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If I ever see that skinny little small fry and that stupid robot blue nerd, they'll pay.

— Gian
Takeshi Gouda (Japanese Kanji: 剛田 武(ごうだ たけし)), (born June 15th), more commonly known by his nickname Gian (Japanese: ジャイアン, translation of the English term Giant), is one of the main characters in the Doraemon series. In the American and UK dubs, he is known as Big G.

Gian is recognized by his large build (might partly be contributed by obesity), as well as his mean and violent behavior. He "rules" the neighborhood with force, often to the physical expense of other children, especially Nobita, who often resorts to asking Doraemon for gadgets to get even on him. In addition, he has a tendency to rob things from other children, usually Suneo, who offers himself to be Gian's sidekick in most occasions.

Despite his flaws and big bully appearance, Gian is actually a good person inside and always helps his friends and is loyal to them when they are in trouble. The official US Doraemon website states that deep inside, Gian is just a simple guy with a big heart.

In the 1979 anime, Gian is voiced by Kazuya Tatekabe, and in the 2005 anime, he is voiced by Subaru Kimura.

Gian's signature colour is orange and he is usually represented by it.


Gian has black hair and tan skin in all the versions of the franchise.


Gian in the 1973 anime

In the 1973 anime Gian had small eyes and wore an red T shirt with navy blue trousers and brown shoes.


Gian in the later episodes of the 1979 anime

In the 1979 anime, he wore an orange shirt with a yellow stripe, gray pants and blue shoes.

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Gian in the 2005 anime

In the 2005 anime, he has smaller eyes, which now appear as black dots/balls, and usually wears a light orange shirt with a light red stripe, and brown pants with gray shoes.

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Gian as seen on Stand by Me Doraemon

Gian has realistic black hair and his black eyes are not like dots. He wears an orange t shirt and navy blue trousers.


Gian is known for his overconfidence in his terrible singing voice, though he considers himself to be a great singer. Singing is a prominent hobby of Gian, in which he thinks himself proficient. However, his singing is actually very appalling almost to the point where people often pass out upon hearing his singing. Nonetheless, he manages to "convince" the neighborhood to be his concert audience, and even force them into praising his singing.But in some episodes when his voice is recorded and he hears it, he denies it being his voice and threatens to beat up the person who sung his songs terribly. He regularly subjects the neighborhood children to horrendous singing recitals, which is sometimes combined with his equally bad homemade dinner and his atrocious fashion sense.

His favorite food is stuffed capsicum. He also frequently steals other children's toys and books under the pretext of "borrowing" them, unless the toy is damaged. This is why many fans considered Gian to be the antagonist of the series. However, he does not hesitate to help Nobita and his friends when they are in real trouble, which often occurs in the movies.

Several of the stories revolve around Nobita and his friends' efforts to avoid Gian's concerts, and several chapters summarize his friends efforts to avoid visiting Gian's house on his birthday because of his selfish nature. After reflecting on one event about his birthday, Gian thought of himself why he wasn't popular among his peers. After getting a lecture from Doraemon to see what an unruly character he is, Gian realizes that he should have been a better person and he begs Doraemon to give him another chance. However, things didn't go exactly as planned when Suneo mocked him about how weird he was acting, and he got kicked by Suneo after attempting to become less malevolent towards his peers. This led him to lose control of his temper and start attacking his friends again.

Although he bullies the other children (mostly Nobita), he is terrified of his mother, who runs the local grocery store, tells him to deliver many goods, a fact Nobita and Doraemon sometimes use in their favor. He founded his own baseball team named after himself. Although Nobita is often blamed for the losses against the baseball team's rival, the "Tyranos", Gian still forces Nobita to play because they do not have enough players.

Gian is physcially the strongest and probably the most athletically talented among the kids, and he's also the captain of the local baseball team — The Giants. Because of the poor skills of some members like Suneo or, more significantly, Nobita, the team often finds itself at the bottom of the league table. Defeats often lead to Gian's abuse of his teammates.


Gian in the 1979 anime

He often steals the comics of other children and even stealing Doraemon's gadgets from Nobita. Generally misusing them.

Gian is a gamer, but doesn't go in the competition between Nobita and Suneo. Gian's favorite games are Human Attakk (Spoof of Mortal Kombat) N-ONE (Spoof of F-Zero) and Monkey Bong Jungle (Spoof of Donkey Kong Country)


Gian's mother is often seen to be angry at him.

Apart from his father and mother (whom he fears the most), Gian also has a younger sister called Jaiko. He is extremely protective of Jaiko, sometimes to her annoyance. Jaiko has an interest in writing comic books, so Gian helps her using Doraemon's gadgets, which frustrates her sometimes. Sometimes, however, she is grateful for the help that Gian lends from Doraemon


Suneo Honekawa

Of course I'll let you see my homework! We're good friends, right?
— Suneo to Gian after Gian asked if he could see his homework in Nobita's Dinosaur

Gian and Suneo are shown to be really good friends (or possibly being best friends) , but occasionally Gian will beat him up and Suneo sometimes complains that he dislikes Gian. In one episode Suneo commented that Gian thinks that Suneo and Nobita are objects to hit, not friends. That remark left Doraemon laughing but Nobita seemed to agree to that. But Gian is often seen with Suneo and they are actually very good friends together. Sometimes Gian comes to Suneo's house to study but ends up eating all his food. Suneo acts like a sidekick for Gian and a messenger for him.


Doraemon and Gian's relationship is good as he has helped Gian in numerous episodes. Doraemon has felt sympathy and compassion for him as seen in some movies and episodes. However, Doraemon sometimes gets angry at Gian when he bullies others to a great extent.

Nobita Nobi

Nobita, I actually really want to be friends but I wouldn't admit it...
— Gian's true feelings about Nobita in Truthful Robot

While typically a bully, their relationship is good as sometimes they gang up on Suneo, and (though slightly forceful) Nobita tries to help Gian if possible. Often times he gets beaten up by Gian.

Gian beats or insults Nobita often, he even said: "If I don't bully Nobita a day, I can't eat and sleep any more." But in the episode Truthful Robot, both Nobita's robot and Gian's robot would rather be friends than enemies. Gian is usually the first one to support Nobita's decisions in the movies. They are also shown to be very close to each other, in the movie Nobita's South Sea Adventure, when Nobita falls into the sea Gian holds his hand and tells him not to let go also in some other episodes he helps Nobita, as in one episode, Nobita gets sick, and Gian helps him off the ground.

Shizuka Minamoto

Gian and Shizuka

Gian and Shizuka Laughing

Shizuka and Gian are friends, but Shizuka gets worried when Gian invites her to taste his food and his music concerts along with her other friends. Shizuka also doesn't like it when Gian bullies Nobita, but their relationship is good otherwise. Gian also listens to Shizuka to not bully people, but sometimes he doesn't listen. In one episode, he realized that Shizuka had used a gadget from Doraemon to try to make him stop bullying, even going as far to hit her, but she used the gadget to fling him up into a tree. Their relationship isn't too bad otherwise.


Muku is the only pet that Gian has and does not treat him well. Generally, Gian rarely walks and feeds him, while his younger sister Jaiko does the work of taking care of him. However, Gian has shown love to Muku many times, even though he considers him stupid and skittish.


  • Gian resembles Butagorirra from Kiteretsu.
  • Gian sometimes needs Doraemon's help, but mostly for his little sister, Jaiko.
  • His official name in Chinese is "胖虎, pàng hǔ", literally "fat tiger". More of his alternative Chinese names can be found here.
  • In the Philippines, his official name in Tagalog is "Damulag", literally "big person" or "big kid".
  • His official Korean name is 퉁퉁이 (tung tung ee) which means the chubby one in Korean.
  • His counterpart in Mirror World sings perfectly and is weak
  • In the English dub, Gian's dream is to be a chef.
  • He also hosted a cookout and concert once but it was cancelled because he fell ill because of eating the horrible food he prepared.
  • Gian is the only one whose future spouse was not shown to the audience.
  • Gian's real name is not actually changed in the English dub. The name 'Big G' is only a nickname and his name is still actually Takeshi. This is stated in the official Doraemon USA website. The only characters who actually had their names changed were Suneo and Shizuka, as 'Noby' is also a nickname.
  • Gian's catchphrase What's yours is mine, and what's mine is mine has been changed in the Hindi dub. In the Hindi dub he says 'Nobita/Suneo ki cheez meri hai, aur meri cheez to meri hai hi!. It means Nobita/Suneo's things are mine, and my things are obviously mine! Gian also uses the name of the person he is stealing from in the Hindi dub, while in the Japanese version he uses the term 'you'.
  • Gian's name in Bengali is জিয়ান (lit. Jian). His full name has not been depicted in the Bengali dub, except for the fact that his mother sometimes calls him "Takeshi" in the Bengali dub.
  • His name is changed to "Gigante" in both the Spanish dubs (Latin American and European Spanish). "Gigante" is pronounced "Higante".


DoraemonNobita NobiShizuka MinamotoTakeshi GoudaSuneo Honekawa
Supporting & Minor Characters
Nobi Family DoramiNobiru NobiNobirou NobiNobisukeNobisuke NobiNobita's grandmotherNobita's grandsonNobita's great-grandsonSewashi NobiSewashi's cousinSewashi's motherTamako NobiYukari
Minamoto Family KazuShizuShizuka's motherYoshio Minamoto
Gouda Family Gian's auntGian's fatherGian's motherJaiko GoudaMuku
Honekawa Family ChiruchiruSuneki HonekawaSunekichi HonekawaSuneo's fatherSuneo's grandmotherSuneo's motherSuneo's uncleSunetsugu Honekawa
Dekisugi Family Akira DekisugiDekisugi's wifeHidetoshi DekisugiHideyo Dekisugi
Nobita's Classmates and Friends GaribenHaruoHidetoshi DekisugiGanko SuwaIchiro AbarayaInako KawaiJiro AbarayaKaoriKenKimiKuraiMasashiMizueMoteo MoteMotesugiNobioNon-chanOranariSaburo KatakuraShigeto SuzukiShizuka's friendSuzyTadashiTamaTamatsuTameTzoYasuo
Celebrities AcchanLunaMari MaruiPermanSumire HoshinoTsubasa Ito
22nd Century Characters BelleBengal RichnessChan, Rin & PonConnieDenjaDepon AlexDice ChoboichiDora EaterDora Leonardo Da VinciDora Med IIIDora the KidDora-nichovDora-rinhoDoramiDorapinEl MatadoraJaidoraKarenLulliMosaroNobita's great-grandsonPawaemonPrincipal TeraodaiRobokoSabuSewashi NobiSewashi's motherSommelier RobotWang DoraWonderful
Pre-historic Characters Captain JohnnyJohann MarshallKennethMichaelaMigMusashibō BenkeiMiyamoto MusashiShamate
Important Characters BelleCinderellaConnieDepon AlexHitsujiJohann MarshallKennethLapis SpinelLunaMiaMigMiyamoto MusashiMomoNewtonNoraSabuWonderful
Animal Characters ChiruchiruChukenperChuntaHitsujiKontaLunaMiaMii ChanMomoMukuNoraPeekoPeroTsuchinokoWonderful
Key Characters AronBanhouChammyChippoDirector BurgerFreyaFuukoGusukeHariboIchiJackKiboKoronKukuruKuntakkuKurajoKurt HartmanLianLireLuffinMiyoko MangetsuNekojaraPapiParuparuPiisukePippoPokoPopponRiruruRokorokoRoppuruSapioSophiaTemujinTheoUnderwater Buggy
Supporting Characters BettyBrusBubuBulltaroChapekChikoChippoClemDirector FiksElder JieGingerGorogoroGurioProfessor HouIkarusKamoranKeriaCaptain KidKongfighterKukuLizaLogMariaDr. MejinaMikujinMilkInspector MustardNoajinNobihide NobiOnabePegaPoporuPupiiRomiShizukariaSpianaSunTajikaraTaraneThe SowerQueen Undine
Deuteragonists Queen JeanneBalderryBernardMorinaPippoRiruruSharmeeShirahPrincess SunekoProfessor Peppler
Antagonists BaccaraDaburandaDemaonDesterDorumansteinDrakonruleDoubtGigazombieGeneral GilmoreGoradoGuillerminHydeIkarosKaitou DXProfessor KosLedinaLockMafugaMebaMedusaMoaMr. CashNimugeProfessor NapogistraGeneral NejirinNekojaraOdoromeOgonPhoenixiaSaberSeagridShermanSkySnakeTragisUnoUrandaYadori (Emperor) ● Zubu

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