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Kazuma Kiryu didn't think he had much left to do in his life in regards to fighting. But as it turns out, he still had a lot more work to do. But this time, he'll be the one to help share the burden with a broken hero.
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The Shield's Dragon is a Yakuza 6/The Rising of the Shield Hero Crossover fanfic written by Mugiwara N0 Luffy of Thieves Can Be Heroes! and The Gunslinger fame. It can be read here on Space Battles and here on Fanfiction Dot Net.

Beware of unmarked spoilers for Yakuza 6.


  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Itsuki is cordial and polite with Kiryu, respecting his decision to continue defending Lute Village and not join his party. That is until he sees him associating with Naofumi and gets angry that Kiryu would join him instead of Itsuki.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Kiryu again in his iconic gray suit continues to kick serious ass even in another world.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Being the “Weaponless Hero”, Kiryu relies on his unarmed fighting style, but greatly enhanced by his full metal gauntlets.
  • Bully Hunter: Kiryu again has zero tolerance for those who oppress others, especially for their own amusement. For this, the king and bitch princess fall under his radar, threatening to bury them and their kingdom if they ever try anything against those he considers friends.
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  • Combat Referee: During the race between Naofumi and Motoyasu for control of Lute Village, Kiryu acts as the referee to make sure it’s fair. He surveys the race by secretly going about the boundaries of the track where he catches Malty’s knights attempting to cheat and sabotage Naofumi under her orders. Kiryu beats the shit out of every single one of them before they could carry out their orders. There will be no cheating as long as he’s around.
  • Dirty Coward: Kiryu Uses this idea against Motoyasu to trick him into allowing him to fight, knowing that the King wouldn't allow him to enter the duel otherwise. Motoyasu, wanting to prove he isn't, falls for the trick.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Itsuki praises Kiryu for being a heroic person by defending the village, not knowing that Kiryu is a member of the yakuza whose members are traditionally unheroic.
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  • Fountain of Youth: When Kiryu arrived at the other world, he was shocked to see himself twenty years old again when he was forty-seven before he left.
  • Hate Sink: The bitch Princess Malty, as per usual.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite Kiryu's presence, several stations of the Shield Hero canon occur.
    • Naofumi and Motoyasu are manipulated by Malty into racing for Lute Village's lordship.
  • Loophole Abuse: Like the other Heroes, Kiryu is unable to equip traditional weapons due to his gauntlets. However, he was able to weaponize ordinary objects like a slave cage by slamming it on a slave trader as one of his HEAT actions since it’s technically not a weapon.
  • Meaningful Name: Kiryu gets a black filo whom he names Nugget, after the chicken he acquired in Yakuza 0.
  • Megaton Punch: Kiryu’s specialty which is painfully emphasized while his fists are reinforced by the gauntlets.
  • Outside-Context Problem: While most of the Cardinal Heroes are gamers who have, in one way or another, navigated through their new environment thanks to their familiarity with gaming conventions and tropes. Kiryu is a member of the yakuza who makes up for his lack of gaming knowledge with actually knowing how to fight.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kiryu calls out the other heroes on blindly believing whatever the king and Malty says about Naofumi without even bothering to look into the matter themselves. For that, he views them as nothing but self-righteous morons who are unable to think for themselves and therefore can’t be taken seriously. Kiryu even calls Motoyasu a moron who only thinks with his dick.
  • Stance System: Kiryu is able to switch between his Brawler, Rush, Beast, and Dragon styles.
  • Trapped in Another World: While this applies to Kiryu who was unwillingly brought into the land of Melromarc by Julius Harken, its revealed that Majima is in this world as well.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: This is what Kiryu summarizes of Motoyasu during his duel with him. He doesn't know how actually fight with his spear, and mainly just relies on his spear's powers and abilities to fight.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: When Kiryu fights against Motoyasu in Naofumi’s place, he correctly deduces that the so-called Spear Hero doesn’t actually know how to fight with a spear since a real spear user would have been able to counter barehanded strikes like Lau Ka Long. He calls Motoyasu a poser who is nothing without his weapon.
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