Kaitou Kid

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Kaitou Kid

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Japanese name: 怪盗キッド
(Kaitō Kiddo)
English name: Phantom Thief Kid
Age: 18 (Debut criminal appearance)[1]

16-17[2] (Kaito Kuroba)
Unknown (Toichi Kuroba [missing, probably alive[3]])
61[4] (Konosuke Jii)

Gender: Male
Date of birth: June 21 (Kaito Kuroba)
Unknown (Toichi Kuroba)
Unknown (Konosuke Jii)
Occupation: Thief
Status: Active
Nicknames: The Magician Under the Moonlight
The Heisei Lupin
The Last Wizard of the Century
Aliases: Kaitou 1412
Phantom Thief Kid 1412
First appearance: Magic Kaito Chapter 1
DC Manga: File 156
DC Anime: Episode 76
Appearances: Chapters: 36
Episodes: 24
Chapters: 1
Chapters: 2
Chapters: 78
Chapters: 34
Episodes: 44
Movies: 8
OVAs: 4
Specials: 16
Openings: 22
Closings: 6
Keyhole number: Volume 16
Japanese voice: Kappei Yamaguchi (Kaito Kuroba)
Shuichi Ikeda (Toichi Kuroba)
Koji Yada (Konosuke Jii; Magic Kaito Special)
Michio Hazama (Konosuke Jii; Magic Kaito 1412)
English voice: Jerry Jewell (Kaito Kuroba) - FUNimation
Griffin Burns (Kaito Kuroba) - Bang Zoom!, Macias Group

Kaitou Kid (怪盗キッド Kaitō Kiddo?, lit. Phantom Thief Kid) is the secret identity of the main character in the manga and anime franchise Magic Kaito, and a recurring character in the manga and anime franchise Detective Conan.


Kaitou Kid first appeared 18 years ago in Paris, a herald to the quiet retirement of the master thief, Phantom Lady.[5]

Toichi Kuroba

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Toichi Kuroba (黒羽 盗一 Kuroba Tōichi?) was secretly the original Kaitou Kid. Toichi as Kid was the greatest jewel thief in Japan as well as a world-renowned stage magician until he was murdered in a fake magic accident. Sometime prior to his death, Toichi had his attendant and friend Konosuke Jii promise him that he would never tell Kaito about his thieving.[6] A thief herself, his wife Chikage Kuroba was well aware of his double life, having witnessed the inception of Kaitou Kid.[5] Toichi ceased to be Kaitou Kid only upon his death in a fake magic accident arranged by a mysterious rival group.

Konosuke Jii

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Konosuke Jii (寺井 黄之助 Jii Kōnosuke?) temporarily portrayed Kaitou Kid eight years following Toichi's death in an effort to lure out Toichi's murderers. Jii ceases being Kid and becomes Kaito's assistant when Kaito dons the mantle of Kaitou Kid himself. Since then, Jii has occasionally been a decoy Kid on Kaito's behalf, but more commonly he assists on heists in other ways.

Kaito Kuroba

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Kaito Kuroba (黒羽 快斗 Kuroba Kaito?) is the current Kaitou Kid. Kaito is a second-year student at Ekoda High School Class 2-B alongside his childhood friend Aoko Nakamori, the witch Akako Koizumi, and transfer student detective Saguru Hakuba. Kaito discovers his father's identity as the original Kaitou Kid after eight years following his death thanks to a secret room inside his house as well as talking with his father's attendant and friend, Konosuke Jii. Wanting to pick up where Jii left off, Kaito continues to be Kaitou Kid in an effort to lure out his father's murderers by making Kid a world-famous thief once again. It isn't until the Blue Birthday heist that the murderers appear and reveal that they are searching for the doublet red-colored gem Pandora, said to shed tears of immortality during the passing of a particular comet. Upon realizing the organization's aim and that his father was killed for his refusal to aid them in retrieving Pandora, Kaito vows as Kaitou Kid to find the Pandora gem first and shatter it into pieces.[7] Kaito's mother is aware that Kaito discovered Toichi's secret room and has taken up the mantle of Kaitou Kid.[6]


Toichi as Kid

Toichi Kuroba as Kaitou Kid

Not much is given about Toichi as Kaitou Kid. However, we do know that at some point in time, a dark organization forced him to steal gems to find Pandora. His refusal led to his death in a "magic accident."

Jii as Kid

After the death of Toichi, Jii lived by himself. Over the course of eight years, he grew angrier and angrier until he donned the costume of Kaitou Kid in order to lure out the organization that killed Toichi. He was only dressed as Kid twice before Kaito took over.

Kaito as Kid

Kid seduces Ran by tricking her into believing he is really Shinichi

In both civilian and costumed life, Kaitou Kid is a compulsive magician who is drawn to any challenge just for the sheer thrill of overcoming all hazards in the end. Kid is infamous for having a rather overconfident (close to the point of arrogance) attitude, always preferring to create as big a bang as possible. He loves nothing more than leading the police in wild goose chases, letting them get within a hair's breadth of catching him, before exiting one way or another. Seemingly having a soft-spot for his fans, there has been more than one occasion when Kid has refused to show when the police tried to bar the general public from witnessing his act. Generally, when these instances occur, one of Kid's tricks rely, one way or another, on his ability to blend in with a crowd.

Kaitou Kid is also quite a charmer, seeming to always know just what to say to the ladies to leave them speechless. Kid hates to see others get hurt, and he never hesitates in leaping to rescue someone, whether physically or mentally. Despite his low reputation in some quarters, Kid does have a sense of honor, in as much as that he decides to leave the loot behind if it has no further purpose other than having challenged his trickster skills, doesn't contain Pandora, or when a more humane background stands behind their existence. These qualities are some of the reasons why he and Conan occasionally end up as allies in a common cause.

For some as yet unexplained reason, Kaito suffers from a severe case of ichthyophobia (fear of fish).



Kaito Kuroba as Kaitou Kid

Toichi as Kid

The classic Kaitou Kid outfit was originally developed for one of his stage performances to honor Arsène Lupin, but he decided to use it as his thief outfit after saving Phantom Lady.

Jii as Kid

Jii donned the costume of Kaitou Kid, but used a smiling mask, in order to lure out the organization that killed Toichi. He was only dressed as Kid twice before Kaito took over.

Kaito as Kid

Kid has dark brown hair (black in Magic Kaito 1412) with fringe that ends just above his eyes, but the rest of his hair is normally covered by a white top hat with a blue ribbon band. When dressed in his normal outfit, his right eye is covered by a white monocle that has a dangling green charm with a white clover imprinted on it. Kid's outfit consists of a white suit jacket on top of a blue shirt with a red tie and white dress slacks. The white Hang Glider Cape is attached to the jacket at Kid's shoulders. Kid wears blue socks with white Oxford style shoes with white soles. In his original appearances Kid wore white loafer type shoes.

Kid has been seen wearing black shirts and pants along with a black hat to help cover his face, usually when doing information gathering for heists or when he has his "audience" at his heists looking elsewhere. Apart from these two outfits, Kid is a master of disguise and has been seen disguising as several people throughout the course of Detective Conan and Magic Kaito.

At several instances, it has been demonstrated that Kid shares a close natural likeness with Shinichi Kudo.[35] This, on occasion (particularly in the non-canon appearances), allows him to pass himself off as Shinichi whenever needed, without requiring a special disguise.[36][37][38][39]

List of disguises used

Kaitou Kid has used many disguises over the course of the series. These are the known ones used so far.

Kaito Kuroba in disguises

Plot overview


Relationships analysis

Toichi Kuroba

Main article: Toichi Kuroba's relationships

Konosuke Jii

Main article: Konosuke Jii's relationships

Kaito Kuroba

Main article: Kaito Kuroba's relationships

People who know Kaitou Kid's real identity

The canon characters who know Kaito Kuroba is the Kaitou Kid are Konosuke Jii, Akako Koizumi, Saguru Hakuba, Ruby Jones, and Chikage Kuroba. The characters who are or have been suspicious of Kaito are Ginzo Nakamori, and Aoko Nakamori. There are also one time characters from Magic Kaito who has found out Kaitou Kid's identity such as Ruby Jones from the Recollection of the Golden Eye and Prince Phillip of Ingram in the Crystal Mother's Tears.

Character popularity

  • 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. Kid placed 1st in the poll with 1,460 votes out of the 5,883 that were cast.[62]
  • Kid placed 2nd in the results of a poll ranking the top 3 "ikemen" ("good-looking men") of the series aired during the promotional special for The Lost Ship in the Sky.[63]
  • 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. Kaito Kuroba/Kaitou Kid placed 2nd out of 10 with 18.99% of the votes cast.[64]
  • 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. Kaito Kuroba/Kaitou Kid placed 2nd overall with 1,696 votes.[65]

Name origin

Kaitou Kid was originally known as "Kaitou 1412" ("kaitou" meaning "phantom thief" in Japanese"), but the exact origin of that name is unknown. According to what Sonoko told Ran, the "1412" part is rumored to come from the secret number that may have been given to him by an international organization like the FBI, the CIA, or Interpol. The information about the number was supposedly leaked to the media, leading to that number being used to describe the thief.[66]

Sometime later, a reporter scribbled the number 1412, referencing the thief, in a hastily-written note. This note was seen by Yusaku Kudo, who misread the numbers as "KID." Thus, Yusaku was the one who invented the name Kaitou Kid.[67]

Different looks

Toichi Kuroba

Detective Conan (episode 473).
Magic Kaito 1412 (episode 9).

Konosuke Jii

Magic Kaito 1412 (episode 3).

Kaito Kuroba

Detective Conan (episode 76).
Detective Conan (episode 396).
Detective Conan (episode 724).
Movie 10
Magic Kaito Special (episode 3).
Magic Kaito 1412 (episode 11).


Of Kaito Kid

Smiles and laughter are always good, but never forget your Poker Face.
A thief is a creative artist who takes his prey in style... But a detective is nothing more than a critic, who follows our footsteps...
You are right. I am not a detective, but a thief. And stealing is what thieves do best, even if it's a person's heart.
Better not.. Just because you don't know what's in it, and want to open Pandora's box, because if you know what's inside the box before you open it, it won't be interesting at all!
It's better trusting someone than to die doubting people altogether.
Magic isn't real. There's always a way to explain it.
A thief will only live by stealing, would you mind if I steal your heart?

(Kid talking to Ran in The Lost Ship in the Sky)

See you later, maybe next time we can meet under the moonlight.
I'm different from a thief that wears all black. I'm bold and flamboyant; I'm Kaitou Kid!
There are things that shall remain a mystery.
Everyone is the main character of their own life.

About Kaito Kid

Heiji: Is that thief really that strong?
Conan: Yes, he's clever and cunning. You can't deal with him by ordinary means.

In other languages

Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese 怪盗キッド Kaitō Kid
Flag of Arab League Arabic اللص الطائر كيد Al-Liṣṣ Aṭ-Ṭa’ir Kid / الفتى الطائر Al-Fata Aṭ-Ṭa’ir / الفتى اللص Al-Fata Al-Liṣṣ / كايتو كيد Kāito Kid
Flag of Indonesia Bahasa Indonesia Kid si Pencuri, Kaito Kid in late episodes/chapters
Flag of Malaysia Bahasa Melayu Kaitou Kid / Thief Kid / The Phantom Thief / Pencuri Aneh Kid (Manga)
Flag of Catalonia Català Kid 1412 / Kid Cat / Kid el Lladre / Kaito Kid
Flag of China Chinese (Simplified) 怪盗基德 Guàidào Jīdé
Flag of Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 怪盜基德 Guàidào Jīdé
Flag of US English Phantom Thief Kid / Kaito Kid / Bandit Kid
Flag of Philippines Filipino Kaito Kid
Flag of Finland Finnish Kaito Kid (DC), Kaitou Kid (MK)
Flag of France French (Kid l'Insaisissable) / Kid Cat Burglar / Kaito Kid
Flag of Galicia Galician Caco Kid
Flag of Germany German "Kaito Kid", "Meisterdieb 1412" or "Phantom Kid"
Flag of Italy Italian Kaito Kid (manga) / Kid il ladro / Furto Kid / Ladro Kid (Detective Conan anime) / Kaitou Kid (Magic Kaito 1412)
Flag of North KoreaFlag of South Korea Korean 괴도키드 Gwedo Kid
Flag of Mongolia Mongolian Каито Кид (Батхаан)
Flag of Brazil Portuguese (Brazil) Kid Fantasma (Phantom Kid) / Kaito Kid
Flag of Russia Russian Кайто Кид Kaito Kid
Flag of Spain Spanish Kaito Kid (manga) / Kid el Ladrón (Kid the Thief) (anime)
Flag of Spain Spanish (Latin America) Kid Misterioso / Niño gato de la noche / Kaito Kid
Flag of Thailand Thai จอมโจรคิด
Flag of Vietnam Vietnamese Siêu trộm Kid / Siêu đạo chích Kid / Đạo tặc Kid



  • Kuroba (黒羽 or クロバ ?) (Kaito and Toichi's family name) is also a way to pronounce "clover" (クロバー kurobaa?) in Japanese (the only difference is a long vowel). This is most likely why a clover appears on Kaitou Kid's monocle. Additionally, in the manga's second chapter Kid disguises himself as an old man named Count Clover. Also, Gosho's Animal Crossings characters are named after the playing card suits, with "Clover" introducing itself as Kaito Kuroba and dressing as Kaitou Kid (except with a black top hat).
  • Kaitou Kid was clearly modeled after the fictional gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, by French author Maurice Leblanc. In the French-speaking world, Lupin is as famous as Sherlock Holmes is in the English-speaking world. Interestingly, Holmes appeared in several Arsène Lupin stories; however, after Conan Doyle protested due to copyright laws, Leblanc changed the name to "Herlock Sholmes."
  • Kaitou Kid signs his heist notes with a drawing of his face in abstract. He re-draws this insignia for each note, so that police will know that it was truly him and not an imitator using a scanned copy of a former insignia.
  • He made a cameo in A Challenge Letter to Shinichi Kudo ~Prologue Until Goodbye~, in his Hang Glider Cape when the bomb explodes in mid-air.
  • In The Last Wizard of the Century, the police attribute 134 cases of thievery to Kaitou Kid, fifteen of which have been overseas including America, France, Germany, and 12 other places. In total, 152 gems have been stolen with a net worth of 38,925,000,000 yen but this is obviously not considered canonical in the main story of Detective and Kaito Kid.
  • Akako Koizumi once dressed up as the Kaitou Kid to trick Saguru Hakuba into thinking Kaito was innocent. During her escape with the target jewel, she screamed in a revealingly girly manner, causing Aoko to deduce that the Kaitou Kid must be a homosexual.
  • In both the Japanese and English dub, Kaito Kuroba/Kaitou Kid shares the same voice actor as that of Shinichi Kudo.
  • Kaitou Kid apparently knows how to drive as shown when he was disguised as Kogoro Mouri in Volume 30: Sunset Manor Case.

See also


  1. ^ Magic Kaito Volume 5, Files 1-2: "The Phantom Lady". This marks Toichi's first officially known foray into theft with the trademark Kaito Kid outfit and mannerisms.
  2. ^ Kaito's age is never stated in the manga, but due to his high school grade he is between 16-17 and likely celebrated a birthday behind the scenes. The anime Episode 219 places his age as 17, but the intro-box ages are in violation of manga canon (Shinichi is aged at 17 also, when he should be 16 due to the clock tower case occurring pre-canon). The upcoming Magic Kaito anime also places his age as 17, according to the anime's website.
  3. ^ Confirmed by Gosho Aoyama in the January Nagasaki interview of 2019, question 39.
  4. ^ Episode 219
  5. ^ a b Magic Kaito Volume 5, Chapters 29 and 30: The Phantom Lady.
  6. ^ a b Volume 1, File 1
  7. ^ Magic Kaito Volume 3, Chapter 7: Blue Birthday.
  8. ^ a b c d File 712
  9. ^ a b c d File 159 (Volume 16)
  10. ^ a b c d e f File 862 (Volume 82)
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h File 156 (Volume 16)
  12. ^ File 300 (Volume 30)
  13. ^ a b c d e File 158 (Volume 16)
  14. ^ a b c d e f File 545 (Volume 53)
  15. ^ a b Movie 23: The Fist of Blue Sapphire
  16. ^ Movie 3: The Last Wizard of the Century
  17. ^ a b File 829 (Volume 79)
  18. ^ a b c File 476 (Volume 46)
  19. ^ Movie 3: The Last Wizard of the Century
  20. ^ File 713 (Volume 68)
  21. ^ a b c File 157 (Volume 16)
  22. ^ a b c File 863 (Volume 82)
  23. ^ a b File 864 (Volume 82)
  24. ^ a b File 454 (Volume 44)
  25. ^ File 453 (Volume 44)
  26. ^ a b c d Lupin III vs. Detective Conan: The Movie
  27. ^ a b c Midnight Crow (Part 1): The Name Is Phantom Thief Corbeau!
  28. ^ File 733 (Volume 70)
  29. ^ a b c d e f g The Revived Phantom Thief
  30. ^ File 573 (Volume 55)
  31. ^ Magic Kaito Chapter 7 (Volume 2)
  32. ^ Magic Kaito Chapter 24 (Volume 4)
  33. ^ a b File 455 (Volume 44)
  34. ^ File 824 (Volume 78)
  35. ^ Manga Chapters 156-159: Kaitou Kid and the Black Star
  36. ^ Movie 03: The Last Wizard of the Century
  37. ^ Movie 08: Magician of the Silver Sky
  38. ^ Movie 14: The Lost Ship in the Sky
  39. ^ OVA 10: Kid in Trap Island
  40. ^ Conan vs. Kaitou Kid
  41. ^ Conan vs. Kaitou Kid
  42. ^ Conan vs. Kaitou Kid
  43. ^ Magic Lover's Murder Case
  44. ^ The Gathering of the Detectives! Shinichi Kudo vs. Kaitou Kid
  45. ^ The Gathering of the Detectives! Shinichi Kudo vs. Kaitou Kid
  46. ^ Kaitou Kid's Miraculous Midair Walk
  47. ^ Big Adventure in the Eccentric Mansion
  48. ^ Kaitou Kid and the Four Masterpieces
  49. ^ Kaitou Kid and the Four Masterpieces
  50. ^ Kaitou Kid vs. the Strongest Safe
  51. ^ The Kirin's Horn That Vanished into the Dark
  52. ^ The Kirin's Horn That Vanished into the Dark
  53. ^ The Kirin's Horn That Vanished into the Dark
  54. ^ Conan & Kid's Battle For Ryoma's Treasure
  55. ^ Mystery Train
  56. ^ Mystery Train
  57. ^ Mystery Train
  58. ^ The Blush Mermaid
  59. ^ Kaitou Kid and the Fairy's Lip
  60. ^ Magic Kaito Episode 7
  61. ^ Magic Kaito Episode 10
  62. ^ "『名探偵コナン』 人気投票結". eBookJapan. 2011-05-12. http://www.ebookjapan.jp/ebj/special/conan/vote_kekka2.asp. Retrieved on 2011-05-15. 
  63. ^ The Lost Ship in the Sky Special Edition Blu-ray
  64. ^ "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. 
  65. ^ "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. 
  66. ^ File 156
  67. ^ Aoyama, Gosho (1996-18-01). "File 3" (in Japanese). Detective Conan. 55. Tokyo: Shogakukan. p. 151. ISBN 4-09-120628-X. 
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OVA adaptations Conan vs. Kid vs. Yaiba - The Grand Battle for the Treasure Sword!!Conan, Kid, and the Crystal Mother
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