Tianyou Zhao (趙 天佑, Zhào Tiānyòu/天陽趙, Ten Yō Shō) is a character in Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

He is the commander of the Yokohama Liumang, and joins Ichiban's party in Chapter 11.




Zhao's outfit consists of a leather jacket over a printed button down shirt, grey shorts over a pair of tight black pants, and studded high top sneakers. He wears a pair of tinted round glasses, as well as a pair of hoop earrings, and a different ring on each finger. His hair is shaved on both sides, and slicked back. His nails are painted black.


During his time as leader of the Liumang, Zhao puts up a front of cold indifference, though during his Drink Link conversations with Ichiban, he reveals that he cares deeply for his men, especially Akira Mabuchi, whom he considers his friend and brother. He appears to be self-conscious of his "softness", though Ichiban repeatedly reassures him that it's a good trait to have. In his Drink Link, he reveals that he put up a facade as a ruthless and sadistic leader only to keep up appearances as the leader of the Liumang. This was because the leadership of the Liumang was forced onto him due to matters of inheritance from his father.

Zhao also enjoys cooking, and the party comments on how good his chili shrimp is in particular.

Zhao has a wisecracking sense of humor, and some party chats show that he loves pranking and teasing his fellow party members to the point of annoyance. Zhao also has a penchant for sadism on the battlefield as he enjoys toying with his enemies both psychologically and physically using tactics such as theatrical weaponry, death threats and insane battle cries.

Despite his uncaring and seemingly unhinged demeanor, Zhao is a thoughtful and caring man who struggled to find his place early on in his life. He cares a great deal about his own men and always sought to give them a home. He also cared deeply for Mabuchi and viewed him like a brother despite repeated betrayals from the latter. Since joining Ichiban's party, his heroic nature is further highlighted. Finally finding somewhere he can belong in, Zhao gladly tags along with Ichiban and company and has become more than ready to give his life for them and their shared cause despite the dangers they come across.


Yakuza: Like a Dragon: 2000-2019

Fighting Style

In battle, Zhao has an increased resistance against bleeding, fear, rage and silence. His default job called 'Gangster' has him wield a Chinese saber which he uses to great effect, mixing in theatrical techniques such as lighting the blade on fire with alcohol and burning opponents by sending waves of fire their way. His bare-handed attacks are based on a variety of acrobatic Chinese martial arts such as the renowned Drunken Fist.


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