"The Taoist" (Chinese and Japanese: 道士; pinyin: Dàoshì; Wade-Giles: Tao-Shih; rōmaji: Dōshi) (c.v. Masaru Ikeda → Tomohisa Aso)
- A mysterious old fortune teller, who appears time to time out of nowhere to talk to (or sometimes taunt) Kenshiro Kasumi. Other people may or may not notice his appearance or existence, as he seems to possess some kind of mysterious ability to make bystanders forget about him after disappearing. He gave a "fate medallion" to Kenshiro as a flip coin to help him make a decision when facing a serious dilemma. He also grants worthy people connected to the Hokuto clan a wish about their fate similar to the time he briefly extended Mang Kuangyun's life so that he could fulfill his wish to battle the successor of Hokuto Shinken.
- He meets Kenshiro the second time in a bar after the defeat of Jean Carne and tells him that there are still many strong warriors in China. The third time was in a temple after Kenshiro learned that the bandit leader was Pan Yuling. The fourth time was after Kenshiro's brief encounter with Biao Baifeng. The fifth time was after Kenshiro's initial encounter with Liu Zongwu. The Taoist would also reveal himself to Yuling in the church after her brother barely survived an assassination attempt and Liu Zongwu after arriving in Shanghai.