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Phantom Thief Kid

Kaito Kuroba disguised as Phantom Thief Kid
Personnel File
Alias Phantom Thief Kid 1412
Kaito Kid 1412
Nickname Lupin of the Heisei era
Age 17
Gender Male
Date of Birth June 21
Relatives Toichi Kuroba (father,deceased)
Other Information
First Appearance

Flag of Japan Episode 76

Flag of the United States Episode 78

Kaito Kuroba (黒羽 快斗 Kuroba Kaito?) is a fictional character created by Gosho Aoyama. His father Toichi Kuroba (黒羽 盗一 Kuroba Tōichi?) was the original Phantom Thief Kid and was killed when he refused to steal the Pandora Jewel for the Black Organization. Kaito Kuroba then takes on the role of Phantom Thief Kid after learning the truth about his father in order to search for the Pandora Jewel and prevent it from reaching the hands of the organization. Kaito Kuroba is the protagonist of the Magic Kaito manga series and has made significant appearances in Detective Conan, often as an opponent to Shinichi Kudo who tries to solve Kaito's trickery and stop him from succeeding in his theft.


Character Outline

Character Information

Kaito Kuroba's father Toichi Kuroba was the first Phantom Thief 1412, is a world-renowned thief who steals treasure and jewels. He was referred to as Phantom Thief Kid, when a journalist hastily scrawled "1412" and Booker Kudo read it as "KID."[1]. After finding out the cause of his father's death, Kaito takes on the role as Phantom Thief Kid in order to find the Pandora Jewel and stop the organization from obtaining it. The only clue to finding it, is that it is a Jewel that turns red when shone in the full moon's moonlight. During a certain comet, it will shed a tear, and if that tear is drank, it shall grant immortality.


Kaito is very intelligent, and a class clown at his school. He loves pulling harmless pranks on people, often involving magic, to get a laugh. He blends in as a normal student. Aoko Nakamori is Kaito's love interest, and also his childhood friend. Whenever he plays a trick on Aoko, she chases him around with whatever she can find but she secretly likes him. After learning about his father's alter ego, Kaito picks up where his father left off and assumes his identity in order to investigate his mysterious death. He finds out that his father was in fact murdered by a mysterious crime syndicate for interfering with them while they searched for the Pandora gem. He then vows to find it before they do and destroy it, denying the possibility of immortality to his father's murderers. In addition, he tries to lure them out with his incredibly publicized and flamboyant heists. He even goes to such lengths as to announce the time and place of his heists in the form of riddles. Kaito has an odd fear of fish but is fearless about being imprisoned, knowing that he can never be caught. He also has the common fear of his secret identity becoming public knowledge.


Kaito's skills, and intelligence prevent him from getting caught. He is also very skilled at performing magic tricks and illusions. KID is also known for his acrobatic and daredevil-like antics. Kaito can also imitate practically any voice without the aid of a special device. His costumes and disguises are top notch as well. Kaito can even make someone believe he is their husband, son, or family member.[2] The one thing he can not do is ice skating.

Kaitou Kid uses a number of gadgets to help with his thievery. Most notable are the sharp, thin metal playing cards shot by a card gun, a cape that can unfold into a hang glider, pink smoke bombs, and blow-up mannequins of himself which act as decoys to distract the inspector. He also has an assistant who had previously worked for his father, their butler named Jii. Kaito's classmate Akako Koizumi and Kaito's mother know of his identity as Kid.

Appearances in Other Media

Throughout the anime and manga of Case Closed, sometimes as a cameo appearance or an opponent Shinichi Kudo tries to capture. Their first meeting was when Kaito sent a notice to the police stating that he would come to steal the city's clock tower.[3]. He was the main opponent when he attempted to steal the black star,[4] and clashed with Shinichi two other times, but has made appearances to help Shinichi or clear his own name.

Detective Conan Cameos

  • Episode 76 : "Conan vs Kaitou Kid"
  • Episodes 132-134 : "Magic Lover's Murder Case"
  • Episode 219 : "The Gathered Detectives! Kudou Shin'ichi vs Kaitou Kid"
  • Episode 356 : "Kaitou Kid's Miracle Midair Walk"
  • Episodes 394-396 : "The Big Adventure in the Eccentric Mansion"
  • Episodes 469-470 : "Kaitou Kid and the Four Masterpieces"
  • Episode 515 : "Kaitou Kid's Teleportation Magic"
  • Movie 3 : "The Last Wizard of the Century"
  • Movie 8 : "The Magician of the Silver Sky"
  • Movie 10 : "The Private Eyes' Requiem"
  • Meitantei Conan OVA 1 : "Detective Conan Vs Yaiba Vs Kaitou Kid"
  • Meitantei Conan OVA 4 : "Conan, Kid and the Crystal Mother"
  • Meitantei Conan OVA 6 : "Pursuit of the Vanished Diamond! Conan, Heiji vs Kid!"
  • Meitantei Conan OVA 10 : "Kid in Trap Island"


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