Culture References

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This is a list of references and Easter eggs of movies, television, literary and miscellaneous pop culture seen on Detective Conan.


  • In Episode 471 is Reference to Speed; where a Bomber seeking revenge on Kogoro rigged his rental car to explode if it goes below 20 kph. Unlike in the film though, the passengers weren't killed for leaving the car and the vehicle itself doesn't explode thanks to the bomb squad aboard a car carrier continually running the wheels.
    • In The Mysterious Passenger The bus that explodes is the same that blows up in SPEED.
  • In The Twenty Year Old Murderous Intent: The Symphony Serial Murder Case (episode 174/volume 23), Ran could be seen emulating a famous scene in Titanic (1997) and shouting "I'm the king of the world!".
  • In Movie 5 Ran copy Mclane using fire hose to tie up himself up to jump off a building then breaking a window to entering a building trick from Die Hard
  • In Movie 11 The method Takagi uses to get the treasure hunters' fingerprints is commonly called "fingerprint developing" or "fingerprint fuming". The movie he mentions in this context is likely the 1987 action comedy Beverly Hills Cop II, which popularized this procedure for a wider audience.
  • In Movie 11 the case is clearly modeled after episode 9 of the anime series Kaiketsu Zorro, that followed the hunters of Captain Kid's treasure ship.
  • In Detective Takagi On the Run in Handcuffs The film Running in Handcuffs, of which Takagi is such a huge fanatic, is a fictional titular variation of the 1958 film The Defiant Ones, starring Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis, which sports a similar plot of two men bonding with each other while chained together.
  • In Kogoro in the Bar ••The title for this case appears to be a reference to a 2011 Japanese hardboiled mystery film The Detective Is in the Bar(探偵はBARにいる), which is based on the eponymous novel written by Naomi Azusa. Incidentally, the protagonist for the aforementioned film and novel is the featured detective for volume 81.
  • Ethan Houndou Ethan comes from "Ethan Hunt" from the 1996 Mission Impossible film.
  • In The Casebook of Female High-School Detective Sonoko Suzuki A homage to the movie, E.T. is made.
  • In A Haunted Mansion Murder Case At the end of the episode, The Mitsuhiko says that they are going to investigate Shinichi's house which he says "is the last house on the left". This could be an allusion to the 1972 horror film of the same name. In The Life-Threatening Broadcast of Love The poster in Natalie Kuruma's apartment is about Heidi's house.
  • In The Jet-Black Mystery Train The train is being pulled by the preserved SNCF steam locomotive 230-G-353, which appeared in the 1974 film 'Murder on the Orient Express'.
  • Jodie Starling was named after both Clarice Starling, one of the main protagonists in Silence of the Lambs, and actress Jodie Foster who performed Starling's role in the movie adaptation of the same name.
  • In The Truth of the Haunted House The dead girl on TV watching Ran is an allusion to the Japanese horror film Ringu.


  • In episode 494, a book named Paprika together with another book named The Secret Garden is briefly shown.
  • In Detective Boys vs. Elderly Detective League The book Conan makes a reference to is John Dickson Carr's "The Emperor's Snuff-Box."
  • In The Secret of the Search for his Wife - The play Tomomi is cast in is Shakespeare's Othello.
  • In The Life-Threatening Broadcast of Love The poster in Natalie Kuruma's apartment is about Heidi's house.
  • Episode 67 "The Spider's Thread." by Ryunosuke Akutagawa mention.
  • In Episode 712-15 The Torakura family are named after the characters from Dracula by Bram Stroker and Camilla by Sheridan Le Fanu, while the servants are named after the vampires' weaknesses:
    • Hakuya Torakura - Count Dracula
    • Ruri Torakura - Lucy Westenra
    • Asanobu Torakura - Arthur Holmewood
    • Kishiharu Torakura - Quincy Morris
    • Kamiyo Torakura - Lady Carmilla
    • Jouhei Hagawa - Jonathan Harker
    • Mina Torakura - Mina Murray Harker
    • Shimizu - Pure water
    • Rikushige Koga - Garlic
    • Hikaru Hinohara - Light
    • Youko Hinohara - Sun
  • The Phantom of the Konpira the play that Ito Theater Trope did is based on Phantom of the opera.
  • The Candy House the Witch Lives In the case is inspired from Hansel and Gretel, a well-known German fairy tale recorded by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812.
  • The Mansion of Death and the Red Wall: Romance of the Three Kingdoms
    • The nickname of Taka'aki Morofushi is Komei, a war strategist in ancient time.
    • The dying message of Shusaku Akashi is the case of "The death scare away the living", a strategy Komei used to scare away the living Zhongda from attacking.
    • Conan's planning for the culprit to enter Naoki's apartment was inspired from "The Empty Fort", though with opposite use. In the original, The Empty Fort was to purposely reveal resources and traps while there was no actual troops protecting the base, meaning to scare the enemy away. In this case, it was to purposely reveal weakness to make the culprit think he can break into the apartment.
  • Shinichi Kudo's New York Case: The Golden Apple was seen and mention in it
  • Yui Uehara - The two kanji for the name "Yui" (由衣) is derived from Princess Yu (由布姫 Yū-hime?) and Princess Koi (湖衣姫 Koi-hime?), the two names used in novels for the daughter of Suwa Yorishige, head of the Suwa clan. Her last name,, comes from Uehara castle, the main stronghold of the Suwa clan.
  • Goro Otaki's name comes from the character Gorozo of Otaki from the long-running Onihei Hankachou series.


  • In Scuba Diving Murder Case Kogoro exclaims 'Hellooo Nurses!' most likely referencing Vaudeville or Animaniacs.
  • In Episodes 727-728, "The Treasure Chest Filled With Fruit", centers around a cooking show that parodies Iron Chef.
  • The naming scheme of the criminal gang in Episodes 775-776 is probably inspired by Reservoir Dogs, only with parts of the face instead of colors.
  • In Makoto Kyogoku the Understudy, the superhero Kamen Yaiba has been inducted into a multinational team called The Azengers which is a parody of Avengers. It also mentions a detective drama called Detective 48.
  • In Magic File 4 it shows several elements of 24 being used in the episode, including Heiji's introduction (The following takes place on the next day...), a vague copy of line spoken by Jack Bauer (portrayed by Kiefer Sutherland and dubbed in Japanese by Rikiya Koyama, Kogoro's voice actor) before each episode, and the use of digital clock with the ticking sound to imitate the real-time element used in 24.
  • The Streetcar's Sudden Stopping Case: Kenji Wakai's character design shares similarities with Inspector Gadget.
  • The Unfriendly Girls Band The Girls Band Movie that Sonoko refers to at the beginning of episode 836 seems to be a reference to the anime "K-On!"
  • The First Errand Murder Case the First errand Hajimete no Otsukai ("The First Errand") is actually a TV program broadcast in Japan since 1991 that goes quite similarly to the event shown in the case.
  • Muga Iori's name comes from Iori Sakakibara (榊原 伊織 Sakakibara Iori?), a doctor and close friend of Ooka Tadasuke in the series Ōoka Echizen, and Muga Takewaki (竹脇 無我 Takewaki Muga?), the actor who plays the role of Iori Sakakibara in the series.

Urusei Yatsura

  • In the episode 792, Ai makes a reference to Lum of Urusei Yatsura.
    • Gosho Aoyama, as a crossover joke, has introduced Lum Invader, the female protagonist from the manga Urusei Yatsura, as the Black Organization member Rum. He also showed Lum in a panel in file 906. Lum's name has a similar pronunciation to "Rum" because "R" and "L" sound the same in Japanese.
  • In Episode 1011 There are some references to the manga series Urusei Yatsura by Rumiko Takahashi.
    • Incidentally, Lum and Ataru Morobushi from the series is voiced by Fumi Hirano (Rumi Wakasa's voice actress) and Toshio Furukawa (Misao Yamamura's voice actor) respectively.


  • In The Witch Enshrouded by Fog is a shout-out to Initial D. Because the case happened in Gunma in a place named Mt. Fuyuna and the 'legend' is named Fuyuna's Silver Ghostnote.
  • In The Murdered Famous Detective Urban Hunter is a reference to the series City Hunter.
  • Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story 9 The video game Titan Hunter mentioned by the Detective Boys at the beginning of the first part appears to be based on the manga title Attack on Titan.
  • Reiko Kujo name comes from Sakurako Kujo (九条 櫻子 / Kujō Sakurako), one of the main protagonists in the manga series Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation.


  • In The Desperate Revival Gosho designed the Black Knight's helmet to look like Char Aznable's helmet.
  • Tsumotu Akai The kanji in his name, 務武, can also be read as "Zumu". This is a possible reference to Zeon "Zum" Deikun (ジオン・ズム・ダイクン Jion "Zumu" Daikun?), Char Aznable's father.
  • Tooru Amuro is named after the main protagonist Amuro Ray from Mobile Suit Gundam.
  • Andre Camell's name comes from Lieutenant Dren, a character from Mobile Suit Gundam. Lieutenant Dren (ドレン Doren?) is Char Aznable's second in command for part of the series and led the Camel squadron. This matches the pattern for protagonist characters related to Akai Shuichi to have names derived from antagonists in Mobile Suit Gundam.
  • Shuichi Akai's name comes from the Mobile Suit Gundam character Char Aznable, whose nickname was the "Red Comet" (赤い彗星 Akai Suisei?), and Char's voice actor Shuichi Ikeda (who is also Akai's voice actor). Additionally, his alias, Dai Moroboshi, comes from Char's real name, Casval Rem Deikun (sounds like Dai-kun in Japanese). Moroboshi can also mean falling star, another possible allusion to Red Comet.
  • Subaru's Okiys name comes from Casval (キャスバル Kyasubaru → キヤスバル Kiyasubaru) Rem Deikun, the real name of Mobile Suit Gundam character Char Aznable, whom Shuichi Akai is also named after.
  • Masumi Sera's (世良・真純 Sera Masumi?) name comes from the Mobile Suit Gundam character Sayla Mass (セイラ・マス Seira Masu?).
  • Hiromitsu Morofushi - The name Hiromitsu is a Gundam-inspired one. The "Hiro" part comes from Heero Yuy (ヒイロ・ユイ Hiiro Yui?), the protagonist of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing; while the kanji for "mitsu" (光), which can be read as "hikaru", is taken from Hikaru Midorikawa (緑川 光 Midorikawa Hikaru?), Heero's voice actor. Midorikawa also voices Hiromitsu in the anime.
  • Yuya Kazami name comes from Kamille Bidan, the protagonist of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam.
  • Gundam that the Mobile Suit Gundam character Amuro Ray piloted, the RX-78-2. which Rei own owns a white RX-7, the same car as Miwako Sato.

Video Games

  • The Window at the Girls' School one scene an action figure of Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid is on display.
  • Lawyer Kisaki's SOS: Eri's complain about the lead attorney in the film keeps using"OBJECTION!" in the court at the judge is a reference to the video game Ace Attorney , by Capcom, in which the protagonists would use said phrase to counter the claim of prosecutors/judges/witnesses. Gara Takashima, Eri's voice actress, also voiced the evil queen and prosecutor Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in, the antagonist of Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice.