So what do u think about Vermouth going out of her way to protect Shinichi and Ran?
Vermouth is easily one of the most complex characters canonically. In fact just by saying “complex” I feel the depth of her character is sanitised. She is morally grey and psychologically convoluted. Her underlying yet selective loyalty to protect the protagonists adds to the said complexity, as it often conflicts with her camaraderie towards the crime syndicate she works for.
Her allegiance, though, I may add hasn’t been tested the way Kir’s allegiance was tested by the Organization. So, it would be very interesting to see that if she is held at gunpoint would she save her “Angel” and “Cool Guy” or herself. In my opinion, she would take a bullet for them. This is one of the reasons why I firmly (and unfortunately) believe that her character death is more probable.
I very clearly remember that during the New York Case, her demeanour was quite aloof and monolithic until she was saved by the protagonists. This moment was a true inflexion point for her character. Somehow that moment renewed her faith. What impaled her faith in the first place and consequently ruined her general outlook towards life is still obscure. I refuse to believe the death of her spouse and family being the reason. I think (but then it is my opinion) that it has to do with her not ageing.
Incidentally, when I finished watching the “Vermouth Arc”, I was reading John Paul Sartre’s Nausea. I came across these words that I feel summarises her character and loyalty immaculately: It’s quite an undertaking to start loving somebody. You have to have energy, generosity, blindness. There is even a moment right at the start where you have to jump across an abyss: if you think about it you don’t do it.
To be honest understanding and empathising with her is nothing short of mental gymnastics. She has so many secrets. A lot of those secrets are quite central to the main plot and its resolution. Therefore, I believe that the “Vermouth Arc” never ended. It will end the day when those secrets are unveiled.
I’m going to write here all my headcanon/theory of the reasons why I think Vermouth is Jodie Starling’s real mother. This is just my theory, no confirmation or spoilers from the latest chapters. I’m sorry because I think this is going to be a really really long post.
would like to reflect on an idea that came to me when I re-read some of the
speculations about the Black Organization, and especially its boss, ano kata. Since I haven’t seen this
theory floating around yet, I am claiming it as my own.
possible that Aoyama has been misleading us intentionally: At the beginning,
some people considered Vermouth aka Sharon Vineyard to be ano kata in secret, mainly because she is able to move more freely
than her colleagues. However, the fandom discounted her altogether, after somebody sent her a text message that orders her
back. Aoyama’s earlier hint that there is a relationship between the boss and
Vermouth that exceeds employer and subordinate has since been forgotten. Few
speculations take this into account, although it probably is NOT a red herring.
She takes more liberties than the other members, she is not as afraid as them
of being killed as punishment. It is likely that there is some form of
attachment between her and the boss that is akin to a safety net should her
deceit become known. I doubt that her gratefulness to Shinichi would be enough
for her to risk her own life multiple times to save his.
is not much that we can say about Vermouth, because her identity is shrouded in
darkness and lies. However, she is committed to one saying that might be the
key to understanding her role in the black organization:
“A secret makes a
mind that we are dealing with a mystery manga that incorporates fictional
characters of Western stories, there is only one woman: Irene
Adler whom Sherlock Holmes referred to as “the woman.” Although her role is
very restricted in Doyle’s universe, she has been immortalized through
countless adaptations, wriggling her way into the limelight. I can see some
parallels between Adler and Vermouth, mainly her appeal, the cleverness, and of
course, like Adler and Holmes’ first encounter, her first showdown with Conan
was based on compromising pictures.
is a second oddity around Vermouth that is worth mentioning: She calls Conan and
Akai silver bullets. This is a metaphor, of course, and the medium of
comparison is their intention to take down the boss/organization. But there is
another element to this curious phrase: Silver bullets take down werewolves.
What if werewolf is a reference to the boss?
There is a
non-canonical theory that Irene Adler had a child with Sherlock Holmes: Nero
Wolfe, the detective of the eponymous novels. In Japanese, the pronunciation of
were and Nero are very close to one another, because the w is not realized as as a /v/ sound as in violence, but rather as the ou in the French oui. The l and r are basically the same sound, and due to that, werewolf and Nero Wolfe are almost homophones (words that have the exact same
is the “mother” of Nero Wolfe, this leaves us with two possible readings:
1. Vermouth was ano kata at one point, but lost the position, making the
organization her brain “child”, respectively
2. Ano kata is
literally her child.
3. Possibility 1 and 2 are not mutually
Before I go
any further down the rabbit hole, I would like to address the relationship
between Vermouth and the boss once more. We know that their interests diverge,
pointing towards the fact that they are different people: On one hand, Vermouth
is attempting to protect Conan, on the other hand the boss encourages Bourbon to
get close to Mouri. It is not clear whether there is an open disagreement
between Vermouth and ano kata, or
whether she is going along with the situation. However, the two of them are
distinct people with different goals, no matter how they are related to one
In fact, it is quite likely that the original
boss who started the research on APTX is not the current ano kata. Unless they are stuck like Vermouth, the person would
have to be at least 70, if not 80 years old, because the BO began investigating
aging processes more than half a century ago. Few is known about their initial
interest, and I am deliberately vague on this term. So far, we have had the
shrinking effect, which seems to revert its victims to youth. Then there’s
Vermouth who stopped aging. It is possible that, at some point, the
organization researched how to age up people’s cells until they die, too. Assuming
that Vermouth was at most a victim of the earlier experiments, that would
render her about 70 years of age, and a child of hers 50 years at max. However,
her hatred of the Miyano family may hint at their involvement in her condition.
Since Ai’s parents took over the research project about 30 years before the
current timeline, that would make Vermouth at most 50 years of age, and put a
child at about 30 years. This is actually a curious timing, because I deduced
in Vermouth’s Curse that “she has looked 28 years of age since at least since 21
years ago”. This would put her at 49 “lived” years. If Nero Wolfe refers to a
biological child of hers, then it would be less than 30 years of age.
also some evidence of a change in leadership when you consider the muddy
history of APTX: The “first” boss seemed to be very interested in the project,
so much as to involve a foreign researcher without ties into the organization
(Miyano Elena) and her husband. Yet, after the lab burnt down about 17 years
ago, the project was scrapped entirely. At first glance, it might seem like all
research data was lost in the fire, but Ai claims that when she took over, the
organization provided her with the past results. There was no reason not to
employ other researchers in the following years. Yet, the project was put on indefinite halt.
actually possible to pinpoint a rough date as to when a change in leadership
might have occurred: Five years before the current timeline, the organization
suddenly reached out to Shiho, and groomed her to continue her parents’ work.
Their interest in the project suddenly pops up again. Also, for the first time,
we may safely conclude the purpose of the research, because Pisco comments that Shiho
managed to advance the project when he sees her child-like form. APTX is
supposed to regain youth, not just stop the aging process like it did with
Vermouth. It is not about re-creating that effect.
As such, it
is likely that the boss’ identity changed roughly five years ago.
Now, if we
assume that Sharon was actually Vermouth’s real identity, because her supposed
age matches the age I determined through logical conclusions:
might have been the real deal, too.
As such, we
need to re-evaluate our information concerning Chris Vineyard, the supposedly
alter ego of Sharon.
Yes, I am
finally at the stage where I may proudly state my theory: Sharon’s supposedly
fictional daughter Chris is ano kata. She took over after ceding her identity
to her mother who approached the end of her ability to mask her lack of aging.
there is no proof, but there are certain aspects that point towards the fact
that it is POSSIBLE.
1. The song Nanatsu no Ko that is
associated with the boss is about a mother crow feeding her chicks. Crow is a
homophone of the Japanese word Kuro, which means black. It is not farfetched to
assume that ano kata is female, because the phone number may belong to the “mother”
of the black organization.
2. Chris is supposed to be 29 years old.
Thus, she fits the profile.
3. It is difficult for people to
completely shield their private life. Sharon had been in the public eye for
about 20 years, because she was already famous when she met Yukiko at Toichi’s.
Depending on this calculation, Chris would have been nine years old, and Sharon cannot
have posed as a child due to the different body structure. Either Chris
appeared out of nowhere as an adult, or there must have been a child at some point.
4. In an interview, Chris once claimed
that the relationship with her mother is strained. This might have been a cheap
lie to explain that they were never seen together in the same place (being the
same person), or maybe there is a grain of truth in this statement: Vermouth’s
relationship with ano kata is strained, too, after all.
It would explain ano kata’s interest in regaining youth. She now is older than her own mother, being 29 while her mother appears to be around 25 years of age. It would also explain why Vermouth is dead-set against the boss finding out about the shrinking effect. She may not wish her own fate on her daughter, having to watch as everybody else withers and dies.
would like a twist like this to become canon, because the manga is dragging it out,
and if the reveal fails to be surprising, it would be quite disappointing.
Also, a female boss would fit with Aoyama’s tendency to represent women in
power positions, which is rare in shounen manga.