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Ishikawa Goemon is a Historical-Domain Character from Japan, specifically the Sengoku Jidai. This outlaw character is considered the Japanese equivalent of Robin Hood, and his story is still featured in Kabuki Theater.

This legendary rogue is Shrouded in Myth and has become a Japanese Folk Hero. He is often given exaggerated ninja skills. His attempt to assassinate Toyotomi Hideyoshi have given rise to speculation for his reason (some say Hideyoshi had his wife killed, others that he wanted to stop a tyrant), but was caught when he accidentally knocked off a bell. Ishikawa was boiled alive in a iron kettle along with his son. With the last of his strength, Ishikawa held his child out of the kettle (and afterward plunged him into it to kill him quickly). This story has given rise to the nickname of "Goemon bath" (goemonburo) for the large iron kettle-shaped bathtubs common in Japan.


Traditionally, Goemon tends to be portrayed as a Gentleman Thief and a Large Ham, sometimes as a Big Fun-character type, often with Kabuki Sounds, mannerism and huge, afro-like hair. Also uses fireworks a lot.

Works that feature Goemon:

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     Anime and Manga  

     Live Action TV  

  • In Kamen Rider Ghost, Goemon is one of the 15 Heroic Eyecons. The eponymous Rider first used the Goemon Eyecon's ninja (and kabuki) skills to defeat the revived Katana Ganmanote  who had now Tsubame Gaeshinote .


     Film - Live Action  

  • The assassination attempt on James Bond in You Only Live Twice was attributed to Goemon himself (note: said method, involving a rope and a bottle of poison, is shown in Yaiba too, seen above).
  • A live action film simply titled Goemon stars a lanky and physics-defying version, with Lovable Rogue traits.

     Video Games  

Works that reference Goemon:

  • Itazura Na Kiss has a "Goemon bath" in Volume 7.
  • Jiraiya in Naruto has a technique named "Senpo: Goemon" which involves blowing a stream of boiling-hot oil, a reference to the original's means of death.