I’m glad you asked, Anonymous, because I’d been thinking about making a post talking about how much I love Fujiko, and this is the perfect prompt!
I really believe she’s the most interesting character of the Lupin cast. While the rest of the cast has straightforward agendas and moralities (and that’s not intended as a slight against them, I love all the Lupin characters), Fujiko’s is an ever-unpredictable puzzle that slides into a an ambiguous slot. Oh, her end goal is usually the same: get the treasure at whatever costs, but it’s how she chooses to get it done and what she is and isn’t willing to do that’s the real wildcard, and something very befitting of her thrill-seeking personality. Sometimes she wants to work with someone, sometimes she wants to work alone. Sometimes she wants to help the gang to the end, sometimes she wants to work against them or betray them at the last minute.
She doesn’t believe in living a life confined by rules, she wants to be wild and free in every sense of the word. As much as I love her and Lupin together, I actually completely understand her flip-flopping between wanting to be with him and dropping and leaving him—it fits, again, with her loose lifestyle and I think it keeps her relationship with him engaging and fun to her, a sort of game, and Lupin is the only person in her life to whom the feeling is mutual in that regard.
I love that she’s dangerous, crafty, and even cruel at times, but also capable of being deeply caring of her comrades, even showing concern towards them at times, such as when Lupin and Goemon are engaged in a fight. I love how impish and mischievous she can be, her great retorts to Lupin’s failed flirtations, and that she’s just as capable of being on the receiving end of the slapstick humor as the rest of the cast. I love that she can be elegant, cool-headed and boss as hell, and also be completely childish, stick her tongue out at people, and throw a tantrum when things aren’t going her way.
She’s a fun, great character, and I always root for her to get the treasure. The more Fujiko an episode has, the happier I am.
Also, she killed an entire army of faux-Nazis and that’s awesome.