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The Four Gods are the central figures of an ancient Chinese system of astrology and geomancy which was imported to Japan and absorbed into UsefulNotes/{{Onmyodo}} mysticism, among other beliefs. In this system, there were 28 'star houses' (constellations) which ran the circumference of the sky. The Heavenly Emperor divided the sky into the northern, southern, eastern, and western quadrants, each with 7 star houses; each quadrant was ruled by a divine beast. In the original Chinese version, [[OneExtraMember there was one more divine beast]], Huánglóng, the Yellow Dragon of the Center, embodying the element of Earth. He is very notably missing from the Japanese version, where the center represents void. Void, being nothingness, has no divine beast associated with it. The closest Japanese version of him would be Ouryu. This is probably the biggest reason why you will not see him in Japanese culture.

These gods were (Chinese, Japanese, Korean then Vietnamese names):
* Qīnglóng -- Seiryū -- Cheongryong -- Thanh Long; ([[OurDragonsAreDifferent The Azure Dragon]], representing Spring and Wood) to the East
* Zhūquè -- Suzaku -- Zuzak -- Chu Tước; ([[GiantFlyer The Vermillion Sparrow]], representing Summer and Fire) to the South
* Báihǔ -- Byakko -- Baekho -- Bạch Hổ; ([[PantheraAwesome The White Tiger]], representing Autumn and Metal) to the West
* Xuánwǔ -- Genbu -- Hyeonmu -- Huyền Vũ; ([[TurtlePower The Black Tortoise or lit. Occult Martial]], representing Winter and Water) to the North
* Huánglóng -- Kōryū or Ōryū -- Huanglong -- Hoàng Long; ([[TopGod The Yellow Dragon]], representing the Changing Seasons and Earth) to the Center

Common variations of the above are Xuánwǔ actually being a two-headed turtle/snake hybrid, a turtle with a snake coiled around it, or a [[InterspeciesRomance turtle and a snake having sex]] -- and Báihǔ and Huánglóng occasionally being replaced by Qí­lín/Kirin, a unicorn-like chimera.

Also of note is the fact that many people confuse ThePhoenix with Zhūquè. While they seem similar, they are entirely different entities; in fact the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fenghuang Fènghuáng]] (Hōō) is a closer representation of ThePhoenix in comparison.

The remains of this belief system can be found in temples and shrines all over Japan, and even in the architecture of places like the city of Nara. It is part of the Japanese cultural heritage, although not always a prominent or even well-remembered part. In particular, [[UsefulNotes/{{Onmyodo}} Abe no Seimei]] was said to count the Four Gods (or beings named after them) as members of his [[{{Familiar}} Twelve Heavenly Commanders]].

Over the course of the years, several anime, manga and video games have drawn upon the imagery of the Four Gods. The most prominent of these is ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', in which they are active deities overseeing a land found inside a magic book called "The Universe of the Four Gods". When she falls into the book, the heroine finds herself thrust into the position of priestess to Suzaku, with the power to summon the god. Some works may forgo the four Chinese elements in favor of the standard FourElementEnsemble.

In other cases, it is used as a stock name for a QuirkyMiniBossSquad in an evil organization; see EliteFour.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' and its {{Spin off}}s, as noted above, is one of the most well-known examples. [[Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden Takiko "Genbu no Miko" Okuda]], [[Manga/FushigiYuugiByakkoIbun Suzuno "Byakko no]] [[Manga/FushigiYuugiByakkoSenki Miko" Ohsugi]], [[Manga/FushigiYuugi Miaka "Suzaku no Miko" Yuuki and Yui "Seiryuu no Miko" Hongou]] are thrown into the world of the Four Gods to become the priestesses of the Gods and summon them to the benefit of the country that each deity protects.
* ''Anime/MagicalShoppingArcadeAbenobashi'' uses the Four Gods and UsefulNotes/{{Onmyodo}} mysticism as the foundation for its deceptively slapstick story.
* ''Anime/TokyoMajin'' averted this, with the Yellow Dragon indeed represents Void/Destruction.
* Author Ken Akamatsu has noted that the Four Gods appear in ''Manga/LoveHina'' in the form of various pets: Genbu is Onsen Tamago, the hot springs turtle; Byakko is Kuro, Kanako's cat; Suzaku is Shippu, the mysterious bird owned by Motoko's elder sister Tsuruko; and Seiryū is Leon, the chameleon owned by Ema Maeda (a manga-only [[LastEpisodeNewCharacter last-episode character]]).
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', features "The Four Saint Beasts", a QuirkyMinibossSquad of demons based on the Four Gods. In sequence, they were:
** Genbu, a rock monster who possesses the ability to separate his body parts and send them flying at enemies. Kurama was able to steal and destroy his core, killing him, but was severely injured in the process.
** Byakko, a tiger-like beast that could create minions from his aura and had the ability to do EnergyAbsorption. Kuwabara managed to defeat him, but while Byakko survived, he was killed by Seiryū [[YouHaveFailedMe losing to the enemy]].
** Seiryū, a blue humanoid with the ability to freeze people. He was [[CurbStompBattle defeated rather quickly]] by Hiei (16 slashes in a split second!)
** Suzaku, the leader, is a handsome demon who can use electricity-based attacks, control insects with a flute and create clones of himself. After a difficult battle, Yusuke defeated him.
* ''Webcomic/{{Flow}}'': In a modern world where everyone is born with a mythological creature who can grant them powers and a single wish, people with powerful gods gain extra education and special privileges, and those who wait to make their wish wind up having their gods disguised as animals following them around. Leerang is followed by the cat god, the most boring and useless of the gods, guaranteeing him an average life at best. However, when tragedy strikes and the cat god offers to turn back time by one day in order to undo the accident, it turns out that his cat god may have been the White Tiger, one of the most powerful gods ever known in disguise.
* In ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'', the main character uses the Four Gods as names as well as concepts for his ultimate sword techniques.
* The ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' franchise has the Four Holy Beasts, a set of OlympusMons based on the Four Gods. ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' marked their anime introduction with Qinglongmon, based on Seiryū, being important to the plot. ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' introduced the remaining three; Zhuqiaomon (Suzaku) was initially an antagonist, and Baihumon (Byakko) and Xuanwumon (Genbu) play relatively minor roles. The fifth god, Huanglongmon (Kōryū), existed in supporting material for years but didn't make his anime debut until a decade later in ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'', but was only a MonsterOfTheWeek in it. ''Anime/DigimonAdventureTri'' revealed [[spoiler: four of the ''original'' Chosen Children's Digimon evolved into the Holy Beasts, at the cost of the ''fifth'' Chosen Child's Digimon.]]
* The [[TheGrimReaper shinigami]] in ''Manga/DescendantsOfDarkness'' could summon "shikigami", helpful minor gods. Only two appeared in the anime, based off of Suzaku and Byakko. The manga, however, features the four of them.
* The four gods also appear in the anime ''KarasuTenguKabuto''.
* In the ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' episode "Boogie Woogie Feng Shui", the heroes use a clue about the four gods to locate one of the episode's [[PlotCoupon Plot Coupons]]. (The episode apparently assumes its audience knows what "the four gods" are and doesn't explain further, leaving Western audiences in the lurch.)
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' includes mecha named after the Four Gods, each belonging to the General roughly corresponding with the God's element: Byakou (Thymilph, fire), Sayrune (Adiane, water), Gember (Guame, earth), and Shuzack (Cytomander, wind).
* The Four Gods appear as antagonists for an arc in ''Anime/AngelTales''.
* ''KoiHime'' uses the "girls of the four seasons"� bit explicitly. Each girl is a daughter of one of TheFourGods.
* The anime version of ''{{Dokyusei}}'' (English title, ''EndOfSummer'') is more subtle. In this case, they pared the list of girls (from the game) down to four. The follow-on OAV set (not released in the US) has the school nurse reminding Wataru that he can't keep all four of them forever.
* One of ''Anime/CodeGeass''' central characters is named Suzaku; his late father's name was Genbu. The characters were designed by Creator/{{CLAMP}}, who are known for making references such as this.
* Seiryū, Suzaku, Byakko and Genbu are the names of Nekoyashiki's spiritual cat companions in ''LightNovel/RentalMagica''. They're useful for everything from shields to attacking to creating a gust of wind.
* In ''Manga/InuYasha,'' Saint Beast-inspired ninja are one of the many, ''many'' [[QuirkyMiniBossSquad Quirky Miniboss Squads]] the team faces in yet another filler arc.
** They also face off against a group like this in the last movie, though those guys were all actually powerful.
* The Four Elemental Kings in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' -- and until [[spoiler:Griffith]] joined the party, the Godhand.
* Four enemy characters from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' are named after the Four Gods and each fights with an appropriate weapon and fighting style -- Seiryū uses a longsword and reads his opponent's attacks, Suzaku has twin shortswords and copies his opponent's moves, Byakko uses spiked bracers and relies on physical strength, and Genbu has a sectional staff and uses strategic planning to play the long game.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', the good dragon-gods of the world, as opposed to the evil chaos-demon-gods, are based on this pattern: four gods, each representing an element, and the supreme (actually, penultimate) god Ceipheed. The evil demon gods are based on Goetic demonology.
* Each of the girls in ''Manga/{{Hyakko}}'''s FourGirlEnsemble corresponds to one of the four gods. A broader ThemeNaming based on the twelve animals of the EasternZodiac is present in the rest of the cast.
* The B'ts of the Four Spirit Generals in ''Anime/BtX'' are [[InvertedTrope inverted]] as to instead of The Four Gods, they applied ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Benevolent_Animals The Four Benevolent Animals]]'' of Chinese mythology replacing Genbu with the spirit turtle, and Byakko with the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qilin Qilin]]. Though they're still "gods" in a broader sense, the two teams have nothing to do with each other, and said mythologies are constantly mixed up outside of East Asia.
* [[spoiler:Hacchi]] has a technique named after them in the latest ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' spoilers.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', the global spell that swapped everyone's appearance was [[spoiler:accidentally set in to motion by Touma's father collecting supposedly mystical figurines that represented TheFourGods and placing them in each of their associated directions.]] And Tsuchimikado gets rid of it by [[spoiler:using accordingly-colored paper figurines placed in certain directions[[note]]essentially magical feng shui[[/note]] to directly invoke the Gods and fire a magical WaveMotionGun at the house]].
* ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'' happens to feature...well, yeah.
* Parodied by the "Devoted Four Goddesses" that make up the Stolen FirstKiss Team in ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'', with Suzuka as the Suzaku (represented by a bird), Tatsuko as Seiryū ([[SeahorsesAreDragons represented by a sea horse, which in Japanese myth is seen as a baby dragon]]), and Nanaki as Genbu (represented by, well, a turtle). Kuroe then asked just who the White Tiger Byakko was supposed to be, whereupon Taiga appeared as the fourth member of the group.
* The Four Spirit Kings Yamatohime, Genbu, Byakko and Seiryū in ''Manga/{{Kurohime}}''.
* The four royals who appear in ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' Gogo are a dragon, a red/pink bird, a tiger and a turtle.
* The four swords of the ancient heroes in ''Manga/{{Basara}}'' are named after TheFourGods.
* ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'':
** The four main characters of the original anime have a bitbeast that corresponds to one of the four gods. They're even referenced sometimes as the four holy beasts, therefore ranking them higher than all the other bitbeasts in the series. A yellow dragon eventually shows up in the third series.
** Their villainous expies in ''Anime/BeybladeZeroG'' also use beys based on this motif, but it's a little more blatant.
* They haven't appeared as characters in ''{{Manga/Gate7}}'', but each volume's front cover features [[AmbiguousGender Hana]] with one of the four gods: Suzaku on volume 1, Seiryu on volume 2, Genbu on volume 3, and presumably Byakko on the yet-to-be-released volume 4.
* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', each of the Four Guardian Students of Kyoto's Abekamo Academy shares their surname with one of the four gods, and even produce a holographic image of their respective beast.
* In ''LightNovel/TheRisingOfTheShieldHero'', the protagonist seems to be modeled after one of them.
* ''Manga/YamadaKunAndTheSevenWitches'' mostly takes place in a fictional area of Tokyo called Suzaku, with the huge (apparently the country's biggest) and prestiguous Suzaku High School being the center of it all. The rivaling high schools are called Seiryu, Byakko and Genbu, but nothing is known about these except that one of the main characters transferred from Seiryu, and two secondary characters used to go to the elementary and middle school departments of Genbu.
* In ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'', the Imperial Palace is guarded by extremely powerful enemies based off the Four Gods, but the story takes liberties with their respective elements, having them represent fire, water, earth and wind (Suzaku represents Fire, Genbu represents Earth, Seiryu represents Water and Byakko represents Wind). All four of them possess deadly abilities that, combined with the ability to essentially spawn-camp their defeated foes until they're driven off of Brain Burst in an "Unlimited EK", make them nearly impossible to defeat alone. Worse still, all of them have to be engaged simultaneously, or else they'll regenerate health too quickly to be killed. [[spoiler:Nega Nebulus broke apart as a result of a failed attempt to defeat the Four Gods by attacking them with the Burst Linkers of the same element, thus resulting in some of the members being trapped in the Unlimited Neural Field, unable to enter lest they be killed repeatedly.]]
* Suzaku Kenran in FutureCardBuddyfight uses a deck based around this; they'r all [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot cyborg dragons]] but stylized after the four gods. Additionally, three of them have effects that limit which position they can be called in, such that if the fourth, Variablecord, is your buddy, they line up with the four positions of the gods.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/TheShadowHero'', the Chinese-American superhero the Green Turtle is empowered by the Black Tortoise. The other three gods also appear.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The four incredibly destructive water volcanoes in ''FanFic/{{Embers}}'' are modeled off of this concept, but with different names given: Shirotora (the White Tiger), Asagitatsu (the Blue Dragon), Akitori (the Vermilion Bird), and Kurokame (the Black Turtle). Of these, [[TigerVersusDragon Shirotora and Asagitatsu]] are important in the story- Zuko's mother's home domain of Byakko has retained a measure of autonomy from the Fire Lord by being the only people who can reliably keep the volcano nicely dormant, while the lack of anyone doing something similar about Asagitatsu (whose last two eruptions killed Avatars and made life difficult worldwide for years afterwards) is a major plot point.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/Gamera3AwakeningOfIrys'', Gamera (as a monster turtle) is equated with Genbu, whereas Suzaku is equated with the film's titular villain. In fact the film even points out the similarties between Genbu's rivalry with Suzaku and Irys's desire to kill Gamera.
* Loosely referenced in the ''Film/{{Conan the Barbarian|1982}}'' movie, where Asian character Subotai mentions he prays to the Four Winds.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Yet another HumongousMecha example. Though colors are switched for the Tiger and the Dragon, together these four make up the CombiningMecha of ''[[Series/ChouSeiShinSeries Justiriser]]''.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' have several examples; often as part of sets of CombiningMecha:
** While the colors are off, four of the Mythical Chi Beasts from ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'' (aka Thunderzords from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'') are meant to invoke the Four Gods: the Red Dragon, the Pink Hōō (Firebird), the White Tiger, and Daimugen (Tor), their Green Turtle ally. Huanglong/Koryu shows up near the end in the form of the giant dragon Daijinryuu (Serpentera). For the record, the other mecha are a Green Lion, Yellow Kirin, and Blue Pegasus (''Black'' Lion, Yellow ''Griffin'', and Blue ''Unicorn'' in ''Power Rangers'').
** By a string of coincidences in ''Power Rangers'', Tommy has had powers and mecha of [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers a green (NotZilla) dragon, the aforementioned white tiger]], [[Series/PowerRangersZeo a red phoenix]], and [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder a black, er, sauropod]] (hey, considering some of the depictions of Genbu, it's not that farfetched).
** The Shigenshou in ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'' and Phantom Beast Generals of ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'' are based on this trope (though ''Jungle Fury'' downplays it): Sanyo the Basilisk/Snapper the Snapping Turtle (Genbu), Sūgu the Chimera/Whiger the White Tiger (Byakko), Mele/Camille the Phoenix (Suzaku), Long/Scorch the Dragon (Seiryū), and Rio/Dai Shi the Griffin (Huáng​lóng​). Lampshaded with Sūgu, as his prior identity had white tiger powers and he was nicknamed "Byakko" because of it.
** ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' also has a Pink Phoenix and a Red Dragon like in ''Dairanger'', as well as a Yellow Tiger and a Black Snake (the fifth was a Blue Shark). This may just be a coincidence, as unlike the other seasons listed here it focused on the LandSeaSky motif rather than any sort of Eastern and/or Mythology theme.
** Four of the six mecha that make up Gekiatsu Dai-Oh in ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'' are Ho-ohmaru, Seiryumaru, Genbumaru, and Byakkomaru; joined by Pandamaru and Magoimaru (a koi fish).
* The Mandarin names of the suns in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. The English names are somewhat less inspired (Red Sun, Blue Sun, White Sun, Georgia and Kalidasa).
* An episode of ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' mentions that the symbols on Fourze's limbs (which match up with the UsefulNotes/PlayStation's buttons) are intended to represent the Four Gods.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* The [[Myth/NativeAmericanMythology native american]] Four Winds are remarkably similar in many respects, with Okaga representing the South and Fire, Yata the North and Water, Eya the West and Lightning (in Wu Xing, lightning is part of the Metal element) and Yampa the East and Air. [[ArtisticLicenseReligion Modern syncretic neopagan circles tend to screw this up and assign Okaga/"Red" to Water, Yata/"White" to Air, Eya/"Black" to Earth and Yampa/"Yellow" to Fire.]]
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Benevolent_Animals Four Benevolent Animals]] are another portion of Chinese mythology, specifically the four lords of all animals who dwell in the Yellow Emperor's gardens: A qilin, dragon, turtle, and phoenix.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Holy_Beasts Four Holy Beasts]] of Vietnam consists of the Dragon to the East, the Qilin to the West, the Turtle to the North, and the Phoenix to the South.

* Báihǔ in particular plays a BigGood in the Literature/BreakingTheWall trilogy, though the other three make at least token appearances.
* All four animals are referenced in TheJoyLuckClub.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' features the Directional Courts of China among the other Great Courts that changelings swear oaths to in order to avoid the notice of TheFairFolk. The courts are patterned off of TheFourGods and supposedly embody associated values (the North Court is made up of ascetics who use suffering to escape memory of their durance at the hands of TheFairFolk, the East Court values material wealth and draws power from envy, the South Court consists of artists and other creatives who value ecstasy, and the West Court is made up of honor-bound warriors).
* In ''TabletopGame/KindredOfTheEast'', some character traits were actually dependent on a character's alignment with the Four, or rather Five - including "dharmas", an equivalent to Clans in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade''. While not all dharmas referred specifically to one of the gods, sometimes even switching the animals (such as South/Red-attuned Devil Tigers or North/Blue-attuned Resplendent Cranes), secondary traits were more in line with the original legend.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has a similar setup with Gaia's Elemental Dragons, with the main difference being that [[CaptainObvious all five are dragons]]; Mela (Blue, North, Air), Daana'd (Black, West, Water), Hesiesh (Red, South, Fire), Sextes Jylis (Green, East, Wood) and Pasiap (White, Center, Earth). Also, the four guardians at the shine of the Cup of Fire (aka, the Aidenweiss) are carvings of a coiled blue serpent facing east (Cherulong), a vermillion swallow facing south (Jujak), a white tiger facing west (Bayrakan) and a black tortoise facing north (Hymonmu). They come to life if the Aidenweiss is touched without permission, or if a creature of darkness even sets foot there.
* In the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' TCG, Each "Sylvan" Xyz Monster and Naturia "Synchro" Monster except Naturia Leodrake is based on one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations. There's also the Empowered Warrior archtype; Each one has an associated Summoner, which refers to them by their color and anima; There's a Tiger, a Sparrow, a Turtle, and a dragon, making it clear that they represent the Four Gods. They are even Led by an Empowering Dragon, which represents the center.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* The ''Ride/RiversOfLight'' show at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disney's Animal Kingdom]] features four totemic "Animal Spirits" that guide viewers through a mystical journey through the natural world that eventually goes into the northern lights and stars. Three of the four animals correspond to the Four Gods, with the bird in this case being an Owl, but instead of a dragon, there is an elephant.


* Subverted in the ''Anime/{{SD Gundam|Force}}'' toyline ''Toys/BBSenshiSangokuden'' -- the four gods do not appear as characters, but as symbols for the four kingdoms. Sho, led by Ryūbi Gundam, is Seiryū; Gou, led by Sonken Gundam, is Byakko (yellow instead of white); Giga, led by Sōsō Gundam, is Suzaku; and the unnamed forces of Tōtaku Zaku and Ryufu Tallgeese are Genbu (purple instead of black). Each faction has a stylised symbol indicating the god that represents it, on a corner of the boxes, while the Gundam designs would often carry elements of the gods (Ryūbi Gundam's dragon head crest, for example), even after defecting to some other faction at some point (Kochō Serpent, now a Giga general, retains the turtle motif from his days under Tōtaku Zaku's command.)
** Ryufu Tallgeese comes banded with the [[http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10069166b/30/1 Tengyokugai]] weapons platform, able to turn into four forms for each of the faction leaders to use. While the four forms are modelled after the companion mecha for the Gundams that Ryūbi, Sonken and Sousou are based on ([=Sonken/GP03=] with the Tengyokugai Tiger form/Dendrobium Orchis is a fan favourite), they are officially named for the Four Gods, with little golden heads on each of them depicting the corresponding god for good measure.
** The toyline would later introduce the Tenkaisyo weapon system, based on the Four Gods (a dragon head, tiger claws, phoenix wings and a turtle shell shield), but these are all in gold rather than the usual colors.
** On an added note, the defunct Kishū faction led by Enshō Bawoo has no animal symbol assigned to it, though Ganryō Galus-L and Bunshu Galus-R are themed after a bull and a horse.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Lunar}}'' series references this. In addition to the Goddess Althena whom gave life to Lunar (and, despite not being a dragon herself, could be seen as The Ōryū as she holds the same power and [[DependingOnTheWriter can also be controlled like them depending on the game]]), there are four dragons, each with a color matching one of the four gods and a similar appearance to the appropriate god to boot. The similarities are strongest in ''VideoGame/LunarDragonSong'': The Red Dragon is covered in feathers and has a hooked muzzle resembling a bird's beak. The White Dragon strongly resembles a large cat with wings and has stripes along its body. The Black Dragon is more or less a giant tortoise with a more dragon-like face and build. The Blue Dragon resembles a giant serpent.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfParadise'', the world of Ouka is based around the Four Gods. The player character hails from the eastern Seiryu clan and journeys to the southern, northern, and western parts of Ouka during the course of the game. Each clan is protected by a God of the same name (which Shinbu eventually must battle), as well as a special clan sword. Notably, the Center God is featured; the corresponding realm is called "Kirin".
* ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade'':
** The series features four characters that each represent one of the Gods. [[TheHero Kaede]] = Seiryū, [[OmnicidalManiac Kagami]] = Suzaku, [[OldMaster Okina]] = Genbu, and [[GentleGiant Shigen]] = Byakko.
** The final boss of ''Last Blade 2'' [[spoiler: and the master of Kaede, Moriya and Yuki]], Kōryū (Japanese for Huáng​lóng​, making a rare Japanese appearance).
* The set of PerfectRunFinalBoss songs in ''VideoGame/{{Beatmania}} IIDX 13 [=DistorteD=],'' collectively called "Cardinal Gate", were themed around the Four Gods; each of the four songs unlockable from the start were written by artists that took their names as pseudonyms. A fifth song, by an invented 5th entity, "Kinjishi", was available after doing well on the first four. 3 of the artists (Suzaku, Genbu, and Seiryū) have released songs after [=DistorteD=].
* One level of ''VideoGame/{{Killer 7}}'' requires Smith to [[SolveTheSoupCans slide four screens together]] to lower a bridge. Each screen represents one of the four gods, and is located at the proper compass point.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'':
** You can summon and fight four incredibly powerful powerful monsters based upon these deities, sharing their names and likenesses (well, ''FFXI'' equivalents -- Seiryū is a differently-colored version of a smallish dragon, and so on). Most players refer to these as "Sky Gods". (Although older players sometimes still refer to them as "Shijin".) There is a center god as well but it's a Kirin rather than a dragon.
** Kirin is notably of the Earth element and like the original center dragon god, is the powerful of the five.
** Ōryū is also in the game as an [[DishingOutDirt earth-based]] [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Wyrm]]. His fights are completely unrelated to the gods in [[FloatingContinent Tu'Lia]].
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', there are four creatures in the game's penultimate dungeon who are based on the Gods: a large stone tortoise called Pandemonium, a large blue fish named Slyt, and a white tiger-like biped named Fenrir. Later in the game, a side quest takes the player to the same location to hunt down a Seer who is said to control powerful beasts. After defeating a Phoenix along the way, the Seer himself summons all four of the aforementioned bosses over the course of the battle.
* There is a "Four Gods' Shield" found in all three ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' games.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0'' has four countries named after the four beasts, and the beasts are prominently featured on the flags and coats of arms of the countries.
* An event in ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'' revolves around this trope, which is titled Rise of the Four Beasts, featuring all four of them and the additional Huanglong and Qilin for you to fight.
* ''[[Franchise/SaGaRPG SaGa]]'':
** The four gods appear as the bosses of each major world in ''VideoGame/{{Makai Toshi SaGa}}'' (''The Final Fantasy Legend'' in the West), each guarding a sphere that allows you to continue climbing the tower, and Kōryū (called "Ko-run" in the English version) is also present as both a random encounter monster type and a form that Monster player characters can turn into. In ''VideoGame/{{SaGa 2}}'', Monster characters can acquire any of their forms. In a slight variation, each one also represents one of the [[ElementalRockPaperScissors four western elements]], with Genbu as Earth, Seiryū as Water, Byakko as Air, and Suzaku as Fire.
** The four elemental schools of magic in ''VideoGame/{{Romancing SaGa 3}}'' are named after the Four Gods.
* Four of Maria's subweapons in the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series are based on these four -- an overhead fire attack with birds, a running lightning cat that hits repeatedly, a flying dragon that hits for ice, and a turtle shell shield. The Item Crashes for these, where applicable, summon the actual Gods, and she also uses their power to revive Richter and grant him invincibility if he's defeated at the start of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''.
* In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence'', there are serveral locked doors that grant access to hidden areas, and the four keys are named (and colored) after the four gods. [[AnachronismStew Not something you'd expect in a vampire castle in 12th century Europe.]]
* The {{MacGuffin}}s in the early part of ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' are sacred paintings imbued with the powers of the four gods.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'':
** In the ''Alpha'' games and ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration 2'', [=RyuOhKi=] (Seiryū) and [=KoOhKi=] (Byakko) are ancient guardian {{golem}}-gods which absorb a pair of HumongousMecha and gain the ability to [[CombiningMecha combine]] into [[GlassCannon RyuKoOh]] or [[FragileSpeedster KoRyuOh]] (they can [[TransformingMecha switch forms at will]]).
** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha 3'' introduces equivalents for Genbu and Suzaku, which merge with the other two to form the [[GameBreaker devastatingly powerful]] Shin [=RyuKoOh/Shin KoRyuOh=].
** ''Second Original Generations'' expanded the Genbu and Suzaku counterparts, showing that they could merge together like the Seiryuu-Byakko pair into [=JakuBuOh=] or [=BuJakuOh=]. This combination actually exists from the ''Alpha'' backstory, just not shown. Also from both games, turns out the huge dragon ridden by [[SmugSnake Son Ganlong]] is supposed to represent Kouryuu/Huang Long.
** Also in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance'', though not as obvious (and this also carries over to the Original Generation universe). Axel Almer's Soulgain has attacks named after the Four Gods, though when it's translated to US, the reference becomes less obvious (Seiryū Rin -> Dragon Scale, Genbu Gōdan -> Black Warrior, Byakko Kō -> Tiger Bite, Mai Suzaku -> Phoenix Dance). Oh, and it also adds up the Qílín legend (Code: Kirin).
** [[RobotGirl Aschen Brodel]] from ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier'' has moves call ''Tigress Bite'', ''Genbu Strike'' and ''Dragon Scale''. Her overdrive attack is ''Phantasm Phoenix''.
* ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' has [[ChineseGirl Chinese]] RobotGirl Mei Fang, who has attacks named after the Four Gods, and following Soulgain's trend, she also has an attack based on Kirin called ''Kirin Jacket''.
* In ''VideoGame/LostKingdoms,'' four of the six most powerful cards in the game are based off of the four gods: The White Tiger, the Blue Dragon, the Phoenix, and the Great Turtle.
* The Four Gods appear in the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' game series, and in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' they have a fusion spell (Celestial Veil/28 Mansions Protection in Japanese) that blocks all [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental damage]], which is useful for exactly one battle, right after you [[GuideDangIt technically]] gain the ability to cast it.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' have the Four Gods as Personas, along with Kohryu, who can only be obtained by fusing the Four.
** ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' also features four guardians associated with the cardinal directions, but it's a different set, consisting of the Four Heavenly Kings, instead. Oddly, Seiryū still makes an appearance, albeit as a mundane demon and without the other usual three.
** The Four Gods and Huáng​lóng are also in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'', where they have their Chinese names. The Four Heavenly Kings also return.
** In ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'', the Four Gods and Huánglóng return. The first four are simple extra bosses who appear after killing Ananta; Huánglóng appears after killing the four others as a brutally vicious BonusBoss.
** In the ''Devil Children'' series (known simply as ''[=DemiKids=]'' outside of Japan) the Four Gods can be obtained by fusing through the Relic System. You have to get their Soul to resurrect them, otherwise they will simply be zombies (Byakkozom, Suzakzom, Seiryuzom, Gembuzom).
* Referenced in the ''VideoGame/WildArms'' series -- in almost every game of the series, the player characters can summon four different "Guardian" creatures that correspond to the Four Gods, in addition to other "Guardians".
* The Four Gods appear as {{Bonus Boss}}es during the post-game segment of ''VideoGame/GanbareGoemon: Mononoke Dōchū Tobidase Nabe-Bugyō!'' You're able to [[GottaCatchThemAll capture them]] after going through the [[BonusDungeon Celestial World]] and [[BossRush defeat them along with the rest of the game's major enemies]]; they have the advantage of performing unique [[CombinationAttack combination attacks]] when paired up with certain main characters.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 4'' contains the boss "Heat Genblem." Three guesses what it's supposed to be.
* In ''VideoGame/GotchaForce'', there are 4 Robots that can merge together to total 4 different combinations, each one named after a different one of the four gods.
* ''MahjongFightClub'' uses them to represent different aspects of Mahjong skill. Each player, upon reaching [[KyuAndDanRanks 1st dan rank]], is classified under one of the four based on which aspect of their play is the strongest:
** Seiryuu: Players who are lucky and/or have many ''dora'' tiles in their winning hand.
** Suzaku: Players who frequently win hands.
** Byakko: Players whose winning hands are frequently high-scoring in value.
** Genbu: Defensive players who seldom discard the final tile that someone else needs to win.
*** The game also has a fifth: Kōryū, the Yellow Dragon, based on Huáng​lóng. Kōryū replaces the player's classification when they surpass the Master rank.
* ''VideoGame/{{Harukanaru Toki no Naka de}}'''s local CastFullOfPrettyBoys consists of eight guardians who are explicitly connected to the Four Gods: two guardians -- for Heaven and Earth -- corresponding to each of the Gods. The Gods themselves originally protected the capital before they were stolen by the villains, and much of the original story revolves around getting them back. On a side note, ''Haruka'' does technically have the "central dragon" as well, in the form of the Dragon-God, whose powers are wielded by the main heroine (although it is actually white rather than yellow).
** The Dragon-God also happens to have Yin and Yang sides (Dark Dragon and White Dragon), the former controlled by the DarkMagicalGirl. To further complicate the matter, there's also the Black Kirin, apparently under the BigBad's control.
* In ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'', Kevin's has a technique (and associated gear) corresponding to one of the Four Gods for each possible final class. Namely, Seiryuu Death Fist, Suzaku Sky Dance, Byakko Shock Wave, and Genbu 100 Kick.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'', in keeping with its ClicheStorm status, has an attack called Summon Four Gods. Surprisingly, it is just a non magical martial arts technique, and not a spell that unleashes the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. It looks pretty cool though, and the [[CoolOldGuy old]] [[BadassGrandpa guy]] who pulls it off displays fantastic acrobatic skill for his age.
* The Lords of the Burning Dawn of ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}} 2'' are named after the Four Gods.
* One of the "secret skills" in the first ''[[VideoGame/StarOcean1 Star Ocean]]'' allowed the unlocking of super techniques which augmented existing techniques with the power of the Four Gods.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars Factions'', the mission to become "Closer To The Stars" has the players defeat celestial creatures based on either the Four Benevolent Beasts of China or the Four Holy Beasts of Vietnam (see Other Mythology). Interestingly these celestial avatars actually ''look'' like constellations, with visible stars and traced lines making the "skeleton" of the creature.
* In ''VideoGame/GuardiansCrusade'', creatures based on these who helped the hero Darwin seal [[spoiler:[[BigBad Xizan]]]], and hold the stones previously used for such & that Kalkanor and his crew are searching for. You can fight all five, though some are optional. The turtle's a bit of a stretch, as Ruval, its corresponding holy beast, is a golem.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaMan10'', the [[DualBoss Dual]] [[MiniBoss Minibosses]] of Solar Man's stage are two phoenixes. One of them is named "Suzak".
* ''VideoGame/BloodyRoar'' played with this a little throughout the series. The tiger came first in ''Beastorizer'' (later renamed Bloody Roar 1) through [[BareFistedMonk Long]] (who is a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting zoanthrope]] of a tiger), whom later had an evil clone in the form of Shenlong ([[EvilAlbino who is an albino tiger]]) with a [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil yin-yang theme between the two]] (before Shenlong eventually grown more compassionate and less evil). Next came ''Primal Fury'' (the same as [[UpdatedRerelease Extreme]]) which had Cronos, who, besides being a penguin, [[ThePhoenix is also a flame-covered phoenix]]. Then comes ''Bloody Roar 4'', in which there was [[TheDragon Ryoho]] who was a water dragon of Gaia that was so powerful his dragon form had to be sealed off every so often. Finally, in the rare manga ''Bloody Roar The Fang'' (which takes place along Primal Fury's time), the trope is played straight with powerful zoanthropes representing the four gods, among the prominent ones being a tortoise zoanthrope with a snake for a tail. Out of them, only Long and Shenlong aren't considered as godly in status.
* ''[[VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial Tokimeki Memorial 2]]'' has the local {{Delinquents}} gang, the Four Heaven Kings, using the Four Gods themes, each of them wearing on their coats' back a symbol of the respective god they represent : [[KnightTemplarBigBrother Sou-Banchou]], the leader, is Seiryū ; [[GiantMook Kinniku-Banchou]] is Genbu ; [[HotBlooded Hi no Tama-Banchou]] is Suzaku ; and [[TheDragon Kogarashi-Banchou]] is Byakko. Baito-Banchou, on the other hand, being the SixthRanger in the gang [[spoiler: and the only one of the Four Heaven Kings you don't have to win against, [[HopelessBossFight just survive until she goes for her next part-time job]], as she's NighInvulnerable]], doesn't have a Four Gods theme.
* In ''VideoGame/DigimonWorld3'', the four cities of Asuka Server are named Seiryu City (East Sector), Suzaku City (South Sector), Byakko City (West Sector) and Genbu City (North Sector). [[DarkWorld Amaterasu Server]] names its counterparts of the same cities using their Chinese names - Qing Long, Zhu Que, Bai Hu, Xuan Wu. The actual {{mons}} based on the Four Gods (see above) don't make an appearance, though, but they do show up in most other ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' games past that point.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'': The four Giants of Termina. They don't line up perfectly with the four gods, but there is one of them in each direction:
*** The giant in the south rests in Woodfall, in the middle of a swamp region.
*** The giant in the north rests in Snowhead, a snowy mountain.
*** The giant in the west rests in the Great Bay, a sandy beach with warm waters.
*** The giant in the east rests in the Ikana Canyon, a cursed land where the Ikana civilization once lived.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' features the four Divine Beasts, {{Magitek}} HumongousMecha built in the long distant past to battle Calamity Ganon. Like the Giants of Termina, they don't line up perfectly with the four gods, but they do reside in the four corners of Hyrule and are associated with different elements:
*** Vah Ruta, an elephant associated with water and ice.
*** Vah Rudania, a lizard associated with fire and earth.
*** Vah Medoh, a bird associated with wind.
*** Vah Naboris, a camel associated with electricity and sand.
*** The Japanese view of the center being the Void can also possibly be represented by [[OmnicidalManiac Calamity Ganon]] himself, who is sealed in the ruins of Hyrule Castle in Central Hyrule. [[spoiler:Not only does he briefly manifest a cyborg body made from the same kind of {{Magitek}} as the Divine Beasts, his "true form" is called "Dark Beast Ganon," all implying a deliberate negation of what the Divine Beasts represent.]]
* ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' features the Four Creatures of the World for its Chinese New Year seasonal event (Black Tortoise, White Tiger, Red Bird, and Blue Dragon).
* ''VideoGame/{{Bujingai}}'' has one level set in a temple hidden inside a mountain and dedicated to the four gods. You have to activate the altars of Seiryū, Genbu and Suzaku in order to reach the inner sanctum of Byakko.
* The four factions in Creator/{{Acclaim}}[='=]s ''9Dragons'''s Wu-Tang Clan are named after these.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuRance'' has the four apostles of Demon Xavier who are named after the four gods: Rengoku/Byakko, Shikibu/Seiryuu, Madou/Genbu, and Gigai/Suzaku. Of the four Apostles, Gigai's "transformation" (the transformation seen in the game is not a true transformation) is closest to what is depicted in the Four Gods. We don't get to see Shikibu's transformation. Their personalities, however, are pretty much true to their gods.
* The bosses of ''VideoGame/SegaGoldenGun'' are historical characters posessing the Four Gods. Zhang Jiao is Genbu and Da Ji is Byakko, but the hosts of the other two gods consist of Gao Qiu and [[spoiler:Sun Wukong]].
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: Mists of Pandaria'' introduces the August Celestials. Yu'lon the Jade Serpent in the east, embodying wisdom, Niuzao the Black Ox in the west, embodying fortitude, Xuen the White Tiger in the north, embodying strength, and Chi-ji the Red Crane in the south, embodying hope. They (or at least Yu'lon) go through a reincarnation cycle where they infuse their life into giant statues before they die, and the statues then come alive and become their next life. There's even a version of the Yellow Dragon: Tsulong, another Chinese dragon who guards the Terrace of Endless Spring (though he is never placed among the August Celestials).
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', while references are not entirely direct, Litchi Faye-Ling may call out the names of the Four Gods when she uses the move to relocate her Mantenbou without launching it. If she's on the ground, she called out either Genbu or Byakko. If she's in the middle of jumping, she called out either Seiryuu or Suzaku.
* When using the Construction Mode in ''VideoGame/WolfFang'', it's possible to get a mecha that, at least in the Japanese versions (no specific names in non-Japanese releases besides the mecha type number), can be named for one of the Four Symbols. More specifically:
** Seiryuu/Qinglong (#62) is a combination of Electrigger/Stun Gun, Knuckle Shot, and 6-Wheeled.
** Suzaku/Zhuque (#39) is a combination of Flame Launcher, Pile Bunker, and 2-Hover.
** Byakko/Baihu (#06) is a combination of Homing Missiles, Iron Claw, and 2-Walker.
** Genbu/Xuanwu (#28) is a combination of Grenade Launcher, Knuckle Shot, and 4-Walker.
* Subaru Septentrion, the penultimate boss of Chelsea's path in ''VideoGame/BunnyMustDie'', assumes [[SequentialBoss 5 forms]], each one named and patterned after one of the gods:
** Suzaku Force, a red, winged form that either flies across the screen or floats in the center firing projectiles
** Genbu Force, a green, circular form that rolls and bounces across the stage.
** Byakko Force, a grey, four-legged form that runs along the ground and off the walls.
** Seiryu Force, a long, serpent shaped blue form that weaves through the air, occasionally stopping to shoot at you.
** Kirin Force, a yellow form with four short legs and a very long neck that simply walks forward firing projectiles
* While there is no real Four Gods quartet in ''VideoGame/TouhouProject'', fanon has been more than happy to represent several appropriately-themed characters as such: Fujiwara no Mokou (an immortal girl with fire powers) as the phoenix, Toramaru Shou (a tiger youkai/Buddhist saint) as the tiger, Hong Meiling as the dragon (she's not really dragon-themed in canon except for being from China, but fanon sometimes outright makes her one), and either Genji (Reimu's turtle) or Kawashiro Nitori (a kappa) as the turtle.
* ''VideoGame/BladeAndSoul'' features this symbolism prominently, most notably in the four main races you can choose from.
* In the ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden: Kagami no Miko'' game, it turns out that [[spoiler: a cult from the ''Legend of the Four Gods'' world wants to establish a religion and new nation centered around Kōryū aka Huanglong, [[TopGod The Yellow Water Dragon]]. So when the ChildhoodFriends Mariko Kobayashi and Takumi Mochizuki are accidentally spirited into the Book, the group captures Takumi and brainwashes him into a FaceHeelTurn, then sets out to force Mariko to become the Kouryuu no Miko.]]
* In the latest expansion of ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'', ''Tale of the Dragon'', each of the chinese gods of the Mythic age allows you to train myth units based on the four gods:
** Chosing Ao Kuang allows you to create Azure Dragons and Dragon Turtles.
** Chosing Chongli allows you to create Vermillion Birds
** Chosing Xi Wangmu allows you to create White Tigers, plus her God Power allows you to summon two Earth Dragons.
* In ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2'', Byakko and Suzaku (Dromarch and Roc in the English translation) appear as two of the game's titular [[BondCreature Blades]], while Seiryu and Genbu (Renamed Azurda and Tantal) appear as two of the massive [[GeniusLoci Titans]] humanity lives alongside/upon.
* In ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'', the four Student Council members working under Megami have names and looks based on the Four Gods. Whether the symbolism takes on more significance has yet to be seen.
** Kuroko Kamenaga-based on the black tortoise, has black hair, has the Japanese words for black (kuro) and turtle (kame) in her name, and wears earrings shaped like tortoise shells.
** Akane Toriyasu-based on the vermilion bird, has red hair, has the words for red (aka) and bird (tori) in her name, and wears a hair decoration that has red feathers in it.
** Aoi Ryugoku-based on the azure dragon, has blue hair, has the words for blue (ao) and dragon (ryu) in her name, and has an EyepatchOfPower with a blue dragon on it.
** Shiromi Torayoshi-based on the white tiger, has white hair, has the words for white (shiro) and tiger (tora) in her name, and wears stockings and a scarf that are white with black tiger stripes.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', the 2018 "Year of the Dog" Chinese New Year event features character skins themed after the Four Gods. In addition to their overall appearances, each skin has a stylized glowing logo representing the god.
** Qīnglóng: Pharah
** Zhūquè: Mercy
** Báihǔ: Genji
** Xuánwǔ: Zarya [[note]]Includes the snake element of the god as details on her gun.[[/note]]


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* The Four Gods are a staple in ''Literature/ArcanaMagiUniverse''. In ''Literature/ArcanaMagi'' they are known as The Sentinels of the Four Elements, while in ''Literature/ArcanaMagiZero'' they are known as The Four Mythic Elements.
* The familiars of the Gods of Time and Life in ''Literature/{{Tasakeru}}''. The Time God has Byakko and Suzaku, and the Life Goddess has Genbu and Seiryū.