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[[caption-width-right:325:Saejima as he appears in ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza 5}}''.]]
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[[caption-width-right:325:Shinada as he appears in ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza 5}}''.]]

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* DomesticAbuser: Downplayed as he only struck his ex-wife, [[spoiler:Mirei Park]], once in their entire marriage [[spoiler:due to her aborting their child without telling him about it at all.]]

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* DomesticAbuser: DomesticAbuse: Downplayed as he only struck his ex-wife, [[spoiler:Mirei Park]], once in their entire marriage [[spoiler:due to her aborting their child without telling him about it at all.]]


*** He also is a minor foil to Shinada from Yakuza 5, both civilians whose finest hours in their career (Shinada's only one at bat and Yagami acquitting Okubo) turned to their undoing by criminal forces beyond their control as they work to uncover the truth of what happened only to unveil a darker conspiracy that shatters their sense of security when people around start getting killed and wanting them dead. They are also accompanied by a former criminal but Takasugi was brains to Kaito's brawn (And Higashi does look like a younger Takasugi). Combat style wise, Shinada's unrefined weapon brawler contrasts Yagami's elegant weaponless brawler style.

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*** He also is a minor foil to Shinada from Yakuza 5, both civilians whose finest hours in their career (Shinada's only one at bat and Yagami acquitting Okubo) turned to their undoing by criminal forces beyond their control as they are forced to a foot in mouth occupation of low paying jobs with leather jackets to match. When they work to uncover the truth of what happened only to unveil a darker conspiracy that shatters their sense of security when people around start getting killed and wanting them dead. They are also accompanied by a former criminal but Takasugi was brains to Kaito's brawn (And Higashi does look like a younger Takasugi). Combat style wise, Shinada's unrefined weapon brawler contrasts Yagami's elegant weaponless brawler style.


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The Protagonist of ''Judgment''.


[[folder:Ichiban Kasuga]]
!!! '''Voiced by:''' Kazuhiro Nakaya
-->''"I've been waiting for a shot like this!"''

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[[caption-width-right:350:Ichiban as he appears in ''VideoGame/YakuzaLikeADragon'']]
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The protagonist of ''Ryu Ga Gotoku 7'', taking place after the end of Kazuma Kiryu's saga.

Ichiban was born on New Year's Eve, 1977. His mother was a prostitute and disappeared shortly after giving him the name "Ichiban". His father's identity is a complete mystery. With no relatives, Ichiban was instead taken in and raised by the various street rats that many would consider "the scum of the world", but to him, they were his family. As a teenager, he ignored school and any semblance of a career, and instead opted to pick fights with punks and lift money off of them. He eventually ended up biting more than he could chew after beating up the thug of a Yakuza, whom then came for revenge. At the hands of their torture, he attempted to threaten them with a bluff by using the name of the Arakawa Family.
[[GoneHorriblyRight This worked all too well]], and now believing they had a valuable hostage on his hands, the Yakuza contacted the Arakawa Family in an attempt to extort money from them. Ichiban was sure that this was the end of him... but then none other than the head of the Arakawa Family, Masumi Arakawa himself, showed up for the exchange. Instead of calling Ichiban out on his bluff, the seasoned gangster instead decided to help the young man out of his deadly predicament, and played along with said bluff, even taking responsibility for Ichiban's actions by cutting off a part of his little finger without any hesitation. Humbled by this display of fearlessness, the Yakuza immediately released Ichiban with no further questions asked. Moved by Arakawa's sacrifice and strength, he insisted on pledging himself to the Arakawa Family, and approached Arakawa for a hundred days until the old man finally accepted him into the family.

However, on December 31, 2000, a member of the Arakawa Family became implicated in a murder of a member of the Tojo Clan. Not only that, the member was Arakawa's sworn brother and Captain of the family. If this case went the way it was going, the Arakawa Family would have to be disbanded. In order to keep the family alive, and seeing the event as a opportunity to finally pay back Masumi Arakawa for saving his life, Ichiban agreed to taking the blame for the murder. The next day, January 1, 2001, his 24th birthday, Ichiban Kasuga turned himself in to the local police.

Eighteen years later, Ichiban's sentence was up and he was released from prison, expecting a grateful reunion only to be met with silence and his Patriarch taking control of Kamurocho as the 8th Chairman of the Omi Alliance . Meeting the 8th Chairman for the first time, he was met with a gun aimed at him and was shot...

When he came about to his senses, he ends up waking up in Yokohama's Isezaki Ijincho red light district in a dumpster, surprisingly alive but now exiled from his home. Determined to rise to the top again, he and an unlikely band of misfits must now take over Yokohama and get the happy ending he hoped for.

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[[folder:Ichiban Kasuga]]
!!! '''Voiced
[[folder: Takayuki Yagami]]
!!!'''Voiced
by:''' Kazuhiro Nakaya
-->''"I've been waiting for a shot like this!"''

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Takuya Kimura (Japanese), Creator/GregChun (English)
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[[caption-width-right:350:Ichiban as he appears in ''VideoGame/YakuzaLikeADragon'']]
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The protagonist of ''Ryu Ga Gotoku 7'', taking place
promising defense attorney, [[HeroWithBadPublicity Yagami was damned by his fellow attorneys and the public after the end one of Kazuma Kiryu's saga.

Ichiban
his old clients, acquitted of a previous criminal charge, was born on New Year's Eve, 1977. His mother was a prostitute and disappeared shortly after giving him the name "Ichiban". His father's identity is a complete mystery. With no relatives, Ichiban was instead taken in and raised caught by the various street rats that many would consider "the scum police for murdering his girlfriend.]] As such, he drops out of the world", but to him, they were his family. As a teenager, he ignored school public eye and any semblance of a career, and instead opted to pick fights with punks and lift money off of them. He eventually ended up biting more than he could chew after beating starts up the thug of a Yakuza, whom then came for revenge. At the hands of their torture, he attempted to threaten them with a bluff by using the name of the Arakawa Family.
[[GoneHorriblyRight This worked all too well]], and now believing they had a valuable hostage on his hands, the Yakuza contacted the Arakawa Family in an attempt to extort money from them. Ichiban was sure that this was the end of him... but then none other than the head of the Arakawa Family, Masumi Arakawa himself, showed up for the exchange. Instead of calling Ichiban out on his bluff, the seasoned gangster instead decided to help the young man out of his deadly predicament, and played along with said bluff, even taking responsibility for Ichiban's actions by cutting off a part of his little finger without any hesitation. Humbled by this display of fearlessness, the Yakuza immediately released Ichiban with no further questions asked. Moved by Arakawa's sacrifice and strength, he insisted on pledging himself to the Arakawa Family, and approached Arakawa for a hundred days until the old man finally accepted him into the family.

However, on December 31, 2000, a member of the Arakawa Family became implicated in a murder of a member of the Tojo Clan. Not only that, the member was Arakawa's sworn brother and Captain of the family. If this case went the way it was going, the Arakawa Family would have to be disbanded. In order to keep the family alive, and seeing the event
Yagami Detective Agency, working as a opportunity to finally pay back Masumi Arakawa for saving his life, Ichiban agreed to taking the blame for the murder. The next day, January 1, 2001, his 24th birthday, Ichiban Kasuga turned himself in to the local police.

Eighteen years later, Ichiban's sentence was up and he was released from prison, expecting a grateful reunion only to be met with silence and his Patriarch taking control of Kamurocho as the 8th Chairman of the Omi Alliance . Meeting the 8th Chairman for the first time, he was met with a gun aimed at him and was shot...

When he came about to his senses, he ends up waking up in Yokohama's Isezaki Ijincho red light district in a dumpster, surprisingly alive but now exiled from his home. Determined to rise to the top again, he and an unlikely band of misfits must now take over Yokohama and get the happy ending he hoped for.
PI alongside Kaito.



* AfroAsskicker: As an adult, his hair appears to be a small afro-like style. Though various promotional material seems to indicate that the player have the option to change Ichiban's hairstyle throughout the game.
* BadassBeard: Sports a nice chinstrap on him, and being a ''Yakuza'' protagonist, the "badass" is a given.
* BatterUp: Favors a baseball bat as his weapon of choice for his default class.
* BigDamnHeroes: The ''Shin Ryu Ga Gotoku'' announcement teaser had him punching out [[BullyingADragon a thug who was rushing to stab Kazuma Kiryu]]. Of course, this being Kiryu, [[BodyguardingABadass this was completely unnecessary]], but Kiryu appreciated the sentiment nonetheless.
* BigEater: He is shown wolfing down several beef bowls in the debut trailer, enjoying his last meal as a free man before taking the fall for his captain.
* ContrastingSequelProtagonist[=/=]{{Foil}}: He is quite unlike Kiryu. Whereas his predecessor was a serious, stoic, and introspective man who often finds himself TheComicallySerious in bizarre situations, Kasuga has a more flamboyant personality and a very fertile imagination who takes weirdness in stride. In addition, all of Kiryu's styles use some form of GoodOldFisticuffs while Ichiban has two classes specifically and explicitly using weapons.
* DanceBattler: The Dancer class allows Ichiban to breakdance fight not unlike Majima's Breaker style.
* HiddenDepths: One of the things revealed about Ichiban during his debut title's formal announcement is that he's a huge fan of the ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series. Huge enough that the series producer/director Toshihiro Nagoshi actually got permission from ''Dragon Quest'' creator Yuji Horii to reference the series by name in the game.
* IronicName: His name, ''Ichiban (一番)'', literally means "Number One". However, he was born with absolutely nothing and spent a huge chunk of his life as a mere street rat. It's also mirrored by his back tattoo (a koi dragon) and his title as the Dragon of Rock Bottom (Donzoko no Ryū).
* LoveableRogue: Unlike Kiryu who's more stoic in nature and questions constantly about the weird things he comes across, Ichiban is more eager, smiling often and fully embraces the fun and wacky side of things that he encounters.
* MasterSwordsman: Becomes this if job-changed to a Yojimbo.
* MrImagination: Due to being such a large Dragon Quest fan, Ichiban often embellishes random encounters with various people as RPG battles in his head, complete with the opponents becoming more fantasy-like.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Leads his own band consisting of himself, a bottom-barrel yakuza, a homeless ex-doctor, a former police detective and a recently-widowed hostess.
* RedIsHeroic: Similar to Akiyama, Ichiban wears a red suit. Unlike him, Ichiban's suit is a little shinier, lacks stripes, and has a white undershirt.
* SonOfAWhore: His background. It is the reason why his father is unknown and his mother disappeared on him.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: After his prison term was up, he discovered Kamurocho had not only completely changed and gotten taken over by the Omi Alliance, but the Arakawa Family had seemingly vanished, causing him a great deal of sorrow.
* StreetUrchin: Grew up as little more than a punk before becoming a Yakuza.

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* AfroAsskicker: As an adult, AffectionateNickname: Kaito calls him "Tak" in the English dub. In Japanese, it's “Ta-Bō”.
* AntiHero: He's willing to torture suspects under
his hair appears custody if he has to.
** When he gets to the ADDC and investigate the location of the Mole, he has to fight several TMPD officers inside with Kaito, Sugiura and Higashi.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Delivers one to the killer [[spoiler:at the ADDC.]]
--> '''Yagami''': I know what you're thinking. [[spoiler:AD-9 will save countless people...]] Meaning there's no way you're not doing the right thing. Well I'm sorry to break it to you, [[spoiler:Shono]]... But that's just not true. You know, when someone thinks they're in the right... That's when the real cruelty in people starts to come out. So what do you say, [[spoiler:Shono]]? Are you really right?
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: If the “Ooh Look A Cat” trophy is
to be a small afro-like style. Though various promotional material seems believed, no matter what case he's on, he always gets drawn to indicate that the player have the option cats.
* BareFistedMonk: As opposed
to change Ichiban's hairstyle throughout the game.
* BadassBeard: Sports a nice chinstrap
Kiryu relying on him, a slightly refined variant of GoodOldFisticuffs, Yagami's trained in what looks like Kung Fu. In game he describes it as a combination of what he learned as a kid and being a practical lessons learned from his line of work.
* ContrastingSequelProtagonist: Unlike previous
''Yakuza'' protagonist, protagonists like Kiryu and Majima, both of whom were affiliated with crime families, Yagami is a law-abiding citizen. [[{{Subverted}} Well, sort of.]] He's not part of any Yakuza clan, but he's on relatively good terms with the "badass" Matsugane Family, one of the Tojo subsidiary clans, and considers the patriarch Mitsugu Matsugane to be one of his two father figures. He went to law school on Yakuza money too. Also, unlike the Yakuza protagonists, Yagami is pretty vulnerable, with the Mortal Wound Mechanic makes it so that gunshots or Deadly Attacks will reduce his maximum health until it's treated, a sharp difference from Kiryu, who was pretty much an ImplacableMan.
* CruelMercy: Even the most brutal Ex-actions aren't nearly as brutal as most the most brutal Heat actions but, this trope is still applicable. For example, he has an Ex-action where he'll save a mook from being run over, only to knock them out.
* DanceBattler: One of his [=AoE=] [=EX=] Actions involves him breakdancing so fast that the centrifugal force grapples the nearby enemies in what amounts to a realistic Spinning Bird Kick.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: His parents were killed by the victim's father in his father's last case. It influenced Yagami's perspective to look at Emi Terasawa's case again.
* DeadpanSnarker: Being a protagonist from the ''Yakuza'' games, that's
a given.
--> '''Masamichi Shintani''': "Hey, Yagami. The hell were you thinking sending Kaito here by himself? Guy acts like he owns the goddamn place."
--> '''Takayuki Yagami''': "Ha, all hail King Kaito."
* BatterUp: Favors {{Determinator}}: Even when faced with a baseball bat as [[spoiler:conspiracy that puts police, yakuza and law practitioners alike against him]], Yagami stops at nothing to find the truth about the Mole case. This is only further fueled by the incident three years ago with Okubo [[spoiler:being connected to the Mole's murders.]]
* DisappointedByTheMotive: [[spoiler:When he confronts Kuroiwa at the end of
his weapon of choice rampage, he thinks he went after Shono for revenge against TheConspiracy. He laughs at this, telling him that he's taking Shono to finish AD-9, no matter how many victims it takes, and when it's done, they'll be heroes.]] Yagami's reaction is not without merit.
--> '''Yagami''': [[YoureInsane You're insane]].
* DrunkenMaster: An EX action that can be learned requires him to be drunk at 7 alcohol or more, but doing so has him crack a beer open and take a swig while drunkenly ducking through punches and taking out mooks. It also has the benefit of immediately sobering him up.
* ExperiencedProtagonist: He's an experienced lawyer and a detective for some time after he went out of the public eye. Not to mention that he's known to fight with kung fu-based skills while being an attorney.
* ExtremityExtremist: He primarily uses a lot of kicks in Crane Style.
* {{Foil}}: Kind of hard to not compare him to
his default class.
* BigDamnHeroes: The ''Shin Ryu Ga Gotoku'' announcement teaser had him punching out [[BullyingADragon a thug who was rushing to stab
predecessor, Kazuma Kiryu]]. Of course, this Kiryu:
** Both start off on the opposite ends of the law: Kiryu as a yakuza, and Yagami as a lawyer. Eventually, a major event in their pasts results in them
being Kiryu, [[BodyguardingABadass this was completely unnecessary]], taken out of their respective fields, but only up to a certain extent. As Kiryu appreciated keeps on being swept into the sentiment nonetheless.
* BigEater: He is shown wolfing down
Tojo Clan's many criminal escapades, Yagami continues to help Genda's law practice despite having never practiced it for several beef bowls in years.
** Both have father figures that were patriarchs of families within
the debut trailer, enjoying his last meal as a free man before taking the fall for his captain.
* ContrastingSequelProtagonist[=/=]{{Foil}}: He is quite unlike Kiryu. Whereas his predecessor was a serious, stoic, and introspective man who often finds himself TheComicallySerious in bizarre situations, Kasuga has a more flamboyant personality and a very fertile imagination who takes weirdness in stride. In addition, all of
Tojo Clan, but while Kazama encouraged Kiryu's styles use rise through the ranks, Matsugane instead allowed Yagami to pursue a career away from the criminal life. Helps that unlike Kiryu, Yagami spent much of his childhood and early teens having known his birth parents.
** While they have no problems fighting either very pragmatically or skillfully as the plot dictates, Yagami's fluid kung-fu is a heavy contrast with Kiryu's unorthodox brawling. Their attitudes in using weapons differ too: Kiryu has no qualms using bladed weapons or firearms (despite the fact that he refuses to kill at all) and utilizes raw power to perform Heat Moves that can be brutally over the top, whereas Yagami doesn't hold weapons on his person, and his EX Actions tend to focus more on swift and precise strikes that are much tamer in comparison.
*** He also is a minor foil to Shinada from Yakuza 5, both civilians whose finest hours in their career (Shinada's only one at bat and Yagami acquitting Okubo) turned to their undoing by criminal forces beyond their control as they work to uncover the truth of what happened only to unveil a darker conspiracy that shatters their sense of security when people around start getting killed and wanting them dead. They are also accompanied by a former criminal but Takasugi was brains to Kaito's brawn (And Higashi does look like a younger Takasugi). Combat style wise, Shinada's unrefined weapon brawler contrasts Yagami's elegant weaponless brawler style.
* GenerationXerox: Takes up law after his father was killed while working as an attorney. His father's also the one who taught him how to fight.
* GoodCounterpart: To [[spoiler:Kuroiwa, the Mole for reasons mentioned on his spoiler page.]]
* HeroStoleMyBike: Yagami steals a skateboard from a kid at one point to get away from [[spoiler:Matsugane family]] goons, which leads to a rad chase scene once he hitches a passing car.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Like Shinada, Yagami does not regard himself as a skilled civil court lawyer as he lost more cases than winning. Not only that, but his first criminal court case was one he won defending Okubo despite overwhelming odds, who was recently made a free man after being falsely accused of murder, murdered his own girlfriend and set their apartment ablaze. Following this, Yagami's reputation went down the drain, with
some form still hounding him over this mistake even after three years. A reporter named Hattori in particular seems to like rubbing salt in the wound.
** To make matters worse, he only proved Okubo did not kill Waku and the main suspect at the time was still at large; despite his acquittal, Okubo lost his job and fell into a heavy depression.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Kaito. After Kaito was expelled from the Matsugane family, Yagami offered him a job as a PI.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Yagami doesn't have a good opinion
of himself after the man he defended killed again sometime after his release from prison. It's the major reason why he quit being a defense lawyer. [[spoiler:Turns out late in the game that Okubo is really innocent, and when Yagami finds out, he recovers from this mindset, instead now motivated into proving Okubo innocent in court once again.]]
* IChooseToStay: [[spoiler:In the end, he decides to continue his job as a detective instead of going back to his old job as a lawyer despite the case being closed and Okubo being proven innocent. He realizes that being a detective led him to find the truth about Okubo's case]].
* InkSuitActor: Modeled after his Japanese voice actor.
* InstantExpert: Yagami can perform the Tiger Drop, which in-universe is a powerful technique that's normally taught, yet he can immediately use it after scanning a specific QR code and having enough SP points without training.
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: As he points out to [[spoiler:Shono]], he should be asking what the Mole is, given that it's a personal nickname he gave to the SerialKiller that only a few people should know the nickname.
* ISeeDeadPeople: [[spoiler:During the final chapter at the ADDC, when him and Sugiura are chasing down Kuroiwa, Yagami starts hallucinating people related to the incident three years ago due to severe blood loss, including the dead Shintani and Emi, the latter of which asks Yagami to help Okubo and Sugiura.]]
* ItsPersonal: Decides to fight [[spoiler:Kuroiwa]] 1-on-1 to [[spoiler:pay him back for killing Matsugane]].
* JanitorImpersonationInfiltration: Yagami can infiltrate buildings in such a fashion in order to acquire necessary information/evidence. One noteworthy example in-game is when he needs information from a Yakuza lieutenant named Murase and has to dress up as a repairman to sneak inside their hideout. A later side case actually has him go undercover as a janitor.
* MeaningfulName: In Myth/JapaneseMythology there are Seven Lucky Gods called Shichifukujin (七福神). The literal meaning of the name Yagami is "eighth god" (八神) which is fitting for a former lawyer who worked for Genda Law Office, located above the Poppo convenience store on West ''Shichifuku'' Street, and even claims he had luck on his side to win a criminal case in a justice system with a 99% conviction rate.
* MustHaveCaffeine: The Cafe Alps sidequest has him be quite the coffee gourmet to the point he gets to try the famous kopi luwak[[labelnote:note]]It's a type of coffee where the beans are eaten and then excreted by a civet[[/labelnote]] with some hesitation.
* MyGreatestFailure: He considers defending Okubo to be this, and is the primary source behind his HorribleJudgeOfCharacter belief.
* MyGreatestSecondChance: [[spoiler:However, once Yagami finds out who Emi's real killer is, he asks Okubo for forgiveness and to defend him in court again as a lawyer.]]
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: His decision to intervene when Kaito was to be expelled and offer his support is more or less what earned him Hamura's ire.
* PartingWordsRegret: Yagami was in his rebellious phase when his parents were murdered and blamed himself for not being there to protect them.
* PrivateDetective: After calling it quits as a defense lawyer due to the criticism mounting against him, Yagami became a private detective.
* RescueRomance: Can potentially have one with four different girls he helps in his cases: Sana Mihama, Nanami Matsuoka, Tsumugi Amane and Tsukino Saotome.
* ShipTease: With Mafuyu. They have considerable support too, considering that Genda, Kaito and Saori seem to push them together.
* StanceSystem: Yagami has access to two combat styles: Tiger, which focuses on dealing heavy damage to single targets and Crane, which focuses on crowd-clearing spin-kicks.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Picked up a fluency in English when he studied as a lawyer. One of the game's side quests has Yagami tutor someone in the language, and considering how she goes from barely making headway to having an American boyfriend she can converse with on the regular, he seems to be well-versed in it enough to bring that about.
* TheDreaded: Becomes this for all the villains [[spoiler:After finding Hamura when he was trying not to be found, after confronting Shono and Kido about the human experiments, and so on.]]
* ThouShaltNotKill: He follows this slightly better than protagonists from the main series in that he doesn't use blades or guns (at least not outside of VR), will occasionally save enemies from either being crushed by cars or from falling off buildings (though he'll still knock them out afterwards). However, he still has EX Actions where he throws people off ledges and buildings, and can still have convenience store clerks microwave enemies.
* VitriolicBestBuds: He and Kaito are two best friends who have no problems taking pot-shots at each other on a regular basis.
* WeakButSkilled: Yagami is not a powerhouse like Kiryu or Saejima so his self-taught martial arts is more similar to kung-fu than
GoodOldFisticuffs while Ichiban has two classes specifically and explicitly using weapons.
* DanceBattler: The Dancer class allows Ichiban to breakdance fight not unlike Majima's Breaker style.
* HiddenDepths: One of the things revealed about Ichiban during
as it suits his debut title's formal announcement is that he's a huge fan of the ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series. Huge enough that the series producer/director Toshihiro Nagoshi actually got permission from ''Dragon Quest'' creator Yuji Horii to reference the series by name in the game.
* IronicName:
physique better. His name, ''Ichiban (一番)'', literally means "Number One". However, he was born with absolutely nothing and spent a huge chunk of his life as a mere street rat. It's also mirrored by his back tattoo (a koi dragon) and his title as the Dragon of Rock Bottom (Donzoko no Ryū).
* LoveableRogue: Unlike Kiryu who's more stoic in nature and questions constantly about the weird things he comes across, Ichiban
high damaging Tiger style is more eager, smiling often and fully embraces the fun and wacky side of things that he encounters.
RapidFireFisticuffs than MegatonPunch.
* MasterSwordsman: Becomes this if job-changed to a Yojimbo.
* MrImagination: Due to being such a large Dragon Quest fan, Ichiban often embellishes random encounters with various people as RPG battles in his head, complete with the opponents becoming more fantasy-like.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Leads his own band consisting of himself, a bottom-barrel yakuza, a homeless ex-doctor, a former police detective and a recently-widowed hostess.
* RedIsHeroic: Similar to Akiyama, Ichiban wears a red suit. Unlike him, Ichiban's suit is a little shinier, lacks stripes, and has a white undershirt.
* SonOfAWhore: His background. It is the reason why his father is unknown and his mother disappeared on him.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand:
TheWorkaholic: After his prison term was up, he discovered Kamurocho had not only completely changed and gotten taken over by the Omi Alliance, but the Arakawa Family had seemingly vanished, causing him a great deal of sorrow.
* StreetUrchin: Grew up as little more than a punk before
becoming a Yakuza.detective, Yagami pretty much does nothing but throw himself into new cases regardless of how mundane or potentially humiliating they are. He admits that he does this to distract himself from Emi's death. [[spoiler:Though after he receives closure, he decides he does legitimately enjoy his work and continues taking cases, even if they're few and far between.]]



[[folder:Tatsuya Ukyo]]
!!! '''Voiced by:''' Kengo Tora (Kurohyou 1), Takumi Saito (Kurohyou 2)
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[[caption-width-right:350: as he appears in Kurohyō: Ryū ga Gotoku Shinshō]]

The main protagonist of Kurohyou, son of Amamiya Taizan/Nagi Tooru, orphaned at an early age after a fire in Champion Street broke out, killing his mother and leaving him orphaned with Saeko who was old enough to be considered his legal guardian. Raised by the streets alone, he quickly became violent and temperamental and took up judo classes and excelled in them. Ultimately he get in a schoolyard fight that ends with a student ending up going comatose and Tatsuya being arrested. Sentenced to two years in Juvenile Hall Tatsuya would develop a strong resentment towards authority after his release as he drops out at the age of 17. Doing part time jobs and picking fights with fellow thugs and gangs in Kamurocho like most aimless youth.

Tatsuya soon became a street fighter forced into fighting for the Kuki Family after he supposedly murdered Naoki Toda and stole from him. Tatsuya quickly proves himself and gains the title "Kamurocho's Raging Dragon" for his victories in the Dragon Heat and learns that Naoki miraculously survived and discovers that the events were part of the same fire that killed his mother and how it connects to the politics of the Tojo, the cops and the landowners. He later becomes a professional boxer but returned to the Dragon Heat after a new gang from Osaka calling themselves the Ashura started working for the Nioka family.

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[[folder:Tatsuya Ukyo]]
[[folder:Ichiban Kasuga]]
!!! '''Voiced by:''' Kengo Tora (Kurohyou 1), Takumi Saito (Kurohyou 2)
Kazuhiro Nakaya
-->''"I've been waiting for a shot like this!"''

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[[caption-width-right:350: [[caption-width-right:350:Ichiban as he appears in Kurohyō: Ryū ga Gotoku Shinshō]]

''VideoGame/YakuzaLikeADragon'']]
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The main protagonist of Kurohyou, son of Amamiya Taizan/Nagi Tooru, orphaned at an early age ''Ryu Ga Gotoku 7'', taking place after a fire in Champion Street broke out, killing his the end of Kazuma Kiryu's saga.

Ichiban was born on New Year's Eve, 1977. His
mother was a prostitute and leaving disappeared shortly after giving him orphaned with Saeko who the name "Ichiban". His father's identity is a complete mystery. With no relatives, Ichiban was old enough to be considered his legal guardian. Raised instead taken in and raised by the streets alone, he quickly became violent and temperamental and took up judo classes and excelled in them. Ultimately he get in a schoolyard fight various street rats that ends with a student ending up going comatose and Tatsuya being arrested. Sentenced to two years in Juvenile Hall Tatsuya many would develop a strong resentment towards authority after consider "the scum of the world", but to him, they were his release as family. As a teenager, he drops out at the age of 17. Doing part time jobs ignored school and picking any semblance of a career, and instead opted to pick fights with fellow thugs punks and gangs lift money off of them. He eventually ended up biting more than he could chew after beating up the thug of a Yakuza, whom then came for revenge. At the hands of their torture, he attempted to threaten them with a bluff by using the name of the Arakawa Family.
[[GoneHorriblyRight This worked all too well]], and now believing they had a valuable hostage on his hands, the Yakuza contacted the Arakawa Family
in an attempt to extort money from them. Ichiban was sure that this was the end of him... but then none other than the head of the Arakawa Family, Masumi Arakawa himself, showed up for the exchange. Instead of calling Ichiban out on his bluff, the seasoned gangster instead decided to help the young man out of his deadly predicament, and played along with said bluff, even taking responsibility for Ichiban's actions by cutting off a part of his little finger without any hesitation. Humbled by this display of fearlessness, the Yakuza immediately released Ichiban with no further questions asked. Moved by Arakawa's sacrifice and strength, he insisted on pledging himself to the Arakawa Family, and approached Arakawa for a hundred days until the old man finally accepted him into the family.

However, on December 31, 2000, a member of the Arakawa Family became implicated in a murder of a member of the Tojo Clan. Not only that, the member was Arakawa's sworn brother and Captain of the family. If this case went the way it was going, the Arakawa Family would have to be disbanded. In order to keep the family alive, and seeing the event as a opportunity to finally pay back Masumi Arakawa for saving his life, Ichiban agreed to taking the blame for the murder. The next day, January 1, 2001, his 24th birthday, Ichiban Kasuga turned himself in to the local police.

Eighteen years later, Ichiban's sentence was up and he was released from prison, expecting a grateful reunion only to be met with silence and his Patriarch taking control of
Kamurocho like most aimless youth.

Tatsuya soon became a street fighter forced into fighting
as the 8th Chairman of the Omi Alliance . Meeting the 8th Chairman for the Kuki Family after first time, he supposedly murdered Naoki Toda was met with a gun aimed at him and stole was shot...

When he came about to his senses, he ends up waking up in Yokohama's Isezaki Ijincho red light district in a dumpster, surprisingly alive but now exiled
from him. Tatsuya quickly proves himself and gains the title "Kamurocho's Raging Dragon" for his victories in the Dragon Heat and learns that Naoki miraculously survived and discovers that the events were part of the same fire that killed his mother and how it connects home. Determined to rise to the politics top again, he and an unlikely band of misfits must now take over Yokohama and get the Tojo, the cops and the landowners. He later becomes a professional boxer but returned to the Dragon Heat after a new gang from Osaka calling themselves the Ashura started working for the Nioka family.happy ending he hoped for.


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* AfroAsskicker: As an adult, his hair appears to be a small afro-like style. Though various promotional material seems to indicate that the player have the option to change Ichiban's hairstyle throughout the game.
* BadassBeard: Sports a nice chinstrap on him, and being a ''Yakuza'' protagonist, the "badass" is a given.
* BatterUp: Favors a baseball bat as his weapon of choice for his default class.
* BigDamnHeroes: The ''Shin Ryu Ga Gotoku'' announcement teaser had him punching out [[BullyingADragon a thug who was rushing to stab Kazuma Kiryu]]. Of course, this being Kiryu, [[BodyguardingABadass this was completely unnecessary]], but Kiryu appreciated the sentiment nonetheless.
* BigEater: He is shown wolfing down several beef bowls in the debut trailer, enjoying his last meal as a free man before taking the fall for his captain.
* ContrastingSequelProtagonist[=/=]{{Foil}}: He is quite unlike Kiryu. Whereas his predecessor was a serious, stoic, and introspective man who often finds himself TheComicallySerious in bizarre situations, Kasuga has a more flamboyant personality and a very fertile imagination who takes weirdness in stride. In addition, all of Kiryu's styles use some form of GoodOldFisticuffs while Ichiban has two classes specifically and explicitly using weapons.
* DanceBattler: The Dancer class allows Ichiban to breakdance fight not unlike Majima's Breaker style.
* HiddenDepths: One of the things revealed about Ichiban during his debut title's formal announcement is that he's a huge fan of the ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series. Huge enough that the series producer/director Toshihiro Nagoshi actually got permission from ''Dragon Quest'' creator Yuji Horii to reference the series by name in the game.
* IronicName: His name, ''Ichiban (一番)'', literally means "Number One". However, he was born with absolutely nothing and spent a huge chunk of his life as a mere street rat. It's also mirrored by his back tattoo (a koi dragon) and his title as the Dragon of Rock Bottom (Donzoko no Ryū).
* LoveableRogue: Unlike Kiryu who's more stoic in nature and questions constantly about the weird things he comes across, Ichiban is more eager, smiling often and fully embraces the fun and wacky side of things that he encounters.
* MasterSwordsman: Becomes this if job-changed to a Yojimbo.
* MrImagination: Due to being such a large Dragon Quest fan, Ichiban often embellishes random encounters with various people as RPG battles in his head, complete with the opponents becoming more fantasy-like.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Leads his own band consisting of himself, a bottom-barrel yakuza, a homeless ex-doctor, a former police detective and a recently-widowed hostess.
* RedIsHeroic: Similar to Akiyama, Ichiban wears a red suit. Unlike him, Ichiban's suit is a little shinier, lacks stripes, and has a white undershirt.
* SonOfAWhore: His background. It is the reason why his father is unknown and his mother disappeared on him.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: After his prison term was up, he discovered Kamurocho had not only completely changed and gotten taken over by the Omi Alliance, but the Arakawa Family had seemingly vanished, causing him a great deal of sorrow.
* StreetUrchin: Grew up as little more than a punk before becoming a Yakuza.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tatsuya Ukyo]]
!!! '''Voiced by:''' Kengo Tora (Kurohyou 1), Takumi Saito (Kurohyou 2)
[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ukyo_tatsuya.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350: as he appears in Kurohyō: Ryū ga Gotoku Shinshō]]

The main protagonist of Kurohyou, son of Amamiya Taizan/Nagi Tooru, orphaned at an early age after a fire in Champion Street broke out, killing his mother and leaving him orphaned with Saeko who was old enough to be considered his legal guardian. Raised by the streets alone, he quickly became violent and temperamental and took up judo classes and excelled in them. Ultimately he get in a schoolyard fight that ends with a student ending up going comatose and Tatsuya being arrested. Sentenced to two years in Juvenile Hall Tatsuya would develop a strong resentment towards authority after his release as he drops out at the age of 17. Doing part time jobs and picking fights with fellow thugs and gangs in Kamurocho like most aimless youth.

Tatsuya soon became a street fighter forced into fighting for the Kuki Family after he supposedly murdered Naoki Toda and stole from him. Tatsuya quickly proves himself and gains the title "Kamurocho's Raging Dragon" for his victories in the Dragon Heat and learns that Naoki miraculously survived and discovers that the events were part of the same fire that killed his mother and how it connects to the politics of the Tojo, the cops and the landowners. He later becomes a professional boxer but returned to the Dragon Heat after a new gang from Osaka calling themselves the Ashura started working for the Nioka family.
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* ContrastingSequelProtagonist[=/=]{{Foil}}: He is quite unlike Kiryu. Whereas his predecessor was a serious, stoic, and introspective man who often finds himself TheComicallySerious in bizarre situations, Kasuga has a more flamboyant personality and a very fertile imagination who takes weirdness in stride. In addition, all of Kiryu's styles use some form of GoodOldFistcuffs while Ichiban has two classes specifically and explicitly using weapons.

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* ContrastingSequelProtagonist[=/=]{{Foil}}: He is quite unlike Kiryu. Whereas his predecessor was a serious, stoic, and introspective man who often finds himself TheComicallySerious in bizarre situations, Kasuga has a more flamboyant personality and a very fertile imagination who takes weirdness in stride. In addition, all of Kiryu's styles use some form of GoodOldFistcuffs GoodOldFisticuffs while Ichiban has two classes specifically and explicitly using weapons.


Ichiban was born on New Year's Eve, 1977. His mother was a prostitute and disappeared shortly after giving him the name "Ichiban". His father's identity is a complete mystery. With no relatives, Ichiban was instead taken in and raised by the various street rats that many would consider "the scum of the world", but to him, they were his family. As a teenager, he ignored school and any semblance of a career, and instead opted to pick fights with punks and lift money off of them. He eventually ended up biting more than he could chew after beating up the thug of a Yakuza, whom then came for revenge. At the hands of their torture, he attempted to threaten them with a bluff by using the name of the Arakawa Family. Instead, this worked all too well, and now believing they had a valuable hostage on his hands, the Yakuza contacted the Arakawa Family in an attempt to exort money from them. Ichiban was sure that this was the end of him... but then none other than the head of the Arakawa Family, Masumi Arakawa himself, showed up for the exchange. Instead of calling Ichiban out on his bluff, the seasoned gangster instead decided to help the young man out of his deadly predicament, and played along with said bluff, even taking responsibity for Ichiban's actions by cutting off a part of his little finger without any hesitation. Humbled by this display of fearlessness, the Yakuza immediately released Ichiban with no further questions asked. Moved by Arakawa's sacrifice and strength, he insisted on pledging himself to the Arakawa Family, and approached Arakawa for a hundred days until the old man finally accepted him into the family.

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Ichiban was born on New Year's Eve, 1977. His mother was a prostitute and disappeared shortly after giving him the name "Ichiban". His father's identity is a complete mystery. With no relatives, Ichiban was instead taken in and raised by the various street rats that many would consider "the scum of the world", but to him, they were his family. As a teenager, he ignored school and any semblance of a career, and instead opted to pick fights with punks and lift money off of them. He eventually ended up biting more than he could chew after beating up the thug of a Yakuza, whom then came for revenge. At the hands of their torture, he attempted to threaten them with a bluff by using the name of the Arakawa Family. Instead, this Family.
[[GoneHorriblyRight This
worked all too well, well]], and now believing they had a valuable hostage on his hands, the Yakuza contacted the Arakawa Family in an attempt to exort extort money from them. Ichiban was sure that this was the end of him... but then none other than the head of the Arakawa Family, Masumi Arakawa himself, showed up for the exchange. Instead of calling Ichiban out on his bluff, the seasoned gangster instead decided to help the young man out of his deadly predicament, and played along with said bluff, even taking responsibity responsibility for Ichiban's actions by cutting off a part of his little finger without any hesitation. Humbled by this display of fearlessness, the Yakuza immediately released Ichiban with no further questions asked. Moved by Arakawa's sacrifice and strength, he insisted on pledging himself to the Arakawa Family, and approached Arakawa for a hundred days until the old man finally accepted him into the family.



* ContrastingSequelProtagonist[=/=]{{Foil}}: He is quite unlike Kiryu. Whereas his predecessor was a serious, stoic, and introspective man who often finds himself TheComicallySerious in bizarre situations, Kasuga has a more flamboyant personality and a very fertile imagination who takes weirdness in stride.

to:

* ContrastingSequelProtagonist[=/=]{{Foil}}: He is quite unlike Kiryu. Whereas his predecessor was a serious, stoic, and introspective man who often finds himself TheComicallySerious in bizarre situations, Kasuga has a more flamboyant personality and a very fertile imagination who takes weirdness in stride. In addition, all of Kiryu's styles use some form of GoodOldFistcuffs while Ichiban has two classes specifically and explicitly using weapons.

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