Misao Yamamura (山村 ミサオ, Yamamura Misao?), also known as Detective Magnum in the English dub, is a character in the manga and anime franchise Detective Conan. Misao is a detective and police officer from the Gunma district who covers multiple divisions, including robbery cases, escorting criminals, traffic observation, and homicide cases. Later on in the series, Yamamura is finally promoted to an Inspector role, much to the chagrin of Conan and especially Kogoro.
Yamamura was born and grew up in the Gunma Prefecture. He became a detective because he was a big fan of Yukiko Kudo's character in a television show she played a police woman, Dangerous Policewoman Story. Yamamura, before being promoted to Inspector, was considered a rookie detective. In his first case, he mentioned that the only reason why he was put on the case was because everyone else in his precinct had a cold. His reputation grows after Conan knocks him out to solve a case, which gives him more assignments. Yamamura has a grandmother, named Misae Yamamura, who sometimes gets indirectly involved in Yamamura's cases.
The reaction of most characters when they see Yamamura is complete bewilderment; Kogoro even notes that he cannot believe that this is the only detective from the Gunma prefecture that can help him out during a murder case. Misao also does other work in the department, including robbery cases, as well as covering traffic observations. He also has escorted criminals to different places.
In time, Yamamura was finally named an inspector, which he proudly showed off to Kogoro, Ran, and Conan. However, this annoyed Kogoro, who still called Yamamura "Yamamura-keiji" (Officer Yamamura) instead of "Yamamura-"keibu" (Inspector Yamamura); Conan expressed worry about the future of Gunma police with Yamamura in charge of other detectives, while Ran appeared to be the only one in support of Yamamura's new promotion. Later, he is revealed to work for Division 1 of the prefectural police department which covers only homicide.
Yamamura is not a very good detective and makes many unnecessary mistakes, including not noticing completely obvious clues, and even fears the sight of blood or dead bodies. However, he is still a very capable police officer, and has even lent a big hand in helping catch criminals for Conan. His Grandmother, Misae Yamamura, sometimes gets involved in his cases. Yamamura's role is mostly used in comic relief, as he has been shown to sometimes be completely clueless in a case, and doesn't even fully known Gunma, being constantly corrected by the local people there.
He is also incredibly naive and superstitious, fully believing that a "curse" was left by ghosts in a case, to the point of being scared. He even messes up in trying to escort a criminal to Nakanojō forest, deserting his own post because he wanted to buy himself some lunch. He also does not act in good conduct, publicly fawning over Yukiko Kudo when he found out who she was. Misao also once got heavily distracted by a portable television that he brought during a case because he had wanted to watch a romantic drama that was airing at the time of an investigation. And when it comes to Gunma, Misao doesn't even fully know the whole area, and has to be corrected by locals on certain things.
However, even though he is a little clueless, Yamamura still knows the basics of his work and what to do in a crisis. For instance, he often writes in his notebook every piece of information he has been given about the case - even if that does not prevent him from forgetting what he has written. He is also very supportive, and always wants to lend a helping hand in solving a case. He is not completely lost during murder cases, figuring it out when Conan has to resort to giving out hand signs to him due to losing his voice from a cold. Also, Misao is very handy in helping catch a criminal, having been used by Conan to help confront a criminal that was trying to proclaim their innocence. He also helped catch another criminal, mostly through instructions Conan, pretending to be Kogoro, left for him on his cell phone as a text message. He even tried giving Kogoro credit for the case, showing that unlike Kogoro, he can be modest. However, Conan indicated in the text message that "Kogoro" wanted Misao to take all of the credit.
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Non-Canon Plot Overview
|Karasuma Group||Renya Karasuma • Atsushi Miyano • Elena Miyano|
|Suzuki Group||Ayako Suzuki • Jirokichi Suzuki • Shiro Suzuki • Sonoko Suzuki • Tomoko Suzuki|
|Tomizawa Group||Taichi Tomizawa • Tatsuji Tomizawa • Tetsuharu Tomizawa • Yuzo Tomizawa|
|Lupin III||Goemon Ishikawa XIII • Daisuke Jigen • Arsène Lupin III • Fujiko Mine • Koichi Zenigata|
|Magic Kaito||Saguru Hakuba • Akako Koizumi • Konosuke Jii • Chikage Kuroba • Kaito Kuroba • Toichi Kuroba • Keiko Momoi • Aoko Nakamori • Ginzo Nakamori • Kaitou Corbeau • Kaitou Kid • Saguru Hakuba's Assistant • Akako Koizumi's Assistant • Magic Kaito Organization Boss • Magic Kaito Organization Sub-Boss • Lucifer • Rose • Snake • Spider|
|Yaiba||Kenjuro Kurogane • Yaiba Kurogane • Raizo Mine • Sayaka Mine • Shizuka Mine • Musashi Miyamoto • Keiko Momoi • Soshi Okita III • Soshi Okita VI • Takeshi Onimaru • Kagetora • Shonosuke|
|Guardians||Hiroshi Agasa • Sumiko Kobayashi|
|Members||Conan Edogawa • Ai Haibara • Genta Kojima • Mitsuhiko Tsuburaya • Ayumi Yoshida|
|Executive Agents||Renya Karasuma • Gin • Pisco • Rum • Vermouth|
|Codenamed Agents||Calvados • Chianti • Korn • Tequila • Vodka|
|Agents||Rikumichi Kusuda • Akemi Miyano • Atsushi Miyano • Elena Miyano • Ki'ichiro Numabuchi|
|Undercover Agents||Ethan Hondou • Bourbon • Kir • Scotch|
|Former Agents||Rye • Sherry|
|Others||Antonio Gomez • Yoshiaki Hara • Kate Lauren • Masaaki Okakura • Black Beard • Aquavit • Arrack • Curaçao • Generic • Irish • Riesling • Stout|
|CIA||Ethan Hondou • Hidemi Hondou • Barney|
|FBI||Shuichi Akai • James Black • Andre Camel • Jodie Starling • Starling Family Father • Aaron • Bill • Cheng • Hodges • Ishida • Jeff • Jim • Meyer • Tim • Tony|
|MI6||Tsutomu Akai • Mary Sera|
|NPA & PSB||Rei Furuya • Yuya Kazami • Hiromitsu Morofushi|
|Tokyo Metropolis||Shintaro Chaki • Kazunobu Chiba • Wataru Date • Kenji Hagiwara • Hyoue Kuroda • Jinpei Matsuda • Kiyonaga Matsumoto • Juzo Megure • Naeko Miike • Yumi Miyamoto • Ginzo Nakamori • Toshiro Odagiri • Miwako Sato • Ninzaburo Shiratori • Wataru Takagi • Tadayoshi Uno • Officer Tome • Officer Tsujimura • Inspector Yuminaga|
|Nagano Prefecture||Taka'aki Morofushi • Yui Uehara • Kansuke Yamato|
|Osaka Prefecture||Heizo Hattori • Goro Otaki • Ginshiro Toyama|
|Others||Fumimaro Ayanokoji • Leona Buccholz • Radish Redwood • Chosuke Takagi • Misao Yamamura • Jugo Yokomizo • Sango Yokomizo • Koichi Zenigata • Aquavit • Stout|