27 (Dig Dug)
30 (Dig Dug II)
|Date of Birth||January 1, 1955|
|First Appearance||Dig Dug (Dig Dug series)|
Mr. Driller G (Mr. Driller series)
- "Let's Drill!"
- —Taizo Hori
Taizo Hori (Japanese: ホリタイゾウ Hori Taizō) is a major character in the Mr. Driller series. Originally used to be the main character of the Dig Dug series.
He is also the official mascot of the Dig Dug series, being one of Namco's collective mascots.
He is Japanese, with brown hair and dark brown eyes with thick eyebrows. His driller suit has a white helmet with red and blue. The suit is white with a red "V" shape on the front and a blue belt. There are blue gloves and red boots. He has brown spiked-back hair under the helmet.
Taizo is Susumu Hori's father, and the main protagonist or the Dig Dug games. Taizo was once married to Toby Masuyo, but they were divorced for an unknown reason. He is the chairman of the Driller Council, and solved the Dig Dug incident of 1982. Taizo now likes to go travelling around the world, and is almost never home, which often makes Susumu, his son, sad. Taizo, also a glory-seeker, sometimes becomes jealous of Susumu's popularity, since he believes he is the best driller (and won't waste a chance to brag about it). Despite these things, he has a good relationship with Susumu. His relationship with Ataru is strained, and though it's obvious Taizo has nothing against him and will joke with him, he is still disliked by the elder son. Taizo has been identified as not being very intelligent, as evidenced in one of his cutscenes for Mr. Driller: Drill Spirits, when he thought that money was food.
Taizo is also known for being a glutton. He also frequents Egypt a lot, just to play with the camels.
He's also the main founder of the Star Trigon Team.
In 1982, Taizo solved the "Dig Dug incident" caused by Pookas and Fygars, and some time later the problem in the tropical islands that happened in Dig Dug II. Afterwards he was treated as a hero. At one point of his life, Taizo was married with Masuyo Tobi, but they separated for unknown reasons. They had three sons: Susumu Hori, Ataru Hori, and Taiyo Tobi. Taizo is the chairman of the Driller Council.
Taizo "pops" drilled blocks significantly faster than other characters; however, he also consumes air faster than most other characters, requiring him to grab air capsules more often. If mastered, Taizo (along with Ataru) can easily become one of the most powerful characters in the series.
Unlike his teammates, Taizo starts each stage with the highest possible top speed of any character. Then as time passes, he gradually slows down. He has the highest air consumption rate of any of the characters.
In most releases of Star Trigon, Taizo is a secret character. He is referred to his original name (Dig Dug) on the character select screen.
- Taizo's name in Japanese (Hori Taizo) is a play on a Japanese phrase (掘りたいぞ horitai zo), meaning "I want to dig".
- Taizo Hori appears in the computer-animated movie Wreck-It Ralph. He is seen walking through Game Central Station, but when he spots Ralph, he quickly digs down into the ground.
- Taizo appears in the web animation Bravoman: Super-Unequaled Hero of Excellence. In "Couch of Doom", the third episode, a statue of Taizo appeared in Bravo's front yard.