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Yamada (山田, やまだ), full name Yamada Taiki (山田大樹, やまだ たいき Yamada Taiki) is the main antagonist of Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari. He attended the same middle school as his childhood friends Kunio and Hasebe. He and Hasebe would later attend Reihō Academy, while Kunio entered Nekketsu High. He used to be the Student Council President of Reihou Academy before Mamoru Tōdō took the position and he currently plays the role of his sidekick. After his defeat, Yamada transfers to Meian High School.

Appearances

Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari

Yamada debuts in Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari as the game's final boss. He is the mentioned former childhood friend of Kunio in the game's intro text and known as a very shy and timid boy in the past. His reason for antagonizing Kunio is to prove himself the superior delinquet out of jealously of his former friend's badass reputation and to rename the franchise to Nekketsu Kōha Yamada-kun. He boasts that he possesses evil power, which became a running gag in the series (until the release of Rival Showdown, where he actually displays them).

After his defeat at the hands of Kunio, everything returns to normal at Reihō Academy. Everyone even forgets about Yamada.

When fought in the Famicom version, Yamada is equipped with a lead pipe. Although his stats are higher than the Double Dragon twins, he is on his own and has no special moves, which makes him an easier opponent. If players fight him on Difficult, his health goes higher than 128. Due to a bug, the player is able to defeat him even faster.

In River City Ransom (the localization of Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari), Yamada is renamed Slick and is revealed to be an old friend of Alex (Kunio in the original game) named Simon. Slick re-appears in the game's sequel, River City Ransom: Underground.

Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai

Yamada makes an appearance in the game's ending. After his defeat in the previous game, he transferred to Meian High School.

Yamada also appears in the game's instruction manual.

Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo Zen'in Shūgō!

Bikkuri Nekketsu Shin Kiroku! Harukanaru Kin Medal

In this game, Yamada acts as a flunkey to Tōdō, just like in Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku.

He also appears in the localization of the game, Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge. He acts as the Vice Captain of Lincoln High School (replacing Ryūji from the original game) and is named Winston "Skip" Hildegard Jr.. He still acts as an underling of Tōdō (now known as Todd, also playable as the captain of Washington High School and replacing Riki).

Kunio-kun no Dodgeball da yo Zen'in Shūgō

Downtown Nekketsu Baseball Monogatari: Yakyū de Shōbu da! Kunio-kun

Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari EX

In this version of the game, if players arrive to the final showdown with any of the Shitennō fighting on their side, Yamada will instantly kill them if he is allowed to finish his opening speech. If the player comes with teammates that are not the Shitennō, Yamada will complain that this was supposed to be a battle between just them, and summons Ryūji, Ryūichi, and Onizuka as reinforcements. Both of these can be avoided by attacking him before he finishes his speech.

River City: Knights of Justice

River City Super Sports Challenge ~All Stars Special~

Downtown Nekketsu Jidaigeki

River City: Rival Showdown

River City Melee: Battle Royal Special

River City Ransom: Underground

In River City Ransom: Underground, Slick was imprisoned in River City Prison after the events of the original game. He now wears an orange prison jumpsuit and has a new technique in which he turns his arm into a mass of flesh. This is a nod to the character Tetsuo from the manga Akira.

River City Girls

Yamada is the boss in Crosstown, which Misuzu referred to as the "weird guy" that Kunio and Riki were talking to prior to getting kidnapped. Godai's tip traced him to the shopping mall, but he was later found in the construction site's rooftop as per Hiroshi's account.

River City Melee Mach!!

Stay Cool, Kobayashi-san!: A River City Ransom Story

Other Media Appearances

Ore wa Otoko Da! Kunio Kun

Trivia

  • Yamada appears to have psychokinetic powers, as evidenced by his Art of Yamada / Slick Trick technique, which picks up a bunch of fallen items/people and flings them at his opponent(s).
  • Yamada has a crush on Hasebe and one of the reasons he feels Kunio overshadowed him when they were friends is that Hasebe prefers Kunio over him.
  • In River City Ransom, Roxy(Hasebe) is Slick(Yamada)'s girlfriend, however in the EX version, Slick expresses the belief that she likes Alex(Kunio) over him.

Gallery

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References

Kunio-kun Characters
Main characters KunioRiki
Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun HiroshiTōruAkiraShinjiTakeshiMisuzuKumikoSabu
Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball Bu ShinichiKōjiMitsuhiroIchirōAkishiNaritakaHeilmanLao ChenMordovWilliam
Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari HasebeYamadaMamiRyūichiRyūjiGōdaGodaiOnizukaKobayashiMochizukiTairaKinoshitaNishimuraSawaguchiSonokawaKamijōYamamoto
Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku SugataNanaseMomozonoIchijōTakamineMorimotoMaedaYoshinoSaotomeWashioShimizuTōdōHayasakaOtonashiAiharaKumadaHayamiKirishimaMorisawaKōzuki
Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki MatsudoNedachiSankichi
Bikkuri Nekketsu Shin Kiroku JohnnyRaphaelJimmyKōnosukeAlex
Downtown Nekketsu Baseball Monogatari TachibanaRikaKunikoNishinoReikaMurasakiFubukiKazaokaTsugeTsukasa
Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball Bu: Soccer Hen MisakoTakashiMasaGenei
Ike Ike! Nekketsu Hockey Bu YōichiHidekiTsuyoshiMasashiKaoriTōruSadaoYōkoToyoichiHideTobiyama
Nekketsu Kakutō Densetsu EbiharaAoiHimeyamaOkumaToraichiToraji
Shodai Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun YoshihiroMihoMasakiHondaHokutoUrabe
Shin Nekketsu Kōha: Kunio-tachi no Banka KyōkoTakayamaMamoruKōjiTōruDaikiRyūtaKenAkioNobuLisaKinjiJoe
Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari EX SaoriHimada
River City Super Sports Challenge Michael TobiokaTomorinSierraStanislav
Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun Special YūyaToshioMadokaPrincipalWataruMikotoMiyukiFatherKatsujiTetsu
Riki Densetsu SakataOkadaMaezawaMegumiGonda
River City: Tokyo Rumble GinjishiMajishiBenijishiUkyōSakyōShishiōKinshishiLee
River City: Rival Showdown NagatsukaChihoShioriŌtaMinamotoRinaMakotoMinoriMikaShinoda
River City Melee: Battle Royal Special TsubakiMiyakodaShimokitaMiyagasakiNakaSumi
Live-action series TadokoroYumeko
River City Ransom: Underground GlenBrunoProviePaulMikeRudyMervChrisPurple BeePink BeeCalvinEtherAlexisAdamWesProtoDr. DSentinel
River City Girls HibariNoizeSabuko
River City Melee Mach!! AijimaYokomizoNishiwaki
Stay Cool, Kobayashi-san! MizoguchiYamadaTakeruSayoNo. 21No. 29No. 47No. 35
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