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: 17
Gender: Male
Date of birth: June 21
Relatives: Toichi Kuroba (father, deceased)
Chikage Kuroba (mother)
Occupation: Thief
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
Manga: File 156
Anime: Episode 76
Appearances: Chapters: 36
Episodes: 24
Chapters: 1
Chapters: 2
Chapters: 63
Chapters: 12
Episodes: 35
Movies: 7
OVAs: 4
Specials: 16
Openings: 18
Closings: 2
Keyhole number: Volume 16
Japanese voice: Kappei Yamaguchi
English voice: Jerry Jewell

Kaitou Kid (怪盗キッド Kaitō Kiddo?, lit. Phantom Thief Kid) is 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.[1]

Toichi Kuroba

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Toichi Kuroba (黒羽 盗一 Kuroba Tōichi?) was the original Kaitou Kid. Toichi as Kid was the greatest jewel thief in Japan as well as the best stage magician in Japan 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.[2] Chikage was well aware of her husband's double life, having witnessed the inception of Kaitou Kid.[1] 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.[3] Kaito's mother is aware that Kaito discovered Toichi's secret room and has taken up the mantle of Kaitou Kid.[2]

Akako Koizumi

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Koizumi Akako (小泉 红子 Akako Koizumi?) has dressed up as Kaitou Kid once, so that Saguru Hakuba doesn't arrest Kaito.


Toichi as 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 trickster 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 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, inasmuch 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, 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 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.[4] This, on occasion (particularly in the non-canon appearances), allows him to pass himself off as Shinichi whenever needed, without requiring a special disguise.[5][6][7][8]

Plot overview

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

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, Ruby Jones, and Chikage Kuroba. The characters who are or have been suspicious of Kaito are Ginzo Nakamori, Aoko Nakamori, and Saguru Hakuba. 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. In the Crystal Mother's Tears, Prince Phillip of Ingram also finds out that Kaitou Kid is Kaito Kuroba.

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.[26]
  • 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.[27]
  • 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.[28]
  • 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.[29]

Name origin

Originally referred to as Kaitou 1412, Yusaku Kudo saw a reporter's hastily scribbled "1412" on a piece of paper and purposely misread it as "KID". Thus, Yusaku named the Kaitou Kid. [30]

Different looks

Toichi Kuroba

Kaito Kuroba

Kid's "Before" Appearance (Episode 76)
Kid's "After" Appearance (Magic Kaito Special Episode 8)


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.
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!

In other languages

Language Name Translation
Flag of Japan Japanese 怪盗キッド Kaitou Kid
Flag of US English Phantom Thief Kid/Kaito Kid/Bandit Kid
Flag of France French (Kid l'Insaisissable)/Kid Cat Burglar/Kaito Kid
Flag of Spain Spanish Kaito Kid in the manga/ Kid el Ladrón (Kid the Thief) in the anime
Flag of Germany German "Kaito Kid", "Meisterdieb 1412" or "Phantom Kid"
Flag of Galicia Galician Caco Kid
Flag of Catalonia Català Kid 1412 / Kid Kat, el lladre / Kaito Kid
Flag of Vietnam Vietnamese Siêu trộm Kid / Siêu đạo chích Kid / Đạo tặc Kid
Flag of Arab League Arabic الفتى اللص Al-Fatah Al-Lis, اللص الطائر Al-Lis At-Tair
Flag of Malaysia Malay Kaitou Kid / Thief Kid
Flag of Indonesia Indonesian Kid si Pencuri, Kaito Kid in late episodes/chapters
Flag of Republic of China Tradional Chinese 怪盜基德
Flag of Thailand Thai จอมโจรคิด
Flag of Philippines Filipino Kaito Kid
Flag of Italy Italian Kaito Kid (manga), Kid il ladro/Furto Kid/Ladro Kid (anime)
Flag of Finland Finnish Kaito Kid (DC), Kaitou Kid (MK)
Flag of North KoreaFlag of South Korea Korean 괴도키드 "Gwedo Kid"


  • Kuroba (Kaito and Toichi's family name) is also a way to pronounce "clover" in Japanese. This is most likely why a clover appears on Kaitou Kid's monocle.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The relationship between Shinichi Kudo and Kaitou Kid seems to be based on the one time friendship between Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle until Houdini began debunking Spiritualism during the Spiritualist movement in the 1920's while Conan Doyle on the other hand believed in Spiritualism and became convinced that Houdini himself possessed supernatural powers Houdini was apparently unable to convince Conan Doyle that his feats were simply illusions, leading to a bitter public falling out between the two.

See also


  1. ^ a b Magic Kaito Volume 5, Chapters 29 and 30: The Phantom Lady.
  2. ^ a b Volume 1, File 1
  3. ^ Magic Kaito Volume 3, Chapter 7: Blue Birthday.
  4. ^ Manga Chapters 156-159: Kaitou Kid and the Black Star
  5. ^ Movie 03: The Last Wizard of the Century
  6. ^ Movie 08: Magician of the Silver Sky
  7. ^ Movie 14: The Lost Ship in the Sky
  8. ^ OVA 10: Kid in Trap Island
  9. ^ Conan vs. Kaitou Kid
  10. ^ Conan vs. Kaitou Kid
  11. ^ Magic Lover's Murder Case
  12. ^ The Gathering of the Detectives! Shinichi Kudo vs. Kaitou Kid
  13. ^ Kaitou Kid's Miraculous Midair Walk
  14. ^ Big Adventure in the Eccentric Mansion
  15. ^ Kaitou Kid and the Four Masterpieces
  16. ^ Kaitou Kid and the Four Masterpieces
  17. ^ Kaitou Kid vs. the Strongest Safe
  18. ^ The Kirin's Horn That Vanished into the Dark
  19. ^ The Kirin's Horn That Vanished into the Dark
  20. ^ The Kirin's Horn That Vanished into the Dark
  21. ^ Conan & Kid's Battle For Ryoma's Treasure
  22. ^ Mystery Train
  23. ^ Mystery Train
  24. ^ The Blush Mermaid
  25. ^ Movie 14.
  26. ^ "『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. 
  27. ^ The Lost Ship in the Sky Special Edition Blu-ray
  28. ^ "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. 
  29. ^ "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. 
  30. ^ Aoyama, Gosho (1996-18-01). "File 3" (in Japanese). Detective Conan. 55. Tokyo: Shogakukan. p. 151. ISBN 4-09-120628-X. 
Magic Kaito
Main Characters Kaito KurobaKaitou KidAoko NakamoriGinzo NakamoriAkako KoizumiSaguru Hakuba
Secondary Characters Toichi KurobaChikage KurobaKonosuke JiiKeiko MomoiSnakeSuperintendent General HakubaRose (OVA only) • Spider (TV specials only) • List of minor Magic Kaito characters
Manga Magic Kaito Volume 1-5Volume 1Volume 2Volume 3Volume 4Volume 5Magic Kaito Chapters not yet included in a VolumeMagic Kaito Manga Listed By Heist
OVA adaptations Conan vs. Kid vs. Yaiba - The Grand Battle for the Treasure Sword!!Conan, Kid, and the Crystal Mother
Magic Kaito: Kid the Phantom Thief specials The Revived Phantom ThiefKaitou Kid's Busy DateThe Princess Prefers MagicA Witch Sheds No TearsThe Fated Blue BirthdayLove on the Ski Slope on Christmas EveThe Splendid RivalsThe Secret of the Red TearThe Witch, the Detective, and the Phantom ThiefThe Reminiscent Golden EyeThe Tearful Crystal MotherTears of Love for the Dark Knight
Magic Kaito 1412 Season 1
Crossovers The Gathering of the Detectives! Shinichi Kudo vs. Kaitou Kid (DC anime only)
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