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Darka was the pet cat of Nikolina Pavlova.
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- Main article: The Adventure of the Unbreakable Speckled Band
When Nikolina Pavlova fled from her ballet company aboard SS Burya, she brought Darka with her, smuggled inside her trunk. During the voyage, Darka suddenly jumped into an air vent while Pavlova was giving her some milk. Although she tried to lure her back using a cat toy, she was eventually forced to leave her cabin to find her.
After the body of Kazuma Asogi was discovered, Darka was suspected by Herlock Sholmes and Ryunosuke Naruhodo. Their theory was that when she fled to Asogi's cabin, she accidentally caused the lawyer to trip and bash his head. It was eventually deduced that Pavlova was the true culprit.
- Her Japanese name "Kuroppoi" (黒っぽい) means "blackish" or "dark" in Japanese, in reference to the color of her fur.
- Her English name "Darka" is likely a play on "dark". Darka is a Slavic name meaning "gift".