1. Yukiko Kudo
Yukiko Kudo (工藤有希子 Kudō Yukiko ) is the mother of Shinichi Kudo and, along with her
husband Yusaku, one of few characters who knows he is Conan Edogawa. She was once a famous
actress, but retired after marrying Yusaku. She was also close friends with fellow actress, Sharon
Vineyard, both being excellent masters of disguise.
Yukiko was born in the Tosa Province (today's Kochi Prefecture, located in the southern portion of
Shikoku), and became a fan of Sakamoto Ryoma after having played the part of his older sister Otome in
a historical drama. (This role also made her internationally famous as a talented actress.)
Despite her then-tender years as a student at Teitan High, Yukiko had a prospectively prosperous future
in the film industry. Thus it came as a major surprise to the world when, practically out of the blue, she
married YusakuKudo and retired from acting. She still retains good contacts in the acting and film
industry, however, and has since become known as the "Night Baroness" (named after one of her
husband's characters) after babbling out some clues provided by Yusaku on a live television show which
helped solve a criminal case.
During her acting years, Yukiko went to a famous stage magician and disguise artist to learn the finer
arts of disguise for a role she was preparing to play. There she met another actress who would become
one of her closest friends, Sharon Vineyard. Until Sharon's (supposed) death, the two women stayed in
touch, and Yukiko even attended her funeral, but her appearance was overshadowed by a small scandal
involving Sharon's 'daughter', Chris Vineyard. Yukiko has since learned from her son about
Chris/Sharon's secret life, a revelation which troubles her deeply. She has since confronted her
former friend with her knowledge, partially to know for sure, but also to save the life of Ai Haibara, who
was being threatened by theBlack Organization.
Despite a certain rivalry for popularity in their high school years, which had culminated in a Miss Teitan
Election, Yukiko is also a close friend of EriKisaki, and (unlike Eri) finds her daughter Ran Mouri, a perfect
match for her son.
Despite her adult age, Yukiko still behaves like a teenager. She is bubbly, overconfident and attentionseeking, and prefers to stand in the lime-light (literally) whenever possible. She can be prone to jealousy
over Yusaku's occasionally flirtatious behavior, and can demonstrate impulsive tendencies. She is an
extremely reckless driver and very sensitive about her age: whenever her son dares to call her "oba-
2. chan" in Japanese (in English, the closest equivalent would be "aunt"), she sets up such a furious face
that Shinichi must quickly correct himself by calling her "onee-chan" ("older sister").
However, despite her faults, Yukiko is extremely loyal and cares for both her husband and her son
(though a heavy streak of mischief causes her to often tease Shinichi). Her loyalty extends to her friends,
as she thinks nothing of flying across the Pacific to help a friend from elementary school. She takes
pride in being an excellent actress and a mistress of disguise, able to fool even close friends and family
with her skills.
Date of birth:
Shinichi Kudo (son)
Edogawa in the
Manga: File 51