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(What Ultimate Driving Skill looks like)LUPIN III (Arsene Lupin III)
Kazuhiko Katu, aka "Monkey Punch"First Appearance:
Weekly Shonen Action (Aug. 10, 1967)Role:
The Leader, The Funny Pervert, The Thief, The TricksterGroup Affiliations:
Lupin's GangPL 9 (195)
Acrobatics 9 (+14)
Athletics 8 (+9)
Deception 12 (+15)
Expertise (Thief) 15 (+18)
Expertise (History) 5 (+8)
Expertise (Science) 3 (+6)
Insight 5 (+8)
Perception 9 (+12)
Persuasion 6 (+9)
Sleight of Hand 10 (+15)
Stealth 4 (+9)
Technology 3 (+6)
Treatment 2 (+5)
Vehicles 9 (+14)Advantages:
Agile Feint, Beginner's Luck, Benefit (Wealth), Daze (Deception), Defensive Attack, Defensive Roll, Defensive Throw, Diehard, Equipment 5, Evasion 2, Extraordinary Effort, Fascinate (Deception), Fearless, Grab Finesse, Great Endurance, Improved Aim, Improved Critical 2 (Pistol, Unarmed), Improved Defense 2, Improved Disarm, Improved Initiative, Improved Trip, Jack-of-All-Trades, Languages 2 (almost all major ones), Last Stand, Luck 4, Move-By Action, Power Attack, Ranged Attack 7, Second Chance (Falling), Set-Up, Skill Mastery 2 (Thief, Sleight of Hand), Taunt, Teamwork, Ultimate Skill 5 (Thief, Athletics, Deception, Vehicles & Sleight of Hand), Uncanny Dodge (Hearing), Well-InformedPowers:
Leaping 1 (15 feet) Equipment:
"Walther P38" Blast 5 (10)
"Souped-Up Yellow Fiat 500" Car (Large, Strength 5, Speed 6, Defense 10, Toughness 7) (12)
"Wristwatch Grapple Wire" Movement 1 (Swinging) (1)Offense:
Unarmed +10 (+1 Damage, DC 16)
Pistol +12 (+5 Damage, DC 20)
Dodge +13 (DC 23), Parry +13 (DC 23), Toughness +3 (+4 D.Roll), Fortitude +7, Will +8Complications:
Motivation (Thrills)- Even gaining loot is secondary- Lupin just loves the thrill of the hunt.
Honour- He doesn't steal from the innocent or people who can't afford to be robbed. He only kills in self-defense.
Relationship (The Gang)- Lupin will fight to protect any member of his gang.
Relationship (Fujiko)- Lupin is infatuated with Miss Twin Peaks, and constantly tries to bed her, despite the fact that they are often rivals.
Rivalry (Inspector Zenigata)- Though Zenigata hunts Lupin obsessively, both secretly respect and admire the other, and will frequently team up against greater evils.
Obsession (Women)- Lupin will risk anything to boink a sexy lady, and anything to rescue a damsel in distress. "Which one are we saving, boss?" "The girl!" "Typical."Total:
Abilities: 66 / Skills: 100--50 / Advantages: 58 / Powers: 1 / Defenses: 20 (195)
-Lupin III is a great concept, starting out as a manga by Monkey Punch (pseudonym, obviously), and turning into a more well-known anime series. It's lasted a billion years, though the last couple decades have mainly showed up as yearly one-shots and TV Movies. Lupin III is the grandson of the great French thief Arsene Lupin, and is similarly devoted to living the life of the gentleman thief... well, except replace "gentleman" with "pervert". He IS an anime hero after all. He's in it for kicks, much like some iterations of Carmen Sandiego, and his crimes are often just as outrageous- he once stole the Statue of Liberty, then the top floor of Tiffany's to DECORATE the thing! He's an honourable, protagonist-worthy thief, though, stealing only for kicks, and never robbing from those who can't afford to lose their precious objects- and he often just gives the stuff back once he's proven he could take it. Plus, he ends up fighting WORSE criminals all the time (usually to save a damsel in distress).
-I've seen a handful of episodes and some specials, but the main source of Lupin awesomeness for me (and many others) was "The Castle of Cagliostro", a PHENOMENAL movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki, the famous guy who did "Spirited Away", "Princess Mononoke" and all that other good anime stuff (basically, if it looks artsy and is a famous anime, Miyazaki did it). It's just... you kinda have to see it. It's an adventure full of car chases (one of the most epic ones ever), political intrigue, a Princess, a super-dungeon from hell, a giant tower, roof-running the likes of which you've never seen, some fight scenes, and a big fight in a clocktower (note to animation fans: If you see a fight in a clock tower and it's a cartoon, they're referencing this. Batman once had one with the Clock King, for example).
-Lupin III is basically the ultimate Skillmonkey, roughly as capable as your Marvel & DC super-spy types (below PL 10, but still very skilled overall- he's PL 8.5 with his Walther P38), not uber-strong, but Skills? He's got the mother load: Near-unstoppable amounts of Sleight of Hand (he's escaped people wielding handcuffs by cuffing THEM to things), Deception (his disguises fool nearly everyone), Thievery (anything involving planning heists, knowing underworld info, and how to find hidden compartments, etc.) and Vehicles (he once gave his Fiat 500 the Wall-Crawling Movement power- for example), in addition to general skills acrosst he board (he knows the back history of nearly everything, can sneak about very well, and he's good with gadgets, too. Imagine Batman if Batman were a stringy little acrobat that was obsessed with thievery instead of beating up criminals.
-Regarding his Leaping ability- he frequently makes jumps that are literally impossible for any human to replicate, and are spectacular even by anime standards- he actually jumped onto an impossible-to-reach tower (literally a giant cylindar hundreds of feet in the air) by jumping off an adjacent building that had to have been 50 to 100 feet away- let's just call that a spectacular play of a Hero Point. And Lupin's ride, the Fiat 500, is an old-model puny car, but has been souped up with extra speed, and the Defense of a jet ski or motorcycle.