Top 7... Oddest Japanese video game heroes

5. Doshin

Appeared in: Doshin the Giant 1/Kyojin no Doshin 1 (64DD), Kyojin no Doshin Kaihou Sensen Chibikko Chikko Daishuugou (64DD), Doshin the Giant (GameCube)

The oddness: The navel is perhaps the most underestimated constituent part of a true hero. Appropriately, Doshin the Giant has a belly button the size of a small car. He knows that the little people down there on the ground will only respect a god whose stomach looks like a weapon – especially given his proclivity for trampling on their houses, flooding their population centres and building mountains because he’s got nothing better to do. A successful game sees Doshin worshipped like a hero, even if he acts like a twat. What a curious fellow.

Career high: His underrated GameCube classic Doshin the Giant managed to gain an English-language PAL format release.

Career low: Appearing as a mere trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee, when he really should have been included as a playable fighter – with that belly button and those stretchy Plasticine arms he coulda been a contender, he coulda been somebody...

4. Rent-A-Hero, aka Taro Yamada

Appeared in: Rent-a-Hero (Mega Drive), Fighters Megamix (Saturn), Rent-a-Hero No. 1 (Dreamcast/Xbox)

The oddness: If you’ve got something heroic that needs doing and you don’t mind paying for his decidedly average services, Taro Yamada is yer man. He’ll dress up as a self-titled Rent-A-Hero because he can and because he needs to.

You see, he got a special super-powered suit one time when he ordered a pizza, only he's obligated to lease the thing if he wants to keep on wearing and using it. Catch 22. Result: Taro will wander aimlessly around your little town and, if you push him too far, he will beat up gangs of youths. Then he’ll go back to his room and have dinner with his parents, just like any self-respecting suburban superhero.

Career high: Making a comeback in an extra dimension – and with a girlfriend, the puntastic “Rent-A-Hiroko” – in this 3D Dreamcast/Xbox remake of Mega Drive classic Rent-A-Hero:

Career low: Having his long-awaited Western Xbox appearance cancelled by those pesky publisher bureaucrats even though it had already been translated and was on sale in Japan. Give ‘em a beating, Taro! Here's a dollar! GO ON!

3. Captain Rainbow, aka Nick

Appeared in: Captain Rainbow (Wii)

The oddness: Probably the most extreme example of the “ordinary guy + transformation = instant superhero” equation, a lad called “Nick” turns into Captain Rainbow – the yo-yo-wielding star of a self-titled Wii game.

Like so many heroes (but especially Batman), Nick's main objective is to be popular. And he's got a yo-yo, so how could he possibly fail?

Career high: His theme song...

Career low: The start of his debut game, when he finds himself on an island populated by washed-up minor Nintendo characters and is dejected and blue because nobody likes him anymore...


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  • holic237 - April 27, 2012 2:23 a.m.

    キャプテン*レインボーーー!!Loooool why have I not played this game?
  • holic237 - April 27, 2012 2:26 a.m.

    Yesssss PaRappa the Rapper so much love. <333
  • monsterhunter3rox - September 19, 2010 9:03 p.m.

    LOL! i played pepsi man a lot as a child :P
  • phoenix_wings - September 15, 2009 6:35 a.m.

    PEPSIMAN! Who the fuck sells out of Pepsi? And with that kind of an attitude? What a bitch. I thought that Tingle would be in this article, as he's a bigger hit in Japan than in the US--but hero status? Nah.
  • GameManiac - September 15, 2009 2:32 a.m.

    Ah... Just the way Japan should be: weird, yet memorable.
  • Embolado - September 15, 2009 1:46 a.m.

    PespiMan huhhh... Looks alot like DURAL from virtua fighter fame.
  • V13Dragongal - September 15, 2009 12:03 a.m.

    Wow. Why would anyone wan to know this?
  • Rattlehead - September 14, 2009 11 p.m.

    Is Captain Rainbow out in AMerica? I might get a Wii just to play it
  • Amnesiac - September 14, 2009 9:42 p.m.

    Oh, Japan. Don't ever change.
  • mastersword369 - September 14, 2009 9:25 p.m.

    that pepsiman stage looks like the City Escape level in Sonic Adventure 2.
  • Unoriginal - September 14, 2009 7:47 p.m.

    Captain Rainbow is my favorite by far. The lyrics to that theme song are fontasticly Japanese. They are indeed a supperior breed.
  • nadrewod999 - September 14, 2009 7:47 p.m.

    Oh, now I understand how the Burger King got 3 of his own Xbox 360 games. It is because GameStop didn't like Pepsiman when it came out, so they agreed to a trade-off: Pepsiman for the Burger King, which was for the best since BK has its own store to originally sell it in, so all GameStop would have to do is show off the used copies and thus not have to market it. P.S. This wasn't one of my serious comments, which can go for thousands of characters, but just one of my little jokes that I wanted to say.
  • super0sonic - September 14, 2009 6:35 p.m.

    Did Sonic Adventure 2 rip off Pepsi man with that surf board down a busy hilly street?!?!?
  • garnsr - September 14, 2009 4:15 p.m.

    I always wanted to play Rent-a-hero, but the only chance I ever got was in Fighters Megamix.
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - September 14, 2009 3:05 p.m.

    i rike this article
  • helix92 - September 14, 2009 12:51 p.m.

    Pepsiman,later featured in Echochrome
  • FlyinMX - September 14, 2009 12:48 p.m.

    God my comment looks like Engrish. I mean I always love these types of articles. Also, a question to the G-Dar guys. Would you consider hiding of removing the related games section to the right of the article? It doesn't really hurt this article since you don't have info on many of these games, but on other top 7's I have to strain myself to avoid looking at it and ruining the list.
  • kc2 - September 14, 2009 12:28 p.m.

    I like how pepsiman is completely addicted to pepsi like it's crack DRINK
  • EmmaXII - September 16, 2009 4:24 p.m.

  • Yeager1122 - September 15, 2009 7:09 p.m.


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