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For Kazuma Kiryu, Haruka Sawamura and Goro Majima, see their entries on the Character Index page.
Morning Glory / Sunshine Orphanage"Morning Glory" ("Sunshine" in the early English localizations) is an orphanage sited in Okinawa, with connections to the Sunflower orphanage where Kiryu, Nishiki, Yumi, and Haruka grew up in. After the previous owner had passed away, Kiryu decided to take over the place along with Haruka following the events of the second game. There are eight orphans residing in the orphanage aside from Kiryu and Haruka.
Things change for them in Yakuza 5 when Kiryu and Haruka leave the orphanage, in order for the latter to pursue a career as an Idol Singer, and so the older kids wouldn't have to make sacrifices to support the orphanage. They're all still there by Yakuza 6, now teenagers, and play a large part in what kicks off the game's plot.
- Dub Name Change: It was originally named "Morning Glory", but was changed into "Sunshine" for the game's localization. It has been reverted back to "Morning Glory" in Yakuza 6.
- Meaningful Name: The original name for the orphanage was "Asagao" (Morning Glory), named after a Japanese flower. Kiryu gave it the name based on the orphanage he was raised in, "Sunflower". "Sunshine" can also be seen as a tribute to the place Kiryu was raised in.
- She's All Grown Up: In Yakuza 6, all of the orphans are now teenagers.
Voiced by: Shunzo Miyasaka
A tough boy with an aspiration of becoming a professional wrestler. Ten years old as of Yakuza 3, and in his second year of middle school by the fifth game. However, he planned on getting a job to support the orphanage instead of pursuing his education. When Kiryu and Haruka leave the orphanage, he's the one who takes over in their absence, and writes Haruka a fan-letter using the pen name "Dragon Mask Man".
- The Ace: He is like a natural leader to the rest of the orphans and wishes to protect the orphanage from the yakuza when he grows up as a professional wrestler.
- The Captain: When Kiryu and Haruka leave the orphanage, he's the oldest one left and tries to be as responsible and dependable as they were.
- The Cameo: Appears in the fourth game during Kiryu's segment as well as a flashback in Dead Souls.
- Tender Tears: When Kiryu returns to the orphanage in Yakuza 6, Taichi immediately glomps him with tears in his eyes.
- Stout Strength: He's a big on the big side but pretty tough.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Mitsuo.
Voiced by: Yumi Sudo
The eldest of the orphans second to Haruka, age 11 as of Yakuza 3. A quick thinker who is also quiet, caring and committed, she carries a motherly role to the orphanage, but tends to put others ahead of her own needs. By the time of the fifth game, she texts Haruka letting her know she and the others watch her on TV. Like Taichi and Koji, she was planning to find work to support the orphanage at the expense of her education.
In Yakuza 6, she learns of the scandal surrounding Haruka and catches her trying to leave the orphanage because of it, but is told to keep it a secret from the others. When Kiryu returns without her, she realizes she wasn't told the whole truth either, and informs him of the scandal and why she left.
- Accidental Athlete: After making Kiryu chase her throughout downtown Ryukyu, he and the others realized she was rather athletic and convinced her to join the track team. In the fifth game Kiryu can send her Christmas money to buy new running shoes.
- The Cameo: Appears in the fourth game during Kiryu's segment and a flashback in Dead Souls.
- Cool Big Sis: She is the eldest of the orphans and helps all of them out whenever she can, whether it's clothes, homework, money, or attending to injuries, feeling its her responsibility. Unfortunately, they tend to take advantage of her kindness and take her for granted.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: She runs off after she's fed up with their ungratefulness and refuses to go back with Kiryu, giving him a run for his money as he chases her throughout Downtown Ryukyu. He manages to convince her they're grateful, and they're apologetic afterwards.
- Girlish Pigtails: A pair of braided ones.
- My God, What Have I Done?: See Secret Keeper below. After Kiryu returns from him sentence, shocked to see Haruka isn't with him, Ayako breaks down in tears realizing her mistake, and is blamed by the others for not telling them the truth. Kiryu however tells them no one's to blame but himself.
- Secret Keeper: In Yakuza 6, she reluctantly agrees to keep Haruka's departure and the scandal a secret from the others so they wouldn't worry about her and blame themselves for it. But she's told Haruka would be near Kiryu when she actually heads off to Hiroshima instead.
Voiced by: Yuta Kasuya
An active boy who is into sports, particularly soccer and baseball, and generally plays with the other orphaned boys on the beach. Ten years old as of Yakuza 3. Like Taichi, he's also in his second year of middle school by the fifth game, and also planned to find work to support the orphanage instead of going to high school.
- The Cameo: Appears in the fourth game during Kiryu's segment.
Voiced by: Kanae Ito
A girl who has trouble getting along with other orphans, who took it hardest when she lost her parents. She tries fitting in but learned it was best to just be herself. Nine years old as of Yakuza 3.
Voiced by: Kimito Saito, Kokei Yamazaki (Yakuza 6)
The son of an American soldier and a Japanese woman. He was orphaned when his father returned to the United States without even knowing he had a child and his mother died. He's nine years old as of Yakuza 3, and in his first year of middle school by Yakuza 5. He's got a huge crush on Rinoa.
In Yakuza 6, he's become an active baseball player at his school, and his skills have been recognized to the point that it could earn him a college promotion. Now that Haruka is known to have been raised by the yakuza and lives in the same orphanage they do, the others fear it will interfere with his chances to make it big in life, which plays a large part in why she leaves them.
- The Ace: In Yakuza 6, he's become very skilled in baseball.
- Bully Hunter: He finds Riona being harassed by the rich boy she was supposed to go see a movie with, who along with his friends discriminated against her for her burnt scars. Mitsuo puts a stop to it but gets beaten up in the process.
- But Not Too Foreign: Half African-American, half Japanese.
- Call-Back: If you give him a dragon print t-shirt to wear on Rikiya's dress-up competition to make him look cool, the shirt itself appears to be purple and the dragon is gold. This easily shouts out Shinji Tanaka from the first game.
- Disappeared Dad: His dad doesn't even know he exists.
- Puppy Love: With Riona, which Rikiya called the trope by name. In the fifth game, he writes a fan letter to Haruka under the pen name "I Heart Riona", asking for advice on how to impress his crush. Even Kiryu thinks he'd be good for her.
- Token Minority: Partially black due to having an African-American father who is in the United States Army. He even uses his skin color as a means to comfort Riona, telling her he's also different from others when it comes to his appearance, which is why scars don't bother him.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Taichi.
Voiced by: Sayaka Maeda
A girl whose parents died in a burning building and had her arms burnt badly. The trendiest kid at the orphanage, she's into fashion and clothes. Mitsuo also has a crush on her. Nine years old as of Yakuza 3.
Voiced by: Mariko Tonomura, Makoto Ohara (Yakuza 6)
A shy and smart boy who wants to grow up to be a doctor since his parents died of different diseases, and enjoys reading books about space. Eight years old as of Yakuza 3. In the fifth game, he writes Haruka a letter under the pen name "Professor Cosmos".
- Butt-Monkey: He got constantly bullied at school by someone who turns out to be the son of a teacher.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He decided he had enough and fought back against the bullies.
- Nerd: He is very smart, but not strong or athletic. The poor kid is frequently made fun of by other kids because of this.
- In Yakuza 6, he already has an interest in stock market investment.
Voiced by: Mai Aizawa
The smallest and youngest of the orphanage. She is very lonely and quite selfish. She takes care of a dog named Mame (Rex in the English version) who reminds her of her previously owned pet dog. Eight years old as of Yakuza 3.
Voiced by: Shigeru Izumiya
The Patriarch of the Ryudo Family in Okinawa who threatens Kiryu with a sudden eviction notice to give up the land the Orphanage is on. When Kiryu decides to discuss the issue, he turns out to be quite a reasonable and decent guy and is only looking out for the Okinawa's economy. But it's when his foster daughter Saki is taken from him that the two get on good terms, and swears an oath of brotherhood to Kiryu when he rescues her. A year later, he's shot around the same time Daigo is, which kicks off the game's main plot.
- Animal Motifs: A shisa ("lion dog"), which is symbolically a guardian in Okinawa, Japan and China.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: When Saki screams for him when he's about to be attacked by a charging bull, he grabs it by the horns and managed to overpower it as well as the remaining two offscreen.
- Cool Old Guy: An elderly man who cares about the wellbeing of the people of Okinawa, and badass enough to fight a bull in the ring.
- Drowning My Sorrows: He became extremely upset and inebriated after the Tamashiro Family came into his office to steal Saki away from him.
- Heroic Spirit: When he's shot at the beginning of the game, the doctor mentions he was shot three times at point blank range, and still managed to call the ambulance himself. And it really comes into play when, well, see Charles Atlas Superpower above.
- Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters: Initially tries to evict Kiryu and others from the neighborhood, but only because Nakahara thought it would be best for the community's economy. He's also highly regarded by the town's folk.
- Oh, Crap!: After swearing an oath of brotherhood to Kiryu, this is his reaction when he realizes the man he tried to evict earlier is none other than the Dragon of Dojima himself.Shigeru Nakahara: I just swore an oath of brotherhood to one crazy bastard.
- Papa Wolf: Adopts Saki from her troubled parents.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Rikiya and Tetsuo's red and Mikio's purple.
- Tattooed Crook: The Shisa, as mentioned above.
- Tender Tears: After he saw Saki's thankful drawing of his face surrounded with flowers.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Along with Rikiya, he never approved of Saki's abusive mother after she stormed off.Saki's mother: If you want the kid that badly, you can have her!Shigeru Nakahara: [disbelieved] What kind of mother... could do that to her child?
Voiced by: Umeka Shoji
A mute girl that comes from an unstable family, which leaves her under Nakahara's greater care. She only communicates by showing her drawings on her sketchbook.
- Abusive Parents: See The Voiceless.
- Big Damn Heroes: She gained the ability to speak again while her foster father is about to be massacred by bulls Tetsuo provoked by shooting his gun in the air three times; this boosted Nakahara's hopes up and managed to take down the bulls all by himself.
- The Eeyore: Rather depressive because of her troubled past.
- Happily Adopted: An unhappy home life left her mute, but Nakahara took her under his care. Despite the fact that he believed she hated him, she came to see Nakahara as her father, even drawing him in her sketchbook with "Daddy" written.
- The Stoic: In addition to being The Voiceless, she emotes very little.
- Talking with Signs: To be precise, drawings.
- The Voiceless: Cannot speak due to a traumatic incident with her father who hung himself to death and her alcoholic mother who blames the girl for ruining her life. Averted when she witnessed Nakahara going to be assaulted by a bull, becoming Suddenly Voiced.
- Yakuza Princess: She is looked after benevolently by Shigeru Nakahara who saved her from her parents.
Voiced by: Tatsuya Fujiwara
The youngest member in the family and the most loyal friend to Kiryu in the third game.
- Animal Motifs: Has a tattoo of a viper on his back, which he calls it "the heart and soul of Okinawa" which was nearly finished due to the death of his tattooist.
- Big Eater: When he comes to Kamurocho and after defeating Tsuyoshi Kanda, he tells Kiryu that he has a big love for yakinuku and when agreeing to visit the Korean restaurant, he orders a long list of kalbi and other Korean dishes along with bottles of beer. Kiryu tries to be a bit frugal with him.
- Death Glare: Throws some of these at Kiryu and various other characters who appear hostile to him.
- Defeat Equals Friendship: He's far more friendly to Kiryu once you defeat him.
- Distressed Dude: Lau Ka Long and his men capture him and hold him hostage.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in Kiryu's shortly after he takes a bullet for him.
- Expy: Once they're on good terms, he's similar to Shinji from the first game as they're both young Lancers who look up to and have Undying Loyalty for Kiryu.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Kiryu.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Gay?: Played with when trying to enter the Red Brick Hotel in Kamurocho to confront Kanda and being refused access because couples are only allowed in, by lying to the receptionist that he and Kiryu are gay and this worked well... much to Kiryu's dismay.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Takes the bullet from Tamashiro which was meant for Kiryu.
- I'm Cold... So Cold...: During his death scene. Poor guy.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With 40-year-old Kiryu; in his 20s.
- The Lancer: To Kiryu throughout the game.
- Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters: Shortly after his boss fight, Kiryu quickly discovers that he's well-liked around town.
- Nice Guy: He might be a yakuza, but he's kindhearted, friendly, and loyal.
- Oh, Crap!: When Tetsuo is about to shoot Kiryu, only for him to throw his life at.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Kiryu and Shigeru's blue and Mikio's purple.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Kiryu's Manly Man.
- Shout-Out: Because of the tattoo on his back, he refers to himself as "The Fighting Viper."
- Taking the Bullet: He takes the bullet from Tamashiro in the bullfighting arena where Nakahara is held hostage.
- Tattooed Crook: A pit viper as mentioned above, but is also unfinished, which signifies his youth and immaturity.
- Tender Tears: Only gives a very few while dying.
- This Is Unforgivable!: He does not take Saki's mother's rejection of her own daughter too kindly.Saki's mother: This kid ruined my life! She's been in my hair ever since she was born!Rikiya Shimabukuro: How can you say that in front of your own daughter?!
- Undying Loyalty: Whenever Shigeru or Kiryu get themselves into trouble, he's always willing to aid them no matter what the cost.
Voiced by: Daisuke Miyakawa
A young blond-haired lieutenant of the Ryudo Family who is usually praised by the merchants of Downtown Ryukyu for protecting their businesses.
- Big Eater: People in Ryukyu mention him getting free samples of food from every merchant he meets on the way. One sidequest exhibits this where he requests Kiryu to secure Downtown Ryukyu's market and it mostly has him trying out different sorts of food the merchants offer him for free.
- Disney Death: Got the back of his head bashed by a sledgehammer wielded by one of Tetsuo's thugs to shield Mame's doghouse but failed to do so in the process. It was later revealed that he survived the blow.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Izumi, aged 8; in his 20s.
- Made of Iron: He managed to survive and recover from his head repeatedly being beaten in with a sledgehammer.
- Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters: He is very respected by the Ryukyu merchants.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The purple (colour-coded by his clothes) to Rikiya's red and Shigeru and Kiryu's blue.
The Tojo Clan
Voiced by: Shido Nakamura II
The Chairman of the Tojo Clan's Hakuho clan, a family that emerged during the time gap between the second and third games. An extremely rich young man who was brought into the Tojo Clan by bribing Kanda. Since then, he's come into his own under Daigo's wing and suffers an erratic breakdown when Daigo is shot, which sets the events of the third game into motion.
- Affably Evil: Barring his major Kick the Dog moment, he always acts well-mannered and polite to everyone he meets, and holds no ill will towards Kiryu.
- Ambiguously Bi: Daigo is the first person he's fallen in love with earnestly and unselfishly, but not necessarily the first in general. His secretary Katase seems to have a crush on him but it goes nowhere, since before he has a chance to reciprocate it turns out she only cares about his ability to run his business, driving him further into despair.
- Ambiguous Disorder: His unhealthy mistrust for others as a result of his poor upbringing implies that he suffers from Cluster A Personality Disorder.
- Animal Motifs: The Kirin, known in Chinese legends as the "Qilin", a mythical creature said to appear with the arrival or passing of a sage or ruler, and is the only known creature that can slay a dragon.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Head of the Hakuho clan, and one of the most formidable fighters of his time.
- Badass Bookworm: His most notable trait is his intelligence, but don't underestimate his fighting skills. Kanda found out the hard way.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Daigo was the first person to show him sincere kindness and respect as an equal, and he latched on hard.
- Berserk Button: Do not in any way insult Daigo, as one of his goons found out the hard way with a butter knife embedded into his hand.
- Big Bad: Emerges the winner of the power struggle within the Tojo after Daigo's near-assassination, and is colluding with Black Monday.
- Brains and Brawn: The brains to Kanda's brawn.
- Broken Ace: Smart, cunning, wealthy and a skilled fighter to boot. But his internal issues and obsessive love for Daigo ends up driving him over the edge.
- Cultured Badass: An educated, refined, sharp-dressed, well-mannered businessman. He's a savvy executive at a glance, but he's also an extremely competent criminal mastermind who is as good in a fight as he is at a board meeting, pulverizing the powerhouse Kanda without breaking a sweat and going toe to toe with the legendary Kiryu.
- Dark Is Evil: See Purple Is Powerful.
- Depraved Homosexual: Downplayed, then subverted. His obsessive love for Daigo and subsequent mental breakdown over his apparent death drive his many evil acts, and he goes as far as to try to kill him himself, believing it would be a Mercy Kill. At the same time that love is sincere and ultimately his most redeeming quality, and drives his HeelFace Turn. Before performing his Heroic Sacrifice his wish is to be reborn as someone truly deserving of Daigo's affection.
- Despair Event Horizon: Daigo's apparent death. Mine loses his shit when the only one guy who accepted him is on the verge of death and almost kills Daigo's vegetative self at the hospital.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: After Daigo, the man whom he loved, is shot and left comatose, Mine wanted to find a new reason to live for, and found a new purpose in attaining more power.
- Disney Villain Death: Drags the Greater-Scope Villain, Richardson, off of Toto Hospital with him.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He genuinely loves Daigo as he's the first person to treat him with genuine kindness.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Due to having grown up without love or affection, acts of genuine kindness befuddles Mine. He considers Kiryu's decision to raise an orphanage rather than take charge of the Tojo Clan in a time of crisis to be "irresponsible".
- Evil Counterpart: Yet another one to Kiryu, being an orphan like him, but was raised without love or companionship unlike Kiryu. Both are powerful fighters with a stoic demeanor, but while Kiryu is an All-Loving Hero who cares for others, Mine is cold and distant with a Lack of Empathy for practically everyone barring Daigo.
- Evil Is Petty: He has Sunshine Orphanage bulldozed out of spite.
- Final Boss: Of 3.
- Freudian Excuse: As a child, he grew up with no support from anyone, often ridiculed for his poor origins. This has led him to believe that money and power were everything, and was surrounded by people who felt the same. Daigo was the only person who treated him as an equal, which led Mine to attach himself to Daigo to an obsessive degree.
- Friendless Background: Never had anyone to support him while growing up as an orphan. This wound up being the source of his issues.
- Go Out with a Smile: Gives one final smile to Daigo before throwing himself off the roof of Toto Hospital with Richardson.
- Green-Eyed Monster: It's implied that the reason why Mine decided to bulldoze Sunshine Orphanage was out of jealousy that the children of the orphanage get to have a second chance for a happy childhood, something that Mine never got to have.Mine: You know, whenever I see children being protected by adults like this - it fucking pisses me off. You think you deserved to be protected? Just because you're orphans? You make me want to destroy you.
- Healing Factor: He possesses this ability.
- HeelFace Turn: Daigo's continued concern for him despite all the things he's done up to trying to Mercy Kill him causes Mine to show deep remorse for his actions.
- Heel Realisation: After his defeat, he discovers how much destruction his ambition had caused. Before sacrificing himself to take Richardson down with him, Mine laments that he and Kiryu had not met sooner.
- Impaled Palm: He does this to one of his subordinates for insulting Daigo... with a butter knife.
- Kick the Dog: He has the Sunshine Orphanage destroyed in the game's climax out of spite.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Disposes of Kanda once he's outlived his usefulness, not that Kanda didn't have it coming to him.
- Kingpin in His Gym: He's introduced this way, showing that he's not pushover, considering he's the game's Final Boss and all.
- Lack of Empathy: With the exception of Daigo, Mine cares for no one else but money and power.
- Leitmotif: "Fly".
- Lightning Bruiser: His speed and agility are on par with Majima and he hits like a runaway train. Of course, as the final boss, you'll spend quite a while chipping away at his massive health bar, too.
- Love Makes You Evil: The whole game's plot more or less started because this guy had a mental breakdown over finally finding love and acceptance from Daigo. And as a result he set out to destroy everything the guy had ever cared about.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: Used to believe that the only things that mattered in life were money and power. At least until he met Daigo. This guy really needs a therapist.
- Purple Is Powerful: Wears a dark purple suit, is the Final Boss of the game, and is one of the most dominating yakuza family captains.
- Rags to Riches: Was incredibly poor as a child but used his smarts to become incredibly rich and powerful.
- Redemption Equals Death: Throws himself into gunfire protecting Daigo from Black Monday, and sacrifices himself to stop Andre Richardson from killing Daigo. See Taking You with Me below.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The stoic blue to Kanda's hot-blooded red.
- Sanity Slippage: He's noticeably more unhinged when Kiryu confronts him atop Toto Hospital.
- Shoryuken: One of his attacks.
- Self-Made Man: Rose to the top using only his determination and smarts.
- Sequential Boss: He's fought immediately after Andre Richardson.
- The Stoic: He never shows any emotion, commented one several times by other characters.
- Not So Stoic: When two of his goons insult Daigo, Mine completely snaps and proceeds to stab one of them with a butter knife, all the while snarling right in the poor sap's face.
- Straight Gay: In love with Daigo, but otherwise doesn't show any stereotypes associated with homosexuality.
- Surprisingly Good English: When he talks to Andre Richardson in Daigo's hospital room on his mobile phone. It's heavily accented but still comprehensible without subtitles.
- Straw Nihilist: The hardships he experienced in life led him to believe that people only value money and power, which have become the only things he values. Then Daigo came along and changed that, but to worrisome levels.
- Taking You with Me: To the Greater-Scope Villain, by giving him a Dragon Suplex off Toto Hospital, a 30-story building.
- Tattooed Crook: The Qilin as mentioned above.
- There Are No Therapists: See Nietzsche Wannabe, Straw Nihilist, Yandere, Love Makes You Evil... All of these traits manifested in him because no one was there for him when he was younger.
- This Is the Final Battle: He says a variant of this:Mine: Kiryu, this will be your final battle. Make the most of it.
- Tragic Villain: He would not have become the man that he is now had he been raised with love.
- Would Hurt a Child: Destroys the Sunshine Orphanage out of spite for Kiryu, then hits Haruka back when she slaps him over it.
- Yandere: He can't bear to see the usually strong Daigo on the verge of death, not knowing if he'll live of die, so he'd rather put him quickly out of his misery than see him suffer.
- You Are What You Hate: Before their final confrontation atop Toto Hospital, Kiryu calls Mine out for his actions, and that he's become no different from the very people he hated.Kiryu: Do you still hate those who left you?Mine: Of course! Those heartless shits care about nothing but money! If they were here now, I'd slit their throats! What about it?!Kiryu: You're no different from them. Like them, you've let money control your life. You never tried to confront people. You only ever cared about yourself. And you never really loved anyone else. That's why no one loves you.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once Kanda has become more of a liability, Mine quickly has his men dispose of him.
Voiced by: George Takahashi
Patriarch of the Hamazaki family that works on the fringes of the Tojo, they are vital but mistrusted for their close links to the Chinese Triads, and helped take over Yomohama with the help of Lau Ka Long. Big, ugly and nasty, Hamazaki is an opportunistic thug who will do whatever it takes to succeed. He goes to jail at the end of the third game, appearing in the fourth game where he recognizes Saejima and uses him to plot an escape. He subsequently not only starts to see Saejima as a genuine brother, but also gains possession of Okinawa Penitentiary No. 2's ledger, sparking off Kiryu's involvement. He suffers several critical injuries in the process, and after helping Kiryu and Yasuko escape the prison's staff, they reopen, leading to his death.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Although 3 portrays him as a thoroughly unpleasant man to the end, his death in the fourth game comes off as a tragic surprise.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: In 4, he becomes this way to Saejima during their prison break, especially when Saejima referred to him as his brother. He states that nobody has ever trusted him like this before and prompted his HeelFace Turn.
- Becoming the Mask: Initially using Saejima as means of revenge against the Tojo Clan, Hamazaki ends up genuinely befriending Saejima and is what prompts his HeelFace Turn.
- Bonus Boss: He can be fought in the arena after the main game in the third game.
- Easily Forgiven: In Yakuza 4, by Kiryu. Hamazaki asks for his help in exposing the truth behind the ten billion yen incident and honor his oath to Saejima. His old enemy agrees to help him, believing even those who have tried to kill him deserve a second chance. Haruka's none too pleased, having been traumatized after Hamazaki nearly killed Kiryu in front of her eyes.
- Gonk: Cartoonishly ugly, and with a cruel personality to boot. The latter is phased out by his last appearance in 4.
- Handshake Refusal: Kiryu offers him a handshake when offering to give Hamazaki a second chance, only for Hamazaki to instead stab him in the gut.
- HeelFace Turn: In Yakuza 4.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: After he tries to help Kiryu, his wound reopens and later dies from it before he's able to fully redeem himself.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: Once one of the most powerful families in the Tojo Clan, now reduced to a bum living in the streets by the end of 3.
- Jerkass: The first thing we see him do is threaten a chef with a butcher knife, and proceeds to blow up his restaurant when he refuses to pay protection money. He grows out of it in his appearance in 4, though it's not too long after he does that he dies.
- Killed Off for Real: In 4, he's wounded when he takes a bullet for Taiga. After he helps Kiryu and Yasuko escape from Saito, he passes out when it's shown that the wound is fatal, and passes away in hospital not long after. His death isn't shown, and Kiryu learns about his demise through a phone call from Haruka.
- Manipulative Bastard: He knows the truth behind the Ueno Seiwa hit, and tries to get Saejima to help him break out of prison by convincing him that Majima betrayed him to get higher in the Tojo Clan and fuel a need for revenge. He promptly realizes this was a mistake, and tries to make his way to Kamurocho in order to explain himself. He doesn't get the chance to do it himself.
- Oddly Small Organisation: The Hamazaki family is only made up of 10 members, since he primarily relies on the Snake Flower Triad as his muscle. This ends up biting him in the ass when the triad turns against him and wipes out his family.
- Red Baron: Nicknamed the "Emperor of Hama".
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Taiga's red.
- Redemption Rejection: In the ending of 3, Kiryu offers him a second chance in life, only for Hamazaki to stab him.
- The Unfought: Though he's a major bad guy in the third game, you never actually fight him. It's even more odd since - as stated above - he is a non-canon bonus fight in the arena, which shows that he's certainly got the skills.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In the third game, he vanishes off screen once his plans have been screwed up and his family destroyed. He comes back right at the end, accuses Kiryu of ruining his life and (near fatally) stabs him in the gut.
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Miyasako
The third patriarch of the Nishikiyama family. Loud, rude, violent and ignorant, he's against Kiryu returning to the Tojo Clan considering what happened to the previous patriarchs of the family. When Daigo is shot, he's just as eager to claim the position of Chairman like the others.
- Asshole Victim: Gets disposed off by Mine's men once he acted out of line, not that he didn't deserve it.
- Bald of Evil: Bald, and a huge scumbag.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He is simply too violent, and ignorant to be main villain material. He ends up being turned in by the third game's actual Big Bad, who had him as an Unwitting Pawn all along.
- Brains and Brawn: The brawn to Mine's brains.
- Call-Back: Seems to be fairly reminiscent of Futoshi Shimano due to his appearance and personality.
- Decapitation Presentation: It's strongly implied that Mine had him decapitated and stuffed into a suitcase to show to Kiryu.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Is effortlessly pulverised by Mine.
- Fat Bastard: He's fat and a greedy hedonist.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Flies into a violent rage at the slightest provocation.
- Hate Sink: Boorish, violent, and giving women rough massages, he's meant to receive scorn from the players. It thus makes his death all the more satisfying.
- Jerkass: His brutishness is his most notable aspect in every scene where he appears.
- Killed Offscreen: By Mine.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Is on the receiving end by Mine's hands.
- No Indoor Voice: His first scene has him screaming at his subordinates.
- Psychopathic Manchild: His temper tantrum in Mine's office after being beaten by Kiryu shows that he's nothing but one, tearing apart Mine's office like a spoilt kid.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: [slapping each of his subordinates] "That's! What! I'm! Fucking! Talking about!"
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Double Subverted: Introduced engaging in what sounds like some pretty messed up activities offscreen with a screaming woman, just so you know he's a nasty piece of work. Later it turns out Kanda likes kidnapping women so he can give them rough massages. On the other hand you know the guy's a nasty piece of work since he was convicted of sexual assault.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Mine's blue.
- Tattooed Crook: A Tennyo and multiple Okame masks on his arms.
- Villainous Breakdown: After Mine gives him a great beating and sends his mooks to kill him, he cowers in fear.
- The Worf Effect: He's quickly demolished by Mine, establishing Mine as a far more formidable threat.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Brought Mine into the organization, and then proceeded to take him for granted. This was a bad idea.
Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai
A Nishiki Family Lieutenant and the most violent member of the Tojo Clan. Even Kanda views him as most dangerous member. As lieutenant, he's trying not to needlessly stir things up, but tends to resort to violence because it is in his nature.
Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka
The ruthless patriarch of the Tamashiro Family, who are rivals with Nakahara's Ryudo family. He was working with the Tojo Clan to ensure the Okinawa resort deal goes through before Daigo called it off, and was beaten by Kiryu to get Saki back from him.
- Alliterative Name: Tetsuo Tamashiro.
- Arch-Enemy: Of Shigeru Nakahara.
- Asshole Victim: He goes out in a very gratifying way.
- Boom, Headshot!: Received from Joji after his second boss fight.
- Call-Back: The encounters with him, first at day and second at night, can bring one back to the time when they fought Shimano in the first game, since the second encounter usually involves Kiryu's closest ally Taking the Bullet and involves one child character.
- Combat Tropes:
- Dirty Coward: A tough fighter, but he also fights dirty, resorts to kidnapping and takes hostages to get an advantage.
- Dirty Old Man: He slept with a lot of women, runs many brothels in Downtown Ryukyu's red light district and is meant to have an affair with Saki's mother.
- Evil Old Folks: He's in his mid-50's and is a force to be reckoned with.
- Evil Redhead: Auburn variant.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears glasses, and is among the evilest characters in the game.
- Guttural Growler: Only when he shouts and screams. It even helps that he is voiced by Heihachi Mishima's second voice actor, Unshou Ishizuka.
- Hate Sink: One of the series' villains who stands out for being as despicable as possible. With everything he does in the game, you'll be looking forward to the catharsis after seeing just how much abuse he can take.
- Hero Killer: Ends up killing Rikiya who ends up Taking the Bullet for Kiryu.
- Jerkass: He kidnapped Saki to make things harder for Nakahara, rejected Saki's mother's offer to become family, gives the Ryudo Family a tough time, destroyed Sunshine Orphanage with the help of the Hakuho Clan and put Nakahara's life in danger at a bullfighting arena.
- Lack of Empathy: Shows absolutely no kindness at all to everyone he comes across, especially the children.
- The Pawns Go First: He summons a few waves of his mooks to keep Kiryu at bay on his second encounter.
- Recurring Boss: He's one of the early bosses in the third game, and returns toward the end for a rematch after the Big Bad makes his move.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Red suit, black shirt, and you won't feel a shred of guilt using heat moves on him.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red (given the colour of his suit) to Shigeru's blue.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a flashy red suit with a black shirt and some expensive-looking glasses.
- Would Hit a Girl: Slapped Saki's mother when she berated him for not agreeing with her affair and then he almost knifed her in the face.
Voiced by: Tetsuya Watari
A man who carries an uncanny resemblance to the late Shintaro Kazama. He's later revealed to be an agent of the CIA who seeks to ensure the Okinawa resort deal goes through by any means necessary. He is the younger brother of Shintaro Kazama/Fuma.
- Badass Grandpa: While not technically a grandpa, he's sixty years old and still thoroughly kicks some ass.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He disappeared without a trace after the third game.
- CIA Evil, FBI Good: Suspected to be behind the attempted assassinations of Daigo and Nakahara on behalf of the CIA. Subverted. He's working to stop Black Monday, who have infiltrated the CIA. And it turns out he wasn't even the one who shot them.
- Defeat Equals Friendship: Joins your side once you beat him in a boss fight.
- Dub Name Change: To keep it consistent with his brother.
- Duel Boss: The inevitable confrontation with him is quite hyped, and he is one of the few bosses in the third game that fights fair and square, no weapons, no cheating, just straight up honorable beatdown.
- Leitmotif: "Lyricism Without Tears".
- Lightning Bruiser: If age slowed him down it sure as hell isn't apparent. Even Kiryu admits he probably would have lost had Joji been in his prime.
- Red Herring: Turns out he's not actually the one who shot Daigo and Nakahara.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He looks identical to Shintaro Kazama, to the shock of Kiryu and Kashiwagi.
- Surprisingly Good English: Considering that he's Japanese by birth but an agent of a major American intelligence organization, he'd need to brush up on his English. We only hear two sentences though, but while heavily accented it's still decent.
Voiced by: Charles Glover
A mysterious individual who's only known motive is that he wants Kiryu dead. Is in fact the leader of a terrorist group known as Black Monday, and has conspired with Mine to bring about the events of the third game.
- Arms Dealer: His goal is for the Okinawa land deal to go through, increasing Japan's military prowess and driving neighboring countries to buy arms from Black Monday.
- Bilingual Dialogue: One of his scenes with Kiryu invokes this, with Kaz speaking Japanese and him speaking English. The two don't break a sweat while conversing. Subverted with Mine, as he can speak English.
- Boss in Mook Clothing: Kinda. A lot of the time he's made to seem like a miniboss or The Dragon, but he's actually the more evil of the game's Big Bad Duumvirate and could be considered the story's main villain, even if he's not the final boss himself.
- CIA Evil, FBI Good: Subverted. Leads the CIA's corrupt Black Monday division, but the rest of the CIA is trying to stop his evil plans.
- Combat Tropes:
- Dark Is Evil: Wears all black and a dark red tie to fit this trope.
- Disney Villain Death: He falls off Toto Hospital, which is 30 stories high, or rather, gets suplexed off one.
- Expy: Looks reminiscent of Albert Wesker.
- Greater-Scope Villain: He's the one who shot Daigo and Nakahara, and the Okinawa land deals were all a ploy to flush him out of hiding.
- Guttural Growler: Speaks in a rather rough tone.
- Leitmotif: "FM-Sound's Storm".
- The Mole: He's managed to infiltrate the friggin' CIA!
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His red tie carries this off as a distinction.
- Sequential Boss: He's fought before Yoshitaka Mine.
- Sinister Shades / Sunglasses at Night: Wears a dark pair of sunglasses so you know he's up to no good.
- Surprisingly Good English: He's voiced by an American VA, meaning he speaks perfect English.
- Villainous Breakdown: Resorts to screaming for Mine to stop grabbing him and leading themselves to falling to their own deaths from the rooftop of Toto Hospital.
- Western Terrorist: Heads a group of illegal arms dealers within the CIA called Black Monday.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After Mine is defeated, Richardson attempts to dispose of him, saying that there will be plenty of others who could replace him. Unfortunately, he ends up being dropped of a thirty-storey building in return.
Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka
The Defense Minister, Ryuzo appears in the third game as one of the two politicians vying for the Prime Minister job. His big plan for winning the position revolves around a new missile defense system for Japan, built in co-operation with the Americans.
- The Chessmaster: He tells Kiryu the entire base expansion bill is nothing but a ruse to draw out Black Monday, an American terrorist organization. And it works.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: You won't find anyone else who's more dedicated than this guy when it comes to protecting Japan, but his stance on military and defense makes him extremely unpopular among the people.
- Knight In Sour Armor: He's very cynical and is definitely not an idealist.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's actually a surprisingly nice guy, and gets along very well with Kiryu.
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu
The defence minister's apprentice and assistant. He wishes the best for Okinawa, which is why he agrees with the base expansion bill. Upon learning it was a ruse, he defects to Suzuki (Tamiya's possible rival in the future election) to get the bill to pass.
- Distressed Dude: He becomes the target of Joji Kazama late in the game, requiring Kiryu to save his hide.
- Easily Forgiven: Tamiya forgives him the moment he learns of his betrayal, pleading for Kiryu to save him from being killed by Joji.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After Kiryu tells him Tamiya asked him to save him from Joji, he has this reaction and he's driven to tears.
Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki
The proprietress for New Serena, and the widow of a police officer killed in the line of action who worked under Date's jurisdiction. Date felt responsible and looked over her following her husband's death, but became quite smitten with her. She's largely absent in the fourth game as she attends to family, with Date taking her place, but she returns in the fifth.
- The Bartender: Serves as one for New Serena, and lets Kiryu and his pals use it as a hideout.
- Broken Bird: Her former husband was a cop who was killed right in front of her. She's afraid of growing attached to Date fearing he'd suffer the same fate as her late husband, but begins to reconsider after he saves her from the man who killed her husband.
- Damsel in Distress: She was taken hostage when her husband Keisuke was killed. When her husband's killer comes for Date years later, he makes it a point to abduct her again.
- Dub Name Change: In Japan and in the PS 4 Remaster, she goes under the nickname "Mama" (A common nickname for a female bar owner), and is named Mariko in the original PS 3 release.
- Love Interest: Seems to be set up as one for Date, but she's yet to act on her own feelings for him.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: In the Japanese version, she's known as the "Mama of New Serena", or "Mama" for short.
A local male crossdresser introduced in Yakuza 3. He frequently chases Kazuma Kiryu around Kamurocho lovingly for just his beauty.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Kiryu's, partially due to Incompatible Orientation partially because the guy just flat out doesn't get that Kiryu isn't into him.
- Adapted Out: Michiru's substory has been removed from the PS4 remaster.
- Badass Gay: He's a hard guy to outrun, that's for sure.
- Black Comedy Rape: There's a reason Kiryu's reaction to seeing him is "run like hell."
- The Cameo: Returns in Yakuza 4 where he takes a drink at Earth Angel in the Champion District.
- Creepy Crossdresser: He's a crossdresser by lifestyle, and his mannerisms don't endear him to the player.
- Depraved Homosexual: Tries to accost Kiryu for his good looks.
- Fan Disservice: Downplayed. He wouldn't be as bad looking if he chose a dress that fits his muscular frame and didn't slather on the makeup. However, his dress is too small for him, and he does.
- Identical Twins: He has three siblings, all of whom look like him.
- Crossdresser In Red: Wears a bright red dress.
- Stalker with a Crush: Kiryu's.