Spoilers Underappreciated Side Character Appreciation Thread (Freak of the Week & The Joe Chronicles)

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This is The Ultimate Joe-down of Ultimate Destiny: Which Joe is Joe Supreme?

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jojosuibhne

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I had been away for a while and have just made it back here. Can't believe this special thread started by our beloved Joe collector aka beardedangel has been quiet for ever 2 weeks now?
Now I'm bringing this little dolly aka "hypnotipupatepu..." (that's what the subs say) from pt.2 #87 "When the Devil Beckons to Lupin" - a creepy hypnotic puppet that can delude you into doing whatever the doll creator wants. What amazes me the most is the fact that the words like "hypnotic puppet" which Lupin can't even say come out of Goe's mouth. 🤣

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that doll is indeed a little freaky freak!! great addition to the thread! 😂
 

beardedangel

The World's 5th Shortest Jigen
I lived, bitches.

Okay, so, I'm writing this to explain the absence. I don't write this because I want anyone to pity me or worry about me, lol, because I hate whenever that happens. I wanna explain that I haven't gone anywhere and don't plan on going anywhere, but... I'm gonna have to tone the freak-o-meter down a notch or two. For now, at the very least.

Long story short, I got sick. Like. Really sick. I am still in the process of recovering, actually. To be somewhat transparent, I'm an immunocompromised individual, and, yadda yadda yadda, getting sick is a whole entire ordeal for me. I'll spare y'all this disgusting personal details, because I don't really wanna dwell on that. Basically, I have Little Bitch Disease, and it makes me a weak little bitch that's super susceptible to crud like COVID. In short, it wrecks my entire shit. The doctors have prescribed me a heaping helping of "Take it Easy, Parcheesi", because I was kinda firing on all cylinders before... so, that's what I've been trying to do lol. It ain't easy, though, because I'm kinda an impatient little busybody, but... I'm trying. I wanna do crap, like cosplaying, performing dance aerobics, staying awake late at night and writing meandering articles about minor Lupin III characters nobody else cares about except for me, crawling all over the walls and ceiling... but, I have to take it slow before I can properly get back to the things I love. One thing at a time, I suppose.

I'm gonna get better and recover, one way or another, and get back to wreaking general chaos wherever I wander. I'm a tough cookie. I'm too much of a stubborn little asshole to let COVID (or anything else, for that matter) get the better of me. I am determined to recover. I will get better. That's all that matters to me.

That, and freaks. Freaks are what matter to me. A massive hugeamungus thanks to each and every single one of the beautiful souls who have been keeping this thread kicking while I've been gone, whether by contributing or reading or what have you. I've been occasionally popping on here to lift my spirits while I've been radio-silent (and, I do apologize for just kinda falling off the face of the earth without any sort of notice, that was super uncool of me). I've been tempted to write, but, I felt that everything I was writing with COVID brain was absolute dogshit. And, like, y'all have read the shit I've written before... it was bad, y'all. I wanna get back into the swing of things, to try and regain some sense of normalcy in life. I may not be as frequent as I was before, but, I'm taking baby steps. I've really missed y'all. As cheese-ball as it is, that's the honest to God truth. The gospel truth. Back when the world was new
The planet Earth was down on its luck
And everywhere gigantic brutes
Called Titans ran amok
It was a nasty place
There was a mess
Wherever you stepped
Where chaos reigned and
Earthquakes and volcanoes never slept
And then along came Zeus
He hurled his thunderbolt
He zapped
Locked those suckers in a vault
They're trapped
And on his own stopped
Chaos in its tracks
And that's the gospel truth
The guy was too type A to just relax
And that's the world's first dish
Zeus tamed the globe
While still in his youth
Though, honey, it may seem impossible
That's the gospel truth
On Mt. Olympus life was neat and
Smooth as sweet vermouth
Though, honey, it may seem impossible
That's the gospel truth.

FREAK TIME. LET'S GO, BABEEEY~ ✨

IT'S STARMOW. PART 3. EPISODE 1. THE GOLD INGOTS SUMMON LUPIN. WAHOO. HELL YEEEAAAH.
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Cowboy Bebop Spike Spiegel lookin' ass.

Starkist is after Al Capones treasure hidden in Alcatraz, and he needs these tiles in order to get it. Fujiko has three of the tiles, so, like the trifling-ass bitch he is, he decides to fuck around and find out, kidnapping her with the help of Chin Kai. Starburst straps a bomb to Lupin to prevent him from interfering, but that whole plan goes over like a lead balloon.

Starman dangles Fujiko over a pit of electric water in order to get her to reveal the location of the other two tiles, because he's kinda sick in the head and a twisted fucking cyclepath. It's okay, though, Goemon Ishikawa is in da house, and rescues her before she's forced to reveal the location of the tiles.

Starbucks, however, isn't done being an absolute menace, and intercepts the gang when they arrive at Alcatraz to search for the treasure. Starwars and his armada of ninjas with flamethrowers get into a little kerfuffle with the gang, but Lupin pulls some wacky Scooby-Doo ass shenanigans and escapes with all the tiles in hand. Also, Jigen shoots Starfish's hair off lol get wrecked.
 

YuStarDino

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I wonder if Lupin and Starkid over here had some cursed love child would it give birth to

Spike Spiegel

or

Nabeshin (Shinichi Watanabe's persona where he just wants to dress like Lupin)
 

Bründelkärf

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IT'S STARMOW. PART 3. EPISODE 1. THE GOLD INGOTS SUMMON LUPIN. WAHOO. HELL YEEEAAAH.
Hell yes, it's the boy Starmow aka Spike Spigel before Space Travel.

But I think we also should mention Terry Crown from Alcatraz Connection who basicly is Starmow when you look at the Manga Ark it's based on.
Only difference being that while Starmow looks like Spike Spiegel, Terry looks like fricking Inspector Columbo!!!
Made only funnyer by the fact that his japanese VA is the one who also dubbed Columbo in ... well, Columbo.
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Oh yeah, one more Thing! Terry likes to scratch Nuts. (People who have seen the special know what I am talking about!)
 

beardedangel

The World's 5th Shortest Jigen
Hell yes, it's the boy Starmow aka Spike Spigel before Space Travel.

But I think we also should mention Terry Crown from Alcatraz Connection who basicly is Starmow when you look at the Manga Ark it's based on.
Only difference being that while Starmow looks like Spike Spiegel, Terry looks like fricking Inspector Columbo!!!
Made only funnyer by the fact that his japanese VA is the one who also dubbed Columbo in ... well, Columbo.
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Autogramm Inspektor Columbo Peter Falk | Kaufen auf Ricardo
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Oh yeah, one more Thing! Terry likes to scratch Nuts. (People who have seen the special know what I am talking about!)
Don't forget about Columbo's totally tubular skateboard-riding son in Part 2, Episode 72: Bolonco!
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jojosuibhne

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i'm happy you're back and feeling a little better, bea! i missed your special brand of chaos posting lol
starlight is a poor little meow meow to me.....he wasn't ready to face a supernatural phenomenon like lupin tbh. poor, poor starfleet 😞
 

beardedangel

The World's 5th Shortest Jigen
i'm happy you're back and feeling a little better, bea! i missed your special brand of chaos posting lol
starlight is a poor little meow meow to me.....he wasn't ready to face a supernatural phenomenon like lupin tbh. poor, poor starfleet 😞
Thank you, it's great to be back, even if in a smaller capacity. I've really missed yammering on and on about these dinguses.

Starscream never stood a chance against the eldritch terror that is Part 3 Lupin. Pink Jacket Lupin far too powerful for mere mortals to comprehend.
 

YuStarDino

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Thank you, it's great to be back, even if in a smaller capacity. I've really missed yammering on and on about these dinguses.

Starscream never stood a chance against the eldritch terror that is Part 3 Lupin. Pink Jacket Lupin far too powerful for mere mortals to comprehend.
PK Starstorm was blessed to face Pink Jacket Lupin.

Who knows what horrors he would've had to face with Ascot Lupin from Strange Psychokinetic Energy.
 

beardedangel

The World's 5th Shortest Jigen
I forgot, I have another weirdo. Part 4, Episode 4.

It's just straight up Columbo. As opposed to his apparent son that he has for some reason that appears in Part 2, Episode 72. His name is Bolonco. He has a skateboard.
Don't forget about Columbo's totally tubular skateboard-riding son in Part 2, Episode 72: Bolonco!
Y'know what? Screw it. I've mentioned this little brat twice on this thread as of now. Bolonco from Part 2, Episode 72, The Skateboard Murder Mystery, is getting his own freak entry into the freakopedia.
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Bolonco is a certified Little Guy™ and the son of Columbo. Y'know. From the hit 1970's American crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo, a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The one that misses his wife. That Columbo.

Having descendants or references of historical or fictional characters from other pieces of media is nothing new to this series. Arsène Lupin III being the descendant of... Arsène Lupin, duh. Goemon Ishikawa XIII being the... descendant of Goemon Ishikawa... Koichi Zenigata is a descendant of Heiji Zenigata. Then there's characters that are related to Sherlock Holmes, Lawrence of Arabia, Sinbad, etc... then there's just these two random bumfucks thrown into the mix named Daisuke Jigen and Fujiko Mine. MP really added two OCs into his goofy ass crossover fanfic, huh?

Bolonco is ridiculous to me because, well, the others I've mentioned are drawn from older source materials. Columbo was airing around the same time as Lupin III: Part 2. It's a contemporary piece of media, and I suppose, Bolonco a testament to how popular Columbo was at the time for him to serve as a loving homage to the series.

Bolonco is a smug little piece of shit. He knows he's a skilled detective, and he loves to rub it in Zenigata's face like the disrespectful twerp he is. Bolonco gives zero fucks. He's a menace to Zenigata. He's a menace to Lupin. He's an absolute menace. He is here to cause problems. He'll do a kick flip on his skateboard while he explodes you with a bomb hidden inside of a football. Why does he have a skateboard? Who the hell knows??? And he does all this shit while looking like a literal toddler in a trenchcoat. Detective Conan lookin' ass in a little trenchcoat and whole ass three piece suit made for babies??? Get outta here with that cockamamie balderdash.

Later, skaters.
 
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Bolonco from Part 2, Episode 72, The Skateboard Murder Mystery
Wait ... Bolonco basicly is Detective Conan .... but better (FIGHT ME!). I just noticed that all of the Conan cast is a side character in the Lupin Canon.
And all the Lupin characters are side characters in the Conan Canon.
BUT it also means the rose of Versalis, City Hunter, Cat's eye and all the shows where Jigen appeared are in the same shared universe!
It's the TMS Cinematic Universe! THE TMSCU!!!
So whenever you watch any of these shows, remember that Jesus had a vampire twin, but he is also the son of God who is as we all know an Alien, who are also very canon.
Or maybe it's just a funny and cool show about a group of folks comitting crimes where you should nothing serious cause it will never ever matter again, and all the characters we see in these shows will end up here .....
:lupdance:Who cares, it's dumb fun!
 

YuStarDino

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Wait ... Bolonco basicly is Detective Conan .... but better (FIGHT ME!). I just noticed that all of the Conan cast is a side character in the Lupin Canon.
And all the Lupin characters are side characters in the Conan Canon.
BUT it also means the rose of Versalis, City Hunter, Cat's eye and all the shows where Jigen appeared are in the same shared universe!
It's the TMS Cinematic Universe! THE TMSCU!!!
So whenever you watch any of these shows, remember that Jesus had a vampire twin, but he is also the son of God who is as we all know an Alien, who are also very canon.
Or maybe it's just a funny and cool show about a group of folks comitting crimes where you should nothing serious cause it will never ever matter again, and all the characters we see in these shows will end up here .....
:lupdance:Who cares, it's dumb fun!
This reminds me of when I absolutely went insane and came up with The Corey Theory back in Lockdown (Wont say I invented the concept of it tho saying theres plenty of videos on it now)

The theory is basically where I have That's So Raven/Corey in the House as the core universe and with the several crossovers the Disney sitcom has, this eventually spreads to Marvel, which then leads to Capcom and then Sega which leads to Lupin. I created this theory before a bunch of Fortnite crossovers.

Also Lupin is canon to Dragon Ball now because of Ryo from City Hunter being in Jump Force, Lupin may canonically be a Saiyan for all we know by now.
 

beardedangel

The World's 5th Shortest Jigen
Since TMS blessed their YouTube with a limited showing of the First Contact dub, I've been rewatching to an absurd degree. Like... send help perhaps. I'm obsessed. And, while rewatching it for the eleventienth time, an idea for a new freak of the week struck me.

It's Commissioner Crawford, bitch.
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I really need to make a Commissioner-centric mega thread, a la Ultimate Joe-down style. There's so many damn commissioners in this series... but Crawford is one of the better ones. Not 'better', as in, 'good at his job' better... because he's not, he sucks lol. But 'better' as in, they flavor-blasted this bitch with so much unnecessary ✨sass✨, and I love it.

Look at him. Look at this man. Those glasses. That damn smile. Iconic. He exudes the same pathetic girlfail energy as Waluigi. Sorry, I don't make the rules, I just call it like I see it.

We first meet Crawford via Zenigata daydream. Crawford is the commissioner of the NYPD, and he thrilled to welcome Zenigata to the states, except, no... he is not thrilled in the slightest. Especially not after Zenigata cross-arm piledrives three of his undercover officers who were conducting a drug bust. Crawford and Zenigata are both incompetent but, like... in opposite directions (at least, in this special... I mean, there's plenty of other instances where Zenigata a buffoon, but, he has his moments of genius... on occasion... once in a blue moon...). You'd think real would recognize real, but no, Crawford pulls a Mean Girls and says that Zenigata can't sit with him, assigning him to conduct his Fujiko Mine investigation in the police station archives.

Later on, after Lupin announces his heist of the Dollarhyde building, Zenigata is on the scene. But Crawford ain't having it. While Zenigata spelunks in the sewers to infiltrate the building, Crawford and his forces focus on guarding the outside. However, since Lupin announced his heist to the public, every news outlet is wanting the hottest scoop, so reporters are swarming the building like a plague of locusts. Lupin disguises himself as a reporter and pulls aside Crawford for an interview. This man just wanted to get his make-up done and ends up getting his ass handed to him, allowing Lupin to steal his likeness to get inside.

Even more later on, Crawford arrives on the scene where everyone is kicking each other's ass. Jigen and Goemon are kicking each other's ass. Goemon kicks Lupin's ass, then Lupin kicks Goemon's ass. Galvez and his men are getting their asses kicked. Ass kicking pandemonium. The hero of the hour, Commissioner Crawford, arrives on the scene to kick Lupin's ass... but, Zenigata pulls an uno reverse card on him and says that he is actually Lupin in disguise. We last see Crawford getting hauled off to jail.

In conclusion, Crawford's life is a Greek tragedy and exists to serve as God's punching bag.

Fun fact: Prior to TMS releasing the dub on YouTube, in spite of seeing the sub a metric ass-load of times before, I actually hadn't ever heard the dub before. And, upon hearing this man in English for the first time, I felt a primal response to his voice. Like, I felt like I heard it somewhere before, and wait... why do I hear Danganronpa execution music in the background???
 
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lupingavemebrainrot

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the dude that looks like he has a penis for a head, lupin III part 2 episode 16 the one that was based on the manga chapter of the manga titled the better half.
why?
look at he head hurr de duurr...
 

beardedangel

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It's time for another freak of the week in honor of the season of scares. I will be discussing Sister Lavinia, from Part 2, Episode 62, The Sound of the Devil's Bells Calls Lupin.
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Because what's more spooktacular than brainwashing, Lovecraftian nightmare cults, and evil bubble-blowing nuns?

The episode starts with Lupin receiving a message from Jigen:
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Your sharpshooter and samurai are in another castle.

Lupin hauls ass to Gemerschaft to go get his boys back. But, of course, since this is Lupin III, nothing can ever be normal. Lupin watches as a man descends from the heavens in a bubble which then pops as the the villagers proceed to beat the ever-loving shit out of him. Lavinia makes her appearance, and tells the villagers the cult leader equivalent of 'bitches get stitches'. She then calls out two numbers: #106 and #107. Out come Jigen and Goemon, who she then orders to dispose of the man... yikes.

So, Lavinia is a psychologist who wants to discover how to manipulate people to be obedient servants in order to create the perfect slaves and super soldiers. She uses the church bell in the chapel she resides in as some sort of Pavlovian trigger; whenever it rings, the villagers gather to whatever she says. Using her research, she has taken control over Gemerschaft, and is using the innocent villagers inside as guinea pigs for her experiments. There's a lot of morally bankrupt psychopaths in this series, but to me, Lavinia ranks as one of the most screwed up antagonists in all of Part 2. She has no issues with stripping people of their freewill and forcing them to do her bidding. She refers to her subjects with numbers, seeing them as nothing but a expendable means to an end. She shoots Lupin at point-blank when he tries to interfere with her research. And, she does it all with a smile on her face because she thinks she is doing these people a favor. Lavinia believes that her experiments are helping these people reach a state of peace, when, after hearing Jigen's message at the beginning, we know for a fact that is not the case... double yikes.

Real talk, but I have nightmares about shit like this, it gives me the heebie-jeebies.

After several failed attempts to snap them out of their trance, including one particular moment of brainwashing-induced domestic bliss getting interrupted, Lupin gets pissed and discovers that the bell is a fake, and is emitting a noise that is responsible for controlling the villagers. He tries to investigate, but Lavinia intercepts him and rallies the villagers to form a mob to chase after Lupin. He flees the scene, and disguises himself as Lavinia in order to knock out Jigen and Goemon so he can rescue them. One car chase and montage set to Superhero later, Lavinia recaptures the three in one of her bubbles of doom; she orders Jigen and Goemon to kill Lupin while they're all trapped together in the bubble. Another nightmare scenario for me, like, imagine getting killed at the hands of your own besties... triple yikes. However, Lupin is Lupin, and he tricks Goemon to pop the bubble with Zantetsuken, managing to destroy her bell in the process.

Lavinia attempts to escape in one of her bubbles, however, she gets a taste of her own medicine... and, also a taste of toxic gas that Lupin pumps in to the bubble with a dart he fires at it. Get wreckt. RIP, you will not be missed lol. ✌️🤪
 

lupingavemebrainrot

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Rat noises?? I don't remember him doing that in Japanese, gonna have to watch the dub now LMAO

Ah, Lavinia the Bubble Bitch. Makes me think of this. The perfect supervillain weapon.
english dub, not gonna lie its hard to watch at times, because it sounds like a mixture of seinfield and ghost stories giving it an abridged anime feel, but they truly have funny moments. and yes in the dub the rat man does make rat like noises.
 

lupingavemebrainrot

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Has anyone mentioned lady oscar from rose of versailles?
although to be honest I am not sure how to feel about that one, rose of versailles was more of a feminist thing, and while I love lupin I wouldn't call his origins feminist, like you can even tell between how sex is portrayed in the mangas. I mean sure it felt kind of natural seeing as lupin is french hon hon hon, but it came off as more of look here fellow women we enjoy rose of versaille too.

if you don't buy it look it up the wikipedia that or examine the sex scenes in the mangas, anytime sex is involved in the manga despite censors it feels almost voyueristic definate male gazey, whereas the only time rose of versailles depicts sex with lady oscar and andre it felt romantic, fun fact rose of versaille was originally supposed to be an S-class story, for your not so heavy manga enthuists, s-class is just another term for yuri but unlike traditional yuri, s-class is more like fleeting fling sort of relationship between two women, Lady oscar only got together with andre in the end because of popular demand. Its just amazing how two very different manga authors came from 2 different places and they still got a cross over episode.

my only issue is how the episode ended, they basically stripped her with the sword and she turned to stone, diminishing the value of rose of versaille, the nudity served no purpose other than to convey lady oscar was a woman she got to live happily ever after with andre in statue form yay! it
 
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Just scrolling this thread at 2am because it's still such a fun and silly one. I'm so sorry I missed seeing you were sick @beardedangel I'm so happy you're doing better!
 
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