->''"Maybe it's some kind of equivalent of AlanSmithee in films. Like a Japanese game developer doesn't want to be credited for a game they created while [[CreatorBreakdown drunk and in the midst of a messy breakup-Vietnam flashback]], so they call it "Suda 51". 51 being some kind of numerical code for [[MindScrew "Shit goes 'round the billy blue bollocks."]]'''
-->-- '''''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'''''

If you were to take Creator/DavidLynch, Creator/QuentinTarantino and a [[MaskedLuchador Luchador]] (latter runs on ItMakesSenseInContext) and lock them in a room surrounded by Sci-Fi movies, anime and Creator/AndyWarhol paintings, you'd get something quite close to the inside of Goichi Suda's mind.

Goichi Suda, or Suda 51 as he's better known, is one of the most {{Mind Screw}}ing game designers out there. He's the head of Grasshopper Manufacture and is known for making games which create a unique, if slightly/extremely unsettling, experience. He frequently collaborates with music composers MasafumiTakada and Music/AkiraYamaoka.

[[SignatureStyle Common themes]] include assassins, hotels, briefcases, Mexican wrestling, severed heads in paper bags, the Moon, and random pop culture references.

'''Games created by Suda 51 and/or Grasshopper Manufacture include:'''
* ''Super VideoGame/FireProWrestling Special''
* ''VideoGame/TwilightSyndrome'': ''Search'' and ''Investigation''
* ''VideoGame/MoonlightSyndrome''
* ''VideoGame/TheSilverCase''
** ''The Silver Case: 25 Ward''
* ''VideoGame/FlowerSunAndRain''
* ''VideoGame/ShiningSoul''
** ''Shining Soul II''
* ''VideoGame/MichiganReportFromHell''
* ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Contact}}''
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes''
** ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle''
* ''VideoGame/FrogMinutes''
* ''VideoGame/ShadowsOfTheDamned''
* ''VideoGame/SineMora''
* ''VideoGame/DiabolicalPitch''
* ''VideoGame/LiberationMaiden'' (Originally part of the Guild01 compilation project)
* ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw''
* ''VideoGame/BlackKnightSword''
* ''VideoGame/KillerIsDead''
* ''[[Anime/ShortPeace Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day]]''
* ''VideoGame/LetItDie'' (formerly known as ''VideoGame/LilyBergamo'')

'''Licensed games developed by Grasshopper Manufacture include:'''
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo Sidetracked''
* ''Anime/BloodPlus: One Night Kiss''
* ''VideoGame/FatalFrame IV'' (JP: ''Zero: Tsukihami no Kamen'')
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion: Sound Impact''

On a side note, his alias comes from his name: "Goichi" is composed of the Japanese numbers for five ("go") and one ("ichi").

!! Frequently used tropes are:

* ArcNumber: The number "51" appears in just about every game Suda has a hand in making.
* AuthorAppeal: Luchadores. He even occasionally asks for fans to do wrestling moves on certain people.
** References to British punk bands. Chief among them being Music/TheSmiths and Music/JoyDivision, and the title "No More Heroes" is almost certainly a reference to the song and/or album by Music/TheStranglers.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: All the time. [[VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes Travis Touchdown]], [[VideoGame/ShadowsOfTheDamned Garcia Fucking Hotspur]], [[VideoGame/FlowerSunAndRain Sumio Mondo]]...
* BreakingTheFourthWall: His games are characterized by NoFourthWall.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Given the fact that the majority of his protagonists are assassins, he very rarely has you control a truly "good" character. The closest he's gotten to BlackAndWhiteMorality is in ''VideoGame/LiberationMaiden''.
* DeathIsCheap: A running theme. Character death means very little most of the time, as characters will frequently reincarnate in some form or another as needed.
* DeconstructorFleet: His games go out of their way to deconstruct (and also reconstruct) video game tropes, social tropes, and everything else.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: A common theme in his games is that they examine the differing values between Japan and the West/U.S.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The first game he directed, ''Super Fire Pro Wrestling Special'''s [[spoiler:SuddenDownerEnding, with the main character being DrivenToSuicide after realizing that he was wrestling to fight off depression.]] Quite the way to make a name for yourself.
* GainaxEnding: Given the mindscrew nature of the games, their endings are appropriately confusing.
* GoroawaseNumber: The origin of his nickname Suda 51: "Goichi" is pronounced like "5-1."
* MagicalRealism: Most works that he has a large involvement on are ''very'' much this. The ultimate message of the plots will usually have to do more with the characters and the nature of the work as a game, but said plots are punctuated by fantastical concepts such as [[{{VideoGame/Killer7}} invisible exploding monster terrorists]] or [[VideoGame/FlowerSunAndRain what may or may not be a]] GroundhogDayLoop.
* MaskedLuchador: He's a huge fan, and it shows. Nearly every game has a luchador or reference to one.
* MindScrew: His penchant for unsettling gamers with plot twists, shoving in vignettes [[note]]scenes which only serve to reveal certain things about a character/plot element or establish them using description[[/note]] or {{Non Sequitur}}s, and throwing in random plot threads (such as political commentary) create quite a...unique experience.
** Or, another description: when a game that only has an insane ''premise'' (for example, [[VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw sexy cheerleader beats up monsters with a chainsaw while carrying her boyfriend's conscious severed head]]) is considered ''normal'', you know you've found a particularly mad developer.
* OneSteveLimit: Usually played straight in an individual game, but subverted between games, often intentionally and to provoke speculation upon what connections two different games might have. For example, [[VideoGame/TheSilverCase Sumio Kodai]], [[VideoGame/FlowerSunAndRain Sumio Mondo]] and [[VideoGame/KillerIsDead Mondo Zappa]], or [[{{VideoGame/Killer7}} Travis Bell]] and [[VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes Travis Touchdown]].
* PlayingThePlayer: Oftentimes in a way more akin to trolling than dramatic manipulation. Though there can be that too.
* RuleOfCool: One of the constants in his games: awesome things happen because they're ''awesome''.
* RuleOfSymbolism / WorldOfSymbolism
* ShoutOut
* ThematicSeries: "Kill the Past", although the games it consists of are a matter of debate within the fandom. It's not entirely thematic, as occasionally there are explicit links between games, but they aren't frequent.
* TheStinger
* ThisLoserIsYou: Most notably Travis T., but other loser characters are designed to represent the player.
* TheUnfought: There's usually at least one fakeout boss battle per game.
* WidgetSeries: Suda's games are...special.
* YouBastard: One of the many deconstructions in his games are calling out players on their bloodlust and love of violence.