Shinichi Kudo

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Japanese name: 工藤 新一
(Kudō Shin'ichi)
English name: Jimmy Kudo
Age: 16-17[1][2][3][4], 6-7 as Conan[5][2][6]
Gender: Male
Height: 174 cm[1] (5'8.5")
Weight: Unknown[1]
Date of birth: May 4th[1]
Relatives: Yusaku Kudo (father)
Yukiko Kudo (mother)
Ran Mouri (girlfriend)
Occupation: Teitan High School student
Nicknames: Detective Geek
Detective of the East
The savior of the police force
Shin-chan (his mother)
Silver Bullet (Vermouth)
The Heisei Holmes
Cool guy (Vermouth)
The Wizard (Masumi Sera)
First appearance: Manga: File 1
Anime: Episode 1
Appearances: Shinichi Kudo Appearances
Cases solved: 750Template:Citation needed (as Conan Edogawa) (one case solved by Ran)
60+ (as Shinichi Kudo)
Keyhole number: Volume 1
Volume 62 (Shiragami-sama)
Japanese voice: Kappei Yamaguchi
Minami Takayama (young)
English voice: Jerry Jewell
Drama actor: Shun Oguri (1st)
Junpei Mizobata (2nd)

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Shinichi Kudo (工藤新一 Kudou Shinichi) is a very smart detective. He solves cases very decently and evenly takes the time to find the clues. If he is getting confused, he starts from the beginning and gets it in one line. One day, at Tropical Land amusement park he solves a murder case that took place at the rollercoaster. He solved that case very easily, specially since he was not looking for any details or clues. Shortly after he meets his biggest misfortune ever. He sees strange suspiscous Vodka in the Black Organization and starts to follow them, he eavesdrops, and almost took a picture until one of Gin attacks him from the back. As Shinichi was focused on the blackamiling that was taking place from one man in black he did not notice the one of them was behind him until it was too late. Gin knock out and force him to eat an untested poison named APTX 4869. That poison shrinks his body and turns him into a little kid but his nervous system remains intact meaning his intellect remains the same genius level as before. He takes the fake name "Conan Edogawa" from two mystery writers, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Edogawa Rampo. While trying to get his real body back he follows Ran's father Dectective Kogoro solving his cases for him. Due to the lengths Conan goes to to conceal his involvement, Kogoro recieves the famous name called Sleeping Dectective Kogoro.


At the beginning of the Detective Conan series, Shinichi is a 16-year old (17, according to the anime. In the first movie he turns 17 (7 as Conan). student at Teitan High School who has become famous for helping the Tokyo police solve murder mysteries cases. Shinichi was born to Yusaku Kudo, a famous writer, and Yukiko Kudo, a former movie star.

One day, Shinichi brings his friend Ran to a local theme park called Tropical Land, to celebrate her victory in the Metropolitan Karate Championships. He later ends up solving a murder case there. As they are leaving, Shinichi heads off alone to follow a suspicious man in black, Vodka, who was a suspect in the earlier murder. Shinichi witnesses a blackmail exchange between Vodka and a company president in a secluded area just outside the park, but is too engrossed to notice Gin, Vodka's partner, sneak up from behind. Gin knocks him out and forces him to swallow a new experimental poison known as APTX 4869, and they then leave him to die. However, instead of killing Shinichi, a rare side-effect occurs: his body shrinks into that of his six year-old self. After escaping from well-meaning but skeptical park security, with nowhere else to go Shinichi heads home. He there runs into his next door neighbor and close family friend, Professor Agasa, who warns him that he must keep his identity secret because the Black Organization will kill him and others associated with him should they discover the truth.

Conan EdogawaEdit

Shinichi comes up with the alias Conan Edogawa after Arthur Conan Doyle and Edogawa Rampo and pretends to be a distant relative of Agasa's who places Conan in Ran's care.Ran's father Kogorou Mouri, owns a Detective Agency which may allow him to run into a case involving the Black Organization. He is signed up at Teitan Elementary to further protect his identity and makes friends with some of the kids and forms the Detective Boys. He mostly continues to solve cases by using Kogoro and knocking him out with the wrist watch stunt gun making Kogoro famous. There are few characters that he sometimes use as a detective other then Kogoro like Sonoko, Inspector Yamamura, Heiji, and Dr Agasa without knocking him out since he knows his secret.


At the beginning of the series, Shinichi is already a famous brilliant young detective, known as the "Savior of the police force" and "Heisei Holmes", for solving many difficult cases the professionals could not. He is extremely intelligent, and even from a young age was very intuitive and observant. Due to the influence of his father and the general laissez-faire environment at home, he has long been an incessant and persistent reader, especially of mystery novels. His father, Yusaku started taking Shinichi to crime scenes as a child, which inspired him to be a detective. Due to his bluntness and matter-of-fact manner, Shinichi can come off as rude and arrogant. However, he cares deeply about human life, unable to understand how any reason could be sufficient motive for murder, and is convinced that driving a culprit to suicide is no better than murder itself. The few times he has been too late to save a life haunt him throughout the series.

Prior to his transformation, Shinichi enjoyed being in the spotlight, reveling in making local headlines and receiving fan-mail, and still has a flair for the dramatic like his mother that can be seen every time he sets out a deduction in pieces building to a climax. Throughout the series, Shinichi's predicament forces him to gain a sense of humility.

Despite his popularity with the masses and his schoolmates, he has very few close friends. As Shinichi he was close to Ran and Agasa, and after deaging he befriended Heiji, Haibara, and to some extent the other Detective Boys. Despite his intelligence, Shinichi is rather dense when it comes to love or romantic subjects, though perhaps not to the same extent as Heiji Hattori.


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Shinichi has a striking resemblance to his father, Yusaku Kudo, sporting the same dark brown hair and slightly paled skin. The only traits he doesn't share with his father are the mustache and round glasses. Physical feature he inherited from his mother, Yukiko Kudo, is his blue eyes, facial structures, and the wanting to get attention.. He often appears in his high school uniform, but he also wears a suit and tie or regular clothing depending on the occasion. He is very handsome and attractive.


Detective skillsEdit

Shinichi is very skilled as a detective, often earning him comparisons to Sherlock Holmes. Shinichi has acquired various nicknames because of his prowess, such as the "Heisei Holmes" and the "Detective of the East". He has a keen eye for details, and can spot any unusual aspects in a case that most people tend to ignore or not take into account. He repeatedly demonstrates the ability to recall every detail of an investigation or other topics he cares about, and may have a photographic memory to manage such perfect recall so consistently. Shinichi's fastidious attention to detail allows him to notice minor inconsistencies in crime scenes and suspect testimony, and using astute logic he uncovers the reasons behind those inconsistencies in order to link them to the crime. Shinichi has extraordinarily broad and deep knowledge of many subjects and trivia that help him solve cases, something he likely acquired from incessant reading as a child. There are only few people like, Heiji, Saguru, and Kaito, who are as intelligent as Shinichi. He is very good with words, always knowing exactly what to say, and is extremely eloquent, with a great voice and charisma, he has been able to become great friends with Haibara who would otherwise keep her distant from people, and he is capable of convincing people to take his side, help him, confess to their crimes, and redeem themselves. His eloquence and charisma have resulted in him making friends and allies out of many people, even those he originally wasn't on good terms with.

Athletic abilityEdit

Besides intelligence, Shinichi also has an amazing athletic ability, partially derived from playing soccer, his favorite sport. Shinichi is an extremely skilled soccer player, having been professionally scouted while only in middle school, but he chooses to stay at the amateur level. He initially played to hone his reflexes and often juggles a ball to clear his mind, but he is also an enthusiastic fan of the sport in its own right.  In order to defend himself and others from criminals, Shinichi has perfected a signature, powerful precision kick to knock out criminals using soccer balls or whatever substitute is handy. Shinichi's kick is accurate over long distances and he is capable of mentally reckoning the angle of impact necessary to rebound a soccer ball off a wall and strike an attacker from behind. He is also good at skiing and snowboarding.

Aside from soccer, Shinichi exhibits a knack for handling firearms due to his father taking him to firing ranges from time to time. During the Clocktower Heist, Shinichi is able to shoot and dislodge the support beam of a giant projection screen, which Kaitou Kid had placed in order to fool a crowd of onlookers, with a single shot from a moving helicopter. Additionally, in Movie 2 Conan shot a gun at Ran and the criminal holding her hostage with impeccable accuracy; in doing so, he reminds her of Shinichi.

Shinichi is nimble as well as strong. In the manga, he is capable of considerable acrobatics, jumping great distances and swinging from tree to tree to escape onlookers.The anime and movies augment Shinichi's athletic abilities in addition to what is shown in the manga. He has been able to skillfully dodge a kicking assault from an angry Ran, something very few have ever managed.



Shinichi cannot sing on key in the slightest so he is often accused of being tone deaf. Despite being a hilariously awful singer, Shinichi has perfect pitch and can identify notes accurately even in difficult contexts like the sound of phone button presses forming a melody. Also, to be like his favorite detective, Sherlock Holmes, he plays the violin. This was confirmed in movie 12 of the 'Full Score of Fear' when he played "Amazing Grace" for Ran. However, he is stumped on what Ran meant when she said, "He has a funny habit when he plays."This means that whenever he plays something, he slides the sounds instead of playing them one by one.


Shinichi is well-educated in English, as he once conversed with and translated for an American diplomat, and later solved a case in London without evidence of any language barrier. Shinichi also knows some German, at least how to count.

Plot overviewEdit

Because the main plot revolves around the fact that Shinichi has become 'Conan' and is forced into hiding, Shinichi is rarely in the series as himself. However, Conan is frequently shown calling Ran using his voice-changing bow tie to sound like Shinichi and sending/receiving text messages from her with "Shinichi's" phone. In these instances, it can be said that the character of Shinichi, albeit in the body of Conan, is appearing, since these phone conversations and text messages allow Shinichi to be himself, however briefly.

Transformations back into ShinichiEdit

Roller coaster murder caseEdit

Shinichi starts as himself in the Roller coaster murder case, but by the end he has been transformed into Conan, thus beginning the series' plot. Since then, Conan has temporarily turned back to Shinichi several times.

East versus West DetectiveEdit

Shinichi's next real appearance after shrinking is in Volume 10, when a strange detective from Osaka named Heiji Hattori arrives at Mouri Detective Agency looking for Shinichi in order to determine which of them is the better detective. A strange combination of having a cold and drinking the baijiu that Heiji had brought along allows Conan to briefly grow into Shinichi once again. However, he develops an immunity to the alcohol and cannot replicate the transformation.

Desperate RevivalEdit

In Volume 26, Conan is able to become Shinichi using an Antidote (prototype) that Ai Haibara synthesized. As himself, he tries to surprise Ran by disguising himself as a character in her play, but is interrupted by a murder case and ends up revealing himself to his entire high school. Heiji Hattori covers for him and Shinichi is able to spend about 48 hours as himself, albeit with a brief collapse about halfway through. He turns back into Conan just as he seems to be about to confess his feelings to Ran.

Shiragami caseEdit

Shinichi's next appearance is not until Volume 62, when, while on a case with Heiji, Conan goes missing and 'Shinichi' seems to appear. The 'Shinichi' is actually someone who had gotten plastic surgery to look like Shinichi Kudo, and is actually trying to blame Shinichi for a murder. The real Shinichi hides in the forest until he can clear his name. Shinichi had been temporarily restored by another of Haibara's prototypes, but this time on accident; Agasa mistakenly gave them to Shinichi thinking they were cold medicine. After the case is solved Shinichi transforms back to Conan, but luckily, Haibara secretly followed him there and gives him another antidote, saving him from revealing his identity to Kogoro, Ran and Kazuha. While driving home from the case, the group is stopped by another murder which Shinichi and Heiji investigate together, despite increasing pangs that warn of his imminent reversion to Conan. After the case is resolved, Ran tries to stop Shinichi from leaving, saying she has something to tell him. Shinichi stops her, saying "According to my deductions, what you have to say and what I have to say are the same thing." Ran seizes his hand while he is transforming back into Conan, and though Haibara knocks her out with Conan's wristwatch, she refuses to let go of his hand. Haibara and Professor Agasa have to cut and re-pin Conan's shirt onto him because Ran is still clutching his hand and he refuses to pull out of her grip.

Holmes RevelationEdit

In Volume 71, Conan, Ran, and Kogoro are invited to England by a rich, elite British woman, Diana Kingstone, after Kogoro finds her cat under the table in Poirot Cafe. However, since 'Conan Edogawa' doesn't have the proper credentials to fly internationally, Ai gives him a prototype pill so that Shinichi and Agasa can fly low-profile to England on the same plane that Ran and Kogoro are flying. Ai provides a second prototype pill for the return journey, but Conan uses it while Ran was pursuing him in London. During that trip, Shinichi answers Ran's hurt feelings over his behavior with the fact that he cares for her; unfortunately, before she could respond or confess in kind, Shinichi has to vanish and becomes Conan again. Luckily for Conan, Ai appears because she had expected him to waste the second pill, and she provides an extra antidote to let Conan return to Japan.

Flashback AppearancesEdit

Shinichi has appeared in several flashbacks.

Shinichi's first caseEdit

One year ago, Shinichi solved his first case by himself on a plane flying to New York City. The second half of this trip is retold in the next flashback.

New York CityEdit

One year ago, Shinichi went to New York City with Ran to meet up with his mother and see a play called the Golden Apple in Volume 35. There, they met Vermouth and Shuichi Akai for the first time.

Challenge from the original Kaitou KidEdit

In Volume 55, a flashback revealed that as first-graders, Shinichi and Ran had been given a riddle by the original Kaitou Kid, Toichi Kuroba.

Non-Canonical AppearancesEdit

Movie 7Edit

In Movie 7, Heiji was injured and Kazuha kidnapped; her abductors threatened to kill her unless Heiji showed up for her. Believing Heiji to be unable to do so, Conan contacted Ai and asked if there was any way for him to briefly become Heiji. Ai gave him medicine to simulate the effects of a cold, then he drank some Baijiu which had changed him in his and Heiji's first manga appearance. Conan became Shinichi for approximately an hour, but according to Ai he was extremely weak and sick for the entire time. And since he was extremely weak, he couldn't control his body.And later Hattori called Shinichi, "Weak, so he ran away."

OVA 9Edit

In OVA 9, Conan takes another prototype antidote. However, it proves less effective than the prototype she used during the Desperate Revival arc; Conan became Shinichi, but only for a few hours, and remained in a feverish state, unable to wake up until he had reverted back to Conan. During his time unconscious, he had a vivid hallucination that he had grown to age 17 again as Conan and that Ran, aged 27, was about to marry Tomoaki Araide.

Relationships analysisEdit

Since Shinichi isn't featured as prominently as Conan throughout the series, only a few of his relationships with other characters have been substantially explored.

Ran MouriEdit

Main article: Shinichi and Ran

Ran Mouri is Shinichi's childhood friend and canonical love interest. They have known each other since as early as kindergarten and had been playmates since then, which
caused some censure from Eri Kisaki they are very close together, they have even been together as long as the time of children all the way to young adults, they have some what of a love-hate relationship in the beginning but when she met Conan (who is Shinichi but she doesn't know it), she told him that she was in love with him for some time, probably ever since they first met, which caused Shinichi/Conan to blush like mad. They are living together with her dad and solves crimes with her father (without her noticing), making him appear as a great detective for most of the cases that Shinichi has solved himself.

Conan has shared a great deal of affection to Ran since him being Conan including hugging, holding hands, and at even one time they slept in the same bed and even took a bath together (which caused him to get a nosebleed). Shinichi has confessed his love to Ran in the 4th movie non-canon 'Captured In Her Eyes' (which Ran mistook as his attempt to get her memories back). At one time he tried to confess his love properly (some viewers say to even propose) to Ran, but was interrupted by a case that got held there. Also, when Shinichi went missing, Ran was worried sick and she was afraid that something bad had happened to him and almost went to the police. It is also shown that she couldn't even sleep cause she missed him all to much. So what Shinichi used his bowtie to mimic his real voice and called her, telling her that everything's alright and he's getting a difficult case done. Throughout the series, they have a romantic relationship that started as childhood friends but develop into true love.

Hiroshi Agasa Edit

Although not related by blood, there's a strong family-like bond and trust between Shinichi and Hiroshi Agasa. Agasa plays a strong supportive role as a scientist and counsellor. As a scientist, he helps analyzing data and computer related support such as programming and coding. Agasa also provides a listening ear to Shinichi's troubles, caring him like an uncle.

Ai Haibara Edit

Main article: Conan Edogawa and Ai Haibara

Ai Haibara is the third girl that seems to have somewhat romantic feelings for Conan/Shinichi, although she never truly admits it. Indeed, it is a mystery just exactly what she feels for him, whether friendship or otherwise. Some people, such as Conan's mother and Gin, have stated that she has feelings for Conan. It could be said that, because of their almost equal level of intelligence as well as similarities in their pasts (i.e. they're both victims of the APTX 4869), she finds it easier to talk to him.

His parents Edit

Yusaku Kudo and Yukiko Kudo Kudo are both aware that Conan is in fact Shinichi. A lot of his behaviour and mannerisms are learnt from his parents such as deduction skills from his father; his Toga accent, acting and reckless behaviour from his mother.

Kogoro Mouri Edit

Detective BoysEdit

Shinichi has met the detective boys only once so far canonically in chapter 258, albiet this was incredibly brief. In the non-canonical animated special, OVA Magic File 2, four years prior to him becoming Conan, a thirteen-year-old Shinichi came across the Detective Boys, Genta, Mitsuhiko, and Ayumi, while they were still three years old. He needed their help in confirming a client's alibi. Also, in the first live action drama and the first episode of the anime, the Detective Boys are seen sneaking into Tropical Land for treasure. Ran then says, pointing to the children, "It was like that last time, huh?" to Shinichi.


Heiji Hattori Edit

When they first meet, Conan and Heiji seem bound to become lifelong rivals, especially after Kudo beats Heiji in their first case. Even though Heiji discovers Shinichi's secret, he decides to keep quiet (though he often slips up and calls him Kudo in front of others). After Heiji realizes the truth, the two have become best friends, and consult one another on cases, developments concerning the Black Organization, and even their "girlfriends". They have solved many cases together, and Heiji is the person Shinichi turns to for advice or for confirmation regarding a deduction. Heiji has, on several occasions, declared himself to be Shinichi's best friend or brother.

Heiji still maintains some of his original feelings of rivalry, and gets annoyed if anyone claims Shinichi is better (or even equal), and will often go to great lengths to show that the "west" (Osaka) is better than the "east" (Tokyo). Shinichi usually starts off acting like he is disinterested in the frivolous competition, but may then become competitive himself if Heiji starts "winning" or someone bruises his ego. Others, like Ran and Kazuha, see them both as equally skilled detectives.

Law enforcement Edit

Juzo Megure Inspector Megure has worked together with Shinichi to solve many cases. During Shinichi's first case on the plane to New York, Megure seemed irritated that Shinichi was poking his nose into a murder case. Since then, because Shinichi has proven himself solving cases one after the other, Megure has grown to respect Shinichi and his deductive abilities, thanking him for his assistance.


Kaitou Kid Edit

Despite the fact Toichi and Shinichi only met once prior to Toichi's death, it's worth mentioning that Toichi referred
to Shinichi as his "older brother" and himself as the "younger brother". This is because Yusaku created and thus was the father of the moniker Kaitou Kid, Toichi's secret identity. Toichi's son and successor, Kaito, has also only crossed paths with Shinichi as Shinichi once, during the Clocktower heist. Kaito thought Shinichi made the heist harder (and thus less boring) in Saguru Hakuba's absence, and Shinichi found Kid's intention of 'stealing' the Clocktower in order to save it from demolition to be fairly admirable.

In their next encounter, however, after Shinichi had become Conan, Kid disguised himself as Ran in order to steal the Suzuki Black Star pearl. When Conan cornered him on the Suzuki cruise ship, Kid suggested that he'd stolen all of Ran's clothes to impersonate her, and left her naked on the deck. While this ended up being a bluff, Conan was shocked and infuriated. In subsequent encounters between Kid and Conan, Conan displays a much more intense desire to capture Kid. In several instances he appears to be able to 'sense' Kid's presence; knowing Kid is close by often causes Conan to behave far more frenetically. However, in several instances, beginning with the "Big Adventure in the Eccentric Residence" case, when Kid does Conan/Shinichi a favor, such as saving Genta's life in the aforementioned case, Conan reciprocates by halting his investigation just shy of capturing Kid, thereby allowing him to escape unhindered.

People who know Conan's real identityEdit

Main article: List of characters who know Conan's identity

There are only a few characters in the series who know Conan's real identity. None of them have ever betrayed Conan's identity to date. The main characters to know the secret are Hiroshi Agasa, Conan's parents, Heiji Hattori and Ai Haibara. Also, Sharon Vineyard knows, she has kept it a secret from the rest of the Organization because she was once saved by Shinichi and Ran. Eisuke Hondou, the younger brother of C.I.A. agent Hidemi Hondou, also knows and keeps Conan's secret. Kaitou Kid also knows Conan's identity, and whenever he tries to publicly steal, he reveals that he only wants to compete with Conan as thief and detective. Lastly, Kaitou Kid also knows Conan's identity as mentioned in a few movie openings.

Name OriginEdit

In Japanese etymology, the name Shinichi means "one truth", which Shinichi occasionally uses as a motto.


When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

— Shinichi, directly quoting from one of Sherlock Holmes' famous quotes.

There is no deduction that is superior or inferior... because there is only one truth.
One truth prevails! English version
The only ones who can miss a kick draw are those who have the courage to kick it.
Zero is where everything starts! Nothing would ever be born if we didn't depart from there...
A trick is nothing but a puzzle mankind came up with. If you use your head, you can uncover the logical answer.
It's always the little things, that we overlook, that are the most important.
The strong one doesn’t win. The one that wins is strong.

You're a tough, troublesome case, you know! With all these distracting emotions... Even if I were Holmes it'd still be impossible to figure out! The heart of a woman whom one loves... How can anyone accurately deduce that?

— Shinichi confessing to Ran in London.

Vermouth: Why did you save me?

Shinichi: Is a reason necessary? I don't know why you would kill someone but as for saving someone... a logical mind isn't needed, right?

— After rescuing a disguised Vermouth who had just tried to kill Shinichi and Ran in New York.

A detective who uses his deductive powers to corner a suspect and then does nothing to stop them from committing suicide, is no better than the murderer himself!

— Telling Heiji why letting the criminal commit suicide is wrong.

Quotes about ShinichiEdit

You're gonna be a great detective.

— Akimoto to Shinichi.

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