Affiliation: Omi Alliance
Japanese Seiyu: Iwasaki Masami
Ryūji Goda first appears in the second instalment of the Yakuza series.
Ryūji is the adopted son of Jin Goda, second chairman of the Go-Ryu, and is known as the "Dragon of Kansai". He dislikes this nickname, because he believes that there should only be one true dragon in Japan; to this end he seeks to defeat Kiryu Kazuma. Ryūji stages a coup while Kiryu is in Osaka attempting to broker a peace deal, and kidnaps Jin and Daigo, wanting to start a war between the Tojo Clan and Omi Alliance. It is later revealed that Ryuji is the son of the Jingweon boss and his wife Suyeon, and that Kaoru is his half-sister. Due to the massacre of the Jingweon 25 years before by the Tojo Clan, Ryuji wants to destroy the town and the Tojo. To do this he works with the Jingweon, though later states he hated doing so. At the end of the game, the two fight on the top of Kamurocho Hills. After his defeat, and the killing of Jin and Terada, he gets up and charges Takashima with a gun. Ryūji is shot multiple times before finally shooting Takashima in the head. He end he and Kiryu then have a final showdown, explaining to the protesting Sayama that both he and Kiryu are going to die anyway (either by succumbing to their wounds or the bomb exploding), which ends with a scene in homage to the "Cross Counter" technique of Ashita no Joe ("Tomorrow Joe"). He then dies in Kaoru's arms.
In the zombie spinoff Yakuza: Dead Souls, which follows an alternate story, as the second generation chief of the Omi union, Ryūji was expelled from the Omi clan after losing his fight with Kiryu, and drifts around before making his name at a takoyaki shop. He was set to succeed the owner, before he returned to Kamurocho during the zombie outbreak.