Arsene Lupin III is the world's greatest thief. He is the grandson of Arsene Lupin and no crime is too impossible for him.
His colleagues include Daisuke Jigen, Goemon Ishikawa XIII and on some occasions Fujiko Mine. He is always escaping capture from Inspector Koichi Zenigata.
Lupin is brilliant, very quick, flexible, lucky and a master of disguise. His behavior is childish, goofy, cocky and immature at times and his greatest weakness is perhaps his infatuation with Fujiko Mine (who often betrays him).
In the early days of Lupin related material TPTB insisted that the character's name be changed. Lupin III's creator (Monkey Punch) was inspired by Maurice Leblanc's Arsene Lupin character. Since he never asked for permission from the Leblanc estate, to avoid copyright lawsuits and alleged plagiarism, in some material Lupin is called "Wolf" or "Rupan". However this copyright has expired so only old licenses are required to use a different name.
Lupin was first voiced in an English dub created in the late 70s. He was voiced by Tom Clark.
Lupin was voiced by Bob Bergen in the Streamline English dubs. Bob Bergen voiced Lupin in the original English dub of The Castle of Cagliostro, a new English dub for The Secret of Mamo and 2 episodes of the Part II TV series. Streamline released these 2 episodes in 2 individuals releases called Tales of the Wolf: Volume 1 and Tales of the Wolf: Volume 2. It was also re-released as Lupin III: Greatest Capers.
AnimEigo's English dub of The Fuma Conspiracy had Lupin voiced by Robin Robertson. This was later re-released by Discotek Media.
For the Manga UK English dubs of Lupin III: Bye Bye, Lady Liberty and Lupin III: The Secret of Mamo, Lupin was voiced by William Dufris.
Manga Entertainment with Animaze created their own English dub for The Castle of Cagliostro and in this version Lupin was voiced by David Hayter.
Geneon Entertainment (previously known as Pioneer Entertainment) created English dubs for the TV series Part II (79 out of 155 episodes) and a brand new English dub for The Secret of Mamo with phuuz entertainment. In the Geneon dubs Lupin is voiced by Tony Oliver. He would reprise the role in several TV specials and TV series from Discotek Media and TMS Entertainment USA.
Funimation Entertainment licensed 8 Lupin III TV Specials and 2 movies. In these English dubs Lupin was voiced by Sonny Strait who also reprises the role in Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine.
Keith Silverstein voices Lupin in the movies Jigen's Gravestone, Goemon's Blood Spray and Fujiko's Lie.
Created by Jackson_H on Aug 15 2010
Special thanks to Nightmare Crusher for additional sound clips.