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->''"As Joseph Castellano… put it, 'What is a Gambino crime family?… Does this Gambino crime family have an office? Does the office have a plaque on the door that says, “Gambino crime family?”' In Japan, the answers would be, in reverse order, ‘yes,’ ‘yes,’ and ‘read our rules and creed.’"''
-->-- ''The Dark Side of Private Ordering''

Japanese mobsters, often called "the Japanese [[TheMafia Mafia]]" in Greater Europe, and euphemistically "anti-social organizations" and "violent groups" by native folks. The term refers solely to the members of crime organizations, not to the organizations themselves, which may take many different names. The yakuza insist that their organizations originated in RobinHood-style outlaw groups and vigilante groups during Japan's feudal era, but scholars believe that they are in fact descended from roving bands of {{Ronin}} who harassed and extorted the local peasantry.

Not that these are [[NotSoDifferent mutually exclusive descriptions]], though. Tired of robbing the penniless peasants, these Ronin bands often gravitated towards more affluent cities, where they sought employment as a [[HiredGuns hired muscle]]. There they mingled with and frequently joined, local urban self-defense groups and mutual help societies, and this is where their claim of the [[JustLikeRobinHood service to society]] comes from. The fact that these groups were often indistinguishable from the [[GangBangers petty gangs]] is usually blissfully ignored. The modern descendants of such gangs are the very Yakuza groups that are discussed here. Today some 70% of the Yakuza come from ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burakumin burakumin]]'' background and 10% of the yakuza members are [[NoKoreansInJapan ethnic Koreans]] (despite Koreans making up about 0.5% of the Japanese population).

There is an alternate hypothesis of their origin as descendants of legitimate organizations of tekiya (peddlers of shady or stolen goods), whose leaders were granted permission to carry swords by the Edo government. And less than legitimate organizations of gamblers, the term ya-ku-za even comes from the card game [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oicho-Kabu Oicho-Kabu]].

Yakuza resemble TheMafia in that they are very organized crime syndicates, with strict codes of behavior and etiquette, and encompass many levels of ritual and formality. Unlike the Mafia and the Chinese Triads, though, they are not secret societies, and often operate openly, even so far as to maintain offices and carry business cards. Like their Western counterparts, though, they derive most of their profit from extortion, protection rackets, human trafficking, and the like. Yakuza like to maintain that they provide a service to the community, which in return owes them both respect and money. A consequence of being ultra-violent while maintaining a strict honor code is that in fiction they sometimes get to have {{samurai}} traits, or at least katana.

The stereotyped yakuza character matches the real-world profile fairly closely: he is heavily {{tattooed|Crook}} (so identified with delinquency that many bathhouses forbid people with tattoos on the premises), male, and may be [[{{Yubitsume}} missing a finger]] (either as a loyalty test or as punishment, one reason FourFingeredHands are rarely seen in Japanese media). He wears an expensive suit and dark sunglasses, and walks with a distinctive swagger that announces his profession. While he claims a benign interest in the community, he is as likely to be as violent and destructive as his Western counterpart, especially if he feels he is not receiving the respect he deserves.

Yakuza are so prominent in Japanese culture that they have even spawned an entire genre of films which are as distinct from western gangster films as the yakuza are from western gangsters. While many of these films are little known in the west, movies like ''Tokyo Drifter'' and ''Film/BattlesWithoutHonorAndHumanity'' pioneered many tropes that western audiences have since come to associate with martial arts and action pictures, and their influence can be detected in productions as diverse as ''Film/KillBill'' and ''Anime/CowboyBebop''.

Female yakuza are very rare in the male-dominated Japanese society, but if one appears, she is either a DragonLady or [[MafiaPrincess the boss's daughter]]. A Yakuza princess is typically fully aware of her families' business activities and may even support them.

As JapanTakesOverTheWorld is quite typical for the genre, expect Yakuza to to appear quite often in most cyberpunk fiction.

See also TheMafia (and its Russian cousin TheMafiya), TheIrishMob, TheTriadsAndTheTongs, TheCartel, TheSyndicate, MafiaPrincess.

And then there's also the film ''Film/TheYakuza'' and the videogame ''Yakuza'', also known as ''VideoGame/RyuGaGotoku''.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The final arc of the second season of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', "Fujiyama Gangsta Paradise," centers around a war between two rival yakuza groups triggered by the death of one of their bosses, a war that [[TheMafiya Russian mob]] boss [[TheBaroness Balalaika]] wants to use to gain a foothold in the Japanese underworld. The yakuza, as befitting of the show's tendency to play every mafia movie cliche in the book to the hilt, but [[CurbStompBattle unfortunately for them]], Balalaika is a {{Magnificent B|astard}}itch and [[CombatPragmatist doesn't play by their rules]]. And then, Rock and Revy meet up with [[YakuzaPrincess Yukio Washimine]], the girl who is about to become the leader of one of these groups... [[FromBadToWorse yeah,]] [[HeelRealization it doesn't]] [[DownerEnding end well.]]
* In ''Anime/BloodPlus'', Mao Yahana's unseen father is a Yakuza; she steals money from him so she can afford to follow the heroes all over the world.
* Yakuza show up a few times in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', but mostly just wind up getting beaten senseless in large numbers.
* In one episode of ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', Sousuke helps strengthen one group, the Mikihara-gumi ([[spoiler:whose boss is Ren's dad]]), against the predations of another group, the Ryujin-kai. [[spoiler:By giving them TrainingFromHell and equipping them with weapons and military-grade powered armor/Bonta-kun replica costumes. Yes, you read that right.]] For bonus points, [[spoiler:Sousuke goes through the training ''in his Bonta-kun armor'' (i.e. through most of the episode), with Kaname acting as his "translator".]]
* In ''{{Manga/Gantz}}'', two Yakuza are among the first group of hunters.
* The main character of ''{{Manga/Gokusen}}'' is a schoolteacher whose coworkers do not know she is the granddaughter of a powerful ''oyabun'' (yakuza boss).
* The "very nice men" that start the plot of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''. Ironically enough, [[EvenEvilHasStandards they are more honorable]] than Hayate's Parents themselves.
* Given that Section 9 works for Interior Security, yakuza don't make many appearances in ''GhostInTheShell'', usually only in the role of supplying real terrorists with illegal goods. They feature more prominently in ''Innocence'', but appear as nothing but a gang of regular thugs.
* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'' has 7th Squad lieutenant Tetsuzaemon Iba, who is patterned after a yakuza, complete with shades and the tattoo taking up most of his back space.
** As president of the Shinigami Man's Association, he seems to have carried this trait over to a degree. Meetings of the association consist of the various male lieutenants wearing similar glasses and leaving their haori draped open across their shoulders.
* There are two Yakuza girls in ''Anime/KujibikiUnbalance'' and while one is a rough tomboy cardshark, the other is an {{ojou}} KidSamurai with a katana.
* ''Manga/LoveMode'': Reiji Aoi is tall, dark, and, at least once, mistaken for yakuza. The fact that his business include a variety of shady businesses probably doesn't help matters much.
* Somuku Kanou in ''Manga/OkaneGaNai'' runs a yakuza-approved [[LoanShark Loan Shark]] business in Shinjuku.
* Ritsu Kasanoda of ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' is apparently a young yakuza boss. Also in the episode introducing Renge, she drags two students that are of Yakuza families to play the role of baddies in her elaborate movie of the Host Club.
* In the ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' episode "A Man's Path", a corrupt policeman goes to desperate lengths to pay his debts to the Yakuza.
* The mythical permutation of Yakuza is seen in a ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'' inspired episode of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', in which one Yakuza family is presented as being run by a kindly and benevolent patriarch who created the organization to be a refuge for social outcasts. On the other hand, the opposing group were common thugs, and this type of Yakuza sometimes shows up as the [[VillainOfTheWeek villain of the episode]] (i.e. the sex slavery ring was implicitly run by them, given the reference to one mook [[{{Yubitsume}} losing a finger]] if guilty of further incompetence).
* In ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', one of the teachers at the school is shown to have a Yakuza tattoo on his back, which freaks the protagonist teacher out. One episode shows the main characters trying to avoid being caught doing something embarrassing which can be photographed and used to shame them. Said teacher is shown having the ability to deftly avoid any camera which tries to photograph him.
* About half the main cast of ''Manga/SetoNoHanayome'', including the heroine, are yakuza mermaids. Being a light comedy, they're played positively enough to be samurai-ish; they have a few swordspersons around, and San uses a Japanese pun to riff on 'chivalry'.[[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything They never do anything Yakuza-ish]] because they're too busy screwing up Nagasumi's life.
* Episode 7 of ''{{Literature/Trapeze}}'' deals with a yakuza member who has a phobia of sharp objects and eventually starts wearing [[GogglesDoSomethingUnusual ski goggles]] to protect his eyes.
* Yakuza-apparent are mooks in the ''LightNovel/MaiHiMEDestiny'' light novel series.
* Though it's not openly mentioned, Sei from ''Anime/BurstAngel'' is implied to be a yakuza leader, or at least a YakuzaPrincess.
* ''Manga/{{Sanctuary}}'' combines Yakuza with the GovernmentProcedural, with its two MagnificentBastard heroes -- an up-and-coming Yakuza leader and a junior member of the Japanese parliament -- working together to remake Japanese society from the top down ''and'' bottom up.
* ''{{Manga/Akagi}}'' deals with illegal gambling in post-WWII Japan, Yakuza included.
* ''{{VideoGame/Gungrave}}'' - tale of unrequited romance & mafia "friendship"...and stars an [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot undead cowboy assassin]] who can only function if filled with blood.
%%* ''HeatGuyJ''
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'': Although taking place in Japan, they originate in Italy. [[note]]Dino does have the tattoos though[[/note]]However, shortly after Dino's introduced they pretend Tsuna's been kidnapped by a Yakuza gang, and the name Reborn gives Gokudera and Yamamoto is a real Yakuza... who the two proceed to beat up looking for their boss ("What'd you do with Jyudaime?!")
* All of ''Manga/TokyoCrazyParadise'' is ''centered'' around the Yakuza- more specifically their young leader Ryuji and his female bodyguard Tsukasa.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Yusuke's mom, Atsuko Urameshi, has some kind of... ''connections'', shall we say... with the local yakuza. Specifically, she gets her buddies to intimidate Yusuke's principal into letting him back into school after he comes back to life. The anime version {{Bowdlerise}}d this away.
* There's a big organization of them, the Jugondou, in ''Manga/GaRei''. They even have supernatural ties, including connections in...[[OurVampiresAreDifferent Transylvania]]?
* ''Manga/YakitateJapan'' has a [[SeriousBusiness baking battle]] to determine the successor to a Yakuza family.
* In ''Anime/TekkonKinkreet'', the yakuza act as unwelcome agents of change in Treasure Town.
* Kagetora from {{Manga/Psyren}} is a yakuza, from the outfit to the sunglasses to the manner of speech. Rather than tattoos, his body is heavily scarred from fighting.
* [[spoiler: Otaha]] of ''{{Anime/Karas}}'' was a yakuza enforcer before he got killed [[spoiler: and turned into Karas.]]
* ''{{Manga/Kochikame}}'': Goshogawara is the boss of a family of [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything Yakuza who don't do anything]]. Well, they do look out for ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' collectibles for their boss.
* ''Manga/IchiTheKiller'': just about every character; the majority are actively in an organization, others are either ex-yakuza or had/have some other 'professional' connection with them.
* In one episode of ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', the reporter goes to some of them to ask about the strongest man in Ikebukuro, and there's some discussion about how they have business in the area but stay out-of-sight unless the various [[MobWar delinquent wars]] get so bad that they need to intervene.
** One particular Yakuza group, Awakusu-Kai, becomes a lot more prominent in the later LightNovels when Izaya exploits some in-fighting and [[spoiler:frames Shizuo for the murder of three of their men]].
* Underneath all of the Science Fiction and Western trappings ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' is essentially a classic Yakuza story, pitting a "noble" yakuza (Spike) against a "nihilist" yakuza (Vicious)
* In ''{{Manga/Holyland}}'', Yuu's RoaringRampageOfRevenge after [[spoiler: Shinichi is attacked]] extends to attacking drug pushers, which leads to one of these telling Masaki to put a lid on Yuu's activities lest the latter wants their attention. Later on, he shows up again to tell Masaki to do something about the teen gangs pushing Shiromon/True before the adults have to get involved.
* The seme in Kazuma Kodaka's ''{{Manga/Kizuna}}'', Kei Enjouji, is the HeroicBastard of a Yakuza boss, and has the ''perfect'' Yakuza looks except for the tattoo. [[spoiler: Enjouji himself didn't know about this until his mother died and he got a letter telling him the truth.]] His heritage bites him ''badly'' once when [[spoiler: some mooks run over his uke, Ranmaru, when they were actually trying to kill Enjouji and Ranmaru pulled a DivingSave for him.]]
** For worse, one of Kei's rivals for Ranmaru's love is his half-brother Kai Sagano, the legitimate heir to their Yakuza clan. [[spoiler: And then he starts falling for his [[BodyguardCrush bodyguard]], a rather BadAss Yakuza guy named Masanori Araki, who has been his caretaker ever since Kai was a child. Your mileage will HEAVILY vary on his being {{Squick}} or not.]]
* The erotic-comedy ''Manga/DanceTillTomorrow'' has some pretty funny scenes when the main character discovers his theater troupe is practicing in an office building shared by Yakuza. After accidently disrespecting their boss, they manage to placate him by offering half-price tickets to their next play. HijinksEnsue when he shows up with ten other serious-looking Yakuzas, scaring the actors so bad most of them forget their lines. [[spoiler: While remaining totally stoic during the play, the boss tells them afterward he found it hilarious. So much so that he winds up attending every showing. He later becomes a casual acquaintance of the protagonist, at one point helping him collect debts from people by using his intimidation tactics.]]
* The Haguro family from ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest''. The son of the leader, Haguro Dou, is the BigBad.
* They make an appearance in chapter 7 of ''Manga/NekoDeGomen''.
%%* Almost everybody in ''Gekkoh''.
* Kanzaki in ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' is the second son of the Kanzaki-gumi ''oyabun'' or family head. It allows him to abuse the other members with complete impunity while being himself a {{Japanese delinquent|s}}, which the Yakuza generally despise.
* In ''Manga/KaseiYakyoku'', the male lead Taka Itou, his younger brother Saburou and a kid named Junichirou Uchida (the brother of one of Taka's love interests) are involved with the {{Yakuza}} of TheRoaringTwenties, though not entirely by choice. Taka's boss is seen on-screen, and he's a brutal {{Yakuza}} whose only sort-of soft spot is for his daughter Nami, [[spoiler: despite having killed ''his own wife'' when she tried to cheat on him with a young Taka.]]
* Similarly, in ''Manga/SakuraGari'' (which also takes places in Tokyo of TheRoaringTwenties), the {{Yakuza}} forcibly recruit Masataka's beloved older brother Takafumi and get him to be in debt with them. Masataka's handsome boss Souma offers to pay for it, but only if [[WorkOffTheDebt Masataka]] [[ScarpiaUltimatum becomes his lover.]] [[spoiler: They kill Takafumi anyway.]]
* In ''Manga/OnePieceWanted'', in the second story the main character Bran at one point come across some yakuza guys walking down the street, from whom he pickpockets a pistol he'll use later. They're depicted in the stereotypical way, one of them even has a bokuto (wooden sword) across the shoulder.
* The family that the protagonist of ''Stop Hibari-kun'' goes to live with after his mother dies is a yakuza family.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has the publicity finally backfire on a Yakuza group: [[spoiler: Homura apparently has no problem locating their headquarters and uses her TimeStandsStill power to walk right in and [[KarmicThief pilfer a bunch of pistols, shotguns and ammunition.]]]]
* The mage clans in the Anime version of ''KazeNoStigma'' are depicted using yakuza tropes with ''oyabun'' (bosses), princesses and intergenerational conflict over clan succession. It's an example of tropes as easily recognizable cultural shorthand.
* In ''Manga/SaintYoungMen'', [[PalsWithJesus Jesus]] befriends a large group of Yakuza members, partially due to their belief that he's secretly a Yakuza prince. Of course, his influence brings out the best in them. [[TheMessiah He's Jesus. Befriending outcasts and criminals is just what he does.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the [[Creator/FrankMiller Dark Knight Universe]], the Joker was apparently a member (or at the very least bears a tattoo of a large red dragon on his back), as opposed to his usual depiction as having [[TheMafia mafia ties.]] Probably because we already knew about Gotham's mafia (pretty much ripped from ''Film/TheGodfather''), and the Joker had to be a wild card. (Hence the name.)
** The Yakuza are one of the many crime factions in Gotham City in the main DCU.
* They have grown into almost a symbiotic relationship with the Judges of Hondo Cit in Comicbook/JudgeDredd, both hating but ultimately having to relay on the other.
* [[Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} The King of Hell's Kitchen]] has a yakuza group hopped on MGH trying to take Hell's Kitchen for them after the fall of the Kingpin. In this story, the Yakuza are played like a bunch of greedy thugs with tattoos and katanas. Daredevil [[OhCrap wasn't amused]]
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' the Organization is funded mainly by this, and also it's the background of [[spoiler:Tsuruya's family]].
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3966181/1/The_Prince The Prince]]'' by Neverending Odyssey is a ''Manga/DeathNote'' [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] where Light Yagami is kidnapped by the Yakuza when he's eleven years old [[spoiler: and this harsher upbringing ironically [[NobleDemon results in him being much more merciful and careful]] when he adopts his Kira persona.]]
* In ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' {{Dark Fic}}s, it's not uncommon to have Kiku aka Japan directly involved with the {{Yakuza}}. [[UnfortunateImplications ... Uhm.]]
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7161848/1/893 893]]'' Harry Potter is raised by the Yakuza and so becomes a very independent, {{Badass}} ProfessionalKiller.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Pretty much every single Japanese character in ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious: Tokyo Drift''.
* The Bride goes after O-Ren Ishii, the queen of the Yakuza, and her personal army, the Crazy 88, in ''Film/KillBill Part 1''. The Yakuza also feature heavily in O-Ren's tragic {{backstory}}, with Boss Matsumoto and his men, who killed O-Ren's parents when she was just a little girl which prompts her rise as the LadyOfWar boss we meet.
* In ''Crows: Zero'', the father of the protagonist Takaya Genji is a powerful Yakuza boss. Genji later befriends Katagiri Ken, a lowlife in a rival Yakuza organization.
* Many of Creator/TakashiMiike's films are about Yakuza, including ''Film/IchiTheKiller'' and ''Film/{{Gozu}}''.
* ''Film/BlackRain''. The protagonist is a NewYorkCity cop who catches the renegade Yakuza Sato, but then has to recapture him once Sato escapes custody in Tokyo. Along the way he makes a deal with the much more traditional local boss to take down Sato. The boss makes a point out of the Sato's dishonourable behavior.
* ''TheYakuza''. Right there in the title.
* A lot of Creator/TakeshiKitano's movies feature him playing a yakuza, including ''Sonatine'', ''Boiling Point'', ''Kikujiro'', ''Brother'', and ''Film/{{Outrage}}''.
* ''Film/BattlesWithoutHonorAndHumanity'' deconstructs Yakuza films in a particularly brutal way by telling the story of post-war Yakuza betraying everyone and everything for money and power. It also memorably depicts many of the traditions of the Yakuza in a less than favorable light; for example, the traditional pinky sacrifice turns into [[ItMakesSenseInContext a pinky tug-of-war with a chicken]].
* The Creator/DolphLundgren film ''Film/ShowdownInLittleTokyo''.
* ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic'', based on the Creator/WilliamGibson short story, features the Yakuza as the primary antagonist, seeking the information stuck in Johnny's head. Takeshi Kitano slums as a Yakuza bigwig in the film.
* ''{{Film/Predators}}'' has a Yakuza member among its cast who is [[TheQuietOne mute through most of the film]] - not because of not speaking English, but because he already lost [[Main/{{Yubitsume}} two fingers for talking too much]].
* ''Film/TheStreetFighter'' and its sequels portray the Yakuza as the main villains.
* ''{{War}}'' features the Yakuza fighting {{the Triads|AndTheTongs}} in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco.
* In the 1989 version of ''[[Film/ThePunisher1989 The Punisher]]'', the title character has killed off so many Mafia members the Yakuza is able to take control.
** They return as a faction in ''Film/PunisherWarZone''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/WilliamGibson's Literature/SprawlTrilogy contains many references to the Yakuza, which has become a major international force. In "Johnny Mnemonic," the Yakuza send a vat-grown cyborg assassin to kill the main character.
* In Creator/CharlesDeLint's {{cyberpunk}} novel ''Svaha'', the Yakuza (or, to use in-universe slang, the "yaks") are the primary antagonists -- in Canada.
* In the Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure book ''[[http://www.gamebooks.org/show_item.php?id=514 Mystery of Ura Senke]]'', the case's MacGuffin [[note]]a centuries-old Japanese tea bowl that is worth ''millions'' of yens and is the treasure of the famous Ura Senke tea ceremony academy[[/note]] is sought by '''many''' people and groups in Tokyo. One of these associations is the Yakuza, and in one of the sub-plots the FeaturelessProtagonist might be kidnapped by them while playing the KidDetective role. Whether s/he gets out of there alive, it again depends on your decisions.
* Mentioned in ''Literature/SnowCrash''. As part of his sales pitch, a Mafia recruiter points out that the Yakuza is often called the Japanese Mafia, but the Mafia is never called the Italian Yakuza.
* Literature/TimeScout's ''TheSyndicate'' is composed of TheMafia, TheMafiya, and these guys. Their control of Japanese construction made them, effectively, the most powerful people in Japan. They even show up as tourists on the Time Terminal, occasionally.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' interviewed [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-november-16-2009/jake-adelstein Jake Adelstein]] (he was also interviewed by ''60 Minutes''), a reporter who wrote a book about a particular Yakuza boss who was able to [[RefugeInAudacity secure a visa to get into the US and receive a liver transplant, and then got livers for some of his friends.]]
* An episode of ''Series/CSIMiami'' revolves around the Yakuza, but for some reason insists on never using the word and instead referring to them as "Sakiru." This is the ''least'' of the errors in the episode.
* The ''Series/LawAndOrder'' episode "Gaijin" involves a murder committed in New York City by the Yakuza.
* The ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' team inadvertently ends up having to con the Yakuza when they try to shut down a sweatshop in "The Runway Job."
* A ''Series/TimeTrax'' episode deals with the Yakuza.
* ''DeadliestWarrior'' had the golden age Mafia [1920s] fight against the golden age Yakuza [post WorldWarII].
* The BodyOfTheWeek on one episode of ''{{Series/Quincy}}'' was an LAPD detective investigating a Yakuza group that was working out a gun buy from TheMafia. Said detective was stabbed in the heart with a tanto (a dagger shaped like a miniature katana). As luck would have it, Quincy's Japanese-American assistant Sam Fujiwara knew some people...
* A very, ''very'' TooDumbToLive {{Yakuza}} boss is featured as the AssholeVictim in a ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'' segment. Basically, he performed [[{{Fingore}} an improvised]] {{Yubitsume}} on a bad karaoke singer and [[WhatAnIdiot swallowed it whole]], therefore he chokes on it... and dies when his even dumber bodyguard performs a Heimlich maneuver incorrectly on him.
* In the J-Drama version of ''Manga/HanaYoriDango'', Akira Mimasaka's family is related to the Yakuza.
* On one episode of the Israeli sitcom ''[=HaPijamot=]'', the LocalHangout owner is extorted by a Yakuza member. The whole situation is PlayedForLaughs: the man extorting him comes in wearing stereotypical {{ninja}} clothing and says nothing but ‘Yakuza!’ when notifying the owner of the extortion with a note, and it turns out he’s actually the man dating the [[TheSmurfettePrinciple main female lead]], [[StockForeignName Suzuki]][[note]]Israelis are usually not even aware that it’s a legitimate ''last'' name, and would just associate it with the automobile company[[/note]], who doesn’t speak a word of Hebrew and communicates via impromptu origami.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Japanese Trip-Hop artist DJKrush was a Yakuza member before beginning his musical career. Actually, he once found [[{{Yubitsume}} a severed finger]] [[{{Squick}} wrapped in paper on his desk]]; after discovering that it had belonged to his best friend, he decided to leave.
* There are persistent rumors that rock/pop/ vocalist {{Gackt}} is either a member or somehow in massive debt to the Yakuza.
* The Yakuza has deep ties to all of the Japanese music industry independent of genre, style, band size, or notoriety. VisualKei in particular is infested with Yakuza. There are rumors that Japanese hardcore punk band Gism have Yakuza ties and will go after producers of bootleg records and merchandise. Similar rumors exist about Music/DirEnGrey.
** At least one craft guitar and guitar gear maker, which shall not be named because no one wants to be whacked, but whose clients included a {{Music/Loudness}} guitarist, a {{Music/Loudness}} and {{Music/X Japan}} bassist, and a Nightmare bassist, is operated by a ''blatant'' Yakuza member.
* Though always officially denied, NewAge musician Kitaro is rumoured to have connections to the Yakuza, with his fame at least partially being due to their influence. These rumours are, in no small part, due to his first wife being the daughter of a former leader of one of the more influential clans.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Much like the movie it was based on, ''Pinball/JohnnyMnemonic'' has these. They also have their own mode, aptly titled "Yakuza Strike".
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld Unsurprisingly]], due to the great degree with which the game was influenced by Creator/WilliamGibson, ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' includes plenty of Yakuza in varying capacities. The fact that the default setting for the game is the West Coast of the [[DividedStatesOfAmerica former U.S.]] may be a contributing factor, though. Mitsuhama Computer Technologies is a MegaCorp that started out as a Yakuza money laundering operation but long ago surpassed them.
* Since ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'''s Draconis Combine is basically a collection of Japan tropes RecycledInSpace, the yakuza are quite naturally alive and well there as well. Several protagonist and important supporting characters are either members themselves or at least maintain connections, and nobody less than Theodore Kurita himself sponsored the creation of several yakuza [=BattleMech=] units to help bolster the ranks during his reforms of the Combine's military.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''VideoGame/RyuGaGotoku'' series (or as it's more commonly known, ''Yakuza'') for the [=PS2=] and [=PS3=] is about a former yakuza boss by the name of Kazuma Kiryu who took the fall for the killing of the captain of his clan, and ten years later returns to [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed the Kamurocho district]] and quickly finds himself being pulled back into the Yakuza underworld.
* In the original Japanese versions, the Piantas in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' were modeled after Yakuza, but in the [[{{Woolseyism}} localization]] they were switched to the more recognizable (in the Western world anyway) mafia stereotype.
* ''RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'' has Satake and the Kantou haguro-gumi, but they're good guys. A bit quick to agitate, but good.
* Team Rocket in ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' and ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Gold and Silver]]''.
** And similar to the VideoGame/PaperMario example above, the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' dub makes them more mafia-like, with the boss being renamed Giovanni, the anime's Meowth having a New York accent, and most members given gangster-themed (instead of samurai-themed in the original) names.
* ''VideoGame/RedSteel'' basically revolves around a CivilWar within the [[BlackAndGrayMorality least evil]] Yakuza clan.
* The Yakuza shows up from time in various ''MafiaWars'' missions.
* The Ronin in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' aren't; they don't uniformly follow Bushido, aren't without a Lord yet certainly aren't samurai. As a Japanese criminal organization, what else could they be?
** [[BadassNormal Johnny Gat]] even goes so far as to refer to the head of the organization as "the Oyabun".
* ''VideoGame/MapleStory'' oddly enough, features bad guys resembling the Yakuza in Zipangu, a Japan themed world. In the original version they were pretty dark, using guns, katanas, and nunchakus to hurt you. The American version replaced those with [[{{Bowdlerise}} squeaky hammers]] and [[BadassDecay cat mittens]].
* The Gokudo-kai in ''VideoGame/{{Police 911}}''.
* In ''VideoGame/RainbowSix: Take-Down Missions in Korea'', a Yakuza gang are orchestrating a series of seemingly unrelated terrorist attacks to cover the expansion of their activities into South Korea.
* The events of ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'' are kick-started the leader of the "Kirijou Group" believed that [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIT the world should be destroyed]] and called [[TheHeartless the Shadows]] for this purpose of fulfilling a prophecy that does such. Both his son and his granddaughter Mitsuru are [[MustMakeAmends out to right his wrongs]] and created the Specialized Extra-Curricular Execution Squad, a team of Persona users to stop him, of which Mitsuru herself is a member of. [[spoiler: Instead what they believe to be stopping him [[NiceJobBreakingItHero is just expediting the process]].]]
* The Yaki [[SpacePirate pirate]] faction in the [[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]] are explicitly Yakuza [-[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!]]-] ([[BilingualBonus Fun fact]]: the word "yaki" means "many yakuza" in Japanese.)
* Yakuza feature prominently in ''VideoGame/SoldierOfFortune''.
* Members of the Yakuza play roles in the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' games, especially in ''[=GTA3=]'' and ''Liberty City Stories''.
* The Ashura-kai from ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'' are essentially the game's own take on the Yakuza. They provide goods and shelter for civilians, but in exchange they are rarely ever not armed.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}}'', there's Riggs Construction Company. Their formula is as follows—find people, tell them to pony up for protection, blow up the houses of the people that don't pay. Rinse and repeat.
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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' has the local Sonozaki family. One of the main characters, Mion Sonozaki, is a [[MafiaPrincess Yakuza Princess]] of the family.
* Furio Tigre, from ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations'', has connections with Yakuza (or the Mafia in the translation). [[spoiler: Mostly, he owes a Yakuza/Mafia boss a large sum of money after almost killing his beloved granddaughter in a car crash. For worse, the girl has sorta fallen for him, so he uses her in his plans.]]
** Dee Vasquez also had her own Yakuza thugs in the first game.
** And one of your clients in ''Apollo Justice'' is the son of a Yakuza boss.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Shirou's house is technically owned by the local yakuza. They allow him to stay there as a favor to his deceased father Kiritsugu, with whom they were on very good terms. Shirou's guardian, Taiga Fujimura, also happens to be the yakuza boss's granddaughter, though there is no indication that she takes any part in the family business.
* The Azai Corporation in ''VisualNovel/GSenjouNoMaou'' plays a huge part in the game, as the main character's motivation is to repay his debt to them.
* ''{{VisualNovel/Sampaguita}}'', the 3rd game of the ''{{VisualNovel/Yarudora}}'' series, has them as one of the antagonist factions which are after the main heroine, Maria Santos. And they're ''certainly'' not above [[WouldHitAGirl hitting a girl]].
* Fuyuhiko Kuzuryuu from ''{{VisualNovel/Super Dangan Ronpa 2}}'' is the heir to the largest Yakuza family in Japan. [[spoiler: There are two other characters with connections to the Yakuza. Kuzuryuu's dead sister and Peko Pekoyama, who is Kuzuryuu's bodyguard and hitwoman.]]
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[[folder:WebComics]]
* ''Webcomic/MobTies'' centres around several groups of Japanese mobsters.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Featured in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', after Homer hires the Mafia to protect Marge's pretzel business, her rivals engage in some tit-for-tat by hiring the Yakuza, leading to the memorable quote, "They'll kill ya five times before ya hit the ground!!!" The Yakuza and the Mafia then have a big gang brawl on the Simpson lawn. The [[MisterBig pint-sized]] Yakuza leader just stands ominously during the brawl, prompting Homer to resist taking shelter before finding out what he's going to do. After Homer retreats inside, we see the little Yakuza [[FunnyBackgroundEvent doing backflips through the Simpsons' window]] (he apologizes to them before going back outside).
* Briefly mentioned for a joke in a ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode:
--> '''Officer Barbrady:''' I'm sure you're wondering why we're standing in a pile of money with no pants on. I can assure you it has [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial nothing to do with the Japanese Mafia]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', there was Hideo Katsu, the leader of a group called The Dragon's Fangs. Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} made the mistake of stealing a statue from him (not knowing that he was mobster ''or'' that the statue's true value lay in the fact that it held a data disc containing the Yakuza's secret family chart), causing Katsu to believe she was sent by a rival family. Catwoman nervously tried to give it back when she found out that was the case; fortunately, Batman was more willing to listen than Katsu was.
* {{Archer}} reveals that Pam engages in drifting with the Yakuza.
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