"Ishikawa Goemon was a thief who stole from the rich and gave to the poor in Japan during the Azuchi-Momoyama period. The kabuki scene of him sitting on the gate of Nanzen-ji is famous."
—Persona 5 compendium
(石川 五右衛門) was a Japanese outlaw, and Gorokichi was his birth name. The historical Gorokichi is only mentioned in two sources, both of which were created after his death. The first one, the Toyotomi Hideyoshi fu (豊臣秀吉譜), details his attempted assassination of the shogun Hideyoshi Toyotomi, his capture and his execution alongside his young son in 1594. Gorokichi's death by being boiled alive was also described in a second historical source by Pedro de Morejon who transcribed his name as "Ixicava Goyemon." As time passed, Gorokichi's story was expanded to make him a hero similar to Robin Hood, robbing the rich and giving his spoils to the poor. Stories from the 19th and the 20th century also make him out be a skilled ninja. Gorokichi and his infamous death eventually became the subject of various bunraku and kabuki plays. The legend was also adapted into movies, anime, and video games, the most popular of which is the Ganbare Goemon series by Konami.
Persona 5 RoyalEdit
Gorokichi is the third-tier Persona of Yusuke Kitagawa.
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