out; Death the Kid's intro episode begins with the trio chasing a developing Kishin which Death refers to as Lupin. This may refer to Arsène Lupin, but more likely refers to Lupin III.
  • Otaku no Video is Reference Overdosed.
    • One scene where many cosplayers are chasing Ken. We see Arséne Lupin in a Green Jacket (Lupin III) and a glimpse of Jigen (Lupin III).
    • In their dorm room there's a Secret of Mamo poster!
  • Haruhi Suzumiya made reference to Lupin in Endless Eight: after being told about the endless recursion of time, Kyon utters something similar to Goemon's catchphrase.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler - In episode 29, when Isumi is lost in Paris looking for the tournament, you can see one of the mooks from Giant Robo in the background, as well as Jigen from Lupin III.
  • Hyakko has Nene get the facial expression and diction of Lupin in one of her most lecherous moments.
  • In episode 21 of Sgt. Frog, thinly-disguised versions of Lupin III and Jigen get run off the road by the Hinata family car in a parody of the chase scene from The Castle of Cagliostro.
  • Super Dimension Fortress Macross has a video game in episode 24, intended to be similar to the game "Cliff Hanger", which uses footage of the car-chase scene from The Castle of Cagliostro. The character playing the game seems to be in Lupin cosplay, complete with smoking cigarette.
  • Robotech, which is the Americanization of SDF Macross (and two additional anime), contains the same scene. A video game in episode 24, intended to be similar to the game "Cliff Hanger", which uses footage of the car-chase scene from The Castle of Cagliostro. The character playing the game seems to be in Lupin cosplay, complete with smoking cigarette.
  • Mai-HiME's manga had a cameo of Zenigata arresting Shizuru.
  • The Ping Pong Club - Maeno and Izawa's somewhat disturbing Lupin and Fujiko game.
  • Zettai Karen Children did a Shout-Out in Episode 5 of The Unlimited, using Lupin III in a police uniform, The Nostalgia Critic, and The Angry Video Game Nerd as random spectators. This didn't escape the notice of Doug Walker, or the notice of fellow That Guy with the Glasses contributor JesuOtaku.
  • Animation Runner Kuromi: Kuromi's inspiration to join the business, Louis Monde III is an obvious reference to (and Expy of) Lupin III
    • Amoung the clues is that Louis Mondo has a Walter p-38, Lupin's signature weapon.
  • Azumanga Daioh has Tomo Takino whose personal idol is Fujiko Mine.
    • She's said she would join the ICPO after graduating.
    • In episode 8, in her dream, Tomo does a pretty good imitation of Fujiko when she screams out Lupin's name for no reason.
    • And in episode 20, Tomo mentions Fujiko again when explains that she grew her hair out the previous year to look like her.
  • Fooly Cooly, episode 5: Kamon (Naota's dad) dresses as Lupin and rambles about jacket color, then spoofs the 2nd series opening. See page image. The 2nd series and Castle of Cagliostro are mentioned and Monkey Punch is referred here as "Mr. Monkey". Also, the title card appears in typewriter style!
  • Great Teacher Onizuka - The anime episode 17; to save a student, Onizuka does the wall-run-dive from The Castle of Cagliostro.
  • Megazone23: Two cops that look suspiciously familiar... (Lupin and Jigen!)
  • Shinichi Watanabe likes to show up in a few of his anime as a character called "Nabeshin" wearing a long-sleeved blue button-up shirt, a yellow tie, and a red jacket... (most frequently in Excel♥Saga and Nerima Daikon Brothers, but he does show up in some other anime as well).
    • Nabeshin (the character) is holding two rings, and realizes that putting them together will solve the puzzle: an (Homage to The Castle of Cagliostro).
    • In one episode, it shows Rikdo Koshi chasing after Nabeshin, and Rikdo is dressed up just like Zenigata.
    • He also directed Lupin III: The Columbus Files, which included "Nazarov", a character who is not Nabeshin. (The voice and name are totally different!) Still Lupin in an Afro.
  • The three-part OVA ''Re: Cutie Honey'' is full of references to other animes, and does not skimp on the Lupin ones.
    • Honey's boss dresses exactly like red-jacket Lupin.
    • The male protagonist wears a green jacket that is also familiar.
  • Cowboy Bebop shines with Lupin influences.
    • The art style (foot shapes, anyone?), character personalities (From gruff, bearded voice of reason to the self-serving female protagonist), and long elaborate money-making-missions that (while successful) never really pay anything.
    • In episode "Sympathy for the Devil", the little boy who plays the harmonica wears a green jacket, yellow tie, and black dress shirt. A clear Series 1 reference.
    • Character inspirations:
      • Spike = Lupin. Even though he is way more laid back and not as much a woman chaser as Lupin, he still has that same charisma, and kind of feels like a less goofy Cagliostro Lupin. Also, he has the same boots as Lupin.
      • Jet = Jigen. He's Spike's partner in crime and has the same laid-back attitude as Jigen. You can also see the same type of friendship they hold to the point of living with each other and having a deep trust for each other in their missions. He also has that same distrusting attitude towards woman and you can see in how he treats the female protagonist.
      • Faye = Fujiko. Even though Fujiko is a lot more sexual and sneaky, Faye isn't above ripping off the group in the same way Fujiko does even though Spike doesn't show an attraction to her in the way Lupin does with Fujiko (or almost at all it seems).
      • Vicious = Goemon. Vicious is similar in appearance, and both characters rely on katanas in a universe of gunslingers. Vicious' icy personality and ruthless ambition is a dark mirror of Goemon's stoicism and pride in his abilities/dedication to completing a task. Likewise, Vicious is Spike's Rival Turned Evil (well, remained evil), whereas Goemon is a rival to Lupin who experienced Defeat Means Friendship.
  • For a Goemon reference, check out episode 6 of ×××HOLiC; Yuko writes "Zantetsuken" on a red baseball bat she then uses to slice a computer in half using a downward slash. (No damage to the table either!) She then says "Once again I've cut a worthless object." (Original Japanese only, not the American dub)
  • Kochikame has a blatant Jigen cameo, but he's wearing an eggshell instead of his fedora.
    • Has also had a crossover with the cast of Lupin III.
  • The 1985's ''Vampire Hunter D'' film had a wedding scene very similar to the one in The Castle of Cagliostro.
  • In an episode of Crayon Shin Chan, he appears as Lupin "IV" and his friend Kazama as Zenigata.
  • During the live-action drama adaptation of Flunk Punk Rumble, Shingawa's friend Nerima is reading a Lupin III manga.
  • Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei:
    • Last episode of the first season had three of the main characters riding in a yellow fiat. That would be enough for a Lupin III reference, but one of the characters also dresses in a kimono and sits on top of the car.
    • In episode 12, the teacher, Itoshiki Nozomu, tells his students about "backwards flow", where people get involved in something in an unusual and/or unintended order, such as getting into a manga series after playing the pachinko game based off of it. He says that the greatest example of backwards flow is how Kanichi Kurita was originally a comedian who impersonated Lupin's voice, and ended up becoming the actual voice actor for Lupin.
  • Genshiken, a manga/anime about otaku naturally invites the creators to make a few references to long-running anime series in anime and manga continuities.
    • The Beach Episode had the two most otaku of the group building The Castle of Cagliostro out of sand; clock tower included. Modarame, the leader, was expressing his interest in the series, which movie he liked the most. One of the other guys there actually said he liked The Fuma Conspiracy the most. Also, Modarame goes into an explanation about a failed Lupin film that was supposed to be the 3rd movie, but it got scrapped and 2 years later, Legend Of The Gold Of Babylon was made in 1986.
    • In the manga, this happened in volume 9.
    • Another reference (as well in French) to The Castle of Cagliostro: "He stole something quite precious : your heart.'
  • Brief moment from Ga-Rei Zero- (5th episode): Character imitates Lupin's strip-and-dive from second series opening.
  • Paradise Kiss has an Imagine Spot by Yukari, where Tokumori and Arashi are pictured as Goemon and Lupin in a [Love Triangle - Duel to the Death] over Miwako as a schoolgirl in Sailor Fuku. Yukari notes it's only natural Lupin won; after all, he had a gun.
  • Bakuman。 has a few references, although more information would be appreciated
    • Volume 5, they talk about the need for the detective hero to have a rival like Zenigata.
    • Volume 11 mentions Lupin and Goemon.
  • In Sket Dance, the main characters consist of three people, and Kazuyoshi "Switch" Usui refers to himself as Goemon when discussing the trio's relationship. He points out that the other two hang out with each other more often like Lupin and Jigen do, while Switch himself is a bit reclusive like Goemon.
  • There was a Lupin reference in Yakitate!! Japan - one of the breads they make is called "the Lu-pan bread".
  • Panda! Go Panda!: The Rainy-Day Circus, this is a cameo with Lupin and Jigen who are disguised as television journalists. Doubles as a Creator Allusion, because Miyazaki Hayo worked on the Green Jacket Lupin, and was the creator of Panda.
  • City Hunter, there is a bad guy in the 18th episode (anime) who looks like Jigen. Since the premise of the two series is similar, Lupin fans may enjoy reading/watching the series.
  • In My Bride Is a Mermaid, there's a girl called Mawari Zenigata who shares some of the personality traits (and last name) of Inspector Zenigata. In the manga and anime, Mawari is the daughter of the chief of police and has a crush on Nagasumi (the main character). She's also the leader of the Public Morals Committee, the police group of the high school she goes to.
  • Sailor Moon - the first volume of the manga name-drops "the famous thief Lupin".
  • The anime Gintama, often makes very obvious references to other famous anime shows.
    • One arc introduced a character who is an obvious Mine Fujiko-esque character called Fumiko. It's so obvious that the main character calls her "Mine Fujiko knockoff!" She still has not shown what she's capable of, except that she comes out as a bit slutty, which kinda comes out as hilarious in the show.
    • One of Catherine's old gangmates looks a lot like Lupin III.
  • One of the girls in Upotte!! episode 3 says, "Once again, I have shot a worthless object" at the shooting range. It is [[Samurai Goemon's]] Catch Phrase.
  • Jonathan Clements commentary track for The Professional: Golgo 13 gives a nod to Lupin. Both are inspired by the character James Bond.
  • Tatsuo Sato brought his unique mix of action, humor and heart to several science-fiction anime sagas over the years, from Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars and Stellvia of the Universe to current favorites Bodacious Space Pirates and Rinne no Lagrange. In honor of the Nadesico Complete Collection's release, he very graciously took some time out to answer YOUR questions about one of his most beloved works.
    • Q. One of the key points of Nadesico is an old-fashioned anime that still has the power to draw people in and inspire them. What real-life shows, if any, have this quality for you?
    • Director Sato: Probably because this show has one, consistent world. Even when the designs and direction get old, as long as the show has one, solid "world," it will always remain strong. A good example would be The Castle of Cagliostro Lupin III.
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt:
    • The garbage chute scene (sewer entrance?) in episode 3, gives a nod to The Castle of Cagliostro by having a statue takes a polaroid of the Anarchy sisters going/falling down the hole.
    • The monkey lawyer in episode 8 shares design characteristics of Lupin III.
  • Looker from Pokémon. An International police agent who shows up in Sinnoh to try and arrest Team Galactic. He also wears Zenigata's signature outfit.
  • Kekko Kamen DVD by ADV, a clear reference exists to the first episode of Lupin the 3rd: Part 1 (aka the Green Jacket series), where Fujiko is tortured with all of those tiny robotic hands with tiny cartoon gloves.
  • Red Line gives two very recognizable Homages. (One of the creators would later work on "A Woman Called Fujiko Mine".)
    • When the newscasters are going over all of the racers in the upcoming Red Line competition, they get to a couple of guys known as the Mad Brothers: Lynchman and Jonnyboya.
    • Then we see a fake trailer for a Lynchman movie with the two running from a crazed, cybernetic army general. And we see that classic Lupin shot from the pilot of Lupin running along a brick wall with yellow spot lights on him.
    • This shot has been referenced in so many Lupin titles and so many other animes that it is as much a staple of anime history as the giant rock chasing Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark is to film history.
  • There is a scene in Sonic X (From TMS) where the Butler, Tanaka, dresses up like Goemon.
  • Has anyone seen this Lupin reference in the anime Thermae Romae? Basically in this scene from Episode 7, a sculpter from Ancient Rome is trying to scare thieves (Lupin and Jigen) away by making a statue with *cough* large male genitals.
    • isn't it by monkey punch?
  • Giant Robo "Ginrei" special has several prominent references to Lupin III in it.
    • Ginrei doing the run-past-spotlights thing
    • Ginrei taking off a wetsuit to reveal a disguise, as Lupin did in Cagliostro
    • Not surprising given that Ginrei's voice actress is none other than Clarice herself, Sumi Shimamoto.
  • Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs names the dog Lupin, and drives the point home by having him be the third generation.
  • Digimon: Decoding the DigiCode that appears on Oryxmon will reveal direct quotes from The Castle of Cagliostro''.
  • Futakoi Alternative has the character Hariyama, who takes down a helicopter with a revolver, referencing Jigen in the first opening sequence in the Lupin III (Red Jacket) series.
  • Ookiku Furikabutte: In the Tosei game, one of the songs played by the Nishiura cheer squad/band is the theme song of Lupin III.
  • Upotte's Sig borrows Goemon's Catchphrase: "Once again, I have shot a worthless object."
  • The Unlimited Hyoubu Kyousuke has a cameo by Lupin, and a girl designed as a young expy of Fujiko.
  • In the first chapter of ''Strawberry Shake Sweet', Julia is stopped short of performing the infamous, trademarked Lupin-dive on Ran.
  • Hime Chen Otogi Chikku Idol Lilpri: In episode six, Sei has hired for the girls a dance teacher named Michael, who sounds, acts, looks, and dances (a bit) like the beloved late pop star, but his body and what he is wearing are based on Lupin.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.

    Fan Fic 

    Films 
  • 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.

    Music 
  • 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"

    Video Games 
  • 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.

    Webcomic 
  • Narbonic has the rival mad scientist-thief Lupin Madblood .

    Western Animation 
  • 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.

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