- "How's about we see here and now...which one of us is the real dragon!"
- —Ryuji Goda
Ryuji Goda (郷田 龍司, Gōda Ryūji) is the primary antagonist and final boss of Yakuza 2, He also appears as one of the playable protagonists in Yakuza: Dead Souls, as well as in Yakuza 0 as a cameo fight. Ryuji is the adopted son of Jin Goda. He is the second chairman of the Go-Ryu Clan and known as the "Dragon of Kansai".
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 Ruyji with him. She obliges and Ruyji is adopted by Jin.
Yakuza 0 Edit
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.
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.
Yakuza Dead Souls Edit
In the zombie spinoff Yakuza: Dead Souls, which follows an alternate story, in which Ryuji was expelled from the Omi Alliance after losing his fight with Kiryu, and drifts 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, Ruyji 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.