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    Kaitou Kid/Kaito Kuroba 
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Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (original); Carlos Jiménez and Óscar Olivares (Detective Conan and Magic Kaito 1412 pilot dub), Alan Fernando Velásquez (Magic Kaito 1412 series) [Latin American Spanish dubs]

Magic Kaito of the Protagonist Title. Eight years after his father's death, he discovers his father's identity as the original Kaitou Kid and later takes on the role himself in order to search for the gem called Pandora and stop the people who murdered his father from obtaining it.

While not under the guise of Kaitou Kid, Kaito seems to be rather popular in school and likes to pull harmless pranks on people. He also loves to demonstrate his magic skills and seems to hate seeing other people upset. While good at many things, he is absolutely hopeless at ice skating, and has an unexplained extreme fear of fish.

In Detective Conan, his main job there is just to be a recurring adversary every now and then, but otherwise he isn't an important part of the story. Chapter 824, where he helps Conan fool the Black Organization into believing Shiho Miyano is dead, is the first time he explicitly takes part in a major Detective Conan plot. Until chapter 1008 retroactively recast his third canon appearance—chapters 299-302, the Sunset Mansion murder case—as the debut for Detective Conan's Big Bad, with KID having been used as bait to lure detectives in to investigate the Black Org's very earliest known murders—though no one realized this at the time.

Mandatory naming note: He's got a huge number of layers here. Kuroba means '"black feather" - referring to flight and likely to his black hair, as well as Kid's apparent alignment according to the police. The name also possibly references magpies (birds who horde shiny objects). In a sense it is an ironic name since the Kaitou Kid is otherwise usually associated with white birds like doves. Kaito is a pun on both "kaitou" and the English "kite", which matches the appearance of his hang glider and once again refers to flight. The name Kuroba deliberately has 'black' in it as the majority of characters in Magic Kaito had colour-themed names. Still another point for the name is that 'clover' is spelled 'Kuroba' in Japanese- Kaito's monocle has a clover on it.


  • The Ace: Smart, athletic, and good-looking.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the Detective Conan movies he tends to commit more dubious actions, such as trying to grope and kiss Ran, whom he tricked by convincing her his true secret identity was Shinichi and still led on the deception even after his theft was complete. While as a civilian Kaito is a pervert and loves to make mischief, in the manga he does his best to hold KID to a gentlemanly personality as the role is his father's legacy, making this adaptation change a noticeable deviation in character.
  • Alliterative Name: Kaito Kuroba. The same applies to his alter-ego.
  • Animal Motifs: His surname (Black Feather) evokes magpies, and Kaitou Kid evokes doves.
  • Anti-Hero: In his own show, Magic Kaito. He steals artifacts and causes trouble for the police (including his best friend's father), but it's all in the name of finding the people who killed his father. He also makes sure to return the artifacts he steals.
  • Anti-Villain: In Detective Conan. Yes, he's a thief, but he's a noble thief. Plus, see his reason for his thefts in the above trope.
  • Badass Cape: As Kaitou Kid, he sports a magnificent white cape.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: His Kaitou Kid suit is quite dapper. And also comes with a glider.
  • Badass Pacifist: Averted. Kaitou Kid has a reputation for never killing or severely harming people while committing his crimes. However, he has enacted violence despite this reputation: during Hakuba's introduction heist, Kaito violently assaults a police officer with a wrench. During the Christmas heist, he bombs a landmark Christmas tree and collapses the building of a shopping center that dared to use his name. In Detective Conan his heists are usually less violent, but he's still done some pretty troubling things: for example, during the Kirin's Horn heist, he tasered Conan, even though tasers are excruciatingly painful and potentially lethal to children and those with health problems, of which Conan is currently both. He generally prefers not to use force, though he may, and when he does, he doesn't seem to intend lethal force, which appears to be why Inspector Nakamori has more respect for him than other criminals.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Aoko — Personality wise, they seem to behave similarly to Heiji and Kazuha: great friends who tend to argue with each other and hide romantic feelings for one another.
  • Beyond the Impossible: He can perfectly imitate anyone's voice, even girls and young children. Conan requires a device created by a Mad Scientist to do that, and when he first witnesses Kaito's ability this is what he thinks.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Shinichi Kudo/Conan Edogawa. They are both Jerk with a Heart of Gold protagonists who are confirmed to be Teen Geniuses that are also insufferable. At their own high school they are considered aces in their respective fields (Kaito - magician, Shinichi - detective), something of which they have been interested in since their own childhoods; and because of their respective skills, popularity, and natural good looks, they are both popular with the opposite sex, but are only interested in the respective childhood best friend, even if they have a weird way of showing it. Currently they are both living a double life due to certain circumstances and because of those said circumstances they must keep their identities hidden, even from their best friend/main love interest. Also, in their new identities, they have their own improbable weapon to use in case of danger (Kaito - card gun, Shinichi - soccer ball). And their main goal in their own show is to find the Big Bad organization responsible for a personal matter (Kaito - killing his father, Shinichi - attempting to kill him). They even have the same Japanese voice actor!
  • Bishōnen: Is very good-looking.
  • Canon Immigrant: In Detective Conan. He was originally in a series before Gosho began Detective Conan.
  • Chick Magnet: Got a whole bunch of chocolates for Valentine's Day. And he's quite popular with the ladies as Kaitou Kid.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Aoko — Similar to Shinichi and Ran, Kaito and Aoko are childhood friends who met each other at a young age and have crushes on one another.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He has a habit of mentally logging information about a girl's panties. He seems to like white ones. However, he proves not to be entirely shameless; for example, in his first appearance in Detective Conan, he drugged Ran and disguised himself as her. Conan thought he had also stripped her to get her dress and Kaito teased him with the possibility. He actually didn't: he was the bellboy who took Ran's cocktail dress to her, and in the meantime he made a copy.
    • Also noted he never strips down women for his disguises normally. The only two exceptions of this were for certain reasons: one because he thought Sera was a guy, the other Aoko was the only person he could disguise as at the given moment.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Since that was the first time he came to school on Valentine's Day, he has no idea why all of these girls are suddenly just handing him chocolate for free.
  • Color Motifs: White, given how his Kaitou Kid suit is almost entirely white.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To Shinichi Kudo/Conan Edogawa. Despite a lot of similarities between the two, they have some key differences — Shinichi is a detective who, despite the flair for the dramatic, is usually serious; Kaito is a magician/thief who is well known, in either identity, for performing silly, though ingenious tricks. The famous detective, Shinichi, was forced into being the unknown "Conan Edogawa" and tries to take down the organization because two of the members attempted to kill him; the relatively normal Kaito chose to become the new and world famous "Kaitou Kid" after learning that the accident that took his father's life was staged by an organization. Also, Shinichi is trying to apprehend the Black Organization through as much legal means as possible; Kaito performs numerous thefts to catch the men he's looking for (though he usually returns what he steals, especially as Characterization Marches On).
  • Disguised in Drag:
    • Kaito steals Sonoko's mother Tomiko's very expensive black pearl while perfectly disguised as Ran.
    • He also disguises himself as a maid when he rescues Jirokichi Suzuki's dog. Lampshaded by Conan, who suggests that he enjoys crossdressing.
    • In his own series, he disguised himself as Aoko three separate times. It's also noted he's disguised as her four other times off-screen.
    • Played with much later: Kaito knocks out and strips a girl named Sera to disguise himself as her, leaving her only in her undies... but Sera is such a Bifauxnen and so flat-chested that he doesn't notice it's a girl. (To be fair, she is wearing boyish underwear and a top without a bra at that moment. He also caught her in the men's restroom, where she slipped in because the girls's restroom was full and she couldn't wait) Conan later explains everything, Kaito is all "WTF?!" when told Sera's a girl... and cue to a very pissed off Sera in her undies drop-kicking him on the head.
    • His next appearance crossdressing in the Detective Conan manga involved him disguising as Kazuha and being very smug about the perks of the disguise until he almost has to make out with her boyfriend Hattori because of it.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: His characterization has changed a lot over time. Fans of his suave and generally non-violent characterization in Detective Conan are usually shocked at how much of an impulsive, mistake-ridden, and sometimes violent person Kaito is for much of the earlier manga chapters.
  • Expy: Kaito is an expy of Kaito Lupin, who only appeared in the prototype "Nonchalant Lupin" short story Aoyama published before officially working on Magic Kaito. Kaito Lupin himself is a pretty obvious expy of Arsène Lupin, making Kaito Kuroba an expy of an expy.
  • Friendly Enemy: With Shinichi Kudo/Conan Edogawa. They may be adversaries most of the time but act as a good team when the need arises.
  • Generation Xerox: Like his father, Kaito is the famous master thief, "Kaitou Kid", whose main adversary is a genius detective with the last name "Kudo". And despite their conflicting sides, they have a healthy respect for one another.
  • Gentleman Thief: A well-known and popular Loveable Rogue thief (and Chick Magnet) who wears a suave, white nice suit...even if he is a pervert. However, his exploits are surprisingly mundane, using disguises to escape instead of stylishly flying with his cape/glider. At one point, he even resorts to swimming all the way from a ship to the harbor to escape.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: Kaito kept the same Messy Hair from his childhood.
  • High-Class Glass: The monocle came from Arsène Lupin.
  • Hypocrite: He dislikes both Akako and Saguru because of their arrogance, but Kaito is quite arrogant himself.
  • Iconic Outfit: Kaito is usually remembered with his "Kaitou Kid" suit.
  • Identical Stranger: Not just a limitation of the art style. He and Shinichi Kudo are deliberately drawn and canonically described as looking similar to each other, and the resemblance is strong enough that they can be disguised as one another without too much effort. This is not helped by the two sharing a voice actor in most appearances. To wit, Kaito has performed as Shinichi four times in the films. Unfortunately not enough to trick Ran the third time.
  • Improbable Weapon User: As Kaitou Kid, he uses a card gun as a weapon.
  • Improbably High I.Q.: Apparently has an IQ of 400, as determined through DNA testing.
  • Insufferable Genius: Kaito had a high IQ and he has a habit of thinking he can outsmart anyone.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Perverted, arrogant, and insensitive. Kaito also genuinely desires to make people happy with his magic, even if his methods are... unconventional.
  • Latex Perfection: Any costume made by a Kuroba is bound to be perfect.
  • Leitmotif: He has his own theme song.
  • Light Is Good: Kaito means no harm as Kaitou Kid; he only wants to find the men who killed his father and steals the most expensive or sought after jewelry, art, etc. in order to do so. However, his constant thefts of them make a lot of police officers consider him the Light Is Not Good. Adding to the latter description, it should be noted that in one of Akako's prophesies about him describes him as The Sinner in White
  • Living a Double Life: As a normal high school student and a master thief.
  • Loveable Rogue: Even though he's a wanted criminal by the police, the citizens all love Kaitou Kid, with even Inspector Nakamori and Conan taking note on some of his good points, even if they're still intent on arresting him. And even in his normal identity as Kaito, he's quite likable and popular, in spite of his perverted antics.
  • Made of Iron: Particularly in the early manga, where Amusing Injuries abounded. Even in the later, more serious chapters, however, this trait never quite faded; the Sun Halo arc, for one, has him taking a shard of broken glass to the gut and still staying conscious and coordinated long enough to pull off one of his trademark disguise switcheroos.
  • Magician Detective: At times, he has been known to use his intellect as a thief to solve things. Main example — the Golden Eye heist. Plus various other incidences.
  • Master of Disguise: He can switch between perfect full body costumes at a moment's notice. In one case, he goes from Nakamori to Genta (a young child) to Kaitou Kid to a random police guy within minutes, all with the appropriate clothing, perfectly imitated voices and even the stamp on his cheek that Nakamori previously placed on everyone in the room except him.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The name "Kaito" means "kite". It is written differently (i.e. is a different kanji) than the word "kaitou", which means "phantom thief."
    • "Kuroba" means black feather, referencing his black hair and duel magpie/dove bird motifs
      • The word "clover" is also pronounced "kuroba" in Japanese. A four-leaf clover appears on the tag of Kid's monocle.
  • Messy Hair: Has an uncombed, mop of black hair.
  • Minor Living Alone: His father died years ago and his mother is almost always away traveling.
  • Motifs: Of the moon. His wardrobe is almost completely white (the color of the moon), his heists are always at night time (when the moon appears), one of his nicknames is the "Magician Under the Moonlight", and a symbol for the moon could be mystery (a trait he is as Kaitou Kid).
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: Well, never hurt a bystander, more like. Kaitou KID has, to the knowledge of the police, never killed or permanently harmed anyone. It's one of the reasons Nakamori has some respect for him. In fact, the reason for his injury in the Sun Halo arc was because he was saving Aoko from getting hurt from slipping into the pitfall trap meant for him. However, he has bombed buildings and has a record of assault, including several counts of assault of a minor where Conan's involved. He's also known to have beaten a policeman with a wrench to the point of incapacitation and unconsciousness.
  • Nice Hat: As Kaitou Kid he sports a white top hat with a blue ribbon band.
  • One Degree of Separation: 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, as well as the supplier of the gear Jii gives Kaito to help with magic tricks, which Kaito uses on his heists. Neither of them were aware of any of this upon first meeting, and it's still unclear whether Kaito knows any of it. Also, Vermouth, one of the Black Org assassins gunning for Shinichi's friend Haibara, is another former student of Kaito's father. How did these two not meet before the plot kicked in?
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Really, the only thing that remotely hides his identity is the fact that he often wears the brim of his hat in such a way that his eyes are slightly hidden in shadow. That's it. Really, it's a miracle as to why he hasn't been figured out at this point (though his status as a Master of Disguise makes it a tiny bit more plausible). Granted in one chapter/episode Inspector Nakamori does see Kaito's face and links him with Kaitou Kid... only for Kaito to slip away again. The fact his name has nearly identical pronunciation (despite the different kanji spelling) as his alter ego does not help his case.
    • He uses this to his advantage by disguising himself as Aoko the next night and convinces Nakamori he was pretending to be his daughter and his daughter's best friend to mess with him. And considering Kaitou KID is known for his disguises, it's not unjustified for onlookers to assume he is always wearing someone else's face.
    • Ironically, this does help him much later on when Aoko is able to remove his hat in the Sun Halo arc... and rather than thinking he really is Kaito, accuses him of using his face to mock her. Heck, even when Aoko does begin to suspect the connection between the two, it's for completely different reasons.
  • Phantom Thief: Kaito's profession. He's even 'stolen' a clock tower. His manga was all about the various comedic exploits he would get into as he ran from the police until Cerebus Syndrome set in.
  • Photographic Memory: Kaito has the ability to memorize very complicated facts in short periods of time. This usually gets put to use in helping him create his disguises.
    • This is once used against him by Shinichi, who has the cops ask him for the driver's license number of the policeman he is impersonating, something most people would not have memorized. Kaito had memorized it and rattles it off, outing himself as KID in disguise.
  • Renaissance Man: Kaito has a wide range of skills which contribute to the sole purpose of being a phantom thief. He is a ventriloquist, a magician, a master of disguise and has excellent deductive skills on par with Hakuba, Shinichi or Hattori. He has excellent athletic abilities and can play almost any sport. He can drive any vehicle and can bypass most security systems easily.
  • The Rival: In Magic Kaito, he and Hakuba are always at each others' throats, trying to outsmart one another at every given opportunity. In Detective Conan, Shinichi views him like this.
  • Secret Identity: He hides his life as Kaitou Kid from his friends.
  • Significant Double Casting: He shares the same voice actor in most appearances as Shinichi Kudo.
  • The Trickster: Loves to play tricks on everybody around him, especially Aoko; his favorite one is checking the color of girls' panties.
  • Villain Protagonist: Played with through his roles as both Anti-Hero and Anti-Villain. Kaito steals as Kaitou KID and has caused many incidents of property damage and assault in the process, as well as generally making trouble for the police, for the sake of trying to bait and eventually get "vengeance" on the murderous criminals who killed his father, probably by getting them caught by the police. His gun is only a trick prop, and he has on a few occasions even gone out of his way to protect bystanders near him. Since he's also looking for a very specific item, he typically returns the goods he's stolen after determining they aren't what he wants.
  • Voice Changeling: He's capable of imitating most voices he hears.
  • Weapon of Choice: That playing-card gun is almost as famous as Kaitou Kid himself. Interestingly, early chapters of the manga had him using it willy-nilly in both identities; the 1412 anime changes this so the civilian Kaito flicks playing cards with his bare hands instead.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He has an irrational and completely unexplained fear of fish. Even dead ones.
  • Worthy Opponent: He and Shinichi/Conan have a huge amount of respect for each other's abilities.
  • You Killed My Father: Kaito's main motivation against the bad guys is to get them back for murdering his father onstage and playing it up as an accident.
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    Aoko Nakamori 
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Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura, Minami Takayama (Detective Conan), M.A.O (Magic Kaito 1412); Carolina Cortés (Magic Kaito 1412 pilot dub), Wendy Malvárez (Magic Kaido 1412 series) [Latin American Spanish dubs]

Kaito's hot-tempered but nevertheless all-loving childhood friend. Her dad is the local Inspector Javert, Ginzo Nakamori, thus she hates Kaitou Kid for humiliating him.

Mandatory Naming Note: Her Colourful Theme Naming is blue (Ao).


  • A-Cup Angst: She's rather sensitive about Kaito's cracks regarding her ironing board figure.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Kaito — Personality wise, they seem to behave similarly to Heiji and Kazuha: great friends who tend to argue with each other and hide romantic feelings for one another.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Kaito — similar to Shinichi and Ran, Kaito and Aoko are childhood friends who met each other at a young age and have crushes on one another. It's taken up a notch in the 1412 anime, where she lives next door to Kaito and implicitly cooks dinner for him on a regular basis.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To Ran Mouri. Both are the main love interests of the protagonist of their respective series, with said romance being belligerent. Ran is shown to care for Shinichi's alter-ego as much as him while Aoko hate Kaitou Kid for embarrassing her father but cares for Kaito. Ran emotionally suffers from Shinichi's "absent" but Aoko doesn't go through that because Kaito's predicament isn't the same as Shinichi. Ran, while Hot-Blooded, is fairly more level-headed while Aoko is easily riled up.
  • Daddy's Girl: Aoko's main reason for hating Kaitou KID is because he constantly makes her father look incompetent and will become infuriated if anyone (mostly Kaito) insults him. Gets taken Up to Eleven in the Ski-Resort Episode, where she cosplays as the elder Nakamori, complete with fake mustache (It Makes Sense in Context... slightly).
  • Dating Catwoman: Sorta, since she is Kaito's friend and one of his possible love interests.
  • Expy: Like Kaito, Aoko too is based on a character (Aoko Holmes) who only appeared in the prototype "Nonchalant Lupin" short story Aoyama published before officially working on Magic Kaito.
  • Genius Ditz: Seems to be pretty booksmart despite her childish nature.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Specifically to mess with Kaito.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: Aoko kept the same Messy Hair from her childhood.
  • Hates Being Alone: Aoko doesn't like being alone. This is the reason for her hatred of Kaitou KID, since her father is always away from home trying to catch the thief.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Her low self-esteem may be the reason why she acts more child-like than she should.
  • Hidden Depths: Unlike her counterparts Ran and Kazuha, it has been suggested that Aoko has a high level of intelligence at least approaching that of her love-interest Kaito. In the first file of the Magic Kaito manga, the two are causing havoc in the classroom; the teacher tries to get them to focus by asking first Kaito, then Aoko to answer a complicated math problem on the board, but both answer her question with hardly a glance at the board and continue with their mayhem.
    • In the Sun Halo arc, what actually gets her to suspect Kaito is Kaitou KID is not his face (since she thinks he's just using his face to mock her), but rather noticing the similarities in things such as gestures and breathing, things that require paying close attention to recognize. It's implied the reason she doesn't press further besides checking if Kaito has a stomach injury afterwards is because she doesn't want to believe it to be true.
  • Identical Stranger: Aoko looks almost identical to Ran Mouri except that she has a messier hairstyle.
  • Improbable Weapon User: She expertly uses mops and brooms to attack Kaito whenever he acts perverted.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Aoko has shown to have low self-esteem. Once, to prove that Kaito wasn't KID, she asked him out on date on the day of a KID heist. Kaito, taken aback, snaps "Why would I go out with an ugly girl like you?" to which she tearfully replies "I know...but please!"
  • Joshikousei: Her school uniform is a Sailor Fuku.
  • Kiddie Kid: She's in her mid to late teens but sometimes acts like a kid, and her speech patterns are noted to be very childish for her age.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Like her father, she is impulsive, easily riled up, and often shouts. Kaito and Kaitou Kid in particular are often the trigger for bouts of loud, violent displays.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Inverted. While Aoko cares for Kaito, she absolutely despises Kaitou Kid because the magician's thefts keeps her father away.
  • Messy Hair: The top part of her hair is uncombed.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She keeps her hair loose and it reaches to her waist.
  • Sailor Fuku: Her high school uniform consists of a dark blue sailor fuku.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Aoko hates Kaito's perverted nature, but she knows he's a good person underneath and truly appreciates all the grand gestures he often does for her.
  • Third-Person Person: Aoko has a tendency to refer to herself in the third-person, despite being at least 16 years old.
  • Tsundere: Toward Kaito. Type B, Aoko can be sweet and gentle at one moment, then boisterous and fiery at the next.

    Inspector Ginzo Nakamori 
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Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka (original), Andrés Skoknic (Magic Kaito 1412 pilot dub), Jorge Roig Jr. (Magic Kaito 1412 series) [Latin American Spanish dubs]

Aoko's father, a police inspector who's been obsessed with catching Kaitou Kid since the original's heyday. Fancies himself a Worthy Opponent, typically ends up a lot further down the competence (and dignity) spectrum.

Mandatory Naming Note: His Colourful Theme Naming is grey (Gin, literally "silver").


  • Adults Are Useless: He can never catch Kaitou Kid. That said, no one else can either and he definitely knows Kaitou Kid's M.O. better than almost anyone. But Kid is always one step ahead.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To Kogoro Mouri. Both are the fathers of main female lead, have facial hair, are hot-blooded, often act idiotic, and have a complicated relationship with their daughter's love interest, whose the protagonist. Kogoro used to work on the force, is separated from his wife, works by himself usually, and even though he was jealous of the young detective's success in closing cases, Shinichi/Conan is his ally; Ginzo is a police inspector, the status of his wife is unknown, he commands other police officers, and his daughter's love interest is his main enemy.
  • Fatal Flaw: Impulsiveness. While no one has died from it, this is the main reason he has never captured Kaitou Kid. After a surprise, Nakamori is typically drawn into chasing a Kaitou Kid dummy or shutting off the defensive measures instead of wisely making sure that Kaitou Kid isn't still on the scene or only pretending to have bypassed security (which is often really the case).
  • Hero Antagonist: His main job is to apprehend the master thief (and protagonist) Kaitou Kid.
  • Identical Stranger: Ginzo looks almost identical to Kogor Mouri except for the different hairstyle and types of mustache they each have.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: Almost everyone in the series exhibits this to some extent, but he definitely gets it worst - depending on what the plot (and/or Rule of Funny, especially in the early chapters) needs at the moment, he can be either an utter bonehead who falls for Kid's simplest tricks or the only one in the room who can actually force Kid to bring his A-game.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: He actually is a good policeman when not involved in Kid-related cases. But when he's chasing Kid, his methodology seems to be above average at least. Additionally, after singlemindedly chasing Kaitou Kid for so long, his interactions with Kid, despite all his vitriol, almost come off as semi-friendly.

    Saguru Hakuba 
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Voiced by: Akira Ishida, Mamoru Miyano (Magic Kaito 1412)

A half-British teen detective, already renowned in Europe and now determined to catch the Kaitou Kid. Something of a prototype for Shinichi Kudo, which naturally led to him making some guest appearances over in Detective Conan.

Mandatory Naming Note: His Colourful Theme Naming is white (Haku). His given name Saguru is an Alternate Character Reading for the tan in tantei, or detective.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His eye color is blue in the manga, but brown in the anime.
  • Amateur Sleuth: Another famous and skilled high school detective.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He seems to have an eidetic memory, just as Shinichi, Heiji and Kaito have proven themselves to have, and is capable of remembering long strings of data, particularly (in Hakuba's case) precise times down to the millisecond.
  • Bishōnen: Hakuba has been frequently noted as a good-looking young man.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Hakuba's father is the Metropolitan Police chief in Japan. His mother is British.
  • Canon Immigrant: He has made multiple appearances in Detective Conan.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Hitotsu dake kikitai—Naze konno koto o..." or "I'd like to know—Why did you..."
    • "The truth will always come to light."
  • Chick Magnet: Has a trunk full of chocolate by the end of Valentine's Day.
  • Clock King: Hakuba pays a great deal of attention to time, carrying a pocket watch that only loses 0.001 seconds per year.
  • Cool Pet: Hakuba has a pet hawk, Watson, he got in England.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: Matching brown hair and eyes.
  • Insufferable Genius: Hakuba's sense of humility about his intellect is way worse than Shinichi, Heiji, and Kaito.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Easily inferred from the manga, as Hakuba's shown to be from a wealthy family and yet doesn't seem to have many friends. Many fanfics explore this idea by stating outright that his parents are divorced (which would be why he travels between England and Japan so often and why his presumably British mother is never shown).
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: Downplayed. Hakuba appears polite and gentlemanly, yet has an arrogant undertone while talking to just about anyone. His gentlemanly side is especially present when talking to or about women.
  • The Mean Brit: Downplayed. He's more smug than Shinichi, Heiji, and Kaito combined, but he's not all the way bad. For example, in the Detective Koushien case, in Detective Conan, he frequently mocked Heiji, calling him rash and hotheaded and repeatedly expressed his disappointment in Heiji's seeming incompetence, and despite being clearly defeated by Heiji's deduction, he showed no such regrets or humility.
  • New Transfer Student: Prior to arriving in Japan, Hakuba spent time as a detective in England and attended London Bridge High School.
  • Otaku: When not in school uniform, he wore an Inverness cape and deerstalker cap just like the stereotypical public image of Sherlock Holmes. Downplayed in recent depictions which give him various nice suits to wear.
  • Photographic Memory: He seems to have an eidetic memory, just as Shinichi, Heiji and Kaito have proven themselves to have, and is capable of remembering long strings of data, particularly (in Hakuba's case) precise times down to the millisecond.
  • Princely Young Man: Carries a "prince-like" air around.
  • The Rival: Hakuba's the only one who comes close to Kaito's/the Kaitou Kid's level. Plus they once competed over who would get to take Aoko on a date. In Detective Conan, Shinichi/Conan's pretty much taken over the role of being the Kid's rival, although Hakuba also exists within the crossover as well.
  • Smug Super: Hakuba seems to be slightly worse at modesty than even Shinichi, Heiji and Kaito.
  • Sugary Malice: Downplayed. His speech is usually formal and polite, like his attire; for example, he uses the more humble pronoun 'boku' to refer to himself during the "Detective Koushien" case, while Heiji uses 'ore,' which is a cockier and less polite way of referring to oneself. However, Hakuba displays a distinct sense of arrogance himself, particularly during his earlier appearances. He displays an arrogant assurance in his ability to capture the Kaitou Kid, and conveys a superior attitude towards Inspector Nakamori's men. Kaito even describes his tone as sugary yet obnoxious.
  • Teen Genius: He also seems to have an eidetic memory, just as Shinichi, Heiji and Kaito have proven themselves to have, and is capable of remembering long strings of data, particularly (in Hakuba's case) precise times down to the millisecond.

    Akako Koizumi 
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A teenage witch who has zero qualms about using her vast magical powers to bend every boy in sight to her will, and takes a certain interest in the one man she can't instantly charm: Kaitou Kid. Pretty much the the Veronica to Aoko's Betty, much to Kaito's chagrin.

Mandatory Naming Note: Her Colourful Theme Naming is red (Aka).


  • Alpha Bitch: Downplayed. Akako is typically very vain and haughty, and delights in using her magical charms to ensnare every man who crosses her path. However, she's not entirely bad.
  • The Artifact: Her very existence - a witch who practices bona-fide Black Magic - is a holdover from Magic Kaito's roots as a Fantasy Kitchen Sink Gag Series. Once Aoyama hit it big with Detective Conan, what few chapters of Magic Kaito he put out on the side heavily downplayed her magical abilities (and page-time in general) in favor of semi-plausible heist/mystery stories.
  • Charm Person: The root of most of her magic, at least in the early days.
  • Deal with the Devil: Implied - she sometimes summons a being named Lucifer (who may or may not be the Lucifer) for all kinds of tasks, but the flippant way she treats him makes him seem more like a low-tier imp. Also, she summons (and banishes) him through Japanese Ofuda rather than anything Western.
  • Dude Magnet: Almost all of her male classmates fall for her.
  • Fairy Tale Motif: The Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • Hot Witch: A gorgeous (and sorcerous) high school girl who is also a major Dude Magnet.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Akako's magic can make men fall for her - any man except Kaito. Guess what happens.
  • Identity Impersonator: Eventually does this for Kaitou Kid, using her "real" magic to stand in for his gadgets.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Beneath her arrogant exterior, Akako does possess a softer side.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Not as pronounced as certain other anime queen-bees, but it's definitely there.
  • Secret Keeper: Not much attention is drawn to it, but apart from Jii she's the only character in the series who has indisputable proof of Kaito's Secret Identity. She never tries to leak it to anyone else (admittedly, said proof would probably be hard for anyone else to swallow), and eventually goes out of her way to stop Hakuba from uncovering it.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Perhaps the most dramatic bit of Character Development in all of Magic Kaito - where she started off as a Villain of the Week who tossed brainwashing charms left and right and flat-out tried to kill Kaito at least once, she eventually cuts all that out, and even grows protective enough of Kaito to risk her own neck for his freedom.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In Detective Conan, Akako was colored with purple hair. In Magic Kaito 1412 (as pictured above), her hair is now blue.

    Keiko Momoi 
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Voiced by: Ai Kayano, Atsumi Tanezaki (Magic Kaito 1412); Bárbara Bustamante (Magic Kaito 1412, pilot dub) [Latin American Spanish dubs]

Aoko's closest (if not only) girl-friend, and a common source of school gossip.

Mandatory Naming Note: Her Colourful Theme Naming is pink (Momo, literally "peach").


  • Fangirl: She's a fan of Kaitou Kid, but of course she doesn't say it in front of Aoko.
  • Meganekko: She wears big, round glasses and is quite cute.
  • Satellite Character: Mostly exists to give Aoko someone to talk to if Kaito isn't available or appropriate.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ships Kaito and Aoko as a couple.
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    Toichi Kuroba 
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Voiced by: Shuichi Ikeda, Roberto Molina (Magic Kaito 1412 series) [Latin American Spanish dubs]

The original Kaitou Kid, and Kaito's dad.


  • Badass Teacher: He trained Yukiko Kudo and her friend and fellow actress Sharon Vineyard aka Vermouth in the art of disguise. Both characters are infamous in Detective Conan for being able to craft perfect disguises that fool even the closest of people.
  • Disappeared Dad: To Kaito, as he died eight years before the story started.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Was a good friend of Shinichi's parents. He was the one who taught Yukiko how to be a Master of Disguise, and he had something of a friendly rivalry with Yusaku.
  • Friendly Enemy: Toichi seems to have had a friendly rivalry with Yusaku Kudo, as Yusaku successfully stopped one of Toichi's jewelry heists and then gave Toichi the "Kaitou Kid" name when he purposely misread a "1412" a news reporter had scribbled down. Toichi daringly sent a letter as the Kaitou Kid to Yusaku once with only a question mark on it, questioning whether Yusaku would be able to stop him again. Yusaku replies with an exclamation mark, meaning that yes, he will.
  • Phantom Thief: Toichi was the first Kaitou Kid.
  • Posthumous Character: He's already dead by the start of both Magic Kaito and Detective Conan.
  • Stage Magician: He was one of best stage magician in Japan.
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