- "How's about we see here and now...which one of us is the real dragon!"
- —Ryuji Goda
Ryuji Goda first appears in the second installment of the Yakuza series then appears in Yakuza 0 as a guest character. Ryūji is the adopted son of Jin Goda, He was second chairman of the Go-Ryu, and is known as the "Dragon of Kansai".
Yakuza Zero 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 the high school students. He picks a fight with Majima but is easily beaten. After their fight, Majima learns that Ryuji was fighting to avenge his classmates that were bullied by the high schoolers. He also notices the potential of Ryuji and expects him to make it big in the yakuza world.
Ryuji also takes a brief field trip to Kamurocho where be has a brief encounter with Kiryu Kazuma after a fortune-teller tells the latter that he and a young man he was going to talk to 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, 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. He later find the owner, only to find him infected into an octopus-like monster. having no choice, he kills him using the technique taught to him by his beloved takoyaki master.