|Japanese name:||灰原 哀 |
|English name:||Vi Graythorn (movies) |
Anita Hailey (mangas and game)
6 or 7 (as Ai Haibara)
|Relatives:||Akemi Miyano (older sister, deceased) |
Elena Miyano (mother, deceased)
Atsushi Miyano (father, deceased)
Mary Sera (aunt)
Tsutomu Akai (uncle-in-law, deceased)
Shuichi Akai (cousin)
Shukichi Haneda (cousin)
Sera Masumi (cousin)
|Occupation:||Teitan Elementary School student |
Detective Boys second-in-command
|Status:||Alive (shrunk) |
Dead (for the Black Organization)
|Nicknames:||Ai-chan (by Ayumi) (by Ran) |
Ai-kun (by Professor Agasa)
The evil-eyed yawny girl (once by Conan)
Princess (by Subaru Okiya)
|Aliases:||Shiho Miyano (real name) |
|First appearance:||Manga: File 16 (in a silhouette) / File 176 (1st full appearance) |
|Keyhole number:||Volume 18|
|Japanese voice:||Megumi Hayashibara|
|English voice:||Brina Palencia (FUNimation) |
Erica Mendez (Bang Zoom!)
|Drama actor:||Kyoka Shibata (Ai Haibara) |
Yu Kashii (Shiho Miyano)
Ai Haibara (灰原 哀 Haibara Ai), real name Shiho Miyano (宮野 志保 Miyano Shiho), is the creator of APTX 4869, the pill that shrunk Shinichi Kudo into Conan Edogawa, and a victim of it herself. Formerly Sherry (シェリー Sherī) of the Black Organization, she is on the run from them and lives with Professor Agasa. She is also one of the few characters who know that Shinichi is Conan.
- 1 Background
- 2 Personality
- 3 Abilities and skills
- 4 Appellations
- 5 Plot overview
- 5.1 Older Brother Kidnapping Case (Manga: 176-178, Anime: 129)
- 5.2 University Professor Murder Case (Manga: 179-181, Anime: 129)
- 5.3 Stadium Bomber Case (Manga: 189-191, Anime: 130-131)
- 5.4 Blue Castle Treasure Case (Manga: 200-203, Anime: 136-137)
- 5.5 Movie Theater Case (Manga: 222-224, Anime: 138-139)
- 5.6 Innocent Suspect Case (Manga: 231 and 232-233, Anime: 156-157)
- 5.7 Reunion with the Black Organization (Manga: 238-242, Anime: 176-178)
- 5.8 Dangerous Cave Case (Manga: 251-254, Anime 188-189)
- 5.9 School Play Case (Manga: 255-257, Anime: 190-191)
- 5.10 Elevator Murder Case (Manga: 258-260, Anime: 192-193)
- 5.11 Music Box Case (Manga: 261, Anime: 194)
- 5.12 Mermaid's Curse Case (Manga: 281, Anime: 223)
- 5.13 Bus Hijacking Case (Manga: 287-289, Anime: 230-231
- 5.14 Dog Lovers Case (Manga: 290-292, Anime: 233-234)
- 5.15 Netted Man Murder Case (Manga: 311-313, Anime: 246-247)
- 5.16 Kaitou Kid and the Three Instruments (Manga: 475-478, Anime: 394-396)
- 5.17 Red, White, and Yellow Case (Manga: 622-624, Anime: 509)
- 5.18 Shadow Approaching Haibara's Secret (Manga: 815-817, Anime: 699-704)
- 5.19 The Heartfelt Strap (Manga: 997-999, Anime: 925-926)
- 5.20 TV Drama Filming Site Murder Case (Manga: 1025, Anime: 995)
- 5.21 Akemi Miyano's Time Capsule (Manga: 1070-1072, Anime: TBD)
- 6 Non-canon plot overview
- 7 Relationships analysis
- 7.1 Family and friends
- 7.2 Detective Boys
- 7.3 Black Organization
- 7.4 Others
- 8 People who know Haibara's real identity
- 9 Gadgets
- 10 Character popularity
- 11 Name origin
- 12 Different looks
- 13 Quotes
- 14 Trivia
- 15 In other languages
- 16 See also
- 17 References
Shiho Miyano and her older sister, Akemi Miyano, were born into the secret crime syndicate "The Black Organization". Her English mother, Elena Miyano, and her Japanese father, Atsushi Miyano, were both scientists working for the Black Organization on a secret project. While Haibara was young, both her parents died in what was claimed to be an accident. While Akemi lived a normal life, the highly intelligent Shiho was groomed to take over her parents' research. She was sent to the United States for education at a very young age, and then later came back to Japan to finish her parents' secret project, "Silver Bullet".. By the age of thirteen she was working as a scientist for the Black Organization, where she was given the codename "Sherry", after the alcoholic drink.
Shiho was about 18 years old when she developed the experimental test compound APTX 4869. While researching its effects, she discovered that it could be used as a poison to kill without leaving any traces of itself in a body. She then noticed that one of her lab mice had become smaller instead of dying, though she did not report that effect. Meanwhile, the Black Organization started human trials, using APTX 4869 to commit untraceable murders. Unaware of the drug's rare side effect when they used it on Shinichi Kudo, the Black Organization ordered a search for him because his body had not been found. Shiho and her team searched Shinichi's house twice to confirm his death, however it lead her to suspect Shinichi had shrunk instead. However, Shiho confirmed him as deceased so the organization would not look into the matter further and kill him after all.
Shiho was unhappy that the Black Organization was using the incomplete APTX 4869 for murder, as she believed that was not the drug's intended purpose. When Shiho learned of Akemi's death, but was given no explanation, she decided to boycott her research until the Black Organization gave her an explanation. Instead, the Organization confined her in a small room to await her execution. With no other way out, she took APTX 4869 intending to commit suicide, but instead shrank. In her new, smaller body, she escaped and attempted to reach Shinichi's house. There she collapsed and was found by Professor Agasa, who eventually adopted her. As it turned out later, Agasa was acquaintances with her parents, especially her father, even though he didn't know at that time that they had children or were part of the Black Organization.
To prevent the knowledge of her transfiguration from being discovered, Shiho and Professor Agasa create her alias Ai Haibara. As Ai Haibara, she attends Teitan Elementary School with Shinichi Kudo's shrunken form, Conan Edogawa. Following her first adventure with the Detective Boys, she reveals her true identity as the developer of APTX 4869 to Conan., and also accurately deduces Conan as Shinichi in the shrunken form, though her deduction is based on prior knowledge of her research and investigation of Shinichi Kudo. Conan protests her presence, but as time passes, he accepts her as a friend, though her cynicism and secretive air still rail him at times. Although she does not think too highly of the Detective Boys' immature antics, she has come to value them all as close friends.
Haibara has begun working on an antidote for the APTX 4869, but since most of the important data had been stored on computer files, which are now mostly destroyed, the work progresses slowly. Conan also eventually succeeds in persuading Vermouth to leave Haibara in peace after ruining a murderous plot. This fragile peace lasts until Sherry's whereabouts leak to the rest of the Black Organization and a second murder plot occurs aboard a train. A counter plan results in an explosion that preserves Shiho's secret identity. Currently all major Black Organization members besides Vermouth believe Sherry is dead.
Currently she idolizes footballer Higo Ryusuke.
Haibara has a calm and cool personality, sarcastic wit, and high intelligence. When freshly escaped from the Black Organization, she was cynical and pushed others away. Haibara has since defrosted by embracing her new child life and has established strong relationships with the Detective Boys, Agasa, and Ran.
As Ai Haibara, she speaks and acts older than she is supposed to be, which results in the Detective Boys referring to her as "cool" or "mature". This is emphasized by her impressing general knowledge, even in areas without relation with sciences (such as theology or history); and on occasion she is so forceful and demanding that she can stun adults several decades above her current physical age into submission. Despite her jaded demeanor, she can be kind and caring, though usually more to animals than people. Haibara tends to be quiet, though this may be due to her caution to keep herself hidden from the Black Organization. She considers Conan and the Detective Boys the first real friends she has ever had, and is even willing to sacrifice herself just to ensure their safety.. Indeed, she considers herself as a threat for them, since the Black Organization will most likely eliminate all of them once she is found. That is why she describes herself as "dangerous and not like the others"
Haibara is generally a loner and misses her older sister, Akemi, greatly (in the film Countdown to Heaven, she would call her sister's old apartment just to hear her voice on the voicemail). Her greatest fear is being caught by the Black Organization, and she is especially terrified of Gin and Vermouth. She tries to keep Conan from doing reckless things that may give away their identity, though often she is surprised by his actions which usually result in gaining the information he needs while also keeping their identities secret. However, whenever Conan is reckless in regards to keeping his identity from Ran, Haibara is the one who plans ahead in order to keep him from being revealed. Because she occasionally works overnight on the antidote for the APTX 4869, she tends to be tired quite frequently, causing Conan to call her an "evil-eyed yawny girl" on one occasion.
Despite spending most of her time alone at the lab, Haibara shows excellent understanding of reading people's mind. Examples include Haibara deducing that Ayumi had a crush on Conan, figuring out Conan was about to tell his identity to Ran, or understanding the anger of Kobayashi when confronting Inspector Shiratori. Thanks to this ability, Haibara can remind Conan about the situation and make him act appropriately, not to reveal his identity.
In the OVA A Secret Order From London, Haibara reveals to Ayumi that she likes peanut butter and blueberry jelly sandwiches, from her schooldays in America. She has also mentioned that she only make it with "American peanut butter and jelly exclusively sold in international grocery store". However, since Professor Agasa caught her eating one of these sandwiches, especially since Haibara was on her part constantly pestering him into eating low-calorie foods only, she had to abandon that habit for a while.
Taste for fashion
Haibara seems to have some interest in fashion, as she has made repeated requests for certain types of accessories, particularly of the Fusae and Prada brands. For instance, when Miwako Sato declares she would do anything for the one who will solve her father's mystery, she asks for Prada's newest handbag model. What's more, in one of the cases, in order to expose the identity of the person who hid the phone cables to cut off communications with the outside world, she was asked by Conan to fake an unbearable appendix pain, which she agreed to after jokingly requesting for a Fusae Brand's wallet for her cooperation. She then started rolling on the floor and screaming for help. The culprit felt like he had no choice but to reveal the cable from his pockets and reconnect the phone to ask for an ambulance. When observing the suspects in a case, what caught her attention was the bag the suspect was carrying. She recognized that the bag was the newest Fusae brand model, and added that it wasn't on sale in Japan yet.She is also seen with a Prada cell phone case in the Mystery Train case.
Haibara reads 'ComCom' magazine (a name similar to Japan's 'CanCam' fashion magazine). In OVA 11, the Detective Boys wrongly began to suspect Haibara was a child model from America, due to her looks and knowledge of fashion and makeup.
Fan of popular stars
While she generally accompanies her fellow Detective Boys to soccer matches played by the Tokyo Spirits, Haibara herself is a fan of Big Osaka in general and of the player Ryusuke Higo in particular, especially since the latter has likewise abandoned a "black organization" (Noir Tokyo) after the team had betrayed him and had remained an outcast in public opinion for a time. Haibara also liked to hear Yoko's songs due to the fact that Higo also likes the songs. However, she later deleted all of Yoko's songs because of the rumored date between Yoko and Ryusuke. At the end of the case, she renews her interest in both of them and goes to play soccer with the Detective Boys while singing Yoko's song "Dandy Lion". She has also shown an interest in Kabuki and one of the well known kabuki actors, Ichikawa Ebizo, in the episode Conan and Ebizo's Kabuki Juhachiban Mystery. She introduced herself to Ebizo as one of the Detective Boys and Conan's assistant, assuming a more endearing demeanor, which the children noted, during their conversation in the search for Conan.
In non-canon, Haibara is a fan of Sannomiya Kazunori, an actor playing a detective role. She was really annoyed and slapped Conan (in a bath house) when he teased her on liking Sannomiya.
Abilities and skills
Shiho/Haibara is a biochemical genius, taking up her parents' research work on APTX 4869 for the Black Organization by the age of thirteen after going to school in America.
Shiho/Haibara has demonstrated knowledge of medicine, recognizing the symptoms of Shiratori's subdural hematoma. Using knowledge of osteology, she also is able to deduce a long decayed woman's ambulatory condition. In A Code of Stars and Tobacco case, she recognized the bones of a deceased person, even though the bones are scattered, and she recognized, "Mandible, humorus, femur,"
Shiho/Haibara was able to deduce Conan as Shinichi by inspecting the clues left in Kudo residence. She shows sharp observation, keen thinking process and ability to make logical deduction; however, unlike Conan/Shinichi, she often lacks specialized knowledge or experience to make the conclusive argument to solve the case. Moreover, to avoid attention, she stays quiet, which Conan often takes the spotlight. Haibara does not identify herself as a "mystery freak" as Conan. In the few cases that Haibara leads the investigation, she shows that she can be a great detective on her own, although this is not her prime speciality. Haibara has also known to read some mysteries like Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot novels and PD James's Cordelia Gray novel but it is not known whether she enjoys the genre.
"Black Organization sense"
Shiho has the ability to sense when Black Organization members are around, which she characterizes as their unique "smell" or "pressure". So far, her sense only detects Black Organization members and not people with malevolent intent generally, however, it doesn't always trigger when Black Organization members are present. nor does it reveal their numbers. Sometimes the sense is fleeting (Subaru, or Shuichi passing by pursuing James Black), or context sensitive (when Akemi was planning the bank robbery).
It is also possible that it mostly activates, when she senses danger, and esp. when she is the target. When she first met Kuroda, she appeared frightened, but she explained later that his face was frightening, and was easily backed up by the rest of the Detective Boys. It momentarily activated in Mystery of the Burning Tent, but it was fleeting, and she says that she likes the teacher, and "Does not want to hear anything bad about her" to Conan, whose only getting much more suspicious of the teacher. So far, she has not met Wakita, or even seen him.
To be truthful, Conan seems to be suspicious of 2, maybe 3 of the new one-eyed people, so maybe her Black Organization sense tranferred to him since those two are primarily interested in him, and not her. In fact, hers may be dissapating, if she feels safe.
Like other Black Organization members, Haibara as Shiho has also demonstrated a strong tolerance for pain. During the initial apoptoxin transformation, Shiho does not scream despite the sensation of 'bones melting', as doing so would likely have ended in being caught and killed when someone came to check on her. It is unclear if she even passes out at all, and regardless she manages to recover quickly enough to escape through a chute/ventilation shaft before her captors know anything happened.
Additionally, she climbs barefoot up a chimney while extremely sick from the effects of a cold combined with Baijiu-induced regrowth. She then crawls back to the chimney after she is shot multiple times by Gin on the frigid, snowy roof. She still maintains consciousness after falling down the chimney over a story in height and experiencing the agony of reverting back to Ai Haibara. Nowhere during this ordeal or her rescue afterwards did she cry from the pain. Shiho also handled the painful side affects of being reverting back to an adult with a prototype antidote better than Shinichi.
Shiho/Haibara is familiar with firearms. As Haibara, she was confident enough to intentionally miss a shot with a handgun. Despite the recoil of shooting in her first grade body, it did not seem to effect her in the slightest.
In The Movie Crossover : Lupin III vs Detective Conan, Haibara is able to ride a Harley motorbike, she stated that she used to own a Harley when she was Shiho.
In The Special Episode : Disappearance of Edogawa Conan, she is shown driving a car as Haibara.
Initially Haibara wasn't interested in football, but thanks to Conan she now enjoys watching them and roots for Big Osaka team, with Higo Ryusuke her favorite player. In Movie 16, she performed a long pass through the debris, delivering the ball to Conan for the decisive kick saving the day.
In canon, Haibara has knowledge about classical music. In Movie 12, she played the recorder to send a message to Conan.
In her first appearance, she recognized that a teenager's painting was a Picasso painting, helping Conan to figure out the Detective Boys' client's older brother was kidnapped due to his ability to paint fakes of famous paintings, more importantly, Natsume Sōseki on the 1,000 yen bill's portrait.
In her first case, after she fired a gun, and was about to be reprimanded for it by Megure, she began her crying act. That act continued for the longest time, and the only one stuck walking her home was Conan.
When they were near the Kudo and Agasa's residence, Conan asked her if she can get home by herself now, since her address is somewhere around here, but he did not recall the address, when she told him at school.
When he began to walk away, she immediately stopped the crying act, and transferred into her Black Organization Role of Sherry, but probably more evil than she ever was in the organization, and all she is doing is talking.
When she really introduced herself to him, she did it in a way, where she showed that she can be quite evil, like the rest of the Black Organization, even telling him that Agasa, who is his lifeline to being a detective in his child's body is dead, really freaking him out.
She was talking and speaking like so many of her cold-blooded former co-workers, and showed no remorse at all, nor did she break character at all.
When he went to Agasa, he was alive and well, and all three spoke, when she finally stopped acting.
Although most people will call Haibara by her name suffixed with -san (due to her personality), and some with -chan (due to her agreement), a lot of the characters have different ways of calling her due to their different relationships. The following is a list of the different appellations for Haibara (and the ones Haibara gives in return) encountered in the series.
Conan's class receives a new student named Ai Haibara. She acts rather cold and reserved when the Detective Boys try to befriend her, and Genta notices she's looking at Conan suspiciously. She tells them where she lives but Conan fails to realize it's at Agasa's home (Tokyo blocks are not numbered in sequential order and Conan has never had reason to learn Agasa's mailing address due to their being neighbors).
After school, a boy named Toshiya asks the Detective Boys to find his missing brother. The Detective Boys along with Haibara investigate Toshiya's house and finds a painting of Natsume Sōseki. Toshiya reveals that before his brother disappeared, a woman, who had an interest in that portrait, approached Toshiya's brother. The Detective Boys search around town to ask whether anyone has seen the woman or Toshiya's brother. Conan notices that a man was using a counterfeit ¥1000 and realizes Toshiya's brother was actually kidnapped and forced to help create counterfeit bills. After following the man along with the clues Toshiya's brother left behind, they are able to apprehend the organized crime group and save Toshiya's brother.
On the way home, Haibara reveals to Conan that she is a former member of the Black Organization, with the code name "Sherry". She actually betrayed the group and escaped with the use of the APTX 4869, which caused her to become a child. She reveals that she once accidentally sent a floppy disk containing data on the Black Organization to her older sister, and the disc is now in the possession of her sister's professor, Masami Hirota.
Agasa takes Conan and Haibara there to retrieve the disk, only to discover that Hirota has been murdered. The suspects are Hirota's three students who visited that day. Conan reveals the culprit to be a man named Akira Shirakura; Shirakura after bludgeoning Hirota to death and tied the answering machine cassette tape around the key to the room which rewound when a call was made, subsequently dragging the key into the room. As evidence, Conan reveals that Shirakura's fingerprints should be found on the tape. After seeing Conan's amazing display of logic after she had given up on the case herself, Haibara breaks down and asks Conan why he could not save her sister, Akemi, from the Black Organization. Conan finally makes the connection that the "Masami Hirota" who Gin killed was actually Shiho's sister, and sympathy for Haibara's attitude stirs in him. The disc is taken into police custody, but once it is released to them Haibara attempts to read the files off the disk—only to have a virus delete all the data.
Haibara is hesitant to see the football match closer (fearing that her face will be visible on TV). After, she tells Conan that she's 18 years old.
Haibara talks to Ayumi, saying that she doesn't have love interest in Conan so Ayumi doesn't have to worry about her.
At the start of the second Gomera movie, Ayumi falls asleep and puts her head on Conan's shoulder. When Conan turns to Haibara, saying he needs to use the restroom and asks her if she would switch seats, she has also put her head on Conan's shoulder, having fallen asleep as well.
The episode opens with Haibara and Conan in what looks to be an abandoned and empty room. Haibara tells him that she (possibly referring to Ran) has found out about his identity. When he asks her why she's telling him all this, she tells him that he can see into the hearts of the wicked, but he couldn't understand a woman's heart, then tells him that she's been in love with him since she met him. We see Conan's face, but it doesn't appear to be at all surprised, and Haibara continues with: "I guess you didn't even notice... Kamen Yaiba-san." After Mitsuhiko yells out "CUT!", it is revealed that both Conan and Haibara were merely acting, and practicing lines for Teitan Elementary School's play, with Mitsuhiko as the director.
In Episode 176-178, Conan encounters Gin and Vodka again. Haibara is kidnapped and confined in a wine cellar by the Black Organization member Pisco, but she escapes before Gin and Vodka arrive by drinking baijiu to turn back into an adult. Gin anticipates her actions and intercepts her on the roof. He shoots selectively to wound her, intending to force her to explain how she escaped from the Organization before he finally kills her. Conan prevents Gin from killing her by shooting the man with his tranquilizer wristwatch. Conan tells Haibara to jump into the chimney when a distracted Vodka shoots at him but as he's behind a door, he gets away once Haibara has gone down the chimney. Gin purposely shoots himself in the arm to stay awake. Inside the wine cellar, Pisco is about to kill Haibara but Conan rescues her after tricking Pisco into accidentally causing a fire. They make their escape as Pisco tries to find them amidst the fire and smoke. At this point, Gin crawls from the chimney and confronts Pisco, citing his failure to remain in the shadows in his mission and kills him before Pisco is able to tell him the truth that Shiho Miyano has deaged into a young girl. Worried that the Organization is after her, Haibara decides to leave the city. Conan anticipates that Gin will predict her next move as leaving Tokyo so it will be better if she does the unexpected and remains in Beika. Unknown to Conan or Haibara, Vermouth saw Haibara at the party and uses her expert disguise skills to get closer to Haibara and Conan in order to confirm Haibara's identity as Sherry and then kill her.
Conan finds out that Ran suspects him of being Shinichi, because Ran said she knew Conan's blood type for a blood transfusion, which Haibara hears.
While Conan is in the hospital contemplating admitting his identity to her, Haibara enters and points a gun at his head, saying that the Black Organization has found out about her due to an unknown agent being present at the Pisco incident. Because of this, Professor Agasa is held hostage and, in exchange for his life and a chance to return to the Black Organization, Haibara is required to terminate all the links she had in her child identity. However, when she pulls the trigger a bunch of flowers come out, showing that the story was just an act. Still, she uses this story as her point: both Haibara and Conan cannot reveal their identities no matter the situation, in order to prevent such a tragedy from occurring.
During that night, Haibara explains her plan to disassociate Conan from Shinichi in Ran's eyes. She has Conan take a prototype antidote for APTX 4869 and then disguises herself as Conan. For the rest of the arc, Conan returns as Shinichi while Haibara is present as Conan, thus creating the illusion of Shinichi and Conan existing at the same time, disproving that the two are the same person.
At the end of the Desperate Revival arc, the antidote begins to run out and Shinichi runs into the bathroom, where Haibara is still disguised as Conan already waiting for him. She knows that Shinichi would run into the men´s bathroom after the symptoms of the regress conversion start to appear. Presumably, she leaves Conan's clothes for Shinichi and changes back into Haibara before leaving with Agasa who's waiting for her in the car park. Returned to the form of Conan once more, Conan returns to where Ran is waiting for Shinichi and tells her Shinichi has to leave urgently on another case.
Some time after the "comeback of Shinichi", Conan asks Haibara for some more antidotes, as he would like to meet Ran again in his adult form to tell her the whole truth. Haibara refuses and says it's too late, and it could be dangerous for Conan to swallow another prototype that could kill him. Haibara and the Detective Boys seem delighted to see Conan again, though the Boys are completely ignorant of who Conan really is.
During the investigation of a case involving a lottery, Heiji Hattori and Conan goes through books with names of contestants from previous lotteries. Conan finds the name Shiho Miyano in one of the books and recalls it as the real name of Haibara. But he can't imagine that it's the same person, since she doesn't appear as a person desiring eternal youth and beauty.
Vermouth, disguised as Tomoaki Araide, boards a bus that Haibara, Agasa, and the Detective Boys are riding to a ski resort. Whatever plan Vermouth might have had is completely interrupted by the bus being hijacked by random criminals and the presence of two FBI agents that have been tracking her: Jodie Starling and Shuichi Akai. Haibara detects Vermouth's presence on the bus. She becomes so afraid that the Detective Boys, Conan, and Agasa will be killed because of her that she decides to commit suicide, deliberately staying behind in the bus which is about to explode. Realising her intent, Conan runs back and with his quick thinking, saves her. He asks her not to run away from life. However, the event caused her to remain anxious for several days.
The hijacked bus incident in The Mysterious Passenger Case led Haibara to be especially worried about her situation. Ayumi, Genta, and Mitsuhiko attempt to cheer her up and, with the help of Arthur the dog, manage to make her smile. Conan comments that she should keep that expression, since it makes her look like a child, causing Haibara to blush.
While she is at the beach with the Detective Boys and Ran, Haibara once again witnesses Conan's/Shinichi's feelings for Ran. She remains in the water until Ran notices she got a sunstroke. Conan wonders why she did not stay with Professor Agasa, and she answers that she did not want to run away from a dolphin (Ran) who is loved by the ocean (Shinichi/Conan), and a shark (herself) that ran away from the cold and dark bottom of the ocean cannot compete with the dolphin. However, Conan fails to understand this metaphor, which draws a parallel between Ran and Haibara.
Conan figures out the boss's full number, but Haibara warns him not to call it because it is "Pandora's Box". Conan then thinks he can get Detective Takagi to figure out who the number belongs to, but then Haibara warns that if he does, Detective Takagi will be killed. This scene is the first time Haibara openly reveals to Conan that she has been hiding important secrets about the Black Organization from him; earlier she had lied to him. The exchange suggests that Haibara is withholding information because she fears Conan will make a rash move.
Not long after Akai's death, Conan hears fresh intel from the FBI that a new Black Organization agent called Bourbon is looking for Shiho, which Conan keeps secret from Haibara. As Conan and Haibara investigate a normal case, Haibara feels that an organization member is around. The organization member which she felt is implied to be one of the innocent suspects, Subaru Okiya. Conan invites Okiya to live in Kudo's house since Okiya's apartment was burnt to the ground. Okiya appears in other cases later on, including at the Haido mall where the rest of the Black Organization gathered to chase a rumored sighting of a scarred Shuichi Akai. Although Okiya is trusted by Conan and Agasa and behaves kindly to Haibara, she remains frightened of him. Later, some of his actions lead her to believe he might be someone she knows and she comes to trust him more, even attempting to uncover his identity when she thought he was asleep.
Haibara is forced to revert to Shiho using a temporary antidote to save the other children of the group from a fire. A video of her as an adult is sent to the Mouri Detective Agency by Mitsuhiko which Sera, Okiya, and Amuro find out about. Because of this, Haibara is later targeted by a plot concocted by Vermouth and Bourbon aboard the Bell Tree Express Train. Bourbon is revealed to be Amuro and Haibara learns that he knew her parents. Bourbon was hoping to capture Shiho alive, but Vermouth's modifications to his plan which were designed to kill her led to Shiho supposedly being blown up on the train. The Shiho Vermouth and Bourbon thought was killed was really Kaitou Kid in disguise, Conan having forced him into the plan. Because of this, all of the Black Organization besides Vermouth think Shiho is now dead, and Vermouth is unable to reveal the truth to the rest of them without also compromising Conan, Haibara and their deaged condition against her wishes.
Haibara refuse to give Conan a couple antidotes in order to go to the Kyoto trip with Ran. Suddenly, she finds out she lost the Higo puppet phone strap she bought at the stadium store. It was particularly precious to her because Ryusuke Higo touched it in the bleachers during the football match. She freezes in disbelief and collapses against the wall. Conan decide to go and with the Detective Boys to find her phone strap, in exchange for the antidotes. At the end, they are able to return the strap but it was partially destroyed. At fisrt, Haibara still refusing Conan's pleas to give him the antidote but she still give him the antidote later on as their hard work for finding the strap.
Haibara mentioned her father worked as a member of Shirohato Pharmaceuticals R&D team thirty years ago. However, the company went bankrupt twenty-five years ago and her parents decided to open a small clinic.
Haibara finds out her sister Akemi attended Teitan Elementary School and graduated from it nineteen years ago. She also buried a time capsule at the school as well, which reveals a photo of Akemi and Shino in the past with a letter on the back. Suddenly, someone heavily triggered Haibara's anxiety, causing Conan to rush outside the classroom. When he asked an upperclassman if any suspicious person passed by, he was informed that only pizza and sushi deliveries came near the area. Conan then dismisses his suspicion and concludes that Haibara must have been overreacting only.
Non-canon plot overview
Having greatly missed her sister Akemi, Ai secretly begins to make a call to an apartment that her sister once stayed in order to hear her voice from the tape recorder. Gin and Vodka, knowing about this habit of hers, plan to track down Asaga's phone number when she makes the call, but their plan is foiled by Conan and Agasa after being informed of this by Genta.
As she begins to bond with the Detective Boys, Ai begins to realize that she herself is no longer all alone or full of sorrow, and is willing to sacrifice herself to allow them to live. She also witnesses both Genta and Mitsuhiko's bravery of not wanting to leave her behind from the time bombed tower, with the former forcefully carrying her to the escape car despite her intention to countdown the time bomb until the end, and the latter holds on to her when she is thrown off the car due to the blaze from the explosion. Ai, knowing of Ayumi's affection toward Conan, also warns him to never make Ayumi cries, else she'll never forgive him.
Family and friends
The death of Akemi still affects her. It was the death of her sister that led to Haibara's escape from the organization, because no one would tell her the reason. She became aware of the robbery Akemi pulled before her death, but suspected there was more to the story.
In the movie Countdown to Heaven, she kept calling Akemi's number at her apartment just to hear her voice, fully aware that the Black Organization might wiretap and trace to her location. It took extreme measure from Conan to make Haibara abandon this thought.
Dr. Miyano was Haibara's father. He passed away when she was barely a year old. Her feelings toward her father is unknown, but she does show interest in seeing the house where he grew up.
Elena passed away when Shiho was a baby. Even though Shiho/Haibara has accepted her passing for a long time, being able to hear her voice via recorded tapes calmed Haibara down.
Conan Edogawa/Shinichi Kudo
Both are de-aged by APTX4869 and have almost equal levels of intelligence, which makes Haibara and Conan close confidants and more empathetic with each other than most other characters. Conan is one of the few people in front of whom she has shown any signs of weakness, such as breaking down over her sister's death. They share an interesting relationship. They believe and rely on each other. She is keenly observant of Conan's personality, intelligence, and sense of justice.
If Conan is in danger, she is willing to throw away her life to save him, overriding fears and concerns for her own safety that would ordinarily paralyze her. Similarly, Conan has saved Haibara's life more than once when she would have sacrificed herself for his and the Detective Boys' safety. She often enjoys teasing Conan, which he takes in good stride. However, he is oblivious of her feelings towards him and sometimes finds it difficult to deal with her sarcasm and impudent, cold nature. Although in empathy on many matters, they don't fully trust one another with information about the Black Organization out of concern for the safety and feelings of the other. In fact, she has always known that Renya Karasuma is the Black Organization head, but she never reveals it for Conan's safety.
The relationship between Haibara and Professor Agasa is rather unusual, if not humorous. Despite their actual ages, Haibara often acts more like a mother to the professor, constantly reminding him to watch what he eats. On several occasions, she has removed fattening foods from his reach, and is attempting to help get him into better shape. Kogoro jokingly notes in Countdown to Heaven that she acts a lot like Agasa's wife.
There have also been instances where she'll automatically step in front of Agasa in cases of danger.
Out of all the people she's met, Haibara seems most comfortable about acting herself with Professor Agasa; which might be attributed to the fact that he was the one who found her after she escaped the Black Organization, and took her in. Agasa had been an acquaintance of Shiho's parents, but he hadn't imagine that she would be their daughter, before Conan revealed it.
There are instances where Haibara will caution Conan from actions that involve Ran, though it's assumed this is due merely to the fact that she wants to keep her identity hidden. Early on, she is cold and distant towards Ran, even more so than she is to most other people. Ran believes that it is because Haibara hated her, though in truth it is because Ran reminds Haibara strongly of her dead sister.
After Ran notices Haibara is not feeling well and carries her to safety during a case, Haibara finally properly introduces herself to Ran, and they slowly became friends. Because Haibara finds that Ran resembles her older sister, Akemi Miyano, she takes special interest in protecting her. These feelings increase after Ran jumps through a slew of bullets from a Black Organization sniper to save Haibara. Haibara immediately thinks of her own sister, and begins acting to try to protect Ran from the organization, such as when Haibara begs for Ran to stay at Agasa's house when she knows that Korn, Chianti, and the rest of the Black Organization are lurking about, immediately thinking of her own sister's death, and wanting to keep Ran safe.
Assuming that Conan has romantic feelings for Ran, Haibara feels jealous of her and suffer from considering herself as less attractive than Ran. She even implies that Ran would be similar to a dolphin, when she would only be a shark coming from the cold depths of the sea, indicating that she cannot compete against her. Once when Haibara had a cold and Ran came to bring her some food, Ai pretended to be asleep and Conan said she wasn't being considerate for Ran's good actions towards her. Haibara thought to herself that Conan doesn't understand a thing, but she doesn't want him to anyway, hinting that she has actually romantic feelings towards Conan/Shinichi and is jealous due to his feelings for Ran.
Akai Shuichi/Subaru Okiya
The first time Subaru appears, Haibara felt a strange feeling toward him and thought he is a member of the Black Organization. However, the feeling kept coming and going. In later episodes, Haibara doesn't seem to hate him so much anymore. She even tries to uncover Subaru's scarf to check his neck, probably suspecting he was using a device made by Professor Agasa. At one point, she asks him if he bugged Agasa's house because he keeps appearing at opportune moments when they're involved in a case, bringing food hastily put together as an excuse for his presence. She cited one instance in which the food was not cooked and the vegetables were raw.
Currently, although Akai/Subaru knows Haibara's secret identity, Haibara doesn't know Subaru's identity, nor does she know Akai was her deceased sister's boyfriend. Both Akai/Subaru, Conan, and Agasa are keeping such information a secret from Haibara. At one point, Haibara questions if Akai is a "lolicon."
Haibara knows Dai Moroboshi as her sister's boyfriend. She deduces that Dai approaches her sister just to collect information about the Black Organization. She remembered him giving her a promise to protect Akemi. But she also remembers him as 'the one, who betrayed the organization', so there is a possibility that she has heard another story of what happened. Later on, she meets a guy similar to him in The Jet-Black Mystery Train and wonders how he got the scar on his face.
Heiji is one of the few character who know Conan and Haibara's secret identity, as well as the effect of APTX 4869. In general, Heiji and Haibara rarely meet each other. His hot temperament is a trait that Haibara dislikes. However, on more than one occasion, Haibara trusts Heiji to keep the secret of the drug and to keep Conan/Shinichi safe when Conan temporarily reverts back to Shinichi. Haibara also shows a mischievous side towards Heiji. At one point when Heiji (kinda) confessed to Kazuha, Haibara used the recorded speech as her ringtone.
Haibara has tried to keep an emotional distance away from the rest of the Detective Boys at the beginning. However, over time, she can't resist their boistorous friendliness anymore and gradually warms up to them. When she was first introduced, she would often stay off to the side of whatever activity the Detective Boys were doing while later arcs, such as the Sweet and Cold Delivery Service arc, open with her playing soccer with them, and even mentally as she's about to do one of Higo's moves.
Out of the Detective Boys, Haibara is the closest with Ayumi. At one time, Ayumi noticed that she called everyone by their first names except for Haibara and decided to try and call her "Ai-chan", but without success. At the end of a case which involved a shattered friendship, Haibara told Ayumi that it was okay for her to call her "Ai-chan". When Mitsuhiko and Genta tried to call her that, however, she told them that only Ayumi was allowed to call her by her first name. On the whole, Haibara seems to see Ayumi as a little sister, even going so far as to physically shield her from danger. Besides, Ayumi is one of the people who teach her that she cannot win by always running away, and that she has to face her enemies. However, Haibara and Ayumi may almost be love rivals, since both seem to develop romantic feelings for Conan: Ayumi even asks her if she is in love with him, and is really frightened when she is answered positively (she eventually cheers up when Haibara says she is not).
Haibara's classmate and fellow detective Mitsuhiko develops romantic feelings for her, and Haibara is fully aware of this. Haibara uses Mitsuhiko's feelings to her advantage when she needs him to do something, but she also admires his intelligence and courage during missions the Detective Boys must perform and respects his feelings. In some episodes she even shows more confidence in Mitsuhiko than in Ayumi or Genta when the going gets tough.
Vermouth and Shiho have some connection, although it has not been elaborated on. Shiho fears Vermouth more than other Black Organization members except perhaps Gin: in the first times, the feeling of her presence can even entirely paralyze her. Shiho was initially Vermouth's target, but Vermouth promised to give up on her after Conan's intervention. She broke this promise later when Bourbon discovered a video of Sherry, still clinging to her personal conviction that Shiho is the one person who can't be allowed to exist in the world.
As Haibara tries to wipe out the mascara in her left eye, Conan notices the similarities between her and Mary, and he thinks that they might be blood related. Conan thinks that Haibara is somehow connected to the Akai family. Many fans believes that Haibara's mother is the sister of Mary, as Gosho confirmed that two mothers will be revealed as sisters with Mary being one of the sister pair. This was confirmed on chapter 1049.
People who know Haibara's real identity
These people know Haibara's true identity: Professor Agasa, Conan, Vermouth, Pisco, Heiji Hattori, Yukiko Kudo, Yusaku Kudo, and Shuichi Akai. It is also possible that James Black and Jodie Starling of the FBI know Haibara's true identity since they call Haibara by her codename "Sherry", although they may not know yet her true name.
Professor Agasa has made many gadgets for Shinichi/Conan to use for investigate cases or catch criminals, and Haibara also uses some gadgets same as conan to use for self defense and help Shinichi/Conan. such as Glasses and wristwatch (Criminal Tracking Glasses, Telescopic Lenses, Stun-Gun Wristwatch, Wristwatch Flashlight) and Detective Boys Badge (use for communicating with Detective boys).
- eBookJapan held a character popularity poll from April 12, 2011 to May 12, 2011 in which readers of Detective Conan (international included) could vote for their favorite character. Haibara placed 4th in the poll with 686 votes out of the 5,883 that were cast.
- In honor of the release of the 15th movie, Quarter of Silence, the official Conan movie website held a popularity poll for the top 10 Detective Conan characters. Haibara placed 4th out of 10. (First place of all female characters)
- In honor of the release of the 800th manga chapter, Shonen Sunday held a popularity poll/contest containing 91 Detective Conan characters to choose from. Haibara placed 3rd overall with 1,592 votes. (First place of all female characters)
- In a poll held on June 5, 2020 by asking women age 20 to 40 who were their favourite Detective Conan character, Ai ranked fifth.
According to Agasa, Ai Haibara's name comes from Cordelia Gray (the character 灰 in her name means "ash") and V.I. Warshawski ("Ai" comes from the letter "I"). Although Agasa suggested she use the kanji 愛 (love) for "Ai", she preferred to use the kanji 哀 (sorrow). Her US FUNimation name, "Vi Graythorn", has similar roots. However, Gosho Aoyama in an interview posted in the May 2014 issue of Da Vinci magazine stated that the "Ai" in Ai Haibara comes from Irene Adler, a character from the Sherlock Holmes story "A Scandal in Bohemia", and she is inspired by her.
Her US Viz name, Anita Hailey, comes from:
- Anita: Anne Katherine Green (the first American Mystery Writer)
- Hailey: Hero (though Anita didn't care much for the choice)
Her codename Sherry is Detective Shunsaku Kudo's (from Tantei Monogatari (Detective Tales)) favorite liquor.
|“||You can't complain about time going by... If anyone tries to change it... Life will punish them.||„|
|“||Creation reflects the inner state of the creator.||„|
|“||Don't judge people from the outside. Like any rose has thorns, the more person appears nice on the outside, the more you should doubt the inside.||„|
|“||They say time and a people’s hearts are inversely proportional. The more it passes, the more they grow apart.||„|
|“||It’s like an automated vending machine for canned juice. You’ll get you want so long as you have the money but you get nothing in return without it. You can’t buy your way into the hearts of others.||„|
— Episode 330
|“||Using too much of your brain can make you bald like Professor Agasa..||„|
|“||Even this loyal mirror won't reflect your true form.||„|
— Talking to Conan, File 223, Page 14: "The True in the Mirror"
|“||You'll protect me, right?||„|
— Talking to Conan, File 346: "The Fake Supporter"
|“||I will pass!||„|
— When the Detective Boys want to play detectives or treasure hunters
- Megumi Hayashibara's favorite line as Ai Haibara, indicated in Conan radio.
- Minami Takayama's favorite line from Haibara, indicated in Conan radio.
|“||If I... If I... I wish I could lose my memory if possible. I wouldn't remember my sister's death, or being forced to make poison for the Organization. If I could forget everything and just become a regular elementary school student Haibara Ai, I wonder how good it'll be... And, I could be with you forever, forever just like this...||„|
— Movie 4: "Captured in Her Eyes", Said to Conan in response to Ran losing her memory, she then played it off as a joke
|“||Really... just like Officer Takagi and Inspector Shiratori... How come all the officers we know have to be such slow, annoying, blockhead morons?||„|
— Episode 659
Quotes about Ai
|“||She's not as tough as she looks.||„|
— Conan talking to Agasa, File 341: "The Hint That Was Against"
- Sherry is a fortified wine from white grapes that are grown near the town of Jerez, Spain. Most sherries are initially dry, with sweetness added later. This could be a play on her personality that the Black Organization recognized. To further confirm the pun, in the Spanish dub of the anime, her codename in the organization is "Jerez" rather than "Sherry" (in Spanish language, both the town and the wine share the name), although she was renamed later to "Sherry" again.
- Haibara is an animal lover.  
- Haibara strongly dislikes getting shocked by static electricity. She used to have some accessories to dissipate the charge, but she seems to have given up on them after Conan taught her a good strategy to avoid being shocked.,
- In non canon Haibara reveals to Fujiko Mine that she used to ride a Harley before she shrank.
- Haibara's hair color has changed numerously since her first appearance, but it is most commonly reddish or copper.
- Haibara has the recording of Heiji's 'confession' to Kazuha as her ring tone.
- As a traitor of the organization who could died, she compares herself to Marie Antoinette, the beautiful French princess who met her end at the guillotine.
- In Grabbing Karuta Cards in Dire Straits When Haibara figured out the case, she made the same face expression as Conan's in a typical case.
- Haibara owns a laptop that resembles an Apple MacBook Pro.
In other languages
|Chinese||雪莉 Xuě lì|
|English||Sherry||Once called Shelly, due to translating errors|
|Traditional Chinese||雪莉 Xuě lì|
- ^ Conan Drill Page 51
- ^ Manga Volume 89, File 948. Haibara states her age for the second time
- ^ Conan Drill Page 49
- ^ Stated to be 7 in OVA 11
- ^ "Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer-Wikipedia". https://en.wikipedia.org. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detective_Conan:_Zero_the_Enforcer. Retrieved on 2019-09-02.
- ^ Manga Volume 38, Files 2-4 (384-386)
Manga Volume 78, Files 1-7 (818-824)
- ^ Akai started infiltrating the Black Organization five years ago. He did so by becoming Akemi’s boyfriend in order to get close to Shiho and use her influence to get in. Manga Volume 58, File 2, pg 9: "Akai's Past" According to the FBI’s description, Shiho was “a scientist for them” at the time.This took place in Japan since everyone was speaking Japanese, Akemi lived in Japan, and the FBI bust two years prior to the current timeline was in Japan (607 pg 8). If Shiho is 18 now, she would be 13 at the time Akai started infiltrating the Black Organization and she was already a scientist for them at this point and high ranked.
- ^ Manga Chapter 179: The Girl Made Of Lies
- ^ Manga Chapter 398: The Torn Friendship, Part 1
- ^ Manga Chapter 423: A Mystery Left by a Visitor
- ^ Manga Chapter 178: Code Name Sherry
- ^ Manga Chapter 179: The Girl Made Of Lies
- ^ Manga Chapter 434: Rotten Apple
- ^ Episode 212: Mushrooms, Bears, and the Detective Boys where she explains the religious myth of the Fall
- ^ Episode 233: The Evidence That Didn't Disappear where she explains the death of Marie-Antoinette
- ^ Manga Chapters 289: Bus Hijacking Case
- ^ Manga Chapters 434: Rotten Apple Case
- ^ Episode 233: The Evidence That Didn't Disappear
- ^ Manga Chapter 680: A Dangerous Couple
- ^ OVA 11: A Secret Order From London
- ^ Episode 205: Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story 3
- ^ Episode 374-375: A Code of Stars and Tobacco
- ^ Episode 763-764: Conan and Heiji, Code of Love
- ^ Movie 14: The Lost Ship in the Sky
- ^ Manga Chapters 344-346: Soccer Supporter Case
- ^ Anime episodes 279-280: "Hooligan's Labyrinth"
- ^ Episode 765-766: Teimuzu River Kite Flying Case
- ^ A Secret of the Big Couple
- ^ A Challenge from Detective Boys radio drama
- ^ Tokyo hostage/Matsuda case
- ^ Castle treasure case
- ^ She has only claimed the sense for Black Organization members, and she does not seem to have the same magnitude reaction around people who aren't, such as case culprits, although she may be generally suspicious of them;
- ^ This is the case especially when the Black Organization members aren't focusing or in an aggressive mood. Numabuchi is an example of this.
- ^ The case with Vermouth and Shuichi on the bus, and when she was unsure if Pisco had an accomplice (Vermouth) at the party.
- ^ Episode 129: The Girl from the Black Organization and the University Professor Murder Case
- ^ Episode 557: A Dangerous Party of Two
- ^ Episode 176: Reunion with the Black Organization (Haibara)
- ^ Movie 6
- ^ Episode 411: The Shinto Shrine Torii's Surprising Code (Part I)
- ^ Movie 16
- ^ Movie 11
- ^ Detective Conan episode 140
- ^ Detective Conan OVA 11
- ^ File 947: Motto (Volume 89)
- ^ Chapter 824
- ^ Chapter 823
- ^ File 925 (Volume 87)
- ^ Detective Conan Ep. 501
- ^ Episode 684
- ^ Chapter 801
- ^ File 900 (Volume 85)
- ^ File 849: Taiko's Optimal Move (Volume 80)
- ^ File 948: The Clenched Scissors (Volume 89)
- ^ File 1035
- ^ Movie 18: Dimensional Sniper
- ^ Movie 9: Strategy Above the Depths
- ^ Movie 4: Captured in Her Eyes
- ^ Episode 246-247: The Mystery in the Net
- ^ Episode 345: Head-to-Head Match With the Black Organization; Two Mysteries of the Night of the Full Moon
- ^ Episode 425: Black Impact! The Moment the Black Organization Reaches Out!
- ^ Episode 246-247: The Mystery in the Net
- ^ Episode 329-330: A Friendship That Can't Be Bought
- ^ Episode 375: A Code of Stars and Tobacco (Part 2)
- ^ Episode 347: Find the Buttock's Mark
- ^ Episode 205: The Old Blue Castle Investigation Case
- ^ 青山剛昌先生と話そうDAY (Let's talk with Aoyama Gosho-sensei day), held January 3, 2013
- ^ a b Conan Drill Page 239
- ^ Episode 231: The Mysterious Passenger
- ^ Manga File 818
- ^ "『名探偵コナン』 人気投票結果". eBookJapan. 2011-05-12. http://www.ebookjapan.jp/ebj/special/conan/vote_kekka2.asp. Retrieved on 2011-05-15.
- ^ "名探偵コナン「キャラクター人気投票」". www.conan-movie.jp. 2011. http://www.conan-movie.jp/camp_chara/camp15th_res.html. Retrieved on 2011-08-12.
- ^ "Shonen magazine detective conan official poll results published [magazine pic"]. eva. 2012-02-28. http://forum.dctp.ws/index.php?topic=8024.msg651566#msg651566. Retrieved on 2012-02-29.
- ^ https://www.reddit.com/r/OneTruthPrevails/comments/hjkevu/detective_conan_character_popularity_poll_june_5/
- ^ Volume 18, File 179: "The Girl Made of Lies"
- ^ Da Vinci (Kadokawa Shoten). May 2014.
- ^ Aoyama's latest interview for NHK (2017)
- ^ Case Closed Volume 18: File 179 - The False Girl
- ^ The Evidence That Didn't Disappear
- ^ Mushrooms, Bears, and the Detective Boys
- ^ Super Secret of the Road to School
- ^ Manga Volume 61, Files 5-7 (635-637), Anime Episode 525
- ^ Lupin III vs. Detective Conan: The Movie
- ^ Manga Volume 83, File 9 (881), Anime Episode 764
- ^ Manga Volume 86, File 8 (912), Anime Episode 809
- ^ Manga Volume 29, File 6 (290), Anime Episode 233
- ^ Note: "Jerez" means "Sherry".
|Members||Conan Edogawa • Ai Haibara • Ayumi Yoshida • Mitsuhiko Tsuburaya • Genta Kojima|
|Guardians||Hiroshi Agasa • Sumiko Kobayashi • Rumi Wakasa|
|Gadgets||Detective Boys Badge • Wristwatch Flashlight|