Albert d'Andrésy is a character introduced in Lupin the 3rd Part 5. He works in the Central Directorate of the Judicial Police but has higher ambitions of controlling all of France. Albert serves as both an antagonist and an ally in the series, depending on which suits his needs at a given time.
Albert is first seen commenting on the "Lupin Game" in the first story arc. He doesn't show up in a major role until Part 5 Episode 7, in which he tricks Lupin into stealing a painting for him while posing as his mentor. The painting later turns out to contain a notebook detailing corruption and scandals in the French government.
At first, it seems Albert is successful as he retrieves the notebook, injures Lupin and avoids his traps. However, he immediately loses the notebook to a group of assassins who turn it over to Calvess, a right-wing politician campaigning to become the next president of France. Calvess's group stages a series of terrorist attacks that the government is unable to stop due to being blackmailed with the information in the notebook. Calvess then uses the attacks to drum up support for his anti-immigration views.
Albert feels everything he's worked for is slipping through his fingers and decides to take matters into his own hands. As Lupin is being targeted for knowing the secrets of the notebook, he and Albert agree to team up to defeat a common enemy and stop Calvess.
After the second story arc, Albert only has occasional cameos that highlight his growing influence on the French government. He plays a key role in taking down Shake Hanz by helping world governments declare it a terrorist organization and arranging a military strike against it. In the chaos, he stages the death of Enzo's partner Ling and recruits him on his side to assist him in his rise to power.
Albert returns in Part 6 Episode 1 in which he's caught trying to steal a poster that supposedly leads to the treasure of The Raven, a secret organization controlling Britain from behind the scenes. Lupin saves him and makes off with the information Albert had gathered. After that, Albert has a handful of cameos throughout the story arc that show the French intelligence is keeping an eye on the events unfolding in Britain.
Albert displays a cunning and ruthless personality, as shown by multiple actions he takes throughout the series. He tricks Lupin into doing his dirty work for him by posing as a dead mentor. Later, Lupin comments on how Albert is known for his skills of getting information out of captives. Albert also has no trouble blinding and killing the young assassin sent after him. In the last story arc, we see Albert order a military strike on the Shake Hanz HQ with no regard for the innocent staff members inside.
He seems to enjoy mocking his enemies, such as when he taunts Lupin after shooting him in Part 5 Episode 8, or when he informs the panicked Ling in Part 5 Episode 24 that he's breaking his promise of keeping the company and its staff safe.
Part 5 Episode 7 shows him tinkering with a pocket watch, and his cufflinks can be used to spray gas at enemies, suggesting that he shares Lupin's interest in gadgets.
Lupin and Albert used to be rival thieves in the past, presumably before Lupin met the other regular characters as Jigen and Goemon have no idea who Albert is. It's implied in dialogue that the two of them were competing over the right to claim the title of Lupin III, but this angle is never explored in detail. In addition to being rivals, the flashbacks and dialogue show multiple occasions when they were working together as a team.
While not explicitly confirmed, many fans believe Albert is meant to be a blood relation of Lupin. Evidence supporting this theory are his family name d'Andrésy, which is the maiden name of Arsène Lupin's mother in Leblanc's novels, the implication that Albert once held some claim to the title of Lupin III, and a promotional image that shows them both wearing a belt buckle with the initial L engraved into it.
Lupin refers to Albert as the man who abandoned "Lupin" and the man he never wanted to see again. Before their competition over the title was resolved, Albert forfeited and joined the law enforcement, informing Lupin that he was tired of petty crime. He announced he was going to steal France, and while the series never explains what he means by it, his actions suggest he's aiming to gain enough power to be able to control the country from behind the scenes.
While initially antagonistic to the point of trying to kill each other, Lupin and Albert team up again to fight a common enemy in the second story arc of Part 5. They part ways in a more positive light, but Albert's actions and corruption mark him as a potential enemy, should he ever show up again.
Tickey is Albert's boyfriend. Not much is known about him, other than that he's a photographer. Workplace gossip suggests they've been together for a while. Upon seeing a picture of him, Lupin remarks that Albert's taste in men hasn't changed.
- His surname came from the first Arsène Lupin story L'Arrestation d'Arsène Lupin (The Arrest of Arsène Lupin) where Lupin had used the alias Bernard d'Andrésy, using his mother's maiden name as a disguise. There was also a character in the story however he had already died three years earlier in Macedonia.
- In the manga, Lupin's grandfather kept a harem & had many sons. This origin works well with the Lupin # being a title that more than one person in the family can lay claim to, as it would make Albert one of Lupin's many uncles or nephews.
Lupin the 3rd Part 6
|Lupin III • Daisuke Jigen • Goemon Ishikawa XIII • Fujiko Mine • Koichi Zenigata|
|Sherlock Holmes • Lily Watson • Goro Yatagarasu • Albert d'Andrésy • Lestrade|
|Tomoe • Mattea Farah • Arianna • Mercedes Camilo • Hazel|
|Mrs. Hudson • Elliot • Falkner • Dr. Watson • Marquess • Morton • Queen's Police Superintendent • Manfred Lee • Frederic Dannay • Andre Anderson • Waitress • Shigetomi Ruriko • Sarantuya • Akechi Kogorō • Colonel Daidōji • Brando Roark • Kenny Howell • Old Woman • Sakura • Mihail • Eliot Buckingham|
|Mylene LeGrand • Count Fernand Maistre • Jackal • Gabby • Lagerfeld • Linfeng Wang • Amelia • Grayson • Muru • Finn Clark • Mariel|
|Theme from Lupin III 2021|
|Milk Tea • Bitter Rain|