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Arséne Lupin III (ルパン三世, Rupan Sansei) is the protagonist in the Studio Ghibli film The Castle of Cagliostro

Arsene Lupin III appears at the beginning of the film when he and Jigen are running from the Monte Carlo Casino with bags of stolen money.


Physically, Lupin is a man of average strength, but he can throw a surprisingly good punch. He is incredibly flexible and fast, and his manual dexterity is cat-like in precision and quickness. His talent in the art of disguise borders on the superhuman, with him being able to flawlessly impersonate any man or woman in face, voice and costume after minimal observation of them. This skill is so complete that he can even fool close friends and family members of the subject. His skinny body enables him to easily impersonate larger individuals by use of oversized outfits, with attack paraphernalia usually making up the disguise's bulk. His favorite disguise has always been that of Inspector Zenigata, which incenses his adversary to no end. Lupin possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of various topics, such as history, different sciences, fluency in multiple languages, etc. He shows amazing intuition and quick awareness of his surroundings.

Lupin favors the long, outdated Walther P38 as his principle firearm. He is shown to be an excellent marksman, having on at least one occasion fired directly into the barrel of another gun, although not quite on a par with Jigen.

Despite the criminal nature of his activities, Lupin has a strict code that he follows in order to not taint his reputation. Lupin dislikes killing and takes care to use non-lethal means to achieve his goals. When Lupin believes he has an illness causing him to become a compulsive killer, he asks Jigen to kill him to save the lives of any potential victims. While killing is against his nature, he is willing to fire upon any enemy who threatens his friends or allies.

Lupin is a talented driver, motorcyclist and pilot. His favorite automobiles seem to be either the Mercedes Benz SSK or a souped-up 1957 Fiat 500, most famously seen in Castle of Cagliostro. In the case of the SSK, one of the rarest cars in the world, one problem or another seems to cause the car's destruction in virtually every episode it’s s featured in. Lupin either has several SSK models in his possession, owns a seletion of counterfeit models, or is talented to the extreme at auto repair and reconstruction.

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