As ''GanbareGoemon'' is a series with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters across different media, this list will be limited to those who appear most often.

!Main Characters

[[folder: First Appearance: ''Ganbare Goemon! Karakuri Douchuu'' (FC, 1986) ]]

Our hero, a bred-in-the-bone Edoite who fights evil with [[AncestralWeapon his family's kiseru]]. His [[HotBlooded hot temper]] often gets him into hot water.

* BigOlEyebrows
* CatSmile: His default expression, though he was a PerpetualFrowner in early games.
* DubNameChange: Renamed Kid Ying in ''Legend of the Mystical Ninja''.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: As much as he is loath to admit it...
* FacialMarkings: The distinctive red marks around his eyes and mouth are reminiscent of kumadori, the stage makeup worn by kabuki actors.
* GenderBender: Happens in the ''Jigoku-Hen'' manga - Naturally, Goemon [[AttractiveBentGender turns out to be a hottie]].
* GrapplingHookPistol: The Chain Kiseru, which somehow attaches to blocks using the bowl end.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: His kiseru (basically a fancy smoking pipe) and [[CastFromMoney throwing koban.]] ''Legend of the Mystical Ninja'' has him wielding a KillerYoYo if he collects enough cat dolls to power up his weapon.
* JustLikeRobinHood: Naturally because he's based on [[ Ishikawa Goemon]].
* MulticoloredHair: Blue and black, sometimes shown as either completely blue (which would be a case of CurtainsMatchTheWindow) or black.
* PassingTheTorch: Goemon hands down his name and legacy to the main character of the two ''New Age'' games after suffering an arm injury.
* VerbalTic: "Teyandei," among other words traditionally associated with Edokko.


[[folder: First Appearance: ''Ganbare Goemon 2'' (FC, 1989) ]]

Goemon's [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} eccentric]] best friend who'd rather eat and loaf about than do battle. He likes to call himself "The Ninja of Justice."

* AmbiguouslyGay: He loves the ladies, but his admiration for Goemon is rather questionable at times. He's definitely not so ambiguous in the manga, though...
* BigEater: He's said to hold a record for eating 200 plates of dango at his favorite teahouse. In the pachisuro game, it's possible for him to devour up to 100 kan of dango, equivalent to 826.7 lbs (or 375 kg in metric).
* DubNameChange: Renamed Dr. Yang in ''Legend of the Mystical Ninja''.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: His original origin story? In Ganbare Goemon 2, he was a female ninja cursed into the body of an old fat man. At the end of the game, the curse is broken and she and Goemon are implied to have become a couple. This becomes CanonDiscontinuity at the beginning of the next game, though. In the reboot series, though, s/he is once more a girl with a crush on Goemon.
* EyesAlwaysShut
* {{Expy}}: of Nezumi Kozō (the "Rat Brat"), the Player 2 character who appears in the MSX version of the first ''Ganbare Goemon''.
* {{Fartillery}}: The "Poison Mist" attack in ''Goemon's Great Adventure''.
* FireBreathingDiner: In the [[TheAnimeOfTheGame anime]].
* IdenticalGrandson: [[spoiler:Sister Bismaru.]] No one actually seems to realize the obvious connection.
* TheIdiotFromOsaka: In fact, his KansaiRegionalAccent is one of his defining characteristics.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: He has an entire arsenal of these that changes with nearly every title.
* KavorkaMan: Ebisumaru is surprisingly popular with the ladies.
* MeaningfulName: Ebisumaru may have been named after (former) Konami director Etsunobu Ebisu.
* PigMan: Ebisumaru is temporarily [[{{Animorphism}} transformed]] into one during the ''Jigoku-Hen'' manga.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: [[spoiler:His daughter Mao.]]
* VerbalTic: "Honii" - it's actually the word formed when he uses the Solid Megaphone in ''Goemon's Great Adventure''.


[[folder: First Appearance: ''Ganbare Goemon Gaiden: Kieta Ougon Kiseru'' (FC, 1990) ]]

A member of a group of secret ninja agents who investigate strange happenings. She's [[CoolBigSis like a big sister]] to Goemon and the others.

* ActionGirl: The series' original.
* AscendedExtra: Was originally a supporting NPC in the original SNES game, before later being promoted to one of the four main recurring characters.
* {{BFG}}: Her Bazooka can be seen as this. It's as big as her head due to the graphics!
* BareYourMidriff: In her mermaid form, one of her later outfits, and finally her hidden bikini costume in Goemon's Great Adventure.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Green on green.
* HotterAndSexier: Yae's wardrobe has become more revealing in recent times, trading her practical shinobi shouzoku for a skirt short enough to [[PantyShot flash her panties]] at certain angles.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: When you upgrade her sword for the first time in Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon, it can deflect bullets!
* MsFanservice: She's the series' main provider of {{Fanservice}}, though Omitsu and Princess Yuki have had their fleeting moments. Her fans in Japan even have a mantra of "Yae is in charge of the eroticism."
* RapunzelHair: Knee-length in the games and anime, waist-length in the manga.
* ShapeShifter: Can become a mermaid.
* TsurimeEyes


[[folder: First Appearance: ''Ganbare Goemon: Yuki-hime Kyuushutsu Emaki'' (SFC, 1991) ]]

Wise Man's creation, a steadfast mechanical ninja with a "useless" [[MoralityDial good/evil switch]]. He's fond of hot baths and green tea.

* EnjoKosai: Played for laughs in the ''Fever'' manga. Goemon and Ebisumaru get the idea to remodel Sasuke into becoming a kogal, whereupon he quickly adopts the stereotypical mannerisms.
* MrFanservice: To sum things up, he's the fangirls' equivalent of Yae.
* RobotBuddy
* VerbalTic: "De gozaru," in line with his archaic manner of speaking.

!Supporting Cast
!!Goemon Impact

[[folder: First Appearance: ''Ganbare Goemon 2: Kiteretsu Shougun Magginesu'' (SFC, 1993) ]]

A [[HumongousMecha giant robot]] with an [[GentleGiant affable personality]] and dreams of stardom. Originally thought to be made by Wiseman, he is actually [[MechanicalLifeforms an alien]].

* DistaffCounterpart: Miss Impact, who is also meant to be his mate.


[[folder: First Appearance: ''Ganbare Goemon! Karakuri Douchuu'' (FC, 1986) ]]

Goemon's [[GirlNextDoor neighbor and sweetheart]], a teahouse waitress with a reputation as a beauty idol. She provides support from the sidelines whenever she isn't getting kidnapped.

* AttentionWhore: She became one in the manga as a means of [[NoFourthWall poking fun at her lack of popularity]]. [[NeverLiveItDown As a result, she would never be able to shake off the negative portrayal even after the manga ended.]]
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Her manga counterpart, so very much. Her {{Kawaiiko}} facade was already starting to slip during ''Legend of the Mystical Ninja'', but by ''Ganbare Goemon 3'' it had completely shattered. Her anti-fans believe that she's like this in every 'verse to facilitate Goemon pairing off with someone more "deserving."
* BlushSticker
* ClingyJealousGirl: In the TV anime and manga, though she's much more violent about it in the latter. Ironically, Omitsu lacks this behavior in the games - considering the way Goemon acts in the ending of ''Ganbare Goemon 3'' and the entirety of ''Kuru Nara Koi'', HE'S the overprotective one.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: In Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon, she shows up at the Kyuushu Bridge just as Goemon and 'co are heading there on a dumpling delivery service. Not only is this impressive as the trek from Oedo to Kyuushu is nearly the '''entire width''' of Japan, but it also means Omitsu fought off [[EverythingTryingToKillYou dangerous enemies]] while carrying food upright by [[OneManArmy herself]]! It even gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by the gang, who notes she must be tougher than she looks.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Brown on brown.
* DemotedToExtra: To the point where she's considered unnecessary (there's Yae after all), but can't be completely erased from canon due to the GrandfatherClause.
* DistressedDamsel: She gets kidnapped more than anyone else ''combined''.
* {{Fangirl}}: Omitsu is crazy for {{Bishonen}}, leading Japanese FanDumb to label her as a "[[MyGirlIsNotASlut slut]]" because they assume that her {{squee}}ing means she couldn't possibly be faithful to Goemon.
* WaifFu: Omitsu seems tougher than she looks, but [[FridgeLogic for some reason]] never has the idea to rescue herself. It's a full-on running gag in the manga, with the [[HandWave explanation]] that using her strength undermines the "innocent maiden" image she tries (and fails) to cultivate.

!!Wise Man

[[folder: First Appearance: ''Ganbare Goemon: Yuki-hime Kyuushutsu Emaki'' (SFC, 1991) ]]

A brilliant inventor from Iga and a close ally of the Goemon gang. Unfortunately, his [[DirtyOldMan perversions]] tend to cloud his judgement.

* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: He does have an actual name, but no one ever calls him by it.
* EyesAlwaysShut
* RoboticSpouse: Invoked as a throwaway gag during the opening of ''Ganbare Goemon 4'', in which he tries to pass a cross-dressing Sasuke off as his wife. In the manga he was given a ([[MayDecemberRomance young]]) human wife instead.


[[folder: First Appearance: ''Ganbare Goemon: Yuki-hime Kyuushutsu Emaki'' (SFC, 1991) ]]

A ninja cat who is both Princess Yuki's pet and bodyguard. He has the ability to turn into a plate-spinning ghost woman, for whatever reason.

* VerbalTic: He says "nya," but never did it until recently.

!!The Feudal Lord

[[folder: First Appearance: ''Ganbare Goemon: Yuki-hime Kyuushutsu Emaki'' (SFC, 1991) ]]

Edo Castle's happy-go-lucky ruler, who doesn't seem to do much ruling. Nevertheless, he cares deeply about his people.

* DistressedDude
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep
* EyesAlwaysShut

!!Princess Yuki

[[folder: First Appearance: ''Ganbare Goemon! Karakuri Douchuu'' (FC, 1986) ]]

The beloved princess of Edo Castle. She has a [[TheQuietOne calm and quiet demeanor]], but don't [[BewareTheNiceOnes rub her the wrong way]]...

* AscendedExtra: Her expanded role in the pachisuro game saved her from becoming DemotedToExtra.
* BlushSticker
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Blue on blue.
* DistressedDamsel: At times she is essentially a substitute Omitsu, without the romantic ties to Goemon.
* ShyBlueHairedGirl

!The Others

[[folder: First Appearance: ''Ganbare Goemon: Yuki-hime Kyuushutsu Emaki'' (SFC, 1991) ]]

A [[RecurringBoss recurring villain]] notable for his habit of coming back from the dead. His burning desire for revenge is what motivates him.


[[folder: First Appearance: ''Ganbare Goemon: Neo Momoyama Bakufu no Odori'' (N64, 1997) ]]

A hooded, barely-clothed fortune teller with an obvious VerbalTic. Come to his place for the hints, stay for the atmosphere.

* {{Catchphrase}}: "PURASUMAAAA!!!!"


[[folder: First Appearance: ''Ganbare Goemon: Neo Momoyama Bakufu no Odori'' (N64, 1997) ]]

An aquatic robot known as "The Charming Mermaid." He takes on a handful of different forms (a few of them [[HumongousMecha gigantic]]), and speaks his own incomprehensible language.