Ryuji Goda (郷田 龍司, Gōda Ryūji) is a recurring character in the Yakuza series first introduced in Yakuza 2. He is the main antagonist of Yakuza 2/Yakuza Kiwami 2, as well as one of the protagonists of Yakuza: Dead Souls and Ryu ga Gotoku Online.
He is the second patriarch of the Go-Ryu Clan. The dragon tattoo on his back has earned him the nickname "The Dragon of Kansai" (関西の龍, Kansai no Ryū).
Ryuji has a tall build which is apparent even during his days as a schoolboy. He has blond hair and a large scar on his face, and his tattoo depicts a golden dragon.
He wears a beige suit (pinstriped in Kiwami 2) over a dark brown shirt, matching suit pants, and a pair of white wingtips. Additionally, he wears a light beige coat with a strip of black fur all around the collar and down the front.
In Dead Souls, he wears an off-white long crocodile-skin coat over his attire. The right sleeve of this coat and his suit is torn off the first time he opens up his Gatling gun.
Ryuji is depicted as a goal-driven and ambitious person, especially evident when he aimed to defeat Kiryu in order to take the title of the "one true dragon" and his ambition to wage a war between Tojo Clan and Omi Alliance. Ryuji can be quite ruthless but, unlike many other yakuza, he adheres to a strict, personal moral code: Ryuji believes that strength is the ultimate virtue and that only those who demonstrate strength deserve to wield power. He has very open contempt for people who resort to underhanded, manipulative tactics to seize power, like Toranosuke Sengoku and Ryo Takashima.
In terms of fighting, he prefers a head-on approach and has a sense of honor, considering Kiryu as a worthy opponent. Not only does he considers him a great opponent, but Ryuji also doesn't enjoy an unfair victory as evidenced when he had the opportunity to kill Kiryu, who was exhausted and vulnerable, he stayed his blade in order to fight him one-on-one on equal ground.
Ryuji proves to be selfless as he doesn't hesitate to take bullets to protect his half-sister and Kiryu. He is self-aware of his flaws, notably his tendency to be impulsive (and considers that a real man sometimes has to act before they think), acknowledging that he always believed he'd die young.
Ryuji is a proud man, evidenced by him challenging Kiryu to a fight in his final moments. This was right after he took bullets he knew was fatal. Kiryu, in a rare instance, showed immense respect to an opponent by calling Ryuji "the man I thought you were" and stating that he would go all-out in response to Ryuji challenging him to a fight.
In the end, he expressed regret that he and his sister didn't get to spend more time with each other. That and the fact that he deeply cherishes the memory of his mother proves that family bonds are sacred to him.
Fleeing to Sotenbori, she met Jin Goda, whom she told her story. Running from the mafia and exhausted from keeping her son safe, Jin took them in. When she meets Jiro Kawara, Jin begs for her to leave Ryuji with him. She obliges and Ryuji is adopted by Jin.
Ryuji Goda appears in Sotenbori during his elementary school years. Goro Majima encounters him when he hears rumors of the "Bontan Hunter", who has been starting fights with high school students and stealing their pants.
He picks a fight with Majima but is easily beaten. After their fight, Majima learns that Ryuji was fighting to avenge his classmates who were bullied by the high schoolers.
Even at age 12, Ryuji towers over his peers and does not leave others to assume he is an elementary school student.
Ryuji also takes a field trip to Kamurocho where be has a brief encounter with Kazuma Kiryu after a fortune-teller tells the latter that he and a young man he will talk to shortly would have entangled fates.
Yakuza 2/Yakuza Kiwami 2: 2006 Edit
During the prologue, Ryuji was phone calling with Tsumura about setting the fire on Kamurocho. Daigo mentioned that it was Ryuji Goda who set him up five years prior, causing him to be arrested and sentenced for five years for possession of firearms.
Ryuji ordered the nervous bartender to leave after some of his boys argued about more drinkings over his table. Ryuji was frustrated Yamada called his nickname " Dragon of Kansai" which Ryuji warned everyone never says the nickname ever front of Ryuji, has crossed the line and they put their drinks on the table. He let some hostesses left them Despite Yamada's clumsy memory and his pathetic, Ryuji said to sit down and drink, Ryuji poured him the drink over full and broke his head with a bottle of luxury. Ryuji grabbed his neck threatening him with broken bottle while statementing about what Yamada did call him. However, Kiryu added Yamada by repeating what Yamada caught Ryuji's full attention over the other table. Ryuji dropped the near-death Yamada down and glaring at Kiryu over. Witnessed Kiryu threw one of his boys over the balcony and fall on the broken piano and Ryuji was finding impressive. After witness Kiryu's victory over his boys that stopped him, he gave him a huge clap and congrats Kiryu. Ryuji apologized and paid Kiryu for his trouble over the expensive drink. Ryuji introduced first before rudely asking his name. Ryuji was shocked to hear that man is Kazuma Kiryu and assuming if he was from Tojo's Chairman with his suspicious eyes. Kiryu denied the question and have no idea who it was nor he was not that man Ryuji asked. Ryuji laughed and statement if he was really Kiryu, he wouldn't be sitting and spilling drinks with Ryuji. Ryuji explained why as he see Kiryu as a man who ready for the war with full hands. He spilt with excitement earlier why the reason he was hate to be called The Dragon of Kansai. He said there was no need for another dragon to be Kansai or Dojima. Ryuji cared only the one dragon in the room and not for more. Now with Ryuji and Kiryu eye to eye, he explained what would happen the midnight in Kamurocho for fireworks and the dragon of Dojima dies. Realised he was talking too much for Kiryu and said Kiryu enjoys his drink as he left up and inform Kiryu to wear some suit if he plans to join in his clan. Ryuji replied that he can smell him over and that reek is blood before calling him "Mr Kiryu."
During Omi's truce agreement meeting, Ryuji ordered his boys stopping in and threaten everyone with guns as he made his dramatical entrance by realising Mr Kiryu was none more than that "Kazuma Kiryu from Tojo's Fourth Chairman.
Ryuji will be the next protagonist playable after Ichiban's Arc from Ryu Ga Gotoku Online.
Other Media Edit
In the zombie spin-off Yakuza: Dead Souls, Goda follows an alternate story in which he survived his wounds after losing his fight with Kiryu, thanks to a bionic arm created by a Gunsmith. He was then expelled from the Omi Alliance , and drifted around before making his name at a takoyaki shop. He is set to succeed the owner, before returning to Kamurocho during the zombie outbreak.
He later finds the owner, infected and turned into an octopus-like monster and, having no choice, kills him using the technique taught to him by his beloved takoyaki master.
Subsequently, Ryuji helps his old rival, Kazuma Kiryu, as they work together to defeat DD and his zombies.
Binary Domain Edit
Ryuji appears as a bonus online player in Binary Domain.
Fighting style Edit
In contrast to other fighting styles such as Kiryu's, Goda uses a "sloppy" street fighting style. He uses an array of haymakers, wild punches and back kicks to attack. His grapples consist of mostly knees to the gut. Later in the game, he will use a Katana to attack, causing a lot more damage. He swings it in a wild manner, without any real technique or skills, using one hand to do so. In the final battle against him, he will use his regular fighting style, with the addition of a few more punches.
In Dead Souls he no longer fights barehanded but instead uses a Gatling gun that folds out of his bionic arm. He can still use kicks and tackles to keep the zombies at bay, and can also pick up weapons such as bats, pipes and more. His Gatling gun is the fastest weapon in the game.