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Count/Shogun Takeshi

Played By: Takeshi Kitano

The host and functional Big Bad of the show, he played the part of an egotistical feudal lord whose castle the contestants had to conquer.

  • As Himself: Vaguely; Kitano played Kitano playing a daimyo.
  • Big Bad: Of the show, though most of his villainy is of the offscreen variety. This gets exaggerated in the Thailand version of Takeshi's Castle, where Shogun Takeshi is much more obviously villainous.
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  • Blue Is Heroic: Inverted. He wears a blue robe yet is a villain.
  • Dirty Old Man: Occasionally if there are some attractive female on stage.
  • Final Boss: Shooting down Takeshi's cart was the main goal of the Show Down.
  • Villain Protagonist: During the Swapped Roles specials.

Saburo Ishikura

Played By: Saburo Ishikura

Takeshi's first advisor.


Higashi Sonomanma

Played By: Hideo Higashikokubaru
Takeshi's second advisor and second-in-command.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: He was much more energetic and emotional than Saburo, as well as goofier and more of a comic relief.
  • The Dragon: Takeshi's most loyal henchman in all versions.
  • Dub Name Change: Known as Junior in Spain.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Much before he was ascended to the count's advisor, he could be seen acting as a random crewman or a Emerald Guard captain.
  • Sycophantic Servant: In the Spanish dub, it was sometimes implied he was outright in love with Takeshi.


Fake Takeshi

Played By: Unknown
An actor wearing a Takeshi mask who replaced him while Kitano was out of the show.
  • Cool Mask: As cool as a mask modelled after Takeshi Kitano can be.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Invoked, exaggerated, parodied, played for laughs... All at once.
  • The Voiceless: Unlike the real deal, Fake Takeshi didn't talk. Aside from some non verbal cues, he was there for visual purposes while Higashi and some other guests did their work.

Castle Guards and henchmen

Michiru Jo

Played By: Michiru Jo
Takeshi's captain, always clad in flamboyant pink.

Yousichi Shimada

Played By: Yousichi Shimada
A murderer manchild with a penchant for crossdressing.


Played By: Shoji Kinoshita and Shoichi Kinoshita
A duo of weird twin mooks with rainbow ponchos.
  • Agent Peacock: A parody, as they wore LGBTI flags and performed fruity dances and chants.
  • Camp Straight: Most of their gay gimmick was in their act itself, not in their interactions.
  • Creepy Twins: They were twins, villains and at least somewhat creepy (when not hilarious).
  • Dub Name Change: Known as the Dúo Pirata ("Pirate Duo") in Spain, pirata being Spanish slang for gay or effeminate.
  • Friendly Enemy: Although still antagonistic in nature, they were usually kind towards the contestants, at least whenever their role didn't require the twins to shoot at them. Most contestants even chanted with them before the challenges.
  • Nice Hat: Wore black bowler hats.
  • Power Trio: Whenever they teamed up with Jo or Shimada. The four also formed a Power Quartet in special occasions.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: As mentioned, their ponchos were rainbow patterned, just like the traditional LGBTI flag.

Oniji Tankobo

Played By: Kibaji Tankobo
A mercenary working for Takeshi, as fiery as his red Japanese stage wig.
  • Blood Knight: Muscling contestants down was an amazing job for him.
  • Dub Name Change: Paco Peluca ("Frank Wig") in Spain.
  • Elite Mooks: In most versions, he and Kobayashi were among the most efficient mooks, although Tankobo tended to have his wig grabbed during brawls.
  • This Means War Paint: His Japanese theatre makeup worked as such.
  • Those Two Guys: Rarely seen without Kobayashi.

Strong Kanegou / Strong Kongo

Played By: Shozo Kobayashi

A bald mercenary for Takeshi.

The Sea Goblin

Played By: Masanori Okada
Another bald bruiser, this time an aquatic mook who would attack contestants from a pond.
  • As Himself: Okada, a real life boxer, did a bit of self-parody of his temper here.
  • Bald of Evil: Same as Kobayashi, although with extra monster.
  • Dub Name Change: In Spain, to "The Monster of the Dirty Pond."


Played By: Brad Lesley
Possibly the mightiest of all the bruisers, Animal was an evil foreigner with strange dressing tastes and a frightening strength.
  • Badass Beard: To show better his gaijin barbarism.
  • The Brute: He qualified more than anyone due to his rank, as he was supposed to be foreign samurai pledged to Takeshi.
  • The Dreaded: Contestants were afraid of sumo-wrestling him in all versions due to his size, strength and meanness.
  • Everything's Better with Samurai: Even if they are gaijin.
  • McNinja: Mc Samurai in this case, as he was a foreigner who sometimes dressed up as a samurai.

Umanosuke Ueda

Played By: Hiroshi Ueda
Another pro wrestler working for Takeshi.
  • As Himself: He played his pro wrestling persona.
  • Blondes Are Evil: He had his hair dyed blonde. In fact, he was the one who popularized this custom in Japanese professional wrestling.
  • Dub Name Change: In Spain, he was called the Dyed Blond Guy.


Played By: Makoto Dainenji
A Karate master.
  • As Himself: He was a karate expert in real life.
  • Dub Name Change: He went commonly unnamed in Spain, but at least once he was called Yochiro or Yoichiro.
  • Those Two Guys: Rarely seen without Katsuo.


Played By: Katsuo Tokashiki
A boxer.


Played By: Koichi Shinozuka
Takeshi's first Sumo Wrestling expert.

Daifujii Keiji

Played By: Keiji Ito
Shinoburyu's replacement.
  • As Himself: A sumo wrestler of some fame performing under his shikona.
  • Dub Name Change: In Spain, for some unknown reason, he was called Shark.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Daifujii, a more successful sumotori than Shinoburyu, replaced him when the latter left the show. However, they are so physically similar that the viewer might not notice it.

Shin Suganuma

Played By: Noboru Suganuma
A skinny sumo wannabe.
  • Boisterous Weakling: He tended to fire himself up before the sumo challenge, but his little weight and strength made him rather easy to defeat by any marginally athletic contestant.
  • Butt-Monkey: As mentioned, he usually lost.
  • Dub Name Change: Known as Harry Potter's Cousin in Spain.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wore glasses (yes, even while wrestling) and was quite vicious, even if he rarely backed it up on the circle.

Kunihiko Katsura

Played By: Kunihiko Katsura
Another lightweight sumo.

Jumbo Max

Played By: Unknown
A giant gorilla mascot who tried to keep players from reaching goals.

Yoroi Chu

Played By: Unknown
Another mascot guardian, this time a giant samurai.

Contestants and allies

General Tani

Played By: Hayato Tani
The leader of the resistance against the feudal lord, as well as the main ally to the contestants.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Takeshi.
  • Catchphrase: In Spain, "¡Al turrón!" (translatable as something like "let's go!")
  • Dub Name Change: Known as General Lee in UK and India.
  • Ice-Cream Koan: In the Spanish version, he loved to tell those to the players in his opening speech, always quoting an old Shaolin monk he had supposedly learned under. In a sort of a subversion, some of his quotes were actual proverbs (more often than not, tweaked for humorous effect), but most of the time they were all nonsense.
  • Large Ham: Every time he called the contestants to attack.
  • Momma's Boy: The Spanish Tani was a bit of this every time his mother came to "motivate" him (usually by insulting or demeaning him).
  • The Resistance: Led this symbolically.
  • Verbal Tic: In the Spanish version, he always called his interlocutor "piltrafilla" (roughly "you little sleaze").

Chino Cudeiro

Played By: Several contestants
An original yet incredibly iconic character from the Spanish versions (both the 1990-1995 and the 2006-2007, not just the latter as popular culture says). He was a sort of anonymous hero who led the resistance only to die tragically upon failing spectacularly a challenge, only to reappear the next show. Sometimes the character had modifications accord to the appearance of the contestant who was portraying him.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It was never explained how could this character have multiple lives and identities. Sometimes it was hinted there was an entire Japanese family of Cudeiros working for the resistance (helped by the fact that Cudeiro is a real Spanish surname), while others it was implied that "Chino Cudeiro" was a Legacy Character that many players would adopt, and the odd moment had the commentators explaining he was a single individual with something resembling Reality Warper powers that enabled him to resurrect and shapeshift. Yeah, Humor Amarillo was really that freaky.
  • I Have Many Names: Depending on his versions, although in the 90-95 versions he was also called sometimes Yema de Huevo ("Yolk").
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: He was Japanese, but he was called a Chinese in Spain. Even the commentators often wondered why.
  • Red Is Heroic: There was no common way to identify visually a Cudeiro aside from the commentators's word, but the designated player often wore something red in the 06-07 version. This was an interesting departure from the 90-95 version, where the Chino wore something yellow.
  • Sacrificial Lion: His role and entire reason to be.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: The living embodiment of the trope, to the extent a Spaniard will probably understand it faster by mentioning the Chino Cudeiro rather than Kenny.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: He actually managed to win once after months of dying and coming back to life over and over again.

Dolores Conichigua

Played By: A random female contestant
Another original character from the Spanish version, she was a "contestant advocate" who acted as a consultant for the show, to the contestants's disgrace.
  • Catchphrase: "¡Dadles caña!" (translatable as something in the line of “beat them up!"). Actually, this quote only became her catchphrase later in the show’s run; before that, she would shout many equivalent sentences.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: She had glasses, yet no compassion.
  • Large Ham: Her interviews ended always with her shouting to the camera.
  • No Indoor Voice: Had no lines that weren’t vociferous.
  • Nominal Hero: She was supposed to be some kind of activist for the players' rights, but most of her interventions had her precisely demanding even more punishment and humiliation for them.
  • Punny Name: Conichigua is a homophone for "konnichiwa", a Japanese greeting phrase.
  • Soapbox Sadie: Probably a parody of this kind of character.


The titular protagonist of the famed Toku series, who makes a few crossover appearances in Takeshi's Castle as an ally of General Tani and subbed for Tani once.
  • Guest Fighter: Participated in the Monster Special's showdown alongside some of his counterparts, as well as being part of some of the games.
  • Hero Antagonist: During the Monster Special, as it was a Swapped Roles scenario between Takeshi and Tani.

Neutral characters

The Battlefield Reporter

Played By: Junji Inagawa, Akira Sakamoto and Shingo Yanagisawa

The show's interviewer. Three people played this role, although in most versions he was considered the same character.

  • Dub Name Change: Pepe Livingston in Spain.
  • Explorer Outfit: Wore the classic beige shirt, shorts and safari hat.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: A bordering creepy example in the Spanish version, as he constantly invited female contestants into his rouloutte with thinly veiled (or not veiled at all) intentions to sleep with them. In many an occasion, he even invited a couple to shoot a homemade porn threesome with them.
  • Porn Stache: Inagawa sported one, which might have been the reason why the Spanish commentators turned him into a sex maniac.

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