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For Kazuma Kiryu, Haruka Sawamura, Goro Majima, and the new playable characters (Shun Akiyama, Taiga Saejima and Masayoshi Tanimura), see their entries on the Character Index page.
Voiced by: Majyu Ozawa
First introduced in Akiyama's chapter, she approaches him asking to borrow an astronomical amount of money. A mysterious and beautiful woman who much of the plot revolves around. She's Taiga Saejima's younger stepsister who has gone through hell as Katsuragi's pet assassin to see her brother one last time before his intended execution. She was also sought out by Tanimura for the last 25 years, believing she was the last person who saw his father alive.
- The Atoner: She takes a bullet for Taiga in the climax, and since he never actually killed anyone and his hands were free of blood, she makes one last stand to kill Katsuragi herself since she had already gone off the deep end and killed many others at this point.
- Big Brother Worship: To her stepbrother Saejima, to the point where she visited the prison where he was being held every day for 25 years, and was willing to take out a loan of 100 million yen and kill members of the Shibata family in order to have a chance at freeing him/seeing him again. See I Owe You My Life below.
- Break the Cutie: Happened long before the game even started. She takes it better than most, but there's still something a little off about her.
- Christmas Cake: She's well into her thirties, but has never married.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: To be precise, in her brother's.
- The Dog Bites Back: After she's shot by Katsuragi, she stands defiant against him to let him know he's no longer in control of her, which suddenly triggers his Villainous Breakdown. He's left desperately pleading for his life before she ends it.
- Dude Magnet: Wins the affection of Akiyama, and many men are drawn to her looks.
- Fatal Flaw: She's told that she lets her raw emotions get the better of her, causing her to make poor choices and irrational decisions. Naturally, after Kiryu tells her this, this is the reason she's captured shortly afterward.
- Faux Action Girl: Despite being revealed as an assassin for Katsuragi after killing members of the Shibata family, she's a very demure woman who's constantly on the run and need of protection. She gets herself captured at the end in spite of Kiryu's advice, and aside from killing Katsuragi herself, anything that shows she's a dangerous person happens entirely off-screen.
- Femme Fatale: She plays up this angle to murder Katsuragi's targets. Countless characters also comment on her beauty.
- Identical Stranger: What catches Akiyama's attention at first is her resemblance to his ex-girlfriend Eri.
- Inksuit Actor: Looks like an older version of her voice actress.
- I Owe You My Life: This is the reason why she's so desperate to find her brother Taiga. She needed a kidney transplant when she was younger, and a fifteen-year old Taiga sought out her lowlife biological father, who was a yakuza and wanted 30 million yen for it. Taiga gave up his dream of being a schoolteacher and fought thugs on the streets to get the money. It was then that Sasai found him and agreed to pay it off under the condition that Taiga join his family, which ultimately saved her life.
- Leitmotif: Butterfly City, the opening song for the Japanese version.
- Mutual Kill: She's shot by Katsuragi, but she manages to shoot him dead before she dies.
- Protectorate: The bad guys are all out to get her, while all of the good guys are out to protect her.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Taiga's red.
- Satellite Character: Almost everything about her character and her motives revolve around her stepbrother.
- Taking the Bullet: For Taiga when Katsuragi tries to shoot him.
- Too Dumb to Live: With Katsuragi's men after her, Kiryu informs her of her Fatal Flaw and tells her to stay put in New Serena while he goes on the streets to find her brother for her. He comes back shortly after to find that she ran off anyway, and is she shortly captured by Katsuragi's men. Granted, she went along with Akiyama and Tanimura but still separated from them. She doesn't live much longer after that.
- Woman in White: Her outfit for most of her appearances is a white trenchcoat.
- Walking Spoiler: She's the step-sister of Taiga Saejima.
Voiced by: Aya Hirano
Akiyama's personal assistant and office manager at Sky Finance. A reliable employee who takes care of things at the office for the laid-back and disorganized Akiyama. She starts out as little more than a comic foil, but she eventually shows some very cool Hidden Depths.
- Beautiful All Along: She comes Back for the Finale, minus a couple hundred pounds. For reasons unknown, she slips back into her old body type by the time Dead Souls comes around, but since that game is non-canon, they were probably reusing art assets. Ishin! uses her slim version.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's as much of a sweet girl as she is a force to be reckoned with.
- Big Eater: She loves kalbi, and can eat at least two deluxe plates of it per meal. Usually she just goes for the all-you-can-eat deal.
- Brawn Hilda: Hana is a big girl, but she's also a martial arts expert that surpasses Akiyama. In contrast to the usual type, she's cute as a button.
- Cannot Spit It Out: She's clearly carrying a torch for Akiyama. Even he realizes it, but she just isn't his type, which makes it all the more painful when every other girl in Kamurocho apparently is.
- The Faceless: In Yakuza 5. She doesn't make a physical appearance in the game at all, with her presence being limited to a few phone calls where, unlike the other characters, she has no photo. Her profile image consists of a picture of a desk.
- Faster Than They Look: She can run just as fast as Akiyama, if not faster.
- Fat Girl: She's a bit on the big side; when she tells Akiyama she thinks she'll be raped if she goes out on the streets alone, he finds it so unlikely he actually laughs at the thought of it. She loses all of that by the end of 4, but returns to it in Dead Souls. 5 leaves it ambiguous, which isn't addressed in 6.
- Fiery Redhead: Her hair is a lighter shade of brown, and is clearly the red oni of the Sky Finance duo.
- Hidden Depths: She's a martial arts expert with the singing voice of an angel. Having Aya Hirano (aka Haruhi Suzumiya) as her VA helps.
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Although Akiyama owns Sky Finance, she's the one keeping the place from falling apart, much to her annoyance.
- Leitmotif: Dead Souls gives her "Hana Run", which is heard when talking to her in Yakuza 5.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Shun's blue.
- Satellite Character: To Akiyama. She's his personal assistant, after all.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Near the end of Akiyama's chapter in 4, she's fed up with how he's handling the business in regards to Lily, due to his attraction toward her. Even after he chases her down and tries to convince her to come back, she refuses to go back and leaves him. She comes Back for the Finale after having lost a lot of weight.
- Tsundere: Type B. She's a sweet girl, but all sorts of things can set her off.
- What Happened to the Mouse?:
- In Yakuza 5, she's not present in the Sky Finance office when Akiyama returns to Kamurocho, making him think she's simply gone out. She doesn't return by the end of the game.
- She also doesn't appear in Yakuza 6, as Akiyama had sent back to her hometown once the Chinese mafia started looking for him.
Voiced by: Hirohiko Kakegawa
Owner of the Chinese restaurant "Homeland" that Tanimura uses as a hideout and the central figure of Asian Gateway, a group that provides support to illegal immigrants and helps children who have lost their parents.
- Team Dad: For Tanimura and Mei Hua.
Voiced by: Akemi Sato
A girl working as a waitress at Homeland. She adores Tanimura as if he were her real brother.
- Big Brother Worship: To Tanimura.
Voiced by: Hochu Otsuka
Patriarch of a Tojo Clan affiliate family, but lacks any real power or influence. He takes an interest in Arai from Kanemura enterprises, an umbrella organization of his Shibata family. Shibata has Arai under his wing and involves him in business dealings such as his recent inspection of the Kamurocho Hills construction site. 25 years ago, he was the one who prevented Majima to join Saejima for the Ueno Sewa hit.
- Asshole Victim: He gets murdered by Arai just as he's about to have his way with Yasuko, so it's hard to feel bad for him
- Attempted Rape: He tries to rape a captured Yasuko, but he gets shot by Arai before he has the chance.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: His scene where he offers a pinky finger to Katsuragi shows him as a mild-mannered man. However, his scenes with Arai and flashback with Majima shows a nastier side of him.
- Blackmail: Shibata used the incident from 25 years ago to extort money from Katsuragi, which didn't really sit well with him.
- Dirty Old Man: Tries to have his way with Yasuko.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears glasses, and an unpleasant man to boot.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: When he has a captured Yasuko brought to him, he tries to rape her.
- Killed Off for Real: Gets killed by Arai (under Katsuragi's orders) after the latter has no more use for him.
- The Plan: Collaborates with Katsuragi to stage the Yoshiharu Ueno hit Saejima pulls, in which 18 Ueno officers died. As a result, his family was promoted within the Tojo Clan after the incident, who recognized his role as a mediator who brokered a truce with the Ueno Seiwa Clan.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Arai kills him for this reason.
- Yubitsume: Offers his pinky finger to Katsuragi to amend for the killing of his future promising lieutenant by Arai. It was a fake pinky.
Voiced by: Yasuhiko Kawazu
Patriarch of a third tier group of the Tojo Clan. Shows little potential for advancement, and has problems collecting tribute money. He gets by money that's borrowed from Akiyama under special loan terms that requires him to retire and make Arai his successor. Kido discovers him stabbed to death on the night of the incident with the Ueno Seiwa Clan at Club Elnard.
- Dismotivation: According to his official profile, he'd rather stay in Kanemura Enterprises rather than rank up.
- Killed Off for Real: He's found dead in his office less than an hour after the game starts. We don't find out who did it until much later though.
- Plot-Triggering Death: His death starts the plot barely after the first chapter.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He has merely two or three lines before he dies.
Voiced by: Ikki Sawamura
Manages Kanemura Enterprises for the unambitious Kanemura. Has the trust of Kido and others due to his honesty and intergrity. He is a close friend of Akiyama and a high-ranking member of the Shibata family. Akiyama has him pegged as the next successor to the Tojo clan. He's actually an undercover cop.
- A Father to His Men: Has a very strong reputation to those working under him.
- Battle Strip: Removes his shirt when facing Akiyama.
- Big Bad Friend: He's a close friend of Akiyama, and is also one of the Big Bads of the game.
- Blood Brothers: He's one with Takeshi Kido.
- Broken Pedestal: He's one to Akiyama, who had looked up to him for saving his life years ago, once it's revealed that Arai is working for Munakata.
- Cruel Mercy: Persuades Tanimura to spare Munakata's life, so that Munakata could be properly for his crimes in the very prisons he had built.
- The Cynic: Witnessing the constant corruption in the police force had jaded his worldview on justice. However, seeing Tanimura restored some of his faith in the system.
- Dark Is Evil: Dark charcoal suit, dark blue shirt and tie and is a Big Bad you shall be facing at the end of the game.
- The Dragon: He's also one to Munakata, and then Arai betrays as well him once Munakata was willing to cross the line by threatening children.
- Dragon-in-Chief: He's the guy truly in charge of Kanemura Enterprises.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He finally has enough when Munakata asks him to kidnap the children from Kiryu's orphanage to use them as leverage against him.
- Extremity Extremist: Much like Akiyama, his fighting style primarily relies on fast and powerful kicks.
- Failed a Spot Check: After apparently shooting Munakata dead, he doesn't bother making sure that he's dead.
- Final Boss: Akiyama's in 4.
- HeelFace Turn: After being defeated by Akiyama, Arai decides to have a change of heart and atone for his crimes.
- I Owe You My Life: He helps Akiyama get his stolen money back before the events of the game, helping Akiyama get his life back on tract. This earns him Akiyama's friendship and gratitude.
- Knight Templar: He follows Munakata's goal to control Japan's criminals. Unlike Munakata, however, his intentions are genuinely well-intentioned.
- Leitmotif: "Four Face".
- Mirror Boss: When fought, he uses a lot of kick attacks in the same vein as Akiyama.
- The Mole: He's actually a cop working undercover in the Tojo Clan for Munakata.
- Nice Guy: It's an act.
- Number Two: He's the second-in-command to Kanemura Enterprises and Shibata.
- Sequential Boss: Along with Takeshi Kido, Daigo Dojima and Seishiro Munakata.
- The Starscream: He apparently shoots Munakata dead and tries to take the 100 billion yen for himself. Unfortunately, Munakata foresaw Arai's betrayal and came prepared.
- Villain Has a Point: He understandably calls out Daigo for selling out Majima to the police.
- Walking Spoiler: His true allegiences are practically a major spoiler.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Betrays Munakata when he orders Arai to use the orphans of Sunshine Orphanage as leverage against Kiryu.
Voiced by: Kenta Kintani
Member of Kanemura Enterprises. With an affable personality that lacks the affectations of a typical Yakuza, he has complete trust of his superior, Arai. He's Arai's underling and a sort-of little brother to Akiyama. He seems like a non-threatening punk and isn't a yakuza. His loyalty actually lies with Daigo over Arai.
- Ambition Is Evil: He wavers on this, but is told by Taiga that most yakuza of his age only get "one shot" to move up the ladder, and that he should live without regrets. This ultimately leads Kido to follow through on his plan of stealing one hundred billion yen from Akiyama in the name of restoring the Tojo Clan to glory.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Let's see. He seems first loyal to Arai, then he seems like he betrays Arai for Katsuragi, then at the end of the 4th chapter he reveals it was a fluke and never betrayed Arai. Arai supposedly shoots him. The last chapter reveals that he's alive and that his loyalty lies with Daigo rather than Arai after all.
- The Dragon: To Arai. He's one to Daigo as well.
- Final Boss: Saejima's in 4.
- Killer Rabbit: Kido seems like kind of a wimp at first, but there are constant teases of his fighting ability throughout. Then he goes toe-to-toe with Saejima for the finale...
- Leitmotif: "Four Faith"
- Not Quite Dead: Despite being shot by Arai, it's later revealed that he survived.
- Sequential Boss: Along with Hideaki Arai, Daigo Dojima and Seishiro Munakata.
- Undying Loyalty: Again, to Arai. Or not, He allies later on with Daigo to fuel his ambitions.
Ueno Seiwa Clan
Voiced by: Koji Yada
Chairman of the Tojo Clan's former enemy, the Ueno Seiwa Clan. Due to his advanced age, he can't lead the clan anymore. Instead, Katsuragi is the acting leader in his stead.
- Death Faked for You: It's unclear if Ueno knew his man Katsuragi staged the Yoshiharu Ueno hit. But he survived the hit, like Katsuragi wanted him to.
Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki
Effectively reigns over the Ueno Seiwa Clan as its leader in place of his ailing chairman, Ueno. He's officially the lieutenant of the Ueno Seiwa clan. He is a bad, bad man.
- Big Bad: Collaborates with Munakata until he is betrayed once Katsuragi had outlived his usefulness.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Despite relishing his status as the game's Big Bad, he's clearly out of his depth as he eventually gets outsmarted and outplayed by Munakata and Daigo.
- Blood Brothers: He's Sugiuchi's blood brother.
- Boom, Headshot!: Courtesy of Yasuko, who he had shot earlier.
- Dark Is Evil: Very, very evil.
- Dirty Coward: For all his smug talk and overconfidence when confronting Kiryu, he's shown to be pretty cowardly once things don't go his way. When Yasuko prepares to shoot him, he's left begging for his life.
- Did Not Think This Through: The Ueno Seiwa hit that he had staged had many glaring flaws and discrepancies that a experienced police officer like Munakata can quickly see through. This ultimately enabled Munakata to blackmail Katsuragi from a position of strength.
- Fatal Flaw: He overestimates his own plans, leaving them vulnerable against superior thinkers (like Munakata) and superior fighters (like Kiryu). This is demonstrated most effectively when Munakata picks out the numerous flaws in his staged Yoshiharu Ueno hit.
- Forehead of Doom: Has a rather large one.
- Karmic Death: He killed off all his fellow members of his clan in the staged hit with headshots. It's only fitting that he meets his death the same way when at Yasuko's mercy.
- Manipulative Bastard: How easy he manipulates some people and gets away with it is impressive.
- Mutual Kill: He shoots Yasuko, which eventually kills her, but not before she puts a bullet in his head.
- Not Quite Dead: It's easy to lose track of how many times he gets shot, to no effect. He's either wearing bulletproof armour or the bullets are fake. That last one is real, though.
- Obviously Evil: Dressed in all black, and his face clearly gives off an evil vibe.
- Smug Snake: When Kiryu gets involved, he makes it clear that he's not the slightest bit intimidated by the Dragon of Dojima.
- The Unfought: Despite being the major bad guy for the first three quarters of the game, you never get to fight him. Justified, as he's more of a thinker.
- Villainous Breakdown: He suddenly suffers from this hard after he shoots Yasuko in the back. She appears unaffected and defiantly approaches him, causing him to suddenly break down and empty his gun on her, and misses every shot. Since he told Kiryu earlier that he's no Death Seeker and wants to live, he's left whimpering and pleading for his life.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He gets betrayed by Kido, who betrays him on Munakata's orders.
Voiced by: Takahiro Fujimoto (Ihara) and Yoshihiro Kanemitsu (Mishima)
The two goons from the Ueno Seiwa Clan who cause a ruckus within the territory of the Tojo Clan's Kanemura Enterprises, at Club Elnard. Both drawn into battle with Akiyama as a result and defeated a few seconds later. Ihara dies by the hand of Arai, Mishima goes into hiding after that. Ihara had been promoted to assistant lieutenant on the day of his death.
- Boom, Headshot!: Ihara is killed by Arai after the latter flees the scene after being beaten by Akiyama.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Arai kills Ihara, forcing him into hiding. As a result Shibata, Arai's superior, apologizes himself in public to Katsuragi, Ihara's boss.
- Not What I Signed on For: From the look on his face, it's clear Mishima didn't expect the shit to hit the fan that hard.
- Those Two Bad Guys
Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa
A young Yakuza who has gained recognition in the Majima Family in Yakuza 4. He possesses a quirky personality, as evidenced by his Japanese and western tattoos, and became a Yakuza out of admiration for "Mad Dog Majima". Like his patriarch, he is tough, aggressive, crazy, and can't carry a tune when singing karaoke.note
- Combat Tropes
- Booze Flamethrower: Wields one against Saejima.
- Drunken Master: Uses a drunken fighting style.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Not even the others in the Majima family enjoy his singing.
- Leitmotif: "All my Pride".
- Pride: His Fatal Flaw. His theme song is even named after it.
- Recurring Boss: He's fought at the end of Akiyama's chapter, and during Saejima's.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Dude may be a lieutenant, but he's not a match for guys like Saejima and Akiyama. And Majima isn't shy in telling him that his singing sucks.
- Smug Snake: He's young and very full of himself.
- Tattooed Crook: Has a tattoo of a serpent and a skull on his back.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Hasn't appeared since despite being a lieutenant of Majima's Family.
Voiced by: Masato Obara
The sadistic guard leader of Okinawa Penitentiary No.1, known for brutalizing prisoners and killing many of them.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Frequently inflicts this on many of his prisoners, with many of them dying under his watch.
- The Dreaded: He has a infamous reputation for the brutal treatment of his prisoners.
- Evil Laugh: His taunt contains this.
- Hate Sink: Saito is a cold-blooded sadist through and through, and the cruel treatment of his prisoners for the no reason other than he could shows that he's meant to be loathed by the players as much as possible.
- King Mook: He wears the exact uniform as his peers and leads them all with an iron baton.
- Lack of Empathy: He frequently brutalizes prisoners.
- Recurring Boss
- Sadist: Given that he gets kicks out of beating the tar out of his prisoners, it's safe to say that he's one.
- Wardens Are Evil: While he's a prison guard rather than a warden, he still fits the criteria.
Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka
Tanimura's boss. Has a gentle demeanor and is troubled by Tanimura's unprofessional attitude, but overlooks it in light of his impressive arrest rate. Known as an expert marksman in contrast of his mild personality.
Voiced by: Kenichi Endou
A capable detective who has been on the force for more than 30 years in a division focused on murder cases and something like a (very harsh) father figure to Tanimura. Turns out he's been a yakuza spy on the force for his entire 30-year tenure, and is the one who killed Tanimura's dad.
- Alas, Poor Villain
- Becoming the Mask: Despite being a yakuza mole he grew to take pride in his job as a cop and was guilt-ridden whenever someone praised him for helping others.
- Blood Brothers: He's one to Katsuragi.
- Da Chief: Not the actual chief, but he fulfills this role for Tanimura.
- Dead Partner: For him, it was Tanimura's dad, which explains why Sugiuchi looks out for him. It's later revealed that he murdered Tanimura's dad because He Knows Too Much.
- Evil Counterpart: To Tanimura, made very obvious in their final confrontation.
- Inksuit Actor: Looks near identical to his voice actor.
- Leitmotif: "Teufel Mit Liebe"
- The Mole: He's actually a Yakuza undercover as a cop.
- Say My Name: "Tanimura!"
- You Killed My Father: He was the killer of Tanimura's dad. Seeing as he's somewhat of a father figure to Tanimura, he doesn't take too well to the revelation.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He's shot dead by Hisai on Munakata's orders, as part of a move to betray Katsuragi.
Voiced by: Kinya Kitaoji
A legend in the force who rose to deputy commissioner despite lacking a formal background in civil service. He has big plans for cracking down on crime. And is the true Big Bad behind everything in not just the fourth game, but all the way to the first.
- Bigger Bad: In 4, and of the entire series up to that point.
- Call-Back: His role of authority, ambitions and being a Flunky Boss and "Get Back Here!" Boss are not dissimilar to Kyohei Jingu of the first game. Fitting, since he was the one ordering Jingu in the first game.
- The Conspiracy: He's the mastermind of a conspiracy to build privately-run prisons for yakuza, and it's later revealed that Kyohei Jingu, the Big Bad of the first game, was a part of that conspiracy.
- Cowardly Boss: His boss fight primarily has him hiding in the corner and leave the fighting to his mooks.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He practically betrays everyone who works for him. This is what screws him in the end.
- Crazy-Prepared: Anticipates that Arai would betray him, and thus gave him a gun loaded with rubber bullets, knowing that Arai would try to murder him with that same gun.
- Dirty Cop: A major one in the Yakuza series, only this time he's high up in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police.
- Driven to Suicide: Once his corruption has been exposed, he commits suicide rather than face punishment for his crimes.
- Evil Laugh
- Evil Old Folks
- Evil Plan: One that has spanned three decades.
- Final Boss / Sequential Boss: Fought by Tanimura in 4's climax following Arai, Kido and Daigo.
- Flunky Boss: Tanimura has to fight lots of heavily armed SAT assaulters to get to him. Like Jingu, he also doubles as a "Get Back Here!" Boss due to being armed with a handgun and running about to get a good vantage point.
- Good Old Ways: He prefers the days when yakuza were small-time and helped Japan from the shadows because it didn't have the power to influence the government.
- Greater-Scope Villain: It's later revealed that he's Jingu's co-conspirator, and that the missing 10 billion yen from the first game was meant to be used in Munakata's plans.
- Inksuit Actor: Looks near identical to his voice actor.
- Knight Templar: Very convinced about his own self-righteousness, and believes his plan will cleanse the city.
- Leitmotif: "For Faith (Instruments)".
- The Man Behind the Man: For both Katsuragi and Arai, and Kyohei Jingu.
- Necessary Evil: How he views the Yakuza.
- The Pawns Go First: Right before Tanimura can fight him, he orders his personal bodyguards to beat him down which you must counter by completing a QTE every time they are ready. Once getting by his guards though, he won't stand a chance.
- Smug Snake: Even when he's beaten, he's convinced nothing will happen to him because of his position on the force, and might actually be right.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Part of his motivation.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Date exposes of his corruption all over Kamurocho by spreading all of his newspaper headlines by helicopter. He decides that killing himself is a better option.
- Walking Spoiler: His involvement in Yakuza 4 and the first game are major spoilers.
- Would Hurt a Child: He tries to have Arai kidnap the children of the Sunshine Orphanage. Thankfully Arai doesn't go through with it.
- You Killed My Father: Tanimura's father was murdered on Munakata's orders.