Lupin III

The WORST episodes of Lupin III

Every episode of Lupin III ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Lupin III!

Grandson of the famous French thief Arsene Lupin, Lupin the 3rd is the world's most accomplished thief, traveling all over the globe to steal the most exotic treasures. A master of disguise and of intricate planning, he is assisted by surly gunman Jigen and silent samurai Goemon. He triumphs easily over Interpol Inspector Zenigata's attempts to trap him, but is continually challenged by Fujiko, his sexy and mysterious rival, but sometimes ally.

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The Disappearing Favorite at the Grand Race
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5.00
3 votes

#1 - The Disappearing Favorite at the Grand Race

Season 2 - Episode 142 - Aired 7/7/1980

Enraged at the hypocritical courtesy of English Lord Weather, Lupin accepts a bet over whether he can steal the Lord's horse, Red Arrow. Though he makes attempts while the horse is in transit, and during the hunt, the Lord's counterstrategies are scrupulous, leaving no opening. Lupin makes an impossible announcement: "I will take the horse in the middle of the Grand National Race, before a full crowd in the stands!" In a jumping accident, only the horse disappears.

Together with Lupin to Hell
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5.00
2 votes

#2 - Together with Lupin to Hell

Season 2 - Episode 126 - Aired 3/10/1980

Lady Black, who wants for nothing in life, makes a certain wager with Fujiko, who believes in Lupin's immortality. If Lupin can get out alive from a maze equipped with killing devices, she will give Fujiko her fine art collection. All manner of traps attack Lupin and Jigen. Black has a secret. Lupin and Black's mother had a relationship... And what of Goemon?

Variations on Getting Carried Away
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5.50
8 votes

#3 - Variations on Getting Carried Away

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 10/20/1984

After narrowly escaping Zenigata, Lupin is both physically and mentally exhausted. However, he jumps at the chance to help Fujiko. Together, they attend a party of rich women located in an old castle, intent on stealing all their jewelry. Things take a turn for the worse when the castle tower they are in turns out to be a rocket ship that carries them all to an island nation at war. Zenigata is then called in to collect funds for the ransom of all the women as well as capture Lupin. When he gets there, he finds Lupin hanging from a cross, seconds away from being shot to death by Fujiko. It is all part of the plot designed by the mysterious Madam Razor.

Hades' Tear
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5.60
5 votes

#4 - Hades' Tear

Season 3 - Episode 48 - Aired 8/31/1985

The Tears of Hades is an exquisitely large diamond embedded in a statue; Lupin plucks it from Hade's eye but soon finds more than meets the eye. The diamond holds secret plans, and a group of mercenaries want Lupin to exchange it for the life of a girl named Maria. Does Hades weep for joy or sorrow?

The $10 Million Key
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5.60
5 votes

#5 - The $10 Million Key

Season 3 - Episode 32 - Aired 3/9/1985

Stopping for some fast food proves to be a fast way to prison for Lupin courtesy of Zenigata. A mysterious man breaks Lupin out of prison and takes him to his boss. They have an interesting proposal for Lupin -- steal the ten million dollar US presidential limo for us. Lupin is game for the challenge and knocks over the Chase Manhattan bank to find the spare key. Lupin's clients have a more sinister plot behind the theft and want Lupin to take the fall. Is Lupin destined to save the US government?

A Thief in Paris
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5.67
3 votes

#6 - A Thief in Paris

Season 2 - Episode 123 - Aired 2/18/1980

Fracois [sic], a nuisance of a little girl, has fallen for Lupin, even going so far as to place an advance-warning message on his behalf in the newspaper. She wants Lupin to replace the real Oppenheim Rose, a ruby which her father, a jewelry appraiser, switched with a fake. But he's up against the Louvre's maximum security unit. The girl is determined to succeed somehow, but Lupin takes her to school. What will happen tomorrow?

Goodbye, Legendary Gold
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5.71
7 votes

#7 - Goodbye, Legendary Gold

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired 12/15/1984

An ancient japanese piece of art is being excavated when Lupin and Jigen pop onto the scene. Apparently, the "Golden Legend" has a dazzling pearl where its eye is, and Lupin wants it. After learning more about the "Golden Legend", they kidnap one of the archeologists, and Lupin and company find themselves on a wild adventure with Zenigata on their tail... and maybe someone else too.

Fire is a Poor Fit for Diamonds
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5.80
5 votes

#8 - Fire is a Poor Fit for Diamonds

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired 12/22/1984

Lupin and company are sneaking inside a room with a vault in it. After breaking into the vault, they all begin to steal thousands of wonderful diamonds. But a fire breaks loose in the room, and they narrowly escape with only one diamond but without Fujiko. Lupin immediately investigates the incident and soon finds that the diamonds are all fakes and part of a plan to make the cost of the diamonds rise. What Lupin doesn't know is that the owner is telling Zenigata that Lupin burned the diamonds to increase their value. Lupin will not let this go unanswered. What will Lupin do? Where did Fujiko run off to?

Lupin Becomes a Bride
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5.86
7 votes

#9 - Lupin Becomes a Bride

Season 2 - Episode 42 - Aired 7/24/1978

The last voyage of shipping magnate Onabes's bachelorhood is an extravagant affair, with a ship full of beautiful women and first-class objets d'art. Lupin, knowing that Onabes has a villainous past, decides to give him a shock, by disguising himself as a shipwrecked woman(?!), and thus getting aboard his ship... a plan which works fine up to that point, but what should happen then but that Onabes falls in love at first sight with Lupin in his female disguise, and proposes!! Will wedding bells ring out at the church?!

The Wolf Runs and the Pig Rolls
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6.00
3 votes

#10 - The Wolf Runs and the Pig Rolls

Season 2 - Episode 140 - Aired 6/16/1980

At an auction held by Whitney, owner of a diamond mine, the items scheduled for bidding are stolen by mice and king salmon! Lupin, sensing that there is more to this than meets the eye, follows the salmon, who are migrating via their homing instinct, and ends up in Canada. Whitney, a connoisseur of food, has been using a clever method of circulating his diamonds so that his mine never runs dry.

Lupin Who Turned Into a Vampire
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6.00
6 votes

#11 - Lupin Who Turned Into a Vampire

Season 2 - Episode 34 - Aired 5/29/1978

Heburai Village, Japan - a place where, according to legend, Jesus Christ was washed ashore. In an excavated casket, a beautiful woman is found in a near-death state, together with a golden statuette of the Virgin Mary. Lupin goes after the statuette, but the woman, Camilla, revives, and brings Lupin into her circle of vampire acquaintances. She is Christ's twin sister, and she stole the statuette from her brother and fled. Will Fujiko be rescued from sacrifice at the ball 2000 years later?!

Lupin's Big Western
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6.00
6 votes

#12 - Lupin's Big Western

Season 2 - Episode 83 - Aired 5/14/1979

Due to heavy competition in the hit-man industry, the Smith Gang's business results aren't good. So, at Fujiko's suggestion, they make a real-life film of killing Lupin, making it look like they're filming a Western. If they complete this commercial, it will be proof that they're No. 1 in the industry, and it will also make an excellent promotional piece as well! Lupin nonchalantly comes and goes on the set at Fujiko's invitation.

Lupin's Gourmet World
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6.00
6 votes

#13 - Lupin's Gourmet World

Season 2 - Episode 96 - Aired 8/13/1979

There are any number of repulsive things to eat, but Baron Gourmel wants to eat Lupin's fresh brain. The promise of his diamond collection to whoever delivers it is irresistible to Fujiko. With Jigen, who likes pork and beans, and Goemon, with his three-minute soba noodles, mixed in for good measure, how will the sublime pie-throwing showdown with the army of cooks come out? Is Lupin's cooking any good...?

Frankenstein Attacks Lupin
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6.00
3 votes

#14 - Frankenstein Attacks Lupin

Season 2 - Episode 120 - Aired 1/28/1980

There is a gang who is swiping Lupin's intended targets right before his eyes. The Red Ghost gang uses a spirit gun to call forth a person's spirit, thus getting accurate information. To make it work, they need the body of one of that person's descendants. The next target is Goemon. The plan is to recover Frankenstein's soul, which was stolen by the original Goemon. Will the mightiest monster of all walk the earth again? What will happen to Goemon?

The Treasure My Grandpa Left Behind
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6.00
4 votes

#15 - The Treasure My Grandpa Left Behind

Season 2 - Episode 121 - Aired 2/4/1980

The Opal Venus, a statue which Lupin's grandfather, Arsène Lupin, stole from the Palace of Elysees. According to an old document found in Arsène Lupin's silk top hat, Lupin left it with Gregoire, the No. 2 great thief of the time. Lupin's feeling is, if my grandfather left it, I'll go get it back. So saying, he and his friends get as far as Gregoire's castle, but there is one way to get across the garden which the Venus is decorating, and thus collect it! What the hell is the gimmick involved?

Lupin and an Old Lady's Theft Contest
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6.00
2 votes

#16 - Lupin and an Old Lady's Theft Contest

Season 2 - Episode 128 - Aired 3/24/1980

There is a reward of $1,000,000 for Lupin's arrest. This in itself is not unusual, but when a newspaper reports of Lupin's crimes before they happen, something is definitely not right. The way Old Lady Dokonjo, who publishes a small newspaper all by herself, figures it, scoops are the only way to increase sales. Lupin and company fall for her tearful pleas, but her son, Benson, is a sinister character. It's a motorcycle showdown!

Lupin vs. The Two-Faced Oddball
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2 votes

#17 - Lupin vs. The Two-Faced Oddball

Season 2 - Episode 130 - Aired 4/7/1980

A strange meeting is taking place at the atelier of surrealist artist Darac. Inspector Magrey is saying that he will recover what Lupin has stolen. Having no idea what awaits him, Lupin nonchalantly shows up, only to be put to sleep, and then locked in a smokehouse by Inspector Magrey, who is actually Darac. He says that Lupin is indeed the ultimate in source material for a work of art.

Two Goemons: The Mystery of Zantetsuken
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2 votes

#18 - Two Goemons: The Mystery of Zantetsuken

Season 2 - Episode 131 - Aired 4/14/1980

A nationwide warrant is out for Goemon, who not only robbed a bank but also stabbed a security guard to death. The Zantetsuken in Goemon's hand has none of the blood-clouding on the blade that would indicate stabbing a person. This is the work of Goemon's archenemy, Nidaemon. There are two Zantetsukens, a male and a female variety. According to tradition, unless the two blades lay together once every 300 years, the larger, male blade will lose its potency. This time is Midnight straight up. Will the disgrace be cleared up?

The Himalayan Sacred Mountain Thieves' Cult
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6.00
2 votes

#19 - The Himalayan Sacred Mountain Thieves' Cult

Season 2 - Episode 132 - Aired 4/21/1980

The holy ground is in the middle of the roof of the world. Discarding the fat that is the common world's wealth, believers who appeal to Guru Fandar can disappear from this world, and be given an new life in Utopia. "Don't be ridiculous." As it turns out that amongst the believers is a man who stole Lupin's 30,000 bills of Napoleon currency, Lupin goes out to expose the scam. But when the disguise at which he is so good is uncovered, things get bad!

Keep Your Hands Off the Hot Treasure
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6.00
2 votes

#20 - Keep Your Hands Off the Hot Treasure

Season 2 - Episode 133 - Aired 4/28/1980

Lupin's date while Fujiko is away is Claudia. Lupin's objective is the gold and silver fortune placed in the mouth of the 100-year Volcano, on Cleo Island. Once every 100 years, the volcano stops erupting, for only 30 minutes. Jigen and Goemon, accepting Claudia's pleas not to steal that which supports the spirit of the natives, attempt to stop Lupin. With the girl and the Mafia also mixed in, who will get the hot fortune?

Steal Everything from Lupin
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6.00
3 votes

#21 - Steal Everything from Lupin

Season 2 - Episode 139 - Aired 6/9/1980

Even for truly wealthy men, the greatest wish in life is to once again acquire a youthful body. Mister Steel has chosen Lupin III as the destination body for his brain transplant. The procurer is, of course, Fujiko. After a faked traffic accident, Lupin is borne to Steel's mansion, where the brain transplant takes place successfully. The old man has only a little time left, but the brain is Lupin's. How will the brain shuffle resolve itself?

Fujiko's Close-Call Rescue Mission
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6.00
2 votes

#22 - Fujiko's Close-Call Rescue Mission

Season 2 - Episode 144 - Aired 7/21/1980

Lupin is attacked by the brothers Nanja-Monja while waiting for Fujiko to come over so they can celebrate her birthday party, which he has made all the preparations for. They have kidnapped Fujiko, and made her the prize inside the Lucky Safe on display at the stadium of the tourist country of Karchina. The only way to release her is for Lupin himself to be the key, accepting certain death by electrocution in exchange for Fujiko's freedom. Brushing aside Jigen and Goemon's hands, Lupin charges forth: "I love you..."

Mecca's Treasure Wore a Veil
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6.00
2 votes

#23 - Mecca's Treasure Wore a Veil

Season 2 - Episode 149 - Aired 8/25/1980

The treasure of the prophet Mahomet is held in the Islam holy city of Mecca. Patra Lawrence, daughter of Lawrence of Arabia, is guarding it as head of mosque security, because if she does, she will be accepted as a Moslem. It's secured in a vault operated by crude oil pressure. So long as the crude oil pressure does not drop, the vault cannot be opened. Fujiko is nowhere to be seen, but when Lupin concludes from the arrangement of the Earth's tectonic plates that drilling a new well at the South Pole should do the trick, he finds a trap awaiting his swift attack.

Love Speaks Telepathically
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6.00
4 votes

#24 - Love Speaks Telepathically

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/24/1984

Deep beneath the whirlpools of the Bermuda Triangle, Lupin and Jigen discover a pirate ship containing tons of Spanish gold. Before the two can collect it, a submarine manned by a team of female pirates intervenes. After a quick skirmish, Lupin and Jigen escape empty-handed, as do the pirates who cannot get past the whirlpools to reach the gold. Later that evening, Fujiko is kidnapped right before Lupin's eyes. The Captain informs him that if he wants to see Fujiko again he must steal the gold for them. Will the pirates hold up their end of the bargain? And whose voice is Lupin hearing in his head?

Do You Like the Abduction Game?
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6.00
6 votes

#25 - Do You Like the Abduction Game?

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 10/27/1984

In Central Park, Zenigata waits outside an armored car to ambush Lupin. Not to protect the money, but because Lupin is the prime suspect in the kidnapping of Madam Fiona. Lupin steals the money, eludes Zenigata, and delivers it to another party. It would seem he had been hypnotized by Fujiko to perform the task and is quickly knocked out with a monkey wrench. Zenigata arrests Lupin; and shortly afterward, Madam Fiona is set free claiming Lupin to be her kidnapper. Fujiko arrives at Madam Fiona's mansion expecting her cut of the profits only to find that Madam Fiona insists that she marry her bratty son, Roger. With the help of Goemon and Jigen, Lupin escapes prison.

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