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This legendary rogue is Shrouded in Myth and has given birth to many tales and myths. He was known for trying to assassinate Toyotomi Hideyoshi for a reason (some say he had his wife killed, others that he wanted to stop a tyrant), but was caught when he accidentally knocked off a bell. He was boiled alive in a iron kettle along with his son. With the last of his strength, he held the child out of the kettle.
Works that features Goemon:
- Lupin III has Goemon Ishikawa XIII, descendant of the real deal. In Dragon of Doom, Goemon is introduced watching the 400th anniversary of the Kabuki play about his ancestor.
- Yaiba features Goemon in all his characteristics: Ninja-like outfit, Kabuki face paint, huge hair, oversized Kiseru and at least one cover reference his "bath". This one, however, can use Fuuma Shuriken and can turn in a Bear man.
Film - Live Action
- The assassination attempt on James Bond in You Only Live Twice was attributed to Goemon himself. (note: said method, involving a rope and a bottle of poison, is shown in Yaiba too, seen above).
- Samurai Warriors features Goemon as a playable character, armed with a club and a cannon strapped to the back. Unlike his historical counterpart, he survives the boiling. He also has a relationship with Okuni the foundress of Kabuki.
- Ganbare Goemon features a kiseru-wielding Goemon as main character.