As ''VideoGame/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
* {{Bishonen}}: Parodied and very much an InformedAbility. Several characters go on and on about his charming good looks when, while not nearly as ugly as some of the characters, Goemon's pretty average looking. Due to the nature of the series, most of the characters who refer to him as a bishonen are [[CampGay men]], most notably Ebisumaru.
* CatSmile: His default expression, though he was a PerpetualFrowner in early games.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Willing to risk everything to save Omitsu, who frequently seems unaware of his attraction to her.
* 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]].
* GoldenSuperMode: His Sudden Impact ability in ''Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon" has him, effectively, turning [[Franchise/DragonBall Super Saiyan]].
* GrapplingHookPistol: The Chain Kiseru, which somehow attaches to blocks using the bowl end.
* TheHero
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Ebisumaru, strangely enough.
* HopelessSuitor: Omitsu seems to like him enough that they ''could'' be an item, but he's too shy and she's too easily distracted by... [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny everything]] for him to have a real chance with her.
* HotBlooded: Easily annoyed and generally speaks through shouting.
* 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.
* JackOfAllStats: Always has the most balanced stats and versatile moveset.
* 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.
* OneManArmy: While he generally always has a fair few number of allies backing him up, Goemon has proven to be capable of beating all of them, [[HumongousMecha Impact]] included, in a fight and has regularly stormed across Japan and saved the day by himself. While Yae may be more rational than he is, he's the only one who gets things done.
* OnlySaneMan: Pretty much forced into this role by being a fairly standard hero living in CloudCuckooland, though his hotbloodedness makes him less of one than Yae.
* PassingTheTorch: Goemon hands down his name and legacy to the main character of the two ''New Age'' games after suffering an arm injury.
* PlayingWithFire: A signture technique of his is turning coins into fiery projectiles.
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to all of his companions. Unusual for an OnlySaneMan.
* VerbalTic: "Teyandei," among other words traditionally associated with Edokko.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Ebisumaru. Goemon is frequently annoyed and weirded out by his man-crush on him, but seems to consider him his most trusted ally.


[[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 AmbiguouslyBi]]: 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).
* TheBigGuy: Generally has more health than the others and sometimes also has more attack power.
* {{Camp}}: Frequently ''skips'' instead of walking, attacks with streamers and ballet, and has a rather effeminate voice. Despite this, he's a known womanizer.
* 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]].
* {{Gonk}}: A light example, but compared to the other leads, Ebisumaru is quite weird looking.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Goemon, though the heterosexual part is iffy.
* 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.
* TheLancer: Goemon's most frequent traveling companion.
* MightyGlacier: Slow, a terrible jumper, and has awkward and strange skills, but has the highest damage output of the main four.
* 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.
* PluckyComicRelief: While the entire world is incredibly weird, Ebisumaru is the only one of the main four who isn't relatively normal.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: [[spoiler:His daughter Mao.]]
* VerbalTic: "Honii" -- it's actually the word formed when he uses the Solid Megaphone in ''Goemon's Great Adventure''.
* VitriolicBestBuds: His constant hitting on Goemon combined with Goemon's frequent annoyance at him makes it quite strange that they're virtually inseparable.


[[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.
* JackOfAllStats: Like Goemon, though her move-pool is generally much more specialized and situational than his is.
* TheLancer: A calm, rational law-enforcer in contrast to Goemon's HotBlooded thief.
* 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."
* OnlySaneMan: Even more so than Goemon, whose hotbloodedness frequently gets in the way.
* ParryingBullets: When you upgrade her sword for the first time in ''Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon'', it can deflect bullets!
* PoliceAreUseless: Despite being one of the most rational and competent people in the series, Yae and the organization she works for are virtually useless unless aided by Goemon.
* 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.

* TheComicallySerious: While he's nowhere near as goofy as most of the supporting cast, Sasuke isn't rational enough to be an OnlySaneMan alongside Goemon and Yae, frequently succumbing to the antics of those around him due to his gullibility.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: His first meeting with Goemon was in the heat of battle when he thought that Iga was being attacked. After that, they've been lifelong friends.
* 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.
* FragileSpeedster: He's both the fastest and the best jumper, but has the lowest health.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Suggested to be the second strongest member of the group after Goemon despite being about half his size.
* RobotBuddy
* TheSmartGuy: Being a robot, he has the most tech know how of the team.
* TheStoic: Justified by being a robot.
* UndyingLoyalty: To both the Wise Man and Goemon.
* 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. [[DieForOurShip Her anti-fans believe that she's like this in every 'verse to facilitate Goemon pairing off with someone more "deserving."]]
* BlushSticker
* TheChick: A noncombatant who generally either serves as moral support or a motivator.
* 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.

* GoldfishPoopGang: While he ''does'' always put up a pretty good fight, he's treated more or less as a joke.
* HollywoodCyborg
* UnknownRival: Considers Goemon to be his archrival. This sentiment is not mutual.


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

A hooded, barely-clothed, vaguely draconic 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.