Gōda (剛田) is a character who appears in the original Hokuto no Ken one-shot manga published before the serialized version.
In the YomikiriEdit
A tall bearded mohawked punk, Gōda is a B-class Taizanji Kenpō warrior who uses his Yūsō Ryōdan Ken (熊爪両断拳, "Bear Claw Bisection Fist") technique to rip people in half and has spikes hidden under his mohawk. He murders three people in an apartment building, including Kenshiro Kasumi's girlfriend Yuki, and then frames Kenshiro for their deaths. He was actually working for the Chief of the Kibō Police Department, who helped cover up Gōda's crimes. After Kenshiro escapes from prison, he challenges Gōda and kills him with the Hokuto Soryu Ha.
In the anime seriesEdit
Gōda appears in episode 33 of the anime series (voiced by Masaharu Sato), where he was re-envisioned as the Gōda the Bear-Man (熊男ゴウダ Kumaotoko Gōda ), a minion of Amiba who was granted the strength of a bear. Two of his sidekicks, the Snake-Man and Mantis-Man are killed easily by Kenshiro. Despite the change in context, the battle between him and Kenshiro is identical to the one in the original yomikiri story. Although he is never addressed by name in the anime, his last words before dying is "Gōda".
- Although Gōda never actually appears in the serialized manga, the character Uighur, also a Taizan master, was modeled after him.
- The Street Fighter character Zangief may have been based on him.
- Also, Goda's appearance is very much like that of actor Mr. T.