Kazuma Kiryu

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Kazuma Kiryu is the main protagonist of Sega's Like a Dragon series, formerly known as Yakuza.

Kiryu has appeared in every mainline Like a Dragon game to date, with him being either the sole protagonist or one of the main protagonists, the only exception being Yakuza: Like A Dragon, where he is a supporting character.

Originally a member of the Tojo Clan's Dojima Family, Kiryu was expelled due to supposedly killing his patriarch, Sohei Dojima. Since then, he has tried to distance himself from the yakuza, which usually ends up failing due to his legend status as "The Dragon of Dojima". Since then, he's spent his time running an orphanage, working as a taxi driver, and working as a bodyguard.


Kiryu is seen as one of the most elite contestants in all King of /v/, as shown by his consistently strong tournament runs and for being capable of blowing out other beloved contenders in votes with ease. However, this has made him develop an inversely infamous reputation, in due part for being considered a silent vote because of a relative lack of presence during the tournament season - a common joke among tourneyfags is to talk about Kiryu's runs as if he had literally sleepwalked through the bracket.

Tournament History[edit]

Starting in his first appearance during the inaugural tournament in 2019, the Dragon of Dojima had a mostly successful run and made it to the semi-finals stage without much toruble before losing to Doomguy, becoming a member of the original Elite Eight, placing 3rd after beating the acclaimed lawyer Phoenix Wright in the consolation match.

Kiryu would come back two years later in 2021 and expectably won most matches by wide margins, even taking down fan favorites such as Garland from Final Fantasy and AM from I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream. His run came to an end in the semi-finals, where he lost to Dr. Eggman. In the consolation match, he beat The Legend of Zelda merchant Morshu, placing third once again.

Kiryu made his return in 2023 with a much lower seed of 47, and this year would mark a shift in his reputation. Yet again, the yakuza would power through his opponents, such as Bowser, Isaac, and Postal Dude, but it wouldn't be until Round 4 where things would go downhill for the character. Here, Kiryu would face off against fan favorite Isaac Clarke to determine who would be making the Elite Eight for the year. While Kiryu ended up winning and advancing to the Elite Eight for a third time, an error occurred during Round 4 that caused the form to stop collecting votes past a certain hour, revealing that Kiryu had really won the match by way fewer votes than previously estimated. Though Kiryu did have a relatively consistent campaign presence since the first round with various writefags and drawfags among his supporters, he gained a rather erroneous reputation as being a silent candidate following the round 4 results which spread in combination due to Isaac Clarke's more vocal fanbase, one Kiryu drawfag's OC not being seen due to not being anchored, the perceived silent majority reputation from previous years, and some Kiryu supporters diverting their efforts to other characters. Starting from quarter-finals with his rematch against runner-up Eggman, Kiryu became the target of persistent falseflagging and smear campaigning, with falseflag posters notably associating him with loving BBC. Kiryu would predictably lose to the doctor and end up ranking 7th overall.

Kazuma Kiryu will be eligible to Tiger Drop the competition again in 2025.


King of /v/
2019 - Unseeded
Round Opponent Series Votes Pct. For
Round 1 Guile Street Fighter 226 - 173 56.6%
Round 2 Bridget Guilty Gear 244 - 103 70.3%
Round 3 Luigi Super Mario 165 - 110 60.0%
Round 4 Jack Frost Shin Megami Tensei 179 - 134 57.2%
Quarterfinals Duke Nukem Duke Nukem 148 - 130 53.2%
Semifinals Doomguy DOOM 112 - 185 37.7%
3rd Place Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney 450 - 399 53.0%
2021 - Seed 12
Round Opponent Series Votes Pct. For
Round 1 (117) Reynauld Darkest Dungeon 886 - 273 76.4%
Round 2 (76) Donkey Kong Donkey Kong 786 - 421 65.1%
Round 3 (21) Garland Final Fantasy 799 - 399 70.2%
Round 4 (69) AM AM I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream 820 - 636 56.3%
Quarterfinals (13) Leon Kennedy Resident Evil 729 - 619 54.1%
Semifinals (16) Dr. Eggman Sonic the Hedgehog 553 - 668 45.3%
3rd Place (47) Morshu The Legend of Zelda 822 - 596 58.0%
2023 - Seed 47
Round Opponent Series Votes Pct. For
Round 1 (65) Bowser Super Mario 467 - 241 66.0%
Round 2 (86) Isaac The Binding of Isaac 485 - 250 66.0%
Round 3 (28) Postal Dude Postal 373 - 320 53.8%
Round 4 (67) Isaac Clarke Dead Space 323 - 319 50.3%
Quarterfinals (2) Dr. Eggman Sonic the Hedgehog 309 - 486 38.9%
Contestant Series 5th 6th 7th 8th Total
(9) Scout Team Fortress 2 571.5 818
(8) Solid Snake Metal Gear 500.5
(47) Kazuma Kiryu Like a Dragon 487.5
(66) Rayman Rayman 485.5



King of /v/ 2019
Finalists Senator Armstrong • 2nd Doomguy
Semi-finalists 3rd Kazuma Kiryu • 4th Phoenix Wright
Quarter-finalists 5th Solid Snake • 6th Heavy • 7th Duke Nukem • 8th Wario
Round 4 (Top 16) Bowser Dante Funky Kong Gordon Freeman JC Denton Jack Frost Leon Kennedy Scout
Round 3 (Top 32) Alien (Alien Hominid) Doc Louis Dr. Eggman Earthworm Jim Geese Howard Gene Godot Kyle Hyde King Of All Cosmos Kirby Luigi Mega Man X Priest Rance Richter Belmont Travis Touchdown
Round 2 (Top 64) Arthas Arthur Morgan Asura Bridget Captain Falcon CJ Chief Dagoth Ur Dynamo (Mega Man) Easy Pete Emil (Nier) Ezio Auditore da Firenze Fargoth Fox McCloud Francis York Morgan Gex Isaac King K Rool Kratos Link Marco Rossi Nagito Komaeda Nero Proto Man Scorpion Sissel Sol Badguy Sub-zero Subject Delta Super Macho Man Vulpes Inculta X-Com Guy
Round 1 (Top 128) 9-Volt Adol Christin Albert Wesker Banjo Battler Ushiromiya Caim (Drakengard) Dad (Dad n' me) Dutch Van Der Linde Eddie Riggs GF Buyer Geno Goose (Untitled Goose Game) Goro Majima Guile Hifumi Yamada Jak James Earl Cash Ren Amamiya Kain Ken Masters Kenji Setou King Kiwi The Bard Knight Lautrec of Carim Larry Foulke Louie Lucio Luka Main Character (My Friend Pedro) Marche Metal Sonic Mettaton Mr. Game & Watch Neku Sakuraba Ness Orionos Phantom R Pit Plague Knight Professor Layton Quote Ralsei Raziel Rean Schwarzer Ridley Robloxian Ryu Hayabusa Sigurd (Fire Emblem) Sir Daniel Fortesque Sora Spectre Knight Steve Sweet Tooth Terry Bogard The Warlock Tingle Vivi Walter (SMT) Walter Bennet Wheatley Wise Old Man Y.V Yoyo Yu Narukami
Excluded by Series Limit Template:Gray Fox Big BossTemplate:King Harkinian Vergil SansTemplate:Makoto Yuki "Fuhrer"
Did not qualify Not Important JPEG DogTemplate:Sho MinamimotoTemplate:KlonoaTemplate:Gilgamesh (Fate)Template:Dimitri Aleixandre BlaiddydTemplate:Goemon
King of /v/ 2021
Finalists The Batter • 2nd Dr. Eggman
Semi-finalists 3rd Kazuma Kiryu • 4th Morshu
Quarter-finalists 5th Wario • 6th Leon Kennedy • 7th Heavy • 8th Nyarlathotep
Round 4 (Top 16) AM AM Brad Armstrong Charles Doomguy Kirby Phoenix Wright Solid Snake Spamton
Round 3 (Top 32) Agent 47 Albert Wesker Big Boss Demi-fiend Dracula Duke Nukem Garland Godot Goro Majima Jack Frost King Dedede Max Payne Rance Revolver Ocelot Solaire Soldier
Round 2 (Top 64) Alucard Asura Baba Big Daddy Big Smoke Captain Falcon CJ Cave Johnson Chaos Chief Chris Redfield Coach Donkey Kong Dick Gumshoe G-Man Gordon Freeman Grimm Isaac Clarke Luigi Meta Knight Neo Cortex Nero Niko Bellic Not Important Pepsiman Postal Dude Regigigas Ridley Sekiro Simon Belmont Spy Tohru Adachi
Round 1 (Top 128) 9S Adam Jensen Alex Eggleston Ancestor Artorias Ayin Banjo Battler Ushiromiya Bowser Conker Crash Bandicoot Cuphead Dagoth UrTemplate:Daisaku Kuze Dark Sun Gwyndolin Dimitri Alexandre Blaiddyd Francis Frank West Frog Funky KongTemplate:Ganondorf Gene Gex Handsome Jack Harry Du Bois Helltaker Henry Stickmin Impostor Jevil Joshua Graham King Dice King K RoolTemplate:King of All Cosmos Kratos Link Ludwig Mega Man Missile Mothman Mr. Game & Watch Mr House Nick Papa Nier Pyramid Head Quote Rando Armstrong Raven Beak Reynauld Roland Ryu Hayabusa Sephiroth Shadow The Hedgehog Sissel Sol Badguy Sonic the Hedgehog Starwalker Steve Strelok Terry Bogard The Hunter The Knight Tom Nook Waluigi Zagreus
Excluded by Series Limit EngineerTemplate:Medic (TF2) SundownerTemplate:Demoman (TF2)Template:Sniper (TF2)Template:Saxton Hale SansTemplate:Kris DreemurTemplate:Pyro (TF2)Template:BerdleyTemplate:Monsoon (Metal Gear)Template:Merchant (Resident Evil)Template:LancerTemplate:PapyrusTemplate:Kazuhira MillerTemplate:Ethan WintersTemplate:Annoying Dog HUNK Ichiban KasugaTemplate:Louis (L4D)Template:MettatonTemplate:Rouxls Kaard Mario GrooseTemplate:Matador (SMT)Template:Blade Wolf (Metal Gear)
Did not qualify Template:Nahobino Ralsei IsaacTemplate:Dismas Plague KnightTemplate:Argalia Parappa Bomberman Giygas Lucas
King of /v/ 2023
Finalists Grimm • 2nd Dr. Eggman
Semi-finalists 3rd John Ward • 4th Demi-fiend
Quarter-finalists 5th Scout • 6th Solid Snake • 7th Kazuma Kiryu • 8th Rayman
Round 4 (Top 16) Isaac Clarke Pepsiman Wario Spy Father Garcia Leon Kennedy Raiden Miles Edgeworth
Round 3 (Top 32) Agent 47 Duke Nukem Gordon Freeman Donkey Kong Postal Dude Giygas Alex Eggleston Geralt Kirby Jacket Dagoth Ur Alucard Big Smoke Charles Peppino Vergil
Round 2 (Top 64) Adam Jensen Doomguy Quote Dracula Dick Gumshoe Isaac Kleiner William Afton Big Daddy Goro Majima Isaac Roland Sans Max Payne Kefka Hollow Knight Frog Brad Armstrong G-Man Mario Neo Cortex Niko Bellic Chris Redfield X James Sunderland Rance Battler Ushiromiya Link Tohru Adachi Not Important Coach Harry Du Bois
Round 1 (Top 128) Earthworm Jim Red Crewmate Helltaker Joshua Graham King Dice N Sonic the Hedgehog Funky Kong Solaire Bill Icon of Sin Captain Falcon Jevil Nick Pit Shadow The Hedgehog Andrew Graves Shovel Knight Bowser Banjo Bomberman Tom Nook Patches Red Pikmin Kim Kitsuragi Asura Anon Asura King Boo Geno Cuphead Morshu Gex Chief Meta Knight Frank West Mega Man The Nerd Simon Belmont Sephiroth Wheatley Conker Little Mac King Dedede Cave Johnson Dung Eater Ness Crash Bandicoot Johnny Cage Zero Crono Waluigi Fox McCloud King Of All Cosmos CJ Christopher Robin Handsome Jack Nero Ridley Spamton King K Rool Ganon Gene The Hunter Heavy
King of /v/
Tournaments 20192020202120222023
Champions Senator Armstrong Dante The Batter Jack Garland Grimm
Elite Eight
Bold indicates semifinalist status. Bold underlined indicates finishing as runner-up at least once.
AM AM Albert Wesker Demi-fiend Doomguy Duke Nukem Dr. Eggman "Fuhrer" Heavy Jack Frost JC Denton Jetstream Sam John Ward Kazuma Kiryu Leon Kennedy Luigi Miles Edgeworth Morshu Phoenix Wright Raiden Rayman Scout Solid Snake Travis Touchdown Vergil Wario
Qualified Characters
Adam Jensen Agent 47 Ancestor Ayin Baba Banjo Battler Ushiromiya Brad Armstrong Captain Falcon Charles Chris Redfield Christopher Robin CJ Coach Dimitri Alexandre Blaiddyd Doc Louis Dracula Engineer Frank West Frog Gene Geralt of Rivia Giygas Gordon Freeman Goro Majima Harry Du Bois Hollow Knight Isaac Clarke Isaac Kleiner Jacket James Sunderland Jevil Joshua Graham JPEG Dog Kefka King Boo King Dedede King Of All Cosmos Kirby Little Mac Luka Mario Max Payne Meta Knight Pepsiman Postal Dude Rance Regigigas Revolver Ocelot Ridley Roland Sekiro Soldier Spamton Spy The Hunter The Knight Tohru Adachi Waluigi Zero
Other Characters
Claptrap Philemon Yugi