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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.’"''
-->-- Curtis J. Milhaupt and Mark D. West, ''The Dark Side of Private Ordering: An Institutional and Empirical Analysis of Organized Crime'', 67 [[AC:U.[[UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Chi]]. L. Rev.]] 41, 65[[labelnote:*]]Translation for people unfamiliar with Bluebook legal citation: Volume 67 of the University of Chicago Law Review, in an article beginning on page 41, with the actual quote appearing on page 65. And yes, the name of the law review is supposed to be in small caps.[[/labelnote]] (2000), ''available at'' [[http://www.jstor.org/stable/1600326 http://www.jstor.org/stable/1600326]]

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[[note]]Pronounced 'YAH-koo-ZAH', not 'yuh-KOOZ-uh' as it is often mispronounced on English.[[/note]] 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 [[HiredGuns hired muscle]]. There they mingled with and frequently joined local urban self-defense groups and mutual aid societies, and this is where their claim of the [[JustLikeRobinHood service to society]] comes from. The fact that these groups were often indistinguishable from [[GangBangers criminal 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 [[UsefulNotes/KoreansInJapan ethnic Koreans]] (despite Koreans making up about 0.5% of the Japanese population).

It should be noted that some Yakuza groups have close ties to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uyoku_dantai uyoku dantai]] groups (Japan's nationalist {{right wing militia fanatic}}s). This is mainly because the Japanese constitution protects freedom of speech (including uyoku dantai ideology) and the Yakuza use the uyoku dantai groups as camouflage to hide their criminal activities. That being said, it should be noted that many of the Yakuza gangs that disguise themselves as uyoku dantai do [[BecomingTheMask eventually become right-wing members themselves]] and [[ReformedCriminal drop most of their criminal activities]], [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement but let's leave it as that]].

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. Humorist DaveBarry even commented on this when he visited Japan, noting that they are an accepted part of Japanese society. They even police their own territories and deal with street-level crime, since having people in their territories victimized would reflect ''very'' badly on the boss in that area. He observed that the police leave them pretty much alone as long they don't carry guns, deal in drugs, or harass the tourists. It's never a problem as their strict rules of behavior prohibit them from doing these things anyway.

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 [[SharpDressedMan wears an expensive suit]] and [[SinisterShades 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. In this sense, the Yakuza claims part of both the finesse of the classic [[TheMafia Italian mafia]] and the brutality of the [[TheMafiya Russian one]], as in an intermediate step between them.

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 ''Film/TokyoDrifter'' 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 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 ''Videogame/{{Yakuza}}'', also known as ''Ryu Ga Gotoku''.


[[folder:Anime and 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]] [[TraumaCongaLine 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.
* ''Manga/AcidTown'' centers around the interactions between several Yakuza gangs and a Chinese "pseudo-yakuza" gang as one of its main plots. Nearly ''everyone'' in the story is Yakuza or connected to someone who is, which is part of what makes the setting a CrapsackWorld.
* 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 ''Franchise/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}}'':
** 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... but said teacher is shown having the ability to deftly avoid any camera which tries to photograph him.
* About half the main cast of ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'', 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 and 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, solely mentioning that Atsuko and some "friends" had something to do with it.
* 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]]. Even more, [[spoiler: the pint-sized YakuzaPrincess of the clan, Akane Awakusu, strikes up an InterGenerationalFriendship with Shizuo.]]
* 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 accidentally disrespecting their boss, they manage to placate him by offering half-price tickets to their next play. Hijinks Ensue 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, and towards the end [[spoiler: he gathers a group of them so they can "help" him violently gangrape Aoshika, triggering Inugami's RoaringRampageOfRescue.]]
* 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 by basically raping a teenaged 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: While Souma ''does'' pay up, Takafumi dies when he is tortured in police custody.]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Some pirate crews in this setting show parallels with the Yakuza: use of familial terms like "Big Bro", tattoos, an initiation ceremony involving drinking sake, and so on. Johnny and Yosaku, who ''aren't'' pirates, fit the Yakuza member stereotype even better.
** 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.
* In ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'', Shiki Ryougi's father was a Yakuza leader, and [[spoiler:as shown in the DistantFinale, Shiki herself has become the new head of the Ryougi family]].
* 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 Akemi, the show's resident badass, 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 for her witch-killing needs.]]]]
* The mage clans in the Anime version of ''LightNovel/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.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', of the Four Devas of Kabuki-cho, Jirochou is the leader of the yakuza. Some of his exchanges with his daughter have the formality and speech patterns seen in yakuza movies.
* A {{yakuza}} group shows up in the anime version of ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' since Misumi Tanaka, the local TeamMom and the military's liaison to the kids in the robot, turns out to have Yakuza ties (she was previously married to a mid-ranked Yakuza boss named Ichirou [[spoiler: who was murdered some years ago]]). They mainly play a role in protecting and looking after the kids... in particular [[spoiler: Jun Ushiro, who is the son of Ichirou and Misumi, though he doesn't know it at first.]]
* In the ''Manga/BlackJack'' story "Tetsu of the Yamanote Line", the titular Tetsu (a notorious pickpocket) makes the mistake of stealing money from a guy who turns out to be a yakuza member, and the guy's fellow mobsters take the money back and [[FinGore cut Tetsu's fingers off in retaliation.]]
* Feature prominently in ''Manga/{{Hinamatsuri}}''; main character Nitta is an up-and-coming member who joined through their business associations, and thus lacks their traditional experience with violence. Being a comedy series, however, they're played for laughs, along with most everything else.
* ''Manga/TheVoynichHotel'':
** One of the guests is an ex-Yakuza named Taizou Kuzuki, who becomes involved with the NinjaMaid Elena. By his own admission he wasn't exactly a high-ranked member, though he does have ''irizumi'' tattoos on his shoulders and upper back. [[spoiler: Later in the series, Kuzuki's DarkAndTroubledPast catches up with him... in the form of the ''yakuza'' from his former group, who come to claim the huge sum of money he stole from them [[DefectorFromDecadence before escaping]]; they first beat him up, then cut [[FinGore some of his fingers]] ''and'' [[EarAche one ear]] off, and ''then'' [[EyeScream tear off his right eye]]. [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend Elena]] [[LudicrousGibs is... unhappy]] when she finds out.]] Amusingly enough, his tatoos convey his strength within the group with RPGElements: apparently his big brother was special enough to have a magic resistance rating.
** Towards the end, [[spoiler: Mamiya's LittleMissBadass younger sister is seen killing a highranked Yakuza... who's implied to be the boss of Kuzuki's former group.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Nisekoi}}'', the central plot is kicked off when the yakuza group run by Raku Ichijou's father gets into a turf war with an incoming {{Mafia}} family, which goes to a truce when he's declared the boyfriend of the MafiaPrincess daughter of the rival family, Chitoge Kirisaki. Naturally, the two can't stand each other, but they agree to maintain the facade because neither wants to see gang warfare. [[spoiler: Just as naturally, [[BecomingTheMask they start falling for each other for real]].]] Some moments [[ShownTheirWork analyze how the mafia and the yakuza differ]], such as how openly each operates and how acceptable the concept is in Japan versus other parts of the world.
* The {{seme}} and BastardBoyfriend from Ayano Yamane's ''Manga/FinderSeries'', Ryuuichi Asami, is a yakuza leader. The series also features members of both his group and of rival organizations.
* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0YfDFJj0zM a scene]] from Episode 11 of ''[[Manga/{{Parasyte}} Parasyte -the maxim-]]'', Gotou attacks the offices of a local Yakuza clan as a test of his abilities against large groups armed with blades and firearms. [[CurbStompBattle He massacres the gangsters effortlessly]] while only sustaining three superficial wounds.
* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', the rise of superheroes have led to the near-eradication of organized crime. One of the story arcs deals with a Yakuza boss dealing in [[FantasticDrug power-altering street drugs]] who wishes to revive his clan.

[[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 wasn't amused.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Nikolai Dante}}'', just as mafiya families reinstated [[{{days of future past}} Imperial Russia]], so a yakuza network known as Black Dragon took over Japan and most of the Pacific Rim. They were a significant threat to Russia, until much of their territory was destroyed in a catastrophe that Tsar Vladimir totally had nothing to do with, honest.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''FanFic/DigimonChildrenOfTime'': As revealed in ''Children of the Present'', Ryo Akiyama is the heir to a yakuza group, and Rika's grandmother Seiko was once a mob wife.
* 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.
* In ''Fanfic/NeonMetathesisEvangelion'', the local yakuza begins to beat down whatever NERV employee they can find in the seedier parts of town in order to teach NERV a lesson about their arrogance.
* In ''Fanfic/RanmaSaotomeChiMaster'', Qiáng Wang manages to gain control over a yakuza group based out of an area close to Nerima by [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt killing its leader]].

* 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 ''Film/CrowsZero'', 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 UsefulNotes/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.
* ''Film/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 [[{{Yubitsume}} 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.
* ''{{Film/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''.
* ''Film/TokyoDrifter'': A young Yakuza, cut adrift when his ''oyabun'' retires, wanders Japan before he's forced to return to Tokyo to settle affairs with his old boss and their rivals.
* ''Film/BrandedToKill'': The #3 killer in Japan botches a job and becomes a target for #1 in this highly stylized example from Creator/SeijunSuzuki.
* ''Film/TheWorldOfKanako'': At one point, main protagonist Akikazu gets abducted by the Yakuza who are looking for [[spoiler:Kanako]] because [[spoiler:she and Matsunaga]] have been causing lots of trouble with their [[spoiler:blackmailings of child molesters]]. They present [[spoiler:Matsunaga]] who is kept in a body bag, sliced up but still alive. On realizing that Akikazu seems to want [[spoiler:Kanako dead too]], they give him the name of the person who was ordered to kill Nagano (= Detective Aikawa).
* ''Film/AColtIsMyPassport'' is a 1967 Japanese film about a Yakuza hit man who is betrayed by the leader of his gang after carrying out a job to assassinate the leader's rival.


* Creator/WilliamGibson's Literature/SprawlTrilogy contains many references to the Yakuza, which has become a major international force. In "Literature/JohnnyMnemonic", the Yakuza send a vat-grown cyborg assassin to kill the main character.
* The Yakuza are one of the main antagonists of Ragnarök, the sequel to ''{{Literature/Valhalla}}''.
* 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 their influence sphere alive, it again depends on the reader's 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.
* In ''Literature/TheManWithTheRedTattoo'', Literature/JamesBond has to deal with a Japanese nationalist terrorist who is a "Dark Lord" of a fictiona Ryujin-kai yakuza gang.
* Japanese Yakuza appear in military thriller ''Literature/{{Victoria}}''. Though they do not play a major role in the story, protagonist John Rumford interacts with them during his mission to Imperial Japan, and they assist him with his "demonstration" viz. the Chinese. The main representative he deals with displays most of the associated stereotypes.

[[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. Darien's first run-in with them results in one of the Yakuza [[{{Yubitsume}} cutting off his own finger]] as punishment for failure.
* ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'' had the golden age Mafia [1920s] fight against the golden age Yakuza [post UsefulNotes/WorldWarII]. [[spoiler: The Yakuza lost, however.]]
* The BodyOfTheWeek on one episode of ''Series/QuincyME'' 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.
* ''Series/HawaiiFive0'': The Yakuza control many of the corrupt cops the team runs into, as well as the corrupt govenor, and blew up the car Steve's Mother "died" in. Adam, Kono's love interest, is the son of a Yakuza leader and was targeted when he tried to clean up his family's business and killed his brother who was trying to kill Kono.
* ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'' has Nobu, a Japanese crime boss as part of [[ComicBook/TheKingpin Wilson Fisk]]'s empire. In season two they show up again when Elektra has Murdock investigate the dealing her father's company is involved in. They end up finding that the organization [[SubvertedTrope not the Yakuza]] but in reality the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse's version of [[spoiler:the Hand, a {{Ninja}} clan. ''Series/IronFist'' and ''Series/TheDefenders'' reveal that there are more factions to the Hand other than the Japanese one]].
* ''Series/{{Oshin}}'' has examples of both noble Yakuza and corrupt Yakuza:
** Oshin's friend [[spoiler: and HopelessSuitor]] Ken is portrayed as quite the noble Yakuza who helps out the main protagonist when she tries to establish herself in Tokyo.
** When Oshin and her best friend Kayo work in an eatery and begin selling sake in it, the local Yakuza feel threatened and try to kick them out. Thanks to her deals with Ken, however, Oshin manages to win them over to her cause.
* The ''Series/MacGyver'' episode "Log Jam" involves [=MacGyver=] going undercover in a logging company in the Pacific Northwest, whose owners are being forced by Yakuza gangsters to illegally log protected forest land so they can sell the logs for outrageous profit back in Japan.
* In an episode of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', the Connors came up against a group of fake Yakuza as part of a complex attempt to con them out of a large sum of money. The "yakuza" quickly admitted to being fake as soon as they discovered [[MuggingTheMonster what the Connors were willing and able to do]] to get their money back.
* ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'': Given the Japanese control over the Western US, it's not surprising to learn the Yakuza are in control on the illegal side of things. Even the feared Japanese military police don't usually cross them, since they have connections in high places.

* Japanese Trip-Hop artist ''DJ Krush'' 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.

* Much like the movie it was based on, ''Pinball/JohnnyMnemonic'' has these. They also have their own mode, aptly titled "Yakuza Strike".

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* A master martial artist MaskedLuchador working primarily in AULL [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep is known as Yakuza]]. Frequent seekers of his services include Robin Maravilla, El Psicópata, Rocky Santana, Sadico, Último Gladiador and Terry Dos Mil though given this is lucha libre, they typically want help winning AULL's trios titles, rather than anything typically associated with other Yakuza.
* In Wrestling/{{WWE}}, Wrestling/YoshihiroTajiri was given a Yakuza-themed gimmick as part of the Kyo Dai faction in the early [=2000s=]. However the faction was short-lived because Tajiri said that the ''real'' Yakuza might start becoming insulted by the portrayal and enact legitimate retribution.[[/folder]]

[[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 [[CutLexLuthorACheck 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. They're generally portrayed as being much more honorable and loyal to the Combine than the Warlords who command much of the regular military, and even help protect Theodore from several attempts to overthrow him.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''Ryu Ga Gotoku'' series (or as it's more commonly known, ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}}'') for the Playstation 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.
* 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.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', Team Skull can be seen as wannabe-Yakuza. [[spoiler: In ''Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon'', the ''real'' Yakuza - Team Rocket - turn up to cause trouble immediately after Team Skull is disbanded, posing a much greater threat.]]
* ''VideoGame/RedSteel'' basically revolves around a CivilWar within the [[BlackAndGrayMorality least evil]] Yakuza clan.
* The Yakuza shows up from time in various ''VideoGame/MafiaWars'' missions.
* In ''VideoGame/Fallout2'' roving bands of Yakuza can be found around New Reno and will attack the player if provoked. However, they don't appear to closely follow Bushido and will occasionally flee from combat and state it's better to be "a live coward than a dead hero".
* The Ronin in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' are a Japanese street gang (albeit ones who [[WhiteGangbangers recruit locally]]) who, despite acting more like [[GangOfHats samurai-themed]] street thugs with a taste for fast motorbikes, are backed by an actual Yakuza clan from Japan. [[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 Gokudou-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 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''.
* In ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'', common Yakuza thugs occasionally show up as random encounter enemies, like in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'' and the original ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}''.
** 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. They also run [[spoiler:a human trafficking operation based in a secret facility, drawing their neurotransmitters out by force to use as demon food, and raising children in said facility in order to keep up with demand]].
** ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'' has Satake and the Kantou haguro-gumi, but they're good guys. A bit quick to agitate, but good.
** ''VideoGame/Persona3'' has the Kirijo Group, complete with a company-owned High School ([[spoiler:that doubled as a Shadow research facility]], a (presumably) company-owned hospital capable of holding its patients hostage without raising eyebrows, and access to military-grade weaponry, is either this or a very corrupt and powerful local corporation... And in Japan, there's usually very little to separate the former from the latter. There's also officer Kurosawa's "connections"... Which appear to have no problem giving a police officer access to lethal weaponry to sell off-the-counter to schoolchildren. It's vaguely implied that his 'connections' are Kirijo pulling strings, too.
** ''VideoGame/Persona5'' features the Yakuza pretty heavily. The third main target is powerful ''oyabun'' Junya Kaneshiro, a greedy sociopath who gleefully blackmails and exploits teenagers, and [[spoiler:CorruptPolitician Masayoshi Shido]] has extensive Yakuza connections, as revealed in his [[MentalWorld Palace]]. There's also ex-Yakuza Munehisa Iwai, who's both the Hanged Man Arcana Confidant and the team's primary supplier of weapons and armor; despite the gruffness and general shadiness, he's a good man at heart.
* 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.
* In the 2014 Halloween comic for ''SupplementalMaterial/TeamFortress2'', Merasmus the magician made deals with the yakuza in order to gain funds for his [[AmusementParkOfDoom Carnival of Carnage]]. He's already [[{{Yubitsume}} lost one finger]], though, and thus is very desperate to get his carnival up and running so he can pay them back as soon as possible.
* Ryuuji Yamazaki from ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' and ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' fame is a Yakuza leader, though he lacks the typical tattoos. The [[AudioAdaptation Seventh SNK Character Sound Collection]] states that he entered the Yakuza as a teenager and used to be TheDragon to a powerful ''oyabun'' from Okinawa, Sorimachi, who wanted him to be his successor. [[spoiler: Sorimachi's death is what pushed the already unstable Yamazaki fully into AxCrazy mode.]]
* The James Bond videogame ''Videogame/{{Nightfire}}'' features Yakuza as hired henchmen of [[BigBad Raphael Drake]], though it does raise the question on how Drake, a Westerner was able to gain their loyalty. Yakuza appear as the main mooks in the levels Double Cross and the first mooks faced in Phoenix Fire.
* The "Eternal Sun", from the 2005 ''[[VideoGame/ThePunisher Punisher]]'' game, are a Yakuza group encountered in the last third of the story, involved in a MobWar with [[TheMafia the Gnucci's]], the [[TheMafiya Russian Mob]] and the Kingpin.
* Lo Wang deals with Yakuza quite a bit in the ''[[VideoGame/ShadowWarrior2013 Shadow Warrior]]'' series. In the first game (a reboot of the original), they are his primary opponents in the first part of the game before the demons show up, and later show up in Zilla's headquarters having been granted power in the same fashion as [[spoiler:Zilla himself]] and sport glowing eyes. In ''VideoGame/ShadowWarrior2'', they rule the villages and other areas that are not run by Zilla or overrun by demons, and Lo Wang clashes swords with them on more than a few occasions.
* In ''Videogame/{{Overwatch}}'', Hanzo and Genji Shimada were the heirs to a criminal empire as well as being trained ninjas. Hanzo was the elder and the heir apparent while Genji was the younger brother who disassociated with his family's criminal activities, which led to the clan forcing Hanzo to assassinate his brother. Genji survived the attempt thanks to Overwatch and helped bring down the organization.
* The Yakuza show up as an enemy in ''VideoGame/{{Chaser}}''. The protagonist is forcibly enlisted by the local Italian mafia to fight them for several levels, until the player manages to wipe out both groups.
* ''Videogame/Payday2'' has DLC character Jiro, a former Yakuza assassin who came to America and joined the Payday Gang in search of his son.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''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/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'', 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 the clients in ''Apollo Justice'', Wocky Kitaki, is the son of a Yakuza boss.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Shirou Emiya's Japanese-styled BigFancyHouse is technically owned by the local yakuza. They allow him to stay there as a favor to his deceased father Kiritsugu Emiya, with whom they were on very good terms. Shirou's guardian and teacher, Taiga Fujimura, also happens to be [[YakuzaPrincess 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 Natsumi, who used to be the original heir candidate, and Peko Pekoyama, who is Kuzuryuu's bodyguard and hitwoman; Pekoyama kills Mahiro Koizumi for being involved in Natsumi's murder ''and'' to start a ThanatosGambit to save Kuzuryuu.]]
* The {{Yakuza}} are never seen in ''VisualNovel/CrescendoEienDatoOmotteItaAnoKoro'', but they have [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom a vital role in one of the paths]]. [[spoiler: Yuka Otowa's parents were in massive debt with them and were DrivenToSuicide for it, which completely ruined Yuka's life.]]
* ''VisualNovel/DramaticalMurder''
** Koujaku, one of Aoba's love interest, is the son and heir of a yakuza. [[spoiler: But one day, his SuperPoweredEvilSide took over and killed his family.]]
** [[spoiler:Virus and Trip]] are members of the local yakuza, and ther aforementioned Koujaku recognizes them as such.
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'':
** Kenji swears up and down that Lily is a YakuzaPrincess and that a young man who once in a while hangs out around her is a Yakuza hitman. The "young man" turns out to be Lily's {{bifauxnen}} sister Akira, who wears suits because she works as a lawyer.
** It's implied (and PlayedForLaughs) that Shizune's father Jigoro ([[spoiler: who is Lilly's paternal uncle]]) is not just a high-ranked CEO, but a just as high-ranked Yakuza: he is a huge guy, he's a major JerkAss who swears by the "RatedMForManly" rules, his ''very'' successful businesses are never really explained, he not only owns a katana ''but parades around with it every single time he appears'', etc.

* ''Webcomic/MobTies'' centres around several groups of Japanese mobsters.

[[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 family lawn. The [[MisterBig pint-sized]] Yakuza leader just stands there ominously during the brawl doing nothing, prompting Homer to resist taking shelter because he assumes that the guy is going to do something really cool at any moment. As soon as Homer gives up and retreats inside, the little Yakuza indeed does ''[[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome something]]'' cool, causing Homer to groan in disappointment that he had missed it. He later comes crashing in through the Simpsons' kitchen window, and [[JapanesePoliteness apologizes]] to them before dashing 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]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'': the episode "The Cat and The Bat" has Hideo Katsu, the leader of a group called The Dragon's Fangs. Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} made the mistake of [[RobbingTheMobBank stealing a statue from him]] (not knowing that he was a mobster ''or'' that the statue really contained a data disc within it that contained 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.
* WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} reveals that Pam engages in drifting with the Yakuza.