Introduction

Edgar Allan Poe (エドガー・アラン・ポオ, Edogā Aran Pō?) is a former member of the Guild and his ability is Black Cat in the Rue Morgue.

Appearance

Poe is a young man with black hair that covers his eyes and hangs around his neck. From the few instances where his eyes are visible, he has dark circles under them. He wears a white mandarin collar button-up shirt with a white loosely tied ribbon around his neck. He has a black vest under an open white suit jacket that is torn around the bottom, with tails and colored lapels. Over that he wears a thigh-length black cape held together by a chain clasp. He has a belt with a large square buckle and his pants are dark with light pinstripes. His boots have black soles and are folded at the top and end just below the knees. He almost always has Karl on his shoulders.

Personality

Poe is portrayed as shy but determined. He spent six years on a plot to defeat Ranpo, showing that he will work hard at something he cares about. He often talks too quietly for others to hear. [3]

He seems to have a capricious mood, first appearing confident and cold when confronting Ranpo, then suddenly depressed when Ranpo didn't know who he was. He later got very excited when he believed that he had beaten Ranpo, to the point of laughing maniacally. His angle was that of an antagonist from his first introduction (in the anime), as a Guild member obsessed with revenge through showing Ranpo his intricate murder mystery plot, though Ranpo soon acknowledges him and the time he took on making the six-year murder mystery plot causing Ranpo to become a kind of "beacon figure" with Poe as the "aspirer," striving to evolve his craft with the hope that one day he might exceed, or at least catch up with, Ranpo.

His character growth closely resembles Shōsaku Katsura's, whose character development was influenced by Doppo Kunikida.

Ability

Poe's ability, Black Cat in the Rue Morgue (モルグ街の黒猫, Morugu-gai no Kuroneko?), can transport readers into the setting of any novel, though it must be one they are currently reading.

Background

Poe is a detective from America who was beaten by Ranpo in an investigation competition six years prior to the events of the series. The defeat leads to him withdrawing himself from his personal connections and becoming extremely secluded and depressed. However, this defeat also inspired him to take back the life that he felt Edogawa had stolen from him. He then joined The Guild and came to Japan in order to challenge him directly.

Plot

The Guild Arc

Poe first appears when he sent Ranpo a letter inviting him for a challenge. When Ranpo and Yosano show up, Ranpo asked who Poe is. Much to Poe's horror, Ranpo did not remember who he was. Afterward, Poe presented Ranpo and Yosano with a novel that he wrote, telling Ranpo and Yosano that if they were able to solve the mystery behind the murders in the novel, he would tell them about the Guild's weakness. When Ranpo asked him why he would care about something so pointless, Poe said that the only thing worth admiring in the world was Ranpo, much to Ranpo's delight. Ranpo and Yosano then begin to read the novel. However, Poe used his Ability and transported Ranpo and Yosano into the setting of the novel. As time passed and it appeared that Ranpo and Yosano seem to have made no progress in solving the mystery, Poe stated that Ranpo will never be able to solve the mystery, and declared that the novel was his revenge on Ranpo. When Yosano was murdered in the novel, Poe rejoiced and said that Ranpo would be lost in his novel forever if he could not solve the mystery. [2]

However, Ranpo and Yosano immediately returned from the world of the novel afterward, having solved the case. When Ranpo revealed the answer to the mystery, Poe was devastated. However, Ranpo revealed that he still remembered their match from six years ago, stating that that was the first time he had been pushed to such an extent by another detective. As Ranpo left, Poe told himself that he still had a lot of work to do.

After the Guild War, he appears at the Agency's party, having brought over his works for Ranpo to read after Ranpo said that he wanted to see them. [3]

The Guild Aftermath Arc

Louisa May approaches Poe and asks him to help solve the case of T. J. Eckleburg murdering his co-worker for her and Fitzergald. Even though Poe did not want to be involved with the Guild any longer, he agrees to help Alcott. Poe brings the information of the case to Ranpo in the form of a mystery game, asking him to solve the case. [4]

Cannibalism Arc

During the events of cannibalism, Poe assists Ranpo by writing a mystery novel wherein a cast of a thousand people, half of them are murderers. Ranpo uses Poe's book to transport Chūya and himself into the world within. There they can battle on an even playing field since the novel contains a world with no abilities. Once the two enter the novel, Poe remarks that even Ranpo would have a difficult time escaping. [5]

Decay of Angels Arc

Appearances

Manga Appearances
Chapters in order of appearance
Anime Appearances
Episodes in order of appearance

Trivia

  • In reality, Edgar Allan Poe never had a raccoon as a pet (although he had a cat that used to ride on his shoulders). This was most likely taken from The Raven (Film from 2012), where John Cusack as Poe, chose to keep a raccoon given to him. It was, of course, made up by John. [6]
  • His pet raccoon's name is Karl.
  • In real life, Ranpo Edogawa's name came from a Japanese pronunciation of Edgar Allan Poe.
  • Poe is thus far one of the two characters with an ability that has more than one different references to its name (The Black Cat and The Murders in the Rue Morgue). The other ability user with a similar case is Mark Twain, whose ability is a reference to two novels.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Bungo Stray Dogs Manga: Volume 8.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bungo Stray Dogs Manga: Chapter 32.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bungo Stray Dogs Manga: Chapter 37.
  4. Bungo Stray Dogs Manga: Chapter 45.
  5. Bungo Stray Dogs Manga: Chapter 49.
  6. The Raven John Cusack Interview

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