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|English name:||Black Organization|
|Active Members:||Rum |
|Deceased Members:||Atsushi Miyano |
|Former Members:||Sherry (Ai Haibara) |
Rye (Shuichi Akai)
Ki'ichiro Numabuchi (death sentence)
|Undercover Agents:||Kir |
|Extended Canon Agents:||Yoshiaki Hara |
|First appearance:||Manga: File 1 |
Anime: Episode 1
The Black Organization (黒の組織 Kuro no Soshiki) serves as the main antagonist in the series. It is a secret criminal syndicate with a hidden objective. To achieve that goal, they commit various crimes to maintain its secrecy, remove obstacles, and gather funding and resources for its mysterious research projects. The members of the organization are given code names based on alcoholic beverages. The head is Renya Karasuma and the first members to appear were Gin and Vodka, who were responsible for transforming Shinichi Kudo into a child with the enigmatic drug APTX 4869. They are the deadly enemies of Conan Edogawa.
- 1 Members
- 2 Organization structure and divisions
- 3 Rank
- 4 Modus operandi
- 5 History
- 6 Goal and research
- 7 Known Black Organization targets and contacts
- 8 Plot timeline
- 9 Manga to anime differences
- 10 Relation to the organization from Magic Kaito
- 11 Trivia
- 12 See also
- 13 In other languages
- 14 References
- Renya Karasuma: The primary antagonist of the series. Thought to be dead, but is still alive at an age of over 140-year-old. Head of the Black Organization, he is the man at the center of it all, respectfully referred to as "that person" (ano kata) by lower ranked members of the Black Organization.
- Rum: The second main antagonist of the series. Second in charge of the Black Organization, his physical description varies: an elderly man, a feminine man, and a strongly-built man; but all sources agree that he has an artificial eye. The three main suspects are Hyoue Kuroda, Rumi Wakasa, and Kanenori Wakita.
- Gin: Third in charge of the Black Organization, he is a high ranking executive official who seems to specialize in coordinating deals and assassinations. He is one of the most frequently recurring Black Organization characters. He is shown to be highly intelligent, lethal, and very acute. His long silver hair and sweeping trench coat give him a distinctive appearance. He forced the drug APTX 4869 on Shinichi.
- Vermouth (Sharon Vineyard/Chris Vineyard): A mysterious actress from America with exceptional disguise and voice changing abilities that allow her to pose as anyone. Like Gin, she is a Black Organization executive member. She is hated by a number of the members of the Black Organization, but due to the fact that she is their boss' favorite, she is untouchable and they are unable to do anything to her. It is unknown where her loyalty lies, as she often protects Conan (whom she knows to be Shinichi) and calls him a "Silver Bullet", implying that she believes him to be capable of bringing down the Black Organization. She also does not seem to age.
- Vodka: Managerial secretary of the Black Organization as Gin's partner, he is another frequently recurring Black Organization character. He wears a hat and sunglasses at all times. He is less intelligent compared to his boss Gin whom he often is seen working with.
- Chianti: A professional sniper who has been seen to take orders from Gin. She has a fiery and impatient personality. She loathes Vermouth.
- Korn: A professional sniper who is Chianti's partner and who has been seen to take orders from Gin. His speech is characterized by short phrases with many pauses.
Spies for other organizations
- Kir: Operates under alias of Rena Mizunashi, a TV reporter. Her true name is Hidemi Hondou. Like her deceased father, she is actually a member of the CIA who infiltrated the Black Organization. Her brother, Eisuke Hondou, was not aware of this since Hidemi pretended not to know him after she went undercover.
- Bourbon: An operative specializing in deduction and intelligence gathering skills. His true name is Rei Furuya, but he goes by Tooru Amuro in public. He was initially dispatched to look for Sherry, but spent more of that time investigating Shuichi Akai whom he hates for killing his partner Scotch. He works for the Japanese Secret Police.
- Tequila: An agent with the same rank as Vodka who seemed to primarily deal with programmers. He was a giant man who spoke with an Osakan accent. He was unintentionally killed in explosion.
- Pisco: An elderly executive agent who was also the chairman of a car company. He was killed by Gin after being caught on camera performing an assassination. He discovered Haibara was Sherry, but was unable to inform anyone before he was killed by Gin.
- Calvados: A sniper infatuated with Vermouth who shot himself after being crippled by Shuichi Akai.
- Akemi Miyano: Shiho Miyano's older sister and Shuichi Akai's girlfriend. She was a low ranking member of the organization and completed a billion yen robbery as part of an agreement to release herself and her sister from the organization. The organization reneged on the deal and she was killed by Gin.
- Atsushi Miyano: Haibara's father and Elena's husband. He headed the APTX 4869 project before Shiho Miyano took over. Both he and Elena died for some reason which Pisco called an accident while Shiho was young.
- Elena Miyano: Haibara's mother and Atsushi's wife. She was of British origin and was known within the organization as "Hell's Angel". She worked the APTX 4869 project before Shiho Miyano took over. Both she and Atsushi died for some reason which Pisco called an accident while Shiho was young. She left some mysterious tapes for Shiho.
- Rikumichi Kusuda: An agent sent to infiltrate Haido Central Hospital to discover the whereabouts of Kir. He killed himself when Akai was hot on his trail.
- Ethan Hondou: A CIA agent who infiltrated the Black Organization. He committed suicide to protect his daughter Hidemi Hondou from being uncovered as a CIA agent.
- Scotch: An undercover operative who committed suicide before the Black Organization manages to reveal his true identity.
- Sherry (Ai Haibara/Shiho Miyano): A high ranking biochemist who worked on APTX 4869. She was scheduled to be executed when she boycotted her work because her sister Akemi was murdered. Shiho took an APTX 4869 pill she had smuggled in with her, with an intention to commit suicide, but instead shrunk to her 6-7 year old body. She then escaped. She has been living with Professor Agasa and working on an antidote to the APTX 4869, in order to restore Conan to his actual 'Shinichi body'.
- Rye: The codename of Shuichi Akai, he was an undercover FBI agent who infiltrated the Black Organization. His allegiance was discovered and he was rejected by the organization. His prowess led the organization to view him as the FBI's trump card.
- Ki'ichiro Numabuchi: A serial killer whom was slated to be the original test subject for the APTX drug before he escaped. He is currently in custody for murders he has committed, mostly in fear of the Black Organization sending agents after him. In the end, the court sentences him to death.
- An old man appeared during Shuichi Akai's final loyalty test while he was waiting for Gin to arrive. FBI agent Andre Camel emerged from his hiding place to scare him away, thinking he was just an ordinary old man. Since Gin never appeared, it was very likely the old man was a member of the Black Organization who was sent to scout ahead and reported that "Dai Moroboshi" was a spy.
These agents are original characters not found in the main manga canon. They include Black Organization agents who were introduced in the anime, movies, special manga, and other sources.
- Yoshiaki Hara: an agent who is killed by Gin.
- Irish: an agent who is killed by Chianti.
- Masaaki Okakura: an agent who is killed by a serial killer before the Black Organization.
- Curaçao: Rum's right-hand agent (deceased).
- Aquavit: a member of the Canadian CSIS who infiltrated the Black Organization and is killed by Chianti.
- Riesling: a member of the German BND who infiltrated the Black Organization and is killed by Gin.
- Stout: a member of the English MI6 who infiltrated the Black Organization and is killed by Korn.
- Arrack: an agent who committed suicide.
- Generic: a scientist who is an old friend of Sherry and considers her as his older sister. He used the Apoptoxin medicine to shrink his own body and entered the school where Haibara is. Due to Genta, that frees his own memory removal gas, he lost his memory.
- Blackbeard: a virologist who committed suicide.
- Kate Lauren: a Black Organization assassin.
Organization structure and divisions
There are many divisions in the Black Organization which are roughly grouped into three categories: Internal Division (内部活動部隊 Naibu Katsudō-butai), External Division (外部活動部隊 Gaibu Katsudō-butai), and General Oversight (全体監視役 Zentai Kanshi-yaku). The external division is composed of agents who primarily deal with people outside the organization. The known internal division agents are focused on in-house research and development. General oversight takes a managerial and coordinating role. The divisions are unrelated to relative ranking among members. (e.g Vermouth is higher ranking than Vodka.)
* These characters are not considered to be canon.
Agents who excel at their work and make their way up the ranks are given alcohol codenames by the boss. Even within codenamed agents there are further rank divisions. One advantage that comes with being higher ranked is access to more informational files; lower rank agents have to request to see certain materials from higher ranking agents. Agents from outside manga canon are italicized.
The "Executive" agents are the highest ranked codenamed agents within the Black Organization under the boss. They can command many other codenamed agents and have access to more information than lower ranked agents. Even among them, killing another executive agent without express orders from the boss would result in a loss of standing.
Agents who have excelled beyond the rank and file member enough earn recognition and an alcohol codename.
Work(ed) under Rum
- Curaçao (movie only): She is his/her right-hand agent.
Work(ed) under Gin
- Vodka: Tequila and Vodka are approximately the same rank
- Tequila: Vodka and Tequila are approximately the same rank
- Rye: With his promotion to codenamed agent, Rye was supposed to work for Gin, but he was revealed to be FBI and expelled from the Organization before he assumed that role.
Work(ed) under Vermouth
- Sherry: Known to be highly ranked but it has not been stated if she was an executive agent.
- Irish (movie only)
Non codenamed agents
- Akemi Miyano
- Ki'ichiro Numabuchi
- Ethan Hondou
- Rikumichi Kusuda
- Yoshiaki Hara
- Masaaki Okakura
- Antonio Gomez
Unknown if codenamed
The Black Organization commits crimes such as illegal deals, blackmail, robberies, and contract assassinations to raise money for research. The organization operates like a hybrid of a business and a mafia group. The Black Organization recruits outside talent and cultivates clients and sponsors by sending high ranking members like Gin to business meetings, but they also use mafia-like tactics to intimidate desirable civilians into making deals with them. Besides their financially motivated crimes, the organization engages in other stereotypical criminal activities like bribery, spying, and eliminating threats or former partners who are deemed useless or a risk.
The organization is highly secretive, and tries to eliminate anyone who has knowledge of their existence and threatens to expose their inner workings, including members who have become a liability, such as Akemi Miyano. They will dispose of even senior members like Pisco without hesitation to protect their secrets. Remaining unknown seems to be a higher priority than even research as Ai Haibara thought Conan would be killed before he could be “studied”. The organization often destroys evidence via fire or explosion and Haibara warns that they will not hesitate to kill family and friends of a target to protect the secret of their existence.
The organization has several practices that resemble those of stereotypical secret societies. The Black Organization members all tend to wear black outfits, which Akemi says is intentional and supposed to resemble crows. For an as of yet unrevealed reason, nearly all the Black Organization's members (with the exception of the boss) use code names based on alcoholic drinks: hard liquors for men and wine or wine-based cocktails for women. Also it would appear the organization is also fond using detective fiction and classic literature in their project names and passwords. Examples include the APTX 4869 pun on Sherlock Holmes, the computer password Shelling Ford - a prototype name for Sherlock Holmes, a computer virus called Night Baron named after a character from mystery writer Yusaku Kudo's novels, and mission codenames relating to the novel Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
The Black Organization conducts its crimes in ways that are difficult to trace back to them. Handguns and sniping, fire and bombs, and poisons seem to be their preferred techniques. Sometimes the organization attempts to disguise their murders as accidents or suicides. To this end, APTX 4869 was deployed as a poison because it is forensically difficult to detect. If they are unable to disguise a murder as something else, they will usually attempt to destroy any evidence using fire or explosives to make it difficult to investigate. Sometimes they will time their crimes so the blame will fall on another party instead, confusing the investigation. If a meeting place or asset of theirs is compromised, the Black Organization typically thoroughly destroys it before it can be investigated properly.
Their supplies of explosives and firearms are very extensive.
Locations and hideouts
The Black Organization seems to have hideouts, but none of them have been revealed so far. In line with their secretive existence, the Black Organization prefers to meet in places that are isolated or where they can slip away easily. Several operatives occupy public positions like famous actress (Vermouth), television announcer (Kir), or company chairman (Pisco) which gives the Black Organization connections to circles of the rich and famous and access to otherwise unavailable locations. So far, the Black Organization have met clients at a dim restaurant, a Shinkansen's dining car, a crowded wake, a train station under construction, and in an isolated area of an amusement park. The Black Organization often conducts business and meetings at the shipping yard. Not very many member's abodes have been shown, but they range in extravagance from Kir's relatively plain apartment to Vermouth's lavish penthouse in a tall building.
The Organization is large enough to quickly dispatch field investigative teams of at least a dozen members. The members of the Organization are also demographically varied, including foreigners and natives, men and women, teenagers and elderly.
Individually, the organization's higher ranking members are typically intelligent and often multitalented. So far, at least all senior members are shown to carry guns and wear body armor under their clothing when out. Many agents, even those outside the assassination divisions, are skilled at using firearms. Disguise is a particularly common skill. Both Gin and Vermouth were shown to be resistant to Conan's tranquilizer needle and knockout gasand subsequently both readily shot themselves in order to continue to stay awake. This may show that they have trained themselves to resist knockout effects to prevent capture and cope with pain.
The Black Organization has a remarkable amount of resources for a criminal group, more than any other opponent of Conan's shown so far. Their financial resources, technology, and manpower seems to be on par with or even superior to the that of the FBI investigation team sent to Japan to investigate them, but less than the Japanese police. The Black Organization has enough manpower at their disposal to thoroughly monitor and investigate even minor threats or to observe all the avenues of entry to a crowded meeting place in the middle of a city. However, the organization is nowhere close to omniscient; Shinichi, who is supposed to be dead, was able to participate in several public cases that were successfully hushed up by the police, and leave the country with his passport without detection.
The Black Organization is technologically sophisticated and their equipment rivals even that of the infiltrating FBI. In the manga they have access to a wide variety of firearms and ammunition, vehicles, theatrical supplies, and large amounts of various explosives. Bourbon and Vermouth even planned to use a helicopter as part of one of their plans. The Black Organization's arsenal also includes various specialized gadgets.
The Black Organization’s main research project, of which APTX 4869 is a part, has been around for at least half a century. The Black Organization has historical ties to America before the current storyline. Evidence for this is the involvement of the FBI and CIA in counter operations. Also, Jodie mentions that her father in the FBI was investigating Vermouth as Sharon Vineyard 20 years ago.
Goal and research
As of now, the Black Organization's main purpose and goal still remain unknown. What is known is that they are recruiting talent in biochemistry and computer science and funding research using the proceeds from their crime. Currently, the only sources of information Conan can rely on to learn the true intentions behind the Black Organization are former agent Sherry, the CIA's undercover member Kir, and Black Organization related cases.
APTX 4869 and biochemistry
- See also: APTX 4869
The Black Organization has a long history of biochemistry research. Thirty years before Conan was shrunk, they recruited Atsushi Miyano and Elena Miyano to work on research for them. Eventually, the two scientists developed a project they called Silver Bullet. Not long after the two died in what some members of the Organization called an accident and their daughter, Shiho Miyano, took over research on the APTX 4869 project. Although APTX 4869 was being developed for another, still secret, purpose, the Organization is using the incomplete prototype as an untraceable, lethal poison.
The Organization's project data for APTX 4869 contains important secrets. One disk Haibara and Conan tried to retrieve had real names, addresses, and codenames of agents, and the name of the person/people who invested money for the research. Haibara made a copy of some of the APTX 4869 data when she was locked in a room with Pisco's computer, but then lied to Conan about losing it.
Computer research and viruses
Another part of the Organization's research requires the skills of world class programmers. It is known the Black Organization has involvement with computer viruses (Night Baron); however, the main purpose of their computer science research may be something other than virii and related to their biochemistry research. Hideaki Nakajima made an exchange with Tequila in the Game Company Murder Case, giving Tequila a list of some of the world's most highly skilled programmers in exchange for a large amount of money. Vermouth and Tequila also blackmailed a famous CG graphic designer/games system engineer named Suguru Itakura to complete a particular “system software” Itakura had stopped developing because of bad eyesight. Whatever it is, it prompted the coerced programmer Suguru Itakura to say that he didn’t want to complete his program “for the sake of humanity”.
|“||Kudo-kun... You would probably never even dream that you are already part of a project the Black Organization has been working on already for half a century.||„|
|“||We can be both of God and Devil, since we are trying to raise the dead against the stream of time...||„|
|“||You can’t rush things. Humans can never go against the stream of time. If man forcibly tries to change that there will be punishment.||„|
|“||No, I can't finish it... I won't. That program must not be completed, not for the sake of my vision but for humanity.||„|
— December 22nd journal entry from Itakura's diary
Speculation about the Black Organization's goal
One possibility is that the Black Organization's research, especially APTX 4869 development, is trying to create a therapy which will cause immortality, stall or reverse the effects of aging, or extend a human's lifespan. Gosho has said that immortality is not the ultimate goal of the Black Organization; however, achieving immortality or anti-aging might be an important step to reach the true end.
Shiho Miyano said that, in developing APTX 4869, she didn't intend to create a poison, which suggests that APTX 4869 was originally developed with a different goal in mind. It probably was just a useful side effect that the current prototype kills while leaving no trace in the victim’s body, and was thus employed as a poison - a usage which Haibara detests. Additionally, APTX 4869 is nicknamed the "incomplete detective" by the Black Organization, which means its true purpose has not yet been achieved.
The de-aging effect that occurred when Shinichi and Haibara took APTX 4869 probably indicates the main intent of the drug's development. After Pisco saw Haibara shrink back to her child form, he commented that he was impressed she had developed the drug to that point, implying that de-aging is in the right direction. Supporting this is Haibara’s line, "Kudo-kun? You would probably never even dream that you are already part of a project the Black Organization has been working on already for half a century." APTX 4869 is the only known intersection between Shinichi and the Black Organization; meaning that Shinichi's de-aging made him relevant to the Black Organization's project.
According to Haibara’s description about APTX 4869, the drug activates telomerase, an enzyme which can increase the number of times a cell can divide, and therefore affect a cell's lifespan and “reproductive potential”. The goal of this might be to revert all non-neural cells to a "youthful", high reproductive potential state.
Besides APTX 4869, Vermouth's unnatural youth is another indicator that the Black Organization may be involved in research towards extending lifespan, halting aging, or rejuvenating the body. In addition, Shiho Miyano’s name was on the raffle list for the immortality arrows in the mermaid case in Fukui.
Raising the dead
There is a possibility that the Black Organization may be trying to develop a method to revive the dead. Suguru Itakura's diary contained a quote by one of the Black Organization's agents, most likely Vermouth: "We can be both God and Devil since we are trying to raise the dead against the stream of time." The original purpose of APTX 4869 might be to raise the dead. Professor Agasa and Conan later wondered if the line meant that the Black Organization was trying to create zombies. Once when Conan asked Haibara directly what APTX 4869 was meant to do she replied, "It's a nostrum to raise the dead. I wonder if that answer is satisfactory?." It may be her comment was a bluff intended to provoke Conan into revealing what he had been up to rather than a serious statement of the purpose of the drug.
Known Black Organization targets and contacts
The Black Organization has involved many non-members in its plots, as collaborators or as targets. Additionally, many characters are friends or acquaintances with members of the Black Organization, often without realizing it.
Manga to anime differences
The first season of Detective Conan rarely featured the Black Organization because the anime writers wanted to downplay their presence. Two of the episodes at least, were altered heavily in light of this:
- Episode 5: The episode replaces the two men who shrunk Conan with lookalikes Ueda and Shimoda, unrelated to the Black Organization. In the manga version of this case, Conan runs into the real pair and learns their code names (Gin/Vodka in the Japanese Version, Melkior and Kaspar in the English Version). Their replacement creates a continuity error in episode 54. Conan recognizes their code names when Tequila speaks to them, yet Conan never learned their code names in the anime version of events.
- Episode 13: At the end of the episode, Masami Hirota meets with the criminal in charge the recent murders. She survives a gunshot wound thanks to Conan. In the manga version, which is in volume 2, the masterminds are Gin and Vodka. Masami is actually Akemi Miyano, and stole the money to buy her sister out of the organization. Upon refusal to give the money's location to Gin, he shoots her. Conan arrives shortly after, and tries to help Akemi. He gives her his real name, and before dying she tells Conan the location of the money and that the organization who killed her wears black like crows. The anime had to do a similar story in episode 128, in order to repair the storyline because Akemi's death is what prompted Shiho Miyano to defect from the Organization.
Relation to the organization from Magic Kaito
- See also: Magic Kaito Organization
It is questionable if the Detective Conan's Black Organization and Magic Kaito's unnamed organization are the same organization. The member of the magic Kaito organization that claimed responsibility for killing Toichi Kuroba eight years ago is referred to as Snake, a nickname that doesn't fit in with the codenames of the Black Organization, suggesting they are two separate groups. This though may not be the case if Snake refers to Snake wine, but because Kaitou Kid's origins have yet to be reexplained within the Detective Conan story, this is only speculation.
Additionally the members of the Magic Kaito Organization are looking for a magical gem called Pandora. The magical nature of Magic Kaito and its organization's search does not mesh with the non-magical setting of Detective Conan.
- This crime organization enshrouded in mystery, and even other unrelated case, is sometimes introduced with crows, the creepy bird which is also depicted on their head's crest. The Japanese believe black crows carry souls to the beyond.
- While Conan chases down leads on their organization, he's constantly confronted by difficult cases. In the The Last Wizard of the Century introduction sequence, one night running on a Greek palace ruins, he is suddenly stuck behind by a huge red demon with evil aura, of course the Black Organization, who moves among numerous yellow pieces, that represent all minor cases.
- In the English dub, Gin is renamed "Melkior" and Vodka is renamed "Kaspar". In the English manga, these are explained as specific brands of the relevant drinks.
- Vermouth is the only living member of the organization who knows that Ai Haibara is Shiho Miyano and Conan Edogawa is Shinichi Kudo. Pisco discovered Haibara's identity and would've revealed it to Gin if he hadn't been murdered by him first. Conan told Akemi Miyano his real name as she died.
- The Black Organization members often call someone who poses an existential threat to the group a "Silver Bullet". Vermouth believes that Shinichi is the true Silver Bullet. However, everyone else thinks Shuichi Akai was their greatest threat.
- So far, the youngest member still in the Black Organization is Kir at age 27. Sherry was 18 when she defected, and her sister, Akemi Miyano, was in her mid twenties when she was killed by Gin.
- Episodes 462-465 is the first 4-part Black Organization episode that was not aired as a special in Japan.
- Episodes 491-504 is the longest Black Organization arc to air, consisting of more than ten parts.
- Conan has personally interacted with almost every codenamed member: Gin in the episode 1, manga chapter 33 on the bullet train, and episode 178 when Conan shoots him with his needle while hiding, Vodka in manga chapter 33 on the bullet train and during the course of episodes 309-311, Vermouth in episode 345 and while she was disguised as Araide, Kir in episode 425, Akemi Miyano in manga chapters 13-16/episode 128, Pisco in episode 178, Tequila in episode 54, Ki'ichiro Numabuchi in episode 118 and briefly in 290, and Rikumichi Kusuda in episodes 496-497.
- The cars of Gin, Vodka, Vermouth, Chianti, Kir, Akemi Miyano, and Bourbon in the anime version have Shinjuku (新宿) as license plate, then their founding location is somewhere in that ward of Tokyo.
- As a their traitor who could died, Haibara compares herself to Marie Antoinette, the beautiful French princess who met her end at the guillotine, so they are like the French revolutionars.
In other languages
- ^ Conan Drill
- ^ Conan Drill page 237. Vodka's position is 全体監視役秘書係 which roughly translates to General Oversight division secretary.
- ^ Conan Drill page 237
- ^ Kir's division in the Black Organization has not been revealed, but it is likely she is in the Reconnaissance division because:
1)Her newscaster position is the type of job a reconnaissance division person would have.
2) She met with Vermouth many times while Vermouth was disguised as Araide
3) She discovered Bourbon's mission despite being mistrusted, and not even high rankers like Gin knew about it. If Kir was part of recon, she would be more likely to know.
- ^ Official material accompanying the manga has given contrary information about the existence of ranks within the codenamed members. Some guidebooks (Conan Drill, Chapter 500 special) describe clear rank divisions. Yet, in the 865 Shounen Sunday Special Booklet, on pg9 under Korn, Gosho was listed as saying, "Fundamentally all members of the organization with code names are supposed to be at the same level, so Korn's supposed to be at the same rank as Gin. It just happened this time that when they chanced to form a team Gin came out as the most leader-like of all them." Evidence from the manga itself suggests that certain members have privileges and freedom that others are not allowed to have.
- ^ Manga Volume 78, File 7 (824), Page 16: "Mystery Train: Final Destination"
- ^ Manga Volume 58, File 2 (599), pg 9: "Akai's past". "Executive" is a term used by the FBI to describe the agents who are high ranking like Gin and is not necessarily the term the Organization itself uses to refer to that top level.
- ^ As Pisco explains to Gin in Volume 24, file 11, page 14
- ^ File 906 pg 3
- ^ Conan Drill page 239
- ^ a b Conan Drill page 239
- ^ Manga Volume 4, Files 4-6: Shinkansen Bomb Case
- ^ Manga Volume 1, File 1: "The Heisei Holmes"
- ^ Manga Volume 2, Files 4-7: "Masami Hirota Case"
- ^ Manga Volume 37, File 5
- ^ The Miyano parents went to work for the Black Organization because they received funding after being unable to find a sponsor that would pay for them to research their theories. Tequila bribed Hideaki Nakajima with a large amount of money for the world's best programmers. Suguru Itakura was offered a large sum of money to complete his program
- ^ e.g. Suguru Itakura
- ^ Manga Volume 18, File 9, pg 7: "The girl made of lies" - "If I reported your condition to the organization, it's very likely you would have been terminated before I could do something useful." Haibara, explaining that Kudo would have been killed by the Black Organization anyway even though he was an "interesting specimen."
- ^ List of examples: the shinkansen bomb case, destruction of the Daiko Building's cocktail bar where meetings took place, destruction of the pharmaceutical company building Shiho worked at, Vermouth's assassination of Jodie's father and subsequent burning down of the house
- ^ Conan Drill, Black Organization Section, pgs 250-252. Among the sources of inspiration for the Black Org, the Freemasons (フリーメイソン), the KKK, and others that were not translated are mentioned for their secret-society-like aspects.
- ^ Akemi Miyano, Suguru Itakura, Yasuteru Domon, Mouri Kogoro, Scar Akai
- ^ Unnamed woman from the Shinkansen Bomb Case, the Bell Tree Express, Kir in Hyde Central Hospital
- ^ Shinichi Kudo, the giant of the Akemi's gang, various APTX 4869 victims, Shigehiko Nomiguchi, maybe the Jazz club man.
- ^ Shigehiko Nomiguchi
- ^ Manga Volume 1, File 1 (001), "The Heisei Holmes"
- ^ Starling family murders, Shuichi Akai's "murder"
- ^ Yasuteru Domon
- ^ Daiko Building ("Cocktail" Bar), Shiho's Pharmaceutical Company
- ^ Manga Volume 38, File 1 (383), pg 11: "The New Weapon!"
- ^ Akemi's murder, Showdown with Vermouth, planning for the Domon assassination?, Kir's call to Akai.
- ^ Episode 129 where the Kudo house is investigated, Vodka surrounding Itakura's meeting point, The team watching Gin and Kir's meetup location is FBI vs Org.
- ^ Sherry
- ^ Pisco at 71, old man from episode 502
- ^ Manga Chapter 242: The White World
- ^ Manga Chapter 434: Rotten Apple
- ^ Haibara thinks thinking to herself… "Kudo-kun? You would probably never even dream that you are already part of a project the Black Organization has been working on already for half a century." (file 189, but see the ep 130/131 for a better translation) APTX 4869 is the only known connection between the org and Shinichi so Haibara must be referring to the APTX project.
- ^ Manga Volume 19, File 9
- ^ Chapter 433
- ^ Manga Volume 19, File 1, pg 16: "Why..."
- ^ In Episode 188 (File 251), Haibara has the bloody disk of copied APTX 4869 data from Reunion with the Black Organization. She had lied to Conan about losing it.
- ^ Manga chapter 380, pg 12
- ^ Manga Volume 19, File 9: Chapter 191: Episode 130-131
- ^ a b Manga Volume 37, File 8, pg 13: "White Snow, Black Shadow"
- ^ Manga Volume 20, File 1. Repeated in Volume 37, File 8, pg 17: "White Snow, Black Shadow"
- ^ Manga Volume 37, File 8, pg 11: "White Snow, Black Shadow"
- ^ Leaked interview notes from the May issue of the magazine 「ダ・ヴィンチ」 (da Vinci) with the fans/reporters/whatever, leaked April 15, 2014
Please! Please, let me ask 2 more questions! What is the BO’s goal? Going by the APTX4869, I would think immortality…
That’s wrong. It’s true that you’d think that, isn’t it? You see, right now, something really big is happening within the organization.
- ^ Manga Volume 18, File 9, page 9
- ^ Manga Volume 18, File 9, pg 9
- ^ Manga Volume 24, File 11, pg 9
- ^ Manga Volume 19, File 9 (189), Page 6: The Endangered Ball; Episodes 130-131: The Stadium Indiscriminate Threatening Case
- ^ Manga Volume 24, File 10
- ^ Chapters 279-283
- ^ Manga Volume 37, File 8, pg 16: "White Snow, Black Shadow"
- ^ Manga Volume 32, File 8, page 8: "The Old Picture"
- ^ Episode trivia on TV.com
- ^ Aoyama, Gosho (1994-10-15). "Blue Birthday" (in Japanese). Magic Kaito. 3. Tokyo: Shogakukan. p. 140. ISBN 4-09-122093-5.
- ^ Manga Volume 29, File 6 (290), Anime Episode 233