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Black Organization

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Japanese name: 黒の組織
English name: Black Organization
Boss: Renya Karasuma
Active Members: Rum (second-in-command)
Gin (chief administrator)
Vodka (managerial secretary)
Deceased Members: Atsushi Miyano
Elena Miyano
Akemi Miyano
Rikumichi Kusuda
Ethan Hondou
Former Members: Sherry (Ai Haibara)
Rye (Shuichi Akai)
Ki'ichiro Numabuchi (death sentence)
Undercover Agents: Kir
Extended Canon Agents:
Aliases: Black Organization
First appearance: Manga: File 1
Anime: Episode 1
Appearances: Chapters: 232
Episodes: 89
Movies: 7
Specials: 1
Openings: 32
Closings: 2

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 arch-enemy of Conan Edogawa.



Executive members

  • Renya Karasuma: The true central 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: Second in charge of the Black Organization, he has the left eye artificial. He is actually disguised as Kanenori Wakita.
  • Gin: The chief administrator who is specialized 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.[1] 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.

Other members

  • Vodka: Managerial secretary of the Black Organization[2] 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. However, in the Chess Tournament Murder Case, Rum directly commands her to kill Wakasa. 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. However, in the Chess Tournament Murder Case, Rum directly commands him to kill Wakasa. 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 (who's confirmed dead by the organization currently), but spent more of that time investigating Shuichi Akai whom he hates because of the death of 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: Gin said that was the boss' order. 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 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. He shot his smartphone along with his own chest in order to protect his secret info and committed suicide.


  • 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.

Extended canon

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.
  • Pinga:

Special Manga

  • 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.

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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.[3] (e.g Vermouth is higher ranking than Vodka.)

Renya Karasuma 60px.jpg Renya Karasuma
Rum 60px.jpg Rum
General Oversight
Gin 60px.jpg Gin
Vodka 60px.jpg Vodka
Internal Division External Division Unknown
Drug Development Software Development Reconnaissance Operations Fundraising Unknown
Assassination Robbery
Shiho Miyano 60px.jpg Sherry
Atsushi Miyano 60px.jpg Atsushi Miyano
Elena Miyano 60px.jpg Elena Miyano
Generic 60px.jpg Generic*
Blackbeard 60px.jpg Blackbeard*
Tequila 60px.jpg Tequila
Yoshiaki Hara 60px.jpg Yoshiaki Hara*
Vermouth 60px.jpg Vermouth
Hidemi Hondou 60px.jpg Kir[4]
(Incertae sedis)
Rei Furuya 60px.jpg Bourbon
Rikumichi Kusuda 60px.jpg Rikumichi

Irish 60px.jpg Irish*
(deceased) (Incertae sedis)
Masaaki Okakura 60px.jpg Masaaki Okakura*
(deceased) (Incertae sedis)
Curaçao 60px.jpg Curaçao*
Mysteriousman.png Mysterious man*
Chianti 60px.jpg Chianti
Korn 60px.jpg Korn
Ki'ichiro Numabuchi 60px.jpg Ki'ichiro

Calvados 60px.jpg Calvados
Arrack 60px.jpg Arrack*
Kate Lauren 60px.jpg Kate Lauren*
L2-Man.jpg Man*
Akemi Miyano 60px.jpg Akemi Miyano
Pisco 60px.jpg Pisco
Shuichi Akai 60px.jpg Rye
Ethan Hondou 60px.jpg Ethan Hondou
Scotch 60px.jpg Scotch
Antonio Gomez 60px.jpg Antonio Gomez*
SLS BO Hunter 1 60px.jpg Man #1*
SLS BO Hunter 2 60px.jpg Man #2*
Stout 60px.jpg Stout*
Riesling 60px.jpg Aquavit*
Aquavit 60px.jpg Riesling*

* 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.[5] 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.[6] Agents from outside manga canon are italicized.

Executive agents

The "Executive"[7] 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.[8]

Codenamed agents

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 right-hand agent.

Work(ed) under Gin

  • Vodka: Tequila and Vodka are approximately the same rank[11]
  • Tequila: Vodka and Tequila are approximately the same rank[11]
  • Chianti
  • Korn
  • 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


Non codenamed agents

Unknown if codenamed

Modus operandi

The Black Organization commits crimes such as illegal deals[12], blackmail[13], robberies[14], and contract assassinations[15] to raise money for research.[16] 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.[17] 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.


Agents dress in black.

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”.[18] The organization often destroys evidence via fire or explosion[19] 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.[20] 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.

Criminal techniques

The Black Organization conducts its crimes in ways that are difficult to trace back to them. Handguns and sniping[21], fire and bombs[22], and poisons[23] seem to be their preferred techniques. Sometimes the organization attempts to disguise their murders as accidents or suicides.[24] To this end, APTX 4869 was deployed as a poison because it is forensically difficult to detect.[25] 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.[26] Sometimes they will time their crimes so the blame will fall on another party instead, confusing the investigation.[27] If a meeting place or asset of theirs is compromised, the Black Organization typically thoroughly destroys it before it can be investigated properly.[28]

Their supplies of explosives and firearms are very extensive.

Locations and hideouts

The Black Organization seems to have hideouts,[29] 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.[30] 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[31]. The members of the Organization are also demographically varied, including foreigners and natives, men and women, teenagers[32] and elderly.[33]

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[34] and knockout gas[35]and 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.

Investigative ability

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.


Main article: Black Organization's Gadgets

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.[36][37] 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 twenty years ago.[38]

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.[39] 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.[40]

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 episode 54, 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”.[41]


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.

— Haibara[42]

We can be both of God and Devil, since we are trying to raise the dead against the stream of time...

— Vermouth[43]

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.

— Haibara[44]

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[45]

Speculation about the Black Organization's goal


Shiho Miyano's name is in a guestbook logging past contestants for the immortality arrows.

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[46]; 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,[47] 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.[48] 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.[49] 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."[50] 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[51], 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.[52]

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."[43] 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.[53] 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?."[54] 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.

Plot timeline

Manga to anime differences

The first season of Detective Conan rarely featured the Black Organization because the anime writers wanted to downplay their presence.[55] 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[56], 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.



Conan against the demon.
  • This crime organization enshrouded in mystery, and even other unrelated case, are sometimes introduced with crows, the creepy bird which is also depicted on their head's crest.
  • The cars and motorcycles of all Black Organization's members in the anime version have "Shinjuku" (新宿) as license plate, then their founding location is somewhere in Tokyo.
  • While chasing down leads on their organization, Conan is constantly confronted by difficult cases. In the introduction of movie 3, on a Greek palace ruins at night, he is suddenly attacked by a big red demon with evil aura from many yellow stratus, the Black Organization behind all minor criminals.

See also

In other languages

Language Name Translation
Flag of Japan Japanese 黒の組織 Kuro no soshiki Black Organization
Flag of Arab League Arabic المنظّمة السوداء Al-Munaẓẓama As-Sawdā’ The Black Organization
Flag of Indonesia Bahasa Indonesia Organisasi Hitam  
Flag of Malaysia Bahasa Melayu Kongsi Gelap / Organisasi Hitam Dark Syndicate
Flag of Catalonia Catalan L'Organització dels Homes de Negre The Black Men's Organization
Flag of China Chinese (Simplified) 黑衣组织 Hēi'yī Zǔzhī Organization in Black
(in the sense of "men in black")
Flag of Finland Finnish Musta Organisaatio  
Flag of France French L’Organisation des Hommes en Noir The Black Men's Organization
Flag of Germany German Die Schwarze Organisation The Black Organization
Flag of Italy Italian L'Organizzazione degli Uomini in Nero The Organization of the Men in Black
Flag of South Korea Korean 검은조직 Geom-eunjojig  
Flag of Poland Polish Czarna organizacja  
Flag of Spain Spanish La Organización de los Hombres de Negro The Black Men's Organization
Flag of Thailand Thai องค์กรชุดดำ Xngkh̒kr chud dả The Black Organization
Flag of Vietnam Vietnamese Tổ Chức Áo Đen The Black Organization


  1. ^ Conan Drill
  2. ^ Conan Drill page 237. Vodka's position is 全体監視役秘書係 which roughly translates to General Oversight division secretary.
  3. ^ Conan Drill page 237
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Manga Volume 78, File 7 (824), Page 16: "Mystery Train: Final Destination"
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ As Pisco explains to Gin in Volume 24, file 11, page 14
  9. ^ File 906 pg 3
  10. ^ Conan Drill page 239
  11. ^ a b Conan Drill page 239
  12. ^ Manga Volume 4, Files 4-6: Shinkansen Bomb Case
  13. ^ Manga Volume 1, File 1: "The Heisei Holmes"
  14. ^ Manga Volume 2, Files 4-7: "Masami Hirota Case"
  15. ^ Manga Volume 37, File 5
  16. ^ 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
  17. ^ e.g. Suguru Itakura
  18. ^ 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."
  19. ^ 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
  20. ^ 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. The host dummy in the Sunset Manor case wears a frightening phantom's purple hood with only two eye slits, just like the members of the KKK.
  21. ^ Akemi Miyano, Suguru Itakura, Yasuteru Domon, Kogoro Mouri, Scar Akai
  22. ^ Unnamed woman from the Shinkansen Bomb Case, the Bell Tree Express, Kir in Hyde Central Hospital
  23. ^ Shinichi Kudo, the giant of the Akemi's gang, various APTX 4869 victims, Shigehiko Nomiguchi, maybe the Jazz club man.
  24. ^ Shigehiko Nomiguchi
  25. ^ Manga Volume 1, File 1 (001), "The Heisei Holmes"
  26. ^ Starling family murders, Shuichi Akai's "murder"
  27. ^ Yasuteru Domon
  28. ^ Daiko Building ("Cocktail" Bar), Shiho's Pharmaceutical Company
  29. ^ Manga Volume 38, File 1 (383), pg 11: "The New Weapon!"
  30. ^ Akemi's murder, Showdown with Vermouth, planning for the Domon assassination?, Kir's call to Akai.
  31. ^ 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.
  32. ^ Sherry
  33. ^ Pisco at 71, old man from episode 502
  34. ^ Manga Chapter 242: The White World
  35. ^ Manga Chapter 434: Rotten Apple
  36. ^ 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.
  37. ^ Manga Volume 19, File 9
  38. ^ Chapter 433
  39. ^ Manga Volume 19, File 1, pg 16: "Why..."
  40. ^ In episode 188 (file 251), Haibara has the bloody disk of copied APTX 4869 data from episode 178. She had lied to Conan about losing it.
  41. ^ Manga chapter 380, pg 12
  42. ^ Manga Volume 19, File 9: Chapter 191: Episode 130-131
  43. ^ a b Manga Volume 37, File 8, pg 13: "White Snow, Black Shadow"
  44. ^ Manga Volume 20, File 1. Repeated in Volume 37, File 8, pg 17: "White Snow, Black Shadow"
  45. ^ Manga Volume 37, File 8, pg 11: "White Snow, Black Shadow"
  46. ^ 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
    黒ずくめの組織の目的とはナニ? APTX4869の作用から考えると、不老不死が怪しいのでは……。
    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.
  47. ^ Manga Volume 18, File 9, page 9
  48. ^ Manga Volume 18, File 9, pg 9
  49. ^ Manga Volume 24, File 11, pg 9
  50. ^ Manga Volume 19, File 9 (189), Page 6: The Endangered Ball; Episodes 130-131: The Stadium Indiscriminate Threatening Case
  51. ^ Manga Volume 24, File 10
  52. ^ Chapters 279-283
  53. ^ Manga Volume 37, File 8, pg 16: "White Snow, Black Shadow"
  54. ^ Manga Volume 32, File 8, page 8: "The Old Picture"
  55. ^ Episode trivia on
  56. ^ Aoyama, Gosho (1994-10-15). "Blue Birthday" (in Japanese). Magic Kaito. 3. Tokyo: Shogakukan. p. 140. ISBN 4-09-122093-5. 
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