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CAST

From the General and his allies to the Count and his henchmen, and everyone in between. We've got profiles of them all!
Choose a cast member to find out more about them.

 
Main Cast

 
General Tani
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'General' Hayato Tani

 
First appeared: Ep 1   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 133

Tani leads his army of contestants through all the games and onto the Show Down, hoping to beat Takeshi and storm the castle. The handsome "ladies favourite" is always helpful and generous - especially towards the females!


 
Count Takeshi
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'Count' Takeshi Kitano

 
First appeared: Ep 1   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 133

Takeshi is the owner of the castle. To protect it from Tani's attacks, he sets up obstacles in the castle grounds in an attempt to stop the army of contestants getting any closer. Contestants have to beat him in the final Show Down to win.
Takeshi wasn't able to appear on the show from episode 31 to episode 55, so instead the Takeshi Doll took his place.


 
Takeshi Doll
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Takeshi Doll

 
First appeared: Ep 28   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 59

Takeshi was unable to appear on the show for 25 episodes, so a guard wearing a big cartoon Takeshi head stood in for him. The Takeshi Doll doesn't speak, so his main job is to fire the water cannon in the Show Down.


 
Saburo Ishikura
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Saburo Ishikura

 
First appeared: Ep 1   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 43

Saburo was Takeshi's first advisor, and sidekick. He helped with plans to oppose Tani's attacks, and would always be by Takeshi's side in the Show Down.


 
Higashi Sonomanma
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Higashi Sonomanma

 
First appeared: Ep 1   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 133

Higashi began as the leader of Takeshi's Gundan. He then, from episode 44, replaced Saburo as Takeshi's advisor and sidekick.

Emerald Guards

 
Takeshi's Troops
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Takeshi Gundan

 
First appeared: Ep 1   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 133

These troops are Takeshi's personal group of guards. They first protect the forts in Slipped Disks and Uphill Garden, and then battle the contestants in the final Show Down.

The first leader of the troop was Higashi, who later left to become Takeshi's advisor. Utaemon Omori then took over as leader in episode 44.
The other members of the group include Matsuo Bannai, Edamame Tsumami, Yurei Yanagi, Rakkyo Ide, Great Gidayu, Duncan, Third Nagashima, Rusher Itamae, Gadarukanaru Taka, Hakase Suidobashi, Sintarou Mizushima and Tadajij Kikuchi.


 
Large
Fuji
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Large Fuji

 
First appeared: Ep 72   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 131

Large is an honorary member of the Takeshi Gundan. His first job was as a stand-in guard in the Honeycomb Maze. Later he moved into Sumo Rings, replacing Shinoburyo.

Pink Panzers

 
Makoto Dainenji
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Makoto Dainenji

 
First appeared: Ep 1   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 133

Makoto will always be found down one of the wrong Final Fall holes, usually wearing some kind of costume. A karate champion, Makoto is paired with Katsuo to make a winning team.


 
Katsuo Tokashiki
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Katsuo Tokashiki

 
First appeared: Ep 1   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 131

You'll find Katsuo found down one of the wrong Final Fall holes, often wearing a random costume. A boxing champion, he's always paired up with Makoto to make a winning team.

Black-Handed Black-Hearted Guards

 
Strong Kongou
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Strong Kongou

 
First appeared: Ep 1   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 133

Strong is one of Takeshi's best and, as his name suggests, strongest guards. Nearly always paired with Kibaji, they form a powerful team.


 
Kibaji Tankobo
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Kibaji Tankobo

 
First appeared: Ep 5   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 133

Kibaji is one of Takeshi's best guards, who can scare off contestants just by looking at them. Nearly always paired with Strong, they form a powerful team.


 
Animal Lesley
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Brad 'Animal' Lesley

 
First appeared: Ep 72   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 133

Animal is the craziest, most energetic guard of them all. He scares contestants, humiliates losers, and can't stand cheats or cockiness; but he can have a soft spot for the ladies! Upon beating a contestant, you'll usually hear him roar.


 
Ueda Umanosuke
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Ueda Umanosuke

 
First appeared: Ep 2   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 108

Ueda is one of the most imposing guards. He is big, strong, and easily identifiable by his dyed-blonde hair.


 
Masanori Okada
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Masanori Okada

 
First appeared: Ep 1   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 133

Okada is known as the Sea Goblin. He's not as big, but is still just as frightening as other guards. He'll usually be lurking by water to soak losing contestants.

Friendly Guards

 
Michiru Jo
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Michiru Jo

 
First appeared: Ep 1   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 133

Jo began as the commander of the fort in Uphill Garden and Avalanche, and is the most amiable of all the guards. He's not very strong, or scary; and even occasionally helps the contestants rather than hindering them.


 
Popcorn
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Popcorn

 
First appeared: Ep 28   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 133

Popcorn, the 'Rainbow Warriors', are twins Shoji and Shoichi. They mess with the contestants and try to put them off, usually by singing chants. You'll often hear them crying "amigo" or making contestants join in their onomatopoeic chant of "donbura kokko" in Rice Bowl Down Hill.


 
Youshichi Shimada
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Youshichi Shimada

 
First appeared: Ep 28   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 133

Youshichi is a strange guard who takes on various guises. Usually he either dresses like a child, with a little patch of hair missing, or cross-dresses in a Pocahontas-like costume. In more regular attire, he always has a red painted nose and a painted-on beard.

Mascots

 
Yoroi Chuu
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Yoroi Chuu

 
First appeared: Ep 10   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 119

Yoroi is a giant samurai who attacks contestants, trying to slow them down. He has three moves - punch, kick and, his "killer move", body-press.

When Yoroi first appeared he didn't have a name, so one was picked from viewers' suggestions.


 
Jumbo Max
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Jumbo Max

 
First appeared: Ep 4   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 9

Jumbo is a giant yellow ape that uses his big hands to slow down passing contestants. He was replaced by Yoroi.


 
Rock-kun
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Rock-kun

 
First appeared: Ep 32   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 40

Rock-kun is a big rock that sprays steam out of its mouth. In Dino Ride, if a contestant doesn't hit the bat, or falls off the dinosaur, they'll get blasted by Rock-kun.

Sumo

 
Shino-buryo
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Shinoburyo

 
First appeared: Ep 13   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 87

Shinoburyo is sumo wrestler, mostly playing in the purple ring in Sumo Rings. He's the hardest of all the guards to beat in Sumo; and therefore very, very rarely loses.


 
Shin Suganuma
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Shin Suganuma

 
First appeared: Ep 13   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 101

Shin is one of the most infamous Sumo Rings guards - but not thanks to any successes! Usually playing in the red ring; he's weak and weedy, so is very easy to beat.


 
Konishiki Doll
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Konishiki Doll

 
First appeared: Ep 15   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 123

Spud! A guard dressed in a giant head costume; which is based on famous sumo wrestler Yasokichi Konishiki. Wearing the costume makes it really easy for the guard to topple over, so he is very easy to beat in Sumo Rings.

Karaoke

 
Oki Bondo
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Oki Bondo

 
First appeared: Ep 25   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 124

Oki is the host of Karaoke. He welcomes the contestants onto the stage and then introduces the song they must sing.


 
Koji Sekiyama
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Koji Sekiyama

 
First appeared: Ep 21   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 115

Koji is the boss of the Karaoke bar. He decides if the contestants' performances are good enough for them to win the game, or not.


 
Takayuki Yokomizo
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Takayuki Yokomizo

 
First appeared: Ep 21   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 103

Takayuki is the bouncer of the Karaoke bar. If the boss decides that the contestant isn't good enough, it's Takayuki's job to escort them out of the building; usually, literally, throwing them out.

Other Cast

 
Shingo Yanagisawa
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Shingo Yanagisawa

 
First appeared: Ep 1   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 16

Shingo was first Battlefield Reporter, whose job it is to interview contestants after they have played a game. He'll also help contestants to get over The Great Wall if they are struggling.

In episode 7, Shingo (along with Ultraman) lead the army of contestants through the games, filling in for Tani who was away. In the Guard Special, he acted as Tani's sidekick.
Shingo made one final appearance, as a representative of Hokkaido, in the first New Years Special.


 
Junji Inagawa
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Junji Inagawa

 
First appeared: Ep 22   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 133

Junji is the longest serving Battlefield Reporter; whose job it is to interview contestants after they have played a game. He also helps out in some starting games, giving a hand to the last few contestants who haven't got through yet, and also stars in his own sketches throughout each episode.
Junji can be a pest with women (who usually end up in him pushing him away) and often tries out new games before the contestants.


 
The
Girls
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Bunny/Geisha Girls

 
First appeared: Ep 21   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 133

This group of young women, headed by Miyuki Ono, wait at the goal of some games to congratulate winners and escort them through to the next round.
Other Girls include Harumi Tomikawa, Mika, Mina Morishima, Sawada, and Mitsumi Yokota.


 
Kunihiko Katsura
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Kunihiko Katsura

 
First appeared: Ep 15   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 133

Kunihiko is the producer of Takeshi's Castle. He occasionally appeared on the show in various roles, including being a guard in Sumo Rings, being a part of comedy sketches, and even as a stand-in contestant in the first couples special!

In 2014, Kunihiko acted as an advisor in the creation of Takeshi's Castle Thailand, and assisted on production for the first few episodes.

Guests

 
Kikko Matsuoka
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Kikko Matsuoka

 
First appeared: Ep 28   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 130

Kikko is Tani's wife. She appeared in a three special episodes over the course of the series; the first time was in a short sketch in which she was at home with Tani.
In her second appearance Kikko had a much bigger part. She sent Tani off across the world to find international contestants to bring home and storm the castle. While he was away, Kikko filled in as the General to lead the day's Japanese contestants through the games.


 
Ultraman
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Ultraman

 
First appeared: Ep 7   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 104

Ultraman is a famous Japanese alien superhero. He first appeared to fill in, along with Shingo, for Tani who was away for an episode. The next time he arrived, Ultraman was a sidekick for Tani in a children's special episode.
In the Monster Special he was again on Tani's side, along with his Ultra Brothers, appearing in Dodgerock; with the Ultra Mother fighting in Sumo Rings.


 
Chuck Wilson
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Chuck Wilson

 
First appeared: Ep 12   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 83

Chuck mainly appears in international specials. He acts as an English guide to the non-Japanese speaking contestants.
In the first special he took part in the games as well, while in the second he acted as the General's second in command (and also played Wipe Out).

In the Teams special (episode 41) Chuck took part as a contestant, competing as a member of the International Team.


 
Eliska Noselli
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Eliska Noselli

 
First appeared: Ep 106   ¦   Last appeared: Ep 110

Originaly from Czechoslovakia, Eliska appears in two international specials. She acts as an English guide for the non-Japanese speaking contestants.

 

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