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Conan Edogawa/Shinichi Kudo

Shinichi voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (JP), Jerry Jewell (EN, Funimation), Griffin Burns (EN, TMS/Bang Zoom), Víctor Mares Jr. (first Latin American Spanish dub), Víctor Ugarte (movies 1, 2, 18 pand 19 plus first Lupinthe Third crossover and Magic Kaito 1412, Latin American Spanish dub), Rodrigo Saavedra (third Latin American Spanish dub), Jonatán López (first European Spanish dub and first part of the second onea), Juayn Navarro (second European Spanish dub, second part and movies), Óscar Muñoz (third European Spanish dub), Shun Oguri (2006 Live-Action Drama Actor), Junpei Mizobata (2011 Live-Action Drama Actor)


Conan voiced by: Minami Takayama (JP), Alison Viktorin nee Retzloff (EN, Funimation), Wendee Lee (EN, TMS/Bang Zoom), Marcela Bordes (first Latin American Spanish dub), Víctor Ugarte (movies 1 and 2, Latin American Spanish dub), Elsa Covián (movie 18 onwards plus first Lupinthe Third crossover, Latin American Spanish dub), Consuelo Pizarro (third Latin American Spanish dub), Victoria Ramos (first European Spanish dub), Isabel Valls (second European Spanish dub, first part), Diana Torres (second European Spanish dub, second part and movies), Joël Mulachs (third European Spanish dub), Nao Fujisaki (2006 Live-Action Drama Actor)
Conan Edogawa
Shinichi Kudo

"Only one truth is revealed, the appearance of a child, the brains of an adult, I am the great Detective Conan!"

Dubbed the "Heisei Holmes" (Heisei being the the "era" of Japanese history when the series started), seventeen-year old Shinichi was well-known throughout the Beika District of Tokyo and beyond for being able to solve any crime that the police failed to. However, he was still a teenager, and susceptible to things such as... oh, falling in love with his childhood friend Ran.


One day, after solving a murder at an amusement park, Shinichi comes upon a mysterious man in black extorting money from another man. While he's investigating, however, he fails to see the man's partner sneak up on him and knock him out cold with a metal pipe. Deciding that He Knows Too Much, the two force-feed him a poison pill supposed to not only kill him, but leave no trace behind besides "evidence of a spontaneous heart attack". Unfortunately for them, it fails to do the former, and only half-accomplishes the latter: Shinichi has been shrunk into a six-year old.

One quick visit to his neighbor Professor Agasa's house later, Shinichi realizes that he must keep his identity secret, lest the two men in black come back and kill him for good. He is adopted by Ran, and now lives at the Mouri Detective agency, much to his (at first) dismay. Every once in a while, he has picked up leads on the two men in black, but in the meantime... murders, thefts, and kidnappings are popping up all around, and what better way to pass the time than to solve them all?


Mandatory naming note: "Shin'ichi" has various possible spellings - the one used here is 'new one', possibly referring to his being the 'Holmes of the Twentieth Century/New Era', but may also be a reference to the Japanese writer Shinichi Hoshi. "Kudo" came from Shunsaku Kudo of Tantei Monogatari. There's also another possible explanation: his name could be a pun on 'one truth', because the 'shin' of Shinichi can be read as the character for 'truth' or the character for 'new'.

Funimation Dub Name: Jimmy Kudo.

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  • Aborted Declaration of Love: In the first chapter/episode, Shinichi was ready to confess to Ran on the rollercoaster when she seemingly lets him think she has feelings for him...before she makes him think she was joking. As such, Shinichi stops before making a confession.
  • Accidental Pervert:
    • Most apparently in the Hot Springs Episode when he nosebled, but also in some of the other situations— his not-girlfriend did not know his identity and did a few things in front of the seeming pre-teen that would be inappropriate in front of a a boy her own age — which is rather funny, since technically "Conan" has gotten further with Ran than "Shinichi" has.
    • He already was this in the first episode of the anime. Shinichi forgot that he promised to take Ran out on a date to an amusement park, and when she tried to kick him in the head for that, she ended up giving him one Hell of a Panty Shot... when he tried to dodge and ended up with his head under her skirt. He then got a face full of school-bag for his trouble.
  • The Ace: Shinichi is most famous for being a skilled detective who is able to solve difficult cases. Besides that, he is the son of famous parents (father is a novelist and mother is a former actress), lives (or used to live) in a Big Fancy House, was renowned as a soccer prodigy during his middle school years, and is extremely handsome (which still applies when he's Conan).
  • Adorably Precocious Child:
    • Appears to be one as Conan — saying some information and trivia adults wouldn't expect from a child.
    • When he was really a child, Shinichi would always try to act more mature than his actual age.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • His mother calls him "Shin-chan".
    • Jodie and some of the FBI agents call him "Cool Kid"; Jodie also occasionally jokingly calls him "Boss," owing to the frequency with which he proposes Black Org countermeasures.
    • Vermouth calls him "Cool Guy."
  • Age Lift: Downplayed. The difference isn't too extreme but still noticeable. In the manga, Shinichi is 16 (making Conan 6); in the anime, Shinichi's age is increased by a year, the same thing applying to Conan obviously.
  • All-Loving Hero: While he's not at Ran's level for this, and his condescending attitude might lead one to think otherwise, Shinichi/Conan actually cares deeply about human life. He's stated that he's unable to understand how any reason could be a sufficient motive for murder, and is convinced that driving a culprit to suicide is no better than murder itself. The few times he has been too late to save a life haunt him throughout the series.
  • Almighty Janitor: Conan is just a kid (in appearance, at least), and nobody ever listens to kids, at least not for a couple of chapters. New officers usually react this way towards him, but those who know him always appreciate his input. Once he has solved a crime, he usually has to resort to his tranquilizer wristwatch and voice-changing bow tie in order to relay his deductions through a handy field-expedient ventriloquist's dummy.
  • Always Save the Girl: If it comes down to saving Ran or catching a criminal, Shinichi will always choose her.
  • Always Second Best: If his father, Yuusaku, gets involved, Yuusaku will always manage to solve the case before Shinichi does. And he does it remotely too just from information relayed to him, not even needing to go to the crime scene.
  • Always Someone Better: Played for Laughs. To his close friend/Secret Keeper/detective rival, Heiji Hattori of Osaka. When Heiji and Shinichi work together, they're each other's equal and will often arrive at the same conclusions. But when they compete with each other or their deductions differ, Shinichi usually wins.
  • Amateur Sleuth: Began solving cases when he was only 15.
  • Amazon Chaser: He admitted to Asami Uchida, that one of the many reasons he loves Ran is because she's "strong and stubborn". And he's not put off by Ran's karate long as he's not the target.
  • Ambiguous Disorder:
    • In the first episode, he does not know when to stop rambling on about Holmes and Conan Doyle and talks to Ran about it the entire time they are at the roller coaster. Even whenever he dates her and starts off wanting to tell her his feelings, instead he ends up gabbing about Holmes again. He is not very social and it is implied that many of his teachers and classmates believed him to be arrogant and self-absorbed given his blunt nature and unawareness of basic social tact. This is shown to extend even as far back as preschool where he was extremely precocious and had introverted inclinations - his first instinct upon arriving at his new school was to look for a library. It's possible most of this was due to poor socialization habits, as he slowly gets better throughout the series while living as Conan and it's implied he has far more friends and personal relationships as Conan than he did as Shinichi.
    • Alternatively, he could also have Asperger's. The unawareness of social hints, and the extreme focus on a particular topic and are trademarks of that particular condition. This also fits with his extreme attention to detail, and his cold personality (as noted in the first episode while Ran was crying over the case, and he was unmoved). Of course, it isn't a perfect comparison.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: During the "Holmes's Revelation" case arc, Conan is forced to turn himself into Shinichi after making a slip-up talking to Ran and she caught it. However, Ran is upset that Shinichi didn't tell her he was in London and starts crying over him seemingly not caring about her feelings, which only gets worse when Shinichi starts asking questions regarding the arc's case and not stopping to think about her feelings. She then yells at him that if he's a detective he should be able to deduce what's in her heart and runs off in tears, with Shinichi chasing and calling after her, before catching up and confessing his feelings.
    Shinichi: (to Ran) You're a troublesome and tough case, you know! With all these distracting emotions... Even if I were Holmes it'd still be impossible to figure out! The heart of a woman whom one likes... How can anyone accurately deduce that?
  • Animal Motifs: A flashback shows Shinichi comparing detectives to sharks.
    Shinichi: (to Ran) "They’re like sharks. Sharks can smell the faintest trace of blood. They approach using their sense of smell, determine their prey’s exact location, and attack. They head to the crime scene when they smell blood. They use all their senses to find the culprit. They tear into their prey with the sharp teeth of evidence. That’s what a detective does."
  • The Apprentice: Played for Laughs. People from cases usually ask if the reason behind Conan's deductive prowess is because he's the assistant of Kogoro or Heiji.
  • Ascended Fanboy:
    • Shinichi always dreamed of being a detective like his idol, Sherlock Holmes. By the start of the series, he's a famous teen detective.
    • He is a major fan of Ray Curtis, a famous soccer star. And Shinichi is able to meet him during the "3 K's Of Osaka" case. However, it becomes a subversion as Shinichi's forced to apprehend the said star when there is evidence of Curtis being the murderer. Understandably, Shinichi is left disappointed in Ray.
  • Attention Whore: While Shinichi's personality runs on the introverted side, he was quite happy with how much fame and attention being a detective got him, and it was pretty clear by the start of the series that he was beginning to grow a big head about it. After becoming Conan though, he's learned to have some humility.
    • That said, while he's now content with not getting the main credit for solving a case or making the papers, he still doesn't like it when he's unable to contribute to a case: There's one story where his and Ran's mother work together and they're so effective in the early part of the investigation that Shinichi mopes about how they're saying everything that he wants to before he can.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He has a keen eye for details, and can spot any unusual aspects in a case that most people tend to ignore or not take into account. He repeatedly demonstrates the ability to recall every detail of an investigation or other topics he cares about, and may have a photographic memory to manage such perfect recall so consistently. Shinichi's fastidious attention to detail allows him to notice minor inconsistencies in crime scenes and suspect testimony, and using astute logic he uncovers the reasons behind those inconsistencies in order to link them to the crime.
  • Badass Adorable: As Conan. Even if he looks like a cute child, he's still a skilled detective with a powerful kick.
  • Badass Boast: Shinichi/Conan tends to delve into these, which are usually a solemn promise to catch the criminal(s) responsible for a crime(s).
  • Badass Bookworm: He lives up to the description of "modern Sherlock Holmes"; Shinichi is well-versed in most of the same fields as Sherlock Holmes or otherwise has skills that serve as a parallel to them. And its clear that if given free time, he loves nothing better than to have his nose stuck in a book.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: His blue suit with a red bowtie is his signature style.
  • Badass Pacifist: On the few occasions, Shinichi has been able to get criminals to surrender by using a type of speech. It ranges from a Shut Up, Hannibal!, "The Reason You Suck" Speech, a combination of the two, or even just sensitive dialogue. Either way, the effective way he pierces the truth of the some of the culprit's hearts, can cause them to turn themselves in without a fight.
    • His ability to 'pierce peoples hearts' with his truth has been described as being something special about him. Notably, its the reason Vermouth cites for why she can't bring herself to harm him, and why she believes that he may be the 'silver bullet' who will bring down the organization.
  • Because It Amused Me: While he's very serious about his work, he has a mischievous side he occasionally lets loose around his friends and loves messing with Hattori in particular, often deliberately causing trouble for him when around Kazuha. A far cry from the normally stoic Kudo Shinichi.
  • Becoming the Mask: Downplayed. Shinichi is forced to take on the identity of "Conan Edogawa" and one of his main goals in the series is to return to his original body, and he's quite eager to do so. When he does temporarily returns to his adult body, he makes a reflexive comment to one of the Detective Boys a question aimed at "Conan" (a disguised Haibara). While he didn't seem particularly upset, it did show that he had grown use to his alternative identity.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Ran. They tend to argue from time-to-time, but they have romantic feelings for one another.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Among all the murderers and criminals he deals with, Conan absolutely loathes Yanderes and Cute Psychos. Criminals of such types often get the most scathing, harsher "Shut Up, Hannibal!" speeches from him.
    • Any time Kaitou Kid pretends to be Shinichi, and especially when he flirts with Ran, Conan nearly blows his cover in his rage (however this is movie-only; in the manga Kid doesn't know Conan's secret). Actually, anyone flirting with Ran or suggesting it gets a Death Glare. He can be that much of a Crazy Jealous Guy over her.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Gains a protective streak for the Detective Boys.
  • Birds of a Feather:
  • Black-and-White Morality: No matter the reason(s) behind a crime, Shinichi/Conan will state that it is still wrong and the criminal must face the consequences for their actions.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Invoked to maintain his Clark Kenting (see below). The dub made it one step further by making dub!Conan say he has retinitis pigmentosa.
  • Born Detective: His dad writes mysteries. And has brought him to murder scenes ever since he was little. And an OVA showed him solving cases at one year old. Figures. In the OVA, he actually seems to be doing things just to lead his mother into a "Eureka!" Moment...oddly enough, one of his tactics today.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Flashbacks of him when he actually was a child show him to be quite rude, sneaky, and trying way too hard to behave like he knows more than everyone else. As Conan, he's more polite, thanks to him actually being a 17-year-old.
  • Broken Pedestal: In "The 3 Ks of Osaka", Shinichi/Conan is forced to realize and apprehend his soccer hero, Ray Curtis, for murdering a tabloid sports reporter.
  • Brutal Honesty: He isn't shy about letting people know his opinions on a topic or person.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: It was mostly because he didn't know if Ran felt the same way, but later (after he knew) it was mainly because of nerves. He manages to finally do it during the London arc.
  • Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Inverted. Shinichi/Conan only has perverted thoughts toward his love interest, Ran.
  • Cassandra Truth: No one believes Conan when he tries to help, and that's why he uses Kogoro, Sonoko, etc. This was later subverted by several adults, who even without knowing his secret either recognize his ability without asking too many questions (Satou particularly), or at least acknowledge his uncanny (and faked) habit of creating Eureka Moments.
  • Catchphrase: A few of them.
    • "Edogawa Conan, tantei sa!"note 
    • "Shinjitsu wa itsumo hitotsu!"note  (Or its American counterpart: "With a keen eye on details, one truth prevails!")
    • "Ah re re./Ah le-le." note 
    • Conan also has Oi, Oi.note  There are two fan videos consisting of him saying/thinking the phrase "Oi, oi."
    • "Barou!" note 
    • "Always determining the one truth with the body of a child and the mind of an adult, his name is Detective Conan", before the beginning of an opening song and movie.
  • Character Development:
    • And while it may have been somewhat forced on, Shinichi/Conan stops being as attention-seeking as he was in his original body.
    • Subtle, but during "The 3 'K's of Osaka" story, Conan/Shinichi didn't want to investigate the case because his soccer idol was a suspect (and later confirmed to be the actual culprit). Afterwards, he stopped thinking like this, deciding that even if his friends, family, or someone who is close to either one is a suspect, he will consider that person a suspect until proven otherwise (such as Genta's dad being a possible suspect in "The Culprit is Genta's Dad" or Ran in "Kaitou Kid and the Blush Mermaid").
    • In regards to his attitude in dealing with mysterious and dangerous Black Organization (B.O.), Shinichi initially and arrogantly believed he could easily take them down, taking only minimum precautions in safety of himself and others. For example, when a B.O. member was suspected to be near in the "Reunion With The Black Organization" arc, Conan's way of protecting Haibara from being recognized is simply putting glasses on her; unfortunately, their was a B.O. member (Pisco) who instantly knew that Haibara was the shrunken Shiho Miyano and would have revealed her identity had he not been killed by Gin. It could've ended in more tragedy since Gin was very close to killing Haibara. This incident was a major wake-up call to the young detective that the organization isn't as easy to take down as he thought and that if he made a mistake, he or his loved ones could die. And while Shinichi/Conan still has a bit of a reckless side, he now asks for help when dealing with the B.O. and formulating plans to keep him and his allies safe.
    • There's a subtle but consistant arc throughout the manga regarding Shinichi dealing with the possibility of culprit suicide. At first, he's callous and unempathetic: in The Bandage Man Villa murder case, when the culprit threatens to commit suicide, Shinichi calls his bluff by outright telling him to do it. However, soon after that Shinichi suffers through his own Norbury with the Moonlight Sonata Murder Case, during which a culprit commits suicide because Shinichi identified them without thinking ahead to how the culprit might react. The next two cases where a culprit plans to commit suicide has Shinichi removing the lethal tools before confronting them and placing officers around the perimeter to prevent the culprit from jumping respectively—and in each instance, Shinichi is clearly haunted by the death of the culprit in the Moonlight Sonata case, enough to snap at Hattori for offhandedly suggesting it may have been better if they let the culprit of the day actually kill themself, stating that a detective that allows that is "no better than a murderer himself." The Detective's Nocturne case caps off this development arc, with Shinichi accompanying and befriending a suicidal murderer in order to form an emotional connection and convince them not to kill themself.
  • Character Name Alias: Conan Edogawa is his main alias in the series.
  • Character Tics: Shinichi/Conan has notable habits that are often mentioned during the series, usually by Ran.
    • Whenever he loses something he likes, he puts on a sad, child-like face.
    • In the non-canon 12th movie, Full Score of Fear, Ran mentioned that Shinichi "has a funny habit" when he plays the violin.
  • Chaste Hero: Zigzagged. He gets... excited whenever Ran is naked and/or wearing revealing clothing, but has zero reaction when it comes to other women. For example, he's nonplussed after he walks in on Haibara and Ayumi naked, but gets a massive nosebleed when he sees Ran naked a few chapters/episodes later. This difference in reactions is most likely due to his single focus on Ran and no one else.
  • Chick Magnet: Where to begin?
    • Ran has been in love with Shinichi since they were 15 and will always be his true love.
    • He gained fangirls after he became a famous teen detective. In fact, the first chapter/episode has Shinichi hearing a few girls talking excitedly about him. And after that, he shows off a bunch of his fan-mail to Ran.
    • His former sempai/classmate Asami Uchida, fell for him because of brutal honesty when they were in middle school. She even confessed to him before she graduated, and still liked him when she made her return.
    • There's the heavy implication that Ai Haibara/Shiho Miyano may harbor feelings for him, but due to her Master of the Mixed Message habit, it's really unknown at this point.
    • One of Yoko Okino's friends and former bandmates, Terumi Hoshino note , is revealed at the end of the case arc to idolize and harbor romantic feelings for him. She even keeps a newspaper photo of him on her person as a Good Luck Charm.
    • It's in effect even when he's Conan; aside from Ayumi, young girls that are Conan's age sometimes get a little too happy at the idea of being able to hang out with him and at least one girl has a blatant crush on him.
    • In one of the anime endings, "Koi no Koishite", middle-school aged Shinichi was given a love letter from a younger classmatenote  Another love letter was given to him by a classmate as Conan and was thoroughly teased by the Detective Boys about it (sans Ayumi who appeared jealous).
    • There are some moments that hint that Sera might have a crush on him, if not just an extreme fondness for.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Ran. They've known each other since pre-school and are each other's canonical love interest.
  • Childhood Friends: Shinichi has known both Ran and Sonoko since they were four. His relationship with the former grew beyond friendship.
  • Child Prodigy: Zigzagged. He seems like child prodigy as Conan to those who don't know his true identity but he's actually older than he looks due to an 'un-aging' pill, and even so he is a Teen Genius since he's technically 17. And then, the flashbacks to his childhood show as an actual child prodigy: the Whole Episode Flashback of manga chapters 921-924/episodes 853-854 show him not only reading the Sherlock Holmes books at the age of four, but making his first deductions around that time... which allowed his father to foil a kidnapping plan that had Ran as the target.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: He can't leave a case unsolved and any hint that a crime might occur in the future has him trying to prevent it. This is lampshaded by several characters, including Ran and Ai.
  • Clark Kenting: After being shrunk to a grade-school kid, the title character does the same thing as Clark Kent: wears a pair of glasses (was his father's) to hide his identity. It usually works well, until he slips up and says information he shouldn't have known unless he was really Shinichi Kudo, who was supposed to be a distant relative. This leads to Ran becoming suspicious of him several times, but she always ends up discrediting her own finds because the evidence doesn't quite match up, due to some outside interference (usually planned by the protagonist himself). In one scene, when the character Ai Haibara returns to her original age, Conan offers her his glasses as disguise, saying that they work well enough for Clark Kent. The response from Ai is, "So are you saying you're Superman now?" According to an interview with Gosho Aoyama, the glasses really were based on Superman.
  • Color Motif: Blue. Shinichi has Innocent Blue Eyes; in almost every opening and ending, Shinichi/Conan is seen wearing either his blue Teitan uniform or trademark blue "suit" as Conan; when he's not wearing his uniform or Iconic Outfit, many of his outfits contain some blue in them; Shinichi's Animal Motif is a shark, who are traditionally colored blue; also, blue often symbolize heroism and Shinichi is definitely a heroic figure.
  • Constantly Curious: Conan routinely interrogates suspects by pretending to be an obnoxiously curious kid, at least for as long as he can pull it off without being scolded. The Detective Kids behave like this at times as well, though in their case they aren't pretending. Sometimes Conan uses this trick to pass information to the adults (usually Kogoro) to allow them to solve the case if he can't or doesn't want to use the Stun Gun Watch.
  • Cool Board: Motorized, solar-powered, fast enough to outrun many a motorbike.
  • Covert Pervert: While Shinichi is usually quiet about his perverted thoughts and said thoughts are only directed towards Ran, he often thinks of seeing Ran naked or wearing revealing clothing. But then states (in his head), that as much as he wants to see it he doesn't want anyone else too.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: For all of Ran's Tsundere and mild Clingy Jealous Girl traits, Conan/Shinichi himself can get very jealous whenever it seems that someone else might be interested in her. Considering that Conan is a Deadpan Snarker who can't exactly act on it due to having been shrunk to a kid's age, it's almost all Played for Laughs. He also (unsurprisingly) has a strong, possessive side for Ran — the most famous one is when he revealed his secret identity to Eisuke Hondou when the latter wanted to take Ran to America.
  • Creepy Child: While he might not actually be 7-years-old, as Conan, he can come off this way to older adults; he is undisturbed by every gruesome murder they come across as he walks up to the body and looks for evidence.
    • Sometimes Conan/Shinichi is just trying to be creepy. There's no other explanation. Like in a conversation between him and Takagi, right after Conan tells him exactly why they have other option but waiting to defuse a bomb in the same room as them until seconds before it explodes, in order to get a hint about where the next bomb is. It's even worse because Conan is the only one who can get to the bomb to defuse it. Because Takagi doesn't know that Conan is really a seventeen year old genius detective, this conversation follows:
    Takagi: Tell me one more thing. W-Who on Earth are you?
    Conan: Oh. Well if you want to know... Then I'll tell you. In the next world.
    • Heck, even before Shinichi became Conan he did and/or said some disturbing things, the most famous being confusing his preschool class for a morgue...and he was four at the time.
  • Crush Blush: Shinichi gets a deep shade of red when it has something to do with Ran.
  • Cultured Badass: Shinichi has an extraordinarily broad and deep knowledge of many subjects and trivia that help him solve cases, something he likely acquired from incessant reading as a child. He also plays the violin, has perfect pitch (despite being unable to sing), and is well educated in English.
  • Cute Bookworm: He's a cute kid as Conan (it's more long the lines of "handsome" as Shinichi) and loves to read mystery books.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He snarks everyone, actually, if they ever act or give some comments which he considers stupid. He mainly snarks the Detective Boys, Kogoro, Ran etc.
  • Defective Detective: Shinichi is a fantastic detective, but he's extraordinarily socially inept in many areas, particularly in picking up blindingly obvious cues that Ran is getting exasperated with his nonstop Holmes trivia (and that she may be flirting with him). Oh, and he's spent most of the series shrunk to the body of a child, which lends itself to more than a few hardships.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: Conan often does this to throw people off from suspecting he's really seventeen year old Shinichi Kudo. Though he can on occasion take it too far and has a time or two been called out by his kid friends for doing it.
  • Determinator: Stuck in a child's body or not, nothing will stop from solving a case or finding and apprehending the men who caused it.
  • Disguised in Drag: He once switched clothes with Ayumi to find some kidnappers.
  • Ditzy Genius: He may be a Teen Genius who is capable of solving complicated crimes, but Shinichi has shown to lack basic common sense on occasion.
    • Throughout the series, flashbacks and mentions of him from other characters showed he is completely oblivious to anything pertaining to proper social etiquette.
    • In the very first chapter/episode, he thought it was a good idea to tail two big, dangerous-looking men with no back-up (i.e., his karate champion best friend, Ran); cue him getting attacked from behind, fed poison, and shrinking to the age of a child's.
    • While he scolds others (particularly Heiji and Ai) either for accidentally exposing his true identity or not being in-character, respectively, Shinichi/Conan has little room to talk — He constantly gets involved in cases and gives hints to the police and Kogoro on how to find the culprit or just point-blank acts like he's the famous 17-year-old detective when he, technically, isn't. This has nearly caused Ran and others to question who he is at times.
    • Following from the above, he is well aware that as "Conan", he lacks a lot of the natural power he had as Shinichi, especially when being compared to more huge, sometimes violently-inclined culprits who have no problem harming him as Conan, he has a habit of confronting said criminals to either deduce why they are the criminal or make a "The Reason You Suck" Speech. Unfortunately, this has led him to be taken hostage on a few occasions, with luck being the main reason he hasn't been killed.
  • Does Not Like Spam: In the "Ran GIRL, Shinichi BOY" flashback, Yukiko commented that he hates raisins.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Shinichi/Conan is an inversion; he, the protagonist, is the "Dog" and he maneuvers and manipulates those around him in order to catch criminals. Initially it was a simple inversion, with Conan the apparent six year old being The Man Behind the Man for the great Detective Mouri, but as time goes on, Shinchi-as-Conan wields increasing unofficial influence with more official crime-fighting agencies and manipulates them all the same. Amuro makes clear during "The Scarlet Return" arc that Conan definitely looks like a case of The Dog Was the Mastermind to the few outsiders who actually figure out what role he plays in all of this, but despite Amuro's suspicions, Amuro still can't outpace Shinichi's mechanizations and leaves convinced that Conan did something without knowing what that something is or how to prove it.
    • That something was faking Akai Shuuichi's death by predicting the actions of the Big Bad's crime syndicate down to the smallest variable and tricking them into believing that they successfully shot and killed Akai at point-blank range entirely of their own volition, in order to trick the FBI into trying to confirm the identity of the corpse, in order to trick the Tokyo Metropolitican Police Department's homicide division to analyze the "evidence" and confirm for the FBI that Akai was the corpse, in order to ensure that the aforementioned crime syndicate actually believes it. And this all comes to light as Amuro deduces it in front of Yusaku-Disguised-as-Subaru-Who-Is-Akai, but even that was part of Shinichi's plan for getting Amuro to reveal what his true allegiances are while bamboozling Amuro into rethinking his own deductions by setting him up to fail miserably in his attempt to expose Conan and Subaru Okiya as co-conspirators with Conan as the brains behind the plan. All of this happens while Shinichi is taking this trope straight to eleven by literally sitting in a control room watching and listening to everyone's movements on his monitors.
  • Dork Knight: Shinichi's deduction abilities were so astounding he has become known as a famous detective (and is quite the Chick Magnet). He's also a complete dork when it comes to his idol or his true love.
  • Dreadful Musician: Shinichi/Conan's singing is simply horrendous... which is all the more funny given that his (Conan's) seiyuu is a very famous Idol Singer (which leads to a very interesting duet when she gets a cameo in a two-parter episode). And it's not only singing — he also can't play an instrument to save his life. The odd thing here is that, while everyone jokes that he is tone deaf, he actually can roughly identify music notes that he hears and is somewhat decent with the violin. He just can't sing, and doesn't seem to have an interest in gaining any musical talent beyond emulating Sherlock Holmes.
  • Dreary Half-Lidded Eyes: He always has his eyes half closed with his brows slanted downward when he's in First-Person Smartass Sarcasm Mode. This is a very frequent occurrence for him.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The very first chapter/episode introduces Shinichi as the arrogant, but famous Teen Genius detective who loves the spotlight, has a near obsession over anything Sherlock Holmes related, but in spite of his logical thinking, he has a reckless side.
  • Experienced Protagonist: Shinichi is already a famous Amateur Sleuth from the start and he has solved many crimes and mysteries before the beginning of the story.

  • Fatal Flaw:
    • When things get really dangerous, Shinichi/Conan tends to rely on himself to protect everyone from the danger. This is what landed him in his current predicament as "Conan Edogawa". Haibara at one point lampshades this flaw.
    Ai: "While pursuing the truth and justice without thinking about stand the strain of all pressure alone in order to protect everyone...Such boy-like temperaments of yours are astonishingly intriguing, however...I wonder if you realize it...That clean scent of yours is strangling her, us, and yourself with loneliness and danger."
    • His love for Ran. After learning about her feelings for him as Conan, Shinichi is willing to go to any risk to get back to just Shinichi. However, his moments as Shinichi causes more distress to Ran because he's only there for a moment and then just goes and "disappears". Also, it leads him to being more reckless and not thinking about the possible bad outcomes of what switching back to Shinichi could do.
  • Find the Cure!: Conan is trying to find the poison he was given, because if he finds a sample, then both Agasa and Haibara, can find a cure so he can reverse back to his original body.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: With Heiji Hattori — whenever they work together in a case they will often finish each other's deductions, demonstrating not only abilities as detectives, but also their familiarity with each other.
  • First Love:
    • To Ran, she discovered her feelings for at 15 and has never had any romantic interest in any other males before or after her Love Epiphany.
    • To his middle school sempai, Asami Uchida — in her introductory chapter/episode she lies to Ran and Sonoko about her being this to him. At the end, she comes clean and explains why she fell in love with him.
  • First-Person Smartass: In both forms he often snarks others in his head, Ran included.
  • Foil: He's developed into one for Karasuma Renya, the Boss of the Black Organization (and presumed Big Bad). While we see Shinichi clearly because he is generally our perspective character, in-universe both he and the Boss are hidden figures to most, who spend much of their time working in the shadows and making plans, and increasingly those plans are enacted vicariously through the people they managed to influence (heck, Jodie even calls Conan "Boss"). And because the influence is unofficial, off the record, and sometimes barely noticed, even many under their influence often have no clue whose bidding they're doing, and of those who do meet them, very few actually know their true nature. Both appear to have something strange about their age as well, which has motivated a change in identity: Shinichi is a teenager who turned into a seven year old and thus became Conan; Karasuma is suspected of faking his death fifty years ago and, if truly still alive, is 149 years old and likely also living under another alias at present. But while the Boss uses these qualities to commit crimes on the sly, Shinichi uses his abilities to solve them.
  • Fountain of Youth: The APTX-4869 drug regressed Shinichi's body by around ten years, causing the Teen Genius to live in a first grader's body, who would be known as "Conan Edogawa". On the other hand, APTX-4869 is employed as a poison and is generally successful.
  • Free-Range Children: Deconstructed. Thanks to the laid-back parenting from his parents (especially Yusaku) Shinichi had a habit of going wherever he wanted when he was curious about something. This naturally caused a problem with Eri after a young Shinichi took an equally young Ran somewhere at night with no adult supervision. And this attitude followed into his adulthood, as a teenaged Shinichi decided to track down the two mysterious men in black because of his suspicions; and while he was right, it led him getting attacked, nearly murdered, and becoming "Conan Edogawa". And while he is more careful "Conan" because of his actual age, this habit has contributed to being one of the things that make him a Ditzy Genius.
  • Freudian Excuse: Th reason behind Shinichi's desensitization towards violent and brutal crime scenes is because his father would take him to crime scenes as a child.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: While Shinichi can be sympathetic for a particularly tragic case, he ultimately stands by his belief that no matter the circumstance, any crime (especially murder) are unforgivable.
  • Friendless Background: Downplayed. Shinichi was quite popular, but didn't have a lot of really close friends throughout his life. In fact, many of his peers (and some teachers) found his arrogant attitude to be a negative turn-off. And Sonoko, who has known him since their pre-school days, didn't like him that much. His only true close friend was Ran.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Heiji, once the latter figures out that Kudo and Conan are the same person. They're close friends who clearly respect each other (their minds are often completely in-sync whenever they do work together on cases), but Kudo's ego and Heiji's competitiveness occasionally ends up with them competing to see who can solve a case first.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Downplayed. While Shinichi did have a number of people who liked him, they weren't exactly close friends, and many people (including Sonoko) were put off by his arrogance and found it hard to approach him.
  • Gadget Watches: His include a stun gun and a torch.
  • Generation Xerox: Like his father, Shinichi/Conan is a famous detective who tries to apprehend the infamous thief, Kaitou Kid, whose last name begins with "Kuroba". And despite their conflicting sides, they have a healthy respect for one another.
  • Genre Savvy: Has read all the great detective stories and knows their tropes by heart.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: The exposition sequence at the beginning of the movies always end with Conan pointing at the camera to deliver his ultimatum:
    "There is only one truth!"
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: Conan's glasses have been given upgrades throughout the series. Initially they contained a screwed-in GPS bug that could be taken out and placed elsewhere while the glasses tracked the device's location with its own minimap. Agasa later replaced the glass with bulletproof glass and the bug was updated with listening functions and its own frequency. The listening device is also designed so it "Stimulates the eardrum," thus only the wearer can hear it.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Shinichi cannot fathom why anyone would resort to murder.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: He wholeheartedly believes in justice and would even help a violent criminal from almost dying, but don't be mistaken. He's not a naive fool.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He's The Hero, has a strong sense of justice, and is willing to save anyone (criminal or not) from certain death. He's still an Insufferable Genius who can come off an arrogant jerk from those not close to him.
  • Great Detective: He's so great at deduction and solving crimes he has been nicknamed the "Great Detective of the East".
  • Guile Hero: Now that he resides in the body of a child, he has to find other, more creative ways to solve the case.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: Shinichi's has the kept the same hairstyle (which includes the cowlick and tuft from the back of his neck) since childhood.
  • Handicapped Badass: Downplayed. There have been moments where Shinichi had suffered some kind of extreme physical pain (i.e., his transformation back into "Conan" and getting shot in the stomach as his alter-ego), but still has been able to solve a difficult case. That being said, he had to get proper medical attention or passed out depending on the situation.
  • He Knows Too Much: The reason for most of the plot — He comes across a mysterious black man (who would later be known as Vodka) extorting from another man, but he fails to see the black man's partner (Gin), who sneaks on him and knocks him out cold with a lead pipe. The two try to force feed him a poison pill plus a serum... but the pill only shrinks him into a body of a child and assumes the alias of Conan Edogawa.
  • The Hero: Shinichi/Conan is the main protagonist, who solves difficult cases, and is trying to apprehend the Black Organization.
  • Hero Antagonist: Downplayed, to Kaito Kuroba aka Kaitou Kid in Magic Kaito. He only makes guest appearances in the connected TV show, but like how he is in his own show, Conan is always framed as a Worthy Opponent to the master thief.
  • Heroic Lineage: Shinichi gets his detective genes from both of his parents (i.e., his mother once solves a case on live TV by just hearing the details).
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Becomes this with Heiji Hattori — even though they still have a rivalry, they have a brotherly like relationship with one another. They go to each other for the other's opinion on their deductions and Heiji has, on several occasions, declared himself to be Shinichi's best friend or brother.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: He has perfect pitch but simply can't sing. In the manga he is completely unable to translate the notes he hears into music using an instrument or his voice himself; in the anime, however, he has enough skill for his own very awkward-sounding theme tune and one song on the violin - since he's such a huge Sherlock Holmes lover that he would try it himself.
  • Humans Are Flawed: Has this belief and stated so as Conan:
    "There's so such thing as a perfect person in this world."
  • Humble Pie: Downplayed. Prior to his transformation, Shinichi enjoyed being in the spotlight and was rather arrogant, reveling in making local headlines and receiving fan-mail. Throughout the series, Shinichi's predicament causes him to gain a sense of humility, but is still an Insufferable Genius (he just does it more quietly).
  • Hyper-Awareness: Shinichi/Conan gets a "feeling" when he thinks that a case isn't solved yet.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Shincihi/Conan will frequently call out others for doing something reckless, but he doesn't hesitate to do something that could potentially harm him, if not outright kill him (see Idiot Ball).
    • He made a grand speech to Heiji that there's "no such thing as inferior or superior detective", but he would later on have deduction battle (due to Sera' insistence) with Heiji to see who was the better detective.
    • In a more humorous example, during a case in which Shinichi deduces nationality by the way people count on their hands, Shinichi grumbles about how his mother counts thumb-first on her hands (the European way) rather than fingers-first (the Japanese way) because she thinks the hand poses that result are more stylish and dramatic. If one pays attention, Shinichi can often be seen doing the same throughout the series. Haibara later points this out.
    • He constantly criticizes either Heiji or Haibara for not keeping his identity hidden better or behaving more adult-like than they should, respectively. However, Shinichi has done both actions numerous times.
    • As Conan, he initially chastises the Detective Boys (sans Haibara) for getting involved in cases since they're just kids...despite being in a 7-year-old body. It still applies when he's an adult, since he started his detective career at 15 and Megure was initially angry and reluctant for his help because he was only a teen civilian.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point:
    • Shinichi does a terrible job at keeping his true identity hidden but does have a right to get mad at either Heiji for accidentally calling by his true name or Haibara acting more like her real age, since that could lead to his identity being exposed.
    • He frequently states that the Detective Boys shouldn't be involved in cases since their children...conveniently forgetting that he's also a child, technically teenager, but still too young to be involved. However, given his more experience in solving cases and spotting dangerous criminals, his gripes at his younger peers are valid.
  • Iconic Outfit: Conan's suit and bowtie. He did had a case of Limited Wardrobe earlier, but even now he has a larger variety of clothes, his suit and bowtie not only means him, but also the entire meaning of Great Detective. In modern comedic manga, changing to Conan's suit means s/he's going into Great Detective mode.
  • Identical Stranger: Not just a limitation of the art style. He and Kaito Kuroba are deliberately drawn and canonically described as looking virtually identical to each other save hair style and even have the same voice actor, making the resemblance between them strong enough that not only can Kaito disguise as Shinichi with virtually no effort, but Ran, Shinichi's childhood friend, mistook Kaito for Shinichi even when Kaito wasn't trying to pass as him. To wit, Kaito has performed as Shinichi four times in the films. Unfortunately for Kaito, his acting wasn't enough to trick Ran the third time.
    • Hilariously, there have even been times when Kaito's and Shinichi's own fans have mistaken them for each other, especially when an image has cropped off the tops of their distinctive hairstyles. A youtube posting of a clip from the Magic File Ova Fantasia Flower, in which a middle school Shinichi escapes his chemistry class by deliberately blowing up his school lab with colorful smokescreen and leaves cackling like a maniac, caused chaos in the comment section, as those who didn't know of the OVA insisted it was actually Kaito in the clip.
  • Identity Impersonator: As Ran often comes close to discovering Conan's identity, he has found a couple of ways to have "Shinichi" on the phone when Conan is in the room. The masterstroke came one time when he was in his original body and Ai disguised herself as Conan.
  • Idiot Ball: The basic plot of the manga kicks off because this Teen Genius doesn't use his large brain to consider what might happen if he runs off to spy on a couple of shady mafia-type thugs without bringing backup or telling anyone where he's going. This does not work out well for him. Justified by the fact that his main character flaws are overconfidence and recklessness, which reoccur as personal issues throughout the series.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: With the help of Agasa's gadgets, Conan is ready to bludgeon most fleeing crooks into submission with a precision-aimed soccer ball kicked with enough force to crack window glass. Of course, the realities of this are sometimes played straight, such as the time when he tried this as the crooks were opening a steel door, causing the ball to rebound and knock Conan out first.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: In his official Love Confession, Shinichi remarks on how it's hard to deduce Ran's feelings, but that's because he's in love with her.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: Shinichi has a large, distinctive gravity defying cowlick of hair on the top of his head and a tuft sticking out by his neck.
  • Improbable Weapon User: As Conan Edogawa, he uses a soccer ball as his main weapon against more violent criminals.
  • Improvised Weapon: His only weapon of assault is his super shoes that only increased the power of things he kicked on. Sometimes, strange results would happen: he tried to kick a cabbage, but it broke immediately. The other time he had to kick an entire hospital bunk— well, got the villain, but sprained his ankle in the process.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Shinichi/Conan devoutly believes that murder is always wrong and no matter the reason, it's still unforgivable; he can't understand why anyone would want to kill someone and doesn't want to.
  • Inner Monologue: Conan does this all the time. In some dubs, including the American dub, this inner monologue is even in Shinichi's voice!
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: He has blue eyes to match his heroic, selfless, and morally grounded personality.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Due to terrible combination of being Ditzy Genius, Oblivious to Love, and being unfortunate enough to get himself involved with The Syndicate that cause him to shrunk and lose the majority of his normal high schooler life, Conan’s mind isn’t exactly set to care more about trivial things such as romance when there are cases he needs to solve.
    • Twice did he become Moment Killer for two potential couple when he interrupted their potential Relationship Upgrade: He interrupted Takagi and Sato from kissing while being Undercover as Lovers just because he wanted to ask them if they’re doing a stakeoutnote  and he interrupted Naeko from telling Chiba her name just because he wanted to ask her something about the case. In those two moments, he got appropriately scolded by Sonoko and the Detective Boys for interrupting, which he barely paid attention to because.... well, there are cases nearby. To date, Shiratori and Kobayashi are the only couple he never interrupted. On Conan’s defense, however, the aforementioned individuals he interrupted just happened to have Skewed Priorities themselves since they had the audacity to think about their love life in the middle of their job.
    • He’s also completely insensitive and unaware that he got two girls (Ayumi and Ai) embarrassed after he accidentally saw them butt naked that when Genta and Mitsuhiko asked him about it to confirm it, he thought they’re talking about the case and insensitively answered “Yes, I saw (the corpse) naked. But we’re in the bathroom, so it’s quite logical” which caused the two girls to get enraged at him until he got confused and – again, insensitively – asked if they’re asking about the case. Then, when he did accidentally brought it up and confirm that, yes, he saw them naked, he did so in a cheerful manner that he’s completely unaware that the completely pissed off Ai gave him a Death Glare. By the end of the case, he got Laser-Guided Karma courtesy of Ai to Ayumi's amusement.
  • Insufferable Genius: He frequently calls people "idiot" if they state something he finds stupid. This isn't fair given that he's on a different intellectual level than most. It's also the main reason why he didn't have many friends growing up.
  • Insult of Endearment: Ran sometimes calls him "Detective Freak" in a mockingly mean way to hide her attraction to his deductive skills.
  • Intelligence = Isolation: Not as bad as Hiroki Sawada, but as Shinichi he had some issues in regards to relating to people. More than once his classmates and teachers would remark on him being arrogant and hard to approach, with Ran as almost the only exception.
  • Interrupted Declaration of Love: After returning to his original body in the "Desperate Revival" arc, Shinichi planned on confessing his feelings for Ran. He took her to the same restaurant his parents were at where after Yusaku solved a case, he proposed to Yukiko. And when Shinichi was just about to confess, a murder happened. And in the midst of his investigation, his body gave out the physical symptoms he would be turning back into Conan. He managed to solve the case despite the pain, but changed back into Conan before he could get back to Ran and confess to her.
  • Irony:
    • When Shinichi was an actual child, he would always act as if he was an adult despite being a little kid. And now that he's reverted back to his child form, he must now pretend to have the mindset of a child despite being a young adult.
    • A flashback to Shinichi at four-years-old, has him strongly state that he'll never wear glasses like his father. Fast-forward to the present timeline and Shinichi (now as Conan) wears glasses to conceal his true identity.
    • Shinichi is someone who is logical, rational, and doesn't believe in chance. And yet, he fell for Ran at first sight when he saw her smile when they met at four.
    • A more serious example during "The 3 Ks of Osaka" arc. He spent the entire murder case trying to find the culprit in order to prove Ray Curtis, his soccer idol, was innocent. However, the more and more he investigated, the more evidence he found of his idol being guilty. He was sadly proven right.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: The main reason why Shinichi refuses to tell Ran about his identity as Conan is because the Black Organization could target her.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Towards Ran, as he explains to Haibara.
    "If I told her how I feel, she'd miss me even more. After all, I'm the guy who keeps breaking her heart by making her wait an eternity... even though I'm always by her side. I don't wanna see her cry anymore. Even if it means I no longer have a place in her heart. Seems pretty childish of me, doesn't it?"
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He may be an Insufferable Genius with a penchant for Brutal Honesty, but Shinichi/Conan does make some good points when working on a case.
    • A general point throughout the series is whenever he delivers a scathing "The Reason You Suck" Speech to a culprit, no one can blame him. The criminal in question have done heinous actions for petty reasons.
    • He may have said it too honestly, but Shinichi's assessment of Kogoro's deduction in the beginning weren't wrong. The latter detective's skills aren't great and that's the main reason his business is struggling.
    • While it makes him a hypocrite since he's doing the same thing despite being older, Shinichi often stating how the Detective Boys shouldn't get involved in cases does have merit: They are actual children with no experience while Shinichi is way more skilled despite his young age, either his real one or as "Conan".
    • Shinichi's initial anger at Haibara is understandable given how she worked for the Organization that put him into his current predicament and it was her drug that caused him to shrink.
    • A non-canon example in an anime OVA. A middle school Shinichi was right that magic didn't exist in the world but he shouldn't have gotten so angry at Ran for giving her opinion on the said case.
    • He gives a pointed "The Reason You Suck" Speech to his soccer idol, Ray Curtis, on how he has zero excuse for doing illicit drugs and then committing murder to cover it up.
    • While he didn't like it, Shinichi made a point that he couldn't let Genta's father go simply because he was his friend's father, since he could've been the murderer. He even points this out to Takagi who can't help but agree.
    • He quickly tells the Big Bad in a non-canon movie that "no plan is perfect". And that is certainly true.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shinichi is incredibly arrogant, horribly insensitive, and has a "high and mighty" attitude; he also has a strong sense of justice, loves his friend and family deeply (Ran especially), and values human life.
  • Just a Kid: As Conan the adults don't listen to him in cases, but it's justified since he is a kid. Shinichi initially got this treatment in his first detective case by Inspector Megure, after he solved the said case, no one questioned his skills.
  • Kid Detective: He is a 17-year old de-aged down to seven. Since everyone thinks he's seven, he has to find ways of cluing adults in disguised as being a nosy seven-year-old. Conan even provides the page image!

  • Lady and Knight: The Knight to Ran's Lady. While she is a fairly strong Action Girl, there's an arc involving her as a princess in a School Play that exploits the "princess and knight" symbolism to the hilt with her and him (her mutual childhood love interest and The Hero), who is mostly stuck in a child's body (as the titular Conan) but is temporarily back to his real physical age during said arc. Additionally, during Lupin III vs. Detective Conan, Ran daydreams of herself as a princess and Shinichi as her knight.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Shinichi has traits from both of his parents.
  • Limited Wardrobe: In the earlier part of the series, Conan nearly exclusively wore a blue suit, a white shirt, and a red bowtie. Later he was seen with a better variety of clothes.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Shinichi came up the name Conan Edogawa by seeing books of mysteries by Arthur Conan Doyle and Edogawa Rampo.
  • Living a Double Life: After being force fed a poison that was meant to kill him, Shinichi transformed back into a 7-year-old. In order to protect his loved one while investigating the Black Organization, Shinichi took on the alias "Conan Edogawa". He keeps in contact with Ran via a private phone line.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Just being away from him causes Ran great emotional turmoil.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • Shinichi doesn't know that ironically, due to all his secret keeping from Ran, he's potentially locked himself out of learning about Ran's own encounter(s) with the Black Organization, because she has no reason to tell 'Conan' about them. Shinichi has no idea that Ran has encountered Vermouth and saved Haibara from her, even 500+ chapters after it occurred. The fact that Haibara herself is invested in keeping Ran out of anything to do with the Black Organization only adds to this, as she deliberately lied to Shinichi about who saved her that night. Ran not knowing Conan's identity also prevents them from confiding in each other or pooling together information they might have in other areas, and thus can extend the time it takes for important realizations to come to light.
    • In general, Shinichi is often left partially in the dark about some things related to the Organization because Haibara tends to withhold information from him. In part, this is due to the fact she doesn't want him to be reckless with the information, but also because she has extremely strong paranoias about information being spread.
  • Long-Distance Relationship: A variant with Ran. She thinks that he has run off to investigate some kind of case, but in truth he's Conan, aged down thanks to plot.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: After his parents moved to the US. That said, this does not induce I Just Want to Have Friends but rather enforced his otaku image.
  • Lovable Jock: Downplayed. Shinichi used to play soccer in his middle school's team but stopped after entering high school to focus more on being a detective. And while he's nowhere near Jerk Jock, his attitude can be a real turn off. He's still a good guy.
  • Love at First Sight: The "Ran GIRL, Shinichi BOY" flashback revealed that Shinichi started to love Ran when he first saw her smile when they met in pre-school; he even lampshades it at the end.
    Conan: (in his mind) Ran probably doesn’t know it but ever since our first meeting…Your smiling face stole my heart.
  • Love Confession: Ever since he learned that Ran reciprocated his feelings, Shinichi has made it his goal to fully confess his feelings for her.
    • After temporarily returning back to his original body in the "Desperate Revival" arc, he tried but a series of unforeseen circumstances happened. See his Interrupted Declaration of Love section above for more details.
    • In the non-canon fourth movie, he confessed to an amnesiac Ran while running away from the culprit because she asked him why he would go so far to protect her. Initially he's shocked, but then smiles, grabs her hand to escape the criminal, and makes his confession. Unfortunately, when Ran gains back her memories, she believes that the reason Conan said that was to restore her memory, explaining that Eri had earlier stated Kogoro made the exact same confession to her.
      Conan: (to Ran) Because I love you. I love you. More than anyone else in this world.
    • He was finally able to do so in the (canon) "Holmes Revelation" arc, see his Anguished Declaration of Love section for more details.
  • Love Makes You Stupid: While Shinichi has continually gotten more careful over safeguarding his Secret Identity, he will always risk it whenever it comes to Ran.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Shinichi" is a pun on "one truth"; it's one of his catch phrases and since he's a detective, he seeks to discover the one truth behind a crime.
    • "Conan" is the first name of the creator of Sherlock Holmes note , which is befitting for someone who is a big fan of the fictional detective.
    • "Conan" is Celtic for "wise" which is befitting for a Teen Genius (former Child Prodigy) Amateur Sleuth.
  • Meitantei: Why, the Japanese title is Meitantei Conan.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Averted. Despite now having the body of a child, he still has the mind of an adult. He even lampshades this in the anime.
  • Mindlink Mates: With Ran — they appear to share a close empathic link due to their strong feelings for each other, making them almost impossibly aware of when the other is in extreme danger, and often able to sense the other's worried thoughts.
  • Minor Living Alone: He used to do this, living in the Kudo family's Big Fancy House and taking care of it since his parents live in the USA. After he's shrunk, however, under the Conan Edogawa he goes live with his would-be girlfriend and her Private Defective father.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Despite not being in an official relationship, there are moments when Ran thinks (i.e., a client coming in saying she was Shinichi's girlfriend, which was an obvious lie) that Shinichi has committed an infidelity with another woman.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: During the "The Murderer is Shinichi Kudo" case, the criminal got plastic surgery to look like Shinichi in order to frame him for murder.
  • Morality Pet: Along with Ran, he is this to Vermouth from the Black Organization. After Shinichi helped Ran save Vermouth's life in New York while she was disguised as a serial killer, she nicknames him "Cool guy". Later in the series, after Conan successfully interfered with Vermouth's plan of killing Haibara, then almost forced her to surrender and take him to find the boss, she gives him another nickname - "Silver bullet" - as she believes that he has the potential to destroy the Black Organization, because he could touch her heart. Generally, Vermouth tries to protect Shinichi when she is able to, even if it means foiling her objectives or even risking her own life. Vermouth has stated that Shinichi and Ran are the only two treasures she has in the world.
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: His alter-ego, "Conan Edogawa". First name is Celtic and last name is Japanese.
  • My Greatest Failure: The Moonlight Sonata case. The only notable case where Conan FAILED to stop the suicide of a Sympathetic Murderer.
  • Mystery Magnet: Poor kid can't go anywhere without a murder happening. Occasionally lampshaded—the police inspector, upon realizing that Detective Mouri just HAPPENED to be near when the crime occurred, has a tendency to raise his eyebrow and vocalize his incredulity. Sadly, he never seems to follow up on this.
  • Nerves of Steel: Either as Conan or Shinichi, this guy has got guts.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: He always has previously unmentioned special skills in Non Serial Movies, conveniently explained away by "my dad taught me at Hawai'i."
  • New Transfer Student: Subverted. He actually gets transferred back to Teitan Elementary... because the last time he attended was seven years prior to the series. Also subverted in the anime, when the scene where he was transferred was in the stinger.
  • Nice Shoes: Conan has his red super sneakers. They are not only Tricked-Out Shoes that stimulate his feet with electronic pulses, they are also quite stylish. Whenever the story involves Shinichi, there is also something to be said of his navy sneakers.
  • Nosebleed: Conan gets some of these during Accidental Pervert situations, basically always because of Ran.
  • No Social Skills: Despite his skilled deduction reasoning, Shinichi has a habit of lacking social tact, a put-off by many of his peers, and even teachers.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Nobody ever listens to kids. Early on, Conan has to use Professor Agasa's voice-changing necktie just to tell the police to look under a table. It has been averted slightly as time goes by in that most of the police inspectors eventually learn to pay attention to Conan's observations—and some even recognize the kid's innate intelligence rather than thinking he is just accidentally inspiring them.
  • Not So Above It All: He has picked up some of Kogoro's most annoying habits. Hilariously seen in the Masami Hirota case: when the stranger that Ran caught took off his sunglasses, they started laughing in exactly the same way and at the same time. On the other hand, he once started a'hootin' and a'hollerin' when his favorite soccer team won a big game, prompting Haibara to snark that "the Master Sleuth was just a jumpy little boy when it came to soccer."
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Conan repeatedly makes a very awkward use of this to disguise his investigations and artificial Eureka Moments. This usually consists of Conan making a very adult speech or explanation, followed by everyone looking strangely at him, followed by Conan hastily saying in deliberately-cute mode, "At least, that's what I saw on TV!" In general, he gets away with it more because he looks like a child than his questionable acting skills.
  • Oblivious to Love: A minor example and is zig-zagged to an extent; in a strange reversal of his usual eye for small details, Conan usually completely fails to notice the few occasions when Ai expresses her jealousy of his relationship with Ran. However, the exact feelings she has for Conan, outside of considering him a friend and confidant, is yet to be known, especially given her mixed signals.
  • Official Couple: It took about 250 chapters for Ran to respond to his Love Confession, but they have become a couple at the end of chapter 1004. He's still de-aged, but they have accepted each other as boyfriend and girlfriend.
  • Older Alter Ego: Inverted. After being forced to consume the APTX pill, Shinichi de-aged into his seven-year-old body and later one dubs his younger alter-ego as "Conan Edogawa".
  • Older Than He Looks: Main premise of the show, to an extreme case. Zig-Zagged because he's supposed to look his age but that darn pesky de-aging poison rewinding him physically back 10 years...
  • One Degree of Separation: To a crazy degree:
    • Despite Kaito and Shinichi meeting by complete coincidence as KID and Conan with no knowledge of any personal connection, Kaito's father was Shinichi's mother's mentor and Shinichi's father's rival and best friend, and in the Magic Kaito anime adaptation, Shinichi's surrogate uncle, Agasa, is heavily implied to be the long-time friend of Jii, Kaito's surrogate grandfather, and the supplier of the gear Jii gives Kaito to help with his heists.
    • Despite Shinichi's encounter with the Black Org being pure bad luck and Haibara's seeking him out for protection being completely unrelated to who Shinichi actually is, the assassin sent after Haibara is the best friend of Shinichi's mother, a friendship she made during her mentorship under Kaito's father.
      • A Black Org assassin whose life Shinichi and Ran completely coincidentally encountered and saved while said assassin was undercover as a serial killer two years prior to the start of the series, all while they were completely ignorant of her ties to Shinichi's family or the existence of the Black Org. And after saving that "serial killer," they encounter Akai Shuichi, the FBI agent who would later partner with Shinichi after Shinichi, again entirely by coincidence, gets himself involved with the Black Org. As it turns out, Shinichi randomly met the entire Akai family (sans the father) when he was on a family beach trip as a child, and became Akai Shuichi's little sister's inspiration to be a detective.
    • Haibara, the informant and tailcoat the the assassin-who-is-his-mom's-friend is hunting? By complete coincidence, she's Akai Shuichi's cousin. Which adds... Implications to the fact that Akai was introduced as an ex-BO mole who'd gotten an in by dating Haibara's sister.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • During "The 3 'K's of Osaka", Conan makes little to no effort in trying to deduce the possible ways that the three suspects could've committed the murder. This is mostly due to one of them, Ray Curtis (a soccer star), being his biggest idol. Not only is it lampshaded by Heiji, but also marks some Character Development for Shinichi/Conan.
      Heiji: You know, Kudo...You're acting strange. In the past, you've always gone after suspects until their alibi was proven beyond a doubt.
    • Tying into the above, while Conan is often barely able to conceal how smart he is, he does make an effort to use excuses for his observations and knowledge (i.e. Taught by Television, told by "Shinichi", etc.), while using a cutesy, high-pitched voice. So, when he figures out that his soccer idol is behind the murder of the above mentioned case, he not only reveals to Ray Curtis how the latter committed his crime but also in front of him with no pretending he got the information elsewhere. Without Kogoro acting as his usual dummy or anyone else present. And, he does his deduction in his usual speaking voice. That just means the case has just gotten personal.
    • Despite doing an often horrible job at keeping his Secret Identity a secret, Shinichi doesn't try to do it on purpose though. So, if he deliberately reveals his true name and age, then it's because of a big deal. Either because he was comforting a dying Akemi Miyano or warning Eisuke that he couldn't take Ran away to America.
  • Otaku: Em, some of classmates would rather call him suiri-otaku (mystery geek), especially Sonoko. Ran also tends to use it as an insult when's irritated with his supposed preoccupation with difficult cases causing his prolonged absence.
  • Photographic Memory: Shinichi/Conan can remember everything in crystal detail.
  • Playing Both Sides: Conan's Batman Gambits sometimes gain an element of this, especially as he grows more accustomed to the dynamics of intelligence wars against crime syndicates. Conan faked Akai's death by predicting the actions of the Black Org down to the smallest variable and tricking them into believing that they successfully shot and killed Akai at point-blank range, in order to trick the FBI into trying to confirm the identity of the corpse using confirmation evidence Conan and Akai had planted earlier, in order to trick the Tokyo Metropolitican Police Department's homicide division to cluelessly analyze the "evidence" without context and confirm for the FBI that Akai was the corpse, in order to ensure that the aforementioned Black Org actually believes it, creating a self-affirming feedback loop of evidence as both sides see the others' reaction as confirmation of the death.
  • Playing Card Motifs: The second non-canon movie has Ran compare Shinichi to the Ace playing card because she always believes he can save the day.
  • Pride: Shinichi has always been a prideful individual, always thinking he was right and having the utmost confidence in anything he did. Unfortunately, this trait is what caused the premise of the show (see Idiot Ball) and is a main reason why he confronts criminals older and stronger than him even though he's in a child's body.
  • Primary-Color Champion: As Conan, his Iconic Outfit consists of a blue jacket, red tie, and white undershirt.
  • Princely Young Man: Since Shinichi is the son of two very famous entertainers (a former prize actress and a famous mystery novel author) and lives in a Big Fancy House on top of being an Amateur Sleuth and a Lonely Rich Kid, he can be said to be an Ice King type at the start. Then he gets shrunk, as Conan he goes to live with his middle-class "not girlfriend" and her Private Defective father, and the story properly begins...
  • Private Detective: Thanks to him being a Mystery Magnet, Shinichi solved any type case handed to him, mostly murder.
  • Properly Paranoid: During the flashback scene of "Memories from Sakura Class", Shinichi was a kindergarten newcomer who met Ran in his first day and grew increasingly suspicious of their teacher constantly looking out for her. His mother Yukiko mistook him for being jealous, but Yusaku goes in-depth of the investigation to discover that Ran's kindergarten teacher had planned to kidnap her to replace his daughter, who had since ran away to Hokkaido after a nasty fight. Shinichi's instinct saved Ran from her kidnapping, nobody except him, Yusaku, Megure and Kogoro knew the truth.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Conan has big round glasses for the aesthetic affect of looking less like himself; he's been de-aged into a child and is living day-to-day with a Childhood Friend whom he does not want to recognize him, and Shinichi never wore glasses. He's Clark Kenting, but he doesn't have the luxury of changing back and forth at will. They also make him look cuter, which he exploits. He also gets some cool features built into them as time passes, chiefly that they contain the monitor system for his little electronic trackers.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Tend to give these to the murderers who really piss him off.
  • Red Baron:
    • As Shinichi, he is commonly referred to as "The Detective of the East", "the Heisei Holmes", and/or "The Savior of the Police Force" because of how his amazing deduction prowess help solve seemingly close-and-shut and/or impossible cases.
    • As Conan, he earned the nickname "KID Killer" because he is the only one to be a match for the Phantom Thief Kaitou Kid.
  • Red Is Heroic: His signature red bowtie as Conan and he's the hero.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The calm, somewhat more standoffish Blue Oni to Heiji's rash, Hot-Blooded Red Oni.
  • Relationship Upgrade: As of file 1006, he and Ran are officially a couple.
  • The Reliable One: As Ran describes, "he's someone you can rely on in a pinch".
  • Rescue Romance: With Ran — they've mutually helped and rescued each other (even if Shinichi is in his Conan form almost all the time) several times - often a great risk to themselves. Lampshaded once when Ran's drugged and almost forcibly drowned at some point, then Conan rushes in to help her; thanks to the drug and lack of oxygen she sees Conan as Shinichi, and before passing out she smiles and says "Don't worry, I'm okay... Shinichi came to save me..."

  • Save the Villain: Adopted this mindset after the "Moonlight Sonata Murder" case, as he states to Heiji:
    Conan: A detective who corners a culprit with their reasoning...and drives them to suicide in front of himself is no different than a murderer.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Ran, especially when they were younger and when they aren't bickering, he's the aloof, stoic Savvy Guy to Ran's emotional, chipper Energetic Girl.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Conan's glasses often go shiny when he's thinking hard, plotting, or experiencing a flash of inspiration. Or when he's busy scaring the pants off of bad guys.
  • Secret Identity: He FAILS to keep it well while still succeeding in keeping it. Specifically, as advised by Dr Agasa, Conan Edogawa must hide the fact that Kudo Shinichi survived poisoning by the Organization in order to protect the safety of friends, family, and loved ones.
    • Except, all things considered, he seems to be doing a pretty lousy job of it, as Conan is unable to keep himself from appearing too clever for his own good. Not only does he (as Shinichi) regularly telephone Ran, but he also telephones Inspector Megure (as Shinichi) from time to time to drop clues (but makes sure the police officers know not to tell anybody about his involvement). It seems to be a fairly open secret as of episode 250 that Kudo is in frequent contact with the Mouri Detective Agency. During the "Desperate Revival" arc, while under the influence of a temporary apotoxin antidote, he even appeared as his teenaged self before an entire auditorium full of high school students. But it was all right, because afterward they all promised not to tell anybody. (Yeah right.)
    • Certainly, other clever people take notice. When even Ran is able to figure out that Conan is Shinichi (several times over the course of the series), that can be a problem. (And it doesn't help matters that Heiji is prone to calling Conan "Kudo" even when in the presence of others.) In "Trembling Metropolitan Police Headquarters: 12 Million Hostages" (when Takagi and Conan are trapped in an elevator with a bomb and believe they're going to die) even Takagi asks Conan "who [he] really [is]". If you cannot even keep your secret from Takagi, you FAIL at protecting your secret identity.
    • Moreover, every time a case with Kid comes up, Conan is treated by the media as Kid's nemesis, effectively making him a celebrity. This would likely be detrimental to keeping a secret identity given that he looks exactly like a young Shinichi Kudo and the Organization is already suspicious of everything surrounding Kogoro—but luckily for him, any of his accomplishments and fame are completely forgotten in any chapter not starring Kid, only to come back next time the thief shows up.
    • The fact that Conan's identity remains secret from the Black Organization is probably attributable more to luck (and scripted immunity) than skill. The members of the Black Organization who have uncovered the truth about Conan's and/or Ai's shrinkage either had their own reasons for not divulging it to the rest of the group (Vermouth, Kir, Irish in The Raven Chaser or were killed before they could do so (Pisco). The one other member of the group who might be intelligent enough to figure it out, Gin, is handicapped in that he makes a point of not remembering the people he's killed; he probably forgot who Kudo Shinichi was five minutes after feeding him the poison. Also, Conan has somehow managed not to directly catch his eye.
    • Recently even Shinichi's mother, while otherwise helpful to her son in keeping his identity secure, has been caught accidentally slipping and calling him 'Shin-Conan-kun' in front of various people who don't know - and it has not slipped everyone's notice. Including that of FBI agent Jodie Starling.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Heiji's Manly Man. Zig-Zagged somewhat: Shinichi isn't a very sensitive person as far as his own emotions go, but knows when to keep his head cool and in a romantic sense, figured out his feelings for Ran first; a rarity in Shonen protagonists. He also is fairly good at deducing what other people are feeling when he makes an effort to observe them. Heiji on the other hand is more emotionally driven due to his Hot-Blooded nature, but he's also noticeably more thick when it comes to appreciating someone's feelings.
  • Sexier Alter Ego: Downplayed. Shinichi is a Tall, Dark, and Handsome Chick Magnet, thus he was already "sexy", his younger alter-ego is more along the line of "cute".
  • Sherlock Homage: Lampshaded. Many of his interests come from Holmes.
  • Sherlock Scan: Like his idol, Shinichi is able to deduce a person's career, hobbies, last meal, etc. by simply glancing at them. He proves this to Ran in the first chapter/episode to a random woman. This skill comes in handy in the next chapter/episode when he is shrunken to a child and goes to Agasa for help, but the scientist, understandably, doesn't believe the kid is actually Shinichi Kudo. It's only after the shrunken detective deduces what Agasa was doing prior to meeting one another, by glancing at the state of the professor's clothing allows Agasa to be believe him.
  • Shipper on Deck: While he tends to be snarky about Love Tropes themselves, if he truly believes that a hook-up will make the persons involved happy, he will do what he can for them.
    • It's rather blatant when he helps Takagi to meet Satou right on time before she agrees to marry Shiratori.
    • He gives a knowing, sly smirk to Agasa (along with the rest of the Detective Boys) after the Professor's meeting with his First Love, Fusae Campbell-Kinoshita.
    • He tells Shiratori that he will help him catch a certain culprit so he can recover Kobayashi-sensei's affections.
    • Despite his teasing, Conan/Shinichi genuinely thinks Kazuha and Heiji would make a great couple.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Look at his height compared to the other Detective Boys, and remember that he has the mind of a 17-year-old Teen Genius.
  • The Short Guy with Glasses: Conan is the shortest member of the regular cast, shorter than Ayumi. And while its inconsistent, when there are flashbacks to when he actually was a child, Shinichi is shown to at times be slightly shorter than Ran. Subverted with Shinichi as a teenager; he is of normal height for his age.
  • Significant Birth Date: Shinichi's birthday is 4th of May, the day when Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Moriarty supposedly fell of the Reichenbach falls.
  • Significant Double Casting: He shares the same Japanese voice actor as Kaito Kuroba/Kaitou Kid.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Shinichi has been in love with Ran since they were kids and he shows absolutely no romantic or sexual attraction to anyone else.
  • Skewed Priorities: Downplayed. Shinichi is fully aware that the Black Organization discovering he's alive will cause his loved ones to be a target and goes to great lengths to conceal his identity. However, he has also risked said identity by not having some basic common sense (see Ditzy Genius section above) and trying to persuade Haibara to give him the temporary antidote so he can confess his love to Ran.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: As Conan; he hasn't lost his amazing deductive prowess. However, as Shinichi, he is already very smart even if he doesn't wear glasses.
  • Specs of Awesome: As Conan Edogawa, the awesomeness is furthered strengthened by the abilities that his glasses possess.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Ran. While their feelings have been kinda wavering for quite the while, as time passes they have grown stronger - but Shinichi is trapped in the body of a little boy (the titular Conan) and cannot openly tell Ran who he is, lest she and his friends will be targeted by the same evil organization that shrunk him. In the meantime poor Ran waits for Shinichi's return...
  • Stock Shōnen Hero: Inverted. Shinichi is practically an antithesis of the trope — Unlike how most Shonen anime are set in world with varying levels of fantastical elements, Shinichi's world is completely normal. His hair is an improbable one, but not considered spiky; by the beginning of the series, he was already a skilled detective; he's a certified Teen Genius (former Child Prodigy) who loves to read, especially mystery books; he realized his feelings for his love interest first before she did; he almost always keeps a cool head, even coming across as cold; and is an example of a Weak, but Skilled Shonen protagonist.
  • The Stoic: Downplayed. Shinichi wasn't an entirely stoic person, but until he became "Conan", he never pulled pranks or laughed as much before the fateful event.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: The serious, deadpan Straight Man to Heiji's light-hearted, jokester Wise Guy. If Shinichi is feeling particularly playful or humourous around Hattori, he usually expresses it in the form of subtle trolling.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Most of the time, Conan's Power-Enhancing Kick Shoes enhance his kicking strength enough to crack windows and knock people out when he kicks a soccer ball at them. In the movies, he's sent speeding cars spinning down the highway, launched himself hundreds of feet into the air after bungee jumping off a building with his Elasticity Suspenders, and kicked soccer balls hard enough to break the sound barrier. This is somewhat justified by the implication that the shoes have numbered settings that increase in strength and that Conan usually only uses the lowest settings against people: in the chapter the shoes are introduced, Conan tries out the third setting during a grade school soccer game and accidentally tears the tree behind the goal in two, terrifying the child goalie in the process. Thereafter Conan presumably uses the weaker settings unless more strength is required.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: A younger, mustache-less version of his father.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: With Ran. While Shinichi is a Teen Genius detective who can solve supposed impossible crimes, she's a karate champion whose strength borders on Charles Atlas Superpower.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Especially as Shinichi, but either way he's reserved and can come across as cold due to his Insufferable Genius and Deadpan Snarker nature. But, he's also brave and willing to do anything for anyone in danger, especially when Ran is involved.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Shinichi is practically fluent in English, as he once conversed with and translated for an American diplomat, and later solved a case in London without evidence of any language barrier. Of course, this has led to numerous cases of Engrish that can be downright narmy to Western viewers.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Oi, oi. Lowered eyebrows optional.
  • Tagalong Kid: Zigzagged. Technically, he's a young adult trapped in a child's body, but is seen as this by the older adults. But whenever he's on the case, he's the one leading them to finding out clues to the potential culprit... all before solving the case at the end.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: When Shinichi he's tall (5'8.5"), a Chick Magnet (although, young girls like Ayumi still find him cute as "Conan"), and he has jet-black hair.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: As Shinichi, besides being Tall, Dark, and Handsome, he was also known for witty and dry remarks. His sarcasm is still there as "Conan".
  • Taught by Television: Invoked. Whenever he's asked by someone how he knows so much, he will respond that he saw it on TV.
  • Teen Genius: Limited similarity to Sherlock Holmes' field of knowledge; he certainly knew all that knowledge for all his cases, but he was not shown to be that good academically.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: As much as he is Accidental Pervert as Conan, he accidentally did this to Kazuha, of all people. See for yourself.
  • Thinking Tic: Whenever dealing with a particularly difficult case, Shinichi/Conan juggles a soccer ball to think better. In scenes where he doesn't have one, he often holds his chin with his thumb and forefinger.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: He found Narumi Asai's suicide in the Moonlight Sonata case to be his greatest failure. This causes him to change his methods so that he can prevent future culprits from killing themselves. He also passes this creed on to Hattori.
  • Too Clever by Half: A recurring flaw with him. He's extremely smart and is aware of it, but as Ran (correctly) pointed out, he would get himself into trouble from getting involved in too many dangerous cases. And while some of his plans to catch the Black Organization have panned out some progress to varying degrees, he's also endangered his life and the lives of his loved ones by thinking he can outsmart a group of highly trained, intelligent (possibly moreso than Shinichi) assassins who lack basic morals. He has learned to be more cautious to some degree, but is still somewhat reckless.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Grew a liking to lemon pie in middle school because his middle school senpai, Asami Uchida, would always give him a piece of the dessert cake to see if she was getting better at making them.
    • He seems to really like curry.
  • Tricked-Out Shoes: Which that deliver an electric current through his legs. This greatly enhances his kicking ability.
  • The Trickster: Interestingly, Shinichi is developing more into this kind of character as he adapts more and more to covert operations and learns from his mistakes. Whereas his straightforward detective work in the early series often led to leads blowing up in his face—as was the case for the Mintendo Bombing, the failed software trade-off trap, the near-miss with Pisco and Gin at the Haido City Hotel, and the Night Baron virus—his Batman Gambits to counteract the Black Org become increasingly complex and manipulative as he gains the influence and experience to enact complex schemes and deceptions. The Mystery Train incident is a notable example, as is The Scarlet Return arc: in the latter, Shinichi manages to play both enemies and allies off each other perfectly in a complex weave of manipulations, deceiving them both the same.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Downplayed. When he was an actual child, Shinichi apparently watched movies/shows that had morgues in them.
  • Tsundere: Not as bad as Heiji, but Shinichi tends go back and forth between showing his love for Ran to teasing her mercilessly.
  • Twice Shy: With Ran. Even after he became aware of her feelings for him as Conan, when he returns to his original body, he gets too scared to properly confess...until the London arc. And after the said arc, it takes Ran a long time to give an answer.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Invoked. When Ran once again suspects that Conan and Shinichi are the same person because of how much they look alike, Yukiko "explains" that it's because "Conan" is a distant relative of hers, specifically "the nephew of the grandfather of the cousin of the daughter of the brother of her uncle".
  • Undying Loyalty: To every single one of his loved ones, especially to Ran.
    Ran: "He's someone you can rely on in a pinch."
  • Uptown Guy: He is the son of a world famous novelist and equally world famous actress, and lived (or used to live) in a Big Fancy House. Ran, the girl he loves, lives in a smaller home with her (former) struggling detective father who is estranged from his lawyer wife (Ran's mother).
  • Voice Changeling: An example of someone using a device, instead of having the skill. After being into a child and because he wants to avoid attention and help solve cases Shinichi uses Agasa's Voice-Changing Bowtie; by turning the dial on the back Conan is able to imitate all kinds of voices that he hears.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Gender Inverted. He'll get pissed if someone takes a romantic interest in Ran...but if you look at her the wrong careful.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Heiji Hattori, the two consider each others as rivals and sometimes uses an ongoing case as a competition to determine who is the greatest detective. However outside that, both Conan and Heiji had been looking out on each others' back and the latter even try to help covering for the former as Shinichi. In addition, most of the cases they got to be involved together, it took both deductions from the two in order to expose the criminal together.
  • Vocal Dissonance: While acting as Conan, he uses a high-pitched sing-song voice as you'd expect from a child. When speaking as Shinichi or when in deep thought, his voice drops a few octaves to be much coarser and closer to his teenage voice.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: Zigzagged. When he was able to briefly return to his original body in the Desperate Revival arc, Shinichi took Ran out to a restaurant and was about to confess his feelings before a case happened. And before he could confess, his body started to shrink. When he meets up with Ran again as Conan, she wonder why Shinichi took her to such an establishment, and Conan blushes while remembering that his father proposed to his mother in the same restaurant after brilliantly solving a murder that happened in front of her. It's heavily implied that had the murder case not happened, Shinichi would've proposed to Ran instead of confessing his feelings.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Downplayed. His parents are more light-hearted than he is, and Shinichi/Conan doesn't hide the fact that he sometimes finds them to be annoying or exasperating. However, they do know when to get serious.
  • Weak, but Skilled: As Shinichi, while he's got a fairly powerful kick due to his love of soccer, he's consistently portrayed as being physically weaker than his female best friend and lifelong crush Ran. As Conan, he doesn't have a lot of upper OR lower body strength because he's the size of a 6 year old child, but he hasn't lost his great intellect. Now, he just has to rely on a number of ways to solve the case since no one will listen to a kid: Outsmart the culprit(s), some of the gadgets Agasa made for him that can take out said culprit(s) and/or help solve the case, or use a nearby adult to solve a case by giving hints. The very last one is his most frequent tactic.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: Frequently commented on how smart he is as Conan. And even in his years as a kindergartener or an elementary student, Shinichi was already a boy who's curiosity in riddles balanced out with his wits.
  • Worthy Opponent: He and Kaito Kuroba/Kaitou Kid have a huge amount of respect for each other's abilities.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He's not hesitant about kicking his power-enhanced soccer balls to a woman's face. Of course, most of the time, these women are trying to either kill him or someone else.

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