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These are the characters that debuted in the game Judgment.
Yagami Detective Agency
Voiced by: Takuya Kimura (Japanese), Greg Chun (English)
- "Still wanna take this to court? Fair warning... Suing me is a bad idea."
The Protagonist of Judgment.
Once a promising defense attorney, Yagami was damned by his fellow attorneys and the public after one of his old clients, acquitted of a previous criminal charge, was caught by police for murdering his girlfriend. As such, he drops out of the public eye and starts up the Yagami Detective Agency, working as a PI alongside Kaito.
- Affectionate Nickname: Kaito calls him "Tak" in the English dub. In Japanese, it's Ta-Bō.
- Anti-Hero: He's willing to torture suspects under his 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.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Delivers one to the killer at the ADDC.Yagami: I know what you're thinking. 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, 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, Shono? Are you really right?
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: If the Ooh Look A Cat trophy is to be believed, no matter what case he's on, he always gets drawn to cats.
- Badass Bookworm: He's a skilled P.I and former defense attorney. He is also a self-trained martial artist capable of kicking ass as well as the typical Yakuza protagonist.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: As opposed to Kiryu relying on a slightly refined variant of Good Old Fisticuffs, 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 practical lessons learned from his line of work.
- Contrasting Sequel Protagonist: Unlike previous Yakuza protagonists like Kiryu and Majima, both of whom were affiliated with crime families, Yagami is a law-abiding citizen. Well, sort of. He's not part of any Yakuza clan, but he's on relatively good terms with the 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 Implacable Man. Furthermore, his Heat Moves are based off Kung Fu movies and occasionally Lucha Libre, contrasted with Kiryu's street brawling and Pro Wrestling.
- Cruel Mercy: 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.
- Dance Battler: 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.
- Dark and Troubled Past: 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: 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."
- Determinator: Even when faced with a 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 being connected to the Mole's murders.
- Disappointed by the Motive: When he confronts Kuroiwa at the end of his rampage, he thinks he went after Shono for revenge against The Conspiracy. 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: You're insane.
- The Dreaded: As he proves continuously implacable in pursuing the truth behind The Conspiracy, he becomes this to its masterminds, best shown with Hamura who starts off as incredibly condescending and disrespectful towards Yagami at the start of the game, but by the time of their final confrontation he is terrified of him.
- Drunken Master: 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.
- Experienced Protagonist: 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.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: He initially has slick combed-back hair while he was still a defense lawyer three years back, but by the time he's a private detective his hair is messy.
- Extremity Extremist: He primarily uses a lot of kicks in Crane Style or only open hand strikes in Tiger Style.
- Foil: Kind of hard to not compare him to his predecessor, Kazuma 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 taken out of their respective fields, but only up to a certain extent. As Kiryu keeps on being swept into the Tojo Clan's many criminal escapades, Yagami continues to help Genda's law practice despite having never practiced it for several years.
- Both have father figures that were patriarchs of families within the Tojo Clan, but while Kazama encouraged Kiryu's 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 are civilians whose finest hours in their career (Shinada's only one at bat and Yagami acquitting Okubo) turned into their undoing by criminal forces beyond their control, 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, it unveils a darker conspiracy that paints a target on their back, along with those close to them getting killed. They are also accompanied by a former criminal, though the dynamics are different, with Takasugi acting as Shinada's brains, while Kaito acts as Yagami's brawn. Combat-wise, Shinada relies on a variety of weapons (provided they're not bats) in combination with his rough and unrefined unarmed style, while Yagami mostly relies on his self-taught martial arts techniques in his style, refraining from keeping weapons on his person.
- Generation Xerox: 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.
- Good Counterpart: To Kuroiwa, the Mole for reasons mentioned on his spoiler page.
- Hero Stole My Bike: Yagami steals a skateboard from a kid at one point to get away from Matsugane family goons, which leads to a rad chase scene once he hitches a passing car.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: 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 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 that there was reasonable doubt over Okubo killing Waku, not Okubo's innocence; despite his acquittal, Okubo lost his job and public opinion continuing to assume that he was a murderer made him fall into a heavy depression.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kaito. After Kaito was expelled from the Matsugane family, Yagami offered him a job as a PI.
- Horrible Judge of Character: 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. 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.
- I Choose to Stay: 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.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Modeled after his Japanese voice actor.
- Instant Expert: 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.
- I See Dead People: 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.
- It's Personal: Decides to fight Kuroiwa 1-on-1 to pay him back for killing Matsugane.
- Janitor Impersonation Infiltration: 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.
- Manly Tears: Sheds these at the end of Chapter 9 when when he visits Okubo to tell him that he believes in his innocence. He beats himself up for not doing anything to help Okubo for the past three years and asks him for another chance to clear his name.
- Moveset Clone: Limited really to a handful of EX Actions (especially weapon-based ones), which he shares with Kiryu as he does them in Yakuza 6 and Kiwami 2.
- Meaningful Name: In Japanese Mythology 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.
- Must Have Caffeine: The Cafe Alps sidequest has him be quite the coffee gourmet to the point he gets to try the famous kopi luwaknote with some hesitation.
- My Greatest Failure: He considers defending Okubo and letting him go free only to shortly murder his girlfriend Emi to be this, and is the primary source behind his Horrible Judge of Character belief.
- My Greatest Second Chance: 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.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: His decision to intervene when Kaito was to be expelled and offer his support is more or less what earned him Hamura's ire.
- Parting Words Regret: Yagami was in his rebellious phase when his parents were murdered and blamed himself for not being there to protect them.
- Private Detective: After calling it quits as a defense lawyer due to the criticism mounting against him, Yagami became a private detective.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers this to Shono along with Armor-Piercing Question in the ending just before the latter could inject himself with AD-9, which proved to be Nightmare Fuel to say the least.Yagami: How many people has your "miracle" killed?
Shono: People... People? But it'll save millions! Maybe tens of millions across the world!
Yagami: That's why you thought it was okay to murder an innocent woman? Huh? Is that why you stabbed her to death and burned the evidence?! Okubo-kun took the fall for all of it... You sent a good man to die!
- Rescue Romance: Can potentially have one with four different girls he helps in his cases: Sana Mihama, Nanami Matsuoka, Tsumugi Amane and Tsukino Saotome.
- Ship Tease: With Mafuyu. They have considerable support too, considering that Genda, Kaito and Saori seem to push them together.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: With the Greater-Scope Villain.Ichinose: AD-9 has many influential supporters. There's no stopping our momentum.Yagami: Bullshit there's not.
- Stance System: 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. Lost Judgment adds in Snake, which is suited for counters and disarms.
- Surprisingly Good English: 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.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: 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.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Kaito are two best friends who have no problems taking pot-shots at each other on a regular basis.
- Weak, but Skilled: Yagami is not a powerhouse like Kiryu or Saejima so his self-taught martial arts is more similar to kung-fu than Good Old Fisticuffs as it suits his physique better. His high damaging Tiger style is more Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs than Megaton Punch.
- This also bleeds into how story missions are structured. While Kiryu often tore through swathes of armed yakuza, triads, mafia and the like, Yagami fights smaller groups of enemies and often has the assistance of his buddies during these sections. He's also much more likely to resort to stealth and guile instead of straight up violence.
- The Workaholic: After becoming a 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. 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.
Voiced by: Shinshu Fuji (Japanese), Crispin Freeman (English)A long-time friend of Yagami, he joined Yagami to work as a PI following his excommunication from the Matsugane family a year before the events of the game.
- Achievements in Ignorance: While the team is going over when the first Mole murders were occurring after finding out the ADDC is involved, he and Hoshino get in an argument and he screams, "Might as well say they killed Waku-san too!" This leads Yagami to realize that Waku was definitely the first victim of the AD-9 experiments.
- Badass Baritone: He's a genuine tough guy who speaks with a deep, imposing voice, whether in Japanese or in the English dub.
- Badass Beard: He rocks a pretty nice chinstrap.
- Berserk Button: In Chapter 10, when Hamura points a gun at Matsugane, both of their (former in Kaito's case) patriarch, he becomes livid.Kaito: Are you out of your fucking mind? You need to lower the gun right now!
- The Big Guy: Fights using Kiryu's Brawler style and out of Yagami, Sugiura, Higashi, Hoshino and himself, he does the least thinking.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The incident that got him kicked out of the Matsugane isn't seemingly important at first, at least until Chapter 3 where it's revealed that the robbery was orchestrated by Hamura to get Kaito kicked out of the clan, all so he could assume total control of the Matsugane family.
- Chivalrous Pervert: The guy has a very keen interest in women. That being said, he never does anything unseemly towards them. Regardless, Yagami doesn't consider him timid enough to be a customer with Madoka, if suggested as one to Yosuke.
- Dumb Is Good: He has a good heart but is pretty dim at times.
- Experienced Protagonist: He's been a detective for some time alongside Yagami and an ex-yakuza wakashu.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: As opposed to Yagami being a Bare-Fisted Monk, he's an Unskilled, but Strong street brawler in the vein of Kiryu.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Yagami. The two of them have been best friends for a long time and now work together as PI partners.
- Hot-Blooded: He's loud, brash, and more than willing to throw himself into a fight. His choice of bright clothing seems to reflect this.
- Moveset Clone: Of Kiryu's Brawler style from Yakuza 0 as previously stated.
- Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters: Well, ex-Matsugane yakuza wakashu. He's a nice guy willing to help Yagami out.
- Nice Guy: Kaito's willing to look out for some of the Matsugane wakashus like Toru, who worked with him before he left.
- Noodle Incident: Kaito was kicked out of the Matsugane family by Hamura, though he claims that the incident was his fault. Chapter 3 reveals the incident: a year ago, a thief broke into one of the Matsugane compounds and made off with millions of cash. As the theft occurred under Kaito's watch, he was held accountable for the blunder. And as per the yakuza code, when it was decided that Kaito was to leave the clan, he was to cut off his finger, only for the patriarch to stop Hamura and allow Kaito to leave with his finger intact.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Can be considered as the red to Yagami's blue. He's louder and brasher than Yagami, and his fighting style is decidedly less refined.Kaito: (after throwing a sign into a building lobby in broad daylight) HEY! WHERE'S THAT ASSHOLE MURASE?!
- Shipper on Deck: For Yagami and Mafuyu.
- Smarter Than You Look: Kaito isn't completely stupid despite how he acts most of the time. This is best shown in the side case in which he reunites with his old childhood friend Adachi. Yagami ends up finding out that Adachi has grown to become an incredibly vicious real estate agent willing to stoop to lows that give the yakuza pause. Yagami seemingly fails to convince Kaito of his old friend's corruption, but then Kaito reveals that he already suspected it from their first conversation and wanted to confirm it for himself.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Kaito has a number of similarities to former series protagonist Kiryu. He's a heroic bruiser who was excommunicated from the yakuza after taking the blame to ensure the safety of somebody close to him in a crisis situation, and even managed to avoid cutting off his finger due to similar logic to Kiryu in Yakuza 0 (getting officially kicked out of the clan by a high-ranking lieutenant before getting his finger cut off). Of course, their personalities are almost completely different, but Kaito seems to embody the spirit of the franchise's past in his design. He even uses Kiryu's Brawler style when he fights alongside Yagami and in his boss fight.
- Tattooed Crook: Subverted, despite his friendly nature as a Yakuza. He doesn't feel like he has to get a tattoo.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He fights using the Brawler style that Kiryu previously used; the style is based around slow, yet strong swings that lack finesse.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Yagami insult each other pretty regularly. They're also very clearly best friends.
- Wrestler in All of Us: One of the EX-Action moves consists of him grappling with an opponent before doing a Power Bomb. This follows with Yagami kicking the bad guy's face.
- Worf Effect: The Mole kicks his ass even with Higashi helping Kaito.
Voiced by: Junta Terashima (Japanese), Mark Whitten (English)
- Beneath the Mask: Usually comes off as cool and collected, but holds a burning rage against injustice to the point where his former teammate Crow is concerned about him. He noticeably gets accusatory and angry whenever Shinpei Okubo and Emi Terasawa come up. This is because he is Emi's younger brother who really just wants to find the truth behind her murder.
- Big Damn Heroes: Shows up to bail Yagami out of being shot not just once, but four times. The first was from Hamura when the latter tried to have him killed for poking his nose into the Kyorei murders. The second was from Shioya when the Kyorei Clan cornered both him and Kaito as they investigated KJ Art. The third was from the Matsugane family when Yagami's disguise was busted in the infiltration of their building. And the last was from Hamura again when the plan to lure the captain out ended up going badly.
- Bishōnen: Oh yeah. He may just be the prettiest guy across the entire franchise.
- Cool Mask: Conceals his identity using a Guy Fawkes mask. After he joins with Yagami, he pretty much ditches it, only putting it back on in certain sequences.
- Connected All Along: As revealed in Chapter 12, Sugiura isn't his true surname; it's Terasawa. He's not actually ex-Kajihira, he's Emi's formerly shut-in younger brother.
- Expy: Not him or most of his major backstory, but his side profession as a thief, being in a group comprised of them, and his alias of "Jester" make him a close ringer for the protagonist of Persona 5, whose Phantom Thief codename is the very similar "Joker".
- Extremity Extremist: Fights almost exclusively with kicks.
- Famed in Story: He and his merry band of thieves are big news in Kamurocho, second only to the yakuza murder cases. The police are unable to catch them on account of his group being ridiculously good at parkour and light on their feet.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Was the Foolish Sibling to Emi's Responsible Sibling. During Yagami's I See Dead People moment, Emi's spirit tells Yagami to take care of her brother, because she knows how hot-headed and impulsive he can be.
- In the Hood: Wears a gray hoodie aside from his Guy Fawkes mask.
- Irony: His original motivation to help Yagami and Kaito was to betray them at a critical moment as vengeance for acquitting Okubo, who supposedly went on to kill his sister. That quest for revenge ended up revealing that Okubo and by extension Yagami were innocent and helped uncover the actual culprit behind his sister's murder, Shono.
- It's Personal: What drives him throughout the whole story. As more truths come to light, his motivation changes from being ready to retaliate against Yagami to taking down the real culprit. When he and Yagami find Shono in the secret lab, he reveals his true identity as Fumiya Terasawa and immediately tries to stab Shono for the murder of his sister.Fumiya: Three years later, the real killer's finally clear. And now it turns out... Shono... He's the one leading the charge to cure Alzheimer's! He gets to go down in history as a hero!? For what, stabbing my sister to death!? Burning her body!?
- Karmic Thief: Starts the burglary ring to steal from the corrupt and ditches the group after he discovers they were starting to steal for their own benefit instead.
- Le Parkour: It's why Sugiura is so difficult to catch. The only one who can keep up with him is Yagami.
- Lovable Rogue: A snarky Bishōnen righteous thief with a sympathetic backstory who ends up being a major supporting character? Of course he would be popular.
- Spotting the Thread: He's the one who first noticed that it was way too much of a coincidence that Okubo, the man who was accused of killing Waku (Something the others agreed was done by the AD-9 test), killed the girl who got him his innocent plea. It didn't take long for him and Yagami to figure out Shono is behind Emi's murder.
Voiced by: Jun Miyamoto (Japanese), River Kanoff (English)
- Hikkikomori: He used to be one in his own home, but now he's just traded up his home for the internet cafe.
- Playful Hacker: He's usually the one Yagami goes to when he needs to find someone, usually by finding them on Chatter since he hacked himself to have admin privileges.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's the one that starts up the whole Friend system in the game and is the first one you recruit.
Genda Law Office
Voiced by: Akira Nakao (Japanese), Brian McNamara (English)
- Heroic BSoD: After Shintani's death, he... switches off. He admits that he's just forcing food down and can barely find a reason to get out of bed. Luckily, seeing Yagami be a Determinator inspires him to stop moping and avenge someone he considered a son.
- Ink-Suit Actor: His appearance is based off his Japanese voice actor.
- Nice Guy: While he can have some rough edges, he is ultimately a nice guy who cares for his employees and former employees. He does his best to assure Yagami that he isn't responsible for Emi's death, and he was just doing his job.
- Parental Substitute: Alongside Mitsugi Matsugane, Genda is one of the two people Yagami considers to be like a father figure to him.
- Shipper on Deck: Zig-zagged. At first he sounds like he is upset with Saori and Hoshino getting together, he is ulimately shown to be supportive.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Ryuzo doesn't like how Yagami has to sink himself by being a hired detective instead of being an attorney despite what happened to Okubo.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Genda tries to tell this to Yagami in Chapter 9, when he's looking into Okubo's case again and blaming himself for what happened three years ago; Genda says Yagami did nothing by defending Okubo, even if he was a murderer, since he was only doing his job as an attorney. It doesn't work, and Yagami promptly states that he will let the case haunt him for as long as he lives if he has to.
Voiced by: Takuya Kirimoto (Japanese), Keythe Farley (English)
- Amoral Attorney: Sees nothing wrong in the defending the suspicious Hamura.
- Dirty Old Man: In a flashback he's shown hitting on Emi Terasawa, despite him being much older.
- He Knows Too Much: Shintani was killed in order to prevent from snooping further to confirm the ADDC's ties with the death of an official who's being investigated by Yagami and the team.
- Small Role, Big Impact: His assassination by the Mole gave Yagami and his allies the idea to investigate the ADDC and their ties to Okubo's case.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: During Hamura's trial, the key witness that could lead to him being freed is put into question by Izumida, as the witness was previously threatened by Murase to keep quiet unless he wanted something happened to his sister. Izumida questions if the court can trust his word when Shintani throws that same question right back at him when he reveals Izumida, who previously claimed he hadn't seen the video showing the witness being physically struck by Murase, is also shown in that same footage to be re-enacting the scene on camera. Needless to say, this is what arguably wins Hamura's freedom.
- The Resenter: Greatly envies Yagami because of how Yagami managed to overshadow him despite Shintani being the one who showed him the ropes. Even after Yagami became a Hero with Bad Publicity, people still paid more attention to Yagami's abilities. This envy leads to his death as he attempts to look into the ADDC himself.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Shintani doesn't really get along with Yagami much. In the prologue scene from before Yagami quit his job as a lawyer, he even butts heads with him. However, the first person Shintani asks for help when he's assigned to defend Hamura in court is Yagami, showing that he still respects his former colleague's skills.
- Wham Line: In Chapter 4.Shintani: Think this is some kind of Yakuza pissing contest, do you? Come on! The Mole is way bigger than you know!Yagami: What do you mean?
Voiced by: Yuko Kaida (Japanese), Aimée Castle (English)
- Amateur Sleuth: Saori helps Yagami and Kaito track down clues regarding The Mole/The ADDC later in the game when you play from her perspective.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: Two sections in the game focusing solely on conversation and investigation will have you play as Saori.
- Beautiful All Along: Gets a makeover on two occasions in the story to go undercover and get information using her feminine wiles. A bit of a subversion as even before the makeover Hoshino and a host club employee consider her very attractive.
- Berserk Button: Stealing food from her is a big one. At the start of Chapter 4, when Yagami visits the Genda office because he thinks something major happened, he finds a ragingly pissed Saori accusing Hoshino of stealing a cake that she stuffed in a fridge.note
- Big Eater: Saori enjoys eating a lot, especially if Yagami brings food to the firm. Being accused of eating her cakes is Serious Business!
- Blinding Bangs: Unusual for a series known for fairly realistic characters, but her bangs cover a lot of her eyes. It's a wonder she can see through them.
- Brutal Honesty: Normally, Saori is a very terse person, using as little words as possible that are straight to the point.
- Death Glare: The closest Saori can intimidate people is by giving these to someone, no matter the distance. One example is when Genza unwittingly insults her looks, thus this in retaliation.
- Honey Trap: Saori helps Yagami and the team by posing as a reporter to lure Kido out of the ADDC. They're freaked out that she was able to do it without any prep work needed.
- Meganekko: A rather cute if standoffish young woman who wears glasses.
- Official Couple: With Hoshino in the end.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Both Hoshino and the club manager can tell right away that with the right clothes and haircut she can be a number one hostess. Yagami has to concede when he sees her all dressed up.
- Shipper on Deck: Is very invested in seeing Yagami return Mafuyu's affections.
- Sweet Tooth: Loves pastries and sweets.
- Unkempt Beauty: She wears rather modest clothing and clearly doesn't take care of her hair. Regardless, several characters, including Hoshino, consider her pretty.
Voiced by: Yuu Hayashi (Japanese), Joe Zieja (English)
- All Love Is Unrequited: Towards Saori. Though at the end of the game, she seems to reciprocate his feelings, as she grabs his hand when Genda accuses him of "a little fling".
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The backpack is just because it's more practical than a suitcase. Regardless, Hoshino is still a full-fledged lawyer and good at his job.
- Character Development: Hoshino goes through quite a bit throughout the entire game.
- He starts off as a fresh hire by Genda just learning the ropes under Shintani. Then after Shintani's death, he works alongside Yagami as a sidekick, fully content on embracing the role. Then, midway through Ayabe's trial, Yagami is forced to handle a major problem, leaving the rest in an unprepared Hoshino's hands, making the transition from the sidekick role to full-fledged defense attorney.
- He expresses his own doubts throughout as well, at one point going so far as to blackmail Kido into taking the witness stand during a trial, knowing full well it was the wrong thing to do. All he wanted was to ensure that the bad guys got their comeuppance.
- Hidden Depths: He's apparently really good with ideas on what styles would suit different women, or where the nearest hair salon is. He's also a third degree black belt, it's just that fighting is not his thing.
- It's Personal: Hoshino is so angry at Shintani's death that he wanted to help Yagami find the culprit.
- Moment of Weakness: As things get more bleak in beating The Conspiracy, he got desperate enough to try and blackmail Kido into helping them. Afterwards, he realizes the mistake he made and apologized to Yagami for almost crossing the line.
- New Meat: Issei just passed the bar exams and was already starting to work for the office.
Voiced by: Junpei Morita (Japanese), Jamieson Price (English)
- Amoral Attorney: Albeit a sympathetic one. He's in on the AD-9 conspiracy and has been covering for the Mole, but only because he believes AD-9 could prevent tragedies similar to what befell his own family.
- Anti-Villain: He couldn't resist the offer made by Ichinose due to his family being ruined by Alzheimer but he is not proud of it and even stops the Mole from killing Yagami saying he won't cover for it.
- Broken Pedestal: Both Izumida and Mafuyu looks up to him, the latter even having a crush on him when she was young as he made sure her mother's murderer get arrested. They are disheartened to find out he is corrupt.
- Freudian Excuse: He supported AD-9's development because Alzheimer's tore his family apart, with his brother killing their ailing mother and then committing suicide after enduring years of her dementia-induced abuse while being her caretaker.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Yagami calls him out on his reasoning, pointing out that he still let an innocent woman die and allowed her boyfriend to be framed.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: How he's physically depicted in the game as part of being The Stoic. Subverted as while on the villain side he is compassionate and filled with guilt.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He looked the other way in regards to the AD-9 experiments, and he betrayed the trust of his subordinates in doing so. Those said subordinates end up turning against him and get him charged with abuse of power which ends up ruining his career and putting him in prison.
- Never My Fault: Zig-zagged. When Yagami confronts him over his past, Morita's first reaction is to believe someone betrayed him. Yagami makes it clear that he betrayed his subordinates first with his corruption. Due to Morita's lack of attempts to deny that, he seems to realize that is the truth.
- Not So Stoic: As seen in Villainous Breakdown below.
- The Unfought: While there's some implication that he might be a physical threat, Yagami doesn't fight him directly, but with the help of other prosecutors, he ends up being charged with abuse of power charges off-screen and put in prison.
- Silver Fox: Called one by Kaito and was Mafuyu's first crush.
- The Stoic: Doesn't show any emotion that his subordinates/other people in the office are scared to approach him unless it's related to work.
- Villainous Breakdown: It doesn't take long for him to start going through this after Yagami begins questioning his morality in letting the AD-9 conspiracy do what it wants regardless of his excuses.Morita: Shut up. Just... Shut up!
- Walking Spoiler:In case you can't tell from all the tags, he's a lot more involved with the central plot than it first seems.
Voiced by: Risa Shimizu (Japanese), Cherami Leigh (English)
She's friends with Saori, going back to university when the two of them were studying Law.
- Childhood Friends: With Saori.
- Damsel in Distress: She almost gets kidnapped by Kyorei grunts who intend to take her to a cabaret to lure out Yagami. Yagami saves her just in time.
- Hello, Attorney!: Mafuyu is an attorney, and, as you can see, fairly attractive.
- Likes Older Men: Morita was her First Love, who inspired her to be a prosecutor. It's also implied she really likes Yagami and expresses concern for his well-being, much to the delight of a lot of her friends.
- Nice Girl: Even after the crap Yagami went through, Mafuyu is willing to talk to him, even if it's to just lift his spirits up.
- Ship Tease: Lots with Yagami. She even calls him her boyfriend in one scene.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Expresses some sympathy towards Morita after finding out about his tragic family situation. Yagami, however, points out that Morita still let Emi die and allowed Okubo to be framed.
- Will They or Won't They?: It's never made especially clear what her relationship with Yagami actually is. Yagami's case file states they dated back when he was a lawyer, a claim that Mafuyu denies. But she is clearly carrying a torch for him, and ever refers to Yagami as her boyfriend at one point, and while it's clear Yagami cares for her, it's not made clear if he's romantically interested in her or he see's her just as a friend. The game ends without a solid conclusion in the matter.
- You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: She has this reactions when she listens to Yagami's excuses for not becoming a lawyer again at the end of the game.
Voiced by: Tsuguo Mogami (Japanese), Ray Chase (English)
- 11th-Hour Ranger: Joins Yagami and his team in taking down The Conspiracy after Morita's betrayal.
- Amoral Attorney: During Hamura's trial, he attempts to cast doubt on a witness's testimony, showing discrimination towards his profession as a host, claiming it makes him inherently untrustworthy. He's also guilty of withholding evidence, claiming not to have known about Hamura's altercation with the host when he, in reality, was involved in a re-enactment.
- Bald of Evil: Well, it's more like a shave, and he isn't evil necessarily. He is a pretty unpleasant man however.
- Butt-Monkey: From other prosecutors after the Okubo case. To get a non-guilty verdict in Japan is already bad, let alone two, but Okubo being charged for murder again a few days after look just as bad on him than it does to Yagami, who at least did his job.
- Epic Fail: He is really bad at his job, his lie about having seen the camera footage is the only reason Hamura walks free and it only takes Emi yelling at him to sway the verdict in the Shinpei Okubo case as he flusters. Yagami even lampshades he only got Shinpei acquitted because he had Izumida as an opponent.
- Everyone Has Standards: He is disturbed by Morita's actions in disregarding what is clearly a crime scene. When Yagami confronts him over him possibly pressuring Mayufu to comply with Morita, it quickly becomes apparent that he is not on Morita's side.
- Framing the Guilty Party: Hamura is a direct accomplice of all the Kyorei's murders, but since Izumida and the police just wants to save face in front of the press and don't have time with piercing a conspiracy they decide to pin him for one murder and make him the sole responsible.
- Good All Along: Turns out that he is one of the prosecutors in the office who isn't in on the AD-9 conspiracy, and after hearing about Morita's involvement in said conspiracy turns around and offers Yagami his unconditional support. Not only that but after joining forces with Yagami he's one of the few people in authority able to help Yagami take down Ichinose, and in doing so was risking both his career and potentially his life if Yagami failed. He was also the one to help authorize the testimonies of both Hamura and Kido during the final trial, and even managed to convince Ichinose to testify as well.
- HeelFace Turn: Zig-zagged. He was never evil, but he was blatantly antagonistic toward Yagami. However, during the final chapter, he joins forces with Yagami to put an end to the AD-9 conspiracy.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- Though he's not exactly the most pleasant of people to work with, he does point out to Yagami that he still allowed an innocent woman to die by defending Okubo in court, in spite of Yagami stating that all the evidence in Okubo's first trial proving his innocence. Which was reasonable considering the evidence at the time, and it takes the confession of the real killer to reveal the truth.
- He is not exactly wrong to call out the credibility of the witness Seiya, a Host. While he does sort of make it about his occupation, said host also has a history of lying to his customers as long as they keep throwing money at him, receiving around five complaints as a result. You even find the host after he stood up three clients.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Considering how much of a bastard Ichinose is, it's really gratifying watching the otherwise unpleasant Izumida constantly dismiss his complaints.
- The Rival: Has major beef with Yagami back in the Okubo case. Even when Yagami leaves the attorney life, Izumida still hates him for humiliating him when Izumida lost the case.
- Rivals Team Up: Joins forces with Yagami to expose Ichinose and everyone involved in AD-9's crimes at the end of the story. Aside from Mafuyu, he turns out to be the only character associated with the police that's not in on the conspiracy.
Voiced by: Tomomichi Nishimura (Japanese), JB Blanc (English)
- A Father to His Men: He considers the rest of the Matsugane Family to be his children, and his subordinates still treat him respectfully despite his decreasing relevance in the clan's actual decision-making process.
- Authority in Name Only: Although he's the patriarch of the family, Hamura's control of the clan's finances has totally displaced Matsugane' influence within the family, leaving him a powerless figurehead.
- Beware the Nice Ones: There is a few moment where he reminds the audience he is still a yakuza patriarch and can shut Yagami up with a few words when they first met.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: He's basically Kazuma Kiryu if he became a family leader or stayed as leader of the Tojo Clan longer than he ever did. His men think he's soft for being honorable and noble, the family was in financial troubles because said nobility and honor leaves him unwilling to do some of the dark things about Yakuza, and he ends up an Authority in Name Only. He notes that he was in his prime when he wasn't a leader.
- Everyone Has Standards: At first he was okay with Hamura bringing in the money and letting him be a figurehead since he didn't have it in him to do the dirtier stuff the Yakuza do. But after Hamura becomes linked to the Mole killings, beats and disrespects his men, nearly kills Yagami and Kaito several times over, and even pointing a gun at his own patriarch, that's when he's reached his breaking point, and joins Yagami for good.
- Last Disrespects: Hamura feels like how his funeral being held at the Tojo Clan Headquarters where only those closest to him attended made it look like nobody really came. He found that disrespectful to a great man.
- My Greatest Failure: Not stepping up to resolve the family's financial struggles, which forced Hamura to get his hands dirty. He knew Hamura probably crossed a line to get the money but looked the other way because the family was in need of it. As he dies, he apologizes to Hamura for enabling his behavior, saying he doesn't blame him for turning out the way that he did.
- Parental Substitute: Downplayed. While Yagami had a good relationship with his father, he considers Matsugane and Genda to be his other father figures.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He doesn't have a problem talking to Yagami even after he resigned from being a lawyer. He also interfered when Kaito was expelled from the clan by Hamura and prevented Kaito from losing a finger, and potentially his life.
- Taking the Bullet: He shields Hamura when the Mole comes to dispose of him.
Voiced by: Pierre Taki (original, Japanese), Miou Tanaka (revised, Japanese), Fred Tatasciore (English)
- Almighty Janitor: He is a captain of a third branch yakuza family but he brings a huge amount of money and controls the family to the point no other Tojo clan try absorbing them. It's thanks to his connection with the Mole and Ichinose that Hamura has some police and political influence on top of making the big bucks with assassination service.
- Bad Boss: Berates and beats up his men on little incentive and enjoys forcing new blood to commit murder.
- Condescending Compassion: The nature of his motivation for reducing Matsugane to an Authority in Name Only. He does legitimately care about the patriarch. He just doesn't think Matsugane has it in him to harden his men into a group that could survive the yakuza world.
- The Corrupter: Radicalized the Matsugane family after taking over the finances and kicking Kaito out.
- Dirty Coward: When Yagami starts to win his first fight with the Matsugane family, he forces Kengo to pull a gun on him. And while he's held captive, he loosens his lips, the moment Shioya pulls out his "Instruments." Yagami calls him out on this.Yagami: If you're gonna shoot, you should pull the trigger yourself.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Acts as this for the Matsugane family. By controlling the family's purse strings, he's robbed the patriarch of most of his influence, leaving Matsugane unable to fight his decisions. In short, it's he who has control of the clan and not Matsugane.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He believes that his partners treated Matsugane's death disrespectfully, deliberately making him look like a nobody posthumously when Hamura himself actually had a high opinion of him.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Fred Tatasciore gives him a deep, almost demonic growl.
- Hate Sink: The man has little, if any, redeeming qualities. He treats the protagonist with little respect because of his intent on pursuing a career in court, and takes every opportunity to mock him. In Chapter 2, his every appearance has him brutally harm Yagami when he decides to investigate the Kyorei murders. Not to mention the fact that he orchestrated the burglary incident that led to Kaito being kicked out of the family, all so he could have full control of the Matsugane family. He does show some slightly nobler qualities towards the end of the game and provides Yagami with vital evidence out of respect for Matsugane.
- Heel Realization: After Matsugane is killed, he realizes just how important a man like him was and gives Yagami vital evidence to take down his partners.
- Honor Before Reason: Despite the fact that Hamura doesn't have respect for Yagami, he does make it clear that an assault on Yagami is the same as attacking the Matsugane, given how close Yagami is to the patriarch. Around the start of the game, when a bunch of street thugs attack Yagami, Hamura appears and flat out tells them they're screwed. When Yagami insists that Hamura just let it slide, he tells Yagami that it's impossible because the moment they attacked Yagami, it became Matsugane business.
- Ink-Suit Actor: His appearance in the pre-revision versions of the Japanese release is based off of Pierre Taki. Averted for every other version of the game.
- Jerkass: Though Yagami is treated like a son by the Matsugane patriarch, something the clan is also aware of, Hamura doesn't treat him with much respect. Even when he's put on trial by the police, who are desperate to pin the murders on someone, he refuses to cooperate with Yagami and give him crucial information that could save his ass. In Chapter 2, every single appearance he makes always has him brutally beat up Yagami when he learns that he isn't giving up investigating the Kyorei serial murders.
- He turns this around at the conclusion of the game when he hands over vital evidence to Yagami that immediately implicates Ichinose during Ayabe's trial and takes the stand himself to corroborate it. The smug look he gives Ichinose tells the whole story.
- Jerkass Has a Point: When the Matsugane patriarch was asking him to explain what Kaito was doing, Kyorei mentions that he needed to let Kaito cut his pinky off so that he can show the rest of the family what could happen to them.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: He sought a greater financial base for the family at first to help the family rise up the ranks of the Tojo, a dream that was encouraged by Matsugane. He was even uncomfortable with the idea of killing for money, which was something the Mole actually proposed. It's when he agreed to carry out the hit on Hashiki that he started on his path to becoming the bastard that he is now.
- Kick the Dog:
- Like Hattori, he really likes to rub Yagami's greatest failure in his face, even telling it to a newbie Matsugane thug while Yagami is in front of him.
- When he forces Higashi to kill Red Nose he also creeps him out by saying his girly screams turn him on for no real reason.
- Leitmotif: "Rake Your inside".
- Mighty Glacier: There's serious power behind his punches but Yagami can run circles around this guy in a straight one-one-one brawl. What might have been a decently effective fighting style against some of the other protagonists in the Yakuza series just ends up making for a poor match-up against the likes of Yagami's skill and agility.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: After being incredibly resistant to doing so during his interrogation, Hamura finally reveals the Mole's identity after the Mole attempts to kill him, killing several of his men and Matsugane in the process.
- Moveset Clone: Has all the same moves as Yahata from Yakuza 5 and then some.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He undergoes this after after Matsugane takes a bullet meant for him and apologizes for being a weak patriarch.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He was intent on having Kaito cut off his pinky finger for allowing a hundred million to be stolen under his watch a year prior to the story, but Yagami and the Matsugane patriarch prevented this. Yagami also offered Kaito his support, which is a big reason why Hamura hates Yagami's guts.
- Oh, Crap!: Drops a short and effective one when the Mole appears after he's kidnapped.Hamura: Oh fuck...
- Smug Snake: For all his swagger Hamura is still a captain from a low branch family and his fortune comes from connections that will gladly throw him to the wolves if the need arises. He also is less of a physical threat than some of his underlings like Kengo and Ozaki and seriously loses his composure when Yagami gets the drop on him without his gang.
- Tattooed Crook: Subverted, albeit indirectly. Due to Japan's stigma on tattoos, had he gotten one, he definitely wouldn't be allowed in any public sauna, thus not giving him an alibi. If anything, it's a major indication that he's definitely not a yakuza driven by ideals.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After Matsugane dies, he becomes Yagami's ally, giving him vital information to take Ichinose down and later appearing in court to testify himself.
- Villain in a White Suit: The intimidating and ruthless captain of the Matsugane Family decked out in an exuberant white suit.
- Wham Line: When he reveals The Mole's identity.Hamura: The Mole is Kuroiwa!
Voiced by: Yoshihisa Kawahara (Japanese), Steve Blum (English)
- A Father to His Men: When he discovers one of his guys being accosted, Higashi personally intervenes. Rather than get angry at his subordinate, he instead tells him it wasn't a problem.
- Break the Cutie: Is shown to be timid and polite in flashbacks before Hamura forces him to shoot Red Nose.
- Cool Shades: Wears sunglasses and is a force to be reckoned with. He's a tad too benevolent to have them be considered Sinister Shades though he is forced to antagonize Yagami and Kaito at times.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After Yagami and Kaito take him on, he agrees to help them take on Hamura secretly and use the Charles arcade parlor as a hideout. He also fights alongside the Yagami Detective Agency during some of the game's greatest battles.
- The Dreaded: To some extent. The thugs who were messing with one of his men quickly back off when they see him.
- It's All My Fault: It becomes clear, thanks to Ayabe, that Higashi blames himself for Kaito being expelled from the Matsugane clan. He was there when the robbery took place and was going to take out a weapon to try and kill the burglar, but Kaito willingly went along with the burglar's demands in order to spare him from the trouble. To try and make up for the mistake, Higashi tracked down the burglar and tried to get the money back.
- Leitmotif: "The Flower of Chivalry".
- Pet the Dog: The first sign that he isn't just another yakuza thug is when he saves one of his men from being shaken down and shows genuine concern for his safety. The second is when he gives a kid money to play arcade games.
- Rapid-Fire Kicks: Can throw out several swift kicks in a second similar to Akiyama.
- The Reveal: Toru tells Yagami that Kaito was going to get expelled from the Matsugane family under Hamura's watch, even if the patriarch did interfere.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Downplayed, as he's more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold rather than a full-blown Jerkass, but Higashi gradually becomes nicer to Yagami throughout the game, later becoming a key ally in the process.
- Trapped in Villainy: He's actually a decent guy, even by yakuza standards, but he's forced to answer Hamura's orders. He learned that Hamura was the one who orchestrated Kaito's expulsion from the clan when he tracked down the burglar who stole the hundred million from them, and in order to keep his trap shut, Hamura had him prove his "loyalty" to the clan by forcing him to shoot Red Nose.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: A year prior to the events of the game, and two years after Yagami quit being a lawyer, he's shown to be rather timid. In the present, he's become a high-ranking member of the Matsugane and is more than willing to kill Kaito, his former friend, to get to Yagami after Hamura gives the order.
- We Used to Be Friends: He still calls Kaito "aniki," though Kaito states he no longer can call him that since he left the clan.
Voiced by: Mitsuaki Kanuka (Japanese), Mark Allan Stewart and JB Blanc (English)The number two man in Hamura's faction.
- The Dragon: Is Hamura's right-hand man. He notably has more health then Hamura when you fight the two of them together.
- Even Evil Has Standards: When Hamura is about to shoot Higashi Kojiro expresses doubts about it and is shocked that the captain would indiscriminately kill a family member.
- Fat Bastard: He's rather large and rotund. During his first boss fight, he even outright tries to crush Yagami with his body weight.
- Gonk: His face is severely pock-marked and seems to be stuck in a permanent grimace.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Never seen without his Pink Jacket, and is Hamura's heavy hitter.
- Stout Strength: He's strong enough to pull a Neck Lift on Yagami.
Voiced by: Shohei Kajikawa (Japanese), Robbie Daymond (English)
- Aerosol Flamethrower: Uses one on Kaito when the family comes bailing Hamura the first time.
- Corrupt the Cutie: As the game goes on, he and the rest of the Matsugane start doing worse actions for Hamura. In his first fight with Yagami he was terrified when Hamura forced him to pull a gun. But when Hamura was taken hostage for interrogation by the Kyorei Clan, the family straps a bomb to Murase. This disturbs Matsugane.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Not entirely. In the final chapter, Yagami and Higashi defeat him and his group. Afterwards, Yagami gets him to understand that going after the Mole would be useless due to him being a cop, but he'd make sure the Mole gets his due karma through the courts. Higashi advises him to help Yagami. When Yagami fights the Mole one-on-one, Kengo and the other members of the family show Yagami support.
- HeelFace Turn: See Defeat Means Friendship
- Honor Before Reason: He wants to go after the Mole despite Yagami warning him that his actions can lead to the family being fully wiped out with no chance to be revived in the future.
- Implied Death Threat: When Yagami tries to tell on Hamura to Matsugane, Kengo tells him Hamura wants to speak to him and warns him not to take his time, or he'll lose his eyes.
- Weapon of Choice: Uses a katana when he fights against Yagami and Higashi inside the office.
- Young Gun: Higashi calls him Hamura's golden boy and while he is new to the family he is among the most violent and authoritative.
Voiced by Ikuji Nose (Japanese), Phillip Reich (English),
- Always Someone Better: He has an inferiority complex towards his older twin brother Ryo and joined the yakuza to try to prove his superiority.
- Blood Knight: He's rather cheerful and outright excited at times over trying to kill Yagami.
- Cane Fu: Of the having gadgets or weapons hidden in canes variety type of cane fu. Even then he's no slouch when fighting using the cane themselves as weapons before converting them into their weapons.
- Expy: Because he doesn't have a major role in the story and his only role is to be a recurring miniboss of long battles who is more competent than the guards he feels similar to the unnamed "Man in Black" from Yakuza 2.
- Knife Nut: When Yagami encounters him once again in the Soleil Building, his first cane is revealed to be hiding a knife.
- Professional Killer: A yakuza hitman by trade, it's not clear if he is part of the Matsugane family or Hamura hired him from another family.
- Light Is Not Good: Has a distinct white Battle Aura at odds with his solely antagonistic role in the game.
- Moveset Clone: His knife fighting style uses most of the attacks of Homare Nishitani from 0
- Only Known by Their Nickname: He's only ever called "Cane Man". Presumably, his family name is Suzaki like his twin brother Ryo, but he is never referred to as such.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: One of his canes converts into some kind of pump-action shotgun. How it works or where the shells are supposed to eject is anyone's guess. Also due to the "Mortal Wounds" feature, his shotgun packs quite the punch.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Downplayed. If not outright averted. Instead of having one cane that can turn into all sorts of weapons. He has separate canes that convert into specific weapons.
- Sword Cane: He has a katana hidden in one of his canes. But not only that he also has a knife cane, spear cane, shotgun cane, baton canes, tonfa cane and possibly many more.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's never seen again after the fight in the Soleil building, while Hamura's other minions Kengo and Ozaki show up again during the endgame.
Voiced by: Sungwon Cho (English)
- Butt-Monkey: When Tashiro's encountered in a story plot, it ends with him getting beaten up by Yagami. To make things worse, Yagami and Kaito strip him when he's KO'd and use his clothing as a disguise for an infiltration mission.
- Moveset Clone: Of Rikiya from 3.
- Slut-Shaming: Downplayed, but he spends his session with Madoka sermoning to her about being a hostess and how the only people she should show her breasts to are the person she loves or her babies.
- Still Wearing the Old Colors: After the Mole kills Matsugane and the family is dissolved, he's still representing the clan even after everyone realizes they're utterly done for.
- Undying Loyalty: Increasing your friendship with him will reveal how dedicated he is to the Matsugane Family. He'll take a beatdown from a gang of thugs for the sake of the family's name.
Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma (Japanese), Keith Silverstein (English)
- Alliterative Name: Satoshi Shioya.
- Badass Boast: Invoked by him when he's taken down initially.Shioya: Yakuza don't fuck around!
- Flunky Boss: He's flanked by his underlings during his boss battles. He also borrows a technique from Masuzoe and revives his fallen goons in battle, even borrowing Masuzoe's animation for it.
- Friendly Enemy: Despite his family and the Matsugane family being at odds, he and the patriarch actually manage to share a casual chat while Yagami is interrogating Hamura. Then again, Hamura was the one who sparked the conflict to begin with.
- It's Personal: He gets utterly pissed when the Matsugane family straps a suicide vest to Murase, killing him and setting his club on fire.
- Killed Offscreen: He's killed by the AD-9 conspiracy, eyes carved out by the Mole.
- Leitmotif: "The Laff Riot". A loud, bombastic, jazz-influenced tune that suits the somewhat flashy Yakuza Captain.
- Moveset Clone: Can use every attack of Awano from Yakuza 0 who is himself a Moveset Clone of Watase from Yakuza 5 with some unique moves.
- Purple Is Powerful: Has a purple battle aura.
- Torture Technician: Implied. We never see him doing it, but he is very enthusiastic about the prospect of interrogating Yagami and Kaito when he corners them the first time. He later mentions off-hand that he knows where the "tools" are when Yagami has to interrogate a captive Hamura for information.
Voiced by: Shinya Honda (Japanese), Adam Croasdell (English)
- Chairman of the Brawl: Your first fight against him is kicked off by him swinging his foldable chair at you. He'll always toss said chair at you once his boss intro is over.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Dies with a bomb strapped to his back and goes running back to his family begging for his Captain.
- Flunky Boss: During Yagami's 2nd round against the man, he goes into battle with a whole crew backing him up.
- Honor Before Reason: Murase would rather go after Hamura's faction rather than listen that Kume was killed by someone else, and constantly obstructs Yagami's investigation to ensure Hamura is convicted. It takes Yagami explaining that Hamura was working with the real murderer for Murase to finally let Hamura go.
- Katanas Are Just Better: During the second phase of his first boss fight, he picks up a wooden katana and proves to be a lot more dangerous with it. He then pulls out a real one at the very start his second fight.
- Leitmotif: "Λ"... sort of. It plays during every fight against him but it also plays during the first fight against the "Cane Man".
- Wake-Up Call Boss: The fight with Murase is meant to show players that the game now implements the Mortal Wounds status if they're hit with bladed/blunt weapons, pistols or by very strong attacks.
- Why Am I Ticking?: The Matsugane family force him to wear a suicide bomb vest when they go to rescue Hamura.
- Arms Dealer: What the gang uses to fund itself; it's proven to be so lucrative that even the yakuza are having trouble keeping up.
- Gang of Hats: Each faction can be identified by their physiques as well as their clothes. Kasai's gang are scrawnier and in street clothes. Honda's gang are muscular and in camo and tank tops. Sakakiba's gang are fat and in tracksuits. Koga's gang are all in business suits and the only ones to use guns.
- Moveset Clone: All of the four heads fight almost exactly like certain bosses from previous games.
- Leitmotif: "Encounter - Keihin Alliance".
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: At first they look like a Quirky Miniboss Squad more than anything and are only good for scaring citizens, but when Koga starts treating Yagami seriously, they start showing much more power and influence than before. The Keihin gang revenge side case is a good exemple of it.
- Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: The arm dealing explains their funds, but doesn't explain how they can smuggle so many firearms in Japan of all places at affordable price for civilians.
Voiced by: Ryouhei Iwase (Japanese), Arif S Kinchen (English)
- Boxing Battler: His fighting style is primarily dirty boxing, going for jabs and longer combos instead of grappling or using weapons.
- The Dark Chick: He is the only one bringing the street gang aspect of the Keihin, Koga takes care of business, Honda provides muscle but is too laid back to terrorize citizens and Sakakiba is only motivated by the food Kasai or Koga offer him. Kasai by being loud and obnoxious increases the demand of guns from pushed too far citizens.
- Dumb Muscle: He's not the brightest bulb but he can still give Yagami a hard time.
- Moveset Clone: Of Daisaku Kuze from Yakuza 0.
- Pet the Dog: Sana mentions that not only he doesn't harass her when she plays on the street but actually cheers her with his gang.
Voiced by: Soichi Abe (Japanese), Vic Chao (English)
- Affably Evil: When he is first introduced to Yagami (Who he knew was an enemy), he showed what a chill guy he is by complimenting his fighting skills and after introducing himself he finishes with "Pleased to meet ya."
- Blood Knight: He only joined the gang to fight strong opponents and he found one in Yagami.
- The Dragon: Koga uses him as his main enforcer. Mainly because Kasai and Sakakiba are just good for troublemaking.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: After being defeated in "The Golden Mouse," he knows the gang is beaten and decides to let Koga take a turn with Yagami and his crew.
- Moveset Clone: Of Keiji Shibusawa's final phase from Yakuza 0.
- Worthy Opponent: After being introduced to Yagami, he considers him his rival.
Voiced by: Nathan Hedrick (English), Daichi Hayashi (Japanese)The third member of the Keihin Four, and the biggest one of the bunch.
- The Brute: Of the Keihin Four his only real use is being the muscle as he is too dumb for anything else.
- Dumb Muscle: He's not too bright, only concerned with getting his next meal.
- Fat Bastard: A fat side-boss.
- Moveset Clone: Of the Younger Akai Brother from Yakuza Kiwami though technically that moveset was also in the previously released Yakuza 0 being used by generic minibosses.
- The Nose Knows: During "The Golden Mouse," he's about to sniff Yagami out in Theater Square even in his homeless bum disguise, alerting the gang as well as everyone else hunting for the 10 million yen bounty for him.
- Stout Strength: Stronger than Honda but way fatter.
- Villainous Glutton: He likes to eat a lot, and gets rewarded by Kasai with more food every time he wins a brawl.
- Catchphrase: "FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!"
Voiced by: Yuji Murai (Japanese), Edward Bosco (English)
The main leader of the Keihin Gang, and arguably the most powerful one of the four.
- Arc Villain: Of the Keihin Gang story.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He has a nice black 3-piece suit in each appearance.
- Combat Pragmatist: Will toss out grenades mid-combat and resorts to pistols when the going gets rough as opposed to the others who wholly fight with martial arts. The same could be said for his personal henchmen who also often have guns on hand.
- Dark Is Evil: The most nefarious of the group while decked out in black clothes.
- Genius Bruiser: The most intelligent leader of the four and can kick major ass even before he pulls out his guns.
- Guns Akimbo: Wields two pistols during the last phase of his boss fight.
- Knight of Cerebus: Of the Keihin gang story, his introduction is pretty serious and his prank grenade is more worrying than amusing.
- Leitmotif: "Showdown - Keihin Alliance".
- Moveset Clone: Of the Unknown CIA Agent from Yakuza 3.
- Not So Stoic: The only time he is at a loss of words is when he sees the gang of idiots Yagami brought with him in the sewer.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: He's the the most wise and and composed of the four, and he shows it with his cool glasses.
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department
Voiced by: Shosuke Tanihara (Japanese), Matthew Mercer (English)
An investigator put onto the serial murder case that surrounds the game's plot. He's from the Organized Crime Division.
- Bishōnen: He's described by Ayabe as a handsome bastard.
- By-the-Book Cop: Is one, and is described by his English voice actor as such.
- Famed in Story: He's considered a rising star in the police department.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Much like Yagami, his appearance is based off his Japanese voice actor.
- Kick the Dog: Two cases:
- When he first meets Yagami and Kaito, and explains how he became a department punchline over them freeing Hamura, he brings up the Okubo case, trying to get under Yagami's skin.
- Later, when Shintani is murdered and Ayabe is arrested, he taunts him over defending the guy who supposedly killed his co-worker.
- The Perfectionist: According to Ayabe, he's this, which makes him really difficult to work with.
- The Rival: Is this to Yagami on the investigation side of things. He was the one who identified Hamura as the murderer in the first chapter, and he's not happy that Yagami managed to get Hamura acquitted.
Voiced by: Kenichi Takito (Japanese), Matthew Yang King (English)
- Beware the Silly Ones: He may look like a bum and is a Dirty Cop, he's still a very capable cop. And he's not afraid to threaten Yagami to not let slip his secrets or he'll kill him.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He looks like a bum and being a Dirty Cop does lead to the assumption that he's lazy to some degree. He's actually really good at his job, best shown when he provides information on the Matsugane break-in. The police never even bothered to open a proper investigation, so he had to gather up all the information himself. It's even remarked that his information looks like actual police files. Incidentally, he owns a secret casino staffed by Playboy Bunny girls.
- Dirty Cop: Openly admits to being one, using the bribes from the various criminal gangs and doing some favors in return.
- Frame-Up: Ayabe's been accused for killing Shintani, thanks to the Mole and Hamura.
- Friend on the Force: For the detective agency in looking for info that the police can't or won't openly reveal.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Modeled after his Japanese voice actor.
- Knowledge Broker: As stated above, he sells info that the police can't or won't disclose.
- Open Secret: It turns out everyone already knew about his Dirty Cop side-job as well as L'amant. The Conspiracy was just waiting to frame him if necessary.
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Ozawa (Japanese), Kaiji Tang (English)Kuroiwa's partner. A large and angry looking cop.
- Ambiguously Evil: He's an antagonist, but it's unclear if he is aware or not that he is working for the villains.
- The Brute: Physically intimidating. When walking alongside the fairly tall Kuroiwa, he has at least two heads over him. The villainous aspect of this trope comes into play when he continues to give Kuroiwa support after The Reveal.
- Lightning Bruiser: He is fast, fairly durable, and can do a lot of damaging attacks during his boss fight.
- Moveset Clone: Of Shibusawa's first phase from Yakuza 0.
- The Quiet One: Lets Kuroiwa do the talking.
- Vomiting Cop: Downplayed, but he has to restrain himself from throwing up when he sees one of the Mole's victim.
Kamurocho Burglary Ring
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He doesn't admit it until after his boss fight, but despite what he thinks about Jester, he does see him as a good friend and asks Yagami to tell him to slow down from his vigilante actions before he burns himself out.
- Expy: Of Goro Akechi from Persona 5.
- Graceful Loser: After Yagami kicks the shit out of him and tells him to disband, he does so without argument, though not before asking Yagami to look for Jester and tell him to slow down out of concern for his former friend.
- Hypocrite: When Yagami first meets Crow, he says that their burglary ring only steals from the corrupt and are a righteous group. He even preaches this to the new members. When Yagami overhears two members talking about Crow, however, the man doesn't actually do what he says and once took a job from a corporate executive to sabotage the competition for big money. As evidence, most of the members of the burglary ring wear some pretty expensive clothes and accessories. This was what ultimately led to Jester cutting ties with the group.
Advanced Drug Development Center
- Asshole Victim: He sabotaged a medical center so his real boss could get the land. His murder still covers a worse conspiracy.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: The police concluded he died a few weeks after being injured in a brawl. The Mole made sure the death was delayed so the police don't look too much into it.
- The Mole: Kajihira hired him to sabotage the center so it was doomed to close, he also tried leaking anything that could make AD-9 look bad.
- Posthumous Character: All of his appearances alive are in flashbacks.
- You Are Already Dead: He survived the beating but the Mole left him in a condition so severe he could only die from his wound later.
Voiced by: Momoko Taneichi (Japanese), Cassandra Lee Morris (English)A female doctor at the ADDC.
Voiced by: Takaya Hashi (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English)
- Greater-Scope Villain: Shono may be the one responsible for the murders, but it's Ichinose's bankrolling of AD-9 that pushes everyone else in the ADDC to comply with Shono's demands. Shono probably wouldn't have gotten far if it wasn't for his support.
- Hate Sink: He's a smug Sleazy Politician from the get-go whose every word boils the blood. And he gets a lot worse after The Reveal. Unlike the other people involved, who were either pressured into it or had well-intentioned motives, he's only interested in the profit and fame AD-9 can bring.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Once Hamura testifies against Ichinose in the court, he attempts to use his connection to kill the Mole so the case goes moot. While this isn't nice by any means, it couldn't have happened to a worse person.
- Manipulative Bastard: Exploits Morita's family tragedy to get him on their side.
- Sleazy Politician: He's more than willing to use his connections to obstruct Yagami and generally is disrespectful to even members of the law. It later turns out he's also a Corrupt Politician.
- Smug Snake: From the moment he appears on screen, his every word just oozes self-importance.
- Unwitting Pawn: Too self absorbed in the promise of power and the like to question if Shono can actually cure Alzheimer disease despite repeated failures and the clearly unsafe and insane methods, he just enables Shono's delusions for nothing.
- Villainous Breakdown: As Ayabe's trial goes on with him on the stand, he starts to lose it.
- You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: Has his subordinate order the deaths of the Mole and Shono to keep them from being used against him in court.
Voiced by: Mitsuru Ogata (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English)Ichinose's subordinate and his middleman.
- Dissonant Serenity: Calmly smiles as he requests kidnappings and assassinations.
- The Dragon: To Ichinose.
- Forehead of Doom: He has a rather tall forehead.
- Gonk: Looks like the love child of Katsuragi and Areshi.
- Mouth of Sauron: He's Ichinose's middleman as well as Shono's. If the Mole has to make a hit, he's the one who gives the order.
- Non-Standard Character Design: His face has unnervingly cartoonish proportions with tiny narrow eyes, wide mouth, and large ears, which makes him stand out in a series full of otherwise realistic characters.
- Properly Paranoid: By far one of the more frustrating suspects to tail, as he takes a pointlessly circuitous route to his destination with random detours that leave little cover to hide behind, while constantly stopping to look over his shoulder and even occasionally doubling back after rounding a corner to make sure he's not being followed (which of course, he is).
- Red Right Hand: His gigantic ears.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Reported to be seen in a suit and tie with black gloves.
Voiced by: Hiroshi Shirokuma (Japanese), Andrew Morgado (English)
- Butt-Monkey: He goes through a lot of humiliation throughout the game. He first gets pressured into supporting Shono's experiments as revealing AD-9's failure to public would destroy both of their careers, is later kidnapped by Yagami and co. and forced to strip and reveal everything he knows about AD-9, and ultimately ends up admitting his own part in Shono's illegal experiments at the court.
- Dirty Old Man: Yagami and his friends use this to lure him out and blackmail him into revealing the truth behind Shono's experiments by having Saori try to seduce him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Kido had a few sex scandals under his belt and covered Shono's experiments but he never wanted any of the murder to happen and was blackmailed into obeying Shono.
- Forced into Evil: Shono gets him to cover up his experiments by threatening to ruin both their reputations. In the present, he's clearly angry that he allowed himself to give into Shono's demands.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: While he is responsible for covering up Shono's illegal experiments, he is pressured into villainy by Shono (his initial reaction upon hearing AD-9's failure from Shono is to say he will resign before Shono threatens him with his career) and is shown to be so pathetic with lots of bad things happening to him throughout the game that he can come across as this.
- Red Herring: He's this for Shono. Until Yagami and Kaito learned the truth they thought he was behind the Mole Murders.
- You're Insane!: Says this when Shono makes it clear he's going to blackmail him to help.Kido: Shono...You're mad.
- Zero-Effort Boss: Compared to every other story boss in the game, Kido has much less health than even the goons he's fighting with. Justified since he is a civilian with no fighting experience going up against four experienced fighters at once.
Voiced by: Hiroki Eto (Japanese), Armen Taylor (English)An ADDC security guard.
- The Brute: He's seen as the ADDC's private security enforcer when Yagami and Sugiura investigate the ADDC and functions as their most consistent obstacle whenever they attempt to enter the ADDC.
- Flunky Boss: Is always flanked by other guards during his battles.
- Moveset Clone: Of Daisaku Kuze's pipe moveset from the sewer fight in Yakuza 0
- Shock and Awe: Uses an electric shock baton.
Voiced by: Kosuke Goto (Japanese), Dave B. Mitchell (English)Bartender and owner of said bar. Helped Yagami on his feet when he arrived in Kamurocho as a teen to get away from the publiclity of his parents' deaths due to his Dark and Troubled Past.
- Quest Giver: Masuda gives Yagami cases to look at from time to time.
Voiced by: Mayu Motoori (Japanese), Cristina Vee (English)A known BT regular. She knows Yagami from when he became a lawyer.
- The Gambler: Her true occupation. She is really good at it too.
- Vague Age: Like the heavy make-up lady in "Lost Paradise", some conversation hints she is way older than she looks. For one, she met Yagami when he was working at Tender, and Yagami worked there in his teens.
- What, Exactly, Is His Job?: None of the patrons at Tender knows her job, except Yagami who tailed her at the illegal casino. All they know is that she is rich and dresses inappropriately for most jobs.
Voiced by: Tetsu Shiratori (Japanese), Sunil Malhotra (English)A freelancer journalist who covered Yagami's fall from grace after his former client Okubo murdered his girlfriend.
- Intrepid Reporter: His hounding of Yagami eventually leads him to the mystery murders surrounding Kamurocho. Despite his sleziness, he's actually a damn good journalist. He's the first person to find out just why the Kyorei are in Kamurocho and he's versed enough in medical jargon to help Yagami understand the AD9 studies.
- Jerkass: The guy is sleazy, smug prick. And he never apologizes about it.
- Kick the Dog:
- Like Hamura, he likes to rub salt in Yagami's wound. He was the one who published the story that led to Yagami being ostracized by his fellow lawyers after Okubo killed again not long after his release. When they meet again after Hamura's trial and figures out that he was one of the reasons why Hamura was made a free man, he brings up his past failure and that the parents of Emi, Okubo's deceased girlfriend, are still grieving.
- He sets up Mafuyu to be kidnapped by the Kyorei clan and doesn't even try to apologize about it.
- Mr. Exposition: His knowledge of medical jargon allows him to provide a lengthy Info Dump to Yagami on the particulars of Alzheimer's Disease and clinical trials.
- Punch-Clock Hero: He helps Yagami uncover the truth, but it's mostly because Kajihira is paying him to do so.
Voiced by: Jake Eberle (English), Yasuyuki Sano (Japanese)The subject of the prologue case Yagami takes. A detective that tries to repay his debts to the Matsugane by betting on horses, hence he is given the initial title of Horseplayer Detective. Later, he's found to be the detective Mafuyu uses to uncover Morita's background.
Voiced by: Shinji Kawada (Japanese), Yuri Lowenthal (English)The last client of the Genda Law Office when Yagami was a lawyer. After Okubo was acquitted of dumping a dead corpse from a murder while working with the ADDC, he was arrested again for committing arson.
At the start of the game, Okubo is on Death Row awaiting his execution.
- Cassandra Truth: He insists he was completely innocent of the two murders, but no one believes him because of his criminal record.
- Death Row: Was convicted for the supposed murder of his girlfriend. By the time the game's events begin, he only has several days left before he is executed. Yagami eventually manages to prove that Emi's death wasn't his fault, and a trial to formalize his exoneration is set in stone when the main plot ends.
- Digging Yourself Deeper: Fearing no one would believe him because of his criminal record he buried Waku's body in the mountains. That really didn't help his case.
- Informed Flaw: Supposedly, he has quite the violent temper, but we never see it for ourselves. Then again, Izumida was the one characterizing him, and he has demonstrated that he's willing to cast anyone in a negative light to get a guilty verdict. He does have a record for breaking his ex girlfriend's finger while drunk but he deeply regrets it and never touched a drink ever since.
- It's All My Fault: Despite saying he is innocent, he still blames himself over what happened to Emi and Yagami. His logic being that his attempt at a disposing of Waku's body despite not having killed him instead of just reporting it to the police lead to the Disaster Dominoes.
- Off on a Technicality: Yagami got him off his first murder charge thanks to one of those and Emi's outburst at court. By destroying Shono's testimony Yagami could prove the time window for the murder is bigger than the one that makes Okubo the killer without a doubt. However his criminal record, lack of alibi, potential motive and his attempt at disposing of the body made him guilty in the eyes of the public.
- Reformed, but Rejected: He has a criminal record, something that was brought up in both his court cases to point to him as the murderer.
- Small Role, Big Impact: His arrest led Yagami to resign from the law firm and eventually investigate it after a murder case he's working with Kaito has some ties to his arrest.
- Tears of Joy: He breaks down into happy tears when Yagami tells Okubo that he believes Okubo didn't kill Emi.
Voiced by: Eri Goda (Japanese), Amy Walker (English)
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Subverted. Even though Okubo has a criminal record, Emi firmly believed Okubo was a kind and gentle man at heart.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Was one of the few people to vouch for Okubo's innocence without any hesitation. Okubo then apparently murdered her. Turns out she was correct in believing Okubo's innocence, though she was off-base with her assessment of Shono. Then again, Shono doesn't exactly look like a murderer.
- Posthumous Character: She's been dead for three years, but her importance to the plot cannot be overstated.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Makoto Makimura, and to some extent, Wen Hai Lee from Yakuza 0. Both have very similar hairstyles and similar attire.
Voiced by: Haruhiko Jo (Japanese), Ed O'Ross (English)
- Affably Evil: He may have the mentality of a Yakuza but he's nothing but proper and polite.
- All for Nothing: Before the story he tried to buy up the land the Medical Institute (And thus the ADDC included) so that he could redevelop the area into a Kamurocho expansion. This all came undone when AD-9 was announced. And given that he is being investigated in the epilogue, it's likely he'll be in jail by the time the land is up for sale again.Kajihira: Now I'm 100 billion yen in the red.Kaito: That's a lot of money!
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He seeks to expose the conspiracy at the ADDC to protect his own shady investments. In the ending, Saori mentions that Yagami exposing the conspiracy has led the government to begin an investigation into Kajihira and Kanzaki's dealings that will likely send both men to jail.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's funding a yakuza clan, after all, though in a odd twist, once he's met, he makes sure that the Kyorei clan assists Yagami and co. in their investigation.
- Evil Cripple: A wheelchair user who sponsors a yakuza clan.
- The Man Behind the Man: The secret master behind the Kyorei clan's activity in Kamurocho.
- Pet the Dog: While greed is his primary motivation he wishes Yagami could uncover the truth if not for his land development scheme to work at least to give Hashiki proper respect.
- Off Screen Villain Dark Matter: His presence subverts this for the Kyorei clan. The Kyorei are too small to venture that far from Kansai on their own but thanks to Kajihira's financial support they can build themselves in Tojo territory with only the Matsugane family bothering them.
Voiced by: James Hong (English)An employee who received trouble from the Keihin Gang.
Voiced by: Izumi Kitta (Japanese), Carrie Keranen (English)
- Brutal Honesty: She's very blunt about her predictions of calamity, which causes a lot of people to believe that she's trying to threaten them instead of saving their lives.
- Ms. Fanservice: An informed version. She states that she's a nude model for painting on the side, and is heavy requested by art students due to her "voluptuous figure". She does look quite gorgeous in a dress though.
Voiced by: Rina Sato (Japanese), Natasha Loring (English)
A workaholic that Yagami saves from a stalker.
- Married to the Job: She claims that she won't date Yagami because she's too busy with work. It turns out that she actually just lost interest in romance after a previous boyfriend cheated on her.
- Never Be Hurt Again: She swore off romance after a boyfriend that she was in love with cheated on her. Yagami can restore her faith in love once more. And yes, Yagami can cheat on her without consequence.
Voiced by: Nao Tōyama (Japanese), Elise Napier (English)
A young street musician looking for her big break.
- Age-Gap Romance: With Yagami. She's nineteen and he's thirty-five.
- Attempted Rape: Preyed upon by a "producer" who promises stardom while plotting to force her into pornography. She's eventually forced into his office where she's about to be molested by several men against her will, but Yagami arrives in time to stop them.
- Contractual Purity: An in-universe example. A major obstacle during her romance is that her contract with her record label forbids her from being in a relationship until she's twenty-seven because female singers are more marketable when they're single. She manages to convince the label to make an exception with a song about her unrequited love.
Voiced by: Kaede Hondo (Japanese), Julie Nathanson (English)
A college student who is targeted by the pervert gang Twisted Trio.
- Arranged Marriage: She's been betrothed to a childhood friend of hers since she was very young. Complicating matters is that his family can financially ruin hers if she breaks the betrothal.
- Butt-Monkey: She manages to wind up the target of nearly every pervert in Kamurocho.
- Half-Identical Twins: Her twin brother Yosuke looks just like her with shorter hair.
Voiced by: Naoto Takeda (Japanese),A foreigner training to be a ninja. If Yagami makes friends with him, he sometimes helps out in fights by using his ninja skills and his ninjato.
- Chaste Hero: Believes himself to be so, and thinks of his grandma naked to repel impure thoughts. It makes him a perfect customer for Madoka as he won't make a move on her, and he likes to talk without the person he's talking to replying.
- Chuunibyou: His "anime bullshit" aggravates Yagami to no end.
- Highly Visible Ninja: He can be seen casually walking around town after recruiting him, especially in broad daylight. It gets subverted during the finale of "The Golden Mouse" when his own outfit blends in quite well to the Kamurocho sewers.
- Knife Nut: A suitable ninjato which he wields with impressive skill and grace.
- McNinja: A foreigner who's in Japan to train in the ninja arts.
- Reverse Grip: He holds his ninjato in this manner.
Voiced by: Ikuji Nose (Japanese)A self-titled 'free spirit'; by that, he means he consumes spirits freely. He's also the older twin brother of a mini-boss, the Cane Man, and is available shortly after fighting the latter in the Soleil building. He's usually found in the Earth Angel bar.
- Always Identical Twins: It trips Yagami up at first, as they even dress the same. Ryo doesn't take it too personally.
- The Alcoholic: His primary raison d'être; progressing his friendship requires Yagami to outdrink him, which is done by investing in the Borderline Alcoholic skill.
- Big Brother Worship: His brother looks up to him, and has also been trying to one-up him since they were kids. Ryo notes that his younger brother's choice of clothing is likely another one of his attempts at such.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Granted, he is likely drunk off his ass, but his prose tends to be a bit strange. He also fondly remembers how he and his brother used to fight for their mother's milk when sent to Madoka.
- Conspicuous Gloves: Wears leather gloves just like his brother while lacking the excuse of being an assassin who specializes in various cane-based weapons. One has to wonder how those gloves benefit his alcoholic lifestyle.
- Drunken Master: He's a damn good fighter for a guy who spends all day drinking booze. His laidback, flowing, graceful techniques also lend itself somewhat to his drunken personality.
- Evil Twin: What the Cane Man is to Ryo; while the latter sticks to legal pursuits (such as drinking himself 'til sundown), the Cane Man prefers to operate as an assassin.
- Knife Nut: Uses a knife in combat much like his younger twin does during the first of several encounters with him in the Soleil Building.
- Lazy Bum: He is proud of being an unemployed drunk.
- Moveset Clone: Uses most of the attacks of Homare Nishitani from 0.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Yosuke cheats on his girlfriend, makes weirdly suggestive comments about his sister and Yagami, and shows occasional sympathy for the Twisted Trio. However, he also asks Yagami to help Madoka, a childhood friend of his, pay off her debts so she can quit a sex work job that she's uncomfortable in. Yosuke also requests that Yagami not let Madoka know that Yosuke is helping her, because he just wants to help his friend and doesn't want a reward for doing so.
- Half-Identical Twins: He looks like his twin sister Tsukino with shorter hair. This bites him in the ass when Ass Catchem gropes him believing him to be Tsukino with a short haircut.
- Shipper on Deck: He's the one who suggests that Yagami date Tsukino.
- Harder Than Hard: After Yagami has cleared all the batting challenges, he gives him two new ones that are meant to be this to the common man.
Spoiler CharactersWarning: All spoilers for the following characters are unmarked. Read at your own risk.
Voiced by: Shosuke Tanihara (Japanese), Matthew Mercer (English)
As it turns out, The Mole is none other than Mitsuru Kuroiwa, the investigator put onto the serial murder case. A Dirty Cop on a far worse level than Ayabe.
- Animal Motif: Yagami calls him the Mole because he appears at dark times, not unlike an actual mole. The fact he's a Dirty Cop and The Mole for the Police was not found out until later.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He's completely assured of his victory both times he fights Yagami, and he really doesn't take it well when Yagami manages to get one over him.
- Assassin Outclassin': He dispatches of Ichinose's hitmen in a second.
- Axe-Crazy: Though the eye-gouging is given an explanation, once he's revealed, it becomes clear that he really isn't stable.
- Battle in the Rain: Sort of. His and Yagami's last fight takes place indoors during a storm, but the surrounding windows are either open or shattered, allowing the rain to pour in.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: His pistol, while operating as The Mole, is a gold-plated Smith & Wesson 3913.
- Break the Haughty: The final chapter is this for him. He gets a humiliating defeat by Yagami and the bosses he put so much faith in decide to send a hit squad for him so they'd save their own skin. He then goes down fighting at the ADDC where all of his crimes are revealed to the cops, dying in a pool of his own blood.
- Combat Pragmatism: After Yagami gains the upper hand in their first battle, he pulls out his gun. If it wasn't from Morita, he would have shot Yagami without batting an eye.
- Counter-Attack: Easily parries a punch by Yagami in the introduction to the first fight against him. He'll continue to do so throughout his boss fights if you just try to haphazardly attack him from the front.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: He gets shot to death by a group of cops. In a hospital. In Japan, so it's definitely "unusual", but he's so insane that no one minds.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers one to everyone but Yagami; he even destroyed Kaito and Higashi with only a blackjack.
- Detective Mole: He is the Lead Investigator assigned to The Mole's case and is in fact the killer himself.
- Determinator: The man will not stop until his objective is complete or he is dead. Even after Yagami delivers a brutal beatdown on him, he still has enough energy to try and kill Shono and it takes several cops' pumping him full of lead to finally put him down for good.
- Dirty Cop: Is revealed to be a much worse case of this than Ayabe.
- Disney Death: Averted. Yagami kicks him out of a window but Kuroiwa hangs onto the ledge and climbs back in, and that's when you realize that was only Phase 1 of his boss fight.
- The Dreaded: His actions have scared the crap out of anyone in Kamurucho, even the police and the criminal gangs.
- Establishing Character Moment: Slowly walks in a flaming building to kill his former partner, when this fails he kills everyone coming near him with his gun and fists only to take one as a human shield that he makes sure to kill before escaping. As the Mole Kuroiwa is completely ruthless, unflappable and enjoys murder.
- Even Evil Had Loved Ones: Maybe. Ayabe claims it's a possibility that Kuroiwa murdered the man who snitched on his Dirty Cop boss (Who then committed suicide) for revenge.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Downplayed. When he confronts Yagami in L'Amant, Morita demanded to know why he was there. Kuroiwa immediately insulted him by reminding him how good he is at turning a blind eye, implying even he thought it was a low to betray his own ideals.
- Evil Counterpart: To Yagami. They have similar fighting styles, are both considered attractive by other characters and both work as law enforcement. However, Kuroiwa commits the murders that Yagami investigates.
- Eviler Than Thou: To Hamura. It was Kuroiwa who suggested they take on assassination jobs, which Hamura was actually uncomfortable with at the time. Judging by the look on Hamura's face, Hamura also wasn't expecting Kuroiwa to so readily execute him after he was captured by Yagami.
- Evil Is Petty: Throughout the game he does things for no other reason than to cause grief for Yagami and his friends. From making it clear he knows Yagami's buying police intel from Ayabe and Mafuyu, to even grinning at Kaito and Higashi while they're staking him out after having killed Matsugane. He has no reason for this other than to be a total prick.
- Evil Laugh: During his mortal wound charge up he starts laughing.
- Final Boss: A 1-on-1 battle with him in the ADDC is the final battle of the game.
- Final Boss Preview: He's fought earlier in the final chapter. Unlike most examples, you're expected to win, though he doesn't pull out all the moves that he does during his final battle.
- The Gunslinger: While an extremely skilled melee fighter, Kuroiwa is also the most capable gunman in the game. The final chapter in particular shows that he is a very fast Quick Draw.
- Hate Sink: Kuroiwa's true colors are incredibly unpleasant, being a mix of deluded self-righteousness and sadism.
- The Heavy: He's the biggest physical threat in the game, the enforcer of The Conspiracy's will, and the Final Boss.
- Hypocrite: He looks down on Ayabe for being a Knowledge Broker when he was in the exact same profession prior to doing assassination jobs.
- Implacable Man: It doesn't matter how much punishment he receives. He'll always get back up. He's only done in after getting utterly ventilated with bullets, and even then it still takes some time for him to finally die.
- Institutional Allegiance Concealment: Kuroiwa disguises himself as The Mole by hiding his face with a hoodie/mask.
- In the Hood: Has a hood worn over his head/face.
- Karmic Death: After killing many people using various methods, including with a gun, it is befitting he ends up shot numerous times by police officers. A handful of said officers' colleagues were also gunned down by him just before his demise.
- Killer Cop: Killed the three Kyorei clan members at night. He also kills the other TMPD officers in the ADDC when they go after him.
- Knight Templar: He's willing to kill as many test subjects as it takes to complete AD-9, believing that he and Shono will be hailed as heroes.
- Leitmotif: "Penumbra" for all fights against him. Fitting for a serial killer who destroyed countless lives while appearing as the ace detective in public.
- Lightning Bruiser: He uses the same flashy acrobatics in combat that Yagami does and can take an absurd amount of punishment before going down.
- Marathon Boss: Across two phases, his last boss fight has a total of 10 health bars, the most for any Non Bonus Boss fight across the franchise.
- Mask of Sanity: Acts like a By-the-Book Cop before it's revealed that he's The Mole.
- Mirror Boss: He fights using more vicious variants of Yagami's moves.
- Meaningful Name: The kanji for "Mitsuru" can mean satisfy, symbolizing his perfectionism and the "Kuro" in "Kuroiwa" means black which is associated with sin in Japan.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: He's ruthlessly efficient when he's given an objective, sparing little talk and just killing everyone in his path.
- The Paragon Always Rebels: Subverted in that he never really was a paragon, being a Bastard Understudy from a crooked cop, but he was seen as The Ace of the precinct by Ayabe and the public.
- Purple Is Powerful: Has a purple Battle Aura and is an absolutely vicious combatant.
- "Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives a short and effective one to Morita. When Kurosawa is about to fight Yagami, he advises Morita to look the other way since he's good at that. It doubles as a Stealth Insult.
- Sadist: He seems to relish causing pain considering the rather broad smile he has while doing so.
- Serial Killer: Double subverted. Yagami initially believes that the Mole is a serial killer whose MO is murdering Yakuza by gouging their eyes out, but it turns out that he's an assassin for hire who is covering up illegal experiments on humans. However, Kuroiwa comes to enjoy murdering people in such a ritualistic manner, and by the end of the game, he's killing for enjoyment rather than profit.
- Shot at Dawn: A group of cops gun him down.
- Shot to the Heart: Injects himself with adrenaline during his last fight with Yagami that significantly boosts his strength.
- Smug Snake: While Yagami and his friends are chasing after them, he gives them 'grins' since he believes that his men will be enough to stop them rather than fighting them himself.
- The Sociopath: He's a sadist with a profound Lack of Empathy. Even back when he was just a Knowledge Broker, Hamura could tell he was a man who could kill without feeling a shred of remorse.
- Taking You with Me: Effectively what he tries to do in the game's climax. After Ichinose orders his death, Kuroiwa attempts to hold Shono hostage to force him to complete AD-9 or, in the case that the authorities corner him, kill him before he's gunned down himself.
- This Explains So Much: Despite being the one responsible for enforcing the will of The Conspiracy, he doesn't actually know why the eyes of the victims are cut out before he witnesses Shono's horrifying death when he looks in his blue-dyed eyes, leading to his Famous Last Words.Kuroiwa: So that's why... I finally... Understand...
- Villain with Good Publicity: A known plainclothes officer who does part-time work as the Mole. This collapses after his true identity is revealed.
- Villainous Breakdown: He undergoes it as soon his identity is revealed. When Yagami puts up a good fight against him, even having him on the defensive, he ends up pulling out a gun and nearly shooting Yagami down, clearly furious that he is able to match him. The only reason Kuroiwa stands down is because Morita reminds him that he can't cover his tracks if he kills Yagami now. When Ichinose puts a hit on him as the conspiracy is falling apart, he plans on kidnapping Shono so they can keep working on AD-9, rationalizing that no one will care about his rampage if he ends up curing Alzheimer. He then tries to kill Shono when that's off the table.
Voiced by: Makoto Nagai (Japanese), Michael J. Gough (English)
- Axe-Crazy: A more subdued example compared to Kuroiwa, but his actions definitely point to him being at least slightly unhinged. Accidentally killing a patient and panicking and hastily attempting to dispose of the body? Understandable. Killing a coworker in cold blood just to frame her boyfriend and having their house set on fire? Definitely not.
- Believing Your Own Lies: He found out the toxins in AD-9 were impossible to remove but ended up convincing himself that he could negate their effects after insisting to others that he just needed to test the drug out more. He ultimately dies as a result of injecting himself with what he believes to be a perfect dose.
- Beneath Suspicion: He looks like an Extreme Doormat and even when Emi points out the hole in his testimony she and everyone thinks he was just misremembering instead of covering himself.
- Big Bad: It's his willingness to cross every moral line for the sake of AD-9 that drives the conflict. Every other villain involved with the plot exists to ensure his work is completed.
- Big Bad Wannabe: However, because of his cowardliness and Nervous Wreck tendencies, he could only get so far with his luck and the manipulation of Kido to be able to get so many villains to help him. Without Ichinose or Kuroiwa, he would never had gotten as far as he did, and he's forced to rely on Yagami's help when Kuroiwa turns on him.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first, it seems like he's just a weak-willed man being pushed around by his corrupt superiors. Then it's revealed that he's really the one who started The Conspiracy.
- Body Motifs: Eyes. He gouges out the eyes of his victims to keep the experiments a secret. When he makes eye contact he looks either terrified, guilty, or crazy. He "Keeps his eye on the ball," if you will. And he Dies Wide Open.
- Classic Villain: He embodies pride, as he only performs experiments with AD-9 because he made it, despite knowing that it can't be improved.
- Covert Pervert: The hostess recalls that Shono kept peeking nervously at her cleavage when Hashiki invited him to the club.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: As he dies, it's revealed that this is a side effect of AD-9.
- Determinator: He will do whatever it takes to cure Alzheimer's Disease. Deconstructed thoroughly in that he crosses every moral line he can to do it, doesn't let anyone else work on his drug, and refused to Know When to Fold 'Em when it became apparent that everything he is doing is All for Nothing.
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: Got two big ones that helped him cover Waku's death: first is that Okubo freaked out so bad he tried to hide the body, which made him the prime suspect and even his Off on a Technicality didn't stop the public from thinking he was behind it. The second is that Okubo was using sleeping pills due to the stress from the public harassment so it was easy for Shono to kill Emi and frame an unconscious Okubo.
- Dies Wide Open: And how! One of the negative side-effects of AD-9 - aside from it causing excruciating pain and killing whoever takes it, obviously - is that it gives the victim bright blue eyes, something revealed to horrifying effect just after he injects the drug into himself to prove that it's safe. The last we see of him is his dead body, with wide-open bright blue eyes and his face contorted in agony.
- Dirty Coward: Whimpers and runs away from Yagami, calling reinforcements and begging Yagami to stop chasing him during the 2nd fight with Mashiko.
- Egocentrically Religious: This aspect of his character didn't make it into the dubbed version of the game, but in the original Japanese audio track he states his reason for everything and only proves that he's deluded himself into thinking he was chosen by God to cure Alzheimers.
- Shono: The reason I took up science... The reason I developed this drug... ...is because God chose this fate for me.
- Enemy Mine: When Kuroiwa attempts to kidnap him, Yagami and Suguira save him. Shono has no intention of repenting for his actions, but this temporary alliance is formed because the heroes need him to confess and he needs protection from Kuroiwa.
- Engineered Public Confession: Suguira records him on his phone while he admits to murdering Emi. This is the final piece of evidence that allows them to take down Ichinose.
- Even Evil Has Standards: One of the reasons he gave for why the Kyorei were used in the AD-9 experiments besides the fact they were in his way; he would rather use yakuza as test subjects instead of innocent civilians. Upon hearing this, Yagami deconstructs it by asking what made these men deserve death.
- Eye Scream: He was the one removing the eyeballs from his victims. It was so people wouldn't suspect human experimentation as the eyes turns blue. Even Kuroiwa from his reaction wasn't aware of it.
- Famous Last Words: While the implications of the Japanese and English audio tracks are slightly different, the fact that both are Right for the Wrong Reasons and lead to Shono's Laser-Guided Karma remains consistent.
- Shono (JP): The reason I took up science... The reason I developed this drug... ...is because God chose this fate for me.Shono (EN): My entire career as a researcher... All the time I spent deveoloping AD-9... Every single minute of it has led to this moment.
- Fatal Flaw: Yagami points out that other than one thing, Shono is a normal person. That one thing: AD-9 itself. His obsession with curing Dementia makes him a monster.
- Foil: He actually is a villainous one to Yagami. While Yagami is handsome, a fighter, and has a healthy determination, Shono is plain, a coward, and his determination is unhealthy to everyone's detriment.
- Freudian Excuse: His mother and grandparents were both taken by Alzheimer's, which pushed him towards finding a cure through any means necessary.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Yagami counters all of his "Greater Good" talk by pointing out how many people he killed, including Emi, who was only killed so he could frame Okubo. Yagami also points out he could have let someone else carry on his research but his pride stopped him.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: A researcher that freaked out when his chance to cure Alzheimer disease was about to go away ends up starting a conspiracy of kidnappings and murders backed by government officials.
- I Never Said It Was Poison: When Yagami asks him what he knows about the Mole, he insists he doesn't know who he is. As Yagami points out, Shono had no way of knowing that the Mole was a person.
- I've Come Too Far: His main motivation on continuing the development of AD-9 himself, even with the murder of an innocent woman, patient and several yakuza, and proven failure of AD-9 in humans on the back of his mind.
- Karmic Death: Dies exactly the same way like his first victim by believing he has perfected the drug by injecting it into himself. This time however, there was nothing to keep him from hiding that from the public. Sugira even recorded his confession and death which would prove to the world he was nothing more than a hopeless scientist who used others for his ambitions.
- Mad Scientist: Experimented on countless humans just to perfect his drug even after it became obvious that it would be impossible to remove the drug's toxins.
- Manipulative Bastard: He allows Kido to be listed as the sole researcher on the AD-9 research papers to give them bigger publicity before telling him the drug doesn't work and he killed someone. He also turns Hashiki's attempt at having him confess about AD-9's foul play in a trap to murder him.
- Motive Rant: Delivers one when he makes a "Perfect" dose of AD-9.Shono: AD-9 is done now. Everything I have has gone into this one syringe. There's no mistaking it this time. Here's the proof. I'm going to show you once and for all. I'll prove that my miracle drug is a reality!Yagami: How many people has your "miracle" killed?Shono: People... People? But it'll save millions! Maybe tens of millions across the world!Yagami: That's why you thought it was okay to murder an innocent woman? Huh? Is that why you stabbed her to death and burned the evidence!? Okubo-kun took the fall for all of it... You sent a good man to die!Shono: I never wanted to kill anyone! But it had to happen for AD-9. It was the only way to save all of them!(...)Shono: But AD-9 is my drug! I'm the only one who could have finished it! And I'll finally prove it! Prove that my research was worth the effort! Prove that I was right to do what I did!
- Narcissist: The reason he refused to pass on his research to someone else is because he created the drug.
- Nervous Wreck: He speaks with a constantly wavering cadence and always looks incredibly uncomfortable in whatever situation he's in. It's possibly a result of his fears of being caught and his need to constantly reaffirm that the sacrifices he's made aren't pointless. Emi mentions he used to be more matter-of-factly and calm when he talks so it is a new development for him.
- Never My Fault: Double Subverted. When his crimes are brought up, he does admit he feels guilty about all the death. However, since he can only see the positive of AD-9 being successful, he refuses to take responsibility and take the punishment he deserves. By the time he realizes he can't fix AD-9, he fully embraces this, doubling down and continuing his madness. It's no longer about doing the right thing, it's about proving he's right.
- Non-Action Big Bad: His physical constitution doesn't lend itself to physical combat, and the only murders he committed were against similarly-defenseless people.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: His argument that his drug will save the lives of countless millions and is thus worth the sacrifices sort of loses weight when it's revealed that he knew the drug's toxins were impossible to remove. Him continuing to experiment on people is just him desperately trying to escape the reality that all those sacrifices were for nothing, which ultimately comes back to give him a rather gruesome demise.
- Playing with Syringes: The entire plot started when he performed an illegal experiment on Waku. He continues to perform deadly AD-9 experiments on kidnapped test subjects.
- Professor Guinea Pig: He decides to test the perfected AD-9 on himself. It kills him in the same horrific manner as his victims.
- Revealing Cover Up: He very likely could have gotten away completely scot-free if he had left things alone after Okubo's acquittal: the vast majority of the public and the legal system still believed Okubo to be a murderer who got Off on a Technicality and even Shono's perjury at the trial was written off as mere misremembering. Shono's insistence in making sure Waku's death wouldn't be reinvestigated by murdering Emi and framing Okubo is what set up the chain of events that led to his downfall.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Everything he does, he does because he thinks it's the right thing to do. Horribly deconstructed given that all his actions do is kill people and ruin innocent lives. And the longer the experiments are drawn out, the more self-righteous he gets with more heinous crimes. By the end, it gets to the point that he's only doing it to show he was right.
- Self-Made Man: He paid his tuition at medical school by himself and became a respected doctor. Then he went crazy with AD-9 working on mice but not humans and ensnared his director and the vice minister of Health into bankrolling him.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Absolutely nobody suspected him of even being a part of The Conspiracy until Yagami confronted Hamura.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: He doesn't look like the kind of man who could hurt a fly even if he wanted to. Then you find out that he's done so much worse than that.